Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits: That Glow & Sun Dipped




The infamous highlighting kits from ABH! I wanted to do a review on these bad boys since I bought them. But I thought it would be better to do a review after I've really used and experienced them.
Currently I have 2 which are That Glow and Sun Dipped. I first bought That Glow in the beginning of March. I was really excited to purchase this especially because I was travelling that month and I knew that it would give me the perfect opportunity to play with the palette! I purchased Sun Dipped in June so needless to say, I have had a lot of play time with both palettes.

These palettes retail for $52 CAN. Each palette weighs 74 grams which is a large amount and should last you a long time.


The back of That Glow (left) and Sun Dipped (right) and their colour information.


That Glow. Top row (l to r) Sunburst and Golden Bronze. Bottom row (l to r) Bubbly and Dripping in Gold.


That Glow in natural sunlight.

That Glow palette contains shades that are more of a golden tone and are perfect for light, medium and some dark skin tones that have more of a yellow or golden undertone.


That Glow swatches (l to r) Sunburst, Golden Bronze, Bubbly and Dripping in Gold.

The colours I reach for the most in That Glow palette are Bubbly and Dripping Gold. Which is funny to me, because I feel that they are similar. Dripping Gold has more of a golden tone than Bubbly.


Sun Dipped. Top row (l to r) Bronzed and Summer. Bottom row (l to r) Tourmaline and Moonstone.


Sun Dipped in natural sunlight.

Sun Dipped palette contain shades that are very neutral. I feel that this palette is great for all skin colours and undertones.


Sun Dipped swatches (l to r) Bronzed, Summer, Tourmaline and Moonstone.

I'm kind of biased with this palette because I do love it more than That Glow. The ones that I reach for the most are Tourmaline and Moonstone. I have to say that Tourmaline is a very unique and beautiful colour. It holds a special place in my heart!

These highlighters have a very creamy and buttery formula. A little goes a long way and they blend easily. These shades can be applied on the eyes as eyeshadows as well. Which I have done many times and they look beautiful. These palettes are great for people who love highlighters or if you're like me and you cannot get enough of rose gold, bronze and golden tones. They are wonderful for travel and for those of you who like a product that has multiple uses. The reality is that if you have these 2 palettes, you don't need any more highlighters. You can create any colour by mixing them together as well. But if you're a highlighter junkie, you know that you will probably buy more. The struggle of glowing!


Thursday, 4 August 2016

Illamasqua Pigments



I am a total sucker for pigments and I always will be. They are just beautiful, the purest colour saturation you can get. What is so amazing about them is that you can wear them anywhere, in any way you like. The possibility and creativity is endless when it comes to pigments. One of my all time favourite pigments come from Illamasqua. I find that these are so underrated and I don't understand why because I think they're amazing. Illamasqua overall, is such a fun and artistry based brand. Here in Canada, it doesn't exist. Illamasqua used to be available in Hudson's Bay but it is no longer. Now, I buy all of my Illamasqua goodies from: http://www.beautybay.com/_/N-/?Ntk=All&Ntt=illamasqua&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial. For those of you who are lucky enough to live in Europe and/or England, feel free to shop from their home address: http://www.illamasqua.com

Now, I don't own their entire pigment line. If you are interested in their colour range, check out the Illamasqua or Beauty Bay links I provided above. I believe they have in total 10 pigments in their collection and I own 4. Please keep in mind that Illamasqua carries all 10 in stock but Beauty Bay only carries 7.

Most of the time, I'm not someone who will purchase a product for it's packaging. Of course, beautiful packaging is presentation and that is important in the beauty industry but I'm more concerned with the product inside. But I have to say that the packaging for these pigments is so beautiful and really unique.



I will say that when you are opening your pigment, please be careful like you would be with any product, especially pigments. Because they are finely milled, it's very easy for them to spill everywhere. Just keep in mind to open them slowly. All of Illamasqua's pigments do come with a stopper which is necessary with any powder product. The pigments I own (as shown above) are Ore, Berber, Static and Alluvium.

On Beauty Bay, these retail for $19.50 CAN and on Illamasqua, they retail for $29.95 CAN. All containers carry 1.3 g of pigment. Because pigments are so highly concentrated, you don't need a lot, therefor these pigments will last you a very long time.

Working with these, I have found that I really love to layer them with cream products. When you are using a cream product with a pigment, it really intensifies the colour of the pigment. You can even mix and match the pigments together. They are also fun to add in a gloss or on top of a lipstick, for they will give the lips a different look. They do contain sparkle/glitter but it is not chunky and it never translates that way on the eyes.


Static

Static is a white pearl with a violet iridescence. This pigment was the very first one I bought from Illamasqua. It is gorgeous on top of any creamy base. Static is ideal for making any eyeshadow look pop. Adding this pigment to anything, will make it that much more special.


Berber

Berber is a cherry red. The first time I saw this, I knew I needed it. Red is one of my favourite colours to play with, especially on the eyes. Out of all the Illamsqua pigments that I own, this one has to be my favourite to experiment with. If you want to see this pigment in action, I did a tutorial using Berber a while back:http://alisainwonderlanddd.blogspot.ca/2014/03/feline-berber.html


Ore

Ore is a bronze with lots of gold to it. Out of all my Illamasqua pigments, this one is every day friendly. Ore also makes a killer smokey eye. I also did a tutorial using this pigment so if you want to check it out, click this link:http://alisainwonderlanddd.blogspot.ca/2014/03/ore.html


Alluvium

Alluvium is a deep sea blue with gold flecks. This one I bought while I was on vacation in Croatia. I love to wear Alluvium in the lower lash line to add a pop of colour. Also, incorporating a gold liner will really make the gold flecks in the pigment, pop out.



Close up photos of all 4 pigments.



Top to bottom: Alluvium, Ore, Berber and Static pigments.



Thursday, 28 July 2016

Summer Smoke

Oh sweet summer! My favourite season of the year! Which is very ironic since I live in Canada. And this year, we have been blessed with a really hot summer and that really makes me happy. The only difficult thing about summer is that you can't really play or experiment with a lot of makeup because 1. It's going to slide off your face and 2. Mix of heat + bacteria = your face breaking out. But the good news is that we all get a beautiful tan that you can use to your advantage. Today I created a summer smoky eye that is perfect on a summer night out! I also used my friend Sharon as a model because frankly, I think using my face all the time is just not fun. Sharon has a completely different face structure and overall colouring to her than me, so it was a lot of fun playing with her face!



I apologize for the quality of the photos. These are actually stills of a video because I couldn't capture the photos I had in mind. The lighting was working against me and I was using my phone's camera.

Products Used

Face

  • Marc Jacobs Undercover Perfecting Coconut Primer: lightly applied all over the face.
  • Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation: applied a small amount to the centre of the face and blended out.
  • NARS Laguna Liquid Bronzer: this product was actually mixed in with the foundation and blended out all over the face for a natural glow.
  • Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer: applied a small amount under the eyes and on some spots.
  • MAC Prep+Prime Medium Highlighter Pen: applied a small amount around the nose and blended out onto the cheeks for some light and lift.
  • Cover FX Sunlight Custom Enhancer Drop: applied to the high points of the cheeks, bridge of the nose and cupid's bow for a sun kissed glow.
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder: applied under the eyes and nose area to set the face products with a very loose, fluffy brush. I chose a fluffy brush because I wanted a minimal amount of powder on the face.
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer: gently blended all over the face to enhance the tan and set the rest of the face.
  • Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Bronzer: dusted on the centre of the forehead and cheeks for a luminous glow.
  • Becca Gipsy Blush: applied to the apples of the cheeks.
  • The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter: applied to the high points of the cheeks, bridge of the nose and cupid's bow to further intensify a highlight.

Eyes

  • Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer: applied to the eyes, blended out and set with a powder to act as a base for eyeshadow.
  • MAC Soft Brown Eyeshadow: applied to the crease and outer corner, for warmth.
  • MAC Brown Script Eyeshadow: applied to the crease and outer corner to add dimension.
  • Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyeshadow: applied only on the lid for a gold look.
  • Illamasqua Ore Pigment: applied on top of Marie Antoinette and slightly blended into the crease.
  • Makeup Geek Cherry Cola Eyeshadow: added to the outer corner for a smoky effect.
  • MAC Teddy Khol liner: applied to the lower water line and smudged into the lashes.
  • MAC Twinks Eyeshadow: applied to the lower lash line to set Teddy and give a smoky look.
  • #105 Ardell Lashes: cut to fit the eye and applied to the top lash line.
Lips

  • Kryloan Silk Lip Liner: used to accentuate the natural lip shape and pushed into the lips.
  • MAC Pink Plaid & Creme Cup Lipsticks: mixed and applied to the lips.
  • Buxom Lavender Cosmo Lipgloss: applied to the centre of the lips and blended out to add shine.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops



It has happened again! Yet another company has released a highlighting product. But you won't hear me complaining... I love to make myself glow. There's just something magical about looking like your skin is producing gold out of your pores! However, Cover FX has done it in a different way, with a unique formula. I have tried lots of highlighters and I can honestly say that I have not seen anything quite like their Custom Enhancer Drops.


When I first heard about this product through all the social media hype, I was very excited to get my hands on it and try it out. Originally, I wanted to get three shades to add to my kit, but I told myself to calm the hell down and just start with one. If you are interested in other shades, they are absolutely beautiful and you can click on this link for more info: http://www.sephora.com/custom-enhancer-drops-P409765?skuId=1826973&icid2=products%20grid:p409765

I would highly recommend going to your local Sephora and trying the shades on your skin. Social media and even photos can be misleading. I can honestly say that it was rather difficult taking photos and capturing the product and it's sheen. The Enhancer Drops retail at $52 CAN. One bottle has 0.52 FL OZ which makes the price a little bit steep but, the amount of product you get will last you your lifetime. 

Like I said before, I was looking to purchase 3 shades which are Moonlight, Sunlight and Candlelight. Moonlight and Sunlight are very similar and I feel that you don't need both. Sunlight is a bit more gold, so if you are someone who has a yellow or olive undertone, this one is for you. Candlelight is a bit deeper, it is a beautiful bronze which will look gorgeous on someone with a deep tan or a naturally chocolate skin tone. Celestial is the lightest one and it has a strong silver undertone, which is perfect for those with a porcelain undertone. It was really beautiful but unfortunately it is too light for me. I feel that in the future, I will purchase Candlelight for my kit and just for the sole purpose of mixing it with my NARS Liquid Bronzer.



This is Sunlight, it has a high metallic shine. All of the shades hold this type of sheen.

As you can see, this product is a liquid highlighter. The formula is light but creamy. It blends very easily but it does dry quickly, so play time is limited. If you take too long to blend this, keep in mind that it can make that area patchy. When applying this product, remember this: a little goes a long way. Start with a very small amount and build the product until you are happy with the consistency/glow that you have. You can mix your Cover FX drops in your foundation, or apply it directly to the skin. You can apply it with your liquid products or you can apply it on top of a powder product... just remember to apply little and build. However, I wouldn't apply this product or any liquid product on top of a heavy coverage product (like MAC Studio Fix powder). That is just a recipe for a cakey disaster.

When it comes to the way I apply this, I feel that I have more of a "old school" approach. What I mean by that is, I like to apply liquid products on top of each other, before I go in with dry products. Think of it as baking goods - you add the wet ingredients together first, before applying the dry ingredients. I also like to mix my makeup products ALOT. I begin with mixing my primer with a light moisturizer, blending it into the face and allowing the skin to absorb those first. Then I mix my foundation, liquid bronzer and a tiny hint of Sunlight. I apply that potion on the face and let it sit. Before applying a powder highlighter, I like to add a small amount of Sunlight, directly on the areas where I want a glow - cheekbones, bridge of the nose, cupid's bow, centre of bottom lip, tear duct, brow bone and sometimes even the d├ęcolletage.


A swatch of Sunlight on the tip of my finger. Capturing swatches of products is something I am not good at so I apologize. I need a camera that can zoom and focus better.


A swatch on the hand.


Sunlight blended on the hand. Look at that glow. It really sits beautifully on the skin.

Overall, I highly recommend this product to everyone who loves a beautiful highlight. Cover FX did such an excellent job on a unique formula and all the colour ranges. I would love to see Cover FX do a liquid blush version, as well. These drops will last you forever and you can wear this product all over your face. The drops are easy to work with, whether you are a makeup artist, enthusiast or just a humble beginner. Happy experimenting!

*Note all photos were taken by me and belong to me*







Thursday, 21 July 2016

Runway Inspiration: Georges Hobeika Fall/Winter 2016-2017

Georges Hobeika is a new designer for me and I fell in love with this collection! I really love the way he combines colours together in the clothing. The details were beautiful in everything. Certain pieces had this beautiful bow detailing on the spine. The models also wore gorgeous embellished pieces in the hair and around the ears. I mean, I can talk on and on but I feel that the photos explain it much better...

The following photos are my favourite pieces from the collection:


White, grey & a mustard gold combo is just delicious!




Love the blue, embellished jacket & that bow detailing along the leg that was shown against the spine




I have no words except I really love this...


Look. At. The Colour...


I mean, this colour...


This is my favourite one!


Watch the entire collection: 




Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Runway Inspiration: Elie Saab Fall/Winter 2016-2017

Ahh, Elie Saab... forever dreamy! This collection (like every single one) was absolutely beautiful. I really enjoyed the rich colours and different textures of fabrics. There was quite an Old Hollywood theme to this collection, or so I thought anyways...

The following photos are my favourite pieces from the collection:




Black, Gold & a hint of sparkle...


I'm really obsessed with this one!



This is so much fun!


This rich colour is so beautiful...




Absolutely love the colour, all the beautiful detail on the chest & those flowers are just perfect...


Watch entire collection: 


Sunday, 17 July 2016

Runway Inspiration: Zuhair Murad Fall/Winter 2016-2017

This collection was all about lace... and more lace. Which is so typical of me but what can I say? I know what I like. I absolutely loved the rich colours that we're incorporated in the collection. Very boho, rich and filled with sparkle... every girlie girl's dream. During the show, a awesome remix of Queen's Bohemian's Rhapsody played where the lyrics, "Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?" set the mood for the clothes.

The following photos are my favourite pieces from the collection:




Who wouldn't wear this? Who doesn't like this rich colour?




I love the combination of this green & purple


This is my favourite piece. If I could actually afford this, I would never take it off.




Watch the entire collection: