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.
If you have a skincare lover on your holiday gift list this year, your hunt for the perfect gift is going to be pretty easy.
Look no further than two beauty brands who regularly come up with innovative skincare creations using natural ingredients:
Black Tea Age-Delay is my favorite Fresh Beauty collection. It features anti-aging black tea extract, which inhibits damaging free radicals and helps to improve skin elasticity.
If you live in the U.S., you may have already tried Egyptian Magic. For those of us living in Canada 🍁, it’s only recently that this all purpose skin cream has become available north of the border.
I received a sample of Egyptian Magic to review, and was excited to learn what all the buzz was about.
Egyptian Magic is based on an ancient Egyptian formula that Cleopatra used to keep her skin radiant and glowing. The proprietary process blends six of nature’s most powerful moisturizing ingredients:
- Olive Oil
- Royal Jelly
- Bee Pollen
- Bee Propolis
I recently learned about a Vancouver aromatherapy company, Imbue Goods, who just launched an online store for their skin recovery mists.
I love the story of how the company’s founders came up with the idea for their ethically sourced, hand-made products.
While skiing on a clear day at Whistler, BC, they decided that they wanted to capture the beauty, silence, and tranquility of that perfect spring day.
To recreate the experience, they developed a skin recovery mist that lets you take a break from your day, close your eyes, and enjoy the relaxing feel in every mist.
You can use the hydrating mists featuring Rose Water, Vitamin E, and 100% natural, plant-derived essential oils in different ways:
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.
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.
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!).
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
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: