Thursday, January 30, 2014

Burt's Bees Hibiscus Tinted Lip Balm Review

Hello everyone,

After purchasing a few rosey-nude(ish) lip colors and adding numerous others to my Sephora Loves list, I've come to the realization that sheer colors tend to work best for my lip texture. So armed with this knowledge, I decided to try out the Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm, which is described as, "a hint of color that cares for your lips" and 100% natural. I purchased the shade Hibiscus at my local Rexall drugstore for CAD$4.99 (the regular price is $7.99, but there was some promotion on that day).

Thursday, January 23, 2014

New Product Alert!

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year! For my first post of 2014, I had to bring a new product to your attention. Last night, as I was browsing through the What's New section on Sephora's website, I came across the new HD Blush line from MakeupForEver. These are different from the HD Microfinish Blush range that came in a pump bottle, as these come in a compact and advertised as providing, "the second skin look of a cream with the ease of a powder." Also, I think they might actually be replacing the previous HD blushes as all shades from the previous line are listed as out of stock on Sephora. The reason why I had to post about it as soon as possible, was because I think the shade range would work fantastically on people of color. Now I haven't had the chance to swatch or test out any of these shades, so I can't comment on the formula, longevity etc., but the diversity of shades is what really impressed me. The line does include the typically peachy pink and coral blushes but they have some deeper mauve/rose/red/berry based shades that would complement deeper skin tones beautifully, without looking clownish or neon. I'm really glad to see companies including people of color when designing their makeup products, and fingers crossed that the formula is as impressive. If I do get the chance to swatch some of the shades, I'll definitely post up pictures.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sephora VIB Sale Haul!

Hi everyone,

Hope everyone's been doing well. From November 7th until November 11th, 2013, Sephora is having their VIB sale, with both VIB and VIB Rouge members receiving 20% off their entire purchase both in-store and online. So Thursday morning, my mom and I went to our local Sephora store and here are my purchases.

Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil
Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge
L'Occitane Hand Cream in the Pivoine Flora scent
Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Conditioner To Go
Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid in Icon (this was a miniature of the full-sized product)
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Passion
Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat - a 100 point perk
Chloe Eau de Parfum - free sample
Vera Wang Princess Eau de Parfum - free sample
Sephora VIB Tote - free


I was debating whether to pick up an eyeshadow palette from either Dior, Urban Decay or Lorac but decided to wait until the April 15% off sale. Do let me know what you picked up during this sale in the comments below. For those who didn't have a chance to place an order or visit a store as yet, you still have a few hours to pick up items on your wish-list as the sale continues on, until 11:59 p.m. PST tonight.


Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Wednesday Wishes



Hi everyone,

Hope you're having a great Wednesday so far. I'm excited to resume this series because there have been so many exciting new product releases and a tonne of products I've been waiting to get my hands on. Definitely do share your beauty or non-beauty wishes in the comments below!

1) Bumble and bumble's Texture hair undressing creme - It's described to give, "...hair that elusive, undone-yet-done quality, with a hint of grit, hold and a tousled, shine-free finish." Not only did that sound like my ideal style but this video really sold me on the idea. That man is honestly a wizard.

 


2) Too Faced La Creme - For the upcoming fall/winter season, I want to try changing up my look by wearing darker, vampy lip colors. I knew I wanted to venture into deeper plums and burgundy shades, and that's how the Divine Wine shade caught my eye. I've read great reviews about this product line, and I really do appreciate the fact that there is such a wide range of colors in very sophisticated tones. Sweet Maple seems to be a my-lips-but-better shade and I think it'll pair really well with a more dramatic eye look.  

 

3) Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee - I had seen this on the Sephora website around early to mid-July and then it was available at my local Sephora about a month ago. When I tried it out on the store, the texture reminded me of jello (and that in itself made me fall in love with the product), and the colors are sheer, helping you achieve that true watercolor effect. The shades I think will work best on my skin tone are Pink Escape, Getaway Red and Berry Bliss. I can picture wearing these very sheerly along the cheekbones and applied onto the lips like a stain, with a bit of black eyeliner smudged along the upper lashline finished with a minimal amount of mascara if any.





Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Baroque Review

Hi everyone,

I'm back! I know it's been a very long time since my last post, but I've just been caught up with school, work etc. Since I completed my program 3 weeks ago, I'm planning to resume my blogging adventures. Do keep an eye out for a number of reviews coming up in the next few weeks!

We've had quite a dip in temperature here in Toronto, so I thought I would get back into the swing of things by reviewing a very fall-appropriate lip color by a brand, that I haven't discussed previously on the blog.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

An Amazing Contest!

Hey everyone,
An ah-mazing (yes when I spell amazing like that, it really is over-the-moon wonderful) contest is being held by the ladies at BeautyCrazed where you could win a number of Smashbox products including the following:

Photo Finish Primer
Photo Finish Hydrating Primer
Photo Op Eye Enhancing Palette in Brown Eyes
Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Aperture
Limitless Eye Liner in Java
HALO Hydrating Perfecting Powder & Brush Set in Medium
Photo Finish Lid Primer
Hyperlash Mascara in Black
Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss
Now wouldn't you agree this contest is simply ah-mazing? Here's the link to the contest blog post on BeautyCrazed and be sure to read all the details in order to gain extra entries!
Good luck!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter

Hey everyone,
So for the past few weeks, there's been a lot (and I really do mean a lot!) hype within the beauty community about the latest product release from Revlon, the ColorBurst Lip Butters. I've come across certain reviewers who have loved these new lip butters so much that they've purchased a number of different shades; and initially I really wasn't interested in purchasing them, not because of the product itself but rather because some of the most anticipated beauty products have been quite disappointing so I didn't really want to waste money on a product that I may not love, and particularly a lip product of which I have certain expectations. So anyways, after that initial hype had died down, and I saw that Rexall (a Canadian pharmacy/drugstore) had them on sale for $6.49 (from the usual $9.49 and it's still on sale this week), I thought I would give these new lip butters a try. I picked up the last remaining one of the shade Pink Truffle, after seeing it on Leina from MakeupbyLeinaBaaaby. On a quick side note, even though there are supposed to be 20 shades of the lip butters, it didn't appear as though my local drugstore stocked all of them. Keep reading for my thoughts on the formula and product swatches.