Friday, January 23, 2015

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipsticks Review

Maybelline has many great products to choose from including cult favorites like the Baby Lips balms but if you love smooth, rich, gorgeously pigmented lipsticks then you need to try the creamy mattes! These beauties will make your pout pop with bold bursts of stunning color and the soft, ultra buttery texture is simply wonderful!


If I’m going to wear a matte lipstick, especially during the cooler months I look for formulas that deliver on vibrancy and hydration. Dry, chapped lips are not cute so Maybelline has infused three precious oils and honey into their ten gorgeous new shades for a comfortable, creamy formula with full coverage and bold color. Although the lipsticks don't provide a lot of moisture they are not as dry as many matte formulas and they don't chap my lips which makes them very wearable. 

Siren in Scarlet 690

These lipsticks have the same sweet signature scent of the Color Sensational line and because of the velvety texture they are easy to apply consistently. The longevity is also very good and paired with my lip primer I can wear these for a few hours before having to touch-up or reapply.

Daringly Nude 655

Although the color range is a bit limited the shades are quite trendy and the collection includes some of the most popular hues such as: nude, spice, wine, blush, pink, coral/orange and red. When I wear these lipsticks they retain their matte finish without much feathering and they don’t become flaky with long-wear.

Craving Coral 685

Lust For Blush 665

I love that the colors are very buildable, one swipe delivers great saturation but a few swipes provides stunning, opaque pigment. Due to the oils in the formula the lipsticks are not completely dry which means you can purse your lips to redistribute the color without the uncomfortable tightness common to matte formulas. 

These lipsticks are true mattes so you won't get much sheen and they don't produce shine. They also look best on smooth, exfoliated lips because the bold colors may accentuate roughness.


Swatches from left to right: Siren in Scarlet, Fain for Fuchsia, Craving Coral, Lust for Blush, Daringly Nude

Faint for Fuchsia 675 

The quality and the amazing texture of these lipsticks are comparable to higher end brands and for a lipstick lover like me they have gained an honorary place in my purse! You can find them at drug stores and mass market retailers for $9.99CAD   

To view the other shades in the collection click HERE

**Disclaimer: products provided for review

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Kiss Gel Fantasy Ready-To-Wear Nails Review & Giveaway!

On my hunt for an easy manicure and a splash of nail art without much effort I have reviewed a variety of press-on nails without very much luck. Most of them were too wide or too short for my long nail beds and no matter what size I tried they didn't work for me. Thankfully Kiss finally got it right with the new Gel Fantasy Ready-To-Wear nails. These sparkly beauties come in 8 trendy designs and most importantly they give you application options that work and last!


Sizing
The whole point of press-on nails is to achieve a beautiful manicure in as little time as possible but when you first remove all 24, ultra-shiny gel nails and spread them before you, don’t expect to breeze through application.


Initially it does take a bit of time to correctly match up the gel nails to your own but the great thing about these is that they are all numbered. Once you match up one hand you can quickly complete the other by looking for the exact same numbers and if you repurchase boxes in the same size you will always know which numbers fit your nails! This actually makes the entire process less taxing and much faster for future applications! The numbers are very small and difficult to see but they are located on the very tips of the nails.


The boxes I have contain medium length nails and they actually fit! Since this is the first set of nails to fit well and look natural and professional I was quite impressed. They are also available in a shorter length and are made to last up to one week regardless of which application method you use.


Application
When I tested other varieties of press-ons in the past I never thought the adhesiveness was adequate enough for long-wear. They usually popped off in less than an hour and after hand washing I would frequently lose a few! With the Gel Fantasy nails however there are stickers in the boxes which are also conveniently numbered to correspond with the sizes you are using plus there is nail glue! If you prefer to wear the nails for a shorter period of time the mega adhesive tabs are easier to remove. If you want longer wear out of the nails then opt for the glue.


My application tips:
In the directions it instructs you to apply glue to both your natural nails and the gel nails but in my experience this is too much and may cause pooling. I applied glue to the gel nail only and spread it evenly.

Make sure to have tissue ready to wipe away excess glue around the nails and use nail polish remover for any glue that gets onto your fingers. The glue binds very well to skin and can be difficult to remove so the sooner you wipe it off the better!

I personally like the glue method best because it only takes 5 seconds to adhere and it is very secure so I don't have to worry about them popping off.


Removing gel nail and glue
For removal the directions suggest soaking the nails in polish remover until soft and then wiping them off along with the glue. This didn't quite work the way it was described because regular polish remover did not make the nails soft enough to wipe away. Filing the surface and cutting them may break the gel seal and ease the process.

I soaked each nail in polish remover by dunking my fingertips into the solution. The nails don't soften much but the glue will start to break down so you can gently lift the nails off (make sure you don't rip them off). Most of the nails came off whole while others broke into pieces which I was able to pick off.

To dissolve the nails you need something stronger like the Kiss All or One Artificial Nail Remover which safety removes glue-on nails, tips, gel nails and wraps (with the exception of acrylics). To use you simply fill the soaker tub with the solution and submerge one hand at a time.


The container is lined with flexible plastic brushes which you can rub the nails against as they dissolve for quicker, more efficient removal and there is a separate hole for the thumb.


Although nail residue may build up in the solution after a few uses you can simply empty it out and replace it with regular nail polish remover or pure acetone which also removes artificial nails, glitter and gel polish. The Kiss Nail Remover retails for $11.99 at Walmart and Target.

Pure acetone can also be purchased at Walmart

After removal I clean my natural nails with more acetone on a cotton ball to remove any remnants of glue and I lightly buffed the surface. To finish I washed my hands thoroughly with soap and warm water to get rid of the chemicals and apply a natural oil and a rich cream to my cuticles, nails and fingers to combat the drying effect of the acetone.

The nails lasted 8 days before one of them finally popped off and I was not gentle or careful with them! The surface did not chip or scratch and they retained their shiny gel finish. After removal my nails appeared normal with no damage although I still left them bare to take a break from glue and polish. 


Adhesive tab removal
If you use the tabs you only have to soak the edges of the nails in polish remover, wait one minute and peel them off from the sides. The kit also comes with a cuticle pusher and a little nail file.

Reusing the nails
If you want to try reusing the nails, I suggest using the tabs first and then go for the glue because once you soak them in acetone they become unusable. If you glue the nails on and one pops off you can re-glue it although you may not want to wear them for more than the recommended time. 

I love the flashy designs! They are great for events and the glam black nails with silver sparkle just screams party time!



Overall these nails were a success! They fit, work well and look great which is all you can ask for with press-ons. They retail for $10.99 per box and you can find them at: Target, Walmart, London Drugs and Jean Coutu.


GIVEAWAY!
I haven’t hosted a giveaway since summer so I thought I’d send a couple of my beautiful readers some lovely press-on nails to try!


TWO WINNERS  will be chosen and each will receive 1 box of the new Gel Fantasy nails + 2 boxes of the Broadway impress nails valued at $32.97 CAD

Please follow the rules and use the form below to enter. This giveaway is open internationally and will run from: Thursday January 22 to Thursday February 12th 2015. Good luck everyone!

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Giveaway Rules & Disclaimer
This giveaway is hosted by DiaryofaTrendaholic.Com. 2 winners will be chosen at random (via Random.Org). Each winner will receive 3 boxes of nails, 1 box of Kiss Gel-Fantasy nails and 2 boxes of Broadway im-press nails (of various sizes and styles chosen by me).  Each prize bundle is approximately valued at $32.97 Canadian. All information must be entered correctly as outlined via Rafflecoptor as only viable entries will be considered. Kiss and Broadway Nails are not associated with this giveaway and all inquiries should be sent to diaryofatrendaholic@outlook.com. This giveaway is open internationally and will run for 3 weeks beginning on Thursday January 22, 2015 at 12am ending on Thursday February 12th at 12am Eastern Time Zone. Winners may be announced up to 1 week after the end date.
Entrants under 18 must have permission from parents/guardians to be eligible. The winners must send their mailing address (no PO Box addresses) and contact information to diaryofatrendaholic@outlook.com to receive the prize.  Winners will also be contacted by email if a valid email address is provided upon entering. In the event that a winner does not claim the prize within 4 days a second winner will be selected at random or another thereafter until the prize is claimed. Diary of a Trendaholic is not responsible for lost packages, delays, damages or any other issues that occur during shipping, handling or mailing. By accepting the prize the winner(s) agree to comply with the rules and regulations which cannot be contested in any form including legal action.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

MAC Viva Glam- Miley Cyrus

This year MAC Cosmetics has teamed up with global pop phenomenon Miley Cyrus to launch the stunning Viva Glam hot pink lipstick and matching Lipglass with sparkling pearl shimmer!

I love a nice, vibrant lipstick and pink looks ravishing on every skin tone! This creamy shade is bright and striking with a sexy satin finish and vivid pigmentation. The rich color and comfortable formula is reminiscent of MAC’s popularity among beauty aficionados and the scent is sweet and irresistible!


The formula is infused with nourishing oils, extracts and fruit seed butter to hydrate and protect. This hot pink is trendy for all seasons and enhances your pout with rich, eye catching pigmentation.

Miley’s pink is fittingly named Amplified and you can definitely amp up the intensity by applying a few more layers of the buildable, luscious color.


The formula glides on velvety smooth for easy application and quick touch-ups, it also provides great coverage. When paired with MAC’s lip primer the longevity is excellent and I get an extra boost of moisture.

Swatches


Miley is well known for her unique, trendsetting style so you can glam-up this gorgeous lipstick with a blast of shimmer by applying a layer or two the striking pink Lipglass!

This gloss also looks dazzling on its own and the sheer pink formula contains an abundance of multicolored, micro-glitter particles that drench lips in brilliant shine. The pretty pinkness it is sure to beautify your lips with sparkles galore and it has the same wonderful scent as the lipstick.


Although there is enough shimmer in this gloss to make your lips sparkle like a diamond the formula is smooth and the glitter is not chunky, textured or cumbersome. The gloss feels comfortable on dry lips and hydrates adequately.

The Lipstick retails for $19.00 CAD / $16.00 US and the gloss is $18.00 CAD  / $15.00 US. Every cent of the proceeds goes towards helping women and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS so pucker up for a good cause!


You can visit the website by clicking HERE
Available in North America on January 22, 2015 / Internationally Feb 12 at all MAC Locations

**Disclaimer: products provided for review

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Winter Skincare with Dermalogica

Spring is just around the corner and when the warm weather finally arrives I want my skin to look thoroughly replenished from the harsh, winter. During this time of the year I amp up my skincare routine to include more hydration and if you suffer from dry, stripped, uncomfortable and even flaky skin dermalogica has some great products that can help!

I always begin with cleansing and the Ultracalming Cleanser is great for sensitivity caused by harsh climates. When skin needs a boost of moisture it may be time to ditch those foaming cleansers and harsh sulfates for this soothing gel which replenishes lipids and fortifies skin’s protective barrier without leaving behind an irritating residue.


Infused with ginger root, cucumber, lemon, flower extract, raspberry, lavender and Echinacea the gel deeply nourishes skin and feels refreshing. I like to massage it into my face to remove pore clogging makeup and it can be rinsed off or wiped away to reveal a smooth, hydrated complexion. 

Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors the cleanser is suitable for sensitive skin and has a nice, light scent, it retails for $47.50.

Nothing quenches dry, agitated winter skin like a refreshing face masque! Dermalogica's Hydrating Masque can be applied after cleansing and uses hyaluronic acid to trap moisture and deliver lasting suppleness.

Rich tomato seed lipids restores skin’s protective barrier and essential fruit extracts, antioxidants, vitamins, oils and botanicals soothe and heal. I like that the masque applies creamy and smooth for great coverage and it can be used 2-3 times per week. The formula does not dry out completely in the 10-15 minutes of recommended use so skin never feels tight and uncomfortable while being treated.


This is a fabulous masque to use prior to applying moisturizer or other treatments and it leaves my skin feeling soft and ready to take on whatever the weather has in store. It is suitable for all skin types and void of artificial colors and fragrances. The masque can also be applied to your hair to treat dry, damaged ends and retails for $54.00.

Along with putting your best face forward you should also hydrate the rest of you! The dermalogica Ultra Rich Body Cream is intensely nourishing to relieve dry, parched skin. I love the thick formula that glides on to coat skin in rich, luscious moisture without feeling greasy or transferring to clothes.

Infused with primrose oil, pro-vitamin B5, shea butter and lavender, the cream conditions and soothes better than most brands I've tried making it one of my new favorites! Vitamin E reinforces the skin’s barrier to shields against skin-damaging environmental assaults with no artificial fragrance.


The best thing about this cream is that the results are long-lasting, it eradicates dry spots effortlessly and after shaving it helps alleviate irritation. My skin feels very soft, silky and rejuvenated after use and it definitely helps you attain a healthy glow. The formula is so great that I wouldn't limit it to winter, it is suitable for all seasons and retails for $68.00.

You can find these pampering products and more at dermalogica.ca


**Disclaimer: products provided for review

Monday, January 19, 2015

Mark Saved By The Gel Waterproof Eyeliner

I love reviewing new makeup and over the last year I have been very impressed with all the fabulous products released by Avon. With wonderful formulas, trendy colors and exceptional quality, Mark has makeup for every occasion, season and complexion. 

When you browse Avon’s website you may notice that there is a lot to choose from and sometimes you can miss marvelous hidden gems like the Saved by the Gel Waterproof Eyeliner available in 3 classic shades.



When I purchase eyeliner I look for textures that are easy to work with and these gel liners produce beautiful creamy color and sharp, vivid lines. They are formulated for long-wear and easy application with no tugging or smudging and they do not dry out, flake or run. 

For those who often have trouble drawing a straight line this smooth gel formula may make the task less daunting with tidier results. I also like that pigment adheres well to my brush and applies consistently in a few fluid strokes.


Each liner comes with a dual-ended brush with an ultra thin point although I prefer to use an angled liner brush with stiffer bristles that don’t bend when dipped into the gel.


Upon application the formula does not dry immediately which gives you time to blend the color for beautiful smokey looks. You can also use it on your lower lash line and the color is buildable for customized intensity.


I like that the liner lasts all day with no fading and the color is bold enough to nicely define and shape my eyes with results similar to that of liquid liner but easier to use. The 3 shades to choose from include: Blackboard, Brownie Points and Gold Star which is a pretty Midas gold, perfect for creating glam looks.   


The liners retails for $12.00 each and you can find them by clicking HERE

**Disclaimer: products provided for review

Friday, January 16, 2015

Burt's Bees Lip Crayons

Burt’s Bees has been a reliable brand to many of us beauty and makeup aficionados who trust in their luxurious products, excellent ingredients and luscious formulas. If you’re looking for lip products that nourish and protect while still producing gorgeous, light-weight color then you must try these lip crayons!


Formulated with 100% natural ingredients these large crayons are available in 6 shades which include: Carolina Coast (light pink), Hawaiian Smolder (deep berry pink), Redwood Forest (purple/plum), Niagara Overlook (orange/coral), Napa Vineyard (berry/red) and Sedona Sands (nude).

(Hawaiian Smolder)


The texture of the crayons is very creamy and rich and I like that the finish is quite matte with just a touch of shine and no stickiness. The pigmentation varies by shade which caters to a variety of preferences and the texture does not accentuate dry skin. 

The deeper hues produce more pigment so it is no surprise that my favorite color is Napa Vineyard! As you go through the range of pinks and plums into the light nude shades the pigmentation becomes more subtle but the texture is excellent! Although I tend to prefer vivid hues the range of color is soft and pretty making these crayons very appealing and great for all seasons.

(Carolina Coast)

(Sedona Sands)

Shea butter, jojoba and kendi oil drench lips in moisture for long-lasting hydration and comfortable wear and the crayons help condition, sooth and alleviate dry, chapped lips. You can also wear them layered under gloss if you prefer more shine and they twist-up for easy access with no sharpening required!

(Niagara Overlook)

The smooth texture looks and feels great and the formula helps protect against environmental conditions for a soft, supple pout. When your lips aren't in the best shape and you don’t want a heavy lipstick settling into chapped skin these are a great option. The pretty colors combined with the benefits of a great lip balm makes these crayons excellent for winter and I like that the tapered shape allows you to define the lips for precise application.

(Swatches from left to right: Sedona Sands, Napa Vineyard, Hawaiian Smolder, Carolina Coast) 

(Napa Vineyard)

The crayons are also infused with the nourishing benefits of omega 3, castor oil, olive oil, soybean oil and rosemary. If you like makeup with natural ingredients free of phthalates, chemicals, sulfates and parabens then you will love these! You can pick them up at leading retailers including Walmart and online at burtsbees.ca 


**Disclaimer: products provided for review

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Styli-Style Cosmetics Review - Metallic Eyes Palette and Liquid Lip Paint

Metallic and jewel tones are trendy and eye catching which is why many brands incorporate deep shimmery shades in their collections. Stýli-Style is not a brand I was very familiar with but I love the colors in their eye shadow palettes which are formulated for high performance and tested to last up to 24 hours! The cosmetics are also "versatile enough for everyday wear and bold enough to take you through the night.” 

The Metallic Eyes Chroming Around Palette contains 10 beautiful shades that can create both sultry glam effects and bold, bright looks. The pigmentation is not ultra vivid but it is decent if you apply it in layers. The finishes are quite warm and the texture is buildable and easy to blend. Although the shadows are metallic they don’t give off too much sheen and many of the hues are great for all seasons. 



The palette contains many deep, flattering tones including shades for the crease, lids and brow bone. If you can’t pick up and transfer enough color with a brush; sponge tip applicators work well to deliver more pigment for increased intensity. I recommend using a good primer for enhancement and longevity but they tend not to crease.

Although the shadows are made to be smudge-proof, waterproof, dance-proof and work-out proof without a good base they can fade a bit throughout the day, I tend to apply them a bit heavier for longer wear. The texture is smooth and soft and the palette is compact enough for travel or use on the go.


I prefer shadows that are highly saturated so I have the option to build them up or down for dramatic or subtle effects. Although the shades are beautiful a bit more pigmentation would have been nice but I do like that many of the hues look great on a variety of complexions.


(Heavily swatched over primer)

Stýli-Style has two palettes to choose from, this one is the warm palette and the other called Popsicle contains brighter hues. (Retail price $6.99 each)


The Stýli-Style Liquid Lip Paints are available in 6 pretty colors from: pink, coral nude, red and purple. The shade I have called- Tres Chic is a pink/purple/plum hue with bold, shiny color. The applicator is a small brush which paints the liquid on quite consistently and although the formula is a bit thick it isn't sticky and delivers great color pay-off.


The texture of the lip paint feels creamy and non-drying and the color is very buildable so you can create a light stain or full coverage for plum brilliance! This gorgeous shade is perfect for the season and is suitable for a variety of skin tones, it retails for $5.99.

swatch

These products can be found by clicking HERE

**Disclaimer: products were provided for review
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