Halloween ideas: Wonder Woman! (3wishes costume review)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Wonder Woman Halloween how to

I haven’t dressed up for Halloween since I was… oh, god. Maybe twelve or thirteen? But I’m also not a fool, so when 3wishes asked me if I wanted to cover anything from their site this year, I jumped at the chance. Because SUPERHEROES, YOU GUYS. Superheroes.

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I tried on their American Hero Costume in a S/M, which is made from swimsuit fabric and comes with a Lasso of Truth and a stretchy Wonder Woman headband. (I mean, I’m not usually a DC girl, but you don’t mess with the classics, you know?)

The costume was comfy and actually really good quality, but it was very small for a S/M — I’m 5″2 and I usually wear a size 4, but because the gold waist area of this costume doesn’t stretch, it was really difficult for me to get into. If you can, I would recommend going 1 or even 2 sizes up from what you usually are! (I am always, always a small or extra small, but a 3wishes M/L definitely would have fit me better.)

One of the other reasons that I picked a Wonder Woman-type costume is that, well, I’m not super into showing a lot of skin — and this one could definitely be styled differently. Grab a pair of shorts, some tall boots, and a sweater, and suddenly you’re all covered up and ready to go!

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BISC Vol.17: ​​How do you get rid of acne scars?

Sunday, October 11, 2015


How do you get rid of acne scars?

MELISSA | Switzerland | Kiss & Make-up

I’m afraid I don’t have any secret insider tips on how to get rid of acne scars. I just kind of just leave them be and heal on their own. However I did read somewhere that putting Vaseline on acne scars can help them heal faster though, but I haven’t tried it yet myself…

ANNE | Germany | Linda, Libra, Loca

Acne scars is something I have a lot of experience with. The worst don’t come from my early years of acne but from my mid-twenties, when my skin went completely mental for six months.

I have tried several things to lighten them and will gladly share what worked for me:
– Microdermabrasion: Done by a beautician, quite expensive, refines overall skin texture
– AHA/BHA: Done at home am and pm, see my favorite productshere, here and here.
– Sunscreen: Prevention is key!

Things I haven’t tried before are Retinol (will do once the pregnancy is over) and laser.

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LILY | Malaysia | Chloe Ash

I used to have pimple marks but not excessive scarring which affects the texture of the skin. The marks turn from red to dark, and I get rid of them by gentle exfoliation and using a good brightening serum. I swear by the Diorsnow range because it got rid of all my pimple marks but each skin is different. Keeping skin well hydrated is also very important. So drink lots of water to get the juice flowing!

ERIN | USA | Clever Girl Reviews

I’ve tried everything short of lasers and not much has worked miracles for me. The key is persistence with things that help like retinoids, vitamin C, and botanical brighteners. Exfoliating is also key to improving skin texture. My current routine featuresSunday Riley Luna, Fresh Seaberry Oil, Derma E’s brightening line, Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Pads, and Fresh Black Tea Essence. Each of these things addresses texture, tone, and brightness while healing the skin. I’ve had a ton of acne scarring. I’ve also had light chemical peels and microdermabrasion but they didn’t help much.

TRACY | USA | Swaybeauty

I try preventing them from the start. When I feel a spot coming on I immediately treat the area with salicylic acid and leave it alone (no picking). I take a break from wearing makeup to let my skin breathe & give it a chance to heal itself. I’ll continue this treatment until it’s gone. If it happens to leave a mark I’ll dab it with aloe vera or apple cider vinegar to lighten the spot.


MATROMAO | Philippines | FoodWorldMe

Two things: Exfoliation and Hydration. I don’t get to go to the dermatologist, so I do the best I can with what I have at home. I exfoliate with a scrub once a week, and then I follow that up with an at-home peel like Philosophy Microdelivery Peel. Then I just religiously slather on moisturizer to try and help along the skin renewal process. I also use argan oil, since I feel like it helps acne scars lighten faster.

RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog

I mostly just wait patiently (okay, not so patiently) for them to fade, but when I’m really antsy about a particular scar, I’ll add a little Marcelle Revival Firming + Brightening Cream Serum into my skincare regimen. It’s still a waiting game, but the serum really helps speed things along!

JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa

I’ve been incorporating apple cider vinegar in my skincare routine (as a toner AM and PM) for about 4 months now and I’ve seen great results! Not only does it help fade acne scars, but it also softens and smooths my skin over time. It’s super cheap and effective! The smell is terrible but you’ll eventually get used to it. Then I continue with my VERSO cream day and night. I also exfoliate my skin twice a day with a Foreo Luna. Sunscreen is also a must and now I am using the Tatcha one. I think with acne scars, it takes time so be patient!

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5 AHAVA salt & mud products you need to try (& a giveaway to win a set for yourself!)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

AHAVA salt mud skincare giveaway

I have something a little different for you today, dear reader: a countdown of my five favourite silicone-free products from AHAVA, plus a giveaway at the end so that you can try out some of my favourite products from the line!

AHAVA is an Israeli brand with a pretty cool origin story (but not the supervillain kind). Founded in 1988, the brand’s products are based around what they call the Osmoter — a concentrated, proprietary extract of mineral-rich Dead Sea water.

Since ’88, they’ve built a brand around the magic of the Dead Sea, with a plant-based Water Return Process that cleans their manufacturing facility’s waste water without chemicals so that it can be returned back to the region and used again. All of their products are paraben-free, GMO-free, and petroleum-free, and the company itself is cruelty-free!

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AHAVA Liquid Dead Sea Salt review

5. AHAVA Liquid Dead Sea Salt ($22.50 USD)

I wanted to start today with one of AHAVA’s coolest products: their liquid salt body mask, a shower-gel-like detoxifying product that can be used as a 2-minute body mask or as a liquid bath salt. The formula contains vitamin E, Dunaliella Algae, and Grapefruit Oil to enhance the skin’s natural defence system and moisture level — think of it like a transportable soak in the Dead Sea. 

I’ve never used a liquid salt product before, so (of course) I had to make sure that there really was salt in there… And the verdict is that, yup, very salty; would not recommend licking.

AHAVA dead sea mud purifying soap review

4. AHAVA Moisturizing Salt Soap / AHAVA Purifying Mud Soap ($10 USD/each)

For a Dead Sea shower staple product, AHAVA offers two face-friendly bar soaps: a salt soap for dry skin, and a mud soap for oily skin.

The softly-scented Moisturizing Salt Soap is definitely better suited for my skin, and I’ve been enjoying its rich, non-stripping lather in the shower every night. It features AHAVA’s exclusive Osmoter, a blend of Dead Sea minerals designed to replenish and rehydrate the skin.

AHAVA Deadesa Salt moisturizing soap review

The Purifying Mud Soap is definitely the more unique option of the two, though, so I had to give it a try, too! My skin was actually pretty happy with it — it’s an anti-bacterial, oil-free cleansing bar for the face and body, and it got my skin nice and clean without drying it out. The mud soap bar is also made with the AHAVA Osmoter complex, and contains black mineral mud from the Dead Sea region.

AHAVA Dead Sea Plants body oil review

3. AHAVA Precious Desert Oils ($42 USD)

I’ve always been a sucker for a good body oil, and this one — this one is good. It’s not as hydrating as some of the 100% oil blends that I own, but it soaks all the way into the skin for a soft, non-greasy finish (and isn’t that always the trade-off). Its formula includes jojoba, sesame, and desert date oils, as well as a little bit of myrrh oil, the AHAVA Osmoter, and Dead Sea algae extract.

At $42 USD, it’s a little pricier than the rest of the line, but the packaging and subtle fragrance are an absolute treat.

AHAVA precious desert oils body treatement review

2. AHAVA Hydration Cream Mask ($30 USD)

The AHAVA Hydration Cream Mask ties with their Softening Butter Salt Scrub for me, except for one thing: the salt scrub smells inordinately delicious (so, of course, it had to take first place).

AHAVA Time to Hydrate Cream Mask review

I am so, so into this hydrating mask, though! It’s a 3-5 minute mask that’s designed to be used 1-2 times each week, or you can leave it on overnight, as I do. It has a soft floral fragrance and feels very spa-like as it’s worked into the skin, soaking in instantly and making my face feel immediately hydrated and supple.

The formula is loaded up with ingredients like shea butter, Dead Sea water, lactic acid, and aloe, and I always wake up to smooth, fine-line-free skin in the morning — it’s like an overnight radiance facial. 

AHAVA Deadsea Salt Softening Butter Salt Scrub review

1. AHAVA Softening Butter Salt Scrub ($24 USD)

My favourite product, by far, from the AHAVA line is this one: the Softening Butter Salt Scrub. This is one product that I think everybody needs to have in their shower, no matter their skin type or shower habits!

The Softening Butter Salt Scrub smells absolutely amazing (it’s scented with a delicious blend of essential oils; think fruity and floral, not herbs and citrus) and is both super scrubby and gentle on the skin. You take a scoop of this stuff, buff it into your skin BEFORE showering, and then rinse off in the shower to turn it into a light, silky lotion.

For me, this shower butter/salt scrub is the best of both worlds. It leaves my skin feeling SO soft, smells fantastic, and acts as an in-shower body moisturizer or moisturizing shaving cream as long as I don’t scrub it off under the spray.

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The giveaway

And, lastly, I have something exciting to share with all of you guys: a chance to win your very own at home AHAVA spa kit! (Worth up to $64 USD.)

To enter, use the form below and make sure to tell me if you want a handpicked DEAD SEA SALT SET (for normal to dry skin; includes the AHAVA Hydration Cream Mask, Softening Butter Salt Scrub, and Moisturizing Salt Soap bar) or the DEAD SEA MUD SET (for normal to oily skin; includes the AHAVA Softening Butter Salt Scrub, Purifying Mud Soap bar, and Natural Dead Sea Mud body mask).

This giveaway will be open for two weeks, until October 22nd at 11:59 PM MST, and is open to Canadian & US readers. Good luck!

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but all of the opinions are still my own. I chose, tested, cut, and re-tested every single product in this post, and I hope you like them as much as I do! 

Burberry Beauty at Nordstrom Vancouver, The Bay, & Sephora

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Burberry Beauty launches Canada Vancouver Nordstrom

I remember when Burberry Beauty first stepped onto the scene. It wasn’t too long ago, but the brand was one of the first high fashion lines (other than Chanel, of course) to step outside of fragrance and start producing luxury cosmetics, too.

And, despite making up just a tiny morsel of the brand’s overall sales, the Burberry cosmetics line has done well for itself–well enough that other fashion brands, like Gucci and Michael Kors, have followed suit. Bloggers and consumers alike have been smitten with the products’ smooth formulas and chic packaging for the past half-decade, and the love just doesn’t seem to be waning.

Burberry Ash Brown eyebrow definer review

Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Ash Brown ($36 CAD)

Burberry Poppy Black nail polish review

Burberry Nail Polish in Poppy Black ($23 CAD)

So, dear reader, it’s been particularly exciting to slowly watch Burberry cosmetics become available in person across Canada this year.

There are quite a few high-end makeup brands that are next to impossible to find in Canada, but you can now find Burberry Beauty at the brand-new Nordstrom in Vancouver. Or, if you’re outside of Vancouver, look for the brand at Nordstrom Ottawa, select Hudson’s Bay locations, and online at thebay.com and sephora.ca.

Happy shopping!

Burberry Khaki Green Nail Polish review

Burberry Nail Polish in Khaki Green ($23 CAD limited edition)

Burberry kip cheek bloom poppy review

Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in Poppy ($33 CAD)

Photographed here: Burberry Cashmere Foundation in Porcelain ($60 CAD), Lip Velvet in Honeysuckle ($38 CAD), Lip & Cheek Bloom in Poppy ($33 CAD), Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Ash Brown ($36 CAD).

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BISC Vol.16: ​​Do you remove your facial hair?

Sunday, September 27, 2015


Do you remove your facial hair? If so, what’s your preferred method?

MELISSA | Switzerland | Kiss & Make-up

It’s pretty embarrassing to have visible facial hair as a woman – thanks for that, mom – so yes, I remove it. At first I only tweezed my unibrow and my upper lip hair with a pair of tweezers – the pain oh the pain – but last summer I went from just plucking the caterpillars and the stache to pretty much epilating my whole face with this little torture tool. Yes, it hurts, but it’s effective and keeps my face looking and feeling nice and smooth. That said, I’d love to go for a permanent solution eventually with one of those Philips Lumea-type at-home hair removal systems.

ERIN | USA | Clever Girl Reviews

I just tweeze. I try not to be a perfectionist either.

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ANNE | Germany | Linda, Libra, Loca

Being blonde, I don’t really have issues with facial hair. Or, as I probably should say, HAD. Because with age I notice the soft peachy fuzz becoming more and more prominent, up to a point where I start to wonder if I should probably do something about it. So far I had my upper lip waxed once, which turned out to be a horrible experience. My face was red and swollen for days and I started breaking out when the hair grew back. I guess I´ll try sugaring next…

AGATA | USA | Her and Makeup

I guess I could say that I am really blessed because the only facial hair I need to remove is the hair in my eyebrows. I get them professionally waxed at the salon every 2-3 months and I pluck whatever hair is growing out in between appointments using my tweezers. As simple as that!

RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog

I do, but only occasionally! I tweeze stray brow hairs when I’m doing my makeup, but for the most part, the hair on my face just gets to stay on my face. I’ll tweeze, thread, or wax my upper lip if I have a bunch of lip swatches to do, but I take a very lazy approach to facial hair nowadays. If other people don’t like my face-hairs, they can suck it up and deal with it!


MATROMAO | Philippines | FoodWorldMe

So far, I’ve only ever done my eyebrows. I used to exclusively tweeze them myself back in high school, but I’ve since discovered that professional reshaping every now and then is the trick to keep my “eyebrow game” going. Then I’ll maintain that for a couple of months by cleaning up re-growths along the shape they’ve set. I’ve had people shave, tweeze, and wax my brows, and I prefer waxing. It’s quick, and the shape I get is so well-defined that mapping and filling the brows become a breeze.

JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa

Upon reading everyone’s comments, I’m a little embarrassed to share that I’ve done very little to my facial hair. Every couple of weeks I’d groom my eyebrows with a tweezer and remove obvious facial hair with a basic Panasonic facial trimmer and that’s about it! I didn’t even know that people get their upper lip waxed! I probably should give it a try soon, along with getting my brows professionally shaped. I feel that my current brows don’t really flatter my face that much.

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