Thursday, July 31, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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.
"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 Refiner, Rimmel Stay Matte, Make 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
Monday, July 28, 2014
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
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 shuuemura.ca) has proven itself worthy of my short, stubby lashes.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
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
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
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
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
"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
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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Thursday, July 17, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
If it's not on the cheeks or lips, pink is a scary colour to work with. Shu Uemura makes it easy with the new Prêt-à-Palette in Ready-to-Wear Pink Hues ($85 available at shuumura.ca and Sephora - also get 15% and free shipping with the code DRAW15). The palette consists of 6 pink-toned eye shadows work harmoniously together to make eyes look pretty rather than ridiculously colourful or sickly.
Three single pans in this palette are 1g, while the regular line of pressed individual eyeshadows are 1.4g (3 little ones = two big ones).
I've reviewed a couple Shu matte pressed eye shadows previously (see here). They're smooth, buttery, and pigmented - everything I could ever want from an eye shadow. The shadows in the Prêt-à-Palette are no exception. Each one is highly pigmented and ultra-smooth. From lightest to darkest:
- PK1 (soft matte beige 813) - I knew there was an an uncanny similarity to a colour I had previously reviewed here. Lo and behold, they are, in fact, exactly the same shade - an off-white beige.
- PK2 (ME light pink 126) - a satin finish pale pink.
- PK3 (pearl rosy pink) - a similar shade to PK2 but a touch deeper
- PK4 (G pink 135) - this looks nothing like it does in the pan. It's actually a non-gritty glitter that provides a "sparkling water" look to the eyes
- PK5 (matte smokey dark blush) - a matte light-medium pink. It's not so red-toned that it makes your eyes look sickly (high-five to that)
- PK6 (matte smokey dark purple) - this shade is FLAWLESS. The matte purple goes perfectly with brown eyes and pulls more warm than cool so that it's not overly deep.
As a whole, this palette works. The Prêt-à-Palette can be used to create a multitude of pink-toned eye makeup looks, as the palette consists of a range of light and dark, matte and shimmer shadows. My one gripe would be that the two satin finish light pink shades (PK2 and PK3) may look different in the pan but look very similar on the eyes, so a perhaps a slightly deeper, avant garde pink shade could have replaced on of them for a more complete colour range.
Overall, a great selection of high quality eye shadows. If you've got a love for all things pink and big beauty budget, be sure to check these out. And if you're not into pink eye shadows, the Prêt-à-Palettes also come in ready-to-wear black and white, warm brown, and blue morning.
Do you ever wear pink eye shadows?
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Hey guys, it’s Jenn from A Beautiful Zen.
"Red/white looks" is the theme July's BBloggersCA guest posting cycle and I just finished watching Director Park Chan-Wook's Symptathy for Lady Vengeance (which, along with the others in his Vengeance Trilogy, including Oldboy, is a must watch). So there you go, inspiration!
The look entails pale skin, red eye shadow and not much else.
Friday, July 11, 2014
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Hello beauties! My name is Cassy, I blog at where I blog out beauty tips, skin care advice and product reviews (along with other things that make me smile). This month is all about heatproof summer makeup and I'm more than happy to give you tips and tricks of the trade to take your summer makeup from "Hot Mess" to "HOTNESS".
On the we're also throughout our posts and such and I figured what a great opportunity to showcase one of my favourite products!
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
In the beginning of June, I professed my love for white nails, noting my struggle with finding the perfect white polish. The struggle is real but I think it's over. Once upon a time, the CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Snow Storm made its way into my mailbox and I fell in love.
Consistent with the other colours in the CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss range (Skylight, Appletini, Orange Oasis) the formula is neither thin nor thick and definitely not gloopy or streaky. Despite being white, Snow Storm is surprisingly opaque in 2 coats (sometimes you'll need three depending on how good you are at applying polish). It stays put without chipping for 3-4 days and is so shiny that it doesn't require a top coat. Something about this polish just works for me and I like it.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Using fingers to apply BB cream is messy, but fear not! The EcoTools Skin Perfecting Face Brush is here to save the day!
If you're not familiar with Ecotools, it's a synthetic beauty tool brand that uses natural materials such as bamboo to create it's reasonably priced brushes. The EcoTools Skin Perfecting Face Brush can be found at select drugstores and Farleyco.ca for $9.99.