Fall Loves Tag

So as I have said before, fall is my favourite season of the year.  I loves the leaves falling, the cool, brisk air, wearing jeans and Uggs.  Compared to the other seasons, fall is number one in my book.

I was watching some YouTube videos yesterday and Amarixe did the Fall Loves Tag, and I thought it would be fun to do, so here goes!

What Are Your Top Five Makeup Products for Fall?

1. Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation – I really love how this foundation looks on my skin, it really does present an airbrushed look.  I bought the shade Bamboo Beige which is more of a summer shade for me, so I’ve been using it constantly before I have to go back to my pale MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC 15.

2. MAC Blankety Lipstick – I’m either sporting pinks or nudes on my lips but recently I’ve been loving MAC’s Blankety because it’s a darker nude than what I’m used to (think MAC Myth).  It goes with any look and it is just the perfect neutral colour for the season.

3. NARS Orgasm Blush – You know when you come inside after a really cold day and your cheeks are all red.  Well Orgasm is like that but not so bright.  It adds a nice colour to your cheeks to warm them up.

4. Dark Eyeshadows – Fall is all about darkening up my look.  Maybe I will rock a smokey eye during the day, or maybe I feel like a dark purple in my crease.  I like dark eyes for fall because they are easy to pull off with this type of weather.  In the summer, I tend to go every natural or use a pop of colour to brighten up my look.  In the fall I can rock a smokey eye with a black peacoat and it won’t look overdone.

5. Eyelash Curler – The secret to long, curled lashes!  Make sure you curl your lashes with a good eyelash curler before applying your favourite mascara.  The one I am currently using is the Sephora brand curler (they were out of the Shu Uemera so they gave me their house brand one for free).

What Is Your Favourite Fall Nail Polish?

This one is tough!  I love dark colours in the fall so I would say either You Don’t Know Jacques or William Tell Me About OPI.

OPI You Don't Know Jacques

What Is Your Favourite Fall Hair Product?

I don’t really have a favourite fall hair product.  I love Pureology products year round and cannot recommend them enough.  Their shampoo and conditioner leave your hair so healthy, shiny and soft.  If I had to choose a product other than the necessities, I would have to say OSiS Dust It for maximum volume in your hair.

What Is Your Favourite Fall Scent?

I love, love, love Thierry Mugler’s Angel perfume!  The scent is so musky and unlike anything I’ve ever smelled before.

What Are Your Favourite Fall Clothing Pieces and Accessories?

For clothing I would have to say jeans and Uggs. For accessories, hands down scarves.

Who is Your Fall Style Icon?

I don’t know if I have one to be honest. I don’t really look to celebrities for inspiration.  I get inspiration from clothing designers, mannequins, television shows, people watching, etc.  In terms of style I really like the Kardashians but some of the stuff they wear can be hideous.

You Are Going to a Corn Maze, What Are You Wearing?

I actually went to a corn maze this year and I wore my Zara jeans, chestnut tall Uggs, an Aritzia cabin-esque sweater, a scarf, and a bomber jacket.

What is Your Favourite Halloween Movie?

I don’t know if I have a favourite Halloween movie.  I am a horror movie junkie and have seen my fair share of scary flicks.  My all-time favourite horror movie would be The Ring.  I also really like Cabin Fever, Paranormal Activity (all of them), The Shining, Scream (the original), and Edward Scissorhands.

Favourite Halloween Candy?

Apple Caramel Pops hands down!  I look forward to buying a bag every Halloween and I can only ever find them at Wal-Mart.

What Do You Want To Be For Halloween?

I was thinking either sexy nurse, or sexy stewardess…   I’m just kidding!  I’m going as Katy Perry and Ziggy is going as Superman.  Chase is going as a bumblebee (he’s wearing one of Ziggy’s old costumes).

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The Lash Diaries: Rimmel Volume Accelerator Mascara

So as you guys know I am on the 30 day challenge to see if the Rimmel Lash Accelerator Serum actually works in making lashes longer and thicker.  I was given the opportunity to also try out the Rimmel London Volume Accelerator Mascara which is one of their new mascaras that launched in July 2011 in Canada.

Like the serum, the mascara contains Rimmel’s Growlash Complex which help to battle thin, short lashes and help strengthen them.  The product also contains their Volume-Boosting Complex which helps to promote the appearance of thick and remarkably strong lashes.  Rimmel claims that this mascara will make lashes appear up to 12 times fuller and after 30 days, bare lashes will look fuller, denser, and visibly multiplied.  I don’t use this mascara every day, and I’m currently using a few lash serums (Rimmel, Dior), so I couldn’t tell you if this mascara actually does make your lashes longer and thicker after 30 days.  I can however, tell you how it applies and if it works. The tube itself is very thick, in fact it’s one of the thickest tubes of mascara I have ever seen.  Maybe it’s supposed to be a subliminal thing, like the bigger the tube, the bigger the lashes?  I don’t know I’m taking a guess here…

As for the brush, it’s in a tear drop shape with half of it being round and the other half flat. At first I thought this was kind of a weird shape for a brush, I mean a tear drop, what good is that?  After using it a couple of times the shape is quite helpful.  This wand is made to fit the natural shape of your lashes.  Think about it, you want your lashes longer at the end and then small near the inner corners or your eye, like the wand.  The rounded and flat sides of the brush help to achieve this effect.

Now on to the test..

Bare Lashes

The above image shows my lashes with absolutely no mascara. I did use my Sephora eyelash curler prior to applying the mascara, this undoubtedly helped with the curl.

One Coat

Here are my lashes after one coat.  There is some definite volume and separation, not bad for just one swipe.  Also, my lashes look soft and fluttery.   If I’m having a lazy day I would apply this mascara with just one swipe; just enough product for a natural look.

Two Coats

I didn’t notice much difference between coats one and two other than the fact that my eyelashes did look darker.  By the way, the colour I’m trying is 003 Extreme Black.

Three Coats

After three coats my lashes did look like longer and more noticeable, however, there was some clumping going on.  I definitely wouldn’t apply a fourth coat.

Before and After

Here is the final before and after shot and as you can see my lashes had some noticeable volume.  For a drugstore mascara this one is pretty good and you get the added benefit of and Growlash Complex which is in their serum as well.  Whether the complex actually works in this mascara, I couldn’t tell you.

So would I recommend this mascara?  Yes I would.  However, I would definitely use a curler beforehand so you get the extra added volume. And hey, for $9.99, this mascara is worth it.

Have you tried Rimmel London’s Volume Accelerator Mascara?  What were your thoughts?

Please note: I did receive this product for review, however, it did not affect my opinions on it.  All opinions are my honest own :).  

Halloween Tutorial: Katy Perry California Gurls Music Video Look

So my favourite holiday is coming up, yes that’s right, Halloween!  I thought I would dress up like Katy Perry this year and I saw this awesome blue wig at Zellers from her California Gurls music video so that pretty much sealed the deal.  I watched the music video (my first time seeing it actually) and tried to recreate the look she rocks in the candy-filled clip. Hope you enjoy!

My inspiration!

So the first thing you are going to do is apply a face primer.  The one I always use is Hard Candy’s Sheer Envy primer from Wal-Mart.  After that I used YSL Touche Eclat, a highlighter and concealer which will brighten up the look.   After that, apply your favourite foundation.  I used Laura Mercier’s Silk Creme Foundation in Bamboo Beige.  Just a tip, for Halloween I would recommend using a foundation that does not have an SPF in it.  For this spook-tacular holiday you are probably going to take a bunch of photos and foundations with SPF can make your face look whiter than it actually is on film.  This is because the SPF reflects light, so it will make you look ghostly.  No pun intended.

I always stipple my foundation on with my ELF Flat Top Powder Brush ($3 at Target) and then buff it into my face.  To set my foundation I used Make up For Ever HD Microfinish powder which is great for photos.

St. Tropez Bronzer

Katy looks fairly bronze in the music video (she’s singing about California Girls, duh!) so I used a bronzer all over my face to get that tan glow. Next apply a pink blush.  I used NARS Angelika, which is a cool-toned bright baby pink with sparkle.   If you have no brows or if they were wiped out from the foundation make sure to fill them in.  I used Buck from the Urban Decay Naked Palette.

Katy wears green eyeshadow when she is donning the blue wig.  I don’t have anything that electric green so I had to fake it.  I used MAC’s Too Dolly from the Hello Kitty collection (limited edition) and then another teal eyeshadow on top from my Ed Hardy palette.  I applied these colours with a stiff top eyeshadow brush (mine was ELF Studio – $3 from Target!), I find that it applies bolder colours better.  With the fluffier eyeshadow brush you can have some fall-out, with a stiffer one there is more control. For the crease I used MAC’s Electric Eel (Pro shade) and really worked that in.  Make sure to blend, blend, blend!

Using a white eyeshadow, line the inner tear ducts of your eyes to make them pop.

Grab your black eyeliner and line your water line and lower lash line.  Katy’s eyeliner is quite dark all the way around.

Next grab a liquid eyeliner or gel liner and line your upper lash line and then connect it to your bottom lash line. Curl your lashes and then apply your favourite mascara.  I used YSL Faux Cils mascara. This next part is optional and I don’t really recommend it.  Katy’s eyes are very glittery in the music video.  Of course I misplaced my glitter (Murphy’s Law) so I used a glittery lipgloss which was fine at first but then made my false lashes hard to apply and then crease the shadow.  It also weighs down your eyes.  I don’t recommend it, but it’s certainly something you could do if you don’t have glitter and want the same effect. Apply your biggest fake lashes and then seal them with some mascara.

At this point we are almost done! Grab your favourite obnoxious pink lipstick (I used YSL Rouge Volupte in #8 Fetish Pink) and apply it.

Finally, put on your blue wig and prepare to be transported in Candy Land!

Wait, what?

Hope you enjoyed the look!

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