Review + swatches – L’Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 2, an inexpensive drugstore mauve-pink nude palette

L'Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 2 review

Nude palettes continue to be all the rage in 2015. It all started 5 years ago with the release of the Urban Decay Naked Palette, and now drugstore brands are also coming out with their version of the neutral palette. The L’Oreal Paris La Palette and La Palette 2 (C$29.99 each) are incredible eyeshadow palettes featuring a wide range of colours with beautiful textures and good colour payoff. I have La Palette 2 to share with you today, which is a neutral palette featuring a mauve-pink theme. This alone is enough reason to go take a peek at it, even if you already have a plethora of neutral palettes to choose from at home.

I love the versatility of this palette. The brown-based neutral shades mixed with the pink and mauve-based neutral shades make this a very feminine and girly palette to use. This is very date night-appropriate. In addition, for a drugstore palette, the quality of La Palette 2 blew me out of the water because all of the shades felt very smooth and creamy. While not all of them were intensely pigmented, the level of pigmentation suited each shades’ purpose. In addition, the palette features three different eyeshadow finishes – satin, matte, and shimmery – to create a multidimensional look that’s appropriate for all occasions.

The best performing shades are the medium dark brown fourth from the left, and the two right most mauve shades. These shades were super smooth, pigmented with just one swipe, and blended out like a dream. The worst performing shades were the left most peach highlight, and the light beige third from the right. These were very sheer, while still smooth and still blended easily, they were just way too sheer and required several swipes to show up on the skin.

L'Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 2 review

It comes with a double ended applicator as well for quick touch-ups, which contains a sponge applicator on one side, and a brush on the other. The sponge tip applicator is actually quite nice, being quite a dense sponge. The brush applicator is really flimsy and doesn’t do a good job at blending, but it’d work if you were on the go and didn’t want to bring extra brushes. The packaging itself fells pretty hefty and well-built.

Overall this palette is a great deal for what you get. They are regularly priced at C$29.99 but you can often find them on sale at your local drugstore (I found them for $12.49 at my local Rexall, and a friend saw them at Shoppers for $8.99!). If you can find them and the colours are what you’re looking for, I say grab one while you can because they’re limited edition!

If you’re into more conventional nude palettes and have more of a budget, please also check out my review of the Shu Uemura Shu:Palette, which features 16 neutral-toned nude shades, as well as of the Lise Watier Palette Rivages, which contains 10 nude shades.

The swatches

First 5 shades

L'Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 2 swatches

Next 5 shades

L'Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 2 swatches

Get Mapped – Chatting skincare and Face Mapping with Dermalogica

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Dermalogica is one of my favourite simple skincare brands. Why simple? Because you get the good ingredients in a functional packaging that delivers what its described to deliver – no frills, add-ons, or fancy marketing. The products really work, and I know Liza swears by their skincare line too, saying it’s even better than a lot of the Sisley (i.e. very, very fancy) products she’s use. I recently touched base with Charmaine Cooper, Education Manager for Dermalogica Canada to talk skincare, in particular the benefits of the Dermalogica Face Mapping process, as well as some of her recommended products for people in their mid 20s to early 30s.

ML – Why do you feel like getting Face Mapped would be beneficial to everyone?

CC – Face Mapping  is a conversational tool that empowers the consumer to understand the root concerns behind skin conditions, as well as the prescribed solutions. It is a consumer friendly, educational tool that completely engages and educates the consumer!  Everyone’s skin undergoes a variety of changes and conditions especially throughout seasonal changes.  It is advised that consumers get Face Mapped every three months, in order to monitor skin conditions, achieve skin goals and maintain results.

ML – Do you feel like people who get Face Mapped are required to use Dermalogica products, or can they use the knowledge transferred over from the Face Mapping process into maintaining their skin in general?

CC – Face Mapping utilizes a Prescription Sheet that prescribes targeted skincare product solutions within the Dermalogica product range.  The technique itself has been developed by the International Dermal Institute, exclusively for Dermalogica, and therefore, it is recommended for the use of Dermalogica products, solely.

ML – What are your top 3 Dermalogica product recommendations for people in their mid 20s to early 30s?

CC – While in one’s mid 20’s and 30’s, the average individual experiences increased dehydration, dullness and the reality of sun damage.  Regular exfoliation is recommended to brighten skin tone and also to improve hydration levels in the skin.

  • Daily Microfoliant.  A top hero product! This is your perfect polish to treat increasing dull skin tone, while removing surface dead skin cells that begin to linger, due to oxidative stress. (ML comment – YES, I love this stuff. I think everyone should get their hands on a bottle, not just people in their 20s-30s, it’s seriously the most amazing exfoliant out there – super gentle and works on all skin types)
  • Multivitamin Power Recover Masque.  The 911 rescue masque.  Many individuals within their 20’s and 30’s experience emergencies in their skin.  Accumulated uv exposure begins to evidence itself by dulling the skin tone and removing vitality from the skin. The perfect emergency fix, is AgeSmart, Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque.  Use up to three times a week, for a minimum of 5-10 mins for great results.
  • Skin Defence Booster.  Although, accumulated UV damage begins to show up in one’s 20’s and 30’s, protecting your skin from further UV damage is paramount!  Many individuals are time compressed.  And so, the perfect, yet convenient solution, would be to add Skin Defense booster to one’s moisturizer in order to create that protective shield from daily oxidative stressors, that lead to pre-mature aging.

ML – What is a skincare step that most people seem to not do, or do wrong?

CC – Most individuals tend to skip over a Masque, or for some reason, feel that they need to have it on their skin for 20+ minutes.  But, 5- 10 minutes with a masque on can do wonders!  In fact, that is all the time it takes! It does not have to be an arduous task! Apply it on the skin weekly, while conditioning the hair (in the shower), shaving the legs, cooking dinner or putting the kids to bed!  Masquing really is the unsung hero of skincare regimens!

Thanks to Dermalogica Canada for coordinating this interview, and Charmaine Cooper for taking the time to answer my questions!

Do you have a favourite Dermalogica product?

H&M x Balmain collaboration for fall 2015 #HMBALMAINATION

H&M Balmain fall 2015 designer collaboration

Only preliminary information is available now, but you guys now how excited I get about H&M designer collaborations. I own pieces from prior collaborations such as Lanvin, Sonia Rykiel, and Maison Martin Margiela.

“I want to talk to my generation: this is my main aim as a designer. H&M allows me the unique possibility of bringing everyone into the world of Balmain, get a piece of the dream and create a global #HMBalmaination: a movement of togetherness, fueled on a hashtag. The collaboration felt extremely natural to me: H&M is a brand that everybody connects to. It calls for unity, and I am all for it,” says Olivier Rousteing, Creative Director of Balmain.

At the Billboard Music Awards, Olivier Rousteing himself and his friends Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn, walked the red carpet revealing the first pieces of the collection.

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“We are excited to have Balmain as our guest designer at H&M and create a truly involving experience for everybody. With its mix of couture spirit and streetwear attitude, Balmain owns a unique style, at once opulent and direct, sensual and energetic. It is also closely linked to the show business and music worlds, which adds another element of surprise”, says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M.

Available from November 5th, in around 250 stores worldwide, the collection will feature clothing and accessories for both women and men. Time to line up, guys!

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Review: Kerastase Reflection Bain Chrome Riche shampoo, Masque Chroma Captive, and Shu Uemura Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Conditioner

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If you’re into luxury haircare, Kerastase and Shu Uemura Art of Hair are both great professional haircare products that use quality ingredients to help maintain the status of your hair. Since my hair dye job a few months ago, I’ve constantly been on the outlook for new and good colour-maintenance hair products. Today, I have some products from the Kerastase and Shu Uemura Art of Hair colour-protection lines to share with you.

Kerastase Reflection Bain Chrome Riche shampoo

Kerastase Reflection Bain Chrome Riche shampoo review

Formulated for very sensitized and damaged coloured hair, the Kerastase Reflection Bain Chrome Riche (C$39) shampoo is a gentle shampoo designed to softly cleanse the hair. It also helps to increase shine, maintain the vibrant colour, and prevent against colour fading (which is a big problem with faux-redheads). It has a refreshing powdery floral scent that is quite pleasant, and helps me to relax after a day at work. It also lathers very richly, creating thick, creamy foam that removes any grime from the hair, but is still soft on the hair follicles. I really like how gentle this shampoo is, it leaves my hair feeling cleansed by never stripped. It feels great on the scalp too, especially because my scalp is on the drier side. I haven’t noticed it helping too much with preventing colour fade, but I didn’t have too high of expectations on that because I know red dye fades out extremely fast. The price is high but Kerastase is a luxury haircare brand so if you normally buy drugstore brands, you probably won’t consider this. If you like to invest in your hair products and generally like Kerastase products, do give this one a try!

Repurchase? Maybe

Ingredients:

Kerastase Reflection Bain Chrome Riche shampoo ingredients

Shu Uemura Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Conditioner

Shu Uemura Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Conditioner review

The Shu Uemura Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Conditioner (US$58 for 250mL) contains Musk Rose Oil and Goji Berry extract to help provide lightweight conditioning with enhanced shine while preserving the hair colour. The texture is a lightweight milky cream that spreads easily throughout the hair. I end up having to use a lot of this conditioner whenever I am washing my hair because I feel like it just absorbs into my hair immediately and I’m not able to spread it into my hair evenly.

I’m quite disappointed in this conditioner because it is very gentle and doesn’t address the damaging aspect of the hair colouring process. While my hair looks shiny, it feels extremely dry and also looks quite damaged as well. I’ve been using this in conjunction with the Kerastase Reflection Masque as I find that this conditioner alone isn’t enough to keep my hair looking healthy, especially after a dye job.

Repurchase? No

Ingredients:

Shu Uemura Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Conditioner ingredients

Kerastase Reflection Masque Chroma Captive

Kerastase Reflection Masque Chroma Captive review

This hair masque is designed to increase shine intensity in coloured hair. The Kerastase Reflection Masque Chroma Captive (C$59) is the more lightweight version of the Masque Chroma Riche, which has more reparative functions to it. I really enjoy using this masque as the final step to my hair cleansing regime because not only does it help to increase shine, it also helps to smooth out my hair, leaving it looking healthier. It’s never heavy feeling and it doesn’t leave any residue in my hair, which is great because I love my hair to wash out clean but at the same time still have the smoothing benefits. I feel like even if you don’t have colour-treated hair, you can still use and benefit from this masque because it really does help to smooth out your hair, and would be especially helpful for those with more unruly hair types. Even though it is quite expensive, you don’t need very much of it each time, and I like that it really works. Because of that, I can see myself repurchasing.

Repurchase? Yes

Ingredients:

Kerastase Reflection Masque Chroma Captive ingredients

Review + swatches + look – Lise Watier Rivages collection for summer 2015

Lise Watier Rivages collection

Hold on to your hats, because we have a winner here in the Lise Watier Rivages collection for summer 2015. For the first time in a long time, an entire collection of products have all been winners in terms of quality and the overall colour combination. The Rivages collection contains two star products: a limited edition Palette Rivages, a 10-pan mega-palette of neutral eyeshadows; and Rivages Bronzing Powder, a giant powder bronzer that combines bronze, pink, and gold tones to create a sun-kissed look.

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Palette Rivages (C$54 – limited edition) is a must have. I will say it again, RUN, do not walk, and go out and buy this palette. The texture of these shadows are just incredible – smooth, creamy, and uber pigmented. It reminds me of the Feline palette from last fall in that the eyeshadows just apply, blend, and wear so easily and beautifully. It is ultra fool-proof, and not much blending is required in order to get a beautiful look. The shades in this palette are relatively neutral, with select shades running a bit cooler or warmer, but can still be worn together for a put-together look.  It also has a good combination of daytime and nighttime intense colours, which make this palette great for leaving at work to do touchups during the day, or to add a bit of intensity for an after-work event.

The only disappointing thing about this palette is that it comes with two measly double-ended sponges. Lise Watier could have gone the extra mile and made this an extremely luxurious palette but introducing a double-ended brush, such as those in the UD Naked palettes. That being said, the outside packaging is also gorgeous in that it’s a mother-of-pearl-like case. I have no doubts that I’ll be taking this with me to a lot of places. Compared to the Shu Uemura Shu:Palette, the Palette Rivages is better built and feels more hefty. If you can’t get ahold of the Shu:Palette, or if that one is too far out of your budget, the Lise Watier Palette Rivages is a very good alternative with the same level of quality in a beautiful packaging.

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The Rivages Bronzing Powder (C$39 – limited edition) is a powder bronzer housed in a giant case that comes with a convenient, equally big mirror. Made with a combination of bronze, pink, and gold shades, this bronzer is ultra smooth, very pigmented, and gives off the most beautiful bronzey glow without being orange at all. I don’t generally wear bronzers but this one I can see myself wearing a lot because a light touch will give you a sunkissed, natural looking glow. If you want to look very tanned, it’s possible with the Rivages Bronzing Powder as well because its not orange. Overall, it’s a great bronzing powder to have if you enjoy using bronzers.

Lise Watier Rivages collection

The limited edition Blush Fondant Supreme in Sand (C$30) is a pretty muted pink shade that works beautifully with the rest of the collection. The texture of the Blush Fondant Supremes are a lightweight, creamy blush with good pigmentation. Sand provides just the right touch of pink on the cheeks that will complement the golden glow from the Rivages Bronzing Powder, as well as the neutral eyes created by the Palette Rivages. I believe that everyone should have this type of muted pink blush in their collection as it works so well with any kind of eye and lip makeup, and is also flexible to wear during the day or at night.

The 24 Hours Glam Eyeshadow (C$23) sticks are one of my favourite stick eyeshadow formulas. They last FOREVER on the eyes, only removable with eye makeup remover. They are amazing for a night out, or if you’re going to be outdoors and don’t want your makeup to melt off. The two shades I have for summer 2015, both permanent, are Chic Glam, a shimmery taupe, and Sexy Glam, a light peachy pink. Both are great for layering underneath your powder eyeshadow as a primer, or to wear on your lower lash line to accent your eye makeup.

Lise Watier makes some of the best mid-end lipsticks, and their Rouge Sublime (C$23) is an ultra creamy, very pigmented line of lipsticks that introduces a few more new shades with the summer collection. The two shades I have are Amour, a creamy pink, and Ginger, a brown. I probably won’t wear Ginger very much but if you have darker skin tones, Ginger would look amazing, and Amour is such a flattering pink shade for those with lighter skin tones.

Lastly, we have the Smokey Kohl Velours in Nude Velours (C$21), an incredible nude eye liner that is amazing on the waterline or the inner lash line to create the illusion of bigger, brighter eyes. The Smokey Kohl Velours formula is long wearing and dries down matte for the most natural eye makeup look.

Swatches

Palette Rivages (top row, then bottom row)

Lise Watier Palette Rivages swatches
Lise Watier Palette Rivages swatches

Rivages Bronzing Powder and Blush Fondant Supreme in Sand

Lise Watier Rivages Bronzing Powder and Blush Fondant Supreme in Sand

24 Hours Glam Eyeshadow in Chic Glam and Sexy Glam, Rouge Sublime in Amour and Ginger

lise watier 24 Hours Glam Eyeshadow in Chic Glam and Sexy Glam, Rouge Sublime in Amour and Ginger

The look

On the eyes, wearing Lise Watier Rivages palette – the top middle shade as an all-over wash of colour, with the 2nd to right shade on top to accent the eyes and create a bit of a contour. The left most shade on the bottom was used as a highlight on the inner corners, the right most shade on the right was used to line the outer corner of the bottom lash line, and the right most shade was used to line the top lash line.

On the cheeks, wearing Lise Watier Rivages Brozing Palette, and on the lips, wearing Lise Watier Rouge Sublime in Amour.

Lise Watier Rivages review
Lise Watier Rivages review
Lise Watier Rivages review
Lise Watier Rivages review
Lise Watier Rivages review

H&M beauty range to launch this fall

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I don’t normally post press releases but this one is just too exciting! H&M is to launch their beauty range later this fall with over 700 products, available at 900 stores. I only have preliminary information available now, but check out the pretty photos to satisfy your curiosity. From what I can tell, there is going to be nail polish, lipstick, eyeshadow, liquid eyeliner, bronzing powder, powder, and more. The packaging is black and white lacquer, and reminds me a bit of Tom Ford Beauty packaging.

This line will replace any existing beauty products at H&M, and will also include a premium beauty line and a Conscious range of Ecocert-approved sustainable products.

Who else is excited about this launch?

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Review: La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Emulsion, Cellular Ice Crystal Eye Cream, and Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster

La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal review

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to get a personalized skin consultation from the skin education specialists at La Prairie. At my age (mid to late 20s), I was recommended to use the Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal line to prevent the first signs of aging. All of La Prairie’s products contain their signature patented ingredient – the Cellular Complex – which provides nutrients such as glycoproteins, ginseng root, and horsetail extracts to revitalize, energize, and moisturize the skin. The ingredients are located near the top of the ingredients list (in the case of the Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Emulsion, they are 10th-12th on the list) meaning you get a very good dose of these ingredients with every application. I was also fortunate enough to try the Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster, which is new for April. Read my reviews on these products below!

La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Emulsion

La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal review

The La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Emulsion (C$365 for 50mL) is a preventative emulsion designed to address the first signs of aging, including the look of fatigue and stress, dullness, dryness and lines. The texture is a light milky emulsion with a light powdery scent that dissipates almost immediately. Even though it is an emulsion, I found it to be highly hydrating without being heavy or greasy. The milky texture absorbs immediately into my skin, leaving it ready for sunscreen and foundation.

As a preventative moisturizer, it is designed to slow down the signs of aging. I have noticed that my skin looks smoother and feels firmer after each application. I don’t yet have any wrinkles, but the hydrating properties help to prevent any deepening of fine lines that I may have. I’ve been using this in conjunction with the Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Eye Cream, as well as the Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster, and I’ve noticed that my skin looks more well rested in the morning after applying this at night.

La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal review

The only thing I dislike about this emulsion is that it contains micro shimmer particles in it. It is barely noticeable on the skin, but I can see the shimmer particles in the palm of my hands after each application. It’s not a complete dealbreaker, but I just prefer not to have make-up ingredients in my skincare. Another thing I want to point out is that the cream has very slightly cooling effect after application, which is where the “ice crystal” part of its name comes into play. It’s very, very mild and barely noticeable, but if you’re sensitive to things like that, you may want to keep this in mind.

Overall, I really enjoy using this emulsion. It’s a preventative measure, which means I won’t see drastic effects right away, but I like that I am investing in my skin in the long term to prevent any future headache. Also keep in mind that La Prairie is a luxury brand, therefore the prices will be reflective of this.

Ingredients:

La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Emulsion ingredients

 

La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Eye Cream

The La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Eye Cream (C$275 for 20mL) is the best eye cream I’ve ever used in my life. It is designed to treat dark circles, puffiness, dryness and lines with a lightweight cream formula. The texture of the eye cream is a smooth, lightly emollient cream formula that spreads out very easily on the eye area without tugging the skin, absorbs quickly with no residue, and leave the eye area feeling hydrating, and looking smooth and bright. I mostly use this in the evening for a high dose of moisture, but I also use a little bit of it in the morning if I need a pick-me-up. It works great underneath make-up as well, creating a smooth canvas that helps makeup adhere, but it’s not too emollient in that make-up won’t slide around. The best thing I love about this eye cream is that I have these deep smile lines underneath each of my eyes and this is the only eye cream that I’ve used that has noticeably smoothed out those two deep lines. The first time I used it, I was seriously wowed by how amazingly this works.

I highly, highly recommend this eye cream. After years of trying to find a good eye cream that’s effective to “cure” those pesky lines underneath my eyes, this is the only one that I’ve use that really helped to treat and improve my eye area.

La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster

The La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster (C$290 for 50mL) is an all-in-one serum that helps to target signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, skin texture, and overall improving the look of the skin. It has the texture of a lightweight gel serum that absorbs quickly into the skin and leaving the skin feeling ultra smooth. Again, for me this is a preventative product so I haven’t noticed any significant changes to my skin. I feel like if you were older and had more skin concerns, you’d notice more improvements, whereas I’ve mostly just been using it for the hydrating and smoothing properties. I do really like the texture as it is very lightweight and feels lovely on the skin.

La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal review
La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal review
La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal review

Red lips for all occasions! An overview of eight red lipsticks in different textures and finishes

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I love a good red lip. I used to be intimidated by strong lips but now they’re my favourite “statement piece” to wear. Over the years, I’ve accumulated a ton of red lip products today I’m sharing some old favourites as well as some new discoveries.

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From left to right: Burberry Kisses in 109 Military Red, Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in 75 Dragon, Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick in Empowered, Guerlain Rouge G in Rouge Parade

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  • Burberry Kisses in 109 Military Red is a new recent discovery (full review to be posted soon). It’s a blue-based red in an almost gel texture. It’s more opaque once layered compared to the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Shine in Empowered, but you can also sheer it out by wearing less layers.
  • Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in 75 Dragon is one of my all-time favourite reds. It is a cult classic product that has sadly been discontinued, but it is a very blue-based red with gold shimmers. This is probably one of the more high maintenance reds, since it stains the lips significantly so you need a lip brush to get the most precise line around the lips, and then to fill it in. The end result is a gorgeous, rich red that’s most fitting for any black tie event.
  • Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick in Empowered (reviewed here) is another recent discovery that has quickly become a favourite. This is one of the few reds I’ve found that doesn’t stain the lips (woo hoo!). It’s an orange-based red that starts out sheer, almost jelly-like, and can be built up to fuller coverage.
  • Guerlain Rouge G in Rouge Parade (reviewed here) is another all-time favourite red. Even though it was just introduced late last year, the Rouge G formula has been one of my favourites for years due to its rich colour payoff and creamy formula. Rouge Parade is a neutral red that just brightens up my whole face when I wear it. I’m also loving the limited edition red lacquer case, which is a nice bonus.

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From left to right: Lise Watier Baiser Velours in Eternal Kiss, Paul & Joe Lipstick in Rosebud, Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in New York Scene, Shiseido Laquer Rouge in RD413

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  • Lise Watier Baiser Velours in Eternal Kiss (reviewed here) is a recent discovery and the only matte red lip on this list. It’s hard to find a matte lipstick that doesn’t completely dry out the lips, and this one fits the bill. It is a more neutral, leaning blue-based red that has a matte, velvet finish. I like wearing this when I want a long-wearing red lip without the maintenance (you can just top up with lip balm to refresh the colour).
  • Paul & Joe Lipstick in Rosebud (reviewed here) is a good option for those who want to try the red lip but is intimidated by its intensity. This one is the sheerest of the bunch, and is also the easiest to wear, even appropriate for work lunch meetings.
  • Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in New York Scene (reviewed here) is one of my favourite low-maintenance lip formula, in a beautiful raspberry red tone. The ColorStay Moisture Stain really does stain your lips for hours, meaning you can wear this when you’re out and about without needing to worry about touchups.
  • Shiseido Laquer Rouge in RD413 is an orange-based red with an interesting wet laquer formula. It’s like a gloss and lacquer in one, giving up extreme shine with intense colour. The wet formula, while glossy, is also very light and not sticky at all, so this would be great for those who like that glossy finish without all the downsides of one.

What are some of your favourite red lip products, and have you discovered any new ones you want to try recently?

Last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas from Lush Cosmetics

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Generally I’m very anti-commercial holidays, but Mother’s Day is the one day a year I support fully. Oftentimes in our busy lives, we aren’t able to sit down and properly appreciate our dear mothers, so Mother’s Day is when we take the time to fully appreciate what our wonderful moms have done and continue to do to help enrich our lives. Every year, LUSH releases a limited edition Mother’s Day collection that’s ultra feminine and great for those mothers who love to be pampered. This year, LUSH continues to innovate with the introduction of new products such as Yummy Mummy Shower Gel, Rose Bubble Bar, and Secret Garden Bath Bomb.

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Yummy Mummy Shower Gel (C$9.95 for 100mL) is a strawberry-scented shower gel, containing  ingredients such as geranium oil and orange oil to moisturize. It smells SO GOOD, like fresh strawberries, and like all LUSH Shower Gels, leaves my skin feeling super soft and supple. LUSH Shower Gels are more expensive than normal body washes you get at the drugstore, but it really does create a positive experience each time you’re in the shower. It’s like a spa session for me, and I take the time to really breathe in the scents. The only thing I dislike about Yummy Mummy is that it contains lustre shimmers. It doesn’t leave any residue on my skin or my tub, but generally I prefer no cosmetic ingredients in skincare products.

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Rose Bubble Bar (C$4.95) and Secret Garden Bath Bomb (C$6.95) aren’t new products, but are popular repromotes. Rose Bubble Bar contains fair trade organic cocoa butter, lemon oil, sweet orange oil, rose absolute, and organic rose hip oil for the most rosy-filled bath that will also leave your skin leaving soft. Secret Garden Bath Bomb contains rose absolute, sweet orange oil, rosewood oil, rosebuds, marigold petals, rose petals, and blue mallow flowers to turn your bathroom in to a secret garden. My preference of the two, obviously, is the Rose Bubble Bar because rose XD

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LUSH Mother’s Day collection is available now online and in-stores! Go stock up if any of these catch your fancy, they’re only available for a limited time.

Getting your body summer-ready with L’Occitane Whipped Body Cream, Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk, and Nivea Nourishing In-Shower Body Milk

Summer is coming! That means it’s time to prep our body for the beach. Apart from exercising and looking awesome, it’s important to also take care of your skin so that you can have glowy and smooth legs in that mini skirt. Today I’m reviewing three body lotions that I’ve really enjoyed using – L’Occitane Whipped Body Cream, Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk, and Nivea Nourishing In-Shower Body Milk.

L’Occitane Whipped Body Cream

L'Occitane Whipped Body Cream review

You know that L’Occitane makes some of my absolute favourite body products, and this one is no exception. Containing 10% shea butter, this Whipped Body Cream (C$28) has the consistency of thick whipped cream and just melts into the skin. It leaves my body feeling ultra soft and smooth, and keeps those scaly looking legs away just in time for summer. It’s just very lightly scented of their usual shea butter fragrance, making it a delightful experience to use after a nice shower at night. Of the three body lotions reviewed today, this one is the most moisturizing and would be best suited for night-time use. It also comes in a Whipped Shea Butter Hand Cream (C$12) formula that’s also very lightweight, but still has that same shea butter moisturizing property.

L’Occitane uses sustainable shea butter from Burkina Faso, harvested in a fair trade partnership with the women who produce it, so you know you’re directly supporting these women whenever you purchase a shea butter product from L’Occitane. You can purchase the Whipped Body Cream at L’Occitane boutiques as well as online.

L'Occitane Whipped Body Cream review

Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk

Vichy Ideal Body Milk review

The Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk (C$22.50) is new for 2015. A body milk designed to smooth and hydrate the skin, it contains Apricot kernel, Passionflower, Corn, Rice Bran, Sunflower, Blackcurrant Pips, Rosehip, Coriander, Macadamia and Jojoba oils combined with LHA. The texture is more of a liquid gel than a milk. It’s very lightweight, but doesn’t absorb immediately so you have time to massage it in your skin for a more toning effect. It leaves my skin slightly tacky, so you will need to let it “air out” a bit before putting on clothes. My skin does feel super moisturized, soft, and smooth once everything has absorbed.

Of these three body lotions, this one is most suited for day time/pre-beach use because it contains micro shimmers to create the look of luminous skin, which would look great for the day (otherwise no one will see it when you’re in PJs!). Personally I’m not a fan of micro shimmers in skincare products, so I wouldn’t repurchase this again, but if you don’t mind that kind of look, this is a great body lotion to look into.

You can purchase the Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, and other places that carry Vichy.

Nivea Nourishing In-Shower Body Milk

Nivea In-Shower Body Milk review

The Nivea In-Shower Body Milk (C$7.99) is one of the coolest innovations of 2015. It a body milk you apply after washing your body with shower gel, and then you rinse off before you get out of the shower. This version, designed for the driest of skins, contains almond oil for the deepest hydration; it also has has a formula for dry skin, as well as for normal to dry skin. As someone who spends a lot of time massaging in body lotion after a shower, this is actually super convenient and great for early morning or post-gym rush showers. Of the three body lotions, this one is the most suitable for use any time, but especially if you’re in a rush and don’t have the time or the space to slowly massage in body lotion, for example during the morning rush or after a workout session at the gym.

The only thing I really dislike about this in-shower body milk is that I feel like it leaves a slippery residue on the bottom of my tub from the wax/mineral oil. It’s not too bad on its own, except that soap and other gunk will eventually stick to the residue and you end up having to deep scrub your tub more often than if you weren’t using this. Other than that, it really works like its advertised – my skin feels moisturized enough that I don’t need to use a separate body lotion after.

You can purchase the Nivea Nourishing In-Shower Body Milk at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, and other places that carry Nivea.

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Nivea In-Shower Body Milk review