Friday, April 29, 2011

Foundation Review : MAC Face & Body


Price: 39$
Size:120mL/4Fl oz.
Coverage: Light/Sheer Coverage
Finish: Dew/Natural
Color Choices: 13 Shades


Let me start of by saying that I have an oily skin type that becomes more of combination skin in the colder months. I suffer from very few break outs, a spot here and there every few months. But I do have a bit of uneven skin tone, with slight hyper pigmentation around the mouth area. I LOVED this foundation until a warm day, and now it's somewhat mediocre. Read on...

MAC Face and Body is a light water based foundation, that applies to the skin more like a tinted moisturizer. It is easy to blend, and applies well with fingers or a brush (I use my sigma brush). If you have problematic skin, excessive redness or scarring this will not provide adequate coverage. The product provides little coverage, but can be built up slightly if desired. Use this with a concealer if you have a few spots to cover up. This basically makes already good skin, GREAT skin.

The Foundation offers a dewy/healthy glow finish to the skin, which is great for those with normal skin. Those with oilier skin types can powder after application, but the foundation offers no oil control, so be aware you may look like an oil slick. It will work for oilier skin types better in winter or in conjunction with other mattifying products.

The color range is great, you should be able to find your match for your skin tone. I wear the darkest color; N9. Since the foundation is such light coverage you can wear a shade darker or lighter without noticing much difference because it will still blend in well.

The price is a bit steep but still cheaper than other high end foundations like Nars & Chanel. But you do get quite a bit of product, most foundations are 1oz while F&B comes in at 4oz.

NOTE: This is of course a body foundation as well, so if it doesn't work well for your face, use it on your body. Great for use on legs (airbrushed legs anyone?) and chest to make them look flawless for a special occasion or a night out. You can also choose a slightly darker shade to provide a 'fake tan' look on your body.

Best Match:

Those with normal skin, who have few skin issues are best matched for this foundation.

Repurchase? - I love this for cooler days when I want a very natural look. But I would not repurchase, I'd rather opt for my usual foundation mixed with moisturizer for a lighter coverage. This product adds too much glow for my oily skin.


Monday, April 25, 2011

Hair Diaries: Low Manipulation & Protective Styles

Since starting my blog & in my 'real' life, the questions I get asked the most are concerning my hair. I've decided to answer and provide as much information on my hair/hair care & products through a blog series called "Hair Diaries'. The posts will be more text but they'll be as informative as possible.
Questions/request are welcome :)

If you want to know more about my hair/hair routine at the moment check this out.

 The HAIRY Truth:

The trick to longer healthier hair is length retention. Every one's hair grows! I don't care what race you are, if you're breathing your hair is growing. The trick is to maintain as much length as possible. You lose length through breakage, damage, or split ends.

HAIR me out:

Low manipulation and protective hair-styles help maintain length by putting as little stress on the hair strands as possible. These styles are one of the many techniques to maintain hair length.

Low manipulation includes techniques such as finger combing. Instead of opting for a brush to de-tangle your hair, use your fingers. You'll rip out less strands and be able to feel and tackle knots with less stress. If you must use a tool opt for a wide tooth comb instead of a brush, it reduces stress on your strands as well as less damaged ends.
Quick tip: De-tangle from the bottom of your strands working up. You'll cause less damage this way.

The key is to manipulate your hair as LITTLE as possible. So no elaborate styles.

Protective styling is similar to low manipulation. The main goal is still length retention with an emphasis on protecting the ends of your strands. Your ends are the oldest part of your hair, thus the weakest. Simply by putting your hair in a bun you protect your ends from rubbing against your clothes or becoming damaged by the elements (sun and wind, etc.)

Protective styles include, wigs, weaves, braids, buns, and pony tails. Just make sure that if you opt for wigs, weaves, etc. you take care of you hair underneath with regular washing/conditioning. NO body likes STANK hair even if your weave is cute :)

For those opting for pony tails and buns be careful not to make them too tight because you can end up with tension breakage or worse traction alopecia a la Naomi Campbell. This occurs when you hair breaks in certain areas from excessive tension. Switch up the positioning of your bun/pony for variation and less stress on the same follicles.

Using these techniques as well as a proper hair regimen your hair should become thicker and longer.
Hope you enjoyed the read :)


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

LG Fashion Week Highlights

I was given the amazing opportunity to attend LG Fashion Week here in Toronto a few weeks ago. I can not begin to tell you how amazing it was. I got my hands on VIP passes thanks to the great PR team over at CP24. The atmosphere was amazing, the days/nights were filled with great fashion, beautiful models, and some of Toronto's heavy hitters in the fashion business.

Below were some of the pictures from the shows I enjoyed the most. The biggest beauty trend I saw was the attention to nail design. A move from the classic square nails to rounded tips and in-your-face nail art.

For me my favorite fashion trends were the inclusion of fur and color. Joe Fresh ignited the runways with fire bold Orange pieces, while Izma infused every design with a sleek fur piece.

The stand-out piece for me was the a printed maxi by David Dixon (pictured below), it's something I want to get my hands on. I was impressed by Klaxon Howl's line, the menswear was stunning and the execution of the runway was so creative. The boys didn't just do a classic walk, they incorporated props and told somewhat of a story.

Overall, the designer to look out for is Amanda Lew Kee her show was stunning, her pieces unique (think sheer, colorful, & flowy) & she scored brownie points with me for having all her models stomping the runway in Sam Edelman Zoyla shoes.

Joe Fresh

Klaxon Howl

Attitude by Jay Manuel




Amanda Lew Kee

Amanada Lew Kee

David Dixon
David Dixon

Hope your week is going well, I have a few beauty post lined up :)


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday Snapshot 13.

Lucky 13.

Nope there are not 13 pictures, no need to count.
But this was a bit of my week, switched up the Sunday snapshot structure.

one. I did a bit of babysitting, its safe to say I am sure I am not ready to be a mother anytime soon.
two. my last early morning trek to uni.
three. studying solo on campus.
four. It was my cousin's birthday so I got her some brogues. I have the same pair in another color.
five. Coffee on deck, gotta love the mug.
six. cupcakes, yum.
seven. STACKED! I'm loving mixing metals/textures & excessive bracelets.
eight. counting down the days till take off, tickets are printed & ready.
nine. My boy toy- Tigger <3

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


I was gone for a minute now I'm back! Done University, thank God. I'm slowly easing back into the swing of things.
The weather is getting warmer & it seems like my eyes have been much more drawn to dresses. So here are a few dresses I've been lemming.

All the dresses are from French Connection, I love the romantic-girly feel they have. The light colors and airy fabrics make me feel like I should be frolicking in some vast field.
If I were to get them all I'd be ringing up a bill over 1000$ urgh :s A girl can only wish.

What are you current lemmings for the spring season?


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sunday Snapshot 12.

one. Yes, I'm alive & currently a bad blogger.

two. Next Sunday I write my last uni exam & then I'm officially done my undergrad, excuse me while I dance and celebrate *woot woot*

three. I got featured over on this lovely blog, please take some time & check it out. If you're into hair care, esp black hair care it's a good place to be.

four. LG Fashion Week was this week & amazing. Yes, I was busy with exams, but I made time to catch about 5 different designers. Will post about it soon.

five. Radom, I love MAC Face & Body Foundation.

six. I've decided that Sunday Snapshot won't happen every week but just when I feel like it. My blog is a creative outlet, so when I feel creative or feel like writing, I'll blog. Simple concept,why did it take me so long to figure out. I want to enjoy the blogging journey as much as possible.

seven. This week I'm picking up the iphone4 BYEBYE blackberry.