July 25, 2016

The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder Lip Flip Shade Transformers in Turn Up & Turn Down

The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder is a rotating collection of bold makeup and radiant skincare products products inspired by Estée Lauder herself along with a series of Guest Editors. This season, the Guest Editors are Kendall Jenner and Irene Kim, both of whom bring a youthful energy to the lineup.

Perhaps the most interesting release (or at least the one that caught my eye first) are the Lip Flip Shade Transformers, two matte lipsticks intended to lighten (Turn Up) or deepen (Turn Down) any full-coverage lipstick you already own.

When swatched on their own, you can see that Turn Up is a bold yellow and Turn Down is a matte black. If you're feeling adventurous I suppose you could wear either on their own (not gonna lie, I kind of want to do that with Turn Down). However, the real magic happens when you pair them with another lipstick.

Here's the original lip colour I decided to test the Lip Flip Shade Transformers on: Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Confident (also featured in this post). It's a juicy-looking medium berry pink.

With Turn Up, Confident is toned down considerably to a more neutral and subdued pink. You can see it takes on a bit of a yellow tone but nothing too crazy or weird. I actually like the result a lot because it's adds more dimension to the colour.

Turn Down was a little more difficult to work with because the black is so dark. Initially it just looked like I had smeared black lipstick all over but I figured the best way to use it was to smudge and layer it with Confident. In the end, I was left with a nice deep purple shade.

Side note: I tested Turn Down over some lighter shades and it didn't work so well... probably best to use this one with brighter or darker lipsticks rather than your nude MLBBs if you don't want to end up with patchy-looking black lips.

The Lip Flip Shade Transformers retail for $26 CAD. Are they a necessity? Certainly not. But they are fun to play around with and allow you to get different wear out of your everyday lipsticks without having to buy more shades (although let's be real.. if you're a beauty junkie like me you probably already have more than enough lip colours thank you can handle). If you were to only get one, I'd recommend Turn Up since it should work with pretty much any lipstick.

July 21, 2016

Catalina Island

A 75 minute boat ride from San Pedro is an easy and fun getaway for Los Angeles locals: Catalina Island. It was a bit of a random decision to go here but turned out to be my favourite place I visited on my recent CaliTrip (see my L.A. recap here).

Dress: NOUL / Bag: Longchamp (here) / Sunglasses: Polette (c/o)

You can rent golf carts and drive them around the island, allowing you not only easy access to random beaches and great views along the way but it's also super fun! I definitely recommend this if you're ever in the area.

July 18, 2016

L.A. Love

Somehow I forgot to mention this on the blog, but if you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that I was recently vacationing in California. This was kind of a follow-up to last year's CaliTrip (see here, here, and here) except this time we headed further south to Los Angeles and San Diego.

Despite its close proximity to Vancouver (less than 3 hours by plane), I'd never been to L.A. before. I'm not big into Hollywood or Disneyland so those weren't on the agenda, but I did manage a short hike up to the Griffith Observatory where we got a view of the city and the iconic Hollywood sign from afar.

California has so many beaches it's impossible to visit them all. We picked a few, like Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica Beach which was nice but touristy.

It definitely could not compare to the area around Venice Beach. The vibe at Venice was a lot more laidback and hipster, with some great places to eat and drink. I especially loved exploring the Venice Canals. What a cool spot!

It's always fun to check out the local sports teams so I also bought us tickets to see the LA Dodgers play the Colorado Rockies. I don't particularly like baseball but Dodger Stadium was a really cool venue and I enjoyed watching the game.

Perhaps most surprising of all, I did absolutely no shopping on this trip! However, we did spend one of our nights in Beverly Hills where I window shopped along Rodeo Drive before heading to dinner at The Grill on the Alley. This steak was absolutely incredible.

Stay tuned for some more trip recaps (not just San Diego, but a seriously fun day trip I made to Catalina Island).

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