Saturday, May 31, 2014

Revisiting the Nailed Kit Waterslide Decals


Nothing says "Summer" like pineapple and flamingo nails and this time around I'm using the Nailed Kit Waterslide Decals ($8) to get them there. In April, I tried the Nailed Kit Easter Waterslide Decals and was slightly unimpressed by the fact that they were hard to apply - lots of air bubbles and the clear parts were too visible for my liking. 

The sign of a thoughtful and consumer-focused company is the one that seeks to continuously improve products for the benefit of the consumer, rather than sole focus on financial gain (must have gotten that out of a business textbook). Nailed Kit sent me a set of reformulated waterslide decals to test out. 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Make Up For Ever HD Primer in #7 Pink

One of the most peculiar things about makeup is the idea of putting coloured product over the skin to cancel out another colour. Technically (and artistically), if you mix any complementary colours (ex: purple and yellow), you'll get brown aka neutral. The line of Make Up For Ever HD Primers ($39, exclusively at Sephora) aim to cancel out unwanted colouring on your face. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish in Soul Session, Punk Rock, Hot Gossip and Barmy Blue

When I think "Lycra", nail polish isn't quite the first thing that comes to mind.. (there's also a mascara with Lycra). So what added benefit does Lycra have in nail polish? The Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polishes with Lycra ($5.95) is meant to be a base coat, top coat, and gel colour all in one for the fraction of the price. 


The Good: Glorious colour payoff in 1-2 coats with a glossy gel-like finish. Stunning colours (including two Kate Moss collabs). The brush is flat and wide, allowing for quick 3-swipe application. Plus, the polish is fully dry in less than 10 minutes after application, which means that I can paint my nails before bed without worrying about sheet marks on my nails!

The Bad: The only caveat for this polish is the wear-time. My nail activity on a scale from 1 to 10 is probably a 10 - I do a ton of typing and cooking daily, a true test of the longevity of a polish. Unfortunately, the Rimmel Salon Pro polishes don't quite make the cut. On day 2, the tips are severely chipped. The product claims to last 10 days, but I'm not so sure about that. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Body Shop Mango Body Sorbet

The best and worst thing about the summer is the heat. The sun is always shining but I'm sweating my butt off. An interesting solution to the summer heat is the new The Body Shop Body Sorbet in Mango ($15), a lightweight body moisturizer formulated with 100% organic Community Fair Trade Aloe Vera that hydrates without feeling icky or sticky. 

It comes in 5 classic Body Shop "flavours" - Strawberry, Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Satsuma, and Moringa. Mango is my favourite from the Body Shop (apart from Vineyard Peach, which is not available as a Body Sorbet). The Mango aroma of the Body Sorbet is consistent with all other Mango product offerings from the Body Shop - it's sweet, fruity, and tropical. 


For a moisturizer, the texture is quite strange. Rather than feeling creamy or thick like a lotion/cream, the Body Shop Body Sorbets feels more like a jiggly jelly. Upon application, the Body Sorbet sinks into the skin within seconds. It's moisturizing but not as much so as a body butter or a regular lotion. Also, unlike body butters and lotions, the Sorbet leaves no residue, stickiness, or oiliness. In a nutshell, it's pretty perfect for the warmer weather. 


Oh and here's a tip for those sweaty, hot and humid summer days - store it in the fridge for an extra cool treat! (Thanks for the tip Annette). It's almost better than eating a bowl of sorbet (plus, there's no calories). 

Overall, a stellar moisturizer! On the flip side... I do have a few requests: 
  1. It would be awesome if it contained SPF (then I could feel cool and hydrated AND protected from the UV rays!). I'm too lazy to double up on body products. If one is SPF and the other isn't, I'll force myself to use the SPF product (no matter how wonderful the other one smells). 
  2. Also, can the Body Sorbets please be made in the Peach scent? If there was a peach one, I'd probably purchase a lifetime supply. 

Have you tried the Body Shop Body Sorbets? 

PS: My photos just got real. There's no pretty lilac bookshelf background in my apartment in Waterloo, so I apologize in advance for the makeup, camera lenses, and makeup remover wipes sprawled all over the place... please bear with me for the next 8 months. 

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Revisiting the Broadway Nails Impress Press-on Manicure in "Hottie" and "Shout"

Yet again, Influenster has sent around the Impress Manicure sets by Broadway Nails ($8.99 - $10.99). I reviewed these guys six months ago (see my review here) and have come back to revisit my thoughts. 

A quick rundown of the product - it's a set of 24 stick-on nails that comes in both plain and patterned varieties. I received the designs "Hottie" (purple with multi-coloured streaks) and "Shout" (pink with black, white, and silver streaks). 


RoC Retin-Ox Corrextion BB Cream in Fair to Light

Warmer weather calls for lighter coverage bases, so I've been testing out a new product from RoC - the RetinOx Corerexion 5 in 1 Skin Perfector BB Cream in Fair to Light ($39 at drugstores). RoC is a French pharmacy brand owned by Johnson & Johnson that focuses its products on anti-aging and the use of Retinol (vitamin A) to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Believe it or not, this BB cream is the first of its kind containing the anti-aging ingredient Retinol! While I don't think I need anti-aging skincare products just yet, it's never too early to start preventing all that stuff, right? 

Get Nailed Lacquer in "Yep, That's Impressive"

Get Nailed is a beauty and lacquer line by Kristen Wood of The Ten Spot Beauty Bars. The 20 polish range is 4-free and doesn't test on animals (yay!). I was excited to try one of these polishes because when I went to The Ten Spot on the Danforth for the "Thirsty Three" experience (mani/pedi/underarm wax) a month and a half ago, the esthetician used the Get Nailed base and top coats on my toes and fingers. Since then, I've removed the polish on my fingertips but my toenails... still. going. strong. 

I tried the Get Nailed Lacquer in "Yep, That's Impressive" ($12), a light blue-turquoise that reminds me a whole lot of Essie Turquoise and Caicos except slightly more blue. 






Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Festival Hair, Makeup, and GIVEAWAY! || #GottaTurnItUp Challenge #1

Coachella is far, far away, but much to my excitement there tons of awesome music festivals in Toronto. NXNE, Warped Tour, Digital Dreams, Veld, OVO Fest - whatever you're into, there's always somewhere for you to rock a fresh-faced festival look. 

#GottaTurnItUp is a fun partnership between CoverGirl/Herbal Essences/Olay and MuchMusic. From May to June, I'll be doing 3 themed challenges and sharing a few beauty products with you. (psstt... there may be some giveaways along the way too!).

Anyways, confession. The first theme is festival beauty and I've been to outdoor concerts but never a festival. So... this is the makeup I would potentially wear given the opportunity to attend a festival, but this is totally appropriate for a summer's day.  


I'm not fussy when it comes to my hair, as long as it's out of my face. A little volume with the Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo, a quick and messy fishtail, plus a spritz Naked Volume Flexible Hold Spritzer to hold it all in place is all I need. 


When I'm outdoors, minimal makeup is key. To even out the skin with a touch of very light coverage, I used the Olay Fresh Effects {BB Cream!} Skin Perfecting Tinted Moisturizing Cream. For a sunkissed glow, I smothered the CoverGirl Tru Magic Sunkisser all over the outer edges of my face. It's a lightweight cream product, so it doesn't look the slightest bit unnatural. As for the eyes, I dusted a little gold-champagne shadow for some subtle shimmer and drew a double winged liner from the upper and lower lash lines to the outer corners of the eyes. The CoverGirl Ink It! By Perfect Point Plus in Aquamarine Ink provides a slight intensity to the subdued lips and face. On the lips and lashes are the CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Blush Twist and the Bombshell Volume Mascara



What hair and makeup would YOU wear to a festival? Share it with me on Twitter/Instagram using the hashtag #gottaturnitup. Let me know and you could win all of the products mentioned in this post! (must be a resident of Canada to enter)


Have you ever been to a music festival? 

I am a #Beauty United blogger and receive special access to products, events, etc. Opinions are my own. 
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Fuse Gelnamel Starter Kit in Sonic Blue-m || The At-Home Gel Manicure

In this day and age, we're all in a rush. When it comes to everything and anything, convenience and time-saving is a must. There's not a second to waste on waiting for your nail polish to dry. Thus, Sensationail has created Fuse Gelnamel, a one-finger-at-a-time, cured 30-second, LED gel nail polish system. Fuse is meant to be all-in-one kind of deal - base coat, colour and top coat with shine that lasts up to a week. 



The Fuse Gelnamel Starter Kit ($29.99 at major drugstores) comes with everything you need for a full gel manicure: 

Fuse LED Lamp, Gel Cleanser, Gelnamel, Lint-free Wipes, Double-sided Nail Buffer, Manicure Stick, Detailed Instruction Sheet, microUSB cable, wall plug 

For starters, the LED Lamp is tiny (aka "fun size" **yay!**). You could practically throw it into your purse and take it on-the-go. Similar to a phone, the Fuse LED lamp has a microUSB plug, which you can attach either to your laptop or the wall for power. Talk about a high-tech nail system! 


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

GUEST POST: Spring Colour by Chelsey of My Beauty Full Adventure

Hi Everyone! My name is Chelsey and I write the beauty blog My Beauty Full Adventure. My Beauty Full Adventure is a Canadian Beauty Blog out of Windsor, ON. Here you will find beauty box reviews, NOTD's, beauty deals & steals, and much more! I am so excited to be guest posting here today! Our Guest Post theme for May is Transitioning into Spring and today I will be writing about some of my favourite products to celebrate the beginning of Spring.



Even though it's May, it doesn't feel like Spring yet here in Windsor. Regardless of the weather though, I am ready for Spring. I have started to pull out some of my favourite colourful products to help transition into the new Season. For some, Spring may be about pastels, but for me it is all about the brights. I like pops of colour, either on my nails, eyes, cheeks, lips, or a combination of all four.

Vasanti Micronized Silky Blush in Rockies

"Silky smooth texture blends flawlessly. High intensity micronized pigments allow for true colour transfer onto your skin. Gives you a natural radiant looking glow." 


Normally, I reach for more neutral blushes like MAC's Tenderling, but there is just something about this coral blush that speaks to me. Although highly pigmented, it is easy to work with, applies flawlessly, and gives a beautiful glow to my cheeks. I have such fair skin and I feel like this blush helps warm up my face. Because a little goes a long way with this blush, this mini will last me a long time.

Benecos Natural Baked Eyeshadow in Amazing

"These mineral shadows are baked to provide you with long-lasting colour. Organic plant oils create a creamy application, goes on smooth and even."

This eyeshadow looks great as a wash of colour all over the lid, or as liner for a pop of colour. I prefer to use it for the latter either above the top lash or below the bottom. The vibrant teal is somewhat muted, so it's not too bright for work, but is still fun for on the weekend. The finish of this eyeshadow is kind of frosty so I find it brings light to my eyes. 

OPI Nail Lacquer in ElePhantastic Pink  


"The Classic Colours of OPI nail polish offers OPI nail colours that are beautiful yet sassy. You are sure to find nail polish colours that match your mood, your character and your wardrobe!" 



ElePhantastic Pink is probably my favourite polish ever! I love it for Spring, and it is the first polish I grab for once the weather turns warm. This bright pink, semi coral creme polish is opaque in two coats, and lasts about 5 days before I notice any chipping. This polish looks great with a tan or without one, and is simply the perfect pink! 



Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick in Primrose


"A classic colour lipstick packed with mega moisturizers and vitamins C and E." 


This was my first Revlon lipstick, and it has quickly became my favourite lipstick colour and formula. Primrose is a soft lavender pink that is perfect for Spring. This lipstick is beautiful on its own, but also looks good paired with a wide array of lip glosses. I like pairing it the most with MAC Tendertone in Purring and Buxom Lip Polish in Dolly. For an effortless pink lip that goes with any eye look Primrose is the way to go!



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Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipsticks in Exotic Mango, Tuscan Rose, Chocolate, Lava Berry and Berry a la Mode

And... we're back again with the Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick ($19 on MaryKay.ca) swatches! This time it's the more "neutral" set of 5 in Exotic Mango, Tuscan Rose, Chocolate, Lava Berry, and Berry a la Mode. 


Exotic Mango, Tuscan Rose, Chocolate, Lava Berry and Berry a la Mode

Monday, May 19, 2014

Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipsticks in First Blush, Tangerine Pop, Citrus Flirt, Coral Bliss and Sassy Fuchsia

Without a doubt, summertime is a period of froliciking in fields of colourful lipsticks. I'm at school, so I no longer have any need to be conservative in my makeup-wearing ways. That being said, Mary Kay has TEN new shades of the Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick ($19 at MaryKay.ca) formulas - something for the neutrals gal or one who loves brights.  


TOP: Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipsticks in First Blush, Tangerine Pop, Citrus Flirt, Coral Bliss and Sassy Fuchsia
BOTTOM: Exotic Mango, Tuscan Rose, Chocolate, Lava Berry and Berry a la Mode 





Saturday, May 17, 2014

WEEK 5: The Mud Mask + Final Results! | Montagne Jeunesse Mask Off Roundup

Drumroll please..................My apologies for the delay. The grand finale of the Montagne Jeunesse Mask Off is here! First thing's first, here's how the lovely Canadian Beauty Bloggers felt about the Mud mask - I'll keep it short because I know you want to see the results ;) 


Comfort - 3.43/5

Cooling - refreshing. - Exquisitely Chic

the dead sea spa mud mask did not have folds on the mask to help fit over the face. it was sort of slimy and the minty feeling was too intense. - A Beautiful Zen (on the Dead Sea Mud Spa Mask)

Aroma - 3.58/5

It had a definite berry smell, which was pleasant. - Workday Ramblings (on the Superfruit Mud Mask)

It didn’t really smell like much, just a bit like the beach. But it wasn’t at all strong or overpowering, very subtle, which I liked. It wasn't unpleasant or anything, just not much there. - Ivory Avenue 

Results - 3.75/5

My skin felt very soft and the pores on my nose were noticeably smaller right after removal. - Workday Ramblings

For a mud mask, this was surprisingly gentle on my skin. It felt tight when it dried but it didn't create too much dryness on my skin afterwards. - Swatch and Review

Ease of Use - 3.63/5

Much cleaner than I thought a mud sheet mask would be. There was no mud all over the place. It all stuck the mask and stayed there when I pulled it out of the packaging. - Cosmetic Proof

Easy to apply, but takes a while to remove when using just water and hands. - Chantal's Corner

Price and Availability: $1.99 at Walmart, Value Drug Mart, Familiprix, Lawtons Drugs, and Farleyco.ca

The results are in. 

And the Oscar for _______ goes to... 
  • Chocolate for Most Comfortable (4.47 out of 5)
  • Chocolate for Best Smelling (4.93 out of 5)
  • Scrub for Best Results (4 out of 5)
  • Mud for Easiest to Use (3.69 out of 5)
  • Scrub for Fan Favourite. The Scrub gets an honourable mention as it was the most loved, despite losing to Chocolate by less than .5 of a point! 

In summary, below are the final scores! 
  1. Chocolate - 15.6
  2. Scrub - 15.13
  3. Mud Oil - 14.08
  4. Mud - 14.38
  5. Peel Off - 13.86

What's your favourite kind of mask?

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Revisiting the Revlon Shadowlinks in Greige, Taupe, Eggplant & Java

Back in Fall 2013, the Revlon Shadowlinks were released. I reviewed the colours Cobalt and Lemon (see my initial thoughts here). Through the Revlon Selects program, I received 4 more shades to test out. The Revlon Shadowlinks in Greige, Taupe, Eggplant, and Java landed on my desk and I thought I'd see if my feelings towards these shadows have changed. 


For one, the packaging is cool. The product comes individually (~$3.99 each), you choose the colours you want, then, you can click them together to create a customized palette. The shadows come in 3 different finishes - pearl (shimmer), satin (slight shimmery sheen), and matte (no shimmer). 

Greige is a grey-beige taupe (matte), Taupe is a... you guessed it...taupe (satin), Eggplant is a deep amethyst purple (satin), and Java is a deep, warm brown (pearl). I chose colours that I typically gravitate towards - simple neutrals and darker pops of colour. 


The texture of the shadows is neither rock hard nor buttery smooth. While I like the colours in the pan and when heavily swatched (left), the product is sheer and not easily buildable on the eyelids and when blended (right). The shadows aren't terrible, but you'll need to pack the product on top of a good primer in order to get colour payoff true to the pan. 

On one hand, you can easily customize your own palette with tons of brights and neutrals in a variety of finishes. On the other, the product doesn't deliver in terms of pigmentation. 

Would you sacrifice quality for variety? Or variety for quality? 

I received these items as a member of Revlon Selects. Opinions are my own.
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mamonde Real Skin Founder in 02 Natural Beige

Most foundations I've tried and enjoyed previously fall along the lines of (1) sheer, lightweight BB cream or (2) super flawless matte foundation. The Mamonde Real Skin Founder in 02 Natural Beige ($27.99 on ibuybeauti.com) is somewhere in between the two. Apparently this product is all the rage in Korea, so I thought it might be nice to see what the hype is about. 

So, what the heck is a "skin founder"? Well, here's a little word math for you... Foundation + Powder = Founder... and the Mamond Real Skin Founder is born! The thin coverage of a foundation, and the lasting power of powder. According to Mamonde the Real Skin Founder contains Edelweiss, gold and pearl extracts for a soft, glowy radiance. 

FOOD: Organics Live Grocery Delivery in Kitchener-Waterloo

Think of your favourite beauty subscription, increase the box size by tenfold, switch out the makeup and skincare for fruits and vegetables and what do you get? The Organics Live Grocery Delivery Service (and a blog post full of fruit and veg photos). 

This summer, I'm testing the waters by trying out a grocery delivery service. Getting a box of unknown produce is my way of being adventurous and cooking with new ingredients! I'm not picky, so I like surprises. 

There are a plethora of options - boxes for 1-2 or 3-5, fruits only, fruits and veggies, biweekly or weekly. I ordered the Small Box (for 1-2 people) bi-weekly for $37. You can opt out of the program the Sunday before delivery day of the week (Tuesday for KW). 

Organics Live also delivers to Guelph, Cambridge, and Toronto. You can sign up using the code FRIENDLY for 50% off here


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Piet Mondrian Nail Art with a Twist

Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter best known for his minimalist paintings consisting of perpendicular black lines coloured in with yellow, blue and red. I didn't have a primary blue cream polish, so I improvised. With glitter. What sensible person wouldn't? 
 



I started off with two coats of a white polish. Then, I drew horizontal and vertical perpendicular lines without any particular rhyme or reason.  Next, I filled in a few of the boxes with a red or yellow cream polish or the blue glitter. The glitter was a bit messy to work with (as per usual) so I attempted to cover any blue glitters that went outside the lines with black nail art pen.  Lastly, I finished everything off with a fast drying top coat. 

A little word of warning, the Sally Hansen Nail Art Striper was not as thin as I expected it to be and I found the polish wasn't entirely opaque. I found that the trick to making the striper  thinner lines was to apply less pressure onto the brush. 



Products Used: 
  • CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Lacquer in "Ever Reddy"*
  • Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in "Porcelain Party"
  • Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Striper in "Yellow" and "Black"*
  • Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen in "Black - round"* 
  • Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Glitter*
  • Sally Hansen In Heart Nail Art Big Shiny Top Coat*

Overall, I enjoy the simplicity of Piet Mondrian's compositions. However, it didn't translate quite so simply onto my nails, but having a work of art on my fingertips makes me feel all artsy fartsy inside.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Biotherm Aquasource BB Cream in Fair to Medium

I don't think I'm sure what BB is supposed to be anymore. "BB" stands for beauty balm (I think...), which could mean a plethora of things. In the case of the Biotherm Aquasource BB Cream in Fair to Medium ($37), it's Instant Beautifying Moisturizer (in other words, skincare's fancy lingo for "tinted moisturizer"). Despite my confusion, I have come to enjoy this product. It feels weird to say so because lately I've been preaching the matte look - intense coverage with no glow in sight... but warmer weather is here and I'd rather not sweat my face off under a pancake layer of foundation. Instead, I find myself reaching for skincare/makeup hybrid products like this one. 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Etude House My Jelly Lips Talk in Plum JOR203

Lately, I've been loving orange. In particular, sheer orange. With today's array of lipstick, balm, and gloss combinations and options, the Etude House Sweet Recipe My Jelly Lips Talk in Plum JOR203 ($13.99 on ibuybeauty.com) is just another fish in the sea of sheer lipsticks.



Perhaps the difference between this and others is the classic and cute Etude house packaging, along with the strange jelly formula that glides over your lips with ease. Despite the name sounding lost in translation, the name "My Jelly Lips" is pretty darn accurate. The texture of the lippie is weirdly jelly-like. It's not as thick balm nor is it like a creamy lipstick. It's more slippery and slick but not wet like a gloss either and it's extremely comfortable on the lips. Furthermore, not surprisingly, the sheer texture results in a lack of staying power. 

For some reason, this product appears ridiculously bright and intimidating in the tube but translates to something much sheerer when worn on the lips. It's a pop of colour without being ostentatious about it. The name of the colour was also totally lost in translation. JOR203 is also known as "plum". Dearest Etude House, plums are not orange, so I'm a bit confused. Other colours in the line include Lychee (JPK001), Strawberry (JPK002), Orange (JOR201), Mango (JOR202), Lemon (JBE101), Cotton Pink (JPK003), and Grapefruit (JPK004). 



Ignoring my dislike for the colour name and product name, the Etude House My Jelly Lips Talk in JOR203 is a fabulous product. It's not better or worse than my other sheer lippies but it gets the job done in a colour that I love. 

Have you tried the Etude House My Jelly Lips Talk? 


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Thursday, May 8, 2014

CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipsticks in Delicious, Ravish, Bombshell Explosion, Eternal, Hot Passion, and Seduce


There is something to be said about having “a lipstick for every occasion”. Loved by the likes of Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and P!nk, the CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick line ($9.99) has a lipstick shade in every colour, for every woman, for every occasion. From pastel purples to orangey reds, I’ll give you a gazillion dollars if you can’t find something that suits you. 

There are 6 colour ranges for a total of 51 lipstick shades - the Bombshell Collection, Runway Shades, Pinks to Roses, Lilacs/Mauves/Burgundies, Nudes/Corals/Reds, and Browns. 


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Mika for Shu Spiral Eyeshadow Duos in 01 and 02

You could simply disregard the product contained in the packaging of the Mika for Shu Spiral Eyeshadow Duos ($60 each) altogether and just "ohhh" and "ahhh" over the graphic of the "melting sweet dream" candies and eyelashes. In my eyes, the borderline child-like packaging is not just a casing for makeup, it's a work of art. The cute candy aesthetic is very much to my liking - sugary sweet and cute yet creatively mysterious...In a nutshell, pure eye candy. 


Monday, May 5, 2014

Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil in Endless Guava

I know what you're thinking. Stop it, Stephanie. Enough with these Cheek/Lip products, ughhhh. So sorry, I can't deny a good matchy-matchy cheek and lip look with one product. First, it was the Besame Crimson Rouge. Then, it was the Shu Uemura Tint in Gelatos. Now...the Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oils ($21). 


The Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oils are available in six shades - Everlasting Honey (rosy nude), Limitless Pink (medium pink), Timeless Coral (vibrant warm coral), Endless Guava (vibrant poppy pink), Always Cherry (vibrant cool red), and Boundless Berry (rich cool wine). At Sephora, I spent a good half hour tied between Boundless Berry and Endless Guava but went for the one that looked more wearable and spring/summer appropriate. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

EVENT: Clark & James X Dot & Lil Launch at Scout

Dot & Lil is a vintage-inspired line of finely handcrafted bath, body and home products based in Montreal. I recently attended the launch of Dot & Lil's brother brand Clark & James (inspired by 50s movie stars Clark Gable and James Stewart) at a cozy little store on Roncesvalles in Toronto called Scout



Apparently the traditional brush + razor shave is on-trend for today's men. Clark & James caters to the classy guys, but the scents of the men's line are crisp, fresh and also usable by us ladies too. Take, for example, the Lake House cotton rope soap ($16) - it's meant to smell like a summer in the woods with notes of cedar and lemongrass. I'd fall in love with any guy who smelled like that but I'd wear it myself as well (I actually purchased it for me!). Plus, the made in Canada rope is a beautiful touch. The rope soap also comes in the "Garconniere" scent - hints of ginger, lime, juniper and rosemary. The aroma is a bit more manly-man but equally as swoon-worthy as Lake House. 

Marcelle 2-in-1 Retractable Eyeliner in Purpurite

Purple is my favourite colour. Unfortunately, incorporating a pop of purple into the daily makeup routine isn’t the easiest of tasks. Indeed, purple lip colours (i.e. Revlon Matte Balm in Shameless and CoverGirl Lip Perfection in Delicious) are amazing, as is a lilac smoky eye. But neither is particularly wearable on the daily. The solution? Purple eyeliner all day every day.  It’s not as dark as black, nor is it as boring as brown or as flashy as turquoise. For purple liner, the Marcelle 2-in-1 Retractable Eyeliner in Purpurite ($10.95) is the way to go.


New for Spring 2014, the Marcelle 2-in-1 Retractable Eyeliner in Purpurite is a dark purple pencil liner. It’s called 2-in-1 for the define (liner) and smudge (sponge) characteristics. I think 3-in-1 would be more appropriate (for define, smudge AND sharpen), as it includes a nifty detachable sharpener underneath the smudge sponge.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Empties #7 [Back to School]


My dollar store blue bin of empties has been emptied. In Empties #6, I promised myself I'd try to do a "Products I Used Up" post every other month. The timing works out quite well because I'm spring cleaning and moving back to school in Waterloo for early May. Everything is linked to the original reviews/features and there's a good amount of content here for your reading pleasure. So cuddle up with a cup of tea and get ready... 

The Empties Legend: 

*** = fo sho repurchase
** = maybe repurchase
* = probably won't repurchase


EVENT: Green and Good (May 1 to May 4)

Green beauty products are no longer clear flimsy containers that look like something you could DIY. There are a plethora of high quality and luxury options to choose from, along with a variety of products catered to different skin types and scent preferences. Green and Good, a collaborative natural beauty pop-up event hosted by Freshfaced.ca and Healthhutboutique.com at the Gladstone Hotel, is a perfect example of the types of amazing eco-chic local products that Toronto has to offer. 

I had the pleasure of attending the press event yesterday, which featured a talk by eco-expert Candice Bautista about how to be more critical of what you put on and into your body. Green and Good is opened to the public from today (Thursday, May 1) to Sunday (May 4). Here are a few snaps of the event: 



Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mika for Shu Uemura Makeup Look

Mika Ninagawa (renowned photographer director) has imagined a wonderland of beauty, excitement, and discovery in her third collaboration with shu uemura. Shu's international chief makeup artist, Yuji Asano, has translated her vision into a makeup look: 

"Imagining the heroine of wonderland, I created a doll-like look with transparent white porcelain skin and also used gorgeous colours for point make-up to express Mika's world... Spring is a season with new encounters, new beginnings. Just as you take on new challenges and new experiences in your life, try out the new make-up collection and discover your new allure and beauty" - Yuji Asano

This rings true with my thoughts on beauty blogging. It's about trying new things, taking on new challenges, and seeing the world from a different new perspective. Case in point - I've challenged myself to recreate his look for the Mika for Shu collection. 


photo courtesy of shuuemura.com