24.7.14

‹ Trying Bumble & Bumble ›


I have always heard so much about Bumble and Bumble, particularly their Surf Spray. I have never been much of a hair person but with coloured, wavy but fine hair, I'm always looking for something that will keep my hair nourished without weighing it down and also something to give it texture. It seems Bumble and Bumble have come to the rescue with these two new products to my collection: Bumble & Bumble Tonic Lotion and Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray.

The Bumble and Bumble Tonic Lotion is a refreshing detangler and styling primer. The product contains tea tree which, when sprayed from root to tips, gives the scalp and hair a nourishing kick of refreshment. Most days though, I spray this on when my hair is still damp before brushing through it. Sometimes I let my hair air dry after but other days I'll spray on the next product, the Surf Spray,t to add texture and volume.

I'm sure everyone has heard of the Surf Spray, a product that is essentially a beach in a bottle without the salty smell. As someone with fine hair that is naturally slightly wavy, I need products to help me define those waves and give this mane some texture without weighing my hair down. When I use this my hair gets that second-day-hair feel with a clean, beachy look to it. I like to spray this on damp hair but when I need a little more grip in my hair, I'll spray this on dry hair when styling. 

Bumble & Bumble have me hooked, and I need your suggestions on what to try next! What Bumble & Bumble products have you tried?

22.7.14

‹ FOTD #5: Bright & Bold ›



Summer is here and I am embracing the bright, bold shades. It isn't being reflected in my outfits because surprise surprise, I'm still wearing my comfy neutral clothes but on the face I'm loving the corals and pinks. 

As a base, I'm still going with my usual MAC products for a heat-proof, flawless finish. I conceal my blemishes with the MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer in NC30 and hide dark undereye circles with the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC25. For the rest of the face, I have been loving the MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation for a medium coverage, fairly matte finish. I add a rosy glow to the cheeks with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush and set it all in place with MAC Fix+.

On the eyes, I have been keeping it super simple with the Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow as featured in my recent Shop the Stash post. I keep it place all day by sandwiching it between the Urban Decay Primer Potion and MAC All That Glitters eyeshadow on top. To finish the eyes off, I'm coating the upper lashes with two coats of Benefit They're Real! mascara and lower lashes with a coat of the Clinique Bottom Lash mascara.

Now for the star of the look, the Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Corvina. This coral red shade is perfect for summer. It leaves a satin finish on the lips that is long lasting without being drying. It is such an easy to wear bold shade and if you are an NC25 or NC30 in MAC base products, this will be perfect for you. 

What are you wearing on your face today?

18.7.14

‹ Spotted: Cruelty Free Brands Available in Sephora ›


If I'm honest, I do not exclusively purchase cruelty free products yet but I do try my best to be as conscious as possible by choosing to go cruelty free as often as possible. Today I want to focus on some of the brands I have purchased products from that are cruelty free and available at Sephora. 

The first to be mentioned is Urban Decay, a company that considered dipping its toes in the market in China. According to its website though, it is still a cruelty-free brand meaning I can enjoy wearing some of my favourite eyeshadows knowing they have not been tested on animals. Another big one is NARS, the dominant brand in my blush collection. While NARS does not test on animals, their products may contain animal-derived ingredients which isn't ideal but I can live with it for now. Until they find alternative ingredients though, I'll be adding more Tarte blushes to my collection knowing it is a vegan friendly brand. 

Some newer makeup brands to my collection that are also cruelty free include Hourglass. This rather luxurious brand does not test on animals but some of their products contain animal-derived ingredients. Another good one is Josie Maran, marketing themselves as a brand with global consciousness. Personally, my favourite of the new discoveries is Bite Beauty, a cruelty free Canadian brand that uses ingredients good enough to eat.  

On the skincare front, I'm happy to hear that REN does not test on animals. It's a brand I have just started trying out and I can't wait to try more from them. Got any REN product suggestions, by the way? Caudalie is another brand that tests only on volunteers. I haven't used much from them but I'm happy to hear that this French brand is committed to producing pure products. 

How important is going cruelty-free for you and what are some of your favourite cruelty-free brands?