Review + swatches – Dior Summer 2018 Cool Wave collection

Dior Summer 2018 makeup collection review and swatches

I was super lucky to receive a few products from the Dior Summer 2018 Cool Wave collection to share with you. Dior’s summer collections usually tend to be similar to fashion’s resort collections, featuring bright colours and beautifully tanned skin.

The first two products I want to share are the Dior 5-Couleur Eye Shadows (C$73) in shades 367 Cool Down and 597 Heat Up. Cool Down is, of course, the blue-toned palette, featuring all shimmery shades of blue. Heat Up is a beautifully warm-toned palette featuring shimmery corals, gold, and warm browns.

For a blue-based eyeshadow palette, Cool Down is actually surprisingly beautiful. I used to be drawn to blue shadoww palettes way more when I was younger, but I’ve fallen out of love in the last few years. I’ve also owned a number of Dior blue shadow palettes and this one is probably the best quality I’ve seen in a few years. Normally Dior blues tend to be chalky, sheer, and not very blendable, whereas Cool Down applied and blended beautifully.

Heat Up is my absolute favourite though out of the entire collection. I was gawking at how beautiful the shades were, and how smooth and buttery it all applied. The burnt red-orange in the middle of the palette had a bit of gold flash as well, which worked very well to tie all the colours together. The one shade that was a low-performer was the highlight shade on the top right – Cool Down also had a similar highlight shade and it was also not the greatest.

Next, we have two new products, the Diorshow Cooling Sticks (C$41). These are creamy eyeshadow sticks that feel cooling upon application. The two shades I have are 001 Bronze Wave and 003 Fresh Pink. Bronze Wave is a pretty neutral-toned bronze, and Fresh Pink is a metallic cool-toned light pink. I love Bronze Wave as I can wear this on its own as a quick eye look – it blended so seamlessly to create an easy neutral eye. Fresh Pink is a bit too cool-toned and a bit too light for me so I don’t really use this as much on its own, but it does look nice as an inner corner highlight.

There are a few lip products to pick from to complement the eye look. The three formulas available this season are the Dior Lip Maximizer in a limited edition 011 Pool Blue shade, as well as the Dior Addict Lip Tattoo in four different shades, and the Dior Addict Lipstick in two shades. The Lip Maximizer (C$42) in the limited edition Blue Pool is really cool. Its a super sheer baby blue gloss with subtle shimmers, and it also has lip plumper properties. A few years ago, blue gloss was super popular and several brands released blue glosses, and I remember really wanting one to try. The blue tint helps your teeth look brighter, which is pretty cool. This gloss isn’t too sticky either, which is good for someone like me who isn’t too into gloss.

The Dior Addict Lip Tattoo (C$37) shade I have is 571 Cranberry, which is a really nice mauve-y dark pink. The other shades are 341 Litchi, 551 Watermelon, and 641 Orange. I love the Lip Tattoo formula – it is an incredible lip stain that feels cooling on the lips and leaves a stain that lasts all day, through meals. The Dior Addict Lipstick (C$44) comes in two shades – 040 White Splash and 411 Nude Chill. White Splash is the one I have and it’s a clear lipstick with mint extract and subtle blue shimmers, which again helps to plump the lips and brighten teeth.

For the nails, there are also three Dior Vernis (C$34) shades available 404 Splash, 541 Wizz and 894 Blop, in blue, orange-coral, and pink tones, respectively. Lastly, for your face, you can also upgrade your bronzer to the Diorskin Mineral Nude Bronze (C$58), available in four shades to suit most skin tones.

My top picks are the 5-Couleur Eye Shadow in 597 Heat Up, Diorshow Cooling Stick in Bronze Wave, and Dior Addict Lip Tattoo in 571 Cranberry. I would skip the Dior Addict Lipstick in White Splash since it’s basically just clear.

The Dior 2018 summer Cool Wave collection is available after April 13 in Canada, at Holt Renfrew, The Bay, Nordstrom, Shopper’s Drug Mart, and other places where Dior Beauty is sold.

P.S. My apologies for the quality of today’s photos. I could not find my SD card so I had to use my phone to take photos instead…

The swatches

5-Couleur Eye Shadow in 597 Heat Up

Dior Summer 2018 makeup collection review and swatches

5-Couleur Eye Shadow in 367 Cool Down

Dior Summer 2018 makeup collection review and swatches

Diorshow Cooling Stick in Bronze Wave and Fresh Pink, Lip Maximizer in Blue Pool, Dior Addict Lipstick in White Splash , and Dior Addict Lip Tattoo in 571 Cranberry

Dior Summer 2018 makeup collection review and swatches

Product provided for review consideration; opinions are my own.

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Brighten up your spring nails with CND Chic Shock

It’s no secret that CND Vinylux quickly made it as my favourite nail polish formula. This is the only formula I wear regularly now, and I’m loving the variety of shades that get introduced every season. For Spring 2018, CND releases Chic Shock, an Easter candy and K-beauty inspired collection that contains four beautiful pastel shades.

The four shades are :

  • Candied – a cool-toned baby pink creme
  • Taffy – a light turquoise mint creme
  • Jellied – a muted yellow creme
  • Gummi – a light violet creme

In the photo above, I’m wearing the Shellac equivalents of Candied, Taffy, and Jellied, dotted to look like a cute French manicure. It reminds me of candy, marshmallows, balloons, and Tsum Tsums at the same time! Thanks to Onyx Aesthetics Studio for the amazing manicure, as always.

In addition to the new shades, CND also revamped its bottle design, which correlates with its reformulation of the Vinylux formula. Vinylux now contains more conditioning oils to keep your nails healthy while still looking chic. The brush is also redesigned, featuring a wider and flatter brush that makes application super easy.

Vinylux polishes are super long lasting – I literally wear mine for 7-10 days and the only reason I need to remove and reapply is because of growth. I rarely get chipping, and the colour stays shiny throughout the entire time. You can now find CND Vinylux at Shoppers Drug Mart too, which is super convenient.

Chic Shock is now available wherever CND products are sold!

Products provided for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review + swatches – Guerlain Spring 2018 Glow with Love collection, featuring new Meteorites

Guerlain Spring 2018 Glow with Love collection review

I’m actually really surprised there isn’t much news on the internet about this collection because it is absolutely divine, and one of the more recent makeup releases that got me super excited. It seems like every spring, Guerlain releases new variations to its Meteorites collection – last year it was the 30th Anniversary Meteorites, in 2016 it was the new Meteorites Base and Meteorites Voyage, and in 2015 it was the Meteorites Baby Glow Foundation, Meteorites Perles de Blush, and the Meteorites Compact. Spring is such a perfect season to release these Meteorites products because they help to create beautiful, ethereal glow on the skin – think Arwen from Lord of the Rings. For Spring 2018, Guerlain is going a heart-theme and is introducing a brand new Meteorites product – the Heart Shape compact. In addition, there are five new lipsticks in the KissKiss range, called the KissKiss LoveLove lipsticks.

Guerlain Spring 2018 Meteorites Heart Shape Compact review and swatches

The Heart Shape Compact (C$71) is not just called that because of the heart on the cover of the compact, but also because it is meant to be used as a subtle contour palette to give you that cute heart-shaped face. The darker pink can be used as the contour along the edge of your face, with the lighter pink and light beige used as highlights on your cheekbone and nose to create dimension. This product reminds me of that Guerlain event I wrote about a few years ago about how Guerlain’s international makeup artist, Maxime Poulin used highlighters to contour the face. The cutesy theme makes me think this was probably designed with the Asian market in mind.

Guerlain Spring 2018 Meteorites Heart Shape Compact review and swatches

The Heart Shape Compact comes in one variation, which is really only good for those with fair or light skintones. If you have medium or dark skin tones, this would likely turn out ashy on you. For my light-medium skin tone, this works really well to highlight my face. The dark pink is a bit too sheer to do any true contouring a la Instagram, but it does subtly help to shape my face. As with any Meteorites product, the effect is very subtle and you don’t quite notice it specifically (i.e., wow I love your highlight), but you do notice that something is different (i.e., wow there’s something about your skin today…). If you’re lazy like me, you can also just use this like any other Meteorites product and swirl your brush over the entire thing and use it as a finishing powder. That is what I love using my Meteorites for as they do give you that ethereal, lit from within glow.

My biggest issue with this is how flimsy the packaging is. For a $71 product, they should be able to invest a bit more in the packaging. The compact is probably one the lightest and most flimsy of all of my Guerlain products, and even out of all of the luxury beauty products I own. Also, the actual powder pan fell out of the compact the first time I opened it, so it wasn’t glued on that well. I’m pretty disappointed with this in that sense.

Guerlain Spring 2018 KissKiss LoveLove lipstick in Coral and Beige review and swatches

The KissKiss LoveLove (C$44) lipsticks are super cute, albeit somewhat gimmicky. I’m a fan of Guerlain’s KissKiss lipsticks, especially the balmy ones (the KissKiss Roselip Hydrating & Plumping Tinted Lip Balm is one of my favourite go-to lipsticks for subtle lips). These LoveLove lipsticks are balmy and fantastic for dry lip girls like me. They are formulated with mango butter, commiphora oil, and hyaluronic spheres to help plump and protect your lips against dryness. The two shades I received are #570 KK Coral and #571 KK Beige. #570 Coral is my favourite of the two as it is a super flattering pink-coral. #571 Beige is a pretty beige-peach that’s more suitable on those with lighter skin tones. I also love the packaging, as it is very weighty (more weighty than the compact…), and comes in a beautiful iridescent pink colour.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, these heart-themed products can make fantastic gifts, in addition to some treat yo’ self gifts. My top pick is the KissKiss LoveLove lipsticks, especially in the all-flattering Coral shade.

Do any of these catch your eye?

The swatches

From left to right – KissKiss LoveLove lipstick in Coral and Beige, and the Meteorites Heart Shape Compact (individual shades then combined… it pretty much just melts into the skin!)

Guerlain Spring 2018 Meteorites Heart Shape Compact and KissKiss LoveLove lipstick in Coral and Beige review and swatches

Product provided by PR for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Metalissime Collection returns for Chinese New Year in a special set!

Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Metalissime Collection review and swatches

Hello, heart palpations. I first saw the Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Metalissime Collection last October when it was being introduced for the holiday season. It quickly sold out, of course, but I am so excited to be one of the first to let you know that this beautiful red and gold collection is coming back as a set for Chinese New Year, exclusively at Holt Renfrew Vancouver!

Priced at C$305, it includes all three products from the collection, all adorned in the limited edition metallic red packaging – Rouge Louboutin Metalissime Silky Satin Lip Color (normally C$120), Rouge Louboutin Metalissime Loubilaque Lip Lacquer (normally C$120), and Rouge Louboutin Metalissime Nail Color (normally C$65) – plus a chic limited edition metallic finished Shopeaks clutch (photo above provided by Louboutin Beauty PR).

Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Metalissime Collection review and swatches

I’ve previously reviewed the Louboutin Silky Satin Lip Color in Belly Bloom, and was super impressed by the opacity, wear time, and finish on my lips. The Metalissime Silky Satin Lipstick is equally, if not more impressive. It feels super lightweight on the lips, delivering a thin veil of colour that is still mostly opaque without any of the weight. My lips look plumper, and my lip lines are also smoothed. The Metalissime shade is a beautiful red-gold blend that is absolute perfection for the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities. I love how weighty the tube is as well, it’s made of metal and feels very substantial and luxurious in the tube with the red and gold packaging.

Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Metalissime Collection review and swatches

It was my first time trying out the Loubilaque Lip Lacquer (C$120), and I’m happy to have gotten it in the shade Metalissime. This is my favourite product in the collection, it just applies so beautifully with the most gorgeous colour saturation and finish. The Loubilaque is similar to a glossy liquid lipstick, with a completely opaque finish and a super high shine glossy lacquer finish. It’s not super heavy either, making it perfect for people who normally don’t love gloss (such as me…). Wear time is fantastic – it keeps its high shine finish for about 4 hours, through light drinking. After the glossy finish wears off, there is a bit of a red-gold stain that is left behind which wears for another few hours.  The pointed doe foot applicator does an amazing job at precise application, giving me super full lips that glisten with the light.

Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Metalissime Collection review and swatches

Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Metalissime Collection review and swatches

Lastly, we have the Metalissime Nail Color. Again it’s my first time trying Louboutin Nail Color, and I remember it being all the rage when it first came out. The applicator made this super easy to apply, and the metallic finish polish formula was super smooth. For the high price tag though, I’m not super impressed with the formula – even after nearly 3 hours of dry time, I went to bed and I still woke up with some bed wrinkles on my nails. It also isn’t the most glossy of polishes on its own, and definitely needs a high gloss top coat. After 24 hours of wear, there is already minor chipping at the tips, which is a bit disappointing for such an expensive polish.

The Louboutin Metalissim collection is available now exclusively as a beautiful set at Holt Renfrew Vancouver. I really love the Loubilaque and the Silky Satin Lipstick in the shades Metalissime, and I feel like it would make a fantastic Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one. The red and gold is so appropriate for Chinese New Year as well as any festive environment, such as Christmas, anniversaries, or New Years. Pick up yours now because they are sure to go quickly!

Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Metalissime Collection review and swatches

The swatches

Left: Loubilaque Lip Lacquer in Metalissime; Right: Silky Satin Lipstick in Metalissime

Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Metalissime Collection review and swatches

Louboutin Nail Color in Metalissime

Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Metalissime Collection review and swatches

Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Metalissime Collection review and swatches

Product provided by PR for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review + swatches – Christian Louboutin Beaute Silky Satin Lip Colour, Lip Definer, and Lash Amplifying Lacquer Mascara

Review and swatches of Christian Louboutin Beaute Silky Satin Lip Colour in Belly Bloom, Lip Definer in Nats, and Lash Amplifying Lacquer Mascara in Kohl

I am always reviewing luxury brands and high end makeup on my blog, but today I have something I never thought I would ever get to try out just because the price tag is so astronomical for a makeup product. Yes I am talking about Christian Louboutin Beaute, a brand that has lipsticks that are double the price of Tom Ford, another ultra high end luxury brand.

I’ve always admired Christian Louboutin shoes, having his Simple pumps on my wishlist for the last 5 years. When the brand first came out with beauty product, I didn’t even bother looking because the price tag was just so out of reach and I didn’t want to fall in love with anything in fear of starting a new addiction. Well when I was invited to the Louboutin fragrance event a few weeks ago, I got to try out some of the makeup and yes, I fell hard for the products. At the event, I had the Sheer Voile Lip Colour applied on me over a Lip Definer, and for a sheer glossy lipstick, it lasted over 8 hours on me with no touchups required. It was incredible. I was lucky to be sent home from the event with the Lash Amplifying Lacquer Mascara, and then later sent the Silky Satin Lip Colour and Lip Definer for review purposes. Honestly if you are on a budget, or have any kind of makeup budget, you should just stop reading. If you love to splurge on makeup and love to treat yourself, then keep reading.

Review and swatches of Christian Louboutin Beaute Silky Satin Lip Colour in Belly Bloom, Lip Definer in Nats, and Lash Amplifying Lacquer Mascara in Kohl
Let’s first talk about the packaging. The lipsticks, mascaras, glosses, and liquid eye liners come in this incredibly beautiful and super luxurious box that can be used to display the product. I do not see myself throwing these boxes away because they are like jewelry boxes. The boxes themselves are very well made, and definitely reflect the designer nature of the brand.

Review and swatches of Christian Louboutin Beaute Silky Satin Lip Colour in Belly Bloom, Lip Definer in Nats, and Lash Amplifying Lacquer Mascara in Kohl

The product themselves also come in very hefty packaging, specifically the lipstick and mascara tubes are metal and feel very substantial. The lipstick comes in a solid black metal body, like a precious elixir vial, which twists up to reveal the lipstick. Everything is like a work of art that can be displayed after application.

Review and swatches of Christian Louboutin Beaute Silky Satin Lip Colour in Belly Bloom, Lip Definer in Nats, and Lash Amplifying Lacquer Mascara in Kohl

The Silky Satin Lip Colour (C$120) is Louboutin’s classic satin finish lipstick. The shade I have is Belly Bloom, a beautiful nude rose pink. The formula is super creamy, and feels lightweight and comfortable on the lips. It’s also lightly hydrating, which is fantastic for people like me who have perpetually dry lips. It gives me medium to full coverage in 1-2 swipes, and wears for over 8 hours on me when layered over the Lip Definer. Alone, wear time is still around 6-8 hours with drinking and light eating, which is pretty impressive for a creamy lipstick. I’m scared to say it but I really think this ranks in one of my top 5 favourite lipstick formulas. What I don’t love is the price tag… it’s $120 which is really out there, even for me. But I do love to spoil myself, and having one or two of these in my collection doesn’t seem too terrible, right?

Review and swatches of Christian Louboutin Beaute Silky Satin Lip Colour in Belly Bloom, Lip Definer in Nats, and Lash Amplifying Lacquer Mascara in Kohl
Review and swatches of Christian Louboutin Beaute Silky Satin Lip Colour in Belly Bloom, Lip Definer in Nats, and Lash Amplifying Lacquer Mascara in Kohl

Louboutin’s Lip Definers (C$55) are created to match the natural shade of your lips, so that you can use the one lip liner with any lipstick. The shade I have is Nats, which is a matte rosewood that is a tinge more brown than my natural lip colour but works well to create a neutral base for lipstick. I love how long wearing the Lip Definers are, and it also makes any colour apply smoother and more vibrantly. I also love the self-sharpening twist-up tip. I am super lazy and hate sharpening pencil products so this is perfect for me. What I don’t love is that it is a little bit dry to apply and it’s also slightly drying on the lips; it’s not waxy so it doesn’t glide on as easily as other waxy lip pencils. That being said, it not being waxy means that it doesn’t slide off as quickly, giving it its long-wearing properties. I definitely need to use a lip balm before applying this because it does accentuate my dry lip lines.

Review and swatches of Christian Louboutin Beaute Silky Satin Lip Colour in Belly Bloom, Lip Definer in Nats, and Lash Amplifying Lacquer Mascara in Kohl
Review and swatches of Christian Louboutin Beaute Silky Satin Lip Colour in Belly Bloom, Lip Definer in Nats, and Lash Amplifying Lacquer Mascara in Kohl

Lastly, the only thing I like but don’t love is the Lash Amplifying Lacquer Mascara (C$90). For a volumizing mascara, the applicator isn’t huge. It also has little short plastic spikes that help to coat every lash. I like this because it is insanely black, one of the blackest mascaras I’ve ever used. It also dries soft, and doesn’t leave my lashes feeling crunchy. It lengthens and volumizes, and doesn’t become cakey as you build up. I don’t like it because it does not hold a curl very well, and it also smudges on the undereye after a few hours. Those are my two must-have attributes in a mascara, and this one doesn’t live up to those requirements. I can prevent smudging and transfer by using the Clarins Double Double Fix mascara topper, but it doesn’t help the curl situation. If you have naturally super curly lashes, you will LOVE this mascara, but if you have stick straight Asian lashes like mine, you might want to look elsewhere.

Review and swatches of Christian Louboutin Beaute Silky Satin Lip Colour in Belly Bloom, Lip Definer in Nats, and Lash Amplifying Lacquer Mascara in Kohl

Do you need any of this? Truthfully, no. But like I said earlier, if you have some money to spare and want to treat yourself (the holidays are a time of giving, including giving to yourself!), this would make a great treat. If you had to pick up one thing, definitely go for a lipstick. The formula is beautiful and there are also so many colours to choose from. You can’t go wrong with it!

The swatches

Lip Definer in Nats on the right, Silky Satin Lip Colour in Belly Bloom on the right.

Review and swatches of Christian Louboutin Beaute Silky Satin Lip Colour in Belly Bloom, Lip Definer in Nats, and Lash Amplifying Lacquer Mascara in Kohl

Christian Louboutin Beaute is available at Holt Renfrew, as well as on holtrenfrew.ca.

Product provided for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review + swatches – Shu Uemura x Super Mario Bros. collection for Holiday 2017

Shu Uemura x Super Mario Bros. collection for Holiday 2017 review and swatches

Yes it is indeed a bit early for holiday collections considering I am a bit behind to review certain fall products, however I know there’s been a lot of interest in this collection so I wanted to get this out to everyone as soon as possible. Today I am featuring the Shu Uemura x Super Mario Bros. collaboration, which is a collection near and dear to my heart because my boyfriend is a huge video game nerd. For the recent launch of the Super Nintendo Mini #SNES, we got up super early in the morning to line up for it. We were lucky and managed to get one each, and so far we’ve been enjoying playing with it.

This collection is split into three categories: skin, hair, and makeup. All of the products come with a super adorable 8 bit Super Mario print, featuring Mario and Peach.

Shu Uemura x Super Mario Bros. collection for Holiday 2017 review and swatches

The two skin products I have are the Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil and the Skin Perfector – Yuzu Makeup Refresher Mist. The Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil (C$49 for 150mL or C$99 for 450mL) doesn’t need an introduction, it’s one of Shu’s most popular cleansing oils and the most luxurious. It contains eight precious botanical oils to give you the richest and most nourishing cleanse. I have dry skin, so I love this one because it feels richer and more hydrating than the others. I can use this for a light facial massage at night, and it removes all of the impurities and makeup off my skin, leaving it supple and smooth.

Shu Uemura x Super Mario Bros. collection for Holiday 2017 review and swatches

The Skin Perfector – Yuzu Makeup Refresher Mist (C$34 for 50mL) can be used as a hydrating facial spray, or a dewy makeup setting spray. It has a light smelling yuzu scent which is super refreshing and uplifting. I love to use this at my desk in the winter because it helps to rehydrate my skin without disturbing my makeup. The bottle is super cute, as the Mario print translates really well on this small dainty packaging.

Shu Uemura x Super Mario Bros. collection for Holiday 2017 review and swatches

Shu Uemura makes some amazing haircare products, and I’m super happy that they’ve decided to use the Cleansing Oil hair series with the Super Mario collaboration. This series is inspired by the traditional benefits of Japanese hot spring water to give your hair the same benefits (I’ve been to a Japanese hot spring, it is AMAZING for your skin and hair, probably the most magical thing I’ve ever experienced). I’ve gone through at least two bottles of the Cleansing Oil Shampoo (C$56 for 400mL) because it’s fantastic at cleansing while keeping my hair feeling balanced and nourished. The Cleansing Oil Conditioner (C$56 for 250mL) is a bit too light for my hair, and I prefer something a bit thicker so I would probably skip this. The Essence Absolute (C$69 for 150mL) is a hair treatment oil that contains camellia oil, and helps to protect hair against dryness, frizz, and UV damage. It comes in such a HUGE bottle, even though half a pump is basically enough for my hair. It’s pretty expensive but the value is pretty insane considering a little bit goes such a long way.

Shu Uemura x Super Mario Bros. collection for Holiday 2017 review and swatches

After cleansing, conditioning, and nourishing your hair, you can style it with the Master Wax (C$42), a cream-to-wax formula that helps to add texture to your hair.

Shu Uemura x Super Mario Bros. collection for Holiday 2017 review and swatches

Saving the best for last, the Shu Uemura x Super Mario Bros. makeup is super cute. The star product is the Peach’s Eye and Cheek palette (C$125) which contains two sets of eyeshadows and blushes to create two unique looks. The first set is a Darling Princess pink-plum look using eyeshadow shades IR Pink, S Mauve, and P Plum, with a complementary warm pinky peach blush in the shade Dreamy Peach. The second set is an Adventurous Princess orange-bronze look, featuring eyeshadow shades G Gold Light, ME Orange, and ME Bronze, as well as cheek colour Brave Orange. Normally I find Shu Uemura shadows, especially in these limited edition collaboration palettes, to be really sheer, glittery, and lower colour payoff than most other brands I’ve tried. I was really pleasantly surprised to find that the Adventurous Princess look is quite pigmented with good colour payoff. The Darling Princess look is still sheerer than most Western brand eyeshadows, but I know that Japanese makeup tends to be on the subtler side just because women look for makeup to wear everyday to the office.

Shu Uemura x Super Mario Bros. collection for Holiday 2017 review and swatches

Shu Uemura x Super Mario Bros. collection for Holiday 2017 review and swatches

Next, we have limited edition Drawing Pencils (C$28), which are pencil liners that are ultra creamy that can add a pop of dimension to any eye look. It comes in limited edition Super Mario Bros. packaging, and is availability in four shades. The two shades I have are Light Orange and Brick Brown. Light Orange is a shimmery burnt orange-copper, and Brick Brown is a warm chocolate brown.

Shu Uemura x Super Mario Bros. collection for Holiday 2017 review and swatches

In terms of lips, there are two products featured in this collection: the Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte, available in three shades, and the Tint in Balm, available in two shades. The Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte (C$36) shades are all part of the permanent collection, but with limited edition Mario packaging. The shade I have is RD 187, which is a dark raspberry red. It’s a pretty full coverage red that is matte but not drying. It wears very comfortably and still feels light on the lips. The The Tint in Balms (C$36) are both limited edition in special edition shades; the one I have is Underground Adventure which is a sheer, balmy plum.

Shu Uemura x Super Mario Bros. collection for Holiday 2017 review and swatches

Lastly, as with any Shu Uemura limited edition collection, we have the Invincible Superstar Premium Gold Curler (C$25) With a super cute 8 bit star charm. I love collecting these limited edition curlers because they are both super useful (I always misplace my lash curler) and are a fun way to get a piece of any collection.

Out of this entire collection, I would recommend picking up a bottle of the Essence Absolute, the Ultime8 Cleansing Oil, and the Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte. The other products are nice to have but not must haves. If you don’t already own a Shu lash curler, then get on it and pick p the Invincible Superstar Premium Gold Curler.

The swatches

Darling Princess eyeshadows (left top) and blush (left bottom) and Adventurous Princess eyeshadows (right top) and blush (right bottom).

Shu Uemura x Super Mario Bros. collection for Holiday 2017 review and swatches

This picture looks a bit dark but the swatches are true to colour.

Shu Uemura x Super Mario Bros. collection for Holiday 2017 review and swatches

Sneak peek – quick review and swatches – Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling!

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling review and swatches

I was super lucky to get one of these not-yet-released Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipsticks in my Holt Renfrew Beauty Hall media preview gift bag. This line of 10 liquid lipsticks is slated to launch on August 10 in the UK, so hopefully we’ll see them soon on this side of the pond as well. Pricing information is not yet known for Canada, but if it’s like all of her other lipstick products, it should be around C$39.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling review and swatches

The new Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips features:

  • Cut-out doe foot applicator which is designed to mimic the curvature of the lips to create an ultimate volume boost
  • Sea Lavender SC, an anti-ageing ingredient that boosts collagen (more plump lips!)
  • Hyaluronic acid to firm and plump, also soothes and comforts

The doe foot applicator is very well designed in that one “scoop” is more than enough to cover the entire lip. I even had to blot because I found that it provided a bit too much product.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling review and swatches

The shade I have is Charlotte Darling, which is a peachy nude brown. Charlotte does an incredible nude lip, and this one is no different. At first when I put it on, it looked SO orangey-brown, and it also felt way too drying, settling a bit into lines. After a few minutes, it really warms up beautifully on the skin and then it becomes a really nice peachy colour that’s very wearable and didn’t look brown at all. Despite it being a matte lipstick, it doesn’t dry down to be drying, and it is also very comfortable and weightless to wear. It has a moussey texture that kind of reminds me of the Jeffree Star liquid lips, but even more weightless. As with all matte liquid lipsticks, though, this doesn’t layer well on top of itself so I wouldn’t suggest this for touchups throughout the day.

You can sign up for advanced notice and sneak peeks of Charlotte’s new upcoming Hollywood collection, which includes this liquid lip.

You can pick up Charlotte Tilbury products at Holt Renfrew in Vancouver, located at 737 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, BC V7Y 1E4.

The swatch

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling review and swatches

Product received as part of a gift bag from a media event; all opinions are my own.

Shu Uemura Tokyo Trends – eyes – Lasting Gel Pencil Eye Liner, Calligraph:ink Liquid Eyeliner Pen and Cartridge Set, Brow:sword, and Ultimate Natural Mascara

Shu Uemura Lasting Gel Pencil Eye Liner review and swatches

Lasting Gel Pencil Eye Liner (C$36 each) comes in five shades, four of which I have to show you today:

  • M BLACK: Define your eyes with an intense black definition for a make-up focusing on your eyes.
  • M PURPLE BLACK: Define your eyes with a purple black warmth for a feminine and romantic look.
  • M NAVY BLACK: Define your eyes with a hint of navy black for an edgy and confident look.
  • M GREEN BLACK: Define your eyes with a green black mysterious look.

I love that they have very thin tips so that you can create a precise line. That being said, they are very dry and hard to apply. It does not glide as effortlessly on the lashline and skips, so even though they have a thin tip, you will need to go over each area multiple times which will result in a thicker line. That being said, I really love this eyeliner. It does NOT smudge, transfer, or dissolve under my oily eyelids. It reminds me a lot of the Marc Jacobs Beauty Fineliner Ultra-Skinny Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner, which is one of my favourite eyeliners because it stays put.

All four colours look pretty much the same on my eyes, as they are all very dark. The only one exception is probably Purple Black, as it has more of a purple tint. I can wear all to replace my usual black liner and the effect will be the same.

Shu Uemura Lasting Gel Pencil Eye Liner review and swatches

Calligraph:ink Liquid Eyeliner Pen and Cartridge Set (C$24 for the pen, $22 for the cartridge, sold separately) is a liquid eye liner pen inspired by the tradition calligraphy pens of Japan. It comes in two separate parts, one is the reusable pen with the fibre brush, and the second is the liner ink cartridge. This liquid liner has a very thick brush that ends in a thin tip so that you can have the versatility to create a thick or thin line. Despite how versatile it is, the price is a bit ridiculous because it ends up being $46 for the whole liner. Personally I would prefer a new tip each time so I’m not sure how I feel about buying replacement cartridges into an existing pen package.

Brow:sword (C$42) is a pre-sharpened and pre-shaped brow pencil with a spoolie at the other end. The shade I have is Seal Brown, which is a cool-toned medium brown. It’s a very natural brown on me that is fantastic for everyday wear. The chiseled end makes it very easy to apply precisely, and then you can blend it in with the spoolie. My usual go-to eyebrow pencil is the one by Burberry (it’s SO GOOD, but you can end up overapplying), but I think I will be switching it up with this one as well because it does look more natural on me.

Ultimate Natural Mascara (C$33) in Black is just a normal black mascara… I’m not sure what much more to say about it, to be honest. I didn’t find it to be too volumizing or lengthening, which is probably by design because it is supposed to be a natural mascara. This would be good for those who already have long, thick lashes to begin with, but my lashes are short and sparse, so I can use all the help I can get. I wouldn’t reach for this on a normal day.

I recommend picking up the Brow:sword and Lasting Gel Pencil Eye Liner.

The swatches

M BLACK as the shape of the eye, M PURPLE BLACK as the lower lashes, M NAVY BLACK as the pupils, and M GREEN BLACK as the top lashes.

I also tried to swatch the Brow:sword, which you can see by me drawing in some eye brows, but it didn’t work great because normally these types of brow pencils activates with the oils in the brows to create pigment.

Shu Uemura Lasting Gel Pencil Eye Liner review and swatches

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review + swatches – Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Eye Color Limited, Gel Blush and Tinted Lip Gloss

Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Eye Color Limited, Gel Blush and Tinted Lip Gloss review

I previously shared my review of the Paul & Joe 15 Anniversary Collection which was a huge hit. From what I know, it basically sold out in just a few days and there were long waitlists of the product everywhere. I’m here to share with you my thoughts on their Summer 2017 limited edition collection, which is inspired by the sun, sailboats, and beaches.

Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Eye Color Limited in Daydream Believer (005) and Castles in the Air (007) review

First off I have the most beautiful Eye Color Limited (C$40) palettes in shades Daydream Believer (005) and Castles in the Air (007). These mosaic tile design is so beautiful and definitely creates a good talking piece. They come in three different shades, and the two I have are the neutrals. Daydream Believer is the warmer of the two palettes, featuring beautiful coppers and bronzes, as well as a nice touch of silver to balance out the warm tones. Castles in the Air is the more neutral of the two, and it has taupes and soft browns. Both of these have incredible pigmentation with soft shimmers throughout. There is one or two glittery shade per palette, but the glitters aren’t too noticeable. In addition to using this as an eye palette, these palettes can also be used as cheek illuminators to create a beautiful summery glow. It definitely helps save space in your makeup bag because you just need to bring once palette instead of two.

I’m also a fan of the whimsical print packaging, although I was a bit disappointed because the warmth at this time of the year melted the glue a bit and the palette had gotten dislodged from the packging. If you prefer de-potting your palettes into a custom kit, this packaging makes it super easy. Another downside is that I found this tended to fade quite quickly on my lids, especially if I didn’t wear any primer. It contains a lot of emollient ingredients so this wasn’t unexpected for me, just make sure to wear a primer!

Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Gel Blush in Fantasy (001) and Monde Imaginaire (002) review

The Paul & Joe Gel Blush (C$31) is my most anticipated product this collection. It comes in two shades – Fantasy (001) and Monde Imaginaire (002) – in the most incredibly cool texture. It’s like a gel-creme puddy that you can squish down and mold with your fingers, it is super fun to play with. The Gel Blush melts into the heat of my fingers, making it super blendable and creamy. The shade Fantasy is very pretty natural blush flush of colour that would look beautiful on every skin tone. Monde Imaginaire (imaginary world) is a sheer peachy colour that would be most suitable for fair to light skintones.

Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Tinted Lip Gloss in Musing (001) and Figment (002) review

Lastly, we have the Tinted Lip Glosses. If you’re looking at the photos and you’re asking why are they called Tinted Lip Glosses when they’re clear, and they’re both the same?! It’s because they adjust to the temperature of your lips to create a pretty pink. The two shades are Musing (001) and Figment (002). Musing comes out to be a creamy pink, whereas Figment becomes a sparkly pink. Both are very cute, very hydrating, and great for the summer when you don’t want to wear too much makeup.

You can pick up Paul & Joe’s summer 2017 collection at beautyboutique.ca and select Shopper’s Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques across Canada!

The swatches

Eye Color Limited in Daydream Believer (005)

Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Eye Color Limited in Daydream Believer (005) and Castles in the Air (007) review

Eye Color Limited in Castles in the Air (007)

Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Eye Color Limited in Daydream Believer (005) and Castles in the Air (007) review

Gel Blush in Fantasy (001) and Monde Imaginaire (002)

Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Gel Blush in Fantasy (001) and Monde Imaginaire (002) review

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Create your sculpted golden glow with Shu Uemura x Ambush collection for spring/summer 2017!

Shu Uemura Ambush collection for spring/summer 2017 review and swatches

For spring and summer 2017, Shu Uemura collaborated with hip Japanese street style brand Ambush to bring a collection featuring metallics with bold lips. There are so many products in this collection, I don’t even know where to start! The collection is divided into makeup and skincare. The makeup products are a bit unusual for Shu Uemura, as they are quite funky and bold, whereas I’m more used to Shu Uemura creating subtler looks that are more of the Japanese aesthetic. Truthfully speaking, this collection isn’t very me in general, as I prefer a more natural look with not as much metallics. I love gold, but accessories mostly and not really on my face.

Shu Uemura Ambush collection for spring/summer 2017 review and swatches

There are four lipsticks. The first two are the Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte formula (C$36), which is a comfort matte that provides full coverage without dryness. The two shades are Ambush Life, a warm coral orange, and Ambush Love, a beautiful raspberry red. There are also two Rouge Unlimited Sheer Shines (C$36), which is a sheer hydrating balm-like lipstick. The two shades are Ambush Spirit, a cool-toned lilac, and Ambush Freedom, a warm brown.

Shu Uemura Ambush collection for spring/summer 2017 review and swatches

While the gold packaging is catchy, I’m not a huge fan of it on the lipsticks as I find them to be fingerprint magnets and annoying to try to figure out which one is which shade. The names themselves aren’t super obvious either, so I tend to have to open it each time to check the colour. Also just a general thought is that Shu tends to release very similar colours in limited edition packaging each season. I’d really like to see them release more unique lipstick colours because I’m not one to purchase similar colours just because they are in limited edition packaging, and I assume most people aren’t unless they are super fans of that particular collaboration.

Shu Uemura Ambush collection for spring/summer 2017 review and swatches

There is a limited edition Ambush Custom Quad Case (C$17), which comes with the Ambush logo on a bold gold cover. You can fill the quad case with your own limited edition Ambush Pressed Eyeshadow Refills (C$19 each) and Glow on Blushes (C$19). The eyeshadow shades that I have are VVV, which is a metallic white, and Holy Mountain, which is a beautiful metallic bronze. It also comes in Montage, a pretty taupe, and AMB Nomad, a golden bronze. The Glow on Blush shade is Ambushed, which is a warm matte bronzer.
Shu Uemura Ambush collection for spring/summer 2017 review and swatches

Along with the Ambush collection, Shu is introducing a new eye product – the Eye Foil Liquid Eyeshadow (C$39) that is a metallic liquid eyeshadow that goes on with medium to full coverage to create a liquid metal effect. It comes in eight shades – yellow gold, copper, gun metal, dark bronze, pink gold, purpurite, champagne, and bronze – in addition to a limited edition Ambush shade – Dreamcatchers, which is a metallic dark blue. If you like liquid eyeshadows, these are seriously AMAZING. They go on soooo smoothly with so much pigmentation (copper is the only one of mine that applied sheerly, everything else had full coverage), blends out beautifully, and sets completely within a minute. You get a truly liquid metal effect which is fantastic for a night out or when you want a pop of shine. You can also wear it sheerly over top over shadows if you want just a bit of that shine.

Shu Uemura Eye Foil Liquid Eyeshadow in yellow gold, copper, champagne gold, pink gold, bronze, purpurite, and Dreamcatchers review and swatches

To complete the eye look, Shu has introduced two new shades of the Eyebrow Manicure (C$26) in classics gold and crush silver. This will create chic metallic brows to complement your cool look.

Shu Uemura Ambush collection for spring/summer 2017 review and swatches

In terms of the skincare products, you can pick up limited edition packaging of the Anti-Oxi Skin Refining Cleansing Oil (C$46 for 150mL), which is their anti-pollution formula that contains moringa extract and green tea leaf extract to help clear pollutants and brighten the skin, and the Ultime8 Sublime Cleansing Oil (C$49 for 150mL), which is the ultimate luxury anti-aging cleansing formula. Shu Uemura cleansing oils are the original cleansing oil that everyone always talks about. They are very reliable, gently removing all of your makeup without stripping, and also emulsifying completely without residue. The Ambush collection packaging is also available on that large 450mL size.

Shu Uemura Ambush collection for spring/summer 2017 review and swatches

There’s also the Stage Performer Glow Creator in the shade Warm Glow (C$45), also in the limited edition Ambush packaging. The Stage Performer Glow Creator is a hydrating moisturizer, primer, and foundation enhancer in one. Used on top of foundation, it can also be subtle liquid highlighter.

Shu Uemura Ambush collection for spring/summer 2017 review and swatches

Lastly, you can also pick up a limited edition blotting paper (C$25 for 50 sheets) with the gold Ambush packaging. Each sheet of blotting paper is also stamped with the Ambush logo. I’m not one to splurge on luxury blotting paper so I can’t really recommend this, sadly.

Of this collection, I’m a big fan of the Eye Foil Liquid Eyeshadows and I think that everyone should go pick one up if you’re into that liquid metal eye look. If you’re a fan of Ambush accessories, or are into that more punky look, then this is a great collection to look into.

You can pick up the Shu Uemura x Ambush collection on the Shu website now, as well as at all Shu Uemura counters across Canada.

The swatches

Shu Uemura Eye Foil Liquid Eyeshadow in yellow gold, copper, champagne gold, pink gold, bronze, purpurite, and Dreamcatchers

Shu Uemura Eye Foil Liquid Eyeshadow in yellow gold, copper, champagne gold, pink gold, bronze, purpurite, and Dreamcatchers review and swatches

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.