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New P&G Body Essentials

I tend to only talk about facial skincare and makeup here, so it's not often I end up talking about other body care. P&G brands like Olay, Secret, and Head & Shoulders have been around for decades, and can easily be found in drugstores, supermarkets and convenience stores. If you haven't heard of the brands in this post... you either are not from North America or living in cave or something (heh).

Olay recently came out with a new line of body washes, Olay Fresh Outlast. It comes in about five different fruity scents. The one I have here is in Crisp Pear & Fuji Apple. The packaging is cute and the price is good, the bottle I have here is huge! but I do believe it comes in smaller, regular sizing as well. The scent smells like the real thing, it lathers well and doesn't dry out my skin. I have had no complaints using it but it is just a new scent and size, the formula doesn't seem anything new or special. 

Next I have the Secret Clinical Clear Gel Antiperspirant/Deodorant in Completely Clean. The scent is as described.. it is pretty plain and doesn't smell like my ideal deodorant but it does the job. This is the clear gel formula and is designed to fight odour all day long with 4x protection from stress sweat. I'm not typically fond of the clear gel formulas, I much prefer regular old-fashioned deodorant, but it works as well as a typical deodorant does for me. However, I don't notice it protecting much more than other deodorants. 

This one here is a known favourite. The anti-dandruff hair care line by Head & Shoulders. There are quite a few scents with slightly different properties in the line but the one I have here is the Instant Cooling Relief. It contains tea tree essence and peppermint oil to give your head a minty-cool feel. I found that the shampoo didn't give me the 'cool' feeling, but the conditioner made my scalp feel super cold! I have an itchy scalp and I did find my scalp slightly less itchy after using this shampoo, but the peppermint and tea tree definitely didn't help with my itchiness at all, if anything the cooling effect brought more attention to my itchy scalp.  My boyfriend does rave about this being the only thing that works for his flaky scalp however, so I have been letting his use this lately!

In the past, I enjoyed the Olay Eye Brightening Cc Cream and wrote a review about it a while back (here). The new Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream comes in the same packaging, and is also designed to fight puffiness, dark circles, wrinkles, and fine lines. The eye cream contains colour correcting technology, and a formula enriched with peptides and vitamins. It doesn't feel heavy on the eyes, absorbs super quickly and it feels so nice to use during the daytime. It is not pigmented enough (at all) to work as a concealer or for any coverage of that sort. I don't see this as having enough benefits for nighttime use but I love to use Olay eye products under makeup!

These products were received for consideration. All opinions stated are my own and are never influenced by anyone. 

Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation, Setting Powder & Makeup Remover

Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation, Setting Powder & Makeup Remover review

Quite a while ago (Fall of 2016), I attended the Dermablend Professional Canadian Launch and received a few products to try from the brand. Dermablend is a medium to full coverage brand and is considered the #1 camouflage brand in the USA by dermatologists!

•  Dermatologist Tested
•  Allergy Tested
•  Sensitive Skin Tested
•  Non-Comedogenic
•  Non-Acnegenic
•  Fragrance Free

Dermablend camo cover cream covering tattoos
Dermablend Artists at work; covering tattoos with Dermablend!

I don't remember exactly what the artist used, but I believe they were covering the tattoos with a full coverage Cover Creme, with a powder foundation or setting powder on top.

Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation review

Firstly, the Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Medium Coverage Foundation. It contains SPF 25, is a tiny 30ml size and retails for $42 CAD. To be honest, the size is so small it makes me not want to use it besides on special occasions, but a little ends up going a long way! The price is not bad considering what we see at Sephora nowadays (Marc Jacobs Remaracable is like $70 for 22ml, craazyy!).

The foundation claims to be medium coverage, but I find it to be a solid full coverage on me. It covers redness no problem, and acne spots, and just evens out the skin really well. The shade I have is 30W, it is a perfect match for me when I'm tanned in the summer but slighty too dark for the winter months. I might look into getting a shade lighter to add to my collection. I didn't find it irritating to my skin and I like that it has no added fragrance (aka it smells like plastic). I really don't mind it, it isn't overpowering and if you don't have a strong sense of smell it might smell like nothing to you. It is a little tacky at first, but smooths out well when you add the setting powder afterwards.

Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation bisque 30w before and after
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I'm so so impressed with the coverage as you can see above. No editing!! It hides my redness and beauty marks quite well and evens out the skin tone. The shade I am wearing is Bisque 30W

Dermablend loose Setting Powder review

The Dermablend Professional Loose Setting Powder has been getting much use in my beauty routine lately. I was so excited to try it out as I don't usually have experience with 'baking' to set my face. It retails for $34 CAD, contains 28g of product and claims wear of up to 16 hours. This setting powder works so well over the Liquid Camo Foundation, it's like they were made for each other. My skin feels baby smooth after applying this over top of any foundation/concealer, and it helps my makeup last longer BUT not close to 16 hours long. 

But honestly, I wouldn't expect it to be some miracle powder to make my foundation last that long, it does well enough by extending the wear of my foundation before the oil ends up seeping through near the end of the day.

Dermablend loose setting powder review
I'm confused, am I doing it right? 

I like to apply the powder under my eyes and on my t-zone with a mini beauty sponge (the one pictured above is Sephora brand). Then I wipe the excess off with a powder brush. 

Dermablend long wear makeup remover review

The Dermablend Professional Long Wear Makeup Remover comes in a tube with 150ml of product, and has the best retail price in this post so far, at $23 CAD. This makeup remover is amazing for removing Dermablend foundations, or any other hard-to-remove face products. It's kinda messy, you apply it like a wet cream all over the face and rub it in to loosen the foundation. Next remove it with a cotton pad (or a few), and I'll then wet my face and go over it again with a final cotton pad. It works better than a micelle solution and isn't as messy as an oil.

Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation, Setting Powder & Makeup Remover swatches
(1) Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Swatch, Setting Powder Swatch, and Makeup Remover Swatch
(2) Dermablend Long Wear Makeup Remover in action!
(3) My hand after wiping off the makeup remover with a cotton pad

Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation 30w bisque worn
Full makeup face, wearing Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo & Loose Setting Powder. 
NYX Lip Lingerie in Push-Up on the lips & Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad in Rust & Tattoo Liner on the eyes.

Overall I am a big fan of the brand after trying these products. I do not think the price point is too high, and I do want to buy more from them and perhaps repurchase these once I've used them up! I'd actually like to try the Liquid Camo in 25N (a shade lighter) so it's more wearable for my pale winter months.

Dermablend Professional is available at select Shoppers Drug Mart's in Canada so far, you can check which locations stock the brand on their website, here. In the USA, I've seen the brand carried at Ulta and Sephora stores.

These products were received for consideration. All opinions stated are my own and are never influenced by anyone. 

Sudio Vasa Bla: Rose Gold Wireless Earphones Review

sudio sweden vasa bla rose gold wireless earphones review

I have something different today, something non-beauty related but it might just catch your eye and instantly become added to that birthday wishlist! Sudio Sweden recently reached out to me for feedback on their new VASA BLÅ Wireless Earphones. What caught my eye wasn't even their bluetooth wireless capabilities, it was how cute and fashionable they are (damn, am I materialistic?)

To keep up with new technology, Sudio has created their version of this new revolutionary product, the wireless bluetooth earphones! I am definitely no super audiophile, but I do like a good quality sound system; whether it be earbuds, headphones, stereo, etc.

sudio sweden vasa bla rose gold wireless earphones review
sudio sweden vasa bla rose gold wireless earphones review
sudio sweden vasa bla rose gold wireless earphones review

The Sudio Vasa Bla comes in a slim box, that opens to reveal a very 'Apple' product-like packaging. It's minimal, as it should be. I've laid out all of the box contents above, minus the instructions sheet and owners manual.

• Sudio Vasa Bla Wireless Earphones
• Leather Case
• Micro USB Charger (Cable Only)
• 4 Extra Pairs of Earbud sizes
• Cable Clip 
• Quick Start Guide, Owner's Manual & Guarantee Card

Unfortunately, these did not come with a wall plug, likely because of the fact that they ship all over the world and everywhere uses a different outlet. But considering the price, I was a little disappointed it was missing this. The leather case is a good trade-off for the missing wall plug however, it fits the Vasa Bla perfectly and is thick enough that it feels like they're going to be protected in my purse.

sudio sweden vasa bla rose gold wireless earphones review

Sudio VASA BLÅ Features:

• Bluetooth 4.1 technology
• Sweatproof, with remote and mic
• Up to 8 hours of unlimited play-time
• Standby for up to 10 days
• 10 min quick charge, 120 min full charge
• Range of 10 meters
• Studio quality sound and noise isolation
• Lightest on the market

Sudio Sweden officially offers the Vasa Bla in four gorgeous and fashionable fun colours. Rose Gold Black, Rose Gold White (mine), Blue, and Pink. They do offer other products in various colours like their wired earphones and wireless headphones, but their main focus colour seems to be gold rather than the typical silver, which I think, makes them seem fashion forward.

sudio sweden vasa bla rose gold wireless earphones review

The controls are on one side, with the battery pack on the other. They look the same so it can be easy to mix them up, but the controls tab is slightly slimmer. 

The indicator will flash red to pair, and will continue to flash blue to indicate that it is on. The middle control can be used to answer or end a call, pause or play a song, and turn the device on and off. The volume controls are used to control the volume of the earbuds, which (btw) is separate from your phone's volume. The volume controls also can be held for 2 seconds to change songs.

sudio sweden vasa bla rose gold wireless earphones review

When I first opened these I was a little nervous. Seeing as they are a company I am not familiar with, I wasn't sure how they would perform. The initial reaction I had was 'wow they sound great! But there isn't enough bass?'. I was a little disappointed, but I realized that changing the earbuds really helped them fit properly, so I could hear all of the tones much better. Even my boyfriend, who is a little more tech savvy than me said that they sound amazing and he would steal them from me if I didn't choose the most girly colour (heh!). I do still wish it had a bit more bass, but it does have good sound and a good range of highs and lows. 

The unit itself is light, I haven't used other wireless earphones before so I don't have a good comparison. When they're in your ears, compared to regular earphones they are a bit heavy, but I found that letting the cord rest on the back of your neck really helps and makes them feel almost weightless.

The earbuds are interchangeable, with various sizes included, but they were a pain in the a%* to change. I will definitely update on the battery life. I have not noticed exactly how long it lasts, but it

Overall the quality is good, and I brought these on a trip with me to New Jersey with no issues. They are so handy and just cool to have. Also a huge plus...wait for it: NO untangling cords!!!! The cord is so short and shaped that it never tangles.

sudio sweden vasa bla rose gold wireless earphones review

Now for the price.. they're a little pricey at $140 CAD each. I know I'd have to think this one over if I had to purchase it myself, the sound isn't amazing and the price is a little high. But I think this is a great gift especially for someone who is into the 'fashionable' side of technology. Sudio offers free express shipping for all orders so the fact that they are located in Sweden really is not an issue. The Vasa Bla are so beautiful and I'll continue taking them with me whenever I have a long bus or train ride for sure.

I am also able to offer you guys 15% off with coupon code 'alovelyallure'! If you are eyeing them already, I'd say it's a decent deal for a pair of wireless earphones. You can take a look at what Sudio has to offer, here.

This product was received for consideration. All opinions stated are my own and are not influenced by any affiliates. 

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayons (Review + Swatches)

bite beauty matte creme lip crayons review and swatches

Bite Beauty is a brand I've always had my eye on, yet haven't talked about. I've been contemplating buying an Amuse Bouche Lipstck for the longest time, but hadn't yet gone for it. Fortunately, I was chosen to review these 3 Matte Creme Lip Crayons through an Influenster campaign. The campaign doesn't require you write about it, but I like these lippies so much I want to share them!

The Bite Matte Creme Lip Crayons come in a variety of shades (roughly 19 permanent shades) and retail for $28 CAD. The application tip is skinny and there is about 0.05 oz of product in each, (aka not enough!) but the product quality itself makes up for it..

bite beauty matte creme lip crayons review and swatches
Matte Creme Lip Crayons in (L to R): Cava, Glace, Red Velvet

The texture itself is a little thick, it won't feel like you're not wearing lipstick, but it won't feel super heavy either. It isn't sticky so your hair won't cling to it. It goes on smooth and looks good even on the driest of lips. 

It does not dry out my lips and feels quite moisturizing actually. So far it's my favourite alternative to a liquid lipstick. It gives me the same awesome pigmentation but is moisturizing, whereas liquid lipsticks are quite drying on me. In exchange for the moisturizing qualities, you give up the long-lasting staying power and little-zero transfer of a liquid lipstick. I mean, they are long wearing for what they are, but these will transfer a bit and will not last the entire day. I usually carry one around with me anyways and apply after eating a meal. 

The major downside of these matte crayons is that they seem to run out quickly. I've been using Cava quite often and I notice having to twist it up to reveal new product more often than I'd like. 

Their special ingredients includes orange peel wax, as well as antioxidant; resveratrol. Bite Beauty products do not contain parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.

bite beauty matte creme lip crayons cava glace red velvet swatches
Matte Creme Lip Crayon Swatches in (Bottom to Top): Cava, Glace, Red Velvet

My lips are going through winter so they are super dry in the swatches below, sorry beforehand!

bite beauty matte creme lip crayons cava worn

bite beauty matte creme lip crayons glace worn

bite beauty matte creme lip crayons red velvet worn
 Red Velvet

bite beauty matte creme lip crayons cava worn
Wearing Cava

Ps!! After playing around I noticed that the bottom of the tube actually contains a plastic sharpener! Personally I do no need to use it because the tip itself is already skinny enough, but it was a cool noteworthy discovery..

I love the matte formulation of these and I always find myself wearing Cava. It is the most gorgeous mauve shade and compares to one of my favourite liquid lipsticks; the Stila Baci. Not sure if I would purchase one in the future, I usually stick to nude/mauve shades so I'll have to see if I want to dish out $28 for a replacement of Cava when I run out. 

You can find the Matte Lip Crayons at Sephora locations, or online at Sephora.com.

These products were received for consideration through Influenster. All opinions stated are my own and are never influenced by anyone. 

Pixi Facial Mists: Glow Mist & Makeup Fixing Mist

pixi facial mists: glow mist review and pixi makeup fixing mist review

Pixi Beauty is a brand that I've adored for a while, it made a quick appearance in Canada when Target was introduced here, but was just as quickly taken away from us when the Target's were all shut down. Fortunately, and finally, Pixi has been re-introduced to us Canadians and is available at select Shoppers Drug Marts. There is word that the displays are popping up in greater Toronto area Shoppers Drug Mart locations (wohoo!). I do have some products that I'm excited to share with you, and seeing it readily available in Canada makes me so happy!

I know I've talked about them before, but for a refresher, Pixi Beauty was created by Petra Strand, experienced makeup artist and product developer. The brand originates from London and focuses on pure skin-loving products infused with botanicals and good ingredients.

Pixi officially has a product list of 5 different mists in their collection. I have 2 of them here to share with you!

pixi facial mists: glow mist review and pixi makeup fixing mist review

The mists consist of 80ml of product and retail for $15 USD (I am not positive of the Canadian price at the moment) but they seem to be affordably drugstore priced. Both of the mists can be used either in the AM or PM, it's to your liking!

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The Glow Mist is infused with Propolis & Argan Oil and is designed for a radiant glowy effect. It is enriched with 13 other natural oils. It claims to be able to set makeup, add a dewy finish, and refresh makeup. The bottle says it can be used before makeup, after makeup, or throughout the day. After testing it out, I do see the hydrating and luminous effects and it works great for dry winter months. I don't see it prolonging my makeup wear because it is enriched with so many good oils. So I prefer to use this on light makeup days where I don't have to worry about my makeup lasting or not.

The Makeup Fixing Mist has become a holy grail for me! It is infused with Rose Water & Green Tea and designed to set, extend or refresh makeup while protecting and balancing the skin. It has a light rose scent which isn't overpowering at all. The bottle also says it can be used before and after makeup, or throughout the day. I love to use this before makeup instead of a primer. It's obviously not super hardcore primer replacement, but it is so easy to just mist over the face and apply makeup. It is such a plus that there are so many beneficial ingredients! I think that's the main reason why this has become my holy grail: I don't feel bad about misting it all over my face. It holds my makeup throughout the day as far as I can tell, and I think it is perfect as an everyday essential.

Overall, pretty impressed with the Pixi Facial Mists I got to try out. I would 100% purchase the Makeup Fixing Mist when I finish this one, not sure about the Glow Mist but I will be continuing to use them both!

Pixi Glow Mist Ingredients (here)
Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist Ingredients (here)

These products were received for consideration. All opinions stated are my own and are never influenced by anyone. 

Beauty Favourites of 2016

beauty favourites of 2016

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday, I had quite a relaxing one, and I'm so excited for what 2017 will bring. My life went through so many changes in the past year, from moving to new relationships,  new friendships, and finding out a lot about myself and others. I mean, every year I find more and more out about myself but this year had pretty big changes for me. 

I didn't blog as often as I wanted to, my summer was spent hanging out outside, and keeping busy with new friends, I was barely indoors (and didn't even get much of a tan...). To be honest, as cheesy as it sounds I spent a lot of time doing car things with my car friends (because yes, I like cars too!). I do want to keep A Lovely Allure alive, and continue sharing my completely honest reviews on products I've tried! 

I am by no means popping out an article a day, but I am trying for (at least) once a week. I am also trying to keep them as short and sweet as possible, because face it, no one wants to read unnecessarily long reviews anymore (I do sometimes get carried away though... sorry!)

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2016 Beauty Favourites

And I know it's a bit of a late post, (I planned to have this up before 2017!) but I didn't want to miss out on sharing my favourite beauty products of 2016.

Clarisonic Mia 2:
I have had the Mia 2 for a while, but I've never expressed how much I really like it! It is the best way to exfoliate dead or flaky skin, because it actually works and you don't have to sit there scrubbing for minutes. There are various brush heads for those with different skin types, and I can exfoliate the dry spots on my face so quickly!

Sephora The Perfectionist Airbrush Sponge:
What a perfect dupe for the Beauty Blender! My all-time favourite sponge, has just met it's competition with this dupe from Sephora. The sponge expands to the same size as my Beauty Blender, and works just as well.

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Cava:
I have been using this lip crayon in the shade Cava (worn here) on a daily basis and am afraid it's going to run out soon! The Bite lip crayons are not long lasting if you're about to eat but they last a great amount of time if you don't! They feel so soft and don't dry out my lips. Cava is the perfect mauve shade that I long for in a lipstick! (If you know me, light mauves are my thinggg).

Nyx Micro Brow Pencil:
I finally found a dupe for the highly coveted, Anastasia Brow Wiz! I use this Nyx Micro Brow Pencil before my Anastasia Dipbrow to outline the shape. It is pretty foolproof because it can be wiped off if a mistake is made. I do go over it and fill in my brows with the Dipbrow because this Nyx pencil does not last nearly as long, but it works so well for outlining!

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Oil-Free Perfecting Creme:
I discovered Ole Henriksen in 2016, and I actually had the pleasure of meeting the founder himself! His products are great and so easy to find something to combat specific skin issues. The Sheer Transformation Cream is my favourite, I've been using it daily! It goes under makeup so well, doesn't feel heavy on the skin but moisturizes well. I don't use it when it's super cold outside but mild to hot weather it is perfect.

Formula X MakeupByRose Nail Polish:
I don't know which one I have pictured here, but I fell in love with Formula X's Limited Edition MakeupByRose Collection! Specifically the Mahhvelous Rose (a rosy mauve), and Puffin! (a rich mink grey). I could literally wear these shades on my nails for the rest of the year.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer:
I wasn't sure this was enough coverage for me at first, but it is so hydrating and so easy to apply that it doesn't really matter to me anymore. The coverage is highest when using a sponge applicator, it doesn't crease too much (and I have dry under eyes). I just finished my tube and I will definitely purchase a new one.

Bliss The Youth As We Know It Eye Cream:
I got this eye cream for half price, and I know it isn't a miracle worker but for the price it is great! I try to do as much as I can to protect my eye area. Only time will tell, but hopefully this will help hold off my aging/dark circles/bags for a little longer!

Body Shop Pinita Colada Body Butter:
This scent, I believe, was introduced in 2016 when the Body Shop's Body Butter packaging was revamped to use plastic made from pollution. The body butter smells delicious, of coconut and a pineapple mix, and is light and absorbs so quickly!

Paula's Choice Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex SPF 30:
I had the opportunity to work with Paula's Choice in 2016 and absolutely loved their skincare products! I soooooo wish they were readily available here in Canada. Although I did love all of the products I got to try, the Hydralight Moisturizer quickly ended up in my morning routine. It is light, smells a bit like crayons but doesn't bother me, but the main perk is that it contains SPF30 and is great to wear under my foundation.

Live Clean Multi Boost Shampoo/Conditioner:
Live Clean's shampoos are really all I use now! They are sulfate free, but also free of many chemicals, parabens, silicones, never tested on animals, and 98% plant derived. The main reason I've stuck to this brand is because it is sulfate free, my hair has felt so much healthier and my scalp isn't as itchy since switching to this brand!

What were your favourites of 2016? Feel free to share with me in the comments!