Glossy

So often when I sit down to write the words just flow easily. It’s like stepping outside of  my life for a moment and abandoning myself to the loveliness of words.

Today is not one of those days. Writing is one of the very few things that comes easily to me and it’s frustrating when I feel blocked. I’ve been struggling to come up with a post all week so I’m going to keep it simple.

I love Clarins as a brand. I love their makeup and their skincare. They make some of my favourite glosses and that’s what I reach for most at this time of year when everything is so dry.

Clarins’ Instant Light Lip Perfectors and Lip Perfector Balms are the perfect mix of gloss, moisture and colour. They smell like vanilla cake. They’re not sticky but they do hang around for a few hours. I reach for them several times a week.

What’s your favourite lip product for this dry time of year?

Herbivore

Herbivore is a brand I became aware of a year or so ago when Sephora started carrying their stuff. I was initially attracted to it because of the beautiful and simple packaging. I do judge books by their covers, kittens, and if Herbivore writes a book I’ll be their first customer! I made my first order once I learned a bit more about the brand, namely they don’t test on animals and they use high quality, natural ingredients and none of the nasties like parabens.

I’ve only tried a few of Herbivore’s products but I’ve loved them all.

The first thing I bought was the Coco Rose Body Polish. I loved it. In the colder months I suffer from dry, itchy legs. I used the body polish in the shower a few times a week to slough off the dead skin and it worked like a treat. After moisturizing my legs were all shiny and new and itch free! The jar it comes in is so pretty that I cleaned it out and use it as a tooth brush holder!

Last spring when Mr. P&P and I visited Calgary we spent a day at the zoo (seeing a hippo was amazing!) and both got too much sun. I picked up a bottle of the After Sun Soothing Mist and we doused our sunburned selves in it. It was soothing to the skin and smelled lovely and fresh. I continued to use it as a toner when we got home.

Lastly, I ordered the Jade Facial Roller. Total princess product, I know, but I love it. I store it in the fridge and use it in the evening after applying my serum. It’s relaxing and feels great on the skin. I can’t speak to any wrinkle reduction or anything like that but I can tell you that it is a treat to use. I’ve also been using it when I have a headache and it works wonderfully for that.

Have you tried anything from Herbivore?

Do you Deciem?

Deciem. Do I dare?

If you ever look at the internet I imagine you’ve heard of Deciem and the recent controversy surrounding the erstwhile CEO. I went back and forth on whether or not to write this post but in the end obviously decided to write it. Lovers, this is not a blog about current events, this is a blog about products and so products is what I’m going to talk about.

Deciem exploded on to the market about two years ago. I first heard about it when one of my favourite Youtubers gave the brand a rave review. Deciem is a Toronto-based company composed of a number of brands including The Ordinary, Niod, Hylamide, The Chemistry Brand, etc. The concept is simple: skincare made with quality ingredients at a low price. The prices start at about $5.00, really. Genius. I’m no expert but I do know that there are only a few skincare ingredients that have actually been proven to do anything. Included in this list is hyaluronic acid which is a basically a magnet for moisture, and retinol which encourages cell turnover.

I’ve gone through two bottles of The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 and I love it. I rarely notice any immediate change in my skin after using a product, with the exception of this stuff. It does exactly what it’s supposed to do – plumps and moisturizes the skin. Brilliant. Mind you give your face a quick spritz before applying it kittens – the skin has to be wet for the acid to do its good work.

I also gave the retinol a go. The first time I used it I did not do it properly. I slathered it all over my face, including under my eyes. I paid the burny price. Retinol is to be used sparingly, avoiding the eye area. After the initial mishap I used the rest of the product successfully. I cannot honestly tell you that I noticed a huge change in my skin but I think if you are concerned about the signs of aging this is a good one to try.

I also used two tubes of Hand Chemistry from The Chemistry Brand. Again, I can’t really speak to any anti-aging benefits but I can tell you that I love this stuff. The scent is fruity but not strong at all and it just works. My hands feel nice and hydrated after using it which, after-all, is the whole point right?

I’ve also been using The Ordinary Coverage Foundation for the past year. It’s good. It has great coverage but it’s not heavy on the skin. It lasts well too. Nothing lasts all day on my face but I get a good few hours out of this foundation.

Have you tried any of Deciem’s products?

On scent

I love fragrance. I always have. I’m always burning scented candles at home, I love picking out a new body wash, and I have a small but well curated collection of perfumes that I love to wear.

My favourite of the moment is something rather special that I treated myself to when Mr. P&P and I spent a few days in Calgary last spring. I’m talking about Jo Malone London Blackberry & Bay.

Blackberry & Bay is fruity but tart. Juicy and green at the same time. The notes are blackberry, grapefruit, florals, vetiver, cedarwood, and bay leaves. The Jo Malone website describes it thusly:

This fragrance evokes childhood memories of blackberry picking—a burst of deep, tart blackberry juice blends with the freshness of just-gathered bay and brambly woods for a vibrant and verdant impression.

They’ve nailed it. It’s fresh and great for summer but I think it works for all seasons. It was a spendy little purchase but I cherish it and look forward to wearing it.

What’s your scent of the moment?

Glossier

A while back Glossier was everywhere. Everyone was talking about it. At first I wasn’t too interested because their vibe is all about dewy, fresh skin. My skin is dewy enough. I do not need help in that department (the oily skin struggle is real friends). Eventually though I obviously fell for the hype.

My first order consisted of the Milky Jelly Cleanser and the Moisturizing Moon Mask. I loved them both. The cleanser is very gentle and perfect for a quick morning cleanse. I wouldn’t use it at the end of the day because it’s not quite up to removing all of my mascara. Mr. P&P also enjoyed using it. It’s slightly rose scented but it’s not overpowering.

I used the moon mask a couple of times a week while I was in the bath. I put on a thick layer and let it sit for 15-20 minutes and my skin always felt velvety soft afterwards. Even though I’m an oily girl, I need to make sure my face is well hydrated so that it doesn’t start over producing oil, especially in winter. I used every last drop and would absolutely purchase again. It’s divine.

I was so pleased with the first two products I tried that I ordered the Wowder plus the Wowder Brush set as soon as it came out. I love both. The powder itself does exactly what it’s supposed to do as far as setting foundation and concealer. It’s light and does not settle onto the skin or look cakey. The brush is kind of unusual. It’s not as large and fluffy as most powder brushes. I like it because the handle is the perfect length and the shape of the brush makes it easy to make sure you’re powdering the trickier spots like the under-eye and the sides of the nose.

Have you given Glossier a try?

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

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About a month ago I maxed out my Shopper’s Drug Mart optimum points (best reward program ever). Of course I immediately set about spending every single point. Picture a crazed kid in a candy store and you’ll have some idea of what happened.

Anyway, one of the things I picked up is the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil. It’s the bomb dot com. I have the shade 03 Red Berry. It’s moisturizing, non-sticky, non-oily (surprisingly), and provides a light sheen of colour. A handbag staple for sure. Plus it smells delish.

The applicator is nice. It’s large and delivers just the right amount of product. The Clarins website describes it as “a cocoon applicator that increases pleasure upon application.” Now, I’m not sure about increasing pleasure (seriously, who writes this stuff?)… but it certainly does the job.

I’m a sucker for nice packaging and I love the square shape and gold lid. It looks luxe. Luxe kittens.

Fall Faves

So last week we had an actual blizzard! I’ve lived North of 60 for the majority of my life and never before have I experienced a bonafide blizzard. It was cray. Anyway, things have calmed down weather-wise and we’re back to crisp and sunny fall days. Fall is my favourite season for fashion. I love me some chunky knits, layers, and boots.

Here are a few of the things I’ve been reaching for over and over this fall.

This gorgeous oversize sweater from Urban Outfitters.

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It’s like wrapping myself in an afgan. Delicious.

These Mavi jeans.

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It’s all about the details with these babies. The zippers at the ankle, the panels at the knee, the leather pulls on the pocket zipper, and the inky indigo colour add up to the perfect pair of jeans. We all know that perfect jeans are nearly impossible to find!

This Bite Agave Lip Mask in champagne.

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Colder weather means dry skin and chapped lips. This lip treatment is super thick and hydrating. You can wear it overnight but it adds a bit of sheen for daytime as well. It’s also a food grade product. You could eat this stuff. You know, if you’re into that kind of thing.

This Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat.

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Just. Look. At. That. Luxe rosegold packaging and a built in highlighter for a stunning marbled blush. I mean come on. I die. It gives the cheeks a gorgeous rosy glow. Love.

What are you loving this fall?

Ipsy

Oh hey guys. S’up? Ha ha. Yup. We’re casual like that.

Ok. Enough fooling around, you guys aren’t here to listen to me wax ridiculous. You’re here to find out about make up (if not I’m sorry you’re lost)!

A while ago I did something that I’ve been thinking about doing for about two years. I signed up for Ipsy. What’s Ipsy? It’s a beauty subscription! For the low price of $16 dollars a month they send me a beautybag with four samples and one full sized product. I know it’s ridiculous but I don’t care. It’s fun.

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Even the packaging is fun.

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I recieved a full size Cailyn lipgloss, a Mitchell and Peach hand lotion, a Pacifica Eyeliner, a double ended Crown eyeshadow brush, and a Nourish Organics facial cleanser.

I wore the gloss last night. I love the vampy shade and it’s unscented. The lasting power was alright but the colour bled into the lines around my lips quite badly. I gave the lotion to my mom because it has a strong floral scent which is really not my jam. Other than that I’ll have to report back at a later date.

Kiss kiss.

What do you think of beauty subscriptions?

http://www.ipsy.com

Currently Obsessed

Why hello there kittens! I’ve been without internet access for the last month and a bit so it’s been a while n’est-ce pas?

There have been some changes in the Poutine world, all of which are good. I’m the proud auntie of a gorgeous baby boy, I’m settled into a fab new apartment (would you be interested in a bit of a tour?), and I start a new job tomorrow!

Anyway, I just wanted to give you a sneaky peek of some products I’ve been crushing on lately.

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The Body Shop Early Harvest Raspberry Body Scrub. I love the idea of body scrubs but most of the ones I’ve tried leave an oily film on my skin. Not so here folks. This stuff is divine and rinses off completely so that you are left with smooth skin and nothing else! It smells like raspberry jam,  looks like raspberry jam, but it most definitely does not taste like raspberry jam.

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I obsessed over this lip balm for months before actually purchasing it. This is a total indulgence. It is tres expensive. I regret nothing. The Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm works with your body chemistry to turn your pout the perfect shade of pink for your skin tone. It has a faint minty scent and is super thick and hydrating. One swipe lasts several hours. I’ve been going for minimal make-up this summer and this is the perfect finish for a glowy daytime look.

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I love bold, fluttery lashes. I think the right mascara can really make your eyes pop. Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes fits the bill. Last night I went to town and applied about six coats. I could see my lashes from 3 feet away. Delicious. I chose the non-waterproof formula and I do find that it smudges a bit at the end of the day. All in all though I’ve been enjoying this mascara.

What are you crushing on this summer?

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush

If I had to choose a favourite make up product, it would definitely come down to either lipstick or blush. I love me a bold lip, and a healthy flush.

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For the last six months or so I’ve been addicted to my Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour blushes. I don’t carry blush with me so I find it annoying when it starts to fade halfway through the day. Not a problem with these Tarte blushes. They last for ages, and at the end of the day they look the same as they did when I applied them that morning. Impressive!

Random side note: I just got hit with the worst craving for one of those Tim Horton’s muffins with the fruit filling. Does that ever happen to you guys?

Now, these blushes cost a pretty penny. They’re about $35 a pop, but of course I didn’t pay that for any of mine (I love me some eBay). It’s worth it though. Tarte is a cruelty free brand, and the quality speaks for itself.

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I have three shades: Natural Beauty, Fearless, and Magic. Natural Beauty is red toned and when I first got it I was afraid of it. I’d never worn a red blush before. That said, it has quickly become my favourite of the three and it’s the one I wear the most. It’s heavily pigmented so you only need to touch your brush to the powder and you’ve got enough colour for both cheeks. It’s totally matte and it works beautifully with a bold red or fucsia lip. Fearless is a pretty coral pink with gold shimmer. It’s a great daytime shade and gives you that flush that you get from being outside in the cold. Magic is a completely matte peachy pink. I think this one has been discontinued so I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about it.

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Swatches right to left: Natural Beauty, Fearless, Magic.

I haven’t tried anything else from Tarte but the blushes are phenomenal. This is definitely a brand I want to explore further.

What’s your favourite make up product?