January 22, 2015

FOTD: Inspired by MAC Cosmetics Lightness of Being

An interesting take on a winter collection, MAC Cosmetics Lightness of Being is full of cool and frosty pastels that drew me in the second I saw the promo pictures. It certainly helps that most of the products also feature the brand's Mineralize formula which I absolutely love (see my review of the Mineralize Rich Lipsticks). So, inspired by a few products I was sent from the collection, I thought I'd put together a light and airy makeup look.

On my eyes, I am wearing MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow in Uninhibited, a shimmery light grey that is divided in the pan (half pearl/half frost). To add some definition, some simple cat eye liner was next. If you're looking for a jet black eyeliner that's easy to use and has excellent staying power, I highly recommend Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner in Vinyl Black, one of MUFE's newest liner releases.

On my cheeks, I am wearing MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade which has been a longtime MAC fan fave. This version features the shimmery pale peach with lavender marble that Lightscapade is known for  but also comes in a limited edition embossed knit pattern. For an additional touch of light colour, I applied Lise Watier Blush Creme Satin in Rose Eden on the apples of my cheeks.

On my lips, I am wearing MAC Lipstick in Creme Cup (not from the Lightness of Being Collection but a great light pink if you're in need of one). Topping that, I applied MAC Mineralize Lipglass in Poetic, which is a very sheer champagne pink with a pearlescent finish.

For a full list of products I'm wearing, check out my post on this week's FASHION Magazine Beauty Panel!

January 20, 2015

Alma Mater

It's hard to believe that I moved to Vancouver a little over 10 years ago (seriously, that seems like forever) to attend university... in a completely new city... on the other side of the country. At the time, I never intended on staying past my undergrad but life has a funny way of working out. Two degrees and a career later, I really can't imagine living anywhere else. It's only fitting then that a visit back to my alma mater was in order; after all, I have to thank UBC for laying the foundations that turned me into the west coast girl I am today.

Jeans: PAIGE (different wash) / Boots: Kelsi Dagger (here)
Hat: Club Monaco (similar) / Watch: Michael Kors (here)

January 16, 2015

TATCHA Ritual Discovery Kit for Oily Skin

Inspired by her meetings with a modern-day geisha, TATCHA founder Victoria Tsai set about creating a skincare line rooted in ancient Japanese beauty rituals and the philosophy that less is more. I first heard about the brand's famous Aburatorigami Beauty Papers (oil-blotting papers) a few years ago and have been dying to try some of their other skincare products since.

After completing an online personal skin consultation questionnaire, the company sent over their Ritual Discovery Kit for Oily Skin. Packaged in a gorgeous box with mini jars and bottles that are also perfect for travelling, the kit acts as a two week introduction to their 4-step skincare routine.

The first step in the routine is to pump a quarter-sized amount of the One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil into dry hands and massage it onto a dry face. The cleansing oil will get milky when you rinse it off with warm water. I know I have mentioned before that I don't love cleansing oil since my skin never feels fully "clean" after use but I do actually find that this one works well for face makeup. I do, however, use a makeup remover first to get off stubborn/waterproof eye makeup.

Next, you use the Deep Rice Enzyme Powder to polish your skin. I've never used this type of exfoliator before so I was initially a little apprehensive. You tip out about 1/2 teaspoon of powder into wet hands and rub them together to turn the dry powder into a creamy consistency before massaging onto the face and rinsing away. It's very gentle and this particular formulation contains Dokudami, an antibacterial botanical extract intended to combat acne. The only thing is that it can get a little messy if you're not careful since the powder is loose.

Step three involves applying the Deep Brightening Serum, made with licorice root to target hyperpigmentation while hydrating. On top of this you layer the Moisture Rich Silk Cream, which is a lightweight gel moisturizer.

Overall, this kit has been the perfect introduction to TATCHA. I can see why people rave about this brand... the products all feel incredibly luxe yet with a refined simplicity that speaks to the core of Victoria's inspiration.