28 March 2010
In March I had the opportunity to try out a few new products from brands that are not widely available. Lets get straight to the point:
Vaseline Rosy Lips (not available in Canada)
Bourjois Bronzing Powder in chocolate format
Glissandra 3-step Skincare (loaded with good ingredients-Review to come)
Jan Marini Bioglycolic Facial Cleanser (serious cleanser to treat clogged pores-Review to come)
Hana Elite Professional Ceramic flat iron with tourmaline from Misikko.com (OMG! were my first words to come out of my mouth when this goddess of a flat iron touched my hair-gorgeous hair! Review coming & cross your fingers-xx-giveaway-xx)
Vasanti eye shadow palette in shade The Hamptons (reviewed)
What were your March beauty favourites?
26 March 2010
25 March 2010
Lipsticks in Denmark (top) & Sweden (bottom), (very sheer, creamy lipsticks, texture & stain of Denmark reminds me of a tinted lipbalm)
Overall, Vasanti Cosmetics are fantastic products worth checking out. My favourite section on their site are the makeovers.
Have you tried Vasanti Cosmetics? If yes, what are your favourite items?
(image of blush: vasanticosmetics.com)
24 March 2010
Question is, when is it too old to shop at stores like Forever21? Is there a cut-off age?
Items purchased: the dress in the top pic and the two items on the bottom
I'm in the process of testing out the SK-II Cellumination Essence Hydrating Serum and will report soon! When I'm in the process of trying out sincare I make sure to use it for a good few weeks, in order to provide the most honest review based on my experiences. I will add that the SK-II Cellumination Essence is very different from any other product I've tried thus far, and am excited with the findings of the research from this product. A co-worker of mine swears by SK-II and from my experience with the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (which I've finished & must get another one) I can add so far so good!SK-II Cellumination Series is a next-generation skincare ritual to help brighten the complexion. Both products help to condition skins surface cells to impart both evenness and radiance.SK-II Cellumination Essence Hydrating Serum was developed with key ingredients Centella asiatica extract, Nicotinamide W and Pitera, which is singular blend of vitamins, amino acids, minerals and organic acids that works together infuse the skin’s surface with essential moisture, while providing radiance.
SK-II Cellumination Cream Illuminating Moisturizer is an intensive daily moisture gel. Designed to provide superior hydration, while instantly illuminating the complexion.(sk-ii.com)
The SK-II Cellumination Series is available as of March 2010 at select Saks Fifth Avenue & Bloomingdales or check out SK-II.
(image: SK-II.com) disclaimer: no promtional commission is being paid, upcoming review is based on my own personal experiences and not influenced by outside sources.
Edit: My review...
The Sk-II Cellumination Essence smoothed out my skin however I didn't notice any glowing effect or natural radiance. This product actually works well as a primer but I wasn't thrilled with its hydrating effects. For me I much prefer the SK-II Essence Water over this product.
23 March 2010
How cute are these compact mirrors? So cute! I've seen these compact mirrors on quite a few online sites and thought you'd might also find them quite cute and practical. There are several styles to choose from and they are so practical for travel and/or touch-ups. The best part is that they light up! They're available online at Les Tai Tai (they ship to the US, UK, and Europe) or at several stores in Canada, Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
(images: LesTaiTai, polyvore.com to create the collage)
20 March 2010
18 March 2010
A few years ago, a small, innovative team committed itself to the creation of fresh, handmade food products for the skin. Thus marked the birth of Bella Pella.Although Bella Pella was located in an underground mall the store itself felt homely and the staff member who helped me was extremely friendly without the pushy sales pitch. Oh and the products! Everything smelled so good...they even carry skincare that I regret not buying but I just couldn't fathom more skincare when I still have alot at home. I told myself ONLY one item....and one item I found, Le grand Bleu Perfume Oil perfect for work as its very subtle and I don't like to wear or carry my existing perfume bottles. Le grand Bleu Perfume Oil comes in a little frosted-glass roll-on bottle which fits in my uniform's blazer pocket. And smells divine, like you just stepped out of the shower! Literally like ocean (minus the fishy smell) with a mix of Ylang Ylang essential oil. Unfortunately, Bella Pella stores are only located in Montreal but you can buy online too, minus the scent! (note: I didn't see the perfume oils online)
Infusing aromatherapy, culinary expertise, scientific research and some Italian traditions- the four keys in bringing you high quality personal care products.
Hand-crafted with care, Bella Pella uses many natural ingredients, pure essential oils, and high quality fragrances to produce our medley of soaps, shower gels, shampoos, lotions, and Bain Champenois. Used on a regular basis our aromatic products will nourish your skin and stimulate your senses like no other.
(store image: bellapella.com)
17 March 2010
The suggested retail price for Olay Professional Pro-X Restorative Cream Cleanser (150 mL) is $28.99 approx. (psst! I saw this recently on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart for $24)
Have you come across any good drugstore facial cleansers lately?
13 March 2010
beautyreport by beautyparler on Polyvore.com
Although I post more positive beauty reviews than I post negative ones, its not for a lack of dislike. Over the years I've tested out quite a few products that according to beauty insiders, fashion/beauty magazines, and online beauty forums have rated quite positive. However, once I've purchased these products thought, what the heck were these women smoking.... Nope! Not for me. Above are just a few of the most famous beauty products that personally just didn't get the passing grade.
Clinique Facial Soap (I don't like putting bars of soap on my face & this one is no exception, too drying & left soap scum)
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara (Great...Yeah right! What's so great about a mascara that smudges, makes you look like a racoon and clumps)
Creme de La Mer (big tub of expensive lard with marine extracts much rather use my cheap version of German-made Nivea in a tin)
Benefit Benetint (a rose-scented/coloured watery mess)
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer (sells every minute across the Globe...yeah ok. Plain, yellow tinted moisturizer...blah)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (potion yes to take your money! Primer no...did nothing for my super oily eyelids. OK grant it I have the oiliest eye lids so I know this works for alot of you)
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser (gentle yes very! But so is water...)
On a last note, just because I'm not a fan of any of the above products does not mean that I'm not a fan of their respective brands. There are good and not so good products in any of these mentioned name brands. And what might not work for me might work for you! Disclaimer:Opinions expressed are solely of the owner of this blog.
I want to know what beauty products you have tried that failed?
11 March 2010
What McQueen was preparing had a poetic, medieval beauty that dealt with religious iconography while recapturing memories of his own past collections. He had ordered fabric that translated digital photographs of paintings of high-church angels and Bosch demons into hand-loomed jacquards, then taken the materials and cut stately caped gowns and short draped dresses. In its ornate surface narrative, that might read as a kick against the plain and restrained direction fashion is taking, but in their own way, the fluted, attenuated lines of his long dresses suggested a calm and simplicity. Instead of aggression, they transmitted the grace of the medieval Madonnas and Byzantine empresses McQueen had been studying. (style.com)The workmanship, textiles, and embroidery are just beautiful! Truly masterpieces!
10 March 2010
“When I started “Rising Revolt” I was inspired by those women who had to take their husbands’ places in the workforce during the 1940’s,” says Anitra Michelle. “When the men came home, these women were faced with who they had become and what they were expected to return to. Those who embraced their new roles were definitely fighting their own war. It was a revolt between what they were and what they were supposed to be. I don’t think much has changed in today’s age style-wise. Women are too often expected to look and dress in a way that is contrary to their true essence and this collection is both a means of self-expression and empowerment.” (plutocracy PR release)
09 March 2010
Hollywood (check out the link & actressses). In the future another of their products that interests me is the Perfect Touch Camouflage Creme & the Bronzer (have I mentioned that I'm hooked on bronzers), but those purchases will have to wait I'm suppose to be on a "no-buy" policy. Yikes! see how long that lasts.
Have any of you heard of Smart Cover Cosmetics? Thoughts?
Dislcaimer: although I received the products for review I was not influenced to write a positive review nor was I paid.
08 March 2010
Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleasning Oil (awesome stuff!)
MAC Charged Water skin Hydrating Mist in the Youth Aura version (liking this too!)
haven't tried any of the other items yet
MAC Nail Lacquers in Seasonal Peach, and Love & Friendship
MAC pigment in Blue/Brown
MAC eye shadow in Apres-Ski
MAC shadestick in Pink Couture
MAC blushcreme in Sweet William
Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing Foundation in Beige
MAC lipsticks in Hue, Way to Love, Party Mate
Estee Lauder lipstick in Tender Mauve
MAC Charity bag (minimum donation of $5.00) came with 4 items & depending on what day you went it varied, all MAC items:
lipstick in Hipster, eye liner in Fly-by-Blu, blush in Notable, eye shadow in Glamour Check
MAC mineralize skinfinish in Perfect Topping
Have any of you've been to cosmetic warehouse events in your area? Any of your favourites in my list?
06 March 2010
05 March 2010
NafNaf (a French brand, no free-standing stores in Canada) I purchased a gorgeous pair of pleated tapered at the ankle jeans
Tennis (lots of great basic tee's & jeans)
Chevignon (another French company which is very popular in Colombia)
Touché (gorgeous swimwear)
GEF (denim, basics, clothing for the whole family)
And now onto my favourite purchases (I haven't included clothing or swimwear because it would be too many pics):