August Favorites 2013

Hi there!

So, I haven’t done a manicure this week since I’m letting my nails breathe a little.  But instead I have compiled my favorite products for the month of August.

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So here it is!

First is the KMS Hair Play modeling paste.  This paste was very handy during the heat waves we had.  In the morning, I would wet my hair a little, take a small amount of this paste in my hands, and then I would spread it all over my hair and put them either in a bun or a braid.  The paste would help me keep all my smaller hairs in place and not in my face (which could become very annoying when you’re sweating a lot!).

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My second product is the Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum.  A lot of beauty gurus have sworn my it and I can see why!  It has made my very dry face skin look normal; no more dry patches, dry nose contours, etc.  It’s amazing!  I use it since a couple of months, but during August, I have been using it solely instead of my regular day cream during the hot days.  A little tip for people living where there is Jean-Coutu drugstores; for the same price as one bottle at Sephora, they sell a kit of this regular size bottle, a bottle of the Caudalie Grape Water in a spray, and a sample size of the Caudalie Vinosource moisturizing sorbet.  Talk about a deal!

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Another favorite this month has been the Christian Dior Diorskin Poudre Shimmer in Amber Diamond.  It one of the nicest highlighter I’ve tried (you can see a full review that I did here) and you can even use it as eyeshadow for a natural look (see the tutorial from Amarixe).  Since it’s a little bronze, it added a nice healthy shine to my skin.

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Another face product is the Stila Sun bronzing powder in shade 01.  It’s perfect for my skin tone and I love that it’s matt.  Another thing I like about this bronzer is that it’s not too pigmented and is very easy to apply in a natural way.

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One last cheek favorite is the Tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in the color Tipsy, which is a very bright orange/coral blush.  This color is ho so pretty and screams “summer” when you put it on.  You can see more details about this blush in my review here.

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Also, during summer and especially when it’s very hot, I don’t like to put a lot of stuff on my face (such as foundation or powder) so what I like to do is just to put on some concealer in areas that needs it (under eye area, around the nose, redness, etc).  I have been using the Nars stick concealer in Custard for months and it is by far the best!  Good for dry skin, it doesn’t leave any weird patches and this color matches my skin perfectly (I’m about an Mac NC25-30).

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Then, just to add to the “natural” look that I have done almost all summer long, I’ve used the Dior Addict lipstick in 214 Tulle.  This lipstick is my FAVORITE ONE IN THE WHOLE WORLD (I know I almost say that to every products…but it’s true!).  Very creamy, very hydrating, lovely package, and it is a MLBB (my lips but better) color.  I have put it on almost every day for at least 3 months and I have not gone through yet!  The only thing is that it’s a bit expensive…but worth it!

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We’re almost done!  Next is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on eye pencil in Perversion that I’ve only been putting under my upper lash to define my eye a little more and didn’t need to put on a full eyeliner.  Very black, very easy to apply (very smooth texture) and waterproof.  The only thing is that it doesn’t seem to have a lot of resistance against more oily skin (especially when it’s hot).  So you might want to use a translucent powder with it.  But apart from that, it’s perfect!

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AND my last product is the Benefit Cha Cha Tint which is like the Benefit Cherry tint or Posie tint.  But when you open this one, it’s a very bright orange cream and I use it as a lip stain like as if I’ve sucked on a popsicle or something.  I pair it with a nice colorless lip balm and it look very summery!

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So that it is for this month!

Don’t hesitate to let me know your favorites so I can discover new products!

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REVIEW :: Tarte Blushes

Good day to you all!

Since I’m having a little trouble with my nails right now, I’m taking a break for my manicure this week (hopefully only this week).

But I didn’t want to leave you with nothing (after being quite absent for a while…).

So instead I’m doing a review on some of the Tarte blushes I’ve purchases a while ago and thought were worth reviewing:

The Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blushes.

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So the first one I’ve purchased was the Exposed.

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After viewing a review from Jen of frmheadtotoe on Youtube, I was quite curious about it since she said that it looked very flattering and could serves both as a bronzer and blush (for the lazy ones).  In the pan, I admit it looks quite brown and we wouldn’t think that it could be a blush.  But when applied on the cheeks (actually, I apply it more like a contour), it slims the face and adds a nice natural pink tone to the face.  Since I have more of a yellow tone skin (around NC25-30) it shows pretty well on my skin tone and I’m sure on more fair ones (might even show a little more pink than me).  Also, I’ve used it quite a lot and I still didn’t go through it yet.

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Then I was so impressed by those blushes that I wanted to buy more! But which one? I don’t know if you’ve seen but there is a LOT of choice…but I then saw a review of Essie Button wearing  Natural Beauty on her very fare skin and I thought it looked soooo pretty and nice that I purchased it.

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So not like Exposed, this blush is very pigmented and so you really need to have a light hand when applying it or you’ll end up looking very easily like a clown…but when applied the right way, it is a gorgeous.  The color is a very deep raspberry red and looks as pretty on light complexion than yellower ones (even probably on dark ones!).

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And then I wanted one that would be very summery and different from the two I already had, so I went back and bought Tipsy and Dollface (actually this one was sold in a kit with a Tarte bronzer – the reason why it’s smaller).

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So Tipsy is a nice orange blush that, when applied, is more like coral than expected.  I would also say that as for the pigmentation, it is not quite like Natural beauty but shows quite nicely.  And for Dollface, it’s a pretty pale doll pink that suits all complexions I’m sure.

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I also forgot to mention that all the blushes I’ve mentioned are matt and do not have any sparkles in it (which looks more natural).

I’m very VERY satisfied with the ones I bought and still think to purchase another one…anyone has any recommandations?

 

A palette to rule them all

A palette to rule them all

Having multiple individual eyeshadows, blushes, powders, and so on can be a pain in the butt when you try to find something in a pile.

That was my problem.  So I went online and did some research about something that would help me gather all my individual beauty products (at least the majority of them) into one “container”.

So I found the Unii Palette!

Reviewed by Jen of frmheadtotoe (yes, again), I decided to order two of them, just to try them out.

First, having to choose only two colors from all those pretty pastel palettes was very hard…but I told myself that I would probably have to purchase some more in the future so…

I choose the yellow (my favorite color) and black (‘cause it’s more chic!).

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Basically, they are made of hard plastic with a cover that snaps (so no fear that the palette will open in your bag), the inside has a big mirror, and the bottom is a big a magnet.  You even have a little “thing” (sorry, don’t really know the word for it) that you can move around and that allows you to put your thumb on it to hold the palette properly.  Each Unii palette comes with a sheet of sticky magnet that you can cut into the desired shape and stick under the de-potted makeup that are not made of metal (which for my part was the majority of them!).  Also, the nice thing with the magnetic sheet is that you can write the name of the shadow on it so you can know which is which in your palette.  And one last little thing, I don’t know if you can see properly, but each palette has little glitters on top, which is just very cute!

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So, in my yellow one, I’ve gathered all my different blushes and highlighters (the NYX blushes were in a Nyx special edition palette set that I got in one of my Glossybox, and they didn’t have any name…):

  1. Nyx blush
  2. Nyx blush
  3. Nyx blush
  4. Nyx blush
  5. Benefit Coralista blush
  6. Nyx highlighter
  7. E.L.F. Shimmer palette
  8. Nyx eyeshadow
  9. Nyx eyeshadow
  10. Nyx eyeshadow

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In my black palette, I wanted to put some individual eyeshadows that I have:

  1. Stila
  2. Nyx Baby blue
  3. Nyx eyeshadow
  4. MAC Club
  5. MAC Vex
  6. Nyx Deep brown
  7. Nyx Eggplant
  8. MAC Satin taupe
  9. Nyx eyeshadow
  10. L’Oréal Raven
  11. Nyx Purple
  12. Nyx Deep Orange
  13. Lise Watier (don’t have the name)

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So, I really like them so far, they’re not too big, very sturdy and pretty.  I will have to purchase more…(so much for my budget), but they are pretty inexpensive for the quality I think.

I also like that I can now have (almost) all my single eyeshadows in one place…it makes it easier and faster in the morning.  Ho and one more little thing that is pretty handy; in the back of the box that holds the Unii Palette, there is some tricks on how to de-pot your eyeshadows!  How nice…

So if you’re looking for a palette like that, I really really recommend these ones!

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Glossybox: November 2012

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I’ve subscribed to the Glossybox some months ago.

Just the idea of paying only 15$ per month and receiving a nice little box full of different beauty products seemed appealing (and also the fact that I always forget about it, it’s like receiving a surprise gift every month!…I like gifts).

So I’ve been receiving those little boxes since the beginning of summer.

Been satisfied.

Sometimes, disappointed.

But nevertheless, I’ve sustained my faith in this boxy.

So here is the November 2012 box for you!

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So let’s start with the Curel Handcream

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I’ve already got the Curel cream for cracked heels (in a previous Glossybox) and I loved it.  So I was really happy to receive their hand cream to try out.  The texture is silky and smooth, not sticky at all.  And the smell is very nice; not too perfumy and very fresh.  What I also like about this cream is that it doesn’t leave my hand so greasy that I have to wait 10 minutes before being able to grip a pen.

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Next is a moisturizing gel for the shower (or bath).  I personally never wash myself with those types of gel (I only use soap), but since it’s free…why not!  The texture is very liquidy and I really like the smell (which I think is really important when it comes to washing products).  They describe the sent as “ocean-fresh fragrance blended with floral, citrus and hint of sandalwood”, which reminded me of the Biotherm Biosenses body softening exfoliator smell.  Very nice indeed.

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There was also a nice little gloss from Maybelline NY. Since the name of the color is nowhere to be found on the tube, I can only describe it as a nice translucent gloss with very tiny gold glitters.  I’ve never owned a gold gloss before, but I just find that it is so festive and just in time for the holidays and parties.  My fear was that it would perhaps be too gold and that I would have to tone it down a bit, but it ended being very subtle and I can totally see it on top of a nude lipstick to add a little sparkle, or even on top of a very bright red.  I can’t wait to try it out!

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I was also very happy to discover that they’ve put a blush in the box, and even more happy to see that it was a color that I wanted to buy.  It may not show properly on the pictures, but it is a nice mauve pink matte blush.  I personally prefer matte over shimmery blushes since I find that they are easier for everyday looks. Also, I’ve heard from different Youtube gurus that this color kind of blush was perfect for fall and winter looks.  Just can’t wait to try it on!!!

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The next item was a Nicole by OPI nail polish called “A Gold Winter’s Night” (the Glossybox team took the holiday trend very seriously indeed!).  I’ve really been into nail polish these couple of weeks (I try to change every week – you can go see on my Instagram), and therefore was very happy to acquire a new one.  Very festive as well, it is basically translucent with gold, bronze and aqua glitters (they’re not round glitters but more like little lines).  Perhaps I will do my next NOTD with it…we’ll see!

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There was also a 50% off loyalty card for Über online products (which I’ve never heard of before).  So I’ve checked they’re website and they seem to have several healthcare products.  So if you guys have already used one of their products, please tell me what you think!

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And finally, the last items are a Nexxus hydrating shampoo and conditioner.  Since I didn’t try them yet (I kind of have another set of sample that I’m currently trying for the moment), I can’t really give a review on it now, appart for the smell; unfortunately the shampoo smells just like a banana antibiotic that I use to take when I was young and I don’t know if I would like my hair to smell like that (and since it just reminds me of the horrible taste and sickness).  However, the conditioner’ smell is totally different; very VERY fruity (ok, banana is a fruit but…ya know what I mean!).  So, in general, I’ve never had any shampoo and conditioner from the same brand that had so much difference in smell…so…I’ll have to check the result!

So that’s it!

I’m very sorry if it was very long (I promise I will not make reviews with that much products in the future), but I thought that showing and talking about all the products that was in my little pretty pink box would be nice.

Anyways, so have a good weekend and enjoy the snow (for those who already have snow)!