Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Michael Kors McGraw Messenger Bags

Two new additions to my closet made this month... one was a birthday gift... and the other an excellent Boxing Day score...

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Beauty Haul - December 2013

This video is so long... I don't know how I ended up with so much stuff and so much to say... youtube gives an option of 3 thumbnails and is usually really bad at it... but this time they got one right that defines this video:)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas :)


Lush Secret Santa Bath Bomb

This the biggest bath bomb available at Lush this season. It is described as 3 bath bombs in one, and is supposedly big enough for two baths. One can break it in half, but I did not. It also contains a surprise inside????  I'm not sure what it was supposed to be... it all fizzled out while I was soaking and not paying attention.
Speaking of fizzle this really melts fast... supper fizzle... and as it does your water turns a gorgeous shade of deep orange, and your bathroom is filled with a delicious citrus scent. It was a good soak.
However I don't feel the need to repurchase. As this is their biggest bath bomb, it's also the priciest at $9.95 CAD... and since I don't care to crack this in half and deal with the  bath bomb dust, it feels a bit too expensive for one bath.

Glad I indulged myself this once... no need to do it again. I know Lush has a great sale on Boxing Day, but I've allocated my pennies for other things this season :)

Monday, December 23, 2013

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Ultra-Hydrating Body Butter

I do love a good thick, heavy, body moisturizer. This was an instant “want” when I sampled this on the back of my hand… and once I got a whiff of vanilla-apricot I knew I’d have to splurge on this eventually. I call it a splurge because I feel it’s a substantial ticket price for not a substantial amount of product ($42 CAD for 8oz or 240ml) in comparison my still all time fave Kiehl's Creme de Corps retails for $87 CAD for a whopping 1L bottle. 

That’s the only place this product falls short for me. I need this tub to be at least twice the size, without doubling the price :)
Plenty of stamps of approval :)
Otherwise, this stuff smells and feels heavenly. Texture is creamy, consistency is thick… tub is more than half empty… This is very moisturizing, and my skin feels  soft, comfortable, with no dry patches in sight.
"Ultra-hydrating"... I have to agree :)
I want to repurchase, but this jar will barely last me 2 months… month and a bit is more likely.... actually I just hope I'll make it to week 4 :)… I think eventually I’ll splurge on this again… but next on my body moisturizing horizon is Caudalie, and then once it’s all gone in a couple of weeks (it’s a small tube by my standards), I’ll be back to my Kiehl's.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Lush: Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb

Loved the name of this bath bomb, the pressed in star, and the colour. I imagined a beautifully fragranced green bath. It was not a green bath... it was deep plum-burgundy. There is another colour  in the centre, that fizzles purple :) 

This bomb also contains fizzing candies... but I did not hear them while this was melting or see the silver luster it's supposed to have (I'll pay closer attention next time I acquire it). Still loved this bath bomb. The colour is gorgeous... and the scent heavenly.  Lush lists pepper oil and patchouli oil as a couple of main ingredients.   I'm usually not crazy about patchouli, but in tandem with pepper... it works... it works very well. 
so pretty... It retails for $5.95 CAD for those who wish to know.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Regret - Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation

I purchased this to help lighten my dark spots... mostly post acne reminders. The high score on sephora.com and the claims got me. Described as a "lightweight, silky moisturizer that nourishes skin as it gently exfoliates and fades dark spots... it sounds just like what I needed.
The image below doesn't really show how crazy birth shade of white this cream is... blinding... you really believe it will lighten those spots. The texture is silky. The tiniest amount is need to cover face and neck. For $56 CAD this cream was going to be all worth it... since I anticipated it would last me at least 5 months.
But I celebrated too soon. Something in this list of ingredients just doesn't agree with my skin. I tried this on two separate occasions and both times I got deep, big, red, painful, cystic like spots... not pretty.
My jar is mostly full... I don't want to throw it away... bu it's too late to return it. I'm going to see if I can pass it on... This one was a personal dud....

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Limited Edition - CHANEL Charming Eyeshadow Palette - Holidays 2013

This is the only item that captured my attention from the Holiday 2013 collection presented by CHANEL… although when I went to visit the counter I also walked away with 2 new nail lacquers (see them here).
I don't know if I would have spent that kind of money on a palette if not for Lisa Eldrige who labeled this as "THE ONE" for her. Lucky lady received hers months ago from CHANEL, I waited until November then made a pilgrimage to Holt's and got one for myself. 

It comes housed in a soft velvety sleeve. I know some find this wasteful and useless and throw these out, but if my palette (shadow, blush, or bronzer) is encased in something so pretty, that's how I store it.
What I do find useless and wasteful are the applicators included with the palette. I just don't see the point, and they find no purpose in my house.
Black, sleek, beautiful.
Now I know what Lisa likes about it so much. Aside from the beautiful packaging, and the gorgeous crosshatch pattern, the shadows are extremely finally milled, nicely pigmented, and such "grown up" colors.
Except for the middle shade all are velvety matte. When I look at the 5 shade range the word "earthy" comes to mind. This isn't a typical holiday palette, no gold and no glitter, instead it is understated in a very sophisticated and elegant way.
My favourite colour is at the very end. This gorgeous dark grey-purple is hard to describe, but I reach for it every time I pop this open.
This was one heck of a splurge... but I'm glad I did it.
Next... to get on CHANEL radar so that I can get Holiday collections during the height of summer :) .... one can dream :)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Love - Lush: Rudolph Fresh Face Mask

My new favorite item from Lush, and new current favorite mask. I'm talking about Rudolph, the limited edition, seasonal, treat. Lush brings Rudolph out once the weather turns, and Christmas is on it's way. Since this is the first year I've bought this mask, I'm not sure how long Lush keeps it around... but I do hope it's all the way to spring. 

This mask has been formulated for Canadian weather... or at least that's what I'd like to believe :)... but seriously this is ideal for this time of the year. When it's cold and frosty outside and warm/hot and dry inside... this kind of switcharoo in temperature can do a number on your face... suddenly your skin becomes, dry, dull, brittle, itchy and you want to give it some love but you don't know how... well this is the product you should slap on.
When you first take a look at the color of the mask, it is not exactly yummy (sort of brown-green)... but that red jelly nose is so cute (hence the name "Rudolph"). Apply this on clean dry face. The texture is a bit grainy and thick, but it does spread nicely and evenly. Lush suggests you pop the jelly nose on while you have the mask on... I tried... it didn't stick... I threw it out... I'm not sure if this supposed to go on top of the mask, or just your skin. I tried it both ways... no grab... no hold... It's ok, that's not the best part of this mask.
The best part is the mask itself. Lush suggests you don't wait for this mask to dry completely... so usually after 10min I'm ready to rinse... and when I do my skin feels so soft, supple, comfortable... this is a jar of relief for winter skin. I'm using it every  2-3 days, and loving the results. It contains soothing and calming ingredients like: oatmeal, calamine, and lavender, as well as revitalizing ones like mint and cucumber.

As you may know I am very acne prone... but his has not aggravated any existing beasts, nor caused any new ones to pop up. I actually find that this has a calming effect on my eruptions...
This is a mask for any skin type that is exposed to sub zero temperatures and needs some pampering. If you haven't tried Rudolph yet, I highly recommend you do. A 60g jar set me back $6.95 which doesn't feel terribly expensive. This mask is "fresh" meaning fresh ingredients, so it has to be stored in the fridge... the coolness feels great upon application. It is also vegan... so a feel good product for all.