Friday, May 18, 2018

Dior Addict Lacquer Plump Review & Swatches + NEW Limited-Edition Lacquer Sticks

While touring Asia a few weeks ago I saw posters of Dior’s new Lacquer Plump Lip Color on billboards all over China and Thailand. It is no surprise that these bold, summery shades are quickly becoming a cult favorite with women all over the world – the formula is light, refreshing and long-wear.


The radiant pigment shapes, smooths and plumps your pout with a nourishing blend of hibiscus extract and hyaluronic acid. The oil-water emulsion feels cool, hydrating and comfortable as the vibrant color glides across the skin - increasing moisture levels up to 78%. The lacquer applies lightweight, bright, and sheer so you can layer for more coverage or let it dry like an ink and stain your lips a beautiful bold hue.

Once set, the color and shine fuse into an airy film making lips appear voluminous and juicy. Use the foam applicator to blend, outline, eliminate streaks and amplify intensity. The lush liquid melts in for up to 8 hours of cushiony wear.


There are 2 finishes available – pure color and sparkle for a boost of radiance. I love the metallic, shimmery effect but the glitter tends to scatter as the color fades and the particles cling to the skin making removal a bit tedious. There are 19 flattering shades to choose from including nude, coral, peach, red, burgundy and violet. The lacquers retail for $43.00 each and the packaging is gorgeous!


I also received a few limited-edition Lacquer Sticks ($43.00) in pretty seasonal shades. Rising Star is a shimmery bronze that looks sexy on sunkissed skin, while Star Girl is a sheer glittering lavender with blue flecks. If you prefer something bright and dramatic, Studio is a vibrant orange with a blaze of golden glitter – perfect for romantic summer nights. The luscious formula has the color and shine of a lacquer with the comfort and hydration of a balm so I always keep one in my purse.


When you’re in the mood for something simple, light and moisturizing, try the limited-edition Dior Addict Lipstick in Nude Chill ($43.00). The color payoff is sheer and soft with a luxuriously creamy texture that envelops lips in comforting oils and luminous mirror-like shine. The hydra-gel core instantly alleviates dry skin and prevents chapping for a smooth, youthful finish.


Swatches (Bottom to top): Lacquer Plump - 868 J'adior, 677 Disco Dior, 648 Dior Pulse and 347 Dior Freak. Dior Lacquer Sticks - 202 Star Girl, 647 Studio and 627 Rising Star. Dior Addict Lipstick - Nude Chill.

Dior is available at The Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, beautyboutique.ca Holt Renfrew and Dior Counters nationwide.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Garnier SkinActive – New Summer Products

The trees on my street have finally started to bloom, tulips line the walkway and dandelions are out in full-force. Summer is just around the corner which means it is time to change my skincare routine. I love thick, lavish creams but they don't mesh well with warm weather and the heaviness triggers perspiration. This season Garnier has created some lighter options along with a few refreshing cleansers and toners that absorb grease and keep your complexion cool as a cucumber.


Whether you have a hot date, patio party or dinner with the girls, a quick facial is always a good idea. Garnier’s replenishing masks come in a variety of skin saving formulas that take just 15 minutes! For dull skin try the Moisture Bomb Super Hydrating Glow-Boosting Mask with Sakura Extract. The serum-packed sheet softens and enhances radiance for a silky finish. After a long weekend and lots of cocktails, the Anti-Fatigue Mask with Lavender and Hyaluronic Acid refreshes, plumps and revitalizes tired skin. My favorite is the Super Purifying Charcoal Mask with Algae Extract. It minimizes the look of pores, purifies, detoxifies, smooths and abolishes excess oil. The Sheet masks retail for just $3.99 each and come in handy on vacation. 


Garnier is killing-it with their 96% naturally derived vegan formulas and they are super affordable! The Refreshing Facial Cleanser with Aloe Juice ($10.49) is the perfect way to clear your pores and get rid of makeup and pollutants after a long day in the sun. It refreshes the skin by eliminating sebum and impurities with no parabens, silicone or dye. 


Toners are always part of my cleansing routine and the SkinActives Collection includes a mattifying formula with Green Tea Extract ($10.49) and a refreshing Aloe Leaf blend for all skin types. The toners remove the last traces of makeup and dirt to help prevent breakouts, oiliness and shine without causing dryness. They smell great and cleanse the pores without any stickiness or residue.


The SkinActive Creams ($20.99) come in large jars and can be used 3 ways – as a day moisturizer, night cream or mask. The Soothing Balm is richer than the Hydrating formula but they both absorb quickly to soften and smooth with no greasiness. I like the supple, lightweight finish but there is no SPF so remember to apply sun protection. 


In July and August things really heat-up in Toronto and the humidity can be a total drag. While attending press events downtown and battling midday traffic, I like to keep a facial mist in my tote to refresh and hydrate my complexion. This soothing blend ($10.49) contains fragrant rose water and I love how cool and alleviating it feels on parched, sensitive skin. There is no residue so you can mist-away whenever you need a little pick-me-up throughout the day.


Garnier is available at drugstores nationwide

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Pur Cosmetics On Point Eyeliner & Eye Polish

It’s been a while since I featured anything new from Pur but they never cease to amaze me with their vivid pigments and beautiful long-wear formulas. Today I’m revisiting the metallic Eye Polishes, a fabulous new brow cream and eyeliners that won’t smudge or run.


The Eye Polish ($28.00) is available in a range of complexion flattering shades and comes in a jar covered by thin mesh.


Application is a bit odd – you have to dip the silicone paddle onto the net screen and try to pick up some of the pretty color. The creamy part of the polish kind of sits at the bottom in a clump and doesn’t flow through the mesh very easily which makes it difficult to reach. I even tried to remove the screen with little success so I may have to cut it out. Packaging flaws aside, I actually like the pigment. It feels thin and watery because I can’t mix it properly but the color is intense and saturated. I love the flecks of glitter and it dries quickly – transforming into a light satin powder that looks radiant and lasts all day! You can dab these over your favorite shadows or layer them full-coverage for a glamorous effect. 



Twist-up liners are my favorite! There is no sharpening required so you don’t end up with a wonky pencil and broken tips. The On Point Eyeliner ($19.00) is reshaped into a neat, structured point each time you recap it so you can draw straight, consistent lines that glide on effortlessly. The creamy formula is enriched with a rejuvenating Ceramide – Essential Oil Complex that nourishes and prevents lash-loss plus the dramatic color lasts up to 10 hours without fading.


I usually line my eyes with pencil and then reinforce it with the On Point Liquid Liner ($19.00) for more intensity. The flexible felt tip is easy to manoeuvre for creating the perfect wing and varying line thickness but the matte finish is a bit dull for my taste (I prefer something with a hint of shine). The color is jet black, well pigmented and infused with the same Lash Rejuvenation Complex to preserve your precious hairs.


I really wish the Sculpt a Brow ($24.00) came with instructions because the pigment is in a twist-off cap at the top of the tube and the angled brush seems too large to fit inside and extract it. I wasn’t sure if the cream was supposed to eject onto the brush or if I had to take everything apart and dip but eventually I got the hang of it. There are 3 shades available and I like that the deepest hue is dark enough to match my hair. The cream-to-powder formula has great color payoff and blends easily to fill in sparse areas, thicken shape and sculpt. I really like this product for creating Instagram-worthy arches but the packaging needs improvement and it should come with more pigment.


Last but not least is another skincare product. I know I’ve been on a skincare craze recently but this one is good! The Blue Agave Energizing Peel-Off Mask ($26.00) is enriched with green tea, ginseng, aloe, basil, fruit extract and Vitamin B to refresh, plump, hydrate, cleanse and tone. This is a great mask to apply while you’re reading or getting ready for the weekend. It softens, smooths and revives your complexion with no messy clay or hard to remove granules. Simply peel off the bright blue film and apply moisturizer.



Pur Cosmetics is available at Shoppers Drug Mart, beautyboutique.ca and purcosmetics.com 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Body Shop Spa of the World Body Wash and NEW Face Masks

Victoria Day long-weekend is coming up so I’ve planned a breakfast party to watch the royal wedding (at 4am) and a delicious family barbecue. After a hectic week of press events and deadlines, I will definitely need a spa day to help me unwind before my guests arrive and The Body Shop has a few luxurious new products to pamper my complexion.


The Spa of the World Body Wash Collection includes an exotic range of cleansers that make bath time more enjoyable. The luxurious gels are soap-free and gentle but the rich formula still lathers into blissful foam that cleanses and nourishes without dryness. Skin feels soft, smooth and hydrated with a wonderful scent.

I chose Tahitian Tiare ($14.00) infused with Ethiopian Honey and Coconut Oil from Samoa – it reminds me of breezy summer days lounging on the beach. If you prefer to soak your tired muscles, simply drizzle some into running water as you fill up the tub, slip into the fluffy bubbles and let the stress just melt away.


Adriatic Peony ($14.00) is a velvety cream that envelops you in lush moisture, refreshing flower extracts and rejuvenating natural oils that will leave your entire bathroom smelling like a high-end spa.


While you’re submerged in the healing water with your candles flickering, layer on a purifying mask for glowing skin. The Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask ($28.00) is 100% vegetarian and formulated without parabens, silicone or mineral oil. This intense treatment removes dullness, evens skin tone, brightens, smooths, balances and corrects. The lovely aroma smells like a botanical garden and the gentle exfoliating beads remove dead cells to reveal the supple skin underneath.


The Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask ($28.00) is packed with Japanese Green Tea leaves and Tee Tree Oil from Kenya for a complete at-home facial. This decadent clay looks like it was scooped right out of a volcanic hot spring and put it in the jar – very natural and healing. The chunky particles provide excellent exfoliation as the other ingredients draw out impurities, pollutants and blemish causing dirt lodged deep within the pores. Once dry, the mask can be a tad difficult to wash off so I usually remove it in the shower. After treatment my face feels clean, replenished and better prepared to absorb moisturizer, oil or serum.


These products are available at The Body Shop Stores nationwide and online at thebodyshop.ca.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Kerastase Nutritive Hair Care Collection

I have a lot of hair care (probably more than the drugstore), but no matter what I’m testing, there are always at least 2 Kerastase products in my bathroom. One of my favorite collections is Nutritive because it is gentle, fortifying and super hydrating no matter what your hair type.


The replenishing oils and strengthening proteins in this collection has allowed my hair to thrive in any environment and the scent is incredible! Most shampoos remove dirt, oil, build-up and impurities for a squeaky clean feeling, but this formula is different. Although it contains sulfates and cleanses thoroughly, it does not leave my hair feeling dry or brittle. After each lather, my mane is softer, smoother and more resilient with no scalp irritation or residue. At $45.00 a bottle it is more expensive than drugstore brands but you get salon quality results and a professional blowout. 


Conditioning is a step I never miss and you shouldn’t either if you want strong, silky tresses. The Nutritive Fondant Magistral Conditioner ($48.00) provides a supple texture, enhanced shine, manageability and detangling benefits for severely dry hair. If you use heat appliances or hair dye, you may also notice an improvement in breakage and split ends. It only takes a couple minutes to work (according to the directions) but I leave it on a bit longer in the shower. The lush cream coats every strand and rinses clean with no residue or heaviness so my hair feels ultra sleek and hydrated. The Lait Vital Irsome Conditioner ($48.00) is formulated for slightly dry, fine hair but it seems to have the same key benefits. My hair is not dry or damaged but I still prefer products that offer the most nourishment. While browsing the website make sure to check out the amazing range of Kerastase masque treatments.


Before blow drying, flat ironing or curling, apply some Nectar Thermique ($48.00) to protect your hair from heat damage. This creamy leave-in makes styling easier while smoothing roughness, softening and boosting shine for a polished look with less frizz and flyaways. I also use it to tame and moisturize my ends throughout the week and in the summertime it helps shield your hair from the sun.


Kerastase is available at salons nationwide, to find a retailer near you visit the website at kerastase.ca.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

L’Occitane Terre de Lumière L’eau Eau de Toilette

When I first experienced the delicate beauty of Terre de Lumière L’eau it reminded me of a warm spring day in a romantic French garden. If you’re in the market for a refreshing new fragrance, this sophisticated bouquet offers the perfect balance of velvety warmth and soft floral sweetness.


The top notes include bergamot, pink pepper and black currant balanced with peony, bitter almond tonka bean and smooth musk. The sensual ingredients blend harmoniously to create a light, airy scent that lingers on the skin and fades beautifully.

The aroma is sophisticated, alluring, and flirty – perfect for daily wear and all occasions. Since none of the notes are overpowering or harsh, it makes a great gift for women of all ages.

The elegant bottle is very similar to the original – simple, chic and geometrically pleasing with blush pink glass that adds a feminine flare. This lovely fragrance will definitely be a hit for Mother’s Day so head to your nearest L’Occitane Boutique and try it for yourself! The 90 ml bottle retails for $99.00 and you can visit the website at caloccitane.com.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Urban Decay Backtalk Palette – Review & Swatches

Summer is the time to let go of inhibitions, check a few goals off your bucket list and slip into that sexy sun dress you’ve been dying to wear. If you’re looking for a multipurpose palette that can go from formal to fun you should definitely get your hands on Urban Decay’s latest creation.

Backtalk is the kind of palette you will want to take on vacation to create effortless looks and slip in your tote for romantic weekend getaways. It is perfect for daily wear and stunning on all skin tones.



This portable palette has a unique structural design that forms a mini vanity! Pop it open to reveal a row of gorgeous eye shadows alongside 2 must-have blushes and 2 radiant highlighters. Each side is divided by a double-sided removable mirror and when you’re done creating your masterpiece, the whole thing folds-up (pretty neat).


The shadows are luxuriously silky, highly pigmented, buildable, non-creasing and long-lasting. When applied over UD’s Primer Potion, the colors stand-out vividly and blend easily with bold saturation. My favourite shade is Attitude - a dusty rose with a pop of metallic brilliance but there is enough variety to create both neutral effects and dramatic intensity. The only thing I would add is another matte crease shade in deep burgundy or dark brown but I can always turn to my Naked Heat Palette for backup. You also get a nice brow highlight and a couple pretty transition shades to help pull your entire look together.




The Blushes instantly revive dull skin and the rich, velvety texture blends seamlessly! Cheap Shot is a gorgeous pink-mauve that provides a natural flush and Double Take is a soft coral that looks amazing on sunkissed skin. The two highlighters pair well with the blush and the smooth, lightweight shimmer instantly brightens the face for a lustrous bombshell glow.


The Palette retails for $59.00. Urban Decay is available at freestanding stores, Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart, and online at urbandecay.ca. Don`t forget to sign up for the Beauty Junkies Rewards Program to earn and redeem points.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Dior Hydra Life Skincare – New Products

During my recent vacation I was dealing with a bad case of heat rash and as mentioned in my previous article – the pollution, jet lag and long drying flights didn't help. To recuperate and reinvigorate the complexion after sun exposure, pollution, fatigue and daily stress, The Dior Hydra Life Collection works wonders! The products are 83% natural with no parabens, or silicone and the formula contains a prebiotic to balance, purify and rejuvenate.


No matter how tired you are after a long day, don’t forget to remove your makeup. Clogged pores, bacteria and greasy skin can cause nasty breakouts and irritation. Thankfully Dior has created a Triple Impact Makeup Remover ($42.00) that cleanses, moisturizes and refreshes. I love that you can use the concentrate on sensitive areas of the face with minimal lash loss and no stinging or burning. Use it to loosen long-wear lipstick, pulverize messy glitter and soften crunchy mascara while eliminating dirt, sebum and impurities. The texture is silky and light so it glides across the skin and feels great.


After makeup removal I usually wash my face with a cleanser using my Clarisonic or Foreo before applying the Balancing 2-in-1 Sorbet Water ($52.00). Developed in collaboration with the Dior Asian Innovation Center in Japan, this crystalline lotion moisturizes, strengthens and diminishes minor imperfections including dilated pores, shine, redness and spots. It also helps prep your skin for makeup or night care by replenishing and fortifying. The revitalizing liquid leaves my face soft, clean and smooth with no stickiness.


The Hydration rescue Intense Sorbet Cream ($82.00) is my favorite new product in the collection. The luxurious whipped texture melts in like butter and transforms into a fluid serum that drenches parched skin in layers of moisture with no residue. The formula helps calm irritation, protect from pollutants and keeps water in cells to prevent dryness and damage. My skin feels incredibly plump, supple, dewy and velvety plus the scent is wonderful! After exposure to extreme environmental conditions like heat and smog, this cream feels cool and refreshing on stressed skin.


I always end my night routine with a good eye cream and recently I’ve had trouble readjusting to the time zone and getting enough rest. The Cooling Hydration Sorbet Eye Gel ($70.00) delivers “ice cube freshness” for a quick anti-fatigue touch-up. The formula contains anti-inflammatory water to decongest the lids and reduce puffiness while mineral powders correct dark circles and Abyssinica Oil nourishes and protects lashes and brows. The ceramic applicator has the effect of an ice cube to promote microcirculation, boost radiance and awaken the eye contour so you look well rested. You can also pop it in the fridge to enhance the invigorating sensation.


Hydra Life is available at Dior Counters nationwide

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Paint-On Liquid Lip Color - Review & Swatches

A few months ago I attended Estee Lauder’s press event to learn about their revolutionary anti-aging skincare and test some pretty lipstick. I also had my lip print read by a fortune teller and spritzed on some intoxicating new fragrances.

The Color Envy Collection is a cult favorite featuring a variety of versatile finishes including metallic, matte vinyl and a few limited edition shades. The smooth, velvety formula drenches your pout in dramatic, multidimensional color with scintillating shine.


The metallic effect is to die for! It glides on bold and seductive for full-coverage intensity and plumping luminosity. My lips feel cushioned, hydrated and comfortable and as long as you aren’t eating or drinking, the pigment stays put relatively well. The lipstick isn’t transfer proof (very few lip products are) but a few touch-up throughout the day is a small price to pay for amazing color and smooth application.

What I like most about this collection (aside from the vibrancy) is the incredible color spectrum. There is something for every skin tone, occasion and style preference. I was drawn to the alluring wine, red and rose gold tones for evening wear but there are also neutrals, brights and classic hues.


The metallics are creamy and rich while the matte finish is light, fluid and long-wear with a bit of staining and less moisture. You can’t go wrong no matter which shade you choose and the nourishing blend of avocado, jojoba, sunflower and castor oil keeps your skin healthy and soft.

Swatches bottom to top: 303 Controversial, 410 Wine Shot, 109 Lacquer Lover, Scream Sexy and 103 Smash Up

The Color Envy Liquid Lipsticks retail for $38.00 each at Estee Lauder Counters nationwide and online at esteelauder.ca.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Biotherm Skin Oxygen Collection Review – Let Your Skin Breathe

If you’ve been following my Instagram page (@DiaryofaTrendaholic) then you’ve probably seen many travel photos from my trip to Asia. I went to Shanghai with a brief stop in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) before heading to Singapore, Phuket, Bangkok and Hong Kong. It was an amazing experience but the long flights, jet lag and infamous pollution in China wasn’t great for my skin. To strengthen, shield and replenish my complexion I’ve been using Biotherm’s new Oxygen Collection – a range of products designed to protect the skin from toxins and environmental assaults.


What I love about Biotherm is that they seem to find the most amazing ingredients from remote natural resources and this time they’ve discovered the power of Chlorella Extract. This potent green algae is called “the breathing algae” because it is capable of purifying the environment with extreme efficacy. It also increases cellular defence by 142%, boosts cell respiration and filters impurities to minimize pores and imperfections.

The products are up to 99% natural and formulated for water lovers. They are also simple to use because there is a comprehensive 4 step system to help you cleanse, perfect, repair and hydrate for optimal results.

The Skin Oxygen Depolluting Cleanser ($26.00) starts as a rich gel that melts into the skin and transforms into a bubbly lather. The mild botanical scent reminds me of a spa and the lush formula effectively removes dirt, oil, makeup and sweat to clear pores, detoxify and counteract dullness.


Step 2 is the Oxygenating Lotion ($26.00) which works like a toner without stickiness, dryness or heavy astringents. It minimizes the appearance of large pores, absorbs grease and corrects imperfections caused by pollutants so skin looks smooth, healthy and radiant. It also helps prep my face for moisturizer and makeup by refreshing and purifying. When used daily, the solution seems to reduce the occurrence of breakouts and diminish the appearance of blemishes without any stinging.


Enriched with regenerating antioxidants, the Skin Oxygen Strengthening Concentrate ($61.00) repairs environmental damage, replenishes and deeply moisturizes with no residue. The refreshing gel instantly cools and quenches parched skin with a smooth, supple finish. I usually apply it before moisturizer and at night after cleansing as a protective layer. It helps keep my skin clear, even and resilient.  


It was incredibly hot, sticky and humid in Singapore with lots of sunshine and absolutely no breeze. The Skin Oxygen Cooling Gel ($60.00) felt like a breath of fresh air on my stressed skin and I love the lightweight, fast absorbing formula. The gel helps reinforce your natural moisture barrier to keep skin soft and hydrated while reducing sebum and deflecting the adherence of pollution particles. Like all of the other products, it smells fantastic and helps alleviate irritation.


In city smog and summer humidity, this collection is a great defense system to keep your skin clear, bright and healthy! Biotherm is available at Shoppers Drug Mart, The Bay, Rexall, Sephora and online at biotherm.ca
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