August Favorites 2013

Hi there!

So, I haven’t done a manicure this week since I’m letting my nails breathe a little.  But instead I have compiled my favorite products for the month of August.

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So here it is!

First is the KMS Hair Play modeling paste.  This paste was very handy during the heat waves we had.  In the morning, I would wet my hair a little, take a small amount of this paste in my hands, and then I would spread it all over my hair and put them either in a bun or a braid.  The paste would help me keep all my smaller hairs in place and not in my face (which could become very annoying when you’re sweating a lot!).

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My second product is the Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum.  A lot of beauty gurus have sworn my it and I can see why!  It has made my very dry face skin look normal; no more dry patches, dry nose contours, etc.  It’s amazing!  I use it since a couple of months, but during August, I have been using it solely instead of my regular day cream during the hot days.  A little tip for people living where there is Jean-Coutu drugstores; for the same price as one bottle at Sephora, they sell a kit of this regular size bottle, a bottle of the Caudalie Grape Water in a spray, and a sample size of the Caudalie Vinosource moisturizing sorbet.  Talk about a deal!

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Another favorite this month has been the Christian Dior Diorskin Poudre Shimmer in Amber Diamond.  It one of the nicest highlighter I’ve tried (you can see a full review that I did here) and you can even use it as eyeshadow for a natural look (see the tutorial from Amarixe).  Since it’s a little bronze, it added a nice healthy shine to my skin.

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Another face product is the Stila Sun bronzing powder in shade 01.  It’s perfect for my skin tone and I love that it’s matt.  Another thing I like about this bronzer is that it’s not too pigmented and is very easy to apply in a natural way.

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One last cheek favorite is the Tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in the color Tipsy, which is a very bright orange/coral blush.  This color is ho so pretty and screams “summer” when you put it on.  You can see more details about this blush in my review here.

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Also, during summer and especially when it’s very hot, I don’t like to put a lot of stuff on my face (such as foundation or powder) so what I like to do is just to put on some concealer in areas that needs it (under eye area, around the nose, redness, etc).  I have been using the Nars stick concealer in Custard for months and it is by far the best!  Good for dry skin, it doesn’t leave any weird patches and this color matches my skin perfectly (I’m about an Mac NC25-30).

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Then, just to add to the “natural” look that I have done almost all summer long, I’ve used the Dior Addict lipstick in 214 Tulle.  This lipstick is my FAVORITE ONE IN THE WHOLE WORLD (I know I almost say that to every products…but it’s true!).  Very creamy, very hydrating, lovely package, and it is a MLBB (my lips but better) color.  I have put it on almost every day for at least 3 months and I have not gone through yet!  The only thing is that it’s a bit expensive…but worth it!

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We’re almost done!  Next is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on eye pencil in Perversion that I’ve only been putting under my upper lash to define my eye a little more and didn’t need to put on a full eyeliner.  Very black, very easy to apply (very smooth texture) and waterproof.  The only thing is that it doesn’t seem to have a lot of resistance against more oily skin (especially when it’s hot).  So you might want to use a translucent powder with it.  But apart from that, it’s perfect!

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AND my last product is the Benefit Cha Cha Tint which is like the Benefit Cherry tint or Posie tint.  But when you open this one, it’s a very bright orange cream and I use it as a lip stain like as if I’ve sucked on a popsicle or something.  I pair it with a nice colorless lip balm and it look very summery!

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So that it is for this month!

Don’t hesitate to let me know your favorites so I can discover new products!

Review :: Highlighters

Good Friday everyone!

So since I’m still on a nail polish break (I’m so sad…), I thought of doing a little review for this week; highlighters!

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So over the last year or so, I’ve gathered a bunch of different highlighters that either seemed very nice of that I’ve heard of from beauty gurus.

Also, I took the pictures outside to be able to capture the shininess of the highlighters, but you will see that sometimes…it’s easier said than done…

So here it is!

First, is the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette which has a blush, a bronzer and a highlighter.

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The highlighter of this palette is a very soft pink champagne shimmer and is VERY pigmented (you barely need to touch it). I feel that for me it was a little too shimmery/glittery and pink for my skin tone, but still I think it is quite handy and nice in this palette and would suite a lot of skin colours.

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Next on the list is the Diorskin Shimmer Star in Amber Diamond.  This one is one of my favourite highlighter of all time and is very worth the hype.

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First of all, it come it this nice little velvet pouch, and the case is so nice and chic.  The highlighter is embossed and has 5 colours; ivory/ champagne/ tan/ bronze/ peach.  It is the perfect highlighter for summer since it give a nice bronze/tan colour on your cheek without being glittery.  When applied, you skin just looks so healthy and nice, it’s an instant boost.  You can even use it as eyeshadow like Amarixe did in one of her summer makeup look! It is a very versatile highlighter and even if it’s kind of a splurge for some, I think it’s worth it because you’ll wear it to death.

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Then I have the Lioele Marbling Blusher in #02 Lovely Pink.

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First of all, for those who are wondering, Lioele is a well know and well reputed Korean brand.  So, I bought a couple of Lioele’s product beforehand (which you can see the review here) and thought that I would give a try to this one too.  First, the packaging is just so cute and adorable (just like any Korean/Japanese products).  You also have a brush that comes with it (which I do use).  The product is said to be a blush, but since I find it really more like a highlighter (more glittery than colourful) I do use it as one.  It is a nice soft pink colour and is not too glittery.  I like to pair it with a very pink blush so it looks as one.  It also has a nice floral scent to it.

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Moreover, I purchased a very long time ago, in one of my Cherry Culture Haul (you can see the post here) a Nyx highlighter that Jen from fromheadtotoe was giving a lot of praise about it.

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It’s the Nyx Mosaic Powder in 01 Highlighter.  This one is a more neutral highlighter than all of the above, but is still more on the cooler tone.  It is very inexpensive and looks very natural since it’s from shimmery.

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Then, I got this Benefit “What’s Up” sample size highlighter when I went to Sephora during my birthday (it was the birthday gift with a Benefit mascara).

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I was pretty happy to receive this one because Claire Marshall did mention it in her videos and said that she really liked it a lot.  And I do admit that it looks really natural and does not have too much glitters in it.  The colour is a nice bronze/champagne colour, and unlike the other highlighters, is has more like a cream finish so I apply it with my finger.  And even if it’s very small compare to the real size one, it last very long!

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We’re almost done here, only two left!  So the next one is, also from Benefit, is the High Beam Highlighter (also in a sample size).

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I really like this one because even if it looks pretty pink, it just gives a nice healthy and natural look to your skin.  It comes in a little bottle (like a nail polish) and also has an applicator with a brush.  I just dab it onto the areas of my face and then spread it gently with my fingers.

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And finally, my last purchase was the Benefit Moon Beam.

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I heard from Jen in one of her reviews how she liked it and was very different from all the other highlighters, so I decided to get it.  At a first glance, it looks pretty beige, but when you apply it, the colour disappear and become just a nice pink iridescent finish on your skin (it was pretty hard to capture in the photo…).  I have to admit, it is really one of my favourite highlighter and when you have it on, your skin looks so healthy and glowy from within.  Like, the High Beam, it come with an applicator.

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So just to wrap up my review, here are the highlighters I mentioned in order of preference:

  1. Diorskin Poudre Shimmer in Amber Diamond
  2. Benefit Moon Beam
  3. Benefit What’s Up
  4. Benefit High Beam
  5. Nyx Mosaic Powder in 01 Highlighter
  6. Lioele Marbling Blusher in #02 Lovely Pink
  7. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette (highlighter)

Have a nice weekend!

 

Cherry Culture Haul

Okay so this haul is a bit old but I realized that I’ve never did a review of everything I bought, so here it is!

Since I live in Montreal, we don’t have any access to the Nyx brand and I tried to find a way to get some stuff (not that it was a must have but I really wanted to try some products), and I’ve also read some good reviews on their eyeshadows as well.

So I found out that Cherry Culture was almost the only company that shipped to Canada and were retailing Nyx  and Milani products.

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So the first things I ordered were eyeshadows (from top left to bottom right):  022 Baby Blue, 149 My Favorite Color, 107 Vanilla Sky, 068  Golden Orange, 196 Hot Pink, 032 Purple, 143 Eggplant, and 127 Deep Brown.

Cherry Culture Haul-14So I didn’t try the baby blue yet (still trying to see how I’m gonna put this very light blue on my eyes without looking like Barbie), but it is very pretty and pigmented, and it has a slight shimmery finish to it (even though it is matt).  The second one, I tried to use it a couple of times, but like you can see in the picture, it has big chunks of glitters in it.  In the pan, it doesn’t look like it has glitters, but as soon as you try to put some on your brush it just gets chunky…so I’ll try to see if it’s only like that for the top of the eyeshadow.  The other one is a very light matt vanilla color (like the name suggests) that I use to highlight my brow bone with.  The orange one is very very pigmented and I was very happy with it (since I tried other orange eyeshadows but were very disappointing as the pigmentation goes).  It is matt with little gold glitters (but very tiny).  So for the hot pink one, like in my Naughty & Nice list of 2012, I was really really disappointed.  Not because of the color, but because when I tried to apply it, the eyeshadow didn’t come as a fine powder like the other ones, but in really big clumps.  And like I said in my review, I tried to dig in to see if it would only be for the top, but it still did this all the way through.  So I’ll have to try perhaps the other Hot Pink eyeshadow (this one was the shimmer) to see if it’s only for this one.  The next eyeshadow, the Purple, is a blueish and fuschia purple tinted and I’m very happy with the color (as I was afraid to be a bit too intense to wear on a daily basis).  Like the Baby blue, it is matt with a little shimmery finish so it catches the light very nicely.  The Eggplant is more on the reddish side of an eggplant color (I think) but it’s a very nice color for fall and winter and it goes with almost everything.  It also has a shimmery finish to it.  And the last one, I think the name is a bit misleading since I find it more like a very deep purple than a deep brown, but anyway I was also very happy with this color since it’s very different from the other purples I got.  So in general, I’m very happy with the Nyx eyeshadows and I would like to try more colors!

Then, the second item I purchased was the Nyx Mosaic Powder in 01 Highlighter.

Cherry Culture Haul-13I really liked that it has more like a glowy finish than a shimmery one (I think it looks more natural).  I also wanted a cooler tone highlighter since I already own the Diorskin Poudre Shimmer (which is on the warmer side) and Benefit High Beam.  I also like that you can choose the tone you want; cooler if you only use the pink, lilac and white side, and more neutral if you use everything.

Then, my other products were the Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencils in the color 601 Black Bean, 608 Cottage Cheese,  and 620 Bronze.

Cherry Culture Haul-15These pencils are very very soft and pigmented.  I usually use the black one sometimes as a base (put it all over my lid and then spread it a little with my finger), and it’s a very deep matt black (more on the brown tone than the blue one).  The white shimmery one, Cottage Cheese, I use it in the inner corners of my eyes to brighten them up a little, and I think it’s the perfect color (not too white).  Then, the Bronze pencil is also very nice to apply all over the eyelid as a base or even as eyeshadow.  All three pencils are very very creamy and easy to put on.

Moreover, I also bought the Milani Liquif’ Eye liner pencil in the color 07 Purple.  I wanted to try the black one (everybody saying that it is one of the blackest and smoothest eyeliner pencil they’ve tried) but it wasn’t available.  So, I decided to try out the purple one (which looked more like a black with purple tone in it).  As you can see in the picture, it really is black but with purple shimmer/glitters.  I think this eyeliner would be very very nice for a subtle dash of sparkles on your lower lash line. And like everybody said, it is very very smooth and glides on very well on the skin, and it also it waterproof.

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Then finally my last product is the Nyx Glitter Cream Palette in 01 Paradise.

Cherry Culture Haul-17So this purchase was more if I wanted something more glittery for parties and the holidays.  So from left to right, the first one is a pink with silver and blueish glitters, then a black with green, pink, and gold glitters, then a white with silvery glitters, a gold with gold glitters (this one is soooo gorgeous and I can’t wait to try it out!), and then the last one is a silver with green and pink glitters.  They are cream glitters so it is easier to apply on the eyes (and less messier).

So that closes up my Cherry Culture Haul.  I do want to try out more of the Nyx brand (like the lipsticks) because first, they look very nice, second, they have such a wide range of colors (like the eyeshadows), and last they are sooo inexpensive.  So I’ll let you know when I’ll order it and do a little review.

Have a nice day!

What is your favorite Nyx product?  What would you recommend me to try out?