Friday, 16 December 2016

Maison Jacynthe | Lipstick

As you may remember, at the beginning of 2016 I wrote about an amazing Quebec-based beauty company, "Le Soins de Jacynthe."  They have now rebranded to simply, "Maison Jacynthe." The reason behind the name change and rebranding is because, Jacthyne, feels that she "opens the doors of her house" and shares its secrets, recipes, and rituals. As well as the rebrand, they also introduced a makeup line!

As was explained in my first post about the brand, Maison Jacynthe pride themselves on their products being natural, chemical and GMO-free and are also cruelty-free - they are part of PETA's "beauty without bunnies" program. I think the natural feel of the brand really shines through on the design of their makeup packaging with the use of the cherrywood.

If you know me very well, you will know that I am a huge fan of bold lipsticks, which is why I picked the colour, 05.Fishing. The stand-out ingredients in the lipstick are; Candelilla wax (provides a smooth application), apricot wax, castor seed oil, and coffee seed extract. The website says that the lipstick has the natural scent of goji but I don't actually smell anything when applying it.

The first thing I noticed about this lipstick was the pigmentation and how smooth it glided on. You really don't need to apply much to get that pop of colour, the pigmentation is amazing. I don't wear matte lipstick very often as I find that my lips dry out. Although this lipstick is matte, my lips stayed hydrated which I put down to the natural ingredients. The colour also lasted really long throughout the day, even after eating and drinking. When it started to wear off, it did so evenly, fading to a nice lighter colour. I really like this product a lot and recommend it, if you are looking to venture into using natural brands.

Have you tried any Maison Jacynthe products?

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Winter Bucketlist

Oh, the weather outside it frightful... Going by the recent weather, winter is officially here. There are so many great things to do here in winter that I thought I would make a list of some that I want to do.

8. Tubing - Done


Saturday, 10 December 2016

UGG Adirondack Boot II - Leather

When it comes to Ugg boots the first thing that probably pops into your mind is the 'Classic' Ugg. I have a pair of the Classics and they are comfy and warm but I needed a sturdy winter boot for the snow and ice here. I spent a while window-shopping and wasn't sure what I was going to go for as snow boots are not known for being the most stylish shoe. I didn't want a shoe that looked overly technical but having to walk a lot, I knew I wanted something that would be super warm and help me not slip on ice or packed snow.

I was browsing The Bay's website and saw these Ugg snow boots. I had no idea Ugg had such a wide selection of styles and I thought they looked really nice!

They are expensive but I think you get what you pay for. They have really been put to the test this week as it has been REALLY cold. We have had snow and temperatures of -30... I was curious as to how the boots would withstand this weather. I have been blown away with how amazing they are.  My feet have been so warm. The lamb wool really helps to insulate which is what is needed in these temperatures. They have a luxurious lamb wool insole and the inside upper of the boot is also lamb wool. You can wear the cuff down or pulled up for some extra warmth, so far I have kept mine turned down.

Now, onto the grip. I am SO fearful of ice and even walking on packed snow. Last year when walking I would slide around with my regular boots and I was so worried I was going to fall. These boots have incredible traction. The sidewalks have so far been mostly packed snow but even that can be slippery and I haven't felt like I was going to fall at any point wearing these. Even on the roads which have been a bit icy, I still have good traction and I can walk confidently.

As you can tell from this review, I really LOVE these boots and highly recommend them. To me, they are an investment and so worth the money.

Have you tried the Adirondack boots? What are your tips for staying warm in winter while on the move?
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