bareMinerals Bareskin, Benefit Hydrating Tinted Balms, Diorskin Nude Shimmer, and more | New 18/05/14

Sunday, May 18, 2014

new in lips & cheeks

Man, I haven’t done one of these in forever. Usually, putting together “New This Week” widgets is a matter of sifting the new releases from the old, and then picking the most exciting of the crop — but this time around, everything I came across was new.

There was no, “but did I feature this last week? Ummm… maybe, I’m not sure,” this time around. It’s been a little over a month, so here’s what you may have missed in the meantime. 

new in base & bronze (& contour)

(Okay, okay, I’ll admit to re-featuring the Bite Deconstructed Rose Lip Library again this week — but can you really blame me? They launched four associated Deconstructed Rose lipsticks, and I figured they deserved a mention together.)

Other exciting launches: an all-new range of twenty Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows ($32 USD), the new Benefit Hydrating Tinted Lip Balms ($18 USD/$22 CAD), and two new high-shimmer cheek products, just for the summer — the Dior Diorskin Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Powders ($56 USD/$57 CAD), which will replace the old Dior Diorskin powders that they are nothing like, and the Becca Tint Shimmer Soufflées ($27 USD/$33 CAD), which, thankfully, will be replacing nothing.

new in eyes & everything else

Finally, one last thing… the bareMinerals Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation ($29 USD/$36 CAD), which comes in 20 blissfully silicone-free shades. I haven’t made it out of the house yet to try these (there are some pretty mixed reviews out there), but will try to pick one up soon!

bareMinerals Bareskin silicone free foundation

(Pictured here with the bareMinerals Bareskin Perfecting Face Brush ($28 USD/$35 CAD), which has a little well in the top to hold product.)

Bite Deconstructed Rose, Christina Hendricks’ makeup, Illume Spring 2014, & more | New 03/04/14

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hello, and welcome to this week’s instalment of fibromyalgia is taking over my life, featuring a handful of this month’s most exciting new launches and a bucket of tears.

We hope you enjoy your stay at Chronic Illness Inn, and will try our best to accommodate any requests you have in the comments. We accept payment for miracles in the form of lifelong devotion and ritual sacrifices. Doughnuts will also work in a pinch.

And a few stragglers, including the Bite Deconstructed Rose Lip Gloss Library ($49 USD/$53 CAD), ugh. I don’t even really like lipgloss, but this set looks so pretty. I think it’s the name (and that gorgeous box) that roped me in.

New in candles

(How lovely and summery are those new Illume jars?)

Love at first blush (on the set of Mad Men)

Also new these past few months? Make Up For Ever’s HD Blush ($26 USD/$31 CAD), a blendable creme blush that’s available in 16 shades. If you’ve ever asked yourself “what makeup does Christina Hendricks wear on Mad Men?” late at night while vulnerable and suffering from severe face envy, well, here’s one piece of the puzzle. Makeup artist Vanessa Scali uses the HD Blush in shade #210 on Christina Hendricks in the upcoming season of Man Men — and now you know.

MUFE Hd Blush 210 - Christina Hendricks' blush

My Annabelle Cosmetics favourites (plus 40% off + free shipping!)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Annabelle 40 off free shipping

With two of my favourite brands both doing 40% off this week until the 13th for International Women’s Day, I thought I’d take a minute to go over a few of my favourites from their lines. While I haven’t gotten around to reviewing them all–I know, I know; I’m working on it!–I’ve linked to the reviews that I do have up, and I’m going to try and do my best to tell you why I love the other products featured here just as much.

» Shop & at 40% off with the code WOMEN

Shipping is free on all Canadian orders, and is calculated by weight for all US ones. I know, I know — it sucks to pay shipping, but 40% off at least help to soften that blow (if not make up for it entirely!)

My Annabelle favourites & must-haves (Marcelle to come tomorrow!)

Annabelle Glitterama Eyeliners. All of them. review/posts | buy }

These were one of my first loves from Annabelle. They take a while to dry (don’t all glitter liners?), but once they’re on, they’re on. Annabelle offers a wonderful selection of glitters suspended in a clear gel, but my favourite is still my first — Plutonium.

Annabelle Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencil in Licoriche review | buy }

My skin’s really picky about high amounts of silicone, but I still cheat in the morning & do my brows with a tiny, tiny bit of black eyeliner. This pencil is my go-to for a black cream base, tightlining, and the tightline-followed-by-brow-filling (without picking up new product) that I do every morning. 

With my super-picky eyelids, I wasn’t a fan of these on my lids as shadows. They’re exact dupes of Urban Decay’s jumbo 24/7 pencil formula, though, so here are photos and swatches of some of their (rather lovely) neutrals if you’re interested!

Annabelle Liquid Eyeliner in Black Spark review | buy }

Like their glitter liners, this liquid liner never budges once it’s set. I have the most finicky eyelids I’ve ever even heard of, but this (like Lancome’s much pricier 24hr Artliners) clings to my lids until I wash it off with warm water at the end of the day — at which point it comes off neatly in little “pills,” sort of like a tubing mascara would.

I’m pretty sure I remember the matte Black Out smudging on me back in the day, so stick to Black Spark if you want a sure thing.

 Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick review

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipsticks review | buy }

When I signed up to swatch all 24 of these in a month, I kind of freaked out. Now that it’s over, though, I’m pretty proud of how the series of photos turned out, and I’m incredibly glad that I did it.

The Annabelle TwistUps are portable, easy to apply, and scent-free (which is a big thing for me). Ranging from immediately opaque to sheer and shimmery, the range quite literally offers something for everyone — check out face swatches, arm swatches, and my full shade recommendations here.

In a nutshell, the two shades that really wowed me were Naked and Cherry. That said, though, I also really liked Fizz, Sorbet, and Kinky Pink!

Annabelle expandable short wand

Annabelle Expandable mascara { review to come | buy }

With its long-wearing (but easy to remove) formula and long-or-short wand, Annabelle’s Expandable mascara hits it out of the park for more than one kind of lash. Its twist-to-collapse bristles deliver product for either length or volume (or, in the middle, a bit of both), and it totally trounces Le Big Show for me.

I love this (on its shortest setting) for really voluminous but natural-looking lashes, but I do think it’ll be a big hit with those who like to wear a more noticeable mascara, too.

What are your Annabelle Cosmetics favourites?

NARS Matte Multiples, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes, Bobbi, and bees | New 20/02/14

Thursday, February 20, 2014

I’ve been doing New This Week features for a good few years, now, and I honestly think that this is the very first time I’ve posted one and not had to include any MAC.

MAC, guys, you really dropped the ball this week. We thank you for it.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes

The two biggest launches of the past few months are, arguably, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes ($41 CAD/$35 USD) and NARS Matte Multiples ($46 CAD/$39 USD). I wasn’t super excited for either–cheeks aren’t really doing it for me right now–but, if it was a different month, I could totally see myself going head over heels for both.

They’re opposites in almost every way possible: the Ambient blushes are glowing, pressed products; the NARS Matte Multiples are matte creme sticks. The Ambient blushes are packaged in shiny gold; the Multiples, rubbery black. The Ambient blushes are made for dry use only; the new NARS Multiples sheer out if applied wet. 

The Ambient blushes got a boring new logo; the NARS blushes did not. :<

NARS Matte Multiples

On the collections front, we have two from Bobbi Brown, actually: Nectar & Nude and Uber Pinks. My picks from the two would be the Nectar & Nude Pot Rouges ($26 USD), I think, and the Uber Pinks Illuminating Bronzing (really??) Powders ($38 USD)– I love their BE BOLD and BE PRETTY imprints.

If your makeup’s going to give you commands, they’d better be awesome, caps-locked, confidence-inspiring ones.

Bobbi Brown Uber Pink collection

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The first signs of spring | New 27/01/14 from NARS, YSL, Laura Mercier, and more

Monday, January 27, 2014

Wrapped in gold: YSL Spring & the launch of Tory Burch

The new YSL Gloss Volupté lipglosses are rumoured to be underwhelming — but is that going to stop any of you, dear readers?

New from NARS

Everything before (and including) the pink Adelaide Illuminator is from the NARS Final Cut collection–exclusive to Nordstrom and Holt Renfrew, I believe–and I’m super excited about it.

Everything after the NARSissist Cheek Palette is the NARS Spring 2014 colour collection, which didn’t really grab me — was I the only one? I liked the look of the gold/violet Kauai Eyeshadow Duo, but it just felt really uncoordinated. Let me know your thoughts in the comments, because I’d love to hear them!

P.S. The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette wasn’t available through this widget, but can be found here.

Spring hues with Laura Mercier and bareMinerals

Rose golds and soft hues. I never really threw myself on the rose gold train with everyone else (though pretty, they’re not the best hue for my skintone), but I’m really excited about the soft, almost desaturated shades we’re seeing for spring. I feel like we’re seeing a mix of soft pinks and peaches juxtaposed against cool-toned fluorescents, which is something I can totally get behind.

I love me a pastel, but give me bridal-appropriate neutrals and tiny pops of intensity any day.

Everything else

MiraCurl/Curl Secret knockoffs, beautiful hues from Lancôme (that Rouge in Love!), and a new finish from those wonderful Sephora singles. Oh! And a skin oils kit from Sephora, plus the relaunch of Calyx under the Clinique name.

The new Guerlain Meteorites are silicone-free, by the way. Just in case you weren’t tempted enough.

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