Monday, November 30, 2015

#MANIMONDAY - Formula X Alchemy II // Holiday 2015

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. 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

FRAGRANCE: Thierry Mugler Angel Shooting Star Eau De Parfum

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

LUSH Cranberry Festive Face Mask

My skin is a little more disastrous than usual in November. Cue exams, group assignments, and cold, dry weather contrasted with overheated classrooms. The LUSH Cranberry Festive Face Mask ($8.95, in stores only) has been helpful in times of stress. 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix Eyeshadow Palette // Holiday 2015

With a rainbow of 17 vivid brights and 7 neutrals, the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix Eyeshadow Palette is a colour lover's dream. 

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

Sephora Super Kisses Kiss Me Balms Set // Holiday 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

Formula X Bottle Service Set // Holiday 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

AWKS TALKS: Avalai - the Period Box

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. 

Week Notes #3

Life currently...

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

LUSH the Comforter Bubble Bar

No doubt that bubble baths are comforting. What's even more comforting is a bubble bath with "the Comforter" ($11.95) bubble bar from LUSH. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Mary Kay Bath & Body Holiday Collection // Holiday 2015

Mary Kay is always on top of the holiday gift-purchasing grind. This year's limited edition line up includes a Body Gift Set, three Body Lotion/Lip Balm Gift Sets and even some stuff for men! 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

eos Vanilla Bean, Sweet Mint and Pomegranate Raspberry Smooth Sphere Lip Balm Set // Holiday 2015

The eos 2015 Holiday Collection ($9.99 at Lowblaws, Walmart and Shopper's Drug Mart) is three fan favourite Smooth Sphere Lip Balms with a festive twist. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Too Faced Le Grand Palais // Holiday 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

Quo Contouring Craze Deluxe Contour Kit // Holiday 2015

Yes, contouring is still a thing. For the holiday season, there's a new contouring kit in town - the Quo Contouring Craze Deluxe Contour Kit ($30). 

Monday, November 16, 2015

#MANIMONDAY: Winter Vibes // Holiday 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

Fittingly, "Odyl" (as in Odylique) means "powered by nature". Odylique by Essential Care is a UK-based brand that offers organic, cruelty-free skincare, body care and hair care products for all skin types, including sensitive ones! 

Friday, November 13, 2015

LUSH Yog Nog Bath Bomb // Holiday 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

SKINCARE: Bioderma Sebium for Oily Blemished Skin

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

Quo Back to Basics Eyeshadow Palette in New Nudes // Holiday 2015

When I buy a gift for someone, my aim is always to get something that they'll actually use. So, Quo got it right when they decided to release a neutrals palette for the 2015 Holiday season. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

CND Aurora Collection in Nordic Lights, Glacial Mist & Tundra // Holiday 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

FRAGRANCE: Azzaro Pour Elle

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... 

A few of the goodies that brought home including the Joy to the World Gift Set ($19.95, Love and Light Hand Cream and Snowcake Soap). Stay tuned for reviews...

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

H&M Beauty - Pure Radiance Powder Blusher in Golden Peach & Immaculate Compact Foundation in Golden Beige

The H&M Beauty Department has launched in Canada! When promo pics ate up my instagram feed, I was totally sucked in by the black, white, gold and hexagonal packaging. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Annabelle Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Years after Urban Decay’s Naked Palette, drugstores have been coming out with slews of neutral palettes. Canadian brand, Annabelle has launched a neutrals palette of its own. For a the reasonable price of $12.95, you can get TEN eyeshadows in the Annabelle Smokey Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette

Monday, November 2, 2015

Quo by Orly Best of the Best 6-piece Mini Nail Lacquer Set // Holiday 2015

Baby-sized nail polishes make me jump for joy. What crazy lady has ever finished a regular-sized bottle of polish anyways? 

The Quo by Orly Best of the Best Color Collection ($20) features six trendy colours, a perfect Christmas gift for the nail polish lover (or yourself!). 

Sunday, November 1, 2015