Shopping My Stash: A Face of the Day for January 2014

Those of you who read my beauty resolutions post from a couple of weeks ago may remember that I'm determined to shop my stash more this year. Fewer new products, and more of appreciating what I have! This look is a representation of that: only one new product in the bunch! Not bad, right? 

Here's the detailed breakdown for those who are curious:

Skin

  • Illamasqua Skin Base in 3.5. A disappointing foundation overall. The finish is nice, but it breaks down on my face too quickly. The colour is also not quite right (and the next shade up was too light—boo!).
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW20 (under my eyes) and NC15 (blemishes). I've been wearing this product for 15 years. Enough said!
  • MAC Paint Pot in Painterly, a staple in my case. I reviewed it early last year. 
  • Clinique Superbalanced Powder Makeup in 01. Discontinued and just finished my last one. I'm a little distraught. The finish and lasting power were superb.
  • Chanel Eclat Lumiere Highlighter Face Pen in 30. Love, love, love this product as a colour corrector/highlighter under my eyes. I reviewed it last year. Note that it does crease a bit under the eyes if you don't set it with a bit of powder. (Case in point: The photo above. Ugh. Nothing like self-portraiture to show you your mistakes, eh?)

Eyes

  • Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. Still playing, but love it so far! Versatile and very high quality.
  • MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack. Another makeup-case staple I reviewed a few months ago.
  • MAC Extended Play Gigablack Mascara layered over either Maybelline Great Lash or Chanel Inimitable Intense—I wish I could remember which, but the results of both definitely look about the same! I've been loving layering mascaras lately. Two underwhelming mascaras put together can really become something special when combined. I love layering Extended Play over all other mascaras. it really extends and improves the wear. 
  • MAC Eyeshadow in Omega on my brows. It's subtle and simple, which I like. Reviewed last year. 

Cheeks and Lips

  • NARS Guy Bourdin Blush in Coeur Battant, the lone new product in the bunch. After rave reviews from the lovely editors of Beautezine and gh0stparties, both of whom have skin tones similar to mine, I knew I needed to snap this up. Fortunately, there are still a few kicking around. I grabbed the second-to-last one at the NARS counter at the Bay in downtown Vancouver. Application is a tad tricky because it's so bright, but I'm loving the results so far. Very fun and fresh. 
  • Styli-Style Plastique Lip Gloss in Raspberry. With a bright cheek, I thought I should keep the lip simple with a candy-pink gloss. I reviewed this product during my 12 Days of Christmas series. 

I'd love to see what products you've been wearing and rediscovering lately! Share your links in the comments and I'll pay you a visit. 

Disclosure: All products mentioned in this post except the Styli-Style lip gloss were purchased by Eyeshadow Addict. The gloss was provided by a PR for my consideration. 

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Review of Styli-Style Plastique Lip Gloss: The Ninth Day of Christmas

Styli-Style Plastique Lip Glosses. Top to bottom: Raspberry, Champagne, Vanilla, and Strawberry.

Can you ever have too many glosses? Nah. You just need a bigger purse. ;) 

To feed your fixation with gloss, I introduce you to Styli-Style Plastique Lip Gloss. They come in cute little 3.7 ml tubes with doe-foot applicators, and you can choose from seven colours. I'd like to show you four: Raspberry, a cool, shimmery candy-pink with a touch of blue, Champagne, a shimmery pinky champagne, Vanilla, a light, shimmery peachy-pink, and Strawberry, a very sheer pinky-red with shimmer.

The glosses go on thin and are somewhat sticky. Strawberry is very sheer, but covers evenly—it's good for a natural, just-bitten look. Raspberry is moderately sheer and also covers evenly. It's my favourite of the bunch. Champagne and Vanilla have the best coverage, but your lip colour will still show through a little, and they have a tendency to settle into the lines of your lips.

Here are some swatches (each represents a few passes):

Swatches of Styli-Style Plastique Lip Gloss. Top to bottom: Vanilla, Champagne, Strawberry, and Raspberry. 

The verdict: They're not the most longwearing glosses, but some fun colours are available.

Rating: Three stars out of five. 

Available: Online and at select Rexall, Pharmasave, Pharma Plus, and Lawtons Drugs locations for about $6 each.

Have you tried anything from the Styli-Style line? What do you think of the Plastique glosses? Let me know in the comments below!

Disclosure: These products were provided by PR for my consideration.

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Styli-Style's Line & Seal 24 - Semi-Permanent Eyeliner: The Fifth Day of Christmas

Styli-Style Line & Seal 24: Semi-Permanent Eye Liners in Black Pearl, Mulberry, and Marine. 

Styli-Style Line & Seal 24: Semi-Permanent Eye Liners in Black Pearl, Mulberry, and Marine. 

It's the fifth day of Christmas, and I've got some good-quality drugstore eyeliners to show you! Styli-Style calls these Semi-Permanent Eye Liners, and that's about right. Once they're on, they don't budge without some good eye makeup remover. They're creamy and mostly opaque, and the colours I've tried are shimmery and vibrant. Black Pearl (top in the photo above) is a deep carbon with silver shimmer, Mulberry is a really complex brown-purple with gold shimmer, and Marine is a bright turquoise with silver shimmer.

All wear well on the top lash line. I did find Marine travelled on my lower lash line. My only application complaint is with Mulberry—it tends to apply differently over eyeshadow than on my bare hand. Applied over MAC Paint Pot in Painterly and All that Glitters Eyeshadow, for example, it went on cooler and more muted than the swatch below—and it wasn't fully opaque like the swatch I'm going to show you. I didn't have issues with the others. 

Have a look:

Styl-Style Line & Seal 24: Semi-Permanent Eye Liners in Black Pearl (top), Mulberry (middle), and Marine (bottom). 

Styl-Style Line & Seal 24: Semi-Permanent Eye Liners in Black Pearl (top), Mulberry (middle), and Marine (bottom). 

Swatches of Styli-Style Line & Seal 24: Semi-Permanent Eye Liners. Left to right: Mulberry, Black Pearl, and Marine. The swatches on the left are one swipe. The swatches on the right are a few swipes.  

Swatches of Styli-Style Line & Seal 24: Semi-Permanent Eye Liners. Left to right: Mulberry, Black Pearl, and Marine. The swatches on the left are one swipe. The swatches on the right are a few swipes.  

The verdict: Well worth a try for $6 each! They're long wearing, easy to apply, and pretty. 

Rating: Four stars out of five. I'd have given it five if not for the odd application issue with Mulberry. 

Available: Online and at select Rexall, Pharmasave, Pharma Plus, and Lawtons Drugs locations for about $6. 

Have you tried anything from the Styli-Style line? What do you think of these eye liners? Let me know in the comments below!

Disclosure: These products were provided by PR for my consideration.

In honour of the fifth day of Christmas, here's a sleepy photo of my fur-babies, Domi and Ginger. They're enjoying the holiday break as much as I am. ;)  See you tomorrow.

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