Saturday, August 24, 2019

University Beauty Essentials


There's a few beauty products that every college or university student should always have. Space can be limited so being able to bring ALL of your beauty products with you might be close to impossible. Thanks to Brill Communications & McCaughey Consumer Products for sending me over these essentials to share with you. 

Hair

Finesse Clean + Soft 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner

The Finesse Clean & Soft 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner is perfect for the days when you're in a rush or snoozed the alarm one too many times. The 2 in 1 product speeds time up by only having to apply one product. Skipping the whole; Shampoo, wash, conditioner, wash saves you some extra time so you can make it to class on time. This shampoo/conditioner leaves your hair feeling healthier and shinier.

Body 

Yardley London Classics luxurious Body Wash in English Lavender & EcoTools Exfoliating EcoPouf

While you're in the shower, you might as well try the Yardley London Classics Luxurious Body wash along with the EcoTools Exfoliating EcoPouf. The Luxurious Body washes come in several different scents but today I'm talking about the English Lavender one. Lavender is known to be a gentle and soothing fragrance. It's scent is also known to ease anxiety and stress. What could be more perfect for a student in school? Pairing the body wash with the EcoTools EcoPouf gives you a great lather while being able to exfoliate you skin at the same time. The EcoPouf is also made with recycled materials so you can feel even more at ease while using it.

Calgon Take me away Morning Glory Fragrance Mist

Calgon Body Mists are great one the go scents to throw in your bag. The scent I have is in Morning Glory and it smells amazing! It's super fresh and clean without being overpowering. It's a very delicate scent so you don't have to worry about getting headaches throughout the day due to a heavy fragrance. 

Face 

J.R. Watkins Face & Body Cleansing Towelettes

Face wipes are one of my must haves. No matter where I am or where I'm going. They are perfect for so many uses. Removing makeup, freshening up skin, getting rid of sweat... they are a multi use product. The J.R. Watkins Hydrating Aloe & Green Tea Face & Body towelettes are perfect for a quick refresh between classes. They remove dirt, oil and makeup and are 98% natural, suitable for all skin types & dermatologist tested!

Freeman Beauty Infusion Revitalizing Sheet Mask & Lypsyl Lip Balm

The sheet masks from Freemans are perfect for a quick 15 to 20 minutes of pampering yourself. They are made with 100% cotton and are dermatologist tested. The revitalizing sheet mask contain pomegranate and peptides that instantly boosts radiance and increases resiliency. They also smell great. To keep your lips soft and moisturized throughout the day Lypsyl original helps sooth dry and chapped lips. The lip balm is made with beeswax and is phthalate & paraben free.

Teeth 

Natural White 5 Minute Whitening Kit & Carry Clean Dental Travel Pack

When you're in school sleep is hard to come by right? Coffee seems to be one of our best friends when it comes to staying awake. Although delicious, coffee tends to stain our teeth. The Natural white 5 minute whitening kit gives you whiter teeth in just 5 days. My favourite thing about this kit is the price. It's great for anyone who's on a budget. You can get it at walmart for just over $10. Now that your teeth are whiter, you want your mouth to be fresh too. The Carry Clean Dental travel pack comes with a toothbrush, toothpaste and some interdental piks so when you're eating on the go you can make sure you have nothing stuck in your teeth.

What's your University/College Beauty Must have?

*products were sent for review purposes

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Adore Semi-Permanent Hair Color Review - Burgundy Bliss & Burgundy Envy



I've been dying my hair since before I can even remember. I know it was some time in middle school though. It started off with innocent highlights and went to just about every colour hair you can think of. Blonde, black, brown, purple, pink, blue, green..I've had them all. My hair has even gone through the horrible experience of bleach. Thankfully that was about a decade ago. For the past year my hair has been the same colour; Burgundy. Which is quite crazy for someone who gets bored and likes to change their hair quite often. 

I've also used several different hair colour products throughout my hair journey. For my "normal" hair colours, I've used almost every boxed hair dye brand you can think of. The bright hair colours don't have as many brands to choose from but I've used; manic panic, punky color, ion brights, color jamz and now the lastest: Adore Colors. 




About a year ago my hair was as close to my natural hair colour as it's ever been: light brown with a tint of orange/red. I honestly have no idea how to describe what my hair colour actually is. I decided I wanted to have a "bright" hair colour but without it being too in your face and without having to bleach my hair. I decided to try the Adore hair Color.

I picked up Burgundy Bliss & Burgundy Envy and mixed 3/4 Burgundy and 1/4 Burgundry Bliss. I applied the mixture all over my unbleached hair and left it on for about 40 minutes. The end result is gorgeous.





 I purchase my Adore hair color for $5-7 at Clore Beauty Supply in Canada. It's one of the cheapest semi-permanent hair colours available and one of the best. This product doesn't contain any harsh chemicals so my hair has been nothing but healthy in the past year. The only downside to this hair color is it stains like crazy! (like any bright semi-permanent hair color) My advice: avoid white clothes and pillow cases, apply vaseline to hairline and ears when using this hair dye, always wear gloves when applying to hair and hope for the best if you have a white porcelain bathtub. 


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizing & Brightening Cream


The Korres Wild Rose 24-hr moisturizer is a water-based cream containing vitamin C that brightens and hydrates the skin. It contains 90.8% natural ingredients. Wild Rose oil is the main ingredient in all of the products in the wild rose range. This moisturizer brightens the skin and helps with the appearance of fine lines and evens skin tones with the help of vitamin c and turmeric extract. 


One of my favourite things about Korres and how simple yet high quality the packaging is. I love that the jar is glass, I always find that products seem to last better when they are in glass rather than plastic. The jar being glass and the lid being plastic makes this container 100% recyclable. 


I love the texture of this product. It's a light weight formula but the hydration is leaves is nothing but light weight. I apply this moisturizer to my face and neck after my cleansing routine every morning and night. It absorbs fast without leaving my skin feeling sticky. It helps hydrate even my extremely dry skin. This product is also cruelty free & vegan. My final thought is this is an awesome high quality moisturizer without the extravagant price.

*sent by pr for review purposes

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Dr Belmeur Winter S.O.S Products


The Face Shop came out with a new S.O.S Winter box featuring one of their top skin care lines, Dr Belmeur. I was sent these skincare products to try out and I've been loving them so much. All of the products I received are geared towards Dry/Normal skin, so keep that in mind. My skin gets really dry and dehydrated in the winter time so anything that can help my dull winter skin is a must try for me. 

The Dr. Belmeur S.O.S Winter box for Dry/Normal skin comes with 5 products; Cica Recovery cream, foaming cleanser, daily toner, cica peptide ampoule & a spot plaster band. Dr. Belmeur is a skincare brand that contains mild plant-based ingredients that's good for all skin types including sensitive skin. 


The daily repair foaming cleanser is a super gentle foam cleanser that's perfect for dry, irritated skin. I find my skin is more sensitive and irritated in the drier months and I found that this cleanser felt so nice on my skin. My skin felt like it was being cleaned but not stripped. This cleanser helped with my irritation. It's a product I will continue to use in the cold months.  

                                               

I love this toner because it not only tones, calms sensitive skin but it also boosts moisture. Most toners burn my skin a little but this one didn't. It's formulated with a minimum of potential fragrance allergens so it's less likely to cause irritation. One thing I really enjoy about this toner is the smell. It's a very subtle smell but it's one of my favourites. It's a very light and clean smell, something that I look for in skin products. 


One of the products I was most excited to try was the Dr. Belmeur cica recovery cream. This cream is meant to calm sensitive, irritated skin while also helping repair skin damage. It helps improve the skins natural moisture barrier. I love how thick and creamy this product is. I find the thicker the cream, the more moisturizing it is. I use this cream twice daily, in the morning and at night. It applies nicely and absorbs into the skin quite quickly. I did notice my skin wasn't as dry in the morning and my skin felt like it had more moisture. I think this is a great product for dry/really dry skin but not too sure how great it would be for people with oily skin. I think it might be a little too moisturizing


The Cica Peptide ampoule contains ingredients that all dry skinned people will benefit from. It contains super moisturizing ingredients like; Glycerin, panthenol, beta-glucan and butylene glycol. It also contains soothing and brightening ingredients. This product is meant to be applied to the skin after a toner. I love the smell of this, it's a fresh smell without being overpowering. That seems to be a trend in this line.


Lastly, the Spot Plastic Band. I first tried out a similar product like this from Corsx (I wrote a breif review in a previous blog post) that I really enjoyed. I love this product. They are these little sticker like patches you place on top of stubborn pimples. They contain tea tree oil which is a natural antiseptic which is great at treating wounds. I apply these patches over my acne at night and when I wake up I notice the pimples seem to be smaller and I can see the stuff that has been extracted from my pimples. Kinda gross, but cool. I've already purchased these from The Face Shop and will continue to use these.

*products were sent for review purposes



Wednesday, February 20, 2019

My Top 5 Pixi Beauty Products

This past year has been the year of Pixi Beauty for me. I've been sent and also purchased so many amazing Pixi products that i've been able to test and try out. I honestly can't really complain about many of the products I've tried from the line. I think the quality of the products is close to high end. I wanted to share my favourite Pixi Beauty products with you but there's so many, I narrowed it down to my top 5.

ENDLESS SILKY EYE PEN

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pens $12 USD

First up are the Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pens. I got four of these eye pens; MatteMulberry, RoseGold, BlackBlue & VelvetViolet. I love these eyeliners. They are super creamy and glide on the eyes and tightline beautifully. They are super pigmented and the colour you see is the colour you get. They blend nice and are great for a pop of colour on any eye look or used by themselves.

Swatches of the Pixi Silky Endless Eye Pens
LIQUID FAIRY LIGHTS

Pixi Liquid Fairy lights $15 USD
The Pixi Liquid Fairy lights are such a creative and easy product to use. These are liquid eyeshadows that reflect light. The sparkles in these are beautiful. I own five of the liquid fairy lights but there are seven to choose from. My favourite way to use this product is by adding some shimmer/glitter to the inner corner of my eye. It instantly makes an eye look glam. The best way to apply these is by adding a little bit of product on the finger and patting it in.


CAFE CON DULCE PALETTE

Cafe con Dulce Palette $24 USD

Youtuber Dulce Candy and Pixi Beauty collaborated and come out with the Cafe con Dulce Palette. It's a palette containing 9 multi-use shades. These shades can be used on the lids, checks or complexion. My favourite way to use these powders are on the lids as eye shadows or on my checks as a subtle highlight. These shades are pigmented, blend like butter and all compliment eachother for a various amount of looks. These can be applied with the finger or a makeup brush.

Swatches of the Cafe con Dulce Palette
GLOW TONIC


For the past two years at Christmas time I've been gifted a personalized bottle of the Glow Tonic. The Glow Tonic toner is a radiance enhancing toner that helps remove all impurities. It contains 5% glycolic acid that helps exfoliate and leaves pores feeling more purified. I love using this product after I cleanse my face in both the am and pm. I use it as a toner before my moisturizer. This is one of my staple skin care products.

ROSE CERAMIDE CREAM

Rose Ceramide Cream $24 USD
The last product on this list is the Rose Ceramide Cream. This product is a ultra rich moisturizer. It's for really dry skin that needs more moisture than what a regular cream can give. I love this product in the winter months because my skin gets severely dry. After use, I notice my skin feels and looks more supple. This product acts as a time release to get my skin feeling less dry all day. It also smells great and the packaging is super cute. 

Although I added these 5 items to my list, there are still tons of Pixi products that I love. If you want to see a review on any product by Pixi in particular just let me know!


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Pop Beauty Twinkle Texture Palette & Swatches



I was sent over the Pop Beauty Twinkle Texture palette and I was super eager and excited to test it out. The palette contains 4 shimmer shdows and 4 pressed glitter shadows. What I like about this palette is the selection of colours it contains. It has great pairings along with colours that are perfect to mix and match. 

The shimmer shadows are really creamy and easy to blend. The glitter shadows contain alot of fallout so they don't do well with blending but apply great when patting on with a finger. 

Overall, I like the palette. It's on the messy side and isn't anything special but if you're looking for pressed glitters on the lower priced end I would pick up this palette.

Swatches of the Pop Beauty Twinkle Texture Palette


Eye Look Created using the Pop Beauty Twinkle Texture Palette


*was sent this product for review

Monday, August 27, 2018

L'oreal Paradise Enchanted Scented Eye shadow Palette Review




Topbox Circle sent me a bunch of L'oreal products to test out. I was super excited to test out this palette because I usually am not a huge fan of drugstore eye shadow palettes but this one changed my opinion of the quality you can get from the drugstore. 

The Paradise Enchanted Eye Shadow Palette is a scented palette that contains 12 eye shadows. It is infused with a subtle fruit scent that isn't close to being too overpowering like the Too Faced Peach products. Those are too highly scented in my opinion. The palette comes with 1 satin, 6 shimmers and 5 matte eye shadows. I think the mattes come off a little on the chalky side, but they still blend and work great in my opinion. The shimmers are my favourite, they range from subtle to intense so depending on your mood you're able to create an eye shadow look geared towards what you want.

The packaging isn't as cheap as I thought it would be. It's a pretty thick hard plastic and let me tell you, i'm pretty rough with my stuff. I dropped this palette about 10 times already and it's still in perfect condition. This palette retails for $22.99 CAD and is available at your local drugstore.

Here are some eye shadow looks I've created with the Paradise Enchanted Eye shadow palette that I wanted to share with you; 




If you pick up this palette, let me know your thoughts!