Monday, September 17, 2018

FRESH | Coconut Lip Balm

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FRESH Sugar Coconut Lip Balm

Lip balms. It seems that while there’s always a new variety to try, finding a lasting favourite has always been a challenge - my current experiment is the FRESH Sugar Coconut Hydrating Lip Balm. Now while the original FRESH balms in twist up tubes are much loved, I couldn’t get past the scent which eventually deterred me from keeping them in my collection.

THE BASICS
BRAND: FRESH
PRODUCT: Sugar Coconut Hydrating Lip Balm
SIZE: 6 grams
PRICE: $22 CAD
AVAILABILITY: Sephora, FRESH
WEBSITE: www.fresh.com

INGREDIENTS: Isononyl Isononanoate, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Polybutene, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Fragrance, Silica Silylate, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Bht, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Vanillin, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Water, Propyl Gallate, Phenoxyethanol.

According to Sephora online, this (along with its caramel counterpart) is listed as an limited edition release but I’ll have to get back to you on that. Marked as a hydrating treatment balm, it clams to sooth dry chapped lips, provide subtle shine and not leave a sticky after feel.

FRESH Sugar Coconut Lip Balm

TEXTURE & APPLICATION
I love how this balm is creamy yet not gooey or tacky. It falls somewhere between a balm and a cream without the waxy suffocating feel of traditional potted lip products. Now, as most people, I don’t love the idea of using my fingers for applying especially when I need a quick touch up out and about but I do think the beautiful texture can likely only work in a pot format.

COMFORT & WEAR
It feels like a good winter moisturizer on your lips. There’s no greasy slip, it’s not a thick waxy layer but it finds a good balance between being present and not intruding on your day to day activities. I can also report that even with long hair, the stick factor is pretty low. There is a subtle hint of shine but nothing that I think would deter this from being used (and loved) by men and women alike. No weird tastes either.

RESULTS
After wearing this both during the day and also as a nightly “treatment” product, I’d say it makes a good attempt at healing dry peeling lips. It’s not quite on par with something like the FRESH Lip Therapy but I can see this as a great everyday substitute. I get the best results when I leave this Coconut Balm on overnight, then do a lip scrub in the morning followed by another layer of balm. It also wears off evenly and doesn’t make your lips thirstier as some waxy products do. Reapplication is needed every 2-3 hours.

THE FINAL VERDICT
FRESH's Coconut Lip Balm is a like a moisturizing cream for weary lips that feels good to wear and wears comfortably too. Not the best primer for lipstick but for casual or no makeup days it's the perfect pairing. Think of it as your favourite sweatshirt but in a lip product form! I'll be wearing this for as long as I can stand digging into the pot every time which is still a major inconvenience for me. Will I still be looking for a solid long term steady? Yes, but I'm not in a hurry.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

How to touch up your makeup in summer

Let’s be honest, looking fresh and done up in the heat of summer only happen in TV commercials. More often than not, in between transiting to work, the dry air of the AC inside and the humidity of the outdoor heat my makeup is a mess in a few short hours - here’s a few quick fix tricks to touch up your look no matter what you’re rocking.

Summer Makeup Touch Up

MELTY FOUNDATION
I always start by blotting off whatever product has given up on my skin using either blotting papers, a single ply napkin or paper towel. Blot gently using a pressing motion - rubbing will just move your foundation around - then touch up using a semi-matte foundation. While most people would recommend powders, I find my skin is often shiny on top while dry underneath and layering powders directly over this will tend to look cakey. Cushion foundations are great for this purpose. Add a very thin layer of powder on top of this if you prefer but I do often skip this last step when touching up.

SMUDGEY EYELINER
I rock a hardcore waterproof eyeliner but even the best products will sometimes need a little help. Using a cotton bud dabbed in a little moisturizer, clean up any smudges around the eyes; I find creams to be great at this since it helps to refresh and add a little moisture at the same time while easily wiping away leftover mascara or liner. Blot the area with a napkin to remove excess moisturizer then touch up your edges with a very fine eyeliner pen - my new discovery has been this micro pointed option from Miniso!

DRY LIPS
Dry lips isn’t just a winter phenomenon and I find that I tend to forget fixing up my lip makeup in the summer but it doesn’t mean that it should be neglected. I always start by removing whatever’s left of whatever I am wearing using a moisturizing balm (waxy ones don’t work as well) and a cotton bud making sure to reach all the corners. Letting the balm sit for a minute or so while I fix up my base and eye makeup, I then top off with either a creamy lipstick or lip gloss. Though I may start the day wearing liquid lipsticks, I will almost always swap to a sheerer product because they look much more forgiving when your skin is already tired from a long day.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

FOSSIL | Rachel Satchel - the just enough bag!

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FOSSIL Rachel Satchel - review

A little trendy, a little sophisticated and a whole lot of fun - this Fossil handbag has snagged me more compliments than anything else I've ever carried and I definitely think you all need one in your life. Meet the Rachel Satchel, similar to the previously released Sydney and might I add distractingly akin to the the shape of the Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 in size this bag has been my steady companion on days I don't need to carry my work bag. 

FYI | I'm still trying to find the best format for a handbag post between filming a video and being able to show you detailed closeups, additionally I'm also trying to accommodate for those who have time to watch a full video versus those who just want a quick break down so, let me know if this format works out for you!

THE FULL REVIEW


FOSSIL Rachel Satchel - Review

FOSSIL Rachel Satchel - Review

FOSSIL Rachel Satchel - Review

THE QUICKIE
Size: 10" x 7" x 5" 
(LV Speedy 25: 9.8" x 7.4" x 5.9") 
Price at time of purchase: $188 CAD (tax included) 
How long I've owned it: 6 months
Materials: Coated PVC (outside), cotton twill lining
Details: Detachable crossbody strap, front and back slip pockets, interior zip pocket & 2 slip pockets

WHAT I LOVE
  • Easy to carry size that doesn't overwhelm my 5'2 frame
  • Fits my small iPad pro with keyboard cover and still have room for everything else
  • PVC outer keeps clean and is water-resistant
  • Placement of cross body D-rings is well balanced and doesn't pull on the bag body 
  • Duo tagged zipper opens all the way down yet is gusseted so things don't fall out
  • PVC version is super lightweight
  • The zipper is smooth and slides easily every time
THINGS TO NOTE
  • Carrying handles are not removable (had someone ask!)
  • Handles are not large enough to use as shoulder bag under the arm
  • There needs to be a belt loop to keep the tail of the cross body strap in place when you have it on the shortest setting
  • I would love to see a key fob in future versions

FOSSIL Rachel Satchel - Review

THE FINAL VERDICT
I would absolutely buy this bag again in a heartbeat as it's served so functionally in my life and make me smile every time I look at it. The fact that the bag was PVC didn't distract from the overall beauty of the bag which I had initially worried about but now I love it as it is - the PVC versions also gives Fossil lots of creative play with prints that is hard to do with leathers. While I did compare this to the LV Speedy 25, I wouldn't say this is a step down alternative as this absolutely has its own charm and is worth owning in multiples if it works for your lifestyle.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

...and we're back!

Vision Board 2017
VISION BOARD 2017-2018

As I’m sitting on the living room sofa typing this post up on my iPad, I’ve just finish dinner and jazz music is playing in the background on a Friday night. Not a sound interrupts the stillness except for the soft lure of the saxophone and the dull ambiance of traffic passing by...and I love it.

The last few weeks has been filled with sleepless rental hunting, packing up an embarrassing amount of bobbles from my bedroom, spending too much money at Homesense and getting excited over finding the perfect food storage container. Moving out on my own has been on my goal list for years now and now suddenly everything is coming together. A new space not only mean organization and decor videos (which you can find these vlogs my Youtube channel) but also a chance for me to explore many growing personal interests and expanding the breadth of my blog. 

It’s going to be an exciting new adventure!

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

3 Things | Expensive Lipsticks

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Dior-YSL-MarcJacob Lipstick

There is something utterly divine about a lush, elegant and expensive lipstick. As little girls, it's often the first piece of real makeup that we're allowed to try on and to this day, lipstick is still my kryptonite and my collection is larger than I have the opportunity to wear. Particularly precious to my stash however are my high end options, not because there aren't equally fabulous choices in the drugstore but because it just feels luxurious even when you're wearing sweatpants.

Expensive Lipsticks
T-B | MJ Moody Margot | DIOR Hasard | YSL Nude Lavalliere

Starting off with one that I think is a true classic, DIOR's Rouge Dior lipstick is the more traditional out of the three but one that I feel has a real timeless quality about it. The rosey pink shade #263 Hasard has a natural satin finish with medium to full coverage topped off with a rose scent. It's smooth to apply but doesn't have as much slip as many of the more modern options. This one sits best over my lip lines. 

Now if you want your lipstick to double up as jewelry then I think YSL's Rouge Volupte Shine range is the clear winner as far as aesthetics go - the intricate detailing is unmistakable and very luxurious. This is a sheerer formula with a balm like consistency, a fruity scent and gives off a fresh, casual colour on the lips. Lightweight and easy to wear, this is a great one for those who want to put on something but doesn't usually like the feel of lipstick. 

Newer to the luxe beauty game but definitely quickly establishing it's own place is Marc Jacob's Sheer Lip Gel* which has a light vanilla scent, is buildable from sheer to almost full coverage which makes it a versatile carry in your purse. It has a effortless glide when swatched but sadly doesn't sit so well over my textured lips and can look slightly patchy. The colour selection however is lovely from the nude collection so it's still worth a browse if you don't share my lip woes. Next up, my first Chanel!

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

IT COSMETICS | Confidence Skincare

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IT Cosmetics - Confidence Skincare

IT Cosmetics is founded on the idea that your beauty deserves hard working, scientifically researched and results based ingredients. You’ll often find owner Jamie doing amazing on-air demonstrations on QVC (I’m completely a closet addict) and I see the brand as a more modern, green juice drinking version of Clinique. I’ve recently had the opportunity to try out the set of their Confidence Skincare* which boasts their clinically researched Anti-Aging Armour Rejuvenating Concentrate which contains a variety of collagen, peptides, oils and vitamins across all their products.

IT Cosmetics - Confidence Skincare

CONFIDENCE IN A CLEANSER* 
$36 CAD | SHOP HERE

IT Cosmetics says: A skin transforming hydrating cleansing serum which contains hyaluronic acid to sooth and moisturize but will also take off your waterproof makeup in a pinch

A very likeable non-foaming / very light foaming cleanser that I prefer to use in the morning because it feels comfortable and easy on the skin. While I don’t find it drying, I also don’t find it particularly hydrating but this may vary depending on your skin type. Running through all three products is a light citrus scent which is evident by the various natural oils in this concoction. I do think it leaves my skin clean although I still don’t feel completely assured using this to remove my makeup. The effect and after-feel is comparable to something like Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel - well balanced and comfortable. Now the real question is, do we really need such an expansive ingredients list for a cleanser when most people only spend 30 seconds washing their face? You decide.

INGREDIENTS: Aqua/Water/Eau, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Arginine Cocoate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Coco-Glucoside, Citric Acid, Hexylene Glycol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Sinensis Peel Oil Expressed, Butylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Ethylhexylglycerin, Niacinamide, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Water, Colloidal Oatmeal, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Ceramide Np, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ceteareth-20, Glyceryl Citrate/Lactate/Linoleate/Oleate, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide Mea, Glycosphingolipids, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Meadowfoam Estolide, Ceramide Ap, Ethylhexyl Isonanoate, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Steareth-20, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Disodium EDTA, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, FD&C Yellow No. 5 (CI 19140).


IT Cosmetics - Confidence Skincare

CONFIDENCE IN A CREAM* 
$62 CAD | SHOP HERE

IT Cosmetics says: Transforming moisturizing super cream for rejuvenating skin everywhere

Having used face creams from a wide range of brands and price points, I can say straight away that I think this formulation is very reasonable value for money when factoring in ingredients and the overall feel of the product. This, in short, is what IT Cosmetics considers its do-it-all super cream that took 7 years to bring out. The application and texture reminds me of the Fresh Crème Ancienne in the sense it was thick and dense in the jar yet sat comfortable and non-greasy on the skin. The dry down is great for smoothing out the skin for foundation and I suspect that it’ll still be fresh enough for summer so I plan on finishing up the jar. If you have combination skin this would be very ideal. When it comes down to the boasted skincare effects, I must say that I don’t think I am the best person to test its results as anti-aging isn’t my major concern at the moment. While preventative care is always recommended, my major skin struggles are still large pores and skin texture issues more so than wrinkles. I can say that when used consistently, I found my skin to look plump and refreshed even when I definitely don’t feel that way on the inside. 

INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Water, Eau), Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate / Dicaprate, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Caprylic / Capric / Myristic / Stearic Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG - 100 Stearate, Polyglyceryl - 3 Methylglucose Distearate, Stearyl Behenate, Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Biosaccharide Gum - 1, Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Polyethylene, PEG / PPG - 20 / 15 Dimethicone, Phenyl Methicone, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate / Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polyquaternium - 51, Niacinamide, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, PEG - 150 Distearate, Ceramide Ap, Glycosphingolipids, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Meadowfoam Estolide, Sorbitan Isostearate, Squalane, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide - 4, Polysorbate 20, Steareth - 20, N - Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide - 1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide - 7, Polysorbate 60, Aleuritic Acid, Yeast Extract, Glycoproteins, Betaine, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Ceramide NP, Allantoin, Colloidal Oatmeal, Retinyl Retinoate, Polylactic Acid, Canola Oil, Cholesteryl Nonanoate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Water, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Eruca Sativa Leaf Extract, Glyceryl Citrate / Lactate/Linoleate / Oleate, Ceteareth - 20, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide Mea, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glucose, Stearyl Stearate, Tromethamine, Citric Acid, 1, 2 - Hexanediol, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Potassium Sorbate, Dipropylene Glycol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Citratus Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caramel, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Limonene, Linalool.

IT Cosmetics - Confidence Skincare

CONFIDENCE IN AN EYE CREAM*  
$48 CAD | SHOP HERE
IT Cosmetics says: Brightens, repairs and transforms, this day to night eye cream will do it all from minimizing darkness to banishing wrinkles.

As with the moisturizer, the texture of this eye cream is a big winner for me. Its very lightweight and silky plus leaves a slight sheen on the skin which I believe is what the brand claims as "brightening". While I don't think this would be sufficient moisture for the winter season, it's perfectly balanced for summer and simply feels weightless on the skin. Results wise, I haven't noticed any major improvement in undereye puffiness (which is my main concern) but it does seem to minimize fine dehydration lines at the outer corners. It's definitely too soon for me to decide if this is a must-have product especially since I'm not a religious eye cream user so this is one that probably needs a second opinion.

INGREDIENTS: Aqua/Water/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Niacinamide, PEG-40 Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Polyacrylate-13, Polysilicone-11, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Polyisobutene, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Sorbitan Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Chlorphenesin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Alkanna Tinctoria Root Extract, Sorbitan Isostearate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Benzophenone-5, Tin Oxide, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Colloidal Oatmeal, Caffeine, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Squalane, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Royal Jelly Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Cholesteryl Nonanoate, Cholesteryl Chloride, Cholesteryl Isostearate, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Lecithin, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Steareth-20, Creatine, Maris Aqua/Sea Water/Eau De Mer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ceramide NP, Panthenol, Polyglutamic Acid, Phytosphingosine, Ceramide Ap, Tocopheryl Acetate, Arginine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Valine, Threonine, Methionine, Lysine, Phenylalanine, Tryptophan, Cholesterol, Histidine, Saccharide Isomerate, Xanthan Gum, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Retinol, Collagen, Copper Gluconate, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Tea-Cocoyl Glutamate, Potassium Sorbate, Copper Tripeptide-1, Magnesium Aspartate, Biotin, Zinc Gluconate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ascorbic Acid, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Ceramide Eop, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

THE FINAL VERDICT
Test period: 3 weeks
The IT Cosmetics Confidence Skincare range is a beautifully textured, easy to use collection that I would recommend if you are looking for powered up version of a minimal routine. Best suited for combination, slightly oily or slightly dry skin of any age range, there's some impressive ingredients in each formulation with a focus on natural additives so do have a read if you know you're reactive to anything specific. I haven't experienced any sensitivity or negative reactions. For the money, I think the range is well priced and certainly more promisingly than a lot of other higher end and fancier packaged options. I personally didn't see a huge anti-aging improvement but I also don't have a lot of visible signs to treat in the first place and it's not my current main skin concern. It would be something I'd consider as preventive skincare if you're similar to my skin age.

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