What has held me back from flat out purchasing lashes is how expensive some pairs are! Lashes can range from $25-$50 and even though they last up to 25 wears, it still feels like a lot of money to shell out on something that seems so fleeting and can feel a little uncomfortable. I didn't think to look to the drugstore until I was sent a few pairs of lashes from KISS last year. I actually used them in a few of my makeup looks when I wanted to enhance my eyes subtly (here, here and here). As much I love wearing lashes that are wild and out there, realistically speaking I want my lashes to feel like my own and they need to be comfortable if I am to survive a whole work day or NYE with them!
For people like me that need to have that Peppermint Lip Balm like a drug or prefer a healthy shimmer of colour, trios* ($9.99 CDN each) have been created to either keep you well-stocked or well-covered in the colour department! The Cool Collection of Kissable Color contains the shades: Watermelon, Grapefruit and Apricot. All semi-sheer wearable shades for anytime of day each with that same addictive tingly peppermint twist. I love them all!
Pur Minerals has recently repackaged and I suspect reformulated their products because they are quite a bit better than before! Eyeshadows are smoother, more pigmented and lip glosses smell and feel better on the lips. This relaunch has definitely made me take another look at what Pur Minerals has to offer!
How many of you are Star Wars fans and waiting in line to see this movie?
The holidays are the best time to sample what Sephora has to offer because there are a TON of master palettes with everything from lip to eye to cheek and nail products. Since I love them eyeshadow palettes, the SEPHORA Ombre Obsession* ($43.00 CDN) would have been something I would have swatched right in the store because the palette is so pretty to look at!
I will warn you that this post right here is just straight up porn. Nail porn, that is! Some polish colours are just too pretty to mess with and such is the case with Picture Polish – Big Bang* by fabulous French nail blogger La NPA Mouton. This is a complex colour which makes the name “Big Bang” make a whole lotta sense when you see how much is going on! In what I can only describe as a grape holographic purple with multi-coloured shards of glitter, this polish is opaque in 2 coats. I had no issues getting the glitter out of the bottle and it glittered beautifully under the light as most holo polishes do.
*Start the nail porn*
2015 was the year of HAIR for me. I have never used so many different hair products and hair tools in my entire life! I have a whole new appreciation for those who work in the hair industry because it is all still a black box to me. When I hear the brand name Remington, I trust it right away. My first straightener 15 years ago was from Remington and I used it for all of my university YEARS before it finally crapped out. Hair dryers have been in my life for a shorter time as I was a fan of air-drying my hair, but now I take my showers later, my hair is longer and I have come to despise sleeping with wet hair. My old hair dryer was quite heavy and the KISS Tornado (review) sped up my dry time, but left me with frizz. The Remington UV Baked Ceramic Hair Dryer* ($29.99 USD) promises quick dry time, less frizz and more shine thanks to UV baked ceramic technology baked into the dryer grill. It’s also pretty and purple – my favourite colour.
Say what?! MORE HOLIDAY NAILS?? Yes, I’ve had some time at home on my days off to zen out and do some creating. I was actually planning on doing something far less time-consuming, but after browsing the infinite depths of Pinterest, I stumbled across a few Grinch designs (like this one by Nancy MC) that were too tempting to not try! Most of us are familiar with the works of Dr. Seuss and the impact his books have had. I’m going to assume that most of you reading are familiar with the moral of the story and the rough sketch illustration style of Dr. Seuss.
This is OFFICIALLY my FIRST holiday post five days into December and I’m okay with it. Yes, the Christmas collections started making their way into our lives back in October, but as I feel like time flies quickly enough in the year, holiday posts will now be inundating Cosmetic Proof though I will try to pepper this space with bits of “normalcy” and regular blog reviews if possible! It’s getting to that time of year where time is of the essence and though I have a ton of holiday items to share with you, some might just leak into January 2016…
Let’s start off Christmas with some sweet (literally!) bath and body delights from Mary Kay! For a limited time this year, Mary Kay has released a number of ready-wrapped gift sets with deliciously-scented goodies with oh-so-cute-packaging perfect for stocking stuffers!
It is the second week of December and we are officially in the throes of the holiday season! My Christmas tree finally went up over the weekend (not decorated yet) and now I am feeling the crunch of the Christmas countdown both at my day job and with the pile of holiday reviews I have yet to do! Ever since the Essence Gel Nail Polish challenge of last month awakened my love for nail art, I have been on a nail art kick with wanting to tick off as many bucket list items as possible by the end of 2015. While there are certain limitations when it comes to holiday nail art, I have since discovered that you can pretty much transform ANYTHING into holiday nail art including minions. Trade those blue overalls for red and green, give these little guys some Santa hats and we’re ready for Christmas!
My obsession with lip balms has now intensified with the new Softlips Luxe Lip Moisturizers* ($4.67 CDN) that I first spotted exclusively at my local Wal-Mart. I kid you not, I have probably 5-6 of the original super slim cigarette style Softlips lip balms and love the combination of menthol and flavour. I reviewed last year’s ultra cute cube packaging (here) and continue to use them both to this day. Just like the Softlips Cube, Softlips Luxe has a 5 in 1 formula containing hydrating ingredients such as shea butter, coconut and sunflower oil while smoothing out the roughness of winter-chapped lips. Both scents smell wonderful, but I’m sure you all knew that!
Personally, I don’t find these overly hydrating, BUT you know what these are PERFECT for? Priming the lips for lipstick! They smooth the lip surface while soothing any dryness I may be feeling, but does not leave my lip colour slip-sliding around. While I prefer the twist-up lipstick style to the Cube (which has slipped out of my hands a few times), my husband wanted to point out that though he liked the Creamy Coconut scent, he felt very girly carrying this around and prefers to use this at home as opposed to work where he may be judged. I definitely see his point.
Now it’s giveaway time! ONE lucky winner will win the following prize pack valued at $50:
· 1 Softlips LUXE lip moisturizer Creamy Coconut: $4.67
· 1 Softlips LUXE lip moisturizer Silky Shea: $4.67
· 1 Softlips CUBE lip moisturizer Fresh Mint: $4.99
· 1 Softlips CUBE lip moisturizer Peach Mango: $4.99
· 1 Purse Mirror: $10.00
· 1 Cosmetic Bag: $20.00
Terms of the Giveaway
- Open to Canada only!
- Giveaway ends on December 11th, 2015 at 11:59pm
- The winner will have 48 hours to reply once they are contacted
- Do not follow only to unfollow (I have a VERY good memory!)
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Even though it’s December, it’s technically still Fall according to the calendar so I cannot resist squeezing in one more Fall-inspired look! How I wish ARTDECO was in more Shoppers Drug Marts in my area so that I didn’t have to wait one whole year since posting my last ARTDECO look! My last review was for a summer look with the Miami Collection (here) so the Fall Mystical Forest Collection is going to look quite different! We’re doing more smoky eyes today, but with some Fall wine shades thrown in to give the look a bit more dimension. The full collection features earthy nudes, warm beiges, smoky greys and of course the characteristic dark berry shades of Fall all inspired by a misty autumn day in the woods.
There will be holiday nail art soon enough, but before we start with the red, green and glitter let’s pretend it’s summer again or for those of you in sunnier places as we speak this set of nails is dedicated to you! I am proud to debut my first set of nails using La Couleur Couture aka LACC Nail Colour! Founded by Vancouver-based Farima Hakkak, this vegan 10-free (formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, parabens, phthalates, fragrances and animal ingredients) nail polish company caught my attention when I first started getting into nail polish because it is pretty much as healthy as you can get when it comes to nail polish. While I don’t ever expect nail polish fumes to replace oxygen, every harmful ingredient we can eliminate is a step I’m willing to take. Farima unexpectedly CALLED me over the summer to talk non-toxic beauty and I won’t lie that I completely fangirled for 5 minutes on the phone before sounding like a normal human being again.
Now, for the nail polish. Farima was sweet enough to leave me with a couple of my favourite colours which will ALWAYS be spring and summer shades. After painting two coats of the very pale creme mint green 1976 as my base, I sponged on the bright pink 1953 to create my holiday sunset.
With a fine nail art brush, I used black acrylic paint to paint the French tips, palm trees and all other details.
For a nail polish that is 10-free, application was pretty nice! Colours were bold and while 1976 was took two thicker coats for full opacity I was super pleased with the intensity of 1953. Wear-time was just like any other polish – a few days for me before I noticed any significant chips.
LACC is sold at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations, Nail Polish Canada as well as Curlique in Vancouver.