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Testing out Revlon ColorStay 2-in-1 Compact Makeup & Concealer

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

This is a follow up of my popular Revlon ColorStay 2-in-1 Compact Makeup & Concealer (19.99 CAN) post I did in February.

Let me do a quick rundown, in case you missed the original post. This 2-in-1 compact is all you need. Black plastic packaging- Foundation and concealer together with a tear-shaped sponge beneath, totally eliminating clutter. Perfect for me since I’m forever misplacing my concealer!



I originally tried 400 Caramel which really wasn’t my tone. So I was given the colour 410 Cappuccino which is the deepest colour in the line.

This is a medium-heavy coverage foundation with a satin-matte finish.

Disclaimer- When wearing a matte finish. It’s important to have a really good skin regime. I’m talking about cleansing, exfoliating the dead skin off, toning and moisturizing. If you neglect this your foundation will not look its best.

Testing what colour works for you:
Always use your jaw, not the side of your arm or your hand. You may pick a foundation that looks amazing on your hand and when you get home and try it…completely off. As with other compact foundations, the colour in the compact may appear darker than it will on your skin so Revlon suggests using the smaller concealer shade as a reference point for proper shade matching in-store before you buy.

Foundation Left to Right:

410 Cappuccino 

400 Caramel


Concealer Left to Right: 

410 Cappuccino 

400 Caramel


Totally embarrassing but my skin has come a long way in the past few months; some slight discolouration on my cheeks, under my eyes and around my nose.

BEFORE



With one application of 410 Cappuccino, most of it is covered. Just a few areas that need extra attention. I added 410 Cappuccino concealer on top of the foundation (I put a circle on top to show you the colour difference). Depending on your preference, you can blend this out and be done with your look or add foundation on top for extra coverage.

The finished look.

I would recommend using a sponge or fingers for this product. The product comes with a sponge—it’s under the second layer along with a hidden mirror, which is really handy. The consistency is very creamy and blendable. Not dry like most matte formulas. This is a foundation worth trying! There are 12 colours in the range to choose from. Let me know what you think below!

This post was brought to you by Revlon but the images and opinions are my own.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks + Swatches

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Summer is coming and it's time to try something new. The Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipsticks ($30.00 CAN) showed up on my doorstep a few months ago. I've literally been using them so much that I forgot to post. Let me start off by saying these Bite Beauty lipsticks are handcrafted. 
And also they're Canadian!


When you buy a Amuse Bouche lipstick you're getting the best. I'm talking 12 edible oils, food grade ingredients and nutrients in your lipstick. Not harsh dyes like some of the other brands. Texture-wise they're really creamy and comfortable on the lips. Plus an they have an awesome citrus flavour from fresh fruit. I've added these to my permanent collection and I can't wait to try more. 

Check out these swatches!

Lip swatches:
***Missing Chai but it looked very similar to Honeycomb on me***
My favourite!

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SEPHORA COLLECTION Skincare Booster - Tired Skin

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Earlier this year, my skin was in shambles. I was trying out a new product for the blog which made my skin go haywire( I will not be showing pictures of this). I knew that something wasn't right but I didn't want to stop due to it's "benefits". I know some of y'all are shaking your head right now. Once I stopped using it.. all the impurities came to the top of my skin. It was not cute... I really needed something to get rid of them. That's when I found SEPHORA COLLECTION Skincare Booster - Tired Skin ($26.00 CAN).


I literally went out on a limb with this product. Skin boosters are on the rise. Think of it as a shot of minerals for your skin to improve complexion. I'm in love. This product was extremely gentle for sensitive skin users like me.


One of the main ingredient is  a high concentration of magnesium.
Which can reduce signs of fatigue and brighten your complexion.


How to?
  • Use in 14-day cycles at each change of season.
  • Using the dropper take five drops- mix it with your cream/makeup or use it on it's own.
    This can be used morning or night. 

The only picture I have on my phone which show cases my skin.
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L'Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Glosses- SWATCHES

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The popularity of matte lipsticks aren't going anywhere any time soon. One complain that I hear a lot is how "drying' they are. My recommendation would be the L'Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Glosses ($13.99 CAN).


Doe foot applicator perfect for sculpting your lips.


These highly pigmented matte glosses have a velvety texture when applied.
They're also long-lasting. Perfect to wear all night!

I received four colours but I swatched the two colours that would flatter my skin tone the best.
**Note: If these are too glossy for you- take a tissue- blot and you have a matte lip without the shine**

Shanghai Scarlet & Forbidden Kiss

Shanghai Scarlet

Forbidden Kiss


Which colour is your favourite?





EOS- Body Lotion Berry Blossom & Delicate Petals

Friday, April 22, 2016

I recently had the opportunity from EOS to attend an afternoon floral workshop at the Bobbette & Belle . I've been obsessed with Bobbette & Belle since my wedding show days: they make amazing cakes & cookies. Plus I'm obsessed with flowers.

I was extremely excited to check out the latest innovations from Eos- Body Lotions!

Two scents:
Berry Blossom & Delicate Petals


Don't you love this sleek bottle? 
This body lotion contains natural shea butter, avocado oil and vitamin E. It applies sheer but it's still moisturizing. Not like some brands which apply light and totally evaporates an hour later. Although both lotions are scented they're dermatologist-tested, paraben-free, petrolatum-free and mineral oil free.

Two sizes:
200 ml which comes with a flip top cap
350 ml which comes with a pump

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Mary Kay Into the Garden Collection

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Last year, this time I was getting ready for my wedding. It was hands down the best day of my life. So much work goes into one day. The preparation part is crucial. The Mary Kay Into the Garden Collection is perfect for the DIY bride. This line is LE "Into the Garden™"collection is a collaboration between Mary Kay Global Makeup Artist Sebastian Correa and Brazilian fashion designer Patricia Bonaldi.

Feet
You will be on them all day! They have to look good. 
The Into the Garden™ Pedicure Set ($35.00 CAN) is perfect for pampering.
You add the foot fizzies to add to your water and soak. Then add the Satin Feet™ Foot Scrub to get off the dead skin cells. I should add that it is a garden-scented.  Once you're done put on the toe separators and file with the emery board. There are also polishes in the line**.

Hands
You will be shaking a lot of hands. Soft hands are needed!
Into the Garden™ Soap Set ($20.00 CAN).
You get three garden-inspired scent soaps individually wrapped in a lovely floral box. This could also be a cute gift for your bridesmaids.

Face
Into the Garden™ Beauty Blotters™ Oil-Absorbing Tissues ($8.50 CAN) 
You have to stay fresh for photos!
Keep theses in your clutch. If you don't have a travelling makeup artist- these will be your best friend. They will help absorb excess oil and shine- so that it doesn't show in photos. 


Into the Garden™ Nail Appliqués ($10.00 CAN)
Break out that accent nail! 
There is a mix of floral and lace designs to play with.

FACE
Into the Garden™ Color Compact ($45.00 CAN)
The colour combinations are endless!
Four garden-inspired eyeshadows plus three sheer glosses. All-in-one compacts are perfect for the lady on the go.

I should add that limited quantities available of this Into the Garden Collection. 
Expires May 15th, 2016.



Clarins Has Perfected Skincare for the Under-35 Set

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Last month, Jenn and I headed to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto to see the new launches Clarins was debuting for Spring 2016. It was quite a fete – there was a dessert bar, complete with a cotton candy machine, macaron lollipops and some bubbly! The venue was perfect – the hotel is actually home to the only Clarins spa in the country!


The products also did not disappoint. When the Clarins team walked through the product benefits and allowed us to smell the product and get a feel for their texture, I immediately fell in love and began testing them out that evening!

I wanted to give my skin ample time to adjust to these new products (enough time for cellular turnover), so I used the products day and night for five weeks to gauge the efficacy of the new Clarins launches.



I am extremely happy to report that my skin has completely transformed since using this. My skin was at its worst ever when I began using these Clarins products, and I’ve now had no more than 5-6 small blemishes since I began using them daily.

Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream for All Skin Types
The Multi-Active line has been one of Clarins’ best-selling products since 1988. Over the years, the Clarins team has researched new trends in skincare as well as the efficacy of new ingredients, and has tweaked the formula of the Multi-Active line to help your skin look its best. This formula is the line’s fifth re-launch.

The line was designed to best combat the damages of the millennial lifestyle – city pollution, lack of sleep, stress from building our careers, etc. This definitely spoke to me (and my under eye bags). So many face creams are designed for the over 40 set, and it’s hard to find a preventative cream that isn’t too heavy and will combat my concerns. The Day Cream’s main ingredient, Myrothamnus (a South African plant extract) helps combat signs of stress, all while maintaining a light texture that allows for easy application.

I was immediately impressed with its consistency. I usually tend to be wary of things in pots – my mental association of formulas in pots are heavy, pore-clogging and heavily fragranced. The Multi-Active Day Cream is none of those things – it applies smoothly and sinks into skin quickly for my morning makeup application, and has a light and delicate scent that is pleasing but does not upset my skin.

Clarins Multi-Active Night Cream for Normal to Combination Skin
Again, the Multi-Active Night Cream applies like a dream, just like its daytime counterpart. Its main ingredient, Organic California Poppy, helps fight early signs of aging and lends a scent that I find so relaxing – perfect for bedtime. Each morning after use, I wake up with plump, even, hydrated skin. It’s perfect for faking a good night’s sleep, even if you spent the night tossing and turning!

Clarins Mission Perfection Serum
I’ve been using this serum only in the morning as I’ve been using a retinoid cream before moisturizing at night, however, this serum is perfect for being applied under your Multi-Active Night Cream. The Mission Perfection Serum promises to promote circulation, even out your complexion, minimize hyperpigmentation and smooths your skin – and it delivers. I’ve definitely noticed the efficacy of this serum throughout my five-week trial period, and my skin is the most clear and even it’s been in years! The serum’s two main ingredients, Acerola and Ginkgo Biloba, help combat UV damage and inflammation; all while minimizing redness and helping restore the skin’s natural light reflection and radiance.

Have you tried these products yet? 
Let me know what you think in the comments!
Clarins products are available at Hudson’s Bay.

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Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream | Clarins Multi-Active Night Cream | Clarins Mission Perfection Serum





L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Cushion foundations are all the rage lately – French cosmetics brands have perfected the launch, offering sheer, buildable coverage and a trusty compact that is perfect for makeup bags and traveling. I tried L’Oreal Paris’ take on the trend to see if it stacked up to the rave reviews.

APPLICATION
My favourite thing about this foundation is how true to skin tone it is – when I first opened the compact in my shade, I thought that there was no way this would work – it was way too dark. However, upon applying, I noticed it was a perfect match. So perfect that even swatching was difficult, you could barely see the product! What you see in this shot is several coats of foundation applied with a stippling brush.

This product also gives your skin a luminous glow, almost as though you’ve also applied a highlighter. It’s perfect for a fresh-faced look for daytime. At night, I add translucent setting powder to mattify things up a bit.


COVERAGE
The coverage for this product is sheer-to-medium – it takes a few applications to build it up. If you’re looking for additional coverage, add a creamy concealer to blemishes and under eye circles following your foundation applications.

SHADE RANGE
The product range includes 8 shades ranging from “Light Ivory” to “Suntan”. Unfortunately, I don’t think this foundation is a good match for those with darker skins.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation is available in drug stores including Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall, as well as Walmart and Amazon.ca for approximately $24.99.