A 5'3 Perspective


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Anything But Falling Flat

Like many other ladies, I am on a life-long quest to add volume to my too tame tresses. I have tried more than a handful of products to solve my hair issues, but most just [no pun intended] fall flat. Last week I decided I wanted to try Living Proof’s Full Thickening Cream. As I was walking around Sephora looking for a sample [I have learned not to buy every product that claims to turn your hair into a Victoria’s Secret Model’s do] a helpful sales associate educated me on the effectiveness of “intelligent cells”. Apparently Living Proof has developed their entire line of Full products using intelligent cells which work together to create the best results. She explained this concept to me by saying that intelligent cells are used in the war to shoot bullets out of trap doors without human capital… Say what? If you’re scratching your head trying to figure this analogy out, you are in the same position as I was. From my limited experience, I believe intelligent cells are able to bond together and work with other cells more efficiently, I might be totally wrong though. Anyways, after my biology lesson, she gave me two sample of the Full Shampoo, two samples of the Full Condition, and a sample of the Full Thickening Cream.

The Full Thickening Cream was okay, it didn’t seem to make much of a difference on my hair, plus the sample only lasted me one use, so I immediate filled its place with Full Thickening Mousse [which I bought –travel sized – on my vacation]. I wanted to love this mousse with every fiber of my being, I am not sure why, however, the first two applications were disastrous. I used about a loonie sized amount – which grew to the size of a golf ball in my hand, and after blow drying my hair it looked like it had a bit more volume than usual. I was ecstatic! Within an hour it was a completely different story. My hair looked wet, unwashed, and flat. Not cool. I tried again, using slightly less product and still the results were disappointing.

This morning I decided to give the mousse one last try. After shampooing and conditioning with the Full products, I dispensed no more than a dime sized amount onto my hair. The results… Incredible! It is almost 3:00 and I got out of the shower at 7:45 this morning. My hair is shiny, clean looking, straight, and best of all, I have volume like I have never seen before [this isn’t saying much for me, but it is a major improvement]. Despite my uninspiring first few attempts with Living Proof’s Full Thickening Mousse, I am absolutely sold on this product. Not only does it work wonders on my fine, flat, straight hair; a little goes a VERY long way! I highly recommend this mousse, just remember to use about half the amount you would usually use – if not less! As for the intelligent cells, I am not convinced they are making any difference. I will have to try using the Full Thickening Mousse without the shampoo and condition and get back to you.

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The Wish List

Earlier this week I received another 10% discount at Sephora [to help fuel my beauty addiction], so I decided to peruse the website to pick out some new products! I am always amazing at how many different options we have when it comes to beauty. I always find it so hard to distinguish between what I need [kind of] and what I want. Below are my top 10 Wish List items [about half needs and half wants]!

#10 – Dior DiorShow 360 Mascara

To be quite honest, I will probably never buy this mascara. I cannot convince myself that having a motor in my mascara is necessary. I still find myself checking it out every time I see it though. I would love to try it to see if the spinning really makes a difference.

#9 – FairyDrops Scandal Queen Mascara

http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P281302&categoryId=B10

The only reason this product is near the bottom of my list is because I just bought Tarte’s Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara [review coming soon] last week so it is hard to justify buying another right away. Despite my reasoning, this mascara looks incredible with its patented [in Japan] wand design claiming to catch and curl ever single lash while adding length and volume. This product is only available in US Sephora stores but I wonder if I can order online?

 
#8 – Tarte for True Blood™ Limited-Edition LipSurgence™ Natural Lip Tint

I am among the few who do NOT enjoy this resurgence of vampire movies, books, and TV shows, however, I love the pale skin and dark red lips trend that it has brought with it. I am dying to try Tarte’s take on the Vampire red lip stain, I have read nothing but praise for this limited edition product.

#7 – Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 – Oil Free

http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P140906&categoryId=C10550&shouldPaginate=true

You will never find me using anything but Laura Mercier’s Secret Concealer, it is by far the best I have found. A little goes a long way and you are able to achieve full coverage for those problem areas while still looking natural. It only makes sense that my satisfaction with the concealer would push me towards this oil free tinted moisturizer. I find that near the end of summer my skin is at its best and I do not need as much coverage, this may be the perfect “foundation” to transition me into the Fall.

 
#6 – Nars Highlighting/Bronzing Blush Duo

I love the Orgasm/Laguna colour combination that Nars is offering for a limited time. My favourite blush [which looks amazing on every skin tone] combined with a great bronzer is perfect for traveling or carrying in your purse. You never know when you will need to add a little glow!

# 5 – St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan For Body

I am always nervous to try self tanning, but since I am naturally pale it is something I like to try once in a while. This St. Tropez Gradual Tan is a lot less intimidating because the colour builds as you use it. This seems like it will make streaks and missed spots a lot easier to avoid.

#4 – Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray

I have tried a couple different kinds of dry shampoo, but this is the first one I’ve seen that is meant to add volume as well as mask unclean hair. Not only does it meet the two criteria my hair needs [when I’ve gone one too many days of just “body showering”] but it is also invisible, unlike most dry shampoos that come out white and are extremely noticeable on dark hair. I must confess I “test” this dry shampoo pretty much every time I walk into Sephora!

 #3 – Marc Jacobs Oh, Lola!

 If the beautiful bottle isn’t enough to make you want to try this new Marc Jacobs perfume then the flirty and elegant scent will win you over. My skin does not react well to Marc Jacobs Lola perfume but Oh, Lola! keeps me coming back for more.

#2 – OPI Urban Ballerina Collection – Leotard Optional

 I love this colour! It is neutral but with a twist of shimmer. I usually am drawn to matte finishes but this feminine shade has me captivated.

#1 – Philosophy Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub

 There is nothing better than having full, soft, shiny lips. Unfortunately my pout will never resemble Angelina Jolie’s, but at least I can check off the last two by using Philosophy’s Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub. I have had my eye on this lip treatment for months now. I love that you can feel the grains working to smooth and moisturize your lips!

And there you have it! I can’t wait to go shopping to restock my make-up bag – as if it isn’t already overflowing!


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Paint-on False Lashes

As any of my close friends will tell you, mascara is my weakness. I rarely leave the house without it and I will have at least two or three different brands on the go at any given time. I like to think my eyelashes are my best feature. I am lucky enough to have been blessed with long, fairly curly lashes so it is only natural that I would want to enhance what I have been given – causing a mascara obsession. A few months ago I purchased a tube of Imju Fiberwig Mascara, which claims to be “paint-on false lashes”. The mascara is supposed to bind to the end of your lashes and add length. Another interesting feature was that this product was “cold-waterproof”, meaning that eye make-up remover isn’t required to remove the mascara. You just use hot water and peel off the “tubes”, which bind to your lashes to make them thicker and longer, so they claim.

Despite the interesting product description I felt that this mascara was nothing special. Apparently Sephora agrees with me as they have recently stopped carrying Fiberwig. I didn’t find that this mascara curled my lashes at all nor did it give me any volume. It did however do a great job separating my lashes, which is where many brands I have used in the past fall flat. This mascara gives you a very natural look, adding only a minimal amount of extra length. The brush was probably the best feature about this product since the bristles were thin which aided in lash separation. With that being said, I will not be going back to purchase this mascara again – especially since it unavailable in any stores near me. When I choose mascara I am looking for something that is dramatic and really enhances my lashes, this was just a little too subtle for me.


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A New Direction

After a brief hiatus, I am back and excited to commit to my blog. The past few months have been overwhelmingly busy settling into my new full time job, traveling and managing my social life, but I finally feel as though I have adapted to my new lifestyle. When I first started this blog I could not choose just one subject to cover, I felt as though I had an endless amount of interests but lacked a passion. Since then I have grown as individual [cliché – I know] and come to realize that I overlooked what I am most zealous about. I am many things: a business graduate who hopes to excel in the world of marketing, a new technology geek, a literary fiend [if you consider reading chic lit literary], an exercise enthusiast, a foodie, and some might say a bit of a shopaholic [although I beg to differ]. But there is only one thing that can captivate me for endless hours, beauty products. In the past I was ashamed that my passion was something so superficial and girlie, but I realize it is much more than that. I am always among the first of my friends to try new beauty products and share my recommendations. To me, the next logical step is to share my experiences with a larger audience and provide my honest [and I mean brutally honest] reviews and recommendations. I am by no means a make-up artist or a hair stylist – I am just an everyday girl who tells it like it is.

Without further ado, I present to you: CoverFX: Powder FX Mineral Powder Foundation

I first discovered this Canadian made product when my everyday foundation [Bare Escentuals – bareMinerals matte] was unable to cover the redness of my skin. I had read amazing reviews promising a lightweight foundation that could hide even the nastiest of blemishes while still looking natural. I was a little skeptical as this really seemed too good to be true; however, I am a proud Canadian and felt I had to give this local product a try. The reviews did not lie. I have never had such flawless natural skin. I use the E20 in the winter and the E50 in the summer, but I highly recommend asking for assistance when choosing a colour – no one wants the dreaded orange face that poorly matched foundations create. Powder FX Mineral Power Foundation comes in a wide array of colours, both warm and cool, making it almost effortless to find a perfect match. The foundation comes with a sponge for application, which works like a charm, no make-up brush required. I have very dry skin pretty much all year round and typically shy away from anything powder, but this foundation is the only one that does not flake throughout the day, it even has a creamy texture on your skin when you apply it. I do recommend using a primer [I use Make Up For Ever HD Primer in Green] before applying this foundation just to make for an even canvas. The tidy compact case with a built in mirror makes it the perfect foundation for when you are out and about and need a quick touch up. This has been my go to foundation since I purchased it and I honestly cannot find a single negative aspect [except for the price coming in at almost $50 after tax, but you definitely get what you pay for though] to talk about. If you are looking to change up your make-up routine, I highly recommend giving Cover FX: Powder FX Mineral Powder Foundation a try, you won’t regret it!