Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Shadow in Black Orchid

I am a big fan of the Maybelline Color Tattoo cream eye shadows.  I own quite a few shades already and Black Orchid is the newest addition to my collection.  This is one of limited edition shades from the Spring 2015 line.  It took me a while to finally track this shade down so if you see one grab it quick because they are hard to find.

IMG_6154

Black Orchid is one of the most dynamic shades I’ve seen in the Color Tattoo range.  It’s a taupe with purple undertones but depending on the light it can look more silver, or pink, and sometimes I even see a hint of copper.  The more I blend it out, the more colours I see.  I don’t know how it does it but it’s just the most interesting shadow and I love it.

IMG_6160

These Color Tattoo cream shadows work well on their own or as a base for other shadows.  They are really long wearing and, on me at least, don’t crease at all.  Because this shade reflects the light in so many different ways it can look like I’ve put some actual effort into an eye look when really all I’ve done is quickly swiped this shadow on my lid with my finger.   When I put this shade on my lids I’ve got a bit of time to blend and play with it and then once it sets it’s there for the day.  This stuff doesn’t budge.

IMG_6157

Black Orchid is definitely worth checking out, especially if you have green eyes – the hint of purple in this shadow will really make them pop.

Have you tried any of the new limited edition Maybelline Color Tattoos?  Any other shades I should try?

Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil FACE and Giveaway*

* Press sample.  Opinions are 100% my own.

Over the past year or so I’ve really learned to appreciate the beauty of a good face oil.  The winters are brutal on my skin and facial oils have done wonders to save me from dry, flaky skin.  So, when I was asked to test out the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil FACE I was more than happy to oblige.

IMG_6128

This oil claims to visibly rejuvenate the skin by helping to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, uneven skin tone, and aging skin.    The key to a good face oil is that is doesn’t actually feel oily on your face.  This Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil FACE takes a minute to absorb into the skin but once it does it leaves my face feeling hydrated and soft without any greasy residue.  So that’s great.  In terms of the above claims of improving the skin’s appearance, I haven’t really noticed a difference at all in the look of my skin.  Now, I have only been using this oil for a couple months.  Maybe using this facial oil long term will produce some of those results but so far it’s main claim to fame, for me, is simply providing non-greasy hydration to my sad, dry skin.

IMG_6127

It comes with a glass dropper which is helpful since you only need a couple drops for your whole face.  It’s lightly scented which is ok though I prefer products that go directly on my face to be unscented.  But, overall, I think this is a perfectly decent facial oil and a good drugstore alternative to more expensive oils out there (it sells for $9.99 CAN for a 400ml bottle).

IMG_6129

And here’s the best part:  you have the chance to win not only the Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil but also a whole package of Palmer products.  This giveaway is valued at $50 and includes Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil FACE, Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil Rosehip, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Oil, Cocoa Butter Formula Lotion, and Swivel Stick.

Palmer STO Face Giveaway

This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only and will close on March 24, 2015.  Enter below and good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

February Favourites

Here we go.  Another month, another batch of favs.  February has been a brutal month in Toronto weather-wise and much of my makeup and skin care routine has been all about upping the moisture and hydration.  Let’s just get right to it.

IMG_6026_2

Urban Decay’s On The Run Palette:  I’ve talked about this palette a couple of times here on the blog and used it in a recent FOTD post.  This is a great all-in-one palette that offers versatility and convenience in one beautiful package.  I’ve been using this a lot since getting it for Christmas and it’s now my go-t0 travel palette.

IMG_5815

The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Moisture Serum:  This was also a Christmas gift and I’ve used it literally every day since then.  This is almost like a primer for your moisturizer and it’s really saved my dry winter skin.  The tiniest amount of this serum absorbs into my skin within seconds without leaving any residue or finish on the skin.  I just pop my regular moisturizer on top and I feel like the hydration gets locked in all day.

The Body Shop’s Camomile Sumptuous Cleaning Butter:  I will never go back to liquid makeup remover after using this cleaning butter.  It’s a solid consistency in the tin but turns into an oil with the heat of your fingers.  Rubbing this on my face is like a makeup remover and facial treatment all in one.  After using this my skin feels clean, moisturized, and soft.

IMG_6027

YSL’s Volupte Tint-in-Oil:  Oh…ma…gawd…this lip oil is everything.  It is the most moisturizing and hydrating lip product I’ve ever tried.  Perfect for dry winter lips.  The pigmentation is nice and buildable and the tint leaves a stain so even when the shine fades you’re still left with a wash of colour.  I have the shade Peach Me Love and it’s a really pretty pink.  Perfect for every day…which is pretty much how often I’ve been wearing it.

IMG_6029_2

And that’s what I’ve been loving so far this winter and especially this past month.  What have your favs been this winter?  Have you tried any of mine?

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??

IMG_5917

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.

IMG_5926

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.

IMG_5927

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!

IMG_5918

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?