Swatchtime: Regard Signé de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

11/29/12

I had to. I just... had to. 
I had been trying not to buy it for weeks but then I caved! 
I've been wanting to buy a Chanel Palette for quite some time now and my favourite palettes always come out in the Fall or in the Winter. 
This winter, Chanel came out with some of the most beautiful colours in a palette called Regard Signé de Chanel! The palette has four shadows: a gold, a bronzey taupe, a plum and cool toned rose.
I also got a Crayon Khôl in 65 Blanc from Chanel and a sample of their new mascara: Le Volume de Chanel in 01 Noir.







Left to Right: Gold shadow, Taupe shadow, Plum shadow, Light Pink shadow and Crayon Khôl in 65 Blanc


The white eye pencil is super pigmented and I don't need much in the waterline of my bottom lashline. A light wash of this will do and it instantly opens up my waterline! I'm already loving it. The pencil also seems to be longer than the average eye pencil, in other words I get more product.

The palette is just lovely. All the shades go on smoothly. The swatches above were done very lightly since I didn't want to ruin how the palette looked. I still just stare at it for fun, I don't even want to wear it yet! haha
I know for a fact that these shades are light reflecting, so they are super dazzling at full pigmentation!
I want to do a full review of this product, but that will come in due time.

You can grab Le Regard Signé de Chanel, Le Crayon Khol in 65 Blanc and Le Volume de Chanel mascara at your local Chanel counters. Unfortunately, Sephora doesn't carry Chanel, but the Bay and Macy's, as well as other big department stores, do carry Chanel! (I got mine at the Bay here in Montreal)

What do you ladies think of this palette? Have you tried any of these products?
I always love hearing your thoughts!


À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle

SwatchTime Dior Holiday 2012 Palette

11/24/12

For my birthday, about a month ago, a friend gifted me with this lovely Dior Holiday Palette. (I love her for fueling my obsession with high-end makeup! It was such a nice gift) Now I know you've seen this one before in my haul posts but I wanted to give you a closer look at some of the swatches. 

Here you can see the gorgeous velvet pouch and a mini size DiorShow mascara attached to it. Perfect for travel! 


Super sleek packaging. Black shine with classic silver Dior embossing.

It even comes with a plastic protectant that specifies the names of each product. Really handy! 


It comes with a mini Diorshow mascara, an eye primer, a brown brow tint/wax, the three shadows, a dual ended brush and a brown pencil liner!



From left to right: Brown Brow Tint, Darkest Brown Shadow, Medium Shimmer Brown Shadow, Off-White Shimmer Shadow and Brown Pencil Liner.

This Dior Holiday Palette, released for the 2012 Holidays, is really a very neutral palette. I know I can use this for an everyday sort of smokey eye or a dramatic brown smokey eyes. This can also be used just for a shimmery neutral eye, and depending on how you feel that day you can play it up, as in more pigmentation on your eye, or play it down and use a light hand for a subtle and natural look. 
So even with three colours, I find it very versatile! And it's great for traveling when you can't bring too many items with you. 
I haven't use it yet but when I do I will share with you ladies a FOTD :)


What do you ladies think of this palette? Have you guys gotten any holiday palettes this year?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle




Review: Revlon Whipped Creme Foundation

11/20/12

Everyone has been awaiting for this review, and it's finally here! 
Revlon Colourstay Whipped Creme Foundation
I've always really liked Revlon, their products always deliver and they don't often make promises they can't keep. So when they came out with a new foundation they named "whipped" I had to try it! For years now I've been using the Revlon Colourstay Liquid Foundation which is an amazing drugstore foundation (one of the best!), and was more than happy to purchase their new Whipped Colourstay item. Happy to say that overall this Whipped foundation does not disappoint.
For reference I got 250 Medium Beige for my NC25-NC30 skin.




Texture: It's a cream texture, but it's more viscous than the regular Revlon Colourstay Liquid Foundation. I'd say "whipped" is a very good description of this foundation. It's not too much like a liquid, yet it's thick enough to be a cream and it's light enough to blend out very very easily. 
Wear: I wouldn't say 24 hours, but after a full workday (8-10hrs) there's a little bit of fading (it might be also due to my combination skin) but it stays put pretty well! I don't do touch ups and I still feel as though I'm substantially covered. Even though I do believe it's oil free I wouldn't recommend this to ladies who would want a mattifying foundation or that have an oily complexion already.
Product: The pigmentation is quite neutral for the colour I have (250 Medium Beige). I find it more yellow toned than pink toned but even then it's far more neutral than some other foundations (like Benefits new Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation). I would say this foundation is more medium coverage. It hold less product (23.7ml) than the Revlon Colourstay Liquid (30ml), which is another thing to note. 
Packaging: The pot packaging is very cute and classic, but I always prefer pumps for foundations as it's a more sanitary disposal of the product. Alternatively, you can make sure to always use a clean brush or scoop out a little bit with a clean utensil. 
Price: In the USA I think it's about 10$ and in Canada I think about 16-17$ depending on location. Steep enough for a drugstore (high street) product.

Would I repurchase this product? Yes! I think it's great for the Fall/Winter as it's got that extra bit of moisture and coverage that lasts. So far, it's replaced my colourstay liquid foundation.

My rating? I give it an 8/10. Docking points for the fact that it's NOT very suitable for oilier complexions and the slighter steeper price for the amount of product

What are your thoughts on this product? Have you tried the Revlon Colourstay line or the Whipped Foundation?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle



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NOTD: Shoot for the Maroon

11/14/12

I'm a woman obsessed...
...with dark nail polish colours. And everyone knows it. Including one of my best friends who happens to be a straight man. So of course, for my birthday thanks to a good friend (I know you're reading this!), I got another dark polish!
Nicole by OPI in Shoot for the Maroon



Without flash in artificial light

With flash in artificial light

It's a really deep maroon colour with red and dark red glitters that emphasize the red tones even more. There's also some gold glitter which warms up the colour.

I'll be wearing this quite a bit this Fall/Winter.

What are your favourite fall nail colours?


À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle

Review: Benefit Boi-ing

11/13/12

Over the summertime a good friend had raved about this particular product. I tried it under my eyes on that particular summer day and it was so smooth and creamy I was so excited by how well it covered my dark circles! And then we went in for a swim, and I totally forgot about testing out the longevity of the product. I bought Benefit's Boi-ing a couple months ago at an Ulta store with that same excited feeling I had when I tried it on during that warm summer day.
For reference I'm an NC30 and I got Boi-ing in the 02 light/medium shade.

Pot of Boi-ing

Swatch of Boi-ing


Texture: The texture is super creamy and blends out very well, but in order to cover something up it tends to get really noticeable cakey. 
Wear: I find it to last about 5 hours, 6 hours max (that's pushing it). I have combination skin and I have to conceal my troubled spots that break-out, like my chin or t-zone. Since those areas are oily, this concealer doesn't last very long, and when I try to apply more for touch-ups, it looks cakey. 
Product: The pigmentation is good, and it's blends well with my skin. My concerns are that it creases and look cakey on my skin. It makes my oily zones look oilier and doesn't last long enough on my skin type. 
Packaging: It's a flat, small pot with a twist off lid. The top is clear so you can see that's the concealer which is nice. I don't like that it's a pot and I have to stick my fingers in it, I find that it looks dirty as I use it. 
Price: 25$, pretty pricey for something that doesn't last too long.

My rating? I give this a rating of 4/10. Docking major points for the price point, the noticeably cakey texture, the creasing and the fact that it does not last long enough. I definitely will not be repurchasing this. I'm going to stick with my MAC Pro LongWear Concealer for now.

What do you use to conceal your dark circles or your blemishes?


À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle



FOTN: All Those Sultry Red Tones

11/9/12

There are some nights where you just want to dress up and look sultry without being too obvious. Last friday was one of those nights for me. Since I was wearing Fall's most popular colour, those deep reds and purples, I decided to do a look to suit it. 
I used the Smashbox Eyeshadow Palette from Christmas 2011 almost exclusively for this look. 




Face 
Revlon Whipped Foundation in 250 Medium Beige
MUFE HD Microfinish Loose Powder
Light Pink Blush from the Smashbox Holiday Palette '11
Light Brown Bronzer with Orange Undertones from Smashbox Holiday Palette '11

Eyes
Pale White Shadow to highlight
Light Peach Shadow for lid wash
Smokey Grey-Forest Green Shadow for the crease 
-All Shadows from Smashbox Holiday Palette '11 
Buxom Lashliner in Leatherette
Covergirl Waterproof LashBlast Mascara in Very Black

Lips
NYX Round Lipstick in Paris


Are you using any specific tones for looks this Fall? 

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle

A Birthday Lovin' Haul

11/6/12

The 27th of October is my birthday. It was a lot better received that I had actually anticipated. 
I got so many wonderful presents and a few of them were makeup items! I thought I would showcase them here siiiiince it's a makeup blog and I'm going to be using them. :) I do want to note though, that I did get many other terrific and wonderful presents from all my other friends <3 I wish I had taken pictures of the lovely surprise party my close friends had thrown for me! It was perfect: balloons, sparkles and cake! The cake was gone after about 10 minutes... 7 forks and 1 cake. It was so perfect. Yum :)

Thanks to my lovely friend Jenn for making me this cake ;)  
Thanks guys!! <3 mrow





A friend of mine got me the Dior Holiday Palette (thank you!!) and I ended up getting myself the Gelee Eclat du Jour by Clarins. I needed a new facial moisturizer, and as I have combination skin this particular moisturizer is perfectly light. 



Another friend of mine got me a nailpolish from Nicole by OPI (thank youuu!!! ;) ) called Shoot for the Maroon. I'm super eager to try it so I will be posting a Nails swatch post very very soon. I adore dark colours for Fall, Winter and even Spring! 

I'll be showing all of these products in individual posts to come, but I thought I'd give them the love and attention they deserve here first. Just like I got on my own birthday. ;)

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle




Striking Sweet Octobers

11/2/12

I've recently realized that when I'm nervously happy with a retarded amount of butterflies I smile like a freakin' idiot. If you know me, I have a sourpuss looking face when it's relaxed. I don't know why, probably genetic. But when you see my grinning dopey face, it is extremely obvious that I'm nervously happy-damn it

So aaaanyways, beyond that little rant, I want to share my October favourites :) 







Philosophy Amazing Grace Shimmery Face Powder- I've been loving this little highlighter [or face powder, whatever]. It's great when my skin needs a little boost, and it's works for every day makeup. 

Revlon Colourstay Whipped Foundation in 250 Medium Beige- I got this one when I was visiting the 'rents. I don't think I've seen it here in Quebec yet but it's one of those "omgaw" drugstore foundations. It goes on flawlessly and leaves the skin looking really airbrushed (I use a large stippling brush from MAC to apply it). I have combination skin, so my T-zone does get a tad oily by the end of the day while using this foundation. Full review coming soon! 

Dior Extreme Addict Lipstick in Bellissima 789- I've talked about this one before. I've been loving this for nights out on the town when I don't feel like wearing anything but bold eyeliner and a bold lipstick. Perfect colour for Fall and [bonus!] a moisturizing lipstick too. 

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty- I just reviewed this in my last post. It's a beauty red-rose colour and it blends it beautifully with most skin-tones. Like I said before, it's going to be one of those blushes I will get a fair amount of use out of this fall/winter/spring. 

What are you favourites this October/Fall? Anything I should be checking out? ;) 

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle


Review: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty

11/1/12

I fell in love with this product online, initially. 
I had just read Essie Button's review of the famous amazonian clay 12 hour blush from Tarte in Natural Beauty and was swept off my cyber hooves.
Natural Beauty is an extremely pigmented red-rose colour, very Sleeping Beauty-esque (Disney movies anyone?)
Tarte describes it as:
"A long-wearing, supremely soft blush infused with Amazonian clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun.
Product Performance: This 12-hour blush universally benefits all skin types for a fade-free, flawless finish in shades ranging from soft to vivid and matte to shimmer to suit a wide variety of skin tones.
Powered By: Amazonian clay minimizes oil in and around pores to balance skin and keep product in place while also hydrating the skin naturally to restore moisture, reducing the appearance of dry, flaky skin."


Tarte Blushes come in a clear plastic packaging, which I really dislike since it cheapens the look. Luckily you can just throw away/recycle (please recycle!) the plastic box. 


These long wearing amazonian clay blushes do not contain mineral oils, parabens, petrolatum, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate or a synthetic fragrance. 


However, they do contain: vitamin E, beeswax, vitamin C, mineral pigments, amazonian clay (obviously). 





Packaging: Very sturdy, it's simple and small and round. Each blush compact is the colour of the blush inside so if you have several of these you can tell the colours apart. A mirror, same size as the package comes on the other side of the blush, which is very useful. I really like having a mirror in my compacts, means I don't have to carry an extra pocket mirror if I'm on the go.
Texture: Finely milled texture. It's very easy to layer and apply. It goes on smoothly and can be blended out. No fall-out so far!
Product (pigmentation and application): Pigmentation is AMAZING. I've never had such a pigmented blush before. This is also a downfall though, I have to be extremely careful when applying or else I'll end up looking like a clown. Application is tricky for that reason but once you get the hang of it, it applies smoothly and the product definitely blends out nicely. It's a great colour and its very flattering to my skintone (I'm NC30 for reference; as well as fairer cooler skintones). I can see myself wearing this all winter and spring.
Wear: The product claim to last 24 hrs, and while it does last a whole workday (about 7.5-8 hrs) and then fading, it does not last for a full 24 hrs on me. For reference I have combination skin, but my cheeks are never oily.
Price: Oof, pricey! I got it for 25$ in the States at Ulta. Definitely pricey for a blush, in my opinion. But it is good quality.

My rating? I'll give it an 8/10. Dock one point for price and one point for the finicky application.

What do you guys think? Have you tried any of these Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes?


À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle