Sunday, 24 March 2019

February 2019 Empties

Okay February empties, let's go! Have you ever been excited to get rid of a product because it was cluttering up your house, you paid good money but didn't want to waste it or you just got sick of something? I sure have and I've got a few of those for you in this month's empties!

Bath & Body Works Fresh Picked Strawberries Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap - I have been itching to get rid of this forever!!! I don't know what possessed me, but I went on this Bath & Body Works hand soap frenzy for a few years there and I just overdosed big time! I can't stand the smell of them anymore. I've really gone to low chemical hand soap in recent years and I just can't with these anymore. I have them in my guest bathrooms and I rarely use these myself but now I am on a mission to use them up and get them out, even if I force myself to use them personally once in awhile. Any of my friends reading this will be thinking, "sure, sure, give us the soap you are trying to get rid of, some friend you are! I see what you are doing there". Actually one friend already busted me doing it. She wanted my really nice plant-based French soap instead! Can't say I blame her. Anyway, I really didn't dig the smell of this particular one, so good riddance!

Aveeno Active Naturals Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion with Shea Butter - I don't care what Jennifer Anniston tells you, there are some Aveeno products that are wonderful and others not so much. This is a not so much one. I didn't find this one particularly moisturizing and the smell was not great. I won't be repurchasing. It's winter though so I am draining every bottle of moisturizer I have in the house.

Kiss My Face Air Kiss Light Moisturizing Lotion 2 in 1 in Olive & Aloe - I really liked this when I first bought it and it actually took me a couple of winters to use it up. It's great to use when you need to apply lotion super fast in the morning after a shower. I would consider repurchasing but I just got sick of it! I simply had it too long. Also, I have better moisturizers in my bathroom.

Aveeno Active Naturals Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion with Cooling Menthol - Now this product is the same "blue label" as other Aveeno product I just mentioned, but the two products are night and day! This one with the cooling menthol is the balm. I even got my Dad using it! I don't care how dry and irritated your skin is, this is the stuff to buy. Even helps rashes! Ashen bits, get this! Really moisturizes well too. I have already repurchased 2 more because I am worried they have or will discontinue this. I can't find mention of it on Aveeno's website anymore and will be very upset if it disappears. I even find this stuff gets rid of curling iron burns fast! 

Shiseido Facial Cotton - I'm addicted. A cotton ball just doesn't cut it for me anymore since I started using this. Already repurchased.

Urban Decay Vice Waterproof Liquid Lipstick in Amulet - This was a travel sized sample I got from Sephora. The colour was very pretty (I got a lot of compliments on it) but the formula was unbearably dry! I can see why the reviews aren't good and why people aren't talking about this product. I was done it in a flash. Will not repurchase.

Beautyblender - This was maybe my sixth beauty blender?  I can't live without this now. This one was a swirly one although it's so dirty you can't tell....I am finding the swirly ones last longer than the opaque colours but maybe it is my imagination. (review here)

Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara in 01 Black - This was a travel sized mascara. Great for the old purse. Already have repurchased another too. It really doesn't smudge on me which is almost unheard of.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 02 Raspberry - I got this as a sample from Sephora. I quite enjoyed it and it smelt great. Not much colour showed up on my lips so it was more of a super glossy clear lip glass. I would consider purchasing it but I don't feel I need it in my life so we will see.

Ok that's it for today! I'll try to get some more Drunk Elephant reviews up soon!

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Earth's Nectar Hair Care Nourish Conditioning Detangler - Review

Have you ever had a product that you bought for one purpose but then ended up using for another purpose? I have and today I am going to introduce you to one of those products - Earth's Nectar Hair Care Nourish Conditioning Detangler. First, the obvious. I bought this to use as a detangler. It isn't a very good detangler at all. Sorry Earth's Nectar....I bought this at Sephora (available online only) for $25 Canadian. It sells for $23.50 U.S. The reviews on Sephora's website are 3.6 out of 5 at the time of this post and I see I am not the only one who doesn't find this to be a very good detangler.

Guess what though? I love this product! I have been searching for years for a good hair refresher, especially when my hair is styled curly, and it infuses a wonderful softness to the hair and relaxes Day 2 curls so that my hair is manageable again or at least looks manageable! I find that even if I spritz this on when my hair is wet, that my hair feels so much softer and nicer when it is dry. My hair just becomes easier to work with. For the record I have naturally curly hair which I tend to straighten or wear wavy.

Also from the reviews I see on Sephora's website I am not the only one extolling the softness this brings to the hair. The product is light weight and does not weigh hair down. I will definitely be repurchasing! As you can see, I have gone through quite a bit of the bottle.

The only thing I am not keen about, besides the fact that the product doesn't detangle, is that the spray nozzle is that of an industrial cleaning product. It comes out fast and in large quantities when I spray it and it gets all over my neck, my shirt and my bathroom floor! I am sure I have lost a lot of product as a result! I am tempted to move this into another bottle! I am so careful when I spray it now. I have to say though that the packaging is nice and sturdy, good quality otherwise.

I have purchased another Earth's Nectar product and I might try another so I will keep you posted as to what I think about other Earth's Nectar products.

February 2019 Empties will be up in the next day or so. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Saturday, 16 February 2019

January 2019 Empties

I have a bunch of products sitting here that I need to share my reviews on for you guys but it's already February 16th and my empties will be stale talk very soon so let's tackle this!

Erbario Toscana Olive Oil Liquid Soap - I know I have said it a hundred times before but truly I don't show you all of the liquid hand soap that I go through. I am only mentioning this particular one because it was excellent! Smelt great, was moisturizing, and a good ingredient deck. It's made in Italy too. What's not to like? I have already repurchased 2 more. Bought it at Winners (Marshalls, TJ Maxx etc.) for $9.99 but look how big it is! Lasted me a good couple of months or more.

Aveeno Intensive Relief Hand Cream - I think this was my second tube of this and I have already bought a third and it is in use on my desk at work. Really like this product, perfect for hands.

Drunk Elephant Lippe Balm - I love most Drunk Elephant products, but not this one so much. Full review here.

Aveda Invati Advanced Exfoliating Shampoo  -  This was my second bottle of this shampoo I believe. It's only 200ml or 6.7 oz. so you go through it fast! It's $41 Canadian and I don't think I even got 10 shampoos out of one bottle. I don't have hair loss issues but my hair is not as thick as it once was so I thought I would try this to see if it made my hair thicker. I did notice a little difference after I shampooed with it, but as soon as I stopped and used another shampoo, the effect was gone immediately. I really don't feel that it did that much for my hair, and given the price point, I won't be buying it again. Maybe I have to use it for several months or a year to notice a difference, but I don't have time for that and I am not that desperate or rich. Volumizing styling products work just as well for me.

Not Your Mother's Whip It Up Cream Styling Mousse - I really should do a full review on this product because I have a lot to say about it. I am going to buy a full sized version so perhaps I will wait for that before I do a big review. I bought this at Ulta and paid very little for it. This one is a travel sized container. The product is not sticky, which I love, and it feels very nice in your hand and in your hair. It's an odd product though because I find it works really well in the winter months for me, but not so great in the summer. In the summer, I feel as though it doesn't tame frizz as well as it should and I get a few "straight" pieces of hair that don't match the rest of my head. I have naturally curly hair by the way. In winter, it works awesome, no frizz, hair is evenly curled, my hair is soft, volumized and touchable. So I am a bit mystified about the seasonal thing, but I am going to try a few things and see if they make a difference. If nothing else, it's good for winter!

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild - This product isn't very good at all. I have had this tube for an eternity. I had it in my shower to wash my face with some mornings when I didn't have any makeup on and I just want to wash my face quick. It doesn't really do anything for my skin at all. This was a gwp and I likely have another one kicking around, but I certainly wouldn't buy it on it's own.

Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Lightly Whipped Body Buttercream -  This was a sample and normally I don't review samples because you can't get a feel for a product really from a sample. I am mentioning this one today because the smell of this product was almost like nothing I had ever smelt before from a non-cheap body lotion. The smell almost knocked me off my feet in a horrible way. This body cream straight up smells like a cheap dollar store cookie scented candle. It is so gross! The smell alone makes it impossible for me to even consider even buying this product. The good news is that the product is very thick and works really well! I got 3 uses out of this sample and the moisturizing benefit was fantastic! What a shame it stinks!

Gehwol Softening Balm - This wasn't bad, it was a travel sized tube, but Gehwol makes better products than this one. Wouldn't repurchase but you can bet your bottom dollar I will be buying other Gehwol products again and again.

L'Occitane Amande Precious Hands Hand Cream - I love L'Occitane hand care products in general but I didn't dig the smell of this one. I have smelt much better almond scented products in general and also by L'Occitane!

L'Occitane Previous Cleansing Foam - I bought two of these together awhile back and I was not crazy about them at all. I am not even sure they clean your face whatsoever. This was a travel sized container so it was handy for travel but really was the most ineffective face wash I have ever used. Kept it in my shower for a quick face wash. Would not repurchase. I already finished the other container ages ago and now they are both done! Good riddance!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara - I am not going to beat this one to death again. Countless tubes finished, the only non-smudge mascara in my opinion. Already have 3 more tubes...

Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup - My big review is here. After finishing the bottle I actually think I might repurchase. I am very disappointed with the new Estee Lauder foundation that replaced my beloved Double Wear Light. I have a major review to do on that for you guys very soon. I have actually purchased a brand new non-Estee Lauder foundation for the first time in years and it is waiting in the wings to use this week. I will report back to you.

So that's it, and that is a lot for one month. Will be back with more reviews this week.  

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

December 2018 Empties

In case you haven't noticed, I love me some "Empties" posts! I like to see other bloggers and vloggers empties posts and I like to do mine. Gives me a sense of accomplishment. I know I have been slacking and have been grouping some of my empties posts into seasons over the last year or two but I did that either due to time constraints or a lack of quantity in a given month to justify a whole post on the topic. Well for December 2018, I have a number of empties and I am dying to recycle some of these babies!

Ok let's jump in. There are two products this past month that I am so happy to get rid of. I am filled with such a sick and twisted joy, words escape me. The first is the L'Oreal Professional Tec Liss Control Smooth Gel-Cream. I finished every last drop of this product, but I didn't love it. I don't dare tell you how old this bottle is. I am pretty sure this product was discontinued 100 years ago. It was ok, but not great. It can't touch Livingproof's Perfect Hair Day in terms of performance. The reason I am delighted to get rid of it, besides the fact that it has been hanging out in my bathroom for far too long, is that I was swindled into buying it by a hair dresser that had no clue about anything (second to worst hair experience of my life) and after he messed up my hair, wouldn't listen to me, he then made me feel bad about my hair to the point of which I was so upset, I caved and bought it. I think we have all had this experience at one time or another. I never darkened his doorstep again, have warned everyone in my town about him who would listen (he works in the biggest salon in town) and all I can say is good riddance to this product!

Now you might think I am crazy for not chucking out this product sooner as it was associated with a bad experience and the product really wasn't that great. The fact is that I paid good, hard earned money for this product and it worked ok enough. You can accuse me of many things, but I do not waste anything unless it causes me harm or I have a damn good reason it needs to go. I am not one of these people who say "well if it doesn't make me feel special, it's no good except for the trash". Sorry, that's not my jam.

Went off on a tangent there. Moving along. Clinique Quickliner For Eyes 06 Violet. This is an old school eyeliner that I probably should've chucked years ago (a normal person would have!) as it was never great, it pulled on my eyelids a touch, wasn't creamy and the applicator tip was total rubbish. I vowed to finish it out of principal. Again, hard earned money spent etc. I also have one in a green colour I am dying to get rid of. You must apply yourself this winter Alexis and use it up.....So I was cleaning my vanity the other day, picked this up, and the last bit of eyeliner fell out and it was hard as a rock. So it's finally bit the dust. Buh bye.

Klorane Floral Water Make-Up Remover - Love it. I'm not interested in your Bioderma. Countless bottles purchased and finished. Already repurchased. (review here)

Estee Lauder Double Wear Makeup To Go Liquid Compact in 2N1 Desert Beige - I have to be honest with you guys and tell you that I hated this product at first. I find it watery, runny and a bit of a mess. I don't care for the bulky packaging nor the "click/pump action" to get the product out. I disliked the product so much that I started only using it if I had to run out the door to do a quick errand and I didn't want to go totally bare faced. Over time, I found myself reaching for it. The product does look dewy and fresh - more so than the foundation that Estee Lauder is making nowadays (eye roll) but we will get into that separate conversation soon enough in the coming weeks. I got a hang of dabbing my beauty blender into the compact and I made sure to hold the compact away from myself when I dispensed the product out of the lower compartment because it has a habit of squirting maniacally sometimes. I got two of these together at the Estee Lauder MAC sale awhile back and I paid something ridiculous like $25 for two compacts as a set ($12.50 each hello!). Compared to what you pay for regular Double Wear foundation, it was a steal. I am just cracking open the second compact now. Would I buy this again? Only if I got it mega on sale like before. This packaging is seriously crap and I wouldn't dream of paying full price for it which is $50 Canadian for one. Insane. 

Gehwol Fusskraft Soft Feet Cream I don't think I have talked about much except in Empties posts. I really, really like this product and it works well on dry feet. I raved about it so much two of my co-workers bought it and they love it. I'm actually a bit upset that I don't have any on hand at the moment and I will be getting another one very soon. I miss it and even though I like my L'Occitane Foot Cream, there is just something I may like more about this product. Even the spa I go to remarked on how good my feet were looking and they wanted to know what I was using. I said well hey you sell the product....meanwhile most of the staff had never tried it! I do tend to buy this online though as it is cheaper I find. 

I have tried two Ouidad products and I have disliked both. I don't think I will be buying another. Ouidad Climate Control Frizz & Fly Away Fighter is one of them. I bought this bottle at Winners so I paid something like less than $10 I think for it. I didn't like the smell (hate the smell of Ouidad products...) and although it calmed down my frizz when I was in a pinch and had no time to restyle my hair, it make my hair sticky and it made my hair look kind of sticky. Not a fan. I really didn't use this product much, it went really fast! Happy to see it go. 

My holy grail - Living Proof Perfect Hair Day. I can't live without this. I am not sure if this was my second or third bottle finished. I am already onto a new bottle. I've said it before and I will say it again, if you try one new hair product this year, make it this one. 

I have gone through a number of tubes and jars of Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins over the years. I don't love it, but I like it. The product smells great and is comforting to my skin. I wish I saw more of a difference in the morning like I do with other products. I am not sure if I will rush to repurchase but I would gladly use up another one especially if it is a free gift with purchase lol. 

Ok Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara let's talk about this. I found this tube when I was cleaning up my vanity recently and this stuff is dried out...beyond recognition. So it's done. People rave about this mascara but I don't really get it. The wand is massive and pokey! I have small eyes and small, short lashes. I can't use this brush easily. As for the product itself, meh. It's alright but it doesn't rock my world. I think I have had a couple of these from holiday sets etc. over the years. I might still have a fresh one somewhere in my stash but I wouldn't buy this separately. Oh and you shouldn't say something is better than sex if it isn't. There, I said it. 

Origins Eye Doctor is easily one of my staple products. I have no clue how many jars of this I have gone through. Whenever I switch to something else, I live to regret it. Eye Doctor still doesn't do all that I need it to but it's the best I have found so far. Already repurchased. If any of you know of a fantastic eye cream for dark circles that I haven't tried, please let me know. 

Let's kill two L'Occitane birds with one stone here. I finished up another L'Occitane travel sized foot cream. I use this when I travel. Pretty straightforward. I do like it and buy it again and again. I am possibly more in love with the Gehwol Fusskraft Soft Feet Cream though. I got this mini L'Occitane hand cream in Arlesienne in a set of things from L'Occitane. At first I wasn't keen on the scent, then it grew on me. It was in my purse and went fast. I think I prefer some of there more basic scents but I would use this again. 

Finally, last empty is a tube of Korres Body Butter in Cassis Fig. I found the scent of this one a tad overpowering but the product itself worked well. I got these in a set and have been steadily ploughing through them for some time. This may have been the last of them, but I am not 100% sure as I strategically hid them around my house for easy access when I need some moisture. One may still pop up. I have a friend who loves these body butters like you wouldn't believe. I am not a fan of the ingredients so I likely will not repurchase.   

I am trying to decide if next I should do another Drunk Elephant review or talk about some Tatcha products that I have been saving myself to talk about. If you have a preference, let me know! 

 As a side note, blogger seems to refuse to let me make a blog post one uniform font. Sorry if my posts look crazy, I have no idea what is happening.  

Monday, 7 January 2019

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Frambois Glycolic Night Serum - Review

Hello! I promised you guys more Drunk Elephant product reviews so here is another.

I read a blog post awhile back which I can't locate now where the blogger said this was by far her favourite Drunk Elephant product. I am not sure if it is my favourite, but man does it work and it easily deserves 5 stars. This is a serum that you mix with Drunk Elephant's Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil, slap it on your face at night and then in aren't sure where your facial skin went, but somehow you have a new smooth, baby soft face that is visibly clearer and brighter than the face you had the night before! I noticed this the first night I used it.

It feels great wearing it - very moisturizing. Your moisturizer and makeup glide on so nicely the next day. Where has this been all of my life?

My skin has always responded well to glycolic products but this stuff works like nothing I have ever seen before. It is essential that you mix it with the Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil though or this stuff will burn! I accidentally had a small amount I didn't mix in with the oil properly one day and man did it sting. The face oil is a whole other conversation that I will save for another post. It is fantastic stuff though I will say that.

I bought the NightBright Duo from Sephora which contains an 8ml small bottle of the T.L.C. Frambois Glycolic Night Serum and an 8ml small bottle of the Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil which was $36 Canadian. Sephora claims it is a $55 value which I believe is true because if you crunch the numbers versus the full sized bottle (holy expensive!) and the amount of product in there, the NightBright Duo is very good value. I will definitely repurchase the T.L.C. Frambois Glycolic Night Serum in the full size one of these days, but hey I might just buy another NightBright Duo and get more bang for my buck if it is still available. 

This is the type of product that I don't think you should use nightly. Once or twice a week is likely plenty. As such, the two little bottles I have may last me for ages...

I highly recommend you check this product out!      

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Fall Empties 2018

I have a ton of concealer empties this time around. I decided to use them all up and put them to a final test! Let's see how it all shook out.

I managed to blow through another Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer this past Fall. I had one of these in my last empties post. I seem to have a bit of skin tone discolouration on one of my cheeks and I have been covering it up religiously for months. It has improved but it still bugs me. I decided though after buying this product constantly for the past few years that it isn't the best concealer I have in my arsenal. The colour Light Medium (Cool) that I have matches perfectly with my foundation but it's not as opaque as I would like. Enter Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Light Neutral. This was light a miracle covering up skin imperfections. I only had a small travel sized tube but I was amazed. Now, I previously used this only under my eyes and I did not like the result. But when I applied it over blemishes and skin tone discolouration, it was fantastic! So I rushed out and bought the full sized tube. There was a hiccup. The full sized tube is not as thick and fantastic as the small one! Ahhh! However, the full sized tube still does a good job, better than the Estee Lauder anyway, just not as great as the small tube.

Maybelline Fit Concealer in 20 Sand has been my go to for under the eye for awhile. It is not perfect, but it doesn't crease and the colour match isn't bad. It looks better than most concealers, but I am still searching for my holy grail. I have repurchased. 

NARS Concealer in Medium1 Custard did not impress me so I am glad I only had the trial size. It creased under my eyes big time. Also it seemed dry to me and no one wants a dry concealer that doesn't sit well. Won't repurchase. 

Shiseido Facial Cotton - It's expensive for what it is, but worth every penny. Best facial cotton ever. Can't go back to drug store cotton rounds ever again. I'm really going through these lately! 

I feel like I need to lump a bunch of these make-up remover wipes together because in my mind they were all the same - crap. Be. better Sensitive Natural All-in-One Make-Up Remover Wipes (Rexall brand) was soothing on my skin and non-irritating. But guess what? It didn't remove hardly any makeup. These were the worst of the group. Useless. Moving on. Life Brand (Shoppers Drug Mart brand) 3-in-1 Facial Cleansing Wipes. Rubbish too, didn't remove enough make-up and the cloths were a tad rough. Goodbye. Thank goodness I only use these for travelling. Simple Eye Make-Up Remover Pads (Target brand) were not good. Rough on the eye, irritating, stung and removal of make-up was subpar. Do yourself a favour and just skip these! 

Ok moving on to Pantene Pro-V Moisturizing Mist Detangler. Did it detangle? Yes. It could have been better but it worked well enough. I didn't like the smell of it - a little too chemical for my taste. It was reasonably priced of course. Don't think I would repurchase unless I was desperate. 

Time to talk about MAC. I feel a Back to MAC happening soon....I finished another MAC Painterly Paint Pot. I don't know how many of these I have gone through over the years. Quite a few...I have already repurchased and honestly I cannot imagine doing my makeup without it. Holy grail product for sure. I also finished off my MAC Craving lipstick. I liked the colour and I would repurchase but frankly I need to get rid of some more lipsticks before I can move new ones in. MAC Lipglass in Nymphette wasn't bad. I would repurchase but the colour was more neutral than I would like. I think it would look great on a fair blonde. 

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix was such a let down! I love the regular face version of this but this does nothing for my undereye area. I didn't think it was super moisturizing at all and my undereye circles were worse than usual when I used this. Have you seen the price of this stuff? It's a big pass for me. Speaking of Estee Lauder, another Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara bites the dust. Already repurchased two. The only real non-smudge mascara out there as far as I am concerned.  

Oh Kat Von D you are a little minx. Most of your products are so fabulous, I can't even put my love into words. Your Tattoo Liner in Trooper is my favourite liquid liner ever. This was a small travel tube or pen and it lasted forever. I think this might have been my third. I have already repurchased two and have them in other colours. If you haven't tried this, what on earth are you waiting for???

Finally, L'Occitane en Provence 20% Shea Butter Dry Skin Hand Cream is my favourite purse hand lotion. Countless purchased and this one too served me well. 

I'm already working on a December empties post, because I seem to have a lot building up this month! Lots of Drunk Elephant coming up and we have to talk about some Tatcha products. 

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Drunk Elephant Lippe Balm - Review

Hello! I have been trying a huge range of products in the Drunk Elephant line for the past several months and I have a lot to say about them. Some I totally love and can't get enough of, and others are a bit more meh. I thought I would start off with talking about Drunk Elephant's Lippe Balm. I got this in a set of their products. Before trying this, I wasn't planning to purchase it as it is $22 Canadian on it's own. Now I love me some Bite Agave Lip Mask and I pay a pretty penny for it, but it is a holy grail product that I cannot live without. I am not paying $22 Canadian for a sheer lip balm unless it knocks my socks off and rocks my world.

The tube contains 3.7g or .13oz. of product which seemed like a fair amount to me until I looked at my Burt's Bees Lip Balm and see that it has 4.25g of product. Drunk Elephant is not so generous then and it is like 5x the price of Burt's Bees.

Lippe Balm is nice in the sense that it doesn't have an offensive smell and it feels great on the lips. It's moisturizing, soothing and very comfortable. I am totally using this daily and I will finish this tube no problem. Other than the price, my main complaint is that I find the balm doesn't last long on my lips. Sometimes an hour later or a few hours later I find my lips feeling bare and a little dry. They don't look dry but they feel dry. It's very strange. So naturally I have to reapply fairly frequently.

It's not a bad product but I will not repurchase due to the lack of staying power and the price. So far this is probably my second to least favourite Drunk Elephant product and let's face it, my complaints about it aren't that crazy.

Next up is an empties post and then lots of Drunk Elephant to follow.