Rimmel London Provocalips 16 HR Kiss Proof Lip Colour in Make Your Move

The latest rage in lip products has been two-step, long-wearing lip colours.  There are a ton of high end and drugstore options available and I knew I wanted to give at least one of them a try.  Lipstick is my favourite part of putting my makeup together but having to reapply multiple times a day can be a pain.   So, when I saw Rimmel London claiming 16 hour wear out of their new Provocalips Kiss Proof Lip Colours I ran out and picked up the shade Make Your Move.

Application is easy.  Apply the colour first, wait a minute until dried (try not to rub your lips together during this time), and finish with the glossy balm.  The colour sets very dry, I wouldn’t wear it alone without the balm, but once the colour has set there is absolutely no transfer whatsoever.  The balm has a very thick, Vaseline like consistency which feels amazingly moisturizing on the lips.  They only thing I don’t like about this balm is the sickly-sweet smell.

Make Your Move is very close to my natural lip colour so it’s basically just a my lips but better shade for me.  It does last for hours on me, through eating and drinking, which is awesome, but 16 hours…not so much.  I find the colour will start fade after several hours and what I’ve learned is that this product does not layer well over itself.  If I try to revitalize the colour by reapplying, the product will ball up on itself and make it feel like I have sand stuck on my lips.  I’ve never experienced that with any other lip product.  Has this happened to anyone else??

I have heard that the formula of these Provovalips varies by shade and that the brighter, bolder colours last longer without fading than the more natural, muted colours.   I still really like Make Your Move and I continue to wear it often, I just expected to be more impressed by the long-wear formula than I was.  So, my final verdict on this particular shade is an underwhelmed ‘like it, don’t love it’.

I’ll definitely be trying out similar two-step, long-wearing lip products offered by other brands.  Any recommendations?

Etam Eyeshadows

While on vacation recently in Brussels I wandered into an Etam Lingerie store to find a huge makeup display AND a sale going on.  I’ve never heard of this brand before but after a couple of swatches I knew I’d be going home with some new makeup.  The eye shadow shade range was vast, offering every colour under the sun in a variety of finishes.  I stood in front of this eye shadow display for a good long while, swatching dozens of shadows before settling on just two.

I ended up with two pink shades:  Rose Marie-Antoinette is a satin pink and Goldie Pink is a peachy-pink with gold shimmer.  Both are really pigmented and easy to work with.  I bet Rose Marie-Antoinette would even look really pretty as a blush (note to self to try that).  I like to apply Goldie Pink with my fingers to maximize colour payoff while minimizing any fallout.

The packaging of these shadows is also adorable with a little mirror underneath the lid for on-the-go touch ups.

I’m really happy with these eye shadows and am now wishing they were available in Canada.  If you find yourself in Europe and come across an Etam Lingerie definitely go in and check out their makeup selection.

Has anyone else tried any Etam makeup?  And stand-out products other than the eye shadows?

April Favourites

April was all about light spring-like makeup for me.  I departed from my normal tendency to lean towards all things pink and found myself really enjoying the fresh feel of peach and coral toned makeup.  Here’s what I found myself reaching for throughout most of April.


For lips I’ve alternated between Max Factor’s Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick in Subtle Coral and my Dior Addict Lipstick in Cruise.  Both fall under the coral umbrella with the Max Factor stick being more of a pinky-coral and the Dior being more of an orange-coral.  Both also have a really moisturizing, balm-like feeling on the lips.  Subtle Coral offers a sheer wash of colour (I’m wearing it in the photo below) while Cruise can really pack a colour punch if layered on (seen here).

The Elf blush I’ve been wearing almost every day is Twinkle Pink.  It’s just the prettiest peachy-pink blush with gold shimmer.  I love wearing this blush for light makeup days because the shade looks really natural on the cheeks and the shimmer gives it the most beautiful glow.  Blush and highlight in one.  Gotta love it.

And finally, L’Oreal’s Amber Rush.  Has there ever been a prettier eye shadow?  This shadow gets a ton of hype online and it is all well deserved.  Amber Rush has been my top go to for a quick one-shadow look.  Just look at the swatch below!  If you don’t already own Amber Rush run out right now and add it to your collection.   Trust me on this one!

left to right: Cruise, Subtle Coral, Amber Rush, Twinkle Pink

left to right: Cruise, Subtle Coral, Amber Rush, Twinkle Pink

And here’s my fresh, light, no-makeup but really I’m wearing makeup face.  Happy Spring!


Vitamin E Skincare from The Body Shop

I’ve been having  a love affair with all things vitamin e from The Body Shop.  These products have really worked wonders over the winter keeping my skin hydrated and soft and I’ll continue using them year around.  I currently have, and use, the moisture serum, the overnight serum-in-oil, the nourishing night cream, and the eye cream.  All these products, used separately or together, are gentle on the skin but pack a bunch when it comes to replenishing moisture and life back into your face.


The moisture serum is like a primer for your moisturizer.  It’s a thin liquid that absorbs very quickly into your skin and preps your face for everything else you’re going to be applying.  The eye cream is nice and thick and you can really feel the difference after this is applied eye area.  The skin under my eyes gets especially dry in the winter but I had no problems at all with under eye dryness this year because of this vitamin e cream.  The vitamin e overnight serum-in-oil is magic in a bottle.  I love it so much I dedicated a whole post to it last year.  I use the nourishing night cream when I need an extra boost of hydration.  It’s thick and creamy but melts into the skin without leaving any greasy residue.

I will definitely be repurchasing all these products once they run out.  If you haven’t tried anything from The Body Shop’s Vitamin E skincare line I highly recommend you do.  You can’t go wrong.

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.


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.


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.


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?