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This manicure almost wasn't done on Monday as I've had a busy weekend at work and a sick kitty that I have been worrying about. I have just been feeling a bit run down by the time I get home so crawling into bed seems like the best option most nights! It's still brights this week so nothing says summer fun like a watermelon mani!


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Pinterest has been my main source of inspiration lately and this manicure is no exception with this pin having sat on one of my boards since last year as a "to try" and I am really glad I did because this turned out to be a super fun manicure to do and wear!


Base Watermelon: Essie Cherry on Top*
Watermelon Seeds: Wet n Wild Black*
Watermelon Rind: CND Vinylux Jellied* and CND Vinylux Palm Deco*
Top Coat: CND Vinylux Gel-Like Effect*


Have a great day everyone and be sure to check out: Renee, Trysh and Eithne's blog and social media channels for their BRIGHT manicures!
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Ah, it has been a bit quiet for me in this space this week NOT because I haven't been wanting to blog, but mainly because I haven't been home a few nights and the days at work have been jam packed with what feels like mentally stimulating activity which means that by the time I get home, my brain may as well be filled with glitter and marshmallows. I am going to attempt scheduled blogging again with my goals being Sunday and then MWF as I miss the consistency myself so wish me luck! I am also making an attempt at including makeup back into my blog posts starting with a drugstore brand I have not featured in a long time - Almay!  


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Though the Goddess Glosses were released last year, prismatic shades on the eye, lips and nails are making a comeback and though I haven't always been a fan of them, I can see why they would be fun to wear for the summer season for something a little different than neons or other brights. These Goddess Glosses promise hydration and a high shine that's smooth and not sticky and can even be mixed or layered to create some pretty unique gradients!


In terms of formula, I didn't find it all that revolutionary in the sense that it felt familiar. The doe foot applicator is fairly standard and picks up a small amount of product so I find myself dabbing into the tube twice to feel like my lips are fully covered. I received three shades, two of which have a more iridescent finish which I find myself enjoying especially when it comes to layering.


The first shade I tried was the bronzey "Cosmic" which looks really nice alone for a sheer neutral ethereal sheen or layered over a nude lipstick.


The next shade that I am oddly enough wearing the most is the lilac- coloured "Mystic" which I love wearing on top of nude lipsticks for a confusingly pleasant colour combination!



Finally we have the much more pigmented, but still iridescent and glowy "Dreamy" which is a very sweet-looking deep pink.




Final verdict: While the formula wasn't all that that exciting for me nor did I find this gloss all that hydrating, I quite liked "Mystic" and "Cosmic" as more affordable lipgloss options for a different kind of lip look. While I wouldn't get all of the shades, I would pick up a fun iridescent shade you feel would work with most of the lipsticks you wear and try it out! I was actually quite surprised at how weirdly pleasant my lips looked everytime I used it!

You can find Almay and the Goddess Glosses at mass drugstores across Canada.
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I could wear bright nail polish all year round so I am pleased that for the month of June, the CBB ManiMonday crew and I will be showcasing our favourite bright polishes and designs! I love blues, purples and fuchsias, so you will be seeing a lot of these colours over the next couple of weeks starting with the bright blue skittle design!


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I am never that great at these mix and match nail art designs, but I came across this pin and was like YES! I can do this, but in blue! 


Pointer and Pinky: CND Creative Play in Aquaslide*
Middle: Prim + Proper Fresh Powder*, Aquaslide and CND Creative Play Carou-Celery*, Prim + Proper Black Rod*
Ring: Bling Toss*
Top Coat: CND Vinylux Gel-Like Effect*


Have a great day everyone and be sure to check out: Renee, Trysh and Eithne's blog and social media channels for their BRIGHT manicures!
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For this month's #AnywhereButTheFace masking challenge, I initially looked to Nannette de Gaspe because not only did they pioneer the dry sheet mask technology, but they have masks for EVERY part of the body! While this is certainly a luxury brand, I have to say that everything about their masks fascinates me from the technology down to the application and in the world of skincare this is difficult to do! I was strolling through Holt Renfrew one day and I noticed that there were some new masks that had been released in addition to the Youth Revealed line knows as Vitality Revealed which rolled in a slightly higher price point and from what I can see from the ingredient list, have additional peptides delivered over a 5 day "mesotherapy ritual". There are currently three masks in this collection: Face, Neck and what I will showcase the Decollete!


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Nannette de Gaspe has always been quite romantic about their skincare and I'm actually kind of okay with it because I just love the Canadian technology. Is it a bit of an indulgence, yes, but that's why you have me, the crazy sheet mask person, who will spend her money for you and let you know whether you should join the partaaay!

The Vitality Revealed series employs a proprietary molecule called the "BMV molecule" in a new Bio-Stimulant Techstile technology, which serves to encapsulate the actives in the essence and deliver them deeper into the skin when the masque is warmed to body temperature. The BMV molecule also has repairative properties, but whether I could notice the latter or deeper penetration is something I can't really confirm, but this mask does promise to improve radiance, plump and firm up the skin. 


Ingredients: BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, PEG-6 STEARATE, CETYL ALCOHOL, CETYL RICINOLEATE, GLYCERIN, ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, PERSEA GRATISSIMA OIL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, MYRISTYL ALCOHOL, SORBITAN OLEATE, GLYCOL STEARATE, PEG-32 STEARATE, APRICOT KERNEL OIL PEG-6 ESTERS, SORBITAN STEARATE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, NIACINAMIDE, CELLULOSE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, HYDROLYZED SODIUM HYALURONATE, FERULIC ACID, MAGNOLIA OFFICINALIS BARK EXTRACT, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, CALCIUM TITANIUM BOROSILICATE, ARGININE, CAPRYLHYDROXAMIC ACID, XANTHAN GUM, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS SEED OIL, STEARIC ACID, SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, MAGNESIUM ASPARTATE, ZINC GLUCONATE, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS LEAF EXTRACT, CARBOMER, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, POLYSORBATE 20, SODIUM LACTATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, COPPER GLUCONATE, SPIRULIN PLATENSIS EXTRACT (SPIRULIN SUBSALSA EXTRACT), SODIUM HYALURONATE, ASPARTIC ACID, HISTIDINE, LYSINE, THREONINE, ALANINE, GLUTAMIC ACID, GLYCINE, ISOLEUCINE, LEUCINE, PHENYLALANINE, PROLINE, SERINE, TYROSINE, VALINE, TIN OXIDE, MALIC ACID, PALMITOYL TRIPEPTIDE-1, PALMITOYL TETRAPEPTIDE-7, CI 77289, CI 77891.


This was probably the only mask that I had to actively see a photo of it on because I had no idea what to do with the pieces! It came with a separate ribbon in an envelope and holes and velcro in places that had me confused and only after looking at a photo on the NDG website did I realize that all of these attachments made MUCH more sense WITH a bra!


This is the side with a fragrance-free solid printed shea butter base (containing the good stuff ) that melts when warmed to body temperature. For more information about how this "biomimetic technology" ingredient-delivering fabric works, please see my post on the Charlotte Tilbury Dry Sheet Mask because CT borrowed the technology from NDG!




It almost looks like a fancy bib! The idea is that for 5 days straight, you wear this mask for 15-20 minutes and pack it away gently in the resealable pouch each time.



Final verdict: The million dollar question for a $120 mask - did it work? The skin in my decollete area is still firm and smooth so in terms of plumping and firming, this didn't really apply, but an improvement in hydration and radiance was definitely noticeable. This is essentially like taking a really nice body oil and then sealing it all in, but what kind of bummed me out was that by the next day, the effects had kind of worn off already. Perhaps with a more "mature" chest, the results would be a bit more dramatic, but for me it was just a fun experience that I'm glad I could share with you all as I will be sticking to my regular Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil for that radiant decollete!

You can find the Nannette de Gaspe Vitality Revealed Decollete Dry Masque at Holt Renfrew. 
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Way back in 2017, I attended Cosmoprof North America in Las Vegas, which is an annual beauty trade show focusing on beauty brands with cool technologies, so you won't be seeing anything boring! Favourite brands like Odacite, Purlisse and Pai were all there to showcase what made them different from everyone else and the lineup this year looks pretty amazing too! While visiting the Green Beauty area of the show, I came across the brand ORGAID, made in California and developed by Korean chemist Dr. Baek, and at the time, was exclusively a sheet mask only brand. Not only was the essence free of parabens, alcohols, phthalates, phenoxyethanol, sulfates and artificial fragrance, but what REALLY set this skincare brand apart from the others was the invention of a sheet mask material called Ecoderma!


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Ecoderma is a non-woven fabric blended with natural hydrogel material that is thin, breathable and adheres to skin easily without lifting. I was curious about the technology and thankfully Dr. Baek was there to answer my questions and with his background in biomaterial delivery systems, it seemed rather fitting that he would try to figure out how to more effectively deliver skincare ingredients to the skin using a new sheet mask material! ORGAID wasn't available in Canada at the time, but two years later, I am so happy to find the brand at Canadian retailers and with a new product to add to their menu!


Forgive the disconnect in photos as I initially took my photos for these first two sheet masks and then when I featured them on social media, ORGAID reached out to me directly to review their new scrub and it didn't make sense to split the reviews in half since I know you all would want to know about ALL of their products in one place!

ORGAID currently has three sheet masks: Vitamin C Revitalizing (for dullness and hyperpigmentation), Anti-Aging Moisturizing (hydration and soothing) and Greek Yogurt Nourishing (nourishes and tightens) and as of last month a brand new organic face polish made with brown rice and honey!


Mask Summary: Vitamin C Revitalizing

Scent: None
Duration: 20-30 minutes
Thickness: Medium
Mask Fit: Good with slight wrinkles around chin
Tackiness: Zero
Hydration: Medium meaning you will need moisturizer, but skin feels fresh and glowy!

If you have a look at the ingredients list, it's short, but what I like is that it's an "efficient" list in the sense that there are no filler ingredients. This is a vitamin C so right after water, I get organic lemons which have? Vitamin C! You also have orange peel and pomegranate extracts, which is often used in skincare to stimulate fibroblasts which produce the much loved skin-building block collagen!


Ingredients: Water, Organic Lemon distillate*, Kosher vegetable Glycerin, Lactobacillus ferment, Sodium ascorbyl phosphate (Vitamic C), Hyaluronic acid, Maltodextrin, Arginine, Carbomer, Organic Orange peel extract*, Organic Pomegranate extract*, Organic Rosehip extract*, Organic Lavender extract*, Organic Thyme extract*

*The products are made with over than 70% organic ingredients and we use the term ‘organic’ based on California Organic Products Act (COPA). Organic Processed Product Registration (OPPR) number is 99498.


Mask Summary: Anti-Aging Moisturizing

Scent: None
Duration: 20-30 minutes
Thickness: Medium
Mask Fit: Good with slight wrinkles around chin
Tackiness: Medium
Hydration: This was definitely more hydrating than the Vitamin C mask as I suspect the aloe vera not only soothed my skin, but added some extra moisture too. I did not need to apply moisturizer afterwards!

Ingredients: Water, Organic Aloe vera juice*, Witch hazel distillate, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Kosher vegetable glycerin, Lactobacillus ferment, Hyaluronic acid, Maltodextrin, Arginine, Carbomer, Organic Willow bark extract*, Organic Lavender extract*, Organic Rosemary extract*, Organic Horsetail extract*, Organic Green tea extract*



Mask Summary: Greek Yogurt Nourishing

Scent: None
Duration: 20-30 minutes
Thickness: Medium
Mask Fit: Good with slight wrinkles around chin
Tackiness: Light with gel essence
Hydration: Good with no need for moisturizer! Yogurt has a ton of benefits including having antibacterial and antifungal properties and lactic acid so even though there was no vitamin C in this mask, my skin still felt revitalized.

Ingredients: Water, Organic Aloe vera leaf juice*, Kosher vegetable Glycerin, Lactobacillus ferment, Organic Greek yogurt powder*, Organic Lavender distillate*, Vanilla fruit distillate, Hyaluronic acid, Maltodextrin, Beta glucan, Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5), Hydrolyzed vegetable protein, Allantoin, Arginine, Carbomer, Organic Chamomile extract*, Organic Thyme extract*, Organic Willow bark extract*, Organic Rosehip extract*, Organic Green tea extract*


I say the mask has a medium thickness which I usually think of as a bad thing, but in this case it is purely an observation because even though it was thicker than what I would normally prefer in a sheet mask, you can see that this held its shape well, I didn't get a chin goatee the entire 30 minutes I wore the mask because there was enough essence absorbed by the mask to keep its shape. It also wasn't dry when it came to remove it, but my skin felt happy. Ecoderm is definitely a unique material and the best way I can describe it is kind of like a gel-paper mask as it was both solid and pliable.



Now, for ORGAID's latest addition - the Honey Crystal and Brown Rice Organic Face Polish*! I had no idea if ORGAID was going to make more sheet masks or other forms of skincare, so I was so happy to see that they went with a honey-based exfoliator with the CUTEST packaging ever!


We all know how awesome honey is with its antibacterial, healing, nourishing and hydrating properties. It's like the Windex of skincare so what I love about this face scrub is that again the ingredients are fairly straightforward because honey does a lot on its own so you don't really need to add much else! The physical exfoliant is organic brown rice, which I have yet to see in a scrub other than Tatcha, and it is very finely milled to gently buff away dead skin cells at the surface. I still go easy around my cheek area because of my broken capillaries, but around my chin and forehead I can be pretty generous with my buffing motions! I only needed to use this once a week and it was enough to keep my skin clear and bright.


The other thing that is super cool about this face scrub is that you will notice there is no water in the ingredients list which means that one, it will last longer because bacteria need water to grow and two, you need to add water to this scrub to get it going! It's also a scrub that does not leave your skin stripped and if anything because the honey and oils are practically melting into the skin, my skin never feels tight after usage.


Ingredients: Organic Brown Rice, Organic Honey Crystal, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Safflower Oil, Organic Soybean Oil, Organic Lecithin, Organic Jojoba Oil, Stearic Acid, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Rose Essential Oil, Organic Geranium Essential Oil, Vitamin E

*The products are made with over than 70% organic ingredients and we use the term ‘organic’ based on California Organic Products Act (COPA). Organic Processed Product Registration (OPPR) number is 99498.


Final verdict: Whew! Well thank you for making it to the end or at least scrolling quickly through the photos, but I will definitely be purchasing more sheet masks on my own! The Greek Yogurt one was oddly my favourite in terms of results because I was expecting the essence to be creamy, but it was just a clear gel that was non-tacky and made my skin look better. I always want brighter skin so the next mask I would like to use again is the Vitamin C one especially in the summer when you don't want a sticky essence, but want to feel refreshed. While the face scrub is pretty cool, at my age I use a fair number of chemical exfoliants so having a physical one isn't at the top of my list anymore, but once in awhile it's nice to "get your hands dirty" and scrub away for instant results! Chemical exfoliants tend to be a bit more gentle and more gradual in revitalizing the skin (unless you use a higher acid %). I cannot wait to see what else ORGAID has in the pipeline because I enjoyed the ingredients they have chosen to use in their skincare and I am fascinated by the Ecoderm material so i feel like innovation is in the works!

You can find ORGAID at: Well.ca, Sitkanaturals.ca and of course ORGAID.com!
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I took a few days off this week to essentially clean up the apartment and get my home life back and track. As I mentioned before, when work life is productive, I never seem to have the energy for home life, but I was thinking to myself this morning that if I didn't blog my days off would be more free to do the housework that I don't seem to have time to do more regularly. Without blogging though, I would be a most unhappy individual and the overall joy I feel from being surrounded by beauty products is well worth it so as I write this, I am soaking some long overdue hand-washing (I despise hand-washing dresses and sweaters) and finally ticking my first house-related chore off the list! When people ask me how I have time to do my nails even just once a week (I can't believe I used to paint them 2-3x before!), I legit have to make time...like at 12am sometimes which is what happened with these nails because my husband and I ended up watching the movie "Booksmart" last night (it was ok).



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I spotted this Pin while cruising Pinterest for inspiration and thought it might be a cute idea to try for our #CBBxManiMonday flower theme this month. For my base colour, I used two coats of London Drugs house brand Prim + Proper in Bri-Tan-ia*, which could be a one coater really, and then dotted on the flowers using Prim + Proper Powder Fresh* and Sally Hansen Sunset Orange* for the centers. I had originally used a yellow polish for the centers, but against the white petals they just didn't *pop* enough.

I added some leaves by mixing together green and white acrylic paint and then hand-painting in the spaces between the flowers. One coat of top coat and then I was good! I decided to go with a glossy top coat instead of the matte one like in the Pin because I've just never been a matte girl when it comes to nails UNLESS I decide to to Pac Man nails again!  


Have a great day everyone and be sure to check out: Renee, Trysh and Eithne's blog and social media channels for their manicures!
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On any given day, I'm masking some part of my body and though it is mostly my face, I also enjoy finding new masks for my hair and lips! When I was on my girls shopping day in March, I stopped in Nordstrom to look at some shoes and on the way out, a clean beauty pop-up caught my eye because it had a number of US-based brands that I had only seen online like Rael, Clove and Hallow and Truly Organic. I had seen so many colourful, millennial-bait style posts on Instagram for Truly Organic from glitter lip masks to unicorn body butters that I had to see what the big deal was! Was it all just for show? Or were the products actually effective in addition to being so cute that I hated myself for wanting everything?!


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I ended up picking up two hair masks and a lip mask with all three being vegan, organic, cruelty-free, Non-GMO, paraben-free, gluten-free and made from fair trade ingredients. The first mask that caught my eye was the rainbow packaging for the Rainbow in Mirrors Split End Treatment. This is a in-shower mask for the mid to ends of the hair and can be left in wet hair anywhere from 2-10 minutes. The scent is sweet and reminds me of lemon soda!


I was a little sad that rainbow swirls weren't coming out of the package, but a baby blue is fine by me and though this mask has a shea butter and cocoa butter base with argan and avocado oil, it was not heavy and hydrated the ends of my hair. Whether it "cured" my split ends, I really don't know, but it was a pleasant and fun mask to use.


The second hair mask that caught my eye was the Star Fruit Hydrate & Shine Hair Mask and turned out to be my favourite of the two as my hair was silkier and smoother with this mask in comparison with Rainbows in Mirrors. Each packet has so far lasted 6 uses with my long hair and is still going strong so my guess is about 10 uses especially if you are not applying these to your scalp. This mask also smells FANTASTIC like a tropical fruit!


Now, for my favourite part! The Star Kisser Jelly Lip Plumping Mask! The only ingredients (in order) for this mask are: organic aloe vera, vegetable glycerin, hyaluronic acid, peppermint, vitamin C and biodegradeable plant-based glitter. This smells fantastic because I ADORE the scent of peppermint and the minty-feeling is pretty intense when you apply this because you've also got the cooling sensation from the aloe vera.


Though the plumping sensation is temporary, this mask feels fantastic after I have removed a matte lipstick! My lips feel so full and refreshed after I have left this mask on for 10 minutes that I feel I could swatch 100 lipsticks!



I have seen Truly Organic at Urban Outfitters and Ulta online, but I have a feeling that even if I wanted to explore more of the brand, it's not going to be easy. There are some other hair and body products that I would be interested in exploring based on my positive experience with the three products I picked up.


You can find Truly Organic products at Trulyorganic.com, Ulta.com and Urbanoutfitters.com
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I wanted to make up for my laziness the last month and finally sit down and commit to some hand-drawn nail art so even though it was midnight and I was still reeling from the last night's Game of Thrones episode. *SPOILER ALERT* I was rooting for Daenerys, but after what she decided to do with King's Landing, it was evident that her reign would have been like that of a dictator as she probably would have slaughtered everyone in the North for not bowing down to her, but I am sad that her end was written this way. I was sad that Jaime made the decision to basically commit suicide by leaving Winterfell and I still don't know what his purpose was at King's Landing, but that was another ending that left me feeling unfulfilled. You know what DID have me feeling good last night though were these nails! 


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I have always wanted to try my hand and rose nail art and since I'm not the best at freehand, artistic things, I looked at countless photos of roses and sort of just figured that circles and circular squiggles were the way to go! I started off with two coats of CND Vinylux Taffy* and then using my largest dotting tool, dotted on some roundish dots using CND Vinylux Gummi*. Using a striper brush, I painted some half moon lines using CND Vinylux Dreamcatcher* to make the rough outline of rose petals. For the leaves, I used green acrylic paint and then mixed a little bit of white in to give the leaves a bit of extra dimension. 


I sealed everything in with the CND Weekly Top Coat (of course!) and then went to bed! 


Have a great day everyone and be sure to check out: Renee, Trysh and Eithne's blog and social media channels for their flowery manicures!
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You know I hadn't intended on writing a blog post about this mask. I was just going to post a photo on Instagram, do a "micro-review" and call it a day, but I have since decided that because this is a style of mask I have NEVER tried or featured on Cosmetic Proof, it seemed appropriate to share my first experience with the brand Korean beauty brand Soo'Ae


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I *think* I first saw this brand on Chantal's Instastories and was immediately drawn in by the fun packaging and when I heard that these were found at Walmart, I made a point of heading down to my local Walmart one weekend and found my way into the beauty section! There was an entire WALL of Soo'Ae masks and I always have to take a deep breath everytime I see a fresh wall of masks because unlike makeup, I look at EVERY SINGLE MASK. The masks retailed anywhere from $4-$7 and I picked up around $65 worth. I didn't think it was too much damage, but when my husband saw how much they all cost, I saw the look in his eyes...


This is a biocellulose mask, so a very hydrating mask sheet, targeted for the neck and decollete area and contains fun ingredients like coconut water and coconut fuit juices, ginkgo biloba leaf extract and birch extract as well as a number of amino acids closer to the bottom of the list, but is something I do not see very often. Amino acids tend to be included in products for an extra boost of hydration so it seems fitting for this particular mask since the skin around the neck does not product a lot of sebum hence the potential "chicken neck" that can happen as we age.


Upon taking the mask out out of the package, I was immediately greeted with a ton of essence. Like more than I have ever seen from any sheet mask! There was so much left behind in the package that I was able to use it TWICE as full body moisturizer! The mask itself felt a little weird to apply in this neck and chest area as the only way I can describe the experience and sensation is like putting on a wet turtleneck? It doesn't sound pleasant and in all honesty, didn't feel that pleasant either though none of the sensations were THAT unexpected.


I always imagined a decollete mask to go a bit lower than my collarbone so I really see this mask as more of a neck mask than anything else. The flaps that wrapped around my trapezius muscles kept flopping forward whenever I moved, but other than that, the rest of the mask stayed in place for the 25 minutes I wore it.


Final verdict: I understand that masks like this are really more preventative than anything, but while the results left my neck area quite hydrated, the stickiness was quite uncomfortable. I don't like having a sticky neck because my long hair gets stuck in the essence so while I think the idea of mask like this is cool, for this particular part of my body, I would rather use a neck cream or serum which just absorbs nicely more consistently than a mask like this one.

You can find Soo'Ae at www.sooae.ca and Walmart locations in Canada. 
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After last Sunday's GoT episode, I was too unmotivated to talk about GoT because for any of you who tuned in, it definitely wasn't the best. Stories are feeling rushed, characters are doing some tragic things despite becoming better people these last 7 seasons and my biggest pet peeve with all of this is how seemingly easy the battle with the Night King seemed to be. This was an enemy that had been built up for so long and now it's over. I almost miss the bastard after seeing Sunday's episode!

Now, that we have one more episode to go, where I'm pretty sure Dany is going to have to be eliminated (she would have been a total dictator), we might as well talk about the only makeup collection that has gotten me excited for a long time! In general, I have definitely moved towards skincare as my vice, but the Urban Decay x Game of Thrones Collection got my blood pumping again so let's get into it! 


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I have everything in this collection to show you all today with the exception of the two brushes (named after Jon and Arya's swords) as they kept selling out on the UD website whenever I tried to buy them! The Eyeshadow Palette* is really the central piece of the whole collection and if you are a Game of Thrones lover this palette, while not efficient in its use of space, is every fan's dream! 



At first you would think there are better quotes from Daenerys, but it does make sense once you lift up the little tab to reveal an miniature Iron Throne! I mean, come on! How they managed to work this into a palette is crazy! Obviously, this is totally why this palette is so large, but  I have to give UD props for appealing to the fans.



While I appreciate the inclusion of a mirror, the whole palette is quite heavy and cumbersome to hold, so I tend to slide it out in its entirety and ditch the Iron Throne packaging.


I found the swatches quite pigmented in their classically UD way with the shadows in the round pans being more grainy and loose as I am guessing they are supposed to be more like shadows you layer on top of existing shades or for an inner corner highlight. For someone like myself who gets confused with large numbers of shades, having them grouped in the royal house colours was actually quite helpful!





Ah, the Mother of Dragons Highlight Palette*! Who doesn't love the dragons and did anyone else cry when Viserion was shot down in Season 7?! I mean yes, he came back to life as an undead dragon, but I was so choked when I saw that all it took was a slow-moving icicle to kill a dragon! I was even more upset when Rhaegal went down at the hands of mere humans, but I think I was already primed from Viserion's death. Anyway, this palette contains three shades each named after Dany's three children: Drogon - a frosty pink, Viserion - a warm bronze and Rhaegal - a coppery bronze with the latter two being my favourite shades. I found Drogon a bit chunky in formulation.





While I am not a huge fan of cheek and lip tints, I get why this Dracarys Lip and Cheek Stain* works with the collection because blood is pretty prevalent throughout the series in forms of combat, death and spiritual offerings so having a "vial" of this stuff does seem pretty cool. The stain itself is subtle and reminds me of a "wintery kiss" on the lips or cheeks. Will I hang on to this? I don't think so since it's just going to go to waste in my makeup drawers so I will find it a GoT/makeup-loving home!




Urban Decay's 24/7 Eyeliners are such a staple for me and though I tend to use the same brown and black shades for daily use, when it comes to a good "other coloured" eyeliner, I turn to these guys especially for blues!


This collection contains four gorgeous shades (L-R): Winterfell Snow*, The Night King*, Dragon Smoke* and Lannister Gold*. While I wasn't too sure how to use the hint of sparkle in Winterfell Snow, the other three shades were really quite pretty! Lannister Gold is the perfect gold and glides on so smoothly I wanted to melt with it like the buttery goodness it was!



The Game of Thrones Vice Lipsticks* come in four creamy shades and three finishes: Cersei Lannister (metallized gold), Sansa Stark (sheer nude), Daenerys Targaryen (metallized red) and White Walker (comfort matte berry).




Out of all the lipsticks, I was most pleasantly surprised with how much I liked the finish of Cersei Lannister! I may despise her as a character, but my God this lipstick was stunning! I wasn't expecting to like a metallic finish quite so much! The one I liked the least was Sansa Stark and I tried NOT to let my overall blegh feelings of the character get in the way, but this shade was so sheer on me that I I would forget I was even wearing anything!


The first quadrant of shades I really wanted to experiment with were the House Lannister shades with its gold and burnt coppers. I found the shades quite wearable while being fierce and different from my usual neutrals.



Apologies for not having consistent lighting here for the next look, but there was no daylight by the time I got to photo-taking, but once I went back to blonde I decided that it was time to get some of the green going with the House Stark quadrant of the palette. Again, this was another set of shades I felt comfortable wearing daily.



If you are a Game of Thrones fan, every piece in this collection will be exciting, but my favourite was definitely the eyeshadow palette, followed by the eyeliners! Though the palette was a little cumbersome, I keep finding myself going back to the wearability of the shades!


The Urban Decay Game of Thrones Collection is currently sold out online, but might be found at Sephora and Urban Decay stores.
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