Makeup Change Up: Spring Addition

I love all that comes with the change of seasons {ok, not so much from fall to winter because Canada = cold}, and shopping my stash or trying out new, bright tones for Spring is no exception.

I’ve done a few of these posts before {here and here for the most recent ones}  and think you guys like to see what new things I’m trying, or what tends to stay month over month – that’s how you know I’m a huge fan!

What Stayed:

I didn’t keep much around this time and opted, instead, to shake it up for Spring.

  • IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream {I use medium}
  • CoverFX Sample of their Illuminating Primer
  • Life Brand concealer/blemish stick
  • MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose 
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer {I use fair}
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational and Colossal Big Shot mascara {see my review here}
  • Benefit Roller Lash and Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara samples
  • Marc Jacobs Lip Liner in Prim{rose}
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz {not sure of my particular shade}
  • Benefit Eye Bright
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Concealer {this thing won’t die.  Good bang for your buck tho, Tarte!}
  • Bite Beauty lippie in Meringue
  • Sugar Lip Treatment {used before I apply any lip product}
  • NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine {…of course…}

 

What’s New:

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  • Chanel blush in Rose Initial
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Exposed
  • Rimmel Stay Matte powder
  • Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel bronzer
  • Wet ‘n Wild Highlighting Powder in Crown of My Canopy
  • NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in Roman Holiday and Never Say Never {great combo together, might I add}
  • MAC Lipliner in Whirl
  • Tom Ford Lipstick
  • Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect lipstick
  • NYX Butter Lipstick in Root Beer Float
  • Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo in Dynamic
  • Makeup Forever Aqua Liner
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Liner
  • Marc Jacobs Highliner in Brown{out}
  • NARS single shadow in Ashes to Ashes
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Loose Shimmer Shadow {um, not loose, so great to use} in rose shimmer
  • Surratt Prismatique Eyes in Glamour Eyes

 

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{Just incase you’re curious, here’s what didn’t make the Spring cut}

 

Whew.  If you’re still with me after all that, comment below.  There may be candy in it for you…

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Life Brand Blemish Stick  |  Lash Sensational Mascara  |   MAC Prep + Prime in Radiant Rose  |  Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer  |  Benefit Eye Bright  |  Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12 Hour Concealer |  Bite Beauty Lippies  |  Fresh Lip Treatment  |  Anastasia Brow Wiz  | Chanel Blush and Bronzer | Tarte Blush | Rimmel Stay Matte | Wet ‘n Wild highlighter | NARS Lip Pencils | MAC Whirl | Tom Ford lipsticks | Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect lippie | NYX Butter lipstick | D&G Passion Duo | Marc Jacobs Highliner| NARS Shadow |  Kevyn Aucoin shimmer shadow | IT Cosmetics CC Cream | Suratt Prismatique eyes | Tarte eyeliner similar here | MUFE Aqua Liner

 

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Lovin’ Lately: August Faves {and a Fail}

I know you’ve likely heard this a million times already, but here it is to make it a million and one:  how is it September already?  Summer just flew by!  For me, it was the best summer in so many ways, due in no small part to the insanely warm, sunny {and oft too humid} weather here in Toronto.  I’m a little sad to see it go if I’m being honest, but can’t wait for warmer fall clothing, scents, and, of course, makeup looks.

I’ve got a few faves from August and a bonus {is it really a bonus?  Really?} fail for y’all.

 

Beauty Faves

Truth be told, I’ve never been a fan of dual ended brushes.  Yes, I understand that they essentially serve 2 functions, save space, and are often better priced, however I don’t like turning the brush around to use the proper side, and hate the fact that one end of the brush has to be crushed while stored in a brush cup or belt.  My Crown AC012 Shadow/Crease Duet brush is the one exception,  yet I don’t use it for it’s intended purpose.  Instead, I use this brush for my daily nose contour – the pencil brush end applies a pigmented line of my bronzer {or your contour product of choice!} where I put it, and the fluffy blending end blurs that line perfectly.

 

I think I’vefig posted about my next fave in some iteration before.  FRESH Sugar Lip Tints are the bomb and I LOVE them.  I love the formulation, I love the colour range, I love the lasting power, and I love the brand as a whole.  If you follow me on Instagram {if you don’t, go over and doooooo it} you’ll know that a friend brought this over as a gift a month or two ago.  Yes, us beauty junkies don’t like normal hostess presents.  I have kept this at my desk for mid-day application all month long.  Every time I apply it, the colour just perks up my whole look and lasts until I re-apply or a solid two hours, at the very least.  I love this.  It’s a staple in my purse in a different shade, and now a staple on the daily in Fig.

 

A little late to the bandwagon on the ColourPop line, I put in an order for a few bits earlieSuperShockCheek-NeverBeenKissed_e15420f8-242d-4801-bf44-77ebd0f6ad0c_1024x1024r this year and have only just now gotten around to trying them out.  I guess that’s what happens when you have a massive collection to make your way through!  While almost every single Colour Pop product has beena hit with me, nothing has struck me more than this blush – Super Shock Cheek Blush in Never Been Kissed.  It’s described as a dusty coral in a Matte finish, and I’d say that’s pretty bang on.  Application is a 10/10 – it’s smooth and buttery.  Packaging is a 10 too – it’s uber cute and closes tightly to keep the product fresh.  Payoff – well that’s a 10 too.  It gives a glow to the skin that complements the light tan I’ve got going on.  I can apply as little or as much as I want; the product is really easy to layer and, as you’d expect, even easier to work with.  You can’t beat the price either, at $8 USD.

 

 

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Lifestyle Faves

Does it mean you’re the epitome of lazy when you can’t be bothered to apply lotion after a shower?  I guess so, yeah.  If it’s wrong, though, then I don’t wanna be right!  Jergens Moisturizer for Wet Skin has changed my body lotion game.  When I first came across this product, I was truly skeptical.  I couldn’t understand how a moisturizer could do its proper job when I’m rinsing myself and, arguably, still soaked with water.  Alas, my skepticism was soon turned around and this has become a staple in my shower.  I still elect to apply a thicker Body Butter once or twice a week.  However, for the quick showers on a busy morning, I have been applying this lotion and it’s kept my arms and legs silky smooth.  My personal fave is the coconut scent, but either one of the two seems to work just as well; I’m merely going on scent.

 

I know what you’re thinking: “no one needs a frivolous Louis Vuitton agenda.  The price is ridiculous”.  You know what?  You’re right.  No one NEEDS it, but I wanted it and I’m glad I bought my LV Desk Agenda.  I use a Target agenda {yes, the irony of the price juxtaposition isn’t lost on me…} inside on one side, and a Moleskine notebook on the other to keep track of blog posts, personal and business administration notes, miscellaneous to-do lists and other notes.  The planner itself is great, and perhaps deserves a shout out all on its own, however it’s this Desk Agenda that allows me to keep all of my important paperwork and physical calendar all in one place, housed in a chic cover.  There’s secretarial pockets on the one side and credit card pockets on the other – another organizational feature I love.  I’ve had the GM agenda in the past, but found it too heavy and cumbersome for every day use.  The Desk Agenda allows me to keep the essentials with me and doesn’t weigh me down.

 

And now…the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the August fail:

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I’m a bit of a mascara fanatic.  Y’all know that.  I’ve tried this particular mascara before and was recently browsing through Saks when I crossed the Chanel counter and thought I’d give it a go again.  Bad move.   For this price, it should come with a personal assistant to apply it, and should last all damned day.  Straight up, that doesn’t happen; the product is crap.  It volumizes, I’ll admit.  However, in terms of wear – it ends up on my face a few hours after application, and if it doesn’t smudge, it flakes.  I can’t even fathom wearing it on my bottom lashes simply because I fear raccoon eyes so very deeply.    I’ve read reviews and it seems I’m the only non-fan that I can find.  Sorry, Chanel.  Usually you’re tops on my list, but this little guy makes certain I stick to my beloved drugstore mascara that does it all.    Don’t waste your hard earned cash.


 

That’s it for this month.  What have you been lovin’ lately?

 

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Crown AC102 Shadow/Crease Duet {search C476} | Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Fig

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Blush in Never Been Kissed |  Jergens Moisturizer for Wet Skin {coconut}

Louis Vuitton Desk Agenda {available in limited quantities}

 

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Current {and Forever} Faves

I store my makeup in a tiny, clear acrylic storage bin in my downtown condo-sized bathroom.  It works for me, and forces me to rotate out of my ever expanding collection.  I thought this was a good time {bi-monthly changeout time, of course} to post about some of my current loves and tried and true faves.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – I’ve tried other powders across the spectrum in terms of price, and nothing holds a candle to this stuff.  Why would I spend the $60 on Chanel Les Beiges when I can use my PRO discount and get this for $15?  It’s long wearing, keeps {most of} my oil at bay, and gives an even finish to my overall skin tone.   I wear it in Medium Plus, but it comes in a broad spectrum of shades guaranteed to suit the gamut of ladies {or men, no judgement!}.

Y’all know my fave mascara and it hasn’t changed:  Maybelline Lash Sensational.  I use the regular formula in the blackest shade they make.  It doesn’t budge, holds a curl, adds volume, and doesn’t flake.  It checks all of my mascara boxes and you can get it for $7 on sale at the drugstore.

Fresh Sugar Lip Tints – these are great on their own or with a lipliner.  They are keeping my lips nice and soft as the weather here in Toronto cools.  I’ve taken to wearing the sheer hot pink {of course!} shade in Tulip with my favourite lip liner {see below!} as my daily lip combo of late.  You can get perfect little mini lip tints to try during the holidays and generally throughout the year as Sephora gifts – a bonus, they fit perfectly in your purse!

Marc Jacobs lip liner in Peony – This is just my most perfect neutral and looks great with the Fresh Sugar Lip Tints or under a lipstick.  The liner glides on smoothly, and stays on ALLLLLL day.  It gives me a perfect over-lined effect when I want it, and if I colour my lips in, it looks oh so natural.  Love this stuff, but only in this specific colour.  Go figure!  I’m not a huge fan of the other shades, as I think they’re easily dupe-able.

Another Marc Jacobs product, for the win!  The highliners.  They’re gorgeous and I love them.  They glide on smoothly and are easily smudged, but once they dry, they ain’t goin’ anywhere! Sephora recently had this set on sale for the Christmas season, and I wasn’t able to snag it – there must be tons of other MJ makeup freaks out there too, I guess.  I use this mainly in my waterline since purple compliments my shade of hazel eyes very well, so I can attest to the staying power and the fact that it doesn’t budge.

Mac Prep and Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose  – I’ve used the Touche Eclat.  I’ve used the Dior Skinflash.  I’ve used the bareMinerals luminating highlighter.  NOTHING.  I repeat.  NOTHING.  Holds a candle to this stuff.  I use it daily under my eyes to brighten {I need it.  The corporate world can really wear a girl down} and on my cheeks if I want an extra pop of colour.  You can’t beat the price at $26 online and in MAC stores — it’s even less if you’ve got a PRO card like I do — and it lives up to all claims it makes and far beyond.  This is a staple I’ll never give up…ok, well at least not for the foreseeable future.

Anastasia Brow Whiz in Medium Brown.  I have very sparse brows.  It’s a combination of genetics and a former illness that resulted in substantial hair loss.  This stuff stays on, creates a natural or a not-so-natural look depending on what I’m feeling or the look I’ve created.  It’s {almost} waterproof, easy to work with, and works better than some higher priced brow pencils I’ve tried.  Editors’ note: make sure you work with it while it sets. Once it sets, it ain’t budging. {do you see a trend here in long wearing products?}

**I’m a bad beauty blogger and didn’t take a before pic…I remembered the post change-up pic.  I’ll do both next time, promise!**

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Here’s the aftermath and what’s currently in my rotation for the next month or two.  Maybe one of these will make it into my next faves post!  See one of your faves?  Let me know below!

What are your current {or forever} faves?

 

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Skincare Samples: First Impressions

Disclaimer: I have been blessed with rather nice skin overall – very even in tone, and very few breakouts {b*!tch, I know!}. So, while I’m honest in my impressions below, know that I wasn’t starting with a particular skin problem to begin with.

Where does any proper beauty junkie go when she wants something new to try but is too cheap to buy it? No, NOT Sephora, but her very own stash, of course! {which comes from Sephora or other beauty sample boxes she doesn’t need, but we’ll ignore that, shall we?}

IMG_2125A while ago Recently I received a few samples with either a Sephora 100 point perk, or with an online order, and these samples happened to be of some high end products I’d been wanting to try but just couldn’t justify the price for {even in those little bins as you line-up to checkout at Sephora…you know, the ones that grab you just at a last minute point of weakness}.   Both were both decent sized samples, and I feel as though my thoughts below are reflective of a good try of each product. I was able to use each of them more than once and get an accurate idea of how {or how not} they would work for me.

Glam Glow is the hottest of hot right now when it comes to skin masks. They’re expensive, and they work, or so I’ve been told. I had a sample of the Glam Glow Thirstycleanse Daily Cleanser, which claims to be a daily mud-to-foam cleanser for dry and dehydrated skin. It is formulated without parabens or sulfates, and purports to turn from a luxurious mud into a rich lather to cleanse skin. I underline claims for a reason: it didn’t do a thing for me.

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Perhaps I used it incorrectly, or perhaps I had a dud of a sample. It went on as a luxurious mud, that’s for sure, but the cleanser was hardly a “lather” or a “foam”. The Glam Glow did cleanse my skin; it was left feeling clean and make-up free. However, I certainly wouldn’t spend the $43 {WTF!!!!!} it retails for to use it on the daily. If another sample came my way, I wouldn’t turn it down, but it wouldn’t make the first in my rotation.


The Fresh Rose Face Mask – now that was another story. I’m a huge fan of the Fresh Lip Treatments {let me know in the comments below if you want some reviews on those!}, and so I was eager to try some other things from the brand.  The sample size I had leads me to beIMG_2132lieve it was a 100 point perk {is it sad this junkie has so many samples she can’t remember where they came from?}. I will absolutely get more than the 2 uses I’ve already had from it and will be able to enjoy the gorgeous product it is. According to Sephora’s website, it is a hydrating and toning gel mask infused with real rose petals, pure rosewater, and a “smart” algae that delivers optimum moisture.

When you open the product up, it looks a little…um…poopy. It smells a bit different, though once you take it out to put on the skin, the rose smell takes over and it spreads buttery smooth on to the skin. I left this on my clean face – just as the package said – for about 8 minutes {directions said 5-10, so I went in the middle. Good thinkin’, huh?} and was very pleasantly surprised when I rinsed it off. I don’t have dry skin, nor do I think I’m in need of hydration, per se.

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{this 110% looks like poop, right? RIGHT?}

This product, unlike the Glam Glow, did make an instant difference. My skin felt a little more plump {in the best way possible} and was silky to the touch. I’d be interested to see how this fares on someone with a distinct lack of hydration versus my relatively normal complexion if this is what it did for me! The Fresh Rose Face Mask retails at Sephora for $73 {I just fell off my chair. No joke} and can be used daily. I’m inclined to think that this wouldn’t be needed that frequently, and so may be a worthy spend for someone whose skin is lacking natural glow and overall hydration.


Would I buy it? If I was a millionaire, sure, or if I had an extra Sephora gift card to kill {maybe not. I could think of a zillion other things I’d buy before a skin care item}. Particularly because I don’t think this product was that much of a WOW on my skin, I can think of other ways to use $73. I would, though, recommend it as a worthwhile product to try as a sample or if you could use a hydrating mask as an essential part of your skincare routine.

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