Skincare Saturday: Embryolisse – Now Available at Shoppers Drug Mart!

Embryolisse now in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart!

Embryolisse is one of the brands that I always asked my mom to bring back from her vacations to France. I didn’t care what she brought back (although I often told her the Lait-Crème Concentré was my favourite) just so long as she gave me some new products to try by them!

So imagine how happy I was when I received an e-mail letting me know that Embryolisse would be available at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada starting in September! No longer did I have to wait for my parents or brother to come back from Europe with my Embryolisse goodies!

There’s a lot to check out by them, but let me make some recommendations:

  • Lait-Crème Concentré: Made infamous by the pixiwoo sisters, this nourishing moisturizer is suitable for all skin types. While I use this to moisturize, it can also be used to remove your makeup and as a cleanser! This is hands down my most repurchased high-end moisturizer – I’ve gone through probably about ten tubes of this. It’s super hydrating and doesn’t take forever to sink into your skin. ENORMOUS favourite (which you can tell, because this was the only moisturizer I brought with me on my trip to Bali and Australia in September!).
  • Hydra-Masque (not pictured above): I already have a full review of this moisturizing mask on my blog from 2015 (read that here), but in short, this is a dry skin saviour. It’s packed full of hyaluronic acid, natural plant oils and vitamins A, E and F to help regenerate the skin’s barrier.
  • Émulsion Hydra-Mat: I’ve never been one for a mattifying moisturizer, but it was sent to me so I gave it a shot. My mind was BLOWN! This is a lightweight moisturizer that feels hydrating but leaves a velvety finish on my skin that actually helped my foundation. It took about 1-2 hours longer for the oils in my skin to come through in the foundation on a regular day of makeup wear. I was amazed!
  • Lotion Micellaire: I always have micelle solution in my skincare rotation and this one is just as excellent as all the others I’ve tried. You can use this to tone your face, but I prefer to use this as the last step in my makeup removing routine. I never find these can remove ALL of the makeup on my face in one pass, so I prefer to use an oil-based cleanser to break everything down, and then I’ll run a cotton pad soaked in this product and clean up everything was left behind. You don’t have to rinse your face after using this, so it’s a wonderful last step for me!
  • Eclat du Regard: Oh wow! I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one since it’s labelled as an “express cooling and refreshing eye care” product. But this little baby stick is filled with the softest, most buttery textured eye cream I’ve ever felt. It goes on your skin like butter, but melts in rather quickly so you’re not left with some kind of residue. You can apparently use it under makeup, but I liked to use it before going to bed at night.

So that’s my roundup! So far I only see the Lait-Crème Concentré listed on beautyboutique.ca but there should be more coming soon. Let me know if you’ve tried out Embryolisse before and what your thoughts are!

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3 Travel Essentials via Conair

Ummm why didn’t I know that Conair made more than just blow dryers and curling irons??

A few weeks before my vacation to Bali and Australia, I started hunting around for dual voltage *everything*. After many, many years of travelling abroad, I had finally decided to just give up on the idea of bringing a transformer along with me because everything time I have used a transformer (from various different brands) it has ALWAYS fried my hair tools. I’ve lost two flat irons and a blow dryer to a smokey death at the hands of these dreaded transformers.  Yes, SERIOUSLY! One sudden spark after being plugged in and turned on and suddenly there was smoke everywhere and my hot tools were dead. And of course, both times were when I was doing my hair for an important event! SO. MAD.

So I’ve given up on the idea of transformers because as far as I’m concerned, they don’t frigging work. Now I just want everything I buy with travel in mind to be dual voltage, which means I only need a plug converter to use them. And holy cow.. I had no idea Conair had SO MUCH STUFF FOR TRAVEL.

Conair MiniPro ½-inch Ceramic Flat Iron - Teal
Conair MiniPro ½-inch Ceramic Flat Iron – Teal

Since I’ve basically already exploded two flat irons on vacation (one in England and another in Iceland), I was the most scared excited to use the MiniPro ½-inch Ceramic Flat Iron. This tiny little baby size flat iron is incredibly miniature but does a great job at straightening my hair. It has ceramic plates which is a relief because flat irons without ceramic don’t do a whole lot for me. There’s only an on/off switch, so you can’t set your temperature, but it did heat up high enough to get me flat hair without having to go over strands multiple times. It also doesn’t require you to twist a knob to change the voltage so you’re good to go no matter where you are (so long as you’ve got a plug converter!). No sparks, no smoke, just sleek hair. Loved this! Conair also makes dual voltage blow dryers in case you’re in the market for one.

Conair Mini Travel Iron
Conair Mini Travel Iron

While you could use your flat iron to get your clothes ironed out from the creases your luggage has imposed on them… you’re not going to get very far with that mini flat iron, so I’d recommend grabbing this baby-sized Mini Travel Iron. This one does have a voltage switch at the back which will turn easily with a coin or a pair of tweezers. The size is really, really convenient, although you’ll notice there’s no spot for water in the body. You can opt to either spray/splash your clothes with some water if you need the added steam, otherwise this little mini iron will solve all your wrinkled clothes problems!

Conair Compact Luggage Scale
Conair Compact Luggage Scale

Hands down this is the most IMPORTANT doodad I pack in my luggage. Before I owned a luggage scale, I was that unfortunate person at the airport check-in desk trying to repack their luggage while everyone looked on. Humiliating? You bet. Especially when my dirty underwear fell out of the plastic bag it was in. GOOD TIMES.

Anyway, point is – don’t risk rushing to the airport only to weigh your luggage and find out it’s overweight. I keep this scale in my luggage at all times and always weigh my stuff before I head to the airport. This allows me the opportunity to get just shy of that dreaded 50 pounds without worrying about paying overage fees. I’ve even had a few airline check-in people ask me if I had a luggage scale because I often come in just under the weight limit. I’m always smiling at them while exclaiming “YUP!”.

So if you’re looking for convenient items that travel well, make your life easier AND are dual voltage? Check out Conair because they really surprised the pants outta me!

Products featured in this post were given to me for consideration.

Holiday 2017: Too Faced Melted Matte in Gingerbread Man (Review & Swatches)

Too Faced Melted Matte in Gingerbread Man

For the second year in a row, Too Faced has launched a limited edition Melted Matte in a holiday-themed format. Last year they launch the Melted Matte in Candy Cane and I loved it so, so much. This year? We’re getting Gingerbread Man!

Too Faced Melted Matte in Gingerbread Man
Too Faced Melted Matte in Gingerbread Man

They’ve kept with the theme of the special Melted Matte launch and given it a packaging boost. The outer packaging has a tiny printed gingerbread man and the notation that it’s gingerbread scented and limited edition.

Too Faced Melted Matte in Gingerbread Man
Too Faced Melted Matte in Gingerbread Man

The tube itself is your standard Melted Matte hard acrylic packaging, but the cap has cute little gingerbread men all over it. Cutesy? Absolutely, but I love it!

Too Faced Melted Matte in Gingerbread Man
Too Faced Melted Matte in Gingerbread Man

The formula is on par with all of the Melted Mattes I’ve tried in the past (Summer 2017 shades here, original launch here) which is to say that the texture is slightly thicker than some of the liquid lipsticks I’ve tried in the past. The coverage is completely opaque in one swipe (seriously, this colour is so, SO saturated in pigment) and it dries down relatively fast although you do have time to perfect your lip line without causing yourself any kind of panic! Although this product did not dry out my lips overall, it is on the drying side and you will notice a that it stays put a lot better in areas where your lips don’t get wet (the outer corners of my lips are always an issue for me personally).

Too Faced Melted Matte in Gingerbread Man - swatch
Too Faced Melted Matte in Gingerbread Man – swatch

When I originally looked at the box of the product, I was really worried that Gingerbread Man would be too brown for my tastes. Regardless, I wanted it and picked it up immediately. I was relieved to discover it’s actually a beautiful terracotta shade. Gingerbread Man is a very warm, rustic brown and thankfully not the colour of the gingerbread men my mom has made in the past (which, while delicious, were also more of a pukey brown shade). This is a warm, cozy colour that feels oh-so-right for the cooler months and holiday season!

Wearing Too Faced Melted Matte in Gingerbread Man
Wearing Too Faced Melted Matte in Gingerbread Man

As for the gingerbread scent… well, no. It is scented with some kind of sweet, frosting-like taste and smell, but it’s not what I would associate with gingerbread. However, I’m fine with it – I wasn’t really sure how well a gingerbread smell would translate and I’m glad it doesn’t ACTUALLY smell like gingerbread because I feel like that’d be a little offputting. Last year’s launch was supremely peppermint scented – so much so that when I licked my lips throughout the day I was basically getting a shot of peppermint. This one isn’t as flavourful, although the taste doesn’t go away completely.

Too Faced Melted Matte in Gingerbread Man - lip swatch
Too Faced Melted Matte in Gingerbread Man – lip swatch

I love that Too Faced didn’t come out with a basic red (nor did they last year) and instead opted for something a little bit more unique. I really, REALLY like this idea of coming out with a new Melted Matte every year for the holidays and I hope they keep this trend going for many more years to come. And of course, I’m always super happy when Too Faced scents their product with something sweet – it really adds to the experience of putting on my makeup for me. I know it’s not for everyone, but it really does make me happy!

The Too Faced Melted Matte in Gingerbread Man is available on sephora.com for $21 USD. I did get mine on sephora.ca, but it doesn’t seem to be listed there right now. Check back in a few days though… I imagine they’ll do a restock!

So let me know if you’re going to be picking up this shade! I’m already curious about what they’ll come out with next year!

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