Oil Cleansing Video

Hey folks! Anyone know where January went?? I felt like I wrote the resolutions, turned around twice and January was gone. Anyways, here is a quick(ish) video on cleaning your face using oil.

Links:

Crunchy Betty post referenced

Products worn:

NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in Chocolate

Milk Makeup Ubame Mascara (which I swear I bought in a Lashstash but can’t find in my Sephora purchases and Sephora.ca won’t fess up to having… )

Mascara Review #9 – Physician’s Formula Organicwear

Ack! It’s December and I still have four mascara reviews to do. Let’s get-ter done!

This week I have the Physician’s Formula Organic wear®100% Natural Origin FakeOut™ Mascara. (Again, who names these?!) I love the hot pink, shiny, curvy tube.

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The wand is totally the opposite of the tube (and therefore the opposite of what I expected), short and shaped like a football.

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This is a great mascara for everyday wear. It has good coverage and really thickens your eyelashes. It doesn’t add alot of length but still gets the job done. It also didn’t clump no matter how many coats you put on, which was nice. Sometimes I can tend to go overboard putting mascara on and this mascara is totally forgiving of that.

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For nighttime, I liked layering this mascara over the CoverGirl Clump Crusher mascara. It gave a look very close to Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. Sorry, I totally forgot to take pictures when I did that and have no desire to put on that much mascara if I’m not going actually going to be leaving the house.

Three more to go! Any last requests as I head out to purchase them? Happy Shopping!

Review of Topbox’s Limited Edition LOULOU 10th Anniversary Collection

As most makeup collectors and beauty bloggers, I am a sucker for limited editions. And special packaging. And trial sizes. So when Topbox added all these things together in a Limited Edition LOULOU 10th Anniversary Collection box, I knew I had to get it.

IMG_5063.PNG I don’t normally subscribe to Topbox but I love checking out their limited edition boxes. I previously purchased their Flare and Sally Hansen one in the spring (which I just realized, I never took pictures of… whoops).

In this box was some items I am super excited to use. So, onto the products! IMG_5110.JPG

B.Kamins Bio-Maple Maple Sugar Body Scrub (12 g) $3.50 – Looking forward to trying this out. Plus, it’s made in Canada.

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Barefoot Venus Assorted Shea Butter Hand Cream (60 mL) $6 – This smells like a trip to the beach, which is nice. I don’t feel there’s a lot to say about it. It’s lotion, I’ll use it. When researching the cost of the product, I found out it’s also made in Canada, which I always like. Check out their webpage for a retailer near you.

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essie sleek stick™ (full size) ~$10: I’ve  tried these before and not been a big fan. I’m sure I’ll wear them sometime but I’m not totally excited about this product.

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Picture courtesy of NailPolishCanada.com

essie Under The Twilight nail lacquer (full size) ~$10: This is a gorgeous navy/purple cream with crazy amounts of shine. It lasted a couple of days with no topcoat. I think this will get a lot of wear, it is a perfect colour for winter.

IMG_5126.JPG Eyeko Black Magic Mascara (4 mL) $13 – This was one of the products I was excited to try from the get-go. It is gorgeous and does exactly what mascara should do: It lengthens and the staying power is great.

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MeMeMe – Elegant Eyes Eyeshadow Trio (full size) $8 – Keeping with the winter-colour theme of the box, this purple/gray/black eyeshadow trio is great for making a smoky eye. The colours have good staying power and show up pretty brilliantly. My only complaint would be, there was lots of dust leftover after using the colours and that always feels wasteful when eyeshadows do that. Here is the colours blended into a smokey eye: IMG_5078.JPG Love this combo! IMG_5105.JPG

OSiS+ Session Label Dust It Flex Mattifying Powder (10 g) $20 – I have tried several dry shampoos over the last year and so far OSIS powders have been my fav. The powders tend not to smell as much as the ones in aerosol cans and I find them easier to apply. I don’t notice much of a difference between this powder and the other OSIS one but I like this product and will definitely use it all.

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philosophy hope in a jar moisturizer for all skin types (7 mL) $10 – This stuff is lovely. Out of all the things in the box, this might be the one thing I buy again after. It smells like you’ve been to the spa and works great. My skin feels moisturized but not oily. And you only need the amount of a pea for your whole face so even this sample has lasted a couple of weeks.

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Teeez Easy On The Eyes Eyeliner – Black (full size) $13 – This is a great liquid liner. It stays all day, even after work and bootcamp. It reminds me a lot of the Eyeko The Skinny liner . Here I’ve pair all three eye makeup items from this box: the mascar, liner and the eyeshadow.

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Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto Eau De Parfum (1.5 mL) $3.50 – I never actually received this. I got an email a couple of days before it shipped telling me this wasn’t in my box and telling me that they would send two samples along later. Which is great if I like it…. but not so great if I’m not crazy about it. So, I guess we’ll see.

So, you’ve seen the dollar amounts next to each description. I paid $35 plus taxes for this and the total dollar value for the products I received is $97. Add that to the four issues of LouLouMagazine that I will receive in the mail and the value of this box increases to $105, which is a great deal. You can also choose to get a digital subscription for a year (8 issues) instead of the 4 print issues or you can send the subscription to a friend. Overall, I am really happy with this box. Head over to Topbox and get your own before they ship on Nov 17th. Happy Shopping!

Fall 2014 Luxe Box Review

I feel like a lot of my blog is, “Oh my goodness!, I totally love that product. You should try it. This is amazing. You should try it. I totally recommend this.” etc, etc, etc. This is one post where I am not happy.

My fall Luxe Box was HUGELY disappointing. After such great spring and summer boxes, I was a little pissed when I opened my box. Then I decided they must’ve missed something and I would email them and they would send whatever I was missing along and it would be okay. Then I checked my dashboard.

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No, I wasn’t missing anything. All I could think was, are you kidding me? I got dollar store lotion and a travel-sized hair spray?? What’s luxe about that? And Burt’s Bees? That I could find at the drug store. It was hard for me to even try these products to write this review. But here goes:

Fan Brush LOOSE BUTTON

Retail Value: $18 (Full Size)

This brush is designed to dust, wipe, and redistribute powders along your features making it the perfect tool for all the finishing touches. The flat fan shape allows for even and soft definition, as well as, fanning away excess product, such as, eye makeup fallout.

I’ll probably use this for the latter suggested use rather than the former. I’ve always thought about buying one so I’m fairly happy with this product. It probably won’t be the most used brush I own but it’ll come in handy sometimes and that reason only is worth having it in my collection

Aqua Cream AMARTE

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Sample Value: $10.00 (5 mL)

Aqua Cream® is designed to deliver a smooth radiant glow. This antioxidant-rich rejuvenating moisturizer with 1% retinol uses the botanical ActivExtract® arbutin to enhance clarity through melanin reduction. Functional organic ingredients control skin’s oil-moisture balance and increase softness. 

This is actually almost gone. I really liked it and I think I’ve seen some improvement in my skin while using it. That being said, it smells like it has some kind of citrus oil and I’m allergic to orange oil so prolonged use probably wouldn’t be suggested. I definitely got more than 10 uses out of this sample size. With this a little went a really long way.

Aqua Veil Pure Hydration Serum AMARTE

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Sample Value: $4.30 (5 mL)

Aqua Veil® Pure Hydration Serum is a light and fresh hydrating serum. Rich in natural herbs and intensive moisturizing ingredients, this deeply hydrating formula optimizes skin’s ability to absorb and retain moisture.  A visible magic-water veil is formed immediately upon application with resultant coolness and softness.

I haven’t tried this, simply because i wanted to see the results of the two serums separately. I’ll let you know how it is.

Universal Blush SO SUSAN

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Retail Value: $17.50 (Full Size)

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

A micronized, jet-milled blush that works with your skin’s natural chemistry to create a universal healthy flush that is flattering on all skintones. Made with Buriti Fruit Oil to repair the epidermis and improve skin elasticity. No Mineral Oils, No Phthalates, No Animal By-Products, Fragrance-Free, With Buriti Fruit Oil & Pink Kaolin Clay, Hypoallergenic, Non-comedogenic.

This is a nice blush. It’s sheer but easily buildable and lasts most of the day. It has a bit of a shine to it that I’m not completely crazy about. The first time I put it on, I put powder over it to get rid of some of the shine but the second time I wore it, I just tried to rock it. It could be more like a shimmer vs. a shine but it’s not my favour blush finish. I’d be interested to see reviews from anyone who can compare this to the Nars Orgasm blush, which is also supposed to be universal and is well-loved.

Lip Gloss in “Ruby Moon” BURT’S BEES®

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Retail Value: $12.99 (Full Size)

Rich, pearlized colour combines with natural oils rich in nutrients to leave your lips soft, shiny and 100% naturally beautiful. Available in 12 gorgeous shades.

This is nice. The colour is a really deep berry and perfect for this season. I probably will end up wearing it a few times. But overall, the product does not blow my skirt up. It also has a little bit of a woody smell, you know, like when your lipstick is starting to go off but not quite there yet. I’ve never tried Burt’s Bees before so maybe all their products smell like this, I’m not sure.
AG Hair – High & Dry MATTE VOLUME AND FINISH SPRAY

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Sample Value: $8.00 (50 mL)

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

AG’s all new High & Dry is a versatile, high-grip, spray that infuses hair with natural lift and a matte texturized finish. The non-powdery and non-sticky spray creates the perfect balance of volume and texture.

So, I haven’t tried this yet. But really, it’s a hairspray. That I’m pretty sure I saw on sale at Chatters the other day.
Tropical Scents Body Lotion LILA GRACE

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Sample Value: $4.00 / 65 ml

Keep your skin feeling silky soft and delightfully scented with this moisturizing body lotion that takes you away to the tropics.

This is the product I’m pissed about. I googled it and you can buy it at Kohl’s in the US. Imo, that’s like saying you can pick it up at Winners here. It’s not exactly a high-end product. It’s like a gift that your great-aunt buys for you at Christmas time cuz she saw it and forgot you aren’t 14 anymore. This particular scent smells just like your great-aunt too.

So, that was my review of my Luxe Box. Extremely disappointing from my perspective. Nothing I would buy again. According to Luxe Box, the value of my box was just about $75. Which is below the previous boxes at $83 (Summer) and $90ish (Spring).  According to me, it was barely worth the $25 + GST that I paid for it. All this being said, two outta three ain’t bad. So I’m going to wait and see what Christmas brings.

If this has somehow inspired you to buy a Luxe Box subscription, I’d love for you to use my referral code here.

Happy Shopping!

Mascara Review #2 – Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara

Mascara review number two is of the Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara.

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So, looking at the intial pictures, it would appear that this mascara is amazing and works great and should be in everyone’s makeup boxes. But really, I think it has a great marketing campaign and that’s about it.

The first few swipes were great, I was sure I was going to love this product and not be able to stop raving about it. But then my lashes started sticking out at weird angles and not looking nice. I grabbed my eyelash curler (which I hardly use) and tried to even them out by curling them. Then I took an old, clean mascara brush and tried to brush them out and that seemed to work, or at least even them. It’s hard to explain but the lashes didn’t want to go where they were supposed to go. And I hardly ever have that problem. Finally I got them looking halfway normal and snapped the pictures you see here. I feel like this is somewhat fraudulent representation because I haven’t used my eyelash curler or a different mascara brush for any of the other reviews. But dammit, I couldn’t go to work with crazy looking eyelashes!

So, anyways… halfway through the day I was fiddling with my eyelashes, which is something I do a lot since I got Lasik and don’t have to wear glasses anymore. And to my dismay, my mascara started to flake off. And because I am a picker (which is why I wear nail polish, to give my nails a chance to grow!), I had to see how much would flake off. Do you see how much is gone between the right eye vs the left eye?

Yikes. That’s a big difference. And I had seriously only put it on about six hours earlier.

Then I went to bootcamp and when I got home I realized most of my mascara was underneath my eyes. Not cool.

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It came off easy enough with makeup wipes which makes sense cuz there was hardly any left on my lashes at all.

Overall, I think this mascara layers well and is good for adding one last coat before heading out for a (short) night on the town but crappy for all day when you need it to last. Don’t waste your money. Happy Shopping!

 

Mascara Review #1 – Maybelline The Rocket

So, awhile ago I promised a monthly review on drug store mascaras and by-gonnit, while you won’t get them monthly, I promise 12 reviews on drug store mascaras before Dec 31, 2014!

This first one is Maybelline The Rocket. I was surprised at how many mascaras Maybelline has for sale. And each one comes in several colours and both waterproof and regular. It’s a little daunting. The great thing about these reviews is I can pick one at random and make your shopping trip a little less confusing.

Things I loved about this mascara: It had a funky brush that did amazing at separating and covering each lash. This is definitely a great look for day and can easily be layered for night time.

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Things I hated about this mascara: Getting it off! This mascara seemed to not want to budge once it was in place. My routine for getting it off became wipe with makeup remover (generally makeup wipes), then wash my face and then wipe with makeup wipes AGAIN.

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Here’s a picture of the leftover mascara on my face after a shower. This became throughly irritating especially when I ran out of makeup wipes and couldn’t replace them for a couple of days (or simply forgot to go to the store to buy them) and had mascara literally stuck to my under-eye area and no way to get it off. Even washing my face again did not help. I thought it was just me but apparently I’m not the only one who feels this way.

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Overall, this inability to get the mascara off my face was enough to make me not want to purchase it again. Thumbs down.

What mascara are you using? Any suggestions for mascara reviews you would like to see? Leave me a comment. Happy Shopping!