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18.11.15

Redbubble Gift Guide + Giveaway!


Hiya lovelies!

I don't know about you, but I've already started my Christmas shopping. Yup, the day after Halloween marks the start of 2 months of Christmas in my calendars! I can't help it, everything about the season makes me feel happy - might have to do with the release of the Starbucks holiday drinks? Shhhh....

Anyway, one of my favourite parts of the holiday season is shopping for presents! It's true what they say - when you get older, you start to find more joy in giving than receiving. (At least... that's the case for me!) Don't get my wrong - I do love a good present or two, but I love seeing the looks on people's faces when they get open the presents I've given them.



17.11.15

Korres Wild Rose Brightening Set


Ah yes, Christmas season has begun! I'm always instantly drawn to the Beauty Boutique section of Shoppers Drug Mart as brands start to release their holiday gift sets! Korres has been great with releases this year, offering a few different sets with trial and full sized items.

I picked up this gift set earlier this week because I'm almost done my Wild Rose Advanced Sleeping Facial - a thick and luxurious night cream which restores and hydrates my skin overnight! I've been wanting to try the other items in the Wild Rose range but never went ahead due to the hefty price tag. I saw this kit for $50 in Shoppers and decided to go for it to test out these items! And luckily for me, the kit scanned for $40.99 at the checkout (which I kept quiet about because it must have been a pricing error, but $10 off, yay!)


This kit includes two full sized products - the Wild Rose Brightening 24-Hour Moisturiser and the Exfoliating Cleanser. I love the Wild Rose Scent! For those who are a bit more sensitive to scents, you might want to test it in stores first. My skin is sensitive but the fragrance does not cause breakouts.


The moisturizer comes in a solid glass jar with a thick white plastic lid. I originally wanted to compare the moisturiser to the sleeping facial cream to see if there was that much of a difference in consistency and overall result, and I must say, there is. I would have included pictures of the sleeping facial but I've basically run out so I'd just be showing you an empty jar, but the packaging is quite similar except it's white rather than red.


The Wild Rose Brightening 24-Hour Moisturiser is very lightweight and applies like a light lotion. It is quickly absorbed and has a dewy finish when worked into the skin, My skin feels moisturised and hydrated throughout the day, but the "24-hour" claim is a bit of a stretch. It has a powdery rose scent which lingers for a little bit after application before fading away.

By contrast, the Wild Rose Sleeping Facial is much thicker and has a more gel-like consistency. I only really use it before bed on days where I've been wearing a lot of makeup, or before I go out in very cold weather. It offers a huge hydration boost to the skin. I always notice that my skin has a drastic improvement in brightness and elasticity when I wake up in the mornings, which is nice!

If you're debating on which product to make the splurge on, I'd 100% say the sleeping facial. However, the moisturiser is good too! Especially for the set value.


Next - the exfoliating cleanser! This is a very creamy exfoliating cleanser with microbeads. The formula isn't packed with them - it is very gentle on the skin and works up to a creamy lather when water is added. I love how this feels on my face! It has the same powdery rose scent as the moisturiser. It exfoliates my skin without drying it out. I'll probably purchase the full size when I'm finished with this one!


Overall, I really like this set! Definitely pick it up if you're a fan of Korres products. This would also make a great gift for the friend or family member who likes rose scented products and is looking to invest more in their skincare regime!

Have you tried any Korres products? What are some essentials in your winter skincare regime?

xox,

Sachie

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16.11.15

Review - Irresistible Me Hair Extensions

Hello lovelies!

I've never really worn hair extension. I was once told by a hairdresser that I had the "hair of five people", so naturally, you can see why I don't really want any more volume! I do wish my hair was longer though, so when Irresistible Me offered to send me some extensions to try out, I jumped at the chance!



I figured these would be great if I ever wanted to do a cosplay with longer hair and didn't want to wear a wig! I purposely chose the hair length to be longer because I can't see myself wearing them out in public as I already have so much hair haha!

The extensions I received were the Silky Touch extensions in #2 Chocolate brown in 22 inches. They come sealed in a foil and plastic bag - the large section has the main clip in pieces, and the smaller section contains single strips that can be used around the front of the face, or anywhere else that requires more fullness.



Before

My hair is just past my collarbone at this point - I'm hoping to grow it out a bit more but I'll likely get it trimmed for summer. I don't have too many laters at the moment. I'm wearing red contacts because I just filmed a video which will be up later this week :D



After

Ok, going to state right off the bat that it's super obvious I'm wearing extensions. I purposely chose a length that was longer so I could use them for cosplay purposes - if you want a more natural look, I'd say go with a length that is closer to your own! I also don't have layers at the moment, and I feel like that would really make the hair look more natural.

The color was a great match for my hair. It's hard to believe my hair used to be this long! The extensions are very easy to clip in.


When I try to mix the extensions in a bit more with my own hair, it doesn't look as bad! Haha.


Overall, these extensions are great! They're super soft and the clips are able to grip onto the hair without too much pulling.

Check them out at Irresistible Me! 

8.11.15

How I Edit My Photos ft Corel PaintShop Pro X8




Hello lovelies!
I often get questions about how I edit my cosplay and blog photos...whether that be fashion, food, or product photos! Thanks to the partnership I have with Corel on this post, I am sharing tips on photo editing using PaintShop Pro X8!

PaintShop Pro X8 is basically a fast, easy, powerful, and affordable photo editing program with almost all the power of Photoshop at an affordable price! Adobe is the big name in the industry for creative editing programs and the one I'm most used to, but my dad favours Corel and subsequently gave me lessons on how to use the program haha! The roles have reversed... It's very easy to pick up though, and has a lot of creative options.

So, let's get started!

The basics:

I have a few different items in my photography/ video kit that I use. I am currently using the Canon T3i as my DSLR camera. I typically pair it with the 18-55 kit lens, and the 50mm f/1.8 portrait lens. I use my DSLR and a Nexxtech for video and fashion/outfit posts!

I have a set of Cowboy Studio lights which I use to light my videos and sometimes product photos if I don't have good indoor lighting.

For photos of makeup, food, and anytime out and about on the streets, I use my Canon G7X, which is a micro four-thirds camera! (Think of it as the lovechild between a standard point and shoot and DSLR)... Many of the DSLR capabilities in the body of a point and shoot! Very handy and easy to carry around.

Editing...

Although photos can still look great straight from the camera, editing makes quite a noticeable difference!

Here's an example from my Halloween outfit post... (You can see the full post here)


This is the raw photo from my camera... It looks okay, but there's a lot that can be done to improve it!


The same photo, with increased brightness and contrast, tweaked levels and curves, and a boost in saturation!


Makes a bit of a difference, doesn't it?

Now, I'll be showing you how I edit photos using Corel PaintShop Pro X8! The program itself is very similar to Photoshop except with more accessible creative options! One of my favourite features is the instant effects! It's kind of like preset Photoshop actions.

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There are lots to choose from! The one applied on the top photo was called Fade Correct Small, which added subtle blur and focusing and changed the colour balance to be more blue/cyan. This is typically how I edit my photos anyway, so it's convenient to be able to do it in one click!

Another example for an upcoming post, which I edited entirely with Corel Paint Shop Pro! It's a recipe post.... Here's one of the unedited photos...


Now, let's work on this photo! Like my other photos, I'm going to increase the contrast, up some of levels, and work with the curves.


Looking much better, right? PaintShop Pro also has a one-step photo fix, or a smart photo fix which can put the unedited photos beside the work area so you can see your edits instantaneously!


There are lots of other features which make it a great alternative to Photoshop! Definitely a blogger friendly program, and much cheaper than Photoshop! I don't know about you, but I'm super impatient and I'd rather take photos than sit down and edit for hours... I want my photos to look good, but I hate editing! Paintshop X8 is a great solution!

Here's another examples of the things you can do...


Looks cool, right? Luckily for you, Corel is offering up to 30% off the price of Corel Paintshop Pro X8! And check this out --  Here's a campaign coupon for $20 off the purchase or upgrade of PaintShop Pro X8 (Pro & Ultimate)! Just use the code 2930 Click here to find out more...



Have fun! Thanks for reading, and let me know what you think!

xox,

Sachie

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*This post was sponsored by Corel

2.11.15

Bioderma - Anti-Redness and Sensitive Skin Holiday Kit

Hello lovelies!

I've been on a huge skincare kick these past few weeks. After discovering the Bioderma skin care trial kits, I've been addicted to the brand! I've used Bioderma in the past (bought two bottles of their micellar cleansing water in France), but have only recently expanded to their collections in Shoppers Drug Mart. Fortunately for me, SDM carry a huge array of Bioderma products!


I've always struggled with redness and rosacea on my face. Whilst browsing the aisles in Eaton Centre's Beauty Boutique, I noticed that Bioderma had released a holiday trial kit for sensitive skin and redness! I had previously wanted to try the anti-redness cream but decided against it because of the price tag. I had the $5 off coupon from the previous trial kits, and a $10 credit from my optimum points! The holiday hit only cost me $18 in the end, which I considered to be a very good deal!


The kit includes a mini Sensibo micellar water (I swear I have like 6 of these now lol), a full size anti-redness moisturizer, a full size anti-puffiness eye cream, and a moisturizing balm cream.


It also includes a $5 coupon for the Atoderm PP Balm... Although, I haven't really figured out what the balm is for. It doesn't feel like a thick balm, it's more like a lotion? I'll keep testing it out and get back to you later!


The star of the show - the anti-redness care moisturizer! It's an ultra-gentle moisturizer which is supposed to minimize the look of redness and soothe irritated skin. I didn't really notice any instant effects, but I'll continue using it over the next little while. It does make for a very good makeup primer though! It has a gel/cream consistency that isn't oily and absorbs quickly into the skin.


Next up, the eye contour gel. I really like this moisturizer - I've never really used specialty eye creams - I usually just pat extra night time moisturizer under my eyes to supplement. This gel absorbs quickly and feels very soothing on the undereye area!


It also includes a tiny sample of this Bioderma ultra-nourishing balm. I expected it to be more like a lip balm / vaseline type of lotion but its more like a gel consistency.


Have you tried any Bioderma products? I'm excited to see if they do reduce redness on my skin over the upcoming weeks, especially since the air is getting colder and dryer...

Thanks for reading!

xox,

Sachie

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