Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fall Lipstick Picks

Do you love fall as much as I do? Fall is definitely my favourite time of the year. Actually, from the months of September-December I'm probably at my most happiest. Why you say? Sweater weather, hot chocolate, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and CHRISTMAS!! Most of all, I love being able to wear my favourite dark/deep/berry lipsticks.

Today I will be showing you my favourite lipstick picks for this fall season. I tried to pick lipsticks that are possibly available to all, with the exception of one, and I tried to avoid limited edition colours.

Lipstick Picks for Fall 2014
 As you can tell by all the fall decor, I decided to decorate my room this year with fall decorations. I usually decorate for Christmas, but why not also decorate for my favourite season?

 Rimmel is probably my number one in drugstore lipsticks. Every collection and type of lipstick they produce is simply amazing. The formula is very creamy and comfortable on the lips. This is a very dark pink/nude which I find to be perfect for this cool weather. 

 This is my favourite Mac lipstick that I own. Though the colour looks very dark and deep purple in the tube, it comes off fairly light, which means it can be worn anytime of the year. Mac lipsticks are at the top of my list of favourite lipstick formulas, because they definitely know what they are doing. The packaging, the formula, the scent, everything is amazing. This is a daring colour for me to wear, but I do feel absolutely confident wearing it. 

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick - Diva Red
 This is going to be my most worn shade this fall. I've never been a red lip kind of person. I find that red lipstick looks weird on me, so I always gear towards pinks or deep red/burgundy colours. This is the perfect red shade. Its VERY red, but it has a slight tinge of a burgundy undertone. Its more of a blue red in my opinion than a orange red, which I am not that fond of. 

 Are you surprised to see another Rimmel lipstick? This was one of my favourites last fall. A deep reddish/purple shade. Great formula and amazing colour pay off.

 Now this one is fairly similar to the Rimmel 107, but it has more purple/pink in it. These are just options to you if you like a specific undertone! It has a matte finish without drying out your lips. 

Joe Fresh Lipstick - Bordeaux
 I actually had no idea that Joe Fresh, a clothing brand, also had make-up products. It was a surprise to me when my cousin showed me when we went to The Canadian Superstore. The simplistic white packaging is what mainly caught my eye first, and then the colour payoff. This is a beautiful deep red/burgundy lipstick. If you are into more of a brown undertoned lipstick, this one is for you. 

Swatches:
As you saw above, the last three lipsticks looked fairly similar, but in better lighting and on the skin, you can see the huge difference. 
Rimmel #08 - A peachy/deep pink nude
MAC Heroine - a vibrant violet 
Rimmel Diva Red - a bright blue toned red (cremesheen finish?)
Rimmel #107 - A darker, deep red shade
Em Cosmetics Passion Berries - a pinkish/purple/red shade
Joe Fresh Bordeaux - a deep burgundy red

One more question before you go, just an opinion:
If you noticed the pictures I took in this blog post, compared to my previous posts like my Night Time Skincare Routine, do you prefer when I photograph using my lightbox, where the background is all white? Or do you like when I use props or have other items in the background? 

I feel that in the lightbox theres less distractions and more focus on the products, but it seems a bit boring. Having props, decor and other background colours makes it feel more bright, but it can get a bit distracting from what my main focus is. I just wanted to know what you guys thought!

Whats your favourite fall lipsticks?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September 2014 Ipsy Bag Review

We are back with another Ipsy bag! If you are new to my site then welcome welcome! If you don't know what Ipsy is, I shall give you a little overview. Ipsy is a beauty subscription bag that you receive once every month. Each bag comes with 4-6 sample sized/full sized/deluxed sized products. If you follow Ipsy on Instagram you will see that at the beginning of every month they give little hints to the theme of the bag, and to what products you will be receiving.

This months theme was "Street Style".

My September Ipsy bag! 
 I love the idea of the bag, but I felt the bag this month was kind of ugly. They had a great concept, but once again it wasn't executed well in my opinion.

Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser - Deluxe Sample (Value: $2.33)
I've received a Nourish Organic product previously from Ipsy before and from what I remember I think I enjoyed the product. This face cleanser is very different from any that I have seen or used before. It is a cucumber and watercress cleanser (sounds very cool and refreshing, and I also love both those veggies to eat haha). This cleanser cleans your face without leaving your skin dry.

Alterna Hair Care Caviar CC Cream - Deluxe Size (Value: $8.50?)
I thought this was a face product when I first opened the bag and was highly disappointed that it wasn't. I mean, when you think CC cream you think for your face but nope this is a hair product. Not as exciting in my eyes but it got great reviews on Sephora. This is a 10-in-1 leave in hair perfector that provides moisture, shine, smoothness, softness, anti-breakage, heat protection, light hold, UV protection, manageability and strength. Thats a lot of things! I'm not one for hair products but giving this is a very popular product, its worth a shot. 

I was extremely happy to receive this product because it was the one thing that I really wanted after seeing the sneak peek photos! This is a gorgeous red wine colour which is perfect for the fall season. I love fall the most because of the cool weather and deeper red/purple lipsticks. yay for fall! 

I'm already a huge fan of Crown brushes because of Hautelook, so I was happy to see this brush in my bag. Their eyeshadow brushes are very soft and there is little to no hair fallout. 

I'm not that huge of a fan of any other colour than black eyeliner. This claims to be a waterproof liner so that is one plus for this product. Pacifica products are awesome but this one may not be for me. I may use it for my waterline and then applying a little black liner on top so it will last longer, but we shall see.

Verdict:
Full Size Products: 2
Deluxe Size Products: 3
Samples: 0
Price for Bag: $10+tax/shipping=$16
Value of this months bag: $46.33
Mel's Rating: 3.5/5
Worth the money!

This months bag was worth the value that you paid for. Two full sized products well over the whole price of the bag itself. Ipsy is my longest beauty subscription that I've had (I've been with Glossybox Canada and Topbox in the past), and I will probably be staying with them forever unless they start going downhill.

If you want to sign up for Ipsy and join me in this awesome beauty subscription, just click here!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition Anniversary Brush Set Review

This is probably the longest amount of days I've gone without posting something. I have many reasons why I haven't been posting lately. The first reason is that school started, but thats not a good reason since I only have to be in school once a week haha. The second reason is that I've been helping my mom a bit with her business. And the last reason, which is also the main reason why I haven't been posting, is because I got addicted to Sims 3. What a time to be addicted to computer games huh?

I started blogging because I felt this was a great way to express my love of beauty and crafts to people who would want to listen and see those kinds of things. I know for a fact my boyfriend was tired of hearing me talk about stuff he didn't care about. So why not talk to a bunch of strangers right?! Anyways, I didn't want to slack off as soon as school started again, and life really started. I want this to be something I refuse to give up on. It makes me happy that I have my own blog, and that I have readers who come back to read my posts. Blogging is one of the main highlights of my life. Enough of being sappy, lets get on to this post.

I went to Target this weekend because I basically live there every weekend now, and everytime I'm there, I ALWAYS check the Sonia Kashuk section to see if they had this brush set in stock. THEY FINALLY DID!! I know I'm crazy late to this party but I finally got my hands on the Sonia Kashuk 15th Anniversary Limited Edition Brush Set. By golly thats a mouthful. Its purple, its beautiful and its all mine.


You can pick up this bundle of joy at any Target Canada (presuming they still have them in stock)
This awesome set comes with 15 full sized brushes. I purchased one Sonia Kashuk brush previously for almost 20 dollars. This WHOLE set was only $39.99! 

I love the purple bristles. They are to die for. 

 Here are the face brushes. You get 7 of them.

 The 8 eye brushes. The handles of the brushes are a very deep plum purple colour. 

I labled the brushes so you can see for yourself what you get when you purchase this awesome set! Its perfect for beginners or people who just want amazing quality brushes.




Look at how vibrant that purple is. The brush itself is super soft. I absolutely love them. The handles feel luxurious and are nicely weighted. Their is little to no shedding and they definitely do not look like cheap brushes.

Overall, I would recommend these brushes to anyone looking for a great beginner brush set. This set has actually all the tools you need to start doing make-up! Of course these aren't the best brushes on the market, but for the price your paying this is practically a steal. I enjoy using Sonia Kashuk brushes and I'm very pleased they came out this such an amazing brush set. Most of the time whenever you buy brush sets, theres always a few brushes that suck and you know you will never use. All the brushes in this set have a purpose and will be put to good use. They are all great quality brushes. I've purchased many brush sets before in the past, and this has got to be one of my all time favourites.

Do you like purchasing brush sets? Whats your favourite?