Friday, July 29, 2016

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift & Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm

I'm hesitant to try cult favourite, luxury skincare because everyone's skin is inherently different. But I guess when someone with a British accent on your computer screen like Caroline Hirons (skincare queen), Ruth Crilly (A Model Recommends) or Zoella tells you to try something... it might be a good idea. 

The Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm ($52.44 USD on FeelUnique - get 10% off $40 with the code FUNSIZE10) is one of those products. 

At a glance, it's similar to the Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm, but the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift & Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm is a little more multi-purpose.  Not only is it an effective makeup remover and cleanser, it also is meant to minimize pores and calm sensitive skin, in addition to being used as a rescue balm (on elbows, knees and lips) and a soothing mask when worn for 10+ minutes. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

KISS New York Professional Cosmetics - Lipsticks, Liner, Shadows and more!

You probably already know KISS. The world's largest manufacturer and distributor of nail and nail care products, well known for their affordable false lashes and IMPRESS Broadway Press-on Nails. Now, KISS New York Professional has makeup! 


KISS New York Professional sent over a few lip and eye products and of course I've been testing them out! It's a no nonsense kind of beauty brand with tons of variety in colour. The packaging is clean, simple and straightforward - black or clear with white text and the prices are very affordable at $10 or less. 

Swatched - KISS New York Professional Dead Sexy Liner Jumbo Eyeliner in Blackest Black, Top Brow Fine Precision Brow Pencil in Brunette, Single Eyeshadows in Wisteria (matte glitter) and Cashmere Matte (matte)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Antipodes Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator

Lately, I've been scrub a dub dub dubbing with the Antipodes Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator ($30.35 via FeelUnique). 

Antipodes is an organic, natural skincare line featuring ingredients from New Zealand. I'm in love with their ethos - recyclable packaging, local manufacturing, sustainably sourced ingredients. Let's not forget the fact that, their products look pretty darn cute in a flat lay. 


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Too Faced Melted Chocolate Liquified Lipstick in Metallic Candy Bar

As a fan of the Too Melted Liquified Lipsticks, it was pretty exciting when Too Faced launched a shade extension of 6 cocoa-infused CHOCOLATE shades. Three metallic finish (Metallic Chocolate Diamonds, Metallic Frozen Hot Chocolate, and Metallic Candy Bar) and Three satin finish (Chocolate Milkshake, Chocolate Honey, and Chocolate Cherries). 


Earlier this year, I attended a Sephora VIB x Too Faced Chocolate dinner at Moroco Chocolat in Yorkville courtesy of my blogger pal Zubie (livingthegrey.com). There, I got the scoop on the latest from Too Faced goodies and went home with a full-size Too Faced Melted Chocolate Liquified Lipstick ($25 CAD). Obviously, I wanted one of the satin finish shades but I ended up with a metallic. 


I didn't like it at first and only started using it more regularly this month. On my arm, it can look like one of two things - chocolate... or poop. You decide. The Too Faced Melted Chocolate Liquified Lipstick in Metallic Candy Bar is a sheer, yellowy medium brown with golden shimmer. The colour is a bit strange but it grew on me and now I'm kind of digging the slightly glossy, subtle 90s brown lip. 


On my lips it appears as a brown nude shade. The shimmer isn't noticeable unless you're up close and personal. Like the other Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipsticks, it's creamy, fairly lightweight, non-drying and the shimmers aren't gritty or uncomfortable. The colour definitely transfers and the wear time is around 3 hours with eating and drinking. 

It's an everyday take on the 90s brown lip. But the best part about it? It smells like chocolate. 

Are you into brown lipsticks? 
Received as a gift! 
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Monday, July 25, 2016

6 Shades of Nude - OPI Infinite Shine Summer 2016 Collection

Blush, beige, pink and peach polishes are the way to my heart. When I'm not painting my nails with designs and brights, rest assured I've got a solid neutral polish on my nails. Inspired by the summer collections of Fendi, Elie Saab, Calvin Klein and Oscar de la Renta, the OPI Summer Infinite Shine Collection titled "Nuances of Neutral" features six must-have nude shades. 


While I didn't have a great first experience with the Infinite Shine Polishes, my second experience with them was stellar. Infinite Shine is a 3-step system that promises high shine with the long wear of a gel manicure with no light needed. All six of the neutral shades require 2 coats of polish for opacity. My manicure using the Infinite Shine lasted a little over a week. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

FOOD: Tamam Restaurant, Rhodes Island, Greece

Every Greek island has its own unique flavour. The food at Tamam was so delicious and unique that it deserves a post of its own. It's rated #1 on TripAdvisor for the entire island of Rhodes, and there's a good reason for it. I have nothing bad to say about Tamam other than the fact that I regret not eating there more than once when in Rhodes. 

Tamam is a tiny little restaurant (~20 seats) that's family run. The father and daughters are the waitstaff while the mother is cooking away in the kitchen. While I visited Rhodes during low-season, there were no lineups but apparently during the summer the wait is quite long and reservations are necessary. 

Rocket Salad Smoked Rhodes Graviera Cheese (8.90)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

MAC Face & Body Foundation in C3

MAC Face & Body ($44 CAD for 120mL) is known as an oldie but a goodie in the world of beauty. A couple years ago I picked up a sample of it and fell in love with its lightweight texture and skin-like finish. I didn't end up purchasing it until last year's IMATS but I'm so happy I did. And just like the purchase, this review has been a long time coming. 



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

NUDESTIX Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balm in Rebel and Pulse

Serving up some new(ish) newness from NUDESTIX. Introducing the NUDESTIX Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balm in Rebel and Pulse ($28 CAD each). 

NUDESTIX is a luxury Canadian beauty brand (sold at Sephora, Beautylish, Urban Outfitters, etc.). It's a family business. The company was founded in 2015 by mother Jenny Frankel and daughters Ally and Taylor Frankel are the faces (and social media managers) of the brand. NUDESTIX is all about easy-to-use, no-makeup makeup for that I WOKE UP LIKE THIS face. And if it wasn't obvious enough from the name, most of the products come in sticks/crayon format formulated with vitamins, antioxidants and moisturizers. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

Mary-Lou needs no introduction. Unless you've been living under a rock. I've had my eye on theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer ($24.15 USD at FeelUnique.com - get 10% off $40 with the code FUNSIZE10) for a very long time and now that it's finally in my clutches I can't stop piling the glow on my face.