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There’s nothing quite like that feeling you get when you dive into a new palette, am I right? I recently received the Stila Matte ‘N Metal Eye Shadow Palette and couldn’t wait to get into it.

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I’m a big fan of combining matte and shimmery shades in an eye look, so this palette instantly gave me a good feeling. It’s also a really nice all-encompassing palette with more neutral shades that cover a range of shadows; cool pewters, warm rosy shades and sunny bronze hues all fit together into this 12 shade palette, allowing for you to mix and match depending on your mood.

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The top two rows of shadows are all matte, while the bottom two rows have a shimmery finish. The matte shadows apply really smoothly, though I was a little disappointed with the shades in the top row; they didn’t have very much pigmentation and didn’t show up very well on my skin, either wet or dry (as you’ll see in the following swatches). The second row did have a lot more colour to it, and these shadows make for a great base shade. The shimmery shades are so rich and pigmented that I don’t really mind all that much. They look gorgeous on, and when applied wet, the colour is so metallic and bold that it’s hard to look away.

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First column, applied dry on left and wet on right. From L-R: Vintage, Fringe, Bohemian, Smolder

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Second column, applied dry on left and wet on right. From L-R: Velvet, Suede, Retro, Sizzle

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Third column, applied dry on left and wet on right. From L-R: Feathered, Velour, Sequin, Flare

The palettes were also designed to make creating an eye look really simple. Follow the columns for a set of four shadows that come together for a harmonious look, and adjust intensity as you see fit. The bottom shades also make a great liner with a ton of impact, especially when applied wet!

What do you think of the Stila Matte ‘N Metal Eye Shadow Palette?


Disclaimer: This post contains PR samples sent for editorial consideration, but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo

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With the Oscars tonight, there’s never been a better time to talk red carpet beauty. Whether you’re planning on walking the red carpet, hitting up an Oscars party or just getting glam for a night out, here are a few tips that will help take your look to celeb heights.

 

Get red carpet ready with these tips:

 

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When you’re going to be in the spotlight or in front of the cameras, you don’t want to have to worry about fixing your lipstick. Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Lip Gloss adds sheen, a ton of colour, and has great staying power so you don’t have to worry about touch ups throughout the night. A red lip is a classic that never goes out of style!

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Summer may be winding down, but there’s still lots of time to take advantage of the beautiful weather and adventures that come with this time of year. When packing for a quickie getaway, it’s definitely important to minimize what you bring and pack a few key essentials that will get you through the trip! I’m sharing my favourite picks below – what are yours?

  • bliss triple oxygen radiance restoring mist – when you’re spending time traveling, whether it be by car, train or plane, there’s nothing worse than arriving at your destination and feeling like you need a complete refresher. This energizing face mist from bliss helps to wake your skin up, boost radiance, and freshens makeup so you can be ready to go as soon as your arrive.
  • Sephora Dry Clean Instant Dry Brush Cleaner Spray – Let’s face it – no one wants to waste precious vacation time cleaning their brushes while they’re away, but we always want our brushes feeling fresh for perfect application. This quick fix takes care of both of these; after giving your brush a couple of quick sprays, just sweep the brush over a tissue or towel to clear off surface residue. The best part? You don’t have to wait for your brush to dry.
  • Foreo Luna Play (at Murale) – Get ready to fall in love with this pocket-sized cleansing device. I’m sure you’ve already heard a ton about the Mini’s big sister, the original Luna; get ready to see the same cleansing action packed into this absolutely adorable version. While it still boasts the dual-zone layout, this smaller version comes pre-charged with 100 uses (this version is not rechargeable) and is perfect for a traveler.
  • MaskerAide All Eyes On Me Eye Gel Patches – I’m sure you’ve noticed I’m constantly singing MaskerAide’s praises, and they’ve made me a believer once again with their new eye gel patches. These larger sized gels fit comfortably under the eye, and after being worn for 15-30 minutes, leave the eyes looking brighter and refreshed, thanks to ingredients like their 100 Herb Complex and Hyaluronic Acid. If you need a quick refresh while you’re away, throw them on in the morning and feeling like a million bucks in half an hour.
  • Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution – Need to take it all off after a busy (or sweaty) day? Pack one of these travel sized bottles of Bioderma’s famed micellar water. A quick swipe or two of this lightweight solution removes makeup and leaves the skin feeling fresh & clean!
  • Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye & Cheek Palette – Cut down on the makeup you pack with this multi-tasking palette. Complete with a 4 shadows, a liner shade, and two blushes, you have almost everything you need for a complete face, in neutral hues. Toss a BB cream & mascara in your bag, and you’ll be good to go!

What do you like to pack when going away?

 

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Stila Color Outside The Lines Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner Set Packaging

In the mood for bold colour that lasts and lasts to keep your eyes looking beautiful?  You might want to check out the Stila Color Outside The Lines Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner Set (yep, that’s a mouthful).  This holiday set (housed in a cute retro tin case) contains 5 of Stila’s best selling Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliners in a nice variety of shades so you can nail a fab look for holiday parties.

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Shades included (Top-Bottom): Stingray, Lionfish, Aubergine, Navy & Emerald

Between the 5 liners included (Stingray, Lionfish, Aubergine, Navy & Emerald) you really get a little bit of everything.  These liners are great too – highly pigmented, with a smooth “crayon” tip, they provide great colour and bold results which can easily be smudged to create a smoky look.  I also do have to say I’m impressed with how long they last, I really had to take the makeup remover to it at the end of the night.

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Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner Swatches: Emerald, Navy, Aubergine, Lionfish, Stingray

This set is a great gift idea for someone who likes to play with colour and different looks, but I think this might also be a time you’re allowed to be a little greedy… Grabbing one for yourself might not be such a bad idea.  Especially since these liners are going to last through your crazy work Christmas party.

Disclaimer: This post contains products sent from the company for editorial consideration.  All opinions are purely my own personal judgements.

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Beauties – here’s another “What’s In Your Makeup Bag” to tide you over.  Allow me to introduce you to Emily Gravelle – a magazine editor and writer who is obsessed with beauty products! She began her career as an intern at Flare magazine, was formerly the Editor for Salon magazine and is currently a contributor for ElleCanada.com.

Here’s what she has to say about her makeup bag: “I tend to carry a lot more makeup than I probably need. If I’m out somewhere and need to do touch-ups (or re-do my entire face for that matter) I like to make sure I have all my favourite products on me. It was tough to narrow down the list to the few that would fit in the photo, but here are my beauty essentials that I never leave home without!”

Let’s take a look inside:

1. Stila Custom Color Blush: I’ve been wearing this blush for over a year now. While the bright colour looks deceiving at first, this pH-based powder blush adjusts to your individual skintone and takes the guesswork out of picking the perfect shade. I love the luminous, flawless flush that I get with this blush!

2. YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara: I am not blessed with beautiful lashes. I admit that recently I became obsessed with the hunt for the perfect mascara. I was going out and purchasing different mascaras every two weeks in my quest for full, voluminous lashes! A beauty consultant at Murale introduced me to this mascara and it has changed my life! The brush applicator combines nylon fibres of varying diametres for extreme volume enhancement. Even my husband noticed and asked if I was wearing false lashes!

3. M.A.C Mineralize Eyeshadow in Snow Season: This has been my go-to shadow for winter.  I love the frosted, almost metallic-like finish that I get with this shadow. It has a bronzey champagne glow with a golden shimmer.

4. Sonia Kashiuk Eyeshadow Brush: I keep this little eye shadow brush in my makeup bag for touch-ups. It’s compact enough that it fits in my bag and the bristles are wide enough to get maximum coverage in just a couple of sweeps!

5. IT Cosmetics Brow PowerT Universal Eyebrow Pencil: I’m fanatical about my eyebrows, so I was thrilled when I discovered this product at the Cosmoprof convention in Las Vegas two years ago. The oval shaped tip creates the most natural looking, believable brow and is perfect for both thin and thick brows. The long-wear formula is waterproof and smudge-resistant.

6. L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner: I picked this product up at a recent L’Oreal event. It’s part of the brand’s Spring 2012 releases and I have already fallen in love with it. I wear eyeliner every day, so the intense black definition I get with this pencil is fantastic! It glides on easily and I can instantly take my look from everyday to exotic.

7. Rimmel London Vinyl Max Lipgloss in Excess: This lipgloss has an innovative wand that allows you to apply the gloss in just one stroke. It keeps my lips soft, smooth and really plumps them up!

8. M.A.C Pro Longwear Lipglass in Full Speed Ahead: I’m crazy about wearing bold pops of colour on my lips, so I was absolutely delighted to find a gloss that has so much punch! This particular shade is a beautiful bright pink. It’s extremely versatile, so I find I can tone it down to just a light stain or play it up so that it looks very bold.

9. Benefit Erase Paste Concealer: This brightening camouflage concealer targets dark circles, discoloration and imperfections. It has a melon undertone that suits every complexion. It’s great for the days that I’ve had little sleep… or heaven forbid, a breakout!

10. Schwarzkopf got2b Powder’ful Volumizing Styling Powder: I have fine, very straight hair that is seriously in need of a volume intervention. Styling powders have changed my life! I particularly love this one as I can keep it in my makeup bag and sprinkle just a little bit of the powder on my hair for some added oomph.

11. La Roche-Posay Ceralip Lip Repair Cream: My lips get very dry this time of year, so I keep this product with me. It soothes my lips and can be worn under gloss or lipstick.

12. Powder FX: Cover FX Skin Care is an amazing Canadian brand. I recently tried out their compact powder and it quickly became my new favourite. The coverage is amazing, looks natural and lasts all day!

13. Mark Kabuki Brush: This compact brush fits perfectly in my makeup bag. I use it for powder or blush touch-ups.  The bristles are dense enough that it enables a perfect amount of powder to be evenly distributed across the cheeks or face.

14. Belvada Cosmetics Eyelash Curler: I love this little compact eyelash curler. It’s completely transportable and I find it curls my lashes even better than my larger, metal curler.

 

Which of these products have you got to try?   You can follow Emily on Twitter here.

 

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