Nars Cruella VS NYX Snow White Dupe Post!

Nyx Snow White, Nars Cruella

Nyx Snow White, Nars Cruella

Makeupalley’s Facebook page often shares possible dupes on the weekends. Today, one of them was regarding Nars Cruella and Nyx Snow White being possible dupes. Seeing as I had both, I decided to do some swatches for you! I added one to their post as well.

Nyx Snow White, Nars Cruella

Nyx Snow White, Nars Cruella

Here we go! Prices at the time of this post. Nyx Snow White goes for a reasonable $6.99 at London Drugs. Nars Cruella goes for a whopping $30 at Sephora. Yikes. Well they do look pretty similar in tube.

Nyx Snow White, Nars Cruella

Nyx Snow White, Nars Cruella

And also look pretty close in swatches! Photos taken in indoor light by a window, with flash, and then outdoors on an overcast day.

Nyx Snow White VS Nars Cruella Swatches

Nyx Snow White VS Nars Cruella Swatches

Nyx Snow White is actually more intensely pigmented, perhaps just a smidge deeper, and has a creme finish as opposed to Nars Cruella’s velvet matte finish. Now, my skintone can make any shade pull warmer than it is, therefore both of these almost look like they have a brown base, but they do not! They both look very pink once worn/wiped off, and it’s a clearly blue based pink. The flash also really brings out the pink. I wish that translated to my lips too. 😦

Having both of these too will likely last me a lifetime of super intense red lipping, but if I had to purchase one, of course I’d go for the cheaper Nyx. I did buy it in the first place after all, but the Nars Cruella as part of a Sephora birthday bonus they had at the time. I usually just use Snow White as a blush, just a tiny tiny dab on my finger blended out gently as a cream blush looks nice.

 

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Flare Beauty Box Spring 2015!

Flare Beauty Box Spring 2015

Flare Beauty Box Spring 2015

I received this a few weeks ago. Managed to get some pictures, and got around to finally posting today! This Flare Beauty Box was $8 CA, not a bad price considering the contents! What’s inside!

 

Flare Beauty Box Spring 2015

Flare Beauty Box Spring 2015

Flare Beauty Box Contents

Flare Beauty Box Contents

First we have the Herbal Essences Wild Naturals, a large sample of both shampoo and conditioner. This didn’t wow me. There was nothing special about it performance or fragrance wise. Unless you are really into a very mild, light fruity figgy fragrance, skip this one.

Herbal Essences Wild Naturals

Herbal Essences Wild Naturals

Next up, an Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash and Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom mascara, full size. I know my body doesn’t react well to the Olay body wash after a few uses, however it is a very luxurious feeling formula and I like washing my hands with it which doesn’t seem to bother them.

Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom, Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash

Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom, Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash

The mascara I haven’t used yet. I already know from prior experiences that I don’t like the plastic bristles on the wand, which poke my eye when trying to apply the product. As the mascara itself came sealed with the wand outside, I am using the wand to comb thru the tips of lashes coated with a different mascara, which it works wonderfully for. When I finish my current tube of Maybelline Cat Eyes, I will wash off that brush and see if it fits in the Cover Girl tube and use that one instead, to give the product a fair shake at being useful for me (I love the Cat Eyes wand!)

Then we have a couple sample packs of Olay Fresh Effects Mattifier. These usually don’t work for me, and this one was not much different. it seemed to be doing a great job for the first part of the day, but by the end I was even oilier than if I hadn’t used anything at all. Being fair, my day is pretty long, and I need makeup to hold on tight for 12 hours minimum.

Olay Fresh Effects Mattifier

Olay Fresh Effects Mattifier

My favourite portion of the box was the free full size of a Vidal Sassoon hair colour ($16 value.) I was excited about this, however they didn’t really have a perfect colour match for what I was looking for. I may have ended up with something a shade too dark. If so I will use it to paint in some lowlights. I didn’t get a closeup of the coupon.

Last up, Cover Girl lipstick in Succulent Cherry. The swatches below show the product as fairly sheer (one swipe on top, a few swipes underneath) and leaning pink. On my skin it leans warm with orange undertones, as my skin just makes colours lean this way unless very cool toned. Great for anyone who loves a red lip. I wear a red lip sometimes, and the sheerness of this could make it more wearable than others I have. I’m just worried about it looking too orange on me, especially under fluorescent lights at work.

Cover Girl Succulent Cherry

Cover Girl Succulent Cherry

Cover Girl Succulent Cherry Swatch

Cover Girl Succulent Cherry Swatch

And here’s a shot of the nails I had at the time, a creamy white with a layer of gold sparkles. I used Nicole All About the Glam.

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Anyone else get the Flare Beauty Box? What did you think?

Have a great week!

ELF Products Only! Pale Smoky Purple Eye Look Using Only ELF Cosmetics & Tools!

ELF Cosmetics & Tools

ELF Cosmetics & Tools

I was planning on doing a simple swatch and review of this purple ELF cosmetics eyeshadow set, labeled only as “Smoky”. It then occured to me that I had enough ELF products that I would be able to do a complete eye look using ELF only products, tools and brushed included! I didn’t use everything shown above but thought I should include them in the picture just in case I did. Included in the picture above: a six pan eyeshadow set called Smoky, a liquid liner in Plum, a black mascara, an eyelash curler, two pencil liners, one in Black and one in Plum, two eyeshadow brushes, a small concealer brush I usually use for liner, a pencil sharpener that was included with the eyeliner and an eyeliner brush, all ELF products.

Swatched below are the eye liners, the pencil ones first in Plum then Black. The black didn’t stick to my waterline as I had hoped, the formula just isn’t gel like enough for that, but they still apply well to skin, and I ended up using the Plum pencil under my eye in the finished look. The Liquid liner is on the bottom, also named Plum. I quite like the liquid liner, I did a full review on the one in black, and I love it (had to buy backups, and I’m glad I did as it’s gone now!)

ELF Eye Liners in Plum and Black

ELF Eye Liners in Plum and Black

And below I have swatched the six pan palette in Smoky. Pigmentation was ok in most of them, nothing outstanding but definitely good enough to be workable for a casual look. The purple and black ones were drier than the rest, with the purple being the only really matte one in the pan. It applied better than the black. All contained sparkle in one way or another. From top to bottom we have a very frosty sheer white, a pinky lavender, the matte purple (which had sparkle in its overspray but not underneath that), a silvery, slightly lilac taupe, and impressively pigmented shimmery charcoal grey, and a not particularly well pigmented matte black with loose sparkles in the matte base. I didn’t end up using the grey or black in this lighter smoky look today.

ELF Smoky Eye Shadow 6 Pan Palette Swatches

ELF Smoky Eye Shadow 6 Pan Palette Swatches

The eyeshadows did blend just fine, and seemed to lose the heavy glitter as i blended along, which is fine with me. I did a look using the matte purple on lid, pinky lavender in crease, the taupe on inner half of lid, and the tiniest bit of the frost white in my inner corner. Although it looks black in the picture, I did use the liquid liner in Plum on my upper lid, and the pencil liner in Plum on the lower.

ELF Smoky Eye Shadow on eye

ELF Smoky Eye Shadow on eye

You can’t see the mascara very well at this angle, but I am satisfied with it’s performance. It built reasonably well in 2 coats and dried to a very soft and flexible finish. Due to this flexibility however, it didn’t hold a curl well. If you were in desperate need of mascara and only had a buck, this would do the job in a pinch. It did start to flake on me, but this might be my fault as I was continuously poking at it, being impressed with it’s flexibility.

Overall, if you don’t have particularly high performance demands, pigment wise, out of your makeup, or if you don’t like using your expensive stuff when you are only going to be out a couple hours for errands or something, I would recommend these ELF products (the eyeliner especially, which is a daily use product for me!)

Have any favourite ELF products?

September Empties with Mini Reviews!

September Empties!

September Empties!

How was everyone’s September? New schools? New jobs? September was a hugely busy month for me, full of workshops and interviews, and next month will be even busier as I am to be starting a new job with long hours. I think I will only be able to post on weekends, sadly. I did manage to get through some items this month however! I will go through them one by one as numbered in the photo below, left to right, and add in some mini reviews and applicable links to previous reviews and the like.

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1) Coppertone SPF 60 Continuous Spray Waterproof Sunscreen

Not that anyone should need any extra reasons to wear sunscreen at all times, but I am allergic to the sun. A few minutes of unprotected sun exposure and I’m stuck with an itchy hives reaction that can last for weeks (this is known as Polymorphic Light Eruption). So I keep my face, hands, and any other exposed skin covered at all times. I grabbed this one as not only was it on sale, but I liked the idea of a waterproof formula to make sure it sticks on during a potentially sweaty summer day when I am unable to reapply. The product was an easy to use spray on. It did leave a sticky feeling however, presumably from whatever ingredient in it makes it waterproof. I didn’t mind this until I noticed every speck of dirt and dust I walked past stuck to my skin and was hard to wash off! The scent was also somewhat strong to me, something typically beachy with a splash of light floral and a side of chemicals. If you’ve smelled Jennifer Aniston’s first fragrance, which supposedly was also intended to be beachy, it smells like that. Due to the stickyness and scent, I would not rebuy. I did like the spray on aspect, but I think I will stick to cream formulas thought winter. Will not rebuy.

2) Maybelline Full ‘n Soft Waterproof Mascara in Very Black

This, for reasons that entirely escape me, has been discontinued in Canada. I believe it is still available in the US. This has been my HG mascara for for twelve or thirteen years maybe. It builds well to great volume and length, doesn’t flake (until the tube gets a bit old and dried up), leaves my lashes soft and pliable with no spiky, spidery lash attributes, and is in fact waterproof. Not too hard to wash off. I am down to one last stashed away tube, after that there’s no more here to be found in Canada. I will miss it! If there are any US readers who would like to enable my Full ‘n Soft addiction I would be more than receptive to the idea! I would rebuy but it doesn’t exist here.

3) Bath & Body Works White Citrus Shower Gel

A zesty, sparkling citrus scent with notes of ginger and water lily. A slight musky base. I liked this enough to use as a shower gel and diluted in my foamy hand soap dispensers as detailed in this post. It was nice and refreshing. I don’t think I liked it enough to rebuy. I think this would make a great scent for a laundry detergent or a room spray or candle.

4) Pantene Sheer Volume Weightless Shampoo Sample

This shampoo has an interesting texture in that it is more of a thick, gel like formula and not at all liquid. It didn’t pour out. I used this by squeezing out little jelly blobs. I liked this far more than I usually like Pantene products, probably because the formula was so, so different. I did a good job, and my hair didn’t feel limp afterwards when dry. Even the scent is better than usual Pantene offerings, reminds me more of something Fructis might make. Worth noting is that sodium laurel sulfate is it’s primary surfactant, which some people can have sensitivities to. I’m usually ok with it if I don’t use it too many days in a row, otherwise my scalp gets itchy. I would consider buying this if I found it at a great price and needed shampoo at the time.

5) Pantene Sheer Volume Weightless Conditioner Sample

Like it’s shampoo counterpart, this formula was completely different than Pantene’s other conditioner offerings. In fact, the formula reminded me a lot of Tres Emme’s, which is my go to every day conditioner and has been for years. This did the job well and smelled pretty good. I would consider buying if it were at a great price and I needed conditioner at the time, but I can’t see it ever being any better or cheaper than my $4 a liter Tres Emme. But good job an this new shampoo/conditioner, Pantene.

6) John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo Sample

I didn’t notice any lightening. The formula didn’t lather well, and had a strange chemical undertone to the scent. Would not buy. Seemed almost indistinguishable, aside from the colour from it’s purple tone correcting counterpart I reviewed in my last empties post. Says it’s ammonia and peroxide free. How is this intended to lighten?

7) Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Cream

Also known as Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Cream Night depending on where you buy it from. This is a retinol treatment I have used for a year now and do not intend on stopping, unless I upgrade to a higher dose of retinol. There is still a couple of uses left in this tube, but I felt it would be an important addition to my empties post to demonstrate how long this little 40ml tube lasts. My last empty tube made an appearance in my debut empties post back in May, so I get at least four months worth of use out of one tube. I buy this when it’s on sale for about $16-17 Canadian, so I get my retinol treatments and results for less then $5 a month. Amazing. I’ve done a very in depth full review as well if you’d like to check it out. I will rebuy this until they stop making it, which I hope is never.

8) Diorskin Forever Flawless Perfection Wear Makeup SPF 25 Sample

I don’t have the little Sephora bag that had the label on it, but I believe this was in shade #010. I went into Sephora asking for samples of foundation of longer wearing, SPF bearing formulas, and this was the winner. It is basically perfect. Coverage was impeccable, it lasted all day in humid weather, no smudging, smearing, or transferring. I found I only needed extra concealer on my dark under eye circles when I used this. The finish is skin like, and just matte enough. I would buy this, but at the atrocious price of $49 Canadian that won’t be happening. I won’t feel too bad about asking for more samples however, after what Sephora put me though, and use it on occasions I need my skin to look nicer.

Hope everyone had a wonderful and productive September! I’m looking forward to October and all the spooky stuff (and candy) it brings with it!

Beauty Baseline Hard Candy Prize Opening!

Hard Candy Cosmetics Prize Pack!

Hard Candy Cosmetics Prize Pack!

I was recently the lucky winner of this Hard Candy Prize Pack from Tara over at BeautyBaseline! This was especially fun for me as Hard Candy cosmetics aren’t available to me in my area. Included in the pack is a Glossaholic lip gloss in Icing,  two Shadowholic 12 hour Waterproof Eye Crayons, in Blondie and Camel Back, a nail polish in Bite of Black and a hand written card! Tara has stationery to match her blog theme, how cute is that?

Hard Candy 12 Hour Waterproof Eye Crayon (7.2g/0.25oz) in Blondie is a pale, warm golden champagne beige with a slight shimmery satin finish.

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hour Waterproof Eye Crayon in Blondie

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hour Waterproof Eye Crayon in Blondie

Hard Candy 12 Hour Waterproof Eye Crayon in Camel Back (2.6g/0.09oz – I don’t know why their weight is different but I love these names) is a fawny light brown taupe, also with a slightly shimmery satin finish.

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hour Waterproof Eye Crayon in Camel Back

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hour Waterproof Eye Crayon in Camel Back

These do have a drier texture, but after a quick sharpen with the handy included sharpener I had no issue with application. I tested these on the back of my hand as soon as I got them, and noticed when they set, they are SET. Through several hand washings and even a lotion application, the little test swatches held up, so the waterproof claim is accurate! If you want to do any blending once it’s on your eye, do it fast! I’m still wear testing these on eye but it’s been hours and no signs of budging yet. What I think these will be particularly good for is for lining under my eye as I seem to have issues with things sliding around, smudging and wearing off in that area. Some swatches with a flash and in sun. The Glossaholic in Icing is on top, followed by Camel Back then Blondie.

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Hard Candy Glossoholic in Icing (10.8g/0.38oz) is a sheer peachy nude with multi-coloured micro glitter. It has a toasted sugary vanilla scent which is potent enough to kill a sugar craving (but I like that!) This stayed on my lips for hours, was moisturizing and non sticky and will be great for everyday use. The brush is a HUGE doe foot applicator, almost the size of my thumbnail. You would be able to easily cover even larger lips with one dip of this.

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Hard Candy nail polish in Bite of Black (7.8ml/0.26oz) is a sheer black base full to the brim with silver, fuchsia and teal micro glitter. It layered up beautifully in 3 thin coats, as shown in the pictures below. This kind of dark and sparkly nail shade is exactly my type! This is stunning and I love it. In the future I will preserve the sparkly goodness by painting it on over a base of plain black. First pic below is 3 thin coats no top coat indoors, second pic is a day later, with topcoat, in sun. This is wearing really well, no chips so far!

Hard Candy Bite of Black

Hard Candy Bite of Black

Hard Candy Bite of Black

Hard Candy Bite of Black

Hard Candy doesn’t test their finished products on animals and are made in the US. Thank you again to Tara at BeautyBaseline for this fun prize pack! She has a huge giveaway going on as well now, only to residents of the US if you want to check it out.

Enjoy your weekend!

Revlon Naughty NOTD, Swatch & Review!

Revlon Naughty

Revlon Naughty

An appropriately grey day here, just right for this stormy purple! Revlon Naughty is not this shade’s first incarnation.  This was first released long ago as a limited edition called Purplex! It was reintroduced later as Revlon Naughty, and I’m glad it was! As far as I can tell it is not yet discontinued. This one is also known as a perfect dupe for Chanel Paradoxal!

Revlon Naughty is a perfect blend of grey and purple, with a subtle pinkish shimmer throughout. It looks great in 2 coats and was shiny enough to not need a top coat for the swatches I took for this post. It wore well for a few days, with more tip wear than chips, which was nice. When it was time to take it off for a fresh manicure, I ended up painting it right back on! Good way to tell you really like a shade! This of course does lean very cool toned so it may not look right on everyone. I also find there is enough grey in it for it to behave as a neutral, at least in my wardrobe.

Some swatches in various lighting. Two coats no top coat.

Revlon Naughty Swatch

Revlon Naughty Swatch

Revlon Naughty Swatch

Revlon Naughty Swatch

Revlon Naughty Swatch

Revlon Naughty Swatch

Revlon Naughty Swatch

Revlon Naughty Swatch

I really like this one! Great for fall (or any other time, really!)

Enjoy your weekend!

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette Swatch, Review & Look!

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette

Before I found this pretty palette, I thought Pacifica only made simple, but beautiful, perfumes and candles. I did a review on some of their lighter, summery scents not too long ago. When I saw this stunning collection of colours together in this palette, and knowing my success with other Pacifica products, I decided to snap it up considering both the sale price and the fact that Pacifica products are incredibly difficult to find in my area. I checked reviews first, and there isn’t too many of them (seems it’s hard to find everywhere) but they were generally glowing, and I agree! From the box to the palette to the product itself, everything about this product is delightful.

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Close up of top flap

Above is a close up from the top, and below is a  picture showing the pretty front, side and back of the beautiful box. The full name of this palette as shown on the box is Pacifica Natural Minerals Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette, coconut infused mineral eye shadows. The side says “velvety coconut infused natural mineral eyeshadows” and the back has a list of the shadows in the pan, each individually named, and a full ingredient listing, which does indeed contain coconut. Remember you can click the pictures to enlarge.

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette Box

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette Box

A breakdown of the shades as listed on the back, according to Pacifica:

Skinny Dip: a matte nude base cover or lash liner. A universal highlighter.

My take: not matte. This is a satin finish peach leaning pale shell pink. I could see someone using it as a light powder base under a full shadow look, but I don’t understand why people do that. That just washes out the other shadows in my experience. As a lash liner, I couldn’t see that working, maybe a bit along the lower lash line? Not sure where they were going with that. This wouldn’t work as a “universal” highlighter, this would look odd and ashy as that on darker skin shades. Anyone medium or paler might like it as that though.

Coral Sand: a satin coral lid base or highlighter.

My take: satin finish, yes. Lid base, yes I might use this on the lid, lightly, otherwise it might look too orange on me. I can’t see this being good as a highlighter unless you resemble a pumpkin. The shade on its own is gorgeous however. Of any coppery shadows I have, I think this is the most wearable. This would make blue or green eyes look incredibly bright.

Golden: perfect gold with just the right amount of shimmer. Use on lids and/or for highlighting.

My take: strongly metallic orangey based gold. It is *really* warm. This is a bit too orange for me, the pictures make that stand out even more so. I still might wear it as a lid shade from time to time, perhaps sheered out by Skinny Dip for less impact. On its own as a lid shade, this would look stunning on tanned or darker skin shades, or as a night club or evening look. As a highlighter, I don’t know, maybe it if was applied very sheerly.

Urchin: iridescent jeweled purple with gold tones. Perfect for lining and crease.

My take: this isn’t iridescent in the sense that it colour shifts. It absolutely does have a bit of a metallic sheen to it and it is the most beautiful purple shadow I own by a wide margin. All of my purples lean blue, other than this one. This one leans red. I am always enamoured with the deep burgundyish purples, and of course they always make it look like I’ve been punched in the eye due to the red base. This one, however, has the perfect amount of red to seem rich and brown to keep it a bit more neutral. Urchin is a perfect alternative in an ocean of too red freshly bruised burgundy and too blue candy coated grape shadows.

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening shadows have a lovely texture. Very soft and smooth, creamy to apply and blend. I fond the pigmentation to be wonderful as well. I haven’t done a full on endurance test of these shadows yet but judging by their application and texture they would wear as well as or better than a higher end drugstore shadow. I actually find they apply similarly to my Urban Decay shadows from the Naked 2 palette (which I find to be good but not at all worth the hype or cost), but not as well as my Wet n’ Wild shadows, say from Comfort Zone (which I intend to do a post on eventually) or Silent Treatment.

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette  Swatches

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette Swatches

I did a look with all four of these shadows but with the purple Urchin as the focus. I used Skinny Dip on the brow and in the inner corner, Coral Sand through the crease, Urchin all over the lid, and just a small amount of Golden in the inner tear duct area, which I think might have been too much but I really wanted to see what all four looked like together. The package claims that these shadows brighten the eyes and I would say they lived up to that claim.

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette on Eye

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette on Eye

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette on Eye

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette on Eye

Something about these shadows used together reminds me of an exotic vacation! I’ve never had makeup give me that impression before. Classic, romantic, dramatic, basic, natural, sure, but never have I had makeup scream “VACATION!” like this one did. If you’re planning an exotic holiday, try this palette, you could easily do day and night looks with it! EDIT: Urchin is a perfect match for Maybelline Eye Studio gel liner in Eggplant!

Pacifica products are 100% Vegan, cruelty free, contain no phthalates , talc, parabens, or petroleum.  A portion of proceeds of Pacifica products support clean water, although it does not go into detail as to how. These eyeshadows were made in the US and the palette is a huge 0.25oz or 7g. So that would be 1.75g per shadow pot. For comparison, a MAC eye shadow is smaller at 1.5g. A Wet n’ Wild single pan is slightly smaller at 1.7g. Single eye shadows within an Urban Decay Naked palette are only 1.3g. This Pacifica palette is an all around fantastic deal! If you can manage to find these anywhere, try them, you won’t be disappointed!

You are so pretty!

You are so pretty!

Enjoy your weekend!

Essence Chic Reloaded NOTD Swatch & Review!

Essence Chic Reloaded

Essence Chic Reloaded

I was stuck waiting for a bus on my way home from an appointment recently, so I decided to use the time to stop into the Shopper’s Drug Mart, which I don’t normally get to do, and I’m sure glad I did! I had some fantastic luck in the clearance section with this beauty, and something else I will be posting later. I found this hiding in a clearance bin for 50 cents! Crazy. Usually the duochromes sell out fast.

Essence Chic Reloaded is a green to pinky-purple shifting duochrome, with a charcoaly grey undertone you can see between shifts of colour. Stunning!  As with all of the newer Essence polishes, it dried quickly. This shade took two coats for opacity but looked better with three. My swatches are without a topcoat, and I think it would benefit greatly from one, but I wanted the swatches to show the colour shift properly without a glossy sheen interfering. The brush is perfect for my nail shape and skill level. The only thing I didn’t like about this particular polish was that it seemed to chip faster than my other Essences – a topcoat would likely help with this as well. But for 50 cents, I’m really not complaining. Here are some swatches in various lights, tried to capture the colour shift in each shot!

Essence Chic Reloaded

Essence Chic Reloaded

Essence Chic Reloaded

Essence Chic Reloaded

Essence Chic Reloaded

Essence Chic Reloaded

And also this is the closest I could get to capturing the charcoal grey shift in between the purple/green shades.

Essence Chic Reloaded

Essence Chic Reloaded

And a close up of the bottle, trying to capture both shade shifts!

Essence Chic Reloaded

Essence Chic Reloaded

Love it! Check out your local Shopper’s Drug Mart clearance section, Canadian ladies. There might be good stuff!

 

I also wanted to take a moment to acknowledge my nomination for a Liebster Award from Madeleine’s Beauty.

Liebster Award

Liebster Award

 

I am happy to link back to her for the recognition, but I am afraid my participation will end there. I find these awards to be kind of spammy/hammy/chain letter like, and they force a blogger into a lot of work they haven’t signed up for, and I would prefer to not be the person giving them that work. I already happily do link to other blogs when it is appropriate (for examples you may check out some of my posts referencing Polly Fragrant and LastContrast) but I am really not interested in spamming my friends. Although it may not seem it, seeing as I have a public blog, I am actually a very private person, and answering a series of personal questions (and then forcing a dozen or so others to do the same) makes me acutely uncomfortable. I did answer a few more personal questions in response to a Very Inspiring Blogger Award which you can check out here. I also changed the rules for that award as well, which I think may have been my favourite part of the whole thing. Call me a non conformist! Thank you again, Madeleine, for your nomination.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Beautiful Day Blue and Gold NOTD, Revlon Colorstay Blue Slate Swatch & Review

Revlon Blue Slate, Essie As Gold As It Gets

Revlon Blue Slate, Essie As Gold As It Gets

More blue nails! Surprise! This Revlon polish is one that I have had a long while, and is a favourite, so of course it’s discontinued. Revlon Colorstay Blue Slate is a perfect, slightly greyed out medium blue. The shade is neutral enough you can get away wearing it in more circumstances than other shades of blue. I even once wore this to an interview where the shade was an exact match to their company logo. I’m certain no one noticed.

Although I could get away with one coat, two looks more perfect and even. The blue is a perfect creme formula, smooth, even, and fast drying. I painted on two coats of the Blue Slate, and then a layer of the lovely and versatile Essie As Gold As It Gets. Some pictures in different lights!

Revlon Blue Slate, Essie As Gold As It Gets

Revlon Blue Slate, Essie As Gold As It Gets

Revlon Blue Slate, Essie As Gold As It Gets

Revlon Blue Slate, Essie As Gold As It Gets

Revlon Blue Slate, Essie As Gold As It Gets

Revlon Blue Slate, Essie As Gold As It Gets

These two together reminded me of blue, sunshiney skies. The formulas together hold up well for a couple of days without chips. If you can find this shade anywhere, I really recommend it as a staple in your nail wardrobe if you like blue as much as I do!

Have a great week!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer & Pure Color Gloss Duo Swatch & Review!

Estee Lauder Concealer and Lip Gloss Duo

Estee Lauder Concealer and Lip Gloss Duo

A 2 for 1 swatch and review for you today! This little duo has a concealer from Estee Lauder’s famous Double Wear line and a shimmery neutral lip gloss. Perfect for travel, and as you can see I like it so much that it’s already well worn from living inside the small makeup bag in my purse! This item was a gift with purchase (with someone else’s purchase) that was passed along to me as the original recipient couldn’t wear these shades as they were too light for her. I can’t find this item as something that can be purchased as the duo, which is too bad, I’d recommend it if it existed. You can buy them separately, however.

Starting with the concealer. This duo includes Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Flawless Wear Concealer in Light/Medium. The full size of this in Canada sells for $24-28 depending on your source. This travel size includes a decent amount of product at 4.7ml. The full size has about 7.4ml, from the limited info I can find. The website says the formula contains emollients and minerals (I think they all contain minerals of some sort as they are pigments but that’s neither here nor there). I wish I could find an ingredient listing somewhere – anywhere – so that I am better able to assess this product for you, but they seem to have kept that information hidden from the public. I have emailed them for a full listing and will update if I receive a reply (not counting on it).  Update: 2 weeks later I got a response with an ingredient list, I will post it at the bottom of this entry.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Concealer

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Concealer

There is another reason I was really interested in reviewing the full ingredient listing. This concealer smells like the old formula of the Revlon ColorStay foundation before they screwed up a great thing some time over a year ago. If you didn’t know, Revlon changed the formula and didn’t mention anything about it, not in press nor on the label. They removed the SPF (why?! senseless!) and made a transfer resistant formula one that slips around and gets all over the place while providing sub par coverage with a crappy finish. But that’s for another post. The point is I really liked that old formula, and I really like this formula in the concealer, and they have a very unique and similar smell. I’d also like to review the ingredients because I can catch the slightest whiff of alcohol in this, and that would change my opinion. I don’t want to put products containing alcohol around my eye.

That being said, the formula for this concealer is one of the best I’ve tried in a long time. It is just the right amount of coverage in a light, blendable formula. It sets very quickly to a realistic, skin like, matte but not too matte finish. This particular shade is perfect for my dark under eye circles, which are pretty tough to cover for any length of time. This one holds up well for several hours, doesn’t crease, and performs better than anything else I have right now. If it weren’t so pricey, I would definitely buy this. Some swatches showing the consistency and then the level of coverage even after being blended out.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Concealer in Light/Medium

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Concealer in Light/Medium

Next up, the lip gloss! This duo includes Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss in Magnificent Mauve 06. This travel size is 4.5ml, can’t find info on the full size, which goes for $26 (yikes). Apparently this gloss has won a couple of awards including Allure’s Best of Beauty Awards for the lip gloss category in 2010, and Best Lip Product Finalist for the 2011 CEW Awards. I can see why. The formula manages to stay on my lips far longer than any other gloss I own, without actually feeling sticky, and is still moisturizing. I have no idea how they made that magically happen, but I’m glad they did.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lip Gloss in Magnificent Mauve

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lip Gloss in Magnificent Mauve

This particular shade is a shimmer, and is full of silver, pink and gold micro glitter in a sheer pale mauvey pink base. It’s pretty, but if you really hate glitter this might not be for you. This also has a faint fruity sweet smell which fades quickly. I will gladly use it until it’s gone, but I wouldn’t buy this. If you can rationalize spending $26 on a lip gloss, this one would be a good choice. Perhaps as a gift with purchase! The swatches below show it before and after sheering it out. It looks more like the lower swatch on lips as it is very sheer and subtle once on. Swatches are on NC20/25 skin.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lip Gloss in Magnificent Mauve Swatch

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lip Gloss in Magnificent Mauve Swatch

 

Glad to have this super handy little duo to carry in my purse! I sure will miss it when it’s gone, the concealer especially!

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Double Wear Stay In Place Flawless Wear Concealer

INGREDIENTS: WATER\AQUA\EAU [] CYCLOPENTASILOXANE [] TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE [] PHENYL TRIMETHICONE [] BUTYLENE GLYCOL [] BORON NITRIDE [] SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE [] PEG/PPG-18/18 DIMETHICONE [] TRIBEHENIN [] MAGNESIUM SULFATE [] TOCOPHERYL ACETATE [] SODIUM HYALURONATE [] ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN [] DIMETHICONE [] METHICONE [] LAURETH-7 [] GLYCERIN [] CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE [] PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE [] XANTHAN GUM [] ALUMINA [] TRISILOXANE [] DIMETHICONE SILYLATE [] SORBIC ACID [] PHENOXYETHANOL [] CHLORPHENESIN [] [+/- IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) [] TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) [] MICA] <ILN38896>

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