Monday, 28 July 2014

Top 5 Summer Fragrances

Today I thought that it'd be fun to share my Top 5 Summer Fragrances! I have a lot of perfumes that I absolutely love, but these are my top 5 that I think are perfect for the Summer. In the warmer weather I prefer to wear lighter scents, and I reserve my deeper, more seductive scents for the colder Winter months.

Top 5 Summer Fragrances

Top 5 Summer Fragrances

First up is Jimmy Choo's EDP* ($59 CAD/1.3 oz), which is housed in a gorgeous bottle made out of jewel-colored Venetian Murano glass with a square silver & black lid. This perfume is both sweet and sensual - thanks to the toffee and patchouli notes. There's also notes of tiger orchid, giving a floral side to this fragrance. 

Top 5 Summer Fragrances Jimmy Choo

Next we have Chloe's L'Eau de Chloé Eau de Toilette* ($85 CAD/1.7oz, $105 CAD/3.4oz.), which is housed in a cute glass bottle with an adorable mint green ribbon. This scent is very light and uplifting, but it still has great staying power. I can spray this on in the morning, and I can still smell it 8 hours later. The scent does slowly fade over the day, but it's definitely still noticeable hours after application. This fragrance is mainly made up of floral notes, and it's actually 22 percent natural rose water! This is a scent that I primarily wear in the Spring and Summer months. 

Top 5 Summer Fragrances

Marc Jacobs' Dot EDP($105 CAD/100ml) comes packaged in a beautiful and over-the-top bottle, as we've come to expect from Marc Jacobs' fragrances. Marc Jacobs's Dot is a beautiful fragrance that combines floral, fruity, and sweet notes. At first, this fragrance is quite fruity, and I can definitely detect the berry notes. Then, the scent develops, and you can start to notice the vanilla and jasmine notes. I love the way that Dot smells on my skin, it's not offensive or overpowering at all.

Top 5 Summer Fragrances Marc Jacobs Dot

Burberry Brit Rhythm for Her EDT($80 CAD/50 ml) comes in a beautiful glass bottle with a clear square plastic cap. The glass is etched with the classic Burberry checked print, and the perfume itself is a blush pink liquid. This fragrance combines notes of lavender, orange blossom, and musk. At first glance, I wasn't sure that those notes would mix well together, but I was surprised to find how much I enjoyed this fragrance! At first, I get the musk and lavender notes, but then the orange blossom notes start to slowly develop and transform the scent. I think that this is one fragrance that would work perfect for day or nighttime wear, as the light orange and heavier musk notes balance each other out.

Top 5 Summer Fragrances

Thierry Mugler's Alien Eau Extraordinaire* ($70 CAD/60 mL) comes packaged in a clear glass bottle with a gold top. This bottle is pretty, but it doesn't exactly blow me away, not like the bottle for Angel did! Just like Angel, the bottle for Alien is refillable - just bring it into a participating store (my local Murale has a refill station), and refill your favourite scent! Tunisian Neroli, Bergamot, Tahitian Tiare, Cashmere Wood, and White Amber blend together beautifully, creating a scent that's sweet, sultry, and bubbly.

Top 5 Summer Fragrances

So there you have it, my top 5 Summer fragrances! I rotate between all of these fragrances, depending on my mood, the weather, etc. I don't think that you can wrong with any of these scents, but they will smell a bit different with your individual skin chemistry. I would always recommend trying on a fragrance in store before purchasing, just to make sure you absolutely love it! What has been your go-to fragrance this Summer? Bobbi Brown's Beach is at the top of my wishlist now!

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Maybelline Dream Wonder Liquid Touch Foundation

I've been trying out Maybelline's Dream Wonder Liquid Touch Foundation* ($14.99 CAD), which is a new foundation on the market. This formula comes packaged in a small glass bottle that holds 20ml (usually foundations come in 30ml bottles), that you shake up before each use. Read on to see how I liked this foundation!

Maybelline Dream Wonder Liquid Touch Foundation

"Breakthrough texture fuses with skin. A finish so impeccable, yet undetectable. Exclusive dropper
Medium to full coverage, ideal for normal skin." - Maybelline
Maybelline Dream Wonder Liquid Touch Foundation

This foundation has interesting packaging - the lid twists off to reveal a wand with a tapered end. I'm not really sure why Maybelline decided to include this wand, and I would have preferred a traditional pump applicator. I find it easiest to dab the product directly onto my face from the wand - not the most sanitary, but it's the easiest way to get the job done! This formula is very thin and watery, so it can be a bit messy to use if you try to pour it onto the back of your hand (like I do with most foundations).

Maybelline Dream Wonder Liquid Touch Foundation

This formula has a very liquid to powder feel, which I actually like! The shade I wear is 10 Porcelain Ivory, which matches my fair skin very well. There are 12 shades in the line, so hopefully you'll be able to find your perfect match. I find that this foundation gives light to medium coverage - not the medium to full look that Maybelline advertised. I prefer a medium to full coverage foundation, but this lighter formula has been a nice alternative for hot Summer days. Since it dries to a powder finish, this foundation gives my skin a nice satin finish - not matte, but not glowy either. This formula wears well on my combination skin, and only starts to fade around the 9 hour mark - really good, right?! If you have oily skin, you might want to finish off your look with some setting powder. 

Maybelline Dream Wonder Liquid Touch Foundation Swatch

Maybelline Dream Wonder Liquid Touch Foundation Swatch

If you like a light to medium coverage look, then I do think that this foundation is worth checking out! Have you tried a liquid to powder formula before?

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Date Night: Advanced Screening of Let's Be Cops

Last Thursday Dylan's uncle let us know that he got tickets to an  advanced screening of Let's Be Cops through his work. He wasn't able to make the screening, so he generously passed the tickets on to us. The screening was at the Landmark Cinemas 24 Kanata, which proved to be a bit difficult to get to by bus. We were cutting it a bit late, but we made it just in time for the 7 pm screening - with a few minutes left to grab a root beer and a big bag of popcorn from the concession stand!

Advanced Screening of Let's Be Cops

Dylan and I were both excited to see this movie, partly because we're both huge fans of New Girl! Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.) and Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) are the lead roles in Let's Be Cops, which made for a ton of laughs. The two have great chemistry, and I loved seeing them working together on another project. I'll be honest, I was waiting for Jess/Zooey Deschanel to show up/make a cameo (which never happened). 

If you're assuming that Let's Be Cops will be the same thing as 21/22 Jump Street, then you're in for a treat! Let's Be Cops was a refreshing take on the buddy cop movie trend. As shown in the trailer, Ryan (Jake) and Justin (Damon) are roommates/best friends that are a bit lost in life. While wearing cop uniforms to a costume party, they realize that everyone takes them seriously as real life cops. They continue to pretend to be cops, and find themselves in some seriously funny and scary situations. There were moments when the entire theater burst into laughter, but there were also moments when I was on the edge of my seat. I think that this is a great date night movie, as it's a comedy that also has bits of romance, action, and suspense. 

Let's Be Cops Poster

Here's how IMDB describes Let's Be Cops: 

"Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line."

If you're a hardcore New Girl fan, then this movie is probably already on your radar. If you've never watched New Girl, please go watch a few episodes, you'll love it! Let's Be Cops officially hits theaters August 13th 2014, and I definitely think that it's worth checking out!

What movies have you seen & loved this Summer?

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Sunday, 27 July 2014

KEVIN.MURPHY Born.Again Line

I've been testing out KEVIN.MURPHY's Born.Again Line for the past few months, and I'm finally getting around to sharing this line with you! This range from KEVIN.MURPHY is targeted towards anyone with extremely dry or damaged hair. I have dry and damaged hair, but I wouldn't say that it's in extreme condition. I would recommend this line to anyone that's colouring/bleaching their hair, as it's so gentle and hydrating!

KEVIN.MURPHY Born.Again Line

Born.Again.Wash* ($35 CAD/250 mL) - "An ultra rich moisturising shampoo for extremely tortured and chemically dehydrated hair. Includes a fusion of technology and aromatherapy, a blend of micro particles, which are a complex of tiny amino acids, proteins and lipids, in combination with natural essential oils." - KEVIN.MURPHY

This shampoo has a medium consistency - not too thin & not too thick. I'm able to get a nice rich lather from this shampoo, and it's a very hydrating formula. This entire line has a nice light floral scent to it, which lingers lightly in my hair for a full day after washing. Don't worry - the scent isn't too strong or overpowering!

KEVIN.MURPHY Born.Again Line

Born.Again Essential Treatment* ($35 CAD/250 mL) -

"BORN.AGAIN is the centerpiece and core treatment in the KEVIN.MURPHY range. It is such a unique product that contains ingredients that are so small in their molecular size and weight; they can pass into the cortex of the hair instantly. Essential oils are the force that brings KEVIN.MURPHY products to life. They are heat and light sensitive; Once you open them to the air and light they become energized: moisturising, repairing, and regenerating.

How to use: Apply throughout freshly washed hair and scalp, leave for 2 to 20 minutes then rinse." - KEVIN.MURPHY

This is the conditioner in the line, and it's a bit thicker than the shampoo. If you have very, very dry hair, then I would recommend applying this all over your hair, including your scalp. That was a bit too rich & heavy for my hair, so I just apply it to the bottom half of my locks. I leave this on my hair for about 5 minutes, and then rinse it out. 

KEVIN.MURPHY Born.Again Line

Born.Again.Masque* ($39 CAD/200 mL) - 

"This ultra rich masque is a blend of pure botanicals and the latest research in science. It features a combination of some of the highest quality ingredients that are designed to deeply penetrate into the depth of the hair shaft, providing it with nutrition, nourishment and fortifying molecules.

How to use: Apply to freshly washed hair and massage into hair and scalp for 5 – 10 mins." - KEVIN.MURPHY

This is a very thick & creamy masque! Once again,  If you have very, very dry hair, then I would recommend applying this all over your hair, including your scalp. That was a bit too rich & heavy for my hair, so I just apply it to the bottom half of my locks. I leave this on my hair for about 10 minutes, and then rinse it out. I use this masque about once a week, but you can use it more or less often depending on the condition of your hair. I wouldn't recommend this masque to anyone with very thin or oily hair, as it's just going to be too heavy and hydrating.

If you have damaged your hair through bleaching, excessive use of heat tools, etc., then I think that your hair would really benefit from KEVIN.MURPHY's Born.Again Line. This line won't be great for everyone (those with thin or oily hair should definitely stay away), but it can work miracles for those with dry, brittle, and damaged locks. I feel like this is a line I'll love even more in the dry Winter months!

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Sephora Formula X Liquid Crystals in Equinox

Sephora's Formula X line has gotten a ton of attention since it's launch, but I've only recently tried out the formula. My first try was with the Liquid Crystals shade in Equinox* ($15 CAD/12mL), which is a gorgeous shimmery grape colour!

Sephora Formula X Liquid Crystals in Equinox
2 coats of Equinox, no top coat

"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 Equinox

The Liquid Crystals formula is made with crushed micro-crystalline and pigmented mica to give a radiant, bold colour to your nails. The shade Equinox is a grape base with grape coloured micro-glitter. 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 Equinox

The formula of Equinox is a bit thin, but the colour does build up nicely with two coats. Even though this polish is jam packed with micro-glitter, this formula dries to a nice even finish - no bumps or grittiness here! I would recommend using a top coat to boost the shine on this polish. I did find that without a top coat, this polish started to have a dull finish on the second day of wear. This formula takes a while to dry, so do take a few extra minutes to make sure you don't ruin your mani!

Sephora Formula X Liquid Crystals in Equinox

While wearing this mani I've gotten quite a few compliments! This colour definitely catches your attention, and I think that it would look great as a pedi colour. I do wish that the formula dried a bit faster and had a shinier finish, but overall I'm impressed. Have you tried any of Sephora's Formula X polishes? :)

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