I was very lucky to receive an invitation to an NYX Cosmetics party last week to celebrate the opening of their professional makeup store in Metrown mall in Burnaby (a suburb close to Vancouver, BC).
It was a fun evening with fellow bloggers and local media checking out makeup, food, and fashion (the dress code was afer prom).
On the menu, NYX served up sweet and savory waffles, poutine, and assorted candy (I tried to resist, but the strawberry licorice was so good).
The decor for the party was what you’d expect from NYX with life-size tubes of Lip Lingerie and a photo station, where we could pose with our favorite shade of lip gloss.
Everyone was super excited that the Vancouver area is finally getting an NYX professional makeup store. Sometimes Vancouver is on the slow side, when it comes to retail, because of the high cost of real estate.
NYX was also kind enough to give us a goodie bag with some of their latest launches, including;
I can’t wait to write about these NYX products in the future! Even better, I can pick up NYX latest releases in person. 💕
Hi beauties. Have you tried any products from the Boots N°7 skincare line?
This brand is popular in the UK, but so far I’ve only found it at Shopper’s Drug Mart in Vancouver, Canada (almost hidden away).
I decided to try the N°7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum since there’s been buzz about it for a while online and on TV, like the Doctor Oz Show. Even though there’s an intense version of this serum, I thought I’d check out the original formula first (and it was on sale!).
The contents of this serum are not unique, but have been known to have some potency. The key ingredient in the serum is Matrixyl 3000 Plus, including the Matrixyl plus peptide which helps to stimulate collagen and repair the skin.
For best results, it’s recommended to apply the serum to the face and neck morning and night followed by a moisturizer.
If you’ve been wondering about the state of contouring these days, one of Clarins’ spring makeup launches may have some clues.
The limited edition Face Contouring Palette contains long-wearing powders enriched with organic sweet almond oil, as well as an anti-pollution complex to protect skin.
The trio of matte powders comes in a chic gold compact with a large mirror. The universal shades, which represent a more subtle approach to contouring, are:
- Highlighter (light beige) brightens dark areas.
- Contour (medium brown) corrects and minimizes prominent areas.
- Blush (soft rose) enhances the cheekbones.
While the highlighter is on the light side, the contour and blush are pigmented enough to define and sculpt, and add a healthy and pretty flush of color. The texture of the powders is also soft and blendable.
The star of the palette is the small angled brush that helps to easily define facial contours. The curvy brush, which has natural bristles, is tailored for precise contouring. I found that it easily fit the contours of my face and helped to sculpt the cheekbones area. I also used it to define the sides of the nose.
- Apply the highlighter shade to the center of the forehead, upper eyelids, above cheekbones, nose, and the area just above lip and chin.
- Apply the neutral brown shade to the top of the forehead, sides of your nose, beneath the cheekbones and the sides of the chin.
- Apply the blush shades to the apples of your cheeks.
To make it even easier, the palette includes a handy card with instructions to make sure you get this subtle on-the-go style of contouring just right.
Disclaimer: Media sample provided, all opinions are my own.