Friday, July 27, 2007

M·A·C's New Collection Is No Flash In The Pan

Every time M·A·C launches a new collection I get butterflies in my tummy! I just want to get my hands on it and try it out. Each is quite different and quite lovely.

Flashtronic is a collection that everyone can enjoy. With shimmering shades and a little luminescence thrown in, you can take this collection from daytime to sexy evenings out partying.
Flashtronic contains six mineralized powder eyeshadows that consist of up to four shades swirled together in one pan, three high-frost metallic powders - perfect for cheeks and four neutral lipglass colours that will compliment all skin tones.
I have been trying out this collection and really love it. My picks from the collection are:
Lipglass - Young Spark and Flashtronic
Eyeshadow - Quarry and By Jupiter
Skinfinish - Northern Light

For your information, here is the full collection listing:
Perfectly Pink: a creamy mid-tone pink (cream).
Flashtronic: a caramel bronze with subtle gold pearl (cream).
Young Spark: a neutral pink with subtle gold pearl (cream).
Electro-Lush: a creamy blue pink (cream).

Mineralize Eye Shadow
By Jupiter: a light taupe with beige and deep brown veining (frost).
Tectonic: a yellow gold with lime green, warm brown and black veining (frost).
Ether: a deep aqua with silver, black and gold veining (frost).
Mercurial: a yellow gold with lilac and chestnut veining (frost).
Lovestone: a raspberry with wine and copper veining (frost).
Quarry Sky: a blue with olive, coral and beige veining (frost).

Mineralize Skinfinish
Northern Light: a mid-tone pink with rust and grey brown veining.
Gold Spill: a pink peach with warm brown and cream pearl.
Global Glow: a mid-tone brown with gold pearl.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Revlon Lash Jewels

Two weeks ago I wrote an article on Lash Jewels and asked you if you had tried it and what you thought. Well my goodness did you tell me!

Most of your feedback was that you felt that product was hard to apply and messy. I had to find out for myself so off I went to my local drugstore to purchase a wand of Lash Jewels.

I applied my mascara first and let that dry and then twisted the wand end a couple of times as suggested. Quite a bit of the liquid came out and I tried to apply prettily to my lash but the blob began hanging under my lashes rather than on top. I tried several times but never got that beautiful result as shown in photo.

I personally found that the clear jewels did not show up very well on my lashes and almost made me look like I had tears or rain droplets on my eyelashes. I still wonder if the blue or purple might look quite funky.

I think if someone else, like a makeup artist, was applying the Lash Jewels that I might have got a better result. Hard to tell.

I love Revlon products but I am sad to say that this item is not a winner in my opinion.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Glamour On The Go

Last year I wrote about April Jacob and her fantastic cosmetic company Pink Beauty. I am a huge fan of this newer company and follow its every step.

Jacob recently released her latest collection, Beloved, which is perfect for the modern day glamour girl on-the-go.

“The look for ‘Beloved’ is fresh, flirty, natural, and specially designed to flatter any skin tone and enhance inner beauty,” says Jacob. “A woman looks best when she radiates from the inside out - this collection, with its soft neutrals and fresh vibrant color echoes that sentiment – I want women to not only look refreshed and lively but feel it too.”

I have tried several items from the new collection and love them all. My favourite product from Pink Beauty will always be their lip gloss and the new Glamour Glaze Lip Gloss is now a firm fixture in my beauty bag!

Live in Vancouver? Come meet the Founder and President of Pink Beauty in person. April Jacob will be at Holt Renfrew this Saturday and will be sharing her beauty secrets for achieving that glamorous look on the go.

Saturday, July 28th
10:30am – 5:30pm
Vancouver Holt Renfrew
Call 604-681-3121 to book a personal appointment or just drop by to
meet April.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Lash Control

It is said that our eyes are the 'windows to our soul'. If you believe that, and I do, then we want to make them stand out and look their best.
For me, mascara really brings out my eyes - I have short, light coloured, stumpy lashes and so I need the assistance of a great mascara to lengthen those puppies. Here are some mascaras that I have recently tried:

Brand: Avon
Product: Uplifting Mascara
Description: Revolutionary 'flex-extend' brush that bends to the perfect angle, allowing you to hold and lift lashes for dramatic results. Provides 75% more length and 100% more lift.
Colours: Black, Brown, Black/Brown and Navy
Price: $9.99CAD
Where to buy: Your Avon representative and online
Overall: Available in Canada October 2007. This brush really does bend! I was scared that I was going to snap it off - but no it's still bending. Lashes look natural but have amazing length to them.
Would I buy? Yes most definitely. And with the price being so reasonable I can buy all the colours!

Brand: Besame Cosmetics
Product: Sculpture Lash
Description: A conditioning film for maximum curl, leaving lashes soft and supple, never stiff.· Silicone polymers to lengthen and thicken lashes for a full and natural look.· Pro-vitamin B5 and Keratin to moisturize the lashes.· Rosea Root Extract with anti-aging compounds to strengthen the lashes and hair shaft.· A fixing film that forms an ultra-luxurious water-resistant coating on lashes.
Colours: Plum, Black
Price: $26USD
Where to buy: Vancouver Holt Renfrew, Henri Bendel and online
Overall: I tried the black and it looked great on and felt good. I am not sure if it was me but I had smudges under my eye at the end of the day. I tried it a couple of days and same thing happened.
Would I buy? I'd try the plum and see if the same thing happens

Brand: Borghese
Product: Superiore
Description: Infused with a built-in, silk-powder foundation for superior wear, delicate lashes are coddled in natural conditioners while providing smudge-proof, flake-proof coverage. Enriched with Acqua di Vita 'Living Water' complex for stronger, more luxurious lashes. Suitable for contact lens wearers and sensitive eyes.
Colours: Black, Brown
Price: $18USD
Where to buy: Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, Dillards, The Shopping Channel and online
Overall: I tried the brown. Colour was natural and lashes looked full and long. Product lasted all day without flaking or smudging. Slight chemical smell to product. Would buy this mascara.
Would I buy? Yes, but it is currently only available in Canada on TSC so far.

Brand: Benefit Cosmetics
Product: BADgal Blue
Description:This deep-blue-violet mascara makes eyes whiter and brighter: blue appear more blue; brown eyes more golden; and hazel eyes more lush green.
Colours: Blue (also comes in black)
Price: $19USD/$25CAD
Where to buy: Sephora, The Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Amazon and online
Overall: My lashes look full and long. The blue really brightens up my tired eyes.
Would I buy? I have both the blue and the black and love them. Yes.

Brand: Imju
Product: Fiberwig
Description: An instant drying formula creates a long lasting film coat around your natural lashes. Fiberwig imparts a perfect, smudge-proof maximum lash extension effect with a water-resistant formula that’s easy to remove with warm water, without risking damaging or losing your natural lashes. A jet-black fiber film coats the surface of each lash with long-lasting, clump-free, lash lengthening color that’s resistant to tears, sweat, and oil.
Colours: Black
Price: $22USD
Where to buy: Sephora
Overall: This mascara does not smudge nor clump as promised and it feels like I have nothing on my lashes. I did find that it lengthened as stated but I would love a little fatness too for my skinny lashes. I would highly recommend it for those that wear contact lenses as this product stays put. I have to admit the peeling of the mascara off my lashes was a bit messy in my personal opinion.
Would I buy? Yes but it does not seem to be available in Canada.
Do you agree or disagree with me? What are your experiences with these brands? I want to hear from you!

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Monday, July 23, 2007

The Canadian Makeup Show


Lipstick, Powder 'n Paint is the first to bring you this exciting news - The biggest Canadian cosmetic trade show is coming to town this fall.

The Canadian Makeup Show will be held at Koolhaus, November 10th & 11th with exhibits, seminars and demos for makeup enthusiasts to enjoy and learn from.

Body and Soul, Classified Cosmetics, Crown Brushes, Temptu NYC, Kett Cosmetics, Makeup Artist Magazine, Embryolisse USA, and The Powder Group, are just a couple of industry leaders that will be on-site.

Guest speakers will include: celebrity makeup artist Sharon Gault, Emmy winning makeup artist Michael Key and 5 time Emmy winner Eve Pearl.
I will definitely be there - will you?

For more information, please visit