Friday, May 30, 2014

Sephora Collection Colour Summer 2014 (Review+Swatches)

Hey Everyone, 

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a great week and are looking forward to an even better weekend. This weekend my sisters, my Mom and I are leaving for our annual trip to Nashville for CMA Fest 2014 (a large country music festival). I have several guest posts planned for while I am away, and will definitely be checking in with a few 'Outfit of the Day/Night' posts (I have some gorgeous new accessories to share). 

For today's post I wanted to share one of the most fun and colourful Summer 2014 Collections currently on the market. Inspired by 'the colours and warmth of Rio de Janero', Sephora's new 'Colour Summer 2014 Collection' features a variety of products in gorgeous bronze and neon hues (the packaging is out of this world!). I was recently sent four products from the new collection and wanted to share my thoughts: 

Sephora Collection 'Sol de Rio' Bronzing Powder ($26 CND): 
A light matte brown with absolutely no orange undertones, Sephora's new 'Sol de Rio' Bronzing Powder is the perfect shade for those with fairer skin tones. Formulated with jojoba and sunflower oils, which help keep skin for hydrated, this large and beautifully packaged bronzer (possibly not the best product for travel) blends effortlessly into skin for a soft, natural-looking, tanned complexion. While I really like this bronzer (it's my perfect shade!), it does have quite a strong baby powder scent, which, I personally, could live without. 

Sephora Collection 'Pocket Paradise Brush Clutch' ($25 CND): 
With a ridiculously cute hot pink and cork makeup bag and three hot pink mini sized brushes, Sephora's new 'Pocket Paradise Brush Clutch' is the perfect on-the-go, travel accessory (it fits perfectly into any purse, even my tiny one). Incredibly soft, the three synthetic haired brushes (a fluffy powder/blush brush, a flat eyeshadow brush and an angled eyeliner brush) work surprisingly well (I am not usually a fan of mini brushes, but these are great), and will be accompanying me on my trip to Nashville next week. 

Sephora Collection Tropicolor Ribbon Hair Ties ($11 CND): 
Extremely bright and colourful (I like!), Sephora's new 'Tropicolour Ribbon Hair Ties Set' features eight no-tug, bracelet style hair ties perfect for casually throwing your hair up on hot Summer days. Comfortable to wear (you don't feel like your brain is about to explode because your ponytail is so tight), the new Sephora 'Tropicolour Ties' don't leave creases meaning you can easily change hairstyles without worrying about bumps or dents. 

Sephora Collection 'Paint Rio in Neon Colour' Hit Set ($14 CND): 
Inspired by the colours and costumes of Rio's 'Carnivale', the new Sephora 'Paint Rio in Neon Colour' set features four boldly coloured mini nail polishes as well as a small booklet that includes four nail art tutorials. Nicely pigmented, these fast-drying polishes apply opaquely in two to three coats leaving nails with an intense, creamy, neon finish. Below is a closer look at the four shades in the 'Paint Rio in Neon Colour' set:

1) Papaya Daquiri: A bold neon orange, this polish applies opaquely in two coats.
2) Caipi Freeze: a neon lime green with yellow undertones, this polish applies opaquely in three coats. 
3) Pink Bikini: a bold hot pink, this polish applies opaquely in two coats. 
4) Brazilian Sun: a bright neon yellow, this polish applies opaquely in three coats. 

The new Sephora Collection Colour Summer 2014 products are available in stores and online as of the beginning of this month. 

What do you think of Sephora's latest collection? Will you be picking any of the above items up? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Weight Loss Update: I Did It!

Hey Everyone, 

It's been a while since I posted a weight loss update, and wanted to share some positive (finally...I feel like a lot of my weight loss posts have been somewhat negative) news with all of you. 

If you remember from my last weight loss update (seen here), I recently started seeing a naturopath. After going through all of my medical history and some of my future health goals, the naturopath put me on a number off supplements (I take about 37 pills a day), and a month long detox diet. The diet, which was aimed at, not only cutting out sugar and most carbs, but seeing whether I had any underlying food allergies, was fairly strict (no wheat, no dairy, no citrus, no sugar, etc.), but I was committed to sticking with it. 

Despite some initial reservations, I was able to stick to the detox for an entire month without any cheating (I even managed to stick to it during a weekend shopping trip to the US) and I can honestly say I feel better than I have in a really long time. While we have yet to see any adverse effects from the foods I am slowly introducing back into my diet, it was determined that I have insulin resistance, meaning my body cannot properly process sugar and carbohydrates, hence my difficulties losing weight. 

Cutting down on both sugar and carbs has made a huge difference and I am so excited to say that I managed to lose a total of 18lbs during the month long detox. While I had struggled for almost a year and a half to meet my 50lb weight loss goal, I have made huge strides this past month and am now done a total of 57.7lbs (the picture above is of my before and after). 

While the weight loss factor alone has me feeling good (it's been a two year struggle now), I am happy to say the detox and supplements have also left me feeling better in general (less headaches, more energy and a little less fibromyalgia pain). 

Yesterday was my second visit with the naturopath who was, for the most part, happy with my results (we have a bit of tweaking to do). Conscious of how my body reacts to carbs and sugar, I am determined to stick to a high protein, low carb diet (this might prove difficult as I am headed to Nashville for 10 days this Sunday) in the hopes of losing more weight and feeling healthier overall. 

This weight loss journey has had its fair share of ups and downs and I would be lying if I said there weren't many days I just felt like giving up. With that said, I feel a fresh wave of determination and quite honestly can't wait to see what the next few months will bring (75lbs here I come!). 

As always thank you so much for your support. Your words of encouragement have really helped me through the more frustrating moments of this journey, and I honestly could not have done it without your support. THANK YOU!!

"No matter how many times I break down, there is always a piece of me that says NO, you're not done yet, Get Back Up!" -Unknown

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

New Mary Kay 'Mineral Eye Colour' Shades for Summer 2014 (Review+Swatches)

Hey Everyone, 

This season, Mary Kay takes a neutral approach to Summer with five new shades of their 'Mineral Eye Colour Eyeshadow'. Intensely pigmented (seriously, the pigmentation is insane), these super creamy shadows are incredibly easy to work with and blend like a dream. Mineral based, the new Mary Kay Mineral Colour shades are perfect for sensitive skin, containing vitamins A, C and E. While these shadows claim to be fade-resistant and crease-free, I prefer to wear them over a primer (Urban Decay 'Primer Potion' all the way!) and find they last all day (we're talking 12 hours) without any smudging. 

Below is a closer look at all of the new Mary Kay Mineral Eye Colour Shades: 

 Mary Kay Mineral Eye Colour in 'Ballerina Pink' ($8 CND):
A creamy, light pink with nude undertones, 'Ballerina Pink' glides on easily (the texture and pigmentation are out of this world), giving lids a soft, natural-looking finish (this shade looks great worn all over the lid with a smokier colour in the crease). 
 Mary Kay Mineral Eye Colour in 'Rosegold' ($8 CND): 
A deep rose gold with bronze undertones (this is darker than the majority of rose gold eyeshadows I own), 'Rosegold' makes for a stunning all-over-lid shade especially on tanned Summer skin. 
 Mary Kay Mineral Eye Colour in 'Driftwood' ($8 CND): 
A creamy matte chocolate brown with yellow undertones, this incredibly well pigmented shadow works both all over the lid and in the crease, creating a beautiful daytime smoky eyed look. 
 Mary Kay Mineral Eye Colour in 'Stone' ($8 CND): 
A deep, cool-toned matte grey with strong purple undertones, this absolutely stunning shadow (it reminds me a lot of MAC's 'Poison Pen', one of my all time favourite shades), looks great worn in the crease for added definition and a smokier feel. 
Mary Kay Mineral Eye Colour in 'French Roast': 
A deep chocolate brown packed full of finely milled golden shimmer, 'French Roast', while stunning (it looks beautiful packed all over the lid) has a drier, slightly gritty texture that creates a fair amount of fall out (if you can deal with some fallout, this colour is great. If not, this is not the shade for you). 

Ballerina Pink, Rosegold, Driftwood, Stone, French Roast

Similar in quality, texture and pigmentation to a lot of my favourite MAC shadows, the Mary Kay 'Mineral Eye Colours' are, in my opinion, a complete steal at only $8 CND each (amazing!). Available as of the 18th of this month, the new Mary Kay Mineral Eye Colour shades can be found via the Mary Kay website

Friday, May 23, 2014

New Makeup Sponges (Beauty Blender Alternatives)

Hey Everyone, 

While I absolutely love playing around with colourful cosmetics (eyeshadows, lipsticks, blushes, etc.), the past four years of beauty blogging have taught me that having a great base can really make or break a makeup look (no one cares about your well blended eyes if your foundation looks chalky and streaky). It is for this reason that I am constantly on the look out for new beauty tools (brushes, sponges, etc.) to help me achieve a flawless looking base. While I am a long time fan of the original 'Beauty Blender', it is quite expensive at $26 CND, and so, I am always looking for alternatives that will preform as well, but don't cost as much. Below is a closer look at four of new 'Beauty Blender' alternatives currently on the market: 

Sephora Collection 'The Painter Airbrush Sponge' ($14 CND): 
With a slanted end, perfect for reaching and accurately applying foundation to smaller areas (crevices) of the face, Sephora's new 'The Painter Airbrush Sponge' makes blending a breeze. Featuring a large rounded ergonomic end, this easy to grip sponge has a nice 'bounce' to it, allowing for easy stippling (this sponge does the work for you) and a streak-free, airbrushed looking finish. 

Sephora Collection 'The Perfector Sponge' ($14 CND): 
With a small, knob-like, easy to grip end, and a sharply pointed tip, Sephora's 'The Perfector Sponge' is perfect for applying both foundation and concealer to smaller areas of the face (I love to use this sponge to blend out my under eye concealer). Incredibly 'springy', this easy to use sponge expands when wet (similar to the beauty blender), allowing for a soft, flawless, and very well blended finish. 

Sephora Collection 'Double Take BB/CC Cream Sponge' ($10 CND): 
Made specifically for use with lighter coverage and thinner formula foundations (think tinted moisturizers, BB creams and CC creams), which normally absorb into traditional makeup sponges, Sephora's new 'Double Take BB/CC Cream Sponge' has a unique velvet-like lining on one side that helps thinner foundations glide easily onto the skin without absorbing them (can I get a hallelujah?!). Similar in texture to a more traditional sponge, the other side of Sephora's 'Double Take Sponge' allows for stippling and blending, giving skin a completely flawless appearance. If you use BB or CC creams regularly, this sponge is a must!

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($9.99 CND): 
My hands down favourite of the four new sponges, Real Technique's new versatile 
'Miracle Complexion Sponge' has rounded sides perfect for large area blending/stippling, a flat edge for contouring around the eyes and nose and a precision tip for covering imperfections and blemishes. Incredible soft, the 'Miracle Complexion Sponge' expands when wet, allowing for a perfectly blended, even and smooth finish (this sponge is just as great, if not better than The Beauty Blender). 

What do you think of all of the new beauty sponges currently hitting the market? Which of the above sponges would you most like to try? What is your all time favourite foundation applying tool? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

mark. Cosmetics 'Saint Barts Soleil Instant Vacation Collection' (Review+Swatches)

Hey Everyone, 

With the weather we've been having today (cold, dark and raining), there is nothing I'd like better than a quick escape to Saint Barts (who's with me?). Seeing as my private jet isn't currently fuelled up, however (come on, a girl can dream), my dream vacation is going to have to take a more 'cosmetic approach', by way of mark. Cosmetics' new 'Saint Barts Soleil Instant Vacation Collection'. 

Inspired by the sun, sand and surf of Saint Barts, the new collection, which features a light floral fragrance, a shimmering body lotion, an eyeshadow palette and a blush, bronzer and highlighter trio, is the epitome of lavish and luxury (excuse me pool boy, I'll take another daiquiri when you have a minute...). 

Below is a closer look at three of the products from the new 'Saint Barts Soleil Instant Vacation Collection': 

mark. Cosmetics Saint Barts Soleil Eau de Toilette ($24CND/50ml): 
With a combination of 'fresh, breezy Carribean waters, rich exotic coconut milk and bold frangipani flowers', mark's new 'Saint Barts Soleil' fragrance is the perfect light, floral scent for Summer. While I personally tend to shy away from floral scents, in lieu of something a little sweeter (I love fragrances that smell like candy), 'Saint Barts Soleil' has enough coconut undertones to make this a new favourite Summer scent. 

mark. Cosmetics Saint Barts Soleil Shimmering Body Lotion ($14CND/150ml):
A lighter version of mark's new 'Saint Barts Soleil' fragrance, this hydrating luminizer, inspired by 'the shimmering waters and sands of Saint Barts', helps hydrate dry, sun-kissed skin, while giving it a natural-looking, radiant glow. This luminizing lotion is a beach bag must have, even for those of us just lounging along the shores of Lake Huron (it's no luxurious island, but it will do).  

mark. Island Beauty Face Compact ($28CND): 
Created to give all skin-tones a 'I've just been sunning in the islands' (does anyone actually ever say that?!), vacation-worthy glow, mark.'s new Island Beauty Face Compact includes a beige-champagne highlighter, a pink-coral blush and a deep, shimmering bronzer. Creamy, silky and very nicely pigmented, all three shades apply smoothly for soft, radiant, non-chunky (yay!) glow. While I personally love both the blush and highlighter, the bronzer is a little too dark for my fair skin (it just looks muddy on), but works nicely as a simple bronze eyeshadow. 

The new mark. Cosmetics Saint Barts Soleil Instant Vacation Collection is available on the avon website as of the beginning of this month. 

What do you think of Avon's new Saint Barts Collection? Which of the three products would you most like to get your hands on? What is your dream vacation destination? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mark 'All Butter Now Lip Treats' (Review+Swatches)

Hey Everyone, 

If you've been reading my blog for a while now, you know I am a complete sucker when it comes to a good tinted lip balm (seriously, it's a slight addiction). So, when I received two of mark cosmetics' new 'All Butter Now Lip Treats' last month, I did a little happy dance and immediately began smearing them all over my dry lips (a beautiful picture, I know). 

Available in four shades, mark's new 'All Butter Now Lip Treats' (okay, let's be honest, the name is awesome!) are infused with shea, cocoa and mango seed butters which help to treat, dry rough lips, while increasing their moisture level by 124%. Smelling like sweet, slightly tangy fruit (they remind me so much of my favourite YSL Rouge Volupté Shine lipsticks), the new 'All Butter Now Lip Treats' are insanely well pigmented giving the lips a full dose of  colour. 

Below is a closer look at two of the new 'All Butter Now Lip Treats' shades: 

mark All Butter Now Lip Treat in 'Baby Me' ($12 CND/3g): 
A light baby pink with purple undertones and finely milled iridescent shimmer, 'Baby Me' gives lips a beautiful nude pink colour without the 'dead lips look' (I can't usually pull off light pinks, but this looks surprisingly nice on me). Unfortunately, because this particular shade does contain some shimmer, it has less moisturizing, slightly gritty texture which, to be honest, took a little getting used to. 

mark All Butter Now Lip Treat in 'Coraltini' ($12 CND/3g): 
A bright, bold, highly pigmented coral with strong orange undertones, 'Coraltini' is the quintessential summer lip colour (seriously, this shade is my new summer staple). Unlike 'Baby Me', which has a slightly gritty feel, 'Coralitini' is incredibly smooth and moisturizing, leaving lips feeling perfectly hydrated all day long. At only $12 CND, I think this particular shade is a complete steal, and one I would highly recommend checking out. 

Baby Me, Coraltini 

The new mark 'All Butter Now Lip Treats' are available via the Avon website as of the beginning of last month. 

What do you think of mark's new 'All Butter Now Lip Treats? Will you be picking one up? Which of the two shades above would you be more likely to wear this Summer? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Lise Watier 'Eden Tropical' Summer 2014 Collection (Review + Swatches)

Hey Everyone, 

Happy Monday. I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. While my weekend was fairly low-key, it was one of the best in a while, as we finally got some warm, sunny, summer-like weather. For me, the fact that Summer is almost here, means not only the chance to finally pack away my heavy boots and leggings in lieu of maxi dresses and flip flops, but the chance to play around with some of the more colourful Summer 2014 beauty collections now being released. One of my favourite new Summer collections? Canadian brand Lise Watier's 'Eden Tropical Collection'. Inspired by a tropical oasis, the new collection boasts a number of new products (an eyeshadow palette, a cream blush, a bronzer/blush duo, etc) in a beautiful variety of tropical hues. 

I was recently sent the new Lise Watier 'Eden Tropical' collection and, after a few weeks of testing it out, wanted to share my thoughts. 

Lise Watier 'Eden Tropical Eyeshadow Palette' ($43 CND):
With six tropical-inspired shimmering eyeshadows, the new limited-edition Lise Watier 'Eden Tropical Eyeshadow Palette' is great for those looking to play around with both neutral and more colourful looks this Summer. While the shadows in this palette are nicely pigmented, they have a much softer/lighter finish that a lot of the brighter shades I own, but can easily be built up for a more dramatic look. 

Incredibly soft and creamy, the shadows in this palette are easy to blend, creating little to no fallout during application. Below is a closer look at each of the six shades contained in the 'Eden Tropical' palette: 

1) An extremely light, shimmering icy blue, this shade looks amazing worn as a highlighter on the inner corner of the eyes. 

2) A deep forest green, this shade, while not my favourite (I'm just not a fan of green eyeshadow), is very nicely pigmented. 

3) A gorgeous purple with strong pink undertones (think Radiant Orchid), this shade gives lids a beautiful, slightly iridescent finish. 

4) A shimmering light gold with slight peach undertones, this is definitely my favourite shade from the palette and looks great packed on the lid with a simple swipe of eyeliner and your favourite mascara. 

5) A deep chocolate brown with golden undertones, this shade looks best worn in the crease for a smokey eyed look. 

6) A shimmering teal blue, this stunning shade works perfectly as an eyeliner both along the upper and lower lash/water lines. 

Lise Watier Eden Tropical Bronzing Powder ($38 CND): 
A stunning (just look at it!) bronzer/blush duo, Lise Watier's limited-edition 'Eden Tropical Bronzing Powder' combines two, 'perfect for summer' powders: a medium-toned, slightly iridescent bronzer and a bright, matte, peach blush. While slightly darker than what I would normally use on my fair skin, the new Lise Watier bronzing powder applies lightly, allowing even those with a fair complexion to get a beautiful sun-kissed look. 

While nicely pigmented, the blush is, unfortunately, very dry making for a lot of powdery fallout and a slightly chalky finish (not a great look). Mixed together, however, the two make for a beautiful glowing blush. 

Lise Watier Ombre Soufflé Surpreme Eyeshadow in 'Wonderland' ($24 CND): 
A silky, creamy mousse-like texture, Lise Watier's 'Ombre Soufflé Supreme' eyeshadows are incredibly soft and easy to apply (they go on like butter), giving lids a shimmering, highly pigmented, slightly metallic finish (they are incredible!). 

A light, slightly metallic gold packed full of finely milled golden shimmer, 'Wonderland' is, without a doubt, one of the most gorgeous shadows I have ever used. Beautifully pigmented and incredibly creamy, 'Wonderland' works best packed on with a synthetic haired brush or your fingers for maximum colour payoff. 

Lise Watier Blush Créme Satin Blush in 'Rose Eden' ($24 CND): 
With a highly pigmented (seriously this has a lot of colour!), super creamy formula, Lise Watier's limited-edition 'Blush Créme Satin' blush in 'Rose Eden' is, hands down, one of the best cream blushes I have ever tried. Incredibly easy to blend, this cream blush transforms into a soft powder once applied, allowing for a more sheered out or built up look, depending on your personal preference (of course I like mine dramatic!). 

A bright pink with coral undertones, 'Rose Eden' is, without a doubt, my favourite product from the new Eden Tropical collection, and one I think everyone NEEDS to add to their collection. 

Lise Watier Hydra Kiss Colour Balm in 'Coral Paradise': 
Incredibly hydrating (seriously, this feels amazing on) and super pigmented, Lise Watier's new limited-edition 'Hydra Kiss Colour Balm' gives lips a beautiful, plumped, high-shine finish. A bright coral with strong orange undertones, 'Coral Paradise' makes for the perfect low maintenance (you don't need a mirror to apply this) summer lip. 

Lise Watier 24 Hrs Gel Liner ($25 CND): 
A deep jet black, Lise Watier's new '24 Hrs Gel Liner' applies smoothly and evenly, setting almost immediately for a smudge-free, long lasting finish. While I personally still prefer to use a liquid eyeliner (it's the only liner that allows me to make a straight-ish line), this is a great option for those who prefer a gel liner. 

Lise Watier Nail Polish in 'Coral Paradise' ($13.50 CND): 
With an incredibly cool light-up cap (you know, in case you want to do your nails at the movies, a concert, in the dark, etc.), this incredibly creamy, super well pigmented polish applies smoothly and evenly in just one to two coats. A bright coral with orange undertones, 'Coral Paradise' is absolutely stunning, and has already become one of my favourite summer shades (I am currently wearing it on my toes and as an accent on my fingers). 

Eden Tropical Eyeshadow Palette

Eden Tropical Bronzing Powdwer

Wonderland, Rose Eden, Coral Paradise 

Coral Paradise Nail Polish

The new Lise Watier Eden Tropical Collection is available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores until July 2014. 

What do you think of Lise Watier's new 'Eden Tropical' Collection? Will you be picking anything up? Which of the items above would you most like to get your hands on? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below.