Thursday, 17 April 2014

AERIN Kaleidolight Palette

I have a weakness for palettes, and AERIN's Kaleidolight Palette* ($70) has me feeling giddy! This palette contains 5 powders than can be used on the eyes and cheeks, making it a fantastic multi-use product. Plus, AERIN knows how to make beautiful packaging.

"Easy and versatile, this pretty palette of five skin-loving, light-enhancing shades of bronze, beige, pink and lavender add subtle glow in one sweep to eyes and cheeks." - AERIN

AERIN's Kaleidolight Palette is simply stunning. The gold packaging looks beautiful on my vanity, and I think that this palette looks like a piece of art. This also comes with a pink pouch, which always makes me feel so fancy! There palette is divided into 6 sections, but there are only 5 colours (the lighter beige shade is repeated twice). The formula of these powders is incredible - smooth, creamy, and long wearing. These might just be the creamiest powders I've ever used! Like buttah! I love that all of the shades are versatile and can easily be worn on either the eyes or cheeks. I've been mixing the pink and lilac shade together as a blush. I do wish that the lilac shade was a bit bigger, as it can be hard to get a blush brush in the small pan. The lilac shade isn't super pigmented, so I do find that it works better as a blush, as opposed to an eye shadow. 

When worn on my eyes, these shadows last all day long. By the end of a 10 or 12 hour day, my eye shadow is still looking fresh! When worn as a blush, I can get 9 hours of wear out of these powders before they start to fade. Definitely impressed! The only thing that this palette is missing is a highlight shade. The beige shade is the closest thing to a highlight, but it's still a bit too pigmented. 

Mix of pink and lilac shades used as blush

I'm really impressed with AERIN's Kaleidolight Palette. I really don't think anyone would be disappointed with the quality of these powders, they're just beautiful. This is a limited edition product, so pick it up ASAP if you're interested! :)

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Philosophy Vanilla Coconut Limited Edition Gift Set

Vanilla and coconut are my two all time favourite scents, and I love them even more when they're combined. Well, Philosophy has made me extremely happy with their new Vanilla Coconut Limited Edition Gift Set* ($31 CAD)! This set would make a great gift, or something to pick up for yourself. 

"Transform your every-day cleansing ritual into a sweet, creamy retreat. Deliciously decadent vanilla coconut transports you to a tropical island getaway where all of your cares will melt away. Set includes shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath, body lotion and high-gloss, high-flavour lip shine."

Philosophy's Vanilla Coconut Limited Edition Gift Set contains a 120 ml bottle of their shampoo/shower gel/bubble bath, a 60 ml tube of their body lotion, and a 12 ml tube of their lip gloss. The shower gel creates a good lather, especially when used on a loofah. The body lotion is my favourite product from the bunch - it's thick, creamy, and luxurious. The lip gloss is clear with a ton of iridescent shimmer. Unfortunately, I did find that the lip gloss has a heavy plastic scent to it, and I don't really smell the vanilla coconut notes. The gloss isn't sticky, and it lasts on my lips for about 3 hours before I need to reapply. The shower gel and body lotion are beautifully scented, and when used together the scent lasts for about 4 hours before it starts to fade. You also get a small plastic makeup bag - pale yellow with coconuts and a zipper closure.

Shower gel, body lotion, lip gloss

This set just screams tropical vacation! I think that this set is adorable, and I love the shower gel and body lotion. I do think that $31 is a bit steep for the mini sizes, but this is limited edition and might sell out before it goes on sale. This set is available at Sephora and select Hudson’s Bay & Shoppers Drug Mart stores. What has been your favourite Philosophy limited edition scent?

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Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Crayon - Nudist, Fuchsia-Ristic & Plum Jam

Soap & Glory has recently brought their Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Crayons* over to Canada, and I've been trying them out! They brought 3 shades to Canada - Nudist, Fuchsia-Ristic & Plum Jam ($16/2.72 g). I always get excited about new jumbo pencils, so I was really happy to hear that these pencil were making their way here!

"Like a push up bra for your lips, these new, collagen-boosting lip gloss crayons, offer 3D volume in three luscious shades: NUDIST, FUCHSIA-RISTIC and PLUM JAM."

Plum Jam



Soap & Glory's Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Crayons come in sleek black plastic tubes that twist up. Yay for not having to sharpen them! There's a faint vanilla scent to these pencils that I absolutely love. These shades are all quite sheer, and they add a hint of colour and a glossy finish to my lips. The shade Nudist is a light nude colour that mostly just adds a glossy shine. Fuchsia-Ristic looks like an orange shade in the bullet, but it actually swatches a pretty pink colour. Love! Lastly, Plum Jam is a sheer red, but unfortunately this one does cling to any dry patches and it will settle into fine lines. 





Plum Jam

The formula of these Gloss Crayons is really smooth and creamy. These wear for about 4 hours before I need to reapply. But reapplying is super easy, and since the colours are sheer you don't even need a mirror. Fuchsia-Ristic is probably my favourite shade of the three, followed closely by Nudist. I would only recommend Plum Jam if your lips are in perfect condition - mine are actually pretty good and I still had issues with the colour. 

Nudist, Fuchsia-Ristic & Plum Jam

Soap & Glory's Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Crayons are available in Canada at Shoppers and for a limited time only - so if you like what you see, pick them up ASAP! I'm really happy with the formula, and I think that anyone who enjoys a sheer colour will like these. Are you a fan of jumbo lip pencils? What's your favourite formula?

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion

I've been really getting into skincare over the past year. Back in my teens I was really focused on battling acne, but now that my skin isn't as volatile, I can play around with different products. My latest skincare obsession has been Dr. Brandt's Microdermabrasion* ($90 CAD/2 oz). I'm all about at-home treatments that save both money and time. I've never had a professional microdermabrasion, and I was really excited to give this at-home version a try.

"Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion is a revolutionary formula designed to mimic the transformative brightening, smoothing effects of the popular in-office microdermabrasion treatment at home.
  • Enables better absorption of skincare products
  • An at home alternative to professional, clinical treatments
  • Helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, acne marks, and skin discolourations" - London Drugs

Dr. Brandt's Microdermabrasion is packaged in a black plastic tube with a clear/silver twist off cap. You can easily squeeze out the product, and the plastic is thin enough to cut when you're down to the end of the bottle. The product itself is a white cream that is thick and has an amazing scent! This scent reminds me of Lush's Ocean Salt, and I find it to be very invigorating. I've been reaching for this in the morning after cleansing, and I use it about twice a week. I'll take a pea size amount, and gently massage it into damp skin for two minutes. I'll then rinse away all of the product, and tone and moisturize my face.  

My skin feels incredibly smooth, soft, and refined after using this product! The aluminum oxide crystals work wonders to polish & remove dead skin cells, without feeling rough or abrasive. Lactic Acid works to gently sweep away dead skin cells and soften texture. This formula also includes jojoba, aloe vera, and chamomile, which help to soothe and refresh your skin. The creamy formula really helps to hydrate my skin while the aluminum oxide crystals exfoliate. I do think that this product works a lot better than a traditional exfoliator, and with continued use I hope that I can see my acne stars starting to disappear. 

While this is a pricey item, I definitely do think that it lives up to its' claims. It's definitely more affordable than professional treatments. If you have very sensitive skin, then you might want to pass on this. Otherwise, I think that you'll love it! Have you tried this product, or any other at-home Microdermabrasion products before?

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Katy Perry Killer Queen Oh So Sheer EDT

Back in November I reviewed Katy Perry's Killer Queen EDP, and now I'm back with her new scent, Killer Queen Oh So Sheer EDT* ($39 CAD/30 ml). This scent comes packaged in a similar bottle, but the notes are different, and this scent is definitely more Spring-appropriate!

"A new facet of Killer Queen is born, Oh So Sheer. Capturing the essence of the daring signature scent, this new incarnation awakens with fresher femininity, inspired by a modern and ethereal ultra-feminine bouquet. This enchanting essence opens with opulent accents of Purple Plum infused by a delightful blend of Mulberry, Blackberry and Elderberries for a bold and modern inflection. Notes also include the signature bouquet of graceful Rainbow Plumeria, precious Red Velvet Flower and creamy Liquid Praline."

Katy Perry's Killer Queen Oh So Sheer EDT is packaged in a stunning clear glass bottle in the shape of  a Queen’s scepter, and a golden crown cap. The perfume is a light purple colour, which actually works well with the Color of the Year - Radiant Orchid. My only issue with the packaging is that you can't stand it up, it needs to be laid on its' side, which takes up a bit more room. 

The original Killer Queen perfume was heavier, and definitely more of a night-out, Winter scent. Killer Queen Oh So Sheer is a more day-time appropriate version. While there's a definite resemblance between the two version, I think that they're different enough to justify owning both. This scent is sweet and floral, and it works nicely with my body chemistry. On my skin, I find that this scent is fairly soft & subtle. The wear time of this scent isn't the best - I find that I have to reapply after 4-5 hours. 

I think that this is an affordable option, and anyone that enjoyed the original Killer Queen scent should definitely check this out. I think that this perfume would actually make a great first scent for a teenager, and the packaging will definitely be well-received! Have you tried any of Katy Perry's fragrances? What's your current go-to scent?

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Almay Intense i-color Volumizing Mascara in Mocha

I've been trying out one of Almay's mascaras for the past month, and I think that it's about time I shared my thoughts on it with you! Almay's Intense i-color Volumizing Mascara is available in a few different colours, and I've been wearing Mocha*. I normally stick to black mascara, but I was excited to switch things up and give this dark brown a try.

"Take your unique eye color to new limits with double the volume, double the impact. expertly coordinated shades with eye-brightening crystals create multi-dimensional amplification. the lash enhancing brush with volume-boosting grooves finds and flaunts every lash for big bold volume that won’t smudge or flake." -Almay 

Almay's Intense i-color Volumizing Mascara comes in a large grey tube. The wand is fairly large with short bristles. Almay pairs each of their mascara shades with an eye colour, and Mocha is paired with green eyes. However, I really think that anyone can wear brown mascara, and I think that it works well with my blue/grey eyes. This mascara goes on easily, and I'm happy with the volume that I get from a single coat. I'll rarely wear more than one coat of mascara, so I need one that gives a lot of volume with that first coat. This formula also adds some length, and it holds my natural curl throughout the day. This mascara isn't waterproof, and it comes off easily with eye makeup remover at the end of the night. I don't have any issues with this mascara smudging or flaking throughout the day, but I haven't been able to test it out in the Summer heat! 

I've been really happy with Almay's Intense i-color Volumizing Mascara in Mocha, it's a nice change from your standard black mascara! This mascara also comes in Sapphire, Plum, and Midnight, which all sound intriguing to me. Have you tried a brown mascara before, or do you tend to stick to black?

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Project Pan Update #1

I'm back with my first project pan update! Back in January I share some products that I wanted to use up in 2014, which you can read about here. Well, it's about time that I update you on my progress, and I though that I should add some new products into my project pan! I actually haven't purchased a single beauty item in 2014, besides boxes of hair dye. I'm pretty proud of myself!

Products that I've used up:

Boxx Cosmetics Bronzer in Kala
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

What I have left: 

MAC Lustreglass in Star Nova - I haven't used much of this yet, I need to start reaching for it more!
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer - Another one that I haven't used much of!
Sephora + Pantone Light Storm Liquid Shadow in Smoky Grape - I know that this one will take some time, and it's not a shade that I wear everyday.
Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil in Blonde - I wear this almost everyday, and it's almost completely gone.
OPI Charged Up Cherry - I've been using this as my pedicure shade, and I'm slowly working my way through it!
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser in Brightening - Love this as an undereye concealer!
Maybelline Fit Me Bronzer in Medium Bronze - I finished off my Boxx bronzer last month, so now I've been reaching for this one a lot more!

What I'm Adding:

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Primer* - I only have about a third of this left, and I do quite like it. 

Benefit Girl Meets Pearl sample (reviewed here) - Since I used up Benefit's High Beam, I'm adding another liquid highlighter into my rotation. I really like adding this into my liquid foundation, it gives some life to a matte formula!

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation (reviewed here) - This has been my go-to foundation since I used up Estee Lauder's Double Wear. This formula from Benefit is lightweight and I think that it will work perfectly in the warmer months!

Stila Lipglaze in Dazzle Berry (reviewed here) - This is just a mini size, and it shouldn't take me too long to finish it up. I really like this formula from Stila, and this shimmery berry shade is really pretty!

Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque (reviewed here) - This product is amazing, and I really don't want to use it up! But, I've hit major pan on this, and I shouldn't just hoard it, I should enjoy it!

The Body Shop Born Lippy Strawberry Lip Balm - I absolutely love these lip balm tubs from TBS, and I need to start working my way through my stash. I go through lip balm at an alarming rate, so it shouldn't be too hard for me to finish this off. 

Vichy Dermablend Ultra-Corrective Stick* (reviewed here) - I've been using this all over my face before using a more sheer coverage BB cream or foundation. This helps to give my skin a flawless finish, I absolutely love it! I don't have too much of it left, and it shouldn't take too long to use up.

Agadir Argan Oil Hair Treatment* (reviewed here) - I've been using this 3-4 times a week since October, and it's only now getting low! I absolutely love this stuff, but I do have other hair oils in my collection that I'll turn to afterwards.

Benefit Full Finish Lipstick in Pinking of You - I've had this for a while, and it's such a beautiful colour that I should be wearing it a lot more often! I really like this formula from Benefit, but since it isn't sold at Sephora a lot of people don't know about it. I bought mine at Shoppers, and I recommend that you check them out! 

L'Occitane Almond Delicious Hand Cream* (reviewed here) - I absolutely love this scent & formula, but I like to try to stick to using one hand cream at a time (or else I'd never finish off any of them). So, this is my current go-to.

So there you have it, all of the products that I'm currently making my way through! Once I finish off a few more products I'll be back with another update. I'm going to China at the end of the month, and I will allow myself to purchase beauty products while I'm on holiday. Have you been doing a project pan this year, or have you done one in the past? What products are you currently trying to use up?

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