MAC Retro; what’s your "tried and true" lipstick?

I wore it throughout university and into my 20s. I loved it so much that I even wore it on my wedding day. What is it, you ask? MAC’s Retro lipstick.

MAC describes this colour as a muted peachy-pink brown and is a Satin finish. It’s a great colour on its own or paired with a gloss.I used to go through tubes of this stuff in those days when my collection of lipstick probably numbered 10. Today, I still love Retro but it doesn’t get as much attention with new favorites being added regularly. But Retro will always have a special place in my heart. With that, I’ve decided to bring Retro back and wear it more often since it is such a gorgeous colour especially for Fall.

How about you — do you have an ‘old standby’ lipstick?

Canadian Beauty Spotlight: A little bit of CAKE!

I remember the days when taking a shower was almost a spa-like experience. I would splurge on shower gels, scrubs you name it. Fast forward to life as a working mom with two kids, and showers today for me equals Ivory soap and a little bit of Pantene. But recently I’ve rediscovered my love of shower products such as Soap & Glory’s Clean on Me and today’s focus: products from Cake Beauty.

Cake Beauty is another cool Canadian brand that I’ve read about but never tried. My curiousity got the best of me and I placed an order a couple of weeks ago. I ordered the Travel Kit which includes best sellers like Desserted Island Bath & Shower Gel, Desserted Island Body Mousse, It’s a Slice Bath & Shower Gel, It’s a Slice Body Mousse, and Milk Made Hand Cream. I also ordered Desserted Island Creamy Shower Polish and Satin Sugar Refreshing Body & Hair Powder for darker hues.

So far I’ve tried the Desserted Island line and love love love it! The Desserted Island Shower polish is particularly divine. Here’s how Cake describes this product: ‘this cashmere-like recipe softens your birthday suit and sloughs away dry, flaky skin. With velvety shea butter, deluxe apricot seeds and perfectly pink jojoba beads, one of the world’s finest moisturizers.’ The smell is Tahitian Coconut and vanilla — I gotta tell you it really does smell good enough to eat! My skin feels so smooth after I exfoliate with this polish. I can see a repurchase in my horizon. The Shower Gel and Body Mousse are equally fantastic in that they feel luxurious and moisturizing — and again, smell great.

I can’t wait to try the other products and might look into ordering more Cake!

QOTD: Toss it or keep it?

I know about expiry dates; and I know it’s bad to keep makeup longer than its shelf life. But it hasn’t stopped me from hanging on to beloved products.

I have a MAC Beauty Powder called Shell Pearl that I bought probably more than 3 years ago. I’m actually not sure when I got it, which means it was a long time ago. Shell Pearl was repromoted recently but I didn’t feel the need to repurchase it. After all, I have it! Yes, yes, I know that I should toss this powder now or Back 2 MAC it but I haven’t…Why? Well, it’s just so pretty. Do I use it often? No….but that’s besides the point. Right?

I’m still on the fence on whether I will be able to finally say goodbye to this pretty powder.

How about you — what is the oldest product you have in your collection and why have you kept it? Do you plan to get rid of it?

Canadian Beauty Spotlight: Lise Watier Quatuor Vibrations Quad

I’m not really an Argyle-pattern wearing type of woman. But there was something about the Argyle pattern on the packaging of this quad from Lise Watier that called out to me each time I went by it at Shopper’s Drug Mart. But one day as I was shopping for a Lise Watier product for Liparazzi, I finally swatched the quad and….well, it was “Come home to Mama” time.

I tried to do a swatch photo but wasn’t having much luck so you’ll just have to take my word for it — these shadows are AMAZING. The light lilac, the peachy nude, the grey/purple and the green (a soft chartreuse) are gorgeous and I can see so many combinations you can do with them. They are super pigmented, soft and blend like a dream.

I’ve never paid much attention to Lise Watier as I always thought it was makeup for ‘older’ ladies…but I’ve been hearing some great things about the brand, and I can say my first venture has been a fantastic experience. Yay for another great Canadian brand!

Jampacked On Display! Fall look with MAC and Bellaphoria

I’m digging the purple-toned lips of Fall. Today I played with two MAC lipglasses, On Display lipglass (Makeup Art Cosmetics) and Jampacked lipglass (Cult of Cherry 2008). When I bought On Display, I thought I would have a dupe at home in the form of Jampacked. But luckily I was wrong. While they look similar in the tube, Jampacked to me has a bit more red (top swatch) than On Display which is more purple. They both have some gold shimmer to them which you can’t see well in this picture but trust me, they are both gorgeous. I’m thrilled to have both of them.

The photo below with hair off face is with Jampacked and the one at the top of this post with hair all over the place is me wearing On Display. The lippies photograph very similar though I think. When I do these FOTDs on the weekend, I have to do them very fast when the kids are not demanding my attention which are rare opportunities.

What else did I play with today? Some fantastic mineral makeup from Bellaphoria including: Intrigue shadow (dark brown for crease); Accomplish (pinkish brown shimmer which is gorgeous!), Medium Supreme Foundation, and Wings to Fly (white highlight).

I’m planning to do a full review of the Bellaphoria samples I’ve been testing as I’m loving the pigmentation and not sure I did it any justice with my FOTDs. Stay tuned!

Are you into the dark lip look for Fall?