March Favorites & Empties

I didn't really wear much makeup during March, and if I did it was just very simple and natural. I usually just did a bit of concealer, filled in my brows, highlighted my eyes, and used some mascara. Since I wasn't really using a bunch of different products this month I only have just a few favorites to share:


My first favorite is actually a duo, or two products combined: MAKE UP FOR EVER's Aqua Cream in Warm Beige with theBalm's Overshadow in No Money, No Honey layered over the top. The two of these products together are absolutely gorgeous, and were my go to shadow look this month!

Next is a sample size of Lancome's Hypnose Drama mascara. I really love Lancome mascaras and I love this one, too. It builds volume fast and also offers a fair amount of length. It was also my go to mascara for the month.

And my last favorite is Maybelline's Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze. Ah, I almost forgot about how much I love this! It makes for a lovely wash of color on the lid, and is easy and fast to use. I'm glad I dug it out again!

Okie dokie, time for some empties..


I finally finished up a sample of Lancome's Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector. This was one of many products I used in hopes of helping the dark spots and such on my forehead (which have gotten a lot better since I first started this blog; no more bumps and the spots have really faded!). Since I tried out a handful of different products for that purpose though, I'm honestly not sure which, if any, worked. I think my forehead has gotten so much better mostly from regular exfoliating and usage of SPF! Anywho, I obviously won't be buying a full size of this seeing as it's $102 for 30ml or $132 for 50ml. I'll just stick to much cheaper products like a St Ives exfoliator to further improve my forehead, thank you!

Yet another bottle of Nivea's Gentle Toner hits the dust. Nothing new here!

My last empty is Avon's Anew Clinical Eye Lift Pro Dual Eye System. It comes with a gel to apply to the eyelid and brow bone area, and a cream for the undereye area. It claims that you'll see a dramatic lifted look in just seven days, and while I didn't see any dramatic results I did see them. It was a bit hard to tell but my undereye darkness did seem to improve a bit. As for the gel you could actually feel your skin tightening. What I didn't like about this was that you get more of the gel then the cream, and I finished up the cream long before the gel. It's not a bad product and I may come back to it in the future but I'd like to try out something new!

China Glaze Passion For Petals Review & Swatch


Passion For Petals is one of twelve shades from China Glaze's spring Avant Garden collection. It's a really lovely collection and I had a bit of trouble deciding which polish to get.. I might just have to go back and get one or two more.

 
This shade is described as a "bright salmon-pink", which I think is pretty accurate. It's a really nice color and I don't have anything similar to it in my collection.
 
The formula was more on the thinner side, yet was opaque in only one coat and applied very smoothly. It's easy to get too much product on the brush if you're not careful and it can get a tad bit runny, which can result in a bit of pooling, though.. Some of it actually ended up dripping right off the brush and onto my table at one point, so just make sure you don't have too much!

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer Review


I wanted to like you, Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer. I really did. Unfortunately your cons outweigh the pros for me. (I didn't realize how long your name was until I had to type it out, either.)

Lately I've felt like I needed some extra help with brightening up my undereyes and around my mouth, and that regular concealer or foundation just wasn't cutting it anymore. So I set out to the drugstore in search of a highlighting concealer and Maybelline's Dream Lumi Touch was really the only one that I could find. (Actually, there was another by Rimmel but all of the ones in my shade had been opened and tampered with. Sigh. Please protect your products, drugstore brands!) Anyway, this concealer comes in six shades: Radiant, Ivory, Buff, Nude, Beige, and Honey. I have it in the shade Buff.

The Dream Lumi Touch's "gel-based formula diffuses light" and "illuminates as it conceals". I was actually pretty pleased with the results, and think this really does do quite a good job at brightening and concealing in one, but unfortunately that's about the only pro I have for it. Here's what made me end up disliking this product...


First off, it comes in an obnoxious twist pen applicator which I absolutely loathe. I almost didn't buy it just for this reason, but I told myself I could deal with it. I hate how for the first time I have to twist the bottom of the pen a thousand and one times before the product will come out. I hate the brush applicator. I hate how I always feel like I'm wasting product with these pens. I just.. hate this type of packaging, okay?

Second, this is kind of hard to blend in if you have a drier area of skin. If you moisturize well enough beforehand though then that isn't a problem and it actually does blend quite nicely. Okay, so maybe this con was my fault for not moisturizing enough the first time I used this..

Anyway, third.. this creased on me in under an hour, even after I had set it with both a powder and a setting spray. I checked in a mirror and was horrified to see how badly it creased under my eyes, around my mouth, and around my nose! It was awful!

Fourth, if I touched my face the product came off on my fingers. No bueno.

Fifth.. I don't know. I just felt icky or something while wearing this.

So, sadly I give the Dream Lumi Touch a thumbs down. I really liked how it brightened but the wear and such just ruined it for me. I heard pretty good things about this product before so I'm kind of disappointed that it didn't work out so great for me. I don't want to waste it so I'm still going to try and work with it and use it up, though.. You win some, you lose some, I guess! Do you have any recommendations for a brightening concealer that I could try out?

CARGO on Hautelook!


I just realized that CARGO is on Hautelook again, so I just wanted to scurry on over here and let you guys know about it! There's a few of their blushes on sale which I do recommend! :)

The sale ends at 8AM Pacific on Friday so there's quite a bit of time to browse and such. And speaking of Friday, it seems that Crown Brush will be on sale that day too! Also, if you haven't signed up for Hautelook yet you can do so easily here!

Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss in 102

I liked the lipsticks from Rimmel's original Kate Moss line (review & swatches of 07 & 08 here; swatch of 06 here) and have been curious about the matte line for a while. Well, those Lasting Finish Mattes by Kate Moss have arrived in Canada and I decided to get one of the shades to try out which is in '102'.



As far as packaging goes it's the same as the original Kate Moss lipsticks, except the colors are reversed. The original line has black tubes with Kate's signature in red, and the matte line has red tubes with her signature in black. Honestly, I don't really like the red tube and very much prefer the black ones.

Anyway, 102 is a pink. Obviously. It leans more yellow then blue based and is a nice shade, but nothing all that unique.


Here's a swatch on my wrist. Again, it's a pretty basic pink but still a pretty one. I think it would look flattering on a variety of skin tones.

Application was pretty smooth, and it went on opaque. I did find that the formula wanted to cling onto any dry bits on my lips so if I were to wear this again I would use a lip scrub beforehand and make sure to moisturize well. This lipstick was comfortable to wear compared to some other mattes I've tried, though. It didn't feel drying, but I could definitely tell that there was something on my lips. It also leaves behind a stain, which is pretty true to the color after the initial application. In my opinion these aren't as matte as mattes can be, though.. I find that they still have a bit of a creamy hint to them, but that can be fixed by wiping the color off and just wearing the stain, I suppose.

What else to say.. As for a scent, I find the scent of these has a more waxy/lipstick-y smell then the original Kate Moss line, which had a more sweet and fruity scent. If you don't like scents in your lipstick this could irritate you, but I didn't really smell it unless I actually took a whiff of the tube.

Anyway, I think this lipstick is just okay. I don't think that I would purchase another shade, and when it comes to mattes at the drugstore I prefer Revlon's. What do you think? If you're interested, this line is available to purchase on Well.ca.

Flor Violeta

Flor Violeta is Avon's new fragrance for women which will launch in the Campaign 9 book. They describe it as "delight in an extraordinary moment of sparkling green apple infused with a beautiful bouquet of violet blossoms and soft musk". It will be $30CA, but being an Avon representative they sent a demo bottle so I'll be sharing my thoughts on it with you today.


Okay, before we go any further let me just make this clear: I am most definitely no fragrance aficiondo..! With that said, here's what simple little me thinks about Flor Violeta.

First off: the bottle. I think it's cute. And pretty. I don't like when the tulle around the cap isn't equally fluffy all the way around, though! But that's just me being picky. Otherwise, I think it's a sweet little bottle. The cap is also easy to take off and it sprays a nice, fine mist.

Now, onto the actual fragrance. I like it, too.. it's just not my favorite. It's a sweet, fruity and floral scent whereas I prefer a more musky scent. Musky.. warm.. sweet.. I'm also a sucker for vanilla. For example, think Prada Candy, Lady Gaga's Fame, or even Kim Kardashian's fragrance. So Flor Violeta isn't the type of scent I would usually lean towards. I like that it's quite light, though, and think it would be a very fitting scent for the spring.

Honestly, it's up to what you prefer. If you like a scent that's sweet, light, fruity, or floral then this would be right up your alley! Even though I prefer a more musky scent I still think it's nice and I do plan to wear it throughout the springtime, though!

Dear Followers!

So, you've probably already heard the news from other bloggers already but it looks like Google will be retiring Google Reader/Google Friend Connect come July 1. I'd love to have you guys stick around so if you'd like to continue following me you can follow me with Bloglovin' (which you can find on the left) or HelloCotton (on the right) which I just set up!

I'm hoping to get some new posts up soon, so I'll see you all then :)

Glints Of Glinda with OPI

I'm still a bit sore and such from my wisdom teeth (and still on a mashed potatoes diet, wah) but I figured it wouldn't take much energy to do a short review on a nail polish, so that's what I'll be posting today! Painting my nails also doesn't cause me any pain which something like testing a foundation or something might do since my cheeks still ache a bit, haha. Okay, enough about my wisdom teeth woes..!


Here's Glints Of Glinda from OPI's new Oz The Great and Powerful collection inspired by the new movie of the same name. When you think of Oz you probably would picture emeralds, ruby reds, and golds but OPI went for a much softer theme for their collection.

Out of the seven shades this is the only one I was interested in (I wanted When Monkeys Fly! until I read about the taco glitter fiasco). Glints Of Glinda is a sheer nude beige, and I love it. I think it might be my perfect nude polish.

This is a more sheer polish but you can use more coats to get it semi-opaque. On my own hands I only tried out one coat and two coats, but I used a nail wheel to show a third coat as well.

 
Here it is with just one coat. It just gives a very simple but polished look, and I love the beige tint. I think it goes with my skin tone perfectly!
 


And here it is with two coats, where it's not completely opaque but not too sheer, either.


And ignoring the purple and pink polishes on the ends, here's Glints Of Glinda from left to right with one coat, two coats, and three coats.

I love it and the formula is quite easy to work with. I find OPI's sheer polishes always apply really well. The consistency wasn't too thick or too thin but I would say it was a bit more on the thin side. It can look a bit streaky as you apply it but once it drys any streaks disappear so don't fret!

What do you think? Did you get anything from this collection?

NYX is on Hautelook


Hey, guys! I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed last Friday and I'm still recovering (I've eaten sooo much mashed potatoes and icecream the past few days) so that's why I haven't been posting anything like reviews and such. No FOTD posts either since my face is swollen and I look like a chipmunk, haha.

I thought I might as well let you know that NYX is on Hautelook, if you didn't know already though! Like any other time NYX has an event most of the things on sale are either sets or palettes.

Okie dokie, then! I'm hoping to get some actual posts up once I'm all healed up! Hope you're all doing well :)

I'm Really Liking The Body Shop Lately

Hello beauty addicts! I just wanted to make a quick post today about a body scrub I'm really liking, which is The Body Shop's Shea Body Scrub.


This prduct works to "reveal softer, glowing skin with exfoliating salt grains and organic sugar in a moisturzing, oil-based scrub that has a fresh, classic scent" and I love it.

First off, I absolutely love the smell of it. It's so, so nice and I find it lightly lingers around. Second, it's a sugar scrub and I really like the texture of sugar based scrubs. Third, it leaves my skin extremely soft - and it does so immediately. Even while I'm still working it in I can feel a big difference in how my skin feels and it stays just as soft even after I've dried off. And also, this scrub gives you a good amount of time to work with it before it begins to dissolve.


Basically, it's just super nice and I love it. The only thing I don't love is the $20 price tag! If I wanted to repurchase I would probably try and wait for a sale or deal. If you're interested it's actually on sale right now for only $12 on The Body Shop's website!

I ♥ Tea Tree

Hey everyone! I apologize for the lack of posts so far this month. I'll be getting my wisdom teeth out this Friday so I probably won't be in the mood to post for a while after that either..! Anyway, today I just wanted to share something that I've been really loving lately which are the Tree Tree products from The Body Shop.


These are two of the products I have and have been using lately: the Tea Tree Face Mask and the Tea Tree Blackhead Exfoliating Wash. I've also tried (and loved!) the Tea Tree Cleansing Wipes but at $12.50 a pack for only 25 wipes it's not quite in my budget to repurchase over and over. I'll purchase another pack when I want to treat myself, hehe.

Back to the two products I currently have, though! The Tea Tree line is suitable for blemished skin. I used to have very dry skin until I started using Avon's Nutura Cream (if you have really dry skin try this stuff out, seriously) and now my skin has become a bit more oily and more of a combination type. Unfortunately, I've been getting pimples more often then when my skin was super dry. (I've stopped using the Avon cream regularly and just save it for emergencies, now!) I love the Tea Tree Face Mask to help me combat any pimples I may get. It "instantly cools and lifts away impurities" as well as "absorbs excess oil and soothes skin". I don't use this all over my face (my cheeks are kind of sensitive to it), I just use it on any problem areas. It does what it claims and it does feel super refreshing and soothing. All the tea tree products I've tried have left my skin feeling as smooth as a baby butt!

As for the exfoliating wash, I love it too! It "gently exfoliates, removes trapped dirt, oil and dead skin cells, leaves skin feeling clean" and is "clinically proven to give clearer looking skin". Again, it does what it claims and leaves you feeling clean and refreshed and sooooft. It's definitely gentle enough to use every day, although I personally don't.

These products are a bit more on the expensive side ($15 for the mask and $13 for the wash) but I find they were worth it. I just really love them and I'm already trying to decide which Tea Tree product I want to try out next! I'm thinking the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion..! I absolutely love how soft this makes my skin so it would be great to have it in lotion form.

So, have you tried The Body Shop's Tea Tree line? Do you like it as much as I do? :)

Polka.com by OPI


Okay, seriously.. How fabulous does Polka.com from OPI's Euro Centrale collection look? Super fabulous.

Polka.com is a glitter polish with pink, blue, and lavendar hexagonal glitters as well as smaller lavendar glitter particles in a clear base. I usually don't go for these kinds of glitter polishes but once I saw it swatched in this video by AlluraBeauty I knew I had to have it! (I also got OPI... Eurso Euro after seeing it in her video!)


Here it is swatched alone with one generous coat. And here it is over OPI... Eurso Euro with two coats:


Pretty, right? I love how it pairs with OPI... Eurso Euro! The above is what I've been wearing on my nails for a while now.

As for the formula of Polka.com, I like it. It does have a thicker base as most glitter polishes do, but I didn't find that a problem at all. If anything it may take longer to dry but I personally top my polishes with a coat of Seche Vite as soon as possible, so I didn't notice.

I also found that the glitter in this dispersed really nicely and evenly! I think my first swatch photo shows that. With some glitters the brush can drag the pieces around and you end up having to practically place each piece on your nail -  but not with this one! It's really easy to work with :)

OPI... Eurso Euro


OPI... Eurso Euro is a polish from OPI (which you probably could've guessed!) and is from their Euro Centrale collection. It's described simply as a 'deep blue cream', but I see it as a 'blurple'!

 
I don't think this photo is the most accurate (and I apologize!) - it was taken with flash in the sunlight. In person this shade is definitely darker and you can notice the purple-ness in it easier. I suggest looking up some different swatches of it to get a good idea of what it looks like!
 
 
 Here's another picture that's a little more accurate, and was taken without flash. I find it's still a bit darker then this but it's the best that I could get. Alright, moving on..!
 
You'll need two coats of this polish, but it's easy to work with. The first coat is thin and a little streaky but with the second coat everything will be fine and dandy! I really like this color and I'm happy to report that I don't have anything like it!