Thursday, 28 May 2015

OPI The Berry Thought Of You

Hey guys! Today I have another polish to share with you from OPI's new Brights Collection for Summer 2015The Berry Thought Of You* is a bright purple with a slightly sheer formula. Purple is one of my favourite polish colours to wear, so of course this was one of the first shades I tried out from the Brights Collection!

OPI The Berry Thought Of You

In real life, this polish does look mostly opaque after two coats. However, in photos, it does look a bit more sheer and luminescent. The Berry Thought of You isn't super unique in my polish collection - it does remind me a lot of OPI's Ate Berries in the Canaries. While it may not be a unique colour, I still do really like it, and the formula was really easy to work with. I'm currently on day 3 with this polish, and I don't have any chips yet, which is actually quite amazing for my nails!

OPI The Berry Thought Of You

OPI The Berry Thought Of You

OPI's new Brights Collection will be available for a limited time only, so pick up The Berry Thought Of You while you can! I'll continue to bring you swatches & reviews of the remaining polishes from this collection - which shade did you want to see next? :)

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SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical Defense SPF 50

With Summer just around the corner, it's time to start getting serious about sun protection. Lately I've been trying out SkinCeuticals' Sheer Physical Defense SPF 50* ($34/50mL), and I've really been enjoying it! Read on to see why you need this sunscreen in your beach bag this Summer!

SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical Defense SPF 50

"This transparent, mattifying fluid provides broad spectrum protection for all skin types (even very sensitive) with 100% physical filters, transparent titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (Z-Cote®*). Enhanced with artemia salina, a plankton extract, this lightweight sunscreen increases skin defenses and resistance to UV and heat stress. The weightless fluid spreads evenly and dries quickly, leaving no residue." - SkinCeuticals

SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical Defense SPF 50

SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical Defense SPF 50

SkinCeuticals' Sheer Physical Defense SPF 50 comes packaged in a simple grey bottle that's small enough to throw in any beach bag. I've only been using this sunscreen on my face since the bottle is on the smaller side, but if you're in a pinch then you could definitely use this all over your body. While wearing this sunscreen, I haven't experienced any sunburns or tanning, so it must be working, right?! The formula of this sunscreen is really thin, but the formula is still quite creamy and hydrating. I love that this cream absorbs into my skin really quickly, and it doesn't leave that sticky feeling that a lot of sunscreens tend to have. This lotion does have a bit of that typical sunscreen scent to it, which I actually kind of like! 

SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical Defense SPF 50

SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical Defense SPF 50

Overall, I think that SkinCeuticals' Sheer Physical Defense SPF 50 is a great option, not only in the Summer, but all year round. The formula is thin and easy to apply, and I love that it doesn't leave a sticky or greasy feeling! 

Have you tried any sunscreens from SkinCeuticals? 

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

OPI Life Gave Me Lemons

Good morning friends! Today I have another polish to share with you from OPI's new Brights Collection for Summer 2015Life Gave Me Lemons* is a shade that I'd normally never gravitate towards, which is why I was so surprised when I found myself itching to get this chartreuse yellow on my nails ASAP. 

OPI Life Gave Me Lemons

"Now, the brand is bringing vivid, of-the-moment color to life with the latest Brights Collection. Featuring six new must-have shades and three beloved favorites—from shockingly saturated hot pinks, to bold electric blues, to intensely vibrant lemon-lime—the collection delivers rich, true-to-bottle color in just a few coats." - OPI

OPI Life Gave Me Lemons

OPI had actually released a polish with the same exact name last year in their Little Bits of Neon pack, except that polish had more prominent green undertones and a matte finish. This years version of Life Gave Me Lemons is more yellow, with slight green undertones. I used three coats for a mostly opaque finish - two coats was still a bit streaky. I'm normally not a fan of yellow polishes, but for some reason this one really caught my eye! It's just so bright and fun, and the formula was pretty easy to work with.

OPI Life Gave Me Lemons

OPI's Brights Collection for Summer 2015 is available in salons and spas now, for a limited time only. You can also check out my review of Down to the Core-Al from this collection. If you love fun, colourful polishes, then this is the collection for you! Would you wear a bright yellow polish like Life Gave Me Lemons?

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour & Highlight

I've been trying to get more into contouring and highlighting lately, and my recent trials have been with Clinique's Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour* & Highlight* ($24 CAD each)! These two products are a bit different from anything that I've tried before, since they are cream products. Read on to see how I got on with these jumbo cream sticks!

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour & Highlight

"Creamy contouring stick creates the illusion of depth; makes areas appear to recede. Long-wearing, oil-free." - Clinique

Clinique's Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour or Curvy Contour is a deep brown shade that actually works well with my pale skin tone. I don't find this shade to be too orange or warm for me, which is the problem that I tend to have with most contouring products. This formula is super smooth & creamy, and very easy to blend out. I like to apply this to the hollows of my cheeks, and blend, blend, blend! 

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour & Highlight

"Luminous cream highlighting stick with light-reflecting optics brings your best features forward. Long-wearing, oil-free." - Clinique

Clinique's Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight or Hefty Highlight is a beautiful shimmery pearl highlighter. Again, this product has a super creamy formula and it's very easy to blend out. The only downside to this product is that it will move around any powder blush that you're wearing. For me, that's kind of a deal breaker, since you all know that I love my blush!

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour & Highlight

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour & Highlight

I really love how creamy and blendable both of these products are! However, the highlighter does have one key flaw since it does move around my blush. I think that the Sculpting Contour will be great for us pale gals, since the colour doesn't turn orange and it's easy to blend out. I do still prefer powder contouring and highlighting products, but these cream Chubby Sticks were fun to try out!

Are you a fan of powder or cream contouring and highlighting products?

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mark. Buenos Aires Vibe Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers

Hey guys! Today I have another products from mark.'s Buenos Aires Vibe Collection to share with you! This Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers set contains two mini polishes - one navy and one gorgeous shimmering pink/purple. I decided to alternate the polishes on my nails, but you could easily to full manis with either colour, or use the shimmering purple as an accent nail. 

mark. Buenos Aires Vibe Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers

"Wow, great nails! Where did you get them done?" That's a little taste of what you will be hearing with this set of two gorgeous en-vogue colours! These stunning shades will instantly transport you to nail heaven. Set of 2 nail lacquers that offer 10 manicures in each mini bottle! 2.7 ml each." - mark.

mark. Buenos Aires Vibe Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers

Futbol Blue is a stunning deep navy with an almost metallic finish to it. I used two thin coats for a perfectly opaque finish. While this blue is really pretty, Palermo Purple is the real winner in this duo though. This polish has a subtle holographic effect to it, and it's also fully opaque in two coats. These two shades work wonderfully together, but I don't think I ever would have thought to pair them together myself!

mark. Buenos Aires Vibe Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers

mark. Buenos Aires Vibe Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers

These mini bottles are super tiny, containing only 2.7 mL each, which mark. says is enough for 10 full manis. While these bottles are super cute, I'm not a huge fan of the tiny brushes, they can be a bit hard to control. I much prefer a wider brush - OPI's Pro Wide brush is my favourite. Brushes aside, these mini bottles will be good for travelling!

mark. Buenos Aires Vibe Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers

mark. Buenos Aires Vibe Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers

I absolutely love both of these polishes, but the shimming pink/purple is what seals the deal for me! For only $9, I think it's a steal of a deal! What do you think about this limited edition duo? You can also check out my review of mark.'s Buenos Aires Vibe Eau de Toilette Spray!

Mark. is available through Avon Independent Sales Representatives & online.
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