Eye Studio Sampler: 9 Mascara Minis

10 Dec

Hi beauties!

Since health professionals recommend changing up mascara every few months (and I love mascara 💕), I couldn’t resist this mascara sampler from Shoppers Drug Mart ($42–limited quantity).

Here are the nine mascara products in the Eye Studio Sampler . . . and some first impressions:

  • Benefit Badgal Bang! Volumizing Mascara–Creates major volume with a big brush and gravity-defying formula.
  • Smashbox Super Fan Mascara–Delivers buildable length and volume with a double bristle brush.
  • Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara–Combines a large brush and an ultra-creamy formula.
  • Pur Cosmetics Fully Charged Mascara–Adds length, volume, and separation using magnetic technology.
  • Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara–Features a great brush that delivers major volume, curl, and lift with an intense black colour.
  • Lancôme Hypnose Drama Mascara–Creates a full lash glossy effect using a large, curved brush. It’s a classic!
  • Clarins Mascara Supra Volume–Makes lashes look thicker (and longer) thanks to a volume booster complex (one of my favourites).
  • Clinique High Impact Lash Elevating Mascara–Features lash‑conditioning mamey seed oil in a gentle, long-wearing formula.
  • Lise Watier Element Volcanic Minerals Mascara–Contains volcanic water that protects lashes from external aggressors.

In addition to the mascara, the sampler includes a gift certificate that you can exchange for your favourite product from the sampler.

Happy Holidays! 🤶🏻

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e.l.f. Eyeshadow Duo Set

22 Nov

elf Eyeshadow Duo Set

Hi beauties!

‘Tis the season of holiday makeup and skincare kits in all shapes and sizes . . . and prices.

No one beats a clean and natural look like e.l.f. Cosmetics, which is why I picked up the e.l.f. Eyeshadow Duo Set.

First, it was a nice surprise that the set included three eyeshadow duos (not two as shown on the packaging).

Next, these easy to blend eyeshadows are crease-resistant and long-lasting. You can wear them alone or together for a dramatic effect.

Finally, the collection includes a decent eyeshadow/eyeliner brush. You can use the synthetic-haired brush to sweep eyeshadow onto the eyelids, or apply a thicker line for a smoky effect.

The eyeshadow duos in the kit are:

  • Eyeshadow Duo in Nine to Five Nudes
  • Eyeshadow Duo in Happy Hour Rose
  • Eyeshadow Duo in Hot Dinner Date (smoky)

For under $10, the quality eyeshadows in this set are worth it!

Franco-Korean Innovation: Jowaé Skincare

12 Nov

Hi beauties!

Last month, I attended a launch for a new skincare brand called Jowaé, from the Korean word for harmony.

This skincare brand was developed as a result of French-Koran research. The products in this line are designed to re-establish the vital balance in skin lost as a result of daily aggressions like pollution, climate variations, stress, and fatigue.

Korean beauty regimes are hard-core. Traditionally, they involve ten steps starting with two or three different cleansers. Jowaé has found a way to reduce the regime to just these four steps to balance skin and address issues like dark spots: cleanse, prepare, activate, and correct.

What I like about the Jowaé brand is that it offers choices. For example, for the cleansing step, you can use the Soothing Cleansing Milk (for dry skin) or the Purifying Cleansing Gel (for oily or sensitive skin).

So far, there are a couple of standouts in this skincare line:

  • Hydrating Water Mist–This mist contains antioxidant Lumiphenols and Sakura blossom water. It refreshes and moisturizes the complexion at the same time.
  • Wrinkle Smoothing Eye Serum–The key ingredient in this serum is Red Ginseng, which has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its stimulating and antiaging properties. It also contains Hyaluronic Acid and brown seaweed extract to fight the signs of fatigue.
  • Revitalizing Moisturizing Lotion–This body lotion is light, yet it leaves skin soft and supple. Skin also looks more luminous. 💥

In Canada, you can find Jowaé products at Shoppers Drug Mart, with prices ranging from around $20-$50.

Thanks to the Jowaé team for the brand intro at the amazing JW Marriott Parq Hotel in downtown Vancouver.

Disclaimer: Media sample provided, all opinions are my own.