Thursday, September 18, 2014

Aveda Shampure Shampoo

For a period of time in my life I used to frequent a salon that only stocked and used Aveda products. I was loyal to a stylist, who's hands were magic. She knew my hair, knew my likes, knew my quirks, and my social awkwardness.  Then my stylist left, and shortly after so did I. No one there had quite the deft fingers she did. Sometimes I find myself missing that Aveda salon scent, but not enough to venture back.

Few months back, I needed a shampoo and my nostalgia led me to buy this one. I don’t think this scent will have a universal appeal, it’s quite herbal and strong, but I like it.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from it. Even with online research I could not figure out if “Shampure” means this shampoo is pure and therefore gentle and good for everyday use… or if “Shampure” means this shampoo is clarifying, as in, use once in a while to remove build up. Since I wash my hair daily, I just decided to interchange it with others that I have so that I won’t overdo it in case it’s the second one.

At this time, my bottle is running dry, and I have to say all in all great stuff. After each use, my fine hair has body and bounce; and I’m a fan. I used it in conjunction with some Phyto conditioners I have (this one and this one); and it was an excellent hair cocktail.

I want to repurchase, but I don’t want to spend the money :) Hoping to find it on sale at Winners or Home Sense one of these days… fingers crossed :) If I don't find it on sale, I still might splurge... it doesn't take much for me to talk myself into a "need" for a product :)

UPDATE: ummmm don't know how I missed it, but prior to this post going up I checked Aveda website again and the shampoo is described as "gentle daily shampoo", so there is my answer. I decided to add this update instead of re-writing this post... lazy are I.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Love - EO Shower Gel in Meyer Lemon + Honey

Today I want to talk about this great body wash. Like any girl/woman I go thorough a lot of body wash. Many days a week I tend to shower twice (morning and night)… that is normal, right? :) I think it is... While I also feel I was a cat in my past life because I actually hate getting wet, I love smelling and feeling clean... and so I shower :)

My ramble don’t matter...what matters is that a 250ml bottle of anything doesn’t last me very long; and while body wash doesn’t have to be expensive those $4.99 purchases add up when you’re making them often... and more often than not I would purchase something closer to the ten dollar mark...

So, one day, Winners browsing, I spot this on the shelf. Read the description and love it, smell it and love it, see the price tag and you guessed it love it.

It’s a giant 1L bottle of happy. First the scent “Meyer Lemon & Honey”. Delicate, citrusy, slightly sweet.

The price for this shower staple, only $12.99 CAD (+ some taxes of course).

It’s been 5 months since I put this in my shower. I still have a bit over 1/4 of the bottle left. But I ventured into Home Sense the other day and picked up another bottle. This time a refreshing blend of “Grapefruit & Mint”.

Final Note. Winners, Home Sense, Marshall’s… those three are relatively close to my place… and they all carry very similar stuff. Find something at one, good chance the other 2 also have it… at least when it comes to body wash :)
And that great description:

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Urban Decay The Mother Lode Swatch XVII - Polyester Bride, Vanilla, Maui Wowie, Zephyr

This is the last Mother Lode swatch post... I'm sad and at the same time relieved that I managed to go through them all. Now I better to start using them :)
Polyester Bride - white snow shimmer with silver micro-glitter
Vanilla - golden pearl shimmer
Maui Wowie - metallic golden beige with silver glitter
Zephyr - natural pearl shimmer
natural light - shade
natural light - direct sunlight
flash


Friday, September 12, 2014

Urban Decay The Mother Lode Swatch XVI - Virgin, Foxy, Verve, Midnight Cowgirl

Now for the real pales...
Virgin - cool pale beige satin
Foxy - cream bisque matte
Verve - oyster shimmer
Midnight Cowgirl - warm sand shimmer with multi-colored glitter
natural light - shade
natural light- direct sunlight
flash

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Urban Decay The Mother Lode Swatch XV - Baked, X, Naked, Half Baked

 
Baked - rich bronze shimmer  
X - peach shimmer with gold shift 
Naked - nude matte 
Half Baked - golden bronze
natural light - shade
natural light - direct sunlight
flash

Monday, September 8, 2014

Urban Decay The Mother Lode Swatch XIV - Buck, Chase, YDK, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again

We are moving onto some browns and neutrals...
Buck - fawn brown matte (so gorgeous... love the texture)
Chase - bright bronze
YDK - cool bronze shimmer 
Midnight Cowboy Rides Again - light pink champagne with silver glitter (too coarse for my liking... don't know how we'll get along)
natural light - shade
natural light - direct sunlight
flash

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Christian Louboutin - Rouge Louboutin

The bolgosphere has let me down :) I did not find about this from other bogglers but from a random visit to HR website.

And in turn I’ve let my blog down, because I acquired this on Aug 2nd, but not talking about it until now.

So you most likely already know that Christian Louboutin is coming out with nail polish (maybe it will lead to a full makeup range eventually), but for now just polish. There will be 31 initial shades grouped into 3 categories (nude, pop (brights), noir (darks) ). The other 30 joined the initial first on Aug. 30 at Holt Renfrew on Bloor St (shoe dept.). By the end of Aug 31, 5 shades were sold out (3 from the noir range and 2 from the nude range). I sure hope they restock soon.

However going back to the first jewel in this collection; the gorgeous Rouge Louboutin, the iconic red shade found on the soles of all those beautiful shoes only a few of us can ever afford.

I could not imagine not having this in my collection.

Limited quantity would have made acquiring one tricky if not for my husband and the people he befriends. This is the most expensive single polish in my collection (approx $65 CAD with taxes).
One of my sister’s asked me if it was worth it, what’s the colour payoff, wearability, durability, and so on… I looked at her like she was nuts… I didn’t buy it because of how it wears… I bought if for what it is!, which is the first CL nail polish! (so maybe I’m the nut :))
 But it is oh so gorgeous. The bottle designed after one of his most impossible creations the “Ballerina Ultima” slipper. The cap is 8 inches in length (the actual heel height of the slipper). Glass a gorgeous ombre transitioning from black to clear… and that irresistible Louboutin red.
I’m sorry to say, you’ll have to troll the web for swatches. I have yet to bring myself to pop the seal and open this up. The furthest I’ve gone is to take it out of its packaging.

I feel no regrets over my splurge. I’m not sure when or if I’ll ever wear it, but even if I don’t, this still makes one heck of a gorgeous paper weight :)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Foundation Regret - Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation

I can remember the video I filmed months ago and my excitement over acquiring Tarte’s Maracuja foundation at half price.  I should have contained my excitement until I gave it a go.

Reasons I bought it:
- it was half price
- it had ‘miracle’ in the name :) (I thought my skin would be transformed… delusional)
- it read like something my skin would absolutely love

But really the fact that this foundation was on sale should have been a major clue. I mean things that usually go on sale at Sephora are either past their season, or being discontinued. The second one in this case.

Even Tarte doesn’t have this product on their site, and having tried it I understand why.

Below comparison between Tarte’s Amazonian Clay which I have been really liking recently and Maracuja.
A little side note on the Amazonian Clay. I don’t really know which shade I have. The back of my tube says “Light” but on Sephora.com this particular shade does not exist, instead we have: Fair-Light Honey, Light Sand, Light Beige, Light Neutral, Light-Medium Sand, Light-Medium Beige, and Light-Medium Honey. Seems colour range has changed since the day I acquired mine.
And speaking of light, so is Maracuja, except this “Light” is really a light orange, and to me it’s noticeably darker than Amazonian Clay. Maybe I could have worked with this, if it didn’t turn even more orange on my skin. This really, really loves to oxidize… one of the possibilities of why it wasn’t a popular product… or it could be the fact that it had no staying power (at least on my skin)... and ohhh the transfer. Although to be honest I only wore this like 3 times, before I decided oompa loompa look is not my game and I just didn’t care to try and figure out a combo that would make this work.  In my opinion there are too many products and choices out there. I expect my products to be a match from the get go, I don’t expect to make it work. You know what I mean? Plus it appears this is also way past it’s expiry date…
We are parting ways. This purchase is a definite regret. Lesson learned: “Don’t buy sale foundation. It’s on sale for a reason.”

Friday, August 29, 2014

Urban Decay The Mother Lode Swatch XIII - SWF, Bordello, Asphyxia, ACDC

Last little bit of purples...
SWF - pale cotton candy pink shimmer with silver micro-glitter
Bordello - pale mauve shimmer with gold micro-glitter
Asphyxia - hyacinth shimmer with blue shift
ACDC -  smokey greyish purple shimmer (Lisa Eldridge did a somkey eye video with this shade)
natural light - shade
natural light - direct sunlight
flash

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Urban Decay The Mother Lode Swatch XII - Last Call, Woodstock, Fishnet, Psychedelic Sister

More pink-purples....
Last Call - metallic sugar plum
Woodstock - saturated deep pink shimmer (didn't feel as smooth and creamy as Last Call)
Fishnet - bright pink shimmer with purple shift
Psychedelic Sister - deep amethyst shimmer
natural light - shade
natural light - direct sunlight
flash

Monday, August 25, 2014

Urban Decay The Mother Lode Swatch XI - Gravity, Grifter, Flash, Rockstar

Moving onto some purples....
 
Gravity - deep violet shimmer with multi-colored micro-glitter 
Grifter - sheer lavender with silver micro-glitter 
Flash - bright iridescent purple shimmer 
Rockstar - deep aubergine shimmer
natural light - shade
 natural light - direct sunlight
flash