Saje Natural Wellness Perfume and Lip Balm

img_0383 img_0390 img_0384 Good evening everyone 🙂 🙂

I love the upmarket beauty brands sold at Sephora as much as the next person, but sometimes I like to try out other, lesser-known brands, particularly ones that only work with natural ingredients. My aunt gifted me a perfume and lip balm from Saje Natural Wellness for Christmas, and I am completely in love with this brand.

Features

  1. Environmentally friendly
  2. Healthy
  3. More supportive of the body’s natural functions than other products
  4. Pure essential oils distilled from a wife variety of fruits, flowers, leaves, trees, and grasses
  5. Pure essential oils only combined with natural-base ingredients
  6. 100% natural products
  7. Free of parabens, SLS, SLES, PEGS, glycols, petrochemicals, synthetic colours and synthetic fragrances.
  8. All ingredients are derived from safe and renewable resources
  9. Packaging is made of recycled paper and recyclable materials
  10. No products are tested on animals
  11. Canadian-owned and operated (So maybe I’m a little biased . . . )
  12. Most products are manufactured locally
  13. Natural remedies to cure a wide variety of ailments, such as a cold, the flu, a headache, and insomnia

I could go on and on about this brand and still have more to say, so I’ll curtail my prattling and delve right into my thoughts on these two products.

The perfume is Goddess: Fulfilling and Heartfelt, Ananda: Confident & Whole, and Shanthi: Serene and Tranquil. The packaging is beautiful, and it is all recyclable so there is no waste. Plus, it features a unique rose quartz rollerball for easy application and to inspire awareness of beauty in oneself and others. This fragrance is meant to connect one with her femininity, to lift spirits, and to instill feelings of love and happiness. With notes of sweet florals, citruses, and vanilla, this is such a lovely and light scent, perfect for everyday wear. Each fragrance is paired with a healing mantra, and the Goddess mantra is “I relax into the gentle power of my feminine being and let all that is good flow through me.” I have been wearing this perfume everyday and its scent gives me a little lift on the rainy days and is calming during lectures where stress typically abounds. I apply a small amount to all my pulse points, behind my ears, along the sides of my neck, and inside my wrists and elbows, as suggested. Of course, you can wear as much or as little as you want, but I wanted to try out their recommendation and see what it was like. I find all of these places to be too much but I do apply it to my pulse points and inside my wrists. Each perfume retails for $29.95, which I think is super reasonable for an all-natural perfume, and its size and rollerball applicator makes it perfect for traveling. And I am so happy that I can type out the ingredients in this lip balm post and pronounce them all!!!

Ingredients: Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil; essential oils of citrus tangerina (tangerine), citrus aurantium amara (neroli), jasminum officinale (jasmine), rosa damascena (rose otto), cananga odorata (ylang ylang), vanilla planifolia (vanilla) alcohol infusion and citrus aurantifolia (lime).

The Sweet Lips Lip Balm doesn’t just have a sweet fennel smell; it has oils of fennel in it. Plus, it retails for $4.95, beating out almost every lip balm I can think of, and it’s 100% natural. My lips really dry out in the winter months, so I have been using this lip balm anywhere from once to five times per day since I received it for Christmas. It does an incredible job of soothing and moisturizing my lips, and completely alleviates any chapping and irritation. I am definitely going to purchase this again when this one runs out, and I might even try out the other ones available. Once again, here is a list of all of the easy to type and pronounce ingredients!!!

Ingredients: Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, cera alba (beeswax), butyrospermum parkii (shea nut) butter, essential oil of foeniculum vulgare (fennel), theobroma cacao (cocoa) butter, stearic acid, tocomin®, stevia rebaudiana (stevia) leaf and aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice.

I’ll type it one more time and then I’ll stop: I am addicted to this brand and I will definitely be having a shop through all their products once my university workload lightens up a little. I would recommend this brand to anyone and everyone, even if you are only looking for one product, because it offers high-quality and affordable products. Besides, why go for synthetic products when you can go for all-natural ones???

What all-natural brands are your favourites???

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CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation and Concealer

img_0326Why hello there 🙂 🙂 I stumbled upon this product while rummaging through my makeup stores looking for another trial size of Clinique’s High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara, and I realized I had never tried the foundation before. I sometimes use the concealer underneath my CoverGirl Clean foundation if I have particularly dark circles under my eyes, or if there is a pesky little blemish on my face. I thought about reviewing these products separately, but since they are both from CoverGirl’s instaGLAM collection, I wanted to review them together. So here we go 🙂 🙂

Features:

  1. Built-in “powder system”
  2. Medium coverage
  3. Flawless, natural-looking wear
  4. Oil-free formula
  5. Foundation available in 12 shades; concealer available in 6 shades
  6. Shade-matched concealer with sponge-tipped wand
  7. Drug store price tag

This foundation offers good medium coverage and conceals a multitude of imperfections without looking heavy on the face. Plus, it does an excellent job of battling shine. The foundation shades range from Classic Ivory 105 to Soft Sable 320, covering a wide variety of skin tones, while the concealer shades range from Fair 105/110 Deep 315/220. What I love about this foundation-concealer pairing is that the shades are numerically matched for you so you don’t have to test out concealers on the back of your hand in the store to find one that most closely matches your favourite foundation.

The concealer comes with a sponge-tipped wand, making it really easy to apply on imperfections or on dark circles. I did have an unfortunate incident with my concealer though where I cracked the lid. I couldn’t get it open one day so I harnessed my inner Hulk strength and I ended up breaking it . . . So just as a little warning, remember that these packages are plastic and therefore can break.

So the real question for me was how does this foundation differ from CoverGirl’s other ones??? I personally like the CoverGirl Clean foundation better than this one because, though it is wetter and therefore a bit messier to apply, it feels much lighter on my skin than the Ready Set Gorgeous one. But apparently this foundation actually wicks oil and sweat away from your skin to avoid shine instead of letting all of these little nasties stay trapped under the foundation, so that is nice. However, this foundation has a much wider range of shades that other CoverGirl foundations, which is really nice because it is so annoying when you want to try a product and it doesn’t come in a shade that matches your skin tone.

This foundation retails at $7.90, and the concealer retails at $6.65, so these are lovely value products, and since they are available in drug stores, they often go on sale so you can scoop them up at a good price. I use the concealer semi-regularly, so I have one or two unopened ones stashed in my drawer so I don’t have to worry about running out. But, I only have the one foundation and, at this time, I don’t know if I would repurchase it because I am really happy with my CoverGirl Clean foundation, and it’s not like I’m cheating on the brand.

Have you tried any products from CoverGirl’s instaGLAM range??? What did you think of them???

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CoverGirl Clean Liquid Foundation Makeup

img_0339Hello Hello there lovely readers 🙂 🙂

I have been reading a bunch of posts about peoples’ “holy grail” products, so I thought I would share one of my favourite beauty products with you: CoverGirl’s Clean Liquid Foundation!!!

Features:

  1. Non-comedogenic formula (i.e. does not clog pores)
  2. Water-based
  3. Lightweight and all-day wear
  4. Available in three formulas for different skin types
  5. Available in 12 shades
  6. Drugstore price tag

Where to begin . . . well, this foundation has 12 shades going from Ivory 105 to Tawny 165. There is a wide variety of lighter shades, which is ideal for me because it is hard to find a foundation to match my paper-white skin. However, the selection in darker shades is quite limited, which is disappointing because this is such an incredible product. With different formulas for normal skin, oil control or, in my case, sensitive skin, anyone can use this foundation. And with a drugstore price tag of $6.99 and sales galore, it is easy to get this foundation for less, and a little goes a long way, making it a great value purchase.

This foundation is water-based and therefore is quite wet and runny, but it goes on really smoothly and evenly, and this texture helps to blend into the skin. After application, it doesn’t even feel like I have foundation on so my skin feels light and can breathe. In short, this product just makes my skin look clean and clear, without the look of heavy makeup or concealed blemishes.

While you can apply this foundation with a sponge wedge or a beauty blender, I like just using my fingertips to get greater control and precision. In total, I use 5 small dollops of this foundation: one on the forehead, one on each cheek, one on the nose, and one on the chin. I then blend these dollops outwards to create seamless coverage. I am not prone to acne, but I find this foundation to have good medium to full coverage, while still staying light. If you find you have excess on your skin after application, lightly dab away with a wedge so as not to smear or remove existing coverage. This liquid foundation has an accompanying pressed foundation powder that can be used overtop to set or to create a more full coverage, but other powders work well too. I typically use Make Up For Ever’s Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation in 113 neutral porcelain.

***As a little warning, please note that this foundation packaging is glass. It kind of looks like plastic in the picture but it is most certainly glass and so it can crack and leak in your drawer if you aren’t careful. Please learn from my mistakes and don’t pack this foundation in the bottom of your suitcase on an international flight unless you put it in several plastic bags. It is harder than you think to get 9-hours worth of steeped foundation out of a black dress . . . ***

I have been using this foundation for years now, and I am still in love with it. It is good quality, affordable, and keeps my skin looking flawless.

What is your favourite drug store foundation???

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Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF 20

img_0334Good morning everyone!!!

For the past few weeks, I have been taking a break from my Clinique Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer and reaching for something more hydrating: enter Clinique’s Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer!!!

Features:

  1. Breaks apart, and exfoliates away surface darkening to even skin tone
  2. SPF 20 to protect against future darkening
  3. Makes skin look brighter
  4. Highly moisturizing
  5. Can also be used on chest and hands
  6. Oil-free
  7. Suitable for dry and combination skin types

img_0337I have been using this moisturizer for about two weeks now, half of the minimum recommended time period of 4-6 weeks to see results, and I have already noticed a change in my skin tone. My skin is softer, more hydrated, and looks far brighter and more even. I have even been going without foundation for the past few days because my skin is nice and smooth and even. I started noticing results about 5 days after using this and, while these preliminary results were nothing dramatic, the change was noticeable enough.

img_0338This product is highly moisturizing, and goes on super light so skin doesn’t feel weighed down. In addition, it fully absorbs into skin and does not leave a greasy residue. Though primarily sold as a moisturizer, this cream is actually a 4-in-1 product: moisturizer, skin tone corrector, anti-aging agent (not that I am needing this quite yet), and sunscreen. The price is definitely steep, but it can do so many things in one step, eliminating other products from your daily skin care regime.

All of Clinique’s moisturizers are expensive, with this one retailing at $55 for a 1.7 oz container. Keep your eyes peeled though because this moisturizer often makes its way into Clinique’s bonus gifts with purchase in a trial 50ml size. Also, a little goes a long way, so if you’re looking to splurge on a moisturizer, this would be a good bet. I am only about halfway through my trial size thus far, and I use it daily, either under foundation or before I go to bed.

What is your favourite Clinique moisturizer???

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Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara

img_0312Good afternoon 🙂 🙂

I seem to be on a weekly mascara testing streak, but I have started organizing and spring cleaning my makeup stores early this year, and found all manner of nifty products I tried and loved and forgot about, or never even tried at all (I know, for shame).  This mascara was included in Estée Lauder’s 2015 holiday gift set, and claims to deliver the trifecta of lift, curl AND volume, so I wanted to give it a whirl and see if it lived up to this mighty reputation.

Features:

  1. Oversized BrushComber Extreme™ brush
  2. Extreme Bold Volume™ formula
  3. Lightweight formula
  4. Clump-free
  5. Lash-Advancing Vitamin Complex to condition lashes
  6. False-lash effect

img_0314-1Like last week’s mascara, this one has an absolutely massive brush and, dare I say, it is almost too big. The solid and flexible bristles are designed to coat on as much formula as possible, and to comb and separate lashes to build up volume and definition. This brush definitely lifted my eyelashes and gave them volume, but there was no dramatic curl effect. However, when I curled my eyelashes and then applied this mascara, it held in the curl all day, which was perfect. I just wish the brush was a tiny bit smaller so I could better sculpt my lower lashes.

The mascara goes on really smoothly and evenly, and doesn’t weigh down my eyelashes, which is a huge plus. It doesn’t clump on lashes during application, and wears well throughout the day with no little black crumbles. When wearing this around university, I received so many lovely compliments on how long my eyelashes were and how bright-eyed I looked, and they made my day. When I take it off at night, my lashes don’t feel dried out or like the mascara is still glued on, which I attribute to the Lash-Advancing Vitamin Complex. I tried taking if off at night with just soap and water, and it works but it takes awhile, so for a quick removal, I use Clinique’s Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes, and Lips.

This mascara retails for CAN $30, which is pricy, so I am glad it came in a gift set, but I would recommend this mascara to anyone with thin, sparse lashes who is looking for a mascara to lift their eyelashes, literally. It is definitely one of the best highstreet mascaras I have tried.

What is your go-to mascara???

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CoverGirl Plumpify BlastPRO Mascara

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Good gracious, it has been far too long since I did a product review post. You’d think, given the Christmas holidays and all, that I would have been buying up beauty products like mad, but in fact, I did quite the opposite. I picked up this little number at least a month ago, and completely forgot about it until I saw it on my bathroom counter ledge and went “hmm, where’d that come from???” So earlier this week, I gave it a go, and thus far I am really enjoying it. Given this is one of Cover Girl’s newly released products, I thought I’d share my thoughts with you 🙂 🙂

Features:

  1. Newly designed brush coats lashes from roots to ends
  2. Volumizing formula
  3. No clumping
  4. Smudge-resistant
  5. Easy to remove
  6. Suitable for sensitive eyes
  7. Comes in three colours: very black, black, and black brown.

img_0262First and foremost, I want to talk about the newly designed brush, as it appears to be the major selling point of the product. Like with most CoverGirl mascaras, the brush came packaged separately from the tube so I could see what it looked like before it got all gooped up. As you can see in this picture, there are a lot of bristles. There are even fine bristles popping out of the top, perfect for getting at bottom lashes. All the major bristles are organized in a double-helix-like way, which helps coat lashes from every angle from roots to ends.

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However, I found I needed several coatings before I started to notice a difference. Also, even after I finished applying, my eyelashes didn’t have the KA-POW volume I was hoping for. They were well separated and evenly covered, but they looked much more natural. That isn’t entirely a bad thing, though. Sometimes it’s nice to wear a little mascara without looking like you glued falsies on.

Surprisingly, this mascara stayed on really well, and lived up to its claim of being smudge resistant. And when it came time to remove it, I didn’t even need proper makeup remover; just water and a touch of soap got it off. This does mean though that this is not the mascara to wear if you are planning to watch The Notebook or something because it will run like crazy, and I don’t think CoverGirl has released this product in a waterproof formula, so careful of that.

Something else to note is the size of the brush. Yes, it is massive, and it does grab all your eyelashes in one sweep, but it is so difficult to wield when trying to do your bottom lashes. The bristles at the tip help a little, but they are not ideal.

This mascara retails at $10.49 here in Canada, which is up there for a drugstore mascara, but I was able to snag it during a sale, so I believe it was around $7. I don’t know if I would purchase it again given my loyalty to trial sizes of Clinique’s High Impact Mascara, but it is a great mascara if you are looking for a more natural look. A 50x volume boost though??? I don’t know about that.

What do you think???

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Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder

IMG_6205Good morning all!!!

With the end of November fast approaching, this heralds many test days soon to come, and many midnight study spells to prepare for them.

For me, when life gets really busy, the first thing to be kicked out of my daily routine is washing my hair. I find the whole washing, drying, and styling regime to be too time-consuming, especially when the bulk of my synapses are dedicated to information retention. And, you know, my arms get tired partway through washing my hair . . . is that just me???

I have been on the hunt for a really good dry shampoo for awhile now, and I think I’ve found my miracle product.

Features

  1. Three in one: dry shampoo, volume booster, and styler
  2. Super fine formula
  3. Works for all types of hair
  4. Can be used as a styler for freshly washed or second-or third-day-old hair
  5. Contains natural starches to enhance absorbency and add volume
  6. Contains Polysilicone-22 that absorbs oil but is invisible on hair
  7. Contains silicone, which removes oil and impurities
  8. Comes in two sizes: 0.5oz and 2oz, perfect for traveling

I have used this product on both freshly washed hair and day-old hair, and loved it thus far. After blow drying freshly washed hair, I just sprinkle some of this onto my roots and massage it onto my scalp. It gives my hair a little lift, and helps preserve that blow-dry look. I also find that doing this helps keep my hair looking cleaner in following days, so I actually end up washing my hair less. For day-old hair, the same procedure applies: just sprinkle some onto your roots and massage through hair. It comes out of the bottle as a soft, white powder, but it rubs in invisibly, so you don’t have to worry about seeing it anywhere.

For me, this is so perfect because it means I can study for as long as I think I need to, without fretting in the morning when I wake up and my hair looks way past its prime. I really like that this dry shampoo comes in a bottle instead of an aerosol can, because this way it can be recycled. And it comes in a 0.5oz travel size, making it perfect for packing on a long-haul flight to spruce your hair up a little bit.

Now, the full size is 2oz, which I was shocked about at first, because I figured it would run out super quickly, but in fact it lasts for a long time. I asked my friend about this dry shampoo, and she raved about it. Apparently her bottle has lasted her a year so far, so I expect to get quite a bit of use out of this, though maybe not quite a year. After all, exam time is yet to come.

Have you tried this dry shampoo??? What did you think of it??? Do you have a favourite dry shampoo???

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Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

IMG_6146For the past 6 months or so, this little cleansing brush has been my skin care go-to. I was lucky enough to be able to purchase it in a Mother’s Day box set that included the cleansing brush, and sample sizes of the cleanser, toner, and moisturizer, so I could try out the skin care line. I am a huge fan of Clinique’s Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser and this cleansing brush works so well with it, because it helps generate a good, foamy lather on your skin and deep cleans pores. I tend to skip the toner step, but I always finish off my skin care routine with Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. Since this is an investment at $99, I thought I would write an honest review for those of you out there who are considering giving it a try, or those of you on the hunt for a quick and easy way to deep clean your skin.

Features:

  1. Deep cleansing
  2. Anti-microbial
  3. Battery lasts 3 hours on one charge, perfect for traveling
  4. Effective for all skin types
  5. Two specialized brush bristle types: green for T-zone, and white for cheeks
  6. Angled brush tip to get in hard to reach places
  7. Purifies skin of oil, makeup, and dirt that may be missed when cleansing by hand
  8. Automatic shut-off
  9. Variety of brush heads for different skin care concerns
  10. Two-year warranty
  11. Charging base

How to use: 

  1. Apply cleanser to wet brush head or moistened skin.
  2. Massage brush in circular motion over cheeks for 15 seconds each using the white brush head bristles. Important: you do not need to apply pressure to your skin; the brush will deeply cleanse with a light touch.
  3. Massage brush in up and down motion in and around the T-zone for 15 seconds using the green brush head bristles.
  4. Thoroughly rinse skin and lightly pat dry with towel.
  5. Rinse the brush head after every use, and lightly pat dry.
  6. Exfoliate and moisturize skin as desired.

What I love about this product is that it is waterproof, so it can be safely used in the shower. One of my biggest struggles with cleansing is rinsing because I always end up with some cleanser residue in my hair. This way, I can cleanse first so no cleanser gets in my nice, clean hair. Plus, the entire cleansing brush is anti-microbial so no little organisms will be building a town in your brush in between uses. Also, the brush does not need to be used with Clinique cleansers, so you can use any cleanser you like. I would seriously discourage using it with any scrubs or even with cleansers with those bursting beads, because it would be too harsh on your skin.

To start, the brush should only be used once daily, either in the morning or at night to allow your skin to adjust. After a week or so of using it, you can switch over to using it twice daily, both morning and night. Do not exceed two daily uses though; it will strip your skin of essential oils and it’s a waste of cleanser.

For those of you with sensitive skin, there is a specialized brush head for you, with softer bristles for the cheeks and T-zone areas. And if acne is your primary concern, there is also a specialized brush head to combat that.

The automatic shut-off is another feature that I love about this cleansing brush. It turns off every 30 seconds so you know when to move on from your cheeks to your T-zone. It’s also really handy if, like me, you sometimes zone off while cleansing and realize the brush hasn’t even been on your face half the time . . .

I took this cleansing brush with me when I went to Paris back in August, and one charge before I packed it lasted the entire trip. The battery has such good life in it, and the charging base is a nice place to rest it on your bathroom counter.

Finally, what I love about this brush is that it removes oil, dirt, and makeup that could easily be missed when cleansing your skin by hand. This one is huge for me, because I have found that, even after using some cleansers, my skin still feels waxy and dry. While this brush and the Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser do a beautiful job with removing makeup, make sure that you rinse your brush head so you aren’t spreading the removed makeup everywhere.

All in all, I think this cleansing brush is an incredible skin care investment. It leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed, is super easy to use, and is great for traveling. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a quick way to deep clean skin, at home or on-the-go.

Have you tried this cleansing brush before??? What did you think of it???

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Clinique Quickliner for Lips Intense

IMG_6192Good morning everyone!!!

As I mentioned in my most recent Clinique Haul post, I picked up two shades of Clinique’s newly released product: the Quickliner for Lips Intense. I didn’t include my introduction to lip liner in my haul, so I would like to provide a little summary here:

*cue nostalgic piano ballad*

You see, it was 2007, and being in grade 7 I figured I should probably hop on the beauty wagon, and what better time than the present. So I pilfered a few essentials from my mother’s makeup kit (AKA the “Cave of Wonders” as it really does have everything you could ever need), such as a mascara, a lipstick, and some powder foundation. I thought I was all set, and then one day at my grandparents’ house, my darling grandmother hauled out her Avon catalogue. While flipping through the pages, I caught a glimpse of the most beautiful pink shade of lip liner, and for $5.99, I considered it an investment. Well . . . not only was the formula a bit of a letdown but my application of the product was horrendous. I somehow got it into my head that lip liner meant “draw vertical and horizontal lines on your lips and essentially make them look like cross-hatch shading gone wrong.” All I can say is that I really liked math, especially geometry, and it seemed like the logical thing to do. Upon, reflection, the name “LIP liner” should have clued me in, but hey, if they had called it “lip tracer” I think I could have figured it out and not tried to use tracing paper or anything like that.

*cut nostalgic piano ballad*

But I digress. I have been using these liners ever since I got them, and I really like them, so I wanted to give an honest review of them for those of you looking for a lip liner, or those of you who are curious to know what the product is like.

Features:

  1. Smooth application
  2. Long lasting
  3. Application over enire lip surfacelips extends wear of lipstick
  4. Non-drying formula
  5. No sharpening needed
  6. Wide selection of shades to match all major categories of lip colours

Shades:

There are 11 shades, ranging from dark browns to neutrals, to soft pinks and reds, to bolder shades. To air on the safe side, I picked up two: Intense Punch and Intense Cosmos. This way I would have all my berry hues and all my red hues covered.

Intense Punch

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Intense Cosmos

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Now just look at how fine that tip is!!! I was really happy about this, because some lip liners have wide tips, making application more difficult, especially if, like me, you prefer a thin line just surrounding your lips. However, I have occasionally been using these all over my lips before applying lipstick because it actually helps the lipstick to last longer (see, my cross-hatching mishap was not quite so far off after all).

The no sharpening feature is a huge plus for me because I find most of the sharpenable pencils end up with really pointy tips that can hurt when trying to apply them. Or they break off like a pencil crayon tip would, and you’re left with wasted liner that you can’t really use.

A big thing that I want to mention is that, while this liner has the perk of not needing to be sharpened, it is NON-RETRACTABLE. So when you go to use it, turn the grey part of the case just a little bit, enough to see a tip of liner but nothing more. If you turn out too much, there is no way to get it back into the case, and this will cause the liner to dry out, or *shudders* you might have to break a little piece off to get the lid back on. And with a $20 price tag, though it is much more affordable than other highstreet lip liners, you don’t want to go wasting any.

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Left: Intense Cosmos Right: Intense Punch

But, as you can see from my little doodle test, the liner draws a nice smooth line of varying thickness. It also doesn’t break easily or crumble. Plus here you can actually see what the colours look like, though the package colours are pretty accurate. I have worn these liners with a wide variety of red and pink shades, and they do a fabulous job keeping everything in place without being visible under even pale shades.

Have you tried these new liners yet??? What did you think of them???

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Top Five Fall Fragrances

IMG_6169Good morning everyone!!!

To keep the autumn theme going, I thought I would share with you another seasonal beauty favourite of mine: fragrances.

I do not have any fragrances designated for particular seasons; rather, I like to wear some of my favourites throughout the year. Besides, most fragrances are so expensive that you want to get plenty of year-round use out of them. They also help you qualify for some brands’ bonus gifts, which are always lovely.

 

1. La petite Robe Noire by Guerlain

IMG_6157I came across this while in Paris back in August, and immediately fell in love with it. I would have purchased it in Paris, but I have a deep-rooted fear of traveling with perfumes (for anyone who has had one leak in their suitcase, you will understand why). So, when I got home, I purchased it as soon as possible, and I actually went with the eau de toilette version. Not only is it more “cost feasible,” to put it formally, but I prefer the more subdued version of the scent. With notes of black cherry, almond, berries, rose, licorice, and black tea, this is a fresh yet intoxicating scent. Aside from the fragrance itself, I adore the packaging. The heart-shaped bottle is so pretty, and the the silhouette of the little black dress is such an elegant yet modern touch. The 50mL size of this eau de toilette is about CAN $85.

2. Dolce by Dolce and Gabbana

IMG_6165As you can probably ascertain from the tiny amount that is left in the bottle, I really, really, really like this fragrance. It is a soft scent of white flowers, neroli leaves, white amaryllis, white water lily, and white daffodil, among other things. Fun fact: White amaryllis is a South African flower that was used for the first time ever in scent for this fragrance. The packaging of this fragrance is both beautiful and symbolic. The bottle itself is evocative of a vintage fragrance flacon, while the flower stopper is a tribute to Sicilian customs. The black grosgrain ribbon represents the signature white shirts and bow ties of early Dolce and Gabbana runway shows and, finally, the script of the label is a replica of the signature of Domenico Dolce’s father. This eau de parfum comes in three sizes: 0.25oz for CAN $34, 1.6oz for CAN $109, and 2.5oz for CAN $136.

3. La Vie Est Belle 

IMG_6158I came upon this fragrance in the pages of Vogue. I couldn’t figure out why the issue smelled so good, and then I found the perfume sample. After wiping the magazine page on my neck for the next few days like a right fool, I went out and purchased the fragrance. It turns out that it was actually more cost-effective to purchase the three-piece box set than just the large size of the perfume alone. Fun fact: the final formula of this perfume is the result of three years of trials and 5000 versions. Just imagine working through 5000 different versions of something before you got it how you wanted it; that is dedication. The top notes of this fragrance are blackberry and pear, with middle notes of jasmine and iris, and base notes of praline, vanilla, tonka bean, and patchouli. However, I found that some of these base notes, particularly vanilla and praline, are much more prominent than blackberry or pear, but the powdery base and fruity tier organization is still intact. This fragrance is quite heavy, and fairly long lasting, making it perfect to wear on a night out. It comes in three sizes: 0.34oz for CAN $28, 1oz for CAN $74, and 1.7oz for CAN $98.

4. Vanitas by Versace 

IMG_6160This is the second fragrance I ever purchased and, once again, I discovered it from a sample in Vogue. It is a fresh and clean scent, making it perfect for everyday wear, but it is soft enough that those around you won’t be overpowered by it. To many people, it may be more of a spring/summer fragrance, but I love getting whiffs of summer as I go about my day, especially when the days get gloomy. The predominant scents in this fragrance for me are lime, freesia, and Virginia Cedar, with some base notes of tonka bean. It comes in three sizes: 30mL, 50mL, and 100mL. I could only find the price for the 50mL size, and that is CAN $98.

5. Modern Muse Chic by Estée Lauder
IMG_6162The last of my favourite fall fragrances is Estée Lauder’s Modern Muse Chic. It is much lighter than the original version, Modern Muse, while still maintaining its
 striking contrast of floral and woods scents. This is a daring and slightly spicy scent, and I think the nearly-empty flacon speaks for itself about its wearability. This fragrance comes in two sizes: 1oz for CAN $68, and 1.7oz for CAN $90. I went with the 1oz size because I wanted to make sure that I liked it before I bought the larger size. Fortunately, I picked it up around Christmas time when purchasing it qualified me for one of Estée Lauder’s Christmas gift sets, which are well worth their value and come with a large case that is perfect for keeping all cosmetics and toiletries in one place when traveling.

And those are my top five fall fragrances!!!

Now it’s your turn: let me know in the comments below which fragrances are your favourites, either for the autumn season, or just in general 🙂 🙂

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