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NYX Velvet Matte Lipstick Collection

3 Dec

 

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Matte lips have been really popular this year with a lot of brands getting in on the trend.

If you want to toss your gloss and give matte lips a try, NYX has an update to their matte lipsticks with the Velvet Matte Lipstick line.

The texture of the NYX Matte Velvet Lipstick is a creamy formula that easily glides on a thin coat of color. The velvety finish makes this matte lipstick a comfortable wear.

The color is richly pigmented and has long-lasting capability. After a cup of coffee (or two), the color faded only slightly. I did notice that when I applied my favorite lip primer before the lipstick, it lasted longer.

Now, let’s talk about the shades in the collection. There are 12 of them, and they’re exactly what you’d expect for fall 2016: pinks, nudes, reds, and a few “out there” shades like blue and purple 💜.

If you’re looking for an affordable matte look, check out these stunning shades in the collection (starting with the four bold shades in the photo):

  • Volcano–Deep Red
  • Effervescent–Coral Pink
  • Beach Casual–Sandy Nude
  • Unicorn Fur–Purply Pink
  • Blood Love–Traditional Red
  • Charmed–Brick Red
  • Disorderly–Bright Blue
  • Duchess–Deep Purple
  • Miami Nights–Hot Pink
  • Midnight Muse–Navy Blue
  • Soft Femme–Mauvy Red
  • Violet Voltage–Purple with blue undertones
Disclaimer: Media samples provided, all opinions are my own.

 

What I’m Loving Lately: Fall Favorites

13 Nov

Fall Favorites

Hello beauties!

It’s the middle of November, and we’re well into the fall (and endless rain ☔️ in Vancouver).

Here are some of my favorites for this fall . . . and probably the winter ahead.

Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss

This plumping lip gloss from Dior was a splurge, but well worth it!

Besides the swish packaging, it’s a hydrating lip gloss that looks great alone or on top of your favorite lip color.

The brush applicator helps to deposit just the right dose, too. Check out more details here.

Clarins Boosters

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Lid and Lash Boost: Buxom Luxe Lids & Lashes

10 Nov

Buxom Luxe Lids & Lashes

Since I’m a big fan of Buxom Lash Mascara, I had to pick up this luxe mini duo.

Along with Buxom’s bestselling mascara, the Luxe Lids & Lashes kit includes an eye shadow in a pinky-beige shade called Champagne Buzz that adds a touch of pearlescent shimmer (great for the holidays!).

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New Natural Makeup Line: Maison Jacynthe

7 Nov

Maison Jacynthe

Since I’m a makeup junkie, all types of bronzers, shadows, and lipstick catch my eye. When makeup products contain natural and vegan ingredients and are designed in Italy, they deserve a second look.

You may have already checked out other blog posts about the new natural makeup line from the Maison Jacynthe skincare brand. Their PR team, which has done a great job reaching out to the beauty blogging community, was kind enough to send me these samples:

  • Terracota Bronzing Powder
  • Eye Shadow
  • Lipstick

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Beauty Event: Clarins Spring 2017 Launches

2 Nov

Clarins Spring 2017 Product Launches

Hi beauties!

Yesterday, I was extremely fortunate to attend a beauty event hosted by Clarins.

The event took place at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel on Vancouver’s waterfront, where I was able to catch a glimpse of the mountains and ocean before the clouds set in.

While a scumptious lunch was served, Clarins presented a video highlighting their Spring 2017 product launches.

For the new year, you’ll be able to check out these products from Clarins:
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Are You Afraid to Wear Purple Shadow? Here are Some Tips That Will Show You How

27 Oct

Sometimes, I think purple eyeshadow gets a bad rap.

Since it showed up in mod makeup in the 60’s, purple eyeshadow has evolved into a flattering shade for just about everyone.

Here are some tips to make wearing purple eyeshadow a breeze.

Purple Makes Your Eye Color Pop

If you have hazel or green eyes, purple-based shadows are made for you. If you have gold tones in your eyes–even better, add a hint of pink and your purple shadow will accentuate your eyes even more.

If you have brown eyes, purple shadow is a great contrasting option. For those with blue eyes, a purple shadow with slight bronze undertones does the trick.

Brightness and Skin Tone Make a Difference

Generally, if you have darker skin, you can go for a brighter shade. If you have lighter skin, go lighter (but not too light as it can wash out your skin).
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Three Primers That Help Makeup Stay Put

24 Oct

Favorite Primers

Hello beauties!

In the summer, I use a primer to control shine. In the fall and winter, I use different primers because my skin needs some hydration 911!

Here are a couple of my favorite primers that help makeup stay put during the cooler weather.

NYX Cosmetics Lip Primer

I have a lot of love for this lip primer 💕. There’s something about the texture that creates just the right canvas for lip color! It also smoothes out any dry areas.

Not only does the NYX Lip Primer help make my lip product last longer, it also prevents feathering!

The lip primer is available in two shades: nude and  deep nude. I use the nude shade, which helps retain the true color of the lip product I’ve applied.

e.l.f. Mineral Infused Primer

Who can resist an effective face primer for under $10?

e.l.f.’s Mineral Infused Primer is a silicon-based primer, which contains a mineral formula to help fight dryness. 

I use the Clear shade daily, but this primer also comes in other shades:

  • Tone Adjusting Green minimizes redness and corrects blotchy skin.
  • Brightening Lavender evens out skin tones and brightens dull or yellow tones.
  • Radiant Glow (with shimmer) creates a luminizing effect on dark spots and uneven skin tones.

Note: There’s one more reason to check out this primer. All ingredients in e.l.f. cosmetics are veganfriendly and cruelty-free 🐰 .

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion is legendary and a favorite of makeup artists because it guarantees more vibrant eye shadow that lasts for hours.

It’s an easy-to-use shadow primer packaged with a doe applicator that goes on smoothly.

What’s the “magic” potion? The formula comes in an ultra-sheer base that glides on and disappears instantly.

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Halloween Makeup Using Products You Already Own

20 Oct

Halloween Makeup

If you’re planning on creating a special makeup look for Halloween this year, you probably already own what you need to get the job done.

I took a look at my personal makeup stash to see if I can repurpose any items for a spooky Halloween look.

Here’s what I found. Boo!

Eyeliner

A thick eyeliner with a felt tip, like the Maybelline Master Precise Curvy Liquid Eyeliner, is your best friend for Halloween. With a pigmented black formula, it can help create different makeup looks such as:

  • Scary spider webs
  • Wicked winged cat eyes
  • Beguiled button noses

Mascara

If your costume is a Zombie princess (with a magic wand), you probably want to wear clumpy lashes.

Use your favorite mascara to bulk up your lashes. Remember to rotate the wand, so you can coat every lash.

If you’re lucky enough to have picked up the Maybelline The Colossal Spider Effect Mascara, it has cone-shaped bristles that help group lashes together.

Lips

Lip gloss can take Halloween makeup to the next level.

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