I was cleaning up my bathroom counter yesterday. I LOATHE cleaning the bathroom and leave it until I just can’t take it anymore. I wish I wasn’t like that…but eh. That’s just the way I am. I think part of the reason is that I hope-HOPE someone will clean it for me. But nobody ever does…and part of that reason is that I’m mostly alone these days. With Marky gone and Terry working out of town a lot-who’s going to clean the bathroom for you Tracy?! YOU. That’s who… 😛

Well, sad-sack story aside, the plethora of face cleansers on my counter made me laugh and cry at the same time. It also reminded me of Jen@ ProcrastinatingPretty and her post about the cleansers she uses. She had three in rotation. At this moment, I have her beat, EASILY.

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Cleanser Roll Call

Six, count ’em-SIX facial cleansers. Beauty Junkie, or what? Hahahaha….  😛

But, I have an explanation and a reason why each one is there, and as you can see-I do use them! They’re not just decoration! So, I thought I’d share why I like/love/loathe them, because that’s what I do. 😀

The Cleanser Workhorses

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Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser, 3l

The Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser has been a staple for years now. Terry and I both use it. It’s a simple, no fuss foamy cleanser that never, ever dries or strips my skin. Or his. My face feels clean and soft after using it. I use this one after the gym mostly. There’s nothing like a foamy cleanser to make your sweaty, post-workout face feel clean. I also have the A-Derma Exomega Emollient Cleansing Oil in my shower and rotate between the two. To be honest, I prefer the A-Derma, but Terry likes the Cerave so I keep it on the counter.

Since I’m going to be heavily testing sunscreens soon, a cleansing oil is a must to use to make sure the sunscreen is removed from my acne-prone skin. Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil is the one I’m using right now. It’s in the LE packaging from the Mika for Shu Collection. After I use a cleansing oil though, I’ll pretty much always use the Cerave or the A-Derma cleanser, or one of the ones you’ll see below to double cleanse. My skin is finicky and tends to like to hang on to sunscreen like a bad cold, which clogs my pores and causes breakouts galore. Double cleansing makes sure that it’s all off and saves my face…at least that’s my theory…  😛

The Creamy Cleansers

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Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser,Vichy Pureté Thermal 3-in-1 One Step, Avène Tolérance Extrême Cleansing Lotion Cleanser

 

In the morning when I wake up, I like to use a creamy cleanser and these are the ones on my counter. The Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser I’m trying to use up. It’s ok, but as you know I’m not all that fond of it, plus I think it’s just a rather expensive and stinky version of the next two that I love. 😛

The Vichy Pureté Thermal 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser is a creamy cleansing milk, toner, and eye makeup remover in one. Now, it won’t take off waterproof eye makeup, but it does a pretty decent job on everyday makeup. It’s a great cleanser and I usually pick it up when there’s a two-for-one special at Shopper’s Drug Mart.

Avène Tolérance Extrême Cleansing Lotion is my other favourite no-rinse cleanser. It’s perfect, especially for when my skin is starting to act up. Actually, it’s probably my fave creamy cleanser ever made. I love that it’s hermetically sealed and always sterile…it means it’s always pure and clean and GENTLE. And my skin feels good after using it…clean…soft…calm…moisturized. Plus it doesn’t smell like anything. Worth every single penny. The itchy horsey knows best I swear … 😛

Current Sample

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Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel

As a beauty blogger, I’m always testing something. It’s one of the reasons why my face is so persnickety. My face is a guinea pig for my hobby, which of course is my choice, so no need to whine about it! But sometimes, whining makes you feel better, especially when it’s served with a great slice of yummy cheese! 🙂  Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel was a sample in a Sephora order and I’m kind of enjoying it actually! It’s a gel at first, but then emulsifies into an oil when you add water. It feels nice…calming even. Plus, my skin feels clean and soft even though it does a pretty great job of removing makeup. Almost like I don’t have that MUST DOUBLE CLEANSE FEELING after using it…almost. Could be that I’m just so used to double cleansing after any oil-based cleanser, so I’m still thinking about it. I have one more sample to go through and I’ll know for sure after that! But preliminary results point to a YES.  I LIKE IT.

Sometimes, the reality of being a beauty blogger/beauty junkie is quite eye opening when you realize all the stuff you have. And use. Or DON’T use. Whatever. If I keep getting carded at Disneyland when I order a beer, I know that what I’m doing with my skincare…using..WORKS. So, Suck it Trebek.

How many cleansers are on YOUR counter? C’mon…let’s be honest here…we’re all junkies..sharing is caring!  😉

I’m going to start this post with a confession: I am NOT a cat person. Sorry! I’m just not. I mean, they’re ok-I don’t hate them or anything, but I would never want one. So when the Karl Lagerfeld Shupette for Shu Uemura Collection was announced, I wasn’t all goo-goo eyes for it like every other cat obsessed beauty blogger. To be honest, I’m not a fan of the man first of all. I mean, didn’t he steal Choupette(that’s how you actually spell the cat’s name) from someone or something like that? Who does that? And who lets Karl do that? I mean, why? I don’t get it. Wouldn’t you say: Karl, DUDE. HANDS OFF MA CAT?

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Karl Lagerfeld Shupette for Shu Uemura Collection

The other thing that I don’t care for? Is the design of the Shu Uemura Choupette/Shupette-I mean the cartoon drawing created of it. I think it’s….creepy…*cringes while everyone screams NO IT’S NOT TRACY*

Case in point: I showed my hubby the little Shupette USB Drive and he said to me, and I quote,“Why does that cat look like Colonel Sanders?”

He’s right.
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And I couldn’t stop laughing for about 30 minutes straight. 😀

Anyhoooooo, creepy Colonel Sanders Cat aside, the Karl Lagerfeld’s Shupette for Shu Uemura Collection is BEAUTIFUL. Be prepared for a lot of cat-puns in the names and descriptions… And a LOT of pictures too.

Karl Lagerfeld Shupette for Shu Uemura Pampearl-me Face Powder($50.00)

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Shupette for Shu Uemura Collection Pampearl-me Face Powder

A colorless shimmer powder with kitty-soft silky texture and gentle pink and gold sparkles.

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Shupette for Shu Uemura Collection Pampearl-me Face Powder

See the paw prints on the poof? There’s cat paw prints all over the collection and packaging.

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Shupette for Shu Uemura Collection Pampearl-me Face Powder

I love the mesh screen! Makes it easy to get powder on the poof, although I’d use a big fluffy brush if you’re going to use this as a setting powder.

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Shupette for Shu Uemura Collection Pampearl-me Face Powder

You can see the sparkles in there. And a heavy swatch really shows the pink glow you get from it.

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Shupette for Shu Uemura Collection Pampearl-me Face Powder

It’s a gorgeous powder! Really finely milled and looks gorgeous on the skin. LOVE.

Karl Lagerfeld Shupette for Shu Uemura My Precious Glitter Set $58.00

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Karl Lagerfeld Shupette for Shu Uemura My Precious Glitter Set

This is a loose powder glitter trio in shades of pink, gold and platinum, with more cat paw prints on the packaging.

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Karl Lagerfeld Shupette for Shu Uemura My Precious Glitter Set

They have a neat design too, with a little hole so that you can pour as much glitter as your heart desires into the lid. Although, it’s a little hard to control so be careful.

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Karl Lagerfeld Shupette for Shu Uemura My Precious Glitter Set

Really pretty! If you love glitter for the holidays, then this is a great little set to get.

Karl Lagerfeld Shupette for Shu Uemura Eye Need Shu Trio 01 and 02 ($45 each)

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Karl Lagerfeld Shupette for Shu Uemura Eye Need Shu Trio 01 and 02

The stars of the collection have to be these eyeshadow trios!

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Karl Lagerfeld Shupette for Shu Uemura Eye Need Shu Trio 01 and 02

What’s cool, is that you can actually remove the eyeshadows really easily and put them in another palette if you wish. I love that about Shu Shadows. You can create your own perfect palette. But, if you like the Colonel Sanders Cat, then you’d probably want to keep them in these LE Shupette cases. 😛

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Karl Lagerfeld Shupette for Shu Uemura Eye Need Shu Trio 01

Swatchy Time!

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Karl Lagerfeld Shupette for Shu Uemura Eye Need Shu Trio 01 and 02

DUDES. That blue eyeshadow palette is like a dream come true for me! It’s SO awesome. If you’re like me and love blue eyeshadows then you need it. You too can have Shupette’s Blue Eyes! Just click on the image to get a really good view of the blue!

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Karl Lagerfeld Shupette for Shu Uemura Eye Need Shu Trio 01

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Karl Lagerfeld Shupette for Shu Uemura Eye Need Shu Trio 01

SEE? I die. These shadows just GLOWWWWWW, like Ice Ice Baby! So perfect for winter. I’ll be wearing this trio a lot!

The pink ones are just as awesome too!

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Karl Lagerfeld Shupette for Shu Uemura Eye Need Shu Trio 02

I lined my waterline with a sliver eyeliner for a little more ice! It’s winter here already, so I’m all about the icy, snow queen looks right now. That’ll last until about the end of January, when I’ll be wishing for winter to be over haha!

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Karl Lagerfeld’s Shupette for Shu Uemura Eye Need Shu Trio 02

The coppery brown makes the pinks wearable don’t you think? The eyeshadows in both trios blend like a dream, and last all day over a primer.

So, even if I’m not a fan of cat stealing Karl and his Colonel Sanders Cat, I am a HUGE fan of these pieces from the Karl Lagerfeld Shupette for Shu Uemura Collection! It’s well worth checking out, and is much more affordable than other LE collections from the brand.

Whaddaya’ think? Isn’t this a pretty collection from Shu Uemura? And seriously, if you have a cat, would you let Karl steal it? 

*products sent by the lovely PR for review, thoughts are mine as always because who else would compare a cat to Colonel Sanders besides me? 

If you’ve never tried a Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick, then now’s the time! The Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks from Brave Beauty Fall 2014 come in 6 gorgeous shades. The limited edition packaging is just out of this world gorgeous.

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Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks from Brave Beauty Fall 2014

I have three Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks from Brave Beauty Fall 2014 to show you: Orange, Beige, and Maroon.

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Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks from Brave Beauty Fall 2014

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks from Brave Beauty Fall 2014 are a lipstick experience! If you’re into sheer, easy to wear lipsticks, then you must try one! I know they’re pricey at $36 each, but dudes-Treat Yo’ Self! They are worth it!

Swatchy Time!

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Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks from Brave Beauty Fall 2014-Orange, Beige, Maroon

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks are sheer, but buildable in pigmentation. You can really get quite a pigmented lip with a couple of swipes as you can see.

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Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks from Brave Beauty Fall 2014-Orange, Beige, Maroon

What makes Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks so different from other sheer lipstick formulas like say the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines, is that they last longer. I get 3-4 hours of wear, and they fade to a pretty stain too. And unlike some sheer lipsticks, they don’t leave your lips dry as they wear off. In fact, my lips feel better after these lipsticks wear off. That’s pretty rare for me. Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks are really smooth, buttery, and moisturizing. If you aren’t a fan of lipsticks because you don’t like the way they feel, then you’ll love these. If you can’t stand having to reapply sheer lipsticks often, then Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks are also made for you!  Heck, they’re for everybody!

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Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks from Brave Beauty Fall 2014 Maroon

Maroon is a pretty, sheer red with a hint of berry. It’s an easy wearing red and great for fall especially if you are scared of red lipstick. It’s not my fave shade on me though, as I think it makes me look older. Most red lipsticks do that to me.

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Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks from Brave Beauty Fall 2014 Orange

I thought I was going to HATE Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in Orange because the swatch was so yellowy orange. I thought there was NO way it was going to look good on me. But with the pigment of my lips, it turns darker and is my FAVOURITE of the three!

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in Beige you’ve already seen on me. It’s what’s on my lips in my post on the Satin Radiant Sticks HERE. It’s a really great nude that’s not too nude, with just the right amount of peach and pink in it. A neutral nude! It goes with any smoky eye look, and also goes with any of the palettes from Brave Beauty too. It’s a great purse lipstick since you can put it on and not fear that it doesn’t go with your makeup.

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks from Brave Beauty Fall 2014 are another hit from the collection for me! You can find these lipsticks at some Hudson’s Bay counters, at Holt Renfrew, and even some Sephoras(not sure if this collection is there, but the Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks are).

 What’s your favourite sheer lipstick formula? As you can tell, this one is mine!

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

The Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Orange Eyeshadow Palette($90C) is the next palette in the Vision Of Beauty Collection I want to show you. The collection is the first in a new series of annual collections that will explore makeup as a form of artistic expression. This year’s theme is Brave Beauty, which is a tribute to women as modern day warriors. We are all makeup warriors! I kind of like that.

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Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Orange Eyeshadow Palette

The Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Orange Eyeshadow Palette is just as amazing as the Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Green Eyeshadow Palette. It’s actually quite wearable for an orange eyeshadow palette. If you’ve been scared of wearing orange eyeshadows, then this palette will change your mind! It’s absolutely gorgeous.

Swatchy time indoors!

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Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Orange Eyeshadow Palette

Swatchy time in the sunlight!

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Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Orange Eyeshadow Palette

As you can see that bright orange is matte, and the other shades are beautiful shiny glowy shades that go with orange! There’s a copper brown, a light taupe, a champagne, a peach that’s not as metallic as the other shades, and a wine that’s perfect for fall. These eyeshadow shades looks like the changing leaf colours happening right now. And again, no glitter shades to be found so you can wear all of the eyeshadows ALL of the time.

Here are a couple of looks I wore while testing the Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Orange Eyeshadow Palette.

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Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Orange Eyeshadow Palette

The eyeshadows are pigmented, soft, buttery in texture, blend like a dream and last all day. I can’t find anything bad to say about them at all.

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Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Orange Eyeshadow Palette

I know that these palettes are expensive here in Canada, but honestly they are so worth the money. The shadows in this one, and the others as well are some of the best eyeshadows I’ve ever used. And right now if you use the code GIFT20 when you order $75 worth of products on www.shuuemura.ca you’ll get $20 off your order!

If you share some of your Shu Uemura Brave Beauty looks on Instagram with the hashtag #BraveBeauty, your look will be included in the hashtag gallery on shuuemura.ca and their Facebook page. PLUS, you’ll be entered to win an entire vision of beauty collection and an artist edition vol.01 lash set worth a total value of $1500!

Whaddaya’ think? Are you willing to try orange eyeshadow now?

I think I’ll try to post about the pink palette later today, so that I can review the cheeks and lips from the collection tomorrow! Starting to get a backlog of things to review around here, so I better get my big butt in motion haha!

*products sent buy the lovely PR for review, thoughts are mine as always!

The Shu Uemura Vision of Beauty Vol. 1-Brave Beauty Collection is something else I tell you! It’s nothing short of amazing. I haven’t been this impressed with a makeup collection in a while I think!

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Shu Uemura Vision of Beauty Vol. 1-Brave Beauty Collection

The collection is the first in a new series of annual collections that will explore makeup as a form of artistic expression. This year’s theme is Brave Beauty, which is a tribute to women as modern day warriors. I don’t know about you, but makeup helps me brave the day, how about you?

This is quite the collection, so I’m going to have to divide up my reviews because I feel each of these gorgeous eyeshadow palettes deserve a post of their own, don’t you think?

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Shu Uemura Vision of Beauty Vol. 1-Brave Beauty Collection

The Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Green Eyeshadow Palette($90 C) is the first one I want to show you, so let’s get a close-up on this Brave Beauty!

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Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Green Eyeshadow Palette

Isn’t it the most gorgeous green eyeshadow palette you’ve ever seen? I’m not a huge green fan, but WOW. Call me converted! I’ve come over to the green side baby!

Swatchy time indoors:

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Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Green Eyeshadow Palette

Swatchy time in the sun:

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Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Green Eyeshadow Palette

HEYYY? As you can see that amazing teal/emerald green is matte, and the other shades of green include olive, mint, apple and forest. The best thing about all of these Brave Beauty palettes is that there’s none of those glitter shades that are usually included in limited edition Shu Palettes. Don’t get me wrong, I love the glitters from Shu, but it’s so refreshing that this time I can use ALL of the shades ALL of the time.

The eyeshadows in the Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Green Eyeshadow Palette are so pigmented, so soft, blend so easily-they’re pretty perfect if you ask me.

 

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Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Green Eyeshadow Palette

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Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Green Eyeshadow Palette

Can you see how pretty they are? From afar they look so amazing too! The shadows just glow! Especially that minty one I used as an inner eye highlight. There are so many combinations of  green eye looks you could create with this palette that you’d never tire of it!

Ok, here’s a look I did today using the matte green:

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Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Green Eyeshadow Palette

Now THAT’S Green, hey? I LOVE this look. It’s amazing to wear!

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Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Green Eyeshadow Palette

I am in love with the Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Green Eyeshadow Palette! I know that these palettes are expensive here in Canada, but honestly they are so worth the money. The shadows in this one, and the others as well are simply amazing quality-wise. And right now if you use the code GIFT20 when you order $75 worth of products on www.shuuemura.ca you’ll get $20 off your order!

And then? If you share some of your Shu Uemura Brave Beauty looks on Instagram with the hashtag #BraveBeauty, your look will be included in the hashtag gallery on shuuemura.ca and their Facebook page. PLUS, you’ll be entered to win an entire vision of beauty collection and an artist edition vol.01 lash set worth a total value of $1500!

I’ll be showing you the other products and palettes in Brave Beauty as the days go by I promise, so stay tuned!

Happy Friday everyone! Are you a green eyeshadow fan? What do you think of this palette then? And does makeup makeup you braver? It’s an interesting point that I’d love to hear your thoughts about! 

*products sent by the amazingly lovely PR, who I must thank for my extra pink gift! You are the BEST. Oh, and thoughts about these Shu products are mine as always. It would be Shu Uemura that would turn me into a green eyeshadow fan!