Saturday, October 18, 2014

Beauty Tutorial | #bravebeauty Fall Look | Shu Uemura

Beauty takes courage.

This year I had the great pleasure of discovering the world of Shu Uemura and not only have I fallen in love with some of their products but even more so, I am madly in love with the spirit behind the brand. 

For Fall 2014, Shu Uemura released the Vision of Beauty Vol. 1 - Brave Beauty Collection, a tribute to women as modern day warriors. Some say that women wear makeup as armor to protect ourselves; sometimes from the outside world, sometimes from our own insecurities but with this, makeup can also give us strength.

I sat at my desk with all the palettes open and stared at them for along time. Colour matching in makeup is not my forte by any means and there are colours that I never reach for voluntarily in my everyday routine. But then I thought to myself, what would the braver alter-ego of myself wear? If I could paint a self portrait of myself in a different time or a different place, how would I do it?

She would be lush, slightly untamed, decadent but not fussy yet romantic at heart. With this, I decided on a contoured green and orange eye look reflective of the season. The Green Palette in this collection has a warm golden undertone which looked like golden leaves tinged with the breath of autumn. The rest of the face I kept fairly neutral but of course I couldn't pass on those lashes. And yes, this girl I'm painting...she would definitely have a Monroe piercing.

  • SHU UEMURA | The Lightbulb Foundation*
  • SHU UEMURA | Stage Performer BB Perfector*
  • SHU UEMURA | Brave Beauty Eyeshadow Palette | Orange*
  • SHU UEMURA | Brave Beauty Eyeshadow Palette | Green*
  • SHU UEMURA | Brave Beauty Rouge Unlimited | Beige*
  • SHU UEMURA | Brave Beauty Lasting Soft Gel Pencil | M Green*
  • SHU UEMURA | Brave Beauty Satin Radiant Stick | Light Pink*

L-R | BB Perfector | The Lightbulb Foundation | Satin Radiant Stick

L-R | Green Palette "GR4, GR2, GR1" | Orange Palette "GR6"
Lasting Gel Liner " M Green" | Rouge Unlimited Lipstick "Beige"

Brave Beauty False Lashes | Brave Beauty Face Studs

  • On clean, moisturized skin, start with a thin layer of BB Perfector to smooth skin and give a slightly luminous finish. With a damp sponge, apply The Lightbulb Foundation from the center zone of the face and blend outwards. The foundation itself is quite creamy and I used an extra layer to cover any obvious spots and trouble areas. No concealer here.
  • Shade cheeks with a neutral, slightly rosy blush. Then I added the Satin Radiant Stick in Light Pink along the high points of the cheeks, on the chin and on the cupids bow of the lip.
  • Apply GR4 shadow all over the lids from lash line to the brow bone, contour the eyes from the inner corner towards the center and also from the outer corner towards the center using GR1 while leaving the center bare. Blend GR2 into the socket line in a rounded shape, connecting the darker inner and outer corner. Now this technique is easier done on those with a more prominent socket contour but if you don't, it's easier to create a uniform contour on both eyes by tilting your head back slightly and looking down into your mirror.
  • Line the lower lash line all the way around with Gel Liner Pencil in M Green and go over the lash line again with a mix of GR1 and GR2.
  • Using a dark matte shadow, create a fuller shaped brow with a gentle rounded lift, tapering off at the ends. I also used a bit of a brow pencil to get the ends sharper and to smooth out the top and bottom line. I also attempted to shade a bit of GR1 onto my brows as well.
  • Here I popped on the amazing hand made lashes from the Brave Beauty collection, featuring a full, lush style accented with a silver trim and feathered ends.
  • On the lips goes the Rouge Unlimited lipstick in Beige which has a creamy finish and a hint of shine.

I must admit I was absolutely terrified that this will turn out into a muddy mess but the key to this look is to take it one step at a time, using a clean brush for each colour and blend the edges carefully for a smooth gradation. The eyeshadows were easy to pick and blend while having great adhesion for a seamless look. And can we just oogle for a second at how the silver trim on these lashes catch the light so beautifully in photos! 

Looking at these finished photos now, I find that makeup both creates and reveals our inner and outer selves. Whether this is your everyday look, a photoshoot look or just your alter-ego look, remember that beauty takes courage and I'm rooting for you.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Beauty Tutorial | JetSet to Paris with Revlon & WIN!

Paris oh Paris.

There's always been a certain romantic duality about this city, the warm nostalgia mixed with an ever evolving modernity that makes this the perfect place for getting lost in the old or discovering the new. That's exactly how I feel about this JetSet into Fall beauty look that Revlon has challenged me to recreate.

Taking inspiration from some of the world's most iconic cities, Revlon's artists have designed and paired a JetSet beauty box to help you create a perfect fall look with just a few key products. My look was Pucker up in Paris, featureing a neoclassic double winged eyeliner look with a rich deep berry lip.

  • REVLON | Colourstay ShadowLinks*
    • Petal, Greige
  • REVLON | Colourstay Skinny Liquid Eyeliner* | Blackest Black
  • REVLON | Bold Lacquer Mascara* | Blackest Black
  • REVLON | Colourstay Moisture Stain* | Parisian Passion
  • REVLON | Colourstay Gel Envy Polish*
    • Sure Thing, Blackjack, Diamond Top Coat

  • Start with a soft matte foundation and conceal any obvious blemishes.
  • Apply Petal eyeshadow over the entire lid, blending up to just under the brow bone. Sweep Greige from the inner corner of the eye outwards along the crease and blend. If you don't have an obvious crease (like me) then just take the colour up to about halfway up the lid from the lash line so it's visible when you open your eyes.
  • With the Colourstay liquid eyeliner, draw a thin line along the upper lash line and extend it past your outer corner.
  • Create a double wing by adding an extra "flick" to the outer corner, this one lifting upwards.
  • Glide Parisian Passion onto lips for a bold and moist finish.
  • On the nails, use Blackjack on every nail and leave one accent finger to paint Sure Thing. Seal it all with a coat of Diamond Finish Top Coat.

The key to this look is minimal product but maximum impact, using strategic colours and lines to create an eye catching makeup look. I kept the brows strong but with a soft arch (no sharp lines here) that balanced out the darker lip. Cheeks could be left bare or lightly shaded with a neutral powder blusher. Lastly, I chose a light but lengthening pair of false lashes to give a little extra impact without taking away from the liner.

Ready to take-off for a little Parisian indulgence of your own? Revlon is giving away a Pucker up in Paris Jet Set into Fall box (with all the products you see here) to one of you reading this right now! 
  • Drop by my Instagram account and "like" THIS Revlon makeup photo of mine and leave me a comment saying "enter me" so I know you read all the requirements.
  • I will draw a winner from the list on Sunday, October 19th.
  • Winners will be announced and contacted via Instagram.
  • Open to all Canadian residents 18yrs or older.
Good luck to everyone!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Beauty News |Etude House now INTERNATIONAL!

Rejoice my fellow beauty lovers! I'm so excited to recently find out that one of my favourite Korean brands Etude House has just opened up their website for international shipping. Of course this calls for a little further digging and I've got all the details for you below.

Popping the dot com extension into your url bar and you'll head straight over to Etude's international global website. For those who have been familiar browsing the fun filled Korean site (.kr), you'll notice that the layout is much more simplistic and easier to navigate. All text are in English and you can shop by category, new products and best sellers.

The global site carries all categories of Etude products including cosmetics, skincare, haircare and accessories however it only stocks a limited selection of the total varieties of product available in each category. Granted what they do offer are the popular products and I expect the offering to increase in the upcoming months as they build more traffic and experience.

As an avid eBay hunter, I'd say the prices are quite decent with a few items even being lower than what you would find on eBay. As a whole I do find eBay prices to be more competitive as many sellers are all vying for your attention (and money) so they are more keen on pushing down prices for that reason.

But of course getting these lovely items to your door also needs shipping and Etude global site has listed shipping (below) by weight and destination. If you live in Canada or the USA, prices start at $8.47 and go up to $22 are are calculated in USD as are all pricing on the site. Factor this into your shopping and realistically you're probably going to pay the same if not slightly more than shopping on eBay for an average order of 3-4 items.

While I am thoroughly thrilled with the prospect of Korean beauty brands finally opening up to the international market (instead of through third party shops), I'm not yet convinced the pricing and variety is enough to win me to shop direct. However for those who aren't comfortable diving into the crazy world of eBay, this is a great chance to start exploring. I'll definitely keep an eye on this to see how things progress in the next year or so! How are you all feeling about this?


Monday, October 13, 2014

BunnieLoves: Ep. #13 | August & September Favourites

I was completely on a streak with my favourites videos until August's video got lost among the sea of life and work commitments. Nonetheless, the show must go on! In this video, I've combined two months of favourite products for a double dose of awesomeness.

  • JONATHAN |Dirt Texturizing Paste | reviewed
  • THE BODY SHOP | Wild Argan Body Range* | reviewed
  • EBAY | Natural Effect False Lashes | look for this style
  • MINERAL FUSION | Sheer Moisture Tint | "Glisten"*
  • STAEDLER | Triplus Fineliner | Pastels!
With my everyday life picking up pace, my focus on beauty products have shifted to efficient, ready-to-wear products that will get the job done in a jiffy or those that I can take on the go. While weekends offer the extra luxury of time, the rest of the week is usually a mad dash to eat, dress and head out the door. Products like the Jonathan DIRT and the perfect lipcolour in "Glisten" from Mineral Fusion have truly become everyday staples for their reliability. If you have some great products to recommend, please share the wealth!


Sunday, October 5, 2014

iHerb | Favs & Haul & Giveaway!

For all you health conscious beauty gals out there, I'm sure you've been following me on my exploration through the jungle of natural beauty products and one of my favourite places to go has been iHerb. To say I shop there a lot is a bit of an understatement... if you see my wishlist, it is just bursting! They have an abundant selection, regular updates on their stock plus...once in a while I'll even grab a few snack foods too. In celebration of discovering new natural products, I'm sharing some of my ultimate iHerb favourite purchases throughout the years, a few new items that just came in the mail plus a double giveaway so you can do a little shopping of your own!


Rules & Details
  • Giveaway open Internationally to all the countries iHerb ships to, that's more than 150 countries but if you want to confirm, check their website.
  • Giveaway ends Monday, October 20th 2014
  • There are two online gift cards to be won, each worth $50
  • Shipping will be taken care of for both US and non-US winners. The following only applies if you are a winner out of the US: you are responsible for any additional taxes/duties/brokerage fees levied you country's Customs Agency and/or Postal Service should there be any.
Please follow the steps to enter in the Rafflecoopter widget below, only entries logged in the widget will be counted. 

Eager to see what they're up to at iHerb? You can follow them via their social media outlets.
Facebook | Twitter | Website

Winners will be contact by me using your Rafflecopter entry email so make sure it's current. I will also announce the winner via my Facebook and Twitter. Good luck


* This post contains an iHerb rewards code that I was given upon my introduction as a first time customer. When used by other first time customers, I gain rewards points which can be redeemed towards my own next purchase for a limited time. This "cash back" reward comes from iHerb's own marketing budget, not from your order. The products shown in this video are a combination of products I have purchased myself as well as some purchased with a giftcard provided by iHerb. This does not distort my opinion in any way and I have long enjoyed shopping at iHerb prior to this post.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Skincare Routine | SS 2013 Updates + Video

Now that I'm sitting here typing out this post, I'm thinking I may have called autumn out too soon. Coming back from a day about town, I couldn't wait to wash my face and cool myself down from the muggy heat. None the less perhaps it is the right time to share my spring and summer skincare routine after all. You know the drill, let's talk about it.

  • NEUTROGENA | Oil- Free Eye Makeup Remover
  • SHISEIDO | Perfect Whip Cleansing Foam
  • SIBU | Sea Buckthorn Face & Body Bar | review
  • ALBA BOTANICS | Sea Algae Enzyme Scrub | review
  • EVIE SKINCARE* | review
  • BIOTHERM | Life Plankton Essence* | review
  • ANDALOU Skincare | Probiotic +C Cream | review
  • NOW FOODS | European Clay Powder
  • CLARISONIC MIA | review
Given the warm weather still hovering about town, I think I'll stick to this general routine for just a little longer. The only product I've fully replaced already is my daily moisturizer (we'll talk more about it this week) but these wandering eyes are already eyeing up a few other items to work into my winter arsenal. If you're interested in seeing a short post on what I'll be using coming the colder season (once I've gathered them all), leave me a comment and it shall be done! 

What was your favourite summer skincare product?