Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NYC Beauty Pro Challenge #1- Times Square

I was recently invited to be a part of the NYC Canada Beauty Pro program! This is super exciting for me and I was glad to take part! Each month, we are sent products and given a theme. Then, we need to create a look and share on our social media. This month, the theme is Times Square.

We were given:
(3) NYC Show Time Velvet Eyeliners
(3) NYC Individual Eyes
(1) NYC Big Bold Volume Mascara

For my look, I used the black velvet eyeliner, the Union Square eyeshadow palette and the mascara. Additionally I used a lipgloss from NYC that I have from my collection.

I've never been to New York before, but I tried to make my look glamorous and chic.

Here are the swatches. The eyeshadows were really finely milled and surprisingly soft. However, it was hard to get the purple to pop on the eyes.

I wanted my look to be effortlessly chic which is how I imagine Times Square to be. Although I know I completely missed the mark in the background :( I live in the suburbs where there are trees everywhere haha

*Also, my mom were taking the photos for me so I was feeling all awkward so please excuse my terrible expressions*

I put the shimmery brown all over my lid, blended with the matte brown. I used the shimmery highlight on my inner corners and I used the purple on my outer V and my lower lash line.

I hope you enjoyed this look! What are some of your favorite NYC products? Have you been to New York before?

If you liked this look, please give it a favorite or retweet here!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Memorable

This post will be a quick review and demo of the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Memorable. This is a deluxe sample size from the Tarte set I bought during Christmas time.

The normal full size is .2oz and is $31CAD at Sephora. 
The Amazonian clay is suppose to have all these properties that are good for oil, dry and combination skin. 

The deluxe sample size was still really cute and nicely packaged! Also the 1.5g of product literally lasts forever! I've barely even made a dent in mine!

The color memorable is a darker pink with a bit of shimmer. I actually really like to put this where I would normally contour. That way it contours and adds color in one step. I thought the pigmentation was really great and the color showed up nicely on my cheeks! I haven't noticed the ingredients do anything for my skin, but I didn't expect it to!



Overall, I really like the color and the formula. However, I still probably wouldn't pay $31 for the full size! I know I'm never going to even finish the 1.5g so I don't mind sticking to sample sizes when the packaging is so cute! I would definitely recommend you to try out some Tarte products especially when they start releasing sets again for the holiday times!

Do you have a favorite brand for blushes? What color are you wearing for the transition from summer to fall?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

QVC Awards and a Laura Geller Giveaway

Hello my US readers! Today I have something specifically for you!

I will be having a giveaway featuring six of Laura Geller's best products! You will have a chance to win: 
Color Brilliance Lipsticks (in 2 shades)
 Cool Lids Cream Eye Shadows (in 2 shades) 
Baked Gelato Blush (1 shade) 
Spackle Primer

*sample image, the prizes are listed above*

Before I get into that, I want to tell you about the QVC Customer Choice Awards. These awards will be chosen by consumers like you! You can vote and help your favorite brands win this prestigious award. Laura Geller has been nominated in 10 of the categories!

The link to vote is here! The voting closes on September 9th.

Rules: The giveaway is only open to US addresses sorry! 
It will run for two weeks and close on September 9th!

Good luck everyone!! 

*I was not compensated or sent samples for this post, however the prize will be provided by PR*

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Knotted Side Pony and Tangle Teezer

I recently stumbled upon this hairstyle and have been wearing it lots! It's a knotted side pony and it's great for getting hair out of your face/neck in the hot weather! It looks a bit messy down below but I'd like to think of it as "effortlessly messy" haha! This hairstyle is best for medium-long hair! There's only three steps and I will show you how!

1) Split your hair into two sections and pull both towards one side of your head.

2) Tie a knot using the two sections and pull.

3) Tie a second knot and secure with elastic band.
And that's it! Try it out and let me know how it went :) It's so easy, I didn't even need a mirror to do it!

Along the lines of hair, recently I got to try out the Tangle Teezer sent from Nail Polish Canada. It's a really innovative hair brush and it's designed to get through tangled hair without pulling. The brush teeth are flexible which is why it can bend and not break your hair while you try to brush it through.

Fits in your hand perfectly!

I have really long hair and always loose a lot of hair in the shower and when I try to brush out tangles. When I was given the opportunity to try it out, I was pretty skeptical. I didn't think hair brushes could really be that different. 

But I can really see and feel a difference from the first time I used it. A lot of times my brush gets stuck in my tangles and I need to use my fingers. But this brush actually got through all my hair! It brushed through all my tangles and I only saw two pieces of hair left behind! (I usually loose at least 10-15 strands of hair every time I brush my hair). 

You can purchase this through Nail Polish Canada. It's $14.99 and includes FREE shipping within Canada!

Have you ever heard of the Tangle Teezer before? What kind of hair brush do you currently use? (Mine was a super cheap one just from the drugstore)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Too Cool for School Art Class Lip Crayon

I picked up this little guy when I was on my exchange in Hong Kong! When I first saw the brand in the mall, I was immediately drawn to it for it's cute packaging! In the last week of my time in HK, I decided to just go ahead and get this lip pencil!

I can't remember how much it is anymore, but probably around $7?
You can browse the brand on their website here.

The brand is called Too Cool for School and this lip pencil is called the Art Class Lip Crayon. All of their designs are super adorable! The brand also has a ton of skincare and cleansing products.

There are five colors to choose from and I got the red one. They also have pink, orange, yellow and blue. It's suppose to add a bit of a tint and gloss to your lips.

This pencil needs to be sharpened which is a bit of an annoyance as I had to buy a bigger sharpener.

The color is a sheer red with small flecks of gold. 

What I like the most about this product is how smooth it applies! It doesn't drag on the lips at all and it just feels so nice to apply! There's no stickiness at all but you do get shine. The smoothness is kind of like a nivea lip balm.

More color shows up than I expected.

I would definitely recommend this! Also great for those who want to try wearing red but want something that's more day time friendly. The only difficulty is finding a place to buy it. I searched online and Amazon has it but at a ridiculous markup.

I found it on an Asian makeup e-tailer Imomoko. If you are interested, try searching your favorite e-tailer and maybe they will have it in stock!

Do you have any Asian makeup? How do you get makeup that's only available in other countries?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Lip Products Collection 2014

Continuing with my make up collection, I want to show you my lip products today! I keep most of my products in two of my muji drawers. But I will always have some lying around the house and in my purse as well. I've actually been going through lip products almost on a monthly basis so it's really exciting to try new things and be able to finish them.

Picture heavy post but enjoy! If you have any questions about shades please leave a comment :)

*I totally forgot to include my beloved YSL lipstick and a couple other products in the pictures* :(

My MAC lipsticks.

Other high end lipsticks

ELF lip products and Burt's Bees

Tarte lipglosses! 2 down,6 to go

These are from the Sephora Gimme some Lips set. Finished 2 already!

Other random glosses

A couple drugstore products! Love the show off lip stain!

My Ideal Collection

Current # of Lipsticks: 14
Current # of Lipglosses/pencils: 18
Current # of Lipbalms: 4

Last Christmas, I bought some Sephora sets that added 14 new lip products to my collection. When I look at my lip products, over half of them are actually from the past year. I can usually go through a lipgloss in a month or so but I've never finished a lipstick before. I think getting 2 new lipsticks and 10 new lipglosses a year will be enough for me.

My ideal collection would be
# of lipsticks: 5
# of lipglosses: 10
# of lipbalms: 5

How many new lip products have you bought in 2014? And have you ever done a count of your "inventory" of lip products?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Nail Polish Collection 2014

In this post, I will be sharing my current nail polish collection! It's so hard to ever finish a nail polish so I feel like in recent years, my collection kept growing. Recently, I've been trying to toss older colors,and give ones away to hoard less so it's much more slimmed down now. I will be sharing the rest of my makeup collection soon. Hope you enjoy!

You can see my original collection in 2012

I still have the same clear box as two years ago haha.

These are the essie polishes from the Neon 2014 Collection.
L to R: Too Taboo, Serial Shopper, I'm Addicted, Chills & Thrills, Vices Versa, Sittin Pretty

These are my basics.
L to R: Seche Vite, Seche Clear base coat, Revlon base coat, Sally Hansen clear polish, Julep top coat

My glitter polishes. I like to use this over my ring finger or if I do a glitter ombre over my nails.




Deep/Neutrals. I would probably wear this during fall/winter.

My Ideal Collection

Current # of Polishes: 31
Current # of base/top coats: 5

I know this isn't even that much compared to a lot of people but I still feel it's a bit wasteful. My ideal collection would be

# of polishes: 16
# of base/top coats: 4

I chose the number 16 because I had a phase where I was only using the OPI minis. I brought 8 of those on my 4 month exchange and I felt like it was the perfect amount of polish to have. By painting my polish once a week, in four month each polish got used at least twice. Which sounds so little! But if you actually calculated, a lot of your colors probably just sit in your collection. So in the future I'm going to try to pick 8 shades to use every season (fall/winter, spring/summer). I want to give myself an allowance of purchasing 4 new shades every season. And the other 4 will come from my existing collection.

Brands wise I think OPI polishes chips just as easy as some of the drugstore brands so it's not worth the money. I love the Rimmel brush and the NYC formula. I also love the smaller packaging for the Maybelline Color Show. I also really want to explore Zoya polishes!

Let me know how many often you paint your nails and if you've ever gone through a bottle of polish?