As a permanent non-believer of Valentine’s Day and an abiding believer of fabulous bath stuff, the best part about Valentine’s Day is undeniably the amazing collections that come courtesy of LUSH! Full of aphrodisiacs and creative shapes, these are bound to blow your mind and steal your heart!
Floating Flower Bath Bomb* – $6.95
Jasmine aficionados raise your hands and rush to your nearest LUSH store and grab this one if you still can (it’s sold out on the website!). This one is the most abundantly lush way to have a little pocket of jasmine. Before I put it to use, it laid on my bedside drawer and my entire room smelled as if it were a jasmine garden; basically my version of heaven. Though it is not mentioned, it felt to me as if it was a bubble-bathbomb because it resulted in a bit of a foam along with the beautifully tricoloured water. A must have out of the entire collection!
Heart Throb Bubbleroon – $8.95
One of the most delicately scented, moisturizing baths of the year, you guys! Slightly floral with the hints of ylang-ylang & geranium and completely skin softening with shea butter, this is another must have! I love how it leaves a colour to your bath and crumbles easily with no fuss with the right amount of bubbles!
Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar* – $7.95
“Face and Body” foundations are my go to for everyday – seamless, natural and barely there coverage, but just quite enough to give a flawless finish. The best part is, if you are wearing the right shade, nobody can tell if you are even wearing a base. Who doesn’t love that? I have two popular F&B’s – MAC & Make Up For Ever* up for some discussion. Let’s roll!
MAC Face and Body Foundation in C4 – $42 CDN
Yes Yes Yes & Pearl Massage Bars – $10.95
Floral aficionados, these are so, so calling your respective names! Lush’s massage bars, though expensive, are totally an experience in its own. Moisturizing and dripping with fragrance, these are a complete indulgence. Soothe your senses and say bye-bye to dry skin – sounds good?
Make Up For Ever Artist Liner – $23 CDN
Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy! Am I describing an eyeliner’s application or solving a riddle? You best believe I’m talking about the Make Up For Ever Artist Liner in Matte Black M-10! Flawlessly pigmented and butter-like application is what I expected and essentially, what I got! But is it the blackest black and the longest lasting champion? Let’s dissect!
Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick – $7-10 CDN
Over the years, I have warmed up to drugstore products quite a bit. I remember when I initially started blogging, I would find it offensive to think anything beneath MAC, but now things can’t be more different. I’m always on the look out for the newest drugstore launch and though I am not always impressed with what I purchase, drugstore makeup still evokes much excitement from my end. The latest product which makes me want to validate my love for budget beauty is Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick. AMAZING STUFF, YOU GUYS! So amazing that the previously obnoxious plastic-like smell present in Maybelline’s lipsticks is now easily overlooked.
I picked out two shades; Touch of Spice & Mesmerizing Magenta, both of which I truly adore. Touch of Spice is something I literally wear every single day; a perfect neutral, a mix of mauve and brown. Mesmerizing Magenta is not fuchsia, it is actually magenta and for that reason, I love this shade too! Its that 90’s magenta; slightly hot pink, a bit of purple and a slight metallic undertone.
R&B Hair Moisturizer ($22.95)
YAY! One of the best things to happen to my hair, recently. I had been previously insouciant regarding leave in conditioners as they are literally a trap for me to wash my hair a day sooner. Not this one, however! I love how it feels completely dense and rich, but does not end up looking oiled, rather moisturized and lustruous. Also it clears out the kinks in my fine, curly hair with minimum fuss. Since it is highly concentrated, a little goes a long way. Very much recommended!
T’eo Deodorant ($8.95)
MEH! Neither a yay or nay, but rather a meh! Made with good stuff like juniper berry, tea tree & lemongrass, this natural deodorant is better at odour control than the rest of LUSH’s offerings, but still fails to evoke more than a lukewarm nod from me. Though it is convenient to store, it is messy in application as it leaves a white residue.
NEW! Solid Shampoo ($11.95)
MAC Lip Pencil ($19 CDN)
Thanks to Kylie Jenner and her overdrawn lips, lipliners are back for good! I’m not complaining, however; my tiny pout could seriously use some help. Lipliners always help tiny lips- remember that! These have been ignored for so long that I barely felt their existence ever since I got into makeup. The only exception was when I wore red lips, who likes bleeding red lips except when its halloween and you are a vampire? Right? As with anything new, I turned to MAC to explore first. What I love the most about these is the texture, not waxy, kind of stiff actually, but still pigmented. In fact, I’d be ok wearing it with just a lip balm for a matte look.
Cherry: I have already talked about this previously. It is the most gorgeous red liner, the truest blue based red. Pairs well with any red lipstick.
Spice: This is a cult favourite among bollywood actresses for that nude lip, so that’s what prompted me to get it. Perfect nude for medium-dark skintones, covers up the pigmentation in my lips completely. An everyday must have, if there was one liner I’d recommend, it would be this one!
There are numerous reasons to love ColourPop, but its refreshing to see a budget brand come up with an amazing range of unique shades and have quality like woah! My personal favourites are I <3 this, LBB & Leather. I’m not a big fan of the lighter pinks because they are just not meant for my skin-tone, but the lipsticks have fabulous quality, at a very accessible price point!
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Mattes
I’m not the biggest fan of Maybelline’s lipsticks because of the “scent” these carry, it is plastic-y and obnoxious. But, but – these are worth overlooking that “scent”, in my opinion. The colours, Mesmerizing Magenta & Touch of Spice are literally my favourite lipstick of the moment and I wear Touch of Spice everyday. The feel is surprisingly moisturizing for a matte lipstick. I definitely want to pick up at least a couple more!
L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation – $12.98 CDN
So, I did not see this one coming. This particular foundation has been around forever and I have also been blogging for almost ever. All along, I thought I was over drugstore foundations, such a snob I am. Well, I had my reasons – most don’t wear well, don’t feel good and I can’t ever find my shade. Then this happened. I think this foundation has been around for a while, but I never thought it would be this good.
Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm – $17 CDN
Lip balms and me, we don’t usually get along. Either they are too waxy, wears off too easy, or just sit there with an obnoxious smell. But Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm, you have my mind blown. Living in a cold, dry climate comes with its shares of problems, dry lips being one of them. I previously used clarified butter, but I ended up eating it before it got to the root of problem. Drastic times call for drastic measures…
So, I guess I am back from my blogging hiatus and yes, I have a backlog of products to be reviewed. So, I am starting a new “feature” of flash reviews of various products. This time it would be Fresh skin-care. Fresh is a brand which has always intrigued me – they usually have a new spin on ancient ingredients, with beauty recipes from across the world. Who would not be in? Let’s roll!
Fresh Lotus Eye Gel ($56 CAN)
YAY! This is a repeat purchase for me, so I guess that just sums it up. I can feel significant decrease in puffiness and under-eye bags. I love the light texture, it absorbs seamlessly into my skin. This does nothing for wrinkles, however, so it is best used coupled with an anti-wrinkle treatment, which brings us to…
Fresh Age-Delay Eye Concentrate ($100 CAN)
YAY! I decided to invest in it (hey, did you look at the price?) after a Sephora sales associate gave me a generous sample to try. It is an extremely luxurious, thick texture which surprisingly blends in easy into the skin. Does it reduce wrinkles? No, but eases the appearance. I’m one of those people who had lines under their eyes since childhood and with age, I see those lines growing up, ugh! Since I started using it, those lines are not getting bigger, so this cream is best for prevention only. A little goes a long way, but the price is still a bit ridiculous, let’s be honest!
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser ($45 CAN)
YAY! A mild yay for this one, because it is a nice to have, not a must have. I love it for its mildness and fresh scent of cucumber. The texture is also unique; jelly-like and gooey. Gently cleanses and does not strip the face off, This is not the best product for taking makeup off, like it claims to, however.
Fresh Rose Hydrating Gel Cream – ($49 CAN)
YAY! Divinely simple, is how I’d describe it. It is a good basic gel moisturizer, but I didn’t see any additional benefits besides the moisture and fragrance. A wholesome moisturizer which can be enjoyed by most of us out there.
Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream – ($49 CAN)
NAY! NAY! NAY! Simple reason – it broke me out horribly. I stopped using it and my skin cleared, but I wanted to give it benefit of doubt, so I started to use it again. Humongous mistake! I still can’t figure out what exactly in it was a big culprit, but I have never had a reaction like this to anything. It is a pretty popular moisturizer, so I am guessing I am in the tiniest minority, but I would not touch it with a pole.
Quite a few moons ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Kabuki, a world renowned Make Up Artist with help from Make Up For Ever Canada. The eyeshadows were recently launched then and the trio featured here was picked up by Kabuki, especially for yours truly. The idea was to go full on smokey and he could not have picked better colours to suit my brown eyes and olive skin. A mix of black-gold (ME 624), khaki green (ME 310) & champagne (S 642) – these eyeshadows literally made me fall back in love with eyeshadows. My absolute must have is the ME 624, a gorgeous black with a golden undertone. I love the texture – kind of a cushioned powder, which goes on well both wet and dry. The pigmentation is simply splendid – all you need is a single swipe. I have tried wearing these eyeshadows without a primer, too and I was pleasantly surprised to see how they show up and stay on the skin. At $24 CAN a pop, these are definitely a splurge, but these are not very likely to disappoint you.
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