August 25, 2016

Konifer Boreal Wooden Watch

Wooden watches have fascinated me for the longest time (in fact, a few years ago I stopped a guy in the airport security line who was wearing one and we had a rather lengthy conversation all about his watch, haha). Naturally, when Konifer offered to gift me one of their watches, I was excited for the chance to finally try out this "trend" for myself.

You may have noticed that I rarely wear a watch so I opted for the Boreal design since it looks a bit like a bracelet. It's made with red sandalwood and maple and I love how earthy the duo-tone looks when worn. My wrists are quite small so I had three links removed, but the extra length means these should be able to fit a variety of wrist sizes. I also can't get over how light this watch is --  especially compared to my Michael Kors gold chronograph watch!

Dress: Lush (in white) / Vest: Talula (Aritzia) / Shoes: Converse (here)
Bag: Monserat De Lucca (mini version) / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban (here)
Bracelet: Alden Rae (in black) / Watch: Konifer (c/o)

August 22, 2016

FOTD: Kiss New York Professional Cosmetics & Natural Flourish Blooming Lash

Aside from Makeup Revolution, one of the other hot new launches I got to preview at the London Drugs Beauty Event (#LDBeauty) a few months ago was Kiss New York Professional Cosmetics. If the logo looks familiar to you, you might recognize it from the company's popular lineup of false nails and false lashes; and now they've released a line of makeup as well!

I received a selection of products to play with and decided to create a full face look since I haven't done one in a while.

On my eyes, I am wearing the Single Eyeshadow in "Insomnia" which is a shimmery copper shade. Kiss Pro Cosmetics offers a staggering array of single eyeshadows (literally every colour of the rainbow) and I was really impressed with the pigmentation and formula. Next, I used the Top Brow Sculpting Brow Pencil to shape my brows and then filled them in with the Top Brow Fine Precision Brow Pencil. The Fine Precision Brow Pencil is the closest dupe I have found to my fave Anastasia Brow Wiz and at half the price!

To add some dimension to my face, I used the Contour Kit in "Light". It features a highlighter, bronzer, and contour shade and also comes with a free brush. This kit is probably a little too light for my summer tan but a great option if you're on the paler side.

On my lips, I applied the Moisture Tattoo Lip Stain in "Pink Punk". In the tube it looks like it's going to be creamy so I was surprised once it was finally on. The result is a glossy pout that dries down to a natural-looking pink stain with wear.

To finish off the look, I decided to experiment with some falsies I received last week at the Kiss Fall/ Holiday 2016 Preview. This Fall, Kiss is launching a line called Natural Flourish Blooming Lash. All the lashes in this collection feature a 3-level variation on a single lash band to mimic the way lashes normally grow and create a more multi-dimensional look from the side when worn. Each package comes with adhesive and they do feel quite light and comfy on. I'm wearing the style "Jasmine."

Find Kiss New York Professional Cosmetics at London Drugs.

August 18, 2016

New Mascaras from Annabelle Cosmetics

Annabelle Cosmetics recently launched an entire "suite" of mascaras aimed to tackle basically any and every lash desire you might have which I was lucky enough to get a full preview of at the London Drugs Beauty Event (#LDBeauty) back in June. Have a look -- there's basically something for everyone:

First up, the BigShow Mascara (pink tube) is a classic staple in Annabelle's lineup that I've been using it for years. The formula adds volume and holds a curl in my straight lashes even though I typically have issues with non-waterproof mascaras. On that note, however, I'm obviously excited about the new BigShow Waterproof Mascara (blue tube)!

Next, the Lash Launcher Mascara has a dual length brush meaning you can use the longer length to get more definition and the shorter bristles on your bottom lashes or other hard-to-reach lashes.

If you're looking for both volume and length, not to mention a cool brush, then the Expandable Mascara may be for you (note: like the BigShow, this isn't a new release but has actually been around for a while). By twisting the cap, you can expand the brush for added volume or retract it for more length and definition. This feature is useful for getting at your shorter bottom lashes too.

Outlash Mascara has a unique 360° twisted brush which looks kind of like a spiral. It's supposed to separate and "fan out" your lashes for a more wide-eyed and dramatic effect.

Blast Off Mascara has a curved brush to get the perfect curled effect. Unfortunately these curved brushes don't work with my straight lashes since I have to curl them with a curler anyway, but this is a good pick if you've already got naturally curled lashes and want to enhance that.

And last but not least, Supernova Mascara is the all-in-one mascara intended to add definition and volume, while maintaining a curl. Pick this if you're just looking for a basic mascara that will give you everything you need.

Find all of these mascaras and other products from Annabelle Cosmetics at London Drugs.

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