Lise Watier Expression Spring 2015 Collection Review

I really love the whole idea and meaning behind the Lise Watier Expression Spring 2015 Collection:

EXPRESSION. Release your inner artist and become your own canvas! 

Now, that’s an idea AND a collection I can get behind! I’m all for inner expression…I am after all, a child of the 70s and early 80s to be exact…EXPRESSION. That time, those years, was ALL about expression! And this Lise Watier Expression Spring 2015 Collection kinda’ has that 70s, 80s makeup experimentation vibe to it! And? It’s MY JAM. As we used to say back then, in the olden makeup days...I DIG IT.  :P

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Lise Watier Expression Spring 2015 Collection

 

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, NOBODY does packaging like Lise Watier! It’s always my favourite. I mean seriously…who can compete with THAT. PFFFFFFT. Nobody I tell ya’.

Let’s look at the star of the Lise Watier Expression Spring 2015 Collection, the Limited Edition Palette Expression for eyes($42):

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Lise Watier Expression Spring 2015 Collection, Palette Expression for Eyes

 

Five creamy and pigmented eyeshadows in the amazing Lise Watier cream-powder formula with finishes of semi-matte to iridescent are just gorgeous and WOW. And tell me that they DON’T have a 70s, early 80s vibe to them…I mean C’MON.. LOOK at that baby blue aqua shade! I dies…  :P

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Lise Watier Expression Spring 2015 Collection, Palette Expression for Eyes swatches

 

And on the eyes, these shadows just GLOW!

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Lise Watier Expression Spring 2015 Collection, Palette Expression for Eyes

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Lise Watier Expression Spring 2015 Collection, Palette Expression for Eyes

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Lise Watier Expression Spring 2015 Collection, Palette Expression for Eyes

I love it! You could make that khaki green shade the focus and tone down the whole look, but I say WHY. Embrace the brights! This is such a lovely and pretty look for spring! And YES…if you are my age we can totally pull this look off! We did it before, and we can do it again! HIGH FIVE MY LADIES!

The blush! The Lise Watier Expression Blush Trio($38)! The texture is divine! It’s really soft in texture and in pigment as well.

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Lise Watier Expression Spring 2015 Collection, Lise Watier Expression Blush Trio

 

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Lise Watier Expression Spring 2015 Collection, Lise Watier Expression Blush Trio swatches individually, and the last one on the right is all blended together

 

You can use each shade separately, but eh-Tracy just swirls them all together because I am an impatient blush fiend these days :P I just want blush NOW hahaha!

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Lise Watier Expression Spring 2015 Collection-wearing the Expression Eye Palette and Expression Blush Trio

 

It could be a tad more pigmented, but it’s really lovely! I do think this is a blush for pale gals like myself, and I think if you’re darker than NC20 in MAC talk, this probably won’t be a blush for you.

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Lise Watier Expression Spring 2015 Collection, Lise Watier Expression Eye Shine

The Lise Watier Expression Eye Shine is an amazing, charcoal grey liner!

And there’s a new shade in the Feline Eyeliner HD($20), Vert, a dark turquoise green that’s oh so lovely.

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Lise Watier Expression Spring 2015 Collection, Feline Eyeliner HD Vert

 

And probably my FAVOURITE product in the whole collection is the Lise Watier Ombre Soufflè($24) in the new shade Fairy Pink. OMG. LOVE. This is pretty much the ONLY cream eyeshadow that lasts on my dastardly oily lids. I love the formula so much, that I’ve even got another shade or two during the last Shoppers Optimum Redemption, and THAT is something folks. I could be redeeming for Guerlain, but nope! Lise Watier made the cut baby! I take my free makeup seriously yo. I kind of agonize when I’m redeeming…weighing the pros and cons of products and brands…but it wasn’t a hard decision to redeem for another Lise Water Ombre Soufflè because I think they are THAT GOOD. Get one. You’ll thank me later. :D

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Lise Watier Expression Spring 2015 Collection, Lise Watier Ombre Soufflè Fairy Pink, Expression Eye Shine Charcoal, Feline Eyeliner HD Vert

There’s a Limited Edition Rouge Gourmand Velours lipstick in the shade Expression of course!

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Lise Watier Expression Spring 2015 Collection Limited Edition Rouge Gourmand Velours in Expression

Lise Watier Rouge Gourmand Velours($22) are Canada’s No.1 matte lipstick, and for good reason! They are comfortable! With Jojoba oil in the formula, they are smooth and creamy and not drying at all.

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Lise Watier Expression Spring 2015 Collection Limited Edition Rouge Gourmand Velours in Expression

Expression is a gorgeous, matte, rosy coral that’s pretty perfect for spring.  It’s bright and happy! Just what we need right now! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been pulling out all my bright lipsticks and wearing them …and hoping that wearing them will get rid of winter…so far, it’s not working hahaha…but maybe this week it finally WILL work! To tell you the truth, I feel kind of gypped lately. When I first moved to Alberta, spring started about NOW. Yup. I remember there being hardly any snow by mid March when I first moved here…and even when Marky was little! But lately the snow hasn’t disappeared until late MAY folks…and I say…WHERE’S THE GLOBAL WARMING HEY. WHERE. Hahaha…and don’t worry…I DO believe in Global Warming…but I think weather patterns sometimes can over-ride that..which amazes me.

Anyhoooooo! I know people get their makeup wands all entangled in seasonal high end brand releases like Dior and Chanel. Which still…after all these years I’ve been blogging, kind of amazes me. Because honestly? There’s really not that much new, or GOOD there. I can’t say it any other way except: STOP BUYING INTO THE MAKEUP LABELS. It’s time to start exploring OUR makeup, CANADIAN makeup. Because this Lise Watier Expression Spring 2015 Collection? And pretty much most of her line? Is SO much better than those high end designer brands. If you’re not buying Lise Watier, I’m sorry but you are missing out my friend. And you friends of mine in the USA, you do know that you can order online! Yeah, shipping is expensive and I know that’s hard to swallow when you live in the land of FREE SHIPPING NO MATTER WHAT. But us Canadians have had to deal with high shipping costs all of our lives, and it’s really not that bad…especially when something is SO GOOD. Like Lise Watier…it’s WORTH it. Do it. And tell me I was wrong… I freakin’ DARE YOU.

What’s been YOUR favourite Spring Makeup Collection so far? And, if you read my blog regularly, do ya’ see what I mean about how different Spring Collections are from brand to brand? This is why it’s my favourite makeup season I swear!

Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Foam Wash and Moisturizer SPF 30

Have you got oily skin? Do you find most cleansers made for oily skin are way too drying?
Well, I’ve found one that you need to try! And you can find it at the drugstore too.

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Cetaphil DERMACONTROL Oil Control Foam Wash and Moisturizer SPF 30

Cetaphil DERMACONTROL Oil Control Foam Wash and Moisturizer SPF 30 for oily, combination or blemish-prone skin contains an oil-absorbing  Zinc Complex that includes zinc coceth(a surfactant, which is a cleanser) for a deep-pore cleanse, and zinc gluconate(has an anti-inflammatory action that keeps acne at bay) to remove excess oil. Together, these ingredients control shine and help improve the skin’s appearance over time.

Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Foam Wash is nice and foamy! And yes-even I can use it, that’s how non-drying of a cleanser it is. I did pass it along to my hubby to use, as he has oily skin and he loves it. It leaves your skin feeling clean, fresh, and not stripped of moisture at all. I still use it some days after I’ve been at the gym sweating because I don’t know about you, but I tend to break out when I sweat a lot. This cleanser really helps my pores feel clean when I use it. Good stuff!

The Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30 is great too. Using a moisturizer is important if you have oily skin, which is something I keep reminding my hubby. Sometimes he forgets, and I know when he’s forgotten because his nose gets so shiny! This moisturizer really helps keep his shine down. I know it’s hard to find a moisturizer for oily skin, and the key is finding something that works well, but won’t clog pores. This one fits the bill! Nice and light feeling, even though it has sunscreen. At least he uses it, so I say that means it’s a winner because OY, getting Terry to use a moisturizer is one of the hardest things ever I swear. If moisturizers smelled like doughnuts it’d be a HECK of a lot easier…   :P

Cetaphil DERMACONTROL Oil Control Foam Wash and Moisturizer SPF 30 both have a retail price of $18.99 and are recommended by the Dermatology Review Panel and was voted Canada’s 2013 Product of the Year, ‘Facial Care’ Category.

Do you have oily skin? What are some products you use to keep the shine at bay?

Menopause Mondays: Shaving My Furry Face With Tinkle Eyebrow Razor-Dermaplaning

Yeah… now THAT’S A BEAUTY BLOG POST TITLE, hey???? :D

I’ve been a hairy girl my whole life…I’m so pale…with dark brunette hair naturally, yep. Maybe in retrospect, I wasn’t so hairy like I think I was, just WOW…you could really see my dark hairs on my pale white skin!

And I hated that…so much… and when I was 7 years old I took my dad’s Gillette razor and ‘shaved’ my arms. It was more of a hack and scrape  job to be honest…because my arms were bleeding after the fact..and I got into so much TROUBLE too. Immigrant parents do not understand being embarrassed about hair at all.  :P  #thehairystruggleisreal

So, after that early shaving fail, little hairy Tracy just chose to wear long sleeves almost every day in elementary school…my favourite long-sleeved blouse had orange bunnies eating carrots…I know..fashion diva or what… :P

When I was old enough to finally yield a razor like a boss and shave myself without maiming my limbs, I was a pro!! Hairless for once in my life and I was happy!

Until…lately…which this is also a cool development??? Yet weird at the same time. Lemme’ explain.

As we age, hair growth slows. Yep. It’s true. So all those hairy, embarrassing limbs of mine?? Pretty much HAIRLESS at the moment. I can go WEEKS without shaving my legs or arm pits…when before it was a daily chore. #thankyougod #hairlessarmpitsRULE

But hair growth on the face as we age??? INCREASES. TEN FOLD. Most of it is peach fuzz, with a few dark haired chin rogues that can appear at any time and just ruin your day in a heartbeat. Who knew that having tweezers in your purse was a must have once you turn 40… and honest to god…this is a true story. When we were in Europe? Waiting for a car rental? There was a lady…oh so chic…sitting on her suitcase with a mirror in one hand, and tweezers in the other. Plucking her chinny-chin-chin-hairs in broad daylight in public for all to see. I was….horrified??!! Yet in awe of her bravery, because honestly… why should we be embarrassed about facial hairs? It’s real life! A fact of life for most of us as we age.

Nothing ruins your makeup application like peach fuzz, especially if you are like me and love powder foundations. Any bit of powder on your face, and it’s like a SPOTLIGHT on the PEACH FUZZ and the headline reads:
 

WELCOME TO MENOPAUSE HA.

 
I don’t like being fuzzy. And I’m sure you don’t…or don’t WANT to be fuzzy when you get to be my age either….

Sure…there are creams..depilatories that remove facial hair… but if you are like me?? With sensitive skin? NO. NO. No.

Waxing??? Sure…Again…OUCH. And if you have sensitive skin like me … NO. NO. Noooooooo…

This leaves me or you(if you have sensitive skin too) with two choices…DEAL and stay fuzzy…or… SHAVE.

Yup. But these days? It’s called DERMAPLANING, especially if you get it done professionally and pay for the procedure.

Oh, you’ve never heard of it? Well let me tell you! Dermaplaning is just a fancy term for shaving. What it does though is not only remove those baby, peachy fuzzy hairs on your face, but it also EXFOLIATES. In a pro office what they do is shave off any baby face hairs, and then give you a gentle peel, which Pfft, ok…I can do this on my own and not pay someone else to shave my face! Right? YES.

I use a facial razor or eyebrow razor, and this is the best one I’ve found:

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Tinkle Eyebrow Razor

The name I know…it’s crazy … but I think these Tinkle Eyebrow Razors are from Japan or something…but I order them from Amazon. Peachy fuzz hair is soft and fine, and shaving WON’T I REPEAT WON’T make them grow back thicker and coarser. Sure you could take your hubby’s razor and go to town, but those razors are meant to be used with a shaving cream. These Tinkle Eyebrow Razors you use on dry skin, void of any creams what-so-ever.

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Tinkle Eyebrow Razor

About once a month or so, I’ll take a Tinkle Eyebrow Razor, hold it at a 45 degree angle to my face,  and SHAVE THE FUZZIES AWAY. B’BYE.  :D After, I clean it with some rubbing alcohol, put the cap back on it(it comes with a blade protector fyi) and store it for the next time I need to use it. I get about 6 months of use outta one Tinkle Eyebrow Razor before I feel that the razor is getting dull..not bad I say. The bonus of shaving, or dermaplaning is that it removes dead skin cells, so all of your expensive skin care works BETTER. I love applying a great hydrating serum after I Tinkle :D   I swear exfoliation is the key to better skin…look at my Amore Pacific Enzyme Peel Post and tell me otherwise.

I use my Tinkle Eyebrow Razor mostly on the sides of my face …and on my upper lip hairs. So much easier and less painful than waxing or plucking. I’ve even gotten Marky to use Tinkle Eyebrow Razors. And my 21 year old daughter ISN’T growing a thicker or hairier beard as we speak. BAZINGA!

TINKLE Eyebrow Razor. It’s the key to a hairless, smoother, happier life.  ;)

So?? WHADDAYA think??? Would you Tinkle? Or do you think I’m nuts? Lemme know either way…I’ll still love you I promise. Won’t be the first time someone has called me a loon  :P

It’s Friday! Root Canals, The Body Shop Smoky Poppy, And Banff!

Hey it’s Friday! Let’s chat!

Sorry I missed last week, but honestly I had quite the boring week. Nothing exciting happened. But this past week was FUN.

My hubby Terry had his first root canal. Poor baby… Me? I’ve had THREE in my lifetime, with my first at just the young old age of 18. I’ll never forget it. Let’s compare root canals, shall we? Just for FUN.

Here’s MY story: I had a fun night at the Winnipeg Ex(ummm, in Canada we have these fairs with rides and stuff that travel from city to city in the summer) eating my mini doughnuts. Then, when I came home at 2 AM and tried to sleep? BAMMMO. My tooth starts to ACHE. WORST PAIN OF MY LIFE(well, maybe second… I had appendicitis when I was 7 and had to have surgery…that probably was the worst pain I’ve ever experienced). My tooth hurt so bad…I woke my parents up crying in pain…who, bless their immigrant souls, fed me straight up 4 shots of vodka to kill the pain. It didn’t work. So, at about 4 AM my dad decided to take me to the ER. And started turning into the children’s ER, because honestly that’s where he took me most of my life-it was where he always took me! I was a sick kid..like lots…but that’s another story for another Friday. :D After reminding him that I was 18 now and needed to go to the regular adult ER, my dad finally figured out where to take me. In the ER I was crying so hard and loud, my poor father covered my head inside his jacket LOL…to stifle the sobs! He stroked my head too.. to try to make me feel better…me sobbing in his armpit. :D Of course back then in the 80s there was nothing they could do for me besides send me home with Tylenol #3s, and strong advice to call my dentist on Monday morning. After being drugged up the whole weekend from the codeine, I finally had my root canal late Monday afternoon. And that was another nightmare…they didn’t give me enough freezing! So they literally had to inject more RIGHT INTO THE OPEN NERVES. Yeah…it HURT.

Terry’s story: My tooth is bugging me. Eh, I’ll ignore it for a few weeks. Maybe I should call the dentist? Yeah, ok. It’s still bugging me so I’ll go see her. Oh, my tooth is infected? Wow! Ok, I’ll take these antibiotics for the next 2 weeks, with my scheduled root canal the next Monday. Root canal day was a long day, as my tooth was really infected and they had to drain a lot of gunk, but eh-it wasn’t so bad. In fact, I stopped at TIM HORTON’S RIGHT AFTER MY ROOT CANAL and brought home these lovely doughnuts:

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I think I win, RIGHT???? MEN. WHY is stuff so much easier all the time for them? Sigh…oh and the doughnuts were delicious. And Terry is doing fine. :D I love my hubby. He’s so easy going. The complete opposite of me which is why he’s my soul mate. He’s funny…good looking…and always takes care of me. He promised my mama he would and he has!  :D

Let’s talk some beauty now! I’ve been enjoying The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Collection in my shower lately:

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The Body Shop Smoky Poppy

 

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy shower gel? Is BLACK. Which I wasn’t expecting?? But cool nonetheless! Like a soul-less shower gel HAHAHA…Shower gel of my dreams! Apparently The Body Shop Smoky Poppy collection has real Turkish Poppy in there, but I don’t think poppies have a real fragrance? Correct me if I’m wrong, please! But my mom used to plant poppies all the time in the garden when I was a little kid. They’re kind of one of the favourite flowers of Ukraine…I mean they’re in our head wreaths, in art…they’re EVERYWHERE… and they were in our garden when I was growing up that’s for sure.

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People used to STEAL the seeds from our garden! Which pissed my mama off to no end. She had to be quick to harvest the seeds before druggies stole them. I think they thought they could make opium out of them LOL :D :D  Good luck with that DUDES… not THAT easy hahaha. But honestly, I don’t remember Poppies having a scent? Pretty sure about that because as a kid I used to sniff everything in my mama’s garden, which is why I have such an attachment to certain flowers like Lily of The Valley and Orange Blossoms, and CARNATIONS…MAN…those were all such awesome scents! Little Tracy used to make a bouquet of flowers and put them in a glass on her bedside table…Ahhhhh the scent memories I’ve just stirred are amazing! The Body Shop Smoky Poppy is…hard to explain honestly. It’s a floral oriental, that’s on the weaker side of oriental. But I like it! It’s different for The Body Shop and not all fruity tooty, so kudos to them. Honestly, it really reminds me of carnations, which I LOVE. I like this new scent direction they’re taking! Keep doing it!

Terry had to work in Calgary for the weekend-it was Hockey Day In Canada! All the Canadian Hockey teams were playing, so CBC was televising them all day long. I decided to tag along, because why not? I love going to Calgary.

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It was really WARM there! We couldn’t believe it! People were wearing shorts HAHA! It was nice to spend time with some old friends, and of course, visit Nordstrom’s!

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These Van’s cost $38…plus did you know that you can take back pretty much ANYTHING if you change your mind? These flowery Van’s are a tad too big, but I got them anyways because the SA told me that even if I wore them OUTSIDE and felt they were too big? I could STILL bring them back for a refund?!!  YOU ROCK NORDSTROM. The Bay better take note because DUDES…that’s like OUTSTANDING customer service.

On Saturday I had fun with some old friends I haven’t seen in awhile and walked about 9.5 km around downtown Calgary! I managed to get to a Shopper’s Drug Mart for Super Redemption though!

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I’m kinda’ glad I was in Calgary for this redemption event, because I got to redeem for some Urban Decay this time! There aren’t any Shoppers around me in Edmonton that carry Urban Decay, so YAY me! Oh, and so far I can say that that concealer and powder are AMAZING. If you love powder foundations like I do then GET them.

We had a lovely Sunday brunch at out hotel, The Westin Calgary, and a very understanding waiter because WOW everywhere in Calgary the heating was out of whack because of the warm weather. He brought this hot and flashy lady the most awesome COLD glass of ice water I’ve ever had! I’m telling you, I’ve never appreciated ice water so much until these hot flashes started.

We started driving out of town back home and started talking about Banff. So we decided WHAT THE HECK LET’S GO TO BANFF. It’s only about an hour away from Calgary, and we haven’t been there since last year during the College Road Trip, and we only stopped there for a bathroom break and didn’t really get to visit. So off we went!

The drive to Banff is kind of amazing BTW.

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You see the mountains in the distance…and they keep getting closer….

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And then…you’re smack dab in the middle of the beautiful Rocky Mountains…in a town…it’s CRAZY BEAUTIFUL.

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It’s a bit of a tourist trap downtown Banff to be honest… nothing like it was 26 years ago when I first moved here that’s for sure. So many more brand name stores like Roots and The Gap are in town. But it’s still quite beautiful! The air? You can tell is different when you breathe it in. It’s so clean. And crisp. I love it. I’d love to live here if I could, but I’d need at least $1 million to buy a place it’s ridiculously expensive….but I can dream!

BUT, if you come here to ski? And hike? Well, then this is the best place to come to! There’s an awesome travel campaign about traveling to Alberta and I love this video a lot:

I wish I knew how to snowboard! If you do, you HAVE to come here! Alberta is an awesome place for a holiday I tell ya! We have loads to experience!

Our first stop in Banff is a family tradition…and even though we were less one family member, I  had specific text instructions from Marky to honour the tradition and buy her some candy hahaha!

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I’ll say this…they sell EVERY kind of candy???? YUCKKKK.

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But I got Marky her FAVOURITE! It’s not sold here in stores, but is an import from the UK. What can I say…Narnia kid or what LOL!

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And something for me that I can’t get anywhere else!

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It’s a sick love some of us 80s kids have for Thrills…maybe it’s because we used to get our mouths washed out with soap for swearing when we were little… :P I think it’s actually a lavender taste, not soap?  But I can’t help it! If I see a pack, I buy it…and CHEW… :P

We had to stoop at the COWS store…because it’s amazing and makes me laugh so much!

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Right??? And of course, I had to buy this one!

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I DIED. I’m starting to have the most awesome Breaking Bad T-shirt Collection I think LOL!

We shared a cinnamon sugar and lemon Beaver Tail…because it was HUGE…like the span of Terry’s chest! We tend to share treats now that we’re old and chubby…and that’s ok with me!

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Sadly, it was time to get back home…  :(   but first a pit stop for the most perfect chocolate milkshake ever from the cult Peter’s Drive-In in Calgary:

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Peter’s Drive-In is famous in Alberta for no nonsense burgers and shakes. SO GOOD. And DON’T order the large fries…it’s a SHOEBOX of fries…I’m serious. SHOEBOX.

OH, and Marky is taking a Character Design Class, and the last assignment was Mickey Mouse, and my daughter’s version of Mickey CRACKS ME UP so much that I have to share:

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I dig this Mickey… he’s like EVERY MAN MICKEY, right?  :D

And that was my awesome week! How was YOURS? Did you do anything fun? Find something new and awesome? Share! Let’s CHAT!

 

AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel: The ONE Skincare Product That Has Changed My Skin

Everyone. I repeat EVERYONE. Needs to get AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel($72). This product has CHANGED my skin. CHANGED it. For the BETTER.

Proof is in the pictures, right? RIGHT.

Tracy, about 3 years ago. With red hair LOL. I can’t even remember having coloured hair anymore! And I’m wearing foundation, btw.
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After our Europe trip, I had SEVERE hyperpigmentation or sun damage appear on my face. Now, intellectually I know it wasn’t Rome that caused these STRIPES of Sun Damage (as I have forever named them and refer to them) to appear on my face-this was damage from my youth appearing finally-but STILL. I didn’t care for Rome(it was hot, people were rude? and it was TOO Catholic LOL) , so I’m just gonna blame Rome for them appearing, Ok? :P I know. I’m a 48 year old BRAT. And that stripe of Sun Damage is STILL visible in that picture even though I’m wearing foundation. Also for later reference, notice the lack of SPOT on my cheek by my nose on the right side of that picture…you’ll need to remember it in a second.  :P because it appeared on my face somewhere in this time space.

After Rome, I had a couple of professional glycolic peels to try to diminish the sun damage, and while it sort of worked?? It also HURT my skin beyond belief. I was peeling, RED, hurting-after the second peel I never went back for the rest of my ‘prescribed” treatments. I couldn’t! I decided that whatever. This is what aging is. DEAL with it Tracy.

And I did. For YEARS. And my skin became duller. And more spots appeared.

Sometimes it felt like they’d appear overnight…which I know wasn’t true… but it sure seemed like it. That weird spot on my right cheek-WTF WAS THAT. I hated it. HATED that THING that was growing…yes it felt like it was growing on my face. It wasn’t there before Rome! I’d even photoshop it out on face pictures because it annoyed me to no end.

AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel

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AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel

And then…one day I was praising the virtues of AmorePacific Moisture Bound Sleeping Recovery Mask on Instagram(which btw is AMAZING as well-I saw a difference after ONE USE), a couple of my really good friends( HI ASHLEY AND DANI) suggested that I try the AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel. And, since lately I’m a bigger skincare junkie than makeup junkie? I decided what the heck. Sure. Buy it.

BEST. Decision. Of. My. LIFE.

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BEFORE

After using AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel for the past 4 months:

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AFTER

 

That growth on the right side of my face??? IS GONE. Any other spots look LIGHTER. And the STRIPES of Sun Damage have disappeared. The sun damage on either side of my forehead is also GONE. And notice how the texture of my skin has changed? I’m not wearing any foundation in that After pic, but my skin looks SMOOTHER. CLEARER. HEALTHIER. More radiant even! The darkness that was around my eyes is also diminished! It’s amazing actually, and hard to believe. But like I said…proof is in the pictures!

AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel is an exfoliator like NONE I’ve ever used. It’s a powder, with no pieces of anything. It’s a smooth powder, with no bits of papaya or beads or anything abrasive. It’s totally a new kind of exfoliator for this old gal. I just pour a bit of this smooth powder into my hand, add a few drops of water and it foams up like a regular cleanser. But it’s NOT just a regular cleanser! Natural papaya enzymes work to eliminate dry, dull surface cells and toxins to reveal a soft and smooth complexion. It helps brighten and even skintone without chemical abrasives and YES IT DOES PEOPLE. Yes it does. I massage it onto my face for at least 30 seconds…longer maybe. And then rinse. Right after using it, my face feels smoother! And not tight and dry either. OR?? Scratched UP! Also? Because you’re removing all the dead skin cells off your face when using AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel? It also improves penetration of other skincare treatment products you’re using! BOOM. ‘Nuff said.

All I know is this suff…this AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel? I can’t live without now. I’ve even gotten the hubby to start using it, as he has a lot of sun damage from working outdoors. And so far? He’s noticing a difference as well! It’s safe to use every day too. I use it almost every day in the shower after my workout, and after cleansing. Every other day is what I do…becuase this stuff, as miraculous as I think it is? Ain’t cheap. But PFFTTTT. Does that matter? Nope. Because in my eyes? It works. And hopefully, you’re eyes can see the difference too in my pictures and decide to get AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel. It’ll be the best decision you’ve ever made for your skin. PROMISE. Order it from Sephora now!

Ever use a product that has CHANGED your skin for the better? What was it? Let us know! 

Stila Field of Florals Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Palette

I have a no backups rule. I’m a jaded beauty junkie and don’t believe in that business anymore. There’s always something new coming out in makeup land that will undoubtedly be better than something I covet, so why bother? Right? Plus I have Makeup ADD. I get bored easily.  :P

But this palette? Is seriously making me reconsider my no backup rule.

Stila Field of Florals Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Palette

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Stila Field of Florals Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Palette

 

Stila Field of Florals Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Palette($64) has rekindled my love for these cream blushes! I forgot how lovely they look on the cheek. They leave the prettiest, dewy flush that makes you look well rested, healthy, pretty-and YOUNGER looking too.

Swatchy time! I swatched them going down the rows from top to bottom-it was just easier that way.

Starting on the left, swatching down:

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Lillium, Camellia, Gladiola, Gerbera

Middle:

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Magnolia, Peony, Peach Blossom, Petunia

Right Side:

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Tulip, Rose, Hibiscus, Fuchsia

I’ve been using Stila Field of Florals Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Palette pretty much every day since I got it. The pans are a tad small, but my Real Techniques Stippling Brush seems to almost fit in them. Sometimes I’ll put a swatch on my hand and then coat my brush with that. I love how I can mix and match and make my own blush shade if I’m feeling extra adventurous  :D  They’re creamy, so they don’t settle in my cheeky smile wrinkles which is a big bonus. They last well on me too, which is surprising for something so creamy. You could always set them with a powder blush if you do need them to last longer and that works well. I don’t like doing that because it takes away from that dewy look I’m loving right now.

The Stila Field of Florals Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Palette can be used on the lips too, but eh-I don’t bother with that. I have too many lipsticks I really love right now, plus why waste these on my lips? Cheeks only baby!

The Stila Field of Florals Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Palette is Limited Edition, so if you’re interested in it I say scoop one up soon!

Do you buy backups of products you love? What do you think I should do? Should I get a backup? 

Avène Hydrance Optimale Serum

It always amazes me when someone tells me that they don’t use a serum?! Baffles me in fact. Serums typically have at least 3-5 times the concentration of active ingredients compared to creams! Why wound’t you want that on your face? There’s nothing better than a good serum to target your skin woes: wrinkles, dehydration, redness, radiance-and if you can find one that does it all? WIN.

Avène Hydrance Optimale Serum

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Avène Hydrance Optimale Serum

And I have found a winner! Avène Hydrance Optimale Serum($44) is a new(well, last year new) addition to the Avene Hydrance Optimale line. It’s the next best option to bathing in the Avene Thermal Spring waters in France I swear.

Avène Hydrance Optimale Serum has the HIGHEST concentration(77%) of Avène Thermal Spring water of any product they make. And you all know how good that water is for your skin-it’s rich in silicates and trace elements, has perfectly balanced minerals, a neutral pH, and as the horsey found out for us-is a naturally soothing anti-irritant.

The other amazing thing about Avène Hydrance Optimale Serumis that it adjusts to your skin’s hydration levels according to its NEEDS. Yeah-it’s a smart serum!

SCIENCEY TIME!

Avène Hydrance Optimale Serum has liposomes-tiny bubbles (vesicle), made out of the same material as a cell membrane. Liposomes can be filled with different things, and in Avene Hydrance Optimale Serum they’re filled with-you guessed it- Avene Thermal Spring Water! Because these water saturated liposomes are similar to cell membranes, they can just slide on into the deep layers of our skin and diffuse that good for us spring water deep into the very core of our skin cells. These liposomes in Avène Hydrance Optimale Serum are contained in a hydrophilic(water attracting) 3D Matrix made of marine polymer filaments, which forms a kind of reservoir on the skin’s surface. It adjusts to your skin’s moisture needs-releasing Avene Thermal Spring Water when your cells need it, all day long.

The texture of Avène Hydrance Optimale Serum is a smooth, light gel that instantly gets absorbed in your skin. My skin just drinks it right up! Immediately your skin will feel refreshed, cool, smooth, and any tightness and redness is relieved. There’s apparently a subtle fragrance, but I can barely smell it-if anything the serum just smells fresh. If any of you are bothered by the fragrance of the Vichy Aqualia Serum, then this one will be more your style. I love the Avène Hydrance Optimale Serum and use it all the time now. My skin looks healthy, moisturized and since I’ve been using Avène products, I hardly have any facial redness anymore.

Oh, and if you want your skin to look healthy, moisturized and GLOWING? Layer some Avène Soothing Moisture mask OVER the Avène Hydrance Optimale Serum! Yeah you heard me, use it like a MOISTURIZER.

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Avène Hydrance Optimale Serum and Avène Soothing Moisture Mask

The lovely Janine@BeautyGeeks mentioned this little trick last week in my moisture mask smack-down post and something clicked for me when she said it. I had done the EXACT same thing one day when my skin was extra-dry. I applied a bit of the Avène Soothing Moisture mask over the serum and then let it sink in for a minute or so. Then I applied my NARS Tinted Moisturizer over top, and WOW. I was glowing! My skin looked so smooth and dewy! And I looked YOUNGER. Try it! I almost can’t put on my makeup now without using both of these products first :P  I’m addicted to the glow!

I know what you’re wondering-do I like Avène Hydrance Optimale Serum better than the Vichy Aqualia Serum? I like them both, and find that they both do an amazing job of keeping skin hydrated through the day. It’s good to have options I say. Right now, I’m using the Avène and loving it. :D

Do you use serums? Please tell me yes! What’s your favourite?

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