Review | CoverFx Anti-Aging Primer

11/30/13




There aren't many times that I find a product, use it once and absolutely hate it. So you may say that this is an exception, but I'm really not a fan of the Anti-Aging Primer by CoverFX.

I was sent this primer with one of my TopBoxs, I was un-eager (yes I just coined that) to try it since it has the words "Anti-Aging" on it. To be fair, I'm a 20 something year old beauty blogger, I take good care of my skin and I eat fairly well. I have a few hormonal break outs here and there, mostly on my chin, and I moisturize and exfoliate as needed. In other words, I take precautions for aging, including SPF. Therefore, I don't feel as though I need Anti-Aging products just yet. Anti-Aging products tend to be harsh on the skin, and especially harsh on younger skin. Nonetheless, I was sent this primer and thought I'd give it a try.

I only wore this product once, but it completely broke me out afterwards. I had pimples and blackheads on my cheeks (which I never get!) and extra pimples on my chin. As I said, I make an effort to keep my skin clear, and so when I get a flair up of breakouts and I'm not PMSing or changing up my skincare routine - I know it's a new product I'm trying.
The primer is greasier than ones I've used previously, like Smashbox Photo Ready primer, and doesn't melt into pores as easily - quite a bit remains on the surface. The extra oil may be what caused extra breakouts on my skin. It did keep my foundation on longer, but it wasn't as effect as other primers I've used previously, I had blotchier patches throughout at the end of the day. As you can see, the colour is a clear yellowy gel-like consistency. I have to say, that a little goes a long way. A full size 30ml tube would last quite a while even wearing it every day.

Pros
- Decent price point for higher end brand: $38CAD for 1oz (Compare Smashbox at $41CAD for 1oz)
- Squeeze-out packaging
- Potent: small amount for complete coverage

Cons
- Oily product
- Skin becomes "shiny" (a.k.a oily)
- Blotchy coverage at EOD
- Does not absorb well
- Not suitable for combination, acne prone or sensitive skin

I can't attest to the "Anti-Aging" benefits that it claims to provide. However, as a "primer" and regular beauty product it doesn't do a good job: it breaks me out, gives me shiny skin and blotchy end-of-the-day coverage. I will not be buying a full size of this primer. 

What do you ladies think? Have you tried this primer before?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,

Kisti Belle




First Impressions | Glam Glow YouthMud Mask

11/28/13




The Glam Glow YouthMud Mask is one of the most hyped-up skincare products of 2013, in my opinion. I've heard so much of this in the past months from fellows bloggers, youtubers as well as retail stores. It's used by celebrities on the red carpet before huge huge events, like the red carpet (duh), and so that's how it came into fame.
I was able to grab a small tub from Sephora from 21$, which is still fairly pricey for such a small amount. 
The smell is actually one of my favourite things about the product, it's akin to a strong deep floral fragrance. It's an olive green colour with chunks of goodness, although that makes it sounds kinda gross doesn't it? In my experience, there are two types of masks: smooth masks and then ones with chunks of goodness in them, like the Glam Glow YouthMud Mask.

I've only tried this mask once, but the one time I did try it, my skin was thoroughly cleansed afterwards. I can say that it cleared all my blackheads and seemed to unclog most of my clogged/enlarged pores. I still can't believe how fast it melted my blackheads... crazy right? My nose pores were clear as day afterwards. I'm not sure if it "exfoliates" but it does slough away all the dead skin, so in it own unconventional way, I guess it does in fact exfoliate. It just exfoliates enzymatically (aka without have to scrub a dub). It did make my skin look pretty good afterwards though - glowy and super soft. As promised. Amazing. However, I do not think this would suit sensitive or very dry skin types. I had applied it to my temples and around my eyes, and the skin around those areas was sore for a couple days after. So there you have it - not so much for you sensitive types out there.

The packaging is typical of a mask pot, the only thing that irks me is that the opening is smaller than the pot, and so I feel that a bunch of product will inevitably get stuck in the upper sides of the pot.
You feel me?
Let's hope so.

Overall, to end this short and sweet review, this is an expensive and small amount of product that packs a big punch. I may not use it all over my face again (avoiding the temples and around the eyes for sure), but I will definitely use the rest on my problematic areas. I would consider repurchasing a small pot for those very bad skin days (period days or I'm just hormonal for no bloody reason days), when I need something with a strong backbone.

You can find it here at Sephora online or at Sephora stores.

Have you ladies tried this famous celebutante Glam Glow YouthMud Mask? What is your favourite clearing/exfoliating mask?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,

Kisti Belle

Butter London Knackered NOTD | Swatch

11/26/13





It doesn't look like much in the bottle, but Butter London Knackered is actually one of the most unique polishes I've come across. From afar, it comes off as a metallic gunmetal colour, but from upclose it's much more multidimensional. It's a duochrome of violet, grey, peacock green and blue. So maybe more of a quatrochrome? It also has very fine silver glitter, only obvious in fairly bright lights.

I layered in over Essie in Chinchilly, but I've heard it also looks stunning over blue polishes. 
I'm a fan of the polish, but even though it looks amazing up front its hard to see the appeal from afar. So for now, I think I'll stick to my super intense blacks, reds etc for the fall/winter seasons. 

What do you guys think of this colour? Yay or nay?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream | Haul

11/21/13

Rumour has it that the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant is very amazing and a beauty must have. I finally took the plunge when I saw a great set for a great price, most likely a gift set, available at Winner's (akin to TJ Maxx or Marshalls but for Canada). 






So I finally took the plunge and for $15 CAD it was a good deal! I got 50ml, a pretty standard size, of the Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, along with a Eight Hour Lip Protectant Stick (a balm) with SPF 15 and an Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Treatment (30ml). 
 I'm ecstatic I was able to pick it up at this price my first time purchasing.

The Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant is said to be amazing for cuts and bruises and any other type of marking you'd like to keep hydrated and protected in a pinch. A lot of beauty lovers have claimed that this can be used as a balm. It also has some properties for beauty: it can be used over the eyelid to create a dewy finish, to smooth out eyebrow hairs, moisturize/protect cuticles and it can also be used across the cheekbone to create that same dewy finish - just to name a few. 
Evidently, Elizabeth Arden used to use it on her bruises to help them heal, and rumour even has it that one of her client's used it on their son's scraped knee - which healed in the "eight hour" time frame of the cream! 
The petrolatum, vitamin E and beta-hydroxy concoction has been a cult favourite for some time, and so I'm glad to have it in my collection!

You can probably find this on occasion at your local Winner's or TJ Maxx, otherwise you can grab it the Elizabeth Arden Beauty Boutique online here.
A 50ml tube will be about $20. If you specifically want the gift set I spoke about above, you can also grab it at the online boutique here at the price of $35. 

What do you ladies think of the Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant? If you have it, what do you use it for? 
I always love hearing ideas! 

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle



First Impressions | KORRES Greek Yogurt Nourishing Lip Cooler in Raspberry

11/19/13

Trying out new products doesn't get old. It can get a little overwhelming when you have too many things to try, but it certainly doesn't get old. So when I get spoiled with a new item I haven't heard of or have yet to try, I get super excited!! 

This time I was spoiled with the KORRES Greek Yogurt Nourishing Lip Cooler in Raspberry. Even though I'm not sure it needs a full review, I think it deserves a quick first impressions post. Something about me you should know, is that a first impression lasts a while with me. Of course, first impressions can always be proved wrong but I find that a lot of time they impact me far more than I tend to realize.





The one thing I adore about this product is the packaging and the delivery of the product itself. Since it's a doe foot metal-roller ball applicator, it does give a cooling feeling to the lips, which is really soothing to dry and sore lips. The products applies in a saucey sort of texture with very small chunks of product in the mix. It sounds gross, I know, but as soon as you rub your lips together it smooths out and starts moisturizing instantly. End result? Not gross at all.

How quickly it moisturizes and cools my lips is surreal. I truly believe that this would be suitable for sensitive skin/lips as well.

The colour I received was in the shade raspberry, but it's tinted, so it leaves a tinted pink colour and a nice juicy "wet looks" on the lips. It's very natural and casual for any time, but it's also cute on the lips! I think it's perfect for any girl who's looking for some moisture and a bit of colour without the waxy or super glossy after-effect. It's also peeeerfect for the warmer months.

I'm definitely left with a good first impression with this little guy and I'd be intrigued to try the peach shade as well!
You can buy the KORRES Greek Yogurt Nourishing Lip Cooler at Sephora stores and online here. You can also purchase it in clean, strawberry shade and peach shade, as well as the raspberry shade featured here.

What do you ladies think? Have you tried a nourishing cooling balm before that has a little bit of tint?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,

Kisti Belle

TopBox Reveal | November

11/18/13





I'm not going to lie and I'm going to come right out with it, I was quite disappointed with this month's TopBox.
This month it came with a sample of the Cover FX CC Cream, a sample of the Shu Uemura skin purifier cleansing oil, a sample of Pleats, Please perfume from Issey Miyake, and some samples of the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipsticks. For the Elizabeth Arden lipstick samples, I got Red Door Red 02, Pretty Pink 23 and Neoclassic Coral 12.
I also got some sort of Trend Truck gift card...except when I tried to use it, it wasn't a gift card at all! Just an advertisement dolled up as a gift card. Needless to say, I was peeved. Four samples and a measly advertisement?? Seriously, Topbox? Is that really worth my monthly 15$?
Okay so 15$ per month isn't a fortune, but I do at least, want my money's worth! And a piece of paper is not my money's worth.
I am excited to try the Shu Uemura skin purifier cleansing oil, since I've been curious to try a cleansing oil for quite some time. 
I don't tend to use tinted creams, so I'll try the CC cream but I don't have high hopes. I also only use my Chanel Chance perfume and this Pleats, Please perfume seems like a quite ordinary light musk floral scent. It's nice but it's not for me. Any takers? 
I'm also not a huge fan of Elizabeth Arden pigmented make-up (although I have some of her skincare items), but I'm curious to see if these lipsticks are as pigmented and moisturizing as they claim! I just hate these lipstick tester pots, don't you? They always dry out and I can never use them more than once! 

What do you ladies think of this month's Topbox? Do you subscribe a monthly Beauty Box?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle

L'Oreal Vending Machines | New Launch

11/13/13

I've said it already but I'll say it again - I am so so so excited about the (somewhat) new release of vending machines filled with beauty products! 
Usually, these machines are only launched in airports for TSA safety but recently L'Oreal has launched a vending machine endeavour of their own in NYC! 
I wrote a piece about this at Indecent Exposure, click here, with a few pictures from the opening day. 


How fun does that look?! You go Coco (Rocha)!! 

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle

Chanel Goodies | Haul

11/12/13




I'm not sure what it is, but there is something so infinitely spectacular about Chanel anything. Of course, for the purpose of this post, I'll just be talking about the Chanel goodies I picked up while visiting Toronto.


I was skeptical about the Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation. After seeing the MUA at Chanel apply it to my friend I knew had to try it out. So far, I'm really liking it [review coming soon]. It matches my skin perfectly, doesn't break me out and as I apply it, it even looks as though it's melting and blending into my skin seamlessly. It doesn't seem to be super long lasting and very bright red blemishes will require touching-up after 4-5 hours.
I'm an NC30 at MAC Counters and in this foundation I was matched to a 20 Beige.

My addiction with Chanel Lip products is as strong as ever. I just can't get away from them, and as soon I'm convinced I have the best shades a new ones is released! Honestly, it's unfair.
This little baby was a "pick-out-one-you-like" birthday gift for me from a bestie friend. It's part of the Rouge Allure Velvet line, and its #40 in La Sensuelle. The colour is a beautiful deep berry that works perfectly for my complexion. It's a little lighter than wine but still deeper than red, so it's a great colour for anyone who's trying to go a little more vampy but not all the way.

What do you ladies think of these products? Do you love Chanel cosmetics as much as I do or the opposite?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle

Lisa Eldridge's SOS Products | Video

11/10/13

Happy Sunday Beauty Lovers! 
I was going through some of Lisa Eldridge's most recent youtube videos - it's like my favourite TV show, I had to catch up! - and I found a video that I really think everyone should watch. She goes through her makeup kit and plucks out all the products she uses for SOS-types of situations: Redness, dry skin, irritated skin, scars on skin etc. 


I think everyone can take something away from this, since it's just for skincare and skincare solutions. I know I learned quite a bit, and got some great ideas for products that can help me with my skin "issues".

Leave a comment below and let me know what you think about her video and recommendations! 

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle

October Lovins'

11/6/13




It's that time again, the time where I reveal my absolute favourite products for the month of October.
Honestly, it's always difficult for me to pull up an exhaustive list of products as I have a few staple favourites and can't always try a plethora new products at the same time and "learn to love them" as quick as the originals.
The best thing that comes out of this, is that the products you'll see featured on my monthly favourites are curated by my picky consistency [and my open mind] rather than your average coup de foudre.

MAC Mythology Eye Shadow - I used to find this colour daunting, so much glitter and the colour seemed unflattering. On the contrary, the glitter comes off beautifully and the colour is quite stricking for brown eyes, albeit a little bold.
MAC Sable Eye Shadow - This is a colour that had a lot of loyal followers but that I never found drawn to in the store. I finally took the plunge and bought it, and am so glad I did. It works wonderfully as both an all-over lid wash and a crease colour.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Flushed - For my olive skintone, a "flushed" look with a rose blush is hard to pull off. Naturally, a deeper pink, like a fuchsia, works well to give me that naturally flushed look.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer (sample) - I received this sample in one of my monthly TopBoxs. As I generally didn't think Clinique's moisturizing products worked for my skintype, it's not surprising that I cast it aside for a few months. On one very dry day, I decided to try it, and it hasn't left me [makeshift] vanity since! Just the right amount of moisture for the Fall without breaking me out.
KORRES Daily Buffing Cleanser - I just can't love this product enough, it gently exfoliates and brightens my skin every time I use it! I'll be posting a full review on this one soon.
Dermalogica Pre-Cleanser (sample) - This came in with last months' Dermalogica TopBox, I love the concept of a moisturizing pre-cleanse. One that removed excess makeup and surface dirt/oil. The texture of this is divine - comes out as an oil but smoothly lathers up as it comes into contact with water. I may have to purchase the full size.

Thoughts or comments on any of the products? I always love hearing your opinions or recommendations!

À Bientôt Mes Amours,
Kisti Belle

Review | L'Occitane Hand Cream

11/4/13


One of the worst feelings about the impending and increasingly cold and dry weather is the feeling of tight and dry skin. My hands are in contact with the harsh weather quite often and as such I always carry a tube of cream or lotion with me. It can be a huge relief to rub a heavenly dollop of cloud-like moisture onto your dry and achy skin. This past summer, I was introduced to the L'Occitane Hand Creams - infamous in their own circle for being simply amazing.



The cream itself is amazing and deeply moisturizing. I tend to use it at nighttime after a long warm shower or when my hands are quite dry. Best part of this little tube, is that a little goes a long way and the 30ml quantity ends up being more than enough for a little while.  The cream can be quite heavy and just the smallest bit greasy so it's definitely more for dry hands. I personally love the formula, I don't like creams that are too waxy or too greasy, but moisturizing and a little bit greasy is very comfortable for my dry hands. My hands are still somewhat moisturized even after a wash with a hard soap.

The smells of each the almond and the rose creams are w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l. I personally love the rose since it's a little stronger and more perfume-y, but the almond is just as lovely in it's sweet and lighter fragrance.

Pros
- deeply moisturizing
- variation of light to more striking fragrances
- compact tube and a small dollop of cream goes a long way
- long-wearing moisture
- widely available at Sephoras, L'Occitane stores and at select online retailers
- sleek packaging

Cons
- small tube could be a con for hand-cream addicts
- steep price point at 12-15 CAD a pop

Despite the somewhat higher than usual price point, I would whole-heartedly repurchase this product - and plan to when my tubes run out!

What do you ladies think of the L'Occitane Hand Creams? Do you love them or hate them?

À Bientôt Mes Amours,

Kisti Belle