I was in Toronto this weekend and decided to pop by Holt Renfrew to check out Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation. Victoria’s Secret model Jasmine Tookes raves about it and she has the most beautiful skin so I wanted to give it a try.
This is one of many happy customer service stories I’ve had recently with Holt’s.
Through the Canadian Beauty Blogger Network I was chosen to join a contest and review for Bio Seaweed Gel polish. They let me pick two shades from their new Uptown Lights collection and I decided to go with Winnipeg and Halifax. They also gave me the No-Wipe Top.
The Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow is intended to contour features and mimic a sun-kissed glow using the perfect blend of pigment and pearl. It also boasts great blendability, colour uniformity and a gold base that will flatter any skin tone.
It retails for $80 in Toronto and is currently only available at Holt Renfrew – Bloor Street (which had really great service). I purchased the shade ‘Medium to Dark’ and was pleasantly surprised with the results.
Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Eyeshadow Palette was designed with a range of colours that would ‘contour’ the eye. But this choice of branding doesn’t really offer anything different to what most of us have always done with our shadows (light on the lid and dark in the crease). Part of its appeal comes from the fact that the entire palette is matte with neutral colours. I picked mine up at Sephora and it retails for $54CAD.
This new trend known as ‘strobing’ focuses on achieving a luminescent shine. This is the most frequently cited ‘example’ image. And you can see that there’s a very white/pearlescent highlighted look without any contouring. I also highly suspect that it takes a lot of inspiration from Korean makeup trends which focuses mostly on the skin and brightening it. I’ve done a blog post on Korean contouring in the past which is here. This ice-queen/white mascara look definitely isn’t the best for women of colour but there are so many highlighting options in both the drugstore and high end that you don’t need to worry.
I’ve heard plenty of reviews about Baby Foot but lack the patience to wait for an online order to be shipped. So I decided to make a trip out to Pacific Mall to pick one up. At the Beauty Star shop Baby Foot retails for $23, but the worker encouraged me to get this cheaper ($16) option instead. They had a few different scents and I decided on lavender, while it worked well for me I have no idea what the brand is or how it compares to Baby Foot (someone enlighten me?).
For those who are looking at the title of this blog post with a strong sense of “wut?” I’ll give you a quick run through. Muslims pray five times a day and before each prayer they perform ablutions called wuḍū which involves washing their arms, feet and head. So most Muslim women don’t wear nail polish on a day to day basis because it prevents the water from reaching their nails. These Ingot O2M Nail Enamels allow water vapour and potentially even droplets to permeate the varnish and reach the nail, which of course is very exciting for Muslim lacqueristas.
I understand that there may be those with reservations and those who believe that it is not sufficient for wuḍū. I don’t want to argue over whether or not it is, but provide swatches for those who’d like to see them. However, if you’d like to see the experiments then you can check this link out and formulate an opinion on your own or with the help of your Imam.
And if you’re not particularly interested in the ‘halal’ aspect then O2M lets your nails “breathe” by letting water and oxygen reach your nails even when there’s lacquer on them.
MAC’s The Matte Lip collection is fresh out in stores and although the entire collection is permanent and many of the colours are repromotes it’s still selling out fast. If you’re not too sure which colours best for your darker skin tone then read on after the jump!
Usually when I post swatches for new products I try to either take as many pics in store or buy a wide selection of colours I think will work for women of colour. NARS’ Dual Intensity Blushes were unfortunately not a product I could do that with. With two shades, varying levels of intensity wet or dry, and a high price point it simply wasn’t possible. So I went in with the goal of getting just one. I ended up visiting Holt Renfew at Yorkdale Mall to purchase one, which came to $58.76CAD with tax (eep), but price per ounce they’re about the same as other mid-range blushes such as MAC. I didn’t get the name of the artist who helped me but she was lovely, helpful and applied the blush in a very flattering way (as opposed to the stripes I often get at Sephora).