REVIEW + swatches: STILA Magnificent eye shadows Mermaid collection

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The first time I saw these Stila liquid eye shadows swatched on a YouTube, video my jaw dropped open at how glittery they were. Beauty gurus use a lot of bright lights in their channels which would make even the dullest of colours pop on screen so I wanted to get my hands on these and see how they stand up in real life. Here I’ll be showing you three shades from the original Magnificent eye shadows range, Gold Goddess, Diamond Dust and Kitten Karma, and the new Duo Chrome Magnificent Metals in Sea Siren, Into The Blue and Sunset Cove.

 
From left to right: Diamond Dust, Gold Goddess, Kitten Karma, Sea Siren, Sunset Cove and Into The Blue. 

From left to right: Diamond Dust, Gold Goddess, Kitten Karma, Sea Siren, Sunset Cove and Into The Blue. 

 

Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow - Duo Chrome Shades

These three mermaid-inspired Duo Chrome shades are not to be confused with the original formula. They’re not a true glitter but more of a high shimmer shadow that has a duo chrome finish, as the name suggests. They’re beautiful worn alone as a light wash on the eyes and add such an amazing high-shine shimmer that’s beautiful with a no-makeup makeup look. (I’ll be doing a post on three ways to wear these shadows next week so stay tuned!) 

Sunset Cove and Sea Siren, are the least pigmented so it’s best to use a shadow layered underneath if you really want the colour to pop. I had to use multiple swipes in my swatches to get the colour built up to where you see it. (No primer was used on the swatches). Into The Blue is more pigmented and truer to what you see in the bottle but again, I’d recommend layered an eyeshadow underneath for the colour and chrome finish to pop.

Overall these liquid shadows are beautiful. They’re fun to play with and set beautifully once they’re dry, even sans primer. They also wash off easily with just soap and water. 

Swatches from left to right: 

  • Sea Siren (Bright Lavender with Duo Chrome Bright Blue Pearl)
  • Sunset Cove (Cool Mid-Tone Pink with Duo Chrome Bright Gold Pearl) 
  • Into the Blue (Deep Blue with Duo Chrome Purple Pearl)
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Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

If you’re looking for glitter and a high-shine appearance from your eye shadow, these will be your new best friends. Kitten Karma and Diamond dust go on with plenty of glitter and pigment while I find Gold Goddess deposits less pigment and and seemingly less glitter. I find the formula of Gold Goddess to be somewhat watered down compered to the other two I have. Just look at the swatches and you’ll see what I mean. I had to swipe the colour a few times to get the colour intensity to what you see here. For a high pigmented look, I’d suggest wearing Gold Goddess overtop of a shadow while Kitten Karma and Diamond Dust could work well on their own. Again I’ll be doing three different looks for you guys using these shadows next week!

  • Gold Goddess (Sheer antique gold with silver sparkle)
  • Kitten Karma (Champagne with silver and copper sparkle)
  • Diamond Dust (Sheer silver with multi-color sparkle)
 
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Photography by Nathalie Martin.
In collaboration with Stila Cosmetics.
All opinions are my own.

 

Follow me on my press trip: NYC with Fresh !!

Sensorial Bar at the Fresh Store on Broadway, New York

Sensorial Bar at the Fresh Store on Broadway, New York

A quick trip to New York is always a good idea, especially when it's a press trip with Fresh! While there, I had a chance to meet with the owners, attend a product launch for their new Rose Toner and visit their Union Square store on Broadway to do a little bit of shopping. I brought my vlogging camera along and shot a video for you guys so make sure you hit the play button!

 

NYC TRAVEL DIARY WITH FRESH

PRESS PLAY !!

 
 
 

DAY ONE

I got to New York at noon, checked into the Walker Hotel and had a quick lunch at the Society Cafe before getting ready for the Fresh event. First thing I like to do when I check into my room is take a shower and do a quick face mask it time allows. Flying, no matter how short the distance, always makes me feel gross and leaves my skin feeling dull. For this reason I like to drink lots of water when I travel to keep well hydrated. 
 

 

THE EVENT: CELEBRATING THE NEW ROSE TONER

The event was so beautiful it was unreal! Fresh roses filled the space and pink drinks flowed aplenty. Make sure you watch my video for the whole experience and for a little surprise announcement for my readers at the end. 

 

WHAT I WORE

Mackage leather jacket
Queen of Hearts Collection tank (available on my shop here)
Frank & Eileen Tee Labs hoodie
Zara jeans
Converse sneakers
Saint Laurent black crossbody bag
Kate Cate leopard print shoulder bag strap

 

DAY TWO

I skipped breakfast and opted to sleep in since I wasn't feeling the greatest. Regardless, I was super excited to do some shopping at the Fresh store on Broadway! I'm going through a major fragrance phase right now, so I picked up a couple of perfumes, candles, scented bath & shower gels and body lotions. I'm still in awe at how beautiful the store is and the pictures don't do it justice. Make sure you watch my video (at the beginning of the post) to see it come to life! After shopping it was back to the hotel to quickly pack and head back to the airport. It was a short trip but an amazing one no less!

 

MY FRESH  BEAUTY HAUL

As much as I love Fresh skincare, I wanted to try their line of their fragrances and bath and body care line.  I opted for the Cannabis Santal perfume and candle since the scent is so unique and beautiful. Try it if you're ever at a Fresh store. Their bath & shower gels are so nicely scented and gentle on the skin so I grabbed a few of those in citrus based scents, a body oil to use post shower, a couple of body lotions and their new Umbrian Clay Treatment Bar. I also got a bottle of their new Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner to take home and try. It contains two and a half crush roses in each bottle and has hyaluronic acid to keep skin hydrated and plump!

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Special thanks to Fresh for this collab. 
All photos and video footage by me. Additional pics and footage by Adrienne Fraser. 

Affiliate marketing links in this story are used as form of compensation.

 
 

REVIEW Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick

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Bite Beauty is one of those brands who consistently puts out amazing quality products that women love to wear. Their factory is Toronto based the owner is an amazing, inspirational woman named Susanne Langmuir. I was very fortunate to meet her this past summer and visit the Bite factory to see how their best selling Amuse Bouche lipsticks are made. (You can see my vlog here. Please don't laugh at the quality. I didn't now how to create a proper YouTube video back then. Actually... this was my first YT video!) 

I was a customer of Bite way before I started working with them and got on their PR list. Their Agave Lip Mask was, and still is, a staple in my makeup bag and in my skincare routine. So much so that I bought a Lip Mask for Michael's birthday last year and now he's also a fan! (Michael is my blogger bestie if you don't know. Check out his gorgeous blog at globalgarcon.net) Fast forward to present day and Bite is celebrating the 1st year anniversary of their now iconic, Amuse Bouche lipstick. To celebrate, they sent me a package with five of the founders favourite shades - Liquorice, Chai, Gazpacho, Honeycomb and Jam. (In case you're curious, my five faves are Gazpacho, Chai, Verbena, Beetroot and Sour Cherry.)  Keep reading if you want my review on these lipsticks and if you want to see swatches.

 
BITE BEAUTY FOUNDER, SUSANNE LANGMUIR'S FAVOURITE SHADES: LIQUORICE, CHAI, GAZPACHO, HONEYCOMBO & JAM.  

BITE BEAUTY FOUNDER, SUSANNE LANGMUIR'S FAVOURITE SHADES: LIQUORICE, CHAI, GAZPACHO, HONEYCOMBO & JAM.
 

We're celebrating the 1st year anniversary of the Amuse Bouche lipstick here on WoahStyle with a review and some swatches! I'm actually surprised that I never got around to doing this sooner because I truly love this lipstick! On the bright side, I now have more Amuse Bouche lippies in my collection so I can share even more colour swatches with you. Yay! 

PRICE: $30 Canadian ($26 USD).

SOLD exclusively at Sephora or at the Bite Beauty Lip Labs in NY, Toronto, San Francisco and San Jose. 

44 creamy shades available with limited edition shades launched from time to time.

WHAT'S IN IT: Beeswax, Jojoba Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Argan Kernel Oil, Candelilla Wax, Sesame Seed Oil, Jojoba Wax, Sunflower Seed Wax, Sunflower Seed Oil, Grape Seed Extract, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil.

THE VERDICT: I've been using these lipsticks consistently for the past year. In that time the Amuse Bouche lipstick has remained a favourite. The formula is highly pigmented, hydrating, and smell amazing, and taste good too (it's probably all of the fruit oils in the formula). These lipsticks are 100% organic and natural and are handmade in their factory in Toronto.

I'm assuming that what gives these lipsticks it's thick, creamy consistency is their wax and fruit oil based formula which, allows them to give off a rich colour pigmentation that we see in matte or liquid lipsticks. They are super comfortable to wear and don't dry out on the lips. The Amuse Bouche work beautifully without a lip liner but for that extra staying power, I always recommend using a liner. Fun fact: Bite recently launched their own line of lip pencils this spring which retail for $20 a pencil. Yes, they're totally worth it and live up to what you would expect from Bite. 

Overall, I love these lipsticks and I'd recommend them to you if you haven't already tried them. With 44 shades available, there's bound to be something in there to suit every skin tone. Both my mum and I are obsessed with the colour Chai, a pink-rose brown that I like to describe as a universally flattering nude. Honestly, after writing this I feel like exploring other shades I don't already have so I might just have to do that.

 

SHOP MY FAVOURITE BITE BEAUTY

 
BITE BEAUTY AMUSE BOUCHE SWATCHES

BITE BEAUTY AMUSE BOUCHE SWATCHES

BITE BEAUTY AMUSE BOUCH NUDE SHADES

Thistle - mauve infused taupe
Honeycomb - beige nude
Meringue - Peachy Nude
Fig - Nude Rose
Sweet Cream - Muted Peach
Verbena - Rose Terracotta
Pepper - Dusty Rose
Chai - Mauve Brown

 
 
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BITE BEAUTY AMUSE BOUCHE SWATCHES

BITE BEAUTY AMUSE BOUCH RED SHADES

Sour Cherry - Maraschino Red
Gazpacho - True Blue-Red
Mistletoe - limited edition red for holiday 2016
Nori - Deep Brown-Red
Whiskey - Rich Mahogany with Red
Liquorice - Oxblood

 
 
BITE BEAUTY AMUSE BOUCHE SWATCHES

BITE BEAUTY AMUSE BOUCHE SWATCHES

BITE BEAUTY AMUSE BOUCH PURPLE / BLUE/ GREEN SHADES

Sprizter - Plum Rose
Lavender Jam - Electric Blue-Violet
Taro - blue-grey purple
Mauvember 2016 - limited edition mauve for 2016
Beetroot - Bold Berry
Jam - Rich Merlot
Black Truffle - Black Violet
Squid Ink - Deep Navy with Black
Kale -  Deep Hunter Green with Black

 

Photography by Nathalie Martin.
Most Bite Beauty lipsticks featured here were provided as a PR sample. All photos are original and opinions are honest and true. 

Affiliate marketing links in this story are used as form of compensation.