Brazilian Bum Bum Cream: The body cream that is worth its exorbitant price tag

Brazilian Bum Bum Cream by Sol de Janeiro.

When I first saw Brazilian Bum Bum Cream on Sephora.ca, I scoffed. $57 for a body cream? No way. No WAY. Yet it kept getting surprisingly good reviews. And I made the mistake of smelling it one day in Sephora. (Yeah.)

So while standing in line to pay for my purchases during a recent VIB sale, I saw a mini version for "only" $25 (minus the 20 per cent!) and thought, "What the heck?"

It was a dangerous, costly move (literally), my lovelies. Because the truth revealed itself that day: I can never, ever be without this cream again. No matter that it doesn't actually do a thing to chase away my cellulite with its fancy-shmancy super-caffeine stuff. (Nothing works for my cellulite besides weight loss—I don't expect it to.)

The smell is almost other-worldly: Nutty, coconutty, sweet, but not too sweet, and tropical. Like a white-sand beach in Hawaii. I want to take a bath in this scent. Then there's the fact that it's incredible at what it does. My skin is sensitive and dry, so I need to use a good, rich lotion daily. But I have zero patience for products that feel greasy and take forever to soak in. (I'm looking at YOU, Body Shop Body Butter.) This one soaks in almost immediately. And, as a bonus, it leaves a beautiful, but subtle sheen on the skin that is perfect in the summer, and a luxurious treat at every other time of year.

Is the $57 price tag painful? Absolutely. BUT, when you factor in the fact that the large tub, at 8.1 ounces, is much larger than any $10 tube of cream from the drugstore, it's slightly less offensive. And if you wait for one of the VIB sales like I do, it's almost reasonable. Sort of. (Okay, not really. But I do it anyway.)

Weird downside: My cat HATES the smell of this. He literally runs away when he smells it on me. Small price to pay.

If you're not ready to commit, you could try the 2.5-ounce tub for $25. (But get the big tub. I promise you'll love it, and it's better bang for your buck. You're welcome.)

Have you tried Sol de Janiero's Brazilian Bum Bum (pronounced "boom boom") cream? Are you planning to? If not, does the name at least make you giggle? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.

Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte: Review and Photos

Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Lipsticks in (left to right) 101 Cream Beige, 103 Warm Beige, and 203 Cold Pink.

If you're a makeup aficionado, the liquid lipstick craze that has overtaken YouTube is not news to you. But liquid lipsticks that are comfortable and don't suck all the moisture out of your lips might be, right?

Enter Make Up For Ever's Artist Liquid Matte Lipsticks, which have an intensely pigmented, mousse-like formula that sits lightly on the lips, dries matte, and wears well. Trust Make Up For Ever to take a product that everyone else does, dial up the pigment, and blow the formula out of the water—am I right?

One of my favourite things about these lipsticks, oddly, is how they wear off. Some liquid lipsticks are so long-wearing that you almost have to chip them off. You end up with a patchy ring around your lips. Not cute. These wear off very much like regular lipsticks—just not as quickly!

I have three shades to show you: today 101 Cream Beige, 103 Warm Beige, and 203 Cold Pink.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick in 101 Cream Beige.

Note that 101 and 103 are quite similar. 103 is actually a touch cooler, in spite of the name.

Artist Liquid Matte in 103 Warm Beige.

Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte in 203 Cold Pink.

Cold Pink is definitely my favourite of the three. It reminds me very much of BITE Beauty's Mauvember. The cool tones make my skin look bright and healthy—don't you think?

Application tip:

You need very little of this product. You can apply with the doe-foot applicator, but I find it applies a little more product than you need. This will make your lipstick take forever to dry, and more likely to crack. I suggest using a lip brush, or if you're lazy like me, apply with the doe-foot, but then blot with some tissue before it dries.

You can find Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick at Sephora for $25 Canadian. Right now they have 15 shades, and I hope we'll see more soon.

Are you a liquid lipstick fan? Have you tried these? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: These products were provided by PR for my consideration.

Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara: Review and Photos

Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara

I am forever in search for the PERFECT black mascara that will make it look like I'm wearing either false lashes or extensions. I want length, I want volume, I want separation, I want BLACK, and I want it to last all day without flaking or smudging. I also want it to wash off fairly easily, because I hate fussing with waterproof formulas. And I'm willing to pay for it.

Givenchy's new Noir Interdit ("Forbidden Black") Mascara delivers on all those counts. It took me awhile to warm up to it, but I am IMPRESSED. Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara gives my beloved Le Volume de Chanel a run for its money. (And that's saying something.)

Here are a few things you should know:

  1. Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara has the coolest wand/brush I've ever seen. First of all, there are bristles only on one side of the brush, so you don't need to rotate. Second, the bristles are plastic, but magically, they don't hurt like some other plastic bristles do. Third, and most importantly, the brush head moves. Have you ever tried that mascara trick where you bend the wand 90 degrees to make it easier to reach certain lashes? It's handy, but I've always been afraid to try it on a high-end mascara for fear the head would break right off. With Noir Interdit, there's a little joint that moves the head back and forth as you wish. Brilliant!
     
  2. This mascara requires some patience, because you NEED to build it. Like, a lot. When I first tried it, I wasn't wowed, because one coat delivers a very natural look. Meh. I was expecting something more like Le Volume de Chanel, which delivers the drama right away. But with a little patience, you can build up Noir Interdit to look quite dramatic, and it delivers better separation than Le Volume de Chanel. The wand design really lets you coat each lash without making them stick together.
     
  3. The stuff LASTS. It's tough to find a dramatic mascara that doesn't smudge or flake, but this stuff stays put all day—even if I wear it on my lower lash line. Win!
     
  4. The scent is INTENSE. It's my least favourite part of this mascara. You're struck with a very strong floral scent as soon you open it. It lingers as you apply, and sticks around for about half an hour afterward. If you like the scent, great! If you're like me and sensitive to scents, it's not the best. But this mascara is good enough that I'm (mostly) willing to overlook this feature.

Ready for a closer look?

Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara. How about that luxe packaging, though? Mmmmm.

See the hinged brush head? Pretty cool.

Bare lashes for comparison purposes.

One coat of Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara. This is about 10-12 swipes per eye. (Top lashes only.)

This is...several coats of Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara. Remember how I said it requires some patience? I used a stopwatch, and this took a solid three minutes of swiping (mostly on the top—I wear just a brush of mascara on the bottom). This is the kind of look I like.

This is...several coats of Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara. Remember how I said it requires some patience? I used a stopwatch, and this took a solid three minutes of swiping (mostly on the top—I wear just a brush of mascara on the bottom). This is the kind of look I like.

Here's the full look, for effect. Here are a few of the other products I'm wearing:

  • Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Ink Liner in M-62 (I've been wearing this almost daily since I got it)*
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Color Paint in L-54*
  • Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte in 203*
  • Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Blushglow (Nordstrom Exclusive—I LOVE this)
  • Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette
    *PR sample

Overall, I like this mascara. A lot. And for a luxury mascara, the price, C$38, isn't bad. (I willingly shell out more for my beloved Chanel—we shall see if this replaces it!) You can find it at Sephora.

What do you think? Have you tried this mascara, or any other luxe mascara? Was it worth the price tag? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: This product was provided by PR for my consideration.