New release reviews: Lush Parsley Porridge soap & D’Fluff Shaving Soap

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For the summer, Lush is releasing 6 new inventions. I’m reviewing the Parsley Porridge Soap and D’Fluff Shaving Soap below.

  1. African Paradise Body Conditioner – a blend of Fair Trade shea butter and Fair Trade Moringa oil to soften and nourish the skin, and Fair Trade aloe gel to soothe the skin.
  2. Zeste Hair Gel – a lemony zesty fruit-based hair gel that provides the hold without the grease.
  3. Mangnificent Soap – formulated with zingy Sicilian lemon oil, mandarin oil and neroli oil, as well as fresh mango puree and mango slices will help to wake you up on Monday mornings.
  4. Granny Takes a Dip Bath Bomb – this bath bomb infused with lemon oil will create a mesmerizing swirl of colour in your bath tub.
  5. Parsley Porridge Soap – made with fresh parsley, finely ground oatmeal, thyme, tea tree oil and aloe gel, this soap gently exfoliates, soothes, and freshens on a hot summer day.
  6. D’Fluff Shaving Soap – a shaving soap created with fresh strawberries, egg whites and golden syrup, blended with rosehip oil, coconut oil and maple sugar.

Parsley Porridge Soap

This is one of the more moisturizing Lush soaps I’ve tried. It smells quite herbally and when I have it in my bathroom, it makes my entire bathroom smell like herbs. It doesn’t sud up as well as some of the other Lush soaps, but I love that it is so moisturizing and not stripping. I enjoy using this in the summer because the tee tree oil acts as a pore de-clogger for those hot summer days or after exercising. The aloe gel also helps to soothe the skin. It’s not as refreshing as say, one of Lush’s more zesty soaps, but I do enjoy using this one a lot. If you’re looking to try something more natural that also helps to treat and soothe the skin, Parsley Porridge Soap will be your friend!

Ingredients: Tea Tree Infusion (Melaleuca alternifolia) , Rapeseed Oil , Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Cocos nucifera) ,Glycerine , Sorbitol , Fresh Aloe Gel (Aloe Secundiflora), Water , Fresh Parsley (Carum petroselinum) , Fine Ground Oatmeal (Avena sativa) , Thyme Oil (Thymus zygis) , Sandalwood Oil (Fusanus spicatus) , Grapefruit Oil (Citrus paradisi) , Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) , Titanium Dioxide , Sodium Chloride ,Chlorophyllin , *Limonene , *Geraniol , *Farnesol ,*Linalool , Fragrance , EDTA , Tetrasodium Editronate ,Sodium Hydroxide

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D’Fluff Shaving Soap

This shaving soap smells SO GOOD, just like strawberry jelly. It’s perfect for use at the end of a long day as its sweet and helps to calm my senses down, as well as helps me dream of strawberry desserts at night! It’s super fluffy, like the texture of marshmallows, and you only need a bit (quarter size) to spread out and shave over. I use this mainly on my underarms and it’s great for that sensitive area as it creates enough of a cushion to shave over. The egg whites, rosehip oil, and coconut oil also help to condition and moisturize the area. If there’s one thing you need to try from this new collection, it’s the D’Fluff Shaving Soap!

Ingredients: Water , Rapeseed Oil , Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera) ,Saccharide Hydrolysate , Glycerine , Organic Rose Hip Oil (Rosa canina) , Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao) , Fresh Strawberries (Fragaria vesca) , Fresh Organic Free Range Egg Whites ,Fragrance , Organic Maple Sugar (Acer saccharum) ,Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla Planifolia) , Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis) , Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) , Sodium Chloride , EDTA ,Tetrasodium Editronate , Sodium Hydroxide , Titanium Dioxide , *Eugenol , *Limonene , *Benzyl Alcohol ,Hexyl Cinnamal , Red 27 , Red 40

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Almay Summer launch event!

I was really fortunate to be able to attend the Almay launch of their new and upcoming summer products. We were also reintroduced to some of Almay’s most popular products. Jacquie, the national makeup artist for Revlon and Almay in Canada, was in attendance to show us some of the ways we can use the products.

Did you know Almay is the most popular brand of drugstore makeup remover in North America? Not surprising because they have several different makeup remover products aimed at different skin types and also for removing different things. Their Eye Makeup Remover Pads, one of their most well-known products, is available in oil free, which is a lighter non-greasy formula, and moisturizing, which is better for taking off heavier, more resistant eye makeup. Both are equally fantastic in removing daily eye makeup.

I am especially excited about these Oil Free Makeup Eraser Sticks that are super convenient for on the go or for keeping at the office for quick touch-ups. I keep mine at the office for touchups before meetings when sometimes mascara ends up on my under-eye area. These are very easy to use and I will do a formal review of them later.

Almay Smart Shade is also something that has become very hot in the last couple of years. Smart Shade is a technology that basically allows the product to adjust to your skin-tone to create a foundation shade that is perfect for you. The Perfect & Correct Primer consists of two coloured swirls, one in purple for correcting any sallowness, and one in green for correcting any redness. The primer is creamy and blends in very well. You also don’t need too much to cover your face.

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Swatches: MAC Semi-Precious Collection [link]

Yuki’s Lazy Channel has posted up swatches for the entire Semi-Precious collection to be released by MAC this summer. You can see swatches for eye products here and swatches for face and lip products here. You can find information on the collection at Temptalia here.

The swatches and photos are doing nothing for me as I’ve tried and failed with MAC mineralized products. I also need to curb my spending habits so I won’t be buying anything.

Has anything specific caught your eye?

Photo/Info: Collection Byzance de Chanel

The Collection Byzance de Chanel will be comprised of:

  • Le 4 Quadra Eyeshadow palette in Regard Signe de Chanel
  • Joues Contraste blush in Or and Rouge
  • Rouge Allure in Rouge Byzantine

In addition, there will also be a limited edition highlight palette that is available. It is extremely limited edition, with only 1500 that was made for the entire world, and can be purchased for $250 at select Chanel boutiques. You can see photos of this palette here on Cafe Makeup.

There is nothing interesting for me in this collection, although I’ve asked my Chanel SA to call me when they get it in so I can at least play with some of the stuff. This collection speaks “fall” to me, even though summer isn’t yet here… Whats on your list?

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Preview: Guerlain Rouge Automatique

Guerlain is coming out with a new lipstick!! Too bad I’m not too excited about it for a couple of reasons:

  1. Guerlain currently has, what… 4-5 different lipsicks? There’s the Rouge G, Rouge G le Brillant, Kiss Kiss, Kiss Kiss Strass. Lip glosses in stick form include Kiss Kiss Baby and Kiss Kiss Stick Gloss. Is it really necessary to have another one?
  2. Ugh, the packaging. Doesn’t it remind you of those Bonne Bell lipsticks we had when we were young, but just much more expensive?

These photos were posted by Teen Vogue’s beauty director, Eva Chen, on her Twitter. You can see her other photos here.

The lipstick will be available in a wide variety of skin-tone flattering shades.

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Sneak Peek: Guerlain and Dior Spring 2011 with Swatches! [link]


Who is excited for Guerlain and Dior Spring?! Guerlain and Dior are my two favourite cosmetics brands and every season I anticipate their upcoming collections. I’ve stumbled on some swatches from one of my favourite online beauty editorials called UrCosme, from Taiwan. Dior Spring collection hasn’t even been released yet, which is why this is even more exciting!

From the photos you can see there’s going to be a new quad released by Dior, available in two variations, plus two new variations of the 5-colour eyeshadow (#034 designer edition and #018 5-colour eyeshadow). There is no information about whether the quads are limited edition or not, but I would assume so. The theme next Spring seems to be slate/grey shades, which is kind of strange for Spring. Also a new nail polish in a grey-ish tone, #707, and new gloss in shade #707, which is also silver/grey.

For more photos and swatches, visit UrCosme’s Facebook Page and direct link to the photos here.

Update!! You can see Dior’s Spring 2011 info here! The Cannage palettes are going to be LE and are the star products for Spring. The new 5-colour eyeshadow in #034 reminds me of the Misty Mauve palette from this past fall, but instead of mauve/purple tones, its grey XD

Update #2!! You can see better photos of the Guerlain stuff here on Yuki’s Lazy Channel, including clearer swatches. Ooooh I’m wanting that Ecrin 6 palette! Who can resist a hot pink jewel shade?

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Holiday 2010: Guerlain Les Ors + thoughts

You might notice I don’t post up many upcoming releases on my blog anymore. I feel that you can find this information elsewhere and I just don’t have time to keep up with everything. However I still post the information for collections that I personally would purchase from or I find especially interesting. Guerlain Holiday is definitely one of those collections. From personal experience, whenever I see a new release from Guerlain, I’m never like “OMG I need this,” especially when compared to Dior or Chanel. However I look at more product photos and swatches, then swatch it myself. think about it for a bit, and then 9 out of the 10 times, I will go back to purchase the real thing. There is just that magic about Guerlain that I can’t seem to get away from. I can say for sure that they are definitely starting to replace Dior as my all-time favourite beauty company.

So enough of the rambling, here are some photos of Guerlain’s upcoming holiday collection. When I first saw it, I thought I was safe, but now that I look at it some more… boy, do I think I need this.

Image credits go to British Beauty Blogger. You can also find information about the upcoming release if you click on the link.

What do you think, buy or no buy?

Sneak peek at Guerlain fall 2010

Here’s are some promotional pictures of Guerlain’s fall 2010 collection. This has got to be a million times better than what Dior has to offer. You can check out Dior Fall 2010 offerings over at A Touch of Beauty.

I’m seriously loving this eyeshadow palette. It reminds me so much of Japanese eyeshadow palettes in general but of course being Guerlain its bound to be packed full of colour.

[Update] You can check swatches of this palette as well as a few of the other items on Haruhii. Too bad the blue palette I want isn’t included in the swatches yet =(

I’m not totally loving the fact that the mirror opens from the side, but that just means the designs at the top are carvings rather than just laser-etched into the top of the palette.

There will be five variations to this palette. Again the setup of this palette is reflective of Japanese eyeshadow palettes with the highlighter shades, contouring shades and liner shades. I have my eye on the colour combination on the very left with the beautiful blue-teal in the centre.

There will also be a new Kiss Kiss lip product available. From the Chinese description on Iswii.net, its supposed to be a lip-treatment of some kind but with colour. My guess is that its the Guerlain version of Dior’s Serum de Rouge. This will be available in 8 shades.

Of course no collection is complete without some new Rouge G de Guerlain with 4 new shades in #13 Giny, #14 Gillian, #68 Gigi, and #69 Gwen

And three new Kiss Kiss glosses. I’m not sure if they will be released like this, but the colours, especially the one on the left, looks like they are gradiant. That’s something to look forward to!

And lastly, one more variation of Guerlain’s Blush 4 Eclat Sculpting Blush in #7.

So… any lemmings yet from this collection?

I definitely want one of the eyeshadow palettes. I’m hoping I can grab one either at Holts before I leave or at Shoppers Drug Mart during one of their 20x points events. This collection is scheduled to be released in August.

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Sephora x Tarina Tarantino: Some pics!

Here are some pics of the upcoming Sephora x Tarina Tarantino collaboration that is being released next February.

Love this princessy room! I wouldn’t mind having a room like this as my living room.
This reminds me of Guerlain’s Sublime Radiant Powder that is released with every Holiday collection. I hope this will be less expensive though because the Guerlain powder is usually priced around $100. It is equally princessy!

Last but not least, the 24-shade single eyeshadow collection. The top of each compact is adorned with 26 crystals! Talk about luxury in an expensive package.

I’m really excited about this collection. As you may already know, I’m a huge sucker for princessy packaging (like Jill Stuart products), and since this will be widely available at Sephoras around the world, it will be must easier to get ahold of this than the Jill Stuart products.

Very interesting concept: the new Heme Instant Lift & Whitening Eye Mask

Ever wonder what it is like to dress up like you were going to a masquerade ? Well here is your chance without looking too silly. Heme, a Taiwanese skincare brand, is introducing a new eye mask that is shaped like a real mask.

It claims to give your eyes an instant lift, while whitening the areas around them so you won’t have panda eyes. I wonder if whoever came up with this knows that the reason people have undereye circles in the first place is not because of excess melanoma, but because of broken blood vessels (ie. capillaries) underneath your eyes. You can’t get rid of these in the short term because its inside your flesh, not on top of your skin.
But anyways, I’d just thought I’d share because this is quite an interesting concept, although I wonder if you were going to do a mask like that, might as well do a whole face mask and take care of the rest of your face too. I guess Heme is going for the whole princessy look.
This product is now available for purchase in Taiwan for $299 NT for a pack of 5, which is about $10 CAD.
Would you use something like this?