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stuff from lil steph : shu uemura gel pencil liners

Fearless gazes start with these must have shades. Very soft and smooth gel pencil with a waterproof, tear proof gel formula doesn’t smudge for 12 hours – requires no brush or sharpener.

With the warm weather dissipating and the cold rushing in, it feels like fall. For me, that means it’s time to put away the pastels and brights and reach for something a little darker and more subtle. Lately, I’ve been rocking the Shu Uemura Gel Pencil Liners in Violet Purple* and Green* ($36 each at Holt Renfrew, select Sephora and Hudson’s Bay locations). These liners were launched as a part of the Shu Uemura Brave Beauty – Vision of Beauty Volume 01 collection, which explains the creative purple, green and silver packaging.

You know an eyeliner is long-lasting when…you apply eyeliner one day, you get lazy in the night, and unexpectedly, the next morning you wake up with near-perfect eyeliner. Story of my life. These gel pencils last 12 hours and then some. Plus, the easy twist up means no sharpening and no fuss when it comes to worrying about your eyeliner migrating to the tops of your cheeks. In addition, the liner is soft yet not overly smudgy, perfect for lining either the upper or lower lash line.

Overall, the Shu Uemura Gel Pencil Liners in Violet Purple and Green are the perfect way to spice up your eyeliner and add subtle bit of colour into your fall makeup routine.

*Press samples featured

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makeup monday : what happens in miami …

As you can tell by my Instagram account, if you happen to follow it,  I am in the midst of working/vacationing in beautiful Miami. It’s my home away from home … and I have been enjoying every minute.

Whenever I travel – whether across the border or overseas – the objective is to travel light and return with slightly more. Or much more. Or whatever I think I can get away with.

Here’s a glimpse of what I started with: (in advance, my apologies for such sub-par photos … I’m doing this all off an iPod and the pictures look so much better on a tiny screen than they do on a full size computer. le sigh.)

My makeup essentials includes a few essentials from Chanel – a pressed powder and highlighter/blush combo from the Les Beiges collection; a Stila eyeliner in a bright Miami-esque turquoise/green to add some fun to the eyes at night; Clinique mascara for obvious “I’ve for no lashes” reasons; my Anastasia Pro Pencil which does wonders for the eye area; my Shu Uemura brushes, because I love how they apply makeup for me; and bobby pins to keep my hair off my face in this heat.  I also brought some Bite Lip Pencils (not pictured) and my Tom Ford eyeliners.

I also brought some other fun skin and body care items, including my new Foreo Luna Mini to massage and cleanse the skin each night after dirty days at the beach and pool; Olay Fresh Effects Exfoliating Wipes (the husband loves these as much as I do that I had to bring two packs); and Secret’s new Hawaii Citrus Breeze Body Spray and Anti-perspirant/Deodorant, because … well … it’s Miami, it’s hot, I sweat, you get it.

I have to add that these three items have been great for vacation use! The Luna Mini makes cleansing the skin after a day at the pool or the beach like an extended spa facial. Plus, it makes my skin glow which is a bonus with the slight tan I’m getting. It’s tiny little self is so portable so easy to use! The Olay Fresh Effects are my quick clean up of choice. It removes grime and dirt easily, and exfoliates really well. My skin feels instantly clean. Lastly, Secret’s new body spray is my new summer BFF. After a shower, after the pool, after feeling like I’ve sweated up a storm, I’ve packed this scented spray in my cabana bag religiously since I’ve gotten here!

Now on to what has mysteriously made it’s way into my carry on for my return home later this week:

So, while my morning’s consist of pool or beach side fun, my afternoons usually involve the mall, the beauty department, and plenty of makeup wipes and tissue. I found this sleekly cased brand, Nudestix, at Bloomingdale’s and was curious. Nudestix is all about makeup in crayon form – MY FAVOURITE. The pencils are divided into three categories: the eyes, the lips AND cheeks, and concealer. I picked up two lip+cheek pencils and two eyeshadow pencils … I’m on the search for the concealer pencils as they didn’t have my shade in stock. Sad face, yes, but only until I opened my tin and saw the extremely ample mirror tucked inside and the sharpener. I’m excited about this brand.

The other great thing about coming across the border is Ulta. I shop this store ALWAYS in New Jersey and Miami … so it was one of my first stops when I arrived. Being a big Stila fan since, like … 1998 … I grabbed these three nude themed palettes made exclusively for Ulta.  Each comes with two cheek colours (a mix of blush, highlighter or bronzer depending on the palette) and four eye shadows.  The cost – just $20 USD. At Kohl’s – which is another great store not only for makeup but clothes as well, I grabbed a highlighter and shimmering bronzer from The Balm. These pretty babies can be used on the eyes or cheeks.

Back to Ulta (and actually Bloomingdale’s too), I restocked on Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer. I’ve been using these as my base in my bridal kit and love the coverage. It’s true, a pin prick goes a long way and mixed with moisturizer or a mixing medium, they can be sheered out for lighter coverage.  I also restocked on my Trish McEvoy Eye Base Essentials. I love this primer as I feel it gives the eyes a nice even base to start any eye look – from natural to smokey.

Oh shoot – I cannot forget about this travel brush set from Japonesque.  I actually didn’t need this at all. I just liked it. And it was $20 at Ulta. The coolness factor : all five brushes fit in the sleek tube. It’s so sleek – I thought I lost it when really it was tucked in the bottom of my purse.

The last … or at least current last until my next shopping trip … of my haul is the Not Your Mother’s hair care line. I’m loving my newly permed hair and so happy that it is manageable in this Florida heat … but again, you can never have too many good arsenals in your hair care kit. At a whopping $4.54 USD at Wal-Mart … I snatched up one of everything! I’m currently loving Kinky Moves, which I’ve been applying to my waves while damp and letting air dry.

So  – this is nothing new – you know, me splurging on beauty while away. I’m pretty sure I will need a second carry on because outside of these purchases I may or may not have made but totally did purchase are some cute tops and bottoms which will also need to find a home in my luggage. I’m sure everything will play along fabulously … yes?!

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stuff from lil steph : shu uemura POREraser

Warmer weather calls for longer lasting products, SPF, and all the things I still look for in base products – good coverage, oil control, and pore smoothing. The Shu Uemura POREraser UV Under Base Mousse ($46) claims to do it all – it’s a “base” primer that can be worn with or without foundation. In the Mika for Shu collection there are 4 different UV Under Bases (all with different and pretty pump packaging designs!):

  • POREraser UV under base mousse beige SPF 35 PA+++
  • POREraser UV underbase mousse pink SPF 35 PA+++
  • UV under base brightening mousse pink purple SPF 30 PA++
  • UV under base BB mousse BB Beige SPF 30 PA+++

“The shu uemura light as air UV under base mousse is a make-up essential, it veils skin to transform it into the perfect canvas for the sweetest or sultriest wonderland fantasies… Light as air mousse for medium skin tones that provides a pore-less semi-matte finish.”

As mentioned above, There are two colours – pink and beige. “Pink” is for light skin tones, while “Beige” is best suited to those with medium skin tones. I’m typically in the light-medium range, but I find that beige is a little light for me.

Pumping the bottle produces a lightweight mousse, that reminds me a little bit of a volumizing mousse for hair. The slight sunscreen scent is a little unpleasant but dissipates as you blend it onto the face. The product itself is light and soft. It smoothes over the skin in an almost water-like manner. The POREraser smooths over minor imperfections, reducing redness, mattifying, and filling in pores. Furthermore, the product extends the wear-time of my foundation by up to 2 hours.

Not only does the Shu Uemura POREraser have the same properties as old pore-minimizing primer, it also contains SPF to protect the skin from the sun! Overall, an A+ in my books and a must-have for the summer months.

Disclosure: These products were sent to BlushPretty.com for editorial consideration. We tested and reviewed the product to share our honest opinion with you (our fabulous readers) and would only ever recommend or review products we truly believe in!

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because there is a princess in all of us : new from shu uemura

Every girl deserves to be a princess.

The press info for Shu Uemura’s 2013 6 Heart Princess holiday collection just arrived in my inbox, but I wanted to share with you the little video created by Takashi Murakami. A quick review of the products and I’m already left wanting the Lip and Cheek FunTasy in all colours. And the palettes. And … well, you get it!

The collection will be available online starting tomorrow BUT won’t be available at counters until November 1, 2013.  Time to schedule that trip to Holt Renfrew ladies!

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