April 14, 2015

Coral Paradis

Coral Paradis Nails
Coral Paradis
I am hitting you with some more springtime prettiness.  My good friend, Kim, snuck this in on her recent Lise Watier order and surprised me with it! Coral Paradis by Lise Watier. I made the comment that this polish would look amazing for summer and she surprised me with it! Love you Kim!  

Coral Paradis Nails

Coral Paradis Nails

For kicks, I did some inverted coral and white polka dots on the middle nails. For the white, I used my old standby OPI’s Alpine Snow. I love the orange-y goodness of Coral Paradis but I did find it streaky. Wah! Streaks or not, this colour is going to look fabulous on the toes this summer, for sure!  

Coral Paradis Lise Watier

Isn’t the light on this the cutest? I totally forgot to use it when I was painting my nail. Duh!
What is your favorite nail colour for spring?

April 08, 2015

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water #review

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water
Simple Micellar Cleansing Water
I have been eager to try a drugstore micellar water for awhile now. I tried a sample of the Bioderma Sensibo last year and loved it. But I went through it so fast that I was deterred from buying a full sized version. So when I saw an affordable drugstore option, my curiosity got the better of me.
I came across the Simple Micellar Cleansing Water last month at Shoppers Drug Mart, it was so new in-store that the price wasn’t even on the shelf yet. I was so jazzed when the price check came up as on sale for $5.99/198 ml. I snapped it up right away.  
Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

I have been curious to see if it can remove my makeup as well as my two current favorite methods; Neutrogena Makeup Remover towelettes ($8.99/25) and the La Posey Roche Rosaliac Micellar Gel ($24.99/200ml).

Keep in mind, you will need cotton pads when using a micellar cleansing product. The cotton pad, once moistened with the micellar water, will act like a magnet to remove the gunk on our faces. 

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

I have been using the Simple Micellar Cleansing Water every night for the past 3 weeks to remove my makeup and here are my thoughts;

The Simple Micellar Cleansing Water is gentle on my sensitive skin and it does leaves my skin feeling a bit hydrated. It takes about two cotton pads soaked (on both sides) with the micellar water to get the majority of my makeup off. Even though my face looked clean, I could still find some residue on my face afterwards. I found that the Simple Micellar Cleansing Water didn’t quite take off a full face of makeup well enough for me to walk away without rinsing off or washing my face. Plus this did not remove my mascara very well at all. I still need an eye makeup remover for that.

So why am I still using it? While the thought of one product being able to remove makeup and cleanse your face without rinsing sounds appealing, I do not expect my makeup wipes or micellar products to be a replacement for a good ole’ face washing. I guess I am hard wired to use soap and water to keep my face clean. My expectations for micellar products are to get the facial cleansing process started. To start the breakdown and removal of the makeup on my face so the actual cleanser can work better. Simply put, the Simple Micellar Cleansing Water works great as a basic non-irritating makeup remover.

For me, the Simple Micellar Cleansing Water did a better job at removing my makeup than the Neutrogena Cleaning towelettes. Cost effectiveness, it is also the better choice. Travel wise, not so much. I would be worried about the snap top bottle leaking when travelling.

The Simple Micellar Cleansing Water is actually great for small clean ups when you have a goof up when applying makeup. Put a little on a q-tip and wipe away. Hello Goodbye Panda Eyes!

I also found it great to use as a morning cleanser. I use it to remove the residue of my night cream and any eye goop leftover from the night before. I do rinse my face with water but that’s more to wake myself up than anything else.
Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

Have you tried the Simple Micellar Cleansing Water yet? Have you found a drugstore brand that works for you? 

April 03, 2015

Springtime Nails | Watercolor Flowers

watercolor flower nails
watercolor flower nails
I was sporting these nails earlier this week because I was so inspired by the warm weather. It was sunny and beautiful. All the snow had melted...then this happened! Grrrr

Downtown Winnipeg April 2

But I think I will be trying this design out again soon. It is so feminine and pretty. They were inspired by a CutePolish design, Watercolor flowers. I saw it and had to give it a go.

watercolor flower nails

There not quite as fabulous as hers but I was very happy with them.

Polishes used:
  • OPI Alpine Snow
  • Nicole by OPI City Pretty Rose
  • Essence Colour and Go Green
watercolor flower nails

Come on Spring please come back soon.....

Despite the snowy start to the weekend, have a great Easter weekend!


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.