30 April 2013

Japonesque 9-Pocket Brush Case

When I was away for 4 weeks, I felt like my Real Techniques brush holder (came with my Core Collection) wasn't quite cutting it... so, I picked up this Japonesque 9-pocket brush holder at the local Ulta for $13 USD.

25 April 2013

Sephora 100 Point Reward: Givenchy Le Rouge 103 Brun Créateur

Sephora has been stepping up on their 100 point rewards!

Givenchy released a new lipstick:  Le Rouge.
It's supposed to be a semi-matte lipstick, with leather packaging.

Seeing how it retails for $36 CAD, I like how the Givenchy PR team decided to give these little mini-me's out to the biggest makeup fanatics (Sephora shoppers).

Often time, samples look or feel like crap... even the most high end ones.
I appreciate it when brands take the time to actually use samples as their supposed purpose -- to generate interest and buzz.

Everything about this sample is top notch.

24 April 2013

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in 027 Juicy Papaya (Summer 2013)

In March, I was seeing the new Lip Butter Summer 2013 colours pop up on blogs.  My interest was definitely sparked as the colours are more up my alley than their existing lineup of colours.  I think the released colours are more universally flattering, too.

Anyway, when I was in Chicago, I made my first trip to Ulta!
There, I saw three of the four colours:  Juicy Papaya, Sorbet, and Wild Watermelon.  I didn't see Pink Lemonade.

I ended up selecting Juicy Papaya.  This sort of pink coral is my thing, haha.

22 April 2013

April 2013 Topbox (Elizabeth Arden Privé Box)

This is super delayed as I was on a 4-week business trip.

As previously mentioned in my March 2013 Topbox post, this April 2013 Topbox is my final one.

21 April 2013

HAUL: Chicago, USA

I was on a business trip in Chicago, USA for the last four weeks, but that didn't stop me from hauling/hoarding.

  • Boots Botanics hot cloth cleansing balm $8.49
  • Ardell 110 black lashes $3.99
  • Dr. Bronner's pure castile soap in peppermint $4.99
  • Real Techniques expert face brush $8.99
  • Real Techniques blush brush $8.99
    (my review)
  • Givenchy Le Rouge lipstick in brun (Sephora 100 perk)
    (my review)
  • Philosophy Purity cleanser (Sephora 100 perk)
  • Lancome visionnaire (Sephora 100 perk)
  • Burberry lip mist in camelia pink $30
  • Burberry sheer eye shadow in antique rose $29
    (my review)
  • Caudalie beauty elixir $18
  • Covergirl lashblast fusion in blackest black water resistant $6.11 each
  • Bioré face and nose strip combo pack $11
  • Wet n Wild blush in berry shimmer $2.99
  • Wet n Wild blush in heather silk $2.99
    (my review)
  • Maybelline baby lips in melon mania $3.99
  • Revlon lip butter in juicy papaya $5.68
    (my review)
  • Revlon creme super lustrous lipstick in coralberry $5.30
    (my review)
  • L'Oréal colour riche in blushing sequin $7.86
    (R's review)
  • L'Oréal colour riche in violet chiffon $7.86
    (R's review)

Individual reviews will come... eventually.

- M

17 April 2013

Gilchrist & Soames BeeKind

December 28-30, 2012, the boy and I went to Portland, Oregon for a short (and tax-free) trip.  In the corresponding haul post, I mentioned that our hotel gave these as their complimentary toiletries:
  • Gilchrist & Soames BeeKind Shampoo
  • Gilchrist & Soames BeeKind Conditioner
  • Gilchrist & Soames BeeKind Shower Gel
  • Gilchrist & Soames BeeKind Body Lotion
  • Gilchrist & Soames BeeKind Skincare Bar

12 April 2013

Burberry Body Eau de parfum

I know that perfume aficiandos such as The Non-Blonde and Katie Puckrik (not to mention, the Daisy-obsessed M) do not approve of this scent. Their criticism is understandable: mainstream, simple, generic, overly soapy-clean, and geared towards olfactorally (yes, my word-creation) inexperienced teenagers. But gosh darn it, I like it.

9 April 2013

Sheet Masks -- Overview & Brands (Missha, My Beauty Diary, Dermal)

WARNING:  This is going to be a marathon of a post.

It's no surprised that I am a big fan of masks.  I've previously written in regards to ones where you apply it to the face/chin/neck and then wash it off:
My review of Lush Fresh Face Mask in Love Lettuce

But if you cannot be bothered to have to splash around in your sink for a good 5-10 min removal process, sheet masks are the way to go.  When I don't feel like my skin needs the suped up pampering, I look towards sheet masks -- they are my lazy, in between hardcore pampering solution.