Friday, November 7, 2014

October 2014 Favourites



Here are our favourites from the past month!

1. NYX Cosmetics HD Concealer Wand - This is one of the best drugstore concealers I've tried. It does an amazing job at concealing zits. I don't have undereye circles so I cannot comment on that but I think it would do an adequate job with that since you don't need much, and since the concealer stays on for the whole day. It is easily blendable so not much of the product is required.

2. L'Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer - I love this highlighter because it is subtle enough to use all over the face as a primer, or as a highlighter. I have not broken out from this, and although I have oily skin, this does not make me look extra oily or dewy.

3. Anna Sui Mascara Base - This is one of my favourite eyelash primers I've tried (I've tried the one from Lancome, Dior, and MAC). I love that the wand is smaller than your typical mascara and eyelash primer brush. This means you can really get in there and coat all of your lashes. The consistency is also like a gel - and even though the product is actually purple (the purple does not show up on your lashes) - so it is not super wet such that it will make your lashes droop. You can put your mascara on right after applying this or after a few minutes; I found that I get the best results when I apply mascara after ~10 seconds after primer application. The Anna Sui primer makes my lashes look thicker and longer.

4. Maybelline Baby Lips - Peppermint - This is the only Baby Lips I've tried from Maybelline but I really like it. This particular lip balm does not have any colour/tint (as many do) and does not have too much of a scent besides a bit of menthol scent, which does not linger at all after application. I think this does an adequate job of moisturizing the lips but it is not at all a heavy duty lip balm. For that reason, I do not recommend it for the fall or winter time.

5. Thierry Mugler Alien Eau de Toilette - I absolutely love this scent. I wore this throughout the summer because it was an EDT so it was not overpowering. It was light but still sexy at the same time. Of course, being an EDT, the scent did not last a long time but I think it is a compromise for wanting to wear this very sexy and night-out-type perfume in the daytime. I will definitely be buying myself a refillable Eau de Parfum bottle.

What were your favourites from the past month?

XO Jenn & Nicole

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Wish List: Sephora VIB 20% Sale

It's that time again: Sephora is offering 20% for all their VIB users. Like a lot of beauty junkies, I have a growing wish list from Sephora. This a good time to splurge on an expensive but high quality hair or skincare tool, or to re-stock your favourite perfume. Aside from being great gift ideas, the gift sets that come out around the holidays are great deals so it's a good time to take advantage of the sale to treat yourself and to save some money of those Christmas gifts!

WISH LIST: SEPHORA VIB 20% SALE

Left to Right, Clock Wise:

  1. Perricone MD The Science of Plasma Set
  2. Buxom Pout It Out
  3. tarte Makin' Waves Best–Selling Summer Essentials Set
  4. Thierry Mugler Angel Glamourama
  5. Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment
  6. Foreo Mini
  7. T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand
The Sephora VIB sale runs from November 6 to November . Happy shopping!

XO Jenn & Nicole

Thursday, October 2, 2014

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Review



It Cosmetics has been getting a lot of attention this past year, so I decided to try their "neutralizing correcting cream", Bye Bye Redness. This is the only CC cream that I've tried but I liked it enough to repurchase a second jar. For me, it is not a HG product but it is handy for those who struggle with redness. It does an amazing job at correcting redness so if that is your only concern, then you this would be one product to try. You can wear this under your foundation or by itself - I wear this instead of foundation on good skin days. My favourite thing about this product is the consistency. The consistency is rather thin and blends to a powder finish/texture so it is super lightweight on the skin. With that said, I find that this does not blend with using your fingers. My favourite way to apply this is with a fluffy synthetic brush like the Real Techniques Buffing brush (I also end up using less of the product when I use this brush). It has a (sweet, pleasant) scent but it does not linger. Bye Bye Redness does come in one shade that is slightly more orange than neutral or yellow, so I don't think this would work for skintones that are super pale or super dark. I recommend this for people who want a lightweight product to even out their skintone.



XO Nicole

Buy at It Cosmetics for $32USD

Sunday, September 21, 2014

MDSolarSciences Mineral Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UVA-UVB Sunscreen Review


MDSolarSciences make mineral-based sunscreens with natural ingredients, and physical sunblock (titanium dioxide, 1.5% and zinc oxide 17%). The MDSolarSciences Mineral Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UVA-UVB Sunscreen is made specifically for those with acne and rosacea-prone skin. I have used almost two full tubes of this sunscreen and have never broken out from it, so I definitely vouch for that property. Another one of my favourite properties of the “proprietary blend of ProVention-R™ antioxidants” in it, because SPF and antioxidants are crucial for when I am leaving the house.

In terms of wear, this product is super lightweight, and easy to blend. I don’t get too much of a crazy white-cast with this product as I do with many of the other physical sunscreens out on the market. It does feel “slimy” and silicone-like, but that helps with the blending. I do feel it on my face a bit but not as much compared to other physical sunscreens I’ve tried.

I have been browsing the drugstore and Sephora for a new sunscreen to try but I have yet to find a sunscreen that offers all the benefits that this sunscreen does. For that reason, I have no problem spending another $36CAD on another tube - it is definitely worth it to me.



XO Nicole

Buy at Sephora for $36CAD


P.S. simplyxclassic's 'thank you' giveaway is still taking entries! Up for grabs are stuff from J.CREW, Urban Decay, Jouer, and much more! Go check it out if you haven't already (link).

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Giveaway Alert: simplyxclassic's "Thank You" Giveaway

Miriam, of simplyxclassic. is saying "thank you" to her followers by hosting an amazing giveaway. She not only giving away one prize, but five prizes - and they're all awesome prizes! Up for grabs are a J.CREW gift card, Urban Decay's Naked3 palette, a Jouer Bare Beauty Kit, Deborah Lippmann nail polishes and... a Clarisonic (OMG!!)! I know, right? Go on over there, and keep your fingers crossed! Thank you Miriam for such an amazing giveaway!




Good luck everyone!
(link)


XO Jenn