The beginning of 2013 brought a little something different to my beauty routine. Perhaps its because I started wearing my hair a little wavy but I’ve learned to appreciate a certain softness in makeup that’s got me wrapped up in a whole different set of products in my daily routine. Less eye shadow, more matte lips and rekindling with an old flame….see what I’ve been using for the past while.
- HOLIKA HOLIKA | Luminous Aura BB Cream
- MAYBELLINE | Instant Age Rewind Dark Spot Eraser
- MAYBELLINE | Color Tattoo Eyeshadow “Barely Branded” | reviewed
- NIVEA | Lip Butter “Vanilla & Macadamia” | reviewed
- BOOTS No. 7 | Lip Pencil “Nude”
- REVLON | Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain “Charm”
The Holika Holika BB Cream can be found easily through eBay, it’s a popular product that is carried by various sellers. Everything else is drugstore available, with the Boots No.7 brand being most readily found in Shoppers Drug Mart across Canada.
BONUS: I’ve been in a love affair with Samsara (by Guerlain) for years now and it was only this past winter that I finally pulled together the will to get a bottle. Quite frankly I was a little afraid that once I had it in my possession I wouldn’t touch anything else again. It’s just an intoxicating blend of jasmine and sandalwood, an oriental allure that would have never look appealing to me on paper. I’ve been indulging in this scent quite a bit over the past while and loving every moment of it. In fact I might have to consider getting a body lotion version to wear for the summertime.
As much as I love switching up my makeup routines, you’ll find me pretty committed to my skincare regime. With the exception of replacing cleansers and masks once in a while, I only change my routine significantly about twice a year when the weather gets warmer or colder. You may have seen many of these products in my Skincare Step-by-Step Demo (video) but here’s a closer look at what I’ve been using this past winter.
- SCINIC | Aqua Lip & Eye Makeup Remover | get it
- NEUTROGENA | Makeup Removing Cleansing Towelettes | get it
- NUXE | Gentle Pureness Micellar Cleansing Foam (with 3 Roses) | get it
- JUJU | Aquamoist Hyaluronic Acid Whitening Wash Foam/Cleanser | get it
- CLARISONIC | MIA cleansing tool | reviewed | get it
- ST. IVES | Apricot Scrub | get it
- B&C | Mannan Peeling Gel | get it
- HADALABO | Shirojyun Whitening “Lotion” / toner | get it
- HADALABO | Shirojyun Whitening “Milky Lotion” / lotion | get it
- TONY MOLY | Appletox Honey Cream | reviewed | get it
RECENT ADDITIONS (for spring)
- SKIN79 | White Reviving Skin Radiance “Solution” / essence | get it
- SKIN79 | White Reviving Skin Radiance Cream | reviewed | get it
WHERE TO FIND THEM
Since there are so many products mentioned here, I put a link to each item of where you can purchase them online. Of course there are various places that carry them, the link is just one example, for any of the Asian products listed here a combination of Adam Beauty, Sasa and eBay should solve all your shopping problems.
The lesson this winter? Listen to your skin instead of listening to products. My bold attempt at experimentation during the cold sensitive months had me crawling back to my beloved Hadalabo range. But alas, spring is near (we finally had sun today!) and that’s always a fun time to get fancy with my face. I’m hoping to finally pull out those Skin & Lab products which didn’t work for me in the cold. Let’s see what beauty adventures this summer brings!
- REAL TECHNIQUES | Flawless base core collection | see it
- QUEEN HELENE | Original Mint Julep Mask | see it
- DESERT ESSENCE | Organic Jojoba Oil | see it
- NOW FOODS | Sweet Almond Oil | see it
- AURA CACIA | Organic Macadamia Oil | see it
- AURA CACIA | Organic Rosehip with Vit E | see it
Shipping | Three options are available with International Priority Mail being the most affordable ($6 under $40 total, or $4 for orders over $40). Then there is DHL Express ($12.02) and lastly UPS International ($24). USA orders over $20 receive free shipping.
I must say that I am thoroughly thrilled with my first experience at iHerb (.com) and I think it’s going to be a place that I will frequent in the future for more health goods. If you are ordering for the first time, there are coupon codes available, “CLZ086” is what I was given along with my order receipt**. Spend over $40 and with this discount you receive $10OFF which is exactly what I did, cutting down my order total by a significant amount. I can’t wait to browse through the food stash next time and see what yummies they have in stock.
What is your favourite natural skincare product?
Happy Shopping everyone!
A nail polish collection can become very large very quickly, they’re small, shiny and come cheaply at just a few dollars from the drugstore so no wonder a pretty bottle of varnish is almost always in any shopping trip. Do you do the same?
For all you polish lovers out there I’m about to run you through every single nail polish in my collection…you know, just in case you were looking to beef up your stash *sneaky wink*
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS ON BRANDS…
- OPI VS. ESSIE | I find this happens to be the eternal debate, so I’d best tackle this one first. Formulation wise I find OPI to be easier to worth with and more consistent through the different shades, their brushes are great and wear time is extremely good. Essie has a better selection of colours and so I do tend to gravitate towards them for that reason though the consistency and wear varies a lot from shade to shade. So I’d go to OPI for stable colours and Essie just for the fun ones.
- COLOUR CLUB | I’ve only had a few Colour Club polishes but thus I’ve been very impressed by the colour selection, wide array of finishes and the affordable price. An all around winner for me if only they were easier to get a hold of.
- NAILS INC. | I was very excited about these when they first came out in Sephora about 2 years ago and couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. The formulation was smooth and they did dry quite fast. This is certainly a posh kind of polish brand.
- MAYBELLINE | It was hard to resist the boom that came with the release of the Color Icon formulation. With the new packaging, limited edition releases, bold new colours and a very affordable price, they had a lot of things done right. However the wear time is poor, the cream shades tend apply very streaky and overall these are only good if you’re wearing them for a night out.
- ETUDE HOUSE | Nice polishes with good consistency and quite easy to work with, the regular range does have a pretty selection of colours ranging from mattes to shimmers and I love that they come in small bottles so your not using a single shade forever.
- SALLY HANSEN | Fun, cheap and very long wearing, the Xtreme Wear series is one of my favourites. The colour selection is bright and eye catching though lacking in the neutrals/nudes department. On the other hand, the Salon Manicure series was a let down, while the formulas were smooth and the brush easy to use, it just didn’t live up to the one bottle does all advertising. Otherwise, they are nice polishes.
- WET ‘N WILD | I don’t have too many of these but the newer Megalast polishes are very likeable with beautiful saturation and dries smoothly without any troubles at all. A very beginner friendly polish range.
- L’OREAL | L’Oreal seemed to have revamped their nail polish range with the Colour Riche line and I’m loving the spectrum which ranges from sophisticated nudes to beautiful couture inspired colours, everything is carefully edited. I haven’t used mine for very long but from the first few swatches, saturation is good and the polishes have just the right consistency.
- CHINA GLAZE | I have similar feelings about this as Colour Club. Fabulous selection of basic and limited edition colours, full of exciting finishes, sparkles, glitters and everything your heart can dream of. Some shades are easier to work with than others and wear time is quite average but the vast shade selection and great price more than makes up for that.
- NICOLE by OPI | Great concept but ended up being terrible for me, the formulation wasn’t consistent and most of ones I’ve owned have been a streaky mess. The advertised “new brush” really didn’t make the situation any better, sadly this one isn’t for me.
- RIMMEL | If Rimmel put out more colours or even seasonal releases this would line would be my favourite drugstore polish. Many of them are one coat wonders, the darker shades are just stunning! The formula is on the thinner side of creamy but spreads so easily, this line is really fool proof. I love the brush, the bottle design and the wear time is very good for me as well.
I think nail polish is such an easy and fun way to dress up and I always feel like a lady when I put on my nails. I’m looking forward to stream lining some duplicate colours and even jumping into some high end brands (been lusting over some Dior shades).
Any of your favourite colours show up in my collection?
What shades do I need to try?
- Dollywink | Otona Lashes | #10 Sweet Cat | reviewed
- Dollywink | Pencil & Liquid eyeliner | reviewed
- Dollywink | Otona lash glue | reviewed
- Candydoll | Liquid concealer | shade #01 | reviewed
- Candydoll | Lipgloss | “Peach Orange” | reviewed
- Candydoll | Mono blush | “Strawberry Pink” | reviewed
- Website | http://www.koji-honpo.co.jp/tsubasa
For the most complete range of Dollywink and Candydoll products for international shipping, Ichibankao (online) will be your best choice as they are very well stocked. If you are looking for a good price, then Sasa (online) has a small collection offered at good discounts but they aren’t always in stock. Lastly when looking to buy Asian cosmetics, there is always eBay which will offer a middle ground pricing/availability of the two previous sites but sellers are abundant.
Do you own any Candydoll or Dollywink products?
What do you think about model endorsed/created makeup?
- Holika Holika | Luminous Silk BB Cream |
- Tony Moly | Goddess Aura BB Cream |
- Revlon | Colourstay Whipped Foundation |
- Maybelline | Master Duo Liquid Eyeliner |
- Maybelline | Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot Corrector |
- Maybelline | Baby Lips “Peach Kiss” |
- Eyelure | Katy Perry lashes in “Sweetie Pie” |
- Rimmel | Wake Me Up Foundation |
I wanted to roll in a bit of a different direction for this months beauty favourites. This episode will focus on some of my behind the scenes beauty loves, those which don’t get enough air time but are most certainly staples in my beauty routine (some for years!).
- L’OREAL | Superior Preference for dark hair LC61
- DAISO | Metal core velcro hair rollers
- ICHIBAN KAN | Clip on vented hair rollers
- REVLON | “Perfect Heat” Curling irons (1″ & 1.5″) | website
- BODY LUXURIES | Facial buffs
- SHISEIDO | Eyelash curler
L’Oreal and Revlon items are easy found in your local drugstore, the gold version is likely discontinued but the silver “Perfect Heat” version is still being sold. The funky velcro hair rollers were from Japanese/Asian drugstores but I’m certain they aren’t an exclusive brand, SaSa carries similar ones. Body Luxuries appears to be a Walmart only brand, however Ecotools carry something almost identical and that can be found in quite a few drugstores across the nation. Lastly, Shiseido is exclusive to high end department stores (and perhaps a few random beauty shops) so head on over to The Bay to get your curlers.
Now it’s your turn to spill the beans!
Do you have a secret beauty favourite?
Having a perfectly polished base is the starting point of any complete makeup look but to get there is a combination of the right product, the right tools and the right touch. As a full fledged base product addict, I’m here to walk you through some of my favourite tools and brushes to go along with your liquid, cream and powder foundations.
- SIGMA | F80* Flat top kabuki | reviewed | website
- EVERYDAY MINERALS | Flat top brush | website
- Damp foundation sponge
- ROYAL & LANGNICKEL | Super foundation brush C142 | website
- ECOTOOLS | Flat foundation brush
- MAC | #130 Duo fiber brush | website
- ROYAL & LANGNICKEL | Large synthetic dome kabuki | website
- Velour makeup puff
- ROYAL & LANGNICKEL | Domed powder brush C130 | website
- WINSOR & NEWTON | Series 240 #03 brush | website
Sigma, Everyday Minerals and MAC brushes can be purchased via their respective websites linked above (you can find the MAC ones in their shops too). Royal and Langnickel have also opened up an online shopping option that ships worldwide but you can also find them in select beauty shops. Ecotools items, sponges and puffs are easily found in your local drugstore. Winsor and Newton art brushes can be found in artist shops like Opus online or possible craft shops as well.
When it comes to matching up the perfect brush to your base, consider the texture of your foundation then look for brushes with the right fibers, size and density. I hope this post will serve as a starting point to finding your flawless combo.
Have a favourite base brush?
Don’t be shy, share it below!