Monthly Archives: March 2011

Currently Loving: Urban Decay

A few weeks ago I walked into my local Montreal Sephora (West Island) to pick up a few things that I probably didn’t need. I walked in with my usual excitement, and was stopped right in my tracks. I couldn’t believe it – after all the waiting I’ve done – there was finally an Urban Decay section. Could this be true? Was Urban Decay finally allowed in Quebec? I couldn’t control myself… I was like a little girl in a candy shop – all the products that I have read about on beauty blogs were finally in front of me and I didn’t have to travel to Toronto! Somehow I was able to limit myself to one item (I couldn’t even remember why I had originally stepped into Sephora). Because as anyone could have predicted – the Naked Palette wasn’t available (they didn’t even have a sample) – I settled on yet another Urban Decay Palette – the Ammo Palette (this brings me to a total of two Urban Decay palettes).

Urban Decay Ammo Shadow Box

For beauty enthusiasts who have been in love with Urban Decay products for years may view this as old news – but for me (and a lot of other Canadians that reside in Quebec) it’s new and I absolutely love it! Since I made the purchase I have used it every day. My three favourite colours are Smog, Maui Wowie and Sin – the combination of these colours make the perfect every day natural and bronzed smokey eye look. I’ve come to realize that the texture, colour payoff and overall feel of Urban Decay eyeshadows are amazing. So for all the Montreal ladies who read my blog, I urge you to look at this “new” line – I promise you will be far from disappointed!

Spring Trend Watch: Bold cheeks

In my mind spring is officially here in Montreal. I’ve made the (bold) move of even putting my winter jackets back in the (way) back of my closet – exactly where they belong. Premature? Maybe – but at this point I’m not looking back.
So with the arrival of spring and the shedding of heavy layers and jackets (I will never say goodbye to my scarves though), why not talk about the trend that I’ve been sporting since the winter – little did I know that it would be a hit for spring 2011.

Kim Kardashian - Bold Cheeks (

Kim Kardashian perfected it – Ammin imitated it; bold cheeks. I don’t have Kim’s perfectly sculpted cheeks, but I do the best that I can to copy her look with… drum roll please… makeup! Are we surprised? I channel my inner Kim every morning with two simple steps for my face; this consists of bronzer on the hallows of my cheek and blush on the apples. Not very difficult – but always beautiful. The trend that is here to stay for spring is bold cheeks – the perfect time (and oppurtunity) to perk up a drab complexion after the long, cold and tiring months of winter that we’ve endured.
If you want to play up your cheeks, here is a list of some of my favourite products to help you do so. The pigmentation on some of these can be a little intense – so it’s perfect for tanned skin! However, it is important to always tap off the excess from your brush, or you can end up looking like a courtesan from the 1600s instead of a glamazon from 2011!

Cargo Blush - Rome

Blush #1CARGO Blush in Rome and Laguna
I love Cargo Cosmetics – a Canadian company with amazing products (sadly not sold at Sephora anymore). Their blushes are excellent – with amazing pigment and go on so smooth, and you get a lot of product in a super cute little tin can. Both these colours have amazing colour payoff – perfect for the bold cheeks of spring 2011.

MAC Powder Blush in Desert Rose

Blush #2MAC Powder Blush in Desert Rose
What I love most about MAC blushes are the strong colour payoffs – which is perfect for a girl with a tanned complexion (the number of times that I have bought a blush and it hasn’t shown up on my skin is rather disappointing). This blush is no different – it has a beautiful matte finish which glides on smoothly for a perfectly pink-kissed look. It’s not a shocking pink, which is what makes it perfect for any skin complexion. Not to mention that it can help in channeling your inner Kim!

These three blushes are the favourites that I reach for when I need a pop of colour on my cheeks. I’ve also heard great things about Smashbox’s Blush Rush in Radiance (a bright fuchsia). I haven’t been able to justify purchasing it just yet – but it is definitely the next blush to try out on my list!

Primer… Primer Potion?

So, what’s the deal with all these new products that are available in the makeup industry? I’m a regular at Sephora – and yet every time I walk in I seem to encounter a new product for this or for that. It’s come to a point where even I can’t keep up – and as a result, I don’t always buy into the hype of, well, over-hyped products.

Urban Decay - Primer Potion

I’m probably one of the only makeup obsessed girls who hasn’t bought into the hype of the primer. This includes face primer (the type worn underneath foundation) and the over-hyped primer potions that are worn underneath eyeshadows. I’m a simple girl – I set my eyelid area with concealer; easy and fast. It seems to do the trick – my eyeshadow never creases, the colour is always beautifully pigmented and rich plus most of all, it always lasts all night. Actually, the nights that I’m too lazy to wash off my makeup (I know, I know) – I wake up in the morning with my eyeshadow looking better than it did the night before! So why should I waste $20-$30 on a primer potion when my $7 Hide the Blemish Concealer by Rimmel not only conceals, but also acts as a primer?

Rimmel - Hide the Blemish Concealer

Urban Decay Primer Potion

A few weeks ago when I bought my first Urban Decay Palette (The Black Palette) it came with their ever so famous Primer Potion. This past weekend, I decided to give it a shot – and used it underneath my eyeshadow. My eyeshadow went on exactly the same as it did with my concealer – yes, it didn’t crease or smudge – but it doesn’t anyways. So, is it worth the hype? Maybe my skin chemistry works well with the Rimmel concealer and as a result I don’t have to use a primer – or maybe the concealer I use has an excellent formula – but I have not been converted over to the primer potion side yet.
So ladies, before you give into the hype and rush out to buy a Primer Potion, I suggest you try Rimmel’s Hide the Blemish Concealer. You’ll be paying half the price for a product that can work as a concealer and a primer. Trust me, it’s worth trying it out!

The Black Palette

I love reading makeup and fashion blogs and for the past year I have been reading a lot of positive reviews on eye products from Urban Decay. We all know that I’m a sucker for anything that has to do with makeup – especially eye makeup, so I definitely wanted to try their products.

Urban Decay - Naked Palette

What really has caught my eye over the past few months is the Naked Palette by Urban Decay and have been dying to use it. Unfortunately my local Sephora here in Montreal – and all of them in Quebec – do not carry any Urban Decay products (yes – my heart broke). So how was I supposed to get my hands on a palette that is sold out almost everywhere in North America? I already have one strike against me since Montreal stores don’t carry the line – a second strike since Urban Decay doesn’t ship to Canada and a third strike since the palette is completely sold out on the Sephora website as well.

Urban Decay - The Black Palette

This leads me to the point of today’s blog entry – I was on spring break this past week (a well deserved restfull break that I desperately needed – I am now energized and ready to blog on the regular once again) and decided to visit my two best friends in Toronto. Of course I had to visit the Sephora – and was sucked in by the shiny Urban Decay section. Unfortunately they didn’t have the Naked Palette in stock (big surprise there) – but they did have a few other palettes. I love a smokey eye as we all know, so I was instantly drawn to the beautiful Black Palette – perfect for a girl who loves a smokey and dramatic eye.
Not only are these eyeshadows extremely pigmented – but they go on so smoothly it’s unbelievable! I used the palette on myself and my friends this weekend and we loved the results! I can see myself turning into an Urban Decay junkie – although none of the stores near me carry the line (maybe that’s a blessing in disguise?).
I am still waiting to get Naked, that’s for sure. My friend is in NYC for work this week, and the palette has been sold out since October. I can’t wait to get my hands on this coveted palette – and hope that it lives up to it’s hype, which I’m positive that it will.

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