Smashbox Photo Session at West Edmonton Mall | A morning makeover with Smashbox Cosmetics

Monday, May 11, 2015

Smashbox Photo Event West Edmonton

Not a lot happens in the beauty world in Edmonton, but this past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending a Smashbox Photo Event at West Edmonton Mall. I’ve never actually taken the time to go for a makeover before, so it was a really eye-opening experience for me!

Here’s a little recap of the event.

Smashbox Photo Session Edmonton

I had my makeup done by Toronto-based Smashbox makeup artist Kristi Dukovic, who was a pleasure to work with — she really took the time to try to customize my makeup to my own preferences, and she had a lot of behind-the-scenes knowledge about the brand that she was eager to share.

We started out with the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water ($37 CAD), which is silicone-, oil-, and alcohol-free, and can be used to both prep and set makeup.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

Kristi then primed my lids with some Smashbox 24Hrs Eyeshadow Primer ($23 CAD), which the brand tested in-studio for a full 24 hours, and did my eye makeup using the wet/dry Smashbox Double Exposure Eyeshadow Palette ($60 CAD).

The palette itself was great, but I wasn’t crazy about the way that the pull-out recommends you do makeup for monolids — I couldn’t figure out why at the time, but the idea that Asian women need to fake an eyelid crease in order to look their best really bugs me. It really perpetuates the idea that there is only one kind of beautiful (and that that’s to be Caucasian), and I think that as an industry, we can do better than that.

Smashbox Makeup Artist Kristi Dukovic

Smashbox Makeup Artist Kristi Dukovic

But, I digress. Kristi then followed up with a little bit of the Smashbox + Donald Robertson: Photo Angle Pure Pigment Gel Liners ($29 CAD) in Plum and Lilac, which wore crazy well — Lilac in particular is a total must-have. Then, she brightened up my undereye area with Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($29 CAD), which broke me out (‘cones) but was fantastic while it lasted.

(I’m also wearing some Smashbox mascara on my lashes & a little bit of Brow Tech to Go ($30 CAD) through my brows.)

Smashbox xo contouring technique

The Xs and Os Smashbox contouring technique

Finally, Kristi finished off the look with some “xs and os” contouring (a Smashbox technique that helps keep you from applying too much product) and the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio ($52 CAD), which, I’ll be honest, I didn’t love. The contouring shade in the pencils is for some reason a lot more orange than the contouring shade in the powder Step-By-Step Contour Kit ($52 CAD), but I did really like the highlighter in the pencil trio.

I also got a chance to try out two of the L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Colors ($36 CAD) for this look, which have a really pretty, very Hollywood sheen to them — I’m wearing Silver Lake Sunset on my cheeks and Hollywood & Highlight on the tops of my cheekbones, chin, forehead, and brow bone. (I’m not 100% sure what’s on my lips, but I think it’s Be Legendary Lip Lacquer in Lilac overtop their Always Sharp Lip Liner in Nude Medium.)

Smashbox Photo Op pictures

The Smashbox Photo Event ended with a few snaps by fashion and portrait photographer Kyriakos, who was super friendly and efficient.

All in all, my makeover and photo session were a really interesting experience, and I’m really glad that I got the chance to cover it for you guys — but while I loved the way that the makeup captured on film, it was a little too Instagram for my everyday life. My boyfriend kept cracking up at how much makeup I came home wearing, and I literally had so much gel liner on my left eye that I couldn’t quite open my lid all the way.

Would I go for another Smashbox makeover anytime soon? Probably not for a party or event, but if I wanted portrait-ready makeup, then absolutely.

Smashbox makeover event recap

What are your best and worst makeover stories? Have you ever had professional headshots taken?

Rodial Eye Sculpt, Smokey Eye Pen, Glamolash XXL review, swatches, photos | The sculpting story continues

Monday, March 30, 2015

Rodial cosmetics review makeup look

So last Thursday, I talked a little bit about Rodial, and I was basically like, “ooh, pretties, you must now look at them.”

Today, I’m still talking about Rodial, but these are the eye products — a.k.a. ones that come at a price point that you can totally justify. Let’s start right in with the one product that you NEED from this line (& may your lemming for it carry you through the week!)

Availability: Exclusive to Murale (in Canada).

Rodial Eye Sculpt eyeshadow mousse review

Buy this thing!!! » Rodial Eye Sculpt ($34 CAD)

On the whole, brown eyeshadows are not a big deal. This one, however? Totally is.

The Rodial Eye Sculpt (which only comes in one, ashy red-brown shade) is an “eyeshadow” that’s actually just sculpting mousse in disguise. Lightweight and whipped, it’s meant to do more than just sculpt your socket line — Rodial intends for it to sculpt the eye, brow, and face.

I’m too yellow/olive to use this through my brows, but this is ALL I used to sculpt my face for this post — and it’s totally all you would ever need. It lasts for ages, blends like a dream, and the tone is spot-on for an Instagram-worthy contour. 

(Plus, the heavy glass and matte black packaging is totally killer.)

 

Rodial Eye Sculpt review swatches photos

 

Rodial swatches eye sculpt, smokey eye pen, glamolash

Rodial swatches: Glamolash XXL, Smokey Eye Pen in Brown (heavily/blended), Eye Sculpt (heavily/blended)

Use it with this » Rodial Eye Smudge Brush ($28 CAD)

Rodial Eye Sculpt Brush review

With a small, fluffy brush (I used the line’s appropriately-named The Eye Sculpt Brush) and some quick blending, the Rodial Eye Sculpt mousse can totally narrow your nose, darken your lids, and turn your cheekbones into razor blades. It’s pretty impressive.

And, at $28, the brush totally fits within a budget. It’s just as soft and bouncy as the other brushes in the Rodial line up, and manages cheekbones just as well as noses.

Rodial smokey eye sculpted makeup look

Pair it with this » Glamolash XXL Mascara ($29 CAD)

Rodial Glammolash XXL mascara review

Keep reading; it’s not over yet!! »

Rodial review, swatches: Instaglam Bronzer, Illuminator, and Powder Brush (plus a makeup look!)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

So, here’s something that I’m excited about: the launch of the new Rodial makeup line, which you can find exclusively at Murale (in Canada).

And here’s what I’m doing about that: two makeup looks. Two image-heavy sets of reviews. Two days of pure, unbridled awesoooome.

Today is day one, and it’s going to cover everything cheek-related.

Rodial makeup review

The lust object: Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Illuminating Powder ($75 CAD)

I love a good highlighter, so I thought I’d start off this post with Rodial’s new Instaglam Deluxe Illuminating Powder. This one is weird, but good. Like, really good. 

The shimmer that Rodial uses is very finely milled, so this powder reads as a sheen instead of a glitterbomb, and it feels like butter. It melts seamlessly into the skin (even if you apply with fingers!!!), and sits in a slightly darker base colour than it glows — so it reads as a really natural sheen on my fair skintone, but looks absolutely lucent against deeper complexions.

Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Illuminating Powder review swatches photos

The base sheen in this powder tends to wear away more quickly than the shimmer, which creates a sort of mid-day transformation: it starts off as a subtle sheen in the morning, then slowly wears down to a fairytale shimmer by the evening.

See? Both weird and good. If you like your illuminators creamy, then you definitely have to check this one out.

Rodial Instaglam Illuminating powder swatch review

Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Illuminating Powder swatches

Rodial Instaglam Illuminating Powder review swatches photos

Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Illuminating Powder

The you-could-skip-it: Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Bronzing Powder ($75 CAD)

The Rodial makeup line is all about sculpting, so they do a contouring powder, a bronzer, and an illuminator. (Surprisingly, each one only comes in one shade!) I tested out the Illuminator with the line’s Bronzing Powder, which is really finely-milled and touts a light yellow undertone.

Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Bronzing Powder review swatches photos

My favourite thing about the Instagram Deluxe Bronzing Powder is how easily it blend into the skin, but I find that it tends to kick up powder when I tap a brush to its surface — not even brush against; just tap.

This particular shade made me look a little sallow and gaunt, but to its credit, I do look very sculpted while wearing this. I say go for the Contouring Powder instead, or head straight for the Illuminating Powder.

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Dreaming in taffeta: A Clinique The Nutcracker Act I makeup look

Monday, January 12, 2015

I may not have been crazy about the (dusty) qualities of Clinique’s The Nutcracker Act I palette, but I’ll be darned if I let that get in between me & my pinks.

Here’s a really quick makeup look that I put together while testing out a whole bunch of new products this month — literally none of what I used here was from my regular “kit”. (Scare quotes because I don’t actually have, like, a makeup artist kit. It’s pretty much just a drawer-full of boring stuff that I use all the time.)

Clinique Nutcracker Act I pink makeup look

See? Not that pink. (I wish it was more pink!)

There’s a proper product listing below, but for this look, I used all four shades of Snowflake Suite shadows from the palette, plus a Stila brow pen (LOVE) and Cover FX Cream Foundation that I picked up with my Optimum points — I’ll work on getting reviews up on both for tN’s silicone-free series, because they’re both really excellent!!

I also used Make Up For Ever’s new Graphic Liner pen in this look, which I’m crazy about (the wear is so good), plus a pair of Esqido Mink Lashes. They’re crazy pretty (also seen here), but I have to trim them down a lot to make the thick band–which is supposed to last for 25 uses–stop making my eyes sting and tear. I haven’t decided if I like them or not yet, but I’ll let you know when I know!

Clinique Nutcracker Act I palette review swatches

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An easy holiday makeup look & giveaway with Marcelle’s new Trio+ eyeshadows

Friday, December 12, 2014

Marcelle Trio+ makeup look and giveaway - Smokey Chestnut, Chocolate Vanille

As I was writing my Marcelle Trio+ Eyeshadow review, it occurred to me that (seeing as Marcelle is one of my favourite brands) it might be nice to put together a little Marcelle makeup look and giveaway for you guys. So, today, I have a really light, simple makeup look to share with you — and a giveaway with three party-ready products, so you can put together your own Marcelle makeup look.

(Also, I’m pretty sure this is only like, my second makeup look of 2014, so — well, sorry. Oops.)

Marcelle giveaway Trio+ Golden Glow CC Double Precision Liner

Marcelle Trio+ Chocolat Vanille makeup look, Double Precision liner

Marcelle Chocolat Vanille Trio+, Double Precision liner (I used both ends), and Fiberwig mascara

I’m wearing Chocolat Vanille here, but the giveaway features the Eye Shadow Trio+ ($15.95) in Smoky Chestnut, Marcelle’s Golden Glow CC Cream ($29.95; paraben-free but not ‘cone-free) and their Double Precision Liquid Eyeliner Pen ($14.95) — which, oh my god, you have to try this. Seriously, even if you don’t want the Trio+ or CC cream, it’s totally worth entering the giveaway just for the liner. It makes its 12hr+ wear claims look easy.

Seriously. You need this liner. (And it’s on sale for a measly $8.97 CAD on their website right now, so you have no reason not to buy it! And stock up, dude. Definitely stock up.)

Enter the giveaway

Marcelle Trio+ liner giveaway

The giveaway goodies!

This giveaway is open internationally, and it runs until December 21st at 11:59PM — I figured I’d add on the weekend since this is going up so late in the day. Good luck!

PS: Congratulations to Lika D and Brittnie C, who won last week’s Neutrogena Rapid Repair giveaways. I will be emailing the two of you tonight!

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