Zoya Magical Pixie Dust nail polish, Summer 2014, review & swatches.

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Hi folks!

Anyone watching the World Cup?? It’s been great so far!!

Anyway, for those not interested in football, here are some nail polish swatches.

Zoya Magica Pixie Dust Collection – Summer 2014

Zoya has brought out their summer versions of their Pixie Dust collection, which is a textured and matte nail polish.  They’ve brought out other versions reviewed here and here.  There are just three colours this time and as usual, Zoya does a really great job with this formula.  There are consistently some of the best that I have tried.  Wonderful array of colours and there are slight variations between the this collection and older ones.  Zoya recommends that these polishes are applied to the naked nail, free of oils and without a base coat or a top coat.  In these swatches, I applied two coats.  The formula is quite thick, which makes sense as both the matte finish and glittery texture lend to this.  The caps are also have a matte, rubberized finish.  Polishes are available from zoya.com, and select retailers for USD$10 each.

So lehwe go!

So what makes this “magical”?

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These sand-textured polishes have silver micro-glitter as well as medium-sized, hexagonal holographic glitter and small, circular holographic glitter.  This gives that added, multi-dimensional sparkle and of course I love it!! This formula also has a milky/creamy appearance, and the base is semi-opaque.  All swatches done with two coats, no base coat.

Check out the swatches below….

New offerings from OCC! Stained Glosses, Duo Lip Balm and more!

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DUNE GENERATION

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics brings a heat wave of shade and texture options to our most popular new lip offering: STAINED GLOSS! Inspired not by the beach but the dunes, desert plains, and mirages reminiscent of otherworldly vacation destinations.

  • DUNE: Champagne Gold Shimmer
  • OFF WORLD: Pearlescent Lilac Shimmer
  • HEDONIST: Neon Pastel Pink
  • AURORA: Pink-Toned Coral
  • CONCUBINE: Warm Plum Neutral
  • NOMAD: Gold-laced Maroon Shimmer

STAINED GLOSS is OCC’s latest texture innovation for lips. Inspired by lighting gels and stained glass, STAINED GLOSS combines the high impact color of Lip Tar with a translucent glossy finish that’s ready-to-wear from its first slick application. Includes a #010S Short-Handled Precision Lip Brush as well as collectable backing cards: collect all-six for an exclusive mini mural! The ‘Dune Generation’ Stained Gloss collection will be available on Sephora.com & OCCMakeup.com

 

Aurora

Click here for info on the Lip Balm Duo and

“Whey de lime” Fridays – The World Cup Edition       

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It’s been four years since my Furia Roja won La Copa Mundial!  And for the next month, I will be obsessed with all things fútbol! I am sooooo excited!! Matches started yesterday with Brasil versus Croatia.  If you know me, I am a huge fútbol fan, I live for it!!

My pick is that Spain will win it again, but I really want The Netherlands to win.  They have had such great teams over the last 20 years and they come up just short!  Also I think Portugal is also due as well.  Of course Italy and Brasil are right there too!  There are such great matchups early on in the tournament.  I am also excited to see what the Brazilian people have to offer and how they would be handling the games.

This advert has me pumped!  This is a religion!! How many players can you name?

So lemme know who yuh backin’!

 

Obrigada!

New product! NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Collection

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These were first referenced in the most recent NYFW.  These, based on the pictures, look very similar to the M.A.C. Extra Dimension finish.  I can’t wait to try these out!!

Via PR,

DOUBLE OR NOTHING

NARS Cosmetics introduces the new Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow. Double-down with the new dual-application formula – apply dry for a sheer, airbrush-like finish with a luminous sheen or apply with a dampened brush for high-impact and intense, opaque color. Twelve ready-to-wear and rebelliously romantic shades transform your look with a riveting range from delicate peach pink to fierce black orchid.

Using NARS’ specially designed wet/dry eyeshadow brush, the ultra-soft and luxurious shadow glides on smoothly and easily for precise application.

 

SHADES INCLUDE:

  • Andromeda  - Alabaster
  • Europa – Gossamer pink peach
  • Dione – Metallic champagne beige
  • Cassiopeia – Iridescent electric pink
  • Callisto – Icy pink silver
  • Desdemona – Rich shimmering burgundy
  • Himalia – Shimmering topaz
  •  Lysithea – Shark grey
  • Sycorax – Black
  • Phoebe - Deep shimmering amethyst
  • Giove – Navy
  •  Subra – Black orchid

Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Brush #49

 

Price: Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow –  USD$29

Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Brush #49 –  USD$28

Available: July 1, 2014 at NARS boutiques and on narscosmetics.com

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My LOTD has been featured! IFB Links a la Mode

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Style Surfing

Summer is officially here. Well, not technically… but it’s still here. Headed to the beach this weekend? Going on holiday? Have you broken out your sandals and sunscreen? Yeah, summer. What to wear? How to take care of your youthful skin? Wedding season’s here… do you know how to dress for the occassion? Well, if you’re looking for inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. This week, we have a wonderful roundup of great summer themed fashion posts and a couple of other fun (and a few serious) tidbits. So grab your iced tea, and sit down for some good summer reading.

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The Makeup Show NYC 2014 in pictures!

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This year’s Makeup Show was epic! There were a lot of brand new companies, as well as more established companies launching their pro lines.  This time, I was most interested in the education part of the show.  There were some fantastic makeup artists in attendance giving of their knowledge and experiences.  There was a lot to learn but the one thing that I walked away with was,

“Don’t give up on yourself!” – Ashunta Sheriff

And this was the premiere of the “Icon Gallery”.  An exhibit celebrating the pioneers and icons of makeup artistry.  This year, Kevyn Aucoin was honoured.  He is one of my early personal favourites and was the best at that time!

Check out some of the amazing stuff!

Waterproof Modster eye pencils by Ardency Inn – the yellow one is brand new!

New Sephora PRO brushes – they have launched their PRO collection at stores!

I.CANNOT.WAIT! – A preview of the new Charlotte Tilbury collection which is debuting in the US in August!!!

The Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks! They look fantastic!!

Check out lots more pictures!

#WCW: A Janelle Monae-inspired hair AND makeup LOTD!

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I love when artists show us their raw talent and they are not hidden behind autotune or fancy costuming. I love it when there is some element of  the artist’s personality, that they are being themselves and that they are not a total creation of a label.

This is why I love Janelle Monae, from her signature pompadour, her black and white tuxedos and her earthy jazz/pop/funk vocals, yeah…you could say I have a girl crush!

Janelle Monae, image courtesy CocoaFab

I wanted to recreate her signature look, with a little twist!  Allyuh know that I am no hair expert, but I am stepping out of my malaise!

In honour of doing a look based on a musical artist, I am also going to use a few products created by Ardency Inn, a new brand, heavily influenced by music.  Check out my writeup on their launch here.

Here’s what I created!

 

My Janelle Monae inspired LOTD

Wearing Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Quince

More details here!

Solange Knowles at the Met Gala 2014, wearing NARS Cosmetics

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At the Met Gala 2014

Makeup by Benjamin Puckey using NARS Cosmetics.

Glowing, bronze, flawless skin and a smoky eye.

New NARS Matte Multiple in Siam was used on her cheeks, which is an intense orange!

Image via PR.

 

 

Inspired by downtown NYC music, Ardency Inn aims to go beyond! An introduction…

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A little while ago, I attended the official launch of the 2013 WWD Newcomer of the Year,  makeup line Ardency Inn.  Ardency Inn has its roots in downtown NYC and aims to place makeup artistry into the hands of the songstresses and every woman.  By creating high quality, high performance makeup, any woman can be in control of her creativity.  The founders are heavily influenced by music and love the parallels of creativity in music and makeup.  They draw a lot of inspiration from local artists and they love creating amazing looks for performances.  Well-known makeup artist James Vincent is the makeup expert involved with this brand, and for me, I pretty much trust his opinion.

With makeup artist James Vincent

So I was excited to scope out this collection.  At this time, the product line is broken up into three collections – Americana – natural tones that are inspired by the multi-cultural heritage and free spirit of downtown New York;  Modster – Bright colors inspired by the mod subculture of high fashion and all-night clubs; Punker – edgy black inspired by darkly rimmed eyes and fierce attitude of punk rockers.  Pretty much you have all the colors to create whatever look you wanted.  

So check out some pictures below of the event as well as swatches of some of the products.

I have already used a couple of the products in an LOTD, which was music-inspired.  Check it out here.  Wait until you see my next LOTD!!!! Another music-inspiration and the person is one of my favourite artists!

These products are available at select Sephora stores and at sephora.com

Enjoy!

Long Play Lip Vinyl

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ICYMI: Here is some interesting stuff that you may have missed!

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Enjoy yuh Sunday!