April 12, 2014

Maybelline Color Tattoo Beige-ing Beauty

The new Maybelline Dare to Go Nude Spring 2014 collection is finally available in Shoppers Drug Mart. Okay I finally stumble across it last week but in almost each store, the displays were so picked over that the only things I could find were the Color Show polishes, a couple Glaze blushes and the black Color Tattoo which didn’t interest me. I finally found a display that hadn't been decimated!

Maybelline Dare to Go Nude Collection

The product from the Dare to Go Nude collection that intrigued me the most were the Color Tattoos. They come in 6 shades which are limited edition. There was only four in the display.

The six shades in the collection are;
  • Pure Nude
  • Beige-ing Beauty
  • Nude Compliment
  • Sleek and Spice
  • Caramel Cool
  • Stroke of Midnight

I choose Beige-ing Beauty because it seemed different from anything I had in my stash. The others seemed to be close cousins to some of the ones I already have; Pure Nude to Barely Beige, Nude Compliment to Tough as Taupe.
Beige-ing Beauty Color Tattoo

Beige-ing Beauty looks very pretty in its little glass tub – it comes off as a golden champagne when applied. The consistency of this Color Tattoo was creamier and more emollient than my other permanent Color Tattoos but applied pretty much the same.

Unfortunately it was not very opaque and building it up just made a creamy mess. It comes off more as a shimmer/glitter overlay.

It creased on my eyelid at the 5 hour mark when I tried to get it opaque by applying layers.  The next time I tried, I applied a lighter layer and it lasted all work day but it wasn't very noticable other than the glitter.
Beige-ing Beauty Color Tattoo

Beige-ing Beauty Color Tattoo

I had hoped that this Color Tattoo would have been more opaque. I guess am going to have play around with it more to see how I can use it. Maybe overtop of other shadows to give it a little glitter pop?

Were you able to find the new Dare to Go Nude Color Tattoos? Did you have a favorite out the new Color Tattoos?

April 06, 2014

March Favorites and a Giveaway

Hello Makeupnuts! March has finally left us and took its ungodly cold weather! That was too cold. The winter of 2014 is now officially the coldest on record since 1898 here in Winnipeg! What???

How did I cope? I bundled up and did a lot of retail therapy in February and March. Maybe too much haha!

But from that came a few favorite things....

March Favorites
March Favorites

Clinique Cheek Pop in Plum – I am absolutely loving this blush. It gives a soft but buildable pink glow. It blends so smoothly. I need more. See swatches here.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Translucent – I bought this on a whim during a Shoppers Drug Mart redemption event. I finally started using it and whoa! I have been using it to set my under eye concealer and it is magnificent! Seriously my concealer stays put all day with it and looks flawless. Love you Stay Matte!
MAc auto-de-blu, Annabelle TwistUp Divine, Marcelle Duo Eyebrow Pro
MAC Auto-de-blu, Annabelle TwistUp Divine, Marcelle Duo Eyebrow Pro
MAC Auto-de-Blu Technakohl liner – I have been using this mechanical liner to add a pop of colour on my lash line and sometimes I will just use under my eyes. It is a beautiful creamy navy blue. I find it pretty longwearing once it dries and sets. I will admit I have been reaching for this because I need to sharpen a lot of my other pencils and just couldn’t be bothered in the morning rush. Hehe

Annabelle TwistUp in Divine – I have been carrying this lip crayon everywhere. It is so easy just whip out and apply. Divine is a soft muted rose pink. It is so creamy and smooth. It totally makes a yucky lip day into a great lip day. Got some scragglies? TwistUps will cover them up! The lasting power is about 2-3 hours on me which I find is average for most lip crayons. See swatches here.

Marcelle Duo Eyebrow Pro in Dark – I had to get this during the Marcelle/Annabelle 40% off sale. I was so curious about the brow gel portion. I have been using this to give my brows a light tint and to keep them tidy. This is another great product for us ladies that are in a rush in the morning. Got no time to put on brows? Slap on some brow gel on and go! I am still trying to get the hang of the pencil side of it. It is a thicker slanted pencil and I am so used to the skinny brow liner that I feel like I am using a giant crayon. I will get the hang of it because the color of the pencil side is a perfect shade for me.
Essie - She's Picture Perfect
Essie - She's Picture Perfect
Essie polish in She’s Picture Perfect – I have been wearing this for almost three weeks. Three manicures and each time I used She’s Picture Perfect. I just love this lilac. It has a  pink iridescent shimmer running through it. 

Lorac Pro Palette – I. Heart. This. Palette. Seriously I do. I haven’t used much else but this palette since I got it. I love mattes so I knew I would like those shades but the shimmers are so easy to use. None are out there with crazy shimmer or glitter. If you want to see more about the Lorac Pro Palette and all it splendor, please check out my review here - tons of pics and swatches.
Lorac Pro Palette
Lorac Pro Palette
So those were my favorites for March. I am pretty sure the Lorac Pro Palette may pop up in April too!

Soooo if you had read my first impressions on the Lorac Pro Palette, you will know I had to go through some hoops to get it. It is not available readily in Canada and it seems to be sold out in a lot of stores. I guess most people will probably have to order this palette online at Lorac cosmetics. So I figured if it is that hard to get, I would buy two Lorac Pro Palettes. One for me and one for one lucky Makeupnut!

Excited yet?
Lorac Pro Palette Giveaway
Lorac Pro Palette Giveaway

Lorac Pro Palette Giveaway

Open to Canada and United States only. (Sorry to my international readers but it is a bigger package and Canada Post is way expensive to ship parcels out internationally).

Must be over 18 years old (or have parental permission)

Good luck all!


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April 02, 2014

Lise Watier

Hi makeupnuts! A couple of weeks ago, Lise Watier.ca had a private sale on their website. Most of the sale items were limited editions or discontinued products but they were 60% off. I couldn’t help myself... as the Borg say Resistance is Futile. 

Lise Watier Summer Sunset Paradis, Glamourose, Lift and Firm

I currently use the Lise Watier 3D Lift and Firm Night Cream and when I saw the ‘previous version’ of the Lift and Firm on the site for $20 (compared to original price of $62 and new version's price of $72) I had to try one. I checked the ingredient list and they were both the exact same. Hmmmm??? Anyhow I got me some. I also picked up an eye palette, the Summer Sunset Paradis (2012) for $10 and the Glamourose Illuminating Face and Body powder (2012) for $10. My friend, Kim, went totally nuts and got enough skin care to last her a year or so. 
Lise Watier Summer Sunset Paradis palette

The Paradis palette has pretty cool tones of purple, lilac, pink, teal blue, champagne and a cool dark brown. All have a small amount of shimmer. Not a lot, just a teeny bit. The shadows themselves are smooth and quite blendable, with the exception of the brown. I had a hard time blending it evenly. The pigmentation is better than average but no Lorac Pro or Urban Decay potency. I kind of gravitated towards this palette because of the clutch look and the pink, orange and black case. I later realized that this palette can be turned into a little clutch of sorts. The bottom pan pops out. It is really too small to hold anything other than a couple credit cards but it is a cute concept. 
Lise Watier Summer Sunset Paradis palette
inside the Paradis palette - the bottom tray pops out to create a teeny clutch

Lise Watier Summer Sunset Paradis palette
shadows upclose
I also picked up the Glamourose Illuminating Face and Body Powder because it was so pretty. The rose shaped powder was too hard to ignore. Unfortunately when it arrived, the powder block had come undone from the pan and was just floating around inside the gold case.  Wah! All sales final! But it was for the most part it was still intact just very dusty. The powder itself is a pretty peachy gold highlighter. Very smooth and no glitter here. It is going to be perfect for the summer months. Love! I just have to figure out how to ‘reattach’ it back to the pan before I drop it and smash it to pieces. Any thoughts on how to do that?

Lise Watier Glamourose Illuminating Face & Body powder
Glamourose Illuminating powder - see how it is all dusty? me sad...
Some swatches for your eyes....

Lise Watier swatches

Here is look I did with the Paradis palette using the teal, brown and champagne on my eyes. What is it with me and teal eyeshadow? I lurves it!

Hope you guys are having a great week!