Yves Rocher Spring Fragrances Head To Head

While looking for a new light spring fragrance, we found two new fragrances from Yves Rocher. Inspired by very different natural scents, Yves Rocher is lightening up the season. See what we thought about each:

green tea perfume

I started with the Green Tea Eau De Toilette. This light green fragrance is inspired by the fresh growing tea leaves of Asia. I’m not sure what I expected from this scent, but this definitely wasn’t it. It has an outdoorsy and natural smell. It has a bit of a plant smell. It kind of reminds me of grass, real fresh cut grass. The plant smell fades slightly after a few minutes. It becomes much more subtle and airy. It is the kind of smell that you won’t instantly notice. It lingers softly. It also comes in a shower gel and body lotion, but I prefer the smell in fragrance form, it’s lighter.

bleu vegetal fragrance

Next, I tried the new Bleu Vegetal Eau de Toilette. This summer 2015 fragrance has a summer floral scent. It starts off a bit alcohol heavy when you spray it. I was quite surprised at the alcohol tinge and how long it took to reveal it’s true scent underneath. It’s an exotic floral smell that is unlike most other floral fragrances. It’s bright and light all at the same time. It’s floral and interesting and honestly, extremely hard to put into words. It’s so unique.

Both of these fragrances are very unique, but if I had to chose just one it would likely be the Bleu Vegetal perfume. It’s got that something different that you will never find in another fragrance.

May Makeup Most Wanted – Steph’s Picks

Spring is in the air! Here are the products that we have fallen for this May!

The Face Shop Mango Seed Collection

The Face Shop Mango Seed Collection

This Asian skincare line is making a big splash now that they have come to Canada. After using this line of mango seed skincare, it’s obvious why. The cleanser is oil based and gets your face squeaky clean. It almost leaves your skin feeling too dry. Luckily there is an amazing toner that gets my skin feeling normal again. Finish with one of the face butter’s for my favourite feel of the season!

Lush Shampoo Bars

Lush Shampoo Bars

I was pretty sure that a shampoo bar wouldn’t work on my thick, long hair. It seemed like it would be good for short hair, but not long hair. I didn’t know how this would work in my hair. one word: Brilliantly! It lathers up nicely in my hair and makes my air feel super clean. It’ nice because it works just as good on my boyfriend’s short hair. It will be amazing for taking with us on a trip or camping because it’s easy to pack and comes in it’s own little metal container.

Stila Lush Lips Water Plumping Primer Lipstick

Stila Lush Lips Water Plumping Primer & Nude InterLude Color Balm Lipstick

I am including these together, because in my mind they are inseparable. Since I got them, I have been wearing them together each time. The primer is your first step. They make my lips feel fuller and smoother. I found that I had to wait a few minutes to let it dry before the next step. Stila released three shades of nude lipstick for spring and I am in love with the way it feels on my lips. Using the two together makes my lips feel so amazing. The lipstick is creamy, rich, moisturizing and just all over amazing. I wish that I could get this in a few different colours though so that I could have a shade for every mood!

Too Faced Sugar Pop Eye Shadow Palette

 Too Faced Sugar Pop Eye Shadow Palette

I have never fallen in love with a palette as much as I did with this eye shadow palette at first sight. It’s strange. These sugary sweet hues aren’t often my type. There is something about the shimmery hues and bright colours that just captured me. There is the teal ‘Blue Raspberry’, the sparkly purple ‘Sugared Violet’, and the shimmery nude hues ‘Rock Candy’ and ‘Peach Fuzz’. A colour for every day and I love them all!

Mani Monday – Essie Bridal ’15 Review + Swatches

When I think of wedding nail polish, I always think of light pinks and nudes and those shades really never interest me. I’m the kind of person that thinks ‘something blue’ should be nail polish. And while Essie’s Bridal 2015 collection doesn’t quite go as far as blue and has the traditional pale, neutral shades, they also bring the colour. We received half the Bridal collection and I’m so happy we got to try both of the brighter shades as well as a more expected one.

Tying The Knotie
Essie Tying The Knotie Swatch
Tying The Knotie is a pretty sheer, pale pink that’s perfect for more traditional brides. Unlike most pale pinks, it wasn’t streaky or hard to get the opacity I wanted in three thin coats. This one is a good builder, so you can customize to the sheerness you want.
Happy Wife Happy Life
Essie Happy Wife Happy Life Swatch
Happy Wife Happy Life is almost a classic red but has enough orange in it to make it different. Two coats went on perfectly and was a lot more flattering than I was expecting from looking at the bottle.
Brides No Grooms
Essie Brides No Grooms Swatch
Brides No Grooms is called a Bachelorette Bright Pink and while I get that, I could totally see a bride wearing this hot pink. It’s also entirely possible that this is my favourite Essie shade ever. It has everything going for it, the formula was perfect and went on extremely smoothly. And it made a girl who hates pink most of the time, love a pink nail polish.

I love that Essie has something for everyone in this collection, especially some unexpected shades. And there’s a lot more Essie coming up so stay tuned.

Dr. Hauschka Foundation


Dr. Hauschka Foundation 01
I don’t wear foundation most of the time for a few reasons. One, I can rarely find a good shade match for my super fair skin, two, I hate the mask feeling you can get from foundation and three, I’ve become a lot more aware that whatever I put on my skin goes into my skin and the idea of an entire face full of things I can’t pronounce doesn’t do much for me. That’s not to say I won’t try every foundation I come across but I was really happy to try Dr. Hauschka’s newest foundation.

The company itself is certified organic and they’re known for making products that not only work, but are good for your skin. I tried the foundation in 01 Macadamia, the lightest shade and while I’ll never be able to use this in January where I’m almost translucent, in May when I have a bit more colour it’s the perfect fit. The texture is super creamy and blendable and doesn’t feel like a mask when it’s on. I found it lasted a good six hours without any kind of primer and all day with one. The added bonus of pomegranate and coconut oils make this foundation dewy all day and I didn’t have any dry spots.

There are two things I don’t love about this foundation. If you’re looking for a darker shade, tough. There are five shades and from what I can tell, the darkest is a medium to slightly dark. The other thing is the scent. I don’t mind scented or perfumed products but this one has an herbal/medicinal smell that I didn’t like at all and notice the entire time I wear it.

Overall though, this is a great foundation and if you’re looking for something a little more healthy, you should probably give it a try.

Contouring Makeup Trend

This year has been all about contouring. Everyone is contouring with special palettes and powders and creams all made to help your face look slim and sleek. We tried three new contouring powders to see how they really worked.

Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Contouring Powder

Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Contouring Powder

Unlike a lot of other contouring powders, this one is a grey hue. It’s light enough that anyone can use it without the fear that comes with a lot of other contouring powders. This powder gives you a light grey shadow versus some of the darker hues. It’s not as intimidating. It’s great for people without a light touch. Add the highlighter for the full look on your cheekbones, which was one of our favourite products this month.

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour & Highlight

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour & Highlight

Clinique has expanded their amazing Chubby Stick line with a new contouring stick and a highlighting stick. While they are nice and affordable, we might not recommend using the contouring stick if you aren’t already skilled at contouring. The contouring stick comes in one brown tone that is fairly dark. If you don’t have a light touch and a skilled hand, then you run the risk of ending up with dark lines all over your face. The highlighter is much easier to use. I’ve been having a lot of fun using it to add a radiant glow to my face.

Makeup For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo Undetectable Face Contour

Makeup For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo Undetectable Face Contour

Try the Golden Duo palette to contour with a little bit of sparkle and shine. The gold powder in the palette is great for really highlighting with shine. The brown is a bit dark for my heavy-handed application, but the gold is fun. This palette is probably best for makeup artists, but it is fun to use.

Birchbox Canada May 2015

Birchbox May 2015
Birchbox is one of the first beauty subscription boxes and while they’re pretty new to Canada, the boxes I’ve been receiving have gotten better and better each month. Birchbox gives you five deluxe beauty samples a month for $14.95CDN a month including shipping. While the American Birchbox has way more perks than ours does so far, I’m loving the points system that gives you a point for every dollar you spend. Considering you can use your points to grab full size products of the samples you get on the Birchbox site, that’s a huge win. May’s Birchbox was curated by Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere. I’ve never heard of Cupcakes and Cashmere before but she’s promoting a new book and the box is pretty cute.
Birchbox May 2015 Insert Card
I love the content card insert. It tells you everything about what’s in your box including how to use it and how much a full size version costs. This month I got a pretty good mix of products.
Birchbox May 2015 Contents

Benefit Cosmetics It’s Potent! Eye Cream
I’ve used tons of Benefit products but not this one, so I’m really happy to give it a try. And it’s a huge sample size for an eye cream.

Gilchrist And Soames Essential Elements Wake Up Rosemary Body Lotion
I love body lotions but I’m not a fan of Rosemary. That said, this lotion smells a lot better than I expected.

Not Soap, Radio Joy Inducing Body Wash
I’ve never heard of this soap company before and I’m definitely going to be looking into more of their products. This Birchbox exclusive lemon scented body wash is pretty much the best one I’ve gotten in a subscription box. Definitely my favourite thing in the box.

LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Menatour
I’ve gotten quite a few LAQA & Co. products in various boxes but never in a bright purple  shade like this one. I’ve been branching out in my lip shades lately, so this one doesn’t scare me.

Number 4 Non-Aerosol Hairspray
I don’t use a lot of hairspray but this one is earth-friendly and is supposed to have a flexible hold so I’ll probably end up giving it a try.

I’m pretty impressed with my box this month and can’t wait to see what Birchbox has in store for me next month. If you want to give Birchbox Canada a try or just want more information you can sign up here.

Ceramic Glaze Summer Bloom Collection Review + Swatches

While Ceramic Glaze’s spring Stunning Soiree collection wasn’t exactly what I pictured for spring, their Summer Bloom collection is definitely perfect for the warmer weather. This eight piece collection has two previously loved shades and six new shades, three of which are permanent additions to the line. Although these polishes are only available at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada, they’re still one of my favourite brands. It’s really hard to find polishes that are so consistent shade to shade. The newer shades are available in June.
Pineapple Breeze
Ceramic Glaze Pineapple Breeze Swatch
I had to start with the shade that was the biggest surprise to me. Pineapple Breeze is one of the two polishes already released. I generally hate a yellow polish, they don’t look good on me and the formula is really tricky for some reason. But I love this light yellow. it went on so smoothly with no issues and is really pretty and summery. I’ll actually wear this one again.
Strawberries N’ Milk
Ceramic Glaze Strawberries N' Milk Swatch
Another older shade, this is one of my least favourites. I really wanted it to be a little more opaque and much more pink.. But if you’re looking for a good french manicure base, this is ideal.
Smells Like Rain
Ceramic Glaze Smells Like Rain Swatch
This sky blue is a new addition and one that’s staying. Application was pretty flawless and the colour is so bright and pretty, the photo doesn’t really do it justice.
Newly Mint
Ceramic Glaze Newly Mint Swatch
Another new permanent addition, Newly mint is a pastel mint with a lot more blue in it than most. This is one of my favourites, I don’t have another green in my collection that’s like it at all.
Freshly Laundered
Ceramic Glaze Freshly Laundered Swatch
This beige shade just doesn’t do anything for me, it’s a better formula than Strawberries N’ Cream and for a neutral it was easy to apply but I’m not a fan of the shade.
Lavender Fields Forever
Ceramic Glaze Lavender Fields Forever Swatch
The photo is really the only place the lavender really comes through with this polish. In real lighting it’s more of a pink, but it’s really pretty either way.
First Sign Of Spring
Ceramic Glaze First Sign Of Spring Swatch
Another favourite of mine, this blue has tons of purple in it and is really perfect for summer. Again, application was pretty perfect.

All of the shades were two coats with no major issues. We didn’t have the In Full Bloom shade.

Ours By Cheryl Hickey Pamper Me Program and Giveaway

There are a ton of things we do for our moms on Mother’s Day and Ours by Cheryl Hickey came up with a great Pamper Me Program that has a gift including Ours products as well as other Canadian Eco-friendly brands. While we love the idea for Mother’s Day, why do we have to wait for a holiday to give one of these to our mom or ourselves?
Ours By Cheryl Hickey Pamper Me Program
Included in the Pamper Me gift are three products from Ours by Cheryl Hickey. The 3-in-1 Hydrating Oil, the Face & Body Exfoliator and the EveryBody Lotion. I love that this line is free of so many things like parabens, synthetic fragrances, dyes and so many other harmful chemicals and they can be used on pretty much anyone and any skin type.

The other products included in the gift are tea from Lemon Lily, a Konjac sponge from Washbeautyco. and a sheet mask from Maskeraide. You have the start of a great girls night with a couple of these gifts.
Ours By Cheryl Hickey Giveaway
To start you off on pampering we’ve teamed up with Ours by Cheryl Hickey to giveaway one 3-piece set consisting of the 3-in-1 Hydrating Oil, the Face & Body Exfoliator and the EveryBody lotion.
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Spring ’15 Most Wanted Luxe Mascara

Spring '15 Most Wanted Luxe Mascara
We’ve had a chance to try out a ton of new mascaras lately. So many in fact that we had so much trouble narrowing down our favourites that we had to split them into drugstore and luxe categories.

Guerlain Cils D’Enfer So Volume Mascara
Guerlain Cils D'Enfer So Volume Mascara
This mascara is super volumizing without being clumpy. My lashes are a pretty decent length on their own but need help in the volume department and this definitely delivers. It doesn’t hurt that it smells amazing. And unlike typical round mascara tubes, this one is a perfect rectangular pocket size that fits into places better.
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
If you’re scared of eyelash curler or know someone who is, Roller Lash is the next best thing. It literally curls every lash and gives great length at the same time. If you’re looking for more volume though, you probably want to use a coat of this and then add your favourite volumizing mascara on top.
Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch Lengthening and Defining Mascara
Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch Lengthening & Defining Mascara
Smoky Stretch really gives you some serious length but doesn’t clump at all. It’s quickly become my favourite daytime mascara and I love that my eyelashes look super long and defined but subtle at the same time.
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils
I can’t say enough about this mascara. You want volume? You’ve got it. This mascara is supposed to make your lashes look like you’re wearing falsies and it really does. This is literally everything I want in a mascara. This YSL classic mascara has been reformulated for it’s 15th anniversary and comes in six shades. It might be on the pricier side of mascaras but considering how well it works, I’d say it’s worth the money.
Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Extreme!
Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Extreme!
If you want to really go all out with your lashes but can’t get a handle on fake lash strips, you need to try this set. First you use the gold tubed primer. Then you follow up with two coats of the white lash extension fibres and finish off with another coat of primer. You end up with seriously major lashes. Calling it extreme isn’t an understatement. And for a night out when I want up up my lash game and don’t want to deal with fake eyelashes, this is what I reach for.

Dermalogica Face Mapping Helps Educate You


Dermalogica is taking skin care to the next level by offering face mapping to people across Canada who want to get serious about their skin.We spoke with Leala McInerney, Senior Educator, The International Dermal Institute® to learn more about why you should get face mapped.

How would you describe Face Mapping to someone who knows nothing about it?

Face Mapping® Skin Analysis is a revolutionary technique that creates a dialogue between the client and therapist with the goal of education in mind. When we know why things are happening in their skin, we will be much better positioned to get the desired results. We break the skin down into 14 distinct zones and focus on what we are seeing/feeling as well as triggers and solutions.

What made Dermalogica decide to implement this technique into their processes?

A lot of people may not realize that Dermalogica was actually an education company (The International Dermal Institute) long before we ever created our professional product line Dermalogica. Our whole philosophy since inception has been education. Education during skin analysis was an area that we identified was lacking in the skin care industry. Clients truly didn’t know how to take care of their skin and more importantly why they need to take care of their skin. While therapists were unsure of how to truly communicate what they were seeing during this important conversation. Face Mapping® bridges the gap on both ends.

Is this something that you would recommend for everyone?

Everyone should have their skin mapped! Whether it’s to treat existing concerns, learn how to prevent future damage or just ask that burning question “what is this on my skin” there is something to be learned for everyone!

What can you learn from getting a Face Mapping?

Face Mapping Skin Analysis can tell you about your skins past, present and future in 5 short minutes. We can keep track of how your skin changes from season to season. We can track the success that is gained through correct product use and professional treatments as well as how your skin responds to new health concerns, medications, elevated stress levels etc.

Once someone has been through the process, what can they do with the information that they are given?

After each Face Mapping® the client will receive a personalized prescription sheet. This contains all the information about the recommended products for their use as well as crucial lifestyle advice.  A lot of people view this sheet as their “instruction list.” Upon implementation of the specific lifestyle advice & the correct use of their new formulations, they should expect to start to notice their skin change for the better.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant 75g (2)

Is this a one-time process, or something that you should repeat?

We suggest that clients have their skin mapped every 3-4 months (or every season change.) This is to help keep up with the changes you may experience with your skin during this time. Also as we age, we will notice that a lot of things start to change with our skin. Face Mapping® Skin Analysis helps you to stay on top of them.

Are there any products from Dermalogica that you would recommend everyone try?

Daily Microfoliant®! This is our number one selling formulation all over the world, with good reason. This unique rice and enzyme based exfoliant buffs and polishes away dead skin cells, while brightening and smoothing the skin. You feel and see the difference after one use. Also Daily Microfoliant® has won numerous awards, including a coveted spot on “Oprah’s Favourites List”

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