Friday, March 17, 2017

Physicians Formula Spring 2017

Sad story. This is my second time writing this post. To keep it short and sweet, today I'm sharing several quick reviews of new 2017 products from Physicians Formula. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wet N Wild Color Icon Au Natural 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

The Wet n Wild Color Icon Au Natural 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($7.99 CAD) bears an uncanny resemblance to the Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette (and its dupes including the Chi Chi Glamorous Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, Annabelle Smoky Nudes, etc.) 

The formulation of the shadows is smooth and not overly powdery but not buttery soft like Urban Decay or even Wet N Wild's OG palettes like the Walking on Eggshells trio. The powders blend well and can be layered for more/less opacity. However, they don't build up to quite a bold statement as some other eyeshadows in my collection and 100% require a primer. 

Colour and finish-wise, this palette is pretty great. It includes 3 matte-ish and 6 satin/shimmery shades. The lightest two shades are a total write-off. They're sheer and hard to make pigmented on the eyes. Like most drugstore palettes, the mattes are ok - not amazing and the shimmers are where it's at. Those three golden/bronze tones on the left are speaking to me. 

All in all, the Wet N Wild Color Icon Au Natural 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette is a decent palette with a lot of variety, especially for the price. It's not at all unique nor is it the best neutral palette at the drugstore. If you're looking for a solid drugstore eye palette, first I'd recommend CoverGirl's TruNaked Eyeshadow Palettes, Annabelle's Smokey Nudes and then this one from Wet N Wild.

What do you think of this drugstore eyeshadow palette?
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

HAUL: Tom Ford and LORAC on Glambot

Glambot is an online re-seller of new and lightly used rare, limited edition, and discontinued makeup items. The site claims to alleviate the difficulties of swap-lifting, counterfeits, and unusable/damaged items. 

I am by no means a "makeup collector". I do love makeup but I'm not in search of rare or discontinued makeup. The website is a little overwhelming. There are a lot of brands, the brands highly sought-after ones...and brands that are not available in Canada. It's pretty straightforward to navigate but I don't love the fact that "sold out" items are still listed. 

Monday, March 13, 2017


aka hair favourites of the moment. There have been a number of exciting launches in shampoo/conditioner science from the likes of brands like Live Clean, GLISS, Pantene, Garnier, and John Frieda and Redken. At the moment, I'm shampoo-ed out and having a hard time determining the difference between Shampoo A and Shampoo B, Conditioner X and Conditioner Y. Lately, what has been standing out to me is everything in between. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

UNBOXING: Foodie Pages The Tasting Box

Gifts of food are always accepted here. Zubie was kind enough to gift me the Foodie Pages X Toronto Life Tasting Box during the holiday months. The Tasting Box is a monthly non-subscription box filled with 5-7 gourmet food items. This particular box was curated by the food editors of Toronto Life Magazine.

It's been quite a while since the holidays but I've finally gotten the chance to try everything in the box. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Quo Cosmetics Spring 2017 Collection

Not even half way through March and Spring beauty collections are already in full force. The Quo Spring 2017 Collection is now available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart. The collection features the usual suspects - a brush set, two face palettes, 2 eye palettes, 1 brow palette and 3 matte lip crayons. 

The packaging is groovy. The plastic, quartz/turquoise stone casing is interesting, eye catching and fun. The colours have got me itching for the warmer weather... like an imaginary trip to Las Vegas, Nevada and the Grand Canyon. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Philosophy Amazing Grace and Pure Grace Dry Shampoos

Lovers of Philosophy's Amazing Grace and Pure Grace Fragrances, rejoice! Both are now available in the form of dry shampoo. This is a serious launch for Philosophy, as the dry shampoos are its first ever haircare product! The Philosophy Dry Shampoos ($35 CAD, at Sephora and are also a very exciting launch for me because I am often too busy (and too lazy) to wash my hair. Dry shampoo is an absolute staple in my product wardrobe. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

NYX Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter, Ombre Blush and Lip Lingerie

With Spring on the way, makeup is getting dewier, brighter and more playful. Today, I have three pieces from NYX to share with you - a little glow, a pop of colour and a unique lippie. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Rimmel x Rita Ora My Grey Collection

After watching the awkward-in-an-almost-funny-way-but-also-a-colossal-waste-of-time first Fifty Shades of Grey movie, I didn't even consider the second one Fifty Shades Darker. But what is worth giving a chance is the corresponding makeup collection. It's by Rimmel in collaboration with one of my singer/songwriter favourites Rita Ora (also the new host of America's Next Top Model). 

Anyways, it's a grey-themed collection. And alongside black and white, grey is one of my favourite colours. 

Because it's Monday, let's start with my most recent manicure. I used the Rimmel x Rita Ora My Grey Collection 60 Seconds Nail Polish in 807 My Grey ($4.99 CAD). It's opaque in two coats, dries in 60 seconds and is a perfect shade of medium-depth grey. 

The collection also includes the Rimmel Mascara Extra Super Lash in Black ($8.99 CAD), which is nothing noteworthy. It's slightly lengthening and doesn't smudge but isn't enough impact for my non-existent eyelashes. 

The Rimmel Stay Matte Powder isn't new but it's been packaged in grey to fit in with the rest of the collection. It's available in #001, #003 and #005. My shade is #005 Silky Beige, which means that the shade range is extremely limited. The Stay Matte Powder is one of the first pressed powders I ever purchased. It's an excellent product from the drugstore - absorbs oils, soft to the touch, mattifying and pore-reducing. 

Last but not least we have the Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Rita's Red ($7.99 CAD), a hot orangey red in a medium opacity, shiny finish. It's not at all long-lasting on my lips but it's moisturizing, doesn't bleed or catch onto fine lines and makes my lips look plump and juicy. 

Okay, so it's not the most exciting collection but they're all already-existing products are that pretty solid in my books. If anything, the grey nail polish is worth trying out. 

What do you think of the Rimmel x Rita Ora My Grey Collection?
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Friday, March 3, 2017

Eat Like a Pirate at The Captain's Boil!

About a year ago, a new food trend emerged in Toronto - boiled and bagged seafood restaurants. It wasn't until this year that I had the opportunity to test it out. Correct me if I'm wrong, but The Captain's Boil is the first of its kind in the GTA with additional locations all across Canada. Last week, Charles and I visited the Scarborough location (4505 Sheppard Avenue East - 15 minutes from my house) for a Friday night date. This wasn't my first time at the restaurant, but it was Charles's first. 

photo by Charles Cheung

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Mary Kay Light, Reinvented Collection | Spring 2017

A couple weeks ago, I reviewed the Limited Edition Mary Kay Nail Lacquers ($10 each) but a few other noteworthy bits and pieces in the Mary Kay Light, Reinvented Collection available as of this February. 

Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in 321B Precious Petals

Wet N Wild just dropped 2 new highlighters for Spring 2017 and the Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in 321B Precious Petals ($6.99 CAD) is the prettiest, most affordable highlighter that I know of. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Masks

It's "busy season" in the accounting world and I am very tired. My eyes are looking particularly zonked from starring at a computer screen for most of the day. The Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Masks are one of those mid-week treats, a quick 10 minute ritual that left my eye area feeling renewed and refreshed. 

Did you know that the skin of your eye area is 40% thinner than the rest of your face, making it more prone to fatigue, dehydration and fine lines? As such, I'm finding that if I treat my eye area nicely, I generally appear more well-rested.  

 The Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask is said to deliver 20x more of the original ANR's soothing, hydrating and repair ingredients. Star ingredients include Lady's Thistle and White Birch for soothing; Rice Bran Extract (popular in Korean Skincare) and the very common Hyaluronic Acid for hydration; and the same anti-pollution technology featured in the ANR Serum. I featured the ANR on the blog a couple years ago, and I still think that it's an excellent all-rounder serum option for hydration, radiance, brightening and smoothing of the skin. 

The one-time-use packaging keeps the liquid and the pads in separate, sealed chambers. Before application, you break the seal and the liquid is soaks the pads. You're meant to leave the pads on for 10 minutes but I think that if you've got time, 20-30 minutes wouldn't hurt. 

The eye masks don't absorb all of the lightweight serum, so with the leftover liquid, I smoothed the product all over my face. It was a similar but slightly colder experience compared to applying Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Serum all over the face. 

The eye masks sat comfortably under my eyes. They're a thin fabric, not gel, and I had no issues with slipping while sitting upright. I've only tried one set, and therefore can't speak on any long term results (reduced signs of aging, etc.). However, the immediate increase in hydration and plumpness of my under eyes was clear. Energized-looking eyes = energized Stephanie, ready to take on another busy day. 

Price and availability. 4 pack for $49, 1 for $14 at The Bay, Shoppers' Drug Mart, Murale, Nordstrom, Saks and

What's your favourite eye mask? 
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