Apr 30, 2014

Face of the Day (FOTD) - Too Faced Chocolate Bar


 
 
Hello Beauty Friends,
 
Just wanted to share my look of the day.  This is a QUICK face - as I was on my way to work.  No highlighting or contouring here.
 
Here's what I'm wearing
 
 

Too Faced The Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

I've been reading a lot of reviews recently about this eye palette - which was in the back of my drawer.  Not sure why all of a sudden this has become "new again" but it inspired me to reach for it.  I remember why I bought it in the first place now!  The eyeshadows are lovely and perfect for every day.
 


Estee Lauder Double Wear


The foundation is new to me as well.  I had a sample from Sephora that I wore for a week and I loved it.  I am really picky with foundations.  They need to have full coverage but feel like nothing.  I cannot stand the feeling of anything thick, sticky, or cakey on my face.  I will have the urge to wash it off all day long.  I am LOVING this Estee Lauder Double Wear!  The Sephora Color IQ pulled this shade as a match for me and I think it is perfect.  It just gives such a lovely finish and blends so easily.  I used my beauty blender sponge to apply it.

I've also been leaning more to brown eyeliners lately.  I found this Urban Decay Demolition in my drawer of pencils and it's a perfect dark brown shade.

Sarah
xx

Apr 29, 2014

Hourglass palette


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
$67 Cdn at Sephora

Finally!  Hourglass has made this a permanent addition to their line!  I was so disappointed to miss out on it when it launched around Christmas-time.  I have been loving Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders and really wanted this palette!

This palette includes Incandescent Light, a shade exclusive to this palette, and two existing shades, Dim Light and Radiant Light.  So of COURSE I was lusting after the exclusive shade (event though I already have Dim Light).

I'm still playing with the different shades so haven't quite got my perfect "look" figured out just yet.


Here is my bare face - no makeup or powder.  Eeks!  This reminds me of those commercials "this is your brain on drugs".  Anyway - this is my face without makeup.


This is my bare face with just the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light.  It is really hard to show off the effects of these powders on camera.  But I think you can see here that even without makeup, it is blurring imperfections and catching the light so as to make my skin look more radiant.  I have NEVER seen a powder do this!  These powders are incredible.


So here I am again, bare face, no makeup at all.  I have Dim Light on the left (my right), Incandescent Light in the centre, and Radiant Light on the right (my left).  I haven't done anything fancy.  I just buffed them onto my skin with a MAC 134 powder brush.  I didn't even brush my hair for pete's sake (shameful - I know).  I apologize if I scare small children with this photo.  My face is probably still swollen from the dental work I had done.  Ahh - the things we do in the name of beauty - and blogs.

I think you can see here how these powders make the best of your skin!  And for the record - this is the first time I've EVER used a photo of myself without makeup!  I HATE my skin - we have an ongoing battle.

Anyway - if you haven't checked these powders out before - pop into Sephora and try them out for yourself.  They are like an Instagram for your face - for real life!

Sarah
xx

Apr 28, 2014

My favourite lippies of the week


Hello Beauty Friends,

Today I thought I'd share what my lips have been wearing most often.

I have long been a fan of Tarte LipSurgence chubby lip pencils - and their Amazonian clay blushes (obviously - they are AMAZING).  But I hadn't tried too many of their other products.  This adorable little lipstick caught my eye in Ulta the other week - and I just couldn't resist!

 
$19 Cdn at Sephora
 
Described as a reddish pink, this lipstick contains Tarte's moisturizing Amazonian butter and is so soft and lush.  It feels just like a lipbalm but with colour.

 
 
 
You can see in this swatch that the colour is vibrant and has a lovely gloss to it.  I hate lipsticks that are dry or feel dry on your lips.  I like something that is sheer and easy to wear and feels like a lipbalm.
 
 
 
Here you can see what the colour looks like on my lips.  It's a nice bright coraly/ peachy pink that is still soft and sheer.  Perfect for Spring.

 
 
$28 Cdn at Sephora
 
This was another impromptu purchase - at Sephora.  I love the quality of Bite lip products and I love that they are made with 100% food grade ingredients.  When you think how much lipstick you ingest over the course of your lifetime, that is a great thing!
 
This is a sheer lip tint.  It feels like a lipbalm but with just a hint of colour.  It's perfect when you just need a little something.  Or if you want to apply some quick colour without a mirror, or when driving (not that I ever do that).
 

 

 
Hope that gives you some ideas if you are looking for new lip products!
 
Sarah
xx

Apr 25, 2014

all about primers


Hello Beauty Friends!

I hope you enjoyed my skincare week last week!  If you missed it, here are the links:
 

Today I wanted to share with you my current rotation of primers!

If you don't already wear a primer, it is basically a foundation for your foundation (if that makes sense).  A primer seals in your moisturizer and preps your skin for foundation by filling in any little crevices and lines so that you get a smoother finish and longer lasting result from your foundation.

There are MANY different primers out there - your perfect primer will depend on your skin type and your foundation type as well as what kind of finish you like to have.

I have combination skin with dry areas and areas that get oily mid-day.  I also have very sensitive skin.  I wear a full coverage foundation for work every day (either Lancôme Teint Idole or Bobbi Brown Long Wear).


Clinique Superprimer Colour Corrects Redness
$29 Cdn from Sephora

This is a lightweight oil-free primer that offers a little colour-correcting benefit for redness.  I tend to have redness around my nose and chin - so I find this is helpful for that.  I like that it goes on very easily and doesn't clog my pores or feel heavy.  My foundation applies evenly over it.  The only issue I have is if I use a couple of heavy serums or moisturizer and don't let them dry properly.  Then this will "ball" on top and I have to wipe it off.  Otherwise this is one of my go-to primers and I love it.  You can see this tube is almost empty.


Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
$35 Cdn at Sephora

This is one of my newer primers that I've been using for a couple of months.  I have really been liking Clarins products for my skin recently and so I bought this based on lots of beauty blog recommendations.  It is much thicker in consistency that my Clinique primers and feels like a thick moisturizer when applied.  It melts into skin giving a lovely semi-matte finish to your skin.  It doesn't feel thick or greasy and I've never had it "ball up" on me.  It even looks nice on it's own and gives a great weekend skin finish without foundation as well.  I like this one a lot!


Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer
$29 Cdn at Sephora

This is probably my most used primer this month.  I bought it when I finished my colour correcting one.  It feels so lightweight!  It has a slight sheen to it on application and you can see it blurring any imperfections.  It feels like a very light moisturizer and absorbs nicely.  It plays nice with my serums and moisturizers which I love!  For my skin, the Clinique primers are probably my favourite - I have liked them all.


Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector
$24 Cdn at Sephora

This is a really interesting product.  It's advertised as a pore minimizer and designed for use on your nose and chin to blur pores.  There are lots of these types of products out right now.  It has a light tint to it so is a bit of a concealer as well.  BUT I find that it works beautifully as a primer if you apply lightly all over your face.  It is very similar to Benefit POREfessional in texture and finish but just a little bit lighter in consistency.

Some days I'll wear two primers - one for all over, like the Clinique Superprimer, and then one for my nose & chin which need a little more prep, like this Clinique Pore Refining Solutions or Benefit POREfessional.

I hope this helps give you some ideas if you are hunting for a primer!  I'd love to hear what primers you've tried and like?

Sarah
xx

Apr 18, 2014

Sarah's skincare week: serums


Hello Beauty Friends!

Welcome to Day Five of Skincare Week:  Serums!


I use a variety of serums, depending on the time of year and condition of my skin.  These are the ones that are in my rotation at the moment.




Indeed Labs:  Hydraluron

$20 Cdn at Shopper's Drug Mart
This is one of my newer additions to my skincare routine.  It is intended to help your serums and moisturizers penetrate your skin more effectively.  I haven't had any dry patches on my nose or chin since using this, so that is a good thing!  I put this on after moisturizer and toner and leave it to dry before moving onto the next product.



Caudalie Vinosource

$52 Cdn from Sephora
This is another hydrating serum.  It feels nice, but I couldn't say that I've noticed a difference in my skin since starting it this winter.  I haven't had any dry skin - so that is good - whether or not it's a result of this serum, I don't know.  I don't think I'll re-purchase it though.


Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

$63 Cdn from Sephora
This is my favourite serum and I'm on at least my third bottle.  I had run out and didn't replace it right away.  I noticed that blemishes and marks weren't healing/ fading as fast as when I was using this serum - so I quickly bought some more!  I love Clinique skincare products - I've used them for years - they agree with my skin.  I think this product is definitely worth the money.  I use it morning and night.



Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Radiance Renewer

$51 Cdn from Sephora
This is a nice serum from Clinique.  I started using it a while ago just to see how it compared to the dark spot corrector and whether I could get a little more vibrance in my skin overnight.  It is ok, it is softening overnight - but not earth-shattering or anything.  I don't think I'll re-purchase once this bottle is finished.



Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster

$60 Cdn for 1 oz at Sephora
I got this as part of a three-piece trial set from Sephora around Christmas time but never got around to using it.  I dug the products out last week and I have to say I am really liking them!  There is this serum, a  moisturizer, and a night gel.  I think I will be re-purchasing all of them in full size!  This serum gives a little bit of a tingle on application, just enough to show me it's doing something.  It doesn't feel greasy or sticky.  It has a lovely orange scent.  And I know that Vitamin C is terrific for your skin.  I do notice a difference in my skin in the morning - it is more vibrant.  I can tell that this is helping my skin cells turnover during the night.

That's all for my skincare week!  I hope you enjoyed it!  Please share with me your favourite skincare products - I'm always on the hunt!

Next week - I have some primers to review.

Sarah
xx

Apr 17, 2014

Sarah's skincare week: moisturizers



Hello Beauty Friends!

Welcome to day four of my skincare week - moisturizers!


Morning Routines:  Moisturizer

I try to not use anything too heavy in terms of moisturizer on a daily basis.  I wear full makeup every day and I have combination skin.  This means that if I add a thick moisturizer to the mix, my makeup will be sliding off my face by lunchtime.  I do use a primer - which I'll cover in a couple of days.  But I still keep the moisturizer to a minimum.



La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo
$26 Cdn at well.ca

Yes, I know that this is technically a treatment and not officially a moisturizer.  But I find it moisturizing for my skin with the added benefit of helping to prevent clogged pores and breakouts.  I find this really stops any clogged pores from makeup during the day.  It is nice and light and feels nice on my skin.  It is really great during the monthly hormonal breakouts in helping to minimize the worst blemishes.  It blends in nicely and doesn't leave a greasy feel or film at all.  And my makeup applies really well on top of it.

If it's the weekend and I'm not going to wear makeup for some reason (strange - but possible) then I might wear a heavier duty daytime moisturizer.  Some of the ones I have and use are:
Clinique Youth Surge
Clinque Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Lotion
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm



Evening Routines:  Moisturizer

In the evening, I usually apply Avene TriAcneal Skin care after cleansing and toning.  This helps treat any breakouts/ blemishes/ scars/ dark spots overnight, under my moisturizer.  I think this works really well and I've been super impressed with it!




Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturizer
$54 Cdn at Sephora

This is another product from Clinque that I've used for ages.  I really like it.  It's a nice rich night time moisturizer that doesn't feel greasy or heavy.  It applies well over any other treatments I use and absorbs quickly so I don't feel like an oil slick.  In the morning my skin always feels soft and moisturized.

So that's it from me on moisturizers!  Join me tomorrow for
Day Five - Serums!

Sarah
xx

Apr 16, 2014

Sarah's skincare week: eye creams


Hello Beauty Friends!

Welcome to day three of Sarah's skincare week!

See Day Two:  Toners

Today is the next step in my skincare routine - that is eye creams!

I always debate whether to try new things in my skincare routine or not.   On one hand - I don't actually have any fine lines or wrinkles - which for 39 I think is pretty good.  So does this mean that my current products are doing their job and preventing them?  Or would I see more results from some other products?  I don't know.  But in the meantime, Clinique skincare products tend to do pretty well for me.  They always feel nice on my skin.  I never feel greasy or like my pores are clogged/ congested.  And my makeup is easy to apply on top of the products - which is an issue I've had when trying other brands.  I'm sure I'll still experiment with other products - but these are some of my tried-and-true loves.

Morning Routines - eye care

In the morning, I use two types of products - one to relieve any puffiness or bags if I didn't sleep well (or if I watched a sad movie and cried before bedtime).  Then I use a soothing moisturizer which helps my makeup to apply more easily.


$34 Cdn at Sephora

I love this eye serum.  I've lost count of how many I've gone through over the years.  It really does take away any puffiness you might have under your eyes in the morning and is very refreshing.  It is really gentle and absorbs quickly.  It isn't at all greasy and doesn't get in the way of makeup.  I don't use it every day - only when I need it.



Clinique even better eyes dark circle corrector
$49 Cdn at Sephora

I apologize for the condition of this bottle - but you can see how much I've used and loved it!  This is at least my second tube.  I use this every day as my daytime eye cream.  It has a very slight tint to it, which helps prime your under eye area for concealer.  I don't think it is incredible at covering dark shadows - which I get very rarely.  But it is a nice moisturizer.  I just picked up a Clarins eye cream - so I'll see if it is any better.

Nighttime routines:  eye care

At night I like more heavy duty treatment and very rich moisturizers to work on my skin overnight.  So I use different products for my eyes as well.


Ole Henriksen truth is in the eyes:  an eye peel
$52 Cdn at Sephora

This is a REALLY cool product that works so well!  I apply this under my eyes after cleansing and toning.  Let it dry.  Then apply eye cream over it.  In the morning you will not believe how soft and renewed the skin is under your eyes!  It is a great product - well worth the investment.


Clinique all about eyes rich
$37 Cdn at Sephora

This is another product that I have used FOREVER - since I was a teenager.  This rich version is newer and much thicker than the original (which I loved as well).  It is just a great, gentle moisturizer.  I cannot fault it.  I have super sensitive eyes and have to be really careful what I use in that area.  I've never been able to use contact lenses and I have difficulties with a lot of mascaras.  So I like that this never bothers my eyes.

So that's it for me on eye creams!

Join me tomorrow for moisturizers!

Sarah
xx

Apr 15, 2014

Sarah's skincare week: toners


Hello Beauty Friends!

Welcome to day two of Sarah's skincare week.  Yesterday I introduced you to my new favourite cleanser and today is another of my favourite topics (i.e. obsessions) - toners!



I seem to always be on the hunt for a couple of things - the perfect foundation - and the perfect toner.

These are some of the toners in my basket - and the ones I've been using lately - and liking the most.

I use two or three toners - as they each serve a different purpose - in my cleansing routine - both morning and night.


Step One:  Exfoliating Toner


After cleansing, I like to use an acid/ exfoliating toner.  It is really hard to find a good one - especially one that is alcohol free.  I'd love to get my hands on the elusive Pixi Glow Tonic - available only in the UK - but can't bring myself to pay the shipping costs.  In the meantime, I have two that are working pretty well for me.  I'd love to hear any recommendations though!



Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner
$18 USD at Ulta

This is a "zingy"feeling toner.  Be careful if you have any open sores/ blemishes!  But it does a great job of taking off any dead skin and cleanser residue.  Really a nice toner and great value.  You feel refreshed after using this.




Clarins Gentle Exfoliant Toner
$35 Cdn at HBC

This is a really gentle, nice toner.  It's fairly thick in consistency.  You need to leave this one on your skin for a few minutes to do it's work.  It isn't instantly "wow" but you notice it when you stop using it for a while.



Step Two:  Calming/ Neutralizing Toner

After the first exfoliating toner, I use a calming toner to re-balance my skin after cleansing.  It takes away that "tight" squeaky feeling and also starts to moisturize the skin.  There are LOTS of these on the market.  Lots of people even use just a generic rosewater.  Rosewater is often the key ingredient in these products and is very soothing.



Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris
$33 Cdn at HBC

I've used this toner for a while - you can see how much is left - and this was a special "jumbo" bottle that I got on special over Christmas.  Clarins make three versions of toner and this one is recommended for combination to oily skin.  It is really gentle - I even use it on my eyes without any problem.  It calms my skin - especially if I've done any exfoliating and it feels a little raw.  It's great during the winter months especially.  I find that it does help keep my skin calm and minimize breakouts.  It removes any bits of makeup/ mascara residue that might be left behind.


Step Two-and-a-half:  Moisturizing Spray

OK - so I kind of stretched the two steps a bit.  Technically this is also a toner, but I do like to spritz my skin after toning - just to add a bit of moisture - and quite honestly - it just feels nice!  My skin tends to be dehydrated - so any chance I can get a little more moisture into it is good.  I often use the Avene thermal water spray or the Caudalie grape water spray here.



Caudalie Beauty Elixir
$19 Cdn at Sephora

This is an awesome little product.  This is my third bottle - and you can see that I'm halfway through it. I LOVE how this makes my skin feel - soft & refreshed.  If I have any irritation or redness - this calms it right down.  It helps minimize any swollen breakouts (those hormonal things) and it just refreshes my skin so well.  I use it morning and night - and spritz it over makeup to refresh it mid-day as well.


So there you go - my favourite toners.  I think these are such an important step in a good skincare routine.  They make more of a difference than just about any other product you can buy.


Come back tomorrow for Day Three:  Eye Creams!

Sarah
xx

Apr 14, 2014

Sarah's skincare week: REN Cleansing Balm


Hello beauty friends!

This week is all about skincare!  I've been "slightly" obsessed lately.  I tend to get very obsessive about certain things - and lately it has been skincare.  So I thought this week I would devote my blogging to that topic!

This is one of my recent additions to my skincare routine - thanks to a review from Caroline Hirons.

REN Rosa Centifolia No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm
$58 Cdn from Sephora

I had never used a cleansing balm before.  I shied away from anything "oily" or "greasy" as I thought that would cause my skin to generate more oil and cause more breakouts.

Since reading blogs by so many skincare experts, I now know that is not the case.  Some oils are in fact very good for your skin - and can reduce oil production in your skin by balancing and calming.  I use Clarins Lotus Oil daily and have found my skin to be a lot calmer since using it.

When I went to pay for this at Shoppers, the girl raved about it - how it was one of her favourite products - and mixed up samples of some other REN products for me to try as well.  She said they are very, very good for sensitive skin - which I do have.

This is a really interesting product.  It is like a tub of Vaseline almost in consistency.  You apply it to your skin and it melts into an oil.  Then you apply some water to your fingers and it emulsifies into a rich cleansing milk.  It comes with a cloth to use for rinsing it off but I've been using my regular wash cloths.

When I rinse this off, my skin already feels softer and moisturized as well as thoroughly clean.  It is a lovely feeling.  You really don't need much product at all.  It rubs in very easily and it washes off very easily as well.  It takes all of my makeup off - even eyeshadow - without any problems at all.  When I use a toner afterwards, there is no residue left on the cotton pad at all. 

In terms of eye makeup - you will need an eye makeup remover for your mascara as usual - don't make the mistake I made on day one and get this in your eyes.  It hurts!

But overall, this is a lovely cleanse for my evening skincare routine.

Sarah
xx

Apr 11, 2014

NARS Matte Multiple: is it worth it?


In case you haven't already heard about these new blushes from NARS, this is the NARS Matte Multiple in Laos.  It is $46 Cdn from Sephora.  Which - I agree - is ridiculous really.  Especially considering it is 0.26 oz vs the original formula that is 0.5 oz for the same price.  Shame on them.  BUT - I do like it.  I just won't be buying any more.

I had seen all the reviews pre-launch and looked at the swatches online and thought "meh".  I have been on a real blush kick this Spring and already have more than I need on rotation.  I have been enjoying the Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Sticks which are a real deal at $10 or less from Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, etc.  The Coral Sheen is my favourite and they've launched some new shades with their Spring Nudes line as well.

Then I went to the Sephora VIB event a few weeks ago and tried this NARS Matte Multiple on myself and of course fell in love.  I didn't care as much for some of the other shades, but this one really suited me.

I think it applies very easily.  Some of the cheaper cream blushes out there are more "moist" and sit on your skin - and vanish very quickly.  This one blends in nicely - it isn't difficult to work into your skin at all.  It feels more concentrated and more pigmented.  Of course, it does not have the longevity of a more pigmented powder like a Tarte Amazonian clay blush or a cream/ powder hybrid like the Clinique cheek pops.  But it does have pretty decent staying power and I don't need a touch-up until late in the day if I'm wearing a good primer, base and powder.

I just really like this colour, and the finish and the matte aspect of it.  And - how easy it is to apply and blend out.  It compliments my NARS Laguna bronzer really well.

That being said, I don't know that I could really justify the difference in price over a $10 Maybelline blush?  It isn't $30 better that's for sure.  But I won't be buying the full range.  I just like this particular one.  And for the same price as the Hourglass blush - I will take the Hourglass any day!  That is a game changer for sure.

Here's a swatch on my arm so you can see the full colour of the NARS Matte Multiple in Laos.


And here you can see it blended out on my face.  I'm wearing Bobbi Brown long lasting foundation, NARS light reflecting finishing powder, and Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Dusty Pink.  I have nothing on eyes, brows, or lashes here.

I think you can really see the effect of the NARS finishing powder in this picture, how it reflects the light so nicely.  It is a great powder - and one I will re-purchase for sure.


Sarah
xx

Apr 9, 2014

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15


Hello Beauty Friends!

I have yet another Bobbi Brown love and discovery to share with you today.  Bobbi is one of my favourite brands - and I can always count on these products to be compatible with my skin and to last really well.  I have two of the shimmer bricks - her most famous product.  And I have used my Brightening Finishing Powder right down to the corners.  I need to buy a replacement!

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15 in Beige
$56 Cdn at Sephora

I am ALWAYS hunting for that "perfect" foundation - and perfect seems to change frequently.  My skin is a bit darker since my Mexico vacation so none of my usual foundations have been working for me.

I did the Colour IQ match at Sephora a few weeks ago (a BRILLIANT thing - if you haven't tried it - visit Sephora - it is genius).  Those girls are so great at helping you to pick a foundation - truly.  It gave me a 2Y06.  I was a 1Y06 a couple of months ago.  I love that you can save these to your profile and compare them later on.  A great system.

So this foundation popped up for me - which wasn't one I was considering.  They kindly gave me a 2 week supply - and I used it completely.  So obviously I went back to buy a bottle.  Who wouldn't love that option?  2 weeks gives you enough time to see if you like the product.  I love this!  I wish Shoppers Drug Mart did the same - because I'd really like to try the Clarins foundation.

I've since heard lots of people rave about Bobbi's Skin Foundation.  It is a light to medium coverage.  At the moment my skin is having some issues and I really prefer a full coverage.  I think I'll try this one in the summer though.  It sounds lovely.

The Long Wear is a medium to full coverage.  It is water resistant and transfer proof - which I love!  No one likes foundation stains on their collars or jackets - ick.  Most importantly it covers my blemishes and discolourations.

This feels lovely on the skin.  It doesn't clog my pores or feel heavy.  It doesn't look heavy or cakey.  It doesn't crease and it lasts wonderfully all day at work.

Here you can see me wearing the foundation.  I'm also wearing NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder which has been my setting powder of choice for a few months.  I'm wearing my new absolute favourite blush - the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush.  I know the reviews are mixed on this product - but I honestly love it.  I swatched them in store and I didn't love the sparkles in some of the other colours.  I didn't expect to love this particular colour as it looked too dark online - but in person I loved it.  It is truly like no other blush I've used before.  It is a wonderful product!  And on my lips is the Bobbi Brown Art Stick that I reviewed yesterday.



Sarah
xx

Apr 8, 2014

Bobbi Brown Art Stick


Hello Beauty Friends!

This is the new Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Dusty Pink.

It is $32 Cdn at Sephora
I first tried it on at Sephora a couple of weeks ago and wound up putting it back.  I really don't need any more lip colours right now!
BUT - I got home and noticed it was still on my lips - and it still felt nice - and looked nice.  I was impressed!



So this week when I was back at Sephora I wound up picking it up.

It is quite a large pencil - much larger than any other chubby lip pencil - probably twice the size.
It comes with it's own sharpener - which is good because I'm not sure it would fit a standard sharpener - even a wide one.



Here are some swatches - on my skin and on my lips.  You can see that it is a pretty matte finish - but not "suck your spit out" dry.  It's a really nice feel - not sticky or drying.



I am no model that is for sure - but here are my real lips - unfiltered!



And another view of the very pretty Bobbi Brown Art Stick!




Apr 7, 2014

Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil


Hello Beauty Friends!

Here is my latest addition to my skincare routine - as recommended by the stellar Caroline Hirons.  Caroline is the guru of skincare and I only wishes I lived in England - so that I could book a one-on-one appointment with her!  Barring that, I will continue to read her wonderful blog.

This is the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil.

I am a big fan of Clarins this year.  Their Spring beauty line rocked.  And I have loved all of the skincare products I've tried.  These are some in my current rotation:
Toning Lotion with Iris
Extra-Comfort Cleansing Cream
Gentle Exfoliating Brightening Toner

I have very sensitive skin that is mostly combination.  I am always looking for something to help treat any blemishes and speed up healing as well as heal scars left from old blemishes.

Although I always thought adding oil to combination skin was a bad idea, I have read that this is not at all true.  This oil is recommended for combination skin.  According to Clarins, this treatment oil extracts, purifies, tightens pores and refines skin texture.

I've been using this twice per day for about four days now - and I find that it has helped the overnight healing considerably.  I add a couple of drops into my moisturizer and just give it a couple of extra minutes to absorb into my skin before the next step in my routine.  I use less in the morning, just one drop, otherwise it takes too long to soak in.

Sarah
xx

Apr 6, 2014

"not another tag" tag!

(totally stole this from Gwen's blog)

Rules:
    1. You must include both Hayley & the person who tagged you (which is Twinkleboots @Twinkleboots1) in your post (and the rules too).
    2. Once you’ve answered all your questions you need to tag 5 people.
    3. Also if you tweet Hayley (@teapartybeauty) and myself (@twinkleboots1) the link to your post, we will RT.
    4. If you are tagged & don’t do the post you will have bad luck for 68.5 years. FACT.

Question 1: You’ve made it BIG & bagged some VIP Fashion Week tickets. You lucky devil you. But in your rush to get there & get yourself noticed you forgot your VIP Passes. The guy on the door says he will cut you a deal, you can go in only if you sacrifice either your Front Row seat, backstage privileges or goody bag. What’s it gonna be?
- goodbye goody bag!  There are plenty more of those where that came from - and who wants to bet it's full of foil packets anyway?

Question 2: You’re making a new Subscription box, what 4 items & which dreaded perfume sample would you include in it?
- well I just discovered REN cleansing balm - and I think everyone needs to try it!  Then I'd include a sheet mask - I just fell in love with bamboo ones by Amore - LOVE Korean skin care!  And some Pixi Glow Toner - because I want it and can't find it anywhere!  And a bottle of OPI nail polish - probably one of the new Brazil line - loving neutrals lately - how about the Taupe-less Beach - cause it suits everyone!  And for fragrance - my favourite signature scent - Chloe!

Question 3: What’s your biggest blogging bug bear? The one thing guaranteed to make your blood boil & have you screaming/eye rolling at your laptop?
- bad photos or stolen photos!  I love beautiful photos more than anything on blogs - that is my favourite part.

Question 4: No more joining in Twitter chats only slightly relevant to your blog. You can only join in one blogger chat a week for the rest of your blogging days, which one’s it gonna be & why?
- ##bbloggers because it was my first and favourite!

Question 5: ‘Fess up, do you actually own any MAC? If so what don’t you like about the product?
- I'm Canadian - it is in my blood!  I LOVE MAC!  But - I cannot wear their face powder or foundation.  It breaks me out - BAD.  I love, love, love their eyeshadows and brushes though!  OMG - the brushes - I'm sure I have every one.

Question 6: The blogging Gods ban arm swatching, which body part will you swatch on now?
- crap!  That sucks!  Guess I'll have to show my ugly face now?

Question 7: Your blogs Instagram is it for cats or meal shots?
- can't lie - I am not a big Instagram'er I'm afraid.  I use it to upload my posts each day though!


PHEW - that was a doozy!  Now I tag: