Wednesday, May 20, 2015

HAIR | Giving Hair Anti-Frizz Style with the *NEW* CONAIR Infiniti Pro The Ultimate Brush and got2b Haircare

Ever since I got my hair ombred, I feel like I have gotten somewhat vain about my hair. I used to be fairly low maintenance about it with straightening and smoothing being the only things I cared about, but now that it only really looks good with waves I have employed what feels like an entourage of tools to make it look fabulous. I have been relying solely on my ghd as my one and only hair appliance and although I still use a hairbrush to brush out tangles it’s not a tool that I have been looking to improve upon. When London Drugs offered me the opportunity to try out the new Conair Infiniti Pro The Ultimate Brush*($39.99 CDN) I though sure, why not. My current hairbrush situation is pretty boring and it can only get better, right?

The Infiniti Pro is a revolutionary new hair brush that is going to be a game changer for anyone who has struggled with frizz or static-prone hair. Vancouver’s humidity can play massive havoc with any gal’s hair and I will admit that there have been times when I have DRIVEN instead of taken transit to avoid dealing with my hair after humidity. This brush is powered with an anti-frizz ionic generator that releases ions straight onto hair, making it smooth, silky and soft. We have heard about ions before with flat irons and hairdryers and what conditioning ions do is neutralize any static charge along the cuticle of the hair for that instantly shiny finish.

Conair Infiniti Pro The Ultimate Brush got2b Hair Review (8)

Conair Infiniti Pro The Ultimate Brush Review (3)

MAKEUP LOOK | #NYCBeautyPro Honours Andy Warhol and the Pop Art Movement

Leave it up to the NYC Beauty Pro team to push me to my limits as always, but truth be told I love having a challenge every month because there are so many looks and techniques to try in the makeup world that narrowing it down helps incredibly. This month is all about getting inspired by the one and only Andy Warhol who is best known for leading the Pop Art movement. Pop Art is all about contrasting, bold colours and what immediately jumped into my mind was a picture of Marilyn Monroe (here) done in classic Pop Art style. Now, I am missing those incredible blonde locks that make this picture as iconic as it is, but what NYC did provide was a bright lip and a green shadow stick. Let the games begin!

NYC Beauty Pro Makeup Look Andy Warhol Pop Art Bold Lip

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BODY | Getting Summer Ready with MOROCCANOIL Body Souffle!

When I first inhaled the scent of MOROCCANOIL it was with their shampoo and conditioner, then their glimmer shine spray. The scent of MOROCCANOIL products is enough to send me into a complete state of euphoria. I also use the Luminous Hold Hairspray every day because it has one of the best hairspray scents out there in addition to a lighter hold for curls. When MOROCCANOIL moved from hair to body products I couldn’t help but wonder if they too were scented with what I imagine to be nectar of the Gods. Well, the answer is YES. The MOROCCANOIL Body Souffle* ($56.00 CDN/190mL) is just as intoxicating as one would imagine and although there are two new scents to the MOROCCANOIL family – Fleur d’Oranger and Fleur de Rose, the original scent that got argan oil on the beauty radar is my favourite.

Moroccanoil Body Souffle Review (2)

Monday, May 18, 2015

SKINCARE | NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex First Impressions Review

When it comes to skincare, hyaluronic acid is an ingredient we hear a lot about, but can be somewhat misunderstood. I once had a client tell me that he was actually allergic to hyalronic acid (HA) even though it is a naturally found in connective, epithelial and neural tissue throughout the body. Just by looking at this bottle of NIOD (Non Invasive Options in Dermal Science) Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex*($60.00 CDN/30mL), I am feeling a little intimidated at how I’m going to talk about this product because it just LOOKS “sciencey” and complicated, but really what sets this product apart from other HA skincare products is its multidimensional approach to topical HA delivery. The MMHC is a serum that “combines 12 forms of hyaluronic compounds in a peptide-charged delivery system” to give skin lasting hydration and plumpness.

NIOD Multi Molecular Hyaluronic Complex Review Serum

MAKEUP LOOK | Burberry Complete Eye Palette in No.12 “Nude Blush” Review & Swatches

Sigh…Burberry. I feel I almost have to whisper it to capture its reverence. The Burberry colour collection is a fairly new one to me as I am more familiar with this brand for its watches and iconic trenchcoats. Oftentimes with fashion houses that create makeup lines, there is a disconnect between the two, but you won’t find that here with the Burberry Beauty Spring Collection. The Burberry story is evident from the packaging all the way down to the textures and colour palettes. What I love about the Burberry colour collection is how “at home” I feel as every palette and shade is classic and iconic. Eyeshadow palettes have become a new obsession of mine and when I had the opportunity to choose a Complete Eye Palette during the Burberry boutique opening in Richmond Centre in March, I knew I wanted something dramatic, but classic. The No.12 Nude Blush Complete Eye Palette*($64.00 CDN) is a quartet of four richly pigmented shades that have been customized with a luminizing base highlighter, two medium shades for shape and one for lining.   

Burberry Makeup Look Complete Eye Palette No.12 Nude Blush Review Swatches (13)

Burberry Makeup Look Complete Eye Palette No.12 Nude Blush Review Swatches

Sunday, May 17, 2015

SKINCARE | Starting the La Prairie “2 Week Program to Lineless Beauty” ft. the Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster

Back in March, I had the pleasure of meeting with Becky Watkins, La Prairie’s Director of Education, and chatting about my skin and the brand essence of La Prairie (here). Being a beauty blogger means experimenting with a vast number of products and when it comes to skincare, reviews cannot be done in the space of a week if real results need to be discussed. Speaking of which I have number of skincare reviews that are due on this blog, but starting today I will be embarking on my first experience with La Prairie skincare using all products that were recommended to me by Becky from the Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal line in addition to their newest skincare innovation released just last month, the Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster ($335.00 CDN/50mL).  

La Prairie Skincare Routine


La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster Icon Shot

The Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster is a liquid-gel serum that uses a targeted delivery system to transport peptides to precisely where wrinkles are at their worst. Ingredients are encapsulated within an attached targeting peptide that encourages delivery to collagen-supporting skin cells leaving skin plumped. Oh, and the best part? This is all happens in just TWO WEEKS. I received a 2 week supply and will report back with the results and a much more detailed product analysis next month!

For more information on the Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster or any other La Prairie products please visit Holt Renfrew, or