Aug 29, 2013

Summer Loves 2013

Summer is gone (not really). Here is a selection of my most used and loved makeup products during these 3 months.


e.l.f. Studio Pressed Powder in Sand: This has been a surprise for me. I never use it during the winter because is too dark for me. But every single summer this bad boy always makes a come back. There is something about this powder. It glides so smoothly and it is invisible on the skin. Bargain & holy grail.

Radiant Perfect Finish Compact Face Powder in No 10 Skin Beige: No I am not crazy. This is my bronzer substitute. This powder is many shades darker than me. It's so NOT orange and super blendable. It was recommended to me by the lady at the department store after complaining about their orange bronzers!

Bourjois Healthy Skin Foundation in 52 Vanille : This is already obvious. This has been my go to foundation since last year (I just change the shades from winter to summer). This foundation has a natural finish (definitely powder needed if you have oily skin).

Favorite Makeup Brushes

Sigma F86 Angled Synthetic Brush : This one is my favorite multitasking brush. I can use it for cream blushes or foundation. I've even used it with powder for setting under the eyes. It's sturdy, synthetic (meaning no shedding and cruelty free).

Real Techniques Eyes Starter Kit (deluxe crease brush & brow definer brush)
These are my favourite brushes for two uses. The angled brush is amazing for filling the brows and for applying dark eyeshadow as eyeliner. The star of the set is the deluxe crease brush. Oh this is amazing. Blends the eyeshadows like a dream and is great for under eye concealing job. Flawless application.

e.l.f. Studio Blush Brush : I chose this one over the e.l.f powder and complexion brush because it's size and shape make this brush your "brush for everything". I use it for blush (actually for precise blush application), for contouring, bronzing, highlighting. Again, synthetic, easy to take care of and cruelty free.


Sleek Pout Polish Peach Perfection & Carribean : "Waxy and melty"lip balms by Sleek. I love these for the pop of color they give to my lips but at the same time they are soo moisturizing and glossy. You can even use them over lipstick as gloss. The orange one was limited edition.
Barry M Moisturizing Lip Paint in 158 : I bought this one after Lucy's rave on how amazing this colour was. And it is amazing indeed. In general, i find Barry M lipsticks a bit waxy and not as smooth, but the thing is this waxy feel makes the lipstick so long lasting. It almost stains the lips. That's why I recommend them.

Barry M Lipstick in 146 Dolly Pink: I've had this one for about 1 1/2 years and I wasn't using it because of it texture. Now i've rediscovered it and i absolutely love it.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Tempt me : Unfortunately this was a limited edition lipstick from the Smashbox's valentines day special release. You can still get your hands on it through ebay. Here why i love it so much. 


Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes Kit: This summer I've neglected eyeshadows and only used my favorite palette from Benefit. There are 3 shades of eyeshadow here : a light shimmery pink, a shimmery brown-copper shade and a dark brown. I use the lighter shade in the inner part of the eyes and as highlight, the midtone out the outer corner, the dark brown as eyeliner & brow powder. This palette also has the famous Boing concealer by benefit in the shade 02. It is just right for me during summer but in the winter it might be too dark to use. As you can see it is well loved. This concealer is super creamy and i believe it's silicon based. It creases only if you put too much on.

Available at sephora

Clinique High Impact Mascara (non waterproof): This mascara sample is endless. I've been using this mascara for the last 3 months everyday. It is dreamy. I gives a lot of volume and some length. It is on the wet side. It lasts pretty well on my oily and sweaty eyes so i guess it's a keeper. Can't wait to try the waterproof version of it!

Toyoko Eyeliner in 303 : A plumy purple shade. Not my go to colour, but the lady at Clarins told me that plum eyeliners really enhance the green side of hazel eyes. I tried it and loved it. I've never used black since. 

Seventeen Long Stay Eyesharper in Very Brown : Super long lasting eyeliner. I've used it for brows (when I am super lazy) and for dotting some at my lower lashline, just to balance the eyes.

Swatches :
L-R : Seventeen Very Brown/ Toyoko 303/ Smashbox Tempt Me/ Barry M 158/Barry M Dolly Pink

Non beauty favorite this summer: Peach tarts !

Aug 24, 2013


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Aug 18, 2013

Fall/Winter 2013/14 Trend Alert : Wine Hues

I am so fed up with these coral lipsticks. They have been everywhere since spring. The good news? What's the "coral" of the fall ? Hmm think merlot wine. Celebrities and models really love this trend.

Wine hues on the lips are so hot next season. Deep plummy reds, dark raspberry tones, brown burgundy lips. You can play with textures as well, matte or glossy pout ? Ombre or not ?

So how to pull off this trend ? Lets see. 

If you decide to go super bold with your wine lipstick, just make sure you keep everything else really simple. Maybe just mascara and a nude eyeshadow on the lid. Smudgy eyes are a no no unless you are going for the full goth queen look.

- Enhance your face structure by contouring and highlighting
- Keep brows natural and not super filled
- Use a brown toned blush (avoid pinks and corals as they might draw attention away from the lips)
- Make sure your teeth are quite white before wearing a wine lipstick with a strong brown tint, go for deep raspberry tones instead.

Not everyone though fancies super dark and bold lip combos. That doesn't mean you can't be on trend! 
-Try lighter plummy shades like these below
- Bring warmth to the face by using a slightly brownish-burgundy blush
- Add some shimmer on the lids. Light smokey browns are also lovely

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