Urban Decay Naked Flush Palette

12 Feb

Hi beauties!

I’ve had my eye on the Urban Decay Naked Flush Palette forever, and finally picked it up during a Sephora VIB sale last year.

Three words about this palette: I’m in love. 💞

This pressed powder palette comes with a silky bronzer, highlighter, and blush in a travel-ready compact with a magnetic closure. It comes in five choices:

  • Naked–bronzer (medium bronze satin)/ highlighter soft pink-nude shimmer)/ blush (dusty rose w/ hint of shimmer)
  • Going Native–bronzer (medium-light bronze w/shimmer)/ highlighter (soft pink shimmer)/ blush (bright pink matte)
  • Nooner–bronzer (medium bronze matte)/ highlighter (pale nude shimmer) blush (dusty rose matte)
  • Sesso–bronzer (deep bronze w/gold pearl)/ highlighter (soft champagne)/ blush (deep mauve matte)
  • Streak–bronzer (pale bronze matte)/ highlighter (peachy shimmer)/ blush (bright coral)
  • Strip–bronzer (deep bronze shimmer)/ highlighter (golden shimmer)/ blush (deep mauve)

I chose the Naked version of the palette. With its highly pigmented formula, it’s perfect for all contouring occasions!

  • The medium matte bronzer works well on my fair skin, but it could also suit darker skin tones.
  • The highlighter is a soft-pink shimmer. The light-diffusing particles in the powder create a pretty glow with just minimal application.
  • The dusty rose blush is giving me color during the dull days of winter. For the summer, I plan on blending the bronzer and blush together with a kabuki brush for a deeper color.

Since the Naked version is on the rose (or pink) side, I’m now dreaming about the Streak palette which has peach tones. Maybe, this beauty purchase will have to wait for another VIB sale.

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Latest Fragrance Creation: AURA MUGLER

1 Feb

One of the most popular scents for the new year is the latest fragrance from Thierry Mugler. AURA MUGLER is an addition to the Thierry Mugler perfume division.

This week, AURA MUGLER landed in Vancouver. The launch was held at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in an emerald green-lit room, and featured a visual presentation, a Snapchat booth, temporary AURA MUGLER tattoos, and more!

The Notes

For fragrance lovers (and those who collect Mugler’s uniquely shaped bottles), AURA MUGLER is a must. A fusion between the plant world and the animal kingdom, the fragrance blends botanical freshness and feline sensuality.

AURA is based on these notes represented by three interconnected hearts:

  • Instinctive Heart: Tiger Liana
  • Botanical Heart: Rhubarb Leaf and Orange Blossom Absolute
  • Animal Heart: Bourbon Vanilla Absolute and Wolfwood

I usually wear “girly” fragrances with a sweet scent, so AURA is a switch for me. It’s a sophisticated floral scent with a lingering smoky quality that would suit special occasions.

The Bottle

When it comes to fragrance bottles, MUGLER is well-known for creating works of art.

The heart-shaped bottle for AURA was proposed by Thierry Mugler, and sculpted by an artist before being produced industrially. The volume of the faceted heart is chiseled in glass and set in a metal “M”.

AURA MUGLER Eau de Parfum is available in 30, 50, and 90 ml refillable sprays. The collection also includes a body lotion and shower milk.

Disclaimer: Media sample provided, all opinions are my own.

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara

22 Jan

Hi beauties!

Are you a mascara junkie? Have you heard the buzz about the Lash Princess False Lash Effect mascara?

Over on Reddit, people are going insane over this Essence mascara that promises “dramatic length without the falsies.”

I had to hunt high and low in the Vancouver area, but I finally found a single tube.

After using this mascara several times, I have to say yes, it’s a darn good mascara for the price (under $5).

Here are some details about the mascara. It comes in one shade, a deep black. The fibre brush with a cone shape makes it easy to reach small lashes and lashes in the corners of the eyes, so you get a full lashed look.

After one coat of this cruelty-free mascara, my lashes look longer and thicker. With a single coat, there is also no clumping, flaking, or smudging! I like the look so much, I don’t use a lash curler (which I’m pretty much addicted to).

I wouldn’t say my lashes look as good as false lashes, but a couple of friends have noticed that my lashes are looking fuller these days.

Since the general recommendation is to replace mascara every two to three months after opening, I’ll definitely be stocking up on this lengthening mascara . . . if I can find it. 💕