Monday, May 25, 2015

Battle of the Blancs // the search for the perfect white polish

Snow white nails can look amazing with the right polish. It can also go white-out wrong, streaks and all. A cream white polish is an essential in my nail arsenal - a back drop for graphic designs, as a base for an ombre or on its own. This is an analysis of the 5 whites in my polish collection, each evaluated by their brush, colour, opacity and drying time. I'm ignoring (1) price - because per fl. oz. they're all about the same and (2) lasting power - because the Revlon Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat fixes all my chipping problems. 


Rimmel 60 Seconds Polish in Hot White Love, CoverGirl Nail Polish in Snow Storm*, The Body Shop Color Crush Nail Polish in Frosting Fancy*, Quo by Orly Nail Enamel in Purity*, Bourjois French Manicure in in Blanc Glamour 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hand Chemistry Hyaluronic Concentrate & Body Mist

Deciem is an umbrella brand for 10 innovative beauty brands, one of them being Hand Chemistry, which is a brand focused on treatments to fight all aspects of hand and body aging. 

One of Hand Chemistry and Deciem’s biggest selling points is its sciency take on beauty. For most products, their website (handchemistry.com) has info about the product, its ingredients and a large blurb about the science behind it. I’m no chemist but I do like the idea behind a high performing product with the power of science behind its ingredients. 


Enter Hyaluronic Acid, a naturally occuring component of skin tissue that helps skin to retain moisture, reduce inflammation and help prevent moisture loss (I fact checked this all using a simple Google search) that is said to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Hand Chemistry uses Hyaluronic Acid derived from algae in its Hand Chemistry Hyaluronic Concentrate ($30) and Hyaluronic Acid derived from tamarind, corn and mushroom in the Hand Chemistry Body Mist ($20).

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Duos in Spiced Poppy, Ripe Watermelon & Juicy Guava

Ain't nothing like a bright blush and a shimmery highlight in the heat of summer. In true summery fashion, Mary Kay has released three blush/highlighter duos. The new Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Duos ($20 each) are available in three vibrant shades - spiced poppy, ripe watermelon and juicy guava. Like all Mary Kay Mineral line products, they come in a handy magnetized and pre-depotted form. 



Mary Kay says that the blushes are all matte (yay!) and the highlighter is pearlized. Furthermore, the product is supposed to last all day and can be worn sheer for a natural glow or built to a bolder, brighter flush. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Scrub & Body Butter

Like happy hour for your body and a vacation for your nose, the limited edition Virgin Mojito Body Range from The Body Shop is right up my alley. The scent is on par with my love for all things citrus. There isn’t a hint of lime so much as a punch. It’s an acidic and powerfully refreshing scent that leaves your body and bathroom smelling like a party (minus the alcohol and sweat) as soon as you step out of the shower. 


Not much to say about The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Butter ($20) other than that the Body Butters are my fave hydration product from The Body Shop. This one is no exception and the scent makes it even better buy. 

As for The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Scrub ($22), I find that it’s less of a scrub and more of a gel with little beads that aren’t quite abrasive enough to remove dead skin. If you’re into non-abrasive, gentle body scrubs then this product is better suited for you than me. Don’t get me wrong. Scrubbing properties aside, it’s a good body wash that leaves me feeling clean and smelling nice. I’m still going to use it. 

Overall, I’m highly in love with The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Range. If you like strong citrus scents, be sure to check this out because I have a feeling this limited edition will get swept up quite quickly. That being said, instead of typing away at my laptop in a cold, air-conditioned office on weekdays, I’d like to slather Virgin Mojito all over my body and laze in the sun all day long. 

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush in Water Poppy & Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Como // SEA, SUN, AND SPLASH Summer 2015

I'd say don't wear makeup to the beach, but the stila Summer 2015 collection makes me want to frolic in the sun with my purple lipstick on. Dubbed SEA, SUN, AND SPLASH , the collection is a ray of sunshine - 10 shades of sunshine to be exact. There are 5 shades of the new stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush ($34 each) and 5 of the stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks ($29 each). 




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

CoverGirl Super Size Mascara and Intensify Me! Liquid Eyeliner

CoverGirl has two new things for your eyes – the CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara and Intensify Me! Liquid Eyeliner by LashBlast. One I like and one I'm on the fence about. Guess which one's which and read my thoughts below: 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Lined, Smoothed and Glossed Over with Arbonne Cosmetics

New to me is Arbonne – a direct-sales cosmetics line (similar to Mary Kay and Avon). Part of Arbonne’s new product launches are moisturizing lip liners, lipsticks and lip glosses. I was sent a few things to review (in summery colours!). Here are my thoughts:

Monday, May 18, 2015

KISS Salon Secrets Luxe Accents & Nail Art Glue

I never thought I would like 3D nail art until I tried using the KISS Salon Secrets Luxe Accents ($6.99). Exploring Asian malls and seeing lots of nail art salon photos with blingg-ed out Hello Kitty Nails kind of put me off. However, it depends on the accents you use and how you use them. 

KISS Salon Secrets Luxe Accents Kit & Nail Art Glue worn with Ceramic Glaze Strawberries N Milk


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Feel-Good Gloss // Mary Kay Beauty That Counts NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Create Change and In Harmony

For every sale of the limited edition Beauty That Counts Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Glosses, $1 will be donated to benefit the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation for two purposes - firstly, to support the Look Good Feel Better program in efforts to improve the lives of women living with cancer and secondly, to help end violence against women by providing grants to shelters and community outreach programs

Friday, May 15, 2015

Hard Candy Glamoflage Concealer in 488 Medium Light

The concealer with a cult following, the Hard Candy Glamoflage Concealer ($5.98, exclusively at Walmart) is known to cover everything from tattoos to minor imperfections like blemishes, dark circles and freckles.