Mèreadesso Launches At Nordstrom | Linda Stephenson Talks To Tracy!

Guess what?! Mèreadesso launches at Nordstrom their entire product line in Vancouver this September! WAHOO!! Recently launched at Nordstrom Rideau Centre in Ottawa this past March, Nordstrom Canada was the first retail home for Mèreadesso, and that’s HUGE news for a Canadian Company! Mèreadesso products will also be launching on Nordstrom.com in the next few weeks, so that online shoppers from all over the world can order the amazing and simple skincare line.

Haven’t heard of them? Well, Mèreadesso is a line of skincare products that’s designed for those who want simple yet highly effective skincare. Mèreadesso wants to declutter your bathroom counter top and get rid of the plethora of skincare products you think you need to achieve great skin. They have two face products: a moisturizer and a cleanser. That’s IT. You need nothing else when you use their moisturizer. It acts as a moisturizer, serum, primer, day cream, night cream and eye cream. Every bottle of Mèreadesso is chock full of minerals, vitamins and extracts to help attack  fine lines and wrinkles, even out your skin tone, and improve elasticity too. The products are made for all skin types and even your hubby can use them too!

Because Mèreadesso launches at Nordstrom in a couple of weeks, I was lucky enough to be granted an exclusive one-on-one interview with Linda Stephenson, the brains behind the brand. I was also sent a couple of products to take with me tomorrow on our trip to California, which is kind of awesome. These products are/will be available at Nordstrom too! Let’s talk products first!

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Mèreadesso Launches At Nordstrom

Mèreadesso Travel Ease Kit ($45): comes with 12ml of All-In-One Moisturizer and the Face + Neck Cleanser in resealable sachets, the first of its kind in North America! LOOK how GENIUS this is! There’s a plastic cover that’s easy to open and dispense just enough product per use. I’m amazed! And the set also comes with a reusable cleansing cloth too, which is such a good idea. I don’t know about you guys, but hotel wash cloths are scratchy. This one is not!

Mèreadesso Travel Ease Kit

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Mèreadesso

I’m so freakin’ excited about not having to take any other skincare on this trip. This set will easily last me the whole time I’m there, which is just over a week.

Mèreadesso Tinted All-In-One Moisturizer

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Mèreadesso Tinted All-In-One Moisturizer

Mèreadesso Tinted All-In-One Moisturizer ($48): Just like the original All-In-One Moisturizer that’s in the travel kit, this is an all-in-one moisturizer, but with a tint to even out skin tone.

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Mèreadesso Tinted All-In-One Moisturizer

It still has the 16 botanical extracts, 8 minerals and enzymes and over 20 antioxidants that are in the original too.

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Mèreadesso Tinted All-In-One Moisturizer Light

This is the light shade, and as you can see it’s sheer. But the coverage is quite buildable and it applies like a dream-no brushes needed at all. All I need is sunscreen and I’m all set for California!

Like I said, I got to ask Linda Stephenson some questions which was a huge honour for me. She has 22 years of experience, and created makeup products for Estee Lauder, MAC, Mary Kay and more. After years of brand-building and then becoming a mom, Linda decided to take her skills and knowledge and start her own skincare line and Bazinga! Mèreadesso was born.

Hi Linda! Congratulations on Mèreadesso being available to purchase at Nordstrom in Vancouver this September! How very exciting! So, tell us, how did you get started in the skincare business? Why did you decide to launch your own line of products?

Shortly after getting a degree in chemistry, biology and botany, I fell into the beauty industry and never looked back.  In the mid 90’s I was offered a job with a little known company named MAC that gave me some of my best learning and adventures.  I really credit that time spent with MAC and its parent company Estée Lauder as invaluable.  It gave me the background and knowledge to do what I am doing today.

When I became a Mom, I realized that I didn’t have time to use countless products anymore – I needed a simplified skincare routine.  So I created one.  One moisturizer for all skin types, both male and female, at all times of the day that also acts as an eye cream, serum and primer.  One cleanser that gently cleans your face, exfoliates, tones and removes waterproof mascara.

Mèreadesso All-In-One Moisturizer has 20 Antioxidants in it, which is amazing! What are antioxidants and why are they so important in skincare?

Antioxidants have the ability to reduce or prevent damage done by free radicals (particles emitted by the sun and pollutants in the air) which could break down the skin’s structure causing wrinkles and other potentially more serious damage.

Any good skincare product should contain antioxidants to see visible results.

Recently, my daughter who just turned 22, asked me if she could start using “anti-aging” skincare. At what age should a woman start an anti-aging routine and what ingredients should she look out for?

There’s no right age to begin using anti-aging products but good habits start early.

Please tell her to use a well-regarded moisturizer and cleanser, avoid smoking and apply sunscreen before going out in the sun.  Exfoliating her skin with a warm, wet facecloth or a gentle exfoliator is also helpful.  And please remind her to take her makeup off before going to bed! No choice!

Antioxidants are good to have in your moisturizer at any age.  In your daughter’s case it would be more preventative now than reparative.  Vitamins, minerals and enzymes are also all beneficial for the skin.  I put so many into the formula because what is needed for your skin may be different for mine.  In terms of understanding ingredients, you want to make sure that the active ingredients are high up on the list. You also want to avoid lauryl sulfates in cleansers which only serve to dry out your skin.  So it’s not only about what’s in there, it’s also about what’s not in there.

Your products do not contain sunscreen. Why is that? And would you someday consider adding a sunscreen to the Mèreadesso line?

I haven’t included a sunscreen on purpose.  This is a very hot topic (pardon the pun) so it does require an explanation.  The active ingredients in a sunscreen act as a barrier between you and the sun.  They sit on the top of your skin and keep the sun out.

There would have been no point to including all of the anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals that I did, if I also included a sunscreen.  It would prevent penetration of all those special ingredients into your skin and completely change the texture of the product.

However, I do recommend using a sunscreen on top of my Mèreadesso All-In-One Moisturizer when spending time out in the sun.  Simply allow my product to soak in first and then apply sunscreen afterwards.  And I will leave it to the talented chemists at the major sunscreen companies to keep up the good work!

What does the name Mèreadesso actually mean?

“Mère” means mother in French and “adesso” means now in Italian.  It’s a nod to what drove me to create this skincare line.  (Lack of personal time!)  Tons of men though have been turned on to Mèreadesso since then so we have rebranded as a unisex line.  The names stays though!

What has been the biggest challenge of your career so far?

Figuring out how to best support a large retailer.  A huge company like Nordstrom has almost their own language and navigating the on boarding process has definitely been a learning experience.

What is your one beauty ‘must-have’ makeup product?

My Mèreadesso All-In-One Moisturizer!  Last weekend, I thought I hadn’t packed any for a weekend getaway and I felt the beginning of a panic attack until it was located.  It is truly a beauty elixir for the skin!

Doesn’t she sound like an amazing person? Again, I want to say thank you and congrats to Linda for Mèreadesso being available at Nordies. And also a big thank you to Rebecca from 1Milk2Sugars for arranging the interview and for sending over the products to test. And don’t forget, be sure to check out as Mèreadesso launches at Nordstrom Vancouver in September!

What do you think of an all-in-one product like this? Would you love to simplify your skincare regimen too?

Palmer’s Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil Face, Skin Therapy Oil FACE, Skin Therapy Oil Rosehip

Hoowee! Have I got some beauty news from Palmer’s to share with you: Palmer’s has ventured into the cleansing oil and face oil business! And you know what? IT’S GOOD. And so affordable like you wouldn’t believe! Kiss those expensive face oil cleansers and face oils BYE BYE folks!

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Palmer’s Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil FACE,

Palmer’s Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil FACE is a one-step facial cleansing oil that deep cleans, brightens complexion and balances skins pH. And it only costs $7.99!

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Palmer’s Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil FACE

Palmer’s Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil FACE has an exclusive blend of key ingredients that remove make-up & impurities. It’s non-stripping, non-drying, won’t clog your pores and combines LOADS of antioxidant-rich pure cleansing oils like Grapeseed, Jojoba and Rosehip Oil. There’s also Cocoa Butter and Vitamin C as well to deep clean and purify the complexion for cleaner, clearer, softer-looking skin. It’s good for all skin types too-oily, sensitive, dry and aging. And the best part? Is that it’s free of mineral oil, sulfates, parabens unlike SOME really expensive face cleansing oils *cough*cough* Shu Uemura* cough*cough*. Yeah, I like those ones, but it always bothered me that mineral oil was an ingredient since it’s SO inexpensive, and their oils are so $$$$. Palmer’s Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil FACE has a lighter feel to it because there is no heavy mineral oil in it, and honestly I think it works BETTER. It has a very light rose scent too, which is lovely. And I still can’t believe that this 190ml bottle retails for $7.99. It works really well! Removes all of my makeup and leaves my face clean and soft. LOVE.

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Palmer’s Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil FACE

Another amazing new product is Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil FACE($8.97), which is an age-defying, multipurpose skin perfecting oil. Not only does it contain pure Cocoa Butter, but it has a blend of ten natural oils for healthier, younger-looking skin. Count them: Sweet Almond Oil, Sesame Oil, Coconut Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Apricot Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Argan Oil, Rosehip Oil, Camelina Oil, Sunflower Oil-that’s TEN oils! Palmer’s has also added in Retinol and Vitamin C to reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, smooth skin texture and help brighten skin and dark spots. It soaks into my skin instantly and does not leave it feeling greasy or sticky either. The faint rose scent is lovely too! I really like this face oil, and can’t believe how affordable it is.

Last, there’s Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil Rosehip($9.97) which smells AMAZING. The rose scent is strongest in this body oil, and I love the smell. I can still smell it on my arms 3 hours later! It’s an all-over dry oil that helps improve the appearance of scars, aging skin, stretch marks, uneven skin tone and dry, damaged skin. Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil Rosehip has Rosehip, Sesame and Canola Oils blended with pure Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E. It instantly smooths and softens my skin, and since it’s a dry oil, getting dressed after is no problem since it absorbs quickly. Perfect for keeping skin soft when the fall air starts to feel crisp and cool! I can hardly wait haha! :D

All three of these amazing Palmer’s Skin Therapy products can be found at Walmart.

And guess what??! Thanks to the amazingly generous people at Palmer’s I have a giveaway for my Canadian readers!

 I have Three Skin Therapy Oil Packages to giveaway to three lucky readers that include: one Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil FACE, one Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil Rosehip and one Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil FACE (Value $30.00)

Like I said, you must be a Canadian resident to enter! Just use the easy Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Good luck!

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Dior Addict Fluid Shadows| Dior Cosmopolite Fall 2015

LAST ONE. I think hahaha. But is this best for last? Or WORST for last? Hmmmm…. :P

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Dior Addict Fluid Shadows

When I first saw the Dior Addict Fluid Shadows($36) I was excited! I love me a good liquid/cream eyeshadow and actually prefer them…which is STUPID. Most of them never last on my oilier that OILY lids. But for some reason, I keep wanting them and getting them and HOPING I’ll find one that’s a YES. I’m a lazy eyeshadow beauty junkie-if I can find something to smear on my lids and it looks good all day? I feel accomplished. :P  But, I still haven’t found something that’s magical as such…not even these Dior Addict Fluid Shadows, which I was hoping! SIGH.

At first swatchy though, these Dior Addict Fluid Shadows sure do take your breath away!

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Dior Addict Fluid Shadows #875 Destinèe, #275 Cosmic, #825 Aurora, #655 Univers, #545 Phoenix

Like HELLLOOOO LOVELIES, right? Sigh….it’s like liquid eyeshadow heaven!

BUT. And there’s a big but with these…no not MY big butt..stick to the topic dudes…these are not meant for blending out and looking all pretty and seamless and neat. NOPE NOPE NOPE. You have to forget your blending skillz with these suckers and leave them at the border folks.

SEE? She didn’t blend. At. All. And I don’t know, are we ready for this? Are we?

Nope I say. We just aren’t. Yet. At least from my observations. Hey, I’m all for a graphic look myself-it’s less frickin’ work. No blending you say Dior? I’m game. But, it’s harder said than done. Walking around with this high metallic liquid eyeshadow on your lids not blended out when you’re ….ahem…48…and going to the grocery store? Is a bit MUCH. And to tell you the truth, I really wish it wasn’t? Because I  honestly don’t give a hoot what people think. It’s ME that has the problem with it. It’s ODD feeling is all. I guess I’m just not at that point in my beauty evolution, and honestly…it’s probably too late for me at my age. But you young ‘uns? Still gotta a chance! If you go out to clubs and dance all night long? HECK…DO THIS.

Ok, here’s how my trials with the Dior Addict Fluid Shadows went. Play by play in fact. I’m all about the real deal, as you know.  :P

The first Dior Addict Fluid Shadow I tried was #825 Aurora because AURORA. I love the name, and the pinky rose gold shade is like my beauty Achilles. #rosegoldwhorehere

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Dior Addict Fluid Shadow #825 Aurora

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Dior Addict Fluid Shadow #825 Aurora

 

This one? Works pretty well if you pat it out as you can see. And it’s a natural beauty tendency to want to blend this liquid shadow out, I know. All you’d need is a crease colour and BAZINGA! Done.

So, the next one I tried was #655 Univers because as much of a #rosegoldwhoreIam, I’m also a well documented #taupeloverextreme. And this time, I used a shadow in my crease to make it look more…seamless, like we’re used too.

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Dior Addict Fluid Shadows #655 Univers

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Dior Addict Fluid Shadows #655 Univers

Nice, huh? I was impressed! And was so hopeful after using these two shades!

Ok, so I HAD to try #875 Destinèe next, because that’s a WOWZA shade in any eyeshadow form.

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Dior Addict Fluid Shadows #875 Destinèe

Looks good, right? And btw it’s on my lower lash line too. PRETTY.

Until, I show you my lids. You ain’t gonna like it. But I have to show you because dang it…this is money we’re talking about here. All this pretty stuff is $$$$$. You gotta know the truth.

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Dior Addict Fluid Shadows #875 Destinèe

What the hey man?! But, in defense of the Dior Addict Fluid Shadow…they AIN’T made for blending out. Which is what I tried to do here. And with this shade? It was a definite NO GO.

So, I had to try Dior Addict Fluid Shadow #275 Cosmic next, and this was another difficult one. So, I tried not to blend it too much as you can see.

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Dior Addict Fluid Shadow #275 Cosmic

 

I tried to go for more of a cut crease look, and I think it worked…sort of. Getting that blend above the cut crease was no easy feat though.

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Dior Addict Fluid Shadow #275 Cosmic

I don’t know what to tell you all. Two of these Dior Addict Fluid Shadow shades-#825 Aurora and #655 Univers work incredibly well, and even blend out like what we are accustomed to. The other shades, well…are for a more graphic look. Paint them on. Go bold. And wear them proudly. That’s what they’re good for. Oh, and do remember that you have to kind of wait for these to dry before blinking, hey? It’s just the nature of a liquid eye shadow you have to deal with. Otherwise they’d have to put so much alcohol in the formula that your eye lids would shrivel up as soon as you applied them, and seriously that’s not good. And as it is, I think there’s a lot of alcohol in the formula already, because the Dior Addict Fluid Shadows are really cooling when you put them on, like a cold winter gust(that’s the alcohol evaporating btw). If you have dry lids? Protect them with some eye primer first! These things will dry them out so much more.

I don’t know dudes. Dior? Screws me UP big time. I want to like everything they make! But I can’t? Because everything is not amazing, which for some reason really disappoints me?! I don’t know why. But it does! I want to be a Dior Fan Girl, I really do…but I think I’ll just stick to their lip products. They do those SO so so well. Everything else? Seems to be a hit or miss for me.

Have you tried any of the Dior Addict Fluid Shadow shades? What do YOU think of them? Some people insist that patting with a brush makes a huge difference in how these blend out. I tried that. And it made no difference to me. So, I guess it’s all up to you to make these things work. And at this price point? Why should you have to do that I ask? Every shade should work…JUST. THE SAME. AND LOOK AMAZING…no matter what technique you use.

What’s your favourite liquid eyeshadow? I think mine is the one that Josie Maran makes. It’s pretty great. Check out my review HERE.

 

Dior Addict Fluid Sticks Dior Cosmopolite Fall 2015

Nope…we aren’t done with Dior Cosmopolite Fall 2015 yet. I’m trying here folks, really I am :P

I have three shades of Dior Addict Fluid Sticks($42 each) from the Dior Cosmopolite Fall 2015 to show you-and two of them are Limited Edition, so if you likey you must buy-ey…buy-ii…you know what I’m trying to say. :D :D

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Dior Addict Fluid Sticks Dior Cosmopolite Fall 2015 #784 Chic, #499 Avant-Garde, #289 Versailles

I like Dior Addict Fluid Sticks-didn’t used to, but I think the formula has changed slightly. They feel so much better on the lips and aren’t as tacky as the original incarnation-at least for me. I don’t know-maybe I’m just crazy but I do think it’s true. My lips tell me it is so.

Swatchy Time!

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Dior Addict Fluid Sticks Dior Cosmopolite Fall 2015 #289 Versailles #499 Avant-Garde #784 Chic

The other reason I think Dior Addict Fluid Sticks are appealing to me now, is that they really smooth out your lips and make them look, well…younger! I like that. And they stay put and don’t bleed all over my face like some glosses do. Just an easy couple of swipes and boom!-my lips look and feel good. No fussing with lipstick trying to make it look all precise-perfect for my laissez-faire attitude about makeup lately. Dior Addict Fluid Sticks look good going on, last nicely, and look good wearing off. Easy, lazy lips for me!

Dior Addict Fluid Stick #289 Versailles is my personal fave and is LE. Perfect peachy pink!

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Dior Addict Fluid Sticks Dior Cosmopolite Fall 2015 #289 Versailles

I’m not sure about #499 Avant-Garde, but I think it’s a permanent shade? The name rings a bell for some reason. Anyways, it’s a great brown nude! It’s not nudey-nude, just a nice, easy to wear, not in your face kind of nude. MLBB even, with a 90s feel to it.

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Dior Addict Fluid Stick #499 Avant-Garde

Dior Addict Fluid Stick #784 Chic is another LE shade, and it’s a really pretty berry shade that’s perfect for cooler weather.

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Dior Addict Fluid Stick #784 Chic

Anyhoo, they’re all lovely as you can see, but if I had to choose one? It’d be between Avant-Garde and Chic. Either one is a great choice for fall.

One more week until we take Marky back to California! I can’t believe it’s the end of her summer visit with us already.  I’m already starting to have anxiety again about her leaving me…again… :(

What’s your favourite lip product for lazy days? Don’t say lip balm either…I mean something with some colour haha! Some oomph! 

Dior 5 Couleurs Cosmopolite Eyeshadow Palettes Fall 2015: Exubèrante and Eclectic

So, yeah…I should finish talking about the rest of the Dior Cosmopolite Fall 2015 Collection, hey?  :P

There are two new limited edition Dior 5 Couleurs Cosmopolite Eyeshadow Palettes($70 each) in #766 Exubèrante and #866 Eclectic. They sure do make you yearn for fall! They don’t? Ok, maybe just me then! I’ve had enough of summer that’s for sure and can hardly wait for fall. As much as I’m looking forward to going back to California next week, I’m sure not happy about going back to 35C weather.

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Dior 5 Couleurs Cosmopolite Eyeshadow Palettes in #766 Exubèrante and #866 Eclectic

The shades are perfect for the season. The two centre shades-the gold and and the silver- look really sparkly in the pan, and kind of surprised me as being  Dior’s pick for “fall” shades. Usually you see holiday collections with those colours. But that’s just an overspray and underneath the sparkly mess, those two shadows are really quite creamy and nice. Unique too!

Swatchy Time for Dior 5 Couleurs Cosmopolite Eyeshadow Palette #766 Exubèrante:

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Dior 5 Couleurs Cosmopolite Eyeshadow Palette #766 Exubèrante

The only shade that’s problematic is the blue shade. It’s a matte, with some glitter flecks. I don’t get why brands(and it’s not just Dior, loads of brands do this) make shadows in this kind of formula. They never work well imo. The glitters don’t really fuse with the powder and just ruin it. You can see that it doesn’t swatch well, and on the eye it’s the same. It’s best used as a liner shade, or you can use a wet brush to apply it. Works really well that way, and that’s what I did on my bottom lash line. The other shades are creamy and apply and blend nicely, although I do find that it does take some time to blend them. That white gold shade is amazing though-I love that it’s not your typical yellow gold eyeshadow. It’s so much prettier and quite unique for a gold shade-it’s almost cool toned, and I’d label it that way for sure.

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Dior 5 Couleurs Cosmopolite Eyeshadow Palette #766 Exubèrante

 

Swatchy Time for Dior 5 Couleurs Cosmopolite Eyeshadow Palette #866 Eclectic:

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Dior 5 Couleurs Cosmopolite Eyeshadow Palette #866 Eclectic

Again from the swatches, you can see that the burgundy shade in Dior 5 Couleurs Cosmopolite Eyeshadow Palette #866 Eclectic is that matte with glitters shadow that I’m not fond of. It takes a bit of time to blend out as well, but I do like the shade! The dark matte hunter green is another one you have to be careful with-too much blending and it can disappear on you, like it did in my look here. It’s on my bottom lash line, but you can barely see it. That silver though! It’s something else! I’ve been looking for a silver eyeshadow like this forever! Most silvers are really metallic or frosted, and lean blue. Not this one! It’s a true grey/white silver-perfect! It really glows and I love it.

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Dior 5 Couleurs Cosmopolite Eyeshadow Palette #866 Eclectic

Here’s another look where I used the hunter green on the bottom lash line, but didn’t blend it out too much. You can see how well it goes with the burgundy shade.

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Dior 5 Couleurs Cosmopolite Eyeshadow Palette #866 Eclectic

I’m a bit torn about the Dior 5 Couleurs Cosmopolite Eyeshadow Palettes. I don’t hate them, but I don’t love them either. They kind of get on my eyeshadow nerve to be honest hahaha :P I like the colour combos and the shades a lot, but then again they’re not all that unique. Except for the silver and gold shades-those really are unique and boy, I’d love to have them in a separate duo! The rest of the shadows though, aren’t the easiest to work with and require a bit of patience. But if you are a blending fiend and have good brushes, you can create some beautiful fall looks with them. Me? I’d rather spend the money on the Rouge Dior Lipsticks from the Cosmopolite Collection, but that’s because I’m not a big eyeshadow fan these days. Although, fall is the season that make me bust out a smoky eye look more often!

What do you think of the Dior 5 Couleurs Cosmopolite Eyeshadow Palettes? Have you tried them? Will you be picking them up? Do you wear more smoky eye looks in the fall too?

Dior Rouge Lipsticks|Dior Cosmoplite Fall 2015 Collection

Just a quick little post today about the new Dior Rouge shades in the Dior Cosmoplite Fall 2015 Collection.

What can I say about Dior Rouge Lipsticks that hasn’t been said? They’re creamy, pigmented, smooth, comfortable to wear, last a long time(I get a good 4 hours if I don’t eat) and they wear off nicely too. Some people don’t like the classic lipstick smell of Rouge Diors, but to be honest, once you get it on your lips it’s barely detectable. At least I don’t really smell anything. I think Rouge Dior is the one product that Dior does well! Wait, I mean their lipsticks in general-all of Dior’s lipsticks are pretty top notch in my books.

There are 3 new Rouge Dior Shades($42) in the Dior Cosmoplite Fall 2015 Collection. And I like them all! :D :D

Dior Rouge Lipsticks|Dior Cosmoplite Fall 2015

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Dior Rouge #956 Unique, Dior Rouge #542 Nouvelle Femme, Dior Rouge #753 Continental

 

Swatchy Time!

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Dior Rouge #956 Unique, Dior Rouge #542 Nouvelle Femme, Dior Rouge #753 Continental

I didn’t take close-up lip pics this time. Sorry. Eh-I figure face picks are always better anyways, so you can see what the lipstick looks like on for real. Plus my lips are pretty close-up on the pics anyhow.

Dior Rouge #956 Unique is a warm, brown based berry that’s quite wearable! I didn’t think I’d like this one, as most berries age me, but this one doesn’t. I think my glasses help balance out the vampy shade though. If it’s too much for you, I think this would be lovely blotted down as a stain too. Too bad I didn’t think of doing that when I was wearing it and show you how that would look. #beautybloggerbrainfart

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Dior Rouge #956 Unique

Dior Rouge #753 Continental is my favourite of the three! It’s such a pretty, rosy berry shade that’s so ladylike(unlike me :P )  I’ll be wearing this one starting now! It’s already in my purse!

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Dior Rouge #753 Continental

Dior Rouge #542 Nouvelle Femme is a lovely peachy pink. Easy to wear, easy to love. And perfect for transitioning into fall.

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Dior Rouge #542 Nouvelle Femme

I gotta go take out the trash now. YUCK. It’s usually Terry’s job, but he’s working in Toronto at the Para Pan Am Games. Yes, I should have gone with him. But we needed to be careful about $$ this month, since we have to get Marky some bedroom furniture this year. And with our dollar falling so low, this isn’t going to be pretty. Oh well.  But yeah…the garbage has to be out before 7am, so I put it out the night before, but not too much before midnight. You see, we have a gang of crows and magpies around here that come morning, start pecking at the black garbage bags. Those suckers are smart and they will do whatever they can to get into them bags. I’ve stopped them a few times, but I can’t stand out there all day until the garbage trucks finally decide to roll by. SIGH. I’m not the neighbourhood garbage protector! Unless, you can get paid for that-then sure-I’ll wrestle with them crows and magpies all day long! :)

Do you like Rouge Diors? I think they’re a classic lipstick! And a good one too! What do you think of these 3 shades for fall? 

Caudalie Paris Summer Must Haves!

I gotta break up the Dior Cosmopolite Reviews SORRY…it just gets so BORING for me, talking about the same stuff for a few days…I mean I’m a beauty junkie, so we already know I have beauty ADD. I need to talk about other stuffs…I promise to get to the rest of the Dior Fall collection after this! :P

And also…it’s been HOT up north here…in fact this week I’m pretty sure is considered a proper heatwave for Edmonton…and so of course, I’ll be hiding in my air-conditioned house as much as I can. And this is why I feel the need to tell you all about my Caudalie Paris Summer Must Haves today, because…DANG. It’s hot out. WHERE IS FALL WHEN YOU CRAVE IT.

The Ultimate Summer Skin Duo: Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub($38) and Caudalie Divine Oil($52)

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Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub and Caudalie Divine Oil

The Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub is something I’ve always wanted to try, and to be honest? It’s nothing like I though it’d be! It’s a natural, wine-inspired body scrub that gives skin a gentle exfoliation, not harsh at all. In fact, it kind of turns milky and even slightly lathers up as you rub which surprised me! Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub apparently drains, refines, softens, and nourishes the skin whilst hydrating it and I say YES. It’s so WEIRD. I mean I use and test a bunch of scrubs, but I swear to god my skin looks so GOOD after using this one…I keep blinking and thinking I’ve drunk some kind of beauty koolaid, but nope. It’s true…this stuff works well! The scrub is not too harsh so it’s great for sensitive skin. The only thing disappointing is the scent…it’s like an herbal cucumber instead of anything remotely grape…but PFFTT…I don’t care because this stuff works for me. FAN. FOR. LIFE.

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Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub

The Caudalie Divine Oil has a cult following, and I can see why! It’s NICE STUFF. It contains a blend of grapeseed, hibiscus, sesame, and argan oils combined with patented grapeseed antioxidant polyphenols to leave skin soft, firm, and radiant. What’s so loved about this Caudalie product is its texture: there’s pretty much NO body oil that’s so instantly absorbed into your skin as this one! Like your skin CRAVES it is how I’d describe it, and slurps it up like a chubby kid on a hot day drinking a slurpee….SHHHHHLUPPPFFF! And the fragrance! It’s like SUMMER IN A BOTTLE. Warm. Inviting. Addicting even. Another cult Caudalie product that I think is well worth the expense for sure, as it makes this hot weather tolerable. LOVE.

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Caudalie Organic Grape Water.

When the weather is heating up, nothing feels better than a refreshing mist and my fave right now is Caudalie Organic Grape Water. This has become a summer essential for me because it moisturizes, chills and soothes with just one spray. Hot flash? SPRAY. AHHHHH. Tight, dry skin? SPRAY. AHHHHH. Just feeling hot because it’s HELLFIRE outside? SPRAY. AHHHHH. This stuff is amazing! And it smells sort of grapey! Apparently it’s made with a unique triple-filtration process  that allows the extraction of all active ingredients from merlot and muscat grapes juice. This isn’t just water that’s helping me deal with heat and dryness…oh no…it contains the antioxidant vitamin C, and polysaccharides and mineral salts too. It’s good for my skin! YES! It comes in various sizes too, so you can throw a mini in your purse and have it on hand whenever the need arises. I’m telling you this…I’m getting one to throw in my backpack for when we go to California later this month because LORDY it’s hot there in September and what the heck man, I am going to need HELP.

I’m very thankful that I’ve been able to try a few things from Caudalie this summer and I LOVE everything! I get why the brand is so loved by my European friends! Now it’s just up to me to fund my new love LOL! And I will because DANG…this is good stuff.

In Canada, Caudalie is available at Murale, Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie at the Shangri-la Hotel in Toronto, Sephora across Canada, as well as Jean Coutu, Square Dix30 and Ogilvy in Quebec. AND you can even order it online and skip the devil which is Sephora, at Caudalie Canada! :P

Have you tried these products from Caudalie before? What’s you favourite Caudalie product then? I gotta know! I think this line is worth some investigating by me!

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