Hi there, my darlings! So, 2018 was a really rough year for in many ways and 2019, unfortunately, is not going much better, to be honest. Needless to say, I've been dealing with a whole lot of stress, which manifests for me in one of two ways--I don't get much sleep and I break out horribly. It's been years since I last had to deal with these but lately, I've been afflicted by these painful, little whiteheads, particularly on my cheeks and around my hairline. I mean, I used to have a few blackheads on my nose and an occasional pimple around that time of the month but this is a whole different ballgame. Ugh. I knew I had to do something quick and thankfully, a very timely package arrived for me from derma e. Inside, a couple of products which are helping me battle these annoying breakouts. Let's take a look, shall we?


ACNE DEEP PORE CLEANSING WASH ($15.50 USD)

A daily cleanser that removes built-up oil and debris to help unclog pores, promote clear skin and prevent breakouts.

Gently remove built-up oil and debris, help unclog pores and clarify skin while reducing redness and irritation with this daily cleanser. With an Anti-Blemish Complex of natural ingredients Tea Tree, Willow Bark, Rosewood, Lavender and Chamomile shown to be very effective on blemish-prone skin, this formula delivers natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties leaving skin purer, clearer and healthier. Regular use will help balance your complexion and your skin's own oil producing capabilities to help reduce the occurrence of breakouts. Will not leave a residue or irritate the skin. 



For me, personally, I rely the most on cleansers and scrubs when it comes to skincare and handling breakouts. I don't have the patience for multi-step skincare routines and I honestly feel that maintaining squeaky clean skin is the most essential step to clear skin. As such, I've been looking for a deep cleansing face wash for my nightly showers that would help me take off all the grime, pollution, makeup and yes, (some) stress of the day. So far, I really like this one. Scented naturally with the minty goodness of tea tree oil, this face wash leaves my skin feeling truly clean. Yes, it is a bit drying, especially in the harsh Canadian winter and the necessary stifling indoor heating, so I always try to moisturize before I go to bed. My skin hasn't cleared up completely but then again, I've only been using this for a few days but it has started to feel better and clear up to a certain extent. I'm going to keep using this and report back--follow me on Instagram for that update!




ACNE BLEMISH CONTROL TREATMENT SERUM ($16.99 USD)

This acne blemish treatment serum helps to fight against blackheads, breakouts and cystic acne.

Formulated with Salicylic Acid plus a unique Anti-Blemish complex comprised of Tea Tree Oil, Willow Bark Extract, calming Lavender and Chamomile, this acne-fighting serum helps to unclog pores providing clearer and healthier-looking skin.

Enriched with:
  • Salicylic Acid: a beta hydroxyl acid that helps skin cells shed more easily.
  • Anti-Blemish Complex: comprised of Tea Tree Oil, Willow Bark Extract, calming Lavender and Chamomile helps to unclog pores and reduce redness


I have often found myself avoiding serums in the past for one simple reason--I tend to get hot really quickly during the night so anything that aggravates that, I avoid like the plague. This serum, though, is surprisingly light, quite easily absorbed into the skin and I can apply it directly to problem areas for a more targeted approach. Again, it smells not at all some chemically-enhanced products I've tried and actually is quite pleasant with the combination of tea tree oil and lavender--if you're sensitive to fragrances, this line should suit you quite well with their natural aromas.




So there you have it, my darlings! In the US, derma e is available through their website HERE (with free shipping over $25) or at select retailers.

In Canada, derma e is available through Well.ca (shipping is free over $35 or free pick-up at Rexall locations) or through certain retailers such as London Drugs.


For all the latest launches, don't forget to follow derma e through the social media outlets below :

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Do you suffer from acne? Or sensitive skin? What are your fave skincare products? Tell me in the comments section below!














***Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***


Hi there, my darlings! Goodness...the Canadian winter is never-ending...and so dreary! Being a nocturnal creature, I never really understood the effect on mood from lack of sunlight or seasonal affective disorder until I moved here. I may not need as much sun as the next person but all this gloominess and just piles of stuff falling from the sky on a daily basis really begins to tell on a person's mood. So, I'm trying anything I can to cheer myself up and bring myself out of the doldrums. Today's post is one such attempt. When the skies are gray and your mood is grayer, it may be time to call upon your inner goddess. What better way to do that than with a little cosmetic help! And I might have found the perfect. rainy day saviors in the Almay Goddess Glosses. Take a peek!


GODDESS GLOSS ($9.99 USD/$13.31 CAD)

A spectrum of prismatic lip glosses with holographic effects. Designed to be worn solo, mixed or layered.

  • Gives lips a holographic, iridescent glow 
  • Lips feel moisturized and smooth, never sticky 
  • Made with pomegranate, grape and raspberry oils 
  • As always, hypoallergenic & fragrance free 

Pro Tips!
  • Rock it solo for an iridescent glow on lips 
  • Mix & match shades to create infinite ombré looks 
  • Layer over lipstick for a transformative holographic effect


Available in 12 sheer, easy to wear, high-shine shades :

  • Angelic
  • Cosmic
  • Dreamy
  • Enchanted
  • Ethereal
  • Fairy
  • Flame
  • Gilded
  • Halo
  • Magic
  • Mystic
  • Rainbow





Now, time and again, I've mentioned to you all how I'm NOT a fan of glosses. I never like the feel or the pigmentation. That being said, I LOVE these!  Not only are a couple of them beautifully pigmented (check out Magic and Rainbow, in particular) but quite a few have a shimmer and/or iridescence that I haven't seen outside of the indie nail polish world! Mesmerizing, to say the least!

As for formula, well, they are glosses so there is a bit of the tackiness associated with a gloss. But, I have used one (Dreamy) over a super matte liquid lipstick and not only did it keep my lips hydrated on a super chilly day but the stickiness wasn't bothersome. Now, that's saying something! So, if you're like me and do not do glosses, try these over a particularly drying matte--you'll get the wow factor of the iridescence in these while still having the pigmentation and coverage of a matte. I know I'll be reaching for a few of these during these frigid Winter days!


Swatched in alphabetical order

So there you have it, my darlings! You can grab these gorgeous glosses in select retailers and drugstores across the US AND Canada, such as Ulta and Walmart.


For all the latest launches, don't forget to follow Almay through the social media outlets below :

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Are you a fan of glosses? What do you think of these? Tell me in the comments section below!














***Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***


Hi there, my darlings! So...the first week of February is always very special for me. Monday, February 4th marked 6 years of ColorSutraa! Yay, blogiversary! Even more importantly for me personally, Tuesday, February 5th was my late grandfather's birthday-- he may no longer be with us but we never forget to celebrate! Aquarius is indeed special, as you can see! So, it should be no surprise that I have literally been waiting with bated breath to publish this post. Presenting the first of a 4 month series, the Wet n Wild Limited Edition Zodiac collections! First up, if you haven't guessed already is Air, the Element personified by Aquarius, Gemini and Libra (yours truly!). Take a peek!


COLORS ICON EYESHADOW ($4.99 USD)

Dream up a heavenly eye look that’ll put the orb in orbit. From air to earth, fire to wind, each palette has six super-pigmented, metallic shades that are designed to highlight your element with shadows that build from subtle to sultry for an out-of-this-world look.


All 6 shimmers, all gorgeously pigmented and so easy to work with. I absolutely love how well these shimmers blend and the shades really pop on a darker skin tone like mine. Only quibble is the design perhaps--it's maddeningly difficult to keep the shades separate, if that's what you're going for.




MEGAGLO HIGHLIGHTER BAR ($6.99 USD)

Tap into your earthly element for a perfectly ethereal lit-from-within glow. This highlighting bar delivers a strobing effect that’ll look like you've been kissed by the stars. It goes on super-smooth and can be applied both wet and dry for a luminous effect that’s uniquley you.

I have a thing for highlighters, as I may have mentioned a time or ten. But honestly, I thought this one would be much too light for my skin tone. Not so, not so AT ALL! There's just enough gold in it to work well for me! Yay!




COLOR ICON LIP GLOSS ($2.99 USD)

Embrace your star sign with an ultra-pigmented lip gloss hue that’s just for you. Swipe on for a mirror-like shine that embraces the beams of your rising sign. Argan, Macadamia, and Jojoba Oils keep your lips soft and moisturized for a perfectly kissable pout.


Ah, gloss. Glosses and I are NOT friends. And, I know that Air signs are supposed to be all light and ethereal hence the nude shades, but I prefer my lippies bold and pigmented. That being said, Gemini is a gorgeous gold and very pigmented while Libra has a shimmer in it that is to die for so I will be using that one as topper for sure. Aquarius, unfortunately, doesn't do much for me or my skin tone.




But, ok, just a close-up of that shimmer in Libra. Tell me that's not just dreamy?!




MEGAGLO LOOSE HIGHLIGHTING POWDEE ($6.99 USD)

Illuminate your inner aurora! Brush on a luminous sheen with high-impact glow for radiant cheekbones and an all-over shimmer thanks to this highlighter’s iridescent pearls. This buildable formula is silky to the touch and blends into the skin for an otherworldly gleam.

Last but not least, the Zodiac collection features a loose highlighting powder that's supposed to ubiquitous to all four Elements. Think of it as the one product that ties it all together. And what a beauty it is! Rose Gold perfection! I will be sharing a swatch of this one along with swatches of all the other three bundles just so you can see for yourself! Trust me on this one though: if you like rose gold and you like multi-tasking shimmer, pick this baby up!




ZODIAC AIR Bundle ($20.95 USD)

No need to analyze, synthesize or probe about this collection! You will surely adore our Zodiac air element inspired set.
Bundle Contains:
  • 667A - Color Icon Eyeshadow - Air
  • 683B - MegaGlo Highlighting Bar - Air
  • 681A - Color Icon Lip Gloss - Aquarius
  • 673A - Color Icon Lip Gloss - Gemini
  • 677 - Color Icon Lip Gloss - Libra

Starting with the Loose Highlighting Powder as that unicorn, here are my swatches of the entire Air bundle:



So there you have it, my darlings! You can grab this bundle or any of the products individually on Wet n Wild's website HERE or in select retailers and drugstores across the US AND Canada. Head to Shoppers, my Canadian beauties, where you can definitely get your Zodiac fix!


For all the latest launches, don't forget to follow Wet n Wild through the social media outlets below :

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What's your sign? Are you excited about this collection? Looking forward to this series? Tell me in the comments section below!








***Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***



Hi there, my darlings! It's going to have to be a quick post from me today! It's been a very welcome busy week personally and professionally so I'm strapped for time. Nevertheless, I don't want to completely disappear on you all so here we are! Today, we'll be talking about a few, new eye makeup additions from Stila Cosmetics that I'm really impressed with. Take a look!


THE BASICS:

STAY ALL DAY Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($22.00 USD)

Our #1 selling waterproof liquid liner enables you to create a variety of eye-opening effects from thin, precise lines to thick, dramatic looks. The formula glides on with ease, dries quickly and won't smudge or run day-into-night. The fine marker-like tip offers precise application for everyone from novices to pros and results in beautifully defined eyes that will leave a lasting impression.

Benefits:

  • Waterproof and easy-to-use
  • Goes on smoothly without skipping, smudging, or pulling
  • Lasts all day long!
Available in 11 shades, I have Intense Jade shown below.


I can safely say that I have never, ever in my life worn green eye liner. Blue, yes. But green? Never! But luckily for me, this is a green that I can work--so darkly pigmented that it shows up all but black except when that exact angle of light hits it. With a tip for easy to work with and a pretty impressive formula, I'm definitely going to give it a whirl! Oh and I need to pick up their white liner too!




SMUDGE STICK Waterproof Eye Liner ($22.00 USD)

Smudge that won't budge!

Our bestselling Smudge Sticks are available in an array of matte and shimmer formulas that stay-not-stray for reliable color payoff that's second to none. With a range of gorgeous shades to choose from, they feature a cocktail of moisturizing ingredients that ensures color glides on smooth (no tugging or pulling) and the waterproof formula won't budge or fade.

What's more, our Smudge Sticks can be used as a classic pencil liner or a smudgy eye shadow - simply smudge with your fingers or a brush. The color sets after you've had time to get your desired effect, and then stays put all day.
Available in 13 shades, I have Vivid Smoky Quartz shown below.


I absolutely love both the formula and the pigmentation of this pencil liner! It goes on so intensely, just the way I like it, but is soft enough not to irritate sensitive skin while still being firm enough to add definition. At first, I thought this was a brown and yes, it is but more so a blackened brown that incredibly wearable! I do want to try a few more of their shade range too.




SHIMMER AND GLOW Vivid and Vibrant Liquid Eye Shadow ($31.00 USD)

Lavish your lids in luxurious color. Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow delivers a splash of pigment-packed pearls that apply effortlessly and dry down to a high-shimmer sheen. Get ready for high-impact, shimmering color, in an array of vivid and vibrant shades! The lightweight, water-infused texture (over 40%!) dries down smoothly, locking in the multi-dimensional pearls for maximum shimmer, with minimal fallout.

  • Small particle pearls create a high shimmer finish.
  • High water concentration allows for maximum shimmer and color payoff, with a barely-there feel.
  • Long-wearing; non-transfer; minimal fallout.


Available in 6 shades, I have Vivid Sapphire shown below.


These liquid eye shadows! I can't even begin to tell you how much I love them! They are so customizable--you can add just a touch for a hint of shimmer or go as bold as you like with just a couple of layers! Just look at that blue--so gorgeous! Now, I want ALL THE VIVID shades! ALL!




Here are swatches of all three!




So there you have it, my darlings! Stila products are available at fine retailers and mass merchandisers nationwide, such as your local Sephora across the US and Canada. To find a retailer near you OR to purchase online, please visit Stila's website HERE. Shipping is free with a $50 order within the US.

For us Canadians, Sephora is the way to go for our Stila fix!


To discover other great products, you can follow Stila Cosmetics through the social media outlets below :

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Which of these unconventional shades do you like best? Tell me in the comments section below!










***Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***



Hi there, my darlings! My goodness! Wait til you get a peek at this month's BoxyCharm! When it comes to starting the New Year off with a bang...and yes, a SLAY, they really went all out! I'm just going to cut to the chase and get right to it--this is a pretty epic box so if you haven't picked it up yet, whether you're in the US or Canada, I think you may want to get on that right away! Take a peek!


TATCHA Luminous Dewy Skin Mask ($24.00 USD; 2 pack)

A silky soft, skin-fitting sheet mask that deeply delivers a healthy drink of ultra-hydrating botanical oils and extracts for a dewy glow in just one use.

  • Imparts an instant glow: a blend of lightweight rice germ oil, derived from the most nutrient-rich portion of rice packed with Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, and a high concentration of botanical oils and extracts, nourishes skin from within, leaving it velvety smooth, dewy and luminous.
  • Drenches skin with hydration: delicate ultra-fine microfiber sheet, 100 times thinner than a strand of hair, delivers 20 ml of serum into skin for maximum absorption and benefits.
  • Feeds skin with Japanese anti-aging superfoods: a fermentation of green tea, rice and algae—ingredients at the heart of the Japanese diet and time-tested skincare rituals—restores skin health and youthful radiance.


    I swear, I really think my Boxycharm is a little bit psychic! I was just thinking how I had left all my sheet masks in India when I moved to Toronto and really needed to pick up a few more. The stress of the last few months, couple with the all-too-new bitterness of Toronto's winter, means that my skin is suffering terribly and could use a little pick-me-up. I'm definitely using one of these this weekend!




    BRIGEO Roscaro Milk Leave In Conditioner ($20.00 USD for 5 oz; travel size included in box)

    Which hair type is it good for?
    • ✔ Straight 
    • ✔ Wavy 
    • ✔ Curly 
    • ✔ Coiled 
    • ✔ Tightly Coiled 
    What it is:
    An ultra-light, leave-in conditioning spray that brings hydration and moisture to locks without weighing them down.

    Key benefits:
    - Adds softness and shine
    - Diminishes frizz
    - Shields from heat and UV rays

    If you want to know more…
    This multiaction Rosarco Milk™ Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray hydrates, reduces flyaways, enhances manageability, strengthens, protects against heat and UV rays, and nourishes tresses. Fortified with a unique blend of rosehip, argan, and coconut oils, this milky and 96 percent naturally-derived complex effectively restores moisture levels and softness. Perfect for wet or dry hair, its non-greasy formula is designed to seal the cuticle, restore luster, add shine, and leave no product buildup. Hair is left feeling increasingly soft, sleek, strong, and beautiful.



      I'm always happy when these little Brigeo sprays show up in my life. I'm notoriously bad at conditioning my hair, since it tends to get greasy so fast, with regular, in-shower conditioners. So, these little sprays, which I can apply directly to my tips, are a lifesaver! 




      BITE BEAUTY Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Gingerbread ($26.00 USD)

      Inspired by amuse-bouche—small, perfectly crafted bites that showcase a chef’s artistry when it comes to flavor, texture and presentation—this lipstick serves bold, creamy color and an unforgettable sensorial experience in a single swipe.



        I was so excited when I saw this in my box, SO EXCITED! I have tried a couple of Amuse Bouche samples in the past and loved them. Give me lipstick any day and I'm thrilled. But...the shade is really not one I would normally reach for. That being said, with such a luxurious feel and texture, maybe it's tie I stepped out of my comfort zone, right?




        STARLOOKS Ultra-Gem Longwear Eye Pencil in Aurora ($19.00 USD)

        Luxurious pigmentation that lasts all day and provides the most glam looks you can possibly accomplish!


          At first, I was disappointed that this wasn't a black because, let's be real, that's what I wear the most and I need a new black liner for my waterline! But, when I swatched this, I had to admit it's a super pretty shade and I intend to give it a whirl...along WITH my black eyeliner!




          Here are the shades above, swatched!




          TARTE Rainforest of the Sea, Volume III ($36.00 USD)

          WHAT IT IS: Vegan, crease-free eyeshadow palette with the best-selling creamy powder formula in 8 lid-lifting, highlighting shades – no primer needed.

          • Escape (nude pink luster)
          • Tiki (matte beige)
          • Heat wave (pink luster)
          • Malibu (plum bronze)
          • Rays (peachy copper)
          • Compass (champagne)
          • Jewel (copper)
          • Treasure (pearlescent)
          WHAT IT DOES:
          • Longwearing neutral shades include a matte nude transition to pair with microshimmers to make eyes appear brighter & more awake
          • Oxygenated light-reflecting spheres highlight lids for your smoothest, most even application
          • Plush texture is part cream, part powder—all you need is the warmth of your fingers to apply
          • Antioxidant-charged marine plant extracts help hydrate & protect lidS.


          A Tarte palette?? Oh Boxycharm, you spoil me! This, right here, made the box worth it all by itself. Now, for a girl who doesn't really like neutrals, I absolutely love this palette! Why? One word: shimmers! And a fabulous range of neutrals at that. I can see myself using this not only for the conventional eyeshadow looks but a couple of these I want to try as highlighters. I mean, just look at these!




          So there you have it, my darlings! You can sign up for your very own Boxycharm subscription on their site HERE--it's just $21 a month! Shipping is free within the US and an additional $5 throughout Canada!


          For sneak peeks and all the latest, don't forget to follow Boxycharm through the social media outlets below:

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          Have you signed up for Boxycharm yet? What do you think of this month's box? Tell me in the comments section below!










          ***Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***
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