Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Current Loves, Eye of the day and Strawberry Shortcake dolls...

Here are some things that I'm currently LOVING:
1) Gel Eyeliner - I have to rave about gel eyeliner - I've been wearing eyeliner for 15+ years - but I've only used gel for 3 years - I wish I had discovered it earlier! It does NOT budge - even on your waterline- unlike liquid or pencil liner, so you can have flawless eyes all day. It takes effort to line your eyes perfectly - so it's nice to know that your hard work won't wear off until you remove it!

I had avoided gel eyeliner because I thought it was too fussy (with the separate pot and brush) and not very portable. But since you NEVER need to reapply, the fact that it isn't travel friendly doesn't matter. If you haven't used gel eyeliner yet - give it a try - even if you don't like the classic lined look - you can lightly press it on top of your lash line to make your lashes look fuller.
Partial "Face of the day" - Eyes: Lancome "Coquille" on lid, Lancome "Sunlit" on inner corner, MAC fluidline in "Blacktrack" as liner, Maybelline Falsies Mascara. Lips: Barry M Lip Paint in "Raspberry "and Benefit "I'm With the Band" Gloss
2) Maybelline Falsies Mascara -  This volumizing formula makes my lashes look thicker and holds a curl ALL day! When you apply it - your lashes look instantly dramatic - it really does replicate the look of false lashes. I like it MUCH better than any of the 3 mascaras I reviewed here. I would never have thought to buy this myself, so I was lucky to get this tube from my sister ( I don't EVER share make-up...but I make exceptions for my sister and mother!) - we have the opposite type of eyelashes (whatever that means) - mascaras that work on her do nothing for me, and vice versa. She hated this formula and found it clumpy - but loves how it looks on my lashes.
3) Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil - I use this setting powder to give me a glowy, airbrushed look. Unlike mineral base powders,  this doesn't offer much coverage (blemishes will show through unless previously concealed) - yet it somehow creates the illusion of healthy, flawless skin.  The Sephora website describes its effect as "giving the look you see with a soft focus camera lens". You can try this even if your skin reacts badly to Bare Mineral's base powders - the ingredient list for Veils are much simpler and don't contain any bismuth. My BM base can leave my skin itchy - but I never react badly to this (I use the tinted version - there are several finishes available.) I would definitely ask for a sample of this the next time you're at Sephora.

4) Aura Cacia Almond Oil -I bought this oil 2 years ago during my "natural products" phase...along with Emu oil and Coconut oil. Since I'm trying to use up my existing make-up/toiletries, I switched to this after my Fruits & Passion Body Butter ran out. I like my body products to smell good, so I mixed this with a couple of drops of Rose Essence oil. Oh my goodness - I can't get over how soft my skin feels after using this! It is so moisturising, softening and long-lasting.  I've used other body oils in the past (Coconut Oil and Baby Oil) - this oil is lighter, non-sticky and more moisturising - and you only need a teaspoonful to cover your whole body! I wish I didn't love it so much since body butters are less messy - but the results are too amazing to pass up. I'm sticking with Almond Oil for body moisturising....although next time I'm going to try it with Vanilla Perfume oil mixed in.

5) Cake Beauty Strawberry Shortcake Collection - the other day I was playing with my daughter and her Strawberry Shortcake dolls (they look totally different - but they still smell as AMAZING as my childhood SSC dolls). The smell is so addictive - and I was wondering why they didn't sell SSC perfume (I'd sniff it all day long!). Well - it looks like my wishes have been answered! Cake Beauty have come out with a 30th anniversary SSC range consisting of hand cream, body wash, body butter and lip balm. I went to Sephora today to smell the products - they smelled too vanilla-y out of the bottle...but upon application the scent dries down to smell JUST like the dolls - I NEED to purchase something from this line! However, I wish Cake offered a SSC travel set with smaller bottles. I've never used Cake products before, and the product sizes are quite intimidating...I don't want to spend $22 for a huge bottle of bodywash I may not love....

By the way - have you seen these dolls in stores? As part of SSC's 30th Anniversary, Harbro have re-issued 3 original SSC dolls - they look SO cute - I need 2 boxes - one for me and one for my daughter...I bet they smell amazing too...

6) Painting my nails - The last thing I've been loving this week is painting my nails. I love the look of neatly manicured, short and colourful nails. I want to recreate the look of salon manicures at home - and this video has very useful advice. Her technique uses short small strokes to paint a clean edge near the cuticle - which is what I've seen manicurists do - rather than the standard magazine article advice of painting "one long stroke down the center of your nail and a small stroke down either side". My application is FAR from professional - but I'm working on it!  Here are some manicures from this week:
China Glaze "Strawberry Fields"

Sally Hansen's "Plum's the Word" and Barry M's "Dusky Mauve" (Paradoxal dupe)

What are you currently loving? Did you play with Strawberry Shortcake as a child?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Chanel Black Pearl nail polish and other shopping...

I've restricted my make-up buying this year to 3 items (Foundation, Berry lip gloss and Chanel nail polish). When I received a $10 off $50 coupon from the Beauty department at the Bay - I knew it was time to make my first beauty purchase of the year. I ended up getting Black Pearl (Spring 2011) and Rose Confidentiel (Fall 2010).
I've already applied Black Pearl - and I LOVE it. It is a silver/teal shade that definitely draws attention to your nails. I thought a silver shade would look harsh against my skin, but there is some surprising warmth to the colour. I applied 3 coats - it looked a little streaky during application, but dried to a rock-hard and smooth consistency. My nails looked like little jewels! I'm very pleased with my first Chanel nail polish and can't wait to try out the Rose Confidentiel.
While at the mall, I also checked out H&M. I find H&M overwhelming sometimes - I can ALWAYS find at least one thing to buy there - but it takes a lot of time to sort through their selections. I picked up this wheat coloured sweater (on offer from $34.95 down to $15). I like how it is fitted at the shoulders but loose around the sides and waist. It has an empire-waisted seam (not visible on this cellphone pic), so it can be worn as a sweater dress with tights. I also purchased this in grey - which I kind of regret now - I'm trying to streamline my closet - and purchasing the same piece in multiple colours doesn't fit in with that!
I also tried on this cream-coloured dress in Small. I was drawn in by the "goddess-like" look and the beautiful draping...but of course, I don't need it - and it would be hard for me to figure out how to wear it. It's too short for me to wear alone (just my personal preference - I only wear knee-length or longer) - so I'd have to wear it with jeans or leggings. Luckily, they didn't have it in XS, or it would have come home with me! I still may pick it up to use as a swimsuit cover-up on the beach....
I'll end this post with some pics from my Valentine's crept up on me too quickly, so I didn't get a chance to plan anything. Hubby got me pink roses and chocolates to share with the kiddies.
 He also offered to get me the Balenciaga bag I've been saving for (he's very sweet like that!)...but I'm happy waiting for that, as my dream colour is not available in the current collection. We're going to pick up a LV key holder this weekend instead. My current key holder is a black Prada one that is 12 years old - it's so old that it looks green now! These are my favourites from the LV website - but I may end up getting the basic canvas one, as I've heard that it is the most durable (and I want this new one to last another 12 years!) It's a shame we didn't pick it up earlier this month - before the LV price increase!
As for my gift to hubby - it was so last minute - I scrounged around the kitchen and luckily had enough ingredients to make a small batch of cupcakes for him. They're not beautiful - but they were light and yummy. (I used a modified version of the Magnolia bakery recipe.)
Have you tried Chanel nail polish? Do you like shopping at H&M? What did you do for Valentine's Day?

Monday, February 7, 2011

Kate Moss Style

I just finished reading the BEST book: Kate Moss Style: Inside the World's Most Famous Wardrobe.

If you love Kate Moss' style (who doesn't??) and you want to see her fashion evolution over time - you HAVE to read this book! It has lots of great pictures and VERY interesting writing (the author is a contributing editor for Grazia - love that magazine). I bookmarked many outfits - here are some of my favourites:
Page 15, 1993
I think this picture shows Kate's natural beauty - she just makes EVERYTHING she wears look great - even a shapeless sweater!
Page 23, 1993
I love how simply she is styled here - side-parted hair, simple make-up and understated dress.
Page 57, 1994
This flapper dress is so glamorous. The diamond necklace was a gift from Johnny Depp.
Page 69
Perfect 90s style - very sleek and classy.
Page 117, 2002
Kate had the most AMAZING pregnancy style - love the peasant top and skinny scarf combination - I'm going to try copy this look as soon as the weather is warm enough (the non-bump version of course LOL!)
Page 119, 2003
I wanted to get a dress like this for my 30th birthday - I didn't find one - but if I ever do, I'm totally wearing it for my next birthday - it's so goddess-like.
Page 138, 2006
Kate wearing one of her "music festival" outfits - I'm not crazy about the individual pieces (the bottom part looks like droopy diapers...and she should have worn a bra!) but I love how ethereal she looks with the light blonde hair and sparkly top.
Page 142, 2005
I'm not a huge fan of the jacket or scarf - but I still think Kate looks amazing here - she's a true supermodel and makes running errands look like she's on a runway.
Page 143, 2005
Another amazing dress - I love black lace over nude material. I also love her hair and make-up here - I think she does this look for a lot of black-tie events (tousled hair, dark smudgy eye make-up).
Page 156, 2006
Beautiful Maxi dress - love the blue accents and the hippy hairstyle. Would love to recreate this look.
Page 194
Another classic look - there's nothing special about the individual items - but the proportions are perfect - and they come together so well.

Have you read this book? What is your favourite Kate Moss look?


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