Recent Faves, Raves & Flops

Bonjour!!!

In the last few months of being the worst blogger in the history of bloggers, I have accumulated quite of bit of makeup and new products. Some being awesome finds and others not so awesome finds.
So let’s just jump into the goodies, shall we?!

Faves & Raves

Clinique Beyond Perfection Foundation and Concealer
-While the mission to get this foundation was a pain in my ass( anyone that knows me, knows this story and I will spare everyone else the drama!) when I finally managed to get my hands on it, it did not disappoint!
This foundation has impressive coverage and a nice finish, it doesn’t make my skin break out and the price wasn’t terrible either.
My only issue is the colour selection. I had to buy a shade darker then I normally would because their lack of light shades was limited, so ladies who are more fair then I may have a trickier time finding a matching shade.

Nyx Strobe of Genius Palette
-My local Shoppers drug mart has recently become one of my favourite places. Why? Because it carries all kinds of Nyx makeup now, that’s why!!
This little gem is great for someone who doesn’t want to spend a fortune on highlighters and still get a decent glow.
I mainly dip into the three bottom colours, the top few I wasn’t crazy over, but may work for other skin tones. 🙂

Nyx Contour Palette
– Another steal from the drugstore! I thought I loved my Kat Von D Shade and Light palette till I met this little fella. You receive more colour options in Nyx’s palette and it’s cheaper. I may even like the formula just a smidge more in this one too.

Nyx Liquid Suede Lipsticks
– I am obsessed with these babies. Great colour pay off, long wearing and a fun shade range that would get any makeup junkie excited. So far, I own Stone fox ( a cool dark greyish shade), Amethyst ( a fun, bright purple shade) and Pink Lust ( a perfect summer fuchsia )
Tip: These lippies, like any matte lipstick formula tend to be a little drying, so make sure to moisturize your lips prior to applying them!)

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
-Love, love, love this for setting my under eye area. It totally reduces the amount of creasing I get with my concealer. It also brightens my oh so lovely dark circles. Thank you Nicole Guerriero for your infinite makeup wisdom and using this on your YouTube Channel and making me go out and buy this (among all kinds of other things).
My wallet hates you though…….

Too Faced Hangover Primer
– Now , I don’t know if it’s this primer or because my Clinique foundation is long lasting, but I really like this stuff and how my makeup looks/lasts. If anything, it moisturizes my face and smells like Pina coladas and who doesn’t want their face smelling so yummy?! 🙂

Graftobian High Definition Color Palette
– In April, I got to have an amazing opportunity and a totally kick ass time doing makeup for Eastlink , during East Coast Music week.
My mom, being the best person she is, bought me this foundation palette. These are highly concentrated colours that range from the fairest fair to the darkest dark. I figured this would be a great opportunity to get some quality things that I could really use in my ever growing kit.
The foundations are great for use for photoshoots and video as they do not give flashback and they are long lasting & high coverage.
The only downfall is they are on the pricier side. Thank god my Momma loves me ❤

Flops

While I don’t have a ton of bad products for this post, I do have one 😦

Hourglass Strobe Powders
– I’m unsure if I’m just not using this correctly, but I don’t think I like it.
I thought for the price and the name, I would be blown away. But, my Nyx highlighters are better and half the price. 😦 So, needless to say I am disappointed. I will continue to use it though and hopefully change my mind. Or it will be lost in the clutter that is my makeup room.

And there you have it. Now go out and buy all kinds of stuff so I don’t feel so alone in my bad shopping habits.

Till next time,

Xoxo Gossip Girl…..

I mean, Nicole 🙂

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Summer Essentials

Summer Beauty Essentials: Top 5 drugstore/ Top 5 High Endimage

Hey there folks! 🙂

Summer is finally upon us and life has become very busy and somewhat hectic! (Work wise and personally!)

So let’s just get in to it shall we?!

Here is a quick post on my Top 5 Summer Essentials!! (Drugstore & High End versions)

Drugstore

1- Loreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray( now there’s a long title!)
I have been using this in place of my beloved Urban Decay setting sprays and I love it. The price is right and It will especially be good for the summer months when you want to really lock in your face makeup and also give yourself a nice cooling mist!

2- Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara
This bad boy comes in clear and also hair colour shades. I bought mine in “Deep Brown”
This is perfect for those lazy (and hot) summer days when you don’t want to worry about filling in your brows so precisely but also don’t want to leave them looking unkept. The lasting power is pretty impressive too! Definitely a summer essential!

3- Loreal Infallibe Pro Matte Foundation
If you are anything like me, you can somewhat turn into an oil slick in the summer. I have heard many good things about this foundation, told my mother to try it out and then I finally purchased it after she said she liked it. It’s a Demi-matte finish that doesn’t look or feel overly cakey. For a drugstore foundation, it isn’t too shabby! 😉

4- NYX Wonder Pencil
This little fella can be used as a concealer, eye brightener and reverse lip liner ( says the packaging) An extra bonus is it can be used to help carve out and highlight your eyebrows! Multi use products in the busy summertime can be your best friend!

5- Maybelline Master Prime Primers
These come in three different formulas that you can choose based on your skin and the affect you want to achieve. I purchased the “Blur and Illuminate” for a healthy glow. There is also a “Blur and Smooth” and “Blur and Redness control” which I think would be great, especially if you get too much sun and your face looks kind of lobster-ish 😉

High End

1- Aveda Tidepool Eye Definer
Pops of colour are huge for the hotter months. Aveda’s Spring/summer 2015 are definitely evidence of that! The easiest way to achieve thhis look is with a little blue eyeliner, either on the top or lower lash line!

2- Mac Gingerly Blush
This is an easy way to add a little summer colour to your face . I have been obsessed with this blush since I was given it. It’s somewhat of a shear peachy or “ginger” colour. I find it is neutral enough to go with any makeup look ( especially that pop of blue eye liner I just mentioned 😉 )

3- Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder
If you have read any of my previous blogs, you’d know I love my foundation from this brand! So naturally I went out and purchased the powder as well! It’s soft and matte finish will be perfect for when the temperatures start to rise and the makeup starts to melt!

4- The Balm’s Mary Lou Manizer Highlighter
This is not just a summer essential, but a LIFE ESSENTIAL! Beautiful highlighter, but be warned, this stuff is highly pigmented. A little goes a long way! ET will be able to spot your glowing cheekbones from space!! Ps..this doubles as a beautiful eyeshadow! You’re welcome!!!!!

5- Aveda’s Dragon Fruit Nourish-mint Lip Liner in Dragon Fruit
Second product from the Spring/summer 2015 Rare Bloom Collection. Beautiful pink liner that I use all over as more of a lipstick.

Bonus Favourite!
Last week I took a very exciting course in scalp massage! Our instructor, Andrea Olivera was amazing! Along with using Aveda products, we got to use some of her very own product line! Me, being a product junkie had to purchase one of her botanical perfumes! “Magdalina” is my new favourite scent. I am obsesseddddddd with it and seriously need to slow down on spraying it before I run out too fast!

Anyway,

Hope you enjoyed this little post. It feels good to write again (more then a month off is too long)

Take Care!

-Nicole xo 😉

June’s Faves, Raves and Flops..A collective haul

I purchased quite a few new goodies this June…and the month still isn’t over yet, so there may or may not be more to come!! 😉

Faves and Raves

Hair Products:

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Bumble and Bumble Surf spray- I previously mentioned this product before. Perfect for those days you don’t want to fuss with your hair too much(which is every day with me!) Just spray into damp hair and it gives you light beachy waves…or spray into to dry hair to mess it up a little. I have bought other types of products like this before claiming to do the same things and they never lived up to their expectations, but this one definitely did! I also don’t like a ton of product in my hair, this stuff was light and It didn’t feel like it was weighing my hair down.

Aveda Invati Scalp Revitalizer- Working for a salon that carries strictly Aveda products has many advantages! We get to work with great products daily and having a staff discount is dangerous!! My bathroom could be its own mini Aveda shop! Now this product you may have seen being advertised in Magazines or in Television commercials. The Invati System was developed to help with thinning hair, which I’ve recently had some issues with. (Bad hair habits, too tight ponytails and stress man!! Its a killer!!!) So I decided to purchase the Scalp Revitalizer.  Its supposed to reduce your hair loss by 33% (when used with the shampoo and conditioner) but I thought hey, I’ll try this first and you know what? I really think its helping. My hair loss isn’t getting any worse *knock on wood* and my bathroom isn’t covered with hair all over the place!(plus, I don’t have to get the poor bf to clean out the bathtub drain as much, you’re welcome Steve)

Batiste Dry Shampoo for Dark or dark brown hair- I’ve bought every Batiste dry shampoo out there and this is by far my fave! It doesn’t leave that white residue as much because the shampoo is brown!!! Love it for my lazy hair days( 5/7 days of the week) and it also gives my hair some great volume!

Caboki- Like I said, I’ve been having some issues with my hair lately and saw this advertised on YouTube in one of those commercials I usually would have waited the 15secs to hit skip on! I didn’t this time and was sold on the product! I received this bottle as a free sample if I signed up and its basically the same as a full size, so it will last forever! What caboki is, is a fibrous product you can get in any hair color to match your own.  It attaches to surrounding hairs and helps hide any signs of hair loss. Now what I have going on, on my head is not NEAR what the models in the videos have going on, its pretty cool to see the transformation. Where my hair is so dark and my scalp is so light, it makes a major difference! I will be using this till my scalp gets its shit together and stops acting like a 40 year old man.

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Cricket Company’s Detangling Brush- I love this. Didn’t believe anything would possibly brush through my mop so easily. But I was dead wrong! It worked on dry tangles and also my dreadful wet hair way better then any wide tooth comb. I didn’t feel like I was slowly breaking off all my hair. If you or your children struggle with unruly hair, Id highly suggest this!

Body Products

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Fruits and Passions Travel Size Eau De Toilettes In Blue and White Tea- I’ve been buying all kinds of mini perfumes lately because I get so sick of scents, that I never go through the full size bottles (minus Dolce and Gabanna’s Light Blue, that stuff is my Holy Grail perfume only used for special occasions ❤ ) These sizes are perfect to just throw in a purse and go. I used to work for Fruits and Passions when I lived in Calgary and was so sad to move back to a town where they don’t have a store…but I was pleasantly surprised when I found a limited selection of their things in Lawtons. 🙂 🙂 Both of these perfumes are very light in smell and nice summer scents! Go Get some!!!!

Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs- this stuff is awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. I hate my legs and this stuff makes wearing a shorter dress more “bareable” ha!… get it?! Anyway…I just picked this up at shoppers when it was on for like half price and I love it!! I know I have seen the spray version before and people seem to like that, but I like this lotion. My legs seriously looked like I had Nylons on! I think it comes in a few different colors and Medium was definitely the best to make my legs look a little more tanned and even! No veins or scars!!! yey! Also, it doesn’t transfer on to your clothing which is huge and it just washes off with soap and water, but you have to sort of scrub at it!  I didn’t try this anywhere other then my legs but Im sure you could use it all over your body if you needed to hide any imperfections!

Makeup Products

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Loreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara in Blackest Black…..New Fave! love this stuff! love the brush! everything!….except the fact that I may or may not be allergic to it since I woke up the past week every morning with itchy eyes…but whatever, Beauty is pain right?! I like this stuff and bought a few just in case they ever discontinue it!

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Elf cosmetics Brow Set, Blush and Bronzer and High Definition Undereye setting powder…All Inexpensive and found at Target…pretty sure I let out a little squeal when I saw the display, also pretty sure the security guard was watching me like a hawk because I think I was drooling in the makeup section that day. I AM NOT A THEIF!!! I just like wandering around makeup isles for long periods of time! Sorry!!….not SORRY!!!!…. It was either that or he thought I was pretty…I’ll go with the latter reason 😉

Ps I think the Bronzer and blush duo is a dupe for some Nars Orgasm blush and Laguna bronzer!!!!

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Nyx Retractable Lip pencil in Nude Pink- decent quality…nice color for every day wear and inexpensive.. so there for, I like it!

Essence Eye Liner in Dark brown…it was 2 bucks and an after thought at the cash register at Shoppers…Glad I grabbed it though. Super soft and dark brown is a great alternative to black liner in the day time!

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Benefit Fake up Concealer- although I haven’t had this long.. I think I am going to like it. I bought it in the color Light. Its super smooth and doesn’t settle in my tiny fine lines under my eyes. Anything will help with my bad circles lately! It’s easier to buy makeup then to try to get some decent sleep these days!

Rimmel’s Stay Matte Powders…2 for $10 at Walmart Ladies!! I bought these in the colors Natural and Buff Beige. I’ve heard quite good things about these and They seem to be pretty good for drugstore powders!  I bought these to set the Benefit Concealer. Hopefully they work out.

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Milani Brow and Eye Highlighters- Ps Wal-Mart now carries Milani products as well! YeY!! This works great under the brow bone, in the inside corners of the eye and also on the water line to brighten! One side is matte and the other is shimmer. I believe I bought this In the color 01.

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Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish eye shadow- I’m on the fence with this one. Can’t quite decide if its a Fave or Flop. I bought this with expectation of a getting a great sparkly shadow. I’m not sure if I’m not using it properly of what. It looks beautiful in the container but not as pigmented as I thought. Also, the eye primer that came in the package, had little to nothing left in it 😦

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Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in Sweet Grapefruit- this wasn’t too bad. I kind of hate the smell though, but the color is a nice light pink and a pretty shade for summer, so that’s something?

 

Flops

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Loreal Collection Privee Lipsticks….These were on sale for half off and I should of known why there were so many left. They look really pretty in their packaging, but I hate how they feel on my lips. The Color payoff isn’t great either. Save your money.

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Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer- I know a lot of people rave over this stuff, but It just isn’t for me. Maybe its the color I bought or something I don’t know. I just don’t find it does what I want it to which is hide under eye circles and high light my face a bit.

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Color Revolution Mineral Foundation and Blush- I bought this on a whim at Lawtons . It was new and looked interesting and I do like mineral makeup, so I thought “hey, what the heck?! Ill try it” The blush was way to sparkly for my liking. It was also Kind of disappointing when I paid $20 for a drugstore foundation that I didn’t love.

Hope You enjoyed this little read and encourages you to go out and try some new products!

-Nicole xo 🙂