Almay has been a drug store staple for years, recently they launched a few new items that I was lucky enough to receive samples to review.
I am super excited to try these new items out, it has been a long time since I have tried anything from Almay but I have always had such good experiences with the brand that new items have me excited.
Smoky Eye Trios in Coppery Blaze and Smouldering Embers
These trios try to make shadow application easy for those who may not be the best at figuring it all out. With three shades clearly intended for different spots on the eye.
Coppery Blaze has green as its lid colour with charcoal as its crease and off white-green shade for highlight. Smouldering Embers is a Taupe for its lid, dusty purple for the crease and a light champagne-pink for the creases.
Both these trios have lovely shades in them, but the payoff is mixed. Smouldering Embers has a softer texture and applies well because of it, while Coppery Blaze is stiffer and it takes a lot of work to get any pay off from it.
Goddess Gloss in Dreamy and Flame
I am not a huge lip gloss fan, but these glosses have won me over. They are prismatic glosses that are just pigmented enough that they work great on their own or even better as a topper. They are not sticky or goopy on the lips, which is a big part of why I love them.
Flame is a berry shade with flecks of shimmer in it. Dreamy is my favourite and it is a light pink-purple with a prismatic duo chrome reflection to it that works really well when I use a purple highlighter on my face.
Make Them Jelly Hi-Lite / Illuminator in 24k Dreams and Unicorn Light
These are shimmer jellies, and when I say shimmer I mean SHIMMER. The gel feels thick and not like a skin product but more a body product and the shimmer itself if very large and chunky.
24k Dreams has golden shimmer, while Unicorn Light has pink.
I realize that we are hitting the end of the '90s, beginning of the '00s in the make trend cycle and this actually seems quite in line with what I remember of the whole Y2K era. While not for me and most likely not for most faces it might make for a great body product.
Velvet Foil in Cupid Glaze and Golden Vibes
These foils come in little tubes that instantly remind me of Mac Paints (sadly discontinued). Packaged in a plastic tube that let you have good control over how much you can squeeze out.
I teenie-tiny amount of the cream shadow is all you need to get a ton of pigment that will create a foil effect. They take a few minutes to dry, so you have time to get them looking right on your lids. I like buffing them with a brush to avoid strong lines.
The brand boasts that they will last up to 24 hours and will not crease, smudge or fade. I had good results wearing them, I did make the mistake on wearing them on a particularly sweaty day at work so I did get some shimmer fall-out as the day went on, but overall they are quite spectacular and look amazing.
Cupid Glaze is a Rosey shade while Golden Vibes is an old gold shade. Both have lots of shimmer in them.
Shadow Squad in Unicorn and Less is More
These are single pan shadows that have one shade in four finishes. A matte, satin, metallic and glitter all in a monochromatic pan.
Unicorn is white and all the shades come off chalky, I really couldn't capture the shades that well in photos. Less is More is a light nude shade that is a lot more pretty and photographic.
Less is More
I created a look using the Smokey Eye Trio in Smouldering Embers, Velvet Foil in Golden Vibes as an eyeliner and finally Goddess Gloss in Dreamy on the lips.
Overall I think it was great to try out a bunch of new products from a brand that I was already familiar with.
I love the Goddess Gloss and would recommend it to just about anyone, I particularly like Dreamy. I think the Velvet Foils are fantastic and I will most likely be picking up some next time I see them on sale at my drug store.
The Smoky Eye Trios are pretty good for a drug store trio. They make creating a look easy and are not overly pigmented which actually makes them nice for a day or office look.
The Shadow Squad shadows are ok, I found them a bit chalky and pay off a bit iffy. but I generally like the idea. I think the quality depends on the shade so I would say they are a pass. The Make Them Jelly highlighters are just not my thing, they are too chunky and the gel doesn't play well with foundation.
*Products were sent for review, all views and opinions are my own.
Joico recently launched a new hair care line called Defy Damage. Its main goal is to help defend hair against damage while maintaining colour treated hairs vibrancy. The line claims to help make hair 5x stronger and maintain 90% of its colour vibrancy. I clearly had to try it out, and after a month it is finally time to give it a review.
DEFY DAMAGE PROTECTIVE SHAMPOO ( 300 mL / $24.95 SRP)
A rich, luxurious lather loaded with damage-preventing ingredients gently and swiftly sloughs away dirt, impurities, and buildup without roughing up the hair cuticle or stripping vibrant colour. The result: shiny, smooth, clean strands that are wonderfully resilient and healthy-looking. Free of SLS/SLES (sodium lauryl/ sodium laureth) sulfates
Washing away my colour is always a concern for me which is why I end up waiting so darn long in between washes and relying on dry shampoo. The end result is hair colour that lasts longer, but really dirty hair that never really gets clean. That being said with the Defy Damage Protective Shampoo I don't really have to worry about over washing my hair. I can wash it all I want and I don't wash out my dark colour, I also don't damage it. My hair isn't stripped of moisture or damaged from the whole process, in fact, it is stronger because of it. Best of all it doesn't create any buildup on my hair.
Replenishes moisture and builds resilience without weighing hair down, leaving strands soft, shiny, and healthy- looking after each use. Helps prevent daily damage & boost vital moisture
When it comes to conditioner, I like a lot of it, but I also don't want my hair weighted down. My hair is pretty dry and damaged from years of colouring and styling and needs a rich conditioner. This one is pretty darn rich without weighing down your hair. I found since I started using it that my hair has a lot more body to it while still getting enough moisture. It is definitely a good fit for anyone with damaged and/or colour treated hair.
DEFY DAMAGE PROTECTIVE MASQUE (150 mL / $27.65 SRP)
For bond strengthening & color longevity. This powerful at-home treatment goes deep to infuse hair with a brilliant, bond- strengthening defense system. The result? Less breakage; more protection from heat styling; and hair has instant softness and shine… the kind you can see and feel on contact.Deeply replenishes hair without weighing it down.
When it comes to hair nothing helps repair like a good hair mask. This mask is a great consistency, it isn't too thick so it still works great in a tube, but it also is just thick enough to coat your hair and act the way a mask should. I love how well it rinses out and how it doesn't leave it feeling weighed down. Every time I wash my hair, I add just a little to my ends to give them some extra hydration.
DEFY DAMAGE PROTECTIVE SHIELD (100 ML / $27.65 SRP)
To guard against thermal and UV damage. A true damage defense hero against the harsh effects of daily styling and exposure to UV and environmental pollution! This protective shield helps prevent damage and guards against color fade for beautiful, vibrant, healthy-looking hair. Used prior to styling, hair is fortified inside and out. Makes hair 4X more resistant to breakage during heat styling. Protects against color fade. Leaves hair soft, shiny, and healthy-looking
This is my favourite of the products. It is a leave-in hair styling product that helps UV and heat protect your hair plus makes your hair stronger and softer. Every time I used it my hair felt so darn soft and manageable. Plus whenever I use it and dry my hair it dries incredibly straight with minimal effort and is full of body.
Overall this has been a great line for my hair. It really has everything I need. A great shampoo that prevents buildup while not stripping my hair of moisture or colour all while being SLS/SLES Sulphates free. A conditioner and mask that helps hydrate and repair my hair while not being too heavy. Finally, leave in that helps protect my hair from both heat and UV and always leave my hair feeling absolutely amazing after I use it. It really is a great line.
This is just about everything I could ask for in a hair care line for my damaged and colour treated needs.
What do you look for in the perfect hair care line?
*Product was sent to me for review, all views and opinions are my own.
Live Clean has launched some new body washes, ones that are self-foaming and I've got to say that they are pretty darn neat.
As you may have noticed though past posts, I am an avid Live Clean fan. They are Canadian, make their products here, their products are environmentally friendly and dermatologist tested all while using plant-derived ingredients.
These foaming bath washes are really great, they come with the same self-foaming pumps that their foaming hand washes come with but in a much larger bottle. One pump and you've got a pile of foam and are ready to wash away.
I usually don't use a shower puff/lily/loofah and just apply my body washes to my hands and wash up that way. I did not find that the best way to use these washes. I discovered they didn't go too far and I needed a lot of pumps. That being said, using a shower puff/lily/loofah (I just call them puffs) actually made them go so much further, and that two pumps were all I needed to do my whole body. I just wet my puff really well and put two pumps of the wash onto it and then massaged it into an over the top lather. I was actually shocked at how much more they lathered up doing it this way.
Moringa & Matcha Butter Antioxidant Foaming Body Wash:
This was is by far my favourite. I love the scent of Moringa, it is light and floral but not an overpowering scent for a flower. I also really love Matcha it is fresh and is a scent I associate with morning tea. The two scents go together really well, but the mooring is what you really smell.
It has butters from both Moringa and Matcha in them, which are loaded with antioxidant-rich Vitamin C and is supposed to give your skin a glow. I don't know about the glow, but I do know my skin likes this body wash a lot.
Mango & Aloe Butter Sensitive Foaming Body Wash:
With rich Mango Butter and hydrating Aloe Butter, this formula also contains Oat kernel Oil for those with sensitive skin. This wash is also unscented, which is really nice, just because you can't have fragrances doesn't' mean you don't want a nice body wash.
I find this one super hydrating and I in no way miss having a scent to it.
Shea & Murumuru Butter Deep Moisture Foaming Body Wash:
If you have dry skin (that's me) you may love this wash. It has Shea and Murumuru butters in its as well as Hyaluronic Acid to help hydrate your skin.
This has been great on cold days, I hate how dry my skin can get and it really helps to have a great wash that not only doesn't strip my skin of moisture but also helps hydrate it.
Overall I am adoring these washes. All three have been living in my shower for the last few months. All three, I never leave three body washes in there, I just don't have the room. I just love using them that much. They are rich, have a great lather, leave my skin soft and hydrated all while rinsing really easy without any residue.
All three of these foaming body washes are:
Hypoallergenic, Dermatologist Tested
98% plant-based ingredients With Certified Organic Botanicals
Spring has sprung and that means a new seasonal collection from Mary Kay. This season has some interesting lip options from deep bold stains to nude lipsticks, highlighter drops to a new palette. Let's take a look.
Matte Nude Lipsticks ($20 / 3.3 g)
Mary Kay has three limited edition matte nude shades for their spring collection.
Baccio Nude is the lightest of the three shades, it is pale beige nude shade. I find this one too light for my skin tone (note I am pretty darn pale), it just doesn't flatter me. Bellissimo Nude definitely darker than Baccio Nude but still relatively light. It is a warmer nude that still is in the beige shade range. It is a really nice nude for my skin tone and I like it. Perfetto Nude is similar to Bellissimo Nude but has a peach tone to it. This is by far my favourite, it takes the idea of a nude, but makes it something more with the peach.
Overall these are some creamy mattes that shift around a bit when you wear them but are comfortable because of it. I do wish there were some deeper shades so that more people could wear them. Baccio Nude is the least forgiving of them, I find it shows lines and it patchy in coverage. The other two shades are much better wearing.
At Play Sticks ($17 ):
One of the more interesting items in this new collection is the At Play Sticks. There are colour correcting sticks, contour sticks and a highlight stick.
There are two Colour Correcting Sticks, Wipe Out Redness is green and Ditch Dullness is purple.
There are two Contouring Sticks in Get Sculpted 1 and Get Sculpted 2. 1 is lighter and 2 is darker. Get Sculpted 1 is clearly the one I reach for being pale but is definitely suitable for those quite a few skin tones darker than me. Get Sculpted 2 is quite a bit darker so it is definitely a great option for anyone who has a deeper skin tone.
Finally, we have a Highlighting Stick in the shade Rose Gold Glow. This stick is shimmery with a very peachy rose gold tone to it. This is the only one of the sticks that are not matte. I really wish this was a lighter or less pink toned highlighter. It is more of a shimmering blush for me but would work well on other skin tones.
All of the sticks are incredibly creamy and can be blended out with very little effort. I really like to use a brush to buff them out. While I really love these sticks, I wish there was a peach one for counteracting undereye circles (although Mary Kay has a permanent concealer that is peach).
Illuminating Drops ($25.00 / 15 ml):
Nothing says warmer weather than a bronzy glow. These drops can be used to highlight or to add a sunglow kiss to the skin. They come in a pretty decent sized glass bottle with an eyedropper. Bronze Light is the darkest of the three new drops. It is a golden-copper shade that is very similar to Benefit's Sun Beam, just a tad bit deeper. Golden Horizon is lighter than Bronze Light and leans more to a true yellow golden shade. Silver Sands is the lightest of the three, it is a rosy silver shade that I think should have a name that reflects that. This one is hands down my favourite of the three.
The formula is smooth and blends out extremely well. I do enjoy adding it to my foundation for an overall glow or to deepen up my foundation in a bronzy manner, but what I really like to do is dab it on my skin for a highlighted glow. My favourite is on the cupid's bow and the apple of my cheeks.
Lip Tint ($21 / 2.5 g):
There are three of these new lip tints, Desert Flora which is a deep purple-red, Magenta Mirage is a deep red and Canyon Coral a basic orange. All the shades go on the lips darker than you may think, your natural lip colour also makes it a bit deeper.
I was most excited to see these babies in the spring collection. They are markers for your lips. Years ago I used to use so many lip stains like this and just adored them. These are different though, they aren't really a stain, they are a tint. Meaning? They are water based and can fade a bit faster and transfer when they get wet. I learned though Rachelle over on Makeup Your Mind's post that it can transfer to your tongue too (eeek)!
Anyways, I actually really do still like these. I like to use them underneath other shades of similar lipstick to give them some extra lasting power or even on their own. The big downside is the tubes will dry up faster than you might like being the marker format that they are.
Perfect Palette ($25):
Finally, we get a new palette. A few months back Mary Kay launched their new ChromaFushion palette system, with eyeshadows, blushes, contours and highlights. There was also two palette options a Pro (large) and Petite (small), which left the middle range kind of empty. This pretty rose decorated palette fills that gap perfectly.
It has a mirror so it is great to bring with you when you're on the go, but it also holds 4 blush/highlight/contour sized pans or 12 eye shadow pans. I created this cute little palette to show how great it is.
I really like this size and pattern, I really hope they consider making it a permanent item.
So there you go, some new limited edition items from Mary Kay for Spring 2019. I really love the Perfect Palette, the At Play sticks and especially the Illuminating Drops. The Lip Tints are a bit of a miss, but I am still enjoying them, I just don't know if they are worth the hassle of them getting on your teeth and tongue and the lack of long wear. The nude lipsticks have a really nice feel on the lips but not too varied in shade range so probably won't work on a lot of people.
Are you excited for Spring? What beauty products are most exciting to you?
*products were sent for review purposes. All views and opinions are my own.
A little while back I got to attend a Canadian launch party for The Inkey List, a UK brand that is now at Shoppers Drug Marts across Canada.
I got to hear the founders, Colette Newberry and Mark Curry talk about what makes their band unique and why you probably want to try it out. First off, nothing is over $15! That means you can try out a product without breaking the bank. Secondly, they are single ingredient based products (much like other value skincare brand The Ordinary). Finally. the brand breaks it all down for you on the box and on the tubes.
Let's me break their packaging down for using the Turmeric as an example.
The boxes clearly state the primary ingredient and how to pronounce it on the top, followed by what it is (serum, oil, moisturizer, etc) and a definition.
The one side of the box contains the ingredient list.
The other side how the "Inkey Info" which is, what type of skin it is good for, what is in it (in English/French, not Latin and science) and what the product is going to do.
The back explains what it helps to aid and how/when to use it.
The actual products come in basic white plastic with black labelling and lists the name and how to pronounce it (just like the box front).
The backs clearly list what it is and when/how to use it. Pretty basic.
Pretty simple right? I love that all the products say what they are at the top on the back so you won't ever get confused about when to use them.
I picked out a few products to try out so let's take a peek at them.
This is a serum that contains zero water. Since Vitamin C is so volatile containing it in something water free like silicone helps keep it stable. This formula contains 30% stable L-Ascorbic Acid as its Vit C in a silicone formula.
Vitamin C is great for fighting free radicals, brightening your skin, evening out skin tone and reducing fine lines.
I have had a lot of hit and miss luck with Vitamin C products in the past. I really love the idea of it in silicone but really had some bad luck with The Ordinary's version (it was gritty and coarse, felt awful and just had to toss it). This was not like that at all. It is pretty thick and has a very minor grit to it (finer than baking soda) that goes on the skin really nice and smooth.
Turmeric - Moisturizer (30 ml / $12.99) :
This is a moisturizer that I have been using after the Vitamin C serum. Turmeric has been one of those super ingredients that has been getting a bit of buzz lately and I was excited to try it out. I was shocked to see that is is actually white and not yellow, but also really glad it wasn't bright yellow.
Tumeric is good for re-hydrating dry skin, brightening skin and reducing wrinkles. I was excited to see Squalane and Vitamine E in it to help hydrate the heck out of my dry skin.
I find you do not need much of this lotion to get your skin, it is pretty thick and smooths out really nice. I love that I do not need too much of it at all. I wish it was a bit more hydrating, but I usually am using a skin oil in my routine which goes a long way to addressing this.
Kaolin Clay - Mask (50 ml / $6.99) :
Kaolin is the go-to for clay when it comes to skin care. This super fine white mud mask draws out impurities, unclogs pores and helps even out skin tone.
I was happy to read that this mask also has Smectite clay to help absorb excess oil. It also has six oils in it to stop it from drying out your skin in a bad way.
I am always a little weary of clays or muds because I have had some angry skin reactions in the past. It comes in a tube, so it's not too thick, but a great texture to spread around your face. It takes only 10 minutes to dry (I found it dried much faster than that on me) and washes off pretty easily. I found my skin was very soft after every use and not dried out. Most importantly no burning for me, its a miracle. Plus it is $6.99....just go buy it.
Caffeine seems to be the IT ingredient for eye products lately. Caffeine helps reduce dark circles, reduce puffiness and reduce fine lines.
This formula not only has caffeine in it, but it also has Matrixyl 3000 to help boost your cologne production.
I really like this eye cream. You do not need a lot of, it feels nice around the eyes and its not too thick. I have previously used The Ordinary's Caffeine and it is just caffeine in a liquid format, which I found messy and I still needed to use an eye cream. I really like that this is an eye cream with caffeine as its main focus. Also no reflective ingredients, I often find eye creams aimed to reduce darkness just add reflectors, which honestly is just a cop-out. I want my eye creams to do something not just mask them. I noticed since using this daily that my eyes have been less puffy and look a bit brighter.
So there you go, a look at the brand and what I have been using from them. My favourite thing (beyond the price point) has been how simple they make their products. I was on another site where they had a similar style of product line and I had no clue what they were talking about, what the products were supposed to do or how to use them. I don't have that problem with The Inkey List, it's simple and I really enjoy that about them.
I am going to pick up their Rosehip Oil and Q10 once I use up my current equivalents. I love that they are so affordable.
Revlon recently sent me some products so that I could create my own Ethereal look. While the concept was a little out of my comfort zone, once I received the products I realized this was actually going got be very easy since I was already familiar with all of them.
Colorstay Full Cover Foundation: 110 Ivory
This foundation is fantastic. I cannot say enough good things about it. It is a full coverage, long lasting and self-setting foundation that doesn't get dry on me. I love that it is in a tube, so I can control exactly how much comes out and it isn't bulky.
The texture of it is a bit fluffy and almost mousse-like, but not quite. It can be built up to a solid medium coverage and works well dabbed over any blemishes to cover them up. I like to either use a buffing brush or a sponge to apply it. My skin is super dry and it never looks cakey or flakey on it, I always get good results.
This palette was featured in my Favourites of 2018 and for good reason, I love it. It features four shades of highlight that can be used together in so many ways to create fantastic looks. There is a pink, grey, green and purple shade in the palette.
I really love adding the green to my brow bone. The pink and purple shades mixed together in place of blush and the silver almost like a contour (just below my blush).
I know this doesn't pop in the photos, but it looks fantastic in person. There is no shimmer to the palette so it works really well if you don't like shimmer or glitter. It also makes it much more wearable for day to day looks. It makes you look like you are glowing without the need for glitter.
ColorStay Creme Eyeshadow: 755 Licorice & 760 Earl Grey:
I love a good cream eyeshadow and love that Revlon has launched these babies. Not only are they amazing quality that is just as good, if not better than my high-end shadows, they also make some pretty fun shades. While all the other ones I have in my collection are matte, these two are metallic, making them perfect for my look.
I used the light silver Earl Grey shades in my inner third of the eye. I then applied the darker silver shade, Licorice to the outer third of my eye, crease area and my bottom lash line. I then buffed it with a brush out and added some mascara and I was done.
Earl Grey on the left and Licorice on the right.
I really loved how these applied, how creamy they were, how they blended and stayed put all day long! These two shades were so shimmery and fantastically perfect for the look. Even though they are metallic, they don't feel gritty, which is another great sign of their quality. They even come with their own little brushes that slide into the lids.
Kiss Cushion Lip Tint: 290 Extra Violet & 230 Naughty Mauve
These are some interesting lip products. They click up through a sponge and you can dab them on. After they set (about 10 minutes), they stay put and have a dry finish. They definitely are a comfortable product to wear.
I have two shades, but I chose to use the deeper Extra Violet shade for my look.
Naughty Mauve on the left and Extra Violet on the right.
So here is my finished look. My skin is matte and has some decent coverage without the need of any concealer.
My cheeks feature a variety of shades of highlight to give it depth, colour and an interesting glow without shimmer.
My eyes are the focal point, lots of shimmer and glow that radiate out into a fade that is topped off with some green highlight under the brow bone.
Finally, a nice deep lip shade to give some contrast between the lighter eyes and cheeks.
I really love how this look turned out, I feel it has an out of this world glowy look that is wearable any time of the day.
What do you think of the look? Do you like to go a bit out of your comfort zone from time to time?
*products were sent to me for review purposes, all views and opinions are my own.
This month's theme over on the Canadian Beauty Bloggerwebsite is First Beauty Loves. This got me thinking about where some of my first beauty loves. The first thing that came to mind was Toast of New York Super Lustrous Lipstick from Revlon. I started wearing it when way back in 1994 when I was on the brink of turning 14 and wore it for at least 2 years straight. I know a lot of other people wore it through most of the 90s too!
The fact that the shade from my youth and is over 35 years old is still sold by Revlon got me thinking about what other classic shades of theirs are still being made (and sell out all the time). So with that, I bring you Six Classic Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick shades (and three new ones). All the classic shades are Creme formulated.
Shades left to right: Love that Red, Certainly Red, Fire and Ice,
Cherries in the Snow, Love that Pink and Toast of New York.
Love That Red (1951) creamy watermelon red
Love That Red is Revlon's original red lip shade. It has been around for 68 years and still looks fabulous. In fact, when Revlon launched their Street Chic collection of shades.
Love That Red was included as its Paris shade. Showing that it is timeless and trendy.
Certainly Red (1951) creamy strawberry red
Certainly Red is just as old as Love That Red, and just as iconic.
It is a red, it has some blue pink in it making it lean on the cool side and making it super wearable for those that might not be drawn to reds.
Fire and Ice (1952) creamy hot pink-red
Fire and Ice is probably the most iconic of all Revlon lipstick. It launched with an ad campaign
that featured model Dorian Leigh. It was a big deal and a huge hit for Revlon. It even has had its own perfume! Here is a great article on the campaign and the image created in it.
The colour runs a bit orange maybe coral but is easy to wear. Here is a great review from my friend Arianne on the shade, check it out.
Cherries in the Snow (1953) creamy fuchsia
The year after Fire and Ice, Revlon launched Cherries in the Snow and used Dorian Leigh again. The colour is still so popular that the matching nail polish is still in production.
The shade is a cherry pink. It is kind of pink, kind of red, but it is bold but wearable.
Love that Pink (1955) creamy watermelon pink
It seems that this shade was Monn Drops and Super Lustrous shade for a while (Revlon discontinued their Moon Drops line in a few years back), but the Super Lustrious is the original.
It is a pink that is warm with a red base. No bubble gum pink or fuschia here, just a classic wearable shade that doesn't get old.
Toast Of New York (1984) creamy bright auburn
This was the IT shade of the 1990s. Cindy Crawford was a hot commodity at the time, she was a supermodel and happened to have her on MTV show (House of Style) as well as being a Revlon spokesperson. You could easily find dozens of photos of her wearing it, as well as many other celebrities. The shade is still around, and I must say quite trendy as everything 90's is in right now.
It is a classic 90s brick red and I must have used up about 8 tubes of it in a two year period in the mid-90s.
On to some newer shades.....
Forward Magenta matte magenta-pink
This one is a matte shade that is part of the new Matte Is Everything Super Lustrous shades. They come in the same in the same tube just with a matte finish to it and have no window on the top. They go on super smooth and feel actually really hydrating for a matte lipstick.
This shade is just a flat out magenta and I love it. I find it so wearable even though it looks really bold in the tube. I got this one at an event last year where Revlon was relaunching the Super Lustrous Lipstick line with some new shades and this was one of them. I even got it custom engraved with Ms. Fox on it (swoon).
Rise Up Rose matte rose-brown
This one is another matte. Still soft feeling and pretty hydrating for a matte lipstick.
I am not one to wear straight up browns so I look for shades like this one. It is a brown that has pink tones to it (thus looking much more wearable on me).
Midnight Mysterypearlized navy blue
This shade is also part of the Street Chic collection, it represents London.
It looks black with blue shimmers in the tube, but it is pretty darn sheer on the lips with no visible shimmer. It definitely is a deep shade that leans blue. That being said, you can build it up quite a bit to a more deep finish. I personally love having a black that is not just a flat matte shade, I can mix this with other shades and make them a bit deeper too.
So there you go nine shades of lipstick from one of the most long-running and iconic lipstick formulas of all time.
I really love the formula of the Super Lustrous Lipsticks, they are creamy, hydrating and go on even and smooth. They also are unscented! Which is kind of a big deal for drugstore lipsticks. An extra bonus is you can often find them on sale for about $6 which makes them super easy to find and afford.
An added bonus for me is how smooth and evenly they do on over my lip scars. I have scars on the edge of my lips and often have a difficult time trying to get a liner to go over them easily, this formula applies over it with ease and you cannot even tell that have the scars after application.
What was the first beauty product you fell in love with?
*I bought 7 of these lipsticks with my own money, two I received as pr samples. All views and opinions are my own.
Schwarzkopf recently revamped their BC Bonacure hair care line. The salon exclusive line of products now boasts skin care properties to help your hair perform its best.
I got to attend the launch at Schwarzkopf Canada's lab late last year and I learned all about how they are incorporating skin care elements into hair care. I took home a few products which I am going to talk to you about today
BC BONACURE pH 4.5 COLOR FREEZE
the pH 4.5 Color Freeze line is all about keeping your colour looking like you just left the salon as long as possible. It uses patented pH 4.5 Balancer Technology to seal the surface and 'freeze' the colour pigments inside the hair matrix for longer vibrancy. All of this sounds really neat to me, and since my hair is porous and bleeds colour I thought it was right up my ally. I got to try the shampoo, conditioner, treatment and spray conditioner.
BC BONACURE pH 4.5 Color Freeze Rich Micellar Shampoo
This seems like a normal shampoo, but it (and all the BC Bonacure shampoos) now features micellar technology to help wash away impurities and dirt in your hair. It has a medium consistency with a slight pearl to it. It also claims to have keratins to help fill structural gaps, apricot oil to protect and smooth the hair.
I find it lathers really nicely and requires very little work to get my scalp and hair nice and clean. It rinses well and feels like there is no real residue leftover afterwards. Since my hair is porous from over processing the keratin to fill in gaps in my hair is a great addition.
BC BONACURE pH 4.5 Color Freeze Silver Micellar Shampoo
This is pretty much the same shampoo, but it has a blue-violet tint to it to help counteract yellow tones in blonde, bleached, and silver hair tones.
I, having dark hair, did not use this, but my co-worker and Mother-in-Law have, and they both loved it. Blue-Violet tones have been used for decades to counter yellowness in light hair and it is because it works! I speak now as a dog groomer who owns a 90% white dog, it really can make a difference if the hair looks white/blonde or yellow and dingy.
BC BONACURE pH 4.5 Color Freeze Rich Conditioner
This is a light conditioner that helps with all the things the shampoos do, retail the proper pH for your hair to hold colour longer, freezes it in, fills in structural gaps in with keratin and helps condition your hair.
I personally find it a nice light conditioner that I like to use any regular day of the week. It isn't too thick or heavy so those with finer hair won't find it too heavy.
BC BONACURE pH 4.5 Color Freeze Treatment
This is a hair mask treatment. It helps strengthen the hair by filling in structural gaps using keratin while maintaining the 4.5 pH level to help keep your colour intact longer. It has a thick conditioner texture to it, nothing too dense but it really hydrates the hair when it is on.
I love to use this as an all over mask once a week or every other week during the winter months. My hair is so dry right now and it really shows, so it helps counteract that. I often will also just add it to the last quarter of my hair to give it a bit of a hydration boost while I am just washing my hair regularly. It find it helps to give it that little bit extra the ends on long hair often need, it helps me stretch out the amount of time I can go between haircuts.
BC Bonacure pH 4.5 Color Freeze Spray Conditioner
This is a leave-in conditioner spray. It has a duo-phase to it so you have to shake it up before using it. If you read my Schwarzkopf Gliss review, you may have seen a similar product, Express Repair (but has completely different ingredients). Each line in the BC Bonocure collection has its own version of this spray. They work by conditioning the hair lightly, helping detangle and fill in structural gaps in the hair. This one also helps maintain the optimal pH level of 4.5 for colour treated hair and maintain its colour vibrancy longer.
I love using a leave-in conditioner spray daily. Whether it is while my hair is wet or in the morning on a day I have not washed my hair, they really help detangle my hair and let me brush it out without damage now that it is long again. I love that it helps fill in my porosity issues and really find it makes a difference for the next time I colour my hair. I find it very comparable to the Gliss Colour Gaurd, but lighter in the finish.
Now on to some other items from other lines that I gave a try and am loving.
BC BONACURE Collagen Volume Boost Whipped Conditioner
Meant for finer hair, the BC Bonacure Collagen Volume Boost line use Collagen to boost fine hairs volume the way collagen boosts skins plumpness.
This mouse comes in an aerosol-free pump and is to be applied to the hair while damp. I personally like adding it to my scalp area to help give my hair a bit of body. I find now that my hair is long it no longer has any height to it and this has actually helped quite a bit in giving it a boost that lasts throughout the day.
BC BONACURE Hyaluronic Moisture Kick BB Hydra Pearl
The BB Hydra Pearls are a lightweight way to add moisture back into your hair. The pearls are made of glycerin that burst into a hyaluronic acid gel, the result is hydrated hair that isn't weighted down.
BC BONACURE Peptide Repair Rescue Nutri-Shield Serum
The BC Bonacure Peptide Repair Rescue line is all about helping restore bounce and shine to damaged hair. Basically, chemically treated hair needs this line.
Rescue Nutri-Shield Serum is a dual chamber product that pumps out a clear and a creamy side so you can mix them together. It helps to provide heat protection up to 220ºC/428ºF. It also helps seal the hair surface to help keep it smooth and silky while adding strength and elasticity by filling in structural gaps in the hair.
I have been using it every time I use a hot tool and find that my hair feels amazingly soft and manageable when I use it. My hair dries to a much smoother texture without the need of a round brush or a flat iron, it just looks smooth and feels soft after use.
Overall I have really been enjoying all the products I have tried out. I like the idea of skin care technology being added to help your hair be its best. I really like the micellar technology, in particular, it loves how clean but not stripped my hair feels after using the shampoo. I also really enjoy knowing that my porosity is corrected thought structural repair with every use.
The stand out styling product to me is the Peptide Repair Rescue Serum. It leaves my hair so smooth and soft that I can go longer without washing my hair. It feels stronger and smoother instantly and in this cold weather, I don't feel about using my hair dryer because it gives my hair protection from the heat.
Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure products can be found at salons that use Schwarzkopf products. For more info check out their website.
*Products were received as in a gift bag while attending an event. All views and opinions are my own.
Vichy is one of my favourite skincare brands, they are always improving formulas and highly scientific in their approach. Luck for me one my go-to lines, Aqualia Thermal has gotten a makeover.
Aqualia Thermal skincare serum recharges dry & dehydrated skin with intense hydration, using 97% naturally-derived ingredients, including Hyaluronic Acid, fortifying Vichy mineralizing water, and plant sugar mannose. Skin is instantly dewy-fresh, feels comfortable, stays hydrated for up to 48 hours and are as reinforced even under climate variations, stress, or pollution. -vichy.ca
The revamped items in the line now contain 97% naturally-derived ingredients, Hyaluronic Acid,
Vichy's Mineralized Water, and Plant Sugar Mannose all to help keep your skin hydrated for 48 hours. There really isn't anything not to love. There are no parabens, no silicones and no mineral oils in the line as well. Finally, they have been tested for even the most sensitive skins, which is great because I can be pretty reactive.
This serum has been my go-to for years, and I have loved how it has always helped hydrate my skin so darn well. Now it is better than before with all the improvements to the line.
Basically, this is a light serum that helps hydrate your skin. I find it absorbs extremely quickly, which is great for moving onto the next step in my skin care routine. I find it helps plump up my skin over repeated uses.
I find by using this serum every day, twice a day has a real effect on my skin hydration levels. My skin feels less tight, is plumper, doesn't get dry as fast and I need to use fewer layers to hydrate my skin enough to get through the day.
This is a new one for me, I previously used the light cream, heavy cream, hydrating serum and thermal night spa. This is totally different though, it is a gel-lotion, somewhere between a lotion and a gel.
The light texture is very quick absorbing. I found it particularly amazing in the warmer months, when I want something lighter and quick absorbing but also still highly hydrating. I often find with regular lotions I end up sweating off a bit in the summer, so it is all great. Now that it is cooler out my dry-dehydrated skin needs the added addition of a skin oil in my routine, but I still find it does an amazing job of getting much-needed hydration into my skin, and quickly.
Overall I love these new more natural and more effective products. They work well with my dry-dehydrated skin type while not being oily, heavy or greasy. They absorb quickly and keep me hydrated for the entire day. I love that the brand has improved the products in so many ways. The serum still hydrates and absorbs quickly while plumping my skin. The new water gel is light and a nice change from heavy creams which seem to often sweat off me in warmer weather.
* Products were sent to me for review purposes, all views and opinions are my own.
Over the years I switched from stick antiperspirant to spray and well it recently felt like a good time to try some spray deodorant out. Jason was kind enough to send me their Dry Spray Deodorant in Soft Rose and Fresh Cucumber.
As you may or may not know, deodorants don't stop sweat like antiperspirants do, they just stop you from smelling. It is a much more natural concept and is great for anyone looking to have a more natural or clean body care routine.
The idea of a spray deodorant seemed a bit odd to me since the majority of my experiences with deodorants have been with liquid roll-ons and sticks. I learned that Jason's spray is air propelled making it a great option for those eco-conscious consumers who want to avoid chemical propellants. It also has no aluminum, parabens and is vegan.
The sprays go on without any residue, I get no white marks or anything of the sort on my clothes. The spray is easy to apply and has a steady flow to it. It also dries instantly, so I am not left with a wet armpit, something I really hate.
So how did it wear on me? I actually really liked it. I was skeptical, really really skeptical, but the sprays proved why they have won a Best in Beauty Award from Allure. It sprayed smoothly, dried instantly, left no residue on my skin or clothes. All off to a good start. Both the cucumber and the rose smell really nice and fade to a subtle scent after the first few minutes.
As for stopping me from smelling, it worked really well in that department too. I found by the end of the day I didn't smell. I did find I could pull it off a second day without a shower if I reapplied in the morning, but not any longer than that.
The only real tip I can give is, do not, under any circumstances, apply this product right after you shaved your armpits. Do not do it! It will sting, not a ton, but enough not to like the feeling.
Overall I really have been enjoying using both sprays, I am actually shocked at how much I do not miss my antiperspirant. I cannot say this will be the case come the summer when the heat and humidity start to make me go into hyper sweat mode, but for now, it has been fantastic.
Have you tried any deodorants lately? What do you think of them?
*Products were sent for review, all views and opinions are my own.