Monday, December 31, 2012

Why Fashion magazine? Why?

So a few days ago I received my February 2013 issue of Fashion magazine... yup a week before the new year begins and I already got month 2 issue :)
This issue has the Beauty Awards. Every year for the past 11, Fashion magazine has put together a list of Reader's Choice products. There are 6 categories:
1 - makeup (2 page spread)
2 - hair (1 page spread)
3 - face (2 page spread)
4 - body (2 page spread)
5 - nails (1 page spread)
6 - fragrance (1 page spread)

Several categories have two favorites, one is usually a drug store brand, and the other something more upscale. So this is very nice, and I always enjoy reading these types of lists. But what annoyed me with this issue is the image attached to each category. Beautifully photographed, but all the products have the labels stripped from the packaging (or Photoshopped out... I'm not sure), and none of them look like the actual favorites. I don't get it, if there is a list of favorite products, why not photograph the actual Readers' Choices???

Let me show you what I'm talking about. One of the makeup pages looks like this (that's the format of all the pages, majority is taken up by the photo, with favorites listed underneath).
Now for this makeup category the affordable favorites are all Cover Girl and one Physicians Formula, all the upscale favorites are from MAC. But in the photo all I see is Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Guerlain, YSL... that mosaic compact might be Physicians Formula... but I'm not sure.  What's this all about, just because the label is removed doesn't mean we don't know what brand the product is...

I don't know I'm just so annoyed by this...

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Cover FX Clear Prep Matte Foundation Primer & Anti-Acne Treatment Gel

I actually don't know where I acquired this primer. It's a small 15ml (0.5 fl oz) tube and I can't for the world remember if I bought it or it was a gwp or what... However it is sold in Shoppers Drug Mart and in Sephora. At Sephora a 30ml (1 lf oz) tube retails for $39.

Cover FX has a few different primers. Depending on your skin type and needs you have a range of choices. I of course naturally gravitated towards one formulated for acne prone skin... or it was chosen for me... seriously I don't know how I got this!

But anyways, my tube is almost all done and I thought a little write up was due about it before the end of 2012.  Because I seriously think this will become my primer of choice. I am infatuated with this stuff, and I've become convinced that is has reduced the frequency of my breakouts.
Clear Prep is a semi-opaque gel that goes on very smoothly. It's non-sticky, light and very easy to blend. It does have a light medicinal scent to it, that I forgive because otherwise it's very awesome.  It's prabem, oil, and fragrance free. It claims to prevent and heal existing breakouts... I absolutely agree with that. It also claims to blur lines and pores... which I just never buy. As well it is formulated to mattify and control oil... maybe for some, but on my face no matter what I do, it all starts to give out by hour 4 or so and touch ups are needed.

Top ingredients which have me believing in this product (from Sephora website)
- Willowbark Extract: Gentle anti-bacterial and cell exfoliator that clarifies skin and reduces sebum buildup.
- Natural Fruit AHA: Increases cell turnover to unclog pores and allows drainage.
- African Bark Extract: Reduces sebum pore size skin shine and inflammatory acne blemishes.

The first ingredient listed is Salicylic Acid... yes and yes. I will try to use up other primers that I've acquired over time... but I'm repurchasing this as soon as the tube runs dry... I don't know why my face should have to do with out it. I don't buy into the claims or pore minimization or oil control... but it does a bang up job at keeping the unwanted guests away... a lot fewer are coming to visit on my face since I started to use this anyways... and that makes it worth a repurchase :)

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Le Métier de Beauté True Colour Eye Shadow in Tuscan Sunset

Another great find at Winners.
Tuscan Sunset is a gorgeous soft shimmery pink with strong peach tendencies :) If I didn't see it labeled as an eye shadow on the back I would seriously think it was a blush. Regardless it can definitely be what you want it to be... and I will be using it both ways.
Very soft shimmer... no heavy chunky glitter pieces...
Swatches below... on the left light handed, on the right heavy handed... blue stroke in the middle for my camera to have something to focus on...
I love LMdB... in an ideal world, I would own every single one of their shadows :) One can dream :)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Boxing Day Haul :)

Jay and I usually don't fare well on Boxing Day. We go out with intent of scoring some deals, we come back home with a few purchases bought at regular price... because we didn't like anything that was on sale... and never have the stamina to handle the crowds for very long...

This year wasn't much different, although I did score more sale items than I anticipated (I identified which ones)... but around 1pm Jay started to come down with a special gift our little niece gifted him with, and we had to head home... but before we did, here is what we/I acquired...
From left to right...
1. Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat - I have 3 nails that just continually split... it drives me insane... I have over 300 bottles of polish... I can't take not painting my nails for months on end, waiting for them to grow out... I want this to work so bad... I hope it does.

2. KoboGlo - I need to drop some purse weight... and I really like the idea of having more than one book at a time... I could no longer resist the awesome practicality of Kobo. I purchased KoboGlo... which has a built in light for night or low light reading... Set up is extremely easy... and I already purchased a book... it was only $0.66 CAD :)

3. Kobo Cover - (sale item) I was drawn to this blue one... I liked the color, but more than that I liked that it zips up all around, so no purse dust on my kobo :)

4. Holiday Cards - (sale item) It's what I'll be sending out for Holidays 2013 :)

5. White Owl Snow Globe - (sale item) This snow globe is so awesome, it makes me want to youtube just so I can show it off better :) It retailed for $24.50 CAD prior to Boxing Day... and only $6.00 CAD yesterday :)

6. White Owl Candle - (sale item) Owls were everywhere this year... this candle is so pretty... and 75% off :)

7. Boscia Cleansing Cream - (sale item) behind the owl candle... Sephora had select items that were Boxing Day specials for only $12.00... while quantities last, and limit 2 per person. I was only interested in Boscia. This cleanser retails for $31 regularly, I didn't want to pass it up. However it is also for normal to dry skin types... so not for me... but I already know who I will gift it to :)

8. Giant 3 wick Winter Berry Candle - (sale item) Found this beauty at Pottery Barn... regularly priced at $103 CAD... but we paid only $41 CAD... that's including taxes... it will be my 2013 Holiday candle... can't wait to light it up :)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays Beauties!!!

I hope your Holiday season is as wonderful as mine... and yes that is our actual Christmas tree this year... I adore it :)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Le Métier de Beauté True Colour Eye Shadow in Spicy

The great find at Winners...LMdB shadows... here are some pics of my first one. First I really like LMdB packaging, the rubberized compact feels sturdy and solid. The texture quite pleasing in my hand.
Good quality mirror inside... that I've never relied on, but still strangely like.
As you can see the shadow hasn't been touched at all, not even by me. It's like a miracle to find anything cosmetic at Winners that isn't shrink wrapped or encased in it's own plastic container and protected by an alarm, that doesn't look like a tester from Sephora :). I can't describe my disbelief when I pried it open, to find it in pristine condition... I think those of you who frequent Winners and their cosmetic aisle do understand though :)
The shadow is called Spicy, and it is an absolutely gorgeous shimmery bronze with gold undertones.
The thing that makes LMdB shadows so special is their texture... they're "quadruple milled" as stated on their website; incredibly soft and smooth, easy to blend, with awesome color payoff.
Lastly this mint condition shadow cost me only $19.99 CAD, compared to $30.00 USD it regularly retails for... sweet! :)

Friday, December 21, 2012

earth to body skin nutrition - lavender rose linen water

Here is another item that I've purchased from Earth to Body... a lavender rose linen water.  It's a small bottle only 80ml and it cost me $9 CAD. I ordered it online I didn't look at the size... part of me wishes their products came in two different size options. I loved the idea of spraying my bedding with it, but it seemed I would run out of it in record time, because refreshing your sheets isn't the only use this is good for. This product is anit-viral, antiseptic, disinfectanting with gentle cleaning and toning properties that can be used as the following (from their site):
  • body wash and vaporizer
  • fresh mist for linens and clothes
  • spritz to re-scent natural lavender flowers or buds
  • natural room spray to repel dust mites and fleas in the air, on drapes on bed linens, and where pets sleep
  • spritz or compress on skin (adults, children, pets)
  • calming room spray for infants
  • healthy alternative for baby wipes
  • personal and non-allergic perfume mist
  • after sun spray
  • calming spray on acne
  • maintenance for ph balance
  • ideal mix with our Clay-Neem as facial mask
Now I would never use this as a body wash... 80ml wouldn't get me very far. But I have used this on my linen and my face, both as a refresher and a mask with clay-neem.  It smells delicious more lavender than rose, so you have to love lavender to love this :). However to my nose it dissipates quite quickly and I'm tempted to reach for it and spray it again. Trust me this needs to come in 180ml bottle not 80ml one.

It has three main ingredients: water, organic lavender grown in the Niagara region of Canada, and wild roses from Bulgaria (not commercially cultivated). Both ingredients are pesticide and fertilizer free. Store it in the fridge to preserve the ingredients but also because it feels awesome when it's all nice and chilly and you spritz your face with it. Very refreshing. I think this would be ideal on a hot humid summer day.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Holika Holika face sheet masks

I love face masks in sheet form. They are a perfect treat when one is soaking in a tub of bubbles with a glass of vino and a good read... at least that's how I like to spend my Friday nights :)

I picked these up at the Pacific Mall the one time I went... they were $2 CAD each. I just grabbed 5 that appealed the most to me:
Pomegranate - to help with vitality for vivid smooth skin
Cucumber - to help keep my skin well moisturized and fresh
Tomato - contains vitamin A, C, and K for soft supple skin
Blueberry - contains violet anthocyanin to help keep my skin fresh and young
Red Ginseng - helps with elasticity
Instructions on the back are mostly in Korean, but they do have a little spot with English version as well... and just in case the little pictures are pretty self explanatory. Arrange on cleansed face, leave on for 15-20min (sometimes I go longer), remove, and tap in any residual mask into skin. Since I enjoy these mask during bath time, I tap in, soak some more and then wash my face.

I'm going to need some more soon... I have my eye on the ones from SK-II... Cate Blanchett has me craving that skin care line something fierce....

Monday, December 17, 2012

Clarins Eye Contour Gel

This product was a free gift from The Bay... I did not spend my money on it. I don't know if it would make my purchase list... eye gel is not something I ever tried or was interested in trying. But free is free :)
I don't know why but I'm sweet on this cap.
Tip sealed for your protection, so you know if your tube has been tampered with or not.
The gel, pretty clear blue in color... very light and refreshing when applied.  It claims to help diminish undereye puffiness and dark circles, and it also claims to be suitable for sensitive eyes. Ingredients which help to achieve the above:
- organic ginko biloba extract: encourages microcirculation
- caffeine: reduces puffiness
- organic cornflower and camomile extracts: both soothe and protect
I use this product first thing in the morning after I've cleansed my face. I apply my regular eye cream over it, once I feel this has been absorbed. I just don't feel gel is sufficient for our chilly Canadian weather... maybe in the summer, but definitely not now.

It's a lovely pick-me-up at 6:30am, helps with the puffiness not so much with dark circles... it's ok that's what I have concealer for :)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Brown

Found myself at the Pacific Mall few weeks back.  I've never been, so I wanted to see what's it was all about. Didn't buy much, just some face masks and this liquid eyeliner. This is my second liquid eyeliner, my first one is from Shu Uemura but it's more of an accent... it being a pearly white. Dolly Wink purchase is my first real venture into liquid eyeliners.
I chose brown as I find it more wearable... for me at least. The tip is not felt, I think it's a brush... tappers to a very fine tip.  I find this pen style easy to maneuver and control... great for a beginner like myself.
Color... well brown of course :) Once applied this stuff stays put...
It wasn't cheap... with taxes I spent $27 CAD and some change on it. While I don't see myself venturing to Pacific Mall anytime soon (just too far for me)... I am happy with my Dolly Wink intro into liquid eyeliners :)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Dior Sérum de Rouge in Raspberry #760

I had a coupon for $8 off for any product at The Bay. The minute I got that coupon I knew what I was buying. I wanted a Dior Sérum de Rouge for about 6 months now, but the $40 CAD price tag kept my wallet in my purse.  While $32 is still a lot for a lip product, I just couldn't resist treating myself.

I chose a pretty reddish-berry color #760 Raspberry. The product comes in a quintessential Dior style packaging... quilted-navy pen type applicator with silver accents... two clicks dispense the perfect amount... well that's what I read anyways... sometimes I can get away with just one.
And this is more than just lipstick, it's a lip treatment infused with some fabulous ingredients that will make your lips more firm and plump and smooth and moisturized in about 30 days. At least that's the claim in the pamphlet that came with it, made by some dermatologist and 33 women...
I don't know about all the claims, but regardless I really, really like this lipstick/ lip treatment... it's super smooth and creamy. Doesn't smell or taste like anything which is great. Applies evenly with a nice sheen.
Since I am a self confessed lipstick eater, I'm not surprised when I need to reapply after 2 hours or so... I'm not sure if it's me or if it's the product... regardless I have my eye on #645 as well :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser

When it was time to invest in a new night-time cleanser (late October), I decided on Boscia's Detoxifying Black Cleanser, because I have yet to be disappointed by this line.

This cleanser reacts with water, and you'll feel a slight warming sensation on your face. It doesn't last for very long, but it feels nice.  This product is meant to deeply cleanse your skin, dissolving dirt, oil, and makeup while minimizing the size of the pores (like whateeeever!!! to the last claim).

It contains some lovely sounding ingredients:
Artichoke Leaf Extract - aims to improve elasticity and tightens pore walls (ok, maybe for a few min)
Charcoal - detoxifies, and is the ingredient reponsible for removing all the grime 
Glycolic Acid - clarifies and smooths skin 
Vitamin C - brightens, minimizes fine lines, combats free radicals
Looks like charcoal, smells lovely. Well I like it, it's a gentle green scent (eucalyptus maybe... even-though I don't think it's one of the ingredients :)
I love this cleanser... At the end of the day, combined with my Clarisonic it does a wonderful job of cleansing my face. I have oily (sometimes combination complexion), and I never felt like this product is too strong for me. However I think if you categorize yourself as someone with normal/ dry skin, you might find this cleanser too drying and harsh, and if you decide to use it, it would most likely be a once in a while type thing for you. But for me personally, this joins the Boscia list of tried and loved, and worth the price tag $34 CAD ($28 USD) for a 5oz bottle.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Skin Protectant

So the story goes like this. A very, very long time ago (1930) a son of a client of Elizabeth Arden scraped his knee. Elizabeth whipped up a concoction and applied it to the scrape. Eight hours later (hence the name) the boy's boo-boo was healed, and a cult favorite was born. The formula of which has been unchanged since.  Elizabeth also used this balm on the legs of her horse (she was an avid equestrian)... I'm sure the horse appreciated it :)

It has numerous uses: moisturizer (lip and hands especially), cheek and eye highlighter, brow smoother, callus softener, after sun or post shave skin healer, winter dry-skin saver... and the list goes on...

I can attest to a couple of these. One, I had a weird dry scaly hurting patch on my wrist, moisturizing it didn't really soothe it. Two days of using Eight Hour Cream, you could barely tell that it was there at all. As well I've been moisturizing my hands with it along with my Jurlique hand cream, and my hands and cuticles never felt or looked better. My husband used it as a lip balm, his chapped lips renewed after just one application.
see my weird lesion
two days later... all gone... blue dot marks the center of my has been lesion :)
 It's an amber-apricot shade in color, with a sort of herbal-medicinal scent. It starts to melt on and into your skin the minute you apply it's very oily/greasy and I love it. If you use it on your hands/cuticles it's best to do it at night, I slap a pair of gloves on after I do, so as not to stain my sheets.
I had a tiny 15ml of this, but I picked up a full sized tube a week after playing around with my trial size. It's magic... I swear.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

I'm a year older today…

It's just crazy. I remember being 16 and the world stood still for me… now I'm in my 30's and it's moving so fast. I finally understand the phrase "time flies", and I wish it didn't. I'm not afraid of getting older, just of running out of time :)

My lovely husband, gave me this gorgeous trinket on my day. We had vegan chocolate cake and champagne right at 12:01am today... he's so incredibly awesome...
Thank you gorgeous for spoiling this spoiled brat :)

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Jurlique Hand Cream

I love a good hand cream. On a random visit to Sephora some time ago I spotted Jurlique products on the shelf. This line is natural, and pricey. A sample smear of their Rose hand cream, smelled and felt so wonderful I decided I wanted a tube. But a single one retails for $32 CAD, it only made sense to grab a value box of three... and try Lavender and Citrus as well.
Inside, each hand cream is packaged in its own themed box... All three flavors contain safflower and macadamia oils, but they also differ of course :) Citrus distinguishes itself with tangerine, mandarin, and lemon; Lavender with lavender; and Rose with rose of course :) along with several other indulgent ingredients.
The tubes are sealed, so you know upon opening if yours has been tampered with or not.
I love popping the seal...
This cream is luxurious, rich, and very moisturizing. I have Rose in my purse, Citrus by my bedside, and Lavender will soon find a place next to our bathroom sink. Color a very pale yellow is also very pleasing :) But it's the texture and the aromatherapy as I'm moisturizing my hands that I'm loving... the fragrance of each is so yum...
The only drawback is the price per amount of course. Each tube is only 40ml and retails for $32. A 120ml will either set me back $62 CAD (as per box) or $96 if purchased separately... while a 150ml tube of L'Occitane is only $30 CAD... a bargain in comparison. Still I will most likely treat myself to some more Jurlique hand creams in the future... as long as there is some sort of a deal on a set :)

Friday, December 7, 2012

Le Métier de Beauté at Winners!!!

So yesterday I stopped by Winners to pick up some treats for a Holiday gift collection for less fortunate families my company is holding again this year.  I had to pass through the supper messy, disorganized, mangled beauty section. I'm usually not tempted to touch, as everything has been already... but  my eye was drawn to a black box... and OMG!!! I literally gasped when I saw the brand name.

With shaky hands I reached for it, not really believing what I was seeing... and the angels sang as I opened it and there were absolutely no fingerprints, no smudges... it seems I was the first one to touch it. I found two eye shadows, and a lipstick.

I already own one LMdB eye shadow that I ordered from Neiman Marcus, it cost me $30 USD plus duties... it is one of the priciest shadows I own... if not the priciest. Now I no longer have to dream of owning more... I just need to get lucky at Winners again :)

Finally LMdB in Canada... now where can I find their nail lacquers? :)  Swatches coming soon.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

it cosmetics bye bye pores, poreless finishing hd micro-powder

Another great product from IT Cosmetics that I'm loving is their Bye Bye Pores powder. This powder is weightless, translucent, and invisible once applied. I call it the 'freedom powder' because it's free of: talc, oil, fragrance, and parabens.  It does contain skin beautifying (anit-aging) ingredients such as: hydro-collagen, silk, and vitamins K, A, C, and E.

I tend to reach for it almost every single morning. Once all my makeup is done for the day, I take the puff that came with this product put it over the openings and tip the container over. Then I press the powder puff into my forehead, nose, chin, cheeks... obviously I tip and coat the puff a few times to get enough powder for my face. Then with a big fluffy brush I buff my face lightly to remove any excess. 

This product is beautiful at temporarily blurring fine lines, pores, and imperfections.  It doesn't settle, it doesn't cake. It also helps to control my oily skin, but it doesn't last all day (my skin will not be tamed :)) It has no shine or shimmer which makes it perfect all year round for any occasion.

Another favorite of mine from IT for sure.

Monday, December 3, 2012

November empties...

yup... this is becoming a regular feature on my blog... and last month I used up:

Shea Terra Organics Gingered Pumpkin Ultimate Moisturizing Body Creme - It was a tiny 1oz jar. I used it as hand cream. It was the perfect fall scent.

Mini Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Duo - had this forever... it's great stuff... under eye concealer nice an creamy, face concealer thick and waxy so it doesn't budge during the day.

L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Eye Balm - also a tiny 5ml (0.16 fl oz) sample jar. Cost me $10 and I really enjoyed it. Perfectly moisturizing with absolutely no scent.

Kiehl's Orange Flower & Lychee Body Cleanser - sample bottle of 65ml (2.2 fl oz). It was a good sample, but not good enough for me to actually purchase the full sized version. I don't know I just wasn't won over by the scent.

Klorane Ultra Gentle Protecting Shampoo with Oat Milk - loved this stuff, I think I need another bottle.

Phyto Phytobaume Conditioner - my favorite conditioner, it's very light but moisturizing and it smells divine.

CocoVie Rose Petals Hand & Body Cream - used it up in record time (less than 3 weeks). I just couldn't help myself, it smelled so good.

Dior One Essential Ultra-Detox Treatment Mask - I really enjoyed this cream-gel mask... it felt cool and refreshing... but it's super pricey ($100 CAD), so no plans to repurchase at the moment, because I'm saving up for another ridiculously expensive product.

bare Minerals Sugar Cookie Lip Gloss -  ok this is not an empty, this is just not going back to my stash. I tried to wear this gloss everyday in November, and every time I put the wand near my lips it made me gag. I hate, absolutely hate the sugar cookie scent, it's too sweet and nauseating... just thinking about it makes me cringe.