Thursday, July 20, 2017

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick In Carina ~ Review + Swatches

As a liquid lipstick junkie, I'm embarrased to admit that I only recently tried Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick. For some reason, Stila is a brand I haven't gravitated towards. After trying their All-In-One Color Correcting Palette (review here) and the Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, that has definitely changed!


Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick (3ml, $31) is a highly-pigmented liquid lipstick that boasts a wear time of up to 6 hours. It's enriched with Vitamin E and Avocado Oil for hydration and is free of parabens, sulfates, phlatates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, GMOs and triclosan.

It's available in 25 shades from bolds to nudes and mattes to shimmers. The shade I'm reviewing is Carina - a matte, vibrant coral!


When it comes to lipstick I'm a sucker for reds, oranges and corals so naturally I was drawn to this shade. The formula is so pigmented, creamy and very opaque - it's a one (swipe) and done lipstick!


Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick indeed stays in place all day with minimal transfer. It can withhold drinking and light snacking but if you eat anything oily, it will start to break down. I've managed to get close to 8 hours of wear time which is quite impressive considering the amount of coffee I consume in a day! I did find that it will start to feel a bit dry once it passes the 4 hour mark - not uncommon for liquid lipsticks. It definitely helps to exfoliate and moisturize prior to applying it.


If you're a fan of liquid lipstick, I highly recommend you check these out! The pigment is great and not having to constantly reapply is priceless.


You can find Stila in-store at Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale and Sephora & online at Sephora.ca and beautyBOUTIQUE.ca


*A PR sample was provided for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Shu Uemura Art Of Hair ~ Review

Thin hair, do care. This post is for those of us who weren't gifted with a perfectly full head of hair. My hair is painfully thin, straight and lifeless. I don't just want volume; I need all the volume!

I've been using some hair products from Shu Uemura Art Of Hair for the last few weeks and I'm impressed! My thin hair has volume, lift and bounce. But what sets this brand apart is how my hair feels. I've found that many products for volume tend to leave my hair feeling filmy and looking dull. With Shu's products my hair feels clean, looks shiny and has volume. Total score!


"Pure lightness shampoo for fine hair with no paraben & no silicone. Gently purifies while respecting the balance of the scalp. With himalayan crystal minerals, the formula provides lightweight conditioning. Hair feels fuller, light and airy. The New Muroto Volume formula fortifies the hair fiber with essential minerals for long-lasting volume without burdening the hair for weightless lift and movement." /source/


Shu Uemura Muroto Volume Pure Lightness Shampoo (300ml, $46) is housed in a sleek looking bottle and it has a very light (almost nonexistent) fragrance to it. This shampoo doesn't create much lather; but it gets my hair clean. It leaves my fine hair feeling hydrated and weightless which is a big deal! After rinsing my hair I apply Shu Uemura's Muroto Volume Pure Lightness Conditioner.


"Conditioner for fine hair with no paraben. With himalayan crystal minerals, the formula provides lightweight conditioning. Hair feels fuller, light and airy. The New Muroto Volume formula fortifies the hair fiber with essential minerals for long-lasting volume without burdening the hair for weightless lift and movement." /source/


Shu Uemura Muroto Volume Pure Lightness Conditioner (250ml, $56) comes with a pump and I love that! It has a light fragrance and a little goes a long way. The texture is thin, yet it coats every strand leaving my hair feeling hydrated. Once rinsed, my hair is conditioned, easy to comb through and not at all weighed down. When dry my hair has so much life, but why stop there? With a little bit of help from Shu Uemura's styling products, I can really amp up the volume! 


"Wonder-Worker Natural look perfector for a flawless touch. Ideal for the on-the-go styling leaving hair treated and protected with an efforless look." /source/


Shu Uemura Wonder-Worker  Air Dry/Blow Dry Perfector (150ml, $42) is a versatile spray that can be used on towel-dried hair that will be air-dried or blow-dried. When I've used it without the blow dryer, my hair has some lift that looks natural. It's bouncy and soft and I love it! When I blow dry my hair I see a lot of volume plus I get some hold as well. I find that with the help of hairspray, it will hold pretty much all day (unless it's humid outside). This multi-tasker is a game changer for me - I will be using it for years to come!


"Invisible Texturizing Powder brush for instant texturized hairstyles : made-to-measure volume, root lift, long-lasting blow-dry" /source


Shu Uemura Volume Maker Invisible Texturizing Powder (2g, $50) is a texturizing powder that comes enclosed in a tube with an attached brush. To use it, you simply push the button on the end so that the powder is released into the brush; then you brush the powder onto your hair. I like the concept, however, I find that the powder gets lost in the bristles. The powder itself is amazing, it adds lots of texture and volume, but I would prefer to have the powder in a shaker-style container to maximize the efficacy and to avoid wastage. The one benefit to having it in this slim brush is that it's easily portable; I can take it with me to touch up my hair should I need to (and since it's summer I need to do that a lot).

This is a side view of my hair after using Shu Uemura Art Of Hair; minus my fading pink ombre, my hair looks pretty darn good!


You can find Shu Uemura Art Of Hair in-store at Sephora and online at sephora.com & shuuemura.ca

Have you tried Shu Uemura Art Of Hair? What are your hair goals? Let's chat in the comment section below 👇


*PR samples were provided for editorial consideration, but all opinions are my own!



Thursday, July 13, 2017

Stila Correct & Perfect All-In-One Color Correcting Palette ~ Review + Swatches

10 years ago I would have scoffed at the idea of colour correcting; now I welcome it with open arms (and dark shadows). I typically use green, peach and yellow correctors on my face and I find having them together in a palette much more convenient than having them individually in tubes (easier to store and travel with too).


Stila Correct & Perfect All-In-One Color Correcting Palette ($59) features 5 sheer-medium colour correcting creams and 2 finishing powders to help conceal skin tone imperfections. It also comes with a handy how-to guide. Before I get into my thoughts on the palette itself, let's refer to that handy how-to guide about what each shade does!
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So now that we know what the shades in the Stila Correct & Perfect All-In-One Color Correcting Palette do, let's talk about the formula. The creams are super creamy and quite sheer (but still very pigmented) when swatched. The Orange Cream is by far the most pigmented; it applies opaque on the first swipe!


Although I'm able to use all of 3 of the cream shades (even the orange!) for my under eye area, I favour the Peach Cream. It hides my shadows, brightens and completely disappears under my concealer. I like to use the Green Cream to correct redness on my nose, cheeks and chin prior to applying my foundation. The Yellow and Pink Creams work great as a highlighter/brightener before or after foundation.

Top-Bottom ~ Yellow Powder, Peach Cream, Pink Cream, Green Cream

Top-Bottom ~ Pink Cream, Green Cream, Yellow Cream, Orange Cream

The powders in the Stila Correct & Perfect All-In-One Color Correcting Palette didn't swatch well, which is why they're hard to see in the photos. I did find them to be a bit chalky, but still totally usable to set foundation and concealer. In my opinion, the creams in this palette are the true stars!


You can find Stila in-store at Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale and Sephora & online at sephora.com and beautyboutique.ca



*A PR sample was provided for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Creating My Perfect Summer Foundation With MAKE UP FOREVER's Chromatic Mix ~ Review, Swatches and Demo

I've got a very exciting post for you today! I've been working on this for a few weeks now and I'm finally ready to share my latest discovery - MAKE UP FOR EVER Chromatic Mix!


MAKE UP FOR EVER Chromatic Mix ($17, 13ml) are pigment drops that you can add to your liquid makeup to change its tone or shade. Chromatic Mix is available in 6 shades and two formulas (oil or water based).


Every summer I slather my self in self-tanner and I encounter the same dilemma; my face fades quicker than my body. So I always have to purchase a darker shade of foundation for when I tan. Cue MAKE UP FOR EVER Chromatic Mix. Instead of rushing out to buy a new foundation, I can tweak the ones I already have!


Matthew (MAKE UP FOR EVER Talent Relationship Makeup Artist) suggested that I mix half a drop of Chromatic Mix in 02 (yellow) and a full drop of Chromatic Mix 05 (brown) to two full pumps of my Water Blend Foundation (you can read my review of that here).


So is it that straightforward? In a nutshell, yes! The Chromatic Mix is water based and blends into foundation with ease. Once you find out the right amount to mix in to achieve the results you desire you're all set.


I've been mixing and blending Chromatic Mix with quite a few of my foundations and have seen amazing results. I took some photos to show you just how little you need to adjust your foundations.



MAKE UP FOR EVER Chromatic Mix is available online exclusively at www.sephora.com



*PR Samples were provided for editorial consideration, but all opinions are my own!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Endless Summer Fun With Sun Bum

If you only use one product, it should be sunscreen. It's been proven that UVA rays  age skin cells and damage their DNA, which in turn leads to premature aging (i.e. wrinkles). UVB rays are responsible for sunburns and are thought to be the cause of most skin cancers. Having a good offence is your best defence when it comes to sun protection and luckily, there are many options available.


Sun Bum is a lifestyle brand located in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Their products are cruelty free, paraben free and made in the US (with the exception of Baby Bum which is manufactured in Australia). I've been putting some of their products to the test for the past few weeks and I'm so impressed!


Sun Bum Face Cream contains an SPF of 50 and is water resistant for 80 minutes. The packaging claims that it's clear, however, the cream itself is white. If applied heavily, it can give a white cast. When applied sparingly and massaged in, you can't see it all. It feels hydrating, not heavy and it doesn't cause my tzone to turn into an oil slick. It's also 100% vegan, gluten free, alcohol free and it smells like bananas!


Sun Bum Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion offers an SPF of 30, water resistance of 80 minutes and smells like a banana smoothie. It contains Vitamin E (an antioxidant) to neutralize free radicals, which are said to be the main cause of premature aging. It feels light, moisturizing and it absorbs into my skin rather than sitting on top. If I could bathe in this stuff I would. Seriously, it's that good!

When I'm out and about, I love the convenience of aerosol sunscreens. They make reapplying sunscreen a breeze and allow you to get to those hard to reach places like your back. Sun Bum Continuous Spray Sunscreen has an SPF of 50 and a water resistance of 80 minutes. The high SPF is perfect for days when the UV index hits 7 or greater. It's a clear formula so it doesn't leave a white cast, it's easy to use and feels great on my skin. Just be wary of wind when spraying; it can cause the sunscreen to go into the air instead of on your skin!


Sun Bum also has a  natural line of sunscreen for children, aptly named Baby Bum. Baby Bum is a mineral-based sunscreen and it contains an SPF of 30 and water resistance of 80 minutes. It has the typical mineral sunscreen scent with a hint of vanilla, yum! It's non-greasy, blends easily and the packaging is adorable. Although Baby Bum is geared towards children, it's a great choice for anyone with sensitive skin or those looking for a mineral based sunscreen.


After a long day in the sun, Sun Bum Cool Down After Sun Continuous Spray is a must have. This dry touch body oil contains Aloe, Cucumber Extract and Vitamin E to restore the skins natural moisture balance after sun exposure. You can use it to soothe sunburns, wind burns, dehydrated/dry skin and chapped skin. It smells heavenly and since its a dry oil, it won't leave your skin feeling oily. You definitely want to keep this in your beach bag!


You can find Sun Bum at Shoppers Drug Mart or online at www.well.ca


Have you tried Sun Bum before? Are you team sunscreen lotion or spray? Let's get the conversation started in the comment section below!



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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Spring Vibes VoxBox

If you follow me on Instagram (if you don't you should - hint, hint giveaway) you will likely have seen that I was chosen to receive *Influenster's Spring Vibes Voxbox. This was the first Canadian co-op voxbox and it was packed full of some amazing items!


Since my thing is beauty, let's talk about those items first!


Nivea's Q10 Firming Body Oil is amazing! Unlike a lot of other body oils I've used in the past, this one actually absorbs (unless you overdue it). It has a light, botanical scent and it's deeply nourishing. It's comparable to Bio-Oil (review on that here) and I can't recommend it enough!


The imPRESS Press-On Manicure Kit was fun to try but sadly it didn't work out too well for me. The nails were absolutely gorgeous, however, my natural nail beds are quite long and the length of these were too short. I had a hard time covering my natural nails with them. I did the best I could, and wore them for two days before removing them. They were beautiful from a far, but up close looked very fake. I think I'll stick with my natural nails.


We received a popsocket from ebates and it's probably the coolest cell phone gadget I've ever used. It makes taking photos easier and holding my phone is much more comfortable. If you're not a member of ebates, I highly recommend you sign up. You can earn cash back on your online purchases and special, member only discounts. If you use my referral, we both get a $5 bonus added to our accounts! How cool is that? Thanks in advance if you use my link 😊 https://www.ebates.ca/referrer?referrerid=yUYKp39XchY%3D%0D%0A


There were 3 packets of Nescafe's Sweet & Creamy Coffee and let me tell you, it's good! I rarely drink instant coffee but I'll make an exception for this stuff. I chose to drink mine prior to cleansing my makeup brushes 😝

Quaker Harvest Fruit & Nut bars were gone in no time, which is why I don't have an individual photo of them to show you 😂 they taste great; no artificial flavour taste and sized perfectly for on the go. I've already purchased them as snacks for my girls.


I discovered Annie's Homegrown last year and I was happy to see a box of the Shells with Real Aged Cheddar included in this voxbox. These shells are one of my favourite pre-packaged mac and cheese products for a reason; they taste like real cheese. My only gripe is that there isn't enough mac and cheese-y goodness in one box.


Last but certainly not least was a FPC for Arm & Hammer. I redeemed my coupon for the Cold Water 3 in 1 Power Packs. Now when it comes to laundry detergent I am super picky, I always use Tide. I was pleasantly surprised by how well these laundry packs work! They didn't remove all the stains from my laundry, but did a good job nonetheless.

Thank you Influenster Canada for including me in this voxbox! It was a lot of fun testing out these products. If you're not a member of Influenster, what are you waiting for?! Join now using my referral link to get in on scoring awesome voxboxes like this just for sharing your honest opinion. Yup, it's that simple!


*I received these products complimentary for testing purposes but all opinions are my own!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Purequosa ~ Review

Hello beauties! I decided to take a mini blogging vacation but I'm back now with lots to share! I've got a some exciting posts coming this week so stay tuned (and don't forget to enter my giveaway on Instagram). I'm starting the week off with an interesting new product - Purequosa!


Purequosa is a plant based, natural cleanser for skin. Designed for people on the go, Purequosa will keep you feeling fresh and smelling clean. These cleansers contain plant hydrosols, plant essential oils and colloidal silver. Colloidal silver is an effective anti-bacterial that has been used for centuries, and is still used today in hospitals for things such as wound care bandages and breathing tubes.

There are three different formulas of Purequosa and each one contains unique ingredients with varying benefits.

Purequosa's Rain contains:

  • Colloidial Silver
  • Plant Hydrosols - Cucumber (softens skin, helps to heal wounds and sunburns), Aloe (burn and acne relief) and Tea Tree (antibacterial and rash relief)
  • Plant Essential Oil - Cleary Sage (antibacterial antiseptic, deodorizing and skin moisturizing)

Rain is my favourite of the three because it has a very light scent that reminds me of fresh laundry! 

Purequosa's Coastal contains:
  • Colloidal silver
  • Plant Hydrosols - Yucca (heals wounds and prevents skin damage), Aloe (burn and acne relief) and Eucalyptus (antibacterial and deodorizing)
  • Plant Essential Oil - Sage (disinfectant and skin restoring)

Coastal smells like sage and I like it a lot more than I thought I would. It smells like sage but it's not overpowering and it doesn't linger for too long.

Purequosa's Desert contains
  • Colloidal Silver
  • Plant Hydrosols - Yucca (heals wounds and prevents skin damage) and Eucalyptus (antibacterial and deodorizing)
  • Plant essential Oil - Cistus/Rock Flower (helps heal wounds and restores skin)

I personally don't love this scent, It's quite potent and masculine. Luckily, the scent doesn't last for too long. I will likely pass this one on to a friend.

It's important to note that Purequosa is free from alcohol and chemicals that are harmful to people and the planet. It's small batched and handmade with no mass production in big factories; which means it's not sitting on shelves in a warehouse for long periods of time. I personally love the convenience of these and how well they work. They definitely leave my skin feeling fresh and clean - I can see myself reaching for them often this summer.

For more information or to purchase Purequosa, visit https://www.purequosa.com


Have you tried Purequosa before? Does it sound like something you would like? Let's chat in the comment section below



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