Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Givenchy's Noir Interdit ~ A truly Innovative Mascara

As beautiful as false lashes are, they just aren't practical for daily use (for me at least). That's where good great mascara comes in.

Givenchy recently released Noir Interdit and It's unlike any mascara I've ever tried.  First of all the packaging - it's sleek, luxurious and totally glam. The tube has some weight to it, but it's still comfortable to hold and use.

One of the first things that I noticed about this mascara was that it smells - really good! I've never used a  mascara that had a discernible scent and I must admit, I love it! Now if that's not enough to pique your interest, meet the wand.

No, it's not broken. The comb swivels 90° to help lift, separate and lengthen eyelashes. Although it looks awkward to use, it's totally not!

Once you remove the wand from the tube you gently push the head of the brush against the tube and voila, you have your curved brush. Starting at the base of your lashes, zig-zag the comb up through your lashes. The unique wand combined with the formula creates a lash extension effect with buildable volume and no clumps. To build volume, rotate the comb to the standard position and comb through as you would with any traditional mascara.

I'm not wearing any eyeliner or eyeshadow (just a touch of concealer) in the before and after photos so that you can see the true effects of Noir Interdit. I took these photos the very first time I used the mascara.

My lashes nearly doubled in length with just one coat and I didn't experience any clumping. The Noir Interdit formula is easy to work with (not thick and not too thin) and it holds a curl for the whole day. If your lashes are straight like mine, I'd recommend using an eyelash curler prior to using this mascara (or any mascara).

In the photo I focused on building length since this mascara is marketed as a lengthening mascara. In subsequent uses I experimented with adding volume and I was able to add quite a bit by rotating the wand and applying a second coat.

I didn't experience any flaking or smudging wearing Noir Interdit and removal was fairly easy. Honestly, I'm impressed by Givenchy's Noir Interdit. If you love luxury beauty and long lashes as much as I do, than this mascara is totally for you!

You can purchase Givenchy's Noir Interdit in-store at Sephora and online at for $38

*This post contains press samples

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick ~ Review + Swatches

Liquid lipstick is by far my favourite type of lipstick so when I heard that Bite Beauty was releasing a liquified version of their lipstick, I knew I had to have it!

Luckily for me (and my wallet) Influenster was kind enough to send me three complimentary shades to review plus the Line & Define Lip Primer. I received Flambé (red), Éclair (pink) and Demi Glacé (brown).

"The liquid lip gets redefined with this handcrafted, moisture-rich, high-pigment formula. Bite Beauty’s most nourishing lipstick, Amuse Bouche, gets liquified, while offering rich, high-impact color and a creamy, comfortable application that glides on with unprecedented precision. Created by hand in small batches, Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick is made with natural monoi butter and coconut oil, which melts at the temperature of your lips to glide on for ultimate wear and a satiny finish. With 12 modern, wearable shades you’ve never seen from Bite Beauty, this collection gives everyday lip color an unexpected twist." /source/

Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick is super moisturizing and wears comfortably. The demi-glaze finish is very flattering and lends to the hydrating feel of this lipstick. It's important to note that it's long wearing but not transfer proof; if you eat or drink it will come off.

Éclair and Flambé were the most pigmented and applied the most evenly and opaque for me. I found Demi Glacé a bit tricky to apply and at times appeared patchy. I'm not a huge fan of the shade either as it's just too dark for my taste. As far as wear goes, they last longer than a bullet style lipstick but not as long as a liquid matte. After 3 or 4 hours I need to touch up.   

I also received Bite Beauty's Line & Define Lip Primer in this VoxBox. It looks very similar to their Crème Lip Crayon in size (review here) and it has a hint of mint in it which I love. It feels so hydrating and it smooths my lips out leaving them perfectly primed for lipstick.

You can find these and other products from Bite Beauty exclusively at Sephora and

*I received these products complimentary for testing and review purposes but all opinions are my own. If you're not a member of Influenster yet and would like to join, feel free to use my referral link

Friday, August 11, 2017

Saint + Sinner ~ #TheResurrectionIsReal ~ Review

Are you a Saint or Sinner? Perhaps a little bit of both? We all possess a level of duality and Kat Von D really tapped into this with her Saint + Sinner fragrances. Originally released in 2009, these perfumes were quite popular and became highly coveted when production of the perfumes stopped. Kat Von D decided to revamp and bring back these fragrances last month much to the delight of her fans.

Influenster was kind enough to send me complimentary samples of each to try and although I love them both, I'm definitely more of a Sinner 😈

"Meet Sinner—dark, sultry, and empowering, this enticing fragrance sweetens a bouquet of jasmine and orange blossom with notes of vanilla, mandarin, and Mirabelle plum. Spicy cinnamon envelops white florals at the heart of the fragrance, while base notes of vetiver, patchouli, and wood form the deeper, darker nuances. Experience confidence in a bottle; Sinner is the fragrant embodiment of the edgy, unapologetic, and outspoken Kat Von D we know and love." /source

Sinner falls into the warm & spicy fragrance family with key notes of patchouli, wood and cinnamon. This scent is truly powerful. It evokes a deep sense of power and seduction - something I love in a fragrance. Sinner has quickly become a favourite of mine, however, I am a little disappointed by the lasting power of it. I found that it started to fade very quickly, practically disappearing in a few short hours. For the price tag, I expected it to wear for longer than it does.

"Meet Saint—soft, alluring, and dreamy, this gourmand fragrance sweetens a bouquet of jasmine and tiaré flower with notes of mandarin, caramel, and sparkling Mirabelle plum. Vanilla, sandalwood, and creamy musk build to the romance of the perfume, imparting a warmth that reminds Kat of falling in love for the very first time. Saint is a poetic exploration of the lesser-known, softer side of Kat Von D." /source

Saint falls into the floral fragrance family with key notes of vanilla, musk and jasmine. I love the softness and sweetness of this scent. It's truly a feminine fragrance. I like to wear Saint during the day while running errands. I do find that it lasts slightly longer on my skin than Sinner, but not by much. Again, for the price I would expect it to wear longer.

You can also layer Saint + Sinner. I tried this a few times but wasn't really a fan of wearing them together. I feel like Sinner was barely detectable. I definitely prefer wearing them separately.

You can find Kat Von D's Saint + Sinner eau de parfums both in-store and online at

Have you tried these fragrances? Are you more of a Saint or are you a Sinner? Lets chat in the comment section below 👇

*I received deluxe samples of these fragrances courtesy of Influenster but all opinions are my own.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Color Paint Shadow & Aqua XL Ink Eyeliner ~ Review + Swatches

MAKE UP FOR EVER has recently expanded their Aqua XL line with some super fun and extremely colourful eye makeup; Aqua XL Color Paint Shadow and Aqua XL Ink Eye Liner.

"Aqua XL Color Paint Shadow offers the ease of a powder in a cream texture. It glides on seamlessly, and it’s flexible texture makes it easy to blend and layer for perfectly vibrant color that’s waterproof, smudge-proof, and crease-resistant. Enriched with mango butter, this nourishing formula hydrates skin, leaving lids comfortable throughout the day. It’s available in an array of ultra-pigmented creamy shades—from neutral to bright tones, including matte, lustrous, and iridescent finishes." /source

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Color Paint Shadow (4.8 ml, $31) is every bit as unique, fun and colourful as it sounds! It's available in 20 shades and finishes (12 mattes, 4 satins and 4 shimmers). The Aqua XL Color Paint can be worn alone or mixed together to create custom shades. The possibilities with this shadow are truly endless!

Aqua XL Color Paint Shadow is housed in a squeezable tube. You can use it directly from the tube or squeeze it into a palette for mixing. It's very pigmented, creamy and applies to the eyes with ease. This eye shadow blends extremely well without losing its pigment, which was really surprising. Not only is it blendable, it's buildable as well. You can build it up or tone it down to suit your needs.

I have the shade M-40, which is a matte yellow. The shade is gorgeous and it can be worn subtly or boldy. I love to wear it on my lids, through my crease and up to my brow bone. I found it super easy to blend and layer.  I use a standard eyeshadow brush for my lid and a blending brush to pull it into and above my crease. It sets fast and lasts all day without primer.

"Aqua XL Ink Liner stays put until you take it off. With an ultra-fine, felt tip applicator, this waterproof formula delivers the best in liquid liner wear. It's long-lasting formula ensures highly pigmented color that wont smudge, transfer or fade. Edge or accent your lids from corner to corner and beyond with this easy, perfectly designed applicator. It’s available in an array of shades, including matte, lustrous, diamond, and metallic finishes." /source

The Aqua XL Ink Eye Liner (1.7 ml, $30) is available in 15 shades and finishes (7 mattes, 1 mettalic, 5 satins and 2 shimmers). The formula boasts 24hrs of waterproof wear, high pigmented colour and ultra-fine precision.

I have the shade D-60 Diamond brown (shimmer finish). The shade is a beautiful, dark brown and it has a shimmering finish. The shimmer isn't very intense; it won't stand out against a shimmery eye shadow. The felt tip is very precise and easy to use. As someone who can't do a wing to save my life, I appreciate how user friendly it is. I do find that it dries quickly so you need to work fast. The one thing that I'm not crazy about, is that if I get it on my lashes they get stuck together and crunchy. It's best to stay away from the ends of your lashes with this stuff. It wears for a long time and is very easy to remove at the end of the day. I will be reaching for this eye liner often.

You can find these and other MAKE UP FOR EVER products at Sephora and

Have you tried MAKE UP FOR EVER's new Aqua XL products? What shades are calling your name? Lets chat in the comment section below 👇

*This post features press samples sent to me for editorial consideration, but all opinions are my own!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Nip + Fab Kale Fix Skincare

Nip + Fab is a results-driven beauty brand that offers targeted solutions to a variety of skin concerns. Sister company to Rodial Skincare and Nip + Man, this innovative company is known for their use of cutting-edge ingredients and affordability. 

"Kale Fix Skincare is a gentle and nourishing range packed with superfood ingredients kale
and watercress to reinvigorate the skin with vitamins to protect against
free radical damage and soften and hydrate dry skin." /source

I've been testing out three products from this range and I'm quite happy with them! The first product I tried was the Kale Fix Moisturizer.

"Daily moisturiser to help soften and comfort dry skin. A superfood powerhouse complex of kale, watercress and almond oil enrich skin with deep vitamin nourishment and protects against external aggressions that can cause dry skin. Concentrated aloe vera and shea butter help to further sooth and improve skin texture, providing long-lasting hydration." /source

Nip + Fab Kale Fix Moisturizer ($25.95) comes in an opaque container with a pump and I love that! Skincare needs to be shielded from heat, sun and air in order to remain effective. This moisturizer has a fresh scent to it that is quite different from the traditional perfume scent found in skincare. A little goes a long way - one compression of the pump dispenses enough moisturizer for my face and neck. The texture is quite interesting; it's thick, but easily spreadable. It absorbs quickly and leaves my face soft, hydrated and matte (for the whole day).

Masks are a regular part of my routine and I love to use clay masks to draw out impurities. Having said that, they can be drying so I try to use them only twice a week (less in the cooler months). Nip + Fab Kale Fix Clay Mask offers the same benefits of a traditional clay mask but with the added benefits of hydration and softening.

"A super-charged nourishing clay face mask enriched with minerals and witch hazel, works to draw away impurities without drying the skin. The addition of an advanced moisture complex helps to restore the skin’s natural barrier function & regulate water loss to increase hydration for the skin to leave it feeling touchably soft with a fresh glow." /source/

Nip + Fab Kale Fix Clay Mask ($15.95) comes in a tube, and much like the moisturizer from the same range, has a refreshing scent that mingles with the traditional scent of clay. It's thick but easily spreadable and dries down in a few minutes. After rinsing my face I see a noticeable difference in the size of my pores and my skin feels super soft and smooth. I have been using this mask 3x a week in the evenings and it hasn't dried me out at all. This mask is really good and would be suitable for those with dry, combo or oily skin types.

Makeup is an everyday part of my life and I'm constantly reaching for long-wearing and waterproof options. These products can be a challenge to remove (especially eye makeup) and finding a gentle, yet effective remover is a huge challenge. Nip + Fab Kale Fix Make-Up Removing Pads are my new go to for removing stubborn eye makeup.

"Gently cleanse and soften dry skin with these ultra-moisturising cleansing pads. Gentle enough to use around the eyes, these facial pads are enriched with superfood ingredients kale and watercress extracts to remove daily dirt and makeup whilst reinvigorating the skin with vitamins A,C and K to protect against free radical damage and retaining skin softness and elasticity. A dual function moisturising complex ensures skin is deeply comforted and feels touchably soft and smooth." /source

Nip + Fab Kale Fix Make-Up Removing Pads ($15.95) are pre-moistened cotton rounds that come stacked inside a plastic jar. The rounds are on the thin side but they're quite durable. I personally find them too small to use on my face but they're just the right size for my eyes!

I take the pad and hold it against my closed eye for a few seconds before I gently wipe them outwards. One pad is usually enough for both eyes (unless I'm wearing a smokey eye) and minimal effort is required to remove my makeup. These pads are incredibly gentle; I've used them to remove waterproof gel-liner from inside my waterline and there was no stinging at all. Nothing. I am so impressed with these pads and can't recommend them enough!

You can find these and other Nip + Fab products at Shoppers Drug Mart nationwide.

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

Monday, July 31, 2017

Preventing Visible Signs Of Aging With Vichy's New Idéalia Line ~ Review + Swatches

I started using Vichy products in my 20's to treat breakouts (the Normaderm line) and I still reach for their products now that I'm in my 30's (the Idéalia line).

My skins needs have changed a lot since I hit 30 and so has my skincare. Nowadays I'm looking for products to prevent/manage early signs of aging. Vichy has a bunch of new products in the Idéalia line that do just that!

Vichy Idéalia Radiance Booster Serum (30 ml, $49.95) is the first step in my skincare after cleansing. This serum has been reformulated to absorb into skin straightaway and to reduce stickiness. It also guarantees an optimum hydration rate for 24 hours and is suitable for all skin types.

I love how it's lightly scented and gives my skin an instant boost of hydration with a touch of luminosity. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft. I use this serum day and night and it works wonders on keeping my combo skin radiant.

Vichy Idéalia Anti-Fatigue Eye Care (15 ml, $39.95) is a dual action eye contour cream that is formulated with caffeine to instantly perk up your eye area. It's suitable for all skin types and will help to reduce the appearance of dark shadows and fine lines.

The biggest issue I have with my eye contour area is sensitivity. I'm prone to eczema there and have an extremely hard time finding eye products that will work without causing irritation. After using this eye cream for a few weeks I can safely say that it is suitable for sensitive eyes!

Vichy Idéalia Anti-Fatigue Eye Care has quickly reached HG status for me. Upon waking I have a few small lines under my eyes and this stuff smooths them right out. It also brightens my eye area with light reflecting particles and wears beautifully under makeup. The one and only thing I don't like about it is the rubber spatula applicator. It tugs on my skin and requires too much finesse to not pull on my eyes. To avoid this, I just squeeze it out and apply it with my fingertip.

Vichy Idéalia Smoothness & Glow Mattifying Sorbet-Cream (50 ml, $39.95) contains a complex of natural actives to boost natural glow, even skin tone, refine pores, smooth the skin and provide all day oil control. It's formulated with fermented black tea extract and micro-beads to take care of excess sebum (oil). This cream is recommended for combination-oily skin types.

As someone with combo skin I know the struggle to find a product that will give a glowy finish without ending up looking oily mid afternoon. This cream is it! I apply it after the Radiance Booster Serum and it gives me a gorgeous glow without being too heavy or looking too shiny. My skin is left matte yet glowing. Vichy Idéalia Smoothness & Glow Mattifying Sorbet-Cream is the real deal. If you have combo skin and want the glow without the shine, you need this in your life!

Vichy Idéalia BB Cream (40 ml, $37) is formulated with mineral pigments that blend into the skin to impart a second skin finish. It's formulated with fermented black tea extract to improve skin quality with continual use. This BB Cream is suitable for all skin types and is available in 2 shades (light and medium).

I usually don't wear BB cream, it's typically either foundation or nothing. Having said that, I have been reaching for this when I don't have the time to perfect my base but still want some coverage. It has a light, pleasant scent and it adds subtle luminosity to my skin. The coverage is fairly light but can be built up. It will last a few hours on me as is, but I can extend the wear by setting it with translucent powder.

Vichy Idéalia Radiance Activating Night Peeling Care (100 ml, $39.95) is a gentle peel that can be used nightly to stimulate skin regeneration, fade dark spots & acne scars and to smooth wrinkles. It's suitable for all skin types - even sensitive!

I love to use chemical peels; they tend to cause less damage to the skin (surface tears) and I've found that they produce much better results. This peel contains glycolic acid which is great for cell regeneration and fighting breakouts (something I still occasionally deal with). Vichy Idéalia Radiance Activating Night Peeling Care has a wonderful scent that I love and it is incredibly gentle. I've noticed that my skin looks much more radiant, even and smooth in the morning after using it.

Vichy Smoothness & Glow Energizing Cream (50 ml, $45) gives a boost of nutrients to the skin that's needed to combat signs of stress and to add glow. There are two versions available; normal - combination and dry skin.

I've been using the normal - combination cream in the evenings. Technically it's a day cream, but I find it to be a bit heavy for day use in the summer. Like all of the products in the Idéalia range, it smells amazing! It comes in a beautiful jar with a mirrored top that looks gorgeous atop my vanity. This cream feels great on my skin and adds a lovely, natural glow. The light reflecting particles give the illusion of blurred pores and rested skin. I feel like this would be the perfect day cream for me come late fall/early winter when my skin leans more dry.

You can find Vichy products in-store at Shoppers Drug Mart or online at
Have you tried Vichy before? What are your skin concerns? Lets keep the conversation going in the comments below 👇

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

Thursday, July 27, 2017

St Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Everyday Body Lotion ~ Review

Long gone are the days of my youth where I would slather myself in oil and bask in the sun chasing the perfect tan. What was I thinking? Nowadays, I bathe in sunscreen and opt for self tanners to achieve a (healthy) summer glow.

St Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Everyday Body Lotion is described as an everyday, gradual tanning lotion that will leave your skin hydrated for up to 48hrs. It is available in two shades (light/medium and medium/dark) and boasts that it will give you a beautiful glow in a matter of days. I received the medium/dark shade and dove right in; after thoroughly exfoliating first of course!

I squeezed a quarter sized amount into my palm and noticed two things. It didn't reek of DHA and it was white, like your standard body lotion. The texture was perfect being neither too thick or thin and it applied like a dream. Since it's white and not tinted I found myself really paying attention to where I was applying it. This isn't a bad thing!

My first application of St Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Everyday Body Lotion was in the evening, just before bedtime. When I awoke in the morning I noticed that I had quite the healthy glow - close to two shades deeper than my natural colour! I caught a slight whiff of DHA but it wasn't overpowering and it washed away after my shower. Most impressive was that my sheets weren't stained!

After my shower I applied another layer of St Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Everyday Body Lotion. Within a few hours I noticed a deepening of my tan. I also noticed that I overdid it near my wrists so I gently exfoliated them so it wasn't as noticeable.

After two applications, I was satisfied with my results so I stopped applying it. After 5 days I decided it might be a good idea to exfoliate again. I was expecting my tan to fade but it didn't; it looked better!

Saying I'm impressed with St Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Everyday Body Lotion would be an understatement. Its been over 2 weeks and my tan still looks amazing. It looks natural, isn't streaky and fades evenly (although it hasn't really faded much). I'm obsessed!

You can find St Tropez at Shoppers Drug Mart &, Murale, London Drugs &, Hudson's Bay &, Uniprix and Nordstrom

Have you tried any products from St Tropez? What's your ride or die self tanner? Let's get the converation started in the comments below 👇

* A PR sample was provided to me for editorial consideration, but all opinions are my own!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Ardell Mega Volume Lashes in 250 ~ Review + Look

When it comes to false lashes, I'm all about the volume. Since I don't wear them daily, I want them to be as extra as possible. Ardell Mega Volume Lashes in 250 fit the bill - they're long, voluptuous and definitely glam!

"Neverflat™ Curl Technology is multi-layered lashes with tapered tips that blend naturally with your lashes for an enhanced 3D effect. Multi-dimensional lashes that offer maximum lash attraction." /source

As you can see in the photo, these lashes have a beautiful curl to them. The tapered ends blend into my natural lashes giving me the most gorgeous, wide-eyed look.

Ardell Mega Volume Lashes in 250 were surprisingly easy to put on; I didn't even have to trim them! I curled my natural lashes, applied a single coat of Benefits They're Real mascara, added a thin strip of Duo's Dark Tone lash glue to the falsies, let it get tacky (about 30 seconds) and then applied the Mega Volume Lashes.

These lashes not only look amazing, they're also super comfy and light. If you're gentle when you remove them and clean them well, they can be reused. If you're looking for affordable (and beautiful) lashes I suggest you check these out!

You can find Ardell Mega Volume Lashes at Rexall, Lawton's and Walmart nationwide.

*A PR sample was provided for editorial consideration but all opinions are my own!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Shiseido WetForce BB VoxBox ~ Review + Swatches

When it comes to skincare, Shiseido is a brand that I love. So when Influenster sent me the WetForce BB VoxBox complimentary for testing purposes, I knew that I was in for a treat!

"Sunscreen and makeup in one. This ingenious hybrid keeps skin looking undeniably gorgeous and protected, even while you have fun under the sun playing sports and working out. Now in a transfer-resistant BB tinted sunscreen, discover the ultimate sun protection formula with innovative WetForce technology. The super-lightweight formula blends easily into skin and stays put, delivering comfortable natural coverage that camouflages uneven skin texture and tone so you can look your best while you sweat." /source

I received Shiseido Sports BB Broad Spectrum SPF 50 + WetForce in the medium shade and it's a perfect match for me - at my palest. This product is only available in 3 shades (light, medium and dark) so it may be hard to find a suitable match if you're anything deeper than light-medium. The poor shade selection is a shame because this product is actually amazing!

Shiseido Sports BB Broad Spectrum SPF 50 + WetForce is tinted enough to cover redness and minor imperfections while still looking natural. It dries to a satin-matte finish in seconds and it has a powdery feel when dry. There's no white cast and it doesn't feel heavy. It lasts all day (the BB coverage; not the sun protection) but it can be tricky to remove. An oil based cleanser works best and luckily enough, one was included in this VoxBox!

"Shiseido Ultimate Cleansing Oil is a specially designed purifying formula quickly and easily removes long-wearing foundation and water-resistant, high-SPF sunscreens. It rinses away quickly leaving no sensation of stickiness." /source

This cleansing oil melts off heavy facial makeup and sunscreen with ease. It emulsifies with water and rinses off clean. I found it worked extremely well at removing my base makeup and sunscreen, however it didn't perform too well on my mascara.

I also received a sample of Shiseido's Urban Environment UV Protection Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 For Face/Body.

"This daily shield utilizes advanced sun care technology to protect against dryness, oxidative pollutants, and UVA/UVB rays that cause photo-aging, spots, and wrinkles. " /source

This product was a huge miss for me. Although it feels light on the skin and has a matte, powdery feeling finish that I love, it gives off a major white cast. It doesn't matter how well I rub it in, the white cast is quite noticeable.

Out of the three Shiseido products I was sent, I would definitely purchase Sports BB Broad Spectrum SPF 50 + WetForce and the Ultimate Cleansing Oil.

You can find Shiseido in-store at Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora & online at and

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*I received these items complimentary from Influenster, but all opinions are my own!