High gloss gal: Avon x FMG Ink High-Gloss Lacquers

Opaque colour, high shine, and stand-out lips.  Need I say more?

Okay, so obviously the first thing that came to mind when I first started swatching Avon x FMG’s new Ink High-Gloss Lacquers (C$30 each, on sale right now for C$24!) was damn these are really nice but too bad they are tacky to wear under a mask.  COVID aside though, these are some pretty gorgeous lip products.

Avon has been releasing a lot of products lately with various Korean beauty brands and these are just some of the newest additions to their roundup.  The FMG Ink High-Gloss Lacquers are available in six shades and are designed to coat the lips in high-gloss colour, while making them look larger and nourishing them with various oils.

 Avon x FMG Ink High-Gloss Lacquers  Avon x FMG Ink High-Gloss Lacquers

Avon sent me four of the six shades and I was pleasantly surprised with the shade range.  I’ve tried a few different iterations of these high-gloss lacquers from different brands and I feel like they are usually in various red shades. When I saw the nude colour, Frozen Beige, I instantly fell in love since it’s a pretty gorgeous nude colour that isn’t too dark or doesn’t lean towards too pink or red either.

Overall I really love these and was impressed with the finish, colour payoff, and the comfort factor. These are really nourishing on the lips and would be good to throw in your bag if you want some hydration and some colour as well.

Avon x FMG Ink High-Gloss Lacquers swatches

Have you tried the Avon x FMG Ink High-Gloss Lacquers yet?

Please note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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Pink things: Products you need to try from Pixi Beauty this fall

Okay, so just like a lot of people, I haven’t been wearing a ton of makeup lately. Unless I’m going out with friends or just want to dress up on a Saturday to go to the grocery store, I’m not wearing a ton of products.

But with that being said, when I have put on makeup, it’s usually not a lot of it, which when I got in some new Pixi Beauty products that are some multi-purpose items, they were right up my alley.

Pixi Beauty Summer Glow Palette

The Pixi Beauty Summer Glow palette (C$28) is the ultimate multi-purpose palette that features a wide range of shades that are suitable for both the eyes and cheeks. These powders are a natural mineral formula in both matte and glowing finishes. The powders also contain Vitamin E to nourish and protect, mica to give off a lustre finish, and skin-conditioning emollients to soothe and hydrate.

When I first got this palette I thought it was all eyeshadows, but then when I saw that it was multi-use I thought it was so smart since it’s the perfect palette for those who like to keep it simple.  Use the brown shades to contour and then the pink ones for blush, and that pretty champagne as a highlight.  All the colours can also be used as eyeshadows as well.

Pixi Endless Shade Sticks

Apply the eyeshadow over top of their Endless Shade Sticks (C$20). These cream shadows, available in seven shades, are infused with green tea, aloe, and chamomile to hydrate, soothe and calm.

Pixi sent me two shades of these and these are great to wear either alone or as a base for your powdered eyeshadow. Just swipe it on and you’re good to go!

Pixi Beauty Large Lash mascara

Finish up the eye area with the Pixi Beauty Large Lash Mascara (C$22), which is a volumizing and lengthening mascara that has a buildable formula to really pump up lashes.  Swipe it on for volume and stand-out lashes.

This mascara features an oversized brush to separate, lengthen, and plump up lashes.  It also has a water-resistant formula, as well as being smudge proof.

Truthfully, I have used better mascaras before and I do find the wand to be nothing special. As you’ll see in swatches photo below, it does the trick but I wouldn’t say it’s anything outstanding.

Pixi Beauty Lip Lift Max

Lastly, for the lips, the Lip Lift Max (C$20) is the perfect gloss to complete any easy makeup look. Available in five shades, this gloss plumps up the lips and leaves them with a cooling sensation and glossy finish.  The formula contains peptides to hydrate, firm, and plump, as well as aloe to heal, jojoba to moisturize, and chamomile to soothe. It also has a fresh mint flavour, which is very pleasant and a real treat.

Pixi sent me the shade Sweet Nectar, which is a beauty coral shade that looks great either on its own or over top of another lip product.

Pixi Beauty summer products swatched Pixi Beauty summer makeup

I really enjoyed these products (and the custom bag they sent them in, they always send the best PR packages).  Like I said, I haven’t been wearing a ton of makeup lately so these products do just the trick.

Have you tried Pixi Beauty makeup before?

Please note, products provided by PR, all opinions are my own.

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Divine time: L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Relaunch and Precious Overnight Mask

French skincare. Two words that seem to go together in perfect harmony.

I’ve always been a fan of L’Occitane since it’s one of those skincare lines that seem to do just about everything right.  I’ve tried numerous products from them through the years and really loved how they just seem to get it perfect every time.

One of their iconic lines just got a reboot and a new product added, so I was so excited to get them to try out.  The Immortelle Divine line was relaunched earlier this month and included one new item in the collection as well. This line has more than 20 years of research on Immortelle, which is a wildflower that has been known for its multiple anti-aging benefits.  This relaunch is focused on a higher concentration of the Immortelle Super Extract, which is a naturally derived retinol alternative that tackles signs of aging.

So, what’s in the collection? So glad you asked!

L’OCCITANE Immortelle Divine Relaunch and Precious Overnight Mask

First up is the Immortelle Divine Cream (C$120), which is a cream that can be used day or night and contains natural-origin ingredients, as well as the Immortelle Super Extract. This cream is targeted to fight aging and will leave skin feeling nourished and smooth. Over time you will notice a reduction in wrinkles which will leave skin smooth and luminous.

Pair the cream with their Immortelle Divine Serum (C$130), which contains the same ingredients and is a concentrated serum with fast-penetrating emulsion for younger-looking skin.

The new and improved formula will help reduce wrinkles, restore firmness, evenness, volume, and vibrancy. This works together with the moisturizer to bring out the best benefits of both products, and after regular use, your skin will look smoother, more lifted, and younger.

L’OCCITANE Immortelle Divine Relaunch and Precious Overnight Mask

Finally, their newest product, the Immortelle Precious Overnight Mask (C$85) rounds the collection out since it’s aimed at nighttime use.

This mask helps to resist the effects of external aggressors, including blue light, which if you’re like me, is very important since I spend most of my day in front of one screen or another.  This nighttime product helps to quench skin with moisture and combat dullness, as well as fight visible signs of aging.

L’OCCITANE Immortelle Divine Relaunch and Precious Overnight Mask

I’ve used a few other products from their Immortelle line and really enjoy the collection overall.  I would recommend looking into these products if you are on the hunt for a new anti-aging regimen and don’t know where to start.  Once you hit your late 20s it’s not a bad idea to look into incorporating retinol into your routine and since these contain a naturally derived version of it, they are a great alternative to invest into.

Have you tried L’Occitane’s Immortelle Divine line before?

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