Marilyn Monroe: Fabulously Late with Swatches

10/24/12

Okay okay I know everyone has shown you their Marilyn by MAC hauls by now. But I was so extremely excited to get mine and I've just been late posting :) 
How many of you ladies were able to pick anything up from this collection? I came so close to being empty-handed! I went after work and by 530pm almost all the stores were sold-out of the new collection. It was crazy! I ran across town to two different MAC locations until I finally found a couple lipsticks I could get my hands on. My only regret is that I didn't get all four lippies. 





The Marilyn Monroe packaging is possibly my favourite packaging from a MAC collection so far! 
I love how pictures from the Black Sitting are featured in black and white with red signature accents. The sleek black bullet with the white and black picture of her is very chic. 

Left to Right: MAC Love Goddess, MAC Pure Zen (repromote)

 Top to Bottom: Bare Lips, Pure Zen, Love Goddess with MAC Beet liner. 

I ended up purchasing two lipsticks and one lipliner: love goddess and pure zen, which was a repromote from a recent MAC collection, and the beet liner. 
Pure Zen has been described time and time again as a pink toned nude. It's more pink toned than MAC Hue lipstick which tends to learn towards a more orange toned nude. 
Love Goddess is a perfect bright raspberry fuchsia  Other blogs describe it as a great stepping stone to work your way up to red lips, but I disagree. Raspberry fuchsia, in my opinion, is a bit more abstract on the lips while red lips are just a classic and a staple. Even so, it's a lovely lipcolour and I've already sported it to several events :). 

I wish I had gotten Deeply Adored, but that lipcolour sold out first. I had tried Charmed I'm Sure at the store but it didn't seem like anything special on me so I didn't get it (stupid!). I am really glad I got Love Goddess because that was the lipcolour I was the most excited for and I'm so glad I did! ;) 

Did you ladies manage to get your hand on any of the Marilyn Monroe collection by MAC?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle



Loose Button Advent Calendar

10/22/12

How amazing is this? Loose Button is releasing an advent calendar where, instead of chocolates, every day is filled with a mini beauty something. Ranging from cosmetics, perfumes, creams, you name it. It features brands such as Georgio Armani, Lancome, Shu Uemura and YSL. Adorable. It's definitely steep at 109$ per calendar but if you have the interest, and the dough, it's way better than chocolate! 

Here's the link for the loose button site if you want to learn more. 
I absolutely love the idea (if you couldn't already tell!)

What do you ladies think?
Would you purchase a fancy makeup advent calendar? 

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle

Review: Coal Face from Lush

10/16/12

Recently, I've been very curious and reading up on skincare and the products available to keep your skin in tip top shape.  While giving in to my addiction, and stepping foot into a Lush store, I grabbed a small chunk of the Coal Face cleanser.
Lush describes it as: "Ideal for those of you who loving washing your faces with a good, old-fashioned bar of soap. Except, there’s nothing antiquated about this preservative-free facial cleanser. Inspired by the complexion bar in ‘Annie Hall’, we created Coal Face for combination to oily faces. Powdered charcoal absorbs excess sebum and acts as a mild exfoliator, while rosewood and sandalwood oils reduce redness and clear up blemishes. Use Coal Face daily for clear, balanced skin." 


I'm going to start off by saying this is definitely the harshest cleanser by lush that I've used (for reference I've used: Angels on Bareskin, Aqua Marina and Coal Face). I have combination skin and it leaves my face (and hands!) squeaky clean-not a drop of oil. With that said, I would NOT recommend this to someone with dry or normal skin, it is definitely for combination and oily skin. I use it at nighttime and then add toner on top to help add some moisture afterwards.
It lathers up dark, so you have this greyish liquid, and it looks weird but it's clean, I promise. It does have a grainy texture. I've read on other reviews that this is only superficial and that is not true, the grainy layer goes throughout (atleast on my chunk).
The smell is alright, I don't love it but I don't have it either. It gives my bathroom a sort of sensual smell but it also has a bit of a black liquorice smell to it as well-which I don't appreciate.
So without further ado, let's get to the bullet version of the review:

Functionality/Product: It does work very well for combination/oily skin and I don't recommend this for dry or normal skin types. It has helped clear up my skin (I get 1-2 spots per month), and keep oils at bay, but I can't use it too often as it would dry out my combination skin.
Application: The only thing I don't like is the fact that the cleanser is a brick and not a cream or liquid. It's not as easy to use as other cleansers and as a result is messier to use.
Texture: Coal Face lathers up and is a bit gritty, cleaning and exfoliating at the same time.
Packaging: Well...there is no real packaging. But a tin box or little dish is useful in order to use this cleanser.
Price: I think for a small chunk I paid around 4 or 5$CAD, so it's not expensive but a bit more than your regular drugstore cleanser.

Would I repurchase? Yes, in fact I plan on it.
Like I said, I've added it into my routine at night. I wash my face with Coal Face then pat on the Eau Roma toner to add some moisture as well as some under eye cream (I'm trying those out right now).

What do you ladies think? Have you tried Coal Face?


À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle

Thanksgiving Haul: Tarte, Benefit, Bobbi Brown and Sation Lacquers

10/12/12

For my international readers, last weekend was Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. A time to gather with family and give thanks, just be grateful, which is completely lovely. My mother, sister and I also happen to love going shopping and hitting all the sales on those long, holiday weekends! That we did, and I ended up with quite a beautiful cosmetics haul!


Left to Right: Tarte Natural Beauty, BB Seashell 21, BB Bonfire 2

I ended up purchasing two nail polishes, from a brand called Sation. The purple named "Love at First Lavender" and the navy named "It's All Navy Baby". I have yet to try them, but I will post swatches as soon as I do. 
I got the Boiing (concealer from Benefit) in 02 light/medium shade which I am loving and will be posting a review super soon! 
The Tarte amazonian clay blushes have been on my list for a while and I was so excited to hear about this particular one through the blogging community, called natural beauty. 
I got two Bobbi Brown eyeshadows which I think are discontinued, but there is a handy little store that, for some reason, has discontinued products! I got Bonfire 2, a metallic shadow, and Seashell 21, a shimmer wash shadow. 
As a bonus for getting the Tarte blush and Boiing concealer I also was given a mini of the Benefit They're Real mascara. 

What do you ladies think? Would you like a review on any of these products? Let me know via comment or email :)


À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle

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Mini Review: Aveda Rehydrating Lip Glaze in Pink Lotus

10/11/12

Recently, I was given a haircut at Aveda Academy. At the same time, I had booked an appointment for a friend of mine that hadn't gotten a haircut at Aveda, in Montreal, yet. Apparently, if you "refer" a friend to Aveda salons you get a lipgloss free (I wonder what they offer to men!). These lipglazes retail for about 23$ CAD, which is pretty expensive in my opinion. Each Aveda lipglaze is 0.24oz (ounces) or 7g (grams) compare to MAC lipglasses which are 0.14 oz. 
For my free lipgloss I chose 365 Pink Lotus, which is a beautiful medium pink shade that goes well with warmer skin tones. 



I think that package it comes in is so adorable. It reminds me of a mini carton of eggs...containing a lipglaze... and bonus!: it's made from 100% post consumer products (recycled products).

"Nourish-Mint" tehe, always love a good pun.

From left to right: NYX Fig, Aveda Pink Lotus, MAC Chatterbox, Rimmel Nostalgia

All pictures were taken during natural lighting. 

It's a beautiful pink colour with yellow undertones (I'd say, wouldn't you agree?). 

Briefly for review: The wear time is amazing in my opinion for a lipglaze (or gloss), it stays on the lips for a good 3 or so hours (maybe more-but I haven't worn it for more yet). The texture is smooth, not sticky at all, and relatively thick. Pigmentation is also outstanding, opaquely covering my lips with a couple swipes. Packaging is mediocre, standard lipgloss packaging. The price point is high for a brand that is new to cosmetics, Aveda does hair care well, 23$ is a pretty penny for a lipglaze. I also want to add that is has a spearmint scent, which I personally really like, and the tube itself says "Nourish-Mint". Cute!

Would I repurchase? Not this colour, as it's easily dupeable, but I do have my eye on a very beautiful light coral from this same line. They didn't have it in stock last time but I will keep checking. 

What do you ladies think of this lipcolour? Have you tried any of Aveda's lipglazes?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle




FOTN: Navy liner and Coral lips

10/9/12

I was talking to a friend a while back and we were discussing our first ever introduction into makeup which was, naturally, our mothers! Moms are the first women you, generally, see wearing makeup, applying it and just looking fabulous. She was saying how her mother has a signature coral lip she always rocks. The brand and exact colour don't matter but her mom has a bunch of coral lipsticks! My mom, on the other hand, wears a signature navy pencil liner. While we were having this conversation I was thinking in my head: "what a great combination!" and decided then and there to make a look as an ode to our mothers' signature styles.





Face
Revlon Colourstay for Combo/Oily skin 310 Warm Golden
MAC Studiofinish Powder in NC30
Chanel Joues Contraste in Reflex 82

Eyes
Smashbox Be Discovered Palette: pale pink for the eyelid, orange-brown with gold undertones for the crease, and a pale white gold for highlighting. 
Grey-black for eyeliner and I coloured in the navy using the eyeshadow. It turned out to be a dark, quite flattering navy. 
Covergirl Waterproof LashBlast Mascara in Black

Lips
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Nostalgia 022

What do you ladies think? I love this look and if I could modify it, I would probably use a more royal blue liner.

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle



Striking Sweet Septembers

10/3/12

'Tis the season for favourites. I think every blog I read is going through their September Favourites at the moment. But I feel like I have my own good little group of products I've loved this month going, and wanted to share that. Not all of these products are fully tested, but some are staples whereas others are going steadily in that direction.



Chance by Chanel- I've worn this perfume since I was 16, it's the only thing I can really commit to. I haven't strayed to any others over the years. I didn't touch it too much over the summer but now I've fallen in love with it again, as I usually do, and am just so excited about wearing my Chanel again. 

Revlon Lip Button in Raspberry Pie 010- I just did a swatch post on this pretty lippie. I'm really enjoying the colour, which would look great on a range of NC25-NC35 skintones! 

Chanel Joues Contraste Reflex 82- One of my favourite blushes, a beautiful coral rose. Quite a subtle colour and perfect for any season. Once again I love the finely milled product and how well it blends with my skin and skintone. 

Nivea lipbalm Essentiel- Who can live without their favourite lipbalm in the fall and winter seasons? 

Lush Mint Julep Lip Scrub- I mentioned this little guy not too long ago, also a great ally in the fall/winter seasons. My lips always become chapped and flaky and this scrub helps smooth them out. Don't forget to apply a lipbalm or protectant afterwards. 

Lush Coal Face Cleanser- A new addition to my skincare cohort. I plan on reviewing this product very soon, and am so excited to share it with you! 

Bobbi Brown double ended Eyeliner and Eyeshadow brush- I got this way back in the day with my Bobbi Brown Bare to Bold palette (by the way the BB palettes are amazing) and it just stayed there-I only used it with my palette. I've finally taken it out and use it daily and it's perfect! I'm considering purchasing some other Bobbi Brown brushes. 

What do you ladies think of my little group, have you tried any of these products?
Any recommendations, likes or dislikes?


À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle 


Revlon Lip Butter: Raspberry Pie 010

10/1/12

I remember being extremely hesitant when picking this colour up at a local drugstore near my workplace. I had already bought Pink Truffle from the Lip Butter line, and maybe it was the colour, maybe I just didn't apply it correctly but I wasn't impressed.
So I'm not sure what compelled to get the Raspberry Pie, but the colour compelled me so and I love berry colours with my skin tone-I had to.



Bare Lips

Raspberry Pie on my lips.

Swatches from left to right: Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in Bellissima 789, Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie 010, Chanel Rouge Coco in Rivoli 21

Dior Bellissima is deeper in colour and more red-toned than Raspberry Pie whereas Chanel Rivoli is darker than both and has brown undertones making it a bit more vampy than both other lipcolours.

I'm really enjoying this colour, it's perfect for my skin tone and type (MAC NC30) in other words it doesn't make me look sallow and it's not too dark (sometimes my Chanel Rivoli tends to be too dark for my skin tone-definitely a bold lippie).
This isn't a review and I dont want to do another Revlon Lip Butter review. But I will briefly state that it is moisturizing, the colour payoff is great on my medium pigmented lips, it lasts for about 2-4 hours since its balm-based and the packaging is super cute.
Would I repurchase? yes. Purely for the colour though, I can't stress how amazing it is on!

Have you tried these Lip Butters?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle