Wednesday, December 10, 2014

How to remove glitter nail polish

My first experience with glitter nail polish was one of frustration. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the way my nails looked. But when it came time to remove it, that nail polish would not come off. Regular nail polish remover did absolutely nothing. If you use the glitter as a top coat, regular nail polish remover will actually remove your base coat and leave the glitter. I ended up scraping the nail polish off my nails, vowing to never use glitter nail polish again. But the call of pretty nail polish dragged me in and I vowed to find a way to easily remove it from my nails. Here’s how I do it:

You will need: Tinfoil rectangles, pure acetone NOT nail polish remover (I found the acetone at Wal-Mart), cotton pads cut into 10 pieces (Or 10 cotton balls).

Soak the cotton pad or cotton balls in acetone and place on your nail. Make sure to avoid skin as much as possible as acetone is much harsher on your skin than regular nail polish remover. 

Wrap the nail in tin foil to keep the cotton pad in place. Leave the tinfoil and cotton pad on for 10 minutes. Attempt to find something to do for 10 minutes while your fingers look like turkey drumsticks. 

Remove the cotton pad or cotton balls, make sure to swipe the nail as you remove for any stubborn sparkles. And voila, you have successfully removed glitter nail polish, no scraping required!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Line - Night Cream and Serum

I was very eager to try the Boots Protect and Perfect line. The serum is widely regarded in the beauty world as one of the few cosmetic lines that actually shows proven anti-aging results in the lab. You can read about that here.

The Night Cream is creamy and very quickly absorbed by the skin. The serum and cream together left my skin baby smooth. However, I noted that I ran out of the serum and used the moisturizer alone for a couple of days and it was definitely NOT as hydrating without the serum. I would recommend using the products together, not the moisturizer alone. Besides that, this moisturizer and serum combo did not break me out. I find that is usually an issue when I switch moisturizers. My skin felt smooth and supple. The cream itself is perfumed but the fragrance is nice, I didn’t notice it at all once applied.

I liked the simplicity of the bottle for the moisturizer. It’s plastic and lightweight. I always worry about glass bottles in the bathroom, I prefer plastic. I also found the lotion was substantial enough that you didn’t have to worry about it leaking everywhere during travel, a problem runnier formulas can pose.

I would definitely recommend these two products being used together as I found that together they packed the perfect amount of moisture for my skin!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

What's new in my makeup bag? - BB cream, eye miracle skin perfector, Maybelline color show.

I had to make this picture super dark because the Marcelle box is silver: therefore impossible to photograph!

On a recent trip to Walmart, I picked up the new Garnier BB eye miracle skin perfector eye roller. The ad for this promised 5 in 1 correction: correcting dark circles, reduced puffiness, illuminates, evens, and hydrates. As someone who suffers from dark circles, I’m excited to see what this can do.

My first experience with BB creams was not that great, so I’m interested to see what the Marcelle BB cream can do. Touting 8 benefits and being the only BB cream recognized by the CDA (Canadian dermatology association) made this a definite must try.

Finally, the Maybelline Color Show in polka dots was just too cute to resist. I’m hoping that it’s a good formula.

Full reviews on these three products to follow!

Monday, November 3, 2014

First Aid Beauty - Ultra Repair Cream

First Aid Beauty has had a pretty meteoritic rise to cult beauty status. The brand has exploded across the beauty universe as people gushed about the face washes, masks, and moisturizing creams.

I have to admit that I was super excited when I saw the Ultra Repair Cream set up by the cash at my local Sephora. The store does not have the full line, but they do have products in some of the tempting bins lining the cash area.

After all the praise and positive comments on Youtube and online, I had a lot of expectations for this lotion. Promising intense hydration and a product that can be used from head to toe, the description also promises noticeable results. A lot of build up made the reality of this cream extremely disappointing: this product did absolutely nothing for me. As someone who suffers from extremely dry hands I looked forward to this products promise of intense hydration. I used this product before I went to bed, hoping to see the promised noticeable results. But I repeatedly woke up to dry hands: I really felt like this product did nothing. There was no lasting moisture, no huge results for it to merit an ‘Ultra Repair cream’. I did not try this on my face, as it can also be used for a facial moisturizer. After the disappointing results on my hands I wouldn’t want to risk using this for facial uses. At 15$ for a small 2 oz bottle, this lotion is definitely not worth all the hype. Save yourself 10$ and pick up a bottle of Vaseline lotion at your local pharmacy if you were planning to use this on your hands. You’ll see the exact same results.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Urban Decay Naked Vault

I love the holiday season! Christmas tree’s, pretty wrapped parcels, hot cocoa, spending time with loved ones: I could go on forever! I typically start feeling festive AFTER Halloween but this year there have been so many exciting holiday palettes being announced, it’s hard not to feel the spirit early!

One of the palette’s that is definitely on my Santa wish list: The Urban Decay Naked Vault. The name seems quite risqué, but any aficionados of the Urban Decay brand will not bat an eye lash.

The Urban Decay Naked palettes are above cult status, I would say they are iconic. Chances are if you watch beauty tutorials on Youtube: you have seen atleast one of these palettes used. When a new version is released they are often impossible to find because they sell out so fast. I have mixed feelings about these palettes (Let me know if you want a review!) but for practicality and range I am definitely a fan. Each individual kit can be used to create a range of styles be it for day wear or a look for the evening. They are great for traveling as you can throw one into you makeup bag and be good to go instead of needing to pack multiple individual eye shadows.

The Urban Decay Naked Vault consists of: The original Naked Palette, Naked2 Palette, Naked3 Palette, Naked Basics, Naked2 Basics, Naked flush (Blush), Naked double ended pencil, Naked2 double ended pencil, Naked3 double ended pencil, Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss Nooner, Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss Rule 34, and Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss Streak. (Picture from the Urban Decay Website)

The Urban Decay Naked Vault will be hitting the UD website today: October 30th. It looks like it will be selling for 280$, versus the 360$ that it would cost you to purchase each element separately. The Urban Decay Facebook page also warned that this box set will be extremely limited edition, so if you are splurging on one, act quickly! Sephora is carrying the Vault as well at 336$ Canadian dollars, but they are currently sold out.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Lush Haul

As the cool fall weather is finally making its way into the city, many people are starting to indulge in their favorite fall activities. Pumpkin spice lattes, rich jewel tone colored clothing, lorde colored lips. For me fall marks the beginning of another season: bath season. From when it gets cold enough outside till it starts getting too warm, I love bath season! There is nothing better then soaking in a steaming hot bath to relax and distress. I also like my bath to be extremely hot, which is the reason why I don’t crave baths as much during the warmer and muggy months.

The favorite way for me to enjoy a bath is with my Lush bath bombs. Since I first discovered these little treasures several years ago, I find they are now completely associated with bath time for me. I love how moisturizing they are, love the range of scents, and who doesn’t love a hot pink or glitter filled tub? On the downside, it’s an expensive addiction. But the expense helps to make it an indulgence instead of an every day thing.

So that being said, as soon as the crisp fall air hit I was at my local Lush store to stock up on some of my favorite treats. My favorite bathbomb is (Drumroll please…): butterball. This bath bomb packs a moisture punch that you have to experience to believe! It gets really dry in Montreal during the winter months and butterball is exactly what my skin needs. Your skin will feel so smooth after soaking in a tub with this, that you won’t even need to put lotion on. It’s that good. For the Christmas season (Which still feels really far away but it does sneak up fast) Lush creates a seasonal shape. For as long as I can remember it’s been a snowman, but this year it was a bear which they’ve called ‘Butterbear’! If you can resist that cuteness, then you’re a stronger person than me!

I also picked up a ‘Dragon’s egg’. It smells incredible (lemon and bergamot, Earl Grey Tea lovers take note!) and promises to finish off with glitter explosion. Smells like my favorite tea and has glitter? Sold!

Let me know some of your favorite way to enjoy a bath or favorite bath bomb!

Monday, October 20, 2014

MAC - Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection

Let’s do the time warp agggaaaiiiinnn! Sorry, sorry, I’m focused I promise. Feast your eyes on the new MAC collection released just in time for Halloween: The Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection. A brash mixture of screaming red lipsticks, bold pigments, and liners. This will be a must for any Rocky Horror Picture Show fan and for any red lipstick devotee.

Containing some truly drool worthy red’s for every skin tone and a surprisingly not over the top eye shadow palette. Will you be indulging in this collection? Throws some rice.