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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Product-Free Makeup Removal? | The FaceOff Cloth

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What goes on, must come off. That's just the way it is when it comes to the artistic creations we paint on everyday. As much as I love makeup, I love taking it off just as much. A freshly cleansed, bare face is an incredible feeling. Normally, my removal process includes a three or four products but the FaceOff Cloth wants to simplify that to, well... none. Can you really remove a full face of makeup with nothing but a cloth and warm water? Read on to find out...



Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick

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It's been a minute since a batch of new lipstick arrived, but Mary Kay has some newness for Fall that is making up for lost time. Seeing as matte lips are still very much on-trend, Mary Kay is offering something sure to suit all with their Gel Semi-Matte Lipsticks. While they're not fully matte, they're the perfect formula is you just can't do full mattes. Read for a look at the eight piece range? You know what to do...



Monday, August 29, 2016

Pearlesque Box | September 2016 Bottega Organica

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Happy Monday, blog fans! We're starting things off with a little subscription box action. It's been a while since I've covered one, but Pearlesque Box isn't like your average. Unlike the bulk that offer deluxe samples and the odd full size item, Pearlesque Box features one brand in each box and only ships full size products. For September, Bottega Organica is the featured, brand specializing in 100% organic, all natural skincare. Read on for a rundown of the featured products!


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup Vol. 95

bbc roundup

  • Color Me So Crazy: I have a giveaway!!! A Pacifica Beauty giveaway!! Go, go enter!!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: African Botanics At-Home Luxury Spa Day
  • gives you the royal treatment form head to toe. Check out my tutorial so you can recreate this amazing treatment for yourself!
  • I Know all the Words: Give your highlighters a new bestie with the super soft & fluffy Nanshy Fan Brush
  • Beauty on the Bayou: LOCK YOUR CONCEALER FOR 24 HOURS<//u> WITH KAT VON D LOCK-IT CONCEALER


  • Friday, August 26, 2016

    Go Go Gadget | Michael Todd SonicBLEND Antimicrobial Sonic Makeup Brush

    michael todd sonic blend antimicrobial sonic brush (2) ::: press sample :::

    Another day, another brush so it seems, but the brush at hand is not your ordinary... It's sonic (insert your oohs and ahhs here.) The gadget making minds at Michael Todd are at it again with the SonicBLEND Antimicrobial Sonic Makeup Brush. This go go gadget-style makeup brush combines two of the unique features of the brand's cleansing brush as it uses sonic technology and is antimicrobial. I know you're interested so read on for the rundown and my thoughts.




    Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    Your Highlighter's New BFF | Nanshy Fan Brush


    nanshy fan brush (4) ::: press sample :::

    Exciting times at blog headquarters (aka my kitchen)... I got lamps! Photography lamps, that is. Granted, non-bloggers might not know why that's exciting, but I am very pumped. I still need to configure my whole photo taking set-up, but lamps! Back to what you're here for though... The Highlight. It's definitely having a moment (or too much of a moment in some cases *ahem-insta-highlight*)When done well, it gives a radiant glow to skin and finishes off your look perfectly. Getting that perfect glow depends on your highlight and how you apply it. Today we're focusing on application with the delightful Nanshy Fan Brush.



    Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    All the Snacks! | Love with Food August 2016 Deluxe Box

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    What's better than the makeup, skincare, or nails we usually chat about? Food, obviously. Not only are we talking snacks today, but more specifically we're talking Love with Food. What makes Love with Food so great is that they ship you a curated assortment of tasty snacks. They're not just your basic snacks though, they're better-for-you choices with everything being organic, all-natural, GMO, or gluten free. Or, put simply- no junk. Read on for all the info and a peek at what you can find in the August 2016 Deluxe Box.



    Monday, August 22, 2016

    The Royal Treatment | Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lip Gloss & Let Them Eat Cake Lipstick

    lipstick queen frog prince let them eat cake
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    I can't say that I'd actually want to be royal, but the title of Lipstick Queen doesn't sound half bad. I mean, you're the queen, of lipstick. Excuse me white I daydream... I doubt that title is going to be bestowed upon me anytime soon, but for the meantime I can fake it with Lipstick Queen products (a close second, right?) Read on for a closer look at the Frog Prince Lip Gloss and Let Them Eat Cake Lipstick.



    Friday, August 19, 2016

    The Anti-Foundation Foundation | Make Up For Ever Water Blend Face & Body Foundation

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    ::: press sample / affiliate links :::

    Shaking it up a little today.... with foundation! I can't remember the last time foundation has graced IKATW, but it's been some time. I've been happily chugging along with my current hoard stash of foundation and haven't added much (or anything) new in some time. Make Up For Ever has changed that with their newest offering, and it's gooooood. Extra Os definitely warranted. The new Water Blend Face & Body Foundation is lighter than light, and perfect if you're the type who normally doesn't like foundation.


    Wednesday, August 17, 2016

    Avon True Colour Multi Benefit BB Nail Enamel

    Avon true colour multi benefit bb polish (3)::: press sample / affiliate links :::

    My nails take a beating on the regular. I do what I can to protect them, but they still go through the ringer. Gel polish, regular polish, glitter (and removal...) using them as tools, acetone.... It all takes it's toll. It's why I have a stash of treatments and treatment-polish hybrids to try and reverse a bit of the hell I put them through. Avon is making it easier to pamper my nails with their new True Colour Multi Benefit BB Nail Enamel.



    Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    Vichy Ideal Body | Shower Gel-Cream, Serum Milk & Replumping Lip Balm

    vichy ideal body (2)::: press sample / affiliate links :::

    It's been a moment since my last Vichy post, but you knew I couldn't stay away for long. The brand is one of my favourites when it comes to skincare so I am always ready to try their newest offerings. They've recently added some new bits to their Ideal Body range (sister to their Idealia face range) including the Spa Shower Gel-Cream, Serum-Milk, and Replumping Lip Balm (yup, Vichy lip balm!) and I've done the excruciatingly hard work of testing it all out. My verdicts? You're going to have to read on for that...



    Monday, August 15, 2016

    Fall for Japanese | Essie Fall 2016 Collection

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    It's doesn't seem quite right to start talking fall, what with heat-wave temperatures still looming, but the cooler, crisper, fall days will be here soon (I hope.) Fall is my favourite season, and I do love the deeper, jewel tones that start appearing with seasonal releases. Essie is serving up an interesting take on typical fall fare with a Japanese inspired collection of six gorgeous shades.



    Sunday, August 14, 2016

    Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup Vol. 94

    bbc roundup

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil
  • is a great, and affordable, way to experience the exquisite benefits of a luxe beauty oil. If you love hydrated, luminous skin– then this is a must-try!
  • Color Me So Crazy: 4 Ways to Rock a Shimmer Shadow
  • Beauty on the Bayou: COLLAGEN IN YOUR CLEANSER – ETUDE HOUSE MOISTFULL COLLAGEN CLEANSING FOAM
  • Beauty by Miss L: Joico Color Co+Wash Whipped Cleansing Conditioner
  • is described as a gentle nourishing 2-in-1 creamy foam that cleanses and conditions hair. Does it really work?
  • I Know all the Words: Taking exfoliation to a new level with the Le Edge Face & Body Exfoliator




  • Thursday, August 11, 2016

    Back to School with Quo | Fall 2016

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    In my school-attending years, I remember August feeling like one long Sunday. Meaning, it has that lingering feel of doom. Not that I hated school, but a new year always comes with a touch of stomach churning anxiety mixed with excitement. August means summer is almost over, but it also means back to school shopping! One of my favourite times of the year (even now) as stationary lover, but it's also a great time to snag a bit of limited edition back to school beauty. Quo has launched a back to school collection that is not only cute, but oh-so functional. Read on for a closer look!



    Wednesday, August 10, 2016

    The Custom Cleanse | Avon Anew Clean

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    The cleanse... and no, I'm not talking the all juice no food for a week (and then murder the first person who walks by with a sandwich) type. The cleanse we all start our skin care routines with. At the end of the day, there is little better than a freshly cleansed face. Hair up, bra off, and a clean face... It's a perfect recipe for happiness. Avon Anew Clean wants to be part of your recipe, and have launched a pretty substantial range of new cleansers with something for every face and skin type. Plus, they have minis! Interested in reading more? You know what to do.....



    Tuesday, August 9, 2016

    Le Edge Face & Body Exfoliator

    le edge face and body exfoliator (1)
    ::: press sample / affiliate links :::

    I am a scrub fan. Salt, sugar, oily, coarse, chemical, enzymatic, I like them all. My skin does well with a bit of exfoliation, so I give it what it wants. One form of exfoliation that was totally new to me is Le Edge. It's a really interesting way to exfoliate without extra product (kind of...) Interested in knowing more? Read on!


    Monday, August 8, 2016

    Formula X The System XCEL To Go Clix!

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    ::: press sample / affiliate links :::

    I think one thing every nail polish wearer wants is longer-lasting polish. I know that is my biggest wish, although, not everyone has nails like mine (that chip in an average of two days.) While some products do work to prolong my my manicure, I'm always game to try the next best thing. The most recent next best thing? The Formula X The System XCEL. It's a four step system- cleanser, primer, colour, and shine (aka top coat) for a gel-like finish that is designed to rival a professional job. Can it last on my fickle nails? Read on to find out...



    Sunday, August 7, 2016

    Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup Vol. 93

    bbc roundup


  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: May Lindstrom The Good Stuff Radiance Oil is the perfect choice for a covet-worthy glow and extraordinary hydration!
  • Color Me So Crazy: The Journey to My Flawless Face With the Help of InviCible Scars!!
  • I Know all the Words: Orange love all around with the Ole Henriksen Facial Water Trio & Power Bright.
  • Atlanta Beauty Expert: Review of my all time favorite powder foundation
  • Makeup Obsessed Mom: There's a panty party
  • going on at Stacie's house! Check out the latest monthly subscription service.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison just received the first ever monthly subscription box, "Be Bold", from Indigo Beaux. This box is far from the same old, same old - it's luxe and filled with 4-5 full size high quality beauty and lifestyle products, unique brands from around the world. Check out her thoughts!



  • Friday, August 5, 2016

    FarmHouse Fresh Citrus Cilantro Body Oil

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    I'm just realizing that it's been a very skin-centric week, but what can you do? I can promise a bit more colour next week, but with a side order of skincare. I seem to be swimming in it at the moment. No complaints, especially when it's as good a the new FarmHouse Fresh Citrus Cilantro Body Oil. FMF is most known for foodie scents (think marshmallow, sweet cream, honey etc.) but are getting fresh and green with their newest offering.


    Thursday, August 4, 2016

    Orange Love | Ole Henriksen Facial Water Trio & Power Bright

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    I love a lot of different hues, but orange has never been on of my favourites. I might need to reassess my opinion of the shade though. Why? It's a signature shade of Ole Henriksen and the Ole is quickly becoming my skin's new BFF. I've been spritzing with the Facial Water Trio and treating myself to exfoliating/brightening treatments with Power Bright and my skin is very happy. As I've said before, happy skin is always good.




    Wednesday, August 3, 2016

    Fake it Til You Make it with Arbonne Sheer Glow Highlighter & Nourishing Facial Oil

    arbonne sheer glow & nourishing facial oil::: press sample :::

    Fake what, you might be asking.... that glow of course. Not the faux tan, bronze sort of glow, but that lit from within, amazing skin, type of natural glow. The kind we've all spent a boat load of cash on trying to achieve through our skin care routines. Arbonne has you covered twofold when it comes to getting your radiant glow with their Sheer Glow Highlighter (with which you can fake it) and their Intelligence Nourishing Facial Oil (which will help you make it.) It all makes perfect sense now, right? 



    Tuesday, August 2, 2016

    THEFACESHOP CC Intense Cover Cushion

    THEFACESHOP cc intense cover cushion foundation (4)::: press sample :::

    Can I just say I love that cushion products are enjoying a rather extended time in the spotlight?! As we all know, beauty trends can come and go pretty quickly, but it seems like the cushion is here to stay. There's the obvious foundation, but there is literally a cushion for everything- blush, eyeliner, bronzer... Anyway, today is about the more traditional cushion offering, foundation. Actually, that's a lie, as THEFACESHOP CC Intense Cover Cushion is a CC cream. Regardless of what you call it, it's cushiony and oh-so good!