Beauty

Pat McGrath Labs – Lust 004 Lipstick

As much as I was incredibly excited to try out a new product from such a legendary makeup artist, I have to say that I was also really excited to get my hands on the Pat McGrath Labs Lust 004 Lipstick ($30) so I could play with the sequins – always a child at heart. Aside from the amazing packaging, I absolutely love the quality of this lipstick!

Pat McGrath Labs – Lust 004 Lipstick

Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Edit

It’s that time of year again when beauty brands bring out limited edition palettes/kits/collections to kick off the holiday season. The first thing on my radar was definitely the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Surreal Light ($95), which has already received a lot of varying opinions. As a previous Hourglass limited edition palette owner, I had to get my hands on this year’s version.

Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Edit

Burberry – Cashmere Fluid Foundation

Sometimes you stumble across products that you meant to pick up ages ago but totally forgot about. That’s the case with the Burberry Cashmere Fluid Foundation ($60). After coming across it again during my regular beauty researching (aka shopping), I decided to pick it up.

Burberry – Cashmere Fluid Foundation

My Boyfriend’s Skincare Routine

So my boyfriend (Jonathan) has been asking me to write this blog post for ages. His skin is more on the dry side and mine is more on the oily side so I started passing on skincare that wasn’t quite right for my skin type onto him. In doing so, I have created a bit of a skincare addict. Here is everything he loves using at the moment – hopefully it’s helpful for some of the men out there!

My Boyfriend’s Skincare Routine

L’Occitane En Provence – Shea Nail and Cuticle Oil

I will be the first to admit that I struggle with keeping my nails and cuticles in tip-top shame. As a nervous/stressed nail and skin picker (I know, quite cringe) with very thin and dry nails, I need to find quick and easy solutions that make my fingers look better almost instantly. Enter the newest addition to my nail care routine – L’Occitane Shea Nail and Cuticle Oil ($22).

L’Occitane En Provence – Shea Nail and Cuticle Oil

Hair Routine

A the ripe age of eight my mom’s hair stylist taught me how to blow dry my hair with a round brush and curl with hair with both a wand and a flat iron straightener. From that point on, I was a total hair junkie, constantly on the hunt for new products to create perfectly executed styles. As such, the products I’m using change quite frequently but I thought I would breakdown the products currently in my regular rotation at the moment: 

Hair Routine

Hylamide – Sensitive Fix Booster

If you follow me on Instagram you saw that I visited the recently opened Deciem store on Queen Street West for the first time last month. One of the products I picked up was the Hylamide Sensitive Fix Booster ($20) and as the lovely employee at the store told me, I should be able to see results around the two-week mark - so it’s time for a review.

Hylamide – Sensitive Fix Booster

Skincare Empties - July 2016

It always feels great to totally use up a product but it feels even better to take stock of the products I used up and assess if I should buy them again or if that’s the end of their life in my drawers. Here is the rundown on the skincare products I’ve used up recently:

Skincare Empties - July 2016

NUDESTIX – Skin Glossing Pencil

I’m a total sucker for a good multitasking product. With so many different beauty bits to choose from, it’s nice to be able to check off multiple boxes with one product. One of my favourites at the moment is the NUDESTIX Skin Glossing Pencil ($28) to add radiance to my cheeks, lips and eyes.

NUDESTIX – Skin Glossing Pencil

Laura Mercier & NARS – New Favourite Base Combination

I walked into Sephora after a long day of work to unwind in my happy place. I’ve had my makeup on for 11 hours now without any touch-ups. Just as I start to pick up some new bits of makeup I hear someone say, “what foundation are you wearing, your skin looks flawless.” Shocked, as I also have a stress-induced zit making a home on chin, I look up and see one of the Sephora employees waiting for an answer – that’s when you know you’ve truly found a great base combination.

Laura Mercier & NARS – New Favourite Base Combination

Too Faced – Cocoa Contour Kit

There are a lot of contour & highlight palettes out there that contain tons and tons of different shade, most of which a lot of people realistically won’t use on a daily basis. That being said, I searched high and low for a streamlined contour palette that is more simplified for daily use. Enter the Two Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled To Perfection ($50) in Light to Medium. With two contour shades and two highlight shades, this is definitely one of the more simple palettes available.

Too Faced – Cocoa Contour Kit

Frank Body – Sweet Cheeks Kit

If you live for the #beauty #skincare hastags on Instagram, then you have definitely seen Franks Body products – before/after photos of various skin concerns and coffee-based body scrub all over beautiful people. Feeling more and more tempted by all the Instagram love, I purchased the Frank Body Sweet Cheeks Kit ($49.95) on the website a few months ago, which contains the full range of face products (Creamy Face Cleanser, Creamy Face Scrub & Everyday Moisturiser).

Frank Body – Sweet Cheeks Kit

Urban Decay – Vice Lipsticks

When a beauty brand announces that they are launching 100 new and reformulated lipstick shades – makeup lovers from around the globe perk up and come to attention. With so many colours to choose from in six different formulas, I had to get my hands on the Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks ($21) the second I could.

Urban Decay – Vice Lipsticks

OUAI – Soft Mousse

I am incredibly excited to write about the OUAI Soft Mousse ($35) because a. I really have loved using this and b. it only has two stars on the Sephora Canada website, and I think it should definitely have a lot more, so I have taken it upon myself to give this product some much deserved love.

OUAI – Soft Mousse

New Mascaras – Charlotte Tilbury & Smashbox

Over the past month or so I’ve been testing two mascaras – the Legendary Lashes Mascara from Charlotte Tilbury ($38) and the Smashbox Indecent Exposure Mascara ($25). I’m usually not a mascara girl but I recently started the hunt for the best of the best. We all want mascara to work miracles on our lashes – extend, define, add volume – and I’m taking on the challenge to find the mascara that does that perfect job.

New Mascaras – Charlotte Tilbury & Smashbox

NUDESTIX Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balms

The warm weather is coming. Jackets and boots are coming off and it's time to transition to summer makeup. The new multitasking Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balms from NUDESTIX ($28) are just what you need as we move into the summer months. 

NUDESTIX Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balms

NUDESTIX & Love Is Louder

Makeup and beauty is incredibly fun. There’s an excitement to playing around with different products, allowing you harness your creativity. That being said, it is incredibly special when a brand goes above and beyond products to start a conversation about important social issues.

NUDESTIX & Love Is Louder

Monthly Favourites – April 2016

I feel like I had a lot of products I wanted to talk about this month but I didn't want to spoil some of the longer feature posts I'm planning, so here is the curated shortlist of the things I really loved in April. Stay tuned from some more thorough reviews of new products coming up in the next few weeks.

Monthly Favourites – April 2016

Lippies, Love and Lattes with NUDESTIX

As regular readers of my blog or Instagram and Twitter followers will know, I LOVE a good NUDESTIX product. Last Thursday, the fantastic NUDESTIX team was gracious enough to invite me to a press brunch to get the low down on all the cool products and campaigns they have coming up.

 

Lippies, Love and Lattes with NUDESTIX

KYPRIS – Clearing Serum & Moonlight Catalyst

I am definitely a fan of the medical/doctor skincare brands but it’s always great to find an effective collection of natural beauty products. Based on a selection of organic, wild crafted and sustainable ingredients, KYPRIS beauty products are 100% natural alternatives for all your skincare needs.

KYPRIS – Clearing Serum & Moonlight Catalyst