Mac Snowball Holiday 2017 Collection Preview of Whisper of Gilt Face Bag (Gold) and Extra Dimension Eye Shadows in Stylishly Merry and Delicate Drift

Mac Snowball Holiday Collection 2017
Mac Snowball Holiday Collection 2017
Guys I finally got my hands on the Mac Snowball Holiday Collection! I am sooo excited about this collection from Mac and was anxiously waiting for the release date! I missed out on the oh so famous Whisper of Gilt in last year’s holiday collection, so I was on a mission to grab this gold highlighter this year. After crazy lineups, and being pushed and shoved around in a Mac store by anxious buyers, I purchased the three things that were absolute must buys for me from this collection. I purchased the Mac Snowball Face Bag in Gold, Mac Snowball Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Stylishly Merry and Mac Snowball Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Delicate Drift.

Ok so for starters lets talk about the packaging of this collection. It is a metallic crushed rose gold packaging that is absolutely stunning and probably one of the prettiest holiday collections I have seen from Mac Cosmetics.

Mac Snowball Holiday Collection 2017
Mac Snowball Holiday Collection 2017
Here’s another shot of the items I purchased from this collection.

Mac Cosmetics Whisper of Gilt, Delicate Drift, Stylishly Merry
Mac Snowball Holiday 2017 Collection. Featured from left to right, Mac Whisper of Gilt highlighter, Mac Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in Delicate Drift, Mac Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in Stylishly Merry.
Aren’t these soooo pretty! The highlighter and the eye shadows have a snowflake embossed design and well, I am scared to swatch these guys because I don’t want to ruin the snowflake 🙂

Mac Snowball Holiday 2017 Collection Face Bag Glow Getter in Gold containing the oh so famous Whisper of Gilt highlighter
Mac Snowball Holiday 2017 Collection Face Bag Glow Getter in Gold containing the oh so famous Whisper of Gilt highlighter
The Face Bag  or Glow Getter in Gold featured above retails for $49.50 US and I believe $58.00 CDN, comes in this sequinned pouch and includes an Extra Dimension Skin Finish (basically a highlighter) in Whisper of Gilt and a makeup brush. The packaging is stunning, and I love the gold on the brush as well.

Mac Snowball Collection Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Whisper of Gilt
Mac Snowball Collection Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Whisper of Gilt
So as I mentioned above, this is a limited edition highlighter and it sold out last year. Definitely a cult favourite, and now I have it!

Mac Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Stylishly Merry
Mac Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Stylishly Merry
Featured above is the Mac Snowball Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in Stylishly Merry. This retails for $26.00 CDN. This shade sold out fast. It is a metallic gold shade and is absolutely stunning!

Mac Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Delicate Drift
Mac Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Delicate Drift
Featured above is another Snowball Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in the shade Delicate Drift. This is a light pink shade with sparkle in it. Perfect for the holidays!

Here are some more pictures because I couldn’t stop snapping shots of this snowball collection! I would definitely go and try getting your hands on this limited edition collection from Mac Cosmetics. The packaging alone is worth it!!!

Mac Snowball Holiday Collection 2017
Featured here from left to right are Mac Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Whisper of Gilt, Mac Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in Delicate Drift and Mac Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Stylishly Merry
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This mask will really transform your skin! Review: Fresh Rose Face Mask

I still remember when Sephora first opened in Canada – it was a really big deal for us guys! A makeup and skincare heaven where you could try on and play with products undisturbed by snooty department store counter ladies (that were the least bit helpful). Sephora landing in Canada was my first introduction to the brand Fresh. It was a unique brand, their packaging was intriguing and their products smelled oh so good! I came across the Fresh Rose Face Mask many years ago, eyed it, got a sample and went home excited to try it on. Of course I loved it then, but my student self couldn’t justify spending $75.00 on a face mask.

If you haven’t seen this face mask yet, go to Sephora and look at it, smell it! You will be sold by the smell, but just the texture of this mask is amazing! It has rose petals in it – yup, you heard me right, rose petals. It also contains rosewater, cucumber extract, aloe vera and green tea, which is an antioxidant. This mask claims to restore radiance, moisturize the skin, and tone the skin.  Continue reading “This mask will really transform your skin! Review: Fresh Rose Face Mask”

Innisfree Skin Clinic Mask: Hyaluronic Acid Review

Sheet masks are everywhere these days and I decided to give this one a try from Korean brand Innisfree. This sheet mask is supposed to relieve skin dryness and leave your skin feeling moisturized. As most sheet masks go, you take it out of the package, apply the mask on your skin and then leave it on for 10-20 minutes.  Continue reading “Innisfree Skin Clinic Mask: Hyaluronic Acid Review”

Korean Beauty Products: Innisfree Jeju Volcano Capsule Recipe Pack Review

I am back with another Korean beauty product review. I spoke about Innisfree in my last post titled: Korean Beauty Product to the Test: Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Nose Pack Review 

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Korean Beauty Product to the Test: Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Nose Pack Review

I suffer from blackheads on my T-zone, particularly my nose. I have tried a lot of products to get rid of blackheads, masks, pore strips etc. I have been hearing so much about Korean beauty products lately and wanted to test any blackhead related products I could find. I love pore strips, there is a certain satisfaction you get when you peel off that pore strip and see it filled with blackheads. Anyhow these pore strips are from a brand called Innisfree, which is a natural Korean brand. I am not sure how natural the brand is, I definitely don’t think it is 100% natural. Anyhow, these are pore strips, and I don’t care if they are natural, I just want them to work. The product claims to remove blackheads and keep pores clean. Awesome. It contains Jeju volcanic clay (I am not sure what the Jeju volcano is … but it sounds cool). Apparently it is supposed to help with cleaning the pores. Anyhow, the process is straightforward. Wet your nose, apply the strip on your nose, let it dry and wait and see. The strip has this weird smell to it, almost like glue, which made me freak out and scramble to read the ingredients. Imagine it was really just glue, like in those Youtube videos of people removing their blackheads with glue? Anyhow, no glue in this, just a weird smell, maybe the Jeju?

Once the strip dried out, I removed it and the ultimate test would be, how many blackheads are on that damn strip and is this better or worse than the classic Biore strips? So the verdict is in: they are about the same as the Biore strips in effectiveness. I saw a few blackheads on the middle part of the strip and on the edges, probably just as many as I would see with a Biore strip. Unfortunately people, this isn’t the wonder product we have been waiting for to magically remove our stubborn blackheads. I am going to keep searching!

 

Busty girl problems: My favourite bras for my DD cup size!

Ok, this is getting personal – I wasn’t planning on writing a post about bras.  I had just gotten out of the shower and was browsing in my undergarments drawer, looking for my favourite bra. I found the bra and lay it flat on the bed, with such admiration. This bra is a beauty isn’t it? Who says busty girls can’t wear pretty bras and have to stick to grandma wonder bras?

So here’s my story. I am tiny but a bit too well endowed in the chest area. I was always on the hunt to find the perfect bra, with my tiny band size, but huge cup size. I found some ill-fitting Calvin Klein bras and wore those through most of my early – mid 20s. Victoria Secret? I longed to buy bras from there, but they never had bra sizes that would fit me, or even if they had the correct size, the sizing was off on me when I tried the bra. When I started working full-time and actually had the money to spend more than $50 on a bra, I decided it was time to go to a bra boutique, instead of buying my bras at The Bay. A bra boutique will generally have a bra-fitting specialist that will measure you and help you find the right style. I decided to go to a bra specialist in downtown Toronto called Brava Boutique. The girls in this store are super friendly and are really on a mission to help you find that perfect bra. They measure you, give you a couple of different bras to try in different styles, and then come inside the change room after you have tried on each bra, and they adjust it for you. I remember back then, that this was a whole new world for me because these bras actually fit and were beautiful! They also didn’t have padding, which you don’t need if your heavy busted. Tell that to Victoria Secret please! The bras were beautiful lace, with lovely stitching and gave you that perfect shape! I ended up buying three bras from them that first time, and omg I loved these bras. They changed my world. My boobs never looked better, clothing fit so nicely, and my boobs didn’t look like melons! How much did I spend? Well each bra was well over $100, but it was money well spent. The bras lasted me for a loooong time because I took care of them i.e. hand-washed them only with a gentle detergent called Forever New.

My favourite bra is the one in the picture. It is by a French brand called Emperiente and this model is called Lilly Rose. This bra gives you the perfect shape, and provides great support, plus it is gorgeous!

One of my other favourite brands for bras is Prima Donna which also offer excellent support. I have the Madison style in two different colours and love it. I find Prima Donna to be less expensive than Emperiente, but not as pretty as Emperiente bras!

Another bra I have had for years is from a brand called Lou. I have a super sexy  Demi bra which fits perfectly with great support!

I think these bras would be good for busty and non-busty gals, as who couldn’t use a little more sexy looking support?

Is this the cheapest and most effective Hyaluronic Acid you can buy? Review: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Solution

So lately I have a love affair with Deciem. I first came across this brand navigating through the Queen Street Bay’s beauty aisles in the basement a couple of years ago. Their beauty supplements and shampoos were on display and I decided to invest in the shampoo. Of course, I wasn’t disappointed. I kinda forgot about Deciem until I came across their store which had opened last year in Toronto. If you haven’t set foot in a Deciem store, please take an extra long lunch and venture to one of their stores. It’s a really fun shopping experience. Anyhow, that is how I came across this hyaluronic acid serum. I had been looking for an effective hyaluronic acid serum and had tried a few serums I had purchased from Sephora. After spending lots of money on these serums and using them for months, I didn’t notice any visible difference in my skin. So when I saw this solution at the Deciem store, and looked at the price, I was like naah, this isn’t going to work – it is only $6.80. Yes, you got that right, this is less than $7.00 for a 30ml bottle of the good stuff!

If you don’t know all the fuss about Hyaluronic Acid, well read up on it on The Ordinary’s website. The molecule of Hyaluronic Acid they use in this formulation offers hydration and also plumping of the skin, compared to other products with Hyaluronic Acid that actually draw moisture out of the skin because they use too large of a Hyaluronic Acid molecule. I had no idea about this, and this explains why those other serums weren’t effective when I used them.

So of course I purchased this serum and tried it the same night. Ok I kid you not, this product INSTANTLY plumps your skin. You actually notice a visible difference. I wear it at night before putting on my night cream and I wake up to amazing looking, hydrated skin! I wear it under my makeup too, and it plumps my skin to the point where people were commenting on how fresh and plumpy (is that even a word?) my skin looked. This product has done wonders for my skin and is definitely being added to my can’t live without products inventory! Happy plumping!

 

 

 

The natural highlighter you have been looking for: MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Beaming Blush

I have had a love hate relationship with highlighters. Yes, I love them in Youtube videos, but on myself … hmm, I love them initially and then after an hour, the pores start to show, and you look like your face is melting. Or, you look so over the top, that you wonder how these Youtube beauty bloggers go outside, during THE DAY, with their insane amounts of highlight on. I have tried a number of highlighters including the holy grail Becca highlighters. They are not bad. In fact, they are beautiful! Can I wear them outside in broad daylight? No. Do they give me a natural glow? No, they don’t. They are best for a night out when you want people to know yes, I have highlighter on and I am proud of it. But then you look at J.Lo and wonder, wait a minute, she is always glowing, but it looks so natural. Now, I don’t know what J.Lo does to get that glow, but I was in search of the oh so natural glow. The glow I could get away with during the day without looking like a light bulb.

That is when I discovered this beauty: Mac Extra Dimension Skin Finish in the shade Beaming Blush. IMG_7320OMG. It was by chance I found this. I was at a Mac store, desperately asking for Whisper of Guilt knowing it was sold out and then t a very helpful Mac gal told me about this shade. I looked at it and was like “wait a minute, this is purple, or silver, or wait is it pink or gold?” She told me to just give it a try. I tried it on, and omg, this was the most beautiful highlight I had ever worn. Natural, a pinkish-gold subtle glow, but so beautiful!

I wear this all the time now, yes, during the day, in natural light. It looks amazing, never over the top, and it doesn’t make my pores show! This baby sells out quickly, so I would recommend purchasing it right about now! It retails for $38.00 and can be purchased from online at the Mac store. Happy glowing!

These are the best natural deodorants I have tried so far …

It is tough to find a natural deodorant that really works for you, especially if you have been using aluminum based deodorants your whole life. I completely switched to natural deodorants a year ago. I am not going to lie, it wasn’t an easy transition. An aluminum based anti-perspirant is hard core. It stops you from not only smelling, but sweating as well. I came to my senses last year, realizing how harmful these anti-perspirants were. If perspiring is a normal reaction of the human body, why are we stopping it from happening? Also, I am sure we have all read about the harmful effects of aluminum.

LoveFresh Deodorant Lavender Tea Tree Natural Deodorant $15.00

Last year, after many unsuccessful attempts at stick based natural deodorant, I tried LoveFresh in the Lavender and Tea Tree scent. My sister purchased it for me and highly recommended it. The first thing I had to get used to was applying this with my hands, since it has a pasty texture, and it comes in a tub. They do have a roll on version, but it kind of crumbles and you waste a lot of product in that version, so stick to the tub. The Love Fresh deodorant smells fantastic. I don’t have to reapply during the day, unless it is really hot. Just to be clear, this will NOT stop you from sweating! No natural deodorant will, so you need to get used to wetness on your underarms occasionally. Let your body do what it is supposed to do people! You don’t smell with this one during the day, maybe at night, when you are taking your clothes off, you may catch a very very faint smell of sweat, which isn’t too bad. Overall, I was really pleased with this deodorant, but I noticed that after wearing it for a few months, it wasn’t as effective. I believe this retails for $15.00 and you can currently purchase it on indigo’s online website .

purelygreat Cream Deodorant $15.00

I came across Purely Great at Essence of Life in Toronto. Let me tell you about this company first, Purely Great is a Canadian family based company. Love supporting local businesses! I tried the lavender scent in this one as well (yes, I love lavender). A tub of this deodorant retails for $8.99 at Essence of Life in Kensington Market in Toronto, it is more expensive if you buy it from Purely Great’s website ($15.00), and you also have to pay shipping. This is also a tub, and has a pasty consistency, it comes with a spatula and you have to mix the product before you apply as there is some liquid in the product. I liked having the spatula to apply it to my underarms, without dirtying my hands. I used this for a couple of months, and honestly it was amazing! I didn’t perspire as much for some reason, and there was hardly any smell at the end of the day. I felt really clean and fresh using this deodorant. The only drawback of this one is that after about two months, the product dried up on me and I couldn’t apply it to my underarms without it flaking and dropping everywhere. It just didn’t stick to my underarms. Overall, this is an excellent deodorant, that actually works!

Consonant Skincare Dealkalizing Deodorant $14.00

My last recommendation is Consonant Skincare. I reviewed this deodorant in a previous post which you can link to here.  This is also a natural deodorant, and comes in a speedstick which makes for easy application. It comes in an unscented and scented version. I purchased the scented version. I loved this at first, it worked really well, but really quickly, I started to notice an odour. I think I got the most odour with this deodorant than with the ones mentioned earlier. I still use this on and off just to mix it up a little bit, and also because of ease of application. It’s good to keep in your bag, if you need to freshen up after a workout, or heavy physical activity. It retails for $14.00 and will last you a very long time! I purchased it from the Consonant store in the Toronto path, but you can also purchase it from Sephora online. I think Well.ca might also sell this. I recall Consonant having a trial size version as well, which is great to test out the product to see if it works for you. I would still recommend this product as a good natural deodorant given the ease of application, and the fact that it is pretty effective for the most part.

The one thing I have learned from trying several natural deodorants is that you need to rotate your natural deodorant. For some reason, after a period of time, the deodorant loses its effectiveness (at least in my experience) and you need to switch up. I would recommend trying all of the deodorants I mentioned above to see if they are effective for you. You just need to recognize that these are not anti-perspirants, they won’t stop you from sweating entirely, and they will not be as effective as your aluminum based drug store deodorant, but they are natural and free of harmful toxins!

 

 

 

Is this the best anti-aging hand cream? Review of Hand Chemistry by The Abnormal Beauty Company (DECIEM)

OMG. OMG. OMG. I didn’t even know I needed an anti-aging hand cream until I walked into the Deciem store in Yorkville. Here’s the deal – I am in my early 30s, my hands are dry as hell, they aren’t plump and soft like they used to be, and well, honestly, they are showing signs of aging (I am in my early 30s). I went in to purchase stuff for my face, I mean who cares about anti-aging for the hands – I honestly didn’t even know anti-aging products for your hands existed. The very helpful sales associate at the store walked me through a number of Deciem’s product lines (there are a lot of them and you actually need someone to help you, otherwise you will be utterly confused). I came across the Hand Chemistry hand cream and asked him what the deal was. He told me that this was one of their best selling products, and it was an anti-aging cream for the hands. Of course I was interested! He then described how you can tell someone’s age from looking at their hands, even if their face looks young – I don’t want to be that someone! I want young looking hands!

So this is what Hand Chemistry claims to do – it is supposed to target 8 signs of hand aging (I didn’t know there were 8 signs of hand aging BTW). It improves brightness, elasticity, firmness, smoothness, density, evenness, hydration and texture – Woah! Also, you can expect visible results in 11 days!

Of course I ended up purchasing Hand Chemistry, and a bunch of other products (which I will be reviewing later). I have been using Hand Chemistry for 3 days now, and honestly, my hands look amazing. My sisters commented on how “nice” and “pretty” my hands look. To put this into perspective, I NEVER get compliments on my hands. I haven’t had a manicure, and I didn’t even have nail polish on. Also, we are in the dead of winter, which isn’t exactly pretty hand season. My hands look a lot smoother and they definitely feel more hydrated. They look brighter too! I can’t comment on firmness, density or elasticity, but I am going to keep using to see what happens at the 11 day mark!

So far I am super impressed, and highly recommend the Hand Chemistry hand cream. Also, this stuff smells amazing!! Did I forget to mention that it only costs $20?

Wishing you all gorgeous hands!