Thursday, 29 December 2016

New 2017 Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Shades

Kat Von D has just released swatches of over 25 new liquid lipstick shades, and I'm OBSESSED.  I have like 5 faves!

kat von d Everlasting Liquid Lipstick lip swatch gold skool

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

New Year's Hair with BioSilk Tools - Review, and Before & After

With New Year's parties just around the corner you have the opportunity to glam up your look.  And while I love talking about makeup, I sometimes neglect the hair. 


Biosilk 1.5 inch titanium curling iron review

It's always fun to spruce up your hair, so why not give yourself some big bouncy curls?

Monday, 26 December 2016

Face of the Day - Trust Issues

I recently became the proud owner of the Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in 'Trust Issues'.  I've always been a fan of the colour, but have owned very similar shades (NYX Lip Suede in 'Vintage'), so I held off on owning the ABH one.  Until now, that is.  And after wearing it, I thought to myself "WHYYYYYY did I wait so long?".

face of the day abh trust issues

Here's the look I sported with the liquid lippie that myself and my friend Laura personally thanked Anastasia Soare for making (at the ABH meet & greet HERE).

Friday, 23 December 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Quick ‘n’ Easy 5 Minute Makeup Revolution - Review, and Look

Sometimes picking out a bunch of makeup pieces to make one cohesive look can be a laborious process.  Say no more - Charlotte Tilbury to the rescue!

Charlotte Tilbury Quick ‘N’ Easy The 5 Minute Makeup Revolution

Charlotte Tilbury has put together four kits that include complimentary products, to help you create your desired look in 5 minutes.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

New Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Swatches (via Snapchat)

If you aren't following Maybelline on Snapchat, you're missing out.  They post sneak peaks of their latest releases, as well as swatches.  This is the second coming of the Color Sensational Vivid Matte line, as the original 10 colours were released about a year ago.

maybelline new vivid matte liquid lipstick swatches

Today they posted swatches of the newest 10 shades!

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique Haul

Fun fact:  I didn't know that Shoppers Drug Mart carried more than drugstore brands until 3 years ago, because my local Shoppers Drug Mart had the smallest beauty aisle you've ever seen.

shoppers drug mart beauty boutique haul urban decay

Three years ago I saw the light.  I remember thinking "Shoppers sells Benefit Cosmetics?   SHOPPERS SELLS CHANEL?!?!".  It was a transformative day.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Easy Winter Nail Art

Here is some a simple winter nail art look that I created for the FASHION Magazine Beauty Panel.

easy winter nail art

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Holiday Gift Guide 2016

It's the giftiest time of the year!  The holidays mean spending time with your loved ones, but they also mean presents-a-plenty.

holiday gift guide 2016

Here are some of my top picks for gifts to give and receive, this holiday season.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow - Review, Swatches, and Look

Are you ready to glow to the Gods?  Today will complete the trifecta - the third piece of the new Too Faced Sweet Peach products (Review of Lip Glosses HERE, and 'Papa Don't Peach' Blush HERE).

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow review swatches

The Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette had some babies, and today I'm talking about the glowiest of them all - Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Too Faced 'Papa Don't Peach' Blush - Review, Comparison Swatches, and Look

Part two of 'Sweet Peach Week' is upon us, and today it's all about blush (Part 1, reviewing the glosses is HERE).

too faced papa dont peach blush review swatches dupe

Meet the Too Faced peach-infused blush, 'Papa Don't Peach'.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss - Review, Swatches, and Looks

If you're a makeup lover, then you've definitely heard that Too Faced is expanding their Sweet Peach line.  It started out as an eyeshadow palette, and now they're coming out with a Sweet Peach blush, highlighter/blush/bronzer palette, and lip oil glosses.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss review swatches

I'll be sharing reviews of all the new Sweet Peach products, so today I'm kicking it off with the 'Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss'.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 'Trafalgar', and Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 'Trompe L'Oeil' - Review, Swatches, and Look

I've been a big fan of the "warm and rusty" shades of makeup, for the past little while.  So, when I saw the Dior eyeshadow palette in 'Trafalgar', I immediately fell in love with the rich red shadow that is featured in the centre of the palette.

dior 5 couleurs eyeshadow palette trafalgar fluid stick gloss trompe loeil review swatches

Here's a little look I put together with some "warm and rusty" Dior picks.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Quo Brow Beauty Eyebrow Kit - Review, Swatches, Before & After

I'm back with another piece from the Quo Holiday 2016 collection (Quo Luxury Lipstick Wardrobe Review HERE)!

quo brow beauty eyebrow kit holiday 2016 review swatches before and after

Today we're talking brows.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Teeez Cosmetics Fashion Vendetta Collection - Review, Swatches, and Look

You may have heard me talk about Teeez Cosmetics before (HERE and HERE).  But if you are unfamiliar, they are a Netherlands-based brand with fun packaging, that are inspired by runway trends.

teeez cosmetics fashion venedetta review swatches berlin sunrise cool cerise scarlet adrenaline

Today I'm talking about a few pieces from their latest line, the 'Fashion Vendetta' Collection.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

NYX Lip Lingirie in 'Embellishment' - Review, Look, and Comparison Swatches

Another liquid lipstick to add to the test pile.  NYX came out with their Lip Lingirie line a little while ago, so I grabbed 'Embellishment' during a trip to Ulta.  Since then it's been sitting in my lipstick storage, whispering "Play with me, Shawna".

nyx lip lingirie embellishment review swatches comparison

Whatever you say, makeup.....

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Dior Holiday Splendor 2016 Collection - Review, Swatches, Looks

Hooray for holiday collections!  Bring on the silver, gold, and glitter!

dior holiday makeup 2016 1 review swatches splendor

Every holiday season Dior releases a beautiful limited edition holiday collection. Needless to say, I was really excited to see what they created for 2016.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Hi-Lustre in 'Sly Ingenue' - Review, Comparison Swatches, and Look

I think it's safe to say that I love playing with lipsticks.  My lipstick collection has grown exponentially in the last 2 years, but that's okay because I love reviewing them.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Hi-Lustre in 'Sly Ingenue'

Today I'm reviewing the Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Hi-Lustre in 'Sly Ingenue'.

Monday, 21 November 2016

MAC Shadescents - Information

PSA!  MAC is coming out with lipstick-inspired fragrances!

mac shadescents perfume fragrance

Scent and lips create irresistible chemistry with MAC Shadescents, six new perfumes inspired by our most iconic Lipstick shades.

Friday, 18 November 2016

MAC Black Plum Friday - Information

MAC has a little somethin somethin for you this Black Friday...


Check it out!

Quo Luxury Lipstick Wardrobe - Review, Swatches, and Look

The holidays are in full swing, and Quo has got you covered.

quo luxury lipstick wardrobe review swatches fig creme raspberry red orchid

This year they have over 25 pieces in their holiday collection.  Palettes, brushes, and gift sets galore!

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

MAC Mariah Carey - Information

Daaaaahling!  Mimi has teamed up with MAC to bring us all things glitter, glamour, and butterflies.  Pretty packaging alert - I just had a Vision Of Love.

mac mariah carey

Let's see how many Mariah Carey song titles I can fit into one post, shall we?

Monday, 14 November 2016

MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Light Fusion #01 - Review, Swatches, Look, and Comparison

Welcome to the glow game, MAKE UP FOR EVER.  I've been waiting for you!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Light Fusion 01 review swatches face comparison dupe

MAKE UP FOR EVER has just come out with two highlighters to add to their lineup.  For some reason, I'm pretty surprised that this hadn't happened sooner, but I'll welcome them to the family with open arms.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Essence 2-in-1 Lipstick & Liner in 'Vintage Rose', and 'Lush Berry' - Review, Swatches, and Look

Essence is pretty famous for launching a huge slew of products at once.  And every launch is a surprise - lipsticks, blushes, face setting spray - oh my!

essence 2 in 1 lipstick and liner lush berry wintage rose review swatches

I've been making my way through some of the fall/winter 2016 products, and today I'm talking about the 2-in-1 Lipstick & Liner.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

PAUL & JOE Eye Color 'CS 103 - September Song' - Review, Swatches, and Look

I've seen Paul & Joe products pop up online (they make the cat lipsticks!), but I've never actually used any of their makeup.

Paul & Joe eye color cs 103 review swatches 1 september song

Well today that all changes.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Serum Makeup in '1C1 Cool Bone' - Review, Swatches, Before & After

Little known fact:  Estée Lauder was one of my first foundation loves, with their 'Double Wear Stay-in-Place' foundation.  Until then, I truly had no idea that foundation could actually make your face look like one consistent colour.

estee lauder perfectionist youth infusing serum makeup foundation review swatches before and after 1

My makeup knowledge may have grown since then, but my love for Estée Lauder remains.  Today I'm testing out the Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Serum Makeup.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Celebrity Makeup Artist Ricky Wilson's Top Dior Picks

Ricky Wilson (Makeup artist to the stars!) was in Toronto last week, giving makeovers at Holt Renfrew.

dior ricky wilson favorites

I got the chance to sit down with him and chat all things Snapchat filters, Walking Dead, and of course, makeup!

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Face of the Day - You're Such A Teeez

Today's 'Face of the Day' features products from the Netherlands-based brand, Teeez Cosmetics.

teeez cosmetics makeup look 1

With fun packaging, and great colour selection, what's not to love?

Monday, 31 October 2016

Mermaid Makeup For Halloween

A few days ago I posted my 'Darling Deer' Halloween look, which I put together with help from the "Glam To Ghoul" campaign (Check it out HERE).

halloween makeup mermaid fishnet

Today, I have a magical mermaid look.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in 'Secret Salma', 'Kim K.W.', and 'Miranda May' - Review, Swatches, and Look

Get ready for some pretty-ness, because today I'm talking about the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipsticks!

charlotte tilbury hot lips lipstick secret salma kim k.w. miranda may review swatches look

Inspired by and in collaboration with some of the world's most inspiring celebrities, Charlotte Tilbury brings you 16 lipsticks (4 of which are best sellers), in a variety of finishes.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Glam To Ghoul - Darling Deer

This year, MAKE UP FOR EVER has partnered with Sephora Canada on a Halloween campaign called "Glam To Ghoul", which features six trendy and achievable Halloween looks.

glam to ghoul darling deer

This is my attempt at the 'Darling Deer' look.  I hope you *fawn* over it!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Face of the Day - Ease Into Fall

After going to work this past weekend, and realzing that I couldn't wear shorts, it officially hit me - summer is over, and I need to start preparing for fall.  While I'm not ready to say goodbye to the warm weather, I can always get excited for fall makeup.


I'm not quite ready to dive head-first into the bold vampy fall makeup, so this my "transitional" look.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

BlinkBrowBar Eyebrow Pencil, Nourishing Brow Oil, Brow Corrector - Review, Swatches, Before & After

I am constantly on the hunt for the next best brow product.  I'm super picky when it comes to my brows because I'm a bottle blonde, with ashy-toned dark-ish brows, and am always trying to find products that will fill in the sparse areas, but not make my brows look orange/clash with my blonde hair.

blinkbrowbar eyebrow pencil brow oil brow corrector review swatches

I was recently introduced to BlinkBrowBar, which is a walk-in brow bar with 25 locations in the UK, and 1 location in Saks Fifth Avenue NYC.  I have a few products from the brand to share with you today.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Stila Stay All Day MATTE'ificent Lipstick in 'Brûlée', and 'Bisou' - Review, Swatches, and Look

Back in September I got to check out a preview for a bunch of brands that fall under the 'ACI' umbrella.  One of those brands was a brand that carries my holy-grail liquid eyeliner - Stila!

Stila stay all day matteificent lipstick brulee bisou review swatches 1

One of the things that Stila was launching was the Stila Stay All Day MATTE'ificent Lipsticks, which are part of the Glam Rock Fall 2016 Collection.  Today I have two of the twelve shades for you to take a look at.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Belif Comes to Canada + Skincare Review

Belif skincare is heeeeeere!  The wait is over because the famous skincare brand that combines British medical herbalist 150 year heritage with modern Korean skin science is finally available in Canada.


I know - Shawna talking about skincare?  That's right!  I don't talk about skincare a lot, so when I do, you know it's good.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Matte Long Wear Lipstick - Review, Swatches, and Looks

Too Faced has had a few teasers on their Instagram page of upcoming new products.  Included in the bunch are some new colours of the Melted Matte liquid lipsticks (Forest Green!).  Since new colours are coming out, it's about time that I try out the original Melted Matte colours.

too faced melted mattes review swatch

I've tried matte liquid lipsticks from Kat Von D, Colourpop, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and Milani, so let's add Too Faced to the list and see how they measure up!

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Belif Skincare - Introduction & Contest Announcement!

Some of you might be familiar with Belif products - the Korean skincare brand that you might have seen popping up around the world.  Well now they're launching in Canada, in a big way!

belif canada contest

Belif is giving Canadians a chance to win a trip for two to Banff!

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Compact Eye Shadow x 9 - Review, Swatches, and Look

Let the holiday beauty products begin - Fly money, fly!  In addition to peppermint, snowflakes, and hot chocolate, the best thing about the holidays for beauty lovers around the world is holiday collections.  Every year, brands release limited-edition products that I always hope will end up being given to me, wrapped in a big bow.

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Compact eye shadow x 9 review swatches look

If you've paid attention to Instagram, you know that MAC plans to big for this holiday season. The Nutcracker Sweet Collection contains 40 (yes, forty!) pieces.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

MAC Diwali Light Festival Collection - Information

Light up the Diwali Festival with an exquisite limited-edition eye shadow X 9 palette.

MAC light festival Diwali collection

In honour of the joyful holiday, this palette draws on the expressive hues of gold, red, and blue, in spirited limited-edition packaging, inspired by the flicker of the flames and fireworks.  Complete the look with a lively flourish of Fluidline Pen or Modern Twist Kajal Liner.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

GOSH Cosmetics - Review and Look

GOSH Cosmetics is adding a bunch of products to their core collection.

GOSH Cosmetics core products review look

I put together an (almost) full-face look with them.  Was it a hit or a miss?

Monday, 3 October 2016

IMATS Toronto 2016 - Pictures, Prices, Haul, and Planning for IMATS 2017: Going in the Morning VS. Afternoon

It feels like IMATS New York was ages ago!  But here we are, 6 months later, with another IMATS is upon us.

IMATS Toronto 2016 - Pictures, Prices, Haul

This time I went on the Saturday afternoon, compared to my first IMATS, where I woke up at the crack of dawn to get into the convention first thing.  

Thursday, 29 September 2016

MAKE UP FOR EVER Water Blend Face & Body Foundation 'Y215', 'R240' - Review, Swatches, Before & After

MAKE UP FOR EVER has been killing the makeup game lately.  The Aqua XL liners (review HERE), and the Artist Rouge lipsticks (Reviews HERE and HERE) were big hits in my book.

make up for ever water blend foundation y215 r240 review swatches before and after

But does the new Water Blend foundation live up to its predecessors?

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

My New Post-Colouring Hair Routine, ft. John Frieda Sheer Blonde Hi-Impact Collection - Review

It's no secret that this gal is a bottle blonde.  My hair has been almost every colour under the sun, but blonde is definitely my favourite, as well as the colour that I've been most committed to.

john frieda hi impact sheer blonde shampoo conditioner oil elixir review

For the past few weeks I've been exclusively using John Frieda's new Sheer Blonde Hi-Impact Collection, which is made to restore colour-treated hair.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Rouge Dior 2016 Lipstick - Review, Swatches, and Look

Dior is back at it again, this time with the Rouge Dior Lipsticks.

dior rouge lipstick review swatches

With a whopping 50 shades, there's something for everyone.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Monday, 19 September 2016

Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup - Review, Before & After

Last month I got to take a look at some upcoming Estée Lauder products.  Today, I have a review of the Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup.

estee lauder double wear nude cushion stick radiant makeup 2w1 dawn review

The Double Wear Stay-In-Place foundation was my very first full coverage foundation, and opened my eyes to the magic of foundation.  How does the cushion foundation measure up?

Saturday, 17 September 2016

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Rouge Lipstick 'M101', 'C211' - Review, Swatches, and Look

I'm back with more Artist Rouge lipsticks from MAKE UP FOR EVER.

MAKE UP FOR EVER artist rouge lipstick m101 c211 review swatches

I reviewed two colours a few weeks ago (HERE), and was very happy with the product as a whole, so I'm glad that I got my claws on two more colours.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Quo Cosmetics Fall 2016 Collection - Review and Look

Quo's limited edition collection for fall 2016 is here, and I put it to the test.

quo cosmetics fall 2016 collection

This collection is laid out quite similarly to their spring 2016 'Prismatic' collection, as far as what it contains.  Let's see how it measures up.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Fall Catwalk Beauty Trends with Dave Lackie

Last week Beauty Editor and Cityline Beauty Expert Dave Lackie held two presentations in downtown Toronto, discussing the latest in fall trends.


Not everyone was able to get tickets, or make their way to Toronto, but your girl has got you covered.  I'm sharing Dave's top 3 beauty trends, inspired by the catwalk.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

TIFF Survival Guide with KISS

The Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing!  Maybe you're going star-sighting, maybe you're seeing some movies, or maybe you're living it up at a TIFF suite.

TIFF Survival Guide with KISS

Whatever you choose to do, KISS has some must-haves to carry in your clutch, to survive TIFF 2016.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Cover FX Perfect Light Highlighting Powder 'Sunlight', 'Candlelight', 'Moonlight' - Review and Swatches

I love the highlighting trend - I hope it never goes away.  My highlighter collection keeps growing, and with so many formulas, I want to try them all.  They come in cream form, they come in liquid form with a dropper, but my all-time fave is definitely powder form.  I love being able to wiggle my big dramatic fan brush into the product and dust the glam all over my face.  Powder form is always easiest to blend (for me) and it sits so comfortably on my skin.

cover fx perfect light highlighting powder unlight moonlight candlelight review swatches

Soon you'll be seeing Cover FX's powder highlighters.  That's right - you can take three of the colours from the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops on the go, because they are in a travel-friendly compact.

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