Friday, 27 February 2015

Dermalogica Stress Relief Treatment Oil

Everyone deals with stress, and I something that I find really helpful to reduce stress and anxiety is taking some time every week to pamper myself. Dermalogica's Stress Relief Treatment Oil* ($37 CAD/100 mL) is a multi-use oil with a calming fragrance (Sandalwood, Lavender, Orange and Clary Sage), with the goal reducing stress, and increasing happiness. 

Dermalogica Stress Relief Treatment Oil

"An aromatic body treatment oil, ideal for massage, bath therapy and deluxe skin conditioning. This soothing, multifunctional blend combines advanced Silicones for skin smoothing with calming essential oils of Sandalwood, Lavender, Orange and Clary Sage. Naturally-purifying extracts of Tea Tree, Lemon, and Ylang-Ylang help to counteract the negative mental effects of stress for the ultimate in relaxation. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors." - Dermalogica

Dermalogica Stress Relief Treatment Oil

Dermalogica Stress Relief Treatment Oil

You can use this oil in a variety of ways - as a standard body oil, as a scalp treatment, mixed into your body lotion, or as a bath oil. When used as a body oil, my skin is left feeling incredibly smooth, silky, plump, and hydrated. This oil has a rich consistency, and is definitely meant for those with dry skin. This formula does take a few minutes to fully absorb, so don't plan on getting dressed right away. My favourite use for this oil is actually as a scalp treatment - simply massage a few pumps of this oil onto your scalp a few minutes before showering. My regular shampoo easily removes all of the oil, and my scalp is left feeling calmed & hydrated, and my hair isn't greasy at all. I haven't had the chance to add this oil to my bath yet, but it sounds heavenly! 

Dermalogica Stress Relief Treatment Oil

Dermalogica Stress Relief Treatment Oil

I think that the simple act of taking a few minutes out of your busy to pamper yourself with a body oil will help to reduce stress. That being said, this product from Dermalogica is incredibly luxurious, and definitely adds to the pampering and stress-reducing experience. If you're new to body oils, I think that this multi-purpose formula is a great place to start!

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Thursday, 26 February 2015

New Lush Shampoo Bars - Brazilliant & Honey I Washed My Hair

I've been a longtime fan of Lush's Shampoo Bars, and recently they've released 6 new formulas! I've been trying out two of the new shampoo bars - Brazilliant* & Honey I Washed My Hair*. If you've never heard of a shampoo bar before, then you're in for a real treat. These little pucks are solid shampoos. At first, I was super skeptical of these bars, but believe me, they really work! Simply rub the bar in your hands, or directly onto your hair, and a lather will form! 

New Lush Shampoo Bars - Brazilliant & Honey I Washed My Hair

Brazilliant:

"A solid shampoo that tames thick and curly hair? Brazilliant! Made with strengthening andiroba oil, this orange-y shampoo is hand-crafted to help tame that thick or curly mane and leave it shiny and beautifully conditioned. Ylang ylang and sweet orange oil add to its gorgeous citrus scent to help give you a sunny disposition for the whole day." - Lush

Brazilliant is a bright orange shampoo bar with a cheery citrus scent. This formula is meant for curly, thick, hard to handle hair (i.e. my hair). Brazilliant lathers nicely, and leaves my curls looking bouncy and defined. The orange scent lingers in my hair for about a day, which I absolutely love!

New Lush Shampoo Bars - Brazilliant & Honey I Washed My Hair

Honey I Washed My Hair:

"Lather up with this luscious honey shampoo and immerse yourself in our best-selling honey-toffee scent. With a generous helping of real Fair Trade honey, this sweetie of a bar will moisturize and soften hair without weighing it down, leaving it soft, bouncy and smelling irresistible. This solid self-preserving bar will last for up to 80 washes (that’s the work of three bottles of liquid shampoo!) and requires no packaging. How cool is that?" - Lush

New Lush Shampoo Bars - Brazilliant & Honey I Washed My Hair

Honey I Washed My Hair is a plain white shampoo bar, but it smells absolutely incredible, just like the matching Honey I Washed the Kids Soap. This formula lathers quite well, and leaves my hair feeling silky smooth and hydrated. Always make sure to let your shampoo bars dry for an hour or so before putting them into Lush's shampoo bar tin for storage. 

New Lush Shampoo Bars - Brazilliant & Honey I Washed My Hair

Both of these new shampoo bars are real winners in my eyes! Honey I Washed My Hair is probably my favourite of the two, and it's the one that I brought on my European vacation. These shampoo bars are perfect for travel, since you don't have to worry about anything spilling in your luggage! Have you tried any of Lush's shampoo bars before? Which one is your favourite?

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Dior Rouge Dior Brillant in Victoire, Darling, & Bonheur

I love a good lipgloss, but nobody likes a super sticky gloss formula. Dior has swooped in to save the day with their new Rouge Dior Brillant formula, and I've been trying out the shades Victoire*, Darling*, & Bonheur* ($39 CAD each). Not only is this packaging to die for, but the formula is pretty incredible too!

Dior Rouge Dior Brillant in Victoire, Darling, & Bonheur

This glossy formula from Dior is incredibly creamy - it actually feels like I'm wearing a lip balm, and not a gloss! This formula is thick, creamy, and super hydrating, and not sticky at all. I get about 5 hours of wear out of this gloss, but you do have to reapply after eating anything heavy. These glosses have a fairly heavy floral fragrance to them, but the scent fades quickly after application.

Dior Rouge Dior Brillant Wand

"Dior has created the Couture lip balm gloss with lipcare oil, a Rouge Dior that is simply Brilliant.

Rouge Dior Brillant subtly shapes and brightens lips with precision thanks to a pen-like applicator that dispenses the "perfect dose". Formulated like a liquid balm, its formula boasts an exclusive Dior mix of 3 lipcare oils and a complex that teams vitamin E with an active ingredient known for reactivating collagen synthesis. It comes in a range of timeless couture shades." - Dior

Dior Rouge Dior Brillant in Bonheur

468 Bonheur is a light pale pink with golden shimmer and a sheer formula. This is such an easy colour to wear, it's something that I could see myself keeping in my bag or at my desk at work. Pale pinks like Bonheur can sometimes be tricky to pull off, but I love that this shade isn't too pale or white-based. 

Dior Rouge Dior Brillant in Darling

775 Darling is a bright magenta colour with a fair amount of pigmentation. There's a healthy dose of shimmer in this colour. I found this colour a bit tricky to apply evenly, but with a little bit of work you can get it to work. 

Dior Rouge Dior Brillant in Victoire

808 Victoire is a pale orange colour with golden shimmer. This colour screams Spring and Summer to me, and I know that I'll be reaching for it at ton in the warmer months. This is a shade that I think would look flattering on almost any skintone, and it's sheer enough for everyday wear. 

Dior Rouge Dior Brillant in Victoire, Darling, & Bonheur

Dior, you've done it! You've managed to create a beautiful gloss formula without the stickiness that most glosses have. There are many gorgeous shades in this range - next on my wishlist are Hollywood and Swan. 

What's your go-to lip gloss formula?

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Body Massage Oil & Poppy Seed Body Scrub

I always get so excited when The Body Shop releases a new scent! Their newest release is Smoky Poppy, and I've been trying out two product from this new range: the Body Massage Oil* & Poppy Seed Body Scrub*. I had no idea what to expect from this new scent, but I was expecting something deep, strong, and floral. Read on to see if I was right!

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Collection

First off, I really love this packaging! The red and black make the line look super sultry, and I think that this scent is great for both ladies and gents. While I was expecting this Smoky Poppy scent to be fairly strong, I was surprised to find that it's actually somewhat subtle. This scent is a beautiful combination of floral, musky, and sultry notes. The closest thing that I have to compare this scent to is freshly baked gingerbread, but with a floral twist, in the best way possible. 

The Smoky Poppy Body Massage Oil comes packaged in a sleek black and red bottle. This oil is clear in colour, and has that typical thin oil consistency. You can either use this oil to aid in massage, or as a regular body oil. This formula is super hydrating, and I love that it doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy. 

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Poppy Seed Body Scrub

"Our Smoky Poppy Poppy Seed Scrub is filled with real poppy seeds for a blissful exfoliation leaving skin primed for passion." - The Body Shop

The Poppy Seed Body Scrub has a thick consistency, with just the right amount of oils to help hydrate your skin while also providing excellent exfoliation. This formula is made with real poppy seeds, which work so slough away dead skin cells. 

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Poppy Seed Body Scrub

Have you checked out The Body Shop's Smoky Poppy Collection yet? This new scent is only available for a limited time, so get your hands on it ASAP! There are many more products in this range, and I'm tempted to try out the Body Butter & Bath Bombs! 

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Monday, 23 February 2015

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Velvet

Red lips can be tricky to pull off, but I've found a real winner in Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Velvet* ($25 CAD)! I'm a huge fan of the Melted formula, so I was ecstatic to find a new red lipstick shade that is actually very wearable and flattering! This is one of the new Melted shades that Too Faced has recently released, and I think that it's an excellent addition to the range!

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Velvet

"The shine of a gloss, lasting power of a stain, and pigment-packed color of a liquid lipstick, all in one high-impact formula. Bold, long-wearing color glides on cleanly with the precision tip applicator, delivering rich color with staying power." - Sephora

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Velvet

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks have really neat packaging. The squeeze tubes make it super easy to dispense just the right amount of product. There is a sponge tip applicator with a slanted edge and 8 tiny holes that let the product flow through. This formula is incredibly creamy and hydrating, it almost feels like a tinted lip balm, but with an incredible amount of pigmentation. This long-wearing formula doesn't feather or travel outside of my lip lines, and the moisture lasts for hours.

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Velvet

Melted Velvet is a beautiful deep red colour that is sure to get you noticed. This is definitely a statement lip, but I actually find it to be very wearable and flattering! Melted Velvet would be great to wear on a night out with the girls, a date night, or whenever you want to add a little bit of drama to your look. 

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Velvet Swatch

When's the last time that you rocked a red lip?

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