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!

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

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Blackjack! Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy polishes

TitleCan we just talk about Revlon’s ColorStay Gel Envy polishes for a minute.

I feel like if there is one drugstore brand that consistently does it right for nail polish, it’s Revlon. The brand has been around for.ever. and they are known for their pigmented, long-lasting nail polishes that rival salon brands like Essie and OPI. So imagine my excitement when they released a “gel” version of lacquers. Oh my god, stop the presses.

Aptly named Gel Envy, the line of varnishes includes an impressive full house of 30 shades to choose from (all with cute casino names), everything from subtle muted shades to red-hot neons. The two-step process includes the colour (which has a built-in base coat) and a “diamond” topcoat (sold separately). The set guarantees vivid colour, brilliant shine, and “life-resistant” wear.

So since you don’t cure these bad boys, they aren’t technically real gel polish. I already reviewed Sally Hansen’s version a few weeks back, but it’s basically the same idea. Long-wearing colour with shine that rivals gel polish. No curing needed and best of all, it’s a simple process to remove.

I received a ton of shades from the line (swatched below), and although I definitely liked some colours more than others, I have to admit that the pigmentation on these are great. Same goes for the consistency, wear, and dry time. Honestly, compared to any other drugstore faux-line of gel polish I have tried, these win hands down. I can easily get at least three days of wear before my nails start to chip. Plus, and the best part, the colours are amazing. They are so vibrant that they glow off your nails. There were some shades where I wasn’t expecting to like them and once I had the colour on, I thought it made my nails pop.topcoat Royal FlushFull HouseLady Luck Wild cardLong ShotDSC_0002Winning StreakHigh Stakes

The only thing I didn’t like about the line was that some of the darker shades stained my nail beds once I removed the colour. It’s a catch 22 though, as when I tried the colour with a separate base coat, it didn’t last as long. So it’s either have stained nails (not all the shades, just some) or have colour that doesn’t last as long.

Regardless, I still think that Revlon knocked it out of the park with this line of polishes.  Check out your local drugstore for the full deck of shades.

Have you tried Revlon’s ColorStay Gel Envy polishes?  What were your thoughts?

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