Photoshop To Carry In Your Purse: Paul & Joe Beauté Pressed Powder Compact

Photoshop To Carry In Your Purse: Paul & Joe Beauté Pressed Powder Compact

I hate to wear heavy makeup. I wear only the minimum amount necessary, which is very little. My go-to “face make up”  for every day is my handy dandy Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base. It gives just the right amount of easy to control sheer coverage, and my skin doesn’t hate it. It has a gorgeous and luxe heavy compact however, and I don’t always want to carry it in my purse. So I’m always looking for blotting alternatives for on the go oil control. I had the opportunity to try Paul & Joe’s Pressed Face Powder and boy am I glad I did.

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I’ve love pressed powders, God knows over the years I’ve accumulated many. The only one I have every really loved is Guerlain Meteorites Voyage – the pressed version of Les Meteorites. I have the super duper heavy metal compact that is nice for fancy occasions, but it is a very lightweight powder with practically zero colour. Which is fine when that is all you want or need. Many pressed powders I try are just ok but super expensive, or barely ok and super not worth the effort. In the spirit of giving it the old college try, I took the darling little the pouffe that comes with it and gave it a tap on my t-zone. It’s been hot and humid and my face looks shiny by midday. Well, colour me amazed and impressed. I have it in shade 05, which appears to be the perfect match for my skin. Not too dark, and not too light – the Goldilocks of pressed powder shades, if you will. The powder is super finely milled so my skin never looks “powdery”, just airbrushed.

I can’t imagine not having this beauty in my bag. The compact is beautiful, almost Guerlain-esque in it’s retro prettiness. It is plastic, which means super light. The powders are refills so you aren’t buying the whole deal every time. Verdict? LOVE.


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Photo on left is after a day out & about, with a shiny t-zone. Photo on left is after lightly tapping Paul & Joe Beauté Pressed Powder on t-zone.


Available online and in select Shoppers Drug Mart stores in Canada for around $30 CAD.

Scenting the Strong & Beautiful Women of Mad Max Fury Road: Lucy B Apothecary Perfumes

Scenting the Strong & Beautiful Women of Mad Max Fury Road: Lucy B Apothecary Perfumes

Recently, I’ve been sampling some fragrances sent to me by the UK celebrity makeup artist turned perfumer, Lucy Baldock-Sacchi. Lucy spent 12 years living in Australia, where she fell in love with the natural resources, healing atmosphere, the people and unpolluted lands. She discovered for herself the emotional, spiritual and physical benefits of the Australian Bush Flowers. Lucy B. is the only perfume company in the world to have infused the natural Australian Flower Essences within their products, sharing with everyone the unique Australian energy & lifestyle.

At the time, there was a gap in the market for the perfect combination of natural, organic ingredients & colour cosmetics. Lucy consulted with the Australian Bush Flower expert, Ian White, and developed specific essences that lift the spirit and enhance confidence. I have always been a fan of the original cult favourite, Pink Frangipani, and keep a roller bottle of the oil in my purse. All of the Lucy B perfumes are soft and gentle, and easy to wear. They are well priced, with all products in the line being under $50. My new favourite is Royal Water Lotus & Vanilla Musk, a gentle airy and watery floral that smells like clean skin and paradise. Really. Tropical Gardenia is another favourite, and Royal Green Fig & Vanilla Woods is too…it’s actually hard to choose as they are all gorgeous.

From her site:

Lucy B. Cosmetics & Fragrances is unlike any other beauty range. We believe that it takes a holistic lifestyle on every level to ultimately transform each person. By including Australian Bush Flower Essences and pure aroma-therapeutic extracts in every product, we have harnessed the power and magic of the Australian botanical apothecary to bring you benefits that go way beyond beauty. The result is a range that helps transform the body, mind and soul.

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Of course, after seeing Mad Max: Fury Road, my mind has been obsessing over all things Australian. I won’t spoil it for you, but unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve likely heard that the female characters are strong, inspirational, and badass. When I left the film I was all fired up, partially because my adrenalin levels were off the charts, but also because I was in love with the women I met on Fury Road. I’ve been wearing Lucy B’s perfumes and test driving them, and appreciating her positive messages of strength, health and confidence that the line wants to share while inspiring the wearer. Then I thought – who better to wear these magical feminine Australian scents than the women of Fury Road?  I fell in love with them all – in particular, The Five Wives. When we first meet them, they seem so precious and delicate,  one wonders how on earth they will survive when taken out of their prison. It becomes immediately clear that these women are not delicate flowers, and that like many prisoners, they were not broken, but emboldened and fortified by their oppression.


Perhaps one day, they help cultivate the scorched world around them, and with the wisdom of The Many Mothers and that bag of The Seed Carrier, grow and share beautiful flowers with healing essences with everyone around them. At first one might think that soft beautiful floral scents are counter-intuitive perfumes for seriously badass women to wear. But I say, these women don’t need a perfume to project their strength. They do that quite well on their own.

From left: The Dag, Toast The Knowing, Cheedo The Fragile, The Splendid Angharad, and Capable

From left: The Dag, Toast The Knowing, Cheedo The Fragile, The Splendid Angharad, and Capable


Abbey Lee – The Dag: At first the angelic blonde Dag appears flighty and fragile, but the reality is that she has a heightened sense of awareness as to what is going on around her. She slings around insults fearlessly, while also praying to “anyone who will listen”. She is strong while appearing ethereal. I would scent her in Royal Water Lotus & Vanilla Musk.

Top notes of lotus and watery musk a heart of rose petals within a base of warm amber & precious woods.

Top notes of lotus and watery musk a heart of rose petals within a base of warm amber & precious woods.

Zoë Kravitz – Toast The Knowing: Toast is a bit different from the other wives. Physically, she is shorter and her hair has been hacked into a shag that somehow manages to look pretty amazing. Toast loads the guns and counts the ammo, and would appear to aspire to being a warrior like Furiosa. I see her as someone who grows and thrives, despite the harshness of her world.  I would put her in Lucy B Australian Wild Jasmine.

Top notes of Pineapple & White Ginger middle notes of Wild Australian Jasmine, and bottom notes of Water Lily & Magnolia. Australian Wild Jasmine scents the skin creating a wildly sensual yet fresh Australian scent while boosting the mood through the flower essences. Simply put, it's Australia in a bottle.

Top notes of Pineapple & White Ginger middle notes of Wild Australian Jasmine, and bottom notes of Water Lily & Magnolia. Australian Wild Jasmine scents the skin creating a wildly sensual yet fresh Australian scent while boosting the mood through the flower essences. Simply put, it’s Australia in a bottle.


Courtney Eaton – Cheedo the Fragile: The youngest of the wives (the actress was 16 during the making of the film!), Cheedo was comfortable in the enclosed world of her prison in The Citadel, and is fearful of the outside world. She endures, however, and emerges from the battle a stronger woman. I would scent her in Lucy B Royal Egyptian Amber & Honeysuckle, with delicate top notes, but warm and enduring base notes.

Top notes of honeysuckle and peach a heart of jasmine flowers with a touch of patchouli within a warm base of amber and cashmere.

Rosie Hungtington-Whiteley – The Splendid Angharad: Splendid is visibly pregnant and is completely unafraid. She is conflicted about the child she is carrying, and is courageous, but can also be reckless.  She uses herself as a human shield without hesitation, and is determined to live a free life. She makes me think of the feminine and strong rose, so I would scent her with Lucy B Royal Peony Rose & Mandarin Musk.

Top notes of mandarin & tangerine a heart of pink peony and base of delicate camellia flowers. Royal Peony Rose is blended with confidence enhancing Australian flower essences.

Top notes of mandarin & tangerine a heart of pink peony and base of delicate camellia flowers.

Riley Keough – Capable: Early on we learn that Capable is tender and compassionate. She cares for a sick and dying character who was trying to capture her, and is aware that her lunatic captor and the leader of The Citadel world is not immortal. She is empathetic and caring. I see Capable as nurturing, and somehow the green freshness of Lucy B Royal Green Fig & Vanilla Woods would be perfect for her.

Top notes of fresh green fig & pepper with a heart & base notes of green leaf, creamy coconut & sensual vanilla.

Top notes of fresh green fig & pepper with a heart & base notes of green leaf, creamy coconut & sensual vanilla.


Finally, I want to scent Furiosa. I am almost overwhelmed emotionally when I think of her. She was kidnapped as a child, and suffered unspeakable atrocities at the hands of the insane leader of The Citadel. Her one dream and defining goal is to get back to The Green Place of The Many Mothers.

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Her pain and vulnerability are buried deep below her badass-ness and the anger and fury that propels her. I want to scent her dream and memory of a green, lush and caring paradise, with the queen of all fragrances, gardenia. Lucy B Tropical Gardenia perhaps embodies The Green Place, and I wish that for Furiosa.

Top notes of gardenia, middle notes of orchid flowers and dewy green with bottom notes of cashmere musk.

Top notes of gardenia, middle notes of orchid flowers and dewy green with bottom notes of cashmere musk.

Lucy B perfumes are available on her site,  in many other online boutiques, and in many retail locations in Canada, the US and around the world. Check the Lucy B store locator to find the right one for you! 

i smell great™ Perfume By Jane Daly & CLEAN Perfume Founder

i smell great™ Perfume By Jane Daly & CLEAN Perfume Founder

our story

i smell great™ was born from the desire for a perfume line that did something different, radical, honest and simple. The hundreds of perfumes released every year offer the same thing, over and over. Trying to find a simple and pretty perfume has become almost impossible. Perfume departments have become daunting and overwhelming, turning perfume shopping into a shell game of sameness.

Randi Shinder changed the perfume landscape with her line of simple, clean and fresh perfumes, CLEAN™, out of her desire to simply smell good and to smell clean. CLEAN™ was a unique, first-of-its kind fragrance meant to mimic the universal freshly showered feeling that we all love. As it became a top selling scent, Randi knew that the consumer felt as she did, and just wanted an honest product that did what it promised.

I worked in the perfume industry and have been writing about perfume for years. As a blogger, I regularly received newly released perfumes to review, and the one thing I was noticing was….that there is nothing new or interesting, yet simple and honest, in perfume today. This led me to create my own bespoke perfume – one of the only modern scents I would wear. It’s “in the vault”….for now.


We decided smelling good was, well, not good enough. Our combined passion for smelling good turned into something different… something “great”. Our love of perfumes led us to take the great scents of our lives, and the scents of our memories, and to bottle them. Almost three years and many scents later, Randi and I knew we were on to something. Everyone who tried our perfumes loved them and found the scents “addictive!” We loved that we could play with these perfumes and that everyone could create their own versions of Greatness.

Adding to Randi and my passion for this greatness is the skill and exuberance of Michael Nyman in Los Angeles. As Chairman and CEO of PMK*BNC™, one of the largest and most influential communications, marketing and consultancy firms in the world of popular culture and entertainment, Michael Nyman has established himself as a leading authority with keen cultural insights in bridging the worlds of entertainment and brands. He knew that i smell great™ was something the beauty and perfume world was ready for, and that consumers were waiting for the chance to smell great.

i smell great™ was born, because shouldn’t we all smell great?



Thanks To Hourglass, I Carry Ambient Lighting Wherever I Go

Thanks To Hourglass, I Carry Ambient Lighting Wherever I Go

Ooooh I am seriously in love with this line. Everything about it feels luxurious, from the packaging to the product. The packaging has a nice weight to it, and all the moving parts move smoothly. They are sleek and functional, with a modern and stylish design. The compacts are particularly cool. But the big sensation that Hourglass caused was with their recently released Ambient Lighting Powders.

From their website:

A wardrobe of six universal finishing powders that recreate the most exquisitely flattering light—from ethereal moonlight to luminous candlelight. Each powder captures, diffuses and softens surrounding light with groundbreaking photoluminescent technology. Choose one or more and step into your perfect light.

• Powders capture, diffuse and soften the way light is reflected on skin, brighten the appearance, and conceal skin imperfections, pores and wrinkles

• Infused with technologically advanced soft-focus particles that help make skin appear younger, even-toned and radiant

• Unlike traditional powders that use opaque pigments, Ambient utilizes “photoluminescent technology” – micron-size spherical particles that refract light and create transparent coverage.

• Universal powders make them suitable for every skin tone, while each can be worn for day and night

• Free of parabens, talc, fragrance, nano-particles and gluten.

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I had to swatch this heavily so you could see it. Applied normally, it really just “glows”

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Wearing Hourglass Aura Lip Stain in Flush with Chanel Glossimer 166 – the perfect pink gloss!

I got Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant, “a sun-kissed golden beige powder that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth, and also extends a summer glow”, which works perfectly for me. It is amazingly sheer yet adds a beautiful glow. The only problem I can see with the ambient powders is that I want more of them. Each colour has benefits, like minimizing redness, blurring imperfections, mimicking candle light, daylight and just brightening your complexion. They are so subtle and I love the way Radiant looks so much, that I can’t wait to go try the other colours. I have my eye on Mood Light, which is a sheer lavender pink. Doesn’t that sound lovely?

Hourglass Cosmetics are available at Sephora and online at
Jean Naté After Bath Splash: Energizing Delicious Goodness

Jean Naté After Bath Splash: Energizing Delicious Goodness

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Jean Naté After Bath Splash is another terrific product from my youth that seems to have disappeared from Canadian drugstores. Happily, it is everywhere in the US! At $10 for a huge bottle, how could I not get it? I used to love the splash, the spray cologne and even the powder. It was the perfect hot summer day solution- post bath or shower, you just pour some from the gigantic 15oz bottle into your  hands and literally splash it all over your body, head to toe. I suppose “lemony” is the predominant “note” in Jean Naté but it is surprisingly complex without being complicated or “challenging”. It is, after all, meant to be cooling and calming post bathing. And it is. It is actually so soft that by the time you’ve dressed and had a coffee (or crawled into bed- I love Jean Naté at the end of the day…) you are left with just a delicious smelling skin scent that won’t interfere with any perfume you feel like wearing. But, I’d forgotten about the subtle yumminess that is left behind on the skin after the lemony engergizing burst wafts away. There is a soft sweetness and I swear, last night I kept smelling my arms and I was sure I smelled a green mossy base of some kind. A dry oakmoss-y scent that smells, well, kind of expensive.

Jean Naté is in the Diorella, Ô de Lancome, Eau Sauvage, Eau de Rochas and even 4711 citrus eau de cologne vibe – European citrus with an unmistakably American perfumery clean musk vibe. I love musks and I love the way a soft clean musk makes me feel. Add a little bit of lavender and a sweetness from vanilla or tonka for a soft sexy vibe. I used it after my shower and then wore some Guerlain Jicky eau de parfum, and the citrus and lavender from Jicky were a perfect foil for the whisper of Jean Naté left on my skin. And, by whisper, I mean, someone would have to bury their nose in your skin to detect it. If Jean Naté is anything, it’s soft and inoffensive. I may even detect a slightly powdery scent, but just barely. It kind of manages to be all things at once, while being super soft and perfect.


A free caftan? Seriously, why don’t companies do this anymore??


Oh, such clever advertising.

Maybe it’s the nostalgic throwback to the perfumes of my youth that makes me love these kinds of scents so much? Hm, I don’t think so, because Jean Naté actually smells good. There is, of course, alcohol, which is what gives that “cooling” feeling, but there is some aloe and glycerin there too so it actually feels soft and silky on the skin as well. Yummy.



Daly Beauty Love: Charlotte Ronson Closer Finishing Powder

Daly Beauty Love: Charlotte Ronson Closer Finishing Powder

Um, how did I not know about this? I just happend to be obsessing browsing on the Sephora website the other day and stumbled upon Charlotte Ronson’s Closer Finishing Powder. I have never bought anything from her line, but I’ve seen a few sets and thought they were pretty. Also, her perfume is soft and nice – if you like beachy scents, give hers a try.

So. The powder. It is pretty much the exact same packaging as my obsession, Jane Iredale Brush Me Matte powder. The Iredale powder is hard to find and also, $45. The Charlotte Ronson Powder is at every Sephora that carries her line and via Sephora’s website, and is $24. Differences – Iredale is mineral make up and the Charlotte Ronson powder has talc. From my reading on the subject online, it seems there is a lot of misinformation about talc and skincare and the big “C”, ie cancer warnings. This is one of the many problems with bad information – it gets regurgitated by people panicing and worrying. The truth is, the talc warnings were many many years ago when asbestos was used in talc. Do your own research if you like, but I have satisfied myself with the knowledge that it is fine and is amazing for oily skinned folks. Even the American Cancer Society website says there is nothing to connect talc in cosmetics to cancer. Alright, now we have that out of the way.

Charlotte Ronson Closer Finishing Powder is amazing and I’m really surprised that it hasn’t got more love in the beauty blogosphere. It is colourless and eliminates shine on contact. It has the brush attached to a bottle hybrid design. Some people don’t like this, some people, like me, love it. I am way too lazy to bother with a loose powder and a brush in my make up bag and this is perfect. Yes, it requires a little fiddling to get the hang of, but once you get it, application is a breeze. It also has a twist up design that protects the brush from splaying out when you put the cap on, which Iredale does not have on her brush. One word of caution- it opens via a twist off cap at the bottom, I assume to refill. I’d say be very careful of this as it could result in a powdery purse fiasco. It applies seamlessly over any make up you are wearing, has no shimmer, but yet does not make your skin look flat or dull. It is paraben free, and from what I can tell, is fragrance free as well. Here is cute bit of info from – apparently Charlotte’s friends inspire her make up collection:

“Rashida Jones has a natural glow that could never be bottled. Her skin is luminous and she always looks flawless under any light. Inspired by her effortless radiance, this powder filters light to create a glowing finish for skin that looks naturally perfect—even when up-close.” —Charlotte Ronson


Rashida Jones? I have a serious girl-crush on Rashida and while I know I could never look like her, I love the prettiness/cool factor of this little factoid. Verdict? Utter and complete love. Will it replace my Jane Iredale Brush Me Matte? Time will tell….

Rashido Jones - naturally beautiful.

Rashido Jones – naturally beautiful.


Guerlain Cherry Blossom – Sweet Cherry Green Tea

Guerlain Cherry Blossom – Sweet Cherry Green Tea

I love Guerlain perfumes. I love that they have something for everyone, that they keep the classic legends (like Jicky and Apres L’Ondee) but also keep it modern. They go from heavy to soft and everything in between. I tend to fall hard for the more rare of their offerings so I was happy to see that my latest hard to find love is now in their Parisiennes Collection. It’s Guerlain Cherry Blossom – lovely light and eminently wearable cherry blossom and green tea perfume.  I have the older bottle design, pre-Parisiennes, but will rbe getting a bee bottle soon. Guerlain has been re-releasing then discontinuing perfumes at an alarming rate lately so I dont want to miss out!

Guerlain Les Parisiennes, Cherry Blossom on far left- the perfume is pink! Sooooo pretty

You know- perfume doesn’t always have to groundbreaking. It doesn’t always have to make you squeal or gasp in shocked delight. Sometimes, we just our perfume to smell good….to smell pretty. Guerlain describes the notes as green tea, bergamot, red berries, lilac and jasmine with some powdery notes in the base. And you know what? It smells really pretty. I love it, and find it calming, soothing and as easy to wear as a soft white t shirt. Guerlain scents are so brilliant in that they adapt to the environment. Guerlain Cherry Blossom smells fresh, calming & clean in the heat, and smells gently floral and soothing in cooler weather. It is one of my favoured bed time perfumes. Must be the green tea- always a lovely perfume note. But the sweetness of the cherries balanced with the florals and citrus notes make this just right. Verdict? Love.

This is my pretty litte bottle of Guerlain Cherry Blossom


Guerlain Cherry Blossom is part of the Guerlain Les Parisiennes line, available at Guerlain Boutiques and some select Guerlain counters, at around $270 for a 125ml bottle. If you are lucky, you may find an older bottle like mine online. It’s just so cute.

I Smell Like Heaven: The Different Company Pure Virgin Perfume

I Smell Like Heaven: The Different Company Pure Virgin Perfume

Well, I love my skin scents, I do. Soft, gentle and wearing close to the skin, skin scents can be sweet and innocent but they can also be sexy. It’s quite sensual when someone has to get close to smell your perfume. But you could also snuggle a baby or a puppy and not disturb anyone’s sensitive nose.

Pure Virgin is a perfume from The Different Company. They have another perfume I adore and have somehow managed to not have in my collection, Jasmin de Nuit. Its the sweetest softest jasmine with a touch of spice and fruit. The Different Company does transparent ethereal scents beautifully. Pure Virgin, is, as it’s name would suggest, a beatific scent with mimosa, rose, linen flower, calisson, evanescent musk & woodsy notes. But wait- there is one more note…light wind. Yes, light wind. There are some sweet fruits in there too, but only a hint. Maybe a vanilla impression rather than actual note. This is a good time to point that the “notes” listed in perfume descriptions are just that- descriptions. They rarely represent the actual list of notes.

Now, back to Pure Virgin. The overall impression is a somewhat powdery floral, with the powder toned down by with sweet notes and woodsy notes. The musk  notes are what add the subtle sexy carnal note.  It dries down to a lovely skin scent with a touch of almond pastry. Yummy, I’d say, and in the same vein as Etro Heliotrope and even Honore des Pres Sexy Angelic, but a little more substantial. No wonder I love Pure Virgin. It is a cuddly scent, perfect for the time of year when we are putting on sweaters, boots and gorgeous cozy wraps. It gives the feeling of something white and powdery…snow? Pure Virgin makes me feel quite cuddly, I must say.

Apparently The Different Company has just changed the name from Pure Virgin to Pure eVe- guessing a trademark issue came up. Pure eVe might be more fitting, as there is some temptation lurking beneath the surface of this scent. Although I kind of like that my bottle is a collector’s item. The bottle is gorgeous, and like all Different Company bottle, weighs a ton. The lid alone has a lot of heft, and when you hold it, you really feel the weight of the gorgeous thick glass and metal. The modern design and the Devo style caps look slick and elegant sitting on my dresser.

I got my bottle of The Different Company Pure Virgin at Barney’s, but is also available on the TDC website and at Luckyscent. A 50 ml bottle is around $155.