Saturday, August 16, 2014

Vichy Aqualia Thermal review + swatch

For years I've been using the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light as my moisturizer year-round (even as my night cream). This moisturizer really works for my skin and never leaves my nose flakey like some do.



LIGHT - 48-hour hydration for sensitive skin 

It has a very thin consistency, making it super easy to spread on your face. It is fast absorbing and makes skin feel very smooth and moisturized! There is a bit of a scent to it but I can't quite describe it, but it isn't super artificially smelling.


They have recently reformated this but if you want to give this a try, it should be on clearout wherever sells it! I always buy it at Shoppers Drug Mart but I think that Rexall also sells it. It is a pricey moisturizer ($38 for 50 mL) but Vichy goes on sale at Shoppers often, so make sure to grab it then!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Liebster Award!




Thanks to both KatieLouise and Desiree Law for nominating me for the Liebster Award :D

RULES:
1. Post eleven facts about yourself.
2. Answer the eleven questions provided by the person who nominated you and then create an eleven-question set for the next group of nominees.
3. Choose eleven people to nominate and link them in the post.
4. Let your nominees know they've been tagged - and no tag-backs!
5. Nominate blogs under 200 followers.

11 facts about me:

1. I play piano, violin, and clarinet
2. I am super obsessed with nail polish and own way too many
3. I am also obsessed with lip balms and lip tints
4. I’m lactose intolerant
5. My upcoming school term is my last one before graduating university
6. I am a Canadian from Toronto
7. My favourite dish to cook is kim chi fried rice
8. I love anything Harry Potter related
9. My favourite scent is the smell of peaches
10. I don’t drink coffee unless it’s a Tim Horton’s Iced Capp
11. My favourite show is Gilmore Girls even though it is over - I still watch the reruns!

Katie Louise’s questions:

1. If you could visit anywhere in the World, where would you go and why?
I would go to London because the Harry Potter studios tour is there! I’ve never been to Europe so this would also be a great chance to explore the different culture there.

2. What is your holy grail product and why?
My HG is the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light moisturizer which I have been using for at least 5 years. Most other moisturizers give me a flakey nose for some reason.

3. What is your favourite childhood memory?
My favourite memory was when I went to Disneyland with my family and 2 other families when I was 6. It was my first time there so I remember being really excited.

4. If you had to choose one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I would choose to eat U-don noodles because there’s so many different ways to cook them!

5. What is your favourite quote?
“Lose one friend, lose all friends, lose yourself” – Boy Meets World

6. What is your go to accessory?
I’m not into wearing accessories so if this counts, I love my plain stud earrings!

7. Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging in 2009 but it was a blog that I just started with my friend. This only became more of a beauty blog a year ago :)

8. What is your biggest achievement in life so far?
My biggest achievement is getting into my first choice university 3 years ago and still being able to have the grades to stay in my program!

9. What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is failing.

10. What are you doing in your life, right now?
I’m currently on a co-op term but returning to school in September. That will be my last term before I graduate and then hopefully continue onto the Master’s program

11. Who inspires you?
I’ve always answered this question with Harriet Tubman. I always admire her bravery and the fact that she would risk her life to save others.

Desiree Law’s questions (taken out the ones I already answered):
1.  What is one thing on your bucket list?
To travel around Europe

2. What is your go-to snack/drink at a coffee shop?
A blueberry muffin!

3. What is a fashion staple in your wardrobe?
Bandeaus! I love using them for layering

5. Would you rather lose your sight or lose your sense of touch?
I think sense of touch because I love looking at nature and all the colours in the world

8. Which store do you shop the most at?
Sephora or Hollister I think

9. What landmark or attraction would you recommend a tourist to visit?
I’m in Toronto so the CN Tower! :P

10. Condo or townhouse?
I’d prefer a townhouse

11. What's your favourite kind of flower?
I’m not really into flowers but violets are nice

My questions:
1. What is your holy grail makeup/skincare item and why?
2. Do you play any instruments?
3. What is your favourite place in the world and why?
4. What is your favourite scent?
5. When did you start blogging?
6. What is your favourite type of food?
7. What would your ideal vacation be?
8. What is your staple fashion accessory?
9. What is your favourite brand of makeup/skincare?
10. Where are you from?
11. What is your favourite book?

11. Donna V. - http://imnotsoho.com/

Friday, August 1, 2014

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask and Pore Purifying Black Strips

Is it possible for posts to get deleted by Blogger? :S I posted this review already but it disappeared so here's my second shot at it! During the Sephora Black Friday Sale last year, I got the Boscia Pore Perfection set which came with 30 g of the Luminizing Black Mask and 3 of the Pore Purifying Black Strips.
A groundbreaking, mineral-rich mask that peels off to deliver powerful detoxifying, purifying, and brightening effects.

This was my first peel off mask so I didn't know what to expect. It is super black, thick, and a bit sticky but is not that hard to apply. It spreads okay but I've heard that a thick layer is required in order to make it peel off well so you can't be too stingy with this mask. Peeling off the mask was difficult but it did come off in large chunks. After peeling off the mask, my face was red and blotchy! I wouldn't consider it to be an allergic reaction because my face did calm down in a few minutes (I also put on some cream to sooth my face). My skin did feel a smoother but unfortunately, it wasn't able to get rid of my blackheads :(

Next up is the Pore Purifying Black Strips.


A pack of peel-off strips that absorb dirt and oil to reduce the appearance of pores and blackheads.

 These pore strips were very similar to the Biore pore strips. They work the same way and appear to have the same results. The only difference is that the Boscia strips don't seem to harden that much, thus making them easier to peel off. I'm not sure if I'm not waiting long enough because it doesn't seem to adhere to my nose that well or get all the blackheads out :(

These products were nice to try but this line just doesn't seem right for my skin. I'll finish using but won't be repurchasing. The Luminizing Black Mask costs $41 for 80g and the Pore Purifying Black strips cost $34 for 12 strips.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch review + swatch

The product for review today came from a Clarins Hudson's Bay bonus gift with purchase. The Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch is a primer that helps to provide a smooth canvas for makeup. It is formulated for all skin types so it is a perfect product for anyone to try.


This beauty-award winning primer is the perfect combination of make-up and skin care. With an ultra-light, ultra-smooth texture it glides on skin, leaving a imperceptible veil on its surface, filling in and smoothing away the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores. Your skin will be foundation ready to give your make-up a more even and flawless finish. Can be used alone or mixed with your foundation.


I use it after my moisturizer and let it sink in before applying foundation. The first thing I noticed about this is that it is SUPER smooth! It feels as smooth as silk and sometimes I swipe some just so I can feel it haha. It is a nudey pinkish colour but becomes translucent after application.


Similar to the texture of the cream, my skin also feels silky smooth after using this. It helps to smooth away pores but I don't have enough wrinkles to review about those benefits. It definitely helps with makeup application and also helps with making my makeup last longer. I have combo skin and I think it also does an okay job with controlling oil :)


The full size is 15 mL and sells for $35 so very pricey but worth it in my opinion!

This beauty-award winning primer is the perfect combination of make-up and skin care. With an ultra-light, ultra-smooth texture it glides on skin, leaving a imperceptible veil on its surface, filling in and smoothing away the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores. Your skin will be foundation ready to give your make-up a more even and flawless finish. Can be used alone or mixed with your foundation. - See more at: http://www.clarins.ca/en/instant-smooth-perfecting-touch/C050105002.html#sthash.348Q7OwY.dpuf
This beauty-award winning primer is the perfect combination of make-up and skin care. With an ultra-light, ultra-smooth texture it glides on skin, leaving a imperceptible veil on its surface, filling in and smoothing away the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores. Your skin will be foundation ready to give your make-up a more even and flawless finish. Can be used alone or mixed with your foundation. - See more at: http://www.clarins.ca/en/instant-smooth-perfecting-touch/C050105002.html#sthash.348Q7OwY.dpuf
This beauty-award winning primer is the perfect combination of make-up and skin care. With an ultra-light, ultra-smooth texture it glides on skin, leaving a imperceptible veil on its surface, filling in and smoothing away the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores. Your skin will be foundation ready to give your make-up a more even and flawless finish. Can be used alone or mixed with your foundation. - See more at: http://www.clarins.ca/en/instant-smooth-perfecting-touch/C050105002.html#sthash.348Q7OwY.dpuf
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