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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Hunt Ends Here! LUSH Limited Edition Collection for Easter 2014 (With Demo Videos)

Instead of indulging in chocolate this Easter, I'll be treating my skin to some new limited edition novelties from LUSH. For the last several years, LUSH has become one of my families go-to brands. My husband uses their their shampoo pucks religiously and the kids love taking baths with baby bot bath bombs.  I personally love how nourished my skin feels after a bath or shower and how refreshed and relaxed LUSH products make me feel. I think I'm seriously addicted! On every special calendar occasion, LUSH comes out with limited edition products and this Easter, the range is super tempting. The Easter Collection includes 10 new products including fragrant bubble bars, colourful soap, enticing bath bombs and even a few pre-packaged gift sets. The one item that is "melting" everyone's heart is this year's Golden Egg, a bath bomb/bath melt hybrid that literally sparkles!


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LUSH Easter 2014

Golden Egg Bath Melt Bomb 

This insanely gorgeous egg is one of LUSH's newest inventions. Golden Egg combines the components of a Bath Bomb and a Bath Melt to create the ultimate in luxury. With a creamy cocoa butter exterior, fizzy bath bomb center and a dusting of golden lustre, this "Honey I Washed the Kids" scented bath melt bomb is bar none the "pièce de résistance" of the collection. Isn't it beautiful?


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Golden Egg Bath Melt Bomb  - $8.95 CAD - 3.8 oz/108 g



Bunny Bubble Bar 

This softening bubble bar is full of coconut oil and Shea butter, both great for moisturizing the skin. The "Creamy Candy" scent also helps soothes the mind after a long, stressful day. Bunny houses tiny cornflower petals and a pink center underneath its cool white exterior. 

Fluffy Egg

Every Easter, Fluffy Egg, the cherry pink bath bomb returns to LUSH. It's vanilla/cotton candy aroma (fans of "Snow Fairy" will love this) and softening properties make it a true fan favourite. 

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Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb - $5.95 CAD (4.6oz) & Bunny Bubble Bar - $6.95 CAD (2.8 oz)



Brightside Bubble Bar

This over sized bubble bar will have you looking on the "Brightside" and easily transforms your bath water into a vivid orange cloud of bubbles. It's scent is intoxicating and includes Sicilian mandarin, tangerine and bergamot. Citrus oils also tone and brighten the skin. This bar has become one of my all-time favourites and was SO popular last Spring, that it's back again for Easter and is being added to the permanent range! 

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Brightside Bubble Bar $10.95 CAD - 7.0 oz

Carrot Soap

Don't be fooled by appearances. Carrot Soap may resemble a carrot but smells like a fruity tropical paradise! It's energizing blend of Sicilian lemon oil and fruity buchu oil will definitely put some Spring in your step. A leaping white bunny is visible as you slice into the soap. Carrot seed oil and skin softening cocoa butter soften and moisturize the skin, leaving it feeling both smooth & refreshed. 

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LUSH Carrot Soap
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Slice of Carrot Soap $6.95 CAD/3.5oz

Also available this Easter are Immaculate EGGseption Bath Bombs in Pink and Yellow, Bunch of Carrots (on my wish list!), and the two Gift Sets pictured below. Visit the LUSH website for additional information on any of these items. Oh, and hurry, all of the items mentioned are only available for a limited time.


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LUSH Easter 2014
Bunch of Carrots & Carrot Gift Set (Top)
Funny Bunny Gift Set & Pink Immaculate Eggseption (also available in yellow) (Bottom)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Converse Spring 2014 Lookbook: Shoes for the Whole Family!

The iconic Converse sneaker has a reputation for looking clean, and being both functional and comfortable. It's "that item" in your closet that never goes out of style, can transform an everyday/ordinary outfit and show off your sense of personal style. The All-Star Spring 2014 Collection features dynamic pops of colour and elevated silhouettes that further promote self-expression. Expect to see everything from tie-dye prints, bright hues and even a new Chuck Taylor All Star Platform Plus which includes a 2" concealed heel. Take a look at some of these standout styles including the new platform wedge, zebra, camouflage and tie-dye prints. While I have always appreciated the classic sneaker... I must say I'm really loving the children's collection this season! 

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Men's & Women's Converse Spring 2014




The Kids Collection is fun, colourful and full of personality! There are options with accessible Velcro closures, others that are lightweight & water resistant and even dressy options for girls (my favourite has tulle along the tongue!) Other stylish features include "dead laces" and rubber outsoles. Take a look at these really cute options for your little trend setter!


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Boys Converse Spring 2014
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Girls Converse Spring 2014
Converse offers a diverse assortment of men's, women's and children's footwear and is available in over 160 countries worldwide.  

Which of the above styles is your favourite? 
Do you remember when you got your first pair of "Chucks"?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

REVIEW: CoverGirl LipPerfection™ Lipcolors (Lipstick Photos & Swatches)

Covergirl's range of LipPerfection™ lipsticks are enriched with a "silk moisturizing complex" that claim to help sustain moisture levels while making lips soft & smooth in just 7 days. The range includes over 40 well-pigmented shades that won't break the bank and are readily available at most drugstores. LipPerfection™ lipsticks are slightly thicker than your average lipstick, but this is mostly because of their very creamy consistency. I found the darker shades to have better lasting power (4-6 hours) compared to the lighter ones which lasted about 3 hours or less. All shades were easy to apply and made my lips feel comfortable, however they didn't provide the necessary hydration that drier lips like mine tend to crave. Take a look at the gorgeous shades below! 


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CoverGirl  LipPerfection™Lipsticks - $6.99 USD/$9.99 CAD
Product Details:

Impressive shade range. Includes any shade you could ever want to possibly try, and at such a great price point it's easy to experiment with colour and choose shades outside your comfort zone.

Smooth & easy application. There was no dragging or tugging....just a smooth, nice glide.

Excellent pigmentation. The colour payoff of these lipsticks is outstanding. What you see is definitely what you get. 

Creamy texture & gorgeous satin finish. The texture of these is very creamy and they apply quite nicely. They impart a beautiful shine but nothing too overbearing. 

Lightweight, comfortable formula. For something that packs so much pigment, I was surprised by the lightweight formula. It feels moisturizing and comfortable on the lips....just wish it was more hydrating.  

Great value, readily available. Affordable price point and easy to find across the globe at mass retailers and most drugstores.

Convenient packaging. The bottom cap of the lipstick is coloured to reflect the actual shade making it easy to find in your stash. The name and number of the colour is also noted. 

What Could be Better?

Scent is a bit "waxy" and could be improved by adding a hint of subtle fragrance. Some review note a sweet vanilla scent however I was unable to detect one.

Lipsticks are not as moisturizing as they claim to be. The formula did not crack, peel or dry out my lips but my lips craved more hydration. If you have dry lips to start with, I would recommend applying a lip balm beforehand.
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CoverGirl LipPerfection™ Lipcolor - Packaging
Shades:

Creme - Warm-toned beige-nude

Hot - Vivid tomato red

Seduce - Classic apple red

Ravish - Dusky plum/berry

Bombshell - Soft fuchsia pink

Tempt - Cool cherry red with pink undertones

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CoverGirl LipPerfection™ Lipsticks (L-R): Creme, Hot, Seduce, Ravish, Bombshell, Tempt
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CoverGirl LipPerfection™Lipstick Swatches (L-R):
Creme, Hot, Seduce, Ravish, Bombshell, Tempt

Have you tried these lipsticks? Which of the extensive shade range is your favourite? 


These items were provided by the brand/PR to be considered for review. I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group, I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.






Friday, April 11, 2014

OPI Soft Shades Collection for Spring 2014 "Muppets Most Wanted" (Photos, Review & Swatches)

I've got another Spring nail polish collection to share with you today. OPI's annual Soft Shades Collection introduces eight new limited edition nail lacquers inspired by Disney's Muppets Most Wanted movie, which opened in theatres on March 21, 2014. The family comedy includes an all-star cast including Kermit the Frog, Constantine, Ricky Gervais, Miss Piggy, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey and the whole Muppet gang.

“The Muppets are a fun-loving, colorful cast of characters. These new nail lacquers were inspired by their latest adventures in Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted, which include a glamorous international stage tour – and lots of surprises,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP. 

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OPI Soft Shades 2014 - Muppets Most Wanted

This collection has a bit of everything in it, including sheer creams, glitters and even a few metallic shades. The two shades that appeal to me most are the nude and pale pink cream (see below). The sapphire blue, pearly white and especially the rosy mauve have nice dimension to them, despite the fact that I personally do not like pearlescent, duochrome or frosty hues. The sparkle-packed lacquers, especially Gaining Mole-mentum are sure to be instant hits for any of you that enjoy a good glitter!

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OPI Chilln' Like a Villain & I Love Applause

OPI Muppets Most Wanted Shades:

Chillin' Like A Villain
Light beige-y nude with peach undertones

Gaining Mole-mentum
Shredded gold & chunky pink glitter 

I Love Applause
Soft, sheer pink

Int'l Crime Caper 
Pearlescent white with a pinkish/purple shimmer

Kermit Me To Speak 
Gold duochrome; Rosy Mauve

Let's Do Anything We Want!
Rose gold glitter with white confetti

Miss Piggy's Big Number 
Bright shimmery sapphire blue 

Muppets World Tour 
White Quartz with colourful sparkle

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OPI Soft Shades Collection - $9.95 USD/$10.95 CAD

Chillin' Like A Villain
I really love this shade. It's a gorgeous nude with peach and beige undertones. The formula is good, however I will say it is on the sheer-er side. I used two coats for the swatches, but I recommend adding another coat for complete opacity. A great nude!

I Love Applause
Another lovely shade that is sheer until you build it up to a beautiful soft pink. This polish has a good formula and a very nice consistency. I used two coats for the swatches, but once again I'd recommend adding another coat for complete opacity. 

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OPI Soft Shades Muppets Most Wanted & Swatches:
Chilln' Like a Villain (L) & I Love Applause (R)

What do you think of this year's Soft Shades? 
Are you planning on seeing the movie? 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Essie 'Hide & Go Chic' Collection for Spring 2014 (Photos, Review & Swatches)

Have you seen Essie’s new Spring Collection Hide & Go Chic out in stores now? When I first laid eyes on it, I instantly fell in love with each of the six shades and am still having difficulty picking out a favourite. The collection includes delicate nudes, pastels, blues, red and a green....any of which can easily transition from season to season. 

"Welcome to the fashion playground, where every style hunter is on the lookout for the next big splurge. It's a thrilling game of hide and go chic. If there are too many stylish options, she'll have to spin the bottle to decide what looks best. Or maybe she should just take them all back to the romper room and have a look in the mirror. Mirrors never lie, they just play truth or flare."

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Essie Spring Collection 2014
Shades:

Truth or Flare – Vintage blue denim 

Hide & Go Chic - Azure blue

Fashion Playground – Pistachio with ultra fine shimmer  

Style Hunter – Crimson red

Romper Room – Pale tea rose pink

Spin the Bottle – Semi-sheer nude 

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Essie Spring 2014 Nail Lacquer Collection 
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Essie Hide & Go Chic Collection - $7.99 USD/$9.99 CAD
I LOVE cream-based formulas and prefer them to metallics, shimmers and other formulations. This collection is right up my alley. It includes a gorgeous array of Spring gems and has a ''pastel'' shade to suit every woman's style. 

Romper Room & Spin the Bottle both applied a bit patchy (first coat) but every other shade applied more evenly and look great in 1 or 2 coats. I liked the way the nude and pale pink looked when I applied three thin coats but you can certainly get away with only using two. Fashion Playground is a pretty shade but the shimmer was almost unnoticeable (not a bad thing). The two most unexpected polishes would have to be Hide & Go Chic and Style Hunter since they are both far more bold then you'd expect to see in a Spring collection. Hide & Go Chic also wins for having the best formula hands down. 

Whether you pair these colours with a some vintage denim or a chic new dress, these nail lacquers are sure to standout as the perfect accessory! If you plan on picking up only a few of these limited edition polishes, I would definitely recommend the standout nude Spin the Bottle (despite it's tricky application) and Style Hunter, the stunning crimson red with loads of shine!  

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Swatches: Essie Spring Collection 2014 (L-R)
Romper Room, Spin the Bottle, Fashion Playground, Hide & Go Chic, Truth or Flare & 
Style Hunter
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Essie Spring Collection 2014 "Style Hunter" Swatch

Here's a quick DIY tutorial of a sophisticated french mani, that I found on the Essie website using Hide & Go Chic & Truth or Flare

1) Start off by hydrating your nails with Apricot Cuticle Oil
2) Apply a base coat
3) Apply 2 coats of Hide & Go Chic and allow to dry
4) Using one continuous brush stroke from left to right, apply Truth or Flare on the tip of each nail
5) Shine + seal with a top coat

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DIY Nail Look: Essie Hide & Go Chic & Essie Truth or Flare
Which of these new Spring shades do you like the most?

 What do you think of the French mani pictured above?

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