Sunday, May 31, 2015

Mary Kay At Play Baked Eye Trios in Out of the Blue, Neapolitan & Purple Eclipse

The Mary Kay At Play Baked Eye Trios ($14 each) are nothing new but May 16th, 2015, Mary Kay is putting out three new colour variations. I remember testing one of these out but I guess I never ended up reviewing them. All I have to say is they're AMAZING.

Out of the Blue // satin finish blue, shimmery warm brown, shimmery gold
Neapolitan // satin finish pearl, satin finish medium brown, shimmery finish light pink
Purple Eclipse // matte pastel pink, matte black, matte purple

NYX Butter Gloss in Cupcake (BLG18)

What amazes me most about the NYX Butter Gloss in Cupcake is that it actually smells like cupcakes (?) Late last year, I acquired the NYX Butter Gloss in Cupcake (~$4.99) via Jenn of A Beautiful Zen's kind friend Tian at IMATS. Here's the little advert blurb: 

Get that creamy medium coverage on your lips without that sticky sensation. It's perfect for every sweet tooth! Softens and conditions lips while giving a hint of color and gloss.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

essence 2 in 1 Eyeliner Pen

One eyeliner, and two ways to wear it. essence's new 2 in 1 Eyeliner Pen ($3.99, exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart) is a felt tip liquid eyeliner that features a thin tip and a thick tip. 

While I don't particularly care for the thick side, the thin one is precise enough for the way I like to line my eyes (with a short, thin line). If you're looking for pin-point precision, this one's not nearly as sharp as all of the brush tip liners I've ever tried. The formula is very black and opaque but bleeds slightly into fine lines. As for wear time, I'm thoroughly impressed. The photo below was taken after a 10 hour work day. Impressive, huh? 

Friday, May 29, 2015

FOOD FRIDAY: Korean Side Dish Delivery with Delucious

Banchan is the Korean word for "small side dishes served with rice". If you've ever hung out with me, you'll know that a majority of the time I'm craving food, it's something Korean. In my opinion, Koreans make the best side dishes. 

A cool new delivery service called Delucious started up in Toronto this May and I was offered the opportunity to try it. Someone's Korean mom named Lucy (who has worked at various Korean restaurants) is cooking up Korean food for the GTA. Basically, it's a selection of Korean side dishes delivered to your door. There are two options available. Six 8 oz. side dishes for $17 or six 16 oz. side dishes for $25 (clearly the 16 oz. is a better deal). 

*EDIT: Since receiving the food and writing this review, the website ( is no longer available. So, I have no idea how many more side dish options there are available :( . I would have TOTALLY ordered more but now I've just been inspired to try to make these side dishes on my own! 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Mary Kay At Play Shadow & Liner in Iced Lilac, Mint to Be, Rebel Rose & Caramellow

Ain’t nothing like a dual-ended eye product. 2-in-1 things always get me because the more portable and multi-tasking my makeup is… the better. New from Mary Kay At Play are the Shadow & Liners ($15 each). The Mary Kay At Play Shadow & Liners come in 4 shades – Mint to Be, Iced Lilac, Rebel Rose and Caramellow. They’re dual ended shadow and liner sticks that are meant to make eye makeup easier. 

Mary Kay says that these are ultra-creamy and smooth with rich colour payoff, smudge-proof, fade-proof, and buildable. For the most part, I would agree. All four eyeshadow shades are rich in colour with a pearlized finish. The shadows don’t crease or smudge on me throughout the entirety of a 8 hour work day. As for the eyeliners, they’re smooth, creamy and pigmented but for some reason transfer like crazy onto the wrong parts of my eyelid in less than an hour of wearing them. Furthermore, the eyeliners have no sharpening mechanism and get thicker at the base (I had a similar problem with The Body Shop Matte Kajals). 

Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer in Poppy Pop

Now that I'm a fairly *seasoned* blogger following beauty launches is a thing. And it has occurred to me that Clinique’s beauty launch game has been on point in the last year. First, the Clinique Cheek Pop Blushes (and the release of some new shades this year), and now the Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primers ($21 CAD each) are taking over my Instagram and Twitter feeds. 

I received the shade Poppy Pop in a goodie bag at a Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique Event at the gorgeous Shoppers Drug Mart Runnymede Theatre on Bloor Street West. Imagine an art deco theatre with makeup counters instead of orchestra seats and shelves of drugstore products on the second floor balcony. So yes, the Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primers are available at Shoppers Drug Mart, as well as Sephora and Clinique counters. 

What Clinique says about their Pop Lip Colour and Primers: Luxurious yet weightless formula merges bold, saturated colour with a smoothing primer. Glides on effortlessly to a modern-velvet finish. Colour stays true, keeps lips comfortably moisturized for 8 hours. Allergy Tested. 100% Fragrance Free.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Chocolate and Berries with Montagne Jeunesse

Oh how I love Montagne Jeunesse. Formulated by herbalists in the UK, the brand makes all sorts of wonderful face masks full of fruits and flowers. As an added plus, all of their products are not tested on animals, cruelty-free and Vegetarian society approved for only $1.99 at select drugstores and Walmart. There's over 50 pick-me-up beauty treats in the Montagne Jeunesse masque range. Today, I've got two to share with you! 

HAIR: Kiss InstaWave Automatic Curling Iron

Festival hair status achieved. The Kiss InstaWave Automatic Curling Iron ($69.96) makes effortless-looking hair....effortless. In a nutshell, the Kiss Instawave is a curling wand with spinning prongs (initiated with the click of a button) , so you don't have to worry about burning your fingertips off while wrapping your hair around the barrel of your curling iron. 

Second day hair with the KISS Instawave

The KISS InstaWave features the following: 
  • a fully automatic curler // the spinning prongs grab your hair and wrap strands around the barrel for you. 
  • a curl dial // left or right, so you can easily determine which direction to curl away or towards your face
  • a 2 heat setting // high or low with a maximum of 420C
  • automatic shutoff after 90 minutes // so you don’t burn your house down

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Highlighting Domes in 01, 02 & 03

The Body Shop has expanded its Honey Bronze collection. The Body Shop Honey Bronze Highlighting Domes ($16 each) in the shades 01 (bronze), 02 (champagne), 03 (pink) are the collections latest makeup additions. 

The name for these products is quite confusing. As far as I’m aware, if you’re within the range of very fair to quite tan, only one of these is a highlighter (shade 02). The other two (shade 01 and 03) would be more suitably named as both blushes or bronzer and blush. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Rimmel Scandaleyes XX-Treme Mascara

ANOTHER new mascara! This time around it's the Rimmel Scandaleyes XX-Treme Mascara ($7.99).   The mascara is advertised to give both volume and length at a (presumably) XX-TREME level with its unique brush. 

The wand is plastic, which I'm typically fond of. I find plastic wands are typically better for combing out clumps. One side of the brush is flat, while the other is arched. The flat side is to be used for creating length, while the arched side is meant to be for creating volume. 

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 ( 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. 

Have you smelled the Virgin Mojito line? 

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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. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

GIVEAWAY: a few of my favourite things... (international)

It's been a while since I've given a little somethin' somethin' to my international readers. I've been meaning to hold an international giveaway... first for Christmas (last year) and then in March (my b-day) but things are always a little busy around those times. Now that everything's settled down, the giveaway is finally here. A bunch of beauty things I'm liking, have liked, and will probably continue to like ... and I'm hoping one lucky reader will like them to. 

- CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara
- CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipstick in Spellbound
- Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment (mini)
- MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Loose Powder 
- MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer in Yellow
- MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Extravagant Mascara (mini)
- NYC Matte Top Coat *unable to send this internationally... but will include if within Canada
- Sephora Nail Buffer
- Shu Uemura Tint in Gelato in CR04
- Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
- Smashbox Eyeshadow Trio 
- The Body Shop Body Butter in Sweet Lemon (mini)
- * cute makeup bag is included * ^u^

NYC CityProof Twistable Lip Crayon in Ballroom Blush

Lip crayon lovers rejoice! The New York Color CityProof Twistable Lip Crayon ($2.99) is a very, very budget-friendly lip product option. Shown below is Ballroom Blush (a deep, rosy pink). 

The NYC CityProof Twistable Lip Crayons are also available in 11 other colours from deep plums to bright oranges - Nolita Neutral, Brooklyn Brownstone, Riverside Rose, Parsons Pink, Fulton Street Fuchsia, Metropolitan Mauve, Gramercy Park Plum, Park Slope Peach, Canal Street Coral, Roosevelt Island Red, South Ferry Berry. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Build-A-Brow // stila Spring 2015 Shape & Shade Collection

I'm not an eyebrow person. I don't bother filling them in because every time I make an attempt they look hairy caterpillars on my face. Last month, I attended a preview of stila's spring and summer collections at Shoppers Drug Mart in the Runnymede Theatre. There, Kaci Harabedian (stila, Executive Director International Sales) did my brows... and they looked surprisingly nice (and un-caterpillar-like). Kaci colour-matched me to all three of the brow products in the Shape & Shade Collection - the stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour ($27), the stila Stay All Day Precision Glide Brow Pencil ($27) and the stila Stay All Day Brow Gel ($44). 

The collection features nude lipsticks, contouring and brow products in natural earth-tones for an enhanced beauty look - "minimal, natural with a focus on flawless skin." The products go hand-in-hand with my preferred eyebrow look - anything but two brown/black blocks on my face. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick in Discreet

Holding the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick in Discreet ($34) makes me feel like a grown up. There's something special about the weighty packaging with a magnetic closure and Estee Lauder etched at the top. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Ceramic Glaze Summer Bloom Collection - Newly Minted, In Full Bloom, Smells Like Rain, Pineapple Breeze, First Sign of Spring, Strawberries N Cream & Freshly Laundered

Available mid-June 2015 is the Ceramic Glaze Summer Bloom Collection. The 8 shades are soft pastels inspired by nature - the first bloom of a flower, fresh air, blue skies, and sun kissed treetops. If you've read my review of the Stunning Soiree Collection, you'll know that I like the formulation of Ceramic Glaze polishes. They're opaque in a couple coats, dry quickly, and last on my nails for 3 days (or more with a reliable top coat). 

Like the Ceramic Glaze Stunning Soiree Collection, the Summer Bloom Collection contains both limited edition and permanent collection colours. Limited editions shades are denoted with an asterisk (*). I've swatched 7 of the 8 in the collection and missing is Lavender Fields Forever*.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

CoverGirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Blush Twist, Cupcake Twist and Coral Twist

Are gloss/stain/balm lip crayons still a thing? The CoverGirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balms ($7.99) in Blush Twist, Cupcake Twist, and Coral Twist are three more of those. The Balms are available in 16 colours, all glossy with varying degrees of pigmentation and shimmer particles. 

L’Oreal Fibralogy Thickening Shampoo, Booster & Conditioner

According to the L’Oreal Paris website, hair that lacks thickness is limp, hard to manage and gets greasy quickly. The L’Oreal Fibralogy line formulas feature a substance called Filloxane, a molecule that is meant to penetrate the hair fibre and then expand to create thickness.  L’Oreal says that after 1 use, hair feels thicker and after 5 uses hair is thicker. 

I don’t think my hair is truly “fine” or “limp”, it’s definitely hard to manage and gets greasy very quickly. Meeting two of the “lacks thickness” criteria makes me a thin-ish haired kinda gal. 

Since I’m no scientist, I’m not going to bother babbling about the molecular structure of this Filloxane thing. What really matters is if the product works.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Shu Uemura Stage Performer Smooth-Out Instant Pore Blurring Primer

New from Shu Uemura and new to me is the Shu Uemura Stage Performer Smooth-Out Instant Pore Blurring Primer ($50). The product name is pretty self explanatory - it's meant to instantly minimize and blur pores. While the primer is currently available in the pretty, limited edition Yaz Bukey packaging, is a permanent product. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

THEFACESHOP Herb Day 365 Cleansing Foam in Lemon

A clean face is a happy face and lemon is the scent of cleanliness. So, it seems fitting that THEFACESHOP would have a cleanser that smells like lemons! I've been using THEFACESHOP Herb Day 365 Cleansing Foam ($6) for a couple weeks now... and the verdict? 

Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick in 705 Blushing Bud

Oh boy, I haven't tried a Maybelline lipstick since the 2013 Vivids Collection. Every season I see collection after collection launch, always seeing colours that I'm really into (but I remind myself I already own 60+ lipsticks) and I wonder if the formula is still the same. I received the Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick in 705 Blushing Bud ($7.49) at World MasterCard Fashion Week and was super excited to try it...

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Empties & Tosses #13 // April 2015

Quite proud of myself this month, as lots of things were finished. I also attended a bit of a Canadian Beauty Blogger swapity swap and picked up a number of things to congratulate myself for doing so well in the month of April. 

Here's my rating scale: 
(>'-')> <('-'<) ^(' - ')^ // worthy of dance party (repurchase)   
^u^ ^u^  // pretty great (maybe repurchase) 
-_- // indifference (will not repurchase) 

The Graydon Clinical Luxury By Nature Green Cream* ^u^ ^u^contains broccoli seed oil and a few recognizable but currently unnamable kitchen herbs that make it smell like a pakora (Indian fritter). The cream was lightweight, fairly hydrating and sank into the skin quickly. The Province Apothecary Moisturizer* ^u^ ^u^smelled very natural but was also quite light and made my skin feel nice and soft. I really liked the Graydon Clinical Luxury Body Oil(>'-')> <('-'<) ^(' - ')^ , as well as the Fresh Seaberry Face Oil (>'-')> <('-'<) ^(' - ')^ . The Laura Mercier Foudation Primer -_-and the Kahina Giving Beauty Night Cream -_-smelled a bit off when I opened them so I wasn't paying attention to how they worked. The Philosophy perfume in Loveswept -_-was nice but a little to sweet for my liking. The Crest white strips^u^ ^u^only cover the front of my mouth, so my back teeth aren't quite as whitened. 

The Besame Sweetheart Balm in Sweet Rose* (discontinued) was super duper thick and moisturizing. The Sweet Rose an off-white with a fine lavender iridescence. Sheer white gloss on the lips is not particularly flattering during any time of the day, so I put it on every night before bed. The Tata Harper Be Adored Lip Treatment(>'-')> <('-'<) ^(' - ')^ was an absolute treat! So moisturizing, smooths over lip lines and leaves a sheer red tint. The Murale Skin Perfecting Lotion^u^ ^u^ was a nice lightweight daytime moisturizer. I really, really liked the scent of the Miracle 10 Light Serum*(>'-')> <('-'<) ^(' - ')^ . I used it morning and night and it always left my skin feeling plump. Also, it's light enough that you can mix it with other heavier oils and serums. I'm finally saying goodbye to the Biotherm Aquasource BB Cream(>'-')> <('-'<) ^(' - ')^ , which I wore for a majority of the last 4 months. The sheer base evens rather than covers, perfect for no-makeup days! 

I burned The Body Shop Candle in Cranberry (discontinued) because I wanted to use the container for my mini makeup brushes. I've had it for a few years so the candle had lost its scent. I'm not a candle-crazed blogger... The Sapien Women Shower Gel* -_- was so-so. I found it didn't lather well but it smelled of tutti fruity! 

Not going to babble on about mascaras but here's a little rundown (click the product text for some full reviews). 

^u^ ^u^ - CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom*, Rimmel Wonder Lash*, Kat Von D Immortal Lash*, Hard Candy Lashaholic*, Revlon Bold Lacquer*

The Veet Hair Removal Cream -_- smells like pure, toxic chemicals. It also made my eyes and legs sting and may or may not be 3+ years old. I haven't used it in a while... The Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration-_- and Wet n Wild Eyeliner in Purple -_- are so-so products but also 3+ years old. The Body Shop Blush in Desert Rose (discontinued) was one of those things I stole from my mom's vanity. It's AMAZING but I know it's more than 5 years old and probably housing some serious bacteria. The Artifact Mask in Bali Papaya Rice ^u^ ^u^went mouldy before I was able to review it (likely from storing it in my bathroom - I would suggest keeping it in the fridge) but it smelled beautiful and was a lovely mask for light chemical and physical exfoliation. I used the Hard Candy All Lid Up in Lady Like* -_- a couple times but dried up soon after and was thus, unusable. 

April TALLY: 
13 tosses
7 full-size
8 samples 
28 total 

25 tosses
30 full-size
17 samples
72 total

WOOO, lots of empties this month! What did you finish up in April? 

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