NEW: Esqido Gel Pencil Eyeliners

Last year, I discovered the brand ESQIDO, and then got the opportunity to try their false lashes which were amazing, so I was super excited when they reached out to me to try their new gel pencil eyeliners! The new Esqido Gel Eyeliner pencils are available in 2 neutral colours, brown and black. They retail for $16 USD but are currently on sale for $12 USD. Esqido claims these are the new “holy grail” eyeliners but does it live up to this claim?

First off, I have to comment on the packaging because I love it. It’s very minimal but the rose gold and white detailing makes it so chic. I love that the pencils are twist-able and that it includes a hidden sharpener (how convenient is that?). It also has a little silicon seal so that when you close it, it remains airtight so that it doesn’t dry out which I found to be really neat, and useful!

As for the formulation, it’s not mind blowing, but it is quite nice especially for the value. It’s a little on the dry side, I expected it to be really smooth (like the gel pot eyeliners) but it wasn’t quite as smooth. It does require some gentle pressure to draw a line. As for pigmentation, I thought it was good, the brown was a very natural and not super dark which I liked whereas the black was a true black . These live up to being smudge-proof and waterproof, although I recommend giving it a few minutes to set before touching it or it will smudge. The only thing “lacking” is the fact that the tip isn’t fine even when sharpened so it’s quite hard to draw a fine line. Eyeliner is already a challenge for me, and drawing a line with this is hard since it goes on quite thick right off. I personally like my eyeliner to be very subtle and my cat-eye to be fine so this will be used mostly for tight-lining and lining my bottom lid.

Overall, I think the ESQIDO Gel Eyeliner pencils , while they are not quite my “holy grail”, are definitely worth trying, especially for the introductory price! I will need to brush my eyeliner skills before attempting to use this for a cat eye but for now I will make do with tight-lining.

*Received as free PR samples, review and opinions are mine and unbiased.

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Silk’n ReVit Microdermabrasion Skin Tightening Device

While I don’t have a lot of acne, I have noticed that lately I do tend to have clogged pores and rough dry skin. To help with those issues I’ve been trying out the Silk’n Revit Microdermabrasion device which I got from an event a few months ago. This device is designed for at home usage and uses the power of suction as well a diamond tip to remove dirt and dead skin cells while exfoliating the skin. In addition, it is meant to tighten skin and reduce the appearance of scars and fine lines.

The Silk’n Revit comes with the device, a charger, an instruction manual, three different exfoliating tips as well as a little packet containing several filters which all fit perfectly in its travel friendly case.

This was my first time using a device of this type and it was surprisingly really easy to use! I had pretty great results too! While it was not going to replace a spa session, it was really nice nevertheless. After each use, my skin would feel silky smooth, more plump and less dull. It was really refreshing! After each use as recommended, I use a moisturizer (I’ll share some of my favourite moisturizers and skincare products in the coming days) to hydrate the skin and sunscreen for protection since it is new skin. It also does a good job of buffering and reducing the appearance of scarring (I have a small one on my chin from falling off a bike last summer and it removed dead dry skin I wasn’t even aware of that still remained there).

A little word of advice, with a device of this type, you have to be gentle while applying pressure, I wasn’t in some areas and it did cause some superficial red patches which went away after a few days!

So satisfying to see all the dead skin on the filter after using the device!

Although I love using my Revit, there are some aspects I believe that could be improved. One thing I notice is that the suction is not very powerful, it does not unclog deep pores and as such cannot replace pore strips (which I had hope it would do!). A little more suction would be appreciated. Also, it is a little difficult to use with it having to be plugged in. Hopefully in the future, they will come out with a cordless version. I also would have preferred if instead of having single use filters, that it used one that could be washed or reused.

Overall, my experience with the Silk’n Revit Microdermabrasion device was quite nice, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to have smooth skin and looking for a good exfoliator. I find it to be a worthy investment for CAD$99!

Have you tried an exfoliating or microdermabrasion device before?

Silk’n products including Revit are available for purchase online at Silk’n and at Shoppers Drug Mart!

Thank you to OverCat PR for the chance to try Silk’n!

*PR sample featured. As always all opinions and thoughts featured are my own and unbiased.

Mini Giveaway: Free Whats Up Nails Canada Day Stencils

Happy Friday everyone! Last year I had the chance to try out Whats Up Nails vinyl stencils for Halloween courtesy of Nail Polish Canada and they were super easy even for someone like me to use (if you haven’t already, check out my full review of their Halloween stencils here). This year they set me up for Canada Day!

They sent me a pack of their super cute Maple Leaf vinyls that I’m so super excited to rock and to show off my Canadian pride on July 1st. But best of all, once again they have provided me a coupon to share with 10 of you once again!

To redeem a pack of these super cute Canadian vinyl stencils, all you have to do is visit this link here and use the code: T360F4X9FPJ (One per household, valid for the first 10 people and Canadian residents only, sorry my international friends!)

That’s all! There’s no catch, shipping is free. All you have to do is use the code above and show off your beautiful Canada Day theme nails on Canada Day eh!

*Sample stencils provided for free by Nail Polish Canada.

SureThik Thickening Eyebrow Fibers

New month, new brows? Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been trying out a new and completely different eyebrow product from what I usually use! I usually fill out my brows with a pencil so I was super excited to give SureThik’s thickening eyebrow fibers (CAD$ 29.99) a go.

A little bit about SureThik, they are a Canadian brand and all their products are formulated and made in Canada!

Their eyebrow fibers kit, which is available in several shades from blonde to dark brown, comes with a handy double ended brush, a little wax container, the wax is made of 100% Natural Beeswax as well as the thickening eyebrow fibers which is made of 100% Natural Keratin fibers! The Thickening eyebrow fibers are meant to enhance your brows and are said to be sweat proof and smudge proof.

Unlike an eyebrow pencil, this product requires a two step application. First, you have to apply the wax where you want definition using the little brush. Then, using the other end (both sides are labelled which is really convenient), you have to dab the fibers where you had previously applied the wax. Note: Brushing/Painting it on like a pomade will lead to clumps. It’s not meant to be brushed on, don’t do it!

I really enjoyed trying out the eyebrow fibers, this is the first time I’ve tried a product of its kind and it was an interesting experience. They really did fill out the gaps in my eyebrows and it looked quite natural albeit my messy application and unruly brows! The wax applies on smoothly and doesn’t feel sticky! Though, it does make more time than just using a regular eyebrow pencil and is a little tricky to apply! It does take some practice but that’s nothing new when it comes to makeup application!

Top: My brows are currently growing so there is a lot of gaps and stray hairs. Bottom: Using the eyebrow fibers in Dark Brown, I tried to fill out the gaps and it made my brows fuller.

Also, the application can be a little messy. I’d recommend to any contact wearers to be careful, don’t put too much fibers on the brush because it is annoying if it gets into your eyes (First hand testimony haha). Build the brows gradually! It will look much more natural as well.

Overall, I found it to be a really cool product, I think it would be perfect for anyone with gaps or very little to no brows!

Surethik products are available to purchase on the Surethik website!

*PR sample featured. All thoughts and opinions are unbiased and based on my own experience with the product!

Dior Spring 2018 Glow Addict: Lip Glows

One of my very first high end lip products was Dior’s Lip Glow (CAD $41). I was only in middle school and I remember begging my mom to buy it for Christmas since it was “so cool mom, it is a colour changing lip balm!” Back then I didn’t realize that it wasn’t just a colour changing lip balm. Dior’s Lip Glow reacts to one’s lip to enhance the natural colour in addition to giving it a gorgeous tint. And I surely didn’t know that in the future I would carry a lip glow with me in my bag almost all the time. So one can imagine my excitement in trying Dior’s new selection of lip glows released as part of their Glow Addict collection!

L-R: Matte Raspberry, Raspberry, Ultra Pink, Holo Pink & Holo Purple

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been using testing them out and I love that now in addition to new shades, Dior’s Lip Glow which previously only came in a satin finish now comes in two new amazing ones, holographic and matte! The new shades are Holo Pink (Holographic), Holo Purple (Holographic), Matte Raspberry (Matte), Raspberry (Satin) and Ultra Pink (Satin).

Packaged in a signature pink case, with the Dior logo embossed in it. Dior’s Lip Glow has been a cult favorite since its release!

L-R: Holo Purple, Holo Pink, Ultra Pink, Raspberry & Matte Raspberry

The original satin finish is super comfortable and moisturizing. The new Raspeberry and Ultra Pink shades are absolutely stunning. I thought I would like the Raspberry shade more since I thought it would be on the deeper side but I actually love the way Ultra Pink makes my lips “pop”!

As for the Holographic finish, I was a little skeptical as I am not a big fan of glimmery lips but it has the same comfortable and moisturizing feeling! And the glimmers aren’t tacky, instead it really does make your lips seem iridiscent and as if they were reflecting light.

Swatches shown in natural light

As for the matte finish, it is the one I was most looking forward to! I love matte lips so I knew I had to try it! I love how pigmented Matte Raspberry is and how the matte finish feels similar to the korean powder lipsticks/lip tint especially with its blurring effect! Though unlike the other two finishes, I found that it didn’t feel as moisturizing and that I had to reapply more frequently. Despite the fact, it’s probably the one I currently use the most!

Swatches shown using artificial light

Dior’s Lip Glows are available at all official Dior retailers and if there is one lip item to splurge on, this is might be the one!

Have you tried Dior’s Lip Glow?

*PR samples featured. All thoughts and opinions featured are my own and unbiased.

Givenchy Photo’Perfexion Fluid Foundation

A couple of months ago, Givenchy Beauty launched their foundations on the Canadian market. Now that my skin is less of a dry mess (Stress + harsh cold weather this year were not a good mix for my skin, my skin felt so rough and any face makeup (even my go to blush) would appear blotchy and flaky) I’ve finally been able to put the Photo’Perfexion line to the test over the last couple of weeks. This foundation promises a natural flawless complexion with a radiant finish!

Packaged in a glass bottle with the G for Givenchy enscribed in pretty gold glitter on the cap, the Givenchy Photo’Perfexion Fluid Foundation (CAD$62) is equipped with a pump which makes for easy application. It is also small enough to be travel friendly!

Now I consider myself lucky as I don’t always have to wear foundations but there are days where I like to have that flawless look and want to hide unsightly blemishes (I pop my pimples and yes I know it’s awful) I don’t wear any heavy foundation either. I usually go for medium coverage foundations to cover any left over dark spots/blemishes. This foundation does just that.

It offers nice and light coverage, so light that it feels practically bare on the skin and it has no cakey feel to it either. Though, I do strongly recommend wearing a good moisturizer underneath as if you have dry skin, as any foundation it can settle in blotches. It also has a nice light floral scent which personally I really enjoyed. It’s like a perfume for my face!!

My only major remark is that the shade range is a little weird. There’s nine shades but unfortunately they all seem to be a variation of beige for the most part. I’m the shade 7 Perfect Gold in the range which is the darkest colour and I wouldn’t say that I’m very dark so a bigger variety of shades would be much appreciated and appeal to more beauty lovers.

Overall, I think Givenchy’s Photo’Perfexion is a nice high end foundation for someone looking for something light to polish and accentuate their natural features although the price is a little on the steep end for the amount of product.

Have you tried any of Givenchy’s foundations? They can be found at Sephora Canada.

*These products were gifted to me as PR SAMPLES by Givenchy Canada. All opinions and thoughts featured are unbiased and based on my own personal experience.

Monthly Watch Club Canada

New month new watch? If this sounds like you, you’re going to love the Monthly Watch Club Canada. For only CAD $39.99 per month, you’ll receive an amazing handmade watch every month. Perfect for any watch lover or collector!

Each watch is made with durable materials such as genuine leather and with a different design each month, it’s a surprise every time.

Mine was the prettiest! A simple sleek black leather watch with a flower design dial (-swoon-) It came at the perfect time as I really needed a new watch too. The dial is a little big for my tiny wrist but paired with an oversize sweater it is perfect!

Afraid that one month will not be to your liking? Each watch comes packaged in a sleek yet simple black box making it perfect for a gift should one month not be up to your taste. They also have several plan options (month to month or for 6 months) and no cancellation fee if you’re not ready to commit for a year or should you change your mind!

If you or someone you know is a watch fanatic, I’d check out Monthly Watch Club Canada for an amazing and durable watch! For more information, check them out on their website!

*PR sample(s) featured. As always opinions and thoughts featured are mine and unbiased.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Bodycare Products (+Giveaway)

Love me some coco-nut! As a girl with roots to an island, coconut has always been a part of my life. As a child, my grandma and aunts would put coconut oil in my hair, we cook with it and drink the water, etc. One of my all time favourite shampoo and body lotion was coconut scented and I longed to find something that had that same sweet refreshing scent until I discovered Palmers’s products.

From smooth creamy body butter to lotions and oils, Palmer’s has a range of affordable coconut-based products made from ethically and sustainably sourced Coconut oil and Tahitian Monoï oil. In addition, each product also contains sweet almond oil and vitamin E to leave looking and feeling radiant. Palmer’s products are also free of any harsh chemicals which is great for people who like more natural based products.

I have been testing three of their products, the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Oil (CAD $5.99) , Body Lotion (CAD $5.99) and Body Cream (CAD $7.99).

The Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Oil came in a spray bottle which made application super easy and the oil felt much lighter and finer as well. I used it post shower and it made my skin nice and smooth. I didn’t even have to use a body cream/body lotion afterwards.

The Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion also has a very light airy feel to it. A little goes a long way with it. I found that it easily absorbs into your skin and makes it nice and healthy. This is one of the product keeping my skin hydrated this winter!

The Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body cream is very thick and creamy, it’s definitely on the heavier side and perfect for those cold harsh dry days. It feels heavy duty to me but once again it’s super hydrating and leaves my skin feeling smooth and healthy for hours. It’s perfect for those with very dry and rough skin.

Overall, their affordable price, amazing coconut scent (seriously I can’t get enough!) and the fact that they are made from ethically and sustainably sourced coconut oil put these products on top of my list of bodycare products.

Palmer’s products are available for sale at Walmart.

[CLOSED] GIVEAWAY: Palmer’s has agreed to give three of my subscribers a chance to try these amazing products! To enter the rules are simple:

1) Must be a Canadian resident and those under 18 will need a parent/ guardian’s permission to enter.

2) Subscribe to my blog

3) Leave a comment down below letting me know which one of the three products you would want to win the most!

4) For another chance to win, head to my instagram (@canadianenvogue)!

Winners will be chosen by a random generator and contacted on February 3rd.

Three winners have been chosen and contacted. Thank you all for entering.

*This post features product(s) received as PR samples and/or for reviewing purposes.

Dior Holiday 2017 Precious Rocks

Sultry reds, rich greens and deep purples. If this sounds like your perfect Christmas/Holiday season colours, you will love Dior’s Precious Rocks collection. Inspired by Rubies and Emeralds, this is one of Dior’s bolder holiday collection but it is as usual Diorific. I’ve been trying out a few items from this collection including the Diorific Rouge Khôl Powder Lipstick, Diorific Matte Fluid Lip & Cheek Velvet Colour and Diorific Nail Vernis.

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My Organic Zone Dead Sea Mud Mask

Hope everyone’s keeping warm, I for one am so happy that there’s finally snow, it’s perfect Christmas weather. One of my favourite activities during the cold weather is to mask! It’s such a fun way to relax and to give your skin some love.

So when My Organic Zone reached out to me to try out their Dead Sea Mud mask, I was ecstatic. I love masks and I have only ever used one or two mud masks (which I love, and maybe should review in an upcoming all about masks post!).

Packaged into a simple plastic jar, this mask contains ingredients such as honey, dead sea mud, aspen bark extract, aloe, jojoba oil, vegetable glycerin, kaolin clay, grapefruit oil and more. It claims to clean and moisturize skin as well as unclog and deep clean pores. It also claims to reduce the appearance of aging.

On another note, this is made in China and to be honest, I rarely buy skin/makeup products made in China but this product is vegan and cruelty free so I gave it the benefit of the doubt.

I did a swatch test on my arm first in case of any irritation (with cream masks and peels, I strongly recommend trying them on your arm first). The consistency is thick which I like in a mud mask. It has a slight scent to it but nothing overwhelming.

Application wise, I used my fingers to apply it or a flat brush would work as well. It can get messy (it’s mud!) so make sure to not wear anything that you wouldn’t to dirty.

The instructions said to let it dry for 15 minutes, it dries well and can have a tightening feel to it. I had to use a wet towel to gently scrub it off afterwards.

As for my results? Well my skin felt smooth and refreshed afterwards. I wouldn’t say my pores were fully unclogged, but they did appear better and smaller. There was no redness or irritation, my skin did turn a little pink from wiping it off but other than that it did its job well! As for reducing the appearance, I wouldn’t know, I don’t quite have those signs yet! 😆

Overall for CAD $17.95 (Amazon Price), this mask is pretty nice. The price is a little high for a mask of this type but it does have a lot in the container and will definitely last a long time so that evens out the price tag. Plus it made my skin super soft so it’s worth buying at least once in my books!

Have you tried any mud masks?

*PR sample(s) featured. As always all opinions and thoughts are my own and unbiased.