China Glaze Summer Rain collection (Summer 2017)

New Release: China Glaze — Summer Reign (Summer 2017)

Collection: China Glaze 2017 Summer, Summer Reign

China Glaze’s new Summer 2017 collection is called Summer Reign. It consists of 12 new shades in bright and neon hues.

I certainly like the looks of Emerald Bae (ugh the name), Rosé My Name, and Summer Reign. The presence of gold and silver metallics, usually the bane of winter holiday collections, is a little befuddling! They do make the collection look a little like a beach/winter holiday mashup.

All Glammed Up
mint crème
Chroma Cool
silver metallic
Emerald Bae
deep green crème
Flame Boyant
classic neon red
High Standards
gold metallic
I Truly Azure You
aqua-blue shimmer
Rosé My Name
magenta shimmer
Simply Fa-Blue-less
deep indigo blue crème
Sultry Solstice
orange neon
Summer Reign
bright purple shimmer
Sun-Set the Mood
hot coral crème
Sunset Seeker
blood-orange neon

Happy Shopping!

Shoppers Drug Mart Spend Your Points Event (April 29-30, 2017)

Sale Alert: Shoppers Drug Mart’s Spend Points Event (April 29–30, 2017)

This weekend (April 29–30, 2017), Canada’s Shoppers Drug Mart is offering a Spend Your Points Event!

Spend the following Optimum Points and receive:

  • 50,000 points for $100 off (extra $15)
  • 95,000 points for $200 off (extra $30)

This offer is also available online at SDM’s beautyBOUTIQUE. Don’t forget ebates.ca (referral link)!

Search for your closest Shoppers Drug Mart beautyBOUTIQUE by brand here.

Here are links to some of my past Optimum Points hauls:

I have a lot of points accumulated, and decided I don’t want to hang on to too many at once (should Loblaw decide to change the Optimum Points system). I redeemed twice for $200! Whee! Optimum Points get racked up a lot faster if you load the personalized coupons every week.

Here’s my haul. I was good and didn’t get any lipstick! But I did get nail polish (of course), eyeshadow, lipgloss (doesn’t count!), and foundation. I only had to pay the excess beyond $200 ($1 on the first order, $2 on the second!) and 13% HST (sales tax) on the full amounts—and of course I redeemed 2 x 95k Optimum Points. I also received a bonus 10k points for spending $100 on Clinique skincare. I think it’s nice that they let you get the bonuses even when you’re just redeeming points and not “really” spending money.

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fivezero's jolse haulage (April 2017), COSrX, Holika Holika

Haulage! Korean Shops (And New Canadian Shipping Problems)

I’ve been getting a little obsessed with the state of my skin lately, and while it’s been super fun ordering Deciem products (items from The Ordinary, Hylamide, and NIOD lines are now in my possession!), this also meant that I hit up the online Korean beauty shops, too.

Little did I know that with my most recent Jolse order, I snuck in just before a Canadian shipping issue!

In the past, I pretty much stuck to Cosmetic Love (referral link):

  • The site is super easy to navigate, and generally I don’t have any issues with it. I personally find it nicer to look at than some of the more popular Korean beauty sites. The photos also tend to be slightly better.
  • Brand and product selection seem good to me, though there have been a couple brands I’ve been vaguely interested in and had to look for elsewhere.
  • CS is good, though I’ve never had to do more than get a quick response about a minor issue.
  • Prices are a bit higher than some other sites, but shipping is always free so I like not having to tally up the final cost. I really hate when the shipping charge differs depending on the size of your order (is it by weight? by price? gah!) and then I have to shift products in and out of my cart to get the max stuff for my money. The price is less of an issue to me since I just shop their sales, anyway. With free shipping, I can order, like, $20 worth of stuff during a sale and not have to think about spending $100+ to get free/cheaper shipping elsewhere.
  • Delivery has never been a problem for me. Yes, it takes a few weeks, and maybe a bit longer, but that’s not the store’s fault. They always ship very promptly and it’s Canadian customs that’s the hold-up. Luckily, I’ve never gotten dinged by customs, but I keep my Korean orders to around US$40 max. (Technically, orders totalling CA$20 or less are duty-exempt.)
  • They give a useful amount of samples—though it’s usually just handfuls of those single-use pouches of Tony Moly Tomatox Magic Massage Pack and Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum. I don’t think I will ever need to buy those two products.

But last year, I finally branched out a bit and ordered one test product from Jolse via Amazon (some Innisfree sheet masks, which I haven’t even bothered to use because shortly afterward, I decided I’m not really a fan of sheet masks).

Innisfree It's Real Facial Sheet Masks (15 pc)

Innisfree It’s Real Facial Sheet Masks (15 pc) (US$19.08)

Then last month, I placed a trial order from Jolse proper (and I forgot to use the $3 sign-up discount, gah!):

  • COSrX Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence (US$16)
  • Holika Holika gudetama LAZY&JOY Ceramide Capsule Cream (US$18.68)
  • Holika Holika Naked Face Illuminating Powder (US$11.88)

They sent a lot of different samples, which is awesome, but on the other hand, it’s a little useless to test a skincare product with just a single one-use sample. Cosmetic Love, by comparison, send about 10 of a product sample, but I almost always get the same two products so it’s not great that way, either.

Here are the samples I received:

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Orly Nail Lacquer in Sweet Temptation, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Orly — Sweet Temptation (Nail Lacquer)

Brand: Orly

Sweet Temptation (20415) is listed in my database as being coded 40415, so I think at some point Orly changed their numbering system. I don’t know which collection it’s from—the oldest review on MUA is from 2006—and it’s possible that it’s even from the original core collection. The name is generic enough, isn’t it?

I also wonder if the color has been changed up a bit, since the MUA reviews generally describe a cream shade that has very subtle gold shimmer in it. My bottle of Sweet Temptation is a newer bottle that I bought at Winners last spring, in a duo pack for CA$9.99.

The shade of my new bottle is an intense azalea pink with fine pink and silver shimmer,  giving Sweet Temptation a satin ribbon finish.

(If you have an older bottle, I’d love to know whether it has gold or silver shimmer.)

Orly Nail Lacquer in Sweet Temptation

Orly Nail Lacquer in Sweet Temptation

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New Release: Orly — Coastal Crush (Summer 2017)

Collection: Orly 2017 Summer, Coastal Crush

Orly’s new Summer 2017 collection, Coastal Crush, consists of six bright new shades for the season.

Orly Coastal Crush (Summer 2017) collection, available in Nail Lacquer and Gel FX

Four are eye-popping creams; the two blues are shimmers:

  • For the First Time (poppy purple crème)
  • No Regrets (magenta crème)
  • Sea You Soon (bright blue shimmer)
  • Summer Fling (peach crème)
  • Surfer Dude (orange crème)
  • Under the Stars (navy shimmer)

For the First Time, No Regrets

Sea You Soon, Summer Fling

Surfer Dude, Under the Stars

And now, I need to go and watch Point Break again. (There was not a 2015 remake. Nope.)

Point Break 1991 poster, Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze
Point Break (1991). Directed by Kathryn Bigelow.
With Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, Lori Petty, Gary Busey.

Happy shopping!

[Images (except for the movie poster): orlybeauty.com]

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Zahara, swatch

Zoya — Zahara (Professional Lacquer)

Collection: Zoya 2016 Spring, Petals

I posted three nail polish swatches on Monday in a 3 Spring Favorites post, and today I’m reviewing one of them.

Zahara (ZP838) is described by Zoya as a “brilliant shimmering coral made modern with an opalescent effect”. It’s from Zoya’s 2016 Petals collection, which included four shades with shimmery, glass flecked finishes. I love a glass fleck effect (some of China Glaze’s older ones are particularly stunning) so I bought three of the shades.

I describe Zahara as a gentle, translucent pinked peach with a mixture of pink and silver glass fleck shimmer. It is semi-opaque.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Zahara

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Zahara

[Incidentally, Zahara is not the last of all Zoya’s polishes, alphabetically! There are not one, not two, but at least seven Zoya polishes that come after Zahara, though some are discontinued. Zoya’s Z polishes are: Zahara, Zanna, Zara, Ziv, Zoe, Zooey, Zsa Zsa, and Zuza. I’m waiting on Zelda and Zinnia… Seriously, how have they not done Zelda, yet? Or Zoya, for that matter? I guess the owner is a modest woman!]

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Cutex Care + Color Nail Color in Blues Fest, swatch

Cutex – Blues Fest (Care + Color Nail Color)

Collection: Cutex 2017 Spring, Care + Color Nail Color [Launch]

When Revlon—who also own SinfulColors—acquired classic nail brand Cutex from Coty late last year, it was only a matter of time that new nail colors would be released.

Cutex the brand dates back to 1911, when it was founded in Stamford, CT, USA.

Nowadays, Cutex is best known for its nail polish remover, but it’s had a long history of producing nail polish, too. In the company’s first few years, it developed a liquid nail polish based on auto paint. Prior to this, nail color generally came in powders and pastes; by 1925, virtually all nail polish sold had taken on liquid form. Three years later, Cutex started to sell acetone polish remover, and the rest is history.

Cutex vintage gold nail polish

Cutex vintage gold nail polish.
Faaaaancy!

Cutex vintage nail polish ad

Cutex vintage cosmetic ad.
They made lipstick, too!

Cutex vintage nail polish ad

Cutex vintage nail polish ad.
Check out the Art Deco styling. Circa 1920s? Depression era?

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