Located steps away from Queen & Bathurst, the Cure Apothecary is the newest beauty boutique on Queen West. The little store is adorned with candles and wood furnishings, filled with luxurious skincare treats and even has a little bath tub for your soap-testing pleasure! Yes, indeed, I attended a media event and made a visit to this adorable shop.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
With the exception of makeup wedges and a konjac sponge, I've never really tried anything from Quo. Quo Cosmetics is a mid-priced Shoppers Drug Mart exclusive brand that features beauty accessories and a full range of colour cosmetics. Two tidbits from the Quo Fall 2014 Collection have come into my possession - the Quo Eye Palette in Nightingale ($18) and the Quo Browz Eyebrow Palette ($12).
First thing's first
(I'm the realest), I love the compact blue packaging. Both are sturdy palettes that fit perfectly in my hand. Furthermore, they both feature a decently sized-mirror and applicators (yay for convenience!). Now onto the product...
Monday, September 22, 2014
Cute packaging, botanical ingredients, reasonably priced and available at Shoppers Drug Mart - that's basically the gist of Amie Skincare, now available in Canada and made in the UK. The range consists of a line of 8 skincare products. I was sent half of the line to play with [Morning Clear Purifying Facial Wash ($10), Morning Dew Matte Finish Moisturiser ($12), Morning Light Hydrating Moisturiser ($12), Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask ($12)] and have been using them on and off for the past month and a bit.
How cute is it when the product colour matches the packaging colour? :)
Sunday, September 21, 2014
If you love watching beauty videos or reading beauty blogs, chances are you've heard of Inglot. Inglot is a Polish brand known for their mid-range pricing and huge colour selection with over 1,500 colours. This weekend, Inglot Toronto (located at 19 Dundas Square) opened its doors to the public.
I attended a blogger preview the Thursday before to see what all the hype was about...
Friday, September 19, 2014
I've been delaying the posting of this review for far too long, mainly because I thought that the Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey ($19, full-size) isn't all that Spring/Summer appropriate. Now, it's back to school (aka FALL) and dark lips are slowly making their way back into my beauty regimen. Black Honey is the sheerer version of a dark lip, a gateway beauty drug to something a little more pigmented.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Shu Uemura #BraveBeauty Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks [Maroon, Beige, Orange] // Vision of Beauty Collection Fall 2014
Another feature in the Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Collection for Fall 2014, the Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks ($36 each). SPOILER ALERT: They're sheer and moisturizing - perfect for the cooler weather to come. When these landed in my mailbox, the first thing I could think of was WOWZA. That packaging. I would never mind whipping out these pretty little plastic bullets on any and every occasion to touch up my lipstick. The fuchsia-orange swirl design is a little non-traditional but still along the lines of the sleek Shu look.
In the Brave Beauty collection there are six limited edition shades of the Rouge Unlimited lipsticks. Shown above are Maroon, Beige, and Orange. Also in the line are Fuchsia, Rose and Red. Three things to note (1) they're extremely moisturizing and light-weight on the lips. Somehow, this product simply melts over the lips in thin, smooth layers, (2) two layers of the lipstick yields fairly high pigmentation (3) the Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks are longwearing compared to other sheer/hydrating lipsticks. The wear-time is about 3-4 hours after application and the Maroon shade leaves a light stain on the lips.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
As a beauty blogger, I feel pretty well-versed in the land of makeups. However, there is some unexplored territory - false lashes. Admittedly, despite having teeny, tiny, straight, short, stubby eyelashes, I've never worn a pair of false ones.
So, a ton of false lashes from the KISS Ever EZ line land on my door step and I thought, "hey, this looks like fun... why not look like a superbly Asian girl stereotype and test out some false eyelashes?"
And the result...
I'm wearing the pair on the left!
Monday, September 15, 2014
MILLIEMENO is a Canadian BC-based, family-owned online boutique that features clothing and handmade accessories. The site is well-curated for the young-adult woman, probably appropriate for anyone from the age of 14 to 30. The store ships to Canada and worldwide. MILLIEMENO features a TON of adorable items, all of which I would like to put in my closet ASAP. Of the many items available, I chose one of which I was sent for the purposes of a review (spoiler alert: I've been wearing it non-stop this summer)
The Miko ($37.53) is a printed romper that features cut-outs on the shoulders and back. The romper is made out of 100% rayon, which is super light-weight and flowy. As I'm quite petite at 4 feet 11 inches, I was a bit worried about whether or not the small [measurements - S – Bust (17/43) Waist (17/43) Length (29.5/75)] would fit me. Luckily, the fit was perfect! The length of the romper hits me mid-thigh and the arm holes are not too big and not too small.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Shu Uemura #BraveBeauty Eye Palettes [Orange, Pink, Green] // 2014 Vision of Beauty Collection Volume 1
Feast your eyes on the Shu Uemura Vision of Beauty Collection Brave Beauty Eye Palettes ($90 each at Holt Renfrew, select Hudson's Bay and Sephora Locations) for Fall 2014. The palettes come in 3 variations - Orange, Pink and Green. Each palette is a ingeniously curated combination of eyeshadows featuring one vivid matte shade and 5 relatively wearable pearl shades to correspond with the bold matte shadow.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
I'm 100% a tampon girl (because pads make me feel like I'm wearing an adult diaper). For 5 days last month, I tried out something new and exciting... o.b. tampons! o.b. stands for ohne binde in German, which means "without napkins." The brand was invented 50 years ago by German gynecologist Dr. Judith Esser.
So what's the difference between o.b. and all the other tampons out there? They're applicator free. Gross, bulky packaging begone! o.b. tampons fit inconspicuously into the palm of my hand and it's not awkward when I need to pull one out of my bag because it's TINY [or "fun size" if you prefer the use of that term ;)]