Yves Rocher Botanical Colour Nail Polish in Sparkling Cranberry / Cranberry scintillant, swatch

Yves Rocher — Sparkling Cranberry / Cranberry scintillant (Botanical Colour Nail Polish)

Collection: Yves Rocher 2016 Winter, Holiday

Yves Rocher’s 2016 Holiday collection consists of three shades in their Botanical Colour Nail Polish line, of which I’m a huge fan. Two appeared to be repromotes from their original launch, Sparkling Gold (which I already own) and Sparkling Silver, which is why I didn’t bother to get them.

However, upon closer inspection, it seems that they may be two different new shades with the same names, and they have different codes on Yves Rocher’s website. Argh! Why would you give them the same names as existing shades?!

Anyway, I have the third shade for you today, Sparkling Cranberry (97). The French name is Cranberry scintillant, which I find odd since Canadian bilingual packaging taught me that the French word for cranberry is canneberge! So, I don’t know what’s up with the half English, half French translation.

The shade is a surprisingly warm-toned medium red with fine gold shimmer—I normally associate “cranberry” cosmetic colors as deeper, cooler reds. But I suppose actual fresh cranberries are quite similar to this polish, aren’t they? A bit cooler red than warm red, though.

Cranberry toss
Cranberries grow in bogs!
Image: cranberry.ca
Yves Rocher Botanical Color Nail Polish in Sparkling Cranberry / Cranberry scintillant
Yves Rocher Botanical Color Nail Polish in Sparkling Cranberry / Cranberry scintillant

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Tag Tuesday: Lip Lovin’

It has been eons since I did a Tag post, partly because I haven’t been tagged for anything in a while. Sniff! 😦

Anyway, I came across this tag at The Makeup Honey—the blogger, Sian, created the tag herself—and thought it’d be fun to do.

Tag Tuesday: Lip Lovin’

1. What was the first lipstick you ever owned?

CoverGirl in Honeyplum Glow! I can’t remember if my mom let me buy it, or if she gave it to me. Or maybe I just “borrowed” it and she never said anything! I used it all through high school. JUST ONE LIPSTICK. Boggles my mind, now.


2. Which lip product has been the biggest disappointment?

Lipstick Queen’s Sinner Lipstick in Berry. Horrid. I also hate all those pastel lipcolors that end up so chalky and showing every line and bit of dry skin on the lips! I’m looking at you, CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Coral Cat and MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Fashion City! Another two fails I remember well were Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Blackberry and Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede in Flashing Lights.

CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Coral Cat
CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Coral Cat (far right)

3. Which lipstick is your holy grail product?

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Haulage! Perfume & the Dangers of the FragranceX Waitlist

I’m on the waitlist for many items at FragranceX, my favorite online perfume discounter (no affiliation), but I’ve never actually bought anything they’ve notified me about being back in stock. Until just now.

I currently have a tester bottle (capless and boxless) of Guerlain Mitsouko eau de toilette, and have wanted to pick up a proper bottle of the eau de parfum, too.

Well, it just came back in stock at FragranceX, and there was just one bottle. 75mL was a bit more than I wanted (50 would have done me just fine), but the price was pretty darn good, so I bit. I get a 10% loyalty discount and free duty-free shipping, as well. I mean, it’s only my second-favorite perfume of all time, and it’s perfect for the upcoming fall. Plus, I’m getting tired of smelling baby poo and spit-up!

Guerlain says:

Fruity Chypre.
Mysterious, balanced, velvety.

A masterpiece of balance and originality, Mitsouko marries a fruity note of peach with jasmine flowers and May rose. The mysterious dry-down of the fragrance blends spicy notes with those of underbrush and vetiver.

Mitsouko initiates the use of the peach note in perfumery. Illustrating the innovative side of its creators, Mitsouko is the first fruity chypre fragrance in the perfume world, following other chypre fragrances introduced by Guerlain.

Guerlain Mitsouko edp. It’s miiiiine!
Image: guerlain.com

I’ve accumulated too many new perfumes recently. Time to put an end to it (and go back to buying nail polish! Hahaha…) Here’s my recent damage:Read More »

Haulage! Yves Rocher — Pop’Exotic Botanical Colour Nail Polish (Summer 2016)

Yves Rocher recently released their juicy summer collection of Botanical Colour Nail Polishes (Pop’Exotic), and since these are amongst my favorite nail polishes, I got them all in one fell swoop. It helps that Yves Rocher sent me a coupon I could use on top of a sweet online deal!

The deal: Botanical Colour Nail Polishes on sale for CA$3.50 instead of the usual CA$6 (this is not an unusual sale for Yves Rocher—basically, you want at least 40% off when you buy from them!). Additional coupon for $10 off plus free shipping with a $40 order. And loads of GWP! More freebies if you spend $45. See how they get you?

The haulage (prices not including the $10 off I got at the end of the order):

  • Botanical Colour Nail Polish in Exotic Peach (CA$3.50, was $6)
  • Botanical Colour Nail Polish in Frosted Mint (CA$3.50, was $6)
  • Botanical Colour Nail Polish in Iced Litchi (CA$3.50, was $6)
  • Botanical Colour Nail Polish in Pomegranate Pink (CA$3.50, was $6)
  • Botanical Colour Nail Polish in Raspberry Sorbet (CA$3.50, was $6)
  • Botanical Colour Nail Polish in Tropical Orange (CA$3.50, was $6)
  • Botanical Colour Nail Polish in Water Mint (CA$3.50, was $6)
  • Botanical Colour Nail Polish in Yuzu Yellow (CA$3.50, was $6)
  • Sensitive Végétal Anti-Redness Moisturizing Cream (50 mL) (CA$14, was $28)
  • Sexy Pulp Ultra-Volume Mascara (mini) (2.5 mL) (CA$14, was $28) [for some reason, the website lists this as Sexy Pulp Lash Plumping Mascara, but the product label reads Ultra-Volume, so I’m going with that.]

The following were GWP items:
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New Release: Yves Rocher — Pop’Exotic Collection (Summer 2016)

Collection: Yves Rocher 2016 Summer, Pop’Exotic

Yves Rocher’s new summer collection, Pop’Exotic, includes 8 new shades of one of my favorite nail polish formulas, Botanical Color Nail Polish! I’ve reviewed loads of these on my blog, and I’m looking forward to trying a new set of juicy summer shades!

The eight shades are:

  • Exotic Peach
  • Frosted Mint
  • Iced Litchi
  • Pomegranate Pink
  • Raspberry Sorbet
  • Tropical Orange
  • Water Mint
  • Yuzu Yellow

The polishes also come in a set (priced at about a dollar more than it would cost to buy all of the shades individually) which comes with a set of fruit nail stickers and a pink cosmetic bag.

Yves Rocher Pop'Exotic Summer 2016 collection Botanical Color Nnail Polish set
Image: yvesrocher.ca

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!

Empties for Winter 2015/2016

Here is my list of empties for Winter 2015/2016 (Dec., Jan., and Feb.). All prices are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise specified.

All Things Jill Lovin’ That Lanolin Cuticle Gel. I bought this last January on sale for $5.24 (reg. $6.99) at Well.ca. It’s a local Canadian brand, so I thought it’d be nice to try it out. Unfortunately, I never noticed that it did anything much for my cuticles that a regular moisturizer wouldn’t have done, and I wasn’t a huge fan of the slightly tacky feel of the lanolin gel. A year on, the consistency has turned so it’s stickier—time to toss.

All Things Jill Lovin' That Lanolin Cuticle Gel

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My Top 10 Blind (Unsniffed) Perfume Buys

A few people commented on Tuesday’s post about my penchant for buying fragrances unsniffed, so I thought I’d do a roundup of the successes and failures of this habit of mine. Now, while I do tend to buy unsniffed, I do not tend to buy unresearched, so my hit-to-miss ratio is actually pretty good.

Also, I tend not to buy unsniffed if I can sample the fragrance in person, or, failing that, obtain a sample online (Lucky Scent and The Perfumed Court were my go-tos when I was doing more sample-buying). Some perfume houses also do their own samples, and I’ve gotten some that way (Ava Luxe—or at least she used to, Czech & Speake, Grossmith, Les Parfums des Rosine).

Without further ado, here are my 10 favorite fragrances that I have ever bought unsniffed:


Badgley Mischka edp
Badgley Mischka — Badgley Mischka. This is an intense, jammy fruit blend—really gourmand and rich. It almost reaches the point where the fruit starts to seem overripe and on the verge of fermenting. I’ve smelled some similar fragrances and hated them, but this one just works for me. It’s not for everyone, but I love it on a cold winter day. The bottle is very luxe in heavy, faceted glass. I found it a few winters back at Winners.Read More »