Review + swatches – Givenchy Spring 2017 Couture Edition Prism Libre and Le Rouge

Givenchy Spring 2017 Couture Edition Prism Libre and Le Rouge

Every season, Givenchy releases a limited edition Couture Edition of some of its most popular products, featuring prints right off the runway. I previously reviewed last season’s collection here, which features a gorgeous floral print. For Spring / Summer 2017, the Couture Edition features a print of mini white crosses (or plus signs) on a black background.

Givenchy Spring 2017 Couture Edition Prism Libre and Le Rouge
Givenchy Spring 2017 Couture Edition Le Rouge in shade #315 Framboise Velours review and swatches

The products in the collection as Prisme Libre in No. 1 Mousseline Pastel, and a re-release of a previously limited edition, and one of my all time favourite lipsticks Le Rouge in shade #315 Framboise Velours. The Prisme Libre features a vegan leather lid, and the Le Rouge lipstick is covered in genuine leather, both adorned with the limited edition print.

The Prisme Libre in No. 1 Mousseline Pastel (C$69) is a universally flattering variation that contains green, blue, soft peach, and purple-toned powder. I previously already reviewed the Prisme Libre powder here. The Le Rouge lipstick in #315 Framboise Velours (C$45) is a seriously gorgeous raspberry shade in a satin-matte finish.

Givenchy Spring 2017 Couture Edition Le Rouge in shade #315 Framboise Velours review and swatches
Givenchy Spring 2017 Couture Edition Le Rouge in shade #315 Framboise Velours review and swatches

I’ve said this time and time again – Givenchy’s Le Rouge lipstick is THE matte lipstick for those who don’t like the feel of matte lipsticks. It’s lightly hydrating, and looks so beautiful on without any of that shriveled lip look you often get with other mattes. Framboise Velours is a universally flattering blue-based raspberry that instantly brightens up any complexion and teeth. It was original launched with the fall 2014 collection, at the time in a limited edition berry leather case. I remember when I first went to the store to check out that collection, I had intended on purchasing Rose Plumetis, which is the rosy-nude shade that was released in the same collection. I tried on both Rose Plumetis and Framboise Velours, and instantly fell in love with how much Framboise Velours just brightened my skin overall. Of course I had to have it. Since then I’ve worn this countless times, and despite my massive lipstick collection, this shade continues to hold a very dear spot in my heart.

If you were to buy anything from the collection, I highly recommend picking up the limited edition Le Rouge in Framboise Velours. Your life will never be the same! This Couture Edition collection is available at Sephora (both in stores and online) as at April 20, 2017.

The swatches

Le Rouge lipstick in #315 Framboise Velours (left is the one from the fall 2014 collection, right is this year’s variation, basically the same, but I wanted to show you guys anyways).

Givenchy Spring 2017 Couture Edition Le Rouge in shade #315 Framboise Velours review and swatches
Givenchy Spring 2017 Couture Edition Le Rouge in shade #315 Framboise Velours review and swatches
Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Feature – Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Booster, Lip Booster, and Microfinishing Pressed Powder

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Booster, Lip Booster, and Microfinishing Pressed Powder review

Make Up For Ever recently expanded its Ultra HD range to include a few new products. I’ve previously reviewed the Ultra HD Foundation, the Ultra HD Stick Foundation, and the HD Powder. The new range is an extension of the Ultra HD line to include prep care and finishing products as well. The Ultra HD line was created because of the introduction of 4K videos where high definition goes to a whole new level. The new Ultra HD products include the Ultra HD Booster, the Ultra HD Lip Booster, and the Ultra HD Microfinishing Pressed Powder.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Booster review

The Ultra HD Booster (C$51 for 12mL) is my favourite product in the range. It’s a skin serum and primer all in one. It contains hyaluronic acid, and other ingredients which will boost your skin’s hydration level by a whopping 527%. The lightweight texture is incredible, absorbing quickly into the skin and really plumping it up. It leaves my skin feeling slightly tacky which makes my foundation adhere better. I can also apply this overtop my foundation if I am feeling a bit dry. I truly love this product for its versatility and how gentle it feels on my skin.

My only qualm is that the price is pretty insane. I go through hyaluronic acid serums like there’s no tomorrow, and this one only contains 12mL. Most serums are 30mL, so if you factor that into the price / value, this serum is pretty much $127 if you were to go through a similar volume as other serums on the market.

A pro tip is that you can also use this on top of your foundation to help boost hydration, and you can also mix this with your setting powder to help your foundation adhere better to areas like your nose where there may be problems with makeup sticking.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Lip Booster review

The Ultra HD Lip Booster (C$29) is another favourite discovery. It’s a plumping lip booster that harnesses the power of hyaluronic acid to plump up the lips, and not peppermint oil used in traditional lip volumizers. While I don’t notice that my lips are fuller, per se, they are significantly more hydrated and prepped for even the longest-wearing of lipsticks. It comes in a clear shade, which is what I have, and a universal pink that is a “my lips but better” shade. You can wear the universal pink on its own, and it’s the perfect everyday petal pink. The doe foot applicator on this one is also perfect, as it is very big and fluffy and deposits quite a bit of product.

A pro tip is that you can prep your lips using this before you start applying your makeup, leave it on until you’re ready to apply your lip product!

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing Pressed Powder review

Lastly, the Ultra HD Microfinishing Pressed Powder (C$45) is an extension of the original HD Pressed Powder, but now available in three shades – 1 (Translucent) for fair to light skin, or those who wear a 200 in the Ultra HD foundation range; 2 (Banana) for medium skintones, or those who wear a 300 in the Ultra HD range; and 3 (Peach) for tan to dark shades, or those who wear a 400 in the Ultra HD foundation range.

While I normally wear a 200, I picked the shade Banana because I’ve never used banana powder before. Even though it was designed for medium skintones, it works quite well on my skin to brighten and even out my skintone. I also love that the texture is so finely milled and smooth that it smooths out all of my imperfections and blurs out my skin, creating a real-life filter effect. Keeping in mind though, that this is a finishing powder and not a setting powder, so you should use another setting powder to set your powder, and then finish with a light dusting of the Microfinishing Pressed Powder.

A pro tip that I learned from the Make Up For Ever trainer was to use a fluffy powder brush, roll it across the powder so that the outside is covered, and then slowly roll the brush across your skin to create a light veil of colour without disturbing the rest of the makeup.

Overall I’m really happy with the new Ultra HD products. My tops picks are definitely the Booster and the Lip Booster (you know I’m a skincare junkie). You can pick up these Make Up For Ever products at Sephora stores, online, and at Make Up For Ever boutiques!

Product received as event gifts from PR for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review: Dior Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser, Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser, Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask, and Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme

Dior Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser, Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser, Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask, and Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme review

Dior Hydra LIFE Fresh Hydration Sorbet was one of the first high end moisturizers that I bought for myself almost 10 years ago when I was still a poor university student. I had grown up with my mom using exclusively Dior skincare and she has the most incredible skin. She always preached the importance of using quality skincare, so it was natural for me to look to Dior. Nearly 10 years later, for Spring 2017, Dior is revamping the Hydra LIFE line, including the introduction of a few brand new products. Today I have a few products from the line to share with you.

Dior Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser, Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser, Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask, and Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme review

Dior Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser (C$49) is an oil-based cleanser and makeup remover. Anyone with any skin type can benefit from this. It contains sweet almond extract to soften and moisturize the skin. You massage this into dry skin, dissolving makeup, pollution, and dirt on the skin. You apply a bit of warm water to emulsify the oil, creating a creamy milk which will rise away everything. You can use this on its own, or as a first step in a double cleanse routine.

Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser (C$49) is a foaming cleanser, appropriate for all skin types. It comes in a liquid, but comes with a foaming pump (similar to one you’d see in a foaming hand soap), so foam is dispensed out of the bottle. It is infused with white tea leaf extract, it’s a great cleanser to use as a second cleanse after the Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser. It’s lightweight, and leaves skin feeling clean and supple.

Dior Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser, Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser, Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask, and Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme review

Hydra LIFE Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask (C$79) is a balmy 3-minute rescue mask. It contains glycerin, jojoba, shea butter, white pine oil, hyaluronic acid and other nourishing botanical ingredients to intensely plump the skin, delivering moisture deep within the skin layers. The balmy texture makes it perfect for dry, normal, and combination skin types. You can massage this into the skin in the morning, or right before a big event for a quick skin pick-me-up.

Hydra LIFE Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme (C$82) is a lightweight gel creme that can benefit any skin type, including the most sensitive. It contains haberlea leaf extract, a humectant, and french mallow, which is has anti-inflammatory properties. I have very dehydrated skin, yet this sorbet is perfect for my skin during the day (I do wear a hydrating serum though, but I wear that with even the most hydrating of moisturizers). It feels really refreshing and lightweight, and absorbs almost instantly without any residue. It reminds me a bit of the Belif moisturizers, but slightly more refined.

Dior Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser, Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser, Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask, and Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme review

Dior Hydra LIFE is definitely worthy of everyone taking a look. This line is perfect for anyone in their teens to their mid-30s, or if as a transition from anti-acne products to anti-aging products. You can find Hydra LIFE products now at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, The Bay, Shopper’s Drug Mart Beauty Boutique, and other Dior counters across Canada.

Dior Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser, Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser, Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask, and Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme review

Ingredients:

Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser and Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser

Dior Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser and Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser ignredients

Hydra LIFE Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask and Hydra LIFE Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme

Dior Hydra LIFE Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask and Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme ingredients

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Experience: super affordable facial and massage at NIC Spa in Vancouver

Last week, I was invited to experience the ultra affordable NIC Spa in Vancouver. NIC Spa is a spa that was opened by New Image College, a training institution located in Downtown Vancouver for those aspiring makeup artists, aestheticians, and more. The people who work at the NIC Spa are fully accredited grads from New Image College, with the purpose of providing them additional experience and opportunities to grow in their careers. The NIC Spa is located on the premises of New Image College, conveniently located on Granville between Smithe and Nelson, just a few minutes from several skytrain stops.

The menu at NIC Spa is super simple. It offers facials, massages, and manicure and pedicures. The price point? $20 for each type of service. Yes you read that right, TWENTY friggin DOLLARS! I was invited to try out a facial and massage. My entire service lasted just under 2 hours, and it would have cost me around $200-300 at another spa, but at NIC Spa it would only be $40 (plus tax and tip, of course).

The treatment rooms are essentially the treatment rooms used for classroom teaching, and there are a number of beds in one room, with curtains dividing each bed. When I was there, there was no one else but me in the entire room, so it was quiet and private. The multi-bed rooms actually make it perfect for when you and your friends want to indulge in a spa party. While at most other spas, this wouldn’t be possible because there’s at most 2 beds in a room, you can seriously have a great time, perhaps for your friend’s bachelorette party?

My aesthetician was Doris. She started me face down for my massage first. I opted for an aromatherapy Swedish massage. Doris’s pressure was firm, and I could feel the stress relieved through my body. She definitely used copious amounts of oil to make sure that the strokes were smooth and easy on my body.

After she cleansed my skin and removed my makeup, she did a skin analysis to help identify the state of my skin and the type of treatment I needed. She and I both concluded that I have dry skin (surprise, surprise), and that I needed some extra hydration. In addition to an exfoliating mask, she also used a moisturizing mask, plus plenty of facial, neck, head, and shoulder massage. While I felt like she was a tiny bit rough compared to other facial experiences I had, I was still pretty happy with it just because of the affordability, and also my skin felt pretty damn nice after I left. The most important part of a facial is how effective it is, isn’t that right?

While I wouldn’t say it was the most luxurious or relaxing spa experience, it was seriously a fantastic value for just $20 for each service. I can opt to have an entire spa day, pampering my body, face, fingers, and toes, for under $100, and that’s amazing in a city where it’s becoming harder and  harder to afford anything but the necessities. I’ve recommended this spa to a number of my friends, and I can see myself gathering friends to come here for spa parties as well.

I highly recommend checking out NIC Spa, located at:
987 Granville St
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L3
Canada
(604) 685 8842

Book online here: http://www.nicspa.ca/book-online-2/

Services received complimentary of NIC Spa for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review + swatches – Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Collection

Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Collection review and swatches

My fingers are shaking as I’m typing this. I’m just so excited to share with you the Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Collection (C$90), a treasure kit of everything a cat lady loves. The star product is absolutely the vanity kit, which includes six adorable single Eye and Cheek powders in the shape of cats, a cat-head lipstick (it wears a top hat and has a mustache!), a travel box for the single shadows, and a very cute cat head makeup pouch, all housed inside an orange blossom-print jewelry vanity that can be reused to store your most precious makeup collectibles.

The Eye and Cheek shades are a nice mix of matte, satin and shimmers. The shades are: sky blue, bronzey taupe, bright pink, gold, charcoal, and light pink. They are quite sheer, and a bit chalky. The shimmers are also more dispersed rather than smooth shimmer. The quality of the powders themselves are quite average. The lipstick is a beautiful coral shade, and has the texture of a gel-like lipstick with medium coverage.

Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Collection review and swatches

I honestly wouldn’t really use the Eye and Cheek powders much. They aren’t the most travel-friendly of eyeshadows and blushes, even though it does come with a travel case. They are molded to be quite sturdy – I assumed that they’d crumble when touched but they do withstand a bit of moving around and putting back into the box. That being said though, if you are a cat lady or love cute things, you should just get this kit anyways because it is so adorable. The lipstick is also a collector’s item – I don’t see myself using this on a daily basis, even though the colour is very wearable and goes with a variety of looks.

Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Collection review and swatches
Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Collection review and swatches

I use the box to store all of my previous limited edition Paul & Joe products, and it works out very well. I love the orange blossom print, which is the original print on all of Paul & Joe’s makeup products. This is a great throwback to her old collections!

Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Collection review and swatches

In addition to the 15th Anniversary Collection kit, there are also three variations of the Eye and Cheek palette, also with a cat design that goes all the way through the powder, as well as two cat head lipsticks (see the Instagram gallery below). The lipsticks are pretty neat – one of them in a pretty pink coral colour, and the other is one that looks blue-grey in the bullet, but actually is a PH-adjusting lipstick that will create your custom hue for you based on your skin’s PH levels. In addition to receiving this box from PR, I also purchased the pink lipstick and one of the Eye and Cheek palettes. They’re being shipped to me right now, but I will be sure to share on Instagram once I get them.

This is available as at April 7th at beautyBOUTIQUE.ca and at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations. If you are interested in this, please call ahead to your local Paul & Joe counter because it is likely to sell out!

The swatches

Eye and Cheek colours

Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Collection review and swatches
Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Collection review and swatches
Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Collection review and swatches

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review + swatch – Givenchy Rouge Interdit in No.13 Rouge Interdit and Lip Liner in No.11 Universel Transparent

Givenchy Rouge Interdit in No.13 Rouge Interdit and Lip Liner in No.11 Universel Transparent review and swatches

Givenchy makes some of my favourite lipsticks formulas (Givenchy Le Rouge… seriously so good, go try it!). This Spring, they reformulated their Rouge Interdit lipstick (C$40), one of the iconic lipsticks by Givenchy. I never tried the older formula, but it’s considered to be one of the classic lipstick formulas that had a big cult following.

The new formulation contains 19 shades, plus one marbled shade which is a blend of a classic red and a sheer black, to create a darker, vampier red. Each bullet is made with black rose oil to improve moisture, extra fine oils for comfort and lightness in wear, and the brand’s Absolute Colour Complex, to create absolutely long-lasting colour. The packaging itself is simply gorgeous, it’s housed in a very hefty black lacquered case with a beautiful ribbon that you can pull to reveal the lipstick. Despite it being a plastic case, it feels very substantial and luxurious.

Givenchy Rouge Interdit in No.13 Rouge Interdit and Lip Liner in No.11 Universel Transparent review and swatches
Givenchy Rouge Interdit in No.13 Rouge Interdit and Lip Liner in No.11 Universel Transparent review and swatches

I was fortunate enough to be sent one of the new lipsticks to try. The shade I received is No. 13 Rouge Interdit, a bright neutral red. In terms of the formula, it is probably one of the more gel-like lipsticks I’ve used. It’s definitely not a true cream. It wears very lightweight on me, and is very comfortable to wear. I can normally get very long wear out of most red lipsticks (usually ending with a stain that lasts even longer), but this one lasted a few hours on me before fading, without much staining at the end either.

My biggest gripe about this product is that I felt like it didn’t apply very evenly on me, likely due to the gel-like formula. It is easier to apply, as you don’t need to be as precise as with a cream lipstick, but you do need to go over the lips a few times with the bullet to ensure full and even coverage.

Givenchy Rouge Interdit in No.13 Rouge Interdit and Lip Liner in No.11 Universel Transparent review and swatches
Givenchy Rouge Interdit in No.13 Rouge Interdit and Lip Liner in No.11 Universel Transparent review and swatches

With the launch of the new Rouge Interdit, Givenchy also introduced a range of new Lip Liners (C$35). The one I received is a translucent, designed to prevent lipstick from featuring without altering the look of the colour. While translucent lip liners aren’t entirely new, this is the first one I’ve seen being released that isn’t by a niche brand. On the lips, it feels quite waxy and it does prevent my dark lipsticks from featuring. It doesn’t really extend the wear of lipstick though, as I often rely on my lip liner to be my “last line of defense” from lipstick fading. When lipstick does fade, it just fades completely without another layer of coloured liner underneath. I also found that my lipsticks didn’t stain as much.

Givenchy Rouge Interdit in No.13 Rouge Interdit and Lip Liner in No.11 Universel Transparent review and swatches

The swatches

Givenchy Givenchy Rouge Interdit in No.13 Rouge Interdit. Lip Liner in No.11 Universel Transparent is completely transparent so there’s really nothing to swatch 🙂

Givenchy Rouge Interdit in No.13 Rouge Interdit and Lip Liner in No.11 Universel Transparent review and swatches

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Carry your Tsum Tsum friends in your pocket, thanks to Lip Smackers

Lip Smacker Tsum Tsum Chip (Chocolate Chip), Dale (Kooky Oatmeal Cookie), Eeyore (Cheer Up Buttercup) and Thumper (Caramel Kisses) review

For Easter, there are some new Lip Smacker Tsum Tsums available for a limited time. I LOVE Tsum Tsums. I don’t play the mobile game (I’m not a gamer-type) but I love collecting the little Disney Tsum Tsum figures, and also my kitten loves them too because their shape resembles mice. The four new ones are Chip (Chocolate Chip flavour), Dale (Kooky Oatmeal Cookie flavour), Eeyore (Cheer Up Buttercup flavour) and Thumper (Caramel Kisses flavour).

Lip Smackers were one of the first lip products I ever bought as a young pre-teen. The formula is always consistently good, you get very nice veil of hydration without heaviness or waxiness. And the product is also great value for the price; these Tsum Tsum balms are only $5.95 each which are so affordable. After you finish up the balms, you can use the container as home decorations! I’ve showcased my collection here on my gallery wall at home.

You can pick up Lip Smacker Tsum Tsum lip balms individually for just $5.95 at your local Shopper’s Drug Mart and Loblaws/Real Canadian Super Stores for a limited time only. Make sure to act fast though because they are selling like hot cakes! Most stores I’ve looked at have already sold out.

Lip Smacker Tsum Tsum Chip (Chocolate Chip), Dale (Kooky Oatmeal Cookie), Eeyore (Cheer Up Buttercup) and Thumper (Caramel Kisses) review
Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review: Pixi Beauty Rose Oil Blend, Vitamin Wake Up Mist, and 24K Eye Elixir

Pixi Beauty Rose Oil Blend, Vitamin Wake Up Mist, and 24K Eye Elixir review

I’m back with some more Pixi Beauty reviews! You can see my last set of reviews here, where I talk about the Pixi Glow Tonic, the Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse, and a few mask options. Today, I want to share with you a few other Pixi products that I’ve recently had the pleasure of trying. So far I’ve been pretty impressed with the quality, price, and value of these products. While they aren’t the cheapest out there, they are quite affordable considering you get quality, active ingredients that truly work to make a difference on the skin.

The first product I wanted to talk about today was the Pixi Rose Oil Blend (C$34). As you know, I am a huge fan of anything oil, so this was one product that stood out at me quite a bit at the Pixi launch event. It contains sweet almond oil, rosehip oil (rosa canina), jojoba oil, pomegranate oil, damascus rose oil, geranium oil, and orange peel oil. My first impression is that it smells very fresh, not that old lady rose scent a lot of companies put out (I love old lady rose too, but this is lighter). The texture is quite fluid and lightweight, and absorbs easily into the skin. Despite it being so lightweight, I find this to be quite hydrating, as it contains a heavy dose of sweet almond and jojoba oils. On my driest of nights, though, I do like to layer a moisturizer on top just to seal it in. You can also add a drop or two in your foundation to boost the glow!

It claims to improve skin elasticity and glow. I still have relatively young skin (late 20s) so my skin is still pretty elastic, thus I didn’t notice any improvements while using this oil. As with most botanical oils, I did notice that this boosted my skin’s glow with long term use. Overall, it’s an A+.

Pixi Beauty Rose Oil Blend, Vitamin Wake Up Mist, and 24K Eye Elixir review

Next, I have the Vitamin Wakeup Mist (C$20). It contains orange flower water, as well as a blend of grapefruit peel oil, lavendar oil, orange peel oil, lime oil, and licorice root extract. All of these citrus oils are great a revitalizing tired skin. I use this in the morning and it helps to awaken my skin, and making it ready for another long day at work. It smells incredibly fresh, but unfortunately I didn’t find it super hydrating. It’s a good balancing essence spray, but if you have very dehydrated or dry skin, you may want to consider picking up the Hydrating Milky Mist or the Glow Mist (C$20 each), which contains a higher concentration of essential oils.

Pixi Beauty Rose Oil Blend, Vitamin Wake Up Mist, and 24K Eye Elixir review

The last product I wanted to share with you today is the 24K Eye Elixir (C$28). This product is a lightweight eye serum that you can apply alone, or under a more emollient eye cream. It contains cucumber fruit extract, raspberry fruit extract, and real gold. This is probably one of the more disappointing Pixi products I’ve tried. The Elixir is ultra lightweight, so it doesn’t actually feel like anything on the eyes. While the cucumber extract helps make it feel soothing and cooling, the effects are quite temporary. I didn’t notice a boost in hydration while using this on its own. For the price, I think you can find an eye cream that is good enough standalone without having to invest in this. I would probably skip.blueberry

You can find Pixi Beauty products at Shopper’s Drug Mart locations across Canada.

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review + swatches – Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Regiment Red and Bright Plum

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Regiment Red and Bright Plum review and swatches

I’m so excited to share with you my thoughts on the Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet (C$38). This was one of my most anticipated launches this year from Burberry. I love liquid lipsticks, particularly velvety matte ones as they apply easily and have great staying power. Burberry makes some incredible lipsticks, so it made sense that they also made a great lipstick lipstick.

The Liquid Lip Velvet is a matte liquid lipstick, but not so matte like the other matte ones you see on the market where your lips look kind of shriveled. This one has more of a velvet finish, and is ultra comfortable on the lipstick. I have very dry lips and I can wear this without needed to go home and rehabilitate my lips.

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Regiment Red and Bright Plum review and swatches

The two shades I have are Regiment Red, which is an orange red (Burberry’s true red is Military Red), and Bright Plum, which is a plummy dark mauve. I LOVE BRIGHT PLUM. I can’t say that enough. Influenced by Angela, I’ve been slowly getting into dark lips, and even though this one isn’t super dark or vampy, it’s dark enough to change my look.

In addition to being a gorgeous shade, the formula is also fantastic – the Liquid Lip Velvet formula is almost moussy, in that it feels very creamy on the lips. It reminds me a little bit of the Jeffree Star liquid lip formula, but the Burberry one doesn’t dry down as much. It still feels very plushy on the lips, and it doesn’t sink into lip lines either. If you are someone with dry lips and want to try the liquid lipstick trend, you’ve gotta try the Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets.

While it is available in a good selection of colours, I find that Burberry colours are starting to look the same as they basically just use the same colour but in different finishes. I would have liked to see them release more unique shades for each formula. They’ve started to do that a bit with the Liquid Lip Velvet line, but it still looks a bit repetitive.

You can purchase Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet now at Sephora in store and online, as well as at the Bay in store and online.

The swatches

Bright Plum and Regiment Red

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Regiment Red and Bright Plum review and swatches

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Summer with President’s Choice at Real Canadian Superstore

In addition to beauty, my other big passion in life is interior decor and home goods, which is why I was so excited to be invited to the summer preview event by President’s Choice, available at Loblaw’s and Real Canadian Superstore. I wanted to share some of my personal favourites and highlights from the event with you. In addition to the products featured here, there are a plethora of other products available in store.

For this summer, President’s Choice is introducing three different themes of products that are mix-and-matchable. The first, and my favourite, is a blue Caribbean underwater theme of patio products (photo above), including melamine dishware, utensils, and serveware. The teal, turquoise, and blue themed collection is right up my alley, and definitely something I can see on my own patio.

The next theme is a tropical rainforest set that mixes corals, greens, as well as wood grain prints on melamine. Lastly, there’s also a Morocco tile theme in both blue and coral tones that can be used alongside either the Caribbean underwater theme, or the tropical rainforest theme.

All of these patio tableware themes are also available in coordinating throw pillows, beach towels, as well as patio rugs.

In addition to the beautiful patio accessories, there’s also a collection of new patio furniture. My absolute favourite product in the entire collection is the blue patio table (above). I absolutely love the pop of colour, and I also love that the patio table is covered in a layer of glass so that things don’t fall through, and it also makes it easier to clean. I need patio furniture right now for my condo balcony, and I can seriously see myself getting this set. If you look closely at all of the photos, you can notice that pineapple tableware accessories are very in-style this summer. I love pineapples so this is a trend that I’d like to participate in!

Take a look at a few of the other products available for this summer:

On the left, bamboo fibre plates that are biodegradable in a landfill! On the right, really cute colour coordinated cooking pans and stackable mixing bowls.

Below, bed in a bag with mix-and-match throw pillows, as well as coordinating accessories, and brightly coloured bathroom accessories.


All of these President’s Choice products are available now at Loblaw’s and Real Canadian Superstore. The best part is that all of these products are crazy affordable, the dishware starts at $2.49, the bed in a bag is $80 (and often on promo), and other accessories range in price in between. The only pricier item is the blue patio set, which is $229. I gotta stalk this in store to see if it goes on sale because it’s just too cute.