Lipstick: how much are you willing to pay?

Sunday, May 6, 2012

I was chatting with my mum and sister the other day about (what else?) lipstick, and we got onto the topic of the painfully expensive ones. So, rather than the usual new-this-week spread, I thought I’d do a small feature on lipstick for this Sunday’s post.

(Because, seriously. Who pays $75 for lipstick, and don’t you think that maybe, just maybe, that’s a little bit insane?)

For me, there are the drugstore lipsticks ($5-$15, and isn’t it lovely when you accidentally fall in love with one of those formulas?), then the midrange ones ($15-$25), and finally the ones in the higher end of the spectrum: anything above $30–or, good lord, above $40. I just… I just try really, really hard not to get hooked on any of those.

It’s going surprisingly okay so far. I just have to put on my blinders when people start talking Rouge Gs and Lip Mists and look the other way. :P

What’s your price limit for lipsticks? Is it “anything goes,” or do you try to put a cap on it?

P.S. (And then there are all of those skinny little surprise!expensive lipsticks. You know the ones: they look just a little bit costly, but then they turn out to have a third of the usual amount of lipstick in them. Yeah, NARS Pure Matte, I’m looking at you.)

YOU Fridays: all about eyeliner

Friday, October 14, 2011

I keep forgetting that YOU Fridays exists/existed, but I’m feeling the need for a resurrection! Here’s a blank for you to fill out in the comments. No worries if there are empty spots; I’d rather hear one or two faves than none at all :o)

  1. Blackest black liner:
  2. Longest wearing pencil liner:
  3. Favourite liquid liner:
  4. Favourite gel liner:
  5. Favourite purple liner:

My answers…

  1. Blackest black liner: Eep! I don’t know; I’ll have to re-swatch my (disturbingly large) collection of black liners and get back to you.
  2. Longest wearing pencil liner: Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner, so far – I just wish it would last on my waterline.
  3. Favourite liquid liner: Up until a month or two ago, I would have said Ellis Faas, hands down, but Annabelle’s Liquid Eyeliner is some pretty stiff competition. Factor in that the price and packaging are loads better, and I might just have a new favourite ;)
  4. Favourite gel liner: Still looking for “the one.” I’ll, er, get back to you on that one, too, yeah?
  5. Favourite purple liner: I have a few, but none that are really BAM! violet!, you know? They all seem too blue, or too brown, or just too blah. The upcoming NARS liner sounds great (St. Mark’s Place), but with my luck, it probably won’t last on my lids. Anyone have recommendations?

Happy Friday, lovelies! Can’t wait to read about all of your liner favourites :o)

All about… brows | Review and ramblings

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not much of a brow girl. I mean, it’s not that I don’t like them, and I do think that brows are vital to completing a look… but honestly? I just can’t be bothered to do them on a daily basis. I like my morning routine to be as short as humanly possible, and they’ve never really been a priority for me. Perhaps if mine were more sparse, but as it is, they’re left mainly unattended to.

I have, however, noticed that there are a lot of options when it comes to brows, and it kinda got me thinking. What do you reach for in the mornings? Do you do your brows every day? I know you’re all busy busy bees, but if you have a moment, I’d love to hear your thoughts on brows in the comments :)

Personally, I tend to prefer matte, fairly sheer brow powders, when I do use them. (I’ve actually been using a matte grey eyeshadow recently, but shh, don’t tell!) Pencils are definitely easier to travel with and touch up on the go, though, so I suppose that’s worth taking into consideration.

The only brow products I can’t see myself using? Tinted gels and liquids – the former because I’d rather fill in sparse bits than “plump up” each hair, and the latter because… well, actually, I  haven’t really a good answer for that one. It’s mainly just that I don’t like any harsh lines in my brow area, and it’s a little harder to shade with a felt tip than it is with a powder or pencil!

The product: Marcelle Accent Eyebrow Crayons

The texture: These are quite different from the products I tend to reach for, which is why I started thinking about all of this in the first place. They’re surprisingly soft, softer even than some of the eyeliners I’ve tried, and really creamy upon application, though they do set after some time. (I have to remember to be light-handed with these; they’re definitely more intense than the powders I’m used to!)

With a bit of tweaking to my technique, though, these make the jump from a solid B- to an A. It’s easy to smudge them down into a whisper of colour, and the wear is quite impressive – I still have faint lines on my arm from yesterday’s swatching, despite plenty of makeup remover and scrubbing!

TIP: When working with soft or very pigmented brow products, I find it helpful to use super-light strokes to fill in the brow area. Then, smudge with a q-tip right after application (before the product sets), and finally, pull a spoolie through your brows to groom each hair into position.

The shades: The Accent pencils come in four shades, and I think Marcelle have done quite a good blending them. I use the grey, as I do with most brow products, and I’ve been really happy with how natural it looks. (Erm, random additional tip, I guess: if you have almost-black or black-hair and a cool complexion, give the grey a try!)

Swatches, L-R: Granite, Luscious Black, Brun Tendre, Blondine

The verdict?

Whether or not I’d recommend these depends entirely on your preference. Personally, I prefer a harder pencil (twist-up, if possible) or a powder product, so I’d pass on these. If you do like creamy brow pencils, though? Then these are awesome. They’re deliciously creamy, intensely pigmented, well-priced ($9.95 for 1.05g), and silicone- and paraben-free (because, dude, brow breakouts? Not attractive.)

Anyhow. Hit me up in the comments with your brow ramblings – I’ve rambled on far too long already!

(More photos…)

You “hair” about it, but you never think it’ll happen to you

Sunday, April 24, 2011

So I got my hair cut yesterday, and I went in expecting… well. Not this.

My stylist and I agreed to cut it about four inches, just below my collar bone, so I really wasn’t expecting to walk out seven inches later with a chin-length shag. Wasn’t expecting to; had to anyways.

Is it the end of the world? Of course not. Do I completely hate how it looks? Only on principle. The cut itself is fine, I suppose (the back looks horrendous, but the front is alright). For me, the problem isn’t the cut itself. The problem is that I went in looking for one thing, and we agreed upon it, and then I walked out with something entirely different.

I’m not going to march in there, guns blazing, because I really don’t see the point – not even the most amazing stylist could make my hair magically regrow (especially when it’s falling out at this rate)! I’m cutting my losses and will simply find a new salon in the future, and I guess I’ll spend the meantime waiting patiently (okay, impatiently) for it to grow out.

Anyhow, here’s today’s question:

What’s your worst hair story?

Hit me up in the comments! Misery loves company, after all, right?

To be totally honest, this isn’t the worst thing that’s ever happened to my hair; it’s just the complaint of the day :P But I hope you find the cut at least tolerable, because it’s going to be infiltrating our FOTDs over the next few months!

Poll: what’s your go-to foundation brush?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I’m looking for a new (traditional) foundation brush, and I’m curious as to what everyone’s been loving recently!

My favourite: Aura Science made absolutely phenomenal brushes – but I can’t pick up another, as the line no longer exists! I’d like to get another brush just like theirs, though; perhaps a bit softer. (It’s well-weighted, springy, and fairly flat.)

Leave your answer in the comments!

What were your favourite products of 2010?

Monday, December 27, 2010

Hello, my dearlings! (That’s right, “dearlings” is totally a word.) A bit of an open thread idea today — I want to hear all about your favourite products of the year! What was good? More importantly, what was great? (And, of course: what was terrible?)

Just as a bit of a pre-emptive note, my apologies for the awful lighting and hair. As I’m sure you all know by  now, I’m terribly lazy with my hair, and the sun sets *really* early in Edmonton during the winter. Unfortunately, I haven’t a will to change the former, and I haven’t a way to change the latter!

That’s it for me! This is a bit early (I had planned on posting this on New Year’s but I’m superimpatient), but please do tell us what you loved, liked, and totally hated this year! Alternately, feel free to ask more about the products mentioned in the video — I know, it was really fast, but I’d love to link you to the reviews or answer questions. I was totally obsessed with each product at some point in the year, so I’m totally up for blabbing about ’em :P

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