If you follow the fashion world at all, you’ll be aware the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are more than just the baby on Full House. They’ve started two successful fashion brands, Elizabeth and James and The Row, the latter of which is known for beautiful, minimalistic pieces…and also for a $39,000 crocodile backpack. Continue reading ELIZABETH AND JAMES // NIRVANA PERFUME OILS
I have a love/hate relationship with nail polish. I love colour, I love the process of painting my nails and having my little zen moment, but the second my polish chips, I can’t stop noticing it.
Red alert! Or should I say red and green alert… Continue reading NEWS // CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY AT SEPHORA
Personally, I’m not about to sacrifice coverage or texture for my oily skin. However, shiny faces are only cool on the runways, and I will take desperate measures (okay maybe I’m being a bit dramatic) to keep my face matte. Continue reading MAKEUP FOR OIL CONTROL
Earlier this year, when I purchased my bottle of Beige, I received a cosmetics GWP from Chanel. Inside, was a sample of the Le Volume mascara. Usually I just shove samples into my vanity’s drawer to eventually be given away or thrown out, but having never tried a Chanel mascara before, I eagerly awaited the day my mascara dried out so that I could sub this one in. Continue reading VOLUMIZING MASCARAS // CHANEL & SEPHORA
We asked Carin about her favourite beauty products:
“I love the hair products from the brand Rene Furterer that I’ve found here in Paris. The highlighting compact powder from Sephora in the colour “rose” is something that I now can’t live without. I also love the sea salt spray from Toni & Guy and my current perfume, which I adore, is “Un Jardin Sur Le Toit” by Hermès.”
–Carin Olsson, author and photographer of Paris in Four Months
I, as per usual, did not read any instructions before applying a huge glob of this gel to my chompers, only to realize that this stuff not only tastes like fluoride-eqsue shit (in large quantities), but is also meant to be used sparingly. I thought that you were meant to use one vial per use, however upon reading the instructions (after, of course, I opened the vial), I learned that each vial supplies three to four uses(!). The instructions also read that one should use the whitener twice a day, everyday. Oh, and it comes with a handy lip balm to pair with the product. For fifteen minutes, you can’t eat, drink, kiss, no nothing. After it absorbs, and you’re off to the races. I admit that I can’t use this stuff twice daily–I’m afraid it’ll weaken my teeth and I’m a huge baby and can’t handle the subtle chemical taste twice a day. Nonetheless, I’ve seen results even just using this stuff 2-3 times a week. Like seriously, my teeth have never looked so white. For a super effective whitening that doesn’t involve a trip to the dentist, I’d say these are where it’s at.
If you’re unfimiliar with the inspiration himself, Guy Bourdin is an award-winning French photographer who shot for Italian, British and French Vogue, Chanel, Issey Miyake, among others. Let’s just say that the pair of Nars’ sexy names and Guy’s photos are a perfect match. Ya, enough said.
The highlighter, Devotee is easily my favourite of the palette. I’m not a fan of liquid highlighters, so this powder gives my skin a beautiful, long-lasting sheen that works on my oilier skin. The bright bubblegum pink, titled Mistinguette, gives a surprisingly very natural looking flush on my pale skin–almost that ‘I’ve been outside too long in the cold’ look, minus the crabby attitude and chapped lips. Deep Throat and Orgasm are both peachy shades (meant to replicate the natural blush you get after… well). Orgasm is blended with gold shimmer, but both give natural, sheer pigmentation. Laguna, is perfect for a non-orangey contour and to warm up your complexion. Goulue is a deep berry shade that is ultra-glam and would look amazing on so many skin tones. There are literally no flaws in this palette, so pick one up before they’re gone!