Bite Beauty Matte Lip Crayon VoxBox

I’m not usually a lipstick person, but there is something about this season that has got me rocking the bold lip like never before! I’ve been wearing so many berries and reds every day, even if I’m not wearing any other makeup.

Timing was perfect with my new found love for lipstick, that I would get these beautiful matte creme lip crayons courtesy of Influenster*.bite-beauty_voxbox_lbl3Bite Beauty is a Canadian Brand that creates lip products that are handmade (they’ve also developed multi-sticks that can be worn on the face). The colours are vibrant and everything is made with edible ingredients. bite-beauty_voxbox_lbl4I’ve worn Bite Beauty Lipsticks before and loved them. They are creamy, hydrating and  highly pigmented. They aren’t the longest lasting lipsticks but they feel really nice while they are on.

These Crayons are no different in that they feel really nice on. I love the matte look, and how fantastically pigmented they are. Even the light colour, Cava, looked really bold with only one sweep across the lips. I received three colours from VoxBox to try. bite-beauty_voxbox_lbl5My stand out fave of the trio is Glace which is a nice dusty mauve colour. It’s a perfect balance of bold and natural for me so I’ve enjoyed wearing this to work.

Cava which is a lilac beige, is a really interesting colour on my lips. It appears more beige but I’m sure with the right makeup could be super edgy.

Red Velvet, a nice rich, deep red is so perfect for the upcoming holidays and for winter in general. I really love this colour for a super bold look with a nice black winged liner. Out of the lip crayons I have, I feel like this one requires a lip liner. Likely because the colour is super bold.bite-beauty_voxbox_lbl1I really love that these are pen-like in design because it makes applying the colour onto my lips really easy. I’ve enjoyed wearing these for the last month because the colours are so fun! If you like lip products, you would enjoy these!

Lots of Love,
Dal

*I’ve received these products free through Influenster Canada for reviewing purposes. All opinions are honest and my own.

The Fall Tag

I was tagged to do the fall tag by the lovely Robyn from lipstickonlake.com and I just had to do this! Robyn’s blog is full of a lot beauty, hauls, makeup looks and reviews! Definitely give her a follow if you’re not doing so already.

I looveeee fall so doing this tag was fun for me!

What is your favourite Fall colour?

I have two answers for this. When it comes to makeup the colours I gravitate to are burgundies and golds. For my clothing however, I love wearing greys. I love long and comfy grey sweaters and cardigans in the fall and I usually pair them with my favourite pair of burgundy boats.


What is your favourite Fall lip product?

Again, I have two! One is Colourpop’s Ultra Satin Lip in Frick N’ Frack. This is a gorgeous reddish brown. I also have been in love with Teeez Cosmetics’ Material Lipstick in Hyped Taupe with is a beautiful brown/orange/red with copper flecks. Both are my faves at the moment. share_temporary

What is your favourite Fall accessory? 

Like Robyn, I love scarves. I have so many! The weather varies from day to day in the fall and I feel like scarves are such a staple because I can wrap it around me for those colder days but it easily travels in my bag if the weather is a bit warmer. Plus I feel like it’s such a fall staple.

What is your favourite Fall nail polish? 

I don’t wear nail polish but if I did, I’d be rocking Berlin There Done That by OPI.

What is your favourite Fall scent? 

For perfume, I love Prada Candy

For food, I love the smell of chocolate because it reminds me of hot chocolate and being cozy in a warm blanket.

What is your favourite Fall fashion?

Big warm scarves!

What is your favourite Fall Starbucks drink?

London Fog! (Plus I’m really happy that Starbucks finally calls it a London Fog – Earl Grey Latte was such a tongue twister for me)

What is your favourite thing about Fall? 

I like that the weather gets slightly cooler, but not so cold. I actually love the temperature of fall and being able to layer my clothes.

What are you being for Halloween? 

OOOOOHHHHH!!! Pugsley Addams!! My sister is dressing up as Wednesday Addams so we thought it would be a fun to do a “couple” costume together. Especially with our boys out of town. wednesday-pugsley

What is your favourite fall hairstyle?

Well, I cut it shoulder length recently and I always wear it straight lately. It’s my transition hairstyle because I wanna go dark for the winter.

I tag the following;

MystyleInsideOut

Tigritsa

& Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Lots of Love,

Dal

Teeez Cosmetics North American Launch Dinner with David Lackie

Last Wednesday I was a lucky guest of Dave Lackie and Teeez Cosmetics to celebrate their North American Launch!

We started off at the innovative Teeez counter at the Hudson’s Bay store in Downtown Toronto. Their counter allows you to interact with this brand and their makeup in a whole new way. For instance, if you like lipstick but don’t want to remove the one you currently have on, you can simply scan your face at one of their mirror screens and then it will superimpose that lip colour onto you lips so you can see how it will look on. There are other awesome touch screens and fun things to do when there.

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Learning about the interactive counter with Paul Van Der Wal, Global Makeup Artist for Teeez Costmetics.

We then moved to the dining area that was incredibly decorated with large flower bouquets and an elegant long table for us all to sit at. Makeup was everywhere! It’s really easy to spot Teeez Cosmetics because their packaging is so funky and colourful.

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The great table set up and everyone mingling while playing with Teeez makeup.

We played with all the different lipsticks, eyeliners, blushes and eyeshadows. They were also giving makeup touch-ups. The Teeez team was extremely sweet and really spent time chatting it up with all of the attendees and introduce us to Teeez.

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All the beautiful makeup we got to play with

While enjoying our amazing dinner, Dave Lackie and Paul Van Der Wal talked about Teeez and Paul’s amazing journey in fashion and makeup and  becoming the Global Makeup Artist for Teeez.

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Learning about Teeez makeup from Paul Van De Wal and Dave Lackie

Each guest left with an awesome tube of makeup and a fun bracelet with skulls on them, designed by Daniel J.

Now on to the Makeup!

Let’s just start off with the packaging. Teeez, which is based out of the Netherlands, is all about being cutting edge and their packaging screams fashion. Looking at it now I see fun colours, flowers, skulls and stilettos in the print.1475458466340They take their inspiration from the runway and put those looks together into a new collection. As Paul Van Der Wal explained, you no longer need to wait 6-12 months for a runway look to make it to the mainstream, Teeez is all about making it happen now.

The lipsticks are nicely pigmented needing only one swipe to give full coverage. The one I have, Hyped Mauve, smells like chocolate! This brown colour is soo 90s, perfect for this year’s fall trend. The eyeshadow quad has buildable pigmentation so that you can intensify the look to your liking. I love the purple shades which were inspired by Indian fabrics. I am excited to use the grey liner with the shadows and can never go wrong with a black mascara. I do think the colours are super fun and the pigmentation is pretty good. My personal favourite items are their single shadows because they had such amazing pigmentation and were extremely creamy! I’m going to the counter to pick one up the next time I go to the mall.

Thank you, Dave Lackie, for an amazing evening discovering this brand!

Have you tried Teeez Cosmetics? What is your favourite item from them?

Lots of love,

Dal

Skincare Fave: Nova Scotia Fisherman

I fell in love with this brand about a year ago when I was introduced to the rescue balm  in my Topbox. It helps relieve irritated skin so I use it on my dry skin patches, cuticles and lips (see it here). Ever since then, anything I’ve tried has been a hit in my books. I raved about Nova Scotia Fisherman on MyLipAddication.com’s podcast when discussing my top 3 favourite brands with Cat.

What makes these products so great? I think it is because it’s a 100% Natural Body care line infused with Nova Scotia Kelp (yes! KELP!) which has beta-carotine and antioxidants.

Our bodies convert beta-carotene into Vitamin A which is great for the skin. Antioxidants limit the production of free radicals which can damage the skin.

What awesome things does kelp do? Well….

  • it restores mositure levels
  • it stimulates the skin’s ability to heal
  • it revitalizes and firms skin
  • and much more!

Nova Scotia Fisherman 3Recently I’ve been in love with the Sea Salt Soap*. It smells absolutely delicious. I have a sample and full size of the soap bar and I love how the shower smells whenever I use it. These soaps remind me of my grandfather because he actually used to make soaps himself. The process wasn’t simple but we would end up with these beautiful handmade soaps that were great for the skin and made with love. That’s who the Nova Scotia Fisherman team reminds me of, my family, and rightfully so because this is a family and friend owned business.

Nova Scotia Fisherman 2I have dry skin and I like when a product really works for me. That’s how I feel about the lip balms. I especially love the Fisher-Mint* (ha! such a cute name!), not only does it nourish my lips, but the added smell of mint makes mouth smell a bit fresher too. The sea  salt and caramel xtreme lip care balm just smells like a yummy butterscotch. I reviewed this before in my favourite from the boxes and I’m still loving it, the lip balm minnow is always in my purse.

Another reason Nova Scotia Fisherman is a favourite of mine is because they are environmentally conscious donating a portion of the sale of each item to the Nature Conservancy of Canada to protect our plants and wildlife.

I love how nourished my skin feels once I use these products, it must be the ingredients and how well they work for me. Currently I’ve only been able to find products on their website, but I do look forward to trying more from them. I’ve been eyeing the hand and body cream and probably going to try those next.

Have you ever tried anything from this brand? What are your skincare faves?

Lots of Love,

Dal

*I was graciously gifted these products from Nova Scotia Fisherman. My thoughts and reviews of this brand are my own and 100% honest.

 

MyLipAddiction.com Beauty Podcast is Live! I’m the first guest!

The day is finally here and if you haven’t heard Cat’s new Beauty Podcast then click below to listen! I was her first ever guest and so this is extremely exciting for me!

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Some things discussed in the Podcast;

  • Why I started Blogging
  • 3 Brands I’m loving right now
  • Talks about social media
  • 3 Top Experiences in Blogging
  • and more!

I really had a great time! Thank-you Cat!

Be sure to follow Cat at MyLipAddication.com

Lots of Love,

Dal

#LauderLovesCanada Event hosted by Dave Lackie

Last Wednesday, I attended the #LauderLovesCanada Breakfast Event thrown by the amazing Dave Lackie.

Guests were greeted by the Estee Lauder team who outlined the details of the day. There was lots to enjoy! Makeup was everywhere and you could get a make-over by the professional Lauder team. There was also a delictable candy station, a handsome mountie to take photos with, and an absolutely stunning dining area that over looked the CN Tower.

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Everyone was flocking to the delicious candy station, I personally loved the touch of adding Canadian themed sugar cookies. There was also fruit juice blends handed out. The dining room was so perfectly decorated.

The dining hall was filled with photos of Estee’s trip to Canada in 1970 for her launch of a Canadian beauty line. The event was a tribute to that first visit and it was all about how Estée Loves Canada – everything was in red in white. The timing was perfect since it was only a few days before Canada Day!

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The largest bottle of Night Repair I’ve ever seen! There was also tons of makeup everywhere.

The breakfast was delicious, we started off with a yogurt and strawberry puree, with delictable granola. You had an option for the second course and I decided on the the delicious brioche French toast.

During breakfast we enjoyed a talk with Philippe Warnery, General Manager, Canada affiliate of Estee Lauder Companies. He described the first time Estee Lauder came to Canada and how she created a beauty line that was Canadian focused.  How special is that! I love that Estée Lauder viewed us Canadians uniquely and created a whole make-up line designed specifically with them us mind. We were the first international venture for Estée Lauder as a brand! We saw the look of the 1970s that Estée created and new a modern twist for the Canadian today.

I had to get a shot with the CN Tower behind me. The Models are showcasing the looks; on the left is the Modern Classic look and on the right is the 1970’s look. Below Philippe describes the photo of Estee’s visit to Canada to launch her Canadian beauty line and of course David Lackie on the far right welcoming everyone to the event

Each guest left with an incredible gift bag full of Estee Lauder products to re-create the looks at home.

I’ve already started playing with the products! Of course, Advanced Night Repair is one of my faves, so I’m excited to use the Eye repair too. I also love the eye liner pencil. It’s very soft and dries quickly that makes it unmovable. If you want to soften up the look you can smudge it out with the rubber tip on the other side.

A few tricks I learned from the makeup experts;

1.Use brown liner on the lower lash line to soften up a dramatic eye-look, they said it looks amazing especially if you wear black liner on the top lid.

2.Take your favourite serum, they used advanced night repair, rub it in between your hands to warm up and then dab on top of your skin. If you do this on top of your makeup, it acts as finishing primer to lock your make-up in place and give you a dewy, even finish.

This was such an amazing day! Thanks again to Dave Lackie and Estée Lauder for putting together this spectacular event!

Lots of Luv,

Dal

Giveaway Win! The One with NYX hosted by Tigrista

A few weeks ago I won this adorable eyeshadow palette from a giveaway hosted by Tigrista. Her blog is full of a lot of great posts about product reviews and unboxing subscription boxes, I love reading her posts!

I’m so excited that I won so thank you very much!!!

NYX’s Rocker Chic Palette is really cute and I thought I’d do a little review here if anyone was interested in picking it up: Fotor_146688177729096_resizedI have the 5 shadow palette in the colours California Dreaming. It has 3 shimmer shadows and 2 mattes. It has an interesting blend of colours that I wouldn’t normally go for but they are surprisingly really easy to wear, even the electric blue colour. Fotor_146688235926950I like that the colours I would use most in this palette are on the larger side. I like wearing the shimmery pink (which actually on the pale pink side) all over the lid and I like using the matte black to darken the crease just a touch. That’s the look that I created below. It’s a great everyday look for me. Sometimes I even like wearing the blue on my lower lash line for a pop of colour. Fotor_146688256234916

These shadows are really creamy and easy to blend. They are also surprising pigmented and doesn’t crease in my lid. The shadow is long lasting but after about 8 hours I find that it dissipates. I would suggest to wear eye shadow primer to increase the colour longevity.

I’m really impressed with these shadows, I’d be interested in trying other NYX palettes and shadows.

Have you tried any shadows or palettes from NYX? What are your thoughts?

Thanks again, Tigrista! I love this palette

Lots of Luv,

Dal

My Magical Mugler Muse Night

On Thursday, I was one of a lucky few invited by the amazing Dave Lackie to the Mugler Muse VIP Twitter Follower Dinner in celebration of Thierry Mugler’s launch of their newest fragrance, Angel Muse. I was extremely happy that I had an opportunity to be part of a fantastic evening!

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We were greeted by the sweet Thierry Mugler Team and walked into an elegantly decorated room.

I have a huge love for Mugler scents. Alien has always been my stand-out fave and I can usually smell it on someone else from a mile away. Those who are familiar with the Thierry Mugler line know the distinctiveness of the perfumes, which is what draws people to these scents. They are so unique, and in wearing them, bring out our own uniqueness.

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I’m totally having a blast here if you can’t tell. There was perfume everywhere! I also loved that they showcased some of Thierry Mugler’s fashion pieces. Even the dresses are unique, mixing a bit of sport with elegance. I would wear them in a heartbeat.

This event was way too much fun! I had a great time connecting with bloggers and the Thierry Mugler team.

They had a beautiful set-up with bottles of the fragrance scattered all around the room for everyone to pick up and spray (I immediately sprayed it on my wrist, and continued smelling it the whole night). The team had also set up a few of the Thierry Mugler Fashion pieces which were amazing.

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I finally got to meet the amazing Dave Lackie! I love following his twitter to learn about what’s new and now in the makeup world. We also had a group shot with the beautiful Nina Westbury! She’s so gorgeous and sweet! The Theirry Mugler team came all the way from Montreal to throw this wonderful event and to talk about the new fragrance.

The night was so lovely, with an amazing dinner and talk about the new fragrance. We were tweeting with Angel Muse lovers around the world!

I am also extremely happy that I finally met Dave Lackie! Just the sweetest person ever. Nina Westbury, pro make up artist, also attended the event which was awesome for me because I had the opportunity to pick her brain about makeup application techniques!

NOW ABOUT THE SCENT!!!

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This scent is so spell-binding. It has this amazingly fresh smell that is in your face, but yet, so easy to wear. What I’ve always loved about Thierry Mugler perfumes is their staying power- you can always smell them no matter how late into the day it is, and this is no different.

Fragrance notes: Grapefruit, Pink Peppercorn, Hazelnut Cream, Vetiver, Patchouli.

I love the combination of these because it makes it sweet but also clean, just the most perfect scent for the summer.

Thank you to Dave Lackie and Thierry Mugler for putting together such a great event. The evening was magical.

Lots of Luv,
Dal

Beauty: Generation Beauty, Toronto 2016

Many bloggers have been writing about their experience at Genbeauty in Toronto and I’ve enjoyed reading them all! Ipsy finally brought Genbeauty to Toronto for the first time and was it like being a kid in a candy store!

Genbeauty is an event that connects fans with their favourite youtubers and brands. You learn about new product launches, can purchase some products at discounted prices and enjoy free gifts from each brand. Many of the larger booths had some fun activities or things that you could do to score even more products. Also, each day attendees received a “swag bag” that was full stuff as well.

There were 22 booths this year and at first I was going to list what I received at each one but the post just got too long. Instead I’ve posted a few photos here;

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Saturday Swag Bag: DSC_0047

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I really enjoyed the fun activities hosted at many of the booths, playing with new makeup & skincare and receiving some great free products! I also finally met fellow blogger Jodi at A Brash Attitude. I had been trying to find her and pretty much accidentally landed next to her in the Too-Faced line without even realizing it!

My favourite booth was NYX, they had stations set up where you could play with different products, a video photo booth, a chocolate vending machine and candy everywhere. They were also super engaging with us waiting in the crowd by coming around with candy and keeping us pumped. My favourite freebie was at Makeup Forever. They handed out a gift bag with two of their Aqua XL eye pencils, a duo eyeshadow palette and Sens’eyes eye makeup cleanser.

The event was really lively with popular youtubers doing meet and greets every hour and people taking photos, vlogging and having a good time.

The only downside was how quickly the lines the filled up! So many times I’d pass by a line that was closed and eventually people just lined up to wait for lines to re-open. I also was a bit disappointed that some brands gave out foil or small samples, worse still, some even ran out of products to give out. BUT! There were a lot of full size goodies so it more than made up for it!

If Genbeauty came back to Toronto, I would go again. If you buy your tickets early it really makes the event worth it because the items received are worth well over $300.

Did you attend Genbeauty Toronto? What was your favourite booth?

Lots of Love

Dal

$50 Makup Challenge: Spring Edition

I just wanted to start off by saying that yesterday my blog turned 1!! Such an awesome milestone and I want to thank everyone who’s ever read, commented and liked any of my posts! It makes me so happy to be part of this community of bloggers! Looking forward to another awesome year! OK, now on to the post..20160424_122800_resizedIn March I met up with the beautiful Adrienne from Beyond the Exterior. She’s an amazing fashion blogger with a lots of personal style. We met in the twitter verse and after finding that we lived super close to each other, decided to meet up and collaborate on a post.

We wanted to challenge ourselves to find a spring look that was $50 CAD. My post will focus on a makeup look using only $50 CAD and Adrienne has put together a $50 CAD outfit on her blog, here’s a sneak peek…

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I highly suggest following her, links to all her social media will be below ❤

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I focused on products you could find in the drug store that were reasonably priced but were good quality (I wasn’t be able to put together a whole face look with items at Sephora!) For me, spring is a chance to wear light and bright makeup because I like looking rejuvenated after the winter and I want it to be an easy makeup routine to whip together before enjoying a day out in the sun.

Items That I Used: 

Flower Beauty Foundation: Last year I reviewed this foundation and I’ve actually been using it ever since. It provides light to medium coverage and it feels so nice on my skin. I wore this all summer last year and it had great staying power, even on warmer days. $14.98 (Walmart)UntitledCovergirl Eyeshadow: You can create many different looks using this quad. I have 700 notice me nudes and I think the colours are perfect for spring and are awesomely pigmented. For my look, I used the first three lighter colours on the lid and darkest shade as an eyeliner. I also used the lightest colour as a highlight.  $10.99 (Shopper’s Drug Mart).

Covergirl Plumpify blastPro Mascara: Covergirl consistently creates great quality mascaras and I really wanted to try out their new Plumpify mascara. This creates long and full lashes that are really flirty. It gives my high-end mascara a run for their money. $12.99 (Shopper’s Drug Mart)
20160424_143214_resizedJoe Fresh Blush in Rose: This is a beautiful blush that adds just a touch of colour which is so pretty for spring. I was really impressed with the quality. $6.00 (Shopper’s Drug Mart/ Joe Fresh).

Essence Long Lasting Lipstick. What’s a good budget makeup look without an item from Essence. This lipstick feels so nice and moisturizing on the lips. I went for the colour nude love because I think this keeps the look light and fresh for spring. $3.49 (Shopper’s Drug Mart)
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GRAND TOTAL: $48.45

By using the eyeshadow for eyeliner and highlighter I was able to keep my total cost down. This challenge was not as easy as I first thought. Adrienne and I spent quite some time in the mall looking at makeup to determine what would be the best product within our budget. This is definitely the type of look I would go for in the warmer weather because it’s light, easy and super neutral so it would go with any spring outfit.

Be sure you check out Beyond the Exterior for Adrienne’s $50 Outfit challenge.

What are some items you’d use if you had a $50 makeup challenge? What colours are you rocking for Spring?

And don’t forget to follow Adrienne!

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Lots of Luv,

Dal