Thursday, 26 April 2018

A Glass-like Gaze | NARS Change Of Sheen Highlighting Powders | Review & Swatches

A Glass-like Gaze | NARS Change Of Sheen Highlighting Powders | Review & Swatches |

Hey Beauties! 

With spring finally making its long awaited arrival, all I am dreaming of is glossy skin, a healthy glow, pink lips and flushed cheeks. Typically this would call for trading in my favourite powder products for all things cream or liquid but I have discovered a game changer! 

The new NARS Change Of Sheen Highlighting Powders ($50 CAD/$38 USD) deliver that glossy, wet look and a seamless finish without ever needing to reach for a liquid. 

A Glass-like Gaze | NARS Change Of Sheen Highlighting Powders | Review & Swatches |

Infused with exclusive Seamless Glow Technology, an innovative formula that combines micro-spherical powders and pearls that reflect light and melt seamlessly into the skin. These silky, ultra-lightweight textured powders give you a second skin lustre that doesn't emphasize texture, pores or fine lines, is never shimmery, and never dry.  

They are soft, incredibly smooth and buttery to the touch giving them the ability to meld with your skin and become one with the texture of your skin. Applied with a finger or a brush they are easy to build from an understated elegant glossy glow to a wet like strobe. 

These highlighters truly out perform any other with their formulation and the way they lay on the face throughout the day. You can completely customize the look you want but no matter how much you apply, it never gets heavy or unnatural only brighter and more intense. They are practically fool proof and will work on any complexion with any amount of texture, acne damage or aging. 

A Glass-like Gaze | NARS Change Of Sheen Highlighting Powders | Review & Swatches |

The Change Of Sheen Highlighting Powders come in 6 inclusive shades - Albatross (an opalescent gold), Capri (a crushed pink pearl), Fort de France (a champagne), Ibiza (a yellow gold), Maldives (a rose bronze), and St. Barths (a warm bronze). 

A Glass-like Gaze | NARS Change Of Sheen Highlighting Powders | Review & Swatches |
Top-Bottom - Albatross, Maldives, St. Barths

Application Tips

- Apply lightly with a fluffy domed brush
- Build to your desired intensity
- Wet a beauty sponge and dab over the highlight

This adds moisture to the product placed on the skin and takes that wet, glossy look one step further while also blending the powder further. 


Friday, 20 April 2018

Spring In My Step | 3 Key Pieces to Transition Your Outfits From Winter to Spring

Hey Beauties! 

I don't know about you but here in Hamilton - and most of Canada atm - we are stuck in a never-ending frost. It's a cycle of snow, then rain, then ice showers, then sun and then more rain. For the middle of April, it definitely discouraging to wake up to another dark and gloomy day when all you want to do is feel the sun on your face and leave that winter coat behind. 

Well, I am one for believing things into existence so I have packed away my winter wardrobe and I am doing everything I can to make my favourite transitional spring pieces work through this cold front. 

I wanted to share the 3 key pieces that have been integral in making those outfits work and the best bit is - they are 3 staples you probably already have in your wardrobe! 

Start with your base Spring ready outfit, be it a dress or something a little more complicated and add on these 3 Key Pieces to Transitions Your Outfits From Winter to Spring

1 - A Trusty Leather (0r Faux) Jacket 
- A must have in everyone's closet, whether you go old school with a true blue leather jacket in a biker style or updated with a vegan leather jacket with sleek lines - you truly cannot go wrong with this classic! Layer it on top, slink it over your shoulders or bundle up tight, it adds that extra layer of warmth from the wind, protects you from the rain and makes you look pretty cool. 

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2 - A Medium Weight Scarf 
- Try a woven, knit, or cotton scarf with a medium weight that can provide a good dose of warmth without getting too stuffy. Stick with either a neutral colour and pattern or a fun pop of colour in an easy to wear print. When it warms up, use it as a shawl! 

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3 - An Ankle Height Bootie
- Let those toes be free from winter boots and layered socks with a pair of chic, everyday booties. Try an ankle height with a block heel and a suede (or faux) fabric for a more casual vibe. Stick to black or brown or if you're feeling brave try a fun pop like an olive or a blush. 

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And last but not least - a smile! 


Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Spring Fever | My Wishlist & Suggestions For The Spring Sephora VIB Sale | All Dates & Info

Hey Beauties! 

It's that time again! It feels like the last Sephora sale was just yesterday but it was actually 5 months ago - how crazy is that?! So here we are again, pulling together our budgets and writing out our wish lists for the spring version of the Sephora VIB Sale. As with every other sale, I like to share not only ALL of the details you need to know but also my personal must buy products and the products I think might be a good choice for you! 

So what exactly is the Sephora VIB Sale?

Based on Sephora's customer loyalty program, Beauty Insider is a 3-tiered program that divides customers into sections depending on how much they purchase during one calendar year. Each tier has a minimum spending point for access that then grants you a number of exclusive goodies. 

Arguably, the best reward of the entire program is the ability to access the VIB sale which happens twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring both in-store and online. This year the details are - 

Beauty Insider - use code YAYINSIDER for 10% off between April 20-23
VIB - use code YAYVIB for 15% off between April 20-23
VIB Rouge - use code YAYROUGE for 15% off between April 13-16 and April 20-23

There is still plenty of time to nail down your plans and figure out exactly what you would like to purchase. There have been plenty of new products released just in time for the sale, including Tarte's new mermaid range, Too Faced's new Natural Nudes collection, new goodies from Fenty Beauty and more but here are the products I plan of grabbing and some suggestions to add to your list! 

1. A Refreshing Skincare Experience - The Fresh Beauty Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence ($85 CAD) - a powerhouse treatment that provides eight proven benefits in one essential step: it provides anti-pollution and antioxidant protection, increases skin’s luminosity, reduces the look of fine lines, refines the appearance of pores, improves elasticity, smooths skin’s texture, boosts skin’s healthy tone, and provides 24-hour moisture. 

2. A Limited Edition All-In-One Cheek Palette - The Benefit Cosmetics Blush Bar ($78 CAD)  includes the Benefit’s new gold rush warm golden-nectar blush, as well as the iconic hoola matte bronzer, the bestselling dandelion brightening baby-pink blush, and more. With shades to flatter all skin tones, this must-have palette has everything you need to contour, bronze, brighten, and define your features.

3. A Luxurious Highlighter - The NARS Light Sculpting Highlighting Powder ($50 CAD)This uncompromising innovation delivers next-level luminosity with Seamless Glow Technology—a blend of sheer powders and pearls to create second-skin luster that blends effortlessly. Its satin-soft, micro-spherical powder layers evenly and weightlessly, fusing onto all skin tones. Ultra-refined and soft-to-the-touch, new Highlighting Powder accentuates skin with buildable radiance and a seductive, dewy finish.

4. A Signature Scent - The MIU MIU L'Eau Rosée ($94 CAD)captures the spirit of the Miu Miu girl. This soft floral fragrance created from lily of the valley and cassis buds is tightly wrapped in notes of sophisticated musk. 

5. A Selection of the Best Brushes - Sephora Collection PRO Essential Brush Set: Rose Gold Edition ($219 CAD)Cover all your makeup brush needs with this PRO set. This curated set of 12 Sephora Collection PRO Brushes feature limited-edition Rose Gold ferules. The set includes an easel stand built into an on-the-go, zip-around pouch.

6. The Hottest Skincare Brand Around - Drunk Elephant The Littles Set ($110 CAD) Developed to balance and reset your skin to a healthy, youthful, and glowing state, these small but mighty minis deliver unparalleled results when used together, and are compatible with all skin. Oh, and they love to travel! 

7. A Mega Mask - Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Face Mask ($50 CAD)This creamy treatment mask, made with reishi mushroom—and now with fermented chaga and coprinus mushrooms—reduces the appearance of redness and supports skin’s resilience. It leaves even sensitive skin calm and comforted.

8. A Bit Of Glamour - Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette ($55 CAD)This palette features 14 shades in ultra-matte, duo chrome, and metallic finishes that let you create softly-glamorous looks any time. Each shade is fully-pigmented and easy to blend. 

9. Big Bad Lashes - Benefit Cosmetics BADGal BANG Volumizing Mascara ($32 CAD)A 36-hour, full-blast, volumizing mascara that layers easily to build massive volume without weighing down lashes. This gravity-defying formula builds volume the more you layer, and contains aero-particles, which are one of the lightest known materials, derived from space technology. 

10. A Summertime Glow - Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzers ($36 CAD)This finely-milled formula provides buildable coverage that blends seamlessly. It comes in six naturally sun-kissed shades for all skin tones, and is packaged in a luxe compact with a large mirror so you can see your whole face as you bronze.

11. The Best Brows - Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Gel ($32 CAD)contains tiny microfibers that adhere to skin and brow hairs, creating natural-looking brow volume. The custom tiny, tapered brush provides an easy, mess-proof application, and makes it easy to tame, tint, and volumize the look of your brows. The buildable formula is also water-resistant and long-wearing. 

12. Flush & Blush - NARSissist Wanted Cheek Palette ($74 CAD)Swipe and sculpt your way to customized cheeks with a covetable wardrobe blushes in NARS’s cult-favorite formula. Silky, superfine, micronized powder pigments in matte and shimmering shades ensure irresistibly soft, blendable application. A light application of even the highest-intensity hues delivers a natural-looking flush. These soft, buildable shades deliver a wide range of effects—from ultra-sheer to powerful pops of color.

13. Rosy Lips Times Four - Anastasia Beverly Hills Nude Matte Lipstick Set ($27 CAD)Get beautiful, classic matte lips in a flash with this highly-pigmented formula. These neutral, travel-size shades provide a comfortable matte finish that lasts.

14. A Flawless Complexion - NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation ($60 CAD)NARS’ first 16-hour foundation has a lightweight, breathable, fade-resistant formula and features medium-to-full, buildable coverage in 33 skin-matching shades to fit all skin tones and undertones. The transfer-resistant, sweat-resistant formula stays color-true all day, and continues to look fresh and vibrant, as if it was just applied. 

15. Peach Perfect - Too Faced's Sex On The Peach Complexion Set ($55 CAD)Too Faced’s bestselling Peaches & Cream complexion products paired, with their iconic Better Than Sex Mascara. This set includes mini sizes of Primed & Peachy Primer and Peach Mist Mattifying Setting Spray, and full sizes of Peach Perfect Setting Powder and Better Than Sex Mascara. It’s everything you need for a flawless, matte complexion and mind-blowing lashes.

What is on your wishlist for this sale?


Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Naturally Nude | BareMinerals GenNude Powder Blushes & Patent Lip Lacquers | Review & Swatches

Naturally Nude | BareMinerals GenNude Powder Blushes & Patent Lip Lacquers | Review & Swatches | labellesirene_

Hey Beauties! 

As much as I love to create a really intricate, full face of makeup, on a day-to-day basis I tend to go for something a bit more ... natural. 

On a daily basis, all I want is a healthy radiant complexion with natural rosy cheeks, bright eyes with long lashes and a nude lip. My favourite must have products all come in a range of nudes - rosy nudes, peachy nudes, pinky nudes and brownish nudes. 

The new additions to the BareMinerals GenNude range are right up my alley with both powder blushes and patent lip lacquers in a variety of good for skin nudes, for every shade of nude. 

The GenNude range is a collection of beautiful, radiant products designed to work with your skin, to improve it, all while highlighting your own natural beauty. Every product combines rich pigmentation, and exclusive mineral based technology with good for you ingredients that work on your skin while you wear it. 

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The GenNude Patent Lip Lacquers ($23 CAD/$19 USD) are an absolutely stunning addition to the world of lipsticks. These beauties are truly one of a kind, not necessarily in what they are but in how they perform. These have a liquified lip base with intense colour payoff, full coverage and next level gleam. 

They are ultra high shine lip colours with a patent like finish that won't wear away as the day goes on. A luxurious glossy lip that has a stickier texture that glides onto the lips and transforms into a comfortable gel leaving your lips feeling softer and looking fuller. They don't feel tacky or heavy on the lips but almost as if you are wearing nothing at all. 

The moisturizing formula gently soothes lips with Jojoba Oil and Algae, while Smithsonite Extract and Copper helps with texture, dryness and fullness. 

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Naturally Nude | BareMinerals GenNude Powder Blushes & Patent Lip Lacquers | Review & Swatches | labellesirene_

The GenNude Patent Lip Lacquers come in a beautiful range of 18 show-stopping shades (with pink, peach, mauve and beige), each one handpicked by the BareMinerals team to enhance and flatter every skin tone from ultra fair to ultra deep. There is a shade of "nude" for every complexion, not just one shade that is supposed to fit all. 

The super pigmented, vibrant lipsticks give full coverage and complete opacity in one swipe and can be blended into the lips without losing any of the intensity. 

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(Top to Bottom - Hype, Perf, IRL, Darling, Bestie, Girl Boss, Beautimus, Can't Even, Bae)

The GenNude Powder Blushes ($30 CAD/$24 USD) are so much more than just your average blush. They give you a natural rosy glow, no matter your skin tone with their range of "rosy" tones, designed to mimic the natural flush of the skin. These fresh faced powders are the ultimate neutral blush for each and every complexion, they are the one go-to blush that will look incredible with any look on any occasion. 

These blushes have a beautiful, buttery texture that melts into the skin and blends in seamlessly over both foundation and bare skin. They are richly pigmented, giving a smooth even flush of colour that you can swipe on and run out the door. 

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The mineral rich formula helps to smooth skin and blend evenly over texture, meaning you won't have patchy application. It is infused with a special Blurring Mineral Complex that contains light reflecting hydrated silica pearls, marimo pearls, and super diffusion powder, all of which brighten skin and blur imperfections for a soft focus effect. 

The forgiving formula looks beautiful on skin with all sorts of texture and melts right in for the most beautiful healthy, radiant looking complexion you have ever seen. They add a touch of colour and a natural glow to the cheeks with a slight sheen that brings the whole face to life. 

There are 6 shades designed to compliment all skin tones, just like the lip lacquers. They are Call My Blush (a delicate pink mauve), You Had Me At Merlot (rich berry wine with a gold pearl), Pink Me Up (medium nude pink with gold pearl), That Peach Tho (soft peachy pink), Beige For Days (soft beige), and But First, Coffee (rich chocolate with gold pearl). 

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(Top to Bottom - Beige For Days, Pink Me Up, and You Had Me At Merlot)

The BareMinerals GenNude range is one of my absolute favourites for their inclusivity and creativity when it comes to the idea of "nude". These two new additions are absolutely gorgeous and they perform like a dream. 

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