Sunday, June 29, 2014

Haul: Steals from the States

This week, I went to the states for some shopping! I didn't really need to buy anything but I just tried to stock up on some cheap finds!

Hollister + F21


Pink Sports Bra- F21- $9
Printed Kimono Jacket- Hollister- $12
High Waisted Lace Shorts- Hollister - $10

I pretty much just went through Hollister's clearance items as they had additional 50% off last price :)
I'm really excited to work these two pieces into my wardrobe for the summer!

Makeup


These items were from Target unless noted

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer- $8
ELF Eye Refresh- $3
Burt's Bee's Cleansing Wipes- $5
Maybelline Color Whsiper- $5
Rimmel Apocalypse Lip Gloss- $5

Nail Art Tools- F21 - $5
L'Oreal Eyeliner- Marshall's - $2.50

I definitely feel like I picked up some good bargains! I love shopping in Target in the states. Do you guys go cross border shopping? What's your recent purchases?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Review: Buxom Hot Escapes Bronzer

For the past few years, bronzers seem to always be about contouring. Recently, I wanted to use bronzers again for an all over glow! I usually tan quite a bit, but this summer I'm really pale so I wanted a good sun-kissed glow.


The Buxom bronzers were actually released last year, but I bought mine this spring. The first thing I noticed was the smell! I'm not a fan of coconut but I ADORE this scent! It just smells like a vacation in a box. I got the shade in Tahiti which is a golden tan, but they have another one called Maldives which is slightly darker and more bronzy.

Basics
Shade: Tahiti
Price: $35 CAD
Where to Buy: Sephora



Pros
-Packaging: The compact feels very luxurious and has a large mirror inside. I LOVE the design of the wavy sand on the bronzer too.
-Texture: The texture is very soft  and smooth
-Color: The color is quite pigmented when I swatch it. I've been using a big kabuki brush to apply it to my face so the color gets more dispersed and not as concentrated but I think it's just because of my application method.
-Scent: OMG it smells sooo good! It reminds me of vacations in Hawaii and Mexico
-Price: Although expensive, it's less than most other high end brands
-Ingredients: This bronzer contains coconut oil which is suppose to be hydrating.

Cons
- I really can't think of any cons. Although the first one I had, it kept on filming over so that I had to scrap off the top layer with a qtip. But I went to Sephora and they were able to exchange it to me


I would really recommend this bronzer if you are looking for something to brighten up and add glow to your face! This wouldn't really work for contouring because it's a bit shimmery but it's so beautiful all over the face.

I just started using Buxom products this year and I think it might be my new favorite brand! I feel like their prices are more fair than other brands and produce quality products like their lip polish! See the review of the Buxom Dolly Lip Polish here.

What's your favorite bronzer? Do you like to contour or have a sun kissed glow?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Event: Essie DIY Nail Tutorial

Last week, I attended my first media event! It was super exciting as the brand was Essie! I think we are all familiar with the white caps and the range of gorgeous colors that Essie is famous for.


During the event, we learned about the history of Essie and how they get their inspiration. It's amazing to find out how much thought goes into each color. Our speaker was Rita who's the leading nail artist for Essie Canada. She was extremely engaging and a very powerful speaker.

One trend Rita talked about was negative space which means to polish only parts of your nail. It looks really interesting and would definitely be one I would try out.


The nail DIY we attempted was called sand and sea. And it's three different colors and it creates a wave on the finger. It was surprisingly easy as long as you pick the right colors!

DIY Tutorial


What the finished nail art should look like, done by Rita.

You want to start off with a light base coat, I choose a beige color called "Sand Tropez"

Then using a contrasting color you want to paint three stripes on your nails halfway down. Make them staggered like a staircase.


Then repeat with a third color and the color in the middle will look like this gorgeous wave that's perfectly painted on.

The blue didn't work out so well so I tried a different set of colors. And don't forget the delicious food from Minami!!


Tips
Here are two tips I'd like to share with you.
1) If you are not comfortable with painting your right hand (if you are right handed), start with that hand first. It'll make a big difference!
2) When you apply top coat, make sure to cap off the edge because nail polish shrinks when it dries and it's very easy to chip along the edges.

I had a lot of fun at the event and so thankful of the opportunity. It was amazing meeting some of the other Vancouver bloggers as well.

What are your favorite Essie shades? What do you think of this tutorial?

You can follow Essie Canada at Instagram and Twitter

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Review: Maybellline Great Lash Curled Mascara

This little pink package is one of the most well known items for any beauty blogger. This is my first time ever using the Great Lash mascara though! Can you believe it?! Although this review is for the curved wand and not the original Great Lash mascara.


So do you think this iconic mascara is a hit or miss?

The Basics
Shade: Blackest Black
Size: 12.7mL
Waterproof: No
Price: $5-7
Online retailer: Drugstore.com, Ulta

What they say: 
• America's favorite mascara conditions as it thickens and curls
• Lash-doubling formula glides on smoothly to build great-looking lashes
• Custom, curved brush lifts and curls each lash to make it easy to get a full lash look without clumps or globs

What I say:
• Separates and lengthens my lashes well
• Gets a very black tint to my lashes!
• I haven't experienced any flaking or smudging and holds on pretty well all day!
• I do find that the lashes look more curled as I can see my lashes above my eyelids but it's not the fullest lashes I've seen after using mascara



Compared to the mascaras I've been using, the wand feels tiny! But it's able to grab onto all the lashes and I can really get into the corners. I think the formula was really wet when I first bought it, but it's been a couple months now and it's a good consistency. Please keep in mind I have naturally curly lashes so I can't say if this will hold a curl if you use an eyelash curler

I notice a bit of clumping if I try to do too many coats or put too much product on. I would definitely recommend this for an everyday mascara.

Top: Before (Front and from under)
Bottom: After (Front and from under)




Mascara Ratings 
Big lashes: 3/5
Blackness: 5/5
No clumping: 4/5
No flaking/smudging: 5/5
Easy to take off: 5/5
Value: 5/5

Overall 27/30    A

Another drugstore mascara win! Have you used this one before? What's your favorite drugstore mascara?

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Review: Red Flower Icelandic Moonflower

Today's review will be on the Icelandic Moonflower Moistruizing Body Lotion by Red Flower. In recent years, I've mostly used body lotion from Bath and Body Works, or The Body Shop and other stores like that around the mall. I've never realized how much chemicals are in those products until comparing it to this body lotion. I was recently sent this lotion for review.



I discovered Red Flower on beauty.com and loved their range of interesting scents and cute website. The company is based in New York and all the products are made in the USA and are cruelty free. With Tarte and Urban Decay recently under fire about selling to companies that test on animals, it seems like consumers are quite concerned with being cruelty free. Red Flower's scents are inspired by various parts of the world and I thought that was really neat! Their products range is diverse and includes body care, hair care, and fragrance.


Basics
The cost of this lotion is $26 and there is 8oz. I guess this is a bit pricer than most lotions but compared to brands like Korres, Josie Maran, L'Occitane this is actually cheaper.
You can purchase online at Red Flower or through Beauty.com

Ingredients
The thing I am most impressed with is the ingredients. It's filled with natural and good for you oils and extracts. I actually thought most body lotions were like this but I took a look at my BBW ones and was shocked.

The first 5 ingredients are: water, aloe leaf, safflower seed oil, vegetable wax, apricot kernel oil


The first 5 ingredients for the BBW lotion are: water, glycerin, petrolatum, cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol



Scent
I thought this would be a very refreshing/floral scent. But I actually find it has a bit of a vegetal note. I was at first kind of put off by it but I've really grown to like it. The scent is very natural smelling in a good way. It doesn't go up your nostrils like my Fruits & Passion or BBW lotions.

Performance
I found that this lotion absorbed really quickly. It is one of a lighter consistency, more like the BBW body lotion instead of their triple cream moisture. But it's much easier to rub this into my skin than my other body lotions.



I would really recommend this body lotion if you are willing to splurge on an item. It makes me much happier knowing that what I'm rubbing into my skin are ingredients that I can pronounce. It really makes me think twice about using so much chemicals on my body, but Bath and Body Works is having their semi annual sale now! So torn!

What do you guys use as body lotion? Have you read the ingredient list?

If you are interested, make sure to check out on Red Flower

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Review: ELF Studio Under Eye Concealer and Highlighter

My boyfriend recently started playing with the DSLR I had at home and helped me take these photos! I always just use a point and shoot as I still haven't really figured out how to use a DSLR haha. But hopefully you guys enjoy these photos!

Today's review is for the ELF Studio Under Eye Concealer and Highlighter. This product has two sides and each side has a doe foot applicator. I have the color in Light.


The concealer side is quite liquidy and unfortunately it doesn't provide really good coverage. It could be nice to brighten up the eyes but I found the color wasn't a great match for me.

The highlight side was also quite thin and liquidy. It's white with shimmer in it. The white blends out to be mostly transparent but there are fine shimmer that's suppose to "highlight". I'm not sure if this is a nice look under the eyes though.

Here are the swatches. The concealer is on the left, and the highlighter is on the right in white

Here's what it looks like blended out.

I was trying to show that there are sparkles in the highlighter side, but it doesn't show up unless it's in a certain type of indoor light.

I've tried using this highlight on my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose. But it just doesn't perform as well as high beam or watts up. Overall this was a disappointing product but I'm glad I got to try it out. The good thing about ELF products is that they are so affordable so it's good for experimenting.

Have you tried this product before? Got any good concealer suggestions for me?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

What I'm Wearing #6: Bronze with a Hint of Blue


Last month, I restarted having a stash of every day makeup for that month. I decided to go for a different look this month and here are the products I will use. Same as last month, I will link up any reviews I do during the month!

Face


1) L'Oreal Youth Code Pore Vanisher
2) Boscia Self Defense Moisturizer
3) Buxom Hot Escapes Bronzer in Tahiti

Eyes


4) Bombay Brow Bar Brow Powder
5) ELF Studio Single Eyeshadow- Sunset
6) Annabelle Koh Eyeliner in Royal Blue
7) Maybelline Great Lash Mascara


Lips + Other


8) Sephora +Pantone Eyeshadow Palette
9) Tarte Maracuja Lip Gloss in Lizzy - Swatch
10) Mary Kay Lip Gloss Sample - Review
11) MAC Dazzleglass in Get Rich Quick (forgot in picture!) - Review

Will post a look with these products soon! Do you guys have a separate bag containing your every day makeup? What's your look for the summer?