Lise Watier Eden Tropical Bronzing Powder and Hydra Kiss Colour Balm

I think I’m going to show this picture of the Lise Watier Palette Eden Tropical Summer 2014 Collection every single time I talk about the collection, because I can’t get enough of the jungle packaging! LOVE ūüĆī LOVE ūüĆī LOVE

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Lise Watier Palette Eden Tropical Summer 2014 Collection

What’s a summer collection without a bronzer, right? How about a GORGEOUS bronzer? YUP. Feast your bronzer fiend lovin’ eyes on the¬†Lise Watier Eden Tropical Bronzing Powder($43):

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Lise Watier Eden Tropical Bronzing Powder

HEY?? Now that’s a bronzer! It’s quite large too, so it’s easy to just pick up the bronzer only if you so choose. The centre of the Lise Watier Eden Tropical Bronzer has a peach blush, while the outer ring is the bronzer that’s embossed with the jungle print of the Lise Watier Eden Tropical packaging. I like that detail a lot!¬†Swatchy Time!

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Lise Watier Eden Tropical Bronzing Powder Swatches
Just bronzer, peach blush, bronzer+blush

To be honest, I don’t think the peach blush adds a lot of pigmentation when you swirl it together with the bronzer. But you can get to build up in colour if you pop it on the apples of your cheeks after bronzing, as I did in my FOTD at the bottom of this post. The¬†Lise Watier Eden Tropical Bronzing Powder is not matte, so don’t use it for contouring. It’s meant to add a healthy, summer glow to your face and it sure does that! I am glad for the peachy blush in it, as it makes the bronzer more wearable if you are fair like me. Although, it can pull a bit orange, so test it out on yourself first to see if it works for you!

 

The Lise Watier Hydra Kiss Colour Balm in Coral Paradise($22) is really lovely! I know, it’s another lipgloss in stick form, but summer is a great time to have one of these on your purse.

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Lise Watier Hydra Kiss Colour Balm in Coral Paradise

It’s a really hydrating balm with a glossy finish. And it’s retractable, so no need for a sharpener. It lasts well for a glossy balm too, staining your lips a tiny bit as it wears off in 2 hours. This a pretty perfect coral lip for summer and if you love corals, you need to check it out! There’s a rose shade as well if coral ain’t your cup of tea. Both are limited edition though, so if you likey, better hurry!

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Lise Watier Hydra Kiss Colour Balm in Coral Paradise

Here’s what the¬†Lise Watier Eden Tropical Bronzing Powder and¬†Lise Watier Hydra Kiss Colour Balm in Coral Paradise look like on my face:

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I also used the bronzer in the crease of my eyes too. Bronzer and a coral lip-you don’t really need much else for a pretty summer makeup look! You can find the Lise Watier Bronzing Powder and Hydra Kiss Colour Balm wherever Lise Watier is sold right now! And of course online at www.liswatier.ca, which does in fact ship to the USA!

Bronzers are suuuuure getting prettier and prettier every year! And this one does not disappoint that’s for sure. Do you love bronzers as much as I do? I wear bronzer pretty much every time I wear makeup, do you? Or do you only use bronzer in the spring/summer?

*product sent by the lovely PR for review, thoughts are mine!

Lise Watier Palette Eden Tropical Eyeshadows Summer 2014 Collection

BEAUTY JUNKIE WARNING:
If you keep on ignoring Lise Watier, you are making a BIG MAKEUP MISTAKE.

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Lise Watier Palette Eden Tropical Eyeshadows Summer 2014 Collection

Do you SEE that packaging? I DIE. Nobody-I repeat NOBODY does packaging like Lise Watier! Every makeup season it’s such a treat to see what the company comes up with, and I have never been disappointed! Today, I’m going to show you why you need the Lise Watier Palette Eden Tropical Eyeshadows($43) from the Summer 2014 Collection.

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Lise Watier Palette Eden Tropical Eyeshadows Summer 2014 Collection

These are the same creamy, yet powdery formula Lise Watier is known for and that I LOVE. And if ¬†you’ve never tried Lise Watier eyeshadows, whatcha’ waitin’ for boo?

Swatchy Time!

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Not as pigmented as I’m used to from Lise Watier this time to be honest, but still buildable and just as GORGEOUS. Light and bright is the theme this season and these eyeshadow really give you that look. Do you see the glow that some of the shades have? Absolutely STUNNING and perfect for summer! Here’s a picture of what they look like indoors so you can see that they still pack a punch.

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The pink and the brown are more matte, while the minty white shade has some sparkle in it and makes a great highlight shade. The other shades are shimmers and they glow like nobody’s business! That glowy turquoise has fast become a favourite of mine for lining the bottom lash line. I can’t stop wearing it! And I know this is a lot of colour for one eye look, but I couldn’t help myself! Most of the eyeshadows blend so easily, but the brown was a little bit harder than the others. Seemed a bit stiffer than I’m used to from Lise Watier? But still, it’s not all that bad. I think it would fare better as a liner on the bottom lash line.

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The Lise Watier Palette Eden Tropical Eyeshadows($43) is available NOW wherever Lise Watier is sold! And if you live in the USA, you CAN order from www.lisewatier.ca!

I have SO much more to show you from the Lise Watier Eden Tropical Collection and it’s ALL WOWZA to be honest. I’m just gonna tell you that the whole collection??? IS AWESOME AND YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED WITH WHATEVER YOU BUY.¬†There. I feel better now hahaha.

It’s SPRING people! Wow it’s been nice here in Alberta lately! But there’s still a chance of snow this week. ‚ĚĄ To be honest, we’re not safe from snow until MAY. I remember the first year I moved here from Winnipeg, and it snowed on the May Long Weekend. I couldn’t believe it! It never snowed in Manitoba that late in the year and I really thought I had made a BIG mistake moving here LOL. Yeah, that was 25 years ago hahaha, so I guess it didn’t matter all that much!

*product sent by the lovely PR for review! Spring is HERE! ūüĆľ

Avon Foot Works Ginger and White Tea Collection

I have more foot stuffs to woo you into taking care of your own feet at home! Avon Foot Works Ginger and White Tea Collection¬†now has the scent of warm ginger and white tea! LOVE. Put ginger in anything, and I will love it. It’s so…zingy!

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Avon Foot Works Ginger And White Tea

Avon Foot Works Ginger And White Tea Clay Mask($7.99) contains oil-ablsorbing kaolin clay. It helps to exfoliate dry, rough skin and leaves feet and even legs feeling soft and smooth! I love this stuff. Masking your feet? SUCH an experience you need to try at least once! And then you’ll be hooked I promise!

Avon Foot Works Ginger And White Tea Smoothing Scrub($7.99) is the main exfoliator in the line, and leaves feet polished and pretty for sandals. Nice scrubby action!

Avon Foot Works Ginger And White Tea Nourishing Cream($7.99) gives feet 24 hours worth of moisture! And it smells SO GOOD too.

FEET. ūüźĺ These are great products to get them looking good on your own, if you’re like me haha. You know that I have that NO TOUCHY policy when it comes to feet. I do my own feet pampering and beautifying! The¬†Avon Foot Works Ginger & White Tea Clay Mask is the star of this collection I have to say. I love face masks, so a foot mask? COOL. ‚ô•

¬†Have you worn sandals yet? Here it’s been NICE for a couple of days, and then… SNOW. ‚õĄ Old Man Winter doesn’t want to give it up!

*product sent by PR for review, thoughts about feet and ginger are MINE!

Happy Easter Weekend everyone! ¬†ūüź£ I love Easter! And The Ten Commandments is on TV Saturday night! I’ve been watching it every Easter since I was 16 I think. It’s one of my favourite Easter traditions-right up there with church, Easter Basket Blessing,¬†paska, ham, eggs, horseradish-as you can see it’s mostly the food though LOL. What’s yours?

Caryl Baker Visage Pantone Lipsticks For Spring!

Caryl Baker Visage Pantone Lipsticks($18 each) for spring are so colourful!

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Caryl Baker Visage Pantone Lipsticks

All Caryl Baker Lipsticks have lids with a convenient pop up mirror for touchups on the go.

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Caryl Baker Visage Pantone Lipsticks

Let’s look at these colours shall we! Because these are some WOW colours!

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Caryl Baker Visage Pantone Lipsticks
Cherry Blossom, Plume, Tuscan Orange

Swatchy Time!

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Cherry Blossom, Plume, Tuscan Orange

Cherry Blossom is a bright peony pink! I really love this shade a lot, but this one seems a bit on the dry side. A good lip balm underneath makes it more comfortable to wear.

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Cherry Blossom

Tuscan Orange is…ORANGE! A pumpkin orange I’d have to say, hey? It’s a really unique shade that’s for sure! I love it and I’m not even a huge orange lipstick ¬†fan. This one isn’t as drying as Cherry Blossom, so yay! If you’re an orange lipstick lover, you may want to check this one out!

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Tuscan Orange

Plume is spot on for the Pantone 2014 Colour Of The Year, Radiant Orchid. It’s lovely! Really creamy, really moisturizing, and a very wearable version of radiant orchid I think!

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Plume

These gorgeous Caryl Baker Lipstick are available right now at all Caryl Baker locations, or you can order online at www.carylbakervisage.com.

¬†On-trend colour or what? Gotta love it! What’s your favourite trendy lipstick colour this year? Orange? Radiant Orchid? Or do you not follow trends so much?

*products sent by PR for review, colourful thoughts are mine! 

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster Is A Made-To-Measure Self Tan

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster is what I’m talking about today! And if you are a self-tanning lover, you might really like this product!

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Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

This is by no means a huge bottle. It’s about as big as my ‘the bird” finger. A little longer maybe, but not by much. My bird-she’s LONG AND PROUD. ūüėõ ¬†And only used on the most JERKIEST of drivers in the city of Edmonton, of which there are quite a few I have to say. As you get older you just really have to wonder how some people get their drivers license. SERIOUSLY. ¬†HAHAHA. Ok. back to the product!¬†It’s an oil. And what you do is push the end of this tiny bottle and COOL it disperses as many drops as you like into whatever moisturizer you like to make your own, customized self-tanner. Neat, hey?

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Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Ok, so I HATE HATE HATE self tanning things/products with a VENGEANCE. I can’t STAND that self-tanning smell. You know what I mean. It’s like warm, sweaty skin with a hint of burn? BLECHHHHHH. I avoid self tanners like I avoid…oysters. And most seafood actually. I like tuna and salmon in a can. CAN. I like scallops and shrimp. And tilapia in a taco. But that’s it. FISH ARE FRIENDS NOT FOOD.¬† ūüėÄ

 

According to the directions, one drop of the¬†Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster is recommended for fair skin. I put 3 drops in my moisturizer of choice, which lately happens to be the Clarins HydraQuench Cream. GOOD STUFF. And, what can I say, I like to live on the edge when it comes to testing beauty products. I’ll take THE MAX please.

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Clarins HydraQuench Cream

After a couple of hours, I can smell the “tan” developing on my face. I’m REALLY sensitive to that SMELL. So if anyone tells you that this¬†Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster DOESN’T smell-they LIE. ūüė¨ It’s not strong, but it’s there! Subtle, sweaty tan smell. Also, the tan takes a long time to develop. ¬†Even though I can smell it, I don’t see the colour until well into the next day.

But it sure does last well! The colour that¬†Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster gives is quite believable and real, and lasts at least 4 days before fading. No orange tan! But like I said, I use 3 drops. If you use less, you’ll probably get less colour, and less lasting power of course.

All in all, I kind of like¬†Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster! Even though I can smell it, it’s still not so strong as other self tanners I’ve tried in the past. I can deal with it. Some self tanners I can smell for DAYS and DAYS. This one isn’t like that so YAY! And I like the whole idea of being able to customize your tan. It’s quite innovative! To keep up my colour, I just add a drop or 2 of¬†Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster¬†every couple of days and I’m good to glow. ūüĆě

Get¬†Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster wherever Clarins is sold! It’s available pretty much everywhere right now, and I think it’s worth trying for sure!

Do you self tan? Or do you actually TAN. You know what I notice? As I’ve aged, it doesn’t take much time out in the sun to get a bit of colour now. Even when diligently wearing sunscreen. A couple of days spent at Disneyland in 35C weather, and I’ve got a tan now. And I wore sunscreen in EVERY product I used on my face. SIGH. And you know what else? The tan lasts SO MUCH LONGER now too. The joys of aging NEVER END.¬†

*product sent by PR for review, thoughts are mine!

Lush Easter 2014 Bath Treats!

I think LUSH Easter is my favourite time of year. I like Easter more than Christmas believe it or not. My Mama LOVED Easter. It was a BIG DEAL in our Ukrainian house! Bigger than Christmas. And that’s why I love anything Easter. I have so many memories of Easter and will cherish them all until the day I am not here anymore. Not that THAT is anytime soon by any means, but you know what I mean haha.

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Lush Easter 2014 Bath Treats!

If LUSH was around when I was little, you know I would have allowed some of these Lush Easter 2014 Bath Treats¬†in my Easter Basket because they are SO YUMMY. And I probably wouldn’t have been as chubby as I was back then. But HEY. EASTER MEANS CHOCOLATE BUNNIES TOO PEOPLE. Don’t forget that. Oh, and yeah-Jesus and all LOL. BUT CHOCOLATE FOLKS. And¬†Lush Easter 2014 Bath Treats!

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LUSH Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt
Lush Easter 2014 Bath Treats

LUSH Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt has a creamy, moisturizing cocoa butter exterior encases a fizzy Bath Bomb center, and the whole egg is dusted in a delicate golden luster. Like GOLD GLITTER. But whatever it’s PRETTY. It has the same scent as the classic honey-toffee fragrance of the best-selling Honey I Washed The Kids soap. Be careful of the gold glitter is what I have to say because clean-up of your tub may NOT be a good a time. Otherwise? It’s fun. It’s an egg. A gold egg. Whaddaya’ expect?

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Lush Carrot Soap
Lush Easter 2014 Bath Treats

Lush Carrot Soap? Doesn’t really smell like a carrot! It’s an energizing, tropical blend of Sicilian lemon oil and fruity buchu oil with cocoa butter to soften and moisturize your skin as you wash, and carrot oil to leave your skin feeling smooth, clean and refreshed. Smells SO good and this is a real keeper when it comes to LUSH soaps. They can be a bit TOO squeaky clean for my liking, but this one? Perfect.

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LUSH Brightside Bubble Bar
Lush Easter 2014 Bath Treats

LUSH Brightside Bubble Bar is back, and if you love Orange Tic-Tacs as much as I do, then GET THIS ONE. You only need to crumble a bit of it into your bath, and you’ll get the Sicilian mandarin, tangerine and bergamot oils that are amazing! I love this one a lot. Probably my fave Easter Lush treat!

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LUSH A Bunch Of Carrots Reuseable Bubble Bars
Lush Easter 2014 Bath Treats

This year, Lush has come out with A Bunch Of Carrots Reuseable Bubble Bars! Grab one of the carrots by its green top and hold it under the running tap to fill your tub with frothy lemon and bergamot-scented foam. Each carrot will create several bubbly baths, so you’ll get loads of bathing bliss out of this bunch! LOVE these as well!

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LUSH Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb
Lush Easter 2014 Bath Treats

LUSH Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb is a classic customer favourite that LUSH brings back each Easter. It smells of vanilla-cotton candy, and is such an awesome bath treat. Would probably taste good too, but DON’T DO IT. Save it for the REAL chocolate goodies!

Find all these LUSH Easter Treats right now at your local LUSH store, or order online as well! And wow, is Easter late this year or what? Get them now before it’s too late!

Do you love Easter too? Easter rocks. 

*products sent by PR for review, but Easter Love is mine! TRUTH.

 

Patrick Melville Salon in NYC Visit By My Good Friend Lena From Lenallure!

I have a guest post for you all today by my good friend and fellow beauty blogger Lena from LENALLURE. She got to experience a haircut at the Patrick Melville Salon in NYC-one of my dreams! Read on to see her gorgeous result!

When Tracy of Beauty Reflections Blog asked me if I would be interested in experiencing the Patrick Melville Salon in NYC, I couldn’t have been happier!

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Patrick Melville Salon in the Rockefeller Plaza, NYC

Apparently, this generous of a lady is an Aveeno ambassador and thought of me when she got this gift!
Patrick Melville Salon is a well-known high-end salon in New York City and it is constantly in the buzz about their amazing service and celebrity clientele.

I have medium-thick healthy asian hair that is long and slightly curly, which is quite easy to take care of. This is probably why I don’t like to blow dry my hair or use hair products too much. Plus, I have zero skill to make my hair look nicer. I just shampoo and condition my hair, let it air dry then use a blow drier for two minutes. Although it is a very low maintenance, I need a GOOD haircut every 6 weeks. You can say I am pretty picky about my haircuts.

Patrick Melville Salon is conveniently located in the Rockefeller Plaza which is only 15 minutes from where I live.
The salon entrance is warm and bright, and it seems they carry various professional hair care products as well as their own salon blends.

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Patrick Melville Salon in the Rockefeller Plaza, NYC

I actually had to cancel my appointment twice prior to my visit due to my last minute work, but everything was taken care of professionally in pleasant manners. There are veteran hair stylists and colorists available according to your needs.

I decided to get my haircut with Masami.

Masami Saito (L) and Patrick Melville (R)

I did not expect this, but I also had a pleasure meeting Mr. Melville himself. Very pleasant and handsome gentleman. :)

 

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Patrick Melville Salon

Masami carefully studied my hair style and texture and he asked how I wanted my haircut to be.
I loved this! Surprisingly it is very rare to meet a hairstylist who tries to understand what clients really want.
We both agreed to keep the current length and style yet to make it look more blended and cleaner, which was exactly what I was looking for! Shampoo was done by Christopher who used the natural shampoo blended by the salon. It was a thorough and relaxing one and he even gave me a mini massage before my haircut.

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It was quite early in the day but the salon was already running busy.
The whole atmosphere is bright and upbeat yet very professional. Masami was a perfectionist and so meticulous with each strand, and the finished look was nothing short of perfection.
He gave me a classic wet cut followed by blow dry and dry cut with texturizing, which is the only way to ensure my hair looks good until the next cut.

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“Well done, master.”
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I have already shared this picture on instagram.
You see? A good haircut is happiness.

For a celebrated NYC salon, I thought the price was quite reasonable especially when I consider the level of service I received and the long lasting result.
It is a little more than I would normally pay for my haircut, but I will visit this salon again for sure.

I think I was even happier about this whole experience because it was a present from a genuine blogofriend. :)
I sincerely thank Tracy as well as the Aveeno team who sponsored this opportunity.

Have you experienced Patrick Melville salon or other higher-end salons?
What do you look for when you go to a hair salon?
Do share with me!
For more info, you can visit http://patrickmelvillesalon.com
Patrick Melville Salon
45 Rockefeller Plaza 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10013
T : 212 218 8650

Lena L- www.lenallure.com

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