Deciem The Ordinary Colours Serum & Coverage Foundations in 2.0YG

DECIEM — The Ordinary Coverage Foundation (2.0YG) Review

Before I go into the review, Toronto-based DECIEM came out with some big news yesterday—they’ve sold a stake in the company to Estée Lauder.

The very very big thing has happened. It will change everything and yet nothing will change at all! @esteelaudercompanies (a really really big company behind really really big brands) has today acquired a minority stake in DECIEM. The ELC team embraced us like a loving family from the very first meeting to the emotional hugs at closing. Instead of trying to control things like big companies sometimes do, ELC insists that we continue to be who we are. We are really emotional today because we know that, together with ELC, we are going to lead innovation in beauty and bring you more and more of very good things (and less and less of very bad delays). We are here today because of your support and love for us along our journey in the past few years. We promise that every step we take will be one to continue to recognize your support. (PS1- No, we won’t change who we are in any way; PS2- Brandon is and will still be the CEO; PS3- Yes, we have a lot of money now to invest in big infrastructure so we can serve you very promptly; PS4- Yes, we will have many more stores in many more places; PS5- We never have and will not test on animals. ; PS6- No, we won’t raise the prices of products we sell to you; PS7- ELC may seem like a big conglomerate, but please believe us when we say that it has a big soul and a team of truly loving people; PS8- The release is here: elc.deciem.com) 🙈🐒🐒🐒❤️❤️❤️

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The very very big thing has happened. It will change everything and yet nothing will change at all! @esteelaudercompanies (a really really big company behind really really big brands) has today acquired a minority stake in DECIEM. The ELC team embraced us like a loving family from the very first meeting to the emotional hugs at closing. Instead of trying to control things like big companies sometimes do, ELC insists that we continue to be who we are. We are really emotional today because we know that, together with ELC, we are going to lead innovation in beauty and bring you more and more of very good things (and less and less of very bad delays). We are here today because of your support and love for us along our journey in the past few years. We promise that every step we take will be one to continue to recognize your support. (PS1- No, we won’t change who we are in any way; PS2- Brandon is and will still be the CEO; PS3- Yes, we have a lot of money now to invest in big infrastructure so we can serve you very promptly; PS4- Yes, we will have many more stores in many more places; PS5- We never have and will not test on animals. ; PS6- No, we won’t raise the prices of products we sell to you; PS7- ELC may seem like a big conglomerate, but please believe us when we say that it has a big soul and a team of truly loving people; PS8- The release is here: elc.deciem.com) 🙈🐒🐒🐒❤️❤️❤️

The optimist in me wants to say good for them! And that this new injection of money will seriously improve their production and distribution, particularly considering the issues they had upon the recent launch of their first colour cosmetics.

The pessimist in me realizes that The Estée Lauder Companies is one of the world’s largest cosmetic conglomerates, with brands like Clinique, MAC, Too Faced, Bobbi Brown, Tom Ford, Becca, Origins, Smashbox, La Mer, Aveda, Jo Malone, Le Labo and more under its umbrella. It seems possible that formulations might become altered, prices may start to increase, and some of the things that I personally liked about the company will change: being local, cruelty-free (Estée Lauder is not cruelty-free), and the values they claimed to have about honesty in skincare.

Each box DECIEM mails out has ABNORMAL BEAUTY COMPANY emblazoned on it in bold, sans-serif letters. It rings a bit false now that there’s a beauty behemoth behind the scenes.

Deciem box

In any case, Brandon Truaxe will remain DECIEM’s CEO (he has previous with launching a company only to sell it, and was also a founder of Indeed Labs). The company’s fans, including myself, will have to hope that this move allows DECIEM to grow comfortably, without losing sight of what made them so very popular in the first place.

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This week, I test drove Canadian skincare brand DECIEM’s first foray into color makeup with one of their two new foundations.

In April, they released a Serum Foundation and a Coverage Foundation under one of their brands, The OrdinaryI picked up both in the color 2.0YG (Light Medium, Yellow Undertones with Gold Highlights) for my NC25–30 skintone.

Deciem The Ordinary Colours Serum & Coverage Foundations in 2.0YG, bottles

Deciem The Ordinary Colours Serum & Coverage Foundations in 2.0YG, color labels

Last week, I reviewed the Serum Foundation, and I wasn’t a huge fan.

Today, I’m reviewing the Coverage Foundation, which, obviously, is meant to provide more coverage. It claims a light cream texture, full coverage, higher pigmentation than the Serum Foundation, and a semi-matte finish. The shade I got, as indicated by the “G” in the name, has additional subtle gold highlights mixed in.

Sounds good to me!

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Essie collection, Cafe Chic Society, Summer 2017

New Release: Essie — Cafe Chic Society (Summer 2017)

Collection: Essie 2017 Summer, Cafe Chic Society

Essie has released their Cafe Chic Society collection, which consists of six new shades of “soft floral and tart, bright fruits for summer”. The collection was created by their Global Color Designer, Rebecca Minkoff.

Sweet Soufflé
iridescent
sugar white
Baguette Me Not
unforgettable
lilac macaron
Blue-La-La
pastel
Parisian blue
S’il Vous Play
lavender
pink foil
Fondant of You
sparkling apricot
marmalade
Éclair My Love
red candy
passion

I’m loving these pretty shades, particularly Fondant of You and Éclair My Love!

(It’s a bit odd that they remembered the accents on soufflé and éclair, but not on café.)

Happy Shopping!

Essie Cafe Chic Society collection, Summer 2017

[Images via essie.ca]

China Glaze x My Little Pony collection (Summer 2017)

New Release: China Glaze — My Little Pony “Color Is Magic” (Summer 2017)

Collection: China Glaze 2017 Summer, My Little Pony “Color Is Magic”

I never knew I needed this. China Glaze’s new Summer 2017 collection is a collaboration with Hasbro’s My Little Pony.

I don’t actually watch the newer cartoon, but I did watch the original—yeah, I’m old school. I never had many toys as a kid, but I did have at least two My Little Ponies: I remember a white Pegasus-type and a coral unicorn. (This Moondancer unicorn does look extremely familiar, though, so maybe they were both unicorns—or I had a third pony.) My mom recently packed up a bunch of my old toys and brought them to me, and one of my ponies survived all these years:

Hasbro My Little Pony (1980s) Speedy G1 Year 4
How’s this for a Throwback Thursday post?

I just looked up my pony and apparently her name is Speedy, and she’s from the Twinkle Eyed Ponies collection released in Hasbro’s My Little Pony G1 line, Year 4 (circa 1985–86). Now that I look at the original packaging in that link, I totally remember that yellow star/rainbow comb!

Oh crap look at this. I definitely had three ponies. Moondancer, Speedy, and this Pegasus, Firefly. Ahhhh what a trip down memory lane. I wonder what ever happened to the other two.

I will always prefer the vintage pony design to the new one, but I understand that the new one is super popular. Still, this reminds me that I really need to watch the Brony documentary

Anyway, the new collection consists of 12 + 2 new shades in a range of shades and finishes.

As the authority on nail colour, China Glaze has taken center stage at NYFW alongside the most coveted designers in the industry. Notably, our Spring/Summer 2016 collaboration with DEGEN featured nails inspired by the ever-enchanting My Little Pony. This match made in fashion week heaven was the prelude to a pony-filled collaboration with Hasbro that we like to call Colour is Magic….

The My Little Pony™ x
China Glaze™ Collaboration

A whimsical, fashion-forward palette inspired by the charming personalities of the iconic ponies intertwined with the spirit of the exceptionally unique CG shade selection. Ranging from fun-loving brights to celestial glitters, this collection is sure to resonate with beauty connoisseurs and pop culture enthusiasts alike.

Twelve shades make up the main collection; another two shades make up a limited edition Songbird Serenade Kit:

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Haulage! fivezero's beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart Spend Your Points Plus Event Optimum redemption (June 2017)

Haulage! beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart (June 2017)

During last weekend’s Shoppers Drug Mart Spend Your Points Plus Event, I hopped onto their luxury beauty website, beautyBOUTIQUE, and redeemed 95,000 Optimum Points for $170 (plus $30 worth of Bonus Points to be added to my account later this month):

  • Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Coralium (562) [$32]
  • Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Sargasso (558) [$32]
  • Clarins 4-Colour Eye Palette (LE) from Sunkissed Summer 2017 [$45]
  • Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Attract (867) [$72]

These were my 3 free samples:

  • Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster (free sample)
  • Elizabeth Arden White Tea EDT (free sample)
  • Lise Watier HydraForce Hydra-Protective Creme-Gel (free sample)

My total was CA$181, so $170 was subtracted from my points redemption. You still have to pay tax (13% HST in Ontario) on the full amount, however.

The savings is like paying $1.94 for each Chanel polish, $2.74 for the Clarins palette, and $4.38 for the Dior palette!

$181 subtotal – $170 redemption + $23.53 HST = $34.53 Total

Plus the $30 worth of bonus points to come later, too.

As usual, my beautyBOUTIQUE order arrived very promptly and perfectly packaged.

Here are more detailed product photos:

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colours in Coralium and Sargasso

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colours in Coralium and Sargasso (which doesn’t look this shimmery in real life, it’s the famed Chanel “invisible shimmer” type)

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Attract

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Attract

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theBalm Hot Ticket Nail Polish in All You Ever Do Is Taupe, swatch

theBalm — All You Ever Do Is Taupe (Hot Ticket Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Brand: theBalm

I actually stayed up late last night (I’ve been averaging about 5–6 hours of sleep a night, not good) swatching a polish for today, but then in my morning stupor, I accidentally deleted the pictures. Hooray for me. It was Zoya Temperance, which is awesome so I have to reswatch it for you guys soon. But anyway, this morning, I decided to do something different.

theBalm is not a brand I normally associate with nail polish—I think of blush and maybe eyeshadow. It’s also not a brand I run into very often, mostly since in Canada, the only brick-and-mortar retailer I know of is Rexall pharmacy, which until recently was not one I went to very often. (I’m a Shoppers Drug Mart girl, OK?) But in the last couple of years, Rexall have opened up bigger stores downtown that are more convenient for me to visit, so I’ve been popping in occasionally to check out the brands they carry that aren’t available at Shoppers.

Some Rexall locations carry theBalm, and last week, I finally visited a location that had a display, at Queen & University in Toronto. Luckily, this display stocked around twelve to fifteen shades of theBalm’s Hot Ticket Nail Polish and they were about half off! Or perhaps not so luckily, since it probably means they’re getting rid of them.

I picked one up last week for $4.96—they’re normally $10 (US and CA, for some reason)—then returned this week when Rexall was running a “Buy 2 Get 1 Free” sale on nail polish. So, I managed to get three more theBalm polishes for a tidy sum of $9.92!

theBalm actually produces 31 shades of polish (not quite Baskin-Robbins) and unfortunately, the Rexall I went to mostly carried tame shades of red, pink, and brown. Gah! No pretty blues, yellows or greens.

But here’s what I got, anyway:

theBalm Hot Ticket Nail Polish haulage, June 2017

  • Strawberry Fields Forevah
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Plum
  • All You Ever Do Is Taupe
  • You’re So Hot and Gold

The names are on the wordier side, aren’t they?

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fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag "Volume Up" (June 2017)

Ipsy — June 2017 Glam Bag “Volume Up”

I usually don’t get my Ipsy Glam Bag (referral link) here in Canada until the middle of each month, at the earliest—and yet, yesterday, the twelfth, I got my shiny hot pink June bag!

This month was the first time I tried emailing Ipsy to request an item to be included in my bag—apart from the one time they emailed me to let me try out a new system (I chose a mini of Ciaté Liquid Velvet Matte Lipstick in Pin Up).

From the initial list of spoilers released by Ipsy, I thought a black Make Up For Ever eyeliner was the best option I had (it wasn’t a great list! I’m not a huge black liner person) so I went ahead and asked if I could get that in my June bag. Customer service was happy to oblige.

Of course, a while later I saw more spoilers which included some great options I’d have picked instead (see my list below of other June items that Ipsy sent out). Boo! I actually think it makes more sense for me to just let Ipsy pick for me from now on, unless I see an item in the spoilers that I truly want. They’ve actually been doing a pretty great job for me—if only I could convince them that it’s OK to send me more than one nail polish per month!

Ipsy Glam Bag, June 2017, Volume Up

Ipsy June 2017 Glam Bag: “Volume Up”

Image: ipsy.com

What I Received

  • Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Recovery Cream (20 mL sample; 50 mL full size US$68)
  • Kokie Nail Polish in Atlantis At Last (16 mL full size; US$6)
  • Luna by Luna Eyeshadow in Jace (1.5 g full size; US$15)
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil in M-10 Matte Black (0.8 g mini; 1.2 g full size US$21/CA$25)
  • NYX Whipped Lip & Cheek Soufflé in Plush (8 mL full size; US$6/CA$9)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

Glam Bag Cost

$10 + $4.99 (shipping to Canada) = US$14.99

Total Bag Value

$27.20 + $6 + $15 + $14 + $6 = US$68.20

fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, June 2017, Volume Up

fivezero’s Ipsy June 2017 Glam Bag: “Volume Up”

Image: ipsy.com

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Dr. Lili Fan: 10% off any purchase with code IPSY (through 07/31/2017; US only)
  • Kokie: 25% off any purchase with code ipsy25 (through 07/31/2017; US & Canada only)
  • Luna by Luna: 20% off any purchase with code IPSY20 (through 07/31/2017)

There are currently no codes offered for MUFE and NYX, so I’ll just mention these discounts for two great Canadian brands (since I would have loved another Trust Fund Beauty nail polish, or either of the two Vasanti products on offer this month, the face scrub and the lip gloss):

  • Trust Fund Beauty: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 07/31/12017)
  • Vasanti: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 06/30/12017; US & Canada only)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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Yves Rocher, A Chic & Bohemian Summer collection (Summer 2017)

New Release: Yves Rocher — A Chic & Bohemian Summer Collection (Summer 2017)

Collection: Yves Rocher 2017 Summer, A Chic & Bohemian Summer

Yves Rocher’s new summer collection, A Chic & Bohemian Summer, includes 4 new shades of one of my favorite nail polish formulas, Botanical Color Nail Polish. I’ve seriously slacked on swatching my new Yves Rochers (here are my older ones), yet I’ve already picked up these polishes, plus a white one which seems to be repromoted here.

The four new, limited edition shades are accompanied by two repromoted* shades (shown in the catalog, but not online):

  • Azalea Rose (repromote; at first I thought this was new, but it turns out it’s just the existing shade Pink Sherbet, which has the French name Rose azalée)
  • White Orchid (repromote, I think)
  • Pastel Apricot (LE)
  • Soft Pink (LE)
  • Celadon Blue (LE)
  • Sea Green (LE)
Pink Sherbet / Rose azalée*
White Orchid*
Pastel Apricot
Soft Pink
Celadon Blue
Sea Green

The four new shades also come in a set (priced at CA$14, the same as buying all four shades individually at CA$3.50 each, as they are currently discounted) which comes a beige/pink cosmetic bag.

Yves Rocher A Chic & Bohemian Summer Collection 2017 Nail Polish Set
Yves Rocher Botanical Color Nail Polish (Summer 2017) in Soft Pink, Pastel Apricot, Celadon Blue, & Sea Green.

Pastel Apricot comes in another set with the same cosmetic bag, plus gold nail stickers, new Vertige Felt-Tip Liner in Coffee Brown, and new Radiant Lip and Cheek Crayon in Coral, for CA$25.50.

Yves Rocher A Chic & Bohemian Summer Collection 2017 Nail Polish Set

The polishes retail for US$6 / CA$6 / UK£2.95 / EU€2.95, but often go on sale for 40–50% off (or more with additional codes).

Happy shopping!

[Images via yvesrocher.ca]