Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara + ProLash | Photos, Swatches, Review

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There is a new version of Marcelle’s best selling Xtension Plus Mascara (winner of the 2013 Grand Prix ELLE) available that contains a special conditioner for your lashes which promotes growth, creating visibly longer and thicker lashes. The Xtension Plus Mascara + ProLash ($14.95 CAD) contains peptides and vitamins which stimulate the follicles and make the hair grow faster and stronger, while preventing breakage.

  • Extremely lengthening formula with added vitamins and peptides
  • Prevents breakage, visibly enhances growth
  • Notice changes within 2 weeks (In a clinical study over a period of 2 weeks.)
  • Specially shaped dual-sided brush
  • No clumping or flaking
  • Safe for contact lens wearers and sensitive eyes

Before:

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After 1 coat:

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After 2 coats:

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The brush works as a built in lash brush so lashes achieve great separation and length with good volume. Swatches are with no combing but for me personally I still would use a lash comb when necessary to make sure there is no clumping whatsoever. I found this to be quite the transformative mascara and the added care ingredients are an amazing added bonus.

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Elizabeth Arden Summer Look Collection Featuring One of My Favorite New Products | Looks, Photos, Products Swatches

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The Elizabeth Arden Summer 2014 Summer Escape Collection has some really fun nautical themed packaging. As soon as I saw the boxes I knew this was going to be a fun collection. Open up the boxes and all the products aside from the mascara have their own touch of this nautical look and are a mix of sandy neutrals and vivid maritime hues.

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The collection includes:

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LIMITED EDITION Pure Finish Summer Escape Bronzing Powder ($45.00 CAD) in Warm Glow 01 (Pink & Gold Pearls), Deep Glow 02 (Gold & Copper Pearls)

A silky smooth, baked mineral bronzing powder with a unique marbleized design instantly brightens skin with a hint of sun-kissed radiance. Infused with antioxidants for a natural healthy-looking glow, the baked mineral powder provides weightless, transparent coverage. Pure Finish Summer Escape Bronzing Powder is presented in a navy blue, nautical printed compact complete with a deluxe-sized kabuki bronzing brush.

  • Green Tea Extract: provides antioxidant benefits to help protect against the visible signs of aging and promote a healthy, radiant glow.
  • Mica Minerals: helps to illuminate and brighten the skin for a more youthful look.
  • Soft Focus Microspheres: help blur skin’s imperfections, minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

LIMITED EDITION Pure Finish Cool Radiance Highlighter ($35.00 CAD) in First Mate 01 (Pearl Opalescent Pink)

A cool-to-the-touch creamy highlighter stick that illuminates and enhances the complexion with a soft, dewy radiance, this multipurpose makeup while adding a rosy pearlescent glow to eyes, cheeks and lips. The subtle opalescent pink is a universally flattering shade that boosts brightness for a naturally luminous finish. Pure Finish Cool Radiance Highlighter is housed in a navy blue, nautical printed twist-up package.

  • Marine Extract and high water content delivers a cooling sensation that instantly soothes the skin on contact, and helps to limit water loss by providing protection to the skin’s barrier.
  • Mica Minerals help to illuminate and brighten the skin for a more youthful look.

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LIMITED EDITION Beautiful Color Gloss Stick ($23.00 CAD) Coral Reef 01 (Bright pinky-coral), Pink Sky 02 (Neutral rose with shimmer)

Beautiful Color Gloss Sticks combine the convenience of a lip pencil with the rich payoff of a lipstick and the shine of a lip gloss in just one stroke. This soft and creamy lip colour is infused with mineral pigments for high coverage and conditioners that leave lips feeling smoothed and hydrated. Conveniently packaged with a sharpener.

  • Mineral Pigments: provide vibrant colour.
  • Plant-based emollients: condition and provide a moisturizing feel.
  • Mica Minerals: Illuminates and brightens the lips with glossy shine.

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LIMITED EDITION Pure Finish Cream Eye Shadow ($25.00 CAD) in Sand Dollar 01 (Soft Peachy-Coral Shimmer), Overboard 02 (Vibrant Pearl Blue), Anchors Away 03 (Metallic Bronze)

Luxuriously creamy, these highly pigmented eye shadows impart vivid, long-lasting colour to the eyelids. Each gorgeously vibrant hue glides on smoothly and sets for long lasting colour. Enriched with Aloe and Vitamin E, the creamy formula helps soothe and protect the eye area, while providing comfortable wear. Pure Finish Cream Eye Shadow comes in a clear glass pot with a navy, nautical printed screw cap.

  • Mineral Pigments and Flexible Silicon Polymers: deliver rich, pearlized colour with a luxuriously smooth and even application.
  • Aloe: soothes and comforts the sensitive eye area.
  • Vitamin E: provides antioxidant benefits to protect against visible signs of skin aging.

LIMITED EDITION Beautiful Color Define and Highlight Eyeliner Duo ($28.00 CAD) in Midnight Sail 01 (Navy Blue/Pearlized Champagne)

Define and highlight eyes with one convenient dual-ended pencil that features a deep shade to line the upper lash line with intense colour, and a light complementary shade to illuminate the lower lash line. The blendable, high pigment colours glide on with smooth creamy application for comfortable wear.

  • Jojoba and Cotton Seed Oils: condition and protect the skin.
  • Vitamin C and E: help neutralize free radicals to protect against visible signs of skin aging.
  • Mica Minerals: help to illuminate and brighten the eye area for a more youthful look.

LIMITED EDITION SHADE Beautiful Color Lash Enhancing Mascara ($30.00 CAD) in Ocean Blue 03 (Rich Pearlized Blue)

Brighten the eyes with Elizabeth Arden’s best-selling mascara in a limited edition, pearlized brilliant blue hue. Powered by a potent complex of peptides, this luxurious, multi-dimensional mascara immediately volumizes, lengthens and curls the appearance of lashes and is clinically proven to enhance the look of lash length, density and curl with continued use.1 The clump free, flake free formula protects lashes and delivers 3x the lash volume in just 15 days.2 After 15 days, women saw a 156% increase in lash curl,3 while 92% of women saw volumized, lifted and longer looking lashes.4 Beautiful Color Lash Enhancing Mascara comes in a sleek gold tube that is embossed with the brand’s red door emblem.

  • Triple Peptide Complex: is a potent complex of vitamin fortified Peptide Biotinyl-GHK and Panthenol that conditions, strengthens and lengthens the look of lashes, increases volume and helps diminish lash loss.
  • Carob Tree Extract: strengthens and protects lashes.

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Rebecca Restrepo, Elizabeth Arder Global Makeup Artist, has created two looks for the Summer Escape Collection and I thought it would be fun to recreate them.

Summer Escape:

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Wearing Anchors Away in my crease is too shimmery for my hooded lids but the shade is beautiful. To make this look work better for me I would need to incorporate a matte shade in my crease. I am absolutely loving the vibrant effect of the blue mascara and the coral lip gloss pencil is TO DIE FOR!

Pink Sky:

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The Pink Sky Look omits Anchors Away in the crease but since I did the Summer Escape Look first, and I was feeling lazy, I left the eye look the same. Once again the Beautiful Color Gloss Stick is incredible. I am going to put this in bold so it doesn’t get missed in this large post: You need to go check out these Elizabeth Arden limited edition Beautiful Color Gloss Sticks in Coral Reef and Pink Sky. They are must haves. They over the colour coverage of a lipstick with the intense shine of a gloss. These pics do not do the gloss of these justice. And the best part, the part that really blew me away, the colour AND shine of these gloss sticks last for hours. I mean two hours later my lips looked exactly the same. Even as they wear off a bit as hours go on the shine remains. I am madly in love with these and wish there were more than two shades!

Elizabeth Arden Summer Escape Color Collection 2014 will be available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Hudson`s Bay, Sears, and London Drugs for a limited time beginning March 2014.

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Products I’m Currently Obsessed With and Can’t Imagine Being Without

What happens when you have 12 new products you are positively in love with and can’t wait to share with your readers? Ones that are fully deserving of their own detailed reviews but you just don’t know where to start because you love them all? Well you create a currently obsessed collage of course!

Products Im Obsessed With

In no particular order of adoration:

OPI Natural Nail Glitter Off Base Coat ($10.95 CAD) – I am a serial picker. Whether it be a regular mani, glitter, or LED gels I almost always end up picking off my polish rather than removing it. I know. I know! It’s a terrible and damaging habit. Well now I don’t have to feel guilty! This new peel off base coat from OPI is an answer to my prayers. It works like an absolute dream! I know it’s been said that regular Elmer’s glue will achieve the same results, and this product actually smells and looks like glue, but this OPI product makes application much easier. The product is a little thinner than standard glue and of course it’s packaged for proper application. I will NEVER be without this again!

Yves Saint Laurent Effet Faux Cils Mascara in 22 Captivating Purple/Violine Tenebreuse ($30 US) – This limited edition Spring 2014 release from YSL is my dream purple mascara. It is deep enough to to give the impact of black mascara but still offer a lovely, luminous hint of dark purple. The Faux Cils mascara formula is of course fantastic. I am beyond in love with this mascara and so sad it is LE. If it was in the budget I would certainly be purchasing back ups. By the way, while purple may be promoted as best for accentuating green eyes it also looks fantastic with blue eyes. Well, and brown eyes, and hazel eyes, and you get the picture. You can see this mascara in action in this look.

Aveda Stress-Fix Body Cream – This cream from Aveda has the rich, thick texture of a body butter. I adore Aveda product scents and this richly hydrating cream infused with French lavender, lavandin and clary sage from organic farms is clinically proven to relieve feelings of stress and is an amazing aromatherapy experience.

Sephora Colorful 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner in Animal Instinct - This shimmering olive green liquid liner from Sephora is absolutely stunning! The formula is opaque and doesn’t tighten up on my lids as some liquid liners can. The applicator and formula make application so effortless and the result is simply breathtaking. I am eager to check out more shades. See it in action here.

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Contouring Eye Lift ($165 CAD)- Skincare products don’t often wow me but this one has me excited. I really feel and see a difference already. The applicator is beyond cool. Actually I mean that literally. It’s ceramic, sculpted tip applicator immediately cools the eye area. I use the back side of it, which is contoured to the shape of my under eyes, to cool and refresh my eye area. Then I flip it over and apply the product with the other side. The cooling feeling lasts for a long time. I was amazed. The soothing de-puff complex includes algae and golden chamomile. South Sea Pearls gently illuminate the eye area. The powerful formula of three advanced polymers including Anacia Senegal Tree, Sweet Almond, and Goji Berry extracts instantly tighten and lift and stimulate collagen for lifted, firmer skin with less lines over time. Black Tourmaline gems add to the skin cell support of this luxurious product filled with precious ingredients. I am truly excited to see the long term effects of this product because I am already truly impressed after only a matter of days. Bonus, it’s fragrance free! (I have such a hard time with scents around my eyes.)

Moroccanoil Styling Gel – It has the Moroccanoil scent and gives my curls soft definition. Need I say more. Lord I love that smell!

Lise Watier Age Control Supreme Ultimate Body Butter ($70 CAD) – This indulgently rich, and intoxicatingly scented, rich cream enriched with exclusive concentrated Labrador Tea Extract, argan and shea butters is simply amazing. I love everything about this body butter. The texture, the scent, the intense hydration, the softness it gives my skin. I am almost in tears looking at my almost empty jar. You know the conundrum when you love something so much you want to use it all the time but at the same time are terrified of it running out?

AERIN Rose Lip Conditioner ($28 US) – I’m not often enamoured with fancy lip balms. I swear by Lansinoh Lanolin for Nursing Mothers as my holy grail lip balm and find other products usually fail miserably for me in comparison. This pale pink sheer balm has a thicker texture that actually stays on. (I hate how most balms seem to disappear on me within minutes). I really enjoy the thicker feel and I don’t find it sticky. The light rose scent is really lovely. I’m finding I quite enjoy this indulgent balm that is a best seller from AERIN.

Pantene Expert Advanced+ Keratin Repair KERAGLOSS Oil Mist ($14 US) – This oil mist fights split ends, frizz, dullness and dryness with a rare blend of exotic oils including Argan, Jojoba, Safflower, Olive and Sesame. It smells soooooo good and the dispenser sprays out an ultra fine mist which I love! This can be used on damp hair and also on dry hair as a shine spray. Thanks to the ultra fine mist I can get an incredible shine that is so light weight and doesn’t weigh down my curls or leave me feeling greasy like most shine sprays. I love this product so much!

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector ($20 CAD) - I have heard amazing things about the Hemp line but was always a little afraid to try it thinking it would have some sort of funky, skunky smell. Well I wish I had tried this earlier because not only does it smell amazing, (sort of an herbal smell that reminds me of Aveda products), but it also is one high performance, intense hand cream that is saving my winter ravaged hands. No wonder this is The Body Shop’s #1 selling product! Oh and guess what? The Body Shop Hand Creams happen to be on sale right 50% off right now and the big 100ml tube is only $10!

L’Oreal Paris Sublime Soft Gentle Miscellar Solution ($11.99 CAD) – Dare I say it? I think I like this better than the Bioderma cleansing water. This removes all makeup so effortlessly and the price can’t be beat. It doesn’t irritate my skin or eyes at all. This is simply a fantastic product. Whether you are a Bioderma junkie or have just always wanted to try a miscellar water then you need to try this one from L’Oreal.

Vichy Neovadiol Elixir ($58 CAD) – The Vichy Neovadiol line is one designed for woman with post-menapausal skin and they are releasing the first facial oil targeted at post-menapausal skin. Now I of course have not gone through menopause but I suffer from all of the same skin issues thanks to my chronically dry, dehydrated skin. Thin, sagging, dull, dry skin is my nemesis. Something I am constantly struggling with. So far I am really loving the improvement this trio of omega rich oils is offering my skin. Safflower Seed Oil is rich in omega 6 (twice as much as argan oil) and omega 9. Rice Bran Oil contains high doses of omegas 3, 6, and 9 and has emollient and nourishing properties as well as super-antioxidant qualities (4 times as much Vitamin E as most oils). Shea Butter is rich in omegas 6 and 9 and has soothing anti-inflammatory properties to promote the synthesis of epidermal lipids. This oil also happens to smell amazing.

So there you have it. Twelve products that have really won me over lately and that I have truly been enjoying testing and don’t ever want to run out of. Anything on my list catch your eye?

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