Yesterday was officially the First Day of Summer!!! Yay! I'm personally always thinking about SPF; but, if you haven't started thinking of sunscreens yet, you should be now that it is Summer!
*Vichy Ideal Soleil Anti-Shine Dry Touch Lotion SPF60 ~ $28.95 CAN. High protection sunscreen against UVA/UVB rays, for face, recognized by Canadian Dermatology Association. Long lasting anti-shine effect. 80 minutes water & sweat resistance. Dry touch lotion formulated for an active lifestyle and outdoor activities. It's no secret around here that I'm a big fan of Vichy's skincare, and when a favorite skincare brand puts out a facial sunscreen, I have to try it out! This is said to be anti-shine, dry touch, with a unique formula to help mattify the skin, even in humid weather. This is meant to dry quickly and work to absorb sweat, oil and sebum.
I always use a face specific sunscreen; because, I find a lot of basic sunscreens just too oily and greasy on my face. I do tend to get a little oily in my t-zone (especially during the summer) and find some sunscreens can make this much worse and add a lot of shine to the skin! So, this sunscreen sounds like it will combat all my concerns!
What's great is that this sunscreen is broad spectrum - meaning it protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. This sunscreen also contains the Mexoryl sunscreen technology, which protects the skin just as well as zinc oxide, without the white cast or greasy feeling!
This sunscreen applied amazingly - it lived up to everything it claimed to be and more. It applied well, absorbed quickly in to the skin, and left a gentle matte finish. This is perfect to apply in the morning prior to putting on makeup or applying to the face without any makeup. I know I can go out for the day with or without makeup and i'm not going to look incredibly shiny, greasy or have my makeup break up, which is amazing.
I know it sounds like I'm gushing about this; but, if I can put it in perspective - I have found a few good face sunscreens, but this is the first in years that has rivaled my Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ (which is my holy grail, but not easily accessible here in Canada!)
I have a feeling this is going to be my go-to Summer sunscreen (and all year really) - I find it hard to find a formula that wears well under makeup and I like to wear sunscreen every day. I'm super impressed with this formula!
Happy Mask Wednesday everyone - I have to dive right in to this post; because, does this Cat Mask not look absolutely adorable?! Wait until you see it on!
I love character masks! They are hilarious and fun to wear. Also, this one is a kitty cat and it speaks directly to the crazy cat lady in me! I have enjoyed the SNP masks that I have tried. Also, if you are looking for other fun characters to wear, this is a brand to check out, they have everything - otter, tiger, dragon, you name it!
SNP Cat Wrinkle Face Art Mask Sheet ~ $2.50 US - $5.00 US (depending on which website). Cat Wrinkle Face Art Mask Sheet by SNP is a tightening and wrinkle reducing face mask that provides an intense supply of nutrition to reinforce skin firmness and elasticity. This resilience and wrinkle diminishing mask supplies concentrated nourishment and moisture to skin for firm and energized skin.
This mask features lime water to invigorate the skin and coconut water to replenish moisture in the skin! Honestly, for me I'm usually looking for face masks that add moisture and hydration to the skin - elasticity is also great, it's just not my top priority. Also, to be fair I only bought this because of the cat on it - but most sheet masks deliver moisture so I think it will still work for me!
This mask is really easy to use - wash face, tone skin, apply mask to the face, and wear for 10 to 20 minutes.
I personally wear hydrating and nourishing masks for as long as there is still essence on the mask (if they are purifying or pore-clearing, I won't wear them longer than suggested). So this mask lasted on me for about 30 minutes.
I bought this expecting that it was going to be a whole face cat print; but, this little mouth cat with a bow on the nose is hilarious! While I normally try and keep nice and still wearing masks, I could help making this cat make weird faces in the mirror!
This mask was no doubt fun to wear! I did think this mask fit well and had lots of tabs to fit better and it adhered well to the face. This came with a whole extra handful of essence that I applied to the face first, and this wore for about 30 minutes.
I thought this worked to hydrate and moisturize the skin - I rarely notice the benefits of wrinkle reduction in a sheet mask (but it's also not a skincare concern of mine personally). I did think my skin looked and felt better after using this and the next morning my skin was still very hydrated and soft.
I always love when a mask can be adorable and deliver results!
Happy Manicure Monday everyone! Ahh... my Mani this week just makes me smile - it's so perfect for Summer! Can you believe the first day of Summer is here mid-week! Yay!
This week again, I am teaming up with Jayne from Cosmetic Proof and Trysh from Prairie Beauty Love - we always pick a theme together and put our own spin on it! It has been so fun as we all have very different styles and interpretations of our weekly theme!
This week our theme was "fruit" and lately I have been loving smaller, more subtle nail art looks! I couldn't just pick one fruit to do, so I thought why not pick a different fruit for each nail?!
I was actually at the family cabin all weekend so I only brought a few polish options with me - I ended up deciding to do alternating red and yellow fruits and I absolutely love how the colours turned out over top of the sage green base! (Plus, at the cabin I had some backup and a friend helped me with painting my left hand so it was actually photograph-able and didn't look like my 1 year old painted it!
The base polish I used Essie Gel Couture in Sage You Love Me - and it's a perfect back drop for a bright, fruity nail look. (You can see it swatched here alone if you want - it's gorgeous and I love the Essie Gel Couture formula and brush!)
Here's how I completed the nail art:
Watermelon Slice: 1. Paint a half circle with a nail art brush and fill with red 2. Then, use a brush and paint a small line of white, then green and the rounded end 3. With a dotting tool and black polish add a few seeds
Pineapple: 1. Create a half moon shape with yellow at the end of the nail and fill in 2. use a brown polish (we actually mixed our own with red, green and yellow) and create diagonal lines with a nail art brush 3. Then create a little topper with green and a nail art brush
Cherries: 1. Use a dotting tool and create 2 or 3 dots 2. Using green and a brush create stems 3. Add a small dot of white with a dotting tool to add a little shine
Lemon Slices: 1. Create small half circles with yellow polish 2. With white polish, leave a little space around the edges and re-create the half circle with a line. Do not fill in. 3. Then create 2 little diagonal lines across the white across the centre
Strawberry (I do have a more detailed how-to here with pictures): 1. Create a slightly heart shape top with a brush and fill in (two mini arcs meeting in the centre) 2. Using green and a brush, add a few small green stem toppers 3. With a black polish and dotting tool and a few seeds 4. Follow with a smaller dotting tool and white and dot over the seeds
I'm loving how Summery and fun these turned out - I called it my Fruit Salad or Fun and Fruity nail art look! They were perfect for the weekend at the cabin with gorgeous weather and a BBQ!
Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all had a great week!
This past weekend, I saw that ColourPop put their My Little Pony eyeshadow palette on final clearance and said it wouldn't be restocked. So, I ruuuushed to get swatches and a review up over the weekend and went to write the post on Tuesday night and boom, the palette was sold out!
So, it seemed a little pointless to do a full dedicated post on this palette; but, if you are interested in this palette don't be discouraged - it was one of the palettes sent out in a recent Boxycharm and I have seen it for a really great price in a few makeup/subscription box swap sites! (If you aren't part of these, there are lots that are city wide and country wide and my experiences have all been good - this is exactly where I picked this palette up for on $10 brand new!)
I thought since it was still available quite readily available on swap sites still, that I would still share a quick makeup look and swatches of the palette (plus, I only get to do fun makeup looks once a week so I'm sharing it - I worked hard!)
I'm really impressed with the Colourpop pressed powder eyeshadow formulas - they swatch well, blend well and always make a great eye look! I looooove the shade selection in this palette - I love the pinky, orangey, purple vibes with a few neutrals and a pop of teal. Stunning shadows!
I used the oranges and pinks from the palette and I love how these shadows applied and blended - and I like how this look turned out!
Also, my lips are ColourPop Bad Habit with Fenty Gloss bomb overtop! Again, if you are interested look in to a local makeup swap group and I'm sure you will find this palette on there - or join the Boxycharm Canada swap group on Facebook because there is lots there!
Have you ever waited a ridiculously long time for something in the mail that you never thought would actually arrive?! I ordered this set of nail art brushes and dotting tools on Amazon on January 2 and got a refund in March - it shipped from England and wasn't supposed to take very long. I hadn't ordered a new set because I was grumpy about it and surprise - this week these finally showed up! Only 5 months late... no big deal... THREE
Ahhh - who doesn't love lilac time?! These are my favorite - I have a little cute dwarf lavender tree and I love when it blooms! It's actually one of the only things in my garden that's doing well this year. Anyone else in Calgary encountering the effects of the longest Winter ever and then no Spring in their garden too? I find nothing is doing well!
How have I not talked about this season of the Bachelorette yet?! I actually really like Becca this season - I think so far she is doing really well as the Bachelorette - she seems to call people on their bullshit and send people home asap if she isn't feeling it... I like it! What do you think?
Ahh... and after work today we are headed off to Fairmont, B.C. to my in-laws cabin - so gorgeous right on the river! And we will be there with our friends and their little one who is Elliott's bestie so it should be a really fun weekend!
So, it will be quiet on the blog front; but, I hope you guys all have a great weekend!
I love discovering new, local, beauty companies to support! As much as I love my well known brands, there is something so awesome about helping small, local businesses and finding new products to love!
Kytika is a Calgary based company that makes luxury hair care products to protect and smooth your hair! All of their products are paraben free and never tested on animals). And, they currently just ship within Canada.
This product is a really lightweight and amazing smelling blow dry spray! It is rich in jojoba and safflower oil, and it is also said to have uv filters to help protect the hair against environmental damage and it won't weigh down the hair!
I apply after lightly towel drying my hair and give 5 or 6 sprays through my hair (I do have long hair) then heat style as per usual. My hair can tend to get quite tangled and I thought that this was a great detangling spray as well! After my hair was styled, it was shinier, smoother and softer! I personally tend to only heat style my hair 2 or 3 days a week as I have fine hair that is prone to heat damage and I do think using this, my hair still feels healthy while blow drying and straightening!
This serum contains meadowfoam oil to help condition and hydrate the hair and leave it with a soft shine.
This serum can be used on wet or dry hair and the best way to apply to the serum is from the middle of the hair to the ends. I have personally liked using this when my hair is dry and I add just a touch to my ends to smooth everything down and add shine! I personally only use a couple of drops as any shine serum on thin, fine hair can tend to lean towards a greasy look fairly easy, so only use a touch!
This serum contains keratin protein to help repair damaged areas and maintain hair health while provitamin b5 adds shine and thickness to the hair.
This serum smells so good - and it is a little thicker of a serum than the Soft + Sleek; but it is still a lightweight formula. Again I only use a couple of drops in my hair as I never overdue serums just because of my hair type! I have really liked keratin products in the past as the really benefit thin hair! I thought this was great for my hair and really made it feel heathy and smooth!
If you are interested in trying all 3 products Kytika offers, you can pick up the Dream Team set for $48.80 and save 20% on all the products. And, if you are interested in only trying 1 of the products, I highly suggest the Shine + Protect spray - I really enjoy this product when I am heat styling my hair.
Again, I love finding local brands to support; but, it's even better when their products are great as well!
Alright Canadians, have you ever gotten that feeling of total excitement for a product or sale only to be completely let down that the company doesn't ship to Canada?!
I'm still baffled by the lack of shipping to Canada from some companies - like hey America, we share the world's longest border, pretty sure you can pack up a box and send it across there! Just saying....
I have encountered this so many times, I can't even count. Now, step in a company like *Qwintry who is helping fill this void for Canadians! They offer an American shipping address so that we can get packages sent to our American address (in a tax free state) and have packages delivered to us in Canada! Yah! (They also offer a few other services that they offer and I will share them too!)
I got so excited recently when I saw Lorac Cosmetics announce the return of the Mega Pro 1 Palette (it has long been discontinued; but, I have heard the Mega Pro 1 is amazing). It has been out for a little while; but, it was recently on sale for 50% off on the Lorac site - very exciting and I really want to pick it up! But, then I get all the way to the checkout and boom - no shipping to Canada! So frustrating!
By chance, I was contacted by Qwintry the next day and was super excited to review the service and get my hands on the Mega Pro 1 palette!!
Qwintry provides American shipping addresses for Canadians for free! You can get your items shipped there and they will hold your packages for 45 days with no charge (beyond 45 days there is a small storage fees). Also, if you are expecting a few deliveries, they will consolidate and package the items safely and securely for you (my items came super well packed and wrapped in bubble wrap in the box so there would be no breakage!)
Now you do pay for the shipping from the warehouse to your address - my 1.5 pound package cost $26.00 US to ship to me. Now, this is pretty normal for USPS when you are paying for shipping - I have paid this price through many retailers. You can also pay for special requests such as pictures of the products that were delivered and if you want special packaging. Another neat service you can pay for is a Shopping Assistance such as if you were shopping overseas and the checkout was in another language, you can pay a few dollars and Qwintry will buy the package for you and have it shipped - you just pay them after!
Now, let's dig in to my package:
Lorac Mega Pro 1 Palette ~ $59.00 US. This limited edition PRO artistry palette is packed with 32 eye shadows in all the matte and shimmer shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from Hollywood. LORAC's velvety smooth shadows are ultra pigmented with maximum payoff to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line and define your eyes, just like a PRO. This palette is gorgeous! I don't have a ton of huge palettes and they can be a little overwhelming; but, I love the convenience of having so many options to create so many different looks! This is great if you will be doing makeup for other people as this has a huge range!
This row contains Cream, Fawn, Camel, Sepia, Dusty Plum, Orchid, Mulberry, and Espresso.
The second row contains White, Khaki, Brown, Stone, Lilac, Wisteria, Gray, and Black.
The third row contains Opal, Sand, Copper, Sienna, Apricot, Blush, Merlot, and Indigo.
And, the final row contains Vanilla, Cashmere, Smokey Topaz, Dusty Rose, Granite, Maroon, Deep Teal, and Caviar.
I know some people don't like the basic names on the shades; but, I personally like that they are straight-forward and you know what to expect from the shades!
So, I know the Lorac eyeshadow formula is a little polarizing - you either love it or hate it! I happen to really love the formula of the shadows. They are super soft and a touch powdery so you will get a fair bit of kick up when you did your brush in. Just use a light hand and tap of your brush and the blend like a dream on the eyes!
Here are a couple of easy looks I created using the Mega Pro 1 palette!
The first look uses Stone, Khaki, Lilac, Smokey Topaz and a touch of Apricot on the inner lid. And the second look is Wisteria, Dusty Plum, Orchid and Blush!
I used this palette for a whole of work makeup and it was so versatile - of course, you could go deeper than the looks; but, I always keep my work looks fairly straightforward.
Lorac Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection ~ $36.00 US. What’s a princess-worthy look without the lip color to finish it? This lush, moderate-coverage, cream lipstick turns all eyes to the pout and sets you up for a beautiful look that is strong enough to steady a beast. This was another set I had to pick up (and I'm sorry - it's sold out now as it was limited edition). I'm a huge Disney fan and when I saw Lorac was coming out with a Beauty and the Beast collection, I needed to get my hands on something from the collection - I opted for the lipsticks as I haven't tried this formula before; but, the eyeshadow palette was beautiful too!
The packaging of these lipsticks are stunning - the gold roses all over the packaging and the Beauty and Beast engraving are perfection!
The lipstick formula is described as a mod rich formula and this set came with 5 shades: True Beauty ~ pale mauve Red Rose ~ petal red Belle-ieve ~ nude Tres Chic ~ beige Savior Faire ~ nude peachy rose The shades are all beautiful and glide on the lips well with a light sweet scent. I did find the lipstick itself a little soft - one of the bullets sort of smooshed on me when I swatched it. But, they wore well and were generally opaque with a slight sheen to them. Given the formula, they aren't transfer proof.
For this look, the main product on my eyes is "Blush" - and this lipstick is Savoir Faire! I love this lipstick and how versatile the eyeshadow palette is!
Again, I'm so excited that there is this type of service available to us Canadians to help fill the void of companies that don't ship to Canada! If you are interested in an American shipping address, make sure to check out Qwintry!
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Happy Manicure Monday everyone! I hope you all have a good week ahead planned - mine is going to busy; but, I'm glad that I have a pretty mani all set to go for the week!
Ahhh - how cute is this combination of the purple polish with these Tropicana wraps over top?! I think they paired even better together than I was expecting!
I am teaming up again this week with Jayne from Cosmetic Proof and Trysh from Prairie Beauty Love - and this week we chose "Purple" for our nails! I love teaming up with these ladies for nail looks as they do amazing nails and while we work off the same theme, we always come up with such different looks!
For this look I only needed 2 things: -Sally Hasen Xtreme Wear Nail Polish in "Violet Voltage" -GoScratchIt and NinaNailedIt Nail Wraps in "Tropicana"
The Tropicana Nails Wraps came in the May Scratch Monthly Mani Kit - each month you receive a limited edition set of nail wraps from NinaNailedIt and I thought the Tropicana wraps were so pretty so I resubscribed for May! You can see my mini review on this subscription here! (And, if you are interested in this $10 subscription, check out their website because they have the cuuuutest ice cream nail wraps for the July kit!)
I also love this Violet Voltage shade as it is a bright violet with the slightest iridescent tint!
To complete this mani: 1. Nail cleanser and base coat 2. 1 or 2 coats of base polish (I only applied 1 as I was a little time sensitive - 2 would have been more opaque as a base) 3. Apply the nail wraps over top of the polish (I have posted a full how-to on how to use these - you can check it out right here and they are easy to use!) 4. Top coat!
Happy Saturday! Hope you all had a great week - mine was pretty normal! I'm still surviving on minimal sleep. I don't think Elliott has slept later than 5:00 am since I've been back to work. I really hoping he starts sleeping a little later soon - it's making it really hard to be motivated to do anything else after getting home from work! Ugh.
ONE Do you guys have a running list of "Brands You Want To Try" - I have and I've identified 5 brands that I really want to try in 2018! 1. Inglot 2. Glossier 3. Juvia's Place 4. Paul and Joe 5. Kristen Ess
So Inglot is a brand that sort of intimidates me - it seems to be more designed to pros and I just don't really know where to start and what to try! And, Glossier has been so hyped up - I was going to place an order last year when they announced that they were shopping to Canada, I just haven't done it yet! Juvia's Place has stunning shadows that I've heard are amazing quality. Paul and Joe actually have the cutest cat products so I'm going to need a cat lipstick this year. And, Kristen Ess recently came to Well.ca and the hype with fellow Canadians was real, so now I need to see if their hair products are as great as they sound! (If you have any recommendations from these brands I would love to hear them...)
TWO On that note - I just picked up my first item to check off one of those brands from my list!
This is The Saharan Palette from Juvia's Place and I'm soooo excited to try this out!
Last weekend we went to The Calgary Corn Maze's Baby Animal Festival and it was sooo cute! There were so many little babies - cows, sheep, goats, kittens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits - you name it! There was lots of places to go in and pet the animals and it was too cute! Elliott is just learning animal sounds so he was baaing and mooing away and it was adorable! There is also lots to do at the Corn Maze (for kids a few years older than Elliott - he was a little small!)
So, maybe I cheated a little on my Palette of the Week challenge this week because I used 2! These 2 palettes are actually really similar in terms of shadow shades and I think they both performed well.
The Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Eyeshadow Palette was $48.00 CAN. You can see my whole review of this palette here! There was some drama surrounding the release of this palette and it ended up getting pulled from shelves within days of being released because people were upset with the quality of the palette. I happen to think my palette preformed really well and I quite like it!
And, this is the original Carli Bybel - 14 Color Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette from BH Cosmetics and it was $15.99 US. I loved this palette when it was first released and it was easily my go-to neutral palette. I believe they have stopped making this particular palette now; but, you can still get the deluxe one on the bh website.
I haven't actually reached for either of these palette in a while (I buy so much eye shadow, it's hard to remember to reach for my old favorites) and both are really great! If you have them in your collection, don't forget to reach for them!
I don't talk about my job very often on here because it's not even slightly relevant to beauty at all; but, the last 2 days were really eye opening for me. I took Mental Health First Aid training and it was really to help support co-workers on the job and recognizing symptoms of mental health issues and responding appropriately and spreading the word that mental illness is really a medical condition and we can help. Mental Health is really prevalent in Corrections (or with other First Responders as well) and we see and deal with some really crazy situations; but, there is still that old school mentality that if something bothers or affects you, you can't talk about it or you're weak. Anyways, I hope more people start taking these courses and really open the discussion about mental health.
It's Skin Macaron Lip Balm in "Grape" ~ $10.67 CAN. Handy lip balm with lovely macaron design and pleasant sweet fragrances. How adorable is this lip balm?! It's a little macaron - I personally don't love potted lip balms because I hate my nails getting goopy but this worked fine. Repurchase: Not likely...
Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Rhubarb ~ $5.94 CAN. A kiss of colour and pearlized shine perk up our world famous all natural beeswax lip balm. I really love the Burt's Bees lip shimmers - but the Rhubarb colour is too bright and too red for me. It's too bright for a balm for me. Repurchase: In Fig, not in Rhubarb
Benefit Gimme Brow in "Medium/Deep" ~ full size 0.1 oz for $28. This innovative brush-on fiber gel adheres to skin & hair... creating brows where before there were none. This is an older product - it has since been discontinued, reformulated, recalled and re-released. I did like this formula and thought it lasted a long time for me! It was just a quick fill in for me with this. Repurchase: Yes - I think I will try the new formula!
Dior Diorshow Mascara ~ $36.00 CAN. A bestselling mascara, now with a conditioning formula that’s enriched with microfibers for a lash extension effect.
I really enjoyed this mascara - I did a full review of it here with before/after pics and it made my March 2018 Favorites too! It just adds such a full lash look without looking heavy at all - nice fanned out lash effect and so pretty! Repurchase: Yes!
Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara ~ $30.00 CAN. A jet-black, vegan mascara that has a molded brush that grabs & coats even the tiniest lashes for 2700% more volume. I originally tried this mascara in a sample size and disliked it; but, I really liked it in full size - it made my lashes look amazing! I received this in my December Boxycharm and did a full try on and review, so you can see it in action here! Repurchase: I would consider it!
Purlisse - Daily Lip Nourisher ~ $16.00 US. Our exclusive petroleum~free balm dry and cracked lips leaving them lush, soft, moist and youthful~looking. I received this in a past Boxycharm and it was good - I love this applicator and this glided on really nicely. It made the lips feel nice; but, I don't find this brand very accessible so I rarely repurchase from it. Repurchase: Probably not...
Skoah Lip Dip 30 ~ $8.00 CAN. A deeply hydrating lip balm with rice bran wax to protect your lips, and co-enzyme Q-10, lipoic acid to prevent fine lines and strengthen skin on lips. I have really like all Skoah products that I have tried, with this as the exception. It was just too hard of a balm formula - I like when they just glide on my lips without tugging. I'm picky about balms as I'm constantly using them! Repurchase: No
Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm~ sample size shown (full size is $14). Flavored with Mojito, this lip balm is scientifically blended to restore and replenish. Again, I love this applicator style - I received this in past Ipsy bag and it was good. Way hydrating; but, maybe a tad on the sticky side. It was almost a borderline gloss with how shiny and sticky it was. Repurchase: Noooo
Dior Diorskin Forever Undercover Foundation in 15 Tender Beige ~ tiny sample shown (full size is $64.00 CAN). A 24-hour, full-coverage, water-based foundation. Ever since Sephora discontinued my favorite foundation, I have been on the hunt for my new favroite foundation. I have heard amazing things about Dior foundations; but, they are pricey so I went to Sephora and picked up a couple samples so I could shade match well. This shade is perfect for me - I think I'm a fan of this formula. Repurchase: Likely!
Tarte Aquacealer Concealer - Rainforest of the Sea Collection ~ sample shown (full size is $31.00 CAN). A lightweight, 12-hour concealing serum with skin-soothing benefits that provides targeted, medium, buildable coverage. I used both samples in light and light medium neutral and this did not work on me at all. It weirdly crusted and creased under my eyes and just did not look good. Repurchase: Not at all
Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Super Natural Concealer ~ sample (full size is $41.00 CAN). A weightless, medium coverage concealer that corrects, highlights, and perfects, blurring imperfections for a flawless demi-satin finish. I only used the light shade in this sample - I thought it looked nice; but, it was a little too light coverage for me. Especially under my eyes - let's be real, my kid is up at 4:45 am every day so Mama needs a full coverage concealer under the eyes! Repurchase: No
I really liked this moisturizer - it was a gel type and felt really great on the skin! I am thinking this is a really great texture, especially for Summer! Repurchase: I would consider it
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ~ sample shown here (full size is $15.97 CAN). Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser is a mild, soap-free formula that cleanses without irritation. I have liked what I've tried from Cetaphil before and this was a really gentle cleanser! Easy on the skin. Repurchase: Maybe!
L'Oreal Ombrelle Fragrance-Free Complete Water Repellent Lotion - SPF 30 ~ $19.97 CAN. This non-greasy and fast absorbing formula provides broad spectrum photostable protection against UVA & UVB rays. This worked well - my husband preferred this formula more than me. It wasn't bad - I just have a few that I like better; but, I would probably still repurchase and use this. Repurchase: Probably
Aveeno Active Naturals Postively Radiant Make-up Removing Wipes ~ $9.98 CAN. These cleansing wipes lift away dirt, oil, and make-up, even waterproof mascara. These makeup remover wipes worked okay- I didn't think they removed all makeup from my face when I tried them, so I did mainly use these to remove makeup swatches and they worked fine for that. Repurchase: Not likely...
Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub ~ $10.95 CAN. Fine castor sugar gives lips a gentle exfoliation and hydrating organic jojoba oil leaves them feeling soft, smooth and supple. It takes a lot of work to use a lip scrub up and I really loved the Bubblegum scent and flavor of this one. The Lush lip scrubs are also my favorite lip scrub formula to use! Repurchase: Yes, eventually I have a few other ones to use...
South Mane Beauty - Revitalizing Under Eye Gels ~ pack of 3 for $9.00 US. They soften and moisturize to ensure that you look rested and refreshed! These are pink eye gel masks and they were fine - I thought they worked pretty good. I received these in a past Boxycharm and my only thought it this isn't a brand I ever see in a store and I wouldn't place an online order just for these. Repurchase: Not likely...
Moor Spa Cleansing Milk ~ $25.00 CAN. A mild yet effective blend of cleansing and soothing extracts including chamomile, lavender and arnica. This was my first cleansing milk formula and I liked it when I first tried it; but, I took a break and tried a few other cleansers and when I went back to this, it wasn't my favorite cleanser. It worked well and cleansed the skin well - I think it was just the texture for me. Also, these are only available in specific Spas. Repurchase: No
Mitchum Clinical Soft Solid x2 ~ $8.99 CAN.
Deodorant is nothing special; but, I love the clinical strength formula and this brand is my go to. I like that it is both an antiperspirant and a deodorant. It works the best! Repurchase: Yes - it's my go-to
Bath and Body Works Mango Dragon Fruit Foaming Hand Soap ~ $6.50 US.
Of course, these soaps are always on some sort of sale so I never pay full price for them. This scent was great and I like the foaming formula! Repurchase: Yes!
Crest ProHealth Advanced Rinse ~ $7.99.
This is the best mouthwash ever - I hate mouthwashing (is that okay to admit here?!) but this one doesn't taste quite as terrible burning as the rest!
I was surprised how well this shampoo and conditioner actually worked for me! This shampoo and conditioner worked really for me! I have thin, fine hair and I thought maybe this was geared more towards thicker or curly hair. But, it wasn't heavy on my hair and worked well! I did notice a difference with overall frizz and smoothness! This worked very well for me - my hair was super shiny, smooth and frizz free!
This dry shampoo was just okay for me - it was super affordable, which is amazing! And it doesn't leave a white cast, which is also amazing. Buuuut, I didn't think that it worked super great. It was just okay, my hair looked cleaner but not as good as other dry shampoos.
These were fine too - I only used these once; but, I liked the smell and thought they worked alright. Not my favorite results but they did the job.
Repurchase: I would use a sample again but probably not repurchase...
So, in May I used 27 beauty products - that's actually on the low end for what I have been using up!
Farmacy Hydrating Coconut Gel Mask - Brightening (Purple Broccoli) ~ $12.00 CAN. A supercharged brightening solution for dark spots and freckles. This mask is one of my absolute favorite masks - it is soooo hydrating and brightening and the material is the best EVER! Repurchase: YES! The Face Shop Mango Moisturizing Mask Sheet ~ $?
This is an older sheet mask - I don't think they have this particular style anymore. It fit a little weird on me; but, I liked the essence and thought it was moisturizing and hydrating! Repurchase: I don't think I can...
South Mane Beauty - Revitalizing Under Eye Gels ~ pack of 3 for $9.00 US. They soften and moisturize to ensure that you look rested and refreshed! Same as above! Sephora Collection Pineapple Nose Mask ~ $4.00 CAN. A pineapple bio-cellulose nose mask that perfectly hugs nose contours and tightens pores in as little as 15 minutes. I was super excited about the idea of this mask - a bio-cellulose material that clears pores instead of nose strips that rip up skin. It fit well and I loved that it fit in to my nose contours - unfortunately, this didn't do anything for me at all. Did not affect or reduce my pores whatsoever. Repurchase: No
The Face Shop Chia Seed Mask ~ $?
Again, this is a mask from The Face Shop that isn't available anymore - but, this one was okay. It fit a little better then the Mango Seed mask; but, I found that I the essence didn't leave my skin the softest or most hydrated. It was just okay. Repurchase: Not available anymore!
Lovemore Black Pearls True White Mask Sheet ~ $2.75 CAN. A brightening sheet mask enriched with Mushroom, Honeysuckle, and Fleece-flower Root extract to nourish and moisturize the skin, promoting smoothness and elasticity. I loooove Lovemore masks - the silk material is amazing on the skin and it feels soooo good to wear! I liked this one and thought my skin looked better and felt better after using this mask! Repurchase: Yes!
Cosrx Holy Moly Snail Mask ~ $4.00 CAN. Calling all snail lovers! This mask boasts a nourishing formula to restore moisture deep into the skin. I have done a full review of this mask here - I love anything with snails in it for restoring and deeply hydrating the skin! I really enjoyed this mask (I also love that it is lightly pink tinged!) Repurchase: Yes, I would
I know these 3D masks look weird; but, I love them - this tucks under the neck and around the ears which makes the mask adhere well to the skin and stay on. This worked well and brightened my skin! Repurchase: Maybe...
Origins GinZing Peel-Off Mask to Refine and Refresh ~ $34.00 CAN (deluxe sample shown). A refreshing peel-off mask with a unique pearlized finish that instantly lifts away dull, tired skin. First, how fun is this metallic orange peel off mask?! I did a detailed review here if you want to check it out! This was really quick to dry down and was easy to peel off. My skin was visibly brighter and my pores smaller! Love this. Repurchase: Yes, I will
Happy Mask Wednesday! Today's post has a bonus review - i'm sharing my thoughts on the Skinfood Freshmade Watermelon Mask annnnnd the Ecotools Facial Mask Mates set!
I have used a plastic mask applicator and spatulas before; but, never an actually brush! I'm really exciting to talk about mask products as well as a new mask!
Skinfood Freshmade Watermelon Mask ~ $16.88 CAN/$13.00 US. SKINFOOD'S Freshmade Watermelon Mask is a wash off gel mask that instantly soothes and hydrates complexion, leaving a fresh, subtle watermelon scent. Watermelon is vitamin and anti-oxidant rich. It provides hydration and helps minimize pores and oil production. I have really liked the Skinfood products that I have tried in the past and I have been wanting to try one of these freshmade masks! Watermelon is a huge skincare trend right now too - it is full of antioxidants and it great for moisturizing and brightening the skin!
This mask is an easy to use wash off mask - wash face, apply toner, apply a generous layer of the mask, leave on the face for 10-15 minutes, massage and rinse off!
This mask applied super smoothly - it's a nice thick jelly formula that you goes on well, doesn't glob off and can be built up! It is nice and cooling on the face and was easy to rinse off really well (especially with the EcoTools sponge!) I did think this was soothing on the skin - also my skin was bright and looked good after using this! It was quick and easy to use too!
*EcoTools Facial Mask Mates ~ $10.99 CAN. The EcoTools Facial Mask Mates set is specially designed for an at home spa facial experience. This set includes a Mask Applicator Brush + 3 Mask Remover Sponges. Environmentally-friendly bamboo handle of the Mask Applicator Brush has soft, flat, cruelty free bristles that evenly apply cream, gel, or clay masks for full, even coverage - mess free. Three reuseable Mask Remover Sponges, made from natural plant pulp, help to remove excess product while gently exfoliating the skin for a smoother, more radiant appearance. This is a great idea - I always think about what to use to apply wash-off mask. I hate dipping my fingers in to mask pots (or skincare pots in general), and the spatulas work well to scoop the product out of the pot; but, they aren't great at actually applying the mask to the face! So, a brush is a great idea!
First, this mask brush is suuuuper soft! This is a nice flat brush that made scooping the mask out and applying it to the face really easy. The best part was that there was no mess whatsoever apply the mask - and it's not all over your hands, under your nails or on your counters! I'm a big fan of this and will be using it with all my wash-off mask!
The mask removing sponge is easy to use - get it wet and massage the skin as you remove your mask! I though this worked well to remove the mask and exfoliated the skin light to mediumly (yes, I made that up) depending on how much pressure you use. You could also use these with cleanser to really scrub in to your skin.
Have you tried either of these products before? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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