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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!

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.