Like my lipstick, the color of dawn…

As I did last year I’m going to share some of my favourite beauty products from 2016. This is a little late going up, being that it’s now the end of January, but better late than never! This year I didn’t splurge too much, I stuck to a lot of what I know, so with that being said, I took the time to use up samples and look for less expensive alternatives to established faves.

1. Fresh Sugar Face Polish – I got this as part of the spa discovery trio, and I only recently opened this scrub. I found a refreshing scent, a gentle exfoliate, and a skin master. My skin looks great after using this scrub, not that I was surprised!

2. Burt’s Bees BB Cream – When I read that Burt’s Bees was releasing a BB I knew I had to try it! And I found myself loving it. All the essentials are there, the coverage is buildable, the formula light, the colour match great! And the best part is the price, I have spent a lot of money in the search of a great BB, and it can be found at your local Target!

3. Bobbi Brown Eye Cream – This is my first Bobbi Brown product experience and it’s not going to be the last, as I am with most eye creams, I don’t expect much going in, but this is right up there with L’Occatain Immortel Eye Balm.

4. Josie Maran Argan Oil – If there is one thing I love, it’s a face oil, I got this as a point perk from Sephora and in between switching up my skin care I decided to give it a go. I was pleasantly surprised, it’s a lightweight, well aborsbing oil, there’s no scent which is also nice, and it’s a little less expensive in comparison to my Fresh Seaberry oil, and there is also a jumbo size.

5. John Freida Sea Waves – very similar to the original from the late 90s early 00s. It enhances my natural waves and give great texture, all for a whole hell of a lot less than Bumble and Bumble Sea Salt Spray. And a lot more nostalgic for me too.

6. NARS Cruella – I’ve always been a red lippie sort of gal, but I, like many struggled to find the right shade and the confidence to pull it off. I have always been team NARS and this is no different. It’s rich deep red with a huge colour pay off, I rarely find myself reapplying. And I love this shade for Autumn/Winter, when deeper matte reds are in order.

7. Earthmama Angelbaby Nipple butter – about 6 months into my pregnancy there was a lot going on with my body, one strange thing that happened was my nipples were so dry that they were flaking.  Regular body lotion and cocoa butter did not work, this was the only product that did the trick. Also great for use on your elbows to smooth them.

8. Bumble and Bumble Invisible Hairdresser’s Oil Shampoo and Conditioner – I got both as a point perk and finally decided to try them, that was a mistake, because I love them and they are expensive! They both smell great, the shampoo makes my hair feel really clean, while the conditioner leaves my hair really soft and manageable. I prefer to use them before a blowout.

9. Water – Legit just drinking a shit ton of water. During this year alcohol and coffee were kept to ridiculously low minimums, and rightfully so, and water stepped up in a big way! Once I calculated how many ounces of water I drank and is was triple digits. It was summer and really hot.

10. Fresh lip balm – I got this as part of a holiday set I got at last year’s VIB Rouge sale and I freaking love it! I didn’t want to because of its steep for what it is price tag and because I have a million EOS lip balm eggs, but I will repurchase in the future. I love the lemony scent, you don’t find that with many Fresh products.

I’m looking forward to work through a lot of my beauty stash again this year and focus on skin care.  I’m looking forward to a healthier 2017, and little by little I will share my skin care and wellness progress.  And on that note it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Bentley by LDR

Feeling gangsta every time I see ya…

This weekend I decided to treat myself.  You know, it’s been a while since I splurged on myself, and I’m trying to save some money and pay down some debt.  I was thinking it would be nice to have an “at home spa day”, here are some pics from my super girly day of primping!

I started with opening up my pores, which tend to be on the bigger side and get clogged, a lot.  I boiled some water and let my face steam.  Once my pores were open I applied GlamGlow SuperMUD face mask.  I allowed that to dry.

After my clearing mask, I apply Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask.  I like to leave this mask on for about 20-25 minutes.  It’s really calming and soothing.

Then I shaped my eyebrows.  I have very big, bushy Brooke Shields/Demi Moore/Cara Develigne/Lily Collins type eyebrows and I like to just enhance the shape of them, without loosing the character of big brows.

Next up I decided to manicure my nails.  I am not very good at manicures but I still prefer to do my nails my self. I prefer to keep my nails natural so I use Butter London Nail Foundation, it has a light nude colour and dries matte, it looks great alone, but I typically use Butter London Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat.

Taking some time to relax and unwind can be tough.  But taking that time to indulge (in a no guilt way), can be so refreshing.  And with everything that has been going on lately I felt I needed to have some me time.  So make a cuppa tea, and treat yo’ self.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Queen of Disaster by LDR

Putting on my make up…

After my hair tutorial and how much fun I had doing it, I decided to give it another go!  This time round we are focusing on make up.  I decided in regards to make up it is probably best to start with an everyday look.

No make up.

I always start with a clean, moisturized face.  In the morning I wash with Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser, then moisturize with Fresh Seaberry Oil.  Here I am pre make up.  My skin isn’t too bad.  I have been using Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil at night and I think it is making a big difference!  I haven’t been having as many blemishes.  And if I do get one, they aren’t sticking around as long as they used to.  I’ve also noticed that my fine lines and crow’s feet aren’t getting worse.

Beauty Blender

My first step is Primer my go to is Benefit POREfessional.  I have been using it for years and works wonders for me.  I let that set for a moment before moving on to foundation.  I apply my Clinique Perfectly Real foundation with a moistened Beauty Blender.  I “stipple” my foundation on, it gives a flawless, air brushed look, and I don’t need a lot of product to get great results.

If I need to cover a blemish, or dreaded dark circles I turn to Benefit Erase Paste which I apply with a Sephora Brand Concealer Brush (similar) then I blend with my middle or ring finger (which ever is convenient at the time).  For this look my skin ended up being nice, and I didn’t end up needing to cover any blemishes, I was pretty happy about that!

Powder

I then use a setting powder, recently it’s been Besame Violet Brightening Powder with a big fluffy face brush.  The one I use is also from Sephora Classic Uniform Complexion Brush (similar).

Afterwards I move on to blush.  I almost exclusively use Nars Orgasm.  And I have been for years.  It’s the perfect peachy pink with the perfect amount of shimmer.  I use a MAC powder brush (similar).

Eyeshadow

Next up is eyes I start with Nars Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base, then I sweep MAC Shroom all over my lids. I use Nars Wide Contour Eye Shadow Brush (part of the And God Created the Woman Kit), for the rest of my shadows I go between Nars, MAC, or Lancome.  For this look I am using the Nars And God Created the Eye palette.  I use Coconut Grove to cut my crease and  Night Clubbing as my liner, with a Sephora Angled Liner Brush.  I finish with a mascara right now I am using Lancome Definicils Mascara, which is a basic black.  

Lippie

I finish my look with a lippie, I change up my lips dependent upon my mood.  For this look I am using MAC Viva Glam V which is a lovely pearly pink shade.  This is one of those “my lips but better shade” and I am all about it!

Finished look

And that is my typical routine.  I have it down to about fifteen minutes, which is pretty good in my book.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Off To the Races by LDR

Nothing lasts forever but this is getting good now…

Here at B@K’s I talk a lot about beauty and fashion, and although I said that I want to scale back my spending for 2016, that doesn’t mean I won’t be spending money at all.  So I thought I would share some of the items both fashion and beauty in 2016.

Beauty:

Fresh Rose Face Mask – I got a sample of this a while back and I had no expectations when I put it on.  I was very pleasantly surprised.  I have been eyeing full size for a few months now, but I always seem to buy something else instead.  This is going on my next order.

Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask – It’s no surprise I am a Fresh fan, I have been ever since I tried Seaberry Oil!  I like the regular Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask, but I wish I could use it over night, I think this is just what I need, it’s the same price (steep) but if I only use it once or twice a week it will last a while.

Guerlain Meteorites Illuminating Powder Pearls – This was on my birthday wishlist last year and I am sad I didn’t pick them up during the November VIB Rouge sale.  I digress… I hope to pick them up at some point this year, I hear nothing but god things about them, and I do have a thing for face powders.

Verb Style with Verb set – I have been seeing this brand everywhere lately.  I’m a sucker for a good sea salt spray, but some of them can be expensive (ah em, Bumble and Bumble), and they are not all created equally.  I’m willing to give it ago, and see what happens, oh and did I mention full size products are $14.00?  Super steal!

Like I mentioned I’m finally happy with my beauty routine and once I start using up my stash I will then start to place more orders.  I’m also going to keep my eye out for better deals and GWP, I’m no longer obsessed with making Rouge at Sephora.

Fashion:

Lilly Pulitzer sun dress – I have been wanting one for a while now, but I have yet to purchase one (No, my Lilly x Target does not count).  I’m not really familiar with their sizing and I don’t want to order one online and it not fitting well, or at all.  And I found a few vintage shops in the area, but they sell vintage Lilly, and the few I’ve tried did not fit right.  With that being said I will add a Lilly this year, I just hope I can get a good deal.  This dress is my favourite that is available now.

Valentino Rockstud – I have been eyeing these shoes since they came out.  They are the perfect mix of class and sass, which is just what I’m all about!  They are expensive, but I know they would just be darling in my collection.  I would want to find them discounted of course, I can’t find myself spending full price on these bad boys.

Tory Burch York – I haven’t gotten a new bag in a really long time.  My current bag is no longer cutting it.  I need something bigger so that I have more room for more of my I gotta have it, can’t live with out it crap.  I think this bag fits the bill.  It’s huge, and it has a lot of interior pockets.  I’m also really loving this French grey colour.

Day dress – I love day dresses, they can be dressed up for work, or down for play.  Something like this Eliza J at Nordies is perfect for S/S.

The same goes for fashion, I have a lot of clothes, I’m not going to spend a lot of money on more clothes that I won’t wear half of.  I’m looking forward to styling what I have in new, fun, and different ways to last me through the next couple of years.  I want to buy less and better quality.  I don’t need to absorb all of the fast fashion.  I don’t need every colour sweater.  I can do a lot with what I have.  I’m also going to continue scoping the sales.  Finding a good deal on quality is key for me in 2016.  What are some of your 2016 wishlist items?  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift

Put your makeup on…

2015 was a year of exploration in the beauty world for me.  I tried so many things some good, like Nars satin lip pencil in Rikugien, L’Occitane Immotelle eye balm, Philosophy Purity Made Simple.  Some bad like Lancome Visionnaire, Benefit BadGal mascara, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve eye gel.   And the ugly like Nars All Day Luminous Powder foundation, Benefit They’re Real mascara, and Wen.  With all of the products I tried, I spent a lot of money and energy trying to find products that work well for me.  And I’ve got my routine down pretty well… Now.  My last big splurge on something new was Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil, which is amazing.  I’m sharing some of my favourite new obsessions from this year.  Some are major splurges, while others are more reasonable.  Here are my must haves that I tried this year.

1. Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil – I had been wanting to try this face oil for a while and I am so glad that I did.  I love how it smells, it is a midweight oil that absorbs quickly, and I feel it is mild for my sensitive skin.  I feel like I have had good results, my fine lines are not as noticeable, my crows feet are subsiding, and I’m not getting as many blemishes (always a plus!).

2. Beauty Blender – This little pink sponge is a magical miracle.  Not only has it changed the way I apply my foundation, but it’s made the process way easier.  I strongly recommend this little wonder sponge to everyone.

3. Besame Violet Brightening Powder – This setting powder is by far my favourite.  It brightens and gives my skin a matte natural look that I am head over heels for.  And did I mention it smells divine? Because it smells amazing!

4. Philosophy Microdelvery – I started using this exfoliating scrub mid year and I love it.  It is gentile and effective.  I really enjoy using it.  I can’t see using anything else for my exfoliating purposes.

5. Nars Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base – I was not expecting much when I first tried this product, and I was blown away.  Not only did my eye shadow stay put through 11 hours, but it didn’t crease or melt off.  I was sold after using it once.  There are many similar products but This one really takes the cake.

There are so many products that I use and have used over the past few years.  I’ve decided to tone it down for 2016.  I have spent a lot of time and money on trying to find products that work for me.  I don’t need to make Rouge in April, or even re-qualify.  I am looking forward to using up what I have and only repurchasing what is necessary.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Atlantic City by Bruce Springsteen (Watch out my Jersey is showing!)    

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end…

For those of you who frequent Breakfast @ Kiki’s then you know I am obsessed with skincare and beauty products.  And I almost exclusively shop at Sephora, yes, there is the occasional drug store find, gift, or exclusive department store splurge.  And I try to keep it to a minimum (who I am kidding, I made Rouge in April!).  But in all seriousness, this is a post I have been wanting to put up for a while now.  Over on the Sephora message boards (Beauty Talk) there is a thread about empties, a lot of patrons (Beauty Talkers, BTers for short) go through what they’ve used on a monthly basis and talk about what they liked and didn’t.  This thread is one of my favourites.  I’m addicted to reading about what everyone has used and their thoughts.  I love reading reviews, especially before trying something new.  And I feel as though I can’t write a helpful review until you’ve trialed a product for at least a couple weeks.  So I thought I’d share some of the products that I’ve used up recently. So here goes!

Empties:

Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Gel – Fresh – Okay, I liked the smell and how cooling it was, but even with the smallest amount of product, it made my eyes tear.  I’ve moved on to L’Occitane.

Translucent Pressed Powder – Shisiedo – Easy to use, convenient size, reusable compact, not long lasting, I think I went through it in about a month.  Will continue to search.  I just started using Besame Violet powder (which smells divine, BTW) and have had good results so far.

Texas Tea Shampoo – Drybar – Smells like booze, does not lather, and I don’t feel like my hair is clean, I’m sticking with my tried and true Pantine.

Texas Tea Conditioner – Drybar – Also smells like booze, not very thick, I also don’t feel like it’s conditioning anything, again sticking with Pantine.

Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover – Lancome – Good basic eye makeup remover, I got this as a deluxe sample, I’m sure I can find a less expensive alternative.  I just started Sephora brand and so far it’s working well.

Visionnaire – Lancome – I got this deluxe a long time ago, and I loved it.  Then I went on the great Visionnare  search of 2015, early this year, only to splurge on full size and hate it.  I’ve since moved on to Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil, and I’ve fallen hard.

Sensitive Brush Head – Clarisonic – I started with the sensitive head, I think it’s too harsh, switching to the delicate head, we’ll see how that goes.

Seaberry Oil – Fresh – I love this stuff, I can’t get enough.  I use it all year round.  This was my second bottle.  I also use it as a moisturizer and on my elbows an knees when they get dry in the winter months.

Eudermine Revitalizing Essence – Shisiedo – I feel this is a basic toner, with that being said the smell is amazing, it is refreshing and the bottle is drop dead gorgeous!

Face Finishing Moisturizer – Perricone MD – I got this deluxe sample as a point perk, and I’m not impressed.  I don’t like the smell, it feels heavy on the face, the consistency feels a bit balmy, and I feel like it makes my skin red and blotchy.  Not for me.

Bad Gal mascara – Benefit -This mascara made my lashes look amazing, but then it melted and I had raccoon eyes… Very annoying, it’s not gone, but I’m trying something else.

Definicils Mascara – Lancome – I was first introduced to this mascara as a teenager, my Mom had a GWP and she doesn’t wear a lot of make up so she gave it to me.  I feel like it’s a solid basic mascara, it coats my lashes well, it doesn’t clump too bad, and it doesn’t smudge terribly.  It’s also really easy to remove.  It’s not the best, but it’s not the worst.  My one big downside: I feel the product dries in the tube super quickly.  I may be exaggerating slightly, but I just opened a deluxe sample mid November, and by the end of November, it was completely dry by the end of the month.  But if I’m going to spend the money, I’d rather spend it on Diorshow.  

Daily Moisturizing Lotion – Aveeno – I have been using this lotion on and off for the past few years.  It is very thick and it hydrates well.  I prefer it during the winter months when my skin is moist dry.  I feel like I get a good value for the price.  It has a pump, but my bottle fell and it broke off, so I found that to be annoying, even though it was totally my fault.

Dry Nail Drying Spray – Formula X – I bought this spray because I do my nails myself and I hate waiting for them to dry.  I really wanted to like this spray, but I don’t think it works well for me.  I have already switched to the Nail Drying Drops and I like them much better.

Express Wipes – Sephora – I love these make up remover wipes, they take everything off!  When I am really lazy and I don’t feel like washing my face these are a go to.  They are reasonably priced, smell nice, and when I say they take all of my make up off I am not kidding.

Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer – Nars – I got a sample of this primer a few years back.  And I loved it.  I decided to revisit it mid this year, and I was not impressed.  I don’t think that it was nearly as good as my sample.  I’m sticking with Benefit POREfessional.

Complexion Rescue – BareMinerals – I tried this after my summer time love affair with Shisiedo’s BB cream.  My intent was to find something cheaper.  Yes, this is cheaper and the shade matched decently to my colouring, but I don’t really like it.  I fell like it melts off, oxidizes a lot, and I feel like I need to wear a ton of it just to get my skin tone even.  For the winter I went back to my tried and true Clinique foundation.

Perfectly Real Makeup – Clinique – This is my go to foundation.  I have been using it for years and I have had very good results.  I try to keep a couple of backups just in case.  I feel that the price is good for the quality, and it takes me at least 1-2 months to get through a bottle.  I haven’t had a reason to switch, I really like this foundation.

Ceramic Slip Cleanser – Sunday Riley – Sample from Sephora, I got this to try on a whim.  I only had enough for one try, I can’t say how I feel either way after using, but it is out of my price range for now.

Master Cleanse Daily Brush Cleanser – Sephora – I use this everyday to decontaminate my concealer and foundation brushes.  I like this product a lot and I have been using it for a few years now.

Old and Gross:

Makeup Forever Lipstick #9 – The colour and formula were great, but it started to smell a bit weird so it’s time for it to go.  I may repurchase in the future.

Clinique Lipstick Black Honey – A perfect sheer berry, it’s supposed to be universally flattering.  I really liked it, this was my second tube.  I may repurchase.

Clinique Lipstick Angel Red – This shade is beautiful, more of a blue red, but again it began to smell funny.  I probably won’t repurchase.

Nars Eye and Lip palette from 2008 or 2009 (I don’t remember) – This was the best thing since sliced bread in my just getting into the high end makeup world circa 2007-2008.  It had four lip colours, four eye shadows and two multiples.  This is where I was introduced to Ondine eye shadow, a plum colour in perfect complement to my green eyes, Nightclubbing eye shadow, black with gold glitter, great for a smokey eye or liner.  I also met lip faves like Dolce Vita, a dusty rose, and my beloved Gipsy, a sheer berry red.  Anyway, this palette was so old and gross that the outside of it was sticky… It should have been tossed long ago and therefore it is not pictured.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
-Kiki

Title from: Closing Time by Semisonic

I keep my lips red to seem like cherries in the spring…

Yes, it’s that time again!  Sephora haul time!  Yay!  I know I should be focusing on the holidays at this point, but Sephora was having a 20% off coupon code for VIB Rouge and there were a few things I had been waiting for a coupon code to get like the Drybar Dirty Martini set, and the Fresh holiday sets (I was only able to grab one).  I stocked up on old faves like Philosophy Purity and Microdelivery, Sephora brand make up remover wipes, Nars Ondine eye shadow and Nars Eye shadow base.  I found a brush set on sale for (which has some brushes that I don’t have.  I know, how is that even possible?).  I found a new pencil sharpener (I seem to have lost the one I had),  which did not arrive with the rest of my order!  I’m a little ticked off, but I rarely have issues with Sephora and their customer service is impeccable, so I’m not too worried about it.  I picked up a new mascara, I went with Urban Decay (it’s tubular so maybe it won’t smudge, I’ve been having issues with smudging lately), I rounded out my order with Sephora brand lip liner (I’ve been experiencing some feathering with my lipstick), and the Butter London Apothecary set (I’ve been really into nail care and this brand, lately).  I decided to get the Bobbi Brown 500 point perk.

On a whim I picked up this brush set, it was on sale for under $40 and I figured why not, a few of my older brushes should be replaced and there were a few in here that I didn’t have.  The case is nice, the brushes are decent, and for the price you really can’t go wrong.  And for the brushes that I do heave, there is nothing wrong with getting back ups.

 I was in the market for a new mascara, while I am using up some deluxe samples that I had around from previous purchases.  I still haven’t found a mascara that I love more than Diorshow, but it’s very expensive.  So I picked up Urban Decay Cannonball, it’s waterpoof and tubular, so I hope it fits the bill.  I also picked up more Nars Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base, which I love and I am almost out of my deluxe sample size from And God Created the Woman eye kit.

I also picked up Nars Ondine single shadow, which is a big fave in my world.  It’s a great plum colour and it makes my green eyes pop.  I used to wear it all of the time.  I can’t wait to start bringing it back into my make up routine.
I also picked up Sephora brand Universal Lip Liner.  As I mentioned I have been having feathering issues with my lippies.  So I thought I might try a lip liner, and I figured I’d start with a universal before branching out to colour matching.  

 One of the reasons for my purchase during the VIB Rouge sale was to pick up Fresh Holiday sets.  I was only able to get one, but I’m glad I did!  Not only do I get to enjoy old faves like Soy Cleanser, Seaberry Oil and Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask, but I get to try the Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment (which is full size)!  I also stocked up on Philosophy Purity Cleanser and Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash, because I can’t get enough of this stuff.

 The other reason for my purchase was the Dirty Martini set from Drybar.  I was blown away (pun intended) with the quality of my Buttercup blow dryer that I got last year.  And I thought to myself, if a professional quality curling iron is half as good as my dryer than it is worth paying a little more.  I tried this bad boy out today and it heated up in about a minute, and I was floored.  I love how easy it is to use.  I am definitely a Drybar convert!

The Dirty Martini set comes with a full size Mai Tai Spritzer sea salt spray and Triple Sec dry shampoo.  Both products I have been wanting to try.  I’m so glad I spent $14 more to get the set (over the price of just the iron).  I haven’t yet used the products, when I do I’ll share my thoughts.  

I have been eyeing this Butter London Apothecary set for a while now.  I love, love, love this brand.  I feel the quality is very good and the price points for sets are very reasonable.  I am already familiar with the Flawless Nail Base and the PD Quick Top Coat.  I am most excited to try the matte top coat and the cuticle oil.  

I got the Bobbi Brown 500 point perk.  Bobbi Brown is a brand that I hear a lot of good things about, but I have never tried.  I thought a point perk was a great opportunity to try the brand.  

The samples I got with this order were pretty cool!  A lot of times I’m not so interested in the perfume samples, and sometimes there over offered.  FAB is a sleeping cream and Giorgio Armani is a foundation, but the real winner is the Dior Addict lipstick.  It’s four lipstick samples, and it came with a little mini lip brush.  The colours seem pretty wearable too.

This is probably going to but my last big beauty buy of the year.  With that being said, I think I have enough to last me though until Sephora’s next coupon code.  I may have some small purchases to make here and there, but I’m pretty much stocked up.  And of course once I start using up the new stuff I’ll share my thoughts.  And on that note, it’s time to end.

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Black Beauty by LDR