Saturday, March 31, 2012

YSL Shocking Mascara - sample

A little sample of a very pricey mascara that claims to add volume to your lashes and give one that false lash effect. Regular priced version retails for $36 CAD ($30 USD)... I've never paid that much for mascara, and at this time don't plan to. But I have nothing against free samples...
Here is the brush, good size, good product amount. It coats my lashes evenly, although one has to be careful or it will clump. I'm enjoying this little tube while I have it, but I won't be running out to get it. One the price is too high for my liking, and two I don't like the scent of this product. I find it to be a powdery flowery kind of fragrance, a bit cloying, and annoying. It dissipates quite quickly, but still it's a bit of a no-no for me.

However overall reviews for this tube of lash tar are quite high on sephora.com and makeupally so I must be one of the few that just wasn't won over. Majority of those who gave it a try love it, so don't let my little post deter you if you were thinking of giving it a go.
 
Below, one eye with, one eye without... make your own judgment if it's worth it or not :)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Sephora by OPI TrendTips Real Lacquer Strips - Cherries

I bought these for our trip to Costa Rica. We were attending a wedding, and the theme was cherry blossoms. While I couldn't find any cherry blossom nail apps, I felt cherries were close enough... and actually I have to admit that I didn't find these, Jay did... I haven't tried nail apps by Sephora, decided this was a perfect opportunity to do so.
The package contains only two sets of nail apps (one for each hand), no nail file. Each set has 8 different sized nail apps to fit majority of nail shapes... at $14 CAD ($12 USD) they are also a bit pricey for a product that is really one time use... this was my vacation splurge. I knew I'd have time to apply these down there (no down time), I didn't see myself dealing with nail polish...
Application steps, as listed on sephora.com:
-Select the size that best fits your nail.
-Remove the top clear film.
-Peel the nail polish strip from backing paper with the silver tab.
-Place strip on nail.
-Firmly smooth until wrinkle-free.
-Crease strip at nail edge and file off excess in a gentle downward motion.
-Remove with polish remover.
-For optimal application, use at room temperature.
-Use immediately once package is open or air will cause strip to dry out.

 
These were really cute to wear. Lasted only a couple of days... seems salt water isn't nail app friendly :). I did not need nail polish to remove them, they actually peeled off quite easily. So, while I enjoyed my cherry nails, no repurchase right now... but I'm not saying no to these either... they are easy and convenient to apply... nice to have when you want some nail art but have no time or patience to do it yourself :)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15

I no longer remember where I heard about this foundation but it was sometime in mid January. Sephora stores in Toronto didn't stock it, I ordered it online in Light (for light skin types with yellow undertones). Not that I needed another foundation in my stash, but something possessed me…

Tarte claims:
1. 12 hour flawless full coverage
2. weightless, blendable, buildable formula
3. reduces the appearance of pores, discolorations, and imperfections
4. amazonian clay is "skin-smart"…. hmmmm… if you're oily it will absorb it, if you're dry it will hold moisture
5. no: parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs, triclosan

This 1.7oz tube set me back $49.00 CAD ($38.00 USD)…ugh… I hate this ugly markup. It is really quite generous tough, most foundations come in 1oz bottles or tubes.

Texture is creamy and mousse like at the same time. Scent non-existent. I didn't purchase the tart foundation brush because I couldn't justify another $40… I figured I should have one that would do the job in my collection.

First impression:

I applied this foundation using my Sigma F80 Angled Kabuki brush (the current personal fave it foundation brush if you ask me). I was in love. I chose the perfect color it matches my skin seamlessly. Foundation felt very light and airy, and it applied so smoothly; it was also incredibly easy to blend. I was so pleased with the whole look after I powdered.

Amazonian clay or not, I needed to blot my t-zone after 3 hours, and the foundation started to deteriorate slightly. By hour 5, some settled into the fissure on my forehead, my face oils just ate it up. Hour 6 t-zone was a mess, but it always is, forehead covered by bangs, cheek are looking ok :) At this point I hit some sort of a foundation plateau, still needed to blot, but it didn't get much worse than that. Hour 8 and beyond, plateau held relatively steady, up close foundation has slightly separated and settled into pores and fine lines… from afar it looked just fine :)

Over the coming days, I played with different primers and once went without and different setting powders. Nothing met with much success. That is until the day I applied it using my Beauty Blender, somehow the foundation held better. I still needed to blot after 4 hours or so, but it didn't settle, and after the eight hour separation was barely noticeable.

I'll continue to use it, I really really want to justify a repurchase because this product just feels so incredibly light... but I don't think I will.... plus I just bought a bottle of CHANEL coverage a few days ago :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

love a deal

A Michael Kors steal at Winners... I saw this skirt and just liked it... they had my size... and I couldn't resist the markdown...
 
summer is coming... I'm upgrading my wardrobe :)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer

This is the top seller of this company I believe. You should see the transformations shown on tv… like OMG!. This concealer is not only suitable for your eye area, but can also double as a full coverage foundation. And a girl with a face full of post-acne scarring is all about full coverage everything :)
The real test for this stuff came in Costa Rica. We were attending a wedding the weather while not humid was still very hot and due to mixed up directions we had to hike through some greenery and then over some rocks to get to the location... very sweaty... still this stuff held under my eyes and on my face. I used a very sheer layer on my face to gently even out my complexion. Only a touch is needed and I buffed it out with my Sigma F80. This stuff wore wonderfully, lasted all night... well it did fade a bit (it was after all a hot Costa Rican night) but it faded evenly, it did not crease, travel, separate or split... I'm glad I packed this little tube along...
 
Highly recommended for those who want full coverage, have a little patience for blending and buffing... and fit into the very limited range of shades. Only 4 at this time, but the company claims that 70% of us fall into the second shade called Neutral Medium... that's the one I bought, and it is close enough of a color match that I can work with it.

Monday, March 26, 2012

a little Sunday haul

I've had two days to recover from my vacation... yesterday I woke up and thought "I miss the smell of Holt's"... you know the smell of the makeup/beauty section... all those cosmetics, all prettily arranged, begging to be touched... well that's what I was itching to do... but touching leads to wanting, and wanting leads to buying, so I did end up with a few items... not all from Holts, some are essentials some total indulgences :)

My little Sunday haul consists of
1. shower exfoliating mittens - one of my fave everyday shower items

2. L'Occitane Immortelle Brightening Hand Care - a hand cream with spf 15, totally essential for summer, or any day for that matter. It's brand new for L'Occitane... and I've always wanted a hand cream with spf... perfect timing.

3. Some L'Occitane samples - a sachet of lavender hand cream, a sachet of milk concentrate, and two sachets of Immortelle brightening moisture cream which I hear is excellent for combination skin type.

4. Hourglass Mineral Primer - just a sample bottle to see if it's worth the money... Hourglass cosmetics are vegan friendly, I need to explore this line more...

5. CHANEL Perfection Lumiere Long-wear Flawless Fluid Makeup - I went out with no makeup just so I can try this on... I loved the way it looked... now I own a bottle in shade 20 Beige... the SPF 10 had been blacked out... guess not included in Canadian bottles... hmmmm

6. CHANEL Le Vernis in Gold Fingers - from the recently released Vegas collection... it's the only thing I really liked

7. Dior Vernis in Incognito - couldn't resist this neutral

8. Dior Vernis in Plaza - gorgeous pink

9. Diro Vernis in Lucky - a bright redish pink shade

10. Some deodorant, trying out the Secret formula for the first time.

11. Burberry  Sheer Eye Shadow in Rosewood No. 09 - I swatched Pale Barely and I liked it, but I didn't love it, it wasn't special enough in my books... but Rosewood on the other hand I found irresistible.

12. Burberry Sheer Eye  Shadow in Tea Rose No. 11 - perfect complement to Rosewood in my books

13. Tweezers - I seem to have lost mine on our vacation

14. Gosh Nail Lacquer in Forest Floor 005 - limited edition and I do love a good green

15. Gosh Nail Lacquer in Bright Idea 009 - this limited edition pale shade was just calling my name

Sunday, March 25, 2012

vacation beauty routine

Everything to the left of the Vichy sunblock (white and orange tube) is mine, everything to the right is Jay's. I'm not quite sure what possessed me to pack so much makeup and beauty stuff for a week of vacation. I relied on 4 skin care products and mascara the whole time, except for Saturday when I used a foundation, blush, and eyeshadow... still that's a fraction of the junk I brought along.

It seems while on vacation in a very hot climate, I resort to no makeup look... mascara, lots of sunblock, and an occasional eyeliner. I'll definitely try to be smarter next time I pack... but I can't promise myself anything... I like being prepared for all possibilities... :)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub

I picked this up for our little Costa Rica vacation. I wanted to take a scrub with me but I didn't want to take the huge tub of my fave Philosophy. However I don't know why it didn't cross my mind to just fill an empty container with some, and only take what I needed. Because I'd never buy Ocean Salt in the first place or ever again. Nothing against the product, it's the price that hurts. This little tub of 120g set me back $19.95 CAD + taxes... I just feel that's a bit much...

Now I had no plans to use this on my face. No physical scrubber for my complexion other than my Clarisonic. This was for my body only.

This scrub has to be stirred first, as the top has a layer of coarse salt. It's soft and creamy, and it felt nice on my legs... nice and abrasive.. Best part is the citrus scent... mmm... delicious...

If you like physical scrubs on your face, you might want to give this a try... it is too expensive as a body buffer... no repurchase for me... not right now...

Friday, March 23, 2012

i lied

Regular posts coming tomorrow... I'm too pooped to start today... trip was incredible, but I need a day of vacation to recover from my vacation :), do some unpacking, laundry, and catch up on all the posts I missed in the last week... :)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Vacation

We're off to Costa Rica today for 7 days of sun and surf. Actually by the time this goes up, we'll be over 2 hours into our trip. I haven't scheduled any posts for the upcoming week... I think a little blog break isn't necessarily a bad thing… We'll be back on the 22nd… back to the blogging groove on the 23rd… until then...

I hope I packed enough sun block...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

I purchased this cream over a month ago for $35 CAD (+ taxes), and have been using it daily since under my right eye. Under my left eye I continued to use Lancôme's Génifique Eye, which retails for $80 CAD. I must say I did not purchase Lancôme, Jay brought it home one day. I just wanted to see if there is a difference in product and results.

First Kiehl's eye cream is so incredibly rich and creamy. If you feel like your under eye area is dry and tight, this will fix it right up. I was worried that it will clog my pores and cause those small white under eye breakouts, but it didn't. You need a minuscule amount, it does not travel, it soothes, hydrates, and feels so light. On the other hand Lancôme cream is kind of on the thin side, it absorbs (dissipates) quite quickly and I don't feel the hydration... its consistency kind of disappoints me.

Neither one has any fragrance, that's a plus. After more than a month of daily use both my eye areas still look the same, there doesn't seem to be any drastic difference between one and the other. Maybe years of use would show which one is superior, but I'm not planning on paying $80 for a product when I'm in love with a $35 one.

Plush Kiehl's Avocado eye cream is rated "Fave" on their site, and it's because once you try it, you'll find yourself coming back for it. 

I use it at night, just because it's so creamy and thick, I don't know how it would play with my rushed morning routine. Plus I like to leave myself a window to try new products :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Korres: Pomegranate Cleansing & Make Up Removing Wipes For Oily And Combination Skin

I decided to stray from my regular brand and try something new. I rely on make-up wipes to take of my face camouflage before a workout. I did not do any prior research on these, but for $16.00 CAD I decided to take my chances. Plus I really liked the oily/combination skin type these are supposedly formulated for.

This being a Korres product, the wipes do not contains any: parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, or GMOs. They do contain pomegranate extract and vitamin E which have antioxidant protection, and help tone, refresh, soften, and moisturize. The size of the wipe is generous, big and very soft. It's also perfectly wet and my skin is left pleasantly clean, hydrated, with no tightness after use.

While all of this sounds nice there will be no repurchase for me; because when I first open the package I kind of like the scent. But it lingers on my face... and lingers... and lingers... eventually making me nauseous and headachy, and I don't consider myself scent sensitive in the first place.

Also my first choice Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes offers me 5 more wipes per package for a dollar less, and no heavy fragrances :)

Monday, March 12, 2012

life lesson

Here's what to do if you accidentally crazy glue your fingers together.

1. Panic.

2. Allow your husband to laugh at you, as he is the one researching online for a solution.

3. Soak your glued digits in warm soapy water for a few minutes… to my sinkfull of water I added a few pumps of hand soap and a small handful of Tide detergent… for that extra soapy feel.

4. After a few minutes of soaking, with a cotton pad or a q-tip dab at the glued area with some acetone… I had some Zoya remove+, which  is a low acetone formula and it worked.

5. Once your fingers are unglued wash again in warm soapy water removing any glue residue, dry, and moisturize the traumatized area.

6. Reflect on the long minutes of panic you had, imagining yourself trying to clear customs with a large pin stuck between your thumb and index finger.

7. Promise yourself to take crazy glue seriously from now on :)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Lush: Dragon Egg bath bomb

I've read 6 books in a row that dealt with dragons, and I have 6 more dragon books on my shelf that need to be read… I seem to be in some sort of dragon phase… and it has spread to my bath products as well.

I give Lush 5 stars for this one. It is sizable, it melts slower then your average bath bomb, it turns your water a lovely orange color, it smells like sweet citrus….and what makes this bomb a dragon? Well other than it's dragon like spotted egg shape :) (not that i've ever seen one), the core is filled with extremely fine gold glitter.

I combined this bomb with my Magic Wand bubble bar. The glitter was barely discernible. It did not mess up my tub, a quick rinse after took care of any residue. However my skin, was glistening…. covered if fine gold micro shimmer. Now get the image of gold paint on skin out of your mind, neither did I look like a disco ball… my skin just glowed. After I moisturized and 8 hours of sleep, the shimmer has worn off… but my oh my, this is the perfect bomb for a soak before a night out… or anytime really when you want to leave your tub looking and feeling like a queen :)

A definite repurchase...

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Kiehl's Creme de Corps

A pricey purchase. $87 CAD but for a whooping a 1 liter bottle  from Kiehl's on Queen St. W... curiosity was eating away at me.

I've decided to acquire it after a random magazine flip at the dentist office. I don't remember the magazine name, but it had Katie Holmes on the cover. Inside an interview and more pictures of Katie. In one photo a gentleman with his hand on her leg… the caption underneath read something like … so and so applying Kiehl's Creme de Corps to Katie's legs before the shoot… and that's it, that's all I took away from the article, actually the whole magazine…

I had to try this product. Good enough for Katie, good enough for me :) The reason I purchased the 1 litre bottle vs a sample 100 ml, is the price for the amount... quantity vs $$ this was the best option.

 This lotion is extremely moisturizing ... my skin loves it... there is no real scent to it, it's rich, calming, soothing, smoothing, and simply lovely... Some say they find it a bit greasy but I'm not sure what they're talking about... this is a tub of wonderful, and I'm sticking with it...

Friday, March 9, 2012

Ultraflesh Panthera Mascara (sample)

Another mascara sample bites the dust. This time around Ultraflesh Panthera... never heard of the company, until I spotted this 100 point trade in at Sephora...
 lashes ready to be coated and ultrafied...
 booo... formula is a major fail... ok maybe not major... but not worth my pennies that's for sure... I managed to get some on my waterline and on my bottom lash line as well (I have no love for the product)..my lashes are clumped in some spots, and the consistency just felt a bit runny and I really wished I never put down 100 of my points for it... as well it got all sumdgy in my lower outer corners in a couple of hours... not a good look

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Dior: Dior Addict Lipstick in DiorKiss 578

Ok, I've had sample lipsticks before. They look like little pill cards, see example here, pretty shades, but the packaging isn't very convenient… so this one takes the cake. It was part of a Dior gift with purchase at Holt Renfrew, so maybe that's the reason behind it's adorableness.
 I wanted to compare it with a regular Dior lipstick… but I don't own any Dior  lipsticks...hmmmm... so instead I'm comparing it to a Givenchy one, which has very similar packaging style.
 Now the color in the tube looks bright and fun, but it is not scary. It is rather gorgeous a bit on the sheer side and extremely everyday, every occasion appropriate. First up, arm swatch…
 Next let me pucker up for you :) well not really…
Ok, love it. I think all lipsticks should come in two sizes. I'd totally expand my range into the bright and bold with minis… they'd be affordable, adorable, and irresistible :)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

My Bronzer Collection

 1. CHANEL Soleil Tan De CHANEL - is lovely. My container looks barely touched... I need so very little to get the job done.

2. Lancôme Tropiques Minerale in Natural Sunkiss - a freebie... and gorgeous to boot..

3. Lancôme Tropiques Minerale in Natural Suntan - my first bronzer, and it was a great buy... I love it, as you can see... my hand constantly reaches for it

4. Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Golden Light (1) - just one of those, I really didn't need it but I bought it :)

5. Lancôme Star Bronzer Poudre Soleil Sun Kissed Bronzing Powder in Bronze Solaire (sample) - it sits in my drawer, good for travel...

6. Dior Diorskin Nude Glow Healthy Glow Summer Powder in Aurora (001) - summer fave... so gorgeous

7. Pür Minerals Mineral Glow - too much gold sparkle for my liking... it doesn't get much play these days...
On a side note… I saw The Pipa Bag in a store a few days ago, it was brown textured tortoiseshell color (Town Shoes on Bloor St). I was tempted… it's a pretty bag… but then I decided I don't want a leather purse,  wish it was made out of recycled plastic bottles like my fave Matt and Nat… plus $235 CAD (+ taxes) just wasn't available in my wallet… I had a bathing suit to buy :)

Also I said no to CHANEL… I must have been running a fever :) We were in Holts and Jay pointed out the Knightsbridge blush… I really did not want it… should I be worried? hahahaha

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

and the winner of my Shu Uemura giveaway is.....

Thank you to all who participated :) The lucky recipient of Shu Uemura "Burning in Water", eye and cheek palette along with Glitter Fuse lipstick is

Louise from Beauty Of Louise

Congratulations lovely :)

Monday, March 5, 2012

MAC: Tendertone Lip Balm form the Cook collection

MAC Cook line came out March 1st... I didn't know about it until I saw some photos and reviews on other beauty blogs. Decided to check it out on Saturday (March 3rd)... because I really wanted to try the tendertones... heard so many great things about them.  This gloss-balm combo with spf 12 used to be part of the permanent line... now they just make appearances every now and then, and sell out in record time... Cook line had 4 tendertones... all 4 are sold out online. 

When I swatched them at the first MAC store I hit on Saturday.. I wanted 3. They only had two: Thread Gently and Purring... at my 4th MAC store I finally stumbled upon Hot 'N' Saucy, there were 3 left on the shelf, I bought two :)

The packaging is really sweet... pink checkered sleeves with blue MAC logo...
 the box inside is white with embossed MAC logo and black description...
 the tendertones... as I said I have two of Hot 'N' Saucy so I saw no need to include both...
 the gorgeous gloss-balms:
orange shade: Purring
red shade: Hot 'N' Saucy
yellow shade with fine glitter: Tread Gently
 they smell wonderful... like watermelon or strawberries or both :)
 and swatches... the shades are sheer and beautifull...
 I've only had them for a couple of days, but I have to say, they are very comfortable to wear, non-sticky, moisturizing, creamy... glad I got my self some...
on the lips the color payoff is very sheer, barely there, so even the orange is very wearable, and the shine is very pretty

The winner of my Shu Uemura giveaway will be announced tomorrow :)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Bathingsuit Shopping

We're going somewhere hot and tropical in a few days. Jungles and beaches for a week. I needed a bathing suit…. uhhhh I've been told bikini….

It's a very daunting job… I've been doing a lot of online browsing… you know trying to find the most flattering style for my "body shape" hahahaha… Being afraid of the sun doesn't help my pasty body any when in the change room…

So let me tell you about my swimwear shopping experience. There are many places where one can buy a swimsuit in Toronto. But I decided to do it at a dedicated beachwear store, not a department store not an underwear store… but a store that only carries swimsuits, and this time around I wasn't going to buy something just because it was on sale.

Two days prior to my shopping excursion Jay did some online research and sent me a few links to check out. I chose Sandpipers in Yorkville because their online catalog had a picture of a suit, that I felt would suit me (it didn't').  I think swimsuit shopping, especially in the middle of winter, is very stressful.. it's the season of paleness and extra padding. My SA quickly gave me a rundown of the store, how suits are sorted and where I can find what. Then Jay and I hit the racks… he had a totally opposite view of what I should wear… as he put it:

Jay: You're choosing a suit for the body you see in the mirror… I'm choosing a suit for the body everyone else sees… hmmmm… I believe it's because of this incredibly sweet comment that I eneded up purchasing a two piece..

So I ended up taking 10 options with me to the change room… and here is where Jess the most incredible SA I've ever had kicked in. One she listened to what I liked, what I didn't, was honest in her opinion, and just would not stop bringing me options until I said I had enough. By the end I was exhausted… I've tried on over 50 bathing suits… but I also had two that I really liked. One is a bit retro in my opinion and pleases me… second one (I mixed two separates) is more for Jay but I'm liking it a lot as well.

So here is what I chose…
Next time I need a suit, I'm heading back to Sandpipers hoping Jess or someone just as awesome is still there :)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

11 Questions Tag

The lovely Mittens who has a great little blog worth checking out called Discovering… tagged me in the 11 Questions Tag… Now there are rules and such that you have to follow and I'm going to break most of them… because I'm just no good…
1st Rule - share 11 random things about yourself… I share a bit on this blog… I don't want to be an open book
2nd Rule - tag 11 people… no I just can't… while I welcome these tags, I don't know if others do and I don't want to ruffle any feathers… plus I'm just no good with coming up with original questions

But the one thing that I will do is answer the 11 questions I've been tagged in, because that's a nice polite thing to do… and come to think of it, it could also count as 11 random things you didn't know about me…

1. What is your dream job.
I really want to be a fiction/fantasy writer, but I have absolutely no imagination, and no story telling skills :)

2. Why did you start blogging?
As an outlet… and once this beauty/makeup obsession took hold, I wanted to document my products, experiences… it's my public beauty diary.

3. Do you have any makeup that you could not live without?
I don't want to go without mascara… I just don't.

4. High end or high street shopper?
High end… I'm a snob like that… I'd rather have 3 high end things vs 300 high street anything. Label whore all the way…

5. Who's your favourite style icon?
I don't try to emulate anyone's style, it could get pricey… I dress in what makes me happy… but if I was a size 00 I'd love to raid Victoria Beckham's closet :)

6. Gel, pencil or liquid eye liner?
Pencil… love them, but they have to be creamy.

7. What's your favourite nail colour?
Gray, or gray like shades :)

8. High heels or flats?
Flats… you never know when you'll need to run… but I do love to put on a heel now and then too :)

9. What's your favourite alcoholic drink?
Currently the Old Fashioned… bourbon is my weakness… and husband mixes it best.

10. Do you have a skin care essential?
Effaclar Duo and Effaclar K by La Roche Posay… I'm not complete without them.

11. What's your most expensive beauty product?

A serum by Amore Pacific… it cost over $300 CAD… one day I'll bring myself to write about it.

It Cosmetics Airbrush Illuminizer - Poreless Finish HD Illuminizer

This was purchases as a part of a set from the Shopping Chanel in January.
I should have taken a picture of it, but since I didn't I'm simply retyping the info from the back of the box:
"Weightless and superfine airbrush illuminizer infused with hydro-collagen, silk, and Vitamins K, A, C, & E transforms your skin for a poreless, shine-free complexion and lit-from-within glow. Gently absorbs, excess oil and minimizes the apperance of fine lines, pores, and imperfections for an airbrushed, soft-focus finish.

Ideal for all skin types, even sensitive skin, Suits every skin type.

Talc-free. Oil-free. Fragrance-free. Paraben-free. Non-drying. Hypoallergenic."

Below the first shot of the product. It comes with a small powder puff, that I have no use for.
The product is light beige in color, and extremely finely milled. Feels like silk :)
some of it on my hand...
Now getting down to the good stuff... my thoughts :) The feel and texture of this product is outstanding. I use a big fluffy brush, and a tiny amount of product. This is an illuminizer and therefore not suitable for my face as an all over setting powder. I think it has this pearl like finish, and I just feel too illuminated with it all over my forehead :). It has absolutely no oil-control... within a couple of hours my face was desperate for some blotting.. I was an oily-illuminated mess... and my pores remained at their usual size...

This works better for me as a spot highlighter. It does provide a beautiful soft glow on your skin. But given a chance I wouldn't purchase this product, because I already have a life-time supply of highlighters. The only reason I kept it, is because I like everything else that came with the set...

Below buffed into the back of my hand... hope you can see the luminosity... it is pretty... I like it... just don't love it :)

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO ENTER MY SHU UEMURA GIVEAWAY! 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Fresh Supernova Mascara sample review

A little mascara sample that came in a set I purchased over the Holidays... geez that was so long ago.
From Sephora.com:
"An ultra-conditioning mascara that creates dramatic, diva-worthy lashes in one swipe." 
The full sized version retails at $28 CAD ($25 USD) I was sure hoping for something special.
The packaging is nice... I love the swirls and stars...
 The brush is quite big. One word that comes to mind with regards to formula is "creamy"... it feels rich somehow...
 so the eye before any mascara... lashes are all going their own way... some clump... some drift...
 after a good coat of Supernova... it does a good job at separating my lashes... but I wasn't won over by it. Something about the size and shape of the brush, and the feel of this stuff wasn't swaying my heart. Then a few hours later I realized this formula just wasn't made for my eyes as I had major smudges under my outer corners... Glad all I had was a sample, this is a definite no for me...

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Bite Vitamin Gel

It was one of those days few months back, where I was in need of a lip balm and tempted to try something new. At Sephora I spotted this product, each balm retailed for $21 CAD  ($18 USD) but a box of 3 (full sized tubes) for only $32 CAD ($28 USD)… so I grabbed myself a box after I read the fine print :)

The list of what's not included in these balms had me nodding yes :)
NO: Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs, Triclosan 

And a couple more blurbs from Sephora.com:
"This moisturizing gel contains mood-enhancing essential oils and a high dose of multivitamins, making this lip treatment a daily must. With every application, a micro delivery of super antioxidant resveratrol provides lips with age-repairing benefits. Each gel contains the amount of resveratrol found in five glasses of red wine."

I love red wine, and I've heard about resveratrol… sold… but "mood-enhancing" hmmmm what if I'm in a bad mood? :)

Also:
"This product is free of synthetics, polybutenes, and petroleum byproducts and made exclusively with lip nurturing food-grade ingredients that are healthy enough to eat."

My package had three flavors: Pink Grapefruit, Blood Orange, and Mint. The scent is very subtle. Mint does not have that tingly feeling that I associate with all mint products. I also ate some :) Well it does say 'healthy enough to eat' :) flavor was good :) but it's not something I'd do on regular basis.

Now moving on to the heart of this review. I like the packaging, simple and convenient. Although I gave one of these balms to Jay, and he had his cap broken in two days… I don't know if it was faulty (the two that I'm using are just fine, however I keep them at home, and don't lug them around with me) or if it was simply due to the cleavers he has for hands :P  I read some Sephora reviews and it seems a lot of people find fault with the packaging, I suppose it's not him it's the product….
As for the balm, it feels very nice upon application. Moisturizing  and comfortable. As I said the fragrance and flavor are very subtle and pleasant. The product does not feel greasy and is not sticky. Good stuff… except that it does not last. I find myself reapplying constantly… like every hour (and I'm not eating or drinking). I don't know how this product disappears so quickly… when I use it before bedtime, in the morning my lips are feeling a bit parched and dry, not moisturized and plump the way I expect them to.
So overall, marketing spiel is great… I was sold on it… but the product is not a winner in my book… will use up what I have, but no repurchase.