Monday, 1 September 2014

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayon in Flirtini

Happy Labour Day everyone! I'm at Dylan's cottage today, enjoying some rest and relaxation :)

Today I have Annabelle's TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayon in Flirtini* ($9.95 CAD/1.5g) to share with you. This is a gorgeous pinky red lipstick with an excellent formula. This is the third shade that I've tried from the range, and I've been impressed with all 3!

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayon in Flirtini

"Dare to be colourful with this easy retractable lipstick + lipliner in one. No sharpener required! Formula enriched with nourishing natural ingredients such as Omega 3 + 6 and Shea Butter. Definitvely a new way to wear lipstick. Try one of these easy-to-wear stunning shades. Paraben-Free. Perfume-Free. Size: 0.05 OZ / 1.5 g. Available in 24 shades!" - Annabelle

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayon in Flirtini

First of all, I'm so happy that these lip pencils are twist up! I hate having to sharpen anything at all, so this packaging is right up my alley. The pencil format makes application really easy, and the product is essentially a lip liner and lip stick all in one. This formula from Annabelle glides on smoothly, and leaves my lips feeling smooth and hydrated. The creamy texture is also slightly tacky, meaning that this colour stays on my lips for quite a while. I can get about 5 hours of wear out of Flirtini, and it stands up well to light eating and drinking. I haven't had any issues with this lipstick bleeding outside of my lips or transferring onto my teeth.

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayon in Flirtini

Flirtini is a gorgeous pink-based red with a glossy finish. I think that this is a great easy to wear red, since the pink tones make this colour seem a bit more familiar. If you've never worn a red lip before, then this might be the perfect place to start! You'll get that bold lip look, without going full on red just yet. 

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayon in Flirtini

Overall, I'm very impressed! This shade is just gorgeous, and the formula is great too. Annabelle's TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons are available in 20 shades, and I'm eyeing the shade Breeze, which looks like a cool lilac colour. Have you tried this formula before? Are you a fan of jumbo pencils?

Also check out my reviews of Cherry and Royale!

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Sunday, 31 August 2014

StriVectinLABS High Performance Booster Oil

I'm all about trying out new skin care products, so I was incredibly excited to try out StriVectinLABS' High Performance Booster Oil* ($69 CAD/15mL). This is a product that you add to your favourite serum or moisturizer, and it will help to increase that products' effectiveness. Doesn't that sound amazing?

StriVectinLABS High Performance Booster Oil

StriVectinLABS High Performance Booster Oil is a nourishing face oil which quickly absorbs into skin, delivering immediate moisture and radiance while increasing the performance of any skincare product or regimen." - Murale
StriVectinLABS High Performance Booster Oil

I've been adding one drop of StriVectinLABS High Performance Booster Oil into Tata Harper's Rejuvenating Serum, and the results are incredible! I first mix the two products together on the back of my hand, and then I apply the mixture all over my face in the morning. This oil is very hydrating, but it doesn't leave my skin feeling oily or greasy at all. My skins texture appears to be smoother, and my skin looks more radiant and awake. There isn't any noticeable scent to this oil. I can see myself absolutely loving this (even more than I already do), in the cold & dry Winter months. If you have dry or very dry skin, you might like using this oily every morning and night. 

StriVectinLABS High Performance Booster Oil

I love that this is a product that I can add in to my pre-existing skin care routine. You can either mix this oil in with you serum/moisturizer, or apply it directly to your skin. This bottle is quite small and pricey, so it's definitely a luxurious item. If you have dry, dull, or aging skin, then I definitely think that it's worth adding in to your skin care routine!

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Essie Fall in Line

Today I have another polish to share with you from Essie's Dress to Kilt Collection! Fall in Line* is described as an "enigmatic jade green", which sounds gorgeous to me! I personally love a good green polish, and this one from Essie is very wearable, and perfectly appropriate for Fall.

Essie Fall in Line

"Send a clear message with enigmatic jade.
Silky and sensuous, this serpentine green whispers, “Whatever I say, goes.”" - Essie
Essie Fall in Line

Essie's Fall in Line is a beautiful green with grey undertones. This is the perfect way to wear green polish in the Fall months! If you've been loving mint polishes this Summer, I think that you'd love Fall in Line in the cooler months. This formula was creamy, pigmented, and easy to work with. I used two coats for an opaque, glossy finish. Just like with Dress to Kilt, I did have issues with chipping on day two with Fall in Line. I don't have a ton of experience with Essie polishes, so maybe the formula just doesn't work well with my nails. I normally change my polish every 1-2 days, so chipping isn't a major concern of mine anyways. 

Essie Fall in Line

Yet another winner from Essie's Dress to Kilt Collection! This collection should be available now, at salons, spas, and drugstores. Have you checked out this new Fall collection yet? What polishes are you excited to wear this upcoming season?

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Korres Vanilla Guava Body Butter

I know that some people find applying body lotion to be a bit of a pain, but I actually enjoy taking a few minutes each day to pamper my body. My latest discovery has been Korres' Vanilla Guava Body Butter* ($33 CAD), which not only has an incredible scent, but the formula is fantastic too!

Korres Vanilla Guava Body Butter

"These beautifully scented, creamy body butters are enriched with shea butter and quince extract to soften, moisturize, and rejuvenate the skin. Sunflower, almond, and avocado oils nourish, thus helping to improve elasticity and smoothness." - Sephora

Korres Vanilla Guava Body Butter

Korres' Body Butters are packaged in tall plastic tubes that you can squeeze the product out of. On the back of the bottle, you can easily read about the ingredients (no animal testing, no parabens, no wheat, contains nuts, etc). I love that Korres is so open about their ingredients - it makes shopping so much easier! 

Korres Vanilla Guava Body Butter

The Vanilla Guava scent is just amazing, I really, really love it. If you're a fan of vanilla scents, then you'll probably love this super sweet and fruity take on the traditional vanilla fragrance. The scent does linger on my skin for about 2 hours before it starts to fade. This formula is very rich, creamy, and hydrating. I take a small amount, and massage it into my skin. I find that this formula takes a few extra seconds to fully absorb into my skin, but it's worth the extra time because it's so hydrating! This lotion doesn't feel thick or greasy on my skin, so you'd be able to apply and get dressed right away. I'm able to get a full 24 hours of hydration from this body butter, so I've been applying it every night before bed. 

Korres Vanilla Guava Body Butter

I've been curious about Korres' Body Butters for years now, so I'm really glad that I finally tried one out! This formula is amazing, and now I'm definitely wanting to try out more scents. Fig is the next scent on my wishlist! Have you tried any of Korres' Body Butters? Which scent is your favourite? :)

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Essie Dress to Kilt

Essie's new Dress to Kilt Fall 2014 Collection is available now, and today I have the red polish from this collection to share with you! Dress to Kilt* is described as a seductive red, and I would definitely agree with that description! I don't wear red polish on my nails too often, but I do think that it's the perfect pedicure shade. 

Essie Dress to Kilt
"This season, channel feminine mystique with seductive shades that exude mystery. The very soul of discretion, this collection is for that disarming woman whose subversive agenda is hidden in the glamorous spotlight. Deep, rich shades play up her flair for the dramatic and are the ideal partner in crime to her signature style. Luxe, soft ones create the perfect cover up for her duplicitous schemes. One look and you may unwittingly fall in line and get caught up in her wicked stratagem. Proceed with caution." - Essie
Essie Dress to Kilt

Dress to Kilt was almost a one coater, but I did decide to use a second coat to even out the colour and deepen the pigmentation. This red is borderline burgundy, which makes it very Fall-appropriate. This formula was rich, creamy, and easy to work with. I found that this polish dried quickly, which is always a major bonus. Unfortunately I did start to get chipping on a few nails on day 2, even with a top coat. 

Essie Dress to Kilt

This is a gorgeous deep red polish, and the formula is really great too! If you don't already own a red like this, then Dress to Kilt would make a great addition to your polish collection. If you're looking for a long-wearing formula, then this might not be the polish for you. Otherwise, I have no complaints! Are you excited about Essie's new Dress to Kilt Collection? I'll be sharing the entire collection with you over the new week or two! :)

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