July 21, 2014

Denim (in)Vest(ment)

As someone who was actually a child in the 90s, I've been actively avoiding a lot of the 90s trends that have been resurfacing. After all, daisy-covered dresses and overalls are a little too "real" in terms of recent memory for me. However, one item I haven't said "no" to is the denim vest. I love vests (proof here, here, and here) so it should really come as no surprise that it's been a go-to piece for me this summer.

Dress: Urban Outfitters (here) / Denim Vest: Talula (Aritzia) (similar)
Shoes: Converse (here) / Hat: New Era (in black)

July 14, 2014

Sleek & Shiny Hair with OSiS+ Session Label

Some of you may recall that I worked with OSiS+ last year, sharing tutorials and reviews on some of their fabulous styling products. Well, I'm pleased to announce that I'll be partnering with Schwarzkopf Professional (the parent brand) again... but this time focusing on their new OSiS+ Session Label line.

To start things off, I thought I'd share two of the products I've been combining to achieve super sleek and shiny hair: OSiS+ Flatliner and OSiS+ Session Label Silk Shine Cream.

First, I start off by spraying Flatliner onto my wet hair. Next, I towel dry completely before running my trusty ghd Candy Styler through a few times for ultra sleek hair. Flatliner is great because it acts as a heat protectant and holds straight styles in place all day (perfect for those of you who might have more frizzy hair).

Next, I work a small amount of Session Label Silk Shine Cream into my hair with my hands. This product has a non-greasy consistency and provides a silky clean shine with a super smooth finish.

July 4, 2014

LUSH Cosmetics Vanishing Cream

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of LUSH Cosmetics (be sure to check out my previous reviews if you haven't already) so when the company sent over this pot of Vanishing Cream I was excited to see how it fared.

As LUSH's lightest facial moisturizer, Vanishing Cream is formulated specifically for oily/combination skin. Made with witch hazel to tighten pores and grape seed oil to soften, its main intent is to balance oil production. To be honest, I haven't noticed a significant difference in my skin (i.e. there's no matte finish) but it also doesn't seem to encourage shininess either.

The cream has a very strong lavender scent, which might not appeal to everyone though I personally don't mind it. The main sticking point, however, is the price. At $42.95 CAD for a 45g pot this product is definitely on the more expensive side. If I am paying that much for skincare, it needs to be better than my current HG in order to replace it, which sadly Vanishing Cream is not (for me, anyway). Nonetheless, this product might be a good option for those of you looking for something light that won't cause breakouts. I will be alternating it with my other creams this summer -- especially on super hot days.