Thursday, January 19, 2017

Philosophy Clear Days Ahead

Philosophy: Clarity is an uncovered truth. A deeper look allows clarity to break through for a fresh start, rather than covering up what is wrong, reveal what is right. your new beginning starts now. Look deep within, uncover your truth and you'll find complete clarity was with you all along. 

Philosophy: Focus on what is right, then your days become clearer. 

I love the brand Philosophy's philosophy. Clear Days Ahead is a fast-acting acne treatment system. 
 featuring salicylic acid (a beta hydroxy acid) that penetrates the pores and exfoliates the skin to reduce breakouts, blackheads and whiteouts. There's 4 steps in total, which can be used individually or all in comination with one another - a cleanser, moisturizer, spot treatment and overnight treatment pads - all with some level of salicylic acid. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

MAKE UP FOR EVER High Precision Lip Pencils in #13 and #23

I'm going to put it out there and say that lip pencils are boring. A boring but oftentimes necessary evil in the lives of many beauty lovers. I, myself, have been on the hunt for the perfect pinky brown lip pencil to wear underneath all of my favourite pinky brown lipsticks. So, I jumped at the opportunity to test out a few of the new MAKE UP FOR EVER High Precision Lip Pencils ($22 CAD). 

The packaging. Simple and straightforward. It looks like a pencil and you can sharpen it. I personally would have preferred twist-up packaging on these but a sharpened pencil is much more precise than a twist-up one. 

The colours. MAKE UP FOR EVER's High Precision Lip Pencils come in 12 shades divided into 3 natural tone categories - nude (#10-#14), pink (#20-23) and red (#40-42). The shades are all curated by professional make up artists and are meant to be more natural, to define and enhance lips with precision. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Groenland

In December, I had found that none of my foundations were matching me. So, upon receiving the $15 off $50 Sephora coupon, I took the plunge and picked up the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Groenland ($54 CAD). 

Yes, at $54 CAD it seems pricey but you do get 1.7 oz. which is 70% more than your typical 1 oz. foundation. Packaging is sleek and easy. It's nothing fancy compared to a frosted glass bottle, however the lightweight tube makes it ultra travel-friendly. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

VIDEO: Two Toned Glitter Nail Art - #MANIMONDAY

Filmed my first nail tutorial ever. Now I can check that one off the bucket list. Last week, I headed to the DubLoft, an small creator studio run by the makers of the video filming app DubDub (DubSuite, DubCandy, etc.). There at the studio, they had props, lighting and Inglot's new the Star In You Collection for me to play with. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Bite Beauty Everyday Agave Lip Collection // #EverydayAgave

In the dry, chapped, depth of the Canadian winter comes the Bite Beauty Everyday Agave Lip Collection to the rescue! The Bite Beauty Everyday Agave Lip Collection features a balm, scrub, and mask - a three-step treatment for hydrated, kissable lips. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Lancome Grandiose Extreme Mascara in Bleu Nuit & Bendable Liquid Eyeliner in Fuchsia and Silver Snow

In May 2016, Lancome launched the Grandiose Extreme Mascara ($36 CAD), which features a unique patented swan neck wand meant to deposit product perfectly onto the lashes. In September 2016, Lancome then launched the Grandiose Bendable Liquid Eyeliner ($40 CAD), which has a revolutionary wand bending at a 35 degree angle and pivoting to two stable positions.

As of January 2017, the brand will have released the both products in a few daring new shades (in addition to the already existing standard black). 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Make Up For Ever x Jessie J Artist Acrylip

In collaboration with Jessie J, MAKE UP FOR EVER just added the MUFE Artist Acrylip ($29 CAD) to their Artist collection. It's a product inspired by the intensity of acrylic paint, offering versatility in colour in and finish. 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Kaplan MD Perfect Pout Lip Mask and Lip Balm Duo

The winter months have been taking a toll on my lips. I tend not to wear lipsticks just because my lips are so bleh. As per usual, I've been putting a new lip treatment duo to the test - the Kaplan MD Perfect Pout Lip Mask + Lip Balm ($32 CAD).

Kaplan MD is a new-to-me beauty brand. It's a luxury skincare brand created by Beverly Hills dermatologist Stuart Kaplan, M.D. According to Dr. Kaplan, men and women alike want fuller and smoother lips without surgery. While yes, it is nice to have the stamp of approval from a doctor, but it's also very easy to slap a name on some packaging and call it a day. So the question becomes... is it really that good/worth it? 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

MUJI Sensitive Skincare Series

I promised this a while ago, didn't I? Back in October I attended an event at the MUJI Canada office and took home a few of the products. I did a brief overview post. I have been trying out the MUJI Sensitive Skincare Series for quite a while and I've finally come to a few conclusions on the MUJI Oil Cleansing for Sensitive Skin ($14.50 CAD), MUJI Toning Water for Sensitive Skin ($10 CAD), MUJI Moisturizing Milk for Sensitive Skin ($10 CAD) and MUJI Moisturizing Cream for Sensitive Skin ($14.50 CAD)