Saturday, 20 December 2014

Lipstick of the Month: Rimmel Notting Hill Nude

My love of nude lips has been well documented here on Newfound Beauty Blog. The lipstick that I've been wearing constantly this month is a gorgeous nude from the drugstore. Since starting Accutane two weeks ago, my lips have become horrifically dry and chapped. Wearing lipstick has been a struggle as most of my favorite formulas highlight the unsightly dead skin that graces my lips at the moment.

I picked up the Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude a few weeks ago and I've literally worn it every day. It's the one lipstick that actually helps to seal in moisture to my perpetually dry lips. I like to put a heavy lip balm on first to prime the lips and follow with a few swipes of the product which can be applied sheerly or opaque, depending on your preference. I love the creamy satin finish that helps accentuate the lips to make them more full and the color is nude perfection. Notting Hill Nude is a peachy nude with a touch of brown, which I think would be universally flattering on a variety of skin tones. The formula feels silky and creamy like no other lipstick I have tried. It's giving my high end lipsticks a run for their money.

Rimmel Notting Hill Nude has climbed to the top as one of my favorite lipsticks and my favorite drugstore lipstick formula of all time. It's probably the only lipstick my poor lips will be able to handle for the next six months so I'll be seeking out more shades in this range in the near future. If you are looking for a gorgeous nude lip for this holiday season, I could not recommend this product more.

Have you tried the Rimmel Moisture Renew Line? What shades are your favorite?

Monday, 15 December 2014

The Holy Grail: Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess

Left-Right: Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer, Benefit Hoola Bronzer
I have a new bronzer in my collection and it deserves it's own post. After watching one of my favorite Youtubers, Barbara from The Persian Babe (check out the link to watch her videos), I purchased her favorite bronzer, Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer. Although Barbara is a few shades darker than myself, I picked up the lightest offering of the bunch called 01 Light. The bronzer comes in four shades which include 01 Light, 02 Medium, 03 Medium Deep and 4 Deep. It retails for $40 CAD which is definitely pricey but it comes with a whopping 21 grams of product. For reference, the ever popular Benefit Hoola Bronzer is $36 CAD and comes with 8 grams of product. Hence, it is not insanely expensive relative to the amount of the product you get. I'm sure that with daily use this puppy could last well over a year... not that we need to justify every purchase. Here is a quick breakdown of what I love about this bronzer and why you should consider picking one up if you so happen to be in the market for one!

Disclaimer: I happen to be a person that the world's beloved Benefit Hoola does not suit. I've been trying very hard to use it up to buy another bronzer but I am tired of wearing something that makes my skin look slightly ill and grey. Hoola is a very cool-toned bronzer with grey undertones which many people use as a contour or all-over bronzing powder. Hoola and Bronze Goddess are very very different in tone and if you like cool-toned products, Bronze Goddess is not for you. See comparison pictures above for reference.

PACKAGING: Tortoise shell- the classiest packaging ever. Not that packaging matters, but you know. I love how pretty this looks on my vanity.

COLOR: I love how Bronze Goddess has a very coppery burnt red undertone. This type of color is best for mimicking a realistic sun tan on the face without looking orange AT ALL. The product looks incredibly dark and scary in the pan but blends seamlessly into the skin. I've never seen another bronzer that pulls off a burnt coppery tone without looking super orange and fake on the skin. When I wear this bronzer, it reminds me of the type of products the Victoria's Secret Angels wear on their skin to make them look like they've spent a month in Tahiti. I think this color could look great on a variety of skin tones (warm and neutral) while shade 02 medium has rosy tones that could look more flattering on cool-toned girls.

FINISH: The bronzer appears to have gold shimmer running through it in the pan but it does not translate onto the face. Instead, it has a satin-matte finish that makes the skin look glowy without any glitter or shine. It can be used to contour the face but I like to use it all over the forehead, cheeks and nose to make myself look like I've been out in the sun.

APPLICATION: I apply the bronzer with my Real Techniques Blush Brush for a sheer application of product. I end up dipping into the bronzer a few times to get the color I want but I find it easier to start with a small amount of product on the face and build up the intensity slowly. It applies smoothly without looking powdery or streaky. It feels very silky to the touch when swatching with fingers.

OVERALL: 10/10

I have nothing bad to say about the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer and it has already become a holy grail product in the short amount of time I've had it. I think this is a beautiful product for those who like that sun-kissed look and would make a gorgeous gift that would last a very long time. For now I think I've found the one and I won't be purchasing another bronzer any time soon.

Have you tried the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer? Do you prefer warm or cool toned bronzers?

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation: A Review

Bare Face
Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation- 2 layers over blemishes
Full Face of Makeup
A new foundation has recently come into my life. After getting a pretty nasty breakout recently on one side of my face, I decided that I bring out the big guns and get a proper full coverage foundation. I picked up the Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation which boast a long list of claims. It's an oil free foundation which claims to wear for 15 hours with a buildable medium to full-coverage. It's a hydrating formal that is resistant to water, sweat and humidity.

Although this foundation does have many claims on the box, I actually don't disagree with any of them. Here's a quick break down of my thoughts on the foundation:

COVERAGE: I agree that it's a buildable medium to full coverage foundation. I apply one thin layer all over my face and go back over my problem areas (note: blemishes in first picture above) with a second layer. As you can see in the second picture, it did a pretty decent job of concealing blemishes on it's own, without the need for concealer.

LONGEVITY: I don't know how many people need their foundation to last for 15 hours, but I have probably worn it for about that long and it really wears beautifully throughout the day. The foundation does wear down a little around my chin and nose by the end of the day, but it lasts the longest of any other foundation I have tried.

FINISH: I love the finish of this foundation. It definitely has a very skin-like finish for a full coverage foundation. While it helps control oil, it definitely has a very slightly glowy finish. It has light-diffusing properties which help the skin look alive rather than matte and dead. Although I powder my t-zone out of habit, I've worn Studio Skin for an entire day without it and stayed matte. As you can see from the picture, it photographs beautifully and I would highly recommend it for brides and special occasions.

APPLICATION: Studio Skin is a thicker foundation with a gel consistency. Due to the thickness, I would recommend moisturizing the skin really well before applying or using a primer underneath. It also sets pretty quickly on the face, so I would recommend blending it in to separate areas of the face as you apply it.

COLOR SELECTION: This is literally my only issue with this product. I have the lightest shade, 1.1 and it is very dark for a fair girl like me. It also has a lot of yellow in it, which is fine for a warm-toned person like me but would not work for those with pink undertones. I need to wear a considerable amount of bronzer on my neck to make my face match the rest of my body. That said,  I love the foundation dearly and it is definitely worth it, but I wish there was a lighter shade that I could mix in to lighten it up.


So that sums up the newest foundation in my collection. I'm pretty bummed that Smashbox doesn't cater to pale skin tones like myself but I truly think the formula is out of this world. If you can find a color match, I highly, highly recommend the foundation.

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

November Favorites

Does anyone else feel like November flew by? In the hustle and bustle of the last month, my makeup routine did not change very much. I have been wearing similar looks throughout autumn and there are only a handful of products that stood out in my makeup bag this month. I've been busy working what feels like endless shifts over the past month, so my looks have been minimal and work appropriate. Though I haven't made many product discoveries, there are a few bits that I've come back to time and time again.

Here's what I've been enjoying in the month of November:

I've really never felt the need to spend more than a few dollars on a brow gel. Although I love my former Essence Brow Gel, I found that it distributed way too much product on my brows so I would have to wipe off the majority of the product on a tissue before applying. Since the Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel came into my life, it's made my brow routine an absolute breeze. It has a tiny brush which is the perfect size to shape and groom the brows into place without looking heavy or cakey. This product retails for around the 5 dollar mark and it's a definite must have.

I'm back to loving peachy blush and NARS Lustre is a thing of beauty. It's a gorgeous copper-peach shade with a shimmer that looks amazing on the cheeks. Although it looks scary in the pan, it's actually a great shade that fair girls can wear as well. This is definitely one of my favorite blushes that looks pretty on my warm-toned skin that pairs well with nearly any makeup look.

This pencil is a complete dupe for the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils. The shade of this lip color is stunning and I love to wear it with a nudey pink lipliner and occasionally with a gloss over the top. My only gripe with this product is that it's matte texture is unforgiving on my dry lips that have come about with the chilly weather. I find wearing a gloss over the top helps to seal in some moisture. but reapplying throughout the day is impossible for me without first applying a lip balm.

To combat my horrifically dry lips, I've been wearing these lovely little tinted lip balms on the daily. Blossom, a light pink, has been a long-standing favorite, but Red Dahlia is a sheer red that I've been enjoying recently. The color pay off is sheer and unoffensive but perfect for busy nurses like myself.

Another swipe-and-go product for early mornings. I'm really impressed by the formula of these eye shadow sticks from Gosh which literally do not budge all day. They have a pretty metallic finish without any sparkle fall-out. I have the shade light copper which is a pretty golden copper that looks great against blue eyes and actually looks as if I've put a lot more effort into my makeup than I really did. I literally swipe the stick all over my lids and blend the edges in with my finger.

I'm a big fan of gold accessories and this simple long gold necklace is my go-to necklace for jazzing up nearly any outfit. I love the look of a long necklace paired with a chunky sweater or even with a little black dress. I've gotten a lot of use out of this necklace and I would love to get another necklace of similar style in a silver tone for variety. I'm sure I'll continue to sport this classy necklace throughout the holiday season.

So there sums up my favorites of the month of November. What have you been loving in the past month?

Thanks for reading!