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BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE // VIPO2 FINISHING SERUM

While enjoying my Margaret Dabbs pedicure, I was chatting with the lovely ladies from BeautyNext, the company that distributes Biologique Recherche in Canada. And what was the most important thing I learned from our conversation? That I MUST get my hands on the BR Finishing Serums, specifically the VIPO2, because it would change my life (and my skin). And they were right. Continue reading BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE // VIPO2 FINISHING SERUM

RODIAL // SUPER ACIDS X-TREME HANGOVER MASK

This mask works with the detoxing power of clay and the exfoliating magic of glycolic and fruit acids to deep clean and remove any detritus from a night of partying/your everyday life of marathoning Gossip Girl.
While it might scare you to think about using a mask with acids in it (plus the name is a little intense), fear not, it is quite gentle–definitely not as strong as Alpha H Liquid Gold. I am a glycolic veteran and didn’t feel any tingling whatsoever.
A light layer of this mask dries in about 10-15 minutes (though the instructions say 5) to peel off, which is initially a bit shocking as it sort of looks as if your skin is coming off (the colour isn’t too far off from fairer skin).
Overall, a great way to quickly brighten up your complexion, especially for those acid rookies.

DIOR PRE-FALL 2014 // COLOUR ICONS

When this packaged arrived for me on a Friday, I was so excited–it was like Christmas (just wait, I also got a Nail Artistry set). 3 gorgeous nail colours, 2 lipsticks, 2 mono shadows and an eye shadow palette.
Dior is releasing, for the first time ever, a Pre-Fall collection entitled ‘Colour Icons’, available exclusively at Holt Renfrew, here in Canada. As you can see, the collection features bold colours mixed with metallics.
Dior Pre-Fall 2014 Nail Polish
The three polishes are in fact gel polishes, and they are all beauties and feature a brush with a slightly rounded tip which makes application even easier. Having never tried Dior polishes before, I was really impressed with how smoothly it applied. Night Shock is a dark blue-charcoaly tone with a slight silver shimmer. Gorgeous. Tout Paris is a classic bright red, and only took one coat for full coverage. I have been loving this shade on my toes, and the finish is so shiny I applied a top coat. Reflects has more of a top coat feel to it–like a clear coat mixed with the prettiest light gold flecks. 24-carat gold for your fingers. This one could definitely be applied over any colour.
Dior Pre-Fall Shadow Palette and Mono
The eyeshadow palette in Smoky Gold, isn’t really smoky, but it is, however, extremely beautiful. This is 24-carat gold for your eyes. I used this palette for my anniversary dinner and it really impressed me. The lightest shade works as a beautiful highlighter or shadow on it’s own and the medium shade creates a beautiful warm gold colour. The darkest shade, couture smoky, is for when you really want to turn it up–it’s a glittery and super glam. Creates a very metallic eye.
Dior Pre-Fall 2014 Lipsticks
On to the makeup. The lipsticks were really what got me going. How perfect are these shades? Plus, the formula of these products are phenomenal, creamy and hydrating and they glide on perfectly. Now, don’t be fooled, the red shade, Tout Paris, is not an exact match to it’s polish namesake. Slightly more orangey in tone, but no less gorgeous. I thought I wouldn’t be able to pull this shade off since a makeup artist once told me I can’t do oranges, but I actually think it really works on me. In the photo below, I paired this lipstick with the silver mono eyeshadow, Trompe l’Oeil. Both of the mono shadows are super glittery–since I wasn’t going for a disco look, but something more subtle, I wet a stiff eyeshadow brush and drew along my lashline. Pretty, no?
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IMG_4093La Vie is a bright cool-toned pink, fuschia really. Since both these shades are from the Pre-Fall collection, I’ve been considering July as pre-fall and have been wearing them. I think they both are great summer shades that really brighten the complexion. For the look below, I paired the lipstick with the Diorshow Art Pen in Croisière, which I thought would be a shocking blue, but is more muted, and actually need a few layers for an opaque line. I was a little disappointed with this one since I think someone would need to look very closely at you to see that you are wearing blue eyeliner. Next time, I would use the mono in La Rêveuse the same way I did with Trompe l’Oeil for a bright blue line.
IMG_4076 IMG_4078 While both of the mono shadows are very glittery (well they consist pretty much of 100% glitter), they are so much fun and super gorgeous. They have a multi-dimensional feel to them and are very versatile.
Overall, I really love this collection–I think Dior really nailed it with the colour selection. Well done!

KÉRASTASE // LAQUE NOIRE & BANG ESSENTIALS

I took the plunge not too long ago and finally got bangs. Yes, they are high maintenance and my lifestyle does require that they receive persistent attention, but I love them nonetheless.

Reasons why I they are more high maintenance than Cher Horowitz:

1.Wind: On my 20 minute walk to work today, Toronto’s winds blow them around. A quick sweep through them with my wallet-size comb in the elevator mirror fixes them quick before I get to my office on the seventh floor.

2. Yoga and Pilates: Slight perspiration from exercise can make my bangs a little wonky, and sometimes I just want them out of my face, but I can easily keep them back with a headband, or spritz in some dry shampoo to soak up any grease.

3. Humidity: The devil. This really is the worst force that I am constantly fighting against, especially on my treks into work. Any rain or humidity levels above 80% cause my bangs to lose their shit and get curly. It is the absolute worst. Not even a quick comb through will fix this problem.

To fight this battle, the best option would be to shield them from the air/rain the best that you can with a hat or hood, but no one really wants to wear a raincoat in 28 degrees. So, you need something that will fix them in place.

Kérastase’s new Laque Noire hair spray has a super strong hold that is totally brushable and fights humidity. Now, it’s not perfect when there is rain flying in your face, or on the dampest of days, but it really does a whole lot better than if you were without. I hate having a product-y feeling in my hair, but this hairspray can be generously sprayed on and you will still be able to run your comb through it and not get grossed out when you touch it. It’s almost even better when on the second day you already have some in your hair because it gives the bangs great texture and even more hold. This spray is also great for lightly misting the top of your head, where you might get the most flyaways–a little overspray gets over there when I’m misting my bangs and a quick juge with my fingers gives my freshly washed hair a bit of volume.

PSA // VICHY’S SKIN HEALTH CENTRE REVISITS THE EATON’S CENTRE

Remember that picture?

Right now, the beginning of summer, is the perfect time to go and scare yourself into wearing sunscreen forever and always.

The Vichy Skin Health Centre is back at the Eaton’s Centre this week up until Sunday, June 15th. Located just outside of Forever XXI are some friendly consultants, ready and waiting to provide you will a skin health analysis on your skin type, give you and up close and personal look at your epidermis, hydration levels and take a lovely picture of your UV damage (take notes as to where you are forgetting to apply ‘screen).

With Melanoma higher than ever right now in Canada, it is so important to be thinking about incorporating sunscreen into your daily routine.

So go and get analyzed, pick up some samples and buy yourself a bottle or two of Vichy’s amazing sunscreens.

BATHTIME

For me, there is nothing worse than going to bed cold. If I slip into freezing cold sheets, it is so hard for me to warm up, and if I don’t warm up, then I can’t fall asleep. I don’t know if it’s poor circulation, or I’m a lizard, or what, but my feet are persistently ice blocks.

And with stupid Winter just getting colder every single day and laughing in my face as I try not to slip on the ice while walking to work dressed up as the Michelin man, I am almost constantly cold. We don’t control the heating in our apartment, so it is not uncommon for me to be wrapped in a blanket. On Christmas morning, I opened my presents wrapped up like the Grandma that I am (on the inside).

Exhibit A

So! To try to combat the icy chill and dark morning and nights (this, really, is why I am vampire pale), I have taken up bathing (among other spa activities). Ok, I bathed before in a shower (obviously, I hope), but now I am bathing…in a bathtub. With very hot water and a mixture of potions.

Here is my recipe for making yourself so ridiculously internally warm and half-awake.

Clean bathtub + hot water + bath pillow + sweet almond oil + Epsom Salts + 4-8 drops of Essential Oil

As for which essential oil you choose, it really is personal preference. I basically just went to Whole Foods one night and smelled like 40 little vials until I found one that I liked and wasn’t ridiculously expensive (of course the one I liked most was $40). But, I really do enjoy the one that I bought (Sleep Well from The Aromatherapist), it’s a nice mix of Lavender, Sandalwood, Bitter Orange and Ravintsara that is really relaxing and not overpowering.

If I’m feeling extra fancy/if I am alone in the apartment, I will even shut all the lights off, light a scented candle, and light a few tea lights in my bathroom. Or, I don’t want to get too sleepy, then I’ll grab my Kindle (currently reading The Goldfinch: it is excellent so far) and pray that I don’t drop it in the bathtub and electrocute myself.

If you can add a skin-scrubbing hemp mitt to that, you will exit the bathtub as a new, hot blooded, silky smooth and soft woman. I then spray myself down with some rosewater spray (to smell like a princess) and then, if I really wanna cook like a chicken all night, then I’ll slather on some more almond oil or thick body lotion (my skin is insufferably dry in the winter) to finish and then I’ll wrap myself in a fleecy robe, go sit on the couch, and watch TV like a warm, nice-smelling, sleepy zombie. Sometimes, I’ll step up the zombie-brain with a cup of sleepytime tea.

Wanna go that extra mile to Cloud 9? Apply Aveda’s Stress Relief Rollerball to inner wrists and behind ears.