Smith & Cult Is The Nail Polish For True Beauty Junkies

Smith & Cult Is The Nail Polish For True Beauty Junkies

 Did you wear Hard Candy in the nineties? I remember when it launched – nail polish in funky shades was almost unheard of. Painting your nails in shades of blue, purple or green? That was for weirdos and outliers. Well, apparently it wasn’t, and the brilliant founder of Hard Candy, Dineh Mohajer, was way ahead of the curve.

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Dineh Mohajer – stunning

 

From the Smith & Cult website:

Smith & Cult represents the duality we all inhabit throughout our lives and our individual expressions of beauty, which reflect who we’ve been, are and aspire to become. Each shade is inspired by and representative of the experiences depicted in the diary entries of our beauty addicted heroine who sees her world through a lens of color.

Smith & Cult was created by beauty veteran Dineh Mohajer, the voice of our beauty junkie, who revolutionized the color cosmetics industry when she launched Hard Candy. Several years and creative collaborations later, Mohajer is bringing about the next evolution of beauty with Smith & Cult.

Smith and Cult’s Nailed Lacquer consistently delivers both flawlessly smooth coverage and brilliant shine. While custom tailored to provide high performance, the exclusive 5-Free formula is formulated without Dibutyl, Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor.

Do yourself a favour and explore the Smith & Cult website. It is one of the most gorgeous and dynamic sites I’ve seen. The Smith & Cult bottles are like little works of art – heavy glass bottles with gorgeous sculptural caps. These bottles want to sit out where everyone can see them. Love!

I stumbled upon this gorgeous line during a recent visit to Gee Beauty Bal Harbour. I can always depend on the Gee sisters to dig up the latest, greatest and coolest in beauty. They kind of blew my mind with Smith & Cult. PS- I think I have to go back for more Smith & Cult, because Gay Ponies Dancing In The Snow is calling to me. I bought Bitter Buddist,  described as an “opaque celadon green”, and I love it. Actually, I noticed many things in my wardrobe match it almost perfectly. Seeing a theme here…

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Two perfect coats of Bitter Buddhist with Essie Out The Door quick dry topcoat in sunlight. Gorgeous!

The formula is gorgeous – self levelling, not thick, yet I got perfect coverage in two easy coats. It lasted, lasted and lasted. Probably one of the best wearing polishes I have. Even just writing this makes me want to go get more. If you want me, I’m on my way to Gee Beauty in Bal Harbour. I can pick you up on the way, ok?

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Smith & Cult nail polishes retail at $18 USD an are available online, and at select boutiques.

Report From The Rabbit Hole: I Got 2 New Gorgeous Chanel Nail Polishes

Report From The Rabbit Hole: I Got 2 New Gorgeous Chanel Nail Polishes

Chanel, how do you do that magic you do? Because you do it so well! Coco help me, but I cannot resist a delicious Chanel nail polish. They are my nail polish Kryptonite. This spring, they released a trio of gorgeous shades, which including Tenderly, a perfect dusty mauve-rose, that is reviewed here. And, a gorgeous fuchsia, Désirio, which I haven’t reviewed yet. The one I am obsessing over presently is Chanel Paradiso – a super soft and pale green, with a silvery shimmer. I get compliments like crazy when I wear it. It is a flattering shade, and would compliment most skin tones. Gorgeous. I use two coats, which still allows for some visible nail line, which I don’t mind. But a third coat would take care of that.

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The other beauty that came home with me is Chanel Sweet Star. It was released last November for Vogue’s Fashion Night Out, in Australia. The more I could not find it anywhere, the more I wanted it. I was shopping for my beautiful Chanel Misia at Saks and saw Sweet Star on their counter. I died! Then I bought it. It’s a crazy butterfly colour, the kind that changes depending on the lighting. It appears silver head on, but turns blue-purple, and then a gun metal shade. It also has a gorgeous multi colour micro glitter that blows my mind.

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I got both of these at department store Chanel counters. I am pretty sure that Sweet Star is not available in Canada, however. That could change though!

Nails Inc Almost White Nails Are Really The New White

Nails Inc Almost White Nails Are Really The New White

I’ve been loving the bright white opaque nails that have been popping up all over social media lately. I was perusing the Nails Inc display at Sephora recently and the Nails Inc New White collection caught my eye. It distracted me from the Victoria Beckham Nails Inc collex, which I had gone in for, as I was comparing the New Whites to her Limited Edition Bamboo White. Are they similar? Sure looks like it. Do I still want hers? Sadly, yes, along with that gorgeous orange-red. Anyways I digress.

I walked out of Sephora with Whitehall – PAUSE. Nails Inc did a magnetic shade called Whitehall, that is a metallic teal shade, which was quite confusing when I tried to search for swatches of their NEW Whitehall. Come on, guys.

Anyways, I love the new Nails Inc Whitehall, and everywhere I had a hand out, I got complimented and asked what shade I was wearing. It’s a perfectly executed white-pink shade combined with that Nails Inc signature shine that ensures you never get into that chalky look. I know it’s kind of hot right now, but it’s not me. I LOVE this shade! Their website calls Whitehall a barely there peach, but I find it’s a petal pink.

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This winter weather is wreaking havoc on my nails! So I’m taking good care of them and using my beloved Nail Butter, and my Perfect Formula Nail Essentials Duo with their amazing Pink Gel Coat & Clear Gel Coat. I got their handy little travel set of both on my last Sephora trip.

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I’m also back to taking these – the last time I did, my nails grew like crazy and were extra strong. Trying them again. Have you ever taken a supplement for your nails and/or hair?

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Nails Inc are available online on their website and Sephora, online and in-store for $14 USD.

 

Once Upon A Time, MiN New York Created Scent Stories Perfumes….

Once Upon A Time, MiN New York Created Scent Stories Perfumes….

If you are what we like to call a “perfumista”, and/or live in New York you have likely heard of MiN New York. Known for it’s incredible curated selection of fragrances, apothecary, a “men’s den“, etc, MiN New York is one of the several centres in the perfume universe. They celebrate beautiful things, and share their finds with their clients, often hosting exclusive parties for creators and “noses” and serving cocktails, with live music and magic. What else would you expect from a business that has an “Art of Living” tab on their website? With everything from the classical eau de toilettes used for decades in European barber shops, to the most exclusive modern perfumes, MiN has it all.

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So it was no surprise and happy news to all when they announced the launch of their perfume project, MiN New York Scent Stories. I say project as this so much more than just smelly liquid in bottles.

MiN NEW YORK SCENT STORIES, VOLUME ONE:

An exclusive olfactory art project by Chad Murawczyk and Mindy Yang featuring eleven fragrant chapters, this collection aims to transcend space and time. Each potion is designed to create emotions, bring back memories, and inspire people to think differently about perfumes. As luxury collectibles that celebrate the Art of Living, they are limited editions with only 1,000 bottles coming from a single batch each year. Each edition is hand signed and numbered.

I don’t know about you, but the idea of wearing a perfume that is rare speaks to me. I’m so tired of common and boring – the same old perfume, rebottled and renamed. I love a perfume that has beauty and has heart. My first impression upon diving into MiN New York Scent Stories was that someone put their heart into these creations, that someone sat down and looked deep within themselves and put poetry in bottles. Scent Stories manage to feel like a throwback to the perfumes of the fifties, sixties and seventies, when so many of my favourite perfumes were created, not copied. Chad and Mindy have somehow managed to do this, while keeping these perfumes modern and fresh.

The perfumes evolve on the skin like living things. I made the “mistake” of trying several of the Scent Stories on different parts of my arm at once, and was haunted for hours, trying to figure out which beautiful note I was experiencing at any given time. Each perfume so clearly morphs from top, to heart to it’s base that in the end, you’d swear you are wearing a different perfume from the one you think you spritzed on. I can honestly say I have never smelled anything like any of the Scent Stories I’ve worn. With names like Moon Dust (smells like space – really), Long Board (best sexy surf fragrance ever), Barrel (dark spirits and wine), Dune Road (woodsy, grassy, sandy and breezy) these are not your run of the mill department store, or even high end luxury boutique, perfumes. These are something different….

There are so many different types of scents in Scent Stories that there is something for everyone. I have my favourites:

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Scent Stories Chapter Four, Shaman is indeed, otherworldly. It does smell like it’s description, but you really need to experience it on your skin to understand how every descriptor that MiN New York uses is true. The first smoky notes threw me, as smoke is not my favourite note at all. But they pass and turn into the warm, sweet smoke of tranquil incense with the cool magical forest fragrance of violet leaves. The patchouli is sophisticated and warm, and all of the notes just circle around each other like tendrils of incense smoke. Soft, gentle and calming, Shaman is a perfume that must be worn to be believed. If you are seeking a calming meditative scent, you must try this. On first sniff I’d call this a masculine, but that’s just because I favour sweet girly florals. Shaman is for everyone.

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Scent Stories Chapter Seven, Magic Circus smells even better than the description. Don’t be fooled by the candied notes – this is no Pink Sugar (not that there is anything wrong with Pink Sugar….) or some Victoria’s Secret confection (again, if that’s your thang….). This is an enchanted circus, the kind that travels at dusk, the blue hour, and it smells as magical as it sounds. All those warm and woodsy resinous notes ground the sweetness. Don’t get me wrong, there is a yummy aspect to this one, and I did get an urge to lick my wrist. But it never overpowers, and just feels like a velvet cape of warm sweetness.

MIN New York Scent Stories The Botanist

Scent Stories Chapter Three, The Botanist will change everything you have come to believe about fruity perfumes. An apple perfume that doesn’t smell like Jolly Ranchers (if you like that kind of thing, that’s ok….).  It smells like a warm day in an orchard – close your eyes and smell apple blossoms, green leaves and soft grasses and woods warmed by the sun. The breezes are picking up the scents of the wild roses, peonies and earthy scents from the forest floor and they mingle with the sweet fruits and magic happens.

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Scent Stories Chapter Five, Momento is my absolute favourite of all the Scent Stories. It took me several times to figure this out because I kept wearing more than one to figure out which one was making me drool. “This is the scent of love and happiness” – that is true. It must be the aldehydes that add the sparkling and slightly powdery aspect to Momento. Absinth and lavender in perfume are a magical combination, simultaneously intoxicating and comforting. The floral, woodsy and resinous notes are beautifully blended to take you on a “scentimental” journey from first spritz until the deep drydown. Momento is addictive and beautiful.

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MiN New York Scent Stories are available in limited quantities on their website. A 75ml bottle costs $240 USD, with free shipping in the USA.

Estee Lauder Private Collection, Perfume For The Bohemian Bourgeoisie

Estee Lauder Private Collection, Perfume For The Bohemian Bourgeoisie

Ahhh, oh how I love a gorgeous green perfume. Not the traditionally “pretty” perfumes of today that might have a touch of leaves or grassy greenery. Not a gentle herbal cologne, either. I mean a mossy, rich Green Chypre. The kind of green that mixes the gorgeous elegant grown up lady perfumes of the late sixties and early seventies, and then tosses in something naughty, something that smells almost dirty. It’s funny – a couple weeks ago I was chatting with my daughter about my parents, and their awesome generation, and how they belonged to a social group that has been called the Bohemian Bourgeois. The caftans, the parties, the European cars, the holidays, and the luxury, but still somehow anti-establishment. I love it.

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Talitha Getty – the ultimate Bohemian Bourgeoisie

Right now, I’m getting my fix from Estée Lauder Private Collection – the original one released in 1973. I decided I had to have it after reading this awesome post on XOVAIN (did you know Private Collection was Tammy Wynette’s signature scent?). The best part of that post? Showing it to shocked sales associates at the Estée Lauder counter who were clearly surprised to see anyone under sixty five asking for Private Collection. No really, I said. It’s written up on a cool beauty blog – by a YOUNG PERSON. Some of them didn’t believe me until I pulled up the review on my phone. Their reactions were beautiful.

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I get a similar vibe from my beloved Ivoire de Balmain (vintage), that sexy skin vibe that the perfumes of the seventies do so well. Maybe Estée Lauder Private Collection is closer to the original Vent Vert, but it is warmer and more casual than sharp edged VV. There is an effortless elegance to this kind of perfume. It’s the kind of perfume that takes you from dressed to dressed up without changing your clothes. Actually I’d say casually dressed is the best way to wear Private Collection, otherwise it might be a bit overdone. And overdone is not cool.

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Veruschka – who else?

Despite the WASPy leanings of the Estée Lauder line, and perhaps even Mme Lauder herself, this perfume is part of era that had the vibe of revolution. Women wearing men’s suits, modern design in fashion, homes and furniture, menthol cigarettes, European cars and Studio 54. I feel strong, feminine and sexy in this scent.

The origins of the perfume are kind of cool:

“Private Collection belongs in the private collection of every woman who believes she deserves the very best life has to offer.”—Estée Lauder, Founder

In her private office, Mrs. Lauder kept a collection of rare fragrance essences. She created a perfume from these precious ingredients that was deeply personal and for herself alone.

Women who admired this mysterious scent were told it was from her “private collection.” Not to be denied, they began calling department stores to request Estée Lauder’s “Private Collection.” In 1973, Mrs. Lauder bowed to popular demand and introduced her signature perfume to the world.

The notes in Private Collection, from the Estée Lauder website:

Top Notes:
Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Citrus

Middle Notes:
Orange Flower, Ylang-Ylang, Coriander

Base Notes:
Sandalwood, Patchouli

What a lovely floral mix – soapy for sure, and elegant, elegant, elegant. But, what is that I see lurking in the base notes – patchouli! It’s subtle, don’t get me wrong. This is no hippy head shop patchouli. But, it adds an unexpected bit of modernity, and even a slightly masculine note.

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It reminds me of Bianca Jagger in her white suit – gorgeous, sexy and feminine and wearing what she wants because she can. And Rihanna in that amazing suit at the Grammys. Gorgeous, sexy and feminine – and strong. Notwithstanding Rihanna’s drugstore sugar drenched perfume offerings, I like to think she actually wears something as womanly as Estée Lauder Private Collection. Because she would rock it.

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Estee Lauder Private Collection is available online and at most Estée Lauder counters for $64 USD for a 50ml bottle. Smart money goes to Canada where, with today’s exchange, it costs the equivalent of around $52 USD. I have tried the vintage and the current, and I frankly love the current version just as much, if not more. I try to make it a point to not fall in love with impossible to find perfumes….I try….

Nail Butter Will Give You Nails Like, Well, Buttah

Nail Butter Will Give You Nails Like, Well, Buttah

This season is wreaking havoc on my hands. My gorgeous nails have snapped off one by one, and are now short and sweet, if you will. In the meantime, I was desperate for something more intense than my oils. I have and love LUSH Lemony Flutter, but I had read a few fellow bloggers raving over Nail Butter. So I had to get in on it!  The first thing I noticed is the generous size of the bottle (I can’t find the actual size of the bottle) and that the jar is lovely, heavy frosted glass. Details make a difference and I love attention to detail. Nail Butter is a luxurious product that comes in a luxurious package.

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Linda Richman has nails like buttah, & we’re all a little verkelmpt

Here is what the Nail Butter website says about it’s product and it’s gorgeous and smart founder, Christine Cole:

The Nail Butter Story:
This handmade all natural nail treatment will heal and strengthen your nails and cuticles in just days! Originally developed over 30 years ago, Nail Butter has been a family secret for decades! As a dental hygienist, Christina’s grandmother experienced very weak thin nails along with dry cracking cuticles due to constantly washing her hands. After several years of trial and error Christina’s father was able to develop a proprietary blend of ingredients that enhances new growth by stimulating circulation to the nail matrix while restoring moisture to the nail bed and cuticle. After seeing this formula work for many years first hand,Christina decided to share Nail Butter with everyone who struggles to maintain healthy nails!

100% natural, Nail Butter is used to strengthen and rejuvenate nails by enhancing growth and maintaining optimal moisture levels for your nails and skin. No cover-ups here! Nail Butter treats your nails!

Nail Butter believes that less is more. Only pure and natural Ingredients go into our product so that you can feel confident about getting the best product for your skin without any added chemicals or side effects! Nail Butter does not contain any Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Artificial dyes or Fragrances. 100% Natural ingredients.

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I rub Nail Butter into the nail, as well as the cuticles and surrounding area

So there isn’t really a lot of information about the secret ingredients in Nail Butter, but it smells rich and floral and feels divine. It has a sort of gardenia- monoi scent. I detect an odd note upon first applying it – it smelled a bit “foody” in a savory way and I could not figure it out. I was messaging the company after I bought them and found out mustard oil is one of the ingredients. This can smell like food I guess! It disappears quickly leaving a yummy honey floral scent behind. You can feel  your skin drinking it up as you apply, as well as a marked improvement in the condition of your skin and nails. I’m back into using it as part of my routine, and my nails and hands are happy. I got my Nail Butter from their website for $24 USD. Verdict? LOVE! You need this.

Be My Valentine And Let’s Play With Pretty Makeup

Be My Valentine And Let’s Play With Pretty Makeup

I love pretty pink makeup. There is a shade of pink for everyone, from deep fuchsia to soft baby powder pink. There is blue pink, and coral pink. Pink is a flattering shade, as it mimics a healthy flush in the cheeks. It can be a sexy shade as well, with lips all pink and flushed from kissing. So of course, it is perfect for Valentine’s Day. To be clear, I am not talking about a “date night” Valentine look. I’m just talking about an excuse to pick through our makeup collection to look for the extra pink and red beauties. Because, sisters (and brothers) in the end, it is all about the beauty opportunities, and, having fun!

Here are some pretty pinks in my collection that I am loving:

Of course, there is Chanel! Part of Chanel’s Spring 2015 Collection nail polish trio was a deep berry shade, Desirio. It’s a funny shade. I thought it might be close to Suspicious, but it’s more purple. Then I saw the shimmer in the bottle and thought it might be close to Tentation, but again, more berry, and the shimmer doesn’t show on the finger without a microscope. I don’t have a dupe…therefore, I had to have it! There are many Chanel polishes that are perfect for Valentine’s Day, but I think the name “Desirio” sounds like “desire”, so that works, right?

Chanel Le Vernis Desirio - a little deeper in real life....

Chanel Le Vernis Desirio – a little deeper in real life….

 

Look at that gorgeous shimmer! Kinda wish I could see it on the nail, though...

Look at that gorgeous shimmer! Kinda wish I could see it on the nail, though…

Lise Watier is killing it with their Baiser Velours lip gloss/matte lipstick hybrids. Firstly, Baiser Velours means “Velvet Kiss”, which sounds pretty lovely, doesn’t it? All the colours are so rich and gorgeous! From the website: “Enjoy the coverage and intensity of a lipstick with the gestural convenience of a gloss applicator for the smooth, matte finish you’ve been wanting. The creamy formula is light yet richly pigmented. The lasting coverage will resist everything, even your longest days.” Listen – even the lipstick challenged moi managed to put this on and love it! I used my Cargo Reverse Lip Liner, as I was worried about the Miranda Sings effect, so that combined with the wand application resulted in fairly fool-proof application! It feels amazing on the lips, stays put, and has a satin matte finish vs a dry matte finish. Love it!

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Lise Watier Baiser Velours in Party Kiss!

Lise Watier Baiser Velours in Party Kiss!

My new lip balm obsession is actually a lip oil obsession. Ever since using the gorgeous Hourglass Lip Treatment Oil, I’ve been hooked on the concept of oil based lip conditioners. Completely non-sticky, they absorb into the lip and leave them soft and moisturized. Clarins and YSL have released lip oils this season, and you need them. They not only feel amazing, but they taste yummy and prepare your lips for kissing! I waffled about which of these to get, then decided I needed both (Ommorphia knew I would!) and I’m glad I did. I get a wee bit more colour pay off from the YSL ( a mild stain effect, maybe?), but they both give me a pretty and plumped kisser! No swatches yet, but a full review is to come.

YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil and Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil and Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

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Can we talk about essence cosmetics? Seriously! I have seen them at the drugstore, and always thought they looked cute. Then, I saw this collection, “like an unforgettable kiss”, just in time for Valentine’s Day, and had to have it! How precious are these ice cream colours? The powder blush duos are very sheer and buildable, and not scented. I have been swirling both together for the perfect pink-coral combination.  The best part? Not one of the cosmetic items costs over $5.

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And how darling is this blush brush?

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What is your favourite Valentine’s Daly beauty look?

 

 

  * featured photo from @occhinerixo on Instagram. Her pics are always awesome.

Have A Miraculous Sleep With Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream

Have A Miraculous Sleep With Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream

We’ve all tried night creams, amirite? They are usually heavier than a day cream, as they are intended to address our skincare needs when our skin is optimally ready for help, and this time happens to be while we sleep. We slather them on and hope for a miracle. I recently spent some quality time with Garnier and they spoiled me with their skincare miracles and goodness!

Make-up free & ready for my Garnier Miracle!

Make-up free & ready for my Garnier Miracle!

Let us first address the issue of nighttime skincare. Does our skin do different things at night?  The skin does go through some changes as you sleep. It’s metabolic rate increases and cell production increases as well, and blood flow seems to be higher at night. When blood flow is increased to the skin, the area of absorption of whatever you put on at night likely increases as well. Night creams/serums absorb easier and more deeply into skin at night since it isn’t conflicting with any other products, like say makeup . The warmth of our skin will also accept the products better than, say, running around all day in cold weather etc. If your skin is dry, using a deeply moisturizing night cream can do the “hard work” for you overnight so it won’t disturb your makeup during the day. Also, some night time products contain retinols which should not used when your skin is exposed to UV light.

That's a bedtime miracle right there.

That’s a bedtime miracle right there.

Now. Let’s discuss “sleeping creams”. They are different from night creams as they are designed to do a little more heavy lifting, pardon the pun. I’d say they are more like a mask, but with a gorgeous melting texture – “self smoothing”- and the technology behind them was inspired by the hugely popular sleeping packs from Asia. Sleeping creams feel utterly different from a heavy night cream and simply feel lovely and soothing on the skin. This is what Garnier has created with their Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream. From Garnier:

Garnier introduces Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping CreamTM Night Cream, a new product that combines the hydrating and recharging power of a mask with the light and refreshing feel of a cream. This anti-aging formula reduces signs of dull and dry tired looking skin. Infused with Lavender Essential Oil*, Rare Plant Extracts, Adenosine, Hyaluronic & Beta Hydroxy acids, the care helps exfoliation of the skin surface layer, repairs skin’s moisture barrier and reduces the look of wrinkles. Night after night, skin looks energized, younger, feels lifted and firm.

Results:
1st Morning:
• 93% said skin felt smoother & hydrated
• 77% said skin looked rested.

In 1 week:
• Wrinkles look reduced.

In 4 Weeks:
• 91% said skin texture looked improved
• 77% said skin felt firmer and looked revitalized.

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My morning elevator selfie plus bonus coffee. It’s a bit blurry but trust me. My skin is feeling fab!

 

I’ve been using the Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream along with the Ultra Lift Sleeping Eye Cream for a few weeks and so far I loveth them, I do. I love the soothing feeling of the cream, and who doesn’t want to wake up with a glow? Every time I use it I am AMAZED that they are drugstore products. It feels like a sponge of moisture feeding my skin, if that makes sense. I am wearing less makeup – basically some concealer around my eyes (I haz old), a dusting of powder and blush. That’s it!

If you have dry, tired and/or fatigued skin that needs some TLC, I highly recommend you run out to the drugstore and treat yoself. I would also say this is not limited to “aging” skin. Anyone who wants to pamper and moisturize and wake up like they slept a spa should use the Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping cream line. Verdict? Love. You will not spend a better $24.99 CAN. You can get Garnier products

Biddy & I had a Garnier slumber party in their AWESOME Garnier Dark Spot Treatment Masks. Review to come. Get some.

Biddy & I had a Garnier slumber party in their AWESOME Garnier Dark Spot Treatment Masks. Review to come. Get some.

 

 

* regarding the lavender – lots of people say omg lavender is not good for the skin on your face! Is it? I don’t know. I found arguments for and against on the internet. I use Osmia Organics Spot Treatment for acne and I love it. In the Garnier Sleeping Cream line, the lavender is minimal, and simply for aromatherapeutic reasons, ie to help you sleep. 

Mascara Minimalists, Take Note: Estée Lauder Little Black Primer Is What You Want

Mascara Minimalists, Take Note: Estée Lauder Little Black Primer Is What You Want

Estée Lauder has decided to shake up their reputation as make up for mothers and grandmothers. I’ve never really seen it that way, as they have always made gorgeous colour collections that are on-point and on trend. Their perfumes are among the best on the market and have been for years. From the classic beauties like my recent addiction, her original Private Collection – a gutsy, green chypre that takes no prisoners and is a Woman’s Perfume all the way- to the newer stunning and sexy white floral, Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia that smells addictive and intoxicating. But, I digress.

Estée Lauder hired Kendall Jenner, and the beauty world pretty much freaked the f*#% out. Many bemoaned the end of the elegant classic grown-up line, blaming the Kardashian virus. I’d like to think that the sensible among us probably thought what I did – GENIUS. Way to get start getting your loyal customers when they are eighteen and just looking to find their loves, wants and needs on the department store beauty floor. Sign Kendall Jenner, and they will come.

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So on to Kendall’s first product push with Lauder: The Little Black Primer Mascara. This is what their website says:

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I love light mascaras that make my lashes look dark and maybe a little longer. But I loathe clumping of ANY KIND, and fibre mascaras that shed all over my face and in my eyes also suck. I need a waterproof and/or long-wearing formula as my oily skin basically melts away anything without staying power. Revlon used to make a mascara that was basically a lash tint – it lasted pretty much until you washed it off and had no lumps. bumps or clumps.

I use two coats of Little Black Primer on the top lashes, and one coat on my lower lashes. In the photo below, I did a little tight-lining along my upper lash line but this is the only eye makeup I am wearing in addition to the LBP*. It wears fairly well all day, and does not run or flake. I do notice if I look closely that it may indeed “wear off” a bit after several hours of wear, but that’s my only tiny issue. Other than that tiny issue, Estée Lauder Little Black Primer is my new Holy Grail mascara! I use it under my Chanel Violet Smoke purple mascara and LOVE it. I have not yet used it over anything yet but plan to try.

dalybeauty estee lauder little black primer mascaraI’d say Little Black Primer is like a polished version of the Revlon product – so better and perfect. I adore it! It goes on smooth and thin, as if it was wet, but it is oddly not wet feeling. You can layer it a bit but it will never give you those weirdly thick fibre lashes. Ahem….

 

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Have you tried this, or any other “lash tint” mascaras?

 

Estée Lauder Little Black Primer is sold on their website, and at Lauder counters. I got mine in the US for $24 USD at Neiman Marcus.

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