Friday, December 31, 2010

Balance

My boyfriend/fiance/future husband, does his best to keep me in Dior and any limited edition I talk his ear off about, within reason.... his not mine :) (reason leaves me when it comes to beauty products). But he also balances things out. For example, several months ago I accidentally broke my gorgeous Tissot watch while at the Jo Malone counter. I loved that watch. My wrist felt naked and itchy without it.

Jay got me a replacement....isn't it a  beauty? :) I don't know if he gave it to me as a joke because I destroyed something beautiful and was therefore undeserving of quality, or because he knows I would totally get a kick out of it... it doesn't matter, I love this ridiculous Hello Kitty watch... one of the best conversation starters ever; people can't help but comment on it.

One day in the distant future I hope to trade it in for an Omega; specifically Constellation Iris '95 Steel on Steel (as pictured, image taken from the Omega Watches website). Why an Omega? you might ask. Because it is the sample space; the total set of all possible outcomes :) 

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dior Tailleur Bar Palette

Grey has been my favorite color for over a decade now, every single shade; from palest to almost black. Then pink, then navy, then darks: greens, reds, purples, browns... and then the rest. Grays and grayed out colors dominate my nail polish collection. I went a bit nutty over it, about three months ago. So you can just imagine my excitement over the upcoming spring collections.

Anyways, while we were browsing/shopping on Sunday at Yorkdale we stopped by Holt Renfrew. Jay pointed a Dior item out to me. I glanced quickly, it was beautifully displayed in its own glass case.  I didn't linger because I figured Dior in its own special display is most likely too rich for my pocket. But I've been daydreaming about it and all that gorgeous gray I glimpsed... so I decided to find it online. I knew one of the beauty bloggers out there would have talked about it. Sure enough British Beauty Blogger and Best Things in Beauty didn't disappoint me. Once I read their descriptions, I wanted one of my own.. When I came home from work on Tuesday night, a favorite magenta bag was sitting on top of my laptop... he is delicious...

The Dior Tailleur Bar Palette came out in August 2010. I can't believe I have one. Only 150 of them were sold at the Dior counter at Selfridges London, and in total 4000 of them were made for world wide distribution. This gives me hope for the Chanel Lumieres Byzantine Palette
It comes in a beautiful white textured box. Which is really hard to see in a picture, but trust me, very pretty.
When you slip the box out of the protective sleeve and open it, you are presented with a thick-stock paper card brochure that gives you a brief history of the “Tailleur Bar” aka Bar Suit, lists the colors in the palette, and directions for application. Each palette is signed by Christian Dior (the creator of the jacket of course) and René Gruau (whose sketch was the inspiration for the palette), and is individually numbered. My number is 1852.
The palette is complimented with a Rouge Dior Serum de Rouge.
The color of Rouge Dior Serum de Rouge is Pearly Pink. A very lovely shade of pink, with just a hint of shimmer. This alone retails for $32 USD on the Dior website. I've never used it (because that is a lot of money to pay for a lipstick), but I'm looking forward to it. 
The beautifully designed eyeshadow illustrates Chritsian Dior’s  bar jacket from his 1947 “New Look” Collection and is composed using his favorite colors. In the palette: Blissful Pink (Rose Bonheur) on face, neck, and arm, Whisper Grey (Gris Soupir) jacket, Anthracite Black (Noir Anthracite) gloves, Storm Blue (Bleu Orage) hat, Dawn Grey (Gris Petit Jour) background. Who knew, that Christian Dior and I are attracted to the same shades :)
Palette pictured below first without flash, then with flash.

Isn't it fantastic? Like a piece of art. I want my own glass display for it :) I will definitely use the lipstick, but the shadows will remain untouched for now. The palette is just too gorgeous to dip into.

As Jay was cashing out, he inquired about their spring line. Holt online informed me that it will be available mid January. But the SA said "We received it yesterday." It isn't displayed, and because he's a genius who understands my obsession with anything labeled "limited edition" he asked nicely for the nail polishes. And so Gris Montaigne and Pink Boa (Rose Fanfreluche) are in my possession :)
 
The only sad part is that I can't wear them yet. I was really stressed out from mid November to mid December and my nails took a beating and started to split (I neglected them). I'm letting them grow out before I polish them.  Right now they're so ugly it would be a total waste of good polish.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Clinique - Touch Base for Eyes

 
This is my favorite primer for my eyes, in shade 10 Canvas. It has perfect creamy consistency with just a touch of sheen to it.  I apply it and blended in with my finger, the perfect tool :) As you can see from the picture below it is well used.  I've had it for about 6 months now, I don't use it every day, and it has not dried out on me. It wears really well, keeps my shadows from creasing or fading all day long. It retails for $14 USD or $17.50 CAD.
 I know that many beauty lovers/gurus out there swear by Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion, but I just can't bring myself to pay money for it. I really dislike their packaging. It looks as if getting the last of the product out would be a real hassle. Not so with my Clinique, which is also cheaper by the way.

And so Touch Base is a winner in my book. Definitely worth a re-purchase. I'm also really tempted by their other shades: Canvas Light and Petal Shimmer. Those two could be worn alone as shadows.  I'll keep an eye out for a Clinique promotion of a gift with purchase; it is a favorite way of mine to shop.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Bath & Body Works: Citrus Body Scrub

I was shopping for a body scrub a couple of months ago; while browsing I ended up at Bath and Body Works, and an SA there pointed me to their need a margarita? citrus body scrub. The minute I smelled it I knew I was going to buy it. It was the most heavenly, refreshing, delicious smell. My first thought was mmmmmmm ginger ale.... loooove it. This little jar (6oz) set me back $15 CAD. 
Upon purchase I wished the jar was a bit bigger, this wasn't going to last me long at all. But it turns out to be a good thing. Because other than the amazing smell, this body scrub doesn't have much going for it. It is very, very oily, and turns your tub/shower into a health hazard. Very slippery, one must be careful when applying and also diligent in cleaning up after so as not to inadvertently set a trap for the next person (if you share your washroom), or yourself. It also leave a greasy film on your legs (or wherever you use the scrub), some might enjoy it, but I did not. It required a lot of soaping up to get rid of it. The scrub particles are also very big, and the scrub is kind of runny, so it isn't very effective in actually exfoliating.  

So love the scent, but pass on the product.

Monday, December 27, 2010

my Boxing Day

Yesterday Jay and I decided to experience the Boxing Day rush. We drove to Yorkdale Mall, because there is a store there that Jay wanted to visit, we felt adventurous, and lately we rock when it comes to getting the perfect parking spot.

We arrived at around 4pm. The parking lot was packed, but wouldn't you know it, 5min of working our way to the front, we found a sweet spot next to Sears. We were so close, we left our jackets in the car and dashed for the mall doors.

And it was packed, crazy lineups to electronic stores, Burberry, Marc Jacobs, and a couple others. I don't know what kind of sales these places had, because we weren't about to stand in a line. We just basically enjoyed the madness, and browsed a lot.

We didn't leave empty handed though. Jay bought himself a lovely winter coat. I raided the science fiction and fantasy section at Chapters, bought myself 5 books I can't wait to read. Then at The Body Shop I purchased an almond oil cuticle pen, and two nail polishes.  I think these were a Holiday special, because only two shades were available: Twinkling Pink and Starry Night.  I'm not in love with the colors but I do like them, and I had to have them because: one I didn't have any Body Shop polishes in my collection yet, and two, at $5 per polish I just couldn't resist.
 And so that was our Boxing Day haul :)

I visited the MAC (cosmetics) store, but wasn't tempted by anything from the new line. I'm saving my pennies for the Chanel, Dior, YSL, and Estée Lauder spring lines which should hit Toronto stores mid January. Can hardly wait.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Lush: Big Blue bath bomb

Yet another bath using Lush products. Did I mention I love this stuff? :) Last time I chose to soak my worries and aches away using the Big Blue bath bomb ($6.00 CAD). Main components of this bomb are lemon, lavender, seaweed, and sea salts. Ahhh how relaxing.... No bubbles, but the water turns a lovely blue color, and you just float away.  I find that some bombs can have a strong scent when sampled in store, but keep in mind that they are concentrated, once dropped and dissolved in a bath, it is a totally different story.

There is only one drawback to this bath bomb; but it is easily corrected. This bomb has pletny of seaweed threads inside it, if you just drop it and let it melt in your tub, you'll have a lot of little black ribbons floating around. One, it's a bit of a clean up, and two I was worried they might clog my drain. So a note to myself and anyone else who likes to soak but not clean after; if your bath bomb has an ingredient in it that will not dissolve like seaweed, or lavender flowers, wrap it in cheesecloth first. That way you still get all the benefits and joy out of it, minus the hassle of pieces sticking to your skin or tub.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mineral Powder Brush

So not satisfied with the brush that came with my mineral set, I chose to find one, because I like my mineral blush and bronzer and felt I needed an appropriate brush for them. Pictured, a mineral powder  brush I got at Sephora. Now this is a nice brush, it doesn't shed, and it's so super soft. It feels heavenly on your skin. 
This brush is from their professional line, and it retails for $26 USD ($30 something CAD). A bit pricey, but trust me so worth it. Synthetic bristles "have undergone a hypoallergenic, nontoxic, antibacterial treatment that helps to keep skin healthy and suits all skin types, even the most sensitive." (love that phrase); and with a perfect score I was sure I couldn't go wrong.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Pür Minerals

It just seems to me that mineral makeup is all the rage. Claims of being good for your skin, especially if your skin is problematic, had me tempted to try it. I chose to try Pür Minerals, because their sample set, was right for my pocket at around $40 CAD. It is called Pur Minerals Pur-fect 4 Piece Starter Kit and it includes (from left to right) 4-in-1 Pressed Powder Mini, Mineral Glow Mini, Mineral Marble Powder Mini, and Pur Tip (the brush).
4-in-1 Pressed Powder Mini is their version of a powder, foundation, and concealer all in one. Hmmm that's three... what's the fourth one? Anyways I didn't like it. The coverage was minimal, I didn't like the way it sat on my skin, and my face felt kind of itchy with it on. I can think of a couple of people who could wear this foundation, but their faces look perfect without any makeup to start with. 

Pictured in the middle is their Mineral Glow Mini. For that sun kissed look, and it's an alright product. It has a little bit of  a shine to it, but it's settle enough. I like to wear it on top of my cheeks.

Next, Mineral Marble Powder Mini. This is my favorite product from this set. It can be used on your cheeks, your lids (I really liked it on my eyes), or it can be paired with a mineral lip gloss and used on your lips (I'll just stick with my regular lip gloss), but on cheeks and eyes... this product is lovely.

Now for the brush that's included in the set. I hate it. One, it sheds. Two, it hurts. I'm serious, this is the prickliest brush ever. It felt like it was scratching my skin, not buffing the minerals in. It needs a serious redesign.
So, overall, I'm not sold on the mineral foundation hype with Pür Minerals, but I will try others... because I'm an addict...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Dior Minaudière Clutch

Yesterday I had a bad day. It was extremely frustrating.  By 5pm I had a pounding headache and the butterflies in my stomach were making me seriously nauseous. I managed to text Jay a bit of my drama. He knew I wasn't happy, but he also knew how to turn my evening around.
I was presented with a box wrapped in gold paper (pictured once I ripped it off) ... when I saw Dior on the ribbon, my heart skipped a beat, and I couldn't help but smile. I'm an easy sell :)
 then the box... oh my...
 Oh the Dior 2010  Holiday Minaudière Clutch, it just gorgeous.
You're looking at Pink Golds version of the clutch.  It is so, so pretty.  Three stunning eye shadows and two beautiful lip products. I love how the lip side is protected by the little lid.  I wanted to do swatches, but can't bring myself to dip my finger or a brush into it yet.

He also understands my nail polish obsessions and got me Dior's Timeless Gold. I already own it along with Bronze Libertine, but don't mind having a duplicate. It is a very lovely shade. (I should do a swatch sometime soon).
The SA included an awesome sample of a mini bottle of J’adore with his purchase. Another welcome addition to my collection of minis. I've started to collect mini versions of the original fragrances. Currently my collection consists of only 3, but trust me it will expand with time. 
And a couple of samples of Dior's Hypnotic Poison, which I will sample and wear.  Mini atomizers do not make it into my mini collection. :)
 I hope everyone's Holiday Season is turning out to be a great one.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

mini brushes from MAC's Tartan collection

On Dec. 14th Dalton McGuinty sent me a cheque for $335. For non-Ontarians all you need to know is that it's a government kickback due to some tax changes that took place in our province. I took that as a sign that I need to treat myself…  so three days later while Christmas shopping for family, I ended up at MAC and purchased this mini brush set from their Holiday Tartan collection. 

It retailed for $58 CAD. The bag the brushes came in is very pretty, and can be used as a purse; shoulder strap was included. But I don't know if I will because my purse equals a carry on, I don't see how I can fit my essentials into this tiny thing.  I might give it to someone as a treat.

They had 3 different sets to choose from. Two of them were sold out, but luckily not the one I wanted. They were down to 4 though. So my brush set includes mini versions of 187, 168, 252, 219, and 209 (from left to right). 
Now I feel like my brush set is complete, I finally own a brush for every job there is. I kind of like the shorter brush handles, and for the price, I'm really happy with the quality as well.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

birthday treat

I'm a sucker for treats. Sephora has one for your birthday. It is available for pick up from two weeks before, to two weeks after your special day. I don't know how but I missed it last year, so this year I made sure I didn't. It was a cute little package that included a mini of their Aspen Summit eye shadow, a nano eye pencil in Silver Green, and a mascara.

I am sweet on the shadow. Haven't worn it yet, only swatched it on my finger. But I have a feeling I will enjoy it. It is a very pretty shimmery silver white. I don't know if I'll wear it in my inner corner or for brow bone highlight, or pair it with something else on my eyelid, but I will give it a go. It actually makes me think of a frosty, sunny, winter day.The pencil is a kind of grayish silver green; pretty. Nothing I own comes close to it, and it is definitely something I will wear. As the for the mascara, well as long as it doesn't clump or crumble I will enjoy it as well.
Presents take some of the sting away from the fact that I'm getting older :)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil

So as a person who likes her makeup, I've become a fan of the cleansing oil routine.  I refer to it as the pre-cleanse because once I use the oil, I follow up with my regular cleanser. I've tried makeup wipes but wasn't sold.  One day while bumming around on the internet, specifically Sephora's website, I started to explore the Boscia line. I liked what I read and the next day acquired their cleansing oil.

Let me tell you, I love this stuff. I use this at the end of the day, when I need to take all my makeup off. I take a pump or two and gently rub all over my face including my eyes, then add a touch of water. This turns milky on your skin, I rub some more, then rinse and follow with my regular cleanser. This oil takes off all my makeup, including mascara, it doesn't sting or burn, even when I open my eyes to see if I missed a spot. So gentle and yet so effective. It contains eucalyptus oil and menthol, so you may experience that cooling sensation on your skin.  I guess that varies from person to person, because I didn't feel anything.

Boscia is a Japanese skin care line. Their products are preservative-free and botanically-based. I guess that may explain the cost a bit; a 150ml (5oz) bottle retails for $33 CAD ($23 US). Currently I am almost done with my second bottle, I was going to repurchase but then became tempted by something else on the market. Specifically cleansing oils from Clarins, Shu Uemura, and Dermalogica. I plan to eventually try them all. I'll review them as I do.

In conclusion; Boscia cleansing oil is awesome. It is also my first cleansing oil, only time will tell if I still feel the same about it, once I've sampled others.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

on with Lush...

So so far I've tried a bomb, a bubble bar, and last week I tried a bath melt. My flavor of choice was MMM Melting Marshmallow Moment ($7.95 CAD).  It smelled lovely, turned my water opaque, but did not froth (and supposedly it's supposed to).  It did not matter I still enjoyed it. I have the best sleep after a good long Lush soak... only regret is not trying it sooner :)

I think once I've sampled all that I want individualy, I'll start to mix and match the products, like a bubble bar with a bomb.

I've also picked up a vegan conditioner... haven't used it yet, hope it delivers. 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I'm annoyed...

Chanel is putting out this beauty in June 2011. It's a part of their upcoming Byzance Make-Up Collection; an absolutely stunning Lumieres Byzantine Palette. Why am I annoyed you ask? Well supposedly they're only making 1500 of them... how in the world am I supposed to get my sticky hands on one??? With so few will it even be available to regular public???

I know I shouldn't get worked up over it... " Chanel limited edition" most likely means "I can't afford it" anyways.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Versace Bright Crystals

I first sampled this fragrance at Sephora in March, and I loved it. On several subsequent visits, I would sample it, just to make sure I still liked it, and I did.

And then one day in July I was picking up a few essentials at Shoppers Drug Mart and there it was again.  I gave in and used my points and some cash to purchase it.

It is a nice light fragrance. But now that I've had it for 5 months or so... I came to realize I don't love it, I kind of like it, but not really. Somehow I just feel like it's too young and bright for me. hmmmm you think the name Bright Crystals would have given me a clue... and every single day, I dislike the top more and more, it's just so ridiculously huge. I own the 1.7oz bottle, and the top seems to be as big as the body.

Maybe it's the winter blues because on Sephora's site this perfume has near perfect rating score.  So it definitely has lots of fans. I think I'll shelve it and see if my love for it will return with warmer months... because right now I'm over it.

And since my ability to describe a scent basically compromises of "like it, don't like it".  Here is a more insightful description from Sephora:

Inspired by a mixture of Donatella Versace's favorite floral fragrances, Bright Crystal is a fresh, sensual blend of refreshing chilled yuzu and pomegranate mingled with soothing blossoms of peony, magnolia, and lotus flower, warmed with notes of musk and amber.

Notes: Iced Accord, Yuzu, Pomegranate, Peony, Magnolia, Lotus Flower, Acajou, Vegetal Amber, Musk.
Style: Sheer. Sensual. Luminous.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

scented candles

I love scented candles. Discovered these in early October at Bath & Body Works, a store I used to never visit because I found the sales people a bit pushy.  But for the love of scents, I put up with it.  The 14.5 oz 3-wick candles usually retail for $20 US (approx $23 CAD), but if you're patient, wait and eventually a sale will come on, like the one that's happening currently of "buy two for the price of one".

I really like the packaging, and the silver lid.  Once the candle is all burned out they are a very nice size for storing other things.  And the flavors these candles come in are amazing; around 60 different scents to choose from (if I'm not mistaken).  While I'm typing this I'm enjoying Autumn. I can't really describe the scent, except to say it's really pleasant.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Dr. Hauschka Lip Care Stick

I discovered Dr. Hauschka lip balm about 7 years ago.  Have been a faithful user since. This is my purse buddy, I do not leave home without it. Until I found Josie Maran's argan oil lip treatment Dr. Hauschka is all used. Now I have one for home (Maran)  and one on the go (Dr. H).

Dr. Hauschka is a holistic skin care line originating from Germany. Their products are certified natural and free of artificial preservatives; and the ingredients used are ecologically and ethically sourced out.  All in all a very nice line. I've used a few products, and I enjoyed them.

Dr. H's lip balm is not vegan, because it contains beeswax. But I cannot give it up. Jojoba wax and shea butter protect my pucker from the elements and getting dry or cracked. Plenty of other plant waxes and oils soften and nurture your lips keeping them lovely and kissable all year round.  The color is a dark orange-yellow, and it has a very delicate herbal scent. It glides easily onto your lips, leaving them with a lovely sheen as well as moisturized. The company also states that this lip balm does not encourage dependency, but I tend to disagree on this point because I cannot go without.

Dr. Hauschka line used to be carried only by salons and spas.  But then Sephora arrived in Canada, and they had it on their shelves. For one reason or another Sephora discontinued Dr. H in their stores a while back. However about a year ago or maybe more I found Dr. H on the shelves of Shopper Drug Mart stores (but not all stores carry it).  This made me extremely happy because I'm a sucker for anything with a reward point system. And shelling out $18.00 CAD for a .16oz stick is pricey. I also found this line at Whole Foods and The Big Carrot.

When Jay first found out how much I spend on lip balm he was shocked.  He relied on a popular drug store brand. I asked him to play along and use Dr. H. Of course I had a convert almost instantly. Once, when he run out he repurchased his drug store brand, and realized the huge difference between the two. He hasn't strayed since, and we always have backups at home. 

And here is a list of ingredients; notice that the list does not read like something from a chemical lab.
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lanolin, Beeswax/Cera Flava, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil (Jojoba Wax), Fragrance/Parfum (Essential Oil), Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Citral, Linalool, Farnesol, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Wax, Lecithin

Friday, December 10, 2010

Josie Maran Argan Lip Treatment

My new favorite lip balm; I keep my little jar on a bathroom shelf, it looks so pretty.

When I first spotted this gem I was shopping for a birthday present for one of my sisters.  I really liked the look of it, and when I smelled it I was sold; a most delicious aroma of green apples.  I didn't try it because many fingers have sampled from the open pot, but I bought two one for her and one for me. At $18.00 USD it's not exactly cheap but I think it's worth it.

1. I'm still on my first pot that I bought in August. I use it at night, or whenever I'm bumming around the house, just because while I love the packaging I don't think it's purse friendly.

2. You need only the tiniest bit to moisturize your lips.  It feels wonderful. The balm is the palest of pinks in color, and it has a very buttery texture. It just melts on your lips, making them supersoft and delicious.

3. It smells wonderfully of green apples, but it doesn't have a strong flavor.  Flavor if any is very settle and practically unnoticeable.

4. Of course it contains argan oil which is very high in vitamin E and essential fatty acids which have great anti-aging properties... and who wants wrinkled lips???

5. It is organic and made without: parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs, triclosan... doesn't that sound good?

I still have at least a month to go before I run out, but I repurchased another jar 5 weeks ago, because it seems to be a top seller at Sephora. Many times that I've ventured in they were sold out. I didn't want to be without it... and that says it all I think.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner

I'm starting to think of myself as a bit of a makeup/beauty junkie. But for someone who considers herself one I realized I don't own anything from MAC except for one nail polish.  So about 4 weeks ago, before Jason's drama, on a Sunday afternoon after work we decided to do some Holiday shopping. We went to Yorkdale Mall of all places, which is quite a trip for us.

For this Holiday season MAC came out with it's Tartan collection. I really liked the look, and decided to investigate.  Nothing was really calling my name until I swatched their Black Line pencil across the back of my hand. My mind just screamed out OMG! I have to have it! (yes my mind capitalizes and abbreviates :)) The smoothness and creaminess of this pencil along with the intensity of the color had me sold on it in a nanosecond.

Sadly they were all out.  But now I was a woman obsessed and on a mission, I just had to have it. From MAC store in Yorkdale we went to a MAC counter at The Bay (Yorkdale), no luck.  I was done shopping for other stuff, Jay and I jumped on the subway and headed to Eaton's Center. At the MAC store at Eaton's I got the Black Line, and at the MAC counter in The Bay (Eaton), I acquired Undercurrent and Petrol Blue (they were the last two). I was also seriously tempted by Black Swan but decided to exert a bit of control. At $17.50 CAD per pencil I reached my makeup allowance that day.

So as you can see from my picture:

Black Line is a gorgeous black with gold pearl shimmer.
Petrol Blue is a dark navy with blue pearl shimmer.
Undercurrent is a beautiful teal (I like to think of it as peacock green) with pearl shimmer.

I've worn them all... I love them all, they're lovely long wearing, non smudging definitely intense (so to each its own) pencils

Black Swan is a black pencil with a kind of silver pearl shimmer to it... so pretty, I still sometimes think about it, but haven't given in.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Clarins Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream-Gel

For the past couple of years now, almost every skincare product I've purchased had at least one of the following in it's description or name:
- anti-aging
- wrinkle prevention
- wrinkle correction
- line eraser
- smoothing
- plumping
- resurfacing
- reversing
- reinforcing
- time arresting
- youth recovery
- firming
I'm not really afraid of aging, I just don't see reason in speeding up the process. In truth I don't think any of the products really live up to all the claims, and I don't expect miracles, but still I purchase them. My latest acquisition (early November) is Clarins Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream-Gel for normal and combination skin types. For me at $57.00 CAD it falls into the mid range pricewise.  It's not the most expensive thing on the shelf but not exactly cheap either.

I'm not quite sure how to tell it's working. One it might be too soon, but two if I do get a wrinkle, would I have gotten two if I didn't use this cream.... hmmmm.  But here is what Clarins claims
    1. Corrects early signs of aging
    > Ambiaty extract encourages the synthesis of the main components dermal-epidermal junction and papillary dermis.  
    2. Helps slow down the appearance of visible fine lines
     > Hesperidin delivers a reinforced, continuous antioxidant action preventing skin damage  caused by free radicals.
    3. Provides moisturization, comfort and radiance
    > Katafray and Quinoa moisturizes and nourishes the skin.
    > The E3P complex protects the skin against pollution.
    > Light-reflecting pigments minimize the appearance of fine lines and instant radiance.


Well beside the point of does it really work on the first sings of aging, I quite like this cream.  It's non greasy, absorbs quickly, has lovely creamy-gel texture, feels silky when applied, and it smells sooo good. I love it, I just want to stick my nose in the jar... gorgeous. And as you can see it's a pretty pale pink in color. It might be a bit heavy for the hot humid days of summer but this cold weather calls for something richer than lotion and I've found it.

If I do notice changes in a couple of months and I'm not tempted by anything else on the market I will be repurchasing... winter is long and cruel to skin in Canada.

Monday, December 6, 2010

more Lush

This Sunday I took another Lush bath.  Saturday we had our annual Holiday get together, and I was up until 4am on Sunday. Around noon on Sunday, once we rolled out of bed, we began the major clean up, along with some new furniture rearrangement.  It was a big job... so once we were done my muscles were aching and I just felt like some hot water and major bubbles.

Out of my Lush stash I chose the The Comforter Bubble Bar, because I heard and read some rave reviews.  The flavor of the bar is  blackcurrant, it's a light, delicious scent.  It is pretty sizable and my chunk cost me $8.95 CAD.  You can definitely cut it in two or four if you're budget savvy, I decided to experience the whole bar all at once (but next time I'll definitely halve it).

So once I showered and applied deep conditioner to my hair. I filled the tub while melting/crumbling the bar under running water. The water turned a lovely pink-purple and I got clouds of bubbles.  This is the best bubble product I've tried to date. The bubbles were crazy, I couldn't  believe it, pillows and pillows of bubbles, the water wasn't even halfway up the tub, and I had bubbles up to my chin already.

After just one use this product is already one of my favorites, and once it's time to restock my Lush stash this is one bar I'll be repurchasing 100%.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Favorite: Lancôme lipstick in Love It!

I'm not crazy about Lancôme  skincare products, but I simply love their makeup. My current favorite lipstick is form their cream collection, and it is called Love It! and I do! I didn't buy it, it was a part of a gift with purchase promotion a while back.  But I will totally repurchase once I run out, so I hope it exists in their permanent line. It is a gorgeous nude rosy-pink. It glides on so smoothly, feels wonderful, has no taste, and just a touch of sheen.  I'll have check out some more shades... this is a winner in my book. 

Friday, December 3, 2010

Guerlain Météorites Powder For The Face in Teint Rosé 01

Ahhhh Guerlain... one of my favorite brands. One of the priciest as well.  I added Météorites Powder For The Face in Teint Rosé 01 to my collection at the beginning of summer this year. It comes in a lovely metallic container (much better than the previous cardboard box). Glad I waited until they redesigned the look.

As you can see from my container sides, it is well used, but not a lot of it is used up. This powder comes in 3 color options: Teint Rosé 01 (for light skin tones), Teint Beige 02 (for medium skin tones), Teint Doré 03 (for dark skin tones).

Now what is it supposed to do?... Well... "Inspired by light and created by Guerlain, Météorites Pearls employ the technology of white light, which is used in photography and film to erase imperfections and soften features. A constellation of 6 multi-colored pearls blend together for a flawless, radiant complexion."

Teint Rosé has 6 different colored pearls: pink, purple, green, yellow, white, and light beige. Each color to counteract different imperfections on your face.

Does it work?
I'm not sure, I really can't tell if it makes much of a difference, but I still love using it.  It smells heavenly, and I use a light sweep with a big brush each morning to finish off my face.  It feels lovely on, doesn't cake, or make you look shiny.

Will I pick it up again?
If the budget allows, then for sure, there is just something about it...

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Burberry Eye Liner in Midnight Blue

My sisters and I agree that gift certificates are meant to acquire things you want, not things you need. So I acquired another Burberry item at the same time as my Almond eye shadow; an eye pencil (thank you family). The pencil is square (kind of neat) with a signature Burberry gunmetal cap.  Each pencil comes with its own sharpener (that's neat too); and it is a good one, not only for Burberry pencils.

The color I chose is called Midnight Blue, and it sure is.  In daylight you can barely see the blue, and when I swatched it in store, I seriously thought I picked out a black one until I read the name. However as you can see a change of light, brings out the beautiful dark navy of this pencil. I love it.  The formula is smooth, and creamy, and easily blendable.  The SA also said that it is waterproof... That doesn't concern  me, a waterproof or not feature never enters the "to purchase, or not to purchase" decision. I don't know it's just never been a selling point for me, and never something that I specifically look for.

While the pencil is gorgeous, and I'm glad I own it, I'm super happy that it was a birthday treat.  It retails for $30.00 CAD per pencil... ouch!!!... so it's definately not a must own, but it is a great gift for makeup aficionados :) . There are plenty of cheaper options out there, with equal quality.  One Burberry pencil in my collection is all I need... for now...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Burberry Eye Shadow in Almond

A very thoughtful gift from family in the form of a Holt Renfrew gift certificate was much appreciated.  Because I've been dreaming of owning a Burberry shadow since they first launched their makeup line earlier this summer (I believe it was July).

The line is relatively small compared to others.  It's clearly aimed at regular women vs make up artists.  It includes 9 liquid foundations, 9 compact foundations, 2 powders, 4 compact highlighters, 4 blushes, 14 shades of lipstick, 8 lip glosses, 5 lip liners, 5 eye liner pencils, a mascara, and a kabuki type brush. There are only 20 eye shadows in the collection and they are all wearable... very earthy colors .  There are no crazy bights or sparkles, instead lots of nudes and neutrals, soft pinks, blues, metallics, and a few dark ones for a more dramatic smokey looks.

While I was browsing the SA suggested a quick eye tutorial. But as I don't really like people touching me, and talking me into stuff I have no intention of purchasing, I declined.  I also already knew what I wanted, I was just browsing because I like to do it. I was torn between two shadows.  So I asked her looking at my color and eyes which one she would suggest for an everyday natural look.  Her automatic response was Almond... super... because that was one of the shades I was contemplating, and so the choice was made.

From the picture you can see that each shadow comes in its own special pouch. The compact itself is heavy for it's size, gunmetal in color (fave), with a magnetic closure. It also has a standard sponge applicator, that sometimes I'll use. And as you've noticed, I dipped into the upper left corner, so as to preserve the Burberry crosshatch on my shadow for a bit longer.

The color itself is gorgeous. It doesn't really translate in pictures. It applies with ease, blends beautifully, and lasts.  The price tag on the other hand, is another story. I'm happy that this wasn't coming out of my own pocket, because at $33.00 CAD per shadow, my salary needs to double for me to do it. So thank you Justyna, Mike, and Kinga :)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

NARS lip gloss in Turkish Delight

I've been eying NARS glosses for a while now.  But I couldn't justify the price, $28.00 CAD.  When Sephora sent me a coupon for 20% off any purchase in-store, I finally could sort of, kind of, justify my purchase.

I was torn between Chihuahua (for obvious reason that I own one and she's super awesome) and Turkish Delight (because it's freaking delicious and it was featured in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", by C.S Lewis). Ok, getting over the names, Turkish Delight won me over with its beautiful pale pink color, and no glitter chunks in sight.

I tested the colors on the back of my hand. That's as far as I go with in-store testing of any kind of a product that could have possibly had many, many different fingers in it.  I then easily follow with some sanitizer or makeup remover. I do not try any products in-store on my face that others can as well, no creams, no lipsticks, no lip glosses, no shadows, absolutely no mascaras or pencils of any kind. I'm not a huge germaphobe or anything, after all I have two dogs, a cat, and I share a washroom with a boy, but publicly shared cosmetics of any kind just have a certain ick factor for me.

I will take samples if they are individually packaged, or they come from a container fingers can't get into. Otherwise I'll just buy my product and hope for the best. 

So, loved it on the back of my hand. Not so much on my lips.  The gloss isn't clear, its opaque. A kind of milky pink, and it settles into the fine lines on your lips, even if I put lipstick on first.  So personally I do not like that look, but I'll use it up because I bought it, and it was pricey. It's actually a bonus for me that it doesn't wear very long at all, it needs constant reapplying.  I tried to take a picture of it on my lips to show what I mean, but it turned out gross, so you'll have to be satisfied with the swatch on the back of my hand.

A couple of pluses, because it's not a total disaster. It has nice consistency, it's not sticky and doesn't have a strong taste or smell.

I know many people out there love NARS glosses and Turkish Delight in particular, but I'm just not one of them.  One day when I have more money to burn I might buy another, but right now, I'll take a pass.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Nail Polish Swatch: YSL - Pink Gold (140)

I saw it, I loved it, I bought it. YSL has three different gold nail polished for this Holiday Season: white gold, gold, and pink gold. I felt I had someting similar to the white and regular gold polish, and so I acquired the pink.  In my eyes it's not really pink, the color is more of a brand new copper penny.  Beautiful, original, but I wouldn't call it pink. Pictures don't do this shade justice.  It's nearly impossible for me to capture  the loveliness of a metallic shade, I just don't have the skill.

Application was nice and easy, no streaking.  The gold cap slips off so you have a small brush handle to manage. Great coverage in one coat, but two makes everything that much better. Definitely no regrets about this purchase.