Review: Jealous Body’s New Scrubs

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Back in March, I tried out a scrub by the Canadian company Jealous Body. Their Coconut + Coffee scrub was incredible – it left my skin feeling super moisturized and gave me a huge lift in the morning since it made my whole bathroom smell like coffee!

Now, Jealous Body is back with four new scrubs that target a variety of different skin types. If you were on the fence about the coconut one, you may find something else you’re looking for in the new ones.

Jealous Body: Grapeseed + Macadamia and Cocoa + Almond
Jealous Body: Grapeseed + Macadamia and Cocoa + Almond

I received the Grapeseed + Macadamia and the Cocoa + Almond scrubs to try out. Each scrub comes in a water resistant bag, and, for those worried, it’s fully waterproof on the inside since it’s lined with plastic and has the most intense ziploc seal I’ve ever encountered in my life – that shit means business. Each bag contain 200g of product and lasts me about 4-5 showers.

The Grapeseed + Macadamia scrub is best for oily prone skin (great for summer!) and contains:

  • fresh robusta coffee grounds (stimulate blood flow which help reduce the appearance of cellulite, eczema, stretch marks, age spots, varicose veins, psoriasis and acne)
  • cold pressed 100% natural grapeseed oil (tightens skin and helps treat acne)
  • macadamia nut oil (helps with anti aging of your skin and balances oil production)
  • raw brown sugar & sea salt (exfoliates)
  • vitamin A, E & minerals (protects and repairs skin)
Jealous Body Scrub
Jealous Body Scrub

The Cocoa + Almond scrub is best for all skin types and contains:

  • fresh robusta coffee grounds (stimulate blood flow which help reduce the appearance of cellulite, eczema, stretch marks, age spots, varicose veins, psoriasis and acne)
  • cold pressed 100% natural sweet almond oil (relieves dryness and skin irritation and improves your complexion)
  • macadamia nut oil (helps with anti aging of your skin and balances oil production)
  • cocoa powder (antioxidants that will repair your skin cells)
  • raw brown sugar & sea salt (exfoliates)
  • vitamin A, E, D & minerals (protects and repairs skin)

Although I didn’t try the other ones, there is also an Almond + Coffee scrub (for dry & normal skin) and an Almond + Macadamia scrub (for dry & mature skin).

Scrubbing down with Jealous Body
Scrubbing down with Jealous Body

The application is the same with these scrubs as with the previous ones: Get in the shower, get wet, grab a healthy handful of the scrub and start rubbing it into your skin. Let the product soak into your skin for ten minutes or so, then wash it off.

As with the original scrub, both of the new ones left my skin feeling soft and supple. I don’t notice a difference between the two new ones I received (nor do I notice a scent difference – they both smell of glorious, glorious coffee), but I will say that I found the original Coconut + Coffee scrub to be overall more moisturizing, likely due to the coconut oil. However, both new scrubs are still so moisturizing that I don’t feel the need to moisturize my entire body with a separate product afterwards.

Overall, I feel that these scrubs are incredible, and I’m glad that Jealous Body has expanded their line because it gives customers with specific skin needs a product that will help them target their individual skin concerns. These all natural scrubs are definitely worth checking out, particularly if you love the smell of coffee!

The products featured in this review were provided by PR for consideration.

Fitness Friday: 2015 Pride and Remembrance Run

The Pride and Remembrance Run marks my racing anniversary. It it was exactly two years ago that two very good friends of mine invited me to do the Pride Run with them. Ever since then I’ve been become an avid race-goer and couldn’t be happier!

These shots were taken fairly close to the finish line.
These shots were taken fairly close to the finish line.

This was my third Pride Run and it’s one that I don’t necessarily always look forward to. The course is seemingly (impossibly) ALWAYS uphill. There’s a sharp decline where the water station is, but somehow the rest of the damn race always feels like you’re on an incline. 😐

Course map - details via my Garmin
Course map – details via my Garmin

It starts in the heart of the Gay Village in Toronto, heads out to Queen’s Park, laps it twice and then heads back in to where the Start Zone. While I may not love the course itself, the finishing section is always hugely uplifting and everyone always seems to be in great spirits. The finish line is one of the best I’ve ever encountered – the crowd is always loud, always excited and always full of energy. I love, love, LOVE finishing the Pride Run to so much excitement. It’s an enormous mental boost.

I felt great right out of the gate, and my first few kilometers were fairly speedy. I hit a nasty wall around the 3k mark and slowed down a good thirty seconds per kilometer. Not pretty. I also, once again, walked through the water stations. Ugh. I really, really need to stop doing that, it’s murdering my speed. But all I can think during the race is how much I want to drink that water!

Finished!
Finished!

Thankfully, as soon as I hit the 4k marker, I put on the burners and kept telling myself “It’s only 800 more meters. It’s only 700 more meters. It’s only 600 more meters.” I misjudged my timing a bit… when I hit 25 minutes in, I could SEE the finish line and I convinced myself I was only 60 seconds away. I kept up my pace, but I ended up being 90 seconds from the finish line… which clocked me in a 26 minutes and 29 seconds. A whole SECOND faster than my Rat Race a week and a half ago. DAMN! I had been really hoping to hit just over the 26 minute mark. Alas no. I’m okay with my time. I’m not elated, but I’m okay with it. I’m still twenty seconds slower than my best, but I was also twenty seconds faster than last year on this same course, so at least I’m improving!

And that’s it for my races until the fall because it gets too damn hot in Toronto during the summer! I’m planning on doing a 10k in New York City in September, and I’ve already registered for the Scotiabank Waterfront Half Marathon (October), but I’m still off my goal of being sub 25 minutes for a 5k so I’ll need to find something else towards the end of the year to race!

Race Summary

  • Finish Time: 26:29
  • Pace: 5:17 per kilometer
  • Overall placement: 638/1322
  • Age group placement (Female, 25-34): 73/247
  • Gender placement (F): unknown

Event: Charlotte Tilbury Takes Canada

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June 2015 marked the entrance of Charlotte Tilbury into Canada and there were a LOT of us that were excited. Charlotte Tilbury, touted as the world’s #1 make-up artist, is a British makeup artist that has spent 20+ years in the industry, working on notable clients like Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss. Her line of makeup was first launched in the United Kingdom in 2013, eventually made it’s way over to the US, and now finally, to Canada.

Outside Holt Renfew on Bloor Street (Toronto)
Outside Holt Renfew on Bloor Street (Toronto)

Charlotte herself was coming to Holt Renfrew on Bloor Street in Toronto to help promote the launch of her products and several of us beauty bloggers planned to attend the event. The event was open to the public and essentially a meet and greet.

The Charlotte Tilbury counter at Holt Renfrew
The Charlotte Tilbury counter at Holt Renfrew

At Holt Renfew, Charlotte Tilbury‘s new counter jumps out at you when you enter. It’s immediately to the right of the entrance doors and it’s breathtaking. You could easily sink a lot of time and money into this counter! Interesting to note, while the products are certainly expensive in Canadian dollars, they are actually cheaper if you buy them here, than overseas. Given the exchange right now, the Canadian prices are a far better deal. For example, the Bronze & Glow palette is $80 CAD. In the UK, it retails for £49. With the current exchange, that £49 comes out to just over $96 CAD!

In line to meet Charlotte
In line to meet Charlotte

I met several of my beauty blogging friends and we waited in line to meet Charlotte. Although it was busy when we got there,  there weren’t a ton of people in line to meet Charlotte. However, come 6 o’clock, the line quickly started to snake around the counters. I’ve not had much experience waiting in line to meet celebrities, but this was incredibly upscale: we were given little bottles of water, samples and asked to fill out a questionnaire regarding our skin type.

And the meet and greet has started!
And the meet and greet has started!

With great fanfare, Charlotte Tilbury and her team walked in right on time. There was some brief dance number as all the models dressed up in her looks paraded around, and then the CEO of Holt’s shared his excitement about having both Charlotte and her products on site. It was pointed out a few times that apparently the Canadian launch has outdone any other launch they’ve had in terms of sales. You go Canada, you spend that money! (I know I sure did!)

I'd like to think she was gasping at my expertly applied makeup. /brushes off shoulder
I’d like to think she was gasping at my expertly applied makeup. /brushes off shoulder

When we go the chance to meet her, it was pretty quick and quite a blur. She commented on my makeup saying I must be wearing the Glamour Muse quad (nope, was Vintage Vamp) and then pointed out I had the wrong lip colour on for the “look”. I think I *actually* said that I couldn’t afford all her products yet! Way to go Chelle, you stick it to her. /facepalm

Her hairrrr!
Her hairrrr!

I made brief small talk and stood awkwardly. She recommended some products of hers for me, then we took a picture and off I went. This woman is a total pro. She’s not only stunning to look at her (that hair, I mean really… LOOK AT IT) but she can seemingly navigate any kind of awkward conversation she gets into with a fan. Impressive, to say the least.

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Money shot

Smile! Dude… get your hand out of my shot. 😐

Meeting and greeting
Meeting and greeting

So all in all, it was pretty brief, but it was fun to hang out with my blogging buddies and coo over a makeup celebrity. I do really like the products I’ve tried from Charlotte Tilbury‘s line and I will be purchasing more in the future. If you want to check out the makeup look I did with The Vintage Vamp quad and the Bronze & Glow duo, you can see that here.

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#tilburytaxi

As we left Hot’s, we snagged a shot in front of the adorable Tilbury Taxi. I love these ladies – be sure to check them out as a few of them have done event recaps of the event as well (left to right):

What I Bought This Month: June 2015 Haul

Haul time! Behold, all of June’s goodies!

MAC - Reflects Red ($12 CAD)
MAC – Reflects Red ($12 CAD)

One of my lovely blogging friends (Julie over at Swatch and Review) managed to snag me a few items from the MAC warehouse sale this past month. I love, love, LOVE MAC‘s transparent/see-through glitters and she found me the one I was after the most: Reflects Red. It comes out a bit more pink than I was expecting, but it’s GORGEOUS! And it’s in the old MAC packaging so there’s even more in there to play with. Yay!

MAC - Reflects Blue ($12 CAD)
MAC – Reflects Blue ($12 CAD)

She also found Reflects Blue! I realize the colours can be kind of hard to tell, but once you get these glitters on the skin, they reflect the colour that they are, which makes for a really lovely shimmery edge to your look. They also look very, very vibrant when you put them over a black base – the colour pops a lot more then.

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She also picked up a few pigments from the previous year’s MAC Christmas collection, but didn’t want them all, so I happily took the remaining ones.

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I ended up with the shades Reigning Riches (glitter), Whisper Pink and Rose. Gorgeous, gorgeous pigments. I promptly pressed the two shades that weren’t the glitter. For a how to on pressing pigments, check out my recent post!

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All of the remaining items came from a CBB swap we had mid-month. I was able to ditch even more products that I wasn’t using in favour of trying out some new things. First up was the Mary Kay cheek duo in Juicy Guava. I had seen this one on a few blogs and the brightness of the blush really drew me in. I’m not excited by the lack of outer packaging, but maybe I’ve got a spare palette I can pop this into.

MAC Pressed Pigment in Warming Heart (free - swap)
MAC Pressed Pigment in Warming Heart (free – swap)

One of the first items at the swap I spotted was this MAC pressed pigment in Warming Heart. I have no experience with MAC’s pressed pigments so I wanted to give this one a shot.

Revlon HD Pink Ruby (free - swap)
Revlon HD Pink Ruby (free – swap)

I dove for this one when I realized no one was touching it. I have no experience with the new Revlon HD glosses, but this looked like a dupe for Adorned, a previously limited edition shade by Revlon in a formula that has now been discontinued. This gloss is incredible to look at and I swear it’s the exact same shade as the old one. This is HD Pink Ruby – a bright fuchsia filled with glitter particles. Seriously stunning!

Maybelline Color Elixir in Breathtaking Apricot (free - swap)
Maybelline Color Elixir in Breathtaking Apricot (free – swap)

Fundamentally, I’m not a gloss person. They just really annoy me. My hair gets caught in them, they wear off too fast, etc. etc. And yet… they always look so damn stunning in their packaging. I had held off for… well I guess a year or more now, on ever buying a Maybelline Color Elixir because I just wouldn’t get enough use out of it. But if it’s FREE, who am I to say no? Breathtaking Apricot is a lovely orange coral and I’m interested to see what all the fuss was concerning the Color Elixirs.

Revlon Moisture Stain in Shanghai Sizzle (free - swap)
Revlon Moisture Stain in Shanghai Sizzle (free – swap)

Another type of lip product I hadn’t sunk any money into yet. This is Revlon‘s Moisture Stain in Shanghai Sizzle. I love that it’s super bright, so I get to try out a new formula with a shade I really enjoy. These were also huge last year but I never took the plunge.

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Hmmm nail polish. I’m not a huge nail polish wearer. Even though I’ve stopped playing Ultimate Frisbee, I’ve still been left with absolutely mauled fingernails that break and chip constantly. But these Julep polishes were lovely and no one seemed to want them. The top one is a glitter called America and the bottom reminds me of a shade of polish I got at Sephora (back in the early 90s, in Limoges, France when the franc was still the common currency) – it’s a lovely pearlescent shade with blue/green reflect.

False lashes (free - swap)
False lashes (free – swap)

There were a lot of false lashes on the table at the swap, so I grabbed a few pairs from brands I’d never used before. I don’t use lashes often, but it’s nice to have them when I do want to wear them. That Kiss pair on the right though… that looks so natural I could probably get away with that on a daily basis.

Nail strips (free - swap)
Nail strips (free – swap)

Again… not a nail person, but these looks fun. I’ll have to let my ratty nails grow out a bit before I can try these.

Physicians Formula - Nude Wear trio (free - swap)
Physicians Formula – Nude Wear trio (free – swap)

Lastly, this trio of powders from Physicians Formula was left in a massive box (with bag that I promptly gave away). I can see why no one took it too – the box these three powders comes in is ENORMOUS. It’s larger than any compact I own – like it’s literally box height. Ridiculous. This isn’t travel friendly, or even user friendly. I’m going to have to depot them if I have any hope in hell of wearing them. I do love Physicians Formula products though so I’m happy to get to try these Nude Wear powders.

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And lastly, I got handed some lovely MAC pigments that I will no doubt be pressing shortly. And glitter, yes! MORE GLITTER!

Charlotte Tilbury - The Vintage Vamp ($64 CAD)
Charlotte Tilbury – The Vintage Vamp ($64 CAD)
Charlotte Tilbury - Filmstar Bronze & Glow ($80 CAD)
Charlotte Tilbury – Filmstar Bronze & Glow ($80 CAD)

Of course, I ALSO picked up two very lovely Charlotte Tilbury items, but you can read more about that in a dedicated post I had earlier this month: Charlotte Tilbury Launches in Canada.

Phew, that’s it! Loads of products, and it would’ve been a low spending month… but then Charlotte Tilbury happened and that stuff, while gorgeous, is still insanely expensive! And yet… I want more.

Too Faced Melted Rainbow (Review, Swatches & Comparison)

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Caution: I get melodramatic over a lipstick in this one.

So, I’m not a Sephora VIB Rouge member (and I’m never sure if I’m proud I’m not, or sad that I’m not), and every now and again they release items that are available to VIB Rouge members at first. Last month, I noticed Too Faced Melted Rainbow sitting oh-so-pretty on Sephora’s site but it unfortunately had the nasty “VIB Rouge only” sticker tacked onto it. VIB Rouges usually gets first pick of the crop and then eventually the products open up to the rest of us peons who haven’t spent over a thousand bucks at Sephora that year. So okay fine, I’ll wait. And wait. And wait…

Imagine my surprise (quickly followed by shock and horror) when I tweeted at Sephora and found out that Melted Rainbow was not only a Sephora exclusive, but also a solid VIB Rouge exclusive! GYAHHHH NO! I panicked – what if I never got to add Melted Rainbow to my collection? What if it became the one Melted Lipstick I never purchased? Would I look back and mourn the one missing piece in my collection?!?!

However, I’ve got friends in high places (aka they spend more than me) and I reached out. Nicole over at Beauty | Brains | + was already putting in an order that day and added my beloved Melted Rainbow lipstick to her cart. YAY!

Too Faced Melted Rainbow (limited edition)
Too Faced Melted Rainbow (limited edition)

I mean, I had to have it. Have you not seen my collection of Too Faced Melted lipsticks? This sucker is limited edition! Nothing makes a makeup addict panic like the words “limited edition” and the idea of missing out on something.

Too Faced Melted Rainbow (limited edition)
Too Faced Melted Rainbow (limited edition)

So this is it. This is Melted Rainbow. And it looks rather unlike a rainbow. Or a melted one at that. (Wouldn’t a melted rainbow actually be brown?) It has the same consistency as all the other Melted lipsticks I own and it’s packed with just as much pigment as the rest of them do. There’s nothing subtle about this colour, and I love it for that.

Too Faced - Melted Violet, Melted Rainbow and Melted Fuchsia
Too Faced – Melted Violet, Melted Rainbow and Melted Fuchsia

I was curious how this would compare to the other shades in my collection. On the web site, Melted Rainbow looked rather similar to Violet, Fuchsia, and possibly Fig. However, once I got it out of the packaging and started swatching it, there’s a very real difference between the shades.

Too Faced swatches - Melted Violet, Melted Rainbow and Melted Fuchsia
Too Faced swatches – Melted Violet, Melted Rainbow and Melted Fuchsia

In the end, Fig was so far off the scale that it wasn’t worth swatching. However, Rainbow ends up looking like the lovechild between Violet and Fuchsia. It’s certainly distinguishable enough from both shades, although it does retain some of their colour properties. But thankfully, it IS its own shade, and not so close to the others that I can’t justify owning it. (Haha… as if I wasn’t going to buy it no matter what!)

Wearing Melted Rainbow
Wearing Melted Rainbow

And there’s Melted Rainbow on me. Is it normal to match your eyeshadow to your lipstick? Probably not, but hey, I like it! Melted Rainbow turned out to be an especially vivid pinky-purple that looks vastly more pink on me. I love it, and I’m so glad it’s found it’s way into my collection!

/cradles lipstick happily

Swatch Sunday: Sleek – Acid

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As we reach the end of Pride Week here in Toronto, I thought I’d share another vibrant makeup palette that I own: Sleek‘s Acid palette. Due to the nature of some of these shades, they do benefit from a white base. So while the swatches on the neons may look a bit chalky, they do go on super pigmented with NYX’s Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk. Just something to keep in mind!

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Sleek – Acid palette
Sleek - Acid palette
Sleek – Acid palette
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Sleek – Acid palette – swatch 1
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Sleek – Acid palette – swatch 2
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Sleek – Acid palette – swatch 3
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Sleek – Acid palette – swatch 4
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Sleek – Acid palette – swatch 5
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Sleek – Acid palette – swatch 6
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Sleek – Acid palette – swatch 7
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Sleek – Acid palette – swatch 8
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Sleek – Acid palette – swatch 9
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Sleek – Acid palette – swatch 10
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Sleek – Acid palette – swatch 11
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Sleek – Acid palette – swatch 12

Event: Get healthy inside & out with Dermalogica

Photo Credit: Mauricio Calero
Photo Credit: Mauricio Calero

Last week I attended the “Get healthy inside & out with Dermalogica” event at the Gladstone Hotel, and brought along my dear friend Ali (from Ali Does It Herself) who was visiting from Ottawa. As this was a skincare and healthy eating/drinking event, I thought it would suit both our interests.

Alison looks like she's about to be in heaven.
Alison looks like she’s about to be in heaven.

As with the theme of the evening, the spread set out before us when we got there was a healthy pile of fruits and vegetables that we immediately dove into. Hey, it was dinner time!

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As we sat down to chomp on our food, Charmaine Cooper, Education Manager for Dermalogica Canada, stepped up to the front of the room and gave us a run down on why were here today – to talk about Dermalogica‘s brand new Overnight Retinol Repair cream. We ran through the basics of skincare and I learned a few things I didn’t know before:

  • 80% of how we age is from photoexposure (that is TERRIFYING by the way – make sure you wear sunscreen!)
  • Your age is roughly equivalent (in days) to how long it takes to notice a difference in your skin after starting a new skincare regimen. For example, I’m 32 years old – if I were to start a new skincare routine tonight, I should expect to see results in 32 days’ time.
Photo Credit: Mauricio Calero
Photo Credit: Mauricio Calero

The key ingredient in the Overnight Retinol Repair cream is the 0.5% microencapsulated retinol, which I believe is that highest content currently available in a retinol cream. Retinol has “demonstrated to reverse both the signs of intrinsic aging, as well as extrinsic or environmental photo-aging.” It also accelerates cell renewal, stimulates collagen production, improves epidermal thickness and increases elastin biosynthesis. (Umm yes please, I want all of those things on my face and body.)

The point of this being an overnight cream is to work on your skin while you’re sleeping and when your body is at rest. The science behind this is that your body won’t be fighting against the product (or anything for that matter) while you’re sleeping and the retinol can sink in do its job better while your skin works to regenerate and renew itself.

Ali and I playing around with the retinol and buffer creams. Photo Credit: Mauricio Calero
Ali and I playing around with the retinol and buffer creams. Photo Credit: Mauricio Calero

The Overnight Retinol Repair comes with a buffer cream to allow your skin to adapt to the solution. At first you start out with more buffer cream and less retinol, and as your skin adjusts, you start decreasing  buffer cream and adding in more retinol.

An introduction to Greenhouse Juice Co. and mixing our own concoctions.
An introduction to Greenhouse Juice Co. and mixing our own concoctions.

After we finished up the skincare with Dermalogica, we were introduced to Greenhouse Juice Co., a Toronto-based organic cold-pressed juice company that first opened its doors at 5 Macpherson Avenue in January 2014.

I’m not a juicer, or even much of a juice drinker since it’s generally a waste of calories to drink manufactured juice since it has wayyy too much added sugar. However, Greenhouse Juice Co. explained that there aren’t any additives, this was literally taking that fruit or vegetable and turning it into liquid.

Photo Credit: Mauricio Calero
Photo Credit: Mauricio Calero

After a brief intro to the company, we sampled several of their different offerings. I was intrigued – while there was a sweetness in some drinks, it was all dependent on what fruit had been added in. Overall, most of the juices were just flat out refreshing. There was no added sugar and it just tasted… healthy! Depending on the combination of fruits and/or vegetables, there were some absolutely incredible ones (that I can’t remember the names of now – argh!). I was also introduced to liquid cayenne – something I didn’t even know existed! We mixed a few of our own drinks, although we made the mistake of adding wayyy too much cayenne pepper to one that made both Ali and I feel like our mouths were on fire. In the end, I created a fairly acidic and sour combination of carrots, lemon, pineapple and apple – I loved it though. Anything that makes my mouth pucker is a good thing!

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All in all, it was a interesting and informative evening, and the tie in between the skincare and the juicing was a clever way to incorporate healthy living with a good skincare routine. I’m eager to try out the Overnight Retinol Repair and see how it works for me. I’ve yet to see any real difference with any previous skincare treatments from any brand, but maybe this will be the first! Dermalogica‘s Overnight Retinol Repair retails for $110 CAD and is sold at authorized Dermalogica spa, salons and skin centers across Canada, and at Dermalogica.ca.

Challenge Week: Urban Decay Electric Palette

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You’ve seen Swatch Sunday featuring the Urban Decay Electric palette. You know what this sucker is about. This is about pure unadulterated, pigmented, neon colour glory all packed into one palette. So, of course, I’m doing a Challenge Week on this beauty.

It’s also Pride Week here in Toronto! While a few cities have had their celebrations come and go already, this is my city’s week, so what better opportunity than now to share some insanely fun looks to wear out to Pride?

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I sometimes used NYX’s Milk as a base, but I can’t remember for which looks.


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Let’s start this off with a bang! I cannot lay claim to creating this look at all, although I did do a more amped up version. I stole inspiration for this look from EmilyNoel83 and it came out even better than I had hoped. That reddish-orange? TO DIE FOR.

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Eyes

  1. Slowburn all over the entire lid.
  2. Revolt on the inner corner.
  3. Wet n Wild Brulee on the brow bone.

I used Urban to line the lower lash line and tightlined both waterlines with my Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer. The wing was done with MAC‘s fluidline in Blacktrack and I’ve got Make Up For Ever‘s Smoky Stretch mascara on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: Hard Candy Skinny Dipping
  • Highlighter: MAC Silver Dusk
  • Lips: Revlon Papaya

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I guest posted over on Beauty Infinitum this past month and I LOVED how the look came out!

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Eyes

I first applied NYX‘s Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk all over the lid, blended it in with my finger, then proceeded with the following shadows (all Urban Decay unless otherwise specified):

  1. Freak on the inner half of the lid.
  2. Gonzo on the outer half of the lid.
  3. Urban on the outer corner and along the outside of the lower lash line.
  4. Savage through the entire crease.
  5. Wet n Wild Brulee to highlight the brow bone.
  6. Thrash on the inner tear duct.
  7. Slowburn on the middle of the lower lash line.

I drew the inner and outer winged liner with Make Up For Ever‘s Ink Liner and then tightlined both upper and lower lash lines with Marc Jacobs Highliner in Blacque. I applied a few coats of CoverGirl‘s Clump Crusher mascara to my lashes and popped on some House of Lashes Bombshell falsies.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Boots No7 Instant Radiance in Cool Vanilla
  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: Hourglass Diffused Heat
  • Highlighter: MAC Soft and Gentle
  • Lips: I first applied Too Faced Melted Rainbow to see how it looked… but I wasn’t a huge fan. So I blotted most of it off and applied NYX‘s Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee which left me with a bit of a pink-tinged lip.

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Mmmmm I got a lot of compliments on this one, but I wasn’t totally pleased with how I looked in the mirror. That being said… the shots turned out pretty decent… so I guess the mirror lies? Wouldn’t wear that lip colour with this look again though.

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Eyes

  1. Thrash all over the lid.
  2. Fringe on the outer half of the lid and through the crease.
  3. Wet n Wild Brulee on the brow bone.

I created the wing with MAC‘s Blacktrack fluidline and applied Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch to my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer/Highlighter: Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow
  • Blush: Milani Coral Cove
  • Lips: Maybelline Craving Coral

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So, soooo pretty. Loved this one! I’m such a sucker for this kind of gradient.

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Eyes

  1. Freak on the inner third of the lid.
  2. Gonzo on the middle of the lid.
  3. Urban on the outer corner.
  4. Savage through the crease.
  5. Wet n Wild Brulee on the brow bone.

I created the wing with Catrice‘s liquid liner in Dating Joe Black and tightlined my upper lash line with Marc Jacobs‘ Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer. On my lashes is Make Up For Ever‘s Smoky Stretch.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: Illamasqua Hussy
  • Highlighter: MAC Soft and Gentle

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This was… what I ended up with. I tried doing a solid rainbow for the CBB meetup this past Sunday and I failed SO HARD. I could not get the colours to turn into a decent rainbow gradient, and I think it’s because there’s too much of a variety of finishes. Rainbow gradients seem to only work for me when I do either all matte, or all shimmer. ANYWAY. This got a rave review from the other bloggers so I was happy about that!

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Eyes

  1. Chaos all over the lid.
  2. Urban on the outer corner.
  3. Savage through the crease.
  4. Wet n Wild Brulee on the brow bone.

I created the wing with Kat Von D‘s Tattoo Liner in Trooper and applied Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch to my lashes. I also applied some MAC Transparent Red glitter to my lower lash line.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer/Highlighter: Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow
  • Blush: Milani Coral Cove
Happy Pride everyone!
Happy Pride everyone!

Review: Kat Von D Ink Liner

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Last month I picked up Kat Von D‘s Ink Liner in Neruda (white) as a last second “oh just add it to your cart” addition to my Sephora order last month. A liquid white eyeliner is an intriguing product and I wanted to see how this would work out for me.

Kat Von D Ink Liner in Neruda
Kat Von D Ink Liner in Neruda

The Ink Liners, unlike the Tattoo Liners, have a felt tip brush. However, unlike a lot of felt tip brushes I seem to have encountered over the years, this one has a flex to it that is near identical to the Tattoo Liner’s brush tip. I was really, REALLY happy about this because I much prefer using brush tips for their flexibility. They give me the ability to create a sweeping line when drawing on my eyeliner AND it fills in all the necessary folds in my (aging) eyelids. By comparison, a hard felt tip tends to leave me with a jagged, disjointed line.

Kat Von D Ink Liner in Neruda - single layer versus multiple layers
Kat Von D Ink Liner in Neruda – single layer versus multiple layers

The formula is a wonderfully pigmented liquid. It doesn’t feel heavy, but the pigmentation is so intense that it doesn’t require much building up. This really surprised me because whites are notorious for being translucent and nowhere near opaque. Imagine my surprise when a single swipe delivered about 90% opacity (shot on the left). Incredible! I am also able to layer it without the colour lifting!

Kat Von D Ink Liner in Neruda - winged liner
Kat Von D Ink Liner in Neruda – winged liner

On the eyes, Neruda is so much fun to use. It can create a very mod, stark look like the one above (which I LOVED wearing, it looked so different from my usual black winged liner) or you can use it to create small accents to your eyeliner. I’ve often seen it used in double winged looks (one black wing, with a small white line beside it to add some amazing contrast).

Kat Von D Ink Liner in Neruda - winged liner
Kat Von D Ink Liner in Neruda – winged liner

The Ink Liners claim to be waterproof and fade resistant. I do not feel the formula is waterproof as I had some problems with the outer corners of my eyes. I tend to tear up while applying my makeup before work so I had to reapply the product there.  However, it definitely stayed true to colour all day long and, even better, it didn’t pick up the colour of my eyeshadow throughout the day. I was worried my liner would turn muddy brown by the end of the day, but nope, it stayed perfectly white!

Kolme checking out Neruda
Kolme checking out Neruda

Final Thoughts

I didn’t buy the Kat Von D Ink Liner expecting it to be waterproof, so I wasn’t disappointed in that respect. I love that the white colour is almost totally opaque, was easy to use and had a wonderful felt tip brush that mimicked my beloved brush tips.  I’m also incredibly pleased that the colour stayed true to itself through a typical 12 hour day. Love, love, love! Highly recommended. If white isn’t your thing, there are also the usual black and brown shades, but there’s also some gorgeous greens and blues you may want to check out too!