I thought I would do a review on the Chanel Mat Lumiere Long Lasting Luminous Matte Fluid Makeup before I said farewell to it. I haven't wore it in well over two years, but up until now could not part with the bottle. This is the foundation I decided to wear on my wedding day and I was very happy with it at the time. Unfortunately I started having allergic reactions to it a few months after the wedding. I discovered that I am allergic to titanium dioxide, and because of this I have difficulties with products that contain SPF. The SPF in this foundation is apparently pure titanium dioxide, which is actually good news for those who are looking for a foundation with a good SPF, it was just not good news for me. This foundation blended very well and gave a medium coverage. The matte finish was not flat, and I would agree that it was a "luminous matte" finish. It did not look cakey or heavy and appeared natural. I also loved how light it felt on my skin. I don't typically like scented face products, but I didn't mind the scent of this foundation. The reason that I choose this foundation for my wedding day was that I wanted my skin to look matte and I wanted a foundation with SPF. It is not recommended to wear sunscreen for wedding photos, but I was getting married in Cabo and decided that I would risk a foundation with SFP and a "white glow" in my photos over sunburned skin. I didn't end up noticing a white glow in my wedding photos, so this foundation ended up working out well for my wedding day. Overall I really loved the Mat Lumiere foundation and would have continued to use it if it was not for the allergy.
A little while ago Almay sent me a couple of their new eye makeup removes to try out. I have very sensitive skin and Almay is known for their hypoallergenic and fragrance-free products, so I decided to give these eye makeup removers a go.
I don't typically use makeup removing pads or wipes, but I think these a great idea for travel. I like the idea that they have a dual purpose as they are also soothing and de-puffing. They are also hypoallergentic, which is pretty much a necessity for me. I definitely think the soothing element is more useful then the de-puffing though because my eyes aren't usually puffy in the evening when I remove my makeup. The one thing that I did not like about these makeup remover pads was the strong scent. They are supposed to be unscented but they definitely had a distinct smell to them. I prefer makeup removers and face cleansers to have a mild scent or no scent at all. Even though there was a strong scent they were gentle and did not irritate my sensitive skin. They did a great job at removing my everyday eye makeup and I only needed one remover pad per eye. Overall I think these are great if you are in a pinch or travelling because of the connivence and efficiency, but I wouldn't choose to use these everyday.
Out of the two products I liked this eye makeup remover best. It was unscented and worked well. The formula is activated when it is shaken up and mixed together and it is supposed leave skin moisturized. I poured the remover onto a cotton pad and held it over my eyes for a few seconds before swiping my eye makeup off. I can't attest to their claim that it removes waterproof makeup because I don't use waterproof mascara formulas, but it did remove my millions of coats of mascara and my longwear cream eyeshadow. As with the remover pads, it didn't irritate my sensitive skin.
posted on: Thursday, November 28, 2013
A few weeks back I was asked to participate in the Plenty "Get Cozy" blogger challenge. I choose to style this super soft and comfy ombre sweater, and I am absolutely loving it. It has quickly become one of my favourite sweaters for winter, and I love how it looks with my leather jacket. As soon as the cold weather hits I bundle up in my biggest scarves, boots, and sweaters. How do you get cozy for winter?
Monk & Lou Dipdye Leita pullover ℅ Plenty
Gap coated jeans
Joe Fresh boots
Wilfred Coquette scarf via Aritzia
Mackage Kenya jacket via Aritzia
Photos by Colleen
posted on: Friday, November 22, 2013
H&M recently opened at Chinook Centre Mall in Calgary, and I was lucky enough to set foot in the store before the doors officially opened. The store is beautifully designed with an eye catching two story high feature wall and a skylight. I found the lay out was easy to navigate. While checking out the store I immediately set my eyes on a sweater that I loved and stopped looking around because I didn't want to be tempted into spending everything in my bank account.
Below are a few photos from the event.
I'm so obsessed with the boots I'm wearing in this outfit, but shortly after I bought them it snowed and I haven't had very many chances to wear them. I'm also totally obsessed with this sweater and I have been wearing it constantly. A couple years ago I went through a cardigan phase, and now I'm loving all kinds of knitted sweaters.
Well, I don't have too much to say. It's been snowing a lot and I have mostly been staying indoors, drinking a lot of coffee and working away on papers for school. JP and I have some friends visiting from Austrailia for the next few weeks are we are so excited that they are here!
Sweater and necklace ℅ H&M
Rag & Bone ombre jeans
Gap suede ankle boots
Photos by my little sister