Swatch: OPI - Good Girls Gone Plaid Collection (Fall/Winter 2019)*

This Fall/Winter collection from OPI is called Good Girls Gone Plaid. The nailpolishes retail for $13.30 canadian each and come in the following formulations: GelColor, Infinite Shine and Nail Lacquer. There are 12 shades total in this collection in a mixture of cream and shimmers that contain various shades of purple, blue, red and other pops of fall colors like orange, dark green and dusty a gorgeous pinky mauve taupe shade. 

Left to Right:
You've Got That Glas-Glow - A muted dusty nude pink (cream)
Edinburgh-er & Tatties - Brown Beige nude (cream)
Boys Be Thistle-ing at Me - Eggplant Purple with silver iridescent glitter (shimmer)
OPI Grabs The Unicorn By The Horn - Ocean Blue (cream)
Nessie Plays Hide & Sea-K - Indigo Blue with duochrome shimmer that reflects green/gold (shimmer)
Things I've Seen in Aber-Green - Olive Green (cream)

Left to Right:
Suzi Needs a Loch-Smith - pumpkin orange (cream)
Red Heads Ahead - true red (cream)
A Little Guilt Under the Kilt - ruby red with red glitter (shimmer)
Nice Set of Pipes - gray purple (cream)
Good Girls Gone Plaid - dark purple (cream)
Rub-A-Pub-Pub - dark grey (cream)

Review: CILQUE - Pillowcase*

My entire life, I had been using your traditional cotton pillowcases and really saw no need to invest in satin or silk ones, no matter how luxurious they looked, I just didn't know if it was worth the price tag. I thought they were only for aesthetic purposes vs. having actual beneficial properties. When I had the chance to try the CILQUE 100% silk pillowcases, I definitely had to say yes. I took time to educate myself on the benefits, that it helps to defy wrinkles, sleep creases and prolong blowouts. It is hypoallergenic and breathable and helps to cool you in the summer and warm you up in the winter. In addition to all those traits, you are said to get a soft and luxurious sleep. 

The pillowcase I received fits a standard/queen size pillow, is made of 100% silk and is crafted very well. I appreciate the fine details like the piping, the small brand tag on the corner of the case as well (all pictured below). I'm so happy that these are machine washable as well, therefore the maintenance of these items is not as intimidating as I think they would be. 

Another detail I like is that all of their packaging for the pillowcase is made from recycled boxes. They come in a variety of colors like black, blush pink, white, cream (all subject to change), and they retail for $79-$99.

So after testing out this product, I do say that I agree with the statements above, I am a stomach or side sleeper and sometimes I wake up with the worst sleep-lines on my face which takes hours to subside. With this pillowcase, I had never got it once so yay. I loved the feeling of the silk on my face, it does feel very luxurious. One thing that made me paranoid was drool stains, I do drool, yes when I'm super tired and sleeping on my stomach - name me someone who doesn't do that, so usually even with cotton pillowcases I like to put a little towel on top it for me to lie on.  Honestly though, I can't speak to the claims of wrinkles because I think that would take a long test period (years) to validate, but I can attest to the fact that I got a very comfortable sleep, my hair felt smooth in the morning and not knotted or messy, and I had no sleep lines!

Until next time, XO - M

*product was sent to me for consideration, all opinions are my own.

Review: Garnier - Whole Blends Oat Delicacy Collection*

Do you have a sensitive scalp and want to find an affordable product that works? The Garnier Whole Blends Oat Delicacy line offers a collection of products that are gentle enough and helps nourish, cleanse and hydrate. The products have a very gentle powdery soft fragrance of oat milk and rice cream, it is relaxing and doesn't overpower or overwhelm. 

Oat Delicacy Shampoo
This shampoo is a creamy formulation that lathers beautifully. You only need about a nickel size on the palm of your hand and I find that it is enough to cleanse my medium length hair. It cleanses the scalp well and doesn't leave behind any residue nor does it feel stripping. 

Oat Delicacy Conditioner
The conditioner works well to detangle the hair and smooth everything out, it has the same scent as the shampoo and I typically like to use a bit more of this product than the amount of shampoo just because I want to make sure my bleached ends get some extra nourishment.

Oat Delicacy Dry Shampoo
This dry shampoo works amazingly well to suck up and absorb any oiliness in the scalp. I spray it in the roots, let it sit for 2-3 minutes and then massage it in. It adds a bit of volume, texture while refreshing the hair. It does not leave behind a white residue (make sure you massage well) and it helps me go an extra day between washes. 

Oat Delicacy Gentle Rinse-Out Mask
Once or twice a week, I like to go for the extra hydration and treat my ends to a hair mask. I take a dollap of the mask, and massage it from mid to ends of my hair and let it sit for 5 minutes or so. I typically apply this, then wash my body and face and then rinse everything off together. This mask works wonders and I no longer purchase expensive hair masks anymore as this honestly works just as well at a fraction of the price. 

Have you tried this line from Garnier? What's your favorite Garnier hair product? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, XO - M.

*products were sent for my consideration, all opinions are my own.

Review: Soul Story Beauty*

Soul Story is a skincare brand that uses high quality ingredients sourced from Korea and Europe. Their products are said to give you healthier, smoother and more radiant skin. Is natural and suitable for all skin types and delivers a brighter and more youthful complexion. The products are formulated and manufactured in Korea and are free from toxic ingredients, parabens, ethanol, mineral oil, talc, synthetic pigments, sulfates, lanolin (and more) . Being free of these harmful products truly means that you are getting quality ingredients with no compromises and which is why it will also work for those with sensitive skin. 

I was generously gifted with the Sun Warrior as well as the Purifying Cleansing Foam.

Of the two products, if I had to pick the Sun Warrior is my favorite. I can admit that I usually avoid sunscreen products on my face because I hate the heavy or greasy feeling, and if I found a product that didn't have those two traits, I didn't like that it gave me flashback or that it was just one more thing I had to put on in addition to my primer, etc. I just find that sunscreen makes my oily combo skin even oilier? If that makes sense. Well, this product has changed all of the above for me. It is so lightweight, it blends out to a weightless finish on the skin and best of all it has a silky matte and smooth finish that acts like a primer as well. It can be used on both the face and neck and protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays.  This product is truly amazing and I can proudly say that I use sunscreen now! OH! bonus fact, it has SPF 50+!
Next we have the Purifying Cleansing Foam, it has a rich whipped texture that is pH balanced to gently yet effectively rid your skin of dirt and bacteria. It is suitable for all skin types, is fragrance free and has properties in it to help calm and gently brighten the skin and add some natural radiance to it. This product did effectively help rid my skin of all traces of dirt and makeup as when I use a cotton pad to it with toner afterwards, there was no evidence of any makeup. I did use micellar water to remove eye makeup first (but that is something I do no matter what cleanser I use). 

Overall, these two products are fantastic, their price point is also very reasonable - the cleanser is $12 and the sunscreen is $30. You can also purchase it together $37.50 and save some $. The cleanser is compact and great for travelling to take on the go, and the sunscreen comes in a durable yet sleek harder case that feels sturdy and luxurious. It's solid so when I shake it up to use it, it won't go flying out of my hand or get damaged if I take it in my makeup bag with me on the go.

Until next time, XO - M.

*products were sent to me for consideration, all opinions are my own.