Feeling royal: Juicy Couture releases limited-edition makeup collection

I’ve always wanted to have an early 2000s party. It would consist of The Simple Life on repeat, a playlist of Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child, 50 Cent, Usher, and then other nostalgic items like a Motorola Razor, the original iPod, and a multicoloured Louis Vuitton Speedy. The outfit would obviously be Ugg boots and a Juicy Couture sweatsuit.

I never had the full-on sweatsuit but I did have a Juicy zip up which I was so excited to get and something I wore with pride (I always made sure to have that J zipper showing). Although Juicy Couture had its heyday in the 2000s, the brand has been making a comeback lately with collabs left, right, and centre (most recently with Canadian brand, Brunette the Label). Although the tracksuit trend died out in the 2000s, the brand’s perfume line actually has consistently stayed strong (and one of my favourite actually), and they recently came out with a new version of their popular Oui perfume (which I’ll get to in another post) and also released the cutest makeup line I’ve seen in a while.

Juicy Couture makeup collection

Juicy Couture initially launched their makeup line last year, which was inspired by their original Oui perfume, and since Oui Glow just came out, the brand released a new limited-edition run of colour cosmetics to go with it.

The collection consists of a few favourites from the last collection, as well as new ones. There’s three shades in their Glitter Cream Lipsticks, a Oui Slay liquid eyeliner, a Metallic Lip Lacquer, a Liquid Eye Velour Paint, a Bling Queen Highlighter and a Bows Before Beaus Cheek Flush.

The brand was very generous and sent me all three new shades of the Glitter Cream Lipsticks, two of the Metallic Lip Lacquers, a Liquid Eye Velour Paint, and the Oui Slay Eyeliner.

Juicy Couture makeup Glitter Cream Lipsticks Juicy Couture Makeup Glitter Cream lipsticks swatched

Every product in this collection is a showstopper as the packaging is truly unique, girly, and just something you want to throw in your purse (regardless of if you will be using it that day or not).  My favourite item in the collection is hands down the Glitter Cream Lipsticks ($18 USD), which feature a cream lipstick with glitter around the entire bullet.

Available in five shades (three of which are new: pink, fuchsia, and purple), these lipsticks give vibrant, creamy colour with a touch of sparkle. Seriously, the first time you open these you will audibly say “oh my gawdddd” since they are so pretty. Looks aside, I was actually very impressed with both the pigmentation and wear on these beauties.  All three colours are beautiful, glide on the lips perfectly, and stay put for hours (even after eating, drinking, sweating, etc.).

Juicy Couture makeup Metallic Lip Lacquers Juicy Couture makeup Metallic Lip Lacquers swatched

Their other lip product is the Metallic Lip Lacquer ($18 USD), which is available in three shades similar to the shades in the lipsticks.  I received two of them (My Shining Armour, fuchsia; and Yes Your Majesty, light pink) and these are actually quite a unique texture.  Just by looking at them I actually thought they were glosses, but they go on as a very pigmented foil texture and then dry down quickly leaving you with a metallic finish. My Shining Armour is a very hot fuchsia colour that really stands out on the lips, whereas Yes Your Majesty is a light pink sparkle which is very stunning, as well as incredibly holiday appropriate. Truthfully, this product is very different from anything else in my collection and the packaging of the product as well definitely makes it stand out.

Speaking of packaging, the brand’s Liquid Velour Eye Paint ($18 USD) are nearly identical in packaging (they all feature a doefoot applicator by the way) and is available in three shades as well.  I got Champagne Showers, which is a sparkly gold shade, however, there is also a lilac (My Fur is Faux) and a fuchsia (Where is my Tiara).

Juicy Couture Oui Slay eyeliner and Champagne Showers liquid eyeshadow Juicy Couture Oui Slay eyeliner swatched

This product is an iridescent liquid eye colour that you apply with the applicator on the lids and then use either your fingers or a brush to blend out.  I like layering this gold over top of powder shadow for a nice pop, or underneath as a base for the rest of my eye look.

Finally, to complete your eye look, grab the Oui Slay Eyeliner ($18 USD), which is a black felt-tip pen eyeliner that will give you the fiercest cat eye.  There really isn’t much to say about this since it’s your typical black eyeliner but it does feature the most perfect pointed tip which really allows for a precise line. The colour dried down quickly and also didn’t smudge at all. It also delivers very pigmented colour on the first swipe, which is great since some eyeliners make you really press down or go over the line a few times.

Overall, I’m very impressed with this collection. For a brand that doesn’t focus on cosmetics, I think they did a bang up job creating these items and would definitely recommend picking some up (especially those lipsticks, I cannot stress this enough). In terms of Canadian availability, I’m not sure where these are sold locally here (I’m actually surprised that Shoppers Drug Mart doesn’t carry it… or maybe they do, but it’s not online).  You can order these items off the Juicy Couture website though.

Are you a fan of Juicy Couture perfumes? 

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Sustainable skin: The Face Halo Makeup Remover

With a whole movement towards used less single-use plastic, I never would have thought that maybe single-use cosmetic wipes would also do damage to our ecosystem as well.

Although makeup wipes probably are recyclable, to be honest, I always just mindlessly toss them in the trash (or if I’m using a cotton round, flush it down the toilet).  Because of this, it makes totally sense that brands and products are popping up with reusable makeup removers that you can use over and over again.

Enter the Face Halo, which the brand calls “the modern makeup remover”. This product is a round disc that is made with fibres similar to a towel that you wet with either cold or warm water. The water loosens your makeup, allowing the Face Halo to reach deep into your pores to remove and trap makeup, taking it all off and leaving you with clean skin.  Sounds too good to be true, right?

Face Halo makeup remover

I received the Face Halo a couple weeks ago where one pack includes three Halos. I couldn’t wait to try this out since it sounded like such an innovative product and I’ve seen other similar items (The Makeup Eraser) and heard amazing things about them. The Face Halo is so simple to use that it’s comical in that you only need this product and water. No makeup remover. No cleanser. Just the Face Halo.

The first time I used this, it took off all my makeup relatively easy. Although they say you don’t need to use a cleanser afterwards, I did use one since it’s just what I’m used to.  Even when I used my toner afterwards there was essentially no makeup residue on the cotton round, which is quite a rarity for me, especially if I’m using a normal makeup remover.

Now since the Face Halo is white, it does end up getting pretty gross looking since your makeup gets trapped in the fibres.  The brand says that you can just toss it in with your laundry and it will hold up for up to 200 washes, meaning that you’ll probably have that Face Halo for like 10 years, which is crazy (and there’s three in a pack!). Truthfully, I’m surprised that they made the product white since it gets so dirty so fast, but maybe they didn’t want to use any dyes on the product (that’s the best reasoning I can come up with). With that being said, they do have a Pro version for the same price which comes in black.

Face Halo makeup remover

This product truly blew me away and I love the fact that it is reusable, meaning less waste.  I highly recommend looking into picking one of these up.  It retails for C$28.79, which is a steal considering that the three pack will probably last you for the rest of your life.

Do you use sustainable makeup removers?

Please note, I received this product from PR. All opinions are my own.

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Perfect skin: Kat Von D Beauty True Portrait Foundation

I’ve always been a fan of Kat Von D’s Lock-It Foundation.

I actually purchased it a few years ago and then ended up returning it since I found it to be too high coverage for everyday wear. This stuff is war paint, it goes on thick and will cover any blemish or imperfection on your face.

A short time after I returned it, I ended up getting it sent to me through PR in a shade that I only wear on vacation since it’s way too dark for my pale skin, but works perfectly with a spray tan (which I always get before embarking on a trip).  In general though, even if I had my perfect shade, it would be way too much makeup to wear since this stuff is the thickest foundation I own (but great for a night out or a vacation).

Kat Von D Beauty True Portrait Foundation

Thankfully, Kat Von D Beauty) has come out with a new foundation that is on the lighter side.

New from the cruelty-free vegan makeup brand, Kat Von D has released their True Portrait Foundation (C$48), which is a lightweight, medium-coverage foundation that has a liquid to powder formula.

Available in 40 shades, this foundation glides on the skin and sets to a long-wear airy-matte finish that is breathable on the skin and is weightless (unlike it’s predecessor). Unlike Lock-It, the consistency of this foundation is on the thin side which makes it easy to glide on the skin (a little goes a long way). This foundation comes housed in a slim white bottle that you shake before applying.  It also has an Elastic Essence Effect to it so it moves with your expressions. Kat Von D says that this foundation is ideal for normal to oily skin as it gives you a matte finish and controls shine.

Kat Von D Beauty True Portrait Foundation

I’ve been using this foundation pretty much everyday for the past three weeks and truthfully, I find the formula to be very similar to Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Shameless Youthful-Look 24H Foundation, which is also a lightweight, medium-coverage foundation. I also want to note that both Marc Jacobs Beauty and Kat Von D are owned by the same company. Price-wise though, the Kat Von D version comes in C$10 cheaper and has more shade options available.

Overall, I found this to be a good everyday foundation. Since it’s not heavy in terms of texture of finish, I think this foundation is great for your nine-to-five office day, as well as doing errands since it feels so weightless on the skin.  I love how the brand came out with a lighter formula for foundation since not everyone likes wearing so something so heavy. Next they need something in the medium range, since Lock It and True Portrait really are on either side of the spectrum.

Covergirl Exhibitionist Uncensored mascara swatched

Have you tried Kat Von D’s foundations?

Please note, I received this product from PR. All opinions are my own.

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