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. 


Monday, July 18, 2016

Wet N Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Nail Polish in Bye Feluschia, Cyantific Method, Pardon My Peach & Missy in Pink

As far as I know, the Wet N Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Nail Polishes ($5.99 each) are the least expensive "no cure" nail polishes on the market. What makes them special is that only 1 product is needed (hence the name 1 Step) - no top coat or base coat necessary. The 1 Step Wonder Gel is available in 18 shades. I tried 4 of them! 


Wet N Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Nail Polish in 722B Missy in Pink, 726A Pardon My Peach, 727A Bye Feluschia and 730A Cyantific Method 


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Banila.Co Clean It Zero Makeup Remover

Banila.Co Clean It Zero Makeup Remover ($29.99 CAD at Echoo.ca) is a cult, award-winning Korean cleansing balm. If you watch Jenn Im (clothesencounters), you'll know that this is one of her favourites! 


In addition to the original Clean It Zero, the product comes in 3 additional iterations: 
  • Clean It Zero Reservatrol - for anti-aging and antioxidant properties
  • Clean It Zero Radiance - for skin brightening
  • Clean It Zero Purity - for sensitive skin
None of the additional 3 are available on Echoo.ca but hopefully they will be in the future. 

The product is packaged in a pink and white plastic jar and also comes with a scooper and cover for hygienic purposes. Inside the jar, the product is a solid balm. When rubbed between the fingertips and onto the face, it becomes a silky smooth oily texture. I find that I need a quarter-sized amount to cover my entire face.