LIP CARE | A tale of two lip balms from Bite Beauty

Bite Agave Lip Mask in Lavender and Maple review

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Masks are my absolute favourite lip product to use. I have several tubes that I keep next to my bed, in my travel case, etc. The first one I purchased was the Maple version, which contains maple syrup and is a bronze tint. I also have the regular formula, and the Lavender. I purchased the Lavender because it just felt like such an awesome combination – night-time lip mask + lavender oil, what could go wrong? Well I was too optimistic, because the Lavender Agave Lip Mask completely ruined my lips.

I always suffered from a case of dry lips, which is why I was drawn to this product in the first place. The Maple version is an absolutely godsend, very nourishing, softening, and is just fantastic as a night-time mask because it is thicker than the other lip masks, which means that when I wake up in the morning, my lips are still very well protected. The Lavender version, on the other hand, is thinner, more gel-like, and a milky lavender tint. I used the Lavender religiously when I first got it, but I’d always continue to have dry, peeling lips. I thought it was just my lips being dry like normal so I applied more of it.

For a few months, I misplaced the Lavender lip mask, and went on to use something else (my other staple, the Nuxe Reve de Miel). My lips slowly went back to normal, no longer peeling or super dry. Well recently I re-discovered the Lavender lip mask, and just after two nights, my lips were back to being very dry, peeling, and cracked. It was horrible, and made me super scared to even use the Maple one. Unfortunately the Reve de Miel wasn’t helping very much either because my lips were THAT bad, so one night I decided to take the plunge and try to see if the Maple lip mask will help. I mean, it can’t get worse right? Thankfully, it paid off because the Maple one really helped to bring back that lost moisture to my lips. It was so nourishing, that the dry, peeling skin on my lips were just sliding off, revealing fresh skin underneath. A month after my dry lip fiasco, my lips still aren’t back to normal, but they are significantly better than they were when it first happened. I love the Maple lip mask, and it’s one of my absolute beauty staples.

If you are looking for a lip balm / mask, I highly recommend the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask in Maple. The regular one is good but not as nourishing. The Lavender one is a hard skip – stay away from that one!

I’m always on the lookout for new lip balms to try. If you have any recommendations, please do tell!

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HAIRCARE | Kerastase launches at Sephora

Kerastase Specifique and Discipline review

I rarely do these types of “announcement” posts because I’d rather focus my time on reviews, but I honestly think this is such big news that I want to share it with you. As of September, Kerastase has launched at Sephora Canada, both in store and online. Kerastase has become one of my favourite haircare brands.

I started using Kerastase in 2013 and it has been a constant in my shower ever since. The brand truly knows hair, and has developed so many different ranges to customize that perfect haircare for your specific needs. I use several lines from the brand depending on the state of my hair and how I want it to look and feel. The two that I’ve been using constantly in the spring / summer are the Specifique for dry/sensitive scalp, and Discipline to smooth unruly hair.

Specifique is amazing for my hair because I have dry scalp and a lot of shampoos tend to dry it out. I find SLS-free shampoos to be overly gentle on my hair, especially because I only wash it every 5 or so days, so it doesn’t necessary do a good job at cleaning. The Specifique dry scalp shampoo is gentle but still great at cleaning. I was recently on a trip to Europe where I brought along another shampoo / conditioner with me and it was just terrible – it didn’t rinse out properly and my hair felt greasy and dry at the same time. I came home and immediately used Specifique on my hair and it immediately helped. In place of conditioner, I use the Specifique dry scalp hair mask, which is a gel texture hair mask that is super lightweight but very hydrating. It keeps my hair smooth and feeling comfortable all week-ish long until my next wash.

Discipline (review here) is great is you love that smooth, sleek hair look. I don’t have super frizzy hair but I do love very sleek hair, so that is what I use. It is also great for combatting static on very dry fall / winter days. It was one of the first lines I discovered from Kerastase, and also the range that made me fall in love with the line.

Lastly, I’ve also been using the Aura Botanica (review here) but only in the winter. This is an all natural haircare range from the brand that is ultra nourishing. During the spring / summer months, I find the whole range a bit too nourishing for me, but I love to use the dry oil whenever my hair needs a boost.

Yes this brand is extremely pricey, but if you know me, I love my luxury anything. Also since I only wash my hair every 5 days (or longer if I can get away with it), each bottle lasts me a very long time. If you think about it, your hair is one of those things that doesn’t regenerate (if you wear it long). Skin, if you get acne or dry spots, it will regenerate over a few weeks / months and potentially go back to normal. But your hair, once damaged, will stay damaged unless you cut it off. Just my two cents!

You can find all of these products now at Sephora now!

Product mentioned in this post were provided by PR over time; all opinions are my own.

SKINCARE REVIEW | My 54 year-old mother uses La Prairie Skin Caviar


My apologies in advance for the abundance of La Prairie the last few months; I have a bit of a backlog right now on La Prairie product reviews. Because the products are so expensive, I did really want to make sure that we do a good test of everything before I write about it. I am super excited to share with you this story that I’ve been working on for a while.

This is actually the first part of my two part La Prairie Skin Caviar series because as I was working on this story, La Prairie actually reformulated their Luxe Cream using Caviar Premier, a new generation of their Caviar Extract. I will be writing about their new Luxe Cream, as well as the new Caviar Premier, in a separate post.

Basically about two Christmases ago, I received a beautiful La Prairie gift from the PR team containing their signature Skin Caviar products – the Skin Caviar Liquid Lift, the Luxe Lift Eye Cream, and the Luxe Cream. As the good daughter that I was / trying to be, I gifted this entire package to my mother in hopes that it would make a bigger difference on her skin (which then I would document and review for you on her behalf) than on my own. As the good frugal Asian mother that she is, she saved this package for a year and didn’t want to open it because it was so luxurious, until I told her that products expire so please use it.

Anyways, finally she started using it about nine months ago and she is absolutely enamoured with the products.

The Skin Caviar Liquid Lift (C$730 for 50mL) is one of La Prairie’s most iconic products. Housed in a beautiful blue bottle with a clear glass window that showcases this amazing caviar essence, it is quintessentially what La Prairie is all about. This is my mother’s favourite product out of all the three – the product has helped her significantly firm and contour her skin. Her skin texture also showed improvement, smoothing her lines and pores. She freaked out a bit at the price when I told her, but she said she will likely repurchase because it is that good. Even though it is a serum, it does come in a very generous 50mL bottle (most serums are 30mL) so if you think of it like that, it’s actually not bad value.

The Skin Caviar Luxe Lift Eye Cream (C$455 for 20mL) is an ultra luxurious eye cream that helps to firm and lift the eye contour area. Like the Skin Caviar Liquid Lift, this has been very effective at keeping my mother’s eye area looking fresh, hydrated, and smooth. The texture of the cream is rich but not heavy, a little tiny bit goes a very long way and the jar will last 4-6 months. She said that she really likes this but it’s not such a huge difference compared to other eye creams such that she would definitely need to repurchase. Similar to the Liquid Lift, the value is actually not bad because you receive 33% more product compared to other eye creams.

Lastly, the Skin Caviar Luxe Cream (C$600 for 50mL) is another classic La Prairie product, claiming to increase the skin’s firmness and elasticity, as well as smooth skin texture. This was the second favourite of the three products that my mom tried. She said that the texture was very rich and moisturizing, helping to fill in a lot of her fine lines and wrinkles, and also prevented new ones from forming. She used this morning and night, and said that a little bit goes a very long way (she’s still working her way through the last bits in the jar!). While she said this wasn’t as effective in firming and lifting as the Skin Caviar Liquid Lift, it still slightly firmed her skin and also prevented further aging.

Over the nine months that she was using this, I saw a significant improvement in my mom’s skin texture, brightness, and overall look. Her skin was brighter, firmer, more lifted, and more even-toned. I also saw a reduction in her fine lines. My mother has been using luxury skincare pretty much all her life (think Dior, Shiseido), but we saw the biggest difference and improvement with the La Prairie products.

Even though I did gift these products to my, I truly believe that anti-aging starts at any age. It is much easier to keep your skin smooth than to try to fix any wrinkles and fine lines later on. Think of your skin like a fresh sheet of paper – once you scrunch it up, it’s impossible to revert back to 100% smooth.

Hope this was a helpful review! Like I mentioned earlier, La Prairie recently reformulated their Skin Caviar Luxe Cream using Caviar Premier, a new generation of their patented Caviar Extract. I’ve been testing out the Luxe Cream Sheer (a lighter version of the Luxe Cream) and hope to have a review of this for you soon. So far only the Luxe Cream, Luxe Cream Sheer, and the Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask have been reformulated with the Caviar Premier, but hopefully we’ll see this trickle down into other Skin Caviar products as well.

You can pick up all of these products, as well as other La Prairie products, at Holt Renfrew.

Products received as a gift from PR; all opinions are my own.

SHOPPING | My August 2018 Sephora VIB Sale purchases

Helloooo I am back from Europe so I’m just slowing getting back into the grind of blogging. There are so many things coming out next month that I can’t wait to share with you, but first… my Sephora VIB sale purchases! I almost never share these purchases because I never go crazy and do those massive hauls that you see on other people’s blogs or Youtube channels. I usually pick up 1-2 basics each time there’s a sale and that’s all, which isn’t very exciting. That being said, I am crazy excited about one thing I did pick up this time that I NEED to tell you guys about it.

So the two things I picked up are the Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra-Gel Eye Patches and the FOREO LUNA (original) for Sensitive/Normal Skin. The latter, I am so excited about. I received a FOREO Luna Play from the Holt Renfrew media event in July 2017, and I started using it about a year ago and I absolutely love it.

The Luna Play is a tiny tiny (see size comparison here) non rechargeable version of the Luna that is fantastic for travel or for when you want to just try out the Luna system. There are SO many cleansing systems out there and it can get very overwhelming. I myself have tried four of the very popular ones on the market (Clarisonic, Clinique, Philips, and the Foreo) and everyone has different opinions about each one. They can get pretty pricey if you aren’t sure if a system will work for you, so the Luna Play is great to dabble in this system first before deciding to make the investment (and then you can just keep the Play for travel later). Basically it doesn’t come with an option to charge, but each factory fresh Luna Play will lasts you about 100 cleanses. I don’t use mine every night so one year later, it’s still going strong. It is very basic so it doesn’t even come with a timer, and it only has one speed setting, but it should work for most skins. I have slightly sensitive normal / dehydrated skin and the Luna Play has done wonders for my skin.

Anyways, the reason why I am so excited about the FOREO Luna purchase is because the original one is currently on sale for 30% off for $139 down from $199, and then you get the additional 15% off on top of that, which means the system ultimate ends up being 40% off the original price. This is the original Luna, not the Luna 2, but I did a bunch of research and basically determined that the different between the Luna 2 and the Luna isn’t significant enough for me to warrant paying $194 (post-discount) for the Luna 2, versus $118 for the Luna. If you’re looking for a good comparison post between the original and the Luna 2, here’s a great one.

I can’t wait to receive mine in the mail!

The PTR Eye Patches I’ve had in my Loves list for a while. My eye area is super dry, especially since I work at a computer all day and then winter is also coming (dun dun dunnnn), so I need something to alleviate the dryness and incoming fine lines. I haven’t used this yet but once I do, I’ll be sure to post my thoughts.

One last thing I wanted to mention. There has been a lot of noise out there in the beauty community about Youtubers and influencers accepting tens of thousands of dollars to post reviews and feature products in videos / posts. I just wanted to clarify again that:

  1. I have a full time job and I don’t rely on my blog to make money. In the last year, I’ve done a few sponsored posts but I would estimate my earnings for the entire period from January 2017 to now to be under $1,000. I also never actively pursue sponsored posts, only reacting to them if I receive an offer.
  2. I don’t use affiliate links. Obviously it’d be nice if you guys went out and bought stuff that I recommend, but I don’t have any interest in whether or not you do.
  3. I do receive PR samples to review and write about, but I have always been brutally honest with my reviews, especially as I don’t use affiliate links and I don’t have any interest in whether or not you end up buying.
  4. I started this blog as a side hobby to document my love for beauty, and I continue to strive to keep that up.

Thanks for letting me speak my mind here!

BODYCARE REVIEW | North American Hemp Co. Body Lotion

North American Hemp Co. Body Lotion review

Oh my goodness, the North American Hemp Co. Body Lotion is one moisturizing body lotion. I’ve been using this during the winter, and this is easily one of the heaviest body moisturizers I’ve ever used (even heavier than Body Shop’s Body Butter, yes, it is that heavy). It comes in a tall rectangular bottle with a pump, and two pumps is enough to spread over each of my legs. It is scented of warm coconuts, like the rest of the North American Hemp Co. line, and I absolutely love it after a long day out in the cold.

It is extremely moisturizing (like I repeated many times before), and takes a while for it to absorb – I would have to walk around my room for a few minutes before putting my pajamas on, otherwise it would transfer to my pajamas and I’d lose all of the moisturizing goodness. That is sometimes a bit annoying because it’s cold and I want to get wrapped up in my PJs but I can’t because my body lotion absorbs too slowly (#firstworldproblems).

The North American Hemp Co. Body Lotion features hemp seed oil as the SECOND ingredient on the ingredients list, right after water. In addition, it also ha sunflower oil, sweet almond oil, lime oil, grape seed extract, green tea extract, and so much more awesome ingredients (see the complete list below).

If you are in the market for a body moisturizer, or if you have extremely dry skin and need something that’s more than just silicones, I highly recommend you check out the North American Hemp Co. Body Lotion. It is affordable but extremely effective. You can purchase North American Hemp Co. products at London Drugs and other drugstores.

Ingredients:

North American Hemp Co. Body Lotion review

Product provided by PR; all opinions are my own.

SHOPPING | Sephora Favorites deluxe kits for travel and trying out new products!

C9EAE73E-4D2B-4D36-A28C-4A80A5F1266FSephora releases these amazing Sephora Favorites kits each season, with an abundance of them released in the summer in order to accommodate the summer travel season. I’ve been buying these kits for the last year and I highly recommend them as they are incredible value. Not only do you get several, very generously-sized deluxe samples to try out, they are also very travel friendly. You can either bring them with you on your travels, or use it as an opportunity to play with different brands for a low price.

There are kits made for skincare, hair, lip products, perfume, and also specific themes such as inner beauty. At the time of writing this post, there’s also a Clean Beauty one (might be sold out already by the time this is published… these kits go super fast!).

The one I ordered recently is The Ultimate Travel Bag (pictured). Everything came in a TSA-friendly clear pouch which is perfect for hauling everything around with you in your carry on. The price? Just US$40! The value of the Sunday Riley C.E.O. Serum itself is already $42.50, so you are essentially getting everything else for free. I plan on taking some products in my kit to Europe with me when I’m there in August, and then the rest of the products will go with me to Florida in November. Sadly, this kit sold out within a few days of being posted on the Sephora website.

Here’s the complete list of products included in the kit. Some of the products I’ve already tried in the past, so I’ve included some thoughts about it, others I have not tried.

  • 0.23 oz/ 7 mL Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm – amazing value, basically half of the full size which retails for $68. A tiny bit goes a very long way, very good for soothing and hydrating tired undereyes, great for preventing fine lines
  • 1.35 oz/ 40 mL Alterna CAVIAR Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo
  • 1.35 oz/ 40 mL Alterna CAVIAR Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Conditioner
  • 0.16 oz/ 5 mL AMOREPACIFIC The Essential Crème Fluid – very lightweight but very hydrating, love this for travel
  • 0.7 oz/ 20 g boscia Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask – didn’t find it very luminizing but definitely very fun to use!
  • 0.5 oz/ 15 mL boscia Tsubaki Swirl Two-Part Gel & Cream Deep Hydartion Moisturizer
  • 1 oz/ 30 mL Caudalie Beauty Elixir – really refreshing, not super hydrating, great for travel when you need a quick pick-me-up
  • 7 tablets HUM Nutrition Beauty zzZz Sleep Supplement
  • 0.5 oz/ 15 mL LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask – amazing for when you are on the plane and want to prevent your skin from drying out.
  • 1 oz/ 30 mL Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash
  • 0.81 oz/ 24 mL Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream – LOVE THIS CREAM! Smells amazing and is super moisturizing and nourishing, but dislike the shimmers in the cream
  • 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum
  • 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40

Sadly, the availability is different on Canadian and US Sephora. The Canadian one has fewer kits (there are only six on Canadian Sephora compared to 21 on US Sephora), and even within the kits there are certain products missing (for example any SPF products that aren’t sold in Canada, such as Supergoop). If you are near a Sephora store in Canada, you might find certain kits that are either not available or already sold out online. If you have access to a US mailing address, I highly recommend that you order these directly from the US Sephora site for the biggest selection.

Highly recommend Sephora Favorites!

NEW SKINCARE | Anti-aging serums and moisturizers from Estee Lauder, Dior and Clarins

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I am totally obsessed with anti-aging products right now. I’ve getting more and more fine lines under my eyes so I’m really conscious about trying to prevent them from spreading to the rest of my face. Today I have a few brand new anti-aging products to share with you, including four new serums and two new moisturizers. Serums are my favourite part of my skincare routine because you can mix and match your serum to target certain concern areas. Moisturizers are also fun to use because it helps to seal off your serum underneath, and applying that moisturizer can also be a very therapeutic experience as you press and massage the product into your skin.

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The Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Rapid Firm + Lift Treatment (C$100 for 30mL) is a patented serum from Estee Lauder that targets your entire face – lifting and firming the jawline, cheeks, and laugh lines. It contains AHAs to help exfoliate your skin, as well as an exclusive peptide Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 that helps to boost the skin’s collagen and elastin production. It has a very light fluid milky gel texture that absorbs really quickly and will immediately smooth the look of fine lines on the skin’s surface. It does have some silicones in its ingredients list, so that it has that immediate smoothing effect. In addition, it contains some ingredients that give you an immediate “glow,” i.e. subtle shimmers, so I’ve been enjoying this more-so during the day than at night.

I really like this serum for its smoothing effect. I have also noticed a bit of firming around my jawline. That being said, I don’t particularly enjoy silicones in my skincare, especially at the serum step, because I find that other products don’t penetrate my skin as well. If you have combination or oily skin, I can actually see this as being a great moisturizer / last step before sunscreen. It is lightly hydrating and is a great option for a daytime summer hydrator for those who don’t need as much hydration.

You can pick up Estee Lauder products at The Bay and Holt Renfrew.

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The Dior Capture Youth Lift Sculptor Age-Delay Lifting Serum (C$120 for 30mL) is one of five serums newly released with the new Capture Youth collection. You can use the Capture Youth Serums alone as a serum, mixed in with the Capture Youth moisturizer, or create your own serum cocktail by mixing and matching with other serums from the line.  The three that I have are the Plump Filler, Glow Booster, and Lift Sculptor.

  • The Lift Sculptor is rich in polyphenols derived from tea. The Lift Sculptor feels kind of like a liquid honey in my hands. It is lightweight but still rich. It feels slightly smoothing but I haven’t felt any obvious lifting.
  • The Plump Filler is a good-ish hyaluronic acid serum. It does its job, albeit with a bit of a silicone-y feel. For a hyaluronic acid serum, it is a bit on the pricey side so I’m not sure I would recommend it. There are many good hyaluronic acid serums on the market that won’t break the bank. That being said, if you are planning to create your own serum cocktail, it may be better to stick with the Capture Youth version because they have been formulated to complement each other.
  • The Glow Booster is pretty amazing – it’s very lightweight and fluid, almost like an essence serum. It soaks into my skin so quickly and doesn’t cause irritation, despite it being an exfoliating serum. I only use this at night, and it feels amazing layered underneath either the Plump Filler or the Lift Sculptor.

The other two serums are Matte Maximizer, a mattifying serum; and Redness Soother, a neutralizing serum for those with skin redness. I actually have quite a bit of redness in my cheeks so I would be interested in trying that one. The Matte Maximizer would be amazing for those with oily skin, or if you are going on vacation in the summer and don’t want to touch up your skincare!

You can pick up Dior products from The Bay and Holt Renfrew.

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Clarins Extra-Firming is one of the world’s top selling anti-aging moisturizers; three creams are sold every minute around the world! For Spring 2018, Clarins has reformulated this cult classic with the addition of the kangaroo flower, a groundbreaking ingredient that increase the skin’s regeneration capacity. The goal is skin that resists stretching, resists pressure, and bounces back into shape.

It comes in Day and Night Creams, each in two formulations – for all skin types or for very dry skin types. You can see below the different textures applied on the back of my hand, from top to bottom: day cream for all skin types, day cream for dry skin, night cream for dry skin, and then night cream for all skin types. The night cream for dry skin is incredibly nourishing and super rich, perfect for when you have heating or air conditioning on at night and need something that packs an extra punch.

I have the “all skin types” version and they work very well for me in this warmer climate. I layer these over a serum, such as one of the Dior Capture Youth Serum, and it gives my skin an amazing boost of hydration and lifting. My feels feels and looks glowy and more plump. I don’t think you necessarily have to purchase both the day and night versions, but of course if you are looking to give your skincare routine an overhaul, Clarins Extra-Firming could be a good option. Of the two, I prefer the Night Cream better in terms of texture because I do love thicker creams.

You can pick up Clarins Extra-Firming products at The Bay and Sephora.

Product provided by PR for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

SKINCARE | Three products to create the ultimate glowy skin base

6E669361-20E1-42F6-8A1A-85D5AC934052I’ve usually been a more satin-matte skin girl, but recently I’ve been completely obsessed with glowy skin. I’m talking about the lit-from-within healthy dewy, almost wet skin look. I’ve been powdering way less than I usually do, and I just feel like this type of skin makes me look healthier, especially because my skin can look quite sallow or dull from working in an office all day.

The first product is one of the OG products that got me hooked on the glowy skin look, which is the May Lindstrom The Youth Dew (US$140 for 30mL). I purchased this product around two years ago and only use it off and on when I need a boost of glow. Every time I use it, though, I forget how amazingly glowy my skin looks after. It is a golden oil created from a base of avocado oil as well as a blend of beautiful botanical oils, and Coenzyme Q10. Compared to the other facial oils in my rotation, this one is actually a bit heavier than the others, so it takes a few minutes to sink in (I give it a bit of help by spraying on some The Jasmine Garden before I apply the oil to my face). Once its sunk it, it does give my skin the most beautiful lit from within boost.

The next product is an incredible cleanser that I use in the mornings – the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser* (C$105 for 120mL) is my favourite Tata Harper product and also one of my favourite all-time cleansers. It is kind of like a more sophisicated and more refined version of the St. Ives Apricot Scrub. It smells absolutely amazing and uses both chemical and physical exfoliants to rid my skin of dead skin cells, revealing refreshed skin. One extra step I’ve been taking is layering on a bit of the Resurfacing Mask* on top of the cleanser (don’t rinse in between), leave it on for 10-15 minutes until dry, and then rinse off to reveal even more glowy skin. I don’t particularly love the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask on its own, but with the Regenerating Cleanser it’s pretty amazing. I have repurchased this, so I’m not saying it just because I received it!

Last, and my newest discovery, is the By Terry Cellularose Brightening CC Serum (C$115 for 30mL). I picked this up recently because it was promoted by Lydia Elise Millen in her Cult Beauty Box (which sadly sold out before I could check out), who uses it in place of foundation on weekends when she wants something to slightly smooth out her skin texture and tone without coverage. I’ve been using this both alone and under foundation, and I really love it. It comes in four different shades for different purposes – I picked up Apricot Glow, which is a peachy shade that is good for neutralizing redness. Alone, it does a great job at giving my skin just a bit of apricot tint and also a bit of glow, and underneath foundation it helps to give my skin more depth. For a cosmetic product, it is pretty expensive, but it does contain some rose extracts which is has skincare boosting properties. Also, I love roses and I love the fact that my skin smells like roses all day!

Are you more of a matte girl or glow girl? Which products do you use to help create that ultimate glow?

Products with a * were provided by PR, the rest were purchased by me.

SNEAK PEEK | Charlotte Tilbury releases for fall 2018, including Pillow Talk Luxury Palette, swatches and MOREEEE

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk collection, including Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Luxury Eye Palette and Pillow Talk Cheek to Chic Blush

I saw these photos on Instagram of the new Charlotte Tilbury collection that is coming out later this fall and I am OBSESSED. I LOVE my Charlotte Tilbury and every time she releases something, my heart just skips a beat. They were on Instagram stories so I wanted to make sure that I saved all of the photos (and SWATCHES) so that all Charlotte-obsessed fans out there, like me, can have something to look forward to!

The main thing that I am super excited about is the Pillow Talk collection, which includes Pillow Talk Cheek to Chic blusher and a Pillow Talk Luxury Palette!!! Charlotte’s Luxury Eye Palette’s are my absolute go-to eye palette whenever I want to create a fool-proof look, and even though most of them are “neutrals,” they all very different and create very different neutral, but still amazing eye looks.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Luxury Eye Palette swatches

Next we have some new concealer! The Magic Away Concealer comes in 16 different shades and this looks to be Charlotte’s first full coverage concealer. The shade range is pretty impressive, going from very very fair and even white, to very dark.

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Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer swatches of all shades

Next, we have some Star Lips. These appear to be sheer lip balms with a glossy finish.

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Lastly, we have another long multi-look palette – the Stars-in-your-Eyes Palette. Similar to the Instant Eye palette, this one comes with four different eye looks in one long palette. Different from the Instant Eye Palette is that this one is more pink-toned, whereas the original is very neutral.

 

Charlotte Tilbury Stars-in-your-Eyes Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Stars-in-your-Eyes Palette swatches

Hopefully this gives all Charlotte fans something to look forward to in the coming months. I already have a few items on my to-buy list. I love both of the original Pillow Talk products. The lip liner is my go-to, and I also picked up the lipstick TWICE because I misplaced my first one (it was still brand new too!).

Photos are courtesy of Glamalyst on Instagram, who reposted it from someone else (may have been reposted a few times actually).

SHOPPING | My top favourite brands and products, available at Holt Renfrew

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So by now you’ll already know that I am a major luxury shopper and I buy a lot of my stuff from Holt Renfrew, a luxury department store in Vancouver that also has locations across Canada. Some of the brands I talk about extensively on my blog are also available at Holts, so I wanted to give you a mini shopping guide, of sorts, of the products and brands I love that are also available under one roof.

The full disclosure is that yes I do work with Holts sometimes and I get invited to their events. BUT if you know me in real life, you’ll know that I actually work two blocks away from the Vancouver store and it also happens to be on my way home (on the way to the skytrain…) so I actually shop quite extensively here. During their May/June designer sale, I’d actually come here every day after work to check out shoes and other sale items. This post is absolutely not sponsored, I really just go there a lot.

1. Charlotte Tilbury

It’s no secret that Charlotte Tilbury makes some of my favourite makeup products. My top picks include Filmstar Bronze & Glow, the Luxury Eye Palettes in the Dolce Vita* and the Vintage Vamp*, KISSING Lipstick in Bitch Perfect, Lip Liner in Pillow Talk*, as well as the combination of Magic Cream + Wonder Glow* + Light Wonder Foundation*. I recently broke the highlighter pan in my Filmstar Bronze & Glow. It still works but I just can’t take it around with me anymore since the powder spills out. Well I love that so much that I ended up picking up a replacement to take around with me because I need my glow on the go!

2. Christian Louboutin Beaute

I love Christian Louboutin lip products. They are such a luxurious splurge but oh so worth it. Since it’s summer, I’ve been wearing the Sheer Voile Lip Colour in Mexicatchy* all the time. Not only does the formula and colour look beautiful, the packaging is also such a statement piece.

3. La Prairie

Okay do I need to say more about my love for La Prairie? The products are insanely luxurious but it’s such a wonderful experience whenever you use them. My top picks are the Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation* and the Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil*. Both of these are on the lower end of the price spectrum for La Prairie, and both of these also last you FOREVER in terms of usage, so you actually get pretty good value for your money (despite it being luxury products).

4. AmorePacific

The first brand that introduced me to the world of ultra luxury skincare, AmorePacific is a Korean brand that specializes in using green tea extracts to achieve skin goals. I love their Time Response products, which are an ultimate splurge, but the texture and skin benefits really outweigh the price. I have travel sizes that I take around with me whenever I travel, and I simply love how amazing they make my skin feel and look. For a slightly less pricey (but still very pricey) alternative, the Future Response line is also great. Their skin basics, such as cleansers and toners have been long-standing favourites in my skincare routine. While I test out many products, every few years I will return to AmorePacific and the results are always just as I expected.

5. Sulwhasoo

Korean luxury beauty brand Sulwhasoo is owned by AmorePacific and specializes in ginseng-based skincare. I’ve only tried a few products from the brand but so far I’ve been very impressed! The First Care Activating Serum* is a greater starter serum for anyone looking to venture into this brand. I’ve also had very good luck with the Snowise Brightening Mask* to give me luminous skin before an event or when my skin is looking particularly sallow.

6. Givenchy Beauty

OH MY GOD. I was so happy when I found out Givenchy Beauty was launching at Holt Renfrew. You can now pick up the entire line of makeup products here, as well as their line of Atelier Haute Parfumerie collection. I’ve been buying Givenchy Beauty from Sephora for years but the line wasn’t that widely available, and it was always hard to find stock / good testers, as well as people who knew the line. I was invited to the media launch of this when it opened early June, but of course I went back a few days later to pick up one of their new Le Rouge Liquide lipsticks. SO MUCH LOVE!

You can purchase all of these products at Holt Renfrew (duh). Next time you’re in Vancouver, make time to browse their beauty floor, which is amazing and YUUUGE. I love spending time browsing the different counters and playing with all the new products.

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these and what your thoughts are!

Certain products were gifted or provided by PR for review consideration; these are marked with a *. Most products I’ve tried from these brands were purchased by me. All opinions are my own.