Friday, July 31, 2015

THEFACESHOP Clean Face Acne Solution Foaming Cleanser, Mild Toner & Oil-Free Moisturizing Cream for Acne-Prone Skin // #CBBdoesTHEFACESHOP

Let’s talk skincare. I’ve actually decided to put away my Guerlain Blanc De Perle because while the whitening/brightening effect works, it makes the skin on my face 3-5 shades lighter than that of my body, plus the line wasn’t doing it for me in terms of oil control. For the month of July, I’ve swapped the Blanc De Perle out with THEFACESHOP Clean Face line, which is targeted for peeps with oily/acne-prone skin. It’s summer and my skin is, in fact, extra oily and extra acne prone. THEFACESHOP to the rescue! 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

EVENT: Lush Oxford Street Collection Preview // Fall Winter 2015

Colours and scents galore. My scents are delighted by the Lush Oxford Street Collection. In April 2015, the largest Lush store in the world was opened on London, England's Oxford Street. With this grand opening, Lush launched more than 200 brand new products to commemorate its 20 year anniversary. There are a TON of new bath and body innovations in the collection including new bath bombs, bubble bars, showders, shower creams, shower jelleies, cold pressed soaps, hot oil hair treatments and more. A portion of the 200+ items in the Oxford Street Collection are being rolled out in Canada this month

Here's a few of the awesome new things you can expect to see at your local Lush: 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lise Watier EYEvolution Collection // Fall 2015 #EYEvolution

Long-wearing colour. High impact. A line that combines the two? Lise Watier calls it an #EYEvolution. This August, Lise Watier releases an eyeshadow palette, cream eyeshadow bases, a mascara, CC primer, and liners - all geared towards the makeup expectations of the modern day woman. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

GIVEAWAY: Festival Survival Kit! ($200 value) #ad #contest

It ain’t summer without a few festivals.  Whether you like dancing competitions, live music, street food or just laying around in the sun, there is some sort of festival for everyone. As a homebody, I’m usually in bed eating pizza or scrolling through my blog feed but festivals are a really good excuse to get some sunshine. I’m partial to food festivals (#fattylife) but if you’re cooler than me (which you probably are) I’m sure you’re hanging around at festivals like Osheaga, Veld and Way Home.  

Thanks to Johnson & Johnson Inc., I’m giving away a festival survival kit valued at $200. Some noteworthy products (based on my personal experiences) include the AVEENO Sun Protect & Hydrate 30 SPF and AVEENO Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer (to prevent sunburn and keep your skin looking like a baby’s bottom), BAND-AID Brand Waterproof Touch-Strips (for when you decide to climb over a fence and get a boo boo on your knee), BENADRYL (for when you’re outside starring at the pretty stars but there are mosquitoes EVERYWHERE and you’re in desperate need of itch relief), CLEAN & CLEAR Oil Absorbing Sheets (if you’re anything like me and become an oil slick as soon as you step out of the house), Listerine (for the days when you forget your toothbrush) and Polysporin Assorted Blister Pads (for when you wear a gorgeous pair of shoes that are painfully uncomfortable).


  • AVEENO Daily Moisturizing Body Wash
  • AVEENO Daily Moisturizing Lotion Sheer Hydration
  • AVEENO Sun Protect & Hydrate 30 SPF
  • AVEENO Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector
  • AVEENO Positively Radiant Face Wash (Cleanser)
  • AVEENO Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
  • AVEENO Positively Nourishing Shampoo
  • AVEENO Positively Nourishing Conditioner
  • Band-Aid Brand Waterproof Tough-Strips
  • Benadryl Bug Bite Relief Itch Stick
  • Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets
  • Clean & Clear Night Relaxing All-in-One Cleansing Wipes
  • Listerine Pocket Paks
  • Listerine Total Care Whitening Easy Sliding Floss
  • Polysporin Complete
  • Polysporin Assorted Blister Pads
  • Polysporin Cracked Heel Cream
  • Polysporin Poly to Go
  • Polysporin Pain and Itch Relief

What festivals are you attending this summer? 

This post was sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Inc. Photos courtesy of Reprise Media. Contest is open to Canadian Residents, excluding Quebec. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Winners will be chosen at random. The winner is required to provide their contact information, sign a release, answer 3 questions related to Johnson & Johnson Inc. products, and answer a mathematical skill-testing question in order to receive their prize.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

EVENT: Estee Lauder Fall 2015 Preview

Last week, I visited the Estee Lauder HQ in Yorkville (Toronto) to preview releases for Fall 2015. Here's what's coming soon from Estee Lauder... 

Modern Muse Le Rouge ($122 for 100mL) is all about being daring and being an inspiration. Fittingly, Kendall Jenner is the face of the fragrance, a combination of a rose and velvet creme accord. Available July 2015. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

HAUL: BBLOGGERSCA Swap + Toronto Meetup #2

Sunday, July 19, 2015 I went to Joey's at the Eaton Centre in Toronto carrying two bags full of 10+ pounds of makeup, met up with a few lovely Canadian Beauty Bloggers and this is the stuff I left with....

  • Sephora Classic Travel Refillable Powder
  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser in Nude
  • Revlon Base Coat
  • Caudalie Divine Oil 
  • Benefit Girl Meets Pearl 
  • Essie Shine of the Times - CULT LIMITED EDITION POLISH (thanks Shawna)
  • Real Techniques Accent Brush 
  • Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing Foundation in Warm Sand 2.5

  • NYX Love In Rio Eyeshadow Palette
  • Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint in Budding Blossom 
  • Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner
  • Sephora + Pantone Universe Light Flicker Mascara in Ombre Blue 
  • Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
  • Tarte Lip Surgence in Lovely 
  • YSL Brow Pencil

  • Duralash Naturals Flare Short Black 
  • Paperself Eyelashes in Peach Blossoms Love and Romance
  • The Extreme Collection Lashes in Fabulous (because we all need fabulous lashes)
  • CoverFX 160 Foundation Brush
  • No label dual ended eyeliner brush 
  • MAC 224

While I don't have reasoning for everything that I picked up, I left with significantly less stuff than I came with. Special thanks to all the CBB gals for taking my stuff and sharing some of theirs. Have you tried any of these products? What have you been hauling? 

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

EVENT: Essence Fall/Winter 2015 Preview #EssencePaintNite

While I'm enjoying the warm weather here in Toronto, the Essence Fall/Winter 2015 Collection Preview gave me something to look forward to in the coming months. The event was held at Walnut contemporary, a small art gallery in King West. Here's what I was up to yesterday... 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizers in Mattifying Primer and Yellow Radiant Primer

Launched a few months ago, 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.

TEXTURE - mattifying, smoothing, hydrating, nourishing, redness correcting
TONE - pink, blue, yellow, peach, caramel 

TO APPLY: redness/radiance before mattifying/smoothing OR redness/radiance after hydrating/nourishing

The new primers are packaged in squeeze bottles, which are a gazillion times more travel-friendly than the HD primer pump bottles. Thanks for that MUFE!

Friday, July 17, 2015

FOOD FRIDAY: Gourmet Pizza with Pui Yi

Last Friday, my friend Pui Yi (aka yeezus2china aka blogger at Grobo) came over to make pizza! Pizza is always good. Especially when it's fancy and homemade. Replace canned tomato sauce for fresh pesto, add a bit of sweet with some caramelized nectarines and you've got a gourmet pizza. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Addicted to Blush Tag

I'm a little ashamed to say that I own less blushes than I can count on my fingers and toes (*ONLY* 18 to be exact). Even so, when the blush queen (Vanessa) tags you in the Addicted to Blush Tag, you do it. 

Based on the sheer number of reviews that I write per week, you'd think that I'd have 50+ lying around but I've made a concerted effort to declutter, culling the ones that I don't use or don't like. 18 is excessive for a normal human. It's funny how anyone can really justify owning more than one or two.

Anyways, onto the tag...

1/ What colour suits you the most? 
Orange-leaning pinks. Almost-reds. Most of my blushes are warm pinks. 

2/ Pressed/Cream/Loose blush? 
I'm preferential to cream blushes. Especially ones marketed as multi-use lip/cheek products. 12/18 of my blushes are cream. 

3/ Favourite matte blush? 
Ummmmmmm.... a tie between the MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Cream Blushes and Lise Watier Fondant Supreme in Sand. The cream-to-powder formula is similar in both blushes and they *blend like a dream* onto the skin. 

4/ Favourite shimmery blush? 
NARS Orgasm. There's a reason why everybody loves it. For one, it has an overtly sexual name. Secondly, there's something about the warm peach pink pigment with gold glitter running through it. 

5/ Favourite cream blush? 
Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip & Cheek Creamy Oil in Endless Guava. My cheeks are the driest part of my face and I'm obsessed with the natural yet oily/sheeny finish that the blush gives to my face.

6/ Favourite drugstore blush? 

NYC, Milani Baked Blushes, and Rimmel Cream Blushes are also highly recommended :) 

7/ Favourite high end blush? 

8/ Favourite bright blush? 
NARS Desire. The teeniest tap of product yields great pigmentation and it can go oh-so-wrong. But it looks amazing done right. 

9/ Biggest blush disappointment/regret? 
CoverGirl and Revlon powder blushes. Both are chalky and hard to work with. 

10/ Best blush packaging? 
In terms of what I own... NARS blushes (even though they're a pain in the butt to keep clean) fit nicely in a row and there's something so luxe about the rubber-matte material. 

Then there's Kjaer Weiss, Paul & Joe, Hourglass, Charlotte Tilbury and Hourglass, which I don't own but are very nice to look at. 

11/ What's on your blush wishlist? 
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes, Kjaer Weiss creams Paul & Joe creams, Chanel, Bobbi Brown, Dior... no particular colours but the formulations... and the list goes on. 

12/ #1 Holy Grail blush? 
I love all my blushes equally. Okay maybe NARS Orgasm

There's so *few* that I can photograph them in one shot and fit them snugly into a small cardboard box. 18 total...12 Cream, 6 Powder, 15 reviewed. 

If you're curious...a list of all the things in my blush box: 
- Benefit Dandelion 
- NARS Orgasm 
- Vasanti Luminous Cream Blush in Pinnacle

Have you done the Addicted to Blush tag yet? I tag you! What's your favourite blush? 

Press samples, gifts and purchased items featured. Press samples are denoted with an asterisk (*). 

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