Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Moroccan Spice Market Collection

Sally Hansen has been releasing some amazing collections lately! Today I have their new Moroccan Spice Market Collection* to share with you, well 4 out of the 5 shades at least. This collection released this July at Shoppers Drug Marts and Walmarts, making the polishes super accessible! 

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Moroccan Spice Market Collection

"The ultimate quick-dry nail polish, Sally Hansen introduces the new limited edition Insta-Dri Moroccan Spice Market collection featuring a variety of exotic, bold shades. Designed with the incredible Insta-Dri formula, all it takes is one stroke, one coat and in 60 seconds you’ll have a manicure bursting with rich colour!

There will be five Moroccan-inspired shades to choose from: Sumac Sonic, Sizzlin’ Saffron, Poppin’ Paprika, Pep in Your Step, and Surspice!" - Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Moroccan Spice Market Collection Swatches

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Pep in Your Step is a beautiful mid-toned purple with a fabulous formula. I used two thin coats for a rich & pigmented finish. This is a cream formula, and I think that it would also look great with a gold or silver glitter accent nail!

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Pep in Your Step

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Sizzlin' Saffron is a bright canary yellow polish with a surprisingly good formula. For years I would avoid yellow polish like the plague because I always thought that all yellow polishes were streaky messes. Well Sally Hansen is definitely proving me wrong! Sizzlin' Saffron dried evenly without any streaks, and was fully opaque with just 2 coats.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Sizzlin' Saffron

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Surspice! is a beautiful red polish with a creme formula. I don't normally wear red polishes on my nails, but I do think that this would make for a stunning pedicure colour. If you find red to be too striking or bold on your nails, try it on your toes!

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Surspice!

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Morocc-go is a rusty brown colour. I wasn't too excited about this polish in the bottle, but I did really like it once it was on my nails! The formula was creamy and easy to work with - opaque in two coats. This isn't a shade that I would normally reach for, but sometimes it's nice to step outside of your comfort zone!

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Morocc-go Swatch

There's also a beautiful pink shade in this collection called Sumac Sonic. Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri Moroccan Spice Market Collection is limited edition, and the polishes retail for $4.95 each. My favourite from this collection is Pep in Your Step - I'm such a sucker for purple polishes! Have you checked out this collection yet? Which polish is your favourite?

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Lancôme Artliner 24H Bold Color Precision Eyeliner in Amethyst

I'm kind of an eyeliner junkie - I just want to try them all! I've heard a ton of amazing reviews on Lancôme's Artliner 24H Bold Color Precision Eyeliners, so I was really excited when I got to try out the shade Amethyst* ($37 CAD/1.4 mL). Amethyst is my birth stone, so it was very fitting that this was the first shade that I tried from the line!

Lancôme Artliner 24H Bold Color Precision Eyeliner in Amethyst

"Lancôme’s precision felt-tip applicator allows to effortlessly create any look. From a sophisticated black to a daring multi-hued look, colour stays vibrant and brilliant 24 hours a day." - Lancôme

Lancôme Artliner 24H Bold Color Precision Eyeliner in Amethyst

Lancôme Artliner 24H Bold Color Precision Eyeliners come in sleek black packaging with a colour-coded strip. The applicator is felt-tip, which I don't think I've ever used before! This packaging is super easy to use, and the felt-tip allows for a crisp, clean line to be drawn. This applicator even allows for a dramatic wing to be easily created. 

Lancôme Artliner 24H Bold Color Precision Eyeliner in Amethyst

I was instantly very impressed with the intense pigmentation of Amethyst! This colour is so rich and pigmented, you only need to go over your line once. I also love the shimmer in this colour, it's fairly subtle but it looks gorgeous on the eyes. I've been pairing Amethyst with neutral brown or purple shadows, and I've been getting a ton of compliments on my liner! I think that purple liner compliments all eye colours - blue, grey, brown, green, you name it! As the name suggests, this is a long wear liner. I don't ever keep my makeup on for a full 24 hours, but this liner does stay put all day long, until I remove my makeup at the end of the night. This liner doesn't smudge, flake, or fade throughout the day! But don't worry, with a little bit of makeup remover this liner comes off very easily - no rubbing or tugging needed!

Lancôme Artliner 24H Bold Color Precision Eyeliner in Amethyst

Lancôme Artliner 24H Bold Color Precision Eyeliner in Amethyst Swatch

At $37 a pop, these liners from Lancôme are very pricey, but I do think that the quality is worth it! If you have oily eyelids, or you just want/need a liner that's going to stay put all day (and night) long, then I do think that these liners are worth the investment. Next on my wishlist is the shade Black Diamond, a shade that I can see myself wearing daily! Have you tried any of Lancôme's Artliner 24H Bold Color Precision Eyeliners?

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Jimmy Choo EDP

When browsing the shelves at Sephora, Jimmy Choo's EDP* ($59 CAD/1.3 oz) always catches my eye. Seriously, this bottle is stunning. Don't believe me? Scroll down to see photos! See, I told you so. When a perfume is housed in a beautiful bottle I'm already halfway to loving it. Luckily for me, Jimmy Choo also created a delicious fragrance - a scent that matches the beauty that is its' bottle!

Jimmy Choo EDP

"An expression of the modern woman’s aura, this scent at once conveys strength and beauty, glamour and confidence. Luminous green top notes join a heart of rich and exotic tiger orchid and lingering base notes of sweet toffee and Indonesian patchouli to leave a sensual memory on the skin. For the bottle, the opulence of jewel-colored Venetian Murano glass inspired its faceted design.
Notes: Green, Tiger Orchid, Toffee, Sensual Indonesian Patchouli.
Style: Feminine. Luxurious. Stylish." - Sephora
Jimmy Choo EDP

Jimmy Choo's bottle is just perfection - made out of jewel-colored Venetian Murano glass with a square silver & black lid. You can't help but feel fancy and important with a perfume bottle this beautiful on your vanity!

Jimmy Choo EDP

This perfume is both sweet and sensual - thanks to the toffee and patchouli notes. I could definitely see myself wearing this out on a date night, but I also think that it's perfect for daytime wear. This is one of those fragrances that you can smell on yourself throughout the day, but it's not going to be overly noticeable to strangers. If you're like me, and don't want your coworker from 4 cubicles over to be able to detect your fragrance, then I think you'll love Jimmy Choo's perfume. 

Jimmy Choo EDP

Since this is an EDP, the scent lasts on my skin for about 7-8 before I need to reapply. This perfume is also sold in a convenient rollerball , which you can easily keep in your purse for touch ups throughout the day. 

Jimmy Choo EDP

I'm in love. Seriously, run out to your local Sephora and try out Jimmy Choo's perfume on your skin. I love the mix of sweet and sexy, and I think that you will too. Have you tried out this fragrance before? What's your current favourite perfume?

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Sea Bloom Collection

This July, Sally Hansen has released their limited edition Xtreme Wear Sea Bloom Collection*, which is available exclusively at Walmart. These polishes are super affordable, ringing in at only $2.47 a bottle, which means that picking up the entire collection is entirely possible. Read on for swatches & reviews on each of the 8 polishes in this ocean-inspired collection!

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Sea Bloom Collection

"Formulated with Micro-Shine Complex to help strengthen manicures that last up to 7 days, Sally Hansen introduces the new limited edition Xtreme Wear Sea Bloom collection, inspired by the pretty pastels and muted hues found under the sea.

This summer, there will be a palette of eight on-trend oceanic shades to choose from: Pearl Up, Peach Babe, Floaties, Teeny Bikini, You’re Crabby, Water Orchid, Wet Suit and Kelp Yourself." - Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Sea Bloom Collection Swatches

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Floaties is a beautiful pastel orange shade with a great formula. I only had to use two thin coats for an opaque, streak-free finish.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Floaties

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Peach Babe is actually more of a pinky peach shade. The formula of this polish was excellent - 2 thin coats and you're good to go!

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Peach Babe

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Pearl Up is a sheer pearl shade. I used two thin coats, and as you can see, this polish is still quite sheer. I have seen opaque swatches of this polish with 4+ coats, but I do think that it's meant to be worn sheer. 

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Pearl Up

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Kelp Yourself is a pretty mint green shade with a good formula. I used two thin coats, which left most of my nails looking great, but there was some streakiness on my ring finger. As with most mint polishes, this one might take a bit of extra work to make it look absolutely perfect.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Kelp Yourself


Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Wet Suit is a beautiful bright blue with a creamy, pigmented formula. 

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Wet Suit Swatch

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in You're Crabby is a pretty pink, but the formula can be a bit streaky (as you can see on my ring finger). 

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in You're Crabby Swatch

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Water Orchid is a gorgeous pastel lilac - seriously, I'm in love with this polish! This formula was super creamy and easy to work with. Two coats gave an opaque, smooth finish. 

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Water Orchid Swatch

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Teeny Bikini is a Summer appropriate yellow polish with a surprisingly good formula! Yellow polishes have a tendency to be super streaky and hard to work with, but Teeny Bikini painted on smooth with two thin coats.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Teeny Bikini Swatch

My favourites from this collection are Water Orchid, Wet Suit, Peach Babe, Floaties, and Teeny Bikini. This collection is limited edition, so if you're loving any of these shades I would recommend picking them up sooner rather than later. At only $2.47 a pop, you really can't go wrong with any of the shades in this collection!

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Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara

I've been trying out Revlon's new Bold Lacquer Mascara* for the past few weeks, so it's about time that I shared my thoughts on it with you. I tend to have good results with Revlon's mascaras - I really liked their Lash Potion Mascara! Read on to see how I got on with Revlon's newest mascara offering...


Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara

"- Formula’s lacquer film technology and intense colour pigments deliver a lustrous, deep colour to lashes.

- The Lash Stretch brush pulls the formula’s high-shine, lengthening fibers from root to tip and beyond." - Revlon

Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara

Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara Wand

Just like Revlon's Lash Potion, their Bold Lacquer Mascara has super pretty packaging. The tube is long and fairly thin, but the brush is quite large. I do find that the stopper doesn't remove enough of the mascara from the wand on the way out of the tube - the mascara can tend to clump up on the bristles at the bottom of the wand. The bristles are short and evenly spaced out, and they do grip on to every lash easily. My lashes don't require a ton of work from a mascara, I just want a bit of extra volume and drama. Unfortunately, I find that Revlon's Bold Lacquer Mascara can tend to clump a little bit on my lashes, and it doesn't do anything spectacular to them. On a more positive note, this mascara stays on my lashes all day long without flaking or fading. This formula isn't waterproof, and it removes easily with a gentle cleanser at the end of the day. I've been using the shade Blackest Black, which gives a rich, pigmented black glossy colour to my lashes.

Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara on Lashes

I just wasn't wowed by Revlon's Bold Lacquer Mascara, it didn't really do anything spectacular to my lashes. I would definitely recommend trying out Revlon's Lash Potion, as it gave a lot more length and volume to my lashes. Have you tried out Revlon's Bold Lacquer Mascara? I would love to hear about how it worked for your lashes!

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