Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Stila Eyes Are The Window Eye Shadow Palette Review & Swatches

When it comes to high quality pigment and stunning variety, Stila is way up there on my list of faves. I Know I’ve reviewed the popular Eyes Are The Window Palette before in the Spirit Collection but this time I’m warming things up for fall and transitioning from cool tones to warm, sultry hues.


This color collection is called Mind and along with a row of basic neutrals for transitioning, creating a base, blending and highlighting, it also has two rows of warm, rich shadows perfect for the season! The contrast of light and dark tones is always appealing and although I would have liked a few gold, copper, garnet or silvery hues for the lids, the palette has most of what I need to create the perfect day looks and deeper effects for a night out.


The middle row contains a selection of cream, grey and orange which I like using in the crease and blending with browns. The last row consists of rich, crease enhancing shades like black, deep burgundy, mocha and caramel which expertly deepen, shape and sculpt.


The texture of the shadow is smooth and easy enough to blend but a little more creaminess in the powder formulation would have made them even better! I am able to achieve a beautiful gradient and a nice level of smokiness for bold, eye-catching creations.

All of the shadows in this palette are matte so combined with the shades from the Spirit Palette (in the photo below) I have a beautiful selection to work with. (Review & swatches of this palette can be found HERE).


As mentioned I don’t think this range has quite enough options for the lids but the pigmentation is good so you can layer and intensify for more saturation. I highly recommend a good primer to really enhance the color but overall I have no issue with creasing or fading and I think these shades are suitable for all complexions. As you start mixing and matching, the combinations you can create are stunning and the darker shades pair beautifully with shimmers and glitter for textural versatility.



If you are looking for a nice range of essential shades for professional results this palette is a great option. It retails for $59.00 at Sephora.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New Lipsticks I’m Lovin For Fall!

Red lipstick is classically chic no matter what time of year but the richness of fall seems to make this sexy hue even more appealing. Today I’m sharing a few new lip colors that will go great with your autumn outfits and keep your pout on-trend for the season.

First up is Kat Von D’s Limited Edition Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Project Chimps. There are 28 swoon-worthy hues to choose from but this bold red definitely adds a sassy twist and 20% of the proceeds are donated to end the use of chimps in biomedical research. These pigments are called “everlasting” because they stay-put for hours and even hold up well through eating, drinking and smooching! This particular shade of red is universally flattering because there are no harsh red, orange or blue undertones. The formula is creamy for effortless glide and the high-intensity, ultra saturated color sets completely matte. During the cooler months lips tend to get dry so I use a primer underneath or clear gloss on top for more hydration. The lipstick retails for $24.00 at Sephora and katvondbeauty.com.


I’ve also been lovin some of the new lippies from Maybelline, particularly the Color Jolts and Bold Collection. The Jolts (also referred to as “intense lip paint”) are available in 8 pretty shades. Red-dy Or Not provides a bright pop of color that awakens the complexion and makes lips appear pouty and seductive. I absolutely love the fierce, full-coverage finish that drenches lips in layers of rich, shiny pigment and when I want a little less shine I simply apply a thinner layer and blot. The longevity is decent for liquid lipstick and as it wears away I usually get a nice fade. The moistness also keeps lips from feeling parched but when wearing such vibrant color I always exfoliate the night before. Personally I find the little squeeze tube and slanted felt applicator quite easy to use and the tip helps trace the lip contour. The jolts retail for $9.96 at drugstores nationwide.


I thought I’d go ahead and throw in a deep purple lipstick for good measure since it is my favorite color! 830 Violet Vixen is part of the new Loaded Bolds Collection which also includes unique pigments like white, dark teal and even black! This provocative purple will take your fall makeup look to a saucy new level and the creamy, delicious smelling formula coats well and layers medium to full-coverage with a luscious dose of moisture. You can pick it up for $7.96.


THEFACESHOP also released an impressive range of lipsticks called Collagen Ampoule. When I saw the shade Signature Red I just had to have it for fall! The luxurious creamy texture glides on effortlessly for hours of hydrating suppleness and comfort. The color is beautifully vivid and anti-aging ingredients help diminish the appearance of lines for a plump, pouty effect. I think lipstick addicts are going to love this formula and you can find them at THEFACESHOP stores and online at thefaceshop.ca for $25.00.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Avon Planet Spa Pampering Chocolate Skincare Collection Review

On a crisp fall day nothing beats a steaming mug of hot cocoa as I’m wrapped in a fluffy blanket with a good book. The new Planet Spa Chocolate Collection pampers the skin and tantalizes your senses with the same comforting aroma of rich cocoa minus all the calories!

Cocoa is high in antioxidants that repair cells, neutralize free radicals, improve skin texture and increase circulation. These mouth-watering products smell good enough to eat with a natural (non-artificial) aroma that I can’t seem to get enough of!

The face mask is a delectable treat for the skin and actually looks and smells like creamy chocolate spread! For fall-themed spa days, light some pumpkin spiced candles, slather on the rejuvenating formula and relax as skin is moisturized and polished. The warm, stress relieving scent and layers of lush hydration is the perfect way to unwind and undo some of the harsh environmental effects of the season. The mask retails for $10.00.


When cold weather starts to dry out my skin I love a good body butter and this delicious whip is just what I need! The luxurious, velvety texture envelops you in layers of silky moisture for hours of skin conditioning cocoa goodness! The formula is lightweight and non-greasy with a decadent aroma I dare you not to become obsessed with! The cream retails for $12.00.


For a truly indulgent shower experience the body wash lathers, cleanses and engulfs you in rich chocolaty bubbles! Aside from making you crave dessert it also foams away dirt, pollutants, oil and grime for fresh, clean skin! You can pick it up for just $9.00.


This fabulous collection is a chocolate lovers dream and for the holidays you can add them to a gift basket with a box of your favorite chocolates, hot cocoa mix and a couple cute mugs to make the perfect gift! Avon can be purchased through independent consultants and at avon.ca 

Friday, September 23, 2016

GOSH Cosmetics Fall 2016 Collection & NEW Core Products!

GOSH Cosmetics has recently released new core products just in time for fall and I’m excited to introduce the bold pigments and lush skin treatments that are totally on-trend for the season!


Since I can’t wait to talk about the new 9 Shade Eye Shadow Collection I’ll start with that! Inspired by the cool city of Copenhagen, this dark, seductive palette is perfect for cool fall evenings and glamorous events! As soon as I popped the lip open I knew it would be perfect for mastering the art of smokey eyes and I love pairing the essential hues with shimmers and glitters. If you want to tone it down a notch, the neutral shades provide the versatility and contrast to do and for $20.00 this collection rivals popular, high-end palettes with similar tones.


If you ask me (and you kind of did by stopping by) these colors are some of the most flattering for creating smokey looks on all complexions. The subtle cream, champagne and taupe hues provide cool undertones and pair beautifully with the rich mocha, deep brown, sultry grey and midnight black. I also like that the compact is portable for travel with a decent size mirror and the shadows sit well in the palette to prevent mishaps.


The pigments are soft and velvety which provides a nice creamy base for superior glide and expert blending. Although I do recommend using a primer, the pigmentation is good! You can layer or intensify the color from tame to bold and the deeper hues accentuate the lower lash line to create an alluring shadow.


If you love a good multi-purpose product and you want to maintain that radiant summer glow, the Contour N’ Strobe Kit has you covered! This large, circular compact includes a brilliant gold highlight, shimmering pink blush and two contour pigments (light & dark). I can achieve a very nice sculpted effect with the deeper brown and the lighter caramel tone makes a nice matte highlight. Both powders have a soft, creamy texture that is easy to build and blend.


I absolutely love the highlight and I think the shade is quite universal for brightening most complexions. It is also very silky and easy to apply for a natural candlelight glow or an intense strobing effect. The pink blush is pretty but I would have personally preferred mauve or berry with a matte finish since the highlight has enough shimmer. Overall this palette is very usable and I think beauty junkies are going to love it! You can pick it up for $32.00 and it also comes in a lighter version.

If you prefer liquid highlight, the new Lumi Drops are available in three pretty shades – vanilla, peach and bronze (featured here). The great thing about this product is that you can use it on the face and body to create a dewy, bronzy glow from head-to-toe! The lightweight, perfume-free formula is easy to mix and blend for a fresh, luminous sheen that appears very natural and soft. The Drops retail for $17.00.


The new Primer Plus Skin Perfector is a tinted base that helps blur imperfections, even skin tone, moisturize and stimulate renewal for a healthy glow. At first I thought it was a foundation and I didn’t think the ivory-beige tint would work for my complexion but it did! Once blended the color fades into a more neutral base and provides natural illumination. If you do have deeper skin, avoid layering heavily or the tint may appear too prominent. I didn’t notice much hydration so I still apply a moisturizer prior to application but I like how smooth and soft it makes my skin which enhances the application of my foundation for a flawless finish. The primer also contains ingredients that helps blur lines and textural imperfections, it retails for $25.00.


I have reviewed a few of the Velvet Touch Matte Lipsticks before but these new shades are to die for! Cranberry (the deep red-brown) and Cinnamon are perfect for autumn and remind me of maple! Although the lipsticks have a high-pigment matte finish, the infusion of hyaluronic acid and natural waxes keep lips plush, supple and hydrated. I also recommend checking out the Velvet Touch Lip Liners in Nougat and Raisin to go with these pretty shades. The lipsticks retail for $14.00 ea.



Since the weather is getting cooler skincare should always be the first step to gorgeous makeup. The new Overnight Primer Oil Essence helps prep and nourish skin for a new day with French lavender oil, blackcurrant seed oil, argan oil, jojoba, antioxidants and fatty acids. Although you may notice an oily sheen, it seeps in quite quickly with a lightweight finish so you are able to layer it with night cream for even more dewy moisture! The Primer Essence retails for $22.00.


GOSH Cosmetics is available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Too Faced Totally Cute Eye Shadow Palette Review

When I was a kid, my older cousin passed down her large sticker book collection which was one of my most cherished possessions. I had fun trading stickers with friends at school, adding them to my book and seeing how many colors and textures I could incorporate. Today I have no idea where that book is but the Too Faced Totally Cute Palette evokes fond childhood memories.


The palette comes with blank pink casing and two sheets of stickers so you can unleash your creative side and decorate the packaging yourself!


It also comes with a step-by-step glamour guide should you need a little inspiration.

Like many of the other Too Faced Palettes I own, this one also has a fabulous array of eye-catching pigments from everyday neutrals, deep jewel tones and brights. There is also a mix of creamy mattes and finely milled shimmers to enhance, define and highlight.


The last row is great for fall with deep matte brown, bold blue and dark purple. The next row contains velvety caramel orange (which is a great crease or transition color), bright neon green and a fresh pop of pink. The larger pigments in the champagne and cream range make great lid or highlight shades for a splash of radiance.


The pigments are smooth and easy to intensify, layer and blend for long-wear color that doesn’t crease or fade when used with a good primer. You can combine these hues in interesting combos to create unique looks and they compliment other palettes in my collection beautifully. The quality lives up to what I expect from Too Faced and there are no parabens, sulfates, phthalates or gluten.



When applying the shimmers I recommend patting them on rather than swiping to avoid fall-out and achieve saturated color pay-off. This little palette is limited edition and offers great versatility and contrast. The hard shell also makes it suitable for travel.


It seems that Kylie Jenner lips are all the rage nowadays and Too Faced has recently released the Lip Injection Glosses in a range of subtle shades. The formula is infused with nourishing botanicals like avocado and jojoba plus plumping agents for volume and softness. Although I don’t really need fuller lips I appreciate the pouty shine and moisture.


Surprisingly this formula makes lips temporarily tingle and sting as part of the plumping process so be prepared for it! The texture is quite thick so you only need one or two layers and although it is a tad sticky the extra adhesion helps the sheer color stay on longer and resist transfer a bit better. The shades featured here are: Like a Boss (lavender) and Spice Girl (nude).

Too Faced Cosmetics can be found at Sephora and toofaced.com

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

L’Occitane 2016 Holiday Collection: Arlésienne

As many of you know I’m obsessed with L’Occitane because their skincare never disappoints and they combine unique French ingredients into intricate bouquets of elegance and freshness that are irresistible! The Arlésienne Collection is another delectable surprise as exotic notes of rose, violet and saffron create a intoxicating aroma. I’m not usually a fan of floral scents but L’Occitane has managed to balance and blend them together in a way that works!


Arlésienne represents a woman of Arles in the South of France - a social and artistic ideology of what true beauty and sophistication meant in Provence. Every detail of the Arlésienne woman is evident in the fragrance and beautiful packaging, from her elegance and mystery to her impressive sense of style including the delicate ribbon she wears.

The fragrance composition showcases the Arlésienne woman’s finest attributes. Grace and delicacy is represented by roses while saffron evokes her fiery temperament and violent depicts her mystery. You can also pick up notes of mandarin, bergamot, lily, rich sandalwood and sultry white musk. The vibrant, crisp florals are gradually mellowed by the creamy base which also helps fade the initial prominence of the ingredients. I was happy to discover that the saffron’s spiciness is not harsh or overpowering, in fact it adds a seductive element to the sweetness. The aroma's intensity remains throughout the day for great longevity and something about this fragrance reminds me of maturity and transitioning from youthful sugary scents to something more complex and feminine. I think this would be a great perfume for cool winter days as it smells warm and inviting. The 75 ml bottle featured here retails for $75.00.


This range also includes the Beauty Milk which is essentially a silky moisturizer enriched with organic shea butter. Since the perfume is so bold and aromatic I don’t really think you need to use both at once. The lotion scents the body from head-to-toe while softening and nourishing dry skin. When applying fragrance, I usually avoid direct skin contact but I can rub the cream onto my décolletage, wrists and behind my ears which makes me smell amazing all day! The Beauty Milk retails for $32.00.


Who doesn’t love a good advent calendar!? I’m not talking about the cheap chocolate variety (although I’d probably still eat those), I’m referring to fun, fabulous products and luxury skincare that you will love! No matter what your age everyone likes fabulous surprises and this cute calendar is filled with amazing goodies from L’Occitane including shower gel, body oil, hand creams, shampoo, moisturizer, perfume, soap, and more!


Simply open the beautiful decorative box to reveal the L’Occitane Gift Workshop and pop open one door each day in December! If you don’t want to keep it all to yourself, share products with friends and family, they make fabulous stocking stuffers! The advent calendar retails for $59.00.


These items will be available at L'Occitane boutiques and online at ca.loccitane.com starting October 25th, 2016.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

MaskerAide In A Clutch Hydrating Sheet Mask Set

Every now and then your complexion needs a restorative boost and whether you like to party hard, work late or lounge on the beach, MaskerAide has you covered! I’ve been using these cute sheet masks for years and the fabulous formulas perk-up my complexion without any harsh parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, artificial fragrance or added pigment.


Now you can get your favorite masks in a variety of combos and single packs as well as this trendy Fab Life Set! This collection is perfect for sheet mask lovers and skincare fanatics because it contains all six treatments in one little clutch plus a box of the new hydrating gel eye patches.


Beauty Restore is infused with aloe, witch hazel and argan to help repair environmental damage, sooth, calm and heal dryness. I use this mask while vacationing in the tropics or battling harsh Canadian winters. I Don’t Wanna Grow Up is a multi-action treatment that helps combat the signs of aging with natural ylang-ylang oil, argan, vitamin E and hydrolized collagen to diminish lines. Beauty Restore is a fabulous night mask that prepares you for bed by deeply hydrating and replenishing plus the subtle scent of lavender oil relaxes the mind and body.


All Nighter came in handy last week after all the late night Film Festival Parties I attended! It has an invigorating cooling effect that awakens, replenishes and refreshes while de-puffing tired eyes to help erase the signs of the previous night. If you need a little pick-me-up before heading out, Pre Party Prep has been my go-to for years! Argan oil, fruit extracts and honey help energize, hydrate and brighten for smooth, soft skin that is ready for makeup. Detox Diva is formulated with geranium oil, seaweed and green tea extract to minimize pores, absorb impurities and protect from toxins and free-radicals. It also provides gentle exfoliation for luminous, clear skin.


All of the masks are thoroughly soaked in serum so you get great coverage and there is enough to massage into the chest and neck. It only takes 15-20 mins so you can kick-back, relax and let the stress just melt away as you pamper yourself and prepare to snap more duck-faced selfies. This set is an online exclusive and retails for $56.00. Individually the masks are $6.99.


When it comes to eye care I go all out because dark circles aren’t cute! Although I use eye cream every night with my Foreo Massager for gradual, long-term lightening, I generally find that masks produce more immediate results. These refreshing gel patches are loaded with hydrating, brightening and firming ingredients including hyaluronic acid. The formula is infused with an impressive 100 natural herbs that diminish the look of bags, darkness and fine lines. Treatment time is 15-30 mins and each box contains 4 pairs retailing for $25.00.


MaskerAide is sold at Trade Secrets, London Drugs, Nordstrom, Ulta and more. For a list of retailers near you please visit the website by clicking HERE.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Yes to Coconut Skincare Review

Mondays suck, so sit back, relax and dream about the beach as the tropical sent of coconut soothes your senses.

I've noticed the "Say Yes" Skincare Collection numerous times over the last few years but never really tested it until now. It also includes: Yes to cucumbers, tomatoes, grapefruit and carrots which sounds more like a delicious summer spread from the produce section!  


The products are 98% natural, safe for sensitive skin and loaded with amazing ingredients that pamper the complexion. This particular range has a delicious coconut scent with lush textures that rejuvenate and rehydrate parched skin without nasty parabens or silicones.

The Ultimate Hydrating Cleanser is also infused with chia seed oil, avocado, olive, banana, hibiscus and guava to deeply nourish and moisturize while gently rinsing away dirt, makeup and excess oil. Because this organic cream contains no soap, it doesn’t lather, bubble or suds-up which makes it feel more like an emulsifying product. It may take a couple washes to really de-clog and refresh my pores but it gets the job done. I like that the gentle formula doesn’t leave my skin tight, dry or greasy but I usually follow up with a hydrating toner to absorb the last traces of residue. If you experience sensitivity or irritation to sulfates and harsh additives, you may want to give this a try, it retails for $9.99.


The Hydrate and Restore Facial Mask treats super thirsty skin with a blast of creamy moisture. The texture is similar to the cleanser – lightweight, non-greasy and rich with an infusion of avocado oil which is among my favorite skin conditioning ingredients for supple results. Along with coconut (obviously) there is a long list of incredible natural ingredients including honey, sunflower, aloe and tons of flower extracts and nourishing oils. I like to use moisture masks after detoxifying with clay or mud treatments that tend to harden into a tight cast. They are also great after exposure to extreme climates and outdoor activity to help reinforce layers of hydration and softness while restoring dry, cracked skin. The mask retails for $16.99.


I’ve been seeing pumpkins and Halloween costumes in all the stores which means cooler weather is upon us. Soon it will be time to step up your body care game with extra layers of moisture and the Head-To-Toe Hydrating Balm will help maintain that silky glow. This balm smells good enough to eat (but don’t) and the solid, ultra rich texture is a savior for dry, cracked, uncomfortable skin that needs a little extra care. It spreads easily and melts in with a hint of shine and minimal grease or residue. This stuff takes care of your driest, roughest areas including hands, heels cuticles, elbows and knees. It retails for $15.99.


These products are available at Shoppers Drug Mart

Friday, September 16, 2016

Too Faced The Power of Makeup Palette by Nikkie Tutorials: Review & Swatches

Unless you’ve been totally unplugged from social media and its constant trend updates then you are well aware that Too Faced is taking the world by storm and rolling out hit after glorious hit! It has almost reached the point where I don’t even have to question whether or not I’m going to like the pigments and recently the brand teamed up with global beauty mega star Nikkie to collaborate on a fabulous multi-purpose palette.


The pink animal print is just a teaser for what's to come as you excitedly crack open the lightweight, magnetic cover. Inspired by makeup’s ability to transform, inspire and promote confidence, the palette contains 9 new eye shadows, 2 blushes from the Love Flush range, the bestselling Chocolate Soleil Bronzer and a Champagne Truffle Highlight. 


The set also comes with a bonus bag of goodies including the Better than Sex Mini Mascara in limited edition purple, full size liquid liner, Glittering Glamour dust (which is essentially loose glitter) and the highly popular Shadow Insurance Primer. This versatile collection is almost everything you need to create a complete look (minus the lipstick) but Too Faced has an amazing selection of lip pigment so problem solved!


Get ready to unleash your inner artist with an exquisite range of multi-dimensional finishes including creamy mattes, provocative shimmers and bold glitters! Wham Bam - a vivid jewel purple and Mystic Hour (glittering blue) are my favorite shades and just too gorgeous to resist! The sparkle hues - Frosted Yum (silver) and Irresistible (gold) reminds me of the holiday season and glamorous parties! Despite their glittery appearance they apply neat and smooth so my face isn’t covered in messy fall-out.


All the colors that you’d want in a matte finish are! The deep brown is pretty much my go-to crease sculptor as it compliments many hues and I can fade it, deepen it or enhance it with the dark black. Painkiller is a basic caramel that works well to transition and blend everything together cohesively and Sugar Coated (frosty pink) adds a fresh, subtle twist.


Most shades provide good coverage and saturation when applied over primer and the formula is non-creasing, buildable, long-lasting and easy to blend. Ivy (the matte cream) is the only sheer shadow and the vivid purple surprisingly required more layering for the results I wanted. Although some of you may think these shades are not ideal for day wear, it really depends on your style and preference. I would rock these colors anytime, anywhere!


For blush you have two classic options - orange coral and pink. I would have liked a deeper blush with a mauve or berry base but I’m not complaining!


The chocolate bronzer is a bit light for me but with so many complexion variations and just one spot for a contour hue you can’t really expect them to accommodate everyone. That being said I can use this shade as a neutral blush or shadow and it still provides a bit of definition. Champagne Truffle is a gorgeous skin illuminating highlight that works for all skin tones. You can tone it down for a sheer candlelight glow or kick it up a notch for maximum radiance.


If you like these colors and you want a palette that is great for travel The Power of Makeup is a good option. Unfortunately the palette is limited edition so you should probably act quickly. It retails for $68.00 and Too Faced is available at Sephora and a toofaced.com.
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