Claire's Nail Polish in Party Like a Unicorn, swatch

Claire’s — Party Like a Unicorn (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Claire’s 2017, Unicorn PWR

It has been ages since I bought anything from Claire’s, the girls’ jewelry and accessories store that seems ubiquitous in North American malls. (I just took a peek at their Wikipedia page and it turns out that they may be fairly ubiquitous in European malls, too! Are there many malls in Europe? There are some photos of standalone Claire’s stores in the UK and France on that page—it’s hard for me to process a Claire’s that does not reside in a mall!)

In any case, I stopped into my local Claire’s on a whim a little before Halloween to check out their nail polishes. To my surprise, there wasn’t much in the way of seasonal collections, but I did spot emoji and unicorn collections, so I snagged 6 of them. The deal was buy 3, get 3 free; for a while, I considered just getting two polishes, but then I would only be one away from three free ones, so obviously I got suckered into the whole shebang.

fivezero's Claire's Nail Polish haulage (September 2017)

Claire’s polishes are pricier than I remember, but I guess it’s been probably at least five years since I’ve shopped here. The special collection colors were also a little more expensive at CA$7 instead of the regular CA$5.50.

Today, I have one from the unicorn collection, Unicorn PWRParty Like a Unicorn (21780) is described as a “rose gold shimmer.” It’s actually a sheer, medium rose pink shimmer with gold shimmer/microglitter. Still pretty, but not technically like rose gold.

Claire's Nail Polish in Party Like a Unicorn

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Fresh Rose Face Mask (deluxe sample)

Fresh — Rose Face Mask Review

I’ve never tried too much from Fresh—really, just the occasional samples I receive from Sephora. I’ve really liked some things (Soy Face Cleanser, Sugar Lip Treatment) and I’m decidedly “meh” on others (Seaberry Face Oil, their perfumes), and I’ve never actually ponied up for any full-sized Fresh product because, let’s face it, it’s really overpriced stuff. The only thing I would consider buying is the Soy Face Cleanser, but on the other hand, it’s pretty common to get a deluxe sample of it from Sephora, so I haven’t needed to.

The Rose Face Mask is yet another example of an overpriced Fresh product I received from Sephora last year. I got a 15 mL sample tub of it last year in November as part of my Sephora birthday gift, and I’ve been using it here and there over the last few months.

Rose Face Mask hydrates and tones the complexion to restore radiance and suppleness to all skin types. The unique, cooling gel formula is infused with real rose petals that literally melt into the skin.

The ingredients include a number of naturally-derived extracts: rose petals, rose water, sea water, cucumber extract, chamomile oil, camellia leaf extract, red algae extract, rose oil, aloe extract, rooibos leaf extract, yeast extract. It also contains hyaluronic acid and caramel, presumably for color.

Fresh Rose Face Mask (sample)

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Store Review: Tester Korea (July 2017)

I know I’ve been AWOL a lot this month—that’s summer for you! But here’s a nice, pic-heavy post of fancy goods (this will make sense, soon) to help make it up.

Earlier this summer, I tried out two more Korean online beauty stores in an effort to find more shopping options for my burgeoning Asian makeup/skincare addiction. I normally shop with Cosmetic Love (referral link is in the sidebar), but I don’t want to be left hanging if anything happens to themSweet Corea was the first of the two shops (and I’ve already received a second order, which I’ve yet to post about) and Tester Korea was the other.

Here’s what I ordered, with all prices in USD (more detailed pictures follow):

  • A’Pieu Lasting Nails in GR02 [$2.31]
  • A’Pieu Triple Wear Foundation in Sand [$9.25]
  • A’Pieu Wonder Tension Pact in Perfect Cover × Marymond 23 [$11.84]
  • Innisfree My Palette × Jean Jullien #3 (Small) [$7.40]
  • Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 글리터 8 [$4.62]
  • Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 쉬머 10 [$4.62]
  • Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 글리터 13 [$4.62]
  • Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 쉬머 26 [$4.62]
  • Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Super Water Proof Mascara [$13.73]
  • Nature Republic Rose Petal Moisture Mask [$12.40]
  • Scinic Iceland Water All In One Ampoule [$14.80]
  • SkinFood Blackbean Mascara Fixer [$5.50]
  • TonyMoly Double Needs Base Mascara [$4.64]

Bonus: due to a recent trade deal between Canada and South Korea, I think most Korean products imported to Canada are exempt from duties and customs! Otherwise, I’d have been leery of ordering this much in one go.

Shipping to Toronto, Canada from Seoul, South Korea was $17.38. Yes, this was a pretty big order considering it was my first time trying Tester Korea! I usually keep my first orders small, but they let me add quite a lot to my shopping cart at that $17 shipping level…so I added more stuff. To be fair, the only really heavy things were the Scinic and Nature Republic skincare items; the A’Pieu Triple Wear Foundation was a bit heavy, as well. Everything else was fairly small and lightweight.

My order took 12 days to ship, which was vexing, but I’d also ordered just before a holiday in Korea, so it’s understandable. From the shipping date, it took three weeks to arrive in Toronto, which is pretty good considering Canadian customs has been very slow over the last year. My Korean orders tend to take 3–4 weeks to arrive.

They packed my order very well and securely. My husband brought my package in and he had a good laugh at my new “Fancy goods”:

Tester Korea, fivezero's haulage, July 2017, fancy goods customs shipping label

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Tony Moly LIPTONE Lip Care Stick in Rose Blossom

TonyMoly — LIPTONE Lipcare Stick (Rose Blossom) Review

I’ve been subscribed to Ipsy for the best part of three years now, and I’m really glad that they’re starting to include products from Korean beauty brands, too. A few months ago, my Ipsy bag came with a rose lip balm from the popular TonyMoly brand.

The company’s name is variously displayed as TONYMOLY, TONY MOLY, TonyMoly, and Tony Moly, even in official channels and publications. I’ve been inconsistent with how I’ve written it, too. They seem to have changed their logo of late, so I’ll go with TonyMoly—one word, but still kinda reads as two.

TonyMoly store

Tony Moly store.
Via ss501fighting.

TonyMoly store

Two words, or just poor kerning?
Via Visit Korea.

TonyMoly US website, June 2017

TonyMoly US website (June 2017).

Anyway, the product I received is the LIPTONE Lipcare Stick, which comes in three flavors: Honey Moisture (01), Rose Blossom (02), and Mint Light (03). Their website actually shows a fourth beige color, but it doesn’t seem to be available anymore. Tester Korea offered it, and it’s called Sugar Scrub (04).

I’m a huge rose fan, so I was tickled pink to have received the Rose Blossom.

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Chanel, Le Vernis Longwear in Camélia, swatch

Chanel — Camélia (Le Vernis Longwear) Swatch & Review

It is Memorial Day in the US.

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

Whenever I redeem Shoppers Drug Mart’s Optimum Points, I love to get Chanel polishes, since the brand never really goes on sale.

Camélia (506) is from the original launch of Chanel’s reformulated Le Vernis polishes, which I love. They’re so much better than Chanel’s previous polishes that it annoys me to even use those anymore.

Pink is not usually very “me”, but I am often quite drawn to those that are halfway to being red, like Camélia is. It’s a quite-neutral, medium pink cream, which makes it eminently wearable by most skintones, though you can see in the swatch that my yellow-toned skin does make it pull quite warm on the nail. (The bottle color shows the true shade.) Don’t be fooled, as it’s really a perfect, clear shade of cerise.

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Camélia (566)

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Crawford Street Rose Geranium 2-in-1 Soothing Cleanser

Crawford Street — Rose Geranium 2-In-1 Soothing Cleanser Review

I discovered Toronto-based Crawford Street last year, with their Grapefruit Mint Salt Scrub that I really enjoyed.

Since then, I’ve bought two more products from them, the Rose Geranium Toner and the Rose Geranium 2-in-1 Soothing Cleanser, which is the product I’m reviewing today.

From Crawford Street:

This cleanser will remove make up and gently clean your skin at the same time.

Made with anti-inflammatory castor oil to calm and soothes the skin. It also helps reduce acne and rosacea.  The enzymes in the Papaya extract are gently exfoliating,  and promote new cell formation. Vitamin C , a powerful anti-oxidant, will leave your skin softer and smoother. Rose Geranium essential oil is balancing and astringent.

For: All skin-types

Shelf Life: 6-9 months. Store in a cool dry place, out of direct sunlight.

Initially, I did like this cleanser quite a lot! Even though I have dry skin, I normally have a hard time liking cream cleansers like this one. I always feel like they’re bad at cleaning (forget removing makeup!) and leave my skin feeling dirty or greasy, or both.

The Rose Geranium 2-in-1 Cleanser is a lovely, light cream that actually does a reasonably job of cleaning the skin! I mean, no, it doesn’t do a great job of removing makeup (what cream cleanser does? I wish they’d stop claiming to!), so you’ll have to remove that first.

I am currently using cleansing oils/balms to remove makeup, so I used this cream cleanser as a morning cleanser, and again at night as a second cleanser to remove any remnants of cleansing oil.

As it is a cream cleanser, you have the option of wiping it off with a cotton ball or rinsing it off with water; I’m totally a rinse person, and this cleanser rinses off very well and doesn’t leave a film on my skin.

This cleanser also smells lovely: it’s an herbal, wet rose, like an English garden. All the scents come from actual plant extracts, which brings me to the issue I had with this cleanser.

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L'Oréal Colour Riche Le Vernis à l'Huile in Rose Ballet, swatch

L’Oréal — Rose Ballet (Colour Riche Le Vernis à l’Huile) Swatch & Review

Collection: L’Oréal Summer 2016, Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer [Launch]

Time to ‘fess up: over the last month, L’Oréal’s Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquers have been going on sale, and I’ve splurged—especially since they’ve released some new spring shades, as well.

My existing Le Vernis à l’Huile collection consists of these:

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquers

L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquers in Cobalt Indécent, Grenat Irrévérent, Gris Decadent, Bleu Royal, Violet Vendôme, & Rouge Sauvage. Not pictured: Café de Nuit & Orange Triomphe.

The new acquisitions are:

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