L’Occitane Verveine Moisturizing Body Mousse + Fresh Body Mist

L'Occitane Verveine Moisturizing Body Mousse and Fresh Body Mist
If there’s one L’Occitane line I love the most, it’s the Verveine collection. I’ve always loved the scent of verbena and they just keep adding new products to the line. Like last summer’s additions, this year’s are equally refreshing in the crazy Toronto heat wave. We tried two of the products; the Moisturizing Body Mousse and the Fresh Body Mist.

The Moisturizing Body Mousse is extremely hydrating and cooling (and really fun to use!) but you’re definitely going to want to avoid touching your face for a while or wash your hands really well right after you apply it because it can make your eyes sting. That’s really the only downside though. Right after you put it on, your skin feels soft for hours and there’s no stickiness and it dries instantly.

The Fresh Body Mist is equally refreshing and an really light, fresh scent. Unfortunately, the scent doesn’t seem to last very long on me. It almost disappears as quickly as I spray it, but I do enjoy how refreshing the scent is when I use it. The bottle is small enough that you can throw it in your purse and use it as often as you want.

If you’re looking for ways to get refreshed, this line is a good place to start.

Mistura Beauty Solutions

Mistura Beauty Solutions

This month I’ve been trying out a few products from Ottawa-based makeup brand, Mistura Beauty Solutions. The really seem to be all about simplifying your beauty routine with their products. I think that’s an interesting idea, outside of just making women look great.

I started at the very top with their Ultimate 6-in1 Beauty Solutions box set. This kit includes a Vitamin E Lip Treatment, Retractable Beauty Brush, Luminada Illuminating Moisturizer and their trademark statement product the 6-in-1 Beauty Solution. I also tried their C-2-P Complexion Corrector and the Vivid Lash HD Mascara, but it’s the solution powder that I want to talk about now.

This powder is their big product. They were even on Dragon’s Den with it! This powder comes in one shade to help cover redness and perfect your skin, no matter what your tone is. Honestly, I am not going to lie to you… I didn’t see the difference. I tried using it with the moisturizer and brush that was included, but I really didn’t see any difference after applying it. I read the instructions. I tried my own brushes. I applied it over the Complexion Corrector. I actually tried using this powder almost every day for two weeks without seeing the results.

I wanted this to be my new secret weapon. I wanted this to be my own solution, but nothing.

I would love for Mistura to prove me wrong. I want to really get this product. I hope that they find this review. This almost bronze powder hasn’t made an impact on my skin… what am I doing wrong?

Covergirl Makeup Most Wanted

Sometimes it’s easy to forget about where your love for makeup started. I got back in touch with my roots with some new Covergirl products.

covergirl trublend face primer dry skin

First I tried the Covergirl Tru Blend Face Primer for Dry Skin. My initial reaction was to the smell. This primer smells bad. I’m not sure what the scent is, but it’s not really something that I want all over my face all day. It might sound weird, but I think it kind of smells like tobacco. It is a good primer, but it’s a bit too moisturizing for my skin. I prefer primers that are more mattifying. I might give this product another chance and go for the oily skin primer to see if the feel, and smell, is any different.

covergirl the super sizer mascara

To follow this up, I got two new Covergirl products from BzzAgent. I tried Covergirl’s The Super Sizer Fibers Mascara. I have to admit that I don’t understand the brush for this mascara. The bristles are so small that they barely exist. My long lashes want a long mascara brush to get in between and keep the separate. My lashes look fine after applying, but they aren’t super long. They tend to get clumped up easier.

covergirl clean matte bb cream

On the other hand, the Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream is amazing! I don’t know what took Covergirl so long to jump on the bb cream trend. I assume it’s that they were perfecting this product. Like I said before, I prefer mattifying face products. This bb cream gives my face good coverage without feeling heavy. I’ve been avoiding a lot of heavy moisturizers and foundations this hot summer, but Covergirl’s bb cream is great for even hot days.

Lise Watier Neiges Eau Frâiche

Lise Watier Neiges Eau Fraiche BoxFinding a good summer scent can be hard. You want to smell good but don’t want something overpowering. A lot of companies release alcohol free versions of popular scents for summer and we have one of those. Lise Watier’s Neiges is a pretty iconic Canadian perfume and their summer version Neiges Eau Frâiche is lovely as well.
Lise Watier Neiges Eau Fraiche
This alcohol free version can be used on both your hair and body and has a really light, slightly powdery scent. It has top notes of hyacinth, lily of the valley, rose and jasmine; middle notes of magnolia and orange blossom and bottom notes of sandalwood and musk. Leaving you with a really soft floral scent with a hint of something mysterious.

I haven’t used a lot of Lise Watier’s fragrances in the past but I’m really enjoying Neige Eau Frâiche quite a bit. I’m looking forward to trying other scents from the brand.

Fiona Stiles Beauty Most Wanted

Fiona Stiles Most Wanted
Fiona Stiles is a pretty well known celebrity makeup artist and this year she launched her eponymous makeup line. We got to try some of the products and these three really popped out for me. The hashtag that goes along with Fiona Stiles Beauty is #mistakefreemakeup and with these products, it’s definitely true. All three are extremely easy to use and very hard to mess up.
Ultimate Lash Icon Volumizing Mascara in Carbon Canyon
Fiona Stiles Ultimate Lash Icon
My biggest pet peeve with mascara is when they claim to give you tons of volume but it’s not dark enough to actually see it. With this mascara not only do I get a lot of volume but Carbon Canyon is super black, so I can definitely see it. I can get my lashes pretty big with Ultimate Lash Icon without getting clumpy. I do notice it can flake a little, but not enough that it makes a huge difference to me.
Soft Cheek Veil in Maiden Lane
Fiona Stiles Soft Cheek Veil Maiden Lane
Next to mascara, blush is my favourite type of makeup. I love when a blush is really pigmented going on and settles down the longer I wear it. This does exactly that. If I feel like the colour is too strong when I apply it, I just wait a minute and let it blend in and it ends up perfect. Maiden Lane is a really pretty neutral pink that leans a little peachy on me. I also appreciate that for a powder blush, it’s not super chalky.
Color Impact Satin Lip Crayon in Hester and Bonnie Brae
Fiona Stiles Color Impact Satin Lip Crayon
I might have been wearing matte liquid lipstick all summer but sometimes my lips need a break and I still want some easy colour on them. These lip crayons are perfect for that. Hester is a nude pink and Bonnie Brae is burgundy, both are extremely creamy and pigmented. These crayons feel substantial on your lips while they’re not great for colour transfer, unless you’re eating or drinking a lot they’ll last a decent amount of time. I’ve been wearing Hester quite a bit lately and will probably reach for Bonnie Brae more in the fall. These crayons also come in matte shades as well.

Fiona Stiles Swatches
Maiden Lane, Hester, Bonnie Brae

Makeup Most Wanted July 2016 – Alyssa’s Picks

I can’t believe summer is half over and with the heat wave we’ve been having in Toronto, I’m about ready for fall. I went on vacation during July so this month all my picks were what I used the most while travelling.
Dermalogica Active Moist
Dermalogica Active Moist
My combination skin tends to go to the oily side during the summer, so finding a lightweight moisturizer that keeps my skin hydrated without making it greasy is really important. Active Moist is oil-free and made for combination skin, plus it absorbs pretty much instantly. It leaves my skin really soft and dewy without looking like you could fry something on my face.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Flying is pretty much the worst thing for your skin. While some people use masks to keep save their skin from getting dehydrated, I love face mists and Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir is one of my favourites. It comes in 30mL and 100mL, both of which are perfect for travelling. This grape-based mist not only totally refreshes your skin but also minimizes pores, boosts radiance and can be used as a setting spray.
Sephora Super Nourishing Lip Balm
Sephora Super Nourishing Lip Balm
My lips aren’t in the best shape from all the matte lipstick I’ve been wearing and this lip balm has been a massive help in fixing them. I love that it applies like a lipstick. It’s really creamy but absorbs quickly and it has a really subtle vanilla scent. There are honestly quite a few Sephora brand products that could’ve made this list but the lip balm edged them out.
Stila Convertible Color in Camellia
Stila Convertible Color CamelliaI’ve tried a ton of Stila products over the years but never a Convertible Color, which have basically been around forever. If you love a multi-use product like I do, this one’s the motherlode. You can use it as a lipstick and blush and I’ve been known to use it as an eyeshadow in a pinch as well. Camellia is the closest thing I’ve found to a decent bronzer on my extremely fair skin. All you need with one of these compacts are your fingers. There’s a mirror built in and they’re creamy enough to blend really well without a brush.
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate BarI took exactly one eyeshadow palette with me on vacation and it was this one. Considering my trip consisted of a wedding plus a lot of full day walking trips, I needed something that would cover everything and boy did it. There are lighter, neutral shades mixed in with deeper browns and pops of blue. Plus it smells like chocolate! All the shadows blended beautifully and there was a way to use it whatever I was doing. This is probably my favourite neutral palette right now.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Rich Tones

Last week we started our Sally Hansen Color Therapy posts with the pink and nude shades and today we’re finishing it off with the rich tones. Most of my personal favourites of the line fall into this category. Like the other shades, these are simple to apply. You apply to clean, bare nails and choose whether you want to use the top coat or not. And like the other shades, these polishes dry shockingly fast. I don’t know if it’s just these shades or it’s just more noticeable because they’re darker but I found that all of them shrunk up a bit when they dried, leaving me with at times, pretty significant tip wear before I even had a chance to use my hands. These are super easy to touch up however but I’m wondering if there would’ve been a difference had I used my regular top coat with them.
Ohm My Magenta
Sally Hansen Color Therapy Ohm My Magenta Swatch
Say “namaste” to this magnificent reddish-purple
Right off the bat this one was a star. A one-coater, it went on flawlessly and was really gorgeous. This is the kind of shade you can wear all year round.
Haute Springs
Sally Hansen Color Therapy Haute Springs Swatch
Clear your head with a restorative red
This dark red was pretty similar to Ohm My Magenta but two coats looked better with this one. It also stained, so if I had to choose, I’d pick OMM.
Cool Cucumber
Sally Hansen Color Therapy Cool Cucumber Swatch
A deep refreshing garden green
I love dark green polish and when I can find one that gives this kind of coverage in one coat? Sold. It actually looks like the skin of a cucumber. But this one stains as well and since you don’t use a base coat with Color Therapy, it’s a little bit of a problem.
Slicks And Stones
Sally Hansen Color Therapy Slicks And Stones Swatch
A lustrous crystalized purple
This one coater is pretty in the photo but stunning in the sunlight. It’s so sparkly. It also desperately needs top coat or it’ll look a little dull when it dries. There’s a ton of microglitter in here, so it’s a little harder to take off.
Indiglow
Sally Hansen Color Therapy Indiglow Swatch
Shimmer with an electric metallic violet
Indiglow is one of my favourites and I wish more companies would release this kind of purple more often. The formula was a little runnier than the others, so there was some pooling. The photo is two coats. This first coat was so sheer that I was actually concerned with how many I would need but two was perfect.
Soothing Sapphire
Sally Hansen Color Therapy Soothing Sapphire Swatch
Reflect and restore in a saturated blue jewel tone
Soothing Sapphire is hands down my pick of the shades I tried. It’s almost like a sister shade to Indiglow and the deep blue is just gorgeous. Again, I used two coats with this one but it was less runny than Indiglow. There was a tiny bit of staining but nowhere near as bad as Cool Cucumber.

There are still quite a few shades of Color Therapy that I haven’t tried (I need to get my hands on Reflection Pool) but overall I’m pretty happy with this line. Do I wish the brushes were smaller? Always. I find the top coat fairly useless so I’m going to see how some others react to the polishes and the cuticle oil is fine but nothing super special.

After wearing this line pretty exclusively for about two weeks, I really didn’t notice a change in my nails. But I didn’t have a lot of issues to start with either. I’m also pretty sure that using acetone daily probably counteracted some of the oils effects. So for me all it comes down to was how much I liked the actual polish and I like it quite a bit.

Quo Stain’n Love Lip Gloss & Lip Velour

Quo lip stains

I love the colours of these little glosses, but no matter what I do they always leave me wanting more. On the brush Quo’s lip glosses are vibrant shades of pink and red. I am instantly drawn to the ‘Romanced’ pink colour.

When I put it on my lips, it doesn’t give full coverage. It always seems to apply unevenly. It doesn’t go on smoothly. Even though the word stain is right in the name, it doesn’t stain anything. The gloss wears off quickly, leaving me to reapply every few minutes so it seems.

Quo Lip Velour copy

My issue with the Lip Velour is similar. I love the colours, but this product just doesn’t have a lot of lasting power. In this case though, I am also not crazy about the brush too. It’s like a little lip brush, but very stiff.

I wanted to love these lip glosses and stains, but reapplying more than four times a day is my biggest pet peeve.

Flower Outstretched Lengthening Mascara

flower mascara before

Before – I don’t know why my eyes are different sizes!

Make way for this new mascara that I am in love with! The brush looks weird, but just go with it. The longer brush side is for helping to lengthen and curl those lashes. I was as skeptical as you are. It really works though. For someone like me, who refuses to use an eyelash curler, this is the best product I can dream up. Then I just have to spin the wand around to add the dark black mascara. The formula is a bit thick, so you do need to be careful to avoid big clumps. Otherwise though, my lashes have looked amazing lately. The bonus is that Flower is also so affordable, so I don’t have to break the bank to look this good!

flower mascara

After – Boom! Look at that length!

Clarins Summer 2016 Makeup

Clarins released a whole pile of new summer products that I am surprised to say, I am hooked on this season. I’ve never considered myself a huge fan of Clarins. I think that they have a reputation of being a bit older and more conservative, but this new round of products will make anyone smile. I don’t care how old you are.

clarins Bronzing & Blush Compact

My absolute favourite product in the Clarins makeup line is the Bronzing & Blush Compact. This oversized powder isn’t exactly what I would call compact. It’s large size makes it awkward to take on-the-go. I love this powder anyways. The four shades when blended together are the perfect summer shade for my skin. I get a beautiful bronze finish with a subtle shimmer that is suitable for day or night. I was torn on whether to put this in my favourites of the month or here, so know that it belongs in both places!

clarins  Instant Light Lip Perfecting Base

Say hello to your new lipstick saver, the Instant Light Lip Perfecting Base! I put this little lip primer to the test with some of the lipsticks that are the worst culprits for disappearing after minutes. While it couldn’t beat them all, I noticed a huge difference in my reapply time. These lipsticks went from a one-hour affair to a full morning in style. I haven’t shared my new secret with anyone yet, so get it while it’s hot!

clarins_fix_make_up_30ml

The Fix’ Makeup-Up Spray has been my other secret weapon through summer’s hot spell. Forget losing my makeup to humidity and sweat. Thanks to a few sprays of this puppy my foundation, bronzer and blush looks just as good when I get home from work as when I left.

Clarins Hydraquench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase

I’ve been trying to jump on the serum bandwagon for a while, but have never found one that I like. The new Clarins Hydraquench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase has come the closest to making me a convert. I cannot express my love for how moisturizing it is. I actually think of it more as a moisturizer than a serum in my routine. It has a very faint smell and absorbs into my skin quickly leaving it feels newly hydrated. It is a bit tacky, but nothing that is troublesome. I have fairly oily skin, especially in the summer month, but this didn’t make me breakout at all. Bonus!!

065b5b5717834e7029a147944ed57a10 Waterproof Eyeshadow

At the bottom of my list is the Waterproof Eyeshadow. I’m not a fan of liquid or cream shadows, so this product didn’t stand a chance. I will always opt for a traditional powder and brush. I will admit that the metallic shades of eyeshadow are very cool. I might not have thought of them as summer shades, but they work perfectly with a bit of a tan.