Esqido Lashes- Mink Falsies Review

FALSIES HOLY GRAIL ALERT! I am in absolute LOVE with these Esqido lashes.  I’m so excited to be writing this review and having the opportunity to tell you all about them.  Especially for my fellow hooded eye beauties, you need these in your life.  To start off I’d like to thank Esqido for collaborating with me and sending me a pair of their gorgeous lashes for review.

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The Estée Edit- Pore Vanishing Stick Review

The Estée Edit line– hot or not?  I love Estée Lauder products, but I was somewhat hesitant to try out the Estée Edit line, mainly because of the fact that Kendall Jenner was one of the faces of this line (not a fan of supporting anything related to the Kardashian group) however, I found myself really intrigued by the principles of the line and I had to set my biased opinion toward her aside and try something out.  I picked up the Pore Vanishing Stick.

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What’s Up Nails- Canada Day Vinyls Review

Canada Day is just around the corner and I’ve got a special offer for my first 10 readers of this post! Nail Polish Canada has sent me Canada Day nail vinyls by What’s Up Nails, and they are a really great way to dress up your festive look!

They are so easy to use:

Short version of the instructions for application is you apply a topcoat or coloured polish to your nails and let this dry.  Peel off the nail vinyl from the plastic back and apply it to your nail.  Then apply a thin layer of polish over top of this to seal it in.  If you used the entire stencil and not just the leaf vinyl, then you peel back from the edges to remove it while the polish is still wet.  What I like about these vinyls is you have the option to do two things, either use the leaf vinyl as an accent, or the entire stencil and you can colour it in with whatever colour polish you choose.

Nail Polish Canada has been so generous and has offered to give out 10 of these What’s Up Nails Canada Day vinyl sets to 10 of my readers!  If you are one of the first 10 readers of my post you can use the code “T73KS41Q6LO” on their website to get a FREE set!! Just click here.  If were one of the 10 to receive the vinyls let me know in a comment below or email me under my Contact page 🙂

What nail designs will you create for Canada Day??

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Conair- Infiniti PRO Hair Dryer and Relfections LED Mirror Review

I am SO excited to share this post with you all!  Conair sent me a hair dryer and mirror and I am absolutely so in love with both products.  Thanks so much to Conair for sending these and the team at Brill Communications.  I’m going to jump right in to the review because I just can’t wait!

The two products I will review today are:

Infiniti PRO Hair Dryer

Reflections LED Mirror

Reviews:

Infiniti PRO Hair Dryer:

WOW! I was blown away (no pun intended 😉 ) by how well this works!! The Infiniti PRO is my favourite hair dryer by far.  I am absolutely so impressed with how well it performs.  This hair dryer has dual voltage, so it is your best-friend when travelling.  My favourite feature is the AC motor because it dries hair faster than a regular hair dryer that has a DC motor.  My hair is dried in half the amount of time it usually takes me compared to when I use my other hair dryer from another brand.  I have fine hair and a lot of the time drying/styling it can be a pain.  Especially when I am getting due for a haircut, however, the Infiniti PRO has ionic technology, so it tames frizz and makes your hair look quite shiny.  I found this to be extra noticeable when I got closer to needing a haircut because my ends weren’t super frizzy after drying my hair.

The Infiniti PRO comes with two attachments, a diffuser to enhance curles and waves, and a concentrator for pinpoint styling.

There are 3 heat settings, 2 speed settings, and a cold shot button to help you lock in the style you create.

I have been using this hair dryer for a month now and I am hooked.  I am so happy with the results, and I love how the dryer is quite small yet it gives big results.  It is smaller in size than the average hair dryer (so easy to pack when travelling),  AND it performs better than other hair dryers I have tried, so it’s a win-win!  Plus the colour of it is purple and that’s always a plus in my books.  You can purchase the Infiniti PRO for C$59.99.

Reflections LED Mirror:

I am loving this mirror! I have been wanting to try a mirror with an LED light, but I wasn’t really sold on the fact that it would really be all that much different than my handheld mirror.  However, since receiving this Conair Reflections LED mirror, I can’t go back to a mirror without the LED light.  This mirror is great because it has two sides, one regular magnification at 1x and the other side at 7x.  The LED light technology is also energy saving, consuming 70% less energy than with a regular bulb.  It has two settings for the intensity of the light as well, so you can have it on low or high, or you can choose to use it with the light turned off as well.

Here is a photo of the mirror without the light turned on:

Here is a photo with the LED light on the higher setting:

This mirror is great for doing your makeup, and anything eyebrows and skin related as it really gives you a close look and shows every pore (although that might be something we don’t want to see hehe).  I love to wear eyeshadow and when I use this mirror it really gives me a close look at where I need to blend, and the LED light helps me to create a look that is flattering in the natural light for a daytime look as well as an evening look.   Another plus is that the mirror doesn’t get all foggy if you leave it out in the bathroom.  I moved recently, but before I moved the exhaust fan in the bathroom didn’t work the best so the mirror on the wall would always get foggy when you took a shower.  Yet I was surprised to see the Conair mirror would not get foggy, this is because it has fog-free and anti-glare viewing!  I also love the oval shape of this mirror and the polished chrome finish, it makes for a beautiful piece to leave out on your vanity.  I have this set up on my bathroom countertop and it really adds to the decor.  It’s really great to have a product that looks really nice aesthetically so you can leave it out as part of your decor and also reach for it easily when you want to use it.   You can purchase the Reflections LED mirror for C$49.99.

I highly recommend both of these products, you will not be disappointed!!  Conair has always been a brand that I have used and trusted, and I truly am so impressed with both of these products, i’m in love!

Have you tried either of these?  What’s your favourite Conair product?

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Cougar Beauty- Magic Fiber Lash Extender Kit Review

Today I am working with Cougar Beauty, have you heard of them?  If you haven’t I highly suggest you check out their products.  Today’s review is on a fibre lash mascara.  Cougar is a brand from the UK and all products are manufactured there.  They pride themselves in offering their customers new, edgy and of high quality products.  They also only use cruelty free formulas, so there is no testing done on animals (thumbs up!).  Their packaging and marketing supplies are made from recycled materials (thumbs up again!).  They also source all ingredients locally, so all transportation is cut out, which in turn benefits our planet.  Way to go Cougar!  I’d like to thank Cougar and the Rosdon Group for sending me this product.

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If you know me, you know i’ve tried basically every single mascara from drugstore to high-end.  Mascara is one of my favourite products, and I am always looking to try new ones and new formulas/techniques.  Cougar sent me their Magic Fiber Lash Extender Kit, and it is quite different than anything I have tried before.  I have tried some mascaras which have the fibres already in the product, but this one you apply separately.

The kit comes with two items, the mascara and the fibres.  The packaging states it will increase the thickness and volume of your lashes while still keeping them looking natural.  Here is a closer look at the products and how to use them:

Mascara:

Fibres:

Application instructions:

Step 1: Apply the mascara to clean lashes (they suggest doing one eye at a time).  You apply this from the base of the lashes to the tips, and ensure every lash has been coated, as you would with a regular mascara.

Step 2: Apply the fibre extender immediately after the mascara to just the tips of your lashes.  You have to make sure you do this right away while the mascara you first applied is still wet.

Step 3: Apply a second coat of the mascara from step 1 in order to seal the fibres.

I was really happy with the final result!  I could really see how my lashes were significantly longer, and a few people I saw the first day I had tried it commented on how long my eyelashes looked.  The only thing I found I didn’t get was a ton of volume, the product for sure gives you a lot of length, but in my experience I had to build up the product to get a bit more volume.  Or a tip I have is to just apply a coat of a volumizing mascara overtop once it has dried.  So I would say in terms of mascara effect it is a lot more lengthening than it is volumizing.

Another thing I loved is how I had this on all day (8 hours +) and it did not flake off, leave dark marks around my eyes or smudge whatsoever.  The formula is really great and it gives you long lashes for all day wear with no re-application necessary.  The consistency of the formula isn’t super thick, so it makes application on the lashes so easy, no clumping and no mess.  You can also use a lash comb to separate your lashes to achieve a more “fanned-out” look.  In terms of removal this is a winner.  Sometimes mascara can be so stubborn to get off completely, and this is also a “water resistant” formula so not fully waterproof, but still resistant.  Yet I was so impressed with how it came off SO easily.  I used my daily cleanser and warm water and it came right off no problem, without leaving a mess behind.

Have you tried a fibre mascara kit before?  I highly recommend giving Cougar products a try!  The formula is great and the company values and philosophies are inspiring and so refreshing to see!  This also works great as an alternative to eyelash extensions, which are really expensive and time consuming.  I like how you can apply this product and it also washes off contrary to lash extensions.  You can purchase the Magic Fiber Lash Extender Kit on their website here for £19.00.  If you’d like to check out some of their other products which range from beauty, skincare, hair and body care, follow this link! http://www.cougarbeautyproducts.com/

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The Body Shop- Vanilla Eau De Toilette

Today i’m talking vanilla- my favourite scent! Ever since I have been old enough to wear fragrance or moisturizers/body butters with scent, I ALWAYS go for vanilla (okay, or coconut too).  One of the very first stores I would shop for these products at was The Body Shop, and to this day I still use a lot of their products and they are staples in my collection/routine.  One of my all time favourites is the Vanilla Eau De Toilette spray.

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I used to always use the vanilla oil, but unfortunately it was discontinued.  However, this eau de toilette spray is quite good as well.  The vanilla scent is almost identical to the oil they used to make, however, the only downfall is that the eau de toilette doesn’t last as long as the oil did.  Tip: To get this to last a little longer, I apply it right away after I take a shower on my pulse points.

What I love most about this product is how light and fresh it is.  It’s not heavy and it isn’t overly powerful.  I personally don’t like fragrances that are really strong and overbearing on the senses, I prefer more “natural” scents.  It is very sweet and is hands down one of my favourite vanilla scents.  The Vanilla Eau De Toilette retails for C$16.00 in stores, and they also sell a Vanilla Body Spray Mist which you can see here.  I have used other brands vanilla products, but nothing has measured up to my all-time favourite from The Body Shop.  I am also keeping my fingers crossed that they bring back the oil version!

Have you tried any Vanilla products from The Body Shop?

Urban Decay- Eyeshadow Primer Potion “Original” Review

If you have oily skin and/or eyelids, or like some extra pop/pigment to your eyeshadow shades, this is an absolute must in your makeup collection!

I’m sure many of you are already using an eyeshadow primer and perhaps even this one.  I wear eyeshadow every single day, so finding a primer that works well for me all day long is always at the top of my list.  I have tried so many different ones I have lost count.  I may also share my experience on other primers soon on my blog as others work well, but in the end this one is my absolute favourite and go-to when doing my eyseshadow.

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The Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion retails for C$26.00 online on Sephora’s website, you can view it here.  Today, I am reviewing the Original shade.  Urban Decay has 3 other eyeshadow primers available in the range and they are called Anti-Aging, Eden and Minor Sin.

The Primer Potion in Original is a nude shade.  I absolutely love it, it doesn’t add too much colour.  The way I would describe it, is that it basically just cancels out any veins or discolouration of the eyelid, leaving you with a perfect canvas to work with.

If you’re like me and you get oily skin throughout the day (no shame my friends, as we get older this means our skin will wrinkle less 😉 Woo!) then you need something to keep your eyeshadow in place.  As I mentioned above, I also love to use eyeshadow primer not only because it prevents creasing throughout the day, but it also gives your eyeshadow more intensity in terms of the pigment.

For the application of the product it is very simple.  Apply it to your eyelid (a little goes a REALLY long way) and either blend it in with a brush or your finger.  I prefer to blend it in with my finger as the warmth makes for a flawless finish.  The warmth from your finger  helps to make sure the product doesn’t settle into “fine lines” as much.  It dries within about 30 seconds after you apply it, so you have to work fast otherwise you end up with a creased effect.  It is important to blend it right away once you put it on your eyelid before it dries, if you don’t blend it in time when you apply your eyeshadow you are then left with uneven pigment, and you can visibly see where you didn’t blend it in correctly- it almost looks like small patches.

Tip: For those of you who don’t have an eyeshadow primer, or if you are ever in a pinch and run out of product, you can always use concealer on your eyelids as well.  This creates a great base and works well as a dupe or alternative to an eyeshadow primer.

I love the formula of this product because it is super easy to blend in.  Other eyeshadow primers I have tried work great, but when applying it on the eyelid you really have to tug at the skin to get it to blend.  As per one of my last blog posts, I mentioned how I really make a conscious effort to choose wisely when it comes to the products I put on my skin as well as how our skin ages.  With that being said, I don’t like to use products that require a ton of tugging or harsh blending in order to get the desired look.  This is just unnecessary “wear and tear” on your skin and I don’t want to be giving myself any extra wrinkles.  I know this may sound vain, but in the end I really value taking care of my skin.  I also follow a strict cleansing routine, so why not apply that same care to the products I use on my face and the way I apply them?

I give this product a 10 out of 10.  My eyeshadow stays put all day long, I never get creasing whatsoever.  Sometimes I have my eyeshadow on for 8 hours or 10-12 hours and still no creasing- it works SO well!  Have you tried any of the Urban Decay eyeshadow primers?  If so, what do you think of them?

VIIcode- Oxygen Eye Mask Review

Dark circles? Tired eyes? Fine lines? New York  company VIIcode has a wonderful Oxygen Eye Mask product that can help with all of these things!  Face masks are one of my favourite things, so I was really intrigued and excited to try out these eye masks.  Before we dive in, I would  like to thank VIIcode for sending me their product.

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I have always been one to take care of my skin, however, since turning 25 (no, I’m not calling myself “old”) I am really interested in how our skin changes with age and really ensure to choose the products I put on it wisely.  Our under eye area is so delicate and I am very careful with my makeup application in this area, and I also use a daily night repair eye cream.

VIIcode has created masks specifically for the under eye area.  According to the packaging “We want your eye skin to be the best it can be from the inside out. VIIcode oxygen eye mask provide everything your eye skin needs to be healthy- all the essential vitamins, antioxidants, proteins, botanicals, peptides and essential fatty acids. Say goodbye to tired eyes, dark circles, and fine lines- now you can always look refreshed, bright-eyed and lively… Cool gel conform to the shape around the eye, infiltrating the entire area in soothing botanical extracts.” Doesn’t that sound awesome??

Not only does this sound great, but the product actually delivers what is promised.  For a course of treatment you must use 3 boxes, and you apply an eye mask 2 or 3 times a week.  The eye mask has a gel-like material, and upon application you can feel a cooling sensation.  You then leave the mask on for up to 8 hours (no more).  This is an overnight treatment which makes it different from other sheet masks on the market.  Also, the more treatments you do (i.e. continued use) the better your results.

I have used the eye mask overnight and also during the day.  If I know I have a busy day and won’t be at home I wear it overnight.  If I know I will be having a relaxed day staying in then I have used it during the day while I am awake.  Either way the product is extremely convenient and easy to use.  You just peel off the plastic barrier and apply on cleansed skin- it’s so simple!

Here I am wearing the masks:

Here is a shot of the product up close, the side with the plastic is the piece you peel off and this side goes on the skin:

After doing the full treatment I can say that this has made my under eye area look brighter and more awake, which I am told as we get older products that provide this result give you a more youthful appearance.  My skin is also a lot more hydrated, and this is the best for your concealer/makeup application.  Unfortunately I can’t speak so much to the effect on dark circles as I don’t really have dark circles, however, it has really helped brighten and hydrate my skin, so I imagine the brightening effect would help with dark circles too.  My favourite part is that my concealer blends in so well and because the hydration diminishes the look of fine lines the concealer doesn’t sit in there and show up.  I am so happy with the results!

You can purchase an individual box for $58.00 here or a full course treatment (3 box set) for $174.00 here.

For additional information on how the product works click here.

You can shop their products here: http://www.viicode.com/

IT Cosmetics- Airbrush Silk HD Anti-Aging Illuminizer Review

Hello beauties!  I know what you’re thinking “another highlighter review?” the answer is yes, but to be honest you can never have too many highlighters.  I think we can all agree to that!

Today’s feature is the IT Cosmetics Airbrush Silk HD Anti-Aging Illuminizer.   The formula is absolutely amazing.  I have also used their Bye Bye Pores powder (review coming on this soon) and I am such a fan.

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This powder is made to be used on the highest points of the face.  This technique of highlighting/bringing forward goes alongside contouring which is the opposite effect to deepen/push back.  Using a highlighter such as this one makes your features pop, you can apply this to the following areas:

  • Centre of the forehead
  • Top-side of cheekbones
  • Brow bone
  • Bridge of the nose
  • Cupids bow (if you haven’t tried this I highly suggest it, it makes your lips appear fuller)

This powder is extremely fine and light.  It goes on smoothly and doesn’t look cakey.   This formula is also anti-aging, so it doesn’t settle into fine lines.  It blurs away the look of pores and imperfections.

Even better this product is formulated WITHOUT:

  • Talc
  • Parabens
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Mineral oil
  • Petrolatum
  • Synthetic fragrances and Phthalates

You can see how fine the powder is in this shot:

Here is a swatch:

How gorgeous is this sheen?  It catches the light so beautifully, it gives a very natural glow.  I find when I have this on it doesn’t look like makeup, it really looks natural, and anything that looks natural is a winner in my books!

I am really loving this highlighter and I can’t wait to try out more IT Cosmetics products.  You can purchase this for $24.00 here on their website.

Have you tried any IT Cosmetics products? What is your favourite??

 

Lush Cosmetics- Bubblegum Lip Scrub Review

Continuing on with my Winter skin-saver favourites, today I’m reviewing one of my holy-grail products by Lush Cosmetics.  I love Lush, I use a lot of their products from head to toe!

Their Bubblegum Lip Scrub is fantastic.  It is my favourite lip scrub I have ever used.  Winter weather leaves our lips chapped because of the constant change in temperature from hot to cold, interior to exterior, which takes the moisture out of our skin.  Chapped lips is one of the most uncomfortable things, as well as it really ruins my lip look when using lipstick or liner, and that just doesn’t fly with me.

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So I did some research on lip scrubs a few years ago and tried out a few different ones, and Lush’s Bubblegum Lip Scrub has been my favourite ever since.  You can also purchase the scrub in other flavours:

This scrub is formulated with safe synthetics and natural ingredients:

  • Castor Sugar
  • Organic Jojoba Oil
  • Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone
  • Flavour
  • Red 21 Lake

Lush also classifies this product as Vegan.

I like to use this after my shower but you can use this anytime.  The castor sugar gently exfoliates your lips, and the jojoba oil adds moisture back into the lips.  When I am done using it my lips feel so soft and smooth.  When I purchased this at Lush for C$12.00 the girl working told me that you can lick off the excess scrub and it tastes really good.  She definitely is right the scrub tastes amazing, and usually I am not a huge fan of the bubblegum flavour, but I do really like this one.  However, I don’t tend to lick off the excess scrub because to me it feels like I am then swallowing the dead skin I just exfoliated off haha but to each his own!

You can see here how the product looks up close, it really makes me feel like I am going to be moisturizing my lips every time I take the product out of the pot because it doesn’t look dry at all.  I also love the vibrant pink shade.

One of my other favourite things about Lush products is that you get the date is was made as well as the expiry date on the sticker, usually found on the bottom of the product.  It’s also cute how the sticker  has who made that specific batch- makes me laugh every time.

The only thing I recommend when using this is to make sure you wash your hands beforehand.  If you don’t you could be putting bacteria into the pot if you remove it with your finger with unwashed hands.  You can also buy little spatulas or disposable beauty tools at your local beauty supplier to get the product out.  This would be the only thing I don’t like about the product because this method is less hygienic compared to other lip scrubs that come in tube  or solid lipstick-like form.  But I just make sure my hands are washed and clean before taking the product out.

I use this year-round and I am so happy with how well it works!

Have you tried any of the Lush lip scrubs, or any other of their lip products?