Tuesday, 7 July 2015

YSL Full Metal Shadow in 1 Grey Splash

I wear a cream shadow base every single day - normally I opt for the ease of a shadow stick. However, there are many more options available as a base for powder shadows, or just cream shadows in general, including YSL's new Full Metal Shadows! I've been trying out the shade 1 Grey Splash* ($32 CAD), keep reading to find out my full thoughts...

YSL Full Metal Shadow in 1 Grey Splash

"Full Metal Shadow imparts sixteen-hour wear and liquid eye color that bursts with vibrant, metallic coverage. Each shade is inspired by the iconic fashions of Mr. Yves Saint Laurent. Without creasing, flaking, or fading, this pigment-packed liquid shadow is formulated with 40 percent water for a cooling effect and high color payoff. " - Sephora

YSL Full Metal Shadow in 1 Grey Splash

YSL Full Metal Shadow in 1 Grey Splash

These new Full Metal Shadows come packaged very nicely - the clear tube lets you instantly find the right shade. The gold cap and YSL detailing bring a bit of elegance to the product. The curved doe foot applicator is very unique, but to be honest I'm not sure that the curved design makes it any more effective. 

YSL Full Metal Shadow in 1 Grey Splash

This cream shadow formula is made of 40% water, so it feels quite cool on your skin. It does feel a bit wet for about 30 seconds before it sets. I was expecting this formula to be high impact, full coverage colour, so I was surprised to find that it's actually quite sheer. I also find that I can't use multiple layers, since the wet formula doesn't build well, and multiple layers causes creasing. So, this is definitely a product that I would use as a powder shadow base, unless you're a fan of a more sheer shadow look. The shade Grey Splash is a pretty steel grey with a metallic finish. I love that this shade is unique, but it can still be used as a part of a daily make up look. 

YSL Full Metal Shadow in 1 Grey Splash

YSL Full Metal Shadow in 1 Grey Splash

All in all, YSL's new Full Metal Shadows are a unique product, but I still think that I prefer the ease and convenience of a cream shadow stick. This formula from YSL was too sheer for my liking, and the formula can't be built up with multiple coats. At $32 CAD, I definitely expected a bit more of a punch. This isn't a bad product by any means, but it's not something that I would recommend running out and picking up every shade of!

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Sunday, 5 July 2015

THEFACESHOP FACE IT GEL Touch Nail Polish in GL 111

My wedding is under 2 months away, and I'm starting to think about what nail polish I want to wear on the big day. My wedding colours are mint green and gold, so I was thinking that a shimmery gold polish would be perfect! I've been testing out THEFACESHOP's FACE IT GEL Touch Nail Polish in GL 111*, which is a shimmery, glittery, gold polish with a super shiny finish!

THEFACESHOP FACE IT GEL Touch Nail Polish in GL 111

"From pool parties to festivals, vacations to beach bumming – there’s no better time to break out your blindingly bright polishes then the summer season. Make sure you mani lasts through hot summer days to long summer nights with THEFACESHOP’s FACE IT GEL Touch Nail Polish.

These fast-drying, hard-wearing shades glide on for easy-to-achieve flawless coverage that will leave your fingers looking fresh all summer long. $7.00"

THEFACESHOP FACE IT GEL Touch Nail Polish in GL 111

This polish has a fairly thin consistency, despite the "GEL Touch" name. This formula dried pretty quickly, which makes me really happy! I had to use three coats for a mostly opaque finish. This polish looks a lot more opaque in real life than it does it photos. However, I still do wish that it was completely opaque, and it'd be even better if it only took 2 coats for that to happen! GL 111 is a yellow gold colour, and it's exactly what I would expect from a glittery gold polish!

So, will I be wearing this nail polish on my wedding day? Probably not. It's not that I don't like this polish, it's just that I want something a bit more opaque for my special day! I do love super shiny and quick drying formula, so it's still a line that I would definitely recommend that you check out!

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Saturday, 4 July 2015

ChapStick MixStix Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Happy Saturday and Fourth of July to all of my American friends! & to all of my Canadian friends, I hope you're all enjoying what's left of the Canada Day long weekend - I know I am! Today I have a really fun product to share with you - ChapStick's MixStix Strawberry Banana Smoothie! I'm a bit of a lip balm fiend, so when I first heard about this new formula I was super excited! I love anything banana scented, and the scent of this lip balm does not disappoint...

ChapStick MixStix Strawberry Banana Smoothie
  • An ultra-hydrating, two-sided lip balm with Strawberry on one side and Banana on the other
  • Use each flavor individually, or mix ‘em together to create Strawberry Banana Smoothie
  • Provides 8 hours of moisturization with 11 moisturizers including Aloe" - ChapStick
ChapStick MixStix Strawberry Banana Smoothie

This ChapStick is dual ended, with one side having a strawberry scent, and the other having a banana scent. The banana scent is my favourite - you can find strawberry scented products everywhere, but banana is a bit harder to come by! You can use either side on its' own, or you can mix them together to get a Strawberry Banana Smoothie scent! I typically just use one side at a time, since you really can't smell the lip balm after you've applied it. 

ChapStick MixStix Strawberry Banana Smoothie

While I absolutely love the scents of these balms, I do find the formula a bit thin. If you have dry lips, you'll definitely need something a bit more intensive. The scent of these MixStix is definitely the selling point, and I'm a bit disappointed that they don't have a creamier formula. I only get 45 minutes to an hour of hydration from this lip balm, which definitely isn't ideal. 

ChapStick MixStix Strawberry Banana Smoothie

So, I have mixed feelings on ChapStick's MixStix! While the scents are incredible, the formula is just a bit too thin for my liking. Overall, this is a really fun product - I absolutely love the dual ended packaging - but don't expect the advertised 8 hours of moisturization! 

Have you tried out ChapStick's MixStix yet? What two flavours/scents would you like to see come together in one dual ended balm?

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Thursday, 2 July 2015

YSL Vernis À Lèvres Pop Water Glossy Stain in 203 Eau De Corail

One of my all-time favourite beauty products are YSL's Glossy Stains, but now I'm also loving their new Vernis À Lèvres Pop Water Glossy Stains! Today I have the shade 203 Eau De Corail* to share with you, which is a pretty peachy pink with the high-shine of a gloss and the lasting power of a stain.

YSL Vernis À Lèvres Pop Water Glossy Stain in 203 Eau De Corail

"Dive into the newest wave of lip color with these long-lasting color and shine Glossy Stains. Each is now boosted by a 10-hour hydration effect for a refreshing splash of moisture along with the vibrant burst of sheer color. The formula glides onto the lips thanks to its high-performance applicator with an extra flat shape and fine tip for perfect dosage and application. This life-proof gloss is available just in time for summer." - Sephora

YSL Vernis À Lèvres Pop Water Glossy Stain in 203 Eau De Corail

YSL sure know how to do luxurious packaging - and at $38 CAD a pop, I expect nothing less. The tube is black, with one side having a see through section, making finding the right colour super easy. The gold cap is pretty to look at, but to be honest it does have a cheap plasticy feel to it. The slanted doe foot applicator really hugs my lips, making application a breeze!

YSL Vernis À Lèvres Pop Water Glossy Stain in 203 Eau De Corail

Shade 203 Eau De Corail is a light peachy pink with a fairly sheer formula. I used two layers, which left me with a nice wash of colour, but it's definitely not opaque. I absolutely love the glossy finish from this formula, and it's super hydrating! The original line is also quite moisturizing, but these are even more so. I get about 6-7 hours of colour from this formula - not the advertised 10, but I still think that 6-7 hours is impressive. Once this colour sets, it doesn't transfer very easily, so you can feel free to eat, drink, kiss, etc., without having to immediately reapply.

YSL Vernis À Lèvres Pop Water Glossy Stain in 203 Eau De Corail

YSL Vernis À Lèvres Pop Water Glossy Stain in 203 Eau De Corail

Have you tried any of YSL's new Vernis À Lèvres Pop Water Glossy Stains? If so, I'd love to hear how you like them, and which shades you've tried out! :)

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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Hard Candy Glow All the Way Ombre Baked Blush in Punch

As a highlighter fiend, I got super excited when I first got my hands on Hard Candy's Glow All the Way Ombre Baked Blush in Punch*! I haven't tried a ton from Hard Candy, but after trying this highlighter/blush, I definitely need to explore the brand further!

Hard Candy Glow All the Way Ombre Baked Blush in Punch

"Baked ombre blush gives your cheeks allover warmth and glow. The ulta-light, micronized pigments are infused with radiance enhancing pearls and blend effortlessly into the skin to enhance skintone and give you a natural looking finish." - Hard Candy
Hard Candy Glow All the Way Ombre Baked Blush in Punch

The packaging of this highlighter is pretty simple - clear and white plastic. I absolutely love the white and pink ombre effect of the powder, and when everything is swirled together you're left a shimmery silvery pink. The shimmers are finely milled and don't look too over the top on my cheek bones. This shade of highlighter pairs really well with most of my blushes - silver toned highlights are my favourite! I do find that I have to reapply after about 6 hours, but that's fairly normal for powder highlighters. 

Hard Candy Glow All the Way Ombre Baked Blush in Punch

For a drugstore highlighter, I think that this option from Hard Candy is a great pick! This is technically called a baked blush, but it's definitely a highlighter, in my opinion. There's another shade in the Ombre Baked Blush line called Sunburst which looks a bit pinker, and I'd love to try that one out too! 

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