Review + swatches – Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Eye Color Limited, Gel Blush and Tinted Lip Gloss

Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Eye Color Limited, Gel Blush and Tinted Lip Gloss review

I previously shared my review of the Paul & Joe 15 Anniversary Collection which was a huge hit. From what I know, it basically sold out in just a few days and there were long waitlists of the product everywhere. I’m here to share with you my thoughts on their Summer 2017 limited edition collection, which is inspired by the sun, sailboats, and beaches.

Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Eye Color Limited in Daydream Believer (005) and Castles in the Air (007) review

First off I have the most beautiful Eye Color Limited (C$40) palettes in shades Daydream Believer (005) and Castles in the Air (007). These mosaic tile design is so beautiful and definitely creates a good talking piece. They come in three different shades, and the two I have are the neutrals. Daydream Believer is the warmer of the two palettes, featuring beautiful coppers and bronzes, as well as a nice touch of silver to balance out the warm tones. Castles in the Air is the more neutral of the two, and it has taupes and soft browns. Both of these have incredible pigmentation with soft shimmers throughout. There is one or two glittery shade per palette, but the glitters aren’t too noticeable. In addition to using this as an eye palette, these palettes can also be used as cheek illuminators to create a beautiful summery glow. It definitely helps save space in your makeup bag because you just need to bring once palette instead of two.

I’m also a fan of the whimsical print packaging, although I was a bit disappointed because the warmth at this time of the year melted the glue a bit and the palette had gotten dislodged from the packging. If you prefer de-potting your palettes into a custom kit, this packaging makes it super easy. Another downside is that I found this tended to fade quite quickly on my lids, especially if I didn’t wear any primer. It contains a lot of emollient ingredients so this wasn’t unexpected for me, just make sure to wear a primer!

Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Gel Blush in Fantasy (001) and Monde Imaginaire (002) review

The Paul & Joe Gel Blush (C$31) is my most anticipated product this collection. It comes in two shades – Fantasy (001) and Monde Imaginaire (002) – in the most incredibly cool texture. It’s like a gel-creme puddy that you can squish down and mold with your fingers, it is super fun to play with. The Gel Blush melts into the heat of my fingers, making it super blendable and creamy. The shade Fantasy is very pretty natural blush flush of colour that would look beautiful on every skin tone. Monde Imaginaire (imaginary world) is a sheer peachy colour that would be most suitable for fair to light skintones.

Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Tinted Lip Gloss in Musing (001) and Figment (002) review

Lastly, we have the Tinted Lip Glosses. If you’re looking at the photos and you’re asking why are they called Tinted Lip Glosses when they’re clear, and they’re both the same?! It’s because they adjust to the temperature of your lips to create a pretty pink. The two shades are Musing (001) and Figment (002). Musing comes out to be a creamy pink, whereas Figment becomes a sparkly pink. Both are very cute, very hydrating, and great for the summer when you don’t want to wear too much makeup.

You can pick up Paul & Joe’s summer 2017 collection at beautyboutique.ca and select Shopper’s Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques across Canada!

The swatches

Eye Color Limited in Daydream Believer (005)

Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Eye Color Limited in Daydream Believer (005) and Castles in the Air (007) review

Eye Color Limited in Castles in the Air (007)

Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Eye Color Limited in Daydream Believer (005) and Castles in the Air (007) review

Gel Blush in Fantasy (001) and Monde Imaginaire (002)

Paul & Joe Summer 2017 Gel Blush in Fantasy (001) and Monde Imaginaire (002) review

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

Review + swatches – Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Collection

Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Collection review and swatches

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

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

Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Collection review and swatches

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

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

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

Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Collection review and swatches

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

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

The swatches

Eye and Cheek colours

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

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

Paul & Joe Summer 2016 Come Sail Away collection – Cat lipstick, Face & Eye Colour Palette, and Silky Pressed Powder

Paul & Joe summer 2016 makeup collection review

Paul & Joe Beaute‘s summer 2016 Come Sail Away collection has a beachy vibe featuring sail boats and a nautical theme! Today I have a few products from the collection to show you.

Paul & Joe summer 2016 cat lipstick review

The popular cat lipstick (C$20 for the refill, C$7 for the case) from last fall are being re-introduced for the summer with a new limited edition formula. The outer lipstick is transparent, formulated with a hydrating oils such as Cocoa Seed Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil and Lavander Oil to nourish lips. The inner, cat-shaped layer carries a light veil of colour that melts with the outside layer to create a glossy shine. There are three colours: Catamaran (001), a nude; Smooth Sailing (002), a cool-toned pink; and Ahoy (003), a sheer red. The shade I have is Catamaran and it’s just adorable – the cat design goes all the way through to the bottom of the lipstick, as with the lipsticks from last fall. If you’re a cat lover, you must get one (or all) of these for your collection!

Paul & Joe summer 2016 cat lipstick review

The case of the lipstick is sold separately, and this summer there are two limited edition lipstick case designs. The one above features a navy and white design, and the alternate design features a sky blue and white. I love that there are cats also imprinted on the insider of the tube; it’s just such a nice touch. I also love that the lipstick cases for this summer are plastic, rather than the usual cardboard paper. The paper ones are extremely flimsy and can’t really be reused or carried around with you, so these are much better.

Paul & Joe summer 2016 makeup collection review

The Face & Colour Colour Palettes (C$36) are also new and limited edition for summer 2016. The palettes are infused with skin conditioning and hydrating ingredients, such as Orange Flower Water, White Lily Extract, Jojoba Seed Oil, Rosemary extract and Rose Canina Fruit Extract. It comes in three coordinated palette variations: Sunshine & Sand (001), Coral Garden (002) and Come Sail Away (003). The shade I have above is Coral Garden, which features a beauty coral shimmery shade that would make a good blush/highlighter, a bright rose-pink shade, and a light, warm-toned brown. This palette is perfect as a quick travel contour/blush palette as well, because you can use the brown as a quick contour, the rose pink as a blush, and the coral as a highlighter.

Paul & Joe summer 2016 makeup collection review

The packaging of the Face & Colour Colour Palettes is very whimsical. They are made out of paper though, which again is not the most sturdy.

Paul & Joe summer 2016 makeup collection review

Lastly, the Paul & Joe Silky Pressed Powder (C$48) received a new limited edition compact case for summer 2016. It is house in a retro, beach-inspired compact, with a soft, fluffy white compact puff. The limited edition Silky Pressed Powder comes in two shades 01, a pale, pink hue to improve complexion and emphasize clarity; and 02, a multi-beige shade that matches and enhances any skin tone. The shade I have above is 01, and it’s fantastic for brightening the skintone. It does not provide any coverage though, so you’ll have to wear a foundation or BB cream underneath to cover any pores or imperfections.

Paul & Joe summer 2016 makeup collection review

The limited edition Silky Pressed Powder also comes with a limited edition silky pouch to help carry the rest of your beach essentials.

Paul & Joe summer 2016 makeup collection review

I’m a big fan of Paul & Joe Beaute, and I’m very happy to see that the summer 2016 collection is again an outstanding one. I would highly recommend checking out the cat lipsticks, as well as the Face & Eye Colour Palettes. If you’re in need of a face powder, the Silky Pressed Powder is a good option.

Paul & Joe Beaute Come Sail Away collection for summer 2016 is available either now, or very soon, at select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques (listed below), online at beautyboutique.ca, and at Beauty Court in Richmond and Burnaby. Make sure to check your store often because these collection sell out super quickly, especially the cat lipstick!

Toronto/GTA
• 2223 Bloor Street West
• 5576 Yonge Street
• 2345 Yonge Street
• 9350 Yonge Street, Hillcrest Mall, Richmond Hill

Montreal
• 1122 Rue Sainte Catherine Ouest

Ottawa
• 50 Rideau Street, Rideau Centre

Vancouver
• 748 Burrard Street
• 3020 West Broadway
• 6060 Minoru Boulevard, Richmond Centre

Calgary
• 6455 Macleod Trails South Unit 24, Chinook Mall

Get flawless looking skin this fall with Paul & Joe Perfect Makeup Primer, Pressed Face Powder, Anna Sui Illuminating BB Cream, and Stila Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector

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There are a new plethora of base products coming out this fall, and today I’m going to share with you new releases by Paul & Joe, Anna Sui and Stila. Together, these products create a flawless canvas for colour cosmetics going into the fall and holiday seasons!

Paul & Joe Perfect Makeup Primer review

In addition to repackaging some of its cult favourites such as the Moisturizing Foundation Primer, Paul & Joe has released a new Perfect Makeup Primer. The P&J Perfect Makeup Primer (C$42) is an all-in-one beauty staple that primes the skin, and also acting as a moisturizing serum to plump up the skin from within, and provides light coverage. There are two shades available 01 Bright Ocre and 02 Nature Ocre – I have bright ocre which is a pale nude tone, and when worn underneath my foundation, it helps to brighten up my skintone.

Paul & Joe also repackaged its Pressed Face Powder (C$35 for powder refill), now available in a matte gold case with an accompanying velvet makeup puff that’s luxurious and vintage-looking (C$10 for the case and puff). It’s available in four shades – 01 Translucent powder for all skin tones, 04 Natural Light Beige, 05 Natural Beige and 06 Healthy Sand Beige. I have 04 Natural Light Beige and it works well on my NC25 light medium skintone, providing a bit of a brightening lift.

Paul & Joe Pressed Face Powder review
Paul & Joe Pressed Face Powder review

Known for her beautiful foundation products, Anna Sui is introducing an Illuminating BB Cream (C$34) for fall. This BB cream acts as a primer and foundation while providing nourishing skincare benefits, using ingredients such as Lychee Honey Extract to add suppleness to skin, and Sweet Flag Extract to enhances circulation and warm the skin. It is available in two shades – Light Beige and Medium Beige.

The shade I have is light beige, and it’s a tinge too light for my light medium skintone – it would work better if you are fair to light instead. I swatched Medium Beige at the media preview and it looks like it’d be a better match for me, but that also means dark toned girls out there are out of luck as there are only two light shades, with the darkest to suit NC25-30 at the most. In terms of texture and wear – similar to other Japanese formula base products, the Anna Sui Illuminating BB Cream has a dewy, moist finish. Coverage is about medium and it just melts into the skin, doing an excellent job at covering redness. As promised, it’s very moisturizing and feels extremely comfortable on the skin, but the only downside to this type of formula is that it’s not very long lasting, fading away not soon after the 8 hour mark. Another thing to keep in mind is that the size of this BB Cream is very small; you don’t get the full 30mL that comes with most base makeup items, rather you only get 24mL, which is 20% less than other base products.

Anna Sui Illuminating BB Cream

Lastly, but most excitedly, Stila is releasing the coolest ever base product, the Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector (C$51). The texture of this product is just incredible, like a softy putty clay. When used with the new Stila Wonder Brush (C$75), it mimics the effects of airbrushing on the skin, smoothing out fine lines and pores. The lightweight texture is oil free, and is available in five shades from fair, light, medium, tan, to deep. The shade I have is light and it’s a great match for my skintone. You can wear this alone or over foundation and it really is skin perfecting, like photoshop in a compact!

Stila Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector review
Stila Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector review
Stila Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector review
Stila Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector review

I also wanted to showcase some products from the Paul & Joe Fall 2015 Cafe Parisien collection. This is undoubtedly the cutest collection of the year, featuring the famed cat lipsticks in whimsical bird and floral print packaging. The Eye Colour I have is 097 Cafe Macchiato (C$28), which is a rich chocolate taupe with shimmer, and the Cafe Parisien lipstick I have is 093 Cafe Parisien (C$20.00 for the lipstick refill, and C$7.00 for the lipstick case), a cool-toned pink with a nude cat centre (the cat goes all the way through the lipstick!). There are also a few compact cases (C$8) with the adorable limited edition packaging available, where you can purchase refills of blush or eyeshadow from Paul & Joe’s regular collection to insert in the case. The possibilities are endless!

The lipstick is forever going into my beauty archives, my collection of beautiful and interesting beauty products released over the years because it’s just too adorable!

Paul & Joe Fall 2015 Cafe Parisien
Paul & Joe Fall 2015 Cafe Parisien Cafe Macchiato
Paul & Joe Fall 2015 Cafe Parisien cat lipstick

Paul & Joe is available at select Shoppers Drug Mart Hillcrest Mall, Richmond Hill, ON; Robson and Burrard, Vancouver, BC; Richmond center, Richmond, BC; Chinook Center, Calgary, AB; Bloor West Village, 2290 Bloor Street West, Toronto; West Broadway, 2979 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC.

Anna Sui is available at select Shoppers Drug Mart, Pharmaprix, Murale and Hudson’s Bay (Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Queen Street, Sherway Gardens, Vancouver Downtown, Richmond Centre) locations across Canada and online at thebay.com and murale.ca.

Stila Fall 2015 Modern Goddess Collection will be available September at Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale and Murale.ca.

Ingredients:

Paul & Joe Perfect Makeup Primer ingredients
Paul & Joe Perfect Makeup Primer ingredients

Anna Sui Illuminating BB Cream ingredients
Anna Sui Illuminating BB cream ingredients

Soft, romantic birthday look featuring Charlotte Tilbury & Shu Uemura (with some mini reviews)

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation

My birthday was this weekend! To celebrate, the boyfriend took me to one of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver to celebrate. I put together a soft romantic look for the occasion, featuring products from Charlotte Tilbury and Shu Uemura.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation

On face:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream to prep
  • Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Primer to smooth
  • Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation in 2 to cover
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

On eyes:

  • Shu Uemura Shu:Palette in ME Medium Brown 856 on inner corners and 1/3 of eyelid, M Soft Brown 851 on rest of eyelid, M Dark Brown 895 to smoke out the look on the upper and outer lower lashline
  • Paul & Joe Liquid Eye Liner to line the upper lash line
  • Anna Sui Mascara Primer & Top Coat, with one coat Length & Separation Mascara and topped with one coat of Curl & Volume Mascara
  • False lashes from Daiso
  • Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Ash Brown No. 03

On cheeks:

On lips:

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation

Some mini reviews

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream is seriously amazing, especially when used with Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Primer and Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation. Magic Cream is very thick and great for dehydrated or dry skin (like mine); it just melts into the skin, and if you give it a minute to soak in, it will give you a plump, smooth canvas to apply makeup on top of. Wonderglow primer works very well with Magic Cream because it is silky in texture, blends in very well, and leaves skin looking glowy and healthy.

Light Wonder foundation in #2 is a good match for my NC25 skintone. Coverage is light to medium, and it’s extremely buildable without ever looking cakey or feeling heavy. It doesn’t really do a good job at covering imperfections or spots, you’d definitely need a separate concealer for that, and it’s just okay in covering redness (I built it up around my cheek area where I’m the most red). The texture of Light Wonder is where the magic lies, so if you have relatively good skin (not much redness or spots), then this foundation would be good for you. Compared to other foundations I’ve used, this one is more like a BB cream than a true foundation, but the light, watery texture is just really great for those hot summer months.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Bitch Perfect is the perfect pink nude for my skintone. It works amazingly with Pillowtalk lip liner in that they just complement each other so well. Texture, again, is very creamy with great coverage in just one swipe. I absolutely love Charlotte’s lipstick formulas, and I can’t wait for her Matte Revolution lipsticks to make their way across the pond.

What do you think of this look?

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation

Red lips for all occasions! An overview of eight red lipsticks in different textures and finishes

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I love a good red lip. I used to be intimidated by strong lips but now they’re my favourite “statement piece” to wear. Over the years, I’ve accumulated a ton of red lip products today I’m sharing some old favourites as well as some new discoveries.

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From left to right: Burberry Kisses in 109 Military Red, Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in 75 Dragon, Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick in Empowered, Guerlain Rouge G in Rouge Parade

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  • Burberry Kisses in 109 Military Red is a new recent discovery (full review to be posted soon). It’s a blue-based red in an almost gel texture. It’s more opaque once layered compared to the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Shine in Empowered, but you can also sheer it out by wearing less layers.
  • Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in 75 Dragon is one of my all-time favourite reds. It is a cult classic product that has sadly been discontinued, but it is a very blue-based red with gold shimmers. This is probably one of the more high maintenance reds, since it stains the lips significantly so you need a lip brush to get the most precise line around the lips, and then to fill it in. The end result is a gorgeous, rich red that’s most fitting for any black tie event.
  • Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick in Empowered (reviewed here) is another recent discovery that has quickly become a favourite. This is one of the few reds I’ve found that doesn’t stain the lips (woo hoo!). It’s an orange-based red that starts out sheer, almost jelly-like, and can be built up to fuller coverage.
  • Guerlain Rouge G in Rouge Parade (reviewed here) is another all-time favourite red. Even though it was just introduced late last year, the Rouge G formula has been one of my favourites for years due to its rich colour payoff and creamy formula. Rouge Parade is a neutral red that just brightens up my whole face when I wear it. I’m also loving the limited edition red lacquer case, which is a nice bonus.

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From left to right: Lise Watier Baiser Velours in Eternal Kiss, Paul & Joe Lipstick in Rosebud, Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in New York Scene, Shiseido Laquer Rouge in RD413

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  • Lise Watier Baiser Velours in Eternal Kiss (reviewed here) is a recent discovery and the only matte red lip on this list. It’s hard to find a matte lipstick that doesn’t completely dry out the lips, and this one fits the bill. It is a more neutral, leaning blue-based red that has a matte, velvet finish. I like wearing this when I want a long-wearing red lip without the maintenance (you can just top up with lip balm to refresh the colour).
  • Paul & Joe Lipstick in Rosebud (reviewed here) is a good option for those who want to try the red lip but is intimidated by its intensity. This one is the sheerest of the bunch, and is also the easiest to wear, even appropriate for work lunch meetings.
  • Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in New York Scene (reviewed here) is one of my favourite low-maintenance lip formula, in a beautiful raspberry red tone. The ColorStay Moisture Stain really does stain your lips for hours, meaning you can wear this when you’re out and about without needing to worry about touchups.
  • Shiseido Laquer Rouge in RD413 is an orange-based red with an interesting wet laquer formula. It’s like a gloss and lacquer in one, giving up extreme shine with intense colour. The wet formula, while glossy, is also very light and not sticky at all, so this would be great for those who like that glossy finish without all the downsides of one.

What are some of your favourite red lip products, and have you discovered any new ones you want to try recently?

Paul & Joe Beaute now available in Vancouver! Review + swatches + look with the Paul & Joe Lipstick and Liquid Eye Liner

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Japanese beauty lovers rejoice! Paul & Joe Beaute is now available at three select locations on the West Coast – Shoppers Drug Mart on Burrard (beside the giant Victoria’s Secret) in Downtown Vancouver, B.C.; Shoppers Drug Mart at Richmond Centre in Richmond, B.C.; and Shoppers Drug Mart at Chinook Centre in Calgary. To welcome them to Vancouver, I’d like to share with you two new products from Paul and Joe Beaute (you can see past reviews I’ve done on Paul & Joe Beaute here), the limited edition Lipstick from the Spring 2015 collection called 086 Rosebud, and the permanent Liquid Eye Liner in 01 Black.

The new Paul & Joe Lipsticks come in two separate “sections” – the lipstick refill (C$20) and the lipstick case (C$7). For their limited edition launches, Paul & Joe has introduced several limited edition paper cases. The one I have is in the 013 design which features clean lines which looks super mod. Normally, their lipstick cases are plastic, and I have to be honest and say that I’m not a big fan of the paper cases because they’re just not as durable as the plastic ones, albeit they are prettier and more personalizable.

paul joe lipstick spring 2015 review

The limited edition spring Lipstick in 086 Rosebud is a sheer red with subtle red glitter. This is the lipstick version of Dorothy’s ruby red slippers, as it is very shimmery in the tube and just looks super glamorous. Once swatched or applied, it is a lot sheered and the glitter isn’t as noticeable, making this is a very wearable lipstick shade. The formula is a very light gel texture, while it builds up a little bit, it will always been a very light wash of colour on the lips. I found the lipstick slightly drying, which is unfortunate because I have a few Paul & Joe lipsticks from several years ago that I love and wear often, and I don’t believe they’re as drying as this one. I might just be the gel texture formula, compared to the ones I have which are creams. Nevertheless, the formulation does vary so I would recommend checking these out in store to see if they work well on your lips. The regular line contains 25 permanent lipstick shades, and the limited edition spring release also has 6 shades, so there are plenty to choose from.

paul joe lipstick 086 rosebud review

Also just a warning – when you’re placing the lipstick refill into the casing, make sure to press down on the refill instead of trying to twist it into place. I was twisting mine, which was a big mistake because I ended up smooshing the top of the lipstick into the cap. Just gently press it into the case and you should feel it secure into place.

paul joe lipstick spring 2015 review

The Liquid Eye Liner in 01 Black (C$26) an absolute pleasure to use. It has a brush-type application that is ultra thin so you can apply a very thin line very precisely and close to the lash line. The black ink is very black, meaning I just have to go over the line once and you get a deep black line. It dries fast, so I don’t have to keep fanning my eyes or keeping my eyes half open to wait for it to dry. The lasting power is also great, staying in place for the entire day without budging.

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paul joe liquid eye liner review
paul joe liquid eye liner review

As a fan of Paul & Joe Beaute for years, I’m really excited to see them come to Canada with Shoppers Drug Mart (yay Optimum points!). If you’re new to Paul & Joe Beaute, I also recommend checking out their foundations and primers (good coverage, good staying power, very natural looking) and their skincare (Japanese skincare is always very innovative). Paul & Joe Beaute is available at Shoppers Drug Mart on Burrard.; Shoppers Drug Mart at Richmond Centre; and Shoppers Drug Mart at Chinook Centre in Calgary.

The swatches

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Another shot to show you how thin the brush is:

paul joe liquid eye liner swatch

The look

Wearing liquid Eye Liner in 01 Black on eyes, and Lipstick in 086 Rosebud on lips.

paul joe makeup spring 2015 review
paul joe makeup spring 2015 review
paul joe makeup spring 2015 review

FOTD & OOTD for afternoon tea with Jill Stuart & BCBG

Went downtown last Wednesday for afternoon tea with my girls Kerri and Yvonne. Coincidentally it was the day of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals so we wanted to get in and out of downtown as soon as possible, just in case. I tried to do a look with the Canucks colours but the blue turned out to be too dark and the green too light, so that didn’t really work out. But the end result was still nice so I stayed with it and went out anyways. Sorry the hair is a mess; I was in a hurry so I didn’t even bother doing anything with it. Turned out to be a good decision because it was windy outside and my hair ended up blowing everywhere anyways.

I wore Guerlain Parure Extreme in 02 on my face, Jill Stuart Brilliance Eyes in 02 Crystal Jade (the white, green and dark blue) on my eyes and Paul & Joe lipstick in 02 on my lips. I used a pink blush from a Japanese drugstore brand that I don’t know the name of, and mascara was Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara with Majolica Majorca’s mascara base. Dollywink Liquid was my choice of liner, as usual.

For my choice of clothing, we were going to the Fairmont so I wanted to look presentable, but still versatile. I wore gold gladiator sandals with grey True Religion jeans, a black lace tank and my newly acquired white BCBG ruffle blazer.


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Review: Paul & Joe Treatment Serum

Yes I am still on the lookout for the perfect hydrating serum, and I think I’ve come somewhat close with the Paul & Joe Treatment Serum. This was a part of their newest Fall 2010 skincare offerings along with the new Eye Treatment Duo, which I also purchased. I bought this in a special set with deluxe samples of the Cleansing Milk N and the Moisture Lotion N at ASOS when they still had it, but I believe the set is no longer available now. You can still buy the single item itself though.

The serum itself is transparent with a light, watery consistency and a little bit of orange tinge. It applies and spreads very easily, I only need about 1 pump for my face and another 1/3-1/2 pumps for my neck.

I use this after toning with either the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion or Lancome Tonique Confort, and after brighten with Diorsnow White Reveal Essence, but before Paul & Joe Treatment Eye Cream and the Nars Aqua Gel Hydrator.

What it claims (from paul-joe-beaute.com): Sense of resilience and moisturization the moment you apply. For well-toned and vibrant skin.

The damage: $45 from ASOS for the set (serum is 40mL), currently on sale for $35 (for the individual product). You can also get this anywhere they sell Paul & Joe.

The good: It spreads very easily and feels very lights. It absorbs relatively quickly; not so quickly so that it doesn’t feel like there is anything applied, but not so slowly in that it feels sticky. The ingredients list (posted below) is also a good thing as it consists of many different oils and extracts. It smells light and not overpowering at all, and also goes away really quickly. I feel that the scent is probably natural from the orange water as there isn’t any fragrance in the ingredients (at least… I can’t see one). It also provides a solid amount of hydration that is not over the top. When I use it before going to bed, I don’t wake up with dry skin nor oily skin, which can happen when not using the right amount of moisture. The packaging is also a plus; the serum is housed in a nice glass bottle with a pump. I love the details on the side of the pump, I believe they are orange blossoms, which add a nice touch. The price is also quite reasonable as it is regularly about $45 for a 40mL bottle that will last 2-3 months with daily use.

  • Light consistency, spreads easily
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Good stuff in the ingredients
  • Delivers almost the perfect moisture my skin needs
  • Light scent that goes away quickly
  • Nice, durable packaging

The bad: The only inconvenient thing I can find with this product is that it is a little hard to find. It’s not available in Canada unless you buy from select independent retailers (such as Beauty Court in Vancouver, BC), or online from ASOS or one of the Japanese e-tailers (I’ve listed them in my shopping guide which you can find by clicking the link at the top). Also I’m personally not a fan of orange scents, so I would think that’s a con for me as well.

  • Hard to find
  • Personally dislike orange scents

Overall: I really like this serum, I feel it is light enough for me without congesting my pores but still does its job pretty well. The packaging also really adds a nice touch. Although I don’t like how slow it is to absorb, I would still continue to use this, and probably repurchase this after this bottle runs out. I would definitely recommend this serum to everyone  because it is so light, but hydrates without being oily. If you have really oily skin, I would just use less so it will absorb quicker, but it is definitely a good option for you.

  • Product: 17/20
  • Value: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Overall: 29.5/35 | A-
  • Repurchase? Yes, I’ve already purchased a backup during the ASOS sale with free shipping worldwide!

Just some last random words. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Paul & Joe skincare and this is actually my first time trying it. I have got to say that I am pleasantly surprised. Not many Japanese makeup companies do both cosmetics and skincare well under one brand (for example, Anna Sui has an awful cosmetics line… at least most of their products are just useless), but Paul & Joe has really done a great job. I will continue to try out their products and I hope this positive streak will continue.

Swatches: Paul & Joe Spring 2011 “Parasol” (link)

UrCosme has once again posted up real-life photos and swatches of Paul & Joe’s Spring 2011 collection called Parasol. Paul & Joe has really started to grow on me as a beauty brand. I also love how it is so accessible to me for a Japanese brand as I buy all of my Paul & Joe from ASOS (speaking of which, I stocked up on their treatment serum today! 20% off right now plus free shipping. I’ll write a review in a few weeks as I’m going through my current one).

You can see more photos and swatches here. You can also see press photos of the products here.

Did I create any lemmings? I kinda want the eye duo with the ice blue and plum, but thats just because I love all plum shadows. I originally wanted the lipsticks but they are all so sheer, which is a disappointment.

What’s on your wishlist?

All photos from UrCosme and Iswii.