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 sephora.com



*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 thebay.com , sephora.com , Nordstrom and Dior Counters worldwide.



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


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Givenchy Lunar New Year 2018 ~ Prisme Libre + Le Rouge

In honour of Lunar New Year, Givenchy has taken two of its best sellers and adorned them with limited edition packaging. Prisme Libre Powder in 01 Mousseline Pastel and Le Rouge Lipstick in 305 Rouge Égérie. The formulas remain the same, just the packaging has changed!

prisme libre 01 mousseline le rouge lipstick 305

Prisme Libre Powder in 01 Mousseline Pastel ($69) is a made-to-measure, colour correcting loose powder. It features 4 different pastel hues that complement each other, leaving the skin with a radiant yet matte finish. To use, you gently shake the container (with the lid closed) and then apply with the included puff or a fluffy powder brush.

givenchy prisme libre powder 01 mousseline pastel

If you've never used Prisme Libre, you need to get your hands on this! It's finely milled, sets makeup beautifully and leaves skin matte, but radiant. The opal effect makes my skin look almost ethereal and almost flawless. It really is unlike any other powder I've ever tried.

prisme libre powder 1 mousseline pastel

The LE Lunar  New Year edition features an imitation leather lid that has a vibrant, and extremely eye catching, red floral print. It also has a customized puff. Kudos to you if you can use the puff - I can't bring myself to dirty it 🙈

givenchy prisme libre powder 1 mousseline pastel
If you can't get your hands on the LE version, I still highly recommend you pick up the original - you won't be disappointed! It's available in a few different shades for deeper skin tones too.

givenchy beauty prisme libre powder 01 mousseline

Givenchy Le Rouge in 305 Rouge Égérie ($45) is a stunning coral-red shade that is not too bright nor too dark. It's literally perfect 🙌

givenchy le rouge lipstick 305 rouge egerie

First of all, the packaging..oh my! The cap features the same red floral pattern, but it's printed on genuine leather. I can't even begin to explain the sensory experience - it's smooth and sensual. The luxe cap isn't the only special feature either - just look at that embossed lipstick. Stunning!!

givenchy le rouge lipstick 305 rouge egerie emboss

Beautiful packaging aside, this lipstick has to be one of the most luxurious and comfortable lipsticks out there. It's creamy, pigmented and glides onto my lips with ease. The finish is demi-matte and it wears for a long time - much longer than most bullet style lipsticks. Even after back-to-back coffees and a light lunch, it's still there. When it does fade, it does so gracefully and evenly.

le rouge lipstick 305

This beauty is only $2 more than the regular Le Rouge Lipstick in the same shade and it's worth every penny.

givenchy le rouge lipstick lunar new year edition 305

What I love about this collection is that it's only LE packaging and not products. There's nothing worth than falling in love with something that's limited edition, only to be  unable to repurchase it. Are these products budget friendly? Not really. But they certainly are special and have withstood the test of time. Besides, don't we all deserve a little pampering sometimes?


You can find these beauties in-store and online at Sephora 💕




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





Thursday, January 25, 2018

Givenchy Teint Couture Balm Blurring Foundation

One of the biggest trends coming this spring in makeup is a fresh and natural complexion. The no makeup, makeup look with an emphasis on glow. Well actually more of a glossy look.. but we'll save that topic for another post 😉

Givenchy Beauty Foundation Review + Swatches

To achieve the look you need to start with a good base. The idea is to cover imperfections, while allowing your skin to peek through. In other words, pass on the full coverage foundation and opt for light to medium coverage instead.

Givenchy Beauty Foundation Swatch

Givenchy recently launched a few new foundations in Canada that have been very successful in the US. Today, I'm sharing my thoughts on Givenchy Teint Couture Balm Blurring Foundation ($58, 30ml). I'm also swatching every single shade!

Givenchy Beauty Foundation Review

Before I get into my review, I have a few things I need to get off my chest. For starters, I really love this foundation! But...the shade range is terrible. There's currently only 8 shades available. That means a whole group of people won't get to try this foundation, and that's a shame because it's good. Like really good.

Givenchy Beauty Foundation Review + Swatches

To put it in perspective, I'm usually considered 'light' with warm yellow undertones. I wear 2W1 in Double Wear in the spring/fall and Y225 in MUFE in the dead of winter . I'm currently wearing 1 Nude Porcelain, the fairest shade of Givenchy Teint Couture Balm Blurring Foundation. On the flipside, I can totally see myself wearing the darkest shade in the summer when I have a deep (faux) tan. So if you're super fair or deeper than medium, you probably won't be able to find a match.

Givenchy Beauty Foundation Review + Swatches

Shade selection aside, the formula is amazing! It has a beautiful fragrance to it (seriously, Givenchy always smells good) and the packaging is luxe. I'm a huge fan of the squeezable tube - it stays clean and keeps it fresh longer.

As the name would suggest, Givenchy Teint Couture Balm Blurring Foundation has the texture of a balm with the coverage of a foundation. It's on the thicker side, but easily spreadable. A little goes a long way and it's definitely best to apply it with your fingertips. I find that it just melts into my skin when I use my fingers. As much as I love my brushes, it feels so organic to apply foundation by fingertip!

Givenchy Beauty Foundation Review + Swatches 1 Nude Porecelain 2 Nude Shell 3 Nude Sand 4 Nude Beige 5 Nude Honey 6 Nude Gold 7 Nude Ginger 8 Nude Amber
Shades 1 & 5 have warm, yellow undertones
Shades 2 & 4 have cool, pink undertones
Shade 3 has a neutral balance 
Shades 6 & 8 have gold undertones
Shade 7 has caramel undertones

Although you can build this foundation up, you really don't need to. I find it evens me out and covers any small bumps and spots perfectly fine with one layer. I have applied a second layer, and it still looked good. If you have a pesky zit or serious dark circles, you're going to need concealer.

Givenchy Beauty Foundation Review + Swatches 1 Nude Porecelain 2 Nude Shell 3 Nude Sand 4 Nude Beige 5 Nude Honey 6 Nude Gold 7 Nude Ginger 8 Nude Amber
Shades 1 & 5 have warm, yellow undertones
Shades 2 & 4 have cool, pink undertones
Shade 3 has a neutral balance 
Shades 6 & 8 have gold undertones
Shade 7 has caramel undertones

Givenchy Teint Couture Balm Blurring Foundation has a radiant and natural finish. It doesn't accentuate dry patches - unless they're super flaky. It feels so damn lightweight that I can't feel it at all which I love. To extend the wear time, I apply it on top of hydrated and primed skin and set it lightly with powder.

I'm so happy to have discovered this foundation and I'm not kidding when I say I love it. I've been wearing it every day and I don't see that changing anytime soon!


You can find Givenchy Teint Couture Balm Blurring Foundation online at sephora.com

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




Thursday, January 18, 2018

Monthly Watch Club

I'm a huge fan of subscription boxes. They give you the chance to try new products at an often discounted price, and can force you out of your comfort zone (trying new colours, textures, styles).

Women's Watch

I've only ever had beauty subscriptions, so when I was approached by the Monthly Watch Club to try their subscription, I was beyond excited!

For as little as $33 CAD a month, you will receive a brand new, custom watch. The Monthly Watch Club will never send you the same watch twice, and the watch is yours to keep. They work with watch makers around the world to provide you with an amazing watch at an affordable price.

There are a few different subscription options available.



Month to month (no commitment, cancel anytime) $39.99 CAD

3 Month Prepay (try it for 3 months) $114.99 CAD

6 Month Prepay (less than $37 per month) $219.99 CAD

12 Month Prepay (only $33 per month + includes a free watch box) $395.99 CAD


There is a shipping fee of $7 CAD to orders within Canada and $15 everywhere else (Monthly Watch Club ships worldwide). All orders ship on the 1st of the month from Calgary, Alberta and should arrive by the 15th. All of the watches have a 100 day limited warranty - I'm not sure what the terms are, but this is a pretty generous time frame!


The watch I received is not only beautiful, but well made. The movement is fluid and the band is comfortable. This is a watch that I will be wearing allll the time come spring.
With subscriptions available for both women and men, this would make a perfect gift.



For more information, or to purchse a subscription, visit monthlywatchclub.ca





Press sample(s) were generously provided to me for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Crawford Street Skin Care

Welcome back beauties! I've got another green beauty review to share with you all. Today we're talking about Crawford Street Skin Care*, a brand that proudly manufactures their products in Toronto 🙌


"Crawford Street Skin Care came from the desire to create products with natural ingredients that were sophisticated and luxurious.  Products that not only enhanced your natural beauty, but were themselves beautiful and natural.  We wanted to draw on the beauty treatments and knowledge of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers. Anti-aging might be a twentieth century word but it’s an age-old concept!  Men and women have been using natural ingredients to nourish their skin for centuries, and at Crawford Street, we're continuing that tradition." 
/source


Crawford Street Skin Care creates products that are holistic; with natural ingredients and packaging that's eco-friendly. They also offer a selection of vegan products and all of their products are cruelty-free. I haven't tried many green beauty products, so I can't compare them that way. I can, however, compare them to 'traditional' products 😉


"Crawford Street Skin Care products are 100% natural. They are free of petrochemical derivatives, such as mineral oil and petroleum, PEGs, Parabens, DEA, Sodium laurel sulphate, artificial dyes and fragrances, chemical preservatives." /source/

I've been wanting to switch to natural deodorant for years but never managed to take that leap. In all honesty, I really only wear deodorant in the summer. Thankfully, I don't need it most of the year! Anyways, when given the opportunity to test out Crawford Street Skin Care's Cream Deodorant, I jumped on it!



Woods Cream Deodorant is available in two sizes; 30ml ($10) and 60ml ($18). It's 100% vegan and doesn't contain aluminum, propylene glycol, phthalates or parabens. What it does contain is a trio of essential oils that are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and deodorizing and cornstarch to absorb wetness. This deodorant kind of reminds me of a Christmas tree, and I'm not about it. A dime sized amount is all that's needed for each underarm and it lasts quite a few hours. It's definitely not the same as using your regular drugstore deodorant, but it's pretty darn good.

Neroli + Frankincense Body Lotion ($28, 240 ml) is a light, daily moisturizer that's 100% vegan. This lotion isn't overly fluid, but it's not too thick either (aka perfect texture). The scent is light and not as overpowering as the name could suggest. In fact, I almost find it too light. When you hear frankincense, you expect it to be strongly scented. My nose really only picks up orange, and it's very mild. Personally, I would have enjoyed a stronger scent- I love fragrance! Anyways, it spreads easily and takes a few minutes to absorb. Once absorbed, my skin stays hydrated for the whole day - even during this bitter cold.

Frankincense Hand Cream ($40, 120 ml / $25 60 ml) is a super rich cream that contains frankincense and myrrh to rejuvenate and lemon and lavender to nourish and protect. This hand cream has a light, natural scent and it's non-greasy. A little goes a looong way, which means this fun will last me well into spring. I find it takes a few minutes to absorb, but when it does, my skin feels great. This has been a staple of mine this winter and for once, my hands aren't chapped.

Cuticle Serum ($25, 7.4 ml) has been pivotal in keeping my mani's looking fresh this winter. This cuticle serum contains lots of omega fatty acids, protein  and vitamin enriched oils to effectively hydrate and promote healthy nails and cuticles. It's also 100% vegan! I like to apply it before bed so that I get a solid 8 hours of it soaking in uninterrupted. I also apply it after my at home manicures. Love it!


I'm actually in love with Crawford Street Skin Care's Rose Geranium Toner ($25, 60ml / $40 120 ml). Admittedly, I often skip toning because I can't be bothered to take out the cotton rounds, swipe it on and wait for it to dry. I already double cleanse, use a few serums, moisturize and apply sunscreen. Sounds ridiculous, but it's true. Anyways, this toner is in a spray bottle (a glass one 😍) which makes it so much easier for me to want to use it. It has a light rose scent and it dries almost instantly - a total win. The ingredients are simple and beneficial - rose water, aloe and lavender to soothe, geranium to balance and witch hazel to revitalize. I would carry this everywhere, but knowing me I would end up breaking it in my bag.

Last but certainly not least, is the Sandalwood Aftershave Cream ($35, 120 ml). This 100% vegan aftershave cream is soothing, moisturizing and protecting. It contains skin healthy ingredients such as bitter orange oil (natural anti-inflammatory), grapefruit seed oil (natural anti-septic) and aloe vera to keep your skin in tip-top shape after shaving. This unisex aftershave cream helps to calm irritated skin, prevent bumps and tones skin. It has a very light and natural scent that doesn't linger and it leaves my skin feeling calm. I feel like this is a product that some ladies may overlook, which is a shame because it feels so good on freshly shaven skin. If you have sensitive skin that's prone to irritation after shaving, I highly recommend you check this out.


I'm seriously impressed by Crawford Street Skin Care! Their products are simple yet effective, and their packaging is absolutely stunning. I appreciate that they're local and that they make their products in small batches. If you're looking to clean up your beauty routine, I highly suggest checking them out.

For more information, points of sale or to purchase their products, visit www.crawfordskincare.com


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