Wednesday, March 07, 2012

YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils Mascara

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I received a mini tube of the YSL Volume Faux Cils mascara in my February Topbox to try. I've heard a lot of good things about this mascara but personally, I didn't love it. 

It is said to give an "intense, dramatic lash look in a single stroke, for lashes that stop traffic with the blink of an eye."

That's not really what I achieved using this mascara.

In all fairness, I do have straight, itty-bitty lashes so it's not really the mascara's fault that I couldn't stop traffic with the blink of an eye. 

I like the formula of the mascara. I found it to be long-wearing and it didn't smear at the end of the night. I just didn't see a change to my lashes that a drugstore mascara couldn't do.

The brush is nice. I haven't used a fiber brush in a while (I'm used to the plastic bristles) so it was a nice change. 

Overall, I'd probably give it ♥♥♥♥♥. It's applies great but it didn't wow me. The full-size retails for $36.

Have you tried the YSL Faux Cils? What did you think? xx

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

2 Glosses and a Lippy

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Some things I picked up from Chanel. Two are from the Knightsbridge collection and one is from the Spring 2012 collection.

The associate was nice and gave me a couple samples -- one is the Vitalumière foundation in 40 Beige and the other is the Hydra Beauty Sérum. I'm not really a foundation person but it's worth a try. I do wish it was the Vitalumière Aqua though.

Rouge Allure in Kensington

I fell in love with this colour as soon as I saw it on display. It's a bright, wearable fuchsia. For some reason, I have been obsessed bright lipsticks lately. I like that you can apply a little for subtle colour or layer it for a bolder look.

Plus, that packaging for the Rouge Allure lineup (which is priced at $40) is beautiful! You click the gold base and the lipstick pops out from the sleek black case. It's my favourite lipstick packaging save for the Guerlain Rouge G.

I forgot to swatch this but I will feature it on a FOTD soon.

Glossimer in #159 Pétillant and Chelsea

Pétillant (#159) is from the Spring collection. It is a lovely peach shimmery gloss with a touch of pink glimmer. It's light on the lips but offers a pretty sheen. I love this gloss despite it's unoriginality. 

Chelsea is from the Knightsbridge collection and I was kind of disappointed with this. It looks amazing in the tube (bright, vibrant, pigmented) but it's very sheer on the lips. It has no shimmer and hardly any colour. It's not what I had expected but it still looks great over Kensington.

Glossimers (which are priced at $31) are my favourite glosses -- they work so well with my lips. They apply beautifully and the're non-sticky. 

#159 Péttilant (left) and Chelsea (right)
They look so similar on the lips :/


What are your favourite lip glosses? Mine is a tie between the Chanel glossimers and the Dior lip polish.


Monday, March 05, 2012

Macaron Love

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I mentioned a few posts ago that I was going to hop on the macaron bandwagon. 

So yesterday, the boyfriend and I went on a little Sunday adventure to sample macarons from different bakeries as per Blog TO's best Macaron list.

The first place we visited was Lemon Tree at the St. Lawrence Market. Unfortunately, we forgot that it was closed on Sundays so our first attempt was a fail.

Petite Thuet
Next was Petite Thuet on King St. E. They had a good selection of macarons (the classic flavours Vanilla, Chocolate, Caramel, etc). They cost around $2 each, I believe.

We picked up two macarons from each location in different flavours to try.

The Sweet Escape Patisserie
Sweet Escape Patisserie is in the Distillery. Quaint location but a small selection of macarons. They had fun colours though. Their flavours were pomegranate, blueberry, blackberry, and another one I can't remember. They were $1.95 each and they're gluten free!

Pusateri's (in Yorkville) wasn't on the BlogTO list but it has a wonderful selection of sweet treats. Seriously. It's heavenly -- there are so many delicious cakes and pastries! The macarons here were also the least expensive of the places we went to at $1.75 each. There were lots of different flavours, too.

MoRoCo Chocolat
MoRoCo (also in Yorkville) has a good selection too. Plus, they were displayed beautifully in sleek glass cases. They had the most expensive macarons though at over $2. They also had pre-made boxes of macarons with assorted flavours.

Macaron Haul...

Here's our loot, from left to right:
* Coffee (MoRoCo)
* Lavendar Cassis (MoRoCo)
* Red Velvet (Pusateri's)
* Pistachio (Pusateri's)
* Pomegranate (Sweet Escape)
* Blackberry (Sweet Escape)
* Caramel (Petite Thuet)
* Vanilla (Petite Thuet)

My favourites would have to be the Red Velvet, Pistachio, and Coffee. Least favourite would be the Lavendar Cassis. Overall, I think my favourite place Pusateri's. I liked the texture and the taste of them the best.

What's your favourite flavour? xx

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Week(end) in Photos

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Hello lovelies,

Here are a few snapshots of my weekend...

* I had delicious seafood and wonton noodle soup in Chinatown.

* The boyfriend and I went on a little adventure around downtown for Macarons (thanks to my recent obsession with this Blog TO list). I will blog soon about my discoveries.

* We also had Teppanyaki. Dinner, sake, and a show.

* I went to a Chanel makeup event at Holt Renfrew. They had the limited edition Knightsbridge Collection and I picked up one of the Rouge Allure lipsticks and the glossimer from the collection.

* I also got my nails done using two colours from Chanel: Orange Fizz and Rouge Carat. 

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! xx