Monday, June 30, 2014

A Pastel Pink Nail Polish Edit

Brace yourselves... 

pastel pink nail polishes are coming

Yes I just made a reference to a meme that belongs back in 2012 but I don't care.
First of all, I have a confession to make... I kinda hate the colour pink. I know I should be kicked off Planet Girly for saying that but I do make one exception and that exception is pastel pink nail polishes. There's just something in how they flatter each skin tone and how they manage to stand out yet still remain soft and feminine. This post is an ode to the 6 pastel pinks that have remained on rotation over the last few years.

From left to right:

1. Essie Van D'Go - the peachiest of the bunch. Application isn't the best but if you can smooth it out in 3 even coats it has decent lasting power and looks amazing with a bit of a tan. Excellent pedicure colour.
2. Dior Tutu - sadly this was limited edition and is no longer available but it is extremely similar to the next one, 3. Ciate Strawberry Milkshake. Tutu is a hint cooler toned and it comes with that patented thick Dior brush that so many people love (and I hate). I prefer the Ciate Strawberry Milkshake because it's opaque in 2 coats and wears like a champion.
4. Essie French Affair - the most lavender of the bunch. Again, inconsistent application but it's not quite as milky and thus can be a beautiful slightly more subtle option if you wanna go pastel pink but not full on "mod" 1960's style... which brings us to number 5. OPI Mod About You. This is what started it all for me so it holds a special place in my heart. It's a chalky cool toned pale pastel pink, it dries down and wears a shade or two darker and warmer than when you first apply it. Application is better than Essie Fiji (next up) but still requires a steady hand and 2-3 coats for an even finish.
6. Essie Fiji - this is the one I get the most compliments on, every single time I wear it. It is the most pale of the bunch. It's almost an off-white pastel pink and it looks awesome on the nails. Sadly, the application is dreadful. 3 coats and they're streaky. You have to be patient with this shade and patience is something I lack. It's worth it though :)

I'd say in terms of overall performance, Ciate Strawberry Milkshake wins the battle. It's in the middle of the road in terms of cool/warm tone of pink, it applies evenly, it's not limited edition and the bottle is adorable. As to where to buy them? Sephora and The Bay carry them in Canada, as well as a slew of options online (Nordstrom and Dillards as well!)

Am I alone here in my pastel pink obsession? What colours do you like to wear the most in the warmer months?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Weekend Wishlist: 29.06.14

Here's what I added to my ever-present shopping list this weekend:

This Givenchy clutch just went on sale on SSENSE and it's making me dizzy. I dreamt about it last night. I've been hunting for the perfect black envelope clutch for what feels like an eternity and this is a gorgeous (albeit indulgent) option. 
Speaking of indulgent, has anyone seen the price of Tom Ford's bronzer? I thought I was hallucinating when I saw $95 but nope, this baby costs $95. I know it's a giant compact but I am having a hard time parting with so much money on a cosmetic product. Do you own this? Is it worth it? So many makeup artists I admire speak highly of this, I just have to think about it... I hit pan on all 3 bronzers I currently own sooooo maybe as a treat once I use them up? #justifications :)
Finally, Benefit's They're Real Push-up Liner has finally graced us with its presence. It's in stores internationally (Sephora being my weapon of choice) and I have to hand it to Benefit. The way they marketed and hyped up this product online was admirably effective. I want this eyeliner. And I want it now (even though the reviews on Sephora are quite crappy).

What's on your wishlist?

Friday, June 27, 2014

What I Wore: June 27, 2014

We're currently in the middle of a crop top revival and while I'm all for it, sometimes it's easy to get stuck in a sea of form-fitting crop-top and skirt/short combinations. Most of my crop top/skirt combinations are form fitting and black so last night I thought I'd switch it up.

I took a loose-fitting boxy cropped T shirt - mine is from H&M. I like getting some t-shirts in a size L for that extra loose fit at the neck that allows me to wear them off the shoulder. I paired it with an old green skirt (high waisted) from Zara, black leather flats and off into the sunset I went. It was the perfect casual comfortable outfit. The carefree loose cropped T giving way to the more feminine and structured skirt with a pop of colour.

Sometimes it's nice to step out of a rut, dontcha think?

What have you been wearing this summer?

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cleansin' Wednesday: Miracle 10 Cleanser II

I really like the premise of the Miracle 10 brand. It’s straight to the point easy to use products with great active ingredients. If you are looking for anti-aging/preventative effective skincare, do check them out. They have a good selection of exfoliating toners, vitamin C and retinol serums.
They are a Canadian brand, developed by The Plastic Surgery Clinic.  Their site offers international shipping and their starter/travel kits are super convenient. It’s a great way to kickstart a new routine and get introduced to the brand – it’s what I’m working on using up as we speak!

The Cleanser II is a light foaming gel cleanser with glycolic acid and sugar cane extract. It’s not a strong exfoliant so it won’t make your skin feel dry and extra sensitive if you use it twice a day. The bottle is sleek (mine is the travel version) and it comes with a pump.
If your skin is on the drier side, they have a Cleanser I option which is non-foaming.
It has a light no-offensive scent that fades away quickly, and I’ll definitely be packing this little baby up on my travels next month!
When it comes to skincare I tend to lean more towards brands and products that have more of a “clinical” background rather than brands focusing on the luxury/packaging/experience aspects, and this fits the bill!

What is your go-to skincare brand in times of desperate skincare need?

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Fashion: Skirting The Issue

You can stop rolling your eyes at the generic title of this post now, I'm trying here!
Since summer has officially arrived I can't stop thinking about skirts... okay, and the 250 (!!) new emoji coming out next month but let's get back to the skirts for the time being.
There are so many gorgeous skirts on my wishlist right now I think the only way to get them out of my system is to share them with you - so here goes:

1. ASOS Skater Scuba Skirt (black) - $60 buy here
2. Pencil Skirt w/ split hem (black) - $40 buy here
3. ASOS Midi Scuba Skirt w/ sheer panel (black) - $75 buy here
4. Tibi Eyelet Skirt (cream)- $338 buy here
5. ASOS Tropical Print Skirt (floral) - $70 buy here
6. Pleated Midi Skirt (peach) - $57 buy here

Do you wear skirts more often in the summer? I never used to wear them aside from the original pencil skirt but this year it's all I seem to be lusting after! Do share some of your favorites with me :)



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cleansin' Wednesday: L'oréal Sublime Radiance Sensational Cleansing Oil

It's Wednesday and hey, another cleanser review being served up by yours truly! I told you my cleanser stash runs deep.

The cleanser I am talking about this week was "love at first pump". If the Origins cleanser I reviewed a couple of weeks ago was too thick or if you're not a fan of herbal scents - this oil might be just what the doctor ordered and it's the L'Oréal Sensational Cleansing Oil from their Sublime line which is geared towards dull skin. Who doesn't want brighter skin?

It's a lightweight oil, comes with a pump dispenser and has one of the most pleasant and gentle sweet/floral scents. 

It effortlessly melts off makeup and it smells so nice it almost encourages me to take my time and massage it well into my skin (and boosting circulation! bonus!). I like to use an oil/balm - or Bioderma if I'm in a rush - as a first cleanse at night to get all the makeup off and this is a lovely one. Thanks L'Oréal!

It retails for in between $8.99 and $12.99 depending on where you're shopping. If you're in the market for a new cleansing oil or if you've never tried one before, this is a great one to start with!

Have you tried this? Am I the only one that wants to bathe in its scent? Let me know :)



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Five Summer Essentials

I've been having a hard time letting go of these products lately. They cover all aspects of the beauty spectrum, some I've adored for years and it's time they get some attention. Here are the five products I deem my essentials for this hot and sunny season:

1. Chanel Chance Eau Fraîche Sheer Moisture Mist

OMG. This is awesome. Not only does it soften the skin but it has that delicious fresh Chance Eau Fraîche scent (which lasts!). An awesome product to keep in your bag for refreshing on those long hot summer days. This is one of my all time favourite scents. It is available in the Eau Tendre version as well. In Canada you can get this at The Bay online, in UK I found it online here, and in the US it is currently sold out online everywhere except for If you're a fan of this scent, you have to own this sheer moisture mist. End of discussion.

2. L'Oréal Paris Silky Sheer BB SPF 50

A great facial SPF. Leaves the skin nice and velvety with a slight hint of a tint, works well by itself and under makeup and is conveniently located at a drugstore near you. You can't do wrong. The whole newly released/revamped Sublime Sun range is good and you can read more about the rest of the offerings here.

3. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

I got the travel bottle of this too because I can't be without it. Messy bedhead volume and texture in a bottle. I get mine from Neimans but if you're in Toronto, Jacob & Sebastian (an awesome store, highly recommended) carries most of the Oribe line.

4. Essie Lollipop

This. Is. My. Favorite. Red. Nailpolish. Ever.
It's bright, warm, but doesn't lean too orange or coral. It makes me happy and it applies like a dream. It's not always in stock in stores but it's always on Amazon! If only every Essie nail polish performed like this one...

5. NARS Satin Lip Pencil in "Lodhi"

I love NARS lip pencils and Lodhi is a spring/summer staple. It's a coral bright enough to make an impression but not so bright as to be in the way. It fades nicely and plays well with other nudes if you want to mute the brightness. I am wearing it in this post, and you can buy it from Sephora, Nordstrom or wherever else NARS is in store :) 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Cleansin' Wednesday: Clarins Extra-Comfort Cleansing Cream

Clarins Extra-Comfort Cleansing Cream came highly recommended by a few people so I bought this in the middle of the polar vortex this past winter. 

My skin was feeling tragically dry and have been using it periodically when I feel like I need something gentle and moisturizing. It comes in a big ol' pot and it looks, feels and smells like a basic moisturizing cream (albeit a slightly lighter texture).

I don't hate it but it just... falls short for me. It's not that great at removing makeup and if I use it after I remove makeup with something like Bioderma, for example, my skin feels like it's not clean. Maybe because I'm used to more thorough cleanses and this is designed for the most sensitive and dry skins, but this just falls short for me in terms of cleansing. I have tried cleansers geared towards the same skin concerns by other brands (La Roche Posay's Toleriane range, Avene) and I found them to be more effective and at a lower price point.

The Clarins cleanser feels nice and luxurious, yes. But other than that... I bet you I can get the same result by slathering a layer of Nivea cream on my face, wiping it off with a washcloth and saving $35 in the process.

Have you ever tried this? Are cream cleansers a thing of the past now?



Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Cleansin' Wednesday: Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil

Balms, micellar waters, creams, lotions, milks – oh my! There are so many options when it comes to makeup removal, and cleansing oils are amongst my favourite. For many years I was scared by the concept of using an oil on my already very oily (and acne-prone) skin. But fear not, because cleansing oils have come a long way and most are made with great non-comedogenic ingredients suitable for even the most sensitive of skins. I have been using and enjoying the Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil for the last month and it ticks all right right boxes. 

It has the consistency of olive oil and kind of looks like olive oil as well. It comes in a clear plastic bottle with a screw-top lid. I’m always complaining about packaging so I’ll say it here as well – I would have liked to see a pump because I find pouring it out directly into the hands quite wasteful since most of the time you pour our more product than you need. They have a pump available but you have to buy it separately... womp.

In terms of consistency, it’s slightly thicker than the MAC Cleanse-off oil which is a product I used for years. The scent is light and herbal and oddly relaxing which makes for a nice experience when you massage it into dry skin at the end of a long day. It quickly works to start melting the makeup off and once you rinse it off with water (and a warm washcloth – my preferred way) your skin is free of makeup, comfortable and hydrated. I like to cleanse with a foaming cleanser afterwards to ensure my skin is extra clean but if you wear minimal makeup throughout the day, a cleansing oil like this is enough for your cleansing needs.

This awesome cleansing oil retails for $25 (200mL bottle) and you can find it at The Bay (in Canada)  Boots (in the UK) and Origins online!

Do you like cleansing oils? Which ones have stood out from the crowd?
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