Oh Mai Beauty! Loving More Lipstick…Again

For some, having one ‘staple’ lipstick for every day use is fine. But clearly, that’s not me. I love having variety — after all, Lipstick Rules! Moving on. I truly believe that the act of applying a colour on your lips can dramatically change how you look — whether it’s an understated nude colour to a vampy raspberry statement lip.
That’s why I had a lot of fun testing out the lipstick line from up-and-coming Canadian beauty brand, Mai Beauty. I’ve posted a number of looks using some of Mai’s mineral-based lipsticks in past posts and my overall verdict is — two thumbs up! 
Mai Beauty was established in 2009 by 26 year old Maija Reisenauer. The company claims its products are free of harmful chemicals, preservatives, and is certified by PETA to be fully cruelty-free. The inspiration for Mai Beauty‚Äôs design are the starlets of the Silver Screen era. Many of its lipsticks for example are named after starlets from that era.
The lipsticks were very pigmented, applied smoothly and were long lasting. I didn’t find them particularly drying at all, and that’s key for me as I tend to get dry lips. I was able to wear these alone without any lip balm underneath. My particular favorites are Stella (neutral pink), Greta (bright pink), Ophelia (dark raspberry) and Eva (pale nude). These are $20 each and are available online and yes the company does ship internationally.

Lipsticks from Mai Beauty. Excuse my labeling in the top right corner – I got collage-happy again and the text got jumbled up.

Over to you, do you experiment with different lip colours?

This is why I love lipstick

While sorting through photos for an upcoming review, I came across a series of photos I took a few weeks ago. Looking at these photos it suddenly struck me — this is why I love lipstick.

In these photos I am wearing the same clothes and the same makeup (eyes, blush, foundation). The only thing I switched out was the lip colour. And you can see from the examples above how different a person can look with a change in lip colour. Such an awesome accessory.

This is why lipstick makes me happy. That is all.

I hope you are having a great week. Keep me posted on your makeup adventures.

All lipsticks worn above are from Mai Beauty. Review to come.

Lipstick 4 Ways: Inspiration from Lisa Eldridge

As you know, I’m a lipstick girl through and through, and I was super pumped to see a new video by Lisa Eldridge on “Lipstick 4 Ways.” Lisa is one of my new makeup heroines on YouTube and her blog is a wealth of beauty information. In this video, she shows the versatility of lipstick and how you can use an otherwise ‘scary’-looking lipstick to create a variety of looks, appropriate for all ages. I followed Lisa’s advice and here is my take on Lipstick 4 Ways.

The lipstick: Ophelia, from Mai Beauty. A dark raspberry lipstick that looks almost black in the tube.

Technique #1 – #2 : Apply lipstick to hand and then pat colour onto cheekbones as a blush. Apply more product to hand and use fingers to pat colour on lips for a ‘stained’ effect. I applied very lightly here for a very subtle look. You could probably intensify the pigmentation if you like.

Technique #3: Apply lipstick with a brush to create a more intense, defined look. This was my favorite. Again, I applied the colour lightly. You could go back and intensify the lip colour with a few more brush strokes.

Technique #4: Apply gloss over the lipstick for a gloss, high-pigmented look. I loved how this turned out at the end. I used a clear gloss on top of the lipstick. To amp it up even further, you could line your lips (which Lisa does in the video) and choose a gloss with sparkle or a gloss with colour (a pink for example would give a cool effect to this lip colour).

What I love about Lisa’s tips is that it shows how easy it is to make any lipstick work for you. Check out her site and her videos on YouTube. You won’t be disappointed.

Is there a lipstick in your collection that you’ve been ‘afraid’ to wear?

Week in Review: Mai Beauty, MAC Superglass and YSL FOTDs

Stella lipstick from Mai Beauty

I’ve had a fun week playing with makeup and thought I’d do a round-up of my makeup adventures over the past few days.

Greta lipstick from Mai Beauty
I’ve been testing out some mineral-based lipsticks from Canadian brand Mai Beauty. The first two I tried out from the line was a pretty coral called Stella and a hot pink called Greta. I topped it off with Mai’s clear lipgloss for an extra shine. Full review to come in the coming week with swatches of all the lipsticks in her collection!
YSL on Friday. This was taken later in the evening right before I got the kids to bed. Didn’t have my camera with me at the event sadly for a ‘fresh’ look at the excellent look that Martin created.

On Friday I went to visit my new “makeup counter BFF” Martin (manicuresandmartinis.ca), a specialist with L’Oreal, who was working the YSL event at Holt’s. Martin did my eyes in a way that he calls ‘very YSL spring’ — using greens and pinks to create a look that I never thought would work for me. In the end, I loved it! I did do some minor haulage including YSL’s new Faux Cils mascara (more details on the goodies to come this week)
Here’s a closer look at how Martin did my eyes — he tightlined my upper eyes with a dark green and the lower lash with a teal green and pink shadow. A contact lens wearer, I was blinking like a madwoman while this was happening. I must have looked pretty goofy to passerbys.
Also on Friday, I came home to see a new lippie to try out from MAC — one of its upcoming Superglass lipglsosses! Superglasses are like amped up Dazzleglasses with way more sparkle. Very pretty if you like sparkley glosses. The tube is shaped differently too — this one is more of an octagon shape versus the traditional round. The colour I got to test is Superflash, a pretty hot pink, right up my alley. The sparkle reminds me of glittery nail polish. 
Superflash Superglass from MAC

Superflash looks like a bright pink in the tube but it is sheer applied on my pigmented lips. It is quite sticky like a Dazzleglass and the sparkles are definitely much larger than the sparkles in Dazzleglass. 
For me, the best way to wear Dazzleglass and in this Superglass is on top of lipstick. Here and in the photo above with the pink sweater I’ve paired it with YSL Rouge Volupte in Pink Caress, which I’ve raved about lately. Love how glossy and shimmery my lips look with this combo.
Today I was inspired to wear navy liner after reading Belle Du Jour‘s post on navy liners. I wore one of MAC’s new Pearglide liners (can’t remember the name!), NARS Sheer Glow (Fiji, which is the wrong colour for me btw, grrrr), NARS Riviera Multiple (love this! Review to come), and Lise Watier’s Vintage Moderne lipstick and Vintage Peach Plumplissimo lipgloss (love the combo, review to come!)

That’s it — what adventures have you had with makeup this week?