Saturday, December 30, 2017

My Most Popular Posts in 2017

It's always crazy to think about how far I've come. Sometimes as a blogger you feel like everyone else's photos are better, or they have much better engagement. I just wanted to take the time to create this post to celebrate my own successes and be grateful for how much progress I've made. At the end of this day, I created this blog to provide helpful thoughts on products I tried and I hope to be continue to improve my content! This will be my last post of 2017 so without further ado, here are my top 10 viewed posts this year!



Sunday, December 24, 2017

Makeup I've Used Up in 2017 + Last Empties of 2017

First off, Merry Christmas and I hope you are all enjoying the time off with family and friends! Throughout 2017, I've been saving all my makeup related empties into one bag. I wanted to see how much I actually can use up. So now I've dumped all the items back out and it was so fun to see all the items together. I'll link any products that I've had a review on so you can take a closer look!



Thursday, December 21, 2017

Last Minute Gift Ideas: The Body Shop Gift Sets

Do you have all your Christmas shopping done? If not, don't worry as The Body Shop got your back with a ton of pre packed gift sets and all within a friendly budget! Their online shop currently has 40% off almost everything, and ebates is also doing an 8% back so you'll really get great bang for your buck! I have a few different sets to share but definitely browse their website as they have a lot more options that might best suit your needs.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Stocking Stuffers: Beauty Gifts under $15

I just put together a great gift guide for luxury beauty lovers that you should definitely check out. But if you are looking for a cheaper option, think under $20, then this post is for you! We've all been in situations where we need to get our coworkers a last minute gift and hopefully these ideas will help you out! Once again, I tried to stick to products that are more universal and you won’t need to know their skin color/type or shade preferences.

Being by Sanctuary- Chili Mango & Tonka Bean Hand Cream
Available at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations
$10


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Luxury Beauty Gifts Guide and Tips on Shopping for Beauty Lovers

We all know a beauty lover in our lives. But buying gifts for them might be hard! I put together a list of luxury beauty gifts that would be easy to gift to anyone! I tried to stay away from foundation or products that would require specific shade and make it easily enjoyable by anyone! All of these products can be found at Sephora unless otherwise noted. You can of course find them at the brand's online shops or other department stores as well!

Shu Uemura x Super Mario Bros.  Collection
This collection is one of the hottest for this holiday season and it really delivers in whimsical unique packaging. The new Shu Uemura collection collaboration with Super Mario Bros is so nostalgic but modern at the same time! The items are limited edition and any beauty lover would appreciate the collectible! I think the blush is already sold out but the drawing pencil is still available and if you have a bigger budget, the eye and cheek palette looks amazing as well.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Stila Holiday Lip Sets Play it Cool & Sheer Delight Review, Swatches, Demo

Stila is very well known for their Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks  and for the holiday season, there are 3 limited edition gift sets that you should get your hands on! I love makeup minis because one they are so easy to carry around and two I never use up full size ones anyways! In each of the lip kits, there are 3 mini sized Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks in the same shades and formulas as the normal full sized and retails for $24CAD.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Steve Madden Odessa- What to Wear with Over the Knee Boots

I bought my first pair of over the knee boots this year and I could not be happier! I wish I jumped on this trend a few years ago but it's never too late. I've had them for a few months now and wanted to share my thoughts and my favorite ways to wear them.


I bought mine from Hudson's Bay for $140 but you can also find it at Steve Madden stores. I really should have gotten this post up before Black Friday as I saw quite a few on sale. Steven Madden has several variations of over the knee boots including ones with heels and with pointy toes. Think about what occasions you want to wear it for. Heels are nice but if you want to wear them every day, flats are a lot more practical.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Highlighter Round Up: My Collection and Mini Reviews

I have really been enjoying doing these makeup collection posts as it forces me to see what I have in my drawers and boxes and also review and use items that I may have neglected. My highlighter foundation is pretty small in comparison to a lot of other makeup lovers, but I do want to use a few of these up before I try out new cult favorites from Anastasia, Becca and Huda.

I feel like highlighters have one job, to be glowy and reflect and that's why I don't see the need to have too many different versions other than a few different shades. I usually only wear highlighters for special events so I do prefer them to be a strong highlight and also in a gold/tan color.


For each highlighter I'll let you know when I got it, how much I've used, a short blurb, a link to review if available, and a summary rating!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Lancome Dual Finish Highlighter Radiant Rose Gold- Review, Demo, Swatches

I just bought this Lancome Dual Finish Highlighter a couple of months ago from London Drugs and I've been reaching for it a lot! This highlighter really caught my eye because of the rose gold color and how metallic the glow is when swatched. I'll be sharing my thoughts and showing you swatches and how it looks on my skin.


Basics
Name: Lancome Dual Finish Highlighter
Shade: 5 Shades- 03 Radiant Rose Gold
Price: $53
Size: 5.2g
Available at Sephora and Lancome

Monday, November 27, 2017

Maybelline x Gigi Hadid Collection- Review and Swatches

I have mixed feelings about celebrity collabs as sometimes it just feels like their name was slapped on to a product. But I am blown away by the Maybelline x Gigi Hadid collection terms of packaging, choices of shades and colors, and the quality of the actual makeup! I only just got my hands on these but wanted to share my first impressions ASAP as they'll be available in stores soon and you'll want to be first to get them!

I'll try to do a full review including demo of the products on my face but for now I share my thoughts on my first impressions and also swatches on my hands. Enjoy!


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Maybelline Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter in Molten Gold 100 Review

I am a big fan of the Maybelline brand as I find they are one of the more affordable brands at the drugstore but always coming out with super on trend products and shades. New this year, they released the Master Chrome Metallic Highlighters.



Basics
Name: Maybelline Masterchrome Metallic Highlighter
Shade: 1 Shade- 100 Molten Gold
Price: $9.99
Size: 8.9g
Available at your local drugstore

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm Review and Demo

Pixi launched in Canada earlier this year and one of the products I was most intrigued to try was the Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm. There are six shades in total and I have 3 of them today for review! This line of lip products is suppose to give you tinted color in a nourishing lip balm texture.


We often talk about how pigmented products are as a synonym to quality but there is definitely a time and place for slightly tinted lip balms. My every day touch up at work is usually a lip balm or gloss as it's easy to put on without mirrors and the color is not distracting to coworkers.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Essie Leathers Collection by Rebecca Minkoff- Holiday Gift Guide

I can't believe Christmas is coming up which means it's time for beauty gift reviews! Today, I'll be sharing a no-brainer gift for any beauty lover: the Essie Leathers Collection by Rebecca Minkoff. The gift set features 4 minis that will in a leather like finish. Intriguing? Yes! It also comes packaged in a super cute box which looks like a Rebecca Minkoff purse which I actually have!




Side note, if you don't know, Rebecca Minkoff is essie's global color designer! Very cool!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Best Hotels for Every Budget in Jervis Bay, NSW (2 Hours south of Sydney)

Recently I've been spending a lot of my spare time doing travel research and I thought why not kill 2 birds with one stone and summarize some of my research into a useful blog post! I'm headed to Sydney in about 2 weeks and while I have 5 days in the city, I wanted to have more of a beach vacation instead!

Just south of Sydney is the Shoalhaven area including Jervis Bay which has more beaches than you can count! I ended up booking the Dolphin Shores as it's pretty highly rated and very close to Hyams Beach. During the process though, I looked at tons of hotels/resorts and wished there was a good list of curated properties. So today, I'm putting together some of the coolest Splurge, Moderate, and Budget hotels in the Shoalhaven region so you can plan your getaway vacation from Sydney!

SPLURGE

Paperbark Camp 
571 Woollamia Rd, Woollamia
20 Minute Drive from Hyams Beach
Pricing: $395 AUD per Night


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Kiehls Best Sellers - What You Need and What You Don't

I knew my boyfriend was a keeper when I saw all his Kiehl's products around the shower and bathroom. I surprisingly have had little exposure to the brand until this year when I won a prize pack from Coquitlam Centre for a few skincare items under the Calendula collection and now recently when I received a package of Kiehls' 6 best sellers!


 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Kiss NY Pro Cosmetics Hexa Eyeshadow Palette in Nude Brown- Review, Swatches, Demo

Earlier this fall, I was introduced to Kiss New York Professional, a brand new line of cosmetics in Canada with the motto of "Be Your Own Pro". I was already familiar with the Kiss Products brand which features false lashes and press on nails which are perfect for special occasions! But this my first time trying out cosmetics from the Kiss NY Pro brand.

Today I'll be reviewing the Hexa Palette in Nude Brown. I also used their Magical Ink Eyeliner and Intensif-Eye Liner to complete the look. You can find all of these products exclusively at London Drugs or Rexall!


Basics
Name: Kiss New York Professional Hexa Eyeshadow Palette
Shade: Nude Brown (4 palettes)
Price: $9 USD
Size: 10.5g
Available at London Drugs, Rexall, and online

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Nail Polish Collection Declutter- Almost 50% decluttered!

I watch declutter videos on Youtube like a TV series. I think it's so fun to see what items people have in their collections, realizing they have too much stuff, and deciding what to keep and what to donate. I've been doing it my makeup for the past few months as I create my Best in Beauty list (you can check out my foundation collection and mascara collection). But I decided to do a declutter on my nail polish collection too as it was getting out of hand!


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Sephora VIB Sale Fall 2017 - Skincare Picks

Every beauty lover's favorite time of the year is here! 20% off at Sephora is coming up! I'm sure we are all loading up our baskets but I wanted to share a couple of items that's really caught my eye. The number of adorable holiday kits is so overwhelming and I wish I could stock my bathroom with all of them! But I'll try to narrow those down to the best value so if you are looking to try out a few new skincare items, this is the post for you!

Tarte Skin Win Hydrating Kit
$23
This is the most affordable item but looks like a jam packed kit! There are four items in here: moisturizer, lip balm, face mist, and maracuja oil. I love that they mixed the Tarte Maracuja Oil which is a cult favorite with new releases!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Foundation Round Up: My Collection and Top 5

I had so much fun cleaning out my mascara collection last month and putting together my Top 5 List that I decided to do the same for foundations! 

My skin is pretty dry so I tend to like foundations that are hydrating and provide a luminous finish. I also prefer a lighter coverage for every day use but can definitely appreciate a full coverage for special events. I recently did declutter my collection and you can see that I have a pretty different group of products as compared to last year.



For each foundation I'll let you know when I got it, how much I've used, a short blurb, a link to review if available, and a summary rating!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation Review- 320 Bisque W

It's taken me so long to review this foundation as I've been waiting for my skin to get dark enough to match with this shade. But I somehow missed it during the summer so now it's too dark for me again, whoops! I've never tried Lancome foundations before but have heard great things! The Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation is a full coverage foundation with SPF 15 protection!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

IT Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC Cream in Light Review

I first heard about IT Cosmetics from emilynoel on Youtube and I remember driving specifically to Ulta in the States to check them out. Now, they are finally in Sephora in Canada! Today's review will be on their Your Skin But Better CC Cream which is a best seller for the brand!



Basics
Name: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream
Shade: 7 Shades
Price: $49
Size: 32mL
Available at Sephora and IT Cosmetics

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar and Glow Drops

A few years ago, I tried a Philosophy moisturizer but it broke me out immediately. Since then, I haven't touched any products from them until I recently received the Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar and the matching Glow Drops to try out.



My skin was feeling pretty good in the summer time so I decided to give Philosophy another go. The packaging really intrigued me even though it was so simple. The Renewed Hope in a Jar moisturizer comes in a frosted clear acrylic jar and printed with simple black font. There is 60mL in the jar and retails for $54.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

How Deep Can You Go? Fall 2017 Lipstick Must Haves

I've been doing Fall lip round up for a couple of years now as I love bold lips and fall is the perfect season for it! This year though, my picks are the deepest, boldest colors I have! The products I picked for this post might not be your every day lip color but I do think these are awesome for going out or a special event! Out of the 5, 3 are from the drugstore so there's definitely a good range of prices in this list to make it accessible to everyone!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Body Shop Spa of the World- French Grape Seed Scrub and Ethiopian Green Coffee Cream

The Body Shop is well known for their body butters and you might remember their classic scents like Satsuma, Grapefruit, Coconut and Shea. Recently though they've been innovating and coming up with very unique launches such as the Spa of the World collection. These products use ingredients from exotic places and create a ritual to pamper yourself at home!

I received two products to test out from the new Spa of the World line up. The products in the collection sound so amazing and makes me want to travel around the world ASAP. For example, Egyptian Milk & Honey Bath, Thai Lemongrass Massage Oil, and Polynesian Monoi Radiance Oil!


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Vancouver Spas: Lumiere Skin Health & Wellness Centre + Giveaway

I'm back with another review of a Vancouver Spa! This time I received a facial from Lumiere Skin Health & Wellness Centre. The spa is owned by Marvice who also did my facial for me. I believe she personally does all the facials so you can be sure to get a consistent experience. I had a fantastic time so read on for my experience and a chance for you to win a facial too!


The Location
Lumiere is located on Granville and Pender pretty close to the skytrain station. However, the spa isn't at street level so it's really hard to find unless you know you are going there. It is inside a building on the 4th floor. The whole building smells amazing though because of the aromatherapy from Lumiere!

Once you walk in, you'll see a beautifully decorated waiting area in white and purple. There is a selection of products you can purchase as well.



Treatments
They specialize in facials and aromatherapy massages. Marvice currently offers 10 different types of facials with a lot of them focusing on anti-aging. We decided on the RVB Skin Lab Oxygen + Detox facial as the best treatment. The facials range from 40-90 minutes and costs $79-$209. There's definitely a big range of pricing based on the type of facial.



My Experience
The first thing I noticed was that Marvice was very interested in getting to know me and my skin concerns. Usually you just fill in the form at a Spa with your personal details and you are not sure if anyone even reads it. At Lumiere, Marvice sat down with me and went through each of the questions.



Then we went to the treatment room where she performed the full suite of facial procedures. Side note, the spa bed she had was amazing!! The bed can be adjusted so she tilted the area under the knee up so it supports your legs and also the bed was warmed!!

The facial came with the full suite of procedures including first cleaning with cleansing milk. Something different that Marvice does is using a cold towel after a hot towel. Although it's not as comfortable to have cold towel on your face it does wonders to close off your pores and it makes the treatment more effective! It reminds me of the Scandanive spa theory of alternating hot and cold.



Then she gave me a skin analysis and provided advice to wear more sunscreen. I had several rounds of cleansing followed by toning, and exfoliating with a chemical gel product. During the exfoliation, she put a steamer by my face and it felt so great! That was my first time experiencing that. Once that was all done, she also followed it up with a sheet mask and finally moisturization. During any downtime she provided an arm/hand massage.

The entire facial took over 1.5 hours even though it was only suppose to be 60 minutes! I'm sure we've all been to those massages/facials when you're like there's still 7 minutes left, where's the rest of my treatment!? But this won't happen at Lumiere as Marvice really takes her time to give the perfect service!

Now you heard about my experience, it's time for the giveaway! Use the rafflecopter below to enter! Good luck!

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

London Drugs Huge Beauty Haul- What You can Find!

What do you go to London Drugs for? I used to go there whenever I wanted to develop my photos! But now, I'll be going there to shop for makeup! You may not think of London Drugs as the place to go for makeup and skincare but they actually have quite the selection including many brands that are exclusive to the chain. I recently went to the Granville street location in Vancouver which has a great beauty area and found some awesome new products to try!

*This post was made in collaboration with London Drugs, I received a gift card to purchase these products*



Sunday, October 1, 2017

Givenchy Dahlia Divin Nude

A new season always brings me to try new fragrances. The newest release from Givenchy is all about being delicate and mimicking your own skin. Dahia Divin Eau de Parfum Nude is touted as the quintessence of delicateness and is described as a radiant and caressing fragrance. It is definitely difficult to describe a perfume over the internet but hopefully this post will inspire you to smell it at your nearest store.



The bottle is delicate and so beautiful. Both the label and the perfume liquid is in a rosey nude shade which fits the theme perfectly. There's also gold detailing around the neck that adds a bit of luxury. It's a pretty simple bottle considering all the crazy designs these days but it is definitely still a piece I'd probably display on my vanity. In fact, it's actually displayed on my coffee table right now.





It's hard to categorize this perfume as it's floral, fruity, and a bit musky. The must evident notes are apricot, osmanthus, jasmine and blond wood. For me, I mostly smell a fresh burst of fruits right off the bat. It's hard to identify exactly what type of fruits but if you imagine apricots, you can definitely smell it. I also get quite a bit of cream and vanilla which is probably the musk.



The spray is perfect as it distributes the the perfume in a fine mist, so you won't have any issues with water droplets. I find I can get about a half day wear out of this which is fine. The scent starts off stronger than I expect it but I'm used to pretty light scents. Don't be put off by the label saying eau de parfum nude, there's definitely still a quite concentrated scent in this perfume.

This perfume makes me feel delicate, feminine, and also very comfortable in my own skin. This is gonna be such a beautiful scent to wear through the fall and winter season!



The 50mL version is $107 and available at Shoppers Drug Mart while the 75mL version is $131 and available at Hudson's Bay.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Mascara Round Up: Best and Worst

I never realize when my mascaras start to pile up, but I recently went around grabbing mascaras from all corners of my life and I ended up with a huge pile I could never use up! In this post, I'll give a brief review of all the mascaras that I currently have and then make a list of the best and worst mascaras I've ever tried!

Let's get started!


Monday, September 25, 2017

Kiss New York Professional Dead Sexy Mascara Review

Today I have another mascara review from Kiss New York Professional which just launched at London Drugs! I really enjoy reviewing mascaras as you can see objectively how it lengthens in photos and most people want the same things in a mascara- big long clump free lashes! This makes it easier than say reviewing lipsticks when people desire different things. 


Basics
Name: Kiss New York Professional Dead Sexy Mascara- Lengthening & Define
Shade: Blackest Black (2 shades)
Price: 12.49
Size: 13g
Available at London Drugs


I'm a big fan of Kiss lashes and their press on nails, so I was very interested in seeing their full makeup line. Although they are affiliated, the Kiss New York Professional is a completely different brand with their own image. Their motto is #beyourownpro and offers a complete selection of shades  so you can create bold looks. 

This mascara is meant for lengthening and defining so I guess I should have known it wouldn't create the biggest lashes. But I've always wondered why someone would purposely use a mascara that wouldn't give the biggest impact.


The packaging is in a very simple black tube similar to all their other products. They are definitely going for a makeup artist look with a black and white color scheme.

The brush head is actually flexible, as you can see in the photo above. I find this helps me to really get in the lashes and wiggle the brush around. However, I'm not as big of a fan of rubber bristles, I find they just end up poking me. The brush has a ball tip at the end for getting in the corners and also separating. I'm starting to see this as a common trend in mascaras nowadays!


The mascara definitely did a good job defining! I would have wanted a bit more length as well but I found that my lashes dried crunchy so it was hard to put on a second coat. It didn't quite give me the really big lashes I was hoping for, but it is decent for every day.

However, the price is a lot higher than other drugstore mascaras that could do a comparable job. I'm also okay with paying more for a product if it has a luxurious factor or really cool packaging which unfortunately is not true for this product.


Mascara Ratings 

Big lashes: 3/5
Blackness: 5/5
No clumping: 5/5
No flaking/smudging: 4/5
Lashes feel fluffy: 4/5
Value: 3/5

Overall 24/30    B


As you can see, it still did a decent job and my lashes look quite good! However, I think there are better options at the drugstore for slightly less, or you can spend a bit more for a luxurious experience. The price point is kind of stuck in the middle but without the results to show for it. This one is a pass for me.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Covergirl So Lashy Blast Pro Mascara Review

Mascaras are really easy to pile up and all of a sudden I realized I had 15+ mascaras lying around! So I thought I would do a round up of all my favorites (past and present). But before that, I wanted to review a couple more mascaras including this one from Covergirl. I just got my hands on this a few weeks ago and I believe it's still relatively new to the drugstore as well.


Basics
Name: Covergirl So Lashy Blast Pro
Shade: Extreme Black (5 shades), also available in Waterproof
Price: ~$9
Size: 13mL
Available at most drugstores


The packaging is in a classic Covergirl rounded tube format that reminds me of the Lash Blast days! What's special about this mascara is the 3 in 1 brush which claims to shape, mold and build lashes regardless of lash type. The brush design is pretty interesting with 4 distinct sides. Two of the sides feature a single row of curved bristles while the other two sides feature 2 rows of straight bristles. Then there's a ball tip that spikes out in all directions.





I found that I couldn't get much grip when I'm using this mascara. The brush itself has pretty short bristles and I feel like I can't grab my lashes well and it just kind of glides over. Also because the bristles are short, I feel like it's really easy to smudge my eyelid and undereye with the other sides of the bristles.



The color is quite a strong black and the formula is the perfect consistency. I just don't feel like I get enough control and ability to grip the lashes to build it up to as long as I want it to. It does the job but I prefer the Covergirl Total Tease mascara over this.

Mascara Ratings 

Big lashes: 3/5
Blackness: 5/5
No clumping: 4/5
No flaking/smudging: 5/5
Lashes feel fluffy: 4/5

Value: 4/5

Overall 25/30    B