Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil
This hair oil is way under-rated because I love it so much. It’s to help with everything, from frizz and flyaways, detangling, and softness to UV and heat styling protection. I add about a dime amount to my palms and rub, then flip my head over and start at my hair ends. It’s so lightweight, as I still get plenty of volume at my crown and roots two days post-wash and after an entire day of wearing a tight bun. I feel nothing but softness in my hair, as my hair looks smooth and voluptuous. The shine it gives is a soft shine, not obnoxious at all. I’ve used Paul Mitchell’s skinny serum but that weights my hair down and straightens my hair a bit too much, whereas this gives my hair body in all the right ways.
CAD $50 [sephora]

Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil

This hair oil is way under-rated because I love it so much. It’s to help with everything, from frizz and flyaways, detangling, and softness to UV and heat styling protection. I add about a dime amount to my palms and rub, then flip my head over and start at my hair ends. 
It’s so lightweight, as I still get plenty of volume at my crown and roots two days post-wash and after an entire day of wearing a tight bun. I feel nothing but softness in my hair, as my hair looks smooth and voluptuous. The shine it gives is a soft shine, not obnoxious at all. I’ve used Paul Mitchell’s skinny serum but that weights my hair down and straightens my hair a bit too much, whereas this gives my hair body in all the right ways.

CAD $50 [sephora]

— 3 days ago
#bumble and bumble  #invisible oil  #hair  #hair serum 
Ranked: The Body Shop Lip Butters & Balms

I’ve been using these since my teens and they haven’t changed much since. The difference between the butters vs balms, is the butters are largely shea butter while the balms are largely castor seed oil; none of them have petroleum jelly. I prefer the butters in the winter, when I need a denser, waxier layer, and the balms in the summer, with their glossy and lightweight finish. They don’t leave my lips as soft as I’d like, but rather helps lift the rough top layer to expose the softer lips underneath.

Born Lippy Watermelon Lip Balm
I love this one because of its juicy scent that straddles the real thing and candy. It goes on perfectly clear and is shiny, but not obnoxiously so. It wears for a long time and is quite comfortable.

Born Lippy Satsuma Lip Balm
This is the first one I ever bought, because I loved the golden sparkles (like in YSL Golden Glosses) in the mandarin base. It gives a sheer wash of color and smells like the rest of the satsuma line: a deeper, nonacidic orange. It was fun when I was young - definitely a summer shade. 

Born Lippy Strawberry Lip Balm
My favourite. This gives a glossy red tint that is very luscious and kissable. The scent is also divine, classically strawberry without any cheapness. There’s no shimmer; just a clear jelly finish. 

Coconut Lip Butter
Coconut is another scent The Body Shop does pretty well: it’s a very floral coconut without much nuttiness. The consistency of the lip butters is a bit lumpy and hard, especially if your fingers aren’t warm. It’s white-ish so it prevents you from applying too much, lest you look like you ate a bar of soap.

Mango Lip Butter
This is probably my least favourite lip butter from The Body Shop. I’m not really a fan of their mango scent, it’s piercing to the nose and smells a bit cheap/plasticky. It’s still a little inconsistent in texture but I do like how it moisturizes well in the winter.

CAD $6 [The Body Shop and all free standing stores]

— 1 week ago with 1 note
#the body shop  #lip butter  #lip balm  #makeup 
Buxom Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation SPF30
Could it be, a summer foundation to replace my precious Lancome Teint Idole Freshwear? Certainly the SPF factor is higher and it feels lighter on the skin, since it doesn’t have that silicone-slickness. It’s sheer coverage and wears well throughout the day, it really blurs minor discolourations for a flawless natural coverage. There’s no scent and it generally feels very comfortable.It doesn’t do much in terms of oil control and doesn’t have enough blemish coverage for my taste - I definitely still need concealer. What I really like about this, is that Dim the Light is the best match for my skin I’ve ever had. I’ve always been between MAC NC20-25, where foundations are either not yellow-olive enough or too orange. Because the colour is so perfect, I want to explore other formulas by Buxom.

Buxom Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation SPF30

Could it be, a summer foundation to replace my precious Lancome Teint Idole Freshwear? Certainly the SPF factor is higher and it feels lighter on the skin, since it doesn’t have that silicone-slickness. 
It’s sheer coverage and wears well throughout the day, it really blurs minor discolourations for a flawless natural coverage. There’s no scent and it generally feels very comfortable.
It doesn’t do much in terms of oil control and doesn’t have enough blemish coverage for my taste - I definitely still need concealer. What I really like about this, is that Dim the Light is the best match for my skin I’ve ever had. I’ve always been between MAC NC20-25, where foundations are either not yellow-olive enough or too orange. Because the colour is so perfect, I want to explore other formulas by Buxom.

— 1 week ago
#buxom  #show some skin  #foundation  #makeup 
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder
When this first came out, there was quite the fuss over how smooth and perfect it makes the skin. It’s been repackaged with a mesh sifter instead of a plastic sifter with holes, so it dispenses less product. Composed of 100% mineral silica, this powder is ultrafine. It reduces shine to leave a natural finish that has no shimmers; not so matte that it’s flat but no where near a satin-finish. It sets a foundation though doesn’t do anything for its longevity. I would suggest blotting first before powdering, because it doesn’t absorb much oil. In addition, I recommend a duo fibre brush and tapping off the excess, or else a ghostly white cast happens. Overall, it’s great for photography as it smoothes the skin texture and gives a natural finish. I don’t find myself reaching for it every day due to its limited oil-controlling qualities and it’s whitish cast when I apply carelessly.
CAD$39 [sephora]

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder

When this first came out, there was quite the fuss over how smooth and perfect it makes the skin. It’s been repackaged with a mesh sifter instead of a plastic sifter with holes, so it dispenses less product. Composed of 100% mineral silica, this powder is ultrafine. It reduces shine to leave a natural finish that has no shimmers; not so matte that it’s flat but no where near a satin-finish. 
It sets a foundation though doesn’t do anything for its longevity. I would suggest blotting first before powdering, because it doesn’t absorb much oil. In addition, I recommend a duo fibre brush and tapping off the excess, or else a ghostly white cast happens. 
Overall, it’s great for photography as it smoothes the skin texture and gives a natural finish. I don’t find myself reaching for it every day due to its limited oil-controlling qualities and it’s whitish cast when I apply carelessly.

CAD$39 [sephora]

— 1 week ago
#make up for ever  #hd  #powder  #makeup 
The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Body Scrub
This is by far my favorite line from The Body Shop: the scent is light and juicy with a hint of sweetness. It’s the perfect spring and summer scent.The scrub itself is for light exfoliation, leaving my skin soft and smooth without any tightness. There’s no residue unlike a lot of the other The Body Shop scrubs.
CAD $12 [The Body Shop and online]

The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Body Scrub

This is by far my favorite line from The Body Shop: the scent is light and juicy with a hint of sweetness. It’s the perfect spring and summer scent.
The scrub itself is for light exfoliation, leaving my skin soft and smooth without any tightness. There’s no residue unlike a lot of the other The Body Shop scrubs.

CAD $12 [The Body Shop and online]

— 2 weeks ago with 2 notes
#the body shop  #vineyard peach  #body scrub  #scrub  #body 
Lancome Juice Tubes Lip Gloss
This is one of the oldest high-end lipglosses on the market and it’s easy to see why. It’s high shine and gives a tint of nature colour. The formula is very hydrating, leaving my lips plump and soft. It’s not sticky and very comfortable, lasting for hours on end. Each colour has its own scent and some colours come with gold or silver shimmer that’s subtle but adds dimension. I’ve been using this since I was in junior high and it makes me nostalgic every time.
CAD $22 [sephora, murale and other lancome counters]

Lancome Juice Tubes Lip Gloss

This is one of the oldest high-end lipglosses on the market and it’s easy to see why. It’s high shine and gives a tint of nature colour. The formula is very hydrating, leaving my lips plump and soft. It’s not sticky and very comfortable, lasting for hours on end. Each colour has its own scent and some colours come with gold or silver shimmer that’s subtle but adds dimension. I’ve been using this since I was in junior high and it makes me nostalgic every time.

CAD $22 [sephora, murale and other lancome counters]

— 2 weeks ago with 2 notes
#lancome  #juicy tubes  #lipgloss 
Benefit They’re Real! Mascara
I don’t often write bad reviews but thank God this was the Sephora birthday gift because it did not work on me at all. The long-wearing formula claims to lengthen, curl, volumize, lift and separate lashes. Starting with the brush: the plastic bristles are incredibly stiff and sharp. I can’t get close to the roots because it always hurts too much on my lash line. It separates pretty well and somewhat holds a curl, but I get no change in length or volume. I’ve waited for this to dry out in hopes it’ll grab my lashes better but to no avail. It removes reasonably easily, with a regular facial cleanser.Girls with thin, small lashes or sensitive eyes beware.
CAD $29 [murale, sephora]

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara

I don’t often write bad reviews but thank God this was the Sephora birthday gift because it did not work on me at all. The long-wearing formula claims to lengthen, curl, volumize, lift and separate lashes. 
Starting with the brush: the plastic bristles are incredibly stiff and sharp. I can’t get close to the roots because it always hurts too much on my lash line. It separates pretty well and somewhat holds a curl, but I get no change in length or volume. I’ve waited for this to dry out in hopes it’ll grab my lashes better but to no avail. It removes reasonably easily, with a regular facial cleanser.
Girls with thin, small lashes or sensitive eyes beware.

CAD $29 [murale, sephora]

— 2 weeks ago
#benefit  #they're real  #mascara  #makeup 
Shiseido Natural Eyebrow Pencil
The GY901 Natural Black shade is the perfect shade for Asian girls and girls with black hair, as grey looks more natural than the brown and red tones that pervade the market. The pencil is medium-hard, so it’s foolproof and one pencil has lasted me almost two years with daily use. The harder you press, the darker the brow which I like, as some looks call for a stronger brow. Pencils tend to give a harder look than powder, but are much more convenient. It lasts all day, even on my sweatiest or oiliest days. The brush is good for blending and it fits most pencil sharpeners. Cheap, convenient and looks great: this one’s a keeper.
CAD $20 [murale]

Shiseido Natural Eyebrow Pencil

The GY901 Natural Black shade is the perfect shade for Asian girls and girls with black hair, as grey looks more natural than the brown and red tones that pervade the market. The pencil is medium-hard, so it’s foolproof and one pencil has lasted me almost two years with daily use. The harder you press, the darker the brow which I like, as some looks call for a stronger brow. Pencils tend to give a harder look than powder, but are much more convenient. It lasts all day, even on my sweatiest or oiliest days. The brush is good for blending and it fits most pencil sharpeners. Cheap, convenient and looks great: this one’s a keeper.

CAD $20 [murale]

— 1 month ago
#shiseido  #eyebrow pencil  #eyebrow  #makeup 
Lancome Teint Idole Fresh Wear SPF15 Foundation
This light-to-medium foundation is my go-to in the humid summer as it’s super lightweight; it’s silky silicone-based fluid minimizes my pores while evening out my skintone. It’s quite mattifying though looks a little bit wet (no shimmer particles, though). The perfect vacation foundation, it’s long-lasting but not transfer-proof.It’s non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic which is fantastic, I don’t see more breakouts or clogged pores with this. Best for oily skintypes, it emphasizes flakes a little. A bit like Giorgio Armani’s face fabric or maestro foundation. I hear it might be getting discontinued but there are alternatives on the market.
CAD $40 [sephora, murale, and other lancome counters]

Lancome Teint Idole Fresh Wear SPF15 Foundation

This light-to-medium foundation is my go-to in the humid summer as it’s super lightweight; it’s silky silicone-based fluid minimizes my pores while evening out my skintone. It’s quite mattifying though looks a little bit wet (no shimmer particles, though). The perfect vacation foundation, it’s long-lasting but not transfer-proof.
It’s non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic which is fantastic, I don’t see more breakouts or clogged pores with this. 
Best for oily skintypes, it emphasizes flakes a little. A bit like Giorgio Armani’s face fabric or maestro foundation. I hear it might be getting discontinued but there are alternatives on the market.

CAD $40 [sephora, murale, and other lancome counters]

— 1 month ago with 1 note
#lancome  #teint idole fresh wear  #foundation  #makeup 
Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment
Always looking to reduce breakouts and pores, I decided to give this a try. The sweet-scented mud mask contains bits of tea leaves and some exfoliating beads. It dries up and tightens dramatically, absorbing excess oil. The colour changes from dark green to light green when it’s drying, then turns clear with your skin oils. I wait until it’s mostly clear and I wet my fingers to exfoliate before rinsing it off. I see a short term effect on pore size and smoothness, but no decrease in break outs (I will be trying the Supermud clearing treatment next). It really brings pimples to a head. The tightening may be nice for someone with fine lines but I can’t really comment.Overall, it’s a powerful clay mask and I really like it. It’s formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates. 
CAD $69 [murale, sephora]

Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment

Always looking to reduce breakouts and pores, I decided to give this a try. The sweet-scented mud mask contains bits of tea leaves and some exfoliating beads. It dries up and tightens dramatically, absorbing excess oil. The colour changes from dark green to light green when it’s drying, then turns clear with your skin oils. I wait until it’s mostly clear and I wet my fingers to exfoliate before rinsing it off. 
I see a short term effect on pore size and smoothness, but no decrease in break outs (I will be trying the Supermud clearing treatment next). It really brings pimples to a head. The tightening may be nice for someone with fine lines but I can’t really comment.
Overall, it’s a powerful clay mask and I really like it. It’s formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates. 

CAD $69 [murale, sephora]

— 1 month ago
#glamglow  #mask  #skincare