3 Lip Products that Pop


Looking for a way to jazz up your every day makeup? One of my favourite ways to create a ‘put together’ look is to pop on a bit of colour to my lips. I instantly feel like I spent 30 minutes instead of 5 minutes getting my face ready for the day.

Below are 3 of my TOP choices for lip products that pop:

1) MAC (matte) Lipstick in ‘So Chaud’

I lovvvvvve this shade and texture. It lasts super long because of the matte finish, and it has this beautiful orange red tone that feels like I’m on vacation laying on a beach somewhere. The colour instantly makes my face brighter, and I usually wear this with very little to no makeup on my eyes.

This creamy rich formula features high colour payoff in a no-shine matte finish / $18.50 CAD  MAC Cosmetics

This creamy rich formula features high colour payoff in a no-shine matte finish / $18.50 CAD MAC Cosmetics

2) Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in ‘WSM’

This is a great option if you want something super long wearing. Like I mean it, it’s longwearinggggg. Since it is a waterprood/smudgeproof formula, it is going to feel a bit more ‘set’ on the lips, so feel free to touch up throughout the day with a. bit of chapstick. Personally, I like the no shine effect it gives so I usually let it be and it ends up fading naturally really well.

This is the Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick—a waterproof formula so life-proof, it’s not going ANYWHERE until you take it off. $24 CAD /  Urban Decay Cosmetics

This is the Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick—a waterproof formula so life-proof, it’s not going ANYWHERE until you take it off. $24 CAD / Urban Decay Cosmetics

3) NYX Butter Gloss in ‘Strawberry Parfait- Fuschia’

This lip gloss is heaven on your lips. Its super smooth, not sticky, and just plain feels good. If you want a pop of colour but don’t want to commit to super intense colour, the brighter tones in this line lend a beautiful and subtle pop of colour.

Buttery soft and silky smooth our scrumptious new Butter Lip Gloss tastes as sweet as a sugar cookie—and makes your lips look downright luscious. $8 CAD /  NYX Cosmetics

Buttery soft and silky smooth our scrumptious new Butter Lip Gloss tastes as sweet as a sugar cookie—and makes your lips look downright luscious. $8 CAD / NYX Cosmetics

Hey There! I’m Colleen.  I’m a beauty pro dishing out all of my secrets. Want to get to know me better? Read more   here.

Hey There! I’m Colleen.

I’m a beauty pro dishing out all of my secrets. Want to get to know me better? Read more here.



The Tanner You've Been Waiting For! And HOW to apply like a PRO.

There’s no question that St. Tropez is one of the top leaders for self tanning products. They have incredible options, and I truly have never experienced streaks or orange tones to my St Tropez tan.

This is my review on their Purity Water Bronzing Mousse & Facial Mist Spray.

I haven’t been this excited for a tanning product since who knows when. But I couldn’t wait to try out St.Tropez’s Water Mousse and Water Face Mist. I was so curious to see how the delicate water formula would translate into the perfect tan, so I put it to the test.


First things first, The bottle is so pretty. Using their classic turquoise accents, this new formula comes with a. clear bottle so you can see right inside. The fragrance is very floral and fresh, and makes me feel like I am on a beach in Hawaii before even giving myself the tan.

I’ve used this a few times now, the first being super careful, since I wasn’t entirely sure what the finished result would be compared to my normal tanning routine. I used the mit and took my time. I loved that this formula requires no need to rinse off, and you could quite literally apply it any time of day and go about your business. It truly did dry incredibly fast, and after testing with the first application I felt confident wearing it without transfer etc.

I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous about the face mist. I usually just apply the body mousse on my face as well, as I’m able to tell the level of tan I will get along with the body. I was worried the mist wouldn’t line up right, or would be a different tone than my body. But I was so wrong. It blended seamlessly, and felt really nice while applying. And again, the fragrance is really lovely, so that was refreshing and comforting all at the same time.

Here is a short video showing how to apply both of these products:

If you get a chance to get your hands on these, I would highly recommend it. My other favourite tanning product that I’ve used for years and years is the St Tropez Classic Bronzing Mousse. Tried and true.



IT Cosmetics Miracle Water 3-in-1 Tonic - Toning Micellar Cleanser

Infused with Secret Sauce™ Fermented Complex, a clinically advanced combination of 7 penetration-enhancing fermented ingredients, Miracle Water™ helps to increase absorbency and improve the efficacy of your moisturizers and serums. With anti-aging peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, rose, aloe, rice, chamomile, green tea water, licorice root and vitamin C—plus illuminating Drops of Light Technology™ Concentrate and diamond powder—it also gives you a youthful, lit-from-within glow! Use it after cleansing or in place of your cleanser for powerful results immediately and over time.

Key Benefits

  • Innovative glow tonic is your Skin-Brightening Radiance Booster, Anti-Aging Treatment Essence and Skin-Softening Micellar Cleanser—all in one product!
  • Secret Sauce™ Fermented Complex helps increase absorbency and maximize the efficacy of your moisturizers and serums
  • Drops of Light Technology™ Concentrate, bioluminescence and diamond powder give the look of youthful radiance
  • Anti-aging peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, rose, aloe, rice, chamomile, green tea water, licorice root and vitamin C

VICHY Ideal Soleil Anti-Shine Dry Touch Lotion SPF60

High protection sunscreen against UVA/UVB rays, for face, recognized by Canadian Dermatology Association. Long lasting anti-shine effect. 80 minutes water & sweat resistance. Dry touch lotion formulated for an active lifestyle and outdoor activities.



Formulated with silica and volcanic perlite, Idéal Soleil Anti-Shine Dry Touch Lotion has lightweight, creamy feel that dries instantly to ensure long-lasting sweat, oil, & sebum absorption. It’s the perfect choice for those with combination skin or oily, sensitive skin types. 

This lotion contains patented broad-spectrum UV filters, including Mexoryl, for high UVA/UVB protection, and is water & sweat resistant for up to 80 minutes.

It will help prevent sunburn and maintain your sun protection daily but also during high levels of activity such as swimming, surfing, cycling, running. 


Idéal Soleil Dry Touch SPF 60 contains the Mexoryl® sunscreen technology and other sunscreen filters to provide a broad spectrum sun protection against UVA and UVB rays, which can cause skin damages

Vichy's engagement

  • No oil, paraben or fragrance 
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Tested on sensitive skin under dermatological control
  • With Mexoryl®, the sunscreen filter most recommended by Canadian dermatologists*

JERGENS Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse

Flawless, natural-looking colour instantly.

JERGENS® Natural Glow® Instant Sun™ Sunless Tanning Mousse uniquely works with your skin tone to mimic results from the natural sun. This airy, moisturizing mousse allows for a precise, even application that dries in just 60 seconds.

  • Available in two shades – Light Bronze and Deep Bronze


Use pump to dispense airy mousse into hand and smooth on to skin. The tinted mousse shows you exactly where your colour will develop to provide a streak-free, sunless tan.


STREET BEAUTY: Vancouver Fashion Week F/W 2017

As I sit preparing myself for the next designer at Vancouver Fashion Week to debut their line for Fall/Winter 2017, Jamal Abdourahman, founder of this iconic Vancity event sits next to me. He leans in and gives me the hot tips to look out for with the collection that is about to emerge on the runway. During the following break he then introduces me to some of the biggest fashion influencers that have flown in for the event. The crowd is a wonderful mix of international guests and Vancouver’s own trendsetters. This being its 29th season, Vancouver Fashion Week is well known for its commitment to showcase international designers as well as local Canadian talent and consistently celebrates multiculturalism on their runway.


When it came to beauty on the runway there were some amazing looks, such as slick hair, distressed braids, dewy skin, and bold lips. Designer Ella “Lennon” Wallach, had her models painted with a bold, black line down the center of their faces that complimented the lines on her designs beautifully. That coupled with natural, carefree hair with a single, thin center-part braid gave it a feminine touch to an incredibly strong, alternative feel. MAAK, a label out of Australia, included undone finger waves, fresh faces, and a dark lip as part of their models look, which was gorgeous mixed with the minimalist yet edgy appeal of the collection.

Designer Ella "Lennon" Wallach and her striped beauties. Photo courtesy of  Ed Ng.

Designer Ella "Lennon" Wallach and her striped beauties. Photo courtesy of Ed Ng.


In between all of the shows, I couldn’t help but look around and be in awe of the personality that the attendees showcased through their own hair and makeup styles. It was the place to be to scope out what beauty trends these top fashion influencers and bloggers are currently setting. Pretty in pink monotone palettes perfect for spring, lush hair colours such as deep maroon and cobalt blue, bold hair cuts with great angles, fantastic accessories such as thin metal eyeglasses and thick colored sunglasses, dark lips for days and fresh faces with bold brows. These all stole my heart completely.


Scroll through the gallery to see some of the images captured during Vancouver Fashion Week F/W 2017 that highlight the best of the best in Vancouver Street Beauty: 

REVIEW: Vichy Idéalia Line

Vichy has recently come out with a new line targeted at preventing the signs of fine lines and increase skin's glow (perfect for the 30 something's demographic!). This soothing and reconstructing skin care line is formulated with amazing ingredients such as blueberries, fermented black tea, and Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water. 

The line consists of 7 products:

First of all, the packaging is so beautiful. They all feel high in quality and have a nice weight to the bottles. Now on to the products...

Radiance Booster Serum: I noticed a nice light liquorice and floral smell. I found it applies beautifully into the skin, not too heavy or slippery. My skin instantly felt silky and smooth and I found it very refreshing.

Radiance Activating Night Peeling Care - This product was very fresh and invigorating. Felt very hydrating and calming. 

Energizing smoothing and radiance gel-cream - This mattifying sorbet cream made my skin feel baby soft. I could feel it instantly sealing in hydration.

Smoothness & Glow Energizing Cream - This product initially seems bit heavier, with a wet-oil kind of feel. I think it would be a great step for additional hydration for dry skin and/or winter months. 


Below is a special Q & A with Mara Vezeau, Vichy's Integrated communications leader and medical relations. 

I would definitely recommend this line to anyone coming into or are in their 30's looking for a little revitalizing! Say hello to glowy, hydrated skin!


Beat the winter blues.

Snowmeggedon is in full force here in the mountains of BC...so what better time than now to play around with some makeup!

Products Used:

Tarte Cosmetics Tartiest Lip Paint in Namaste

Urban Decay Ultimate Basics Naked Palette, Naked Concealer in Light Medium

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer

Becca Cosmetics pressed highlight in Opal

MAC Cosmetics Mineralized blush in Grand Duo

Annabelle Cosmetics kohl eyeliner in White

Kiss Lashes trios in Medium

Ardell Lashes individual in Short

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in medium Brown

Faux Fur headband from Winners

Hair products: Hot Tools curling wand 1", Batiste Dry Shampoo in XXL Volume, AG Hair curl spray, Bed Head by Tigi Rock Hard Hairspray

FASHION Magazine: Festival Beauty!

(Beauty Panel: Challenge #120)

The flower crown has been a festival staple for quite some time now. How can you not feel like a girlie, wild child while donning a gorgeous band of flowers around your head? Flower crowns will always have a special place in my heart, but if you want to stand out from the crowds at this years summer festivals, there are a lot of different ways to mix up the usual look!

An awesome and super easy way to have the festival vibe is to accessorize with hair jewelry. Lately, I have been swooning over full head pieces like the one I am wearing here. It is one piece, which makes it easy to put on, and it definitely feels snug which means it will be secure enough to last through all that dancing! I like the look of it with my hair in messy, beauty curls. Since the hair jewelry falls above my eyes, I went for a more dramatic eye makeup to allow for them to play each other up.

Products used:
MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC20, Urban Decay Naked Skin Conealer in Light Neutral,MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium, MAC Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul, Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in That Glow, Anastasia Beverly Hills BrowWiz in Taupe, Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow in Blonde, MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre, MAC eyeshadows in Naked Lunch, Amber Lights, Deep Fixation, Sketch, and Copperplate, Blinc Amplified Mascara in Black, KISS Blooming Lash in Peony, NYX lipliner in natural, MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy, Hair jewelry from Urban Planet. 

Styled Shoot: Gypsy Dreams

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of collaborating with the talented photographer, Alanna Govenlock of StolenStill Photography, and gorgeous model Chantelle Pellerin. We went out adventuring in our beautiful backyard (Pemberton, BC) where we captured the rushing waters near a waterfall, the peacefulness of the forest, and the magic along the riverside.

Plus we had smoke bombs. It was awesome. 


Here is a little preview:





FASHION Magazine: Wedding Guest Beauty!

(Beauty Panel: Challenge #119)


One of my favourite summer activities is being a guest at a wedding. In all honesty, I get so giddy whenever a wedding invitation arrives. In between those times I often sit and think about who out of my friends or family will tie the knot next so we can celebrate some love and have a great get together. It’s also a wonderful excuse to put on a party dress and do some fun primping!


When it comes to makeup for attending a wedding, I’m into looking polished but not overdone (it is the bride’s big day after all!). Natural tones on the eyelids, with a crisp liner and full lashes appear clean and simple. With a neutral pout you’ll have minimal upkeep, which means you’ll spend less time worrying about touching up your shade of lipstick and have more time to bust a move on the dance floor! Another bonus: natural makeup goes with any outfit!


Products used: MAC Studio Fix Fluid in “NC20,” Benefit High Beam Highlighter, M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in “Medium,” M.A.C Matte Bronze, M.A.C powder blush in “Tenderling,” Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in “Taupe,” M.A.C Paint Pot in “Soft Ochre,” M.A.C eyeshadow in “Brule,” “Naked Lunch” and “Swiss Chocolate,” Tarte tarteist Clay Paint Liner, Ardell Lashes in “108,” Duo lash adhesive, Annabelle Kohl eyeliner in “White,” Blinc Amplified Mascara in “Black,” NYX retractable lip liner in “Natural,” M.A.C Lipstick in “Patisserie.”

FASHION Magazine: Tanning Essentials!

(Beauty Panel: Challenge #118)



There’s nothing like golden skin for the summer. Here are my favourite products and techniques when it comes to faking a sun-kissed tan.


1. Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel
I have been devoted to this self-tanner for a number of years because I find the formula to be so spot-on. It dries fast, gives a great tone, and I’ve never had any of those awful orange streaks that we all fear so much. It’s my favourite!


2. Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs
When you want a little extra oomph for your tan, this is the product to turn to. I usually spray the formula onto a dark facecloth or tanning mitt, and then apply to my skin. It gives just the right amount of extra colour. Since it is also water resistant, it is great for wear throughout the day, and comes off easily in the shower.


3. Grapeseed Oil
Once you’ve got your skin looking gorgeous with a tanned tone, give the colour a little sheen. I love using grapeseed oil as a body moisturizer. It soaks into the skin beautifully and leaves it glowing.


4. For the face
My absolute favourite powder bronzer for the face is M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in “Give Me Sun.” It is a great medium toned bronzer, without any shimmer (I like to add that separately if desired). Which leads me to my next favourite…Benefit High beam is a gorgeous highlighter that really helps show off your summer skin.


5. Bright nails
One of my favourite tricks for helping skin look even more tanned is wearing bright nail polish. It’s a great way to add contrast and tricks the eye. My two faves (and I always get comments about tanned skin whenever I wear them!) are “Lemon Fizz” and “Pool Party” – both from China Glaze.


Products used: Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel, Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in “Tan Glow,” Now Solutions Grapeseed Oil, M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in “Give Me Sun,” Benefit High Beam, China Glaze Nail Laquer in “Lemon Fizz” and “Pool Party.”

FASHION Magazine: Road Trip Beauty!

(Beauty Panel: Challenge #117)

It is so exciting that camping/road trip season is upon us! However, being on the open road or out in the wilderness makes for more interesting times when it comes to skincare and beauty. Here are some of my must-have products that I make sure to bring with me during all of this fun!

First and foremost, I always make sure I have sunscreen with me wherever I go. Don’t forget to reapply often for the best protection. I like to go fairly light with my makeup during this time of year because when it gets hot and sticky, the last thing you want is heavy makeup. Keep it clean with just a smidge of concealer wherever you might need it. Then I like to use a tint for cheek colour. I find that it lasts longer, and it can always double up for a lip colour as well. When I like to put as little effort in as possible, but still look pulled together I go straight for an easy bright lip and just a swipe of mascara. For longevity, my faves are the Nyx Full Throttle waterproof lipstick formula, Blinc’s amplified mascara and Blinc’s brow mousse. All are basically life-proof and will even last through a quick summer dip! An awesome straw hat can make any state your hair is in look complete (I practically live in mine throughout the summer months).

At the end of a long day camping or road-tripping, it can be tricky to make sure you get a good cleansing in of your skin. I like to pack face wipes with me, and then just rinse with a little water afterwards. Finish off with a drop of hydrating serum and I’m a happy camper!!


Products used: Kinesys SPF 30 Alcohol-Free Sunscreen, M.A.C Moisturecover Concealer in “NC20,” Benefit Lollitint Lip & Cheek Stain, Benefit High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter, Nars Laguna Bronzer, Nyx Full Throttle Waterproof Lipstick in “Jolt,” Blinc Mascara Amplified in “Black,” Blinc Eyebrow Mousse in “Light Brunette,” Neutrogena Naturals Makeup Removing Wipes, Éminence Organics Stone Crop Serum.


FASHION Magazine: Clumpy Lashes IRL!

(Beauty Panel: Challenge #116)


Clumpy mascara is a lash style that has been popping up all over the place, especially after being showcased in many recent fashion shows. It’s a trend that I myself have yet to jump on board for, however, I am definitely curious about it.


I can imagine this look for day-to-day as a focus element for the eyes. If I choose to do clumpy mascara, I would leave my eyes fairly neutral. Extra voluminous lashes stand out wonderfully on its own, so I personally would want to keep the focus just on them. 


For this look I used Maybelline’s Colossal Chaotic Lash. This mascara is amazing, and does wonders for volume. In this case, to build up as much density as I could, I applied the first layer regularly (upwards strokes with the wand horizontally) and then I went in with the wand vertically and applied all of that wonderful mascara buildup that usually sits on the tip of the wand. I went in spaced out sections, purposely coaxing lashes to stick together. Then to go even further, I applied individual lashes (4 of them) spaced evenly across my entire top lash line. After that, I went in with yet another coat of mascara, both horizontally with the wand, and vertically with the tip. A few coats of mascara on my lower lashes (which I never do!) sealed the deal. All in all, I probably did about 10 coats of mascara and I have to tell you, I loved it! It made me feel like a mix between a 1960’s twiggy, a 1920’s flapper and a doe-eyed doll!


Products used: M.A.C Studio Fix fluid in “NC20,” M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in “Medium,” M.A.C Bronzer in “Solar Riche,” M.A.C Mineralize Blush in “Warm Soul,” M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in “Soft and Gentle,” Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in “Blonde and Medium Brown,” M.A.C Paint Pot in “Soft Ochre,” Nyx Matte Eyeshadow in “I Have a Headache,” Maybelline Colossal Chaotic Lash Mascara in “Blackest Black,” Ardell Individual Lashes, Duo Adhesive, M.A.C Lipstick in “Studded Kiss” and “Chile”

REVIEW: Quo Spring Collection

*Disclaimer: These products were sent to me by Quo for review. However, the information stated below of the products are (as always) my own, honest opinion. 


Ok, first off...can we talk about how amazing the packaging is for Quo's new Spring 2016 Collection??? 

Glossy black palettes adorned with beautiful 3D mirrored glass in an oil spill pattern. They are so gorgeous in person, and so fun to have as an addition in the kit. Also, they feel like quality palettes, very built well and they feel heavy...they aren't about to break while the kit is travelling, which is super important. 

In this package I received 4 palettes (from clockwise above):

1- Quo Prismatic Face Palette (Blush, bronzer, and highlighter)

2- Quo Prismatic Eye Palette ('Infinity' - soft beige, pinks and greys)

3- Quo Prismatic Eye Palette ('Colourful Life' - soft pastels)

4- Quo Prismatic Brow Kit (Eyebrow cream and eyebrow powder)

1- Quo Prismatic Face Palette - Blush, bronzer, and highlighter:

This palette is my favourite of the bunch. Each item in the palette has a bit of an iridescent shimmer to it, but none of them are overbearing in any way. The bronzer has a neutral beige/pink tone to it , rather than how some bronzers give more of an orange tone. This gives a very nice, subtle and more natural look to it. The blush applied beautifully, just the right amount of colour. Again, a nice subtle tone. The highlighter was the perfect accent to the other two, not super shimmery or frosty, just a nice sheen when the light catches it. Loving this trio!

2- Quo Prismatic Eye Palette - 'Infinity':

This is a very nice neutral palette. It gives a medium type of concentration, the colours come out soft, but have enough pigment to create a great look. This is going to be a great staple in my Bridal kit as it has the perfect romantic shades that brides are after!

3- Quo Prismatic Eye Palette - 'Colourful Life' (on the right in the picture below)

This looks like a fun palette with great pastel tones in it. I feel it gives a nice variety. The pinks and purples in it again will be fantastic for bridal. The concentration, like the other palette, is medium pigmentation. It's not super thick, but rather a nice soft opacity. I used the eyeshadows from the first palette (Infinity) for my sample look, and used an eyeshadow primer underneath. The eyeshadows went on really smooth and grabbed to the primer really well. They also stayed put without any creasing. 

4- Quo Prismatic Brow Kit:

This is a great little brow kit. The Brow cream goes on nicely and allows for the powder to have something to grab onto, giving the powder a more defined look to it. The concentration is great, however, the tone of the top colour for myself was a bit to auburn, and the lower colour was a bit too dark. Great addition to the kit though!

Thanks Quo for letting me test out your new Spring 2016 Collection! Here is a sample look I created using the face palette, the brow kit, and the eyeshadow palette in 'Infinity'. 


FASHION Magazine: Prom Night Beauty (v2.0)!

(Beauty Panel: Challenge #115)

For my graduating year, I found myself in a big, princess-style, hot-pink dress (something I never thought I would want), with multi-coloured embroidery all over the corset top.  It was loud and gorgeous. I remember having so much fun practicing my makeup for the big night. Which really is the most important part, having fun with it! I will definitely admit though, I have a few things I would do differently if I could go back to that day!

I was big into self-tanning at that time in my life. Even though I was into the bronzing of my skin, I neglected to adjust my foundation shade…so there I am, in every picture from prom night, with a face a couple shades lighter than my body! With trial and error comes knowledge, and I learned quickly that you need a couple different shades for different seasons/occasions. For my grad night, I also remember feeling like my hair was a bit stiff (the hairdresser and I had different visions…). But it was easy to fiddle with afterwards to have it a little more me.

If I were to re-do my look for prom night, I would go with something classy, a nice smoky, cut-crease eye, with winged liner and lots of lashes. I would have my hair gently curled and pinned softly to one side. And I would definitely make sure my foundation matched my skin!

Graduation and Prom night is one of the first times you get to present yourself to the world as an adult. It’s such a transformative stage in your life. So have fun getting ready for grad night and in a way, ready for the all the new things to come in life!

Happy prom days! 

ps: Here's a glimpse of me at my real prom circa 2005! In all my platinum-hair, glitter-body and pale-face glory! Big smiles though! Always :)



Disclaimer: This fragrance was NOT sent to me for review. I purchased it…because I love it. And of course, all of the information below is my own personal opinion.


This fragrance seriously is the bomb. Victor & Rolf's Flowerbomb is described as having notes of bergamot, tea, freesia, jasmine, orange blossom, orchid, rose, patchouli, and it is practically an explosion of flowers and deliciousness. When on my skin (since everyone jives with fragrance differently), I notice more of a sultry, musky scent, which was exactly what I was after. I definitely notice the jasmine and orchid as well.


As I get older I’m getting much more sensitive to scents (like one whiff and I can get a migraine for days). Which is really sad because I used to be all about different perfumes and mixing it up. Now I have to be really selective, and also gear towards more natural fragrances as well, like essential oils, etc. However, this one has been great, and I can’t get enough of it! If you are in the market for a sexy, girlie new fragrance, I highly recommend checking out Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb!

(Quick tip: If you check it out at Sephora, ask for a sample of the fragrance and they will make you a mini to-go bottle!)


REVIEW: Les Soins de Jacynthe

*Disclaimer: These products were sent to me by Les Soins de Jacynthe for review. The information stated below is (as always) my own personal opinion. Review is of my first-time use of product)

Les Soins de Jacynthe is a skin care line out of Quebec, Canada. Founded by Jacynthe René, a former actress and producer who now owns her own magazine and has been featured in many publications. She has also published three books in only four years that revolve around health and wellbeing.  She is an avid supporter of a greener lifestyle and her work definitely shows it. You can view her online magazine here, where you will find advice about anything from electromagnetic pollution in our homes, to natural remedies for common ailments, to delicious recipes for maintaining your skins radiance!

I was sent three products from Les Soins de Jacynthe (cleansing oil, serum, plus the rose water) and I have to say as soon as I opened the box, I was delighted to see such clean and cute packaging. (The mailing box even had a sticker on it that said “sent with love from Jacynthe – in French). I felt as if I had received something from a classy Parisian apothecary. The bottles are dark brown and two of them come as tinctures. The rose water came as a spray. The labels are simple yet elegant with a hand-made, one of a kind feel to them. One of the main reasons I was attracted to review this brand was due to the way they pride themselves as being 100% natural with active ingredients, they do not contain any GMO’s, they do not contain any chemicals, and they are completely cruelty-free, not tested on animals. This is exactly what you want for happy skin!

1. Huile nettoyante de Jacynthe (Cleansing oil)

Ingredients: jojoba and apricot oils, sea buckthorn CO2, bourbon, geranium rosa, ylang ylang and sandalwood oils.

Ok guys, this cleansing oil is seriously amazing. As soon as I opened it I was greeted with such a delicious smell. I mean…it’s got sandalwood and bourbon in it. Bourbon. I put a dropper full of the oil into the palm of my hand and began massaging it onto my skin. It is meant to be a makeup remover and cleanser, but I was tempted to leave it on my skin as it felt so good. I felt so relaxed with the combination of the scent and the massaging that I actually felt like I was getting a decadent facial in my own home. I would highly recommend this product, and I’m looking forward to using it more!

2. Eau florale de Rose (Rosewater)

Ingredients: 100% rose water.

I have to be honest and say that rosewater has never been my thing. The scent for some reason usually gives me a headache and I often find it overwhelming. That being said, I was still intrigued to try out Jacynthe’s rosewater. I was pleasantly surprised when misting it onto my face. It felt really refreshing, and the rosewater fragrance didn’t feel overwhelming at all…it dissipated and didn’t linger aggressively like other waters/fragrances. This is a beautiful refresher/toner after cleansing your face!

3. Le Sérum de Jacynthe (Serum)

Ingredients: evening primrose oil, borage, buckthorn & Rosehip CO2 extracts, sandalwood, rose, natural vitamin E and rosemary oleoresin.

This is the third step in the system, the potent serum. Containing ingredients such as buckthorn and vitamin E, I knew it would have great benefits for the skin. I used a couple drops out of the tincture and gently applied it to my skin. I waited a few moments, and added a little bit more and my skin was left feeling nourished and hydrated.

As I unwind before bed...the aroma from these products are left lingering slightly on my skin and it is the perfect way to relax. So nice!

Overall Verdict: I definitely noticed how soft my skin felt after using all three products. I absolutely love that they are all 100% natural ingredients and are Canadian made. My favorite out of them all has got to be the Cleansing oil, which I seriously cannot wait to try again. I will continue to use these products and give an update in about a month!

Find these products and more at jmagazine.com.


REVIEW: Blinc Box Discovery Collection

*Disclaimer: These products were sent to me by Blinc for review. However, the information stated below of the products are (as always) my own, honest opinion. 

The other week I was sent a pretty little box filled with some pretty little goodies. Blinc has been on my radar for a few years. They pride themselves on being "life-proof", which in their terms is a combination of run-proof, smudge-proof, flake-proof, and water-proof. I commonly get mascara smudges on my lids (I don't have the biggest eyelids, and they are fairly sunken) so a lot of the time I will come to look in a mirror and see black lines transferred across my lids! So frustrating. Enter Blinc. They are well known for their tube-like mascara, that glides on and creates tiny water-resistant shields on each individual lash. Another amazing quality of this type of formula: bye bye mascara flakes. I cannot tell you how many times in the past you would hear me say "ow, ow, ow...I've got something in my eye" only to find a little black spec in there that has fallen from my lashes. Not fun. Blinc really takes a lot of pain away when it comes to mascara. Literally. 

So, to say the least, I was super excited to test out a couple of their other products in the line!

This sample box came with:

 - Blinc Mascara Amplified in Black

 - Blinc Eyebrow Mousse in Light Brunette

 - Blinc Eye Shadow Primer in Light Tone

 - Blinc Eyeliner Pencil in Black

It also included:

 - One spray bottle to test out the "life-proof" quality of the product

 - One super adorable designer cookie in the shape of a mascara wand created by Hello Baked

Now on to the review...


The box came with instructions of testing out the mascara on your hand. I drew a swipe of the mascara across my hand and waited about 1-2 minutes for it to dry. Here are the stages of testing the "life-proof" quality:

The mascara after (pretty hard) rubbing.

 No smudging or flaking. 

The mascara after a light mist of water (meant to mimic sweating or crying).

No smudging or flaking.

The mascara after a heavy spray of water.

Signs of lifting. 

The mascara after rubbing after sprayed with heavy water. 

Easily removable pieces. Good for removal. 

The mascara came off nice and easy with a cloth. 

Easy clean up. 

Verdict: The mascara definitely stays put! I love how it doesn't flake, smudge, or lift unless you get it fully in water and rub it off. I would, however, like to test this while swimming and see if it would last!

One other note; When I've tried blinc mascara in the past, my only complaint was that I didn't feel I was getting enough volume in my lashes. It almost reminded me of having my lashes tinted. However, this new formula (Amplified Mascara) definitely has a bit more volume to it, which I love. Easy to layer as well. 

2) EYEBROW MOUSSE (in Light Brunette)

This eyebrow mousse is applied with a mascara-style wand, which coats your hairs nicely with a full mousse formula.

Verdict: One thing I noticed about the product, is that my eyebrows felt a little stiff and heavy after application. However, the feeling went away within a couple of minutes. I am used to using a pencil and/or powder on my brows, so the heavier option of a mousse is something different for me. I was impressed with the tone/colour of this shade and could see how it would be a nice universal shade for many people. 

 3) EYE SHADOW PRIMER (in Light Tone)

This eyeshadow primer is said to give any shadow crease-proof, fade-proof wear and also contains ingredients clinically studied to decrease fine lines and increase skin's moisture. It has a doe-foot applicator and a nice thick yet silky consistency. 

Verdict: I really like this product. I feel like it went on super smooth, and my eyeshadow adhered well without any faded areas. I also didn't notice any creasing at all in my shadow afterwards. This is going to be a staple in my kit! Especially for my brides!


This eyeliner is meant to glide onto lids effortlessly and offers intense, all day, waterproof colour that cannot smudge or fade. Blinc also states that is is an anti-aging formula that contains antioxidants for conditioning benefits. 

Verdict: This picture somehow gives the liner a brownish tint to it, but in person it is a true intense black (ps- notice the eyeshadow primer still on my hand even after using it up to apply on my lids. It is dry here and not going anywhere!). With the liner, I waited a few moments for it to dry on my hand and then gave it a good rub test to see how smudge proof it is. It wouldn't budge. When applying on my eyes, I did a solid line on the top lashes. I found the product to glide super easily and I was able to fit it really tight into the lash line, which I loved. I noticed I needed to work very quickly before the product set too much if I wanted to do any blending of the liner. Which is a testament to the life-proof claim that the brand has. Another great staple for my kit!

Here is a look a created using these four products:

Other products used for look:

MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NC20

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Give Me Sun

MAC Powder Blush in Springsheen

MAC Eyeshadows in Blanc Type, Naked Lunch, Rich Flesh and Deep Fixation

Ardell Lashes in #110, Duo Waterproof Glue

MAC Lip Glass in Lust

And here is another shot without the lashes so you can see how the mascara looks on its own:

Overall Verdict: I am completely impressed with the Blinc Discovery Box Collection. These products did not disappoint. If you are looking for a good non-transferable, non-flaking, non-smudging mascara, you really should try this one out. The primer is also something I would highly recommend to create eyeshadow looks that don't fade. The liner is also great if you need to create a look that can withstand any moisture. I will most definitely be using these products as staples in my kit. 

Thanks Blinc!


xoxo Colleen

REVIEW: TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume System

The Concept:

When washing your hair, follow the steps and use the Pre-wash Conditioner first, and follow with the Shampoo last. This leaves hair lighter and easier to style. Once hair is dry, finish by using the Hair Maximizer: Flexi-Max + Polishing Complex for bouncy, touchable hair. 

I've now been using the two (in shower) products for about a week or two and can honestly say I am super impressed. A couple of key points that I have noticed:

1) My hair dries SUPER fast whenever I use these two products. I'm sure it is because having the shampoo second, the hair is less likely to be weighed down by any leftover conditioner, etc. 

2) My hair is silky smooth, especially after using the Hair Maximizer.

3) Held styling really well. Backcombing went in and stayed amazingly, as did curling. 

A couple cons:

1) I try my best to use more natural products, so using shampoo and conditioner with mainly ingredients I can hardly pronounce sometimes makes me cringe (however, the overall length of the ingredients list is a lot shorter on these products than I have noticed on others).

2) If I let my hair dry naturally with these and just leave it, it does get a tiny bit frizzier than normal, but is quickly managed by the Hair Maximizer cream. 

3) It has the classic TRESemmé scent to it, which can be a pro or a con...depending on your opinion. For me, I kind of like it...but feel it may be a bit much for some. 

The Verdict: 

Yes, I completely agree that this Volume system from TRESemmé gives hair a ton of volume and in my opinion helps a lot in the pre-styling process. A great way to prep your hair. My hair felt lighter and thicker!