First Impressions: Odacité Skincare

Hey Lovlies!

Boy do I have a treat for you today! I have had the pleasure of bring contacted by Odacité – a skincare brand out of California to partner up and share with you the wonder that is this fabulous brand.

A little about the company:

After CEO Valérie Grandury was diagnosed with breast cancer she stepped back and re-evaluated her life, adopting a ‘detoxify my life’ strategy she started eating raw foods, studied to become a Heath and Wellness Coach, and when she looked into the ingredients that go into our everyday skincare routine’s she discovered that some of the most toxic items in women’s everyday lives was their skincare products. Loaded with preservatives and chemicals she decided it was time to change the way we look at skincare and she created her own plant-derived skincare that she used on herself.
When she saw a noticeable difference she shared with her friends and not long after her home made skincare boomed into a fabulous company with only the freshest skin care products being made just for you.

I realize this is a first impressions post, so I will be brief and go into more detail about the initial products in a few weeks when I’ve been able to fully sample the package that was sent to me.

Odacité Skincare Sample Kit

 

I’m going to come right out and say it: I’m an aesthetician but I don’t focus on skincare as much as I should. Maybe it’s because I haven’t found anything that’s really “wowed” me… until now.

In this package I received the following products:

  • Rejuvenating Cleanser
  • Immortelle Toner
  • Beautiful Day Moisturizer
  • Ultra Effective Eye Cream
  • Hydration Masque
  • Two Sponges
  • Great Tea and Lemongrass ‘Radiance Effect’ Pure Elements Skin Booster *aka: liquid gold*

Odacité Skincare Line

When I first received the package I was super impressed with how pretty everything was. The packaging was streamlined, simple and hygienic (big bonus points here), and neatly tied up in a little baggy which perfectly corrals the product in my cabinet.

Odacité Skincare Day Cream

On top of being hygienic the products are also freshly made with organic ingredients, taken out of the refrigerator and sent straight to you. They are good for six months from the date they’re removed from the fridge (you can even purchase a mini cosmetics fridge with their Pure, Harmony or Elegance collections, how cool is that?!).

Odacité Skincare Eye Cream

The trial package ($29) provides enough product for 10 days (though I’m sure I could get more than that out of a few of the products, namely the eye cream and the hydration masque) and you get a complimentary consultation with a licensed aesthetician.

The first night I used the products I cleansed my face, toned, applied the eye cream (only a grain of rice worth to each eye) and then I applied two drops of the skin booster and the hydration masque overnight.
The next morning I followed almost the same steps but I used the beautiful day cream mixed with two drops of the skin booster as my moisturizer for the day.

My skin felt nourished, and it looked nourished. For once it didn’t feel dry and I didn’t look in the mirror and see my skin flaking in front of me (even after moisturizing).

All day James was complimenting me, telling me how great I looked (though he had no idea why) in the evening I asked why I was getting all the compliments and his response was “You skin is…. glowing….”.

That was all the proof I needed that this product was one that actually made a difference. James has never complimented my skin before besides telling me it’s soft. It’s never looked different to him, and that was the home run hit.

I’m so excited to share more about these products with you in the future, but based on my first impressions I won’t be able to get enough of these products!

 

My Go-To Makeup Look

Hello Lovelies!

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a makeup post. But now that I have a camera with a timer… I can actually take decent photos of them! YAY.

As of late I’ve been enjoying neutral tones on my eyes with bold lips! Check it out.

bold lips, brown eyes, gold lids, defined brows, exquisitely chic

 

This look is fast and easy and allows me enough freedom to do my makeup in the car (while James drives, of course) on our way to an event.

gold, brown, l'oreal, mary kay, lancome, stila, eye makeup

Excuse some of the redness in the brow area, I just tweezed. My steps were as follows:

  • Prime the lids – create a good base.
  • Use the gold from Mary Kay’s Autumn Leaves colour quad all over the lid, then use the shimmery cream colour from the Sandstorm quad on the brow bone. I then used the darkest matte brown from the Sandstorm quad and blended that into the outer corner.
  • Tight line using Lancome’s Le Crayon Khol in Black Coffee then line the upper lash line and smudge the line.
  • Apply two coats of L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza
  • Fill in and shape brows using Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour 
  • Apply your choice of foundation (mine is Inglot’s AMC Cream Foundation) using a buffing brush
  • Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks, and highlight on your cheekbones.
  • Finish off with lip colour of your choice (I used Mary Kay’s Nourishine Lip Gloss in Sparkle Berry)

Go To Eye Makeup

Go To Makeup Look 2

Butterfly Intenza and Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour

 

Two of the above products are new to my collection. The Butterfly Intenza mascara and the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour.

Stay tuned for reviews of these products!

What’s your go-to makeup look as of late?

Sassy Sunday: On Writing

Hello Lovelies!

I know this is a beauty blog but sometimes writers, regardless of the type, just need to sit down and write, you know? If you don’t know, I beg you to understand. Think about what you love to do; maybe you’re lucky enough to do it as a career. Maybe you’re an interior decorator. You love to decorate people’s homes, but sometimes it’s fun to just sit down and doodle ideas on pages upon pages of paper.
Or maybe you’re a graphic designer – working on projects for customers is fun, but sometimes you just need to let your creativity flow; on a chalkboard maybe?
I know my husband is a history buff. He’s currently in a trade but I could see him working in a museum, or being a history professor for some awesome course at a fancy university. Even if he taught history, he would still be able to talk for hours about various historical subjects and discuss old books – Don Quixote, A Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Treasure Island are amongst some of the books that I’ve heard him have lengthily discussions on.

That’s what it’s like. I love talking about beauty products (and I have some really fun collaborations and ideas in the works), I love testing products and reviewing them, and I adore putting makeup on people’s faces and seeing that look in photos – the one where their confidence seems to be higher than ever. Seeing someone open up because they feel beautiful is what I’m in this line of work for.
Sometimes though, my soul screams to just write; and since I haven’t come up with an awesome book idea yet, I’m starting this series – so I can reflect on the past week, make some goals or just let words pour out of my head and onto these virtual pages. No plan, just writing.

As far as I’m concerned anyone can put words on a page (anyone who is remotely literate and able to use autocorrect anyways); but not everyone can write in a way that makes people want to read. Writers have their own language, their own way of communicating with the world that is unique to them. A good writer will captivate you, pull you into whatever they’re writing and make you want to push forward. They’ll drench every word, sentence and paragraph with poetic imagery that somehow pulls you into the world that they’ve created.

For me, there needs to be a perfect balance of description to a piece of literature that keeps me captivated but allows my imagination to fill in the gaps. As an example, Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein or J. R. R. Tolkien’s books have too much description for me. Less creative, logical types are very drawn to books like these; books that fill in every space for them and create a picture for them.
However, books like E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey do not create enough imagery. She filled the pages with text, emotions and actions – but skipped along the book to get to the “good parts”, which is all well and good for an erotic novel, if you’re just looking to read “the good parts”.
One of the books that is still most memorable for me was a book I read in high school. It’s called Three Songs for Courage by Maxine Trottier. This book has a perfect balance of description, dialogue, emotions and action that all cohesively work together to allow my creative mind to take over and fill in the blanks. Books like these draw me in – to the point where, if I had a whole day, I would read it front to back and the book would play like a movie in my mind.

I hadn’t expected this post to go in this direction, but that’s the wonder of being a writer. Sometimes you just start going and your mind takes you to all kinds of places. Some places you haven’t explored before, some you’ve wanted to explore for a long time but haven’t had the medium to explore it.

What is your passion? What could you sit down and do all day given the opportunity?