Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Drugstore Brow Products

For a while department store brow products ruled my collection. MAC’s lingering, and Dior’s universal eye brow pencil were my two favourites out of the lot. However over the past couple of years my thoughts on luxury brow products have changed. I honestly think that the options in the drugstore are amazing. Not only are they less money but the quality seems to be on par with department store brands too. So here are my top three eye brow products from the drugstore.

Maybelline Clear Great Lash
This light weight gel keeps your brows in place all day!
If you were thinking this might be thick and heavy feeling I can assure you it’s so lightweight you won’t even feel it’s there. Even on days where I don’t wear makeup I always brush a little of this gel through my brows.
I love this product but if you are listening Maybelline I do have to say the clear tube isn’t my favorite packaging; eventually the clear gel turns a murky brown colour, which is kind of gross.  For the price however I can accept purchasing a new one if I need to.

THEFACESHOP Design My Eyebrow
Now I know THEFACESHOP isn’t technically a drugstore product. However because this is less than $10.00 I thought it only appropriate to put in the “drug store” category. This slanted waxy pencil is perfect for lazy days were you want things to be done in a couple of swoops. As for the product itself it is quite stiff which works well because it stays in place all day. If you are someone in need of a pencil for a quick eye brow fill this might be worth checking out.

ELF Professional Studio Eyebrow Kit
This set comes with a brow powder and a brow wax. The powder is perfect for filling in sparse areas and where the brow wax is great and defining. All though the colours of the powder and wax aren’t the same they work well together and give you that real eye brow look. I do have to say I also really like the small portable packaging of this too!
If this was 30 dollars I would still be awesome but because its only 3 it’s something you need to get right now!

What are some of your favourite brow products? leave me a comment! 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday New Plants & Old Faithfull's

The weekend is almost done and oh boy it has been a busy one. On busy weekends like this I have to say I go to some “classic” makeup products that are tried and true. Two in particular that have been such a go to I thought I have to make a post about them. I have also bought some new plants, which I am pretty excited about so I thought I would throw it into this post too!

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment
Truthfully I have never purchased one of these However, between getting this mini’s as samples or little bonus perks at Sephora I have not been without for two years. Fresh’s Sugar Lip treatment is ultra moisturizing but they also magically make your lips look better too. With it’s lemony scent it’s a great pocket friendly product to carry around.

Urban Decay Naked Pallet 
This might be my all time favorite makeup pallet ever. Here’s the thing about this beauty …it’s the only pallet that I own that can take me from a seriously dramatic smoky eye, to a simple natural look. In terms of quality there are no duds in the Urban Decay Naked pallet, each color works well alone and complaints each other too. If I need to slap something quickly on my face this is my go to pallet. A little Virgin on the lid mixed with Naked through the crease and that is what we call a two second eye!

Well I hope you are all having a great weekend!

What are some of your busy go to beauty products? Leave me a comment I would love to hear.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

What is in my shower?

I keep way too many products in my shower. Honestly between starting 3 different body washes to having a slew of samples kicking around, things tend to get hectic pretty quick.  However I have turned a new leaf! I am making an effort to finish up one product at a time and keep things to the ‘minimum’.
So what is in my shower you ask, come have look?

Klorane Shampoo with Oat Milk
Klorane has been a brand for years I have only known through their famous dry shampoo. Earlier this year I was contacted by Klorane to try out a few of their products and I have fallen head over heels. There products works wonders, there ingredients are top notch and there prices are really affordable. Newly (kind of) purchased and well-loved is the Klorane Shampoo with Oat Milk. The Oat Milk formula is gentle enough for those who wash their hair every day.
Yes, I am guilty of washing my hair everyday especially in the summer!
While it is very gentle it still does a great job of cleaning hair thoroughly all while leaving my hair super soft.

Joico Smooth Cure Conditioner
This conditioner I find way too rich for my hair. Feeling to guilty to throw it out I just add dot to the ends of my hair then work the product upwards. It seems to work well but if for whatever reason I add more than needed my hair turns greasy. Would I repurchase this nope, it really doesn’t work for my hair.

Philosophy Margarita 3 in 1
Summer for me isn’t the same without this! Every year I go back to this because the scent alone smells fresh yet sweet and linger with you. Not to mention Philosophy’s 3-in-1’s are an excellent just in general.
Fear not this doesn’t smell boozy in the slightest.

Clarins Daily Energizer Cleansing Gel
When I worked in cosmetics people would go bonkers for this. Why you ask? Because this very lathery cleanser takes off all your makeup yet it doesn’t make you skin feel stripped. Clarins does it right with this gel let me tell you, its effective, has a great list of ingredients and cost’s less than $20.00. I wrote a whole review you can check out here!

THEFACESHOP Mango Seed Cleansing Butter
I got on the double cleanse trend and oh boy my skin has never looked so good.  THEFACESHOP’s Mango Seed Butter Cleanser is an excellent product that adds a boost of hydration and melts off makeup at the same time. If you were interested in the whole double cleanse trend this is a great product to try.

Avene Gentle Purifying Scrub
I talked about things to a minimum but here is where I go a little nuts ….
Exfoliators. I use this exfoliator I would say 85 % of the time. I like that it’s a gel I find it very easy to apply and while it is gritty its not to abrasive.

Clarins Gentle Refiner
This Clarins option is gentle too but a little grittier then the Avene.  I love this on days where I feel like I need a deeper clean. Out of the two I can’t say I have a favorite both are gentle yet they are like day and night. You can see my thoughts and a more detailed review on both here too. 

Soap and Glory Scrub Actually 
This is a really really good body scrub. It’s really scrubby, smells like fruity goodness, feels slightly warm on the skin and it’s not in a darn pot! I have made a vow and sworn off all potted shower products for a while.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Body Dream Team

I am not the kind of girl to mix beauty products together. Actually I pride myself on using no fuss products that are easy to use, but also work well.  But every now and then there are products that work so well together that the extra effort is totally worth the results.  Let’s talk about my moisturizing dream team shall we?

I always have a rotation of two body “moisturizers” on hand.  The first moisturizer is my everyday basic body lotion/cream. The second moisturizer is always an oil which I use on days my skin needs extra hydration.  Basic and easy routine, right?

Things got crazy the other week… this post is turning into a ramble!
Basically things got crazy when I noticed my dry skin on my arm needed extra love and mixed The Body Shops Shea Body Butter with the NUXE Oil Prodigieuse together. While the both work well alone, holy crap there was a noticeable difference using them combined.

 Lets just take a moment and talk about the scent both of these products smell freaken amazing. But together honestly its an out of this world experience. I would describe the two combined as relaxing yet warm. Kind of like shea butter meets vanilla and kind of floral too. Yet the scent is not over powering in the slightest. Makes me wish that was a perfume it works so well. 

The true beauty about this dream team is the hydration. I've never tried anything that came close to moisturizing like this. Both products have amazing ingredients so theres no surprise when combined results are astonishing. I do have to admit application isn't that strenuous either... even for my lazy girl approach to makeup.  All I do is add a few drops of the oil to a handful of Shea Butter and apply. 

So while I love easy one step products I do have to say that sometimes maybe the more steps the better... at least in the body dream team scenario anyway.    
Hmmm... I wonder was other great oil, body moisturizer combinations there are? 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Essie Blanc

I am back in here with this tidbit of information you know what doesn’t go well with moving? Nail polish! Needless to say between packing to unpacking I haven’t painted my nails in weeks. So which colour have I been lusting? Essie Blanc.

I actually forgot how much I loved white nail polish. Years and years ago I went through a white nail polish stage.  Since then I have not owned a single bottle. Random fact but a true fact!

 Here’s the thing about white nail polish they’re summery yet it match with every outfit imaginable. White polishes also have  the added bonus of making your skin looking tanned even though it might not be. Honestly some Essie polishes can be hits or misses but I would definitely say Blanc is a hit.  Blanc is opaque, non-streaky and an overall pleasure to apply.

If you want to get on the white nail polish trend Essie’s Blanc is an amazing to try!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Expensive But Worth It

Dare I say it? Over the past few years’ drug store makeup has improved both in quality and in innovation. However, there are those gems in the department store that no matter what I’ve tired nothing seems to compare. So while some there might fancy a luxe mascara or high end foundation here are my 3 luxuries worth the price tag.

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir
I love this scent. This heady scent is truly an original because it falls somewhere between the line of masculine and feminine. Yes this smells like pomegranate but there something (maybe the patchouli?) that make it smell so darn remarkable.  Non dupable and well-loved Pomegranate Noir is pricy but worth it.

Bobbi Brown Corrector
There are a couple things about being fair unless your pale you wouldn’t understand.
1.       Why are all pale foundations so pink?
2.       People just assume you were a fan of Twilight series
3.        Pale skin usually means a colony of purple veins live around your eye area.
It is these pesky veins that constantly make me look sleepy and overall just dive me nuts. Eventually my journey’s lead me to the Bobbi Brown Corrector.  Unlike anything else I’ve tried the pinkish concealer is perfect at neutralizing my veins. In addition the little pot lasts forever and while the texture is thick it’s not cakey what so ever.  While there are tons of correctors on the market nothing beats the Bobbi Brown corrector.

Guerlain Shine Automatique in Rose Pompon
This lipstick is so expensive but if I had to pick a lipstick to wear everyday this would be it. Right down to the handy packaging, the sheer wash of colour, the moisturising qualities and the very flattering colour this particular lipstick has got it going on. Rose Pompon is a sheer pinkish plum with just happens to go with every look imaginable. Basically I  love this lipstick and don’t think I could be without it! 

What are you expensive but worth it products? Leave me a comment!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sigma Brushes

Beauty Blogs and Sigma brush reviews go together like peanut butter and jelly. Years ago I actually bought a brush set from Sigma. Like I am talking way back when, before the Sigmax line and before the “new” numbering system occurred. While I still use this brushes daily and peruse the Sigma website frequently the darn shipping costs always stops any further purchases. 
A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Obsessed Look to try out a couple of Sigma makeup brushes. Obsessed Look carries a number of amazing brands but the best part is Sigma Brushes ship for free within Canada!

E25 Blending Brush
When offered two brushes from Sigma the E25 was my first pick. I have always wanted to try this brush to compare it with the cult classic MAC 217. So how does it compare? Firstly the shape is very similar sort of flat sort of fluffy.  No lie thou… the bristles seem angel hair soft in comparison to the MAC.
But disregard the whole MAC comparison the Sigma E25 is a great stand-alone brush.  The E25 is multifunctional in packing on eye shadow, defining the crease and at blending out harsh edges. In my humble option this kind of brush is essential to any makeup lover’s makeup bag.   

E40 Tapered Blending 
My second choice was the E40 which is a blending brush. In comparison to other blending brushes I own the E40 seems to be a smidgen longer and less rounded. The shape is pretty darn awesome because it allows you to really work in product into your crease. I’m not going to lie I was a skeptical about this because it was slightly difference but I am a fan.
Pared with a shadowy brown this can give you those huge hooded eye you’ve always dreamed of.
Betty Davis anyone? Yes please!

You can find more information on these brush’s here.  
Yes you heard right Sigma Brushes ship for free from Obsessed Look.
Have you tried any sigma brushes? What do you recommend?