April 7, 2014

March Favorites

I know, I know, I'm a week late! And I was definitely missing in action lately. That's because of three (four?) very intense weeks on the work front, that didn't leave me a minute for blogging (I didn't even have enough time to sleep).
That also played a role in last month's makeup, of course. Which had to be done in 12 mins exactly every morning, while still looking, fresh, pretty, professional, polished, you name it...

So for most of this month, I wore this face:

Oh, right! A lot of hair was chopped off in March. That allows me to do quick lose curls with my good old Cloud 9 straighteners. Because when you have long hair, there is nothing quick and easy to do anymore, outside of a poney tail. And when I'm running late, I can still wear it straight, or tie it up, it's a no brainer. So this new hair cut is my first favorite.

On the makeup front, I have been loving:

- Light bases: with Spring, and particularly high temperatures, I wanted to update my base. Out with the Winter foundation, in with the tinted moisturizers, CC creams, and very light foundations. So I have been wearing Nars Radian Tinted Moisturizer, Bourjois CC cream and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua a lot.

- A pop of coral: the combination of my Chanel Intonation cream blush and the Pink Coral Clarins lipstick as seen here is just so easy and fresh.

- The prettiest taupe eyeshadow in the world: that's Inglot Pearl 402. A wash of that and you're done, you can add a darker brown if you want. If you don't have it, Burberry Pale Barley or Mac Patina are in the same color range.

And then on my nails, I've been enjoying the bright colors as well! This is just one coat (one coat, people!) of belgian brand BE nailpolish in the shade 07 Dare. Isn't that pretty?

That's pretty much it for March. How was your month?

March 30, 2014

Beauty Blog Link Love

Jenny reviews the NARS Eye Paints in Mozambique and Iskandar on My Funny Valentine.

Love the Urban Decay Electric Palette but need vegan dupes? Check out Phyrra's UD Electric Palette Dupe List.

Over at theNotice, Rae has a warning about a fraudulent online shop that sells cosmetic supplies... but doesn't always ship them. If you live in Canada or the US, consider yourself warned!

Love cream blush? Then you should check out Musicalhouses' MUFE HD Second Skin Cream Blush swatches!

At Musing on Beauty, Mariella revisits some old favorites: Barry M. Dazzle Dusts. Go down the memory lane with her!

Spring is finally here and FabDiva20 has got some Spring related goodies from NARS Final Cut Collection! Check out her NARS Final Cut Collection Haul!

Are you short on time yet you still want a high-end, results-oriented, and spa-like treat for your skin? See why Pammy Blogs Beauty loves reaching for these Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads from Radical Skincare. From the effervescent feel to the amazing results, these are totally worth checking out!

Jenn from Spiced Beauty shares her L'Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacquer 1-2-3 manicure experience! What do you think?

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed takes MAC Studio Sculpt Mascara for a spin - check out her swatches and see if a comb really does make a better brush!

Beauty Reflections is in love with Lancome Lip Lover Rose Ballet #313! It's her favourite long-wearing gloss ever!

Whether you're feeling an understated nail or something outrageously sparkly, Makeup Morsels' latest lacquer discoveries have you covered for the weekend.

March 22, 2014

Clarins Rouge Eclat in Pink Coral

After having acquired the gorgeous Chanel Chamade Cream Blush, I realized it would look lovely with a coral lipstick. But I didn't have one that was quite the right shade.

Cue a visit to the department store, and this: Clarins Rouge Eclat in Pink Coral.
Oh. My. God.  Smooth texture, light pomegranate smell, beautiful pigmentation: I can't say enough good things about this lipstick.
And so I've been wearing it a lot with said Chanel blush.

The finish is satin and really comfortable. It applies easily and doesn't dry out the lips. It wears quite well for a few hours (or until you eat), and wears off nicely. I am now regretting I never investigated the Clarins lipstick lines earlier.

If you need a nice coral that is non-offensive for Spring, don't look any further.

Clarins Rouge Eclat lipsticks are 3g and cost €24, US$ 27.

March 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Barry M. Dazzle Dusts

I've decided to revisit some products that have been sitting in my makeup collections for years, and that I haven't used in a really long time. So this Throwback Thursday thing should be coming back regularly.
I felt like starting with two products that I used to wear a lot, and that used to be so popular in the beauty community. If you can remember, circa 2008-2009, YouTuber Panacea81 aka Lauren Luke made the Barry M. Dazzle Dusts incredibly popular. The range was huge, back then, but has been quite reduced since.
At some point, I owned almost all the colors, including the most crazy ones. I got rid of a lot because I really didn't use them at all, but I kept some favorites, and that includes those two:

Barry M Dazzle Dusts in Mushroom and Old Gold. Do you remember the taupe gorgeousness that is Mushroom? It was raved about on all the blogs back then.

And I think they really do work well together! See for yourself:

You'll see that face again because I need to tell you about that lipstick.

Do you still own some Barry M Dazzle Dusts? Did you use to use them? Would you wear them again?

March 15, 2014

Beauty Blog Link Love

Check which blush Jenn from Spiced Beauty has on her must have beauty list.

Ever wonder which Canadian beauty products are worth battling our winters for? Rae lists off some of her all-time favourite Annabelle makeup products & Marcelle skincare must-haves this week at theNotice.

Lisa from Beauty Info Zone was intrigued when she found a product named Whoopie and now we're sure you will be too.

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed discovers the lazy girl's way to applying lipstick with a selection of delicious scented and easy to use lip pencils - check out her swatches and start conserving your own calories!

FabDiva20 has been loving the 10 new shades of the NYX Cosmetics Butter Gloss and they are so amazing! Check out her Cherry Culture haul!

For skin that glows model-bright this spring, you only need one product. Get the scoop over at Makeup Morsels!

It's a battle of the brushes, as Musicalhouses compares the Hakuhodo, Real Techniques, and Body Shop blush brushes!

Do you love intensely pigmented cosmetics? Pammy Blogs Beauty checks out Prestige's new line additions to their Total Intensity collection!

Beauty Reflections has been showing most of the Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid Collection this past week, including the Sephora Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick and Ravishing Dew Cream Blush! While your there check out the rest of her Radiant Orchid collection reviews too!


Phyrra's ecstatic for the new Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette! Check out the chaos-inducing colors, tutorial and giveaway!