Friday, August 22, 2014

On My Nails: In Stitches by Essie

Even though it's technically still summer, the temperature has really gone down quite a bit this past week or so here in Québec. The slightly cooler weather made me look for autumn colours while going through my polish collection, and I decided to go with In Stitches by Essie. This is one of my most worn shades, and one of the few polishes that I can remember paying full price for because I had to have it! 

The colour is hard to describe, but it's definitely a perfect colour for autumn. I love to wear this with jeans, brown boots and an oversized oatmeal coloured sweater. This is what three coats of polish looks like, you could probably get away with wearing just 2 coats though!

What do you think? Is it too early for me to be wearing autumn shades?

xx Cynthia

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review: Annabelle Lipsies in Orange

I know that I am SUPER late to the party with this one, and seeing as this is a limited edition product, it will probably be incredibly difficult to find. However, I did find it a few weeks ago on sale for 2$ at my local drugstore (Familiprix), which is a total steal compared to the original price of 4.79$. If you live in a smaller town like I do, you might also be able to find this in the bargain bin! I also wanted to post a review because as of late I haven't seen any posts on the orange lipsies, which is the one that I got. There are 8 flavors in total.

This lip balm is surprisingly pigmented, and applies evenly in just one swipe. It keep lips very moisturized and slick. If you do happen to eat or drink something, you will have to reapply because it come off really easy. However, it does seem to stain just a tad, so if it does come off it's not such a big deal because some of the colour remains. I found this out after swatching on my arm. Even after washing my arm with soap and water, I still have an orange line >_<.

Here is what the lip balm looks like on my arm, below is a swatch on my lips!

First a picture of my bare lips, yup I know my lips are very weirdly shaped and puffy >.<.

Here is what it looks like on my lips. In reality, it's a lot more orange than on these pictures, but somehow my camera has trouble capturing that!

Quite inexpensive (2$ on sale for 3.5g of product)
Clever packaging (twist bottom)
Very good pigmentation for a balm
Smells really nice! (like orange candy or pop)

The orange colour makes my teeth look more yellow than they actually are.

If you like lip products, you'll probably want to try Annabelle Lipsies in at least one colour (there are 8 to choose from). They are really fun and smell amazing, I definitely recommend these!

xx Cynthia

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Review: PureDerm Skin Solutions 'Myung-an' Brightening Korean Herb Mask

Lately my skin has been feeling a little dehydrated and taut. Looking through the different skin products I've hoarded over time, I came across the PureDerm Skin Solutions 'Myung-an' Brightening Korean Herb Mask for Dry Skin. I had purchased this a few months ago on a whim, seeing as it was very inexpensive. If I remember correctly, this mask was being sold for 2-3 $ at Walmart. There was a nice selection of Korean sheet masks aimed at helping various skin problems. I chose the one for dry skin.

I tried this mask on after taking my shower last night. You must first cleanse and dry your face, after which you wear the mask for 15-20 minutes. The mask fit my face perfectly. The only thing was the holes for the eyes could have been a little wider, but it wasn't that big of a deal. This sheet mask was very moist with the serum, and even after the 20 minutes it still was very wet. So much so that I decided to wring it out and see what would happen. So much serum came out! I massaged as much as I could onto my face, neck and hands. As I was massaging it into my skin, I could tell right away that my skin was way more plump than it had been before. My skin just felt really hydrated and healthy. 

I was a little nervous though while using this though, because this mask tingled my skin just a tad. It was kind of the feeling you get that lets you know you're going to have an allergic reaction to something. Thankfully, I didn't get any allergic reaction whatsoever, and that tingly sensation went away about 20 minutes after I had taken off the mask. I guess this was just the sensation of the Korean herbs at work? I don't know, haha. After the mask, I just applied my usual skin cream and went to sleep.

Super inexpensive (under 3$ for one mask)
Doesn't irritate my skin or cause an allergic reaction
Hydrates the skin, and plumps it up!

Results don't last very long (less than 24 hours)
Holes for eyes needed to be a bit wider (had to be very careful not to get any serum in my eyes because of this)

I will be honest, I was thinking that I probably wasn't going to like this mask. It was cheap, and the reviews online weren't that great. I was happily surprised, and would definitely repurchase this mask, as well as try the other masks made by PureDerm. I would recommend to use this mask a few hours before a big event, when you want to make sure your skin looks extra bright and healthy. However, you should for sure try it out before a big event, just to make sure your skin doesn't react badly to it. My skin is very sensitive, and I was fine, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

Monday, August 11, 2014

On My Nails: Am I Making Myself Claire? Nicole by OPI

I bought this polish on sale for 1$, can you believe it? Am I Making Myself Claire? is a lovely greyish lilac part of Nicole by OPI's Modern Family collection. The thing with special collections is you can often get the items for ridiculous prices later on (unless they've sold out, of course). During this particular shopping trip at Pharmaprix, I also got three polishes from the Selena Gomez collection for 1$ each as well. Score! Here is what three coats of Am I Making Myself Claire? looks like on my nails.

I didn't apply a top coat this time around, and the polish stayed chip free on my nails for 3 days, which I think is fair. If you like your nails to look super glossy, I would recommend applying a top coat on this polish because it isn't glossy at all. After two coats, it was still somewhat streaky, but a third coat fixed that!

What do you think about this colour? Do you also prefer to wait for collection items to be reduced before buying?

xx Cynthia

Monday, August 4, 2014

On My Nails: Essence's Macaron, C'est Bon!

I've had this polish for a few weeks already and have had the pleasure of painting my nails with it several times. This is my first time trying a metallic polish, oddly enough. I'm not usually attracted to such polishes, but this one is kind of pearly looking, which made me interested in buying it.

There are four polishes in the Cookies & Cream collection from Essence. I chose the 4th shade, appropriately named Macaron, C'est Bon! It's a pearly, pinkish nude. Each bottle came with a sheet of 5 pastry themed stickers. One thing about it is that it is very streaky, no matter how many layers you apply or how carefully you apply it. I don't particularly mind in this case, I feel like it kind of goes with the finish of this polish. It dries pretty quickly, which I like a lot. If I remember correctly, this polish was 2.50 at Pharmaprix (Shoppers Drug Mart), which is really inexpensive in my opinion!

What do you think about this polish?

xx Cynthia