A frightful Halloween video

Sunday, October 31, 2010

(Frightful because it is mine, not because it is actually frightening).

The other contouring video mentioned can be found here. Happy Halloween; hope you enjoy the media!

Products mentioned:

  • Ben Nye Cream Hilight, Ultralight {link}
  • Urban Decay Eye Shadow, Cult {link}
  • Cozzette Contour Stylist S135 {link}
  • Annabelle Dome Face Powder, Nox {link}
Possible alternatives:

  • Ecotools’ Bamboo Blush Brush, which is much less dense and smooth than the Cozzette S135, but is also a ton cheaper {link}
  • Any light-coloured MAC MSF, which have a finer shimmer than Nox {link}
  • Under-$10 alternatives (not tried and tested) for the face powder: love and beauty {link}, Sonia Kashuk {link}, Palladio {link}

ETA: here are a few photographs that you might find helpful! The first is a straight-on shot to help compare the effect of the two types of contouring (notice the sweeping roundness of the cheek on your right, vs the harder line on your left), the second is a shot of smooth contouring, and the third is the straight-line cheek. 

P.S. Anyone going trick-or-treating? :P
P.P.S. Damn, do I ever need to start filming in the daytime…

Saturday Steals and Deals

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Clinique’s current GWP is pretty awesome — six pieces with any purchase over $21.50, plus two cosmetic bags. I would totally go for this… if I was in the US :( I so want to try that mascara, and the quad looks fabulous! {Clinique}

And for us Canucks, MAC is offering free shipping plus a free sample of their PRO eye makeup remover from now until Nov 14th with the code MACSAMPLE. Go get ‘em, tiger! {MAC}
mark. (Avon for the younger set, essentially) has a number of products that are buy-one-get-one-free right now. Did you know that they sold clothing? Because I did not, and I find it quite strange. {mark.}
Finally, in the spirit of Halloween, you can use TREAT1 or TREAT2 over at Origins for a free sample of either their Checks and Balances or Never A Dull Moment cleansers, respectively. Cute names, eh? (That’s right, I’m a Canadian and I just said “eh.”) {Origins}

Urban Decay fails to put the Rocket in my Pocket, and is thus banned from my general face area.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Okay, but honestly. I have tried multiple times over the past months to write a proper review of this… but I just can’t do it.

The reason? It smells awful. Seriously; just bloody awful. I know loads of people who love the scent (described as crème brûlée, of all things), but I absolutely cannot stand it. It smells like cereal aftertaste, to my annoying, finicky nose. Alternately, it could be described as cheap fragrance molecules masquerading as cereal aftertaste…
Either way, it’s gross.
swatched quite sheerly

It’s a pity, you know; everything else about this gloss is fabulous. Max is a lovely warm medium-nude with considerable opacity and fabulous shine. It turns peachy on my lips (not too nude), and the gloss doesn’t slip to the edges immediately. It’s just so darn pretty!

The texture is thick but still quite nice altogether, and I do like the brush applicator. Plus, it’s an honest-to-god cream finish! (Microshimmer, no glitter, no frost). Do you know how hard it is to come by one of those nowadays, especially when it comes to glosses?! IT’S HARD! Really hard!
So, really, why did they have to scent these like cereal, of all things? I mean, I could have dealt with vanilla. Cocoa. Even something obscure, like… lord, I don’t know. Oakmoss or something. Pumpkins. Basil. But nothing — nothing – drives me crazier than cereal aftertaste. 
(No, seriously. I can’t even eat cereal unless I know I’ll be able to brush my teeth right after. Ridiculous.)
Oh, Max. You and I were never meant to be!

Availability: Sephora, Ulta, Asos.

Marcelle guest post: Cruella de Vil

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Not sure how to manage “fun” and “but seriously guys, I’m not a crazy person” for this Halloween’s office party? Try this look ;)

More images, swatches, a fairly extensive how-to, and a very poorly ‘shopped image behind >>the fake cut. Please do give the blog a visit and leave a comment — I’m getting lonely over there!

Annabelle insomnia collection review: Glitterama eyeliners

The rest of these reviews will go up over the next week or two, as I need more time to test out the shadows before I’ll be able to properly review them! However, I’ve reviewed this eyeliner in the past, so I thought we may as well get this post out now ;)

What they are: Annabelle Glitterama Liquid Eyeliners in Night Light and Dark Angel.
Like all Glitterama liners, these have three main features:
  1. They take for-e-ver to dry.
  2. However, once they’re set, they stay amazingly!
  3. They can be worn on their own, but look much better over other eyeliner.

For a full review of a Glitterama liquid eyeliner, check out our Plutonium post.

While I do like the moody glitter of Dark Angel, what really takes my breath away is the almost-wet finish of Night Light. I can see it layering amazingly over just about any eyeliner out there!
Top line: Night Light / bottom line: Dark Angel
Because swatches directly on the lid really don’t show off how lovely these can be, I took a few shots with them layered over Marcelle’s 2 in 1 Retractable Eyeliner in Amythest. I mean, you definitely can wear them alone, but you do need a lot of layering to do it! The Glitterama liners are made to be glitter suspended in a clear gel, not liquid liners with glitter thrown in, and not metallic-finish  liners (like Marcelle’s LUX Metallic ones).
I actually surprised myself with the liner combination below; I did it just for ease of swatching but found that I quite liked it! Dark Angel close to the lashline really helps to add depth, but the shine of Night Light on the top of the liner really opened up my eyes eye. It just takes an extra thirty seconds to switch liners, so I’d definitely do it again ;)
Top half of the line: Night Light / bottom half of the line: Dark Angel
 
The verdict? As you already know, I quite like the Glitterama line, and these are no exception! Personally, these shades are not my favourites, as I like my glitter to have more colour in it, but as far as “easy to wear” glitter goes, these are perfect. Dark Angel is a lovely almost-black blue with brighter, sea-blue reflects, and Night Life would honestly add a subtle bit of oomph (in the form of gorgeous, multicoloured reflects) to any eyeliner already in your collection. And for under $8CAD, I have no problems with the price!

Recommended if…

  • You really like either of the shades,
  • You’d rather not wear in-your-face glitter, but you’d still like to try it out,
  • You want day-appropriate glitter (Night Life),
  • You want to be able to layer your glitter over any colour, for the most combinations possible!
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