Friday, December 19, 2014
It looks like this week has had a pattern- skincare, lipstick, skincare, and here we are back at lipstick. It's a fitting way to end the week though as the new Maybelline Colour Sensational Creamy Matte lipsticks are pretty fabulous. Read on for a look at Touch of Spice, Lust for Blush, Mesmerizing Magenta and Siren Scarlet.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
You know how some stores put those giant sale tags on the shelves? They're usually bright red or yellow and you can't help but glance at whatever it is that's on sale? Yeah? That's how I ended up with these new Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix products. The sale lured me in and the packing sealed the deal with all kinds of alluring promises liking lifting, firming, plumping, and... all kinds of good 'ings'. Did they deliver? Well, you know what to do.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
So, you've found a lipstick formula that's pretty amazing. Go, you! What could be better... Oh, I don't know, maybe five new shades?! The Lise Watier Rouge Suprême Lipstick range has five new ladies- Stella, who was released with the Aurora Collection and represents our outgoing colour of the year, Radiant Orchid, Kate, Michelle, Emma and Anna. Read on for a closer look at Emma and Anna!
Monday, December 15, 2014
Once upon a time I didn't care much for makeup removal. While I can remember wearing makeup at a younger age, I don't think I have many memories of taking it off. Ahem... Yeah. Those days are long gone, as I am pretty strict about never going to bed with makeup on. I don't do it. Ever. Not that there I times I haven't wished my cat could do it for me- I'd just put my head back on the couch, she'd rub on a little cleaning butter, wipe it off, you know the deal. It wouldn't be perfect, but hey, I wouldn't have to do it. Since that likely won't be happening anytime soon, I do have a nice little combo of products that do get the job done, my Clean Team if you will. Read on for the rundown!
Saturday, December 13, 2014
The holidays are a time for traditions and one that always aims to please are the limited edition scents and products from The Body Shop. This year they've created not one, but three- Vanilla Brulee, Frosted Cranberry, and Glazed Apple. The three scents come in a pretty large variety of products including the classics, like body butter and shower gel, but also a new addition with their Bath Jelly. Read on for a rundown on the Glazed Apple offerings...
Friday, December 12, 2014
'Sunshine on my window makes me happy, like I should be..' Sunshine is fine, I guess, but you know what really makes me happy? Eyeshadow. Especially eyeshadow palettes. If you can't get at least a little bit excited by the thought of a new palette, well, then I just don't think we could ever truly get along. Nah, we could, but I'd feel a little sad for you. Of course there is something even better than just a palette... Two palettes, liquid liner and a mascara. Holy trinity move over. Read on for a look at a few new Yves Rocher eye products including the Yves Rocher Quad Eyshadow Suptuous Colour and Volume Elixir Mascara. Oh, and super bonus points if you know what song that quote is from!
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Anyone still stressing over gifts? I have to say, since my family doesn't really do gift giving anymore, it's a stress I don't really miss. I kind of miss wrapping though. If I do say so myself, I have some stellar wrapping skills. But, should you need a few last minute gift ideas, The Body Shop has a huge offering of gift sets in all sizes and something to fit every budget. Some are even so cute, you can skip the wrapping paper all together. Read on for a look!
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Fragrance! I was tempted to say who doesn't love a new scent in their lives, but that's not true. There are plenty who don't get along well with scents, but I'm not one of those people. I love fragrances/perfumes/scents... whatever you choose to call it, I'm in. While it's not always easy to choose a scent for someone, fragrances do make really great gifts if you know the person you're gifting to. It's also a great time to find a new scent for yourself- or, you know, add to your wish list- as they're are a ton of new ones on the market. Read on for a rundown of a few scents - for him and her, and at every budget - that are worthy of space under the tree.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
I think this is the last of this years' Holiday polish. Of course, now that I've said that something else will arrive and I'll be made a teller of non-truths (aka a liar.) Oh well, the Ceramic Glaze Holiday Bling Collection is a good one, and a fitting wrap up to the season. I am missing two shades from this collection, but read on for a look at 24 Karat, Santorini Blue, O Holly Night, Hong Kong Diva and Sexy Stiletto!
Monday, December 8, 2014
Today I heard something interesting on the radio (whist shopping) a Cory Heart rendition of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Wait, was he- meaning Cory Heart (you know, the Sunglasses at Night guy) a thing in the US? Or was he just a Canadian phenomenon? Anyway, it was... interesting. Something else that might just be a Canadian phenomenon is the fantabulous Mark. Eye Dream of Glam Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette. It doesn't seem to be available on the US Avon/Mark site- it currently comes up as 'available soon' but I say it's worth the wait- this is a pretty amazing palette. Read on for a closer look!
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Skincare fans, get excited! Vain Pursuits- you remember them, the natural skincare custom-blended for your unique skin's needs people? It comes with your name on the jar, people? Reviewed here? Okay, now that you remember them, the news. They're offering up free personalized hand cream with every gift purchase, starting today. Pretty awesome right?! Have anyone on your list who could use a little skincare upgrade?
Friday, December 5, 2014
I'd like to think that if there is only one time that it's truly appropriate to wear glitter as an adult it's the holidays, well, unless you count on your nails, in which case any time is the right time. That said, an extra dose of glitter is always a good thing come the holidays, and Cirque Colours Live it Up Collection for Holiday 2014 brings all the glitter one could want. Inspired by holiday celebrations and classic dance hits, the collection has something for every glitter lover. Read on for a closer look!
Thursday, December 4, 2014
When online subscription services first became a 'thing' I was all over them. After a while, my interest waned, because there are only so many hair oil samples on person can use before everything seems the same. The main thing missing from so many of subscription services is customization. Sure, you fill out a little survey, but it often seems like no one takes the time to actually do anything with your preferences. There is a another option, especially if you're looking to shake up your skincare routine- Vain Pursuits. Want to know more? You know what to do...
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
I like to think I have some decent skills in quite a few areas, most days, but one area wherein I have never excelled is hair. I just don't have the hand-hair-eye co-ordination that is required to do much more than a pony tail. Not going to lie, I can mess them up too... Given my spectacular skills I still like to try and branch out, it just has to be easy. Like, super easy. What could be easier than a curler that grabs and twists hair automatically? Actually, that does sound a little scary, but the Kiss InstaWave is easy, and totally not scary. Honestly, if I can do, anyone can. Read on!
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
If you're like me, you like to take a little spin around the nail polish section pretty much every time you pass through... well any store that has one. Come January- or sooner, since most stores do put stuff out ahead of time- there will be another reason to stop at the Nicole by OPI section (not that you needed one...) That reason? Eleven new shades! Read on for a look and see which ones might just be repeats.
Monday, December 1, 2014
Happy Cyber Monday, blog fans! Much like I asked on Black Friday, did you shop? I didn't intend to, but I did find a long forgotten Dynamite gift card, so I ended up with a little haul, because there isn't much better than 40% off. Something I hauled a little while ago, are the LA Girl Glazed Lip Paints. Well, I had a bit of help as LA Girl isn't that easy to find in Canada, but still. Read on for a closer look at Whisper, Elude, Whimsical, Blushing and Seduce.
Apps, we all use them and there is constantly something new and amazing to make life that little bit easier. The brains that brought you Bellashoot now have an app! What's Bellashoot, you say? Simply put it's a site that's kind of like Pinterest, in the sense that it allows you to share and images and links, but Bellashoot is all beauty. From nails, hair, skincare to makeup tutorials you can find in on Bellashoot. The app allows you to take everything you love about the site with you on the go. Read on all the details!
Friday, November 28, 2014
Happy Black Friday, blog fans! Did you shop? Now is when I can get all righteous and say I didn't. Not a single thing. I am planning a pretty big haul for tomorrow though, as it's a bonus redemption day at Shoppers Drug Mart. Canadian ladies know what that means. If you don't, it basically means I get to shop for a bunch of free stuff. I'm at the max level of points (which you collect every time you shop) so I'll be getting $210 of goodies. I'm pretty excited, but, back to what you're really here for- Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Rich Cream & Serum. Which are equally exciting and perfect for the winter dry which most of us experience. Read on to find out why!
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Tis the season of the eyeshadow palette. I feel like I've been using something new everyday... Not that that is ever a bad thing; especially when they're as gorgeous as the Aurora Palette from the new Lise Waiter Aurora Collection for Winter 2014. The collection is as stunning as it gets, with the shades and packaging inspired by none other than Canadian Northern Lights (aka Aurora Borealis.) Read on for a look a the Aurora Palette and Smokey Kohl Velours.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Holiday polish! I love polish any time of year, but I do look forward to seeing what is new around the holidays. Gwen is back in partnership with OPI for their aptly named Gwen Stefani for OPI Collection, which includes a pretty large main collection and gift sets. I have the Unfrost My Heart Trio, which features a silver foil and two glitters. Read on for swatches!
Monday, November 24, 2014
Happy Monday, blog fans! Weekend was good, yeah? Mine was far from interesting, but I did get so many bloggy things done. I feel quite accomplished in knowing I have almost a full week of photos not only taken, but edited too... Jealous? I had to pack it in when my batteries died, but still I was pretty pleased with my efforts. On Sunday, I took some time to get in my most recent mask love- Bliss Multi-Face-Edted All in One Anti-Aging Clay Mask- as a bit of a reward. After-all, happy skin is, um... happy skin? I guess... Anyhow, read on!
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Just think of the days before the internet- you had to do all of your shopping in a store. In. A. Store. In a store, and during the most hectic of shopping seasons. No thanks. One way to avoid the messiness that can be holiday shopping is to let Mary Kay help out. The limited edition Mary Kay Holiday Sparkle Collection contains nothing but gift giving gold- and no one here will tell if you pick something up for yourself too. Read on!
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Let's start off on a topic completely unrelated to anything beauty, shall we? There are only two episodes of Sons of Anarchy left. So disappointing. Now, I never intended on watching the show, but got sucked into it, and now I'm afraid I just won't know what to do with myself without it. Okay, slight exaggeration, but it will be missed. Something that's not to be missed though (aren't my segues amazing?) are the limited edition holiday scents from Yves Rocher. We've already seen Pear Caramel (here) so today is all about Blackberries! Read on for a look at the collection.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
I've been an A+ student today... In the subject of procrastination. I don't even want to admit how long it took me to actually start this post, but let's just say I could have written it a few times by now. It was just one of those days where everything else was too appealing (and by everything I mean the usual time sucks- Facebook, Instagram, emails... you know.) Not that these new Avon Gel Finish Nail Enamels aren't (appealing, that is.) I love the formula (see my first review here) so I'm quite happy to see two new additions to the range. Read on for a closer look of Iceberg White and Alaska.
Monday, November 17, 2014
One thing about the holidays that is both dangerous and undeniably appealing are all the gift sets that pop up- and disappear just as quickly. At the start of the season I usually have a very long list of wants, that gets shorter pretty quickly as nothing seems to stay in stock for longer than five seconds. This year, Fresh has brought out quite a few cute, little gift sets, that are not only perfect for gift giving, but are also great values compared to buying the products individually- meaning you can spoil those on your list and yourself. Win-win, right?! Read on for a closer look at the Fresh Sugar Legends Gift Set.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
It feels like it's been a really long time since my last nail polish post- maybe because it has? But, I've got a few Sally Hansen Miracle Gel shades to share today. I've been testing these for a few weeks now, as I was quite curious to see if theses would last even half as long as promised- two weeks. Huh. Sound pretty good, but is it too good to be true? Read on for my verdict.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
I don't mean to alarm anyone, but there is a strange white substance covering the ground... Yup. It snowed. Now, there isn't much- yet, I do happen to live in a snow-belt, so more is eminent- but it does seem like winter is here. Snow isn't so bad, if only it wasn't SO cold... You know? Anyway, onto what you're actually interested in- Vichy Idealia BB Cream and Idealia Eyes Eye Contour Idealizer. Read on!
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Oooh, new blush! There is just something so satisfying about dipping into a new blush... You know it. My most recent moment of blush bliss was with the new Lise Watier Blush Fondant Suprême- cousin to their Rouge Fondant Suprême lipsticks if you were wondering why that name seemed familiar. Read on!
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
New music makes me happy. I used to be really into finding new music, but now... Not as much. It just takes so much time, and honestly, who has that? I did finally take the time to have a few moments with the new (new-ish, it came out in May) Lykke Li album (this one.) Slightly different than her other albums, but still distinctly her. So good! Something else that is a little bit different, but also so good, is the limited edition Mark. Fall in Love Colour Swing Mix It Up Eye Palette which was released as part of the Wonder Fleur Colour Collection. Read on for a closer look!
Monday, November 10, 2014
Once upon a time lip gloss was my most collected item. A time when a stroll through the makeup department was all about colour. A time before undereye circles would appear and ruin my fun. Now, concealer is one of my most
Friday, November 7, 2014
I have a new musical obsession. Just one song (this one) but I can't stop listening to it. I have a feeling I'll end up hating it a few days if I keep it on replay much longer, but it's all I want to listen to. You could say it's the official soundtrack of this post and the new 'series' this post represents. I've had a pile of products I wanted to mention, but didn't really think they worked as full reviews on their own. I wasn't quite sure what to do with them, until it became obviously clear- put them all together, duh. Thus, This, That & Other Stuff came to be. My list for this post was getting pretty long, so I decided it was tome to get volume one out to the world. Read on!
Thursday, November 6, 2014
I popped into the drugstore yesterday and was slightly amazed that it had already been transformed into full-on Christmas mode. It just doesn't feel like that time of year just yet, to me anyway, but something that does feel quite right are all of the new collections being rolled out for the winter/holiday season. Sothys has recently introduced a nine piece, limited edition collection inspired by the city of lights- Paris! Read on for a look at a few items!
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
I swear someone crept into my house and fiddled with the clocks. Today has flown by. I was up early and had a pretty good to-do list going, but the day seems to be a lot shorter than I anticipated. But, what can you do, right? Onto what you're actually interested in- the new, limited edition Mark Wonder Fleur Eau de Toilette. Read on for details!
Monday, November 3, 2014
Oh, the elusive Tangle Teezer... It seems like it's taken forever to make it's way across the pond, but they're here! Ahem, by here I mean North America. I've been so curious about these oddly shaped brushes that British bloggers all seem to love so dearly because my hair tangles like a bi#ch. I have a pretty decent amount of hair in terms of overall thickness, but the texture is fine and it just loves to tangle. I've tried pretty much every tangle banishing brush going, but how do they compare to The Original Tangle Teezer? Read on for my thoughts.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Happy belated Haloween! Can Halloween even be belated? Well, that's how I'm serving it up, because yesterday's post didn't end up happening. If you need something sweet that isn't in the form of actual sugar, then the product at hand might just be for you- the glorious Clinique A Black Honey Affair All About Shadow Palette! Read on for a closer look.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Did you know there is only *checks calendar* 55 days until Christmas?! Panic! You know, it actually feels like it should be closer somehow. Anyway, it's coming. For those who need a little help in the idea department Mary Kay has you covered. This year they've introduced limited edition Little Gifts of hand cream and lip balm as little, inexpensive gifts perfect for friends, family and anyone special on your list. Read on for a closer look!
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Be very happy this post has photos. I have spent the last hour fighting flickr to get them to upload. That little 'uploading timed out' thing is so unholy, especially when it waits to pop right at the last stage of publishing. But, since you're reading this, I can quit complaining and get on to this gorgeous scent- Calvin Klein Reveal. Read on!
Monday, October 27, 2014
'Hey Lolita, Hey, Hey Lolita..' Since Elsa Mars' stirring rendition of Gods and Monsters on the last episode of American Horror Story, I've been stuck in a Lana phase. I might just be starting to annoy myself. Something that has been making oh-so-happy though, are the new scents Yves Rocher has rolled out for the holidays! Every year they bring out a selection of products in new scents, and they never disappoint. One of the scents new for this holiday season is the super edible Pear Carmel. Yup. Sounds good right? Read on for a peek of the Yves Rocher Pear Caramel line up!
Friday, October 24, 2014
Every season I decide I should do a seasonal themed round up of sorts- be it lips, nails... or whatnot- but it usually doesn't end up happening. Why? Because I'm a terrible blogger. No, well maybe a little bit is that, but I get caught up with getting new stuff reviewed that I forget about the seasonal loves. Bad. So, I scrounged up my most loved Autumnal shades- which wasn't hard as most of them were strewn about the bottom of my purse- to bring you my favourites. Read on!
Thursday, October 23, 2014
How is it Thursday already? I have no idea where this week has gone, but somehow here we are. Anyway, what you're probably much more interested in are these two beauts from La Couleur Couture (LACC) Vegan Nail Polish Fall/Winter 2014 Collection. They're seriously stunning! Read on.
Monday, October 20, 2014
I've been holding onto some big news, but I can finally share it- I'm a Trade Secrets Organic Beauty Ambassador! What?! Did you know Trade Secrets carries a whole host of non-toxic, sulfate-free, paraben-free and cruelty-free products from brands like Abba, Alterna, Bamboo, DiCalabria, Juice Beauty, Macadamia... and more? I will admit that I didn't, but I do love that a Canadian store offers such a wide selection of organic beauty lines for skin and hair. As per my super difficult new position I've been testing some of the products that call Trade Secrets home. Want to know more? Read on!
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Fridays seem to be my most hectic days of the week... Which must be why every post I intend to get up on Friday ends up going up on Saturday. Anyone else all over the place on Fridays? Anyhow, regardless of the day, who can resist a not only a new mascara but a new lipstick (or two) to go with it?! Perfect combo really. Read on for a look at Avon Big & Daring Volume Mascara and Avon Ultra Colour Bold Lipstick.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
One product which seems to never cease in popularity is The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer. My review from two years ago (here) remains one of my most viewed posts week after week, and for good reason- it's gorgeous! The golden highlight/eyeshadow also happens to have a companion in the form of The Balm Cindy-Lou Manizer, which recently came into my possession. So, how do the two compare? Read on for a look!
The hard question- who could use a little extra cash? Okay, who couldn't? Exactly. A bunch of Beauty Blog Coalition members have raided their piggy banks again to bring you a pretty awesome giveaway. Three winners will take home a little extra cash- 1st Place: $155, 2nd Place: $100, 3rd Place: $55- paid via Paypal.
Not too shabby, right?! Head here to enter and see full rules and regulations. Good luck!
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Clinique is a brand I don't use very often... Mainly because I don't have a lot of Clinique in my collection, which is odd because it's one of the first 'high end' brands I ever used. I have fond memories of some of my first beauty counter experiences buying Clinique Happy, mascaras and lip gloss. But, since then, not a lot of Clinique has crossed my path, well, until now. I was instantly smitten with the idea of a whole wardrobe of the very popular Clinique Black Honey shade which is currently available in the oh-so-perfect Clinique Black Honey Beauty Set. Read on for a closer look at what's included!
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Has everyone survived their Thanksgiving induced food comas? If you have no idea what that's about, you likely aren't Canadian, as we had our Thanksgiving over the weekend. That said a Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrated, and Happy Columbus Day to all my American friends and a general Happy Tuesday to everyone else... I think that covers everyone? Anyhow, something that should cater to everyone are my new favourite lipstick- Yves Rocher Sheer Botanical Lipstick. Don't let the word sheer turn you off, these are amazing!
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Oh, boy, blush fans. Buy a hat and hold onto it. We all know Hourglass and their incredibly popular Ambient Lighting products and the flurry they whip the beauty community into. They've gone and done it again with their limited edition Ambient Lighting Blush Palette which combines three shades of blush ever so artfully marbled with three shades of powder. Read on for all the gorgeousness!
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Get ready for a serious case of 'the wants-ies' because this collection is seriously covet-able. I mean, I see new makeup I want all.the.time, that is nothing new, but every now and then something comes along that is even better and strikes an even higher level of want. You know? The limited edition, web exclusive Lise Watier Collection Alex is a gorgeous collection of super wearable shades, designed by Beauty Youtuber Alex Larouche of Alex Beauty Fashion. Oh, and the cherry on top- it's housed in chevron clad rose gold. Perfection? Pretty much! Read on for a closer look.