Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Runway Inspiration: Alexander Vauthier Fall/Winter 2014 - 2015

Alexander Vauthier is a new designer to me, personally. I don't know much about him, but this was the first show of his that I watched. I really loved it, I wouldn't post about it, if I didn't. It is a very modern, fun, sexy and edgy show. I feel like these pieces were made for that woman that isn't afraid of fashion but embraces it and she's quite strong.

The following photos are my favourite pieces from the show.

Love how soft the colour is but the cut and shape of the dress is sexy.

Love this piece, one of the best!

How fun is this?! Rihanna would pull this off like no other.

Please Note: I have no rights to these photos. They belong to: http://en.vogue.fr/defiles/fall-winter-2014-2015-paris-alexandre-vauthier-1/11671/diaporama/show-1653/16004/pag

Also, this is NOT the whole show. If you want to see all the gorgeous pieces, please watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3QHhfOMpi0&list=UU3T5fmgL4Kvk3kG1kF6JFeA

Thursday, 11 September 2014

New York & Inglot Review: Eyeshadows

Two or three weeks ago, I got the chance to go to New York, for the first time. The Big Apple (as everyone likes to call it), was a wonderful adventure. I'm in love with the city and it's busy and exciting energy. I was in New York for only 3 days but I had a blast. The first day, I got to explore the city and me and my best friend walked a lot. The second day, I got to see Eminem and Rihanna perform at the MetLife Stadium which was amazing and I miss it. Overall, I can't wait to go back to New York and I already miss it.

The beautiful architecture of New York.

Lillie's Bar. By far, the most beautiful bar I've been to. The staff was so friendly, nice atmosphere. I really want to come back and have dinner here.

Eminem being Eminem, haha. Such an amazing concert. I would see him perform again, in a heart beat. Hopefully, he comes to Toronto! We were in the very front and unfortunately, my crappy phone's camera could not capture much that night.

When I was exploring Times Square, I spotted an Inglot store and of course, got way too excited and pretty much ran in. Inglot is not a very easy find in Toronto, I don't think it's available in Canada. Anyway, I pretty much swatched everything in the store and decided to try the eyeshadows first.

Inglot has a wonderful set-up called the Freedom System. You are free to make your own palette using any of their products. There are so many colours to choose from: http://inglotcosmetics.com/freedom.system/products/657

Love the packaging. It is simple, useful and sturdy.

I decided to purchase a quad of eyeshadows. Colours I chose are #14, #31, #413 and #439. Also, all of their products are Paraben free and not tested on animals.

L to R, Top Row: #413 and #14. Bottom Row: #439 and #31.

Swatches of the eyeshadows.

Overall, the eyeshadows are amazing. They glide on easily and the pigmentation is great. I have worn them on the eyes and they apply just as well and blend together easily. I will be posting a tutorial using the eyeshadows. I can't wait to purchase more shades and also other products that they offer.  

*Note: All photos belong to my sister, Andrea*

Monday, 8 September 2014

Runway Inspiration: Ralph & Russo Fall/Winter 2014 - 2015

The Ralph & Russo show pretty much left me in awe. My mind and heart was in love. This collection is so beautiful, every piece cannot be compared to the next, because they're all equally stunning and yet different, from one another. I think that this show also made me a little depressed - simply because I want everything but can't afford anything!

The following photos are my favourite pieces from the show.

Soft and delicate, perfect combination. Especially in white.

The detail in this piece is INSANE!

I love this piece so much. I think this would be beautiful on Jennifer Lawrence.

That lavender, Those pants. This is pure heaven.

At this point, I was ready to cry.

This colour, the cut of the dress is just perfection.

Black, white and drama!

Please note: I have no rights to these photos. They belong to: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.920344191325528.1073741838.218626158164005&type=3

This is NOT the entire collection. If you're interested in seeing all the runway goodness, please watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfNIGgwrAKU&list=UU3T5fmgL4Kvk3kG1kF6JFeA

I hope that these "Runway Inspiration" posts inspire anyone who reads them, as much as they inspire me. I hope that they take you to another place and drive your artistic side wild with madness!

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

August Loves

August has been such a fun month for me. I worked a lot, went to some amazing concerts and got the chance to go to New York. I also got to experiment with lots of makeup. I wanted to share my favourite beauty products from the month of August.

Single eyeshadows, first row, L to R: Nylon, Naked Lunch, Woodwnked, Swiss Chocolate. Second row, L to R: Digit, Beautiful Iris and Parfait Amour.
Bottom left: Uninterrupted Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
Bottom right: A Novel Romance Quad

MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Quad
  • This quad just recently came out with MAC's Novel Romance collection. The moment I saw this collection at work, I knew I would be buying it. The colours are so beautiful and perfect for fall. The pigmentation is wonderful. What I really like is the variety, it's not all matte and shimmery shades, but a combination. I find myself grabbing this palette more and more. If you can still get your hands on it, don't hesitate.
MAC Uninterrupted Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
  • First time I saw this eyeshadow, I didn't understand all the hype around it. I mean, it looks nasty, it looks like poo. But I thought I would give it a chance and now, it has become a staple in my collection. It is an amazing crease shade and it will warm up any look. I absolutely love it on medium to deep skin tones. Its matte and it really does last all day long.
MAC Nylon Eyeshadow
  • Everyone is currently going gaga over Nylon but I don't blame them, its pretty amazing. It is an amazing all over the lid colour and it looks beautiful as a highlight on the brow bone or in the tear duct. The pigmentation is serious - a little goes a long way.
MAC Naked Lunch Eyeshadow
  • I am a new fan of this shade. Whenever I would do makeup at work, I found myself putting Naked Lunch on everyone. It just goes well with everything and on everybody. It's a beautiful warm toned, natural pink with lots of gold. My favourite thing about Naked Lunch is the sheen, it catches the light so beautifully.
MAC Woodwinked Eyeshadow
  • This one is an oldie but a goodie. Woodwinked is a favourite for many so I feel like I don't have to elaborate. It's a beautiful gold that is pretty special because it looks a little different on everyone. I love creating smokey eyes with Woodwinked, especially in the summer, when we all have that beautiful glow on the skin.
MAC Swiss Chocolate Eyeshadow

  • Swiss Chocolate is a beautiful matte chocolate brown eyeshadow. Creating a smokey eye with this shade is so effortless. Swiss Chocolate is perfect for the crease or smoking up any eye look.

MAC Folie Eyeshadow

  • I can't get enough of this eyeshadow! Folie is a matte, deep, red-toned brown. If you love red-toned browns and you currently own Brown Script, you'll equally love this eyeshadow. It's just perfect, just like Swiss Chocolate, it makes a beautiful smokey eye and crease shade.

MAC Digit Eyeshadow (PRO)

  • Digit is a new discovery for me and I've been using it constantly since I bought it. Best way I can describe Digit is, that it's a pale, almost white, lavender. I love adding this to the tear duct, for brightness. It's something a bit different from a pale gold or shimmery off-white.

MAC Beautiful Iris Eyeshadow

  • Such a beautiful purple shade, its name is perfect. Whenever I get lazy or I'm not inspired by anything, I like to do purple (it compliments all eye colours). I just grab Beautiful Iris on a fluffy brush and apply it to the eye. It's a cool toned purple and it's not too dark or too bright.

MAC Parfait Amour Eyeshadow

  • This eyeshadow has been my summer eyeshadow. It's just so much fun and easy to work with! Parfait Amour is a pigmented cool toned purple. I like to wear this on its own, or as a pop of colour and I love pairing it with Beautiful Iris.

Left corner: Illamasqua Lover Blush (top), MAC Triple Infusion MSF (centre), MAC New Romance Blush (bottom).

MAC Triple Infusion MSF (LE)

  • Absolutely loving this MSF, I used it all of summer as a highlight on the face. Of course, this can also be used as blush because of the three shades in the compact. It makes a beautiful highlight for those who have medium to dark skin tones. I wish this product was still available, unfortunately it is a limited edition product, it came out in MAC's Colour Craft collection.

MAC New Romance Mineral Blush

  • New Romance is the perfect combination of a warm pink meets a peach. This blush is so easy to wear and I find myself grabbing this whenever I don't have a clue of what to apply on my face. The sheen of it is really beautiful and it gives a soft glow to the face. New Romance can be worn with or without a highlighter.

Illamasqua Lover Blush

  • Lover is by far, my favourite blush…ever. It's a beautiful warm peach, it is very pigmented and it applies evenly. The powder is finely milled and very well done. This is an every day blush for every occasion and it really gives life to the cheeks. I cannot say enough good things about Lover, I feel like I will be purchasing this blush many times.

Left, centre: MAC Nice Buzz Plushglass

Lip Pencils, left corner: Stone and Hover. Bottom left: Prep + Prime Lip. Lipsticks, right corner: Illamasqua Buff lipstick (centre), MAC Smoked Purple lipstick (bellow Buff) and MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick (right).

MAC Stone Lip Pencil (PRO)

  • In my opinion, Stone is one of the best lip pencils out there. It is a cool toned, dark brown that is essential in a makeup kit. This lip pencil can be worn on its own, as a lipstick — lining the lips, filling them in and sometimes, adding a golden gloss for shine and warmth. Stone is amazing at manipulating the natural lip shape and adding depth and darkness to the mouth. Again, a product I will purchase many times. MAC needs to make this a permanent item, in my opinion. It will be released in an upcoming collection called Artificially Wild, which comes out September 4th.

MAC Hover Lip Pencil

  • I have had Hover in my collection for a long time and it has to be my favourite lip pencil MAC makes. Thankfully, this one is available at all MAC location. Hover is a warm, mid-toned brown. Like Stone, it is great at manipulating the lip pencil but it is not as dark or cool as Stone. Hover looks great with a lot of nude lipsticks. I have to say that Hover and Honey Love lipstick (MAC) is one of my favourite nude lip combinations.

MAC Prep + Prime Lip

  • This is currently my favourite lip primer, in the market. It's funny that I have never given this product a chance, since I work for MAC Cosmetics. The reason why I love it, is because of its formula. When it's first applied, it feels just like a lip balm — it feels smooth and hydrating. After 10-15 seconds, it stars getting tacky. This product preps the lips for lip pencil and lipstick application very well. It makes applying any lipstick so easy, especially matte lipsticks. It brings out the pigmentation of lip pencils and lipsticks which is helpful because you don't use as much product then.

MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick

  • Velvet Teddy is a beautiful warm, deep nude. It has a matte formula and it is very pigmented. I've always disliked flat, concealer nudes and this lipstick is the opposite of that. It really is a nude with a lot of warm brown in it. It looks especially beautiful on medium skin tones. I feel like this is a perfect nude for fall and when it is paired up with a darker lip liner (Hover), it gives that feel of a 90's lip, which is all the rage right now.

MAC Smoked Purple Lipstick

  • Smoked Purple is a deep and dark, purple toned lipstick. It has a matte formula and of course, its pigmentation is excellent. The lips really do need to be hydrated and prepped when using this lipstick because any dry skin or imperfections will show. This looks amazing on everyone. Whether you have milk like or deep chocolate skin, it will look beautiful on you. Again, another fall lipstick but more daring and fun! You don't have to stick to the season though, because I wore this in the summer.

Illamasqua Buff Lipstick

  • This lipstick is a new edition to my collection but I just love it so much that I had to add it to my August Loves. Buff is a true brown lipstick, it is not too cool or warm, it is perfect. The formula is nice and creamy. The pigmentation is amazing. It looks amazing with MAC Stone Lip Pencil. This colour will look great on everyone but especially on brunettes with a medium toned complexion. Again, a wonderful shade for fall.

MAC Nice Buzz Plushglass

  • Nice Buzz is a pretty gloss with lots of fine pink and gold sparkle. It is beautiful on its own and if its applied on top of any lipstick, it gives it that little something. This looks great on everyone and I'm loving the smell of it, it totally reminds me of Pop Rocks candy.
*Note: All photos belong to my wonderful sister, Andrea. She took these photos for me, with her fabulous camera. Thank you, Andrea - you're the best!*

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Runway Inspiration: Elie Saab Fall/Winter 2014 - 2015

This is something new on my blog. I have given this a lot of thought and I wish I started this earlier. I'm going to start making posts on what inspires me and my makeup. One of the biggest makeup inspirations for me is fashion. The runway world and cosmetic world have always had this beautiful bond and if you ask me, I think that bond is perfect. Fashion and makeup are both forms of art and art makes us humans feel alive, it allows us to express ourselves. I have always been a big admirer of fashion, I remember being 14 years old, tuning on Fashion TV and watching runway shows. The rush of what was going on backstage, the massive amounts of makeup and hair products, all the beautiful clothes and models… I was addicted. And I still am. I still continue to watch runway shows.

I have decided to start this post with Elie Saab. I have always adored Elie Saab and to me, the couture gowns are art pieces. The following photos are my favourite pieces from the show.

Beading in this piece is amazing.
Love the light to dark sparkle.
Some more amazing beading but in a beautiful and rich, royal blue.

Everything about this piece is perfect. This gown is bound to end up on a celebrity for an award show.

Simplistic, sensual and sexy.

                                   Love the contrast of the sheer fabric against the pop of gold, bronze sparkle.
The colour scheme and flow of the fabric is so breath taking.

This reminds me of a mermaid bride. I don't know, I'm weird. It's so beautiful.

Also, this is NOT the entire collection. If you do want to see all the beauty, please watch this video (I highly encourage that you do): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zKs1ZZZYD0&list=UU3T5fmgL4Kvk3kG1kF6JFeA