Smoke show: a look feat. L’Oreal Paris new Infallible products

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In case you haven’t noticed yet, L’Oreal Paris has been stepping up their game lately with their new Infallible products.  I’ve blogged a bit about some of the items that are new for 2015, but I wanted to create a look that put them to the test.

A couple weeks back I received some of the new items, including the makeup setting spray (love this stuff, it’s also the only setting spray I can think of by a drugstore brand), the Infallible Pro-Matte powder (which was way too dark for my skin, but works as an awesome bronzer), a lip colour, two of the nail polishes, their new first-ever eyeliner-eyeshadow hybrid with 14-hour wear, and the Black Angel Miss Manga mascara.  There is also a liquid foundation and a brow pumper product as well.

The most interesting item was definitely Smokissime by Infallible, which is an eyeliner and an eyeshadow.  The product features a sponge tip that you pump into the cap to get the product.  You can use it as an eyeliner (although expect more of a smoky liner look) or an eyeshadow.  I thought this thing would be great to use for a smoky eye since I received it in the black colour, so a night out with friends last Friday was the perfect time to put it to the test.  Smokissime also come in brown, taupe and purple.

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Steps1. Fill in your brows then lay down an eyeshadow base. Then, with a fluffy crease brush and a matte tan colour, place this lightly in your crease. The eyeshadows I used are all from the Smashbox Full Exposure palette.

2. With a taupe cream shadow, place this on your eyelid.  I used New York Color City Proof 2HR eyeshadow crayon in Tribeca Taupe.

3. With L’Oreal Paris’ Smokissime by Infallible pencil, place this all over the lid area.  After, blend out the colour in the crease area.

4. With a matte brown and a crease brush, blend out the crease area more.

5. Since this is a smoky eye, skip the eyeliner and go straight to your lashes. Curl your lashes then apply a couple coats of mascara, and if you wish, some falsies.  I used L’Oreal Paris Black Angel Miss Manga by Voluminous mascara.

6. Apply your foundation, then using the Smokissime pencil again, paint this along your lower lash line.  After, with the matte brown, blend it out.  Apply a shimmery cream to the inside corners of your eyes and along your brow bone to highlight.  To finish up the eyes, coat your bottom lashes in mascara then apply your concealer.

7. To contour I used L’Oreal Paris’ new Infallible Pro Matte powder in tan.  This is actually a foundation powder, but since I’m so pale, this tan colour is the perfect matte brown for a contour.

8. To finish up, apply a blush (I used a Make Up For Ever HD Blush) and highlight.  Then, with L’Oreal Paris’ Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender by Infallible, spray this all over your face to set your makeup.

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Overall, these products left me quite impressed.  The matte powder (which I always use as a contour) and the setting spray have been on my regular rotation since I received them.  I’m not a huge fan of the Smokissime product as a liner, but as an eyeshadow for a smoky eye, it works great.  I also want to note that I was quite surprised that it didn’t have a lot of fall out.  I would still recommend applying your foundation last, but the product is quite clean to apply, it’s also something unique to me, I can’t think of any other product – drugstore or not – that is similar.

Kudos L’Oreal Paris, you’re killing it for January.

Are you excited to try some of the new Infallible products?

Please note, I received this product from PR. All opinions are my own.

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Never-ending colour: L’Oreal Paris Infallible nail polish

TITLEIn case you haven’t noticed yet, L’Oreal Paris has updated their Infallible line.  From lip colours to foundations to even a new setting spray, these new Infallible products are super long wearing, full of colour, and just all-around amazing.

New to the roster are the Infallible Nail Polishes, which are a double-ended product that includes colour and a top coat. Although the packaging makes it look like there’s a brush on either end, each colour pulls out of the holder to reveal a regular nail polish jar (although a tad smaller than your typical polish).  Just like other brands, this line of polish is long-wearing with a “gel” shine. Each colour (12 in total) is supposed to have a 12-day wear, give you a gel shine, leave no nail damage, and are easy to remove.  Depending on the colour, the top coat is either clear or tinted to match the shade.

I’ve tried tons of “at-home” gel polishes that it seems like every drugstore brand is releasing.  Some are definitely better than others, with L’Oreal being one of the best I’ve tried. I received two colours, Iconic Indigo (which has a blue-tinted top coat) and Petale Revival.  At first glance, Petale Revival, a sheer nude pink, was way more appealing, as Iconic Indigo has that holographic effect which I always associate with more mature women, however, when I painted them on, it was opposite.  Iconic Indigo is such a stunning purple that is so eye-catching.  Two coats did the trick, compared to Petale Revival, where I had to use four since it’s so sheer.

Iconic indigo Petale Revival

Both colours held up fairly well. I applied Petale Revival last Friday and as I’m typing this (Wednesday) it’s still pretty immaculate (some nails are slightly chipped, but I have thin nails).  I also put my nails through the ringer as I was travelling Saturday to Tuesday.  Although I don’t think you could get a 12-day perfect wear, this stuff holds up way better than a number of other polishes.  I was looking at the other colours online, and although the collection isn’t as vast as others out there, the 12 shades they chose to introduce the line are actually pretty nice.  I would definitely pick up the majority, if not all of them (not like I need more nail polish though…).

Again, not a true gel polish (they don’t give you that hardness that I love in a gel manicure), but for longevity and colour, L’Oreal nailed it with these.

Will you be trying the new L’Oreal Paris Infallible polishes?

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An urban oasis: Thermea Winnipeg

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So around Christmas time, my coworker/one of my best friends Dayna, sent me a text.  It went like this:

Dayna: Cuba or Jamaica for $700.
Me: When?
Dayna: Leave this Saturday.
Me: So tomorrow?
Dayna: I guess… ha

If you are from Winnipeg, you know to expect -30 C weather (sometimes colder).  I’m pretty sure Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) was discovered here (probably not, but you get my point).  My Instagram feed is filled with posts from people in tropical, warmer locations, and although I’m just busy with life right now/saving for my condo which will be built later this year, unfortunately a winter vacation is out of the cards for 2015.

The second best thing to me than a vacation is visiting a spa.  Sometimes all you want to do is just relax, shut off that cell phone, and spend some time alone or with a best friend or significant other (I’m lacking in the second department, but the best friends more than make up for it in a non-creepy way) in a soothing environment where you can just chill and escape from the world.  There are a handful of places like that in Winnipeg, and lucky for us, there’s something new on the plate to take us away from the stress of everyday life.

Officially opened as of last Thursday (January 15), Thermea Winnipeg is an experience totally new to the Winnipeg landscape. Owned by Nordik Spa-Nature, this Scandinavian spa experience is the first one of its kind outside Quebec. Located in a park off Pembina Highway near Crescent Drive Golf Course, this spa takes you through a unique relaxation experience in nature. Although they do offer massages and body treatments, you are coming to Thermea for the thermic experience.

Thermea pools

I got the chance to check out Thermea last Friday, where I got to experience the spa first hand.  I met with spokesperson Marianne Trotier, who hails from Quebec, who took me on a tour around the facilities, explaining how everything works and the benefit of each part of the journey.

I was told to bring my bathing suit, flip flops, a reusable water bottle, and a toque prior to visiting.  You will need a robe as well, as Thermea does not supply them for free (there is an $11 charge to rent one).  You are provided with an electronic bracelet upon check in, which has your locker number on it.  You hold up the bracelet to the electronic sensor on the locker to open it where there are two towels inside.  There is also an on-site bistro, which is only for guests, where you can load your credit card info onto your bracelet, so you don’t have to carry around cash in case you get hungry.

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The first part of the Thermal experience starts in the sauna, where you are supposed to sit for about 10 to 15 minutes.  In the sauna, the temperature of your body will rise, which will clean it from the inside by eliminating toxins.  About every hour or so, someone will come in and pour scented ice over the rocks, releasing a fragrant, soothing aura.

Polarber

Once you exit the sauna, you go outside for the most exciting part of the process. Called Polarber, you walk through a 10 degree Celsius pool, where your body will release adrenaline, a stimulating hormone.  It gets your heart racing and – not gonna lie – you’ll probably be swearing the entire time you pass through, but it was definitely my favourite part of the process.

When I visited on Friday, the weather outside was -12, so going from the cold into a cold pool isn’t the most comfortable experience, but it was exciting.  For those who may be too terrified to do the polar bear plunge, there is another pool that is heated to 21 degrees C.

Steam sauna

After the plunge, you go back indoors to the steam saunas.  Choose from either the eucalyptus sauna or the orange one (which is a little less warm than the eucalyptus one).  First you sit for 15 minutes, then enter the shower area where there is an exfoliating scrub (choose from eucalyptus or lavender).  Use the scrub all over your body and then rinse off.  After, head back in the sauna for another five minutes.  The steam opens up the pores, getting rid of toxins (you will literally be sweating them out) and the scrub will make your body nice and smooth.

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After the steam room, you are done round one of the experience.  You can head into the last building, where you can rest in either normal room temperature or in a heated room (those ropes in the photo help you get up).  There are headphones in each room where you can just zone out to relaxing music (music is also playing in the room, but if there are some chatty people, its nice to pop on those headphones).  This cabin also has tea and flavoured water.

hot tub open air cabin

Each cycle is supposed to take 45 minutes, and to get the full benefits of the Thermal experience, you are supposed to do each cycle three times.  I did it once because I had to get back to work, but trust me, I felt at zen the entire afternoon.

Thermea is open seven days a week, 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day). They are open 9 a.m to 10 p.m. everyday, so there is no rush to get through it.  If you want to just chill for the day, there is also a massive hot tub right in the middle, as well as an open-air cabin which has a fire pit inside.

Although I think it’s an amazing experience to do in the wintertime, it will also be an awesome experience in the summer, as Marianne mentioned that they plan to have a little outdoor area for relaxing, which will include hammocks and chairs.

Like I said, they do offer body treatments and massages, however, the real draw, and the main reason I will be coming back, is to do the Thermal experience again. By doing this, you are releasing your body of toxins, relaxing muscles, improving sleep quality, boosting your immune system, and increasing body oxygenation.

If you live in Winnipeg, definitely check out Thermea, your body will thank you.

For more information, visit thermea.ca.

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