January 11, 2018

GIVENCHY TEINT COUTURE BALM Blurring Foundation Balm - Review and Swatches

First work week of 2018 had been anything but smooth for me, the sudden workload is too much and it includes too much caffeine. The stress is hard to hide and the last thing on my mind is to worry about whether my complexion looks even. I like to use foundations that provide a sheer coverage because they are easy to work with and if there are any acne marks or blemishes that need coverage, I could always use a little concealer. My complexion looks even and my skin still looks natural and effortless (literally though). 
After the holidays I just want my skin to breathe, feel and look fresh and the foundation that lets me achieve that airy, fresh, glowy look, is this medium coverage, blurring foundation from Givenchy. Its called Teint Couture Balm and will be available exclusively at Sephora.ca. Givenchy recently launched an array of foundations that cater to various beauty needs so there is something for everyone. 
For review and swatches of all 8 shades of Teint Couture Balm keep reading.

4  Nude Beige, 1 Nude Porcelain , 2 Nude Shell, 3 Nude Sand, 5 Nude Honey, 6 Nude Gold, 7 Nude Ginger, 8 Nude Amber

January 5, 2018

NEOSTRATA Acne Clear, Glycolic Renewal Body Smoothing Lotion and Smoothing Cream Review

This year started with a bunch of new skincare products in my routine and today I am sharing my day cream, acne treatment and a glycolic body lotion that have helped me achieve beautifully smooth skin. My skin is used to AHA products, but I've never used a body lotion that contains 10% glycolic acid and I seriously regret not giving the same attention to the rest of my body as my face. Winters are brutal on my skin and with these treatments, my skin looks smoother, shinier, and I have less things to worry about. The most remarkable difference is the pores! My pores look diminished and my complexion looks brighter. I am also using a wonderful sleep mask from La Prairie that is working well for the night and these are the products I am using on my skin for the day. I like to use acne treatment at night time, but it can be used day or night. 
So here is my daily skincare routine (well, sort of..wait for my mask, toner and beauty tools review - coming soon).
NEOSTRATA Acne Clear, Glycolic Renewal Body Smoothing Lotion and Smoothing Cream Review

January 2, 2018

GIVENCHY Chinese New Year Collection - Le Rouge Lipstick and Prism Libre Review and Swatches

To celebrate the Chinese New Year Givenchy came up with this gorgeous limited edition collection which features their best selling shades dressed up in a beautiful red and gold packaging. I absolutely love this collection because these are my favorite products from Givenchy and they look stunning in this packaging. It features Prism Libre and Le Rouge in 305. I am a huge fan of Givenchy lipsticks and I can't wait to share it with you. 
For review, swatches and lots of pictures keep reading! 

GIVENCHY Chinese New Year Collection - Le Rouge Lipstick and Prism Libre Review and Swatches

December 31, 2017

LA PRAIRIE Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask Review

There is nothing more luxurious in my skincare routine than the Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask from La Prairie. I have loved La Prairie products in the past, so I was very excited to use this overnight treatment and experience the magic of Skin Caviar. Its so luxurious and my skin loves this product. I wake up to smoother, healthier looking skin and much less redness. Did I mention, my skin got irritated during my Banff vacation and for the past week at home, my only goal had only been to reduce the spots on my face. During the holidays, its hard to give as much attention to skincare as I would like because I am always surrounded by food and family and literally there is no time for a proper routine, other than cleansing and putting on this overnight treatment. Thankfully, the Luxe Sleep Mask is working to calm my skin down while nourishing it with caviar extracts. Its not just any luxury beauty treatment, it's so much more and its helping me achieve healthier skin that looks and feels beautifully smooth and firm. Wish I could bathe in this!
More on today's blog...
LA PRAIRIE Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask Review
LA PRAIRIE Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask 

December 27, 2017

MOROCCANOIL Moroccanoil Treatment Review

Almost everyday I treat my hair to this rich conditioning oil treatment that strengthens and adds shines. I apply a few drops to clean and dry hair, from mid sections to tip, and instantly my hair is smoother, shinier and no more frizz! I have always been a fan of argan oil and the effects it can have on my skin, hair and nails but pure argan oil can feel a little heavy on hair. With Moroccanoil Treatment I can get all the benefits of argan oil and other vitamins, without making my hair greasy. It is quick absorbing and can be used on wet and dry hair. It is strongly perfumed and the scent is intense, but it doesn't last long and usually goes off with a blow dry. 
More on this amazing hair product below...

December 21, 2017

VITRY Nail Repair Care in Sensitive - Review and Swatches

I shovelled 25 cm of snow off my driveway yesterday and my hands looked quite beat up after I removed my weatherproof gloves. Surprisingly none of my nails had chipped/broken, which I expect to break every day or two in winters and I though to myself, that this nail treatment is truly working it magic on me! Sometimes, even opening the car door would break my nails, or while putting on my winter coat. My hands hate winters. They look wrinkled, dry and flaky and I know that I can totally fix that with my Shea hand balm, but broken nails are hard to file/clip. They can certainly be painful too. 
Today I am sharing with you a nail repair treatment that has truly helped me in maintaining the strength of my nails and I haven't experienced spilt or broken nails since I started using this. Its the Vitry Nail Repair Care in sensitive. I just pick everything for sensitive nails/skin/hair because I can always be sure it will not irritate me in anyway. 
More on this in todays blog along with hand swatches... 

December 20, 2017

GARNIER FRUCTIS Grow Strong Shampoo Conditioner and Strength Activator Serum Review

I spent the last week in Banff and surrounding areas and I can't get over how gorgeous it looked during this time of the year. It was the perfect setting for the holiday season and I thoroughly enjoyed the great outdoors. However, my hair and skin freaked out with all the wool and cashmere wrapped all over. My hair looked so limp and flattened with all the hats and the scarves broke me out on the chin area. Talk about sensitive dry skin, eh?
Luckily I had the hair serum from the new Garnier Fructis Grow Strong collection which saved me from all the hair breakage and static issues and added volume and shine to my long and somewhat dry (from the weather) hair. 
Today I will be sharing my thoughts on this new vegan Fructis products from Garnier with you. Keep reading for pics and how I keep my hair strong and healthy looking... 
GARNIER NEW FRUCTIS Grow Strong collection Shampoo conditioner and serum

December 7, 2017

DIOR Addict Ultra Gloss in 643 EVERDIOR Review and Swatches

I never wear a lip gloss and this was such an impulse purchase for me but I am glad I did. I was looking for lip gloss sets as holiday gifts and had my eyes on this set from Bobbi Brown but then I went to Sephora to stock up on my HG concealers and eyeliners during the VIB Sale and found these beautiful lipglosses. I was attracted to the packaging (lets be honest) but then I swatched it and the texture seemed very smooth, non sticky and the glitter was so evenly distributed. So I bought it with doubt that this will soon be returned and I didn't even photograph it until today. The shade I picked is a coral with golden glitter. Its called EVERDIOR. I also loved another one called DIORAMA which I am totally picking when I am at Sephora again. Diorama is a mauvy pink and I have had a similar shade long time ago from Marc Jacobs, so I know that shade works for me, and swatching all the glosses in store made me feel like a teen again. I only wore lip glosses during my teens and well into my twenties, until I started working and a shiny gloss seemed rather immature at work. But during the holidays, I love sparkles and anything shiny is on my list. This also makes a nice topper for nude lipstick or just about any lipstick.
For swatches and thoughts keep reading.

DIOR Addict Ultra Gloss in 643 EVERDIOR Review and Swatches
DIOR Addict Ultra Gloss in 643 EVERDIOR

December 5, 2017

TIFFANY & CO. Tiffany Eau De Parfum Review

Tiffany & Co.'s new fragrance Tiffany Eau de Parfum is a summation of how I feel about luxury - its glorious, self satisfying, opulent yet understated and it makes me feel so uplifted because I relate to the scent in many ways. Its the kind of scent that feels like me. It might not be the most unique fragrance ever, but there is something special about it, that kept me wanting it for a month, before I decided to get the full size 2.5 oz bottle. I usually stick to 1.7oz bottles for perfumes because I do not have one signature/favorite scent, but a handful and I keep switching between them, depending on how I feel. With Tiffany, I wanted to go full size because I knew I will be wearing it all the time. The middle notes of Iris in this dreamy floral scent is what keeps this signature perfume unique to Tiffany. The bottle is inspired by diamonds and  you have to check out the bottle shots at the end of this post. It looks pretty sitting on the vanity and the elegant silhouette fits nicely with other accessories on my dresser!

TIFFANY perfume Review

December 1, 2017

BECCA Eye Lights Palette + Champagne Pop Glow on the Go Kit Review and Swatches

 I am so ready for the luminous, sparkly, glowy look this holiday season and that is why I had to pick up these shimmering holiday sets from Becca Cosmetics. They are also the first ever Becca product I own! I always wanted to try their most coveted highlighters but somehow I was always more distracted with my love for YSL, Chanel and Givenchy for cosmetics. So, I had been waiting for a palette that features a collection of Becca highters and with these two products I have pretty much tasted everything from Becca in terms of highlghters for warmer complexions. I also wanted to get the holiday blush palette from Apr├Ęs Ski Glow Collection but I couldn't find it at Sephora.

So for today I am sharing these beautiful products from Becca Cosmetics with swatches and why they are my favorite this holiday season. Catch up on my holiday favorites here.