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in love with : all things charlotte tilbury

My obsession over the summer has been Charlotte Tilbury. She made a splash when she arrived at Holt Renfrew on Bloor, and the honest truth is that no makeup artist is immune to falling in love with the line.

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Hiding behind the excuse that as a beauty artist I must completely immerse myself into the brand to truly understand it and make sure it will work with my bridal party … I bought myself quite a few pieces from the line, namely :

– the Rock Chick set;

– a selection of the Eyes To Mezmerize pencils;

– a couple of the Matte Revolution lipsticks;

– a selection of the kohl pencils;

– an extra eyeshadow palette;

– an extra blush; and

– an extra Fallen from the Kissing Tree lipstick.

I’m literally sitting on my hands from buying more, and I’m pretty sure Lace – a bp artist AND a makeup artist for the brand – thinks I’m nuts. Like, super nuts.

Encased in gold and/or rich brown, minimalist chic packaging, just holding the product makes you feel luxurious and in the know. But, I am very pleased to say, that the product itself also speaks volumes. The eyeshadows are super bendable and easy to wear. I favour my Rock Chick palette over my Uptown Girl, but I also love mixing and matching between the two. The colour combinations are pretty fool proof, so you can wear one or two from the palette, or go all out and play with all four!

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If I’m in rush, which is like 99.9123456% of my week … I’ll stick with a swipe of the Eyes to Mesmerize Eye Pencils in Amber Haze and Golden Quartz. I’ll swipe Amber Haze first and then add some Golden Quartz to the outer corner and smudge it like a rockstar and boom … an instant “I slept in this makeup, doesn’t it look perfect?” look.

I have two nude lip shades from the line, and then two bolder colours from the Matte Revolution range. While at first I was worried that Bitch Perfect, a pinky nude, wouldn’t look good on my deeper skintone, I was actually quite surprised at how wearable it was for me. I’m currently tanned, but it doesn’t appear chalky or too light … it just sort of enhances my lip. I have yet to wear my Glastonbury lipstick, which is a matte deep wine colour, but I have played with Walk of Shame, also a matte, wearing it with full colour swiped across and also, dabbed on for a lighter softer look … love it both ways.

This probably is not the last of what I purchase from the Charlotte Tilbury line. I’m pretty positive I will go back. Again and again … and then once more after that.

I do plan to do more in depth reviews at a later date of my favourite items here and there, but wanted to share the quick snapshot of what’s happening in my makeup kit now, because you know, every beauty junkie deserves to know what’s up!

-s-

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made up with mer : physicians formula organic care CC curl & care mascara

I feel like if you asked 100 women what they would want on a deserted island, many of them would say something along the line of food/water, loved ones (a bit selfish, no?) and mascara. Going out the door without mascara for many women is like going out without clothes on (and it is far, far too cold for that!).

I am not going to lie to you – I really can’t stand it when I see a packaged product with too many promises….or even too much wordiness in general. I consider myself intelligent enough to not fall at the mercy of plumed up promises for my pennies. Or, perhaps I have fallen for these promises one too many times (more likely) and have become wise to the gimmicks. All that rant said, I took one look at the Physicians Formula Organic Care CC Curl & Care Mascara and thought, “Really?” I am skeptical. It has a photo of a lash curler with a line through it, and it seems a bit dramatic to say goodbye to my beloved curler.

What I did love about the packaging is that it highlighted the fact that this product is free of harsh chemicals and has a silicone brush. To be honest, the package is pretty wordy and the promises are big. So, does it deliver? The answer is yes and no.

Packaging – A bit wordy with too many promises, but such is the standard in the industry so I will let that slide :)

Pigmentation – Nice rich black that provided good lash coverage. Defined lashes well.

Brush – Nice curl, great flexibility, easy to apply.

Does it clump? – No. This mascara goes on smooth and separates lashes well.

Does it transfer? – A tiny bit of transfer on the bottom lashes but nothing close to raccoon status.

Does it flake? – No.  I found it quite long wearing.

Price – 15.79 (or less depending on where you buy)

Where to buy – Drugstore, Grocery store or online at well.ca

Worth it? – If you are looking for a gentle mascara without harsh chemicals that is easy to apply and gives a nice natural look then yes, it is lovely.  If you are looking for a mascara to curl your lashes…. keep looking (and perhaps give up because that seems kind of impossible, no?).

Bonus – Physicians Formula does not test on animals. Love that! I would actually buy it again for that reason alone.

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musings from morgan : rimmel glam’eyes HD

When I’m looking for eyeshadow, I want a product that’s going to be easy to use, last long and not fussy – no falling pigment, creasing, moving around…you get the idea. I rarely wear eyeshadow so when I do decide to put some on, I want it to really deliver.

I recently tried Rimmel’s Glam’Eyes HD Eyeshadows in 029 Royal Rose, a drugstore palette that promises vibrant & intense colour for 8 hours that’s crease, fade and smudge-proof. It can be used wet or dry to create a variety of looks.

For a drugstore product, it definitely delivered decent pigmentation and I did like that there were five shades in a palette. It is on the small side (which I don’t mind since I don’t use it often) so if you’re looking for something that will last you longer-term, I might suggest looking at individual shadows or larger palettes that offer more product.

I wasn’t disappointed by this palette, but I wasn’t blown away either – it’s what I’d expect from a drugstore product like this and is an excellent choice if you’re wanting to add something a little different to your routine without splurging on high-end products. For me, these weren’t colours I’d typically reach for but I loved how they appeared against my skin, so the fact that they’re low-commitment on the cash front makes them a fun option.

If yo want to try them yourself, find them at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, Target, London Drugs or Jean Coutu (price unknown).

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made up with mer : clé de peau beauté concealer

Meet our newest BP contributor, Mer!

I am writing this review exactly 1 year after purchasing the Clé de Peau Beauté concealer.  Yes, 1 year. Kind of crazy, right? The beauty of this product is it expires after 24 months of use, and I can confirm that  you may indeed have it for just that long.

Packaging? Solid. Tube still turns nicely and product is nicely secured. Application is easy (with a small synthetic brush or your finger).

Pigmentation? There are 6 colours to choose from. All are very highly pigmented and provide a ton of coverage. A little goes a long way.

Formula? Smooth for easy application. Not sticky. Not drying. Glides on the skin. Does require setting powder to stay put.

Price? $85. (an investment for sure).

Worth it? I say yes – only if concealer is an essential part of your beauty routine (and who doesn’t need a good concealer?). If $85 is just too much for your beauty budget, consider Hourglass hidden corrective concealer.

Where to buy? Holt Renfrew

As with any new product (especially one this costly), consider trying it out for a day.  Ask the experts at the counter to apply for you – wear it for the day and see how you like it.  It’s never worth buying something that doesn’t work for you no matter what the reviews say!

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loved by laura : air optix colors

On Thursday November 6 I had the privilege of attending Alcon’s Air Optix Colors event with their guest makeup artist Grace Lee, where they were launching their new line of coloured lenses.

When I arrived at the event I was kindly greeted by the hostess and quickly directed to an optometrist for my contact lens fitting, where I was able to test out coloured lenses of my liking.  There were 9 colours of lenses to try on including blue, brilliant blue, gray, sterling gray, gemstone green, green, pure hazel, honey and brown.

I opted for the gray and gemstone green. The whole night I sported a David Bowie/Mila Kunis style of two different coloured eyes. They really changed my regular look and created a sense of mystery and intrigue. I felt original and very exotic every time I looked into the mirror or saw my reflection.

For the most part they were very comfortable and safe. The contact lenses have been engineered and created with a unique 3 in 1 color technology that enhances your eye color for a very natural and beautiful look. I was amazed at how vibrant the contact lenses made your eyes look as well as the vivid glow it gives your face. They were very natural looking to the point that I did not realize everyone had the contacts on too.

As a bonus treat, I had my makeup done by a makeup artist under the direction of Grace Lee, the lead makeup artist for Maybelline New York Canada. Grace was an absolute sweetheart and she rocked her leather pants like no other that evening!

A palette that the makeup artist used on me was the Maybelline “The Nudes” palette. It has all the nudes that you would need for any natural look. I can see this palette as a staple for any individual, especially for any traveller. It contains a black shadow for lining your eyes, multiple shades of brown to fill in your eye brows and an array of light to dark as well as shimmering beige and brown shades to fulfill your eye shadow look. It comes in a sleek compact case and is ready to slip into any purse or bag.

It was a great evening – I truly felt glamourous sporting a different eye colour!  This will be a line of contact lenses I will definitely consider when I am in the market for new ones.

The Air Optix colors contact lenses can be ordered through an optometrist. They usually range from $79.95 and up for 6 lenses.

-laura p-

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