Sunday, 15 September 2019

Bio Seaweed Gel (UV/LED Polish) in Fairtytale - Swatch

Quick disclaimer before I get into the polish. I am in no way, shape or form advertising or promoting the car manufacturer of my vehicle here. In fact, my car is a lemon. Just wanted to get that out of the way first.

I love this shellac colour!!! This picture was taken in natural light. I think the lilac colour looks a lot darker indoors than it does here. Nevertheless, I loved this colour and would totally get it again. This polish lasted me 4 weeks! I have a totally different colour on now and I will show that soon enough.

Monday, 1 July 2019

May/June 2019 Empties

Happy Canada Day!

I have no idea where the time goes!!! It's July tomorrow! Sheesh. Anyway, looks like I am combining two months again. Let's jump in.

Erbario Toscana Aloe & Tea Tree Liquid Soap - I know I'm a broken record but truly I don't show you all of the liquid hand soap that I go through. I am only mentioning this brand again because it was excellent! Smelt great, was moisturizing, and a good ingredient deck. It's made in Italy too. This was my second bottle and I am using a third right now. 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. Will repurchase for sure. 

Aveda Damage Remedy Restructuring Shampoo - I've turned back to Aveda lately for my shampoo, I really like this bottle but I think it is the older version and I heard they reformulated which was not a hit with people. I got sick of it as I neared the end of the bottle, as I do with most shampoos. Might repurchase later on. 

Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream - Loved it! If my skin was dry or mad at me, this was the stuff to reach for! I am so sorry it's gone especially because of the price point it is at! I have some smaller travel containers of it that I am using but I will be repurchasing the full sized for sure very soon!

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Light Neutral - This was my second full sized tube and I blasted through it in 2 months or so. I noticed it only has 5ml so there isn't much in there. I have a funny feeling I will be repurchasing. I bought a Fenty Beauty concealer but it doesn't appear to be as good as this. 

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter - I have been using this on and off at night for the past few months. I really didn't like it as it was tacky on my face and I don't feel that it moisturized very well. I really like the Josie Maran body butter so  this was a let down. Glad it was a sample size and I didn't pay for it.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation in 2.0 - It's been discontinued, my heart is broken. I managed to find 3 at the Estee Lauder/MAC sale so I am happily using these three plus the one I have in reserve up right now. I just can't find another foundation that compares. Used dozens, my go-to.

Shiseido Facial Cotton - I'm addicted. A cotton ball just doesn't cut it for me anymore since I started using this. Already repurchased. I have no idea what number bag of this I am using. 

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo - I did not like this and I am amazed I finished it. I took in with me on vacation once or twice and I think some escaped into a Ziploc bag I had it in once or twice. It tangled my hair like nothing I have ever seen before. It made my hair dry despite what it is supposed to do which is moisturize. Will never repurchase. Just not for my hair type I guess.  

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum - This was a travel sized tube. I confess I didn't understand what exactly it was for when I bought it as I was using it as a stand alone serum and then adding moisturizer. It works best when coupled with C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum. Already have two more travel-sized tubes on the go.

Murad Renewing Eye Cream - There was a big fuss over this product a few years back and I got this sample size in a Murad kit I bought. This "sample" travelled with me and lasted a long time! I didn't feel it did much for me. It wasn't even that moisturizing and it did nada for my dark circles. Will not repurchase.

Origins Plantscription - Countless tubes used and I have already repurchased two small sized tubes for travel.

Eos Lip Balm -I really don't know what happened here. I loved these when they first came out. I must have had close to a dozen of them. I got people at work addicted to them. And then...I started having serious lip issues. Redness, blistering and pain! The funny thing is I thought for months it was my face wash or something else and then I heard about the Eos problems and lawsuit. I stopped using them so fast! So here we are years later now and I am still finding the odd one hidden in my house so when I find them, I am chucking them. This one is practically brand new. My cat may had hid it on me.....buh bye.

Phyto Phytojoba Shampoo - I liked this the more I used it. I liked the container too. I may repurchase.

That's all for today!

Sunday, 19 May 2019

March/April 2019 Empties

I had full intentions of doing a March empties post but before I knew it the end of April had come so I decided to hold off and do two months together. So here we are. Without further ado....

Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser - I think this is my second or third tube that I have finished. I really liked using it in the shower in the morning as I would leave it on my face while I shower to soak in. I would repurchase it but I have been using this product for a little while and I think maybe it is time for change for a little while. So we will see. It did help my blemishes but I think maybe I don't need it anymore as some of my newer skin care products may have taken its place....

Klorane Floral Water Make-Up Remover - Countless bottles purchased and finished. Already repurchased. If you read my blog, you know.

Bite Agave Lip Mask in Lavender x 2 - I finished full sized one and a travel sized one this Spring. I've gotten to the point where I have a number of these going at one time. One on my vanity, one in my purse, one in my living's become a necessity and an obsession. I quite like the Lavender one as the slight purple sheen makes your smile look whiter and the smell was not strong which was a bonus for me. I currently have another Bite Lip Mask that smells not so great. More on that later...

Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm - This was what I mainly used before Bite Lip Mask's case into my world and rocked it. It's fine stuff, but can't hold a candle to the Bite Lip Mask. Won't rush to repurchase.

Leanne Grace Skin Care Hand & Body Lotion Lemon Buttercream - I have been meaning to do separate post on Leanne Grace Skin Care and my experience with shipping etc. but I haven't gotten around to it. I think I will do that once I finish another jar of cream. In the meantime, I finished this bottle of lotion and I have to say, in my opinion, it was the best lotion/cream of all of the ones of theirs that I have tried. I really liked the smell and the lotion did a good job of moisturizing. I found this one to be the smoothest feeling of their cream and lotion products. I find some of their products feel  a bit powdery to the touch. I did like this product and would recommend it. Since I don't live in the U.S., shipping ended up being pricey especially with the exchange rate so for that reason alone I won't repurchase again.

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum - More than any other product in my stash, I need to do a full product review of this day serum. I don't want to say too much here but I attribute my skin looking better than it has in years to this product. It smells like a rotten pumpkin patch upon application, but the smell quickly disappears. It's pricey as all hell, but worth it. I started off with this little trial size and now I have the full size which I have nearly finished. I kept this little one for travel which is why I have had it so long. It's empty now!

NARS Audacious Mascara - I am not going to say much about this small tube of mascara because I honestly think I got a dud. Please let me know in the comments below if you have experienced the same issues with the full sized tube or if this is fantastic mascara and I really got a dud. This mascara is the driest mascara I have ever seen in my life. It was not useable at all. It was a free promo from Sephora so I haven't complained.

Drunk Elephant  Protini Polypeptide Cream - This coupled with the Drunk Elephant C- Firma Day Serum has changed my entire skin care routine. I love this stuff. I must do a full review. This has changed my skin. It keeps blemishes at bay, makes my skin glow and helps with evening out my skin tone. The minute I ran out of this product, I was ordering one on the train less than 30 minutes later on my way to work. Already repurchased.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Light Neutral - Funny story about this. I had a sample of this in Light Neutral and it rocked my world. Best coverage I have ever encountered. It didn't work well for me under the eyes though, but that's ok. I found the colour a tad orange but I was able to work with it. Naturally, I bought the full sized tube. It too was a bit orange, but I made it work. The full sized tube's concealer was thinner than the sample. Disappointing but it was still good stuff. I finished the tube (this one). I decided to try the Light Warm colour because it looked less orange and lighter online. That colour was a disaster. It was almost white on me. I went back and exchanged it for the Light Neutral. Guess what? My new tube of Light Neutral isn't as orange as the last 2 tubes! The colour is perfect! What on earth is going on? The product is still not as thick as the original sample tube though but I still love it!  

BareMinerals 5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Eye Cream Eyeshadow - I got this as a sample (story of my life!) and hated it. It's not discontinued. I'm not surprised. You needed a shadow primer under it or it creased and slid off of your face. Well it did on mine anyway! Colour was ok, had a bit of a sparkle to it. Nothing special. I object to having to layer a paint pot and/or eyeshadow primer under this supposed 5 in 1 product. It's all dried out so I am chucking it! Good riddance!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara - My holy grail of no smudge mascara! This was a travel sized one (thank you Estee Lauder sale!) and I was done it in a jiffy.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper - Whenever I tried another liner I am so disappointed these days. This one is the bomb, what can I say. I am not even sure how many tubes I have gone through. I have not repurchased as I am trying to use up a large Clinique one that I have first. I'm on this "let's clear out the stash" kick lately and I must use some stuff up before I bring in more.

Okay that is it and that's enough for now!

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream - Review

I have received a few travel sized samples of Lala Retro Whipped Cream from Sephora over the last year or so. I liked it so much, I bought the full sized jar. I don't tend to wear this moisturizer daily, as its strength lies in being a really good calming, soothing and deeply moisturizing cream. Anyone with dry skin will love this. A total winter rescue when your skin is dry, flakey and irritated.

The reason I don't wear this everyday is I noticed that while it is a fantastic moisturizer, it doesn't really do anything for my blemishes or uneven skin tone. If you read the information on this product, it doesn't really claim to do anything other than be an awesome straight up moisturizer and frankly, there is nothing wrong with that!!!

Drunk Elephant makes other products that work well on my uneven skin tone and blemishes, but we will get to a review of those products soon enough. Suffice to say, this is a great product, please try if you live in a cold climate or have dry skin. You will thank me later. I like to mix this into my routine as I need it. It retails for $75 Canadian from Sephora and this jar contains 50 ml of product.

As a little side note, I just finished this jar this morning so it will be in my May empties as soon as the time comes. I will repurchase.

March and April empties will be up soon!

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.