Thursday, March 31, 2011

Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation

I acquired this foundation after my makeup lesson at Laura Mercier counter at Holt Renfrew.  While I wasn't impressed with the application by the "makeup artist" (too heavy and a bit uneven), I saw potential because I really liked the color match, and decided that I'm willing to spend $55 CAD.

This is LMs oil free foundation in Warm Ivory. I would classify it as a medium to full in coverage. I find that it has a lot of pigmentation and I need one pump and a bit for my whole face. I apply it using my Sigma F80 brush and I like the end result. It covers beautifully, evenly, and it doesn't budge for about 6-7 hours. I tested it over a few different primers, and got the same wear time with each one.

Now will I repurchase? It depends. This foundation is definitely better than most that I've tried to date, but I'm not ready to settle down with it yet. At this time I have moved it to the top of my mental favorite list. Once I've tried all others that I want, and none of them come close, then yes I will repurchase… so it will be a couple of years at least, before I know for sure…

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Lancôme Blush Subtil in Aplum

I like blushes, even though it takes me forever to actually use one up. To be honest I have yet to use one up (I own 6… ok 8, but two of them were free). Lancôme had a lovely gift with purchase a year or so ago that I wanted, and to get it I picked up their Blush Subtil - Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush in Aplum.

This a matte blush (love), that looks kind of dark in the compact, but applies quite sheer (love), is oil free (love), and oil absorbing (even more love). Before I made my purchase I did my research because I didn't want to spend $29.50 USD on a substandard product. And there is nothing substandard about it, it is lovely, totally wowed me, and I highly recommended it.
This blush gives your cheeks a natural delicate wash of color (is buildable if you like). I think it would compliment nicely a whole range of skin tones. It's easy to work with, applies evenly, blends seamlessly, and lasts as long as your foundation does (if you're wearing any).

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

bare Minerals mascara

This was another purchase made after watching a video by Lisasz09 sometime ago. She loved these mascaras. First a coat of the volumizing one, and then a second coat of the defining one.
As you can see the brushes are quite different. I really like the volumizing one, this is a winner. The formulation is wonderful, it doesn't clump, and coats my lashes evenly.  The defining mascara is nothing much on it's own. I could live without it. But putting it on after the volumizing one is like a cherry on top of a sundae. I'm not sure what it does (defines I guess... lol) but it gives my eyes that extra ooomph.
Because I use these mascaras at the same time, I count them as one, and  I'm not proud to say that this is the most expensive mascara combo I've bought to date. Each retails for $18 USD (a bit over $20 CAD), so while I do like the effect, I do not see myself repurchasing both of these again. However, I might go back for the volumizing one, if I don't find a comparable one in the near future.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Cashmere Inverted-Pleat Dress

(image from Neiman Marcus website)
I love to online shop at Neiman Marcus, for two reasons:
1. They ship to Canada.
2. When they have a promotion of free shipping over a certain amount spent, or free shipping at any price, that also includes Canadian orders.

I browse the site regularly and bookmark anything that catches my eye. I visit my bookmarks regularly as well because, I never purchase anything at regular price. I wait until it goes on sale, and then on sale again. Then if the item is still available in my size, and I qualify for free shipping, and I still want it, I will purchase it. I've been doing this for about three years now, and so far have purchased three gorgeous dresses, and one amaizing skirt. No retruns, no regrets...

I was attending a bridal shower this past Sunday and wanted a casual dress for it, but I didn't want to brave the mall. Neiman Marcus came to my rescue... I love this cashmere dress. It's my first cashmere item, and I can't believe how soft, warm, and luxurious it feels on.

Online description: An inverted pleat whisks this cashmere silhouette away from your body, creating a stomach-slimming fit.
- Choose bourgogne (burgundy) or black knit.
(I chose the burgundy.)
- Rounded V neckline.
- Cap sleeves.
- Figure-elongating seams down front and back.
- Empire waist.
- A-line skirt.
- Approximately 42"L.
- Cashmere.
- Dry clean only.
- Imported.

The shipping is super fast. I usualy get my order within 7 days. The price for this little dress... originally $400.00 USD... on sale for $140.00... "SALE" one of my favorite words :)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

SUQQU face brush

this bad baby retails for £160.00... approximately $260.00 CAD... *sigh*... one can dream...  
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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer

This is the first concealer I ever bought (over two years ago). I chose it because Light Golden is the perfect color match for me. It is pricey 0.5oz for $42 USD. I wish they sold it in smaller tubes, because while 0.5oz isn't a lot, it's a lifetime supply with this product. This concealer is so highly pigmented, seriously I squeeze out the tiniest amount, and usually don't need it all for my face. Actually the first time I used it, I had no idea of the coverage this will provide and I started to slather it on. I had to wash my face, it was way too much. When using this product less is definitely more. 

This concealer can be used under the eye area as well. But I don't because: one, I'd need a different shade and two, I like a different product for that particular job.

But overall this is a good product that I enjoy, and it will go bad or I'll get tired of it waaaay before I need another one.  :)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Origins Multi-Grain Makeup SPF 14

I picked this up when it first came out... around two years ago. The ingredient list of this product reads a  bit like a recipe for a baked good or something: oatmeal, soy, tapioca, rice flour, barley, wheat germ, pomegranate, goji berry, vitamins C and E, and all-natural sunscreens.. Sounds wonderful.  At that time I was just starting getting serious about makeup and this seemed like a good product to purchase. One drawback, it only comes in 5 shades.... why so few?
I purchased light-medium, because light has a bit of a pink undertone in it, and I already have a lot of red in my face, and light-medium is a bit more yellow based. The product looks a bit darker in the container that it will on your skin. You tap out what you need and blend it in the lid. I use this as a setting powder because it is very sheer in coverage. It can be layered a bit for medium coverage, but I never went that far with it. I really like this powder, it's really easy to work with, and I just feel like all the ingredients are good for my skin.  It retails for $25 USD...
When Origins first introduced this product you received this brush when you purchased it. This brush is so so so so so soft and dense, and I can't believe it I got it for free. Actually I got two, because I hit up two different stores for the powder :) Currently this brush alone retails for $22 USD and trust me, it's worth every penny.
So overall, great powder and an awesome brush.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Lush: American Cream Conditioner

I am renaming this conditioner from American Cream to American Dream, because that's what it is... simply dreamy. Honey, vanilla, strawberries, and oranges... mmmm what a wonderful recipie for a smoothie, even better that's it's going on my hair. It makes my locks so soft, and it smells great... I just want to "whip my hair back and forth" so that I can smell it all the time.

I have fine hair and this is rich and nourishing, but it doesn't weight it down. I use it every other day. I think everyone should give this dreamy product a try... another holy grail for me :)

It comes in three sizes:
100ml for $8.95 CAD
250ml for $18.95 CAD - this is the one I bought
500ml for $27.95 CAD - this is the one I'm going to buy next, because it's worth it, and I love it

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Jo Malone Tea Fragrance Blends

One of Jay's and my favorite, Jo Malone recently introduced limited edition fragrances. All inspired by a quintessential British past time, high tea. The limited release is composed of five colognes:
- Assam & Grapefruit
- Earl Grey & Cucumber
- Fresh Mint Leaf
- Sweet Milk
- Sweet Lemon

When Jay and I were at Holt Renfrew a couple of weeks ago, we smelled them all. Two jumped out at me, Earl Grey & Cucumber (heavy notes of Bergamot, very nice), and Sweet Lemon (to us it smelled liked chamomile, we like it). We didn't purchase any, because we liked them, but we did not love them.

This past Saturday while running some errands I stopped by Holt to give them a second smell. While I was sampling, a Jo Malone SA approached me and asked "Have you ever tried mixing them?" Well I've thought about it I said, but never actually have. And she says you have to try this, and on one of those scent strips she sprayed Assam & Grapefruit and Sweet Lemon... passed it to me... I inhaled and was lost. I loooooove it soooooo much, and as you can see I couldn't leave without it. I purchased the last of bottle of Sweet Lemon... no regrets

ummmm Jo Malone doesn't come cheap... each fragrance 30ml, $70 CAD...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bobbi Brown Makeup Lesson at Holt Renfrew

I am on a makeup quest. I have an event coming up and finding a makeup artist and a makeup brand that will meet my expectations is becoming an all consuming obsession. This past Saturday I was once again in a makeup chair at Holt Renfrew, this time a the Bobbi Brown counter for their "Makeup Lessons" event.

Boy I just don't have much luck. Products were lovely and my makeup artist was lovely... personality-wise. We wore the same makeup colors and brand in high school :) and had a friend with the same first name :) But she did not keep track of any of the products (specifically shadow colors) that she used on my eyes... she talked as she applied them, but didn't write them down... and I just lost track (I remember two)... and...

I thought my makeup looked great in the store. But when I got home and started to snap pics, I just thought "my face doesn't match my neck". Then I thought "omg I was in public for a couple of hours looking like that!". Then I thought maybe it's all in my head, and decided to wait for Jay's unbiased honest opinion.

He came in and said:
Jay: "Hi baby..."
Me: "Hi... sooo what do you think?"
Jay: "Wow your eyes really pop."
Me: "Good or bad."
Jay: "Good, it's really pretty."
Me: "Ok, what about the face?"
Jay: "It's a bit"
Me: "I don't know, I'm asking you."
Jay: "....hmmmmm ummmm you look a bit Jersey Shore"
Me: "What?"
Jay: "You know, like an Oompa Loompa...
Me: "ugh... I knew it"

So no pictures of my face... they're a bit tragic. But here are a couple of my eyes.

Monday, March 21, 2011

great sale

Yesterday Jay and I went to Eaton's Center to look for some shoes for Jay. We ended up at SportCheck and they had a great sale. Huge selection of shoes 50% off... they dubbed it spring cleaning for new styles. Well I don't care if my running shoes aren't the latest fashion statement, I just need them to be comfortable. We both lucked out and got two pairs each for less than $200 CAD total... now that's a deal. I'm especially happy because I actually got shoes that I've been wanting for a few months now... you might have seen the commercials and adds for shoes that tone your hamstrings, quads, and glutes while you wear them... I've seen them too, I just didn't want to pay $110 CAD and up for them. Well yesterday I got them at a steal...

one pair for walking...
 one pair for running...
it's just a matter of time now before I have an awesome tush like Eva Mendes :)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sigma Synthetic Face Kit

     Anyone with any interest in makeup knows that good brushes are just as essential as good quality products. I have a few brushes, that I paid good money for, and they are worth it. But there is nothing like getting a quality product for less than you were willing to pay for it.
     One of my favorite makeup aficionados to watch on youtube is Lisasz09. She has a couple of videos in which she just raves about these brushes. So I decided to check them out. Individually they retail for $16 USD, as a set $42 USD (the set is cheaper than many individual brushes on the market). So I got the set.
     From Sigma website: "The brushes in this collection feature exclusive Sigmax filament, specially designed to apply powder and liquid products without absorption into the fibers. The shape, density and height of the filaments were carefully engineered to perfectly buff products onto the skin, resulting in a high definition effect."
From left to right below (top to bottom above):
F80 Flat Top Kabuki for applying and blending liquid, cream, and powder products
F84 Angled Top Kabuki for flawless application of cream, powder, and liquid products onto your cheeks
F82 Round Top Kabuki for precise makeup application under the eyes and around the nose using liquid and powder products
These are just Sigma suggestions, I think one uses brushes for jobs that work for you individually.
These brushes are so incredibly dense and soft. I use the F80 everyday to apply my foundation. It is everything Lisasz09 described. No brush that I've tired to date blends as easily and as seamlessly as this one. They don't shed and are worth every penny. I'm tempted to get rid of my other foundation brushes now that I've found my holy grail :)
 This mini blending brush was a bonus treat from Sigma. I like it... I like it a lot.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

dr. brant pores no more pore refiner

At one point I was on a search for a pore refiner/primer. I purchased dr. brant pores no more pore refiner because I liked how it felt on the back of my hand. (Excuse the messy picture, I should have totally given my tube a wipe before snapping the pic.) I like this upside down packaging. Better yet I like this product. It applies very smoothly, evens out my skin tone a bit, and gives my face that matte look. It shrinks my pores a tad, and keeps me shine free for about 6 hours. It does not clog my pores so overall I am happy with my purchase.

It retails for $45 USD... bit pricey but I think oily and or big pored skin types might find it worth their while to give this product a try.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Jewlery Party

I've heard of Tupperware parties, but I thought it was something that only happened on sitcoms and tv shows. That is, until my sister invited me to one. Yes… a Tupperware party. Surprisingly, I had fun, and acquired a couple of pieces. A month later or so she had a jewelry party. Sadly I missed that one. But on a recent visit, a friend of hers was having a jewelry party, and I tagged a long. 
Refreshments and snacks were provided by the host. There was a display of some of the pieces to play with and try on if interested. Everyone present was given a magazine, which had pictures and prices of all the available pieces, and your own stickies to mark the pages which catch your attention. Every single picture in the magazine is true to size... seriously, it was tested. 
I went through that magazine 3 times, and each time I saw something new. Eventually I settled on two items, a pair of feldspar earrings and a stackable ring. Placed my order (Sunday), and received them on Tuesday. That was speedy. I am really happy with my purchase, and am considering hosting a party of my own :)… but first I'll put feelers out there to see if there is enough interest to attend.

First my ring which has a garnet in one of the bands...
 and a my feldspar earrings...they're pretty sizable and feel so smooth to the touch, I find myself playing with them all the time...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Shiseido Sun Protection

This is my year round sun protection for the past three years or so. I've been in love with both of these products since the day I discovered them. They glide on, do not leave greasy or sticky residue, smell light and lovely, and both have high sun protection. They are a bit pricey... $48 CAD for face, and $36 CAD for eye cream, but they do last me a long time. I really don't need much for  my face and neck, and just a dab under the eyes since I use a regular eye cream first. I also like the packaging, I can get every single drop of product out. So it goes without saying I will continue on repurchasing :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Garnier Herba Shine

I am lucky enough to have a lot of grays... ugh... lucky genetic streak.  I used to get my color done at the salon....  but it's just soooo expensive to keep up. I like the result right after but not the fade out in the weeks to come. I used to get permanent color, then I switched to semi-permanent because I felt it was less damaging to my hair and I wanted to avoid the clear delineation between color and the growth (as I said lazy and cheap when it comes to keep up).

So I started searching for less pricey options. That's how one day I decided to try Herba Shine by Garnier. It's ammonia free and contains bamboo extract. The big promise of 100% gray coverage is what got me to give this product a go. At first I tried Medium Ash Brown 510. On my hair in 10 min this turned out practically black, but in a couple of washes it toned down and I really, really liked it. I used that shade two more times after that. Now that spring is on its way I decided to lighten it up a bit with Light Brown 600. I like 510 a little bit more, while 600 is nice it's just a bit too golden for me.

Over all I like this product, it totally delivers. It does cover your gray, the colors I tried are gorgeous, and last for 28 washes (I counted). Also in Toronto at least this product is always on sale somewhere. I always pay less than $10 CAD for it, and that's a lot cheaper than having my color done at the salon, but it lasts just as long.

Once the current shade wears out I'll will be trying something new, that's supposedly even healthier for my locks. I will post about it when I do, and if it doesn't work I will totally go back to using Garnier.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Body Mist - Sleep, in Warm Milk and Honey

Few months back I was at a Bath and Body Works looking at their aromatherapy display, and I remembered a product that I saw while watching a youtube video by Blair aka juicystar07. She used this spray, and really enjoyed it. So I thought to myself what the heck, I have problems sleeping, maybe there is something to it.

This is a body spray, but I spritz my pillow approximately 3 times with it instead. At first I was put off, the scent is so strong and so sweet. Now when I spray it or smell it... my mind automatically goes into a bedtime mode, and so does Honey's (my chihuahua). The minute I spritz it, she starts circling the bed, waiting for me to get in, so she can curl up and pass out.

I was at Bath & Body Works a few days ago and did not see this flavor on the shelf, instead they had Lavender-Vanilla and Lavender-Chamomile. Each bottle retails for $15 USD. I will most likely repurchase this product once I run out, even-though they don't have this scent anymore. I don't know I kind of like the idea behind it...

Sunday, March 13, 2011

how it started

I never thought I'd shell out money for a designer nail polish. That is until I talked to my sister who has a soft spot for Chanel. I thought for the price of one Chanel I can buy 3 OPI, or Essie, or Zoya, or countless others. She counter argued, and it wasn't so much what she said, but how she said it... her tone describing her love for Chanel planted a seed in my brain.

I resisted for a while, but since our conversation (over a year ago) every time I passed a Chanel counter I could hear her in my head. Eventually I gave in... and now I'm a convert. Chanel, Dior, Estée Lauder, YSL, Lancôme... I have added from all to my collection...  and now I look forward to new colors each season... limited editions make me weak in the knees.... oh Karolina how right you are :)
 I still buy an occasional Zoya, or OPI, or China Glaze, I mean these are some great companies with great colors. But designer ones have my heart... I cannot afford their, shoes, purses, or clothes... but owning a little pot, bottle, tube, or palette, labeled Chanel, Dior, or YSL is a piece of luxury within my reach...

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Lush: Sympathy for the Skin Hand and Body Lotion

Just as I always switch up my eye cream, I always change up my body cream/lotion. Too many great flavors and products out there that work really well to just stick with one brand.  So on one of my Lush trips I picked up a tub of Sympathy for the Skin, $23.95 CAD. This is a vegan body lotion made with fresh organic bananas and vanilla bean. After a couple of uses this has become one of my top body products. It's light, fast absorbing, non greasy, moisturizing, nourishing, and the scent is so soft (light vanilla I don't smell any bananas) that it won't compete with your perfume (well in my opinion).
A quick shot of the delicious cream. The little dark flecks are vanilla bean seeds, you can't feel them when using the cream, and they are not obvious on my skin (and I am pale).
When I use this up, eventually I will repurchase it. I am loving this lotion... especially the packaging, every single last drop of this thick delicious custard like cream will eventually be rubbed into my skin :)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Korres Quercetin and Oak Antiageing Antiwrinkle Eye Cream

I have yet to find an eye cream that I want to stick with. Every single time I run out of one, I already have another on my  mind I want to try next. 
Why I bought this one, from Sephora website:
"Rich in powerful antioxidant Quercetin and Oak extracts it works to improve skin cell functioning to repair fine lines and wrinkles, and reverse the signs of aging. Baobab Pulp extract, a natural polysaccharide, fights against muscle relaxation and gravity to create an instant lift. Yeast extract improves microcirculation to decrease dark circles while sugar-derived Betaine and Rhodiola Rosea extracts reduce eye puffiness by controlling excessive fluid build-up in the eye area."
This is an extremely lovely cream. I love the texture, the delicate scent, the way it applies, absorbs, and feels. I really disliked that the bottle wouldn't pump out any more product, when there was about a third of it left in the bottle. Currently the bottle is sitting upside down on my shelf, and I dig out a bit of product every morning with a toothpick.
This pump is horrible. The reason why I won't repurchase this product unless the packaging changes. But you can see the lovely, buttery cream.
I was trying to capture all the product that's still left in the bottle in this picture. It's thick you can't really tap it out. Doing it with a toothpick every day is a bit of a hassle... *sigh*... too bad... because this is the first eye cream I would totally repurchase... however at $42 USD I expect a dispenser that's much more efficient...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Giorgio Armani La Femme Bleue Long Wear Waterproof Eye Pencil

I love eye pencils… I don't know why… I just do. Jay and I were at Holt Renfrew this past weekend, and as were were passing the Giorgio Armani display, their spring line caught my eye. Specifically two pencils: one green, the other brown. (There is also a black one, but I own enough black pencils, so I let it go.)
The pencils are light metallic lavender on the outside, kind of pretty. Both pencils are matte in color and waterproof...
First I swatched the green one on my hand, and my chest automatically tightened (that's my usual reaction to a product I fall in love with instantly). It glided (like an ice cube in a hot pan), no pressure required, and it left the most intense highly pigmented dark hunter green streak behind. I tried the brown one and same thing.  I had to have them… just had to.
If you need an incredible waterproof eyeliner and have a Giorgio Armani counter near you, this is the pencil you are looking for. They are a limited edition (for their 2011 spring line), so they wont be around forever. Cost: $30 CAD each… pricey… but this is one of those products where quality totally justifies the price tag.
I contemplated of picking up a couple of backups, but I'm going to risk it and won't. Instead I'm keeping my fingers crossed hoping that by the time I run out, they'll be back for another limited time run.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine in Boy (54)

Lately on tv's in Toronto a Chanel commercial can be seen featuring Vanessa Paradis for Rouge Coco Chanel. I cannot get her voice out of my head, and I've been obsessing over Rouge Coco Shine in Boy for a couple of weeks now. The commercial ends with a "now at The Bay", or something along those lines.  This past Sunday I needed to scratch my Chanel itch. First stop, Holt Renfrew to get on the list for the summer line. Second stop, The Bay and Boy became mine.
Arm swatch using flash. Love the sheer light shiny pink... just love it...
Lip swatch no flash and the weather was a bit overcast... still love it.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tamanu Face & Body Oil

A 1 minute and 33 second, online video clip of Dr. Oz show had me searching for tamanu oil.  According to the clip, this oil is a Polynesian secret for beautiful skin. It combats scars, wrinkles, and most of all acne.
It can also be used as a treatment for: burns, arthritis, oozing wounds, rheumatism, bruises, sciatica, open sores, heatstroke, hemorrhoids, ulcers, septicemia, conjunctivitis, athlete's foot, ringworm, pneumonia, boils, jock itch, bladder and urinary tract infections, swelling, infected nails, sore throat, stretch marks... omg! is there anything this oil isn't good for??
Pictured below my bottle, looking a bit beat up, I used about 3/4 of it. I couldn't find it in Toronto and ordered it online from The Source Skincare. This bottle cost me $18 USD.
It smells nutty, because it is made from nuts, so if you have nut allergies stay away. It's dark greenish brown in color, and it will stain your clothes and pillows, so beware.
Now, does it work??? Well not on my face... I didn't notice any drastic results that would warrant a repurchase. I also got tired of looking a my stained pillowcase every single morning. I will use it up as a body moisturizer, but I'm not sold on this miracle product.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Laura Mercier spring look at Holt Renfrew

So the seasonal make up lines are released by the respective beauty giants, and beauty insiders always manage to post a sneak peak of what's coming up, the privileged few even provide us with swatches to drool over and make advanced shopping lists.

Holt Renfrew in Toronto has little events each time a line (they carry) releases something new. I've always wondered about them, I've visited and have seen ladies sitting in makeup chairs getting their faces done. So when a Laura Mercier spring look event came up I decided to sign up and see what's it all about. Two reasons behind it:
1. I've never had makeup consultation/application by a professional.
2. I really like LM's spring line.

So at 10:45am on Saturday Feb. 26th, I plopped my ass down in a chair at the LM counter. Since this was an event a LM makeup artist was present for consultations from somewhere fabulous in the world that I can't remember. He did my foundation and chose the colors for my eyes. Did one of my eyes and passed me off to a girl who works regularly at the counter.

Two huge surprises:
1. The spring line wasn't brought up or used…. at all; and I thought that's what the event was all about, creating a look using LM spring colors.
2. I apply foundation better on my own.

So was the visit worth it? Yes and No.
Yes - I enjoyed myself, and did pick up a few treats and also received a Laura Mercier gift.
No - because I didn't really learn anything new.

Below a picture of me, about 2hours after the event. A light neutral, everyday, look....
 On my face:
- oil free primer
- oil free foundation in Warm Ivory
- secret camouflage #2
- secret concealer #1
- sateen eye colour in Guava (all over the lid)
- matte eye colour in Fresco (crease)
- matte eye colour in Twilight Grey (corner)
- tightline cake eye liner in Charcoal Gray
- eye brow pencil in blonde
- second skin cheek colour in Rose Bloom
- long lash mascara in Black
- powder
- unfortunately I do not remember the color of the lip pencil, lipstick, or gloss

My free goodies:
 From left to right:
- foundation primer
- fresh fig souffle body creme
- repair serum
- mascara
all packed in a cute slim pencil case style makeup bag

Sunday, March 6, 2011


Yesterday I was at the mall and stopped at Bath & Body Works, and I'm glad I did. My favorite candles are on sale; 2 for $25 CAD (usually that's the cost of one). I was using my last jar at home, so this deal couldn't come at more perfect time. Pictured below the scents I chose. My favorite is Lilac Blossom.... I think I might pick up a couple more before the sale is over... this is my quintessential spring scent... I adore lilac... looking at my choices it seems I also adore citrus :)
 Once I got home I decided to organize my Lush stash. I keep everything in my panty drawer and it's hard to tell what I have left and how much of it. So I decided to bring it all out and keep it on my dresser. I love the scent it gives my room and also it made me realize I don't take nearly enough baths.
This is a bit much... Hey Karolina (a very serious Lush addict, she created a Lush product spreadsheet for herself), does your stash look something like this?... lol...

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Philosophy Purity Facial Cleanser

This is another cult favorite. On Sephora website as I write this post, this product has received 5074 reviews and has a near perfect rating.  And since I was looking for a cleanser at one point I bought it.

It is a cult favorite for a reason, this is a nice gentle face wash. It leaves your face feeling clean but not dry. A lot of times my face would get that tight feeling after cleansing, but not with Purity.  At first I didn't like the scent (a number of people out there don't), but the scent grows on you, and now I no longer mind it.

Pictured the non-foaming version, I prefer it.  Philosophy claims this is a one-step facial cleanser that perfectly removes dirt and makeup, but I still prefer to use a makeup remover before Purity, and a toner after.

Overall this is a lovely, creamy textured cleanser, that does what it claims. No regrets with this purchase :)