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Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream

Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream

As a blogger, I get pitched all kinds of products and services.  They usually promise something, or make some kind of claim about said product or service.  Now my inner cynic doesn’t usually believe anything promised in the promotional material; it’s just not in my nature.  Of course, every now and then a product lands on my desk that changes my mind and makes me a believer.  It doesn’t happen often, so when it does, I certainly feel the need to blog about it.  Allow me to introduce you to one such product; Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream!   Read More

Books

Turning Angel by Greg Iles

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Turning Angel by Greg IlesTurning Angel by Greg Iles
Series: Penn Cage #2
Published by Pocket Books
Published on: November 21, 2006
Genres: Fiction, Thriller, Legal
Pages: 672
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Copy
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Also in this series: The Quiet Game

About the Book

After winning the most dangerous case of his career, prosecutor Penn Cage decides to remain in his Southern hometown to raise his young daughter in a safe haven. But nowhere is truly safe -- not from long-buried secrets, or murder....When the nude body of prep school student Kate Townsend is found near the Mississippi River, Penn's best friend, Drew Elliott, is desperate for his counsel. An esteemed family physician, Drew makes a shocking confession that could put him on death row. Penn will do all he can to exonerate Drew, but in a town where the gaze of a landmark cemetery statue -- the Turning Angel -- never looks away, Penn finds himself caught on the jagged edge of blackmail, betrayal, and deadly violence.

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DIOR Splendor Collection | Holiday 2016

Dior Splendor Collection | Holiday 2016

The DIOR Splendor Collection | Holiday 2016 is the first holiday collection I am taking a look at this year.  To be honest, I’ve been sitting on this one since September and it’s been pretty hard to resist talking about it because it is a beauty.  There are some new versions of old favourites and a new product.  While I do not have the entire collection to show you, I do have some choice pieces to talk about today.  Honestly, if what I have to show you today is any indication of just how good the DIOR Splendor Collection | Holiday 2016 is, then I can’t wait to get my hands on the final few pieces.

The items from Holiday 2016 that I have for review:

  • 5 Couleurs Splendour Eyeshadow Palette (066) Smoky Sequins ($73)
  • 5 Couleurs Splendour Eyeshadow Palette (766) Precious Embroidery ($73)
  • Diorific Mat Velvet Colour Lipstick (440) Charm ($46)
  • Diorific Mat Velvet Colour Lipstick (560) Ravissement ($46)
  • Diorific Vernis in Nova ($34)
  • Diorific Vernis in Cosmic ($34)

Dior Splendor Collection | Holiday 2016

Up first we have the DIOR 5 Couleurs Splendour Eyeshadow Palettes in (066) Smoky Sequins and (766) Precious Embroidery.  Aren’t they just gorgeous?  And look at that delicate sequin detailing on the shadows themselves.  The devil is in the details and DIOR never disappoints on the details.

Dior Splendor Collection | Holiday 2016

The  DIOR 5 Couleurs Splendour Eyeshadow Palettes in (066) Smoky Sequins is just what it sounds like.  This is the ultimate palette for a smokey eye.  But the shades included allow you to have to do different variations of the smokey eye, which I just love.  I personally think this palette would be perfect for a New Years Eve look.  I’m thinking dramatic, daring and sexy!

DIOR 5 Couleurs Splendour Eyeshadow Palette (066) Smoky SequinsHere you have swatches of the  DIOR 5 Couleurs Splendour Eyeshadow Palettes in (066) Smoky Sequins.  Starting on the left with the middle golden shade and continuing from the top of the palette counter clockwise.  Four out of the five shades are shimmery with one matte shade.  All of the shades are super easy to work with and have great colour payoff.  

Dior Splendor Collection | Holiday 2016

DIOR 5 Couleurs Splendour Eyeshadow Palette in (766) Precious Embroidery is a more subtle in the shades than Smokey Sequins, but no less stunning.  In fact, if I had to choose between the two palettes, this one would be my favourite.  This one would work great for all those holiday parties and get togethers.  Think warm, sophisticated and sultry.

DIOR 5 Couleurs Splendour Eyeshadow Plaette (766) Precious EmbroideryAgain we have the shadows from the DIOR 5 Couleurs Splendour Eyeshadow Palette in (766) Precious Embroidery starting with the middle shades and continuing counter clockwise from the top left of the palette.  Each shade is a shimmer shade, and all of them are smooth like butter.  There is little to no fallout and they are super easy to work with.

Dior Splendor Collection | Holiday 2016

And no DIOR Holiday collection could ever possibly complete without a few stunning lipsticks.  I received two from the collection in the shades (440) Charm and (560) Ravissement.  Now just from looking at the colours themselves, I would never ever pick these up on my own.  Let’s face it, they don’t really look like they would be all that complimentary with my skin tone.  But the reality is that I never count DIOR out when it comes to lipstick.  I have a number of DIOR lipsticks that at first glance, I don’t think will work for me.  More often than not, I tend to be proven quite wrong on that front.

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As you can see from the swatches, both (440) Charm, which is on top (560) Ravissement, on the bottom are both fairly bright shades.  (440) Charm being a little more on the peach side, and (560) Ravissement a little more on the pink side.  Both shades are  completely opaque after just one swipe and are a nice creamy matte finish.  Worn as applied in the picture above, the shades don’t work for me at all, but that is a rather thick application of lipstick.  But as you will see in my full #fotd, when I soften the lipstick up a bit, it looks so gorgeous.

Dior Splendor Collection | Holiday 2016

Now we have the Diorific Vernis in Nova and Cosmic.  Both of these shades are absolutely stunning.  Nova is a clear based polish with gold reflective pieces inside.  This one can be worn on it’s own or overtop of another colour.  Cosmic is a deep wine shade with gold reflect.  I love, love, love this one and I’ve had to talk myself out of wearing it every week since I received it.  It’s dark, vampy and oh so classy that it has literally become my go to shade as of late.  Now, I don’t have swatches of the shades at the moment because my nails are absolutely atrocious.  Packing boxes totally ruins your manicure.  But keep an eye out on my instagram in the coming weeks for swatches of the nail shades.

 

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Apologies for the ‘mean-mugging’ #fotd, but I was in a bit it was four in the morning and I’m not convinced I was entirely awake.  In any case, I am wearing the DIOR 5 Couleurs Splendour Eyeshadow Palette in (766) Precious Embroidery on the eyes along with the Diorific Mat Velvet Colour Lipstick (560) Ravissement on the lips.

The DIOR Splendor Collection for Holiday 2016 is available at Sephora, Holt Renfrew,and The Bay while supplies last.

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Bite Beauty | Best Bite Redux Set

Bite Beauty Best Bite Redux Set

As a blogger, one of my favourite things about the Holiday Season are the various holiday sets that brands put out each year.  The sets usually contain various different products or in the case of the Bite Beauty Best Bite Redux Set ($29 CAD), it contains four of the same product, just in different shades.  One of the first products I ever tried from Bite Beauty was their Matte Crème Lip Crayons.  I tend to forget about them but during the Holidays, I get the reminder of just how good they are.

Bite Beauty Best Bite Redux Set ($29 CAD)

4 x 0.03 oz/ 0.91 mL Deluxe Matte Crème Lip Crayon in:

  • Truffle
  • Red Velvet
  • Orchid
  • Fraise
Bite Beauty Best Bite Redux Set

Best Bite Redux Set – Fraise

This is a strawberry red shade, which is pretty aptly named.  I’m a huge fan of red lipstick, but it’s so hard to get it right. Some reds work for me, and some don’t.  I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone in that as pretty much everyone goes through that when it comes to red lipstick.  In any case, while Fraise is a very pretty red, I wasn’t sure just how that would translate with my skintone.

Best Bite Redux Set - Fraise

Best Bite Redux Set – Fraise

As you can see, Fraise is a cool-toned red shade.  That is normally something I try to avoid, but when it comes to this one, it’s not too bad.  I can’t honestly say that this one would be my first choice to reach for when picking a red, but at least it doesn’t leave me looking like I have clown lips.  This one applies well and is opaque from the first swipe.  It doesn’t feather or bleed, but it does stain a little bit.

Bite Beauty Best Bite Redux Set - Orchid

Best Bite Redux Set – Orchid

Orchid is a cool-toned hot pink shade.  While the shade is gorgeous, I just can’t carry it off; at least not by iteself.  While this one is not for me, I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding and minimal staining while testing this one out. 

Best Bite Redux Set - Orchid

Best Bite Redux Set – Orchid

Orchid is bright and my lips are large, which doesn’t really make for the best combination in this case.  It’s actually quite blinding when I put it on, which is not what I’m going for.  Honestly, I’m not surprised that there is at least one shade in the set that I can’t use.  Last year it was Cafe, and this year it is Orchid.  This one applies a little easier than Fraise, but it settles right into all the creases of the lips.

Bite Beauty Best Bite Redux Set

Best Bite Redux Set – Red Velvet

Now out of the entire set, Red Velvet is my absolute favourite.  From the minute I opened this one up, I knew that if I had to pick one shade out of the four to love, it would be this one.

Best Bite Redux Set - Red Velvet

Best Bite Redux Set – Red Velvet

It’s a gorgeous red shade that isn’t too orange and it works very well with my skintone.  This one is right up my alley and is pretty much a no fuss, no muss red shade.  This one feels a little more tacky when it is applied on the lips than the others, but is opaque right from the word go.  It lasts for hours and I experience no feathering or bleeding with it.  Like most red lippies, this bad boy stains your lips when you take it off and it’s by no means transfer proof.  But as it pretty much lasts until you take it off, looks amazing and requires minimal touching up throught the day, this one is hands down the winner of the bunch for me.

Bite Beauty Best Bite Redux Set

Best Bite Redux Set – Truffle

Truffle is the one ‘on trend’ shade in the bunch.  I think it is described as a dark brown, but I have absolutely no idea why.  Just from looking at it, you can tell that it’s not brown a more of a very dark plum shade.

Best Bite Redux Set - Truffle

Best Bite Redux Set – Truffle

And then you put it on the lips, and it is a dark plum shade that is just perfect for fall.  This one applies very easily and is a bit more on the silky side than the other shades in the bunch.  I do really like this one, but for me it requires me to use a lip liner with it to prevent bleeding.  This one doesn’t last as long as the others and does require touchups throughout the day.

Bite Beauty Best Bite and Best Bite Redux Comparison Swatches

Bite Beauty Best Bite and Best Bite Redux Comparison Swatches

And here’s a bonus with swatches from last year’s Bite Beauty Best Bite Set and this year’s Bite Beauty Best Bite Redux Set.

Best Bite Redux Set

Best Bite Redux Set

Final Verdict

While I didn’t love all the shades in the Bite Beauty Best Bite Redux Set, I still think the set is a great investment.  While Bite Beauty is famous for their lipstick, the Matte Crème Lip Crayons are often overshadowed and forgotten entirely. 

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NIVEA | Fall Skincare Routine

NIVEA Fall Skincare Routine Fall is without a doubt my favourite season.  I love the weather, the changing leaves and pumpkin spice everything!  Fall is the time of year when I completely switch out my wardrobe from warm weather clothing to clothes more suitable for the cooler weather.  What I often forget to do is to change up my skincare routine to suit the change in weather. Well not this year.  This year, I’ve made a concerted effort to change things up and develop a NIVEA Fall Skincare Routine.

NIVEA Fall Skincare Routine

After I have cleansed my skin, I start off with the Q10plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Pearls ($17.57 for 40 ml).  These pearls are enriched with coenzyme Q10, hyaluronic acid and creatine.  While I’m not too concerned just yet about wrinkles, I am concerned about hydration.  My skin is quite dehyrated normally, but in the cooler months it tends to get so much worse so I’m always looking for a product that is going to help out with that.  While not as hydrating as I want it to be, the Q10plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Pearls make my skin so silky smooth it’s unreal.

NIVEA Fall Skincare Routine

Q10plus Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream SPF30 ($17.57 for 50 ml) is pretty much my go to face cream at the moment.  Normally, when it comes to a face cream, I find them either too runny, or too thick.  When they are too runny, they don’t provide enough hydration and leave my face looking wet rather than actually moisturizing my skin.  When they are too thick they don’t provide any moisture at all and act almost as a moisture barrier instead.  That’s very helpful if you are out skiing or in the elements all day, but it’s no so handy for me.  The Q10plus Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream SPF30 is a face cream that falls right into the ‘thick’ category. A little of this stuff goes a very long way and leaves my skin moisutrized without being greasy.  The SPF30 is a bonus because I would forget to use it on it’s own.

NIVEA Fall Skincare Routine

Q10plus Anti-Wrinkle Night Care ($17.57 for 50 ml) is a welcome addition to my skincare routine.  I don’t often use a night cream, which is such a shame when you think about it.  I put this one on about an hour before bedtime to let it sink right into my skin.  It’s the extra moisture my skin needs in the colder weather.  It does all of the hard work while I’m sleeping leaving my skin ready to face another day.

NIVEA Fall Skincare Routine

Now that I’ve taken care of my face, I can’t forget the rest of my skin.  This is where NIVEA Cream ($9.99 for 250 ml) comes in handy.  This stuff is a cult classic for a very good reason.  While it is extremely thick, it is also super moisturizing and can be used anywhere and as needed.  My favourite way to use the NIVEA Cream is on my feet at night.  I simply slather some of this on and cover my feet with a good pair of socks and I wake up in the morning with instantly soft feet.  

 

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