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Friday 28 September 2012

Illamasqua Gleam in Aurora & Cream Pigment in Emerge: Swatches & Review

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in 1 White & 3 Yellow Undertone, Gleam in Aurora, and Cream Pigment in Emerge
I recently place my first order with Illamasqua ever and did the online version instead of Sephora for a cream pigment shade that they do not carry that shade.

This post will cover the Gleam in Aurora retails for £18.00 / $24US /$26CAN and the Cream Pigment in Emerge that retails for £17.00 /$30CAN.

Thursday 27 September 2012

Miss Sweets! Temptation: Holiday 2012 Trend

Sugar addict fairies from the recent series: Humanity Has Declined
No review this time but their is a definite theme pop up in a lot of brands this year in terms of packaging and literal eye candy.

Personally I've always been a sucker for packing and want to do more of in in my job as a graphic designer so I always take note of cosmetic branding for inspiration as usually they do unique printing and box techniques.


Eye Candy Full Face Collection $77CAN
aka Life is like a box of eyeshadows...

Wednesday 19 September 2012

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette Free style palette conversion and depotting.

Depotting is nothing new but I find I helpful when other post how they depot complicated palettes. I also liked the compact and wanted to use it again for a smaller freestyle palette.

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Saint: Swatches & Review

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Saint
The Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Saint retails for $35US and $43CAN for 0.4 oz of eyeshadows products (8 pans) and a 0.028 oz Mini Puro Amor Black Autograph Pencil Eyeliner. I've lost the liner so no review on it but remember it gliding well. I've had this palette for 6 months to work with.

Revlon Color Stay Whipped Creme Makeup Ivory & Buff:Swatches & Review


Revlon Color Stay Whipped Creme Makeup 110 Ivory & 115 Buff
Revlon Color Stay Whipped Creme Makeup in Ivory & Buff. Retails for $13.99US or $19.99 CAN as most drugstores, I got these as Zerhs for $17.99CAN The cheapest I've found them in Ontario.

Sunday 16 September 2012

Lancome Midnight Roses Fall 2012 Colour Collection Blushing Highlighter in 001 Moonlight Rose: Swatches & Review


Lancome Blushing Highlighter in 001 Moonlight Rose

Branching out  into high end brands again, Lancome was another label that a just felt was overpriced for the product line. The Lancome Midnight Roses Fall 2012 Colour Collection is up my ally, I find it hard to NOT spend too much during the fall on makeup in general every year so I only got 1 item. Blushing Highlighter Illuminating Powder in 001 Moonlight Rose 0.18 oz $48CAN on Lancome online and at select Shoppers Drug Marts (where I got mine). Yes the price is very much high end. But here's a kicker it seems to be a Europe and Canada exclusive product as it's not listed on the US site. It's Limited edition but I'm hoping they make it permanent in the range and add more shades and here is the why!

Friday 14 September 2012

The All Natural Face Diva Stix: Swatches & Review

The All Natural Face Diva Stixs in Creme Brulee & Milk

Part of their spring lunch Marcelle has adding a range to there parent brand line of jumbo shadow pencils. In fact the ingredient list is identical to the Annabelle line of Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencils as well as the amount of product per pencil. $3.88US

The All Natural Face Vegan Foundation: Swatches & Review

The All Natural Face Vegan Foundation:  Porcelain Kissed by Honey, Light Beige Warm, Light Beige Pale,
Olive Warm & Olive Pale
The first I ever was able to find a true match to my skin tone was with mineral foundation from Indie brands. I'll admit learning curve was steep but once you learn how to work with mineral/loose product every thing in a pan is it just too easy afterwards. lol

My original HG foundation come from the brand Everyday Mineral however since their madness of 3 years ago when it came to their dropping all their formulations I just can't love any of their current foundations.

For the past 3 years I've been looking for a full cover non shimmer foundation in the olive range. I had tested the The All Natural Face shade about 4 years ago and then forgot about them because I still was using my Intensive formula from Everyday Minerals. 

These are sample size so that you can test the shade range out first to fins your match. Sample in a 2 gram jar are $3.50US and will last about 5 to 10 full face applications depending on the coverage you use.

Thursday 13 September 2012

OFRA Window Palette / Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette: Swatches & Review

OFRA Window Palette / Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette
I place a order with OFRA during a private listing sale for a few items including the baked palette. This OFRA Window Palette was a limited offer item promatoted at the NewYork IMATS and was sold for $10, during the sell it was $20US. The state that it came in is UPS's fault the shadows were just shooken up and slide along the palette.

Wednesday 12 September 2012

NARS Blush in Albatross: Swatches & Reviews

NARS Blush in Albatross

I admittedly have not been a fan of NARS Blushes in the past as I found the most hyped one to be rather lack lustre and under pigmented. Albatross on the other hand I was pinning to get. Retails for $32 Can and $28US.

NYC (New York Color) Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder: Swatches & Review

Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny

NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny $3.99CAN and $2.99US. I pick this up as I was curious and glad I did.

Annabelle BB Skin Perfect Concealer: Swatches & Review

Annabelle BB Skin Perfect Concealer in Light

Annabelle BB Skin Perfect Concealer in Light I picked up for $9.99CAN at Zerhs. Why Because I'm looking for a travel friend concealer to do touch ups on my makeup through the day if need be. 

L'Oreal Colour Caresse by Colour Riche: Swatches & Review


172 Blushing Sequin & 178 Cardinal Plume
L'Oreal Colour Caresse by Colour Riche shades are out. I picked up 172 Blushing Sequin 178 Cardinal Plume $11.99 CAN a Zerhs. They retail usually for $12.99 to $14.999 CAN as most drug stores in Canada. The thing I didn't like about this product up from was the adverting as the model seem to have the product layered on thickly to almost opaque coverage. These are Lovely sheer and I don't recommend piling them on. lol

Friday 7 September 2012

Simple Wig Tricks: Stacking! With Merida from Brave Tutorial

My Merida from Brave costume and custom wig
Wig stacking is a great way to do a few style tricks:
• Add more volume to a wig
• Blend two different colour to a wig.
• Add colour streaks to a wigs.
• Add different textures to a wig.
• You need to lengthen a wig.

Classe Wig in Japan as a few post showing great examples of Stacking and splicing wigs for colour's.

A true stacking is literally taking one wigs and sewing it under another one.

Here's how I did Merida.

Thursday 6 September 2012

The new seasonal Loose Button Luxe Box: Swatches & Review

Loose Button Luxe Box Fall

So with the feedback a time crunch their where under Loose Button went from a monthly subscription of $12CAN per month to a seasonal $26CAN Box. this first box was "free" for the Fall for those that where already subscribed to the service as a way to try out the new service.

I got mine in the mail on Tuesday this past. The subscription changed happened during the middle of the year yearly subscription so I was upgrade to a 6 month subscription at $25 per season with my remanding payment. I'll be covered for a Winter and Spring box basically.

Loose Button Luxe Box Fall

Tuesday 4 September 2012

Graftobean Hi Def Glamour Creme & Mehron Celebré Pro HD Make-Up: Swatches & Review

Graftobian Hi Def Glamour Creme in Ingenue, Graceful Swan, Ivory & Mehron Celebré Pro HD Make-Up in Eurasia Ivory
Again with the long foundations names! ;)
I in general prefer full coverage foundation, so with these two know formulated in a expanded shades with Graftobian Hi Def Glamour Creme having a whopping 50 skin tones and Mehron Celebré Pro HD Make-Up having 32 skin tones (40 shades in total) chances are you will be able to find something that works for you.