Repurchasing my Basics

12/30/11

I haven't had to repurchase any makeup in a long long time, except for mascara. Mascara is probably the only piece of makeup I have to buy continuously since I'll never, ever stop using it and I use it everyday. 
I figured since I'm shopping in the States and things there are cheaper anyways, I'd buy some beloved MAC products, etc that I also use alot of. The last time I went to MAC to repurchase my studio fix powder the girl mismatched me and instead of NC30 I got NC25. It might not seem that big of a deal, but NC25 really washes me out...sometimes I use it lightly to set liquid foundations but not often! Now I've completely memorized my number for foundation (note: this was quite early on in my makeup addiction :P)

Left to right: MAC studio fix in NC30, MAC prolongwear concealer in NC20, Revlon Colourstay Foundation 300 Golden Beige (combination/oily skin), Covergirl Lashblast Waterproof in Very Black



All these products are truly great and I haven't found any other ones of the same kind I like more. I looove my drugstore mascara, its one of the best ones I've tried-even among the higher end products. I am in the market to maybe find a better concealer, and don't tell me bobbi brown because that stuff didn't really work that well for me! 

What are your favourite products used everyday? Any HG concealers out there for you guys?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle


Ulta Haul: Eye and Blush Swatches

12/29/11

I promised you ladies swatches, and I'm serving you guys my eye and blush products I got from Ulta before I do all the NYX lipswatches.
So I'm swatching the NYX eyeshadows, Lorac Soul Blush and the Urban Decay 24/7 El Dorado liquid eyeliner. 

Left to Right: Lorac blush in Soul, NYX ultimate pearl eyeshadow in Golden Pink Pearl, NYX eyeshadow in Frosted Lilac

Urban Decay 24/7 liquid liner in El Dorado


Left to Right: Lorac blush in Soul, NYX ultimate pearl eyeshadow in Golden Pink Pearl, NYX eyeshadow in Frosted Lilac, UD liner in El Dorado
Artificial Light without flash

Same order as above.
Artificial Light with flash.

As you can see the blush, the frosted lilac and the urban decay gold liner are super pigmented! The NYX ultimate pearl shadow is a less pigmented since its a mauvey gold but it has ALOT of glitter :) I still to perfect my technique with this product before I make any strong statements. 
-How do you ladies use it?
I can't wait to wear the UD El Dorado liner on New Years! 

What are you ladies doing for your New Years look?

 À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle




Ulta Haul (Oh dear...)

12/28/11

Since my parents live in the states, I come to visit them for holidays, etc. Apparently an Ulta store opened up in their small little town! For those of you that don't know Ulta is like a big makeup department store-much like Sephora! It has its own "ulta" brand but, unlike sephora, is also has the cheaper makeup drugstore brands as well as select higher end brands. It carries nailcare, haircare, bath and lotions, perfumes etc, as well as makeup! It even has some things for men :) So I've obviously been going crazy shopping here, they have NYX and thats one great brand that we seriously lack in Montreal. Naturally, since NYX is renowed for its round lipsticks, I bought... a whole bunch. I also grabbed a beautiful gold eyeliner for New Years but I can see myself wearing this guy on many nights out! It goes with all colours! :)

My Haul! Broken down below :)

Left to right: Lorac blush in Soul, NYX ultimate pearl e/s in Golden Pink Pearl, NYS e/s in Frosted Lilac

Same order as above but with flash

Urban Decay 24/7 liquid liner in El Dorado

NYX round lipsticks: Louisiana, Chloe, Rosebud, Femme, Tea Rose, Chaos, Fig, Paris, Indian Pink
Artificial light without flash

Same order as above but with flash. 


I'm having fun getting to try all these different colours! Cheaper versions of colours are so much easier cause you really begin to learn what you like. 
I will do swatches for all the above items, i'll have to break the NYX lipsticks in two posts since I want to do lipstick swatches :)
The only one that looks tricky so far in the NYX golden pink pearl eyeshadow, it doesn't look super pigmented but it is veeeery pretty in the pan! I need to find a way to work around that hehe
I have just spent so much money at this Ulta! I should seriously be put away, some please take away my plastic, this addiction is killing meeeeee. Where is cosmetic rehab?

Officially addicted to makeup!! 
Kisti Belle 

Beauty Gifts: Smashbox Be Discovered

12/27/11

I think my family's caught on to my cosmetics addiction... and is feeding it. They bought me this huge holiday palette from Smashbox. And i looove it! I've already tried a few shades, its mostly neutrals, its pretty nice. Here are some pictures:


Artificial light without flash

Artificial light with flash


My parents also put this little guy in my stocking! A wild cherry pepsi lipbalm, it actually works quite well for a lipbalm and I love the scent ;) 

In the smashbox palette there are 45 eyeshadows, 6 blush/bronzer/highlighters, 9 cream (or gel?) eyeliners and 6 lipglosses. I also got 4 mini brushes as well!
There is some fallout and some of the lighter shades don't show up as well as the rest. 
For a good review here is a link: http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/youre-destined-for-fame-and-fallout-with-the-smashbox-be-discovered-holiday-palette/

Her criticisms are quite good, although I still quite like the palette and am exploring my options! :) 

I'm not sure if I'll do swatches for this palette, what do you ladies think? Do you want to see swatches?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle



FOTN: Missing Spring's Warmth

12/27/11

One day when I was going out I really wanted to do a coloured eyeshadow look  instead of my regular smokey with just a hint of colour. I really had a craving for green, and thus I picked a really pretty  green that I'd gotten from Benefit.  :)  I used a darker forest green for the crease along with a lilac pink to make it more a "spring-time" look. Guess I was missing the spring season!!



Face
Revlon Colourstay in 310 Warm Golden
MUFE HD Microfinish Powder
E.L.F. Studio Blush in Mellow Mauve
Benefit Highlight in Watt's Up

Eyes
MAC eyeshadow in Ricepaper (highlight)
Benefit eyeshadow in Mermaid (lid)
theBalm "Balm and Beautiful" palette in The Step Brother (crease)
Buxom Lashliner in Leatherette
MUFE Aqualine eyeliner in 10 Black
Covergirl Waterproof Lashblast Mascara in Very Black

Lips
Revlon Colourburst Lipgloss in Crystal Lilac


What eyeshadows colours have you ladies been craving for??

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle

Swatchtime: Chanel Velvet Matte La Raffinee

12/26/11

Good Morning ladies!! 


I haven't done a swatchtime in a while! Since yesterday was Christmas I wanted to post a Christmas-related post :) So this is a late Sunday Swatchtime! 
I've been lemming over getting a Chanel Velvet Matte Lipstick ever since they came out, so when I went to the Chanel counter in November I fell inlove with #34 La Raffinée. But unfortunately, it was sold out at the time! I gave the SA my number, she's been my Chanel SA for about a year now here in Montreal but I never got a phone call. After my last presentation for my class in december, I moseyed to my Chanel counter and asked to see if they finally had my colour in stock and I was in luck! Bought it on the spot while waiting for a friend to meet me :)
Here are the swatches:



Without Flash

With Flash


Both of the last two images are with Flash.


Next time I'll try to take a picture of my bare lips so that its easier to see the colour difference.
This colour is so beautiful, a natural and bright fuchsia at the same time. Perfect for day or night in my opinion. 
The velvet finish make it looks like "second skin" on my lips-as if it's almost my natural lipcolour, safe to say the pigmentation is wonderful! The wear lasts for a really good amount-as long as you dont eat-I'd say atleast 5 hours. Packaging is gorgeous, demure Chanel Allure packaging in black with the pop of gold at the bottom and the full gold lipstick shaft. 
This line of lipsticks is amazing, I love the velvet finish its quickly becoming a favourite. I'll have to snag a couple more when I get the cash. These guys run for 46$ CAN each- a super steep price. 


Have you ladies gotten any favourite lipsticks lately?



À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle

Merry Christmas!!

12/25/11

Merry Christmas ladies :) (and gents!) !!!


A little shot of our Christmas Tree pre-present destruction this morning :P

It's so nice to be home with family for the holidays, and I got to see friends the last few days before actual Christmas Day :) I really enjoyed Christmas shopping, it was fun to pick out things for each person <3 Tonight I cannot wait to have Christmas dinner then cuddle up and have a warm beverage while watching a fun movie. Weee I love the holidays!! 
I got a few goodies I'm excited to show you guys!! :) 

What did you ask for this Christmas? 


À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle

NOTD: Chinchilly by Essie

12/22/11

Hey you pretty ladies,
I'm back with another post! 
One of my good friends bought me a fabulous nailpolish for my birthday: Chinchilly by Essie. 
It's a beaaaautiful grey, most people say its a true grey but in my opinions it looks like a dusty mauve (with undertones of blues and pinks) in warm light and in harsher light it does look like a true grey. 
I've gotten so many compliments on it, it's quickly becoming a favourite neutral colour :)



This is the only good picture I got out of the bunch but its simply beautiful.

What's your favourite neutral this season?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle


November Favourites 2011

12/4/11

Hey ladies,
Whew! It's been SO LONG since I last posted. So incredibly busy with work and school and christmas. What a busy season! 
I diiiiiid want to show you gals some of my november favourites. Granted I know everyone has long posted their favourites for last months...but better later than never right? :)

From left to right: Lush Angels on Bareskin, Benefit Watt's Up, Elf Studio blush in Mellow Mauve, Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse, Revlon Colourburst Lipgloss in Crystal Lilac

Same order as above


Revlon Colourburst Lipgloss in Crystal Lilac
I love wearing this on my lips, it actually comes off semi-opaque and leave enough colour to make a difference. It's a beautiful blue-lilac based pink.

Elf Studio Blush in Mellow Mauve.
 I love wearing this blush for the winter seasons. It's a beautiful berry plum with small gold microshimmers that leaves a warm flush on my face :) 

Benefit Watt's Up.
I've been reaching for this almost everyday since I got it for my birthday. On my olive skintone it gives me this perfect champagne coloured glow that I put atop the Mellow Mauve blush. I love it for everyday use! 

What do you ladies love to use for these coming winter months?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle


Swatchtime! F21 and MAC

12/3/11

Hey guys!
I know I promised swatches from my F21 and MAC haul last (November) month and here they are: 


F21 duo eyeshadow

MAC all that glitters E/S

Left to right: lightest F21 duo, darkest of F21 duo, All that glitters

Left to right: All that glitters,  lightest F21 duo, darkest of F21 duo

I really like both the all that glitters and the darkest shade from the F21 duo-they're so pigmented! I have one grievance with the lightest shade is that its hard to get a good swatch or lots of pigmentation. But it may just be one of those colours that evens out the skin tone on your eyelid more than it would impart pigment onto it. That's swatchtime for today!

What do you ladies think of these swatches? Any new eyeshadows lately?


À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle