Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Urban Decay Naked Vault

I love the holiday season! Christmas tree’s, pretty wrapped parcels, hot cocoa, spending time with loved ones: I could go on forever! I typically start feeling festive AFTER Halloween but this year there have been so many exciting holiday palettes being announced, it’s hard not to feel the spirit early!

One of the palette’s that is definitely on my Santa wish list: The Urban Decay Naked Vault. The name seems quite risqué, but any aficionados of the Urban Decay brand will not bat an eye lash.

The Urban Decay Naked palettes are above cult status, I would say they are iconic. Chances are if you watch beauty tutorials on Youtube: you have seen atleast one of these palettes used. When a new version is released they are often impossible to find because they sell out so fast. I have mixed feelings about these palettes (Let me know if you want a review!) but for practicality and range I am definitely a fan. Each individual kit can be used to create a range of styles be it for day wear or a look for the evening. They are great for traveling as you can throw one into you makeup bag and be good to go instead of needing to pack multiple individual eye shadows.

The Urban Decay Naked Vault consists of: The original Naked Palette, Naked2 Palette, Naked3 Palette, Naked Basics, Naked2 Basics, Naked flush (Blush), Naked double ended pencil, Naked2 double ended pencil, Naked3 double ended pencil, Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss Nooner, Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss Rule 34, and Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss Streak. (Picture from the Urban Decay Website)

The Urban Decay Naked Vault will be hitting the UD website today: October 30th. It looks like it will be selling for 280$, versus the 360$ that it would cost you to purchase each element separately. The Urban Decay Facebook page also warned that this box set will be extremely limited edition, so if you are splurging on one, act quickly! Sephora is carrying the Vault as well at 336$ Canadian dollars, but they are currently sold out.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Lush Haul

As the cool fall weather is finally making its way into the city, many people are starting to indulge in their favorite fall activities. Pumpkin spice lattes, rich jewel tone colored clothing, lorde colored lips. For me fall marks the beginning of another season: bath season. From when it gets cold enough outside till it starts getting too warm, I love bath season! There is nothing better then soaking in a steaming hot bath to relax and distress. I also like my bath to be extremely hot, which is the reason why I don’t crave baths as much during the warmer and muggy months.

The favorite way for me to enjoy a bath is with my Lush bath bombs. Since I first discovered these little treasures several years ago, I find they are now completely associated with bath time for me. I love how moisturizing they are, love the range of scents, and who doesn’t love a hot pink or glitter filled tub? On the downside, it’s an expensive addiction. But the expense helps to make it an indulgence instead of an every day thing.

So that being said, as soon as the crisp fall air hit I was at my local Lush store to stock up on some of my favorite treats. My favorite bathbomb is (Drumroll please…): butterball. This bath bomb packs a moisture punch that you have to experience to believe! It gets really dry in Montreal during the winter months and butterball is exactly what my skin needs. Your skin will feel so smooth after soaking in a tub with this, that you won’t even need to put lotion on. It’s that good. For the Christmas season (Which still feels really far away but it does sneak up fast) Lush creates a seasonal shape. For as long as I can remember it’s been a snowman, but this year it was a bear which they’ve called ‘Butterbear’! If you can resist that cuteness, then you’re a stronger person than me!

I also picked up a ‘Dragon’s egg’. It smells incredible (lemon and bergamot, Earl Grey Tea lovers take note!) and promises to finish off with glitter explosion. Smells like my favorite tea and has glitter? Sold!

Let me know some of your favorite way to enjoy a bath or favorite bath bomb!

Monday, October 20, 2014

MAC - Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection

Let’s do the time warp agggaaaiiiinnn! Sorry, sorry, I’m focused I promise. Feast your eyes on the new MAC collection released just in time for Halloween: The Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection. A brash mixture of screaming red lipsticks, bold pigments, and liners. This will be a must for any Rocky Horror Picture Show fan and for any red lipstick devotee.

Containing some truly drool worthy red’s for every skin tone and a surprisingly not over the top eye shadow palette. Will you be indulging in this collection? Throws some rice.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

MAC - Kelly Yum Yum

In Montreal this week we’ve been having an unusually warm week. Um, 24 degrees in the second week of October? Sure, whatever Mother Nature! This warmth gives me the perfect excuse to introduce you all to my color obsession of this past summer.

When the first whispers of a Sharon and Kelly Osbourne MAC makeup collaboration started to cross the beauty world, I had my doubts. Sometimes these collaborations are not overly enticing, with products seen in previous collections or nothing that really jumps out as being different.

After checking out the products that would make up this collaboration, I knew it was definitely not the case. With two collections that colors fit for a broad age range (Both young and mature skin) that incorporates the blazing colors you would expect from an Osbourne (Purple lipstick anyone?) packaged in purple with their signatures.

I was more drawn to the Kelly Osbourne line although there were some pieces of the Sharon side which caught my eye such as the Duchess Quad.

To not feed my severe makeup addiction too much, I didn’t let myself go too crazy. But I knew that there was one lipstick that was a must have from the Kelly side of the collection: Kelly Yum Yum. Right on trend, this creamy bright hot pink, was too much to pass up! Highly pigmented: this will stay on your lips. At the end of the night, I had to scrub it off with a makeup removing cloth. So worrying that the color will disappear from your lips over the course of the night will not be an issue.

The color also has a slight blue tone. This blue tone worked so well with my fair (AKA pale) skin, not making me look washed out or the color too garish. As a side note, the blue tone will also make your teeth look whiter: huzzah!

I had been looking for a hot pink color for a while and I’m so happy I gambled on this one. If you can get your hands on it, I would definitely say this is a must have!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara

As a dedicated Maybelline (And sometime Lancôme) mascara fan, it’s rare that I’ll pick up another brand at the drugstore. If it was going to happen, it’s a funny coincidence that it was the Lancôme owned L’Oreal that I strayed for.

I had heard mentions of the Miss Manga sporadically in the beauty universe but mostly mixed reviews. It seems like a very love or hate product.

I think it depends on what type of mascara you typically gravitate towards. If you like clumpless definition and don’t like the Maybelline lines (Rocket volume, Colossal Volume, or falsies) than Miss Manga is probably not for you.

On a regular day, I do not line my eyes. I work infront of a computer screen all day and unfortunately, computers are not overly appreciative of defined eyes. So I look for a thick and heavy mascara that will help me not looked washed out. Therefore, clumps have been my friend and I have always relied heavily on thick coats of mascara. My go to brand for some time has been Maybelline.

When I first opened the tube, I had a ‘What am I getting myself into?’ moment. Although I have been momentarily taken aback by Lancôme brushes in the past (Anyone who has tried out the Hypnose mascara line should know what I’m talking about), I was still a little thrown off. The brush is much smaller at the end and larger towards the handle to help flare out your outer lashes. The brush will also look like a branch of clumps when you first pull it out of the tube but resist the urge to jump to an alarmed conclusion on this product, and fearlessly brush it on.

It seems a lot darker than regular mascara. It will also not define each individual lash, but instead gives volume and definition. It took me a couple of tries to figure out the shape, it’s important to hold the larger edge in place and the same with the smaller edge. I never realized that I usually move my mascara wand around a lot during application until trying a wand like this. Miss Manga also boasts a 360 flexor brush which effectively does nothing. I didn’t even realize it was there until I started researching this mascara online. I pulled out the one I have and played around with it a little bit. The wand will not stay at a crazy angle like you may see in pictures online, I had to hold it down with my finger to get any movement whatsoever so I’m not sure what the idea behind the design is.

A close up of the Miss Manga wands unique shape including the pointless flexor brush (The small indent close to the brush head).

The only draw back I found, was that sometimes my smaller inner corner and outer corner lashes eluded the massive brush. I went in with my Bobbi Brown long wear intensifying mascara, which is a handy smaller sample size, to catch the small lashes that got away. That being said, would a person not looking closely at my eyes notice the 5 or 6 small lashes that were missed? Probably not.

After several months of usage, I have a couple of formula notes. I did find that this dried out a lot quicker than the Maybelline brands. Some other beauty bloggers mentioned that they liked the formula better when it had dried out a little. However, as a ‘clump-a-holic’ I preferred the formula more in the beginning when it was runnier. I will probably break down soon and invest in a new bottle.

The final test? I went back to my Maybelline Rocket Volume formula and found that I now prefer Miss Magna better! Consider me converted. I would definitely recommend this mascara to any who prefers a heavy and ‘clumptastic’ (Yes, I totally made that word up. I’m going to end up in ‘clumps’ anonymous, aren’t I?) mascara.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Body Shop - Camomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

We've all been there: it's the end of day and your makeup just will not come off. So we press eye makeup remover in, we scrub our eyes, we think it's all gone: then after a face wash its back! I have tried so many different eye makeup removers and have yet to find a favorite.

The characteristics I look for in a makeup remover are simple: take off my makeup (Obvious but true!), not need scrubbing, and not leave a heavy residue. I find the biggest downfall of most makeup removers is the need to rub/scrub to remove the makeup which is not good for the skin around your eyes. I’ll think that my makeup is all off but then after taking a shower or washing my face: I have raccoon eyes.

I was hoping that The Body Shop Camomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover was going to fit all my criteria but sadly it did not. To begin, I’m surprised that this is considered a gentle formula. Anytime any of this product accidentally got into my eye it stung so badly! It also did not move my makeup completely. I had to take my makeup off, wash my face, and then clean up under my eyes again. I prefer to skip a two step eye makeup remover process, thank you very much! The final discouraging element to this product was that I had to scrub to get the makeup off, I prefer a formula that does not require alot of pressure in the sensitive eye area.

 At 16.00$ a bottle regular price, this product is only 6.00$ cheaper than the Clinique eye makeup remover which is a much better choice. This price puts into a high end category but unfortunately this eye makeup remover is just not worth it. I would not recommend this product and will not purchase it again. My quest for the best eye makeup remover continues!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

What's New In My Makeup Bag? - Boots No7 Protect & Perfect

I have heard many positive things about the Boots range but have yet to try any of the products out. 

 I picked up the Protect & Perfect Night Cream, Protect & Perfect Serum, and the No 7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator. Although I’ve heard a lot about the moisturizer and the serum, the Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion was an impulse buy. I had run out of exfoliating face wash and desperately needed to find a new one, so I decided to try the Boots one out.


Full review to follow!