May Beauty Favourites

Just J: May beauty favourites - Revlon Lip Butter, Kiehl's Super Fluid sunscreen, MUFE HD cream blush, Pond's cleansing cloths and Marcelle DD cream

This is actually a mish-mash of April and May favourites, which is why I feel okay posting this before May technically ends. I'm such a rebel.

1. Revlon Lip Butter in Sweet Tart - can't rave enough about this color. I have to physically force myself sometimes not to wear it so that I can rotate through more of my lipstick collection. See lip swatches and more of my summer lip picks over on Beyond Blush!

2. Kiehl's Super Fluid sunscreen in SPF 50 - I love this sunscreen! It's a little pricey, but like most Kiehl's products, it's worth it. This sunscreen isn't sticky or greasy, absorbs quickly and has no scent.

3. Makeup Forever HD cream blush in 215 Flamingo Pink - this blush is sooo summer and sooo pretty!!! As you can see, it has me gushing like a teenager. This goes on smooth over powder, wears like your natural flush and is pigmented, yet buildable. The only thing I wish is that it would wear longer as it kinda fades away by the end of the day.

4. Pond's Original Fresh wet cleansing cloths - Gentle on your skin and tough on makeup and dirt pretty much sums up these cloths. I would buy these again for sizzling hot weather when I just feel gross wearing anything but the lightest makeup.

5. Marcelle DD cream - this DD provides excellent coverage and SPF. I would repurchase in a heartbeat! View full review.

What were your makeup and skincare favourites this month?

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Happenings lately: Spring sakura, potlucks and Barkbox

Slowly but surely, summer is coming and with it my favourite time of year! I think I'm meant to live in a sunnier clime as sunny days just perk up my mood and I absolutely love every single flower I come across. 


This is my street. Frickin amazing right?! This was definitely one of the major selling points for me on choosing our place as sakura are one of my favourite flowers. When these blossoms started to fall, it was like being caught in a pink snowstorm. A pain in the ass to clean up, but I was too enchanted with being in my little version of Japan to care!

Besides dancing in pink blossoms, I've also spent time trying out some new recipes thanks to this season's first potluck! For some reason, I thought it would be clever to make risotto. For the first time.

I was pretty nervous tackling this notoriously tricky dish, but was really pleased with the result! This chicken, peas and red pepper risotto was actually not that hard to make. All you need is patience and to give it your TLC. The result was super flavourful, although I'm not sure I'd make it for potluck again as it starts to get gummy if you don't eat it right away.


As well, while I was doing this, I decided to make this bacon, egg and asparagus salad on the side! With a mustard vinegarette, this salad was so refreshing. I subbed in turkey bacon instead of regular to make it healthier and seriously, you can't taste the difference.


With the coming of summer, also comes night market. Last weekend was the opening weekend and Mr. Artist and I decided to do a date night of it (or rather our version of date night, which is us just going somewhere outside). There's always lots to see and eat at night market. The smells and people watching alone make it worth it. My perennial favourites include takoyaki, skewered grilled meats, faux shark fin soup and Chinese shaved ice desserts. I always wish I had a bigger stomach so I could eat more!

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Lately I've been getting a lot of packages in the mail, but last week for once the mail wasn't for me, but for Ecko! It was our first installment of Barkbox, a monthly subscription box for dogs! I find it highly amusing how I won't bother spending money on a subscription box for myself, but I'll get one for my dog.

Ecko LOVED his box and was clamouring to get into it even as I cut it open. Inside the box were 2 toys, BBQ chicken jerky (smelled delicious!) and apple cobbler biscuits. Pretty fancy huh?!


And my last piece of news? I WON THE LACOSTE STYLE CHALLENGE!!!!!! Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for me, I really appreciate it!

That's all that is happening with me lately - what's happening with you?

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RoC Retin-Ox BB Cream Review

Just J: RoC Retin-Ox BB Cream Review

Sun protection, coverage AND anti-aging properties? The RoC Retin-OX Correxion BB cream sounds too good to be true, but it really does exist and is available across Canada in drugstores everywhere. Regular BB creams - take note.

The Product
The RoC Retin-OX Correxion BB cream is an innovative 5-in-1 product that fights the look of wrinkles, reduces dark spots, smooths and brightens skin overall and provides all-day moisture. This BB is designed for normal to dry skin types and is oil free!

The Guts
Unfortunately, this product is so new, I can't find an ingredient list online and I didn't keep the box (d'oh), so unfortunately you'll only get the highlights from the press release:
  • Vitamins C and E - antioxidants that help fight signs of aging
  • Butylene glycol - provides moisture
  • Glycerin - a moisturizer
  • Retinol - an anti-aging ingredient that unlike many others, has had proven results
It's worth noting that this product is the only BB cream in the market currently that contains Retinol.

Price & Packaging
You can purchase this cream for $39 for a 29 ml bottle. There is plenty of product in this bottle to last you a few months with daily wear. It's a simple pump dispenser and is small enough that you could even throw it into a large purse if you needed to do touch-ups on the go. While I'm not a fan of pump dispensers generally, this one doesn't work too poorly; you can have pretty fine-grained control over the amount pumped out, with just the occasional squirt.

After testing this product for about a month, I have to admit to mixed feelings. In terms of shades, it was a perfect match and it blended into my skin easily and smoothly. The texture of this cream is more watery than other BB creams I've tried, so it spreads a lot.

rocbbcream swatch
Swatches: blended and unblended

The wear time was pretty decent as well, with minor slippage after 8 hours - however, I do write this with a HUGE caveat. When first testing this, I slapped this BB on, as I usually do, over top of my daily moisturizer (currently, the Marcelle Gene Youth day cream). I noticed though that when I did this, the BB would pill all around the edges of my face, to the point where I would just end up rubbing a bunch of it off. At first I thought it was dry skin, so I applied more moisturizer! Then, after consulting Sheila and Angela, who thought maybe there was some ingredient in my moisturizer that didn't mix well with this BB, I decided to wear it solo. Voila, problem solved.

Another complaint I have with this BB is that although it's awesome to have Retinol in a BB, it would be even more awesome if the SPF was higher. This product comes with SPF 25, which is okay, but nowhere near my preferred SPF 50. Since Retinol makes your skin more sensitive to sun damage, a higher SPF becomes even more important. I'm not sure why they decided to be stingy on this.

So despite all this, did I find that my skin was more flawless, ageless and brighter? Mmm I'm not sure. This BB offers very light coverage, so while it evened my skin out, it didn't cover my spots. I didn't really notice if any of my fine lines were lessened, but my skin did seem a tad bit brighter.

Final verdict

While I appreciate the addition of anti-aging ingredients, I find them unnecessary as I primarily want coverage and SPF from my BB creams.

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Guest post: Natalie of Ivory Avenue on Fun Eye Makeup for Summer

Hi everyone! My name is Natalie, and I blog over at Ivory Avenue. Ivory Avenue is a wild collection of beauty, fashion and lifestyle – though this is a rough definition. I really blog about whatever tickles my fancy. I love discussing current trends, reviewing products and finding new designers and shops.
I'll be taking over Jordana's blog for the day as part of the Canadian Beauty Bloggers monthly guest posting. This month, the theme is transitioning to warm weather - so I'll be sharing with you three fun (and colourful!) eye makeup ideas for summer.
I'm someone who tends to go for neutral shades, so these were quite outside my comfort zone. However, I couldn't help but love every look!

Guest post: Natalie of Ivory Avenue on Fun Eye Makeup for Summer

So, let's start with the almay shadow softies, shall we? These poor shadow softies have been given such a hard time - but I really love them. They're great for a sheer wash of colour, and their lightness is perfect for hot summer days. I used two shades to achieve this look: Cashmere and Honeydew. I applied Cashmere (a matte pale yellow) all over my lid, followed by Honeydew (a shimmery pistachio) in the crease. It's light, and I love it.

Guest post: Natalie of Ivory Avenue on Fun Eye Makeup for Summer

Next up, let's talk about the Lise Watier Solo Eyeshadow in Bleu CuraƧao. Isn't that blue incredible? You wouldn't believe how creamy it is too - even though it is a powder eyeshadow. The colour is just incredible. With a color this intense, you don't really need to worry about adding more than one shade. I applied the solo eyeshadow all over my lid and ta-da! I'm done.

Guest post: Natalie of Ivory Avenue on Fun Eye Makeup for Summer

Finally, we have the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Cobalt. I'll be honest, I'm not entirely sure why I bought this. I don't tend to go for crazy colours, as I said. Nonetheless, I was impressed with this eyeliner. I mean, look at that colour! Pretty gorgeous, right? It was only my second time using this, and it felt like the tip was already drying out, which is a little disconcerting. I also managed to get some in my eyes which was quite painful.

Guest post: Natalie of Ivory Avenue on Fun Eye Makeup for Summer

So, there we have it - my bright eye makeup looks for summer. Have you started transitioning your makeup for summer?

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Maybelline New York Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Review

Just J: Maybelline New York Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Review

I picked up this eyeliner while doing some trip shopping before my Hawaii trip earlier this year. I knew that a black eyeliner was a must for packing, but I didn't want something that would leave me raccoon-eyed on the beach. The girl at Shoppers Drug Mart recommended the Maybelline New York Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, stating that it was their most popular eyeliner, so of course I had to get it.

The Product
The Maybelline New York Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner is your standard felt tip liquid eyeliner. I'm unsure if it comes in any other color but black as that's all I saw at SDM at the time.

Price & Packaging
This eyeliner is dirt cheap, retailing at less than $6 at Walmart. It's a straight-forward felt-tip with a long wand that is comfortable to hold in the hand.

I was very pleased with this eyeliner as it dried quickly and didn't budge at all, even when underwater! It also washed off easily too without requiring any special makeup remover. For the first week of use, it was fantastic and delivered a straight, inky black line.

Over the following weeks though and continuing thereafter, my love of this liner faded. The eyeliner became very watery and streaky. For the first eye, pigmentation was decent, but the second eye was much more difficult and the more I would try to redraw the line, the streakier it became. You could try to excuse this as just being the nature of liquid liners as you get to the bottom of the tube, but I have never had this experience with other liquid liners, so #sorrynotsorry, this is not acceptable!

Just J: Maybelline New York Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Review
Left to right: first pass, second pass of the wand

Just J: Maybelline New York Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Review

Just J: Maybelline New York Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Review
After many tries, finally a decent result

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Dr Brandt Dark Circles Away Collagen Eye Serum Review

Just J: Dr Brandt Dark Circles Away Collagen Eye Serum

I've got another eye product review for you this week! This one comes via Dr. Brandt, a new brand to me that is  now being carried at London Drugs and which focuses on anti-aging. Dr. Brandt is a celebrity dermatologist (just check out this soap opera worthy pic) whose products are a mix of science and Eastern botanicals.

The Product
The Dr Brandt Dark Circles Away Collagen Eye Serum is a cooling roller ball serum designed for use alone or with your regular eye cream. This eye serum has a lot of claims, including, but not limited to:
  • reducing puffiness
  • eliminating dark under-eye circles
  • strengthening the eye area
  • brightening the entire eye area

The Guts
The primary ingredients in this product are:
  • water
  • glycerin - moisturizer
  • triheptanoin - provides moisture, but mainly causes the product to feel slippery and moist
  • caprylyl trimethicone - a silicone type ingredient, it makes the product feel slippery and temporarily plumps up skin by filling in fine lines
  • triisostearin - an emollient that helps plump up skin
Other ingredients of note are white lily (repairs skin) and arginine (antioxidant). Weirdly enough, there's also an ingredient (Ptychopetalum olacoides bark/stem extract) which is a naturally derived ingredient that's typically used to treat impotence! Not sure why you'd need that in an eye cream...

Price & Packaging
The packaging of this product has a lot to do with its efficacy as the serum is delivered via a metallic roller-ball. For $52.80, you will get 15 mL of product.

I've been using this serum daily for about a month. The instructions state that you can wear this alone or layered under an eye cream, so I tried it both ways: solo during the day and under my Lise Watier Age Control Supreme eye cream at night.

Just J: Dr Brandt Dark Circles Away Collagen Eye Serum

The serum is slightly tinted, which when blended well, also helps reduce dark circles. The roller-ball feels very refreshing, but is quite slippery and takes awhile to absorb, which makes it a bit of a pain for daytime application. I found it also pilled a bit when worn on its own.

I wore the serum by itself during the day for a couple of weeks and noticed that my fine lines were slowly coming back. Now I only wear it at night, but haven't really noticed any additional benefit when layered with my eye cream. Since fine lines are more my concern than puffiness (which I don't have) or dark circles, I'm not sure this serum is for me.

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Guest Post: Kalyn's Favourite Red Lip Products

Kalyn Lord Top 5 Red Lip Products

I'm very happy today to present a guest post by Kalyn of, beauty blogger extraordinaire and the driving force behind the Canadian Beauty Bloggers. If you haven't heard of Kalyn before, then get yourself over to her blog as she posts hilarious, informative and frank reviews on skincare and makeup and is especially known for her love of colorful lipsticks. Without further ado, Kalyn!

I love  good red lips -- they are a quick and convenient way to pull your look together with minimal product, taking you from bedhead and sloppy PJ pants to effortless boho chic with one simple swipe.  A good red can brighten your complexion, make your teeth look whiter, and your face more youthful -- for me, cooler-toned reds are most attractive, although a vibrant, warm red has its place in a properly balanced makeup look. The best thing about reds? There are amazing options available at all sorts of price points -- from a four dollar drugstore deal to a highly coveted indie line. Here are my Top Five favourite red lip no particular order:

Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss in 107 and Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in #985 Infrared

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in #985 Infrared: I depot most of my lipsticks into these little containers, but rest assured that both of these shades come in your standard bullet format when purchased. Maybelline's Vivids are exactly as described -- extremely bright and bold. Infrared is definitely the warmest of my favourites, and it is also one of the most impressive. It outperforms many higher-end reds in my collection, offering an opaque finish in one swipe, with no feathering or bleeding. I've seen this on deeper skin tones and it really pops against a tan. Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss in 107: the darker of the two pots above; 107 is decidedly cool-toned, but not nearly as scary on the lips as it is in the tube/pot. It has a gorgeous, creamy finish that is not-quite matte, but very classic-looking. I love pairing this with a really bold brow -- it's a colour that requires very little accompaniment to truly shine.
  OCC Lip Tar in NSFW

OCC Lip Tar in NSFW: a straight-up, classic pin-up red -- the formula is amazing (the smallest dab will do) and the pigmentation is insane. This is definitely my go-to daytime red. There's enough coolness to keep my smile looking bright and white, but it is generally neutral enough to be worn by pretty much everyone, no matter the undertone of your skin.
  Lime Crime Velveteen Liquid Lipstick in Wicked

Lime Crime Velveteen Liquid Lipstick in Wicked: Wicked is a beautiful, deep brick red, with cool undertones and a smooth, velvet-matte finish. Almost plummy, it looks beautiful layered over a dark pencil for depth, or layered under other red products for increased longevity and richness. It is quite dark on its own, but still very wearable. Wicked is a new(ish) offering from Lime Crime, but quickly outshone its sister, Red Velvet, thanks to the uniqueness of the shade.
  Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Red Velvet

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Red Velvet: there is no denying that I LOVE the Lip Butter formula -- it's soft and creamy, balmy with a decent amount of pigment. I like to think of these as the grown-up answer to lip balms -- I happen to own the entire range, and Red Velvet is definitely one of my favourites. It is an easy-wearing red; almost fool-proof thanks to the semi-sheer formula. The wear time is understandably less than the matte/liquid formulas in this list, but nothing beats this butter when it comes to applying on the fly.

Kalyn Lord Top 5 Red Lip Products 7
Left to Right: Wicked, 107, NSFW, Infrared, Red Velvet

Kalyn Lord Top 5 Red Lip Products 6
Bottom to Top: Wicked, 107, NSFW, Infrared, Red Velvet

As you can see, my choice reds span an impressive range from light to dark, matte to glossy, cool to warm. I've already shared some fabulous reasons for loving red lips, but my favourite one of all? You always have an excuse to buy more -- each red is unique in its own way and, of course, these five are only the tip of the iceberg.

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Lace + Florals = Summer Wardrobe

Just J: Lace and floral summer outfit
Dress: Katie Ermilio | Pants: Lou & Grey

With long weekends and the coming of summer's meandering warm evenings, I'm beginning to lust for all things floaty and comfortable. Light colors and feminine patterns like lace and floral catch my eye. Is it boring that we all gravitate to the same trends season after season? Thick knits and plaid in winter, pinks and floaty dresses in summer.

For all my Canadian readers, I hope you've enjoyed the long weekend and caught some sun time!

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Lise Watier Eden Tropical Collection Preview


Another preview post today! This time around, it's the Lise Watier summer collection. The theme for this collection is "Eden Tropical" and features colors and packaging inspired by the exotic beauty of the tropics.

This limited edition collection consists of:

The Eden Tropical eye shadow palette ($43)
Lise Watier always does a great job packaging their palettes and this season's is no exception with its fun green and pink plant motif. The colors of this palette are very bright and too "out there" for my everyday tastes, but they would look lovely I imagine in a nice, sheer wash over the lids.

Just J: Lise Watier Eden Tropical Collection Preview

The Eden Tropical bronzing powder ($38)
Consisting of a mix of a peach blush and traditional bronzer, this palette attempts to give you that ideal sun-kissed look. Use the bronzer shade solo for contouring and a stronger glow, or mix it with the peach to add color to cheeks. This palette also features a cute leaf pattern etched into the pan that almost makes you not want to use the powder!

Just J: Lise Watier Eden Tropical Collection Preview

Blush Creme Satin ($24)
It seems like everyone is releasing cream blushes this year! This creamy blush dries to a powder finish and offers buildable color dependent on your mood. This blush comes in two colors: rose eden, a vibrant pink; and coral paradise, a versatile coral-rose.

Just J: Lise Watier Eden Tropical Collection Preview

Hydra Kiss balm  ($22)
Lip crayons are also having a moment now and Lise Watier's hydrating balms seem pretty standard at first glances, but feature a glossy packaging that give them a more luxurious feel compared to others. Available in 2 colours (rose eden and coral paradise), they quite handily match to the creme blushes, ensuring that you'll never need to worry about mismatching your lipstick to your blush.

Just J: Lise Watier Eden Tropical Collection Preview

Ombre Souffle Supreme eye shadow ($24)
The only non-limited edition product in this collection, the Ombre Souffle shadows come in four shades and have a cream-to-powder finish. They're quite sparkly and remind me a lot of the Chanel Illusion D'Ombre shadows. Hopefully these are easier to apply as I find the Chanel quite horrible to apply. Although part of the regular line, these shadows have been updated to include Lise Waiter's exclusive Labrador Tea extract, so now not only will they make your eyes sparkle, they'll keep them youthful looking as well!

Just J: Lise Watier Eden Tropical Collection Preview

Other items in this collection include nail polishes in the feature shades ($13.50) and a new 24 hour gel eyeliner ($25).

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ACI Beauty Preview Featuring Cargo Cosmetics, Stila, Anna Sui, Seche and Ceramic Glaze - *picture heavy*

Just J: ACI Beauty preview - Stila Magnificent Metals Foil finish eye shadow

One of the biggest perks of blogging is being invited to cool events where you get to geek out over girly things like makeup with others just as obsessed as you. One such recent event was the ACI Beauty preview at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia a couple weeks ago. A beauty preview event is where media get to check out all the new products before they hit stores. It's a great way to learn about brands and try out products as each brand has representatives there to educate you on the details of each new thing. There's also free food and goody bags! ACI Beauty, the host of this particular event, is one of the largest Canadian distributors of health and beauty products and represent a myriad of brands.

As soon as I walked in to the presentation, I gravitated right away to the Stila table.While this year so far has been all about the natural look a la Hourglass' Ambient powders and Urban Decay's Naked 3, Stila has taken the opposite approach and released a series of bold metallic cream shadows. The Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish eye shadows ($32) are cream-to-powder shadows that give you a brilliant wet, metallic look. To apply, it's recommended that you first mix it with a bit of Stila's All Day Liquid Eye Primer ($20) and then pat onto your eyelid with a silicone brush. I'm very skeptical whether I'd have the skill or patience to go through such a process and with how well the primer prevents creasing on hooded eyes like mine, but I wouldn't say no to trying!

Just J: ACI Beauty preview - Stila Magnificent Metals Foil finish eye shadow
Stila Magnificent Metals Foil finish eye shadow

Other Stila items included their LE Convertible Colour Bronzing Duo ($33) and the Stila Smudge Stick eyeliners ($26). I fell in love with the eyeliners as soon as I saw them swatched, as each had super pigmented, creamy color with just the perfect hint of sheen to brighten eyes.

Just J: ACI Beauty preview - Stila Smudge Stick eye liner
Stila Smudge Stick eye liner 

Just J: ACI Beauty preview - Stila Limited Edition Convertible Colour Bronzing Duo
Stila Limited Edition Convertible Colour Bronzing Duo

Finally, we checked out the Stila CC cream ($44). I'm so sad this wasn't in our goody bag!! The CC creams had gorgeous finishes to them and literally melted into skin, leaving it with a velvety finish.

Just J: ACI Beauty preview - Stila Color Correcting cream
Stila CC cream - want!

Next was my second favourite brand at the event, Cargo Cosmetics. I'm so surprised by how little reviews I read for Cargo as they make fantastic products. I'm a huge fan of their eyeshadow palettes and blushes and seeing them laid on the table made my Pokemon-like "gotta catch them all!" hackles rise.

Just J: ACI Beauty preview - Cargo Swimmables blush
Cargo Swimmables blush - want want!

Featured here were all the shades of the Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant blushes ($26) and the Cargo Contour Palettes ($36). If the palettes offer anything like the awesome color payoff of the Swimmables blushes, then I'm sold! I also love how Cargo etches into their palette pans the areas where each color is to be applied - so handy for beginners!

Just J: ACI Beauty preview - Cargo Contour palette
Cargo Contour palette

Other highlights at Cargo were their pressed powders and the new LE Suited to a Tea palette ($46). Packaged in an adorable tea themed case, this palette offers a range of colorful, yet subtle shades and comes with a mirror and double-ended brush.

Just J: ACI Beauty preview - Cargo Limited Edition Suited to a tea palette
Cargo Limited Edition Suited to a tea palette

Just J: ACI Beauty preview - Cargo Limited Edition Suited to a tea palette
Cargo Limited Edition Suited to a tea palette - is it bad that I just want the case?

After Cargo, it was time to check out Anna Sui. By this time, I think my eyes were getting tired from being wide-eyed, but like a trooper I carried on ;)

Anna Sui wasn't offering too many new editions, but one highlight for me was the portable compact version of their popular loose face powder. Coming a in a cute white compact with a mini signature pouf, the Loose Compact powder ($45) offers a silky matte look that lasts all day. If I had one complaint, I would wish that it could also come in metal casing so that the etchings had a more vintage-glam look.

Just J: ACI Beauty preview - Anna Sui Limited Edition Loose compact powder
Anna Sui Limited Edition Loose compact powder

I am however 100% a fan of the new Anna Sui LE lipsticks ($29). They're the same great colors and rose scent as normal Anna Sui lipsticks, but in fun bright packaging that is a departure from the normal all-black look.

Just J: ACI Beauty preview - Anna Sui Limited Edition lipstick
Anna Sui Limited Edition lipstick

Just J: ACI Beauty preview - Anna Sui Limited Edition lipstick
Much peach, very like!

Last, but not least, were the Ceramic Glaze and Seche tables. I know nothing about either brand of polishes as I've never used them before, so I cannot speak to their quality, but all the colors look really fun and perfect for wearing on the beach!

Just J: ACI Beauty preview - Ceramic Glaze
Ceramic Glaze summer tropical collection

I did however get to try out a couple of the more spring-like colors thanks to a complimentary mani provided at the event by Haus of Lacquer. I was so in love with the colors, I immediately went out and purchased them the day after!

The best part of the day though was meeting up with fellow bloggers Jayne, Jasmine, Jenn and Gerry. It was such a blast to gossip, squee and laugh with these girls. If you've never checked out their blogs, do so right now!

Canadian beauty bloggers
Photo: Jayne

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Revlon Makes Me Blush: Preview and Swatches

Just J reviews the Revlon make me blush makeup

This is a very late review I know, but I have an excuse! Initially, this collection was sent out to herald in Valentine's Day, which makes sense as all these colors are vixen and sex kitten-like, but due to delivery mix-ups, I didn't actually receive it until a few weeks ago. Better late than never though right?

Although intended for Valentine's Day, all of these products are quite lovely for use all year long.

revlon blush

First up, is the beautiful Revlon powder blush in Mauvelous. Retailing at around $10-11, this blush is pretty plain Jane. The pigmentation and finish aren't anything special, but offers decent color pay-off and a nice matte look. Historically, the provided brushes suck in my opinion, so I'd recommend using a separate blush brush for applying. The pan color in real life is actually a lot more like a dark rose pink, but swatches into a very natural rosy flush that's quite complimentary on my skin.

Revlon colorburst matte balm

Next is the ColorBurst Matte Balm in Standout. I looove lip crayons and having been a fan of the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balms before, I was eager to try out this latest iteration.

Standout is an awesome, in-your-face red. When swatched, it's nowhere near as tomato-red as the tube suggests, but has more of a magenta tone. The color is rich and creamy - just the way I like it! This balm retails for around $8-9.

revlon colorburst matte balm and revlon cream blush

You can purchase any of these products via your local drugstore, such as London Drugs, Ulta and Target.

Have you tried any of these Revlon products?

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