Beauty Blog Link Love 30/03/13

Nail junkies: don't miss Rae's coverage of the (very cool) YSL Tie and Dye and YSL Jade Impérial La Laque Couture polishes over at theNotice!

Bun Bun Makeup Tips shares an expensive lesson learnt: be careful when you buy electrical appliances from the U.S. if you are in Singapore!

Do you have what it takes to win at the Nail Art Olympics? Addicted to Beauty is in awe...

Ever have a self-tan mishap? Read all about Krasey Beauty's!

Tired of poorly-formulated, silicone-laden BB creams? Musicalhouses explores the new Kiehl's BB cream!

FabDiva20 has been loving the most gorgeous bright lipsticks for the season! Check out her Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids swatches Part 1 and Part 2!

Jenn from Spiced Beauty swatches the new Benerfit core collection! Check out her opinions on the new products.

Ever tried a fig fragrance or dreamed about people chasing you with blowtorches? Over at Makeup Morsels, MM puts the spotlight on Diptyque Philosykos and dream interpretation.

Underwater Pinup is a new thing. Think it sounds impossible? Impossibly glamorous, you mean! Check out the new Aqualillies collection from Tarte on Gouldylox Reviews!

At Musing On Beauty, Mariella tries the L'Oreal Mythic Oil Shampoo...and kills the myth!

At Love, Lust, and Fairy Dust, Jude reviews a home waxing kit for the face from Veet. This one actually works!

The Pammy Blogs Beauty MAC Matters Challenge continues! See how Pammy is building her MAC Core Collection with (less than) $21 a Month.

There's a lot of buzz about Flower Beauty, but Beauty Info Zone says some some of the pollen has fallen off the flowers. What's up with that?

Cheeky Monkey Nail Polish have names that help bring out the slutty side of Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed. Not that her slutty side needed that much help, but come admire her swatches anyhow!

Still looking for an emerald eyeliner to wear? Then head over to Beauty Reflections to see a couple in action from the Sephora + Pantone Universe Collection!

Phyrra shares 40 new ways to get addicted to the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils!

Head over to Makeup, Beauty and More to read about the new NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien!

Winged Eyeliner & Wine Lips


My signature look this year has been pretty simple- Wing liner & bold plum lips. It's quick and effortless. This post was apart of Challenge Four for Fashion magazine's Beauty Panel.
 
I'm constantly asked how do I get my line so perfect. I will tell you it takes a lot of practice but a good eye liner is key. You can use pencil, liquid, cake or gel liners to get the look.

For time sake, I use liquid liners. I also make sure I get the deepest black. I find it pops on my skin tone and also brings out the brown in my eyes. 

For this particular look I used Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner from Milani. The liner is thin, pointy and deep. People who are new to eye liner may like it because it has a grip. If you still can't get your liner straight, make sure to have some precision qtips on hand to clean up the mess.

What is your favourite liquid eyeliner?

Current Obsession: Caudalie Grape Water

There is a big difference between dewy and oily skin. I finally found a product that gives me that dewy look I want without making me look like an oil slick. It was actually a recommendation from the esthetician at Murale. 

 After applying my Make up For ever Pro Finish, I spray Caudalie Grape Water in a "T" formation on my face. I love the look it gives off. It hydrates and refreshes my skin.

I took a huge risk buying this product because I'm actually allergic to grapes.. Yea I know... I'm crazy. Since I'm not ingesting them, I'm okay. Don't Judge me!! 
100 percent grape water toner enriched with moisturizing polysaccharides and mineral salts.
For $12.00 I think it's a great buy because it works with my sensitive skin.
I was wearing the Caudalie Grape Water over MUFE pro finish here. 

NCLA Nail Lacquer is now sold at Nailpolishcanada

Pastel are slowly creeping into my beauty collection.
It's a trend that I think looks best on my nails.

I recently had the opportunity to try out NCLA nail lacquers ($16) from Nailpolishcanada.
I had no idea what to expect from the brand but I heard  it's a celebrity favourite worn by Beyonce, Ke$ha and Miley Cyrus






Am: Beauty Sleep, Pm:Shopping Spree
Mint Green

Don't Call Me Peachy!
 Peach Nude Cream 
About these polishes:
Application was a tad difficult at first. A little streaky but I know that's common with creamy pastel colours. These polishes required three to four coats. As you can see in the picture above two coats was definitely not enough.

The drying time was pretty quick but I know that building coats can be time consuming. If you have the patience, I would recommend these polishes.


World MasterCard Fashion Week Backstage Hair & Beauty: Joe Fresh


How amazing is this picture?
It was taken while Jorge from Redken was spraying the models hair.

Maybelline:
 I loved the fact that this look was one that you could wear daily. My favourite BB cream from Maybelline was used on the skin to give a dewy effect. Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner in Blackest Black was used to line the upper lid. Maybelline Great lash was used on the lashes. Dream Bouncy Blush in Candy Coral was used on the cheeks.  Grace Lee explained the look as "Tres, tres rocker chic"!

Redken:
They cut the model's locks off to complete the look! I'm joking! Seriously though doesn't the wig look really natural. Jorge from Redken got the look by wrapping the hair using Fashion Works 12 and using bobby pins to compress it. Once the wig was on it was great to see them cut into it and use Wax Blast 10 & Fashion Works 12 to style it. It's crazy to see how much movement a wig can have right after coming out of a box.

I can't wait to see what Joe fresh has in store for us next season!

I'm one of 10 All-Canadian Beauty Blogs You Need To Know Via Flare Magazine

I'm still in awe that Flare magazine named Spiced Beauty as one of 10 All-Canadian Beauty Blogs You Need To Know. I heard about the list on Faces by Farah (one of fave bloggers who was on the list as well) facebook page. Never in a million years would I expect to see my blog. 


The part that really touched my heart was "This blog isn't only for women of colour, but having an editor that showcases colour palettes on a darker complexion is definitely an asset."

That line embodies everything that I've tried to achieve for the past 4 years. It brings me back to the times when I was younger and I watched others shop through the makeup aisles. I felt like nothing matched/would compliment my "dark/deep" skin tone. I do not want anyone to feel how I felt those times. 

That's why I started Spiced Beauty. I really feel that everyone regardless of skin tone has the right to have one beauty product that truly makes them confidently smile when they put it on. If I can help you achieve that feeling, that's truly all that matters to me.

Thank you for reading <3

World MasterCard Fashion Week: KORHANI home Carpet Couture Runway Show

It's that time again! 
World MasterCard Fashion Week. 

Toronto is buzzing with new trends, amazing shows and fresh faces!

I had the opportunity to attend the KORHANI home Carpet Couture Runway Show. 
I was completely blown away with the precise tailoring and unique designs. I had to keep reminding myself that they`re wearing Carpet during the whole show! 

Check out some of the shots I captured!
The first one is my favourite because it's creepy and invokes emotion.







Can you believe that this is carpet?


Benefit Core Collection Swatches!


Last month, I had the opportunity to attend a really fun event at the Benefit Headquarters. 
While I was there, they unveiled the Benefit Colour Core collection for 2013. 
Doesn't the packaging remind you of that old Art deco feel? 
 The line also features one of the hottest trends right now for spring/summer- Pastels!

Thankfully, I was able to try out some goodies from the line courtesy of Benefit Canada! 
 If you have any questions, please ask them below.
Enjoy the swatches!

Ultra plush lip gloss
Our soft & silky glosses glide on sooo smooth, drenching lips in luscious color that’s never sticky. From crystal clear to hot pink, the luxurious formulas give your lips a kissable, sexy sheen.
Longwear powder shadow
This soft & silky shadow comes in 12 wearable shades and three finishes: matte, satin and sheen. From pale shell to brilliant silver, we’ve got you covered!

Creaseless cream shadow
..Crease-proof & budge-proof as ever! The 10 incredibly wearable shades (including original favorites r.s.v.p., birthday suit and skinny jeans) glide on easily and last all day long.


Fakeup
Cover-up goes incognito! This hydrating crease-control concealer - with Vitamin E & apple seed extract - hides dark circles & diffuses fine lines for a silky smooth, ultra-natural look. Available in three shades, it’s proven to keep skin hydrated for 6 hours!*
I know that this may sound crazy but I loved swatching everything in this post. I totally should start doing more posts like this. My favourite out of the bunch has to be the long wear powder shadow. Since I'm a dark/deep skin tone I didn't expect any of them to show up on me. The colours are actually really pretty. I feel like I want to incorporate Kiss Me, I'm Tipsy in every look.


Do you see a product here that you want to
try?



Beauty Blog Link Love 16/03/13

Phyrra & Ana discuss brand relationships & bloggers.

The weather's getting warm, so Musicalhouses introduces you to Biore's latest Aqua UV Watery Essence sunscreen!

Have you tried out the new Clinique Chubby Stick Intense lip colour range yet? If not, don't miss Rae's swatches, photos, & review on theNotice -- this is one product that you NEED in your stash

Jenny falls head over heels for the YSL Glossy Stains over at My Funny Valentine.

At Eyelining Obsessions, Claire tries desperately to get into a Spring mood (despite the weather!) with a bright lip courtesy of LUSH.

Just when you thought you didn't need another palette in your life, Jude reviews this little beauty from Clarins at Love, Lust, and Fairy Dust.

Jenn from Spicedbeauty shows you how to get long, voluminous, & lump-free lashes in less 2 minutes!

Jessika from polish insomniac has fallen head over heels for the new Hard Candy Candy Sprinkles Collection. Check out her swatches and see what awesome dupe she found!

If you've never heard a colour whisper then you need to check out Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed's Maybelline Color Whisper swatches!

If you love emerald green then head over to Beauty Reflections to check out two great Sephora+Pantone Universe products, including the greenest mascara ever!


Sephora Color Charged Graphic Lacquer Emerald Nails

I couldn't have picked a better timing for this post!
Green nails just in time for St. Paddy's Day!


I used Sephora Color Charged Graphic Lacquer in Emerald ($12.00 CDN).
Can you believe I applied this with three coats (no base or top coat).
To make my ring finger pop, I used Maybelline Color Show Nail Sticker in Divine Crocodile.

I'm a part of Fashion Magazine's Beauty Panel!

If you follow me on twitter, most of you know that I'm now a part of Fashion Magazine's Beauty Panel!

What's beauty panel you ask?
A panel of  Canadian beauty bloggers & MUA's who share our insight on 
weekly questions dealing with makeup, hair & nails.


Real Technique Brushes are now sold in Canada!

I remember my first encounter with these brushes. It was at an Ulta in Buffalo, New York.
My first time ever in Ulta and the real technique brushes were on sale. 
One base/flawless set was left and I told my friend that she could have it. 

Flash forward to now.. 
Real Technique brushes are now sold in Canada!

I know it took a while but I love that fact that I can drive to walmart and pick up products
that I know bloggers in USA and UK rave about.

*More and more walmart locations are getting the brushsets and individual brushes- so don't fret if you can't get the set that you want at the moment. Another option for getting items you want is shopping online at farleyco.ca. 

I was sent the Real Techniques Your Base Core Collection. 
You can never go wrong with a great set of face brushes!
Comes with:
-Detailer brush
Precision cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas; or, use with lipstick for long-lasting shape and definition.

-Pointed foundation brush
Use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage.

-Buffing brush
Ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation.

-Contour brush: 
Delicately applies highlighter to contour or create sheer, soft-focus finish

Why you should get it:

  • The brushes are soft but firm enough to get the job done.
  • Synthetic taklon bristles are great for anyone with sensitive skin. - Plus they are good with wet & dry products.
  • The case transforms into a stand- Perfect for someone like me who is always misplacing brushes.
  • The brushes have the "usage" names on them. e.g "Contour Brush" - Always good for someone who is new to makeup.
  • Last but not least they are 100% cruelty-free.

Have you tried Real Techniques brushes before?

Caryl Baker Visage- The Ultimate Facial

How many times a year do you get a professional facial? 
Every month? Every six months? NEVER?

What If I told you that you can do this at your local mall!

I was recently treated to the "Ultimate Facial" at Caryl Baker Visage. 
The Ultimate Facial is a 60 minute treatment that combines the use of 

deeply hydrating collagen and cell boosting oxygen.
I got my complimentary facial done by a very knowledgeable lady named Jacqueline. She answered all of my questions! I love the fact that she wanted to get to know my skin. We talked about what I think my problem areas are and what I can do to change it.

Having these conversations are crucial. A lot of places slap on product on you without asking what your skin regime is, skin type or if you have allergies.

I have a grape allergy and she made sure that she didn't use any products that contained grapeseed oil.

I should also add that she did a skin analysis on me using a magnifying lamp. Other than the light discolouration on my cheeks she told me that all my pores are small and consistent. YES!! Honestly that made my day. Hahaha!

Before she added the collagen mask, she properly cleansed my skin. It's really important to start with a clean base to make sure that you get the best out of your facial.

The collagen sheet mask was kept on for 10 mins. Did you know collagen diminishes fine line and wrinkles? I'm blessed that I don't have this issue but I was told that early prevention is the best way to combat it. The second part of the facial involves using cell booting oxygen directly on the skin. It's suppose to plump up the skin and leave you look radiant. 

I will add that going to get it on a Friday evening was not the best idea on my part. The mall was packed and it was noisy (I'm easily distracted). They did put down a privacy screen for me which did help a bit. Next time I'd schedule my appointment for early morning or in the middle of the week when I know not as busy.

Overall, I loved the facial. My skin looked amazing and I loved the products she used.

Trends: Thigh High Slits

It's been a while since I've done something on fashion trends.
Let's get started with this trend: Thigh High Slits.
I swear slits are one of those trends that will never die.  They just start getting higher and higher! 

Being 5'2, I'm not sure if I'm going to embrace this trend this summer.
Maybe I start out with a starter piece and go from there.

Here are a few fabulous ladies rocking the trend: 
Rihanna rocking an amazing dress from her river island line.
Maria Menounos in a canary yellow dress at the Grammy's.
Jennifer Lopez at the Grammy's look at that leg!

Would you rock the thigh high slit trend?

Avon MagiX Cashmere Advanced Liquid Dark/Deep Foundation

I couldn't wait to test out the Avon MagiX Cashmere Advanced Liquid Foundation ($15.00 CAN) because they had a great range for Women of Colour. That's one of the main things that attracted me to a line.

The cashmere-soft feel you love…now with new skin brightening benefits. Advanced new formula gives skin an instant radiance. 70% of women saw more radiant, younger-looking skin. After 4 weeks of use, spots and discolorations appeared diminished. Brightens complexion and creates a pore-free, line-free and shine-free look. Leaves skin feeling ultrasoft and moisturized with a natural finish. SPF 15*

I love the "squirt" bottle and applicator.
  It's clean and easier to push out the amount of foundation you want without wasting it.

There are seventeen shades in the line ranging from light Ivory to Rich Espresso. So there is a shade for everyone!

The formula is really smooth. They describe it as "cashmere-soft". A little bit goes a long way. It can be applied with a sponge, brush or fingers. Lately, fingers have been my favourite way to apply foundation because I want a sheer finish. I will also use a wet sponge, if I want a sheer-dewy look.

This foundation brightens up your face. It doesn't apply flat nor is it muddy. Must women of colour know exactly what I mean by that statement. Wait until you see the swatches below!

One of the great selling points of the foundation is how it how it creates a pore-free finish. I know a few ladies who have an issue with large pores. You don't need a primer if you use this foundation.

The three darkest foundations in the line- Rich Espresso, Dark Cocoa and Earth shades do NOT contain SPF. I do use a moisturiser which contains SPF- so the lack of SPF is not an issue for me.

Also those three foundations would be perfect for special occasions where camera flashes were involved. If you're an Make up Artist looking for an affordable foundation to add to your kit for darker tones, this would be a good start.   

SWATCHES

From Left to Right:
Earth- Caramel- Sable- Rich Expresso- Medium Beige- Nutmeg 

Blended
From Left to Right:
Earth- Caramel- Sable- Rich Expresso- Medium Beige- Nutmeg 

Earth is a perfect match for me.
It's blended on the left and you can't even see it. Love!

Have you tried foundation from avon before?