Friday, 22 May 2015

mark. Buenos Aires Vibe Eau de Toilette Spray

mark.'s Buenos Aires Vibe Eau de Toilette Spray* ($28 CAD/50mL) is not only beautifully packaged, but the scent inside is equally exciting! This new Buenos Aires Vibe Collection is limited edition, and I think it's definitely something that's worth checking out!

mark. Buenos Aires Vibe Eau de Toilette Spray

"Feel the streets of Buenos Aires, bustling with its tango-fueled electricity! Intensely tropical wild passion fruit, romantic mauve violet and warm sensual musk combine for a fruity-floral escape you'll want to visit over and over again." - mark.

mark. Buenos Aires Vibe Eau de Toilette Spray

Ah, isn't that bottle just the prettiest!? mark.'s Buenos Aires Vibe Eau de Toilette Spray has a delightful, fresh, and fun scent that combines notes passion fruit, mauve violet and warm musk. This scent is the perfect combination of floral and fruity, and I think that it's such a great option for the Spring and Summer months. This scent lasts for about 5-6 hours on my skin, so you might need to reapply throughout the day (this is an EDT, not an EDP, after all)!

mark. Buenos Aires Vibe Eau de Toilette Spray

Beautiful bottle? Check. Wonderful scent? Check. What more could you ask for in a fragrance?! 

Mark. is available through Avon Independent Sales Representativesonline.

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Sculpting Duo in 1 Pink Beige

Contouring can have a dramatic impact on your overall look, but I have to admit that it's a hard skill to master. MAKE UP FOR EVER's Pro Sculpting Duo in 1 Pink Beige* ($45 CAD) combines a contour and highlight shade in one small compact, so you can easily chisel out your cheekbones without much thought in the morning!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Sculpting Duo in 1 Pink Beige

MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Sculpting Duo in 1 Pink Beige

"Highlighting and contouring instantly transforms facial features for a more balanced and proportionate face shape. This weightless, innovative gel-powder is comfortable to the touch and blends seamlessly for traceless highlighting and contouring without any sign of makeup. Undetectable and totally natural, it helps you master the art of light and shadow to reveal your most naturally sculpted look—exclusively at Sephora." - Sephora

MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Sculpting Duo in 1 Pink Beige

MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Sculpting Duo in 1 Pink Beige

I really love the packaging of this product - the compact is small enough to toss in your purse, but the mirror is still large enough to be effective. I've been using this duo with MAKE UP FOR EVER's 156 Large Flat Blush Brush* ($43 CAD), which is definitely better used with the highlighter shade. There are two shades available in the Pro Sculpting Duo formula, and I have the lighter of the two. Pink Beige combines a gorgeous pink and silver toned highlighter with a bronze contour shade that does have prominent orange undertones.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Sculpting Duo in 1 Pink Beige

 To be honest, I can't get the contour shade to work with my pale skin tone. It's very pigmented, and it's just too orange for my liking. That being said, I'm absolutely obsessed with the highlighter. This silver/pink highlight is everything that I could ever want/need in a highlighter - a smooth, creamy formula, finely milled shimmers offering a luminous glow, and a long-wearing formula. The 156 Brush applies this highlighter perfectly to my cheekbones, and I've been happily surprised by how nicely this highlighter pairs with all of my favourite blushes. 

MAKE UP FOR EVER 156 Large Flat Blush Brush

MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Sculpting Duo in 1 Pink Beige

So I'm kind of torn by this contouring/highlighting duo. On one hand, I won't get much, if any use out of the contour shade. However, I've been using the highlighter daily for weeks now, and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon. If MUFE decided to sell the highlighter on its' own I think that a lot of people would really love it, but it does seem like a bit of a waste to buy a duo with the intention to only use half of the product. Have you tried either of MUFE's new (& limited edition!) Pro Sculpting Duos? Were you able to make the contour shade work for you?

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color Duos

With so many beauty products out there, it can be hard sometimes to know what products to pair together. Mary Kay's new Mineral Cheek Color Duos* ($20 CAD each) take some of the guess work out of your beauty routine by pairing together blush and highlighter. These duos are available in three shades, and I have all three to swatch for you together!

Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color Duos

"Each palette features a beautiful shade of blush plus a complementary highlighting shade that blends easily and helps define the cheekbones.
  • Rich, vibrant shades look great on a range of skin tones.
  • Brightens your look for a radiant, luminous glow.
  • Wear it sheer or build it up bold.
  • Colour stays true and lasts all day." - Mary Kay
Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color Duos

The formula of these duos is a little bit on the drier side, and the blushes can apply a bit patchy at times. I do like that the blushes can easily be applied sheer, or built up to a deeper colour. Spiced Poppy has a deep poppy/burnt orange blush with a shimmery champagne highlighter. Ripe Watermelon combines a bright Barbie pink with a shimmery/glittery pale pink highlighter. The blush in this duo can be quite chalky and hard to blend. Finally we have Juicy Guava, which pairs together a coral blush with faint shimmers with a champagne highlighter. Again, this blush shade is a bit chalky, as you can see in the swatch below. The highlighters in all three duos are very similar, especially Juicy Guava and Spiced Poppy. I wish that Mary Kay switched up the highlight shades a bit more - I think Ripe Watermelon would have looked great with a silver based highlighter!

Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color Duos

Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color Duos Swatches

For $20, you get both a decently sized blush and highlighter. These duos would be great for travel, but honestly none of the three duos won me over. The blushes are a bit dry and chalky, and the highlighters are nothing to write home about. If you're a major Mary Kay fan then check these out, otherwise I don't think you'll miss out on much if you give them a pass. 

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Repair Repairing Serum

I recently used up a tub of The Body Shop's Chocomania Body Butter, so I was looking for a new body lotion to try out! I decided on Vaseline's Intensive Care Deep Repair Repairing Serum*, which is formulated for dry, cracked skin. Now, my skin isn't super dry, but I do generally prefer to use more hydrating products anyways. 

Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Repair Repairing Serum

"While lotions and moisturizers relieve dryness, the results of some are often superficial and may not address underlying problems. Vaseline Intensive Care Repairing Serums combine the power of three effective, highly concentrated ingredients to moisturize and heal dry skin.
  • The PPAR Activators penetrate the surface skin to promote the formation of skin’s natural lipids and proteins to support and accelerate skin’s natural renewal cycle
  • Elastomers provide a premium sensory experience with ingredients that deliver a luxurious silky, smooth feel
  • Micro-droplets of Vaseline® Jelly form a protective layer to prevent moisture loss" - Vaseline
Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Repair Repairing Serum

Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Repair Repairing Serum

Vaseline's Intensive Care Deep Repair Repairing Serum comes packaged in a tall yellow squeezy tube. First of all, this lotion has an incredible scent, with notes of rich amber and jasmine. I honestly can't stop smelling my skin whenever I use this lotion. This formula has a thick formula, but I was surprised by how quickly it absorbed into my skin! My skin is left feeling smooth, plump, hydrated, and beautifully scented. If you have really dry skin, you'll want to try this out. It's not your typical thick, greasy formula that some lotions for dry skin tend to have. 

Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Repair Repairing Serum

If you have dry skin but don't want to be weighed down by heavy, greasy lotions, then you need to try out Vaseline's Intensive Care Deep Repair Repairing Serum! There are two other formulations in this Intensive Care Repairing Serum line up, which I'm now also wanting to try out! What are your favourite intensive body lotions?

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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Riff, Tonic, Backfire, Sideline, & Beware

Happy Sunday friends! Today I'm at the cottage for the remainder of the Victoria Day long weekend for a little R&R. In the meantime I have another excited Urban Decay review for you - this time I'm talking all about their new Single Eyeshadow shades for Summer 2015. I have 5 colours - Riff*, Tonic*, Backfire*, Sideline*, & Beware* ($22 each). Read on for my full review and to see swatches! Warning: photo heavy post!

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Shades Summer 2015

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Shades Summer 2015

"When we relaunched our Eyeshadow formula, beauty junkies and makeup artists rejoiced. The only way to make our velvety, bestselling formula even better? Expand our shade range, of course! Urban Decay introduces EIGHT brand-spanking-NEW Eyeshadow singles. There’s a little something for everyone—from color junkies to fans of neutral mattes. (See, we DO read all your pleas on Facebook.) The lineup: six gorgeous, shifty duotones—in shades like blue, gold, peach, burgundy and even red!—and two versatile matte neutrals. With the addition of these new shades, our already huge Eyeshadow lineup now includes a whopping 12 duotones and an ever-expanding range of matte shades." - Urban Decay

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Backfire

First up is Backfire, a deep purple with burgundy undertones. This shadow has the perfect amount of pigmentation, and I find that it's a great way to bring a bit of colour to an otherwise neutral eye. 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Backfire

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Backfire

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Beware

Beware is a matte warm brown shadow that has such a creamy formula. This shadow is a great option for a crease colour, and to help blend out other shadows. Looks familiar? For you UD junkies out there, you might recognize Beware from the Theodora Palette

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Beware

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Beware

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Riff

Riff is described as a "brown-nude matte with floating micro-sparkle," which I think sounds pretty fancy! This coppery brown is packed full of glitters, but it still applies quite smooth and with minimal fall-out. 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Riff

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Riff

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sideline

Sideline is a gorgeous shimmering gold with a slight green shift. This colour makes for a stunning all over the lid colour, and can be worn on its' own for a clean look, or with other shadows for a bolder eye. 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sideline

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sideline

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Tonic

And finally, I've saved the best for last! Tonic is a lilac colour with a blue shift. This shadow is simply stunning. Great pigmentation, and again another shadow that could easily be worn on its' own. 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Tonic

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Tonic


Urban Decay Eyeshadow Shades Summer 2015

While I'm loving all five shades, my favoutites have to be Tonic and Sideline. What can I say? I love me some shimmer! I love that you can easily "depot" these shadows, and pop them into one of UD's customizable palettes. That's what I'm planning on doing with these!

Have you checked out any of Urban Decay's new Summer launches? If not, what are you waiting for?!

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