Top 13 Posts of 2013 on Perilously Pale

1. Dior Holiday 2013 Golden Winter Collection 5 Couleurs Eye Palettes in Golden Snow and Golden Flower – Photos, Swatches, and Review


2. How to do Cat Eye Eyeliner With Tips for Hooded Eyes for The Fashion Magazine Beauty Panel


3. Dior Diorific Lipsticks in Diva, Winter, and Minuit for Holiday 2013 Golden Winter Collection – Photos, Swatches, and Review


4. City Lash Lash Growth Enhancer Review


5. Essie Summer 2013 Collection – Photos, Swatches and Review
6. Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipsticks in Fuchsia Flash, Shocking Coral, and Vivid Rose – Photos, Swatches, and Review

7. Dior Reinvents the Rouge Dior Lipstick – Darling, Trafalgar, 999, and Grege 1947 – Photos, Swatches, and Review
8. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light and Mood Light – Photos, Swatches, and Review
9. Maybelline Color Whisper by Color Sensational Lip Colours in Bare to Be Bold, Who Wore it Red-er, Cherry on Top, and Rose of Attraction – Photos, Swatches, and Review

10. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light – Photos, Swatches, and Review

11. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pure Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain in No 27 Peche Cerra Colla from Spring 2013 – Photos, Swatches, and Review

12. Essie Light Up The Night 2013 Neon Collection – Photos, Swatches, and Review
13. Introducing Lancome Gloss In Love – Under the Spotlight – Photos, Swatches, and Review



Do you have any posts of the year that were your personal favourites?

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Building Makeup Memories with My Daughter ~ An Almay Inspired Reflection ~ Win a Trip to NYC!

I introduced you to an amazing contest that Almay is running in my post on becoming one of Almay’s spokespeople for their campaign with the gorgeous Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson. They are giving away an incredible trip for two to New York City for makeovers! I wish I could enter but unfortunately it is open to US residents only. Part of entering the contest is talking about one of your favourite makeup memories with your mom. I mentioned in my previous post that I don’t actually have any makeup memories with my mom. She has never worn makeup and it is not an experience we shared together but rather one I navigated on my own from some deep seeded desire to emerge myself in the world of beauty products. This whole experience with this campaign has made me appreciate all the makeup memories I have already been blessed to share with my 5 year old daughter. The excitement I feel over the prospect of the many bonding moments we will experience together as I help her navigate her way through the world of beauty products is building. I hope one day she will look back fondly on the makeup moments we have shared together as mother daughter.

My favourite makeup moment with mom so far that I hope she will be able to remember when she grows up is when she came into my office/beauty area with eyeshadow and lipstick on (hers that I had given her) and she had decorated her face with little gem stickers from a craft kit she has. She was having trouble getting some of them to stick and was getting frustrated. I was so amazed by the creativity she was showing and the very “interesting” placement of her newfound beauty accessories. I followed her instructions on colour and placement of the remaining gems she wanted applied and then added the specially shaped eyeliner design that she wanted which was inspired by one of her favourite Monster High characters. She looked so cute and proud that when she asked me to take pictures of her I gleefully obliged.


Of course she had to modify the look further. A little while later she came back to demonstrate her very original technique of applying pink lip gloss to her eyebrows. Not sure whether this is a trend that will catch on? ;)


I think it is wonderful that this thoughtfully conceived campaign with Almay featuring Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson is prompting women out there to really reflect upon the special relationships they have with their mothers and the fun memories that developed their relationship with makeup. I hope one day my daughter can look back fondly on the time we spent together cultivating her relationship with makeup, building her confidence and sense of self expression.

If you are a resident of the United States and haven’t entered the Almay “The Best Makeup Secrets I Learned From My Mom” contest to win a trip to NYC with Makeovers for Two then get on it! Check out the details below and make sure you enter. Who doesn’t want a trip to NYC?!


How to Enter: 

From stealing your mother’s mascara to teaching your daughter how to apply eyeshadow, you share a lifetime of makeup moments with the most important women in your life. Upload a photo and tell us about your most memorable mother/daughter makeup moment for a chance to win a trip to NYC and makeovers for two! The Contest is open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, age 18 or older at time of entry. For more details, you can find it on their page on all the rules. Giveaway will end June 2, 2013 at 11:59 pm ET.

I would love to hear your MMM memories! Make sure to Like Almay’s Facebook page and enter the contest and share that memory with them. But I would love to hear it as well so please share it here as well!

Makeup Wars ~ What This Beauty Blogger Packs for Vacation

Beauty Blogger Packing

So I’m not really going on vacation. Oh how I WISH I were going on vacation. Even just for a weekend. It is just not in the cards right now, nor will it be for quite a long time. Given that in years past my hubby and I have gone on a few tropical winter getaway vacations, including our wedding, I am not unfamiliar with how I pack for these things, so were are going to exercise a bit of imagination here.

Now when I go on vacation, and I mean a week long proper vacation, I don’t really concern myself with packing light when it comes to my beauty essentials. If I am on vacation it means I am going “out” far more often than in my usual life of drudgery. What better time to make the most out of all the beautiful makeup I own? So when I am packing for vacation I use these basic “rules”.

  • Pack my favourites (of the moment).
  • Make sure those favourites will create a variety of looks without a tonne of products
  • I (try t0) make sure those favourites aren’t limited edition.

What this means is I pack my favourites regardless of whether they are pricey or not. On my last vacation to Mexico I packed primarily Chanel. I will tell you that I did break the limited edition rule because I remember packing my Chanel Tentation Cuivree Quad because it was a favourite smoky eye look at the time. (I just had a massive meltdown realizing I sold this in a blog sale. What the heck was I thinking *sigh*). Since I like to bring my “good stuff” on vacation I do pack it in my carry on. maybe this isn’t the best use of space but really, makeup doesn’t take up a tonne of room right?

So lets say I won a vacation and had to pack up to leave tomorrow. Here are what my choices would be. These items would be packed in a makeup bag I purchased at Winners many years ago. We are taking possibly a decade. I used to use it to actually store my makeup collection before it got way out of hand. Hard to imagine most of my stuff fit in there at one point! Ridiculous really. How do people live like that? LOL It is from a brand called Murval. I never even really looked at the brand name on it before creating this post but it looks like they bags, apparel, and home products. I absolutely adore this bag because it is so compartmentalized and keeps all my things well organized, visible, and easy to find. There are multiple removable, and fixed, mesh zippered pouches. There is also a section for makeup brushes but I prefer to keep them protected in one of the zippered pouches.

Most of these products have been linked to their original reviews, (which took me forever!) so I encourage you to click on them to see why I find them travel worthy companions!




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The first zippered pouch holds some compacts to offer a variety of eye looks and colourful cheeks:




The second removable zippered pouch holds an assortment of brushes (mostly MAC, Real Techniques and bdellium). I should have took a picture of them all out to show you as most are hiding.  It also holds any eye and brow pencils.


The center zippered pouch holds:

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The final large zippered pouch contains most of my face and skincare items:


I weighed my packed makeup bag and it weighs 4 pounds. Quite a hefty portion of my carry on luggage but that is a sacrifice, as a beauty lover, I have no trouble making. There is actually still room in my fabulous travel makeup bag so I can guarantee you that there would be some last minute additions before I left. The one item I would likely add is the Yves Saint Laurent Y Facettes Eye Palette from Spring 2013. It breaks my LE rule but it is so colourful and perfect for a tropical vacation. I also would likely throw in some nice skincare samples. I also forgot fragrance so some of my decants and samples would be added as well. It may seem like I packed an excessive amount of lip products and I should probably cut back given I packed more things than days I will be on vacation…but I would probably throw a few more in my handbag including my Lancome Baume in Love in Urban Ballet.

Well I hope you enjoyed my emotionally scarring experience of packing for an imaginary winter getaway and having to take photos of said imaginary packing outside in -20°C/-4°F weather. I’m off to go warm up with a hot coffee and Bailey’s and try to forget about my longing for a beach.

Make sure to check out the Travel Picks of the other Makeup Wars members. Just click on the thumbnails below or use the Previous and Next buttons at the top of this post. If you have missed out on the previous Makeup Wars be sure to check them out, including some of my favourites like our Valentines Day LookHoliday LookHoliday WishlistsFavourite MascarasFavourite Fall LookFavourite Red LipFavourite Makeup BrushFavourite Fall Nail Polish, and Most Expensive Makeup Look.