April 01, 2015

Marcelle Favorites

Oh Marcelle Marcelle Marcelle
How I do I tell thee that thy face wash is a dream?
And I cannot live without Thy DD cream?
Marcelle, you keep this face pure
For that, I will stay true for sure….

Marcelle Skin Care
My favorite Marcelle Skin Care
LOL Gagged enough yet? Sonnets are not my strong point. But you get it. The sentiment is there. I kind love Marcelle. Why?
There are 3 products that I will continue to repurchase from Marcelle over and over again.

Marcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing Gel

Ultra Gentle Cleansing Gel  350ml/$12.95
Even though this is a gel cleanser it seems more like a cleansing milk to me. Perhaps because it is white but I find it so soothing - like a milk cleanser.
It is non-irritating, paraben free, oil free, hypo-allergenic and reasonably priced at $12.95. It is everything I want in my daily face wash. I really fell in love with this cleanser this winter. Gel cleansers work so much better on my aging skin in the winter (aka super dry skin). It doesn’t have real foaming action so if you really like suddings it up then this cleanser isn’t for you. I find this gel cleanser gently cleaned my face thoroughly without stripping it.

Marcelle Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover
Oil Free Eye Make-up Remover  150ml/$13.95
I prefer the oil-free version of Marcelle eye makeup removers for my day to day remover. Very rarely will I need something stronger than this stuff right here. It cuts through most stubborn mascaras. I love that it is also non-irritating and that I never need to worry that this will get into my eyes and cause my eyesight to blur. Never happens.
I have tried so many eye makeup removers in the past few years via my beauty subs, but this is the one eye makeup remover that I will buy over and over again.

Marcelle DD cream
DD Cream – Daily Defense SPF25  30ml/$27.95
This DD cream gives me moderate coverage – not quite medium but better than a sheer tint. I have reviewed it previously on themakeupnut.com. Link here if you want to see just how well it covers.
This is now my third bottle of this stuff. I was almost in a panic when I ran out of this and it was a week until payday! Seriously! Then Marcelle had their 40% off sale and I was saved from a full on meltdown!
I think it is the luminous glow I get using this product that has me hooked.

Have you ever tried any Marcelle products?

Marcelle is a Canadian cosmetic brand available online at marcelle.com and in-stores. Marcelle does ship to the continental US.

March 27, 2015

Luxe Box | Spring 2015

Luxe Box Spring 2015

The Spring Luxe Box has finally arrived! Loose Button offered a free upgrade this quarter to a Benefit Bene-Boutique box but since I had already owned or tried those products offered in the Benefit box, it was the regular Luxe Box for me. But damn that Bene-Boutique box was cute!  

Luxe Box Spring 2015

Up close:
Luxe Box Spring 2015

Paula's Choice Skincare Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant  30ml $14
From what I have read, Paula’s Choice seems to always get great reviews. If this liquid exfoliant can reduce pores, I am all over that! It does contain aspirin I think as there is an allergy warning on the Paula’s Choice website. 

Luxe Box Spring 2015

MISSHA MISA Geum Sul 24K Gold Collagen Caviar Cotton Sheet Mask  one mask $3
This looks like one pretty extravagant face mask! I quite enjoy cotton face masks and try to make it a weekly ritual. Try too.  Although I am not really sure what the amount of gold in this mask can really do. 

Luxe Box Spring 2015

Crabtree & Evelyn Petal Pink Nail Lacquer  full size $6
This is a very very sheer soft pink. It goes on very opaque. This would be great for french manicures. Unfortunately I do not wear too many French manicures.

DKNY MYNY perfume   7.5 ml $11
Not a fan of this scent. It smelled like musk, freesia, patchouli? I don’t know. Like I have mentioned before, I am not good at describing scents. All I can say is that it was not my cup of tea. But I did like the bottle it came in. The heart shape was quite lovely. 

Luxe Box Spring 2015

BUXOM Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation   foil samples
Even though I don’t like foil sample, I do think more cosmetic companies should give out these types of samples, so you can really try a foundation and select your correct shade at home. I am always too shy to get foundation samples at the beauty counters.

Double Ended Blending Brush Loose Button $15
I don't really use these type of foundation brushes but I am intrigued by the sponge end. It would probably be good for blending out concealer. 

Luxe Box Spring 2015

Eyeko Brow Gel  4ml  $15
This was the product I was probably most excited to see since I have run out my current brow gel.  YASSSS! This Eyeko brow gel does hold my brows in place but I do not see much of a colour enhancement throughout my brows. It does have colour to it but I couldn’t see any real definition.

Luxe Box is a curated beauty box for Canadians. For $26/quarter, you can get 7-8 beauty products every season.

What product excites you the most?

March 24, 2015

Everyday Work Look for Hooded Eyes f. Lorac Pro Palette

Makeup for Work

I have puffy hooded eyes. Yeah it’s a fact. My eyes aren’t overly hooded but enough so that creasing and mascara transfer are a daily pain for me. I don’t generally curl my lashes day-to-day because I end up with mascara on my upper crease. Without eye shadow of some kind I sort of look tired all the time because of how my upper brow sits on top of my mobile lid. I don’t even want to think about what’s going happen to these lid-a-roos in 10 yrs. Yikes! Brow lift? Lipo for the brows? Can that be a thing?

Oh how I wish for Instagram eyes, but I am realizing it’s all about technique, baby, all about technique.

Below is my favorite go-to eye look for work. I think it helps define my puffy crease and gives me a more wide awake look. I can whip out this soft neutral look in 10 minutes. For this look, I use my beloved Lorac Pro palette. I.Love.This.Palette. The mattes are amazing. They do kick up a bit of powder but they are so soft and blend so easily. 

Makeup for Hooded Eyes

1)     Prime your eyes to ensure your shadow lasts the work day and won’t crease. Put a little bit on the lower lash line as well.  After that I set the primer with a vanilla eyeshadow to ensure all shadows blend easily. I will also lightly fill in my eyebrows as well.

2)      Next using the Lorac Pro Palette, apply a mixture of Taupe and Mauve in the crease and slightly above your crease (about 1/4 cm) and blend out with a fluffy blending brush (Sigma E40). I apply slightly past the corner of my eye just because I like creating the illusion that I have awake upturned eyes. You don’t have to go out as far as I do.

3)      With a shader brush (MAC 217), apply Sable into the outer half of the crease and slightly above. I dab the colour into the outer crease and then blend upward and out. Go over the edges with a fluffy blending brush (Sigma E40). With a pencil brush, apply Sable under the bottom lash line. I only go in about two thirds. Blend that out. Keeping the under shadow to half or two thirds doesn’t close the eyes in and makes them look bigger. I also apply a little bit of Champagne in to the inner third of my lid using just my finger. I tap it on the lid and in the inner corner as a highlight. This makes my eyes look a bit brighter. 

Makeup for Hooded Eyes

4)      With the same pencil brush, apply Pewter to the outer V of the eye lid. I also dab this on and then blend out a V shape with the pencil brush

5)      Blend those edges. Blend blend blend. I will go back with the Taupe and Mauve mixture and blend out any harsh outside edges of the Pewter.

6)      Next add some black eye liner to the top lid and tightline the top lash line. Apply a couple coats of mascara. Done! You can add a touch of highlight to the arch of the brow bone – I use a matte highlight like White. I don't use a frosty highlight because liberally adding frost on a puffy brow bone will make it look more prominent.

Makeup for Hooded Eyes

Finished look 

Makeup for Hooded Eyes

Products on eyes
Benefit’s Stay Don't Stray eye primer
Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner in Universal Dark
Lorac Pro Palette (Mauve, Taupe, Sable, Champagne, Pewter)
Annablelle Retractable Liner in Jet Black
Benefit RollerLash mascara 

Products on Face
Maybelline Fit Me Hydrate+Smooth foundation 120
Maybelline Fit Me concealer in Light
MAC MSF Natural in Medium
theBalm Frat Boy blush
Neutral pink lip liner (unknown) and Lip balm
MAC Soft and Gentle
Benefit Hoolah bronzer

This is my basic look on any given work day. I can have this eye look on in 10 minutes or less. I vary it up some days maybe using the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronzed on my lids or switching out the palette. Mornings are a time crunch for me so getting my face on in 15-20 minutes and look decent is crucial to me.
Do you gravitate towards neutrals for work or do you like mixing it up for work?

March 18, 2015

March 2015 Topbox | philosophy

March 2015 Topbox philosophy
March 2015 Topbox philosophy

I opted in for the philosophy Topbox this month because I saw the retinoid eye repair was part of the package. I had tried it before in a previous philosophy Topbox and fell in love. So picking out my March Topbox was an easy choice for me.  Even though I cannot fathom spending $68 on an eye cream, I may be creeping towards that purchase soon. My eyes really need some help. Lately I have been looking sooo tired...well in all honesty, I am always tired but I certainly do not need to look it right?

Let's see what was in this philosophy prive box: 
March 2015 Topbox philosophy

Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-aging Lactic Acid Cleanser & Mask
Completely cleanses and conditions the skin for a more radiant, youthful-looking skin   236ml/$35
I gravitate towards more milky cleansers. The AHA action provided is something this old gal can use to help freshen up her face for spring. I couldn’t find this on Sephora Canada but at philosophy.com this cleanser/mask is $35 USD

Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-aging Retinoid Eye Repair   15ml/$68
I love love this eye cream. I have sensitive skin in my under eye area. Most eye creams make my eyes Hulk out and get all Huge, Red and just plain old Angry. So to find one that works and doesn’t kill me, I am a fan! I use it mostly at night but on those ‘tired’ mornings I will dab a teeny bit on to reduce some puffiness. It works fabulously!

Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser for Face and Eyes
Gently cleanse, tones and melts away all face and eye makeup in one simple step, while gently hydrating. Skin is left perfectly clean, conformable and balances   236ml/$28
I have heard so many people talk about this cleanser but I have never gotten around to trying it. Cleansers are not something I drift towards when I am in Sephora. It’s all makeup on the brain when I am in there. makeup, Makeup MAKEUP!!! So I am glad to get the chance to try this one out. I really hope it can get the eye makeup off too. That would be an awesome bonus. Sephora has quite a few selection sizes for this cleanser so you don’t have to spend a fortune just to try it. 

March 2015 Topbox philosophy

I love that Topbox brought a different version of the philosophy Topbox back. Like I said before, it was an easy selection for me. I like being able to explore the philosophy line before buying the full sized products. 

How did you like your Topbox this month? I can’t wait to make my April selection!
Topbox is a monthly Canadian beauty subscription. For $12 + pst ($13.60), you can have 4 beauty samples sent to each month. Sign up at Topbox.ca.

March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Nails

It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Get your Irish on!

I took a couple pics of my St. Patty’s Day nails I sported this weekend. I wish I would have taken pictures right after I did my nails because my cuticles look pretty ratty. Sorry about that. :/

St. Patrick's Day Nails

I used China Glaze Exotic Encounters, OPI Alpine Snow, OPI Love Angel Music Baby and Sally Hansen Extreme Sea-ing Stars.

St. Patrick's Day Nails

I hope you guys have some Green fun today!

March 13, 2015

tarte lights camera lashes 4-in-1 mascara #review

tarte lights camera lashes 4-in-1 mascara
tarte lights camera lashes 4-in-1 mascara

I always meant to pick up the tarte lights camera lashes 4-in-1 mascara when browsing through Sephora but never seemed to grab it. I always got sidetracked by all the awesome-y goodness going on in there. Basically, I lose my mind. Going into Sephora without a list is just a credit card beat up waiting to happen.  So when I received this mascara in one of my Ipsy bags I was pretty stoked. tarte is known for it good-for-you ingredients in its products.

tarte lights camera lashes 4-in-1 mascara is formulated with olive esters that condition and protect lashes while containing no parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, or sodium lauryl sulfates.

The packaging on the full sized mascara is a purple python faux pouch encasing the mascara. The mini version has the faux snake print on it too. But it’s all about the formula with this mascara which is a bit on the thicker side. I kept it to two light coats otherwise I found things get a little spidery which is not a look I tend to go for.  

tarte lights camera lashes 4-in-1 mascara

I was so happy with the how those two coats left me with full fluttery lashes that lasted all day. Yes fluttery. It just made me want to bat my lashes all day. HA! I didn’t though. Well maybe a little bit on that first day...

There was no smudging but I did notice a tiny bit of flaking at the end of the day but I was sort of rubbing my eyes by then.  This mascara came off so easily. No need for oil makeup remover here.

A plus, lights camera lashes kept my lashes curled all day (when I remembered to curl them). I wasn’t even expecting that.  I was even asked what I was using! That always feels good when someone notices.  

Final verdict: If you like full fluttery natural looking lashes, then you really need to give tarte lights camera lashes 4-in-1 mascara a go.

Full sized 0.24oz: $24CDN/$20USD  Mini  0.13oz: $12CDN/$10USD. Available at Sephora.


March 11, 2015

Quo Blending Sponge vs beauty blender

Quo Beauty Sponge vs beauty blender
Quo Blending Sponge vs beauty blender
I have used the beauty blender for about the past two years. But not exclusively. You see I love my brushes too much to ever give them up. They will have to pry them out of my cold dead hands at the end. #brushwhore  Serious.

So I use my beauty blender for small periods of time until the need to repeatedly wash the sponge every 2 to 3 days get to be too much for me and then I go back to my foundation brushes.

Recently I have discovered that applying my foundation/coverage du jour with my trusty brushes and then using the dampened beauty blender to smooth over the final finish creates awesome results. I use the same process for concealer as well. But my greatest find has been using the dampened beauty blender to do a finishing smooth over my face powder to ensure flawless finish. Everything is blurred to perfection.