Review: KORRES Japanese Rose Shower Gel and Jasmine Body Butter

Korres Shower Gel and Body Butter review

Today I’m reviewing two of Korres’ most popular products – the Body Wash and the Body Butter. Korres is a Greek brand that creates products using natural and organic skincare ingredients. The ingredients list also lists out common allergens and whether or not this product has that allergen in it, making it perfect for those who are sensitive to specific ingredients.

Korres Japanese Rose Shower Gel

Korres Shower Gel (C$22) is one of Korres’ popular products. The Japanese Rose scent is light, feminine and never heavy or too “old lady-like.” The texture is like a thick gel, and it glides onto the skin really easily if you don’t use a loofah, and with a loofah it suds up moderately well. My skin is left clean, never stripped, and comfortable. It comes in a 400mL bottle which is no bad for the price, especially a mid-end product. I have no complaints about this body wash, it works well and does what it’s supposed to do, at a reasonable price. It’s also available in a plethora of scents with matching Body Butters.

Would I repurchase? Likely, to try the other scents.

Ingredients:

Korres Shower Gel and Body Butter review

Korres Jasmine Body Butter

Korres’ most popular body care product is their Body Butter (C$33). The Jasmine scent is wonderful but slightly synthetic; the scent dissipates quickly though, for those who are more sensitive to fragrances. This body Butter is rich, creamy, and slightly dry when applied on the skin. It leaves a white cast upon first application that needs to be massaged profusely into the skin, and takes a minute or two to fully absorb. It absorbs completely and doesn’t leave any residue or leftover cream on the skin’s surface.

In terms of its moisture level, I’d have to say it’s about a 7/10, as it is not as moisturizing as other body butters or lotions I’ve tried (such as from the Body Shop or Fruits & Passion), but it is moisturizing enough for daily winter use. Despite this, I would probably not repurchase because I really don’t think it’s good enough to warrant the price. It works, but it doesn’t work well enough and you can likely find substitute products that aren’t so high maintenance (regarding the white cast), are more moisturizing, and better value in terms of price. As it is available in a wide selection of scents, it might be worthwhile to purchase if you are particularly attached to a scent.

Would I repurchase? Probably not.

Ingredients:

Korres Shower Gel and Body Butter review

Extend your summer glow with Physicians Formula! #PFBronzeGlow

Physicians Formula bronzers at shoppers drug mart

Physicians Formula is the #1 best selling bronzer brand in North America. They offer a huge line with a large variety of bronzers for every skin tone, skin type, and finish to recreate that summer glow, throughout the entire year. I have a selection of some of their top products in their bronzer range to share with you, each with a unique attribute. I’m a huge blush fiend and I collect blushes like there’s no tomorrow, but these bronzers are definitely collector-worthy because each of these serve a specific purpose with a specific look. Gotta collect them all!

Physicians Formula Glow-Boosting 2-in-1 Bronzer and Highlighter review and swatch

Physicians Formula Glow-Boosting 2-in-1 Bronzer & Highlighter in Medium to Dark (C$19.99) is a bronzer & highlighter is formulated with 24 Karat gold. It also claims to be hypoallergenic, paraben-free, gluten-free, fragrance-free, oil-free, and non-comedogenic. The bronzer side is a neutral brown that’s very soft, slightly powdery, and not too pigmented so that it’s easy to apply and won’t go overboard. The highlighter side is a chunky yellow gold with large glitter particles that doesn’t blend in too well with the skin, looking too yellow and also too glittery.

Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Bronzer and Blush review and swatch

Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Bronzer & Blush in Light/Medium (C$19.99) is a beauty balm bronzer and blush duo that helps to create a healthy looking glow. It contains a multi-tasking BB Brush and Mirror, as well as 10 beauty benefits – bronzing, healthy glow, smoothing, perfecting, protecting, highlighting, airbrushing, line-softening, brightening, and long-wearing. This is my favourite of the five as it’s super soft, pigmented, and applies smoothly. The bronzer side is a neutral light-medium brown, and the blush side is a cool toned coral pink. The brush is a cool “M” shaped brush with two humps that will help apply each side of this powder on a precise area of the cheek – the bronzer part is matte and not orange at all so you can easily use this as a contour palette too.

Physicians Formula City Glow Daily Defense Bronzer in New York review and swatch

Physicians Formula City Glow Daily Defense Bronzer in New York (C$19.99) mimics natural glow from the sun and provides advanced protection against urban environmental aggressors, for the ultimate healthy-looking tan glow. Some of its benefits include anti-aging, anti-dullness, anti-grey, anti-stress, and anti-pollution. The bottom part of New York is a light-medium neutral brown, and the top part is a light warm brown that leans a bit yellow. This bronzer isn’t very pigmented, and you can easily use this as an all over powder even for the most bronzer-shy of users. If you prefer a stronger bronzing effect, this isn’t the powder for you.

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Bronzer review and swatch

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Bronzer (C$19.99) is infused with 100% Pure Argan Oil (#6 on the ingredients list!), know as liquid gold for its rich conditioning benefits that can improve skin’s brightness, tone, texture and elasticity. This is the only scented bronzer of the five, and the one with the most finely milled shimmer. There are three shades in this powder – a medium warm brown with gold shimmer, light champagne brown with champagne shimmer, and light yellow gold with gold shimmer. The three shades blended together create the most magical glow. The texture is also ultra soft, and it’s relatively pigmented in that you can achieve a healthy glow without applying too much product. The downside is that the scent is super overwhelming; I can smell even after about an hour on my face, and it’s so strong that it’s quite nauseating. It’s like a decadent, sweet gourmand scent. If you’re a fan of glow and are okay with scented products, then this is the product for you.

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Glowing Nude Bronzer review and swatch

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Glowing Nude Bronzer in Light Bronzer (C$19.99) is the least bronzey of the five bronzers here. It has 4 shades that mix together, but all of the shades are light like highlighters. Depending on the shade, the shimmer is either finely milled (top two shades) or slightly chunky (bottom two shades), but the end result is a still a slightly chunky shimmer.

Physicians Formula bronzers at shoppers drug mart

My top choices of the five are the Super BB Bronzer & Blush and the Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Bronzer. The Super BB Bronzer & Blush is just so convenient to apply in the mornings, one swipe of the M-shaped brush and you’ve got your blush and contour/bronzer in one. The texture is smooth and it’s also pigmented, which requires a lot less effort during those busy mornings. The Argan Wear Argan Oil Bronzer has such a lovely smooth texture, that, despite the scent, I just can’t help but love. The three different shades mix together to create a beautiful sun-kissed look, as if you just came back from a warm beach vacation.

Physicians Formula bronzers at shoppers drug mart

Physicians Formula offers such a wide variety of bronzers for everyone that it’s definitely work a look. You can purchase Physicians Formula at Shopper’s Drug Mart locations across Canada.

Physicians Formula bronzers at shoppers drug mart

The swatches

Glow-Boosting 2-in-1 Bronzer & Highlighter in Medium to Dark (first two), Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Bronzer & Blush in Light/Medium (middle two), and City Glow Daily Defense Bronzer in New York (last two)

Physicians Formula bronzers at shoppers drug mart
Physicians Formula bronzers at shoppers drug mart

Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Bronzer (first three) and Nude Wear Glowing Nude Bronzer in Light Bronzer (last four)

Physicians Formula bronzers at shoppers drug mart

This post was sponsored by Physicians Formula. As always, opinions are my own.

Cellnique skincare reviews: Derma Whitening Essence, Cream and Daytime Protection 50

Cellnique Derma Whitening Essence and Cream review

Cellnique is one of my favourite skincare brands of all time. I’ve used several of their products and I’ve always had excellent results. If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, you can read up about it on a brand overview I wrote a few years ago, and you can also see my other Cellnique reviews here.

Cellnique Derma Whitening Essence review

Cellnique Derma Whitening Essence

The Whitening Essence (US$87 for 30mL) contains Idebenone, which helps to  improve photo-damaged skin; and Licorice Extract, which treats hyper-pigmentation. The serum itself is a bright yellow colour and has a bit of a chemical scent that’s quite strong, but you get used to it quickly. It has a light creamy texture that spreads easily onto the skin and absorbs quickly, leaving no residue. One of my favourite things about Cellnique is how refined the skincare products feel, and the Essence definitely has that same quality in terms of how smooth, silky, and lightweight it feels, despite it being a cream texture. For a brightening product, it is also very hydrating in that this essence with the cream is enough moisture to last throughout the night, and I wake up with extremely silky, soft, hydrated, and plump skin.

In terms of the whitening effects when used in conjunction with the Whitening Cream, I found that it’s not great at lightening my existing scars or brightening my skin (i.e. improving radiance). However, I found it to be amazing at lightening my skin tone, especially after day out in the sun when I experienced a bit of a tan. For post-tan repair, the effects are extremely quick, in that after 1-2 nights, my tan has gone away and I’m back to my normal skin tone. I’ve been using this product for about a month and I actually found that I need to use about half a shade lighter in my foundation compared to before.

Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua Purificata), Idebenone (Hydroxydecyl Ubiquinone), PEF-100 Stearate & Glyceryl Stearate, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Ethylhexagonate, Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Saccharide Isomerate, Jojoba Oil, Tocotrienol (Vitamin E), Dimethicone, Salicylic Acid, Allantoin, Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) Extract, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Beta-Sitosterol, Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Cellnique Derma Whitening Cream review

Cellnique Derma Whitening Cream

The Whitening Cream (US$94 for 30mL) contains Ubiquinone Q10; Alpha Arbutin to whiten the skin, prevent liver spots and freckles; and Vitamin A Palmitate to improve acne, photodamage and post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. It has that same refined, ultra smooth, ultra lightweight texture that is in all Cellnique cream products I’ve tried. It absorbs quickly, and when used with the Essence, provides enough hydration to leave my skin looking and feeling smooth and plump in the morning.

I used this in conjunction with the Essence, so my conclusion with regards to the whitening effects is the same as above. The one thing I want to add about the Whitening Cream is that over time, it left my skin looking smooth, with tightened and more refined pores and skin texture than before. This cream never leaves my skin feeling greasy or heavy

The major downside is the price for the size. It’s only a 30ml jar, which is 40% smaller than most facial creams out there, and it’s priced at US$94 for 30mL, which translates to about US$156 for a 50mL jar. I’ve also been running through the product extremely quickly because I love how lightweight and smooth the cream is, so I use more than I really should.

Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) Leaf Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Placenta Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Steareth-20, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Meadowfoam ( Limnanthes alba) Seed oil, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis) Seed Oil, Behenyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Ubiquinone Q10, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG100 Stearate, Arbutin, Vitamin A Palmitate, Ceramide III, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), α-BISABOLOL, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate, Allantoin, Fragrance, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate

Cellnique Derma Whitening Daytime Protection 50 review

Cellnique Derma Whitening Daytime Protection 50

The Daytime Protection 50 (US$71 for 30mL) has an SPF factor of 50 and PA+++ for both UVA and UVB protection. In terms of sunscreen protection, it contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as the physical blockers, but there’s no indication of the dose of these ingredients so I can’t say for sure how high the SPF protection is. It contains Bearberry Leaf to fade dark spots and act as an antioxidant against free radicals; Alpha Arbutin to whiten the skin, prevent liver spots and freckles; and Licorice to treat hyper-pigmentation. It has a lightweight, dry-cream type of texture. For SPF 50, it’s not greasy or heavy at all, and absorbs into my skin quickly. It also acts as a primer for my foundation, and creates a smooth base for foundation to glide on top of. For a sunscreen that contains titanium dioxide, it doesn’t leave a white cast on the skin at all. I used this throughout summer and didn’t get sun burnt or red on my face, even though I didn’t reapply during the day (oops).

Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Cyclomethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone Copolyol, Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) Extract, Bis-Hydroxyethoxypropyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone Copolyol, Polysilicone 15, Silica, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Acrylates/Polytrimethylsiloxymethacrylate Copolymer, Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate), Methicone, Sodium Chloride, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Alpha-Arbutin, Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)Extract, Propylparaben

In conclusion, I definitely recommend looking into these products if you’re less budget conscious when it comes to skincare. The Essence and Cream are great options for those looking for brightening/whitening products, and they do really work. The Daytime Protection 50 has a lovely texture but it’s quite expensive for a sunscreen so if you already have a sunscreen you enjoy using, you can probably skip this.

Review: Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask review

One of my most anticipated products in the Charlotte Tilbury range was this Goddess Skin Clay Mask. It’s a clay-based mask that also contains sweet almond oil (4th ingredient) to hydrate the skin.

My skin profile: I have very dehydrated cheeks with a t-zone that gets oily. I occasionally get break-outs, usually 1-2 around that time of the month. My main skin concerns are hyper-pigmentation and dehydration in the cheek area and fine lines in the eye area. My ideal skincare products are ones that provide good moisture to my skin, absorb quickly and leave no left-over product sitting on top of my skin.

What it claims (from CharlotteTilbury.com): Forget everything you think you know about clay masks. My fabulous new formula will leave you moisturized, dewy and glowing whilst also tightening your pores and clearing imperfections. This supercharged Goddess Skin Clay Mask is based on an ancient Mediterranean beauty recipe, which combines gentle yet nutrient-rich Spanish clay with Sweet Almond Oil, prized for its nourishing properties.

Working with the world’s leading laboratories, I took this centuries-old remedy and added the latest anti-age breakthrough ingredients, such as the BioNymph Peptide Complex to create a glow-giving formula your complexion will drink in. Try it using my patented Tilbury Tap Pro-Collagen facial massage for boosted results. Celebrity facialists have been sharing the formula with their clients to use in between treatments leading up to a red carpet appearance. Now everyone can have flawless, glowing Goddess Skin – discover the rebirth of your skin, the results are breathtaking.

Price: C$80 for 75mL

Texture/Scent: Light creamy clay texture with a very strong jasmine scent

How to use: Apply this mask all over the skin after cleansing, wait ten minutes, and off using warm water or a muslin cloth.

The good: The first thing I noticed about the Goddess Skin Clay Mask was how incredibly amazing it smelled. The strong jasmine scent was extremely relaxing and felt super luxurious. As a clay mask, I didn’t feel like it dried out my skin at all, rather the sweet almond oil kept my skin feeling soft and supple, and also prevented the clay from drying out too much. After washing this off, my skin looked smoother, albeit a tiny bit dry from the clay but not too dry, and provided a good surface for moisturizer and makeup application.

  • Not drying
  • Incredible jasmine scent
  • Skin looked smoother after application

The bad: I didn’t notice any long term effects from the mask at all. My skin looked good after each application – sadly not amazing, just relatively good, but it basically stayed like that and didn’t get any better with multiple uses. I tried to use this twice a week where possible, and even after a few weeks, my skin didn’t improve in texture by much. The packaging, while very pretty, feels almost cheap to me, especially for a $80 luxury product.

  • Didn’t notice long term effects or skin improvement over time
  • Packaging was pretty but felt cheap

Overall: Not sure if I just hyped it up a lot for myself, but I found this mask overall to be a disappointment. I feel like a lot of Charlotte’s products, especially her skincare, are good for instant brightening, or instant perfecting, but in the long run they don’t improve the situation of the skin. I wasn’t too surprised by this because her products were developed to use by her on celebrities and models for red carpet and fashion week where they don’t have weeks and weeks to prep, and are more in need of instant fixes. These products are definitely more instant fixes than long term improvements, which could be good and bad, depending on what you’re looking for. One thing is for sure though, I will definitely be using this (with Charlotte’s Magic Cream) before applying makeup for a special event or a night out. I might just save it for the special occasions and not use it regularly though.

Product: 14/20
Packaging: 3/5
Value: 3/5
Overall: 20/30 | C
Repurchase? No

Ingredients: Water (Aqua/Eau), Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Kaolin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Glyceryl Stearate, Triethanolamine, Nicotiana Sylvestris Leaf Cell Culture, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, PEG-8, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Parfum (fragrance), Hexy Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask review

Celebrate #VIFFbeauty with Neostrata and London Drugs!

VIFF_Contest_social

Last month, I was invited to kick off a celebration of the Vancouver International Film Festival with London Drugs, in partnership with Neostrata who is VIFF’s official Style in Film sponsor for this year. Neostrata is the first cosmeceutical brand in Canada, known for their use of innovative ingredients in their products. They pioneered the use of AHA in skincare, and currently their products feature glycolic acid, which is great for treating acne, dark spots, and also for anti-aging purposes.

To mark this special partnership, Neostrata and London Drugs are giving away the opportunity to win an all-expenses paid trip to VIFF. Secondary prizes include a $100 London Drugs gift card redeemable towards NeoStrata® products, or a pair of VIFF movie tickets. Contest ends September 13, 2015.

How to enter:

  1. Spend $50 on any NeoStrata® product(s) and receive the NeoStrata® Healthy Skin Essentials Gift Box (valued at $52.00) from any London Drugs location (not available at londondrugs.com).
  2. Enter the unique contest code found inside your Gift Box here.

OR

Tell us which NeoStrata® product you love, and why! Submit your 300-word essay to London Drugs, 12831 Horseshoe Place, Richmond, BC V7A 4X5, c/o Marketing.

Thank you to London Drugs for this wonderful experience, and I can’t wait for VIFF to start up this year!

VIFF NeoStrata Beauty Event

VIFF NeoStrata Beauty Event

Review + swatches – Make Up For Ever Summer 2015 featuring Pro Bronze Fusion and Aqua Matic eyeshadow sticks

Make Up For Ever summer 2015 Pro Bronze Fusion review

Let me start off by saying that I am not a bronzer user. I receive bronzers as media samples for review consideration and most of the time, I will pass them off to Liza to help me review them. That being said, I am super impressed by the Make Up For Ever summer 2015 collecting with the new Pro Bronze Fusion (C$42) bronzer that fuses gel and powder textured bronzer into one seamless compact. The two shades I have are 10M Natural Matte Honey and 15I Soft Iridescent Amber, both shades suitable for light skin tones. Make Up For Ever also has four additional shades for medium to tan skin tones.

Like I previously mentioned, the Pro Bronze Fusion bronzer feature a blended gel and powder formula that is ultra lightweight, with a silky smooth texture that’s very easy to apply and completely fool proof. Neither 10M nor 15I are too orange, which means they can be used as subtle contour colours as well. Even though 15I is an “iridescent” shade, it’s definitely not overly shimmery or glittery, meaning that you can use it as a subtle contour, or even just to warm up the skin slightly without going over the top. If you’re a regular bronzer user, these definitely create that beautiful sunkissed look. Even though summer is almost over, you can extend your summer tan with the use of the Pro Bronze Fusions. 

Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion in 10M

Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion in 15I

The summer collection also features a few new Aqua Matic (C$26) eyeshadow stick shades. The two I have are M-11, which is a matte black, and D-21, which is a metallic light turquoise. I use these two colours together to create that ultimate summer eye – lightly lined lashlines with a pop of colour towards the outer corner. I love that the Aqua Matic eyeshadows are twist-up, without a need to use a sharpener. It does come with a plastic sharpener to keep the tips sharp so that you can use it as an eyeliner, as well as an eye eyeshadow. While Make Up For Ever claims this to be waterproof, I haven’t tried it out for myself. It definitely isn’t oil-proof though, as I find that it doesn’t completely stay put on my oily eyelids, and tends to migrate around a bit after a few hours – that would probably be my only dislike of this product. Otherwise, I really enjoy the colour intensity and pigmentation of the Aqua Matics.

Make Up For Ever summer 2015 Aqua Matic review and swatches
Make Up For Ever summer 2015 Aqua Matic review and swatches

You can purchase the Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion and Aqua Matic now at Sephora in store and online, as well as other Make Up For Ever retailers now.

The swatches

From left to right – Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion in 10M and 15I, Aqua Matic in M-11 and D-21

Make Up For Ever summer 2015 Pro Bronze Fusion and Aqua Matic review and swatches

Get flawless looking skin this fall with Paul & Joe Perfect Makeup Primer, Pressed Face Powder, Anna Sui Illuminating BB Cream, and Stila Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector

Paul joe fall 2015

There are a new plethora of base products coming out this fall, and today I’m going to share with you new releases by Paul & Joe, Anna Sui and Stila. Together, these products create a flawless canvas for colour cosmetics going into the fall and holiday seasons!

Paul & Joe Perfect Makeup Primer review

In addition to repackaging some of its cult favourites such as the Moisturizing Foundation Primer, Paul & Joe has released a new Perfect Makeup Primer. The P&J Perfect Makeup Primer (C$42) is an all-in-one beauty staple that primes the skin, and also acting as a moisturizing serum to plump up the skin from within, and provides light coverage. There are two shades available 01 Bright Ocre and 02 Nature Ocre – I have bright ocre which is a pale nude tone, and when worn underneath my foundation, it helps to brighten up my skintone.

Paul & Joe also repackaged its Pressed Face Powder (C$35 for powder refill), now available in a matte gold case with an accompanying velvet makeup puff that’s luxurious and vintage-looking (C$10 for the case and puff). It’s available in four shades – 01 Translucent powder for all skin tones, 04 Natural Light Beige, 05 Natural Beige and 06 Healthy Sand Beige. I have 04 Natural Light Beige and it works well on my NC25 light medium skintone, providing a bit of a brightening lift.

Paul & Joe Pressed Face Powder review
Paul & Joe Pressed Face Powder review

Known for her beautiful foundation products, Anna Sui is introducing an Illuminating BB Cream (C$34) for fall. This BB cream acts as a primer and foundation while providing nourishing skincare benefits, using ingredients such as Lychee Honey Extract to add suppleness to skin, and Sweet Flag Extract to enhances circulation and warm the skin. It is available in two shades – Light Beige and Medium Beige.

The shade I have is light beige, and it’s a tinge too light for my light medium skintone – it would work better if you are fair to light instead. I swatched Medium Beige at the media preview and it looks like it’d be a better match for me, but that also means dark toned girls out there are out of luck as there are only two light shades, with the darkest to suit NC25-30 at the most. In terms of texture and wear – similar to other Japanese formula base products, the Anna Sui Illuminating BB Cream has a dewy, moist finish. Coverage is about medium and it just melts into the skin, doing an excellent job at covering redness. As promised, it’s very moisturizing and feels extremely comfortable on the skin, but the only downside to this type of formula is that it’s not very long lasting, fading away not soon after the 8 hour mark. Another thing to keep in mind is that the size of this BB Cream is very small; you don’t get the full 30mL that comes with most base makeup items, rather you only get 24mL, which is 20% less than other base products.

Anna Sui Illuminating BB Cream

Lastly, but most excitedly, Stila is releasing the coolest ever base product, the Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector (C$51). The texture of this product is just incredible, like a softy putty clay. When used with the new Stila Wonder Brush (C$75), it mimics the effects of airbrushing on the skin, smoothing out fine lines and pores. The lightweight texture is oil free, and is available in five shades from fair, light, medium, tan, to deep. The shade I have is light and it’s a great match for my skintone. You can wear this alone or over foundation and it really is skin perfecting, like photoshop in a compact!

Stila Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector review
Stila Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector review
Stila Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector review
Stila Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector review

I also wanted to showcase some products from the Paul & Joe Fall 2015 Cafe Parisien collection. This is undoubtedly the cutest collection of the year, featuring the famed cat lipsticks in whimsical bird and floral print packaging. The Eye Colour I have is 097 Cafe Macchiato (C$28), which is a rich chocolate taupe with shimmer, and the Cafe Parisien lipstick I have is 093 Cafe Parisien (C$20.00 for the lipstick refill, and C$7.00 for the lipstick case), a cool-toned pink with a nude cat centre (the cat goes all the way through the lipstick!). There are also a few compact cases (C$8) with the adorable limited edition packaging available, where you can purchase refills of blush or eyeshadow from Paul & Joe’s regular collection to insert in the case. The possibilities are endless!

The lipstick is forever going into my beauty archives, my collection of beautiful and interesting beauty products released over the years because it’s just too adorable!

Paul & Joe Fall 2015 Cafe Parisien
Paul & Joe Fall 2015 Cafe Parisien
Paul & Joe Fall 2015 Cafe Parisien lipstick

Paul & Joe is available at select Shoppers Drug Mart Hillcrest Mall, Richmond Hill, ON; Robson and Burrard, Vancouver, BC; Richmond center, Richmond, BC; Chinook Center, Calgary, AB; Bloor West Village, 2290 Bloor Street West, Toronto; West Broadway, 2979 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC.

Anna Sui is available at select Shoppers Drug Mart, Pharmaprix, Murale and Hudson’s Bay (Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Queen Street, Sherway Gardens, Vancouver Downtown, Richmond Centre) locations across Canada and online at thebay.com and murale.ca.

Stila Fall 2015 Modern Goddess Collection will be available September at Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale and Murale.ca.

Ingredients:

Paul & Joe Perfect Makeup Primer ingredients
Paul & Joe Perfect Makeup Primer ingredients

Anna Sui Illuminating BB Cream ingredients
Anna Sui Illuminating BB cream ingredients

Beauty Influencer’s Sunday Column Vol.14: ​​What’s the inspiration behind your blog name? How did you come up with it?

BISC Vol.14

What’s the inspiration behind your blog name? How did you come up with it?

BISC Vol.14 Group 1 Authors

TRACY | USA | Swaybeauty
My blog name came about during a discussion I was having with my husband. Beauty wise I had stopped listening to everyone else and started doing what was right for me.  He suggested I call it Tracy’s Way but I remember thinking that that sounded too egotistical so he came up with sway beauty which was play on words of tracysway. It’s fascinating how a person can be swayed into purchasing a product simply based on who the “spokesperson” was and the word “Sway” always came to mind after having read a blog post or watched a YouTube video.

DEE | Canada | How Does Dee Do It
Honestly – it was the first name that popped into my head when I thought of creating my blog. I thought it was catchy and conveyed how I do things (on the makeup and fitness side of the house). I did however decide later that I wanted a separate fitness blog (which I have now (www.fitchickswithlipsticks.com) with Mo from MoMakeUpMobeauty), but for HDDI, that’s the story right there :) Short one :))

SUNNY | Belgium | Mostly Sunny Blog
The name of my blog is a total accident. I actually never intended to go this far with the blog, nor did I mean to make it a beauty blog. I just got bored one Sunday afternoon and decided to create a little online space to write about a little bit of everything, hence the wordplay of my own name! Mostly Sunny turned into a beauty blog because I realized I have the most passion for this subject, plus I have almost nobody in my real life to share it with.

ANNE | Germany | Linda, Libra, Loca
Choosing a blog name was a lot harder than writing the first few posts, and it was what took longest to decide on. Finally I figured it should hint what I was writing about while still being distinguishable from all the blogs carrying “Makeup” or “Beauty” in their title. So I settled for Spanish and picked: “Linda” (as in pretty, representing makeup), “Libra” (as in free, representing travel) and “Loca” (as in crazy, representing life with a newborn).

Disclaimer: I know that “Libra” is the wrong translation, but it sounds much better that way.

SHEILA | Canada | Maddy Loves
I used to be hosted on Blogger under the name Mademoiselle Loves Beauty. It was super long, and then when I switched over to WordPress, I shortened it to Maddy Loves. Although, I get my name mistaken for Maddy all the time now, so sometimes I just go by Maddy as my online name. It worked out!

JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa
I registered HelloJaa.com long before I turned it into a beauty blog and that’s why it doesn’t relate to makeup or beauty. I wanted to put my name somewhere in there because I learned that you are less likely to get bored of your domain name if it has your name in it! Seems to work for me. :) Then I added “Hello” because it’s such a common and friendly word, not to mention the first word you say to someone you’ve never met before. It just sounds so fitting for me. :)

Review: Guerlain Blanc de Perle Advanced White P.E.A.R.L. Drop Whitening Essence

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Whitening Essence review

I previously introduced you to the Guerlain Blanc de Perle range, and also reviewed the Foaming Cleanser and Toner, as well as the Refreshing Hydrating Cream and Whitening Night Cream. My favourite product of the range, and one that is the most effective at doing what it’s described to do, is the Blanc de Perle Advanced White P.E.A.R.L. Drop Whitening Essence.

My skin profile: I have very dehydrated cheeks with a t-zone that gets oily. I occasionally get break-outs, usually 1-2 around that time of the month. My main skin concerns are hyper-pigmentation and dehydration in the cheek area and fine lines in the eye area. My ideal skincare products are ones that provide good moisture to my skin, absorb quickly and leave no left-over product sitting on top of my skin.

What it claims (from Guerlain.com): Advanced White P.E.A.R.L. Drop essence, with a high concentration of Advanced P.E.A.R.L. Complex and a divinely fresh and evanescent texture, releases its whitening power to effectively reduce the number, intensity, and size of dark spots and deactivate the process leading to future spots. Drop after drop, the skin becomes smoother, more translucent and more radiant. Day after day, the skin regains the immaculate perfection of the pearl.

Price: C$150 for 30mL

Texture/Scent: Texture is a light lotion-gel, and scent is powdery floral

The good: I used a few drops of this every evening on my face and neck for about 2 months, after cleansing and toning, and before moisturizer. After the first 2 weeks, I noticed a significant difference in the luminosity of my skin. My skin was super radiant, more even toned, smoother, and more well-rested; I looked healthy! It’s very lightweight and absorbs quickly, creating a slightly hydrated base for to help moisturizer glide on easier. While I was using this, my skin was also breaking up a lot from the winter climate and also from flying, but this product helped my acne spots heal faster, as well as lightened any scars that were the result of acne spots.

  • Made my skin brighter, more luminous, more even toned, smoother, and more well-rested
  • Helped to speed up healing of acne spots and also lighten acne scars
  • Absorbs easily
  • Drop applicator is convenient to use and for controlling the amount of product to use

The bad: I didn’t notice that it helped to lighten any existing hyperpigmentation on my face, i.e. my freckles (due to sun exposure) were still the same shade before and after. It’s also quite expensive for a 30mL bottle.

  • Does not lighten hyperpigmentation
  • Expensive

Overall: If my above comments were any indication, I absolutely love this serum. It’s lightweight, absorbs quickly, and after just two short weeks of usage, my skin looked more glowy and felt healthier. I’ve used many, many brightening serums and brightening products in general before (my previous favourite was DiorSnow), but this one has trumped it all because of how effective it was, even my mom commented on how luminous I looked! I definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a brightening serum.

Product: 19/20
Packaging: 4.5/5
Value: 3.5/5
Overall: 27/30 | A+
Repurchase? Yes!

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Whitening Essence review

Ingredients:

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Whitening Essence ingredients

Review + swatches – Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blush

Too Faced Love Flush blush review and swatches

Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blush (C$32) is a new blush formula from Too Faced, released this summer, that claims to wear for up to 16 hours of fade-proof, smudge-proof colour.

The formula of these Too Faced Love Flush blushes is just incredible – they are super soft, almost creamy, and also pigmented. The soft texture allows them to completely melt into the skin, blending the edges with the rest of your face and creating a beautiful glow. There are subtler shades for every day, such as “I Will Always Love You” and “Baby Love” (my favourite!), as well as bolder shades such as “Your Love is King” for those nights out.

In terms of wear time, I found this to wear very well past the 10 hour mark, but fading around the 12 hour mark. I normally apply this at 8AM and then by 10PM and time for removal, it’s mostly faded. It doesn’t live up to its claim of 16 hour wear, but at the same time, a subtle blush wearing past the 10 hour mark is still very impressive.

Too Faced Love Flush blush in I will Always Love you review swatches

I Will Always Love You is a bright peachy orange with gold shimmer. This one is beautiful for the spring/summer as you look towards lighter blushes. The peachy orange tones in this one will also imitate that skin-kissed look for when the flowers first start to bloom.

Too Faced Love Flush blush in justify my love review and swatches

Justify My Love is a cool-toned medium pink with silver shimmer. This one doesn’t work as well on my neutral-to-warm skin tone as it’s very cool-leaning, but on cool-toned ladies, I can see this looking very beautiful.

Too Faced Love Flush blush in baby love review and swatches

Baby Love is my favourite of the bunch. A beautiful soft dusty rosy nude with fine gold shimmer, it’s the perfect blush for every day. It’s the least pigmented of the five here, and it also has the most visible shimmer.

Too Faced Love Flush blush in your love is king review and swatches

Your Love is King is a warm deep pink (almost berry red) with a satiny matte. This is the most pigmented of the five shown here and is also the one with the least shimmer. A tiny bit goes a super long way, and it blends out to an incredibly beautiful berry flush. This one will work well on any skin tone, fair to dark, as you control the intensity.

Too Faced Love Flush blush in love hangover review and swatches

Love Hangover is a light-medium coral pink with a satin finish and a bit of a gold sheen. It is just beautiful and a must-have for coral blush lovers. It’s not super shimmery, rather it’s more of a golden glow, when paired with the pink-toned coral will look good on most skin tones. This one is my second favourite of the five here and is something I reach for regularly on summer weekends when I’m going out for a stroll with the boyfriend.

Overall, the Too Faced Love Flush blushes are a winner. I just can’t get over how soft and silky the textures are, and how easily they blend into my skin for that natural glow. I’ve been wearing Baby Love almost exclusively since I received it, and I just love how it’s such a beautiful, everyday colour. While I can’t really think of a true downside to these blushes, I do find that most of these are warm-toned blushes so cool-toned ladies might have trouble finding something that suits their complexion. All in all, I believe that they’re worth a perusal the next time you’re at Sephora.

You can purchase Too Faced Love Blush blushes from Sephora in store and online.

The swatches

Too Faced Love Flush blush in “I Will Always Love You” and “Justify My Love”

Too Faced Love Flush blush in i will always love you and justify my love review and swatches

Too Faced Love Flush blush in “Baby Love” and “Your Love is King”

Too Faced Love Flush blush in baby love and your love is king review and swatches

Too Faced Love Flush blush in “Love Hangover”

Too Faced Love Flush blush in love hangover review and swatches
Too Faced Love Flush blush review and swatches
Too Faced Love Flush blush review and swatches
Too Faced Love Flush blush review and swatches
Too Faced Love Flush blush review and swatches