Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Best in Beauty 2014 - Hair, Skin, Bath & Body

2014 wasn't just about wearing a ton of makeup, so here's some of my nail, skin, body, and hair favourites. Also, if you haven't already, be sure to check out my 2014 makeup favourites here.


NAILS

< base coat > I've been using Essie First Base ($8.50, review pending) for every manicure for about a year. It's still going strong and non-gloopy. My nails aren't particularly strong or brittle but at least they're not yellow!

< polish > The Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish in Soul Session* ($5.95) is the perfect pink nude for my colouring. It kind of sucks on it's own lasting 2 days or less (despite the "up to 10 days" claim) but stays for at least a week with the addition of the...


< top coat > Revlon Gel Envy Top Coat* ($8.39). I know this is meant to be used alongside other Revlon Gel Envy polishes but it actually prolongs the wear of all of my polishes in general. Miracle top coat right here.

SKIN

< cleanser > - the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil* ($44-93, review pending...) removes waterpoof mascara, full-coverage foundations, and everything in between with a couple pumps. I double cleanse with another face wash for good measure, but this is the star of the show when it comes to nighttime cleansing.

< makeup remover > - I'm on my second bottle of the Annabelle Eye Makeup Remover Lotion ($9.95), if that says anything about it. When I'm lazy but my makeup wipes can't take off waterproof eye makeup, a couple pumps of this one does the trick. Plus, it's non-stinging, non-drying, and oil-free. Huraahhh!

< mask > - After the whole CBB Mask-off, the Montagne Jeunesse Hot Chocolate Self Heating Mask* ($2) was my favourite. It's perfect for a cold winter night paired with a cup of hot chocolate. It's like warm chocolate on your face and hot chocolate to warm up your body. Double whammy. Since it's no longer in my stash (I need to pick up some more), there's a photo of my second favourite - the My Beauty Diary Brightening Pearl Mask ($1, review pending) 

BODY

< body moisturizer > - The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Body Butter ($20)... uhhh the scent, so delicious. There's nothing quite like the aroma of fuzzy peaches in a body butter. It's supposed to be "special-edition" but I think the body butter lords for not discontinuing it quite yet.  Not pictured because it's an empty, but I've popped in what I'm currently using (Glazed Apple)

< body scrub > - Second to peach scents are anything sweet and citrus-y. Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub* ($20) is on point when it comes to citrus + brown sugar and does the scrub-a-dub-dub job like a charm. Not pictured because it's an empty!

< perfume > - I can't describe scents for the life of me but I've been really loving a sample of carven Le Parfum ($115 for full size). It's fresh and clean and a little sweet. For reference, here's the Sephora blurb: A burst of spontaneity and gracefulness are carried by neroli, mandarin blossom, and the delicacy of white hyacinth. This lighthearted floral bouquet is built around a hint of jasmine and ylang ylang, and touched by a whiff of sweet pea. White sandalwood and a precious wood harmony create lingering impression of rare purity. Can't say I can afford it at the present time at $90 a bottle but when I'm rich and famous I'll be bathing in it.  Not pictured because it's an empty!

HAIR

< shampoo/conditioner > - My hair was blessed during the four months I used the Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner* ($25 each). Featuring a rich lather resulting in sleek, shiny but not oily locks of luscious hair, I'm kind of sad I've moved on to less expensive (under $25) haircare products for the time being.  Not pictured because it's an empty!

And that concludes my favourites of 2014 :)

What were your fave hair/skin/bath/body products of 2014? 

Press samples and purchased products featured. Press samples denoted with an asterisk (*). 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Best in Beauty 2014 - Makeup

A large collection of makeup and nail favourites for the last year is here! Favourites means products that I've tried, I've loved, I will continue to use into the next year, and once finished, I would repurchase (even with an overwhelmingly high price tag). Today, my favourite makeup products of 2014. Tomorrow, everything else!


< blush > Over 2014, I had a slight obsession with dual-purpose lip/cheek products. They're fast finger products that make getting ready in a rush easy. The slightly oily texture of the Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Cream in Endless Guava ($23) provides a sheer pink-red moisturized and dewy tint to both the lips and cheeks. The Shu Uemura Tint in Gelatos weighed in at a close second but it's on-the-lips performance is not nearly as great as Josie's.

< bronzer > I've already dubbed the New York Color Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny ($2.99) as my holy grail bronzer. There's no need to spend more than a few coins on a good bronzing powder.

< eyeliner > I emptied out the Shu Uemura Lasting Gel Eye Pencil in Black Brown* ($36, reviewed in other colours here) in 7 months after using it almost daily. Although I haven't reviewed it yet (because it's already gone), this one's on my to-repurchase list for a long-wearing natural upper lash liner.

< eyeshadow > The new formula of the Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in I-514* ($25) kind of sort of amazed me. The cool toned brown with gold shimmer is my go-to for an all-over-the-lid shade. It was also my most read post of 2014.

< foundation > My first mid-priced foundation purchase of the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + ($42) was well worth it. Though it's a little heavy to wear all the time, the impressively medium-buildable, matte-but-not-flat, long-wearing coverage is perfect for bad-skin days, special events, and photoshoots.

< highlighter > I'm still getting through the mini birthday sample of Benefit Watt's Up ($36, review pending) from 2013. The champagne-gold cream highlight worked well with my colouring, especially during the summer. You'll find it in a couple of my beauty looks and hopefully there will be a full review in the near future!

< lip balm > The EOS Visibly Smooth Lip Balm in Coconut Milk* ($3.99) has a permanent place in my school backpack. One - it's moisturizing without leaving a lot of residue. Two - it smells amazing but not overpoweringly so.

< lip gloss > I recently finished up the Almay Liquid Lip Balm in Just Plum* (~$6) and I'm on to a new tube of Cantaloupe. I always get compliments when I wear Just Plum. It's lightweight, slightly sheer but adds enough colour to look like you're actually wearing something. Not to mention, the gloss smooths over the lips, hiding all of my lip lines and dryness.

< mascara > I must have gone through at least 3 tubes of the CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara($8.99), since I've been following the three-months-then-toss-it rule. Even through my reviewing of much more pricey mascaras, the Clump Crusher has done my lashes good. It's everything I ever needed - no-smudge, non-clumpy volume, non-flaky, and all-day wear.

< tool> With the introduction of a sponge in my foundation routine, the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge* ($9.99) has been a game changer. Damp sponge foundation application provides no-cake, flawless coverage. The sponge is semi-damaged after 8 months, so I'm in the process of testing the famed arm-and-a-leg priced sponge dubbed *beauty blender*. 

After going through my big bad product directoryI'll have you know that I mentioned or reviewed ____ makeup items in 2014. It's kind of nostalgic, going back and sorting through all of this year's posts. Looking forward to what the beauty world has to offer in 2015!

Have you tried any of these products? What makeup items were you loving in 2014? 

Press samples and purchased products featured. Press samples denoted with an asterisk (*). 


Monday, December 29, 2014

Empties #9 [End of Year]

Holy cow. It's been 4 months since my last empties post. I've been at school and using up a lot of things, beauty inclusive, so here's a big bad load of [67!!!] products I've finished and a few I'm tossing. 

I've got a new rating scale by recommendation from Ling of The Cosmetic Critic

(>'-')> <('-'<) ^(' - ')^ // worthy of dance party (repurchase)   
^u^ ^u^  // pretty great (maybe repurchase) 
-_- // indifference (will not repurchase) 


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Amie Bright Eyes Very Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

Amie is a natural skincare line from the UK that recently launched at Shopper's Drug Mart. I reviewed several of their skincare products here and found the products to be mild and mediocre, with few results. If anything, what I look for in a make up remover is to be mild, so the Amie Bright Eyes Very Gentle Eye Make Up Remover seemed like a good pick. 

Amie Bright Eyes is oil-free and contains 98.9% natural ingredients including cornflower and chamomile to hydrate, soothe, and refresh. It has no "water-proof removal" claims but says that it removes all traces of eye makeup which I presume to include waterproof makeup, too. 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Rimmel Wonder'Lash Mascara with Argan Oil

New from Rimmel is the Rimmel Wonder'Lash Mascara with Argan Oil ($8.49 CAD). It's yet another mascara that claims to leave lashes feeling conditioned, soft and supple (re: CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara), which gives me the feeling that conditioning mascaras are the next "thing" in beauty. 


The Rimmel Wonder'Lash Mascara with Argan Oil is available in three variations - Black, Extreme Black, and Waterproof. The mascara is housed in a shiny brass tube, of which is probably the most luxurious drugstore mascara packaging I've come across. Think, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette packaging (fingerprints included). 

The brush is a large, flexible plastic wand with tons of tiny bristles. While the large brush is great for grabbing on to every lash, I always end up getting mascara on my eyelid and the wand is way too clunky for my bottom lashes. 

Friday, December 26, 2014

What I Got For Christmas 2014

Hope you had (or are having) a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! I actually received all of my gifts prior to Christmas Day, so I was able to prep this post before all the hustle and bustle of Christmas and Boxing Day. A few Secret Santa's, as well as a couple gifts to myself made for a very merry Christmas. In addition to these goodies, I also received the monies from family and lots of love from friends :) 



This year, I participated in three Secret Santa's. For a $10 limit with a school club, I wished for and received the Shisedo cotton pads (because useable gifts are the best gifts!). For another school club with a limit of $30, I got a book that I've been meaning to read - Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami with an adorable little bookmark. Finally, for the Canadian Beauty Bloggers Network $30 Secret Santa, from the lovely Courtney of La Belle Sirene Blog, I got the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics - After Dark Stained Gloss Test Tube Set, which I'm beyond excited to try. 
  

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Memebox Special #45 Chocolate Mania

A box chock-full of chocolate-scented products? Genius. So good, I want to eat everything inside. This is perfection for the chocolate lover. You're likely already familiar with Memebox - individually-priced and carefully themed Korean beauty boxes. The Memebox Special #45 Chocolate Mania retails for $23 USD + shipping, which is a ridiculously good deal considering that the total value of 8 full-size products in the box is $88. 



Zamian Super Gold Cacao Pack, Shara Shara Tempting Avocado Chocolate Massage Cream, Neogen Code9 Gold Cacao Cream, Missha Cacao & Cream Facial Scrub, Skinfood Cacao Hand BAlm, dearberry Miss Mona Lisa Eyebrow

Above is preview swatches of the products...by the looks of it, products range from dark chocolate to white chocolate...I'm going to gloss over my evaluation of the scent because EVERYTHING smells like chocolate and it's pretty great. Let's see what's inside: 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Inglot Nail Enamel in #202

FLAKIES! FLAKIES! FLAKIES! SNOWFLAKIES! There's nothing quite like a flakie polish, especially when blue flakies look like sparkling pieces of snow. Lately I've been loving the Inglot Nail Enamel in #202 ($12) top coat over any and every base colour. #202 is part of Inglot's Nail Enamel Dream Collection - iridescent sparklies and glitter top coats for all. 


Last Minute Gifts from the Body Shop

Today marks two days until Christmas, so if you still have gifts to buy, then the Body Shop is a great place to shop for everyone on your list (because everyone needs skincare, body wash, shampoo, and fragrance). 


Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Tree Nail Art

Likely the last of my super simple Christmas nail art endeavors, here's a little Christmas tree accent nail. I was inspired by my Christmas tree decorating that I did with the boyf. (see on Instagram here). I've finally moved back home. So, there's access to my full polish stash, which means there's a bit more than red, white, and black involved in this one. 


As per usual, I used Essie First Base as a base coat to protect my natural nails. Then I painted all of my nails with Covergirl Golden Opportunity*. I free-handed a triangle shape with the tip of the polish brush using a green, Revlon Posh. Then I dotted on some lights with the back of a makeup brush with OPI Solitaire*, another dot for the top of the tree with Ciate Big Yellow Taxi. Next, I topped the tree with Orly Mermaid Tale*, a green glitter for extra dimension. Lastly, I sealed in the deal with the Revlon Gel Envy Top Coat*

This Christmas tree was SUPER easy to create. For something more detailed, check out Jayne's close up Christmas Tree Mani here

What do you think? Would you wear a Christmas Tree on your nails? 

Press samples and gifts featured. Press samples are denoted with an asterisk (*). 

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NYX Collection Noir Liquid Black Liner

EYELINER MONDAY! The NYX Collection Noir Liquid Black Liner (~$5.99) is a "pro-artist favourite" that claims to deliver intense, smudge-proof, dance-proof, black colour. 



The brush tip is tiny. While a precision applicator is appreciated, it takes forever and ever and ever to build up a thick winged liner with the puny brush. The formula is super black in a single swipe of the brush (hence being in NYX's "Collection Noir" line). For some reason, the liquid takes longer than normal to dry so you've gotta keep your eyes closed for a good 20-30 seconds or you risk getting strange liquid liner marks in your crease. After the liner dries, it stays put all day long. It's not waterproof but it doesn't move unless you rub your eyes. 

While the NYX Collection Noir Liquid Black Liner is an amazing product, I don't find myself using it often because I don't typically have time to wait for my liner to dry. I'm more of an apply-and-go type of gal. That being said, when I do have time, the look of the ultra-black, long-lasting formula is definitely worth the wait. 

Have you tried the NYX Collection Noir Liquid Black Liner? 

Received in a swapThis is part of my eyeliner monday series - where I review a different eyeliner every...Monday. :) See more eyeliner reviews here


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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Skoshbox: The Japanese Snackbox Subscription // December 2014

I'm taking pause from the formalities of "FOOD FRIDAY" because food is good every day of the week, especially during the holiday season. I love me a good snacking and Japanese snacks are always welcome in my belly. Japanese snacks are available at Asian food stores in Toronto but I find that the variety just isn't there. So, I've been looking into subscription box options that send Japanese snacks. The only option that I could find that shipped to Canada was SKOSHBOX

 Skoshbox is a "taste of Japan at your doorstep". From $10 USD or $18.99 CAD, Skoshbox offers an assortment of mystery candies and snacks monthly. If you're crazy about the snacks you try in the box, there's also an online webstore for featured snacks organized by type and month. SO... here's the box: 

Caramel Pie Pretz, Super Mario Galaxy Gum, Calpis Masrshmallow, Seaweed Wrapped Rice Cracker, Potato Ring Snack, Cola Bubble Gum Balls, Vegetable Salad Umaibo, Super Soda Hard Candy 


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Silver Moon, Golden, Sun Blossoms, Shock Tart, Pink Wink, Sparkle Berry & Berry Dazzle




Seven new shades of the Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss! See my previous review of the Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss ($18 CAD) here, just in time for the holidays! The Mary Kay NouriShine Plus formula boasts ultra-glossy shine, moisture, non-sticky, super-light, long-lasting packed with plant-derived vitamin E and vitamin C. While no product is everything that it claims, these glosses are, in fact, ultra-moisturizing and glossy, non-sticky and lightweight. While I don't think they're particularly long-wearing, it delivers on every other claim. 

BEHOLD, the swatches:

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in 110 Birthday Suit

Way back when (September),I reviewed the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in 220 Pink Tank, looking to eventually test out a lighter colour to see if it fared on my nails in the same way as Pink Tank. As a recap, Pink Tank + the Miracle Gel Top Coat boasted high shine, bold colour, and it even stuck around on my nails for 6 days (compared to the up to 14 days claim). 

In general, the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polishes are meant to be used in 2 easy steps, with up to 14 days of colour and shine with easy removal and no light required to cure the polish. 



And then there was the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in 110 Birthday Suit ($10.95) is a pale nude - a hair lighter than the cult Essie Sand Tropez (though I wouldn't necessarily call it a dupe because it's about the same price). Although 110 Birthday Suit is in the same range of polishes, the formulation feels a bit different. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color Quads in Sandstorm and Autumn Leaves

There is zero doubt in my mind that the Mary Kay Mineral Eye Colors are some of the most beautiful shadows. This holiday season, Mary Kay has launched two limited edition Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color Quads ($19 CAD each) and they don't disappoint. I've previously reviewed this eye shadow formula, see a review of a few of the singles here!


The two limited edition quads available until February 15th are Autumn Leaves and Sandstorm. Autumn Leaves contains four gorgeous coloured shadows while Sandstorm contains more neutral shades. In general, Sandstorm is easier to work with, as Autumn Leaves doesn't contain a suitable blending shade. Also, it's important to note that neither of the quads contain true mattes - all seem to have a satin sheen. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

New York Color High Definition Liquid Eyeliner in Extra Black

EYELINER MONDAY!! The New York Color High Definition Liquid ($3.99) is one of the least expensive liquid eyeliners at the drugstore. The liner claims to create precise lines, have rich colour, and be smudge-proof, and long-wearing for up to 10 hours.




Unfortunately, this eyeliner lives up to none of its claims. Perhaps I got a bad one...? The black is sheer and the watery formula bleeds into fine lines way more than what I can tolerate for a liquid liner. Although it is smudge-proof, it's very hard to create an intense line. Moreover, the lines that are created are not as precise as I had expected. Comparing the felt tip of the Annabelle Eye Ink, the shape of NYC High Definition Eyeliner's applicator is more chubby at the end. 

Skip this liner. Spend a couple extra dollars and grab a liner that's twice as great. If you prefer pencil liner over liquid, try the New York Color Waterproof Eyeliner Pencils, which are excellent. 

Have you tried the New York Color High Definition Liquid Eyeliner? 

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Manicure MOOO-nday



Happy MOOO-nday. Taking a little break from the Christmas-themed manicures, this is yet another attempt to work with capsule collection of  6 nail polishes I have at school (black, white, nude, red, glitter). 

Friday, December 12, 2014

New York Color Long Wearing Nail Enamel in 119 Black Lace Cream

Black cards. Black cars. All black everything. BLACK NAILS. In all honesty, I never got what was so amazing about wearing black nail polish. Something about it always seemed to dark and goth. So, first time in a long time (probably 6 or 7 years), I put on some black polish and was pleasantly surprised with the way it looked. While I don't love the way it looks over my nudes and pastels, it's a nice, dark change given the cooler weather. 



The New York Color Long Wearing Enamel in Black Lace Cream is an amazing black polish option. First and foremost, it's only ~$1 (and comes in 24 colours). It's also quite thin and opaque in two coats and dries fairly quickly. Lasting power is normal on my nails with chips after 2-3 days... but for $1, you can't really go wrong. Maybe it's this particular formula of polish that's making me love black a little more. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Quo 2014 Holiday Collection - Christmas Crackers, Lip Gloss Sets and more!

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas at the fun size beauty HQ (aka my gloomy dorm room)! There's something about holiday beauty collections that makes me jump for joy with holiday cheer. It must be the packaging, or something... This year, Quo Cosmetics (available exclusively at Shopper's Drug Mart) has done it's holiday collection right - elegantly black and gold packaging and a ton of variety. The Quo Holiday 2014 Collection includes 23 different beauty products with prices ranging from $3 to $65. Here's a look at a few of the pieces... 

Quo Christmas Cracker Set ($15), Quo Essential Eyes Palette ($15), Quo All About Brows Palette ($20), Quo Flocked Emery Board ($3), Quo Walk the Line Eye Liner Set ($20), Quo Love Lip Set ($20) 

Quo Christmas Cracker Set ($15) 


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hello Kitty Peelable Nail Polish

Hello Kitty. This time it's not a collector's item but a bulky budget find available at Walmart for $3.97. Meet the Hello Kitty Peelable Nail Polish. I found her in the nail polish/beauty section and something about the ridiculously gimmicky plastic packaging was saying buy me, buy me! So I did. 



The packaging is kind of ridiculous. I'm pretty sure this is meant to be for small children because it's peelable, as well as non-toxic. The huge Hello Kitty brush is more like a toy than an actual nail polish brush. 

Adding Murad into the Skincare Mix

Skincare is a mystery to me. My skin is generally well-behaved with the exception of large pores, a lot of oil, the occasional breakout, and dry patches (limited to on and around my nose) but I don't really have much rhyme or reason to the products I use. For the past couple months, I've been testing out three products from Murad - the Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, Murad Clarifying Wipes, and Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion. 

Murad offers clinically-proven skincare solutions for everyone and their grandma. To name a few, Pore Reform, Resurgence, Redness Therapy, and Acne Complex are some of their many lines of products. There's so many products to choose from that it's almost overwhelming but if you're familiar with your skin issues, surely, Murad has a skincare solution that fits your needs.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stains in Nudist Colony, Pinky Promise, A Stiff Pink & Red-dy or Not

It's been a while since I've tested out a drugstore lip crayon and I'm not really over them yet. The Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stains ($2.99) are some of the least expensive on the market. 


Monday, December 8, 2014

Annabelle EyeInk Liquid Eyeliner

EYELINER MONDAY! This week, it's the the Annabelle EyeInk Liquid Eyeliner ($9.95), which claims to be the perfect tool to create multiple looks! This deep black liquid liner allows a precise line from soft to dramatic. Its formula is long-lasting and water-based. Ophtalmologist tested. Here's the lowdown on this eyeliner... 

Santa Holiday Nail Art

Nail art is the best form of final exam procrastination. I've taken all but 7 polishes back to Toronto, so luckily the colours that I've got at school are holiday-ready. My Tim Horton's sweater cup inspired nails used the same colours and tools (check it out here). Today's mani is a simple little Santa on an accent nail of your choosing. 



Products Used: Essie First Base, Essie Plumberry, NYC Black Cream Lace*, Quo by Orly Purity*, the Body Shop Nail Art Pen*, and Revlon Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat*

Saturday, December 6, 2014

CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara in Black

Long time no mascara review, mainly because I've found favourites in the Shu Uemura Petal Lash Mascara and the CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara. The CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara ($7.99) is the latest from CoverGirl. 

Here's the little advert blurb: 
"With Full Lash Bloom Mascara, get exceptional lash fullness that’s soft - even to the touch. With our new petal-shaped brush and mousse formula with natural beeswax, lashes are never stiff or brittle. Perfect for everyday wear, Full Lash Bloom Mascara is also safe for contact lens wearers and is ophthalmologically tested. So bring out every last lash, and embrace you in full bloom!"

SOFT EYELASHES? Is that even a thing? I'm quite fond of CoverGirl mascaras, so I was ecstatic to give this one a whirl. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Hard Candy Top Ten Eyeshadow Collections in Smoke Out and Feelin' Blue?

The name of Hard Candy Top Ten Eyeshadow Collections in Smoke Out and Feelin' Blue (~$6, available exclusively at Walmart) describes exactly what it is. A set of 10 eyeshadows in one handy dandy palette. The Top Ten Eyeshadow Collections are available in 5 colour combinations, the other three being Pinking of You, Green with Envy, and Naturally Gorgeous


FOOD: Makkal Chon Korean BBQ

Long time no food review.

Seemingly, all of the best ethnic restaurants in Toronto are tucked away in some of Scarborough's sketchiest strip malls. Such is the case with Makkal Chon, tiny Korean restaurant known for its deliciously authentic food. Unknowingly, my parents and I had walked into the second Best Korean Restaurant in Toronto according to blogTO

Stonebowl Bi Bim Bap (hodgepodge of rice, eggs, carrots, beansprouts, cucumber, mushrooms and beef) 

Bulgogi on a hot plate (marinated beef served with rice)  

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sephora Collection Bronzed and Blushing Face Palette

The Sephora Collection Bronzed and Blushing Face Palette ($18 CAD, exclusively at Sephora) contains one bronzer (Los Cabos) and two blushes (blushing pink and coral punch). Another limited edition palette for the holiday season, this one's great if you're going on vacation and want to add a little sun-kissed warmth to your winter skin. 


Los Cabos, Blushing Pink, Coral Punch

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Femme Fatale Designer Mink Lashes in Selfies

I've already admitted that I'm a total false eyelash noob. This also includes mink eyelashes. The latest pair I've been testing is the Femme Fatale Designer Mink Lashes in the style Selfies ($30 at http://www.femmefatalelashes.com/). 

Femme Fatale makes their lashes out of 100% mink fur. The lashes are cruelty-free, handmade and hypo-allergenic. The lashes can be used up to 25 times and come in a plethora of styles. 



After doing a little research, I found that the differences between mink and synthetic lashes are that (1) mink lashes are very fine this means that they're more natural-looking (2) mink lashes also imply that their made from animal fur - so if you're not about animal products in or on your face, then this is something to keep in mind. 

The fact is that these lashes DO look much nicer than regular, old synthetic lashes. The hairs are slightly less shiny so they look like hairs instead of plastic fibres. 



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Inglot Sleeks Cream Lip Paint in #90

At the grand opening of the INGLOT Toronto store, I picked up a couple items (not eyeshadows, lol) one of them being the Inglot Sleeks Cream in #90 ($16). Not knowing much about Inglot, I kind of picked this up on a whim. I spotted the colour out of the 20 available Sleeks Creams in the display, grabbed it, tried it on and fell a little in love. For the record, Sleeks Creams are referred to as "lip paints" as opposed to "lip glosses" because they have a glossy luster with subtle colours as opposed to the soft and slight colour with sparkles or heavy coverage and high shine of the Inglot Lip Glosses. 


Monday, December 1, 2014

Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura #Shupette Holiday 2014 Collection + Look - Eyeshadow Trios, Face Powder and Glitter

An entire makeup collection marked with cat drawings and paw prints. What's not to adore? Inspired by Karl Lagerfeld's pet cat Choupette, fittingly, Shu Uemura and Karl Lagerfeld have come together to create the Shupette Holiday 2014 Collection. From an all-out eye and lip palette with a faux fur cover to cleansing oils and furry eyelashes, this post captures just a few of the pieces in the collection. You can see press photos of everything else here

Sometimes it's hard to review the product itself because I'm so enamored with the packaging. It's almost pointless for me to ramble on about the kitty cat, pastel colours, and paw prints. Just look at it. I'm not even a cat lover and I think that this collection is highly covetable. 

Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura Shupette Holiday 2014 Photos

Feast your eyes on the Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura Shupette Holiday 2014 Collection decorated in cats and speckled with paw prints. This is not a review. Simply a way of sharing the rest of the swoon-worthy Shupette by Karl Lagerfeld Holiday 2014 collection with you. I've reviewed the eye-need-shu trios in Parisienne Chic and Tokyo Kawaii, Pampearl-me Face Powder, and My Precious Glitter Set here


eye-need-shu liners in gala brown and midnight black ($28), ultime8 sublime beauty cleansing oil ($98), TSUYA skin under base mousse ($46)

rouge bonbon fantasy lip colour trios in Parisienne Chic and Tokyo Kawaii ($45)
 Shupette's flair eyelash curler ($24)
with-love-from-paris brush set ($95)



eye-need-shu fals eyelash ($35) and furry fantasy premium false eyelashes ($100)

Shupette has-it-all eye & lip palette with faux fur cover ($115)


silk cushion cheek colour in orange and salmon pink ($35)

This collection is just chock-full of cuteness. All the products are limited edition available November at Holt Renfrew, select Sephora and Hudson`s Bay location, and shuumeura.ca.

What do you think of this collection? Do you think Shupette is creepy or cute? 

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