30 November 2015

Scent Sundays: Atelier Cologne Collection Azur - Cèdre Atlas

Scent Sunday! On a Monday! Oops. Anywho, today's scent is Atelier Cologne's Cèdre Atlas ($30-$130 CAD). I've heard good things about Atelier Cologne, so I was excited to try this scent. Keep reading to see what I thought!

A completely unexpected experience inspired by ingredients from regions where water and sky become one, Cèdre Atlas is a woody and citrus fragrance with notes of atlas cedarwood from Moroccan rif, lemon from Sicily, and white amber. The clean citrus top gives way to an earthy depth reminiscent of snowy woods and clear skies. This earthy woody fragrance is exclusive to Sephora. It provides the freshness and elegance of a cologne, but is designed to provide lasting fragrance on the skin. 
NotesSicilian Lemon, Calabrian Bergamot, Blackcurrant Bud, Atlas Cedarwood from Moroccan Rif, Jasmine, Apricot, White Amber, Indian Papyrus, Haitian Vetiver. --Sephora

This sample came with a postcard depicting different citrus fruits and branches and things. Pretty neat! I'm guessing each Atelier Cologne scent has its own postcard, or maybe just the ones from the Collection Azur? It's a nice touch.

Cèdre Atlas opens with many citrus/fruity notes such as lemon and apricot, and reminiscent of body products I like to use (which isn't a bad thing!), and the amber and jasmine notes soon come into play. The heart is where the woods shine, though the citrus notes are still present. I can't really pinpoint what each wood is, but I'm not really sure what Atlas Cedarwood or Indian Papyrus smell like, so I'll take Atelier Cologne's word for it that they're there. The drydown is mainly woody with a hint of citrus.

I really enjoy this scent! It's very complex and energizing -- the perfect daytime fragrance. I have a couple more Atelier Cologne scents I'll be receiving in my Christmas Sephora order, and I can't wait to try them.

Have you tried Cedre Atlas or anything else by Atelier Cologne?

Product was a free sample. Post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

25 November 2015

Black Friday Beauty Deals

Hi all! Can you believe it's one month until Christmas!? And two days until Black Friday. I decided to put together a list of Black Friday Beauty Deals, which will also include lifestyle brands/stores like tea and books, as I find them. I will be adding to this list over the next couple days as new offers are uneveiled, so keep checking back or follow me on Twitter where I'll be tweeting when I update!

Note: All deals are from Canadian websites/retailers, unless otherwise specified (but all will ship to Canada).

Also remember to use Ebates when shopping online!! Many, many online retailers are available for cashback. I'd love if you could use my referral link if you sign up. There is also currently an offer for $50 when you refer three people. :) Thank you!

22 November 2015

Scent Sundays: Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black

Welcome to week three of Scent Sundays! This week features a scent I've heard a lot about, Elizabeth and James' Nirvana Black ($30-$120 CAD). This scent only has three notes, and I ended up liking it a lot better than last week's selection.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black is an addictive blend of alluring violet, sensual sandalwood, and rich vanilla that strike the perfect balance between masculine and feminine. Launched in 2007, Elizabeth and James embodies the duality of sophistication and feminine detail balanced with downtown edge and masculine tailoring. The fashion brand's contemporary-yet-timeless aesthetic offers the modern girl clothing and accessories that make stylish everyday dressing effortless. Ashley and Mary-Kate wanted the signature fragrance for Elizabeth and James to embody the same sense of duality inherent to their partnership and the brand. The result was not one, but two blends—distinctly different, but undeniably connected. 
Notes: Violet, Sandalwood, Vanilla. --Sephora

It wasn't until I looked up the info for Nirvana Black that I found out it was designed by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Huh. And here I thought Elizabeth and James just really liked 90s grunge... There's a corresponding version, Nirvana White, which is meant to be more feminine, while Black is more sensual.

Nirvana Black opens with a burst of a sandalwood and a hint of violet on my skin. The heart is, again, sandalwood, with lots of vanilla and that hint of violet. I think the vanilla actually drowns out the violet, at least on me (I think my body chemistry just loves blasting vanilla at me). The drydown is very vanilla.

The blurb above claims Nirvana Black is a balance between masculine and feminine, but I think it definitely leans more feminine. The addition of sandalwood keeps it from being too sweet, which I appreciate. The blend does still lean a bit more vanilla than I prefer, so I'm not jumping up and down to buy this fragrance, but I can see myself reaching for it. I wish I detected more violet when I wear this, but at least the addition of sandalwood keeps it balanced.

Overall, I like Nirvana Black, but I don't love it. I do recommend it though if you enjoy vanilla and woods!

Check back next week for the next installment of Scent Sundays!

Product was a free sample. Post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

21 November 2015

My Sephora Black Friday Picks

Sephora posted a sneak preview of their Black Friday deals ($13 CAD/$10 USD) on their iPhone app today. There's 28 (!) in all, and I want 8 of them. To see all of the Canadian deals as well as value breakdowns, I highly recommend you check out Trysh's post!

I'm not sure when these deals will go live on Black Friday (November 27), but I plan to be on the website at 12 AM EST just in case. Keep reading to see what I want and how I'm justifying the site-stalking I'll be doing!

18 November 2015

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Poppy Seed Scrub Review, Photos

the body shop smoky poppy scrub

I usually associate The Body Shop with their bright, fruity scents, which I love in body products. When the Smoky Poppy line was released earlier this year, I was intrigued and knew I had to try it. I love sensual, smoky fragrances, so I picked up the Smoky Poppy Body Scrub ($20, 200ml). Keep reading to see what I thought!

17 November 2015

Pro:Voke Touch of Silver Twice a Week Brightening Shampoo Review, Photos

I dye my hair every couple of months with whichever box dye in light blonde I can get on the cheap. I know some people turn their noses up at box dyes as they don't always achieve a salon perfect look, but so far, everything I've tried has worked fine for me. The only issue is a slight brassiness that comes with pale blonde shades. Enter a neat, purple shampoo that can fix that issue!

Pro:Voke Touch of Silver Twice a Week Brightening Shampoo ($7.99 CAD for 150ml; $2.99 for 50ml) is pretty brilliant (see what I did there?) It's a toning shampoo for those with blonde, grey, or white hair. First of all, I'm impressed that it's geared towards those with grey or white hair as well -- so many haircare products are about covering greys, but Pro:Voke is about enhancing them. Sweet!

The Brightening Shampoo has active violet pigment, which neutralizes brassy tones in natural or dyed platinum, grey, or white hair. As the name states, twice a week is enough to keep your hair vibrant and toned. The instructions state to leave this on for ten minutes, but I had been only leaving it on the normal length of time I usually do with shampoo (about a minute), and I found it still delivered on its promises.

And yes, the shampoo is violet! I'd love it just for that reason. The scent is also pretty great, though it reminds me of men's products -- kind of an Old Spice smell, I think -- I enjoy it, but it kind of throws me off in what I expect is primarily a women's product. The shampoo is also pretty runny, and some of it will end up on your bath/shower floor. I haven't had an issue with it staining, however.

My hair is so shiny after using the Brightening Shampoo, and it's a must-have after I dye my hair to eliminate brassiness. I really hope the Pro:Voke Touch of Silver line is still available when my hair starts turning grey,, and I recommend it to everyone who is currently rocking blonde, white, or grey hair!

You can find Pro:Voke Touch of Silver products in Canada online at Farleyco.ca, or in store at London Drugs, and select Lawtons, Peoples Drug Mart, Pharmasave, and Sobeys locations. I want to try the conditioner now!

Ingredients: Aqua (Water/Eau), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium Coco-Glucoside Tartrate, Glycol Distearate, Laureth-4, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Polyquatemium-10, Propylene Glycol, PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate, Carbomer, Benzophenone-4, Salicylic Acid, Laureth-2, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Chloride, Formic Acid, Parfum (Fragrance), Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Sodium Hydroxide, CI 60730 (Ext. Violet 2), HC Blue No.2

Product provided for review. No monetary compensation given. All opinions are my own.