Sunday, March 11, 2018

Givenchy Gloss Interdit Vinyl ~ Review + Swatches

There's something inherently magical about made-to-measure colour enhancers. The fact that the end result is determined by your pH levels make them not only unique, but fun as well! The excitement of applying Givenchy's Gloss Interdit Vinyl is reminiscent of the mood rings of my youth and the concept alone is enough to make me smile.

Givenchy Gloss Interdit Lip Swatch Review

Gloss Interdit Vinyl is a renewed product.  There's a new formula, upgraded packaging, as well as a newly branded, G-shape foam applicator. Gloss Interdit Vinyl is available in 12 shades that offer an ultra shiny plumping effect, luminous colour and medium coverage. 3 of these glosses (N°1 Rose Révélateur, N°16 Noir Révélateur and N°3 Electric Rose) are made-to-measure colour enhancers. Today I'm sharing my thoughts on N°1 Rose Révélateur and N°16 Noir Révélateur.

Givenchy Gloss Interdit Lip Swatch Review

"G for Givenchy, G for Glossy, G for Glamour—Gloss Interdit Vinyl signs a new way of applying lip gloss." 

Givenchy Gloss Interdit Lip Swatch Review

The first thing I noticed was the chic packaging. The tube is sleek and the detail on the cap is stunning - this lip gloss looks luxe! The applicator is really neat with its foam tipped, G shaped applicator. I was worried that the G tip was gimmicky, and therefore would apply wonky, but thankfully it doesn't. It's chic and totally practical at the same time. Score!

Givenchy Gloss Interdit Lip Swatch Review

But do they really work? What makes them change colour? And most importantly, does the black gloss apply.. black?

Givenchy Gloss Interdit Lip Swatch Review

First things first - no, N°16 Noir Révélateur is not black lip gloss. Sure it looks black in the tube, and initially it does apply black, however it changes to a deep berry. What it really does is offer an enigmatic depth that looks so neat on its own, but even better as a lip topper. It's very shiny and not sticky either which is great. I've been having a ton of fun with it and really like how it looks on top of nude lipstick. It adds a unique depth that really brings my lips to life.

Givenchy Gloss Lip Swatch

N°1 Rose Révélateur is clear and looks like your average gloss. It makes my lips appear fuller and slightly pinker - totally a 'my lips but better' look. This is a gloss that I love to wear on its own, although I certainly would wear it on top of lipstick if I wanted a high shine finish.

Lip Swatch Givenchy

I'm really loving the gel like shine and non-sticky finish of the Gloss Interdit Vinyl. I will say that they have a very sweet, candy like scent that I'm not overly fond of. Having said that, it's not a deterrent for me and I already have my eyes (and heart) set on trying some of the other shades.

Givenchy Gloss Interdit Lip Swatch Review

You can find these and other Givenchy products both in-store and online at

*press samples were generously provided to me for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

My Morning Routine feat NYX Cosmetics ~ Review + Swatches

How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? I aim to wake up an hour and a half before my kids so I can shower and get ready in peace. It doesn't always work out how I plan though - sometimes they wake up early. On those days, I switch over to my 10 minute routine. Brows, base, eyeshadow (on lids only), highlight and lipstick.

pin-up pout thats the point eyeliner hella fine

I was recently sent a fun little package of NYX goodies to test out. Curious to know what has become a staple in my morning routine? Read on and find out!

nyx highlight contour palette

3 Steps to Sculpt ($18) is a handy little palette to have. It has three pressed powders (glow highlight, matte highlight and sculpt) and it's more than enough to give you a perfectly chiseled complexion. I was gifted the medium shade, and although it's slightly dark for me now, it will be perfect in the summer. I've been using the glow powder though, and I love it! It goes on super creamy, can be blended down or built up. It is a bit sparkly, so if thats not your thing, you likely won't be a fan.

contour highlight glow swatches

Anyone who knows me will attest to the fact that I love NYX lippies. They're affordable, comfortable and long wearing. Up until now I had only tried their liquid lipsticks - boy have I been missing out! Pin-Up Pout combines vivid, long wearing colour with comfort. It's available in 24 shades and I am the proud owner of two - 07 Almost Famous (Dusty Mauve) and 23 Flashy (Deep Purple with Blue Undertone).

pin up pout flashy

Pin-Up Pout ($10) comes housed in a plain black tube. It has a sharp point that makes lining and filling the lips a breeze. They apply smoothly, opaque and are definitely comfortable. I don't find them overly long wearing, but I don't mind. I can reapply as needed 😉

pin-up pout 23 flashy

The new Matte Lid Lingerie ($9) has quickly become a favourite of mine! It's available in 12 shades and I'm currently crushing on the shade Dynamic (pale pink). Much like the Lip Lingeries, these provide a sheer wash of colour. Pro tip: you can totally build these up to opaque coverage! Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from these, but lo and behold I'm super impressed! They look natural, feel comfortable and are so easy to apply. I like to use a brush (or my finger in a pinch) to blend them out and up through my crease. They dry quickly and don't budge; best part is that they don't crease. I need more of them in my life!

nyx liquid eyeshadow

When it comes to eyeliner, I'm no pro. You would think that after close to 2 decades of wearing makeup I could get it right - nope. Seeing how thin and small the That's The Point eyeliner in Hella Fine ($14) was gave me hope. I find its small size easy to make a thin line (my favourite) and it's perfect for tiny cat eyes. Its super black and long wearing too which is a huge bonus. But I still can't get my wings right 😕

nyx cosmetics that's the point eyeliner hella fine

nyx cosmetics that's the point eyeliner hella fine swatch

nyx cosmetics that's the point eyeliner hella fine swatch

NYX is by far one of my favourite drugstore brands to buy as their products are consistently good.  And they're priced right.

You can find these products online at and in-store at select Shoppers Drug Marts.

*this post features samples generously provided for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Diorskin Forever Undercover Foundation ~ Review + Swatches

Hello beauties! Today I'm talking about foundation and Dior, specifically the new Diorskin Forever Undercover Foundation. Before I get into my thoughts, let's take a look at the facts and the claims.

015 Tender Beige 021 Linen 023 Peach Swatches

First up, the facts! Diorskin Forever Undercover ($64) is a water based formula that contains the highest level of pigments in the entire range; nearly twice that of the original fluid foundation. To avoid a mask like effect, the pigments are given a specific coating (plant based) to merge with the skin, providing an imperceptible finish.

015 tender beige

And now the claims. Diorskin Forever Undercover is said to be an ultra-high coverage foundation that looks natural and wears for 24hrs of extreme correction.

First of all, the finish. In a word, heavenly! I can't get over how this foundation balances full coverage with a natural finish. It's matte yet somehow radiant, and my skin looks perfect. Literally perfect. And the best part is that it's completely undetectable (so long as you find a shade match).


I love how Diorskin Forever Undercover doesn't set right away; you have ample time to blend and adjust your coverage. To achieve a higher level of coverage, Peter Philips recommends applying with a foundation brush. 

As far as wear time, I will say that it's long wearing, but not 24hr wearing (at least not for me). I've tried it with primer, on its own, set with powder plus setting spray and I can't get longer than 8 hours out of it. I will say that it fades gracefully and evenly.


All in all I really like this foundation but...

The shade range (although better) is still very lacking. There are 24 shades that are mostly neutral toned. So those who are very fair or deep will likely have a hard time finding a match, as will anyone with a very warm or cool undertone.

In order for me to wear this foundation in the winter, I need to mix it. Even then, it's not perfect. I'm pretty pale with a yellow undertone. I tried Shade 015 Tender Beige as it was the lightest, most warm toned neutral shade, but it was still too pink. The lightest yellow based shade is 021 Linen and that's too dark for me right now. 023 Peach is too orange. Everything in between is too neutral or pink. In order for me to make this foundation work, I mix shade 015 with a touch of 021, add a couple drops of MAKE UP FOR EVER Chromatic Mix in 02 (review on those here)

015 tender beige 021 linen 023 swatched

The good news is that shade 21 will definitely work once I get my faux tan on 😉

Do I recommend this foundation? Hells ya if you can find a match! The finish is one of the best I've ever tried. I seriously hope that they add some more shades/undertones to the range.

You can find Diorskin Forever Undercover in-store and online at

*pr samples were generously provided for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

NeoStrata Aqua Youth Filling Anti-Wrinkle Creams ~ First Impressions

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a naturally occuring substance found in our skin. HA has the ability to attract and hold large amounts of moisture, which help to keep our skin hydrated and supple.  At its peak in our youth, it tends to decline as we age. As our HA levels deplete we start to notice slackening of skin, loss of pliability and radiance. Luckily, you can add hyaluronic acid into your skincare routine!

Hyaluronic Acid HA Review

NeoStrata, often on the forefront of drugstore skincare, has recently launched a specific line of products full of hyaluronic acid. Aqua Youth Filling Anti-Wrinkle Creams contain 2x  HA (0.2% to be exact) to fill in wrinkles, crows feet and to provide intense hydration. There are two products in this line; Aqua Youth Filling Anti-Wrinkle Cream and Aqua Youth Filling Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream. Both contain 0.2% HA and claim to provide intense hydration immediately and continuously for up to 48hrs. These creams are suitable for all skin types, but dehydrated types will benefit the most. They're non-comedogenic and non-irritating, so even those with sensitive skin can use them.

Hyaluronic acid HA Review

Aqua Youth Filling Anti-Wrinkle Cream ($49, 50 ml) is not a new product, rather a reformulated one. I've used the original and liked it, although I didn't find it to be super special. In all fairness, my skin was more combo then, whereas now I'm quite dry and dehydrated. It's probably not going to come as a shock when I say that I can appreciate this cream a lot more today than I did a few years ago. My skin soaks up the HA and feels amazing after. I'm hydrated, I glow and I'm smooth - a win.

hyaluronic acid HA review

I have a love-hate relationship when it comes to eye cream. I've been wearing them since turning 20 and it shows - my eyes look pretty darn good for someone in their 30s! But, my eye area is crazy sensitive and reactive. I have to be careful what I use otherwise I'll end up with eczema. I'm happy to say that NeoStrata's Aqua Youth Filling Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream ($39, 15 ml) passed the sensitivity test!

hyaluronic acid HA review

Usually I'm pretty 'meh' when it comes to fancy applicators on eye creams but I'm digging this one. I like how the cream comes out on one side and on the other there is a metal massaging tool. It actually fits my under eye well and feels really soothing. I don't get nearly as much sleep as I should, and my tired eyes appreciate the cooling sensation. The cream itself is lightweight, fast absorbing and very hydrating. I notice that the few line lines I have plump up and are less noticeable. I would (and likely will) purchase this in the future.

hyaluronic acid HA

You can find these and other NeoStrata products in-store at Shoppers Drug Mart, online at and

*press samples were generously provided for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Color Eye Shadow ~ Review + Swatches

If you've been anywhere near social media, you've already heard about MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Color Eye Shadow. In case you haven't, Artist Color Eye Shadows are single eyeshadow pans that can be put into magnetic palettes. MAKE UP FOR EVER have their own branded palettes available and Sephora will give you a discount when you bundle a MUFE palette with Artist Color Eye Shadows (more on that later).

MUFE Artist Color M-924 purple I-918 Lavender  I-722 Mandarin

The best part? Not only can you create your perfect palette, you can build more than one since there's 121 shades to choose from (hello choices!) If the idea of a customized palette doesn't get you excited, I don't think we can be friends. Seriously though 😋

MUFE Magnetic Palette

Now I definitely have a type when it comes to eyeshadow, but I do like to branch out. I decided to try to fill in some gaps in my collection and chose shades that are different from what I own. Meet M-924 Purple (matte purple), I-918 Lavender (iridescent purple) and I-722 Mandarin (iridescent orange) 😍

MUFE M-924 purple I-918 Lavender  I-722 Mandarin

Purple is a hard shade to get right. And let me tell you, MAKE UP FOR EVER got it right. M-924 is pigmented, buildable, blendable and true to tone. I love to use it as a crease shade.

MUFE M-924 purple I-918 Lavender  I-722 Mandarin

I-918 is a stunning lavender shade that's very on-trend for spring. I like to wear it as an all over lid colour paired with M-924 in the crease. This iridescent shade is very creamy, pigmented, blendable and just flat out awesome!

I will never tire of orange and coral. They make up a huge part of my eyeshadow collection yet I can never have enough of them. The moment I saw I-722 Mandarin I knew I needed it. This beautiful shade is a little peach and a whole lot of orange, if that makes sense. This iridescent shade looks gorgeous on its own as an all-over lid colour. It also looks amaze with contrasting shades, such as purple. If you like warm, peachy tones then you will want to be adding this to your collection asap.

MUFE M-924 purple I-918 Lavender  I-722 Mandarin Swatches

Earlier I touched on the discount Sephora is offering if you purchase an empty palette plus 2 or more Artist Color Eye Shadow. Here's the official deets, as found on the Sephora website!


To redeem your set:
1. SELECT YOUR EYESHADOWS AND PALETTE: Select 2 to 6 Artist Color Eye Shadows and any size of refillable palette.
3. GET A DEAL: Discount will automatically apply at checkout. Your final set will be:
- US $29 ($36 value)/CAN $37 ($46 value) for 2 Eyeshadows & any size palette.
- US $39 ($53 value)/CAN $50 ($68 value) for 3 Eyeshadows & any size palette.
- US $49 ($70 value)/CAN $63 ($90 value) for 4 Eyeshadows & any size palette.
- US $59 ($104 value)/CAN $77 ($134 value) for 6 Eyeshadows & any size palette.

Note: Each item will display separately with the original price when added to your basket. The discount will display above your order total. Additional promotions and discount offers do not apply to this set.

MUFE M-924 purple I-918 Lavender  I-722 Mandarin

Have you tried Artist Color Eye Shadow? Would you like to? Let's chat in the comment section below 👇

*pr samples were generously provided for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick ~ Review + Swatches

Hey beauties! Today I'm sharing a short (and sweet!) post about the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick I received complimentary to review. If you follow me on social (if not, let's be friends) you likely saw that I received Influenster's Kat Von D Beauty Voxbox. I was gifted the shade Misfit and I seriously love it!

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick Lip Swatch

"Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick features a high-chroma content for pure, vivid color in a revolutionary new base formula that’s crystal clear, super-soft, and virtually weightless. Made with smooth, spherical pigments and lip-nourishing ingredients, it’s never been easier to coat your lips in creamy, comfortable color." /source

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick Misfit

For the most part my lipstick collection consists of liquid lipsticks, however I do own one of the original Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipsticks. In short, the new version is definitely an improvement. I found the old formula to tug upon application and it felt pretty drying. I'm happy to say that the new formula is much creamier, smoother and still long wearing.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick Misfit

There are a whopping 40 shades to choose from and I received the shade Misfit. On the Sephora website it's described as a true scarlet, but in person I would have to say it's more of a warm, rust shade. A little brown, but still very much a red. The finish is somewhere between satin and matte - more matte in my opinion.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick Misfit

As far as wear goes, I can get a solid 6 hours out of it. It does transfer but it's minimal and as long as I don't eat anything oily I'm good. For a bullet lipstick it wears very well.
All in all I'm quite happy with this lipstick and am planning on picking up a few more. OG Lolita, I'm coming for you 😉

You can find these lipsticks in-store and online at

*I received this lipstick complimentary from Influenster. All opinions are my own.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Dior Glow Addict Collection ~ Spring 2018

Hello beauties! Although it certainly doesn't feel like it, spring is around the corner! Today I'm sharing my thoughts on some items from Dior's spring makeup collection. Next week, I'll be sharing my first impressions on new Dior skincare (you definitely don't want to miss that 😉)

Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a weakness for eyeshadow - especially pretty, embossed shadow. Dior knows how to create beautiful palettes and that's a problem for me. Why? Because I don't end up using it. No I'm not joking, and I know it sounds silly. Fortunately for you (and me too), I was recently gifted the new 5 Couleurs Glow Addict Palette in 887 Thrill to review, so I had to use it. Before I begin my review, let's just admire the beauty of this palette 😍

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette 887 Thrill

The Glow Addict Edition: 5 Couleurs - Spring Look 2018 Limited Edition High Fidelity Colors & Effects Eyeshadow Palette ($73) is available in 2 variations, 667 Flirt (greyish pastel) and 887 Thrill (pinky brights). Both are stunning, and feature a Dior embossed centre as well as Gorgeous detailing on the shadows. As always, these palettes include foam applicators and a small brush.

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette 887 Thrill Swatches
no primer, swatched by finger
887 Thrill is beautiful beyond words! The shades work well together, and you can create day looks as well as night looks with ease. Each shade has a gorgeous shimmer to it that gives off a glowing appearance. You can build and blend them easily, to be as subtle or as dramatic as you like. My only issue is that this palette is limited edition - It should be a part of the regular lineup of 5 Couleurs!

Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder 001 Holo Pink

You can't have a Glow Addict Collection without a banging highlighter, so naturally we need to talk about the Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powders. Available in two shades, 001 Holo Pink & 002 Holo Gold, these are what (highlighter) dreams are made of!

Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder 001 Holo Pink Swatch

Dior Spring 2018 Glow Addict

Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder in 001 Holo Pink ($75) is not for the faint of heart. The name says it all; this highlighter is holographic! It catches the light and bounces it in such a unique and pretty way. It goes on creamy, smooth and intense. You can blend it out, but you can't really make it subtle (especially if you plan on spending any time outdoors). If you like your highlight poppin' then you need this. Just look at how direct sunlight bounces off of it...

Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder 001 Holo Pink

If you've never had the pleasure of trying Dior Lip Glow, you need to go out and do that. Like now.
Dior Lip Glow ($41) was born in 2009 and combines the benefit of a slightly coloured ink, with the comfort of a balm. They're the perfect balance of lip care and makeup - plus they're so simple to apply, you don't even need a mirror! This season we see new shades and effects to suit the needs of women (and men!) worldwide. Before I get into the new finishes, let's talk a bit about the formula.

Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm 009 Holo Pink 010 Holo Purple 102 Matte Raspberry 004 Coral

The Colour Reviver technology reacts to the PH level of the lips, to create a customized pink flush. The formula is concentrated in mango butter to provide optimal hydration for up to 24hrs. You can wear it on its own as a tinted balm or under lipstick as a hydrating base. Lip Glow has been the balm of choice for years. Did you know that one is sold every 3 seconds around the world?

Dior Lip Glow 004 coral 009 holo pink 010 holo purple 102 matte raspberry swatches

Dior Lip Glow sees the addition of 10 new shades, as well as matte and holographic finishes.

Dior Lip Glow Color 004 coral

"By playing around with the formula in the laboratory we found that we could create a Lip Glow with a  Matte Glow finish. It's a tinted balm with a blurring effect that enhances lips without giving the impression you're wearing makeup" Peter Philips

Dior Glow Addict

As a matte lipstick lover, I have to admit that I was (still am) stupid excited for this (matte) Lip Glow. I have the shade 102 Matte Raspberry and it's amazing. It reacts with my PH and turns a deep, almost berry, pink. It feels just as comfortable as the regular Lip Glow and it looks natural - I'm obsessed!

The holographic Lip Glows are phenomenal. Unlike the dewy and matte Lip Glows, these do look like makeup on. And you know what? That's totally fine! They have the most stunning iridescent finish that reflects light to bring about a shimmering radiance. The best part is that they're wearable - the holographic finish isn't over the top which means you could totally wear these to work. 

I can't recommend Dior's Lip Glow enough. If you only pick up one thing from the collection, let it be a Lip Glow - you won't be disappointed!

You can find these products in-store and online at , , Nordstrom and Dior Counters worldwide.

*Press samples were generously provided for editiorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own.