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Anastasia Beverly Hills has released a limited edition spring them palette. The star of the ABH spring lineup is the Riviera Palette which features bright pops of colour and warm neutrals that are perfect for creating vacation looks. Norvina said the palette was inspired by the French Riviera. The shade names are travel themed and some named after exotic travel destinations. It was refreshing to see the brand move away from neutral palettes that we previously released. I was so drawn to the bright pinks and purples in the palette but it also has some unique shades that I don’t have in my collection. There are 14 new, “paradise-inspired mattes and metallics that range from vibrant jewel tones to bright colours for shimmering, glam, smoky eyes and pops of colour”. Riviera retails for $59 CAD and $45 USD at Sephora, Anastasiabeverlyhills.com and more retailers pictured at the bottom of this post.

The eyeshadows are housed in a navy and white nautical striped palette with gold details. The canvas material is a nice change from the velvet packaging that we’ve seen before. The shadows include 8 ultra-mattes, 4 metallics and 2 duo chromes. Three of which are pressed pigments that promise a high colour payoff and intensity. The mattes were pigmented and blended well. Most of the mattes have a powdery texture that creates minimal fallout. I was surprised at the opaque finish of the shade Sails. Usually white shadows don’t show up on me but this one works great as a base to set my primer. I wish Cabana had more of a mustard pigment; it was a light mustard on my skin tone. It swatched patchy but it applied good on the eyes. I did have some staining with the shade Bahamas but it is a gorgeous vibrant pink. Cannes was a little difficult to blend and adhered to certain part the eyes more than others. I had to pat it on then diffuse with another colour. The most of the mattes are warm toned which are great for the crease/transition shades. The metallics are very soft and rich in texture. The pigmentation on these are superb. The metallics apply best with your fingers or a wet brush to give the least amount of fallout. Mediterranean is a unique shade that I don’t have in my collection. Seychelles is one of my favourites but all the metallics are beautiful.

Shade Descriptions:

  • Sails (matte white)

  • Yacht (duo-chrome mauve-taupe with a violet shift)

  • Seychelles (metallic aqua marine)

  • Palermo (metallic jewel pink)

  • Seaside (duo-chrome silver with a subtle blue shift)

  • Inheritance (metallic true gold)

  • Mediterranean (metallic sky blue)

  • Estate (matte soft pastel peachy pink)

  • Cabana (matte muted birch mustard)

  • Coastline (matte pastel soft peach)

  • Bahamas (matte bright bold candy hot pink),

  • Monte Carlo (matte cool mid-tone pink)

  • Cannes (matte bright violet purple)

  • Palm (matte dark chocolate brown)

Wearing shades - Bahamas, Cannes, Seaside, Mediterranean and Seychelles

I’m so happy I picked up the Riviera Eyeshadow Palette. The colour story is just stunning. I love all the vibrant shades; they’re perfect for spring and summer looks. The pigmentation is amazing and I didn’t have any major issues with blending or fading. The shadows are long wearing with over 8 hours of wear. I enjoy the mix of cool and warm tone metallics and appreciate the warm toned mattes for the crease. All of the shades are wearable and I can see myself using every single shadow in the palette. The palette is versatile for daytime neutral looks and fun looks with pops of colour. I definitely recommend this palette if you’re looking to add some colour to your makeup collection.

Do you have your eyes on the Riviera Palette?

Samantha

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Huda Beauty has just released her newest glow product - N.Y.M.P.H. - Not Your Mama’s Panty Hose.  It is an all-over face and body highlighter that was created to give you radiant looking skin.  The glow obsessed junkie in me is always striving to achieve the ultimate glow but who isn’t?  I’m so glad that more brands are releasing their own versions of body shimmers/lavas.  I’ve been on the hunt for a good body shimmer and I didn’t want to splurge on the Fenty Lava.  After watching multiple videos I decided to try out N.Y.M.P.H. which I picked up during the Sephora Spring Sale Event. 

The N.Y.M.P.H All Over Body Highlighter was inspired by Beyonce because she wears shiny pantyhose whenever she performs that make her legs look golden.  N.Y.M.P.H was created to give you that look without the fabric.  It retails for $62 CAD and $49 USD at Sephora and Shophudabeauty.com.  There are three available shades ranging from light to dark.  The formula contains 30% light-reflecting pearl pigments that is said to be water and transfer resistant.  I purchased the shade Aphrodite which is a golden-bronze shimmer.

A lot of bloggers are swearing by this as a face primer, Huda included.  I’ve tested this out as a primer and I find the texture too thick.  It adds texture and emphasizes my imperfections.  It works better when mixed into moisturizer to thin it out.  I find it blurs my imperfections better this way but not completely.  With that said, I don’t wear foundation so maybe it works better when layered with foundation and if you like that caked look.  I personally prefer the Marc Jacob’s Dew Drops/primer combo.  Now as for a body highlighter, it makes your skin look nice and tan once you figure out how to work with it.  The formula dries very quickly making it hard to blend and can look patchy.  It also looks arid; I would prefer a healthy hydrated glow. On the chest and legs, it emphasizes texture. When applied to my bare legs, they looked scaly and I would be embarrassed to leave the house like that. I heard it applies best with the N.Y.M.P.H Body Blur & Glow Brush which retails for $42 CAD.  If I’m dropping money on a product I expect it to work with any brush without having to spend additional money on a tool to apply it with.  When applied with/over oil or moisturizer it applies better.  It thins it out and gives a more sun-kissed sheen.  Is it transfer proof? No, some pearl particles transfer on clothing and if you pass your hands over the product, you will definitely get glitter on you but no colour transfer.

Aphrodite

Applied over oil vs nothing

After trying the N.Y.M.P.H. - Not Your Mama’s Panty Hose Body Highlighter, I wish I picked up the Patrick Ta Major Body Glow Oil instead. I’m not too upset about it not working as a primer because that’s not what I bought it for. Your skin needs to be exfoliated and oiled up for this highlighter to look good.

Have you tried the N.Y.M.P.H. - Not Your Mama’s Panty Hose Body Highlighter? What are your thoughts?

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Hi Beauties!

Pack your bags because Bite Beauty is here to take us on a road trip to the hottest city destinations.  The limited edition Road Trip with Bite Amuse Bouche Collection features colour drenched shades inspired by their namesake locations.  There are eight city inspired shades in the one line to take you to Toronto, Miami, New York, Atlanta, L.A, Dallas, Chicago and San Francisco.  The lipsticks are available for $30 CAD and $26 USD at Sephora and Bitebeauty.com.

Maple Leaf Spice

As Toronto is Bite Beauty’s home city as well as mine, I’m so excited to share the Toronto lipstick.  You know I gotta represent!  The shade Maple Leaf Spice was inspired by the Canadian maple leaf and the vibrant city and people of Toronto.  It is a beautiful orange red shade that is really flattering on my complexion.  However, it’s a universal shade that would go well with all skin tones.  The city name and symbol is printed on the classic Amuse Bouche packaging.  It also features the signature creamy and clean formula that we like from the brand.  With 12 natural oils,  the lipstick feels very moisturizing on the lips and it’s comfortable to wear.  The formula is pigmented, lightweight and glides on smoothly leaving a satin finish.  The lipstick has a citrus scent that isn’t overwhelming or detected once applied.  I definitely see myself wearing this shade all summer!

Maple Leaf Spice

What city are you from?  Are you planning on picking up the Road Trip with Bite Amuse Bouche lipsticks?

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Orgasm Liquid Highlighter

Hi Beauties!

The Nars Orgasm blush has been an iconic shade for most in the beauty industry. The beautiful pink peachy shade has been around for 20 years! To celebrate the 20th anniversary, the brand has release an entire Orgasm Collection. I already own the shade Orgasm in the powder and liquid blush so I had to get it in a highlighter form. The Orgasm Liquid Highlighter is a light weight dew drop with skin-perfecting ingredients like pomegranate extract; which is known for its antioxidant and long-lasting hydration properties. The highlighter retails for $38 CAD and $30 USD.

The bottle is covered in a limited edition rose gold packaging. The shade also looks like a rose gold shade with fine gold pearls. It’s a very pretty soft pink shade that gives a natural glow. It comes with a dropper to dispense the product. The formula is very thin and fluid which makes it easy to mix into foundations and moisturizers. A full pump is not needed to highlight my face. I just use whatever product that is on the dropper and that’s usually enough. I didn’t have any issues with spillage when used this way as oppose to dispensing a full pump. If there is too much product, you can also apply the rest to the chest and collarbones. When applied all over the face and body, the glow is very subtle. When applied all over the the face and body it doesn’t add much colour mostly sparkle that enhancing the look of your skin. I prefer to apply it directly to the high points of my face like the cheekbones and blending it in with a beauty sponge. The colour shows up more on me when I focus it on one area. I use it as a base for my powder highlighters and it makes my skin look dewy. It also increases the longevity of my highlighter. Overall, I love the beautiful dewy finish and it makes my skin look amazing.

You can shop the Orgasm Liquid Highlighter at Narscosmetics.com and Nordstrom. It is currently sold out at Sephora online.

Did you purchase anything from the Orgasm Collection?

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Hi Beauties!

Just after Fenty’s launch of the Body Lava, the brand has released another product to keep us glowing.  The Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer is a long-wear, transfer resistant bronzing powder that is meant to give you that post-vacay bronze all year-round.  This bronzer has been in the making for two years so the brand could “develop the perfect bronzer that brings out the right pigments for natural warmth and glow on all skin tones from the fairest to the deepest."  Fenty is continuing its commitment to being inclusive by catering to those with neutral and warm undertones.  There are eight available shades that can be used for warming up the skin or contouring.  All the shade names are island inspired (love that) – In Da Sun, Private Island, Shady Biz, I$land Ting, Bajan Gyal, Caramel Cutie, Coco Naughty, and Mocha Mami.  They retail for $38 CAD and $30 USD at Sephora and Fenty.com.

SUN STALK'R - Bajan Gyal

I was debating between shades Caramel Cutie and Bajan Gyal.  I decided to go with Bajan Gyal because it was more warm toned for bronzing and Caramel Cutie has cool undertones which would have been good for contouring.  Bajan Gyal is described as tan with warm undertones.  In the pan it looks like it has strong orange undertones but it was less intense when applied.  The powder is finely milled and just melts into the skin.  It gives a natural soft matte finish.  Sun Stalk’r is light and creamy and doesn’t look chalky.  It almost sheers out but the formula is buildable.  I find a dense brush works best to apply it and it last all day.  The formula contains mango and papaya fruit to help give that natural healthy glow look.  I’m really enjoying the subtle warmth it has been adding to my cheeks but I think once my tan fades from my recent vacation, it will chisel my cheeks much better. 

Bajan Gyal

I would definitely go swatch these shades in store because they look different in the pan.  Also, just to get a feel for the undertones depending on whether you’re looking for a powder to add warmth or contour with.  I have to admit, I don’t wear bronzer as much as I use to but since I got Sun Stalk’r, I’ve added it back into my routine.  I’m obsessed with the finish; my skin looks so smooth like second skin.

SUN STALK'R - Bajan Gyal

Have you tried the new Fenty SUN STALK'R bronzers?

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Hi Beauties!

Maybelline and Puma have collaborated to combine beauty, fashion and sport with their new high-performance line.  It has an athleisure edge and is meant to take you from the office to gym without a sweat.  The limited edition collection features bold colours to rock in the street but last through your workouts.  The collection is also engineered with multi-tasking, on-the-go products that suit busy and active lifestyles. 

Puma x Maybelline

The 12 piece collection features five new SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick shades, four eyeshadow sticks in matte and metallic shades, a face-duo stick, one new shade of Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter and a smudge-proof mascara.  The sporty packaging is a beautiful light purple shade with the Puma logo printed on all pieces.

The Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter is my favourite item from this collection. I already own all of the previous shades and I’m obsessed. The limited edition highlighter has ultra-reflective pigments for a radiant metallic sheen. The shade Knockout has a beautiful cooler pink base with warm gold shimmer. The two combined make a gorgeous pink champagne shade. It is highly pigmented with a soft consistency and blends very well into the skin.

Knockout Master Chrome Highlighter and Hustle/Burn Colour + Gloss Face Duo

The Color + Gloss Face Duo Stick is also a two-in-one product, presented as an easy-to-use chubby cream stick that's divided between a highlighter and a blush. It adds a natural glossy glow to the cheeks. It is lightweight and has a waterproof formula. The highlighter is a cool toned silver and doesn’t show any colour on my complexion. It would be good for base for powder highlights. The blush is a light berry shade is very subtle on the cheeks. Not sure about the waterproof claims as it faded within a few hours.

The SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks have an intense matte finish that promises 16 hours of wear. The formula is much pigmented and it applies smoothly and opaque with one layer. The applicator has an arrow tip which makes it easy to apply.  I found them comfortable to wear but it got dry and crumbled throughout the day.  I prefer touching up with a gloss as the day progresses.

Shades:

  • Fierce – Deep plum (not swatched)

  • Fearless – Mauve-beige

  • Epic – Bright pink

  • Unstoppable - purple-y mauve

  • Unapologetic – Burnt caramel

Unapologetic, Fearless and Unstoppable

The Matte + Metallic Eye Duo Sticks are available in four dual sided shades.  One end has a matte shade and the other metallic. The cream formula is waterproof and crease-resistant.  I like to blend them in with a brush as the rounded tip doesn’t allow for precision.  The matte shades fade quite quickly in the crease once they are blended and the metallics lose their sheen after a few hours but the colour stays on all day.

  • Discipline/Pulse - matte super-dark purple and metallic lavender

  • Goals/Courage - matte black and metallic red

  • Heat/Flash - matte deep rust and metallic gold

  • Warrior/Flow - matte taupe and metallic silver.

Discipline/Pulse and Heat/Flash

I love that Maybelline and Puma have collaborated to bridge the gap between beauty, fashion and athleisure.  Having an active lifestyle myself, I can appreciate the notion of having long wear makeup that will last through a sweat sesh.  I typically don’t wear makeup to the gym but there are days that I do and I would wear the duo sticks and the highlighter.  My top recommendation from this collection would have to be the Knockout highlighter.  Not only because I’m a highlighter junkie but it is a beautiful shade!

As this was a limited edition collection there are a few items still available at Maybelline.com, Ulta and Shoppers Drug Mart.

Samantha

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Hi Beauties!

Late last year I was introduced to a collagen supplement.  I kept hearing how good it is but didn’t really know why. It became a popular buzz word amongst health gurus. After doing some research, I was curious to try it myself.  I came across a brand Sproos that carries a few types of collagen products.  Before I get into which one of those products I prefer, let me explain what collagen is for those of you that are unsure.

What is Collagen:

Collagen is the protein in are bodies that hold us together and it provides elasticity to the skin. It can be found in our connective tissue - our skin, muscles, bones, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. As we age, the collagen production declines approximately around the mid 20’s.  Taking collagen daily can offset the decline in our bodies. 

Benefits:
  • Eases joint pain

  • Improves Health of Skin and Hair

  • Helps with gut health

  • Strengthens hair and nails

  • Boost Metabolism

A collagen supplement can be found typically as hydrolyzed collagen, which helps form new collagen and is easy to digest.  When you hydrolyze collagen, collagen peptides become bioavailable.  The most common types of collagen come from Bovine which is from cows and aids to build muscle and helps the body make its own collagen.  Then there is Marine collagen that derives from fish and is associated with benefits for the joints, skin, organs, digestion and bones.

 Sproos carries both Grass Fed and Marine collagen in powder and bar form.  Both are unflavoured and dissolve easily in hot and cold beverages.  I personally like the Marine collagen that comes from wild-caught North Atlantic fish.  I mix it into my tea daily and it doesn’t have a fishy taste.  There is 10 grams of collagen in a single scoop.  The brand also carries enhanced beverages that target specific concerns – Up Your Skin and Hair, Up Your Joints and Up Your Gut.  Each has a suger free natural flavour – Citrus Green Tea, Turmeric Mango and Apple Ginger.  After sampling all three, they are all delicious mixed in water!

 After supplementing my collagen, I’ve noticed my hair drops less, my nails have hardened and it helps with my joints.  I use to train Muay Thai and yoga religiously for years and that has taken a toll on my body.  I don’t do those types of workouts anymore but I do workout 4-5 times a week.  Collagen reduces the pain in my back and knees.  I notice the difference when I don’t take it for a long period of time.

You can shop Sproos Collagen on https://sprooslife.com/ 

 Have you tried collagen?  If so, which one?

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Hi Beauties!

The Latex Love Long-Lasting Lip Gloss is Charlotte’s newest lip product.  It is a limited edition lacquered and intensely-pigmented lip gloss that leaves a mirror-like shine.  It provides a lip-hugging effect to enhance the look of lips.  There are six new shades in this range and I will be swatching two of them below.  The glosses retail for $39 CAD and $34 USD at Sephora and charlottetilbury.com.

The glosses are packaged in a clear tube with a rose gold cap with logo details from the brands Icon Collection.  The applicator has slanted sponge doe-foot applicator.  I read reviews about the bad smell and taste of these but I didn’t notice a scent until I sniffed the wand.  There is a strong perfume scent but it wasn’t detectable on the lips.  The formula is thicker and creamier than a regular gloss.  They are much pigmented and apply an opaque colour in a single application.  It applies smoothly without tugging and isn’t sticky.  Upon first application, there is a shine to them but it fades to a more creamy lipstick texture.  As the formula is thick, I like to rub it in with my fingers for a thinner consistency.  They wear for 4-6 hours with some transfer while eating or drinking.

Dirty Dancer - currant red lip gloss with warm brown undertones

Belle Du Soir - peach-pink lip gloss

As a gloss person, I wish these had more of a glossy finish as oppose to creamy.  The formula is full of pigment with excellent application and long wear.  Even though the formula is thicker, it is comfortable to wear and doesn’t dry out the lips.  However, I do think they are a bit over priced.

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Hi Beauties!

Nars Cosmetics has released a limited addition Mosaic Glow Blush, Fireclay. The compact contains a hot pop of blush accented with bronzer and highlighter for dimension. It comes in a sleek matte black packaging that feels very soft. The 3D mosaic pattern of the powder is one of a kind. I almost didn’t want to touch it and ruin the pattern. The Mosaic Glow Blush retails for $54 CAD and $42 USD at Sephora and Narscosmetics.com.

The brand says that the shades can be worn individually but it’s almost impossible to pick up the shades due to the size.  You would have to use the tiniest brush to avoid picking up the other shades.  It was even difficult to swatch individually with my fingers.  I find it’s best to swirl a dense brush over all three shades to get a nice luminous finish.  When combined it gives the most beautiful coral flush with a golden sheen.  It is the perfect shade for spring. It has an opaque pigmentation that can be built up for a more dramatic look.  It’s not overly frosty or metallic and the powders are finely-milled.

Swatched individually and combined

Are you planning up picking up the Mosaic Glow Blush?

Samantha

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Hi Beauties!

YSL Beauty has announced the first line up in their spring 2019 collection, the Volupté Plump-in-Color Plumping Lip Balm. It looks like a lipstick but it’s a lip balm that adds volume and a rich shine to the lips. There is a unique black heart in the center of the lipsticks. It is a duo-tone balm but don’t worry the heart won’t leave any black streaks. The black heart contains cool and refreshing peppermint oil and black pearl powder to plump the lips. The outer side of the lipstick is the classic Rouge Volupté Shine formula that adds a light colour and shine. The formula also contains antioxidants, vitamins, coconut and pomegranate oil and hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and aids to soften, smooth and hydrate lips. The Volupté Plump-in-Color Plumping Lip Balm retails for $45 CAD and $39 USD at Sephora, yslbeauty.ca and other retailers that carry the brand (see below). These lipsticks can be engraved if you purchase it from YSL.

The Volupté Plump-in-Color Plumping Lip Balm debuts in eight shades and I have five to share with you. All of the shades are fresh and light which are perfect for spring. The silver tube is so gorgeous. It features the brand’s logo and the colour of the balm on the inside. The Volupté Plump-in-Color has a natural sheer finish as do most balms. I do need to add a few layers to build up the colour. The colours look lighter on my lips than how it appears in the tube. Upon first application there is some some mild tingling but still comfortable. It feels minty and refreshing on the lips. There is some plumping but not much. I really like how nourishing they are, my lips feel so soft and moisturized when I wear it. The formula is very smooth and not sticky. It wears off in a few hours and fades to a nice lip stain. These are perfect for when I’m running errands or going to the gym and I just want a sheer wash of colour.

Shade Descriptions:

  • 1 Mad Nude - universal warm nude

  • 2 Dazzling Fuchsia - cool fuchsia

  • 3 Insane Pink

  • 4 Exposing Coral - true coral

  • 5 Delirious Orange - tangerine

Have you tried any of the YSL lipsticks?

Samantha

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