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!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Key To Summer - Tresemme Keratin Smooth

The summer is finally here! After a long (Even for a typical Canadian) winter the heat has finally hit.

But as the summer heat (And humidity) starts to settle in, so do the summer related beauty problems. For me, the biggest battle for my hair begins. My hair is thick but the hair strands themselves are very fine. To add to the problem, my hair is naturally wavy. 9 months a year, my hair is tamed into straightened submission. But faced with humidity over 80% and higher, there is no point in even attempting to straighten my hair. For years I spent time flat ironing my hair, only to have it completely destroyed within 5 minutes (I’m not exaggerating here, it would make an extremely entertaining video I’m sure). I would also try to hide my hair under hooded sweatshirts in the hot months which I’m sure looked extremely suspicious at the bus stop. So I gave up on my battle against the heat and generally wear my hair au naturel from June till the last of the humidity disappears in September.

Don’t get me wrong, a couple of months with no heat styling is a treat. It gives my poor hair a well deserved rest, my heat tools get a couple of months off, and I get to sleep in in the morning! But my natural hair is for another entry, here I want to talk about something else.

Anti humidity shampoo has never worked for me in the past. I always assumed that they were just not formulated for my hair type.

I had purchased the Tresemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo last summer with the intention of using it when my hair was wavy. I was hoping it would help tame the frizzies and pouf that so many of us are afflicted with during the height of summer. My initial impression was disappointment. I really saw no difference using the system and it was pushed to the back of my cupboard. This year during a cleaning binge I actually contemplated throwing it out but decided to give it one last try. I had also noticed that this year in the ads for the Tresemme Keratin Shampoo they were now advertising that you should use it with heat tools. I’m not sure if this was added after complaints because I swear it wasn’t advertised with this suggestion last year when the product originally came out. Anyway, this year I decided to try it again but this time when I was straightening my hair.

What a huge difference! My hair doesn’t even look like my hair. Plus, as the ultimate test, I went jogging in 80%+ humidity and my hair was not ruined. With any other shampoo it would have been a poufed up mess. In high humidity I have noticed some fly aways but nothing compared to if I had used a regular shampoo.

The draw backs? I do find that the shampoo and conditioner have an extremely heavy fragrance: even more then any regular shampoos/conditioner. I’m talking about waking up in the middle of the night and all I can smell is my hair. That’s never happened before. Luckily it’s not an unpleasant smell.

Now I know there is some debate over actual salon keratin treatments and if they are safe or not. A hairdresser told me that she does not recommend Keratin but I’m not sure if she was referring to the salon treatment (Which may contain formaldehyde) or the shampoo. This is not a 30 days treatment, although it does guarantee to last 7 days. I cannot validate that claim. After one wash with a different shampoo, there is still some residue from using the Tresemme shampoo. But by the second wash, all of the Keratin is gone. This claim would definitely be dependent on how often you wash your hair in a given week.

Last week I saw the shampoo and conditioner on sale for 3.99$. I would definitely suggest them for anyone who has struggled with hair that constantly loses the battle with humidity. I will still be wearing my hair wavy this summer but it’s nice to know that I have this as an option!

Monday, March 24, 2014

OPI Brazil Collection: Taupe-less Beach Nailpolish

I have to admit that I resisted the OPI Brazil collection at first. Really for no other reason than my nail polish collection size. I often fall in love with a color only to return home and realize I already have a similar or identical color. But for this collection, one color jumped out at me: Taupe-Less Beach. A light grey with mauve undertones, it was definitely unique of anything else I owned. When I returned to my local spa they had actually sold out but luckily were able to order one for me.

Released in early February 2014, the Brazil collection captures the vibrancy and exuberance of Brazil. I love the range: a mix of bold and rich colors makes it such a well rounded collection.

OPI Taupe-Less Beach
Taupe-Less Beach is not as purple as I Sao Paulo Over There. Unfortunately the official pictures of the collection above show the two bottles as being extremely grey which is not the case. I found it most similar to Essie Merino Cool, with the Essie version having more purple which you can hopefully see a hint of in the comparison picture below. I am definitely glad I was able to get my hands on it! Were you unable to resist the call of Brazil? Let me know what colors you love from this collection.

Essie Merino Cool and OPI Taupe-Less Beach