Wednesday, 19 July 2017

May/June 2017 Empties

I have another 2 month combination of empties for you today. I'm afraid I don't have anything too interesting, much less spectacular to share with you this time. I am at the end of so many products but they just won't die! I am hopeful July and August empties will be a bit more interesting. 

Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner - Another one bites the dust. Cupboard is still full of this stuff but I am slowly putting a dent in it. (review here)

Estee Lauder DayWear I got this in a gift with purchase set. I quite like it, especially for the summer months and it has a SPF 15. I have gone through numerous jars of this over the years.   

Eos Hand Lotion in Fresh Flowers - Best purse hand lotion. Packaging is great for on the go and works very well. I have gone through many and will go through many more. Fresh flowers is my scent of choice out of the three available. (review here)

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation - Another empty of this. Love it, already repurchased x2. I wear Intensity 2.0.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara - One of my holy grails. The only mascara on the market, to my knowledge, that doesn't smudge on me. This is my "work" mascara as it does the job and lasts all day but doesn't give me as much "va-voom" as other mascaras. Already repurchased in the big tube.

Origins Hand Lotion in Spearmint & Lemon was ok. Had a mega strong scent. Was off putting to a few people I know. It did moisturize well. A perfect size for the purse. I have a set of these in different scents but I would not buy them again due to the price and the powerful scents.

Origins yet again. Plantscription serum. I have been using this for years and I really like it. Seems to be keeping the fine lines at bay. Already repurchased.

Beautyblender - This was my third beauty blender. It's lost it's bounce and it feels kind of gross on the bottom despite my frequent washings of it. Two new ones already repurchased and in use. Can't live without this now. (review here)

That's all for now folks!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Verb Leave-In Mist - Review

I am almost done this bottle so I thought it was high time that I did a review on it. Verb is a brand that is sold at Sephora. I am not sure who else carries it. My bottle is the larger one, 8 oz. I bought it for $14 U.S. in the States last year. It is $18 Canadian currently at Sephora. You can buy a smaller size for travel if you are interested. I have copied the below information about this product straight from Sephora's Website:

What it is:A hydrating mist to tame unruly hair and prep it for styling.

Key benefits:
- Detangles and conditions hair
- Preps the hair for any style
- Adds shine and smooths

If you want to know more…
The essential step between washing and styling, this multitasking formula was created to moisturize, detangle, nourish, smooth, tame frizz, repair ends, add shine, prevent breakage, enhance elasticity, protect from heat, and prep for styling. Light enough to use mid-day to refresh, the luxurious mist seals, protects, and repairs while detangling.

I bought this for its detangling and refreshing properties. It does both of those jobs reasonably well. I do find that you can only get one "refresh" really out of this product. It leaves my hair super soft, shiny and pumps up my hair when my curls have gone flat. If you use too much though your hair can go poufy when it dries so you have to be careful. I typically use it on dry hair, but it is meant to be used on towel dried hair. I am not sure that using this alone on towel dried hair would cut it for my frizzy locks but I think it would be good enough for most people.

Will I repurchase? Yes, very likely. It is not the holy grail refresher product that I long for, but it works in a pinch. The price point is very good. It smells a bit perfumed but it's not a bad smell.

Packaging: 8/10
Easy to Work With: 8/10 (can be a bit too wet)
Touchable Hair: 9/10
Humidity Resistance: 7/10
Hold: 7/10
Volumizing: 9/10
Price: 10/10
Ingredients: 9/10
Value for Money: 8.5/10
Would I buy this again? YES
Overall Rating: 8.5/10

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser - Review

Hello lovelies! I'm back. It's been too long. I just came back from vacation - I was in South Carolina and Georgia the past couple of weeks. I'm getting myself back into the groove and my poor blog has been so neglected lately. Let's get into it.

I bought this cleanser during one of Sephora's VIB Rouge sales so I got 20% off I think. Thank goodness because this stuff is crazy expensive. I have the smaller bottle which 1.7 oz. or 50 ml. It's $55 Canadian or $42 U.S. I really like that it is in a glass pump bottle. Bad news though it appears. I see on Sephora's website that they are now putting this cleanser into a plastic tube. Boo. Not pleased about that. Looks like the bigger size is still in glass but the price is over $100! Choke.

Despite the packaging change, I will be repurchasing. I think this is the best cleanser exfoliator that I have ever used. Whenever my skin is feeling bumpy or flaky this is what I reach for. It says you can use it daily but frankly it costs so dang much that I only use it 2-3 times a week. I am tempted to up my usage, price be damned. After using this, my skin feels better, looks better and is so much softer. Effective yet gentle. My moisturizer and makeup sit on my skin so much better after use. I even like the smell although it could be argued that it smells a bit herbal. My only complaint would be that the pump can be a tad weak or sluggish.

This is definitely one of the best products that I have discovered in recent months. If you have been thinking about trying this, you really should.

Packaging: 10/10 (in glass)
Texture: 10/10
Price: 6/10
Ingredients: 10/10
Easy to Work With: 10/10  
Travel Worthy: 8/10
Deep Cleans: 10/10
Moisturizing: 9/10
Comfortable/Softening: 9/10
Blemish Fighting: 7/10 (I might score this higher if I was smart and used it more often)
Smell: 9/10
Would I buy this again? HELL YES
Overall Rating: 9.5/10 (price is really my only issue)  

Monday, 22 May 2017

March/April 2017 Empties

I have combined my March/April empties this time around. Let's get into it.

Clinique Smart Night Custom-Repair Moisturizer - I thought this was ok. It came in a gwp. I would use it again but I'm not sure if I would rush to buy it.

Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner - Another one bites the dust. I've mentioned before I have a cupboard full of this stuff. Got to get rid of some of the stash as I am bored with it but it's good so I will never waste it. (review here)

Estee Lauder Resilience Lift I got this in a gift with purchase set. It's ok. Would not repurchase as Estee Lauder makes better moisturizers. 

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes I buy these for travel but I am not convinced that I particularly love them. Maybe would repurchase.

Klorane Floral Water Make-Up Remover - I talk about how much I love this product all of the time. Nothing compares. I've already repurchased 3 bottles. I am not joking. (review here)

REN Clean Skincare Global Protection Evercalm Day Cream - this was a travel sized tube. I really like this product for the summer months but I used it this past spring for kicks. I would totally repurchase. (review here)

Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser - I got this free with my clarisonic ages ago. It's really quite refreshing! I have no idea what the ingredients are and I am not crazy about the smell. Also, I don't think it does enough for my skin.

Nivea Body Milk Pure & Natural - This has been in my monthly empties a few times now. It's a really good daily lotion for both summer and winter weather. I like that the ingredients aren't a chemical cocktail. I have already repurchased. (review)

Origins A Perfect World SPF 25 Moisturizer - This just wasn't for me. It smelt funny, I wasn't crazy about how it felt on my skin and it turned quickly to a hard, dark substance. My skin still freckled under it. Didn't work well in my opinion. Throwing out what is left.

Eos Hand Lotion in Fresh Flowers - Best for purse hand lotion. Packaging is great for on the go and works very well. I have gone through many and will go through many more. Fresh flowers is my scent of choice out of the three available. (review here)

Korres Body Butter in Guava - This may be my favourite scent. This stuff works well and I recently got some more as a gift. A couple of ingredients are not the best but I used this sparingly. (review here

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation - Another empty of this. Love it, already repurchased x2. I wear Intensity 2.0.

Klorane Make-up Remover Biodegradable Wipes - These did not work well. Bought them for travel. Smelt nice, were refreshing and soothing but left a hell of a lot of makeup on my face.

That's it and that's lots I think! Nail polish show and tell later this week.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

OPI My Chihuahua Bites! - Show and Tell Plus Swatch

I got a pedicure last week with OPI My Chihuahua Bites! I am not keen on red nail polish on my toes per se but this one looked more like an orange pink to me. It's actually a red orange pink. Very spring, very hello summer. The colour is growing on me and I think I really am starting to be quite fond of my choice...

Monday, 24 April 2017

OPI GelColor Don't Bossa Nova Me Around - Show and Tell plus Swatch

I couldn't resist and I got another shellac manicure with OPI Gel Color in Don't Bossa Nova Me Around. I liked the colour so much that I ran out and bought the regular OPI nail polish in the same colour. They look identical to me even thought I know sometimes there is a subtle difference between the gel colour and the regular polish. Those are my real nails in the picture above in case anyone is wondering. They are getting long! I think square suits my hands, but the manicurist told me to try coffin the next time. So we'll see.

I really like this colour and I think it goes with anything. I believe it is discontinued so if you like it hurry up and get it from your local Trade Secrets or beauty supply place. It's from the OPI Brazil collection.

Also, got a pedicure...not the same day though. Will put that post up tomorrow.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Maybelline Master Precise Curvy Liquid Liner - Review and Swatch

There has been a lot of talk about this liquid liner, both good and bad, and quite frankly curiousity got the better of me and I had to buy one. Let's start with the price. According to Maybelline's website, the retail price is $7.99 U.S. I  honestly don't remember what I paid for this, but I do remember it was expensive! I think I paid at least $13, possibly $16 Canadian for it.This is Maybelline we are talking about and it's drug store makeup for crying out loud! I don't buy much makeup from the drug store and let me tell you every time I do, the price points blow me away these days. I mean for maybe $5 more I can get a kick ass liquid liner from Sephora!

Packaging. It's a little different, even cute in the capsule shape. The liner itself is a felt tip line with the most unusual shape. Please see the picture below. I wasn't sure how to use this liner at first, but I figured it out quite quickly. I use the narrow tip at the end to draw the line and then I turn it sideways to create a wing with the wider part of the liner. In all seriousness, this liner works fantastically in terms of drawing it on. It's so easy to use and draw a nice winged line with. I totally would suggest this liner for a beginner.

It only comes in "Black" I believe. The black shade is not jet black. It's more of a dirty brown black. So if you want jet black, this liner is not for you. This liner has a major drawback for me and from what I can see from the reviews online, I am not alone in my complaint. This liner smudges like crazy and is constantly moving all around my face. It's not a good look. It doesn't seem to ever fully dry and while it doesn't transfer to my upper lid area, it's constantly moving sideways on me. If you touch your face at all, ever, do not buy this liner. If you have watery eyes, allergies or are going out into any type of warm weather, this is not for you. When I use my Stila or Kat Von D liquid liners, I do not have this issue. The liner stays put. The only way I could honestly recommend this is if you have dry skin, dry eyes and are only going out for a short period of time say 4 hours or less. Otherwise, it's a hot mess that you will have on your hands.

I wouldn't dream of wearing this if I was going out more than briefly and certainly wouldn't take it on vacation with me where I would need it to perform in a hot climate. No way.

It feels like you are using a magic marker when you apply it. It isn't as soft or nice feeling as higher end brands.

Below I have a few swatches showing both the shade of the product and the different thicknesses you can create with the wand. Not the prettiest picture, but I think you get the drift.

Packaging: 9/10
Pigmentation: 7.5/10
Easy to Work With: 10/10
Longevity: 2.5/10
Texture: 6/10
Price: 4/10  
Ingredients: 6/10
Comfort: 7/10
Travel Worthy: 0/10
Smudge Proof: 0/10
Flake and Clump Proof: 10/10
Attractiveness of Product: 8/10 at first than 1/10
Would I buy this again? NO 
Overall Rating: 4/10