Thursday, November 23, 2017
I recently started dabbling into hair care products, and hair masks. I have long, thick, color treated hair and it does get dry. Hair masks have become a favorite weekly routine for me. It's amazing how nice your hair feels when you're done. It really does make a difference. My hair always feels so smooth, and healthy when I'm done. I was recently sent these products, and I couldn't wait to try them out. Marc Anthony is a Toronto based celebrity hair stylist and these products are sold worldwide. The first product I tried was the Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco, it is a dry styling oil that adds shine and tames frizz. This product felt very lightweight on my hair and tamed my hair. You really don't need a lot of product. I like to use this when I braid my hair and take it out in the morning. It helps smooth out my hair and my waves look really nice.
I also received two hair masks, and these are nice sized packages. I'm able to get two uses out of them and I have alot of hair. I think if you have less hair than me, you can probably get even more uses out of them. When I initially put the Macadamia Oil Deep Rescue Conditioning Treatment on my hair, it felt like a very thick conditioner. After shampooing, I applied the treatment and waited about 5-10 mins before rinsing it out. This product claims that "bamboo extracts corrects, strengthens, and boosts shine while restoring dry, dull, frizzy hair." I haven't tried the Coconut Oil Shea Butter Conditioning Treatment yet, but I will this weekend. I expect to love it as well, if I don't I will update this post to advise readers.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think hair treatments and hair masks are the same. I would love to try out more Marc Anthony hair care products. I've seen them at my local Shoppers/Pharmaprix. The affordable price is an added benefit.
Have you tried any Marc Anthony Products?
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Christmas is right around the corner and one of my favorite parts of Christmas is the stockings. If you're looking to treat the beauty lover in your life, here are some ideas.
So...? has perfumes and body mists available and I've been loving the Vanilla Milkshake mist. I'm very sensitive to scents and these really don't bother me throughout the day. They are not too strong, and will appeal to a variety of women. I have also seen gift sets available.
Bath Fizzer are all the rage, and I think it's a great stocking stuffer idea. I know my son will be getting some bath bombs in his stocking. This I Love...fizzer was great because it was split in two and we were able to get two baths out of it.
I think single brushes or small sets would be great to give as a stocking stuffer. This EcoTools Micro Blending Brush has been perfect for concealer and color corrector. Real Techniques and EcoTools have some great single brushes or duo sets that would be great as well.
The winter weather will wreck havoc on your lips and the Flexitol Lip Balm has been saving my lips. I apply before bed and in the morning and my lips have been doing great. My lips are softer and smoother and I would love to get another one in my stocking. Hand lotion would also be great.
Real Techniques Mini Miracle Complexion Sponges
I use a beauty sponge most days when applying my makeup, but I haven't used any mini sponges. These Real Technique sponges expand very nicely and I am able to blend out my concealer, apply liquid highlighter and use it to add powder under my eyes.
I've been wanting to get into face masks and I think they would be great to get as a gift. I have this charcoal peel off mask that I will be trying. Putting a few masks in a stocking would be a fun way to try new masks.
*Products were provided in consideration for review. All opinions are my own.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
What do you do when everyone raves about a palette, and you don't like it as much as everyone else? Don't you feel like you're missing something? I've gone back and forth with the Modern Renaissance palette trying it over and over again. I'm a warm toned eyeshadow lover, and I really want to love this palette but I'm back to the same conclusion, I don't really like it that much. Looking at the palette, I love the color scheme. However, when I use it on my eyes. I'm underwhelmed. This past week, I tried to figure out what I don't like about this palette. Here are a few things that I came up with: This palette is very pigmented and I go in feeling a little hesitant. I don't feel confident when I use this palette. You can go very wrong, very fast with a palette that is too pigmented. These shadows are soft and do blend well, but I'm still hesitant with the matte shades. I also feel like they blend together and blend into one color very easily. I don't feel like this is a beginner friendly palette. The second thing I don't like about this palette is the shimmer shades. The colors really don't appeal to me, and I think that has a huge part in why this isn't a favorite palette of mine. I pretty much always wear a shimmer shade on my lid, and these shades are too light. There really isn't any mid toned shimmer shades. It's either very light, or very dark. This third issues I have is that the shimmers don't last long on my lids. Compared to other shadows that I use, these don't have the same lasting power.
Again, I ask what do you do when everyone loves a product and you don't? Well I tried it again, and I came to the same conclusion. I'm not going to feel bad that this product doesn't work for me. ABH's formula may not be for me. I stayed away from Subculture because so many people complained about the blendability. We all heard about the Subculture controversy. Knowing what I feel about this palette, I knew I had to stay away from Subculture. I'm also not really wanting to try the Prism palette, the palette doesn't inspire me.
Monday, November 20, 2017
NYX Perfect Filter Olive You Palette- I was excited to pick this palette up at Shoppers because I've been needing a break from all the warm orange/red palettes. I've heard good things about the NYX Perfect Filter palettes and decided to give this one a try. I really love the green/olive tones in the palette and it has a nice mixture of mattes and shimmers.
Real Techniques Color Correcting Brush Set- This set comes with 4 dome shadow brushes and 4 mini sponges. This set is suppose to be used for color correcting, but I don't really color correct that much. I really like the dome shadow brush to apply my transition shade, and I also love these brushes for concealer. I thought this set of 4 would be great to have the extra brushes. I have tried the Real Technique mini sponges, and I really do like them.
Hard Candy Sheer Envy Long Lasting Setting Spray- It's been awhile since I used a Hard Candy setting spray and I decided to give this one a try. So far the nozzle seems to spray evenly and it smells nice.
Rimmel Instaflawless Primer (Radiant)- This primer gives me skin an nice radiant glow. I'm still testing it out, and I will have a full review to come. I have dry skin and I look for radiant, hydrating primers to wear. I haven't seen this is many drugstores but I was able to pick it up at Walmart.
Annabelle Cosmetics Highlighter- I've been trying out liquid/cream highlighters and decided to give this one a try too. I wear these on their own for a more natural highlight. I also like layering my highlight with a cream underneath. Layering my powder highlight on top of a cream allows my highlight to last all day. This champagne shade seems to work well on my fair skin.
ELF Eye Refresh- The eye refresh claims to "brighten and refresh the under eye to help alleviate puffiness and dark circles." I recently discovered that hydrating my under eye before concealer works wonders. I wanted to give this one a try since it is very affordable. Elf also has a eye refresh cream that I would like to try out.
Delectable Hand Cream 4 Pack- Cake Beauty has released a hand cream four pack and I picked it up. I love the smell of these hand creams and they don't feel greasy. This cooler weather demands that I stock up on hand cream and all things hydrating.
Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?
Friday, November 17, 2017
One of the palettes I've been playing around with lately is the new, BH Cosmetics Shaaanxo Remix palette. This is a double sided eyeshadow palette with 9 shades on each side. The neutral shadows can also be found in the original palette that she released with BH Cosmetics. (I did post a review, that you can find here) I was very excited for the warmer side, knowing that I already loved the neutral shadows. The warmer side has some very trendy shades and I couldn't wait to try them out. I was very happy with the pigmentation and blendability. I'm no stranger to BH Cosmetics shadows and I was not disappointed. These shadows build very well, and last all day. I also swatched the original shades with my original palette to see if there was a difference. I was happy to see the new shades were more pigmented. The only let down was the terracotta shade which I felt was drier than the original palette. It still looks very nice, and pigmented but doesn't feel as creamy.
The other addition that I was very happy to see was the names. Alot of palettes are released without names and I prefer to see shade names on the actual palette. *Please stop with the plastic overlay that always gets lost* This is especially useful if a Youtuber is releasing a palette. When they do tutorials, it's much easier to follow along. Why is a sticker so hard to put on a palette? I'm also hoping that Shannon will do more tutorials with her palette.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
|Boxycharm Unboxing November 2017|
My Boxycharm has arrived for this month, and each month I'm excited to open the box and see what's in there. Truthfully, I look out for spoilers all month long and then wait impatiently for my box to get to me...Boxycharm costs me 33$ Canadian including shipping. You receive 5 full size products, and the brands are very good. As a Canadian, I also receive brands that are not easy for me to get.
The first product I unboxed was the Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray. I do believe this is a full sized product. Cover FX is a brand that I've heard about but never tried any of their products and I was excited to get this. I always use a setting spray but never an illuminating one.
I also received a full size lipstick by the brand LAQ A & Co. The color I received is a very dark brown, and I don't think I will use it. The packaging is gorgeous though. I will probably pass this one along.
Next up was three KNC Beauty Collagen Lip Masks. I haven't tried any lip masks in the past, and I'm excited to give these a try. The product description claims to be an "Innovative jelly mask for your lips that hydrate moisturize and plump your pout with natural ingredients."
Luxie Beauty collaborated with Boxycharm to include a travel set of brushes. I love trying new brushes and will give these a try. I think they will be great for travel or putting in my work makeup bag. They are quite small, but still functional. I wouldn't keep them with my every day brushes.
The last product in the bottom of the box was an eyeshadow palette by Winky Lux. Previously I received their eyebrow pencil in a box and did like it. This eyeshadow palette looks so pretty, and I can't wait to try it. The Kitten palette is not exclusive to Boxycharm, you can order it from Winky Lux for 25$. I do see they have some other palettes available as well.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
|Vichy 3-1 Purete Thermale Cleanser (Cleansing Milk, Toner, Eye Makeup Remover)|
I came across this product when a sale representatives at my local drugstore recommended this product. I've since repurchased this product and really enjoy using it as a makeup remover and initial cleanser on my skin. This product works well with my sensitive skin, and being a contact lens wearer. This product can be used with or without water. You can apply it with a cotton pad to remove your makeup, or use with water to lather and cleanse your face and remove makeup. When I'm looking to repurchase this product, I like to wait until I see a "special format" available that includes more product. The larger format is a great value for the same price, and I see they do this often.
I have been using and loving this Vichy 3-1 Cleanser. It claims to be a cleansing milk, toner, and eye makeup remover. I use this primarily as my makeup remover. I apply it using my fingers, swirl it around my face/eyes and then I take a polyester makeup remover cloth (Review Here.) I am able to get all my makeup off, including any waterproof mascara. My skin feels very hydrated and smooth when I'm done. Afterwards, I use another gentle cleanser and my silicone facial brush ( Review Here) and deep cleanse my skin. I mentioned that I'm a contact lens wearer and I've tried other makeup removers that really sting my eyes. This product doesn't sting my eyes at all. This is a white creamy product that I feel works great on my dry skin.
I haven't tried other Vichy products but I would love to explore the brand a little more. They have a wide range of skincare products and I'm pretty new to skincare. If I'm being honest, I need skincare 101 lessons. I haven't tried many products because I generally have good skin and I've been afraid to try something and irritate my skin. As I'm getting older, I see the need to use skincare as a preventative measure and I'm interested in learning more and trying new products.