NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

(Top to bottom: Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, Antwerp)

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream  is very lightweight on the lips with a creamy velvety touch. Its non-sticky texture makes you feel like you are wearing nothing on your lips. One layer is just enough to brighten up your face and it is definitely buildable for an even more intense look. Its staying power is amazing due to its fast-dry matte finish. Try blotting your lips on a tissue or try kissing the cheek (or lips ;D) of a loved one…It doesn’t really transfer! You’ll be very impressed!

This impressive lip product can be found at a Rexall or Target near you. It retails for approximately $8.99 each.

If you get it now it’s “Buy One Get One 50% off” at Rexall until this Thursday, June 19, 2014! Hurry and get yours now! (I went to two Rexall locations and there selection was running low.)

LOTD: NYX Matte Lipstick

I like to wear my fave drink on my lips! Now all I need is the sun shining, warm weather and a patio! :-p

Here is my Lipstick Of The Day (#LOTD):
NYX Matte lipstick in “Strawberry Daiquiri”

Quick Review:

  • Matte finish – ensure your lips are moisturized prior to applying lipstick
  • Very pigmented
  • Long-lasting
  • Beautiful shade and flattering for most skin types

 

{HAUL}: MAC Cosmetics

{Products}: 

Pro Longwear Concealer – “NW30”
Concealer that provides a medium to full coverage; claims to last 15 hours

  • I bought this to cover the darkness under my eyes. My foundation is usually “NC42″ but I got “NW30″ to correct and brighten the darkness underneath my eyes. This was highly recommended to me by one of my make-up artist friends. I got a little sample and tested it for a few days and loved the coverage and finish. This concealer did not look drying underneath the eyes and if definitely did not enhance my usually-subtle wrinkles which other concealers have done.

Lipstick – “Russian Red” (matte) & “Ruby Woo”  (retro-matte)
Intense & vibrante blue-red  shade

  • I have wanted both shades for a very long time and couldn’t decide on which shade to get, so I bought both! They both look very similar in the tube, but when I applied, one is more matte than the other and one is more bright in shade.

Pro Longwear Paint Pot – “Soft Ocre”
Long-lasting, pigmented cream shadow

  • I’ve been using “Painterly” Paint Pot for years. But noticed that it’s sometimes too light for my clients. I have always wanted to try “Soft Ocre” as it’s a bit darker and more yellow. I use this as an eye primer to act as a good base before applying eye shadow.

Can’t wait to use these products! Have you tried any of these?

{REVIEW} Carmex Moisture Plus

Some of you may recall me raving about Carmex Moisture Plus SPF 15 a while back. This hydrating lip balm has saved my lips many times, especially during this crazy winter! Carmex Moisture Plus has made it into my purse… my work bag…and my office drawer — yes, I have three! This product is now my go-to lip balm (Sorry, to break up with you, EOS. My lips do thank you for the last couple of years!)

Carmex has launched their first Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm Limited Edition Collection in January 2014. This new edition not only gives you moisturized, soft, kissable lips but also makes you look trendy with its sleek designs.

Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm Limited Edition Collection features the hottest trends for 2014 with it’s stylish stick designs to represent an array of fashion personalities.
 
What’s your Style Personality?

{Chic} a modern yet elegant and sophisticated black and white houndstooth check print
{Adventurous} a wild, daring sexy leopard print for bold and sassy fashionistas
{Fab} a funky, retro orbit design in groovy shades of mauve, a key hue of the season

These designs are only the beginning! Stay tuned for more limited edition designs from Carmex in the seasons to come. Upcoming designs will reflect the seasons’ latest fashion trends.

| REVIEW |

Product: Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm Limited Edition Collection (MSRP $4.99 CAD)

Description:

  • Ultra hydrating 
  • SPF 15
  • Slanted Tip
  • Vitamin E + Aloe
  • Moisturizing Protection
  • Clear Satin Gloss Finish
  • Lightweight and sleek packaging (Size: 2 g)

Review:

  • No scent
  • Very hydrating & moisturizing for a long period of time
  • Protects my lips from the sun and cold weather
  • Soothes and heals dry, chapped lips
  • Absorbs well into your lips; doesn’t just sit on the surface
  • Keeps my lips very soft & smooth allowing ease of even lipstick application
  • It can also be applied on top of your lipstick. It adds moisture back into your lips if your lipstick becomes drying throughout the day.

Recommendation: 

Highly Recommended.  It adds long-lasting moisture to your lips and protects it from the sun & weather.

My Daily Application Routine:

  • As part of my morning routine, I apply this product before I apply my foundation to let it absorb into my lips in preparation for my lipstick.
  • I apply it again mid-day as well as before I leave the office to brace the sub-zero temperature.
  • If I’m working out that evening, I apply a bit on before my gym class. I hate the feeling of dry lips when exercising!
  • After I brush my teeth before bed, I put some on to let it nourish and hydrate my lips throughout the night.
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Thanks to the Carmex team, I’m giving away the Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm Limited Edition Collection to one lucky Canadian reader! Yes, all THREE designs! Enter to win … your lips will thank you! 😛

| GIVEAWAY  – NOW CLOSED!!|

*Contest only open to Canadian residents.
** Contest ends Monday, February 10th at 12:00 am EST.
*** Winner will be contacted via e-mail for their mailing address.
**** Contest sponsored by Carmex www.mycarmex.com

Please enter the contest through Rafflecopter below:
What’s your Style Personality … Chic, Adventurous, or Fab?


Good luck! 🙂

UPDATE – February 10, 2014

THE WINNER IS …
Congratulations R.C.! I will be contacting you shortly.
Thank you for everyone who participated in this Giveaway! 
It was great to heard what your Personality Style is!  🙂

{Beauty Panel} How to Choose a Nude Lip Colour

Wearing a nude lip is a great compliment to a smoky eye. But choosing the right nude lip shade can be a little tricky. A nude shade for you may not be the same nude shade as your best friend. It’s all about complimenting your skin tone. There are hundreds of nude shades out there to suit each person’s skin tone. But if the wrong shade is chosen, you could look washed out.
Here are a few tips on how to choose & wear the perfect nude lip shade:
  • If you are fair-skinned, choose shades that have a soft pink-beige undertone.
  • If you are medium to olive skinned, choose a rose-pink-beige or peach undertone.
  • If you are dark-skinned, choose a caramel/bronze or berry undertone.
  • Don’t choose a shade that is lighter than your skin colour. This can give you a washed out appearance.
  • If you find that your lip pigmentation can be a bit uneven or dark, you can always neutralize it by first applying concealer (same colour as your skin) to your lips as a base before applying the lipstick.
  • When wearing a nude lip, wear blush to help brighten up the face.

I have medium to olive skin. One of my favourite nude lipsticks is Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE VOLUPTÉ – Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 in #3 (Ultimate Beige). It has a rosey, mauve undertone to compliment my skin.

{Products used}:


  • Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 in “Ultimate Beige (#3)”

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Hope my tips helped! Good luck!

{Beauty Panel} 90s Beauty Make-up is Back! What 90s make-up trend would you try?

When I think of 1990s makeup, I think of Brenda Walsh from the original 90210, Kelly Kapowski from Saved by the Bell, and Daisy (Neve Campbell) from Catwalk— all beautiful women! (Did I just reveal my age?) This week’s inspiration is a bit of Brenda and Daisy mixed together: sexy and sultry with a blend of grunge.

What makes this look? Soft smoky brown eyes and deep red wine lips.

Part of the 1990s beauty trend this season is a focus on the lower lash line. So grab your favourite neutral eye shadow palette—one of my favourites is the Wet ‘n Wild Comfort Zone palette. It’s very pigmented and super affordable!

After you apply eye shadow on your lids:

1. Take a dark brown eye shadow with an eye liner brush and apply it to your lower lash line. Concentrate the colour closest to your lash line and then blend down diffusing the colour.

2. Take a lighter brown eye shadow and apply it slightly under your lower lash line. This will help achieve the gradient smoky affect, going from dark to light.

3. To keep this ’90s look modern, add a lighter colour on the inner corner of your eye to brighten up the look.

4. Apply your favourite mascara to the top and bottom lashes.

If you want to go a step further with the 1990s beauty trend, add a wine-coloured lipstick. This was definitely a staple in Brenda Walsh’s purse!

{Products used}

 

 

  • Nars Firming Foundation in “Syracuse” 
  • CoverFX Matte Powder 
  • M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in “Dark”
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow Pencil in “22E”
  • Wet ‘n Wild Comfort Zone Palette
  • Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner in “72 Brown” 
  • Annabelle Expandable Mascara
  • Elizabeth Arden Shadow “Fawn 02” 
  • M.A.C Lipstick in “Destined”

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{Beauty Panel} The “No Make-up” Make-up Look

I have exciting news!

I have been asked to be a part of www.fashionmagazine.com‘s Beauty Panel team which launched on March 7, 2013!

What is the Beauty Panel?


It’s a team of Canadian Beauty Bloggers who answer questions about make-up, hair, and nail polish!

The first question is: 

 

Mine is what I call, the “No Make-up” make-up look!
A look that is very natural, easy-to-do, and presentable for a day in the office


To see the actual post on www.fashionmagazine.com click here


Products used:

{Face}
 
Moisturizer – Embryolisse – Lait Crème Concentrè

Foundation – NARS Firming Foundation in Syracuse
Concealer – MAC Select Moisturecover in NW30
Powder –  MAKE-UP FOREVER HD Microfinish Powder (set under-eye concealer) & MAC Blot Powder in Dark (face)
Bronzer – Annabelle Perfect Bronze in Sun Goddess
Blush – MAC in Gingerly

{Eyes}

Primer – Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
Eyeshadow – MAC Malt and Shroom
Eyeliner – Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner in Brown
Mascara – MARCELLE Power Volume Mascara in Black

{Lips}

 
Lip balm – Aveeno Essential Moisture Lip Conditioner in SPF
Lipstick – Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Voluptè SPF 15 in Beige Ultimate (#3)

To see entries from the other beauty bloggers on Beauty Panel, click here



What is your everyday make-up look?

LOTD – Sheer Clover {Aveda}

Hello everyone! Meet my sister’s lips! HAHA

She is wearing a very soft, neutral colour with a slight hint of pink. This lipstick is called, “Sheer Clover” by Aveda.

It’s such a pretty colour that can match with almost every skin colour, outfit, and hair colour! ! lol
I LOOOOVE!

Well, hi there, purrrty sisterrrrr!!

LOTD – Made With Love {MAC}

Today I wanted to go for something a little bright, but not too intense.

I opted for “Made With Love” by MAC which is a coralish-pink colour. It is a lustre finish which is somewhat sheer and gives a slight gloss or “wet” look.

See how it’s still a bit sheer?

This is great for those who want to venture into wearing bright, colourful lipsticks but are still a bit scared.

TIP: If you want a more sublte look, apply the lipstick by dabbing it on your lips. Then take your clean finger to distribute the lipstick evenly on your lips and cover any missed areas.

LOTD – VINO {ANNABELLE Cosmetics}

Lately, I’ve been wearing bold lip colours.
On a daily basis, my make-up tends to be very neutral. But on weekends I love to spice it up with a bit of colour on the lips. I used to be very afraid to wear bold lip colours, but lately I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone to give my look a bit more … oomph.

So I think I’ll start posting photos of my “LIPSTICK OF THE DAY”. I don’t wear lipstick everyday, but when I do, I’ll post a photo for you to see. Who knows, it might introduce a new colour to you or help you determine whether or not you like a colour you were contemplating on getting.

Here is what I wore today:

Lipstick: VINO {ANNABELLE Cosmetics}
Lipliner: Cherry {ANNABELLE Cosmetics}

* don’t mind the lipstick shape. lol I melted all my lipsticks for my make-up kit and left a bit on the tube for me to use.
The inspiration of today’s lip colour was my turquoise necklace
I wanted to wear something deep, but not too dark.