Friday, April 24, 2015

Elizabeth Arden Sunkissed Pearls Limited Edition Collection

The air is slowly starting to warm up, the sun is shining and I can detect the first buds of spring! Emerging from your winter cocoon calls for fresh, vibrant color and the Sunkissed Pearls Collection includes tantalizing new hues that are sure to compliment your wardrobe all summer long.

Juicy lip color is a must for the season but you may still need a rich layer of protection to keep dryness under control. The Gloss Trio hydrates and seals in moisture with a lightweight formula that dispenses effortlessly from cute squeeze tubes. The pigments apply creamy and non-sticky so you don't have to worry about your hair getting plastered to your lips and they hold up quite well as you go about your day.

The mouth-watering, lush new shades include: Berry Pearl, Pink Pearl (glittering baby pink) and Coral Pearl (sparkling peach-pink).

These playful glosses put the finishing touches on any summer look and they condition, soften and soothe with mango and shea butter. I love the beautiful simplicity of the shiny finish and the formula contains ingredients that make lips appear full and plump while supporting natural collagen. 

These sheer, brilliant shades glide on smoothly and can go from subtle and luminous to a brighter pearly finish. For those who tend to avoid glitter lip products you don’t have to shun these beauties because the particles are small and non-chunky so they make lips appear dazzling in the sun! The gloss also feels comfortable enough to replace lip balm so they definitely deserve an honorary place in your purse. The trio retails for $29.00 and is suitable for women of all ages.  

I talk a lot about glowing skin on my blog because I love shimmering-up, especially in the summer. This collection also includes a beautiful bronzer and highlighter compact called Sunkissed Pearls designed to give you an instant contoured glow. The powder includes two bronzer shades and one pearly pink hue to illuminate the face.

The highlight is very light and iridescent and due to the pink tinge it also gives you the flush of a blush. The bonzers are way too light for contouring or sculpting but since they contain a bit of shimmer I like to sweep my brush over all the shades and apply the color to the areas light would naturally touch my face.

Because the brown pigments blend undetectably and appear nude on my skin I would have preferred the lovely pink shimmer throughout the entire compact as it beautifully enhances the complexion. The texture blends seamlessly onto the skin with a soft, satiny consistency.

The trio also contains vitamin E to protect against environmental aggressors and visible signs of aging, argan oil + fatty acids to soften and moisturize and micro minerals that help scatter light and fade the look of fine lines and wrinkles. The compact retails for $48.00.

For a limited time you can get this collection at Shoppers Drug Mart, The Bay and London Drugs. I think the gloss trio makes a great gift, especially with Mother's Day around the corner! 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Soufeel Charm Bracelet Review

Charm bracelets have been around for years but recently a few brands have reinvented the classic designs creating an array of trendy pieces with intricate patterns and sparkling stones. Now you can mix, match and color coordinate your charm mementos to compliment your favorite outfits or change them to suit your mood and the latest trends. Many accessory lovers flash their bracelets with pride because they represent a variety of cherished memories including: birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, the birth of a child, love and accomplishments. Soon many people will be purchasing charms to commemorate Mother’s Day which is just around the corner! 

Every time family and friends buy me a new charm it’s exciting because it signifies a special moment. Although I do have a beautiful Pandora bracelet some of their charms can be rather costly which may dissuade people from contributing to your bracelet and many fashionistas desire a full wrist of glittering keepsakes.

If you are looking for a more affordable option that is just as stylish, chic and modern then Soufeel has some wonderful jewelry! The sterling silver bracelets are great quality and the designs are very comparable to Pandora. The brand is able to offer their jewelry at more affordable prices because you buy directly from the manufacturer to avoid additional costs.

The woven pattern on my bracelet adds a touch of elegance and durability and the clasp is very sturdy. For just $29.95 the material is free of cadmium, nickel and lead and they are available in a variety of popular sizes. You do have to be careful when putting on and removing the bracelet as the charms can slide off the narrow end but the look is very stylish and I like the flexible band. When you spend $99.00 or more the bracelet is free which allows you to get a good start on your charm collection and if silver isn't your thing there are also crystal and leather bracelets as well as cute bangles.  

The charms for the Soufeel bracelets are even more interesting! Not only does the brand have a very eclectic selection of classy, fun, colorful, edgy and stylish items but you can also custom design your own pendants for as little as $18.95. To personalize the charm you can add your favorite photo to create a unique token of love.

The spring collection includes sterling silver charms starting at just $3.99 and they range from $16.95 and up. Soufeel charms fit all brands and are Pandora compatible so you can move your charms around, and even stack your bracelets to create beautiful eye-catching pieces.

Some of the categories to choose from include:
*Heart charms
      *Religious charms
             *National flags charms
    *Hobbies charms
 *Travel charms
           *Motherhood charms
    *Vintage charms
             *Murano glass charms
       *Christmas charms
       *Birthstone charms
  *Zodiac charms
                                      *Family and friends charms and more!

Since I travel a lot I collect souvenir charms from my vacations around the world. This pendant reminds me of the colorful masquerade event in Venice.

(Mask charm $19.95)

I like bling and a bit of glamour so the pink crystal heart coincides with my style. One side is flashy while the other is simple.

Pink crystal heart charm $23.95

Purple is my favorite color so I was drawn to this gorgeous barrel charm which is also the June birthstone.

June birthstone barrel charm $25.95

The beautiful love charm dangles elegantly and the silver cuffs look like two separate pieces. 

Love forever dangle charm $17.95

Soufeel offers free shipping on orders $50.00 or more and 365 day returns if you are not completely satisfied. If you use the code Davis5 you will also receive an additional 5% off your purchase!

Soufeel is a great option for those looking for affordable gifts and an excellent dupe for Pandora. To see more beautiful jewelry visit the website by clicking- HERE.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow and Sheer Revolution Lipstick

For all you glitter junkies out there who crave a heavy dose of glitz Urban Decay has added 4 new shimmerriffic shades to their interstellar Moondust Collection. Designed to glam up any look these lush, mesmerizing 3-D metallic shadows have a gorgeous diamond-like finish in some seriously intense, dreamy hues.

The shade I went for is called Ether which is no surprise since I have a slight obsession for all things purple. When I first saw the fierce abundance of glitter I assumed it was going to feel gritty and apply a bit chunky but I was totally wrong! The eyeshadow is formulated with micro-fine, multidimensional particles for a smooth sophisticated effect. The texture feels slightly creamy but applies like a powder with no creasing of fading.

Like many glitters the top layer is where the party is, it has the heaviest, most saturated layer of shimmer which applies beautifully for a show stopping iridescent finish. The pigment applies with the same striking effect as loose formulas but it is less messy and easier to control. When you begin to dig away through the surface the shadow underneath is less shimmery but still stunning enough to create a dramatic twinkle.

The pigment can be applied lightly for a sheer wash of glistening color or you can layer it on heavy to really enhance the smokey grey toned purple for a bold reflective look. The shadows are also travel friendly and you can pop them out of the pan and create your own custom palettes, they retail for $24.00 each.

If you are going with sassy glitter on the eyes then you may want balance the look with something sheer and seductive on the lips. Urban Decay has also released some trendy, badass, buttery lipsticks! The Sheer Revolution collection includes a range of shades that combines sheer coverage with vibrant hues.

These are great for women who are a bit timid to wear bright, bold color but still want to experiment with something more dramatic. The color goes from subtle and sultry to va-va-voom medium coverage in just a few swipes.

**(The palette featured in this Photo is the Urban Decay Vice 3. For a full review click HERE)**

The lightweight color drenches lips in a blanket of moisture and the smooth, buttery formula is unscented and feels great. The vivid red I chose is called F-Bomb which makes lips look plump and pouty. Infused with a blend of nourishing shea butter, antioxidants, jojoba, olive, babassu oil and vitamins C and E the lipsticks are indulgent and rich.

The Revolution lipsticks retail for $26.00 each and you can find Urban Decay Cosmetics at Sephora locations, and select Shoppers Drug Mart locations. 

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Azzaro Pour Elle Eau de Parfum

Warm weather encourages people to emerge from their homes, bask in the sun and get social! Out with the old and in with the new as you embrace summer trends, change your wardrobe and indulge in fresh new scents!

Mother’s Day is also around the corner and what better way to celebrate the amazing women in your life than presenting them with a lavish new fragrance. Azzaro Pour Elle is dedicated to glamour, self confidence and seductive femininity with beautiful facets that delight the senses and turn heads. This delightful fragrance captures the bewitching sensuality of women with intoxicating complexity and playful elegance.

Reflective of his sensational clothing line Loris Azzaro drew inspiration from revolutionary couture and shimmering drapery to create a simplistic crystal design that dazzles and enchants. The top of the bottle is embellished with a glittering diamond-like band for a flare of sophistication and it makes an eye-catching focal point for your collection. 

My perfume also came with a large white tote that adds a touch of glitz to any summer outfit!

Azzaro Pour Elle graces the skin with prestigious ingredients including: Solar burst- a thrilling blend of cardamom with fresh lemon, exhilarating spice and a tangy accord. Magnetic Seduction- comprised of refined rose and sun-kissed lilies that mix to create a harmonious floral bouquet. The base notes are olibanum incense and mysterious cashmere wood for a warm, slightly citrus scent with the perfect balance of sweetness.

Simply put this fragrance smells amazing! It is alluring and delicate yet very powerful, and mesmerizing. Although it is quite intense, when used sparingly it is ideal for day wear and transitions beautifully into the evening. Whether you have plans with the girls, a glam event to attend or a romantic date night this bottle contains the perfect fusion of captivating notes to set the mood.

The 50 ml bottle retails for $70.00 and 75 ml is $88.00. I highly recommend stopping by your local Hudson’s Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sears or Jean Coutu to sample the fragrance for yourself!

The sizzling video below sums up the vivacity of this fragrance

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Urban Decay Vice 3 Eye Shadow Palette Review

I am a big fan of Urban Decay, in fact I use their Primer Potion every time I apply my eye shadows and it has been one of my must-have makeup essentials for years! The brand has released many beautiful palettes including cult favorites like The Naked Collection and today I will be taking a closer look at the magnificent Vice 3 palette with its warm, trendy hues and flashy packaging.

I have a lot of eye shadow in my collection so nowadays it is quite rare for a palette to impress me as much as this one has. The Vice 3 is a stunner and the magnificent shades are not only ultra saturated they are also very distinctive and remarkably smooth, soft and bold. 

The shadow are protected in a sleek, lightweight case embossed with a neon green jewel inspired logo and comes with a large mirror and a handy makeup bag to store the palette or transport your favorite products. You also get a dual ended brush with one end equipped to pat on color and the other for blending.

Vice 3 has 20 velvety “never-before-seen shades” with an impressive range of hues including: vibrant gold, sparking emerald, vivid blue, posh pink, bold bronze, burgundy and smokey red-black. The colors are arranged in columns- nudes on the left, jewel tones in the middle and smokey shades on the right so you can color coordinate your looks. There is also a wonderful array of finishes such as matte, metallic, shimmer and satin so you can mix, match and get creative!

I recently used this palette during my backstage coverage of World Master Card Fashion Week and I was able to come up with some dramatic, glam looks that were perfect for the occasion. The variety of color is great for the lids, crease and brow bones as well as blending, transitioning and creating depth, shape and contrast.

This palette has an abundance of rich, flattering hues that compliment most complexions and they are wearable through every season. The pigmentation is very impressive with highly buildable coverage and the versatility to take you from fresh day appropriate makeup to smoldering evening looks and everything in-between. When used with Urban Decay’s Primer Potion the pigments are intensified and the finishes are beautifully enhanced for long-wear results with no creasing or fading.

Shades from top left to right: Truth (pale matte pink), Dragon (bright metallic green shimmer), Vanity (smokey metallic eggplant with multidimensional micro-glitter) Alien (pink-peach with gold), Last Sin (champagne shimmer with silver glitter), Undone (pink-beige pearl with a matte-satin finish), Freeze (metallic medium blue with glitter), Lucky (shimmery gold), Alchemy (deep fuchsia satin), Angel (light taupe with silver shimmer), Downfall (warm matte brown), Heroine (deep navy blue) Reign (rich brown), Bondage (smokey burgundy with shimmer), Defy (smokey taupe satin), DTF (taupe with floating pearl), Brokedown (metallic gold-brown shimmer), Bobby Dazzle (metallic white with glitter), Sonic (metallic red copper), Revolver (soft black satin with shimmer).

I did not swatch every shade as there are quite a few but below are some examples to give you an idea of how impactful the pigments are.

I love the smooth, soft non-chalky texture, ease of application and minimal fallout. This palette is definitely high quality and one you will find yourself reaching for often! Whether you are a Makeup Artist or just looking for a set of exceptional pigments to play around with the Vice 3 is a must!

The palette retails for $60.00 at sephora

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Stýli-Style Cosmetics Spring 2015 Collection

Styli-Style is a brand I have reviewed in the past and I enjoy playing around with their trendy colors and versatile palettes to create a variety of striking looks. If you haven’t tried their products yet they are comparable to popular drugstore makeup with splendid formulas and luscious textures. For spring Styli-Style has released some fresh new lip colors, brow kits and liners and will soon be revamping the line for a fashionable new look.

The Perfect Pout Long Lasting Balm Sticks are available in 9 must-have summer hues and 1 handy primer. These playful, juicy colors apply soft and comfortably creamy to cloak lips in a nourishing blanket of lightweight moisture.

The shades I have are: Tantalizing Tangerine (vivid orange), Bold Berry (purple pink) and Ravishing Red- because a classic color option is essential! These are actually classified as lipsticks with a balm-like formula that can go from sheer and captivating to bright medium-coverage with just a few swipes.

I like that the lipsticks have a rich, supple texture with a hint of shine and they glide on buttery smooth. Like most lip products the color tends to fade and transfer with wear but they don't accentuate chapped lips and the slender tube design fits nicely in smaller handbags. For just $4.99 these are great to keep on-hand when you need a dose chic color and a layer of protection for dry lips.

For outlining and shaping your pretty pout, lip liners can give you nice definition and professional results. Styli-Style has also released 4 Twist & Sharp Lip Liners that are very similar to the Smashbox Always Sharp liners which retail for $20.00.

This is actually my favorite design for pencil liners because they automatically sharpen when you cap them for a perfect point every time! For just $6.99 you get creamy, bold pigmentation that is long-lasting, smudge-proof and non-feathering. These are super easy to use and the shades I have- Maraschino Cherry and Dark Raspberry are gorgeous!

To add the finishing touches to your eye makeup a great liner is essential and for ultra sharp, show-stopping definition the Stylus pens help unleash your inner artist. Modeled after the classic calligraphy pen and designed for ultimate control these liquid liners create the finest lines and the most alluring wings.

The triangular shape is easy to grip and the long, ultra thin felt point is flexible for more maneuverability and straighter lines. The waterproof formula dries quickly for long-lasting smudge- proof color that can also be applied to the lower lash lines. I like that the Stylus produces a decent amount of pigment without the excessive wetness that causes pooling and running. Applied over heavy eye shadow you may have to trace your line a few times to increase the intensity but for a dramatic cat eye this design is ideal! The eyeliners retail for $8.49 each.

If eyes are the windows to the soul then eyebrows are the frames and recently bold brows have been all the rage! The Powder Duo is designed to define and perfect with a small brush applicator and a spooley to keep hairs in place.

The brow powder is available in 2 duos- light medium and medium dark which is the one I have. The medium hues include light ashy brown and cappuccino brown but since I have black hair I only use the darker shade. The pigmentation is not very saturated and the powder appears very sheer and subtle. I usually apply it after my brow gel to touch up sparse areas but buildable coverage and deeper color would have made this product more usable. It retails for $4.99. 

Overall I love the gorgeous lip products and the makeup is very affordable! Styli-Style products can be purchased on their website by clicking- HERE at Farley.Co and a list of U.S retailers can be found- HERE.

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