MAC Is Beautiful Collection

MAC Is Beauty
I both love and hate when MAC releases a limited edition collection. Love, because I always find something new to fall in love with. And hate, because I know it’s going away after a seriously limited run. MAC’s Is Beautiful collection is a perfect example. It’s already online and in stores but gone as of May 15. This collection is massive and has way too many things to list so here’s what we got.
MAC Is Beauty SwatchesSmall Eye Shadow in Wow Factor: This is called a medium lavender (satin) but even on my fair skin it’s more of a light. It’s really pretty though and perfect for spring.

Pro Longwear Fluidline in Siahi: I’ve been wearing a lot of dark blue eyeliner lately and this deep ocean blue is the perfect addition. It goes on so smoothly and lasts forever. I’m going to have to be stingy with this pot, but I know I’m going to use it a lot.

Lipstick in Pure Vanity: I didn’t think I would like this pale peach nude (lustre) as much as I do. It’s perfect for my fair skin tone and feels amazing and so comfortable.

Cremesheen Glass in Star Quality: I love the Cremesheen Glass way more than regular Lip Glass ever since I tried the holiday collection. Star Quality is called bright pink but it has a little coral tinge to it that’s so flattering on me and I love the lack of stickiness.

I wish Siahi and Star Quality were permanent members of the MAC collection but while I’m wearing them this spring, I can’t wait to see what MAC has coming for us next.

Saje Yoga Perfume

Saje Yoga Natural Fragrance
I’m not a huge fan of natural fragrances because they’re always either too strong for me or the scent of patchouli overpowers everything else. Saje’s Yoga perfume doesn’t have either issue. While there is patchouli in the scent, it blends really well with orange, rosewood and other essential oils.

While I don’t do yoga, I can see how this perfume could be useful to get you into that calming state that you need. I love that this perfume is a rollerball, which means you can control how much of the scent you want to apply but I wish the fragrance itself lasted a little longer. It smells pretty strong before it hits your skin and mellows out but it really only lasted a few hours. I imagine if you’re wearing it while getting super sweaty in a yoga class, it won’t even last half that long.

Yoga is probably my favourite natural perfume that I’ve tried so far and I know Saje has other varieties that I’ll probably love as much if not more.

New Products To Keep In Your Shower This Spring

Spring is a time to update your bath products. Put away the winter products for these fresh spring picks:

olay fresh effects

Olay Fresh Effects Bead Me Up Exfoliating Cleanser

I love using an exfoliating face wash every time I clean my face, but I know that it’s not really good for my skin. This exfoliator is gentle enough to be used as a daily cleanser, but still gives you a good scrub.

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Clear Active Damage Resist Shampoo & Conditioner

This affordable shampoo and conditioner doesn’t just fight dandruff, but also nourishes your skin so that you have stronger locks. While I was using it, I wasn’t overwhelmingly impressed. This was ok, but nothing crazy. It was only after I stopped using it that I noticed a difference. My hair wasn’t as soft and easy to manage as it once was.

lotus aroma body wash

Lotus Aroma Bath & Body Wash

I love body wash that fills the bathroom with rich smells. I’m not even very particular in what the smells are. As long as it mixes with the steam to create a spa like feel, I am in. Lotus Aroma uses natural essential oils to create some of the strongest scented body wash I’ve had the pleasure of using. Be warned that these are very strong, but if you are into strong smells like me, then prepare for some pampering.

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John Masters Organics Body Scrubs

Freshen up and exfoliate the skin all over the rest of your body with these new organic scrubs. There are three scents ‘fresh’ (lemon and lime), ‘refreshing’ (lavender and palmarosa) and ‘sweet’ (raspberry and orange). The scents aren’t as sweet or powerful as you might expect, but that doesn’t make them any less effective. The mixture of sugars and natural oils and butters make these scrubs tough on skin, but also highly moisturizing. It’s great for washing away winter skin.
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Nivea In-Shower Body Milk

If you’re lazy with body lotion, Nivea’s In-Shower Body Milk makes things a lot easier. Just apply in the shower after you’re done with soap, rinse off and you’re done. You don’t really notice how hydrated your skin is until you’re dry and for something to work this well in such a short amount of time is amazing. It comes in three different types, but the Nourishing for very dry skin is my favourite.

Mani Monday – Ceramic Glaze Stunning Soiree Collection Review + Swatches

I always tend to think of pastel shades for spring nail polish and Ceramic Glaze’s spring collection Stunning Soiree has me rethinking that. Available only in Shoppers Drug Mart locations, Ceramic Glaze is quickly becoming my favourite nail polish brand. There are four new, limited edition shades in this collection and four already loved shades. All of these shades are two coats and a top coat.
Belle Of The Disco Ball
Ceramic Glaze Belle Of The Disco Ball Swatch
One of the new shades, this hot pink is great for spring. The application was pretty much flawless. This is definitely going to be a go to shade for pedicures this summer.
Boogie Beats
Ceramic Glaze Boogie Beats Swatch
Boogie Beats should’ve been my favourite shade. Another new one, this teal looks gorgeous in the bottle and eventually did on my nails but it was really runny and hard to work with.
Fabulous And Flirty
Ceramic Glaze Fabulous & Flirty Swatch
Fabulous And Flirty almost made it as my favourite of the new shades. This orchid shade is so easy to work with and it’s really well named.
Blue Suede Shoes
Ceramic Glaze Blue Suede Shoes Swatch
The last of the new shades, Blue Suede Shoes is the winner of the whole collection for me. This bright blue goes on so well and just stands out like nothing else.
Blueberry Bubblegum
Ceramic Glaze Blueberry Bubblegum Swatch
Blueberry Bubblegum is such an interesting shade. A mid-toned turquoise, you’re probably going to either love it or hate it. I think it’s pretty great.
Russian Rouge
Ceramic Glaze Russian Rouge Swatch
If you’re looking for a classic red, you really can’t get closer than Russian Rouge. It’s the kind of red that will suit any skin tone.
Honolulu Hibiscus
Ceramic Glaze Honolulu Hibiscus Swatch
Honolulu Hibiscus was the biggest surprise for me. It goes on so much richer than you’d expect and with the flawless formula it’s one of my favourite purples in my collection.
Papaya Sunrise
Ceramic Glaze Papaya Sunrise Swatch
I’m really not one for bright orange polish but this one doesn’t bother me at all. The hint of red makes it a little more interesting.

Affordable Drugstore Makeup Most Wanted

Some makeup enthusiasts might think a higher price means higher quality, but that is not at all true! Here are some drugstore makeup picks you don’t want to miss. Best of all, you won’t have to dip into your savings to afford them all.

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Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner

If you are sick of dry winter hair that is full of static, Live Clean has a new line of shampoo and conditioner that is full of moisturizing properties. I was a little disappointed that the products didn’t smell more like coconut and less soapy. Regardless that are so creamy and soft your hair. My favourite things about the line is that it is all natural and affordable making me feel good about buying it!

Annabelle Lipsies Fruity Lip Balm

Annabelle Lipsies Fruity Lip Balm

I’ve been carrying one of these scented lip balms in my purse since I discovered them. Because they are scented like fruit, many older people might dismiss them, but they are great. These lip balm sticks help to soften your lips, while providing great colour. You will be surprised by the vibrant colour that you get from these sticks. It’s a colour and softness that I found last quite a long time. Best of all they are just $4.95! I recommend the cherry or coco-vanilla.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte Poreless Powder

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder

If you are feeling a bit shiny, keep this powder handy for some last minute touch ups. The matching foundation is not too bad either, but the powder is really where it’s at! I like that I can get the rest of my makeup done and then add this final powder to stop annoying shine. I keep it handy after work too so I can get a shine touch-up without having to reapply my makeup. It’s under $10 making it a great investment.

Revlon PhotoReady Prime

Revlon PhotoReady Prime + Anti-Shine

If you need even more shine protection, try starting your makeup routine with this primer. It’s a slick balm that absorbs all of your oil and shine, so that you are ready to face the day. It makes your face feel dry, without drying it out. This primer is the best way to start your day and so much more affordable than most anti-shine primers.

mm-vt-bottlesSally Hansen Velvet Texture Nail Polish

Sally Hansen Velvet Texture Nail Polish

If you want a cool manicure without hitting the salon, these nail polishes can give you something really different. Sally Hansen has developed a textured matte polish. It’s supposed to give the appearance of velvet. I’m not sure if I would go that far, but it does look different than many of the other matte polishes on the market. There are some bright spring shades to get you in the mood for the new season.

Royal Apothic Balmies & Scrubbies

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Have you heard of Royal Apothic? Don’t worry if you haven’t. I hadn’t heard of them until recently either. Consider this your introduction to your next big beauty obsession: Scrubbies and Balmies. Seriously does it get any cuter than those names?

These are the lip scrubs and lip balms from indie makeup line Royal Apothic. They come in great scents like the sweet and creamy Strawberry Cream and the subtle and pretty Earl Grey that I received.

The Scrubbies are sweet sugar scrubs. You just apply a little on your lips and scrub. This Scrubbie couldn’t have come at a better time. My lips are getting pretty dry as winter comes to an end. This Scrubbie is getting me through the remainder of the season. A little goes a long way luckily because the tubes are not nearly big enough. I need a giant sized Scrubbie that will last me a lifetime.

Follow up your scrub with the Balmie lip conditioner. This isn’t your other lip balms that are thick or sticky. This conditioner is a thin layer of lovely moisture. My lips feel so smooth and soft.

Seriously try these, your lips will thank you!

Clarins Everlasting Foundation+

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If you are ever looking for a foundation that feels like a second skin, you should pick up the new Clarins Everlasting Foundation+. This foundation applies so silkily that you will totally forget that you are wearing it. It feels so natural.

I really loved wearing this foundation because it blended in to my skin so easily. I felt like my skin could breathe through it.

While I loved it, my oily skin didn’t love it so much. A few days after I started wearing it, I noticed that I started breaking out. While I do have fairly oily skin, it’s rare that a makeup can cause me to have a breakout. I had to stop wearing it altogether in hopes of clearing up the breakout. I can’t be positive that it was the Clarins Everlasting Foundation that cause the acne, but if you have very oily skin I might not risk it.

If you don’t have acne prone skin though, you could be in for a treat!

Rimmel Mascara Head To Head

We got the chance to put two of Rimmel’s new mascaras head to head to see which one we would recommend. We tried the Kate Idol Eyes Mascara and the Wonder’Lash Mascara with Argan Oil (waterproof).

kate moss mascara idol eyes

The Kate Idol Eyes Mascara is part of the Kate Moss makeup collection. Who doesn’t want that Kate Moss look? Kate Moss had those cool bedroom eyes that are equal parts sexy and runway.

The brush is curvy in all of the right places. It allows you to turn the brush and flip your hand around so it’s comfortable no matter how you like to apply it. I appreciate that because so many other brushes try to tell you how to apply. This brush lets you choose. There are small bristles at the end and big fast ones in the middle.

The mascara is all va-va-voom. This mascara gives you crazy thick, crazy long and intensely black lashes. These are lashes that you can’t ignore. I found that it took a long time for this mascara to dry. Once I was done, wow! My lashes looked amazing. There was just one problem… this mascara isn’t waterproof at all. I found any little wetness on my lashes caused this mascara to run and run. My eyes are pretty sensitive and water often. The first day I wore this mascara by the time I got to work I had black lines all down my cheeks. Even on a good day, I had those Kate Moss bedroom eyes with the black mascara smudged under my eyes. Maybe that is what Rimmel was going for, but I seriously doubt it.

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After that I moved onto the waterproof Wonder’Lash Mascara that comes packed with argan oil. I got this mascara because of the brush. Alyssa wanted to try this mascara, but the Ultra Flex brush was too much for her. The bristles are a great length and even, but the brush is very flexible. It’s clearly too much for some people. It didn’t really bother me too much, but I did notice it. I noticed that I was using the brush differently than other mascaras.

The Wonder’Lash gives you really long lashes without the clumps. My lashes look long, but they didn’t have that plump fake lash look like I got with the Kate Moss mascara. There was absolutely no clumping though. My lashes have never been so sleek and separate. I did find that this mascara was hard to apply on my bottom lashes because of the flexible brush.

Unlike the other mascara, this one isn’t going to run down your cheeks. This mascara is definitely waterproof. It’s been taking me all of the cleaners in my arsenal to wipe off my mascara at the end of the night.

So it’s trust worthy mascara versus ultimate drama. I don’t know how you will choose. I’m glad that I have both of these mascaras because there is definitely a time for both of them.

Spring Cleansers Most Wanted

Our skin changes with the weather and now that we’re starting to leave the coldness of winter and head into spring, we’re ready for some new skin care. These are our Most Wanted cleansers for spring.
Vichy Purete Thermale 3in1 
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This 3in1 cleansing milk for sensitive skin does everything from take off makeup to tone your skin and all the things in between. It’s super light and non greasy and you don’t have to rinse. There’s an added bonus of it not stinging your eyes and it smells amazing.
L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil
L'occitane shea cleansing oil
This cleansing oil turns milky when you add water and it leaves your skin feeling clean and so hydrated that you almost want to skip moisturizer. I’m pretty sure this one is limited edition, so grab it while you can find it.
Bliss Fabulous Makeup Melt Gel-To-Oil Cleanser
Bliss Fabulous Makeup Melt Gel-To-Oil Cleanser
I would never have called washing my face fun before, but this makeup melt is actually as close as I would get. You apply it to your face as a gel and watch as it turns into an oil and literally melts your makeup right off. This is crazy effective, especially on black eyeliner and mascara and it’s kind of satisfying to watch it work.
Garnier Clean + Gentle Clarifying Cleansing Gel
Garnier Clean + Gentle Clarifying Cleansing Gel
We already reviewed the Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser and we love this gel just as much. If you’re looking for any kind of lather, you won’t find it here. But it left my sensitive skin feeling really clean and not at all dried out. I even noticed a huge difference in redness.

Makeup Most Wanted March 2015 – Alyssa’s Picks

March 2015
March is a weird month for me makeup wise. It’s still cold but technically spring so I always want to pull out my spring shades a little early. These are the products I couldn’t live without this month.
Smashbox Photo Finish Water Primer
Smashbox Photo Finish Water Primer
Smashbox is known for their amazing Photo Finish primers and the newest addition is just as amazing but so different. This water based primer is so refreshing to spritz on but does an amazing job of getting your skin ready for makeup. I like to let it sit a few minutes before I apply anything over it and I can’t wait to use it in the summer when the less stuff on my skin the better.
Make Up For Ever Mist And Fix Setting Spray
Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix
This is the first setting spray I’ve ever used that I’ve actually liked. I can literally feel it setting into my skin but once it’s dry I don’t notice it at all. Except hours later my makeup is the way I put it on.
Cargo Limited Edition Gel Lipstick in Soho
Cargo Limited Edition Gel Lipstick Soho
I love everything about this lipstick. From the packaging to the shade (a perfect neutral pink) to how it feels. This is one of the lightest lipsticks I’ve ever used. You get full coverage but it feels like butter.
Royal Apothic Scrubby in Marshmallow
Royal Apothic Scrubbie Marshmallow
I love a good lip scrub and this one gets the job done without being too harsh. Even though it’s called Marshmallow, the scent isn’t too sweet but just smells amazing. And it’s not drying on my lips.
Quo Face Palette in Contessa
Quo Face Palette Contessa
Part of the Quo Cosmetics spring line, Contessa is the perfect face kit for someone who’s a little more fair like I am. There’s a blush, a highlighter and a bronzer and they’re pretty generous sizes. The shades are perfect for me whether I want a little colour or want to do some contouring.

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