Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Chocolate and Berries with Montagne Jeunesse

Oh how I love Montagne Jeunesse. Formulated by herbalists in the UK, the brand makes all sorts of wonderful face masks full of fruits and flowers. As an added plus, all of their products are not tested on animals, cruelty-free and Vegetarian society approved for only $1.99 at select drugstores and Walmart. There's over 50 pick-me-up beauty treats in the Montagne Jeunesse masque range. Today, I've got two to share with you! 


HAIR: Kiss InstaWave Automatic Curling Iron\

Festival hair status achieved. The Kiss InstaWave Automatic Curling Iron ($69.96) makes effortless-looking hair....effortless. In a nutshell, the Kiss Instawave is a curling wand with spinning prongs (initiated with the click of a button) , so you don't have to worry about burning your fingertips off while wrapping your hair around the barrel of your curling iron. 

Second day hair with the KISS Instawave



The KISS InstaWave features the following: 
  • a fully automatic curler // the spinning prongs grab your hair and wrap strands around the barrel for you. 
  • a curl dial // left or right, so you can easily determine which direction to curl away or towards your face
  • a 2 heat setting // high or low with a maximum of 420C
  • automatic shutoff after 90 minutes // so you don’t burn your house down

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Highlighting Domes in 01, 02 & 03

The Body Shop has expanded its Honey Bronze collection. The Body Shop Honey Bronze Highlighting Domes ($16 each) in the shades 01 (bronze), 02 (champagne), 03 (pink) are the collections latest makeup additions. 


The name for these products is quite confusing. As far as I’m aware, if you’re within the range of very fair to quite tan, only one of these is a highlighter (shade 02). The other two (shade 01 and 03) would be more suitably named as both blushes or bronzer and blush. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Rimmel Scandaleyes XX-Treme Mascara

ANOTHER new mascara! This time around it's the Rimmel Scandaleyes XX-Treme Mascara ($7.99).   The mascara is advertised to give both volume and length at a (presumably) XX-TREME level with its unique brush. 



The wand is plastic, which I'm typically fond of. I find plastic wands are typically better for combing out clumps. One side of the brush is flat, while the other is arched. The flat side is to be used for creating length, while the arched side is meant to be for creating volume. 

Battle of the Blancs // the search for the perfect white polish

Snow white nails can look amazing with the right polish. It can also go white-out wrong, streaks and all. A cream white polish is an essential in my nail arsenal - a back drop for graphic designs, as a base for an ombre or on its own. This is an analysis of the 5 whites in my polish collection, each evaluated by their brush, colour, opacity and drying time. I'm ignoring (1) price - because per fl. oz. they're all about the same and (2) lasting power - because the Revlon Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat fixes all my chipping problems. 


Rimmel 60 Seconds Polish in Hot White Love, CoverGirl Nail Polish in Snow Storm*, The Body Shop Color Crush Nail Polish in Frosting Fancy*, Quo by Orly Nail Enamel in Purity*, Bourjois French Manicure in in Blanc Glamour 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hand Chemistry Hyaluronic Concentrate & Body Mist

Deciem is an umbrella brand for 10 innovative beauty brands, one of them being Hand Chemistry, which is a brand focused on treatments to fight all aspects of hand and body aging. 

One of Hand Chemistry and Deciem’s biggest selling points is its sciency take on beauty. For most products, their website (handchemistry.com) has info about the product, its ingredients and a large blurb about the science behind it. I’m no chemist but I do like the idea behind a high performing product with the power of science behind its ingredients. 


Enter Hyaluronic Acid, a naturally occuring component of skin tissue that helps skin to retain moisture, reduce inflammation and help prevent moisture loss (I fact checked this all using a simple Google search) that is said to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Hand Chemistry uses Hyaluronic Acid derived from algae in its Hand Chemistry Hyaluronic Concentrate ($30) and Hyaluronic Acid derived from tamarind, corn and mushroom in the Hand Chemistry Body Mist ($20).

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Duos in Spiced Poppy, Ripe Watermelon & Juicy Guava

Ain't nothing like a bright blush and a shimmery highlight in the heat of summer. In true summery fashion, Mary Kay has released three blush/highlighter duos. The new Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Duos ($20 each) are available in three vibrant shades - spiced poppy, ripe watermelon and juicy guava. Like all Mary Kay Mineral line products, they come in a handy magnetized and pre-depotted form. 



Mary Kay says that the blushes are all matte (yay!) and the highlighter is pearlized. Furthermore, the product is supposed to last all day and can be worn sheer for a natural glow or built to a bolder, brighter flush. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Scrub & Body Butter

Like happy hour for your body and a vacation for your nose, the limited edition Virgin Mojito Body Range from The Body Shop is right up my alley. The scent is on par with my love for all things citrus. There isn’t a hint of lime so much as a punch. It’s an acidic and powerfully refreshing scent that leaves your body and bathroom smelling like a party (minus the alcohol and sweat) as soon as you step out of the shower. 


Not much to say about The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Butter ($20) other than that the Body Butters are my fave hydration product from The Body Shop. This one is no exception and the scent makes it even better buy. 

As for The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Scrub ($22), I find that it’s less of a scrub and more of a gel with little beads that aren’t quite abrasive enough to remove dead skin. If you’re into non-abrasive, gentle body scrubs then this product is better suited for you than me. Don’t get me wrong. Scrubbing properties aside, it’s a good body wash that leaves me feeling clean and smelling nice. I’m still going to use it. 

Overall, I’m highly in love with The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Range. If you like strong citrus scents, be sure to check this out because I have a feeling this limited edition will get swept up quite quickly. That being said, instead of typing away at my laptop in a cold, air-conditioned office on weekdays, I’d like to slather Virgin Mojito all over my body and laze in the sun all day long. 

Have you smelled the Virgin Mojito line? 

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush in Water Poppy & Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Como // SEA, SUN, AND SPLASH Summer 2015

I'd say don't wear makeup to the beach, but the stila Summer 2015 collection makes me want to frolic in the sun with my purple lipstick on. Dubbed SEA, SUN, AND SPLASH , the collection is a ray of sunshine - 10 shades of sunshine to be exact. There are 5 shades of the new stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush ($34 each) and 5 of the stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks ($29 each). 




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

CoverGirl Super Size Mascara and Intensify Me! Liquid Eyeliner

CoverGirl has two new things for your eyes – the CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara and Intensify Me! Liquid Eyeliner by LashBlast. One I like and one I'm on the fence about. Guess which one's which and read my thoughts below: