Bookaholic Beauty – The Ramblings of a Beauty Addict
Welcome to my blog! I’m so glad you stopped by, and I hope you enjoy reading it. If so, please share this blog with your friends and family in order to help me grow. I’d certainly appreciate it. Bookaholic Beauty is almost 2 years old now, and I’m so happy that I have an outlet in which to blather on about some of the things that I find most interesting in life.
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve talked to you all, eh?
How’ve you been; what’s new?
Today’s post is short and sweet, and is all about nails. If you know anything about me, you know that I’m pretty terrible at creating designs (because my nails are teeny tiny), yet I valiantly keep trying.
This is where Nail Polish Canada comes in. They have nail vinyls that make decorating ones nails super duper easy! They’re giving away free Canadian nail vinyls (free shipping too) just in time for you to create a kick-ass Canada Day manicure.
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Voila! Just wait for these vinyls to show up in your mail
If you do end up getting these vinyls and create a mani, be sure to tag me on instagram @subitamaria!
Man oh man, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted, eh? I’ve been having writer’s block for a while, so it’s nice to just get back into it and chat with you all. I hope you guys have/had some killer costumes for Halloween!
Today, I’m bringing you a look, and talking to you about some products that have quickly become my staples. Dermalogica Canada sent over their new pre-cleanse balm, and cleansing gel for me to test out and let you guys know what I think of them. In order to really put them to the test, I did a full on look, turning myself into a painting through the use of Make Up For Ever’s flash palette.
This look was created using only 3 brushes; sometimes simplicity is best!
D’you know what the worst thing about facepainting with grease paints is? The cleansing of course! Thats why, when Dermalogica sent these over, I was beside myself with excitement. Let’s see how I got on with them.
What They Say: “This water-activated, balm-to-oil version of our top-selling (Precleanse) deconstructs layers of excess (oil), waterproof make-up, environmental pollutants and residual product buildup on skin. Use the included Cleansing Mitt to thoroughly (exfoliate). The Natural Biolipid Complex locks in hydration and reinforces the skin barrier while Apricot Kernel Oil helps nourish skin. Ideal for normal to dry skin. Safe for use around the eye area. Formulated without artificial fragrances or colors.”
What I Think: I’ve tried different makeup melting oil balms (from Ciate, Boscia) and of the three, this is my favourite by far. It has one advantage of the Ciate (that makes all the difference) in that it emulsifies and consequently washes off more easily. It is super effective at breaking up makeup, and it doesn’t leave an oily film on/in my eyes when removing mascara! That being said, it does need to be followed up with a cleanser, otherwise some oil residue remains.
What They Say: “Soap-free, foaming gel cleanse(r). Refreshing lather thoroughly removes impurities without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance. Calming Balm Mint and Lavender extracts soothe the skin, while natural Quillaja Saponaria gently foams away toxins and debris. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.”
What I Think: I love this. I freakin’ love this. I have very dehydrated skin, so even my body washes are soap free, so it’s no wonder that this is perfect for me. The gel lathers nicely and removes the remaining oil and makeup left on the skin. Despite the double cleansing, my face doesn’t feel stripped, in fact, it feels soft and plump. I think…no, I know, that I’ve been converted to the double cleanse method. To rinse this off, only water is needed, however I usually run a washcloth over my face ’cause I don’t want to turn my whole bathroom into a swimming pool with the ‘casually splashing my face with water’ method of removal!
You can see the makeup removal process in the pictures below, or in this video on my Instagram!
It’s been a hot minute eh? What can I say…Christmas sucked me in and just spat me back out again!
Now isn’t that just the most attractive visual? I hope that you all had a fabulous festive season and started off the new year on a positive note. 2018 has many good things in store for all of us, I’m sure.
Now back to beauty, which is what you came here for. If you want to start off on the right foot in terms of your skincare, I’d highly recommend checking out the Dermalogica Chalet, located at 639 Queen St. W in Toronto. It’s a pop-up that’s on until Sunday, and it has some really cool features!
If you didn’t already know, I’ve been loving Dermalogica products over the last few months; their balm and gel cleansers have become a part of my daily routine.
Consequently, when I was invited to check out the Chalet, I was thrilled! There was alcohol (so delish), appetizers (even more delish), and a really cool VR station where I tried out a couple games!
The night celebrated the launch of two new products. The Calm Water Gel and the Barrier Defense Booster.
I got my skin mapped by one of Dermalogica’s amazing aestheticians and it was a wonderful experience! Turns out I’m more normal than combo but severely dehydrated. Following the skin mapping, I had a ‘skin fit’ which is basically a mini 15 min facial. I was glowing to the gods, people. I’m definitely booking in for a 60 min facial with Dermalogica at some point this year.
If you’re interested in knowing more about these products, check back in a little while, as I’ll have a full blog post on these items up once I’ve tried them for a decent amount of time to see how they perform on my skin.
What goes hand in hand with Christmas? Crafting, of course!
But honestly, between the baking/sweet making, and all the shopping and wrapping of Christmas presents, who has the time to make a thoughtful card?
This year, I do!
That’s because of this book, which was so kindly sent over. It’s called Christmas Paper Crafting: Holiday Cards, Gift Tags, and More! and it’s absolutely brilliant. It makes me feel like a regular ol’ Martha Stewart, but with 90% less effort.
The colors are festive, but not so festive that they cannot be used for winter birthdays. I don’t think that these designs are only applicable for the Christmas season – they are surprisingly versatile! The graphics are a mix of traditional and modern design, combined with bright and bold colours. All papers are archival quality, acid free, card-stock thickness. This book is for the avid crafter or the lazy crafter (ahem, me) so I sure as hell know it’s going to make my gift wrapping/giving process a lot easier!
Let me tell you, this lipstick was one hell of a wild ride – from first impression to fully formed thoughts.
I was first intrigued by Maybelline’s Matte Ink liquid lipsticks while watching this video by Bailey B. This unique fiery orange-coral colour is right up my alley, and so on impulse, I picked it up at Walmart.
Price: CAD 11.99
Read on to see my thoughts, and a wear test!
The applicator is a pointed doe foot, which serves well to create a crisp lip line. It can have a tendency to make the product apply slightly patchy though (if you apply too much pressure). Additionally, you’ll need to dip once or twice to cover the entirety of the lips.
Colour & First Impressions
Heroine is a gorgeous shade. It straddles the line between orange and hot pink – making it a warm coral. It’s in the same colour family as Rimmel Kate 110 (which has an atrocious formula emphasizing any and all dryness), and MAC’s Relentlessly Red. It is perfect for the summer season, particularly with bit of a healthy tan.
My first impressions of Heroine were not good. First of all, the formula exacerbates every single flake and dry patch on the lips, so if you’re not properly hydrated and prepped, I’d suggest you skip this product.
Moving beyond its emphasis on dryness, it is also hella sticky (for the first little while). DO NOT press your lips together, whatever you do. It just serves to pull up product and make it look unflattering.
Basically, apply Heroine (1-2 coats depending on your desired colour intensity), then don’t press your lips together for about 15 minutes. After that mark, the colour dries down, its stickiness slowly decreases until it ceases altogether, and then it’s actually very comfortable to wear. Unlike a totally matte liquid lip (a la ABH), this moves with the lips and therefore does not have the tendency to crack or flake. It’s sort of similar (but not quite), to Rimmel’s Provocalips (reviewed here).
1:00pm Freshly applied. Very sticky.
2:00pm I can still feel it on the lips, but I can press the lips together and not have them cling as much.
3:30pm The feeling of it on the lips is less obvious now. Almost all the tackiness is gone, and it has withstood drinking water perfectly (no transfer).
5:30pm Looks perfect. Feels fantastic – light, malleable; it’s actually gotten better, the longer it is on my lips.
6:00pm 2 places look patchy ’cause I had to wash my face, but it’s not very noticeable.
8:30pm Had a meal. Still feels great. Up close, my lips are starting to look a little dry – settling and separating in the lip lines.
1:45am Feels lightly drying (but nothing painful or uncomfortable, and certainly not butthole lips); not as bad as some matte liquid lipsticks.
So, to conclude this post, I really like these lipsticks. I don’t think I need or want more than one colour – but this formula is perfect for a statement shade.
Just keep in mind that your lips need to be in tip-top shape, and you need to be well hydrated, let this start to look a bit dry or flakey.
This product will break down if you eat very messy, oily foods, but on the whole, the Matte Inks have excellent longevity and I know I’ll get good use of this lipstick during the next few months!
Speaking of being addicted to YT videos, when I saw Bailey B.’s eyes in this one, I was completely and utterly mesmerized. Turns out all that was on her lids was the Butter London Glazen Eye Gloss in Mermaid!
So guess what I’m going to talk about today? If you said that exact shade, then by gosh, you’re psychic.
Price: USD 24.00 (but I got it for half price on sale at Ulta)
As you can see, the Glazen Eye Glosses are a weird jelly texture; it’s soft enough that it’ll jiggle when pressed, but not so soft that it will fall out of the pot. It’s also incredibly pigmented; a tiny dab will do you. Additionally, the product dries very quickly on the lids, so no need to worry about creasing and all that nonsense. Mermaid is a fairly unique shade, it’s got a greenish-silvery base with blue and pewter reflects, of sorts. You can see it in action below!
All in all, I adore this product. This glistening, glittery shadow is going to feature heavily in my Christmas party looks! I even have my eye on the shade Bronze to try next. Definitely pick up a colour when it’s on sale – it’s much better value, as I do think it’s a bit pricey at USD 24.00 a pop, or see if there are any holiday gift sets available (like this one).
A good eyeshadow situation consists of many small details coming together to form a full, cohesive, well blended look. Often the shadows discussed are the quarterbacks of the makeup game; the stars of the show, so to speak.
Today, let’s talk about some of the unsung heroes who work hard at pulling together a look. Of course, these shades obviously will have to vary if you have very pale skin, or very deep skin, but for those of you who, like me, are on the medium-tan spectrum, I think they will serve you very well!
Ok, can we talk about how the first picture looks like a giant boob?
…No, just me? Ok.
The first shadow has star placement because it’s my absolute favourite! NYX Blame it On Midnight is a very subtle step up from my skin tone, and the neutral/warm colour makes it perfect for any look.
Now on to the next three!
KarityInod (review): slightly deeper than Blame it on Midnight
MorpheSpice (review): a very warm brown, deeper than the above two
Makeup GeekChickadee (review): a unique dusty yellow
The final three are from ABH‘s Modern Renaissance palette, which I’ve reviewed here.
Raw Sienna: neutral/warm brown
Burnt Orange: warm, orangey brown
Golden Ochre: similar is colour depth as Blame it on Midnight, but cooler
I’ve previously compared these two here, but I’ll reiterate the fact that these are virtually dupes for one another (despite the fact they look different in these pictures).
Buon Fresco: dusty (rosy-leaning) purple
Makeup Geek Unexpected: dusty cool purple
MorpheFiesta: don’t let this bright colour put you off. This is a sheer coral that’s perfect for bright makeup looks, or a warm, peachy, summer eye.
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