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?

Lise Watier Palette Rivages Eyeshadow review, swatches, photos | Nudes you need

Monday, May 4, 2015

Lise Watier Palette Rivages summer 2015 review

The product: Lise Watier Palette Rivages Eyeshadow Palette

You neeeeed this. Need. Need need need.

Lise Watier Palette Rivages eyeshadow palette review

Lise Watier Palette Rivages

The packaging: is so unbelievably spot-on with this one. Rose gold plastic, a slim profile, and just a gorgeous pearly lid — it’s simple, beachy, and so pretty. Something about this palette feels very Make Up For Ever or Senna Cosmetics to me; sort of that artistry-meets-everyday appeal.

Lise Watier Palette Rivages packaging review

Lise Watier Palette Rivages packaging

Lise Watier Palette Rivages summer 2015

Lise Watier Palette Rivages eyeshadows

The shades: This palette houses ten nudes in satin-matte and satin-shimmer finishes.

The top row contains five light to medium earth-toned shades: yellow, khaki, peach/apricot, mauve, and a warm brown, all in a really smooth satin finish and all with medium opacity. The bottom row contains five cooler nudes: matte ivory, light taupe, satin-matte peachy nude, bronze, and a cool brown.

Lise Watier Rivages palette swatches top row

Lise Watier Palette Rivages swatches (top row) – primed skin, indirect sunlight

I was really impressed with the top row, but the bottom row is just out of this world. In particular, the medium-sheer peachy shade in the centre just seems to melt right into the skin — it’s hard to describe, but it’s something about the semi-sheer, weightless formula. The copper eyeshadow is insanely pigmented and dense, and the dark accent colour has an almost violet cast to it — it’s a really fascinating shade in person.

But more importantly…

Lise Watier Palette Rivages swatches bottom row

Lise Watier Palette Rivages swatches (bottom row) – primed skin, indirect sunlight

The formula: is a freaking dream. I am always incredibly impressed by the way that Lise Watier’s seasonal eyeshadow formula feels, but these eyeshadows? They’re a step above. Creamy, buttery, and incredibly pigment-dense, these are some of the smoothest eyeshadows that I’ve ever found at a mid-range/drugstore level.

This palette’s eyeshadow formula is described as a “powder-cream” formula, which hits the nail right on the head. Yes, they’re definitely powders (and they’re not those weird moist-powders, either), but they’re so goddamn smooth that they feel like almost like creams.

Lise Watier Palette Rivages review

The verdict?

NEED is definitely the keyword of the day. This is definitely a higher-end buy at $54 CAD (although drugstore palettes are getting pretty pricy; the new L’Oreal La Palette Nude is $30 CAD!), but the Palette Rivages is more than just a smattering of random peaches and browns. It features 10 buttery, pigmented eyeshadows that are super easy to work with, and splits its colour palette into two really accessible rows of earth tones and traditional nudes. 

Unless you have a pathological need to mix your finishes (understandable, if odd), you need to swatch this palette as soon as you can possibly get your hands on it.

Need. ;)

Availability: $54 CAD online and at Shopper’s Drug Mart. Limited edition available mid-April to July 2015.

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MYH TOTL ME Eyeliner & Mascara: A 2-in-1 that’s literally two. In one.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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Mascara:liner 2 in 1 review swatches

The product: MYH Cosmetics TŌTL M.E. Revolutionary 2 in 1 Eyeliner & Mascara in Black Forest

Okay. So, before I begin this post, I just want to take a moment to look at how hilariously fantastic TŌTL M.E. (total mascara/eyeliner) is as a product name. Because that? That is impressive, dude. That’s impressive and the word-nerd in me likes it a lot.

MYH Cosmetics TOTL ME mascara review

MYH Cosmetics TŌTL M.E. Eyeliner & Mascara (liner brush twisted up)

How it works: You know that old wives’ tale about how liquid liners and mascaras are totally interchangeable? (Full disclosure: not actually a wives’ tale, but definitely something that people say.) Well, MYH has taken this idea to the next level.

Their TŌTL M.E. Eyeliner & Mascara is a mascara with a cream formula (I can’t actually think of the last time I tried a mascara that was quite this thick) and a spoolie that hides a little liner brush inside of itself. You just twist the back end of the wand, wipe the excess product off of the brush that comes out, and line away.

MYH Cosmetics TOTL ME mascara swatches review

No product vs. with the MYH TŌTL M.E. worn as liner + mascara

MYH mascara eyeliner 2 in 1 review

MYH Cosmetics TŌTL M.E. Eyeliner & Mascara (liner brush twisted down)

But keep this in mind! I find the liner half of the TŌTL M.E. to be pretty hard to use, and (because the mascara spoolie and liner brush are one in the same) the mascara bristles get product all over my lashes while I’m lining my eyes.

So, if you do give this one a try, the trick is to put on your liner first — that way, your lashes will comb themselves through when you use the mascara part of the wand.

MYH Cosmetics TOTL ME liner swatches review

MYH Cosmetics TOTL ME eyeliner review

My favourite thing about this mascara/liner: is definitely that packaging. I was expecting something really gimmicky, but this mascara tube is actually pretty darn cute.

Plus, the product itself reminds me a lot of Annabelle’s Expandable mascara, which is one of my favourites. Same twisty end, both with plastic bristles, similar thick/cream formula in each. The wear on the TŌTL M.E. is really good, too, much like the Annabelle mascara; I wear-tested it for nine hours & two naps (what? Don’t judge me.) and it didn’t budge at all.

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Clarins Garden Escape swatches, review, photos (+Sweet Rose, Intense Green) | Spring 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Clarins Garden Escape palette review swatches photos

The products: Clarins Garden Escape 6-Colour Eye Palette, Blush Prodige in 08 Sweet Rose, and Crayon Khôl in 09 Intense Green

This spring, Clarins is thrumming with the mantra of green eyes, pink cheeks, pink lips — and softness, softness, softness.

Here are three ways to get it.

UPDATE 01/04/15: Today only, Clarins.ca is offering free shipping on all orders plus 3 free samples of your choice with code APRIL1ST! (And no, it’s not an April Fool’s Day joke.)

Clarins Garden Escape review spring 2015

Clarins Garden Escape 6-Colour Eye Palette ($45 USD/$44 CAD)

First off: the limited-edition Clarins Garden Escape 6-Colour Eye Palette Long Lasting. As you all know, I’m a sucker for Clarins’ Wet & Dry eyeshadows, and these are no exception!

With a mix of sheer/buildable satin and shimmery finishes, this palette crafts easy spring lids like a dream. My favourite shade (of course) is the taupe, but I was pretty impressed with all six of these shadows. The salmon pink in particular seems very contemporary, to me–it’s subtle, but more interesting than beige–and the dark green adds lovely depth without being too in-your-face green.

Clarins’ Wet/Dry shadows also wear pretty well on me, so these are good for the gal on the go, too. I can get 1-2 hours out of this palette without primer, which is really impressive for my lids! (Most shadows only make it to the 45 minute mark before they start to migrate.)

Clarins Garden Escape eyeshadow palette review photos

Clarins Garden Escape Wet & Dry 6-Colour Eye Palette swatches

Blush Prodige in Sweet Rose ($32 USD/$32 CAD)

Clarins Sweet Rose vs Miami Pink blush comparison

Clarins Blush Prodige in Miami Pink (L), Sweet Rose (R)

Clarins Blush Prodige review Sweet Rose

There’s also a new Clarins Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Colour in Sweet Rose, a pretty apricot-pink with just the faintest touch of shimmer. (Just barely any; Sweet Rose is definitely more matte than Miami Pink.) It’s a little warm for my tastes, but if you like peachy blushes, this is a good one!

(Also… I mean, the Clarins blushes pretty much get bonus points in my books just for being pretty. Those right angles! That acrylic and gold brush!)

Clarins Sweet Rose, Intense Green swatches review photos

Clarins Blush Prodige in Sweet Rose, Crayon Khôl in Intense Green swatches

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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!! »

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