Thursday, June 14, 2018

Whats Up Nails Canadian Flag Nail Vinyls ~ FREE Coupon Code

Canada Day is just around the corner and Nail Polish Canada wants you to have some super sweet and totally festive nails 🙌



I was fortunate enough to partner with them to give 10 of my readers the opportunity to try Whats Up Nails Canadian Flag Nail Vinyls totally free (shipping included) with no strings attached!



Simply visit Nail Polish Canada's website here and enter code ZRII1C1BIS


I hope you love them and be sure to tag me in any photos you share on social - I'd love to see what you come up with 😊


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

Monday, June 11, 2018

Dior Addict Lacquer Plump ~ My Latest Obsession

After 2 years of wearing almost exclusively matte lips, I'm happy to say I've moved on. I never thought I would see the day that I was excited for glossy lips, but here I am. Even more shocking is that I've basically only been wearing the new Dior Addict Lacquer Plump - specifically 868 J'adior.
I have commitment issues when it comes to makeup, so when I wear the same brand, product and shade for more than a day, you know it's gotta be good great!

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"It's a fascinating formula innovation. We have succeeded in pushing the limits of shine and extreme colour in various effects with a comforting lip care formula and an ultra fluid texture that you forget is there. Thanks to a lightweight texture, exactly the right quantity is intuitively applied to the lips in one sweep." 
-Peter Philips

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Dior Addict Lacquer Plump is a lacquered lip ink that not only colours the lips with long wearing colour, it plumps the lips too. This miracle in a tube (my term) shapes, smooths, plumps and adds dimensional colour all while caring for my lips. Now you see why I call it a miracle! Plus it's available in 16 shades ranging from classics to neons and glitters.

Before I get into the nitty gritty, I have to fangirl over the packaging a bit. The tube is traditional Dior but the labelling is truly stunning.

"The packaging was designed to give place of pride to colour with a Dior signature that emphasizes each of the sparkling shades."
- Peter Philips

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Luxe packaging aside, the formula is where it's at. If you're anything like me, when you hear glossy you automatically think sticky. That is my biggest qualm with glossy lips and I'm so happy that there is no stickiness to Dior Addict Lacquer Plump. Literally none. They have such a unique feel to them that reminds me of vinyl - smooth and surprisingly comfortable. I can feel it on my lips, but not in a bad way. I actually really like the feel of these.

538 dior glitz 658 starstruck 648 dior pulse 868 j'adior

According to Dior, 24 hours after application, lip hydration levels climb by 78% thanks to an oil and water emulsion that's infused with hibiscus extract and hyaluronic acid.

538 dior glitz 658 starstruck 648 dior pulse 868 j'adior


The plumping effect is noticeable immediately. The lines in my lips are filled and they look deliciously full - something I desperately need. I have noticed that these can bleed a bit, although it's not consistent, so I think it has more to do with what other products I'm wearing.
I've basically just started lining my lips with the bolder shades, just in case. Wear time is quite impressive (4-6 hours) and the transfer is minimal. They also leave behind a stain that I really like.

If I'm being honest the glitter shades of Lacquer Plump, although gorgeous, don't perform quite as well. They're not uncomfortable, but I can definitely feel the glitter. And they fade kind of weird and patchy. If I eat or drink, I'm going to need to reapply. After a few hours I need to reapply. A pain in the ass but worth it because they are really pretty.

You can find Dior Addict Lacquer Plump at Sephora, sephora.ca , Hudson's Bay, thebay.com and Dior counters nationwide.



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









Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wet n Wild's Limited Edition Flights of Fancy Collection ~ Review + Swatches

The moment I laid eyes on wet n wild's flights of fancy collection on Instagram I knew I had to have it. As luck would have it, I was kindly gifted the collection and I am sooo ready to share it with you!

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Hasta La Costa baby, stop ruffling my feathers, flock party

As you all know, I'm an eyeshadow addict so naturally I have to start with the Color Icon Quads. The LE collection has 3 quads and they all feature neutrals with bold pops of colour. I can't even pick a favourite because they're all equally awesome. The pigment is on point, they're blendable and long wearing. Quality wise they're all the same - two thumbs up! You can't go wrong with any of these quads, and the price point is so right. In other words, you need them all!

ReviewFlock party swatch and review

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I'm currently all about glossy lips right now and hot damn, these wet n wild Color Icon Glosses are bomb af. They have just the right amount of colour with no stickiness and a comfortable wear time. The tubes are also super cute. I'm so glad that wet n wild decided to go with glosses opposed to mattes because I'm so over matte lips. Give me all the shiny, hydrating lippies 🙌

Fly gal, featherless, pout of paradise, shut the pluck up

Wet n wild flights of fancy

There are also 3 Color Icon Baked Blushes and they're incredibly stunning. Now I will say that I disagree with these being labelled as blushers. I think we can all agree that they have way too much shimmer to be a blush, blush topper maybe. Either way, they're gorgeous. Subtle is not a word to describe these - they're super bold, pigmented plus they satisfy my need for colour and glow. Oh and FYI they also work as eyeshadow - hello monochromatic looks 😉

Swatch

wet n wild blush swatches


I'm kind of meh when it comes to eyeliner and it takes a lot to impress me. The 2 MegaLiner Liquid Eyeliners are pretty but they're really nothing special. Gilded Wings applies patchy at times but man does it look pretty. Winged n' Wild is the more practical of the two and it applies much more evenly. I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase them on their own, but I'm not mad about them being included in the kit as the contribute to a full 'look'.




I love me a good scrub, and Perfect Pout Lip Scrub in Pecker Up is almost perfect. The scrub itself is good, although fairly dry, meaning it will crumble and fall into the sink if I'm not careful. The scrubbing action is perfect though and it's a shame that it has such a phony scent and taste. Remember Double Bubble Watermelon Gum? It tastes/smells exactly like that, and I don't like it. Ugh I hate candy. I'll still use it, but I wouldn't purchase it individually in the future. If they removed the artificial scent and taste, I would buy it in a heartbeat. Oh, and that name (Pecker Up) kills me everytime. I don't know if it was intentional, but it's funny as hell.


I was really excited to see the Photo Focus Primer Water Spray until I took a look at the ingredient list and saw alcohol denat as the second ingredient. Since I have dry skin, I avoid alcohol in skincare. There's a lot of discussion around the use of alcohol in skincare and I personally try to avoid it. I have dry, acne prone and sensitive skin and I don't need anything to aggravate it. Sadly, I won't be using this, therefore I won't be reviewing it either.

wet n wild flights of fancy primer

This box contains 14 items at a very reasonable price, making it entirely worth it in my opinion. The products are also sold individually, so you can cherry pick what you like. I highly recommend you try out the Color Icon Quads, Color Icon Baked Blushes and Color Icon Glosses if you can as they're soooo good.



You can find this wet n wild collection online at wetnwildbeauty.com




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





Monday, May 28, 2018

Dahlia Divin Eau Initiale Eau de Toilette

This spring we see a new take on Givenchy's modern icon - behold Dahlia Divin Eau Initiale Eau de Toilette.


The Blooming of a divinity

At the root of Eau Initiale is a divine flower, the Magnolia.

Hubert de Givenchy regarded fragrance as the final touch of style and elegance and his perfumes have carried a distinctive and timeless olfactory signature since 1957. The creation of Dahlia Divin in 2014 brought couture to fragrance and this new interpretation brings feelings of pure beginnings.


"Dahlia Divin is a golden fragrance, an elixir of pure sensuality. The fragrance of a modern godess who shines like the sun and captivates by her presence." 


This fragrance is light but noticeable with an average sillage. It maintains a good balance between fresh, floral and musky without being over the top. The notes shine on their own and together in harmony. Out of all of the Dahlia Divin's I've tried, I have to admit this is my favourite. There's something about it's purity that I love and I think it's perfect for wedding season.


If you like musky scents than you will love this. And if you found the other Dahlia Divin fragrances too intense, you will like this one far better.

You can find Dahlia Divin Eau Initiale Eau de Toilette ($113) in Canada exclusively at Hudson's Bay and thebay.com

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







Friday, May 25, 2018

MAKE UP FOR EVER's Ultra HD Underpainting Color Correction Palette & Ultra HD Soft Light Liquid Highlighter

Colour correcting, strobing, contouring, highlighting...so many techniques involving so many products. There's no denying that the end result is worth the effort but sometimes time is an issue. In busy mornings I rely on multitasking products to speed up the process. Realistically, if I have to reach for too many different things it's just not happening. Cue MAKE UP FOR EVER's Ultra HD Underpainting Color Correction Palette.

MAKE UP FOR EVER's Ultra HD Underpainting Color Correction Palette swatches

"Each Ultra HD Underpainting Color Correction Palette was developed by MAKE UP FOR EVER’s pro artist teams and tested on a wide range of skin tones to ensure precise and undetectable color correction—ridding skin of unwanted darkness, redness, and dull areas. As with the other Ultra HD products, a signature combination of coated pigments, powders, and a blend of emollient oils provide a second skin, seamless look and feel."
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MAKE UP FOR EVER's Ultra HD Underpainting Color Correction Palette light 25 swatches

There are six palettes to choose from based on skin tone. Each palette contains 2 colour correctors to correct discoloration and imperfections. There are also 2 concealers to camouflage the colour correctors. They can be built up to medium or full coverage as desired.

MAKE UP FOR EVER's Ultra HD Underpainting Color Correction Palette review and swatches

MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Underpainting Color Correction Palette in 25 Light has become a part of my daily routine. On  days where I haven't slept much (or I slept in) I can use the light peach corrector to conceal darkness under my eyes and then cover it with the concealer. I use the lighter shade (Y215) under my eyes and the darker shade (Y245) to spot conceal. I love how they went with yellow based concealer because it suits my undertone and it helps to mask redness better than cool based ones by cancelling out redness. I haven't had any issues with creasing, but I have had some problems with it moving around on my face. To avoid that, I make sure to set it with foundation or powder - preferably both.


Glowing skin has become my obsession lately and I am LOVING the Ultra HD Soft Light Liquid Highlighter in 30. It's the most perfect golden hue and it gives all the glow without the sparkles. The only complaint I have is that it's a bit too subtle - I kind of want to bathe in it! Having said that, I can appreciate the fact that not everyone wants to blind people and it can be built up, so I guess there's not much to complain about 😜

You can find these and other fabulous MAKE UP FOR EVER products in-store and online at sephora.com



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







Sunday, May 20, 2018

Givenchy Live Irrésistible Blossom Crush EDT

This may come as a surprise to some of you because I rarely blog about it, but I'm a HUGE fan of fragrance. At any given time I will have at least 3 (usually 4 or 5) different perfumes open and I rotate them based on the season and mood I'm in. I don't have a signature scent anymore (it used to be Very Irrésistible in my teens/early twenties). Nowadays I opt to wear fragrances based off of my mood and plans for the day.


I am SO picky when it comes to fragrance and you will never catch me wearing anything that isn't a brand name - no body sprays either. Givenchy has and always will have a special spot in my heart. Naturally I was excited to try Live Irrésistible Blossom Crush.

"Live IrrĂ©sistible, Givenchy’s most joyful fragrance, boldly sings the praises of joy in its purest form. Its latest variation, Blossom Crush, is a sparkling and irresistibly charming Eau de Toilette that advocates spontaneity as an asset and freedom as power."
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Live IrrĂ©sistible Blossom Crush is a contrast between the freshness of Peonies and the bitterness of Chocolate.  If that sounds different, it is! This fresh - floral -  musky scent is quite  different than your typical spring rose scents. The peonies add a freshness to the rose, while the cocoa adds a bitterness to it that playfully clashes with the floral aspect. It's important to note that the addition of Cocoa Bean does not cause it to cross into the gourmand category. It maintains it's fresh floral start with a base of musk. It has an average sillage and wears for close to 6 hours on hydrated skin.


The packaging stays true to the IrrĂ©sistible line and features the Givenchy House trademark studs. The bottle is a gorgeous mauve-y pink shade and it looks stunning on display.


Givenchy Live IrrĂ©sistible Blossom Crush EDT is available in Canada exclusively at Beauty Boutique and beautyboutique.ca it retails at $113 for 75mls



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






Monday, May 14, 2018

Kerastasé Densifique and Volumifique ~ Review

Those of you who know me personally or have been following my blog for awhile, know that I'm constantly on the hunt for products to boost volume and thicken my hair.  Permanently or temporarily. I was kindly gifted some KĂ©rastase Paris products not too long ago and I have been loving them!


When you go on the KĂ©rastase website you can take a diagnostic quiz to find out which products will suit you and your hair needs best. With my hair concerns, there are two options available; Densifique and Volumifique.

The Densifique Collection
The science behind this new routine’s formula are three key ingredients: Hyaluronic acid, gluco-peptide, and ceramides. Hyaluronic acid, an ingredient naturally present in the skin which can retain up to a thousand times its weight in moisture, serves to address the concern of thinning hair fibers. Simultaneously, the gluco-peptide molecules serve to enhance the present quality of the fiber. Finally, the ceramides offer each hair strand a shot of strength to reduce breakage. The hair is left thicker, fuller, more resistant, and suppler.
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Bain Densité ($45 CAD)
Reviewing shampoo is tricky because it's so hard to tell exactly what it does. Obviously it cleanses, but what sets it apart? The answer is... I don't know. I never just shampoo my hair, it's always a  package deal. So my review of this shampoo is pretty basic - it cleanses well and prepares my hair for the magic of this routine.

Fondant Densité ($48 CAD)
Moving into the conditioner, I will say that it smells a bit funky. When you're used to sweet, fruity or heavily scented products, it kind of throws you off when something isn't. Smell aside, this conditioner leaves my hair feeling soft, silky and definitely thicker.  There's a noticeable plump feeling and I love it!

Mousse Densimorphose ($48 CAD)
The finishing touch in this line is the Mousse Densimorphose. A little goes a long way and beware that too much will not give you better results (learned that the hard and crunchy way). I like to apply a dollar size amount to my hair when its slightly damp and blow dry with a round brush. I get lots of lift, hold and a noticeable thick feeling to my hair. Obviously it's only there until I wash it again, but I'll take it!



The Volumifique line is really good too! This line is perfect for anyone who wants to add noticeable volume to their hair (aka me). It's similar to the Densifique Collection in steps and process, but the difference lays in the feel of the hair. Where Densifique adds the feeling of thickness, Volumifique only adds visual fullness.  My Volumifique routine consists of Bain Volumifique, GelĂ©e Volumifique and Spray Volumifique.

Bain Volumifique ($45 CAD)
As I mentioned earlier, shampoo reviewing is hard! This one definitely got my hair clean but left it feeling a tad dry. You know that feeling that your hair is super tangled and hard to manage, it sort of felt like that. In other words, it definitely needed conditioner after.

Gelée Volumifique ($48 CAD)
I was initially thrown off by how small this tube is - I honestly thought it was a styling product until I read the packaging! It's a conditioner but in a gel form and it has an odd smell to it. It definitely doesn't have the same feel as a creamy conditioner and I have to admit I wasn't impressed when I rinsed my hair out. My hair felt sort of slick and not at all 'conditioned'. Once dry though my hair looked and felt amazingly soft, shiny, lightweight and full of bounce.


Spray Volumifique ($48 CAD)
Spray Volumifique is a fabulous styling product! It works like a root lifting spray but for all of your hair - genius! I spray it all over and then blow dry my hair upside down, ending with a round brush. Talk about volume! This spray is the bees knees - I can't recommend it enough!

If you've never tried Kerastasé products I highly recommend you visit their website and take their diagnostic quiz - it really takes then guess work out!



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