Essence Nail Polish in Outta Space Is the Place, swatch

Essence — Outta Space Is the Place (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

 

Brand: Essence 2017 Fall, Out of Space Stories

Essence recently released a collection of outer space-inspired nail colors, and over the course of several trips to Shoppers Drug Mart, I couldn’t help picking up, well…all of them:

Essence Out of Space Stories Nail Polishes

  • Outta Space Is the Place (01)
  • Across the Universe (02)
  • Space Glam (03)
  • Beam Me Up! (04)
  • Intergalactic Adventure (05)
  • We Will Spock You! (06)
  • 1000 Light Years Away (07)

The packaging is very sleek and feels a bit fancier than their usual product packaging, with squared glass bottles and mirror-shine caps. All the shades are also various types of iridescent shimmers and glitters. The price reflects these details, and the 9 mL polishes retail for CA$3.99 instead of the usual $2.99 for the 8 mL Gel Nail Polishes.

Today, I’m reviewing Outta Space Is the Place (01), a pearly iridescent white that is—very happily—opaque!

Essence Out of Space Stories Nail Polish in Outta Space Is the Place

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OPI — OPI Red (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

 

Collection: OPI 1989 Original Launch

First of all, you’ll have to excuse my swatches today. I’ve been sick this weekend, I have a chip in one of my swatching nails, and my cuticles have been looking like hell now that winter is truly upon us! I’ll have to do better swatches of this shade at a later date.

Second of all, WE DID IT! Toronto FC are the MLS Cup Champions for the very first time, ever! Also, a few other records we broke:

  • 1st MLS team to complete a domestic treble (Supporter’s Shield, Canadian Championship, MLS Cup)
  • 1st and only Canadian team to win the MLS Cup
  • 1st and only Canadian team to win the Supporter’s Shield (most points in a season)
  • Broke LA Galaxy’s MLS regular season point record of 68 points by one point

Toronto FC wins 2017 MLS Cup

Don’t forget to check out the victory parade if you happen to be in downtown Toronto, today!

Edit: Yes, we went to celebrate at Nathan Phillips Square this afternoon! It was freakin’ cold but worth it!

Toronto FC celebrate 2017 MLS Cup win in Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, December 11, 2017

So, of course, my NOTD is the classic OPI Red, which I was saving for a Throwback Thursday, but here it is today!

OPI Red (NL L72), from OPI’s original launch, is actually one of the first OPI polishes I ever owned! Unfortunately, at the time in the mid 1990s, I decided I didn’t like the pinky red shade and swapped it off.

I saw it again recently and decided I probably should have it, albeit in the newer formulation.

OPI Nail Lacquer in OPI Red

It’s a slightly pink-toned medium red cream with “invisible” pink shimmer.

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Sothys Fall 2017 collection

Sothys — Voile de Rose (Cream Blush) Review

Collection: Sothys 2017 Fall

Sothys Paris is a luxury French beauty brand that is sold primarily in beauty institutes and spas worldwide. I had never before tried their line of skincare and cosmetics, and was intrigued when I was contacted to review a few of the nail and makeup products from their Fall 2017 collection.

I was sent a Nail Lacquer (but of course!), Cream Blush, and Rouge Mat Velvet Effect Lipsticks for review. I have previously reviewed the Nail Lacquer in Rouge des Arts, and if you would like additional information about the company, you can read it in that review, as well.

Today, I am reviewing the Cream Blush in Voile de Rose (30), a bright yet soft azalea pink.

A innovative cream formula that transforms into a powder. An Old Rose shade that warms up and brightens the complexion beautifully for a guaranteed healthy glow!

Sothys Cream Blush in Voile de Rose

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Diesel Loverdose Tattoo EDP 50 mL

Haulage! Diesel — Loverdose Tattoo, & Perfume Notes (December 2017)

After the disappointment that was Oscar de la Renta Blue Orchid, I felt like I wanted a pick-me-up, and I usually like my birthday/Christmas money to go to perfume.

I was craving a rice pudding scent, and the fragrant folks over at the Fragrantica boards reminded me that Diesel Loverdose Tattoo EDP was a perfect choice for that scent. I had actually tested—and loved!—Loverdose Tattoo when it first came out, and somehow I had forgotten all about it. I think I may have been waiting in vain for it to show up on Shoppers Drug Mart’s clearance shelves. But after snagging both Loverdose and Loverdose Red Kiss 30 mL bottles for $19.99 a pop, I guess my luck has run out.

I had one of those big bonus Optimum Points offers (18,500 points for a $100 spend) loaded onto my Shoppers Optimum card, so I picked up Loverdose Tattoo EDP in the 50 mL bottle and added some grocery items (COFFEE) and small holiday gifts (CANDY) to reach $100. Not a bad deal at all, though I’m sad to report that the cosmetician didn’t give me any free beauty samples! It’s so random. Once I spent less than $5 on nail polish, and a different cosmetician gave me a nice skincare sample. This time I got a $67 perfume and nada. Should I be pushy and ask next time?

If I’d ordered via beautyBOUTIQUE online, I’d have gotten a free deluxe sample Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick and three additional free samples, plus had the opportunity to use Ebates. I’m not sure the Bonus Optimum points would have counted, though—it might have just been an in-store offer.

By the way, if you’re wondering, my favorite online grey market perfume reseller, FragranceX, also had Loverdose Tattoo. The 75 mL was the only size available, and it was priced the same as the 50 mL I got. I’m not fussed about the extra 25 mL, since it takes me forever to use up perfume. 50 mL is plenty for me. The only real advantages would have been no tax and the 10% discount I get with my loyalty points, though I would have had to add another small item to my order to get free shipping. I think the Optimum Points work out better, and, I get instant gratification buying it from the drugstore down the street.

Anyway, here’s the rundown on my latest perfume acquisition, and notes on several other perfumes I’ve tried in-store over the last week.

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Monthly Watch Club (Female, November 2017)

Monthly Watch Club (Female, November 2017) — Review

I’ve worn a watch ever since I was eight or nine. My very first was a little kid’s mechanical Timex (I had to wind it every day!) with a black and grey fabric strap—probably unisex or intended for boys, and I clearly recall an annoying little boy at the playground mocking me for wearing a boy’s watch! I probably said something like, “So what?” and brushed it off (he didn’t bother me again after that).

But the fact that this interaction has stayed with me for thirty years indicates that it did indeed mean something to me. I only remember one other similar instance as a kid: I was a big fan of the Gobots cartoon, and I vastly preferred its comedic tone to the overly serious Transformers, which it was obviously ripping off, but I didn’t care one bit.

Now, anyone who grew up as a kid in North America in the 1980s and early 1990s knows that you would carry a plastic lunchbox + Thermos to school every day. These lunchboxes were sold in masses every September, and they were branded with all kinds of toys, cartoons, movies, TV shows, etc. I remember having one with Garfield, possibly one with Snoopymaybe one with My Little Pony (which I loved but I shied away from overly girly things in my childhood), and most definitely one with my beloved Gobots:

Gobots lunchbox

Anyway, the first day back at school, I merrily carried my lunch in my new Gobots-emblazoned lunchbox. A few boys said something like, “Why are you carrying a Gobots lunchbox?” I merely said, “I like them.” And that was that.

What was I talking about?

Right—I love watches! I used to have quite a little collection of quartz watches back in my twenties, with a different watch for every mood and outfit. I don’t care if smartphones can tell time. I like a watch and I’m damn well going to wear one.

In my thirties, however, I’ve pared down my watch collection because I’ve gotten tired of replacing watch batteries in ten different watches every couple of years. At the moment, I have an everyday digital beater (Casio Baby G), a Swarovski-bedazzled dress watch (Citizen Eco-Drive), and my favorite, an automatic Hamilton from my husband. Thus, only one watch runs through batteries quickly (the Casio) and it’s so cheap that I basically just replace it every few years.

And yet, I always look at watches and am sorely tempted to pick up the interesting designs I see.

When Alberta, Canada-based Monthly Watch Club recently contacted me to review their product, I thought it was such an interesting concept and wondered if it could wean me off my minimalist watch ways again. They are a newer subscription box that initially started with men’s watch styles—this summer, they expanded to include women’s watch styles, as well.

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TIA'M Anti-Pollution Salt Facial Scrub Salt Scrub [Jolse]

TIA’M — Anti-Pollution Salt Facial Scrub [Jolse]

Recently, I’ve been feeling that my chemical exfoliant, COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, isn’t playing especially well with my skin, and I’ve been looking to change products. I have a couple more chemical exfoliants sitting in my skincare queue, but I have also considered trying out more physical exfoliation. I haven’t really used much physical exfoliation since learning about the environmental damage of plastic microbeads, which ruled out my former favorite facial scrub by La Roche-Posay.

It was just my luck that I was chosen by Jolse, a favorite online Korean beauty retailer, to review a new facial scrub.

TIA’M is supposed to be a sister brand of COSRX, though I can’t find any official detail on this online apart from info on other blogs. The brand was previously known as O.S.T., and their most famous product was their Vitamin C serum (it’s now known as My Signature C Source, and I have that waiting in my fridge!). But before I try that serum, I have TIA’M’s new facial scrub to try.

It’s called TIA’M Anti-Pollution Salt Facial Scrub, and it comes in an 80 mL tub for about US$15 shipped (at Jolse).

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Oscar de la Renta Blue Orchid EDT (100 mL)

Oscar de la Renta — Blue Orchid EDT Review

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been spotting mysterious 100 mL bottles of Oscar de la Renta perfumes on the $19.99 shelf at various Shoppers Drug Mart locations. Googling does not help at all—especially couple of months ago—when just about nothing turned up on these scents.

I was beyond curious! The first ones I saw were Rose and Jasmine. The bottles made them look like flankers of the very wonderful Esprit d’Oscar, the brand’s younger, more modern version of their 1970s classic, Oscar.

But I did not bite.

Then, over the last week or so, I’ve been seeing more of these popping up! Midnight Amber! Blue Orchid! Tropicale! Online, there is brief chatter of Ruby Velvet and Orange Flower. Curiouser and curiouser.

And a little less curious today, because I just picked up a bottle of Blue Orchid. I hemmed and hawed between it and Tropicale, but decided to go with Blue Orchid because I didn’t think I needed more coconut/pineapple/suntan lotion-smelling perfumes. Blue Orchid sounds more mysterious, doesn’t it? And I’m always game for a blind-buy.

Oscar de la Renta Blue Orchid EDT (100 mL), box

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