Urban Decay's Newest Naked 3 Palette | Swatches

12/24/13




From left to right: Buzz, Limit, Burnout, Dust and Strange

 From left to right: Mugshot, Factory, Liar, Nooner and Trick
 From left to right: Blackheart and Darkside

Four sample-sized eye primer potions!

I got my hands on the new Urban Decay Naked 3 palette! 
I didn't think this day would come so soon. 
I've been really into rose-gold-anything lately, which prompted me into buying this palette. I actually don't have the previous Naked or Naked 2 palettes - although I'm really wanting the first Naked palette after this purchase. 
The pigmentation and shadow payoff on this baby is ah-mah-zing. Everything is smooth and ultra colourful. There are a couple shades, like dust and buzz, that may have some fallout, but other than that all the shades go on smoothly. 
You get 12 shadows that are not in the Urban Decay permanent line, plus a double ended brush: one side for applying the shadows and the other fluffier side for blending. The brush is such a plus, as I'll keep it even after I finish the palette (if I ever get there!). You also get four sample sizes of the eye primer potions - which kinda sucks since I would've preferred a small size of the regular or sin eye primer potion. Even if a sample will last me a few times, how am I going to keep it from drying out once I open it?!
The packaging is probably the nicest of the three palettes, with a rose-gold casing and an wavy pattern on the top. I also like that it's fairly sturdy as it "clicks" shut. It really remind me of an old school pencil case or watercolour set - brush included! 
On a better note, I'm really hoping Urban Decay introduces some of these colours into their permanent line: Trick, Nooner, Liar, Burnout, Limit... or maybe all the colours should be included. 

This retails at $52USD and can be found at Sephora online, Urban Decay online, Sephora and Ulta stores. 

What do you ladies think of this palette? Did you try it out?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle


NARS Guy Bourdin Blush in Coeur Battant | Swatches

12/19/13





Swatch of Coeur Battant blush from the NARS Guy Bourdin collection

I've really tried to restrict my "self" spending during the holiday season... but it's so. hard. At least, it's very very difficult when NARS is released a Guy Bourdin makeup collection! Guy Bourdin was a famous Parisian fashion and style photographer. Notable since he was one of the first photographers to capture and create provocative, sensual, exotic or shocking shots while incorporating fashion into it.
It comes to no surprise that the makeup collection should contain some quite shocking items as well! 

I was able to grab one of last few Coeur Battant blushes at the Bay in Montreal - I was grateful, as everything was sold out at Sephora. Note to self, always check the limited edition stock at the Bay! 
This blush is a limited edition item and sold out like hot cakes on a hungry morning. Mmm, I could go for some of those...

It's a lovely and extremely extremely pigmented blush. I think I can go as far as saying this is probably one of NARS most pigmented blushes ever, and thus many people are calling it "cinematic". The SA that put this on my cheek tapped her brush lightly and then tapped it a few times to get the excess pigment off before lightly swiping it onto my cheeks. The colour is perfect for my skin tone, when applied lightly it gives me a very natural flushed look. If applied to heavily, it risks looking like clown makeup - so I wouldn't recommend this to any beginners out there.
I'm very happy with my purchase and would purchase it again once I run out, if I could. Although, with this amount of pigmentation, I'm skeptical to the fact that I'll ever be able to finish it!

I'm pleased that NARS did not decrease the amount of blush you'd receive in the product, nor did they increase the price for a limited edition/collection product. Unfortunately, they didn't change the packaging either. The red swipe that was on the cover of the box that contained the blush is lovely and would have been a lovely addition to the NARS blush packaging.
Coeur Battant from the Guy Bourdin line is 4.8grams and the price point is $32 CAD.

Did you try anything from the Guy Bourdin line by NARS?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle

TopBox Reveal | December

12/17/13




Eeep finally! I was waiting all December for my December TopBox to come, and it finally came in the mail on Friday. Since my last, November Topbox, was somewhat disappointing I wasn't too hopeful that I'd have any gems in this kit. However, I was a wrong! I hate being wrong, but in this case, I've accepted that it's for a good cause. There are a few goodies that I was happy to receive. 

All in all, I received another Cuccio Colour polish (hallelujah!) in A Kiss in Paris - this is a beautiful orange-based red. I absolutely love reds for any season and they are particularly festive for the holiday season. I also love the Cuccio Colour Polishes, they have such nice colours and last quite a while. The shape of the bottle is subtly different from other polish bottles, but really classic and a personal favourite.
I also received a smaller size of the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, which I had bought earlier this year. It's a great all around SOS product to have, as it can protect skin but it can also work as a band-aid for cuts and bruises. Fun Fact: Prince William apparently was recommended this product to protect his skin on a cold winter hike, and now swears by it!
The package came with a sample of the Estee Lauder Modern Muse perfume. I've said this a few times before, I only use one perfume, and I haven't found another that smells as good on my skin. Modern Muse is another perfume that doesn't smell that amazing on me. In general, this scent isn't something I'd pick up on my own anyways. It's a mid-strength floral scent with some citrus undertones, I can smell jasmine, maybe a bit of lavender, with lemons. It's very fresh and the scent could definitely be worn by younger women in the spring or summer season. 
Belvada Cosmetics, a Canadian skincare brand, also included a full size pot of their lip butter in Coconut. This product reminds me of the Body Shop lip butter, except it's much creamier and a touch more greasy - perfect for my dry lips. I find that it gives my lips the right amount of hydration they require. I'm hoping these become readily available in drugstores soon!

Did you receive the December Topbox? What are your favourite beauty subscriptions?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle

5 Festive Manis for the Holidays | Trend

12/13/13

Eeee! My goldie nails. 

1. Gold: This just screams obvious New Years polish to me. However, it's also a pretty amazing neutral - a metallic neutral that stands out and always hits the light. I'm wearing Glitzerland by OPI inthe above shot!

2. Red: This colour should be part of your holiday wardrobe, enough said! ;) Everyone should have a great red polish that suits them.

3. Glitter: Many of you may have an aversion to glitter, since it's a very 90's and #whenIwasalittlegirl trend. But in all honesty, glitter polish can be a fun and cute thing to sport. Layer any glitter over a neutral polish and you'll get a chic look, layer it over a bright and colourful polish and you're ready for the holidays! A popular glitter polish is Deborah Lipmann's Boom Boom Pow.
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4. A Vampy Colour: This is really relative, but a vampy colour is a deep almost-black burgundy, navy, purple, brown etc that stands out against your skin. It can have some subtle shimmer or it could only be a wash a colour. My two favourites are OPI's Lincoln Park after Dark (a classic) and OPI Black Cherry Chutney.

5. Easy Mistletoe Mani: There's a creative side in all of us, and I also believe that we're all a little intrigued by the super decorated manis that are so prominent on pinterest and instagram. The easy mistletoe mani is a very easy way to bring some creativity onto your nails - in a very time efficient manner. Just paint your nails the colour of your choice and add three little dots to the side of your nail - makes it look a little bit like mistletoe, no? ;)
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What is your favourite nail to wear during the holiday season?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle

Boscia Little Black Book Set | First Impressions

12/12/13



Swatch of he Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel by Boscia


I recieved this delightful little black book as a gift on my birthday at the end of October. I have never tried any Boscia products and am currently very into skincare, so this was right up my alley.

The Boscia Little Black Book set comes with four minis currently in their "Black" collection: Luminizing Black Mask, Detoxifying Black Cleanser, Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel and the No Pores No Shine T-Zone Treatment. I have tried 3 of these products, the remaining one being the No Pores No Shine T-Zone Treatment, only because it's colder and dryer and I don't have a need to use oil-controlling products during these months. However, this type of product would come in real handy during the warmer and more humid summer months, and I definitely plan on using it then!
The Luminizing Black Mask is a black peel-off mask and it's stings as you take it off - since it pulls on the skin, but it leaves my skin looking radiant and vey smooth. A little pain for beauty.
The Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel is a very light gel that is supposed to gently hydrate the skin - as it's name suggests. It comes out as a light charcoal gel and blend into the skin smoothly. It's nice and light, but during these drier months I need a more heavy duty moisturizer. Right now, it doesn't work for my skin and so I will have to leave this product for the hotter more humid months as well! Although, I do think that this would be a great moisturizer for oilier skin types - since it very lightly hydrates. [see above for the swatch!]
The Detoxifying Black Cleanser is my favourite, and will most likely be a favourite for some time to come! It comes out as a very viscous liquid cleanser, completely black in colour. With a touch of water, it lathers very easily into a lighter grey colour - smooth texture. The best part about this cleanser? It warms up as you lather, absolutely perfect for early winter morning. It doesn't strip my face of all it's oils and so I don't get a super tight feeling face after the cleanse. The warming sensation doesn't get too hot either, it's just warm. Yum. I've been using this every morning, warms me right up. I know I'll be grabbing the full size soon.
Poor, poor wallet.

All of these products, including the Boscia Little Black Book are available through Boscia online, Sephora online and Sephora stores.

Have you ever tried any Boscia products, or any warming cleansers?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,

Kisti Belle




Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2 | Swatchtime

12/10/13





Did I mention I love Christmas? I do. More than just all the holiday happiness and cheer, but all the beautiful palettes and sets that come out during this time. And yes, I've said that before, and if you know me personally, you may be sick of hearing/reading it.
But as I was walking in Sephora, I noticed some Urban Decay Sets - like Black Market and Ocho Loco 2. Originally, I went to grab Black Market - a set of black-based eyeliners from UD, but the I saw Ocho Loco 2 and the variety it offered. Me being me, I chose variety instead of the 5 similar black-based liners. I am still, very happy with my choice. 

Left to Right: Roach, Twice Baked, Crave and Perversion

Left to Right: Deep End, Mars, Ultraviolet and Tornado

24/7 Liner Swatches from Left to Right: Roach, Twice Baked, Crave, Perversion, Deep End, Mars, Ultraviolet and Tornado

It comes with the eight eyeliners, four limited edition and four permanent ones, plus a grindhouse (an eyeliner sharpener) for $68CAD. It's a steep price for a set, but each of the eyeliners is full size and each liner costs $23! This amounts to about a $200 value for $68 total - it hurts the wallet but it's a great value. I also never buy super colourful liners as much as I do shadows, so it's a great way to build a liner set and experiment. I'm also loving wearing these on their own with mascara; it gives me that daily pop of colour that I'm missing during these dreary cold months!

In the set, you receive a collection of browns, a black, blues-purples and an olive liner.
So far these eyeliners have amazing colour payoff and last for at least 8 hours - quite a while! I haven't tested their blending/smudging power however, I've heard from other beauty bloggers and beauty gurus that they're very easily blendable and can be used an shadow bases.
You can purchase Ocho Loco 2 at Sephora stores, online Sephora here, and any retailer that sells Urban Decay cosmetics.

I'm also intrigued to find out if Perversion will beat my MUFE Aqua Eyes eyeliner in Black, in terms of longevity, blendability, waterline colour payoff, etc. I'm currently loving the Aqua Eyes and right now it's my HG/favourite liner. 

What do you ladies think? Have you ever tried any of the Urban Decay 24/7 liners?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle

Top 10 Beauty Holiday Gift Sets | Indecent Xposure

12/7/13

Every Christmas, there always a battle between beauty brands to figure out which set is the best for it's value. This year is no different, but it seems as though brands are coming out with more and more sets per year during the holidays! 
I racked up the Top 10 Holiday Beauty Sets for Indecent Xposure and wanted to share them with you as well. 
Parts of this list actually come from personal experience, as I've bought at least two of the sets already! 

Click here to go the article on ixdaily.com


Winter Blues | Eyeshadow Swatches

12/6/13



I think I'm starting to get the winter blues. Then of course, with those two words in my head - winter blues - I start thinking about colours. Eventually, my mind goes to my makeup and then to my eyeshadows. So that entire train of thought got me thinking about the deepest winter blue hues in my collection. I came up with three shadows that I really love. You can wear blue at any point in the year, but deep blues are particularly fitting for this time of year. 


From left to right: NARS Tropic, MAC Deep Truth, MAC Flashtrack. 

From the swatches, it looks like there isn't a difference between Deep Truth and Flashtrack - but I can assure you that there is. Flashtrack is a blue with a black base making it much darker; it also has some thicker shimmers. Deep Truth is a deep royal blue with very subtle shine to it. My favourite out of these two is Deep Truth, since it's so rich in blue colour and I could wear it all over the lid. Flashtrack is a great crease or "v" colour for the eyes, it brings out the blue tones in the other shades you're wearing. 
I haven't had a chance to try NARS Tropic yet, but it's a beautifully stunning peacock blue with very chunky silver glitters. I'm going to have to do a tutorial for this one, since it's a shade I think would work well with other holiday tones - like golds and silvers and neutrals, or other paler winter blue shades. 

Rich and deep blues are a great way to put some colour into your makeup routine for the colder months. I love to use them as a crease or all-over lid colour to spice up the neutral shades I tend to wear through the winter season. 

What are you some of your favourite blue shades? 

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle







November Favourites

12/2/13



Is it just me, or do the weekend pass by far too quickly? I don't mind the week going quickly, but I wish the weekends would stay a little longer. I wonder if it's the lack of sunlight, it sets before I've even left from work! This is what it's like, living in Canada in the winter. 

Luckily, my love for makeup keeps me going until the sun comes out again. 

On that note, here are my November Favourites: 

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation
 I always tell myself not to get high-end foundation, since foundation is something that I wear every day and falling in love with an expensive one can get a little pricy. But this one just melts into my skin like I've never seen a foundation do before - even a BB cream! It's smell lovely,  perfect colour for me, gives me the perfect coverage: sheer if I want and thicker if I layer it on, and it's not cakey! The only stickler is the price, but we will see how long one 30ml bottle lasts and I'll weigh that con with all the pros. 

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Sensuelle
A beautiful birthday present given to me by a bestie. The colour suits my skintone perfectly and on top of that it's a perfect deep red for the cooler months! I've heard other blogger and ladies raving about this - if you're a brunette with a light to medium complexion it's a must try. 

Smashbox Photo Finish Under Eye Primer
I don't use this everyday, but whenever I feel like the skin under my eyes gets a little dry and the concealer doesn't hold - I slather it on! It really helps the concealer to stay on and so it doesn't dry out and then crease. I haven't seen a hydrating under eye primer like this available anywhere else, and it's a smart idea! As soon as I run out of my samples, I will be purchasing a full size.  

Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser
I received this in a Boscia Black Set, which I will be posting about soon, and I have been using it every morning since! This cleanser is a warming cleanser, which means as soon as I lather it up it warms to my hands and it's warm when I apply it to my face. Perfect for those winter mornings! So far, it's a strong morning cleanser. I have normal/combination skin and it can dry out the dryer parts of my face, but that is rectified when I apply my morning moisturizer. Great for combination/oily skin types! 

Make Up Forever Black Liquid Liner
I decided to purchase this after I wasn't too pleased with my UD liquid liner (the cap broke and it's drying out so quickly!). I am so glad that I did, this is a great every day black liner. I can create thin lines as well as thick Bridget Bardot inspired sultry eyes, and it stays on all night long. ;) 

Sample of Benefit It's Potent!
I received this on a trip to Ulta, and I didn't think to try it until now. I've been using it before I go to bed and it really makes a difference in terms of the hydration of my eye-area. It also helps to brighten up the area a bit and so when I wake up it's not a full-on raccoon sighting upon looking in the mirror. 
I'm not sure if I'll purchase the full size, but I'm loving this little sample so I'm taking it into serious consideration. 

What do you ladies think of these products? Have you tried any of them, love or hate em?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle