Thursday, February 26, 2015

February 2015 Empties

Welcome to my first empties of 2015! I'm really excited to be using stuff up as I did a makeup inventory count at the end of 2014 so I'll be able to track my progress!

Non- Makeup

Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Conditioner :) - Review Love this and would definitely consider repurchasing, it makes my hair nice and soft!

Up & Up Cotton Rounds Professional :) - Does the job and it's cheap! I always repurchase.

Colgate Total Toothpaste :/ - Meh. I'm using sensodyne now and I love that it foams up much more.

Bath and Body Works Leaves Candle :) - One of my favorite fall scents!

Olay Fresh Effects Makeup Removal Cloths :/ - Meh it was okay but prefer my ELF ones which are actually cheaper.

David's Tea in Forever Nuts, Toasted Walnut, Glitter & Gold, Coco Chai Rooibos: I liked all except for the coco chai but I'm not a big chai drinker.

Seabuckthorn Therapeutic Peppermint Shampoo & Conditioner :/ - It was really refreshing but the mint stinged my eyes.


Marc Jacobs Lust for Laquer Lipgloss :)- Review Love this! Made my lips super shiny and lustrous looking.

Mac Sheen Supreme in Look at Her :) - Review  This was a pretty unique shade and I like the formula of sheen supremes.

Tarte Maracuja Lipgloss in Lizzy :/ - Review It was okay, nothing too special but nothing I disliked.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara :/- Not as a big of a fan of this as other people. It separated my lashes well but didn't add too much volume or oomph.


Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil :)- Review This was pretty good in terms of an oil, but I think I prefer my lotions. See my review of the Bioderma line as that's what I'm currently using.

EOS Hand Cream :) - The packaging is adorable and I loved the scent. The consistency is much thinner than what I'm used to, but overall great hand cream.

Throwing away a blue Annabelle eyeliner, Lancome Juicy Tube pop, and an NYC lipstick that broke.

Link me to your empties and I will go give it a read :) I'm currently working through a bunch of skincare and hopefully will also have more makeup items to show too!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Operation Hydration by Bioderma Skincare

Hope everyone had a great week! Happy Chinese New Year to those who celebrated it!

Today's post is all about Bioderma! When I think of Bioderma, I think of the cleansing water (which I still haven't tried) that took over the beauty community. However, they have quite the range of skincare especially for sensitive and dry skin. I discovered the the serum/lotion late in my year and these two made it in my 2014 Favorites (see here).

I tried out two products from the Hydrabio line which is for dehydrated and sensitive skin and two products from the Atoderm line which is for dry to atopic skin. This is perfect because my skin is always so dry and flaky during the winter. 

In the winter time changes in temperatures, overheated rooms, wind and rain can all damage our skin. I usually get really flaky right around my forehead, but since using the serum and the lotion, my skin has been really supple and with elasticity.

Hydrabio Serum 40ml

What they Claim:
-it has an immediate hydrating effect with 15% glycerine + hyaluronic acid
-refreshing and invigorating gel texture
-"Aquagenium" teaches the skin how to moisturize itself again
-provides an excellent make up base

This serum is quite thick in texture but in a good way. Usually the serums I've tried are really watery and you end up with a thin layer. But this one has a much more viscous consistency. However after you put it on it's not greasy at all and I would agree it's refreshing and invigorating. Packaging says to use alone or before a cream but I find using it alone leaves my skin still tight. There's a light fragrance which is enjoyable. 5/5

Hydrabio Riche Moisturizing Cream 40ml

What they Claim:
-made for dry to very dry skin
-contains Aquagenium
-restores skin's suppleness, softness, and radiance

These two products work so well together for me!! This cream is actually thinner in consistency than the serum. It's surprisingly lightweight considering the heavy duty work it does.When I first used this combo, I noticed a huge difference in the morning because my skin was supple. I've been using various oils (Josie Maran Argan Oil, Tarte Maracuja Oil, Boscia Tsbuki Oil) but they do not leave my skin feeling as good as these two combined. I also love that these are in a pump format so it's more hygenic. 5/5

(Left to Right) Serum, Cream, Hand Lotion

(Left to Right) Serum, Cream, Hand Lotion

Next I tried the hand lotion and lip balm from the Atoderm Line.

Atoderm Mains 50mL
What it Claims:
-repairs frail skin, climatic aggression, roughness induced by washing detergent
-regenerates and nourishes
-contains: xylitol, glycerine, vaseline, mineral oil

This hand lotion has a different consistency than what I'm used to. I've been using the L'Occitane and the EOS and it's hard to describe how it's different.The lotion feels slightly sticky when I first put it on. But after about 30 seconds it gets absorbed. I haven't noticed any differences in my hands but I like to use it just when my hands are feeling dry after washing. It does an okay job but the bigger packaging makes it hard to toss into your purse. 3/5

Atoderm Levres Moisturising Stick 4g
What it Claims:
-protects, restores, well tolerated, soothes
-contains: vaseline, shea butter, vitamin E

The lip balm has a really nice scent! A bit sweet and fruity at the same time. It feels very soft to the lips and adds a bit of shine. The first ingredient is mineral oil which some people might not be a fan of. But I think there is no actual scientific study that says mineral oil is bad for you?
The one thing I don't like about the lip balm is that when you twist up, the packaging feels really cheap. It doesn't have that resistance so the plastic feels loose and floopy. It's nice to use, but I haven't found too much difference compared to my cheaper lipbalms such as Nivea. 3.5/5

Overall, the serum and cream are big winners in my books! I'd highly suggest them if you have dry skin like me. You can find Bioderma in Shoppers Drug Mart and Murale in Canada.

Have you tried anything from Bioderma? What's your go to winter skincare?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Review: The Balm Instain Blush in Houndstooth

A mini magazine? Nope, it's The Balm Instain blush in the cutest packaging! I know this blush has been out for quite a while now, but I got mine last summer during a sale on Hautelook. I'm not sure if I'm completely blown away by the hype around these blushes but read on to find out more!

The Basics
Price: $18
Weight: 6.5g
Shades: 6, I have Houndstooth which is described as a mauve

There is a nice size mirror inside.

The product is very soft, finely milled and overall great quality. The pigmentation is strong although I heard this is one of the softer colors within the range. I do think it's not as crazy pigmented as I expected it to be. 

In the pan, it looks like a beautiful neutral mauve color. It's a bit of a dusty rose and I always thought it looked like quite a unique color. However, when I apply it to my skin, it kind of turns a generic pink/red (see photos below). I still enjoy it though and I like that with a darker shade, I can put it lower on my cheeks so I can contour at the same time heh.


Swatched on skin.



As you can see, it brings a nice color to the face and perks up my complexion. In person the color was quite strong as I did two layers. It's a great neutral color that would pair well with all sorts of looks. The wear time isn't as long as I imagined, it wears off similar to other high end blushes I own.

Overall though I feel like this is a great price point to splurge on a higher end blush, and plus this has the most amazing packaging! I wouldn't say this is holy grail or it changes my blush world but it does do a good job and especially since I got it at half price ($11), I have nothing to complain about. :)


Color    8/10
Formula   5/5
Packaging    5/5
Value   4/5

Overall 22/25  A

Do you guys ever shop at Hautelook? Let me know if you've tried anything from the balm!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Vancouver Spas: Lift - The Facial Revolution

Today's post will be a little shout out to a new facial clinic that opened in Richmond a couple months ago! My boyfriend's mom helps at this clinic and I got to go in for a treatment for volunteering on grand opening day.

Lift: The Facial Revolution is half spa and half medical. They are located on Westminster Hwy/Gilbert right across from Richmond General Hospital. Usually, facials are just for relaxation but Lift focuses on producing results with each facial. 

The whole clinic is really clean, modern and well decorated. Their equipment is also state of the art featuring the latest technology!

One of their specialties is the Oxygeneo treatment, which is what I got! There's a machine that does the cleaning for 15 minutes. The physician will hold a brush and move it around your face. And then I think they switched the brush and there will be 15 minutes of a massage. It was super comfortable, I did not want it to end!

The last part of the treatment was this light that went over my face and I had to wear goggles. I should have asked what this was, whoops.

This was my face right after the treatment! It was reallllyyy smooth! Excuse the messy hair :P No makeup, no anything!

Their other specialty is a Photolaser facial which is suppose to reduce signs of aging and can also take away uneven pigmentation. This technology is really effective and can bring your skin back to life!

Here I am with the clinic's owner, Michelle, who's a doctor! She spent a lot of time researching the different technologies in the facial industry and picked the ones that are most effective!

If you know a family member or an auntie looking to rejuvenate their skin, make sure to tell them to give Lift a try! Check out their Facebook and Website for more info!