Friday, 1 August 2014

Lancôme Energie de Vie Nuit Overnight Recovery Mask

I love a good face mask, and I think that hydrating overnight masks are such a fun product! I've been trying out Lancôme's Energie de Vie Nuit Overnight Recovery Mask* ($78 CAD/50 mL), which is a new product from the brand. An overnight mask is essentially a rich, hydrating cream that's more than just your everyday night cream.

Lancôme Energie de Vie Nuit Overnight Recovery Mask

"This luxurious, enveloping balm texture comforts and nurtures skin overnight. It re-energizes, reduces signs of fatigue, and brightens skin with the help of three root extracts: wild yam root extract gives skin a feeling of intense hydration; rhodiola root extract is known to re-energize with antioxidants and decrease signs of fatigue; and gentiana root extract de-stresses for a boost of radiance." - Sephora

Lancôme Energie de Vie Nuit Overnight Recovery Mask

I've been applying Lancôme's Energie de Vie Nuit Overnight Recovery Mask about 2-3 times a week, and I'm completely in love! This formula is extremely rich, creamy, and hydrating. Don't let the word "mask" scare you away - this cream doesn't feel thick or sticky on your face, and it actually absorbs fully into my skin in about 5 minutes. The term mask just refers to all of the skin care benefits that are traditionally found in a face mask. 

Lancôme Energie de Vie Nuit Overnight Recovery Mask

This cream has a nice light floral-perfumey scent that I really enjoy, but it might not be to everyone's tastes. I don't find that the scent lingers on my face thought. I've found that this cream leaves my skin looking radiant, healthy, and feeling hydrated in the morning. If you have dull skin, or you just want a refresher, I would highly recommend checking out this overnight mask!

Lancôme Energie de Vie Nuit Overnight Recovery Mask Swatch

This product definitely has a luxurious price tag, but the jar should last you quite a while if you're only using it three times a week. You could always ask for a sample in store to try out this overnight mask first before splurging. Have you tried an overnight mask before? What's your favourite luxury skincare product?

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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Sephora Formula X Liquid Crystals in Wavelength

The other day I shared Sephora's Formula X Liquid Crystals in Equinox with you, and now I'm back with the shade Wavelength* ($15 CAD/12mL)! Wavelength is a gorgeous bright pink with a ton of micro-glitter.

Sephora Formula X Liquid Crystals in Wavelength

"The lustrous, plasma sparkle of this unique lacquer comes in an array of shades—from cool hues like deep royal blue and olive green to warm shades of strawberry pink and tangerine. Comprised of crushed micro-crystalline and vibrant mica, the buildable formula intensifies with each coat and is long-lasting." - Sephora

Sephora Formula X Liquid Crystals in Wavelength
3 coats, with top coat

The Liquid Crystals formula is made with crushed micro-crystalline and pigmented mica to give a radiant, bold colour to your nails. The shade Wavelength is a gorgeous neon pink with purple undertones and jam packed with pink micro-glitter. This formula is a bit sheer, so I did need to use three coats for an opaque finish. I did add a layer of top coat to up the shine factor.
Sephora Formula X Liquid Crystals in Wavelength

Once again, I found that this formula took a while to dry - not too long, but longer than most polishes that I've used. Take a few extra minutes to ensure that your polish is completely dry, or else you might end of with dents. The Formula X polishes come packaged in little rectangular bottles with a black cap. The cap pops off to reveal a smaller brush handle. The brush on this bottle is very thin, so you'll have to use a few brush strokes for each nail. I do prefer a wider brush, but this one wasn't bad.

Sephora Formula X Liquid Crystals in Wavelength

I think that Wavelength is a gorgeous bright pink, and the micro-glitter looks amazing in sunlight. I do wish that this formula was more fast-drying, but if you aren't in a rush then it's a beautiful option! Have you tried any of the Sephora Formula X polishes? Which shade is your favourite?

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Balenciaga Rosabotanica EDP

Balenciaga stole my heart with Balenciaga Paris, but that is more of a Fall/Winter scent, so I wanted to try something else from the brand. Balenciaga recently released their Rosabotanica EDP* ($100 CAD/1.7 oz), which Kristen Stewart is promoting. While I'm not a huge fan of Stewart, I am a fan of Rosabotanica!

Balenciaga Rosabotanica EDP

"Rosabotanica is the latest addition to the botanical garden that is beautiful but dangerous. This fragrance is based on a contemporary green rose accord mixed with milky fig leaves. The heart of Rosabotanica comes from the experimental rose that is lightened by citrus notes and white woods.
Notes: Experimental Rose, Fig Leaf, White Amber.
Style: Spicy. Beautiful. Dangerous." - Sephora

Balenciaga Rosabotanica EDP

Balenciaga Rosabotanica EDP

Gah! This bottle is just too pretty! Rosabotanica is housed in a square glass bottle, with colourful flowers painted on the front of the bottle. The cap is painted in white & black stripes, and I just love everything about it. Rosabotanica has is a very floral scent, but the white amber notes add a spicy side to this fragrance. Fig Leaf notes work to lighten up this fragrance a bit. I'm really loving the mix of floral & spicy yet still totally Summer appropriate notes. I think that Rosabotanica works really well on my skin, and this fragrance develops and transforms beautifully over the course of the day. I spritz this once onto my neck and once onto my wrists, and that lasts me a full 8 hours before the scent starts to fade. This scent is also available in a rollerball, so you can easily touch up throughout the day with that. 

Balenciaga Rosabotanica EDP

Balenciaga Rosabotanica EDP
Side view of the gorgeous bottle!

If you love floral scents, you definitely need to check out Balenciaga's Rosabotanica! I absolutely love the mix of white amber and rose, it's a unique scent in my perfume collection. Have you checked out Balenciaga's Rosabotanica yet? 

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Lush Karma Soap

I started using a new soap last week, and of course it's from Lush! I love their soaps, and I try to always treat myself to a slab of soap each time I visit a store. Lush's Karma Soap ($7.95/100g) has been my most recent treat, and today I'm telling you all about it!

Lush Karma Soap

 Lush makes a few products in the Karma scent, but this soap is the first product that I've tried in the range. If you've never been to a Lush store then you should know that they have huge slabs of soap sitting on tables. You can ask for the sales assistant to cut you a piece of soap - you can specify either by how much weight you'd like, or by how much you're wanting to spend. The piece in the pictures is 100 grams, which should last my about 3-4 weeks in the shower.

Lush Karma Soap

Karma is a beautiful fragrance, so I'm not sure why I'm only discovering it now! This soap combines notes of
patchouli, lemongrass, orange oil and pine oil to create a spicy yet lively & uplifting scent! The scent does linger on my skin for a few hours, but I normally apply lotion after showering anyways, and that kind of covers up the scent. This formula gives a nice lather, but nothing crazy. This just means that the soap won't melt away very quickly, and that you get more bang for your buck. Even though you don't get a crazy lather, this soap still does moisturize my skin very well. My skin isn't left with that horrible squeaky clean feeling, it just feels cleansed, hydrated, and lightly scented - perfection!

Lush Karma Soap

If you already love any of Lush's other Karma products, then you should definitely check out their Karma soap! I'm loving this scent, and I think that you will too :) What's your favourite Lush soap?

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Montagne Jeunesse Aloe Vera Face Spa Reviving Fabric Facial

I'm a huge fan of sheet masks, so I'm always ready to try out new formulas! My latest masking experience has been with Montagne Jeunesse's Aloe Vera Face Spa Reviving Fabric Facial* ($2.49). This sheet mask infuses aloe vera and green tea, making it both soothing and cleansing!

Montagne Jeunesse Aloe Vera Face Spa Reviving Fabric Facial

"Is your skin in need of a quick boost? Burst to life with our refreshing blend of juiced Aloe Vera and invigorating fresh picked Green Tea. The ultimate pick me up leaving your skin soothed and cleansed." - Farley Co.
Montagne Jeunesse Aloe Vera Face Spa Reviving Fabric Facial

This face mask comes on a large piece of fabric that is white with green aloe vera leaves printed onto it. This design is a bit busy, and I think that I would have rathered a plain white mask. The mask is a bit large, and I have a bit of trouble getting it to lie properly on my face. No pre-cut sheet mask is going to fit you perfectly, but I did have more troubles with the size of this one compared to others that I've tried. The mask didn't sit nicely on my chin, and I kept having to press it down.

Montagne Jeunesse Aloe Vera Face Spa Reviving Fabric Facial

Sizing issues aside, this mask was actually quite lovely! It had a nice calming aloe scent, and was very cooling. I think that this would be a great mask to use after being out in the sun all day! I kept the mask on for 10 minutes (the directions say to leave it on for 5-10 minutes). I then removed the mask, massaged in the remaining product, and lightly rinsed my face. My skin was left feeling very soft, and my face had a nice natural radiance to it. 

Montagne Jeunesse Aloe Vera Face Spa Reviving Fabric Facial

I think that Montagne Jeunesse's Aloe Vera Face Spa Reviving Fabric Facial would be great for anyone with dull or stressed skin. Like I said, this would be a great mask to use after a long day in the sun, as it's very cooling and calming. The sizing of the mask wasn't perfect for my face, but that will be different for everyone. Have you used a sheet mask before?

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