Tatcha Gold Camellia Beauty Oil Review

Hello Again!!

I have been using Tatcha’s Gold Camellia Beauty Oil for over one year now and I can definitely say that a little goes a long way with this magical facial oil!!  I definitely think it is worth the splurge!

The Camellia Oil and Squalane are naturally rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids to help nourish and seal in moisture, while the 23-karat gold flakes gives the skin a subtle glow!  This oil can be used on the face, hair & body and is said to be ideal for all skin types.  I am oily combo skin, and it works wonderful on me!  I love how light and hydrating this oil is, and I love how fast it absorbs into the skin.  It never leaves me feeling greasy or oily!  I use it every single day, normally two times a day.

My favourite ways to use this oil are obviously all over the face, in place of a moisturizer, and also under the eyes.  I use it on top of my eye primer before concealer to help with under eye dryness.  Especially when I use heavy concealers like Tarte’s Shape Tape, and Colourpop’s No Filter Concealer.  If you ever get under eye dryness, I highly HIGHLY recommend trying this method.  Just make sure you only use a tiny dot, dab it in, then let it sit for a bit before going in with your concealer.  I have also used this on my cuticles because I was excessively dry once fall hit!

Tatcha also reccomends using this oil over top of moisturizer to help lock in hydration, and added to foundation to help sheer it out and give that dewy look.  I still need to try both of these methods!

I know that a lot of people are afraid to use beauty oils on the face, especially oily / combo skin girls… but I promise you, this oil is a godsend!!  Also good to know is that all of Tatcha’s products are non-comedogenic and will not cause breakouts!!

I also wanted to share my experience with their customer service team with you as they went above and beyond to help me out when the cap to my oil broke.

I purchased this oil from Sephora Canada, but since I no longer had a receipt, and the purchase was months old they would not issue an exchange for me.  I was really upset considering this oil cost me over $115 Canadian!!

I posted a photo on Instagram and Tatcha’s team immediately messaged me to ask me some questions regarding my broken bottle and they put me in contact with someone via email.  After answering a few questions, and explaining everything, they sent me a replacement bottle by day 3!!  Can you believe that!  Everyone I spoke to was so kind and helpful!  They went above and beyond to help me out and I am so thankful for that!

Customer service goes a long way, and I wish more companies had that kind of service!  Thank You Tatcha!

I highly recommend trying this oil, and many other products that they have on the market.  They are an incredible company, with impeccable customer service, and they also have this amazing program where each full-size skincare purchase funds a day of school in partnership with Room to Read, a non-profit organization supporting children in low-income countries.  I think that is incredible, and for that reason I will always be a supporter of Tatcha!

Have you tried any Tatcha products??  What is your holy grail from the brand?!!

Xo Cassandra

Artis Brush Cleaning System Review

Hi Guys!!

I wanted to share my thoughts with you on the Artis Brush Cleaning System as I know many of you have been wondering if it’s worth it, or if its a necessity for cleaning your Artis Brushes.

My very first Artis brush was the Elite Gold Oval 7.  I cannot find the Gold version on their website, but here is the same brush from the Elite Mirror Collection.  Its the same brush, just a different colour.

I do have another blog post coming soon on the brushes themselves, but please feel free to ask me any questions down below!

My husband purchased this brush for me and I used it for around a year.  I used traditional methods for cleaning this brush, and I tried many different brush cleaning soaps, but nothing would thoroughly clean it.  It always looked dirty and had major build up of makeup on the brush fibres, almost like balls of old makeup sitting on the tips and deeper down the fibres as well.  This really bothered me considering the price of the brush itself.  I finally decided I needed to purchase the Artis Brush Cleaning System to see if it would properly clean my beloved Oval 7.

I ordered the cleaning system which included the cleansing foam and the brush cleaning pad, premier version that includes the chrome plated case.

As soon as I received my package I cleaned my dirty brush and I could not believe how well and how fast and easy it was to clean it.  Because my brush was so dirty, it took a few times of going back and forth on the cleaning pad to remove all the built up makeup.  I also dispensed some of the foam directly onto the fibres and let it sink in to really get deep since my brush was so dirty.

So is this cleaning system worth it??  YES!! Absolutely!  If you have any Artis brushes, then you definitely need their cleaning system as well.  I myself tried to get away with not placing the order in the hopes that I could somehow save the money… but once I realized I couldn’t properly clean my brush, I knew I had to give their cleaning system a try!

When using powder products all you have to do is gently run the brush back and forth on the cleaning pad without any of the cleansing foam making it easy to switch to another colour (i.e.. when using eyeshadows, bronzers or blush).  But when you use liquid products it is recommended to dispense a dollop of the cleansing foam onto the cloth or on the fibres of the brush to get a nice deep clean.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to watch a You Tube video explaining and showing how easy it is to clean with this system.

You can also use this cleaning system to clean all your other makeup brushes, it doesn’t strictly have to be used on Artis brushes.  I clean many of my other brushes with this system and it works so good on them as well.  See the two photos below of my brushes dirty and then after they have been cleaned with this system.

Also, for all my fellow Canadians, if you prefer to shop locally, Holt Renfrew just recently started selling Artis as well.

I hope you liked this review!  If you have any questions please feel free to ask down below!  I will also be posting some videos on my Instagram Stories showing how easy it is to clean my brushes, so be sure to follow my Instagram Account: @myriskelashes

Xo Cassandra

Everything I talk about in this post was purchased by me (or my husband) so this post is in no way sponsored.  These are my true thoughts!

NDXUSA Vitamins Review 

Hi Guys!!

Lately Ive been on the hunt for the best gummy vitamins on the market and I discovered NDXUSA on Instagram.  What stood out to me was that they were an all natural brand that truly wanted to help people with their health.

Here is a description from their website:  NDX was created by a group of indiviuals deeply interested in health and nutrition.  Using advanced scienticfic discoveries, global botanical wisdom and innovative ingredients, we offer superior products to support your quest for a vibrant and active life. Our vision is to empower indiviuals to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Founded on what we like to call the 3 P princpals – People, Planet, Profit – we can only feel good about making a profit if we are helping people in a way that doesn’t hurt the planet. We are real people, with a real passion for making a difference.

I LOVE their vision and the 3 P Principals!!!  I also really love that they are made in the USA and each batch is lab tested to ensure quality and potency.

I have quite a few of their products, but I am going to talk about the ones that I am currently using.

CalciumDX Gummy Vitamins:

Let me start by saying that these gummies are delicious!!!  I have a really hard time swallowing pills so Im always looking for gummy options.  Research doesn’t show that calcium helps with nail growth, but I swear these have helped my nails significantly.  They are stronger, longer, and don’t curl up the way they use to.  If you are looking for a calcium supplement I highly HIGHLY recommend trying these vitamins out.

Green Detox DX:

These are said to cleanse and rejuvenate your body.  Surprisingly I am able to swallow these capsules, but they can also be opened up and sprinkled into drinks if you cannot stomach swallowing pills.  These are meant to cleanse and rejuvenate your body, restore pH balance, and detoxify to help you feel refreshed…including many other benefits!  What I love about these is that they really help ease any bloating I may have.

Gummy Cuties – Calcium:

I know how important calcium is for me to take, so naturally I wanted the same benefits for my two toddlers.  My kids LOVE these gummies.  What I love about them is that they have Vitamin D and are made with only the highest quality ingredients.  I feel confident giving these vitamins to my kids.

My husband also tried a sample of KrampKrusher:  These are another gummy vitamin geared towards athletes that help with energy and performance, hydration, cramping, and recovery.  My husband loved the boost these gave him for his workout!

I highly recommend these vitamins.  And I really appreciate that they are all natural, non-GMO and they taste so good!!

You can purchase them directly through their website or at Whole Foods, the Vitamin Shoppe, iherb.com, and Vitamin World.  I would love to see this brand make their way to Canada because I would love to be able to easily pick some up!!  There are so many more that Id love to try from the brand!!

What are your favourite vitamin brands?!!  Let me know down below!

Xo Cassandra

 

 

LXMI Pure Nilotica Melt Nourishing Balm-To-Oil Review

Hi Guys!

I have recently been introduced to this wonderful brand.  LXMI, pronounced Luxe-Me, which was founded by Leila Janah after discovering Nilotica (LXMI’s signature ingredient) at a market in Uganda.  She immediately saw potential in the rare butter after seeing what it did to her troubled skin.  Once she learned that she could help East African women find dignified work through the wild harvesting, production and exportation of Nilotica, she knew she had to share her new skincare secret with the world.LXMI is committed to three distinct brand principles: 

  • Pure, rare ingredients from unique terroir
  • Going beyond charity to provide work for women, and
  • Natural and organic botanicals, often safe-enough-to-eat

I love the meaning behind this brand, and the standards they live by!!

I have been using this balm-to-oil for a few months now and I am absolutely in love.  This has become a staple in my nighttime routine, especially now that it is getting quite cold and dry out.

This balm is 100% certified organic, vegan, non-comedogenic, cruelty free AND its made with ONE ingredient…50 nuts from the Nile Valley!!  How is that for pure ingredients!!  It is said to deeply nourish thirsty skin and to help smooth visible imperfections.  The texture starts as a silky butter, and then absorbs quickly into skin and I find that a little goes a long way!

I have been using this on all my dry spots literally from head to toe!  I was sick for quite awhile and my nose was dry and chapped so I started putting this on at bed and it cleared up the dry chapped areas within a day!  I have also been using this on the tops of my hands and cuticles as they have been quite dry.  I also started using it as an eye cream at night, very sparingly, as I found that if I used too much, it would get into my eyes and burn a little.

I highly recommend this balm!  Every place I put it on, it just helps to nourish and heal the skin and the dryness.  It is definitely an ultra-hydrating skin savior and anyone who battles with any sort of dry spots would benefit from using this.

I also recommend picking up this copper wand.  Its only $8 and makes a huge difference and feels so nice and cooling when used around the eyes!!  I dont even keep it in my fridge and it stays so cold on its own.  One end is a spatula used for picking up the product and the copper side is used to help decrease any puffiness around the face and eyes and also to stimulate circulation!  And you can obviously use this with any of your current beauty products!  I think this is a wonderful little tool to have! 

You can purchase the balm directly through their website, or at Sephora and the copper wand can be purchased through their site only.

I honestly consider this product a winter must have and I am so happy I had the opportunity to review it!  I cannot wait to see what else she comes out with because this product has blown me away!

What are your winter skin must haves?!!  Let me know down below!

Xo Cassandra

Becca Liquid Crystal Glow Gloss | Review with Swatches

Hi Guys!!

I am a HUGE Becca Cosmetics Fan.  I have been very loyal to the brand since I discovered their ever so popular Opal Highlighter.  I have a ton of Becca products in my collection, and a lot more that I have on my wish list!!

When I first starting seeing swatches of these liquid crystal glow glosses, I knew I had to have a few of them, maybe even all of them!!

These glosses are limited edition and available only through Becca Cosmetics & Sephora.  They retail for $22 usd / $27 canadian.

Here is the product description:  These glosses are inspired by raw gemstones that have been melted down to liquid form, kaleidoscopic pearls shift shades as they catch the light to take every lip look to the next level.  Each shade features a custom mix of unique pearls blended together to create a multi-dimensional finish that flatters all skin tones.  The conditioning lip gloss formula is infused with a luxurious coconut and vanilla scent and enriched with nurturing ingredients that leave lips feeling lavishly soft and smooth.I have read a few reviews that these glosses have a bad smell and are not glossy… I completely disagree with these complaints!!  I am really sensitive to scent, and I don’t find them to be overpowering, strong or fragrant at all.  What I do pick up is notes of cake / vanilla, but only if I really focus on smelling them.  Also they are quite glossy and make my lips look ultra plump which I love.These glosses are creamy, thick and oh so hydrating!  They are so smooth on the lips and not at all chunky or gritty.  I love the packaging and the doe foot applicator.  So far My favourite way to use these glosses is on bare lips.  I just love how they look on their own.  They are so hard to capture their beauty on camera, so please go to Sephora to swatch these babies to see their true beauty!!

I am hooked and I will definitely be picking up backups of my favourite shades because I can’t imagine not having these on hand!  I haven’t stopped using them since I got them.

There are six shades and here are their descriptions:

  • Champagne Dream x Bellini – Soft peach with a rose gold shift
  • Opal x Jade – Golden opal pearl with a teal sapphire shift
  • Rose Quartz x Seashell – Rose with a hot pink shift
  • Amethyst x Geode – Lavender duo-chrome with an aquamarine shift
  • Pearl x Gold – Creamy pearl with a golden shift
  • Topaz x Gilt – Golden bronze with a soft emerald shift

My thoughts on each colour:

  • Champagne Dream x Bellini –  For my skin tone this one is the most wearable, and my absolute favourite!!  Its mostly peach with a hint of hot pink sparkles.  I love it on and I think a lot of different skin tones can easily wear this one.
  • Opal x Jade –  This has to be my second favourite.  It’s such a unique and stunning colour.  On me it pulls a very golden jade colour that I cant stop wearing and although it has a green shift I find it to be very flattering and easy to wear.  this one is ALWAYS in my purse!!
  • Rose Quartz x Seashell –  This one is another very wearable shade that a lot of people can pull off.  I would describe it as a golden pink with a hot pink sparkle.  It is SO pretty on the lips.
  • Amethyst x Geode –  I wanted this one to look amazing on me.  There’s just something about that blue mermaid lip vibe that makes me so happy.  But I feel like this one is just too blue for me to confidently pull off.  If you have no problem rocking a blue lip, then this colour is a must have for you!!  It is absolutely stunning and worth heading to Sephora to try it on and see if it works for you!!
  • Pearl x Gold –  I LOVE this one, but on my lips only the pearl shift shows, whereas swatched on my arm it looks gold.  This is too white for me to wear, but I think would look absolutely stunning on lighter skin tones, or perhaps someone who has less pigment in their lips.
  • Topaz x Gilt –  This one is gorgeous and another very unique colour, but on my lips its too much of a taupy-bronze, and the emerald shift is not flattering on my skin tone.  This would be amazing on someone with a darker skin tone!!

Have you tried these yet?? If not, please do so NOW!! If you are a gloss girl, then you definitely need these in your life!!

Xo Cassandra

(Topaz x Gilt and Amethyst x Geode)

(Pearl x Gold and Rose Quartz x Seashell)

(Champagne Dream x Bellini and Opal x Jade)

Kaplan MD Perfect Pout Lipstick

Hi Guys!!

I know you have all heard of the brand Kaplan MD, but if you have not, they are a luxury skincare brand created by Beverly Hills Dermatologist, Dr. Stuart Kaplan, M.D.  His products are always seen floating around Instagram and Youtube, with good reason!!I was recently sent one of their new Perfect Pout Lipsticks.  This lipstick promises to moisturize, repair, add natural fullness, and best of all it includes an SPF of 30!!

“Luxuriously smooth, rich lip colour combined with extraordinary lip plumping technology”

This lipstick currently comes in 6 shades.  I received Santa Monica, which is described as a nude with pink undertones.  At first I was worried it would be too light for my medium / tanned complexion but, as I feel like most light nudes are too hard for me to pull off, but this colour wears well on me without washing me out!!  It is light, but not so light that I feel like I look dead!!  It has a beautiful satin sheen to it, that is not overly glossy.  Santa Monica is light, but builds up very easily, which is probably why it is so easy to wear.  It’s the perfect finish and I can easily apply it without looking into a mirror which I love. 

These are said to naturally plump the lip contour, hydrate with intense moisture, visibly smooth away fine lines, instantly soften and refine texture, and protect with SPF 30 sunscreen!  I always get freckles on my lips in the summer, so having an SPF in my lip products is so important to me.

These retail for $30 usd and the key ingredients are 22 Certified Organic Extracts, Maxi-Lip, Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, Beeswax & Candelilla Wax.  They are formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Gluten, Castor Oil, and Petroleum Jelly.

Let me tell you, this lipstick feels so hydrating on the lips!!  It has almost the same minty scent as their lip balm, which disapears fast when applied on the lips.  I just cant believe how soft and moist these go on!  They feel like a highend lip balm!!  I love that these plump the lips without that harsh burning sensation and I also love the unique & classy packaging.  It twists up from the bottom and can easily be done with one hand.  On my radar is Beverly (Deep, warm-toned pink with brown undertones) & Roxbury (Clear with a subtle, pearl finish).  I definitely need a few more!

Use code: PERFECTPOUT for free domestic shipping when you purchase one of the Perfect Pout Lipsticks!!

I want to be very clear that I will always give my honest review even when companies send me products for free.  I will either give my honest opinion , or I won’t say anything at all, so you can always trust my recommendations and my thoughts when you read my blog!

I hope you guys enjoyed this review!  Have you tried one of these lipsticks yet??  If not, I think you need to!!  Also don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Kaplan MD!

Take care, and talk soon!!

XO Cassandra

(Indoor swatch)

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick | Review with Swatches

Hi Guys!

I received another complimentary Voxbox from Bite Beauty and Influenster and I couldn’t be happier!!  Their new liquified lipsticks are such a wonderful formula!  They are made with natural monoi butter and coconut oil making them ultra hydrating and creamy.  They currently have 12 richly pigmented shades to choose from, but 19 show on Sephoras website, which means more are coming soon!!!!

They have a satin finish, and do not dry down matte at all and I love that about them.  Im a huge fan of hydrating, comfortable lipsticks!  These are described as Bite Beauty’s most nourishing lipstick, and I highly agree!  This formula is my dream come true!!

These are the colours I received:

Éclair – Soft Rose

Demi Glace – Chocolate Mauve

Flambé – Vivid Poppy

I hear that Whip (Blushed Beige) is a must have, so that one is next on my list!!!They also included their line and define lip primer which has quickly become a new favourite of mine!  I love that this lip primer comes with a built in sharpener at the bottom so that you can easily freshen up the tip when you want to percisely outline your lip line.  It contains lauroyl lysine and silica to naturally nourish lips, retain long-term color, and prevent feathering while resveratrol, jojoba oil, and argan oil condition and smooth the lips.  I love the texture / consistency of this lip primer and I find it to be smooth and thick and really does fill in my lip lines making a smooth canvas for my lipstick.

If you don’t yet have an Influenster account, I highly suggest you sign up now!  It’s so easy to get free samples and I have received some really good full sized products!!

Thank you again to Bite Beauty & Influenster Canada for this wonderful Voxbox!!  This was a major jackpot for me!!

Have you tried any of these products??  If not, I highly suggest you go to your nearest Sephora to check them out!  Bite Beauty nailed it again!!

@BiteBeauty @Influenster #TheLiquifiedLipstick #contest

Xo Cassandra