#influenster Kat Von D Studded Creme Lipstick

Influenster was kind enough to send me the Kat Von D Studded Creme Lipstick in Lolita to review.  A few months back, they also sent me the lip liner (in Lolita as well) and I really enjoyed the liner.  While I appreciate everything that I receive to review, I absolutely hated this Lipstick.  Before I get to the reason(s) why, I’ll post the brand’s description.

Kat Von D Studded Creme Lipstick Lolita (more…)

Review: MAC Fix+ Prep & Prime-Lavender

It has been a cold winter in Toronto.  I’ve grown accustomed to the fact that winter continues on into what I would typically call ‘spring’ -March.  If you have read any of my skincare or makeup posts, you will know that I have oily skin; I’m moving into the ‘mature’ skin category (as defined by the makeup community).  During the work week, I have a 20 minute walk from the train station to my office.  That’s fine on a mild day, but during these frigid times-it’s a bit daunting.  I bundle up and cover my face as much as I can, but some of my face is still exposed to the elements.  I find my skin feeling quite parched these days.  I wear a ‘full face’ of makeup to work and am not a fan of having to lug all the makeup in for touch-ups (although matte translucent powder and blotting papers are ALWAYS in my bag).  What’s really working for me these days is MAC Fix+ Prep & Prime Lavender.

(more…)

#Influenster Viva La Juicy Eau de Parfum-gift idea!

viva-la-juicy-parfum

I remember getting this perfume waaaaaaaayyyyyy back when Eaton Centre had a Juicy Couture store.  That’s a significant amount of time ago-and I haven’t seen anyone wearing the Juicy Couture tracksuit of yesteryear (that may be a good thing).  A big thanks to Influenster for sending me the Viva La Juicy Eau de Parfum.

(more…)

Holiday Gifting-Cozy gift tote

This isn’t breaking news. I’m not doing a holiday gift guide this year!  There are so many reasons for this which I won’t get into here but basically, my budget this year won’t allow for me to be dropping big dollars $$$ on gifts (not that I don’t want to). I’ve recently been doing some volunteer social media/marketing work with my church and the Parish Administrator there recently had a birthday.  Instead of getting her a gift card or candy, I decided to put together items that she could use for a ‘cozy’ night in.   It is absolutely frigid here in Ontario and I thought she may enjoy and use these!  I had a lot of fun wrapping each item and giving a little explanation of why I included the item. I put it all in a tote bag and voila, the Holiday Gifting-Cozy gift tote was born!

(more…)

Revive the ‘art’ of watch wearing with Monthly Watch Club

Monthly Watch Club Winter Image

Back in ‘the day’, I wore watches.  Not a ton, but I would wear them.  Over the years, I have acquired and kept several of my favorites.  For the past 2 years, I’ve gone back to my roots and worn Swatch Watches (and will continue to love them dearly).   But honestly, what happened to the ‘art’ of watch-wearing?  I see people walking around with ‘smart’ watches-but to be honest they don’t appeal to me.  I have a ‘fitness’ device that seems to not be so important to me lately (that’s going to change-stay tuned for that), but other than looking at that occasionally for the time, I don’t find myself reaching for my watches so much.  Monthly Watch Club is a subscription service that aims to revive the ‘art’ of watch wearing.  In my opinion, this could truly be the perfect gift idea for so many people on your holiday lists.   I received a watch from Monthly Watch Club and have been enjoying it for several weeks-I’d like to share my thoughts on the idea and the actual product.

(more…)

OGX Candy Gumdrop Shampoo & Conditioner-worth the hype?

kandee-johnson-ogx

Kandee Johnson is THE OG of Youtube for beauty.  I’ve been following her on social media for so many years, I don’t care to admit it (as it will be easy to determine my exact age).  I wasn’t betting on any of my local stores in the GTA ( greater Toronto area) having her limited edition OGX Shampoo & Conditioners so when I was in the U.S.A. recently, I picked up the OGX Candy Gumdrop Shampoo & Conditioner.  Just in case you didn’t get the ‘gist’ of that last sentence, I paid for these with my own $$$.

(more…)

Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect top coat-my thoughts

Seche Vive review

Well. I went and did it.  Removed the gel from my nails that I had been wearing on and off (mostly on) for the past 3 years.  It’s gone.  And my nails have been naked now for nearly 3 months.  Gosh when I think of it-it doesn’t even sound like it’s describing me.  For now, its my reality….and I’ve decided I’m going to be okay with it. So what to do in the meantime?  Well I’ve been pairing the Christian Dior Instant French Manicure effect with the Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect top coat and it’s been going swell.

(more…)

#LetLifeIn-Herbal Essences bio:renew Dry Shampoo white grapefruit & mosa mint review

I received this product for review.

I’ve been a big believer in Dry Shampoo ever since the days of Psssssssst! that used to be for people in the hospital that couldn’t wash their hair.  As I’ve become an adult (or at least I play an adult on a daily basis) I’ve relied heavily on Dry Shampoo to get me through the work-week. I am the proud recipient of fine, oily hair -and if I were to not use Dry Shampoo, I’d be one of those ‘shampoo-daily’ types.  Since I also color my hair, I have learned that a daily wash is NOT for me-my frayed/split ends and incredibly dry hair taught me a lesson.  So I use Dry Shampoo.

(more…)

#Ageless Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel

*I received this product for review

After I hit age 40 (several years ago), I noticed that my undereye area required extra attention.  I used to be able to get away with a moisturizer-the same one that I used on my face.  Now, I notice that if I don’t apply a separate eye product, that my undereye appears incredibly dry and sometimes gets dark.

My main ‘issue’ with eye products is that they are either too rich for daytime use ( I do use a rich eye cream at night) , or not hydrating enough.  Since my skin is combination (with an INCREDIBLY oily T-zone), I don’t want a very rich eye product that is going to interfere with my face and make me look greasy.

(more…)