Spring Makeup: Clarins 4‑Colour Eyeshadow Palette (Lovely Rose)

19 Mar

Hi beauties!

The last few days in Vancouver have been packed with sunshine. 🌞 The cherry blossom trees are also getting ready to bloom, so spring is definitely on its way!

What better way to celebrate a new season than to switch up your eye makeup!

Usually, spring shades trend toward pastels and lighter shades. Not this year: bold, colourful shades are everywhere.

The Clarins 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Lovely Rose is definitely a quad with a pop of colour. I posted this photo on Instagram and the love for these shades was unanimous (thanks everyone!).

The shades in this palette range from light pink to deep purple in a combination of iridescent, matte, and satin finishes. Here are the shades (from left to right):

  • Pink Pearl
  • Coral
  • Mauve Pink
  • Deep Plum

If you don’t have one of the Clarins 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palettes, they’re always a good investment. Enriched with mineral pigments, the gentle formula contains carnauba powder to help make the eyeshadow comfortable to wear. The gold case palette comes in a signature red velvet sleeve with Clarins embossed on the front.

Overall, the real “beauty” of this palette is that Clarins’ eyeshadow quads can be applied in different ways:

  • For a natural look, apply the eyeshadow dry.
  • For a bold “pink” payoff, build up the intensity or apply the colors wet.

Happy spring, everyone!

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

Dermablend Professional Flawless Creator: Launch Event

6 Mar

Hi beauties!

If you’ve ever looked for maximum coverage or camouflage foundation, you’ve probably come across Dermablend.

Last night, I attended the launch of Dermablend Professional Flawless Creator: lightweight foundation drops that provide buildable and blendable coverage.

The event was held at Waterview, on the downtown Vancouver waterfront, with amazing views of Granville Island, False Creek, and the surrounding mountains.

After appetizers and cocktails, we were presented with the details of the launch by Chelsea Bice, Dermablend Professional’s national make-up artist and trainer.

The takeaway from the presentation is that Dermablend Professional Flawless Creator is more than a way to bump up your moisturizer. These makeup drops also stand alone as a foundation, which is why Dermablend offers it in a 30ml bottle.

At the end of the event, we received a sample of the Dermablend Professional Flawless Creator, Glow Creator, and Compact Setting Powder. These products add balance to the makeup drops by providing color and finishing the look.

Here are the product details.

Flawless Creator Foundation Drops

Dermablend Professional’s new foundation features multi-use liquid pigments, with 33% high-performance makeup pigments that help create customizable coverage that anyone can wear. The foundation contains only 10 ingredients! What this means is that a little goes a long way.

To define your own makeup creation, you can use these drops alone or with moisturizer or serums for a custom foundation finish. For minimal coverage, use 1 drop. For maximum or full coverage, use 4 drops. After shaking the bottle, you can apply it with fingers, buff it on with a brush, or blend with a sponge.

The lightweight foundation, which is suitable for all skin types, is available in true-to-tone, fade-proof shades. Dermablend Professional is launching 10 shades, which is a good range of shades to select from.

On the advice of a talented makeup artist (whose best tip is to blend, blend, blend) and a fellow attendee from Shoppers Drug Mart,  I chose 25N. This shade is a bit darker than I usually go for, but it looks natural.

Glow Creator Liquid Highlighter Makeup

Like the foundation drops, you can wear Glow Creator alone for a highlighted, strobing effect or mix it with skincare for an all-over glow. You can also create your own glow: use 1 drop for a subtle glow and 2 or more drops for major ama.

The formula contains 20% pigmented pearls that provide instant luminosity. It’s also water-free and oil-free, which makes it blendable, buildable, and customizable.

The highlighter comes in two tones: Gold and Pearl (pink!).

Compact Setting Powder

Dermablend Professional’s setting powder is the key for locking in makeup for 16 hours.  It’s a translucent pressed setting powder to complete your makeup routine. I like that it’s a portable powder in a compact, so it’s perfect for on-the-go touchups.

To apply the setting powder, all you do pat it generously over makeup, set it for 2 minutes, then buff off excess.

In Canada, you can find Flawless Creator Foundation Drops starting March 7th.

Thanks to Dermablend Professional for a fabulous evening and the generous samples!

KORRES Black Pine 3D Sculpting & Firming Sleeping Oil

23 Feb

Hi beauties!

I’ve been super busy with work lately, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been experimenting with new skincare.

I watched a demo of a few products from the KORRES Black Pine line and was so impressed, I had to check it out for myself.

If you’re not familiar with the KORRES brand, their products are steeped in Greek tradition and contain plant extracts and essential oils. The Black Pine collection features the anti-aging and hydrating Black Pine plant, which has thrived in the Mediterranean through the harshest weather conditions for thousands of years.

According to a study by KORRES, overnight beauty treatments are the most ideal time to treat skin and support skin’s natural renewal and replenishment functions.

With that in mind, I picked up the 3D Sculpting & Firming Sleeping Oil which contains five other oils (cold-pressed jojoba, grape-seed, organic cold-pressed argan, apricot, and cold-pressed sweet-almond oils (moisturizers), soybean and wild-yam complex (to increase lipid production), and vitamin C (to brighten skin).

This ultra-concentrated overnight oil feels incredibly rich and luxurious, but not greasy. All you do is gently massage a few drops into a cleansed face and neck a few hours before shuteye and let it sink in before you climb into bed (you can also cocktail the oil with a night cream for maximum benefits). There is a subtle, earthy scent to this oil, but it’s very calming.

The oil works through the night, and even if I toss and turn, I wake up with moisturized and plump skin. Now, I have even more reasons to catch up on sleep 💤 (goodnight, Netflix).

The Black Pine collection also includes a day cream, night cream, detoxifying mineral bar, serum, and eye cream. KORRES products are free of mineral oil, silicones, parabens, propalene glycol, ethanolamines, and animal testing.