Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sally Hansen Play it Neutral- Trend Alert

When you think of summer, you may think of bright nails! But neutral nails is always on trend and I want to share a couple of shades from the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure range that can find a place in your summer nail polish collection.

Since I work in a professional environment, not everyone is going to appreciate my rainbow nails. I found these neutral shades to be a fun way to add color to my nails while still looking put together.

373 Nude AwakeningCanadian exclusive shade launched in Spring 2016 
I was very surprised at how much I liked this shade! At first glance, it looks a bit boring and drab. But the color was very pigmented when applied. It was almost opaque with just one coat but I used two to ensure lasting time.

 220 Arm CandyUsed by Madeline Poole backstage at NYFW 

This shade is the most sheer and runny out of the three. Wearing it on it's own provides a translucent finish as I can still see my natural nail lines. I think this would be best for French Manicures or a base for nail art, but a bit difficult to wear on it's own. 

340 Sweet Talkerthe ultimate nude look 
I grabbed this to test out first as the cute light pink shade immediately appealed to me. The shade was decently opaque in two coats which is pretty good considering how light the color is. You can still slightly see my nail lins. I think this is a very pretty color to start off as a base for nail art.

The Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure nail polishes includes base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, color, top coat, and gel shine finish in it's formula so you can be done in just one step. The new strengthener incorporates a keratin complex which is inspired by hair care technology. It claims to have a 10 day chip-resistant wear so I tested out Nude Awakening for 10 days.

Overall I was pretty impressed by how it held up over the 10 days. On the second day unfortunately my right hand index finger nail peeled and that was the biggest chip. Overall, not perfect but very impressive for 10 days especially on my left hand!!

Here's a look at Sweet Talker which is just such a pretty delicate pink!

Are you wearing any nude nails for the summer type? What's your favorite kind - pink, brown, clear?

The Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure collection features 88 shades and retails for $9.50.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Pan that Palette Update #2- Anastasia Self-Made Palette (Eyeshadow Looks)

I have fallen more in love with this palette the more I use it! At the beginning of the year, I set out to use the Anastasia Self-Made Palette for an entire year! Each month, I was focused on one shadow and experimenting with looks that I can create. In my first update, I hit pan on one shadow. I'm happy to report that I have now hit pan on 3 shadows!

Here are the two additional shades I've hit pan now and how I used it!

Treasure I used this shade for most of February and March. As shown in my last update, I sweeped this all across the lid and then lined with a felt black liner. It gives a Korean style eye look.

Self-Made For the months of April and May, I was focused on using this shade! For a majority of the days, I started by putting this color in the outer half of my lid and then blending it with Sorbet. It created a very warm, blended look.

I don't wear eyeshadows every single day so it takes me a bit longer to use up the shades. Additionally I have such small lid space that it really doesn't take a lot of product to finish a look. But I'm very proud of the progress I've made and I think I can hit pan on at least 3 more shades by the end of this year!

Here is the look using Self-Made and Sherbet. It's very appropriate for everyday. You can find these types of shades in a lot of neutral palettes so it's easy to recreate! Then for summer time time, if you are feeling creative, add a mint green to your lower lashes for a pop of color. I used Isla that's in this palette.

For next month, this is the look that I created and I'm very excited to wear it! It's going to be great for summer and the shimmery center helps to wake my eyes up!

I start by blending Sherbert into the crease and onto the outer edges of my lid. Then I used Pink Champagne all across the lid using a patting motion. I deepened the look with Hot Chocolate in the outer v, but I would probably skip that for every day. Finish off with a black eyeliner and mascara! You can recreate this look with any orange/coral shade and a shimmery pink shade.

Pink Champagne, Sherbert, Treasure

I've been really enjoying the project so far and it's so satisfying to see pan showing! It'll be interesting to see if the progress will accelerate in the second half of the year as I've now dipped my brushes into most shades.

Do you wear the same eyeshadow look everyday? Or are you always switching it up?

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Stila Perfect Me Perfect Hue Eye & Cheek Palette (Light/Medium) - Review, Swatches, Demo

If you are into makeup, you likely have more neutral eyeshadow palettes than you can possibly use up in your entire life. However, one important makeup product missing from my collection is a great eye AND cheek palette! Stila introduced the Perfect Me Perfect Hue Eye & Cheek Palette ($51) for Summer 2016 and I'm obsessed!

The palette contains 5 eyeshadow shades and 2 blush shades for a total of 14g of product. There are four palettes in total and they are each created based on a skin tone! 

Packaging: Stila has gone through a couple phases of packaging changes, but they've settled on this beautiful champagne color scheme for all their products now. It's very elegant although difficult for bloggers to photograph! The palette is housed in a heavy duty plastic case with a full size mirror inside and the palette closes with a very satisfying click. 9/10

Here you can see, each of the shades is given a specific purpose. This can help beginners with placing the product and provides a guideline for a no thinking needed flawless face. The base, crease and liner shades are mattes. The lid shade is a shimmer and the highlighter is a matte with glitter. The two blush shades are both of a satin finish. 

I love Ambitious so much as it's the perfect one shadow shade. The blush on the bottom right is also exactly my jam! My cheeks are naturally red so I always prefer a blush that's deeper in color and can double as a contour and I'm so in love with Angelic!

Formulation: The formula of all of the shades are A+! Every shade was smooth, pigmented, easy to blend, and provides true to pan color. Although the shades are not the most unique, you'll be wanting to reach for these over and over again. 10/10

Here is the eye look I created by following their instructions!

1) Apply base all over the lid.
2) Sweep the lid shade just above the crease
3) Use the crease shade just in the outer corner
4) Connect the top and bottom lashlines with the liner shade. Smudge it out with the crease shade.

The crease shade looks very red in the pan and swatch but it is such a perfect match for my skin when applied! It creates the most natural contours even though I don't a traditional crease. I can just imagine how good it would look if you had a deeper eye socket!

On a day to day basis, I would just use the lid shade and then the liner shade but skip all the other steps! To create a more dramatic look, I would sweep the liner shade all across the lid and then gradually blend out with lighter shades.

To finish off the look I used:
-Stila Poreless Putty Perfector with the Stila Wonder Brush
-Stila Got Inked Cushion Eye Liner in Smoky Quartz Ink

I can see this palette being a staple in any beginner's bag! The quality of every shade is amazing and you can tell a lot of thought went into creating the perfect combination. Although the color is not very unique, it is meant to be an easy to use palette that creates the perfect natural flawless look.

For us beauty lovers, I think this is an absolute essential as well! I know the shades look very standard, but quality over quantity or trend or uniqueness in this case. If I were to travel, I would definitely grab this as it includes my eye AND cheek needs! Or if you are the type of person that likes to touch up, this would find a comfortable spot in your purse or desk. I highly highly recommend this palette!

On a side note, the Stila Stay All Day foundation has been repackaged! It now comes in a tube that you press down and the product dispenses up! Super cool. I was sent the shade Fair so unfortunately it was too light for me to test. 

What are your favorite Stila products? How many neutral eye shadow palettes do you have?

 Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale and starting May 2016 

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Vichy Ideal Soleil Review- Ultra Fluid SPF30 & Double Usage After Sun

The sun is out and it's time to protect our skins! One of my beauty goals of 2016 is to wear more sunscreen and I think I finally found a face sunscreen that I like! Vichy has an amazing sunscreen selection in the Ideal Soleil line up and they also recently introduced an after sun care that will help extend your tan!

The Ideal Soleil collection was made to provide the most pleasant textures. We probably all have experienced super tacky, greasy, and smelly sunscreen in our childhood. It's a good thing that sunscreens have come a long way since then!

I found this chart from Vichy to be very informative about the UV rays that you can be exposed to. The filter used in Ideal Soleil products is called Mexoral-XL-SX and provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Each product is also infused with Vichy Thermal Water to help sooth the skin!

The sunscreen I've been wearing everyday this week is the Vichy Ultra Light Fluid in SPF 30 ($25.95) for the face. True to it's name, it is a very light, liquidy product perfect for applying on a daily basis. It dries pretty quickly and does not leave a greasy finish at all! I actually find it a bit too mattifying but I have very dry skin!

When first applied, it looks like it would have a white cast but it is quickly absorbed. The amount shown in the photo is usually how much I would use for both cheeks, then I would take another of that amount for my forehead and nose. Once it's patted in, it's virtually unnoticeable, see photo below. I think this product would be great to layer under your normal makeup as it's so light and thin.

I had a bit of an issue with flaking in the first few days and I think it's related to the moisturizer I used the night before. It's a thicker cream and I feel like it mixes with the sunscreen and curds. When I switched to using a facial oil as a night time moisturizer, I didn't experience any flaking!

New to Vichy is this Double Usage After Sun Care ($29.95) which hydrates the skin to provide for a radiant tan! I just learned that hydrated skin is a parameter to extending your tan and this product contains shea butter, four types of oils and vitamin E. The product claims to sooth after sun exposure, nourish the skin, and beautify and extend the tan! It can be used in the shower or on dry skin.

It's still early in the season so I haven't had a "tanning" session yet. I tried this out in the shower and on dry skin to see how it would perform. The product is very liquidy and I rubbed it into my arms and legs. After I rinsed off, I noticed there is an oily film similar to a sugar scrub. It definitely left my skin looking more "radiant" and nourished, but I didn't really like the oily feeling. I wouldn't recommend putting this on dry skin as it left my hands feeling very greasy. I'm not sold on this yet but I'll have to give it another shot when I get too much sun this summer. One thing I did like is the scent, it transports me to a beach with palm trees and ocean sprays. 

How's your sunscreen game? Are you a daily applier or a sun burnt regreter? 

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

THEFACESHOP Hwansaenggo Escargot Golden Firming Line- New Skincare

Koreans skincare is always leading the way in terms of new ingredients and technology to keep skin young, even, and glowing. Recently, The Face Shop introduced the Hwansaenggo Escargot line featuring snail mucus and 24K gold as the main ingredients! Sounds crazy? I was very intrigued and wanted to see if it lived up to the claim of bringing life, youthfulness, and a gilded glow back into dull skin.

This collection is much more intricately packaged than some of other The Face Shop collections. This luxurious collection contains products ranging from $30-$75. Snail mucus is known for being very moisturizing and nourishing and is a favorite in many Korean skincare products. I didn't know this before but 24K gold has detoxifying and brightening properties!

Of course as an auditor, I can't just take it at face value so I did a bit of research on these two ingredients. It seems that most articles agree that snail mucus is nourishing and stimulates cell regeneration. You can take a read here and here for some lifestyle/news articles. And it also seems a common theme that gold is known to be anti-inflammatory and gives a brightening effect in skincare!

Hwansaenggo Escargot Eye Cream - $75 (40mL)

I haven't been using eye cream for about a year but I was very excited to add this to my routine. I never noticed how I neglect to moisturize right underneath my eyes when I'm just putting on face cream. In addition to escargot and 24K gold, this product contains black ginseng and is meant to regenerate the skin and give elasticity and resilience.

The cream is quite thick and has a slight mucousy texture. It was very comfortable to apply and felt extremely nourishing and comfortable. I didn't notice any results from about a month's use (3 times weekly) but I did enjoy the entire experience and I feel like I'm taking preventative measures!

This is the carton for the eye cream and I was very pleasantly surprised that snail secretion filtrate was the first ingredient! Usually I find brands advertise the "key" ingredient and it's somewhere way down in the bottom.

Hwansaenggo Escargot Cream - $69 (50mL)

The cream is housed in a beautiful packaging that is a treat to display on the vanity. The top has a very ornate design and the bottle feels hefty and luxurious. The Face Shop describes this as a thick formula but I found the cream only medium weight in texture. It is absorbed very easily and contains macadmaia oil, shea butter and panthenol in addition to snail mucus and 24K gold.

After the first time I used this, I noticed an immediate difference! I had some bumpiness on my skin right under my lip and on my forehead. My skin felt so smooth after I used this for the first night!! I love when I can feel a difference right away and something in this cream just calms my skin and smooths everything out.

However, I have very dry skin so I actually found this not hydrating enough. I had to add in hydrating serums as my skin felt smooth but dry. If you have normal or even just slightly dry skin, this would work really well!

Overall I was very impressed by the cream and the effect it made on my skin! The eye cream was very nice to use but I didn't notice a visible difference. If you are looking for an effective luxurious skincare to pamper yourself, definitely check this collection out. To round out the collection there is a cleansing foam, toner, serum, emulsion, eye mask and face mask!

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

NYC Get it All Collection- Makeup Look and Review


It has been a while since I did a look using NYC products! I thought I'd put the new NYC Get it All Collection foundation and lipstick to the test for this simple but polished look! For some throwback, here was a good one when I tried to create a look inspired by Demi Lovato.

The new Get it All collection wants to make sure you do not compromise your makeup needs and includes a collection of foundation, lipstick, and mascara. 

NYC Get it All Foundation - $5.99 available in 5 shades

First up, we have a stick foundation that is perfect for girls on the go. I personally haven't used a stick foundation in ages and was pretty skeptical especially with my dry skin. This foundation gives a medium coverage and can easily be buildable. I swiped this diagonally across my cheeks and found using a wet sponge the best application technique!

The product was smooth although not super creamy. Where you swipe on the product is mainly where the coverage will go. 

Left: 202 Honey Beige Rights: 101 Nude

What I really like is the weightless feel on the face. Once I've applied the product there is no tackiness or setting time. My face feels natural and there is no scent to the product, The wear time is quite good, 8+ hours for me. The finish is a demi-matte, but I prefer more of a dewy look on a day to day basis. I think this would be better for someone with oily skin that wants a smooth matte look. For me, I'd toss this into my purse to touch up after the gym or pool as the stick format is so convenient. 

Left: 202 Honey Beige Rights: 101 Nude

The two shades are very similar. Honey Beige has more of a yellow undertone and Nude has a pink undertone. Something to note is that Honey Beige is the darkest shade in the collection. I'm a little bit confused with that as it's barely even in the medium skin tone range. If you have lighter skin and have trouble finding fair shades at the drugstore, you may be in luck! But NYC should really expand the range to include deeper skin tones.

Before and After wearing 202 Honey Beige

I had some redness in the cheeks before and the foundation eliminated the redness and created a smooth matte canvas. 

NYC Get it All Lip Color - $5.99 available in 12 shades

Next we have four shades from the new Lip Colors which claims to be non-drying and wear for four hours in a single stroke. From the first swatch, these colors definitely pack a punch. Each of these is extremely pigmented and even leaves a bit of a stain.

The formula is smooth but again not creamy. There's quite a bit of "grip" as I apply this on my lips. I guess this "grip" is what helps it's wear time. I do find these last a long time but the color also transfers easily to cups, napkins etc. since it's so pigmented. 

Left to right: 600 TerrifiCORAL, 300 ImpREDssive, 400 ExtraordiBERRY, 200 PINKtastic

The packaging on these is a step up from the traditional Expert Last lipsticks. The tub is skinnier and taller. The lipstick also twists all the way down so the cap won't nick the product. I also really like that the bottom of each of these is color coordinated to the product.

I wouldn't say these are the most comfortable on the lips. I don't find them drying by any means but the "grip" also doesn't make it feel hydrating. When compared to the Expert Last lipsticks, I think these have more color pay off but the value isn't as good as the Expert Last lipsticks are only $1.99 each!

Left to right: 600 TerrifiCORAL, 300 ImpREDssive, 400 ExtraordiBERRY, 200 PINKtastic

All of the colors were quite flattering on me but none were that unique! If you are looking for a super pigmented lipstick from the drugstore, give these a try! If you are just looking for a quality inexpensive lipstick, give the NYC Expert Last lipsticks a try instead!

Here I am wearing 300 ImpREDssive. Overall the two products were pretty good but not the best I've tried from NYC. The foundation will be a life saver if I need to pack it for travel but not something I would reach for on a daily basis. The lipsticks are surprisingly pigmented but again probably not something I would wear on a daily basis. 

What products from NYC have you tried recently?

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