July 27, 2011

Anna Sui Lip Rouge G in #301

As I was Googling Anna Sui's Lip Rouge G in #301 (I always like to check Makeupalley and beauty blogs for reviews when I'm shopping - thank you data plan!), I was disappointed that I couldn't find any posts about it. However, I've been in the market for a new pink lipstick for quite sometime and this looked like it might be "it" so I decided to pick it up anyway. Let me just say I'm so glad that I did!

Anna Sui products are known for their cute packaging, which utilizes a girly-gothic black rose motif. This lipstick is no exception - look at how pretty it is!

Although it's all plastic, the casing seems like it's fairly good quality. Plus, I love all the little details like the cut-out hearts on the lid.

#301 is a gorgeous pink that looks a lot brighter in the tube than it does on my medium pigmented lips. Strangely enough, I don't have a colour quite like this in my collection at the moment so this fills that gap perfectly.

The lipstick has a light rose scent which is pretty neutral. It might bother some people who are sensitive to smell but personally I don't find this one to be too strong. The product itself applies easily, leaving a nice opaque colour. And since the "G" in this line stands for "Glossy", so you can expect the shine of lipgloss without the stickiness.

At $25 CDN the Lip Rouge line is a bit of a splurge, but I think if you're looking for a product that combines quality with cute packaging, you should definitely look into Anna Sui. There were a few other shades that caught my eye that I'm hoping to try out in the near future.

July 25, 2011

Europe Part 1: London Calling

The first stop on my European vacation was London, a city I've been to many times (I was born there and have lots of family there). For my boyfriend, however, it had been about 17 years since he was last in London so we decided to hit up a few of the main tourist destinations to reacquaint ourselves.

Among the sights included were the Tower of London, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace.

A great thing about London is that the museums and art galleries have no entrance fees. Think of all the inexpensive (/free) dates you could go on! I enjoyed the British Museum the most for its beautiful entrance foyer and amazing sculpture rooms.

London is such a bustling, vibrant city that even walking around is enjoyable because there's so much to see and take in. The stroll along South Bank, in particular, is not to be missed!

Hope you enjoyed this little snapshot of my time in the UK. To be honest, most of our time there was spent with friends and family or shopping (in my case) so I don't have too much in the way of "tourist-y" things.  

Europe Parts 2 and 3 featuring Paris and Rome are coming soon!

July 21, 2011

Back From Europe

Well, I'm back from my trip to London, Paris, and Rome and not going to lie, it's a little hard to adjust to the fact that I'm not on vacation anymore. It also feels like I've been away from the blogging world forever - there are so many blogs I have to catch up on!

With hundreds of photos to go through, I'm not quite ready to post about my trip yet though I will try to soon. In the meantime, here's what I wore today...

Tee: Plenty / Trousers: Primark / Bag: Primark / Shoes: Marc By Marc Jacobs
Belt: H&M / Earrings: Front & Company / Necklace: House of Harlow 1960

My nail polish totally clashes with the earthy tones in this outfit but I was so excited to finally get my hands on it that I don't care (plus I kind of like that it doesn't match). 

"It", by the way, is Illamasqua Loella, which I picked up at Selfridges in London (in the US, you can get it at Sephora but sadly Canadian Sephora doesn't sell Illamasqua). This shade is the perfect Barbie pink with a slight shimmer and it applies opaque in only two coats. Love!

July 2, 2011

Travel Preparations

My European vacation is finally here! I've been planning this trip for what feels like ages, so it's a little hard to believe I'll be jetting off in less than 24 hours.

Having traveled a lot, I'm a notorious light packer and this time is no exception. Plus I hate being bogged down by excess luggage! To make things easier for myself, I decided to sketch out some basic outfit remixes for each day of my trip based on the weather forecasts:

That's not weird, right...? Haha.

I've also pared down my makeup bag to the "bare" essentials. I forgot to include my Shiseido eyelash curler in the picture (that's a necessity!), but having the right tools is important to me because it means I can create a pretty wide variety of looks with a single eyeshadow palette.

Laura Mercier Mineral Foundation, MAC Blot Powder, Urban Decay Primer Potion, Urban Decay 24/7 
Liner in Zero, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Water Light Sunscreen, MAC Dollymix Blush, Smith's Rosebud 
Salve, Maybelline Volum' Express Mascara, MAC A Tartan Tale Palette, NARS Giza Lipgloss, MAC 
Hug Me Lipstick, MAC Carbon Eyeshadow, Smashbox Photofinish Primer, & assorted brushes

NOTE: I won't have regular Internet access while I'm away so there will not be any new blog posts till I get back. However, rest assured I will be sharing plenty of photos from London, Paris, and Rome soon!

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