NAILS | Spring Colourblocking with Dior #ManiMonday

I seem to have rediscovered my love of striping tape and colourblocking over the last couple of manicures so when nail lacquers from Dior's Spring collection showed up in my mailbox, I knew that I just had to create manicure out of both shades! I rarely wear just one shade on its own, but I found Bleuette* ($31.00 CDN) and Lilac* so pretty that I didn't want to complicate things too much.


I started off with three coats of Bleuette, a bright pale blue, and carefully painted the corners of my nails with two coats of Lilac*.


After waiting a few minutes for my nails to dry, I applied pieces of black striping tape diagonally across to give the perfect straight edge. God, I love striping tape!


Today is Monday, but for work it's actually my Friday so it's actually a happy day for me! Are you looking forward to Spring?

MAKEUP LOOK | Sultry in a Second with H&M Beauty!

When H&M launched their beauty department, I was thinking that the launch would be a few basic products in core colours that everyone would use. When I finally went to the H&M location in Pacific Centre in downtown Vancouver, I was floored with the sheer number of products that H&M launched! This was a HUGE launch and I had to honestly restrain myself from picking up five of everything! While I have a separate review of the Smoky Nudes Eye Shadow Palette coming, I really wanted to do a simple and fast makeup look that will make you feel like a total bombshell while only taking 5 minutes to do!



The H&M True Matte Finishing Powder in Warm Beige* ($12.99 CDN) was surprisingly soft, finely milled and instantly mattified my skin. I am now actually curious to see how H&M's foundation measures up.


I have recently become a bit of a blush fiend and when I saw this hexagonal-shaped packaging I was all over it! The 
H&M Pure Radiance Powder Blusher in Apricot* ($12.99 CDN) was also very soft and had a matte finish. It was quite pale on me and I really had to build up the colour so as much as I liked the formula, I would definitely go for a darker shade in the future.

The 
H&M Cream Lip Colour in Candy Apple* ($12.99 CDN) is an orange-red cream lippie that is oh so pretty! I was not expecting this to be quite so orange, but it actually turned out to be a gorgeous shade!
 


This look features a product that I ended up buying three of - the H&M 
Colour Essence Eye Creams ($7.99 CDN) which I loved so much that I will do a separate post for them! They are indeed very creamy in consistency and leaning more towards a slightly whipped in texture. They do not dry as quickly as other cream shadows so you do not have to rush to apply colour to the lids.

I kept this look as simple as possible since I knew I was going to have a mega bright lip which meant the eye makeup was very basic. Honestly, I am NOT a morning person so I don't like to think too hard when it comes to putting together a makeup look. This face right here, is pretty much my go-to!



Face:
For Beloved One Melasleep Whitening Blemish Balm Cream BB in Ivory*
H&M True Matte Finishing Powder in Warm Beige*


Brows:
Dior Diorshow Brow Styler in Universal Dark Brown*

Eyes:
Apply H&M Colour Essence Eye Cream in Champers all over the lid and blend with fingers.
Apply H&M Colour Essence Eye Cream in Earth Angel onto outer third of lid and blend out into a subtle smoky eye. Use a liner brush to apply Earth Angel along the lower lash line as well.
Line lower water line with Lise Watier Waterproof Eyeliner in Brun Noir*.
Apply Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara in Glossy Black*.
Apply your favourite lashes. 

Cheeks:
H&M Pure Radiance Powder Blusher in Apricot* 

Lips:
H&M Cream Lip Colour in Candy Apple*

Final verdict: You will definitely see more of H&M Beauty on Cosmetic Proof because I thought the quality was surprisingly good with the products I had. It certainly isn't the most inexpensive, but only slightly more if not equal to drugstore pricing. The packaging looks much more attractive though and I know I will be adding more to my current collection!


All products available in-store at H&M.
 

MAKEUP | Dior Addict Fluid Stick in #289 Versatile, #499 Avant-Garde and #784 Chic Review with Swatches

My first foray into the Dior Addict line was with the Ultra Glosses because you can't really mess up a lip gloss. However, the Fluid Sticks required a bit more manual dexterity and have a consistency that can take some getting used to. The colour payoff is stunning though for a lip colour that feels just like applying water on the lips and is probably one of the most memorable Dior products for me.


#289 Versatile*, #499 Avant-Garde* and #784 Chic* ($42.00 CDN each), released last year are permanent additions to the already substantial Dior Addict Fluid Stick family and are surprisingly wearable shades for all skin tones. It is unique in the sense that it has a shiny, glossy finish with the pigmentation of a lipstick. I know that this is a description for many similar products, but the Fluid Sticks have one of my favourite formulations.

The packaging is super chic and when I first saw these, I knew I was going to own at least one of these fierce looking bullets of colour.


The swatches look sheer, but the buildability is ridiculous! At first use, you think it's just going to be some sort of stain because it feels cold and liquid-like on the lips, but once it dries (in seconds), you really can build up the colour to where you feel comfortable. The formulation almost feels like a sealant once on the lips so you know the colour will not budge!

The teardrop-shaped wand really helps with accuracy around the edges of the lips and for someone like myself with an extremely prominent cupid's bow, I need all the accuracy I can get!

As you can tell, I took my face photos way back when I was still blonde (I miss you blonde!), but you get the idea!

Wearing #784 Chic 

Wearing #289 Versatile


Wearing #499 Avant-Garde

Final verdict: The glossy finish does fade over the hours, but the colour does not. When I need a little glossy top-up, I just dab a little colour in the middle of lips and instantly, my lips look refreshed! Though the texture can take a little bit of getting used to and isn't what I would consider an "easy-going" lip product, the performance and shine are not to be argued with!

Available now at Sephora and all Dior counters.

SKINCARE | Vichy Purete Thermale Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil Review

Double cleansing has long been part of the Asian skincare routine and it is actually really nice to have a lot more options now that people aren't quite as scared to use oil to cleanse their faces. The concept of first using an oil cleanser to lift and emulsify makeup and dirt from the skin followed by a second cleanser to actually clean the skin makes so much sense! The double cleanse will not dry out your skin as long as the first cleanser is oil-based. I have been fortunate enough to try a few oil cleansers and believe it or not, they really are all different in their own way!

Last year, Vichy released the Purete Thermale Cleansing Micellar Oil* ($125mL/$19.95 CDN), a gentle oil to milk cleanser that promises to remove even the toughest of eye makeup without compromising the softness of skin. 



Some cleansing oils are very thick in consistency if a thicker base oil used like sunflower or rosehip oil. While these thicker oil cleansers feel wonderful to massage into the skin, they can be a challenge to remove from the eyes because they do not rinse out easily. The Purete Thermale version is lighter and made of highly refined mineral oil base, but does contain camellia (tea seed) oil which historically has been shown to have moisturizing, anti-microbial and antioxidant properties. It also is a great emulsifier meaning that oil-based makeup products don't stand a chance when this cleansing oil touches it!



Ingredients: PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM / MINERAL OIL • CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE • ETHYLHEXYL STEARATE • ISOHEXADECANE • PEG-20 GLYCERYL TRIISOSTEARATE • AQUA / WATER • CAMELLIA OLEIFERA SEED OIL • PHENOXYETHANOL • TOCOPHERYL ACETATE • PARFUM / FRAGRANCE • CODE F.I.L. C168918/1

This is one of the first cleansing oils I have used that contains fragrance, but not to worry because it does not last once everything has been rinsed off. I actually enjoyed the scent though I cannot pinpoint what exactly it is.

Final verdict: The most important question is probably, "Did this cleansing oil work?" and I can definitely say that yes, even waterproof eye makeup was no obstacle for this cleansing oil! If I had extra coats of mascara, I made sure to be extra generous with the oil around my eye area and give some extra TLC. It also did not make my vision blurry which I loved! The consistency is lighter which I appreciated and rinsed off with ease.


The Vichy Purete Thermale line is available at all mass drugstores.
 

NAILS | Divided by Pink with Formula X and Patrick Starrr #ManiMonday

I can never have enough pink nail polish which is why February's #ColorCurators had me in pig squeals with Patrick Starrr's bright shades of PINK! There are three collaboration shades, two of which I am using today for today's striping tape manicure!


I started off by painting 3 coats of
Formula X - She Better Werk* (12mL/$16.00 CDN), a peony creme pink, and then carefully painting the stunningly gorgeous Formula X - Yazzz*, a bright fuchsia, on half of the nail.



After this has fully dried, apply silver striping tape down the middle of nail and trim off the excess bits. Seal everything in with the Formula X Top Coat and you are done!



The Patrick Starrr #ColorCurators collection is available now at Sephora.

EXPERIENCE | Aveda Sessions #4 & #5 - Going from Blonde to Brunette!

Back in December of 2015, I went in for my monthly colour appointment at the Aveda Institute and was expecting my regular blonde balayage to be toned up. For the first time, I had a student, Kayden, which wasn't a bad thing, but the process did take a little longer because the cut and colour had to be approved by a teacher and it was also a SUPER busy day at the school! My hair was in desperate need of a tone up as my blonde was looking quite warm and brassy so I asked for a slightly darker hair colour that would wear better over the coming weeks as I washed my hair. What ended up happening was far more dramatic than I was expecting, but ended up being a good thing!



I became a brunette! We did a demi permanent colour which contains no ammonia and is used for refreshing colour, toning highlights and enhancing natural colour. I was told it would last about 20 washes and that the colour left behind would be more like a light brown as opposed to brassy. I had been blonde for long enough that I was a bit shocked when everything was done, but I had to admit that this beautiful brown was perfect for the winter season and more professional-looking for work. I also had highlights done higher on my front bangs, but to this day my roots are still untouched. I have no greys and I will not touch the roots until greys come in!

My boss and hubby both loved it and all of you gave me so much IG love that I ended up hanging on to the colour for my next appointment too! What I loved about going darker was how much easier the colour was to maintain. I was still using purple conditioner, but I eased up on the purple shampoo.



For my next appointment last month, I wanted to go a little bit ashier on the brown, enrich the color as well as address the issue of my extremely dry and itchy scalp this season! I don't know what it has been about the weather, but my scalp has been so dry that it has been flaking on the front of my scalp. I have stopped taking hot showers which I thought were the main culprit, but it hasn't been working.

Tatiana, my stylist for the day, recommended an in-house scalp treatment which is a soothing essential oil treatment that can only be found at Aveda salons and is placed all over the scalp and massaged in. It instantly took the itch away! I would have purchased this in a heartbeat!


We decided to keep the length, but boost the colour with a bit of lighter tones throughout. I couldn't see the lighter shades at first, but that magical moment when your hair has been fully dried is my favourite "moment of truth"! Tatiana also lightly curled my hair which really showed off the hints of colour.



Overall, I am still enjoying my time as a slightly modified brunette. I have actually been getting A LOT more questions about my ethnicity ever since the change ranging from "Is your mom white?" to "You are mixed, right?". As amusing as it is to be an ethnic conundrum, maybe one day I will go back to black, but for now I think brown and possibly blonde may be on the horizon again. Both Kayden and Tatiana were great and I have to thank Kayden for getting me to try some new things because the end result turned out beautifully!

All services compensated by Aveda Canada.

MAKEUP LOOK | Shu Uemura Maison Kitsune ft. The Beauty Remix Smokey Eye & Cheek Palette #Plum Review & Swatches

The holiday season had SO MANY amazing and wonderful limited edition releases that it was hard to keep up. My day job had me working some very long hours and as much as I love my corner of the internet, I do have my priorities. Though I'm sure we could chat at length about work-life balance, today's conversation is all about yet another droolworthy collection from Shu Uemura! Thankfully, there is still quite a selection of the Maison Kitsune collection available online so if there is anything here that catches your eye, you can still grab it!



Maison Kitsune is a French electronic music label and fashion house created in 2002 by Gildas Loaëc. "Kitsune" means "fox" in Japanese hence the cute little fox art on the packaging. One of my favourite pieces from this collection are the Eye & Cheek Palettes* 
($85.00 CDN each) because Shu eyeshadows are just SO GOOD when it comes to pigmentation. I really gravitated towards the Plum palette just because I wanted to see HOW orange and purple would work together!


The palette is housed in a white plastic case with the cutest logo and is about the size of my hand.



Every shadow was so pigmented with the exception of the super glittery silver, orange and pink shades as these are intended to be used on top of eyeshadow as "enhancers". What I love about Shu shadows is that all I have to do is literally dab my brush into the shadow and with literally no fallout, the shadow is transferred seamlessly to my eyes. It is truly perfection in a shadow.


The orange blush is matte in finish and actually super pretty! OMG, I love it!


I wasn't too sure how I wanted to put all of these shadows together so using a tutorial from Bebexo (here), I fumbled my way through the oranges and the purples and it turned out not too crazy!



The false lashes had a bar of crystals along the lash band and are partial lashes, so they are meant to be placed on the outer edge of the eye. They still needed a bit of a "flex" to fit the curve of my eyelid.


Face:
Shu Uemura POREraser UV Under Base Mousse in Pink
Shu Uemura Lightbulb Foundation in #764 Medium Light Beige*

Brows:
Shu Uemura Eyebrow Pencil in Hard 9 Stone Grey*

Eyes:
Using the 
Shu Uemura Beauty Remix Smokey Eye & Cheek Palette in Plum*, apply the shimmery yellow shade underneath brows as highlight.
Apply the orange blush to the brow bone as a transition shade. 
Apply the purple-brown shade to outer third of lid and blend up into crease.
Apply the pale purple shade all over lid.
Highlight inner corners of eyes with 
Shu Uemura Play & Remix Drawing Pencil in #G Gold* ($28.00 CDN)
Line lower and upper lash lines with Shu Uemura Play & Remix Drawing Pencil in #M Plum*.
Apply the wine shade with a liner brush to upper lash line on top of Plum.

Apply Shu Uemura Petal Lash Mascara ($29.00 CDN review)*.
Apply Shu Uemura False Lashes in Jewel Fur For a Wink*

Cheeks:
Orange blush from Shu Uemura Beauty Remix Smokey Eye & Cheek Palette in Plum* 

Lips:
Shu Uemura Laque Sparkler in Fleur Shine ($35.00 CDN)*

Final verdict: I don't think the Plum palette is still available online, but the Indigo one is as well as some of the other products featured. Shu gets better and better with every collection they come out with and just when I think the palettes and the colours can't get better, they do! Their packaging is fun and yet I still feel like I am using a luxury product. When I first started working with Shu, I was scared of the pricing, but now that I have used more eyeshadows I realize what I am willing to pay for quality. If you can afford the splurge, I highly recommend any Shu eyeshadow palette. Ever since Brave Beauty in Fall 2014, every eyeshadow palette has been pure joy to use.



The Maison Kitsune Collection is available until supplies last at www.shuuemura.ca


Fuss Free Granola Bar Recipe


Hi Loves!! I hope you have a great start to the weekend and I hope this fuss free granola bar recipe will take it up a notch.

I posted this picture on my Instagram a few weekends ago, the post received positive feedback along with requests on a recipe tutorial. Hence, this week’s content is going to be just that. 

This recipe is ultra-easy and quick to make. A batch like the one being featured in this tutorial can last up to 5 days of freshness.

This recipe is highly customiz-able to your taste buds and preference. The key ingredient is Oats; I’ve used Quacker Oats, quick cooking type (smooth and creamy) type. I originally set out to bake cake for that weekend but I didn’t have enough butter. I thought of trying out this recipe, some sort of a baked trail mix and experiment to see the end result. It was such a hit, now I am happy to know I have an alternative to sweetened boxed cereals.

Keep reading if you’d like to find out how to make this ‘Fuss Free Granola Bar Recipe’

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Ingredients:
  • Quick-cooking oats
  • Dark chocolate chips/buttons
  • Blanched Almonds
  • Unsalted butter





Method:
Keep the unsalted butter at room temperature, prior to making the recipe.

Mix all the dry ingredients together and lastly, add the butter. Make sure the butter is well mixed.




Line a baking tray with parchment, transfer mixture onto it and evenly spread out to the sides . Bake the prepared granola in a pre-heated oven at 180 Deg oven for 25-30mins.



Leave it to cool at room temperature and chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of 3hours.

A batch like this can stay fresh up to 5-7 days. You can have this as a tea-time snack, taste great on its own.


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'Fit Nut Version'
- Crumble the granola bar onto yogurt, to add crunch.


'Sweet Tooth Version'
- Drizzle chocolate or caramel sauce onto the granola

  
The variations are endless, have fun experimenting!!

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