Sick-Day Beauty (When Taking a Sick Day Seriously Isn’t an Option)

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The 2014-2015 cold and flu season has been a doozy for me. It started with a cold the week before Christmas. Then in February I had a nasty flu that morphed into a cold. (That sickness lasted about two weeks). Now, I’m just getting over yet another cold. Hopefully this will be my last bout of sickness this year. When I’m really feeling ill, I do try to stay home and spare everyone else my germs, but, as I’m sure all of you hard working people out there know, sometimes taking a sick day just isn’t an option. Duty calls! Besides, colds tend to drag on forever, and you have to go back to work and face the world eventually. Below are a few of the products that helped me get back to work looking more or less like myself in spite of the sniffles. Read on for my sick-day beauty tips.

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Review: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine #54 “Boy”

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Rouge Coco Shine #54 Boy

This was an impulse buy. I went to the Chanel counter intending to buy an eyeshadow quad, which I did. Then, on a whim, I decided to get one of the Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks. For the price, this lipstick is just okay. It’s very sheer, which I like, but it’s not as moisturizing as I expected. It feels moisturizing when you first put it on, but it disappears very quickly and leaves a dry feeling in its wake. I know that sheer lipsticks generally don’t have much staying power, but this one wears off within minutes. It also has a slightly gritty texture. You can feel the shimmer bits when you press your lips together. I expect a more refined, luxurious formula from a prestige brand like Chanel.

Review: Dior Cheek and Lip Glow

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Dior Cheek GlowI’ll do just about anything for a treat from Sephora, even cat-sit. Recently, my sister went out of town and left me in charge of her two fur babies. My reward for feeding them and making sure they didn’t wreck the house? A couple of goodies from Dior.

A few years ago I tried the Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm, and I loved it so much I used it up. So naturally, I was excited to try the new Cheek and Lip Glow, a gel stain that, according to the Dior website, “reacts to the moisture in the skin and lips to give them a luminous custom pink glow.”

I’ve been testing this product out all week and am ready to share my thoughts.

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Hauliday Fun: Fresh Sugar Cravings

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Beauty-obsessed as I may be, I’m really not a big fan of lipstick. I’m more of a light gloss/tinted balm kind of gal, and one of my all-time favourites in the tinted balm category is the Fresh Sugar balms. What’s not to love? They’re moisturizing, have SPF, come in range of pretty shades, and are really just an awesome low-maintenance option for lip colour. They also come in beautiful packaging; the satiny metal tubes are a thing of beauty in and of themselves. Also, they have this sugary lemon scent that really reminds me of those Peek Freans “Nice” cookies that I always used to get at my Great Grandma’s house.

800px-nice_biscuit1I have the shades Tulip, Plum and Petal in full-size and have been dying to get my hands on Berry, so I was thrilled to receive the Sugar Cravings gift set for Christmas. It includes the original Fresh Sugar balm as well as Sugar Berry and Sugar Cherry. I’m not disappointed. Next time I’m near a Sephora, I will definitely be getting Berry in full-size!

Darn it, now I’m craving those cookies, and a quick Google search reveals that, like so many awesome beauty products, they’ve been discontinued! Oh well, at least I’ve got the Fresh balms to help me get my fix.

Have you tried the Fresh Sugar balms? Which one is your favourite?

Another Sampling from Flower Beauty…

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A while back I picked up a couple more items from Flower Beauty. (Read my initial thoughts on this line here.) I got a lip product this time: Sheer Up Lip Tint in “Lacy Laurel.”

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