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