HAUL | Base products galore & pretty drugstore things

If you’ve been keeping up with me on Facebook, you may know that I had been on a foundation hunt again. I’d been looking for a more matte base that would translate better on film (which due to lighting can sometimes look a bit greasy although not so in real life) and thus I’ve been making various strips to the drugstore, swatching products and catching up on the other side of the foundation spectrum. A glowing base is still quite trendy at the moment (Spring 2013 forecast says more dewy, fresh skin) so finding a matte base was harder than I thought. Of course I could always fall back on my trusty Revelon Colourstay or MAC Studio Fix Fluid but I wanted to take this opportunity to try something new. 
PRODUCTS MENTIONED
  • Holika Holika | Luminous Silk BB Cream |
  • Tony Moly | Goddess Aura BB Cream |
  • Revlon | Colourstay Whipped Foundation |
  • Maybelline | Master Duo Liquid Eyeliner |
  • Maybelline | Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot Corrector |
  • Maybelline | Baby Lips “Peach Kiss” |
  • Eyelure | Katy Perry lashes in “Sweetie Pie” |
  • Rimmel | Wake Me Up Foundation |

In other news, I am still caught up in a daily battle with my “new” hair. It’s been a week or two but I have yet to control these wispy layers which is making my hair stick up in all sorts of weird angles. When I had longer, simpler hair it was very much a fluff and go process, now days it’s a daily battle with my hairdryer and even sometimes a curling iron which is something I really don’t want to put my hair through on a regular basis.
I’d love to know your tips on taming heavily layered hair! 
Do share! 

Bunnie Loves : Ep. #7 | The Sneaky Beauty Favourites

I wanted to roll in a bit of a different direction for this months beauty favourites. This episode will focus on some of my behind the scenes beauty loves, those which don’t get enough air time but are most certainly staples in my beauty routine (some for years!).

PRODUCTS MENTIONED

  • L’OREAL | Superior Preference for dark hair LC61
  • DAISO | Metal core velcro hair rollers
  • ICHIBAN KAN | Clip on vented hair rollers
  • REVLON | “Perfect Heat” Curling irons (1″ & 1.5″) | website
  • BODY LUXURIES | Facial buffs
  • SHISEIDO | Eyelash curler

L’Oreal and Revlon items are easy found in your local drugstore, the gold version is likely discontinued but the silver “Perfect Heat” version is still being sold. The funky velcro hair rollers were from Japanese/Asian drugstores but I’m certain they aren’t an exclusive brand, SaSa carries similar ones. Body Luxuries appears to be a Walmart only brand, however Ecotools carry something almost identical and that can be found in quite a few drugstores across the nation. Lastly, Shiseido is exclusive to high end department stores (and perhaps a few random beauty shops) so head on over to The Bay to get your curlers.

Now it’s your turn to spill the beans!
Do you have a secret beauty favourite?

Perfect tools for base makeup | Foundations & Powders

Having a perfectly polished base is the starting point of any complete makeup look but to get there is a combination of the right product, the right tools and the right touch. As a full fledged base product addict, I’m here to walk you through some of my favourite tools and brushes to go along with your liquid, cream and powder foundations.

PRODUCTS MENTIONED

  • SIGMA | F80* Flat top kabuki | reviewed | website
  • EVERYDAY MINERALS | Flat top brush | website
  • Damp foundation sponge
  • ROYAL & LANGNICKEL | Super foundation brush C142 | website
  • ECOTOOLS | Flat foundation brush
  • MAC | #130 Duo fiber brush | website
  • ROYAL & LANGNICKEL | Large synthetic dome kabuki | website
  • Velour makeup puff
  • ROYAL & LANGNICKEL | Domed powder brush C130 | website
  • WINSOR & NEWTON | Series 240 #03 brush | website

Sigma, Everyday Minerals and MAC brushes can be purchased via their respective websites linked above (you can find the MAC ones in their shops too).  Royal and Langnickel have also opened up an online shopping option that ships worldwide but you can also find them in select beauty shops. Ecotools items, sponges and puffs are easily found in your local drugstore. Winsor and Newton art brushes can be found in artist shops like Opus online or possible craft shops as well.

When it comes to matching up the perfect brush to your base, consider the texture of your foundation then look for brushes with the right fibers, size and density. I hope this post will serve as a starting point to finding your flawless combo.

Have a favourite base brush?
Don’t be shy, share it below!

Beauty Talk | My Perfect Imperfections

Being humans, we often spend too much of our day analyzing each and every hair and speckle on ourselves. Being a beauty blogger, you can probably times that imaginary number by two or three fold (that 10x magnifying mirror is both friend and foe). As is our nature I suppose, we are usually the ones to pick up on the little imperfections that we all have, imperfections which makes us who we are and gives us our unique identity suddenly become insecurities that we try to hide. Whether big or small, sometimes what we need is a different perspective through which to see not only ourselves but the world around us.

Beauty Empties: Ep. #2 | January

It’s time for another round of Beauty Empties, where I share with you what’s been gathering in my recyclables bag from products that I’ve been eager to repurchase to those that can just get out of my life. Haven’t been getting much sun here recently for filming but the show must go on!

PRODUCTS MENTIONED

  • Neutrogena | Makeup removing towelette
  • Lucido-L | Hair wax | “Round Ridge”
  • Benefit | Be Bright | Moisture prep toning lotion | reviewed
  • St. Ives | Apricot Scrub (Original)
    • Green Tea Cleanser
    • Green Tea Scrub
  • Crabtree & Evelyn | Rosewater hand therapy
  • Skin79 | White Reviving moisturizing cream | reviewed
  • Tony Moly | Floria Whitening capsule essence | reviewed
  • The Body Shop | Strawberry body butter

I tend to finish up products in a groupings it seems, sometimes it’s more skincare, while other times it’s a bunch of hair things or makeup. But as per usual I always have too many items open all at once (out of excitement), though I’m working on doing better on that. Gotta start using up my beauty stash this year!

Review: L’Oreal | Caresse Shine Stain

L’Oreal has really been stepping up their game in the past year, releasing some unique formulations that is pushing the bar on what is deemed as drugstore makeup. The newest addition to their colour line that’s been on everyone’s lips (quite literally) is the 2013 Caresse Shine Stains.

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THE BASICS
Brand: L’Oreal
Product: Caresse Shine Stains / Aqua Wet Lacquers
Colour range: 12 shades (via L’Oreal USA website)
Size: 6.3ml
Price: $8-10 USD
Availability: Drugstores nationwide
Would I repurchase: Absolutely yes!
Website: http://www.lorealparisusa.com

LOreal Caresse shine stain colours-ingredients

THE REVIEW VIDEO

THE FINER DETAILS
I found the shade “Rose on and on” to be surprisingly beautiful and while it’s still quite a tame shade from the collection, it was not at all boring. However, photographing the colour was a different story, the colour swatches quite different on my hand than it does on my lips as you’ll see from my photos below.

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LAST WORDS
Can you tell I am head over heels about this? It’s been a very long time since I’ve been thoroughly impressed by a new product innovation, not just a new colour or new packaging but a whole new formulation that’s sure to be game changer in this highly competitive market. If you’ve never been a gloss lover in the past, this might be the right time to give it another shot. For those with dry lips this will mask those pesky lines, colour lovers will adore the versatile wear and those forever debating between lipstick vs lip gloss can finally call it a truce.

L'Oreal Shine Caresse Stain FOTD