Friday, April 20, 2012

The Universal Compact

Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte Natural Finish Pressed Powder is definitely a mouthful to say but it is one of the nicest pressed powders I have tried. 

The finely textured translucent powder leaves behind a matte and soft finish that feels comfortable on the skin and lasts all day. The powder acts like a light loose powder but is an easy to use pressed compact. 

To be honest, I purchased this powder for the compact itself seeing as it is so sleek and pretty and I just felt compelled to have a Chanel compact in my makeup bag. It was really no surprise that I fell in love with the product since I have always loved Chanel's cosmetics.

It is a great setting powder but I mostly use it for touchups and oil control throughout the day. 

The only downside is the minimal amount of shades it is available in (only 4) but it does transfer pretty sheer on the skin so you shouldn't have a problem finding a colour match.

If you're in need of a pretty pressed powder compact, definitely give these a try.  

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Autumn Nails

All summer long I have been wearing bright colors on my nails but I have slowly started to move away from all the pretty pastel shades and opt for some more fall appropriate colors...

Chanel Graphite - A shimmery steel grey with silver glitter

Essie Chinchilly -  A muted grey/brown shade 

Deborah Lippmann Naked - The perfect nude 

Chanel Peridot - A metallic green/gold color that looks different in every light

Essie Aruba Blue - A metallic sapphire blue
What are you wearing on your nails this fall?


As the weather is getting cooler my beauty routine has been changing along with the seasons. As my skin is losing its summer tan I have replaced my favorite bronzers with a bright pink cheek that gives a touch of warmth to my face while staying on trend for the fall season. 

Kim Kardashian shows off her glowing pink cheeks

Applied to the apples of your cheeks, a bright pink blush gives a pretty glow and really brightens up your face, especially on cold days when you never want to get out of bed. To make your skin look extra dewy and glowing, apply a highlighter to the top of your cheekbones and dust it up to your temples. 

Some of my favorite pink blushes include...

MAC Pink Swoon 
MAC Well Dressed 
NARS Desire 

Dior Amber Rose - a shimmery pink hued highlighter

Friday, August 12, 2011

Candy Dipped Hair

A few months ago I shared with you guys a new look that I had done to my hair, the ombre effect. 
Recently, many celebrities have been playing with this look and applying different colors to the tips of their hair instead of the typical blonde. 

I am loving these bright styles:

Rachel McAdams with pink highlights 

Lauren Conrad with a rainbow ombre

Sienna Miller dyed her hair a pinky orange hue

Kate Bosworth with blue ombre

Katy Perry recently went all pink!

My best friend Gill with her version of the Lauren Conrad inspired ombre - My fave!

This is definitely a bold look to try but so pretty for the summer, especially on blonde hair

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Face Off

Experimenting with new makeup products can lead to some amazing results but there are times when it can turn into a complete nightmare. I recently tried a new face primer and ended up breaking out really badly from it. I went into overdrive to help clear up my skin and get it back to normal.

I decided to try a face mask and chose the Clinique Acne Solutions Oil Control Cleansing Mask

This clay-based mask works to control oil, clear up and heal blemishes and breakouts and clean out pores. I apply the mask all over my face and leave it on for 5 minutes. After washing it off with warm water my skin feels clean and oil-free and I can instantly see that blemishes are slowly clearing up. The mask reduces any redness which leaves behind a much more even skin tone. The formula is very gentle and does not leave your skin feeling overly dry or tight and I have not had any irritation from it (and I have very sensitive skin). 

This mask helped clear up my skin in just over a week after applying it every other day. This is truly a life saving product and on top of clearing up my skin - it's only 20 bucks! A must-have product that I will definitely repurchase once I run out of this tube! 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Cover Me Up in Chanel

In the summer I don’t like wearing heavy makeup so I opt out foundation for a creamy, lightweight concealer that offers long lasting coverage. This is especially important to me since I do have oily skin and I need a concealer that will hold up not only to my oily skin but also to the added summer heat.

This summer I have been loving the Chanel Correcteur Perfection concealer. This concealer is a gel-based formula that has amazing staying power. I use it on any blemishes or redness on my face and it leaves behind a smooth and velvety finish. This is a great concealer for discoloration or acne prone skin because it really evens out your face leaving your skin looking naturally clear. It feels lightweight on your skin but is pigemented enough to cover any imperfections you want to hide without being heavy or cakey. I’ve used it on the hottest of summer days and it stays in place for hours without needing any touchups. A new favorite for sure!

Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara

I adore big, bold and thick lashes and have gone through what feels like hundreds of drugstore mascara’s to always be left disappointed. I find that I can never come across a formula that I really love and they are either too wet and sticky or end up being dry and flakey. 

Since I have always had such bad luck with drugstore formulas I have been using department store brands like Benefit and Dior. But at $25-$29 a pop, I felt that I was spending too much on a product that I use so much of and go through so quickly. I had almost given up on trying to find a cheaper alternative to my all time favorite Benefit BadGal Lash when I decided to give Revlon’s Grow Luscious formula a try.

The mascara claims to help your lashes grow stronger and I’m not exactly sold on that claim but the wand and formula are almost identical to BadGal Lash and DiorShow and instantly made my lashes longer and added full volume and thickness. The wand is large and is extremely lush, allowing your lashes to be coated easily and volume to be created. I was blown away with the results! The only complaint I have is that the formula does dry out rather quickly, but it stays useable for about a month and a half.

I believe that I can confidently say I have found my perfect drugstore mascara!