REVLON COLORBURST MATTE BALM IN ELUSIVE REVIEW (WITH SWATCHES)

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Mood [Cold]
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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm offers velvety color with balm-like moisture. Infused with a Triple Butter Complex of Shea, Mango and Coconut Butter. This retractable chubby crayon requires no sharpener.
 
INGREDIENTS
Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Octyldodecanol, Cera Alba ((Beeswax) Cire d abeille), BHT, Benzoic Acid.

May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850:1), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410).
 
FOR BEST RESULT
Step 1: Apply ColorBurst Matte Balm evenly to clean, bare lips. Build color and coverage as desired.
Step 2: Reapply as desired for moisturizing shine throughout the day.
 

WHY I LOVE THIS PRODUCTS
I’m finally getting around to reviewing these amazing matte balm by Revlon. This product is supposed to give the wearer a “velvety matte look” with just enough hydration to prevent lips from drying up. I’m really enjoying the jumbo-sized lip pencil because it’s always great to not have to use a sharpener. Elusive is a warm-toned pink with just a bit of yellow underneath. It has a satin-matte finish.
 

Pros:
-Highly pigmented: full color coverage
-Glides on the lips very smoothly
-Good wear time: more than 4.5 hours on lips.
-Not heavily scented: it has a slit mint smell

Cons:
-Not really as hydrating as a balm, but definitely better than any matte lipsticks that I’ve tried
-Retail price is a little steep at around $10 CAD per stick after tax. But if they are on sale, which I’ve noticed is usually the case now, they can go down to $5 CAD! :)
 

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

THE THIRSTY THREE EXPERIENCE WITH LADY SPEED STICK NUTRA-SKIN AND THE TEN SPOT BEAUTY BAR (PLUS GIVEAWAY!)

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Mood [Hungry]
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One of my local reader will get a chance to have the Thirsty-Three experience at The Ten Spot beauty in Toronto! So make sure you read to the very end of this post to enter the giveaway!


Hasn’t this felt like the harshest winter ever? Our cuticles and nails are dehydrated, our feet need some serious TLC and our delicate underarm skin has been parched from dry air, irregular shaving and a season of tight knits. Those areas are called the “thirsty three”.
 

As an expert on moisturizing, Kristen Wood CEO and Creator of Toronto’s beloved beauty and wax bar chain, The Ten Spot knows how parched your “thirsty three” can be. “Winter is hard on our hands, cuticles, feet and even our underarms. Tight sweaters, irregular shaving, perspiration and dry air can really affect that precious underarm real estate over the course of the long winter. Before you bare it, prepare it! Nutra-Skin, a new product from Lady Speed Stick*, provides moisturizers to soothe and nourish your sensitive underarm area without sacrificing the protection you need and expect from your antiperspirant.”

 

I arrived at The Ten Spot at Forest Hill this morning and was taken aback at how chic and modern the beauty bar looks. The staff was very friendly and they even had iPads for customers to use while they were receiving their treatments. The Thirsty Three experience consists of a manicure, a pedicure and an underarm waxing.
 

The first treatment was the underarm wax job. I didn’t take any photos when I was in the waxing room getting my underarms waxed. But the end result is incredible! My underarm feels so smooth and according to the beautician told me that on average a woman should get her underarms waxed every 6-8 weeks. She also told me that one of the many benefits of waxing is that the hair actually becomes thinner after waxing. I’m excited to see if this will happen to my unwanted hair.
 

Also, The Ten Spot is offering in the month of April, a 20% discount for clients’ first wax job. So now it’s the chance to get rid of any unwanted hair!
 

Next is the pedicure! This is me getting my toes done and enjoying a copy of InStyle. This is actually my very first time getting a pedicure! And I must say, I can get use to this! It’s so comfortable and relaxing.
 

Last but not the least, the manicure to wrap up the entire Thirsty Three experience. I love how fresh my nails look and the color is just stunning. Your three thirstiest, winter-parched parts will be treated with some summer beauty preparation (a manicure, pedicure and underarm wax) with the Thirst Three experience at The Ten Spot.
 

Finally, you can also pamper your Thirsty Three areas of your body with these products at the comfort of your home:
 
1. Lady Speed Stick Nutra-Skin with vitamin e. Skin conditioning formula for summer-ready skin. Trusted 24h protection against wetness and odour, enriched with moisturizers and skin conditioning emollients to smooth dry skin. Now available at major retailers across Canada.
2. Balea Warm Food Bath Avocado and Sweet Almond Oil is a balm that moisturizes and provides a warm sensation to the skin, leaving your feet feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
3. The Body Shop Vitamin E Hand & Nail Treatment that moisturises dry hands, conditions nails and softens cuticles.
4. Get Nailed nail polish boasts strong, saturated colours, long-lasting wear and easy application (with a brush that’s just perfect!). Colours are plucked right off the runway and new shades stay in the collection.

 
Giveaway Time!
The lovely people over at Lady Speed Stick Nutra-Skin, is giving one of my local readers a chance to try out the same Thirsty Three experience (valued at over $90 CAD) that I have today! The appointment must be made by April 30th and I will be choosing the winner randomly through rafflecopter. You can enter down below if you live in the GTA area, Guelph and Hamilton because The Ten Spot has beauty bars across Ontario!
 
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NAUTICAL BY NATURE

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Mood [Happy]
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From Hong Kong tutu dress, Converse sneakers, Double C iPhone 5 case
 
Navy, stripes, playful anchor prints embodies the life aquatic. While I’m not a huge follower of the nautical trend that’s been recurring on many designers’ runway (Take a look at Kenzo, Valentino, and Marc Jacobs), I still like to take my own spin on the style. This little navy striped dress with a soft tutu bottom is just that. I love how the organza can create such a breezy, summery silhouette and it flows so whimsically in the wind that it makes me somewhat like a little princess. Every girl deserves to be a princess.

 

MY FAVOURITE FOUNDATION APPLICATOR: BEAUTYBLENDER AND SOLID CLEANSER REVIEW

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Mood [Full]
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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Beautyblender: A black makeup sponge applicator. Achieve the same flawless finish with all makeup formulations. Now in a chic black, the BeautyBlender Pro has the same suede texture as the original. With unique curves that fit the contours of your face, it leaves your makeup dazzling and undetectable. This non-latex product is hypoallergenic and can last up to three-four months if cared for properly. Beautyblender is an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner.
 
Solid Sponge Cleanser: A solid form of the natural blendercleanser for cleaning the original beautyblender as well as brushes. This cleanser supports the integrity of the blender as well as removes excess residue and germs for a clean makeup application.
 
INGREDIENTS
Beautyblender: Non-latex foam

Solid Sponge Cleanser: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Water, Gylcerin, Coconut acid,Titanium Dioxide, Palmitic Acid, fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Tetraspdoi, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder.
 

FOR BEST RESULT
Beautyblender:
-Saturate in water using a squeezing motion.
-Towel-dry using the same squeezing motion to take excess moisture out.
-Dip or dap in your makeup of choice.
-Use a stippling or bounce motion onto your skin until you achieve the coverage you desire.
 
WHY I LOVE BOTH OF THESE PRODUCTS
Beautyblender: I chose the black sponge because I figured if it’s going to get dirty anyways, might as well be black…haha! So here’s the summary of what I love about the Beautyblender sponge:

Pros:
-Gives a great seamless finish with no streaky finishing: I can honestly say that this is the best applicator I have ever tried! It honestly works great with any foundation, especially when the sponge is a little bit wet. It expands to about double it size once it’s wet.
-Texture of the sponge is suede, thus feels great on the skin and makes the foundation go on smoothly. It builds the perfect medium coverage that I need.
-Very easy to use and easy to clean with the Beautyblender Solid Cleanser.

Cons:
-It is rather expensive (for a sponge), which is the reason why I have waited so long to purchase this item. However, seeing the amazing result, I can easily say that I will be repurchasing this probably in 6 month’s time. This sponge is very durable.
-Absorbs slightly more foundation than brushes.

 

Solid Sponge Cleanser:
This is how the sponge looks like after a week’s use. I usually clean the sponge once every week. Inside the container is the circular shaped cleanser (similar to a bar of soap) and a “drip tray” that keeps the soap elevated in order to drain the water. Here are my thoughts on the cleanser:

Pros:
-The results were awesome—honestly exceeded my expectations!
-Very easy to use and cleans amazingly. It is easy to pick up with the dampened sponge and also works up to a good lather. The lather than can be easily worked through the sponge and to cleanse it. (Refer the the photo on how I go about cleaning my sponge – you can clearly see how how much of the foundation is being extracted from the sponge)
-Multipurpose: Not only can it work with Beautyblender but it can also be used to clean brushes in the same way.
-The scent of the solid cleanser is very soap-like and fresh smelling.

Cons:
-A little pricey at around $17.00 CAD per cleanser, but it’s quite worth it because I’ve used mine for over 4 months now.
 

Overall, I LOVE these two products and have been using them religiously! These are investments that I am wiling to make.

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

WHAT’S YOUR OMBRE STYLE EVENT WITH L’OREAL PARIS CANADA

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Mood [Cold]
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I’ve always been the ombre enthusiast, especially at home kits for creating the ombre look. Remember when I used the previous L’Oreal Paris Ombre home coloring kit here? Well, I’m really happy that L’Oreal has created the newly launched Superior Preference Ombre Touch and Feria Coloured Ombre!
 

The L’Oreal Paris team invited me to an opportunity to have their Official Hair Artist & Colourist, Eric Del Monaco create the perfect Ombre hair look on me. The location is right at Eric’s salon: Del Monaco Hair Studio, 388 Richmond Street West, Toronto. This is the interior of the salon: it’s quite chic indeed.
 

S.Pellegrino, cupcakes and L’Oreal Paris Ombre at-home haircolours! In my shoes, that’s a pretty good combo!
 

This is my hair before the consultation and the coloring session. Thank you JL for being my photographer that night!
 

This is the new coloring kit that was used on me that night: Superior Preference Ombre Touch in Light Brown to Medium Brown Hair OT5. The touch ombre is very subtle and it adds a touch of dimension for a luminous, sophisticated ombre effect with delicate strands of colour. Formulated for natural or colour-treated hair, it puts the glamour of ombre at your fingertips.
 

The application process is very simple and can definitely be achieved at home. It’s really unique because it comes with a little finger tip applicator that you just have to slip over your finger. The New pro-touch applicator fits on your index finger so you can precisely select and lighten different hair lengths. It also has shorter development time vs. other Ombre at-home haircolours.
 

Since I have short hair now, Eric suggested that I do little colored pieces all over my hair instead of just the bottom. Some pieces are higher and some pieces are lower. The finished look is also supposed to make my short hair look fuller as well because of the highlights.
 

I left the hair dye on for 45 minutes because like always, my hair is always the hardest to get any colors on. This was a silly photo because the stylist had to put some conditioner on my eyebrow to prevent them for getting colored. We joked that it would be really funny if I had ombre eyebrow as well.
 

Here is the man of the hour, Eric Del Monaco! He has magic hands when it comes to working with hair.
 

These photos were taken the next day! (Please excuse the messy room) I love how my hair looks with so much more dimension now! Plus, I love how the color actually showed up on my dark hair. The L’Oreal Superior Preference Ombre hair kit is worth trying for those who are looking for ombre style hair without the salon price tag. You can purchase your kit at your local drugstores for $12.99 CAD.

REFLECTION IN THE MIRROR

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Mood [Busy]
Currently Playing [謝霆鋒 - 愛最大]







Topshop jacket & midi skirt, from Hong Kong top, American Eagle moccasins, Mulberry purse, Ardene mirrored sunnies
 
Sundays are meant to be a day of rest. And with the beautiful weather in TO today, a stroll after lunch is almost mandatory. This pleated midi skirt from Topshop has been hidden in my closet since obtaining in December while I was in Hong Kong. It’s great to see it surface again. Oh and hi again my little Mulberry.