Sunday, January 25, 2015

It Cosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation SPF 50+

I've said before that if I only had to choose one company for my foundation needs it would be IT Cosmetics... I still stand by that statement (even if I stray to try something else now and then).

This little gem was part of a showstopper way back (I believe Sept. '14). I bought it as a part of showstopper but I really didn't pay attention to the demonstration happening on my TV screen. I was listening to it but not watching it. What I heard had me sold. One that this foundation contains an anti-aging serum and two that it has a high mineral (not chemical) sunscreen.
I usually choose light when it comes to IT foundation, but in this case I chose medium, because I felt I would be wearing this a lot in the summer. Well I took it with me to Cuba and have been wearing it daily since. This shade works for me (I use a light hand), but I am curious if light would be better.
The compact is a sizable smooth rounded dome, that feels light for it's size.
Pop it open to reveal levels :)
Now, under the sponge level, we have some instructions. I read them but totally did not register point number 2.
So when I peeled it back, I thought the sight that greeted me was a weird spongy textured foundation. Well no, that' s not the case. It is a sponge in which foundation is suspended. You press into it to get to the liquid. Now I believe IT is the first American cosmetics company to do this. I haven't seen or heard about this technology until I got this compact; and only very recently learned from Lisa Eldridge that the cushion type packaging is huge in Korea.

Like all other IT foundations this one is yet another texture and coverage winner for me. It has a light  feel and very good pigmentation. Coverage is medium, it evens out redness but I do need a concealer to cover up any spots. Blends in into the skin smoothly, and wears all day for me with minimal fading.
As with all IT foundations, color selection is limited, only 5. But it's not the color that will keep me from repurchasing; it's the amount for the price. Because dollar per oz this is the most expensive foundation I have ever worn. It retails for $38 for 10ml (.34 fl oz)!!! That works out to be $114 for 30ml (1 fl oz)!!! I am beyond glad that this was part of a Showstopper.

I'm just not ready to pay that much for so little. I've been using this daily for over 3 weeks now, I might make it to 1 month, but that's it, the product is running dry and if re-fills are available (I don't know, I didn't look), I won't be buying any.

Bottom line great stuff if you have cash to spare. Otherwise choose any other foundation from IT for your buck.

Lastly the brush I applied it with (it was part of the deal). I haven't used the small (concealer end), but the buffing end is fantastic, super soft with ideal density for working with a light liquid foundation.
IT brushes are worth having in your collection.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Origins Plantscription Anti-aging Eye Cream

When it comes to a good basic eye cream that feels great and doesn't cost an arm and a leg I think Orignis provides a variety of options that will fit any need.

I've been tapping Plantscription Anti-Aging eye cream on mine for the past several weeks. I'm well past my youthful plump 20's. Now it's all about slowing down the inevitable, and I tend to gravitate towards products that have "anti-aging" or "pore minimizing" in their name or description.

This one claims to "repair crow's feet, under eye cross hatching, crepey lids, and sagginess". But does it really? Well unless I have an exact twin who doesn't use any of the products I do, or I only apply this on one eye (which I won't do)... I can't really determine to what degree if any this lives up to it's claims.
But that doesn't stop me from hoping that it does it all :) It definitely has the perfect creamy texture. It taps in smoothly with no residue, helps to keep the fine skin around my eyes moisturized... and truth be told that's all I expect from my eye cream... anything else is a bonus.
I know that on top of it's winning texture, many love it for what it doesn't contain; which is:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan
So, if an eye cream is a daily staple in your routine (it is in mine), I'd recommend Origins to you; if you haven't given it a chance already.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Laura Mercier Eye Pencil in Violet

I always make a point of checking out what's new each season at LM counters. I don't always buy, but I often wish I did. This little treat was included in the HR beauty bag this past holiday season, and I was happy to note that it wasn't a classic black.
But a gorgeous deep creamy purple or violet as the name states on the packaging.
Great smooth formula that simply glides on. Smudges easily and wears beautifully.
2014 was the year of the purple eye for me, so it's nice to get this at the end, especially since I begun 2015 still wearing purple eyeshadow practically every single day. I have a feeling this will change soon, but until then, this pencil is an easy fave.

Friday, January 16, 2015

ugly dress ...

I know that ugly is in the eye of the beholder... but damn I don't know who'd think that, 1) this dress is pretty and 2) worth the money. I mean I'm sure this model can't be bigger than size 4, and she looks like a box ....  then again I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

MUFE Acqua Shadow Pencil in 20E & 28E

I don't know if MUFE sells these pencils anymore. I got them a while back, when Sephora had this duo set. I actually got two sets, one I took with me to Cuba for an easy day eye that would hold up in water, the second one I gave to my sister.
I stumbled upon these unopened gems while packing... and wondered how they compare to Laura Mercier's Caviar sticks.
Well the colors are very pretty; 20E is a lovely frosty taupe, and 28E is a lovely frosty beige champagne.  The color payoff is beautiful and they wore very well all day with occasional dips in the ocean. I like them on their own or as a base for other shadows.
But I must say that in texture they don't even come close to LM caviar sticks. These aren't as creamy and you have to put in some time, patience, and wrist action to blend them out.
But they apply evenly and are great on the go; and while I don't have any plans or need to acquire more, I don't regret this purchase either.

Monday, January 12, 2015

My Jellyfish Encounter

I've seen reactions to jellyfish stings on TV... and I've always wondered, is it really as bad as it was portrayed? Well as of Jan 4th I no longer have to wonder. Now that I know exactly what it feels like, I hope to never feel it again.

The pain is incredible, I can only describe it as barbed wire and fire...

I was frolicking with my husband off the coast of Cuba in the Atlantic ocean, when I thought my ankle got tangled in something sharp (barb wire)... I was more surprised than in pain at that moment because our beach was pristine. But then the back of my other leg burst into fire and I suddenly new that I've been kissed by a jellyfish. I didn't know if it was one or many, or how big, because I couldn't see it, I could just feel it. When it got the side of my leg, I couldn't get out of the water fast enough. It didn't help that prior to our vacation I watched an episode of CSI Miami in which a person falls into a tank of jellyfish and dies from their stings.... yeah.... to say that I panicked would be an understatement.

But thankfully I made it out of the ocean, and it wasn't a poisonous jellyfish (as I am back in Canada and typing this up :))... but damn it was painful.

At first there was no sign on my legs of the encounter, even though I could feel the pain/burn. Then after a couple of minutes the welts showed up.

First the ankle bracelet...
Then the back of leg hug...
and the side peck....
After a couple of hours the welts subsided into cat scratches... the pain went down a notch as well. Although it was still strong enough that I couldn't even stand the feel of my skirt brushing against it.
The culprit washed up on shore by the end of the day... and it's no wonder we couldn't see the sucker in the water. With the help of my husband we returned it to the ocean.... I just didn't feel right letting it dry out.
For the next 3 days I only dipped my toes in the water...  the burn stays fresh in your mind, and I did not want to experience it again so soon.

I still have the jellyfish scratch marks on my leg and they still flare up and itch occasionally... I'm sure they'll go away eventually, and maybe by that time I'll be ready for another dip :)

P.S. I've checked out other jellyfish stings on Instagram this morning... My jellyfish encounter was tame compared to others. I don't feel as traumatized anymore :)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Video: Beauty Haul - December 2014 (Sephora, It Cosmetics, Aveda)

I planned to put this up on Jan 4th, but I forgot to upload it before I left for Cuba...  here it is a bit late, my December beauty shopping :)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Love - Hourglass Lighting Blush Palette

I think if you love makeup and you didn't have this prior to the VIB Rouge Sale this past November, then this was on your "get" list once the sale rolled around. It sure was on mine. I love Hourglass products, and this is a gem in my collection.
I was a bit nervous about the colors, because I swatched all the full sized versions on my hand in store, and didn't find anything I like enough to buy. Strangely this did not stop me from putting this in my basket :)... and when I finally got my package and got a chance to try it out on my cheeks... I fell in love.
Every shade is gorgeous... every shade is perfect. I'm so glad to have splurged on this.... I'm so glad to score it during a sale even more :)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Clinique Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry (07)

I've seen several favorable reviews about Clinique's Chubby Sticks when they first came out. I wanted to try one... but Clinique is not a makeup brand I gravitate to, and I wasn't sure I really needed another lip product... or that I would like it... shade options were also something to consider, and I was undecided. 

But this holiday collection finally settled my dilemma... and I've added a mini Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry (sheer berry pink) to my collection (well actually to my purse).
It's described as "nourishing" and "moisturizing" lip balm.  It does feel very comfortable and light when swiped on the lips... non-sticky and without any scent (to my nose).
Color payoff is minimal (this swatch is heavily layered). But it is described as "sheer" so I didn't expect much. For a quick swipe on the go without a mirror this is perfect. The fact that the pencils twist up and need no sharpener make them that much more convenient.
I might check out other shades, but that doesn't mean I will purchase. Deep down I'm still a gloss girls, followed by lipstick, followed by a tinted balm :)

Friday, January 2, 2015

Video: Beauty Empties - Dec. 2014

I hope everyone is having a fantastic 2nd of 2015... I'm working on my tan... but before I left I pre-filmed a couple of my regulars... first up ... the empties :)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year's Eve Everyone!!!

Currently en route to this piece of heaven. We should be in our bikinis and on the beach by 2 pm :) and then ringing in the New Year a few hours later with the beginnings of a tan, or more likely some sunburn... we're so pasty :)

I have a couple of pre-scheduled  posts coming up during my absence, so that I don't start off the new year with a week of silence on my blog :) Otherwise it's no work and all pleasure for the next  7 days :)
Wishing everyone all the best :)

2015 New Year's resolution: Love more, worry less :)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Love - Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide

While I think I’ve found my favourite foundation formulation in anything made by It Cosmetics, that doesn’t stop me from wanting to stray. I hold myself, youtube, and beauty blogosphere responsible :)

It’s on youtube that I first spotted this new item from Laura Mercier. I liked the packaging, I loved the description given by the beauty maven, and I wanted to see it for myself.

On a following trip to Sephora I spotted this on the top shelf in LM aisle, and quickly identified my shade… my perfect shade… incredibly flawless match shade. I have to stress the colour match is spot on… disregarding everything else I had yet to learn about his foundation… because of the colour, this colour that is so spot on, I already loved LM’s new addition. I’m in Cashew by the way, described as “light with neutral/ slightly warm undertones”.

The price had me pull back a bit, $59CAD is a tad steep. Thankfully the VIB Rouge sale rolled around, and I was able to take advantage of the discount.
This has been my go to base practically everyday since the day I got it.

Now I like the packaging, the dark brown sleek shape of the tube appeals to me. However this a bi-phase foundation; meaning when sitting undisturbed it will separate into pigment and liquid.
Before application you must shake this really well to combine the two once again. But beware, because this has happened to so many people that if there is one gripe most have with this product, it’s what happens when you twist the cap off right after a good shake. Which is this…
it squirts like a god-damn fountain, and product goes everywhere… leaving you feeling wasteful and frustrated… for crying out loud you just paid over $50 for this?!… wasn’t this packaging tested by the LM team?!

Relax. Too avoid this from happening, give your tube the best shake you can, then put it down for a couple of min (apply your primer or concealer at this time)… then before you twist the cap, tap it a couple of times on the cap, then open it, and voila no mess spewing all over the place. 

The foundation consistency is on the runny side, LM recommends application using fingers or their sponge. I stick to my beauty blender. Am I using more product this way? Yup, most likely, the sponge definitely absorbs some… but I love the smooth, even finish a beauty blender gives me, so I accept the cost :)

Coverage is medium-to-full, and this melds so well with your skin, as to be imperceptible. Wear time is fantastic. This oil-free foundation is what my oily face needs. Throughout the day I do get some fading in my t-zone, but it’s even fading… and at the end of the day my face still looks put together… well I believe it does :)

LM claims that this product is non-comedogenic; I agree, my acne prone skin did not act up when I started to use this.

So if you’re in the market for a light feel (yes, I have to mention this is weightless on your face) base with good coverage and don’t mind imperfect packaging or the steep price, then I highly recommend this.

Actually I recommend you get yourself colour-matched and a sample to play with first… we don’t all love the same thing :) I don’t want to be responsible for any regret purchases :)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Sephora VIB Rouge 2014 Birthday Treat from MUFE

Being one of millions who celebrates her birthday in December, this little post comes as a surprise to no one who shops at Sephora. Even if you don’t shop at Sephora but follow other beauty blogs, or beauty youtubers, you’ve probably seen this.
So it might be pointless for me to dedicate a post to it, especially since in a few days a new 2015 gift will be revealed. But I still want to do it, simply because I treat my blog as my beauty diary, my product inventory… so for posterity I need to include a mention of the 2014 VIB Rouge Birthday gift. (I believe if you don’t have a VIB Rouge status you still receive a MUFE treat, minus the eye pencil).
I have to say, I’m a fan of this little sample. I really don’t need another black eyeliner, but I don’t mind trying a new one. Love this lipstick shade. Somehow I was under the impression that it was going to be bright bold red, and once I popped the cap I was glad to be wrong. Reds while beautiful are hard for me to wear, but this… this pretty shade I can get along with really well. By the by, it’s number 6N - Diamond Copper Gold from the Rouge Artist Natural collection.
As for the mascara… my that is one ridiculous brush. It’s just so hilariously massive… wonder how I’ll fare trying to wrap my lashes around it :)
Hope everyone had a very delicious Christmas, and for those of you who go all out on Boxing Day, stay strong and stay hydrated :)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas :)

Hopping your holiday season is all you want it to be :)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

IT Cosmetics - Limited Edition CC+ Lip Serum Holiday Collection

So there was one last visit from IT Cosmetics on the Shopping Chanel in December and I couldn't pass up on this limited edition CC+ Lip Serum set. Fave lip product for sure. If IT Cosmetics has a new shade, I buy it. 

Also at that time I had a $25 gift card for anything on the Shopping Chanel. So this set worked out to be very very affordable.
The set has 3 brand new and limited shades:
Joy to the World - pale, pale pink (reminds me of Turkish Delight from NARS)
Snow Bunny - a lovely natural pink
Under the Mistletoe - beautiful rich raspberry
Below some swatches. I'm at a loss for good natural light at this time of the year. If it's not overcast, then the sun goes down too early, and by they time it swings around to my side of the building my pictures end up more yellow toned than they do in the summer. But I think you get the idea.
If you haven't tried these lip serums yet, I think you should. They have a lovely light toffee-vanilla scent, a super smooth non-sticky feel, and gorgeous color payoff.
Plus they condition, moisturize, and all around improve your kisser. I wear them to bed a lot.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Kate Spade: My Birthday this year

I truly don't expect anything for my birthday, except for my husband to remember it, and put a candle in something... anything... He's one of the good ones that pays attention to the small things... or maybe he doesn't pay attention at all, I'm just that easy to read :) 

I'm a semi-early December baby... Dec. 9th is my celebration day to be exact, and this year he surprised me with a Kate Spade bonanza. I do love Kate's kitschy accessories and quality bags. So let me show you this gorgeous new green addition.... Cedar Street Maise (I believe)... love the shape, love the size, love the finish... so love the color :)
 To go with the purse or without... a couple of other gems :) Mabye they say something about me, maybe they don't... still I can't help but be amused by his sense of humor and my love for these items...
 The headband is supper special... a close up of one of the horns to explain why :)
While 2014 as a whole wasn't all that hot... my birthday was more than I could have hoped for... thank you love :)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour - Sugar Frost

Ahhhh Holiday week is rolling around. I'm so relieved... looking forward to slowing down a bit... lately it's been work and sleep for me. I don't mean to sound whiny, but sometimes I just hate when time is flying by and days just disappear.

Today I'll show you my newest LM Caviar Stick acquisition, Sugar Frost. Love these pencils, fantastic color payoff, fantastic formula, awesome wear time... and they blend so easily. A cream shadow superstar for sure.
Sugar Frost is a golden beige, that is a bit frosty :) But smeared all over the lid with some matte shadow of your choice to tone it down and bam... perfect eye :)
I just love these cream shadows... Khaki might be my next one to acquire :)