Gucci: Daring to be Dentally Diverse

Gucci’s new lipstick campaign has got tongues wagging. The Italian fashion brand, which is known for it’s luxury clothing, accessories and cosmetics; has challenged the fashion and beauty industry by celebrating imperfection. Their new campaign, which focuses on women with imperfect teeth, is a sharp contrast to most lipstick campaigns that show the ‘perfect’ white straight-teethed smile.

The campaign has been met with mixed results since its release on Gucci’s Instagram. Some have applauded the brand for showing real women with real teeth. Others have been disappointed that this was the direction chosen by Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele, to reinvent the image of Gucci’s cosmetic line.

Gucci, in their press release describes the campaign as “a manifesto of beauty written by the house’s creative director.”with the intention of demonstrating that “makeup should not mask, but rather exalt, flaws and make them part of the language of beauty.”

The campaign features Dani Miller, the lead singer of punk band Surfbort, as well as models Mae Lapres, Achok Majak and Ellia Sophia Coggins. It is photogrpahed by Martain Parr and filmed by Chris Simmonds.

The collection is currently exclusively available at the Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York Flagship store. It will be launched nationally and internationally after May 29.

Kat Von D Glimmer Veil Review

I love a good lipstick. But I did not love liquid lipstick until I came across Kat Von D’s Glimmer Veil at Sephora.

televatorIt comes in pretty gothic packaging and the tube reflects the product inside. The wand has a tapered end for easy application. And it can be used as a shimmering top coat or as a full impact lipstick.

I have it in the shade Televator at the moment. But I’m sure my collection will grow. It sparkles, it stays in place, it’s long wearing and just plain gorgeous. Every time I wear my Glimmer Veil lipstick I get at least one compliment on it.

I tried NYX’s Cosmic Metal Lip Cream as a cheaper dupe. The color was similar and it looked similar. But it was tacky, didn’t dry and while long wearing in a way, half of it was caught on what you were eating and drinking.

So while more expensive, Glimmer Veil is the answer for me. Plus it’s cruelty and paraben free.

Krystal xx

Halo Beauty – First Thoughts

If you’re into beauty and watch YouTube, you’ve probably heard of beauty vlogger Tati Westbrook aka the GlamLifeGuru.

image-tati2_1020x700.pngShe has just released her beauty brand Halo Beauty, which so far has one product a vitamin for skin hair and nails. It sounds great and it’s both sugar and gluten free as well as vegan. She’s also been fairly transparent about the ingredients.

However a lot of bloggers, vloggers and others have been really negative about her brand and ingredients. I am surprised that her brand is so far just one product, but when you look at the product it looks fairly decent and people haven’t even used it yet to comment.

home-product2_1020x700.pngLooking at the ingredients and people’s concerns about things they do or don’t do and potential ill health you could get, there has been nothing more than a few suggested correlations. And the thing with correlations is that the two variables appear to be related but may both be occurring for non-related reasons. While I don’t think this product will be a miracle, I don’t think it will be any less effective than all the anti-aging creams out there and the companies for those don’t have to disable comments due to negativity and personal attacks.

It will be interesting to see how effective the product is once it is used for a period of time and how it affects Tati’s perceived integrity.

Krystal xx

iHerb Review (with promo code TRC217)

I love the internet, but I’m not such a fan of shopping online. Reluctant practice has made me a more confident online shopper, but I still refuse to do it unless I can’t purchase the product in a store locally. One of the main sites I use for these things is iHerb. This is my candid review of iHerb as the reluctant online shopper.

iHerb offers a range of health and beauty products for the more natural and healthy minded consumer. These products include two lip balm ranges I am crazy about; Crazy Rumors and Hurraw. The products are well priced and in your local currency both in the browsing and checkout screens (unlike Amazon).

iHerb offers a range of shipping options, including a no-rush cheaper shipping option as well as free shipping to countries outside the US. They also offer a shipping saver option on certain items.

Because I select the cheapest shipping, my items don’t arrive overnight by any means, but they still arrive within a reasonable time frame and iHerb sends a tracking number so I can track the item’s progress and know when it will possibly arrive. The items are also well packaged and arrive undamaged.

If you haven’t used iHerb before enter the code TRC217 and you’ll get 5% off your first purchase 🙂

Happy Shopping,

Krystal xx

Schwarzkopf Live Colour Pastel Spray – Cotton Candy Review

I wanted to dye my hair pink, but wanted to test the colour suited me before going for something more permanent, so this looked like a good option.

I initially hesitated because the colour they showed on the box didn’t really look that cotton candy to me, but ultimately I decided to give it a go because hey, we only live once.

On opening the bottle, I found the liquid inside was a dark pink (you can also see this when you spray the colour on your hands, so make sure to wear gloves).

I chose to apply this by standing in the shower with old black clothes on and a full length mirror leaning against the glass. The reason I did this was because it is much easier to wash down the shower walls than it is the bathroom walls.

I applied the spray to my glove and them rubbed it into my hair. I found it was hard to really get a good coverage on a couple of bits and it was very time consuming compared to a cream product to apply all over the hair.

After it was dry, I fully expected the colour on the box based on previous experience with their sprays but instead I got a dark purple/pink colour.

IMG_1805.JPG Day 1                                      IMG_1806.JPG Day 2

I left this in my hair for two days, but your hair gets quite strawlike so I washed it out on the second day. A bit of colour had faded on the second day and after washing it only a very light layer of colour was left. After another was three days later most of this disappeared too and the tiny bit left the wash after.

IMG_1812.JPG After 1 Wash                              img_1822-2 After 2 Washes

I would use it again for a night out then wash it out the next morning.

Krystal xx

 

Make Up Look: Rainbow Eyeshadow

The Handmade Illuminating Rainbow Highlighters by BitterLaceBeauty have thrown the makeup world into a bit of a rainbow frenzy. My favourite type of rainbow make up is rainbow eyeshadow.

IMG_04451To achieve this look I used the Chi Chi O.M.F.G palette. I also used a Chi Chi black eye liner. The mascara is the Maybelline Colossal Volume Express Mascara and the brows and highlight were both done with the Sax Essential Brow Shaping & Defining Kit. I also used the Art Deco eyeshadow base to prime the eyelids. To apply the shadows I started with red at the corner of the eye using a small Artiste eye shadow brush, sticking the colour on and keeping the brushing minimal on both the lid and below the lid, making sure to match the colours exactly in both places. After each colour I quickly ran the brush lightly under water to clean the colour of, towelled it dry, and then applied the next colour. This is particularly important when the next colour is lighter such as with yellow. I then applied mascara on upper and lower lashes and mascara to above the lashes, on the water line and slightly below the water line. To blend out any eyeshadow above the lid I used a white highlighter above the lid, to the brow and added a little dark brown shadow to the brows to give them more definition.

IMG_04351In the second look I used the Chi Chi O.M.F.G palette, the Chi Chi Nudes palette and the LA Girl Neon Beauty Brick. I again used a Chi Chi black eye liner. The mascara in this one is Maybelline Great Lash Mascara and the brows as again the Sax Essential Brow Shaping & Defining Kit. And the lids were primed with the Art Deco eyeshadow base. A small Artiste brush is again used for the lid, with a larger shadow brush being used for above the lid. Start with the yellow in the corner of the eye and pack on the colour. Then sweep the blue/green shade across the rest of the lid. Underneath the lash line use feathery strokes to apply orange to one side and pick to the other. The buff out any excess colour beyond the lid up to the brow with a light brown or skin coloured shade and highlight just underneath the brow with a white highlighter. Finish by applying mascara to lashes and eyeliner to above the lashes, on the water line, and slightly below the water line.

Have fun and get creative

Krystal xx