Festive Face Masks To Help You Relax Over The Holidays!

With all of the activity and chaos going on around the holidays, sometimes you need a night to relax. One of my favourite ways to have some ‘me’ time is to throw on a face mask and get a good cleanse. There are lots of different kinds but when I only have a little time to myself, the Montagne Jeunesse masks are my favourite picks!

There are fabric masks, peel-off, muds, and scrubs, so there is something for every skin type and preference! There are tons of great scents and flavours, which you can check out on their website here, but for the holiday season these three are my top picks.

Montagne Jeunesse Hot Chocolate Self Heating Face Mask: This chocolate and orange flavoured mask heats up on your skin for a total in-home spa experience. It feels luxurious and expensive, and offers a great cleanse.

Montagne Jeunesse Manuka Honey Peel Off Mask: This is a peel-off mask made with sweet honey and jasmine. It’s a soft and relaxing scent that works great as a natural antibacterial cleanser.

Montagne Jeunesse Creamy Coconut Face Mask: This is a creamy and hydrating mask that features coconut water and shea butter for ultimate soft skin. If you’re in need of some extra moisture this mask is perfect for you.

These masks can be found in assorted drugstores across Canada, but these three flavours can be going at select Pharmasave, Brunet, and Uniprix stores. The yummy Hot Chocolate one is also available at Walmart!

Those are my favourite scents for this time of year, but there are tons of other fruity flavours and great cleansers.

Quick Pick: Make Up For Ever Ink Liner

The new Make Up For Ever Ink Liner is the perfect skinny liquid liner with a great matte formula. For  precise lines, quick drying liner, and long-wearing look, this Ink Liner is a must-have product.

Make Up For Ever Ink Liner

Make Up For Ever Ink Liner

The triangular tube is great for holding the applicator tightly, and it gives strong control of the liner. With a calligraphy pen tip this works with the lightest touch. Once the liner is on it dries into a chic matte formula that lasts for hours with no smudging.

If you’re looking for a skinny line, super smooth application, and an amazing formula then look no further. The new Make Up For Ever Ink Liner will be available in January 2015 and is a must-have liner for the new year!

The Perfect Pure Red for the Holiday Season

Tis the season for holiday parties and festive events, and what better beauty look is there than a classic red lip? The combination of red lips and a little black dress is perfect for any holiday gathering you have this month, and with the recent collection of gorgeous red lipsticks from L’Oreal Paris, you’re sure to find your perfect red.

L'Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive Pure Reds by Colour Riche Lipsticks

L’Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive Pure Reds by Colour Riche Lipsticks

The limited edition L’Oreal Paris Collection Exlusive Pure Reds by Colour Riche has a beautiful red lipstick for each of the spokeswomen. With stunning women like Eva Longoria, Blake Lively, and Jennifer Lopez there are a range of reds that will suit any skin tone. There are even matching mini nail polishes for each red! There was the same sort of collection for nude lipsticks and polishes, which I wrote about here.

They have super chic packaging too. The tubes are square and matte, with a bit of a snakeskin-like print. They look expensive and chic, and I feel extra glam applying red lipstick from one of these pretty tubes.

L'Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive Pure Reds by Colour Riche Lipsticks

L’Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive Pure Reds by Colour Riche Lipsticks

The lipsticks are smooth and super pigmented, so you get a punch of bold colour with just one swipe. Each shade is a little different but they all deliver bold colour. Paired with lush lashes (try L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara) and a little eyeliner you’ll have a classic beauty look in no time. Red lipstick has stood the test of time, with superstars like Marilyn Monroe, Taylor Swift, and everyone in between rocking the trend.

Swatches of L'Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive Pure Reds by Colour Riche Lipsticks - Blake's Pure Red, Freida's Pure Red, and J.Lo's Pure Red

Swatches of L’Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive Pure Reds by Colour Riche Lipsticks – Blake’s Pure Red, Freida’s Pure Red, and J.Lo’s Pure Red

You can see the shade differences shown above, with Blake’s being more of a bold classic red, and Freida’s having a pink tint. Depending on your skin tone, or your personal preference, you can find the perfect red to suite any holiday event this season.

Get an effortlessly chic and stylish look at any holiday party by picking up your perfect Pure Red!

Two Great Eye Shadows From The Body Shop

These two eye shadows are my favourite shades from The Body Shop Colour Crush Eye Shadow line. The shades are 210 Bronze Bliss and 415 Midnight Flirt. They both have a bit of shimmer, lots of pigment, and gorgeous colour that works for day and night!

The Body Shop Colour Crush Eye Shadow in Bronze Bliss and Midnight Flirt

The Body Shop Colour Crush Eye Shadow in Bronze Bliss and Midnight Flirt

The Body Shop Colour Crush Eye Shadows are bold colours with a silky texture. They can be used wet or dry, and have either a pearlescent or matte finish depending on the shade. They cost $10 each but sometimes there are sales or promotions so keep an eye out for deals! These shadows would make great stocking stuffers too.

Bronze Bliss is a really bright and bold shimmery gold shade. It has a ton of pigment and a great finish. It looks like liquid bronze and has an awesome metallic look that would be the perfect accent for a holiday beauty look. I love how intense it is and can see this shadow being great for and all-over shade, or for an accent shade with lots of browns and neutral shadows.

Midnight Flirt is an indigo grey shade with a little less shimmer. It still has a metallic look to it, but more muted and neutral. It would be great for a smoky eye look and I think it works really well with my brown eyes. It looks a little like denim in the packaging, with a blue hint, but the shadow shows up with more of a purple hint to it on my skin.

Swatches of The Body Shop Colour Crush Eye Shadow in Bronze Bliss and Midnight Flirt

Swatches of The Body Shop Colour Crush Eye Shadow in Bronze Bliss and Midnight Flirt

The line of shadows from The Body Shop has a ton of other great shades, and now that I know how good the formula is on these two I am definitely going to be checking out some other shadows. They’re pigmented with bold colours, silky smooth to apply, and have a really pretty range of shades. If you’re looking for some new shadows this season then be sure to check out The Body Shop Colour Crush Eye Shadows, which you can find online here at thebodyshop.ca!

My Favourite Seasonal Scent From The Body Shop

I recently posted a great gift guide featuring some awesome gift sets The Body Shop brought out for the season. These gift sets featured the classic scents we all know and love, including Satsuma and Pink Grapefruit, but there are also a few special scents for the holidays. The one I was most surprised with was the Glazed Apple scent, since I usually don’t like green apple candy, candles, or fragrances. The Body Shop Glazed Apple was way different, and I absolutely fell in love with it.

The Body Shop Glazed Apple Mini Shower Gel, Body Butter, and Loofah

The Body Shop Glazed Apple Mini Shower Gel, Body Butter, and Loofah

The Body Shop Glazed Apple scent is fresh, sweet, and just a tiny bit sharp. It has the hint of tart green apples but also has a very nice sweet and soft balance. It isn’t too strong, too sour, or to sickly sweet, but it is perfect for the season. Whether you’re a green apple fan already, or you’re like me and tend to pass over any green candy, this scent is definitely worth a shot.

Every time I use the Glazed Apple Shower Gel it smells like a bright and fresh fruity explosion in the shower. When I moisturize with the Glazed Apple Body Butter it’s a sweet and soft formula that feels refreshing and leaves my skin with a lasting fruity scent. I was surprised at how long the fragrance lingered. Right now you can get the shower gel. body butter, and a loofah in a cute little set for only $10, or check out all the great products with the scent here.

For a long-lasting burst of green apple, try this season scent in any one of the awesome products. There’s soap, shower gel, body butter, home oils, and more. The Body Shop Glazed Apple is my favourite scent for the holiday season and I will definitely be stocking up on these yummy items before they sell out.

Check Out The Pantone Colour of The Year For 2015: Marsala

PANTONE Color of The Year 2015: Marsala

PANTONE Color of The Year 2015: Marsala

Have you seen what the Pantone Color of The Year for 2015 is yet? It’s a gorgeous deep red wine shade called Marsala, and I absolutely love it. You can read all about the Pantone pick here, and learn see tons more photos of the stunning shade.

PANTONE Photo Story Featuring Color of The Year 2015: Marsala

PANTONE Photo Story Featuring Color of The Year 2015: Marsala

This colour is so rich and beautiful and I can see it fitting perfectly in style for all kinds of things. I can picture a pretty lipstick, nail polish, satin curtains, accent wall, and so much more.  Marsala is a statement shade that will work in fashion, beauty, and home decor.

This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.” Leatrice Eiseman,Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

PANTONE Color of The Year 2015: Marsala

PANTONE Color of The Year 2015: Marsala

It’s described on the Pantone website as an elegant and rich hue, with a sophisticated natural earthiness. I know it’s just a colour but I really do believe all those sentiments. Looking at the photo story on the Pantone website it shows Marsala in so many ways, including clothing, food, and kitchen decor. I see the warmth and elegance in the photos and I am definitely convinced that this was the right pick for Color of The year for 2015.

PANTONE Photo Story Featuring Color of The Year 2015: Marsala

PANTONE Photo Story Featuring Color of The Year 2015: Marsala

I have never before been so excited about a Pantone pick. In previous years I like the colours but couldn’t see myself wearing or using them in any way, but with Marsala I am already digging through my lipstick drawer to find my best Marsala matches!

I’m definitely excited about the Color of The Year for 2015, but how do you feel? Are you a fan of this new hue? Leave a comment and let me know what you think! 

All images from the Pantone website.

November 2014 Lip Monthly Subscription Review

Unfortunately my first month of LipMonthly was a disappointment to me, but I was willing to give it a second chance. The products were kind of all over the place, didn’t fit the theme, and were brands I wasn’t really interested in. You can read my first month’s review here if you’re interested.

This month I was really hoping that the November 2014 LipMonthly Bag would redeem itself and send me some awesome products, however I still don’t feel wowed by this beauty subscription box. The products in this box were supposed to be dark lip shades to pair with all the glam parties of the holiday season, and I do think they stuck to this theme better than last month. The bag was pretty cute this month, with little pink images of cosmetics on the pretty red bag.

November 2014 LipMonthly Bag

November 2014 LipMonthly Bag

Here’s what was in the November 2014 LipMonthly bag:

November 2014 LipMonthly Products

November 2014 LipMonthly Products

Ofra Lipliner: This lip liner looked pretty basic, in a nude/pink shade which I thought was strange to pair with the darker lipsticks. In general though it is a staple item and I probably will use this lip liner once in a while.

Hikari Lipstick: This lipstick was in the shade Cabernet, a deep red shade with a hint of berry. I like the colour and the chic square tube was neat, but it had a bit of a waxy or plastic-like scent that I really didn’t like.

NYC Expert Last Lipstick: This NYC lipstick was the only brand I had ever heard of before, which was nice to see something familiar. The shade is Purple Crush, a frosty berry shade. I’m glad there was a brand I knew and the lipstick was nice, but unfortunately nothing special.

Crown Lip Brush: I don;t typically use lip brushes but sometimes they are useful so it was a nice touch to add this item.

City Color Cosmetics White Gold Shadow & Highlighting Mousse: Every month there is one non-lip item added to the bag. This one was a really shimmery mousse shadow which was nice and festive for the holidays.

Overall the products just didn’t wow me and I think I will be cancelling my subscription. I gave it two chances but LipMonthly just isn’t the right fit for me. I would rather spend my subscription money on one or two lip products that I know I’ll love.

What about you, are you a fan of LipMonthly or do you have a different subscription you prefer?