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Shayna Wiwierski is a magazine editor by day, fitness instructor, freelance writer/editor, and beauty blogger by night. Never shy in front of the camera, this Winnipegger started A Pop of Colour in 2011, a beauty and lifestyle blog, and her love of cosmetics soon became a full-on obsession that led to a cosmetic hoarding problem.
I used to have eyelash extensions, but when I got hit with an allergic reaction a year and a half ago, I’ve been to scared to go back. Thankfully, when I want to go extra glam, I reach for a pair of my many falsies to pop on.
My favourite false lash brand for a while now has been Kiss, however, I do have more luxurious pairs, including ones from Huda Beauty, House of Lashes x Sephora, Velour, and Make Up For Ever. I’ll be honest, finding the right pair of false lashes is really hard. I like something glamourous, but yet still not too over the top/ still want it to be natural looking. Since a lot of higher-end lash brands are available online, it can be tough to find the right pair.
Canadian lash brand ESQIDO mink lashes recently reached out to me to see if I wanted to try a pair of their lashes, and how could I say no!? I’ve known about Esqido for a while now and have always wanted to try on a pair, so I was super excited to finally get my hands on one of their mink lashes.
Esqido lashes are handcrafted with premium materials (and worn by the likes of Rhianna and Candice Swanepoel) and feature a unique cotton band, for a comfortable wear and natural-looking lashes. The hair on them is soft, naturally-shed mink hairs and are also so plush and lightweight. They come in a stunning white box and offer over 20 styles. They also offer a ESQIDO eyelash glue, the Companion Long-Lasting Bond, which is an invisible eyelash glue with strong all-day hold. It is formulated for mink lashes and is latex-free, meaning that it’s a gentle adhesive which should extend the life of your lashes. Apply the glue via the fine-tip wand (with rose gold handle, might I add; I love the packaging on this), which always makes application smooth (I love lash glue that has a wand, it’s just so much easier).
Anyways, back to the lashes, Esqido gave me my choice in lashes so I picked out the pair Lash Named Desire, a medium-volume mink lash that features criss-crossed fur with winged-out ends. They looked very luxurious, but yet not too over the top. When I got them I actually thought they looked less dramatic in person, so I was very happy with my choice.
The lashes themselves are incredibly soft and you can tell just by looking at them that they are a higher quality than a $6 lash (Esqido lashes retail for $29 USD). When you first remove them from the box (make sure to do this carefully with tweezers), they do hold their curved shape nicely, making it easy to pop them onto your lash line. I did have to trim them a tiny bit so they fit my eye, but I usually have to do this with a new pair of lashes.
This particular style is very flattering on the eye and doesn’t look too fake. They aren’t over the top at all, and fit my eye shape nicely. Although they are billed as lightweight, I could definitely feel them on my eyes. Since the band is quite heavy duty (due to it being a higher-quality lash), I could feel them once they were on and by the end of the day I couldn’t wait to get them off. I’m usually like that with most lashes though, as much as I love wearing makeup, there’s nothing like washing it off at the end of the day.
Although Esqido is sold in some retailers, their online site was very quick to ship the products (they offer free shipping over $25 and their lashes retail for $29 USD). They are a pricier lash, but the price point is around the same as Velour (also Canadian) and Huda Beauty. These are definitely more of a special occasion lash, as opposed to everyday. If you have an event coming up, or just feel like treating yourself, I would definitely look into getting a pair.
Speaking of getting a pair, Esqido was so kind and let me pick up a pair to a lucky Instagram follower. One lucky follower will win a pair of their Unforgettable lashes (a best seller), which are natural-looking lashes that feature a gradient of increasing length and thickness around the lash band. You’ll also win the Companion Long-Lasting Bond as well!
Contest is exclusive to my Instagram, so follow this link to enter. The giveaway is open internationally and closes on February 21, 2018.
Have you tried Esqido lashes? What’s your favourite brand of false eyelashes?
Please note, I was sent these products from PR. All opinions are my own.
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My colour looks drab (although it is looking a little better thanks to Schwarzkopf Professional’s BLONDME products), it’s dry and staticky (thanks Winnipeg winter), and my layers were long and overgrown (I actually just went for a haircut this week). I’m always on the hunt for the latest and greatest hair product, so when I received LaCoupe’s new Moroccan Rose Volume Loving collection, complete with a bottle of Henkell rose and a new hair towel turban, I was super excited to give this a go.
Okay, so cute bottles aside (seriously though, I’m such a sucker for packaging), LaCoupe’s new offering to their lineup consists of a shampoo, conditioner, and mousse. Like the name says, this haircare line is designed to add volume to your hair and make it smell delectable. I’m actually not really familiar with LaCoupe at all, in fact I totally thought it was a salon brand, but turns out you can buy it at Walmart Canada. Moroccan Rose is the first of four new silicone-free haircare lines in the brand’s eco-friendly Naturals Collection.
This particular line (which comes in giant 500 ml bottles, pretty good value for C$9.99 each) is supposed to strengthen fine and thinning hair, while giving you major volume, all in an environmental-friendly formula. Win-win, right?
Like I said, there are three products in the range, a shampoo, conditioner, and volumizing mousse. I couldn’t wait to actually try these out so I hopped in the shower and gave my hair a lather (wow Shayna, nice rhyming there). The shampoo and conditioner contain a blend of rose oil, which helps to add bounce and silkiness to dull hair. It also contains biotin and collagen to plump up your locks and it’s infused with coconut water and 100 per cent pure aloe leaf juice for moisture.
The mousse is a lightweight mousse that instantly thickens and lifts the hair. It also contains biotin and collagen, as well as a blend of natural moisturizers and exotic oils. Lastly, it has a thermal protective formula that will protect your hair against future heat damage.
So did these products work for me? The first time I tried them I liked how my hair looked and felt after showering, but when I woke up the next morning I found my roots looked a little greasy. This no doubt is because I actually put mousse on my hairbrush first, then brushed it in my hair. With this mousse it seems like you’re going to want to avoid applying it that way, and instead use your fingers to massage the product in your hair since it can leave you with greasy-looking hair if applied directly on top. The second time I tried it, I did just that, then blow dried my hair and applied rollers to get major volume (see photo below). As long as you don’t apply the mousse directly to the top of your head, it is a nice product.
The shampoo and conditioner also is quite nice. I like how it comes in a pump bottle so you aren’t wasting product. The smell is also divine. Is it my new favourite? No. But I do like how it gives you nice volume (you can definitely tell your hair has gotten a boost). Would I use this on a regular basis? No, but if I’m planning on doing a hairstyle with a lot of volume, then I would pull it out.
Overall this haircare range is okay, it does the trick for volumized hair. I wouldn’t use it on a daily basis since I like using something that’s good for my blonde, but if i want to do an at-home blowout, then I would reach for it. Formula aside though, the packaging on this is just so cute that I think I would want to display it in my shower full time just to add some cuteness in there (again, I’m such a sucker for packaging).
Have you tried LaCoupe hair products?
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Mary Kay has been killing it with their products lately.
The direct-to-consumer beauty brand has released a bevvy of new products for spring 2018 and I couldn’t help but get a little excited because there are some major all-stars in here. Think hydrated skin, beautiful eyeshadows, and fluffy brushes.
Okay, so first up is the most exciting item, a six-piece brush set that features five multi-tasking brushes and a matching black carrying case. These brushes are feathery-soft and feature synthetic bristles and made to perform a variety of different uses. There’s a cheek brush, an all-over powder brush, an all-over eyeshadow brush, an eye smudger brush, and an eye crease brush. The variety that MK chose to include in here was quite stellar, the only thing I would swap out would be that “eye crease” brush, which is a thicker angled brush that I personally would not use in my crease as I prefer a fluffy dome-shaped one instead. But to each their own I guess…
The quality on the brushes in here is quite outstanding and you can truly use them a variety of different ways. For instance, the all-over powder can easily double as a blush; the cheek can be used for blush, contour, or even foundation,, and the eyeshadow brushes, well, they can be used for a variety of different functions for eyeshadows.
I believe this retails for $75 USD, not sure on the Canadian pricing, but for five good-quality brushes and a nice case to house them (and others), I think it’s a good deal. These are seriously so soft and luxurious that you’ll be keeping these for years to come (just remember to clean them often!).
Looking for something to use those new brushes with? Mary Kay has released a couple new limited edition Mineral Eye Colour Quads in the colours Berry Haute and Shades of Jade.
Like their other eyeshadow sets, these are magnetic so you place them in a Z Palette for storage (or buy a case from Mary Kay directly). These are quite small, but feature four complementary shades to create a variety of different looks. Both of them are perfect for spring and even if you don’t want to do a strictly purple or green look, you can easily still use these for something a little more natural (use the cream on the lids with the darker shades in the crease).
I tried out the purple one and the colour payoff was quite nice. Neither palette really struck me as something that you have to pick up (unlike the brush set), but these are nice. I also like the fact that they are magnetic since I have a very lonely-looking Z Palette that needs to be filled.
Now onto skincare… Since this is a spring collection, it is still technically winter and I don’t know where you’re from, but here in Winnipeg winter means cold and dry. I’ve been slathering myself in lotion every night so these new goodies from Mary Kay have been coming in handy.
New to the Satin Body family is the Satin Body collection, which features the Satin Body Revitalizing Shea Scrub, the Satin Body Indulgent Shea Wash, the Satin Body Silkening Shea Lotion, and the limited edition Satin Body Whipped Shea Creme, all in a White Tea and Citrus fragrance and infused with shea butter.
Although it’s never really mattered to me much before, but I do enjoy using the same line from body wash to moisturizer, so I’ve really been enjoying these products. I’m not that crazy on the scent, but the everything is very luxurious and leaving my skin feeling nice and moisturized thanks to that added shea butter. Although a scrub is good to have for sloughing away dead skin cells, I would highly recommend picking up the body wash and a whipped shea cream, since the latter is limited edition, and the former is a body wash and who doesn’t need a luxurious body wash?
Since Mary Kay products are traditionally more expansive than let’s say, Dove, these are definitely a treat and would great as a treat to yourself or as a gift. There are so many good lotions, scrubs, and body washes nowadays, that I wouldn’t say you absolutely have to pick these up, but if you want to treat yo’ self, go ahead.
Out of everything Mary Kay has to offer for spring, I still stand by the brush set as the one item that I would highly recommend. The quality of those brushes is phenomenal and who doesn’t need more brushes in their life? If don’t matter how good the makeup is, if you don’t have the proper tools to apply it, you’re wasting your time.
Are you excited for Mary Kay’s spring 2018 collection?
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We’ve all been there. We save our money to buy our dream eyeshadow palette, except there’s always a colour or two that gets zero love.
Sometimes I wonder why certain brands include certain colours, or even the process of curating a palette. Ever wanted to create your own custom palette? Well now you can!
In follow up to their genius Artist Color Powders, Make Up For Ever has come out with Artist Color Shadow, a new range of 121 highly pigmented, blendable eyeshadows that you can put in a refillable palette.
It looks like these have replaced the brand’s old eyeshadow formula and are available in matte, diamond, metallic, iridescent, and satin finishes and feature a smooth, pigmented wear for 12 hours. Best of all, you can create your own customizable palette thanks to a variety of different size options, such as single (C$24), duo (C$37, $46 value), trio (C$50, $68 value), quad (C$63, $90 value), and a six palette (C$77, $134 value).
Make Up For Ever reached out to me to create my own custom trio and I have to tell you, it was harder than you think. With a staggering 121 different shades in a variety of finishes I had to really think about what I wanted and use often. I was instantly drawn to M720, a matte apricot since it looked like the perfect transition colour, which is a must in my books. Since I’m always using matte browns for the crease, I went with M603, cinnamon, which is the perfect brown since it’s not too light and not too dark, making it perfect for both everyday wear and nighttime looks. Finally, I wanted to finish the look with a champagne shade, so I went with I524, pinky beige, which is super flattering on the lids and nice and basic for any look. The only thing missing in my opinion is a matte white for the highlight, but since I had three colours to choose from, I figured these three were staples, and perfect to do an everyday eye look.
So how do they perform? Well the first thing I noticed about them was how buttery soft they feel. They also blend like a dream and deposit colour on the lids with even the smallest amount on your brush. I’ve always enjoyed Make Up For Ever’s shadows in the past, but am really blown away by this new formula and I love how customizable the whole system is.
I highly recommend checking these out at your local Sephora. I’m not sure if all the shades will be available in store, but I can’t say enough great things about this system. Since the shadows have magnetic backings you can also buy a few if you have a Z palette, however, the more you buy the deeper the discount on them (the price include the actual palette). The palettes themselves are quite slim, making this perfect for travel.
I mean really though, who hasn’t wanted to play makeup company for a day and create their own line? Thanks to Make Up For Ever, now you totally can.
Will you be trying out any of the Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadows?
Please note, products sent by PR. All opinions are my own.
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Okay, so I know I literally just reviewed a foundation last week, but I just had to post about this sooner rather than later, because I think I found my new favourite drugstore foundation. And it’s from Burt’s Bees of all brands.
So apparently, the skincare and lip balm brand released a series of makeup items not so long ago that includes a full range of products made from natural ingredients. I was sent their foundation for a photo on Instagram (not even by the brand might I add), and since I had it lying around anyways, I thought I would give it a try. After one wear, I was seriously impressed.
The Goodness Glows Liquid Makeup is a full-coverage mineral foundation that leaves skin smoother and more radiant, with a natural, glowy finish. Made with Meadowfoam Seed Oil, which is known to moisturize, this 98.9 per cent natural moisturizing foundation hydrates and nourishes skin, while giving you all-day wear. Available in 12 shades to match a variety of different skin tones, this is perfect for dry or combination skin.
I was sent 1025 Natural Beige, which is a touch too tan for my white winter skin, but I still managed to make it work. This is definitely a full-coverage foundation, but best of all, it makes your skin look luminous and smooth. After one use of this I noticed how radiant my complexion looked. After the second wear, I had friends commenting on which brand I was using.
Needless to say, this stuff is awesome. I love the fact that it’s mineral, which usually isn’t that much of a selling factor for me personally, but with that being said, if I’m able to put good stuff on my skin, I’m all for it. Also, natural makeup is definitely what people are looking for right now, and this foundation is formulated without parabens, phthalates, SLS, petrolatum or synthetic fragrances.
Now with so many positives, there must be something negative right? Well the only downside to this product that I can think of is the price. I can’t really seem to find any Canadian retailers who have this online just yet (not sure when the makeup line officially launches, or if it has launched already), however, it looks like it’s retailing for C$19.99 on the Burt’s Bees site, which is quite pricey for a drugstore foundation. With that being said, it was actually Walmart who sent me the product, so they will be getting it in stock (if they don’t have it at your local Walmart already), and they are traditionally affordable with their prices.
Still though, this is an amazing foundation, and I highly recommend it if you can find it.
Please note, I received this product for review. All opinions are my own.
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The biggest problem with going blonde is actually maintaining the colour.
I’ve had some form of blonde in my hair for years now, but recently I chose to go with the full shbang and lighten up my locks all over. When I came home from the salon that day I was blonde-blonde, like verging on the edge of platinum blonde. It’s been months now since I got that done (probably close to six months) and my colour has tarnished a little, going darker, and definitely in the need of some refreshing.
Now when you’re blonde you need special blonde shampoo and conditioner, which is usually purple or blue shampoo. I’ve been using the Oligo Professionnel Blacklight Blue shampoo with the Aveda Blue Malva conditioner, which is a purple conditioner. The combo of those products did the trick, but I didn’t notice that my colour was really wowing me lately.
I’ve always been a fan of Joico’s Blonde Life collection, so when Schwarzkopf Professional asked if I wanted to try their collection of products for blondes, I jumped on it.
BLONDME has been around for awhile, but they sent through the BLONDME Keratin Restore Bonding Shampoo, the BLONDME Keratin Restore Bonding Cleansing Conditioner, BLONDME Keratin Restore Bonding Mask, and the BLONDME Tone Enhancing Spray Conditioner. Since I was travelling for a week a couple weeks back, my blonde definitely was looking like it hadn’t received any love in a while, so these products came at a great time.
The BLONDME Keratin Restore Bonding Shampoo is a rich, restoring shampoo to complete and maintain in-salon blonde colours. It gently cleanses without overloading untreated hair areas, helps to create new bonds, helps to create new bonds within the hair fibres, helps to smooth and condition the porous areas of lightened hair, and contains moisturizing Panthenol to balance the natural water content of the hair structure. BLONDME Keratin Restore Bonding Cleansing Conditioner is a low-lather cleansing conditioner to maintain blondes. This gently cleanses hair and conditions it, as well as helps to create new bonds within the hair fibres. It also helps to strengthen weakened areas of the hair structure and helps to detangle the hair. The BLONDME Keratin Restore Bonding Mask is a repairing deep-conditioning treatment to complete and maintain your blonde. This intensively repairs the internal structure of fragile, lightened, and coloured hair. It also helps to create new bonds within the hair fibres. The mask also balances the optimum moisture level of porous, lightened hair and helps with detangling. Finally, the BLONDME Tone Enhancing Spray Conditioner boosts luminosity for all blondes with golden shimmer pigments. It maintains and enriches the cool tone directions, detangles hair and improves comb-ability, provides strength and moisture, cools anti-yellow pigments for colour enhancement and neutralization, improves the texture of blondes, and more.
I couldn’t wait to hop in the shower to try out these goodies to see how nice my hair looked after using them. I haven’t tried the cleansing conditioner yet, but I’ve used the shampoo, mask, and spray conditioner a few times and noticed after the first use how radiant my colour looked (as well as how nice in general my hair looked as well, I even had people complimenting me on it). None of these products are actually purple, aside from the tone-enhancing spray, but just like the Joico version, that doesn’t mean that it won’t radiate your blond.
Since I wash my hair only a couple times a week, I’ve been finding the mask to be my new holy-grail hair product, as it makes my blonde definitely look lighter and more toned. My hair is noticeably blonder once I step out of the shower, which for damp hair, is definitely a feat. Schwarzkopf says to leave it on for five minutes, so I tend to clean my shower to kill the time (I’ll also do a body scrub as well – five minutes is a long time!). I don’t find my hair to be as smooth once I rinse it out as other deep-conditioning masks, but I’ll gladly trade that feature in for bomb-looking blonde colour.
As for the BLONDME Tone Enhancing Spray Conditioner, this is a great product to use every time you wash your hair since you apply it once out of the shower on damp hair. Although it is purple, it doesn’t leave your hair looking that colour (just like how a purple shampoo wouldn’t do the same thing). The purple helps to neutralize the blonde to bring out the tones in the hair.
Since these are salon products, you can find them at Schwarzkopf Professional salons, as well as retailers like Chatters. I would say the star products from the line are definitely the mask and the spray, but I would recommend the shampoo as well to keep it all in the family. Although I have so many hair products, I’ve been putting them all on hold as I’ve just been loving my results so far with BLONDME.
What is your favourite line for blonde hair care?
Please note, I received this product from PR. All opinions are my own.
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Looking for a long-wearing, lightweight foundation? If so, Rimmel London is coming to the rescue.
Launched last month in drugstores, the British beauty brand has released its newest foundation, concealer, and primer to the Lasting Finish umbrella of products. The Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation is a long-wearing, lightweight skin-perfecting foundation with a medium coverage that moisturizes for up to 25 hours. Available in 17 shades, this foundation provides a ton of options for those with pink or yellow-toned skin, however, the choices are very slim for darker-toned complexions.
The brand was kind enough to send me a giant box with all the shades, as well as the concealers and the primer. After some trial and error, I ended up going with 101 Classic Ivory, which suited my complexion nicely. Although it looks like a pump bottle, of which the other Lasting Finish foundation comes in, this one is actually a big doe-foot applicator that you use to paint on the product. It’s different from what I’m used to, but I’m totally digging it as it allows me to place the foundation on my skin where I need it most.
Now you guys know me and I love something on the heavier side, but lightweight at the same time. This foundation was okay. It does the trick for daytime wear. It’s very light on the skin and gives you a nice coverage, and although I did wear it out a couple times on a Saturday night to test it out, this wouldn’t normally be the one I would reach for. I would say this is a true medium coverage and it is a very comfortable wear. As for 25-hours worth of it, I wouldn’t say it goes that far, as your foundation won’t look as fresh as it does when you first apply it, but it held up well after a day of work and then a workout.
Rimmel London has also released a range of concealers, the Lasting Finish Breathable Concealer, which also has medium coverage and comes in five shades. The concealer comes in a squeeze tube with a sponge-tip applicator, so if you are looking for something to give you a precise application, this might not do the trick. Like the foundation, I actually really like the applicator on this, as it makes it very easy to apply under the eyes. I find the formula to be on the thin side, in both texture and wear, so if you are looking to cover up some major dark circles, I would look into a heavier product. This is a perfect concealer to pair with a BB cream or a light-coverage foundation as it does give you a bit of coverage; however, this wouldn’t be something I would reach for during a night out. It’s good for everyday wear at the office, since I don’t put as much effort into my daytime wear as I do my night.
Lastly, to complete the collection, the Lasting Finish Breathable Primer is a lightweight skin-perfecting primer that will help to extend the life of your foundation by up to eight hours (so does that mean the foundation could technically stay fresh for 33 hours??). You can wear this alone or under your makeup to minimize pores. I have the original Lasting Finish primer as well, but I do find this one better, since it’s a touch thicker than its predecessor. I actually really like using this with the foundation as it truly does make the foundation last longer and look more luminous.
Overall I think this is an okay collection. I have tried better foundations and I have tried worse. Like I said, the wear on this is incredibly comfortable, so it lives up to the “breathable” claim. There are so many good drugstore foundations on the market right now though, that unless a light-to-medium coverage finish is your thing, I would try something else. I do like how they have such an extensive shade range (17 colours!), but unless you have lighter skin, it may be difficult to find a shade that matches your skintone.
Have you tried Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colours?
Please note, I was sent this product from PR. All opinions are my own.
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If you’re a regular reader of mine, you would have been following my journey using the Silk’n Titan device for tightening and lifting. This device, which came out last year, is something you use twice a week for 10-15 minutes per zone to help reverse the signs of aging and get firmer, more lifted skin.
This is my third and final post (view my previous two posts here and here) on the product, as I’ve been using it religiously for the past 10 weeks. I started my journey with the device in October and to be honest, I was a total skeptic on how well it would work. Since I’m only 29 years old, I wasn’t using it to get rid of wrinkles, but instead to prevent them from happening and give me younger-looking skin around my eyes.
The recommended usage for the device is twice a week, 10-to-15 minutes per zone for 10 weeks. The Titan, which has been clinically tested and FDA cleared and Health Canada approved, safely tightens facial skin from the inside out, reducing wrinkles by repairing the collagen in our face (as you age, the collagen in your skin breaks down, which is when you start to see fine lines and wrinkles). So how does it do this? The Titan harmonizes the benefits of three sources of energy: Bi-Polar RF energy, LED light energy and IR heat energy. The powerful combination of these three energy sources creates a safe, painless and proven result. After regular use, skin should appear more lifted, making you look younger and your skin looking more glowy.
I chose to do my under eyes since I feel like that would be the area that I would notice wrinkles happening first. As I mentioned in my halfway post, although I didn’t see the changes happening every week, when I looked at the before and after images, there was a noticeable difference in how lifted my eye area looked.
To use the device, first slather some of the Silk’n Slider Hyaluronic Gel on the area you are treating, then pick a level that is comfortable for you and slide the device around the area for 10 to 15 minutes. I found that I had to reapply the gel a few times since my skin would absorb it, but Silk’n says that you need to use the gel for the product to really work its magic. Since I was doing both eyes, I would invest 20 minutes, twice a week to treat that area of my face.
Now 40 minutes per week doesn’t sound like a lot of time, however, I’m always doing something and don’t usually have any downtime. I also wear glasses, which made it very difficult to use on my under eyes since they would get in the way. I would end up using the product while reading a book or watching something on my phone since I would hold it right up to my eyes. Honestly, the only downside of this product is the time investment. It’s a lot of time to use this, especially when you are a busy person. With that being said, I really liked using the Titan before bed since the heat from the product was very relaxing and made me sleepy. I used this on the highest level, however, I started at a lower one initially and then built it up once my skin got used to the feeling. Unlike other anti-aging devices out there, this one does not sting, so it’s a comfortable application.
So, my results? I was actually quite surprised on how impressed I was with this device. In addition to a more firming, lifted appearance, my under eyes feel very smooth, which is awesome when I apply a moisturizer after using the Titan. This retails for C$299 (you can find it at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, and other retailers), which is quite an investment, however, I have used at-home devices that cost way more money and promise to do the same thing. Also, if you were to visit a clinic to get this done, it would cost you a lot more money.
Now that my 10 weeks are over, Silk’n does recommend using the device once every two weeks to maintain the results. Now that I’m done my under eyes, I actually want to do my chin and neck area, since I’ve been finding that the skin is starting to loose some elasticity in that area and I would love to get rid of that double chin. Also, I don’t think I would have much of an issue using it on that area since I can actually keep my glasses on.
I would love to know if you have ever used any at-home anti-aging devices and how well they worked for you. Like I said, aside from the time commitment, I really liked how the Titan made my skin look and feel.
What are your thoughts on anti-aging devices? Have you tried them?
Please note, I am working with Silk’n on this post. All opinions are my own.
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The first part of this month I couldn’t wait to get away. Since I didn’t have any real vacations booked, I was banking on a work trip to Vancouver to get me out of my “I want to get out of here” funk. Well, after a week of gloomy, rainy weather, I’m kinda happy to be back in snowy Winnipeg, where although it’s colder and whiter here, at least the sun comes out on a regular basis.
But with snow and winter comes dryness and dullness. P&G Beauty sent me a care package of some of their new products from Olay, Pantene, Head & Shoulders, and Secret back in December and since I was so busy with holiday beauty, I hadn’t really gotten the chance to go through it. Some of the products in the box are actually items that I use on a regular basis since they work so amazingly. Take for instance the Olay 4-in-1 Daily Facial Cloths for Sensitive Skin, which are cleansing wipes that clean your face, tone it, and act as a mask and scrub. I love using these on nights where I am out at an event and have a ton of makeup on. When I get home the last thing I want to do is wash my face. These make it so easy to take everything off, fast. Just wet them and go to town on your face, then apply your favourite moisturizer.
Another fave is the Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash, which not only moisturizes your skin but also makes it feel incredibly clean. The formula gives you long-lasting moisture that absorbs to help treat dryness at the source (hello, winter), rather than just having the product sit on your skin’s surface. As a result, you’re left with clean, moisturized skin that radiates.
Speaking of skin, do you ever get stress sweat? I do, but thankfully Secret Clinical has a deodorant that will give you lasting odour protection throughout the day. Secret Clinical Light & Fresh is perfect for pretty much any occasion, whether it’s at the office, at the gym, or on a date (especially a first one).
Another pre-date-night item? A good hairspray. Whenever my boyfriend and I go out, I always make sure to curl my hair, to set it, i’ve been using the Pantene Pro-V Style Series Airspray for a year now and was happy to get another bottle of it since I’m almost out of my first one. This hairspray is a lightweight, alcohol-free hairspray designed to provide a flexible hold for healthy, shiny hair. Best of all, your hair doesn’t feel stiff, sticky, or look weighed down. My curls stay in tack and my hair feels soft and silky, to boot.
Other products I’ve been digging is the Head & Shoulders Nourishing Care Shampoo and Conditioner, which is awesome for the dry weather, since I find my scalp tends to flake in the winter months. This duo has the 3 Action Formula, which cleans to remove oil, protect your scalp from dandruff, and moisturize. After my hair is washed, I use the Pantene Pro-V Smoothing Combing Creme, which hydrates hair strands for effortless detangling and adds moisture and shine. I always use a serum and a split end tamer, so this is great to use instead since it helps detangle my hair and add in the benefits of a serum.
My skin and hair has been loving me lately since everything has been nice and moisturized, thanks to these goodies from Olay, Pantene, Head & Shoulders, and Secret.
What are your winter skincare and hair staples?
Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.
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A brand I haven’t reviewed yet? Stila Cosmetics. Their Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks are available in 31 shades in mattes, satins, and shimmers, and go on incredibly opaque with a weightless texture.
I received two shades, a mauve (Patina) and a orange-toned red (Beso), both in the matte formula, and was quite impressed with these off the bat. The applicator on these make it easy to apply the colour within the lines and it settles on the lips quickly, which is great considering how wet the product is to begin with.
The wear is quite comfortable on the lips since the formula is enriched with vitamin E and avocado oil, making the colour soft, hydrating, and non-drying. I even found that after a few hours and eating and drinking, the colour stayed on quite well, which is great for something like a red.
Even though I have only tried out two of the 31 shades, this formula is quite impressive. The two colours, Patina and Beso are very beautiful, which is saying something since I don’t typically wear red lipstick. This one is great since Beso is a flattering orange-toned red that is perfect for the summer and it won’t budge, meaning it won’t be all over your face after eating or get on your teeth (which is the reason I don’t like wearing reds).
So how do these rank against the many other liquid lipsticks out there? To be honest, these are pretty on par with many others I have tried. These retail for C$29 a pop, so pretty similar to other Sephora brands. There are a variety of different colours in the line, which is great since you’ll definitely find the perfect colour for you. I also like how these offer different formulas to try out, like shimmers and glitters.
Are they better than the Smashbox All Day Liquid Lip Colours I reviewed last week? Honestly, I didn’t find there was a big difference between the two. The Stila ones are a touch creamier and more comfortable, but they are very comparable.
Have you tried Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks? What were your thoughts?
Please note, I received these products from PR. All opinions are my own.