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Beauty Swellness: Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover for Glitter

Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover for Glitter

Have you ever skipped wearing glitter nail polish because it’s such a pain to remove? I know, total first-world beauty problems. But it is a pain, is it not? After a particularly stubborn, refused-to-budge glitter polish two years ago (I may have put on three heavy coats of it), I’ve pretty much steered clear of glitter; I swear it took longer to remove than watching an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians (or do those episodes just feel painfully long?).

But with the holidays here and needing a little bit of pretty cheer, I broke out some gold polish and glitter (Essie Jiggle Hi Jiggle Lo and Essie Top of the Rock) and then to remove it, I gave the Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover for Glitter ($11) a whirl. You dip your finger into the foam and it removes your polish and glitter — that’s what it promises.

And it does work pretty well. I found some of the big flecks of glitter of Top of the Rock more stubborn and I chose to remove the last bits with a cotton pad and remover instead (but the product might’ve come off had I dipped a little longer), but it definitely made the glitter-removing task way easier.

And so, I’m welcoming back glitter into my life! Glitter on.

Leave a Comment December 30, 2014

Beauty Swellness: Sephora Collection travel bag

Sephora Collection travel bag

I used to think traveling with just carry-on luggage was impossible, even for just a weekend. But after dishing out $100 to check my large suitcase on a trip that had several stops on it about two years ago, I forced myself to learn to pack more wisely. But still, I always find packing and organizing makeup and toiletries for a trip a challenge in itself.

That task is now easier. My latest travel essential that I received from Sephora just in time for my trip to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin: the Sephora Collection Black Quilted Travel Bag, the Internationalist version ($81).
Why it works well for the beauty-loving girl on the go:
  • It’s roomy. I have several cosmetics cases but not a single one can house all of the makeup and toiletries that I bring with me, so up until now I have to root through my collection of cases I’ve packed. This one is substantially sized so you can have everything you need from your sunscreen to your blush all in one spot.
  • It features many compartments. The three zippered cases store simply into the case with some velcro, plus they’ve got handy labels on them so you can easily stay organized.
  • The clear case is flight-friendly. Stash your liquids into the clear case so you’re all set when going through the airport security checkpoint.

Available at Sephora stores and on sephora.ca August 2014.

As for what products I like to pack in it when I travel? That’s another post!

Leave a Comment June 16, 2014

Beauty Swellness: Sephora + Pantone Color IQ



Do you wonder if you’re wearing the right colour of foundation? I know I do — and that’s even when doing what you should when buying it (apply about two different shades closest to your skintone in the store and it should blend right in (and be sure to look at it in natural light if possible), but with the array of shades and brands and options, the process can leave you feeling a bit uncertain.

Not the case at Sephora. Launching at all Sephora locations in Canada in August is Sephora + Pantone IQ, which greatly simplifies the process. Here’s how it works:

At Sephora, use the specially designed tool (it’s called Capsure) and take a scan in three areas of your face. You’ll want to make sure to not do anything the day you use the Capsure that’ll affect your skin tone, such as  exercise a half hour prior to this, or to be guzzling caffeine that day (this’ll dehydrate your skin and cause it to flush),

The Capsure then analyzes your scans and generates a Pantone SkinTone number for you.


Enter this Pantone SkinTone number into the iPad featuring Sephora’s Unversal SkinTone Library. The Library will then generate which precise foundations suit your skintone. You can then narrow your search of the ones that suit your skintone based on factors such as coverage, formulation or skin type, to name just a few.

I had a chance to try it out recently at Sephora with the help of Sephora Pro Adi Lando and the Universal SkinTone Library suggested six liquid foundations for me. I tested out both the Urban Decay and Hourglass recommedations in store, and opted for the medium coverage Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup and it’s pretty magical how well shade 6.0 blends into my skin. I actually find myself excited to apply it every day, to see how disappears; it’s practically a David Copperfield-level disappearing act. (guess I still have Vegas on the brain – is it weird I kinda wanna see his show there?).

Urban Decay Naked Skin


Also, so you don’t forget your recommendations,  be sure to email your Pantone SkinTone number and recos to yourself so you can keep it on file.

Neat, right? Head to Sephora to meet your matches!

Leave a Comment July 31, 2013

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