Wednesday, May 4, 2016

2016 Make-up Wishlist

I've had my eyes on these products for a while now but I'm going to try waiting, which will be very difficult for me. I'm planning on getting them when Sephora has their annual sale!  Which should be coming up sometime in November.  Where we will get 20% off.  I plan on splurging that day because I won't feel so bad given that I'm saving some money. Let me know if you have tried any of them and which products you are currently lusting over in the comments.

  1. Guerlain Parure Gold Radiance Foundation SPF 30- Natural Beige $95.00 
  2. Koh Gen Do - Oriental Plants Cream 1.41 oz - $144.00 . I'm hooked on the KGD brand.
  3. Koh Gen Do -  Maifanshi Moisture Foundation - $87.00
  4. Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish: $22.00  . I have 2 colours already, and I just love how shiny they are.
  5. Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish: Patsy - gunmetal silver            $22.00
  6. NARS Nail Polish Thasos - mint green - $25.00    . Have not tried any NARS nail polish yet.
  7. rms beauty oil - $97.50
  8. Yves Saint Laurent -Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain Corail Aquatique- $39.00
9. Marc Jacobs  Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer - $55.00  . I've heard many great things about this.
10. Becca Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector  - $34.00    . This is perfect for olive toned/dry skin. I've tried a sample from Sephora already.
11.Marc Jacobs -Perfection Powder - Featherweight Finish - $ 58.00
12.Smash box Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio - $52.00

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Kat Von D - Lolita Review

Review: We've all heard about this popular "Lolita" liquid lipstick colour that all the makeup bloggers and youtube gurus are raving about so I just had to pick one up one for myself to see what all this hubbub is about. After several uses, I must say that I'm very impressed. It's very pigmented and goes on like butter. I find that I don't have to use lipliner with this because of the slanted tip of the brush, it's never a messy application. It doesn't accentuate dryness either.  It is a true mauve-y brown/rose. It's very matte on the lips but doesn't feel dry at all. I think this is a colour that would look beautiful with any skintone. It holds up quite well through the day, very long-lasting even after eating,  I noticed that its still there.
 I am proud to say that Kat Von D Beauty products are never tested on animals – and never will be” – Kat Von D (That's a plus!)
A comparison of Lolita & Lolita II
Ingredients Review: I had a hard time finding the ingredients for this liquid lipstick online. Both the sephora website, and the Kat Von D website only had the benefits. Hence I had to take a picture,  Propylene carbonateTocopheryl acetate are the only irritants I found which are linked to mild toxicity. I'm shocked that the ingredients aren't as bad as I thought they would be, considering that this liquid lipstick lasts so many hours.

Price = $24.00 CAD
Rating = 5/5. I would buy this again.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Boscia Enlivening Amino-AG Eye Treatment

Review: Overall- the gel feels a bit greasy going on, thus it is a bit problematic during the day, but overnight it's okay for an eye cream. I find that it's really thick and you really have to pat it on to get your skin to absorb it. It makes my undereye area feel moist which is great and I do notice that it makes my concealer look a bit better under the eye area. Personally, It does not feel like it has many anti-aging benefits which is what I was initially looking for in an eye cream. My under eye area is very dry and sometimes I get dark circles. I feel that I need something more "heavy duty" for my under eye area.
I honestly think I've tried better eye creams than this. Another thing that I dislike about this cream is the packaging - Although it comes in a pump and it's very hygienic, you don't really know how much you have left in there.
Claim of what it is formulated to do:"Two combined amino acids and powerful antioxidants hydrate the skin to improve softness and prevent the signs of aging. Coix seed and vitamin E reduce the appearance of puffiness and diminish dark circles, while willowherb, and other beneficial ingredients help support natural cell renewal and smooth the appearance of fine lines. Sephora
Ingredients Review: Majority of the ingredients are great. If you look up the red ones you would find that they're irritants associated with the organs. But they're not that harmful when put in low dosages. (I do not rely on one source for this information, I do look at several websites) Look up the ingredients highlighted in red to learn more about them.
Ingredients: Water, CyclomethiconeButylene Glycol, Triethylhexanoin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Vinyl Dimethicone/Lauryl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Betaine, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Leaf Extract Epilobium Angustifolium (Willowherb) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Coix Seed Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Alanyl Glutamine, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Angelica Keiskei Extract, Jujube Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza (Licorice) Extract, Squalane, Polysorbate 60, Rosa Canina Fruit (Rose Hips) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil.
Price = $47.00
Ratings = 3/5

Friday, April 22, 2016

Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray

My Review: This stuff is super-lightweight, yet tames away frizz and doesn't feel greasy nor look oily when applied.  It smells heavenly, like fresh roses. 
I have fairly thin hair, and probably use more product than I should- it's so light it doesn't make my hair stick to each other so that's a plus.  I often apply this product to the ends of my hair and use it as a detangler, and it works great. I don't apply it to my roots because my hair gets oily easily. It's a product that doesn't make me worry because it's mainly made out of natural ingredients not synthetics. 
"What it is formulated to do: Infused with Briogeo’s signature blend of ultra-nourishing rosehip, argan and coconut oils, this milky blend effectively restores hair’s softness, strength, manageability, and moisture levels, while acting as a barrier against heat. Perfect for use on wet or dry hair, this non-greasy formula seals the hair cuticle to lock in moisture, restore luster, and diminish frizz without leaving behind product buildup. 
What else you need to know: This product is vegan-friendly, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and free of silicone, DEA, and dyes. It is a 96 percent naturally-derived formula, and it is color-safe and safe for use on chemically-treated, relaxed, and keratin-treated hair." Sephora
Ingredients Review: Love them. As you're looking over the ingredients - you will notice majority of the ingredients do not look like a foreign language. Yay!
Downside: Looking over the highlighted ingredients - I realized that it is best that I don't apply it on my scalp or close to it - for one is quite high on the 'this is harmful for you tests'. That ingredient you see called Tacopheryl Acetate is supposed to be a variation of Vitamin E, but it's not derived from a  natural source. The way it is processed makes it harmful and in high dosages studies claim that it is linked to tumors.

Favorite Lip Balm: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy

I've tried high-end lip balms, pharmaceutical ones out there and out of all of them, I really like this lip moisturizer. It's not my HG product but so far it is the best one I've tried. It has a slanted tip applicator and it smells like peppermint. It's not greasy and it is quite long lastingIf you sleep in with this product on your lips, you will wake up with soft, luscious lips