Saturday, November 1, 2014

NSPA | Ultra-Hydrate Cream–Serious Moisture for Seriously Dry Skin

In addition to making bath time smell that much more delectable, NSPA also carries a number of Beauty Rituals  products that take you from cleansing, exfoliating, and treating to moisturizing. NSPA is about taking of numero uno, so why not have a great skincare routine in addition to a relaxing bath time session?

I take great pains to make sure my skin is happy, but in the last two weeks it has completely flipped out on me with its insatiable thirst. My cheeks have been so flaky and dry that my skin actually looks much less agitated WITHOUT makeup and ONLY moisturizer. NSPA’s Ultra Hydrate Cream is touted as the perfect moisturizer for changes in weather and dry skin patches with ginseng, Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5 to ensure 12 hour hydration without the greasiness.

NSPA Ultra Hydrate Cream

Friday, October 31, 2014

NYC New York Color | Halloween as a Smoky-Eyed Forest Nymph (Since I’m Unable to Draw Sugarskulls…)

It’s that time again and for this month’s NYC Beauty Pro challenge it was obviously about Halloween! I am not great at drawing on my face and struggle with EOTDs and FOTDs as is (but I love doing them) so I resorted to incorporating some really cute and glittery face stickers that I have been dying to use. Using the colour palette provided by New York Color read on to find out how to become a “Smoky-Eyed Forest Nymph”!

NYC Beauty Pro Halloween

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Broadway Nails | Halloween with the imPRESS Press-On Manicure!

Even though I LOVE doing my own Halloween nail art, I routinely get captivated by Halloween designs on the imPRESS Press-On Manicure sets. How can you not? Look how cute they are?! I have reviewed imPRESS nails MANY times before (here, here and here) so I won’t go into too much detail other than to say they are fun, easy to wear and stay on fairly well. Just don’t do anything too rigorous in them although I did do some mild cooking in them (IG pic)!

Broadway Nails Press On Manicures Halloween

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

LUSH Halloween 2014 | Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar (Leaves You Feeling AND Looking Glittery!)

It’s not Halloween until Lush releases their limited edition collection of bubble bars and bath bombs beginning with the Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar ($7.95 CDN). A blend of juniperberry, grapefruit and lime oils make this bubble bar smell like a fruity drink I want poolside. This pumpkin is also slathered in gold glitter making this a bitch to photograph without getting glitter everywhere, BUT it is nothing short of magical having your bathwater literally shimmering with gold glitter. I honestly felt like a twinkling star.

Lush Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

Lush Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar (2)

I used a whole bubble bar as I am usually quite frugal, but I wanted glitter EVERYWHERE. Like, Ke$ha style. The bathwater becomes a happy Fall orange filled with many bubbles. I cranked up my water pressure as I was going for a bit of a “bubble fort”. I was able to build a small tower before calling it a day.

I’ve got a few more Lush Halloween goodies to share, but this sparkly bubble bar is among one of my favourites! What are your favourite Lush collections?

PR sample sent for review.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review | Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

Ever since the Clarisonic appeared on the beauty market, there have been a number of brush cleansing systems that have emerged claiming to do the same thing, but at a much more affordable price point. With the Clarisonic Mia starting at $150 CDN, it is a bit of an investment especially if you don’t know how it will work on your skin. If you currently do not own a brush cleansing system or exfoliate regularly, the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush ($95 CDN) is actually a wonderful starting point for ALL skin types and a great tool to get you in he habit. Having used both systems now, I can confidently say which one I prefer, but let’s break it down shall we?

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

Monday, October 27, 2014

Boscia | Tsubaki Deep Hydrating Sleeping Mask

I love face masks. Not to sound promiscuous, but if I get to sleep with one I’m even more excited at the prospect of waking up with sensational skin! Boscia(pronounced BO-SHAH) products have slowly been making their way into my skincare and beauty regime starting with the Boscia BB Cream, Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil and now the Tsubaki Deep Hydrating Sleeping Mask ($42 CDN) made with Boscia’s signature blend of tsubaki oil (camellia oil), wakame (Japanese sea kelp), and rice bran oil to hydrate, smooth and protect all while you sleep!

Boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask

Boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask (2)

Like most sleeping masks, the consistency is quite thick and has a slightly tacky finish. There is also little to no scent.

Final Verdict: There is one main purpose to this sleeping mask and it is HYDRATION, but another wonderful thing is that there are bonus anti-aging benefits to this mask thanks to numerous antioxidants present in tsubaki oil and Japanese sea algae. Rice bran oil is rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E and boosts skin’s regenerative properties leading to an improvement in overall skin texture. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, so if you’re like me and tend to get a little red as it the weather gets drier, this is a sleeping mask worth trying.

I counted the hours it took for the mask to fully absorb into my face it was around 4 hours, BUT my skin felt wonderful when I woke up in the morning. Baby soft and still hydrated, it was worth the wait. If you apply this mask just prior to sleeping, you will experience a bit of tackiness. This mask was so hydrating that my skincare routine became: cleanser, toner, serum, sleeping mask. Sometimes I layer a sleeping mask ON TOP of my moisturizer, but that was not necessary at all! For anyone just wanting to try a travel size sample of this sleeping mask, Sephora has the Tsubaki Cleanse and Hydrate Trio ($25 CDN) that has this mask plus a mini Konjac sponge and cleansing oil! Such a great price!

Have you tried anything from Boscia yet?

PR sample sent for review.