The Review| Viseart Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette in 05 Sultry Muse

The claims on these eyeshadow palettes aren’t too outlandish, which I appreciate. In all honestly, I only tried out this investment piece of an eyeshadow palette after hearing countless people whose opinions I trust rave about the quality of these palettes – namely the Neutral Matte offering – and these people included makeup artists. I have mattes that I like and dont find myself overly excited by them so I went with the mid tone satin palette. Viseart emphasizes that these are professional palettes that can be used in a myriad of ways: to shade the eyes, highlight the eyes and to define the eyes, brows and contours of the face. The idea behind these palettes for personal use is that they allow the consumer to achieve professional quality results at home. They also claim that because the formula is manufactured in France in small batches, they are able to maintain pigment quality, powder integrity, and consistency. The back of my palette also specifically makes the claim that it houses the essential shimmery eyeshadows, formulated to be highly pigmented, smooth “with a homogeneous texture”, easy to blend and long-lasting without fallout. The Viseart Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette in 05 Sultry Muse retails for $100 CDN and the cost breakdown is $4.17 per gram. Note: The price per gram makes the product rather affordable as a whole as its even less expensive per gram than MAC eyeshadow pans, which have a cost of $5.33/gram. It’s an initial investment as a palette but you do get an impressive amount of product that if you use it, is easily worth the price.

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The packaging is nothing if not practical, and I don’t mind that it doesn’t have a mirror because its so compact and travel-friendly – I am someone who would want an entire palette to travel with, but you might not be. The clear lid lets you see the product clearly and I appreciate the secure closure that it has. The palette comes with 12 shades that cumulatively house twenty four grams of product. The textures mainly range from satins to shimmers, as Viseart says, but there are also a few more refined glitters in the mix. Before I get into my feelings or verdict on the palette, I’ll review the shades from left to right, in order of top to bottom – they aren’t named! Actually scrap that. Temptalia has somehow found the names. I take it that they were on the box and this was the one box that I haven’t hoarded.

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Yves– It’s a shimmery and slightly frosty neutral white with some fine micro glitter specs. It had fine pigmentation and a smooth enough texture to work with.
Camille– It’s a gorgeous mid-tone copper with a satin finish that deposits a sheen without using shimmer particles. It has a strong colour payoff, was easy to work with and had an extremely smooth texture.
Kifu– This shade was a bit more difficult to work with, as its a pale sheeny yellowed pale beige with chunks of micro glitter that make the shadow a bit more chunky and less smooth.
Gitte – This shade is a pale golden brown with warm peachy undertones that reminds me of MAC Patina with slightly more colour payoff, less taupe undertones and a stronger golden lean. It’s a shimmer in finish and has a gorgeous smoothness, despite its shimmer particles themselves – I’d call them microshimmers though.
Tym – This one is definitely a striking shade in the palette, as its a satin shade with no visible particles and an almost metallic kind of sheen. The formula on this one is perfect and its a slightly burnt-orange rosy copper kind of shade.
Jori – It’s a deep chocolate brown and a satin finish. The sheen is incredibly subtle on this one so it could easily be used to add depth around the lash line or outer v. It has very nice smoothness and pigmentation for the kind of shade it is.
Cindi – It’s a medium toned copper with burnt orange undertones that has a metallic-y kind of brightness. It’s a satin shade with some shimmer but no noticeable particles. It’s one of the silky shades. It has an identical formula and depth of colour to Tym.
Chantille – This is a smooth and silky medium-toned brown with rosy undertones. It hardly has any active shimmer particles and instead has a velvet texture with the smallest sheen.
Chloe – It’s the surprising cool toned, shimmery light silver with gunmetal undertones that has a less smooth formula because of the more substantial microglitters.
Melonie – This one is an ever-so-slightly lightened version of both Tym and Cindi, with more of a champagne kind of base that leans very coppery. It’s silky smooth and has a satin finish with an almost-metallic kind of sheen.
Diana – It’s a blackened charcoal with slight silvery blue shimmer running throughout but the base is satiny and it comes across as such. It has a great smooth formula, especially for the depth of colour.
Ceska– This ended up being among the more unique shades in the palette; it’s a subdued paled out gold with yellowy undertones. There aren’t particles of shimmer but the pearlescent sheen is definitely there.

Each and every one of the shades in the palette has excellent pigmentation, lasts as long as an eyeshadow will on me without creasing – I have the kind of eyes that prevent eyeshadow from staying put – and are easy to work with. I have no qualms about the formula of the eyeshadows and from a quality standpoint, they are phenomenal. The texture on the shadows is silky smooth but they don’t kick up a lot of powder or fallout at the same time, making them easier to use. There were a couple that didn’t have that smooth texture, as noted above, but they were easy to use and performed well regardless. The issue I have with the palette is with its design. The all shimmer palette isn’t practical as a standalone palette, even for a shimmer lover like me – I need to pull mattes for the crease at the very least. And in the picture below, I have used a matte transition shade and a matte crease shade to supplement the palette. Aside: the lighting is washing out the depth of the deeper shades in the photo below – they are much smokier in person. Also, I’m having the worlds worst skin day. I do note that Viseart is aware of this and chooses to create their professional size palettes with one exclusive finish, for the use of the professional who needs the confidence that their finishes are separate – and that there aren’t flecks of shimmer falling into the mattes, for instance. Whether or not this palette is worth the money will be up to personal preferences; if you’re in the market for some warm-toned shimmers with an excellent formula and don’t mind the initial investment, I would give these a go. However, since a variety of other brands make shimmers that perform well, I won’t say that you need to go out and get these. In all honesty, their mattes could be more of an essential as they are more difficult to find impeccable formulas in – but mattes just don’t excite me in the same way.

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Shades used: Camille, Gitte, Kifu, Jori & Diana
Have you tried Viseart?
Maggie, x.

 

July/August 2017 Favourites

Over the last few months I used things and some of these things are my favourite. Let’s get into it before too much rambling occurs:

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L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara ($12): I’m not someone who really ever ‘got’ what the hype was about the original Voluminous mascara – but it might be a me issue, as I vehemently hate the prized Maybelline Great Lash Mascara as well- and with this being housed similar medium-sized natural bristle wand, I expected it to be another mascara that clumped and didnt provide the volume and separation that I’m looking for. For me, this mascara proved itself as everything I wanted the original mascara to be – offering loads of volume and separation, along with a dose of length thats easily buildable. The formula wasn’t the driest to begin with but acted like a dry mascara in the best way. It performs well for me, doesn’t smudge or flake and gives me very voluminous lashes. I haven’t tried the Too Faced Better Than Sex to compare it you, if anyone’s wondering.

Lorac Pro 3 Palette ($58.33): I’ve absolutely fallen in love with this warm and kind of rose-gold hued neutral palette in the last couple of months and have been happily reaching for it, without grabbing other shades. I’ve gotten back into wearing more eyeshadow on a regular basis and I attribute it to the ease of this palette. The powdery nature of the shadows has been a learning curve, but I love the combination of the essential matte shades (‘pink nude’ as a transition shade, ‘clay’ to add depth in the crease, ‘cool taupe’ in the brows and to add depth to the outer corner, ‘terracotta’ in the crease for when I want something warm and mustardy and ‘jet black’ for when I want a liner or some smokinesss in the outer corner/lashline), along with options for lid colours – and two different highlighting shade options. On the lid, I’ve been liking ‘almond pearl’ as a barely-there iridescent champagne, ‘Light Pewter’ when I want something slightly taupe-y but still very neutral and ‘rose bronze’ when I’m looking for something with more depth. It’s an easy palette to work with and offers versatility for more subdued neutral looks along with smokier neutral offerings.

MAC Next to Nothing Face Colour in Light Plus ($38): Whenever I wanted to put a little bit of something on my face this summer, I happily reached for this sheer to light coverage multi-use product. As a lover of natural glowy looking skin, I use it as a tinted moisturizer of sorts but it can be used under or over foundation. It created a seamless look on the skin with a glow that held up all day long even on the sweatiest of days. It evens out the skin and adds a bit of glow that holds up for longer wear on my dry-combination skin and never looked greasy in the least and worked even when I went through a phase of horrible dry patches. I will note that this product tends to pill when its built up overly much. The ingredients are also fairly nice, as its formulated without drying alcohol or fragrance and contains a couple of antioxidants in the upper portion of the ingredients.

Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Alexander ($44): I feel like an absolutely ridiculous human being for singing praises for a miniature (but not that mini) lipstick that costs about forty five dollars but it’s a gorgeous comfortable cream formula that is smooth and creamy without gliding into lip lines or onto the face. It’s a nudey peach that’s in the colour family where it can be worn without a liner and without that much makeup on the rest of the face but might be on the paler side of my lips but better. I like its ease and it was a fun treat for myself.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Prismatic Amethyst ($46): Moreso in the beginning of the summer when I was so completely pale – I hadn’t seen the sun in months – I was loving this cooler pale pinky lilac highlighter. Now as I have a wee bit more colour, I find the cool silvery tone a little bit more difficult as it can look a bit jarring in comparison to my warmer complexion – but it looks nice when its used a little lower on the cheekbones. This would be an excellent one for cooler or quite fair complexions. It’s a pale pinky lilac that has a holographic silver shift that gleams and provides a sheen without visible shimmer particles. It’s flattering and a bit more subdued head-on than Becca’s other powder offerings. It doesn’t emphasize texture and can provide a flattering brightening effect.

Calvin Klein One Summer 2015 ($80): Even though it lasted – at most – six hours on my skin, I happily sprayed the effervescent lime gin and tonic scented eau de toilette on my pressure points this summer. It lingered longer on my clothes and hair, I note and it has that freshness and unisex citrus lean that I kind of adore. I wont go on about this because it was limited edition…

Any thoughts?
Maggie, x.

August Skincare Empties

Contrary to what the lack of activity over the last six months or so might suggest, I am not dead. And I used up products:

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Tony Moly I’m Real Sheet Mask ($3-4/20g): I’ve gotten into that whole sheet mask shebang and out of all the ones I’ve tried, these ones are my favourite – and I’ve used loads of them, in different varieties. They don’t contain harsh or irritating alcohol and, instead, contain beneficial ingredients like glycerin, panthenol, allantoin and hyaluronic acid. Most of all, they aren’t obscenely priced for a single use mask. After use, my skin feels soothed, plumped and enriched with a dose of dewy hydration. My favourite has to be the Radiance variety. Definite repurchase.

Paula’s Choice Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner ($24 US/118 mL): Paula’s Choice toners weren’t one of the first products of hers that I tried, but they were among the most life-changing. I really liked this one, enriched with fatty acids along with her more typical antioxidant, hyaluronic acid and anti-irritant based formulas but I decided to repurchase the Skin Recovery  offering instead because I liked it about as much, with its milky texture and nice variety of anti-irritants, antioxidants and oils and you get more for less. In short, it’s great for fighting inflammation and repairing the barrier but it might not be as cost efficient as her other offerings.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% ($6.50/30 mL): This was my first foray into the brand and is a simple, AHA formula that isn’t irritating, is formulated at a functional pH and contains hyaluronic acid and a tasmanian pepper berry derivative to soften the blow of the acid. At first, I wasn’t in love with the gel formula because I didn’t notice anything different and didn’t find it as gentle as other formulas, but once I started layering my skincare again as I was dealing with dryness, I started to really enjoy how it resurfaced while drawing moisture to the skin. At first, I dealt with the tiniest tingle on my beyond sensitive skin but that did subside. I think I even repurchased this in the stronger formula a few days ago. Someone really needs to monitor my late night online shopping.

Hylamide Booster Sensitive Fix ($20/30 mL): As someone who suffers with random bouts of seemingly random sensitivity, I decided to try Hylamide’s offering for this sensitivity. I can tell you that I liked the product but with all the jargon in the claims, I’m not sure it completely performs in comparison. It contains sodium hyaluronate to soothe and hydrate the skin, along with  lactobacillus ferment extract that has research supporting its ability to help with barrier repair and fatty acids that have the same function. It also contains a few plant extracts with anti-inflammatory activity. It’s not that I don’t like the serum – I did, and would consider repurchasing -, its more that these extracts that the serum boasts have questionable abilities to completely fix skin sensitivity and I hate how convoluted the language is on the website. This was a nice serum to layer underneath a moisturizer or oil to help reduce inflammation and sensitivity.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser: This cult classic is among the very best of affordable cleansers out there, fragrance-free and formulated without harsh cleansing agents. I have a couple of cleansers on the go so I won’t repurchase immediately but I definitely will. It’s excellent for sensitivity and dryness. Even though the ingredients are rinsed off, I think the hyaluronic acid, ceramides and fatty acids are a nice touch for barrier repair – but the real superstar ingredient is the lack of barrier disrupting ingredients in the formula.

Josie Maran Argan Oil: This was a sample sized product that I got out of one of those Sephora Favourites Kits that I adore but it was large enough that I deemed it worthy of mention. Seeing as I’m not a huge fan of essential oils in skincare for myself, I liked that this was purely an antioxidant rich plant oil, in an organic cold-pressed form. It wasn’t my absolute favourite and it wasn’t a sophisticated blend, but I enjoyed applying it to add a boost of hydration, do some soothing action and provide some extra nourishing. I don’t think I’d repurchase but it’s nice.

Any thoughts?
Maggie, x.

 

February/March Favourites

So, erm, I’m alive. I don’t know whats wrong with me. I’m the worst. And I do promise that my 2016 favourites will make an appearance before June – not that I’d necessarily trust my promises at this point. Because I have this strange urge to release monthly favourites deep within my soul, I thought I might catch up by posting my February and March edit.

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Benefit Rockateur Box’o’Powder: After neglecting this seriously glowy blush for quite possibly an entire year, I’ve been consistently reaching for this beyond sheeny rose gold offering. It’s fast and easy, and leaves a highlighted rosy glow to my fair cheeks with one product. On medium and deeper skins, it would appear as a blush topper or highlighter but those of us on the fairer side can use it as a combination product. It’s great for making you appear alive and perking up the complexion.

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer in Brunette: I have a tumultuous relationship with brow pencils. In my experience, they tend to be oddly coloured, leave an unnatural kind of definition in the brows and are anything but cost-efficient. This offering I do like, however, as it has a nice slim tip and effective brush that creates natural ashy looking brows with minimal effort. I can see people going through this pencil quickly if they go to town with filling in their brows, but that’s not the case for me.

Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask: Throughout the winter, I’ve been loving this rich and almost impossibly soothing leave-on facial mask, even though I’m a skeptic of the difference between overnight moisturizing masks. I will note that I do enjoy that often these masks are extra rich and hydrating and that they often come in larger sizes and are less expensive than their moisturizer counterparts but, regardless, they are a rich moisturizer. It has a buttery texture but I’ve never experienced clogging issues from it and it’s one that stays with you even in the morning. It leaves my skin extra plumped and soothed with its hefty dose of emollients and oil-derived antioxidants. When my skin is upset in the dry and dehydrated sense, this is the closest thing to a cure. Its ability to decrease inflammation is noted. Plus, it’s an epic eye cream.

Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream: As someone who suffers from eczema, I must say that its awfully strange that my hands don’t tend to be an issue. However, from the dragging on winter my cuticles and my hands were suffering and I’ve been reaching for this hand cream as a result. Side note: it’s excellent for all around dry patches. The formula isn’t sophisticated but the petrolatum really sticks to your hands throughout the day and I’m sure the oat extract is soothing. Plus the natural scent of the extracts is soothing.

Sassy Girl Aroma Sleepytime Souffle Cup: Ever since I started venturing into the vendor wax world at the very beginning of the year, I’ve been enjoying myself tremendously and finding interesting scents that I’ve enjoyed melting. However, there have not been any blends that I’ve tried that have paralleled this seemingly simple offering. It’s a lavender, chamomile and spearmint blend that has something extra special and instantly soothes me. There’s something creamy about the chamomile that adds something extra relaxing to the lavender and peppermint which I adore. I will note that I also melted a chunk of Rosegirls Lavender Peppermint which I really did enjoy, just not to the same degree. I must acquire more…

Any thoughts or favourites to share?
Maggie, x.

A March Weekend Wishlist

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Rosegirls Cool Beans Muffins($7 US/5.2-5.6 ounces): I’m starting to get to the point where I’ve purchased more vendor wax than I will reasonably burn through, but I still feel the need to order a few more things when the vendors I’m interested in open. I should probably have prefaced this with saying that I’ve gotten majorly into burning vendor wax, though… I’m a major fan of Rosegirls’ Lavender Peppermint blend as an everyday kind of mellow scent and this features the same notes, along with the additional Vanilla Bean Noel. Too much bakery can be overwhelming for my sensitive nose, but i think the hint of VBN will be nice.

Rosegirls Strawberry Peppermint Coconut Milk ($10.50 US/ 8 ounces): With today’s Rosegirls opening, I actually struggled with what other specific scents I’d like because although I love her wax, I’m not partial to fruity bakery scents. Even though neither strawberry or coconut are my thing, I’m really interested in this scent because in my experience, her peppermint is amazing and I’ve heard that the strawberry and coconut are in the background of the scent. I’m also partial to the ease of the chunk bag format.

Sassy Girl Aroma Black Sea Shaving Cream Chunk Bag ($9.95 US/9-9.5 ounces): I am well aware that I need to get a handle on this wax buying that I’ve been doing and not overbuy before I accumulate more than I have a chance of burning but another vendor that I’ve ordered from and enjoyed beginning to melt is Sassy Girl Aroma. I like that they are a ready-to-ship company with twice-monthly restocks and their sheer variety of scents. This scent was not available from this week’s opening but I expect that it will return again, especially with the trending of these slightly masculine shaving cream offerings from vendors. I’m really intrigued to try out this aquatic cologne and fresh scent, especially as a contrast to these other scents that I’ve been trying that take me further out of my comfort zone.

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% ($7.90/30 mLs): I promise that now this post is returning to the expected beauty content here and is not going to entirely be dedicated to my newfound wax obsession. Those who have read my posts before will know my love of gentle acid exfoliants and in the same vein, I’ve been dying to try one containing azelaic acid and struggling to find one available to me. It functions as a brightening chemical exfoliant in the standard sense but is also known to function as an antioxidant while providing these benefits.

Nine Zero Lacquer A Night With the Cats ($9 US): I’m still really wanting to try Jessface90’s indie nail polish brand but still have not bit the bullet. This crelly-glitter-mix really strikes my fancy because I’m really into the sheer white combination glitters and that I know that she has reviewed a million of these polishes and would expect perfection from hers as a result.

I’m well aware that I’ve been the worst blogger as of late but I promise that I’m getting myself into gear. I’ve just been stressed about a whole lot of nothing and been left with zero energy and motivation. If I don’t get back to blogging on a semi-regular basis, I might scream at this point.

Any wishlist related thoughts?
Maggie, x.

Rosegirls Spa Sampler

I’m not one to beat around the bush – except in long-winded blog post introductions, that is – so let’s get to it. I’ve been the worst blogger, talking about how I was going to blog on a regular basis before dropping off the face of the earth. I had a good excuse this time – I’ve been sicker than I’ve been in years, I had major computer issues and I’m still dealing with this extreme fatigue. In December, I decided to make my first foray into the vendor wax world and I pre-ordered a sampler from Rosegirls in the Spa scented variety. I had heard amazing things about their wax blends and knowing that they shipped to Canada and didn’t charge excessively for the shipments, I couldn’t resist ordering. The base cost for each of the samplers offered in December was $41 US with a shipping cost (this includes the US only) of 9 dollars per order. I was impressed to learn that Rosegirls ships internationally, charging the customer only for the shipping costs incurred in the shipping process. It doesn’t seem like a lot but each sampler promised 2 pounds of wax – which was a really nice amount – and I was astounded by how much when it arrived in person.

To be honest, the shipping to Canada was not cheap, especially when you put our pathetic dollar into comparison. I paid the standard 9 dollars US for shipping along with a 25 US dollar surcharge for the cost of shipping to Canada. At first, I felt that this shipping was rather expensive but once I got the wax and saw its quantity and bounty, I got over it quickly. The shipping was not super fast for me. After the 5-6 week turn around time, I did wait almost two weeks but this was mainly because of the time the package spent waiting in customs on the border.

Despite my beyond picky nose, I had decided that it was worthwhile to try a sampler in Spa-themed scents. I was hoping to try some mint and lavender scents that the vendor is famous for along with some cologne or fresh blends and I got what I hoped for. There’s only one blend that I don’t particularly like in the entire lot and I’m becoming yet another adoring fan of the vendor’s wax. Here’s my lowdown on the particular scents blow and the *s indicate my absolute favourites:

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  1. Clean Linen and Snuggle Baby – While this scent was not one of my absolute favourites of the bunch, it only missed the mark slightly short of being included among them. It’s a clean and fresh kind of laundry scent with a hint of vanilla sweetness underneath.
  2.  29 Olive Street – At first I struggled to grasp what the name of this slightly zesty and refreshing scent was in reference to – I’m usually pretty good at figuring these kinds of things out, after all – but the genius of google informed me that it’s one of the original elusive Lush fragrances – or at least that’s what I’m most tempted to believe. I don’t adore it but I’m sure that I will enjoy melting this zesty lemon-lime but maybe ylang-ylang infused offering. I’m also convinced that it has that brightness that Lush’s The Olive Branch has that many wax brands try to duplicate. If anyone knows anything definite about this scent, I would be thrilled to know…
  3. Lavender Peppermint*– At first glance, this is a simplistic scent, largely dominated by that cool peppermint note but with herbal lavender lurking underneath. However, there’s something about it that is a mixture of calming and revitalizing. It’s so good that I couldn’t even resist waiting for it to cure and the throw is all kinds of amazing.
  4. Peppermint Ocean* – This peppermint and fresh water cologne scent wasn’t on my radar when I looked at the possibilities for spa scents to get in my sampler, but I cant wait to melt this springy scent. It has that touch of that watery cologne scent that I know and love and it blends nicely with the cool mint.
  5. Raspberry Zen – While this berry-infused spa scent might be my least favourite in my sampler, I’d have to say that most people will probably be head over heels for it. I do quite like the calming Zen note but I’m too particular about my berry scents to enjoy this one. I can see the mix of fruity and spa scents appealing to the masses though.IMG_9336.JPG

6. Singing In The Rain – From my research in the Rosegirls Facebook group, I have deduced that this scent is a secret blend. It’s a quintessential fresh scent that only leans a bit on the cleaner side of the spectrum and has that beach air sort of quality to it.
7. Lavender Perfect Day – Being a lavender-loving freak, I couldn’t help but be a bit disappointed that the scent is so subdued in this scent. The floral notes are subdued by the zen and herbal lavender and what remains is a fresh feminine floral scent.
8. Zen Goddess – I would describe this scent as a quintessential spa kind of scent that isn’t overwhelming but invokes feelings of relaxation. It’s definitely fresh but it’s softened with maybe a hint of sandalwood or ylang-ylang and a hint of sweetness.
9. Lavender Tangerine Satsuma* – This was another scent that was on the simpler side – classic satsuma with some herbal lavender in the background – but I was so enamoured with it that I had to warm it first. It’s not super intense, but I gave it hardly any cure time and there’s something about it that’s calming but revitalizing. These kinds of scents are my jam, if you haven’t guessed yet.
10. Clean Linen and Pink Sugar – After hearing wax lovers sing the praises of vendor Pink Sugar scents, I was some pleased to be able to try it in the sampler without having commit to a bag, muffin or pie. The sweet perfume scent is comforting but I’m not sure it’s perfect for my likes but I do like how it blends with the classic laundry scent. I’ll be curious to see how my liking for this develops as it melts.

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11.Sandalwood and 29 High Street (Type)* – I might not be brilliant as describing scents (in the slightest, in my opinion) but I can usually place the specific category that a scent belongs to with ease, however, this one threw me for a loop. My research clearly indicates that it is a duplication of an elusive perfume that is now difficult to come across that was sold at Lush’s 29 High Street store, blended with sandalwood. My best attempt at explaining it is a warm and musky offering that leans unisex rather than overtly masculine, with lots of sandalwood, patchouli, a blend of essential oils, a hint of jasmine and some citrus lurking underneath. I don’t love all Lush scents but I can assure you that this is one of those intoxicating ones that strikes the balance between tranquil and inspiring.
12. Biolage, Pink Sugar & Cotton Candy Frosting – If it weren’t for the Biolage and Jenny’s blending ability, I’m sure that this scent would be far too sugary sweet for this fresh and cologne-scented lover’s nose. I love the fresh spa scent of Biolage and because I used it for years growing up, I find something completely nostalgic about smelling it, so at first I was disappointed that the note wasn’t more dominant in the blend. However, I do think that it adds a freshness to the perfume-y and bakery blend. I’ll be curious to see if it comes out more when melted.
13. Spring Renewal & Shampure (Aveda Type)* – When I ordered a Spa Sampler, this is the exact kind of scent I expected and hoped to be getting. It smells exactly like an Aveda spa – which is completely unsurprising because it’s a duplication of one of their old-school shampoos – with that subtle and intoxicating herbal and essential oil based blend.
14. Winter Snuggles – This complex scent came incredibly close to being included in my top favourites of the lot. It strikes me as a seamless blend and with a name that gives nothing away about the particular notes, giving a scent description frustrates me to no end. My best attempt is to describe it as a blend of baby powder, sandalwood, patchouli and slightly woodsy warmth. The baby powder and cologne hybrid scent is unique to say the least.
15. Lemon Basil Sage Mint – Thankfully for my sanity, the final blend is a straightforward one with a straightforward name to boot. In a nutshell, it’s a zesty lemon blend that also includes some herbal notes. I can smell the basil, sage and mint in the background but none of these notes stand out in particular – I do note that the mint is a fresh mint rather than a peppermint or spearmint. This would be a great spring or kitchen kind of scent.

I may have placed another order set to ship at the end of this month… Does anyone have any experience or interest in/with vendor wax?
Maggie, x.

November 2016 Favourites

I’ve mentioned before that I work in retail and with everything getting so busy at Christmas-time and the unfortunate luck of losing some employees around this time, I have been picking up the slack at work and I’ve had no time or energy to blog. Most of all, I’ve had no daylight to take pictures and I’m not the kind of person who is organized enough to take them all in advance. Regardless, I’m forcing myself to get this favourites post up and before long, I would expect another empties post around here – I’ve been finishing up even more products.

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NUDE Skincare Nourishing Cleansing Oil: Ever since getting this omega-rich cleansing oil as a gift last Christmas, I have enjoyed it but it wasn’t until November that I fully appreciated it. Rather than using mineral oil (which I have no problem with) and other emulsifiers and emollients to melt away makeup, its beauty lies in the gorgeous nourishing plant oils that it contains. It’s fairly good at melting away makeup – and it does this without irritation – but it’s real beauty is its value as a soothing skin treat.

Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil: Despite the fact that I find that Sunday Riley’s facial oils are extremely expensive and filled with some questionable claims, – mainly that they are Hydroactive and act on a cellular level in a way that lesser oils do not – I picked up her essential-oil-free offering during the Sephora VIB Sale. I’m pleased (or horrified, I’m not entirely sure) to report that it’s the nicest facial oil I’ve ever tried. I like the natural salad dressing scent (lol) but most of all, I like how rich it feels on the skin and how soothing and hydrating it is. It’s been a godsend in this cooler weather that has left my skin in a less than hydrated state.

Paula’s Choice Resist 10% Niacinamide Booster: I’m a massive fan of Niacinamide for its barrier repairing and cell communicating nature, along with its soothing and brightening qualities so obviously I couldn’t go without trying her fairly recently released booster. It’s water-light texture definitely was a learning curve for me but I’ve been loving applying it as a serum when my skin needs extra calming, a boost of hydration and some general oomph. I haven’t had pore issues in ages but I do believe that this has improved their appearance even more!

MAC Fix Plus: As someone with quite dry and dehydrated skin, I really like the instant impact that spraying my face has in terms of giving a glow. However, I find that most of these so-called ‘setting sprays’ fail to add longevity to makeup and are filled with alcohol and fragrance, making the skin look better before making it look worse in a few hours time. However, I find that the cult favourite MAC one to improve the way that my skin looks throughout the day while providing skincare benefits. It has loads of glycerin and a decent amount of antioxidants and bridges the line between skincare and makeup. The mist is also very fine, making it ideal for refreshing makeup and eliminating that powdery dull look.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone: As someone who is always after naturally luminous skin, – especially this month apparently – it’s not exactly shocking that I’ve been enjoying the effect of this liquid highlighter. To be honest, I love the truly luminous finish of this golden highlighter – and the way that it has less visible shimmer particles than Becca’s powder highlighter offerings – all the time but it’s been with the cold weather that I’ve been willing to go to the extra effort with liquid highlighter.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Stereo Rose: I had gone months without wearing this sheeny rosy-coral blush but as soon as I started reaching for it again, as a blush that adds some instant brightness and glow, I’ve remembered why it’s one of my absolute favourites. Unfortunately, it is limited edition and MAC releases it about once a year – with some shade variations. It can pull a bit red on the skin but there’s something about it that I find adds the right kind of rosy flush  on my moderately-fair skin.

NYX Lip Lingerie in Ruffle Trim: Surprisingly, my favourite lip product of the month was a liquid lipstick. The surprising part of this is that my dry, sensitive lips typically rebel against the drying nature of these lip products. The shade is a warm neutral rosy hue with some brown to it, but that isn’t what I liked most about it. The product dries down to a kind of texture-less finish that isn’t particularly drying and doesn’t feel productY either.

Bath and Body Works Flannel Scented Candle: After I missed out on this scent for a few years in a row in the full three wick offering, I started hoarding this candle – the one pictured is an unburned three wick from this year because I finished the medium jar and it’s not a particularly attractive sight at the moment. Now, it’s a scent that I love to burn the moment that I crave that cozy feeling which happened in November when the chilly Fall weather hit and slowly drifted into Winter. It’s a sweeter cologne kind of scent that features bergamot, a hint of vanilla and warm musk. It’s one that I certainly love and would also recommend even to those who are usually wary of so-called ‘cologne’ scents. I’ve been happily burning it throughout November and plan on burning more throughout the Winter.

Any thoughts or faves to share?
Maggie, x.