Sunday, 28 December 2014

Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

I hope that you all had an excellent Christmas! I took a few days off from blogging to enjoy some time with Dylan's family over the holidays. I also only had Christmas and Boxing Day off from work, so it's been a busy week. Dylan had to actually work on Christmas Day, which was really unfortunate - but we made the most of it. We woke up at 5:30 am Christmas Day with his family to open presents before he had to go to work, and then we went to his aunt's for Christmas dinner after his shift. Now that Christmas is over, I'm looking forward to getting back into my regular routine!

Today I'm talking all about an amazing hand cream that is sure to keep your skin feeling soft and hydrated all Winter long. Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve* ($28 CAD/150mL) is a very thick and creamy formula that is perfect for anyone like me that gets extremely dry hands during the cold Winter months!

Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

"Formulated for the driest, most active hands, this heavy-duty moisture treatment is a thick, rich formula offering all-day care and protection. Our blend of select ingredients allows skin to actually draw and absorb water from the air, forming a "glove-like" protective barrier against moisture loss. This formula, which contains a blend of botanical oils as well as natural wax derived from Olive Oil, further soothes, moisturizes and conditions skin. This most effective preparation helps protect against and repair the appearance of severe dryness caused by heavy industrial work, manual labor, neglect, or exposure to harsh elements" - Kiehl's

Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve comes in two sizes - 75ml or 150ml, so you can keep one tube in your purse and one on your nightstand. This formula is very thick and creamy, so I was surprised by how quickly it absorbs into my skin. I absolutely love that this cream doesn't leave my hands feeling slick or greasy, just moisturized and soft. As promised, this formula keeps my skin soft even after several hand washings! There's a light "natural" scent to this hand cream, that most likely comes from the mix of avocado, eucalyptus, and sesame seed oil. 

Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

If you're a fellow Canadian, or if you live in a cold, dry climate, then you'll love this hand cream from Kiehl's. I've been keeping my tube on my desk at work, and my hands are in such great condition this Winter! 

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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Urban Decay TEN 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Today I have an amazing holiday set to share with you from Urban Decay! The TEN 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set* ($52 USD) contains - you guessed it - ten eye liners. 9 are travel sized, and 1 is full sized. Additionally, you also get a sharpener to keep all of these liners in tip top shape!

Urban Decay TEN 247 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

"We’ve done a lot of liner sets over the years, but Ten features our most experimental range of shades yet—along with a classic black pencil to anchor the set. We’ve done a lot of liner sets over the years, but Ten features our most experimental range of shades yet—along with a classic black pencil to anchor the set." - Urban Decay

Urban Decay TEN 247 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

This holiday set comes packaged in a paper box with Rorschach-reminiscent artwork. The box is really beautiful, but it is very hard to get the liners out of. I'm already a huge fan of Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils, they're simply amazing - creamy, pigmented, and long-wearing! The ten shades included in this set are fairly diverse, and I love that UD included Perversion, a rich matte black.

Urban Decay TEN 247 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Stargazer is a soft gold shade with a beautiful sparkle. Voodoo is a sparkly metallic purple. Mugshot is a metallic taupe with pink undertones. Smokeout is a deep brown satin colour. Gonzo is a very bright aqua blue with shimmer. Perversion is a black matte with crazy pigmentation. Faint is matte taupe. Vacancy is a metallic teal that is a bit deeper than Gonzo. Moonspoon is a metallic grey with silver sparkles. Glitter Rock is metallic muted pink with a ton of shimmer and glitter. 

Urban Decay TEN 247 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set Swatches

I think that all ten liners are absolutely gorgeous, and there's bound to be something for everyone! I think that this set would be perfect for splitting up between friends, daughters, etc., or as stocking stuffers or secret santa gifts! 

Are you also a major fan of Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils? :)

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Monday, 22 December 2014

Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book

I'm a huge fan of Kat Von D's eye shadow formula, so whenever she comes out with a new palette I get really excited! Kat Von D's Star Studded Eyeshadow Book* ($66 CAD) contains a whopping 24 shadows, broken down into 6 quads.

Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book

Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book

I love that this palette is broken down into six quads - each containing a neutral base shade, a lid shade, a crease shade, and an accent shade. Of course, you can combine shades from any of the six quads, but the quads are meant to make everything super easy. For some reason, Kat Von D decided to use a plastic sheet with shade names instead of simply printing the shade names right onto the palette. I find this super annoying, but it might not be so frustrating for the general population (i.e. non-bloggers).

Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book

Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book

Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book

Quad one contains neutrals and orange shades. Solar is a shimmery beige. Nephilim is a beautiful shimmery golden brown. Platonic is a shimmery golden copper. Mandala is a matte orange.

Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book Swatches

Quad 2 is for the neutral and metallics lovers. Damned is a matte yellow-beige, and unfortunately the formula of this shadow can be a bit chalky. Division is a beautiful metallic silver. Depeche is a shimmery golden brown. Brass Knuckles is a sheer gold. All four shadows had soft, creamy formulas, and were easy to apply & blend. 

Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book Swatches

Quad 3 has some beautiful blue shadows. Anti-Star is a shimmery irridescent white highlight colour. Estrella is a gorgeous shimmery navy. Black Star has blue sparkles suspended in a black base. Starflyer is a matte royal blue with a very creamy and pigmented formula. 

Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book Swatches

Quad 4 contains purple shadows, which I normally love, but these four shadows left me wanting more. Banshee is a shimmery highlight shade. Violator is a sheer lilac colour. Gothica is a glittery deep purple. Sadly, the formula of Gothica is very dry, and you get quite a bit of glitter fall out. Fascination Street is a sheer matte purple with a slightly dry formula. 

Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book Swatches

Quad 5 contains neutral shadows that are just beautiful! Moz is a creamy beige colour. Heaven Knows is a shimmery taupe. Smiths is a shimmery brown with golden undertones. Leather is a deeper brown colour that works wonderfully in the crease. 

Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book Swatches

Quad 6 contains grey and green shadows. Crosses is a sheer shimmery highlight shade. Covenant is a shimmery charcoal colour with a slightly dry formula. Craft is a green-grey glitter colour with a very dry formula. Cult is a bright green with golden shimmer. The formula of Cult is a a bit powdery. 

Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book Swatches

This palette has some absolutely gorgeous colours (Starflyer, Depeche, Estrella, Mandala), but there are also some flops (Gothica, Fascination Street, Craft, Violator). I do think that the good shadows outshine the bad, so I would still recommend picking up this palette if you love playing with colour. Have you tried any of Kat Von D's palettes yet?

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Sunday, 21 December 2014

OPI This Color’s Making Waves

 Happy Sunday friends! Did you know that OPI is releasing a Hawaii Collection this February?! Well today I have one gorgeous polish from this upcoming collection to share with you. OPI's This Color’s Making Waves* ($11.50 CAD) is a beautiful teal blue with just the right amount of shimmer.

"After the long months of winter, women are eager to embrace color – from soft pastels to bold accents to gleaming metallics,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador. “Caught in a perpetual state of spring, the Hawaiian islands were the ideal inspiration for this year’s seasonal collection. OPI looked toward the surf, sand and sunsets found at Hawaii’s beautiful beaches, as well as the islands’ lush greenery, tropical flowers, and colorful fish, to create 12 fresh new nail shades." - OPI

OPI This Color’s Making Waves

The first coat of this polish is a bit thin, but a second coat really makes the colour pop. This teal blue dries to a super shiny finish, and the sparkles catch the light beautifully. I can definitely see myself rocking this polish as a pedi shade next Summer, but for now I'm loving it on my hands.  

OPI This Color’s Making Waves

OPI's Hawaii Collection will hit salon shelves February 4, 2015 - are you excited about it? I have two more shades from the collection to share with you, so keep tuned for that! 

What nail polish are you currently rocking?

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Lise Watier Rouge Fondant Suprême in Stella

Lise Watier has recently released 5 new shades to their Rouge Fondant Suprême line of lipsticks! I've been trying out the shade Stella*, which is a gorgeous purple berry colour, and it's perfect for the Fall and Winter months. These new lipsticks come packaged in mirrored tubes, with colour coded labels on the bottom of each tube.

Lise Watier Rouge Fondant Suprême in Stella

"Inspired by iconic women around the world, the five new shades of Rouge Fondant Suprême add sensational shine to lips along with absolute comfort. Infused with the anti-oxidizing properties of the exclusive concentrated Labrador Tea extract, it provides deep hydration and a luminous finish." - Lise Watier

Lise Watier Rouge Fondant Suprême in Stella

Each lipstick has a flattened slanted tip, which can make it a bit difficult to get a precise application. Stella has the perfect amount of pigmentation - not too sheer and not overly pigmented. This formula feels very smooth and creamy on my lips, it almost feels like a lip balm rather than a lipstick! Since this formula is so creamy, it will transfer onto cups while drinking, or lips while kissing. Even so, this colour lasts for about 4 hours on my lips - not bad!

Lise Watier Rouge Fondant Suprême in Stella

Lise Watier Rouge Fondant Suprême in Stella

Have you checked out Lise Watier's Rouge Fondant Suprême line yet? The five new shades all look gorgeous, I'm definitely wanting to try out the other four! 

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