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Site Upgrade

23 Feb

Hello everyone! So have you noticed a new layout for the site? It’s pretty exciting I’ve been thinking about changing it for a while and now that I have a break I can finally put it into motion. The site really hasn’t changed much over the three years that I have been blogging and since most posts nowadays are beauty related I decided to rename it as well. Hope this change will be good for me and for you guys as well.

The name came to me in a dream… I wish it did but since I was born year of the Sheep the sheep is going to be a mascot and since this is a beauty blog it’s a Beauty Sheep. You guys get it? Then after I realized that it could be a play on the words Beauty Sleep… my god it’s mind-blasting!

I’ll be off to type up some more reviews and fun photos but I’ll leave you with the whole picture of the top image.

BTW, you guys like the tagline? I suck at thinking up things like that and that was the first thing that came to mind.

Review: Marcelle BB Cream

23 Feb

Hello everyone! BB Creams have finally started hitting the North American scene and that’s really exciting. Canadian company Marcelle has something to offer with their take on the BB formulation. This can be worn alone or as a makeup base.

Description: The Beauty Balm has self-adjusting pigments, powerful antioxydants, aloe and chamomile and does the following – evens out skin tone, offers immediate and long-term hydrating benefits, protects from premature aging and environmental stresses, promotes skin regeneration, controls shine, soothes and calms, reduces the appearance of imperfections, provides anti-dull radiant complexion. (Marcelle’s description on the box not mine).

Review: I love my BB creams they are just so easy to use and it gets you out the door quickly. The ease and convenience factor will convince many to try BB creams and for Marcelle to adopt BB creams is great! Now the formula is the same as any liquid/cream foundation not too runny nor is it too stiff. There are two color ranges Light/Medium and Medium/Dark for women of color I am not too sure how the BB cream will  react with your skintone as the Medium/Dark shade did not seem too dark. Pigmentation can be built up but essentially has a light to medium coverage. There is no scent and the dispensing method is very hygenic and it was easy to control how much product you need (for me a pea-sized amount covers my whole face). As for the wear time (which is a make it or break it for me) it lasted 6-8 hours (yes!) but did not control any up and coming oil spills that usually appear around the 2-3 hour mark. So for the claims it did evened out my skin, hydration was felt but did nothing about flaky skin (luckily it didn’t accentuate it), protecting from premature aging and environmental stresses is something I can’t test, promotes skin regeneration again I’m not to sure it did this, did not control shine, felt something soothing, reducing my active acne it sort of did (concealer helps quite a bit more though) and it did make my skin look glowy and healthy (A+ for not making me look like a glitterbomb!). Overall, I think it is a great BB cream and if I finish one (note if) I would definately repurchase.

Cost: $22.95CDN @ Shoppers Drug Mart

Would I recommend this product? Yes it is one of the better BB creams out in the North American market and for those who  do not live in Canada you can purchase it online at marcellrcosmetics.com  or you can also find yourself a Canadian beauty buddy.

Review: MAC Shop/Cook & Vera Neuman

23 Feb

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since the new MAC collection came out (about two weeks ago) there were some sold out items but some items are still available for purchase.

So these are the items I picked up:

Let’s start off with the Shop/Cook Collection I only got lip products so here they are. The lipsticks from left to right (except for the swatch it’s the opposite) is Dish it Up! (a purple pink and is a lustre finish) and Runaway Red (blue based red and is a satin finish). I love MAC lustre finishes as the color can be built up on the lips, satin finishes was very smooth on the lips and color pay-off was just amazing. Both these shades are lovely and suit my warm undertones. Lipsticks are $17.50CDN each (though I hear that there is going to be a price increase sometime soon… -.-”)

Man, I wish I could swatch these for you but… I didn’t want to start using this yet I still have a tone of lipbalms to be used up before I can start on this one. So sorry for no review but the price is $18CDN for one (a little pricey but hey it’s got SPF!)é

Now onto the Vera pigments that I picked up. I had never worked with MAC Crush Metal Pigments before so this was a great experience. The stack that I picked out was the Aloha stack (as I thought I would get more usage out of it considering color family) so the shades are from the cool stack Shifting Sands (cool light brown/cool mink shade), Aloha (cool bronzy brown), from the warm stack Lantern Light (orange tone brown with orange shimmers), and Campfire (bright orange-brown). All the shades are very frosty (crushed metallics… does the name mean something perhaps?). I found that they are time-consuming to use but the effect of them my gosh they are really pretty on the eyelids. Wear time is around 4-6 hours without primer and 6-8 hours with a primer. I would be more interested in purchasing more of these pigment stacks whenever MAC releases anymore. Sucks that they are $40CDN though.