BITE BEAUTY LIQUIFIED LIPSTICKS | SWATCHES & REVIEW


New in from Bite Beauty, we have the Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipsticks. For those of us familiar with Bite Beauty, these new products are the liquid form of their originals, the Amuse Bouche lipsticks. Thanks to Influenster Canada, I received three shades from the line to test out, although there are 12 different shades to choose from. Each lipstick retails for $28.00 CAD, two dollars less than their regular Amuse Bouche lipsticks.


The three shades I received were: Demi-Glace (a chocolate mauve), Eclair (a soft rose), and Flambe (a vivid poppy). These liquid lipsticks apply with a doe-foot wand, which provides super precise application. The colour itself is incredibly pigmented, so you really only need to dip the wand in once. The formula is also creamy, with a lovely satin/glossy finish on the lips.

Unfortunately, I do have to say that while I absolutely love liquid lipsticks, I just can't seem to get on board with these. I am just not a fan of liquid lipsticks that have a glossy or satin finish, because I feel like they'll smear and never fully "sink in" to my lips.

That being said, these liquid lipsticks will slightly stain your lips, making them last longer throughout the day. If you do want the glossy sheen though, you will need to reapply. 

FLAMBE, DEMI-GLACE, ECLAIR (LEFT TO RIGHT)
Overall though, the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipsticks are very well done. Cheers to Bite Beauty for expanding their line with a product that's all the rage these days. I do hope one day they'll release some matte liquid lipsticks! If you are a fan/don't care about glossy/satin finishes though, I have a feeling you will probably really like this range. 

You can purchase Bite Beauty at Sephora or online.

Have you tried the Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipsticks? What did you think of them?

xoxo,
Nancy

MY SUMMER STAPLES | FEAT. COCOA BROWN


It's crazy to think that summer is nearing its end. It doesn't even feel like we've had a summer, considering the amount of rain Toronto has gotten this year. Regardless of the lack of summer though, I found myself enjoying the sun when I could, and with my trip to California back in July, I definitely got my fair share of sunshine and warmth. 

I've rounded up some of the top products that I've been using over the summer so far, and since summer's not over yet, you'll definitely want to keep reading to see what's been working for me.

THE PRODUCTS

NYX MATTE FINISH

I wrote a blog post featuring this setting spray last year, which you can read more about here. It's the perfect setting spray that mattifies my face for the entire day, even in Californian heat. It's small and compact which makes it perfect for travel, and is totally budget friendly too. 

PIXI SUN SERUM

This is a two-in-one product that contains a lip balm and a sunscreen. I have to say that the idea is super cool, but I found myself reaching for the sunscreen more than the lipbalm. It has SPF 30, and is a super lightweight, non-greasy formula. I carried this around in my purse all summer and always reached for it during the day when I felt the sun beating down on my skin. 



NEUTROGENA OMBRELLE SPF 60 TINTED SUNSCREEN

I also wrote a blog feature on this sunscreen and it's quite in-depth, so I will link it here if you are interested in reading more about this gem.

ESSENCE COLOUR CORRECTING POWDER

This powder works similarly to one of my favourite face powders from Essence (All About Matt!). It has different pigments of colours that are designed to colour correct ie. cancel out redness, brighten underneath the eyes, etc. I find this powder to have the same mattifying effect as the All About Matt! but it's definitely finer and less chalky feeling.

BENEFIT WATT'S UP!

We all know how important that highlight is, especially in the summer. The Watt's Up highlighter comes in the cutest packaging (picture a super hipster lightbulb), and the product is super blendable and lasts all day on my skin. I like how easy it is to apply in its stick form, although I do just prefer to blend it out with my fingers instead of using the blending tool that is on the opposite end of it. It's a shimmery champagne colour that I feel like would work on a lot of different skin tones.

COCOA BROWN GOLDEN GODDESS

The newest addition to my summer essentials has been Cocoa's Brown's Golden Goddess Shimmering Dry Body Oil. The one I've gravitated towards is the Golden shade, although they do offer a Rose Gold shade which I feel like would work better for pinker skin tones. My tan has turned into a golden colour, so this body oil is the perfect addition to make my legs and arms look super glowy and shimmery for night outs. The shimmer in this oil is quite subtle, although it does separate so I definitely have to shake it up before I use it. This body oil sinks in the skin within a couple The end result is just incredibly beautiful skin!


I hope you enjoyed reading about some of my summer staples this year! What have you been using this summer? Let me know in the comments down below!

xoxo,
Nancy

Disclaimer: Some products in this blog post were sent to me for free. There was so obligation to post or review, and I am doing so on my own will. All opinions are truthful and my own.

NEUTROGENA | LIGHT THERAPY ACNE MASK | NEW IN CANADA


* I received the Neutrogena Light Therapy Mask in exchange for review. This is no way affects my review and all thoughts are my own.

Thanks to Neutrogena's latest product launch, we now all have the opportunity to try light therapy for our skin. LED light technology is well known for treating acne, however, it can often be expensive and time consuming. The new Light Therapy Acne Mask makes this all so much easier for those of us who want a different treatment for blemishes and breakouts.


HOW DOES IT WORK?

First off, let me explain how the mask actually works. Once turned on, the mask will emit blue and red light which in turn work to combat two of the major factors that contribute to acne: bacteria and inflammation. The blue light emits wavelengths that kills the bacteria (called P.acnes) that is a main cause of acne. The blue light causes the bacteria cells to damage their own cell membranes, causing them to self-destruct.

Another key element of acne is inflammation, which leads to redness and swelling. The red LED lights works to reduce inflammation, which in turn decreases the pore clogging factor that contributes to acne.  



KEY DETAILS

This mask is powered by light, which is both effective and gentle. The mask itself weighs less than a pound, and is supported on the face by a sunglasses-style frame. The mask has a slightly conical shape and a reflective surface which enhances the reflection of light onto the skin. There are also amber coloured plastic lenses which help to minimize glare during the treatment should you need to open your eyes.

The mask comes with one activator, which is the remote control that enables the mask to turn on. It includes four AA batteries, and will last for 30 treatments. Afterwards, you will need to purchase a new activator for additional treatments, but the mask can be re-used again and again. The treatment itself is 10 minutes long, and the mask will shut off automatically when the 10 minutes are up.


The mask is recommended for daily use, and as such, should last you a month before you need to purchase a new activator. As I only have the occasional breakout here and there, I haven't found myself using this every day. Instead, I've been using it 2-3 times a week as a regular skin maintenance. 

For myself, I found the LED lights to be mild, and I could even open my eyes during the treatment to do things, although most of the time, I just preferred to lay down for the ten minutes, close my eyes, and listen to some music. After the treatment, my vision will actually be kind of "green", which is just from the bright lights. I would however, wait a few minutes before looking at your skin in the mirror because as we know, green cancels out redness, and you don't want the results to be skewed because of your vision.


Overall, I did enjoy the Light Therapy Acne Mask from Neutrogena. I found that after a few treatments, my skin is less bumpy, and any breakouts that I've had have gotten mildly better. I can't say much for my existing acne scars, although this product is meant to target immediate acne, and so it may not work for those that have extreme acne and/old scarring. 

The Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask will be available in Canada in September 2017. The mask and activator will be sold together for $45.99-$49.00 CAD, while each individual activator will be sold for $19.99-$21.99 CAD.

If you have any other questions or comments about this product, please feel free to shoot me a comment down below!

xoxo,
Nancy

KAT VON D | SAINT AND SINNER FRAGRANCES


I'm coming at you guys with a short and sweet little post featuring the Kat Von D Saint and Sinner fragrances that I received complimentary from Influenster Canada. Due to popular demand, Kat Von D has brought back these legendary scents, originally created in 2009, which is all for the better because they smell amazing!

Here's everything you need to know about the Saint and Sinner fragrances:

SAINT

The scent is floral, with key notes of vanilla, musk, and jasmine. Saint is a very feminine, soft, and dreamy scent that I actually prefer over her sister, Sinner. I find that I get most of the musky scent within the initial moments that I apply this fragrance, and throughout the day, the muskiness disappears and the vanilla and jasmine scents become more pronounced. Overall, this is a very light scent with a sweet undertone that is perfect for daily wear.


SINNER

In contrast to Saint, Sinner is a scent that is spicier, containing key notes of patchouli, wood, and cinnamon. This fragrance is sultry, sexy, and is perfect for wearing on a night out. Since I prefer Saint over Sinner, I can't say I've worn this scent as often, but the best way I can describe it is that it smells like an amped up version of Saint. It's not my type of scent, but as both fragrances can be layered together, I think I'll be wearing these two a lot on night outs.

You can shop the Kat Von D Saint and Sinner fragrances at Sephora, with three different sizes for you to choose from. 

Have any of you tried these fragrances, or received them from Influenster? Which was your favourite? Let me know in the comments down below!

xoxo,
Nancy

CLOSED GIVEAWAY | GENERATION BEAUTY TORONTO 2017


The long awaited Generation Beauty Toronto 2017 Giveaway is here! I have been away on vacation the past few weeks, and while I intended on getting this giveaway out before I left, it just didn't work out that way but better late than never, right?

To enter, simply follow me on Instagram, like and tag a friend on this photo here, and that's it! For an extra entry, comment on this blog post what product you're most interested in winning and your Instagram name.


THE PRIZE

NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette
PHYSICIANS FORMULA Multi-Finish Eyeshadow
NYX Dose of Dew Face Gloss
EOS Lip Balm
NYX Lid Lingerie Eye Tint
POP BEAUTY Pouty Pop Crayon x 2
ABSOLUTE NEW YORK Cotton Candy Liner
PUR Fully Charged Mascara
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream
EVA NYC Hair Towelette
POP BEAUTY Essential Brush Trio
CAKE BEAUTY Delectable Hand Cream
ESSENCE The Glow Must Go On Palette
CIATE Liquid Velvet Liquid Lipstick
ABSOLUTE NEW YORK Glossy Stain
ABSOLUTE NEW YORK Lip Mousse
DERMA-E Skincare Samples & Headband
IMPRESS Press-On Manicures
ESSENCE Matt Matt Matt Lipstick
ESSENCE Powder Brush
ESSENCE Satin Touch Blush
MANNAKADAR BEAUTY Bronzer/Highlighter
MARC ANTHONY Buttons
ESSENCE Makeup Bag

Giveaway Rules & Details:
  • One entry per person.
  • Open to Canadian and US residents.
  • Giveaway runs from July 11th, 2017 to July 20th, 2017.
  • ONE winner will be randomly selected and DM'd on Instagram.
  • The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.
  • This giveaway is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram. By entering this giveaway, you confirm you are 13+ years old, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.
Good luck!

xoxo,
Nancy

GENERATION BEAUTY TORONTO 2017 | CREATOR HAUL & RECAP

GENERATION BEAUTY TORONTO CREATOR SWAG BAG
As anticipated, here is my recap of Generation Beauty Toronto 2017! You may remember that last year I attended as a regular attendee, and even though I had such a fun time last year, this year my goal was to attend as an IpsyOS Creator... and it happened! 

For those who are unfamiliar with Generation Beauty Toronto, it is a two-day convention for beauty lovers to come visit brand booths, test out new and popular products, and receive all the swag. This year, it was held at the Metro Convention Centre on Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25th. The Saturday hours were 11AM to 5PM and the Sunday hours were 11AM to 3PM. For those who purchased an early access pass, you were able to enter the event space an hour earlier on both days.

This year, there were 28 brands (a big step up from last year's 17), and the overall experience was similar to last year's Generation Beauty. Attendees and Creators were given a little sheet this year for brands to cross off once you have reached their booth. Activitives consisted of mostly waiting in line for product, although some also had customization activities which was much more engaging and fun. Some brands also sold product at their booths, all for a discounted price.

GENERATION BEAUTY TORONTO BRAND BOOTH GIVEAWAYS/FREE PRODUCTS
Generation Beauty is KNOWN for their swag bags, be it for the Creators or the regular attendees. As an IpsyOS Creator, I was invited to the cocktail party; the official kick-off party for Gen Beauty TO. It was hosted at the Thompson Hotel rooftop lounge, with free drinks and food for all guests. 

I had the pleasure of spending the evening with Neha (@nehalobana), and Nami (@namiicho). Both incredibly sweet girls, and so welcoming and fun to talk to! This year, Michelle Phan made an appearance at Generation Beauty, and I literally got to meet her, chat with her, and take a picture with her which unfortunately looks awful (me, obvs not Michelle haha)! At the end of the cocktail party, every guest was given their swag bag, filled with mostly full-sized products from all of the brand booths this year.

It was a pretty surreal night and I gushed about it all the way home to my friends on the phone. I will say though, it seems as though this year, IpsyOS directed most of their Creator invites to Youtubers and Instagrammers. Most of the people I spoke to at the party were not beauty bloggers, or even lifestyle content creators on Instagram.

Neha, Nami, and Nancy (the three Ns), and Michelle Phan
 As for the swag... I won't list everything, but here are a few of my favourites from the Creator Swag Bag:

  • MAC | Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour (Cafe Au Chic), Pro Longwear Lip Pencil (Nice N' Spicy), Prep + Prime Lip 
  • Marc Anthony | Strengthening Grow Long Shampoo, Conditioner, & Leave-In Treatment
  • Purlisse | Blue Lotus + Seaweed Treatment Sheet Mask
  • Glamglow | Supermud Clearing Treatment
  • Luxie | Mini Detail Rose Gold Collection Brush Set
  • Smashbox | Casey Holmes Spotlight Palette
  • Benefit | Watt's Up Highlighter
  • Dr. Belmeur | ATO Salt Cream
  • Nudestix | #Babebox Fav Box

As I did not receive the regular attendee swag bag, these are the products I am most excited about from walking around the convention over the two days:
  • Dr. Belmeur | Sheet Mask
  • SOO AE | Sheet masks (Creators received more sheet masks)
  • Brigeo | Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask (this was customizable)
  • Purlisse | Blue Lotus Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Moisturizer
  • MAC | Retro matte Liquid Lipcolour (High Drama), Lip Pencil (Vino)
  • Ciate | Fierce Flicks eyeliner
Of course, this is only a snippet of what I picked up over the past two days. Overall, the brands that I found to be the most fun were the ones that took the time to talk to me, had a fun activity, or had enough space for me to test out their products.


Lastly, I attended Generation Beauty this year with these lovely ladies. From left to right, Zaibii (@thechicexchange), Maria (@pnkpetals), Stephanie (@stephh_lau), and Melanie (@imnotabeautyg). I had so much fun with these ladies, from standing in line together chatting, to grabbing lunch and being total #basic, I would say they made the whole experience at Generation Beauty this year 10x better.

Of course, be on the lookout for a Generation Beauty Toronto giveaway from me very soon! 

Did you attend Generation Beauty this year in Toronto? What were your thoughts?

xoxo,
Nancy
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