Monday, 21 July 2014

Sigma Brush Review* || E20 and E25

Sigma brushes. When I hear those words I think affordable, amazing makeup brushes and the latest two brushes I've tried live up to that reputation. Keep reading to find out how I use these brushes and my thoughts on them.

In general, I find Sigma brushes to be very well made and classic looking with the black handles and silver ferrule. I always make sure to put a coat of clear nail polish over the logo and brush number and name so they last for a very long time.

So let's breakdown the two latest additions to my makeup brush collection:

E20 Short Shader ($15.99) - The E20 is a flat head brush with very short bristles. The bristles are soft yet firm for very precise detail work. I use this brush to either apply eyeshadow as eyeliner on my top and bottom lashes or to smudge out eyeliner. I would say this is a great brush to have even if you are just starting out with makeup.

E25 Blending ($15.99) - The E25 brush intrigued me with its slightly flat bristles. Typically blending brushes are fluffy and domed shaped but not this one. I find this is great for a very controlled blend - great for the crease, blending out a smoky eye that extends past the crease or softly blending out my liner. You can also easily use this brush to apply shadow onto the entire lid. This is a very versatile brush once you start playing around with it.

Both of these brushes are getting a ton of use during my day-to-day makeup application and I highly recommend that you check them out.

If you live in Canada and need to get your hands on some Sigma brushes (with FREE SHIPPING!), check out Obsessed Look, the sister site to Nail Polish Canada. On Obsessed Look you can find everything from Sigma Brushes to Lime Crime Cosmetics to Joico hair care. 

til next time...

Disclaimer: I received the Sigma brushes from Obsessed Look for review purposes. All opinions are my own and are not affected by any affliates.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

NOTD: Neon Tribal

Neon Tribal Nail Art
Back to back nail design posts, woo! I wore this design last week when I needed something quick and easy. I used the Kiss Nail Dress stickers I picked up a couple weeks ago in Seattle - a great pack of nail stickers both in full and french sizes.

While the design is very eye catching and I received a lot of compliments, I'm just not a big fan of this type of thicker nail sticker. As my nails are curved, I get a lot of creasing and poor application. These would work very well on a flatter nail. I can say that these stick really well (even leaving a bit of residue after I removed them) but they don't damage your nails.

I have yet to try out the French sized stickers in this kit but think that this is a very unique feature of this product. You receive 40 stickers in the pack - with various sizes to fit your fingernails. These are great for accent nails, as I have used them, so you can really maximize the kit.

To compliment the tribal design, I paired it with China Glaze's Shocking Pink which is a summer staple for me.

til next time...

Sunday, 13 July 2014

NOTD: On The Run Tour Edition

This post is a few days late but I had to show you all my nail art design I created when I went to the On The Run Tour in Toronto. I've included a few of my pics from the concert as well - if Beyoncé and Jay Z are coming to a town near you, GO! The show was absolutely amazing with the two of them performing all of their hits and then some more! Production value is fantastic - everything is themed around the trailer they released for the tour a little while ago. Costumes are amazing and Beyoncé looks STUNNING! This show solidified my thoughts that Beyoncé is perfect (and that I want to be her) and that Jay Z is easily the coolest, smoothest rapper out there. 

Anyways....on to the nails. I devoted one hand to Beyoncé (including Yoncé, a diamond, fishnets, her silhouette and a kiss with XO) and one hand to Jay Z (including his name, gold studs, the Illuminati symbol, the Yankees logo and the symbol from a previous album, The Blueprint 3). I did all of this by hand with the exception of the fishnets - I used a Konad plate.

Hope you enjoy this design! Which two artists would you love to see tour together??

Beyonce nail art
Jay Z nail art

til next time...

Saturday, 5 July 2014

200 Bloglovin Follower Chanel Nail Polish Giveaway!

A little while ago I received a wonderful email saying me and my little blog had reached the 200 follower milestone on Bloglovin. To celebrate this achievement, I wanted to share the love with you all! I couldn't decide on what I wanted to gift...until I remembered one of my true beauty loves - CHANEL NAIL POLISH!

That's right I'm giving away a Chanel Nail Polish in the shade of the winner's choice (see shades here). Unfortunately, this giveaway is open to Canadian residents only (sorry to followers in other countries, I hope to have one for you soon!). You must follow me on Bloglovin to be eligible to win. If you are not following me already, go to my Bloglovin' page and follow away!

The contest runs until July 19th at 11:59pm EST. Good luck everyone!


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til next time...

Friday, 4 July 2014

Favourite Five and a Fail || June 2014

Another month has come and gone. Although I haven't been blogging a lot this month, it doesn't mean I haven't been trying new things and falling in love. All of these products were great to travel with and came with me everywhere.

lancome teint miracle No Dark Shadows

No Dark Shadows Complexion Enhancer - I received this when I attended the Chick Advisor Showcase and I've really been enjoying it. It brightens up my under eye area while also concealing my dark circles relatively well. Doesn't dry out my under eye area and haven't found it to crease too much.

Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation - In my May Topbox I received an empty container to bring to a Lancome beauty counter so I could receive a sample of any foundation. The lady chose this foundation for me and I absolutely fell in love. Typically my skin and high end foundations don't get along, but this one was basically made for me. Easily blends into the skin with medium, buildable coverage. It has a dewy/glowy finish to it that I love, but sometimes mattify with powder if it's really hot out. Lasts for the majority of the day without breaking up on my skin or emphasizing my dry spots.

pacifica body butter

Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Body Butter - Mmm this smells like summer and vacation plus packs a punch in the hydration department. A thicker consistency that quickly absorbs into the skin and keeps it smooth and hydrated all day long.

Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes

Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes Waterproof Mascara - Maybelline knows how to make a mascara. I love this dual ended mascara - one for your upper lashes (great bristle brush with a slight helix in it) and one for your lower lashes (small bristle brush). It keeps my lashes curled all day, doesn't flake or smudge. Provides great length and very nice volume at the base of the lashes. I hope this isn't getting discontinued or I'll have to stock up big time!

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine 8 Pink in Confidence

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick - Ahhhh! Can you hear the angels sing? I finally got a YSL lipstick. Yes they are pricey ($39) but I had a store credit for Sephora and figured why not? I decided on #8 (Pink in Confidence) which is a great your lips but better shade (dusty medium pink/nude). It smells amazing, glides onto the lips effortlessly and lasts about 2 hours or so. Frankly I just love pulling this out to apply it - I feel so fancy!

Blinc mascara review

Fail: Blinc Mascara - I purchased a trial mascara set from Sephora (once I've tried everything I will do a post on all of them) and I thought I would love this mascara because it's waterproof. Boy was I wrong! I hate these small bristle brushes - they do nothing for my lashes. I ended up with basically 3 lashes per eye once I applied this.

What did you enjoy during the month of June? Leave a comment or a link to your post!

til next time....

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Haul || Seattle Jewellery Edition

I'm sitting waiting for my flight back to Toronto and thought what could I blog about in the minimal time I have with the minimal stuff in my bag....and EUREKA! I put all the jewellery I bought (minus one piece) in my carry on. So here are some shots of the pieces I picked up from Fossil, Forever 21 and J. Crew.

The first two pieces are from Fossil - which I never shop at but popped in at the outlets. They had an extra 70% off sale jewelry so I got these two pieces for $14 in total. I love the cobalt blue colour of the necklace and the stud earrings are stunning, especially in the sun.

The next two pieces are from my beloved J. Crew. Their jewellery is way too expensive for me when it's regular price so when I saw that their sale jewellery was an extra 50% off the lowest price I snatched up these two beauties. The white fan necklace is something that will go with anything and I love the colour of the gems of the second necklace. So excited to wear these this week!

The last two pieces are from Forever 21, where deals are not needed to pick up great pieces at great prices. I love gold chain necklaces. They add a ton of class and polish to any outfit (plus you can add them to an edgy outfit to make you feel like a bonafide rapper haha). The second necklace is a gorgeous taupe colour that will be great with neutral or colour filled outfits.

Overall I think I did pretty well on the jewellery front - a great way to update your basic clothing for not a lot of money.

til next time...

And yes, I took all these photos on a table at the airport. Talk about impromptu blogging!

Friday, 27 June 2014

Haul || Seattle Beauty Edition

If you saw my Travel Essentials post, you will know that I went to Seattle and Vancouver. While wandering around downtown Seattle I found a Target! I went in and did some serious damage and I thought I could share my haul.

I went a little crazy with Elf products which are much harder to find in Canada. Whenever I find myself in front of an Elf display the Lip Exfoliator is out of stock - this time it wasn't and I had to pick up one. I own the Matte Lip Color in Natural and thought Rich Red would be a great addition to my collection (plus cool to see if it's a close enough dupe to the Kardashian Joystick or RiRi Woo from MAC). The Eye Refresh purchase was solely because I was tired and curious yet I haven't tried it yet. And finally I've heard great things about the Small Stipple Brush (mainly from Beauty Broadcast)

I received a NYX Butter Gloss in my recent Ipsy bag and thought I might as well get another shade. This one is a beautiful creamy peach colour (Maple Blondie). I finally caved and bought the Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach - hopefully in combination with the Elf Eye Refresh I can look like I actually get a good night's sleep. The L'Oreal Infallible Eyeliner Pencil in Green Ivy was on Clearance and I thought why not? It is SUPER pigmented and creamy and when I tried to wash off my swatches with soap it didn't budge.

Before leaving on this trip I realized I only owned very long individual lashes (and really how much do those help me?), so Ardell short individual lashes were a necessity. I spotted these Kiss Nail Dress nail stickers and thought they were so fun and pretty. I love the fact that there are both full and french stickers and can't wait to try these out (most likely as an accent nail).

I always find myself drawn to the travel section of any store and when I saw this small EOS Shave Cream it basically jumped into my cart. What can I say? I'm obsessed with travel sized products!

Chanel Sweet Lilac Nail Polish

Lastly, not from Target, I kept up with my tradition of adding a Chanel Nail Polish to my collection each time I visit a new city. I decided on the limited edition Sweet Lilac. Look out for an upcoming post full of swatches!

Hope you enjoyed seeing what I spent my money on during my trip!

til next time...

Thursday, 26 June 2014

My Travel Essentials - Makeup

Makeup Travel Essentials

You've probably noticed I've been very MIA recently. I really do apologize for this - I was away for a conference in Winnipeg then had a big presentation, my best friend's wedding and then headed off to Seattle and Vancouver. I'm actually typing this post as I hear the clickety clack of the train tracks en route to Vancouver. With all this travel, I wanted to show you what I pack in terms of makeup.

I keep everything pretty simple with a few options/variations as my makeup routine during vacations or business trips is extremely minimal.

Makeup Travel Essentials

Face - In terms of foundation I like to bring something that I can either sheer out or buildup for nights out. I recently purchased the Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation and love the glowy finish it has and it lasts all day. I make sure to also bring an undereye concealer (No Dark Shadows) and a face concealer (Revlon PhotoReady).

I also bring a bronzer that I can use all over or to contour my face (Covergirl Clean Glow Bronzer) and a peachy, glowy blush that can go with anything (L'Oreal Limited Edition blush). For a highlighter, I love this tiny Benefit Watt's Up stick highlighter.

Makeup Travel Essentials

Eyes - First off, brows are key in my makeup routine, simple or not. I'm currently trying out the Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner in Universal Dark and really enjoying its small size and the colour as well. I set my brows with Anastasia Clear Brow Gel to make sure they last all day.

Deciding what eyeshadows to bring is probably the hardest decision beside lip colours. I need the Urban Decay Naked Palette near me at all times (the only one I enjoy of the three). You can create so many different looks with it but I tend to stick with Sin all over the lid with Naked and Buck in the crease. A couple other single eyeshadows (Elizabeth Mott Pop Goes the Shadow in Champagne and MAC Omega) can quickly change the possible looks without taking up much more space.

Mascara is a very simple choice - whichever one I'm loving at the moment (Maybelline Big Eyes in Waterproof).

Makeup Travel Essentials

Lips - Like I said this is usually a very hard decision for me. This trip I opted for a holy grail - Revlon Primrose as it is a very nice neutral pink colour. I also brought Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Pink Ice, and Bourjois Paris Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Orange Crush.

Makeup Travel Essentials

I make sure all of my items fit into this very generously sized makeup bag from the Lilly Pulitzer collection for Estée Lauder.

Hope this helps you plan out what to bring for your next trip. I'll make sure to also do a couple more posts about travel essentials in the future!

til next time...

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Favourite Five and a Fail || May 2014

While I can't remember much from May (other than going on an awesome road trip to NYC and Boston), I can remember the products I was loving this past month. I have been busy with school so quick, easy beauty routines were a must!

Lush Sexy Peel Soap

Lush Sexy Peel Soap - OMG I am in love with this soap! It smells amazing (very citrus-y) and doesn't dry out my skin. This is the first time I've tried a soap from Lush (crazy, I know!) and I am super impressed.

Hourglass Blush Radiant Magenta

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta - I spoke about this blush in a recent post after I picked it up in NYC. While I do feel this blush is slightly overhyped and overpriced, I have been enjoying it and wearing it most days of the week. It gives a gorgeous glow to the cheeks without being shimmery. A little goes a long way (I may have gone a little overboard a couple of times) so I'm happy it will last so long.

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation - Okay, I found 3 of these sample packs in magazines over the past couple of months and I thought that there was no way I would use this. One day I was curious and was going to be outside for awhile and gave it a go! Super impressed with its' mousse texture and how easily it blends into the skin. I apply it with my fingers and achieve great results. It doesn't dry out my skin very much (and that's saying a lot) and feels very smooth. A great foundation for the hot summer months!

Laura Mercier Sandstone Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Eyeshadow in Sandstone - I've had this eyeshadow for ages (and finally hit pan!) and have always loved it. With the simple, easy makeup looks I've been rocking this month, this eyeshadow has been a go-to. A gorgeous shimmery, champagne-pink shade it is great for all over the lid. This eyeshadow isn't buttery but has nice pigmentation and lasts for a long time.

Jergens BB Body Skin Cream

Jergens BB Body Skin Cream - The summer months are upon us and my pale skin needs to look less ghostly and uneven! This new lotion from Jergens claims to do a lot of different things but I find it does two - evens out my skin tone and moisturizes without being sticky. I can even apply this before bed and not be bothered by the feeling of moisturizer sitting on top of my skin and touching my sheets (yes I'm weird, I know).

Benefit Posie Balm

Fail: Benefit Posie Balm - I received this in my past Topbox and it disappointed me so much - no pigmentation on the lips and limited hydration. Save your money and go buy either a Revlon Lip Butter or a Maybelline Color Whisper.

What were your favourites for May? Leave a link to your blog post in the comments!

til next time...

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

NOTD || Ombréd Pearls

Straying away from my Mani Mondays (mainly due to being busy), I have a new nail art look today! This look features a soft ombré and pearl details on select nails. I am very happy with how it turned out!

To create the ombré, I first started with two coats of OPI My Very First Knockwurst (one of my favourite nail polishes, ever) and allowed those to dry. Then using a cosmetic sponge, I painted on a stripe of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Earl Gray and a stripe of the OPI polish underneath that, then sponged it onto the tips of my nail. Repeated this process once more, then took an eyeshadow sponge with some of the Sally Hansen polish to make the very tips of the nails darker.

For the pearls, I finally used my Born Pretty Pearl Rhinestone decorations and placed them at the base of the nails. I really like how these compliment the pastel look of the ombré.

Would you like to start seeing full tutorials of my nail art, in the form of step-by-step photographs? Let me know in the comments!

til next time...