Friday, August 29, 2014

Review: Trust Fund Beauty - High Society

 
Bougie tings! Here's High Society by Trust Fund Beauty. You may have seen my sneak peak post on this bran, or my previous review on the beautiful Do U Know Who My Father Is? This is a gorgeous, creamy, yummy-looking peach! This was opaque with 3 thin coats and is pretty beautiful. It's light and elegant and I can see this being a year-round colour. It's bright and fun enough for summer, but light and pale enough for winter, fall, and spring! 
Here I used a simple quatrefoil design (inspired by ChristabellNails!) because this pattern is simple and elegant, just like the colour.

Take a look at it again, sans design. It's kind of perfect, isn't it? Isn't it? 

Go check out Trust Fund Beauty and cop this colour, now! 

Disclosure: These products were provided to me for sample and review. However, my thoughts and opinions are my own and are not influenced by external/third parties. View my full disclosure policy here.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Review: Lancôme Grandiôse

Okay, so here's something a little different - not nails?! I know, I'm quirky like that. I signed up for Influenster a couple of months ago, and last week, I was chosen for my very first campaign!

This beauty on the left is the new Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara. It's one of the most anticipated beauty product launches of the year and many  are touting it as revolutionary and ground-breaking in the field of eye products. 

I'm pretty much concurring. I've gone through three different mascaras this year, one from Julep and two from Avon, and Grandiose trumps them all.  


What's so different? It's this design - the swan neck - which is trademarked, apparently! It helps a lot with application and is very intuitive. The unique bend in the arm helps you access all parts of the eyelash easily, without awkwardly twisting your arm like a pretzel, or poking yourself in the eye by accident! I do that far too often. The small brush is key. I was surprised at how small it was, considering how grand the bottle it came from was, but being small really does work to its advantage. It allows you to do your lashes in sections, and do each section properly, rather than having a longer brush pull your lashes all in the same direction. This way, you really can fan your lashes out the way you want them to fan out. 



 In the photo to the left, you can see the difference between my natural lashes and one coat of Grandiose. You can see that with just one coat, the lashes on the right eye are thicker, longer, and fanned out - retaining the natural half-moon lash shape, rather than having all of the lashes direct towards the centre of the eye.






Here's a shot of my face and eyes before and after applying Grandiose. I don't have the thickest or longest lashes to begin with, but you can see that with the picture on the right, the eyelashes are very clearly noticeable. I did not use a curler for this - I actually never do! But I have to say, even from this shot, I am quite impressed with how noticeable my lashes are after one application. Is it just me or can you practically count the lashes? No? Well, check out the next close-up shot of this same picture. 

Count 'em now, bitches! This is seriously just a close up shot of the previous picture, and you have to admit - there are way more lashes now, aren't there? So that's actually one of the reasons why I love this mascara - it's not clumpy; it fans out, gives you length and volume without making your eyes look like spider legs! I have seen some terrifying spider-leg-eyelashes, and some things just cannot be unseen. Anyway - at first I thought this was too luxurious for me, but it's actually a solid every day mascara. Now. Will I purchase it? I just don't know.  Retailing at $32 CAD, I just cannot justify spending this amount of money on mascara - a product which is notorious for beginning to spoil as soon as it's opened. Mascaras have a shelf life of about 3 months, and as pretty and awesome as this product is, I think I can live with "really pretty" eyelashes instead of "amazing" eyelashes.  

Do not get me wrong. This is a fabulous product, and I am proud to stand behind it and recommend it to those who can afford it. But me? I'm just not a $32 mascara type of girl. 

Update: It's August 24 and okay, fine... this has converted me. After wearing it consistently for a week, I can say that I am totally willing to spend $30+ on this mascara every 3 months or so. It's a lot, but it's totally worth it. 

Disclosure: This product was provided to me by Influenster for review. View my full disclosure policy here.



Sunday, August 17, 2014

Review: PPN - He Always Comes Back

Nothing mellow about this yellow! This is He Always Comes Back by Pink Princess Cosmetics. It's a super fun, super bright yellow. This is two coats over one coat white - Divinely Made by PPN (what else!?) It applied beautifully and smoothly with no streaking as one often finds with yellows! Look how bright this is! It's a perfect summer colour and I wish I had worn it more often this summer. Alas, I did not, and now there are two weeks left of summer... but hell, I guess I can break some rules by wearing a bright summer colour in the fall! 


Here, I did simple ruffian florals on my accent nail, inspired by a good friend of mine over at ShayStylista! I chose a simple and clean white accent and yellow florals to highlight the beauty and brightness of the yellow - this isn't a hard yellow by any means - it's bright and fun! 

Check out Pink Princess Cosmetics to grab this colour!


Disclosure: These products were provided to me for sample and review. However, my thoughts and opinions are my own and are not influenced by external/third parties. View my full disclosure policy here.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Review: PPN - Love You To The Moon

This is the mother of all blurples! Pink Prinkcess Nails' Love You To The Moon is a gorgeous midnight blue with a pearlescent purple tone. It's pretty. Seriously so pretty. Application was a breeze. I used two thin coats to achieve full opacity and this little beauty did not stain on removal. With a blue as dark as this, not staining is a lot to ask for, but PPN delivers. I tried really hard to capture the purple in this bottle shot... did it work? You can see it in the bottle more so than on the nail... but in real life - it's there. 















Here's a little paisley/floral nail art on the accent nail. The silver is a perfect pairing for this gorgeous navy blue metallic polish. It's a little too deep and dark for summer, but this is a perfect fall and winter colour even on its own, without the accent nail. 















Check out Pink Princess Nails for details on how you can grab this colour for yourself!

Disclosure: These products were provided to me for sample and review. However, my thoughts and opinions are my own and are not influenced by external/third parties. View my full disclosure policy here.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Review: Trust Fund Beauty - Do U Know Who My Father Is?

You've read my sneak peak post on Trust Fund Beauty, and now I've been able to swatch and fully review them both. Bro - I'm in love. Seriously. 

First off, let's look at the brand that is Trust Fund Beauty. What sets them apart from other indie brands? These girls got balls. They're feisty, fierce, and fresh. This brand takes advantage of the obsession we have over wealth and celebrity culture. It's honest, brilliant, and deliciously witty. Just take a look at their polish names!


First up is Do U Know Who My Father Is? Because, you know, I would throw my father's name around if it meant better service in a bougie restaurant, too! Look at how frickin' gorgeous this pink is. Seriously. It's a creamy light pink and application was a breeze due to the fabulous formula. It was opaque within two coats. Because, fab formula. Oh. And this has no topcoat. Seriously. 

Here are more pictures in case you need further reassurance. 

















If you haven't clicked on the link to Trust Fund Beauty yet to grab your own bottle, well, I haven't done my job. Go grab this as soon as you finish reading. Oh, and get ready for my next review on Trust Fund Beauty's High Society - a gorgeous peach that reminds me of a creamsicle. (Now I want a creamsicle...)

Disclosure: These products were provided to me for sample and review. However, my thoughts and opinions are my own and are not influenced by external/third parties. View my full disclosure policy here.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Review: PPN - Sunsets In Miami

This stunner is Sunsets in Miami by Pink Princess Nails. It's a bright, coral orange that applied flawlessly in two coats. 

I live in Toronto, Canada and we see summer 2 to 4 months a year and I crave those months so I can (appropriately) begin wearing bright summer colours again. I mean, yeah, I could wear it in the winter too, but it just doesn't work the same, you know?  

Appropriately named Sunsets in Miami, here is a beautiful summer colour, perfect for the last and hottest month of the season. Can't you just see strutting along the beach with perfectly manicured nails in a shade called Sunsets in Miami? It is totally a beach colour. 

Here it's paired with a little tribal gold to keep with the warm (okay, hot) theme of the colour. 

Check out Pink Princess Nails for details on how to grab this colour for yourself before the heat of the summer ends! Unless you live in a naturally hot climate where I hope one day to be able to live or "winter." I can dream, right? 

Disclosure: These products were provided to me for sample and review. However, my thoughts and opinions are my own and are not influenced by external/third parties. View my full disclosure policy here. 


Review: PPN - You Give Me Butterflies

I love nudes but I hate if it takes a zillion coats to be fully opaque, don't you? Generally when I wear nudes, it's probably because I need my nails toned down and it needs to be able to stand out on its own. Enter You Give Me Butterflies by PPN. It's a two coater, which is perfect because then I don't need to use 4-5 coats to opacity! And, it's a beautiful creamy polish. I could totally rock this on its own.  




Because this is a swatch, I do like including some nail art to give you an idea of what more can be done with a colour, and I thought simple roses would perfectly complement the delicateness of this colour. What I like most is that this colour is a creamy light brown. Many nudes tend towards grey or pink, or are sheer, and, as established - I just cannot deal with light colours being so sheer that I need more than 3 coats. But this is a brown, and as much as I love colour, nudes are classic and look fantastic and appropriate pretty much 99% of the time. Yes I did make that statistic up, but you know what I mean! 

Like the previous PPN polishes I have tried, the formula on this is impressive, smooth, and really does rival known brands like Essie and OPI. Colour-wise, this is comparable to Essie's Spin The Bottle, albeit a tad darker. Spin the Bottle is more beige than brown, and definitely more sheer.  

Disclaimer: This polish was provided to me for sample and review by Pink Princess Cosmetics; however, the thoughts and opinions I expressed in this post are my own and have not been influenced or paid for by the sample provider. Visit my disclosure policy to learn more.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Sneak Peak: Trust Fund Beauty - High Society & Do U Know Who My Father Is?


New polish maker Trust Fund Beauty sent me some delicious-looking, cheekily named polishes to try out! These 5-free, cruelty-free, vegan polishes hail from Montreal, Quebec, and is quickly making headway in the polish game. How can't it with its beautiful and vast colour and finish selection, and its cheek-in-tongue naming convention? I received two bottles, both packaged in their own individual boxes, and extra protected by crinkly paper, to ensure it gets to its new home undamaged.

This peachy/orangey beauty is High Society.




This baby pink is Do U Know Who My Father Is?









I used both colours and sponged them on a white base to get the pastel mix of peachy orange and pink. I paired it with some black acrylic paint to frame them, and added some tribal triangles on the accent to juxtapose the hard black and tribal design against the soft pastel.




Here's a daylight shot of this design and these colours. I wore these nails to Day One of Drake's OVO Festival, featuring Outkast. They were a little more Veld/Coachella than OVO, but still a definite eye-turner.
Full review will be up in the next few days, so stay tuned!

Check out Trust Fund Beauty for more colours and to purchase these beauties for yourself!

Disclosure: These products were provided to me for sample and review. However, my thoughts and opinions are my own and are not influenced by external/third parties. View my full disclosure policy here.