Out of all the colors that I had tested, Big Kiss was the prettiest, imo. Most of the colors were pretty sheer when I had swatched them. Big Kiss is a gorgeous coral pink with a hint of peach. This is one of the colors that have shimmer in it. This shows up on my slightly pigmented lips just as described with pretty good staying power.
The texture is similar to Lustreglasses and aren't nearly as thick and sticky as the Lipglasses. Upon application, the tingle starts and I have to say it's pretty strong at first but starts to wear off in little while. It's not uncomfortable or does it hurt at all. These are packaged the same as the Lipglasses only the caps are rubberized. The only thing I would change is that the applicator was a brush instead of a sponge.
Plushglasses are a permanent item and I will definitely be purchasing more of these soon.
Retails for $21.00 CAD.
Another item that I wish was readily available in Canada. I managed to swap for a couple of these and I am in love with them! # 1137 is a very natural, almost clear pink on my lips. I love the tingly mint feeling as well as the taste of these. They're extremely shiny and not too sticky. Moisturizes nicely as well. The packaging is cute as well-mint green with a slant tip applicator. I will definitely pick up more of these when I cross the border!
This has become a staple in my skincare regime. I was looking for a toner that would not dry out my dry and sensitive skin and this is perfect!
This is so much better than the Lancome Conforte pink toner that I was using. This one does not burn or irritate my skin. It leaves my skin nice and moist afterwards instead of tight-feeling.
The price is very reasonable at $14.50 CAD. I only wish it came in the same larger size that the other Clinique toners come in. I have since repurchased this and will continue to.
Wow, I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet! This is my all time favorite MAC Lipglass! Rayothon is the most gorgeous medium pink color with tons of golden shimmer without being frosty or OTT. This color looks almost like Chanel Jaipur on me. I love wearing this paired with smokey eyes and flushed cheeks. I wish I had picked up a back-up of this since it was LE. ♥
This is my HG lipstick! I absolutely LOVE the color Niagara on my lips! It's a gorgeous bright coral pink that is nice and smooth with a semi-matte finish. This looks absolutely stunning paired with MAC Wonderstruck & Love Nectar Lustreglasses. This is my go to color for when I want to look extra special ;D I will be purchasing this forever and ever! God forbid if Francois decides to discontinue this shade I will die! Two thumbs up!
This is my go-to lipgloss when I want to add some extra oomph to my lips! I love wearing this over lipstick because it just makes them stand out and look so much better. The color is an opalescent pink that looks incredible paired with almost any lipstick. The color almost looks like Vanilla pigment in liquid form, if that makes sense :D
I adore the Lustreglasses for their light texture without the stickiness of Lipglasses. I also prefer the brush applicator of these as well. I've already repurchased and will continue to. A staple in my lipgloss collection!
Lipstick -Chanel - Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Color
islandkiss 3/25/2006 12:58:00 AM
Let me start off by saying that the packaging for the new Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick is absolutely gorgeous! The lipstick alone has the Chanel imprint on it and is packaged in a very luxurious black and gold casing. The outer tube is black and the actual casing for the lipstick is gold with the Chanel Logo engraved on top. The lipstick pops out from the black casing with the push of a finger. The packaging is almost identical to my Chanel no. 5 Travel Refillable Purse Spray-so if you've seen that then it'll give you an idea as to what to expect.
I purchased shade #24 "Evocation" the color is a very simple, nude beige with a touch of pink to it and very subtle shimmer. The formula is nice and smooth with a satin finish that isn't drying. It actually feels like nothing on the lips.
There is a nice selection of colors to choose from in the Rouge Allure Collection. I would have purchased a couple more had it not been for the high pricetag. All in all-this is a great lipstick. Worth the price? For the packaging-oh yes! This is simple, elegant, classic Chanel that we all know of. As for the color? It's something that can be found in other lines.
Retails for $34.00 CAD and is available at Holt Renfrew and The Bay. **editted to add** These lipticks are sooo gorgeous I went out and purchased 6 more of them. Definitely worth checking out! My new favorite lippies :D
This has got to be one of the most gorgeous blushes ever made! Sheer Blush #10 is a gorgeous golden berry rose color that gives the most beautfiul glow to the face. For reference, I am an Asian NC30, GA LSF 5.5 with dark hair and eyes. This blush is very pigmented so you need very little. It's such a unique color that out of all my blushes there's not one like it. Considering I'm a blush fiend-that's saying a lot! This is my second GA blush and I will definitely be purchasing more in the future. I was lucky enough to swap for a backup of this. With a color as stunning as this-it's worth getting a backup. If you have to buy just one GA blush-let it be Sheer Blush #10!
Retails for $52.00 CAD and is available exclusively at Holt Renfrew.
Lips -Neutrogena - MoistureShine Tinted Lip Balm in Fresh 70 [DISCONTINUED]
islandkiss 3/19/2006 11:40:00 AM
This is my favourite from the MoistureShine Lipbalm collection. Fresh is a gorgeous rosy pink on my lips and the texture is silky smooth. Although I don't find the texture very balmy or moisturizing-the color is just too pretty to pass up on. I always make sure to stock up on these when I cross the border since we don't have Neutrogena cosmetics here in Canada. This is a tad pricey for a lipbalm though, retailing for $7.99.
NARS Madly is one of the newest blushes released within the Spring Collection and this color has become one of my favorite go-to neutral shades. Madly shows up on my skin as a neutral pinky beige color, a very natural looking color to pair with a heavy eye or lip look. The description of seashell pink is pretty accurate on my skintone. The texture of Madly is very similar to Nico-very powdery but nonetheless-this one lasts just as long as other NARS blushes-almost the whole day for me. This is a great addition to my NARS collection. Definitely one of the best blushes on the market.
For reference, I am a MAC NC30, Stila 40 watts, GA LSF 5.5.
NARS blushes retail for $29.00 CAD and is available exclusively at Holt Renfrew and soon to be Sephora.
Cleansers -Clinique - Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
islandkiss 3/17/2006 4:24:00 PM
I'm quite impressed with this. I am a huge fan of oil cleansers and thought this would be a good alternative since I read that it emulsifies into an oil. Yes, it's a balm like texture but once you massage it into your face it immediately turns into an oil and melts away all traces of makeup. I find that I do need to use quite a bit though so I'm not quite sure as to how long this will last me. I wish the packaging were different but have had no problems so far. I've been using it for over a week now and like it thus far.
Makeup Brushes -Cat Cosmetics - Cat's Kabuki Brush
islandkiss 3/17/2006 4:16:00 PM
This is by far the softest kabuki brush ever! I have Bobbi Brown's Kabuki, Tarte's Glam on the Go and other random ones but nothing compares to Cat's. This brush is extremely soft, perfect for buffing on mineral makeup. I use this to apply my BE foundation and love how this feels on my face. This also comes in a cute case as well. I purchased this on the website for 30% off. Though the brush is pricey-retails for $39.00 USD it's definitely worth it. I'm considering purchasing another one!
Makeup Brushes -Smashbox - Face and Body Brush #19
islandkiss 3/16/2006 4:08:00 PM
One of the softest brushes in my brush collection! This brush is shaped just like a kabuki brush but with a long red handle. The hairs are very soft and dense and feels so luxurious. The price is extremely pricey but for this kind of quality-it's worth it. I've already purchased a second one!
Retails for $68.00 CAD.
Great matte coral blush that lasts all day on me. The color is straight up coral-this is Torrid without the shimmer. NARS blushes are some of the best and Gilda is definitely one of my favorites from the collection. Very pigmented as with most NARS blushes and lasts forever.
Sirop is a gorgeous coral pink color that's very flattering on my Asian C3/NC30 coloring. This is the perfect summer lipgloss! Paired with dewy cheeks the look is very fresh and polished. Sirop shows up on my medium pigmented lips as a beautiful sheer coral pink, the color can be layered without looking overdone. I love the gel-like consistency of Chanel Glossimers and they seem to last quite a while on my lips. A staple for me, I love this one so much I have purchased a back-up!