Last year, Sephora Formula X released Alchemy - a unique, limited edition, dusty antiqued gold filled with multi-coloured metallic micro-glitter... And the nail polish lovers went wild. This year, Sephora Formula X has put out Alchemy II ($16 exclusively at Sephora) described as a "champagne rose shimmer". It's packed with concentrated micro-glitters that give the polish a shimmering metallic finish.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Thierry Mugler Angel Shooting Star Eau De Parfum is a fragrance with duality. Sweet but also sensual.
Thierry Mugler Angel ($98 for 0.8 oz) was launched in 1992 and one of the best selling perfumes in the past 20 years. For one, Angel is described as a scent that combines childhood-like memories with sensual and passionate notes. Evoking childhood memories but feeling a little sexy? I'm all for it. Secondly, just look at the bottle. It's beautiful. Not to mention, it's totally reusable. I got mine engraved at the EGPR Essentials Lounge 6ix, so when I finish it all off I can keep the bottle and get a refill!
Friday, November 27, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Kat Von D's eyeshadow palettes are always quite colourful (re: last year's Star Studded Eyeshadow Book for Holiday 2014) but this year's KVD Mi Vida Loca Remix Eyeshadow Palette takes the cake in the full-spectrum-of-colours department.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
They're like sphere-shaped lip balms but better because they're coloured! The limited edition Sephora Super Kisses Set ($23, exclusively at Sephora) contains three full-size Sephora Collection Kiss Me Balms.
The regular line of Sephora Collection Kiss Me Balms includes 10 shades. The set includes 2 from the regular line (Cotton Candy & Soda Pop) and an additional shade (Berry Red) which is exclusive to the Super Kisses Set.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Monday, November 23, 2015
It's bottle-ception. The Formula X Bottle Service Set ($36.50 USD, exclusively at Sephora) 10 bottles of polish in a bottle of champagne. The set contains 5 regular line Formula X polishes and 5 new, exclusive and limited edition polishes.
Kudos to Sephora Formula X for the fun party packaging. It's a little huge but it would be a cute/silly prank to make a friend think they're getting a bottle of champagne even though they would be getting a bottle of polishes. he he he... (p.s. both are good gifts).
Regular line: X <3 Rouge, Dark Matter, Thrilling, Intensity, Ignite
Limited edition: Glitz, Luxe, Spike, Uncorked, On the Rocks
Sunday, November 22, 2015
PSA: It's that very, very special time of the month. For those who are too busy (or too lazy) to go to the drugstore and pick up a pack of tampons/pads every once in a while, there's Avalai - a Canadian subscription service designed by women for women. It's a customized box of pads, tampons, gourmet chocolate, tea and other goodies.
I've been doing a lot of baking. Because (1) it helps with stress (2) eating sugary things also helps with stress. My parents visited Waterloo for a weekend and I made Maple + Date Butter Tarts using a recipe from my new favourite food blog recommended by my aunt - Two Red Bowls. The recipe wasn't perfect, as there was only enough dough for 11 tarts (instead of 12) and only enough filling for 10 tarts. Luckily, the pie crust was good enough to eat on its own. Overall, a simple and delicious recipe.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
And the winner for the most adorable holiday packaging goes to... Too Faced! With a plethora of Paris-themed gift sets, what's not to love? The Too Faced Le Grand Palais ($72, exclusively at Sephora) is the largest of Too Faced's limited edition sets and all the goodies inside make me so excited for the holidays to begin!
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
Glacial Mist from the CND Vinylux Aurora Holiday Collection is pretty much a winter's sky in a bottle. Normally, I'm not a fan of blue glitter polishes but this one is my winter jam. Something about the soft blue and silver shimmer makes it incredibly wearable, especially when paired with white accents.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Odylique by Essential Care - Balancing Citrus Super Tonic, Coconut Candy Scrub, Lemon Tea Tree Wash & Tea Tree + Herb Shampoo
Friday, November 13, 2015
Ain't nothing like a hot bath in the cold of November.
Call it "bathing desperation". I live in an apartment with 5 people and share a washroom with 2 other girls. I was on the fence about bathing in a shared bath tub, since strangers lived in the apartment before us and it feels inconsiderate to take up the washroom for more than 20 minutes. But the bathing desperation was real, so I bit the bullet, scrubbed the tub and took a bath on a weekend when everyone was away.
My bath bomb of choice was LUSH Yog Nog Bath Bomb ($6.95). Inspired by the vegan version of egg nog, Yog Nog is a creamy, sweet smelling bath bomb formulated with clove bud oil, soy milk powder and organic shea butter.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Seldom do I use more than one product per brand in my skincare routine. I can't stick to one brand because I'm picky and my oily skin is finicky. Last month, I added a few of the Bioderma Sebium range (which is targeted to oily, blemish-prone skin) into my skincare rotation. Here's how they fared...
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipsticks in 250 Sultry Sienna, 425 Bombshell Pink, 310 Seduce Scarlet & 315 Euphoria
A little over a year ago, CoverGirl discontinued its line of Lip Perfection Lipsticks and replaced them with the CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipsticks (~$6.99), similar packaging but newly organized into 4 colour categories indicated by the packaging - nudes, pinks, reds and plums.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Monday, November 9, 2015
The holidays are quickly approaching and in the spirit of the holidays, there's glitter and sparkles and nail polish delight on my fingertips. The CND Aurora Collection features colours that capture the crystalline essence of icy, glistening finishes. There's 4 polishes in the collection - Tundra, Glacial Mist, Nordic Lights and Winter Glow (not shown).
Friday, November 6, 2015
If you asked me what I thought of fragrances and perfumes a few months ago, I would have said that I'm not a fragrance person. Apparently now I am. I feel like my smelling senses are tingling. For some reason, I can pick up on the woodsy, amber, oriental, spicy, warm, fresh, citrus, sweet, clean notes now more than ever before...and it makes me happy... and somehow more qualified to write about how I feel about the way things smell.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
'Tis the season to be jolly. LUSH Christmas goodies are now available in store and online! A few weekends ago, I attended a Lush Cosmetics Winter Party aka workshop, where I had the opportunity to learn from Lush compounders (who make the products) and make a few products of my own. Here's what went down...