Review + swatches + look – MAC Vibe Tribe

MAC Vibe Tribe review and swatches

MAC Vibe Tribe is going to be available on May 19, 2016 at MAC counters, stores, and online. Today I have a few products from this collection to share with you.

MAC Vibe Tribe review and swatches

The MAC Powder Blush in Modern Mandarin (C$27.50) is described as a red-orange, but I found it to swatch like a peachy coral. On my cheeks, it looks quite peachy. I haven’t tried MAC’s powder blush formula in a while and I forgot how powdery but pigmented it was. You only need a soft dab of your blush brush in the pan to get pretty intense colour on your cheeks. The texture is harder, but powdery, if that makes sense. It doesn’t feel as finely milled as some of the other blush formulas I’ve tried, but it really does make up for it in colour payoff. I wore this for well over 8 hours before it faded.

I also MAC Technakhol Eye Liner (C$21.50) in Broque and Take the Plunge. Broque is described as a deep brown, which is accurate, and it also has a beautiful metallic finish. Take the Plunge is decribed as a deep ocean blue, also with a metallic finish. This is my first time trying the Technakhol formula and I’m very happy with how soft and pigmented it is. It glides on my lashline like a dream, and pigmentation is also pretty good. I wasn’t happy with the staying power, however, as I felt like most of the colour faded, or transferred to elsewhere on my eyelid within a few hours.

Between the three products, I really like the Powder Blush in Modern Mandarin, but it’s not a must-have. The Technakhol in Take the Plunge is a unique colour that I’m having fun playing with, if only the formula is a bit longer wearing.

The swatches

Technakhol Eye Liner in Take the Plunge and Broque, and Powder Blush in Modern Mandarin

MAC Vibe Tribe review and swatches

The look

Wearing Powder Blush in Modern Mandarin, and Technakhol Eye Liner in Broque

MAC Vibe Tribe review and swatches
MAC Vibe Tribe review and swatches

Sculpt your heart out with the NEW Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Face Palette & Brow pencil

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Face Palette review and swatch

Sculpting and contour continues to be a big “trend” in 2016. I say “trend” because contouring has always been in a pro makeup artist’s toolkit, but it’s just become more mainstream in the last 2-3 years. In a way it’s a good thing, because I remember trying to find matte, non-orange bronzers nearly 10 years ago to use as contour, but I couldn’t because there just weren’t that many products out there on the market. I did recently read a note written by pro makeup artist Kevin Bennett on the demise of the beauty industry because of how fast paced these “new” makeup trends are being promoted and announced. I have noticed that at least in the last 5 years, these trends have been moving in and out almost as fast as the fashion industry. I’m not talking about the whole gloss versus lipstick debate, but more like the colour correctors, contours, highlights (“strobing”) that we have seen in the last 2-3 years.

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Face Palette review and swatch

Anyways, onto the products of the day – Make Up For Ever launched their new Pro Sculpting line earlier this year, and it contains everything you need to sculpt out your face, lips, and brows. I am going through a brow obsession lately so I was very happy to try out the Pro Sculpting Brow, along with the obvious star of the range, the Pro Sculpting Face Palette.

I received the Pro Sculpting Face Palette in 20 Light (C$54), which is a good match for my light-medium skintone. It comes in four palette variations for light, medium, tan, and dark skintones, and each variation comes with a highlight, contour, shimmer, and blush shades. All of the shades are creamy and dry down matte, with the exception of the shimmer shade which provides additional highlight and dimension. I really like this palette because it plays with differences in shade and colour intensity to create light and shadow, instead of the usual matte contour + shimmery highlight. It’s definitely something that is more on the “pro” spectrum and is easy to use, even for those who work in conservative work environments and want a sculpted face look.

Despite them being creams, I felt that the products were quite dry and hard to blend out unless you had enough of a slip in your base. When it dries down, though, it sticks and doesn’t melt, smudge, or move around. The cream blush was the only one with more slip, which is great because you can blend it out more evening onto a bigger surface area.

The biggest downside I found to this product is the packaging. These are cream products which may be prone to drying out, and the packaging is very flimsy, almost cheap plastic. This palette is not cheap either, at $54, so I would expect more airtight, better quality packaging from a brand like Make Up For Ever. Obviously if you’re a makeup artist and you might use up this palette quickly, it might not be a big problem, but for a consumer like me who may not contour on a daily basis, I’d be worried about how I store this in order to prevent it from drying out.

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Face Palette review and swatch

The shimmer and blush colours in the light and medium palettes are the same, as are the tan and dark palettes. Julie has a really good comparison of all four palettes here.

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow review and swatch

The Pro Sculpting Brow (C$32) is a convenient brow pencil for when you’re on the go, because it contains the brow pencil in an easy-to-use angled twist-up format, a spoolie for brushing out the brow hairs, with a matte cream-coloured highlighter powder that nestled in the middle of the pen. The shade I have is 30 Brown, which works well with my light skintone and dark auburn hair that’s growing out to my natural black hair. For an every day colour, Brown is perfect, but if I were to go for a bolder brow, I’d switch it up and use Dark Brown.

The spoolie attached to the Pro Sculpting Brow is very sturdy, much better than a lot of the spoolies attached to most brow pencils. Also the matte cream-coloured highlighter powder is extremely finely milled and smooth, blending out easily to create an easy highlight underneath the brow bone. The Pro Sculpting Brow has earned a place in my to-go makeup bag because the 3-in-1 packaging makes it great for touch ups during the day.

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow review and swatch

All in all, I really enjoyed using both these products. I would repurchase the Pro Sculpting Brow because it’s a superior product in a convenient package. I probably won’t repurchase the Pro Sculpting Face Palette because despite it being a good product for sculpting, it’s still a bit gimmicky for me, and not something I’d use every day. If you’re an amateur makeup artist (amateur meaning just starting out), and looking for products to add to your kit that are easy to use but not huge investments, these Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting products would be great to add to your kit.

The Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Line is available now at Sephora retail stores, online, and at other Make Up For Ever outlets.

Guerlain Blanc de Perle relaunch with the Rosy Whitening Essence, Active Reviving Cleansing Foam, and the Essence in Lotion

Guerlain Blanc de Perle 2016 review

Guerlain’s Blanc de Perle line is being relaunched this Spring with revamps of the essence, cleanser and lotion. The Rosy Whitening Essence is the new and improved version of the Advanced White P.E.A.R.L. Drop Essence, which was my favourite products from the predecessor line. The Active Reviving Cleansing Foam is the updated Foaming Cleanser, and the Essence in Lotion is the improved Lotion. I’m super happy because all three products were the most memorable for me from the previous line, so I was excited to see how the new and improved versions perform in comparison.

Guerlain Blanc de Perle 2016 review

The Guerlain Blanc de Perle Rosy Whitening Essence (C$155) claims to increase radiance and promote a healthy, rosy glow. It also claims to target dark spots and sallowness, which will also help to improve overall the skin’s appearance and texture. It contains ingredients such as glycerin to hydrate, citrus unshiu peel extract as an antioxidant, ascorbyl glucoside to brighten, as well as dimethicone and polymethylsilsesquioxane which are silicones. It also contains – in smaller doses – ophiopogon japonicus root extract to hydrate, mallow extract as an antioxidant, and sophora angustifolia root extract which is an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. The texture is similar to the predecessor version in that it is lightweight with a lot of slip (due to high silicone content). This version has added glycerin as the second ingredient on the list, and the citrus unshiu peel extract near the top of the ingredients list, which make the newer Rosy Whitening Essence more hydrating than the previous version.

Guerlain Blanc de Perle 2016 review

The Guerlain Active Reviving Cleansing Foam (C$67) claims to promote melanin elimination and cell renewal, including improve blood circulation, improve radiance, and an overall healthier complexion. The new version of this cleanser replaces the surfectants (i.e., cleansing agents) in the prior version of myristic acid and stearic acid with sodium laureth sulfate, but the beneficial ingredients such as ophiopogon japonicus root extract largely remain unchanged. The new version also adds a small amount of biotin near the bottom of the ingredients list. A big plus of this cleanser, despite that it’s $67 is that my last tube lasted me an entire year. You only need a tiny bit to activate its very powerful cleansing action, and this also works very well with cleansing brushes because of the high density foam created by its surfectants. Most cleansers last me 4-6 months and cost up to $30 a bottle, this one is $67 and lasts a whole year, so in terms of price versus value, it’s really not that bad. Lastly it does a very good job at deep cleansing without stripping, making it my perfect cleanser.

The Essence in Lotion (C$80) claims to treat and reduce dark spots, improve blood micro-circulation and skin texture, as well as tone and purify the skin to promote a brighter and more radiant complexion. This Essence in Lotion is exactly the same as the previous version, and works and feels exactly the same as well. I use this with a cotton pad as the last step of my cleansing routine and first step of my moisturizing routine. It’s very lightweight, helps with removing any leftover dirt from my face, and also prepares my skin for the brightening and moisturizing skincare products I use.

You can purchase the updated Guerlain Blanc de Perle products at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and other Guerlain counters as at February 1, 2016.

Guerlain Blanc de Perle 2016 review

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Rosy Whitening Essence ingredients

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Rosy Whitening Essence ingredients

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Active Reviving Cleansing Foam ingredients

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Active Reviving Cleansing Foam ingredients

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Essence in Lotion ingredients

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Essence in Lotion ingredients

Review + swatches – Dior Milky Dots for Summer 2016 – lip and nail products! (part 2)

Dior Milky Dots collection Milky Tint in 286 Milky Plum and 376 Milky Pop review

As promised, I have more Dior Milky Dots for you today! Last post, I wrote about the Eye and Cheek/Face products. Today, I’m going focus on the Lip and Nail products:

  • Dior Addict Milky Tint in 286 Milky Plum
  • Dior Addict Milky Tint in 376 Milky Pop
  • Dior Addict Lip Maximizer 006 Beige Sunrise
  • Dior Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit in 001 Pastilles
  • Dior Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit in 002 Confettis
  • Dior Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit in 003 Plumetis

Dior Milky Dots collection Milky Tint in 286 Milky Plum and 376 Milky Pop review

Dior Addict Milky Tint is new for Spring 2016 and it is a combination of the Dior Addict Fluid Stick with a more milky gloss. The shades I have are 286 Milky Plum, which is a subtle, milky lilac, and 376 Milky Pop, which is a really pretty warm coral. Milky Plum is quite sheer but helps to tone down the colour of my lips to create a nude-lilac look. I’d need to really layer it in order to get more colour intensity, but then it just starts getting sticky. Milky Pop is my favourite of the two as it is a really nice summer-appropriate coral that packs more of a colour punch. Lightly layered, the Milky Tints feel lightweight with very minimal stickiness. In general though, I still prefer lipsticks over glosses but if you’re a gloss lover, these are great options to add to your gloss collection.

Dior Milky Dots collection Milky Tint in 286 Milky Plum and 376 Milky Pop review

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer 006 Beige Sunrise is a new and limited edition version of the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer from the regular range. This is a sheer, nude beige colour that works perfectly as a quick nude lip for the daytime, with added plumping benefit. Unfortunately I can’t wear this to test it out because my lips are very sensitive to lip plumper-type products. I have heard good things about the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer from others though, so if you’re on the market for a nude-toned lip gloss with that added plumping benefit, you may want to look into this.

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer 006 Beige Sunrise review

Dior Milky Dots summer 2016 Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit review

Dior Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit in 001 Pastilles, 002 Confettis, and 003 Plumetis are the stars of this collection, they are also my favourites of this entire collection. With each kit, you get two Dior nail polish minis, plus a nail dotter. Regular size Dior polishes are 10mL for $31, and these kits contain two 8mL sizes plus a dotter, which is great value. Dior polishes are some of my favourites on the market – they have a really nice wide brush that allows for even application without streaking, and are also high shine, and last for a week on me with minimal tip wear and chipping (with top coat). The Dior top coat is my absolute favourite top coat of all time, and if it wasn’t for the fact that it’s so expensive, I’d buy it all the time.

Dior Milky Dots summer 2016 Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit in 001 Pastilles review

Dior Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit in 001 Pastilles contains a milky nude and a pretty blue. I love this colour combination because you can either be fun and colourful, using the blue as a base with nude dots, or subtle for the office using the nude as a base with blue dots. The kit comes with instructions on how to use these colours, which is very easy to follow.

Dior Milky Dots summer 2016 Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit in 001 Pastilles review

Dior Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit in 002 Confettis contains a mango shade and a coral shade. This colour combination is pretty and very summery, and would look great on your toes with 003 Plumetis (below) on your nails!

Dior Milky Dots summer 2016 Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit in 001 Pastilles review

Dior Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit in 003 Plumetis is my favourite of the three because it contains two very office-appropriate colours (how boring of me, haha) – a pale rose pink and a milky lilac. This is for the engineers and lawyers and accoutants who work in conservative office environments but still want to jazz up their nail polish with some subtle nail art. So much love!

Dior Milky Dots summer 2016 Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit review

Dior Milky Dots for Summer 2016 is something a little different that comes from the House of Dior. Usually I find Dior collections to be more classic, daytime wear because they tend to stick to the classic colours, but Milky Dots really takes it out of their usual comfort zone. Of course, there is still the classic tone colours that you can find in the Escapade palette, but its nicely contrasted with the colourful Bain de Mer Palette. The star products of this collection are hands down the Polka Dots Colour & Dots Manicure Kit. The value is great for Dior polish as well, so if you’re interested in Dior nail polishes but are unsure about where to start, you can get two colours in this kit to try.

In conclusion
Buy: Dior Polka Dots Colour & Dots Manicure Kit (SO CUTE), Dior Addict Milky Tiny in 376 Milky Pop, Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 002 Fresh Light (MUST HAVE, reviewed)
Maybes: Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 366 Bain de Mer (reviewed), Dior Addict Lip Maximizer 006 Beige Sunrise, Dior Addict Milky Tint in 286 Milky Plum
Skip: Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 536 Escapade (reviewed), Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 001 Fresh Tan (if you have fair/light skin, but will work better for darker skintones, reviewed), Diorskin Nude Air Summer Glow Shimmering Loose Powder 001 (reviewed)

Dior Milky Dots collection for Summer 2016 is available as at May at all Dior counters and outlets in Canada.

Dior Milky Dots collection summer 2016 review and swatches

Swatches

Dior Addict Milky Tint in 286 Milky Plum and 376 Milky Pop, and Dior Addict Lip Maximizer 006 Beige Sunrise

Dior Milky Dots collection Milky Tint in 286 Milky Plum and 376 Milky Pop swatches

Dior Polka Dots Colour & Dots Manicure Kits in 001, 002 and 003

Dior Milky Dots summer 2016 Polka Colour & Dots Manicure Kit swatches

Review + swatches – Dior Milky Dots for Summer 2016 – eye and cheek products! (part 1)

Dior Milky Dots review and swatches for summer 2016

I’m so excited to share with you Dior Milky Dots collection for Summer 2016! Today I’m going to focus on the Eye and the Face/Cheek products, and then in a separate post I will feature the Lip and Nail products. I have to share with you these products from the collection in this post:

  • Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 366 Bain de Mer
  • Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 536 Escapade
  • Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 001 Fresh Tan
  • Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 002 Fresh Light
  • Diorskin Nude Air Summer Glow Shimmering Loose Powder 001

Dior Milky Dots review and swatches for summer 2016
Dior Milky Dots 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 366 Bain de Mer review

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow in 366 Bain de Mer (C$73) is the more colourful of the two palettes, featuring bright coral, minty blue, and sky blue colours. The shades in this palette are mostly matte, which can help to tone down the bright colours. The texture is very smooth, with medium pigmentation, and good adherence. The biggest issue with this palette is that I found it to have a lot of powder flyaway. Normally I find Dior eyeshadows to be more powdery compared to most, but this one was exceptionally powdery. This is easily resolved with some sticky eyeshadow primer, so it’s not a complete dealbreaker, but just something that should be noted.

Dior Milky Dots 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 536 Escapade review

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow in 536 Escapade (C$73) is the more neutral of the two, with subtle pinks, golden yellow, and brown colours. The finish of this palette is mostly shimmery, and pigmentation is quite sheer so it works great as a fool-proof daytime, neutral palette. The texture of these powders are very smooth as well, and of the two palettes I find that Escapade is less powdery, but with the tradeoff being pigmentation.

Both palettes are very different, so it really depends on what you are looking for in an eyeshadow palette. Of course, Bain de Mer is the more unique of the two, but neither I would say are absolute must-haves.

Dior Milky Dots review and swatches for summer 2016
Dior Milky Dots Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 001 Fresh Tan review

Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 001 Fresh Tan (C$68) is the darker, more shimmery of the two face/cheek powders. It’s comprised of a darkened gold, and a warm brown bronzer. The colours that spell out the word “NUDE” are just overspray and will come off in one use. This one is a bit too dark for my use all over, and would be more appropriate for someone who is a few shades darker than me. I also find 001 Fresh Tan a bit more orange-toned, which is something I like to stay away from, even used as a cheek colour, because it brings out the yellow in my skin.

Dior Milky Dots Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 002 Fresh Light review

Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 002 Fresh Light (C$68) is the lighter, more daytime appropriate of the two. It is comprised of two cooler tone bronzers that work great to create a wonderful warm glow on your cheeks. I can definitely see myself using this as a subtly summer contour to bring out some colour to my face. Of the two Diorskin Nude Air Glow powders for summer 2016, I prefer 002 Fresh Light.

I love that the Diorskin Nude powders come with a mini kabuki brush – it’s just so cute!

Dior Milky Dots review and swatches for summer 2016

Diorskin Nude Air Summer Glow Shimmering Loose Powder 001

Lastly, we have the Diorskin Nude Air Summer Glow Shimmering Loose Powder 001 (C$68). This is a bronzey shimmering loose powder that you can use softly all over for glow, on your cheekbones for highlight, or dusted on your shoulders and collarbone for a night out. It comes in a luxurious-looking jar with a silver lid, and a white puff for applying the powder. The shimmer in this is not glittery at all, and the colour saturation means you can easily use this as a subtle bronzing powder.

Diorskin Nude Air Summer Glow Shimmering Loose Powder 001

Dior Milky Dots collection for Summer 2016 will be available in May at all Dior counters and outlets. Watch for my next post which will focus on lip and nail products!

Swatches

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 366 Bain de Mer swatch

Dior Milky Dots 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 366 Bain de Mer swatch

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 536 Escapade swatch

Dior Milky Dots 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 536 Escapade swatch

Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 001 Fresh Tan swatch

Dior Milky Dots Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 001 Fresh Tan swatch

Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 002 Fresh Light swatch

ior Milky Dots Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 002 Fresh Light swatch

The look

I’m wearing Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 366 Bain de Mer on eyes and Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powders in 002 Fresh Light on cheeks. On my lips is Diorific Mat Velvet Lipstick in shade Fantastique from the holiday 2015 collection (reviewed here).

Dior milky dots review for summer 2016
Dior milky dots review for summer 2016
Dior milky dots review for summer 2016
Dior milky dots review for summer 2016
Dior milky dots review for summer 2016

Fragrance feature – Guerlain Aqua Allegoria – Pera Granita

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pera Granita review

Despite being a huge fan of Guerlain for years, I’ve never ventured into their fragrances. In 2016, I finally own my first Guerlain perfume and it’s a scent that’s very unique and unlike anything I have. Pera Granita is the newest limited edition addition to Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria family. Aqua Allegoria is Guerlain’s ode to nature, featuring delicate ingredients to create scents that pay tribute to gardens everywhere. There are four permanent fragrances in the family – Mandarin Basilic, Pamplelune, Herba Fresca, and Limon Verde – plus each spring Guerlain releases a new limited edition.

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pera Granita review

The inspiration for Pera Granita (C$75 for 75mL) was the image of savouring a granita under a pear tree. Top notes are grapefruit, lemon, and bergamot, with hearts of pear, osmanthus, and orange blossom. The base notes are moss, white musk, and cedar. Pera Granita is my first pear-based fragrance and I was pleasantly surprised to find this a very lovely fresh floral that’s perfect for spring. Due to the lightness, I feel comfortable giving my clothes one spritz in the morning before I head off to work. Lasting time isn’t the best because it is so light and fresh, but I’m a fan of the it dries down – almost to a powdery note.

The bottle itself is a work of art – the lovely peachy pink glass bottle with the gold honeycomb topper makes a great addition to my vanity top.

Compared to my other fruity floral fragrances though, such as Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay or Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin, I’m not sure I gravitate towards Pera Granita. My fruity-floral Jo Malones have very distinct fruity notes, whereas the pear in Pera Granita is also too faint to be distinctive, so you’re left with a mostly citrus-floral scent. Unfortunately, that’s not unique enough to be listed among my signature scents. If you’re looking for a demure, light floral, then Pera Granita is a great choice. Personally though, I prefer something that’s a bit more unique.

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pera Granita review
Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pera Granita review

Guerlain Pera Granita is available as at March 1, 2016 at Guerlain counters across Canada.

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pera Granita review

Review + swatches – Too Faced Sweet Peach palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach palette review and swatches

Ever since I first heard about the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette, I was hooked and I knew I wanted this. I wasn’t expecting that this palette quickly became the obsession of the rest of the beauty-loving internet as well, and this palette became one of the hardest products I’ve ever tried to buy. After 15-hour day spent refreshing Sephora, I finally got my hands on this elusive Sweet Peach (C$59) palette!

Too Faced Sweet Peach palette review and swatches

This is my first time trying Too Faced eyeshadows and to be honest I have mixed feelings. The shimmer and metallic shades are absolutely breathtaking, applying smoothly and richly. I am extremely disappointed in the matte and glitter shades though, as they are very powdery with a lot of fallout. While I was swatching this, the eyeshadow was falling off my fingers and arms and onto the floor and my pants… that’s how powdery they are. You will no doubt need a sticky base if you are planning to layer the matte shades.

I also found this palette a bit too warm for my skin tone, with the exception of some shades. When I use this, I usually concentrate towards the left side of the palette, rather than the right side which has more of the poorly performing shades.

The big, BIG bonus is that it smells absolutely delicious – like candied peaches! I can’t stop sniffing this, so just based on that I would tell all makeup lovers to get this…

Too Faced Sweet Peach palette review and swatches

My favourite shades are Just Peachy and Bellini, both beautiful peachy duochrome shimmers. I also really love Cobbler and Caramelized. These are the easiest shades to wear, in my opinion, and aren’t too warm for my skintone.

The best performing shades were Luscious, Just Peachy, Tempting, Nectar, Cobbler, Bellini, and Caramelized. The worst performing shades were Charmed, I’m sure, Peach Pit, Delectable (the worst of them all), Summer Yum, and Talk Derby to Me (another fail).

Do you need this? I would probably say no. I have read other reviewers say that this palette is comprised of colours from other Too Faced palettes, so if you already have a bunch of the other Too Faced palettes, I would say definitely skip. But if you are like me and love that peachy sweet scent, um yeah you would want this.

Too Faced Sweet Peach palette is sold out everywhere online, but they hit Sephora stores on Friday, April 15, so get ready to go early if you want to grab one of these!

Too Faced Sweet Peach palette review and swatches
Too Faced Sweet Peach palette review and swatches

Swatches

First row – White Peach; Luscious; Just Peachy; Bless her Heart; Tempting; Charmed, I’m good

Too Faced Sweet Peach palette review and swatches

Second row – Nectar; Cobbler; Canned Peach; Bellini; Peach Pit; Delectable

Too Faced Sweet Peach palette review and swatches

Third row – Peaches n Cream; Georgia; Caramelized; Puree; Summer Yum; Talk Derby to Me

Too Faced Sweet Peach palette review and swatches

Too Faced Sweet Peach palette review and swatches
Too Faced Sweet Peach palette review and swatches

Pre-flight essentials: products to help you manage dry airplane air

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Airplane air is well-known to be dry and wreak havoc on the skin. I’ve been flying a lot in the last year and I’ve noticed that my skin becomes drier and harder to manage with each flight. Hydration is key, and layering products to ensure maximum moisture penetration has been the most effective way for me to manage skin dryness, both on the face and the body. This week I’m travelling again for work, so I wanted to share some of my go-to products for hydration and fighting in-flight dryness.

Face

On my face, I use a combination of several hydrating products that have different textures to penetrate the skin and provide the maximum level of moisture. Before a flight and after I cleanse my skin, I use a hydrating toner such as Clinique Even Better Essence Lotion (reviewed here). This watery lotion is the first step to my hydrating regime; it is super light and absorbs quickly and deeply into the skin in order to provide a quick boost of moisture. It provides the perfect base for other products to layer on top.

Next, I use a hydrating serum, such as Biotherm Aquasource Deep Serum. This serum by Biotherm has been renamed and reformulated a few times over the last few years, but remains one of my favourites by the brand. It is light in texture, yet it packs a whole lot of moisture in just a pea sized amount. I use this all over my face (avoiding the eye area), and it helps to visibly plump up my skin. It is lightly scented with a fresh, ocean-like fragrance, which is very refreshing to my nose. On my eyes, I use a hydrating eye cream, such as Lise Watier Age Prevention Supreme Eye Cream. It helps to even out the fine lines in my eye area and also prevent it from drying out.

Lastly, I use the product that I absolutely adore when my skin needs a boost of moisture, and that is the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask (reviewed here). This product is my absolute favourite hydrating mask as it is super effective and low-hassle. I squeeze out an amount about half the size of a quarter, and slowly massage it onto my face, focusing on my forehead and my cheeks. While it is labeled as an overnight mask, you can use this during the day as well, granted you don’t apply makeup on top because it stays slightly tacky (which will also help to protect your skin from the dry cabin air). My skin feels protected and plump the entire way to my destination, and once you arrive at your destination, just wash it off and you’re good as new.

Body

During my shower, I use a creamy exfoliator like L’Occitane Aromachologie Revitalizing Body Scrub. It is oil and sugar based, which means it removes my dead skin cells (to help later products penetrate the skin better) and also leaves a soft silky layer of oil on top like an in-shower moisturizer. It doesn’t feel greasy, and isn’t hydrating enough on its own, but it makes my skin feel smooth and helps to act as a barrier to protect the skin from dryness.

After my shower, I like to use a rich, slightly greasy body lotion, such as Korres Body Butter and apply it copiously on my body. While this body butter takes a while to absorb, its rich texture means that not only is my skin hydrated on the inside, there is some leftover “film” on top of the skin in order to protect it from the dry air.

On my hands, I use my trusty L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, which I reapply multiple times throughout a flight (and while on the ground). The 30mL mini sizes are perfect to bring with you everywhere – I have one in each handbag – and also come in various delicious scents and textures. My current favourite is the new whipped formula, which feels lighter and fluffier on the skin but is equally moisturizing on the hands.

In-flight

I don’t keep very many products on my when I travel; I’m just so used to traveling light. I do keep certain essentials for any airplane trip, long or short, and those include the L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, and a tube of emollient lip balm (right now that’s L’Occitane Shea Butter Lip Balm in Jasmine, reviewed here). I also always keep hand sanitizer, and sometimes I keep wet wipes on me depending on the length of the trip and destination.

For ultra-long haul flights, specifically those over 8 hours, I would freshen up about halfway through the flight, including using facial wipes or micellar water to clean my face, and then re-apply serum and a moisturizing mask. Usually by the 4th or 5th hour, my face is already dried out and needs replenishment so this is a good time to do so.

Lastly, the main thing to remember is that while you need to have a hydrating formula, you need your products to also form a barrier between your skin and the air in order to prevent it from further drying out in flight. I hope this was helpful!

New skincare innovations featuring The Face Shop – White Ginseng Collagen Pearl Capsule Cream and Nokyong Collagen Contour Life Capsule Cream

The Face Shop White Ginseng Collagen Pearl Capsule Cream and Nokyong Collagen Contour Life Capsule Cream

The Face Shop is one of the most prominent Korean skincare brands available in Canada, available at over 30 retail outlets across the country. Did you know that The Face Shop introduces approximately 30 new products each month, either to replace older formulas or as completely new innovations? For March, The Face Shop is releasing a new range of skincare – the Capsule Cream.

The Capsule Creams are one of the coolest new skincare innovations I’ve seen in a very long time. The gist is that you have skincare active ingredients encapsulated in a pearl, suspended in a clear gel. You take 3-4 pearls for your face if you’re using it as your moisturizer, or just 1-2 pearls to mix with your existing moisturizer to create a luminous finish. Simply crush the pearls in your palms and then apply on your skin. Because the active ingredients are encapsulated, they won’t lose efficacy or oxidize once exposed to oxygen, and will be more effective over an extended period of time.

The Face Shop White Ginseng Collagen Pearl Capsule Cream and Nokyong Collagen Contour Life Capsule Cream

My first impression was that this cream is extremely luxurious. The packaging is similar to something that is priced at 2-3x the price of this cream. The jar is heavyweight, and comes with a convenient plastic spatula for scooping out pearls. It comes in a very nice paper box, with a plastic tray to keep neatly house the cream with the plastic spatula. I plan on keeping the jar after finishing up the cream – it makes for a great jewelry or trinket organizer!

The Face Shop White Ginseng Collagen Pearl Capsule Cream

The Face Shop White Ginseng Collagen Pearl Capsule Cream (C$75) is a hydrating formula that contains real pearl powder to brighten the skin and lighten blemish scars. The pearl ingredients also help to calm, nourish, and smooth the skin. The texture is a lightweight gel-cream that’s packs a punch, heightening the hydrating properties of any cream I’m using without weighting my skin down. It’s not the most moisturizing on its own, so I prefer using this either layered on top of another moisturizer, or mixed with my current cream. If you have normal or combination skin, though, this would be perfect for you if you’re looking for a lightweight, perfecting moisturizer.

I was really looking forward to this version because I’ve heard a lot about the benefits of pearl powder growing up (hello Chinese heritage!), but this cream is extremely glittery that leaves it almost unusable on its own. Even when mixed into my other moisturizers, I still get a lot of shimmery bits on my face that doesn’t dissipate (it’s unlike the products in the Hwansaenggo Escargot Gold Firming Line that contain gold but dissolves once applied on the face). What I do like using this for is underneath my foundation to create a more glowy complexion.

The Face Shop Nokyong Collagen Contour Lift Gold Capsule Cream
The Face Shop Nokyong Collagen Contour Lift Gold Capsule Cream (C$75) is an anti-aging formula that specializes in lifting the different parts of the face that shows aging the fastest – forehead, between the eyes, eye area, laugh lines, lips, neck, and facial contour. It contains Nokyong collagen and golden silk derived from silkworms to treat and care for lines and wrinkles.

Of the two Capsule Creams, I prefer this one. It is significantly less glittery than the other cream, and I find that I can use this on its own without a foundation on top to mask the shimmer. It’s also slightly more moisturizing than the White Ginseng Collagen Pearl, so I can use this on its own or with a hydrating serum. In terms of lifting effect, I’m not really in need to an anti-aging product but I like using them for insurance, so I can’t really say how much this helps to reverse signs of aging. I’ve also enjoyed using this mixed into my foundation.

All in all, I think everyone should go to a The Face Shop store and check these out in person. Just the cool texture is enough for me to recommend that you at least take a look at these. They’re such a versatile product – you can use them as a moisturizer, mixed with your moisturizer to boost the hydration, as a primer to help increase the glow, or even mixed in with your foundation for even more glow. For $75 it is pricey, but because you can use these in so many different ways, it’s pretty good value. Of the two, I would recommend going with the Nokyong Collagen Contour Lift Gold Capsule Cream, but if you don’t mind the shimmery bits in the White Ginseng Collagen Pearl, they’re both pretty good contenders as skincare supplements!

Review + swatches + look – Burberry Spring 2016 makeup – Burberry Eye Colour Contour, Kisses Sheer Lipstick, Eye Colour Cream, and Nail Polish

burberry eye colour contour review and swatches

Following the popularity of the Face Contour and Highlight Pens, Burberry has introduced Eye Colour Contour Pens (C$32) to help you create a perfectly smoked and sculpted eye look. Burberry is my go-to brand for the ultimate sophisticated makeup look, and these Eye Colour Contours make creating a modern eye very easy. Available in seven runway-inspired shares from brightening neutrals to smokey browns and greys:

burberry eye colour contour review and swatches

  • Natural No. 100
  • Almond No. 104
  • Pale Copper No. 106
  • Midnight Brown No. 108
  • Rosewood No. 112
  • Dusky Mauve No. 116
  • Stone Grey No. 124

burberry eye colour contour in rosewood, dusky mauve, and stone grey review

The three shades I have are Rosewood No. 112, Dusky Mauve No. 116 and Stone Grey No. 124. Rosewood is a beautiful metallic bronzey taupe, Dusky Mauve is a smooth shimmery plummy mauve, and Stone Grey is a cream cool-toned grey. The lasting power of these Eye Colour Contours is just amazing – I have oily lids and without a primer, this lasted me a whole 12 hours (including a two-hour nap) with zero smudging and fading. The colour is extremely easy to apply, and the slimmer head also allowed me to apply this as a liner on my lower lash line. It’s extremely easy to blend out with any eyeshadow brush (I’ve used fluffy brushes or my MAC 239 and they both work equally well), and once set it just stays on there until you remove it.

Burberry kisses sheer tea rose and burberry eye colour cream in nude gold review and swatches
Burberry kisses sheer tea rose review and swatches

Burberry has also released a new addition to the Burberry Kisses collection – Burberry Kisses Sheer (C$36) – a collection of 28 lipsticks that offer balm-like hydration with the colour saturation of a lipstick. I am a huge fan of my Burberry Kisses lipstick in Military Red; it is one of my favourite red lipstick formulas because it is so lightweight. Burberry Kisses Sheer feels like a lip balm on, which is amazing for my parched lips. It offers incredible colour so you still get the coverage of a lipstick. The shade I have is Tea Rose No. 277, a nude blush colour. I’ve stopped wearing a lot of nudes because I prefer lipsticks with colour now, but because of the sheerer texture, I can still wear this without looking too faded out.

Burberry eye colour cream in nude gold review and swatches

In addition, I have two products from the S/S 2016 runway collection – the Eye Colour Cream in Nude Gold No. 121 (C$34), and Nail Polish in Optic White No. 440 and Stone No. 104 (C$23 each). This is my first time trying the Eye Colour Creams and I have to say they are SO fun to use! The texture is like a squishy dough, and the colour swatches to be like a drier cream. Nude Gold is a really pretty sheer, cool-toned gold that looks amazing layered on top of other shadows for a pop of shimmer. The Nail Polish in Optic White is a true white that would be great used in nail art – I wouldn’t be brave enough to wear this on my own. Stone is a more wearable light beige shade. It is also my first time trying Burberry nail polish and I am definitely in love with the formula, the brush is wide for optimal coverage with the least swipes, and it also dries down quickly.

burberry Nail Polish in Optic White No. 440 and Stone No. 104 review and swatches

Swatches

Burberry Eye Colour Contour in Rosewood, Dusky Mauve, and Stone Grey

burberry eye colour contour in rosewood, dusky mauve, and stone grey swatches

Burberry Eye Colour Cream in Nude Gold, and Burberry Kisses Sheer in Tea Rose

Burberry kisses sheer tea rose and burberry eye colour cream in nude gold swatches

Burberry Nail Polish in Optic White and Stone

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Look

I’m wearing Burberry Eye Colour Contour Pens in Rosewood all over my lid, with Dusky Mauve to accent. Both colours blended together look so good!!

Burberry Spring Summer runway look review
Burberry Spring Summer runway look review
Burberry Spring Summer runway look review