L’OREAL PARIS MISS MANGA BY VOLUMINOUS MASCARA REVIEW

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Mood [Happy]
Currently Playing [Katy Perry - The One That Got Away]


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Inspired by the funky culture of Japan and fun-loving Kawaii attitude, Miss Manga Mascara envelops lashes with mega volume for an innocently flirty, wide-eyed look. The mega impact formula with collagen spheres and trilogy of polymers adheres to lashes and enlarges them for sensational volume. Fiercely painting every single lash – top to bottom – this new mascara creates a wide open and full look just like a Kawaii doll.
-360 flexor wand amplies upper lashes
-Cone tip maximizes lower lashes
-15x volume flake free all day

Permanent shades: Black, Blackest Black & Brown (*also comes in waterproof)
Limited edition shades: Purple, Turquoise & Electric Blue

Permanent shades available in June 2014 at mass market retailers and drugstores across Canada. SRP $10.99
 

INGREDIENTS
Water, Paraffin, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Acrylates Copolymer, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Steareth 2, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Acacia Senegal Gum, Ethylenediamine/Stearyl Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, 2 Oleamido 1,3 Octadecanediol, Panthenol, Silica, Soluble Collagen, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Atelocollagen, May Contain (+/-):, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Carmine (CI 75470), Mica
 
FOR BEST RESULT
Place brush at base of lashes and gently sweep up to tip. Removes easily with soap and water.
 

WHY YOU SHOULD SKIP THIS PRODUCT
Before I go on with my review, I just want to put a little disclaimer out there: this review is for the limited edition Purple & Electric Blue version. I was not sent the permanent shades so do not mix this review with the other shades. I’ll solely be talking about the 2 limited edition colours.
 
I’m going to start with the positives. So first of course, I love the packaging and the concept! It’s cute and adorable, which is totally up my alley. Not to mention, incorporating the Japanese/Manga/Anime element to it is just the perfect marketing touch. I also love the wand and the brush. I think the brush is just great to get evenly spread the product around. The cone shade also makes it really helpful for my lower lashes. A little tip: you can use a mascara vertically to reach those smaller inner/outer corner lashes.
 

So with the positive aspects being said, I must say that I’m not blown away by the performance. The formula is nothing special and it doesn’t really help with the volume or lengthening my lashes to be honest. It just doesn’t hope my curls. I think a part of it also has to be with the fact that it’s not a water-proof formula. The result is not close to my two favorite mascaras: Dejavu Fiberwig and Shiseido Majolica Majorca
 

This is the Purple version. As you can tell, my lashes are still pointing downwards and though I have curled my lashes, the mascara simply does not hold it in place.
 

This is the Electric Blue version. I find this version a little better than the Purple one because my lashes look a bit longer and fuller. But of course, still not my favorite formula.
 
Overall, I think it’s an okay mascara for girls who don’t have extremely straight lashes like me. Sad to say that my eyes don’t look like Manga eyes.

 
RATING
Product (1/5)
Cost (4/5)
Ease of Use (4/5)
Packaging (5/5)

EVERY SUMMER HAS A STORY

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Mood [Thrilled]
Currently Playing [None]







Forever 21 Girls top, Forever 21 skirt, H&M bowler bag (a few seasons ago), Urban Outfitter shoes, Hudson Bay’s beret
 
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby. A quote from one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors. Around this time of the year, the sunshine seems to be endless and the days are eternal. I can bathe in this warm evening sun for the rest of my life.
 

WHEN I MET KATY PERRY

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Mood [Warm]
Currently Playing [None]







Dynamite leather bustier, Forever 21 kids dress, Zara leather shorts, from Hong Kong pink wedges
 
This is what I wore to see Katy Perry’s The Prismatic World Tour on Saturday night in Toronto. Did I mention I took a photo and shook Katy Perry’s hand? :) I was a little starstruck. Thank you Beauty United for making this possible for all the little girls in us who don’t want to grow up.

CELEBRITIES THAT NAILED THEIR FESTIVAL LOOK & SO CAN YOU!

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Mood [Chill]
Currently Playing [Suzie McNeil ft. Dave Faber - Love Can't Save Us Now]

With the festival season full in swing, we have been able to obsess over the works of art that have wandered the green grasses of our festival and shed a light on how your nails can take centre stage.
 

Go Pastel
With the likes of Katy Perry rocking the pastel colours, you definitely can’t go wrong, especially if you have gone out of your way to design a cute pattern to go with it. The singer drew attention to the subtle yin and yang motif painted delicately in a soft pink, baby blue and white.
 
Be Cultured

Not one to arrive quietly is the wild child at heart, Vanessa Hudgens, boasting loud and proud nails with beautifully bright Hindu patterns and gods, painted in retro designs. The cultured look is always a favourite with a range of options to delve into. Aztec art is fun and creative and an easy way to make your nails interesting.
 
Ba-Bling It

If glitter, sparkles and gems do it for you then you will be following in the steps of actress Sarah Hyland. Her most recent festival nails were crammed full with shiny goodies from glitter, rhinestones and sequins… all of which is perfectly acceptable festival gear.
 
Be Free

Follow the hippy-vibe and enjoy the freedom of painting your nails to whatever mood and emotion you may find yourself in. At peace from within mind, body and soul, there are plenty of free spiriting designs to lift your festival energy. Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio decorated her nails with a cool palm tree and peace print.

 
If florals, hearts and stripes or rainbow squiggles are your weakness, with the help of Canadian beauty blogger’s, Superdry have crafted a fantastic festival nail style guide to inspire you with nail varnishes that you have at home.


 

We’d love to know your favourite festival nail ideas.

DRIVING SLOW ON SUNDAY MORNING

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Mood [Full]
Currently Playing [Maroon 5 - Sunday Morning]







Zara double layer dress, Hollister flannel shirt, Target sandals, Alexander Wang Diego bucket bag
 

For any football fans, today was an important day. I spent the day lounging around in my Sunday attire to watch the FIFA World Cup Finals with the boy. Congrats to Germany for being the first European team to win the championship on South American soil. (Yay Özil!) Though no doubt, the Germans were a solid-machine of a team, I must admit that I was hoping the trophy would have been won by a South American team instead. Oh well…

FUSE GELNAMEL DIY ONE STEP AT HOME LED GEL NAIL POLISH SYSTEM REVIEW

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Mood [Hungry]
Currently Playing [None]


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Fuse Gelnamel has been developed for our customers who did not want the multiple steps & 2 week wear of a full gel polish, but still wanted no dry time. Fuse is a completely new type of product. Neither a full gel, or a standard polish – it’s a combination that applies in 1 coat (you can do 2 if you prefer), cures in 30 seconds and lasts for up to 7 days. It is also super portable – the one finger lamp works from the mains or from your laptop with the USB lead provided!

Kit Contains:
Fuse LED lamp
Fuse Gelnamel (10.65ml)
Cleanser
12 lint-free wipe
Double sided nail buffer
 

INGREDIENTS
Di-HEMA Trimethylhexyl Dicarbamate, PEG-9 Dimethacrylate, HEMA, Ethyl Trimethylbenzoyl Phenylphosphinate, Trimethylolpropane Trimethacrylate, Hydroxycyclohexyl Phenyl Ketone, Polyethylene Terephthalate*, Acrylates Copolymer**, Ethylene/VA Copolymer***, Polybutylene Terephthalate****, Isobutylphenoxy Epoxy Resin*****, Polyurethane-33******, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate*******, Silica********, May Contain (+/-): Violet 2 (CI 60725), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Red 34 (CI 15880), Red 7 (CI 15850), Carbon Black (CI 77266), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 27 (CI 45410), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510). *present only in Gone Fission & Lightning Jolt shades, **present only in Gone Fission shade, ***present only in Gone Fission shade, ****present only in Gone Fission shade, *****present only in Gone Fission & Lightning Jolt shades, ******present only in Lightning Jolt shade, *******present only in Intens-so-fly shade, ********present only in Gone Fission & Lightning Jolt shades
 
FOR BEST RESULT
It is essential for Fuse to work properly that the process is followed from start to finish on one nail at a time
• Buff entire nail
• Wipe with cleanser
• Apply a thin coat of polish
• Cure for 30 seconds (lamp has an automatic timer)
• Wipe with cleanser – & you’re done
Only after 1 nail is complete should you move onto the next one.
If you prefer 2 coats for a more opaque colour, or for layering a glitter polish over a solid shade, this should be done after the first cure & before the wipe.
Note re colours: As Fuse is curable in light, it cannot be put into clear bottles. This means they have to be painted so the colour on the inside may not be identical to the outside. Solid colours are very good match, but it is a little more difficult with the glitters as they are clear polish with glitter particles in. Please see hand shots for best representation.
 
WHY I LIKE THIS PRODUCT
The kit outlines a super easy method of applying gel polish at home with no need for a base or top coat. Not to mention the entire kit only retails for around $25 CAD and look at how cute the little LED lamp is! This lamp is going to make it a lot easier for traveling and for vacations where you need a chip free manicure. The LED light can also be used for toes as well because the top of the lamp is removable, which allows you to switch it around to use for a pedicure. The steps to follow are not that difficult but you must make sure you complete one nail at a time.
 

Another thing that I also enjoy about this product is that it dries so quickly. After curing the nail for 30 seconds inside the LED light, the nail is completely dry. No wait time is required. This is amazing for anyone who is tight on time but still wants nice nails. The large lid of the polish will take some time getting used to because it may be difficult to handle.
 

Let’s look at the polish itself. Overall, I’m pretty please with my manicure. But I noticed that after around 4 days of wear, you do start to notice a little chipping action at the end. However, since the glitter polish is rather clear, it’s not very noticeable. But of course, I can’t guarantee this for the cream colours. Removal was easy, just soak it in 100% acetone using the nail wrap method and it removes fairly easily and quickly.
 
PROS
-Super easy method that anyone can follow
-One coat application (No base/top coat)
-Easy removal process
-Great color selection – total of 12 vibrant colours to choose from
-Small LED lamp, great for travel. You can also plug it into your computer to use because it uses a USB cord

CONS:
-Doesn’t quite last for a full week without chipping

 
RATING
Product (4/5)
Cost (5/5)
Ease of Use (5/5)
Packaging (5/5)


Finally, who’s really for a Girls’ Night In? I know I am with all these amazing products from Brill Communications! Thank you for all these goodies!
 

Even the popcorn packaging is the CUTEST!

JERGENS BB BODY PERFECTING SKIN CREAM FOR LIGHT SKIN TONES REVIEW

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Mood [Mellow]
Currently Playing [Nonw]


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream makes skin visibly more beautiful. Developed by the skin experts at Jergens Skincare, BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream features a multi-action formula that will revolutionize the way you think about your moisturizer. Used daily, it provides an all-in-one answer to your body skin concerns for beautiful, flawless-looking skin. Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream instantly visibly improves skin and gradually perfects skin over 5 days of use. Specially formulated with self-adjusting tone technology, each application provides a customized solution for your skin tone, giving you long-lasting, beautiful results.
 
BB Body Cream delivers varying benefits depending on your skin tone. It goes on sheer and then adjusts differently to a range of shades. See the chart below for the 5 beautifying benefits of BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream to choose the best BB for your skin.

INGREDIENTS
Water, Cetearyl, Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycerin, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Tapioca Starch, Ceteareth-20, Steareth-2, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Esters, Mineral Oil, Octydodecyl Myristate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dihydroxyacetone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acrloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Fragrance, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Methylparaben, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Dimethiconol, Propylparaben, Erythrulose, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 60, Citric Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Ethylparaben, Butylene Glycol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Panthenol, Withania Somnifera Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hyrdolyzed Elastin, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Yellow 5, Orange 4, Red 33, Blue 1.
 

FOR BEST RESULT
For best results, use daily as your body lotion. Massage the sheer formula all over your body, allowing time for it to dry prior to dressing.
 

WHY I LIKE THIS PRODUCT
I think this product does exactly what it advertises. I don’t think it’s meant to be a “self-tanner”, at least not for the light skin tone version. My skin is darker than the cream itself, so I think it does the trick of giving my skin a nice glow rather than a tan. If you are looking for a tan, this won’t do the trick.
 

If you’re looking to improve the overall appearance of your skin, I say this product does a pretty good job. I can definitely see an improvement on my imperfections. I did start to notice that some discoloration around my legs have started to blue after using this product for 1 month.
 

I do notice that there’s a little bit of transfer and rub off for this lotion. Though it’s very subtle, I do see it on my white towels. Generally, I am also a fan of lighter lotions and this one is thick. I can see myself using it more regularly during the drier winter season, but I would like to stay away from this during the sticky, hot summer. I just don’t like that thick, heavy stick feeling that some lotion leaves behind. It takes some time to rub into skin as well. Still, I like it anyways. I would still recommend it for its ability to improve my overall skin tone. It’s a better alternative to self-tanners.
 
RATING
Product (3/5)
Cost (4/5)
Ease of Use (4/5) – I would prefer a pump
Packaging (5/5)