Wednesday, April 23, 2014

‹ The Bright New Things ›

Foundation, neutral eyeshadows, black eyeliner, mascara, a natural looking powder blush, and a touch of lip balm. There is never anything too different about my everyday look so I always reach for products that fall within my comfort zone in stores too. This year, I made it a goal to try some new things with my makeup by adding things outside of my comfort zone to my collection.

I'm addicted to blushes that give a subtle glow. When I kept hearing ladies like Estée and Jaye rave about the Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot, I went down to my local Murale store and picked it up without even swatching it first. To my surprise, it was much brighter than I had expected but on the cheeks it can be made quite wearable. The bright blush picks didn't stop there though. The Josie Maran Coconut Water Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape was next to be added to the collection. The gel texture and bright shade was intimidating but I decided to give it a go anyway. I still have yet to give it a go because I'm not sure of how I should apply it but I imagine fingers or the Real Techniques Stippling Brush will be the best options.

On the lips I rarely wear any colour so when I hopped into MAC the other day and picked up a red lipstick, I shocked myself. As recommended by the lady at the MAC counter, I picked up the MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo. This matte, blue-toned red lip shade is a bestseller at MAC for a good reason. I felt a boost of confidence as soon as I put it on and suddenly understood all the hype over wearing a bold red lip.

I guess it's fun to try new things with makeup sometimes.
What have you added to your collection recently that is typically out of your comfort zone?

Friday, April 18, 2014

‹ New In: The Body Shop Colour Crush Shine Lipsticks ›

After watching Vivianna's video on her Current Drugstore Beauty Favourites, I immediately rushed out to pick up the new Colour Crush Shine Lipsticks from The Body Shop. These newly released sheer lipsticks sounded and looked perfect for the spring and summer, and they sure are. 

With a buy two get one free offer going on, I picked up three shades. The first is 03 Pink Charming, a slightly blue-toned pink shade. Secondly I reached for 18 Sunset Romance, a coral shade. The last of the three is 13 Breathless Berry, a berry mauve shade. All the shades give a sheer, shiny and slightly shimmery wash of colour. The texture is quite balmy so it's almost like wearing a tinted lip balm. 

These are $13 CAD each and should be released in all Canadian stores. I believe they were also released a couple of days ago in the UK. 

If you've picked up The Body Shop's Colour Crush Shine Lipticks, let me know what shades you chose!

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The Body Shop is a cruelty free brand.

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene (Emollient), Polybutene (Binder), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Dipentaerythrityl Tetrahydroxystearate/Tetraisostearate (Skin Conditioning Agent - Occlusive), Polyethylene (Binder/Stabiliser), Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent - Emollient), Mica (Opacifying Agent), Ricinus Communis Seed Oil/Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil (Emollient), Cera Microcristallina/Microcrystalline Wax/Cire microcristalline (Viscosity Increasing Agent), Calcium Sodium Borosilicate (Bulking Agent), Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d’abeille (Emulsifier/Emollient), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate (Bulking Agent), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Talc (Absorbent/Bulking Agent), Tin Oxide (Opacifying Agent), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Hydroxycitronellal (Fragrance Ingredient). [+/- CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide (Colorant), CI 15850/Red 7 Lake/Red 6 (Colorant), CI 77491/Iron Oxides (Colorant), CI 77492/Iron Oxides (Colorant), CI 19140/Yellow 5 Lake (Colorant), CI 45380/Red 22 Lake (Colorant), CI 42090/Blue 1 Lake (Colorant)].

Monday, April 14, 2014

‹ The Spring Edit: Nails ›

When spring rolls around, I pull out all my lighter neutrals and pastels for my nails. The subtle pop of colours are always fun to wear while the sunshine and flowers come out again. 

Starting with the neutrals, I'm certain there will be no shortage of OPI Samoan Sand in my weekly rotations this season. This is a shade I will wear all year round because it just works with everything; you can't go wrong with a neutral nude. For something a more grey and shimmery, I imagine Formula X for Sephora's Supernatural will be a good pick. It picks up light nicely and gives the nails a nice polished finish. Plus, the long lasting formula makes it a good no-fuss choice. Lastly to transition between neutrals and pastels is Essie Adore-a-Ball. It takes about three coats for an opaque finish but it is also fantastic over a French manicure look with one coat. 

Pastels are always lovely for the spring and the popular Essie Mint Candy Apple is a light mint shade that's great for a transition between spring and summer. It's an easy to wear shade, just like Essie Absolutely Shore, a pale seafoam green shade. I imagine it would be nice on all skin tones. Lastly, Essie Lilacism is a pastel purple that is slightly blue toned which I love. Again, a nice one on all skin tones, in my opinion.

What nail polishes will you be painting on your nails this spring?