The internet's favourite one-step cleansing water is now available in wipe form! I've purchased at least 5 bottles of Bioderma, used them up (as seen in the *now monthly* Empties posts), and pondered how I could love a bottle of cosmetic water as much as I do. The Bioderma Sensibio H20 Dermatological Wipes ($14.95 for 25) are everything I could ever dreamed of in makeup-wipe form.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Yazbukey for Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte Lipsticks in Sunshine Orange & Noble Pink // Summer 2015
French jewelry designer meets Japanese beauty brand and what do you get? A fun, sophisti-pop-art inspired collection launching available in Canada as of May 2015. As one of the largest Shu designer collaborations, there's no surprise that there are a few lipsticks involved. The Yazbukey for Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte Lipsticks in Sunshine Orange and Noble Pink ($36, at select Hudson's Bay, Sephora, Holt Renfrew locations and shuuemura.ca) combine a signature Shu Uemura formula with shades hand-picked by Yaz Bukey.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
There's a first for everything and new to me is cream foundation. The Mary Kay Endless Performance Creme-to-Powder Foundation ($21) is the first cream foundation I've ever laid on my face. Mary Kay says that the Endless Performance Creme-to-Powder Foundation is a long-lasting, flawless coverage foundation that's non-comedogenic and suitable for all skin types.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Happy Earth Week! This year I'm celebrating with a natural beauty brand review (BONUS - the products are made in Canada). Pure Anada is a full line of colour cosmetics made with certified organic oils and waxes to provide a "healthier" alternative to traditional cosmetics. It's even recommended as a go-to non-toxic brand in the book There's Lead in Your Lipstick: Toxins in Our Everyday Body Care and How to Avoid Them by Gillian Deacon. I received these items through the Clean Care Beauty Awards 2015, in which the Pressed Mineral Eye Colour won "Best Eyeshadow"...so yeah, I was pretty excited to test out a few things.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Ceramic Glaze Stunning Soiree Collection - Blueberry Bubblegum, Boogie Beats, Belle of the Disco Ball, Papaya Sunrise, Russian Rouge & Honolulu Hibsicus
Ceramic Glaze is the sister brand of China Glaze exclusively available at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada. Each season, Ceramic Glaze curates various polish collections inspired by the runway, the weather and pantone trends. Launching May 2015 is the Stunning Soiree Collection ($10.99 each) - an assortment of understated, cool-toned bolds
Generally, I found the polish formulation to be impressive. I'm a huge fan of the clay adhesive technologies of China Glaze, so I figured I'd like Ceramic Glaze too. The polishes apply smoothly in thin layers. All of the polishes in this particular collection are a cream gloss and are opaque in 2 coats. The polishes dry quite quickly. In my experience, each layer takes less than 5 minutes to dry down - which makes it super easy to apply polish before bed without getting sheet marks on my fingertips. On their own, the polishes last 3 days but depending on the top coat (i.e. Revlon Gel Envy Diamond)it can last up to 7 or 8.
Ceramic Glaze uses both limited edition and permanent collection colours in its collections. I've denoted the limited edition colours with an asterisk (*). Swatched for you are 6 of the 8 polishes in the Ceramic Glaze Stunning Soiree Collection. The two shades not shown here are Blue Suede Shoes* (royal blue) and Fabulous and Flirty* (mid-toned lilac).
Belle of the Disco Ball*
Personally, I prefer soft pastels to understated bolds though there are a few standout colours for me (Blueberry Bubblegum and Belle of the Disco Ball). Regardless, the formulation of all these polishes is impressive and I'm looking forward to watching the Ceramic Glaze Summer Bloom Collection for you!
Which colours are your favourite in the Stunning Soiree Collection?
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Saturday, April 18, 2015
12x the volume for lashes? If a mascara could do that... I would be the happiest camper. New York Color says that its Big Bold Volume By the Lash Mascara ($4.99) amps up your total fringe impact by individually coating and volumizing each and every lash up to 12x more. No smudges, no clumps, just a traffic-stopping wow effect.
12x is 1000% an over statement. While claims of no smudging and no clumping appear to be true, my lashes have been amped up around 0.12x compared to my natural lashes. The price is nice, but the result is less than stellar. Perhaps if you're looking for a everyday mascara that is natural and doesn't smudge or clump, then this is perfect. But you won't be stopping traffic with your lashes anytime soon.
Have you tried any New York Color mascaras?
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Friday, April 17, 2015
No makeup brand does a designer collaboration quite like Shu Uemura. For the Spring/Summer 2015 season, Shu Uemura has teamed up with Paris accessory and jewelry designer Yaz Bukey in a make-up meets pop art collection.
The best part about the collection - it has a story. In a whimsical fairytale, four friends with contrasting yet complimentary personalities prepare for a night out. In the midst of their chatter, they learn that they all are being courted by the same suitor... the mysterious Mr. Shu Shu.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Spring trends call for lighter (and brighter) coloured lips. If you're like me and your lips are super pigmented, you might find it hard to pull off a lip colour lighter than your favourite shade of my lips but better. The solution? Lip liner. I've been finding that the Paul & Joe Beaute Lip Liner Duo #02 in Perisian Peach ($25, exclusively at select Shoppers Drug Marts) has been perfect for this purpose and it also looks amazing on its own.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Launched just last month, the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizers ($42 each) are the new and improved versions of the MUFE HD Primers. Similar to the HD primer line, the MUFE Step 1 Skin Equalizers are available in various shades to tackle various discolouration. More specifically there are 10 variations in the Step 1 Skin Equalizer line - 5 for texture and 5 for tone.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Make Up For Ever recently launched two new shades of their Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick. I received the Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense #54 Pearly Golden Pink at the Spring 2015 Preview. There's also #53 which is a Pearly Pink Copper.
If you're not already familiar with the Rouge Artist Intense line, they contain 50% more pigment than your traditional lipstick formula. More pigment = high coverage and more colour payoff. Indeed the pink is pigmented. It glides on nicely, is fairly moisturizing, and lasts 4-5 hours on my lips. #54 Pearly Golden Pink is pretty colour but there's one thing I just can't shake.
There's golden glitter/shimmer.
It's not overly chunky or visible on the lips but I can feel it. Something about shimmer in lipsticks throws me off and I'm not a fan. Sadly enough, this is just one MUFE product that I don't really like. If you're into shimmers in your lipsticks then this could be more suitable for you. If you're like me, I'd suggest trying another shade or finish in the Intense line and the MUFE Rouge Artist Naturals are great.
Do you like pearly/shimmer/glittery lipsticks?
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