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NIVEA Haus 2013
NIVEA Haus 2013 at Yonge-Dundas Square
For some reasons, I was never able to make it to the NIVEA Haus in the past two years.  But this year, NIVEA Haus is mobilized and is travelling across Canada to share skincare knowledge with Canadians, so I was able to pay a visit last week.

Learn more about your skin at NIVEA Haus 2013 Canadian Tour

June 17, 2013 • 0 comments
Benefit Cosmetics Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer
Benefit Cosmetics Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer
Summer is coming up and many of us have trouble keeping their makeup on in the heat.  So if something claims to be a makeup magnet, I'm there to try it!  New from Benefit Cosmetics, the Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer (CA $38, available in July 2013) claims to act like a magnet to "instantly lock-on your foundation".  This pro-long wear primer promises to keep your makeup looking fresh even after hours.  Here's the results they observed (worn with hello flawless liquid foundation & powder):
94% said it helps foundation last longer
97% saw an improvement in the look of skin/complexion
94% said it increased foundation coverage
97% said it enhanced foundation's performance.
This all sounds so promising, I'm going to put it onto an ultimate test (i.e. test it on Rica) and see how it works out!

Until next time,


x Rica

Benefit Cosmetics Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer | Beauty News

June 12, 2013 • 9 comments

NIVEA Haus is back to Toronto, and this time it's bigger and better because it has been made mobile.  This means it'll take their skincare education on the road, and tour around major cities in Canada (Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Montreal).  NIVEA said its pop-up centre (or truck?) will feature a few different activities to engage with their visitors:

NIVEA Haus 2013 is coming to town (Canadian Tour)

June 11, 2013 • 0 comments
MAC All About Orange Haul
It has been a while since I last splurged at MAC, but all it took is one collection — MAC All About Orange.  I went to a MAC store when it was launched last thursday, and I was able to pick up a few things that I had my eyes on.

Summer is All About Orange, So is MAC All About Orange collection | Haul & Photos

June 9, 2013 • 9 comments
Did you know the first day of Summer in 2013 is June 21?  While Summer is still two weeks away from now, Summer launches have already (or very soon-to-be) arrived at drugstores and beauty counters.  Let's look at some of the drugstore new launches coming up in Summer 2013!

Maybelline New York

L to R: Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara, Master Smoky Shadow-Pencil,
Master Duo Eyeliner, Color Tattoo Pure Pigments x3
  • Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara* (available in June 2013, CA$10.99), which is a total indication of you-should-really-check-it-out
  • ColorTattoo Pure Pigments (available in June 2013, CA$8.99) comes in 9 colours, I, of course went for the neutrals
  • Master Smokey by Eye Studio* (available in June 2013, CA$9.99) comes in 5 different colours, so it'll be easy for you to find one to match the classic smokey eyes that you want to go for.
  • Master Duo by Eye Studio (available now) gives you control in getting a thin or thick glossy line.
What else is there?  Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots and Holographics nail polishes!  Their Color Show line is so affordable (I have seen as low as $2.49) that you can't go wrong with trying out their fun shades.

Summer 2013 Drugstore Beauty Releases | Maybelline, L'Oreal Paris, Revlon, Almay, CoverGirl, & more

June 6, 2013 • 4 comments
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm
I have been suffering from chapped lips for as long as I can remember.  And I have tried so many different lip balms and none of which seem to provide moisture for a prolong period of time.  (Ya, EOS is a little overhyped).  But one seems to do the job really well, it is the Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm*.

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm is living up its hype | Review, Photos & Swatches

June 4, 2013 • 2 comments
L'Oreal Paris Nail Lingerie
When I think about nail stickers, I always think of the ones with funky design that make me say the famous line in Lethal Weapon: "I'm too old for this s..."... well... stuff!  Sometimes, I do play with those cute designs (did that last halloween), but I just end up wanting to hide my nails when I'm at work because they're a bit too childish.  But the new L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nail Lingerie* (CA $9.99 / US $8.95) is another story.  Available starting this month (June 2013), the Nail Lingerie comes with a more sophisticated and grown-up design (and even name), which are office friendly at the same time.

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nail Lingerie is the nail stickers for grownups | Review, Photos, & Swatches

June 3, 2013 • 11 comments
It's the time of the month again!  May seemed long but flew by so quickly, and very eventful.  This month, the weather here in Canada is kind of weird lately, we had nice day, cold days, hail, rain, thunderstorm... But that didn't stop me from trying different products.


May 2013 Favourites | Maybelline, Almay, CoverGirl, bareminerals, Benefit, L'Oreal, Real Techniques & more

June 1, 2013 • 13 comments