Saturday, February 28, 2015

Miracle 10 Skincare Experience, Product Review + Event // Word of Mouth Beauty #WOFM

My skin is tolerant. So tolerant that I don't seem to ever see immediate or positively noticeable results from any of the skincare that try. Healthier and brighter, with noticeable dewiness, elasticity, and radiance. These are the promises of Miracle 10 - to provide noticeable results. In 10 hours, smoothness and clarity. In 10 days, improvements in discolouration and dullness. In 10 weeks, the appearance of wrinkles and pore size diminished. Sounds like what my skin has been looking for. 

The Event
Miracle 10 is a skincare line formulated by the Plastic Surgery Skincare Clinic, which is located at 67 Scollard Street (Yorkville, Toronto). Back in November, I attended Miracle 10's first blogger event, dubbed Word of Mouth Beauty. The event featured personalized skincare consultations, makeup and manis with Dior, and an Fall/Winter Trends/Q&A sesh with Michelle Villet of the Beauty Editor

Friday, February 27, 2015

HAIR: COLAB Invisible Dry Shampoo by Ruth Crilly in Rio & London

Breaking beauty news! COLAB Invisible Dry Shampoo created by Ruth Crilly of A Model Recommends (on youtube) has hit Canadian retailers (London Drugs, Jean Coutu, Lawtons, Pharmasave & PharmaChoice) this January 2015. I haven't seen it on my drugstore's shelves just yet, but these are definitely something to look forward to! 

Two of COLAB's fragrances will be available in Canada: 
(1) London - A classic yet contemporary fragrance of bergamot, musk & magnolia 
(2) Rio - A carnival of tropical notes with papaya, pineapple and a heart of cassis 

I'm impartial to the Rio scent, as it's bright and fruity, however London smells quite good as well. Both scents are available in either a travel size (50mL, $5.49) or a larger size (200mL,  $9.99). Obviously, it's a much better deal to get the larger size but the baby sizes are just too cute to resist and perfect for popping into your purse for on-the-go use. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Rimmel Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour in Make Your Move, Kiss Fatal, and Kiss Me You Fool

Finally! The Rimmel Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colours ($8.99) have finally made their way to Canadian drugstores. These lipsticks claim to be kiss-proof, transfer-proof, non-drying and moisturizing. The test? Wear the Rimmel Provocalips to bed. If it smudges on the pillow case (and all over my face) it's a dud. If not, it's a winner. 

The result? ... No smudges! No transferring! I kissed the back of my hand which means it's totally kiss-proof. Unheard of. 

The Provocalips are available in 10 shades. Shown above are Make Your Move, Kiss Fatal and Kiss Me You Fool. The other 7 are Dare to Pink, Pucker Up, I'll Call You, Little Minx, Play With Fire, Skinny Dipping and Heart Breaker. Provocative names indeed. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New Specs from

Buying glasses online is all the rage. Long gone are the days when I purchased my specs from good, ol' Costco. Seems like the glasses-wearing people of the world are trading off brick-and-mortar for lower prices and bigger, better selection. Clearly Contacts, Firmoo… and now there’s Select Specs. Select Specs is a UK-based company with their glasses shipping out of Hong Kong. Styles are priced from $12 (economy, no name) to $200+ (designer).

HAUL: Peace out, Target Canada!

I love Target. There was one in Waterloo, which I visited at least monthly to ogle at all the Sonia Kashuk and Pixi and NYX things. Sure, there are lots of Targets in Toronto, but none in the general vicinity of my house (GTA suburbs) or work (down in the down town). Sad life. 

I was a bit disheartened when Target announced its departure from Canada but I can understand why. The Waterloo location was like a ghost town – even during Black Friday, etc. and although Target selection is pretty great (even in Canada) prices were never as quite as good as Wal-Mart. 

The bright side of the story is that liquidation = discounts = hauls. So, Charles (aka boyfriend who lives closer to a Target) was kind enough to pick up a few things for me, 30% off of course. I heard the sales for non-makeup stuffs were not so great... on to the good stuff :) 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GIVEAWAY: Fashion Magazine 13th Readers' Choice Beauty Awards

Yep, it's awards season. And not just the movie/TV show type of awards. There's BEAUTY awards too! More than 8,000 Readers of FASHION Magazine weighed in on their favourites of 2014 in the categories of body, face, fragrance, hair, makeup and nails for FASHION's 13th Readers' Choice Beauty Awards. Check out the winners here

Ulta3 Moisturizing Lipstick in Coral Reef and Matte Lipstick in Harem Pink

Australian makeup pricing for what are considered to be Canadian drusgtore brands are ridiculous. Think $23 AUD for a Revlon Lip Butter (source: Reddit). Luckily, there's brands like Ulta3. Ulta3 is an Australian drugstore brand with prices comparable to that of Wet n Wild or NYC here in Canada. The Ulta3 Matte Lipsticks retail for $3.95 AUD, while the Ulta3 Moisturizing Lipsticks retail for $2.95 AUD. 

I received both of these in a giveaway a year or so ago. Both Coral Reef and Harem Pink are super bright, summery colours and I'm writing this review in the hope that the colours will brighten up my dreary winter day. 

The Ulta3 Matte Lipstick in Harem Pink reminds me a lot of the formulation of Revlon's Super Lustrous Matte Lipsticks - quite matte, a little dragy, but very pigmented and longwearing (5-6 hours). A good texture comparsion for Ulta3's Moisturizing Lipstick are the Rimmel Colour Rush Balms as the formula is both creamy and pigmented with a hint of shine. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

NAILS: Year of the Sheep // Chinese New Year

A little late but HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR. Chinese New Year was February 19th, the start of the Year of the Sheep (or goat or ram - the Chinese word could mean either). Also referred to as the Lunar New Year, Chinese New Year is traditionally celebrated to honour deities and ancestors. For me, this means big family dinners with a lot of food, multiple dim sum outings, and red pockets of lucky money from aunts, uncles and grandparents. 

This year was a little more quiet so to celebrate the Year of the Sheep, I decided to paint the little pillows of fluff on my nails. The sheep shapes were inspired by Angela of Do Want Makeup. I'm a novice nail artist so I kept things simple and stuck to anything I could do with a dotting tool.  

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette in Dim Light, Incandescent Light & Radiant Light

Gorgeously fingerprinted packaging? Check. Exorbitant pricing? Check. Baby's butt smooth powders? Check. I've been testing out the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($67) (dim light, incandescent light, radiant light) for two months now and I must come to final verdict. 

For one, this ain't no dealio. It's $52 for a single 0.35 ounce powder or $67 for 3 minis weighing in at .348 ounces in total. You're paying for variety and the semi-compact packaging. The packaging is beautiful yet prone to picking up fingerprints. These are my two and only two complaints. 

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders are meant to be groundbreaking finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on skin. The finely-milled, talc/gluten/fragrance/nano particle-free formula is as good as everybody says. The powders add that je ne sais quoi to the complexion (not different from the Guerlain Meteorites). 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New York Color Cityproof 24HR Waterproof Eyeshadows in Brooklyn Mocha, Tribeca Taupe, New York at Night, Central Park Tulips & East River Romance and Primer

Color in your eyes with the new New York Color CityProof 24HR Primer and Waterproof Eyeshadows ($2.99 each). There's 12 shades, a variety of your everyday neutrals with some vibrant pops of colour like purple, blue, and green. While I like the user-friendly colour in your eyes and go concept, the packaging isn't of the highest quality. The clear plastic caps are ughhh and the purple crayon already broke. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Mary Kay Paradise Calling Whipped Eye Colors in Tiki Hut & Seafoam // Spring 2015

...and these are the last makeup products but certainly not the least in the Mary Kay Paradise Calling collection for Spring 2015. The Mary Kay Paradise Calling Whipped Eye Colors ($18) in Tiki Hut and Seafoam are lightweight cream eyeshadows. Not quite as bright or bold as the Nail Lacquers or Lacquered Lip Shines but pretty easy on the eyes. 

Mary Kay Paradise Calling Whipped Eye Colors in Seafoam and Tiki Hut

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mary Kay Paradise Calling Lacquered Lip Shine in Exotic Orchid, Tropical Mandarin & Sun Baked // Spring 2015

More colour from Mary Kay's Paradise Calling collection. It's brights for the lips - the Mary Kay Paradise Calling Lacquered Lip Shines ($19 each). Time to indulge in some colour.

Mary Kay Paradise Calling Lacquered Lip Shine in Sun Baked, Exotic Orchid and Tropical Mandarin

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mary Kay Paradise Calling Nail Lacquers in Exotic Orchid, Tropical Mandarin & Lagoon // Spring 2015

The Mary Kay Paradise Calling Nail Lacquers ($10) are like a breath of fresh air. I'm saying buh-bye to the winter blahs and hello to the vibrant orchids, mandarins, and lagoons of paradise that are calling my name! 

I'm no stranger to the Mary Kay Nail Lacquers (see the Midnight Jewels collection here). It's a great formula. All three of Exotic Orchid, Tropical Mandarin and Lagoon are cream finish polishes. I'll keep it short by saying that they're super vibrant and fittingly opaque in one swift swipe. Furthermore, they dry down quite quickly and to a beautiful shine at that! 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Mary Kay Paradise Calling Spring 2015 Limited Edition Collection // Spring 2015

Get excited for Spring because Mary Kay's got the colours of paradise coming your way. Pops of orchid, turquoise, and mandarin have got me ready for the warmer weather. The Paradise Calling Limited Edition Collection for Spring 2015 is available as of February 16th (today!). Over the next few days, I'll be reviewing the lip, nail, and eye products in this collection! 

And even if you're not into the bright colours of paradise, at least you can appreciate the vibrant packaging: 

Here's what's included in the Paradise Calling collection: 

// lips - Mary Kay Lacquered Lip Shine ($19) in Exotic Orchid, Tropical Mandarin & Sun Baked
// nails - Mary Kay Nail Lacquer ($10) in Lagoon, Exotic Orchid & Tropical Mandarin
// eyes - Mary Kay Whipped Eye Color ($18) in Tiki Hut and Lagoon
// body - Mary Kay Moisturizing Spray Lotion ($18) 

Which Paradise Calling product is catching your eye? 

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

STYLE: Moon Cats Scarf in Eastern Elegance Review

I don't consider myself to be particularly fashionable but I try. And if there's one way to spice up my Michelin man winter outfits (8 layers and counting), it's with scarves. Moon Cats, an online store, dubs itself "the scarf expert" but they sell all kinds of winter accessories - from gloves to hats and head wraps to various types of scarves for both men and woken. I took the Eastern Elegance Scarf ($39.95) for a ride. 

Eastern elegance is described as a "rainbow paisley thick shawl". Drape this warm pashmina shawl around your shoulders for a classy unforgettable night out. This scarf will bring the feminine touch you need for a romantic beauty style. Its thick fabric will keep you warm in the evening breeze, and its dark colors will easily match your outfit.

The Good: The dark colours do in fact match all of my neutral (mostly grey) outfits. The patterning on the scarf is a nice bit of colour to my somewhat boring everyday style. The gold threading also has a nice shimmer too it, a total plus in my books. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Cute (ombre) Nails // Valentine's Day 2015

Faded ombre nails are so cute. Pink ombres, even more cute. I can't even handle it. In another life, I probably had ombre pink hair. I'm channeling that with this nail look. I opted for three pink-hued colours from Wet n Wild. I find nail polish ombres work best with three colours, as just two doesn't fade as nicely. 

How to ombre your nails: 

(1) Apply a white or off-white base colour. Since I did a pink ombre, I used a white with a pink tinge. Let it dry for 10-15 minutes. 
(2) Paint a stripe of each of your ombre colours onto a cosmetic sponge (the less porous the sponge, the better) and pat off the excess on a piece of paper.
(3) To transfer the color onto the nail, lightly dab the sponge on the nail bed. You can go over the each nail more than once for a more opaque ombre effect. 
(4) Seal in the deal with a clear top coat. 

Products Used: The Body Shop Nail Polish in Frosting Fancy, Wet N Wild Wild Shine Nail Color in 457E She Sells, 478E Lavender Creme, 450B Clear Nail Protector, cosmetic sponges

Have you ever tried ombre nails? 

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

What's on My Face #3 - what he likes // Valentine's Day 2015

I asked my boyfriend to help me put together a post about makeup that he likes on me. Instead of the typical, "you look good without makeup"... puh-lease.His immediate answer was as follows: "Wear whatever makes you feel most confident, because when you're confident you smile more." Y U SO SWEET?? Say things like that and I don't ever need any gifts, just sweet, sweet words. 

Sweetness aside, he does have some preferences. So, we went through my dubious amounts of blog posts to determine what he likes on my face. Here's a few notes from our conversation: 

// eyes
- doesn't like too much colour 
- likes a soft brown in the crease
- likes winged liner
- HIM: I like your eyelashes in this post. ME: BUT I'M NOT EVEN WEARING MASCARA. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Flirty Nails (Take Two) // Valentine's Day 2015

This is a rendition of last year's Glitter for the Flirty Girl Nail Art, except a bazillion times more user-friendly and less messy. In essence, the look is a half cream polish, half glitter polish nail. 

Last year, I used loose glitter and clear polish. This year, I've just gone with a glitter suspended in a clear base, which is not quite as opaque but a bit easier to achieve and a lot less of a glitter-all-over-the-place mess (though there's not too much wrong with glitter everywhere, it's just annoying when it gets on your face). 

As easy as 1, 2, 3. (1) Bright pink base (2) two coats of a fairly concentrated glitter polish drawn diagonally at the top of the nail (3) top coat to seal in the deal. If you're hand isn't steady enough to draw in a straight line, try using some scotch tape. 

Products Used: Wet N Wild Wild Shine Nail Color in 478E Lavender Creme, 480C Sparkled and 450B Clear Nail Protector

I think I'm preferential to this year's glitter nail art - I love glitter but I'm not a fan of loose anything - glitter, eyeshadow, etc. 

Do you like loose glitter? 

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New York Color Expert Last Lip Color Mattes in Smooth Beige, Creamy Mauve, Pure Coral, Velvety Fuchsia & Red Suede

OUUU. AHHH. New matte drugstore lippies. The New York Color Expert Last Lip Colors ($1.99) are now available in 5 MATTE shades - Smooth Beige, Creamy Mauve, Pure Coral, Velvety Fuchsia, and Red Suede. All are pretty colours. But sadly, these are not matte. 

It's clear that there's a sheen to these lipsticks. I'd say the texture is more of a satin finish, not much different from the original New York Color Expert Last Lip Colors (reviewed here). Perhaps the shine is a tad less shiny and more opaque but hardly so. In general, the formula is the same for both products - comfortable wear for up to 4 hours, strong vanilla scent, and a slight drag on application. As per usual, the two lighter colours catch on to dry patches and I'm in love with the three most vibrant colors. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Make Up For Ever Ink Liner

Last month, Make Up For Ever released two new liners to offer the purest, deepest, richest blacks. One, the Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner ($29 CAD) - an all-in-one ultra-fine pen and two, a matte liquid felt tip liner - the Make Up For Ever Ink Liner ($27 CAD). 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

I Love.. Strawberries & Cream and Raspberry & Blackberry // Valentine's Day 2015

Does your the boy/girl you like, like fruit? Consider wearing I love...'s fruit-scented bath and body products this Valentine's Day (or even better, ask the boy/girl you like to get this for your Valentine's Day prezzie). 

I love... is a UK brand that landed in Canada last year. The I love... range is minimal and easy to navigate. There are 3 products - bubble bath/shower cream, body butter, and now fruit spritzers. Each of the products are available in all four of their delicious scents - Coconut & Cream, Mango & Papaya, Raspberry & Blackberry and Strawberries & Cream. I love the adorable packaging of I love... cute and simple with lots of hearts and you can easily see the product inside the containers. 

Fittingly, for the Valentine's Day season, I've got 3 pink/red body products to share with you! 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

GET THE LOOK: Make Up For Ever x Fifty Shades Of Grey // Valentine's Day 2015

A couple days ago, I reviewed the Make Up For Ever for Fifty Shades of Grey Give In To Me Set ($90 CAD). The included booklet included in the set features three looks created by Head of Makeup for the movie, Victoria Down, capturing Anastasia Steele's (the main character) transformation from an innocent college girl to a sultry, passionate woman. 

I thought it would be fun to make an attempt at the three looks. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Sexy (?) Nails // Valentine's Day 2015

Are animal prints associated with being sexy? Because I don't think I've ever looked good in an animal print. So instead of going all out and wearing leopard leggings and a leopard leotard, I thought I'd bring out my wild side on my nails. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Make Up For Ever x Fifty Shades of Grey Give In To Me Set // Valentine's Day 2015

Sexy. Sultry. Romantic. Alluring. Sounds like my attraction for makeup. But it's actually a collaboration between Fifty Shades of Grey and Make Up For Ever. MUFE has partnered with Universal Pictures and Fifty Shades of Grey to bring limited edition sets to help fans of the acclaimed novel recreate beauty looks from the movie. One of the limited edition sets is the Make Up For Ever Give in To Me - Alluring Color for Eyes and Lips ($90 CAD) - 5 pretty Make Up For Ever products inspired by Ana, the main character in the movie, to encapture here transformation from an innocent college student to a passionate woman. 

The set is available now at Sephora for a limited time only and the Fifty Shades of Grey movie will be released Valentine's Day 2015 (February 13). 

In the set: 4 Artist Shadow Palette (I-514, ME-612, S-556, I-628), Graphic Liner, Travel Smoky Extravagant Mascara, Rouge Artist Natural N4, Lab Shine D14, Exclusive Keepsake Box 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

TAG: Frugal vs. Spendy - The Price Tolerance Test

There are great inexpensive beauty products. There are also products that are worth their ridiculous price point. A couple of days ago, Jenn of A Beautiful Zen wrote a blog post called Frugal vs. Spendy in which she compared the highest and lowest priced items in her collection per category (foundation, blush, eyeshadow, etc.). I thought it would be fun to take a look at my own makeup collection and see what I'm willing to spend to colour in my face. 

It has become clear to me that I'm  all about that base. Thus, I'm willing to empty my wallet for a flawless complexion. The Baby Glow was a press sample.  For the staying power, medium coverage and satin finish, the Baby Glow is well worth the big bucks. My most spendy purchase is the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + ($42), my fave "going-out" foundation. It's only a hair more pricey than my repurchased Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15 ($40). At the other side of the spectrum is the Rimmel Stay Matte Mousse  ($6), which is so full coverage that I reserve it for blog photos only. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Love from Lush - The Kiss, Prince Charming & Unicorn Horn // Valentine's Day 2015

What's not to love about limited edition Lush stuff? From locket-shaped bath bombs (Love Locket Bath Bomb - $11.95) to heart-shaped soaps (Cupid's Love Soap - $6.95) to gift sets containing both, Lush is a one stop shop for the perfect Valentine's Day bath and body gift. Here's a few thoughts on three from the Lush 2015 Valentine's Day collection: 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Sweetheart Nails // Valentine's Day 2015

Sweetheart candies. Those ones that look so sweet and almost never taste as good as they look. The make for good blog props though! Ahhh Valentine's Day. It's in a couple weeks and I thought I'd bring back my nail art series. I love doing love and romance and cheesy heart inspired nail ideas. This time around, I'm making my nails as sweet as the candy - pastel pink and sweet little baby hearts at the bottom of the nail.

The "design" (if you can even call it that) is super simple and requires almost no explanation. Baby pink polish and two 45 degree angle lines to form a heart. You can use a dotting tool, pencil point, back of a brush, toothpick, etc. to create the heart. 

Products Used: Wet n Wild Wild Shine Nail Color in 475C Grasping at Strawberries and 455B Tickled Pink, The Body Shop Nail Art Pen (dotting tool), Wet n Wild Wild Shine Nail Color in 450B

Do you like sweetheart candies? 

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Empties and Tosses #10 // January 2015

A new year always requires some sort of effort to clean up my act when it comes to housing beauty products in my room. This year, I'm making an attempt to do monthly empties instead of having 4 posts a year in which I talk about 40+ products in each. 

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

THE BIG GUNS (aka big full-size stuff) 
The Sapien Women Facial Scrub* ^u^ ^u^ looks like mud pie, smells like tutti fruity and was a nice physical exfoliating scrub that I kept in my shower. I liked the Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Facial Cream* ^u^ ^u^ a lot more than my initial review might suggest - a go-to non-greasy moisturizer for both day and night. I was highly impressed by the CoverGirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in m3* (>'-')> <('-'<) ^(' - ')^ and it's one of the few foundations I've actually finished. The light-medium dewy coverage is great for transition months and m3 is a perfect match! 

FOOD: Winterlicious 2015 at America in the Trump Tower

There's nothing like being waited on from the 31st floor of the Trump Tower. That's what it's like at America, a contemporary restaurant located at the highest point of Bay and Adelaide. I celebrated my first pay check by taking my parents out for a meal. The great thing is that more is merrier. More people means you can try ALL THE THINGS. The three of us covered off a majority of the menu for a more well-rounded dining experience. 

The ambiance was different for me. We sat window-side table on a couch (which was a little low for the table) overlooking the city. It was oddly comfy and after eating, I wanted to nap in it. The music was cool and upbeat..and metropolitan?  

As for the service, the wait staff were kind. They filled the water often, made jokes with us, and asked us how we were doing during each course. What was a little off-putting was the wait time. Between ordering and getting the appetizer it was a fair 7-10 minutes. But after my palette was piqued and I felt like going in for more, it took an entire HALF AN HOUR before we got hour entrees. It was anti-climatic. I could literally go to a grocery store, come back and make a sandwich in half an hour. Perhaps because the food had to be brought up a set of stairs into the area of the restaurant we were seated in, it took so long... 

Luckily, the food was satisfying enough to make up for the waiting time. 

Pressed BBQ Pork Belly - chow chow apple preserve, sourdough, tasso ham crackling

Thoughts:Yum, yum, yum. The BBQ pork paired so, so well with the tartness of the mustard seed and chow chow apple preserve. My dad and I love ham crackling (AKA deep fried pork skins) dusted with spices, a great addition to the plate. 

Heritage Salmon Poke Cocktail - pineapple, macadamia nut, coffee, coconut

Thoughts: The salmon was fresh, perhaps a little on the cold side for such a cold day. This is literally a cocktail - salmon sitting in pineapple juice. The pineapple juice was too sweet and not acidic enough to complement the salmon, rather they clashed. A discombobulated plate... lacked flavour.