.Make-up By Tess.


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Hard to find the perfect nude?

Tess shares tips on how to find the right shade for you!

|REVIEW| AVON Extra Lasting Lipstick

Does it live up to what it claims?

DIY Wedding Make-up!

Make-up tips on a beautiful, glowing, naturual-looking face! Great for brides, bridesmainds, and guests!

Sep 1, 2014

{REVIEW} Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in "Sultry Samba"

The Rio Rush Gucci Westman Collection is a limited edition collection which was inspired by the "summary nature of the Brazilian culture of Rio de Janeiro".

Gucci Westman was inspired by the famous ‘Carnaval’ in Brazil and "aimed to evoke a celebration of life, dancing and colours" in her collection. This collection includes beautiful shades of nail lacquers, lipsticks, and eye shadows. But today I will focus on one of the products in the collection.

This collection launched in June 2014 and will be in stores while quantities last.


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For those who want to step into the world of wearing bold, vibrant lipstick but are still a bit nervous, I would recommend trying the Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipsticks from the Rio Rush Gucci Westman Limited Collection.

I tried out the lipstick in the shade "Sultry Samba" which is a beautiful bright pink shade with a slight purple undertone. This is a gorgeous shade for a sunny day or even to brighten up a natural make-up look. (Shhh ... I'm going to tell you a little secret: I wore this on a day where I felt super tired and it just brightened up my face and made it look like I had all the sleep and energy in the world!)



{Tess' First Impression}

The formula is not as pigmented as I expected. To get the vibrancy and full coverage of the lipstick, multiple layers will need to be applied on your lips. For those who are vibrant lipstick veterans, I would say this lipstick may not be for you. You can find a more pigmented formula with a similar shade elsewhere ("Fuschia" by Joe Fresh).

On the upside, this is why I think this lipstick is a great way to introduce someone to bold, bright lipsticks. This lipstick is buildable which allows for more control on how light or dark you want the coverage to be which is perfect for someone still trying to get used to wearing bold lips.

This formula is a gorgeous matte finish which I find isn't drying to the lips. However, a tip for wearing any matte lipstick ...  put on lip balm beforehand and let it absorb into your lips.

The shade "Sultry Samba" is a beautiful shade that looks great on every skin colour. Bonus: with its bluish/purplish undertone, it makes your teeth look whiter (who doesn't love whiter teeth? ;P)!

This lipstick coverage is after three applications


Jun 16, 2014

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream



(Top to bottom: Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, Antwerp)

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream  is very lightweight on the lips with a creamy velvety touch. Its non-sticky texture makes you feel like you are wearing nothing on your lips. One layer is just enough to brighten up your face and it is definitely buildable for an even more intense look. Its staying power is amazing due to its fast-dry matte finish. Try blotting your lips on a tissue or try kissing the cheek (or lips ;D) of a loved one...It doesn't really transfer! You'll be very impressed!

This impressive lip product can be found at a Rexall or Target near you. It retails for approximately $8.99 each.

If you get it now it's "Buy One Get One 50% off" at Rexall until this Thursday, June 19, 2014! Hurry and get yours now! (I went to two Rexall locations and there selection was running low.)



Apr 15, 2014

LOTD: NYX Matte Lipstick

I like to wear my fave drink on my lips! Now all I need is the sun shining, warm weather and a patio! :-p

Here is my Lipstick Of The Day (#LOTD):

NYX Matte lipstick in "Strawberry Daiquiri"

Quick Review:
  • Matte finish - ensure your lips are moisturized prior to applying lipstick
  • Very pigmented
  • Long-lasting
  • Beautiful shade and flattering for most skin types

 

Mar 28, 2014

{HAUL}: MAC Cosmetics

{Products}: 

Pro Longwear Concealer - "NW30"
Concealer that provides a medium to full coverage; claims to last 15 hours
  • I bought this to cover the darkness under my eyes. My foundation is usually "NC42" but I got "NW30" to correct and brighten the darkness underneath my eyes. This was highly recommended to me by one of my make-up artist friends. I got a little sample and tested it for a few days and loved the coverage and finish. This concealer did not look drying underneath the eyes and if definitely did not enhance my usually-subtle wrinkles which other concealers have done.

Lipstick - "Russian Red" (matte) & "Ruby Woo"  (retro-matte)
Intense & vibrante blue-red  shade
  • I have wanted both shades for a very long time and couldn't decide on which shade to get, so I bought both! They both look very similar in the tube, but when I applied, one is more matte than the other and one is more bright in shade.

Pro Longwear Paint Pot - "Soft Ocre"
Long-lasting, pigmented cream shadow
  • I've been using "Painterly" Paint Pot for years. But noticed that it's sometimes too light for my clients. I have always wanted to try "Soft Ocre" as it's a bit darker and more yellow. I use this as an eye primer to act as a good base before applying eye shadow.

Can't wait to use these products! Have you tried any of these?

Mar 21, 2014

Wear 'Radiant Orchid', the Pantone Colour of the Year!

The Pantone Colour of the Year is 'Radiant Orchid'.

Pantone LLC says,

"Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple — one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates joy, love and health"
Photo credit: www.Pantone.com



How can you incorporate Radiant Orchid in your make-up?

Here is how I wear it — keeping it subtle, natural, and soft with Elizabeth Adren's Beautiful Color Eye Shadow in, "Golden Orchid". 

$24 CAD (NET WT .09 OZ 2.5 g)


 


 Application:
I applied "Golden Orchid" on my entire lid. To add more definition to my eye, I took a darker purple shade and applied it in my crease and blended it out for a softer look.

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 "Golden Orchid" is a beautiful shade of purple and very close to the actual "Radiant Orchid" shade. What I like about the eye shadow is that it has gold flecks in it which makes it more wearable for an everyday look. The eye shadow doesn't appear too bright on the skin, so this is perfect for those who want a colourful, yet subtle & soft look.

If you are new to Elizabeth Arden's Beautiful Color Eye Shadows, they are:

  • long-lasting
  • crease-free
  • improves appearance of signs of aging (i.e., smooths skin)










How do you incorporate "Radiant Orchid" in your look?



 

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