Summery Summary | part one, skin

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Okay, so maybe, mayyyybe the title for this post existed before the post itself did. What can I say; a good pun’s a good pun! (And this one, well, it was too good to pass up.)

Anyhow: these are the products that I’m loving right now. For most of them, said love is highly dependent on the fact that it’s summer; for others, I just happen to be loving them while it’s summer.

Body products I’m loving

Emjoi Emagine epilator { $99review } and Johnson’s Baby Powder mini { $2 }

I’ll be honest: when it comes to hair, I have a lot of it. (Well, not so much on my scalp anymore, but… everywhere else, still!) I’ve landed the unfortunate combination of pale skin, dark hair, and chronic fatigue – so shaving everyday isn’t an option, but neither is ignoring hair removal altogether.

The cherry on top is that after a year of epilating, I can honestly say that I have finer hairs now than I did when I started. It’s a ridiculously boring task, but totally worth it in the end!

Upper Canada Soap Fruit Frappé Body Lotion in Pear with mangosteen { $12 | review } and Vaseline Cocoa Butter Vitalizing Gel Body Oil $7 }

When it’s really hot out, I prefer to go with subtle scents that stay close to the skin, and body products do a great job of fitting the bill. The Fruit Frappé has a deliciously fresh, juicy pear fragrance, and the gel-oil has a wonderfully rich (but not too heavy) cocoa fragrance. They both make me want to eat my own arm, of course, but so far I’ve been able to resist. 

(Keep reading…)

Sneak preview: Clinique Lid Smoothies

Monday, July 25, 2011

Clinique is adding a brand-new Smoothie to their lineup, and (unlike their lip smoothies), this is one that you absolutely cannot afford to miss. I’ve only been testing them for three or four days, but thus far, I’ve been really, really impressed with how well they wear.

I’m holding out on the review and swatches until I’m completely certain these are as good as I think they are, but  you *need* to start lusting after these, STAT. I’m not sure of the US and international release details, but Canadians will start seeing these on counters next month (that’s just one week from today) and, well: they might just be “all that” -

… and then some.

(More photos…)

New 24/07/11

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Orange you glad I didn’t say banana? | Marcelle expands its HYDRA-C range

Saturday, July 23, 2011

So, how excited are you for the products being added to Marcelle’s Hydra-C line? Because I think it’s pretty darn exciting!

My skincare regimen is pretty much solid right now (might do a “what I’m using” post sometime soon, because I’m honestly loving everything sink-side right now) and I’m not sure which, if any, of these will be silicone-free, but all I can say is damn, Marcelle. That’s one hell of an intriguing press release you got goin’ there.

This August (which is approaching at an alarming rate), Marcelle will be adding four products to their Hydra-C line. All four (erm, and a half) will be paraben and alcohol free, and like the rest of the line, they’re aimed at the 18-28 year old market. They’re priced appropriately for it, too, which is awesome – they range from $12 to $23 each.

And did I mention, the Hydra-C line is orange? I don’t know why, but I’ve been really into orange recently in relation to skincare. (Erm, the colour, not necessarily the scent.) It just feels so fresh, y’know? *shrugs*

(The products…)

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm | 01 Crystal Coral review and swatches

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The product: Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Balm in 01 Crystal Coral

I left our feature of Crystal Coral until now because I’m convinced it’ll be the most popular of the three Instant Smooth balms – and if I’m wrong, well, shh, just don’t tell me! I’m the sort to leave the best for last, and it was the one you all seemed to be most excited for, so… *shrugs*

Like Crystal Red (and unlike Crystal), there is actually a tint to Crystal Coral. It’s a really fresh, fun coral, which would probably qualify as orange – that is, if it was opaque rather than super-sheer. As it is, though, this simply imparts a really juicy-looking coral tint. Paired with its fruity, candy-like scent and tasty-looking translucence in the tube, it really does scream summer!

A few links:

  • Our initial Crystal Lip Balm review for more photos, skin swatches, and a full review,
  • Dedicated reviews for Crystal or Crystal Red, which feature additional photos of all three plus lip swatches of each balm, and finally,
  • The green-on-green FOTD where Crystal Coral made a cameo, in case you want a full-face swatch.

Okay – that’s all! I know I’ve been treating these balms like a little kid with candy (in more than one way, they look seriously tasty), but I promise this is the last post on them!

Probably.

Maybe.

I think.


(More photos…)

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