Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - Coloured Raine 'Marshmallow'

I recently made an order from Ricky's NYC, and grabbed a few liquid lipsticks from Coloured Raine.

lip swatch coloured raine comparison dupe

I purchased 'Marshmallow' and 'Soul', and lo and behold...they look exactly the same.  Don't you hate when that happens?

Thursday, 12 October 2017

IMATS Toronto 2017 - Review, Prices/Discounts & Vlog

IMATS Toronto kinda snuck up on us this year, didn't it?

 imats toronto

I remember in 2016 it happened in October, but this year it happened in August - but silver lining: no having to lug around a heavy coat!

Monday, 9 October 2017

ColourPop 'Yes Please' Palette - Review, Swatches, and Look

Shortly after Natasha Denona came out with the 'Sunset Eyeshadow Palette' (along with the hefty price tag of $129 USD) ColourPop swooped in and gave us a more affordable alternative.

colourpop yes please palette review swatches look

The 'Yes Please' palette includes 12 pressed powder shadows that mimics the theme of the Natasha Denona palette.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Trust Issues'

You know, there's some products out there that just look good on everybody.

lip swatch comparison dupe anastasia beverly hills liquid lipstick trust issues

That's the case with Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in 'Trust Issues' - everyone who wears it absolutely rocks it!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Rouge Dior Double Rouge Lipstick - Review, Swatches, and Looks

Double the lipstick, double the fun, right?

dior rouge dior double rouge review swatches look poison purple 992 vibrant nude 239

Dior has come out with Double Rouge lipsticks - a matte/metal colour & couture contour lipstick.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Benefit 'Dandelion Twinkle' Highlighter - Review, Swatches, and Look

A visit from the makeup fairy ended with me becoming the proud owner of a little treasure box.

benefit dandelion twinkle highlighter review swatches comparison dupe

Meet the Benefit 'Dandelion Twinkle' highlighter.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - Guerlain 'Spicy Burgundy'

In my last post, I talked about Dave Lackie's #GuerlainLover VIP follower dinner.

guerlain kiss kiss matte lipstick spicy burgundy swatches comparison dupe

They kindly sent us home with some products to try out, so why not share them on the blog, starting with the KISS KISS Matte Lipstick in 'Spicy Burgundy'?

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Dave Lackie's #GuerlainLover VIP Follower Dinner

Every so often you get lucky.  A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a seat at Dave Lackie's #GuerlainLover VIP follower dinner.

guerlain dave lackie event

It was held at the beautiful Arcadian Loft, in downtown Toronto.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

NYX 'Happy Birthday' Palette - Review, Swatches, Look + Ulta Birthday Gift Comparison

♬ Go shorty, it's ya birthday.  We gonna party like it's ya birthday 

nyx happy birthday palette ulta birthday gift swatches review

While my birthday is in the winter, my mom was kind enough to donate the NYX 'Happy Birthday' Palette to me (the summer birthday gift from Ulta)....for research purposes!

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - Tarte 'Surfer Girl'

Sometimes you come across a lipstick that checks all of your boxes: creamy, pigmented, great color, and comfortable to wear.

lip swatch tarte drench lip splash surfer girl comparison dupe

For me, that lipstick is the Tarte Drench Lip Splash in 'Surfer Girl'.  It's one of my only lipsticks that gives me full colour payoff in one swipe - ONE!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Face of the Day - Christmas in the Summer

I may only September, but I've already been to a couple holiday previews.  Which is not at all a problem, because holiday releases are my fave!  I live for a good gift set.

Face of the Day - Christmas in the Summer

This past August I went to a holiday preview event for Shoppers Drug Mart, so of course I had to dress up to match the festive spirit.  Here is the look that I put together.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Elizabeth Arden 'Gelato Crush Color Collection' - Review, Swatches, and Look

Summer may be over, but you can still enjoy come refreshing gelato.

elizabeth arden gelato crush collection review swatches bare kiss fire red berry rush

Elizabeth Arden has released a colourful collection that includes lipsticks, lip liners, and cheek tints.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - BITE Beauty Lip Lab Custom Lipstick

Before Toronto got one, New York had the original BITE Beauty Lip lab.

bite lip lab custom lipstick swatches comparison

When I was in New York with my blogger friends we went to the lip lab to make our very own custom lipstick.  We got to choose the shade, the finish, and the scent.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Too Faced 'Best Year Ever' Makeup Collection - Swatches (via InstaStories)

Fa-la-la-la-laaaaaa, la-la la la!

too faced best year ever makeup collection swatches

Too Faced gave us a sneak peek of their holiday products, complete with swatches today (don't you love when brands post swatches way ahead of time, so you can plan out your shopping list?).

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Revlon Colorstay Foundation - Review, Swatches, Before & After + #ColorStayAllDay Event, Hosted by Gigi Gorgeous

This summer Revlon threw a bash highlighting some of their favourite products.

revlon colorstay combination oily foundation review swatches comparison 110 ivory before and after

The event featured all kinds of products; eyeshadow, nail polish, lipsticks, and the product that I'm always on the hunt for.....foundations!

Monday, 11 September 2017

Nail Art Inspired By.....Cover FX Highlighter

Back in the day I did a little series called "Inspired By", where I would do nail art that was inspired by something fun: fashion, makeup, food - whatever tickled my fancy.

cover fx custom enhancer drops nail art

I'm a big fan of the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in 'Halo'.  I'm down for a fun, weird, alien-like mermaid-y highlight!

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - Too Faced Melted Matte 'Granny Panties'

Your loves herself some Too Faced Melted Mattes (Reviews HERE).  So much so that I have a little glass container specifically dedicated to holding those precious Too Faced lippies.
too faced melted matte granny panties swatches comparison dupe

Let's welcome the Too Faced Melted Matte in 'Granny Panties' to the collection!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Maui Moisture 'Coconut Milk' Collection - Information

Okay, I get it.....it's September, which means that summer is over.

maui moisture coconut milk collection

At least my shampoo can trick me into thinking that it's still summer, right?

Monday, 4 September 2017

Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara - Review, Before & After

Mascara packaging seems pretty standard these days - a tube, a wand, and some product.

givenchy noir interdit mascara review before and after

But Givenchy is switching it up with their new 90° brush.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - Urban Decay 'Rapture'

Can I get a round of applause going for brands that update their packaging?

lip swatch urban decay rapture comparison dupe

It gives the product a fresh look, and as bonus I get to buy the old packaging at a discounted price.  So when Urban Decay gave their lipsticks a makeover, needless to say, I went just slightly HAM.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Fave Neutral Liquid Lipsticks from Stila

I keep telling myself that I'm not allowed to get any more liquid lipsticks, yet here I am with too many to fit in my lipstick drawer.

stila fave nude neutral stay all day liquid lipstick caramello perla patina swatches

A sizable chunk of my collection is Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks.  They have a great range of shades, as far as liquid lipsticks go they feel pretty comfortable, and they're very accessible - Stila is available at Sephora, Ulta, online, and even certain drugstores.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Clarins Lip Comfort Oil - Review and Look

Ready to kiss?

clarins lip comfort oil review

Because Clarins Lip Comfort Oil is now available in four new yummy shades!

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - NYX 'Napoleon'

Happy Saturday!  Today I am running around IMATS Toronto, but that won't stop me from sharing some swatches.

nyx intense butter gloss napoleon swatches comparison dupe

This is the NYX Intense Butter Gloss in 'Napoleon'.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Velour Lashes - Review and Look

It seems like almost every Instagram eye makeup tutorial includes a set of false lashes these days.  I'm not complaining - it really rounds out the look.

velour lashes live in lashes review patrick ta magic touch shot of whispie touch

Luckily for Canadians, we can get our hands on Velour Lashes!

Monday, 21 August 2017

Beauty Battle Station Must-Haves

"This isn't a bra, this is body armor.  This isn't makeup, this is war paint!" - Iliza Schlesinger

When I'm getting glam for the day, I step up to my battle station and make a game plan.  Okay, maybe you don't call it a "battle station", maybe you call it "a vanity".....same, same.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Velour Lashes - Live in Lashes Tour & Tips from Celebrity Makeup Artist Patrick Ta

The Velour Lashes pop-up event has come and gone, and I got the full lash-y experience.

velour lashes live in lashes review patrick ta

Playing with falsies, watching an artist at work, and learning some tips along the way - not a bad way to spend an afternoon, right?

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - BITE Beauty 'Pomegranate'

I'm slowly becoming less and less afraid to rock a red lip.  It's an intimidating colour, but I'm warming up to it.

lip swatch bite beauty high pigment pencil pomegranate comparison dupe nars stila

This red is the BITE Beauty High Pigment Pencil in 'Pomegranate'.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Sun Care Round-up

Even though it may not be the sunniest of summers, that doesn't mean that the UV rays aren't out in full force.

sunscreen roundup sun bum shiseido garnier ombrelle zorah

And while I've been somewhat of a vampire this summer, having barely seen daylight, I'm still on the ball when it comes to protecting my skin.  These are some of my top picks for summer sun care.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Estée Lauder Announces New Modern Muse Spokesmodel

Estée Lauder has announced Misty Copeland, principal ballerina at American Ballet Theatre, as the new global spokesmodel for the brand’s Modern Muse fragrance. Misty will front the new Modern Muse fragrance campaign across digital, TV, in-store and print, debuting August 2017.

estee lauder modern muse misty copeland

I absolutely LOVE this choice - Misty Copeland is such a force in the dance world, and I think that her story, and her beautiful & graceful talent pairs well with what Modern Muse represents.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - Maybelline 'Nude Embrace'

Remember when nude, mannequin-like concealer-lips were all the rage?

maybelline nude embrace swatches comparison dupe loreal nyx

I do, because it was the first lip trend that I hopped on.  I went out and raided the Maybelline nude lipstick collection display at my local Walmart.  Some of the shades that I bought back then don't really work on me anymore, but I think that 'Nude Embrace' still does.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Lipstick Queen "Nothing But The Nudes" Collection - Review, Swatches, and Look + GIVEAWAY

Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?

lipstick queen nothing but the nudes the truth the whole truth nothing but the truth review swatches giveaway

Coming soon to Lipstick Queen is their latest collection, "Nothing But The Nudes".

Monday, 31 July 2017

Quo Summer 2017 Collection - Review, Swatches, and Look

♫ When I met you in the summer, to my heartbeat sound... 

quo summer 2017 brush set bronzer eyeshadow sunset eyes swatches review

Quo is always on the ball as far as releasing a new collection every season.  This is their summer 2017 collection.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - Dose of Colors 'Dark Secrets'

When I went to New York City last year for IMATS New York I made it a point to check out the store, "Ricky's NYC".

dose of colors dark secrets swatches comparison dupe

The Ricky's that I went to had a bunch of their Dose of Colors stock on sale for 50% off, so I had to pick up a lipstick, right?  I didn't even know that Dose had made solid lipsticks, as I had always known them to make liquid lipsticks.  But I was told that solid lipsticks was actually one of the first products that Dose's released - cool!

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Velour "Live In Lashes" Pop-Up Toronto Event + GIVEAWAY

Hey Toronto peeps - whatcha doing this weekend?

If you're a fan of falsies, come check out the "Live In Lashes" Pop-Up Event hosted by Velour Lashes!

Monday, 24 July 2017

Essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick Collection - Review, Swatches, and Looks

While I am not shy in saying that my fave matte lipsticks are the Maybelline ColorSensational Creamy Mattes, I'm not afraid to try out another brand's take on matte lipsticks.

essence matt matt matt lipstick review swatches

Today I'm talking about the Essence Matt Matt Matt Lipsticks.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - Kylie Cosmetics 'Posie K'

Inspired by "Swatch Sunday" by Chelle of Makeup Your Mind, I bring you "Lip Swatch Saturday".

 kylie cosmetics matte liquid lipstick posie k swatches comparison dupe colourpop dose of colors wet n wild

My lipstick collection is slowly getting out of control, so in an effort to keep track of it all, I'll be doing a post every Saturday featuring a lipstick from my stash.  Each post will include the lipstick, a lip swatch, a face shot, and an arm swatch comparison.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Lip Swatch Survival Kit

As my lipstick collection has grown over the past few years, my favourite type of post has quickly become lip swatch posts.  But when I'm swatching an entire collection in one sitting, my lips can really go through the ringer.

lip swatch survival kit milani remover too faced sweet peach oil sigma l06 tarte lip scrub burts bees pomegranate

These are the products that you'll find attached to my hip, during a lipstick swatch-fest.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

FOREO Espada - Review

Because I have to stay away from any acne-treating creams due to skin allergies, it's a rarity that I get to review acne products.

foreo espada review

But when I was learning about the FOREO Espada, I figured that I'd be the perfect guinea pig, because it's cream-free, and therefore my skin probably wouldn't freak out.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Bodycology 'Creamy Vanilla' Moisturizing Body Wash, Moisturizing Body Cream, and Fragrance Mist - Information

My first ever retail job was at Bath and Body Works.  I worked there for about four years, and during those four years fancied myself a bodycare product aficionado.

bodycology creamy vanilla bodycare

And since I worked there for so long, I grew kind of tired of the products.  So I'm always keeping my eyes peeled for bodycare products that come from a different store than the one that I lived in during university.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

OGX Lavender Luminescent Platinum Shampoo & Conditioner - Review

For bottle blondes like myself, purple shampoos are an absolute necessity.

OGX Lavender Luminescent Platinum Shampoo & Conditioner - Review

And since I can't stand when my hair leans red/orange, I *need* the purple shampoo to tone down the brassy tones.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Tartelette Tease Palette - Review, Swatches, and Looks

My Tarte epiphany happened a few months ago when I tried their 'Maneater' palette (review HERE).  I had used a fair amount of their products before (Shape Tape, Sephora birthday gift, and so on) and been quite happy with them, not only because of the result, but because their products are made with naturally-derived ingredients (which meant that my skin probably wouldn't freak out in allergic reactions upon use).

tartelette tease review swatches

But after I tried the Maneater palette, I was completely and utterly sold.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Face of the Day - Modern Renaissance

During a trip to Ulta a few months ago, I swatched the Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Modern Renaissance' palette - I finally understood the hype.

anastasia beverly hills modern renaissance fotd

I immediately knew that it would be my next makeup purchase.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Tweezerman Rose Gold Classic Lash Curler - Review, Before & After

Ever since I busted the pad on my beloved Revlon eyelash curler, I had been in the market for a new curler.

tweezerman rose gold eyelash curler review before and after

The things that I look for in an eyelash curler are: a firm pad (I go pretty hard when it comes to pumping the curler, and when the pad is soft my lashes get stuck in it), something that catches my outer lashes, and something opens up wide enough for me to comfortably fit my lashes inside.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Tarte Clay Stick Foundation in 'Fair Neutral' - Review, Comparison Swatches, Before & After

Recently Tarte released their version of a stick foundation.

tarte clay stick foundation review swatches before and after fair neutral

It comes in 12 shades, and has a big selection for the lighter shades, which was music to my ears, seeing how it's not uncommon for a brand's lightest shade to still be a bad shade match for me.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Jimmy Choo L'EAU Eau de Toilette - Review

Jimmy Choo invites you to live "la vie en rose" with their latest fragrance.

jimmy choo l'eau eau de toilette fragrance perfume

Introducing L'EAU, the newest addition to the Jimmy Choo fragrance family.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Clarins Sunkissed Summer 2017 Collection - Review, Swatches, and Looks

Makeup brands release collections several times per year, but I can easily say that my fave launches are holiday and summer collections.  I like holiday releases because I'm a sucker for a festive gift set, and I love summer launches because I am Team Bronzy Glow.

clarins limited edition summer 2017 makeup review swatches look

Clarins Sunkissed Summer 2017 Collection is exactly that - warm, golden, and everything that I love about the sunny weather.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Face of the Day - Pride 2017

Happy Pride, friends!

fotd pride 2017 too faced sugar pop palette mac  embrace me

I originally intended this look to be a rainbow eyeliner look that involved putting a rainbow of eyeshadows over a white base.  However, as the look progressed, I kept adding more and more ideas to it, and it got to the point where it looked like a total mess. So I took it all off, and whipped up this look in about 10 minutes.  Very Jem and the Holograms.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Dermablend Leg and Body Makeup in 'Fair Ivory' - Review, swatches, Before & After

Besides a good colour match, the number 1 thing I look for in a foundation is coverage.  So when I heard about how Dermablend's priority is achieving good coverage, the heavens sang.

dermablend leg and body makeup buildable liquid body foundation review swatches before and after fair ivory 10n

While I have yet to try the face foundation, I did try the Leg and Body Makeup.


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