Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Buxom - Big and Healthy Lip Cream

Description from Sephora website: "Tingle, plump, and shine your smile to super-sexy proportions. No shimmer, no glimmer—this creamy lip gloss delivers velvety-smooth color with intoxicating shine. The hyaluronic filling spheres infuse lips with moisture for creamy soft perfection and the look of a full, extra-kissable pout. Vitamins A and E help keep the skin supple, yet protected, and the fun tingling sensation reminds you the gloss is hard at work." 
This creamy gloss is described as a peach sorbet, which goes on quite bright when applied on bare or dull looking lips. On days I'm too lazy to apply much colours, ie blush and bronzer (which is most days...) I find that this help to instantly brighten my face and make me look more awake/alive. This product is actually quite moisturizing and feels lovely on. It's lasting power is decent, as long as I don't constantly sip my coffee in the morning, reapplication is pretty minimal. I love this especially for the fact that it is non-sticky and not overly shiny since some glosses have that 'greasy' looking effect. When you first apply this, there is the initial tingling sensation, which goes away around the same time the 'plumping' effect wears off. 

Creamsicle was purchased on a whim... and I have been hopelessly hooked ever since! However, due to my lips acting up to Fresh's Sugar lip treatment (has beeswax as first ingredient) I had a severe reaction that took me nearly 20 days to heal... in any case, I'm glad my lips are finally back to normal and I can take pictures of this wonderful product on my lips. Now onto some pictures!
On my lips with no flash
with flash
with flash
Overall Rating ***** / 5 (1 = worst 5 = best) I really enjoy this and I'm looking forward to trying other colours which this formula!

more swatches:
swatched on the back of my hand, no flash
with flash
with flash
with flash
Here's a picture of me sporting Creamsicle on my bare lips. As you can see when paired with neutral eyes, this lip cream can really add a pop colour and brighten the entire face! :)

I also find that this gloss is great layered over a darker lip colour, this will 'brighten' the colour for a more daytime look. I tried this over Clinique's A Different Grape and really liked the colour, you should do some experimenting too!!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Ipsy July 2013

Hello pretties!! 

I got my Ipsy bag quite early this month, but I had been a tad too lazy to post up my pictures, so here's a few I took~ This month's theme was Beach Beauty~
 Items in my pretty pink bag:
  • POP Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon in Coral Crush (I wish I can use this, but I found out it has beeswax in it... so gotta give it away~!)
  • BH Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow sample (I still have not yet opened the packaging)
  • Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray Conditioning & Texturizing Spray (promptly given to the wonderful Moose, cuz she can rock waves better than me and would get more joy out of it than me)
  • Coola Mineral Face SPF 20 Rose Essence Tinted Moisturizer (so looking forward to using, although I want to finish the samples I'm working on now first before opening this)
Coral Crush looks so lovely from just looking at the colour, unfortunately, I won't be able to use this product.
When I saw sneak peeks of this month's bag, I wasn't too psyched about it, but after I received it and started using it, I find myself really loving the ipsy pink bag. It is the perfect little make up bag to carry around during the summer. You can see what's inside and it holds quite a bit of stuff... Don't believe? check this out!
a not even full bag
everything inside
There was still more room to fit stuff in :| I am so surprised~~ Are you loving your bag this month? :)

Random fact: This past two weeks, I've actually been busy hunting down the McDonald's Despicable Me 2 minions... and alas, we succeeded in finding the last one last Monday ^_^ Here they are fighting over bananas!~

Monday, July 8, 2013

Toes - Pretty in pink/coral

I know that bright toes have been in for a while and that I'm late to jump into the wagon, but hey! better late than never~ Recently, inspired to do bright toes by Moose who was inspired by D from OneCraftyFox, I followed suite... It was quite the leap for me since I tend to go neutral or dark but I'm glad I did it. Every time I looked at them, I smile. It is such a cheerful colour and really brightens my day.
Sporting Deborah Lippmann Daytripper Nail Lacquer on my toes :)
When I first saw this in my Holt Renfrew beauty bag, I wasn't sure if I was going to ever wear it. Now I am glad to have this in my collection. What colours are you wearing on your toes?! :)

SDM Haul: 80,000 points redemption

I broke my no-buy pledge this month because of the awesome point redemption promo at Shoppers Drug Mart this weekend... for 40,000 points you can redeem up to $90 worth of stuff or, the next tier which is 80,000 points for $200... I had been saving my points for this so I had to go redeem them! And this was what I came home with (along with a few samples I got from Sephora...) Moose and I had a makeover, and we basically bought every product Davis (the Bourjois MUA) put on us... He was amazing :) Here's the haul for a little over $29 CAD ^_^
SDM rep also gave us a few samples, which was super sweet of her!
I picked up two Bourjois Color Boost Glossy Finish Lipstick in 04 Peach on the Beach and 03 Orange Punch. 4 colours were launched but I only saw 3 of them at SDM.
Davis applied this on my face and I was in love~~ Previously, I've tried the Bourjois Healthy Mix serum gel foundation and disliked how it looked on my skin, so imagine my surprise when this looked so awesome on me this time around. The Bourjois 10hr Sleep Effect foundation is a light /liquidy foundation that provides a medium coverage that is buildable. It looked and felt so lovely and light. I was shocked. I knew that I have been sleep deprived last week so the beautiful result made me have to own it, instantly.
This was applied on my crease and looked quite lovely, but as my husband pointed out, I looked like I was done up... perhaps a tad too much? It's not usually something I'd do, so I'm not sure if I will be keeping this. I also have way too many brown glittery eyeshadows...
This Bourjois Duochrome eye pencil in 59 violet rose added a lovely accent when applied just above my black eyeliner...
I can't justify why I had purchased both of these mascaras... I was curious... I loved the effect the Volumizer mascara had on Moose... The Volume Clubbing mascara is suppose to be sweat proof, so... yeah... that's why they were in my checkout bag... *shifty eyes* Let's test these babies out!!
The last product that I purchased, was one that I've lusted over for a while now... It is the Guerlain Météorites compact in 03 Teinte Doré. I'm still unsure about the shade that I got, but I have wanted to get this product for a long while now and finally I got my hands on them! buhahahha!! It blended easily and it took out some shine that my foundation did not. 
A bunch of freebies we got that day
After spending almost 3 hours at SDM, we decided to check out Sephora as well and that's when we spotted this Sephora CSR with flawless skin... We asked her what her secret to beautiful skin was and she pointed us to AmorePacific... We have never heard of this Korean brand before and was quite intrigued by their products. She was so kind and made us some samples to try out... Pricey brand though, will have to see if I love the results enough to buy it! Have any of you heard about this brand? Is it worth the hefty price tag?! Please let me know! :)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Challenge: No-buy July

Since my last shopping 'splurge,' I've decided that July should be my month of strict makeup/beauty no-buy month... This was not motivated by guilt, as I am super happy with my purchases and do not regret buying, I am however, saving the money for my trip next month. :)

In the main time, I decided to shop my stash this month since I know I have plenty of items that could use some loving~ another thing I will be doing is simply writing down the list of products I lust for and research the crap out of them~ Read reviews and make notes... maybe that would discouraging me from wanting some much raved about products ;)

What's your tip on convincing yourself you don't need to buy new products? please share with this shop-a-holic!