Technologically advanced: Make Up For Ever releases Ultra HD foundation

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Make Up For Ever is known for a lot of things.  One of them is definitely their foundation.

Their HD foundation has been around for a while, and although I’ve tried other foundations in their line, I’ve never owned that particular one.  Why? Because it broke me out.  I remember all the hype around it when it was first released years ago, so naturally I went to Sephora to get a sample.  And then I broke out the next day, so I decided it just wasn’t for me.

Well, this summer I got to revisit this popular foundation, this time in a new formula. Launched a few months back, Make Up For Ever launched their new Ultra HD Foundation, the first and only foundation designed for the demands of 4K technology.

Okay sorry, 4K what?

Well, the next generation of digital devices will display images with unbelievable detail, stunning clarity, and heightened colour than existing HD technology (think these Tvs). Although you won’t be able to notice it under the latest ultra-magnefied resolution, this revolutionary foundation features uniquely coated pigments that provide medium to buildable coverage with an even lighter-weight, second-skin effect. Totes cool!

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The foundation is supposed to appear natural and can be applied anywhere from sheer to medium coverage. Best of all, it’s available in two formulas, liquid and stick. The liquid version is available in 40 shades and provides medium coverage with a natural finish in a lightweight, oil-free formula.  If liquid ain’t your ‘thang, the stick formula offers a fuller coverage and is ideal for touchups and contouring; it’s offered in 15 shades.

Make Up For Ever was kind enough to send me three different shades of the liquid foundation and one of the stick.  Luckily, the shade I chose closest to my skin was Y225 (although Y235, which I also got suited my summer skin a bit better) and they also sent me that particular shade in the stick format as well (how did they know???). Although this product didn’t break me out, it’s not really a foundation I’ve been reaching for lately.  Let me explain…

At the moment Y225 is a touch light for my still-summer skin.  With that being said, I did find the stick version of it to match better, even though it’s technically the same colour.  I’ve always been a fan of full-coverage foundations, even though I have pretty nice, clear skin already. It’s just personal preference.  I find the liquid version of this to be quite sheer, although you can build it up a bit. I also find it doesn’t particularly last too long on my face.  My favourite foundations will last me all day, this one leaves me a bit patchy around the six- to eight-hour mark.

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With that being said, I am loving the stick formula.  It’s so easy and fast to apply, it’s handier, and it’s a fuller coverage. They both retail for C$50, and if you had to buy one, I would seriously recommend checking out the stick version of this foundation.

Overall, I have better foundations in my collection. I like the idea behind the formula and the whole 4K thing, but I’m not an actress or a model, so the need to see my face in 4K at the moment isn’t really a pressing concern. But maybe when the iPhone 7 launches I’ll change my tone….

Have you tried Make Up For Ever’s new Ultra HD foundation?

Also, don’t forget to enter my Escents giveaway!

Please note, this post contains product that were sent by PR. All opinions are my own.

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Essential scents: Escents comes to Winnipeg’s Polo Park Mall

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Ever wanted to create your own scent?

I feel like every celebrity and their dog (for the record, my dog Ziggy has a Cesar Millan dog scent – no joke, they sell it at Canadian Tire) has their own scent. I feel like for any beauty fanatic, creating your own special scent has to be on your bucket list.

Well, thanks to B.C.-based Escents, you totally can.

I was invited to Escent’s media preview in honour of their first Manitoba location opening up in Polo Park Mall yesterday to hear all about the products and to create my own scent at their blending bar. If you’ve never heard of Escents, they are a Vancouver-based company with 13 retail stores in Canada and over 40 in Asia, as well as an e-commerce site. The company was founded on the idea that nature has the power to provide for all our needs. Using essential oils and other plant-based ingredients their products include a wide range of bath, body, wellness and home fragrance items (in fact, there’s over 200 products total).


Most of the items we saw in store were essential oils, which are 100 per cent natural and are a pure therapeutic grade sourced from all over the world with blending done locally here in Canada.

After checking out the store and learning all about the products, including the super-popular aroma diffusers (I need one of these in my life stat), we were taken over to the blending bar where we got to create our own unique roll on and body lotion.

We chatted with Silvia Enescu, who is a scent specialist with Escents from Vancouver, who walked us through each aroma and consulted what exactly we were looking for. It was tough nailing down a few scents that would actually go good together.  I really wanted to use their rose oil but then I smelled the vanilla and fell in love. Silvia recommend bergamot instead and then we chose one more to get a nice floral sweet smell. For the lotion I wanted to do something stress relieving (which they have a scent for already which consists of neroli and bergamot) and then I did some vanilla in there to sweeten it up and give a twist on it.  The process of creating the scent and lotion was an experience also, since they just take unscented lotion, body butter or perfume in a roller-ball form, and then you add a certain number of drops to the product. We started with either 10 or 20 drops and then went from there. What was too overpowering? What did we need more of? It was a really interesting process.


I think this is such a cool concept and totally unlike anything else I have seen here in the city. I know of other essential oil shops but none that let you create a unique scent, special to you. Not only was it a blast do it, but hey, if you are looking for a great gift, this would be it (this smell totally reminds me of you…)

The official opening for Winnipeg’s Polo Park location is tomorrow, October 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and you’re definitely going to want to stop by. The first 100 guests will receive a complimentary gift and there will be free gift bags all day when you spend $60 or more.


In celebration of Winnipeg’s first Escents store, I teamed up with them to give away an Essential Oil Starter Kit. Enter via the Rafflecopter below; Canadian residents only! Contest closes on October 17, 2015.  Good luck!

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Black & white: Elizabeth & James Nirvana fragrance collection


I still remember the first time I smelled Nirvana Black.

It was given to me at the checkouts in Sephora; just one of those little spray bottles that they often toss in your bag. I receive a million of those and very rarely do I ever run out to buy the scent because I love it so much (it’s really only happened with Viva La Juicy). But then I tried it and soon had to ration it because I loved it so much.

Elizabeth and James’ Nirvana Black is one of those scents where once you spray it, you need it in your life.  In fact, two of my friends soon purchased it after they gave it a whiff; it’s that good. So naturally I picked it up during a VIB sale since I got 20 per cent off it.

That was about a year ago. Since that time, MK+A has since released other Nirvana products to add to the collection. And obviously, I just need every single one of them.

I’ve since built up my collection of Nirvana products since the time I bought the fragrance.  Although I only own Nirvana Black in the actual eau de toilette, I have a few of the Nirvana White products as well.

If you can’t just settle for the eau de toilette, here are other ways you can wear it…


Pure Perfume Oil

Looking for something more subtle?  This concentrated pure perfume oil is applied via the use of a dropper. Apply this to pulse points and experience how the product naturally seeps into the skin to harmonize with your body chemistry. The perfume oil also promotes hydration and radiance, with an alcohol-free formula, thus making it more natural for your skin.

If you are a fan of both scents, you can also mix and match them together for a completely different scent.  Best of all, these retail for way less than the eau de toilette (although you get considerably less product) at C$42 for 0.47 ounces.  Still though, it’s a great way to experience Nirvana.

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Nirvana Body Oils

I believe this is new for the season, but if you are looking for a different kind of oil format and something more subtle, the body oil is enriched with argan, soybean, and moringa oils to replenish skin, leaving it silky and radiant. Massage into dry or damp skin for a subtle scent of Nirvana.

Nirvana White and Black Body Oils retail for C$72 each for 3.4 ounces. I’ve also used both the perfume oils and body oils in my hair as well (lightly run it through) to make my locks smell like Nirvana as well, and it’s a nice way to also incorporate the scent.

Nirvana Hand Cream

I feel like body lotions are typical additions to any scent line, so it’s a no-brainer that they came out with a hand cream that you can just toss in your bag and go. These lotions are enriched with aloe and vitamin E and are extremely lightweight.  They hydrate and protect skin, and best of all, is not greasy.

Retails for C$18 for 1.7 ounces.

If you can’t tell, I’m kinda obsessed with Nirvana.  Although I’ve always been a huge fan (read: obsessed) of Nirvana Black, there’s always a time and place for Nirvana White as well. I often wear Nirvana Black on a weekend night with the girls or on a date night. It’s just so sexy and sultry.

If by chance you need more ways to wear it, they also offer a dry shampoo (I CANNOT wait to get my hands – and hair – on this), a rollerball and a perfume solid. Because, you know, you can never get enough Nirvana.

What’s your favourite way to wear Elizabeth and James’ Nirvana?

Please note, I was sent the oils and hand cream by PR.  I bought the perfume with my own money because I am that obsessed with it.

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