Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Philosophy Total Matteness Oil-Free Mattifying Pore Eraser

Serious case of shiny-face is always an issue for me, all year-round and especially in the summer. Lately, I've been relying on Philosophy Total Matteness Pore Eraser (30 mL for $42 at Shoppers' Drug Mart, Sephora, and Hudson's Bay) to keep my personal oil slick in check. 

[dat left face doe]

"Now you see them now you don't. Watch pores pull a disappearing act." The Philosophy Total Matteness works exactly in the way it suggests. It smooths over pores, creates a matte finish, and lasts ~4 hours on a hot day. However, there's very comparable products at lower price points. I like Philosophy Total Matteness because it's liquid. It feels a bit lighter than a thicker lotion or silicone  (i.e., Bioderma Pore RefinerRimmel Stay MatteMake Up For Ever HD Primer, the Body Shop Instablur). My only issue with this is that I'm having a hard time finding a foundation that smooths over Total Matteness without picking up dry patches on my nose - so the Total Matteness Pore Eraser works best on days when I don't want to wear any base makeup. 

Overall, a good product with very comparable dupes. I'd pick a primer/pore refiner based on how heavy you want something to feel. If anything, the Philosophy Total Matteness is more lightweight and less-heavy duty, so if that suits your skincare needs definitely check this one out! 

Do you prefer a lighter or heavier primer/base/pore-refiner? 
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Natural, Glowy Makeup with 5 Products!

Less is always more when it comes to makeup, especially in the summer. Today - a natural, glowy makeup with 5 easy-to-use products from Almay! Almay is well-known for its range of "smart shade" makeup - a line that melds with the colour of your skin upon application. Cool, eh? 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Facebook and Google Plus Nails with Born Pretty Store Stamping Set and Plate

PSA on social media - I love my readers and blogging friends (aka you) and the best way to reach out to your audience is social media... so since my beginnings with blogging (November 2012), I've forced myself to figure out what's what and how to use the what. I find social media quite the struggle - as a young'un (yes, that's what I call myself), my "followers" on instagram, twitter, facebook, and google plus consist of close friends, strangers, and everything in between. Managing two accounts for "real life" and "blogging life" would be painstakingly time consuming. So my makeshift solution is to find the perfect balance between life posts and blogging stuff...I'm still working on it.

Anyways, it's Monday, and Monday calls for manicures. I guess that means it's social media Monday this time around, as my manicures feature Facebook and Google Plus. Both of which I know I underutilize as a blogger (I'm a bigger fan of the twittersphere and the instagramz).

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Shu Uemura Petal Lash Mascara

A testament to the prowess of a mascara comes about when a boy says, "your lashes look long today". And in my mind I'm thinking, "YESSSSSS. Not only do my eyelashes exist, they look LONG!" (and I apply my make-up at 9am, at the time it was 10pm). The Shu Uemura Petal Lash Mascara ($29 CAD, 15% and free shipping with the code DRAW15 on has proven itself worthy of my short, stubby lashes. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Kiss My Face Lip Shimmer in Ruby and Moisturizer in Pomegranate Acai

KISS MY FACE - A brand founded in the 80s that is cruelty-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, SLS free, free of dyes and synthetic colours. Kiss My Face's goal is to help consumers "nourish naturally" because what you put on your body is also what you put in your body... Today... two products from the brand - the Kiss My Face Pomegranate Acai Moisturizer ($11.95) and the Kiss My Face Lip Shimmer in Ruby ($4.95). 

Friday, July 25, 2014

FOOD EVENT: Tap to Table with Muskoka Brewery

Five dishes paired with five unique beers, for my food baby's pleasure. FINALLY. An event in Waterloo (my university town). I'm not huge on the beer drinking but and anything that goes good with food is good for me. From the Tap-to-Table event with Muskoka Brewery I've learned that "beer is food", beer can have diverse flavour profiles, and beer is certainly not limited to Molson and Labatt. 

Muskoka Brewery is one of Canada's most recognized breweries known for their innovation in the craft beer industry. Founded in 1996 by Gary McMullen and Kirk Evans, Muskoka Brewery's beers are unfiltered (to preserve flavour) in addition to "all natural, premium and pure). 

The beer and food pairing with Muskoka Brewery was held at Ethel's Lounge (114 King Street North, Waterloo), a convenient 15 minute bus ride from my apartment. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Born Pretty Store Sticker Exquisite Light Blue Lacy Patterned (Design MDP1016 14Pcs Nail Art)

I'm back into the nail sticker game - this time with a set that's fairly inexpensive from Born Pretty Store ($4.99). The Light Blue Lacy Pattered Design Nail Stickers are complex enough that it'd be hard to achieve on your own without some stamping skills or an extremely steady hand. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

EVENT: Katy Perry Killer Queen Fragrance #RoyalRevolution Review + Recap

Last Friday, I took a day trip to Toronto for the unveiling of Katy Perry's new fragrance - a sweet little tea party at the Windsor Arms. Coincidentally, Katy Perry was also in town the next day for a concert. My thoughts on Katy Perry? She's a stunna - talented, unique, quirky. Yes, yes, and yes. First, take in the beauty of sweets, scones, and sandwiches and then scroll down a little further for my thoughts on Katy Perry's new Royal Revolution Eau de Parfum! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

HAIR: TRESemme 7 Day Smooth and Conair Flat Iron

"Long hair, don't care" - words to live by but not easily so. I love my long hair to bits but it can often be hard to maintain, unruly, and difficult to work with. As of late, I've welcomed the TRESemme 7 Day Smooth System and the Conair Flat Iron into my life and will likely never look back. 

Believe it or not, when it comes to hair I'm pretty low maintenance...I don't own any heated hair tools so it was interesting to test out a flat iron for the first time! 

The TRESemme 7 Day Smooth System consists of three products -  shampoo, conditioner and heat-activated treatment. Together, the system claims to keep hair sleek, shiny, and smooth for 7 days (or through 3 washes). Basically, you wash your hair as per usual with the shampoo and conditioner. Then, after you hop out of the shower, you apply the treatment liberally to the sections of your hair, blow dry, and then straighten for sleek, salon-perfect hair. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mika for Shu Uemura POREraser UV Under Base Mousse SPF 35 PA+++

Warmer weather calls for longer lasting products, SPF, and all the things I still look for in base products - good coverage, oil control, and pore smoothing. The Shu Uemura POREraser UV Under Base Mouse ($46) claims to do it all - it's a "base" primer that can be worn with or without foundation. In the Mika for Shu collection there are 4 different UV Under Bases (all with different and pretty pump packaging designs!): 
  • POREraser UV under base mousse beige SPF 35 PA+++
  • POREraser UV underbase mousse pink SPF 35 PA+++
  • UV under base brightening mousse pink purple SPF 30 PA++
  • UV under base BB mousse BB Beige SPF 30 PA+++
"The shu uemura light as air UV under base mousse is a make-up essential, it veils skin to transform it into the perfect canvas for the sweetest or sultriest wonderland fantasies... Light as air mousse for medium skin tones that provides a pore-less semi-matte finish." 

As mentioned above, There are two colours - pink and beige. "Pink" is for light skin tones, while "Beige" is best suited to those with medium skin tones. I'm typically in the light-medium range, but I find that beige is a little light for me. 

Pumping the bottle produces a lightweight mousse, that reminds me a little bit of a volumizing mousse for hair. The slight sunscreen scent is a little unpleasant but dissipates as you blend it onto the face. The product itself is light and soft. It smoothes over the skin in an almost water-like manner. The POREraser smooths over minor imperfections, reducing redness, mattifying, and filling in pores. Furthermore, the product extends the wear-time of my foundation by up to 2 hours. 

Not only does the Shu Uemura POREraser have the same properties as old pore-minimizing primer, it also contains SPF to protect the skin from the sun! Overall, an A+ in my books and a must-have for the summer months. 

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