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.

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North American Hemp Co. Body Lotion review

Product provided by PR; all opinions are my own.

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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.

FOUNDATION REVIEW | La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation

Review of La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation in N-20 Pure Ivory

I am back with another foundation review! I love testing foundations. I used to be one of those people who would only have 2-3 bottles of open foundation but now I have something like 10+ open at all times. I am constantly testing new ones and if some don’t work for me, then I don’t hesitate to give them away. I previously did a post on my top favourite foundations of all time, and one of them was the La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation. I was super excited to find out that they were releasing a new cushion foundation and I was very lucky to receive one to try out.  I’ve been wearing this for the last month so I’m finally ready to write the review.

The La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation (C$255) is an ultra-hydrating fluid foundation in a convenient cushion compact. It features La Prairie’s signature Skin Caviar essence so that you can beautify your skin will wearing this foundation. The shade I wear is N20 Pure Ivory, which is a great match to my skin tone (I wear Warm Linen in the Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation). The cushion itself is 15mL, and you also get another 15mL refill (and a replacement sponge), so the size is the typical size of foundation you would get on the market. The packaging is hefty but not heavy, so while it takes up quite of bit of space in your makeup bag, it won’t weigh it down. The mirror inside is phenomenal. I love the mirror inside the Concealer + Foundation lid because it is such a high quality mirror, but the lid on that one is tiny so the itty bitty mirror isn’t super useful. The mirror on the Essence-in-Foundation is a good size that you can use to apply your makeup with when you are out – very high quality, zero blurriness or distortion, and just super clear.

Review of La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation in N-20 Pure Ivory

I want to say upfront that I don’t generally like cushion foundations. I find it a little bit unsanitary, especially because you are applying the foundation with the sponge and then you put the sponge back right on top of the cushion. It just seems like a breeding ground for bacteria. That being said though, I’ve been using my sponge for the last few weeks and the idea is to transition to eventually throwing the sponge out and applying this with my fingers (which is my usual preferred method anyways).

Now back to the La Prairie foundation… the texture of this is much lighter than the Concealer + Foundation, similar to a fluid milk where as the Concealer + Foundation is creamier. Most cushion foundations have a light coverage, so that is what I was expecting of this one as well, but I was very pleasantly surprised when I tried this on for the first time and actually got medium to full coverage. I try not to wear a heavy layer of foundation so I only wore very little, and it still gave me medium coverage! It layers beautifully as well, so you can layer it to get fuller coverage. Not only does it cover my redness, it also smooths out my skin texture so that it looks almost airbrushed. I absolutely love the finish of it.

It is very hydrating on my skin, I can feel my skin soaking up the hydrating goodness and it also makes my skin looks very supple and plump throughout the day. Application is an absolute breeze as well – I literally just swipe it on my face, very little blending required, and my skin looks flawless. This makes me look like I have amazing skin to begin with, not like I’m wearing any foundation.

I love bringing this with me when I go away – you get amazing skin in such a small, convenient package. It’s much easier than bringing an actual bottle of liquid foundation, and you don’t have to worry about it leaking everywhere.

In terms of downsides, I feel like this foundation doesn’t sit very well on my nose. I have no idea what it is about it but it sinks into the pores on my nose such that it looks like there are little dots of foundation. In addition, it doesn’t have very good oil control or staying power. I get surface oil on my skin throughout the day, and whenever I blot, a bit of foundation comes off with it. I absolutely have to powder this, otherwise it will just slide right off my face. By contrast, the staying power of the Concealer + Foundation is amazing. I don’t need to powder and it never fades or gets overly greasy.

Last thing to mention is that it has a very strong La Prairie smell. I really love La Prairie’s signature scent and this one has it as well, but if you don’t love fragranced makeup then you might want to check this out first in store before you buy. It does dissipate after a few minutes, but it will be pretty obviously scented while you are applying this. The scent is stronger than the Concealer + Foundation.

Do I recommend this? I’m not sure. While I’m really impressed with how airbrushed my skin texture looks, I don’t like that it doesn’t sit well on my nose and that it doesn’t have any oil control properties. I much prefer the Concealer + Foundation. Even though it is $40 more expensive, you do get an extra mini pot of concealer and a mini concealer brush, which is actually a steal for La Prairie. Both of these foundations do make my skin look incredible, with very good coverage and skin blurring properties.

You can purchase La Prairie at Holt Renfrew in Vancouver, or online.

Review of La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation in N-20 Pure Ivory
Product received from PR for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

LIPSTICK REVIEW | Create juicy summer lips with Christian Louboutin Sheer Voile Lip Colour in Mexicatchy

Review and swatches of Christian Louboutin Sheer Voile Lip Colour in Mexicatchy

I’ve really been enjoying my small collection of Christian Louboutin lip products, and the most recent addition to my collection is the Sheer Voile Lip Colour in the shade Mexicatchy. This product was actually the first Louboutin lipstick I’ve ever tried on my own lips, which prompted my immediate love of the Louboutin lip collection.

Review and swatches of Christian Louboutin Sheer Voile Lip Colour in Mexicatchy

Of the three formulas of Louboutin lipstick, the Sheer Voile Lip Colour is the one that offers sheer to medium coverage with a glossy finish. I’m not a huge fan of glossy lips, preferring satin or closer to matte, but I’ve honestly been using this more than any other lipsticks in my collection now that summer is approaching. Despite it being called a sheer lipstick, it’s actually quite pigmented, delivering medium coverage in just two swipes. Mexicatchy is a gorgeous summer shade – a stunning bright coral red that brighten your complexion.

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My favourite thing about this colour in this formula is that it does not settle into lip lines at all. I have very dry lips, and most lipsticks, especially the ones with more slip, tend to settle and gather in my lip lines, creating a not-so-flattering look. However Mexicatchy applies and wears smoothly for a few hours before disappearing due to me eating / drinking.

With a Louboutin lip liner, this product lasted over 8 hours on my lips. Yes you read that right – a glossy, sheer-ish lipstick can last a really long time on your lips. I don’t always wear this with a lip liner, preferring to pop this on when I want to go for a glamour red without the heaviness, but it’s nice to know that when I want the option, it’s there.

Review and swatches of Christian Louboutin Sheer Voile Lip Colour in Mexicatchy

Review and swatches of Christian Louboutin Sheer Voile Lip Colour in Mexicatchy

The downside of course, is the price is pretty out there. At C$120 a pop, not everyone can afford it, but it’s definitely a nice treat for yourself. You can purchase the Louboutin Sheer Voile Lip Colour at Holt Renfrew.

The swatches

Review and swatches of Christian Louboutin Sheer Voile Lip Colour in Mexicatchy

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

NEW IN BEAUTY | Charlotte Tilbury Exagger-Eyes, L’Occitane en Provence Almond Delightful Body Balm, and Givenchy Le Rouge Liquid

Review of Charlotte Tilbury Exagger-Eyes, L'Occitane en Provence Almond Delightful Body Balm, and Givenchy Le Rouge Liquid

A few beauty products launched earlier this spring that I wanted to share with you guys! First up is the Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Palette in Exagger-Eyes (C$66). When I heard that Charlotte Tilbury was bringing out additional Luxury Eye Palettes, I was absolutely elated. Charlotte Tilbury eye palettes are one of my absolute favourites; I take them with me everywhere I travel because I know I can rely on them for a beautiful, long lasting eye look. She released two new variations – Transform-Eyes and Exagger-Eyes – both aimed at creating bigger, brighter eyes. I received Exagger-Eyes from PR and I can’t be more happy about it.

Of the two new palettes, Exagger-Eyes is the more neutral one (Transform-Eyes is very warm-toned). It is a fantastic palette to create a subtle, natural eye look that still has a bit of pop. If you love neutral palettes, you gotta pick this one up. Charlotte’s palettes are also completely foolproof and can be used by anyone with any makeup skill, so even if you are a complete makeup newbie, you can create a beautiful look from this one. Including this one, I own five of Charlotte’s eyeshadows so you know that they are definitely good enough to collect.

Next is a luxurious body care product from L’Occitane’s almond range, one of my favourite body care collections. I LOVE the Almond Shower Oil and it is a constant staple in my shower, both at home and on travels. The new Almond Delightful Body Balm (C$44) is such a luxurious treat. It is incredibly moisturizing and great for those with dry, scaly skin. I use this all over my legs before bed and I wake up with super soft, silky skin. It is a bit heavy for the summer, so I only use a little bit, and it can also be used to boost the moisture properties of your other Almond body products. I can see myself really indulging in this during the colder months. For now though, I’m using it sparingly both because it is so effective and because it is such a treat for the skin.

Lastly, we have something that I’ve been anticipating for a while – the Givenchy Le Rouge Liquide (C$44)! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Givenchy lipsticks. I own several of the Le Rouge lipsticks as they are one of my absolute favourites. They released a liquid version of this amazing formula that is housed in the same gorgeous leather case. At the media launch in Vancouver, received a PR sample of this lipstick in #412 Grenat Alpaga, which is a deep garnet red. I later went back a few days later and purchased the shade #101 Nude Cachemire, which is a gorgeous my-lips-but-better nude pink.

The formula of this is great – good coverage but still lightweight, and dries down to a powdery matte. It’s not drying at all, compared to other liquid lipsticks, and feels very comfortable on the lips. For a liquid lipstick, the applicator is great because the product twists up, but you can actually wipe clean the applicator so that it doesn’t get gunky. Overall recommend!

You can purchase Charlotte Tilbury and Givenchy at Holt Renfrew. L’Occitane products are available at their retail stores or online.

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

FOUNDATION REVIEWS | Shu Uemura The Lightbulb Essence, Diorskin Forever Undercover and Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Aqua Nude

Review of Shu Uemura Lightbulb Essence Foundation, Diorskin Forever Undercover Foundation and Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Aqua Nude Foundation

Sorry for being missing for the last month! I misplaced my SD card and then I had to order another one, so I wasn’t able to take photos or blog, not to mention I lost all the photos that I had taken before… Anyways, I wanted to share some new foundation reviews with you today! Foundations are a staple to my daily face routine. I don’t always wear a full face of makeup, but I will usually wear a full face of foundation + powder to work to help even out my skintone. That also means they are one of my favourite things to test out. When I try a new foundation, I usually look for three main things:

  • Longevity of wear – I hate touching up during the day (and pretty much never do unless I’m going somewhere nice at night), so I need something that will wear all day without disappearing
  • Ease of application – I am almost always late in the morning, so I need something that blends easily with fingers
  • Good on dry skin – I have dry skin, so I look for foundations that don’t sink into my lines or pores

I’m not too picky on coverage, since I have various foundations that I use that vary in coverage, but the three things above are the most important to me. Today I’m reviewing three relatively new foundations that came out in the last 6 months or so.

Shu Uemura The Lightbulb Essence Foundation is a serum foundation, kind of like Diorskin Air Nude or Armano Maestro. This is my favourite type of foundation to use when I am having a lazy good skin day and just need a tiny bit of coverage to even out my skin. You can apply this with a sponge, brush, or fingers, and it is said to provide “deep hydration and 24-hour rich moisture with natural coverage that cocoons the skin with softness.”

I wear the shade 564 which is the perfect match for my NC25 light neutral skintone.

The biggest downside to this product is that I absolutely hate the packaging. It comes in a dropper bottle, which is great, but the dropper isn’t like the rubber squeeze type that has a bit more “suction strength.” Shu basically designed a sleek dropper that comes out of the top of the bottle when you twist the bottle a little bit, and then you press it down to get the foundation in the dropper, then you can drop it on your hand / brush / sponge / face. In theory, that should work, expect the dropper has zero suction strength so I pretty much end up dripping foundation all over the bottle itself and then on my bathroom counter. I am super OCD about foundation on the outside of the bottle so that bothers me to no end, and I have to clean it up right away. I would honestly recommend this foundation if not for the terrible bottle design. Shu, please don’t try to be innovative in the packaging and just use the traditional dropper like everyone else!

You can purchase Shu Uemura at The Bay or on the Shu website.

Diorskin Forever Undercover is a new-ish product in the Diorskin Forever range, which promises ultra long wear and full coverage. There are 24 shades in total, and the shades pretty much match the normal Dior shade in other foundation ranges (I wear 020 in all Dior foundations).

This foundation is one of the most long-wearing foundations in my collection. It blends super easily just with fingers, and wears well over most skincare products, preferring those that don’t dry down completely. I use only a little bit on a day-to-day basis, and it gives me medium coverage, blending over my redness and pores to leave a relatively flawless finish. It does dry down almost completely matte, so no powdering is required. I see this as being a better foundation for normal, combination, or oily skin types. If I’m having a particularly dry skin day, this tends to not wear as well because it will cling to some dry spots on my face. Otherwise if I’m looking for a long-wearing, medium to full coverage foundation, this will pretty much always deliver.

You can purchase Dior at The Bay and Holt Renfrew.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Aqua Nude (C$61) is an extension of the Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation. The original Lingerie de Peau is a light-to-medium coverage foundation that gives a dewy, radiant finish. The Aqua Nude version is even lighter, claiming to hydrate and plump the skin. I would describe this almost like a milky-gel foundation. It is super lightweight, and provides barely-there coverage.

The original Lingerie de Peau clinged to my dry spots, but the Aqua Nude definitely is much better for those with dry skin. It blends into the skin very well, and doesn’t settle into lines. I wear the shade 02N Natural, which is my usual Guerlain foundation shade – a light neutral beige. I love this for perfect skin days, as it doesn’t mask my natural skin. It just barely covers the redness in my cheeks, and it lightly smooths out skin texture. Finish is a dewy-satin, and because it is a hydrating foundation, there is very poor oil control so powdering is a must.

There are a few things I love about this foundation – how easy it is to blend into the skin, and the bottle. Most Guerlain foundations come in a glass bottle which is tedious to bring around with you. This foundation, despite it being 30mL like most foundations, is in a plastic bottle that’s just very easy to transport. This is great for travelling when you want a little bit of coverage but not so much, or to bring with you to touch up after the gym.

That being said, it’s just an okay foundation. I would wear it, but it doesn’t wow me. For $61, I’d say skip.

You can purchase Guerlain at Beauty Court, Holt Renfrew, and the Bay.

Products featured in this post were provided by PR; all opinions are my own.