August 27, 2014

Eye Love Wednesday - Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow

I recently had the chance to join Make Up For Ever in celebrating 30 beautiful years of makeup wonderfulness at a cute event launching their new Artist Shadow range - a collection of 210 highly pigmented eye shadows with superior blendability and intense even colour payoff. Other then the astounding selection of colour, what makes them new and interesting is the new formula based on pigment atomization and water-blend technology which maximizes colour, delivering up to 88% concentrated pigment, which allows for utmost blendability and even texture. I'm a fan of the texture, they feel so silky and cool it's like having the feel of a cream powder with the benefits of a powder!

At the event they had us create mood boards - you can see mine above and then curate a palette trio inspired by said mood board -  I went with some glamorous green - the dark one is a really cool khaki that I plan on using to do a "more interesting then black" smokey eye!
I was able to see all of the shadows together in one spot and believe me, with 210 shades in 5 finishes: matte (M), satin (S), metal (ME), iridescent (I) and diamond (D) the choices can seem overwhelming! They've made it a little easier to deal with my marking each shade with a letter to indicate the finish and a number to easily figure out the shade family - although that's still not going to help you decide which ones you want - picking just three was torture!
A single shade will set you back $25, or design your own custom duo for $39 or trio for $50.

Available now at sephora.ca and Make Up For Ever Boutiques.

- Lisamarie -

Balmy for BB - Marcelle BB Cream Beauty Balm

Marcelle BB Cream Beauty Balm - 45ml - $22.95 - a hypoallergenic and fragrance free skin care enhancer with self-adjusting pigments, powerful antioxidants, aloe and chamomile that is great for all ages and skin types, offering 8 multi-benefits: evens out skin tone; offers immediate and long-term hydrating benefits; protects from premature aging and environmental stresses; promotes skin regeneration; controls shine; soothes and calms; reduces the appearance of imperfections; and provides a radiant complexion.

Use if alone as you would a tinted moisturizer to even out complexion and reduce the appearance of blemishes, or apply as a make-up base under foundation for total coverage and improved staying power.

This was already one of the better ones as far as range of colour choices for all you normal complexioned people out there coming in: Light to Medium, Medium to Dark and Dark to Darker - and they have finally realized that Light to Medium just doesn't work if you are pale so are launching a Fair shade - yippee!

Available at drugstores across Canada and online at www.marcelle.com.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm!

If I skip wearing blush I strongly resemble a corpse but during these hot sticky days blush tends to disappear on me before lunchtime even hits so something that is also water, sweat and humidity resistant is a necessity! Better even then a cream blush is a balm which offers natural shimmerless colour that stays where you put it which is my I am loving:

Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm - $24 - in four shades: Amp'd Up Apple, Robust Rhubarb, Roly Poly Rosy and Plumped Up Peony - with an easy to use, dome-shaped design that glides on smoothly, layers easily to offer looks from a natural flush to a more intense blush, blends flawlessly and lasts without looking cakey or dry thanks to a combination of moisturizing ingredients including a healthy dose of vitamin E.

Available now at Clinique counters across Canada and online at www.clinique.com.

- Lisamarie -

August 26, 2014

Sneak Peek - Clé de Peau Collection Beauté Céleste Holiday 2014

Clé de Peau Beauté wants you to enter a universe of radiance this holiday season with a limited edition  collection inspired by celestial light and beautiful packaging with original designs by SWASH London and special motifs to celebrate the spirit of the collection. The packaging whore in me or course loves the collection which includes:

Makeup Coffret - $200 - compact includes 3 eye shadows in nude shades to add depth to the eyes, blush duo in pink and peach to accentuate cheeks along with a Perfect Lash Mascara and mini Extra Rich Lipstick in a luminous rose shade to give lips luscious sensuality - beautifully boxed making it the perfect gift (for yourself).
Powder Compact - $70 - a sheer, soft light-reflecting powder to give skin a translucent refined look. Of course it's too pretty to use so you will have to refrain from using it and simply gaze at it adoringly..
Shimmering Lip Gloss Trio - $60 - in three transparent shades of rose, nude and peach with a delicate stardust shimmer that can be used on their own for a dewy look or over a lipstick for a spotlight effect.

You'll find it at the end of October at Holt Renfrew and Ogilvy's.

- Lisamarie -

Hair products your boy is going to want to steal - from Osis+, Kevin Murphy and Surface - so watch out!

I admit it, I make a habit of using products that either come in girly packaging or smell so feminine that there is no way that it will suddenly disappear from my bathroom and appear in my husbands' - so I worry when I use products that have such obvious unisex appeal if they will even be where I left them the next day.

Hair styling products seem to disappear the fastest and here are 3 I expect to never see again soon:

Schwarzkopf Professional Osis+ Rough Rubber Paste - 50ml - $21.50 - a revolutionary rubber paste for lasting rouged up natural locks with mould-able texture, strong control and a strong matte effect.

Just apply a small amount and work it into the hair, dry or damp - then roughen up at will. Coolest packaging ever - the container is actually round! It does come with a little plastic base though if you don't want it rolling around your counter.

Available at partner salons across Canada - check out www.schwarzkopf-professional.ca to find one near you.
Kevin Murphy Un.Dressed Fibre Paste - 100g - $35.95 - a firm elastic paste infused with black pepper, honey and ivy extracts that creates a loose, undone, natural look with flexible hold and a matte texture.

It's easy to use, just rub a small amount between palms and distribute evenly through damp or dry hair.

Available at salons across Canada - go to www.kevinmurphy.com.au to find a location near you.
Surface Taffy Whip Styling Taffy - 118ml - $28.95 - with a 100% humidity proof formula containing natural mushroom, corn and sugar fibres that help texturize and sculpt and can be used wet and dry on curls to set a beautiful rubberized spring curl or used dry in short hair for texture.

Best part is the scent - a blend of lavender and vanilla bean, which sadly doesn't smell as girly as it sounds so you are still going to have to guard it - just remember that little bit goes a long way, especially if you are applying to dry hair - so don't overdo or you'll end up with a sticky mess!
 
Available in salons across Canada - check out www.surfacehair.com to find one near you.
 
- Lisamarie -

Designer Series by OPI Polished Quartz Collection - with swatches!

OPI introduces a new polished quartz formula with two new semiprecious stone-inspired hues – DS Tourmaline and DS Titanium – to the Designer Series by OPI collection. Each Designer Series Polished Quartz nail lacquer features a semi-matte finish with intense three-dimensional sparkle that create the eye-catching look of semi-precious jewels on the nails.

You can wear them without a topcoat for a semi-matte finish but I find they last longer with a topcoat and I like how shiny and sparkly it makes them so that how I roll...
DS Tourmaline - shimmery rose
DS Titanium - glittery dark silver

Available at professional salons and spas for $14.95 each.

- Lisamarie -

August 25, 2014

Mascara Monday - Rimmel ScandalEyes Rockin' Curves Mascara

Rimmel ScandalEyes Rockin’ Curves Mascara - $7.99 - offers amplified volume and lift
With a new broken-heart shaped brush that curves to the lash line - with a thin brush tip that grabs hard to reach lashes and an amplified base that creates dramatic volume and curves.
Between the funky shaped brush and the wet formula, I had a hard time keeping it on my lashes and had to clean mascara blotches off my face afterwards so there is a learning curve to using the brush.
 Good results though - volume, lift and no clumps!

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -