From the Archives: L.U.C.I. from Lancome

A collection of products in packaging so unique that I’ve held on to it forever.

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The star product of the L.U.C.I. collection is a shell that holds two beautiful eyeshadows – one that provides a pop of colour and the other that gives a more subtle effect. The collection was designed by Gucci Westman-Neville and she can do no wrong. The shadow compact and its mates are inspired by seashells – hence they fit into your hand compactly and light up your skin with shimmer and pearl.
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The advertising campaign shows an ethereal futuristic look but when you use the products, that doesn’t have to be what you end up with. If you ask me, the collection gives you something perfect for the Spring season – a way to wear not too much makeup, but to accent your look with as much colour as you want.

Like the Mystery Game collection last fall, the eyeshadow compacts have a certain strong weight to them. They are substantial and though meant to be used, are ideal collector’s items. The beautiful mirror inside with a pearl attached gives this collection substance and style.

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I love the white shades in the shadow compact. Yes, you can use them as highlighters, but wearing them alone on the lid of the eye instantly wakes up your look yet adds colour to it.

Besides the eyeshadow, there’s also a shimmery highlighting powder called Photonic. It is sheer and completely wearable every day.

highlighter Do click on the above pictures to see all these lovely images in their full glory. All the parts of this collection truly are a magical.

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Essie Mani Thanks Swatch

Today’s nail swatch is perfect for the holidays: Essie’s Mani Thanks which is a glitzy gold with a bit of pink shimmer mixed in.  It’s like a neutral – if you’re glam and like shimmer. I’m wearing 2 coats, but you can see a bit of my nails through it.

What do you think? What are you wearing for the holidays?

Essie polishes are available at Shoppers Drug Mart for $11.99 each.

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Wyld Konjac Sponges

If you’re looking for a clean and natural way to wash your face, check out the Wyld sponges available through the Holt Renfrew H Project.

These sponges are made of 100% Konjac so they’re all natural.  The little pink one is for your face and is infused with pink clay, so it absorbs oil as it works on your skin.  The facial sponge also comes in a charcoal version which is great for troublesome skin.

Wyld sponges are available at Holt Renfrew.  $15 for facial sponges, and $18 for the body loofah sponges.

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This is the Right Way to Use Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Mask

We love sheet masks for the instant glow that they give us – hydration makes everyone’s skin happier.  But what you really want to do is follow up with a moisturizer that is going to seal all that serum in.  And if your skin is really dry, follow up with an oil.

I like to actually use my retinol after doing this Neutrogena Hydro Boost mask, and then I put a lovely moisturizing vitamin C on top so that I get hydration and brightening in 1 shot.

What I loved about this mask is that the top and the bottom are separated.  So it’s easy to apply it more precisely than when you’re using a mask that’s all 1 pice.

The mask is soaked in Hyaluronic Acid which is a molecule that’s already present in skin but can be reduced in dehydrated skin.  You can use serums, creams, or a mask to add it back into your skin.  The Hydrogel that the mask is made of is unlike the paper of other masks.  It contours to your skin better and just seems to stick.  When it’s dry, it starts to fall off your face, and you know that it’s time to take the mask off.  This takes about 15 minutes.

Then you want to seal in all that moisture that you just put in because if you don’t, it’s just going to evaporate into the air.  Use something moisturizing – a lotion or cream.

At drugstores for $4.89.

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Light

The Estee Lauder Double Wear line is makeup that’s meant to last a long time, and there are some real winners. The regular Double Wear foundation is Estee Lauder’s best-selling, and I love their mascara.

If you’re a fan of foundation that lasts the whole day but don’t want to wear anything heavy, you should try the Double Wear Light Foundation.estee lauder double wear
It’s got the coverage of a tinted moisturizer (meaning sheer to light) but it goes one step further: it stays on all day! Even if you have oily skin, you’ll see that this does not break down or turn orange on the skin. It just wears and wears. Also, you don’t need to apply powder on top of it because it sets to a matte finish, and you can almost look like you’re not wearing foundation at all.

If you have normal to dry skin, I would definitely recommend moisturizing beforehand so that it doesn’t stick to any dry spots. The foundation is only available in 12 shades, but that’s ok.  It’s sheer so you might even find that more than 1 shade works for your skin tone.

My colour is 3W1 and it matches my skin tone almost exactly.

$52 at Estee Lauder counters.

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Armani Code

armani code perfumeArmani Code is my perfume of choice today. To be honest, I can’t smell anything particular in the opening notes, but the drydown is a warm musky vanilla that’s not at all sweet. I’ve seen this described as a powerful fragrance better suited for night, but I think that you wear scents depending on your mood and these days I always feel like wearing a warmish scent.

Armani Code comes in an Eau de Parfum so it really does last a long time. It gets better and better as it wears too, so make sure you try this for a day. Chances are that at the end of the day, you will absolutely love it like I do. It’s easily available at drugstores, department stores, and other perfume retailers.

$136 for 75ml.

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

This mascara has been out for 4 years now (it first launched in 2015) and it’s still a best-seller. There’s good reason for that. The intense black waxy formula just makes your lashes look so good.

Too Faced Better Than Sex MascaraWith such an eye-catching name, it’s hard to ignore the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara because it promises to make your lashes look amazing, and so many online reviews are raving about it. 

This mascara truly is gorgeous.  It has a thick wand that has separated bristles that are quite long, so you can immediately apply tons of product to your eye lashes and make them look amazing with just one stroke.

This is a great mascara if you like major lashes.  Really this is a dramatic mascara in the best way and I can’t get enough of it even though it has a slight smearing issue which I’m trying to resolve with some powder.

Back in 2015 this was $30, but it’s on sale at Shopper Drug Mart right now for $23!

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Fenty Beauty Brow MVP

I have used so many brow pencils but this has got to be one of my favourites – it’s the Fenty Beauty Brow MVP. Look at the unique brush at the end. It actually grabs on to hair and blends the pencil very nicely.


I liked it so much that I finished it… you can hear all about it in the video.

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November Favourites Video

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Tom Ford Costa Azzurra Acqua Eau de Parfum Review

Wearing Tom Ford’s Costa Azzurra Acqua today and I don’t like it.

You know old-school men’s cologne from the 80’s?  Sharp?  Biting?  That’s what this smells like.

The notes are: Juniper, Herbs, Green Notes, Oak, Warm Woods, but this doesn’t die down to any warmth.  There is oak and woods at the end, but it’s just not a really original or interesting scent.  It also stays way too astringent even on my skin which ends up being so warm.

There are so many amazing Tom Ford scents to choose from, but this is one I would avoid.

$165 for 30ml.

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