Birthday look with Lise Watier fall 2014 Feline collection

Lise Watier feline collection review and swatches

My birthday was last week and I created a look with Lise Watier’s fall 2014 Feline collection (reviewed here). Lise Watier’s products have been long-time favourites of mine and I believe this is the 3rd birthday in the last 4 years where I’ve used Lise Watier products to create my makeup look.

Lise Watier feline collection review and swatches

I prepped my skin with Mereadesso All-In-One Moisturizer and used Make Up For Ever HD foundation as my base (reviews coming soon!). On my eyes, I used the Feline eyeshadow quartet – light pink shade as an all over wash of colour, taupe colour to line and define my lashline, bronze shade in my crease, and the light champagne shade to highlight.

I used my HG eyeliner, the Anna Sui liquid liner to line my upper lash line. After curling my lashes, I applied one coat of Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara to help maintain my curl, and created volume and length with Anna Sui Perfect Mascara.

Lise Watier feline collection review and swatches

On my cheeks, I used my favourite cream blush formula – the Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 220, and finished off my lips with the Lise Watier Velvet Lip Lacquer in Rouge.

The lipstick managed to last at full coverage for about 4 hours, but did not make it through dinner. It left me with a stain that was a lot more manageable and natural to end off the night. I can also attest that the lipstick is transfer proof, AKA kiss proof. Obviously any extreme wiping will smudge it, but anything with a light touch (sipping water, etc.), will not get lipstick transfer on it.

Lise Watier feline collection review and swatches

Swatches + review: Lise Watier fall 2014 Feline collection

Lise Watier feline fall 2014 swatches and review

Lise Watier‘s new releases always tend to blow me out of the water in terms of the quality. Especially, their fall collections, with their rich, warm-toned colours, usually end up being my favourite fall collections of all the beauty brands. This year is no exception with the Feline collection, a jungle cat-inspired collection that is the definition of bold and glam. I have some select products from the collection reviewed and swatched below.

Lise Watier feline fall 2014 swatches and review

The two star products of the collection are the Feline eyeshadow quartet ($36), and the Velvet Lip Lacquer ($23), both housed in beautiful leopard print packaging. The Feline eyeshadow palette is truly an amazing product – all four shades swatch super pigmented, smooth, with almost a pseudo-cream texture. With almost a metallic finish, they are great for work or play, and are super versatile for whether you want to create a more neutral or smokey look.

Lise Watier velvet lip lacquer in rouge fall 2014

The Velvet Lip Lacquer in Rouge is a beautiful blue-based red in a smooth, matte, liquid lipstick formula. It applies super easily with the sponge-tip applicator, or if you want a more precise application, with a lip brush.

Lise Watier 24 hour glam eyeshadow fall 2014

In addition, Lise Watier is releasing a 24 Hour Glam Eyeshadow crayon stick that is available in 6 rich shades. You can apply it straight from the stick and blend with your fingers, for a super convenient application. Once it dries down, it basically sticks and doesn’t budge until you remove it with makeup remover. It also comes with a sharpener that attaches very nicely to the end of the packaging.

Lise Watier feline eyeliner in brown fall 2014

Lastly, the cult classic Feline eyeliner is now available in a very natural brown! Apparently one Feline eyeliner in the original black is sold every 30 minutes in Canada, so it was just natural that they release a brown shade as well. Unfortunately I’m not a huge fan of this eyeliner because I found the felt applicator to be a bit too stiff for my liking, and also due to my oil lids, the colour didn’t stay put and transferred and bled to the rest of my eyelid after an hour or so. I do know most people who’ve tried the Feline eyeliner really like it, so I’m likely in the minority.

My recommendations? The Feline eyeshadow quartet, the Velvet Lip Lacquer, and the 24 Hour Glam Eyeshadow stick.

Swatches (left to right: Feline eyeliner in brown, Feline eyeshadow quartet, Velvet Lip Lacquer in Rouge, 24 Hour Glam Eyeshadow Stick)

Lise Watier feline fall 2014 swatches and review

 

Lise Watier fall 2014 Feline collection is available August at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, and other locations where Lise Watier products are sold.

Thoughts + swatches: Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm and Matte Balm

Revlon lacquer balm in enticing and matte balm in standout review and swatches

I am soooo late on the Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm and Matte Balm train. I received these back in February and promptly fell in love, but I didn’t get around to writing about them until now.

I’m a huge fan of the original Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, and was very happy to learn that Revlon had released a glossy Lacquer version and a Matter version. The large crayon-like applicators are extremely easy to use for precision application. Especially with the Matte Balm, you can use it to line your lips first then fill in with the same product.

The Lacquer Balm is a glossy, thick stain that applies semi-sheer but can be built up for more intense colour. The colour “Enticing” is a beautiful red gloss, but it applies a little patchy, and you have to do a bit of massaging for it to come out more even. It is a very natural-looking stain, and is great for daytime wear.

The Matte Balm delivers pigmented colour in a matte finish with just one swipe, and the colour stays on all night through food and drinks. The colour “Standout” is a gorgeous blue-based red that’s rich in colour and texture. I’m generally not a fan of matte lipsticks because I have dry lips to begin with, but the Matte Balm is not drying at all, nor does it settle into lip lines or any dryness I have on my lips.

If I had to choose between the original Balm Stain, the Matte Balm, or the Lacquer Balm, I’d go Balm Stain > Matte Balm > Lacquer Balm. The Balm Stain is still my favourite overall because it delivers beautiful colour, and is also the most natural looking without any effort.

You can purchase Revlon Lacquer Balm and Matte Balm at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, or anywhere that sells Revlon.

Swatches:

Revlon lacquer balm in enticing and matte balm in standout review and swatches

Experience review: Skoah Power Facial

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I recently booked a facial with Skoah, a Vancouver-based skin care company. Their motto is “personal training for your skin,” and I don’t think you can describe their services any better; Skoah focuses on skincare personalized for your needs. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I booked the service because I’ve had facials before and they were all mediocre at best, even when using my favourite products such as ones from the Dermalogica brand. At worst, I’ve come out with cystic acne, at best, my skin was just dry at the end, but the Skoah facial was definitely rave-worthy.

The following review contains rambles, but the short version is that my skin has never felt smoother, more plump, and more glowy. My pores are nearly invisible, my skin looks calm and there’s no redness in sight (after the redness from the extractions has subsided), and it just looks incredibly healthy.

My facial at the Skoah Yaletown location started off with a short consultation with Ashley, my skin trainer. She asked me what were my skin’s major concerns, and then gave me a short description of what she plans on doing. My Power Facial also included a head and shower massage, in addition to the facial, so it was a really nice treat for the end of a work day.

Ashley started off by cleansing my skin and removing my makeup with the Kleansing Lotion. I have dehydrated skin and Ashley said I should use a lotion or cream-based cleanser interchanged with a foaming cleanser, instead of a foaming cleanser all the time like I am doing now. The Kleansing Lotion removed all traces of foundation from my skin, as well as most of my mascara. She followed by toning my skin with Tonik, a pH balancing toner which is cooling and refreshing.

After cleansing and prepping the skin, Ashley used the AHA Mask to clear off all the dead skincells from my skin. I normally don’t use mask-based chemical exfoliators because my skin is relatively sensitive and a mask-based chemical exfoliator may cause more redness. While this one tingled and stung a bit at the beginning, it didn’t leave my skin feeling dry or extra sensitive.

After exfoliating, Ashley calmed my skin down with more Tonik, and then proceeded to do gentle extractions on my skin. She used rubber gloves (must haves!) and gently squeezed my skin to extract all the trapped oil and gunk in my pores. While it was painful, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought. She followed the extraction with more toner to calm the skin down.

Next, Ashley used a combination of the Kalm Down Mask and the Hydradew Mask on my skin to replace the moisture, and to plump up my skin. She massaged the two masks on my face and after a few minutes, it was removed with a hot damp towel (it felt SO good). Ashley finished off by applying Eye Kandy to the contours of my eyes, Kontrol Serum to control the sensitivity and redness in my skin, more of that Hydradew Mask as a moisturizing serum (it’s water soluble so it can be used right underneath moisturizer, like a leave-on mask!), and Dewlux Face Kream Lite 30 with sun protection so that my skin is protected when I leave there.

I am absolutely hooked on the Skoah facials. While they are relatively pricey, I could see benefits after just one treatment (not like other places who claim you need 5-10 treatments to see effects). I can definitely see myself returning, especially before important events just to perk up my skin a bit more.

Have you tried Skoah before? What were your thoughts?

Skoah facial review

Photos from the Skoah website

 

Limited edition – Guerlain Rouge G in 864 Rose Grenat… engraved with my name!

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The moment I saw that Guerlain was releasing the Rouge G in the limited edition rose lacquer case in 864 Rose Grenat, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Holt Renfrew was doing a special promotion where you can get your name engraved at no additional cost with any purchase of a Rouge G, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to purchase it.

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The lacquer case is metal with a beautiful pink overspray of paint, so when the letters were engraved, it rubbed off the top layer of pain to reveal the silver metal underneath. Definitely collector worthy!

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