Thursday, 30 July 2015

Illamasqua Lipsticks: Climax, Posture and Underworld

illamasqua lipsticks swatch review climax posture underworld

I'm pretty pleased that I picked up some of Illamasqua's lip products during the big Bay clearance last year. A lot of the colors are a bit outrageous and not-office-appropriate but I managed to choose a few that were slightly safer and very interesting.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

DHC Eyeshadow Palette BE01 Alluring Amber

*Press Sample

 Of course when offered some products to review, I will always try and see if there are interesting eyeshadows. I was sent the Alluring Amber eyeshadow palette from DHC ($18CDN).

The DHC palettes contain an eye treatment base and two coordinating colors. The treatment base is supposed to help protect, firm and hydrate your eye area. 

The Alluring Amber palette contains a cream colored treatment base which has some low density glittery. It dries very quickly to powder and applied very smoothly on the lid. The color base was brightening without being pale. Though it had (very few) flecks of small glitter here and there, it didn't product the super shimmer/glitter effect that typical asian palettes seem to go for.

The two coordinating eyeshadows are a peachy champagne and a bronze mid-toned brown. The peachy champagne shade was a great all over lid color. The texture was smooth. The shadow isn't sheer, just a light shade. The bronze color was SO AMAZINGLY BUTTERY. When swatching with my fingers, I managed to dent the shadow because of how soft it was.  Both shades blend very nicely and have a great level of pigment.

I wish the plastic case was more sturdy. I can see gaps between the shadow pans and the palette is very light weight. In combination with how buttery the bronze shade was, I'd be very careful about this. A drop might just cause a shattered powder mess.

Overall I'm very pleased with this palette. $18 is a great price for the quality of the shadows and I like this color combination. I'm a fan of warm shades and these colors are definitely warm. I'm also pleasantly surprised by the cream to powder finish of the base and how long lasting and non-creasing the shadows were over the cream base alone. I thought the base would be the same sticky slippery base that the Kate Palette had. Thankfully it wasn't!

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Further Adventures in Hoarding or Being a Collector

I've already concluded that I've deluded myself about travel palettes, but I still have a few unexplained palette purchase. Eyeshadow palettes will alway be tempting but, by looking at my cheek palettes, I've taken makeup hoarding to the whole new level of becoming a Collector.

I've had the hardest time selling my NARSxGuy Bourdin cheek palette. I waffled about it endlessly and finally placed it on the blog sale. But my irrational self wouldn't let me give it up for less than my selling price. Even then, I wavered with a few potential buyers on Craigslist and Kijiji. You have no idea how often I've looked at the palette, which I've barely used, and said, "I wish I knew how to quit you!"

Thinking about my latest blush palette purchases, the Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot and Tarte's Pin Up Girl Palette, I've reached a conclusion. Both weren't super exciting to me yet I picked them up anyways just out of curiosity. Makeup purchases are no longer just about acquisition but also about collecting from different brands. I need to admit that, I want to try everyone's formula, in a variety of shades, and bonus marks if it can be done as economically as possible.

The thing about being a Collector is that, unless you're a collector yourself, you won't understand the appeal of placing things in boxes to sit on shelves untouched. It doesn't make sense to anyone else but you and more often than not, other people will classify your collection as clutter, excessive or a waste of money . This realization leads to a conundrum. There is a fight between what is or is not an ideal level of makeup satisfaction. If this involves a reference library of makeup then I need to kill the slight nagging feeling that, I have "too many things". But if I truly believe in paring down, then...well, I'd better put some of these on sale once I get my collection all together when I move back home. What to do...what to do...

When was the last time you battled with this? Are you a Collector?

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Friday, 24 July 2015

FOTD: 'Cause in the Summer, Sometime We Swim

I've been playing around with the latest from Make Up For Ever. This summer they're hitting the waterproof theme hard and if I spent anytime at a pool and ever cared to wear makeup while doing so, the waterproof aquatic selections from MUFE would be first pick.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Laughing with the Universe

Hey Dude,

Just a quick note that blogging activities have been at a standstill lately. In one of those 'laugh with the universe' moments, my Mac Air decided to stop working and the replacement of the logic board is going to cost me $$$. This has been wonderfully timed alongside all the other expenses I've been incurring this month due to the move and my zealous attempts to do all the things in Toronto while I can.

Suffice it to say, I won't be spending much time catching up on my Bloglovin' roll but have some posts pre-scheduled and will be answering my emails/responding to comments. Things will hopefully get back up and running at full speed by mid-Aug but I'm contemplating taking the later half of August off.

Either way, hang in there while I try to dig some change out of my couch to pay for the repairs.


Wednesday, 22 July 2015

In the Moment #32: Colette Bakery

colette grand cafe toronto bakery review

My laziness prevents me from exploring cafes. I know that amazing little oases of calm exist around Toronto, offering wifi and delicious baked goods but locations seem just a bit too far to purposefully lug my computer and book to. Sometimes though, a spare 30 mins in an exactly right location allows for a charmed encounter with a wonderful coffee spot. While being early for an appointment, I yelped to find that Colette Grand Cafe at the Thompson Hotel (550 Wellington St W, Toronto) was nearby and I ducked into their bakery quickly for a light bit of breakfast.