Wednesday, December 21, 2011

3 Little Wonders by Ole Henriksen

ole, ole, ole!
:Pricey at $83:

Skincare sets are amazing.  They're even more amazing when they're worth every penny.  I am a big fan of Ole Henriksen.  I would recommend it to anyone without hesitation.  That is epic.

During the holidays he has this:


It had two things I already use and love, and one I had never tried.  That is why sets are a great way to shop around for a new skincare product.  You can try a handful of items, for roughly the cost of one or two.


I will keep my breakdown of these three award-winning products short and sweet:

GREEN: Invigorating Night Gel - This was my first time.  I approached with caution and I'm glad I did because it instantly dried out my skin .  But now we're on the same page and things are goingn well.  It uses botanial alpha hydroxy acids for rapid cell proliferation.  Basically - a mini peel.  And if you don't know, peels are like exfoliating on crack.  Any exfoliating treatment gets rid of dull, old skin to make way for younger firmer skin. 


ORANGE: Truth Serum Collagen Booster - One of my all time favourite products ever.  Amazing hyration for your skin with a Vitamin C boost.


BLUE: Sheer Transformation - A light and silky moisturizer that gradually reduces hyperpigmentation.


How do you use all these wonders?  Easy.  It's paint by numbers.

Apply ORANGE to your face in the morning.  And then in the evening a little GREEN, followed by BLUE and then into bed for some ZZZZZZs.

NOTE: If you have sensitive skin like me, I would gradually introduce GREEN and then only use it once every other day. 

It's a truly amazing skincare regimen that has garnered me a slew of compliments.  I would love to show you how glowy and happy my face is, but alas, I'm still undercover. 

I just want you to no that I don't joke around about skincare.  I especially don't make sh*t up.  So when I say that my skin looks noticeably better, trust that it does.  So much so that in the past two weeks friends have commented on how great I look.  Sure, you're thinking they're my friends, they're biased or they're just fangirling me.  Well, they're not.  My friends don't fan-girl.  We're better than that.  They say it like it is, always and forever because in my hood, we keep it real.

Love it.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Amused by Tarte

amused

:Pricey at $33:


It's no secret, I love tarte.  My sister needed new blush so I suggested she get the new Amazonian clay one from tarte.  It's a great alternative to their gel cheek stains, and Amazonian clay works for all skin types.  They come in lovely colours, like all of tarte's products, and is a great (more) natural alternative to other brands.

It comes in a eight beautiful shades. I got blissful (peach).

Pretty case.
My sister was very specific about the look she wanted.  She wanted the 'I just went for a brisk walk' look.  Easy....I got her amused: 


Amused - Bright pink
Woohoo.

Love it.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Lip Butters by Revlon



tasty treats
:Cheap at $11:




Creamy, buttery, and lovingly tinted.  If I had to give you a simple comparison, it's like colourful chapstick.  I am so down with that.
 
Creamsicle and Tutti Frutti
Caress your lips with fun colours. 

Love it.


Monday, December 12, 2011

Naked Palette by Urban Decay


i like to get NAKED
:Pricey at $58:



I love this palette on so many levels.  I adore Urban Decay's shadows - they're long-lasting, highly pigmented and easily blendable. Their primer is also easily hands-down one of the best.  Look how sleek, slim and sexy this palette is, yes, that's velvet.  A panel of 12 neutral, sultry shadows wrapped in brown, soft velvet. 

It's not so pricey if you apply my use per dollar formula.  It's the same as my wear per dollar for clothes.  Apply my logic and you'll see that the $60 you shell out for this is well worth it's value because you get 12 versatile, universally-flattering shadows, a mini bottle of primer, and a brush.  It's the same logic I used when I bought my $200 Smythe blouse.  As of today, I've worn that blouse about 40 times.  That's about $5 per wear.  Doesn't that make more sense than the Club Monaco knit top.  It's wear per dollar is $79.  Bought it and wore it once.  Shame.

Back to the sexiness.  Here are the shades in NAKED 1.5:


Version 1.5 has a brush; NAKED 1.0 had a 24/7 liner. 

 

The added bonus of my purchase is that it's for the jet-setter.  I'm off on holiday in January and this will be coming with me.  It's very travel friendly. 
As far as palettes go, this one is simply irresistable. So much so that you want one too? Do it. Version 2.0 is coming. Everyone should be naked.


Love it.




Friday, December 9, 2011

Stay-There Eye Shadow by Buxom


runt of the litter
:Pricey at $21:


Buxom calls this line "a whole new breed" of shadow.  Right now they're "exclusive" to Sephora.  They come in cute names and support a wonderful cause, Canine Companions for Independence, a not-for-profit organization that provides assistance dogs to people with disabilities.

That alone made the purchase worth it.  But take that away, and it falls flat.  I didn't love it, nor did I hate it - i.e. there was nothing special that made it worth its pricetag.

Mutt, a bronzed taupe, is a universally flattering colour and perfect for everyday use.  So my purchase wasn't a total bust.

Skip it.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Pretty Amazing Lip Color by Bare Escentuals


self-promoting
:Pricey at $17:


I loved the applicator.  It's pretty amazing.

Precise enough to make a star:

For real.
The range of colours is nice, but as always, I gravitate towards nudes so I got Allure and Free Will.


They're all creamy and high impact.


Like it.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Starry-Eyed Baked Eyeshadow Trio by Lorac


good comes in threes
:Pricey at $34:

It's pricey as a unit, but considering you're getting three complimentary colours, it's a good deal.

I have a penchant for stars, and after LOVING the Lorac blush I bought a while back, I picked this up.  It's part of my wonderful, winter, holiday haul. 

Lorac's palettes are highly pigmented baked shadows wet or dry:

Dry
Three stupid-proof shades to make you a superstar.  I literally got Superstar (golden beige - highlighter, golden tan - contour, and deep bronze - eyeliner).

Like it.

P.S. Beauty FYI - Lorac is Carol backwards.  Why Carol?  Carol Shaw, celebrity make-up artist.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Matte Finish Nail Treatment by Seche Natural


"beauty knows no color"
:Cheap at $5:

Their motto is quite the poetic metaphor. 

Seche is by far one of the best basecoats ever.  Only the best for my nails because I put them through the ringer - I change my polish up to three times a week.  That begs the assumption that I'm either crazy or have beauty ADHD.  Or perhaps, I'm just taking after JLo, after all, she changes her polish every episode of American Idol.  I'm not a fan of her music, but I'm a fan of her diva-ness.

Seche provides a smooth, healthy clean base:

Left - Bare | Right - Seched
Yes, exactly.

A clean, fast drying layer to protect your nails.  It's also nice on its own if you're in the mood for muted matte nails.

Gopher it.

Love it.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Toronto: Hue's Kitchen


who? hue.
:Yonge + Bloor:


Everything is better with Bana. Our impromptu lunch date landed us at Hue's Kitchen.  I had heard it was good.

It is, for what it is; fast, cheap, good food. 

Honourable mention to the rolls - salad and fried.  Both tasty and cheap.  I also need to point out the terrasse, sorry, patio...it is lovely and totally unexpected.

At $1.50 I should have ate 10.
 My lunch was the pho, bad choice; butter chicken roti, better choice.

$5.99, what!
Apart from the communication mishap Bana and I experienced with our server, it was an easy lunch: in-eat-out.

Hue's secured a spot on my lunch draw.  And that my friends, is a good thing.

Hue's Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Buxom Lash Mascara by Buxom


i say no, no, no
:Average at $24:
 
I really, really, really disliked this mascara.

The wand looked promising:


But the finished product was anything but:


It's wet and heavy.  Translation bad mess.

No one wants that.

Dislike it.