Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Blog is Moving!

I just wanted to leave a quick note saying that I have a new blog over at The Scarlet Lipstick (I won't be updating this one anymore)! It still is a beauty blog, so I hope to see you guys there :)! Hugs & Kisses.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

How to organize your make-up: My new acrylic storage case

I'm always looking for new ways to organize and display my make-up, so when I came across this beautiful acrylic storage at Walmart yesterday, I couldn't resist. You might have seen my post on my lipstick organizer, which showcases all my lipsticks at once instead of letting them lie in my drawers; I wanted to get something similar to display some of my lipglosses and face make-up. This one is simply perfect: it cost a reasonable $10, and has 9 compartments of different sizes to store every product you have in mind. If anyone is interested, it's called the "My Essentials Tray" from the brand Caboodles, which, according to their website, is sold in Target, Walmart, Walgreens and Harmon. I will let the pictures speak for themselves: I use the 4 middle sections for lipglosses, but I show how they could also be used as brush holders; as for the upper left section, which comes with a lid, I couldn't imagine anything better to store the samples I want to use up. 

I don't know about you, but I'm in love with this case. If you live in Canada and want to get it too, I suggest you check out the make-up section at your local Walmart! xoxo.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October drugstore buys!

I'm afraid I don't have the most exciting hauls to share lately, but while there is a bunch of things I do want, I have to admit there's hardly anything I need. Still, the few products I bought at the drugstore this month are all from brands I never tried before! Here they are:

I have been wanting to try the Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes after seeing that brand popping up in my local drugstores, and reading/watching/hearing great reviews about this particular product. I wouldn't use wipes to clean my face every night, but it's good to have that option after a long day or in case of a sleepover (it's surely more practical to carry around than a bottle of make-up remover, a cleanser and cotton pads). The pack contains 25 wipes: I have already tried one of them, and it did a good job of removing my mascara, concealer and blush. I rarely wear much more on a daily basis, so I can't say if they would work as well on heavier eyes topped of with liquid eye-liner, for example -- but I'd think make-up remover would still be a better option.

Oh, and guess what? After about 4 or 5 empty jars of my beloved Nivea Light Moisturizing Day Care, I finally went out and bought something different. I still love that product, of course, but I was growing bored of using the same thing for months, and I wished to change it up. I was also looking for something a little lighter on the skin for the daytime (and compensate with an extra hydrating moisturizer at night). This seems contradictory with winter around the corner; the thing is, I'm usually running around every morning to get ready for class, and I needed something that my skin could absorb even quicker. I contemplated trying a higher end moisturizer for once, but in the end I couldn't make myself spend around $30 for 30mL of product, and I picked up Garnier's Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream at the drugstore.

We'll see if I like it. I've never tried anything from Garnier, but this product has some good reviews on MakeUpAlley (a 3.8/5 score as of now, which is decent for a drugstore product), and has apparently won some 2012 Beauty Grand Prix granted by Elle Québec & Canada. The scent is definitely very fresh and pleasant, which I welcome in any skincare product, especially in the morning. I just hope that the feeling on the skin matches it! The gel-like texture is also very interesting, but I can't say much more: I'll update you in a few weeks.

I also got my very first Mavala polishes, 151 - Marron Glacé and 92 - New Dehli. I just love how tiny they are (each polish contains only 5 ml, whereas an OPI polish stores 15 ml inside a bottle). Let's face it, how often do you use up every drop of a nail polish bottle? Even if I would decide to wear a colour every day for a year, I'm not sure I'd have time to empty it before the product goes bad. 

Last but not least, I treated myself to these delicious dark chocolate-covered candies from Brookside: these have pomegranate pieces inside, and the taste is heavenly! I actually think I'll pour myself a glass of milk and have some right now -- before carrying on with a long afternoon of studying for midterms.

Have a nice evening -- oh, and happy Halloween! How I miss the free candy! xoxo

Monday, October 22, 2012

Empties: October ♥

Except maybe for the sudden drops in temperature, I have really been enjoying this beautiful fall season. Not only is the fashion impeccable (I have a weakness for boots and jackets), but it also allows for comfy evenings in, made perfect by candles that smell of spices and a cup of tea with milk. Incidentally, those evenings make for ideal times to blog ;).

During these past few months, I used up some products that I really love. I've talked about two of them in my Morning routine post: they are the Clean & Clear Morning Burst facial cleanser with bursting beads (gitamin C and ginseng) as well as my Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm in Peppermint. You can check out that post if you want to know why I love using them -- and why I'm pretty sad that there is nothing left of them! The thing is, I can't justify repurchasing them for the moment, as I have two other cleansers to use up, and perhaps countless other lip balms. This means that my skincare routine has indeed slightly changed; but I won't bother with an update for the moment, as I much prefer the products I featured in my post back in June.
It's been a while since I've used the last of my Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Ivory (the one I purchased in March, that is). This one I had no choice but to buy again, since it is a staple of mine. I talk about my love for this concealer in this post.
I'm also done with the Japanese Cherry Blossom Creamy Body Wash from Bath & Body Works, that I've shown you over here. Although I find that the scent was not identical to their Japanese cherry blossom candle (which I adore), I loved this shower gel just as much. This was a nice change from the typical "fresh" shower scents that are offered out there: being more on the sensual side, I think this would also be a great choice for fall.

The next product is a conditioner from L'Oréal Paris that I bought while I was in Ukraine. It is from their Elseve line, and although I did not find the exact equivalent for America, the Russian translates to "Nourishment and Shine". Anyway, I do not suggest that you go looking for it, because I did not like it all that much: even though it wasn't awful, other conditioners can detangle my hair much better (the Herbal Essences Hello Hydration one, for instance).
I'm not sure if this one is entirely relevant, but I will mention it anyway: I've finished up this bottle of gummy multivitamins from Life. There were 70 of them, and the directions advise you to take 2 a day, which makes for a 35-day supply. Whether multivitamins work or not is still a controversial question, and I can't testify for their benefits -- but they certainly made me feel good about eating berry, lemon and orange-flavoured "candies" every morning!

This is it, girls -- I may be very slow in terms of using up products, but I'm still glad to have some empties to show you once in a while! I can't wait to read your empties posts, and I hope you're all enjoying this wonderful season. xoxo.

PS: Would you mind telling me what your favourite face moisturiser is? I'd really love to know.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Beauty haul from my trip to Europe

Hello again! 
I came back from my trip nearly two weeks ago, and my schedule has been pretty hectic as I basically had no time to get settled in. I got back to classes and work straight away, the day after my arrival actually, but I finally have time to sit down and do some blogging :) (in my college library, but still good enough). And what better to start with than a post about my beauty purchases from across the border?

I have been away from home for nearly two months: as I wrote in my previous post, I started out with a week in New York for my birthday, and then had one day to repack my suitcase, as I was leaving for Europe shortly after my return. There I spent 3 weeks in Ukraine with my family, and took 3 more weeks to travel around a few European cities (Paris, Brussels, Stockholm, Oslo, Berlin and Amsterdam, in that order).
I picked up some beauty products from here and there -- I was excited to get my hands on some brands that are not available where I live, or that are resold here for an insanely expensive price.

Let's start with what I got in Paris, as I also stopped there for two days before boarding my flight to Kiev. I had the chance to meet up with a few friends and also browse around some lovely French pharmacies.

I had to make sure I didn't leave France without Embryolisse's Lait-crème concentré, a very popular product across Youtube and blogs. You can see that I started to use it already (by the way, I just love that malleable tube!). I needed a moisturizer for night-time and this does the job very well.
Along with that I bought a travel-size bottle of Thermal Spring Water from Avène (refreshing on hot days but not a must-have in my eyes), as well as a tiny bottle of Bioderma make-up remover. The size makes it very easy to throw in your bag for when you're sleeping over at someone else's house. As for the product, it is good, I'm not saying otherwise. But I'm glad that I spent less than 3 euros for that little bottle and didn't buy an overpriced full-sized bottle here in Canada, because to be honest, I find that my Neutrogena make-up remover works even better.
I also got the Dissolvant miraculeux from Bourjois, which I love already: such an effortless (and quick) way to remove nail polish!  I'm not sure how long is this product supposed to last, however; any ideas?
The Nuxe Rêve de Miel lip balm is a product I added in last-minute while waiting at the cash (ugh, they got me!) and while I think it's a decent product, I could have lived without yet another lip balm. What I don't like about it is the way it's shaped: it has a slanted tip like a lipstick's; but I'm trying to "flatten" it through multiple uses.

I don't know if this is common for most pharmacies, but at the place where I purchased the skincare part of this haul, they gave me some free samples. You can see two of them in the picture (from Aderma). There was also a sample from Avène, but I'm not quite sure where it went.
Again, I did not get anything extra when buying the two last products, so I'm not sure if this is something you should expect from these pharmacies or not.

Moving on to Ukraine :). I didn't buy much products there, but I'm very happy with the two I've got! The first is the Artdeco eyeshadow base: I wanted to try it for a long time but I couldn't find this German brand in my city, so I bought it in Kiev when I saw it there. My only complaint would be the smell, which is quite strong and reminds me of the scent of a shaving cream for men. Weird, I know! Maybe it's just me. Anyway, I saw later that there existed a fragrance-free version of it, but I did not want to purchase another pot just because of the scent issue. I just hope that my skin and eyes will not be sensitive to it.
When I was waiting around for my flight back to Paris, I wandered in the duty-free make-up store (my favourite part in every airport) and purchased a product I wanted for a long time: a YSL Sheer Candy lipstick, in the colour #5: Mouthwatering Berry. I may do a separate review on some of these products so I won't write a lengthy description about each of them, but this one is a gorgeous product, both inside and out the tube. As the name foretells, it appears as a sheer wash of berry colour on the lips, which is a welcome departure from the usual pink and nude shades. It is far from over-dramatic however, and shows up as a beautiful yet subtle tint (and can also be layered to achieve a more noticeable effect).

I got a few things in Germany as well: first, a L'Oréal Rouge Caresse lipstick in #501: Nude Ingénue. I understand they've been out in Europe for a while, and I wish we would finally see them in Canada! I must say, however, that this nude colour is the only one that appealed to me out of the range they had: they mostly sell pink shades that I don't really enjoy wearing on my lips.
Then, I thought I would take part in the dry shampoo trend and got tempted by the Volume Lift dry shampoo from Syoss (again, unavailable here, as far as I know) which I've been liking a lot to refresh my hair once in a while.

I decided to try a product from the brand Catrice, another one that didn't cross the Atlantic yet. I chose a Defining Blush from their new line, in #010: Toffee Fairy. A pretty brown colour that can serve either as a blush or for a bit of contouring.

I also purchased a jar of the amazingly thick Nivea Crème, for scarcely more than 1 euro. I love the packaging, wide enough but still very thin: another must-have to throw in your bag for emergencies!

Here you can see one of the many bars of chocolate that I brought back for my family from Germany; but this one is the last survivor as of yet. Their grocery stores sell an incredible variety of flavours of candy and chocolate, it's amazing for a lover of sweets like me. I wanted to buy every sort that was on display!

I feel like this has been a never-ending account of what I bought,  but I'll just finish up with my last purchase: two of my favourite magazines, the Russian Glamour (with the beautiful Ukrainian model Snejana Onopka on the cover!) as well as the French one (which costs only 1 euro in Paris, compared to nearly 5 dollars here, sadly!).

I have to run to class, so I'll end this post here. Afterwards I'm heading to the movies to make the best of the rainy day! I'll be seeing a highly intellectual movie about male strippers. Guess which.

Have a nice day! xoxo.
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