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!

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

Packaging: This foundation is in an unconventional format with a pump and a squeeze tube. The packaging feels more like a moisturizer than makeup which is probably what the brand was trying to convey as it has a long list of skincare benefits. I like that the pump helps you use just the right amount of product and keeps it sanitary.

Shade: There are 7 shades available so there is a good but not great range of colors. Mine is surprisingly the 2nd lightest shade and while I thought it wouldn't be a match, it actually is perfect for me! The shade Light has a neutral/yellow undertone so it's perfect for Asian skins. I think because of the lighter coverage, the shades can span a bigger variety of skin tones so it can cover most of the population. I also like that you can clearly see some shades are warm, some are cool, and the different colored undertones.

Formula: For some reason, I was expecting a very thick foundation as I remember emilynoel talking about how high coverage this is. However, it's actually light to medium coverage and can be built up. The formula is quite creamy and feels moisturizing! It's really good for my dry skin as I find other products can exaggerated dry flaky skin at this time of the year and this one doesn't! There's also a light lemon scent to the product which smells so refreshing as you apply.

There is also a long list of skincare benefits including anti-aging. I've been using this off and on for about a month and haven't seen much skincare benefits but I wasn't really expecting any. I do love though that it includes SPF50 because as much as I know I should wear sunscreen, I hate putting it on in the morning. 

Before and after demo. I also applied bronzer/blush in the after.

Foundation Ratings

Shade: 10/10
Coverage: 5/5
Finish: 5/5
Packaging: 4/5
Value: 4/5

Total: 28/30 A

This is an outstanding foundation for what I'm looking for. It adds just the right amount of coverage while still looking very natural. It also helps that Light was the perfect shade match for me! This product would be best for those with dry skin and looking for medium coverage! I know I'll be wearing this all the way through the winter months!

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.

The formula is quite lightweight and blends out extremely easily. It dries down pretty fast so you can definitely use this in the mornings as well before your makeup routine. On the jar it says it's a refreshing & refining moisturizer which I don't really know what that means. But, boy is this moisturizer effective! I applied this one night and immediately the morning after, I woke up with very smooth skin! There are a lot of products that don't seem to do much, but I was very happy with the texture of my skin the next morning.The areas around my nose and under my lips that usually have bumpiness was all smooth!

I have continuously used this for about a month now with great results! However, the weather is changing and my skin is feeling extra dry. Unfortunately I don't think this cream is hydrating enough, so I'll probably have to put it away until I go on a tropical vacation or next summer. But if you have normal or even oily skin, I think this would be a fantastic option in the winter time!

Within the same Renewed Hope in a Jar line, Philosophy came out with Glow Drops which is an instant radiance ampoule. It is a hybrid product that is both skincare and makeup. You can either wear it alone, mixed with your moisturizer, or with a foundation. I've only tried this a few times as I've seen these products before and you risk looking like a glitter ball. I'm happy to report that you get a glow but there is no glitter.

However, it's still not really a product I'd gravitate towards. After applying to your face, your hands do get pretty shiny so you'll have to scrub them to avoid getting glow on  your brushes or other parts of your makeup. There are also skin care benefits though as it has fruit extracts and other ingredients to improve the look of skin.

If you are curious to try it, it retails for $42 and is available at Sephora, Hudson's Bay and Shoppers across Canada. There's also a holiday kit right now that contains both these products for $47 which is a great deal if you are looking to try them out!

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.

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. 

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.

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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

pixi + ITSJUDYTIME Eyeshadow Palette Review + Swatches

I know that neutrals eyeshadows have been out in the market for some time, but this is probably the most versatile and high quality palette I've tried in a long time! If you haven't heard the news yet, pixi is now available in Canada! I would describe the brand as having a line up of products that lets you achieve a polished fresh faced look.

They recently released a few products in collaboration with big Youtubers and this eyeshadow palette was done with ITSJUDYTIME. The quote from her on the back of this palette was "I love having just one go-to eyeshadow palette for all occasions! This one contains all my favorite colours and effortlessly takes me from day to night". Although I've never really followed her, I have heard she puts a lot of time and effort into her videos and gives thoughtful reviews.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Stila One Step Primer and One Step Correct Review

I feel like this is the year of the primers as every brand seems to be coming out with more variations. I have personally been loving wearing primers without foundation as it provides a sticky base for other powder products to stay!  I have dry skin so I love that primers these days have been trending towards the moisturizing texture instead of the silicone texture. Today I have two new primers from Stila to introduce to you!

Stila One Step Prime 
$47 CAD
Available on Sephora 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

NYX Lip Lingerie Review & Swatches

NYX has so many cult favorite lip products, and I finally got the chance to try their Lip Lingerie line! There are 24 shades of nudes and these are the perfect products to get that Kardashian full lip look! I have two shades today that I will show you swatches of and review the formula of the product!

The packaging is in a classic clear tube with a black cap. It's a pretty classic NYX design that's simple and black and white. The applicator is a sponge tip that is typical of liquid lipsticks. The first thing I noticed was that these are highly pigmented! Even the light shade had full coverage over my lips. I have pretty pigmented lips so I was very impressed by how these colors showed up.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Travel Diary: Perfect Weekend in the Okanagan

Summer is almost over but there's still time to fit in a weekend in the Okanagan! I used to drive out to Kelowna with my parents during the summer for camping but I discovered lots of other unique things to do! Read on for my top picks of things to do to make the best of your trip!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Back to School Essentials

Although it's been a few years since I've been back to school, the start of September always makes me feel like it's time for a new beginning.  Today I am creating a very simple every day look using all drugstore products! If you are looking for an affordable range of makeup, these are the products you need to have in your collection! All of these items are student budget friendly and perfect for those 5 minute morning routines!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Zoella Beauty - Jelly & Gelato

If you watch beauty videos, you most likely have heard of Zoella. I swear when I first started reading beauty blogs in high school circa 2009, I followed her blog when she only had a few thousand followers! Or I'd like to think I "knew about her before she's famous". She now has 11 million followers on Instagram, ah!

Anyways, she now has her own beauty line and the Jelly & Gelato collection launched in July 2017 and is available in Canada! There are 8 bath products and one matching makeup bag. I actually like that it's such a small range as I feel each product is quite different. I was sent the Shower Cream, the Shower Gel, and the Bath Wafers for testing!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Aritzia Warehouse Sale Haul - 2017

It's the insane time of year when girls throw clothes all around in order to find the best deals at the Aritiza Warehouse Sale! I was lucky to go to the Friends & Family sale today but the sale will be open to the public until September 4th, 2017!

I wanted to share the deals I found so I apologize for the terrible photos! I wanted to get this up as soon as possible so you can see what there is. The sale is at the convention center and I'd say there are upwards of 75 rack so clothing! I really only covered 1/4 of it. The layout is done by pricing but really the items are everywhere.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Givenchy #NoirInterdit Mascara Review

There's been lots of innovation with mascara wands in recent years but I've never seen one in which the wand bends to a 90 degree angle! The new Givenchy Noir Interdit is the latest innovation in mascara with a brush that can be used straight or bent at an angle. It looks a bit gimmicky but how does it perform?

The luxury of the mascara is evident from the first touch. It's much heavier than most of my other mascaras and feels very sturdy in the hands. The packaging is classy and has a textured ribbon down the middle in the front and back. The Givenchy label is embossed and gives a nice 3D effect. Another thing I noticed right off the bat is the scent. There is a light rose scent in the formula that you'll be able to detect when you apply and in the first few minutes after. It adds to the whole experience!