Thursday, November 29, 2012

Random samples: first impressions

Here's my 2 cents of product samples I've used in the past few months.

Caudalie eye and lip cream - This cream feels so nice and light weight, and does a great job at moisturizing. I've only used it for a week and noticed very slight difference in my dark eye circles. However, I'm not sure if I am willing to splurge $49 on it...

Nars Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska - I wanted to love this because I've heard so much rave about it, however I can't. Within 3 hours of using this TM I start getting oily on my T-zone and cheeks. This has not happened with my theBalm TM... I like the higher SPF, but I find that it made my skin look more dull despite the oil pool later on.

Dior Hydra Life BB creme - This BB cream broke me out :( I really wanted to like this product, because I wanted to get it when I was in the US, but the results were disappointing. I'm just so glad I got to try a sample of it before purchasing the full size (a whooping $56USD!)

Phyto Phytopolleine Universal Elixir Scalp stimulant - I got this in one of my monthly subscriptions and I really love it. I have troubled skin and my scalp was not spared (please excuse me) but my scalp flakes like crazy! After my first use of this I was extremely happy that it worked so well. I will be purchasing purchased the full size of this product. It has a very strong but not unpleasant smell of eucalyptus and work quite well to maintain a healthy scalp.

Suisse Programme Gigawhite Fresh UV Shield Moisturizer SPF15 - I had a 2ml sample that lasted me 3 applications. This product smells awesome and has a little bit of SPF which I like, however I was surprised to find that it wasn't quite moisturizing enough for me... Certain areas on my face dried up throughout the day. At a whooping 83$ on Sasa, I will not be purchasing~

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Lotion SPF55 - This is a nice sunscreen with high SPF and covers both UVA and UVB. It dries non-sticky and smells okay for a sunscreen. I would so purchase this product if I wasn't already overstocked with them :) This is something to keep in mind next summer as it is both waterproof and sweatproof (tested from all the swimming and tubing down while on vacation.)

Apologies for not having any pictures for this post as they are mostly samples, perhaps I should take a pictures of samples before I try them out next time :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Shiseido Warehouse sale Haulage~

Just a quick haul post with what I picked up from the Shiseido warehouse sale this weekend. Enjoy!
the haul
Clé de Peau  eye colour quad in 1 and 3- $27 each
Clé de Peau cream eye colour in Shade 1 and 2 - $20 each
Nars concealer in Vanilla Honey - $10
Shiseido Hydro powder eyeshadow in H6 Violet Visions - $8 (I think...)
I am wearing the purple in this look. The colour is very vibrant. I applied it with my pinky and was surprised at  how easy it was to work with as well as the colour payoff with so little product. Will for sure pick up some more colour next time. It wore the entire day without budging :)
I also got a quite a few lippies, but haven't had the chance to take pictures, so I will post them up when I have them swatched as well :) Until then... thank you for reading this post!

Other items at the sale:
- Shiseido and Nars foundations for $10
- Joico shampoo (big bottle) $8
- Shiseido's Pureness, Whiteluscent, The Skincare and the Benefiance line as well as the sunscreen line
- various Orlane skincare products

Essentially, there were the same products from last time, pricing didn't increase for Nars or Shiseido makeup, however I'm not sure about the skincare products. The Shiseido face cotton were at $7... One thing that was different this time around, was the Clé de peau products :) I splurged~

Topbox November 2012

Hello lovelies!

I was excited to finally be able to subscribe to Topbox. For the month of November I got box 6 and these were the products I was greeted with.
Topbox November 2012
Contents emptied, what remains is very little packing material... which I liked :) It's a little more environmentally friendly.
The card, simple and sweet. They didn't try to pretend they were personalized~
benefit cosmetics mascara, they're real!
Full size China glaze nail polish in Exotic Encounter
Cuccio Naturale butter, in pomegranate & fig
roberto cavalli, eau de parfum
First impression: not a bad box. I was slightly disappointed to get a mascara... In fact I really didn't need another one... I have too many I can't use up, and I received the same deluxe sample from Sephora that I haven't used yet. Aside from this one thing, I like the rest of the box. I got a very pretty teal colour nail polish that goes perfectly with my wedding theme (as tempting as it is, I doubt I'd wear it for the reception.) I also got a very sweet scented body/hand cream that is just the right size to fit in my mu bag, only complaint about that is the cap, I'm scared that it'd come off too easily and the products gets everywhere in the bag. Lastly, I got a mini parfume bottle, which is a lovely addition to my growing minis. :) For $12(plus tax), this month's box is definitely getting an A from me :) Looking forward to seeing December's.

I heard that there were variance with the boxes, but so far the only difference I've seen around is the MUFE eyeliner as well as a different colour of nail polish... but that's it. What did you get in your box? :)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Swatched: OCC lip tars and YSL Sheer Candy gloss

I picked up these lovely lippies during the VIB sale, just thought I should swatch them and show you the colours. For the OCC lip tars I wanted to show you how little products is needed to get the opaque colour as shown on the swatch. They were not joking when they say the tiniest drop... There was still quite a bit of products left on my fingers after. I'm pretty sure these lip tars really will last me forever...
no flash, from left: OCC Memento, OCC Grandma, YSL Sweet Fig
with flash
no flash: OCC Memento, OCC Grandma, YSL Sweet Fig
with flash
On the Sephora website, Memento is described as midtone pink plum, Grandma is a classic coral and Sweet Fig is a sheer brick red.

Have you tried these products before? Are there any colours you'd recommend I check out or avoid? Share!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sephora V.I.B. Haul 2012

If there's a sale... I'm there :)

During the Sephora VIB sale I picked up a few things I wanted to try and only 1 necessity can you guess which?
Haul with samples~
What I bought...
Yeps, it was the Claisonic head, 2 pack for $45, at 20% off they cost me 36$ plus tax , not that much of a steal, but it beats paying full price!
I've been dying to try OCC lip tars, and I'm really enjoying them! Kind of surprise at how pigmented they are, since a little dot goes a LONG way and they are extremely opaque and bright. Will swatch when I get a chance. I got them in Memento and Grandma ( the BRIGHT orangey coral on the right)
I don't remember when I first wanted to try out this brand, but I know that after hoping to receive them in my Luxebox and not getting them I decided I must try. So I got this travel size set for $19 plus 20% off. Happy I didn't get them in full size because the eyeliner smudged on me and there was transfer (aka raccoon eyes) within 3 hours... I enjoy the application of the mascara but I'm iffy about the eyeliner. Unlike the eyeliner, the mascara didn't smudge... Should I return the set and just get the mascara? I also find that the eyeliner dries out quickly...
I saw this on Sandra's video and knew I had to try it out. I got the Volupté Sheer Candy glossy balm in 7 Sweet Fig. It's such a lovely red tint! Feels, smell and looks awesome on the lips :) wait for swatches!
 The last item I picked up in the sale was the YSL Anti-Cernes Multi-action concealer in 2 Nude Beige... I purchased only one, but decided I liked both angles so I posted them both up ^_^ I'm on day 2 of this concealer. I enjoy the creamy texture of this concealer, as it does not emphasize fine lines. This product still needs some through testing!

Anyhow that's my Sephora haul~~ What did you get? :)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Rouge Dior 314 Angelique Beige swatched

I got bored last night waiting for my man to come home for dinner, so I decided to swatch Angelique beige one last time before returning it... Then I got carried away and swatched a few more lippies~ It is so sad that I cannot wear this Dior lipstick since I really adore the colour (a sheer warm beige with a hint of pink.)
Dior - 314 Angelique Beige, Too Faced Naughty Nude, Too Faced Nude Beach, MAC Phlox, L'Occitane Lipstick Pivoine Délicate 02, Kryolan lipstick - Glossybox edition
with flash
no flash
I think I found a dupe within my collection for the Dior, which is the Too Faced Naughty Nude, one of my favourite. At least I know I'm consistent~ hehe... Please excuse the misfit (*cough* Kryolan), but I did warn you I go carried away with swatching XD


Update: Didn't have the heart to return it (plus it's used!) so I kept it :| gonna find a way to wear it eventually!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Birthday Haul 2012 - Addicted to Dior

I spoiled myself rotten this year for my birthday :) I waited until Shopper's had their bonus point redemption to claim some products I wouldn't normally buy otherwise... Picked up two Dior skincare products and quite a few makeup products as well. Voici mon haul!
I splurged on skincare even though I know I shouldn't be trying out anything new for the next month... but the lovely smell and the nice hydrated feeling on the skin made it irresistible  I'm still in the process of testing out the products to make sure my face won't breakout (since their foundation breaks me out after a few hours of use...grr...) 
UPDATE: Both products caused me to break out. I had little pimples around my cheek/jawline as well as increased redness on my face. When I bought it back to Shopper's for an exchange the CSR told me it's my face getting use to the product... but at 65$ each, I don't feel like taking the risk to find out. Also, with the wedding less than a month away, I should not be irritating my skin!
Dior Hydra Life Youth Essential Concentrated Sorbet Essence and Pro-Youth Sorbet Crème
I went crazy with some lippies and a blush... So into nudes lately~~
From the Dior Addict collection I picked up 2 lipsticks, 222 Beige Casual and 530 Bobo, also a gloss in 257 Pink Trench
I also picked up a Rouge Dior lipstick in 314 Angelique Beige (swatched here)
Update: BOOO! I found out that the Rouge Dior formula contains beeswax after my lips started itching after I applied it. So sad because this was such a lovely colour on the lips. As always, I like natural and moisturized looking lips... This made my lips peel :(
Last but not least, I bought my first Dior blush in 533 Passion Fruit. This luxurious blush came with it's own pouch! 
So in total... I spent 140.13$ for 340$ worth of Dior products :) Tell me I did good~ haha...

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Warehouse sale dates: November 2012

Hello fellow makeup addicts! 

It's time for warehouse sale again and here's some upcoming warehouse sale dates (it's perfect to start shopping for X'mas gifts!!)

Shiseido Warehouse sale dates:

Sat. Nov 17th 2012 9am to 5pm
Sun. Nov 18th 2012 9am to 3pm

Shiseido Inc 
303 Allstate Parkway
Markham, Ontario

Lisa's Cosmetics Warehouse sale dates:

Nov. 24th - 27th, Nov. 30th-Dec 3, & Dec 7th - 10th.

Sat: 9am to 6pm Sun: 10am to 6pm
Mon, Tues, Fri: 10am to 8pm

Lisa's Cosmetics/Fragrances Inc.
1380 Rodick Rd. Suite 110
Markham, Ontario

Estee Lauder / MAC Warehouse sale dates:

Dec 7th - 9th.

This event requires VIP tickets... (which I would like to have, wink wink, nudge nudge *big smiley face* )

The Shiseido warehouse sale this year happens to be on the weekend I go to Gourmet Food and Wine Expo... Hopefully, I won't be too sleepy to enjoy myself that night! :D 

side note: if you're picking up the tickets for Gourmet Food and Wine Expo, promo code EXPOVIP will be $6 off your admission price, not sure when the code will expire so get your tickets fast!!!

October Glossybox 2012 Canada

So surprised to have actually gotten my box before the month ended! I wasn't expecting to receive this until next week since I had only received the shipping info on the 30th~ In any case, I was quite happy to receive it. Let's see what's in my box this month.
all the goodies in the box
once again some info pamphlets, also the Glossybox card, this time it's in both English and French
Before opening the box, I already suspected a sample of shampoo and conditioner... I was right :)  I received  two 50ml bottles, one Sebastian Trilliance shampoo and the other Sebastian Trilliance conditioner.
I was glad to see this lip product in my box, however, there was no ingredient listing on  the tube and I couldn't find the name of the colour I received (too blind?!?! I suspect it's Dusk and Striptease) In any case, I'd have to do more research on this brand before I can try out this product. Are you familiar with Model Co.? Let me know what you think about it!
Update: I emailed Model Co. regarding their ingredients and they were so quick to respond! There is no beeswax in their lipstick! Unfortunately, when I tried on the lipstick, I'm not so crazy about Dusk. I do like the lipgloss since it smells awesome (like strawberry candy) and is not sticky. Lovely sheer finish. Will update with pictures.
left swatch is Striptease and right is 
picture with no flash... but with mirror light (does that make sense??)
with flash, the colour is actually not as peach as the picture
Looking forward to use this cream! This is suppose to be a day, night and eye contour cream for combination to oily skin! Seems like the perfect fit :) So carrying this in my MU bag~ This retails at a whooping $93.50 for 50ml and is available in some drugstores (such as SDM or Rexall.) I got curious so I had to look it up :)
Another razor. Kind of unnecessary for the winter, but still nice to have.
Zoya nail polish, in Rory. I don't know if I would wear this bright pink, especially now that October is over...
Outta the box!
:) Even though some items are duplicates, I'm still quite happy with my Glossybox this month... I will see the next box before deciding whether or not to keep it. I feel that the Glossybox UK and US are way better~ We will see. Glossybox rating for October: B.