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All About Lips

23 Jan

One of my favourite lipstick shades this season has been Media by M.A.C. This is a very dark shade in a burgandy/plum colour. I use Annabelle lipliner in Bordeaux although M.A.C has an even darker liner in Nightmoth. When wearing a dark shade like this, make sure your lips are exfoliated as every tiny piece of skin is enhanced and even if you are not a lipliner wearer, this would be the time to use one. I like to keep the rest of my face pretty bare as this colour is a statement enough for me, but for a night out I will add more colour and liner to the eyes along with the bold lip.

MACMEDIA

If you are looking for something to try, a new shade of lipstick is always an easy way to update or change your look.

 

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Lip Service

20 Jan

Although Instagram is full of #selfies, #ootd and #foodporn snapshots, it is has helped me discover some new makeup lines from accounts that I follow.
One of those is Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) and their popular Lip Tars. I decided to purchase the four pack of all-star minis for $18 to give it a try. The pack comes with four amazing colours – Memento (pink/plum neutral), NSFW (true, balanced red), Anime (vibrant, neon pink), Black Dahlia (blackened red) – and a lip brush for application.
You really only need a tiny drop so the minis are a great purchase if you are looking to try them.
The Lip Tars are liquid matte lipsticks with long wear time and high pigment. I think of them as the staying power of a stain with the look of a lipstick or gloss. It does say to use the clear Lip Tar underneath the colour and again to rehydrate during wear which may be my next purchase.

LipTar

I have used the Lip Tars for a night out and each time I went for a bathroom break/freshen up my makeup I didn’t have to reapply anything to my lips.  I do find you need lip liner when using Lip Tar because they can bleed. I am not sure if that is because they are liquid or highly pigmented but I do recommend a liner. I do not find them drying at all like a stain thanks to organic hemp seed oil and soy-derived vitamin E and also have a nice mint scent courtesy of peppermint oil.
OCC is 100 per cent vegan and cruelty free just like another line I discovered thanks to Instagram – Lime Crime makeup.
I absolutely fell in love with their opaque lipstick in Babette. They describe it as a pastel coral but I find it more on the pink side. It is the perfect mix of just enough pink, just enough coral and looks good with a bold eye or good enough on its own with a neutral face. Since I hadn’t tried anything else from them I only ordered that, but am interested in the Velvetines (another long-wearing lip stain). Even the packaging is fun and colourful – just like their makeup.

LCBABETTE

Check both of them out!
-AP

Best of 2013

6 Jan

Instead of welcoming in 2014, I decided to take a look back at 2013 since I haven’t been blogging as much as I should. 2013 was actually more memorable than I thought, filled with fun memories, travel, music, writing and completing a goal of mine. Yes, I am looking forward to the year ahead, but like every year there are ups and downs and don’t want to get overly poetic and flowery about what the year will have in store for me.  Since this blog was initially intended to merge my love of beauty products and writing, here are a few of my new favourite discoveries of 2013. I will give product reviews of each in the next few weeks, but here is the condensed list:

1. Lime Crime opaque lipstick in Babette

2. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair

3. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Lip Tar

4. Lush Buffy Body Butter

5. Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation

6. MAC Lipstick in Media

7. Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara

8. Real Techniques Makeup Brushes

9. I.C.O.N Antidote antioxidant replenishing cream for hair

10. Aveda Enbrightenment brightening facial cleanser

Nature’s Gift

9 Jul

I never seem to learn . . .

I don’t like to toot my own horn, but I am pretty good at styling my own hair. Yet, time and again I will pay a stylist to do my hair and each time, I usually don’t like it and have wasted money. It’s like gambling for me. I did this again last weekend when I had a wedding to attend. After work I just wanted to sit for an hour and have someone curl my hair – easy. I ended up at one of those walk-ins welcome “affordable” salons because I figured, how can a trained professional screw up curling hair? Well, not only do I not like tight curls, which I repeatedly told her, I ended up with sausage curls and singed hair with a few straight pieces in there. I had to separate my hair out when I got home so it looked more natural, and fix a few pieces with my own curling iron. $35 later to have someone burn my hair.
coconut
Instead of shaving my head, I tried deep conditioning my hair with nature’s own coconut oil. Yes, I’ve seen one million uses of coconut oil and finally tried one. To my amazement, it worked. My hair was soft and it helped soothe some of those singed pieces. I did not realize you should probably wash out the coconut oil as I just rinsed it out and had too much close to my roots, so even with my hair dry it looked wet (greasy). I tried it again a few days later and just put some on my dry ends and washed it out the next morning. The results work better than any conditioner/deep conditioning treatment/hair mask I have ever used.

It’s natural and affordable in comparison to many of those hair repair products on the market. Definitely worth a try.

-AP

Frugal-icious

9 Jan

I like to spend money. Not that I have much but what I do have is usually gone fast. As a student and upcoming unpaid intern and eventually unemployed journalist I am taking some lessons from Extreme Cheapskates.  I’ve decided to not buy any cosmetic products until I have used what I have; a mini-spending freeze. I have so many samples, half-used containers and too many eyeshadows and lipsticks to count that I just can’t buy anymore. This is going to be extremely difficult for me because I love trips to the makeup counter, hair care aisle and love to try new lotions, balms and serums. So if you’re wondering why I’m washing my face six times a day and am basically wearing clown makeup, just know that I am trying to use everything up quickly. Let’s see how long this “freeze” lasts for.

Just wait for it . . .

Just wait for it . . .

Fab or Fad?

6 Mar

I’m not really one to buy into hype surrounding new things but recently I believed the hype and tried a beauty balm. I have been hearing so much about them but I am still undecided on how I feel about them? Is this not a glorified tinted moisturizer? I don’t really like tinted moisturizers but thought I would give a BB a try since they claim to have added skin benefits. I didn’t feel that it gave my skin the hydration it craves this time of year or give my skin a glowing healthy look. I felt it actually dried out my skin. Plus, I do like to wear makeup and I didn’t feel this gave me a good base to add powder and blush on top of. Maybe it is the brand I tried but I’m not sold on them. Is it because it is new to North America everyone is going crazy over them? Thoughts, please! It is something I may consider come summertime but for now I have given up on this growing trend.

 

I got no love for the BB

 

-AP

Pick of the Week

25 Feb

Like buttah is how I would describe Nars Sheer Glow foundation. It has a silky-smooth feel, not too heavy and gives my skin a nice natural finish. I don’t like a heavy feeling foundation but still like the look of a heavier coverage. I feel this gives me the best of both worlds. They have a wide variety of colours to match any skin tone. Even though most people can’t tell, I have yellow undertones in my skin and have difficulties finding foundation. I didn’t have any problems matching my skin and use Punjab in this line. 

I apply it with a foundation brush but if you don’t have one, your fingers will work just as good, if not better (the heat from your hands will actually help blend it into your skin). It is buildable coverage if you did want or need more, but it doesn’t give much more than a medium coverage. You may not like this foundations if you are on the oily side or like really heavy coverage. I think this foundation helps hydrate my skin in the winter months and I will like it through the summer for its light,airy feel. The website (could be the Canadian prices) says it is $55 but I bought it at Sephora for $42. I can’t say I enjoy the price tag but I really don’t need much of the product so it does go along way.  

 

 

 Hope you like it as much as I do!

 -AP

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