Sunday, August 17, 2014

Beauty Squared Round-Up - August 17, 2014

Hi lovelies!
We hope you're having a great weekend! Ready for some beauty bits and tricks? Let's go!


  • Rae of The Notice reviews all natural sunscreens from Marie Veronique.
  • A simplistic but rock & roll manicure. Love this!
  • A photographer talks photo retouching in regards to highlighting and contouring. 
  • Do you have eczema, psoriasis or sensitive skin? Five ingredients to avoid when you're shopping for cosmetics and the brands you should look for. 
  • Christa of Perilously Pale shares her 10 favourite drugstore picks. 
  • Last year, MAC's Ruby Woo was the best-selling lipstick in America. 
  • An interview with the inimitable Francois Nars.
  • If you ever need eyeliner inspiration, you shouldn't have to look anywhere other than at these iconic beauties and their iconic cat eyes
  • Speaking of iconic, Audrey Hepburn's granddaughter Emma Ferrer is on the cover of the subscriber's issue of Harper's Bazaar, looking not unlike her famous grandmother. 
  • Speaking as well of iconic, this week saw the passing of the legendary Lauren Bacall. Here's a gallery of images highlighting her incomparable style and glamour. 
  • In India darker complexions are considered less attractive than lighter skin and Screenivasan Iyer writes that what we consider beautiful changes with time, just like what body type is currently considered attractive and hairy chests vs hairless chests. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna II Preview


Rihanna brings a bold look to her new Viva Glam campaign, accenting her fearless, confident style with shades of frosted metallic mauve lipstick and lipglass, in velvety soft packaging featuring her signature. Also available, the modern red hues of Rihanna original Viva Glam collection. Every cent of the selling price of Viva Glam Rihanna goes toward helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Available September 11, 2014 at all MAC locations in North America.
Available September 2014 internationally. 


Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipstick
Warm mauve with silver frost
$19 CDN/$16 US

Viva Glam Rihanna II Lipgloss
Cool mauve with red frost
$18 CDN/$15 US


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Ciaté Flower Manicure Review, Swatches and Photos


I finally did it. I finally picked up a Ciaté manicure set at Winners. I look at them every time I'm in there, but I just cannot get my head around why you'd want feathers or beads on your nails. Sure they might look cool but I cannot understand getting a manicure that'll snag in your fair, or make it impossible to scratch an itch, or start to fall off after a few hours. 

But this one, the Flower Manicure, looked two dimensional and was only $12.99 CDN, so I went for it.

Here's what the Ciaté website has to say about the Flower Manicure set.

"Step into Spring’s floral trend with the Ciaté London Flower Manicure. With Flower Power prints adorning every catwalk at Fashion Week, this colour-packed trend is a wardrobe staple and now a manicure must-have thanks to Ciaté Creative Director Charlotte Knight. Using natural dried pressed flowers, a posy of colour can be applied and sealed directly onto the nail to create a beautifully blossoming effect. Scatter across your manicure or sprinkle onto a feature nail for a floral hit."

The packaging is very pretty, covered in flowers. The pale blue polish provided and on the packaging hit on Spring's pastel themes.


Included in the kit are:

5ml - Ferris Wheel Nail Polish
13.5ml - Speed Coat Pro
2x Pots of Flowers
Tweezers
Mini Nail File


There are four different types of flowers included, a bright red, a bright turquoise, and two purple flowers, one with a bit of white on it. They come in these little pots.


The instructions (in a booklet included, on the back of the box, and online) are pretty simple. Apply two coats of Ferris Wheel (pastel blue), then a coat of the Speed Coat Pro, arrange the flowers on top, pressing to get them to stick, and seal them in with another coat of the top coat.

I didn't use a base coat, since the instructions didn't call for one. These were my nails after two coats of Ferris Wheel. I needed three to get mostly opaque coverage. The spots where you could still see my nail through the polish I figured would get covered by flowers. Also the Ferris Wheel polish provided is a small bottle and I like to get the most out of what I buy. 



Here are the four types of flowers. I didn't realize until I took them out of their cases that they were real flowers. I thought they'd just be plastic or something. 



It helps to have your flower designs planned out, since the top coat provided is quick dry. Some of the flowers may need to be trimmed as well, especially if your nails are shorter like mine, so a pair of manicure scissors are helpful to have on hand. 

And here is one hand, finished.



This was more of a high maintenance manicure than I anticipated. The flowers, while thin and small do not entirely lie flat against the nail. I went over my nails a few times with the top coat and still there were some parts of some of the flowers that would not lie flat. 

This wasn't an overly easy look to achieve, but with practice it'll be easier to place the flowers, trim them, file them down and get them to lie flatter.

Visually this was a dramatic, cool nail look. I couldn't stop looking at my nails. So pretty, especially the purple flowers. 


Close-up of my thumb.


Close-up of my pinky.
But, in the end, I ended up removing the manicure after less than 24 hours. The loose edges of the flowers got caught in my hair when I was washing it, snagged on my bath towel and clothes and tore lose when I scratched an itch. I guess this would be a good look for a special occasion if you have the hour or so to sit and do your nails just before. I don't think it's something that could last more than a day.

It wasn't as challenging to remove as I anticipated, though the flowers broke apart under the cotton ball I was using and I did have to work to remove it.

While I like that they were real flowers and their texture showed through, stickers or plastic flowers would work better. Less tearing, longer wear, easier to apply and easier to remove. But that doesn't seem to be Ciaté's thing. I see that they have crushed shell manicure kits, using real crushed shells. 

Perhaps I'll do this for a special occasion in the future, or perhaps try an accent nail (like my pinky) rather than a full manicure.

In summary, super pretty and neat looking but time-consuming to apply and remove. Not long-wearing at all for all that work. 

Grade: C

Beauty Squared Round-Up for August 10, 2014

Good morning lovelies!
It's time to dig into some beauty links. Are you ready?


  • Nude makeup is a big trend for fall. Here's how you can achieve it without looking cadaverous.
  • If you've worn eyeliner on your waterline, you know it can be tricky getting it to last. Makeup artist Wendy Rowe shares her tips on getting waterline liner to last as well as her favourite products for the waterline.
  • Do you have freckles? Lucky you! The rest of us need to fake them. Yes, Topshop is selling a "Freckle Pencil". Tip: an eyebrow pencil will work just as well.
  • Would you splurge on a $50 nail polish? Temptalia's review of Christian Louboutin's Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour (check out that bottle design!) may help you to decide (if you don't know already).
  • Allure's editors make their weekly picks which include a dry oil spray sunscreen, a spray lotion, and a concealer palette.
  • Did you know that eyeshadows can be used for more than just adding colour, texture and dimension to the eyelids?
  • Apparently brightly-coloured ombré eyebrows are a thing. Would you ever rock this look?
  • Sometimes classic is best. How many of these old-school beauty tricks do you still do?
  • There are countless female beauty icons, but what about some of those amazing, gender-blurring male beauty icons? Take some inspiration from Bowie, Jagger and Bolan with the help of this XOvain post.
  • Contouring is all the rage right now and many are waaaaaaaay overdoing it. I blame you, Kim Kardashian. Please, for the love of all that's highlighted and sculpted, take your inspiration from this subtle contouring method that uses concealers.
  • Beauty brands that give back, including Clarins, Lush and The Wet Brush.
  • If you've got shoulder-length or longer hair, you may want to check out this chic fake long bob hairstyle. P.S. I love the model's necklaces.
  • NARS has unveiled its ad campaign for its new Audacious lipstick line, launching September 1. What's notable about it is the model, the smouldering Charlotte Rampling, who happens to be 68 years old.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

MAC: A Novel Romance Preview




Fall in lust with A Novel Romance, a colour collection teeming with deep, luscious shades that will have you feeling overwhelmed with desire. Passion mounts, and untamed hues fan the flames of your deepest emotions, as an amorous adventure begins. Seduced by a secret lover, eyes lock, shrouded in the lustful, metallic hues and cool blackened purples of our Eye Shadow quads. Lips, pursed for a lingering kiss, are provocative in seductive plum and burgundy Lipstick. Then, play the temptress in come-hither shades of sweet lavender and soft rose gold. Finally, irresistible forces collide and cheeks flush in shimmering Powder Blush, as you turn the page towards a powerful climax…leaving you utterly breathless.

Smouldering eyes tantalize in highly charged shades of Electric Cool Eye Shadow. Seductive hues of deep cobalt, pearlized black and soft, pale champagne drive your lover wild with a look that is sinfully tempting. Arousing shades of Fluidline Pencil take this passionate quest to the next level, as you set sail for secret shores of pleasure.

An impassioned midnight romance comes alive in six Nail Lacquers that tempt you to take the plunge in intriguing nocturnal hues. Royal blue, charcoal and violet lure you deep into the night as crimson and magenta light your heart aflame with devotion. Like fiction brought life, the surging passions of this after-dark adventure seem almost too good to be true.

Available online August 14, 2014.
Available in-store August 21, 2014.
A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Quad
My Fantasy pale neutral olive (veluxe pearl)
Fall in Lust mid-tone cool grey mauve ( frost)
Dance in the Dark deep blackened brown (matte)
Rising Passions greenish charcoal with gold pearl (velvet) 

$48 CND/$40 US 

A Passionate Quest Eyeshadow Quad
The Wrong Man light cool dusty pink (satin)
Serenade mid-tone orchid pink with blue duochrome pearl (veluxe pearl) 
Brazenly rich eggplant (veluxe pearl)
Stay Sultry deep violet navy (satin)
$48 CND/$40 US


An Amorous Adventure Eyeshadow Quad
Sable gold plum with bronze pearl ( frost)
Sex & The Oyster mid-tone seafoam green (veluxe pearl)
Brawn mid-tone plum brown (satin)
Black Tied black with silver sparkle (velvet)
SRP $40.00 US/$48.00 CAD 


213 Fluff Brush
$28.50 CND/$24 US


224 Tapered Blending Brush
$38.50 CND/$32 US


Lipglass
Bared for You soft rose gold


$18 CDN/$15 US

Lipglass

Reckless Desire sheer pearlescent lavender grey 

$18 CDN/$15 US

Lipglass


Pure Fiction mid-tone violet pink


$18 CDN/$15 US

Lipglass



Talk Sexy dark purple


$18 CDN/$15 US

Lipglass




Wanting More washed-out lavender


$18 CDN/$15 US

Lipstick
A Novel Romance light cool dusty pink (cremesheen)

$19 CND/$16 US

Lipstick

Hearts Aflame mid-tone brick red (matte)


$19 CND/$16 US

Lipstick


Lingering Kiss deep plum red (matte)


$19 CND/$16 US

Lipstick


Lingering Kiss deep plum red (matte)

$19 CND/$16 US

Lipstick
Yield to Love mid-tone rose (cremesheen) Online Exclusive
$19 CND/$16 US

Lipstick

Good Kisser mid-tone fuchsia (matte)

$19 CND/$16 US

Mascara
Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash black
$26 CAD/$22 US

Powder Blush
Animal Instincts shimmering plum (frost)
$26 CND /$22 US


Powder Blush

Fun Ending soft neutral peach (satin) 
$26 CND /$22 US

242 Shader Brush
$30 CND/$25 US 



Electric Cool Eyeshadow
Blacklit black with multidimensional pearl $25 CND/$21 US

Electric Cool Eyeshadow
Coil copper bronze $25 CND/$21 US

Electric Cool Eyeshadow
Gilded Thrill gold ( frost)

$25 CND/$21 US

Electric Cool Eyeshadow

Highly Charged rich purple with pink pearl 
$25 CND/$21 US

Electric Cool Eyeshadow


Love Power soft shimmering rose 
$25 CND/$21 US

Electric Cool Eyeshadow



Pure Flash! pale champagne

$25 CND/$21 US

Electric Cool Eyeshadow




Superwatt light shimmering taupe

$25 CND/$21 US

Electric Cool Eyeshadow





Switch to Blue rich cobalt

$25 CND/$21 US

Fluidline Eye Pencil
Atomic Ore gold

$19 CND/$16 US

Fluidline Eye Pencil

Black Brilliance black

$19 CND/$16 US

Fluidline Eye Pencil

Black Brilliance black
$19 CND/$16 US

Fluidline Eye Pencil


Deep Blue Sea deep ocean blue 
$19 CND/$16 US

Fluidline Eye Pencil


Deep Blue Sea deep ocean blue 
$19 CND/$16 US

Fluidline Eye Pencil



Metropolis deep metal gray 
$19 CND/$16 US

Fluidline Eye Pencil



Water Willow deep khaki green 
$19 CND/$16 US


Studio Nail Lacquer
Before Dawn green grey
$14 CND/$12 US

Studio Nail Lacquer

Midnight Ocean dark royal blue 
$14 CND/$12 US

Studio Nail Lacquer


Midnight Sky deep charcoal 
$14 CND/$12 US

Studio Nail Lacquer



Midnight Storm deep magenta 
$14 CND/$12 US

Studio Nail Lacquer




Midnight Strata dark violet 
$14 CND/$12 US

Studio Nail Lacquer





Sunset Sky mid-tone crimson 
$14 CND/$12 US