Feature – Comparison of all Burberry foundations, including Fresh Glow, Cashmere, and Bright Glow

Burberry Fresh Glow, Cashmere, and Bright Glow liquid and compact foundation review

I am super excited today because I have for you a pretty awesome round-up of the current Burberry foundation offerings. I will be reviewing the Fresh Glow, Cashmere, and Bright Glow foundations in both the liquid and powder compact versions. Super shoutout to Burberry for sending me these products to test out. I’ve had the Burberry Fresh Glow liquid and compact for a few years now, since it initially launched, and it quickly grew to be one of my favourite foundation formulas. I can always rely on it to get that dewy, glowy, fresh-faced look. I’m super stoked to also try out the Cashmere and Bright Glow formulas, since now I have a better appreciation of Burberry base products.

Burberry Fresh Glow, Cashmere, and Bright Glow liquid and compact foundation review

Burberry Fresh Glow Foundation

This is the inaugural foundation released by Burberry and also one of its most popular. It comes in both a fluid and compact. The Fresh Glow Fluid Foundation is designed to give you a medium coverage with a dewy, glowing finish. It’s also infused with Burberry’s signature English blend of rosehip, tea, and lavender. The Fresh Glow Compact Foundation is a wet-and-dry foundation with adjustable coverage.

Both the Fresh Glow Fluid and Fresh Glow Compact sit on my makeup counter long term. The Fresh Glow Compact (C$62) is the only base product I took with me to Asia, because it offers incredible coverage with the most creamy (for a powder) texture. I have very dry skin and this not only does not cling to any dry spots, it also smooths out my skin so that it looks beautifully hydrated. I wrote a full review of the Fresh Glow Compact here a few years ago, and my thoughts haven’t changed. I wear Rosy Nude No. 31, which continues to be a good match for my skintone. This isn’t advertised anywhere, but I actually find that it contains colour correcting spheres to match itself to my skintone of the day. I have no idea how that works, but it always seems to blend in seamlessly.

The Fresh Glow Fluid (C$62) is another favourite. I LOVE using it with the Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base – it’s actually the only way I use this because it just delivers such an incredible healthy glow to the skin. My full review from a few years ago is posted here. I wear Beige No. 26 which is a good match for my skin tone – it’s a tinge darker than my normal skin tone but because it is relatively on the sheerer side, it does blend out nicely and it doesn’t look like it’s too off.

Burberry Cashmere Foundation

Burberry Cashmere Foundation was released last year as part of a foundation line expansion. It also comes in a fluid and compact. The fluid version of the Cashmere Foundation provides medium-to-high coverage with flawless, soft-matte, long-wearing finish. The compact version is also a matte, full-coverage foundation. The shade I have is No. 21 Ochre, and it is a tinge too light for my skintone, but once blended out it’s not too noticeable.

The Cashmere Fluid (C$62) comes in a very light, fluid texture and is very lightweight. It sets quickly so you really have to move fast to blend this when you first put it on. I generally apply this with my fingers because I find the warmth from my fingers helps it melt into my skin. It feels like weightless silk on my skin, providing medium coverage that is buildable to high. The one thing I don’t like about it is that it tends to sink into my lines a bit, because it is so lighweight. It’s not a big deal, and I can get around it by using a pore-smoothing primer. It is long-wearing, and has a bit of oil-control properties. I generally get about 7-8 hours of full wear, and then it starts to fade after that.

The Cashmere Compact (C$62) is a drier type of compact foundation. Compared to the Fresh Glow, which is creamier and more moisturizing, this one is more powdery and seems to work well as a setting powder as well as a compact foundation. I wearing this in the summer, because I can slap it on and it will last me all day. Coverage isn’t as great as the Fresh Glow Compact or the Cashmere Fluid, but I also don’t build it up as much just because it tends to feel powdery. It’s a fantastic choice for those with oily or combination skin.

Burberry Bright Glow Foundation

The Bright Glow Foundation range was introduced this year. It also comes in a fluid format and compact. The range is designed with its Asian customers in mind, offering a radiant, glowing complexion. It offers buildable medium coverage, as well as a matte radiant finish. The shade I have is No. 21 Ochre, and it is a tinge too light for my skintone, but I found that this formula does oxidize a tiny bit so once blended out it ends up being a good match. Compared to No. 21 Ochre in the Cashmere formula, the Bright Glow No. 21 is also a bit more yellow-toned, which makes sense considering it was formulated for the Asian market.

The Bright Glow Fluid (C$62) is the only Burberry foundation in a glass bottle. It’s a very hydrating foundation that is great for my dry skin. In terms of wear and texture, it feels more like the Fresh Glow, except that I find it provide a bit better coverage. Also I don’t need to blend this with the Fresh Glow base in order to get that luminous finish, Bright Glow Fluid alone will give me a glowy complexion. Of the three formulas, this one doesn’t wear as well, wearing off at around the 4-5 hour mark. It doesn’t have any oil control or skin balancing properties, acting solely as a glowing foundation. As I mentioned earlier, it does tend to oxidize a bit, but it’s not too bad and it’s definitely not like one full shade like other reviewers are saying. Although if you have oily skin, this probably won’t work at all for you.

The Bright Glow Compact (C$62) has a texture that is in between the Fresh Glow Compact and the Cashmere Compact. It’s not super creamy but it’s also not super dry, which is great for all skin types. The best part is that I found that it combined the hydrating properties of Fresh Glow Compact with the long-wearing properties of Cashmere Compact. It also gave me a very subtle glow, which was fantastic. This also oxidizes a bit, but it was very minimal. Coverage is light, but you can definitely build it up to medium.

My one big complaint about Burberry foundations is the weird shade range. I can wear anywhere from No. 20 to No. 31, which is very odd. While it’s great for the normal consumer who often chooses the wrong foundation colour, so having “adjustable” shades avoid mishaps, it is very confusing when I want to shop around for my shade in each range. That being said, I do have to commend Burberry for having such a wide selection of shades for women of most skintones. The only exception is the Bright Glow Foundation, which was created for the Asian market so the shades mostly suit Asian skintones only.

My top personal picks are Fresh Glow Compact and Bright Glow Foundation. If you have oily skin, the Cashmere Foundation is a fantastic companion for those with oily or combination complexions. If you have dull skin and need an easy pick-me-up, definitely go for the Bright Glow.

Have you tried any of these? What do you think?

Burberry Fresh Glow, Cashmere, and Bright Glow liquid and compact foundation review
Burberry Fresh Glow, Cashmere, and Bright Glow liquid and compact foundation review

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

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Review + swatches – Givenchy Fall 2017 Le Rouge Sculpt, Le Rouge, Noir Interdit Mascara, and Base Mascara Perfecto

Givenchy Fall 2017 Le Rouge Sculpt, Le Rouge, Noir Interdit Mascara, and Base Mascara Perfecto review

You may have noticed that my posting schedule has been a bit irregular over the last few months. I haven’t been blogging as much as I want to, mostly because of work and adulting. Basically for the entire months of May, June, July and August, I’ve had maybe 2 weekends with free days. Every other weekend has been filled with things like weddings, trips, birthdays, housewarming parties, you name it. I also work full time, and I was recently promoted, so that takes up most of my time during the week. In keeping with my adulting, I’ve also been trying to be healthier and fitter, so I have been going to barre on every free day I can spare. Anyways I digress.

Today I want to share with you some new releases from Givenchy’s fall 2017 line! Givenchy makes some of my favourite makeup, and the combination of sleek black, lace, and leather is just so me.

First in the collection is an expansion of one of my all-time favourite lipsticks. The Givenchy Le Rouge (C$43) is one of my holy grail lipsticks for being so weightlessly satin-matte, wearing so comfortably and effortlessly. There are a five new shades coming out this fall, and the one I have is 326 Pourpre Edgy, a vampy dark red. Surprisingly, this is actually more satin than matte. It isn’t as full-coverage as my other Le Rouges, which was a pleasant surprise because I wasn’t sure how this colour would translate on me. While it’s not something I’d reach for regularly, the winning formula will make me reach for it over other vampy lip shades. Did I mention it comes in a genuine leather case?

The second is the new Le Rouge Sculpt (C$43), which is a variation of the Le Rouge lipstick, except each lipstick comes with two shades molded into one bullet so that you can use it to sculpt and shape your lips. The shade I have is 01 Sculpt’in Rouge, which is red lipstick framed with translucent black. The red is a beautiful neutral red in the same Le Rouge formula. The black is very light and sheer, which makes it very wearable. That being said, while I like the concept of contoured lips, this one isn’t really for me. The formula is amazing, but it just seems too gimmicky for me. The grungy feel does feel very Givenchy though.

Givenchy Fall 2017 Le Rouge Sculpt, Le Rouge, Noir Interdit Mascara, and Base Mascara Perfecto review

Givenchy Fall 2017 Le Rouge Sculpt, Le Rouge, Noir Interdit Mascara, and Base Mascara Perfecto review

Next we have two mascaras. The first is a mascara base, the Base Mascara Perfecto (C$37), which is a unique sheer pink formula that contains cotton nectar and soy proteins to help volumize the lashes. Applied before the Noir Interdit Mascara, you get a fuller, thicker look. The new Noir Interdit Mascara (C$38) is a comb-applicator mascara that features a bendy 90 degree applicator. It’s supposed to help volumize and lengthen, but I was kinda meh about it. I generally don’t like comb mascaras because my lashes are very sparse and quite short, so the comb tends to get product all over my eyelids. My lashes are also too short for the applicator to actually comb through, so I felt like I didn’t really get the full benefit of this awesome applicator. I also didn’t really take advantage of how the brush can bend 90 degrees. It just felt really odd to use it that way.

Overall, I like the Base Mascara Perfecto and the Le Rouge, but the other two products were just okay on me. I think the Noir Interdit Mascara is probably designed for Caucasian eyes, or those who already start out with longer lashes.

All of these products are available now at Sephora across Canada.

Products were provided for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Recent product hit and misses featuring Nivea, Dermalogica, Clarins, Farmacy, ATTITUDE and Caudalie

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Hits

Nivea Firming Body Oil – I received this as part of an Influenster Vox Box and I was so excited about this I started using it without taking photos first. Seriously though, it is so amazing. It’s the perfect dry oil, I can use this on a summer evening and it will absorb right away with no residue. It’s super hydrating without being heavy, and it smells SO GOOD. A little goes a long way, so this big bottle is fantastic on value. It contains Q10 for firming, and avocado oil for moisture. I’ve been using it for a few weeks and I haven’t noticed any firming, but that’s okay because even without that it’s still pretty great. Highly recommend!

Dermalogica AGE Smart Nightly Lip Treatment – I have very dry lips, so I tend to go for products that are very emollient and almost mask like (e.g. Bite Agave Lip Mask or Nuxe Reve de Miel). I wasn’t super impressed with this the first 2-3 times I tried it because I felt like it was a bit lightweight and didn’t really do much. Oh boy I was so wrong. This anti-aging lip treatment is to be applied to your lips and the surrounding skin. One pump is all you need, and massage it in using the metal applicator tip. This is seriously firming – I can feel it firming and tightening my lip area, and it also leaves being an invisible barrier that keeps my lips feeling hydrating throughout the night without the thick layer of actual product. The result lasts the entire night and I can feel it up until the morning when I wash it is. Definitely a must have if you’re looking for a new lip product.

Clarins Double Serum – This classic product was reformulated for fall and now include tumeric, which helps the product’s absorption into the skin’s cells. The new formula also does not contain mineral oil, which is fantastic for those who are looking for more of a vegetable-based product. With the addition of tumeric, the Double Serum now contains 21 active ingredients to help combat aging in the skin. In addition to the formula upgrade, the packaging has also been upgraded. I love the customizable dosage option, where you can choose to dispense a full pump or a half pump. I use a full pump at night for my face and neck, and half pump during the day, either alone as my serum, or mixed with my moisturizer. I loved the previous generation of Double Serum, and this new one is even better. In addition to being super moisturizing and plumping for my skin, it absorbs quickly with no residue, and also smells amazing. I generally don’t use oil products during the day because I move fast to apply my makeup on top, but this one works really well to prime the skin. The scent is truly an aromatherapy experience, and adds to the overall feeling of the product. I highly recommend this for anyone ages 25+ who have dry, normal, or combo skin. It’s a great way to start your anti-aging journey.

Misses

Farmacy Honey Drop Moisturizer – If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I am positively honey obsessed, so when I received this Farmacy Honey Drop Moisturizer, you know I was super excited about it. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great moisturizer – a super lightweight gel-creme formula, smells just slightly sweet like honey, and relatively hydrating. Sadly I didn’t find it moisturizing enough for my dry skin. Even though it is the summer and I don’t need as heavy of a moisturizer, we have been sleeping with the AC on every night because otherwise we will wake up at 5AM sweating (our apartment faces east). As such, my skin is still feeling pretty parched in the morning. I really do love this, but it just isn’t the best fit for my skin type right now. If you have normal, combination, or oily skin, definitely look this up!

ATTITUDE Dish Detergent – I previously wrote about my foray into ATTITUDE skincare and haircare products, which I was pretty impressed with. I was later sent some household items and sadly they’ve been a bit of a letdown. The Dish Detergent in particular was super meh, it didn’t suds up enough and I end up having to use a ton of product to get our dishes clean. We don’t eat super greasy either so I was surprised that this was the case. Compared to normal dish detergent, this is pretty pricey, so I won’t be repurchasing.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum – I am SO SAD as I am writing this because I’ve been wanting to try this serum for YEARS and now that I finally have, I’m disappointed by it. This serum is a complexion brightening serum that harnesses the powers of grapevine extract to help even out the skin tone. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I find this serum very drying. It has a light milky texture, so it feels like it would be hydrating, but it just sinks into my skin into nothingness, and then my skin is left feeling super thirsty. For the first week, I wore this as my lone serum during the day, followed by moisturizer, sunscreen, and foundation, but then my foundation would cling onto dry spots and it looked like my skin was flaking. I tried it with a few different moisturizers and the results varied in dryness but it was still dry. If I layer a hydrating serum on top, it would fix the issue, but I generally prefer a more simplified skincare routine in the morning. I will still use it, but it just doesn’t live up to the hype, IMO. I haven’t noticed much radiance either, but maybe I’ll need to use it for longer to see effects.

Sneak peek – quick review – Jo Malone English Oak and Hazelnut

Jo Malone English Oak and Hazelnut review

I LOVE HAZELNUT. I drink coffee pretty much every morning and it’s usually a hazelnut latte. I also love hazelnut cake. I was super excited to see this not-yet launched Jo Malone English Oak and Hazelnut in my Holt Renfrew Beauty Hall media preview gift bag because Jo Malone everything is really fabulous. My favourite Jo Malone fragrances are Red Roses, Lime Basil and Mandarin, and Lily of the Valley.

This fragrance comprises of the following notes:

  • Top note – Green Hazelnut
  • Heart note – Cedarwood
  • Base note – Roasted Oak Absolute

Jo Malone English Oak and Hazelnut review

I find this fragrance to be very warm, warmer than what I am used to wearing. To me, it smells like a lighter, less sweet version of Lime Basil and Mandarin. It feels definitely very unisex, and would also be fantastic for layering under lighter scents. I can see this being beautiful underneath Jo Malone White Jasmine and Mint, which has a very light, airy scent that works well when grounded with a heavier scent. For a Jo Malone fragrance, which I tend to find not super long-wearing, this one wore very well over several hours with just one spritz.

I’m not super in love, just because it’s different from what I normally wear (light florals), but I was definitely pleasantly surprised by this. I think you’ll want to smell it on you, even though it does sound quite heavy, it’s a lovely warm scent that will transition fantastically from summer into fall.

One thing that confused me though was that I didn’t feel like it smelled very much like oak or hazelnut at all… but just try it on yourself to see if you like it.

Jo Malone English Oak and Hazelnut launches September at Holt Renfrew, and it will be available in both the 30mL travel size, and the 100mL vanity size.

Jo Malone English Oak and Hazelnut review
Jo Malone English Oak and Hazelnut review

Product received as part of a gift bag from a media event; all opinions are my own.

Sneak peek – quick review and swatches – Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling!

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling review and swatches

I was super lucky to get one of these not-yet-released Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipsticks in my Holt Renfrew Beauty Hall media preview gift bag. This line of 10 liquid lipsticks is slated to launch on August 10 in the UK, so hopefully we’ll see them soon on this side of the pond as well. Pricing information is not yet known for Canada, but if it’s like all of her other lipstick products, it should be around C$39.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling review and swatches

The new Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips features:

  • Cut-out doe foot applicator which is designed to mimic the curvature of the lips to create an ultimate volume boost
  • Sea Lavender SC, an anti-ageing ingredient that boosts collagen (more plump lips!)
  • Hyaluronic acid to firm and plump, also soothes and comforts

The doe foot applicator is very well designed in that one “scoop” is more than enough to cover the entire lip. I even had to blot because I found that it provided a bit too much product.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling review and swatches

The shade I have is Charlotte Darling, which is a peachy nude brown. Charlotte does an incredible nude lip, and this one is no different. At first when I put it on, it looked SO orangey-brown, and it also felt way too drying, settling a bit into lines. After a few minutes, it really warms up beautifully on the skin and then it becomes a really nice peachy colour that’s very wearable and didn’t look brown at all. Despite it being a matte lipstick, it doesn’t dry down to be drying, and it is also very comfortable and weightless to wear. It has a moussey texture that kind of reminds me of the Jeffree Star liquid lips, but even more weightless. As with all matte liquid lipsticks, though, this doesn’t layer well on top of itself so I wouldn’t suggest this for touchups throughout the day.

You can sign up for advanced notice and sneak peeks of Charlotte’s new upcoming Hollywood collection, which includes this liquid lip.

You can pick up Charlotte Tilbury products at Holt Renfrew in Vancouver, located at 737 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, BC V7Y 1E4.

The swatch

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling review and swatches

Product received as part of a gift bag from a media event; all opinions are my own.

Masking with Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Instant Facial and Even Better Brightening Moisture Mask

Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Instant Facial and Even Better Brightening Moisture Mask review

Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Instant Facial

Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Instant Facial review

The ultimate facial and exfoliator in one, the Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Instant Facial is an amazing all-in-one pick-me-up to prepare for a special night out. It works fast to remove dead skin on the skin surface to create an instantly illuminated appearance. There are micro crystal exfoliants in the mask to also provide some physical scrubbing action. The micro crystals are very fine in texture and delivers even exfoliation all over my face. I have relatively sensitive cheeks and I find that the mask base, combined with the crystal scrub, are still gentle enough on my skin without creating irritation.

The main downside is that I feel the micro crystals leave shimmer or glitter on my skin even after washing off the mask, therefore I usually have to wash my face again with my usual face wash to get off all the shimmer.

The recommended “dosage” of this mask is twice a week, and I find that to definitely be enough to keep my skin looking bright and smooth. Definitely love!

Clinique Even Better Brightening Moisture Mask

Clinique Even Better Brightening Moisture Mask review

The Even Better Brightening Moisture Mask is a cream mask that you apply on your cleansed skin, leave on for 10-15 minutes, and then tissue off. I usually prefer to wash off because I like to use my normal night cream, but you can just tissue off, or tissue off and lightly wipe off with a moist towel. If I don’t wash off, it feels a bit sticky and heavy on my face, never really absorbing completely into my skin and then leaving a slight film on the surface. I’ve used this mask a few times I find that it doesn’t really deliver in terms of its brightening effect – at most it’s lightly hydrating, but not really groundbreaking in anyway.

Overall, I’d recommend checking out the Turnaround Revitalizing Instant Facial but skipping the Even Better Brightening Moisture Mask. You can find much better alternatives for brightening and/or moisturizing masks, but the Turnaround Revitalizing Instant Facial is an all-in-one cleansing, brightening, smoothing, and exfoliating mask that’s great for those short on time and in need of a quick pick-me-up.

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

Tata Harper Top 8

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One of my all time favourite skincare products definitely hit me like a bus… I discovered this brand in 2016 and now I incorporate this in my daily routine. If you haven’t yet figured this out, I’m talking about Tata Harper. I’m very lucky that the brand sent me some products for review, but most of my Tata products I purchased with my own money. I’ve tried a large number of the collection, so now I’m here sharing with you my top eight favourite Tata Harper products. Why eight? Because I couldn’t narrow it down to five.

If you click through this link, you get a code for $25 off your $100 purchase! I don’t earn commission, but I can also get $25 off my next purchase (I don’t get anything  unless I purchase anything, and most of their stuff is over $25!).

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser review

1. Regenerating Cleanser

I previously reviewed this here, and my thoughts are still the same. This is one of my favourite physical exfoliators. I have the 50mL version and because I only use this about once a week, it’s lasted me forever.

2. Honey Blossom Mask

I didn’t like the original Resurfacing Mask because I felt like it didn’t do much on my skin (except when paired with the Regenerating Cleanser for some deeper enzyme power), but the Honey Blossom version is seriously true love. It has everything in the Resurfacing Mask, with the addition of raw honey. For some reason, the honey makes all the difference, and this mask leaves my skin feeling so much smoother, firmer, brighter, and hydrated after every use. It is crazy expensive, priced at US$65 for just a measly 30mL jar, but I couldn’t help but get a back-up because it’s just so lovely, plus it’s limited edition!

3. Purifying Cleanser

My second favourite cleanser by Tata Harper is more of a daily cleanser. The Purifying Cleanser works to deep cleanse your pores and flush out any toxins, pollutants, and anything else nasty that resides in your pores. It’s ultra creamy, and despite it having a clay base, it’s gentle and leaves my skin feeling soft and cleansed, without being stripped.

4. Repairative Moisturizer

I love this deeply moisturizing creamy lotion from Tata Harper. It’s her one moisturizer designed for dry/mature skin, and my skin just soaks it up. I love using this in the winter – it doesn’t absorb immediately so I can do a nice facial massage with it. It contains honey, mango seed butter, and lots of other seriously nourishing ingredients to help soothe winter-dried skin. I only use this at night though because it does take a while to absorb. Reviewed here.

5. Replenishing Nutrient Complex

I brought a small 3mL rollerball bottle of this to Asia with me last fall, and I can say that this cult favourite Tata Harper facial oil is seriously the bomb. I have very dry and dehydrated skin, which is worsened on travels because of the dry airplane air and stress. I rolled this all over my face and neck and then massaged it in. Not only does it smell so heavenly, it completely rid my skin of flakes, dryness, and any other signs of dehydration, while adding glow and a healthy look to my face. While it is expensive (a 10mL rollerball bottle is US$48, while the full size 30mL is US$125), a little goes a long way. I’ve you can also use this as a spot treatment over acne, or a general spot treatment over dry spots. I haven’t tried it as an acne treatment, but it works wonders if you have any dry spots during the day, just dab and go! Also did I mention it smells so incredibly, I just want a little bottle to carry around with me so I can take a whiff anytime I want…

Tata Harper Concentrated Brightening Essence and Concentrated Brightening Serum review

6 + 7. Concentrated Brightening Essence and Concentrated Brightening Serum

I’ve reviewed this combo here. I can only recommend this as a combo because I didn’t use this separately. It gave me truly radiant skin… go read the full review for details!

8. Restorative Eye Creme

My first foray into natural eye cream was thanks to a few small Restorative Eye Cream sample sachets. The tiny 1mL sachet lasted me WEEKS, no joke. I have very dry undereyes, and this eye cream really helped to alleviate any dryness and fine lines that were caused by dryness. It does smell very strongly of florals, which isn’t perfume but just Tata’s proprietary blend of essential oils, so if you are sensitive to smells, I wouldn’t recommend this, but otherwise it’s great for anyone with dry skin around their eyes.

If you order directly from the Tata Harper website, you can get $25 off your order just by using this link here. Also you can get a deluxe sample of some of her products with your first purchase if you sign up to her newsletter. I’m signed up and she doesn’t send many e-mails, only to notify you of special deals and sales, which don’t even happen often!

Review: Teeez To Die For Eyeshadow Palette in Equinox, Material Girl Lipstick in Bronzed Opium and Spectrum of Stars Eyeshadow in Vanilla Sunbeam

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TEEEZ is a European brand of makeup that launched last year at The Bay. I received a few products from the line to play with, including an eyeshadow palette, a lipstick, and a single shadow.

To be honest, I wasn’t super impressed with this brand, which is why it took me so long to review it. If you know my esthetic at all, you know that I prefer classic designs, so the whimsical packaging of these TEEEZ products already kind of put me off. I can look past the packaging if the product quality is amazing, but even that too fell a bit short of my expectations.

The To Die for Eyeshadow palette in Equinox (C$48) is a cool-toned palette featuring variations of grey. It has mostly matte shades, with one shimmery shade to highlight. The formula really reminded me of MAC eyeshadows, where the matte shades apply pretty patchy with lots of fallout and problems blending.

The one good thing I liked about this palette, and all other palettes in the To Die For Eyeshadow line is that each colour in the palette is coordinated to help create a cohesive look without needing to reach for other shadows. This reminds me of Charlotte Tilbury’s eyeshadow palettes, without the (too) hefty price.

The Material Girl Lipstick in Bronzed Opium (C$29) is a beautiful vampy. Most dark colours are finicky and unless you have the formula right, it doesn’t wear well. This too was a bit of a letdown – while the creamy formula felt lightweight, moisturizing, and the colour is beautiful, it just didn’t apply well on my lips. It was slightly patchy, and I needed to blend it out more with a lip brush to get even coverage.

Teeez cosmetics review

Lastly, the Spectrum of Stars Eyeshadow in Vanilla Sunbeam (C$24) is my favourite out of all the ones I tried. It swatches and applies so creamy, and even though it is sheer, you get that iridescent glow. I love applying this as an all over subtle wash of colour on the lid, or to top an existing eye look. The champagne peachy shade can also be used as a highlighter in a pinch. If you were to get anything from TEEEZ, I’d recommend the Spectrum of Stars shadow in Vanilla Sunbeam.

You can purchase TEEEZ products at The Bay in stores and online.

Teeez cosmetics review

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

First thoughts – Naruko Rose & Botanic Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Series

Naruko Rose & Botanic Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Series review

Naruko is a Taiwanese brand created by famed Taiwanese skincare connoisseur and talk show host, Niu Er. I had a period in my youth where I was OBSESSED with Asian skincare (I still am, but less so mostly because Western skincare has really caught up to the technology of Asian skincare), so I watched his shows religiously. A lot of my skincare tips and tricks, I learned through watching his segments. That was also around the same time he launched his brand, which is what I am very happy to share with you today. Naruko is available in Canada through their website, which to be completely honest is actually not that great, but the pretty amazing prices make up for lack of website user-friendliness.

Today I’m sharing with you my thoughts on the first part of products sent to me by Naruko Canada’s PR team. The Rose & Botanic line is formulated with hyaluronic acid to boost the skin’s hydration level, increase collagen production, and prevent the first signs of aging. This line is perfect for those in their early to late 20s, or if you are just starting out in the anti-aging arena.

Naruko Rose & Botanic Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Series review

Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Jelly Lotion (C$25 for 120mL) is a jelly-like softening lotion, applied using a cotton pad over cleansed skin. This is very heavily scented with rose. I actually didn’t find this to be super hydrating, sadly. It dries down to almost a matte finish, whereas I prefer something that stays tacky for a while, which helps my other products absorb better. While I was really looking forward to trying this, I was sadly a bit let down.

Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Complex EX (C$29 for 30mL) is a hydrating serum, applied after the lotion and before moisturizer. This rose hydrating serum is only slightly hydrating and not really that plumping on my dehydrated skin. I feel like this Rose and Botanic line was created for Taiwanese weather, which is significantly more humid than it is in Canada, so while I only felt a temporary relief from dryness, I much prefer my other hydrating serums that just inject my skin with so much water.

Naruko Rose & Botanic Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Series review

Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Hydrating Mask (C$24 for 10 pieces) is a hydrating mask that you can use to supplement your existing skincare routine. I received two pieces of this, which I used once a week. Each mask is drenched in 25mL of hydrating serum – one of the first things I learned from Niu Er was to never waste any of that serum inside a mask sachet, and instead apply it over your body so your body can receive the same treatment. I quite like this mask, it’s lightly hydrating and also very cooling and soothing. I would take this on vacation with me to Mexico when I need to cool down my skin after spending the day in the sun.

I also received a sample of the Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Night Gelly EX (C$24 for 80mL), which is a night-time moisturizing gel. I wear this in place of my night time moisturizer and so far I’ve been pretty happy with it. It’s lightly hydrating, and perfect for those hot summer nights when you want to stay away from anything oily.

Naruko Facial SPA Massage Cotton Pads review

Lastly, I was very excited to receive a box of the Facial SPA Massage Cotton Pads (C$5.50). You might be wondering, who cares, it’s just cotton pads, but if you’ve ever tried premium cotton pads, you will know what I am talking about. Good quality cotton pads truly elevates your skincare experience, and as the fibres are more refined, it is gentler on your skin too. I really love these cotton pads, they are super soft and glide over my skin very nicely without dragging or pilling. The cotton is high quality and doesn’t leave behind fibres or lint when you’re using it. Each cotton pad is thicker, so you tend to use more toner / lotion. I’ve used this with both hydrating and exfoliating toners and both work very well.

If you have very dry skin, I’m not sure that the Rose & Botanic line will be a be-all-end-all solution for you. The products are relatively inexpensive though, so it isn’t much risk if you wanted to try it out. Naruko also sent me some products from their Jing Cheng collection, which I’ve had much better luck with (review coming soon!). I definitely recommend picking up a box of the Facial SPA Massage Cotton Pads, just to see the difference between your generic cotton pads and these ones that are a bit more of an upgrade. You can purchase Naruko on their website.

Ingredients of Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Jelly Lotion and Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Complex EX

Naruko Rose & Botanic Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Series review

Ingredients of Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Hydrating Mask

Naruko Rose & Botanic Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Series review

Ingredients of Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Night Gelly EX

Naruko Rose & Botanic Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Series review

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

Top four favourite lipstick formulas – featuring Guerlain, Givenchy, Bite Beauty and Charlotte Tilbury

Guerlain Rouge G review

It seemed like last year, we had a huge increase in the number of new lipstick lines coming out from various major brands. I LOVE lipsticks, and after trying so many different brands, ranges, formulations and finishes, I’ve narrowed my list of my favourite lipsticks down to these four. All of these I own multiple shades of, which is rare considering how many options there are on the market. They are truly the crown jewels of my makeup collection!

1. Guerlain Rouge G

My ultimate #1 lipstick formula and my go-to lipstick to create a lux, glam look is hands down the Guerlain Rouge G. I think I own 6 or 7 of these and I love every single one of them. The texture is rich and creamy, very pigmented, but still lightweight. It applies seamlessly on the lips to create a fuller lip, without the need for a lip liner. Yes they are so expensive (I think $55 or $60 per lipstick) but they are a true collector’s item. My favourite shades are 06 Garance, which is a creme nude-mauve, and 14 Gillian, a shimmery pinky brown. Gillian can be worn on the sheer side to create a natural daytime look. With all shades, you get this juicy finish that’s creamy and glossy but not heavy or sticky.

2. Givenchy Le Rouge

My first foray into matte lipsticks was courtesy of Givenchy Le Rouge. Before this, I thought I couldn’t wear matte lipsticks because my lips are so dry normally. This definitely proved me wrong – the formula is lightweight, pigmented, and moderately hydrating. It’s not a true matte lipstick as it doesn’t dry down to that super dried down, almost cracked look, and just stays almost satiny-matte. If you have trouble with matte lips, this one is a must-try. My favourite shades are Rose Plumetis, for a natural nude lip, and Framboise Velours, for a brightened lip look.

3. Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Pepper, Beetroot, and Jam review and swatches

A new formulation from 2016 to replace something that was already much loved by the masses (the Luminous Creme lipsticks), and ended up being even better (something that almost never happens). The Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick is definitely one of my most worn formulas of 2016. Like the Guerlain and Givenchy, you get full coverage in one swipe and a formula that lasts all day, even with the nude shade. I have four shades, and if my crazy lipstick hoarder side won over my logical stop buying so much lipstick side, I would definitely buy more. My favourite shade is Rhubarb, a beautiful mauve-pink that works so well with so many different looks.

4. Charlotte Tilbury KISSING lipstick

My favourite nude lipstick ever is Charlotte Tilbury KISSING lipstick in Bitch Perfect. Charlotte Tilbury creates incredible lipstick formulas, and the KISSING lipstick is seriously so easy to wear and applies effortlessly. I wear this either alone, or over her lip liner in Pillow Talk. I’ve generally stayed away from nude lips these years, preferring bright lips to pair with a softened eye look, but I pull out Bitch Perfect time and time again.

Some of these product were initially received as PR samples for review consideration then repurchased (then repurchased, and repurchased… by me), others were purchased by me; all opinions are my own.