Mani Monday – Essie Summer ’15 Collection Review + Swatches

When summer hits my nail polish choices definitely change and I tend to pick blues, greens and whites. Luckily Essie seems to be along the page because their summer collection has two blues and a white. And while this is the last of our Essie reviews until fall; like the other recent collections, this one doesn’t disappoint.
Private Weekend
Essie Private Weekend Swatch
To be honest, my favourite while nail polish is Essie’s Blanc and nothing has ever lived up to it. The formula of Private Weekend was really good for a white and was almost a one coater but the shimmer that you can see in the bottle only looked like dirty white on my nails. I actually prefer the photo to how it looked in person.
Essie Chillato Swatch
Essie calls Chillato a ‘frozen cream pistachio,’ I call it a pastel yellow with some green in it. The formula was a little chalky but two coats were perfect. It’s not a shade that looks good on me but it’s a great summer colour.
Peach Side Babe
Essie Peach Side Babe Swatch
If you’re looking for a peach nail polish, I haven’t found one better than Peach Side Babe. it’s the truest peach I’ve tried so far with just enough pink in it.
Sunset Sneaks
Essie Sunset Sneaks Swatch
Sunset Sneaks is one of my favourite shades from the summer collection. Essie calls it a ‘bright cushy crimson’ but I found it had a lot of coral to it which gives it a much more summery feel than red does.
Saltwater Happy
Essie Salt Water Happy Swatch - one coat
Saltwater Happy is what I think of when I think of summer nail polish. This light blue creme was a one coater and I love that it didn’t have any shimmer to it.
Essie Pret-A-Surfer Swatch
Another one coater, Pret-A-Surfer was my other favourite shade of the collection. This marine blue had a touch of violet in it and just stands out from all my pastels and neons. This will definitely carry me into fall.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Cleansers

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Cleansers copy

Neutrogena has released their new Healthy Skin Booster line of cleansers just in time to freshen up for the season. The two new face cleaners have a fresh and bright smell of white tea and lemon. It’s really refreshing for summer.

For everyday use there is the daily cleanser. It leaves you face feeling clean without ever drying it out. Your face feels dewy, clean and moisturized after using.

For a tougher clean there is the exfoliating scrub. I have pretty tough skin, but cleansers are the one thing that makes my face dry. This new
 Scrub never makes my face feel tight and uncomfortable.

If you are in need of a new cleanser for the summer, try Neutrogena’s for something strong and gentle at the same time.

Lise Watier Lift & Firm 3D Ultra Firming Rejuvenating Eye Cream

lise watier eye cream review

I am going to be honest and admit that I always thought eye creams were a money grab. I always assumed that you could use your regular moisturizer. I figured as I got older bags and dark circles were inevitable. I would still go through phases of using them just to entertain the idea that there was life without dark circles. For the first time ever, I am seeing real results thanks to Lise Watier.

I had this little eye cream for a long time before I started using it. Like I said, I didn’t have any faith in it, so why rush. I used it once or twice before I started to give it a real commitment. After I started using it regularly I started thinking, ‘Gee, I look good today’ or ‘Hmm, I look younger.’ I didn’t think much of it. That wasn’t until I started noticing that the dark circles I have had around my eyes for my entire life were getting lighter.

This wasn’t just age it was erasing, but darkness I can always remember having. The skin under my eyes looks and feels tighter as well. I wish I had a before and after picture, but I didn’t take a picture because I didn’t expect it to work.

I wouldn’t consider myself old just yet, but this Lise Watier eye cream is already making me look younger. As a part of the Lift & Firm 3D collection, I wish I had the other products in the line to see what else it could do for me!  I am ready for old age now! Nothing can stop these eyes!

June 2015 Makeup Most Wanted – Alyssa’s Picks

I can’t believe June is already almost over, these are the products that got me through the month.
Soap And Glory Fab Pore T-Zone Cloths
Soap And Glory fabporewipes_1
In Toronto, with summer comes humidity. And when you have combination skin that can lead to all kinds of pore problems. Soap And Glory’s Fab Pore T-Zone Cloths are the perfect remedy. I usually use them in the middle of the day if I’m not wearing foundation to refresh my skin, unclog my pores and keep my pores looking a little less obvious. These are a summer necessity for any kind of oily or combination skin.
fresh. Sugar Nude Tinted Lip Treatment
fresh sugar nude tinted lip treatment
Both Stephanie and I are huge fans of all the Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment shades but I was really happy they introduced Sugar Nude. You get the same tinted lip balm and SPF 15 but in a really natural shimmery blush nude shade. Perfect for when you want the results but don’t want to go clear or have a bright lip.
Sodashi Balancing Face Mist
Sodashi Balancing Face Mist
I live off of face mists and toners all summer to cool down and refresh my skin. Sodashi’s Balancing Face Mist is my newest obsession along those lines. It’s so cooling and hydrating but also balances out my skin at the same time. I love that the scent isn’t overpowering as well. There’s also a Calming Rose Face Mist that I really want to try.
Laura Mercier Silk Crème Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation in Rose Ivory
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation
In the summer I need an oil free foundation because I cause enough shine and glow all on my own.This foundation is a superstar. You use the tiniest bit and get completely full coverage, a matte look and flawless looking skin. The Rose Ivory shade is perfect for my fair skin and blended in seamlessly. For days when I want a lighter look, I mix a drop of this in with my moisturizer and get a perfect tinted moisturizer.
Revlon by Marchesa Runway Collection Manicure Essentials Kit
Revlon Marchesa Runway Collection Manicure Essentials Kit
With all the festivals and outdoor events that happen in the summer, this coral kit nail kit is perfect for fixing your nails on the go. The stunning Marchesa design and high quality cuticle trimmer, nail clippers, file and buffer make it easy to get a great manicure wherever you are.

Mani Monday: Quo By Orly Summer 2015 Neon Collection Review + Swatches

With all the summer nail polish we’ve swatched this year, there really haven’t been enough true neon shades. But when we received the Quo By Orly Summer 2015 Neon collection I knew I found the shades I’ve been waiting for. I’ve used quite a few Quo By Orly polishes in the past with the uneven brushes and consequent application issues. This neon collection does have the same brush issues but the formulas are fantastic and I didn’t have any problems with application at all. Unlike most neons, these dry shiny and have some serious wear time. I went almost a week with Hype with minimal tip wear. I used Seche Vite with all of these.

Quo By Orly Adrenaline Swatch
Adrenaline is a neon lime green with a lot of yellow in it. And while it’s not a shade I would normally go for, for a neon it’s spectacular. Two coats and a top coat and it was perfect.
Quo By Orly Jawbreaker Swatch
I found Jawbreaker to be more neon coral than neon orange and it’s really much brighter than the photo shows. This is going to be my next pedi shade.
Quo By Orly Rush Swatch
It’s so hard to get a true neon purple but Rush comes pretty close. It’s not quite as in your face as the others but it’s so pretty in person.
Quo By Orly Hype Swatch 1 Coat
I must be on a hot pink kick lately because Hype was by far my favourite. And I got full coverage and a week with minimal tip wear from one coat. Hype is going to be on my nails a lot this summer.

You can only get Quo By Orly polishes at Shoppers Drug Mart and the neons are limited edition, so if you love them like I do, run and grab them.

Micellar Face Cleaners Most Wanted

Regular soap sometimes feels like it’s a thing of the past. Micellar cleansers are the latest and hottest way to clean your face. Micelles are molecules in the cleansers that eat up fatty acids like makeup, dust and anything else on the skin. We tried four top micellar products all with different pros to see who should use which one.

marcelle micellar

Quick & Easy – Marcelle 3 In 1 Micellar Solution

The best part about cleaning your face with a micellar solution is how easy it is. Marcelle has made it as easy as you can get with their pump system. Just apply it onto your cotton pad with a couple of pumps and wipe your face clean. It removes your makeup and gets your face clean in seconds.


Specialized – L’Oreal Paris Sublime Soft Micellar Gelee Eye Makeup Remover

While other micellar cleaners remove all of your makeup, this one is specialized to only remove eye makeup. This is a gel based remover that is thicker than other micellar products. It’s just as easy though. Less is more with this cleaner as you want to use a little to remove any mascara you have. It’s tougher to remove waterproof makeup, but it still does the trick.


Au Naturale – Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

If you want something simple and gentle, but still effective this is the cleaner for you. This version of micellar water is easy to use. It’s water based, so you should be careful when you are putting it on the cotton pad, but otherwise it’s so easy to use! You just wipe away your makeup, no rinsing required. This version is great because it has no dyes or perfumes and nothing that can irritate your skin.


Most Moisturizing  – Vichy Purete Thermale Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil

This micellar cleaner is the most different from the rest. Unlike the others this oil based cleaner requires you to rinse your face afterwards. It feels silly, but after all of these other no rinse cleanser, this one actually felt like hard work. Unlike the rest, this one leaves your skin feeling much more moisturized than the rest. It leaves your face feeling soft and smooth.

Too Faced Melted Metal Lipstick

Too Faced Melted Metal Box
I recently became pretty obsessed with Too Faced’s original Melted Lipstick and I’ve been wearing Candy (a shade no one would ever guess I’d pick) pretty much non stop. So I was really happy when we got a chance to try four shades of the newest version, Melted Metal.
Too Faced Melted Metal Lipstick
Melted Metal Liquified Metallic Lipstick is the same idea as the regular Melted Lipstick. They come in a tube with a precision tip so you don’t need a brush, though you can definitely use one. They’re extremely creamy and easy to apply and they last for hours. Even the delicious candy scent is the same. The only difference I’ve noticed is they don’t dry to a creamy matte. Instead you get a metallic shine that doesn’t fade in five minutes.

Too Faced Melted Metal Swatches

Bunny, Dream House, Tu-Tu, Violet

We got to try Melted Metallic Bunny (metallic bubblegum pink), Melted Metallic Dream House (metallic electric fuchsia), Melted Metallic Tu-Tu (metallic warm flamingo) and Melted Metallic Violet (metallic violet orchid). It’s so hard for me to decide what my favourite shade is. Dream House is closest to Candy but there’s an occasion for every shade. I did noticed that Violet was a little more watery than the others and takes a little longer to dry but you still get the same effect and wear time.

I’m so in love with these Melted Metals that I’ve decided to not pick a favourite and just use all of them and maybe combine a couple and see what new shades I can come up with.

SST Quintessential Collection Review

SST Quintessential Collection Box
We’re always looking for new Canadian makeup companies and if the makeup happens to be free of harsh chemicals like SST’s, it’s a bonus. The Quintessential collection consists of two eyeshadow duos, an eyeshadow single, a lipstick and a lip polish (lip gloss). Even though this is SST’s spring line, the shades are also perfect for summer.
SST Quintessential Collection
We tried half of the collection starting with the Mild Eyeshadow Combo. At first glance the neutral beige and gold shimmer shades weren’t all that exciting to me but the shadows are so great to work with and easy to blend that I started using them quite a bit during the day. These shadows last a really long time.

SST Quintessential Collection Swatches

Vital, Stripped, Mild Combo

Next up was the Stripped Hydrating Lipstick. I love this shade and it has so many great things in it like grape seed oil and cocoa butter that I was really expecting a super creamy lipstick. What I got was a grainy lipstick too uncomfortable to wear for longer than an hour which is too bad because this pink-nude is probably a great shade for a ton of skin tones. It’s a little better if you add the lip polish over it so I’ve been doing that.

High Shine Lip Polish in Vital is pretty aptly named because it’s definitely the most need product in the Quintessential collection. This soft plum lip gloss is really creamy and doesn’t get sticky, it even passed the hair in wind test. It lasts for a pretty decent amount of time but since it’s not sticky or gloopy I don’t mind reapplying.

I was really impressed with SST cosmetics for the most part and I can’t wait to try more products from them.

FOREO ISSA Toothbrush

I’m not really a fan of electric toothbrushes so I generally stick to a manual but I’m a little bit of a germophobe so when I was introduced to the idea of Foreo’s Issa silicone toothbrush I had to try it. I’ve honestly never seen a toothbrush even remotely like this one. Since it’s silicone, it’s a lot more anti-bacterial than any other toothbrush I’ve used.
The Issa has eight speeds to choose from and it reminds you to change areas every thirty seconds while you’re brushing and to stop brushing at two minutes. My gums almost always bleed when I brush my teeth but the Issa is so gentle that I haven’t had that happen a single time in the few months I’ve been using it. My teeth feel like they’ve just been cleaned at the dentist when I’m done using it. I haven’t noticed a difference in whiteness but my teeth just feel so much cleaner overall.
You charge it through a USB post and one charge is supposed to last six months. Unfortunately my Issa must have some kind of defect because it’s never held a charge for more than a week. At first I thought it was because I was leaving it in a metal toothbrush holder but when I leave it on the counter the same thing happens. That said, it’s worth it to me to charge it more often because of the results I get. Brushing also seems a little more fun with the Issa.

While it’s quite a bit pricier than a regular toothbrush (around $200) the benefits outweigh the negatives. If you have sensitive teeth and gums, are a little bit of a germaphobe or just want a toothbrush that’s effective but you don’t have to throw out every three months (you change the brush head once a year), you need to give Foreo’s Issa a try. It’ll completely change how you think about brushing your teeth.

Mani Monday: CND Vinylux Garden Muse Summer 2015 Collection

I’m loving how different every brand’s summer collection is and considering how much I love CND Vinylux, it’s not really surprising that Garden Muse is one of my favourites this year. There’s no green shade but what there is more than makes up for it. Vinylux is the weekly wear version of Shellac and the wear time is just as incredible but it’s so much easier to take off. All the swatches are two coats with the Vinylux top coat.
Wisteria Haze
CND Vinylux Wisteria Haze Swatch
Wisteria Haze is a lighter purple creme and it’s a great shade for summer. Kind of dreamy and hazy but not too moody.
Reflecting Pool
CND Vinylux Reflecting Pool Swatch
This blue creme is one of my favourites of the collection. I love a blue but this formula just amazed me. It went on flawlessly and didn’t stain.
Lost Labyrinth
CND Vinylux Lost Labyrinth Swatch
Lost Labyrinth is a metallic blue shimmer that can lean toward teal and has a definite mermaid vibe to it. I found it didn’t react quite as well to the top coat as the other shades did.
Beckoning Begonia
CND Vinylux Beckoning Begonia Swatch
I found this pinky-purple shimmer kind of intriguing. It’s not quite a duochrome but I noticed the colours shifted depending on what kind of sunlight I was in. It’s a really pretty shade.
Crushed Rose
CND Vinylux Crushed Rose Swatch
Crushed Rose is a deep pink creme. I actually thought I would like it more than I did considering how much pink I’ve been wearing lately but the formula was great regardless.
Butterfly Queen
CND Vinylux Butterfly Queen Swatch
There always seems to be one shade that surprises me in a Vinylux collection and this time it’s Butterfly Queen. This shade is just gorgeous. A dark pink shimmer base with darker pink glitter, it’s enough to make this glitter hating girl change her mind.

CND’s Vinylux collection definitely didn’t disappoint. Between Reflecting Pool and Butterfly Queen, if I can find a week where I can wear only on shade of polish, it’ll be one of those for sure.

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