Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

12/25/12

Merry Christmas to all! 
I wish you love, light and happiness on this wonderful day. May you all have the chance to be with your loved ones. 
This is the stuff of books! 

I had such an amazing day, we ended up opening the presents last night at about 2a.m. since I had to leave for work today (I'm leaving in a few actually!) and my parents wanted to cook the turkey and prepare other christmasey things today. Mmmm and what a lovely time/meal it was. 
My cat was the best part, we were all around the tree waiting for my dad to grab the camera, and he comes and sits right infront of all the presents...just waiting, as if he was like "so where's my present?" Haha he's the cutest. Of course, we gave it some succulent turkey amidst kitty treats. 



How did you celebrate the holidays? 

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle

Swatchtime: L'Oreal Violet Chiffon 175 Colour Riche Lipstick

12/23/12

Oof! It's been a while. I can't lie, but I've been extremely swamped. As most of you know, the last couple weeks before the holidays are the craziest of the year! Everyone is trying to wrap all untied ends in order to enjoy the holidays guilt-free, including myself. 




Bare Lips
Lips with the L'Oreal Violet Chiffon 175

Violet Chiffon Colour Riche Lipstick (175) can go on much brighter with a few more coats. I love the effect and impact a violet can have, it's so unusual and really brightens up yellow-gold based complexions like mine.

I haven't worn it very much since I got it recently, so a review will have to wait. But so far, I love it and would completely buy another! I dont think its fully opaque but definitely a beautiful light lipstick.
I'd also like to add that the packaging is very simple and elegant, as well as being lightweight. This is great when you perpetually have a purse-full of goodies on the go (like me)!

Have you ladies tried these lipsticks? What do you think? Would you like a review on this one?


À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle

NOTD: You Only Live Twice by OPI

12/19/12

I was sauntering through the mall just minding my own business and doing my Christmas shopping, when a vile of beautiful sparkly ruby-fuchsia liquid caught my eye. It was OPI's You Only Live Twice nail polish from the Skyfall [James Bond] collection. 



How gorgeous is this? You can totally see the gold and fuchsia sparkles in this picture.

I will totally be rocking this in any season, it's a beautifully rich show-stopper of a colour. It looks quite stunning against my olive skin, or skin with yellow/gold undertones.

What do you ladies think? Have you gotten any of the Skyfall Collection nail polishes?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle



Skincare Tips from an Expert

12/10/12

If you don't already know, then you definitely will now: I am absolutely passionate and fascinated by skincare, especially recently! That being said, I don't always take impeccable care of my skin, it's pretty robust, but I do like using the best possible products on my skin.
In the link below, on Temptalia's blog, Renee Rouleau talks about some great skincare tips.
For some of you, these may seems fairly obvious, but for others it will be great to hear them from an expert! I found some of them helpful to hear again and others were totally new to me.
Her two main points involve exfoliation, why you should do it and circulation in your facial skin, why that's important for now and in the long run. It's definitely worth a read if you haven't checked it out yet !

Click and let me know what you think:
http://www.temptalia.com/holiday-skincare-tips-how-to-beautify-your-skin


Renee Rouleau, courtesy of temptalia.com

A link to Renee's blog was also provided on Temptalia's post! So if you need more advice, or are just generally curious, you can check it out.


À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle

A Date/Holiday Look #1

12/7/12

I've been wanting to do some make up looks for quite some time now. So far, I have a few looks that I wear often and especially during the holidays. My goal is to be a little more bold and different with my makeup, but first I'll be posting more traditional holiday looks ;)
Of course, suggestions are always welcome! 
Here is the first one: 


*Please excuse the super awkward selfies, I always find I look really awkward when taking photos of myself, but I'm working on finding an angle that doesn't make me look too distorted*
If anyone has any suggestions, they would be greatly appreciated! 

Face
Revlon ColourWhipped Foundation in 250 Beige
MAC ProLongwear Concealer in NC20
MUFE HD Micropowder
Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Natural Beauty

Eyes
MAC e/s Ricepaper (highlight)
L'Oreal Infallible e/s in Amber Rush (all over lid wash)
Covergirl Waterproof Lash Blast Mascara

Lips
NYX lipliner in Cabaret
Dior Extreme Addict in Bellissima 789

A super easy look that features the red red lips as they star of the show. You can play around with eyeshadow washes form gold, to nudes, to mattes, as long as they don't take the spotlight away from the lips! I think this look is also appropriate for a date, although maybe not for a first date since the red can tend to be quite intimidating on a first meeting; it's definitely a nice holiday dinner date or for a soirée to the ballet.
I love red lips, and so you will probably see a lot more of that during the holiday season. 

What are you some of your favourite or signature holiday looks?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle

Striking Sweet Novembers

12/5/12

Happy December!
Officially the last month in the year of 2012, and what a year it's been! There have been so many ups and downs, but still my makeup collection grows. Probably the only constant thing in my life, which just adds to the reasons I love it so much. Stability is something I've always yearned for, but with a fast-paced life and career, it's hard to achieve. 

On to some of my makeup loves for November: 



Lush Brazened Honey Mask- I can do a review on this if you ladies want to know more. But basically, it's great for my troubled areas and leaves my skin feeling rejuvenated and smelling like honey!

Lush Eau Rome Water Toner Spray- I have combination skin and after I give my face a good wash in the evenings before bed I always pat this on afterwards. It gives my face some moisture without being overly greasy.

Le Crayon Khôl de Chanel in Blanc- I always wanted to try a white or beige pearl eye pencil for my bottom lashline. I'm glad I finally did! A light wash of this on my lower lashline (in the waterline) is great for making your eyes a little bit brighter and bigger. I don't need a lot of product at all and can see this product lasting a while, which is an extra bonus.

Clarins Gelee Eclat du Jour- Do you remember when you were a little girl, watching your mother apply her creams and makeup at her vanity. There was always a very distinct smell that came from her right before she put on her perfume (Cristalle by Chanel) and it was Clarins products! Clarins does not put any added fragrance in their products and they all smell like lovely fresh flowers and plants. A very botanical scent. Not to mention it moisturizes my face perfectly and my facial skin never ends up being greasy. Again, a very important factor for someone who has combination skin.
Doesn't hurt that I think of my momma every morning :)

L'Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Amber Rush- This has been in my favourites before, and some of you may remember it already. This is just a lovely metallic coral with coppery tones in it. I wear it as an every colour, just a wash over my lid, and it really makes me look just that much more put together. I don't put on a lot of makeup from day to day, I think I've been concentrating way more on skincare than actual make up lately. So all in all, this colour is definitely worth a shot! I think it would work on various skintones being particularly stunning on darker skintones. (You can get this at most local drugstores.)

What are your favourite products this month? Have you tried any of the products I posted above?


À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle

Girlie Holiday Gifts for your Beauty Lover | Under 50$

12/3/12

It's definitely that time of year again! The time where you have to buy gifts for the loved ones and sometimes the not-so-loved ones. It's not always easy to shop for your family&friends but I always love giving some cute beauty (or bath) gifts. Most of the time I put little gifts together myself, 
Here are some gift picks for that beauty love in your close circle!
All of these products can be found online at Sephora, and most of them can be found at your friendly neighbourhood Sephora store.
Oh man, this excites me so much and I might even buy it for myself haha. This is the Ciaté Caviar Mini  Bar and it features eight products (as show) four of which are the caviar pearl products and the other four are regular nailpolish colours. It also comes with a funnel so that you don't waste as many caviar pearls! I loooove the caviar products and have been craving them so much!  
Priced at $30.00 CAD.
The bareMinerales Ready Luminizer is a beautiful rose gold highlighter. I swatched it at the store and it's absolutely gorgeous. Now if your friend (or you) doesn't like shimmer, then stay away from this one cause it definitely has shimmer. This guy has recently popped up in a lot of blogs and is getting some great ratings. I may just have to grab this one for myself! I know it's not a giftset, but for a makeup lover this is a great gift to get! 
Priced at $33.00 CAD. 

This is a great giftset from Dior, usually their products are insanely expensive and they never have giftsets of this value! This is the Diorshow New Look set which features their infamour Diorshow mascara and a mini palette of Royal Khaki. If you ever wanted to try some Dior, or to gift some Dior, this is a great set!
Priced at $35.00 CAD.
The Sephora Give Me Some Lip gift set is amazing for the lip gloss lover or just for the girl who doesn't have enough lip products and is always asking to borrow yours! This way she (or even he!) can try different brands, textures and colours.
Priced at $30.00 CAD and the Sephora says its a 94$ value! 

I've always thought that Too Faced products were the cutest things. Aside form Benefit, Too Faced always find a way to make their products not only great in quality but great in packaging! I'm a girl who loves great packaging and this brand always catches my eye. 
This is the Too Faced Perfect Collection and it's available only online at Sephora.com (or Sephora.ca). It features their poreless primer, the blush/bronzer, a nude shimmery mulitpurpose powder (a.k.a. Glamour Dust) and a nude lipgloss.
Priced at $40.00 CAD.

If all else fails and you really can't figure anything out, or you want something less pricey, I always love to make my own little gift sets. That way you can choose what you think your friend or loved one will enjoy (which might even make it more personal) and its price point!

Do you guys have any great Christmas gift ideas, beauty or non-beauty specific?
I always love hearing from you!


À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle