Feeling cheeky: Revlon cream blushes

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So I totally had and OMG moment the first time I tried Revlon’s cream blushes.

A couple of months back, Make Up For Ever released their second-skin HD blushes, which are actually close to being the best cheek product ever created.  Everyone needs at least one in their collection.  The downside is that they are $26 a pop, which for any beauty junkie, one can justify it, but if you aren’t a huge beauty girl, it’s kind of expensive.  Plus, with 15 shades, it can be hard to narrow it down to just one.

Well, lucky for us ladies, Revlon has come out with their own cream blushes.  And yes, you need these too.

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Available in four shades, these lightweight, non-greasy cream formulas give you a rich flush of colour, and best of all, I would even say that they are a great dupe for the Make Up For Ever ones.  I received the colours Flushed (a fuchsia pink) and Coral Reef (a coral), both of which I believe were released previously but under Revlon’s PhotoReady line.  You can apply these with your finger, but I like using an angled blush brush that I just dip the product onto and then dab it across my cheek area, and voila! perfectly flushed cheeks.  The best part is that these bad boys blend amazingly and they last all day.

Coral Reef Flushed

If you haven’t tried cream blushes and are scared of what they are like, seriously give these a try.  The colour you get is fab and are so easy to blend and I find they tend to look more natural.  The trick though is to apply a cream product over a cream product.  So use these if you are sporting a cream foundation or BB cream.  Although you certainly can apply these over powder (rules are always meant to be broken), I find it’s a more natural look when applied over cream.

One more thing…

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For any Winnipeg readers, want to meet Katy Perry this Tuesday before her sold-out show at the MTS Centre?  I’m giving away two pairs of tickets, plus meet & greet passes.  To enter, just head on over to my Instagram and like this photo.  Contest closes this Sunday at 8 p.m. CST and the winners must be able to pick up the tickets directly from me.

Good luck!

Have you tried Revlon’s cream blushes?  Are you a cream blush fan?

Please note, products were sent by PR.  All opinions are my own.

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Falling for neutrals with Yves Rocher

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As much as I hate to admit it, summer is almost over.  There’s just over a month to go before we hit fall, but fret not, with the end of the summer approaching that means that summer makeup is transitioning into more neutral colours, which happen to be my personal fave.

I love a good neutral eye.  I have so many eyeshadow palettes, but I always gravitate towards the tried and true – browns and taupes.  So imagine my excitement when I opened Yves Rocher’s new Quad Eyeshadow Sumptuous Color in neutrals.

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Yves Rocher is releasing six different palettes next month designed with a smoky eye in mind.  Used dry, these shadows are ultra-pigmented for a satin or matte effect.  When wet, the shimmer and satin shades turn metallic and the matte shades become dense for a more intense look.  The colours are infused with rice extract and can be applied to create a variety of different looks.

I received two of the palettes – 06. Brun Incandescent and 03. Aquatique Subtil – as well as their new Volume Elixir mascara, which has hibiscus peptides that reinforce and repair lashes.  I have tried Yves Rocher’s mascaras before and they are some of the best out there in my opinion.  Both of these products come in a gorgeous rose gold package, which makes them uber-inticing to use.
Steps1. First place a primer all over your lid area then fill in your brows. Then, with the lightest shimmery shade, place this along your brow bone acting as your highlight.

2. With the lighter of the two matte brown shades and a fluffy crease brush, apply this colour underneath your highlight and into your crease, acting as your transition shade.

3. With the darkest matte brown and a dense eyeshadow brush, pat this on your lid area.  Then, using a fluffy crease brush, blend this lightly into your crease.

4. Skip the eyeliner and add a couple coats of mascara and then pop on some falsies for drama.

5. To finish, line your lower lash line with the darkest brown and then add a couple coats of mascara.

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And voila!  The easiest brown smoky eye ever.   I haven’t yet tried the blue palette, but the brown is a must-have for anyone.  Same goes for the mascara. Make sure you head on over to Yves Rocher in September to pick these up, you won’t regret it!

Note, this post contains products sent by PR. As always, all opinions are my own.

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A New York state of mind

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New York City.  The glitz, the glam, the high-energy, basically everything I love about a major city.

I’ve only been to NYC once, in Grade 11 for a performing arts trip.  I’m a big city girl, so it’s been on my hit-list of places to return to.  Since then, I’ve been to many metropolitan areas, including London, Paris, Toronto, Vancouver, Mexico City, Rome, Las Vegas, but none hold a dime to the excitement of New York (except for maybe Vegas, who doesn’t like Vegas?!).

I’m happy to announce that I am a member of the New York Color Canada Beauty Pro Program, where a select few of us bloggers are tasked with challenges on how to emulate a certain New York-inspired look.  For our first challenge, we were sent a box of products and we had to create something inspired by the madness that is Times Square.eyeliners PalettesMy favourite part of New York City was hands down Times Square.  The lights, the bustle, the people, the atmosphere — everything about it is amazing.  I’ve been to many places that seem similar (Dundas Square, Picadilly Circus), but none hold a card to the original.

In our boxes, we were sent the Big Bold Volume by the Lash Mascara; three Show Time Velvet eyeliners in Black Brown, Black Velvet, and Black Wine; and three IndividualEyes Eyeshadow Powders in Midtown Mauve, Union Square, and Smokey Browns.  All the palettes I was sent are designed for brown eyes.  I have blue eyes, but it wasn’t a big deal to use the colours in the sets.

For this look I chose to make it smoky with glitter over top to up the oomph factor.  Times Square is loud and glamorous, so obviously glitter and lashes had to make an appearance.  Out of the three palettes, I chose to go with the smokey eyes palette.  All three come with a primer base (such a good idea), an illuminator, and two shades which have an overlay saying where to place the colour.

Steps

1. With the primer base from the palette, apply this all over your lid area.

2. Grabbing the highlighter colour from the Smoky Eyes palette (the silver shade), place this along your brow bone.

3. For a transition shade, I grabbed the All Over Lid colour from the Union Square palette and placed this right under the highlight but slightly above the crease.  Any matte brown shade will do.

4. With the All Over Lid shade from the Smoky Eyes palette, place this all over the lid area.

5. With a crease brush, grab the shimmery black colour from the Smoky Eyes palette and blend this into your crease.  Go light as we don’t want it to be too heavy.

6. With a flat eyeshadow brush sprayed with a setting spray, grab some glitter (I used Make Up For Ever Holodium Powder) and place this all over the lid area.

7. With a black pencil liner, I used NYC Show Time Velvet Eyeliner in Black Velvet, line your upper lash line and then smudge it out.

8. Curl your lashes and coat them with mascara, then pop on some falsies.  I used NYC Big Volume by the Lash mascara.

9. Line your eyes with a shimmery brown, I used NYC Show Time Velvet eyeliner Black Wine.

10. With the dark grey crease colour from the Smoky Eyes palette, smudge out the liner on the lower lash line.  Apply a few coats of mascara to your bottom lashes and you’re done!

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And that’s the final look!  Make sure you pair this look with a nude lip so the eyes really shine.

This was my first foray into NYC eye products and I have to admit, they are quite impressive.  The palettes are great because of the variety of colours, the pigmentation, and I absolutely love how they include an eyeshadow base, so smart!

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