Thursday, November 24, 2016

CHANEL: Emeraude - nail polish swatch

I saw this shade a few months back... it was released for Summer 2016... but all I could think is, this is a perfect Christmas tree shade :) I bought it on the spot, because in my collection this one is one of a kind... a gorgeous forest green with gold shimmer.

Mani lineup:

NailsInc - NailKale Superfood - base coat (1 coat)
CHANEL - Emeraude - color (2 coats)
Deborah Lippmann - On A Clear Day - topcoat (1 coat)
Deborah Lippmann - Boom Boom Pow - accent (1 coat) on my ring finger
Zoya - Hurry Up - drying drops (1 drop per nail)

The day I decided to wear this (Nov 20, 2016)... was our first true "winter is here" day... freezing, cloudy, with snow flurries... no sunshine to show the gold, but that's what Google is for :)

Love the shade, hate the brush. It was thin, long, and flimsy.... seriously for what CHANEL polish sells for (it has gone up in price) I found this lack of quality disappointing.
I am not sure if this summer release was limited edition. If it was, then this post of mine is a tad cruel... but then again anyone who reads this blog, probably stumbled upon it by accident... and this is not a resource for the latest beauty news :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Burberry: Ash Rose (103) - nail polish swatch

I'm back to nail painting; and the first shade to make it onto my nails is my newest addition, acquired during the Nov. VIB Rouge sale. This is one of those "YouTube made me buy it"... because I watched a favorites video and the praise for this shade was endless... I just didn't want to deny myself.

In order of application:
NailsInc - NailKale Superfood - base coat (1 coat) - I like it, I like it a lot
Burberry - Ash Rose - color (2 coats)
Deborah Lippmann - On A Clear Day - topcoat (1 coat)
Zoya - Hurry Up - drying drops (1 drop per nail)
The shade is gorgeous and unremarkable at the same time :) a hear stopping nude-neutrals lovers must have. I love the formula and the brush... I wore it for 4 days straight with no chipping just some gentle tip wear... after which I decided to take it off and let my nail breathe for a couple of days before I paint them again.
My cuticles need some tlc because they are looking dry and a bit ragged.... apologies :)
It's a lovely shade, in lovely packaging... with a price tag that's not so lovely :)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Project Make a Dent (MaD 2016 - 3rd quarter update)

Oooopsie this update was supposed to happen at the beginning of October. I totally forgot about it. So Q3 update is happening a month later.

What I started with, here

Q1 check in, here

Q2 check in, here

And now 10 months later here is where I stand.  Picture taken around 3pm... light is getting yelloooow. Good thing this post isn't about swatches.
1. Guerlain Météorites Powder For The Face in Teint Rosé 01 - The special edition packaging each holiday season is so beautiful, but I just can't justify a purchase, since after 10 months of daily use, it looks as if I hadn't used it much at all. Plus I don't really think it does anything for me, I love the packaging, and scent of the product, and the sound the spheres make as I swirl my brush in the container... but as for my skin, I don't think I'd miss it if I didn't own it.

2. CHANEL SOLEIL TAN DE CHANEL - In my original post in 2012 I wrote "I don't see myself repurchasing this for at least 5 years"... words becoming truth :) More of the bottom has been exposed, but not nearly enough to call this done. This might be included in next year's MaD project.

3. Burberry Eye Liner in Midnight Blue - Next year if I decide to include a pencil in my MaD project, I'll have a progress bar of some kind. Because I made a some effort to use it up, but definitely not enough to seriously notice. Makeup sure last a long while.

4. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill  #7 Sweet Fire - we are where we were... my brush just doesn't navigate to this pot.

5. CHANEL Illusion D'Ombre - Illusoire (83) - same here... I might have worn this once in the last 3 4 months.

6. CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine - Rebelle 63 - Ughhh made myself a promise to use this and didn't keep it. I've reached for it only a handful of times. Placing this front and centre on my "wear daily" list. It'd be nice to use it up by the end of 2016... I think I can do it.

7. Anastasia Beverly Hills: Brow Ex-press - I feel a weird sense of accomplishment. Had this since 2010; so long gone from Sephora shelves. This set included brow templates (none fit mine), brush (love it, use it daily), and 4 products: wax, cream hi-light, 2 different powder colours. I used up the wax and cream hi-light years ago; and now have only a tiny bit of the light taupe shadow left, that is too light for my brows but lovely in the crease.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

If you think I bought this because the product is called "magic foundation", you are 99% correct.  I also bought it because it's a Charlotte Tilbury product, and I was curious, and pretty packaging gets me every time.
Some interesting (or not) reading on the packaging.
So in my humble opinion this has very good coverage. But for me full-coverage means, 90% of my imperfections/discolorations don't peak through... and that is not the case. Still I feel nicely evened-out, and flawless perfection is never my goal... I don't feel myself.

I apply this with a Real Techniques sponge (aka beauty blender equivalent), and it melds into my skin with no issues.  I set it with powder but not the recommended CT powder, because current beauty bank account is tapped out (and the want list is loooooong).

When I remember to prime first, I get approximately 4-5 hours of wear before t-zone maintenance is required.. if I don't 2-3. Regardless if I prime or don't there is one drawback to this foundation, it gathers under my glasses. I tend to have this problem with other foundations, but the gathering is minimal; with magic foundation it's obviously visible... I'm not a fan.

Final verdict not magic, but very nice (if you don't wear glasses). I'm not going to re-purchase... too many new releases to stick with an average product.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Just to let you know....

To those who for whatever reason, check in with this blog regularly (my husband most likely :)).... I've been posting pretty regularly but that has come to an end...
1. I'm just not feeling it at this time...
2. My camera is on a fritz (keeps telling me my card is locked when it isn't)...
3. Summer in Toronto is coming to an end and with that so is good light...

I'm not saying I'm quitting cold turkey. I will post now and then, but I can't commit to any regular schedule or post quantity.

This blog has started out as a personal public beauty diary of sorts... I do it because I want to not because I have to... and it will continue to be so... just expect significant lags between posts.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

IT Cosmetics CC Blurred Lines Smooth Fill Lipstick - Love & Je Ne Sais Quois

I have a couple of IT lipsticks to share with you. If you stumbled upon this blog a few times, you know that it is one of my favourite brands. 
These came in as a set. Love is my lip color match and Je Ne Sais Quoi is a little something extra pink. The formula is comfortable and delicious... as I've said before, the only thing that I don't really get along with from IT is mascara, otherwise for me personally this brand is top notch.
and mandatory swatches....

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Sol Janeiro Samba 2-Step Foot Fetish Cream

Bought this foot cream, because I love the booty cream (which I actually smear all over my body... started using it on just my bum and tum.... but it just smells so good, and it has fine shimmer... and well next thing I know my bum bum potion is an all over body lotion).

But the foot cream isn't winning me over. Granted it smells nice (kind of fruity and citrusy at the same time), but it doesn't have this rich feel, that I love.  I shouldn't be surprised, the packaging states "fast absorbing, non-slip"; so that's all on me.
 It comes with a file, that I've used once. It's a nice tool, but personally unnecessary as I exfoliate my feet daily with a  pumice stone in the shower.. so I've never encountered massive dry skin buildup on my heels (it's a serious pet peeve of mine).
I think this foot cream will be great for some. Sweet packaging, sweet scent, sweet feel.. if you're into the invisible feel (which I'm not)... I'm slowly working my way through the tube, and then moving on to something new or something already tried and loved.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Burt's Bees Goodies

August was a quiet month... but a little Burt's Bee haul occurred. I went in for a lip balm, but buy 1 get one half off was on and so I justified these 4.


1. Lip balm - Refreshing (grapefruit), and Nourishing (mango). Already used both, already love both... it's possible that I favour grapefruit slightly more.

2. Facial Towelettes - grapefruit. I didn't buy them for my face, I bought them for my feet. Let me explain. I've been doing regular yoga for about 5 months now. Summer time might be winding down, but it's still hot up north. I like to give my footsies a quick wipe with these before class. The scent isn't strong and doesn't last... but my feet feel refreshed and clean.

3. Almond & Milk Hand Cream - Because I needed a 4th to reap the promo benefits. Cracked the jar open, and I'm a fan (although in all honesty I only used it 3 times). However the scent is heavenly (if you're into marzipan / almond scents), and the formula feels nourishing and lovely. Feeling justified.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

IT Cosmetics Color Correcting + Anti Aging Blushin Veil in Sugar Plum

I feel as if IT is taking over my collection... but it is just so good that I'm OK with it.
This has made it onto my cheeks a few times... and as my favorite time of the year is approaching (autumn) it's going to be an even more frequent choice. The ombre in the pan alone is a feast for the eyes.
And it doesn't let you down once you decide to swirl your brush in it (heavy on the left, light on the right)... I have the original ombre blush (that I don't believe I ever talked about).... I think one of these days I'll do a blush collection post (there are so many)... or maybe just an IT blush collection, I have a few of those :)
Color, quality, performance... I haven't been let down.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Love - Lovefresh Vanilla Body Butter

I think I found the ultimate body butter; and the word butter utterly describes this product. It's made by one of my favorite companies Lovefresh. This company knows its Vanilla scent... seriously if I did not know this was a body cream, I'd reach for a spoon and have this for dessert... yum to the umpth.
Consistency... thick... very... very... thick. I loooove it. When I scoop some up, first I warm it up between my hands to soften it up a bit, and then go to town. It's rich and it shows... I describe my skin as glowing but you may call it greasy... it's a personal opinion.
I should have scooped up a bigger blob so you could get a better feel for how luxurious this butter is.
One of my favorite finds to date. I hope they never try to "improve" on the formula... this is perfection, and I'll gladly part with $24 CAD for another jar (8oz or 240ml).

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Blush in Naturally Pretty

This blush was part of a TSC showstopper...  but it's a showstopper itself. Looks like nothing much in the pan... but it's so pretty on the cheeks. It's a matte blush that blends out so softly while blurring pores. The blurred effect doesn't last forever, eventually the pores win out... but first thing in the morning while getting ready, it just gives me a pretty boost.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Other than mascaras you can't lose with IT Cosmetics; I never have.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish

I thought I was going to love this, I didn't (Lovefresh is still number one).  Reasons why I'm just not a fan.

1. Scent. Rose and coconut sounded so delicious... but actually the scent did not work for me. I think one or the other alone would be great but combined... something was just off.
2. Packaging. Glass!!!! Holy crapoly, was I ever careful with this in the shower, becasue...
3. Oily.  Meaning so slippery. I mean sure maybe great for my skin, but so dangerous for my well being in a wet tub... a slippery mess. I always made sure to clean the tub after... and still warned my husband just in case I did a sloppy job.
I liked the texture.... but that's the only thing I liked.
4. Price. $38CAD for 8oz/226g... while my favorite retails for $30CAD and I get  a whooping 16oz/500ml. $4.75/oz vs $1.88/oz equals no contest.

Tried. Tested. Not recommended it.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Rose Julep

I'm a copycat. Saw this on someone, and it looked so pretty. I acquired one of my own. Has a lovely sweet vanilla cookie like scent and flavor. But also a plumping effect, so a tingly feeling on my lips, my husband says it "burns" and stays a away from my lips whenever I wear it.
Love this description on Sephora online:
"No shimmer or glimmer—just creamy, glass-smooth gloss, decadent color, intoxicating shine, and famous tingle for a gentle plumping effect. Encapsulated hyaluronic spheres infuse lips with moisture while vitamins A and E help keep them supple, protected, and extra kissable." 
Except for the very last part, it's all true
Rose Julep is described as pink punch; it's a lovely very easy to reach for shade.
I like a lot of shades in this range... especially Dolly... and I've seen a lot of love towards the White Russian.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Lovefresh Deodorant in Moroccan Rose Absolute

I'm trying to incorporate more natural, organic skincare products into my routine. Deodorant is a biggie for me. It's something I use every single day (I suppose most of us do), and I would love to find a natural brand to replace my current chemical one.  For a while I used use this brand... but I'm wondering if they changed something in their formulation; because one day I wore it for a full day only to find two red irritated armpits at the end.

I was excited when I saw Lovefresh made a natural deodorant, and bought one. Out of all the available sents at that time, I chose Rose (most likely because they didn't have vanilla :)).  But those are my two go scents vanilla- rose, rose vanilla... followed closely by anything citrus.

Sadly I also get a rash from it. So I think I'm sensitive to an ingredient common to both brands... could it be baking soda? Or is my own armpit sweat irritating to me.

Love the brand, but his product is not for me.

I've found another natural brand that makes a baking soda free deodorant... I think I'll give it a go.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Lovefresh Grapefruit Wash

Continuing with Lovefresh, I've been also using their body wash. Bought scent un-sampled, I trusted that Grapefruit won't let me down.  Well it doesn't smell like Grapefruit to me... or is this how natural grapefruit products should smell like? The scent is similar to an all-natural floor cleaner I like to use. It's nice it's just not what I expected.

Other than the scent thumbs up for this body wash. I like it, it foams up nicely, it rinses cleanly, and I'm being good to myself and the environment.

I think I'd like to try another body wash flavor from Lovefresh... most likely Vanilla... hope they make a Vanilla one. I just love anything vanilla.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Lovefresh Coffe and Sugar Body Scrub

My favourite body scrub is made by Lovefresh. A Toronto based company that is all kind of good. Natural, non-toxic luxury... and it all feels and smells soooooo divine.

My all time favorite scent is Vanilla... I can't get enough. But a couple of months back I decided to break my Vanilla trend with Coffee. A java scrub first thing in the morning is very nice, but I have to be honest Vanilla is still my number one.
Real coffee granules in the mix make me paraniod that I'll clog my tub. I haven't yet, and I'm way beyond the half-way point. So paranoia not substantiated.
I highly recommend this brand to anyone... especially their scrubs. Look good, feel good, enjoy the experience getting there :)

Friday, August 5, 2016

Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow - Thunderstruck

While my husband was paying for his lip balm, my butt lotion, and nail polish... I was off to the side scanning a display. Just to pass time I dipped my finger into this shadow, ran said finger  across the back of my hand... and shocker (or maybe not :)) loooooved it. Jason has finished paying for our purchases, so I said to myself "next time" and we walked on.
 Next time turned out to be approximately 2 hours later, because I could not stop admiring the back of my hand. We went back, I bought it, and felt much better for having caved.
 Metal Crush Kat Von D shadows are so pigmented, and beautiful, I'm not sure how to talk myself out of buying every single one (there are 11). I hope that with enough Yoga classes I'll find my inner strength... and lots of it.
 Described as "metallic pearl" Thunderstruck is worth the $25 CAD that I paid for it.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

last night...

Tight deadlines, and critical deliveries lead to this type of exchange once home and halfway through my glass of wine..

Jay: I want to souse-vide an octopus.

Me: An octopus? Cuban or the whole thing?

Jay: (real slow) AN OC-TO-PUS

brain not in focus :) saving up neural power for the rest of the week :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

IT Cosmetics CC+ Vitality Brightening Creme Blush - Je Ne Sais Quoi

Can IT Cosmetics make a bad blush? No, no it cannot. Other than this mascara, which I just find tedious to use, this company is top shelf in my books.
I always tune in when they appear on TSC, and decide if the Showstopper is something I want or not (best deal). This blush was part of such a purchase, it came with the brush; and it is lovely (both brush and blush).
Bright pink in the pan, that translates to a perfect flush on the skin. So good. Claims of anti-aging good for your skin ingredients make me love this brand even more.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Sol Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

Sometimes I'm confused by beauty lovers who will spend serious bank on face products: creams, serum, cleansers, makeup, but cringe at the idea of paying more than $20 for a body lotion. I am not one of them. I have a $ limit; but I do try to get what I consider to be the best for my skin and my buck.

The packaging caught my eye first when I was browsing Sephora one day. I liked what I read, and holy I loved the scent... it's delicious; and it lingers on the skin... for hours... so do not buy it without a scent sample first, because you'll get whiffs of it through the day, and a headache if you're scent averse. I slather this on after a shower, mostly on my bum bum (as per name) and tummy (need all the firming help I can get); and I can smell it all day long... so beware.

I'm not even going to attempt to describe the scent. I don't have the imagination.  I will only say yum.

Texture is luscious and rich and feels absolutely lovely on the skin. Too soon to speak of any Brazilian bum effects but fingers crossed :) Looks great on the bathroom shelf as well :)

There is also a foot cream available from this brand... I ordered it...

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes - Sphinx 03

Another YouTube motivated purchase. A beauty guru who I watch regularly had high praise for this item but also cautioned that it is very hard to find.  Supposedly it sells out the minute it arrives at the counters. I purchased mine from HR on Bloor Street (I was told it was the last one).

This is my first Tom Ford makeup item (not counting the two bottles of polish I own). One day I hope to acquire a shadow quad... one day.
The reason my shadow isn't evenly distributed in the pot, is because the SA dropped it; that didn't deter me from buying it (quality of the product didn't change, just the appearance). Texture is very soft and creamy, equivalent to Laura Mercier's shadow tubes.
I used a synthetic brush to stipple/buff this onto my lids at first then let my finger finish the job. I love the sparkle, color is unique,  gold-peach-orange with pink-purple sparkle shift... depending on light. I can see why it's selling out. I wore it for approximately 7 hours with no fading, smudging, or flaking... not like I expected any of those to happen.
At this time I'm happy with my new TF acquisition; interested to find out how it holds up over time.