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Revlon Colorstay Review: Face, Lips, Eyes and Nails

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When it comes to drugstore brands, I generally stick to Maybelline (mostly because I'm a creature of habit). But I was fortunate enough to attend a Revlon event a few weeks ago in Toronto, and I received a very generous goodie bag of products that I've been working my way through. 

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Revlon Colorstay products:

  • Mega Multiplier Mascara 
  • 2 in 1 Angled Kajal 
  • Brow crayon 
  • Crème eyeshadow 
  • Ultimate Suede
  • Lip Liner
  • Foundation for Combination/Oily in 150 BUFF
  • Blending brush
  • Gel envy and topcoat 

Eyes: I don't know if it's because it's so new, but the mascara comes across as clumpy. I find the formula very wet, and I had the 6-eyelashes look when I first applied it. It's been a few weeks, and while I still find it clumpy, it is getting better. I don't find it volumizing, but it is very lengthening, giving it a natural appearance. If this mascara came in brown, I think it would be a great no-makeup makeup mascara.

The 2 in 1 angled kajal liner is very opaque (as swatched above). It does smudge easily, but that it was it is meant to do, and the brush on the end is good at blurring the edges.

The brow crayon is a very cool toned colour, which is something that drug store products seem to have trouble with. It's a little waxy, which is great at keeping the hairs in place, but because the tip is so large, I find it hard to create a defined line. I think if you have naturally thick brows (i.e. not me), it would create a really natural look.

The creme eyeshadow is a beautiful shimmery silver-purple colour that I'm really excited to play around with come the holiday season. Rich purples and metallics are my go-to around Christmas, and I'm keeping this one close for that. It's a very creamy consistency, and lasts all day (with an eyeshadow primer, because I never try anything without one). It also blends easily, but be warned that if you play around with it too much, it does start to look very sheer.

Lips: The ultimate suede isn't my favourite product. It's very shimmery or pearlescent, depending how you look at it. It's a bit streaky as well, and very creamy, which isn't something I particularly like in a bright red. It doesn't have the longest lasting power, as I find it slips off your lips once you eat or drink anything.

The lipliner, on the other hand, is amazing! It's creamy enough that it's easy to apply without any dragging, and comfortable enough to wear all over the lips. It lasts well throughout the day (provided you don't eat anything particularly messy or oily.

Face: Of all the foundations I've ever tried, this has to be the best colour match I've ever found. They helped match us up at the event. This is a great colour for very fair skin with yellow or neutral undertones. In terms of its effectiveness for oily skin, I've tried better. My face starts to look greasy after about 3.5-4 hours, but it was also very hot and humid on the days I tried it. My main complaint is that it clings to pimples and blackheads, and really showcases the imperfections on my skin. I think I'm going to hang onto this incase my skin clears up a bit and give it another try.

I really don't have a lot to say about the brush. It's relatively soft, it blends products well and because it's synthetic, it cleans very easily.

Nails: I'm a perpetual nail bitter, and I have very flakey nails naturally, so polish never really stays on me. I tried this on my mom, and it lasted about 4+ days before she started to notice chipping, which is better than the Essie ones she has tried. The finish is very shiny (like the diamond top coat would suggest), and I'm looking forward to trying this one myself.

Overall, I think the products would be good if you were looking for products that are budget friendly and would create a natural finish.

xoxo K

Going Back to Blonde: Rob Pizzuti Works His Magic

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It's the first time in over four years that I've been blonde. I keep staring at myself in the mirror and doing a double take. I'm a natural blonde--when I was younger I had golden blonde hair, and I loved it. But as I got older, it gradually faded to the point it was a lovely shade which I can only describe as dishwater brown. Rob Pizzuti from Hair Artisans reached out asking if I wanted my hair done, and I was so excited. Who doesn't want an award winning stylist doing their hair?

But as the day approach, I become more apprehensive. I have huge trust issues with my hair. I very rarely leave a salon thinking "wow, I love this!" Embarrassingly, I felt more nervous going to get my hair done than going to my job interviews in the same week.

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 before--my natural colour

As the date of my appointment drew nearer, I began sourcing inspiration photos. I'm the kind of person who does research on everything, so I knew I wanted the perfect picture to reflect how I wanted my hair to look.

I really wanted the ends to be lighter and have the overall effect of blonde hair, without having too much up-keep. As someone who goes to the hairdresser maybe once a year, I wanted it to be as easy to maintain as possible. 

When I arrived at Hair Artisans, I was surprised to see how busy it was, considering it was 11 a.m. on a Thursday. Almost every chair was filled and the staff were hustling. I waited for Rob to finish up some amazing blue hair on a younger client before we talked about what I wanted. He already had an idea in mind to keep a natural, sun-kissed look. I showed him the inspiration photos, and soon after he got to work highlighting my hair. 

He did a full head of highlights, with two shades of blonde. After he washed them out, he added a gloss all over to keep my hair shiny and healthy looking. For anyone who has had blonde hair, you know how challenging keeping blonde hair shiny is. Jan Vandenbroeck cut and styled my hair, and I was finished! (It wasn't that instantaneous though--I was in the salon close to four hours that day!)

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you can really see the highlighs here--and my dad is thrilled that I'm blonde again becuase he thinks I look more like him. What a strange little man. 

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I have a huge love-hate relationship with my hair. I get so many compliments on it, but I really hate dealing with it most of the time. It's either too frizzy or tangled, it's too long or too short, too blonde or too dark. There are very few times in my life when I've ever been completely happy with my hair.

This time around, I really love my hair. I'm not sure how easy it will be to maintain, but I am enjoying it. One of the hardest things has been readjusting my makeup routine so that I don't look too washed out. The colours that worked with my complexion with darker hair aren't quite cutting it now.

My overall experience was amazing. Rob, and the rest of the staff at Hair Artisans, were really friendly. The salon itself was beautiful. There were blue and pink ambient lights above the mirrors, comfy cushions at the reception, and reclaimed wood walls. If I'm going to spend four hours in a place, I want it to look beautiful and it definitely lived up to my expectations.

If you're looking for a place to get your hair done in Toronto, I would highly recommend Rob and the salon. You can learn more about their services on their website. And if you let Rob know that I sent you, you can get $20 off your next visit!

xoxo K

Shiseido Eudermine X Canada 150th Anniversary Collection

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I was lucky enough to go to the Shiseido event at the AGO this month, and I'm so excited to share the goodies that I received! The launch featured the Shiseido Eudermine Revitalizing Essence that was developed for Canada's 150th birthday. The absolutely gorgeous packaging was designed by Alexandra Mackenzie, who also has an art installation at the AGO. The packaging captures the values that make Canada loved across the world by combining art, technology and nature. While the packaging has been redesigned for the celebrations, the product was created in 1897. 

I've tried a few items from the brand from Dave Lackie giveaways, but I've never actively gone out of my way to try anything. I've been playing around with everything for the last week and a bit, and I thought I'd share my thoughts! 

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Makeup overview: I've been testing out the makeup items the most in the last little bit, and I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised. The Paperlight Cream Eye Colour in Sango Coral is absolutely stunning. I'd describe them as a watercolour-like finish, while Shiseido writes that they have a "clear and matte base. In one stroke, they achieve a faint translucence, reminiscent of washi paper." They are very soft and creamy and provides a sheer but impactful finish. With an eyeshadow base, the shadow lasts all day without creasing, which is amazing for something that has such a creamy consistency! There will be eight shades available in total, and I'm very tempted to get the Shobu Purple and Usuzumi Beige Gray!

The Inkstroke Eyeliner is another amazing product. The product was inspired by Japanese calligraphy and has a soft and creamy texture while being long-lasting. Available in six colours, I received the Shinrin Green. I'll admit that it's not my favourite colour (I don't think green goes well with blue eyes), but I've been loving it so far. It's a very deep shade of green, and unless you look closely (or sheer it out when applying it), it isn't noticeably green. It's very creamy and comes with a brush with the finest tip I've ever seen. It requires a few strokes to get it opaque, but I've been very happy to wear it more blurred and softer in colour. HUGE bonus points for the V-shaped component in the middle, which is meant to wipe off any excess off the brush.

Lastly is the Rouge Rouge Lipstick in Dusky Honey. The consistency and texture of the lipsticks are absolutely amazing. It's so comfortable to wear and is one of those lipsticks that you can easily reapply without a mirror. Becuase it is a creamier product, it doesn't have amazing staying power, but its a trade off for having something as comfortable as this. My only complaint is that I really hate the colour on my fair complexion. It is very brown-toned, and I probably won't be wearing it very often because of that. But the range has some gorgeous pinks, reds and nudes that would be suitable for a range of skin tones.

Skincare: I haven't tried out the skin care long enough to form an option yet, but I'll keep you posted on either my blog or Instagram. But I will say that the Eudermine is so beautiful that it's on display on my vanity right now. The vibrant pink and yellow tones are absolutely gorgeous, and I feel like I've been more inspired to do my makeup lately.

I'm so thankful to have been invited to this amazing event and to get to try out so many amazing products! The fall collection will be available as of June 2017.

xoxo K

YouTube made me buy it

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I really have no willpower. Whether it's eating junk food, buying clothes or makeup, I can't seem to control myself or refrain from spending money. So when I'm watching a YouTube video, or reading a blog and someone recommends a product, there is a very high chance I will end up buying it. So I thought I would do a post on some of the products I purchased because they came highly recommended. 

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Items featured:

  • Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
  • The Balm Fratboy blush
  • Mac Lightscapade
  • Benefit Hoola
  • Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
I love each of these items for different reasons. They all deserve their title of cult classics and I would recommend any of them to a friend. Each item is a great staple to have in your collection, as they are all neutrals or base products, and pair perfectly with bolder looks. 

xoxo K

Testing: Teeez Cosmetics

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I’d never actually tried Teeez products before, but after a friend brought them to work for me to try, I was excited. I’m always down to try out new beauty brands and this was no exception.  I thought I would do a review of the products I’ve been using here (and apparently a Stila watercolour blush that I decided to through into the shoot).

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These are the products I've been testing out 

First off, how adorable is this packaging? All the colourful designs and geometric shapes are so eye-catching that it’s almost impossible to not love them. I will say that the highlighters are verging on clunky though, with the oversized containers. 

Blushes
I've been completely in love with both of these blushes. The Teeez one is a gorgeous shade of pink and is so complimentary to my pale skin. It almost has a lip balm like consistency, but it blends beautifully on the cheeks. It's quite subtle, which I love as I have naturally rosey cheeks. It has good staying power and wears very consistently throughout the day. The Stila blush is much more liquidy in consistency (hense the name). It's a much brighter colour, but can be applied very sparingly for a tint. The one con I found with this blush is because it is so liquidy, it is a bit harder to blend and can go outside of the area you intended. 

Highlights 
I'm obsessed with both of these highlights. They have a thicker consistency, and it's almost sponge-like. They can be layered to really stand out as a highlighter but are subtle enough to comfortably wear every day. And because they have a nice cream consistency, you can sheer them out and blend them over your blush for a more radiant finish. 

Brows 
I've never actually tried a brow pomade before, so I'm going into this review blind. I'll start by saying it is a great colour match for my light brows. The texture is very thick, and I find it can be a bit hard to blend if your brush has any product on it from the day before. It's great at defining the brows, and I love to fill in the tail and arch with it, but I'm still trying to find a way to feather out the front. I think with a bit more practice I could really love this product. 

Lips 
This would have to be my least favourite product, mostly because the colour isn't my favourite. It has an opaque finish that is achievable in about two coats. It has a light vanilla scent to it--more like baking vanilla than MAC lipsticks, if that makes sense. I haven't kept it on for a long enough period to make a judgement call on the longevity, but I'm sure it will be getting more use in the fall. 

Overall thoughts
If you've never tried Teeez, I'd highly recommend starting with the highlighters and blush. I'm completely in love with both of these products, and I'm already looking forward to seeing what other products are available to try. 

Have you tried any Teeez products? Are you into wearing creamier finishes lately?

xoxo K