Wednesday, June 23, 2010

MAC - Chromagraphic Pencil

What is it:

It is a highly pigmented pencil that can be used for many things.

What are the available colours:

NC15/NW20 & NW25/NC30

It is modeled after the most popular foundation/concealer shades that Mac offers, so the effects it creates is very natural, because it'd match skin tones that are NC/NW15-NC/NW30.

How to use it:

1. Use it to line your lower lash waterline to open up your eyes instead of white eyeliner, creates a much more natural and softer look.

2. Use it to spot conceal blemishes with precision

3. Use it underneath lipstick as a primer or to neutralize your natural lip colour before applying lipstick

4. Use it under the brows to define and hi-light the brow bone

5. Use it as a reverse lip liner(tracing the outside of your lips) to prevent lipsticks/glosses from bleeding.

This liner came with the Pret-A-Papier collection, but I think it is a permanent product at the MAC Pro stores. This pencil is a wonderful multipurpose gadget that you should definitely try!

Til the next time...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010



Clarins DELICIOUS SELF TANNING CREAM With Unsaponifiables of Cacao that leaves your skin glowy and yummy looking.

It claims to:

Provides a natural-looking tan with lasting radiance with a mistake-proof application that ensures even results.

What I think:
Absolutely true, one application usually lasts 4-5 days. The colour shows instantly as you apply the product, it also deepens over time. The result is natural and even. It is the idiot proof tanning cream, definitely no orange coloured streaks on the skin after use. One Jar will usually last me 6-8 months.

It claims to:
Moisturizes as it glides effortlessly under the fingertips to drape the skin in softness while an irresistible caramel colour helps guide application.

What I think:
Very true, the skins feels a little sticky at first, but it will dry fairly quickly, leaving your skin silky smooth.

It claims to:
Helps prevent premature skin aging. Now, you can maintain skin's youthfulness while you indulge

What I think:
This I'm not sure, however, the results of the cream is so natural that you now no longer need to bath yourself in the sun to achieve a summer glow. Less sun exposure = less sun damage = less wrinkles? :)

I love love love this tanning cream, I usually use it on my legs, because my legs doesn't get exposed to the sun much. It leaves my legs smooth, glowing, perfect for shorts and skirts in the summer.

I believe you can purchase this tanning cream at Sephora, The Bay and select Shoppers drug mart.

Til Next Time...

Friday, June 11, 2010

Awesome workouts at home for FREE!

I can't remember how I discovered this website, but I'm glad I did.

The host of this website has the body that most women dream of and most men drool over. Just go on it and take a look.

She is a fitness guru that films her own workouts and posts the videos online so you can try them out for yourself. The workouts are super intense, easy to follow and most can be done without any fitness equipment. She also posts diet advice and recipes as well.

I love the variety of workouts she posts and the fact that I can do it in the convenience of my home.

Give it a try, maybe you would like it. Let me know how it goes.

Til the Next time ...

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Ponds Cold Cream Rediscovered

The other day I was shopping at Walmart and I saw Ponds cold cream on sale, 2 for $6.95. It made me ask the question, how long has this cream been around? This is a cream I would picture on my grandmother's vanity table.

So I googled the cream, and found out that it was invented in the US by scientist Theron T. Pond in 1846. Given the longevity of this product, it must be tried, tested and true(?). So I bought some to try and I was very impressed by it.

What is it?

Cold cream is an emulsion of fats and water which can be used to clean and soften the skin. Traditionally, cold cream has been used to remove makeup gently at the end of the day, and it can also be used to soften tough skin on the knees and elbows, or to keep skin protected from harsh winter weather.

The concept of cold cream is quite ancient. Credit for the invention is usually given to Galen, a second century Greek physician who developed an emulsion of beeswax, oil, rose petals, and water. The cream was designed to moisturize and condition the face, and to help remove the harsh makeup of the period.

I have been using this cream to:

1. Remove makeup - spread all over the face and scrub with fingers in small circular motions, including the eyes, and wipe off with a warm wash cloth. This leaves the skin soft, moisturized and clean. It removes every trace of makeup, including the waterproof mascara I always use.

2. Moisturize cuticles and hands, elbows, knees and feet, it leaves the skin a little grease, so best to use at night and leave on over night.

You can also mix cold cream with oats and use it as a scrub.

I have already gone through one jar of cold cream. I have been using it religiously to remove makeup every night and it leaves the skin so soft that most of the time I don't even need to apply moisturizer.

Now, everyone's skin is different. I can see this cream being too heavy for someone with oily type skin or acne prone skin, but hey, its only 7 bucks, what do you have to lose if you bought one to try! :)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

LUSH - the lushlicious fresh handmade cosmetics

You can't miss Lush when you are walking pass it because of the gorgeous smell of their products. I've never tried anything from Lush before, lately I've taken a interest and watched a bunch of Youtube videos reviewing the products, i.e best of lush, top 5 from lush, must haves from lush. etc.

So, I've come up with a shopping list and went to get some goodies. I like Jasmine and Vanilla scents, so most of what I purchased are of those scents.

Lookie at what I got, yum lush stuff:

Bath Bombs
- things that you can threw in your bath, it fizzs, changes the colour of your bath, adds a wonderful scent and some will moisturize your skin.

Space girl - the purple planet looking one
The comforter - the square pink and white one
Butter ball - the milky coloured egg shaped one
Sunny side - the golden glittery one

I got their best selling soap: Honey I washed the kids

Ocean salt - one of most popular face and body scrubs.

Shower Gel:
Flying fox - strong Jasmine scent, a little bit lathers up to bubble heaven. Can be used as bath foam as well.

Body butter - body moisturizer in the shower for lazy ppl like me that doesn't apply cream to their body after they shower.
Buffy - coco and shea butter with aduki beans and scrubs your body as it moisturizes
King of skin: masses amount of oil and butter that lefts the skin luscious and smooth.

Shower Jelly - jelly form of shower gel that you can store in the fridge for a cooling shower:

Sweetie pie- cherry and coconut infusions, great fun in the shower.

Puff powder

Vanilla: great to have after a workout in the gym to refresh and soak up the sweat. Also use in sneakers, shoes as foot powder or in hair as dry shampoo.

I also got some samples.

Big Shampoo - volumizing and clarifying shampoo for squeaky clean hair. Not to use everyday, everyday use can be drying.

Retread Conditioner - Intense hair treatment

Angels on bare skin - gentle facial scrub


Flying fox shower gel - it smells like I stepped into a beautiful Jasmine garden.
Buffy and king of skin body butter - I NEVER have to cream my body again after showering hahaha, leaves my skin smooth and soft.
Honey I washed the kids soap - smells wonderful and not drying on the skin.
Big shampoo - although not for everyday use, but it is great to deep clean your hair of built up hair products.
Ocean scrub: great to use once-twice a week for smooth skin all over.

That's it for now...