Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara

Hello! So, I don't know what you guys look for when buying mascara, but I look for a mascara that volumizes and lengthens, and of course doesn't smudge and cause raccoon eyes. I've found some great mascara's, but I like to try new ones all the time! I have to admit that I'm a sucker for advertising, if the commercial says its good, it must be good, right? NO, this is a bad, bad, bad mascara. Supposedly it should lengthen lashes 70%, yea, not at all. I didn't notice any lengthening with this mascara, and within two hours it was smudging and flaking. Luckily this mascara wasn't too expensive, but it's still annoying when something that is supposed to be so wonderful, isn't really wonderful at all. I guess this means I need to stop believing advertisements!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Quick Update!

Hi everyone! I feel like I haven't done a post in awhile (even though my last one wasy only two days ago), so I just wanted to give you guys a quick update. I'm pretty busy with school right now, I've got an essay due, two presentations due, and a bunch of other less important homework. I will be doing a product review tomorrow though so check for that later on! Also, I quickly re-reviewed my Revlon foundation so you can go read my new review on that! You can find that in the archives at the beginning of February, I tried adding a link but it didn't work.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

What I'll be Wearing Spring/Summer 2010

Hi everyone! With the warm weather fast approaching I'm sure most of you are thinking about updating your wardrobe with some cute new spring and summer clothes. Today I'm just going to be sharing what I'll be wearing this season; this post isn't really about spring and summer trends, it's just what I like!

T-shirts with embellished necklines- I love relatively simple shirts with a little embellishment, like beading, ruffles, lace etc.

Boho Shirts- I like the slight "hippy" feel that comes with wearing shirts like this, they have a very nice summery look to them to.

Over sized boyfriend shirts- One of the simplest looks to pull off in the summer is a white cotton button down shirt like this over a cute bright tank top. Easy and casual but very pretty!

Denim jacket- I've never been totally into the idea of a denim jacket, I always thought they were really 80's, but I've got to say that I'm starting to see the appeal for them now. The other day I saw someone wearing a denim jacket over a sweet floral dress and I thought it looked so summery and lovely.

Khaki Bermuda shorts- I don't like wearing short shorts, so Bermuda shorts have always been my go to summer bottoms. I don't usually wear khaki, but I think these would look really nice with a simple t-shirt in maybe pink or blue with some chunky wooden bracelets.

Distressed denim shorts- I really like distressed denim, and I think these shorts would go well with really any top as long as it wasn't too intricate. Of course, denim shorts are a staple in any summer wardrobe!

Now of course these won't be the only things in my Spring/Summer wardrobe, I'll probably be adding some more things in the next few weeks, so keep checking back! Oh and just so you all know, I got these pictures off of American Eagles website.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

CoverGirl Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers Lipgloss

Why do makeup brands give their products such long names? I'll never know. I know that this product came out a few years ago, and all the hype about it has died down, but I decided to review it anyway because it's one of my favorite lipgloss'. I have always preferred lipgloss to lipstick, partly because I'm still in high school and I regard lipstick as something that adults wear (even though teenagers can wear lipstick, and adults lipgloss) and I've also never found a lipstick that I absolutely love. If anyone has a lipstick that they like please let me know which one it is, I do want to start using more lipstick as well as gloss.

Moving on now to the actual review, the reason I like this gloss so much is because it feels like a balm when it goes on and isn't sticky at all. Also, the colours aren't overly shiny, but they do leave a nice sheen on your lips. One drawback to this gloss is it only lasts about an hour, but I don't mind reapplying this, because it feels like a balm and it does moisturize your lips throughout the day. It comes in many colours, some are sheer and some are more matte (still has a sheen) I've tried the colour "Strawberry Splash" and "Plum Splash". They are both beautiful colours, but personally "Strawberry Splash" works better for my colouring. I would suggest "Plum Splash" for someone with olive or dark skin. This is a great product! Try it out.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Maybelline Expertwear Eyeshadow

Hi everyone! Today I'm going to just be doing a short review on one of Maybelline's eye shadow quads. I've always really liked natural, light colours such as browns, sandy beiges, and golds; so I was really happy when I found this quad because it basically has all of my favorite eyeshadow colours. The picture you see in the top left colour is the quad that I purchased, but I have to say it's not true to the colours, the one in the top right is much more golden and sparkly, and the colour to the left of it is a bit darker.

I really like using this quad though, for the price (about $10) the quality is fantastic, and I didn't notice any fading until about 7 hours after I applied the shadow. I was a little skeptical about Maybelline eye shadow, just because I wasn't sure if it would actually be any good, but I've been very happy with it! Also, there are many different quads to choose from. I've heard the quad "Emerald Smokes" is gorgeous.

I generally use this quad on days when I want a more natural look. However, you can layer the colours heavily for a more dramatic effect. Two more things I like are that three out of the four colours have a matte finish, so if your not into sparkles you'll love this product. The colours blend really well, so it's easy to get a natural look. I may do a tutorial using this quad, but I have to figure out how to add more than one picture to the post. If anyone knows how could you let me know how you do it? Thanks! Oh, and I forgot to mention, the quad I purchased, and the one in the picture is called "Chai Latte", yum!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

N.Y.C. Liquid Eyeliner

Hi everyone!
My posting might be a little less frequent over the next week, I have to write this huge essay for my English class, but I'll be trying to keep up my regular posting schedule.

Today I'm going to be reviewing a liquid eyeliner from the N.Y.C. brand. Before this eyeliner I had never actually tried anything from N.Y.C but after hearing a fantastic review on this eyeliner I decided to try it out. Now, I am absolutely terrible when it comes to applying eyeliner, honestly, of all the makeup products out there eyeliner is my sworn enemy. I somehow always manage to get it all over my eyelid and I end up poking myself in the eye. I've been practicing though, and I can now apply pencil eyeliner really well actually, but liquid? Ehhh, not so much. Anyway! This is supposed to be a review on a product, not my eyeliner abilities. I've been really happy with this liner so far, it stays put all day, no smudging, fading, it doesn't budge! It's actually not that hard to apply either, it has a very small applicator tip so it's pretty easy to control. I also like this because the applicator isn't flimsy, even though it's thin it's quite stable and well made.

This liner comes in three colours: Sable, Jet Black, and Pearlized Black. I bought Jet Black, and WOW! it is really, really deep. You know how you sometimes get eyeliner and it says jet black, but you put it on and it's like a pathetic excuse for black? Well this liner isn't like that at all. Overall this is a fantastic product, and the price is amazing! I got mine for about $3 at a drugstore. Now I just have to become better at applying eyeliner and I'll love this liner even more!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Maybelline Pure Makeup Foundation

Happy monday everyone!
Hope everyone had a good day back at work and school. I just finished March break, and boy, was it ever hard getting up early to go to school this morning.

I bought this foundation about a year ago, and I still have half the bottle left. It was just one of those products that I never totally fell in love with. It's not a bad foundation, but it doesn't really do what it is supposed to do, it's supposed to keep your skin oil free but I find that my nose is shiny about two hours after applying it. It doesn't blend very well either, so I always look patchy when I wear it, blech! It does look very natural when you first put it on though (and have it blended thoroughly) and I can see someone using this for a little portion of their face. For example if you have a lot of acne on your chin and want to cover it up you could use this, because it does cover blemishes well.

This foundation is recommended for oily skin, but I'd say you should use it if you have normal skin. I would definitely not suggest this for someone with dry skin, because this really emphasizes dryness. So I won't be purchasing this again, but it's very inexpensive so if you have normal skin try it out!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

My Favorite Makeup Brands, and why I love Them!

Today I'm not going to just talk about one specific product. I'm going to be telling you guys what my favorite makeup brands are, and why I like them so much.

Almay- Almay was the very first makeup brand I tried, and I've always been really pleased with their products. Many cosmetics are too heavy and thick, but Almay's cosmetics always feel clean and fresh. They are also fragrance free, which is perfect for those of you with sensitive skin. I've always felt that Almay is one of the better quality makeup brands, and I've recommended their products to friends and family members.

Rimmel London- I've only just started purchasing Rimmel products, because there was a sale on at my drugstore and I figured I might as well try some of their cosmetics out. I wasn't expecting much, I've always thought Rimmel was kind of cheap and tacky. It is true that some of their cosmetics aren't very good, but I've been so, so happy with a lot of their cosmetics! At the moment I am using their mascara "Sexy Curves" and it is one of the best mascara's I've ever used. A friend of mine is a huge fan of their eyeshadows, and I can say that they do have pretty good eyeshadows. Rimmel carries lots of products, and it can be difficult finding the one you want, so I would suggest looking at their website and researching their different products so your not totally overwhelmed when you go to buy some.

Maybelline- Of all the makeup brands I've ever tried, Maybelline has been the one that has always worked for me. I know some people don't like their products, but I've got to say that I've only had a bad experience with one of their products. Maybelline is very inexpensive, and to me their products are good quality. They've come out with many new products lately that have been excellent, I love Maybelline!

M.A.C.- I have to include MAC in this list, because their products are perfection. I can't think of anything remotely bad to say about them. Everyone who I have talked to that has MAC products loves them; I love my MAC products. They really are just wonderful, well made cosmetics. The prices are kind of high, but the cosmetics are very, very good quality. They have so many different things to choose from, there is definitely something for everyone.

Clinique- Clinique is up there with MAC, another company whose products are perfection (except the eye primer, agh!) but really I have been so happy with most of their products, they are another company with a wide range of things to choose from. They are constantly coming out with new products which I'm always dying to try; and of course their products are all made from high quality ingredients. Just a wonderful makeup brand!

So thats it! I know this post wasn't very informative, but I just wanted to share my favorite makeup brands with you guys. Please leave me a comment telling me what your favorite makeup brands are!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Physicians Formula Multi Coloured Bronzer

So anyone who knows me knows that I am very, very pale. Not like ghostly or anything, but I have to wear the lightest shade in every foundation, primer, powder etc. So bronzer has always been hard for me to buy, because I don't want to look to orange and fake. I bought this bronzer a few months ago because it looked very light and I thought it would give me a nice subtle glow. It's not really what I expected, I knew it was supposed to be light and look natural, but it doesn't even show up on my skin! I guess I would say this is a bad bronzer, because it doesn't give you that nice summer glow, and it goes on a bit chalky. There isn't a lot to say about this, I suppose if you hardly wanted any colour, ie. NONE then this would be the bronzer for you! I think I might splurge a little bit and try out some of MAC's bronzers, or maybe I'll try out some other drug store brands before I go for the expensive ones.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Physicians Formula Multi Coloured Blush-Blushing Rose

Blush is one of those things that I've always had trouble buying, because I can never be sure how the colour will end up looking on my face. I bought a blush once that was a beautiful rosy pink in the package, but when I put it on it barely showed up. When I bought this blush I wasn't sure if it would look very good, because there are so many different colours in it! I ended up being very happy with this though! All the colours meld together really well, and when applied it's a really pretty dark pink. It can look too dark sometimes, so you have to be careful that you don't use too much. One drawback it that this blush doesn't last very long on your face and you have to keep reapplying it. So this isn't a bad blush, but there are better ones out there.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Maybelline Dream Matte Powder

Hello! Sorry about the lack of posts for a few days, I've had writers block! I keep trying to think of something to write for this powder, but nothing is really coming to mind. This post will be pretty short, hopefully I'll get back into my regular schedule of posting.
Anyway, I purchased this powder a few weeks ago, and wow! I have never been so impressed with one of Maybelline's products. This is a pressed powder, and sometimes pressed powders can make your skin look cakey and dry, but this one is really , really amazing. When you use it your skin looks soft and matte, and it helps keep oil down. I also like this powder because you can use it frequently throughout the day, and it doesn't build up. I'll definitely be buying this again, I would even compare this to Almay's pressed powder, which as you know I absolutely love! This powder comes in eight different shades, so really you should be able to find one that matches your skin tone. Overall this is a great product, and it's reasonably priced to!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Pioneer Woman wasn't kidding, and Vera Wang perfume review

So unlike most of my post's this one isn't going to be just about makeup; it's also about the best chocolate cake you will ever have! Some of you may know about the blogger The Pioneer Woman, she's basically a celebrity in the blogging world. Anyway, on her site she has a cooking section where she posts delicious recipes that always contain tons of butter (yum). She has a recipe for what she says is the "best chocolate sheet cake.ever." I decided to make it today for dessert, and wow wow wow, it's so delicious! It's fudgy, moist, gooey and super easy to make. I encourage you to go take a look at her blog if you've never been to it, and make this cake!

Ok, now back to the regular type of posting, beauty products! A couple of day's ago I went shopping, not intending to buy any perfume but I ended up buying some anyway! I normally don't wear perfume, because many perfumes give me headaches, but when I find one that I like (and that doesn't give me headaches) I wear it all the time. "Princess" is definitely the best perfume I've ever had, it smells so lovely and sweet and is a very girly scent. Hence the name. It's very floral and has a light scent of vanilla, I think it smells a little like baby powder. This perfume also lasts a very long time, which I love! Because I hate when you get a perfume you love, and the scent doesn't last. I would really recommend this perfume if you like sweet floral scents!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Balm Cosmetics

Today I was picking up a few makeup items at my local drugstore, and my mom and I found this adorable new makeup company! Actually I don't know if their new, but I've never seen them in my city before. The company is called "The Balm Cosmetics", and I've fallen in love with their products already. Well I shouldn't say I love their products, I haven't bought any yet (crazy expensive!) but the packaging is absolutely amazing. Everything has a cute or witty name, the packages are bright and very
1950's. Besides the packaging I also love how most of the products are paraben free, and cruelty free; I'll be saving up my money to buy some of the products in the near future. I almost bought the blush "Hot Mama" today, a beautiful pink with hints of gold that add a lovely glow to your cheeks; it also doubles as an eyeshadow which is great!

It's hard to explain just how awesome the packages are, so here's the link to the website all the prices are in U.S. dollars, so here in Canada it costs a bit more. Today when I almost bought the blush I had to put it back cause it cost $25 which I thought was way too much to spend on one product, especially because I'm trying to save my money. I will be buying some of their products in the future and I hope there as good as the packages are! I found out that the eye shadow's are dupes for MAC eye shadows, but I think they are almost the same price so I'll probably just stick to MAC. Check out the website, you won't be disappointed!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow- Soft Shimmer

I love so many of Cliniue's products (except the dreaded eye primer) and this eye shadow is another one of my favorite products from them! Clinique has matte shadow, soft shimmer shadow, and super shimmer shadow. Personally soft shimmer is my favorite because it's not to glittery, but it still has a nice hint of shimmer to it, and works perfectly for a cute daytime look.

The reason I like this eyeshadow so much is because it's really pigmented, so you don't need to use much when you put it on. It is also very smooth and applies very evenly, also the colour lasts a very long time. I usually apply my makeup around 7:30in the morning and don't remove it until 11 at night, and I hardly notice fading with this product, so really, how much longer can an eye shadow last!

One colour I recommend is "Sugar Sugar" which is basically a pure white, but with the little hint of shimmer. It's perfect for a highlight colour (brow bone colour) when your going for a nice light daytime look. "Sugar Sugar" also works well when you put it on the outer and inner corners of your eyes, because it really helps to make your eyes appear wider and more awake.

Clinique is one of my favorite makeup brands so I recommend their products all the time, but this eyeshadow is a definite must. Just one more thing, this eye shadow is about $18, and it's a pretty small eye shadow so for some that might be too much to spend but if you like to invest it makeup try this eye shadow out!

Monday, March 8, 2010

L'oreal Telescopic Mascara

After hearing a lot of wonderful reviews on this mascara I decided to try it out. From what I understood it was supposed to lengthen your eyelashes and make them really stand out, I figured it would also separate them, because to me that's what a good mascara should do. I was really disappointed when I found out I was completely wrong about this product, it's actually one of the worst mascara's I've ever used. Now usually this is where I would say something nice about other products from the brand, but I haven't actually tried any other L'oreal products!

This mascara isn't all bad though, it does make your eyelashes stand out, but not in the way I like. It clumps your eyelashes together so it looks like you have five really thick eyelashes, and I absolutely hate mascara that clumps your eyelashes together, it's one of my biggest pet peeves. I don't know why so many people loved this mascara, cause I really dislike it, but everyone has different likes and dislikes!

Overall I wouldn't buy this mascara again, but I do plan on buying some different L'oreal products just to try them out.

Covergirl Exact Eyelights Mascara

I never really think of buying mascara from CG, I just think of them more as a company for eyeshadow and foundation. I decided to buy this mascara a couple of months ago simply because I was in need of a new mascara and this was on sale! I wasn't expecting it to be great, just lengthen my lashes a little. After using it every day for two months I can honestly say that this mascara is amazing; when I use mascara I want it to lengthen my eyelashes but also separate them and thicken them. This mascara does it all! My eyes look wider and more awake, my lashes spread out evenly and they look much much longer.

The reason this mascara is called "eyelights" is because it's supposed to enhance your natural eye colour. How? I have no idea, and honestly my eyes have never looked any brighter when I use this, but I still love it! It doesn't smudge or flake at all during the day which is great, and it comes off easily with any eye makeup remover.
Overall this is a great mascara that I'll definitely be purchasing again.

*I forgot to add that it has a rubber brush, nice quality and not flimsy

Friday, March 5, 2010

My Makeup Wishlist!

Here are some of the makeup products that I want to try soon. This list will be updated whenever I have something new to add

Almay one coat triple effect mascara
Covergirl Lashblast mascara
MAC Plush lash mascara (funny how these have all been mascara so far)
MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation SPF 15
MAC Vivaglam lipstick
MAC prep and prime skin
Maybelline Volume XL lip plumper
Benefit Stay don't Stray primer
Benefit lip and cheek stain in rose

More to come!

How to Dress a Boyish Figure

So I know that most of the post's on my blog are about makeup, and for the most part they will continue to be about makeup. I just thought that since a did a post on how to dress a pear shaped figure I'd do a post on how to dress boyish figures, apple shaped bodies etc. Please bear in mind that I am not an expert on how to dress different bodies, this is just information that I've gathered from websites, friends, and my own observations. I myself have a pear shaped body, thats why the "How to Dress a Pear Shaped Body" post was so long, and why this post may be a lot shorter!

Many (not all) women who are petite or very thin have a boyish figure, this simply means that your bust is small, your waist isn't very defined, and your hips aren't very wide. If you have a boyish figure count yourself lucky! Lots of curvier women would love to have smaller hips. Just to give you a mental picture, models have boyish figures. To add curves to your figure you want to make your bust seem larger, your waist narrower, and your hips a little bigger.

Tops: Shirts with ruffles and lace around the top will give the illusion of a bigger bust. Halter tops will look fantastic on you, as will shirts and sweaters with cowl necks. Tops with an empire waist, belted waist etc. look great on boyish figures as well. Tops should end just below your waist, or just at your waist.

Jeans/Pants: Skinny jeans were made for a boyish figure, so take advantage of them! It's ok for people with a boyish figure to wear low slung jeans (only if your comfortable in them) but keep in mind that higher waisted jeans can make your hips and backside look curvier. Also look for pants that hug your hips to give the illusion of curves. Unlike the pear shaped body, boyish figures should stay away pants and jeans with a flare at the bottom.

Jackets: Look for jackets that nip in at the waist to help enhance the look of curves. For boyish figures double breasted jackets work well, jackets can really end anywhere on a boyish figure; unless your really short, then look for jackets that end around your hip bone.

Skirts: Stay away from pencil skirts! I see lots and lots of girls and women who have a boyish figure wear pencil skirts, and it doesn't look good, not at all. Instead look for skirts that have more volume. High waisted skirts look great, as long as they flare out at the bottom. Skirts should end right at the knee or a little bit above

Stay away from baggy clothing that will look frumpy! Your thin, show it off! Once again I'm not a professional, this is just my opinion.

MAC Powerpoint Eyeliner

Hello! Before I get started I just want to say that I usually don't wear eyeliner,only once-twice a week so I'm not exactly an expert on it, but this is my opinion on MAC's powerpoint eyeliner.

This eyeliner is perfection! It goes on smooth and easily, doesn't smudge one bit during the day, and its waterproof. I love the colour I have which is "Permaplum" a beautiful plum colour that looks great on any skin tone! I really can't say enough good things about this liner. It's a pencil liner, which I like better than liquid liners because I find them easier to apply.

Sorry that this review is so short, but I mean how much can you say about an eyeliner? I just really love it, I think it's worth the extra money ($18 Canadian) and I'll definitely be buying it again.

*The picture isn't the colour that I have, I believe it's Prussian, which as you can see is a gorgeous blue.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick

Typically I don't wear lipstick, just gloss, but I wanted to try something new! The only reason I chose Rimmel was because it was the most inexpensive lipstick at the drugstore(yes, I'm kind of cheap) I just wanted a pretty light pink lipstick, that didn't smudge, run, or leave my lips looking chapped and dry. I've got to say that this lipstick is really wonderful! I chose the colour "vintage" and it's a really pretty pink, it goes on rather sheer so if you want more colour you would have to put on a few coats. It has a nice shine to it, and a bit of sparkle which works well for me because I'm still in school and don't need a very dramatic colour. Whenever I use this lipstick my lips feel moisturized and I've never had a problem with the colour smearing. If I remember correctly this was about $6, so really affordable! I also love the tube it comes in, it's so cute! It's purple and has a little crown imprint on the top.

There are many colours to chose from, when I go to buy more I'm going too try out "Birthday Suit" an lovely nude colour, and "Airy Fairy" another pretty pink!
Oh and by the way, Rimmel has two lasting finish lipsticks, and the one I'm talking about lasting finish intense wear lipstick.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Almay Intense i-colour eye shadow

Hello! This won't be a very long review, simply because I'm tired, and I don't have a lot to say about this product. Please bear with me if this review isn't totally coherent, it's been a long day!

These eye shadows are meant to bring out your eye colour and really make it "pop". I think these are great shadows if your looking for a simple but pretty look. I also like them because they have very vibrant colours and more natural colours. For example I have two sets (both for brown eyes) and one set is all purple and very dark and dramatic, and the other set is more browns and purples for a nice daytime look. These are great quality, they do fade a little during the day, but I find that they last for about 5 hours without budging at all, which is fantastic!

These eye shadows are great if your not sure what colours look good on you, and just want to play around with a few different looks. Almay also has eyeliners and mascara's that are formulated to bring out your natural eye colour, I haven't tried them yet but I'll be putting them on my makeup wish list!