May 12, 2014

May Empties

Hello Beauty Friends!

This is my FIRST empties post - exciting!

Here are the products that I've emptied recently.  Lots of skincare as you can see - since that's what tends to get used up the most.  I'm not sure if I've ever used up a makeup product actually?  Well - maybe mascara and concealer.

This is a product I purchase over and over again.  It is my favourite nail polish remover.  I re-apply my polish at least weekly so I go through quite a lot of this stuff.  This one is moisturizing and doesn't smell nearly as strong as some other kinds.  And it WORKS!  I buy mine from nailpolishcanada.  Occasionally I find some at Trade Secrets but they don't have a consistent supply (which is very annoying by the way).

I am plagued by dry and itchy skin on my legs in the winter.  I feel like a lizard sometimes!  I go through lots of tubes of this stuff.  It does help.  I always have some on my nightstand and I moisturize every night.  It is only $10 at  GREAT value for money especially as I go through so much of it.  This is definitely a night-time moisturizer.  I feel a bit too sticky to wear it during the day.

I bought this kind of on a whim from Sephora.  I used it most of the winter.  We had a horrible winter here in Ontario - very cold and harsh.  I THINK this helped my skin but I couldn't really say for sure.  It certainly didn't do any harm, but I couldn't say that I saw any specific benefits from it either.  At $52 I won't be re-purchasing.

I have used Clinique skincare products FOREVER.  I love them.  And they love my skin.  I have used most if not all of their eye products at some time or another.  This one is my go-to daytime eye cream.  It has a light tint to it and a cooling metal tip.  I put it under my eyes before my foundation and I don't need to conceal afterwards.  It is a really nice product and I'll definitely re-purchase.

I have used Clinique All About Eyes for a very long time.  Without a doubt this product helps minimize any puffiness or dark circles under my eyes.  They released the rich version a few years ago - and it is lovely as well.  This is my go-to nighttime eye cream and I will definitely re-purchase.  I'll be 40 next year and I don't have any lines or wrinkles around my eyes at all.  I'm sure that it is in part thanks to my Clinique skincare products.

Last but not least is La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo.  This is WELL renowned by beauty bloggers and skincare addicts alike.  I purchase it at Shoppers Drug Mart for $26 and you can order it online at for the same price.  This is my go-to daytime moisturizer.  At least, that is how I use it.  It is described as a treatment for acne prone skin.  I find that if I use it under my makeup it stops my pores from getting congested and it prevents any breakouts.  I have very sensitive skin that easily breaks out from lots of makeup or skincare products.  If I didn't protect my skin underneath my makeup, it would be a spotty mess by the end of the day.  This stuff is just awesome.  I've gone through a few tubes!

Hope this gave you some tips on skincare products if you are in the market!


May 9, 2014

Aviendo Natural - New Skincare Company!

Hello Beauty Friends!

Aviendo Natural is a new skincare company in Denmark.  Their premise is all natural, high quality ingredients to take care of your skin.

I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to review some of their products and share my thoughts with you!

I received a day face cream and a toner - two of my favourite types of skincare products as it happens!

AVIENDO natural day face cream

This day face cream is designed to moisturize, firm, and soothe the skin while protecting it from damage.  It contains Shea Butter and Aloe Vera both of which have MANY benefits for the skin.  It does not contain fragrance, irritants or mineral oils.

First Impressions:  The cream is nice and light.  It absorbs quickly.  There is no added fragrance so you smell the ingredients - it smells a bit like tap water.  It goes away as it absorbs - which is very quickly.  I felt a little tightening in the cheeks but not drying.  I had no problem putting my usual primer and foundation over it.  That is usually my biggest challenge with day creams so I am impressed!  I did not feel greasy or sticky or like I had a lot of product on my face.

AVIENDO natural aloe vera soothing face toner

This alcohol-free toner is designed for cleansing and moisturizing the skin.  It can be used daily on all skin types, including sensitive skin.  It is designed for use after cleansing to soothe and re-balance the skin prior to moisturizing.

First impressions:  The dispenser is a pump, not a spray, which dispenses a tiny amount.  I had to pump quite a few times to get enough product on my cotton pad.  It is very, very gentle!  It feels like water - and smells a bit like tap water.  It honestly feels like putting water on your face.  But it definitely removed some residue after cleansing my face - so I can tell that it is working.  It just left a nice refreshing clean feeling, no tingling or dryness at all.  Very nice!  I've used it morning and night after cleansing and really like it so far!

Aviendo is a BRAND new company based in Denmark and the products are not yet launched!  I cannot provide any purchasing details just yet - but be sure to check out their website.  They are also on Facebook and Twitter.

I'm very excited to start using these lovely products - and I will let you know shortly how they work out for me!

May 8, 2014

Bourjois Java Rice Powder

Hello Beauty Friends!

This is a powder I'd been wanting for AGES but couldn't find anywhere.

Finally I found it at my local Shoppers Drug Mart!

Bourjois Java Rice Powder

Can you believe that Bourjois has been selling this finishing powder since 1879?  They recently re-vamped it and brought out this adorable vintage packaging.

I read about it on so many beauty blogs and really wanted to try it out myself - so was pretty happy to find it.  It was $20 - so pretty average I think.  It's a loose powder that has a sifter which you can close.

I'm not crazy about the dispensing.  It is a big tricky to work with as it doesn't have a fine sieve on it.  So you have to be sure and tap off your excess powder.  I've been applying it with my MAC 134 powder brush.

It is a nice natural finish with just a hint of pink (which I assume is where they get the "brightening" claim).  It is not shimmery at all on my skin although it does have the tiniest shimmer particles.  It is fine enough that it doesn't crease my under eye concealer.  It is not drying to the skin either which is great.

Apparently this is limited edition - so be sure and grab it while you can!


May 7, 2014

Review: Indeed Labs Exfoliator

Hello Beauty Friends!

Did you miss Sarah's Skincare Week?  You can catch up here:

Here is another skincare product I have been using lately.  It is made by Indeed Labs - the same brand as Hydraluron (the serum raved about by UK skincare guru Caroline Hirons).
I also reviewed it here.  Sarah's Skincare Week:  Serums

Indeed Labs - Exfoliator

This facial powdered exfoliator was released by Indeed Labs this spring.  It is described as a water-activated enzyme micro-powder.  It comes in a shaker-style bottle with a flip top that allows you to pour out a little powder into your hand.
As you apply water, the powder froths up becoming a creamy foam.  It is also really nice when added to the cleanser of your choice (which is how I like to use it).  So if you just want a mild exfoliation in the evening, you can add just a little to your regular skincare cleanser.
I love this product!  I love that I can just add as much as I want and not add an additional step to my skincare routine.
I find it very gentle on my skin yet effective at sloughing away dead skin cells.
It is available for about $20 at Shoppers Drug Mart.

May 6, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders

Hello Beauty Friends!

Last week I reviewed the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Palette - which has now been made permanent.  You can see that post here.

Today I thought I would share with you my thoughts on the other Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders I have.

My very first one was Diffused Light, described as soft, warm pale yellow powder.  When these first arrived at my local Sephora, I was excited to swatch them in person since it was hard to tell the shades online.  This shade was the one I liked the best over my foundation - and gave me the most natural finish for my skin tone.  I have used it quite a bit, as you can see from the photo!

During another Sephora visit, I thought I would try some of the other shades; maybe find a slightly warmer colour.  That's when I found Luminous Light, described as a champagne pearl powder.  I like to use this at this time of year, when my skin has a little more colour.  It suits my tanned skin tone and has a little more shimmer to it.  I apply it a little less liberally than I do the Diffused Light because it will add colour to my base.

So considering I was only going to purchase one of the Hourglass powders originally, I now have five different shades!  Oops!  Oh well, I use powder every day - so they won't go to waste.

What do you think of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders?  Do you like them?

May 2, 2014

Hourglass blushes

Hello Beauty Friends!
I could not resist the online excitement around getting these Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes!  Magical words to a beauty blogger "limited edition" or "limited quantities".  Nothing brings more excitement and urge to shop like these words for a  makeup addict - that is for sure!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush
$41 Cdn at Sephora

Sephora describes this shade as a "champagne rose".  ok?  Not sure what that means exactly - but I would describe it as a lovely mid-pink that is very flattering.  It is incredibly easy to apply - virtually blends itself!  That is the first thing I noticed about it.  No matter which brush I used or how I put it on - or where - it just blended seamlessly.  What a beautiful finish this leaves on your skin!  I was smitten.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat
$41 Cdn from Sephora

Sephora describes this as a vibrant poppy shade.  I would say it is a much bolder pink, darker in tone, leaning towards reddish coral.  It is much bolder on the cheek than luminous flush but equally as flattering.  It has a little bit more shimmer as well, but is still very wearable.  I thought it blended very well.  A little more powder "kick up" than other blushes I use but not a big problem really.  I know that you have to be very careful with these guys - if you drop them they could shatter - as they are hand made and quite fragile.

These are VERY expensive for blushes, absolutely.  But I've never used a blush like the Luminous Flush.  It is foolproof - truly. 


May 1, 2014

Boots UK haul!

Hello Beauty Friends!

My husband recently went to England and Germany for business - so of course I sent him with a little shopping list!

There are so many things I read about from all the British Beauty Bloggers - that I cannot get in Canada.  So I have an ongoing wishlist of things that I'd like to try.

Here's what I requested - and he was able to get it all at Boots!

And my lovely mother-in-law sent me some wonderful UK fashion magazines!  I love it!

He just got home last night - so I haven't had chance to use all these goodies yet - but I will be sure to share my thoughts!  I am wearing the Manga mascara today - which seems really nice - it applied beautifully - despite the interesting bendy applicator.  Interesting note - the mascaras were double-shrink-wrapped with security bars.  I've never seen that before!  I also used the Bourjois CC Eye Concealer and it went on beautifully.  Such a lovely silicone tip.

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