NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

I don’t own any high end foundations but love trying them out through samples.  I just can’t justify paying that kind of money when my drugstore foundations have served me so well over the years.  Recently I received a sample of the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless foundation.  Was this the high end foundation that finally convinced my to spend the big bucks??

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This oil-free foundation claims to be lightweight while providing natural-looking full coverage that lasts for  16 hours.  After wearing this foundation a few times I can say that, with the exception of the 16 hour wear time, these claims hold true.  The first thing I noticed about this foundation was that it’s quite thin and liquidy which helps with achieving a lightweight feel.  And a little goes a long way.  The amount shown below on my hand was wwwwaaaaaayyyy too much.  I could have easily used half that amount and still been covered.

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What impressed me the most was the amount of coverage achieved with just one layer of this foundation.  I always assume that a thinner the foundation won’t have much coverage but I’m learning that is not always true.  The finish after application is a nice semi-matte.  It didn’t do much for oil control throughout the day so I definitely needed to use a finishing powder over top and I expect in warmer months also needing to blot throughout the day.

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I really liked this foundation.  Enough to shell out $57CAN on it? Probably not.  But it has peaked my interested in trying out more foundations with thinner formulas.  Any recommendations?

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo in Fig/Date

What better way to introduce myself to the Bite Beauty line than with a mini duo lipstick?  I’d heard only good things about Bite Beauty products and always wanted to try out their lipsticks but could never settle on a shade.  With the Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo in Fig/Date I got two compact shades in one for $15CAN.  Perfect!

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Most of us by now know all about the goodness with which Bite Beauty creates their lipsticks – synthetic free, food grade ingredients.  So, not only do these lipsticks look great but they are actually good for your lips too.  And while these lipsticks do look great, what sold me on them was how they feel on the lips.  They are creamy and non-drying and just feel really lush on the lips.   The first time I swiped Fig across my lips my reaction was “Oooohhh, this is NICE” and I think that every time I apply one of these lipsticks.

L: Fig R: Date

L: Fig R: Date

Fig is a dusty rose and Date is a pinky-brown nude.  While they look really different when swatched on my hand, on my lips they are quite similar.  Both shades are gorgeous but Fig is definitely my fav of the two shades and they one I would consider buying in full after I’ve used up this duo.  I just love a natural pink lip.

Top: Fig Bottom: Date

Top: Fig Bottom: Date

The pigmentation and wear time on these lipsticks are about average.  After application there can be some transfer but once it wears to more of a semi-matte finish the colour will stick around for a few hours if you’re not doing much eating or drinking.

If you haven’t yet tried any Bite Beauty lipsticks I would recommend picking up one of their mini duos to start.  I’ll definitely be purchasing a full sized lipstick once I’ve used up my duo.  Any colour suggestions?

A Little Bit of Palette Love

Is there anything greater than opening an eye shadow palette and having all those shadows to pick and chose from?  I love the versatility and convenience a good palette provides.  I got my first eye shadow palette a few years ago when I picked up the Urban Decay Ammo Palette.  Since then I’ve added a few more to my collection and thought I’d give them a little shout out here on the blog since I love and use each of them quite a lot.

My collection consists of three Urban Decay palettes (Ammo, Naked 3, and On The Run) and two drugstore palettes (Wet N Wild’s Comfort Zone and Essence’s All About Nude).  Urban Decay never fails to impress with highly pigmented, blendable shadows.  Not to be outdone by the higher end palettes, the two drugstore options I own are standouts as well.  The Wet N Wild and Essence palettes cost me less than $5 each and not at the expense of product quality.  These shadows have impressive colour payoff, lasting power, and could easily to head to head with other high end shadows.

I’ve managed to cover a fairly wide range of shades and finishes with these palettes.  I’ve got the browns and taupes in the On The Run, the rosey pinks in the Naked 3, pops of colour in the Ammo, and some nice neutrals in Comfort Zone and All About Nude.  I’ve showcased looks using all of these palette which you can find here:  On The Run,  Comfort Zone, Ammo, Naked 3, and All About Nude.

What are some of your fav palettes?  Any missing that should become part of my collection?

FOTD: Urban Decay’s On The Run Palette

I received the Urban Decay On The Run palette for Christmas and have been using it almost every day since.  I just love the convenience of having everything you need in one place.  Most of eye shadows in the palette are actually shades I don’t really have in my collection so they are welcome additions and you can always rely on Urban Decay to deliver high quality, pigmented, blendable products.

For the face this palette includes a matte medium brown bronzer (I didn’t use the bronzer for this look) and a light pink blush with a hint of shimmer.  For the eyes you’ve got six eye shadows with a mix of finishes (matte, metalic, shimmer, and satin), a travel sized Perversion mascara, and a travel sized 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Stag (satin brown).  For the lips the palette comes with a full sized (!!) Naked Lipgloss in Sesso which is a sheer rosy pink.  Also, I just have to say the packaging for this palette is stunning.  I’m not one to get sucked into a product just for the packaging but this palette is sturdy, secure, and just so freaking pretty!

Here’s a look I put together recently using this palette.

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I went with a mostly matte eye which is a new look for me.  I always gravitate towards shadows with a sheen or shimmer to them but I just wanted to create a simple, natural lid here.  I swept 5050, the lightest eye shadow, all over my lid, under my brow bone, and in the inner corner of my eye…basically, everywhere.  I swept Fix, the lightest matte taupe shadow, through my crease and then deepened up the outer v and lower lash line with a bit of Dare, the darker matte brown shadow.

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Next I used the Stag Eye Pencil to darken up the eye.  For me, this Stag is the stand out winner of this palette, which was a huge surprise to me since I’m not normally a fan of pencil eye liners.  But, this liner is so soft, so smooth, so blendable.  It just glides onto the eye like a dream.  And I love that it’s a dark brown with a satin finish.  It’s a nice change from harsh black liners.  For this look I smudged a tiny bit of Stag along my upper lash line and then used it to tight line my upper lashes and darken up my waterline.  Applying a dark liner to my waterline is something I never do but I’ve been loving the look of it with Stag.  I feel like it just amps up the look.

I haven’t tried the Perversion mascara yet just because I already have a few mascaras open at the moment that I want to finish before opening another.

I popped a bit of the blush on my cheeks which I think is super pretty.  I think light pink blushes like this one make the face look really youthful and fresh.  It’ll be perfect for spring/summer.

And I finished off the look with the Sesso Lipgloss.  I’ll be honest here, Sesso doesn’t really do much for my lips.  The colour in the tube is really pretty but it’s so sheer that it’s almost colourless on my lips.  Where this gloss really shines, for me, is over top of other lipsticks and liners.  I’m planning a separate post on this but this gloss seems to enhance any colour it’s layered on top of.  So, while I haven’t been wearing Sesso on it’s own, I have been wearing it almost every day paired with whatever lipstick I happen to be wearing.  Below I’m wearing it over a nude-pink lip liner (I know I know it looks VERY similar to the photo above but I swear, in person the difference was noticeable!)

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And that’s the look.  I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with this palette and creating different looks.  Do any of you have the On The Run palette? What looks have you been putting together with it?

 

Time for a Hair Change

A couple months ago I did something I haven’t done in ages – I coloured my hair!  About four years ago, after over a decade of having short, dyed hair, I decided to grow it out.  And grow out it did.  Aside from the occasional maintenance trim I haven’t touched my hair since 2010.  The colour grew out and eventually I was back to completely virgin hair which you’ve all seen up till now on this blog.   The problem with simply letting your hair grow out though is that it gets really boring and I found myself desperate for a change.   I’m naturally blonde but wanted to amp it up a bit so highlights it was!

You can see from the photos above that the highlights aren’t super dramatic, they just brighten everything up, which is exactly what I was going for.  I’m lucky enough to have a good friend who’s a hair stylist so I had the great luxury of having my hair highlighted in the comfort of my home.  It was so much fun having my hair done while enjoying a drink  and some really bad reality tv at the same time.  Here’s the hard work in progress…

And Voila!  Just look at those beauty highlights!

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And here’s a before/after comparison.

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I am so happy with the final result.  My friend did the most amazing job and it was so fun to go through the process with her.  Thanks friend!  (Find her on instagram as ‘mizzhairful’).