Thursday, August 17, 2017

Beauty Look | New Rimmel Products vs Dark Lip

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Rimmel Makeup - Fall rich lip

Witty titles are escaping me today but I do want to show you a makeup look using some of Rimmels' newer products! Most notably, they've launched a couple of large format eye shadow palettes that I'm sure you've poked at in stores plus a full range of matte lipsticks. 

The shadows have a great distinctive colour range and blend reasonably well taking you from matte to satin to metallic finishes all in one swoop. Colour payoff is good and I'd say comparable to the higher end drugstore offerings like L'Oreal though with less snazzy packaging. I'm also wearing some really fun fibre eyebrow pencil - yes, fibre hairs in a pencil that's kinda blowing my mind and I fully intend pick up in a darker shade to match my hair! And the lips you ask? The Only 1 Matte lipsticks are a true matte that has a slight putty texture which is best smoothed out with a lip brush. It photographs beautifully and offers a large shade selection for mixing but I'm not crazy about the strong candy scent.

Rimmel Makeup - Fall rich lip

Rimmel Makeup - Fall rich lip

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Side note, anyone here still haven't figured out this contouring game? Since it's hair up day, I thought a little shading wouldn't hurt to go along with the dark lip but it sure is looking a little stripey here on camera. I swear on my favourite foundation that I did blend this.....


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mineral sunscreens this summer

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Mineral Sunscreen

As someone with reactive skin, sunscreen shopping is not fun every summer. While my body can handle a wide variety of options, my face is very selective about what its willing to settle with but in recent years I'm excited to see more choices for mineral products as brands diversify their sun lineup. With the exception of Alumiere MD, all the other products here are new for this summer which seems like a bright outlook! 


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While we all love the fluid textures of chemical sun filters, I do think the physical products are the safer and more universal way to do sun protection and it seems like brands are exploring that route especially with the expansion of the green beauty realm. If we did a blind fold test, I'm certain you wouldn't be able to guess that the Darphin is a 100% mineral product. Now all I'm wishing for is a great well edited skin tone tint SPF and I wouldn't have to be hiding indoors all the time. I'd love to hear about what you've been using this summer so chatter away down below!


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Monday, August 14, 2017

ARMANI | Power Fabric Foundation

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Armani Power Fabric Foundation

Just like those sleek black suits they do so well, when Armani releases a new foundation, everyone's buzzing about it. While there has a been a few base product launches in recent year, the Power Fabric Foundation* seemed to me like the brand's way of re-energizing their image... after all they are known for the untouchable Luminous Silk. With words like matte, flawless and full coverage being the selling points these days, Armani plays its card. I've used it pretty consistently for the past month and I'm ready to talk.

Armani Power Fabric Foundation

THE BASICS
Brand: Giorgio Armani
Product: Power Fabric Foundation* SPF25
Size: 30 ml
Shades: 12 Shades (Canada), 20 Shades (USA)
Price: $64 USD / $70 CAD
Details: Made in France
Availability: Sephora, The Bay, Armani Online / Counters
Would I repurchase: Probably not.

FEEL & APPLICATION
Presented in an iconic frosted glass bottle, what denotes Power Fabric is the red Armani insignia on the lacquered cap. Pumping out the product, I was surprised that it had a thick almost moussey consistency but it applied thin on the skin and blended out easily whether you used fingers, beauty blender or a dense fluffy brush. There is an every so slight skincare scent to the foundation but it was neither strong or bothersome. One full pump will give you a single half face application so this is certainly one of those products that you will run through fast with regular wear.

Armani Power Fabric Foundation Swatch
Armani Power Fabric Foundation Swatch
TOP - BOTTOM | Power Fabric #3.5 | Luminous Silk #02

COVERAGE & COLOUR
According to the Sephora website, there's currently a spectrum of 12 shades available in Canada and 20 shades listed in the USA ranging from but there's likely additional offerings around different parts of the world according to the regional demographic - it's a pretty popular set up by many luxury brands. My testing shade was #3.5 and is listed as neutral for fair skin tones which blended in like a great match despite coming off very dark and red in the bottle. You can see (below) that it's a smidge dark compared to my neck but not terribly noticeable. My usual shade is MAC NC15-NC20, see my full range of matches on My Stats page.

I prefer wearing this over a pore smoothing primer especially for the center zone of my face but my swatches are over bare skin. It does cling slightly to flaky patches and I find a beauty blender is best for those problem areas with texture. Power Fabric photographs so beautifully! Despite being marketed as full coverage, I would call one layer a medium and I had a hard time building it up to a true completely coverage. Non the less, I love how it retains a touchable skin like quality and it's certainly not a true matte foundation. Dry down has a slight powdery touch and there is also some transfer if left unset.

Armani Power Fabric Foundation 2
Armani Power Fabric Foundation

WEAR & LONGEVITY
This is where things started to go downhill and quick. Going solo, Power Fabric stayed neat for only 3-4 hours and with a primer / setting spray combo, it was only able to push through to about 6 hours before I felt like I just really needed to take this off. Now while that doesn't sound bad at all from a regular running to the grocery store perspective, I was expecting more from something that claimed to be full coverage and long wearing. On the plus side, while I certainly noticed a good amount of wear problems, the foundation never fully melted off my face even in this summer mugginess yet this is certainly not something I'd recommend for those truly oil skinned. 


POWER FABRIC VS. LUMINOUS SILK
This is the burning question then and my vote still swings towards Luminous Silk as the preferred formula for my combination skin and my makeup style. I found lasting ability to be about the same but LS is easier to smooth over skin texture and offers a satin touch finish that I prefer. It's still my go to event or date foundation of choice.

Armani Power Fabric Foundation

THE FINAL VERDICT

Giorgio Armani's Power Fabric Foundation is a medium slightly buildable coverage soft matte foundation which photographs excellently but lacks in staying power. The SPF is a nice added bonus and doesn't appear to cause any flashback but shouldn't be relied upon for solo sun protection. I can see Power Fabric useful for achieving a particular velvety finish for a short event or occasion but it's not something that I feel can put up with day to day stressors unless you work in mild temperature controlled environment or have dry to normal skin. So while this is not a bad product per say, it was a disappointment measured against its claims. Additionally, for a similar effect and similar lasting ability, MAC's Studio Fix Fluid or Estee Lauder's Double Wear are very comparable at a much lower price point. 
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

SEW WHAT NOW | August sewing updates & progress



Well, I think the reality is I simply can't seem to pre-plan or sew fast enough to wear the things when I need them! Somehow creating a wearable wardrobe is about sewing one season ahead despite it not being the most motivational. My summer progress has been slow but a few new patterns always puts me in a good mood and hey at least I got some fall things ready to go... (I say this as I'm sitting at my chair toasting in the muggy heat and seriously contemplating running cold bath). 


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Anyone else loving the Chanel fall collection? I might have to do some online shopping to match those gorgeous colour combinations but I haven't been this wow'd in a while and it's giving me all kinds of feelings!  How would you wear these colours in your wardrobe?

Happy sewing,




Monday, August 7, 2017

3 Things | Drugstore vs. Luxury Bodywash

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drugstore vs luxury bodywash

Soap. Doesn't sound all that interesting when you're washing up the dishes but all of a sudden turns quite snazzy in the beauty aisle. If you're thinking of trading up your regular shower bar, here's three options sitting in my shower.

In the more affordable category, OLAY body wash is probably something you've seen in every single drugstore around town and for good reason. Always out with new seasonal scents and lathers easily with or without a pouf, I usually go for the sensitive skin version but lately it's been the Outlast Birch Water & Lavender*. In the summer heat of the summer, when your only salvation is constant cool showers, Olay has been keeping me fresh but not dry. Bonus point, it comes in a few neutral scents so it makes a great unisex bathroom staple.

New to the market but still sharing the drugstore shelf is France's best selling body wash by the name of Le Petite Marseillais* which prides itself in it's beautifully concocted shower scents. And true to its name, I've never quite smelled something like these before under the $10 mark! With five scents to choose from including Cotton Milk & Poppy, Orange Blossom and the Vanilla Milk currently in rotation, I think they are such a fun step up to enliven your shower experience. The fragrances are based from natural ingredients, doesn't overwhelm your nose and leaves just a faint trace so you can still layer on your daily perfume. Moisturization factor is on par with Olay but just a little bit more fun.

Now I also think that once in your life time, one should absolutely experience a completely indulgent bath product. Lately mine has been the AERIN Mediterranean Honeysuckle* body wash and if you know anything AERIN's perfumes, these do not disappoint on that level and the scent lingers for quite a while close to the skin. In a gel consistency, I find this doesn't lather quite as foamy versus the creamier options and is better suited for oilier skin types or the occasional weekend use. For the luxury price point, I'd really wish they'd upgrade the formula because it would make such a great add on if AERIN is already your scent of choice.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

BEAUTY LOOK | Romand Korean Trend Makeup


ROMAND Korean Makeup W2Beauty

Feeling pretty hip at the moment as I've recently gotten my hands on some very trendy Korean makeup courtesy of W2Beauty. Romand is range of tightly curated products by popular blogger and makeup artist Min Saerom, who's plain girl transformations attracted a strong fan base. The aim of her range is to be fool proof for the everyday user so they can achieve everything from office wear to date night makeup right at home. You'll notice that both of Romand's day and night palettes contain a interesting mix of colours in a variety of finishes that's not quite your familiar natural brown palette!

ROMAND Korean Makeup

ROMAND Korean Makeup

ROMAND Korean Makeup W2Beauty


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Ever changing curated selection of K-Beauty trend products, straight from Korea and with a focus on up and coming brands. Not every single product will be available from each brand but I feel like its thoughtfully chosen and frequently updated. I like that they carry niche brands that are more well known locally in Korea instead of the big drugstore options. Products came well packaged. Due to current crazy customs situation for Canada, I recommend EMS shipping option - although more expensive, it has tracking and will be much quicker. I've had a few things come from Asia via normal shipping and it has been ridiculous. The new beauty chat forum part of the website has just launched so I'm excited to sign up and check that out as well!

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