mascara mondays: urban decay perversion

Urban Decay is one of my favourite brands, so when they launched a new mascara a few months ago, I just had to try it! The mascara is called Perversion, and was also initially packaged and sold with a white primer called Subversion – typical cheeky Urban Decay names!  Unfortunately, this is probably the first product from Urban Decay that I am disappointed with.

Urban Decay Perversion mascara

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a reliable nail polish

As a nail polish-obsessive, I have dozen (hundreds?) of bottles in my collection and have tried many different brands and formulas.  Sadly, I am willing to put up with sub-par formulas – slow drying time, goopy formula, bubbly drying – if the colour is worth it.  It seems to happen more often than you’d expect! But, it always comes as such a fortunate surprise when a nail polish formula ends up surpassing my expectations and being a solid performer.

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sophisticated sparkly eyes

I am obsessed with constantly acquiring new makeup. There will never be a point in my life when I feel that I have “enough”. That’s not even a thing! And one of the things that gets me most excited is trying new product launches. Julep recently launched a new line of eyeshadows in their December Maven bags called Orbital eyeshadows, and I just couldn’t narrow down my selection to one shade so I got two! I am SO glad I did though, because these are love at first swatch!

Julep Orbital Eyeshadow

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wedding makeup

My friend Julianne got married in August, and I offered to do her makeup for her wedding. I love doing my friends’ makeup and frequently when we go out, I’ll do everyone’s smokey eyes! I love doing it. I was a bit nervous because a bride’s makeup is so important! Those pictures will literally be around forever. The finished look is a really wearable, slightly smokey eye that would suit everyone. 

Summer wedding makeup

The beautiful bride

Julianne’s wedding makeup was fairly simple with a focus on the eyes. She wanted her eyes to be more dramatic than her regular day-to-day. We kept the skin simple and glowy, and she chose a subtle mauve lipstick that went really well with her skin tone.
wedding makeup

Eyes:
After using Urban Decay Primer Potion to prime, I applied Naked Lunch from MAC all over the lids and gently up to the brow bone, as a nice pinky neutral base. I then used Satin Taupe on the outer two thirds of the lid, with emphasis on the outer V to build that smokiness. To build up the intensity, I used Dior Mono eyeshadow in Velvet on the outer corner. Velvet is a really nice deep, cool-toned taupey brown with a slight shimmer – basically a deeper version of Satin Taupe. Using an angled brush, I worked Velvet into a slight wing and smoked it out with a blending brush. I repeated this a few times until I got the intensity and smokiness we were looking for.

On the bottom lashes, I smudged Coffee eye pencil from MAC along the lash line and apple Velvet on top. I kept the waterline bare, because while Julianne wanted a slightly dramatic look, we didn’t want it to be too dark and close off her eyes. I softly filled in her brows using Omega shadow from MAC. For her lashes, we used Julianne’s own mascara which was from Lise Watier, as well as false lashes from Ardell. Halfway through the day though, Julianne ripped them off – she doesn’t wear false lashes on the regular and they were annoying her. Can’t say I blame her!

Base:
After buffing in Julianne’s own MAC foundation, I used Kiss et Blush from YSL in the shade 2 Rose Frivole on the apples of her cheeks. This shade is a really pretty rose shade that just provided a nice natural flush of colour. Julianne is fairly pale and already had a slight tan, so I didn’t apply any bronzer. For highlight I used my favourite highlighter of all time, Dior Shimmer Powder in Amber Diamond, both along the tops of her cheek bones and in her inner eyes to make her eyes pop.

Wedding makeup - applying lipstick

Lips:
Lastly, I lined Julianne’s lips using MAC Soar liner and the lipstick she chose was Syrup from MAC, which I thought was such a nice choice – quite neutral with mauve tones that matched the eyes really nicely.

And there you have it – a slightly smokey but generally natural makeup look! It was perfect for a summer wedding, but I think it works year-round! Would you recreate this look?

some lip love

I recently picked up two new lip products and though they have nothing in common in terms of colour or formula, I’ve really been enjoying wearing both of them lately. 

First up is Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in 040 Shanghai Sizzle. This isn’t a new range but the ads featuring Olivia Wilde have always appealed so much to me and I’d been wanting to try it out for a while.  I chose this shade because I love the look of glossy red lips, especially around the holidays.  Though I’m a huge fan of dark berry lips this time of year, I also think red lips are perfect for the holidays. Who am I kidding, red lips are perfect for always! Moving on… This is actually quite an orangey red, so not exactly what I was going for, but that’s okay with me.

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The formula is kind of odd. It starts as an extremely thick lip gloss, and it’s actually kind of difficult to build an even layer of colour. You need more than one layer to build up the colour, but the formula doesn’t build well on itself, it gets almost gloopy.  Once you finally have an even layer though, it wears really nicely on the lips and is quite comfortable. It’s not sticky at all! It does leave some colour on the lips after the gloss fades away, though the stain is definitely not comparable to a true lip stain product. Despite all of this, I do quite like this product! I love glossy lips that my hair doesn’t stick to.

Now, I wouldn’t be a self-respecting beauty blogger if I didn’t give one of the new Nars Audacious lipsticks a try. Everywhere I look, people are talking about them! I did something I rarely do – I decided to buy one online without having ever looked at the shades in person. With 40 shades to choose from, this required quite a leap of faith.

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Because of the time of year, I decided that I wanted to go for a deep colour. After looking at tons of swatches online, I settled on Fanny which is described as a rich berry. I’m really happy with my shade selection! It’s a bit darker than it appears in the picture above, though not as dark at Mac’s Rebel. The formula is really nice – it is so creamy and long-wearing. It’s extremely pigmented so you need to be careful when applying directly from the tube, because you want the colour on your lips, not all over your face!  I apply a layer directly from the tube, blend it in with a lip brush, and repeat.

I’m so happy with both these lip products, and have really been enjoying wearing them both! I’ll definitely be picking up other shades – which ones do you recommend?

my november monthly favourites

This month’s roundup of favourites is short and sweet, primarily because even applying makeup over the past month was a huge struggle until about five days ago due to my right arm being in a sling! (I know, I know, enough with the sling talk!). The good news is that I am now sling-free – hooray! – and my makeup obsession is back in full swing.

My focus in November was on effective products that are ultra easy-to-use.

My favourites from November 2014From left we have:

Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant with pure Cocoa Butter: This rich body moisturizer is holy-grail status for me. It’s a really moisturizing, thick lotion that absorbs super quickly, hydrates, and smells amazing! I’ll definitely have one of these at my bedside table all winter long to keep the shin scales at bay.

Olay Fresh Effects {Bright on Schedule} Eye Awakening Cream: This is a fairly lightweight eye-cream with a metal roller ball dispenser. I bought this exclusively for the dispenser, because I love the cooling feeling of eye rollers in the morning.  Has this revolutionized by under-eyes? Who knows. But the lightweight formula absorbs fairly quickly and it feels so refreshing to apply in the mornings. I like!

Jamieson ProVitamina e: The least glamorous of products ever.  This is 100% pure vitamin e oil, and is more of a necessity than anything else for me right now. I have two scars on my knees and about 5 inches of scars on my chest/decollete from my surgeries, so I’m slathering this thick oil on in hopes that it will help them heal. Warning: this stuff is seriously thick and gloopy. DO NOT lay the bottle on its side, no matter how tightly you’ve closed the cap, because it will seep out everywhere. I learned the hard way.

Benefit Some Kind-a-Gorgeous: I found this in my foundation drawer while searching for something to even out my skin tone that required little to no blending (i.e. that I could slap on with my left hand). This is a cream-to-powder “foundation faker” with a sheer, lightweight coverage. It feels quite silicone-y and slippery, meaning it’s extremely easy to blend into your skin, and leaves a sheer wash of colour, just enough to even things out.

What are you loving these days?