Thursday, 21 August 2014

Mary Kay Semi-Matte Lipstick in Pink Moonstone & Ruby Night

Today I have another 2 products from Mary Kay's new Midnight Jewels Collection to share with you! Mary Kay has released 2 limited edition shades of their Semi-Matte Lipstick formula - Pink Moonstone* & Ruby Night* ($18 CAD each), and I have both shades to share with you today.

Mary Kay Semi-Matte Lipstick in Pink Moonstone & Ruby Night

Mary Kay Semi-Matte Lipstick in Pink Moonstone & Ruby Night

"Wear this ruby red shade for full-face drama. Semi-matte lipstick is colour-rich, creamy and long-lasting. The colour won’t feather or bleed, and the formula keeps lips feeling soft, smooth and comfortable. It’s also lightweight and transfer-resistant. Semi-matte lipstick is part of the limited-edition† Mary Kay® Midnight Jewels Collection – fall’s must-have makeup that expresses the sophisticated mood of the season." - Mary Kay

Mary Kay Semi-Matte Lipstick in Pink Moonstone & Ruby Night

Mary Kay's Semi-Matte Lipsticks are packaged in sleek black plastic tubes. These lipstick have an amazing vanilla scent to them that I just love. The scent is quite subtle and I can only smell it in the tube, not once the product is on my lips. As the name suggests, this lipstick has a semi-matte finish - think more of a toned down shine. 

Mary Kay Semi-Matte Lipstick in Pink Moonstone

Pink Moonstone is a gorgeous nude-pink with a creamy formula. This is a shade that I could see myself reaching for a ton, since it would go with any makeup look! 

Mary Kay Semi-Matte Lipstick in Ruby Night

Ruby Night is a vampy burgundy, and I found that it had a bit of a drier formula than Pink Moonstone. Since this is such a vampy shade, I found that I needed to use a lip brush to help keep the colour within the lines of my lips. This colour is super pigmented, but I do wish that the formula was a bit creamier. 

Mary Kay Semi-Matte Lipstick in Pink Moonstone & Ruby Night

I would highly recommend ordering Mary Kay's Semi-Matte Lipstick in Pink Moonstone, but Ruby Night was just a bit too dry for my liking, and it's not a shade that I would personally wear all that often. Are you a fan of semi-matte lipsticks? This is a limited edition collection, so order your favourite shade now before they're gone!

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I Love Cosmetics Strawberries & Cream Nourishing Body Butter

There are many things that I love, so I was excited to try out some products from the brand I Love Cosmetics...! I've been trying out their Strawberries & Cream Nourishing Body Butter* - how delicious does that sound? This brand is making its' way from the UK to Canada, and will be available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart.

I love... Strawberries & Cream Nourishing Body Butter

"Feel scrumptious with a burst of fresh strawberries and smooth yummy cream.

Coconut Oil & Shea Butter leave your skin feeling gorgeously nourished & silky soft, while my gorgeous perfume leaves your skin beautifully fragranced." I love...

I love... Strawberries & Cream Nourishing Body Butter

I love... Strawberries & Cream Nourishing Body Butter

This body butter has a delicious strawberry scent that is almost identical to the scent of the strawberry line from The Body Shop. The formula of this body butter is more like a lotion, since I find that it gives my skin a light to medium boost of hydration. A true body butter, in my opinion, would be a bit thicker, and would give a deep boost of moisture. This formula absorbs into my skin pretty quickly, and leaves my skin feeling hydrated for about 12 hours. The great strawberry scent lingers lightly on my skin for a few hours. 

I love... Strawberries & Cream Nourishing Body Butter

Overall, this is a nice body lotion with an incredibly yummy strawberry scent. I do wish that this were either labelled as a body lotion, or was a bit thicker to be a true body butter. Either way, the product is still really good, and I'm excited that this brand is making its' way to Canada! Have you tried anything from I Love Cosmetics?

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AERIN Pretty Bronze Illuminating Powder

Bronzer is definitely a product that I reach for daily, so I'm always excited to try out a new formula. AERIN's Pretty Bronze Illuminating Powder* ($45 USD) is described by the brand as "The next best thing to a rested, post vacation glow in a few easy strokes." How could I not get excited about that?!

AERIN Pretty Bronze Illuminating Powder

As with all of AERIN's products, her Pretty Bronze Illuminating Powder is packaged beautifully. This gold compact comes wrapped in a pretty pink pouch, it really doesn't get much fancier than that! There is a mirror in this compact, so you can easily touch up on the go. 

AERIN Pretty Bronze Illuminating Powder

AERIN Pretty Bronze Illuminating Powder

I've been using this bronzer all over my face, for an added dose of colour, it really helps to mimic that gorgeous Summer glow! I have the shade Level 2, and there is a lighter shade, Level 1, available as well. The formula of this powder is super smooth, creamy, and just the right amount of pigmentation. I like to use a big fluffy brush to apply this bronzer, adding just a hint of colour to my skin. This powder doesn't oxidize throughout the day, and I love that it doesn't have a strong orange undertone. i think that this shade would work for anyone that has a light to medium skin tone, but I don't think that it would be dark enough for anyone with a deep skin tone. 

AERIN Pretty Bronze Illuminating Powder

AERIN Pretty Bronze Illuminating Powder Swatch

I love everything about AERIN's Pretty Bronze Illuminating Powder - the packaging, shade, formula, hint of shimmer, it's all perfection! This is a bit of a splurge item, but it's nice to splurge on yourself every now and then! Have you tried anything from AERIN's beauty line? I would love to know what products you've tried, and whether or not you'd recommend them! :)

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Lush Oatifix Fresh Face Mask

Today I'm back with another Fresh Face Mask from Lush! This time I'll be reviewing Oatifix ($6.95/60g), which is meant for dry to very dry/flaking skin. Now, my skin isn't super dry, but I do love a good hydrating mask, so that's why I decided to give Oatifix a try!

Lush Oatifix Fresh Face Mask

Lush Oatifix Fresh Face Mask

"Few things are more soothing than a big bowl of banana porridge, all sweet and squishy. Did you know the same is true for your skin? Sensitive, dry or irritated faces love Oatifix for its calming oats, softening mashed banana and ground almonds to slough away flaky skin. Keep in mind that dry skin doesn’t just occur in the winter! The sun can be equally harsh, as UV rays penetrate the dermis and heat can leave you feeling tight and dry. Use Oatifix year-round on sensitive, dry skin in need of nourishment to keep it flexible and soft." - Lush

Lush Oatifix Fresh Face Mask

Lush Oatifix Fresh Face Mask

First things first (I'm the realest), this mask smells amazing! If you like the scent of bananas, then you need to check out Oatifix. Banana is one of my favourite scents (and fruits), so of course I love the scent of this mask. There are also notes of vanilla and oatmeal, making this a very calming, relaxing scent. 

Lush Oatifix Fresh Face Mask

Oatifix is a very rich, creamy mask. The second that I started to apply this mask, I knew that I would love it. This formula has an oily base, which makes it very hydrating. There are small chunks of banana and oatmeal, but this mask actually stays together quite nicely, and I didn't have any issues with it being too messy. I left this mask on for 15-20 minutes, and then rinsed off with warm water. My skin felt incredibly smooth, hydrated, and calmed. Oatifix definitely gives my skin an intense boost of hydration, but it didn't leave my skin looking or feeling oily.

Lush Oatifix Fresh Face Mask

I think that Lush's Oatifix would be the perfect mask during the cold Winter months, but I'm surprised that I'm also loving it in the middle of Summer. My skin loves moisturizers and hydrating masks, so it really shouldn't have been a surprise to find that I really love Oatifix. If you have dry skin, or skin that just loves to be pampered, I would highly recommend checking out Lush's Oatifix! This is a fresh face mask, so you need to keep it in the fridge, and it has a three week lifespan before it will expire. Have you tried Oatifix, or any of Lush's other fresh face masks?

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Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Veils

Happy Wedding Wednesday everyone! Today I'm back with another wedding post, and this time I'm focusing on veils. I'll be honest, I never put much thought into my dream veil. It was only when I went wedding dress shopping that I really fell in love with veils. I always knew that I wanted to wear a veil, since I love the idea of having my husband pull back my veil after I walk down the isle. I've already purchased my veil, but I thought that I'd share some veils that I think are just gorgeous.

Wedding Veil

Wedding Veil

Wedding Veil

Lace Wedding Veil

Wedding Veil Voluminous

Wedding Veil

Are you a fan of veils - did you wear one on your wedding day, or are you planning on wearing one? There are so many different styles out there, it's hard to figure out what will work best for you. I would highly recommend trying on veils while also wearing your wedding dress, so you can easily match the styles and details.Which veil is your favourite?

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