Thursday, May 29, 2014

Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip And Cheek Creamy Oil

At the end of April my sisters and I had a makeover at Sephora... an excellent excuse to get dolled up, made up, and spend some money :)

I spotted this new treat on Josie Maran display, and was torn. I wanted to buy one but which one? This is oil will I like it? Luckily a very helpful very awesome SA came to our rescue and hooked up with some samples.

I've been wearing mine a lot, but on my lips only. My skin is oily and I just don't feel keen to put more oil on my cheeks. But on lips this is fantastic... light and moisturizing, with a delicious lemony scent.
Below my three choice picks. Now that I've had a chance to sample each, I came to a decision that I don't have a favourite shade. I want them all..... From left to right:
Everlasting Honey - rosy nude
Limitless Pink - medium pink
Endless Guava - vibrant poppy pink
I purchased Everlasting Honey for my sister as a birthday treat, she is one of the biggest JM fans I know. Now it's time to justify a splurge on myself :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Spring Nail Polish Picks: Bobbi Brown, Deborah Lippmann, Dior

Well, at this time we're actually closer to calendar summer than spring... but hey, in Toronto, it's only been sunny and warm for like 2 weeks... so spring :)

Purchased during the same trip to HR as mentioned in this post.

I don’t know… I felt as if it has been forever since I bought a nail polish. It has been forever since I wore some. (Hoping I haven’t just jinxed myself by writing that sentence down). But over the past few months I’ve been diligent in my nail maintenance, less diligent with taking my vitamins (but committed to be on track starting this week); and  nail things are looking up… and so with the sweet promise of nail polish fumes soon to be in the air, I treated myself.

First, La vie en Rose by Deborah Lippmann. By the time I decided I wanted this in my collection it was already sold out at Sephora. Good old HR sill had it in stock. This barely there pink with shimmer is irresistible.
Second, Golden Beige from Bobbi Brown. The name says it all. I love this colour, one swipe of this perfect shimmery gold shade on my imperfect thumb and I knew I wanted it.
Third and fourth… ahhh Dior. I only wanted Sailor (what a perfect blue), but then I swatched Yacht as well, and the rest is history. But Dior didn’t offer just the polish which is really the only thing I wanted, but a whole kit. I couldn’t decide, so I bought them both. Both include the polish of choice, a nail file, and nail appliqués in matching shade.
I longingly glanced in the direction of the Chanel counter, but did not approach. Monthly polish budget has been exhausted :)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Jo Malone Black Cedarwood & Juniper Cologne

This item was not purchased for me but for my husband, but it was I who sampled it and could not let go. This scent is divine, addicting, and I am obsessed.

The London Rain collection was composed of 4 scents. Each in a different ombre glass bottle. Rain & Angelica in blue, Wisteria & Violet in purple, White Jasmine & Mint in green, and Black Cedarwood & Juniper in black. JM packaging is a favorite of mine, sleek, simple, contemporary.

I did not sample the first two, and did not care for Jasmine & Mint… but oh my, Black Cedarwood & Juniper is something special.

I don’t want to bumble along trying to sound like a fragrance sophisticate, because I’m not. Plus personally, no matter how many descriptive words and expressions someone uses, I still can never imagine the actual fragrance until it’s under my nose. I just don’t have the scent imagination. So I don’t want to waste my time, writing something that would most likely be a lie, others posses the gift, I don’t.

Off tangent. As a kid I wanted to become a “Nose”… you know one of those savants working in fragrance houses who are able decipher minute scent differences. Well that dream has died long ago :)

Still JM has provided this on their site:
“Midnight rain. Seductive with the carnal touch of cumin and chilli leaves. Dark with cedarwood. Humid with moss. Modern and urban.”

Beautiful. But seriously I don’t know what to expect by reading this. I just took a whiff, and I can’t place the cumin, or chilli, or moss… but it is seductive, and modern, and urban, and simply beautiful… and I think my husband will have to share :)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow - Silver Lilac #26

I bought the gold one (Sunlight) and talked about it here. Whenever I find myself putting on complementary warm shadows, more often than not I can’t help but press a bit of this into my lids. Of course being very light handed for daywear….

But lately I’ve been wearing a lot of pink/purple… specifically making one heck of an effort to use up this palette; and I just felt like some shimmer to brighten things up, but Sunlight just wasn’t doing it for me.
So in not so recent past, while at Holts I spot the rest of the shimmery shadows. I wander over, swatch and tadaaaaa I found the perfect shimmer to layer over my shadows.
Quality, sparkle, awesomeness of Silver Lilac is just as fantastic as Sunlight. Swatches below are of the same shade, a lot bit packed on on the left, and trying to be settle on the right. Camera doesn't to this product any justice... it comes through as flat and one dimensional... so I suggest if you like a touch (or tons) of glitter in your life go and stick your fingers into some Bobbi Brown sparkle shadow :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain - Cannes Crush (025), Rio Rush (020)

Revlon is not a brand I spend my money on... their lip butters that were all the rage when they hit the shelves held no interest for me, because... I am not a makeup artist (not even part-time, not even for family). I am not a career beauty blogger, all the stuff that goes up here and on youtube is just for personal enjoyment, not with $ expectation. All the makeup I buy and talk about is for my face and my face only... I can only slap on so much product each day, and so I choose to slap on the higher-end brands. This limits the amount of stuff I buy, but I'd rather have less and enjoy the luxury, rather than a closet full of stuff I never touch.  (Even-though when the luxury doesn't work out, it hurts that much more :))

So I must point out that neither mine nor my husband's money was spent on this. These were freebies that made it into my hands from someone who attended an event were these handed out. I know I'm a bit of a hypocrite, I won't spend my money on it, but I won't say no to free :)

Still I know many would choose Revlon over any other brand. In some places Revlon is just as coveted as Chanel... it's all about personal preference.  Therefore I've decided to share swatches of the moisture stain lip products... I have two: Cannes Crush an orange-coral, and Rio Rush - a bright pink.
The applicator is a kind of weirdly shaped shovel with a tip... I don't like it. A classic doe-foot would serve me better.
The colors are lovely swatched. Richly pigmented and smooth. I'm more drawn towards the pink shade than the coral... I might pass the coral one to my sister if she'd like it, as she mentioned her desire for an "orange" lip color for the summer. This might fit the bill.
I've layered Rio Rush over other lip products for a bright punch of pink and worn it on its own. I liked the color payoff, not so much the texture of this stuff. It feels kind of thick, and heavy... and after 30min my lips are in need of something... they do not feel moisturized.
Not only is the texture a bit off-putting to me, but the plasticky scent doesn't win any points either. I just don't enjoy painting my lips with this... I think if my sister wants she can have the pink one as well... I just don't want to wear it again.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Love: First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay

First I got a deluxe sample... loved it... so bought the full sized version. This cleanser (actually brand overall) has been getting a lot of online coverage, most of it favorable. Especially when it comes to this product, and I'm joining the band wagon.
The first thing that caught my eye on the packaging was the "with red clay" phrase, which had me expecting a clay based opaque in texture cleanser... but this is gel, a very smooth red gel.
Sweet ingredients: red clay, rosemary leaf oil, and botanical anticoxidants.
Claims: unclog pores, controls outbreaks, reduces sebum, minimizes pores.

I'm not sure about the last two... I feel my skin still produces more than average amount, and my pores are also as big as they ever were... but my breakouts are practically non existent, and my skin is clearing up so nicely, that I feel this product might be part of my skin care routine success.

I took this to Cuba with me, and found this to be excellent at removing sun block and sweat. Currently in tandem with my Clarisonic it does an excellent job at the end of they day in removing makeup and city grime. The only thing I need to mention is that the bristles on my Clarisonic brush are no longer white... this cleanser stained them... but I'm not really bothered.

I highly recommend it, love it, and plan to repurchase it. ($30 CAD)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Regret - Perricone MD Photo Plasma

OHHHH I had such high hopes for this. I did my research, I read and listened to rave reviews, I put it off, but eventually I bought it... and after about a week regretted my purchase. As I mentioned in my April empties, I'm not a returner... so this has become my neck and decollate moisturizer, although it does an ok job at best... Honestly I'm just not getting along with Photo Plasma.
I bought it mainly after reading this description on the side of the box... key terms highlighted:

"This luxurious oil-free moisturizer cream creates an invisible shield against environmental aggressors and guards against UVA and UVB damage. Extremely lightweight in texture, it glides on skin smoothly and evenly, leaving it soft, hydrated and radiant. Formulated with powerful anti-aging benefits and mineral sunscreens, it derives its natural color from antioxidant-rich, Astaxanthin. No tackiness or heaviness, it is the ultimate moisturizer with SPF."

Now tell me you don't think this would be fabulous...
Lots of packaging....
I really like the airy texture, and didn't mind the scent that was light but a bit chemical...
However this $90 cream, despite its claims of lightness did not work with my face. It felt heavy and tacky... and after about an hour my face was an oily mess. You could practically see your reflection in my skin. I couldn't blot often enough. One good thing, it didn't break me out... but I couldn't suffer another oily day, and moved on. I'm sad...

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Beauty Haul - April 2014

This was supposed to go up days ago... but I had video issues, and quality of this one might not be the best....

Friday, May 2, 2014

NARS Long-Wear Eyeliner in Khao San Road

So you know how you read here, how much I want it, but also my realization that I don’t really need it. Well I confess that I lied in writing. Because about 11 days after that post went up, I was walking around Sephora with it in my basket, trying to remember all the reasons on why I shouldn’t buy it. 

 I am weak, I retract any statement that I might have previously made that implies the opposite. When I found myself at the NARS display, my intention was only to swatch it, to confirm that yes this is something I can pass up on, but one smooth, creamy, bright metallic blue line later, and it was over; pencil won.
This is my first NARS eyeliner, and I’m just going to come out now and say Via Venetto will join my collection soonish :)
It has one of those cute built in sharpeners, that I rarely use. I find the thickness of a well rounded nib suits my eye very well. I really only pull out the sharpener if I haven't worn the pencil in a while, and want to expose fresh product.
  “Long-wear” claim is so true. I use this pencil to line my lower lashline (not waterline), and it doesn’t budge, it doesn’t fade, it doesn’t smudge.  On top of that it’s just so freaking beautiful; love this blue.
 Insert in the box, gives written and pictorial directions on how to use the builtin sharpener. It’s cute, but not sure if completely necessary.