Tag Archives: 2014

BEST OF 2014 // AMANDA’S PICKS

Looking back at all of the posts from this year, I realized just how many products we’ve actually reviewed–and there are a ton!

Originally, I was going to do a top 10 list, but there are so many great products old and new that I’ve loved.

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NEWS // MEET PASCAL GRAND’MAISON, DIOR MAKEUP ARTIST

October 2nd to 4th, Pascal Grand’maison, Diorshow Make Up Artist Canada, will be at The Bay on Queen Street teaching tips and tricks from behind the scenes, and sharing his knowledge on Dior products as well as the Fall 2014 line. Continue reading NEWS // MEET PASCAL GRAND’MAISON, DIOR MAKEUP ARTIST

CLARINS FALL 2014 // LADYLIKE & TRUE RADIANCE

Clarins Fall 2014 Ladylike2Clarins Fall 2014 Ombre MatteAs if fall couldn’t get any prettier (see Chanel and Dior), Clarins is bringing soft pinks and taupes to the cooler months with their Ladylike collection.

Clarins Fall 2014 Lipsticks Clarins Fall 2014 Blush

The line features the new Ombre Matte eyeshadows (6 shades), 5 new additions to the Rouge Éclat lipstick collection, as well as a new blush, eyeshadow palette, brow palette and eye primer.

Personally, I’m looking forward to the lipstick, blush and new Ombre Matte shadows–Clarins has great lipstick formulations; the tone of blush looks like it would create a beautifully subtle flush; and I’m interested to see what these matte shadows are all about.

Clarins Fall 2014 Perfect Brows Clarins Fall 2014 Eyeshadow

The Ladylike collection will be available at Clarins counters in August.

Clarins Fall 2014 True Radiance

Also being released this Fall, a new foundation: True Radiance, which promises to perfect skin, while evening and illuminating the complexion. As Clarins loves to work with plants, this foundation is enriched with moisturizing and anti-pollution properties which provide luminosity and help protect the skin against external aggressors as well as the sun with an SPF of 15. True Radiance will be available in 12 shades.

CHANEL FALL 2014 // ÉTATS POÉTIQUES

As promised, here for you a have a small sampling of Chanel’s Fall 2014 collection, États Poétiques. As I mentioned before, Chanel’s Fall is all about innocence with a heart of darkness–all shades of pink punctuated with plums and navy.

What excited me the most when I received my package (more than just receiving packages in general), was the nail polish–as you know, I adore Chanel polishes–I think they are top notch when it comes to colours and I am a sucker for the packaging.

I received two of the three from the upcoming collection, Secret and Orage, a milky peachy-pink and a dark grey/navy mix.

Since it is still summer, I tried on Secret first–I assumed it would be a normal French manicure colour (and actually identical to my Tom Ford Sugar Dune), but I was mistaken. It’s quite opaque and finishes as a slightly brighter peachy-pink, which gives a really clean, elegant, polished look, while being more interesting than the usual light flesh tone. This one grows on me every time I use it. As for application, it goes on a bit streaky at first, but as a second coat is applied, it settles into a smooth finish. Regardless of the season, I think this would be a great shade to have in your polish wardrobe.

Orage is actually a complex little gem–when I first glanced at it, I thought it was just a charcoal grey, but when I looked at it a second time, I realized that there is quite a lot of dark blue in it, which made me love it even more. Once applied, it takes on more of a dark navy tone, looking more grey in some lights. Obsessed. This will be my Fall shade of the season.

The Écriture de Chanel eyeliner pen is not a new item, however the formula has been updated and the applicator has been changed, and it makes drawing on a cat-eye or flick a breeze. The felt tip is quite wet and saturated, allowing one-coat to do the trick.

Hésitation, a sort of browny-reddish shade (sort of like a red wine, reminds me of MAC’s Capricious lipstick) with a slight shimmer, applies quite sheerly, but could be easily built up. I was sort of, pardon the pun, hesitant, about this shade, worrying it might make me look scary, but this is quite wearable either for everyday or on a night out. It is quite a powdery texture, but that makes it quite easy to blend.

Winners all around! Well done Chanel! However, if you’re looking to splurge on only one item from the new collection, I would go for one of the nail polishes, they’re beautiful!