Estee Lauder Summer 2016 – Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent and Lip & Cheek Summer Glow

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2016 review

Estee Lauder Summer 2016 collections are always alluring, full of bronze, gold, and coral tones that help you achieve that perfect sun-kissed glow. This year, Estee Lauder has released a new limited edition version of their popular Bronze Goddess fragrance, as well as other limited edition pieces that you will want to pick up.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent review

The Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent (C$72 for 100ml) is a lightweight eau fraiche that smells like summer. It contains notes of Amber, Coconut Milk, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Vetiver, Myrrh, Juicy Mandarin, Sicilian Bergamot, Lemon, Pulpy Orange, Tiare Flower, Jasmine, Magnolia Petals, Orange Flower Buds, and Lavender. The main notes I can pick up are coconut milk, which is translated very freshly in this fragrance, as well as a light floral.

I am completely obsessed with this fragrance; the lightness is great for those hot summer months when you want a subtle scent without overpowering everyone around you. I’ve been basically spraying this on my clothes, in my room, and on me every since I got it. It reminds me a lot of a subtler Tom Ford Soleil Blanc, which is great if you love that scent but don’t want to shell out $250. In addition to the fragrance, it is also available as a Shimmering Body Oil Spray, a luxurious Whipped Body Crème, and a new Exfoliating Body Cleanser.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent review

Estee Lauder Lip and Cheek Summer Glow peach glow review and swatches

In addition, I received the Lip & Cheek Summer Glow in Peach Glow (C$38), a three-in-one glow pen in a soft coral peach shade. The duo-ended colour stick contains a solid cream on one end, which can be used as a cheek tint and lipstick, and a gloss on the other end for your lips. The solid cream side is a bit drying on its own for my lips, but I find it works very well as a cream cheek colour as the drier texture allows it to dry down completely. The gloss is very sheer, and has a milky finish on the lips, but it is also very light and non-sticky. The Lip & Cheek Summer Glow is available available in two other shades – Fuchsia Lights, a bright warm pink, and Sunburst, a nude gold.

Estee Lauder Lip and Cheek Summer Glow peach glow review and swatches

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess collection is available now at Sephora, the Bay, Holt Renfrew, online at www.esteelauder.ca and other places that carry Estee Lauder.

You need this in your house: Dana Mooney Art

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A few months ago, I attended a Kao Canada event where they brought in local artist Dana Mooney to do live painting. I took home one of Dana’s prints with gold leaf, and since then I’ve been completely hooked (remember that “turn on notifications” fiasco that happened on Instagram a few weeks ago? well Dana is the ONLY person I turned on notifications for, even though she didn’t ask for it, just because I wanted to be first to be notified of when her art goes up). Since that day, I’ve purchased one more print and three more original paintings from Dana to display in my nonexistent future home (I’m nesting…).

P.S. just an early head’s up that this post isn’t sponsored in any way, I purchased all of my Dana art with my own money and I really wanted to share my love for her art to everyone I know because it’s seriously that great. The Instagram posts below all incorporate her art in them, so they make great Instagram backdrops too!

Dana’s aesthetic aligns with my personal style – her art is bright, cheery, and she has a line of florals that I’m absolutely obsessed with. I love the way she incorporates acrylics with watercolours and metallic foil.

ML: How long have you been an artist, and how did you discover your love for painting?

DM: I’ve always painted and made art, but I remember thinking when I was a kid that I wanted to be an “artist” when I grew up.  I’ve been focused on painting fulltime for 3.5 years now, and before that I did some interior decorating, and before that I was a makeup artist.  All of these careers overlapped with each other and have influenced my painting style in different ways.

 

ML: Where do you find your inspiration?

DM: I look at what’s happening in interior decor and fashion for my color inspiration.  Social media like instagram and pinterest are constantly feeding me inspiring images too, and the fact that I live next to the seawall in Vancouver is a huge part of my “vibe” as well.  I also try to travel and explore new cities as much as possible.  Basically, I’m never at a loss for inspiration!

ML: What do you love most about being an artist?

DM: I love so many things about my artist life…I love the fact that I work for myself and think of what I do as running a business.  I feel almost more like an entrepreneur than an artist most of the time, with total creative freedom and an unpredictable schedule which makes every day completely different.  And a huge part of my happiness is based on the fact that people are supporting what I do, giving me more motivation and satisfaction than I could have ever had doing a job I didn’t love.  I love that I am truly myself, and the new friends and connections I have made through my art are so strong that I can’t imagine a different lifestyle now that I’ve tried this one!

 

ML: How would you describe your aesthetic?

DM: My aesthetic is happy, pretty, colorful, light, feminine (although I’m working on some more masculine pieces right now so stay tuned:)), soft, calm, positive, versatile. 

ML: What does your typical day look like?

DM: Well, every day is completely different, I can’t keep a routine schedule or I’d be bored to death.  Some days are spent just having meetings and keeping on top of my social media, emails etc… I do try and paint at least a little every day, and if that gets pushed aside for too long I will block out complete “studio days” to balance it out.  I get up at 7am, and wind down my day around 8pm with some breaks in between.  Things that I do everyday without fail include drinking coffee, getting to the gym, checking in with my friends, and going over my projects/timelines to keep myself on schedule.  

 

ML: How do your clients generally find you, and are your clients more consumers, interior designers, or something else?

DM: There have been a few really big influences on building my name as an artist and giving me exposure.  The first way a lot of my clients find me is through “The Cross Decor and Design,” where I show my latest work.  Social media is also huge – Instagram has been a key player in my exposure.  Since my target is to work with Interior Designers and create ongoing relationships as a resource to their clients, I’ve exhibited at IDS West for the past 2 years and reconnect with designers all the time in followup meetings and different design events.  And I’ve also had a lot of media coverage, which leads to the collaborations I have worked on… and things just really start to snowball from all of those different outlets!

ML: What’s your favourite piece of art created by you?

DM: I did this little cactus painting one day, just as an experiment and it is the one piece that I never get tired of looking at.  Otherwise, I think the piece I’m currently working on is always my favourite.  

 

ML: What tips do you have for budding artists?

DM: My tips for anyone that wants to be a full time artist would be that you can’t allow yourself to get lazy.  You need to be obsessed with your work and have the drive to make things happen.  Think of what you do as a business as well, if you want to create sellable pieces.  I also have learned that you need to create a community of support for what you’re doing.  Make connections with other artists, learn from them, find other entrepreneurs and see what angle they are taking and what tools they are using to streamline their businesses.  I started doing this without any plan, but I don’t actually reccommend that for anyone else.  Trust in your own path and don’t compare yourself with others “success rates.”

Dana will be attending a number of upcoming shows in spring/summer. You can sign up to her newsletter for the most recent updates, as well as to be notified of when she’ll be doing a show. There is going to be one upcoming on June 2 at Botany Living Studio in Vancouver where you can pick up Dana’s new work, as well as some discounted prior year work.

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Dana is also going to be doing her solo show on July 14th at the Waterfall Building in Vancouver, so keep an eye out for details about that.

Jergens Natural Glow – reformulated but still amazing as usual!

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Who says you have to start the summer off pale? Not this girl. Today I am here to talk about some easy ways to start the summer season off with a beautiful bronzed glow –Jergens self-tanning lotions!

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of self-tanners, and those which develop gradually and are actually hydrating are by far my favorites. Today I am going to talk about the Jergens Natural Glow Nourish Daily Moisturizer, the Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer, and the Jergens 3 Days to Glow moisturizer.

All three of these products come in two shades – Fair to Medium, and Medium to Tan. Before I begin, I will share a little tip with you: even if you are very fair (like myself), always stick with the Medium to Tan shade. The active ingredient in all these self-tanners is dihydroxyacetone, a sugar derivative that essentially stains the skin. The darker shades of most self-tanners simply contain more dihydroxyacetone, but they do not actually account for any skin tone variations. In short, you can use a smaller amount of product if you purchase the darker shade, and achieve the equivalent of a few days’ worth of applications in just one. You will not be any more or less “orange” than you would from using a lighter shade over the course of a few days instead.

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The Jergens Natural Glow Nourish Daily Moisturizer is probably my favorite product out of the three that I’ve used. It is light enough for daily use, and the product promises to produce a full shade of color in just 7 days. I would probably not use it for more than 3 or 4 days consecutively because it does eventually produce a bit of an orange tinge, but when used sparingly and if you give your skin a few days in between applications to naturally exfoliate, you can maintain a healthy, natural color.

My absolute favorite part about this product is that it is actually hydrating on the skin! If you’ve used mousse/aerosol self-tanners before, you will know that they are extremely drying, so I prefer the daily lotion much more. Lastly, it has a very pleasant aroma that doesn’t dissipate immediately only to be replaced by the dreaded self-tanner stench. I typically apply this product before bed, and by morning it still smells pleasantly floral.

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The Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer promises to deliver “visibly firmer skin with less noticeable cellulite and improved elasticity” in just 7 days of use. While it makes for a great self-tanner and is in many ways similar to the Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, I find the firming claims to be greatly exaggerated. While it delivers a very natural tan and absorbs quickly into the skin, I saw no difference in the mount of cellulite that I had, nor an improvement in my skin elasticity. In general, skin tends to look firmer and imperfections are greatly diminished when you have a tan, so any benefits of this product I find are purely aesthetic.

Aside for feeling slightly thicker in texture than its non-firming counterpart (The Jergens Natural Glow daily Moisturizer), it is essentially the same product. If you’re not expecting skin-revitalizing miracles, this lotion will produce a nice, even tan with just a few applications.

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Last but not least, the Jergens 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer does exactly what it promises and packs quite the punch of color! After only a single application I was significantly darker, and after two consecutive applications I had reached the maximum level that I wanted to achieve.

The only downside is that this lotion cannot be used as a daily moisturizer and should be used much more sparingly than the other two. Be extra careful about using it sparingly on your knees, elbows and feet and always wash your hands after applying it. However, if you want to significantly darken before an event and don’t have a week to do it gradually, a single application of this product is definitely enough to make a visible difference! Unlike the other two, this product comes in a smaller tube (120ml vs. 200ml), but I think the performance more than makes up for the size difference.

Overall, I love Jergens’ self-tanning products and I really feel that no matter which one you chose, you cannot go wrong. They will all produce a very even, natural color. Definitely give any of these a try if you want to achieve a bronzed summer glow without the damaging effects of UV rays.  

This post was written by Liza

Review: TATCHA Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer

TATCHA Pore Perfecting Water Gel review

TATCHA is one of my favourite skincare brands, and in the past I’ve reviewed and loved both of their moisturizers – the Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream and the Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream. Previously, Tatcha’s skincare has mostly been geared towards those with more dehydrated or mature skin, but just recently they released a moisturizer designed for oily/combination skin – the Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer.

The TATCHA Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer (US$68) was formulated to create the perfect balance between oil and water to keep those with oily/combination skin looking and feeling more like normal skin. It contains Japanese Wild Rose, Leopard Lily and Dokudami extracts to balance and clarify skin, and 23k gold dust to create a warm glow. You’ll notice on the ingredients list below that the first half of the ingredients list is all good ingredients and different extracts, so these extracts definitely aren’t floating around near the bottom of the list. It has an incredibly lightweight, watery texture that just melts into the skin. It is also slightly cooling due to how lightweight it is. It is scent-free, which is great for those who are more sensitive to fragrances.

TATCHA Pore Perfecting Water Gel review

I have dehydrated skin that gets more oily throughout the day so this isn’t a good moisturizer for my skin type because I need a lot more oil in my face creams, however I have been using it as a balancing serum and it has been amazing. I use this in the morning after cleansing and spraying with a facial essence mist, and before my day moisturizer and sunscreen. It works amazing to keep my skin feeling fresh all day without sacrificing any moisture. I have noticed that my foundation seems to last longer, and doesn’t slide off as quickly as it normally does, so I don’t need to touch up my foundation during the day.

Because I use this underneath other products, I haven’t really noticed a glow via the 23k gold dust. I also haven’t really noticed any shrinking of my pores after a few weeks of use. At most I love it because it helps my skin stay balanced, and also helps my foundation last longer.

If you have oily/combination skin, I recommend this 100% because it really does help keep your skin in balance. If you have dry/normal/dehydrated skin, you can look into this as a balancing serum but it’s not a necessity. Overall, it’s another winner from Tatcha.

TATCHA pore perfecting water gel review

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Inositol (Rice Extract), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Belamcanda Chinensis Root Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Sericin (Silk Extract), Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate (Licorice), Algae Extract, Gold, Hydrogenated Lecithin (Soy Origin), Squalane (Olive Origin), Lecithin, Pistacia Lentiscus (Mastic) Gum, Sodium Dilauramidoglutamide Lysine, Mica, Silica, Xanthan Gum, Bis-peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Ammonium Acryloyl Dimethyltaurate/carboxyethyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hdi/ Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Disodium Edta, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Peg-400, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol.

Paul & Joe Summer 2016 Come Sail Away collection – Cat lipstick, Face & Eye Colour Palette, and Silky Pressed Powder

Paul & Joe summer 2016 makeup collection review

Paul & Joe Beaute‘s summer 2016 Come Sail Away collection has a beachy vibe featuring sail boats and a nautical theme! Today I have a few products from the collection to show you.

Paul & Joe summer 2016 cat lipstick review

The popular cat lipstick (C$20 for the refill, C$7 for the case) from last fall are being re-introduced for the summer with a new limited edition formula. The outer lipstick is transparent, formulated with a hydrating oils such as Cocoa Seed Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil and Lavander Oil to nourish lips. The inner, cat-shaped layer carries a light veil of colour that melts with the outside layer to create a glossy shine. There are three colours: Catamaran (001), a nude; Smooth Sailing (002), a cool-toned pink; and Ahoy (003), a sheer red. The shade I have is Catamaran and it’s just adorable – the cat design goes all the way through to the bottom of the lipstick, as with the lipsticks from last fall. If you’re a cat lover, you must get one (or all) of these for your collection!

Paul & Joe summer 2016 cat lipstick review

The case of the lipstick is sold separately, and this summer there are two limited edition lipstick case designs. The one above features a navy and white design, and the alternate design features a sky blue and white. I love that there are cats also imprinted on the insider of the tube; it’s just such a nice touch. I also love that the lipstick cases for this summer are plastic, rather than the usual cardboard paper. The paper ones are extremely flimsy and can’t really be reused or carried around with you, so these are much better.

Paul & Joe summer 2016 makeup collection review

The Face & Colour Colour Palettes (C$36) are also new and limited edition for summer 2016. The palettes are infused with skin conditioning and hydrating ingredients, such as Orange Flower Water, White Lily Extract, Jojoba Seed Oil, Rosemary extract and Rose Canina Fruit Extract. It comes in three coordinated palette variations: Sunshine & Sand (001), Coral Garden (002) and Come Sail Away (003). The shade I have above is Coral Garden, which features a beauty coral shimmery shade that would make a good blush/highlighter, a bright rose-pink shade, and a light, warm-toned brown. This palette is perfect as a quick travel contour/blush palette as well, because you can use the brown as a quick contour, the rose pink as a blush, and the coral as a highlighter.

Paul & Joe summer 2016 makeup collection review

The packaging of the Face & Colour Colour Palettes is very whimsical. They are made out of paper though, which again is not the most sturdy.

Paul & Joe summer 2016 makeup collection review

Lastly, the Paul & Joe Silky Pressed Powder (C$48) received a new limited edition compact case for summer 2016. It is house in a retro, beach-inspired compact, with a soft, fluffy white compact puff. The limited edition Silky Pressed Powder comes in two shades 01, a pale, pink hue to improve complexion and emphasize clarity; and 02, a multi-beige shade that matches and enhances any skin tone. The shade I have above is 01, and it’s fantastic for brightening the skintone. It does not provide any coverage though, so you’ll have to wear a foundation or BB cream underneath to cover any pores or imperfections.

Paul & Joe summer 2016 makeup collection review

The limited edition Silky Pressed Powder also comes with a limited edition silky pouch to help carry the rest of your beach essentials.

Paul & Joe summer 2016 makeup collection review

I’m a big fan of Paul & Joe Beaute, and I’m very happy to see that the summer 2016 collection is again an outstanding one. I would highly recommend checking out the cat lipsticks, as well as the Face & Eye Colour Palettes. If you’re in need of a face powder, the Silky Pressed Powder is a good option.

Paul & Joe Beaute Come Sail Away collection for summer 2016 is available either now, or very soon, at select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques (listed below), online at beautyboutique.ca, and at Beauty Court in Richmond and Burnaby. Make sure to check your store often because these collection sell out super quickly, especially the cat lipstick!

Toronto/GTA
• 2223 Bloor Street West
• 5576 Yonge Street
• 2345 Yonge Street
• 9350 Yonge Street, Hillcrest Mall, Richmond Hill

Montreal
• 1122 Rue Sainte Catherine Ouest

Ottawa
• 50 Rideau Street, Rideau Centre

Vancouver
• 748 Burrard Street
• 3020 West Broadway
• 6060 Minoru Boulevard, Richmond Centre

Calgary
• 6455 Macleod Trails South Unit 24, Chinook Mall

Get your strongest hair yet with Hair Recipes

Hair Recipes Egg and Cognac bundle review

I colour treated my hair six times last year and ended up with damaged, frizzy hair, so this year my goal is to bring back some strength and shine to my hair. I was introduced to Hair Recipes earlier this year and I have to say – you need this! Hair Recipes is a haircare brand that harnesses the power of ingredients found right in your kitchen to help improve the texture of your hair. In the products, you’ll get the benefits of Egg, Beer, Wheat Germ, Lemon & Chamomile found in the Hair Recipes shampoos, combined with the Egg Yolk conditioner to create beautiful, strong hair.

I received a set of products for dry, dull, tired hair, and it was exactly what my hair needed. This bundle contains the Egg & Cognac Shampoo, the Egg Yolk Conditioner, and a bottle of Jojoba Oil for hair and scalp. The Egg & Cognac Shampoo is a thick shampoo that lathers very thickly, cleans extremely well, all without stripping. A little bit goes a long way, and even though I wash my hair once every 4-ish days now, I find that it still has enough power to wash off all the grime, grease, and my dry scalp flakes out of my hair. It never feels too harsh though, which is good because I don’t want a clarifying shampoo to damage my hair even more.

The Egg Yolk Conditioner is a thick, creamy conditioner that coats my hair really well and leaves it feeling ultra nourished. I am completely addicted to this product because it replenishes all the lost moisture from my hair, without weighing it down. My hair just ends up feeling stronger, like you know in those hair commercials where they swish the head around and the hair looks so sleek – that’s how I think my hair looks!

My usual hair routine before trying Hair Recipes has been shampoo, conditioner, and apply some kind of hair serum or oil, but with the Egg & Cognac Shampoo + Egg Yolk Conditioner combo, my hair has been so shiny, and healthy, even without the use of any hair serums or oils. The jojoba oil I received in my package is great for dry hair and replenishing dry scalp as well. I haven’t use this on my scalp, just because I don’t want my hair to turn into a greasy mess, and a little goes a very long way on the ends of my hair. Even then, I rarely use this because the shampoo and conditioner alone are enough.

Just so you don’t think I’m full of raves for haircare products – right before I received this bundle from Hair Recipes, I was using another salon professional haircare brand I received and I absolutely despised it. It was designed for coloured and damaged hair, but it was so lightweight that I felt like I didn’t apply any conditioner, and the shampoo was also such a lightweight that it didn’t clean my hair properly… I only used that set of products maybe 3-4 time before switching to Hair Recipes and I won’t be looking back at all.

You can purchase Hair Recipes products online.

Hair Recipes Egg and Cognac bundle review

Review + swatches + Look – Givenchy Summer Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder, and Les Saisons Mister Radiant Bronzer

Givenchy Summer 2016 Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder review

For summer 2016, the House of Givenchy is introducing two new products to help you achieve a healthy glow. Givenchy Summer Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder and Les Saisons Mister Radiant Bronzer are new for April, 2016.

Givenchy Summer 2016 Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder review

The Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder (C$60) is a relaunch of a popular prior year formula. This Healthy Glow Powder is a gel powder that’s talc-free and goes on like second skin. The two new shades for 2016 are 01 Premiere Saison and 03 Ambre Saison, both of which I have to show you. I wouldn’t exactly call these bronzers, but depending on your skin tone, you can use these either as an all over powder, or as a bronzer. Both of these are matte with a bit of a satiny glow, so you get that healthy glow without artificial shimmer or glitter.

Givenchy Summer 2016 Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder review

The shade 01 Premiere Saison is a great match for my light skintone and offers an incredible wash of colour that warms up my entire complexion. I wear this as an all-over powder, either alone or over foundation. The talc-free gel powder texture is pretty cool – you don’t get dusty powder flyaway, and the powder adheres and just completely melts into the skin. There’s absolutely no streakiness or powdery look here. 03 Ambre Saison is a dark colour, and I can use this either as a bronzer, or something with a darker complexion can wear is as an all over powder.

I’m also completely in love with this packaging as well. You get a very sleek, modern black compact with rose gold details. It doesn’t come with a sponge or brush, so it’s not the most travel friendly, but if you wanted to pack your own sponge, there’s a black plastic tray that sits on top of the powder that would allow you to separate a thin sponge from the powder.

Givenchy Summer 2016 Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder review

Givenchy is also introducing the new Les Saisons Mister Radiant Bronzer (C$48). This is pretty cool – you basically get coloured bronzer spheres suspended in a clear gel. There are both bronze-toned and gold-toned colour spheres so that you get multidimensional colour, once the spheres are blended out. The texture of the gel is lightweight, and slightly cooling. A little bit goes a long way, and you’re able to get a very natural-looking glow with each use. It washes off, and does not tint the skin, so you can change up your look day by day.

Givenchy Les Saisons Mister Radiant Bronzer review

I really love the Healthy Glow Powders, and I can see myself using this to touch up my face during the day because it brings some energy and life back to my complexiopn. The Mister Radiant Bronzer is something I probably wouldn’t use every day, but it would be great for when you have more time to spend on your makeup for a special occasion.

Both the Healthy Glow Powder and the Mister Radiant Bronzers are available now at Sephora.

Swatches

Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder in 01 Premiere Saison and 03 Ambre Saison, and Les Saisons Mister Radiant Bronzer

Givenchy Summer 2016 Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder and Mister Radiant Bronzer swatches

The look

Wearing Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder in 01 Premiere Saison on face

Givenchy Summer 2016 Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder and Mister Radiant Bronzer

Gadget review – FOREO ISSA Silicone Toothbrush with Sonic Pulse Technology

FOREO ISSA Hybrid review

A few months ago, I was contacted by the representatives at FOREO to try out their products. I was really curious about the LUNA but I already have lots of face cleansing gadgets so I thought to try my hand at the ISSA. The FOREO ISSA is an electric toothbrush that features Sonic Pulse Technology with an all silicone brush.

They recently also launched the Hybrid brush head, which features a combination of medical-grade silicone and PBT polymer bristles for a deeper clean. The basic gist is that because the silicone is ultra soft, it is very gentle on your gums, while still keeping your teeth clean as the plaque and other gross mouth stuff sticks onto the silicone. The silicone environment also makes it hard for bacteria growth, so it is also a hygienic option. The entire ISSA device is waterproof, so you can use it in the bath, during your shower, or wherever else you brush your teeth.

I received the ISSA with both the regular silicone brush head, as well as with the Hybrid brush head, in the girly Lavender colour, which I am loving. This is also a good time to mention that I absolutely ADORE my Philips Sonicare Diamondclean toothbrush that I purchased about three years ago and still love to death. I have very sensitive gums that bleed a lot if I use a normal toothbrush, so I like to look for these gentler alternatives that still keep my teeth clean.

FOREO ISSA Hybrid review

I tried the normal silicone brush head first, but I just felt like my teeth were not clean and I constantly had a layer of grime on top of my teeth. It was a huge step down from the Sonicare, and just a big shock for me as I switched toothbrushes. I switched over to the Hybrid brush head and since then, I haven’t looked back. The Hybrid brush head, while still gentle, provides a much deeper clean than the full silicone brush head because it has the PBT bristles in the centre of the brush head, so while the outer rim is still silicone to help protect and gently massage your gums, the inner centre bit gives you a very nice, deep clean without any gum damage.

With the Sonicare, you just gently glide the brush head around the mouth, applying little to no pressure, to get a very deep clean. However with the ISSA, you basically use it like a normal toothbrush, applying pressure and also moving it from side to side and up and down. There is a very gentle sonic pulse sensation, but it’s not strong like the Sonicare where you can’t keep your mouth open when you’re brushing your teeth, so the learning curve on the ISSA is a lot lower than for the Sonicare.

FOREO ISSA Hybrid review

The handle is ergonomic, and the brush itself is a lot more lightweight compared to the Sonicare. The good thing is, while the brush heads are C$24.90-29.90 each, you only need to replace it once a YEAR, or whenever you feel it’s worn out. I’ve been using mine for a few months now and I don’t see signs of wear at all. You might be thinking wow that’s really gross, but again the silicone prevents bacteria growth, and the bristles are very high quality so it doesn’t wear out as fast as conventional toothbrushes.

Overall, I think the FOREO ISSA is a great option for those who have sensitive gums but still want deeply clean teeth. I’ve been using mine for the last few months and I can see myself continuing to use this in the coming future. Even though my Sonicare basically lives right next to my ISSA on the bathroom counter, I still only reach for my ISSA each morning.

You can purchase the FOREO ISSA at Sephora and Murale locations across Canada for C$229, plus $24.90-$29.90 for the replacement brush head.

FOREO ISSA Hybrid review

Hassle-free makeup with Blinc, featuring the Mascara Amplified, Eyebrow Mousse, Eye Shadow Primer and Eyeliner Pencil #thinkblinc

Review of Blinc mascara, eye shadow primer, eyeliner, and eyebrow mousse

A few weeks ago, I was offered the opportunity to try out Blinc, a brand that focuses on developing products that are smudge-proof, sweat-proof, water-resistant, and flake-proof, while at the same time being easy to remove. Founded in 1999, this brand is ideal for those with active lifestyles (ex. long work hours, gym, golf, tennis, yoga, etc…), sensitive eyes (ex. Allergies, laser eye surgery, etc…), oily skin (oily skin does not affect or remove blinc eye cosmetics), living in harsh climates (blinc doesn’t budge for neither rain, nor sleet or snow), wear contact lenses or Glasses (no flaking = no issues), wear false lashes & lash extensions (our products do not breakdown glues), and those who want hassle-free products (those that don’t want to worry about re-applying or even sleeping with it on).

Blinc’s Eye Shadow Primer conceals imperfections & contains anti-ageing benefits of diminished fine lines (by 67% after just six weeks) and increasing skin moisture (by 53% after just one week). The shade I have is Light Tone, which is a good enough match to my eye lids. This primer is creamy but offers enough time to blend out with a brush before drying down completely. The colour is great because it helps to brighten my eyelid area while still providing priming benefits. I’m a fan of the wand applicator as it deposits just enough colour on each eyelid. I wore this under some Tom Ford eyeshadow, and despite my oily eye lids, my eye makeup managed to stay put for more than eight hours, with minor smudging at around hour ten. The only downside is that this primer is not sticky, i.e., if your eyeshadow has a lot of fallout or glitter, this won’t help it stay put.

Blinc’s Eyeliner Pencil claims to offer superior staying power and versatility because of its waterproof, smudge-proof and fade-proof formula that is also infused with antioxidants & vitamins (to help firm and condition skin while you wear it). The shade I have is Black. The formula is very creamy, depositing a good amount of colour in just one swipe. It dries down quickly so that it doesn’t smudge all over the place, making it ideal for use close to the lash line or even in the waterline. Pencil liners smudge like no tomorrow on me, but in combination with the Eye Shadow Primer, this Eyeliner Pencil wore for more than eight hours with just minimal smudging.

Review of Blinc mascara, eye shadow primer, eyeliner, and eyebrow mousse

Blinc’s Mascara Amplified offers buildable, glamourous volume & length that stays on as long as you want it to. The shade I have is Black. Sadly the flagship product of this brand is my least favourite. I have very finnicky Asian lashes that are stick straight and sparse. I also have monolids which make them look a lot shorter than they are, so I need a very volumizing, lengthening mascara that is curl-holding and also does not smudge. The good thing is, this did not smudge and was also very easy to remove with just some warm water and gentle rubbing. The sad thing is I felt like this was not volumizing, lengthening, or curl-holding.

The Blinc Eyebrow Mousse is a nourishing eyebrow makeup delivering flawless looking brows with vibrant color that stays in place all day, looking natural, without feeling stiff or crunchy. The shade I have is Light Brunette, which is too light for me and I end up having to overapply to get the same colour intensity as I would my normal brow makeup. Because I end up applying more, I do feel like it’s quick crunchy. The colour Dark Brunette would probably be a better fit for my colouring. Alternatively, I’ll end up using this as a brow finisher after I apply my usual brow pencil.

I highly recommend trying out the Eye Shadow Primer and Eyeliner Pencil. The Eyebrow Mousse is a nice concept but I didn’t have the right colour. I did not like the Mascara Amplified, which is disappointing because the brand is known for their mascaras.

You can purchase Blinc at Sephora.

Review + swatches + look – MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick

MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick review and swatches

MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Sticks (C$30) will be available at MAC counters, stores, and online on May 19, 2016. These Pro Longwear Colour Sticks are long wearing with impactful colours, claiming medium-to-full coverage in just a single swipe. MAC also claims that you can use these as a thick liner, or as all over colour.

MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick review and swatches

I have four shades to share with you today – Flat White, Madly Sunny, Soft Steel, and Iris Eyes. Flat White is a matte, creme white; Madly Sunny is a matte, creme chartreuse; Soft Steel is a metallic taupe; and Iris Eyes is a metallic light, blue grey with silver pearl. Pigmentation of these Pro Longwear Colour Sticks indeed is very good, all of these swatches were made with just one swipe. The texture is also relatively soft, with the metallic shades softer and easier to apply than the matte, creme shades. I found the creme shades to be drier, and tugged a bit when applying on the eyelids.

The biggest issue I had with these Pro Longwear Colour Sticks was that they did not like to blend out on the lid. I applied these straight-from-the-bullet onto my eyelids, and then proceeded to blend them out right away with a fluffy brush, and within those 3 seconds, the colour had pretty much already set. I tried to go back over it a few times with more colour but it just made it worse because the colour ended up applying very patchy.

Overall I wouldn’t recommend these, there are much better eyeshadow crayon sticks on the market now that are similarly priced but perform much better.

MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick review and swatches

The swatches

MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stickin Flat White, Madly Sunny, Soft Steel, and Iris Eyes

MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick review and swatches

The look

Wearing Soft Steel all over the eyelids, and Iris Eyes to line the lower lash line

MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick review and swatches
MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick review and swatches
MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick review and swatches