Tuesday, May 31, 2011

SpaRitual Handprint Hand Serum

Purchased at Murale for the scent alone... divine... citrus apple :). SpaRitual is my kind of brand. They formulate their products using vegan ingredients. Their creams and lotions are naturally colored and free of synthetic dyes, fragrances, parabens, and petrochemicals.

This hand serum is made with 72% organic ingredients. It's formulated to prevent aging of the hands. While it's not an issue for me yet, eventually it will become one, and I'm all for preventative measures. It contains Swiss Apple Stem Cells to slow the signs of physical aging, and protect from environmental damage;  Ginger Root Extract to keep your hands smooth and soft; Pumpkin Seed Extract to promote elasticity and collagen production; and Licorice Extract to help with discoloration (no liver spots yet).

Recommended usage is 1-2 pumps morning and night, 5 min wait for it to absorb and then your regular moisturizer. Currently I use it once a day before bedtime. The consistency is light and non-greasy, and it absorbs really quickly. 

This retails for $39.95 CAD for a 1 fl. oz. (30 ml). I will most likely repurchase... while I can speak of any results at the moment (I don't see any).... in a few years I might have the youngest looking hands around :)

Monday, May 30, 2011

someone has a problem

and it's not me... nail polish addiction appears to be contagious, even to those who don't wear any... I had no idea these were even available in Toronto... but someone did and bought them for me... thank you :)
from left to right: Turquoise Shatter, Navy Shatter, and Blue Shatter
currently my nails are on another nail painting hiatus... so frustrating... they are weak and splitting... I'm working on strengthening them, but it's such a slow process...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sephora Precision Sponge

$18.00 CAD ($12.00 USD), I got it because I can't get my hand on a Beauty Blender in TO; so I am unable to compare the two. However I can speak about what I use...

Sephora Precision Sponge is a tapered egg shaped sponge. I soak it first then squeeze out most of the water, so it's damp but not wet. Then I dot my foundation of choice on my face and bounce away with the sponge until it's all nice and even and blended in and out. I feel the sponge is a bit small for the job, but with patience the results are pretty  nice. My coverage looks even, and pretty flawless.  I like this little gadget.

Well except for one aspect. After the first use, the sponge was stained with my foundation. Eventhough I washed it after using it, the color did not budge. It wouldn't wash away no matter what I used. So after your first application your sponge will look dirty. But I can over look it because it's not like I'm ever going to share it, and I know that I have washed it.

I still want to get a Beauty Blender... I hear it's softer than Sephora's Precision Sponge...

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Nicole by OPI Nail Apps - Peacock

Beauty bloggers are teasing me with Sally Hansen nail apps, but I can't find them anywhere in Toronto. However a couple of weeks ago I was in Shoppers Drug Mart and I spotted a display with Nicole by OPI Nail Apps. The collection wasn't huge and I didn't like many of the designs but I though Peacock was pretty sweet.

Each packet costs $15.00 CAD ($16 and change with taxes). In a package 16 apps of different sizes and a small nail file. Directions are pretty simple:

1. Clean bare nails with rubbing alcohol.
2. Rub strip with finger to warm.
3. Peel off backing and apply to nail.
4. Smooth and file excess off.
5. Remove bubbles by rubbing.

So once applied...
Application simple and easy just like the instructions state. The nail file pathetic, I used one of my own. The edges a bit frayed, took a bit of finesse to even out, but then I just gave up. The stickers are thick (in my opinion) and if you don't want them to fall off after 2 days don't get your hands wet at all. My fell off after washing a couple of plates and glasses after breakfast. The plus about these is that they remove so easily and cleanly.

Will I repurchase? Absolutely not, did not like, too expensive, I love regular polish more...

Friday, May 27, 2011

Dermalogica Precleanse

This is a pricey one, $50.50 CAD (not including taxes), but it is also one of the best. Dermalogica precleanse is meant to be used as a makeup, sunblock, and grime remover before you cleanse your skin.

Second ingredient is apricot oil, but it's not the only one. There is a whole bunch listed, like, sunflower, safflower, lavender and oils that give this product its citrusy scent, grapefruit, orange, and mandarin.

Using your hands massage this oil onto your dry face, gently rubbing over your eyes. Then wet your hands (but don't scoop the water) and continue to gently massage your face. The oil will turn milky, and lift away a day of makeup, cosmetics, and dirt. Then splash away and follow with your favorite facial cleanser.

It's expensive but I love it. Makeup and mascara are emulsified away, and it doesn't burn my eyes.... and so I think it's worth it.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

DiorSkin Nude Glow Healthy Glow Summer Powder in Aurora

I also wasn't going to purchase this, because I have blushes and a couple of bronzers.... but then I thought I don't have a product that combines the two and so here we are, Dior Aurora and I. I love Dior products, their packaging is so beautiful. The compact encased in Dior velvet navy pouch with an extra pocket that housed one of the softest brushes ever.
 I love the pattern, and the stunning shimmer. This product is limited edition and comes in only two shades Aurora (light tan for fair complexions) and Sunset (for dark complexions). Both are gorgeous, but I just couldn't pull Sunset off.
 Aurora on the other hand is my new love. Incredibly soft and velvety. Looks lovely on... some may feel it tends toward the orangey instead of peachy, but not on me... however sometimes I do sweep a touch of light pink blush on top for that little bit of extra oomph...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

tokidoki kabuki brush

A few posts back I wrote that my brush collection is complete and I'm not purchasing anymore. But then I passed the tokidoki display at Sephora and spiraled into a kabuki vortex. This brush is so incredibly soft, made with synthetic antibacterial bristles, and not tested on animals.

At $36.00 CAD ($28.00 USD), I'm not regretting my purchase. Perfect for powdering your face or your body for a night out or everyday. Plus the purple dipped tips are just gorgeous...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bobbi Brown 6 Pan Palette

Once I acquired five shadows and a blush, I purchased  Bobbi Brown 6 pan palette ($12.00 CAD), and transferred all the individual pans into one palette. I love it, so much easier to grab one thing each morning not 4. Plus if I ever do travel this is definitely coming with, along with a mascara, foundation, and powder :)... The mirror is big, you can easily see your face to get the job done. Little part of me wants more of these... but the bigger part knows I already have enough...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow - Bone #16

This is a lovely all over lid color, or a highlight... love BB shimmery shadows...
daylight...
flash...

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow - Lilac #7

Pretty light lavender... it just screams spring... too bad that purples tend to photograph so poorly (well it doesn't help that I'm no that skilled either)
daylight...
flash...

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bobbi Brown Metallic Eye Shadow - Champagne Quartz #2

A gorgeous metallic. I like to sweep this all over my lid and then layer a bit of something matte in my outer corner and crease...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow - Grey #6

This shadow doesn't look like anything special in the pan or as a swatch. A completely boring shade of grey, well more of a grey-brown in my opinion. But it is completely perfect for my brows. Highly pigmented, easily blendable... Money well spent...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

SpaRitual Nail Polish - Greenhouse

This was a treat from Jay... The color a foil like green, with blue and gold undertones. I needed 3 coats to achieve opacity. Application was easy, even though I had problems staying within the lines (in my defense it was 11pm... and I'm not a night owl)
 
 with flash... the blue shows up
 in daylight... more green

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel

I picked this up summer 2010 at Holt Renfrew, and as you can see I only used up half of it. Partly because of the price ($66.00 CAD) so I was rationing it, partly because I've stumbled upon Mario Badescu (talk about it soon)

It's hard to find reviews for Amore Pacific products simply because of the price (well that's what I think, but it could be that it's not very popular as well). This is one of the cheapest products in the line. I purchased it because it's a an nonabrasive exfoliatior.

A little gimmick behind this product is that each time you tip it it dispenses the prefect amount of product. Well it does dispense a certain amount, but it varies. I just tap out what I feel is sufficient for my face. You then emulsify it with water it foams up and you massage it onto your skin for 45s to 1min or so.

It leaves your skin feeling extremely clean and smooth. Overall a very nice product, except for the price tag. 

All Amore Pacific products (well the samples that I've had) have a certain scent to them, I refer to it as the Amore Pacific scent. All products smell the same. The scent is strong, might be overpowering for some. It was for me at the very beginning but now I'm kind of liking it.

Will I repurchase? Not right now... the price tag is a bit high, and I'm loving my MB routine...

Monday, May 16, 2011

CHANEL Le Vernis Nail Colour - Morning Rose & Deborah Lippmann - Some Enchanted Evening

Chanel's Morning Rose is the prefect pink. Warm, soft, with gold micro glitter. I love it. Because it's a light color, it was pretty easy to apply, and very forgiving if a mistake was made.

I'm not a fan of Chanel bursh though, it feels a bit thin and flimsy... but I do love their polish.
I paired it with Deborah Lippmann's  Some Enchanted Evening, which is a warm salmon colored shimmer and glitter. A perfect combo if you ask me. Next time I might put it on all my nails, not just my ring finger. Picture taken with flash... it's was way too overcast for a good day pic...

Sunday, May 15, 2011

L'Occitane Almond Apple Cleansing Oil

This is another cleansing oil I decided to test out as a makeup remover. It works the same as the rest, massage onto dry face, then wet hands with water and continue to gently massage your face. The product will emulsify and turn milky and lift all the makeup, and dirt away. 

Big plus: it smells wonderful. It rinses clean (but I still follow with another cleanser).

Couple negatives: it's not as effective on eye makeup as I would like it to be, and my eyes sting a bit after use.

I got only a small sample sized bottle, it cost me $8.00 CAD. This oil cleanser is nice, it's not great. I love several L'Occitane products, but this one doesn't make the list at this time.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Lush: Vanilla Fountain bath bomb

This past winter I've fallen in love with vanilla. Heavy, heady scents were my favorite... and as winter is coming to an end (even if it snowed recently), I decided to use a vanilla treat while I'm still loving it. Once summer starts I'll be switching to more breezy, light, fresh smelling products.

I love bath bombs, even though they don't last very long. This one was supper sweet smelling and turned my bath water a sunny yellow color, then orange once I added the Comforter bubble bar.

The best part about this bath bomb is the inspiration behind the creation :)  According to Lush website this sweet treat was inspired by a desert the creators enjoyed at Heston Blumenthal's restaurant... I wish they posted a picture of the dessert on their website..

PS... regarding the recent snow I mention :)... it was weeks ago that I wrote this post.... I just set the post date wrong... we haven't had any snow in a while... lots of rain but no snow :)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Bobbi Brown - Eye Sweep Brush

This is a big shadow brush... works really well on your whole eyelid and crease work. It's rounded and nice and soft, makes shadow application a breeze.. I also really like the look of this brush, the light handle with a black end... pretty. Easy to handle, great to maneuver...
 At this time I'm not planning to acquire any more new brushes... my collection is small but complete. Plus this little great brush set me back $36.00 CAD ($30.00 USD)... I'm good for now...

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Tarte Clean Slate


I purchased this as a primer for my face. It sounded so promising. Made with avocado oil (rich in Vitamin A, B1, B2, D, and E), safflower seed oil, echinacea root extract, rosemary leaf extract, hibiscus flower extract. Made without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petro-chemicals, phthalates.

But it didn't work at all. Within 2 hours of application my foundation literally melted off, no matter what brand I tried. So I stopped using it on my face.

The purchase wasn't a total waste. While this did not work for me as a face primer it is rather wonderful as an under eye primer. And since I only need a tad each time this will last me a while. I've had this for about 8 months now, and as you can see I'm not yet halfway through.

It retails for $30.00 USD, while I enjoy it using it under my eyes. At this price I will not repurchase once I run out.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Glass nail file

This one of the best little gadgets for your nails. It feels insubstantial, too smooth (it didn't feel like it could possibly file down a nail), but that was just my faulty perception. This is the best nail file I've ever owned. It files beautifully leaving a nice even edge. It is glass, so one has to be careful, because it can break rather easily. But if I ever do damage mine I will totally repurchase. 

This nail file cost me around $8.00 CAD at Trade Secrets. 

Monday, May 9, 2011

NARS Nail Polish - Desperado

So I totally mesed up my post today. I had this scheduled but life took over and I never got around to uploading my pics... here they are a few hours late :)

NARS describes Desperado as Antique Brass, and it is... spring 2011 edition, and I couldn't pass it up. I like a good metallic color, and I was instantly sweet on this.
 Three coats, no streaking. 
daylight
flash

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Trucco Rock Candy

Over 8 years ago I worked at a hair salon and spa. They carried a lot of different hair products but only one makeup line, Trucco. I went through countless lip glosses by Trucco, it was all I knew at the time :)... When they introduced Rock Candy I was all over it... thinking perfect body/ hair/ face shimmer for a night out...
I go out so often, that 8 year later this container is practically untouched... night club life is just not my cup of tea... But neither am I able to part with this product...
The shimmer is very fine... the product light... I think this is the summer I'll sparkle a bit...
(black mark for camera to focus on)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Laura Mercier Metallic Crème Eye Colour

I picked these up on two separate occasions at Sephora sometime last year. The tubes are rather small, but the amount product you need is so minuscule that they will last me forever. First I purchased Platinum a shimmery peach champagne, and then on my next visit I couldn't resist Alloy a shimmery taupe.
The color payoff is great. The texture is extremely lightweight and easily blendable. These shadows can be worn alone as an allover wash of color, as a base, or as a highlight. They last, and do not crease. Below pictured first with flash and then without (but it was overcast)... black mark for my camera to focus on...

Friday, May 6, 2011

CHANEL Le Vernis - Blue Satin & Deborah Lippmann - Boom Boom Pow

This time around I decided to layer. I have a few dark blue lacquer bottles, and they all look quite alike when on... the one main difference between them is the price point. So this is one luxury paint job... Chanel Blue Satin and Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow which is made with 24K gold dust (I feel I should bank that bottle, not paint my nails with it.)
 Makes me think of night sky...

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick

Along with the foundation compact, I felt compelled to also purchase a matching concealer stick. This  concealer is for your forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin only... it is not recommended for your under eye area. (I guess it's too heavy or something.)

I think one of the best things about BB products is the extensive color range. There is a shade for everyone. And if there is one thing you don't want is a foundation or concealer that looks off on your face.

I love this stick, easy to use, easy to blend, easy to carry around with you everywhere.  This is a possible future repurchase.