Sunday, 15 December 2013

Make Up For Ever / Midnight Glow Gun Metal 15 Glitter Review

I've just discovered Make Up For Ever  glitter, a perfect solution for a hint of sparkle, shimmer, and glam for the Holiday look. Wow! While I have never used much glitter before, this high quality option is versatile for both body and face, and it doesn't look cheap nor tacky.  The new Midnight Glow glitter in Gun Metal 15, at $20, is lightweight, made of fine reflecting particles, and very easy to use. I'm very impressed with it's effect and performance, and can't wait to try the others. Take a look.

How to apply:
Apply using a brush, sponge applicator or the fingers. For optimum hold, wet the brush, sponge or fingers with water or Mist & Fix. Aqua Seal may also be used to create a waterproof hold.


  • A little bit goes a long way
  • Adds fun to your look
  • Highly pigmented
  • Blends easily
  • Multi-use
  • Easy to use
  • Shows beautifully in photographs
  • Non-irritating!
  • Affordable & lasts awhile

Hard to clean up and can be messy if not used properly

What else you need to know:
"Sprinkle onto lip gloss in the evening to emphasize lip volume. To make glitter adhere to the body or hair, first spray these areas with water, then place a small amount glitter in the palm of your hand and gently blow onto the dampened areas."—Dany Sanz, Make Up For Ever founder

Value: 5/5
Quality: 5/5
Effectiveness: 5/5
Packaging: 4/5
Price: $$

Overall: 4.5/5  Lovely!

Would I use it again? Yes.


Friday, 13 December 2013

Favourite Looks / Holidays 2013 / Expressive and Festive

Getting ready for the Holiday parties? Don’t despair. Dressing up, looking sexy yet smart and sophisticated feels great. Vain and superficial? In all honesty, why can’t we freely and humbly choose to dress up and look our best, and perhaps be the center of attention just for a day.

Now is the perfect time to glam it up with smokey eyes, glitter, and bold lips! I have searched through 125,000 runway looks and found inspiring, trendy Holiday looks.

This season, take the centre stage with fierce, smokey eye - opt for gunmetal greys, deep browns, purples, and navy blues. Give it some extra sparkle with glitter. It’s fun, sexy, and festive. Plus, don’t be afraid to add-in the falsies.

The lipstick is in. While the lipstick may scream ‘femininity’ don’t be afraid! It doesn’t necessarily mean that a woman is subservient to a man. Many makeup artists would argue that lipstick illustrates that a woman knows how to show herself as sharp, smart, and sophisticated.

Bold, strong colours are a definite must. Matte lipsticks are excellent - they’re beautiful, soft, velvety, and retro glam. My personal favourite formulas are by Chanel, Dior and M.A.C. Some of the popular colours this season are the wine stained-berry burgundies, the classic bright or deep reds, and metallic golden coppers. The darker colours, while may seem intimidating at first, make a strong, fashionable statement and get people talking.
Here are my favourite looks:


Monday, 9 December 2013

Get in the Festive Mood with Fruits & Passion / Holiday Gifts

Brr! It's been freezing for weeks, and with the dropped temperatures outside came the flu. So unlucky. I've been sick with for so long, staying warm soaking in a bubble bath while sipping on hot coco is my go to remedy. For my baths, I've been using festive, colourful foaming bath gels and salts from Fruits & Passion. Disguised as Christmas ornaments, these cute stocking stuffers are deliciously scented for a hot winter soak.

Some of the available scents include:
  • Orange Cantaloup - A scent that combines sparkling orange with fresh cantaloupe surrounded by floral musky notes.
  • Pear Peony - This fragrance starts with sophisticated pear leaf notes and a touch of magnolia, then follows with green tea base notes to form a subtle and utterly original blend.
  • Grapefruit Guava - The scent that combines the tangy aspect of grapefruit with the smooth sweetness of guava.
How to use: Simply add a few pearly crystals to bath water to enjoy a soak deliciously scented.

Now it sure feels like the Holidays are just around the corner! If you're looking for fruity gift sets and stocking stuffers, take a look at the gorgeous 2013 Holiday Catalogue by Fruits & Passion, or read my initial review of some of the products available.

Another great gift idea is a fragrance set. Fruits & Passion carries an array of fruity and delightful sets ideal for any occasion. The sets contain a complete ritual of scented, moisturizing body care products. I have recently received Lily, a delicate, feminine fragrance, and now my new favourite. It's stunning! The packaging is quite lovely and makes it a stylish gift. What does it smell like? The scent is perfect for the office and special occasions. The fragrance opens with notes of light, fresh peony, like a delicate layer of morning dew. As these elements linger, more pronounced floral notes intertwine little by little with the musky, woody base. The feminine, sensual character is slowly unveiled to reveal an unforgettable scent.

Stay tuned for an in-depth review of Lily. I'm planning to wear it to the office for the rest of the week.

Special Thanks to Dustin H. Photography


Thursday, 5 December 2013

Festive & Stylish: The Holiday Collection by Fruits & Passion / Part 1

It's that time of the year again, Christmas is coming! We're flocking to the malls and into the stores despite of frustration, crowds, traffic, and long line ups. Our holiday gift giving rituals are very complex, and so complicated that we may even opt-out from the gift-giving tradition altogether.

Giving is in our nature. We especially value something practical, meaningful, and at the same time aesthetically pleasing. So, if you're looking for unique Holiday Decor or Welcoming Ambiance gifts there are festive and contemporary, yet not overbearingly Christmassy gift options.

Take a look at the Fruits & Passion Holiday Collection (click here to view catalogue) or their Gift Guide. One of many classy products available is the Kitchen Trio on a slate. This modern, beautifully designed set adds a trendy, decorative touch to any kitchen.

Made from first cold pressed olive oil and an olive derivative with moisturizing properties, Cucina soap and hand cream scent and soften the skin. Practical and chic, the dish detergent completes this indispensable kitchen ritual.

This trio comes with a slate plaque to go under the bottles and add a dash of style to your kitchen.
This trio contains :
  • Hand Soap with olive oil 265 ml
  • Regenerating Hand Cream 150 ml
  • Concentrated dish detergent 265ml
  • Decorative slate
This aromatic fragrance opens with vibrant rosemary notes that give way to a delicately spiced cardamom and pink pepper heart.
Retail: $44.50

Looking for non-drying, high quality hand-soap for the kitchen? Fruits & Passion also carries limited edition hand soaps which come in decorative glass bottles inspired by vintage Italian wine. Specially designed for use in the kitchen, the biodegradable Cucina Hand Soap cleans hands effectively and gently. Available in Rosemary and Cardamom, Coriander and Olive tree, Pinot Grigio, and Lime Zest and Cypress. View it here. Retail Cost: $22.00 CAD

Fruits & Passion Frosted Birch diffuser is another excellent addition to your home for the Holidays. 
This decorative set is the ideal way to create a holiday feel! It diffuses Fruits & Passion fragrance that evokes the woody freshness of birch in winter and the comforting warmth of cotton with a touch of jasmine for a statement of elegance. The scented liquid is absorbed by the diffusing components and, through capillary action, then perfumes the air. A great gift -or keep it for yourself!
This set contains:
  • One vase filled with diffuser liquid 75 ml (2.5 fl oz)
  • 10 reeds
  • A decorative accessory
Extend the life of your Decorative Diffuser Set with our reeds and fragrance refills.

Retail: $28.50

Stay tuned for Part 2 featuring Fine Fragrances & Body Care.