Sunday, March 1, 2015

Giving Up Makeup // #nomakeupmarch

AHHH It's my naked face. That's not even a justified reaction. For goodness sake, it's what my momma gave me. And there is all of zero reasons why I should ever be ashamed of it. But makeup. It's like a drug. I tell myself I don't need it but it's a quick fix to all of my self-confidence issues. 

Got a breakout? Hide it with your fullest-coverage foundation.
Tired eyes? Concealer to the rescue. 
Face a little dull? Add some blush to perk your face up. 
Feeing fat? Contour those cheekbones. 
Looking pale? Put some sunshine on your face with a heavy dusting of bronzer.

… and so on. Tricking myself into feeling like the unnecessary is necessary – such a human thing. We’re all smart enough to know that makeup isn’t key to survival and I could live with out it but I choose not to. 

To curb this issue, I'm going cold turkey. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Miracle 10 Skincare Experience, Product Review + Event // Word of Mouth Beauty #WOFM

My skin is tolerant. So tolerant that I don't seem to ever see immediate or positively noticeable results from any of the skincare that try. Healthier and brighter, with noticeable dewiness, elasticity, and radiance. These are the promises of Miracle 10 - to provide noticeable results. In 10 hours, smoothness and clarity. In 10 days, improvements in discolouration and dullness. In 10 weeks, the appearance of wrinkles and pore size diminished. Sounds like what my skin has been looking for. 

The Event
Miracle 10 is a skincare line formulated by the Plastic Surgery Skincare Clinic, which is located at 67 Scollard Street (Yorkville, Toronto). Back in November, I attended Miracle 10's first blogger event, dubbed Word of Mouth Beauty. The event featured personalized skincare consultations, makeup and manis with Dior, and an Fall/Winter Trends/Q&A sesh with Michelle Villet of the Beauty Editor

Friday, February 27, 2015

HAIR: COLAB Invisible Dry Shampoo by Ruth Crilly in Rio & London

Breaking beauty news! COLAB Invisible Dry Shampoo created by Ruth Crilly of A Model Recommends (on youtube) has hit Canadian retailers (London Drugs, Jean Coutu, Lawtons, Pharmasave & PharmaChoice) this January 2015. I haven't seen it on my drugstore's shelves just yet, but these are definitely something to look forward to! 

Two of COLAB's fragrances will be available in Canada: 
(1) London - A classic yet contemporary fragrance of bergamot, musk & magnolia 
(2) Rio - A carnival of tropical notes with papaya, pineapple and a heart of cassis 

I'm impartial to the Rio scent, as it's bright and fruity, however London smells quite good as well. Both scents are available in either a travel size (50mL, $5.49) or a larger size (200mL,  $9.99). Obviously, it's a much better deal to get the larger size but the baby sizes are just too cute to resist and perfect for popping into your purse for on-the-go use. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Rimmel Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour in Make Your Move, Kiss Fatal, and Kiss Me You Fool

Finally! The Rimmel Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colours ($8.99) have finally made their way to Canadian drugstores. These lipsticks claim to be kiss-proof, transfer-proof, non-drying and moisturizing. The test? Wear the Rimmel Provocalips to bed. If it smudges on the pillow case (and all over my face) it's a dud. If not, it's a winner. 

The result? ... No smudges! No transferring! I kissed the back of my hand which means it's totally kiss-proof. Unheard of. 

The Provocalips are available in 10 shades. Shown above are Make Your Move, Kiss Fatal and Kiss Me You Fool. The other 7 are Dare to Pink, Pucker Up, I'll Call You, Little Minx, Play With Fire, Skinny Dipping and Heart Breaker. Provocative names indeed. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New Specs from

Buying glasses online is all the rage. Long gone are the days when I purchased my specs from good, ol' Costco. Seems like the glasses-wearing people of the world are trading off brick-and-mortar for lower prices and bigger, better selection. Clearly Contacts, Firmoo… and now there’s Select Specs. Select Specs is a UK-based company with their glasses shipping out of Hong Kong. Styles are priced from $12 (economy, no name) to $200+ (designer).

HAUL: Peace out, Target Canada!

I love Target. There was one in Waterloo, which I visited at least monthly to ogle at all the Sonia Kashuk and Pixi and NYX things. Sure, there are lots of Targets in Toronto, but none in the general vicinity of my house (GTA suburbs) or work (down in the down town). Sad life. 

I was a bit disheartened when Target announced its departure from Canada but I can understand why. The Waterloo location was like a ghost town – even during Black Friday, etc. and although Target selection is pretty great (even in Canada) prices were never as quite as good as Wal-Mart. 

The bright side of the story is that liquidation = discounts = hauls. So, Charles (aka boyfriend who lives closer to a Target) was kind enough to pick up a few things for me, 30% off of course. I heard the sales for non-makeup stuffs were not so great... on to the good stuff :) 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GIVEAWAY: Fashion Magazine 13th Readers' Choice Beauty Awards

Yep, it's awards season. And not just the movie/TV show type of awards. There's BEAUTY awards too! More than 8,000 Readers of FASHION Magazine weighed in on their favourites of 2014 in the categories of body, face, fragrance, hair, makeup and nails for FASHION's 13th Readers' Choice Beauty Awards. Check out the winners here

Ulta3 Moisturizing Lipstick in Coral Reef and Matte Lipstick in Harem Pink

Australian makeup pricing for what are considered to be Canadian drusgtore brands are ridiculous. Think $23 AUD for a Revlon Lip Butter (source: Reddit). Luckily, there's brands like Ulta3. Ulta3 is an Australian drugstore brand with prices comparable to that of Wet n Wild or NYC here in Canada. The Ulta3 Matte Lipsticks retail for $3.95 AUD, while the Ulta3 Moisturizing Lipsticks retail for $2.95 AUD. 

I received both of these in a giveaway a year or so ago. Both Coral Reef and Harem Pink are super bright, summery colours and I'm writing this review in the hope that the colours will brighten up my dreary winter day. 

The Ulta3 Matte Lipstick in Harem Pink reminds me a lot of the formulation of Revlon's Super Lustrous Matte Lipsticks - quite matte, a little dragy, but very pigmented and longwearing (5-6 hours). A good texture comparsion for Ulta3's Moisturizing Lipstick are the Rimmel Colour Rush Balms as the formula is both creamy and pigmented with a hint of shine. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

NAILS: Year of the Sheep // Chinese New Year

A little late but HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR. Chinese New Year was February 19th, the start of the Year of the Sheep (or goat or ram - the Chinese word could mean either). Also referred to as the Lunar New Year, Chinese New Year is traditionally celebrated to honour deities and ancestors. For me, this means big family dinners with a lot of food, multiple dim sum outings, and red pockets of lucky money from aunts, uncles and grandparents. 

This year was a little more quiet so to celebrate the Year of the Sheep, I decided to paint the little pillows of fluff on my nails. The sheep shapes were inspired by Angela of Do Want Makeup. I'm a novice nail artist so I kept things simple and stuck to anything I could do with a dotting tool.  

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette in Dim Light, Incandescent Light & Radiant Light

Gorgeously fingerprinted packaging? Check. Exorbitant pricing? Check. Baby's butt smooth powders? Check. I've been testing out the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($67) (dim light, incandescent light, radiant light) for two months now and I must come to final verdict. 

For one, this ain't no dealio. It's $52 for a single 0.35 ounce powder or $67 for 3 minis weighing in at .348 ounces in total. You're paying for variety and the semi-compact packaging. The packaging is beautiful yet prone to picking up fingerprints. These are my two and only two complaints. 

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders are meant to be groundbreaking finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on skin. The finely-milled, talc/gluten/fragrance/nano particle-free formula is as good as everybody says. The powders add that je ne sais quoi to the complexion (not different from the Guerlain Meteorites).