Friday, 22 June 2018

Next Level O | NARS Orgasm Revamp & Extension | Illuminating Powder & Afterglow Lip Balm | Review & Swatches

Next Level O | NARS Orgasm Revamp & Extension | Illuminating Powder & Afterglow Lip Balm | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca

Hey Beauties! 

On average, I probably wear a full face of makeup (for a full 12 hours) on 3 or 4 days of the week. Between those days, I might have makeup on for a few hours (for shoots or testing) and I might have a low makeup day with just a couple of products. 

Well over the last month, there has not been one makeup day that I have not incorporated at least one of the products from the new NARS Orgasm Revamp

Next Level O | NARS Orgasm Revamp & Extension | Illuminating Powder & Afterglow Lip Balm | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca

If you have never heard of NARS' Orgasm Blush it's an award winning, cult-classic powder blush that skyrocketed NARS into stardom. It is the PERFECT peachy, pink blush with a gold metallic shift that gives you sun kissed ripened cheeks. It's a rare, lit-from-within shade that works on all skin tones and ALL women can wear. 

Over the years, it has been reimagined in various forms (including liquids, highlighters, cream sticks etc) and included in an array of palettes but this new revamp is my absolute favourite. 

Next Level O | NARS Orgasm Revamp & Extension | Illuminating Powder & Afterglow Lip Balm | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca

The newest "Feel the Rush" interpretation claims to indulge the senses in 4 new versions for lips and cheeks. The universally coveted glow now comes in new stimulating textures such as a loose illuminating powder, a lip balm and lip lacquer. 

Next Level O | NARS Orgasm Revamp & Extension | Illuminating Powder & Afterglow Lip Balm | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca

First Up, the original Orgasm Powder Blush is now bigger and better in a limited edition oversized compact with special packaging. It retails for $52 CAD (for 8g of product) versus a normal sized blush for $38 CAD (for 4.8g of product). 

Next Level O | NARS Orgasm Revamp & Extension | Illuminating Powder & Afterglow Lip Balm | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca

Next up, the Illuminating Loose Powder ($35 CAD for 2.5g of product) is such an incredible innovative take on the classic glowing goddess blush. This loose powder can be used as a highlight (mixed with lighter options for pale skin) or as a blush topper. 

Next Level O | NARS Orgasm Revamp & Extension | Illuminating Powder & Afterglow Lip Balm | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca

Shimmery lit powder particles create a soft radiance, blur the look of imperfections, and reflect light off of the skin for a naturally glowing look. The silky soft powders are intensely pigmented so you only need the tiniest bit to accentuate the high points of the face or cover the cheekbone. The glimmering finish is seriously stunning and lasts all day long. 

The photo below shows a swatch of (from L-R) the original powder blush, the illuminating powder and then the lip balm. 

Next Level O | NARS Orgasm Revamp & Extension | Illuminating Powder & Afterglow Lip Balm | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca

Last, but certainly not least is my favourite piece from the new collection. The Afterglow Lip Balm ($35 CAD for 3g of product) is absolutely bee-autiful. This tinted lip treatment delivers a sheer wash of the universally flattering rose gold shade with a stunning radiant finish. Paired with a beautiful rose gold tube, the sheer peachy pink shade with golden shimmer gives a naturally flushed rosy tone to the lips. I have been wearing it paired with a neutral lip liner for a polished look. 

Not only is the effect absolutely gorgeous but it feels amazing on the lips and keeps them nicely hydrated for hours. The formula features Mono├» Oil Hydrating Complex for nourishment, smooth comfort and a boost of antioxidants. 

Next Level O | NARS Orgasm Revamp & Extension | Illuminating Powder & Afterglow Lip Balm | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca

The new NARS Orgasm Revamp & Extension is a collection of stunning products that outdid and outperformed my expectations completely. Every single aspect is beyond beautiful and I cannot get enough. 

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Summer Styles You Don't Want To Miss | VICI Collection Wishlist | Brand Overview & Roundup


Hey Beauties! 

Unlike makeup, my style is something that doesn't change or evolve all that often. I definitely don't have the same sense of adventure and I am not quite as confident but that all seems to have changed lately. This summer I have my sights set on so many different styles and silhouettes that I have never tried before. Not to mention branching outside of my normal brand comfort zone and trying a few newer stores. 

A brand that is new to me and that I have been seeing all over Instagram in hauls from some of my favourite fashion bloggers is VICI Collection (@vicidolls). This california based brand specializes in contemporary women's fashion, accessories and shoes with a focus on really unique, on-trend items at decently affordable prices (between $20-$100). 

They seem to stick to simple silhouettes, classic lines, and staple shapes all with interesting twists and additions that make the pieces special. They also seem to place a focus on using good fabrics in solid colours and delicate patterns. They don't carry any styles that will lose their relevance after only one season, instead offering trendier items that won't break the bank when worn over a couple of years. 

VICI is a brand that has been on my radar for quite some time so now I that I am thinking about placing an order, I wanted to round some pieces that have caught my attention.  


1. Gossamer Cotton Twist Dress - $54 USD

2. Figueroa Button Down Pocketed Dress - $54 USD

3. Morgan Tie Midi Dress - $58 USD

4. Tea Time Floral Dress - $52 USD

5. Into The Horizon Pocketed Maxi Dress - $52 USD


6. Fresh Start Pocketed Jumpsuit - $54 USD

7. Zoey Pocketed Romper - $46 USD

8. Lovina Ruffle Wrap Dress - $58 USD

9. Leela Clutch - $88 USD


10. Away With The Breeze Lace Midi Dress - $58 USD

11. Tropics Faux Suede Slide - $34 USD

12. Elite Sandal - $24 USD

13. Carissa Pointed Tie Slide - $30 USD

Have you tried anything from VICI

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

A New Nude | Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks | The UnNudes Collection | Review

A New Nude | Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks | The UnNudes Collection | Review | labellesirene.ca

Hey Beauties!

Ya'll know that I will almost always choose a liquid lipstick over a traditional cream stick, simply for the wearability, ease of use, longevity and fade resistance. For the longest time, my liquid lipstick collection consisted of 95% prestige brands because I could not find an affordable liquid lipstick that lived up to my expectations. 

Well, the drugstore has seriously stepped it up over the last few months and now my collection is filled with amazing affordable brands and surprisingly good formulas. The product that I own the most of and that gets the most wear are, without a doubt, the Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks

The Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks ($11.99 CAD) are the best of the best when it comes to affordable liquid lips. Every aspect, from the shade range and the formula to the applicator and the packaging were so carefully thought out and planned to perfection. 

A New Nude | Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks | The UnNudes Collection | Review | labellesirene.ca

Shade Range

The Matte Ink Lipsticks come in a range of 10 original shades that cover the complete spectrum of possibilities but now there are 10 new shades being added to the collection. They are being touted as the UnNudes Collection - a new kind of nude, a range of unexpected, unconventional neutrals and neutral toned bolds. 

The UnNudes are Poet (a baby pink nude), Driver (a creamy beige nude), Philosopher (a light lavender nude), Visionary (a lavender grey nude), Huntress (a deep grey nude), Protector (a deep brown nude), Fighter (a burnt orange nude), Ruler (a deep red nude), Amazonian (a burnt sienna nude) and Seductress ( a mauve nude) 

I have been particularly obsessed with Fighter, Amazonian, and Driver but all of them are stunning. 

Amazonian 

Formulation

 The formula is the reason that these lipsticks are truly so one of a kind. They have a thin, liquidy texture that contains concentrated ink pigments to deliver a completely opaque, intensely pigmented finish in one swipe. They are insanely saturated with a bold, vibrant impactful colour in one application. 

This intense opacity is part of what makes them work so well as you only need to apply tiny amount to get the effect you want without extra product building up on the lips. It also means no cracking or flaking as you would typically get with thicker clay based products. 

The ultra-thin, ultra-lightweight formula glides onto the lips and sinks in, leaving a weightless layer of colour. When you apply the lipstick with the unique arrowhead doe foot applicator, it will deposit the perfect amount of product in one smooth stroke with no patchiness, skipping or sticking. 

A New Nude | Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks | The UnNudes Collection | Review | labellesirene.ca

Right after application is when the magic starts to work, unlike traditional matte lipsticks, the Matte Ink lipsticks remain slightly tacky from the higher amount of moisture in the formula. This makes for a much more comfortable wear. 

I let the lipstick dry for 20 seconds without touching my lips together and it will set down leaving a smooth, velvety matte finish that never reaches that dry, cakey place we all hate. Once the lipstick is fully set, it will still feel slightly tacky but it will not budge, transfer, fade or migrate. It becomes locked and loaded for all day wear (i'm talking 12 straight hours) that can only be removed with a specific oil based remover. 

A New Nude | Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks | The UnNudes Collection | Review | labellesirene.ca

The Applicator

Along with the formula, the applicator is incredibly unique and is a big piece of why I love these lipsticks. 

The doe foot applicator has a unique tapered arrowhead shape that is covered with custom flocking to help give a precise, even application. This shape makes applying the thin formula SO EASY, as you are able to line the lips and fill them in without a lip liner or expert skills. It hugs and follows the lines of your lips for a ridiculously easy, one coat wonder. 

A New Nude | Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks | The UnNudes Collection | Review | labellesirene.ca

Have you tried the Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks? If so, what shade is your favourite?




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Friday, 8 June 2018

It's Glow Time In No Time | L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Collection | Review & Swatches

It's Glow Time In No Time | L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Collection | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca

Hey Beauties!

Summer is here and I don't know about you but when it starts to heat up and the sun is shining strong I want to put away all of my heavy matte makeup and bring out all of the lightweight, second skin-like, naturally radiant products. 

I have already started swapping out my day to day products and this new line of glow-boosting goodies is a serious staple. 

One of L'Oreal's cult classic products - the True Match Lumi Foundation - has been reimagined yet again as a new range of customizable glow giving products that can be mixed, matched, layered, and infused into other bases for that ultimate effortless glow. 

It's Glow Time In No Time | L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Collection | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca

The new True Match Lumi Collection is the perfect place to start your glow journey as it has 3 different textures, formulas, and intensities to customize your glow and personalize it to your abilities and needs. There is an option for every girl, every skill level, every preference and every skin tone. 

This range is the latest group of additions to the original Magic Lumi Primer, the Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminators (A FAV), the Lumi Powder Glow Illuminators, and the Magic Lumi Highlighting Concealer.  

It's Glow Time In No Time | L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Collection | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca

Light Glow - The Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer ($19.99 CAD/$14.99 USD) 

The first level of the glow scale, this 2-in-1 lotion is a magical base to wear alone on the daily, to mix in with tinted moisturizers and foundations and to prep your skin before makeup for a lit-from-within glow. 

It's Glow Time In No Time | L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Collection | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca

This easy, all-in-one highlighting moisturizer is an effortless way to achieve a fresh, natural radiance with just a touch of colour to enhance that sun-kissed skin. The lightweight moisturizer base provides all day hydration without a greasy feel and the luminizer aspect gives off a gorgeous healthy radiance without any shimmer or glitter. It comes in 4 shades (fair, light, medium, deep) all of which have a slight rosy, bronzy glow. 

I love to use the shade fair all over the face as a primer but I also love to mix in a bit of light or medium when I want a bit of extra colour. 

It's Glow Time In No Time | L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Collection | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca
(Lumi Glotion L-R Fair - Light)

Medium Glow - True Match Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palettes - ($20.99 CAD/$14.99 USD) 

The mid-range option from this collection, the Glow Nude Highlighter Palettes come in two shades Sunkissed (warm golden bronze) and Moonkissed (cool iridescent glow). The 4 pan powder palettes are very reminiscent of some more high end options and they give you the ability to create a multidimensional glow by layering, mixing and matching different shades within the quad. 

It's Glow Time In No Time | L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Collection | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca
(Moonkissed)

The palettes have some beautiful shades that work for a variety of skin tones even the fairest like myself. However, the powders are not my favourite as they are dry, powdery, chalky and not bendable or easy to apply. I also find they are not very pigmented and have too much glitter. 

It's Glow Time In No Time | L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Collection | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca

Intense Glow - True Match Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops ($18.99 CAD/$14.99 USD)

The top slot on the glow scale goes to these gorgeous drops of radiance. The Glow Amour illuminating pigments are very similar to more expensive alternatives but for a fraction of the cost. 

They have the same ultra lightweight, thin formula that blends seamlessly into skin when applied to the high points of the face and incorporates into foundations easily. The drops are semi-sheer and a little bit goes a long way but they can built upon with ease. They leave a dewy glow and a strobe like effect without any obvious glitter or shimmer. 

It's Glow Time In No Time | L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Collection | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca
(Top-Botton - Daybreak & Golden Hour)

The drops come in two shades, Daybreak (a pearly pink glow) and Golden Hour (a warm, yellow gold), both of which are absolutely beautiful! 

I love to apply a few drops of the shade Daybreak to a sponge and then apply them to the high points of the face for a more glass-like glow. I also love to layer a powder highlight on top for an added pop!

I have been absolutely hooked on these products since they came across my desk. I have loved using the Glotion every single day as my base and a primer and then I have loved adding the drops onto the cheeks for that added wow-factor. 

Have you tried the new True Match Lumi Glow Collection?


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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

10 Steps To The Best Skin Of Your Life | The How, When & Why Of Skincare | Proper Application Order & Olay Luminous Whips Moisturizer Review


10 Steps To The Best Skin Of Your Life | The How, When & Why Of Skincare | Proper Application Order & Olay Luminous Whips Moisturizer Review | labellesirene.ca

Hey Beauties! 

Are you familiar with the saying, "it all starts from the inside-out"? Well it's definitely true when it comes to beauty! 

The health, appearance and performance of your hair, skin and nails all directly relates to the health of your body and how well you take care of it. That's why a proper skincare routine that is personally designed for you and your needs is SO important. If you nourish your body and fill your skin up with all of the good things it needs so badly then anything you put on top with flourish and perform beautifully. 

I always like to explain the sponge theory to anyone who asks me about skincare. It's a very simple theory that seems to help make the idea of skincare versus makeup a bit easier to swallow. 

The Sponge Theory

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, it is very diverse with some areas that are very sensitive and delicate and others that are hearty and strong. The skin on your face lies on the more sensitive end of the spectrum and is easily affected by what it comes in contact with. Therefore, think of your skin like a kitchen sponge or a beauty sponge if you prefer. When you wet a sponge it quickly soaks up whatever you wet it with and grows in size as you continue to fill up each individual pore until it can't grow any further. This is exactly what happens to your skin when you apply something to it - whether it's skincare or makeup. Your skin is similar to a sponge in the way that it absorbs whatever it comes in contact with so if you apply something that is not good for your skin directly to it, it will absorb that product and it will end up clogging up your pores or causing irritation. So you want to fill up your sponge (skin) with all sorts of goodness (skincare) first so it is full and ready to work with makeup but not absorb it. 

10 Steps To The Best Skin Of Your Life | The How, When & Why Of Skincare | Proper Application Order & Olay Luminous Whips Moisturizer Review | labellesirene.ca

With that theory at the forefront of your mind, let's dive into skincare itself - the how, the when and the why. I'm going to save my in-depth routine for another post but I wanted to share my tips and tricks on how to not only better understand skincare but how to use it to get the best skin of your life. 

Baby Steps

The first thing to remember with skincare is that everyone starts at a different place and everyone's skin needs something different. Start at your own pace, whether that is with one product or five. Focus on completing some sort of care twice a day and take it from there - one step at a time. 

Once you are ready to expand into a multiple step routine, there is a specific order in which products should be applied. Products interact with each other and mix as they lay on the skin so it is very important to apply them in an order of what your skin needs to absorb the most. This order will impact the way your skin look and feels as well as how your makeup will apply and wear. You always want to work from the lightest products to the heaviest. 

10 Steps to Good Skin

When you are ready to start an in-depth skincare routine, there are 10 steps that I think are vital to good skin. All together these steps create an advanced routine but you can absolutely add or remove steps as you find out what works best for you. 

1. Remove Your Makeup - pick your method (wipes/oil/balm/micellar water) and remove as much makeup as you possibly can. Your skin may seem clean after this but it is not. (PM)

2. Cleanse - wash your face with a mild cleanser and warm water. Cleansing thoroughly after removing your makeup is considered a Double Cleanse, which is the most effective way of fully cleaning your skin. If you don't cleanse properly, makeup and dirt will get trapped, clog your pores and prevent your other products from penetrating the skin effectively. (AM & PM)

3. Exfoliate - SO important - can be physical or chemical depending on the product, physical is harsher on the skin. Depending on skin sensitivity you can do it daily or 2-3 times a week, either way, it's important to keep it consistent. Removes dry flaky skin but also refreshes the skin allowing treatments to absorb better and penetrate deeper. (PM only)

10 Steps To The Best Skin Of Your Life | The How, When & Why Of Skincare | Proper Application Order & Olay Luminous Whips Moisturizer Review | labellesirene.ca

4. Tone - a step that some push to the side but I believe it is essential. You can use any product labeled as a water/essence/toner/spray for this step. They will remove any excess oil, dirt or makeup that you may have missed and also will bring the PH balance of your skin back to normal before you move on with treatments. (AM & PM)

5. Mask - an optional step but a vital one. Apply a mask (sheet or pot style) 1-2 times a week and apply them at night to allow for longer application and better absorption. (PM)

6. Treatment/Serum - customize for your personal concerns (acne/aging/dryness etc). This is when you apply any retinoids, topical acne creams, clarifying products or serums. This is probably the most important step in your routine where you need to address your skin's biggest issues. (AM & PM)

7. Eye Cream - a very important, often overlooked step. The skin around your eyes is the most delicate, fragile skin on your body so use gentle motions (your ring finger is best!). Look for one that hydrates, firms and reduces puffiness, apply in the morning and at night.  (AM & PM)

10 Steps To The Best Skin Of Your Life | The How, When & Why Of Skincare | Proper Application Order & Olay Luminous Whips Moisturizer Review | labellesirene.ca

8. Moisturize - liquid/gel/cream/balm -  the form of your moisturizer might be different from morning to night and depends completely on your skin type. (AM & PM)

One that I have been testing out over the past couple of months and have really been enjoying is the new Olay Luminous Whip ($40 CAD/$30 USD). Part of the Whips trio that features a new weightless moisturizer for 3 of Olay's classic ranges - Regenerist (for anti-aging), Luminous (for brightness) and Total Effects (7 skin benefits). 

The new Whips range is a fresh take on moisturizer that hydrates deep down but doesn't weigh down the skin with its cake frosting-esque whipped texture that melts into the skin thanks to Active Rush Technology that transforms it from a thick cream to a liquid on impact for instant absorption. It has a true light as air texture and a breathable feel that is truly refreshing. The Luminous formula brightens, evens skin tone and minimizes pores all while leaving a smooth, shine-free, soft matte finish that lays beautifully under makeup. 

10 Steps To The Best Skin Of Your Life | The How, When & Why Of Skincare | Proper Application Order & Olay Luminous Whips Moisturizer Review | labellesirene.ca

9. Oil - a more advanced step that everyone should try at least once, even those with oily skin. Choose a hydrating or repairing oil and press into the skin for maximum absorbency.  (PM)

10. Lip Treatment - whether you have consistently dry lips or not, it is so important to hydrate them. A scrub will exfoliate dead skin and a balm or lip mask will keep lips hydrated and smoothed to prevent further flaking. (PM)

10 Steps To The Best Skin Of Your Life | The How, When & Why Of Skincare | Proper Application Order & Olay Luminous Whips Moisturizer Review | labellesirene.ca

There you have it, 10 steps that will lead you the best skin of your life. You can customize these steps to fit into your life and your needs but all ten steps are incredibly important and have an individual purpose. 

What does your current skincare routine look like and what steps do you want to start incorporating? 





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