Clarins opalescence spring 2014, clarins spring 2014, clarins makeup 2014, clarins ombre minerale 4 couleurs vibrant light, clarins gloss prodige crystal, clarins multi-blush candy, clarins joli rouge brillant pink orchid, clarins instant light radiance boosting complexion base, clarins spring 2014 swatches, spring 2014 beauty, spring 2014 makeup

While this winter continues to drag on (I’ve seen enough snow the past few months to last me until 2024), the spring 2014 collections that keep showing up are at least helping to get me into a warmer state of mind.  Allow me to present to you the Clarins Opalescence Collection for Spring 2014, the latest to grace my desk.  This combination of shades and products gives off a romantic, feminine vibe.  Read on to take a look at a few of the items available in this collection.

Opalescence celebrates the end of winter with a harmony of delicate, luminous colours.  The weather turns milder, full of softness and lightness.  It’s time for delicate, romantic make-up, bursting with freshness.  The complexion glows.  Rosy cheeks express a beautiful, poetic timidity.  The eyes light up and lips are glossy!

clarins opalescence, clarins opalescence spring 2014, clarins ombre minerale 4 couleurs vibrant light, clarins eyeshadow, clarins spring 2014 eyeshadow, clarins opalescence swatches

Clarins Ombre Minerale 4 Couleurs Palette in Vibrant Light: This palette is beautiful.  The colours are eye-brightening and stunning, and I can’t wait to wear it.  I really love the combination of the pink and grey shades for the shadow, while the purple acts as a fantastic liner and a pop of colour.  The silver, shimmery shade is so perfect for adding a little light and highlighting – it has more of a creamy feel to it so it will help to set the look.  Also to be noted: this palette can be used wet or dry depending on the intensity you want to create.

clarins opalescence, clarins spring 2014, clarins opalescence spring 2014, clarins opalescence swatches, clarins multi-blush candy, clarins instant light radiance boosting complexion base

Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in Rose: This base was designed to give a more luminous complexion, with imperfections and shadows being hidden by the colours found in it.  It can be worn on its own over your regular skincare products or as a base for foundation.  I do have to say on its own I didn’t find much of a difference – it gave a hint of a healthy sheen to my skin but that was pretty much all I noticed.  It does work better as a base for makeup, prolonging the life of foundation and concealer.

Clarins Multi-Blush in Candy: This creamy blush comes in the prettiest rose-gold shade, with a hint of glow.  It gives off the healthiest flush once applied and can be blended in easily for a more natural look.  I adore this formula – it’s extremely creamy and easy to apply but transforms to a powder-like finish once applied.

clarins opalescence, clarins spring 2014, clarins opalescence spring 2014 swatch, clarins joli rouge brillant pink orchid, clarins gloss prodige crystal

Clarins Joli Rouge Brillant in Pink Orchid: Oh, this lipstick is just lovely.  It adds a very light hint of colour which enhances your lips’ natural shade and gives a ton of shine. Its smooth, moisturising and I really find that it makes my lips look extremely full and plump!

Clarins Gloss Prodige in Crystal: I firmly believe that every woman needs a clear gloss, and this one helped to confirm my belief.  It goes with anything and can help to enhance any lip colour.  This one is packed with shine and has a thicker formula, which I love, along with a non-sticky finish.  I’ll be keeping this one in my purse for a while!

What do you think of these items from the Clarins Opalescence Collection?

Disclaimer: This post contains products sent from the company for editorial consideration.  All opinions are purely my own personal judgements.


emilie m

Dog may be man’s best friend, but we all know a good purse can help fill that void for a woman every once in a while.  I always get so excited over finding the perfect new purse – it can make any outfit amazing, and is a great companion.  Today I have a great giveaway to help one of you bring home a new friend – an Emilie M. Handbag + Essentials Box!

Emilie M is an online handbag brand that allows women to accessorize luxuriously on any budget by delivering beautifully designed handbags at prices they can understand.  From Madison Avenue down to SoHo, we know how hard it is for women to find the perfect handbag – one that fits their life in every pocket while accentuating their own personality. Designed for women and the way they live, Emilie M features timeless silhouettes, soft and rich animal-friendly materials and multi-organizational function. An easy weekend bag for a trip to the Hamptons. An attainable fashion statement for the mom on a budget. At a retail range of $50-$90, every Emilie M handbag is an investment piece without the investment.

I’m going to be giving one of my readers a beautiful new Emilie M. Handbag (of their choice) along with an Essentials Box that contains the perfect accessories for your purse: a crossbody wallet with detachable shoulder strap, a cosmetic case, an umbrella with pouch, a floral scarf and a key ring holder.  I’ve also got $20 coupons for 50 second place winners so you can still get your hands on a new bag if you find one you love!

Interested in winning?  Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.  Please note this giveaway is open to US residents only – but don’t worry if you’re outside of this area, I have another giveaway going on right now you can still enter to win here!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


canada, team canada, canadian girl, redhead, dee thomson, beauty blogger, canada nails, canada olympic nails, canada manicure

While I may not necessarily agree with Sochi being the host of the 2014 winter Olympics, I’m still bursting to the brim with Canadian pride and will be cheering on all of our athletes as the compete on the world stage.  Since today marks the official opening of this year’s games (what did you think of the opening ceremonies?), I decided to show off my Canadian side a little with some Canada nails.

Canada nails, canada olympics, canada manicure,  nicole by opi

I decided to go with three colours from Nicole by OPI that were so perfect for the look I wanted to create: Nicole by OPI Yoga-then-Yogurt (new for 2014), Nicole by OPI American as Apple Pie (from the Carrie Underwood collection) and Nicole by OPI Carrie’d Away (also from the Carrie Underwood collection).  I decided to go with a saran wrap mani for this look. Take a look at the steps below!  Side note: I swear, the mani doesn’t look this pink in real life!

canada, team canada, canadian girl, redhead, dee thomson, beauty blogger, canada nails, canada olympic nails, canada manicure

Saran Wrap Nails Tutorial:

1. Start off with 1-2 coats of your base.  Allow to dry completely before moving on to the next step, or it will get pulled up.

2.  Paint a coat of your second shade on the nails.  I did this and the next step one nail at a time to make it easier.

3. While the second shade is still wet, dab at it with a balled up piece of saran wrap to give it an almost marbled look.  Allow to dry complete.

4. Of course, no Olympic mani is complete without a little gold, so I painted a line of Carrie’d Away down the middle of my index finger for a “winning” accent.

5.  Seal it off with top coat for tons of shine and you’re good to go!  I used Nicole by OPI Quick Dry Top Coat.

One little thing I’d like to note – this mani can get a little messy on the cuticles around the nail.  Keep Q-tips and nail polish remover handy to clean up any rogue nail polish.

Will you be watching the Olympics?


Benefit The Porefessional Agent Zero Shine, benefit porefessional, benefit powder, agent zero shine, benefit porefessional, benefit agent zero shine review

Well, it looks like Benefit’s hit The Porefessional now has a butt-kicking sidekick – Benefit The Porefessional Agent Zero Shine.  Since Benefit first introduced The Porefessional, which minimizes the appearance of pores, it has become a favourite of beauty lovers everywhere… And I have a strong feeling this new addition to the family will follow quickly in its footsteps.

Benefit The Porefessional Agent Zero Shine, benefit porefessional, benefit powder, agent zero shine, benefit porefessional, benefit agent zero shine review

The Porefessional Agent Zero Shine is a whole lotta magic wrapped up in a convenient, purse-sized container.  This loose powder was designed to minimize shine, and when used in conjunction with the Porefessional, results in skin that looks oh-so-smooth and clean. It also comes in what is actually the most convenient packaging ever.  I think we’ve all had powder mis-haps in our purses and it’s never fun.  Well, this packaging makes it virtually impossible to make a mess.  The powder dispenser has a lock feature so nothing comes out when you don’t want it to, while the brush tucks away into the bottom of the tube while not in use.  Benefit, my purse thanks you already.

Benefit The Porefessional Agent Zero Shine, benefit porefessional, benefit powder, agent zero shine, benefit porefessional, benefit agent zero shine review

Now, I’m not a super oily girl, but I do have a tendency to get a little shiny throughout my t-zone within a few hours of going out or applying my makeup – and no one wants that.  I constantly find myself carrying around powder in my purse.  Anyways, I decided to give this a try once the shininess hit to see how well it worked.  After unscrewing the lid and pouring a bit of the powder into it, I used the included brush to buff it into my skin.  At first, I was worried about how it would show up on my skin (I mean, I’m pretty damn pale at this point in the winter) since it does have a nude-toned colour.  Honestly, I had nothing to worry about – this powder become virtually invisible once it’s applied to the skin.  It doesn’t give any colour if you’re worried about it matching your skin tone.  Then I noticed how well it worked.  This stuff seriously sucked up the shininess and left my skin looking matte and almost glowing.  Not only that, but the effect lasted.  5 hours later and it was still going strong, without a hint of the shine-monster coming back out to wreak havoc on my face.

So, the verdict?  If you’ve got some shine on your face that you need to kill, the Porefessional Agent Zero Shine is going to make a lovely addition to your purse/beauty routine.  I can’t speak for those of you with oily skin, but for someone who borders on combination, this definitely does the trick.


Availability: Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale,

Price: $36 CAD


Disclaimer: This post contains products sent from the company for editorial consideration.  All opinions are purely my own personal judgements.


So I figured that since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and I love all of you, I should express my love.  I thought about writing a poem or drawing you a picture, but I just felt like those wouldn’t be as fun as what I eventually ended up going with.  So what did I decide to do?  Run a giveaway for you, my lovely followers, of course!


As a thank you for sticking with me and as a token of my appreciation and undying love, I want to give one of you a set that includes some great products for pretty nails.  Included: 2 sets of Broadway Nails imPRESS Press on Manicures (LOVE these), a set of Quo by Orly polishes, Witchcraft Nail & Cuticle Replenishing Oil and some Kiss Nail Artist stickers to add a little drama to your nails.

Enter to win via the Rafflecopter form below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway