Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette

Happy October friends! Can you believe how quickly this year has flown by? It's crazy! Well, enough reminiscing (for now), and let's get to the beauty. Today I'll be reviewing Kat Von D's Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette* ($58 CAD). Back in July I reviewed the Monarch Eyeshadow Palette, which I absolutely fell in love with. I just needed to try out it's purple toned sister! I personally love wearing purple shadows, especially when they're mixed with neutral tones.

Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette

"From subtle to sultry, experience a rebirth of color and explore endless eye looks with the Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette. Featuring cool-toned shades in an ingenious arrangement that gives you the biggest basics and the most accent hues, now you'll have the freedom to create your heart out without running out of the go-to colors. Relish in the luxurious texture of triple-milled powder, which picks up instantly and lays down with a one-sweep, full-coverage application. The patented Power Last™, long-wearing formula gives you buildable, from dawn-to-dusk drama, while an infusion of antioxidants including rose extract and vitamins A, C, and E all work to keep your eyelids hydrated and protected." - Sephora

Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D's Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette comes packaged beautifully - a purple and blue magnetic case decorated with original artwork by Kat herself. The one and only issue I have with the packaging is that the shadow names are not printed inside the palette, only on the back of the case. Not a huge issue, but I do know that this matters to a lot of makeup junkies (myself included). There is a large mirror inside the palette, which you can use to apply the shadows or touch up throughout the day.

Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

Just like the shadows in the Monarch palette, these shadows are seriously creamy and pigmented. There's a really nice mix of mattes (Hybrid Moments, Glasswing, & Black Milk), shimmers, and glitters. The top row of larger shadows can be used as bases or highlighters. My favourite eye look has been using Transition as a base, Mezzanine in the crease, Glasswing as a transition colour, and Lucid as a brow bone highlighter. Without primer, these shadows last about 7 hours before they start to fade, which I find pretty darn impressive! A primer or cream shadow base helps to prolong the wear time even further.

Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette EOTD

Kat Von D has done it again - I'm seriously impressed with this palette! The shadows are smooth, creamy, pigmented, and very easy to blend out & work with. Have you tried any of Kat Von D's shadows before? 

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Deborah Lippmann Lullaby of Broadway

Hi friends! Today I have another polish from Deborah Lippmann's New York Marquee Collection to share with you! Lullaby of Broadway* ($22 @ Murale) is a gorgeous rose gold chrome polish - seriously, how can you not like something that's rose gold?

Deborah Lippmann Lullaby of Broadway

Deborah Lippmann's Lullaby of Broadway is a beautiful chrome polish that dries without streaks!  The formula is thin, but it still has good pigmentation. I used two coats to get a nice, even colour. Chrome polishes can be hard to work with, so I was happy to find that I didn't have any issues with I'll Take Manhattan being streaky. This polish dried really quickly - like within just a few minutes! This blush colour has silver undertones, making it very Fall-Winter appropriate.

Deborah Lippmann Lullaby of Broadway

Deborah Lippmann's polish bottles are so classy, I just love them! These bottles would definitely look great if you stored them on your vanity. The brushes on Deborah Lippmann's polishes are a bit thin, so you have to use a few more strokes per nail compared to a wider brush (think OPI's Pro-Wide brush), but you get a cleaner finish.

Deborah Lippmann Lullaby of Broadway

Lullaby of Broadway is a definite winner in my books! I love anything blush or rose gold toned, so this was a no-brainer. Sometimes it's worth it to pay a little extra for your polishes and treat yourself to a luxury brand! I'll be sharing swatches of the rest of Deborah Lippmann's New York Marquee Collection over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for those reviews! Are you a fan of chrome polishes?

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Matrix Biolage ExquisiteOil Tamanu Oil Blend

I'm a huge fan of hair oils - my super dry, thick hair craves the hydration that only an oil can give. I've been trying out Matrix's Biolage ExquisiteOil Tamanu Oil Blend*, which is one of the first products from the brand that I've ever tried. Let's just say that we're off to a good start!

Matrix Biolage ExquisiteOil Tamanu Oil Blend

"Oil infused haircare provides many benefits to all types of hair. ExquisiteOil Strengthening Treatment is formulated with Polynesian Tamanu Oil for a ultra lightweight, scented oil that strenghtens thin, fragile hair.

● Strengthens hair by boosting resistance to breakage
● Replenishes hair with moisture and conditioning
● Adds exquisite shine" - Matrix 

Matrix Biolage ExquisiteOil Tamanu Oil Blend

Matrix's Tamanu Oil Blend comes packaged in a sleek tall pink plastic bottle with a pump dispenser. The oil itself is clear in colour, and it's quite thin in texture. There are a few different ways that you can use this oil. You can use this as a pre-shampoo treatment on dry hair, during conditioning, or as a finisher on damp hair. I've used this oil all three ways, and it works really well no matter how you use it! I use 3-4 pumps of this oil, and concentrate it on the bottom half of my hair. My ends can get a bit dry, and I love how this oil keeps everything feeling hydrated and looking naturally shiny. My hair is more manageable and less frizzy after using a few drops of this oil. 

Matrix Biolage ExquisiteOil Tamanu Oil Blend

There is a light salon scent to this oil, and I really love the scent! This oil is meant for those with fine, thin hair, so I'm surprised by how much I'm loving it on my crazy thick hair. I also love how this oil doesn't weigh down my hair, or make it look greasy. That's never a good look!

Matrix Biolage ExquisiteOil Tamanu Oil Blend

If you're in the market for a new hair oil, then I would definitely recommend checking out Matrix's Biolage ExquisiteOil Tamanu Oil Blend - I've really been enjoying it! What's your favourite hair oil? Have you tried any of the ExquisiteOil's from Matrix?

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Monday, 29 September 2014

Anna Sui Protective Lip Gloss #303

There are so many amazing products set to launch this Fall, and today I have a new product to share with you from Anna Sui! Their new Protective Lip Gloss is on Wednesday, October 1st in 9 shades, and I've been trying out shade #303*, a beautiful hot pink.

Anna Sui Protective Lip Gloss #303

"The ANNA SUI Protective Lip Gloss Collection will give you luscious lips worth coveting. With 9 shades there is a unique colour to match every mood. Keep your pretty pout intact with the Protective Lip Gloss that provides long lasting protection."

Anna Sui Protective Lip Gloss #303

Anna Sui Protective Lip Glosses are packaged beautifully, as are all of Anna Sui's products. The tube is supposed to have a very art-deco feel, and the white lid looks like a peplum top to me! I like the the bottom of the tube is clear, so you can easily see the colour of the gloss inside. There's an angled doe foot applicator that can be used to easily paint on the gloss. 

Anna Sui Protective Lip Gloss #303

This gloss has that signature rose scent that comes with all of Anna Sui's products. I really love this scent, it's very feminine! Shade #303 is a sheer hot pink, and I really love it. I think that the semi-sheer formula makes this gloss more versatile - you can wear it on its' own or over a lipstick. I can even apply this lip gloss on the go, without a mirror. This formula feels very moisturizing and cushiony, and it's not sticky at all. This formula almost feels like a liquid lip balm! I get about 3 hours of wear from this formula, and then I need to reapply. 

Anna Sui Protective Lip Gloss #303

Anna Sui Protective Lip Gloss #303 Swatch

I love everything about this gloss - the packaging, scent, shade, and formula! These new glosses will be available, October 1st, 2014 at select Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale, PJC stores across Canada and at Hudson’s Bay Yorkdale, Sherway Gardens, Queen St, and Downtown Vancouver. Will you be checking out any of the new 9 shades?

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Lotus Aroma Day-Night Firming Cream

Happy Sunday friends!! I'm coming off of a 6 day work week, and I'm ready to just relax today. That's what Sundays are for, right? :) Today I'll be sharing my thoughts on Lotus Aroma's Day-Night Firming Cream* ($44/50mL). I'm new to the brand Lotus Aroma, which prides itself on creating natural products. This facial cream is actually 99.9% natural!

Lotus Aroma Day-Night Firming Cream

"Day-Night Firming Cream is specially formulated to rejuvenate mature skins and visibly intensify their radiance. Its exceptionally effective ingredients at the cutting edge of plant technology are enhanced with anti-radical Acai, Baobab and Moringa oils, fighting wrinkles and other signs of the aging process. From the first application, the skin of the face relaxes and breathes more easily, and begins renewing and defending itself. Over time, the epidermis' natural suppleness is restored and its surface feels smoother and looks younger and plumper. LOTUS AROMA’s rich and velvety Day-Night Firming Cream enfolds the skin to nurture it and bring back its youthful look." - Lotus Aroma
Lotus Aroma Day-Night Firming Cream

Lotus Aroma Day-Night Firming Cream

Lotus Aroma's packaging is quite simple. Their Day-Night Firming Cream is packaged in a simple white plastic tube that is recyclable. The cream itself is a pale yellow colour, and it has a medium consistency. I find that the scent of this cream is very fresh, clean, and a bit citrusy. This formula feels very rich, creamy, and luxurious, even though the formula isn't very thick. This cream absorbs into my skin fairly quickly, which is perfect for morning applications! If you have very oily skin, then I might recommend using this only at night - otherwise it really does work well as both a morning and night moisturizer. This cream leaves my skin feeling hydrated, very smooth, soft, and refreshed!

Lotus Aroma Day-Night Firming Cream

Lotus Aroma Day-Night Firming Cream

Even though this cream is marketed as an anti-aging product, I still do love it at the age of 22! I find that most anti-aging products are very hydrating and nourishing, so you can definitely start using them early and it won't hurt. If you're interested in making your skincare routine more natural, then Lotus Aroma is definitely a brand that you must try out! Have you tried anything from Lotus Aroma before?

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