Canary eyes

I wanted to do something fun and bright, so I went all out turned the lights up on my eyes.  I love playing with bright, bold looks using fun eyeshadows, so since I got a bright yellow colour at Inglot last month, I figured I would do something fun.

Here’s how I achieved it:

I didn’t use a primer for my eyes, instead I grabbed a bit of the bright yellow colour from the Make Up For Ever 12 colour Flash palette.  Using this as a base, apply it all over your eyelid region and then bring it down in the inner corner of your eyes.

Now, if you don’t have something similar (this palette is quite pricey), you can always use a regular primer like Urban Decay’s Primer Potion or even a nude colour Paint Pot from MAC (like Bare Study or Painterly).

Using a bright yellow eyeshadow (mine is by Inglot), apply the colour all over your lids over the primer.  Now because my primer was so bright to begin with, what I’m basically doing is setting the colour.  However, if you used a regular primer or none at all, try wetting your brush so the colour will go on more vibrant, otherwise you will really have to build it up if you use it dry.

Next up, grab a liquid eyeliner and line your upper lash line, winging out the ends.  Then to set the liner, grab some black eyeshadow and, using a eyeliner brush, go over the line so you make sure it doesn’t budge.  I used MAC’s Liquid Eye Liner in black and then MAC’s Carbon eyeshadow (a matte black colour) over top to set.

Using a black pencil liner, liner your waterline and your lower lash line.  I used Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Eyes eyeliner in black (obsessed with this).

We are almost done. Using a white/cream colour eyeshadow, apply this to your brow bone to act as a highlight.  I used MAC’s Phloof!

To finish up the look, curl your lashes and apply your favourite mascara (I used DiorShow, not my fave but I’m trying to use up the bottle).  If you want some extra oomph, pop on a pair of false lashes (mine are by Velour Lashes) to complete the look.

MAC's Kissable Lip Colour in Enchantee on the lips

This look is super easy to do and you don’t really need a lot of products to achieve it.  You can always swap out the yellow and use a different bold colour instead.  Maybelline has a ton of fun colours in their Color Tattoo line that you can use as a base.

Let me know if you try the look!

FYI, today is the last day to save 15 per cent at Sephora.  I bought the Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes eyeliner that I used in this tutorial during the sale. This Week Only: Beauty Insiders Get 15% Off! Use Code: CHIC

Also, don’t forget to enter my May Loose Button Luxebox giveaway! ** Canadians only!

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NOTD: China Glaze Aquadelic

So if you read my NOTD post from last week featuring China Glaze’s Electric Beat polish, I mentioned that I absolutely had to find Aquadelic, also from their early 2012 Electro Pop collection.  Well, three stores later I finally found a bottle, literally the last one.

When I saw this colour online I was blown away, it’s like the perfect mix of turquoise meets bright meets mint.  It was too pretty to pass up.  Well I thought that way until I found the last bottle of it at a Chatter’s location.  I took a look at it and I was hesitant.  The colour wasn’t as pretty based on the shade in the bottle.  I was floundering; should I get it?  Do I need it? What if I don’t like it?  Well, I chose to bite the bullet and buy it, mainly because I was hunting so long and hard for it, plus it was the last one, so I felt like it was meant to be somehow.  When push comes to shove, I’m so glad I bought it.

I think I may have found my new favourite colour. I haven’t been this excited about a nail polish ever since I painted OPI’s Fly on my nails.  With only one coat painted on my thumb I knew I made the right choice in buying it.  This colour is like pretty much the same colour as Tiffany blue (although not exactly the same, Tiffany and Co. holds the trademark for the iconic shade).  China Glaze already has a colour based off Tiffany’s (appropriately titled For Audrey) but I find this one is more bright and fun.

As for application, two coats of this holy grail polish left me with a beautiful opaque finish.  I polished up the manicure with OPI’s Top Coat.

If you are on the fence about buying this shade, don’t be; just like how a Tiffany’s box can make your heart flutter every time you see one, this polish does the same for me.  There’s something up with China Glaze’s Electro Pop collection, because I didn’t love Electric Beat at first either.  Don’t trust the colours in the bottle, they go on so much nicer.

In my opinion, this shade is a must have.  If you can still find it, pick it up.  You won’t regret it.  Plus China Glaze is pretty affordable, they retails for $6.99 at Chatter’s in Canada, and even less at Sally’s (plus Sally’s always has promos going on).

Also don’t forget at Sephora until April 6: This Week Only: Beauty Insiders Get 15% Off! Use Code: CHIC

Have you tried China Glaze’s Aquadelic?  What are your thoughts?

Also, don’t forget to enter my May Loose Button Luxebox giveaway! ** Canadians only!

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Julep Maven March 2012 Bombshell Box

So if you are a nail polish fanatic like me (I counted two days ago, I have over 60 polishes, eek!), you would know about the Julep Maven program.  Yes, my friends, another beauty subscription service, however, this time it’s nail polish and hand-related products and you get to pick the polishes you want.  I mentioned in a few blog posts back that Julep was having a promotion for new members where you could get your first box for only a penny.  That’s right, a penny… with free shipping to Canada.  So naturally, being the beauty buff that I am, I signed up.

Like every other subscription service, you do a quiz so they know what kind of style you are.  I didn’t like the polishes that Julep thought would suit me so I chose the Bombshell box instead.

In my Bombshell box I got a Julep-branded nail file, a glycolic hand scrub, and two polishes, Natasha (a coral-red colour) and Sofia (a sheer green polish with micro glitter).

Natasha

Sofia

Alright, so my opinions on my Julep Maven March 2012 box — I liked it but I wish I would have chosen different polishes.  I absolutely loved the green colour online, and although it’s nice in the bottle, this goes on super sheer.  It’s a nice layering colour, but I wish it applied like how it looks in the bottle.  As for Natasha, it’s pretty,  but I have a lot of similar colours already.  I haven’t actually tried the colours yet, so maybe they will blow my mind when I have them on my nails (like China Glaze’s Electric Beat).  I also wanted to note that Julep nail polishes retail for $14 on the Julep site, so they are pretty pricey compared to other ones other there (OPI, China Glaze, Essie, etc.).  They are also .27 fl.oz., whereas by comparison, a China Glaze polish is .5 fl.oz., so you are getting less polish than other popular brands.

As for the other two products, a nail file is a nail file and those are always needed so I was glad to get that, and the scrub it amazing.  I was a bit hesitant at first because I have so many scrubs already, by oh my gosh, I’m obsessed with this stuff.  First of all, it smells great and the tiny beads feel so good when you massage them on your hands.  Wash it all off and you are left with baby-smooth hands.  The scrub alone retails for $32 on the Julep site, so if you got it in your box, you got a great deal. I will be using this every time I paint my nails from now on, I’m obsessed.

So would I recommend the Julep Maven program?  If you have $19.99 to spend every month on nail polishes, then sure!  I actually cancelled my membership after I got my box because I would rather spend that $20 a month on polishes that I can see in person (not that I spend $20 a month on nail polish anyways).  The program is pretty pricey compared to others out there; however, you do get a few perks.  You get to see what you are getting beforehand so it’s not a surprise (which could be a pro or con if you like surprises), and you don’t like your box you can choose another or skip the month entirely.

In case you are interested in the program, here are some other perks with becoming a member:

  • Being a Maven, gives you exclusive access to COLOR!  You get it first, and YOU decide how often you want to receive your beauty editor Sneak Peek Box
  • For just $19.99 a month, you’ll receive over $40 worth of trendsetting polish colors and cutting-edge treatment products each month customized in a gift-able Sneak Peek Box
  • Each Sneak Peek Box features new, never before released colors and treatments FIRST to you, before anyone else
  • Your box also includes hits and cult favorites – the products we like to keep on the top of editors’ minds
  • 20% off all julep.com purchases
  • FREE shipping on ALL your purchases
  • Each box also comes with a surprise and delight element- something to look forward to!
  • Receive additional membership perks throughout the year

I’m glad I got to try the Julep Maven program (for the low, low cost of a penny), but I think I’ll take my money elsewhere.

Keep a lookout for nail of the day posts featuring the polishes.  You never know, maybe I’ll change my mind based on the results!

Oh, and before I forget, Sephora has their Chic Week going on until April 6, 2012.  You can get 15 per cent off in stores or online (not for Canadians though, boo!).  I picked up a back up of Laura Mercier’s Silk Creme foundation in Bamboo Beige (I’m almost out of the one I have) and Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Eyes eyeliner in black.  I went during the VIB event on March 29, but unfortunately they ran out of umbrellas by the time I got to the store :(.  What did you pick up?

This Week Only: Beauty Insiders Get 15% Off! Use Code: CHIC

Have you tried the Julep Maven program?  Are you a subscriber?  Leave me a comment below!

Also, don’t forget to enter my March 2012 Loose Button Luxebox giveaway!  **Canadians only!

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