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LIERAC // GEL DOUCHE SENSORIEL

I actually won this shower gel by accident in a Twitter contest I didn’t realize I had entered, and I’m pretty glad I did.

This is hands down the best smelling floral body wash I have ever used (My all-time, mouth-drooling favourite body wash is The Body Shop’s Satsuma. Orange jujubes on my body.) Dubbed a ‘sensory shower gel with 3 white flowers’, it smells exactly as described–a mix of my favourite floral perfumes, Jasmine, Camellia and Gardenia, paired with vanilla, amber, wood and vetiver. The fragrance smells expensive–creamy, feminine and delicate, but isn’t overpowering once combined with the steam of the shower and doesn’t linger on the skin.

While I wouldn’t say that this is exactly a hydrating body wash, it doesn’t strip the skin either, just leaves you feeling clean. Also, I love the chic bottle; clear with accents of black and the minimal image of the flower also looks expensive in my shower.

Lierac is available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall.

 

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NEWS // CHANEL FALL 2014, ÉTATS POÉTIQUES & VITALUMIÈRE LOOSE POWDER

Chanel’s Autumn Collection, États Poétiques, is full of dreamy lipsticks in various shades of pink and plum with flecks of gold–the colours at once innocent and fragile but with a heart of darkness.

The eyeshadow palette, Les Quatres Ombres Poésie in particular is quite stunning–two shades of gold along with the light rosewood colour would great a beautiful day look, while the dark blackcurrant shade can instantly change the look to a more mysterious nighttime eye.
There three new polishes emulate the innocent but dark theme, with a fresh, milky, pink nude, Secret, a white pearlescent shade, Atmosphère, and a blue-toned dark grey, Orage.

There are two Écriture de Chanel liquid eyeliners, 6 Ombre Essentielle mono shadows, 1 eyeshadow palette, 1 blush, 4 Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks, 2 Lèvres Scintillantes glosses, and 3 new nail polishes.

Products are available at Chanel Beauty counters on August 18th.

Stay tuned for reviews on: Ombre Essentielle in Hésitation, Écriture de Chanel in Noir and Le Vernis in Orage and Secret.

Chanel will also be releasing a loose-powder version of their beloved Vitalumière foundation in 5 shades, packaged with a kabuki brush. The foundation claims to have the texture of a powder with the finish of a liquid. A Canola oil derivative is the hero here, creating comfort and longwear. A combination of soft focus powders and mica give a blurring effect to fill surface irregularities and smooth skin with a luminous finish.

The kabuki brush was specifically developed to be paired with the new foundation, applying the powder in a sheer layer, with buildable coverage.

The powder will retail for $79.00 and will be available at Chanel Beauty counters September 1st.

Stay tuned for a review on this product.

VICHY CAPITAL SOLEIL INVISIBLE MIST

As you are all well aware, wearing sunscreen is important. And if you’re looking for a great sunscreen spray, this is the one you wanna get this summer. Vichy has formulated, in my opinion, the best spray sunscreen out there, save for one thing: I wish it came in a higher SPF (this, is selfish, because I am very fair). But! It contains no alcohol (so no dry skin or scary flames), has a really nice scent that doesn’t reek of coconuts, and is lightweight and non-greasy. It also protects from both UVA and UVB rays, which is of course, essential. I really cannot emphasize how much this doesn’t smell like sunscreen–this might be what I like most. It has a pleasant fruity/floral fragrance that isn’t overpowering in the least, and doesn’t have that sunscreen-y smell. I tested it out all weekend at the cottage and I was so impressed with it, especially when I compared it to my Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Spray. The Vichy was so much lighter, had a much nicer texture and smell. For this, or any spray, to work properly, be sure to spray on the correct amount (arms: 3 seconds each, front: 4 seconds, back: 4 seconds, legs: 7 seconds each), and then rub it in. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

JAMES READ TAN // BB GRADUAL TAN & BRONZING MOUSSE

I have a confession to make: I know I’m a beauty blogger, but I’ve never actually used any fake tanner before–the closest I’ve gotten is Jergens Gradual Tan moisturizer. I know. It’s not that I’m against it; it’s just that I’m super pale as it is, so I’ve always thought I would look totally unnatural if I ever tried it out.

So! When the opportunity came up to try out the infamous James Read Tan products and I got invited to a pool party, I thought, what better time than the present to give my ghostly legs a bit of a glow before revealing them to the world this year?

This is actually the most nervous I have been before trying out a product, not going to lie–I was so scared of getting super orange, streaky limbs and doing it all wrong and ending up with stained palms. I must have read the instructions manual about 5 times beforehand, and I even read an article on faux tanners in Cosmetics magazine for more info.

I exfoliated two nights in a row, making sure not to miss any rough patches anywhere–I recommend you do this step thoroughly to avoid and weird splotches. Then, I apply a light coat of moisturizer everywhere, and an extra layer on the tops of my hands, elbows, feet and ankles–these areas are often rougher and dryer and can cling onto the tan.

I even lined my bed with a towel, and then slept with an extra older sheet on top of me so I wouldn’t stain my new white bed linens. This was probably overkill as I didn’t see any stains anywhere, but better safe than sorry!

Overall, the products themselves are really easy to use, and were an excellent way to break my fake tan virginity. Taking my time, and having someone around to reach the middle of my back were the keys to success.

Onto the products themselves:

Tanning Mitt: This is a vital instrument to a succesfful non-streaky bod: buy this. However, do not wash it afterwards with hot water, the inside melts and sticks together (oops). The mitt really helps to evenly distribute the product.

Bronzing Mouse: Easy to blend, no smell whatsoever, very lightweight, non-sticky, and hydrating. Only cons: It did create quite a dark tan on me, more than I am comfortable with, but not orange, more of a dark golden shade. I think it would work better on people with more medium-toned skin (I am quite fair). Also, I found that at times the nozzle could be tempermental, spraying the somewhat runny mousse across my bathroom. Not a huge issue since it didn’t stain anything, but something I think that could be easily fixed.

BB Gradual Face Tan in Light: Comes with a handy brush attached, very soft and perfect for any touchups or adding any definition on the arms, abs, collarbones or cheekbones. This is gradual meaning that by the end of the day, your face will be tan, not meaning that this needs to be applied a few times before you see a tan. However, you could easily build this up over a few applications to be quite golden. The cream is really hydrating and light. Be sure to really exfoliate your face first, then seal up pores with an ice cube. This product comes in both Light and Medium Shades, which make it easier to adjust for fairer skin tones.

REVLON // COLORSTAY MOISTURE STAIN

From top to bottom: London Posh (with shimmer), Cannes Crush, LA Exclusive and Rio Rush

Now as you know, I’m not usually one for drugstore makeup–I don’t find that the colours usually work on me or last as long–but these little guys are winners (plus I love the chic packaging).

A hybrid of a balm, gloss and stain, these guys come in 12 different shades, some with shimmer, some without.

On application, these feel super hydrating and cushiony like a balm (which I love); not at all sticky or goopy. Colour is evenly dispersed across the lips and over time, the gloss fades away and leaves an even, pretty stain. I was surprised at the level of coverage–I have pretty pigmented lips and can’t often pull off lighter or translucent pink shades, but these really worked.

They kind of reminded me of the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis, but these are definitely thicker (easier to control, I would argue) and substantially more hydrating.

The only thing I didn’t really like about these was that they had a kind of weird scent when you first pull the wand out of the tube, but it soon disappears. Maybe Revlon could work on adding a nice fragrance?

Personally, shade-wise, I’m more of a fan of Cannes, LA and Rio, only because London contains a shimmer (I just don’t like shimmer generally in my lip products). However, all of these shades would be great for summer for bright, low-maintenance punches of colour.

MAC LIPSTICK // CAPRICIOUS & RUBY WOO

So…I took the plunge after 2 years of lusting after a cool fringe. I got bangs! I am well on my way to my transformation as a French girl (ha!).

One French girl in particular is my style and makeup obsession: Jeanne Damas. She’s got the bangs, she’s got the amazing Parisian life, she’s got the clothes and she has amazing taste in lipstick.

She pretty much sticks to different shades of red and raspberry, but they always look natural on her, never like woah she’s wearing lipstick. After some creeping of her Instagram comments, I noticed two shades in particular that she seemed to wear quite often: MAC Viva Glam III and Ruby Woo. So, naturally, off I went to my nearly MAC store.

The first shade I sought out was the VGIII–however, when I got there, I soon realized that it appeared a LOT darker on my very fair skin tone–Jeanne has a more beige-y complexion. On her it looks quite natural, sort of a ‘My Lips But Better’ shade, but for me it looked quite a lot more like an oxblood (Lancôme’s Color Design in Plum Show is quite similar). Luckily, I had quite a patient and lovely consultant helping me, and she selected the sheerer Capricious for me. It feels really nice on application, much like a balm, and gives a sort of wine-stained look, but not at all too dark for daytime. This one I can even apply without a mirror.

My second trip to the store resulted in the purchase of the cult classic, Ruby Woo. And I really must say, this lipstick lives up to all the hype–it is easily my favourite lipstick ever. It doesn’t exactly glide on, but once it’s on, it doesn’t budge. I don’t even use a lipliner with this. It’s a bright, punchy red with a matte finish that will last through your meals (believe me, I ate ribs and chicken wings and I only need a very light touch up). Not as dark and slightly less blue than my Nars Cruella, it’s my favourite lipstick for Spring and Summer; plus all you need with it is a flick of mascara, perfect for lazy summer makeup.

MAKE UP FOR EVER // AQUA SMOKY EXTRAVAGANT MASCARA

Make Up For Ever’s beloved Smoky Extravagant Mascara has now become waterproof. I had never previously tried the original version, but I was pretty pleased with the Aqua upgrade, especially as I never reach for waterproof formulations–I usually find them to be drying and very hard to remove.

This is a great mascara for creating some volume while maintaining definition and creating length. It is also quite buildable with no clumping whatsoever, and not too much product is dispensed on the brush, so there is quite a bit of control in the application making it easy to manipulate the formula.

The only thing I didn’t find very easy to manipulate was the large Christmas-tree shaped brush–this might just be the largest mascara brush I have ever seen. This mascara would really be 5/5 if it wasn’t for the sheer size of the brush–because it really is a great brush and creates beautiful lashes, but I found the brush would hit my eyelid every now and again and would create little smudges. Maybe MUFE could consider shrinking it down a bit?

As for how well it stands up against water, I would say pretty damn well. I applied this in the morning and it lasted throughout my work day, my humid walk to work, a really difficult yoga class (aka sweat) and a shower. I only saw a tiny bit of smudging on my outer corners after my shower.

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AVEDA // NATURALLY STRAIGHT

Aveda’s new Naturally Straight cream claims to not only create a smooth, sleek blowout that lasts, but also to make your hair smoother and sleeker the more you use this product, naturally. You can also use this as a styling cream to eliminate frizz for wavy or curly locks by applying to damp hair and either allowing to dry naturally or with a diffuser.

Having curly hair, naturally, I was the perfect candidate to put this to the test. I mean, with Canada’s disgusting summer humidity, I’ll do anything I can to fight frizz.

This lightweight cream should be applied thoroughly throughout the hair. I like to divide my hair into two section, then warm up a dime-sized amount in my hands before applying.

This cream does do some of the stuff it claims. But it also doesn’t do some of the other things. Let me be more specific:

Blow drying should be smoother. This is true. My brush was able to glide easily through my hair, making for a smoother finish and require less touch-ups than usual with a flat-iron.

Your hair should stay straight, day after day. My curly hair still fought through and I had curls and waves near my ears and by my neck after my walk to work (it was humid out).

Progressively straightens curls with every use. I used it three times in a row, and my hair was just as curly as ever.

Now, please don’t take this as a negative post, I do not write negative posts about products. If I don’t like a product, I simply will not write about it.

So, the verdict is that I like it–it makes blowdrying an easier battle, requires less of the iron and creates shiny, healthy looking hair without weighing it down, and hair does get easier to blowdry the more you use it. However, it still can’t fight humid air. But nothing really can as far as I know.

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PAI SKINCARE // CAMELLIA & ROSE GENTLE HYDRATING CLEANSER & ROSEHIP BIOREGENERATE OIL

Pai was created when it’s founder, Sarah Brown, was tired of suffering from a bad skin allergy. Tired of taking anti-histamines every single day, she decided to investigated the ingredients that she was putting on her face and was shocked at the amount of chemicals and how they can affect the body.

She has formulated products with sensitive and allergy-prone skin in mind. They are completely natural and organic and free of alcohol, beeswax, artifical fragrances, parabens and more. These products are perfect for every skin type really, whether dry, young, oily or mature, but especially for the girl who breaks out from anything and everything.

I had heard about Pai for a really long while from other British beauty bloggers (and Candice Batista) who raved about their products. At first, it seemed a little hard to find them in Canada, but Sally Glover at FreshFaced has taken care of that for us! (Also, be sure to take a look around her shop, she carries many great all-natural brands). I was lucky enough to receive Pai’s Camellia & Rose Cleanser and their Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil in a gift bag from the Green + Good event, so I couldn’t wait to try them out.

The cleanser is really lovely–light, wonderfully scented and removes eye makeup. It can be used with a washcloth to exfoliating (the cleanser itself comes with a muslin). Also really great for facial massage. It does include shea butter, however, this is nothing to worry about, since the people at Pai have reassured me that it is a very small amount and Caroline Hirons herself said that shea isn’t a big deal for acne-prone skin if you’re washing it off. Includes camellia, rose, almond, castor oils and more, as well as natural Vitamin E. I love to use this in the morning or as a second cleanse in the evening.

I was most excited to try the Rosehip Oil, as I had heard so much about how wonderful it is, especially for blemish-prone skin (and it has not let me down). It can be used in two ways: as a serum (2-3 drops) or as a hydrating booster (1-2 drops into moisturizer). I really love using it as a serum at night. My skin feels so hydrated and smooth in the morning. Rosehip contains natural Vitamin A (which helps to fade scars and prevent skin aging like Retinol would), and helps to soothe and calm breakouts–I find it to be really effective at hydrating and calming redness from irritated pimples. The oil itself isn’t heavy, it almost feels like a slightly thicker water, so it doesn’t feel greasy on the skin.

Their eye cream is also supposed to be amazing, must seek that one out…

 

OLE HENRIKSEN // TRUTH SERUM COLLAGEN BOOSTER

This serum, right here, is Sephora’s #1 bestselling serum.

And that’s for a reason. It is completely suitable for any skin type, and contains Vitamin C, one part of the holy trinity of effective anti-aging skincare (Retinol, Vitamin C, SPF). In other words, Vitamin C is an ingredient that actually works.

The serum is packed full of antixodiants that helps to brighten skin, fade discolouration and dark spots (caused by the sun or acne), minimize fine lines, protect skin from environmental stressors and prevent future damage. Vitamin C slows the rate of free radical damage–free radicals are what cause dryness, damage collagen and cause wrinkles. If you want to look young forever, Vitamin C is something you definitely should incorporate into your routine.

Not only does this wonder vitamin keep you looking young, it will also provide even more protection against the sun. C can reduce sunburns cause by UVB rays

I apply a tiny amount of this product in the mornings and evenings under my moisturizer –it is not tacky or oily at all–it feels like a lightweight gel. I can already see an improvement in my acne scars, you can definitely see the effectiveness of this serum pretty quickly–I noticed a difference in about a week.

If you’re in your 20’s and are looking to make a step towards anti-aging skincare, adding a Vitamin C serum is a great way to protect your skin and make a visible difference without worrying about things like peeling, dry skin or redness that other anti-aging products (retinol) can cause. There is no awkward adjustment stage whatsoever.