Sunday, September 27, 2015

Fall Trend: Brown Lips and Drugstore Dupes

HELLO FALL! I am currently in Florida still pretending that summer's forever, but I will have to come to terms that it is now fall. What I do love about fall though is the transitioning of darker lips. I'm a huge fan of lip products as I feel it can completely change up a look and it actually shows up on me instead of eyeshadow.

One trend I've noticed is lip color with a brown undertone. Today, I'm showing you two lipsticks that are leading the trend, one that is more everyday and one that is quite bold. Additionally, I found some fantastic drugstore dupes that are less than 1/10th of the price!



Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Very Victoria- 3.5g
Find it at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom($44CAD) and on Charlotte Tilbury ($38CAD)

Charlotte Tilbury recently launched in Canada and has caused a beauty frenzy! Their Matte Revolution line consists of 10 shades that create fuller, wider lips. The shade I have is Very Victoria which is a taupey nude inspired by Victoria Beckham. 

I find the lipstick quite long lasting and hydrating! The color is buildable too so you can either have a sheer hint of color or a full on pigmented lip. However, make sure you put on lip balm and exfoliate ahead of time as it does not hide lines or cracks.


Dior Rouge Dior Couture Colour in 956 Unique- 3.4g
Find it on Sephora.com ($42CAD)

A more bold color comes from this Dior lipstick appropriate named Unique. This is a deep brown based berry that would be amazing for a night out or when you want to make a statement. The formula is very creamy but you do need to be careful when applying this. I usually need a lip brush to help out or a q-tip to take a way mistakes.

The only downside is that it's quite heavily fragranced. It has that very traditional makeup smell that is a bit too much for me. Luckily this is not an every day color and I'd be willing to put up with the smell for the color.


So by now you might be thinking, those are gorgeous lipsticks but $40?! That could get me a steak. Don't worry, I got you covered too as I found these NYC lippies that really gave off a similar look in my collection.

As a dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury Very Victoria, I found the NYC Expert Last Lip Color in 444 Chocolate Chip. The shade is very similar although the NYC lipstick is not a matte finish. There is a slightly sweet scent to the NYC lipstick and the formula is honestly pretty awesome.

For the Dior Rouge in Unique, I found the NYC lipstick in 320 Mahogany to be a great dupe! The color is a tad deeper but gives off the same vibe and it even has a similar scent. The packaging is no where as elegant but your wallet will thank you.


Check out the swatches! From left to right:
Very Victoria, Unique, Chocolate chip, Mahogany


I'm loving the luxury of the Charlotte Tilbury and the Christian Dior lipsticks. Not only are the shades and formula spot on, the packaging exudes elegance and sophistication. However, if you are on a budget, huge props to NYC for their updated formulas which gives similar results but at a fraction of the price!

Would you rock these shades? What fall trend are you most looking forward to?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Finish Five by Fall Finale!

Ahh I can't believe it's been 3 months since I started on "Finish 5 by Fall". I'm so thankful of the other ladies who participated with me! To see the intro post, please click here so you can find out about the rules and what I started with.

I'm here to share the results of the products I picked!!



1) Vicious Bakery Lipgloss- Completed
I had about half when I started and was able to use it up in about a month with off and on use. It's a thin texture, non-sticky, slightly scented lipgloss.

2) Buxom Lip Cream in White Russian- Completed
This was full to begin with but I finished it up with daily use for a month! The color is a bit pale for me but nude glosses usually don't look that good on me. This one really stung surprisingly due to the mint. I do like Buxom glosses but this shade wasn't the best for me.

3) MAC Sheen Supreme in Asian Flower- Completed?
This was 3/4 full when I started. I used it a couple of times but I felt like it was smelling funny and also feeling funny so I scraped it. Also, there was an additional 25% of the product underneath that you need to scoop out to use!


4) Maybelline BB Cream- Completed?
I used this sooo much at the beginning of the summer. Since it had SPF, I'd wear it on an almost daily basis. I decided to squeeze it out into a clear bottle to see how much I had left. It's hard to see but if you watch the video I point to how much is left. I chucked the rest as I felt like the formula was separating.

5) Maybelline Great Lash Mascara- Completed
Hard to tell how much I had to start but I've used this mascara for 1.5 years and it's definitely time to say bye. Good starter mascara from the drugstore!

6) Abercrombie & Fitch Perfume- In Progress
I'm pretty happy with the progress I made. You can see I started at the black line 3 months ago. I think I will continue spraying this into my room as I'm transitioning to a warmer scent for fall.


7) Benefit Bella Bamba- Fail
I used this a couple of times but really do not see any progress...darn it!

8) Essence Gel Eye Pencil- Fail
I also used this a couple times on the waterline as well as in this music festival tutorial. However, I just couldn't find a place in my daily routine for this and it unfortunately broke so this is goodbye.

If you'd like to watch my equally fail video, please be my guest. It's only 4 minutes short. And yes I know the background noise is terrible and my voice is too soft but I had fun filming it. I tried to use Audacity and watch tutorials to reduce background noise but it just didn't work. Tips? 



How did your Finish 5 by Fall go? Or are you planning on finishing any makeup items?

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Vancouver In the Know- Oktoberfest

A German tradition since the 1800's, Vancouver now has a couple of hot spots which will let you experience Oktoberfest right here at home! Although I've never been to Europe, my boyfriend attended the real Oktoberfest and absolutely loved the atmosphere. Here are a few events in the city that will transport you to the Bavarian culture.

1) Steam Whistle Oktoberfest
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
Location: The Vancouver Alpen Club - 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Ticket: $30.00 at the door or $25 in advance

If you are looking for an early start to Oktoberfest, this is it! Enjoy authentic German food, entertainment by The Edelweiss Dancers and music from The Rheinlander Band as you hoist your collectible steins (included in ticket price and includes a first free fill). Come dressed in costume as there will be prizes!


The Vancouver Alpen Club will also be hosting their own Oktoberfest on four separate dates. Tickets are $30 and also includes a stein. I believe they are the first in Vancouver to host Oktoberfest. Check their website for more details!

2) Harvest Haus
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Dates: Various
Tickets: $25-$35

If you are looking for something grand and boisterous, check out Harvest Haus which can pack 1,200 people in their beer hall tent. This will be their second year and will be held in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. There will be eight seatings over two weekends and each seating is 4 hours long. The tickets are a bit more expensive as you have to buy their stein ($8 additional) but it seems to be the new IT spot for the party crowd.



3) Oktoberfest at Steveston Community Centre
Where: 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
When: October 2, 2015 6:30pm
Tickets: $35 (includes dinner, stein, and one drink)

If you are looking for some food to go along with your drink, join the Steveston Community Center for dinner, beer, and entertainment. Great for the whole family and the price can't be beat!

 I wish these events didn't have a "cover" charge though as I'd for sure be spending some big bucks on beer once I get inside! Will you be heading to an Oktoberfest party this year?

Monday, September 14, 2015

Stila Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector #stilamoderngoddess

New for Fall 2015, Stila introduced the "Modern Goddess" collection. The creators envisioned feather light textures contrasting with dramatic pigments while emphasizing a flawless skin canvas.

I will be reviewing the Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector and the Wonder Brush so read on to find out more!


Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector
11g - $51CAD/$39USD
Available on Sephora and on Stila.com




First up, the Stila Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector is a very innovative product combining the best of a powder and a cream foundation. The product has a slightly bouncy, putty texture which is very interesting. There are five shades available: fair, light, medium, tan and deep. I have it in the shade medium.

The packaging includes a large mirror and a sponge. I love that there's a flap in between the sponge and the product so that it keeps it sanitary. The packaging works so well with the theme of "Modern Goddess", and the golden casing feels sleek and sturdy.


I'd say this gives light to medium coverage. I use this with the Wonder Brush  but you can use any large dense powder brushes (there's a great one from ELF for $3)! I find that it evens out my skin tone and gives a beautiful airbrushed look. You can also create a higher coverage by using the sponge and I would dab this on any trouble spots.

Up close shot of the texture

A bit orange when swatched but it blends out beautifully and does not have any orange tinge.

There is no scent to the product and it feels absolutely weightless on the skin! When you dip you finger into the product, it is a bit squishy and creamy. But when you swatch it on to your skin and blend out, it disappears into a silky powder. It also does an amazing job filling in pores and creating a very smooth surface. I've been dealing with large pores recently and this product really helps to diminish the look of them on either side of my nose.

Left: Before; Right: After

I would definitely recommend this for a light coverage foundation that looks natural and smooth! If you have a lot of imperfections that you are looking to cover up, it's not the best product for you as patting on using the sponge is time consuming and using a brush would result in a coverage that's too light. However, I love the weightless feel and the convenience of the compact so I can touch up during the day.

Wonder Brush for Face and Body
$75CAD/$58USD
Available on Sephora and on Stila.com


Stila's vision was to create a brush that can do everything: sculpting, blending, highlighting, buffing, or whatever you desire. The brush is meant for the face and body and can be used for powders, liquids, and creams.

The first thing that jumped at me is the price. My makeup brush collection is made up of drugstore brushes with the most expensive brands coming from Real Techniques and Sonia Kashuk. Although, this brush works very well with the putty perfector, there is no way I would spend $75 on a brush!

However, for those of you who do splurge on a good brush, this one is very dense and has soft synthetic bristles. It comes with a velvet pouch to keep the brush clean. It works well to place bronzers on as contour as well as blending in foundation all over the face.


Overall, I really enjoyed the putty perfector and it'll be going into my daily makeup routine! I would definitely recommend you to check it out as well. Unfortunately with the crazy high price tag, I would not run out for the Wonder Brush as I find that there are some great drugstore alternatives to makeup brushes.

Have you checked out Stila's new collection? What's the most expensive makeup brush you own?

Thursday, September 10, 2015

bliss "night night" facial in a box Review and Giveaway

New from Bliss is a set called "night night’ facial in a box - $17.  This is a night time version of their best-selling ‘facial in a box’. This 3-step, spa-at-home overnight treatment is suppose to help you wake up with beautiful, younger-looking skin. As with other Bliss products, these feature the same formulas used in the actual Bliss spas so that you can take the experience home. See how they worked and a giveaway so you can experience it for yourself!


fabulous makeup melt gel-to-oil cleanser (20mL): This is a gel to oil formula cleanser that removes oil, impurities, and makeup. This product contains Tamanu oil, Absyssinica Seed oil, and Milk Thistle. Out of the tube, it is indeed a gel texture but when applied it to my face, it dissolved and felt quite plush against the skin.  It was able to take off mascara, eyeliner, foundation although none were waterproof. It did not sting my eyes which is a huge plus!

multi-‘face’-eted all-in-one anti-aging clay mask (2x4mL) : First things first, this is a mask that is meant for a treatment but not necessarily for relaxing. The mask is a grey-ish color with little gritty bits. You need to thinly apply this all over the face and then wait 5-7 minutes before washing off. This mask is definitely "spa powered" as it contains 10% glycolic acid! The mask also contains kaolin (mud) and jojoba oil.


The smell of it is minty but a little sweet so it reminds me of the fluoride you get at the dentist which is not the most pleasant scent memory. It also takes work to wash off but the instructions do say to use a wet washcloth. I tend to have a bit of grey tint even after washing with water for a couple minutes but once I wipe my face with a towel, it's all gone.


However, with all that said, HOLY CRAP is this mask ever effective! Right after using it my skin felt really clean and the morning after, my skin was so soft and smooth it was crazy! When I used this for the first time, I could NOT keep my hands off my face, I just kept on feeling it. However, the mask also claims to reduce fine lines and wrinkles which I'm not sure how accurate that would be. Don't expect any anti-aging effects, but it will make your skin SO SOFT!

triple oxygen ex-‘glow’-sion vitabead-infused moisture cream (5mL): This little kit ends on a high note with this cream. It has a light fruity scent either similar or identical to their grapefruit + aloe body butter. The ingredients include micro-algae, oxygen, vitamin E and vitamin C. Inside the cream has some beads which feels really nice when you massage it into the skin. It is a light consistency but very hydrating and I really enjoyed using it.


fabulous makeup melt on top and triple oxygen moisture cream on the bottom

Results: Man oh man is this little kit ever powerful. I'm pretty sure it's the mask doing the heavy lifting but the two other products are nice compliments. The small travel sizes makes it perfect to toss in your toiletry bag if you are going away for a week or two and need a perk up. The cleanser and lotion will last way more than 2 uses and even the single use mask is quite generous inside. I think the price is also not too bad for a chance to try out 3 products from Bliss!

Available in October 2015, exclusive to Sephora and Sephora.ca.


GIVEAWAY
I want to let one of you experience the Bliss facial so I'm giving away one of the fabulous makeup melt cleansers and the multifaceted anti-aging clay mask to one lucky reader! The two products are valued at $98CAD.

*The winner is: Kristy from @glitterOCD. Congratulations!*


Rules
* Open worldwide!
*Ends September 30, 2015 (Winner will be drawn on October 3rd)
*You will have 24 hours to respond
*If you are located in Vancouver, and can pick up the prize please let me know somewhere in your entry :)

GOOD LUCK!


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Monday, September 7, 2015

L'Occitane Aromachologie Rebalancing Collection Review

Last month, L'Occitane introduced a new Body Care Reblancing Ritual as part of their Aromachology range. With back to school and many people starting new jobs, the beginning of September can be a stressful time. This range combines five purifying essential oils to provide a feeling of inner harmony and rebalance.



There are five items in this range and I received the Rebalancing Infusions for Bath and the Exfolianting Shower Gel.


There was a pamphlet that I received showing the results of the scientific study they did to prove the rebalancing effect. In essence, the volunteers are subject to stress, and then they are split between a control room (no scent) or the test room (with Rebalancing Aromachology). 

The three measurements were based on cardiac activity, prosody, and skin temperature. With the results, I found the skin temperature to be the most interesting as the control group facial temperature did not decrease at all, while the test group facial temperature decreased by one degree.


I gave this a try before Vancouver went on the water ban. Although baths are not banned, I felt guilty of filling up a tub of water while the city tried to save water. The packaging is very luxurious with woven strings and a silky bag. This infusion contains citrus peel and revitalizing salt and gave the water a slightly murky and slippery feel. The smell was very relaxing and I really enjoyed this. 

You are suppose to hang this satchet from the tab using the strings, however that did not work for my tub at all. I ended up just letting the satchet float where ever within the bath tub. I would probably only use this on an occasional basis due to the price and how time consuming a bath is.


This on the other hand is something I'v been using quite frequently. The exfoliating shower gel is packed with little exfoliants made of olive and lemon bits. The smell is very herbally but very soothing. I remember using this after loosing a volleyball game and it definitely helped calm my mood. The exfoliant is a good level of grit that scrubs away dead skin without hurting your skin. It was pleasing to use and would be a wonderful night time shower gel.

Other items in the range include:
 Massage Cream $40
Purifying Mask for Face $32
Purifying Black Soap $24

What do you do to destress? Do you believe in aromatherapy?

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Aritzia Warehouse Sale Haul & Recap

I have not done a haul post for soooo long! I've been trying to be on a buying ban although I've still been shopping here and there. I was joking with my friend that if I don't post it on my blog, then it didn't happen.

But there's always a ton of questions going around on whether the line ups and the craziness of the Aritzia Warehouse Sale is worth it. So I thought I'd share what I bought, the sizes available (September 4, 2nd day of the sale) and some other thoughts. Excuse the lackluster photography, I wanted to get this post up ASAP.

Issac T-shirt in Legion
Size S
$19.99- REG $65

Barthelemy Blouse in Milk
Size M
$39.99- REG $110
I bought this for my mom, I have the exact same in XS.

Portobello Blouse in Oak
Size XS
$19.99- REG $55

Chouette Skirt in Black
Size XS
$19.99- REG $75

Flaubert Sweater
Size XS
$39.99- REG $95

Line Up- I went with my friend on September 4 and got there around 10:15am. The line looked quite long as it stretched the entire downstairs. However the line moved quickly and were in by 10:35. The wait was only 20 minutes.

Change Room- Similar to last years, the change room is communal and it's just craziness. But wear a tank if you want to try on tops and you can pull skirts over top of your leggings. There would be times where there's a line up to get into the change room, so I found some girls just started changing in the open. Throw your self consciousness away before you enter!

Sizes- At the front there were a lot of winter coats for sale, but those are mostly M and L. I was able to find XS/S here and there but it's definitely scarce. If you are looking for a specific style in a small size, I think you'd be disappointed. Cardigans were SO HARD to find! Quite a bit of skirts, dresses, jeans, and tops. If you are just looking for a good deal, you'll definitely be able to find something in your size. 

Prices- As you can see above the prices are all quite good and over 50% discount! Considering the quality, cut, and regular price, I'd say they are all good finds! Some other items I've noticed
Winter Coats- $179.99
Maverick Jackets- $49.99
Cotton Tanks/Tees- $9.99
Silky Blouses- $39.99 (usually)
Lipinski Dresses- $19.99
Oakwood Dresses- $39.99
Dress Pants- $29.99-$39.99

Good luck out there! Let me know if you also hauled something!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Vancouver In the Know- What's New in Restaurants


With the sunshine gone, the range of outdoor activities available during the long weekend dramatically shrinks. For those of you who just want to cuddle up in the blanket during the long weekend, here are some happenings at restaurants around the city that doesn't require being cold or tired (which is how I imagine every hike to be).

1) Irish Heather Long Table Series

On the first and third Monday of September, The Irish Heather will once again host its highly anticipated Long Table Series. This local tradition gathers upwards of 50 diners at its distinctive 40-foot-long communal table to mix, mingle and share their appreciation of classic comfort dishes and well-brewed beers.


 For September 7th, the menu is a Chicken Ballantines with roasted pepper, onion, kale and cauliflower puree. The matching beer is the Eastern Czeck Pilsner (Russell Brewing Company). I actually like the look of the menu for September 21st better as it features an oven roasted Steelhead Trout with the White Rabbit Hefeweizen.

Tickets cost $18 each and includes the meal and beer. Taxes and tips are extra. For reservations, email reso@irishheather.com

2) Free Tapas at Salt Tasting Room

Salt Tasting Room is an eatery in Gastown that specializes in meat, cheese and wine. Starting September 8, 2015, they've partnered up with Bosa Foods to serve up free tapas!
 

"I am really curious to see how Vancouver responds to this kind of tapas-style program," said Sean Heather, owner of Salt Tasting Room. "Will guests come for drinks and accept this kind of free tapas experience - will they embrace the concept the way it's embraced in Spain?"

Curious foodies who are ready for a taste of San Sebastián can visit Salt Tasting Room, September 8 to October 11, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Guests can order a tasting flight or glass of wine, beer or sherry, and enjoy complimentary tapas to sample Bosa's new Spanish product line.



3) Seafood Boil at Boulevard

Ever since having Crab Pot in Seattle, I've been craving for something similar in Vancouver! You would think since we are so close to the coast that there would be more seafood options available. But unfortunately, nothing was to be found until Boulevard opened earlier this year.

At Boulevard, you can participate in a fancy Sunday seafood boil up until September 27, 2015 for $49 per person. The price includes sparkling wine, salad, cornbread, and dessert. The seafood boil itself will have crawfish, jumbo prawns, clams, mussels, dungeness crab, potatoes, and corn.


It sounds absolutely delicious although $49 is quite the price to pay.  It is currently sold out but you can email cgoleski@boulevardvancouver.ca and be added to the waitlist.

What new restaurant have you tried recently?