Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Birthday Haul

I love beauty hauls and since it was recently my birthday I thought why not keep things light hearted and share some of my recent beauty purchases/presents? Let's begin!

Clarins Blue Orchid Oil
I love this oil, but the truth is I haven't had this in my collection for years. After recommending this to a friend I had a 'I need that back in my life' kind of moment. From what I remember this oil is super moisturizing and leaves your skin looking beautiful. However one of my favourite qualities is should you want to have a lazy skincare moment you can just use this on clean skin and be done. Again haven't had this in my collection for years so I am excited to see if it lives up to the hype.

Guerlain Super Lips
Guerlain came out with a lip balm! Typically I wouldn't splurge, but since it was my birthday I thought this would be a fun little treat. A quick search online lead to mixed reviews so I am excited to share my findings with you. Thus far I am liking Super Lips, but I've only tried it a handful of times.

Benefit Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil
I love my FaceShop brow pencil, but after years of using it I was craving something new. I knew I wanted a slanted pencil, I also wanted something easy to use and long wearing. My list of requirements lead me straight to the Benefit. Again I've only tried this for a week, but thus far I'm loving this! The product itself is the perfect shade for me, the triangle shaped pencil makes it easy to hold and the spooly is perfectly small and tapered. I am loving this!

This isn't a sponsored post  and there are no affiliate links here. I wanted to mention to my Canadian beauty lovers that I ordered off Beauty Boutique (here) and I have nothing but positive things to say. Firstly shipping was quick. Secondly everything came beautifully packaged. Thirdly there were tons of generous samples to choose from.

Gimme Brow
One of the samples was this Gimme Brow. This brow gel adds fibres to the brows and leaves a slight tint of colour. I know there are tons of people who love this so I am eagerly looking forward to using it.

They're Real! Gift Set
This generous gift came with a mini mascara, mini eye liner and sample sized makeup remover. I've yet to try any of these products, but I look forward to diving in ASAP.

Yup that is my oh so quick birthday goodies haul. I hope all of you had an amazing birthday!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Eminence Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist Review

I have always loved facial mists, but 2016 for me has been the year I have become obsessed with them. Thus far I have ventured to the world of makeup setting sprays, refreshing aerosol mists and had my far share of hydrating mist showers. Despite my misty experiences I have yet to explore the world of anti-aging mists. With there affordable prices and chemical free formulas I thought why not try with Eminence's Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating mist.

I would never judge a product by it's scent, but I also just want to throw out there Eminence products smell freaking amazing. One of my favourite scented products is there Firm Skin Acai Cleanser (review here), which smells like yummy berry smoothie! Neroli Age Corrective mist smells like honeyed citrus, with a hint of floral. If your a fan of Neroli scents things you with without a doubt love this. Again I'm not saying you should by skincare based on scent, but lovely scent products always make the experience that much more special.

In my humble opinion when it comes to skincare formula is everything, And the formula of the Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist is banging! If you looking for hydrating the addition of coconut milk has you covered. In addition this also has hydrating Neroli oil and coconut water too. Next this mist Swiss Green Apple Steam Cell's. This rejuvenating ingredient promotes on strengthening cells and delays signs of aging. However my favourite ingredient is the addition of a Eminence's unique natural retinol complex. Like a retinol this blend of natural ingredients helps increase cellular turnover but unlike a retinol it doesn't cause irritation. A large dose of hydration, increased cell strength and a natural retinol alternative Neroli Age Corrective Hydration Mist uses the trifecta approach to amazing looking skin.

Scent, formula, the only thing missing is texture. I will say in comparison to other facial mists this is quite thick. Which means I prefer to use this as a toner rather then a makeup setting spray. I mean in all reality you could use this to set your makeup, but to get the most of all the ingredients I highly recommend getting is as close to your skin as possible. In comparison MAC's very fine Fix + the Eminence applies just as evenly, but slightly more on the wet side of things.

The scent, the ingredients Eminence Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist is one heck of a mist. If you were looking in adding age fighting touch to your routine or an extra boost of hydration I can't recommend this product enough. Reigning number one in the anti-aging mist department I am obsessed with the Eminence Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Diorskin Nude Air Serum Foundation Review

I don't like to start a review with a negative remark, but damn Dior you have burned me yet once again! The first blow was the invention of the ever addictive Lip Glow lip balm, I swear I could easily go through a tube once a month. Besides burning a hole in my wallet, Dior has recently started to phase out there Diorskin Nude BB Cream. If you haven't read my review (here) this BB cream was by far the best base I've ever tried. So after leaving me high and dry and broke as a joke the first place I ventured to when I needed a new foundation was of course, Dior.
Dior's foundation/base range is prolific. They literally have a foundation texture, finish and colour for every skin tone and skin type. A quick online count shows Dior now offers over 10 different kinds of bases. I also really like that in comparison to other stuffy luxury brands Dior's product range is cutting edge and trendy all while remaining classy at the same time.
I can talk all day about my love for Dior all day, but we are hear to talk foundation to lets get the show on the road.

Diorskin Nude Air Serum foundation a sheer, natural finish foundation that has the texture of water. Despite its runny texture this foundation magically melts into the skin with minimal effort. You could blend this foundation in with a brush, but personally I love using my fingers. It's the kind of base that you can quickly slap on and not worry about it looking cake-y or streak-y. However my favourite thing about this foundation is that it blurs imperfections all while remaining undetectable to the naked eye.

The formula. With the name serum thrown in the name you bet that this foundation is the perfect blend of skincare and makeup. Now I'm not saying saying you should pass on your skincare. However, with the addition of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals it's nice knowing your foundation is giving your skin some extra love. In addition this I love that this foundation boasts a SPF 25 too. 

Cutting edge formula, high quality product, please Dior don't discontinue this one on me! Diorskin Nude Air Serum is the perfect lightweight, easy to apply, natural looking foundation. If your on the market for a new foundation, or just want to try something different can't recommend the Diorskin Nude Serum foundation enough. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

September Favourites

The cooler weather, the hot cups of tea and warm cozy meals I have been loving this month, if it wasn't for my love of October I would be sad to see September go. Favourites wise I have been really getting into makeup as of late. Don't get me wrong my love for skincare hasn't subsided but this is definitely a makeup heavy favourites. So before I start rambling about my love for all things pumpkin spice lets get started.

Pat McGrath Lust 004 Lipstick
Could this be the same colour as pumpkin spice??? BAD JOKE
This full colour mat lipstick is creamy, super pigmented and long-lasting. I would even go as far as saying this is one of the best lipstick formulas I've ever tried. As for the colour Flesh 2 is a perfect neutral nude that I think would suit many skin tones. At $30.00 a pop and only around for a limited time I can't recommend these enough. You can see a detailed review and swatches here.

Too Faced Better Then Sex Mascara
It seems like the whole beauty community loves this mascara. However despite all the positive reviews I have never been tempted to try it. Maybe it was the silly name? Maybe it was my love for drugstore mascara? Who knows, the most important thing is I finally got my hands on a sample of this mascara and it is nothing short of amazing. If your into big fluttery lashes you need to try this!! As a new Better Then Sex super fan I am without doubt going to get my hands on a full size as soon as possible. 

Benefit Ready, Set, BROW!
My last run in with brow gel was not a pleasant one. I can't remember which brand it was, but it left me with hard, heavy eyebrows which I felt crunch every time I moved my face. This eye brow gel is the exact opposite, because while it tames your brows I don't find it heavy at all. To make matters better the fine brush does a great job at working product through your brows too. Another great sample this month that I will be adding to my stash soon. 

Avene Ystheal Cream 
Finally a retinol that doesn't cause irritation, redness or any of that nonsense. For those skincare obsessed like me, you have probably noticed these irritation free retinol's have been a skincare trend as of late. Nonetheless, unlike others Avene have cut out all the marketing gimmicks and delivered one of the best retinol's out there thats really affordable too.
Full review here!

Dior Skin Nude Air 
It didn't take me long to figure out the Guerlain foundation didn't work for me. Normally I would be hesitant to return makeup, but since the Guerlain cost an astonishing $90.00 I was looking for perfection. I am getting way off topic here, but what I'm getting to is I exchanged the Guerlain for the Dior.... and I am in love! The Dior Skin Nude Air leaves a sheer wash of pigment to the face, which prefects the skin, all whole feeling weightless. Like I said I am in love with this foundation so be on the lookout for a review soon! 

4 makeup to 1 skincare... that might be a new record for me! Anyways ladies like always thank you for reading. To my Canadian's I hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving long weekend. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lipstick Review

There is no better makeup treat then a Guerlain lipstick. Yes, they are luxe, but for the most part there steep price tag is followed by a superior product. So if you saw my new Guerlain haul (see here) you will know I splurged on one of there new La Petite Robe Noire lipsticks. I'm literally busting at the seems because over the past couple of weeks I've been testing and let's just say I have some things to share, so let's begin!

Let's start off with the most obvious the clear acrylic bullet is stunning and sleek. It's classy, eye catching all while remaining to be functional. Why can't all lipstick be packaged like this? The next eye catching trait is the colour, because in the packaging it looks black. However when applied this colour transforms into a flattering sheer shimmery plum. Seriously I whipped this out in front of my makeup loving cousin and she had 'I need that' moment right before my eyes. While the colour looks rather sparkly in the tube I find the texture to be smooth and the finish to be hydrating.

Is this the perfect lipstick? No.
The pitfall of this lipstick is the overwhelming perfume scent. It kind of smells like roses and cherries, which I honestly say I can't mind. However it's definitely something you want to try before purchasing. Futhermore Guerlain claims these can be built up to an intense colour... I'm telling you right now I could rub this lipstick on my lips all day and it won't leave my lips black.

So is this as great as a lipstick treat as I thought, personally yes. I love the hydrating finish, the fancy packaging and the sheer wash of colour. With that being said this isn't the be all, end all of lipstick... or in other words there's nothing revolutionary here. If sheer colour is your deal and you had a few bucks to spend you might want to give this a try. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Avene Ystheal Cream Review

To date retinol (aka vitamin A) is one of the only scientifially proven way to reverse signs of aging. This miracle ingredient increases cellular turnover which results in smoother, clearer and firmer skin. While retinol is mainly found in anti-aging products it can also be found it a number of acne product too. A fountain of youth and a pimple fighter too? I know this skincare wonder is nothing short of miraculous. However with the good comes the bad and despite taking years off your face retinol can also be hella irritating...

I know all about retinol irritation because at the tender age of 20 I used prescription grade retinol on my face. My 'genius' idea lead me to a face that was dry as the desert, yet as red as the sun. To boot I broke out in small white bumps called mila on my face. I swear it took me 5 or 6 years to get rid of these pesky bumps. Moral of the story never steal your mothers skincare.
Sorry Mom. Now where was I?

Yes retinol it can be irritating, but things are changing. The new wave of retinol's seem to less aggravating and more soothing. There are tons great examples options out there but one of my favouties has to be Avene's Ystheal Cream.

Avene's Ystheal Cream is straightforward. I say this because it doesn't have a gimmicky colour, perfumey scent or any of that nonsense. Instead this cream really focuses on what it's intended to do and that's reduce wrinkles. Which I have to say Ystheal does extremely well. The key ingredient is retinaldehyde, retinol's less irritating sister. As an added measure Avene have also added there soothing thermal water to the mix. The overall effect is a wrinkle fighter that doesn't cause the slightest bit of irritation. 

I have been testing this product over the past four weeks and I can throughly say this has reduced the look of fine lines all while keeping irritation at bay. Furthermore I love that this product comes with a pump, contains zero nasties and is affordable too. If you had sensitive skin, or just wanted a no fuss product this retinol is definitely one to check out. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Pat McGrath Lust 004 Lipstick Review

I get crazy when it comes to limited edition lipsticks and over the years I have had my fair share of stories. One for instance is when I drove to 3 different MAC stores so that I could get a tube of the limited edition Gem of Roses. Don't even get me started about the Guerlain holiday limited edition lipsticks... With that all being said its been a hell of a long time since I've gone nuts over lipstick. Actually, between you and me I thought those days where a thing of the past! Then world renowned makeup artist Pat McGrath releases limited edition lipsticks, which is shortly followed by a handful of positive review and the next thing you know I've gone back to my insane ways. 

People are claiming this range of lipsticks to be 'the best' and 'life changing' ... but here are two things you should know before purchasing. Now this might be my computer, but the swatches on Sephora.com aren't that accurate. Flesh 2 for instance looks more berry toned online, when in real life its more like a brown toned nude. To combat this I highly recommend looking online for swatches. Also, because these lipsticks are extremely pigmented make sure your lips are exfoliated and moisturized prior to application. Not that these lipsticks are drying, in fact for such a pigmented matte lipstick these wear comfortably. 

With those things clearly communicated I can now begin to sing my praises.

The Pat McGrath 004 Lipstick's are phenomenal. To say these lipsticks apply like butter would be a serious understatement. These bad boys glide effortlessly all while dispersing colour evenly with one single swoop. Eventually the creamy texture drys to a matte finish that is so comfortable it's unlike any other in the market. To make matters better the small slanted tube make application a breeze. So if you were thinking 'lip liner required', I would say you could probably pass. A lipstick  you don't need a lip liner with? I know its crazy, but these are just that good. These are really, really good... I would even go as far as saying they are one of the best on the market. If your a lipstick lover you need these in your collection, likewise if your new to makeup or hate makeup or whatever you need to try these. At $30.00 a tube I can't recommend these limited edition beauties enough.