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Most people gravitate towards cream blush during the warmer months, I, on the other hand, wear cream blush all year long.  I just find that they look very natural on the skin and they also typically last long on me (oily skin problem).  And lately, I have fallen head over heels for the new MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Cream Blush (CA $31 / US $26).

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Cream Blush is What Making Me Blush Lately | Review, Photos, Swatches

March 27, 2014 • 5 comments

As much as I love the look of gel manicure, I have a beef with the system.  1) You need to cure it, even though it's fast, I don't particularly enjoy this extra step.  2) The removal is horrendous, because you need to soak your nails in acetone, not only that dries out your cuticle, it also takes really really long to do.

I'm sure many of you share this love-hate relationship with the gel manicure.  So you might be glad that the new L'Oréal Paris Extraordinaire Gel Lacque 1-2-3 System does almost exactly the same thing with much less hassle.  This system entails 3 steps: Primer, Plumper, and Magnifier.

Mani Monday: L'Oréal Paris Extraordinaire Gel Lacque 1-2-3 System | Review, Photos & Swatches

March 24, 2014 • 3 comments

You may know I have been a long time user of the Clarisonic cleansing system.  I have had the original one for close to 5 years now.  Even though it's still going strong, very strong, it's time to change and get refreshed.  I started to use their newest cleansing system — Clarisonic Aria (CA $225 / US $199) — over the holidays last year.  I have not looked back since, here's why:

Clarisonic Aria: 5 Reasons to Own It | Weekly Spotlight

March 21, 2014 • 8 comments

Having oily skin growing up, I have always got a POREblem.  I use a lot of pore minimizing skincare and deep cleansing mask.  But after all, pores are not going to shrink, but it can look smaller.  SoI always need something to help me smooth out the look of pores.  My newest help is the L'Oréal Paris YouthCode Pore Vanisher Texture Perfector (CA $29.99 / US $24.99).

L'Oréal Paris YouthCode Pore Vanisher Texture Perfector helps you tackle your POREblem | Review, Photos, Swatches

March 19, 2014 • 1 comments

Just when you think L'Oréal Paris had a great skincare year in 2013, boom, 2014 is even better.  With the release of this new line of Sublime Cleansers, they want women to feel pampered about cleansing.

L'Oréal Paris Sublime Cleansers Will Make You Re-evaluate Your Skin Cleansing Routine | #SublimeCleansing

March 18, 2014 • 7 comments

I was not going to do a Mani Monday this week, but I got inspired.  So I did it, at 11PM on Monday.  It's the first day of the World Master Card Fashion Week for F/W 2014.  While Toronto fashionistas are busy at strutting their stuff, I have been following the beauty and fashion trends closely via Twitter and Instagram.  Among those, one stood out to me.  It was the nail art by Essie's Rita Remark:

Rita used Essie Absolute Shore as the base colour, but you can really recreate this with any nail polish.  Knowing how simple it is to recreate it, I pull out Essie Mint Candy Apple, cut out some tape to mask the "cut-out" and stick that on the nail.  You can then do your mani an usual and remove the tape quickly when it's dried.  It's so easy to DIY, but I wish I have better cuticles and skills to show you.

Would you be recreating this nail art?  It's super easy to do!

Until next time,

x Rica

Mani Monday | Cut-Outs Mani by Essie's Rita Remark

March 17, 2014 • 0 comments

I have never talked about my skincare routine before because I constantly switch up my routine that I couldn't even keep up.  I do realize it's a bad habit of me, I just can't resist the urge to try new things (it's the beauty blogger in me).  But recently I find myself going back to products that I finished up, so I guess it's safe to say I'm finally getting happier with my skincare routine.

Current Skincare Routine | March 2014 | L'Oréal Paris, Bioré, Olay, Lancôme, Biotherm, Benefit, Dior & more


I like to wear my hair down (99% of the time), but that's when I'm outside.  It's a complete different story at home, that's when I like to get my hair away from my face.  I'd tie it up or clip it but I usually end up with crimp marks, which is not cute if I need to go out later in the day.  One day I couldn't find my usual hair clip and decided to test out these Sephora Collection Hold It Together Blow Dry Clips (CA $12 / US $10).  I'm so glad I did

SEPHORA COLLECTION Hold It Together Blow Dry Clips | Weekly Spotlight

March 14, 2014 • 2 comments

The Tangerine Lips trend were all over SS2014 runway last year. Now it's time to put them in action. Different hues of orange is the spotlight this spring and summer, and COVERGIRL has just the look for you to help you spring right on trend (haha).

Get the Look: Bright Club - Tangerine Lips | #BeautyUnited

March 11, 2014 • 0 comments

I always find the stained glass art at church are really beautiful.  What if I tell you you can get similar effect at home on your nails?  The Formula X For Sephora Liquid Crystals (CA $15.00 / US $12.50) did that for me.

Mani Monday | Formula X For Sephora Liquid Crystals in Prismatic & Equinox | Review, Photos, Swatches

March 10, 2014 • 0 comments

Along with the release of Calligraph:ink, Shu Uemura also put together a selection of 5 Pressed Eye Shadow Refills (CA $19) that will complement the theme of the collection.

Shu Uemura Pressed Eye Shadow Refills: The Complementary Shades of Calligraph:ink | Review, Photos & Swatches

March 4, 2014 • 6 comments