Friday, September 30, 2016

NEW IN: GOSH Cosmetics for Face & Lips // #MakeYourImpression #BeautifulYou

Denmark beauty brand GOSH Cosmetics just dropped 15 new makeup products into their permanent collection. Prices are comparable to Sephora Collection products at $10 to $30. Here's what's new from GOSH Cosmetics: 

Everything GOSH Cosmetics on my face - #FOUNDATIONDROPS in 006, Contour N Strobe on the cheeks and contour, Fibre Gel in the brows, Rebel Eyes Mascara on the lashes, 9 Shades to be Cool in Copenhagen + Giant Pro Liner on the lids and Matt Lipstick in Cranberry on the lips.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Caryl Baker Brow Blitz Collection Brow Ink and Brow Balm

The colder the weather, the bushier the brows. As the weather begins to simmer down, it seems appropriate that everyones brows get a little thicker (to keep your face warm, ya know?). In my case, my two brows are already quite thick and just need a quick comb and a little filling in. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Kat Von D Hello Canada! Set - Lolita, Double Dare, Trooper

The Kat Von D Hello Canada! Set ($45 CAD) is a limited edition, exclusive to Sephora sample set that features a trio of Kat Von D's all time favourite and bestselling products - the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Double Dare, the Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lolita and the Tattoo Liner in Trooper - all encased in a vegan leather bag. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Echo Park

In search of the perfect my lips but better liquid lipstick, I made my first ever ColourPop purchase - the Ultra Satin Lip in Echo Park ($6 USD). 

The Ultra Satin Lip is the "comfortable" rendition of the Ultra Matte Lips. The finish of the Ultra Satin Lip is actually quite matte ... with the tiniest bit of sheen. The formulation is super pigmented - I only need 1 swipe for opaque coverage. And like ColourPop promises, it's long-wearing (6-7 hours) but not transfer-proof, especially when eating Costco french fries (among other oily foods). I found the Ultra Satin Lip to be slightly drying - but about as drying as a regular lipstick might be for someone who has very sensitive lips. I need to exfoliate thoroughly before applying or else I get weird, patchy areas. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Nora the Explorer - MoYou London Nail Art Stamping Starter Kit

Have you ever looked at elegant nail designs and wondered..."Did they free-hand that nail art or... are they a magician?" And the answer is neither. They probably used a nail art stamping set like the ones from MoYou London. Think Kindergarten potato stamp but all grown up - more elegant, more intricate and a lot less messy. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Looney Tunes X Paul & Joe Beauté for Fall 2016

Warner Brothers Cartoons meets French/Japanese beauty brand Paul & Joe Beauté. The result? Looney Tunes X Tom & Jerry X Paul & Joe Beauté. The collection features three Lipstick Cases ($7 CAD), three Compacts ($8 CAD) and two Pressed Face Powder Cases ($10 CAD). 

Oddly enough, the collection doesn't contain any actual makeup. Just packaging. What's nice about the Paul & Joe Beauté range is that the casing for powder blushers, cream blushes, eyeshadow trios, lipsticks, and pressed face powders are re-useable and the product inside is sold separately. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

STYLE: Rose Gold & Minimalism with Happiness Boutique

As a petite human being, I like jewellery that's as minimal as possible (for fear of being eaten up and taken over by a big necklace). Small jewellery, despite being very easy to lose, are by far my favourite things to wear on my fingers and ear lobes. The Happiness Boutique sent me a couple jewellery pieces to try and they've become two items that I couldn't be happier to have in my collection. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Integral Dermo Correction (IDC) Express Perfection and SPF 50 Sun Protection

Contrary to popular belief, IDC doesn't stand for I DON'T CARE, it stands for Integral Dermo Correction, the first ever skincare line to deliver 16 anti-aging functions at once.

Their patented Regen 16 technology stimulates hydration, barrier function, cell anchorage, energy, oxygenation, ECM synthesis, immunity, and skin cohesion and exchanges while moderating oxidization, pigmentation, keratinization, protein modifications, DNA damage, ECM proteolysis, inflammation and microcapillary permeability. I don't know what half of that stuff means but it's all in the name of science and anti-aging! 

 IDC SPF 50 Facial Sunscreen, IDC Regen Express Perfection and IDC Hydra-Seal healthy Glow

Thursday, September 22, 2016

5 Reasons to Try Firmoo Glasses

Because I'm an idiot and sat on my last pair of glasses from Firmoo, they were kind enough to send me a new pair in the style #S6252. 

I've had Firmoo glasses for the past 4 years. Here's 5 reasons you should give Firmoo a shot: 

They're inexpensive. $20 to $30 for a pair of prescription eyewear? YES. It's particularly nice if you like to switch up your style every now and again.

There's a boatload of variety. I've gone from round, tortoise shell glasses to thinner frames. They've got 123901340293482934 different styles to choose from in tons of colours. Right now I'm eyeing the clear frames. 

The quality is decent. You get what you pay for here. They don't feel expensive per se but if the prescription is right and they last longer than a year, I'm happy. 

Shipping is fast. When I broke my last pair of glasses, I was in a bit of a rush to get a new pair. My Firmoo order took a little less than two weeks coming from China. 

The site has a "try-on" function where you upload a photo of yourself and can see what you might look like with a particular pair of glasses. It's not 100% accurate but its nice to have an idea whether or not a certain style I've been interested in suits me. 

A quick review of my new glasses. They're the style #S6252. The arms are every so slightly too small for my face, which means that they become uncomfortable to wear after 5ish hours. I really like the style, as they're similar to my previous pair of round glasses. 

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Stila Stay All Day Matte'ificent Lipstick in Bordeaux

Stila launches its Fall 2016 Glam Rock Collection mid-September in Shoppers, Sephora, Murale and at and The Glam Rock Collection is inspired by 70s music, fashion and attitude - a retro colour palette with a femme fab vibe. 

The collection features 12 Stila Stay All Day Matte'ificent Lipsticks ($29 CAD), 8 Stila Stay All Day Lip Liners ($26 CAD) and 3 new shades of the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color ($27 CAD). 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

MAKE UP FOR EVER Water Blend Foundation in Y305 and Y245

The MAKE UP FOR EVER Water Blend Face & Body Foundation ($54 CAD) is the newest foundation release in MUFE's face product line up. I believe it's meant to replace the now discontinued Face and Body Foundation. 

For starters, it's a sheer, dewy finish foundation. Not everyone's personal preferences but it is mine for everyday use. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

OPI Infinite Shine Iconic Collection

Classic shades, new and improved formula. OPI lovers will know that there are staple, must-have OPI polishes. This month OPI re-released 30 of its most coveted and iconic shades in the long-wearing, ultra glossy Infinite Shine formulation. 

I'm happy to see that some of my favourite shades made the cut - Big Apple Red, You Don't Know Jacques, Tickle My France-y, Samoan Sand, and Dulce De Leche. I received 10 of the 30 shades to play with. Here's a listing of all 30 re-released shades: 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

RE:CIPE Crystal Sun Spray SPF 50 PA+++

Sunscreen is a boring yet necessary daily ritual; but mix it with a little bit of setting spray and a cooling mist, and it's a whole new product. That new, fantastic product is the RE:CIPE Crystal Sun Spray SPF 50+ PA+++($26.99 CAD). Getting it all done in the spritz of a can. 

Demeter Fragrances in Salt Air, Gin & Tonic and Wet Garden #CBBCustomBlend

New season, new scent. During the months of August and September, I've been testing out three new-to-me Demeter fragrances and had quite the time mixing and matching them. 

In case you missed my previous Demeter posts, Demeter is a fragrance line that captures singular fragrances - think Tomato, Waffles, Orange Soda, Sunshine, name it, they've probably got it. And what's super cool is that you can mix and match. Sunshine Pizza anyone? 

Full size 1 oz. fragrances retail for $20 and the Foolproof Blending Kit that comes with a funnel, six droppers, a refillable bottle, a customizable label and blending strips is $6. I tested out three scents and played perfumer for a day.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

eos Shimmer Lip Balms in Pearl and Sheer Pink

eos, a brand known for their Easter egg-shaped lip balms just launched something new! It's not a new flavour (my favourites are coconut milk and blueberry acai). It's a touch of shimmer. The eos Shimmer Lip Balms ($7.99 CAD) look quite similar to the typical eos lip balm but have got a sparkly surprise inside. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Quo Fall Collection 2016

Launching this month is the Quo Fall Collection for 2016. It features 2 face palettes, 3 eye palettes, a brush set, a brow palette and 3 matte lipsticks. And yes indeed, I have a few bits from the collection to share with you! 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Avene High Protection Tinted Compact in Beige and Emulsion SPF 50+

It might be back to school already but for me summer is still in full swing and the sun's out to play, so I've got a couple of suncare products from Avene to share with you today. If you're not already familiar with the brand, Avene is a French skincare range that specializes in products for sensitive skin and features thermal water, the star ingredient! 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Kat Von D Project Chimps Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D just released her latest shade of the cult favourite Everlasting Liquid Lipstick. The Kat Von D Project Chimps Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($24 CAD) is limited edition and vegan, with collectible packaging. For every lipstick sold, 20% of the retail price will be donated to Project Chimps, a not-for-profit organization that works to stop the use of chimps in biomedical research to help them retire to a life of freedom. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duos in Lush & Libido, Lines & Last Night, Kink & Kisses, Flesh & Fantasy, Night Fever & Hot Stuff

Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duos ($57 CAD each at Sephora) are the new blush palettes from Marc Jacobs Beauty. Each features two carefully selected shades of blush that can be worn separately or mixed together for a natural glow. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Revlon Nail Care Collection - top coats, base coats and cuticle care

Top coats, base coats and treatments are boring but necessary essentials in any nail addict's collection. In July, Revlon released a revamped Nail Care Collection featuring 6 products - the Revlon Essential Cuticle Oil, Quick Dry Base Coat, Quick Dry Top Coat, Ultimate Shine Top Coat, Multi-Care Base + Top Coat, and Extra Life No Chip Top Coat ($7.49 CAD each). Two are new and 4 are just newly repackaged. 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

What's On My Face #8 - FRESH FACED

I've been studying 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. So a full face of makeup isn't feasible for me. What is, is wearing as much as possible and making it look like as little as possible. In essence, the "I WOKE UP LIKE THIS" kind of deal that I can pull off in 10 minutes or less. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

FIRST LOOK: Guerlain Holiday 2016 Collection

Summer is barely even over and I'm sharing a collection for the holidays. Sorry but you'll thank me later. I'm not typically one for sharing press releases but last year's post on the Guerlain's 2015 Holiday Collection was wildly popular. 

The Guerlain Holiday 2016 Collection is a collaboration between the brand and Guerlain's stunning Russian muse, model, philanthropist and actress Natalia Vodianova. The collection is inspired by Shalimar (the first ever oriental fragrance created in 1925) and the riches of imperial India. 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Bask-It-Style TIFF 2016 Gifting Lounge

TIFF 2016 (the Toronto International Film Festival) started yesterday. A day before that, I headed to the 8th annual Bask-It-Style lounge hosted by Glo Communications at the Thompson Hotel. 

CHARLES REVIEWS: No7 Men Energising Face Scrub

Guess what? There's a special guest on the blog today! Charles (aka my boyfriend) is here to share his thoughts on the No7 Men Energising Face Scrub ($14 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart). For reference, Charles has some facial hair (aka small beard) and normal/dry sensitive skin and he has a regular skincare routine (which was his own doing, not mine... I swear!).  

Charles says he didn't really exfoliate in the past because he feared it would lead to dry skin and breakouts (an irrational fear, I think!) . Let's see if that's changed... 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

THREE THINGS: Sephora Collection Luxe False Lashes, Contour Eye Pencil & Colorful 5 Eye Contouring Palette

Each season, Sephora Collection comes out with a slew of new beauty products that can easily be overlooked. Today, I'm talking about three new makeup bits from Sephora Collection's fall releases - the Sephora Collection Luxe False Lashes in Fusion ($21 CAD), the Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof ($12 CAD) and the Colorful 5 Eye Contouring Palette in Light ($31 CAD). 

Also on my face: Essence Make Me Brow, IDC Regen Express Perfection Tinted Moisturizer, Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick in C211, Too Faced Love Flush Blush in Baby Love, theBalm Mary Lou Manizer

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Bite Beauty Multisticks in Blondie, Cashew, Cerise, Cocoa, Gelato and Macaroon

Bite Beauty launches never cease to excite me. They mostly feature products for the lips but this one's multi-use and for lips, cheeks and eyes. This is the Bite Beauty Multistick ($28 each).

There are 18 shades of the Bite Beauty MultisticksBlondie, Papaya, Cocoa, Cerise, Anise, Biscotti, Macaron, Mochi, Gelato, Brioche, Almond, Nectar, Lotus, Creme Caramel, Praline, Cashew, Mascarpone, Honeywheat. I've got 6 to share with you - Blondie, Cashew, Cerise, Cocoa, Gelato, and Macaroon. The shades are mostly neutral tones (both cool and warm) and deeper shades with a few more daring shades like purple and red. I'm into the colour selection, as it can work for a variety of skintones in a plethora of ways. 

I have a feeling that the most popular shades will be the brown-ish nudes like Blondie, Cashew, and Honeywheat as they are the most wearable for all three of cheeks, eyes and lips.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Sephora Formula X #ColorCurators Collection 2016 with Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific

This month Formula X collaborated with Blair Eadie of Atlantic // Pacific, a previously San Francisco and now New York fashion blog that's been around since 2010. She's a Director at Tory Buch by day and a blogger by night. Full-time successful career and blog - impressive. 

The collection includes 3 Formula X polishes ($16 CAD each). I'm a huge fan of the creamy, not-to-thick formulation so I won't go too much into that. Blair says that these are her take on modern neutrals. I think the blue/grey colour range is fitting, given the name of her blog Atlantic // Pacific (ocean). Pacific Haze is opaque in 2 coats, while Atlantic Mist and Taken By Storm are opaque in 1! 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Month in Nail Art - August 2016

Another month of half-assed nail art (I'm sorry, I'm studying for the CFE - aka exam for my accounting designation). 

A pop of neon 

I forget where I saw this, but I definitely drew inspiration from Instagram. I'm a fan of a simplistic nail with a little something special. 

Products Used: Ceramic Glaze Belle Ami, OPI Can't Stop Myself

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Clio Tinted Tattoo Kill Brow in No.3 Dark Brown & Clio Tinted Lip Tattoo in Bloody Cherry

Clio Tinted Tattoo Kill Brow Set No. 3 Dark Brown ($31.99 CAD on contains 2 dual-ended tattoo-inspired products - the Clio Tinted Tattoo Kill Brow in No.3 Dark Brown and the Clio Tinted Lip Tattoo in Bloody Cherry. The Clio Tinted Tattoo Kill Brow has sold over million pieces in 6 months. 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Lines of Elan Truly Clean Karma Bean Citrus Cloud Shampoo & Conditioner

For Lines of Elan, "clean" means two things. Clean as in freshly washed hair and clean as in consciously clean and good for the earth. The Truly Clean Karma Bean Citrus Cloud Shampoo & Conditioner ($18 each for 8 oz) is waterway safe, septic safe, biodegradable, cruelty free, vegan friendly and gluten free. 

The ingredients listing also states that there are no petroleum chemicals, industry syntehtics, sulfates, glycols, silicones, phenyoxyenol, parabens, methyl/probyl, PVC plastic bottles, BPA, or phlalates. 

The Truly Clean Karma Bean Shampoos and Conditioners are available in three scents [Citrus Cloud, Eucalyptus Mint, and Be Free (unscented)] and two sizes, 8 oz. and 16 oz. The 16 oz. comes with a pump, whereas the 8 oz. bottle does not.  

Thursday, September 1, 2016

NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Orangesicle, Funnel Delight & Spice Cake

NYX is a drugstore brand that never ceases to amaze me. Massive colour variety, tons of different formulations. I've previously tried the Butter Gloss in Cupcake, so after taking home three of the NYX Intense Butter Glosses ($8 CAD each) from Generation Beauty Toronto I was excited to put them to the test. 

 NYX Intense Butter Gloss Swatches in Creamsicle, Funnel Delight and Spice Cake

The NYX Intense Butter Glosses are available in 24 shades and described as a silky gloss bursting with colour. In essence, they are quite similar to the NYX Butter Glosses in terms of texture and comfort. Super smooth and, might I add, buttery. When NYX says INTENSE, they mean it. One swipe equates to full colour payoff and mirror-like shine, which is a combination that is pretty much unheard of for a lip gloss.