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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Make Up For Ever HD Cream Blush in 215 & 410

make up for ever hd cream blush in 215 flamingo pink and 410 coral

I'm no expert on blush, I am actually quite a beginner when it comes to applying it. I've spent the past few years trying to hide my redness and naturally flushed cheeks, and I always think to myself.. why would I want to add any type of red/pink back into my skin? Recently I've become more of a powder blush user, but only when applied LIGHTLY.. and subtly. So you can imagine my panic at the HD Blush event I previously attended, when I was forced to apply MUFE's new HD Cream Blush myself, in front of other beauty experts! Thankfully, I did a decent (but a bit heavy..) job, and the experience has helped me overcome my fear of cream blushes!

make up for ever hd cream blush in 215 and 410

The new Make Up For Ever HD Blush was created with a blend of silicone oils, dry oils, and waxes, and is suggested to be either worn under or over a powder. I've done both, and it applies no differently. It claims to melt into the skin for a natural finish and look great on camera. The collection consists of 16 shades, perfected for every skin tone.

make up for ever hd cream blush in 215 and 410
make up for ever hd cream blush in 215 and 410 swatches
MUFE HD Blush in 215 (Flamingo Pink), & 410 (Coral)

As you can see, at the time this picture was taken I had not yet even touched the 410 blush! I think it was just a bit intimidating to me. The 410 blush is what they call a 'universal shade' that is made to be suitable for all skin tones. When I got around to testing it out, it did end up being much darker than the 215, but with control I was able to apply a subtle amount and build it as I pleased.

My Thoughts: 215 seemed to be a light mixture of a coral pink, and I find it very suitable for my fair skin tone. I actually wear this blush every day that I have the time to apply blush. 410 is a darker, true coral and I think would be more suitable in the summertime. The texture of these blushes are very lightweight, super easy to blend, not sticky, and dries to a powder finish. I am able to apply it with MUFE's 148 Artisan Blending Blush Brush subtly and effortlessly, or build it for a stronger look. When applied above my bronzer, it gives my face more definition and a natural glow. I don't notice the wear time, but it is very transfer resistant when I attempt to rub it off once it has dried.

make up for ever hd cream blush in 215 flamingo pink cheek swatch
make up for ever hd cream blush in 215 flamingo pink face swatch
MUFE HD Cream Blush in 215 (Flamingo Pink)

make up for ever hd cream blush in 410 coral cheek swatch
MUFE HD Cream Blush in 410 (Coral)

In the photos above I applied the blush a lot heavier than I would on a daily basis to show the colour better. If you use a sparse brush and a light hand, applying this cream blush will be foolproof, and it can be as light or as dark as you want! I haven't ever been frustrated with applying too much and I love the blend-ability. I would definitely re-purchase if I ever run out of the 215. Make Up For Ever HD Blush is available at Sephora locations and online, as well as Make Up For Ever Boutiques, for $31 (CAD).

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wish Upon a Wednesday {Link-Up}

Hey lovelies! It's been such a stressful and hectic week for me, as I only have a week left of school and have already been through 2 exams! Only 2 more to go and a few more major projects to complete! I actually have a presentation later today and I am freaking out, and totally not as prepared as I should be for it.

To get my mind off of all my stress, I actually have been online window shopping more often than I should be, under these circumstances! I've joined 'Wish Upon a Wednesday', a weekly link-up hosted by Charlotte and Ellie of Looking for Love Online, to show you all some things I've been eyeing, but have yet to purchase.

1. Cut Out Chunky Boots $54
2. Wilfred Croix Scarf $60
3. Katie Oversized Round Sunglasses $25
4. More Whine, Less Wine Tee $35
5. Blue Festival Denim Short $36.90
6. Michael Kors Medium Sutton Satchel in Black/Gold $328

You can join the link-up too! Simply add in a link to your wishlist post :) we'd love to see!
Hope everyone is doing well at this stressful time of year, to perk you up... remember..summer is around the corner :p (I hope..)

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Crayons

soap & glory sexy mother pucker gloss crayon stick

Besides lip balms, my favourite type of lip product would have to be lip crayons. I have so much more control over these than a typical lipstick and I just find them more fun to apply. Little to my knowledge, Soap & Glory has had these gloss crayons out for a while, although this is their first appearance in Canada! The Soap & Glory Gloss Crayon's are available in 5 shades, but are available in 3 shades for us Canadians; Fuchsia-Ristic, Nudist, & Plum Jam.

These lip crayons are not your typical, and are designed to be collagen-boosting to offer 3D volume and intense colour payoff. They contain collagen-boosting pre-peptides for fuller, plumper, looking lips, without the tingle you usually feel from plumping lip products.

soap & glory sexy mother pucker gloss crayon stick
soap & glory sexy mother pucker gloss crayon swatches
Fuchsia-ristic, Nudist, Plum Jam (Heavily Swatched)

Although I was a little afraid to try these at first because of my 'larger-than-average' bottom lip, I was quite pleased with them! I hate lip products that burn, it would feel like my lips were being destroyed (ok..exaggerating a bit :p). I'm happy to report that these did not burn or tingle at all. The crayons had the typical texture of a gloss and were not as buttery smooth as I'd normally like. But I do think it's quite creative to have the texture of a gloss in a crayon form. They lasted a few hours, and you will definitely need to reapply after eating! I appreciate that they didn't show my chapped lips/peeling skin as much as other lip products would. I didn't notice any major plumping because my lips are already on the larger side, but someone with smaller lips might notice the illusion!

The colour payoff is not very strong at first but can be built up to achieve a noticeable tint of colour. I also found them to be glossier than my other lip crayons. My favourite out of the trio is definitely Nudist. It is probably the most casual and definitely in my comfort zone. The colour is subtle and like 'my lips but better'. Fuchsia-ristic is a bit deceiving, as it looks a bright orange in the tube, but when applied it is a light subtle pink. Plum Jam didn't apply as evenly as the others did, and I think it would be best over a darker lip product to give it some shine.

soap & glory sexy mother pucker gloss crayon stick fuchsia-ristic swatch
soap & glory sexy mother pucker gloss crayon stick lip swatch fuchsia-ristic

soap & glory sexy mother pucker gloss crayon stick swatch nudist
soap & glory sexy mother pucker gloss crayon stick swatch nudist

soap & glory sexy mother pucker gloss crayon stick swatch plum jam
soap & glory sexy mother pucker gloss crayon stick swatch plum jam

The Soap & Glory Gloss Crayons are available now in Canada for the month of April only! They can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart locations nationwide for 16$, and online at Murale.ca (although, I currently can only find a few of their products on Murale, might be best to just go into a local Shoppers). Ps. They're made in Italy ^_^ (I thought that was kind of cool!)

Shop Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Products (For US readers):

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Spring's Hottest Ticket: Sephora Sale Beauty Picks

As most of you beauty mavens might already know, Sephora is currently having a 15% off sale both online and in stores. It's the perfect time to take advantage and stock up on some spring and summer essentials! If you are stuck on what to pick up, here are some products I think would make your trip to Sephora worthwhile..

sephora springs hottest ticket vib sale ideas and beauty picks

1) Make Up For Ever HD Blush $31
1) REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask $66
1) Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade $24
1) Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24hr Foundation $50
5) Pro Beauty Blender Duo $29
1) St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse $22.50-49.50

I've been using this Make Up For Ever HD Blush for the past few weeks and I'm loving the way it applies and how easy it is to build the colour up. Since it's release it has already been a big hit and has actually inspired me to wear blush more often. While you're there I'd recommend picking up the 148 Artisan Brush to apply it! I haven't tried any products from REN, but if I had the choice, I'd pick up their popular Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask. I picked up Lancome's Teint Idole Ultra 24hr Foundation the other day but unfortunately, what I thought was my shade match turned out to be a bit too orange. I will be bringing it back to exchange for a suitable colour because I liked that it was lightweight and looked natural. Ever since I'd begun using the Beauty Blender, I've been unable to use anything else to apply my foundation! This duo is a great bargain, as one usually costs $26 alone. And last but not least, if you're looking to build a bit of a tan before you have to show your legs on the beach, it might help to pick up St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse, or any other reliable tanning mousse available!

What did I pick up? As mentioned, I picked up the Lancome Foundation but will have to exchange it for a lighter/less orangey colour. I also picked up a single Beauty Blender, only to find out they have duos for $3 more (boo).

Did you pick up anything, or have anything in mind that you want?