Sunday, June 11, 2017

VICHY | Idealia Peeling Lotion & Serum

REVIEW 

It might have something to do with the pretty pink bottles but when Vichy's Idealia skincare range came out, I was quick to flock to the counter and check it out. Being in my late twenties, I still refuse to use consistent anti-aging skincare because most of them use big daunting adjectives that seem more fitting for those with a few more decades under their belt. The Idealia range is created for those who are looking to refresh and revive their skin but don't quite need heavy anti-aging skincare just yet. Think of it as a transitional range for your in between skin.

VICHY IDEALIA Skincare

IDEALIA OVERNIGHT PEELING LOTION* | While this was the single product that intrigued me the most, I opened the bottle thinking it was either going to freaking amazing or terribly awful - let's face it, peeling lotion is not an easy category to get right. Vichy however, has done a commendable job formulating this to be mild (not single sting) yet leaves my skin feeling clean and with a noticeable morning after glow. The percentage of active ingredients isn't explicit but it does advertise a cocktail of glycolic acid, antioxidant blueberry polyphenols along with fermented Black Tea extract. It contains a mild floral fragrance and has slightly thicker consistency than water but spreads easily on the skin. Skin is left lightly moist but not greasy.

Note: As with most Vichy products, alcohol is high on the list but despite using multiple products, I haven't noticed any visible negative effects thus far. This is also not oil-free.

100ml @ $39.95 | Would I (re)purchase: Probably Yes.

INGREDIENTS: AQUA / WATER ALCOHOL DENAT. HYDROXYETHYLPIPERAZINE ETHANE SULFONIC ACID PROPYLENE GLYCOL GLYCOLIC ACID GLYCERIN SODIUM HYDROXIDE CITRIC ACID BHT BIS-PEG-18 METHYL ETHER DIMETHYL SILANE PPG-26-BUTETH-26 PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL CI 17200 / RED 33 POTASSIUM SORBATE SORBITOL SACCHAROMYCES/XYLINUM/BLACK TEA FERMENT VACCINIUM MYRTILLUS FRUIT EXTRACT SODIUM CITRATE PHENOXYETHANOL ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-1 XANTHAN GUM PANTHENOL BIOTIN PARFUM / FRAGRANCE 

VICHY IDEALIA Skincare

IDEALIA SERUM* | Vichy does mid-range serums really well and this one is no exception. It has the same mild fragrance as the peeling lotion and I immediately feel in love with the fluid, refreshing consistency that has almost a calming effect on the skin. It leaves my skin with light hydration and a soft matte finish that's silky to the touch. It's not quite as hydrating as their Aqualia Thermal Serum* (which I've also used) so I would categorize this as ideal for oily skin types who've been previously afraid of serums. It advertises ingredients of licorice root, adenosine, and antioxidants.

30ml @$49.95 | Would I (re)purchase: Undecided.

INGREDIENTS : AQUA/WATER • GLYCERIN • CYCLOHEXASILOXANE • ISOPROPYL ISOSTEARATE • OCTYLDODECANOL • DICAPRYLYL ETHER • SODIUM TETRAHYDROJASMONATE • DIMETHICONE • DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL • POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE • CI 17200 • CI 15985 • CI 77891 • MICA • CARBOMER • SODIUM HYALURONATE • SODIUM HYDROXIDE • SILICA • PHENOXYETHANOL • ADENOSINE • POLOXAMER 338 • AMMONIUM POLYACRYLDIMETHYLTAURAMIDE • DISODIUM EDTA • CAPRYLOYL SALICYLIC ACID • POLYSILICONE-11 • PARFUM • CODE FIL : B160458/4 


VICHY IDEALIA Skincare

OVERALL RESULTS | 8-10 days
Since the advertising claimed results in as little as 8 days, I thought it was fair to put it to its word. After about a week and a half of daily usage, I'm impressed to say that I did notice an overall clarity to my skin as well as evident smoothness. Note that I decided only to test theses two particular products from the range as the creams didn't excite me and I made a logical deduction that the serum and peel would be the power players.

Now the results are a little complicated to explain and it's one of those instances where I think the camera isn't picking up the finer details. It's not an anti-acne product but my pores looked clearer. It's not a brightening product but my overall complexion looked more radiant. And while there's still some visible redness and a few blemishes in my bare skin photo, my skin felt refreshed, clean and with a little extra pep. While it does do fulfill its purpose, I think there are other competitive products at a similar price point with more active ingredients though you might sacrifice the censorial experience, especially the serum. If you're looking to treat hyper pigmentation, fading, sunspots or persistent fine lines this is not the right range for you.

If I wasn't testing these products exclusively for review purposes, I think pairing them with an extra exfoliator (I didn't use any during my trial) would make it even better. The textures are also great for combination skin and especially in warmer climates as it provides a boost without feeling heavy on the skin. They aren't quite enough ooomph for me as a solo pair but I am keeping them to mix in with my other products and I think they will be a great fit this summer.

ARE THE STAYING IN MY PERSONAL COLLECTION: Yes.

OTHER SKINCARE USED DURING TESTING: Omorovicza Mud Cleanser*, Origins GinZing Cleanser, Clarins Hydra-Quench Moisturizer*, Omorovicza Illuminating Day Cream*


THE FINAL VERDICT
Vichy's Idealia skincare range smartly fills the gap for those who have outgrown basic skincare yet aren't ready to commit to serious anti-aging; think 20s-30 or those with generally normal, non fussy skin types. The overall user experience and textures are wonderful in both products not to mention I saw visible results in a just a week of usage. It felt gentle on my skin, didn't cause breakouts or irritation and were a real pleasure to use. Between the purpose and pricing, I would recommend starting out with the Night Peeling Lotion first before diving into the others.

Take care,



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

5 Cool Shareables | #3



THE HISTORY OF BLUE | Through solidifying my wardrobe staples his past year, I've grown to rely on blue on as one of my reliable go-to neutrals. From faded pastels, to rich denim and every shade in between, it has such a transcending quality which flows between seasons and temperatures equally well. From an artistic perspective, blue was coveted by classical painters as well as modern artists like Yves Klein and Mattise for whom it became a signature hue. This short video about blue is pretty neat.


RHUBARB ICE CREAM SANDWICH | There's something wonderfully playful and delightful about ice cream sandwiches and this creative twist on the classic really caught my eye. Now in all honesty, I've never actually tasted rhubarb myself and before reading this post by the lovely duo that is Luis and Elsa, all I had in mind were pie and the odd green juice. Not only does it look super simple but the rhubarb adds a wonderful colour that's deceivingly raspberry-esque.

I've also been having a wonderful time discovering a few new-to-me food blogs and The Green Stories lured me in with their authentic writing style and drool worthy photographs. Worth bookmarking.








CUSTOM FACE POWDER IN 1958 | Whilst bumbling around and watching vintage fashion clips, I happened upon this short clip demonstrating how makeup was customized in the 1950. When we think about the personalization of beauty products that's recently become the rage again in the last few years, it's worth recognizing that specialized products have long existed. All vintage undertones aside, I love watching the beautician nonchalantly scoop up the pastel coloured powders housed in pretty little candy jars. I wished they still did this by hand today!


ROSE GOLD RABBIT RING | 
It's no secret that I have a thing for rabbits and this limited edition ring from Korean jewelers Ted & Mag on Etsy is darling! I'm usually not a fan of motif designs and I don't even wear jewelry all that frequently but their whimsical designs are so happy to look at and I'm sure even more smile inducing to wear.

If you're not a long eared kinda person, they also feature other woodland animals like deer and birds.




NUTRI NINJA BLENDER | Let's get one thing straight here. I really do like cooking and I look forward to dreaming about my weekend brunch and all the possibilities. But possibilities also needs some multi-functional tools to be realized and blame it fully on the infomercials and QVC's Youtube channel because I am now fully convinced that I need one of these Nutri Ninja kitchen heroes. I'm imaging that it'll be perfect for single or double servings and leaves more time for enjoying rather than prepping and cleaning. Thoughts?


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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Beauty Look | Photo ready skin with Make Up For Ever


Make Up For Ever Ultra HD

Photo friendly makeup is the tag line of a lot of products out on the market now a days but if you rewind back to the original high definition brand, then we have to give it to Make Up For Ever for bringing the concept to the mass market. Following my last post about the newly relaunched Ultra HD range of products, I thought it'd make most sense to show you everything in action...appropriately, in a video. After all, that's what this is made for.

One of the things which continues to impress me about the brand is their focus on product education which they take extremely seriously. I was lucky to be invited to their recent education workshop here in Vancouver where I learned a wealth of knowledge not only on the Ultra HD products but also how they can be personalized for my skin type and preferences. At the end of the day, you're only most likely to use makeup that fits your lifestyle and that you feel comfortable putting on.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD



PRODUCTS MENTIONED
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER | Nourishing Primer*
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER | Radiance Primer*
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER | HD Skin Booster*
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER | Ultra HD Foundation* | Y225
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER | Lip Booster*
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER | Ultra HD Stick Foundation* | Y225
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER | Ultra HD Microfinishing Powder*
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER | Ultra HD Microfinishing Powder Pressed*
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER | Mist & Fix Setting Spray
  • LAURA MERCIER | Translucent Setting Powder
SHOP Make Up For Ever | Online, Sephora

While this routine is not something I would invest in every single day, I was surprised by how wonderfully light it felt despite how many products I used. I can see the textures were created to work synergistically with one another because they blend with each other easily and not to mention, as I'm looking through the photos again, they do photograph nicely as well! Since the workshop, I've worn variations of this foundation routine on different occasions and I definitely prefer the Ultra HD foundation in conjunction with the priming products versus using it alone. A few of these items will definitely make a reappearance in future videos so make your bets now on the favourites.

Chat soon,



Saturday, May 27, 2017

Monochrome to foxes - discovering colour in my wardrobe


Vintage inspired yellow fabric

The best thing about getting back into garment sewing has been all the all the little revelations and epiphanies along the way. In between sewing pockets and struggling with zippers, I've been really excited to fall in love with colour again. 

In my childhood my mother dressed me in ditzy florals and pastel pink button down shirts but my teenage years were clouded by blacks, greys and lots of denim (denim my friends, is another story). Coming out on the other side in early twenties, I had soon adopted a fear of colours and prints. I often hummed and hawed over what went together then shove my frustrated pile in the back of my closet and put on something safe instead. Didn't they always say black was slimming? The problem was that I had stopped loving my clothes.

Colourful fabric prints

My wardrobe overhaul has been in the works for more than a year now yet looking back at the progress, I'm glad that it was a slow and purposeful project. I started branching out from my comfortable greys into coloured solids and classic patterns like stripes and polka dots then before you know it I was buying foxes, poppies and cartoon clouds. My guidance came from bloggers like Oh Joy and Oona Balloona who expressed so much happiness through their bright and colourful clothing choices that it was practically addicting.

This week I've thinking about this new vintagey mustard yellow floral rayon that's going to be made into an Eve dress; it makes me smile just looking at it! I'm really starting to think this is what life should be about.

Chat soon,

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

COVERGIRL | Total Tease Mascara + swatch


COVERGIRL Total Tease Mascara Review

It's official everyone, I have completely fallen in love with a new drugstore mascara and it's been the favourite part of my makeup routine lately. Covergirl's latest Total Tease mascara has a peculiar shaped comb style wand, is a bit tricky to learn but the result is everyday perfection.

THE BASICS
Brand: Covergirl
Product: Total Tease Mascara* Waterproof
Size: 6.5ml
Price: $12.99 CAD
Availability: Drugstores nationwide
Would I (re)purchase: Yes!

DESIGN & APPLICATION
Housed in a sleek black tube (good-bye chubby space hogging Lash Blast), this has a three sided design with plastic bristles. Two full length sides are for applying the product all over and the precision side with longer bristles is for teasing away clumps.

COVERGIRL Total Tease Mascara Review

The consistency is creamy and smooth with lots of depth. Despite being a lash separating mascara, it still coated my lashes generously and they were dark with just a few strokes whereas others in this category barely deposited any product. I found the brush wand itself just slightly too long for my eye shape so I would fill in the inner and outer corners with the smaller defining end. I love how this gave my lashes a classic defined but clean look, making them more visible yet not the chunky volume that I was used to wearing. 


COVERGIRL Total Tease Mascara Review
BEFORE - AFTER | Lashes are curled and with mascara

WEAR & LONGEVITY
As always I went with the waterproof version of this mascara to help me keep a curl throughout the day and not only did it keep my lashes up but they stayed up for 8-10hrs which is no easy feat! It does an excellent job of keeping my lashes lifted all day until I was ready to take it off. I wonder if this is a genius in formulation or because it applied consistently and smoothly over the entire length of my lashes.

I did notice some minor smudging onto my lower lash line but it wasn't worse than all the other waterproof mascaras I've used to date and is only apparent at the outer corners of my eyes where my top lashes naturally touch the bottom when I blink. A quick swipe with a q-tip or tissue fixes it easily so I'm not bothered by it.

THINGS TO NOTE
Overall there's no major complaints about this mascara. Be careful with the application if you are used to putting the wand right to the root of your lashes as it has sharper bristles and remember to turn the brush to the correct side each time.

COVERGIRL Total Tease Mascara Review

COVERGIRL Total Tease Mascara Review

COVERGIRL Total Tease Mascara Review

THE FINAL VERDICT
Covergirl's Total Tease is a high performing lash defining mascara for those who are looking for depth, separation that's great for the office but can also stand its own paired with your going out makeup. It creates a classic and clean look plus plenty of lift which lasts all day. You will need some practice with the wand to find out which side of the applicator fits you best but the smooth, dark and creamy formula will surely impress even those with fine lashes like mine who would normally pass on a lengthening mascara. Does this look a little like the Benefit Rollerlash? Maybe. But this one ticks all the boxes and it's been a key item in my current daily makeup routine. You gotta try it!

Chat soon,

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Spring Nail Edit & Functional Storage


Spring Nail Polish Edit

For someone who's pretty safe with her nail choices, I seem to have amassed an astonishingly large collection of nail polishes in the last few years. While it's easy to be overwhelmed whenever I open my storage box, I found that picking out a curated selection of colours every few months (or season) has made paint day much more functional. This wooden box with glass panels was an excellent Dollarama find and is the perfect size to house, organize and display each seasons pretty bottles. I've left it as is but you can certainly paint it to match your room theme. It keeps the acetone fumes contained, looks neatly decorative and makes sure I cycle through all my colours.

Spring Nail Polish Edit
Faves: L-R | CND* "Palm Deco" | Sally Hansen* "Dream Boat" | Essie "Stroke of Brilliance"

My recently spring edit included soft greens, baby blues and purples in additional to my faithful stash of everyday nudes. Always in the box are Guerlain La Base basecoat*, Seche Vite and Essie Quick Dry* plus any extra matching topcoats for polishes I am using. This season, I've been more conscious of matching my polish options to my (new and growing) spring wardrobe so stay tuned for more of that in an upcoming video...

Happy Sunday,