Friday, March 6, 2015

Garnier Clean + for Sensitive Skin Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser// #GarnierSensitive

Not going to lie, I'm a strong believer in a heavy-duty makeup remover and double cleansing. My skin's pretty resilient and I just want to get all the gunk off my face at the end of the day. For the past week, I've been testing the Garner Clean Plus Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser (~$5.97) which  is a slight tangent from my regular removal routine. 

There are 4 straight-forward things to know about this product 
(1) It claims to remove stubborn makeup and calm sensitive skin 
(2) After 1 week, it claims to leave skin feeling comfortable, conditioned and throughly cleansed. After 1 week, skin is supposedly smoother, softer and looks healthier. 
(3) It doesn't contain alcohol, dyes or fragrances 
(3) It's approved by the Canadian Dermatology Association. 

Jealous Body Scrub // Coffee & Coconut

First body scrub to break the internet? I think so. With 13.2K instagram followers and a whole lot of online influencers raving, Jealous Body is a company out of Vancouver, Canada that sells one product - an all natural coffee face and body scrub made with premium coffee, organic cold pressed coconut oil, raw brown sugar, sea salt, vitamin E and minerals. 

The Jealous Body Scrub ($17.95 for 200g, ships worldwide) has many claims and there's no bulls poop or hard-to-pronounce chemicals in this product - each ingredient has a purpose. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Poppy Seed Body Scrub

Valentine's Day may be long gone but you can still feel sexy with the Smoky Poppy scent from the Body Shop. Early this year, the Body Shop released a line of Smoky Poppy scented products - from bath bombs, body butters, massage oils, perfumes, and shower gels. If you a sultry scent, then you can upgrade your entire body care routine into this. I've attempted to incorporate the Body Shop Smoky Poppy Poppy Seed Body Scrub ($20) into my shower routine. 

Admittedly, this scent is not for me. It's one of the sexiest scents I've ever smelled. It smells good but I'm preferential to fruity scents (mango, satsuma, vineyard peach) and very light florals. Smoky Poppy reminds me more of a deeper floral perfume. It's not overly heavy but it's more sexy and euphoric than sweet. 

As for the product, I like the idea behind the ingredients (as with most of products from the Body Shop). The scrub contains Community Fair Trade Cane Sugar from Paraguay. The poppy seeds are a very gentle exfoliant. I find that they're not as concentrated or as harsh as I'd like them to be for a deep-cleaning exfoliation. 

Overall, while the product works and the scent is nice, the Body Shop Smoky Poppy Poppy Seed just wasn't for me. Perhaps if you have more sensitive skin or like a sexy, sultry scent, then this product would be better suited for your needs. 

Have you smelled the Smoky Poppy scent from the Body Shop? 
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Empties and Tosses #11 // February 2015

The shortest and my least favourite month has come and gone. Goodbye, chilly February, you won't be missed. Keeping up with my now *monthly* empties posts, I did some decent empties damage this month. 

Here's my rating scale: 
(>'-')> <('-'<) ^(' - ')^ // worthy of dance party (repurchase)   
^u^ ^u^  // pretty great (maybe repurchase) 
-_- // indifference (will not repurchase) 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Lise Watier Expression Collection // #ExpressionLW // Spring 2015

It seems that the only signs of spring thus far are the bright yet wearable colours that grace Spring 2015 beauty collections. Available now is the Lise Watier Expression Collection for Spring 2015 which aims to help women unleash their creativity, spontaneity and individuality. From matte lipsticks to colourful eyeshadow palettes and even a multi-purpose face brush - this collection is a ray of light on a cold day. Here are three pieces from the collection that I've been playing with: 

Lise Watier Palette Expression Eyeshadows ($42)

It's unfortunate that the Lise Watier Palette Expression Eyeshadows are limited edition. Despite the crazy-looking greens, the palette is impressively versatile. It may not look like it, but there's three wearable colours (satin pink, iridescent yellow, satin charcoal) and two trendy colours (satin aqua and satin turquoise). The creamy powder shadows are pigmented but easily sheered out for a softer eye look. All of the shades except the yellow are semi-matte, so they bring light to the eyes without looking overly glittery or dramatic. 

I made an attempt at re-creating the eye look from the Expression Collection campaign images. All over the lid, I applied the pink. A dab of the aqua in the upper inner corner and the yellow on the lower inner corner. I mixed of the charcoal and the turquoise for a subtle green-grey colour in the crease and on the lower lash line. Finally, in the centre of the eye I patted the yellow to bring some illuminance to the look. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Wet N Wild Wild Shine Nail Colors in Sparkled, Tickled Pink, She Sells, Lavender Creme, Grasping at Strawberries, Burgundy Frost + Clear Top Coat

Looks like Wet N Wild repackaged and reformulated its Wild Shine line. I've never owned the old formula but in high school, my best friend had a ton of the old Wild Shine polishes that we used to play with. 

There's more Wet N Wild Wild Shine Nail Colors ($1.49) that I can count on my fingers and my toes. Plus, it's one of the least expensive polish ranges at the drugstore. The new asymmetrical packaging is pleasing to the eyes. However, the glue inside the cap doesn't hold the brush very tightly so the brush actually gets separated from the lid. As for the polish itself, with the exception of Tickled Pink, the cream colours are opaque in a single coat (two for good measure). The glitter, Sparkled, and Tickled Pink are opaque in 3 thin coats. All of the polishes are non-streaky and self-leveling and look super duper shiny (even without the top coat). Drying time is a hair longer than what I'm used to but nothing that will make you feel impatient. Wear time is average at 2-3 days with a top coat. 

Here's the 6 colours I've been testing out: 

480C Sparkled (pink and silver round glitters)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Giving Up Makeup // #nomakeupmarch

AHHH It's my naked face. That's not even a justified reaction. For goodness sake, it's what my momma gave me. And there is all of zero reasons why I should ever be ashamed of it. But makeup. It's like a drug. I tell myself I don't need it but it's a quick fix to all of my self-confidence issues. 

Got a breakout? Hide it with your fullest-coverage foundation.
Tired eyes? Concealer to the rescue. 
Face a little dull? Add some blush to perk your face up. 
Feeing fat? Contour those cheekbones. 
Looking pale? Put some sunshine on your face with a heavy dusting of bronzer.

… and so on. Tricking myself into feeling like the unnecessary is necessary – such a human thing. We’re all smart enough to know that makeup isn’t key to survival and I could live with out it but I choose not to. 

To curb this issue, I'm going cold turkey. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Miracle 10 Skincare Experience, Product Review + Event // Word of Mouth Beauty #WOFM

My skin is tolerant. So tolerant that I don't seem to ever see immediate or positively noticeable results from any of the skincare that try. Healthier and brighter, with noticeable dewiness, elasticity, and radiance. These are the promises of Miracle 10 - to provide noticeable results. In 10 hours, smoothness and clarity. In 10 days, improvements in discolouration and dullness. In 10 weeks, the appearance of wrinkles and pore size diminished. Sounds like what my skin has been looking for. 

The Event
Miracle 10 is a skincare line formulated by the Plastic Surgery Skincare Clinic, which is located at 67 Scollard Street (Yorkville, Toronto). Back in November, I attended Miracle 10's first blogger event, dubbed Word of Mouth Beauty. The event featured personalized skincare consultations, makeup and manis with Dior, and an Fall/Winter Trends/Q&A sesh with Michelle Villet of the Beauty Editor

Friday, February 27, 2015

HAIR: COLAB Invisible Dry Shampoo by Ruth Crilly in Rio & London

Breaking beauty news! COLAB Invisible Dry Shampoo created by Ruth Crilly of A Model Recommends (on youtube) has hit Canadian retailers (London Drugs, Jean Coutu, Lawtons, Pharmasave & PharmaChoice) this January 2015. I haven't seen it on my drugstore's shelves just yet, but these are definitely something to look forward to! 

Two of COLAB's fragrances will be available in Canada: 
(1) London - A classic yet contemporary fragrance of bergamot, musk & magnolia 
(2) Rio - A carnival of tropical notes with papaya, pineapple and a heart of cassis 

I'm impartial to the Rio scent, as it's bright and fruity, however London smells quite good as well. Both scents are available in either a travel size (50mL, $5.49) or a larger size (200mL,  $9.99). Obviously, it's a much better deal to get the larger size but the baby sizes are just too cute to resist and perfect for popping into your purse for on-the-go use. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Rimmel Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour in Make Your Move, Kiss Fatal, and Kiss Me You Fool

Finally! The Rimmel Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colours ($8.99) have finally made their way to Canadian drugstores. These lipsticks claim to be kiss-proof, transfer-proof, non-drying and moisturizing. The test? Wear the Rimmel Provocalips to bed. If it smudges on the pillow case (and all over my face) it's a dud. If not, it's a winner. 

The result? ... No smudges! No transferring! I kissed the back of my hand which means it's totally kiss-proof. Unheard of. 

The Provocalips are available in 10 shades. Shown above are Make Your Move, Kiss Fatal and Kiss Me You Fool. The other 7 are Dare to Pink, Pucker Up, I'll Call You, Little Minx, Play With Fire, Skinny Dipping and Heart Breaker. Provocative names indeed.