Thursday, February 28, 2013

Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip & Cheek Balm in Rosy Glow

A complete and total impulse buy... one of my best to date by the way. Sure it deflated my wallet by $34 (+ taxes)... but I had a 10% off coupon, and I love this sooooooo much :)

This duo-tasking (meant for cheeks and lips) product was released in two different shades: Peach Glow and Rosy Glow. Peach Glow appears to be sold out everywhere including the Sephora website. I got my hands on Rosy Glow and I'm so happy with it. I don't know what Peach Glow looks like so I can't say I love it more :)

This is one of those products that reacts with your skin chemistry (Givenchy says humidity) to result in a perfectly harmonious shade. I don't know how much I buy into that gimmick, but I do love the shade of pink I see on my lips :).... hahahaha therefore Givenchy has been successful.

This balm contains hyaluronic acid which plumps up the lips and cheeks slightly and smooths out dehydrated skin. I have not used this on my cheeks as the pot is tiny (only 5g or 0.17oz), plus the texture just screams "put me on your lips!!!". This is divinely soft,luxurious, and balmy. My lips are addicted. It's non-sticky, flavorless with a gorgeous barely there scent, that reminds me of raspberries. Givenchy says that it is the Gloss Interdit perfume... which only has me itching to hit up Sephora again and sample those as well :)
This pink is simply gorgeous, and I'm fighting the urge to buy another one. But we all know I'm weak... I'll do my best to put it off until April, or until I hit bottom of my tiny pot...but that might just be a big fat lie, and I may have another one as soon as this weekend :)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

CHANEL Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Rose Favorite

I found my self at the Chanel counter at Holt Renfrew (Bloor St. location) a little while ago... browsing the 2013 spring collection... purchased an eye pencil, a bottle of nail polish... and this single eyeshadow after some contemplation.

I was there with my husband, I swatched this shadow with my finger, and just wasn't sure... it's pink, will I use it? how often will I actually reach for it? will it make me look like I have some eye rash? it's pretty but is it beautiful enough to justify the price?

Janette was in the process of cashing me out, when Jay made the decision I was torn about, and said "she'll take one of these too" :)...

This is my second single eye shadow from Chanel, and I have no regrets about buying yet.
It's a really lovely matte petal pink shadow... which could double as a blush if I were so inclined. But I'm not I have enough blushes as it is already... enough but never enough :)
I've been wearing it quite a lot lately with a shade of brown or gray, over a base of shimmery champagne cream shadow or just over a primer... it's so pretty and versatile. Below a couple of swatches, one in natural light (but it was overcast), one with flash... I find that pinks like purples sometimes are hard to photograph, and capturing the color accurately can be a challenge, but I did my best.
This shadow is incredibly finely milled, and very soft and buttery to apply. It blends out beautifully, and wears the whole day. It is a limited edition item, so may not be available anymore... and while at the higher end of the price spectrum, glad I own it :)

Friday, February 22, 2013

La Roche-Posay Redermic [R]

As a thirty something woman, who's noticing signs of maturity (aka wrinkles :)), yet still suffers from acne, I've invested in a treatment with retinol to try and minimize (erase) the appearance of both.

I purchased Redermic from La Roche-Posay because I credit this line with getting my skin under control; and so I felt optimistic about this anti-aging product. It's pricey but not excessively so, around $55 for a 30ml tube.
It contains 0.1% of pure retinol plus something that LRP refers to as "retinol booster complex". This is a lightweight, cream colored lotion, that I apply every single morning. Of course the makeup (and or cream) that goes on top contains spf, as retinol does make you  more sensitive to sunburn. Non-greasy and fast absorbing are great qualities and it delivers on both. It hasn't erased my wrinkles, but I do feel they are not as pronounced, and only time will tell for how long Redermic will be able to keep them at bay. I also feel it has slightly improved my acne scarring... other then actual dermatological interference I don't think much can be done about that damage on my face.

But on another positive, while labeled "intensive", my skin has not been irritated at all. Maybe I have rhino thick epidermis :) Either way, don't assume the same can be said for you, retinol is powerful stuff and should be used with caution. On that note, pregnant and breastfeeding women should absolutely stay clear of any product containing this stuff. I hear it's not so good for a growing human.  But as I have no plans on becoming impregnated in the near future, I'll stick with this for a little while longer :)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Givenchy Mister Eyebrow - Eyebrown Fixing Pencil

I picked this up at Sephora because I buy into the whole "wax is essential to keeping my brows groomed". 

Every morning I use Brow-express from Anastasia, that I bought way back.  The wax was the first thing I used up, the highlighter has serious amount of pan showing, but I still haven't hit pan on the shadows. I think I just got so used to setting my brows that I had to purchase something.  It was a toss up between a clear mascara and wax.

In the end I chose a wax pencil from Givenchy, because this brand doesn't have enough presence in my collection.  It's not a very big pencil, but has a pretty hefty price tag of $26 CAD.
Every single morning, after I've filled in my brows I run this over them. It smoothly glides on, darkening my brows slightly.  But it doesn't feel necessary.  I don't know... I just don't feel as if my brows would go haywire if I didn't set them. It think it's a slight oc behavior on my part, that I feel I need this.
So, in the end, nice pencil, steep price tag... like it, but won't repurchase... I don't think...

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush in Honey

Found this treat at Winners for half price. It was shrink wrapped and I wasn't sure about the color because it was named Honey. Then I found one that was open and got a chance to swatch it... didn't feel bad about it, because it has been already mangled beyond saleability. Obviously... I liked the color because I bought the other one :)
It's really small, only 0.09oz. That's about the size of a Burberry single shadow, Chanel single shadows are 0.07oz. But it's very pigmented, the formula is super creamy, and it didn't break the bank :)
I like the rose gold colored compact.
It has a little mirror inside, not much of use to me, but it's there :)
Excuse the blue mark... I like to give something for my camera to focus on. Obviously left heavy piled on swatch... right light and blended.
Such a pretty color... glad I found it.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara

Another mascara that I've been wearing a lot lately (mostly on days where my Almay wasn't suitable:)), is the new Clump Crusher from Cover Girl. You've probably seen the commercial with Pink being all fierce because her mascara doesn't clump, and her lashes are all voluminous and fabulous :)
I purchased a tube in the shade very black #800, and it cost me just a bit over $10 CAD at SDM. I was a bit skeptical about the claims... I don't remember the last time I purchased a Cover Girl anything :)

But here is a pretty green brush, that will work magic on your lashes. It has a nice gentle curve to it, which I find fits my eye shape really well, and the green bristles really do a very nice job of coating, while keeping every strand in it's place.
See below, left side with the Clump Crusher... and right au naturel... I pre-curled my lashes with my Shu Uemura eye lash curler, before application.
 This is one generous coat. By one coat I mean I didn't re-dip the brush, but I went with it over my lashes a number of times.
 Ok, I seriously think this was $10 well spent.
Along with my Almay, now I have two new drug store favorites :)

Aveda Foot Relief

Love my lemony Aveda hand cream, and so a little while ago I decided to give Aveda foot cream a try as well. Packaging makes me very happy. I always prefer a tube or a jar to a bottle with a pump.
The cream is thick and with a light pleasant lavender-peppermint scent. It doesn't feel greasy, but does feel very moisturizing. I love to slather this all over my feet after a shower/bath, then slap a pair of socks on and let the moisturizer do its thing.
I don't have crazy dry feet, because I'm a lotion addict, but I'll definitely give another tube of this a go... it softens, smooths, moisturizers, exfoliates, and deodorizes all in one. It was a good buy :)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

What's in My Bag - 2

So I promised to share this once a year on my birthday... it's been 2 months and a day since my personal holiday... but here it is in video form :)

Friday, February 8, 2013

Almay One Coat Get Up & Grow Mascara

Kate Hudson uses it... or so I read in a magazine :) I decided to spend $15 CAD and give it a whirl. Plus I liked the "get up & grow" headline... My shade is 010 blackest black... and whenever I see that color I always wonder about the difference between it and just a black shade... but I didn't want to spend another 15 bucks to find out...
This mascara promises to lengthen and strengthen, protect lashes with it's "anti-breakage pro-vitamin formula", and provide clump free wear all day long.
I like the brush, I like the way it grabs on to my lashes and coats them. The promise holds and this formula goes on clump free. It makes my lashes look fuller, thicker, and yes even longer.
It wears all day long... but only on my top lashes... In the images below you'll notice I didn't coat my bottom lashes.  This is because it smudges. An hour into my day I would have nice black unintentional raccoon eyes :) Yet strangely I still love it... I apply a different mascara on my bottom lashes, one that doesn't deliver on top and is waterproof.  Below left side with Almay mascara, right side no mascara.
I just love the oooph my lashes get each morning I use this... even with the smudgy side effects when used on the bottom lashes, I still think I want to repurchase this.
Blackest black is also incredibly pigmented. When I take this off at the end of the night with my Boscia oil, this basically turns my whole face gray.
And lastly my lashes feel soft even when this dries down. So not to be worn on rainy, snowy, uber humid days... or if you suspect you might be crying... or on your bottom lashes, like ever.  Otherwise this mascara is great :) I know this review is sort of contradicting, but in the end I seriously like this stuff, it just has some restrictions when wearing it.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Korres Evening Primrose Eye Cream

I picked this up at SDM a few months back. I needed some eye cream, hadn't researched anything new, but didn't want to re-purchase anything I've tried to date. I chose this Korres eye cream because the tube is really generous, 20 ml (.68 fl oz), and it cost me $40 CAD I believe.  I consider that a reasonable amount.
I like the packaging, and I like the creamy consistency of this cream. But I dislike the scent... other reviewers describe it as flowery... to me it smells weirdly of plastic. Over the past weeks I've grown used to it... but I'm not liking it.
This cream is rich in evening primrose oil, which supposedly helps in reducing fine lines, diminishing dark circles, and hydrating the delicate eye area. Well I'm not seeing much improvement on the first two claims... and as for hydration... not as much as I would like.

I think I would have liked this more 10 years ago, when the signs of maturity weren't so visible around my eyes as they are now :) It's creamy, yet light, fast absorbing, but also weirdly scented... so maybe I wouldn't have liked it back then either... Either way, money spent, product will be used up, and then forgotten...