March 2015Pastel Whimsy: March 2015

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks | Review

Left - Sweet Pea |  Right - Gladiolus


I recently picked up a couple of shades of the Revlon HD Lipsticks.  The shades they have available in this range are so completely perfect for Spring and Summer.  The two shades I grabbed are Sweet Pea, and Gladiolus.  Sweet Pea is a bright, carnation pink shade, and Gladiolus is a gorgeous cool, red shade. I picked Sweet Pea because in the swatches online it almost looked like it had a slightly purple tinge to it.  In reality, this is not the case.  This pink is not very flattering on me, and does not make the teeth look very white!  Gladiolus, however, is an absolute stunner!  I don't wear reds very often, but this is incredibly wearable.  I gently dab it onto my lips from the bullet, and then blend it in with my finger.  This gives my lips a gorgeous, red stain, that lasts ALL day!  I wore this for 6 hours yesterday without retouching and my lips still had the red stain afterward.  I tried the same blending strategy with Sweet Pea, but I found that this shade really clung to the flakier parts of my lips and it didn't really work!

What shades from this range are you drawn to?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Milani Rose Blushes | Review

Left - Tea Rose |  Right - Romantic Rose

Left - Tea Rose |  Right - Romantic Rose

Tea Rose

Romantic Rose

I have been lusting after these blushes for what has to be almost two years now.  I scoured the internet trying to find somewhere to buy them because I could never find them in store.  I finally found them on the Milani sight awhile back but they were sold out!  There is something so mesmerizing about a blush product this beautiful.  Well, I have some good news for Canadian blush lovers out there!  I was walking through the Milani section in my local Superstore and these were FINALLY on the permanent display!  I managed to get two of the three shades that were for sale (one was already sold out).  The colours I have are Romantic Rose and Tea Rose.  Romantic Rose is a muted, dusty pink, whereas Tea Rose is a brighter shade of medium pink.  They swatch kind of uneven, but these apply like a dream.  I experienced them as being very pigmented, and smooth. What made me love these the most is the fact that when I got home after eight hours of work, these blushes had not faded at all!

I would highly recommend these.  The price is a bit steep for the drug store ($7.99) but they are absolutely stunning.  I have had them just sitting on my vanity all week because they are just so nice to look at.  Grab one for yourself!  These have also become available on, so I am going to grab the Coral shade that was sold out in the store.  Let me know if you have tried these!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Accutane Essentials: Lips

Dry, flaky, and chapped lips are one of the most common issues with taking Accutane.  I read many a blog and tweet written by Accutane sufferers on the night I filled by first prescription.  Many people were reporting what I have chosen to call "Joker Lips".  These poor souls had cracks at the corners of their mouth that were painful, and hard to hide.  The thought of this terrified me!  I attribute my luck in avoiding this level of dryness to the following three essential products.

Badger Balm Unscented Classic Lip Balm ($3.99

I have one of these in both of my most often used purses, one next to my couch, one in the cup holder of my treadmill, etc (you get the point!).  This balm contains olive oil, beeswax, and aloe, all of which are incredibly gentle.  Of everything I have used on my lips over the last 6 months, this has been the biggest lip-saver.  I tried using my lipsmackers every once in awhile because I missed the flavours/scents, but they just felt weird and grainy on my flaky lips.  I cannot recommend this enough!!

e.l.f Studio Lip Exfoliator ($3.00, Superstore)

An exfoliator is an absolute must have for your Accutane toolkit.  My lips didn't chap, but they flaked like a mofo over the course of treatment.  Towards the end it has gotten so bad that I have to exfoliate every night, and in the morning as well.  I have almost given up on lipstick entirely at this point because the colour just clings to the dry patches.  What I love about the e.l.f exfoliator is that it is a bullet, which means you don't have to stick your finger in a pot, like with LUSH exfoliators.  By rubbing this on your lips in a circular pattern, you can get rid of almost all signs of flakiness, which is a huge relief because it is not nice when you rub your lips together and they feel rough.  The exfoliator is made of sugar crystals and shea butter, and acts as a lip balm after application.  I was at Superstore today and noticed that they are carrying e.l.f. now, so that would be a good place to look!

Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm ($20 price estimate, Shoppers Drugmart)

I had been wanting to try this lip product for ages, because so many of my favourite beauty gurus have gushed over it.  I splurged the week I started Accutane, and I regret nothing.  It is pricey for a lip balm, but this little pot is a miracle worker.  This balm has honey as its main ingredient.  I slathered this on every night before I went to bed, and it conditioned my lips like a boss.  I think this helped a lot to keep my lips from cracking and bleeding, which they did not do at all through this last 6 months.  The price is scary, but damn, you got to TREAT YOSELF!

I have an appointment with my derm in one week, and I am hoping that it is time to come off of the Accutane!  I miss lipstick!