Jun 04 2014

What’s new at the Local Drugstore?


What’s new at the Local Drugstore? A few days ago, I posted that the major local drugstore/pharmacy in The Bahamas was carrying the new Revlon Rio Rush Collection and noted my surprise at the stock of newly released/”new-ish” products.

As a result, I felt that this post was necessary because my shock at the selection and availability went far beyond just the one collection. Dem get (“They have”) everything in there!  O.K., maybe not EVERYTHING, but a wider selection than what I’ve been previously accustomed to.

Now, as I said before, I haven’t been drugstore make-up shopping at home in a long, long while so I may be behind the curve on this one. However, I will say that I was in the store about two months ago and it was nothing like this.

The local drugstore in Harbour Bay Shopping Centre (east end of the island) recently underwent some renovations, which, among other things, paved the way for a separate “cosmetics section” which includes brands such as Maybelline, Revlon, Black Opal, and NYC. Other shelves are lined with a variety of beauty-related products of the hair care and skin variety, such as L’Oreal’s Advanced Hair Care line to Neutrogena’s Ant-Aging line.


Revlon - Nassau Bahamas Local Drugstore
Black Opal - Nassau Bahamas Local Drugstore
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Jun 03 2014

Origins Perfect World SPF 25 Moisturizer


Welcome to the first installment of the Summer Essential SPF Sunscreen Series.

The Series kicks off with a review of Origins a Perfect World SPF 25 Age-Defense Moisturizer w/ White Tea, a moisturiser/sunscreen hybrid. This oil-free moisturizer is described on Origin’s website as a “super-charged, antioxidant moisturizer with White Tea, Maritime Pine and UVA/UVB sunscreens” that “surrounds skin in a protective bubble to help delay the appearance of premature aging signs”. The star ingredients include the following plant-based antioxidants: Silver Tip White Tea, Arabidopsis, Resveratrol and Maritime Pine. The product’s active ingredients include: Octisalate (5%), Avobenzone (3%), Octocrylene (2.7%), which are all chemical sunscreens (UVA/UVB) (Check out Skinacea.com (“Sunscreen 101”) for a great breakdown of the differences between chemical and physical sunscreens and other useful information on the subject.) It claims to be oil-free and is targeted toward combination to dry skin types. It does not claim to be water-resistant.

Origins A Perfect World

I tested out this product every day for a full two weeks under different conditions.

Upon application, the product feels thick. So much so that it reminds me of the thickness one usually associates with physical sunscreens. It took some effort to rub it in, but once you get it going it begins to take on more of a slippery, almost oil-like texture. Immediately after application there is a very slight “white-cast” (on my NC 25 complexion). I had my friend (NC 45) try this out as well and it left a whitish-grey cast upon initial application, which dissipated within 1-2 minutes. Basically you have to rub the product into your skin fairly well.

I wore this sunscreen/moisturiser with and without make-up. I did not have problems layering my primers (silicone based) or my foundations (Kat Von D, UD Naked, Clinique Stay Matte, Garnier BB) over this. I did find, however, that depending on what foundation I wore, I could begin to look oily about mid-afternoon. This was especially the case with the UD Naked Foundation and Garnier BB Cream. That being said, this did not break me out.

I did not experience symptoms of unprotected sun exposure while using this (such as burning, darkening of sun-spots etc.), however I was not exposed to the sun for prolonged periods. My activities included going to work, walking out of the office for lunch, an occasional out-door meal in day-light etc. In other words, I was not outside for more than 20 minutes. This product is not marketed for use during out-door sporting activities.

A Full Size is 1.7 oz and comes in jar form (you can find it at Origns.com). Would I purchase a full size? Probably not, I have used better moisturizing products with SPF which I enjoy more than this.


  • White/Grey Cast: Slight-Moderate depending on skin tone
  • Consistency: Thick to Medium
  • Did not break me out
  • Foundation Approved (unless using a dewy foundation with oily skin)
  • Best for: Dry, Combination, and Normal Skin Types (Note: However it may not work for skin that is not only dry but extremely de-hydrated)
  • May work for: Combination/Oily Skin Types
  • Not good for: Very Oily Skin Types
  • Best used for: Normal daily activities with limited sun exposure. Not recommended for use in situations of pro-longed sun exposure
  • Cost: High (Retail $41.00 USD)
  • Available Locally: No (Check Origins.com , Sephora.com, Nordstrom.com and/or similar retailers)


For perspective on skincare product reviews, it’s always useful to know a little something about the reviewer’s skin type. Rather than repeating the information in every post, I have a summary on the “My Skin States” page.



All products mentioned in this post were purchased by the author with the author’s own money. The thoughts and opinions expressed are the author’s own. Unless expressly stated, the author does not represent and is not affiliated with the brands, services, and websites mentioned. See Disclaimer for more information.




Jun 01 2014

Giveaway! MAC Alluring Aquatics Collection (CLOSED)


It’s giveaway time! I recently hauled a few items from the MAC Alluring Aquatics Limited Edition Collection. As you may recall the haul included three products, but I only featured two. I figured that since the collection came to The Bahamas a little later than some other places, I would pick up something extra to share the love. So I grabbed an extra lipstick!

The feature of this collection is the awesome packaging, but there were also some standout products. I think the most popular lipsticks were Mystical and Enchanted One, but I thought Mystical would be the most flattering on the widest range of skin tones. Mystical is a cremesheen, mid-tone rosy-pink that makes a gorgeous everyday lip. Application is smooth and fuss free.


MAC Alluring Aquatics - MysticalGiveaway MAC Alluring Aquatics - Lipstick in Mystical


Oh, and don’t worry the lipstick for the giveaway is not the one pictured here in the sand, that is mine. The lipstick awarded to the winner is brand new, has not been removed from its packaging or opened.

Thanks for stopping by to check us out at Beauty Isles and Goodluck!

Giveaway rules:

This giveaway will run for 18 days, beginning 2nd June, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. EST (midnight) and ending on 19th June, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST

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Eligibility: Open to U.S., The Bahamas and U.K. legal residents over the age of 18.

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All products mentioned in this post were purchased by the author with the author’s own money. The thoughts and opinions expressed are the author’s own. Unless expressly stated, the author does not represent and is not affiliated with the brands, services, and websites mentioned. See Disclaimer for more information.




Jun 01 2014

Chanel Le Volume de Chanel (Noir): Application and Review.


Le Volume de Chanel

Ah, Chanel’s Volume de Chanel. So beautiful. So coveted. Loved by beauty junkies and enthusiasts, this little number did a number on me. My obsession with getting my hands on it reached a state of frenzy after one of my favourite youtubers, Mrs. Lola Lynn, featured it in one of her weekly favourites videos (link)  back in November and in subsequent videos.  I encourage you to check it out (she gets into the mascara at about the ten minute mark). If that review doesn’t make you want to drop everything and run to the store, I’m not sure what will.

I totally planned on getting it immediately but then the holidays came around and gift-shopping consumed me.

Lucky me, my boyfriend included it in my Christmas gift. No doubt he was sick of me stalking the make-up counters at every department store I walked into, ogling it.

But that was nearly six months ago, you say – it must be nearing the end of its unfortunately short little life (damn mascara rules!).

Well no, not really. Such was my desire to savour every swipe of this mascara against my helplessly sparse lashes that I painstakingly waited, like a good little girl, until I had finished every last tube of open mascara. It took awhile – I didn’t open the damn thing for four months! But when I did, it was magnificent. The application below I think attests to that.

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May 31 2014

Revlon Rio Rush Swatches (Eye-shadow Quad Exotic)


As promised, here are the swatches for the Revlon Rio Rush Collection Eye-shadow quad in Exotic.

There were two eye-shadow quads (Exotic and Wild) in this collection. I chose the Exotic Quad over the Wild Quad as the colours were more appealing to me. There is a Urban Decay Electric Palette kinda vibe to the neon yellow and purple shadows.

Revlon Rio Rush ExoticRevlon Rio Rush Exotic 2


I don’t own the UD Electric Palette but based on what I have seen in the way of reviews, I would venture to say that the pigmentation of these Revlon palettes does not compare. Nevertheless, the Exotic quad may be a nice option for those looking for a pop of colour at a drugstore price tag.

As you can see from the swatches, the colours pick up differently on different skin tones. For example, the champagne colour is barely noticeable in the first swatch, but packs a little bit more of a punch in the second swatch. Despite this, I would say that in general the payoff of this colour in particular is poor and the shadow itself is packed with alot of glitter.

My favourites shade is the neon purple, though I already have something similar in my collection.

In addition to the two eye-shadow quads, this limited edition collection features four lipsticks in the Revlon Super Lustrous formula (Sultry Samba, Brazilian Tan, Carnival Spirit and Ipanema Beach), four nail laquers (Gold Goddess, Copa Sunset, OI Beautiful, and Carioca Crush), a Photo Ready Skinlights (liquid highlighter/bronzer) in Beach Bronze, and a gel eye liner in Rio Blue.

For more details and swatches on a larger selection of the collection check out this great blog post and review by My Beauty Box. She includes a overview of both quads, including eye-looks, three of the lipsticks, the eyeliner and all four nail laquers.

Revlon Rio Rush Swatches Exotic light

Revlon Rio Rush Exotic Swatches dark















  • Pigmentation: Average (brighter colours have more payoff, but vibrancy will depend on skin tone)
  • Price: Low ($10.30 BSD; $7.99 USD)
  • Available Locally: Yes. (Supplies will be limited. Check Lowe’s Harbour Bay)




All products mentioned in this post were purchased by the author with the author’s own money. The thoughts and opinions expressed are the author’s own. Unless expressly stated, the author does not represent and is not affiliated with the brands, services, and websites mentioned. See Disclaimer for more information.