Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bourjois Effet 3D Lip Gloss Beige Elastic photos and swatches

Finally, a new beauty brand comes to Canada! Bourjois is now available at select Shoppers drugmart beauty boutiques.
Let me tell you, I've already got several Bourjois blushes, eyeshadows and glosses that I absolutely love. This is a really high quality brand, I believe it is from the same company that manufactures Chanel cosmetics.

Beige elastic is a light shimmery frosty beige color with very fine shimmer.

The texture is very smooth, not sticky at all

This isn't my favorite color, but I like to dab it in the middle of my lips over other lipsticks to make them look more dimensional.
Look for more Bourjois swatches on my blog- coming soon!

Urban Decay Stash 24/7 liner and Clinique Egyptian creamshaper comparison

I adore my Clinique creamshaper for eyes in Egyptian, it's such a great color to use when I am sick of plain black. It's a very dark blackened green with golden shimmers.
When I first got my Urban Decay 24/7 Stash eyeliner I had a feeling it wasn't an overly unique color in my stash. It's a deep olive green with golden glitter.
Since I recently realized that they are quite similar, I thought I'd swatch them.

Here are comparison pictures:

Left: UD stash Right: Clinique Egyptian
Left: UD stash Right: Clinique Egyptian
Left: UD stash Right: Clinique Egyptian

It does seem that Egyptian is slightly more blackened green than Stash. It also seems that Stash has more noticeable golden glitter.

When I look at them both in direct light they look identical. I can't tell them apart. I also did a shower test to see which one would stay on better. They both stayed on well until I completely scrubbed them off. They are equally great liners.
Clinique creamshapers cost $17, while Urban Decay costs $19.

Although they are dupes and I use both, I think I prefer my Egyptian creamshaper.
When I apply it I only have to go over twice to get a very intense line, but with Stash I end up using more since it's a lot softer and doesn't go on a deep enough color or create a sharp line.
I own 4 or 5 different creamshapers and I really love them. They go on really smooth and intense, and they last a long time.

NOTD: wet n wild fantasy makers ghouly nail color

This is quite an interesting color! Sadly I don't know when it was released but I assume it's a special Halloween color. I found it while perusing a dollar store filled with random dusties from caboodles, NYC, and wet n wild.
Hunting for old & discontinued nail polish colors is so much fun!

Ghouly changes colors, from green to teal to purple. It really is very unique! In direct light it looks super bright grass green, but it wouldn't photograph well for me.

It's quite sheer and I needed 4 coats for it to look like this.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Trash Review: Sally Hansen Carmindy Natural Beauty Your Skin Makeup

My trash reviews are written when I completely finish up a product and throw it away.

The lastest beauty product I've completley used up: Sally Hansen inspired by Carmindy your skin makeup in Ecru Beige. This foundation is unlike anything I've used before. It actually looks like your skin when it's on, the texture is just amazing.

Ecru Beige is possibly the most wearable color. It's completely neutral without any strange undertones. I think it would suit most fair complexions well.

Dot of Ecru Beige on NC10 skin:

Blended in, it looks like I have more healthy looking even toned skin

Left: No makeup Right: With your skin makeup
I use my hands to apply this, since it is quite emollient. Once it's blended, my skin looks really natural and glows.
It's oil based yet it stays on really really well. It adheres to the skin better than any foundation I've used, while still managing to look natural.
Your skin makeup is oil based, which could be a problem for some with acne prone skin.
My skin is dry but clog-prone and this surprisingly didn't cause any breakouts or clogged pores for me.

Ingredients list:

Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloane, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Ethylhenyl Palmitate, Pentylene Glycol, Trimethysilosilicate, Butylene Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Glyceryl Ethylhexanoate/Stearate/Adipate/ Ethylhexyglycerin, Methicone, Disodium EDTA, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Polysorbate 80, Retinyl Palmitate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Xylitol, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Edtract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Quercus Suber Bark Extract,
may Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Zinc Oxide.

I absolutely love this foundation, it's one of my favorites. Sadly, this is not sold at drug stores in Canada, but I managed to find it at my local Dollarama for $2. They are all sold out now and I hope they get more in. Check it out Canadian girls!
In the US this foundation is sold at CVS and Rite Aid.

Repurchase? Most definitely

Price: $13 USD

Rating: 5/5

Sunday, November 28, 2010

MAC her own devices beauty powder photos, swatches and FOTD

This is definitely not the most popular beauty powder around, but it is really pretty!
Her own devices was released with MAC venomous villains, and part of the Cruela Deville collection.

This is a very pigmented 'nude' blush, it's absolutely perfect for pale ladies who want a hint of color that is both understated and natural looking.

Her own devices swatches peachy tan, but when I apply it to my cheeks I see more pink. Overall, it's quite neutral and gives a really nice natural glowy look. I don't think this would show up well on darker skin tones, unless you really layer it on or use it as a subtle highlight.

My FOTD wearing her own devices:

MAC has outdone themselves with the beauty powders from the venomous villains collection. They are not shimmery and not matte, instead they have small pearl particles that really make your skin glow. They are also wonderfully pigmented.
See my post here on the beautiful MAC briar rose beauty powder.

Revlon super lusterous lipgloss peach petal photos and swatches

This is my new favorite nude gloss!
Peach petal is a perfect neutral color that doesn't turn orange or any odd undertone. It's glossy consistency allows the pink of my lips to show through just a bit, so I don't look like a corpse.

It's a wonderful creamy texture, not too thick or thin. It's opaque enough to add color, but it doesn't completely white out my lips.

When I first swatched this, it reminded me of one of my all time favorite nude glosses - NARS chelsea girls lip lacquer.
Chelsea girls is also a neutral nude color, just about a shade darker than peach petal.
On the lips both colors are very similar, and give the same creamy glossy nude lip effect.

Peach petal swatch comparison Chelsea girls:

I think it's a pretty close dupe!

NARS Cosmetics Summer Collection 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

MAC earthly riches mineralize eyeshadow duo photos, swatches & 2 minute EOTD

Earthly riches mineralize shadow duo was released with MAC's Antiquitease collection in 2007.
Both sides are very pigmented, and they blend wonderfully.
The colors are described as 'Deep plum and dirty deep grey with pink veining'. Quite an accurate description.

I reach for this duo when I am in a rush and I need a quick polished look that doesn't take much effort.
Literally, it takes me 2 minutes to do this. I put the grey side all over the lid, blending upwards. Then I take my 226 brush and cut my crease with the purple side. Apply some mascara, and then I look 'done'.
Works like a charm!

My 2 minute EOTD:

Geo Magic Color Lens - black CK-108 Circle Lens review

First popular in South Korea, the trend of circle lenses are now becoming wide spread all over the world.
What are they? Contacts, made with or without a prescription that cover beyond the iris of the eye.
They make eyes appear larger, and much more dramatic.

I've wanted to try colored contacts since I was a kid. I never did, until I got some of these Geo magic lenses. I chose black because I have always wondered what I would look like with dark eyes, my eyes are naturally a light green.

Geo magic black CK-108 lenses in resting my contact case:These lenses have a really neat design, they remind me of a whirlpool.

Comparison Picture Left: natural eye Right: with contact lens
These lenses absolutely make my already big eyes look bigger! It took some time for me to get used to the look of them, I think they are rather interesting.

Tips for new circle lens users:
  • make sure you buy from a trusted web site. There are fake geo lenses out there that are made from low-quality materials which can possibly be harmful.
  • Make sure to thoroughly wash your hands before handling your lenses.
  • Soak your lenses in a sanitizing solution for at least 8 hours before you wear them for the first time.
  • The first time you wear them do not leave them in for more than 3 hours, your eyes will need time to adjust to them.
  • Never wear circle lenses for more than 8 hours at a time, they are made for cosmetic use only.
  • Always insert your lenses before doing your eye makeup.
  • Don't put any eyeliner on the inner rims of your eyes (waterline) when you are wearing contacts.
  • If you have any unusual eye symptoms after using circle lenses call your doctor right away.

This is my first pair of contact lenses I have ever used, so I don't have anything to compare them to.
The first time I tried these I had slightly blurred vision, which is normal since my eyes were trying to adjust to the lack of light.
I can't wear them for more than 4 hours at a time or my eyes get really dry, but I have slightly dry eyes to begin with.
Overall, I find these Geo lenses to be quite comfortable. They are easy to insert and remove. If I have any discomfort when I put them in I just take them out and try again.
They are fun to use when I want to really change my look, I feel like a different person with them in.

Repurchase? yes

Price: Not sure exactly, prices range $20-80 (these were a gift from a friend.)

Rating: 4.5/5

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Revlon super lusterous lipgloss lilac pastelle photos and swatches

I have wanted a true lavender colored lip gloss for so long. I waited and waited and searched and finally, I got Revlon's lilac pastelle! And I absolutely adore it.

Lilac pastelle is the perfect creamy milky lavender color. It's not too opaque, not too sheer - just right. It's not bright at all, and over pigmented lips it looks a bit more pink.

I'm in love with this color, it makes me feel sexy!