We’ve been using micellar water to remove makeup and cleanse our skin for many years now. When we first discovered it not many people were even aware of such a product except for other makeup artists and those in the cosmetic industry.
Micellar has actually been around for a 100 years, most notably in Europe. In fact it was created in France due to their harsh water supply. It’s now starting to gain popularity and rave reviews here in North America. And for good reason. It’s awesome.
For anyone who hasn’t heard about it or used a micellar water yet, well, whatta ya waiting for? You really need to try one, we highly recommend it to everyone. People unfamiliar with micellar always say the micellar water looks like regular ol’ tap water! If I had a dolla for everytime I’ve heard that….
But be assured it is definitely not tap water. It’s more like a magic water in the bottles. It’s made up of micelles which are tiny oil molecules suspended in soft water. These micelles are like a magnet that attracts dirt, oils, grime, makeup. It draws out all of your impurities without drying your skin instead leaving it perfectly cleansed, toned, hydrated and glowing. Whereas other cleansers can strip your skin and leave harsh chemicals behind.
La Roche-Posay recently released three brand new Micellar Waters to their skincare lineup. What makes these new Micellar’s stand apart from others is the fact that they are formulated specifically to suit different skin tones. When it comes to skin care, it is not one size fits all. Specific skin types have different needs and require different skin care products.
La Roche-Posay’s three new Micellar Waters are suited for:
We have both been using La Roche-Posay’s Sensitive Skin Micellar and absolutely love it. It is very gentle and doesn’t dry out your skin at all. The formula leaves your skin looking clean and refreshed. We would definitely recommend the Sensitive Skin Micellar to those who have previously tried a Micellar Water and found it too harsh. Since this one is suited specifically for sensitive skin types, it will work with your skin, not against it.
Have you tried Micellar Waters before? Let us know!
Laura & Natasha
Beautycounter’s new Limited EditionDesert Sunrise Eye & Cheek Palette was inspired by the majestic shades of the desert. Gregg Renfrew, (Beautycounter Founder & CEO) wanted to celebrate the spirit of California with this palette. The Desert Sunrise collection captures the essence of California perfectly with it’s rich, warm hues. Very reminiscent of all that California embodies.
Featuring 6 eyeshadows and 3 blushes in universally-flattering shades, you can easily transition from a more neutral daytime look into a more dramatic look with this palette.
We have never tried Beautycounter’s eyeshadows before and were blown away by the quality and pigments. They are silky smooth and feel like satin. Each powder is made with Porcelain Flower Extract which provides natural moisturizing & antioxidant benefits.
We have talked previously about Beautycounter on our site (see here) and how they only use safe, clean ingredients in their products. All of their products are safely made, non-toxic and have gone through a rigorous ingredient screening process. You can read more about their amazing story here.
Also available from the Desert Sunrise collection are two brand new lip glosses, ‘Beeblossom‘ (soft light pink), and ‘Coralbell‘ (a bright coral).
The two new shades are absolutely gorgeous. My (Natasha’s) favourite is Coralbell. I almost always wear coral/red shades over pinks so I was very happy that Beautycounter included a coral lip gloss in this collection. It is pigmented enough to wear alone for a beautiful coral shine, or over top of a lipstick for even more colour.
We adore Beautycounter’s lip glosses for many reasons. They are moisturizing and not sticky at all.
Definitely would recommend Beautycounter’s lip glosses to anyone who suffers from dry lips as they hydrate as well as provide a beautiful shine.
If you’ve read our blog previously, you may know we are just a little (okay…A LOT) obsessed with Canadian cosmetic and skincare brand, Lise Watier. Laura has been working in cosmetics for the past 15 years and since the beginning (even before starting our blog), we were always huge fans of the brand.
Lise Watier were recently awarded 6 prizes at the 2016 Elle Canada/Elle Quebec Beauty Grand Prix Awards!The Grand Prix Awards is an esteemed competition where a group of ELLE readers select their favourite beauty products. The products awarded are all tried, tested and their performance outshines the others.
The Havana Bronzing Powder is one of our all time favourite products by Lise Watier. We were not at all surprised to learn that it won the Grand Prix Award for ‘Best Bronzer over $15‘ for a second year in a row!
It is an essential product to have in your makeup kit, not just during the summer months but year round. I personally cannot live without bronzers. I have a pale skin tone so I like to contour and create a little bit of colour daily.
This LW bronzer provides a beautiful natural looking tan. You don’t have to worry about turning a fake orange-y shade with this bronzer! The bronzer can be built up for a more intense glow or applied lightly all over for a stunning subtle sheen.
Available in three shades, Havana is a universally appealing bronzer that will suit all skin tones. Havana Bronzing Powder is 100% paraben-free, blends easily, and holds all day long.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! We wish everyone the very best in 2017!
It’s January 6th already and the holidays just seemed to fly by. However our Christmas tree is still up. I know, it’s coming down today. Or tomorrow. It’s just so hard to say good bye to the holidays! And so much work to pack up everything and put it all away. When do you guys take down your holiday decor? Immediately after Christmas, January 1st or later?
We’re slowly coming to terms and facing facts that it is indeed over. Now all that’s on our minds is Spring. And when will it get here already?! Here in Vancouver we were beyond excited to have snow for Christmas. Which is a rarity. But the cold and snow hasn’t stopped and everyone is totally over it. We’re not used to all of this snow, cold and ice here on the coast! Spring really can’t get here soon enough now.
So you can believe our faces lit up like a Christmas tree when we laid our eyes on the new Spring 2017 launch from Marcelle Cosmetics. See what I did there?… Christmas tree?… Just can’t let Christmas go. I kill myself. 😉
We have talked about MARCELLE before and anyone who knows us, know that we support and show immense love for amazing Canadian brands. You can check out what we said about some of our FAVE Marcelle products here and here.
Marcelle’s new CITY line up for Spring 2017 is fabulous. Beautiful new colours, incredible quality products and unbelievable price points.
NEWROUGE XPRESSION VELVET GEL LIPSTICK – Karine Vanasse Collection ($11.95)
Pictured from left to right: Red Carpet, Pink Blossom (Laura’s favourite~obsessed!), Rosy Nude, Buff Nude, Vivid Plum
100% hypoallergenic, perfume-free, gluten-free.
These new Spring shades of lipsticks are from the Karine Vanesse Collection. Karine is a talented French-Canadian actress and is the brand ambassador for Marcelle.
Natasha and I both deal with dry lips year round. But especially in the colder months. So lipstick is a tricky thing for us. Dry, chapped, peeling lips with lipstick ontop isn’t pretty. These velvet gel lipsticks leave a creamy matte finish that thankfully are not drying. They are incredibly smooth, have a light weight texture, not sticky, very pigmented and the wearability is superb. These are like a luxury brand lipstick but at a drugstore price point. Absolutely awesome. Highly recommend these!
These new Velvet Gel Waterproof Eyeliners are… how can I explain them? Amaze-balls! Stu-pendice! Fan-tastico! We can’t even deal with how much we love these liners. The only thing I can possibly find to be a problem with them is that I want,NEED them in more colours!
We are terribly picky and choosy when it comes to eyeliners. Especially me since I suffer from the dreaded oily eye lids. So most pencils transfer, then I get that 2nd line on the top of my eye. And it smears all over the place, no one tells you and you end up catching a glimpse of yourself later on, or worse, in a photo and you are horrified at how messed up your eyes look.
These pencils are smudge-proof, water-proof, glide on smooth like a liquid liner and are highly pigmented. I love lining my eye then blending it out a little with a brush to soften the line and creating a subtle smokey eye. I’m obsessed with the Deep Navy liner lately. It wears literally from morning application until I remove it at night. Doesn’t move, disappear or smear.
These pencils, as with all Marcelle pencils are 100% Hypoallergenic, Perfume Free, Ophthalmological Tested, safe for sensitive eyes and contact lense wearers.
NEW KOHL EYE PENCILS:
Copper Coin (Laura’s favourite) Eye Brightening Beige, Classic Navy, Mother Of Pearl, Black Plum, Chocolate.
These Kohl pencils are the first and onlyKohl recognized by the Canadian Dermatology Association.
NEW VELVET GEL WATERPROOF LIP LINERS:
Rosy Nude, Pink Blossom, Buff Nude, Red Carpet, Velvet Plum and the Universal Anti-Feathering Lip Liner.
Made with an innovative gel based formula they simply glide onto the lips and make it very easy to maneuver a smooth line to outline the lips. They are waterproof, water resistant and long wearing.
We have used Marcelle’s Waterproof Lip Liners for many years. The Nude shade being 1 of my go to’s for a long time. So I was super excited when I seen these new Waterproof gel pencils. And the colours! Just stop it! Obviously I can’t get enough of the Pink Blossom. Gorgeous shade of pink that is perfect for Spring/summer. I get so many compliments whenever I wear it.
The formula is creamy and applies so easily that I have been colouring my whole lip in with the pencil then apply a clear gloss ontop. I find the colour lasts for hours on my lips and I just reapply gloss throughout the day.
NEW CITY TINTED CREAM SPF 25 ($19.95/30ml) & CITY CONCEALER ($9.95)
The new City multi protection tinted spf cream is like having everything you need on your face in 1 bottle. It’s a light weight formula that you can wear alone or as a makeup base. It is available in 4 shades, made with anti-oxidants, green tea and chamomile. It evens skin tone, protects from harmful external factors, hydrates, tightens pores, enhances and adds radiance to the skin.
It is 100% Perfume Free, Paraben Free, Oil Free, Hypoallergenic, Non-Comeodogenic, Dermatologist tested.
It’s been extremely cold weather lately and this is all I’ve been using with a serum, primer and mineral powder ontop for a little extra coverage when I work. Surprisingly it has been enough hydration for me. I’m a normal/combination skin type. Natasha on the other hand is a drier skin type so she finds that she needs to add a moisturizer as well in order to feel her skin is adequately nourished during the cold winter days.
Where to buy:
MARCELLE products are available online and at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, Pharmasave and Walmart stores across Canada.
What product from Marcelle’s new Spring 2017 lineup are you most excited about?!
Laura & Natasha xo
(written by/cityscape backdrop painted by Laura, photos by Natasha)