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Revolutionary Brush: Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara

14 Aug

Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara

When it comes to innovative makeup, I’m all in. So I was very excited to try out Givenchy’s latest mascara, which is getting a lot of buzz for its lash extension effect.

The latest member of the Givenchy mascara family is Noir Interdit Mascara, a deep pigmented black mascara with a 90Β° bendable brush!

The brush is designed to make mascara easier to apply and catch smaller lashes (especially your lashes on the outer corner). On top of that, the bristles of the brush act like a comb to help apply the mascara from root to tip.

Combine the innovative brush with a unique stretching formula, and it’s easy to create lashes that have both volume and length. To build even more volume, I apply a few coats of the mascara with no smearing or flaking later in the day.

Applying the Mascara

Here are Givenchy’s Makeup Artistic Director, Nicolas Degennes’s tips for applying Noir Interdit Mascara:

  1. Bend the brush to 90Β° by pressing the wand against the top of the container.
  2. Brush lashes in a zig zag motion from the root to the tips to achieve length and definition.
  3. Unbend the brush to create buildable volume.


Since this is a high-end mascara, let’s talk about the packaging of the Noir Interdit Mascara.

The mascara comes in a black glossy tube with silver stitching detail and GIVENCHY embossed on the side. Besides being elegant, the size and shape of the tube also makes this mascara comfortable to grip.

If you’re a mascara hoarder, you definitely need to add this to your lash stash!

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

Coming Soon: MAC Cosmetics Girls Personality Palettes

2 Aug

Hi beauties!

It’s been awhile since I’ve had my eye on a MAC launch.

That’s about to change with the August launch of their Girls Personality Palettes.

This collection includes six palettes, each with pressed powder eyeshadows and a highlighter, that are based on different personality types.

Generally, MAC eyeshadow palettes are a good buy so I’m looking forward to checking these out.

Here’s the lineup of palettes.

BasicΒ Bitch

This smoky palette contains rich neutrals like khaki, maroon, and lilac designed to flatter every skin tone.

Prissy Princess

If you like an understated vibe, this cool-toned palette contains soft champagne and ballerina pink tones (my first fave πŸ’•).

Power Hungry

For neutralΒ lovers, this ambitious palette with warm tones features beige, tan, and apricot shades in a mix of matte and iridescent finishes (my second fave πŸ’•).

Mischief Minx

This bronzed palette with animal print packaging contains warm metallics like copper, orange, and gold.

Rockin’ Rebel

For fearless makeup lovers of blue and green eyeshadows, this palette with camouflage packaging also contains a shimmery copper shade.

Fashion Fanatic

If you love a pop of colour like fuschia, tangerine, and lavender, this coral palette is for you.

The range of palettes is set to launch at MAC counters in early August. See you there!

[Image via InStyle]

NYX Beauty School Dropout Palette – Back To Basics

13 Jul

Beauty School Dropout Palette - Back To Basics

Hi beauties!

This past spring, I had the chance to attend an NYX Cosmetics event to celebrate the opening of their professional makeup store in the Vancouver area (read about it here).

One of the items in the goodie bag that NYX was kind enough to give out was the Beauty School Dropout Palette – Back to Basics.

I was pretty excited to receive one of these palettes as NYX has already released different versions of the Beauty School Dropout Palette, which have been very popular.

For this version of the palette, you get everything you need to create a basic makeup look. The palette comes in a foldout book with three sections:

  • The first section contains a mirror along with a day and night makeup illustration (natural every day look/dramatic evening look).
  • The second section contains a massive amount of eye shadows (35) in matte, metallic, and shimmery finishes.
  • The third section contains 3 blushes, 2 highlighting powders, and 2 contouring powders.

One interesting packaging detail is a plastic cover over the eyeshadows. At first, I thought it was a bit annoying because you have to lift the cover to get to the eyeshadows. I realized, though, it will protect all of the shades if the powder moves around as you start to use them.

The NYX eye shadows have good payoff and are easy to blend. The colors, which cover all of the bases in a contemporary way, include neutrals, rusts, and smoky shades.

Now on to the blushes, highlighting powders, and contouring powders. First, they come in fairly large pans, which means they’ll last awhile. The blushes are all the shades I like to use: peach, coral, and pink. The highlighters give off just the right amount of glow (they’re not over the top).

The two contouring powders are on the light side. This may be a drawback, if you have a deeper skin tone. However, you still may be able to use them as highlighters.

If you’re just getting started with makeup, this is a great kit. If you’re a makeup hoarder (like me), you’ll be in heaven!

I really wish that this type of palette had been around when I first fell in love with makeup, but I’m so glad I have this in my makeup stash now. πŸ’•

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