Cosmetic Proof : July 2017 | Vancouver beauty, nail art and lifestyle blog

MAKEUP | Rouge Dior Couture Colour Lipsticks with 16 Hour Comfort (Yes, Really!)

I'm a little annoyed with myself at time of writing this as I have just discovered an additional three shades of the Dior Rouge Dior Couture Colour Lipsticks ($43.00 CDN) in my office. It obviously goes to show you how unorganized I was and that I need some sort of intervention. I even have a list on my phone of things that I "need to locate". Thankfully, these Rouge Dior lippies were not limited edition and were repackaged and reformulated to include a matte finish and an updated satin formula.

Dior Rouge Dior Swatches Review

NAILS | Quo by Orly Color Amp'd Je T'aime L'Ocean Swatch #ManiMonday

I'm going to be honest with you guys. Today is the first time in in almost 3 years that I have not had my nails painted on a Mani Monday. I always have swatches ready to go, but this time it was because I was working on something very special which took me until very late to finish leaving me no time to even put on base coat! I had bare nails at work and all day I would look at them longingly wishing I could paint them right then and there!

Today's nails are a summer delight because when it comes to neon polishes, I really do reserve them for summer sunshine as it only seems fitting! Having recently been introduced to the Quo by Orly Color Amp'd series of polishes, all I can say is that their summer neons are some of the best I have tried. You will not need a white base to enhance the colour and the finish is super shiny! All you are seeing on my nails is two coats of Je T'aime L'Ocean* ("I love the ocean" for those unfamiliar with French) and top coat. That's it! 

Would you wear neons in the Fall/Winter?

Quo by Orly is available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart.

BATH & BODY | Giving Some ATTITUDE with the New Super Leaves Collection

Montreal-based brand ATTITUDE, first caught my eye when I was in the household cleaning aisle of London Drugs trying to find something to clean my bathroom that didn't give me a headache. The bathroom cleaners I was using had such noxious scents that I often felt like every breath I took killed off a few neurons or two. I noticed a citrus-scented bathroom cleaner by ATTITUDE and I was sold. To this day, my bathroom is cleaned with only non-neuron killing products so even though cleaning products excite me (because I'm old), I was like "yeahhhhh!" when I saw the new Super Leaves Collection at my local London Drugs. 

NAILS | Picture Polish Ocean by Kelly's Kolors Swatch

It was INCREDIBLY hard to choose a nail polish to wear to Cosmoprof knowing that I really wouldn't have time to do my nails while I was there. Granted, it's not like there wasn't any nail polish at the show, but I just didn't want to worry about doing my nails in 47 degree weather! It was intense! I knew it would be sunny in Vegas so you know what that meant. HOLO!

Picture Polish Ocean Swatch

MAKEUP LOOK | Clarins Sunkissed Collection Summer 2017 with Swatches

Every summer, I always look forward to the Clarins release of their limited edition "big" bronzer in addition to a couple of other products that I know I can easily phase into my existing makeup routine to make it truly feel like summer. I am already starting to see Fall items and it makes me a little sad to think that this beautiful weather is only in my grasp for another two months at most. I swear, we wait all year for summer only to fast forward to Fall and the holidays! I can see why people live half the year in Arizona just to keep that summer feeling going!

Clarins Sunkissed Summer Makeup Collection Review Swatches

MAKEUP | Shu Uemura Lasting Soft Gel Pencils

Of all the things that most people want in a good eyeliner, I'd say that longevity and smoothness of application are probably what we want the most. Liquid liners are one thing, but when it comes to some of my first pencil eyeliners, I thought tugging at my eyelid was normal or that having the colour be gone by the end of the day was just something to expect. The beauty industry really has come a long way in developing formulations that do what we want without feeling like we are applying industrial strength chemicals.

While some brands are flashy, bright and full of glitter and unicorns (not that I hate unicorns or anything), I've always found Shu Uemura to be this silent, but steady brand with consistently good, solid products. Everyone has heard of Shu, knows how cute their packaging is and is aware of their luxury quality, but the brand doesn't seem to have the same Instagrammable shareability of more millenial-targeted brands. If anything, I hope Shu never goes in that direction, but we are going to try something different in addition to the standard review for today. If you have seen the atelier makeup done by Shu makeup artists, it always embodies the innocence of Asian style makeup with the appeal of something daring you'd see on the runway. There is also no fear of colour whether it'd be on the eyes or eyebrows so in addition to reviews, I will do my best to attempt some more avant garde looks that may turn out to be complete fails so tips will be appreciated!

Shu Uemura  Lasting Soft Gel Pencil Swatch Review

NAILS | imPRESS One Step Gel Press On Manicure

I am officially back home from Cosmoprof in Vegas and it's time to do some major catch up over here! The days leading up to my trip were wrought with issues at work and what felt like a ton of running around leaving little time for preparing posts which made me sad since I love this little nook of internet. There will DEFINITELY be a Cosmoprof recap this week since there was a lot to see, but while my Gravol high wears off (it takes almost 24 hours for me shake the drowsiness!), it'll just be nails for now. 

imPRESS Nails Press On Manicure Review

SUMMER | Natural Sunscreen with Alba Botanica + GIVEAWAY!

It's finally totally acceptable to show some serious skin and whether I'm going through some sort of early mid-30s crisis or not, I have been craving some smaller clothing which means I need to be much more cognizant of applying sunscreen and WHEN I last applied it. In keeping with my ever-growing collection of green beauty products, natural sunscreens were never the best because they felt like heavy, pore-clogging creams that protected skin from the sun, but made you break out. It's interesting to see how much better technology is now because there are a ton of natural products that rival if not exceed the the performance and quality of the "big guys".

Alba Botanica has been creating 100% vegetarian products since 1979 and though I have used the odd body scrub here and there as well as the sunscreens from last year, but honestly it wasn't until these new sunscreens that Alba flew back onto my radar! 

Alba Botanica Sunscreen Review

LIFESTYLE | Influenster Spring Vibes Voxbox

Influenster and I go way back to the very first Canadian Voxbox in 2013 (here for memory-sake) and to be honest, I don't feature them on the blog all that often because of two reasons - one, I never get chosen for any of the makeup Voxboxes and two, the requirements for getting badges is now a bit insane and while I don't mind featuring a few things on my social media feeds, I refuse to put laundry detergent on my primarily Instagram beauty feed. I also believe that I am no longer part of the demographic selected for makeup as you can see that MOST people who are chosen are millennials. While I am a tail-end millennial, I usually get surveys for skincare because obviously someone in their 30s is all about anti-aging and not a Kat Von D lip liner! Don't get me wrong, Influenster gave me a Keurig once two years ago so THAT was pretty sweet. Maybe when I hit 50, I'll get sent red Corvettes or 20-something boy toys. It'll give a whole new meaning to the "box" in Voxbox.

Influenster Spring Vibes Voxbox Review

BATH & BODY | My Green Beauty Shower Routine ft. Simply Scrub

I am not at all a morning person so I tend to have quite the shower routine at night when I have hours all to myself! I never used to be one with a routine, but it was my boyfriend/now husband who told me I needed to moisturize once I got out of the shower because my skin was so dry. This was the beginning of my shower gel and body lotion obsession. I had to buy one of those huge Rubbermaid tubs to store everything in and TO THIS DAY still have one in the office. Every time I dive into it, I feel excited like when Mr. Dressup would reach into his treasure chest of costumes (Canadian childhood much?).

Though I cycle out what I use in the shower based on season and what I am currently reviewing, I have noticed a shift towards the more green beauty side of things so here are some of my current natural favourites that I hope you all enjoy!

Simply Scrub Review

NAILS | Happy Canada 150 and Birthday to Me!

Apologies for the blog silence the last three days as I have had some very long work days and then a horrific case of food poisoning Thursday night from a bowl of tuna poke. It was a pretty good bowl too, but an hour later and every hour after that...from 9pm-6am was probably one of the worst things I have ever experienced in a very long time. Thankfully, today is my birthday and I am feeling SO MUCH better so at least now I get to head out and celebrate!

Canada Day Nail Art