New Year’s Bling

If there’s ever one time of year when it’s appropriate to bust out the sparkle, it’s definitely New Year’s Eve. Since that’s coming up soon, I thought I’d share with you my picks for adding that sparkle, radiance and glow into your routine for the night.

Starting with skincare, time to slough off those dead skin cells with the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, which smells delicious while helping to smooth and brighten your skin. Feeling tired under the eyes from the stress of the holidays? Pop on the Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels for ten minutes and voila, undereye puffiness is gone. For the body, I’m not too fond of actual shimmer, but using a body oil can give the skin a lovely glow – my pick is the L’Occitane Almond Smoothing and Beautifying Supple Skin Oil, which again, smells yummy, and moisturizes the skin wonderfully.

For makeup, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light is a no-brainer for all over the face. To amp up the glow, why not add some of MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle? It sounds subtle, but there are definite particles of shimmer and glitter, which make it perfect for a night out. For the eyes, nothing beats a cream formula that glimmers and lasts all night. My picks are Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick in Rosegold, Gosh Forever Eyeshadow in Light Copper, and LOC ❤ Tati’s One & Done Shadow Stick in Day Trip, which is a burnished deep gold.

Lastly, for the lips, I’ve chosen a pretty neutral one, but it’s still got gold shimmer running through it – the Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss in Honey.

What are your picks for getting your glow on for New Year’s?


Gold Holiday Eyes

It is absolutely no secret around here that I love a warm-toned, neutral eye. I sport one all year round. But when it comes to the holidays, I go even crazier for gold-tones, if such a thing were possible. I’ve got 5 picks here – and they’re all quite similar – my ideal for a gold eyeshadow is to be clearly gold (vs. champagne or rosegold), but not too yellow. Also, since it’s the holidays, the sparkle is great, but I hate chunky glitter as I find it both hard to apply and not very natural-looking.

The first three I am loving come from palettes – Honey Pot from Too Faced’s Natural Eyes Collection is my ideal powder formula for a gold. It’s creamy, metallic and a beautiful colour. This is one of my favourites and it’s very well-loved! Next is the shade Undiscovered, from Lorac’s Unzipped Palette, which is my oldest eyeshadow palette, but is still being used on a daily basis. Undiscovered is a little more muted and less intense than Honey Pot, which makes it great for daily wear. My last palette fave is from my new love, Half Baked from the Urban Decay Naked Palette. It is an absolutely divine shade, which is just the slightest bit less bright than Honey Pot, but is a great everyday gold as well.

From the cream side, there’s no point in spending too much time talking about the Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color in Gilt, which I wore practically every single day in the summer. It’s easy, beautiful and the perfect metallic gold. Too feel extra festive, I’d recommend using Gilt as a base and then sweeping some of Honey Pot on top……….. overkill? Never.

Lastly, there is the ELF Smudge Pot in Back to Basics. This one is bit darker than the rest and leans almost bronze-y, like an antique gold. It’s beautiful and another great one for layering.

What is your favourite gold eyeshadow and what eye look do you plan on rocking over the holidays?

Getting Naked! Part 2

O. m. g. shut the front door – the impossible has finally happened… the Urban Decay Naked palette is mine!

Ever since I discovered the high-end beauty world and the shrine that is Sephora, I’ve been lusting after this guy, but was never able to justify spending the money. Not that anything has changed, per se, as I actually ‘purchased’ this using Shoppers Optimum Points recently (I had $100 worth to spend), so all I had to pay was sales tax. The first couple weeks after I got it, I let it sit in its box because I was too afraid of ruining the beauty of the perfect palette. Now that I’ve finally come to my senses and had a chance to use it a few times, I can definitely say what a zillion other people have said: this palette is amazing! The shadows are buttery and smooth and really pigmented. I haven’t tried every single colour yet, but my go-tos, unsurprisingly, are Sin, Naked or Half Baked all over the lid and Buck and Smog in the crease. I could probably get away with using Naked as a transition colour as well, but need to play with this more.

The palette comes with a double-ended brush, which I haven’t used yet, and little sample packets of each of UD’s four eyeshadow primers. It says each one will ‘last a week’ but I’m pretty sure with the tiny amount that you actually need, each one will last me more than a couple of months!

All in all, I’m really pleased with this addition to my eyeshadow collection, and now that I own enough eyeshadow to last a small town several lifetimes, I really need to stop purchasing makeup.

Do you own any of the Urban Decay Naked palettes? Which is your favourite and which is your favourite shade?

Winter Moisture and Radiance

I’ve been on a skincare kick recently, due to the real settling in of winter recently. We’ve been lucky this year – it hasn’t been too cold or windy most days, so I’ve been able to delay the onset of flaky and dull skin.

Despite having normally very oily/combo skin, I definitely do tend to get dry patches during this time of year, usually around the nose, on the tops of my cheeks and sometimes even my eyelids (gross). To make things worse, my t-zone is still oily. It’s a wonderful combination………….not. So to keep things looking a bit plumper and brighter around these parts, there are a few products I immediately go to when I’m feeling the colder temperatures.

The first one I’ll quickly mention since I’ve talked about it at length here and here. The Laneige Water Sleeping Mask is my go-to, nighttime moisturizer every single night, but it’s light enough to use during the daytime as well. If you have oily skin, this is a must for keeping your skin hydrated, end of story. If I’m feeling like I need something extra moisturizing, I occasionally reach for the GlamGlow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment, which is a bit of a thicker, creamier consistency that has a lovely coconut scent. It definitely helps with the moisturizing, but it’s something I’d confine to using at night.

Another one that is great for nighttime is the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Overnight Mask, which is supposed to brighten and hydrate the skin overnight. It definitely hydrates, and it stings a tiny bit going on where I have blemishes or dry patches, which may not mean anything at all, but always makes me think it’s doing something about my problem areas! Another helpful brightener is the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, which I mostly use as a 15-minute mask to soothe and hydrate the skin if it’s feeling irritated.

What are your favourite moisturizing treatments during the winter?

New Additions to My Skincare Routine

My original love of beauty products started with skincare, so it’s no surprise that I’m always adding things and trying new products in search of the [likely unattainable] holy grail skincare routine. The three latest additions have been a bit of a mixed bag, but overall, I’m pleased to have tried them.

As you can see, two of them are actually makeup removers – I had been dying to try the Simple Micellar Water, which I’d been hearing about and could possibly rival the much more expensive Bioderma, which I have tried in the past. But micellar waters aren’t generally my makeup remover of choice due to the amount of waterproof eye makeup I wear on a daily basis. However, I figured it would be a good idea to have a bottle of the stuff around for morning refreshers before going to the gym, without having to go through the whole fuss of a proper face wash. The other use I found is on occasion when I’ve been out all day and my foundation feels like it needs a refresher because I’m going out again later on, I’ll take a cotton round and remove any face makeup, keep my eyes done and then just re-apply a bit of moisturiser and redo my face makeup. It works a treat and this makes everything feel much fresher without having to pull out the real heavy duty makeup remover, which at the moment, is my Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil. This is another find from Winners, and I’ve been using it for about a month now to remove any makeup. It does work great at removing my waterproof eyeliner and mascara, and it smells amazing, like oranges – almost exactly like the Body Shop’s Satsuma scent, if you’ve smelt that before. My one gripe is that compared to the Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Oil, this one irritates my eyes. It doesn’t sting, but for a good couple hours after I use it, my eyes are itchy and uncomfortable. This isn’t a big enough problem that I won’t use it up, but this is definitely not a re-purchase.

The last item is the Boscia Clear Complexion Tonic. I’ve used the corresponding cleanser before, in years past, and I thought it was definitely time to try the toner, which I use morning and night. It’s got a lovely smell and feels really refreshing and wonderful on the skin, however I’m not sure it does anything on the clarifying front. Also, I find the spray very wasteful. This is not a cheap product, and whether you spray it directly onto the face, or you spray it onto a cotton pad beforehand, product gets misted everywhere. I probably won’t repurchase this one, but it’s lovely if you’re in the market for a new toner and your skin isn’t too problematic.

Have you tried any of these products and what did you think?

Luxury Eyeshadow … Worth the Splurge?

I love me some eyeshadow. You’ll already know that I have tons of the stuff but can’t seem to get around to using it fast enough. So I decided that one way I would be more motivated to use it is to do a ‘one-colour wash’, where it won’t take much time to apply, and it’ll look good all day without having to fuss around with tons of shades and brushes. My ideal type of colour for this is a light-medium shimmery shade that isn’t too far off from my natural skin tone and I can quickly dab on with my fingers if needed.

In search of the perfect one-colour wash, I recently hauled the Burberry Eye Colour – Wet & Dry Glow Shadow in No. 003 Shell, which is a gorgeous champagne shade with shimmer running through it. The packaging is sheer luxury – weighty and magnetic, with a velvet pouch – even the cardboard box it came in was fancy, all of which one should expect when paying a painful $33 CAD for a single eyeshadow. I can definitely see what all the hype is about and why people collect them (although I can’t imagine spending almost $70 and only having two eyeshadows to show for it) – the formula is lovely. Soft, but not too soft, practically no fallout and it blends really nicely. I can quickly apply this with my fingertips or a brush in the morning, and be done, or if I’m feeling really fancy, I can blend a deeper shade into the crease. Otherwise, this is a one and done product.

I haven’t tried it wet yet, since I’m pretty sure the effect would be far too shimmery for work. Maybe for a special occasion I will try it, but this is definitely a worth-the-splurge product if you’re into eyeshadow. I can see myself using this everyday and all year round, which is exactly what you want in a product on which you’ve dropped some serious cash. Will I be buying another? Perhaps, but not any time soon.

Have you tried any Burberry eyeshadow or other makeup? What did you think?