Monday, December 14, 2015

Manicure Mondays: A Touch of Winter

There has been a good month or more recently where I didn't give much love and attention to my nails until realizing that I cannot wear nail polish once I start school due to clinical. So now, I've been back into the groove of painting my nails and remembering what it was like to enjoy pretty colours at the tips of my fingers. It's also been a long while since I've done a nail polish post so here it is! Chanel Peridot will always be an all time favourite in my collection. I bought the Butter London Matte Finish Shine Free Topcoat way back in Spring of this year but never tried it until now. I do enjoy the matte nail polish look, the polish was hassle free but only lasted a few days before my nails started to chip. It may be because of my restaurant work but Sally Hansen Insta-Dri has set up my expectation level higher. Formula X Dark Matter is just a simple classic black polish. Happy Monday everyone!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Current Favourites #4: Fall Edition

I'm a bit mind blown at the moment thinking about how 2015 is almost over when it seems like a lot of things just happened the other day. Time flew by and so much has happened but I've definitely grown a lot as a person over this past year and I've come to realize things do happen for a reason..."people change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together" - Marilyn Monroe. There's no better quote to describe how I feel right now and overall, I just feel extremely thankful and blessed to have certain people in my life. And for updates to my fellow blogging girlies, I got accepted into nursing school! I'll be starting in January so I'm really excited since I'm not lost in life anymore and have a goal and career to work towards (this explains my 10th MIA from my blogging life lol). Anyways...I've rambled on too much about my personal life, so I'll get on with sharing my current favourites now. :P

H&M Earrings: I find myself browsing the H&M accessory section more and more after finding the statement earring piece during the summer from my previous favourites post here and there has been two new great finds for fall. I've become more of a minimalist and stud person as I've gotten older but these two dangle earrings made an exception for me. The first at the top corner adds a bit of style and statement to a plain outfit. The second piece at the bottom left is delicate and precious. These never fail to receive compliments every time I wear them.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original: The appreciation for the invention of this product is nothing new but more so recently because for some unknown reason, my eyelids have become very oily which led to my eyeliners creasing. This has never happened before even in 38 degrees of desert heat in Las Vegas; Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner and ELF Studio Cream Eyeliner never failed on me in the heat and sweat. My usual daily routine of just eyeliner and mascara never had issues on my upper lids, so now I have to use primer even with just lining my eyes.

Daiso W202 Natural Eyelashes: I love the natural/gradual flare to these lashes. They're the perfect medium between adding oomph to your lashes while still keeping your look natural. Someone recently told me that they were jealous of the length of my lashes and asked if they were real!

Bare Minerals High Shine EyeColor in Bronzed: One of my besties gave this to me last winter as part of my Christmas gift and I didn't really love it until now. The pigment in this is very intense and the lasting power is great. It's also a no brainer eyeshadow as I can get away with using this as an all over colour on my lids. The slight downfall is that there is some fall out but this is expected since it is a pigment afterall. The intensity and pigmentation swatch photo is still slightly doing this eyeshadow not enough justice.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette: If you're following me on instagram, this mention should be no surprise to you. I've held off on purchasing this palette the longest time for the most obvious reason...this beautiful little thing is extremely costly. The other reason why I was hesitant towards buying this palette was due to already owning the original Ambient Lighting Palette. The Sephora VIB sale came at a righteously good timing while this product is still available so I caved in and decided to treat myself for my small achievements. I have no regrets. This palette is stunningly beautiful. The powders are soft and very finely milled. I always had a small undying worry that these powders would make me look too shiney especially when used simultaneously, but I was wrong. You get the most amazing natural glow on your face and everything just falls in place with each other.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette (Top to bottom and L-R): Dim Light, Iridescent Light, Diffused Light, Mood Exposure, Luminous Flush, Luminous Bronze Light
Bare Minerals High Shine EyeColor in Bronzed

Ever New iPhone 6 Phone Case: I purposely took a photo of this next to the Marc Jacobs Daisy Fragrance. I hope that's self explanatory enough without the need to giving a full description of reasoning why I love this extremely girly phone case so much in which I normally would never purchase.

Real Techniques Contour Brush: I didn't have a full appreciation of this brush until my friend suggested that I should try using it to blend out my under eye concealer. I must say, it's the best brush for it.

Crown Brush IB116 Round Crease Brush: Lately, I've been putting my eyeshadows and eyeshadow palettes into more use as I have realized that this hoarding and purchasing of new eyeshadows/palettes aren't justifiable if I don't start using them more and with that, I find the need to mention how amazing this little crease brush is. I bought this crease brush two years ago from IMATS and I use it every time I apply eyeshadow. The size is perfect and gives you precise control on where you want your eyeshadow to be with its tapered structure. It is also fluffy enough to blend your darker crease colour with your overall lid colour.

Maybelline Super Stay Foundation in Classic Beige: This is my first foundation that I purchased which was recommended by Emily Noel from YouTube and I still love it. It's definitely an oldie but a goodie. The shade is slightly a pinch darker than my natural skin tone but it matches me perfectly at the moment since my tan from my Vegas trip in September. I don't use foundation on a regular basis and I only pull it out for special occasions or nights out when I want to ensure that my face looks absolutely flawless in photos. This foundation has great longevity and has medium to full coverage.

Ben Nye Professional Wheel in RB Red Black & White: Please don't mistaken that I use this product and apply face paint on a daily basis as part of my makeup routine LOL but I thought I would include it in this post because I failed to write up a Halloween post in time and now it's way too late to do so. For this year's Halloween, I decided to do something I've never done before and gave my Halloween costume a little bit more thought and effort. I was inspired by a makeup artist's work that was featured on Blanche Macdonald's facebook page and decided I wanted to recreate the half skull look for Halloween. This colour wheel of face paint lasted me all night as long as I didn't touch my face. Even with eating, the details of the teeth didn't get ruined and I only had to slightly touch it up and darken the lines. My final look for Halloween was a half skull and half vampire look. If you are interested in seeing it, you can find it here. If you are really interested in reading a full post on how I created the look let me know. :)

Daiso Makeup Brush Cleaner: Following up with my first time doing face painting and doing it twice prior to the day of Halloween, this Daiso brush cleaner never came in handier for the mess created by the face paint on my brushes. It made cleaning very easy and hassle free.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Current Favourites #3: Travel Edition

If you follow me on instagram, you know that I'm currently suffering from a pretty bad diagnosis called "Vegas Withdrawals" haha. It was only a short 4 days and 3 nights but I miss it so much. Unfortunately, there's no rehab that could help and just thinking of it sparked some inspiration in me to do a post on some of the things that I probably could not have done without on this trip to the desert with my girls. I contemplated on writing about "what's in my travel makeup bag" or "my travel essentials" but decided that a lot of products are repetitive and things I use on a regular basis that I've mentioned many times before so I just chose the new standouts.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow: Ever since I bought this palette I've been using it every day so bringing it with me on my trip was a given. Both the bronzer and highlighter are absolutely amazing. They also last all day in the desert heat and gives your face a natural sculpt and glow.

H&M Sunnies: Completely reflective which is good when your girlfriends need to check themselves out or make sure their makeup is still on point at the pool party. Cheap and keeps my vampire light sensitive eyes in comfort. Oh yep, I'm saying hi in the reflection :P

H&M Earrings: Being a such a short trip, you want to pack light and have minimal amount of accessories so having one stand out piece is enough. I also don't wear it as a pair since that would be too much bling.

E.L.F Studio Cream Eyeliner: Smudge proof, budge proof and water resistant. I bought this eyeliner on a whim because my other cream eyeliners have been starting to dry out. To my pleasant surprise this cream eyeliner has performed much better than I had expected and lived up to its own claims.

Sofina Jenne Oil Control Mousse: This made it to my Best in Beauty of 2014. Check it here.

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream: The 4 days I've been in Vegas, I turned chocolate brown and have tan lines. Sunscreen is a must and this has SPF 50+, out of all sunscreens I've tried I particularly enjoy this one since it doesn't have that scent and it's also water resistant for 80 minutes.

Ever New Wristlet Wallet: So glad I bought this because it can also hold my phone inside and could act as a perfect little clutch to match different outfits.

Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister: I never really believed in these kinds of mascaras with a comb shaped wand, but this mascara is the bomb! The fibers really help lengthen all my lashes and the comb is able to separate and get lashes that are harder to coat. This mascara formula lasts all day even in the scorching desert heat but this also makes it very difficult to remove at the end of the day.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat:  I only had one blush with me on the trip and it was this. Diffused Heat is a really pretty warm medium strawberry pink with subtle sparkle that is very versatile. The colour lasts all day on my cheeks, pigmentation is good and the texture of the powder is very soft. Is anyone else also currently lusting after the limited edition holiday 2015 palette? *_* sigh.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Charlotte Tilbury Splurge

At this point along my makeup indulgence pathway, there hasn't been anything more exciting than the introduction and launch of Charlotte Tilbury in Vancouver last week at Holt Renfrew. FINALLY! Aside from the undeniably tempting sales such as the Target liquidation and a recent three item purchase from ELF (50% sale) I have for the most part been keeping myself tamed and have not purchased anything aside from necessities *pats self on the back*. I shouldn't call this post a splurge because I really think I deserve to give myself a little treat *continues to ramble on a justification and make more excuses* LOL Ahem...anyways, let's just move on now. There has been two products that have been on my to buy list since their release which is no doubt The Dolce Vita eyeshadow palette and the Filmstar Bronze & Glow.

I had a big debate between getting The Dolce Vita or The Vintage Vamp eyeshadow palette because these two quads had colours right up my alley. I ended up settling with The Dolce Vita because the burgundy "enhance" colour on the top right caught my attention. I may end up buying The Vintage Vamp another time but let's maintain composure here with one palette first.

The packaging is compact, sleek, feminine with a hint of cuteness with that star etched inside on the right corner of the mirror. Going in clockwise, they have numbered and labelled the four colours prime, enhance, pop, and smoke. The prime colour is a brightening, frosty golden peachy shade; the enhance colour is a rich, deep reddish-brown; the pop shade is a shimmery copper gold/brown; the smoke shade is a satin medium-dark brown with hints of gold. Overall, the eyeshadows are pigmented, finely milled, buttery, and silky in texture even the pop shade. However, the shimmery copper shade does not translate as easily to the eyelids with a brush compared to other eyeshadows in the palette and needs to be packed on to build up the intensity. A primer or cream base is highly recommended for this shade.

L-R: #1 prime, #2 enhance, #3 pop, #4 smoke

You all know I'm a bronzer fanatic so it shouldn't be a surprise that I bought this palette as well. Filmstar Bronze is a gorgeous satin medium tan with warm undertones. Filmstar Highlight is a pale champagne colour with a illuminating sheen to it. Both powders are finely milled, have medium pigmentation (which makes application easy), and very blendable. When I first saw the product in person at the counter I was almost slightly swayed away by how much shimmer flexes I saw in the pan but I'm glad I didn't back out because these two powders give your cheeks a very subtle natural glow. The shimmers aren't noticeable on the face at all. I'm so happy with my purchases and although my wallet won't like it very much, I can see myself picking up and trying out more products every now and then.

Filmstar Bronzer and Highlight

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Current Favourites #2

Derpina is finally done another semester of intensive school! I'm so happy I can finally enjoy the rest of my summer and for the first time I don't have anything else preventing me from enjoying the sunshine! It's been getting really hot in Vancouver right now so here are a few products that I've been enjoying lately that are quite summer-y. You might recognize a few of them from my previous hauls! :)

Milani Liquid Eye Liquid-like Eye Liner Pencil in 01 Black: This eyeliner is the bomb. I've been searching high and low for this whenever I visit drugstores but I never found a black one until one lucky day. This eyeliner is pigmented, glides on smoothly with a creamy like consistency but when it dries it will not budge. I've swatched it and tried rubbing it off under water but it barely moved or smudged. I had to use makeup remover to get it off. The only complaint I have about this eyeliner is that it's not really "retractable". You can't retract the product back inside so you need to be very careful about not twisting too much product out.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard: If you have been a long time reader for my blog you know how much I love my Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Peach. I've decided to give this concealer a try based on how many rave reviews I've been hearing about on this and I must say....I'm not disappointed - in fact, I love it. It's creamy, it has good coverage and lasts all day. For once, I'm completely satisfied with a liquid concealer. Has this replaced my love for the Bobbi Brown Corrector? I don't think so, but it is definitely on par and up there equally with it.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat: I've been meaning to mention this top coat in my previous favourites post but totally forgot about it unfortunately. I really have to thank Lena for introducing this product to me through reading her blog posts. This top coat has literally changed my whole nail polish pampering experience. It just makes everything dry so much faster and it really prevents the nail polish from chipping too quickly. Completely in love with this!

Butter London Nail Lacquer in Jaffa: My first and only Butter London nail polish in my collection so far and I'm obsessed. I bought this on a whim seeing that it was on sale for ~$15 in London Drugs. Jaffa is a bright coral orange which is perfect for summer. I've been wearing it on my toes for a whole month now. The nail polish is opaque but still requires two coats to look perfect. It's not streaky and dries relatively quick.

Sonia Kashuk Shine Luxe Sheer Lip Colour in Sheer Melon: I don't understand why this product is named "sheer" because this lippie is pigmented as heck! Sheer Melon is a very universally flattering coral/strawberry pink shade. It's also moisturizing and has a nice glossy finish (without the sticky-ness). This has been my go-to lip colour for the summer so far.

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso: I've been using this non-stop since I bought it a few months ago. This is such a no-brainer shimmery peachy pink blush. It gives the cheeks a nice healthy glow and natural flush. Luminoso is a universally flattering shade.

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Pink: I don't know if this blush boosts my mood but it definitely makes me happy to see a product giving my cheeks a nice pinky flush of colour. I don't usually reach for magenta pink blushes but this made an exception for me.

L-R: Milani Liquid Eye, Sonia Kashuk Sheer Melon, Milani Luminoso, Physician's Formula Pink

What are your current favourite products for the summer? :D

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Golden Standard

I've never been so mind blown by an eyeshadow's craftsmanship until coming across this one - Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Mono in 170 Iconic Gold. Did anyone even know that Gucci had a makeup line in the first place? I sure didn't until my sister came back from Hawaii and gifted me this beautiful thing. Or maybe I'm the only one living under a rock. I can almost see a halo on this, everything is just so perfect. The gold and black packaging is so sleek and classy that it's breath taking. Let's just all take a moment of silence and appreciate how much beauty there is here. Just look at it...... *_* Trying to give this eyeshadow a swatch made me die a little inside when I had kind of ruined a bit of the imprints. I think this has been the only time where I felt like I had fat fingers.

So aside from the outside beauty which I can't seem to get over yet, the quality of the eyeshadow itself is also pretty darn amazing. Iconic Gold is a pretty taupe brown with small golden shimmer flexes. The swatch photo below doesn't give the shimmer enough justice, but trust me, in person it looks 100x more amazing. The shadow is soft and decently pigmented - the colour doesn't come off like other popular eyeshadows that we are familiar with. I'm looking at you, Urban Decay. But I think that sometimes, it's better that way as we get more control to build up the intensity of the colour and not having to fear the need to frantically blend everything out crazily. I heard the Gucci make up counters aren't readily accessible, so if you do come across one, I urge you to check out these beautiful eyeshadows. It's definitely pricey for 2 grams of product, but you get what you pay for.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Eye Candy: Adorlée Eye Cream

For the longest time, I was one of those girls who cheated a little section of my skincare regime and just hydrated/moisturized my under eye area with my facial moisturizers. My relatively normal to combination oily skin has been on the most part fairly forgiving in terms of hydration but there have been times where it was just not attractive waking up to puffy eyes and having nothing to sooth it. When Adorlée came to my attention with their Youth Reviving Eye Cream and Youth Preserving Eye Cream, I was intrigued - it's a Vancouver local skincare brand which solely specializes in eye care. The eye creams have five key goodie ingredients that are claimed to help "reduce puffiness, increase lymphatic circulation and improve your skin's firmness and elasticity". Sounds great right? So what is this amazingness?

These Adorlée eye creams contain: caprylic which is basically a compound derived from coconut oil that assists in skin repairing; white tea is an antidioxidant with anti-aging properties; ginseng is rich in vitamins and minerals that aids in toning and improving skin complexion; aloe vera is another skin repairing agent; and lastly, hyaluronic acid (which has been on the hype in the beauty world as of late) is great for hydrating the skin and providing elasticity. Though the last component should be noted that it is only contained in the Youth Reviving Eye Cream and not the Youth Preserving Eye Cream. In addition to these five key elements in Adorlée's eye creams, they also have a patent peptide component called Eyeliss which serves to reduce puffiness and eye bags by improving drainage, reduce capillary fragility, reduce irritation, and skin slacking (which have all been noted as causal factors to developing puffy eyes and eye bags).

I've been using both of these eye creams for over a month and a half now and I think I've given it a fair amount of time before sharing my thoughts. I use the Youth Preserving Eye Cream in the morning and the Youth Reviving Eye Cream in my night time routine. Both eye creams have a really nice light weight and hydrating gel formula which I really appreciate. I prefer all my moisturizers in general to have this formula otherwise it feels to thick and heavy for my skin. I do notice that my eyes have been slightly less puffy and not as frequently puffy after using these two eye creams when I wake up from my sleeping beauty slumber. *Hoorrraaaay I'm still alive!* (reality check, I'm not actually that excited for mornings....) :P Well....and I mean yay for less puffiness haha. But in terms of seeing results in diminishing the appearance of dark circles, reducing visible signs of fatigue, or reducing fine lines....not so much. I'm not complaining though, because I never expected a miracle to happen for a bad habit of being a night owl lol. I know I'm not the only one!

Now moving to the exterior, I'd say it has a pretty nice and sleek packaging. The Youth Preserving Eye Cream has an extra plastic covering within, which is nice in preventing it from drying out. It's also nice to have a pump for the Youth Reviving Eye Cream; but I have a slight love and hate relationship with this. I love how it's hygienic but I can never get the right amount I want, it's hard to do a half pump. It disperses a small pea sized amount of product but still not little enough in my books because I feel like there is still too much product for both eyes. Maybe this is just me being a little too picky? I'm not too sure. Overall though, I think these two eye creams are decent products that are reasonably priced at $40 for 15 mL. Eye creams last a long time since you only need the dinkiest amount. I've checked out several other brands of eye creams from Sephora and they retail about $50+ which is wayyyy out of budget.

L-R: Youth Preserving Eye Cream, Youth Reviving Eye Cream

**Disclaimer: these products were generously given to me for review purposes from Adorlée, all of these opinions are mine and I did not say good things just cause I received them for free....most of you all know me well enough by now right? Anyways, if you guys have any eye cream recommendations, please let me know as I'm always interested in trying more!