Don’t miss this | Get the Look: Greyscale smokey eyes

Friday, June 29, 2012

This week’s She Said Beauty look was a really basic one — greyscale smokey eyes, as a bit of a change-up from the traditional Summer smokey eye. (Read: brights, brights, and more brights.)

I wasn’t totally crazy about this look in the end, and I think that’s just because I wasn’t crazy about the products involved. A lot of them were [boring] basics, and the others weren’t really anything to write home about, which left me kind of… underwhelmed.

Read the tutorial for the look here, or keep going for more photos.

Products Used

Eyes: Sephora Collection Smoky Kohl Eyeliner in Grey, Imju Fiberwig Extra Long Mascara in Black, MAC Eye Shadow in Blanc Type (Matte2), FaceFront Cosmetics Pressed Eye Shadow in Greyscale and Fate by Chance, MAC Pigment in Fairylite (LE, try Naked as a dupe).

Lips: GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in Darling

Cheeks: MAC Powder Blush in Harmony (Matte)

MAC Ruffian: behind the scenes

Thursday, June 28, 2012

MAC Cosmetics opened up a Tumblr a while back, but (and, please, correct me if I’m wrong,) I kind of feel like no one actually reads it.

Despite the fact that they post a lot of behind-the-scenes material, from tutorials to various Fashion Week looks, I very rarely hear anyone talking about the material that goes up on their photo blog. I don’t know; maybe I’m just hanging out in the wrong circles, but I feel like brands’ Tumblr pages rarely “take off,” especially when you put them in comparison with their Twitter or Facebook accounts.

Anyhow; here’s a quick look at their behind-the-scenes photos for the MAC Ruffian collection (via). Enjoy!

And a quick spread of the products (yes, there really are only six of them), in case you were curious about names & etc…

Grab it before it rolls away: tokidoki 24 Karat Skate Deck Palette review, photos, swatches

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The product: tokidoki 24 Karat Skate Deck Palette

My Skate Deck palette is missing one shade (Goccia, on the bottom row), but I’ve swatched the rest of them. The tokidoki eyeshadow formula isn’t one that I go crazy over, but it’s not half bad — better than most drugstore eyeshadows, but not on par with a brand like MAC or NARS.

I’d put the formula at a solid “just okay,” making it a good choice if you’re looking for fun, glittery shades (think Urban Decay on a smaller budget,) but I wouldn’t choose it for staple shades.

–> The top row

The top row of the Skate Deck palette contains…

  • Unicorno – a matte white (base colour) accompanied by finely-milled silver shimmer.
  • Stella – chunky silver glitter in a sheer, shimmery silver base.
  • Ametista – a pink-violet of medium intensity, paired with fine silver (and a bit of gold) shimmer.
  • Cuore – a super-sheer white-pink with finely-milled, shimmery white reflects.
  • Duna – a light, smooth, shimmery gold with a bit of fine silver shimmer for depth.
  • Sabbia – dense gold shimmer in a translucent white-yellow base.

Stella is definitely the most interesting shade in this palette, (and would make a gorgeous faux-gloss lid,) but I think Duna is my favourite — it’s just such a gorgeous shade, with the perfect warm gold/cool brown balance.

A few of the bottom-row shadows stain (more on that in a bit,) but none of these top-row shades do.

Swatched L-R: Unicorno, Stella, Ametista, Cuore, Duna, Sabbia.

–> The bottom row

The bottom row of the Skate Deck palette contains…

  • Goccia – missing, but it should be a dark, vibrant shimmery blue.
  • Adios Star – a basic black with a small amount of chunky silver glitter.
  • Tempesta – a blue-violet with fine blue and silver shimmer.
  • Granata – a medium-sheer mossy green with yellow undertones.
  • Camo – an intense, satin-finish chocolate brown.
  • 24 Karat – a pigmented, dark yellow-gold with gold shimmer.

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COMING UP | Annabelle Aqua Queen, Summer 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

I’m pretty much the last blogger on this bandwagon, but that’s okay. (I’m sure you’re all used to it by now.)

For their Summer 2012 colour collection, Annabelle is releasing (has released? is planning to release? I have absolutely no idea what’s in drugstores right now) two limited-edition products: a Caribbean Sun Biggy Bronzing Powder, and a rather exciting ten-shade Hawaïan Hues Eyeshadow Palette.

Reviews and swatches upcoming, but for now, enjoy these photos of the products! It’s a small summer offering (probably because the palette, instead of just being a single or duo eyeshadow, covers everything from light grey to golden-yellow and shimmery blue-green), but it’s just… I don’t even really know what to say.

The products are just so summery. It’s like someone took “summery” and threw it in a pot and simmered until it boiled down to two super-summery products rather than ten mildly-summery products.

Terms like “super-summery” are generally a cue that I should stop blabbing, so I’ll leave you at that. The products will be $12.95 CAD each, and the eyeshadow palette (but not the bronzer) is paraben-free.

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Sephora Presents: Clinique Chubby Sticks

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I know I’ve been talking about the new Clinique Chubby Stick shades for ages, now, but you have to admit — the promo that was just posted on Sephora’s YouTube channel? Pretty damn cute.

Pick up a Chubby Stick at Sephora here, or make a purchase at the Clinique US website here until the 25th to get a free mini Chubby Stick with your order — use MELON for a Mega Melon mini, or SUPER for a Super Strawberry mini.

(Speaking of, I actually have minis of both, because my Chubby addiction is a shameful and uncontrollable thing. Swatches and photos and all that nonsense here.)

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, I’ll bring the veil | Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker Blush in Natural: review, photos, swatches

Friday, June 22, 2012

The product: Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker pH Powered Blush in Natural

The blush: This review goes into some pretty dark (read: critical) places, so I thought we’d start off on a bright note: the blush itself. I find I’m always nicely surprised by Physicians Formula products, and this one’s no exception.

For a shade called Natural, this blush is actually quite rosy. It’s a bright, warm medium-pink with a bit of shimmer; the chunky silver overspray on the dots wears off, but–despite what the internet may tell you–the blush itself does have some finely-milled shimmer as well.

(It’s possible that the overspray is just extremely reluctant to leave, but I really doubt it, seeing as some of the shimmer is fuchsia.)

Anyhow; the super-tiny silver and fuchsia reflects are visible mainly in the pan, but do make an appearance on the cheeks if you look closely. The blush itself is more than decently pigmented for a drugstore product, and should work just fine on most light, medium, and medium-dark skintones, though I’m guessing it’ll really shine on warm and olive skintones, specifically.

As the cherry on top, this blendable blusher layers well, too, so you can wear just a light dusting of powder for a really fresh, glowy look, or blend in a bit more for a full-on flush.

The packaging: Oh, pH Matchmaker products, you kill me. While I’ve been loving the blush itself, this packaging is way more clunky than it needs to be! The lid itself is the height of an entire Senna blusher, and it’s only a third of the height of the whole contraption.

In theory, I’m actually okay with this packaging. An LED-lit mirror and a cute brush tucked under the blush… it sounds good, right? But the thing is, the LEDs aren’t bright enough to apply blush by, and (after having them on for about ten minutes to photograph,) they’ve already burned out.

And then there’s the brush. I actually like thin brushes for certain products, and this one’s included in that statement — the blush itself is more than decently pigmented, and a thin, flat brush is a great way to get just a small amount of product at a time.

This brush, though? It sheds like crazy, which is always a pain, and after just a few weeks, it’s already starting to feel floppy and sparse as a result.

The kitsch: I’m not crazy about this whole “pH powered!” concept that Physicians Formula has going on, either. Photochromic powders, okay, kind of cool — having your blush look the same both indoors and outdoors is definitely a plus. (If it works, that is; I haven’t tested. I’m not even sure how I would, to be honest.)

pH-adjusting fluorescein-based dyes, though? Um, fluoresceins are typically involved in like, microscopy and blood stain detection, neither of which are particularly appealing concepts to your average consumer. Plus, acidity-fitted colour cosmetics don’t actually make sense — I mean, I could be an NW30 with a skin pH of 5.3, or I could be an NC15 (actually, I think I am; I can never remember) with the same skin pH.

The verdict?

Despite the fact that the last… five paragraphs solid were rife with criticism, I’m actually pretty fond of this blush. The packaging and marketing are awful, as far as I’m concerned, but the product itself — it’s worth a second look. It’s quite pigmented, really blendable, and the shimmer is surprisingly finely-milled, particularly for a drugstore product.

That said, I wouldn’t pay $15.99 for something this clunky. If you can find the pH Matchmaster blushers at 20-40% off, which Physicians Formula often is at Shopper’s or Rexall, then definitely pick one up; at full price, though, I think this one’s a pass.

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