About a month ago I maxed out my Shopper’s Drug Mart optimum points (best reward program ever). Of course I immediately set about spending every single point. Picture a crazed kid in a candy store and you’ll have some idea of what happened.
Anyway, one of the things I picked up is the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil. It’s the bomb dot com. I have the shade 03 Red Berry. It’s moisturizing, non-sticky, non-oily (surprisingly), and provides a light sheen of colour. A handbag staple for sure. Plus it smells delish.
The applicator is nice. It’s large and delivers just the right amount of product. The Clarins website describes it as “a cocoon applicator that increases pleasure upon application.” Now, I’m not sure about increasing pleasure (seriously, who writes this stuff?)… but it certainly does the job.
I’m a sucker for nice packaging and I love the square shape and gold lid. It looks luxe. Luxe kittens.
So last week we had an actual blizzard! I’ve lived North of 60 for the majority of my life and never before have I experienced a bonafide blizzard. It was cray. Anyway, things have calmed down weather-wise and we’re back to crisp and sunny fall days. Fall is my favourite season for fashion. I love me some chunky knits, layers, and boots.
Here are a few of the things I’ve been reaching for over and over this fall.
This gorgeous oversize sweater from Urban Outfitters.
It’s like wrapping myself in an afgan. Delicious.
These Mavi jeans.
It’s all about the details with these babies. The zippers at the ankle, the panels at the knee, the leather pulls on the pocket zipper, and the inky indigo colour add up to the perfect pair of jeans. We all know that perfect jeans are nearly impossible to find!
This Bite Agave Lip Mask in champagne.
Colder weather means dry skin and chapped lips. This lip treatment is super thick and hydrating. You can wear it overnight but it adds a bit of sheen for daytime as well. It’s also a food grade product. You could eat this stuff. You know, if you’re into that kind of thing.
This Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat.
Just. Look. At. That. Luxe rosegold packaging and a built in highlighter for a stunning marbled blush. I mean come on. I die. It gives the cheeks a gorgeous rosy glow. Love.
Oh hey guys. S’up? Ha ha. Yup. We’re casual like that.
Ok. Enough fooling around, you guys aren’t here to listen to me wax ridiculous. You’re here to find out about make up (if not I’m sorry you’re lost)!
A while ago I did something that I’ve been thinking about doing for about two years. I signed up for Ipsy. What’s Ipsy? It’s a beauty subscription! For the low price of $16 dollars a month they send me a beautybag with four samples and one full sized product. I know it’s ridiculous but I don’t care. It’s fun.
Even the packaging is fun.
I recieved a full size Cailyn lipgloss, a Mitchell and Peach hand lotion, a Pacifica Eyeliner, a double ended Crown eyeshadow brush, and a Nourish Organics facial cleanser.
I wore the gloss last night. I love the vampy shade and it’s unscented. The lasting power was alright but the colour bled into the lines around my lips quite badly. I gave the lotion to my mom because it has a strong floral scent which is really not my jam. Other than that I’ll have to report back at a later date.
Why hello there kittens! I’ve been without internet access for the last month and a bit so it’s been a while n’est-ce pas?
There have been some changes in the Poutine world, all of which are good. I’m the proud auntie of a gorgeous baby boy, I’m settled into a fab new apartment (would you be interested in a bit of a tour?), and I start a new job tomorrow!
Anyway, I just wanted to give you a sneaky peek of some products I’ve been crushing on lately.
The Body Shop Early Harvest Raspberry Body Scrub. I love the idea of body scrubs but most of the ones I’ve tried leave an oily film on my skin. Not so here folks. This stuff is divine and rinses off completely so that you are left with smooth skin and nothing else! It smells like raspberry jam, looks like raspberry jam, but it most definitely does not taste like raspberry jam.
I obsessed over this lip balm for months before actually purchasing it. This is a total indulgence. It is tres expensive. I regret nothing. The Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm works with your body chemistry to turn your pout the perfect shade of pink for your skin tone. It has a faint minty scent and is super thick and hydrating. One swipe lasts several hours. I’ve been going for minimal make-up this summer and this is the perfect finish for a glowy daytime look.
I love bold, fluttery lashes. I think the right mascara can really make your eyes pop. Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes fits the bill. Last night I went to town and applied about six coats. I could see my lashes from 3 feet away. Delicious. I chose the non-waterproof formula and I do find that it smudges a bit at the end of the day. All in all though I’ve been enjoying this mascara.
If I had to choose a favourite make up product, it would definitely come down to either lipstick or blush. I love me a bold lip, and a healthy flush.
For the last six months or so I’ve been addicted to my Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour blushes. I don’t carry blush with me so I find it annoying when it starts to fade halfway through the day. Not a problem with these Tarte blushes. They last for ages, and at the end of the day they look the same as they did when I applied them that morning. Impressive!
Random side note: I just got hit with the worst craving for one of those Tim Horton’s muffins with the fruit filling. Does that ever happen to you guys?
Now, these blushes cost a pretty penny. They’re about $35 a pop, but of course I didn’t pay that for any of mine (I love me some eBay). It’s worth it though. Tarte is a cruelty free brand, and the quality speaks for itself.
I have three shades: Natural Beauty, Fearless, and Magic. Natural Beauty is red toned and when I first got it I was afraid of it. I’d never worn a red blush before. That said, it has quickly become my favourite of the three and it’s the one I wear the most. It’s heavily pigmented so you only need to touch your brush to the powder and you’ve got enough colour for both cheeks. It’s totally matte and it works beautifully with a bold red or fucsia lip. Fearless is a pretty coral pink with gold shimmer. It’s a great daytime shade and gives you that flush that you get from being outside in the cold. Magic is a completely matte peachy pink. I think this one has been discontinued so I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about it.
Swatches right to left: Natural Beauty, Fearless, Magic.
I haven’t tried anything else from Tarte but the blushes are phenomenal. This is definitely a brand I want to explore further.
If I’m dashing out the door and only have a minute or so, the products I always take time to slap on are blush, lip balm, and mascara. I love mascara. I don’t have long or thick lashes so I love the extra oomph a couple swipes of mascara provides. I am lucky enough to have curly lashes (curly hair = curly lashes) so at least I don’t have to use a curler. Easy peasy.
Right now there are three mascaras I reach for regularly. Benefit’s They’re Real!, Maybelline Great Lash, and Covergirl Clump Crusher. I’ve talked about They’re Real! before (something about pillowy cheeks and yada yada yada), but it’s worth saying again that this is a fantastic, buildable product that will give you lashes out to here.
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara is a complete classic. It’s a great product at a total bargain price point. I like the teeny brush for itty bitty bottom lashes. This is the one I always recommend to anyone who asks about a good drugstore mascara.
Covergirl Clump Crusher is my newest mascara and it’s great for everyday. It gives good definition and really doesn’t leave any clumps behind. I like the applicator a lot. It’s kind of rounded and I find it easy to work with. I prefer smaller applicators because I have small eyes. I tend to get a bit stabby with bigger brushes.
What’s your pick for mascara?
So, tell me true lovers – have you enjoyed this series? Would you like to see more like this? Are you so sick of me that you can’t even believe I’m still talking? Do you like stuff? Share!
I like eyeshadow palettes, especially when they have numbers or instructions right on the shadows! Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Palette doesn’t have numbers but it does have a beautiful selection of neutral shades that can be mixed and matched endlessly to create a bazillion different looks.
I don’t want to go on too much because this product has been reviewed so many times already. It’s definitely worth the hype. The shadows are buttery soft and a total dream to apply. The really great thing about the Naked 2 Palette is that the shadows are so incredibly long lasting. They look great even after 12 hours of wear!
As you can see, I’ve put a good dent in most of the shades! My favourite is called Half Baked and it’s a beautiful shimmery gold. I won’t list the all the shades because that’s easy to find online.
Loooooong story short this is a great palette. I use it at least 3 times a week. I scored mine on eBay, but I do think it’s worth buying even if you have to fork out the full price (I won’t say how much it is because I almost died when I saw the it).
I used to be all about BB cream, but lately I’ve been loving a light foundation. Maybe it’s because it’s getting cooler or maybe it’s because I’m fickle, but I’m over BB cream these days.
For clear, clean, and, most importantly, natural looking skin I’ve been reaching for three products.
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation (typing all of that exhausted me) provides light, even coverage. The gel formula is very similar to the consistency of BB cream. It’s easy to apply with a brush or with your fingers.
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder is something I’ve talked about before, but it’s such a fantastic buy. It’s a great long-lasting powder that helps keep me matte a little longer. This is my third pan!
Benefit’s Erase Paste sat in my kit unused for a long time. I don’t often need concealer; however, when I do this stuff is my go-to. This concealer will cover anything! You only need the teeniest amount and it always works well. Lately I’ve been using it as an eyeshadow base and it’s great for that too!
I’m on a bit of a wish list kick lately. I’m not sure why that is, but they sure are fun to put together! Now you and I both know that the last thing I need is more make-up, but that doesn’t mean I can’t wish right? Exactly.
Soap and Glory is really popular with beauty bloggers, and has been for some time. There are a lot more products from this line available in the UK, but we’re starting to see more in Canada. Sephora and Shopper’s Drug Mart are the only places I know of where it’s carried.
I really want to try the Mist You Madly Body Spray, Sugar Crush Body Scrub, and Sugar Crush Body Wash. *swoon*
Ok lovelies, today we’re talking lippy. I used to be all about gloss. For years I wore super glossy, sweet lip glosses. Lately though I’ve been interested in slightly more matte lips. Slightly more matte, as in balms and lipstick. I don’t think I’ll ever be someone who wears a completely matte lip.
I’ve tried a few different lipstick brands, most recently Revlon which I adore, but most often I find myself reaching for my Bourgois Sweet Kiss lipsticks. I have two of them and I love them both.
The first is in the shade Rose. Rose is a really nice daytime appropriate pink. It’s an easy one to wear and I like to use it if I’m meeting friends for brunch or lunch or something. It’s got quite a lot of chunky gold-toned glitter in it, so if sparkle isn’t your thing this shade isn’t for you. I don’t find it to be overly shimmery on the lips though.
The second is in the shade Fuscia Class, kind of an odd name but I didn’t come up with it. This is my favourite of the two. This is a super bold, super bright dark pink. I love it for nights out. I wear it out to dinner, out for drinks, to shows, and just about anywhere else you’ll find me of an evening. This shade has no shimmer and it lasts for ages. The formula is creamy and glides on smooth; it doesn’t cling to dry patches or flakes.There’s no need to reapply, which is just so fantastic!
So there you have it! You can purchase these babies at your local Shopper’s for about $18. The price is slightly steep but these lipsticks are worth every single penny.