Maybelline's Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks ($7.99) are moisturizing lipsticks with sheer, but buildable, colour. I decided to purchase Lilac Flush because I find there aren't too many purple drugstore lipsticks out there.
Lilac Flush is a gorgeous light purple that doesn't apply cakey. I find some lighter coloured lipsticks tend to sit in lip creases, resulting in cracks of opaque colour on the lips.
The first swatch is with one layer and the second is two layers of the lipstick. Definitely buildable with great colour payoff. I personally wouldn't consider this a lipstick though, I find it similar to Rimmel's Colorburst Lip Butters - but the hydrating qualities is just a bonus!
Do you like purple lipstick? Let me know in the comments below!
CBB's featured brand for this month is Make Up For Ever. Make Up For Ever has so many great products, but the one that stands out to me the most is their Ultra HD Foundation ($50).
|Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation in N127 Sand Beige|
I'm not a fan of liquid foundation - my skin just can't take it. it breaks out, becomes an oil slick, or both. I also don't like when my foundation sticks to my glasses - sigh-. BUT, the one liquid foundation I will swear by is this one.
The reason I purchased this foundation was for my sisters wedding, which was in the middle of July and was going to be a day long event. I was out at 6am that day, running back and forth throughout the Greater Toronto Area - tea ceremonies, photo shoots, Church, more photo shoots and finally the dining hall - praying that my foundation would stay put. The night ended around midnight and let me tell you, my skin looked almost as good as when I left the house - just a tad bit oilier. The best part, I didn't touch it up once. Not even with a blotting tissue - nada!
|This photo was taken at the dinner hall - a full 12 hours of staying on my face|
|A full pump of foundation|
|Foundation applied to the right half|
The foundation comes with a pump dispenser with half a pump being enough for a thin layer of foundation. With that being said, I wouldn't say this foundation was full coverage - it definitely can be if you build the layers, but I find one thin layer is enough to give a natural finish.
You can see from the photos above the beautiful finish and coverage of the foundation. It's not shiny, rather it gives a semi matte look without being cake-y. When swatching the foundation, I applied some of the foundation on my face and I had forgotten how amazing it was for hot summer days - I like to save this foundation for special events instead of day to day wear, but now that idea seems silly since it holds up so well.
What's your favourite foundation?
Guest post from Vancouver Eyeshadow Addict:
Pretty much all things Charlotte Tilbury are overpriced, but SO worth it
Pretty much all things Charlotte Tilbury are overpriced, but SO worth it
Caption: How I feel when I’m doing my makeup with Charlotte Tilbury products
This summer, I tried my first Charlotte Tilbury product, a cream eyeshadow called Bette. I blinked, and a month and half later, my makeup storage is becoming a problem, my bank account hates me, and I love her stuff SO MUCH. I now have 18 pieces. But we won’t talk about that.
Today I’d just like to tell you about my very favourite piece from Charlotte’s collection, the Vintage Vamp Luxury Palette, and all its gloriousness. Like all of Charlotte’s palettes, it’s a colour-coded quad that you can take “from desk to dusk” depending on how many of the shades you wear. (I explain this in more detail in my review of her Dolce Vita Luxury Palette.) Note, though, that I never follow the rules: I slap on the prime, enhance, smoke and pop shades for a day at the office, because why not? There’s so much beauty in this little palette, and I want to enjoy all of it.
I’ve been reaching for this and my other Charlotte Tilbury pieces pretty much non-stop for the last month. I’m in love. But let’s be real for a second: Her palettes are not a bargain. For about the price of one of the Naked palettes, you get four eyeshadows. But my lovelies, they are so chic and so beautiful. They make my heart go ba-boom, ba-boom. And when something speaks to you like that, it’s worth the $64 Canadian. Am I right?
Here’s what you get (clockwise from the top left, below):
· Prime shade: A pale, shimmery, creamy lavender
· Enhance shade: A satiny wine-burgundy
· Smoke shade: A satiny eggplant
· Pop shade: A metallic, glittery gold
Caption: Charlotte Tilbury Vintage Vamp Luxury Palette.
Caption: Vintage Vamp swatches, bottom to top: Prime, Enhance, Pop, and Smoke.
You should know that I found there was a bit of a learning curve with these. The shadows aren’t quite what you might expect, so I have a few tips:
1) Don’t expect full opacity in one swipe.
I’m perfectly content with the fact that these shadows aren’t the most pigmented on the market. I find the bit of sheerness makes them easier to blend, and it gives me more options: I can sheer the colours out or build them up.
2) Do use the prime shade to prime.
You’re meant to start by applying the prime shade all over your lid from lash line to brow bone. When you do this, the shadows pretty much blend themselves.
3) Do use your finger to apply the pop shade, and build.
You’ll be frustrated if you try to apply the glittery pop shade with a brush and achieve full opacity. You’re meant to push it over another colour with your finger for some sparkle—much like Bobbi Brown’s glitter shadows. With a little patience, you can get some good intensity. I love it.
4) The brush matters! Keep trying until you find one that works.
Initially, when I started with my standard MAC 239 and 217, I was frustrated with the amount of fallout I experienced with these shadows. Somehow, the brushes either picked up too much product or didn’t hold on to it properly. (Tapping or patting the brushes off helped a little, but I still wasn’t satisfied.) So I went in search of a better tool: a brush that resembled Charlotte’s blending brush (which she uses for these shadows) but didn’t cost $40. I landed on the Sephora Pro Tapered Crease Brush 19, and it’s perfection! It’s softer and denser than my MAC brushes, which I think makes the difference. I use the brush slightly differently for each step, and I can work out a whole look with it—without fallout. (The glitter shade is an exception, but that’s to be expected. Do your concealer after your eyeshadow.) I sometimes need to go in with a clean blending brush at the end just to blend it all together, but that’s it! Let this be a lesson: The right tools are key.
Here’s a look I came up with:
Here’s the rest of what I’m wearing for this look (brace yourselves; it’s a long list):
· MAC Face and Body Foundation (N1 and White) mixed with Pro Longwear Concealer (NW20)
· Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown
· Prestige Brow Perfection Revitalizing Clear Brow Gel
· NARS Loose Powder in Flesh (everywhere but under eyes)
· Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow
· Charlotte Tilbury Chic to Cheek Blusher in Love is the Drug
· Charlotte Tilbury The Classic Eye Powder Pencil in Audrey (Note: In a previous review, I said I didn’t like this product. I’ve changed my tune: Sharpening it before use makes all the difference.)
· MAC in In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara
· Clinique Lash Power Mascara
· Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in 208P
What do you think of this look? Have you tried any of Charlotte’s products? Do you think they’re worth the splurge? Let me know in the comments!
Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel polishes are just fantastic. I love the new gel polishes rolling out that don't need a UV light to cure them.
This week, I'm wearing 370 Sugar Fix - a lovely pastel periwinkle blue. It applies opaque without streaks or creases. I dotted my accent nail using a dotting tool and white nail polish - alternatively, you could use a toothpick for the dots.
Just over a month ago, I, along with some other bloggers, joined in a Finish Five by Fall tag.
I... have been a bad girl. I have been trying to use these products daily (key word: trying) but never realized how much product these actually have!
1. Covergirl Clean Oil Control Pressed Powder - I was using this daily for a couple weeks, but then I broke out horribly and decided to give my skin a break. The amount of pan visible is greater now, progress! However, I think I will be tossing this at the end of the tag - it may or may not have caused my breakout.
2. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara - I can't even tell how much I've used so far, but I have been using it!
3. Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner - This is probably the hardest to finish, with a couple swipes on my eyes, this product is lasting forever.
4. Rimmel Hide the Blemish Concealer - A creamy concealer was not a good choice for the sweltering heat here in Toronto this summer. This too will be tossed at the end of the tag.
5. CO Bigelow Apothecaries Vitamin Mentha Lip Balm (discontinued) - I will finish you! One day...
Bonus: Escada Born in Paradise - PROGRESS!!! I've spritzed enough that the bottle is filled just above the Escada logo - it was about 7/8 full when I started.
Although my goals now seem unrealistic, I'm still going to keep trying! Maybe I need to start a Panning Booty Camp.
What product do you run of out the most?