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Haulage! Darn You, Sephora…

Of course I was looking for a new powder brush over the last few days! It was between the MUFE 130 and the Sephora Pro 91. I went with MUFE because I prefer the chunkier handle design.

Sigh.

Darn you, and thank you, Sephora. Finally spent some Sephora points, and snagged some great perfume samples, too. And don’t forget ebates Canada (just 4% today).

fivezero's Sephora VIB discount order (December 2016)

  • Make Up For Ever 130 Large Powder Brush
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Potion (deluxe sample)
  • Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Liquorice (deluxe sample)
  • Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile EDP (sample)
  • Maison Margiela REPLICA By the Fireplace EDT (sample)
  • Miu Miu EDP (sample)

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Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour in Denim Jacket, swatch

Guerlain — La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour — Denim Jacket

Collection: Guerlain Summer 2016

Earlier this year, Guerlain released La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour, the polish in the adorable bottles with the ridiculously long product name. The first shade I tried was Black Perfecto, and you can read a more detailed review of this polish line in that post.

Over the summer, Guerlain released a new limited edition shade, Denim Jacket (008), and I picked it up during one of Shoppers Drug Mart’s Spend Your Points events. It’s the sweetest soft blue cream, barely light enough to qualify as a pastel, with hints of powdery grey and cornflower.

Paired with the shimmery pink My First Nail Polish and you have the perfect set for a baby shower!

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour in Denim Jacket, My First Nail Polish
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour in Denim Jacket & My First Nail Polish.
Haulage from Shoppers Drug Mart (September 2016).

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New Release: China Glaze — Seas & Greetings (Holiday 2016)

Collection: China Glaze 2016 Winter, Seas & Greetings

China Glaze’s Holiday 2016 collection could easily be mistaken for a Summer set, because they’ve decided to celebrate a beach-themed holiday with Seas & Greetings!

My favorite names here are Partridge in a Palm Tree and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Starfish. I’m keen to see these in person, as I can’t tell how opaque these shades really are. There’s a jelly-look to some of the creams, isn’t there?

China Glaze, Rebel collection, Fall 2016

The 12 new shades are:

  • ‘Tis the Sea-Sun (red)
  • Eat, Pink, Be Merry (pink)
  • Good Tide-ings (lavender)
  • Joy to the Waves (blue)
  • Let’s Shell-ebrate (pink glitter)
  • The More the Berrier (berry shimmer)
  • Partridge in a Palm Tree (green)
  • Sand in My Mistletoes (peach)
  • Seas and Greetings (purple shimmer)
  • Snow Way! (white)
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Starfish (mint)
  • Warm Wishes (coral pink)

Happy shopping!

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Rouge Noir, swatch

Classics: Chanel — Le Vernis Longwear — Rouge Noir

Collection: Chanel 2016 Spring, Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour [Launch]

First order of business: Toronto FC are in the MLS Cup Final! Last night, after ten years of existence, my hometown team finally won the Eastern Conference Championship—against rivals Montreal Impact, no less. Toronto FC will now play for the MLS Cup against Western Conference Champions Seattle Sounders FC. Coincidentally, I also spent part of my childhood in Seattle, but I’ll no doubt be supporting TFC in the final.

Captain Michael Bradley lifts the MLS Eastern Conference Cup with Toronto FC
Captain Michael Bradley lifts the MLS Eastern Conference Cup with Toronto FC.
Toronto FC overcame Montreal Impact 5-2 on the night, and 7-5 on aggregate. (November 30, 2016)

Second order of business is that today marks the 21-year anniversary of the first date my husband and I ever went on! That night, we saw a movie at the Uptown and had an after-movie coffee and dessert at a nearby Swiss Chalet. (We were poor students, what can I say? We also had dinner at the university cafeteria before heading out! Mmm romantic.) Both locations are now sadly defunct, but we’re still going strong!

We ordered in Swiss Chalet last night, for the first time in three or four years, to celebrate. Gotta love the Festive Special that comes with Lindor chocolates!

Lindt Lindor Assorted Chocolate Truffles from Swiss Chalet Festive Special, 2016.
Lindt Lindor Assorted Chocolate Truffles from Swiss Chalet Festive Special.

Finally, today’s nail polish! Today is indeed Throwback Thursday, though I’m filing it under Classics as well, since it’s the original color in a new formulation.

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Rouge Noir (18)
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Rouge Noir (18)

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Valcena Lait Hydra Nourrissant Body Lotion

Valcena — Hydra Nourrissant Body Lotion

Valcena Skincare

This is the fifth part of a series of Valcena reviews I will be doing! The following are Valcena products I’ve got in my queue. Starred (*) items are ones that have been sent to me by Valcena for review; the others I have purchased at Winners:

  1. Eau Lactée Cleansing Milk *
  2. Cleansing Gel
  3. Cleansing Scrub
  4. Éclat Anti-Age Face Mask (mini) *
  5. Roller Glacé Eye Contour Cream *
  6. Nutri-Lift Serum *
  7. Nutrition Absolue Day Care
  8. Multi Active Hydratante Day Cream *
  9. Multi Active Régénérante Night Cream
  10. Hydra Nourrissant Body Lotion * (today’s review)
  11. Rose Absolue EDT Natural Spray *

Valcena Paris were kind enough to send me a package of some of their most popular products for honest review.

Valcena Press Samples
Valcena Press Samples

Review of Valcena Hydra Nourrissant Body Lotion

I was a bit skeptical of this product at first, merely because it calls itself a lotion. My skin is quite dry, particularly now that it’s winter here in Canada, and lotions generally don’t cut it at all! Even in summer, I usually stick with thicker body creams, since I usually find that light lotions do almost nothing for my skin.

Hydra Nourrissant Body Lotion turned out to be quite a nice surprise!

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MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Like My Gown?, swatch

MAC — Studio Nail Lacquer — Like My Gown?

Collection: MAC Spring 2016, Fashion Pack

I’m kind of on a roll, now, so here’s another clearanced MAC polish that I picked up for CA$6.

Like My Gown?, from this spring’s Fashion Pack collection, is a vibrant magenta cream. It reminds me of Essie Footloose, which I ought to swatch one of these Throwback Thursdays.

The color is midtoned, and I think it’s one of those seasonless shades, though it’d probably look especially hot as a summer pedi! However, it’d also be a perfect pop of purple-y pink against the usual whites, greys and blacks of winter gear.

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Like My Gown?
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Like My Gown?

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MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Sweet Potion, swatch

MAC — Studio Nail Lacquer — Sweet Potion

Collection: MAC Winter 2015, Faerie Whispers

Hope everyone snagged a good deal or two this Black Friday weekend—though I suppose it’s now Cyber Monday, and the sales go on!

I’m continuing on from Friday’s review with another clearanced MAC polish that I picked up for CA$6.

Sweet Potion, is from last winter’s Faeries Whispers collection, though it was also recently repromoted in this spring’s Future MAC collection. It’s a warm, peachy tan cream with a slightly rosy undertone.

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Sweet Potion
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Sweet Potion

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