St. Ives Green Tea Scrub Feels Like a Spa Experience

I love green tea and I love face scrubs so naturally the St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub sounded interesting to me. I’m always up for trying new face scrubs and I love how they make my skin feel really clean, but it can be hard to find a good formula. Some are too rough and they can hurt my sensitive skin, and others don’t feel any different than a regular face wash. I want enough of a scrub to feel a difference but not too much that it hurts, and I found a perfect combination in this St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub. 

St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub

St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub

The texture of this scrub is pretty much perfect. The grit feels like sugar or sand, so it’s gentle but you can definitely feel the scrubbing action. It smells amazing too, like a really fancy spa treatment, and it feels great on my skin. I use this scrub in the shower and it’s a great way to clean out all the sweat and dirt that accumulates on hot summer days. 

If you’re looking for a face scrub to try then be sure to check this one out. It feels great and smells awesome, and it’s a lot more affordable than a real spa treatment! 

 

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Colour Rush Intense Colour Balm

Are you looking for a lightweight, moisturizing balm with intense colour? Look no further than the new Rimmel London Lasting Finish Colour Rush Intense Colour Balm lineup. These crayon-shaped balms are super soft and come in a variety of pretty shades that you can build on to make them more opaque.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Colour Rush Intense Colour Balm

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Colour Rush Intense Colour Balm

They feel super light to wear which is great, and they aren’t sticky or drying at all. These balms are the perfect combination of a Chapstick and and lipstick – soft but still coloured. If you’re looking for a quick lip product that delivers colour, shine, and keeps your lips moisturized for hours then be sure to check out these Rimmel London Lasting Finish Colour Rush Intense Colour Balms. 

My new must-have hair product – L’Oreal Professionel Hairchalk!

Holy Moly, if you haven’t heard about the new L’Oréal Professionnel Hairchalk then you are seriously missing out on something amazing! This is liquid hair chalk that lasts anywhere from one to five shampoos. It comes in five bold colours including violet and coral, as well as three neutral colours for an ombre-inspired look.

First of all the colour choices are amazing. Second of all the formula and long-lasting effect of these dyes are even more amazing. And to top it off, the application was a total breeze. Simple, temporary hair colour that lasts more than a few hours is hard to find, but the L’Oréal Professionnel Hairchalk line is an incredible product that does all of the above!

L’Oréal Professionnel Hairchalk

L’Oréal Professionnel Hairchalk

I tried out the shade called Garden Party, which is a green/teal colour. I only used it on my blonde ends (leftover from my L’Oreal Paris Wild Ombre which you can read about here) and it worked phenomenally.

The instructions are to use a makeup sponge to apply it to your hair but I found that my sponge was soaking up more product than my hair so I switched to my hands. It got a little messy but a few makeup wipes cleaned up my sink and my fingers in no time.

The whole application on my blonde ends took only about 15 minutes and was so easy. It was pretty messy but it cleaned up well and was worth the mess. These hair chalks are great for temporary style without the long-term colour commitment, If you haven’t checked them out I highly suggest you do since they’ve just made it to the top of my must-have hair product list.

My one minute eye shadow trick for a smoky eye

This little trick was a total accident but it worked like a charm. I used the new Maybelline New York Color Tattoo Leather 24HR Eyeshadow in the shade Deep Forest and accidentally gave myself an instant smoky eye. I got so many compliments on my eye makeup that day and it was one of the simplest looks I’ve ever done.

Here’s what happened: I had some black eyeliner on from the day before (but you can use fresh liner too!) and I quickly smudged the Color Tattoo over my whole lid, covering up some of the liner. Deep Forest is a greige-green shade and the part over the black liner got a littler darker. I blended it over my whole lid using my fingers and then dabbed a little bit more on my crease. Since this shadow can be layered it made the crease darker, the lid fairly neutral, and the part over the liner was smokier.

Maybelline New York Color Tattoo Leather 24HR Eyeshadow in shade Deep Forest

Maybelline New York Color Tattoo Leather 24HR Eyeshadow in shade Deep Forest

I’m already a fan of the Maybelline Color Tattoo shadows but this one was really great. I never would have imagined such a good look from this shadow because it looks fairly plain in the pot. It ended up being quite versatile and the colourwas great to build on for different opacity.

With a bit of mascara I was good to go (and in a rush) but somehow my quick fix to cover up old liner made some sort of smoky eye look that worked. I got a bunch of compliments at work that day and it was such a simple look. Having one great shadow that can be used in multiple ways is a huge time-saver and great multi-purpose product. I will definitely be using this Colour Tattoo again to recreate the look, this time on purpose!

Sephora Wish List: July

It’s that time of year again when I start browsing at all the pretty new products Sephora has and I start compiling a wish list for myself. There’s so many things I want to check out and a bunch of products I have heard great reviews for, so I have quite the wishlist.

Sephora Wishlist July 2014

Sephora Wishlist July 2014

Check out the products I’m pining for this month.

1. Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick, $25. This lipstick looks amazing. It’s essentially a liquid form of lipstick so it’s shiny like a gloss but stays on like a stain. The perfect hybrid to last through hot summer days.

2. LANCÔME Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette, $55. I’m super interested in this palette in the Pink Envy shade, since it has some fresh summer colours that are quite similar to the Pantone Colour of the Year, Radiant Orchid. I also think these shades would look good on tanned skin and brown eyes, so it’s perfect for me.

3. Sephora Collection Upside Down Mascara, $28. What an interesting concept.. this mascara has two wands so your lashes go in between them to get full coverage. Out of sheer curiosity this one made the list.

4. Kat Von D Shade Shifter Set, $18. Shade shifting eye shadow? Sign me up. These shadows have chameleon-like colours that change shades in different lights. They can also be used in a more dramatic way when activated by water. The possibilities seem endless with these shadows.

5. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss, $22. I have always wanted to try an OCC Lip Tar but with this being a glossy version that’s even more exciting. Said to be more translucent than the original Lip Tar stains, this one seems like it could be more of an everyday product.

If you have any of these or have any helpful comments I would love to hear your opinions, so please don’t be shy!

 

Have You Seen The Newest Baby Lips Collection?

The well-loved Maybelline New York Baby Lips Lip Balms are getting some new addition that you’ll be sure to love. Baby Lips are great moisturizing lip balms that come in a wide variety of shades ranging from clear to sheer to opaque. Joining the Baby Lips Electro, Baby Lips Dr. Rescue, and the original Baby Lips collections is the new Baby Lips Crystal Collection.

Maybelline New York Baby Lips Crystal Collection shade Beam of Blush

Maybelline New York Baby Lips Crystal Collection shade Beam of Blush

The shade shown above is Beam of Blush, a medium toned pink. The fun part about the Baby Lips Crystal lip balms is that they contain a hint of shimmer. You can see little glitter particles in the balm, and although it isn’t super noticeable on the lips it does offer a slight shimmer that previous Baby Lips shades didn’t have. 

As usual these balms are super soft, the formula goes on smoothly, and they smell fruity and delicious. The colour can be built up a little bit or left sheer, so they’re great for everyday wear. 

Go On a Morrocan Vacation With the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Moroccan Spice Market Collection

With rich colours and exotic shades the new Sally Hansen limited edition Insta-Dri Moroccan Spice Market collection will have you dreaming of a sunny vacation. These quick-drying polishes are bold, bright, and perfect for hot summer days and sexy summer nights.

Sally Hansen Moroccan Spice Market Collection

Sally Hansen Moroccan Spice Market Collection

The incredible Insta-Dri formula is famous for it’s 60 second dry time and great opaque shades. Most only need one coat to get an intense colour, and with the ease of application you’ll be able to switch up your look in no time.

Sally Hansen Moroccan Spice Market Collection

Sally Hansen Moroccan Spice Market Collection

From left to right the shades shown are Sizzlin’ Saffron, Poppin’ Paprika, Surspice,and Pep In Your Step. Each of these shades are gorgeous, rich, and great for fingers or toes. The colours compliment each other but still offer a bold range of shades to choose from, so pick up one, two, or the whole set and start sporting some spicy summer manis soon!