My Beauty Junkies

Showing posts with label gosh cosmetics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gosh cosmetics. Show all posts

Monday, January 30, 2012

FOTD: Dramatic Eyes For a Boudoir Photo Shoot

Saturday was such a fun, and nerve-wrecking, day for me.  It was the day of my boudoir photo shoot AND the day that my fabulous friend, Ariella (a makeup artist), showed me her amazing skills and did my makeup.

The day began with me arriving at her house in the morning with absolutely no makeup on or my hair done.  She got to work immediately and transformed me from plain-Jane to model fabulous.  After I finished doing my hair, the look was done.  Check out the before and after photos...

Good Morning!  It`s 10 am and I actually left the house without makeup OR my hair done.  Definitely a first for me
A couple hours and a delightful straightening job later, the look is complete.
Makeup used on my face:
Estee Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher (primer)
Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse Makeup in 010 Vanilla
Youngblood Ultimate Concealer in Fair
Clinique Perfectly Real Compact Makeup in Shade 102 N
For the cheeks:
L'Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer
GOSH Giant Sun Powder in 001
Physicians Formula Glow and Mood Boosting Blush in Natural 
Quo Minerals Matter Blush in Pink Petal 
For the eyebrows:
Youngblood Brow Artiste Palette in Dark
For the eyes:
M.A.C Prep and Prime Eye
M.A.C Silver, Black and Grey Eye Shadows Color Unknown (Must ask Ariella)
Smashbox Cream Eye Liner Palette in Cameo
Estee Lauder Magnascopic Mascara in Black
Ardell False Eye Lashes 
Quo Lash Adhesive 
For the lips:
L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm in Rose Elixir

I am so fortunate to know such a fantastic makeup artist AND have the pleasure of saying how great of a friend she is.  I will say though, that she gave my quite a bit of slack about the shape of my eyebrow brush because according to her "it's completely bent out of shape and useless..."  All in all, it was a fantastic day filled with makeup, a few hours of photos, multiple lingerie outfits and tons of laughter.  

Monday, August 22, 2011

My Newest Nail Polish Haul

When I decide to buy a new cosmetic, I can never just buy one.  Seriously, it's a big issue.

Take my latest nail polish haul, for example.  I was going through my polish collection and realized I didn't have a mint green/blue color.  So, I went to the drugstore and picked up a mint color AND a fuscia purple color.  Then, I went to Superstore to look at the Joe Fresh product line and bought three more nail polishes.  After that, I came home and bought three new Avon polishes.  Needless to say, I bought eight polishes instead of the intended one.  And the worst part is, because I'm crap at painting my own nails, I don't even end up using them as often as I should.  But honestly, these colors are so gorgeous that I couldn't pass them up:

GOSH Cosmetics is such a fantastic cosmetic line.  And I am happy to say that their polishes are really great too!  (The pink one has been on my toes for the past week.)  From left to right the colors are Miss Minty and Flamingo.  By the way, they were on sale for $7 a piece which I think is an absolute steal.

Here are the Avon polishes.  From left to right the colors are Mambo Melon, Cotton Candy and Sunshine.  I haven't used any of these polishes yet but can't wait to paint my nails that pretty coral color.  Plus, they were a steal at 3 for $6.99.

Can I just say that the Joe Fresh polishes are definitely some of my faves.  I can't get over how bright and cheerful the colors are!   From left to right the colors are Pineapple, Cobalt and Papaya.  These polishes were on special at 3 for $10.

As you can see, I chose Cotton Candy for my nails today.  I love the pink color, as it's not overbearing, but still seems to go with every outfit.

What has been your recent favorite nail polish color? 


Thursday, August 4, 2011

What's Your Face Worth?

As I was putting my makeup on this morning, I got to thinking about money. Now, this is a regular occurrence for me (as Allan and I have some big things coming up next year that we’re saving for) but for some reason today seemed like a great idea to find out my face’s worth. (Ha, that sounds funny.) So, here’s what I used to create my look today AND their prices…

                                  Dior DiorSkin Forever Extreme Wear Flawless Makeup
                                                           SPF 25 in Ivory - $55
Youngblood Ultimate Concealer in Light - $25
Clinique Superpowder Double Face Makeup in Matte Bisque - $25
Gosh Big Sun Powder Bronzer - $25
NARS Blush in Super Orgasm - $29
Avon 12-in-1 Eye Palette (Beige and Gold applied) - $17.99
SMASHBOX Cream Liner Palette - $24 (At the duty free)
Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Mascara - $9.99
Illamasqua Lipstick in Over - $22 (Bought in the USA)

So, all together, to purchase this look the total is $182.98. To be honest, I actually expected this to be quite a bit more SO I’m back to being a happy girl….Ha

I would love to see other posts like this if you care to partake. Let me know if you do!!


Monday, July 18, 2011

FOTD: The Work Appropriate Black Smoky Eye

NOTE TO SELF:  Never attempt to apply a black eyeshadow before going to work.  Or, ensure you double check the eyeshadow you've grabbed before you apply it.

Yes, I'm sure you can figure out exactly what happened here.  I was applying my makeup, like I always do, and as I was applying my eyeshadow, I realized I had selected a color that could literally pass for black.  As you all know, once a color like that is ON your eye lid, it's very very very difficult to remove.  So, after rubbing my lids with a kleenex for a very long time (alright, slight exaggeration...more like 5 minutes) AND applying a shimmery shadow on top, I think I found the perfect smoky eye mix:

Smashbox Photofinish Color Correcting Primer (Green)
Dior Diorskin Forever Extreme Wear Flawless Makeup 010
Youngblood Fair Ultimate Concealer 
Clinique Perfectly Real Compact Makeup in 102
Youngblood Brow Artiste in Dark (Eyebrows)

Gosh Cosmetics Giant Sun Powder
E.L.F. Natural Radiance Blusher in Shy

E.L.F. Elements Essential Custom Eye Shadow in Dusk
Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadow in Diamond Dog (bronze sparkle)
Youngblood Eye Liner Pencil in Blackest Black
Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara in Black

Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Lip Gloss in Kiwiberry

I have to say, once applied I really do enjoy the look.  All in all I am pleasantly surprised.


Monday, July 11, 2011

YAY for Blog Awards

I was recently nominated for the Top 10 Award by Catharina over at Makeup Look.  If you haven't checked out her blog before I highly recommend you do so.  Her blog is one that I read all the time because I love her youtube video channel.  She gives fabulous tutorials and tips!!!  Thanks again Catharina for the award..

So, the rules are as follows:
Link back to the person who tagged you
Nominate 10 other bloggers
List your 10 favorite beauty products 

Here is a list of my favorite (well, right now anyway) beauty products:

1.  Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo - I have tried many many many different types of dry shampoo but always go back to this one because it smells like coconut/pineapple, it does a fab job removing the excess oil from my very thick hair and it only costs about $8.99 CAN.

2.  Avon Smooth Minerals Blush in Blushing Mauve - If it's good enough for Reese Witherspoon (who supposedly wears it all the time) it's definitely good enough for me.  I love this blush because of it's gorgeous pinky rose tone and the fact that it adds the perfect amount of color without being overbearing.

3.  Smashbox Cream Liner Palette - Amazing colors right?  These liners are cream based so they go on very smooth and have great lasting power.  This palette has a price tag of about $35 CAN but I only paid $17 at the duty-free shop.

4.  LORAC Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in Superstar - Sigh, once this brown trio is combined it creates a gorgeous bronze smokey eye which is perfect for daytime.  Plus, LORAC is an amazing brand.  Not only is the quality outstanding but the color will last all day, on your eyelids, without any creasing.

5.  Gosh Cosmetics Giant Sun Powder in 001 - I can NOT stop raving about this product!!!  It has literally become my go-to bronzer because it gives a great sun-kissed glow AND has gorgeous little gold flecks that seem to fall perfectly on your cheekbones.  Ladies, if you're near a Shoppers Drug Mart, go there and buy this palette...

6. MAC Cremesheen Glass in Partial to Pink - I am definitely a gloss girl and pink tones are always what I gravitate towards.  I particularly like this one because the color is perfect, it doesn't have a sticky feeling and it has a sponge applicator.  (I despise any other applicator for gloss.)

7.  Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara - I bought this on a whim as I was looking for a mascara that ACTUALLY made my lashes look huge and I am so happy I spent the money.  This one definitely lives up to the hype.  It has a huge mascara wand which separates every lash and adds a ton of volume to each and every lash, making your eyes look huge.  It's worth the money ladies.

8.  Revlon Luxurious Color Satin Eye Shadow Platinum Glimmer - Aside from bronze eye colors, my other faves are either grey or silver.  This one is fab because it combines both the grey and silver in one shadow.  Once on, it maintains its grey tone and adds a punch of glitter.  Not bad for $5.

9.  Clinique Moisture Sheer Tint SPF 15 in Fair - When it comes to summer, tinted moisturizers are the way to go.  This one is great because it actually provides quite a lot of coverage but still moisturizers your face.  Also, it's one of the only ones that doesn't make me breakout in the sun.

10.  Revlon Lustrous Lipstick Creme in Pink in the Afternoon - I was cleaning out my vanity table this past week and stumbled upon this forgotten pink lipstick.  Ever since I discovered it (Tuesday) I have been wearing this non-stop.  This pink color looks fabulous on my lips because it matches my fair skin tone perfectly.  I will definitely be buying this again.

The bloggers I'm nominating for this award are:

Bronwen at Rubyna
Erica at Meet Makeup
Miss A at Beauty Boudoir
Gaia at The Non-Blonde 

Have fun with the posts ladies!!!  I sure did.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

My Top 3 Beauty Products for Summer

We had our first real day of summer on Sunday!  YAY for us Vancouverites. 

I spent the day walking the pier with a girlfriend, having beer and yummy eats on a patio with said friend and was having such a good time that I forgot to apply sunscreen to my back.  So I also got my first sunburn of the year....Ah, good times.

The sun (and my brightly colored maxi dress) got me thinking about my favorite colors and products for the summer.  Typically I would list off a TON of products that you HAVE to buy but, being as frugal as I am (ha), I've narrowed it down to your three 2011 summer must-haves: a good orange lipstick, a fabulous bronzer and a coral blush.  My personal picks for this year are Revlon's Colorburst Lipstick in Peach (075), Gosh Cosmetics' Giant Sun Powder (001) and Elizabeth Arden's Pure Finish Mineral Cheekcolor in Sunkissed Coral.

Revlon's Colorburst Lipstick in Peach has been my go-to shade for about a month now.  At first I thought I couldn't pull off an orange tone but I'm happy to say I was wrong.  I've been rocking this shade at the office, dinner dates with Allan and even around the house.  (it makes me feel glamorous.)  By the way, it only costs about about $9 CAN so I highly recommend it.

Gosh Cosmetics is slowly becoming one of my go-to product lines.  The line is price comparable to MAC (maybe even slightly less) and is almost as pigmented as MAC items.  And the best part is, it's available at all Shoppers Drug Mart locations.  Anyway, I was needing a new bronzer and decided to upgrade from last year's Rimmel purchase and this HUGE compact caught my eye.  As soon as I put it on my skin, I fell in love: it's smooth, has a fabulous golden tone and the perfect shimmery finish.  Well worth the $25 CAN.

Elizabeth Arden (the line) occasionally shocks me, like they did with this awesome blush color.  It's part of their Bronze in Bloom 2011 Collection and, best of all, it's mineral.  I love the soft color, the matte texture and the packaging, which is pretty much the best part.  Because it's a loose blush, there is a chance that the product could spill HOWEVER they created a snap close lid AND a turn-dial that, once turned to the right, enough product comes out for one use.  Genius if you ask me.

Oh look, it's me...ha. Here I am with the lipstick, bronzer and blush on.  See how shimmery everything is?

And an eery up-close shot.  However, you do get to see beautiful orange hue of the lipstick and the golden tone of the bronzer.  Sigh, I love these products.

NOTE:  For those ladies that live in Canada, check out the magazine FLARE (July 2011 Issue).  In the center of the magazine you'll find a coupon for the Bronze in Bloom Collection sold at the Bay.  With this coupon, if you purchase one of the BIB products, you'll get a free full-size Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara.  You should definitely take advantage of this!!!

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