Friday, 17 November 2017

Sneak Peek: Stila Spring 2018 Launches + Swatches

On Wednesday I checked out a preview of what's to come to Murale in the spring of 2018.  Of course, I gravitated towards Stila, which is one of my fave brands.

stila spring preview swatches pigalle freedom carefree twig la douce cloud

Here's a look at what's coming up, with swatches!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Monday, 13 November 2017

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Thursday, 9 November 2017

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Face Color 'B208' and 'H102' - Review, Swatches, and Look

When I first started using makeup, MAKE UP FOR EVER used to feel like one of those brands that was far too professional for my newbie brain to understand.

make up for ever artist face color blush highlighter h102 b208 review swatches

But in the last 2 years, MAKE UP FOR EVER has won my heart, by making products that are easy to use, and easy to know how to use - no intimidating packaging that requires crazy instructions, just no frills makeup.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

NYX Pin-Up Pout Lipstick - Review, Swatches, and Looks

I've been a NYX fan for years.  My fave lipstick formulas of theirs are the 'High Voltage Lipsticks', and the 'Matte Lipstick'.

nyx pin up pout lipstick review swatches wild spirit almost famous true vixen wisteria cocktail hour rebel soul

The latest addition to their lipstick fam is the Pin-Up Pouts.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Clarins Fall 2017 Collection - Review, Swatches, and Looks

I fell head over heels when Clarins released their 'Sunkissed Summer' 2017 collection (Review HERE).  Those bronze-y, sunrise-like shades made my heart sing.

clarins fall 2017 review swatches

Well, now that summer is over and fall is in full swing (although I'm afraid that I'll see snow any day now) Clarins has their fall 2017 collection.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Face of the Day - IMATS Toronto 2017

IMATS makeup is the best - zero rules!  The more highlight, the better.


This is the look that I sported this year to IMATS Toronto 2017.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - Lipstick Queen 'Mornin' Sunhine'

No, I haven't lost my marbles - I have not decided that a Big Bird coloured lips are my new thing.

lip swatch lipstick queen mornin' sunshine

'Mornin' Sunshine' is one of Lipstick Queen's pH controlled products.  It's yellow in the tube, starts out clear on the lips, then turns a pink-y coral shade after 3 minutes (although the shade might differ on you, depending on your pH level).

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Estée Lauder 'Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup' Foundation - Review, Swatches, and Before & After

First MAKE UP FOR EVER came out with their Water Blend Foundation (review HERE).  Now Estée Lauder has their own version!

estee lauder double wear nude water fresh foundation review swatches 1c1 cool bone

Meet the new baby from the Estée Lauder Double Wear family.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Lorac 'Evening Soirée' Light Source & Color Source Duo - Review, Swatches, and Look

The first high end brand I ever bought from was Lorac.  The original 'Unzipped' palette was, and still is one of my favourite palettes - it still makes me swoon.

 lorac evening soiree light source and color source duo moonlight highlighter chroma blush review swatches

What Lorac does really well is release great sets for the holidays.  The 'Evening Soirée' Light Source & Color Source Duo was from the holiday 2016 season.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - Too Faced La Creme Lipstick 'Cinnamon Kiss'

Too Faced might be famous for their "Melted" lipstick range, but remember their La Creme Lipsticks?

too faced la creme lipstick cinnamon kiss swatch comparison dupe

While the days of liquid lipstick are still among us, nothing says "classic" like a solid lipstick.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Dior Rouge Dior Liquid - Review, Swatches, and Looks

Dior took their first dip into the liquid lipstick pool during the holiday 2016 season with the Matte Fluids from their 'Holiday Splendor Collection'.

dior rouge dior liquid lipstick frenetic matte poison metal hectic matte shock matte swatches review

Now they have a whole slew of liquid lipsticks to add to their roster.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - Coloured Raine 'Marshmallow'

I recently made an order from Ricky's NYC, and grabbed a few liquid lipsticks from Coloured Raine.

lip swatch coloured raine comparison dupe

I purchased 'Marshmallow' and 'Soul', and lo and behold...they look exactly the same.  Don't you hate when that happens?

Thursday, 12 October 2017

IMATS Toronto 2017 - Review, Prices/Discounts & Vlog

IMATS Toronto kinda snuck up on us this year, didn't it?

 imats toronto

I remember in 2016 it happened in October, but this year it happened in August - but silver lining: no having to lug around a heavy coat!

Monday, 9 October 2017

ColourPop 'Yes Please' Palette - Review, Swatches, and Look

Shortly after Natasha Denona came out with the 'Sunset Eyeshadow Palette' (along with the hefty price tag of $129 USD) ColourPop swooped in and gave us a more affordable alternative.

colourpop yes please palette review swatches look

The 'Yes Please' palette includes 12 pressed powder shadows that mimics the theme of the Natasha Denona palette.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Trust Issues'

You know, there's some products out there that just look good on everybody.

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That's the case with Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in 'Trust Issues' - everyone who wears it absolutely rocks it!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Rouge Dior Double Rouge Lipstick - Review, Swatches, and Looks

Double the lipstick, double the fun, right?

dior rouge dior double rouge review swatches look poison purple 992 vibrant nude 239

Dior has come out with Double Rouge lipsticks - a matte/metal colour & couture contour lipstick.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Benefit 'Dandelion Twinkle' Highlighter - Review, Swatches, and Look

A visit from the makeup fairy ended with me becoming the proud owner of a little treasure box.

benefit dandelion twinkle highlighter review swatches comparison dupe

Meet the Benefit 'Dandelion Twinkle' highlighter.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - Guerlain 'Spicy Burgundy'

In my last post, I talked about Dave Lackie's #GuerlainLover VIP follower dinner.

guerlain kiss kiss matte lipstick spicy burgundy swatches comparison dupe

They kindly sent us home with some products to try out, so why not share them on the blog, starting with the KISS KISS Matte Lipstick in 'Spicy Burgundy'?

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Dave Lackie's #GuerlainLover VIP Follower Dinner

Every so often you get lucky.  A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a seat at Dave Lackie's #GuerlainLover VIP follower dinner.

guerlain dave lackie event

It was held at the beautiful Arcadian Loft, in downtown Toronto.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

NYX 'Happy Birthday' Palette - Review, Swatches, Look + Ulta Birthday Gift Comparison

♬ Go shorty, it's ya birthday.  We gonna party like it's ya birthday 

nyx happy birthday palette ulta birthday gift swatches review

While my birthday is in the winter, my mom was kind enough to donate the NYX 'Happy Birthday' Palette to me (the summer birthday gift from Ulta)....for research purposes!

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - Tarte 'Surfer Girl'

Sometimes you come across a lipstick that checks all of your boxes: creamy, pigmented, great color, and comfortable to wear.

lip swatch tarte drench lip splash surfer girl comparison dupe

For me, that lipstick is the Tarte Drench Lip Splash in 'Surfer Girl'.  It's one of my only lipsticks that gives me full colour payoff in one swipe - ONE!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Face of the Day - Christmas in the Summer

I may only September, but I've already been to a couple holiday previews.  Which is not at all a problem, because holiday releases are my fave!  I live for a good gift set.

Face of the Day - Christmas in the Summer

This past August I went to a holiday preview event for Shoppers Drug Mart, so of course I had to dress up to match the festive spirit.  Here is the look that I put together.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Elizabeth Arden 'Gelato Crush Color Collection' - Review, Swatches, and Look

Summer may be over, but you can still enjoy come refreshing gelato.

elizabeth arden gelato crush collection review swatches bare kiss fire red berry rush

Elizabeth Arden has released a colourful collection that includes lipsticks, lip liners, and cheek tints.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - BITE Beauty Lip Lab Custom Lipstick

Before Toronto got one, New York had the original BITE Beauty Lip lab.

bite lip lab custom lipstick swatches comparison

When I was in New York with my blogger friends we went to the lip lab to make our very own custom lipstick.  We got to choose the shade, the finish, and the scent.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Too Faced 'Best Year Ever' Makeup Collection - Swatches (via InstaStories)

Fa-la-la-la-laaaaaa, la-la la la!

too faced best year ever makeup collection swatches

Too Faced gave us a sneak peek of their holiday products, complete with swatches today (don't you love when brands post swatches way ahead of time, so you can plan out your shopping list?).

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Revlon Colorstay Foundation - Review, Swatches, Before & After + #ColorStayAllDay Event, Hosted by Gigi Gorgeous

This summer Revlon threw a bash highlighting some of their favourite products.

revlon colorstay combination oily foundation review swatches comparison 110 ivory before and after

The event featured all kinds of products; eyeshadow, nail polish, lipsticks, and the product that I'm always on the hunt for.....foundations!

Monday, 11 September 2017

Nail Art Inspired By.....Cover FX Highlighter

Back in the day I did a little series called "Inspired By", where I would do nail art that was inspired by something fun: fashion, makeup, food - whatever tickled my fancy.

cover fx custom enhancer drops nail art

I'm a big fan of the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in 'Halo'.  I'm down for a fun, weird, alien-like mermaid-y highlight!

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - Too Faced Melted Matte 'Granny Panties'

Your loves herself some Too Faced Melted Mattes (Reviews HERE).  So much so that I have a little glass container specifically dedicated to holding those precious Too Faced lippies.
too faced melted matte granny panties swatches comparison dupe

Let's welcome the Too Faced Melted Matte in 'Granny Panties' to the collection!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Maui Moisture 'Coconut Milk' Collection - Information

Okay, I get it.....it's September, which means that summer is over.

maui moisture coconut milk collection

At least my shampoo can trick me into thinking that it's still summer, right?

Monday, 4 September 2017

Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara - Review, Before & After

Mascara packaging seems pretty standard these days - a tube, a wand, and some product.

givenchy noir interdit mascara review before and after

But Givenchy is switching it up with their new 90° brush.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - Urban Decay 'Rapture'

Can I get a round of applause going for brands that update their packaging?

lip swatch urban decay rapture comparison dupe

It gives the product a fresh look, and as bonus I get to buy the old packaging at a discounted price.  So when Urban Decay gave their lipsticks a makeover, needless to say, I went just slightly HAM.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Fave Neutral Liquid Lipsticks from Stila

I keep telling myself that I'm not allowed to get any more liquid lipsticks, yet here I am with too many to fit in my lipstick drawer.

stila fave nude neutral stay all day liquid lipstick caramello perla patina swatches

A sizable chunk of my collection is Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks.  They have a great range of shades, as far as liquid lipsticks go they feel pretty comfortable, and they're very accessible - Stila is available at Sephora, Ulta, online, and even certain drugstores.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Clarins Lip Comfort Oil - Review and Look

Ready to kiss?

clarins lip comfort oil review

Because Clarins Lip Comfort Oil is now available in four new yummy shades!

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - NYX 'Napoleon'

Happy Saturday!  Today I am running around IMATS Toronto, but that won't stop me from sharing some swatches.

nyx intense butter gloss napoleon swatches comparison dupe

This is the NYX Intense Butter Gloss in 'Napoleon'.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Velour Lashes - Review and Look

It seems like almost every Instagram eye makeup tutorial includes a set of false lashes these days.  I'm not complaining - it really rounds out the look.

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Luckily for Canadians, we can get our hands on Velour Lashes!

Monday, 21 August 2017

Beauty Battle Station Must-Haves

"This isn't a bra, this is body armor.  This isn't makeup, this is war paint!" - Iliza Schlesinger


When I'm getting glam for the day, I step up to my battle station and make a game plan.  Okay, maybe you don't call it a "battle station", maybe you call it "a vanity".....same, same.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Velour Lashes - Live in Lashes Tour & Tips from Celebrity Makeup Artist Patrick Ta

The Velour Lashes pop-up event has come and gone, and I got the full lash-y experience.

velour lashes live in lashes review patrick ta

Playing with falsies, watching an artist at work, and learning some tips along the way - not a bad way to spend an afternoon, right?

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - BITE Beauty 'Pomegranate'

I'm slowly becoming less and less afraid to rock a red lip.  It's an intimidating colour, but I'm warming up to it.

lip swatch bite beauty high pigment pencil pomegranate comparison dupe nars stila

This red is the BITE Beauty High Pigment Pencil in 'Pomegranate'.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Sun Care Round-up

Even though it may not be the sunniest of summers, that doesn't mean that the UV rays aren't out in full force.

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And while I've been somewhat of a vampire this summer, having barely seen daylight, I'm still on the ball when it comes to protecting my skin.  These are some of my top picks for summer sun care.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Estée Lauder Announces New Modern Muse Spokesmodel

Estée Lauder has announced Misty Copeland, principal ballerina at American Ballet Theatre, as the new global spokesmodel for the brand’s Modern Muse fragrance. Misty will front the new Modern Muse fragrance campaign across digital, TV, in-store and print, debuting August 2017.

estee lauder modern muse misty copeland

I absolutely LOVE this choice - Misty Copeland is such a force in the dance world, and I think that her story, and her beautiful & graceful talent pairs well with what Modern Muse represents.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - Maybelline 'Nude Embrace'

Remember when nude, mannequin-like concealer-lips were all the rage?

maybelline nude embrace swatches comparison dupe loreal nyx

I do, because it was the first lip trend that I hopped on.  I went out and raided the Maybelline nude lipstick collection display at my local Walmart.  Some of the shades that I bought back then don't really work on me anymore, but I think that 'Nude Embrace' still does.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Lipstick Queen "Nothing But The Nudes" Collection - Review, Swatches, and Look + GIVEAWAY

Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?

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Coming soon to Lipstick Queen is their latest collection, "Nothing But The Nudes".

Monday, 31 July 2017

Quo Summer 2017 Collection - Review, Swatches, and Look

♫ When I met you in the summer, to my heartbeat sound... 

quo summer 2017 brush set bronzer eyeshadow sunset eyes swatches review

Quo is always on the ball as far as releasing a new collection every season.  This is their summer 2017 collection.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Lip Swatch Saturday - Dose of Colors 'Dark Secrets'

When I went to New York City last year for IMATS New York I made it a point to check out the store, "Ricky's NYC".

dose of colors dark secrets swatches comparison dupe

The Ricky's that I went to had a bunch of their Dose of Colors stock on sale for 50% off, so I had to pick up a lipstick, right?  I didn't even know that Dose had made solid lipsticks, as I had always known them to make liquid lipsticks.  But I was told that solid lipsticks was actually one of the first products that Dose's released - cool!

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Velour "Live In Lashes" Pop-Up Toronto Event + GIVEAWAY

Hey Toronto peeps - whatcha doing this weekend?


If you're a fan of falsies, come check out the "Live In Lashes" Pop-Up Event hosted by Velour Lashes!