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.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

MAC - Kelly Yum Yum



In Montreal this week we’ve been having an unusually warm week. Um, 24 degrees in the second week of October? Sure, whatever Mother Nature! This warmth gives me the perfect excuse to introduce you all to my color obsession of this past summer.

When the first whispers of a Sharon and Kelly Osbourne MAC makeup collaboration started to cross the beauty world, I had my doubts. Sometimes these collaborations are not overly enticing, with products seen in previous collections or nothing that really jumps out as being different.

After checking out the products that would make up this collaboration, I knew it was definitely not the case. With two collections that colors fit for a broad age range (Both young and mature skin) that incorporates the blazing colors you would expect from an Osbourne (Purple lipstick anyone?) packaged in purple with their signatures.

I was more drawn to the Kelly Osbourne line although there were some pieces of the Sharon side which caught my eye such as the Duchess Quad.

To not feed my severe makeup addiction too much, I didn’t let myself go too crazy. But I knew that there was one lipstick that was a must have from the Kelly side of the collection: Kelly Yum Yum. Right on trend, this creamy bright hot pink, was too much to pass up! Highly pigmented: this will stay on your lips. At the end of the night, I had to scrub it off with a makeup removing cloth. So worrying that the color will disappear from your lips over the course of the night will not be an issue.

The color also has a slight blue tone. This blue tone worked so well with my fair (AKA pale) skin, not making me look washed out or the color too garish. As a side note, the blue tone will also make your teeth look whiter: huzzah!

I had been looking for a hot pink color for a while and I’m so happy I gambled on this one. If you can get your hands on it, I would definitely say this is a must have!