Friday, July 31, 2015

BEAUTY BOX | Birchbox x Best Health Collaboration

For the month of July, Birchbox has teamed up with Best Health Magazine to provide a curated selection of only the best in beauty. This “Go for the Gold” Birchbox is all about making sure that you have your “healthiest summer yet”. This is a pretty bold claim so let’s see whether it lived up to my now sky-high beauty box expectations!

Birchbox Best Health Review (2) Birchbox Best Health Review (3)

Monday, July 27, 2015

MAKEUP LOOK | Clarins Aquatic Treasures Summer 2015 Collection Review and Swatches

I know that I could not get away with wearing turquoise or sea green eyeshadow in any season other than summer, but watch me try to pull this off in November! I remember getting a sneak peek of the Aquatic Treasures Summer Collection back in November 2014 when the packaging hadn’t even been completed, but the only thing I remembered was how stunning the eyeshadows were and how much I wanted that turquoise shimmer on ma face! Available as of May, the Aquatic Treasures Collection uses ocean colours to set the tone with a glowing complexion, iridescent eyes and natural lips.

Clarins Aquatic Treasures Collection Summer 2015 Review Swatches (2)

Clarins Aquatic Treasures Collection Summer 2015 Review Swatches (6)

Friday, July 24, 2015

NAILS | Hard Candy “Piece of Papaya” and “Fireworks”

I remember the brand Hard Candy from the pages of Seventeen magazine when I was 13. There was no Google at the time and I assumed it was only available in the US. The nail polish I remember wanting from Hard Candy was with the ones with the fun gummy rings on the cap if anyone remembers those. This seemed like such a “big girl” brand to me, but in actuality the pricing of Hard Candy makeup is incredibly affordable! Nail polishes are $3.99 at my local Wal-Mart and come in a massive variety of finishes and colours. If you are the more nail-venturous type, you will leave with clawfuls of Hard Candy polish!

I am feeling very American with this combination of Hard Candy – Piece of Papaya* and Hard Candy – Fireworks*. Piece of Papaya is a glass-flecked red/gold polish, opaque in 1 thick or 2 thinner coats while Fireworks is red bar and blue hex glitter polish sitting in a red jelly base. I layered the two as Fireworks still showed a little VNL on its own. You will need to glitter-fish a little bit to get some of that blue glitter out.

Hard Candy Piece of Papaya and Fireworks Swatch Review

Hard Candy Piece of Papaya and Fireworks Swatch Review (2) 
Have a good weekend everyone!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

SKIN | 5 Facial Sunscreens Everyone Should Have!

Either sunscreens seem to be more in fashion this year than last OR I am just extremely aware of different sunscreen options this year. Maybe it’s a bit of both, but everyday I have found myself swimming in a variety of options for both the face and body so because I couldn’t narrow down my favourites into one post, part one will be all about the face and part two will focus on my must-have body sunscreens. I have personally discovered so many lovely brands this year thanks to being a vendor in Sephora and having cast members share their favourites so thank you to all of the West Coast Sephora girls for giving me some lifelong sunscreen favourites!

Sunscreen Review Kiss My Face Murad Coola First Aid Beauty Supergoop (3)

Monday, July 20, 2015

NAILS | Trind Caring Nail Color in Mighty Macaron and Polka Dots!

This month is all about Trind love and we are starting off the week with a light creme pink polish called Mighty Macaron* which seemed a little streaky on first coat, but evened out by the second. I then added some polka dots in Trind – Calm Purple* and some extra polka-dotted sparkle with Trind – Icing on the Cake*.

Trind Mighty Macaron Polka Dotted Nail Art Review

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

MAKEUP | Too Faced The Little Black Book of Bronzers Review with Swatches

When it comes to bronzer monopolies (if there even is one?), bronzers by Too Faced are always first to come to mind. The fact that they even have a Little Black Book of Bronzers* ($60.00 CDN) just goes to show how many gosh darn bronzers Too Faced actually boasts in its collection! The thing with bronzers is that for most of us, the odds of using up a full sized bronzer is rare and yet we want different finishes and shades of shimmer. While a full sized Too Faced bronzer is about $40 for 10g of product, the Little Black Book of Bronzers contain EIGHT of the bestselling bronzers that Too Faced has to offer. Sure, they’re only 2.5g, but how many of you are breathing a sigh of relief that you won’t have to potentially spend $120 to try out all eight? Yes, I know Sephora has a wonderful return policy, but I love having these minis as I don’t use bronzer too often and find these smaller pans much more manageable.

Too Faced The Little Black Book of Bronzers Review Swatches (5)