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When it was announced that Wet N Wild was going to be discontinuing their 8 pan palettes and replacing them with 10 pan palettes, I can't imagine that I was the only one who braced for losing the Comfort Zone palette, which I think has long been one of the best larger palettes in the drugstore, though it was sorely missing matte shades. Luckily, the company knew what they were doing and decided to release a newly reformulated 10 Pan Comfort Zone Palette that included two new matte shades and maintained all of the shades that were in the old palette. Of course, there was the question of whether the reformulation would stand up to the old palette.

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Honestly, I wasn't really planning on buying this palette... but then I looked at it. I mean, how could I resist? One thing that I love about this palette is that, although it's neutral, it's absolutely something different from most of what's neutral in the drugstore. The addition of the matte transition shades really did just make this palette kind of the more complete version of what it used to be, in my opinion.


When it comes to curation of this palette, I'm mostly really happy with it. I think that the matte shades were well chosen to go with what already existed in the old Comfort Zone palette. My personal issue with the curation is actually two of the old shades. In the pan, the two deepest shades on the left side of the palette look quite different, with one leaning more brown and the other more green, but because they have that dark base they both end up looking pretty much identical on the eyes. I would have actually loved to see them change one of those shades in these new palettes, either to a metallic or to a matte, something to really distinguish them from each other. 


First, let's talk about the transition shades, shall we? First, on the top of the palette (right side of the photos) we have your basic must have peanut buttery warm-but-not-too-warm transition shade. I feel like everyone can benefit from having a well formulated shade like this in their collection and it fits really well with the shades in this palette. The transition shade on the bottom of the palette, though, is the real winner for me because it's so unlike anything else in the drugstore. This rosy brown shade is absolutely gorgeous and really does help to make this palette feel a lot more versatile to me. Also, though, I would legitimately just put this shade all over my lids, deepen up the outer corner with one of the deep shades, and call it a look. I like it that much.


Now for the top row moving left to right (which feels wrong, but whatever.) The first shade in the top row is a deep brown matte base packed full of bronzey gold shimmers and the formula isn't my favorite. The texture feels a little bit dry and though it's quite pigmented, it doesn't blend out nearly as well as the deep matte brown in the Not A Basic Peach Palette. Next is a gorgeous rose gold shade that is basically everything. The formula is creamy, smooth and pigmented and I'm kind of in love with it all over the lid. Next is a sort of golden beige that's in the same formula as the rose gold and it's also gorgeous. Smooth, creamy and pigmented, love! Finally in this row we have a satin finish champagne shade that I wish had that same formula as the other two. This shade is nice, but a little bit more sheer and powdery. It certainly works on the eyes, but it's not my personal favorite formula from Wet N Wild.


The bottom row of this palette starts out much the same as the top row. The deep green shade is a matte base and is absolutely packed with gold shimmers. I find it to be a lot more pigmented than the very similar shade above it and if I had to choose between the two, it would absolutely be this one. Next is the classic blue-brown shade and I think it actually might be my favorite in this palette. The formula is really smooth and creamy and the duochrome is absolutely incredible on this. I also find that if I apply this shade wet, it pops a beautiful almost peacock teal glow. It's gorgeous and I love it. Next is a classic midtone golden brown shade. It has a really nice formula, great pigmentation and a really smooth finish, so I really can't complain about it at all. Just doesn't necessarily pop in this palette, but not everything has to. Finally is the sage green shade satin with a golden sheen. This formula is very similar to the champagne right above it, though I think it's more pigmented. It's a little bit powdery and I would definitely recommend to apply it wet, but it has good colour payoff and it works.

Why don't drugstore palettes have shade names????

I think my issue with this palette, far more glaring in this palette than other new 10 pan palettes I've tried from Wet N Wild, is that it seems to have four different formulas and I really only love two of them. The matte shades are absolutely gorgeous with creamy formulas that blend really beautifully and have a lot of pigment. The metallic shades, which tend to be through the middle of the palettes, are absolutely gorgeous as well with really smooth, creamy formulas and a lot of pay off. The shades that are matte bases packed with shimmer, however, tend to be a dry and patch and the satin shades are quite powdery and hit and miss on the pigmentation. I feel like these differences in formula are really obvious in this palette, since there seems to be a two of each of the formulas that really aren't my favorite in this palette, where Not A Basic Peach had more consistently good shades than this one.


For this look, I started out with shade 2 on my brow bone and then went in with shade 1 through the crease on a large, fluffy brush. Next I went in with a slightly smaller fluffy brush and shade 10 and deepened out the crease a little bit more, really focusing on the outer half and deeper into the crease. Next, I used a small flat brush and applied shade 8 all over the lid wet - using this shade wet makes the blue in the shift really pop a lot more than using it dry. Finally, I took a very small amount of shade 5 on my fluffy brush and added a little bit more depth to the outer corner and made sure that the blue/brown shade was blended out. 


I was going to do comparison swatches, but I actually depotted my old Comfort Zone palette and I didn't label the pans, so I didn't want to mess it up. However, Chelle from Makeup Your Mind did a really good set of comparison swatches, so I highly recommend you head over to her post if you want to see how they hold up against each other.

Overall, I feel like this palette is good, but very hit and miss for me with the formulas. I feel like maybe they were restricted by the fact that they were redoing the beloved Comfort Zone palette and it just didn't hold up. I think that for $6.99 this is still a worthwhile palette, but it just doesn't get anywhere near Not A Basic Peach as far as formula is concerned.

The new Wet N Wild Color Icon 10 Pan Palettes are popping up in stores in Canada now, so keep an eye out if you're interested in picking them up!

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Hey guys! I've got something a little different for you guys today - but I thought it was pretty interesting. When I met my boyfriend, he had a bottle of shampoo and a bar of soap in his shower and that's all he used from head to toe. Slowly, I've been working more products into his routine, from hair and body products to skin care, and I can see that he's really cultivating what he enjoys using and thinking of self care in a different way these days. Recently, I got the chance to try out the Wise Men's Care Introductory Bundle* and of course I passed the products along to him to test out.

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More and more, I think we're seeing men thinking about the products they use, choosing things that are more than just functional, and focusing on both the enjoyment of using a product and the ethics of the company that makes them. My boyfriend, specifically, uses only enviromentally friendly products and prefers that they have natural and ethically sourced ingredients, making him sort of a perfect customer for Wise Men's Care. Wise caters to a new generation of conscious consumer; those who want thoughtful, carefully-sourced, and natural personal care products down to the last ingredient and packaging detail.


Wise Birch Bark Daily Shampoo in Minimalist Pouch 
White Birch Bark extract is a sustainable botanical extract found in the Canadian Boreal forest and renowned for its high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants. Less foamy and artificial than most competitors, the unique array of essential oils found in this shampoo offer both aromatherapy and an exceptional cleansing experience. 
475ml  Minimalist Pouch - $34/CAD / 100ml Glass Bottle - $20CAD

Because this is a natural formula that doesn't contain SLS, this isn't going to be a really sudsy shampoo, which was the thing that my boyfriend was most uncertain about. That said, the formula of this was absolutely perfect for his hair type. His hair is naturally quite oily and this gave a really strong cleanse that cut through that quite well and left his hair feeling really clean. He did need to use conditioner with it, as his hair is a little bit longer and he likes the softness that conditioner brings, but he really liked how the shampoo worked and I suspect that he will get used to the lack of foam.

Packaged in their minimalist pouch, you can either use this shampoo straight from the pouch or you can transfer it to a different container, like their Reusable Glass Bottle. I highly recommend doing that, because as much as I appreciate that the pouch packaging uses significantly less plastic, it can be a little bit tricky to use in the shower. 


Glacier Clay Pomade in Reusable Glass Bottle
This pomade is made with hand-picked organic glacial marine clay from northern British Columbia, an ingredient renowned for its abundance of beneficial minerals. Great for any hair type, it features a medium yet natural hold with a matte finish and a fresh and earthy scent from north-western Canada. Unlike most styling products, the ingredients of this Glacial Clay pomade can help to promote healthy hair by moisturizing, nourishing and protecting throughout the day.
60ml Glass Bottle - $34CAD /  60g Minimalist Tube $20CAD

The first thing that struck me about this pomade is that it is THICK. I would recommend using the back of a fingernail to get some of the product out of the container and then warming it up really well with your hands before applying it to the hair. I've also discovered that keeping it in the bathroom while you shower can help to soften it up a little bit so it can be a little bit easier to work with, but it is definitely going to end up being something that takes a little bit more work. 

What's cool about it though is that once he gets it to the consistency that he needs, it will give a decent amount of hold in his hair without really looking like product, so he can get that easy going, naturally tousled look. I really think that this product will be great for some people and just not quite right for others, but for the guy who is willing to do a little bit more work but wants an effortless look, this could be exactly the right product. 

Also, this jar packaging with the wooden lid is absolutely gorgeous! Could not leave that unsaid.


Overall, I think that Wise Men's Care is a really interesting addition to the men's products market. The formulations are really good, the packaging is really thoughtful and enviromentally conscious, and the products offer an experience that transcends simply functional men's care products.

The Wise Men's Care Introductory Bundle* retails for $60CAD. Check out their website for more products and some really great giftable bundles for the men in your life who are looking for natural, environmentally friendly personal care products!

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If there's been one new release so far in 2018 that I've been legitimately excited about, it has absolutely been the new eyeshadow releases from Wet N Wild. For a long time, Wet N Wild straight up had the best eyeshadows in the drugstore with their ColorIcon formula, but it's a been a really, really long time since the permanent line has been touched and it was about time for a makeover - so they went for it hard. With new palettes added to the line and the addition of matte transition shades added to old favorite palettes, Wet N Wild went hard with this new release and I really wanted to give it its due, so I'm going to feature all the of the palettes that I pick up in their own individual posts.

The first palette I wanted to review was the brand spankin' Wet N Wild 10-Pan Not A Basic Peach Palette. Keep reading for more!


For me, Not A Basic Peach is basically bang on trend. Palettes full of warm shades have been non-stop for the past couple of years, but I feel like Wet N Wild is the first brand in the drugstore to really go there with options in this category.


As you can see, there is one pop of blue in this palette, but if you put cover it up this is a fiery warm toned palette. I actually really love that they added that pop of blue, because I feel like that gives this palette a really summery feel. I don't know about you, but I love looks in the summer that are really warm on the lid and then have a pop of a really bold aqua blue on the lower lash line, so I think that's this palette is going to end up being a bit of a summer staple for me.


First I wanted to talk about the transition shades, because I think we've all been saying for quite a while that those are what the Wet N Wild Color Icon palettes have been missing. For me, the transitions in this palette are incredibly well chosen. The lighter shade, which is kind of a taupey beige, works really well on my skin tone to give that really subtle, smooth blend between what's happening on my lid and my browbone highlight. I personally really need that because I have so much space between my crease and my brows. Next, the deeper transition shade is a sort of burnt terracotta shade that I think will work really well for deeper skin tones as a transition and works on my skin tone to add depth to the crease. I really love that in this palette they made the two transition shades so different, because I think it really adds versatility to the shade selection.


Now let's talk about the top row of smaller pans. First, we have that pop of blue, which has a bit of a golden shift giving a kind of greenish shift. I was actually expecting this shade to be more impactful than it is, but it has a smooth formula and I think you could build it up for a little more boldness or just apply it lightly for a wash. Next is a peach shade in a matte base with some scattered shimmers in it, by far one of my least favorite types of finishes. I do absolutely love the base shade in this though and I know that I'll reach for it a lot to blend things out. It's smooth and nicely pigmented. Next is the absolutely stunning terracotta orange shade that I'm a little bit obsessed with. It's insanely pigmented with a really soft, creamy texture and it applies like a dream. Finally, we have a cream shade with a satin finish. This one is really lovely with a soft, creamy texture and a smooth finish, though it's a little bit sheer. Still, I think this is a perfect brow bone shade because it brings some light without being shimmery.


And now for the bottom row, which is 75% absolutely awesome. First, we have this deep, chocolate brown which is insanely pigmented, but creamy and smooth so that it blends out really beautifully. I think this palette definitely needed this shade to give some grounding to the bolder shades. Next is my least favorite shade in this palette. Another of those matte base with shimmer shades, the plum shade has a soft texture, but the pigmentation is lacking and it ends up looking a little bit patchy when applied dry. I have applied this wet packed on the lid and it looked quite a bit better, but it just wasn't as impactful as I was hoping. By far my personal favorite shade in this palette is the shimmer packed peachy gold duchrome. It's got a really smooth texture and applies dreamily, especially when you wet your brush, and brings a ton of shine and boldness to a look. Finally, the true gold shade is another amazing formula. It's smooth and creamy in texture, though not quite as thick as some of the other shimmer shades, and brings a ton of brightness and impact on the lid.

This is the way they are numbered on the back of the packaging... and it makes me itchy.

For me, I feel like formulawise it's really the matte shades in this palette that shine for me. They have a gorgeous texture, really smooth and buttery, and they blend really seamlessly together without becoming muddy on the eyes. I feel like the drugstore has been stepping up their matte shadows game, but for me I think these have to be my favorite matte shadows I've found in the drugstore. Conversely, I feel like Wet N Wild may not be doing shimmer shades quite a well as they used to. Personally, I find that when I'm packing these shimmer shades onto the lid, they really don't have the shine and impact that I'm looking for unless they're applied wet. That said, one little spritz of my PÜR Miracle Mist on a flat brush and these shadows get really impactful and apply beautifully with a lot of shine.


For this look, I started with an eye primer and then went in with shade 1, the lighter transition shade, on a fluffy brush through and slightly above my crease. Next I went in with transition shade 10 on a slightly smaller fluffy brush a little bit more targeted through the crease to add some depth. Next I applied shade 7 wet on a flat brush through the middle of my lid and then flipped the brush over to apply shade 6 wet to the inner part of my lid and blended them together. Finally, I added depth to the outer v using shade 9 on a blending brush. Using what was left of shade 9 on my brush, I lightly added some definitition to the lower lash line.


Overall, this shade is a HUGE winner for me. I don't think it's perfect, but I do think it's really, really good and that I'll be able to get a lot of versatile looks out of this palette, especially come summer. I think that Wet N Wild's matte eyeshadow formula in these palettes is an absolute killer and rivals (and even surpasses) some of the high end matte shadows I have in my collection. There were a couple of dud shades in this palette, but the rest have really, really impressed me and I think the shade selection is phenomenal.

I know a lot of people here in Canada are stalking store shelves, like I did, looking for these palettes. I found mine at my local Superstore ( actually, two different Superstore locations because I am a fiend ) and I have a feeling they're going to be popping up everywhere in the next week or two so keep an eye out!

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Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! I wasn't planning on doing any Valentine's Day content this year... but then I did some themed manicures and decided... Why not? I'm actually a pretty big fan of Valentine's Day. I like the idea of one specific day a year to celebrate relationships, spend time together, and make your partner feel special. Sure, you could do that any day, but life gets pretty busy and we can all get caught up in the day to day, so sometimes it's nice to have a day set aside for that. Anyway, my beauty expression of my Valentine's Day love is, of course, on my hands.

To see two the-same-but-different nail art looks I did this past week and how I got them, keep reading!


To achieve this nail art, I started with 2 coats of Cover Girl Pyro Pink, which has been in my collection for absolute ages, and then topped it with Revlon Pink Glaze to give it a little something extra. Next, I added squiggly lines using Color Club Cloud Nine holographic polish and the Pueen stamping plate pictured below to give it a little bit more extra. Finally, I used the heart stamp from the same plate and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Back To Black and finished with Seche Vive Top Coat. I actually wore this mani for nearly a week and it looked gorgeous the whole time.


When I sat down to do my nails again after taking off that first mani, I couldn't resist using the same plate and doing something similar and yet... completely different. I started with two coats of essie Treat Love & Color Indi-Go For It!* polish. Next, I decided to reach for a nail powder that I actually hadn't ever used before. I believe I got it from eBay right when nail powders were becoming a thing and then never really got into it. Anyway, I absolutely love that it took the blue and turned it more green and gave that really fine shimmer to the nails. I decided to keep it simple from there and just added the same heart stamp, this time using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in White On Time and finished with Seche Vive Top Coat.


I used the PUEEN Fairytale Lover 02 stamping plate for both of these mani's and I really, really love it. This plate is actually fairly new to my collection, but I think it works really well and I have every intention of picking up a couple more stamping plates from PUEEN in the future - especially since they're available on Amazon Prime, which always makes me more likely to order things. I have a feeling this one is going to get a lot of play.


I love that even though these looks were created using the exact same stamp, they're very, very different in their mood and general look. I hope you enjoyed this post - I'd love to hear in the comments whether you'd like to see more nail content here on the blog. I quite enjoy doing it, so it might become a more common thing in the coming months.

Thanks for reading and Happy Valentine's Day, friends!

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You guys know that I'm a bit of a skin care junkie. And by a bit, I mean that I am pretty much obsessed with trying out new products and seeing what really works for my skin. Recently, I decided that I really wanted to try out the Anew Clinical Line Eraser with Retinol* from Avon and they were kind enough to send it over for me to try out. I've actually been testing this one on and off for a couple of months now to really get a feel for how it works for my skin. Boasting an exclusive Amino-Acid complex, this product claims to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles in just days.

So how did it work out for me? Keep reading for more!


As I always do when trying out a product with retinol, I introduced this into my routine slowly, using it only every other night at first. However, I found that this was an incredibly gentle product that I was able to easily move into using every day. I personally prefer to keep retinol products for use only at night, but they do say that you can use this both morning and evening and a few times I did try that and after pairing it with my SPF, it worked out quite well.
The texture of this product is a lotion serum texture that smooths over and sinks into the skin quite easily. I find that one pump is enough for my face, but if I'm also going to do my neck it's best to use two. I use this immediately after my toner step in my routine before any other serums. I wouldn't particularly say that this is a hydrating type serum, so I do like to pair it with something with hyaluronic acid as well as a nice oil for nighttime.


Currently, at 35, I'm in the first signs of aging stage with my skin. I have some fine lines, particularly around my eyes, and one deep wrinkle in my forehead that I've had since my early 20s, but the biggest thing I'm noticing is that my skin doesn't bounce back the way that it used to. I still do tend to get breakouts, particularly the hormonal variety as part of my cycle, but I've definitely lessened that with a dedicated skin care regiment. What I'm personally looking for with a retinol product isn't so much a lessening of wrinkles as a more mature woman would, but a generally more youthful look and feel with a smoother texture and skin that bounces back more quickly from issues.


Like I said, this is a really gentle formula, which leads me to believe that this is a pretty low percentage of retinol. Interestingly, I've heard that there's research that shows that a more consistent use of lower doses of retinol can be more effective, so I was pretty happy that I could reach for this every day. For testing purposes, I used this for several weeks and then took a break to see how my skin reacted. While using it consistently, there was a definite overall improvement in the texture and youthfulness of my skin, and when I stopped I definitely noticed a difference. While I wouldn't say that this was a miracle product for me personally, I'm not entirely sure that I have the types of skin issues that would allow me to say that about any products.


Overall, I really, really enjoyed this product and found it effective on my skin and I have every intention of continuing to use it. I definitely saw an improvement in the texture and smoothness of my skin while using this, but it was most obvious to me when I stopped using it and my skin just didn't look as good. I've generally seen pretty great reviews

At $40CAD, I feel like this is a really affordable option if you're looking to try out a retinol product. I also think that because it's so gentle and I really didn't have any peeling, breakouts, dryness or sensitivity when using it at all, even when I started using it every single day, it could be a good option for someone who hasn't ever used a retinoid before. I personally think that everyone my age and older should be using a retinol product because it is the most effective ingredient for anti-aging, and I think this is a really solid option. 

As always, the Anew Clinical Line Eraser with Retinol* is available from your local Avon representative and you can visit Avon.ca or Avon.com for more info and to find a rep near you!

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Admittedly, I've been feeling a little bit distracted lately and, though I have a lot of ideas, getting blog posts put together has been a little bit difficult. Don't worry - I have some good things to come. For today, though, I wanted to try a little bit of a Mani Monday and show you guys some Valentine's Day EKG nails that I did. I was just playing with the idea of Valentine's Day nails and this is what happened... I think I'm pretty happy with them!

Keep reading to take a look at the nails and see what I used!


On my pointer and pinkie fingers, I did two coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Color in Just In Wine, which I also used for the EKG stamping on the two middle nails. On my middle finger, I did a coat of Color Club Holographic Nail Lacquer in Cloud Nine and then added two coats of Revlon Holographic Pearls to give a more scattered holo look. I then added EKG stamp from the Bundle Monster BM-XL09 stamping plate. For the ring ringer, I did two coats of Holographic Pearls as a base. For the stamp, I did reverse stamping to fill in the background with Cloud Nine for a sort of linear holo french tip kind of a look and transferred it onto the nail.


If you're interested in checking out more of my nail art, be sure to check out my Instagram, which is where I tend to post most of my nail art looks. I do plan on doing more nail art content here on the blog - just trying to get a better handle on the photography.

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Recently, during a peruse of the drugstore, I decided that I wanted to start a new series here on the blog. I feel like there are so many new products being released so constantly that sometimes we forget about the products that we used to love, so I wanted to do a bit of a revisit of products that used to be favorites of mine that I haven't used in a while. The first on the list, and really the inspiration for this post, was the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation. I remembered really loving this foundation, but it had been years since I'd had it in my collection and I'd also heard that it had been reformulated, so I picked up a new bottle and I've been revisiting it.

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Literally every Youtuber that I watched back when I was tiptoeing into the online beauty community was singing the praises of the Revlon Colorstay foundation - though generally they were on board with the Combination to Oily formula, which I have actually never tried because that's not my skin type. I've always gone for the Normal to Dry formula, which I understand is quite a bit less dry and potentially cakey than it's sister. Really the only people I saw who didn't love this foundation were people with drier skin who were using the Combination to Oily formula and felt like it caked up, accentuated dry patches, and looked heavy on the skin.


As you can see, this bottle is a lot different than the one I remember - but mostly just because they finally got on board with including a pump. Obviously pump packaging is becoming the standard now - finally! - and I'm really glad to see that they added it. I actually feel like the fact that it didn't have a pump did actually influence just how long it's been since I used this foundation. 

I picked up the same shade and formula that I used to use, 150 Buff in the Normal/Dry skin formula. One immediate thing that stuck out to me is that this shade is too light for me. Now, I'm not entirely sure, since I don't have a bottle to compare to, if that is a change in the shade or if I was just wearing a too light foundation back then - both are clearly possible.


Now let's talk about the formula - because damn it's good. I use three pumps of this to cover my whole face and blend into my neck and I apply it with a sponge - always with a sponge. In my opinion, this is not a foundation that works anywhere near as well with a brush as it does with a sponge. This gives me a solid medium coverage on a single layer and I will admit that I haven't tested to build it up to full coverage because I just don't personally like full coverage. This is a foundation that sets, but I do think you have time to work with it so you don't have to worry too much about it setting before you blend it out. The wear time on this foundation is really, really good. Obviously, I am never going to test a 24 hour wear claim, but I would say that I've gotten 12-16 hours out of this with only minimal fading.


So, is it as good as I remember? I actually think it might be better. This formula is really, really solid. It looks great on with a finish that doesn't cake up on me at all and, though it does certainly look like makeup, I feel like it has a good amount of coverage without looking too heavy. I love the new packaging and I think it was definitely about time that Revlon got on the pump train, especially considering the price of this hear in Canada has crept up quite a bit since the last time I bought it. Overall, I'm just really happy that I decided to pick this up and try it again.

Have you been using the Revlon Colorstay Makeup recently? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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I have to admit that I'm a person who, when I don't like things, tends to dig her heels in and just not have them. Once upon a time, one of the things that I didn't like was lavender. It just wasn't my thing at all. However, in the past few years I've really developed a serious affection for it because I've genuinely felt the difference in my ability to wind down and relax with the scent of lavender. So I was super, super excited about the Avon Skin So Soft Winter Lavender Collection* and couldn't wait to get it into a nighttime relaxation routine.

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The Avon Skin So Soft Winter Lavender Collection* is a three piece set of body care products scented with lavender, bergamot and jasmine. The collection includes their Creamy Body Wash, Body Butter, and Hand Cream in really beautifully designed packaging.


Avon Skin So Soft Winter Lavender Creamy Body Wash
This is a lovely, shimmery body wash that smells really delicious and has a medium density lather. The shimmer in the formula doesn't stick around on the skin and I haven't seen it in my bathtub either, but it's really pretty so I love the inclusion of it. This body wash does a great job of cleaning the skin while leaving it soft without feeling dry or stripped, making it a great option for drier winter skin. I've actually also used this as a bubble bath (as I do sometimes with my more lovely smelling body washes) and it foams up well and fills the room with that really lovely scent. Two thumbs up for this one.


Avon Skin So Soft Winter Lavender Body Butter
This is a really emollient body butter that feels really rich on the skin, but spreads smoothly and sinks in quite well. It leaves the skin feeling really silky and smooth and I find  the hydration really sticks around. If I apply this at night, my skin still feels really hydrated and soft the following morning. While some body butters can be a little too heavy for my personal taste, I really liked the texture and weight of this one and didn't find it to be greasy or sticky. Again, this gets two thumbs up for me, particularly for lavender fans. 


Avon Skin So Soft Winter Lavender  Hand Cream
I'm basically a hand cream junkie and I always - always! - apply hand cream before bed in the winter to try and keep my hands looking and feeling hydrated. I'd say the scent on this is a little bit softer than the other two products, but it's still definitely apparent. I wouldn't say that this is the most rich-in-texture hand cream, but it is nicely hydrating and gets the job done. When first applied, it can feel a little bit greasy and I would probably recommend using this as a night time or around the house hand cream. Overall, of the three products, this is my least favorite but I still quite enjoy it.


I have to admit that I was really kind of surprised at just much I enjoy this set. The products all worked quite well for me and the scent really, really sells it. While lavender might not be a scent that you would typically think of for winter, I really think that this type of scent that makes me think of coziness and comfort and relaxation, which I feel like I most definitely need at this time of year. Definitely going to keep reaching for this!

As always, Avon products are available from a local Avon representative and you can visit Avon.ca or Avon.com to find one in your area!

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Because I'm such a huge fan of the NYX Lid Lingerie Shadow Palette, which I definitely think is a drugstore must have, the NYX Cosmic Metals Shadow Palette has been on my shopping list for a while. And has, of course, been consistently sold out every time I've looked for it in store locally. I finally managed to get my hands on it recently and I was super excited to try it out.

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While the packaging is simple clear and black plastic, I think it's really sturdy and I wouldn't be at all concerned about tossing it in a makeup bag. I also really love that they take full advantage of the space in the palette and fill it with product - because, obviously. I could personally do with the palette being thinner, but I do think that the design adds to the sturdiness, so it's really kind of a matter of preference. Overall, I think this is really solid drugstore packaging that is well put together for the price point.


I feel like the Cosmic Metals Palette is a good counterpoint to the Lid Lingerie Palette and I think they pair quite well together, actually. With Cosmic Metals being all shimmer/metallic while Lid Lingerie is all matte, these two palettes work well together to get complete looks. One of my favorite things about the Lid Lingerie palette was always the shade selection, which I felt was really well curated for only having six shades, and I feel very much the same about the Cosmic Metals palette.


I feel like these six shades are a solid selection of metallics in anyone's collection because they're all really wearable, flattering shades. I also really appreciate that none of the shades in this palette are too similar to each other and you can really see a lot of contrast when you look at them swatched nex to each other. I was initially really excited after the first couple of swatches I did, but unfortunately there is a bit of a lack of consistency with the formulas in this palette, so let's talk about each of the shades, shall we?

TOP ROW:
The rosy champagne taupe in the top left corner is a really beautiful colour and brings a nice brightness to the lid. I'd say that this is a fairly pigmented shade, though it definitely works best when you wet your brush to get the full intensity and reflection that I personally like from this type of shade. This shade also has micro shimmers in it, which can make the texture feel a little bit gritty and dry.

The golden bronze shade in the middle of this palette is basically a shade that dreams are made of. It's not too deep with a really neutral golden undertone that doesn't skew too yellow or too red and it's really reflective. The formula is absolutely stunning as well. It's a really smooth, creamy texture with opaque pigmentation and applies beautifully. Absolutely love this one.

The taupey purple/grey shade on the top right is really stunning as well. I don't find it quite as reflective as the golden bronze shade, which I think is probably oweing to the grey undertones. This also has a different formula from the other two, with the texture being quite a bit thinner and less creamy than the bronze, but smoother and more opaque than the champagne taupe. Overall, this is a really pretty shade and I quite like the formula.


BOTTOM ROW:
The peachy champagne shade on the bottom left is another one of those absolutely dreamy shades for me. The colour is perfect for my skin tone, with the strong peach undertones muted a little bit by how bright and reflective it is. This formula is very similar to the golden bronze shade in that it's really creamy, really opaque, and really smooth. I think this might actually be my favorite shade in the palette.

The deep berry shade in this palette is a bit of a let down for me, to be honest. Though it's stunning in the pan, when applied or swatched this loses some of that intensity and you end up getting more of the brown undertone than the bold berry shade. I'd say that this formula is most similar to the lavender shade in that it's thinner and drier but still packs decent payoff when swatched, but the depth of it makes it feel less impactful overall.

Finally, my absolute least favorite shade in the palette is definitely the classic gold shade on the bottom right. The formula on this one is similar to the rosy champagne taupe shade, but I find this one to be drier, the texture chunkier, and the application a little bit more sheer. While it does give decent reflect, I just feel like this is the least impactful and the least truly metallic shade in the palette and I know I won't personally


Overall, I'd say that this is a solid but imperfect drugstore palette. With three distinctly different feeling and performing formulas in these shades, I'd also say that different tastes might feel differently about this palette. Personally, I think it's worth it for the two really amazing shades (peach champagne and golden bronze) alone, but I will also certainly get use out of the taupey purple/grey and the deep berry. For me, the two lighter, more glittery and sheer shades are certainly workable but personally I'll likely just reach for other palettes if I'm looking for shades like that.

So would I recommend it? Yeah, I would. I would say that I like the Lid Lingerie Shadow Palette more than this one, but I also think that this one is worth picking up. Like I said, use a wet brush for the less impactful shades and you're good to go. At $10, I'd still say this is a solid buy.

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You should see the shelf in my bathroom. I mean, really... You should see the shelf in my bathroom. I keep most of my skin care at my vanity to protect delicate actives from heat and steam, but I do keep my cleansers in the bathroom and I have A LOT of them. I would even hazard to say that I'm becoming a bit of a cleansing junkie and I tend to choose my cleansers based on how my skin is behaving and what I feel like it really needs. Recently, I added the Anew Platinum Cream Cleanser* to the rotation.

For my thoughts on this cleanser and how it fits into my collection, keep reading!


Now, I recognize that one human does not need a dozen or more different cleansers, but I don't think I could go back from really having options. Of course, I have my cleansing oils and balms for removing my makeup, and then I have different types of second cleansers for different skin situations. This cleanser definitely fits into the category of second cleanser for me, which are the ones I use either after an oil or balm at night or as my only cleanse in the morning for the purpose of really cleaning the skin.


The Anew Platinum Cream Cleanser* is recommended for AM and PM for normal to dry skin. It's alcohol and oil free. And it is clinically shown to be effective in protecting and maintaining skin's moisture barrier. Honestly, for me, I absolutely, 100%, without question need a cleanser that isn't going to damage my moisture barrier - which I learned in a very, very unfortunate way with a (far too) popular cleanser that took me literally months to recover from. I actually think that might be why I'm such an obsessive when it comes to cleanser formulas.


The texture of this cleanser is, as you would expect, quite creamy. It does have a smell.... but I would say that it's a kind of standard cream smell. I like to apply this on slightly damp skin. I find that if my skin is too wet, this will just sort of slip around too much and I don't feel like I get as successful a cleanse. This is not a foaming cleanser, which is always a plus for me since foaming cleansers generally make my skin feel awful. I massage it into the face for a minute or so, which feels absolutely lovely because of the smooth, creamy texture, and then I remove it with a warm, wet wash cloth. I think that removing cream cleansers with a wash cloth gives me the best results, because I feel like they don't leave a bunch of residue on my skin that way.


After removing this cleanser, my skin feels absolutely lovely. I can really feel that it's hydrated and almost plump, but it also feels clean. For me, this is generally a cleanser that I like to use at night, though I've had good results with it in the morning as well. It's also one that I'll reach for if my skin is looking or feeling particularly dry, an all too common occurance during the cold, dry prairie winters.


I think this cleanser is a little bit of a gem, I have to say, particularly for dry or mature skin, and I think it's one that I'll actually be recommending to a few women in my life. Like I said above, this isn't a foaming type cleanser and it doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped. For me, that tight, dry feeling that I used to associate with being clean is just not something I want anymore, because ultimately it's really bad for my skin, and the fact that this leaves my skin feeling clean but hydrated is a huge plus.

This cleanser gets two thumbs up from me and I'll definitely be passing along info about it to more mature, dry skinned women in my life as a good option. 

As ever, the Anew Platinum Cream Cleanser* is available from your local Avon representative. For more information and to find a rep, visit Avon.ca (or Avon.com)!


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