recos from regina : mary kay at play triple layer tinted balm

January 20, 2015By DJMC

Since the beginning of the New Year, the arctic cold air that we have been receiving has me reaching for lip balm throughout the day.  I am one of those people who keeps a lip balm all over the place – my purse, jacket pocket, makeup bag, night stand and in my locker at work. I am just one of those people that must have my lips moisturized at all times.

Mary Kay At Play has a line of Triple Layer Tinted Lip Balms and I had the chance to try out Orange You Lovely. What caught my eye right away is the 3 layers of colours. Those 3 layers of colours are made to give it your lips the hint of colour, hydrate your lips, and gives it some shine and brightens it up.

What impressed me with the Mary Kay At Play Tinted Lip Balm is that it applied smoothly, I can go without using a mirror and not worry that I’ve applied too much colour because of the subtleness of the orange colour.

Overall I liked the product – find it through your independent consultant or online at for $12.00.

made up with mer : physicians formula organic care CC curl & care mascara

January 14, 2015By DJMC

I feel like if you asked 100 women what they would want on a deserted island, many of them would say something along the line of food/water, loved ones (a bit selfish, no?) and mascara. Going out the door without mascara for many women is like going out without clothes on (and it is far, far too cold for that!).

I am not going to lie to you – I really can’t stand it when I see a packaged product with too many promises….or even too much wordiness in general. I consider myself intelligent enough to not fall at the mercy of plumed up promises for my pennies. Or, perhaps I have fallen for these promises one too many times (more likely) and have become wise to the gimmicks. All that rant said, I took one look at the Physicians Formula Organic Care CC Curl & Care Mascara and thought, “Really?” I am skeptical. It has a photo of a lash curler with a line through it, and it seems a bit dramatic to say goodbye to my beloved curler.

What I did love about the packaging is that it highlighted the fact that this product is free of harsh chemicals and has a silicone brush. To be honest, the package is pretty wordy and the promises are big. So, does it deliver? The answer is yes and no.

Packaging – A bit wordy with too many promises, but such is the standard in the industry so I will let that slide :)

Pigmentation – Nice rich black that provided good lash coverage. Defined lashes well.

Brush – Nice curl, great flexibility, easy to apply.

Does it clump? – No. This mascara goes on smooth and separates lashes well.

Does it transfer? – A tiny bit of transfer on the bottom lashes but nothing close to raccoon status.

Does it flake? – No.  I found it quite long wearing.

Price – 15.79 (or less depending on where you buy)

Where to buy – Drugstore, Grocery store or online at

Worth it? – If you are looking for a gentle mascara without harsh chemicals that is easy to apply and gives a nice natural look then yes, it is lovely.  If you are looking for a mascara to curl your lashes…. keep looking (and perhaps give up because that seems kind of impossible, no?).

Bonus – Physicians Formula does not test on animals. Love that! I would actually buy it again for that reason alone.

the low-down from laura : makeup bag refresh

January 13, 2015By DJMC

As we start our new year its time to clean up our lovely makeup bags – yes, I said it! I know you probably dread doing this, partly cause it can be a pain in the you-know-what and also because you simply can’t part with the favourite eyeshadow that’s broken and making a huge mess in your bag.

Allow me give you some tips on how to make this process as easy and painless as possible!

  1. Begin by dumping everything out and separating the good from the bad. If it’s salvageable set it aside, if it’s not or you have empties throw them out.
  2. Now assess what you have and ask yourself, “Are there items that are expired?” If you look at the bottom label on most of your cream or liquid products such as foundation, mascara, lipstick etc. you will should see an expiration date. Check it, and if it’s past the date get rid of it!
  3. Now that you’ve cleared the good from the bad comes the fun part – see what needs to be replenished and restock! Oh, and don’t forget to show your makeup bag some love and give it a good cleaning ;) (or maybe its time for a new one?)

Here is my list of what I think every girl should have in her makeup bag:

  • Lip balm. Plain old Chapstick will do the trick!
  • 1 or 2 lipsticks. I suggest a neutral (because who doesn’t love a sexy nude lip?) and a brighter colour, especially for these drab winter days. If you’re not a lipstick girl, go for lip gloss.
  • Eyeliner. Black or a dark brown, preferably one that has a sponge tip at the end so you can smudge the liner to create a quick smoked out effect.
  • 1 eyeshadow quad. If it has a variation of light to dark tones, this will also help you create easy day to night looks.
  • A blush/bronzer duo. For this, I recommend one on the high-end like the NARS Orgasm/Laguna compact (my personal favourite). If you can’t splurge, Flower Beauty also makes an awesome blush/bronzer duo and it’s under $15!
  • Mascara.
  • Concealer.

What do you currently carry in your makeup bag? I want to know!

musings from morgan : rococo nail apparel

January 8, 2015By DJMC

I have exciting news – while I didn’t count it as an official “resolution,” I made a commitment just before Christmas to stop biting my nails for good. I went for an embarrassing manicure on December 24 and vowed to let it be the start of a new era. Two weeks later…so far, so good.

While I definitely don’t have long and beautiful nails just yet, I’m far less embarrassed to show them to the world. What does this mean? I can proudly review nail polish now!

I had the chance to try a brand I’ve never heard of, Rococo Nail Apparel based out of the UK. According to the brand, they’re quite popular at London Fashion Week and promise high-quality product, on-trend shades made to last.

Right off the bat the packaging was impressive – the container came in a box! Pretty fancy for nail polish, I think (then again my knowledge in this area is limited). The shade was Night Scene Molton Lava, a shimmery brown from their Autumn 2014 collection.

I found the polish really easy to apply and highly pigmented. In two coats, I was happy with the results. The colour itself was one I normally wouldn’t select, but there’s no doubt the quality was there. I also found it dried really quickly and had a high-shine finish.

You can find this product at and stores for $20 a bottle.

Disclosure: Press samples featured.

musings from morgan : rimmel glam’eyes HD

January 7, 2015By DJMC

When I’m looking for eyeshadow, I want a product that’s going to be easy to use, last long and not fussy – no falling pigment, creasing, moving around…you get the idea. I rarely wear eyeshadow so when I do decide to put some on, I want it to really deliver.

I recently tried Rimmel’s Glam’Eyes HD Eyeshadows in 029 Royal Rose, a drugstore palette that promises vibrant & intense colour for 8 hours that’s crease, fade and smudge-proof. It can be used wet or dry to create a variety of looks.

For a drugstore product, it definitely delivered decent pigmentation and I did like that there were five shades in a palette. It is on the small side (which I don’t mind since I don’t use it often) so if you’re looking for something that will last you longer-term, I might suggest looking at individual shadows or larger palettes that offer more product.

I wasn’t disappointed by this palette, but I wasn’t blown away either – it’s what I’d expect from a drugstore product like this and is an excellent choice if you’re wanting to add something a little different to your routine without splurging on high-end products. For me, these weren’t colours I’d typically reach for but I loved how they appeared against my skin, so the fact that they’re low-commitment on the cash front makes them a fun option.

If yo want to try them yourself, find them at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, Target, London Drugs or Jean Coutu (price unknown).