Winterize Your Nails With Julep Tutorial

Winter is upon us, my friends. Unless you live in the southern hemisphere (or in the south), your hands and nails are probably feeling the chill of cold winds and subzero temperatures. Julep has shared with me a tutorial to help get your nails back on track this season:



I was asked to show how I "winterize" my nails, so I decided to follow the tutorial with my own spin on it. To check it out, click the jump below:


KISS InstaWave Automatic Curler Review, Photos



Who doesn't love a good gimmick? I'm always curious, but they often fall short of their claims. The KISS InstaWave Automatic Curler ($69,96 CAD) is one of the latest products in hair curling technology. Does this "As Seen on TV" curler actually work? And does it work well? Read on...


Guest Post: Best of 2014 | 5 Favourites I Discovered Only Recently

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Hey everyone! It's Stephanie from theFantasia blogging for Stephanie of Beauty Infinitum! I know, I know, you were probably thinking why I was about to guest blog on my blog!

Today, I am sharing with you the 5 things I discovered recently that has quickly made it to the top of my "Best of 2014" list! Trying to narrow down my favourites to only 5 was a monumental task, but here I am giving it a shot anyhow!

 1 // The new LORAC Mega Pro palette set a lot of hearts racin' and broke a few hearts along the way (for those who were unable to get their hands on it). Don't despair though - even though I think it is a fantastic palette for the value, the Lorac Pro 1 and 2 are equally good if you're more into those shades. This palette features more colour variety which I think is fab for the holidays!

  2 // The Make Up For Ever HD Primer is a must-have in my travel/everyday makeup bag, especially when I want to have my complexion to look as good in the afternoon as it did in the morning. The to-go version featured here fits easily and perfectly into any tiny purse!

  3 // The Stila Collage of Color Lip & Cheek Palette was exclusive to last year's Black Friday sale. I adore this palette so much for anything cheek and lip related - the colours are gorgeous, and you can control the level of pigmentation quite easily. I love how it stains the lips after it wears off!

  4 // I received this Giorgio Armani Eccentrico Blush last year, but sadly it broke en route. However, it is a gloriously beautiful pink coral blush. You can control the shade of pink or coral based on how you mix the colours together. The overlay disappeared quite quickly, not that I minded because I didn't like the glitter very much.

  5 // If I could have $10 for every person who mentioned why they love the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer so much, I'd be able to have so many backups of this. A fantastic full-coverage concealer that literally works double-duty (as an eyeshadow primer, brightener, etc), I think this is one of the best must-haves from MAC. It is relatively inexpensive at around $22 (last time I bought this anyway), compared to some of the Sephora stuff, and will last you quite some time.

  current-must-have-makeup-2Stila Collage of Color Lip & Cheek Palette // Giorgio Armani Eccentrico Blush

Now it's your turn! Have you tried any of these products before? Which ones are your favourites? As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts! Share with me comment section or through Twitter or Instagram!

xx

Great post, Stephanie! I need to check out some of these products. You can see my guest post on my favourites of 2014 at Trysh's blog, Prairie Beauty. -Stephanie (Beauty Infinitum version!)



Moon Cats Winter Oblong Scarf in On the Dot Review, Photos + Coupon

(Update: All products are currently $24.95 USD, and you can receive 20% off using code BEAUTYINFINITUM20OFF)

There's no use denying it: winter is upon us here in the north-Northern Hemisphere, With it comes cold, wind, snow, ice, cold, late mornings and early nights, cold... But one perk is cute winter fashion. Cute boots! Cute hats! And especially, cute scarves!

When Moon Cats contacted me to see if I'd like to try a scarf for review, I had to say yes. Because I love cats. And I love scarves. Moon Cats is located in the Fashion District of NYC, and I love NYC. I need to go back. Someone go start a Kickstarter for me to travel.  Just kidding. Hey, it worked for potato salad...

I was sent a winter oblong scarf in On the Dot ($39.95 USD):




Since I don't own a mannequin, I got creative and used my little Christmas tree. The scarf is made of 100% acrylic with a cashmere feel, and measures 72" in length and 12" in width.

The scarf is indeed very soft, very warm and not itchy at all. It shed a bit of red fuzz on my winter coat, but I've had that experience with other scarves of similar fabric, and I don't consider it an issue. Worth mentioning though!

I really like the pattern, as it's festive but can be worn all winter. The underside's colours are inverted, and there is a tag with the Moon Cats name in gold:




It's recommended that you hand wash the scarf, which I admit I haven't done yet. I have worn this through snow/rain and the fabric hasn't bled, so I don't think that would be an issue with washing. However, I will be sure to come back to this post if there are any issues.




Moon Cats sells oblong scarves, infinity, and men's, as well as gloves, hats, and head wraps. Most scarves are $39.95 USD, with some going for $49.95.

I also have a code for 20% off any order, no minimum spend: BEAUTYINFINITUM20OFF 
Good for the next year!

How's your winter going so far? (Or summer, if you live upside-down.) Will you be picking up any scarves to wear?


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





Irresistible Me Hair Extensions Review, Photos



Having fine hair, I've often envied those with naturally full locks. Having kept it short for most of my life, in the last few years I've grown it out with the hope to some day achieve "mermaid hair" (very long, beachy waves). I don't know if I'll ever be able to achieve that naturally, but in the meantime, enter Irresistible Me clip-in hair extensions.

Irresistible Me sells human Indian Remy clip-in hair extensions in a variety of colours, lengths, and weights. The prices range from $129-$299 depending on the length and weight (100g, 140g, or 200g -- 20 inches and above are only available in 200g weight as it looks more natural), with free global shipping on orders over $150.



Extensions come packaged in a pretty black box, with a separate section for a sample weft of hair. You are supposed to try out the weft to make sure the length, weight and colour are to your liking; if not, you can return the unopened section of extensions.

The clip-ins are easy to apply, but require a bit of practice applying exactly where they should go. There is a good video tutorial here that I recommend viewing!

One of the 2-weft pieces


The hair extensions I chose are the Royal Remy in Platinum Blonde, 20 inches at 20g. The set includes one large 4-weft piece, one 3-weft, five 2-wefts, and two 1-weft.  They are very soft and sleek -- I can definitely tell they are high quality. There is no chemical-y odour but they do smell like, well, hair. It is recommended you wash them every 10 to 20 uses with a moisturizing shampoo and balsam conditioner. These extensions can be dyed, but keep in mind they have been chemically processed so they may not retain their quality after more processing. It's recommended you use a semi-permanent dye if you choose to dye them. They can also be curled and styled.

I do find the extensions slightly heavy when they're applied, but I can barely feel them with just one or two of the smaller wefts in. When I was first testing out the extensions, I tried putting in the full set but I've found it most comfortable and natural-looking with my fine hair to exclude the large 4-weft piece, and two of the 2-weft pieces. The clips on the wefts are easy to open and close, and it's very easy to remove the extensions afterward.

Now, to the best part: The before and after!

Before adding Irresistible Me extensions

After! (Part of background blurred for privacy; I didn't open a wormhole.)



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The extensions are slightly too light for my hair (which is my own fault for choosing Platinum), but I really like the way they look nonetheless! Styling will also help to make them look more natural and blended.

Irresistible Me's clip-in hair extensions are awesome! It's amazing having long, full hair that I'd never be able to achieve on my own. They would be great for special events like prom, weddings, etc. Depending on how you use them, the extensions should last three to six months (I'd imagine dyeing, heat styling, etc. affects their longevity).

You can order extensions at Irresistible Me.com Free worldwide shipping on orders over $150, and they take Paypal (yay)! There are also Christmas deals where you can get up to 40% off!

Have you ever tried hair extensions?


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

Esoteric Aesthetic Eye Shadows Review and Swatches

Hey everybody! Today (or rather, tonight at the time I'm writing this) I have swatches from a newer indie company, Esoteric Aesthetic. Specializing in eyeshadows based on magic and faith, there are
currently 23 core shades to choose from and five limited editions.

Full-size shadows (1 gram in a 5 g jar) are $5 USD, and samples (1/8 tsp in a baggie) are $1 USD. EA ships worldwide (yay!)

I generously received samples of the core shades to review (thank you!) I didn't include the full listing descriptions in my post, because it's already quite long. I do recommend you read them though (by clicking the shade names) to learn more about each shade's namesake! Swatches below the cut:




Amie: Naturally Kind Skincare -- Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturizer, Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask, Morning Light Hydrating Daily Moisturizer, Radiant Dawn Exfoliating Daily Wash Review, Photos, Swatches




I'll be honest with you: I don't often find skincare very exciting. I find the products are often overhyped, overpriced, and underdeliver. Sure, there are plenty of exceptions, and what doesn't work for me may not work for you, and vice versa. Still, skincare products to me just aren't as exciting as, say, a new lipstick or sparkly eyeshadow. Here is an exception, my friends:


Released exclusively to Shoppers Drug Mart last August, Amie Skincare (which is French for "friend") is designed for all skin types, and crosses off many of the checkmarks of conscious consumers: at least 95% natural ingredients, on average, in all products; suitable for vegetarians and vegans; not tested on animals; and free of ingredients including parabens, petrochemicals, SLES and SLS, and animal extracts; and all products are made in the UK. Even better? None of the products cost over $12!

As soon as I read the press release, I knew I was in for something new and exciting. Look at those bottles! They are bright, cute, and could easily find space on the sink of people of all ages. The product inside also matches the bottle colour (adorable!) Opaque, airtight bottle packaging is also preferable to jar packaging, as it keeps important ingredients stable.

On to the reviews!




Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturizer ($12, 100ml) contains natural plant sugars to help hydrate skin, as well as rosehip and bilberry to nourish and soften. This moisturizer claims to control oil and mattify skin, while keeping it soft and hydrated. Out of the four products I'm reviewing today, this is the only one I lean more towards "like" than "love." It has a stronger fragrance than I like in a moisturizer, but it does leave my skin with a matte finish. Its moisturizing qualities are on the lower end of the spectrum, so would be more suitable for oily skin than dry (though I'd imagine if you have dry skin, you wouldn't need a matte-finish moisturizer!)

I don't tend to have a lot of shine breakthrough, especially in the cooler temperatures, so I can't speak for those with very oily skin on how well the moisturizer controls oil. I didn't notice any breakthrough, but that generally goes for any moisturizer I use. I would check out the Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturizer if you are looking for light moisture and shine control, but I wish it contained SPF -- include it and I'd definitely feel more enthusiastic about it!

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Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask ($12, 100ml) contains peppermint extract and lime to purify and cool, and claims to combat oiliness and blemishes. I love kaolin clay-based masks, as this one is, as they really do work well to clean out pores and soften skin. This mask is no exception, and it has a refreshing mint/lime scent (though it is strong -- I don't put it on my under-eye area as the scent be irritating. I'd avoid this mask if you're very sensitive to smells, especially mint). The mask is simple to use -- put a thin layer on your face, leave it to dry for about ten minutes, and rinse off. The product's consistency is thinner than some kaolin masks I've tried, which I like a lot because it's much easier to rinse off.

The Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask leaves my pores cleaned and my skin soft. It can be used once or twice a week, and I've incorporated it into my skincare routine for that extra bit of pampering. This 100ml tube should last a while; I still have a lot of product left after using it maybe 10 or so times. A must-try!

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Morning Light Hydrating Daily Moisturizer ($12, 100ml) contains rose extract, rose hip oil, and mallow to keep skin soft and hydrated. To cut to the chase: I love this. I've been using it at night and it may become my HG nighttime moisturizer! This has a light rose scent, a thin (but not watery) consistency, and it feels like the price tag should be double or more than it actually is. My combination skin loves the formula, and it adds the right amount of moisture, leaving my skin soft and happy. If you've ever tried The Body Shop's Vitamin E moisturizer, it reminds me a lot of that, except this has better packaging (the latter is in a jar) and is less expensive. 

I really recommend trying out the Morning Light Hydrating Daily Moisturizer! I'm not sure how well it will play with drier skin types -- it might work better as a morning moisturizer, but I will definitely be testing this (and buying it) in the winter when my skin is dry. 

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Radiant Dawn Exfoliating Daily Wash ($10, 150ml) contains blueberry seeds to exfoliate, and green apple and lemon extracts to refine and tone skin. It's also 100% soap-free. First, I am very happy this cleanser uses seeds to exfoliate instead of plastic microbeads which are terrible for fish. Second, I haven't been using this daily, as I think it would be overkill for my skin; instead, I've been using it every other or every two days. It has a light, perfume-y and slightly green apple scent, and the exfoliating seeds are well-dispersed to give the skin a good scrub. I wouldn't scrub too hard as they can be a bit harsh, but light, smoothing motions work well.

The Radiant Dawn Exfoliating Wash leaves my skin smooth without it being dry or tight. The every other or every two days schedule works for my skin, but you could try using it daily if your skin needs more exfoliation. Another win from Amie, and thank you to them for not putting those terrible microbeads in the formula!

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Product swatches, from left to right: 
Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturizer, Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask, Morning Light Hydrating Daily Moisturizer, Radiant Dawn Exfoliation Daily Wash



I am so excited about Amie's launch here in Canada! It's refreshing to have affordable skincare that performs well. There are four more products in the Canadian launch as well: Morning Clear Purifying Facial Wash ($10, 150ml -- I will have a review of this soon!), Petal Perfect 2-in-1 Cleansing Toner ($8, 200ml), Bright Eyes Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover ($8, 125ml), and New Bloom Gentle Cleansing Wipes ($6.50, 25 wipes). I want to try them all, especially the toner which is alcohol-free! 

Have you checked out Amie? Any of these products catch your eye? 


Products sent for consideration. No monetary compensation given. All opinions are my own.

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