July 17, 2019

NARS Voyageur Eyeshadow Palette in Quartz Review and Swatches

Oh my gosh! I am back at it again! This summer has been insanely busy as my kids grow up and their activities and curiosity goes up to a whole new level. I am super occupied, however, I never stop thinking about my makeup diaries and how much I neglected it. I actually neglected myself and everytime I look at my feet, I cringe at why I didn't go for a pedicure yet... so it is that crazy busy! Anyways, I wanted to share this gorgeous NARS Voyageur Eyeshadow Palette in detail on the blog. I posted about it on Instagram when I purchased it and since then I have taken it to two vacation trips and this palette has helped me pull elegant looks for date nights and even for strolls around the city. Its definitely become my most used palette over this Spring/Summer and I can't wait to talk more about it. 



April 16, 2019

MAC Lover Program (previously MAC Select) + MAC Birthday Gift 2019 Review and Swatch

I shared my MAC store experience in my previous post and I decided to never buy MAC products but since my sister is a huge fan, I slowly got sucked in to the MAC-mania. And now I have a few products that I use on a daily basis and love it. I also tried some of my sister's MAC lipsticks when I was visiting her, and I absolutely loved the color pay off and the longevity! Especially at the price point and with the MAC Lover discount offers, I am on to creating my own collection of MAC products. I never thought, I would dedicate blogs to a brand I don't like, but here we go!!
So, thanks to my boxing week MAC haul, I became a MAC Lover - Devoted member. It's the second tier of the MAC loyalty program, which was previously called MAC Select. Being a Devoted member, I got to choose a birthday gift during my birthday month and I added a January date so I can get the gift earlier in the year - cuz I am impatient like that! :P
The gift I received was actually much better than I had expected, considering that Sephora gives me travel size products on birthday, with MAC Lover program, I got a full size Technakohl Liner in a color of my choice and a MAC tote bag.
More on this in today's blog..

April 11, 2019

Sephora Birthday Gift 2019 - Review and Photos

Hey everyone,
I quickly wanted to share this year's Sephora birthday gifts with you. As you can already see that there are more options to choose from and two options just for VIB and Rouge which are the Jo Malone 9ml cologne or the 250 Reward points. Last year I picked the points because I like the Rewards Bazaar and can usually get a nice size travel friendly product for free. I have tried numerous rewards in the past so the points have more worth to me than the gift itself. 
This time, since I was travelling during Spring Break I picked the Drunk Elephant set. I had never tried Drunk Elephant because it seems very expensive, and I thought this was a nice way to try out the brand.  

March 7, 2019

TANGLE TEEZER Wet Detangling Brush Review

Finally some bright sun in the morning and I couldn't miss the opportunity to catch up on my morning yoga with the sun on my face! I never knew how much I can cherish the heat filtering through the windows and warming up my entire living space. Its so calming and just what I needed to overcome all the travel related anxiety that is gradually seeping in and I am praying I stay calm till I get to the airport. 
It's always weird whenever we vacation for Spring Break, because our closets are full of warm clothes and jackets and all kinds of mitts and socks and suddenly I am shopping for tank tops and flip flops!! It drives me nuts because, firstly, I can't find it in stores and secondly if it is in stock, its not in our size or the colors are not what we want. I usually don't like to hit the malls as soon as I visit a place but it seems like that is my only option. 
So anyways,  I wanted to share this Wet Detangling Brush from Tangle Teezer with you all, especially those with long hair like me, because it can be stressful to brush out wet hair.  I usually do not brush my wet hair, but over time, I learnt that if I want to avoid heat styling, my best bet is to brush my hair when wet and brush again when damp and then after a few hours. Of course, wet hair is more prone to breakage, but with this brush, things are looking quite good!
I use this on my kids hair as well, because I never use a hair dryer on them and this keeps their hair looking smooth and frizz free.
More on this in today's blog!  


February 27, 2019

LAURA MERCIER Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation in Golden 3W2 - Review and Swatches

I was really excited when I saw this new foundation on Sephora's website and since I am looking for a Spring foundation which needs to be dewy and fresh, I was naturally attracted to this. Also, it promises 15 hours of moisturization!! Like seriously! I need that stuffff!!! 
Now you know, I haven't had a great experience with Laura Mercier in the past because her products always break me out, I still wanted to try this out. I think I forgot my experience two years ago, when I tried the Flawless Fusion foundation and was left with itchy red spots on my face
Anyways, I tried the new foundation from Laura Mercier and I have a lot of swatches in this blog for you to compare it with my other foundation matches. Keep reading to find out if I like this one!

February 7, 2019

MAC Haul ft. Studio Fix Concealer, Powder Plus Foundation, Eyeshadows, Prep+Prime Fix+ and more

I bought a lot of MAC on Boxing Day and around the holiday time, mainly because of the promotional discounts, free gift wrapping and also because I was intrigued by the newer packaging/the formula and just wanted to give it a go. 
In the past, I haven't been able to create a relationship with MAC products because despite the amazing shade range, I could not find anything that matched my skintone, nor did the formula worked for me. I always felt it accentuated the flaws on my face - like the lines around my eyes or the dryness on my mouth area. I felt that MAC products commanded more steps and more effort from me to make it work. 
Even though, the price point is almost comparable to drugstore products, especially with the 25% discount that I received for Boxing Day, I just never really wanted to buy MAC Cosmetics. Not to mention the awkwardness of the sales associates in my local MAC boutiques. They are always so pushy and judgemental. I will narrate my experiences later in this post. 
Anyways, so these are the products I purchased and so far, liking it. They are the Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NC30, the Studio Fix 24Hr Smooth Wear Concealer in NC30 and NW30, Fix+ in three scents, in the holiday packaging and free makeup remover wipes, I received with my online order. Yup, I ordered online, because I did not need any more useless interactions with MAC employees. 
For swatches and detailed pics keep reading. 

January 3, 2019

HERBIVORE Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask Review

Hello everyone,
Hope you all had a great start of the new year. I stayed very busy with my family and friends this time around and as much as I feel blessed to have great people around me, I wish the same for all of you. I missed blogging and sharing some amazing products with you, so today I am sharing a face mask from Herbivore. I had never heard of this brand, if it wasnt for Sephora and the sale season allowed me to splurge on this expensive product. This two ounce jar retails for C$60 at Sephora Canada and promises to to 'gently exfoliate, smooth, and resurface the skin' and it is recommended solution for acne, redness and pores. I have been suffering from all of this. Though my acne is under control but I still have some acne marks and scars to work on. So, I gave this mask a try and here are my thoughts. 


December 27, 2018

CHANEL Spring-Summer 2019 Beauty - Showcase and Thoughts

Chanel Beauty has its Spring 2019 collection on the US site and we Canadians still have to actually wait till it becomes available to us. The collection looks stunning to me, so I decided to share these with you. All images are from the Chanel Beauty US website and shared here only to keep a memory of what was available or previewed in the US at this time of the year, while I drool. 
So here goes the Spring 2019 Collection by Chanel. 

December 19, 2018

CHANEL NUDE LIPSTICKS - Rouge Allure Velvet in 69 Abstrait & Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle - Review with Swatches

Chanel lipsticks are my all time favorites, because they always look great, no matter how I wear them and they last me a full day and the color range is very wearable too. They fomula is buildable and I have worn my Rouge Cocos everywhere in the world and it never melts in high heat, nor disappear in the humid weather. It always stays perfectly on me. So I wanted to try the luminous matte formula of the new Rouge Allure Velvets in the limited edition matte packaging. I actually wanted to just get the newer ones, but I couldn't resist stocking up on my favorite Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle. I have repurchased this several times and also reviewed on my blog. Check out my review here
For review and swatches of the Rouge Allure Velvet in Abstrait with comparison swatches keep reading... 

December 15, 2018

Burt's Bees 100% Natural Makeup and Skincare Review with Swatches

Around six or seven years ago, I was really in to natural makeup and tried so many mineral makeup brands and even shared some on this blog. Gradually, I moved away from that because they were mostly available only online and I could never be sure if I got the right shade nor were there enough online swatches. So, recently I came across Burt's Bees natural makeup line, which is available at London Drugs and almost all drugstores. I was so excited to try it out, because I love using natural products on my skin. Each of these products is 100% natural except the brow pencil which is 99.9% natural. 
A lot of you must already be using the Burt's Bees lip balm and so was I but I never explore the body care or the skincare products from Burt's Bees and I was missing out on a lot! I literally found  a solution to the eczema on my hands. I am also using the Hand Salve these days but will save that for another review.  
For review and swatches of Burt's Bees Natural Makeup collection, keep reading..
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