I’m Whitney and this is my personal blog on all things lifestyle- beauty, fashion, food, and anything else I find interesting. I didn’t discover the beauty of concealer, the wonder of eyeliner, and the luxe of a Dior lipstick until 19 years old and have been hooked on since. Apart from experimenting with beauty products, I like to dabble in fashion and post my outfits.
So I did three Disney World parks in one day during the Christmas period…am I crazy or not?! Surprisingly, a lot of stuff was accomplished. I don’t really have much tips on how to conquer Disney in a day ( I highly recommend NOT to,) but if you only have one day to spare – maybe you will gather some inspiration from this post! It’s been like two weeks since I went to Disney World but I’m already missing it and repeatedly playing the soundtrack when I’m driving.
Cinderella’s Castle during the holiday season
I had a full day plan assuming we get to the parks at 9am (when they open) and go to Animal Kingdom first thing. Our resort, The Point Orlando, had a shuttle departing at 8:20am going to Magic Kingdom. However, traffic getting into MK was pretty bad so our shuttle driver dropped us off at Epcot instead of Magic Kingdom as planned, but hakuna matata, Animal Kingdom is only accessible via shuttle bus from all three parks so we took the shuttle to AK.
Our first FastPass+ was at 10:15am for the Kilimanjaro Safaris ride, so we had around an hour exploring different areas of the park and look at animals, like naked mole rats, snakes, and turtles. (** Quick Disney vocab define time – You get 3 FastPass+ per day which means you can select a time where you can go a ride and skip the standby line. Since we had park hopper tickets though, we could only select 3 rides in one park, after all of the FastPass+ were used up, we could book for another ride later in the day.)
This is the second time I’ve done Kilimanjaro Safaris and it’s a different experience every time depending where the animals are roaming around and what they are doing at different times of the day! Afterwards, we went to watch the Festival of Lion King. I used a FastPass+ on it, thinking most people would just go through the standby entrance for a show (that happens every hour,) but I was SO wrong. The FastPass+ line was long AF and the standby line was super empty. That means the show must be that popular and after watching it- you can see why, every performer was AMAZIN G. The stunts were superb and there was great audience interaction. A definite watch for kids and adults! Plus, who doesn’t love Simba?!
Hippo viewing from the Kilimanjaro Safaris ride
After the Festival of The Lion King show, it was time for food! Since I left Disney World in May before the section Pandora- World of Avatar opened, we went there to explore and eat. Pandora- World of Avatar is a smaller section of Animal Kingdom and opened earlier this year. There are two rides that I would’ve loved to go on but the wait times were too intense and I was too late to do a FastPass+ for them. Next time!
I haven’t had the healthiest of meals in Orlando and I opted to go eat at Satu’li Canteen in Pandora as I read good reviews on popular Disney blogs. A bunch of people seemed to have the same idea and the line up was LONG. Luckily, being a ‘millenial’ (honestly not sure if I’m too old or too young to be one LOL,) means that doing a mobile order is easy peasy and worth a try. There are a few quick service restaurants at Disney where you can mobile order on phone and then tap when you arrive at the restaurant so they know when to prepare it. Satu’li Canteen was one of them and I was extremely impressed with the speed of getting the food. There must have been 50+ people ahead of me if I lined up.
We ordered the Slow-Roasted Sliced Grilled Beef and Chopped Wood-Grilled Chicken Bowl, both with a Quinoa & Vegetable Salad base and chimichurri sauce. The quality of food was definitely worth the $11.49-$12.99 price tag.
After lunch, we did a quick stroll through the rest of Pandora, then headed to our next park. I wished I had more time to walk through the Valley of Mo’ara, as the pictures online looked BEAUTIFUL. I’d definitely come back at night too when all the bio-luminescent lights are on.
Since “time is racing toward us,” (that’s from Mulan ;)) we hopped to our second park after Pandora-ing. We took the shuttle to Epcot from Animal Kingdom, which luckily didn’t require too long of a wait. Last time in May I waited 40 minutes for a shuttle once – and it sucked. We managed to walk through the 11 countries featured at Epcot World Showcase. It’s neat to see how Disney does such an amazing job in capturing the essence of each country’s culture in the park (there’s even Canada!!)
During this time, it was Epcot International Festival of the Holidays and each country had different snacks and drinks pertaining to this event. While walking around we got hungry, we stopped at the Morocco section and bought a “Confit of Chermoula Chicken Drum” (with Cinnamon Granny Smith Apple, Toasted Almonds, Brussels Sprouts and Pinot Noir Syrup) for $7USD. It was alright, the sauce was tasty and interesting but wish the portion size is a little bit bigger. Though we were in a theme park, I’m not expecting a bang for your buck kind of deal. It was a nice mid afternoon pick me up though.
Confit of Chermoula Chicken Drum, Cinnamon Granny Smith Apple, Toasted Almonds, Brussels Sprouts and Pinot Noir Syrup
One of my favourite stops at Epcot to quench your thirst – Club Cool where you can drink sodas from different countries! And LOL while looking at this picture, I realized someone put a “Please Try Another Flavour” under Italy – it is Beverly and it’s a bitter soda which I quite like – but most people don’t. My favourites are the Sparberry (raspberry cream soda) from Zimbabwe, Bibo from South Africa and Fanta from Thailand.
Then to the most magical of parks…Magic Kingdom!!!! I wanted to come here just before the sunset and then wait around for the Happily Ever After fireworks. We took the monorail from Epcot to Magic Kingdom and I knew it was going to be busy the moment we walked in.
Main Street during Christmas
Behind Cinderella’s Castle at Tomorrowland
At Magic Kingdom, we got FastPass+ for Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (without it would’ve been an hour wait!) and after that we used another FastPass+ for It’s A Small World (sadly there weren’t many FastPass+ available at night unless it would lead us to miss the fireworks show.) In between, we grabbed a Mickey pretzel and a Dole Whip and walked around for a bit.
I realized that my stomache cannot digest Dole Whip or something- instant stomache pains after!! The sadness!!! Between shopping for gifts, going on rides, and eating dinner at Columbia Harbour House (meh – but at least you can online order and there’s a lot of seating. The washroom is a bit far though,) we managed to watch “A Frozen Holiday Wish” where Elsa comes out and transforms Cinderella’s castle into a glimmering ice palace. SO freaking gorgeous!
The Happily Ever After fireworks showed started at 9pm and we also caught the Once Upon A Time show at 9:45pm. Both of these involve projections on Cinderella’s Castle and the fireworks during Happily Ever After definitely leave you feeling SO content. It’s something I could watch everyday and be amazed at how Disney did this.
Would I do Disney World in a day again? Probably not – but since I went only a few months ago I found it way easier to plan and navigate the second time around. I would probably do another 4 day Disney World vacation and go to a park a day – but since we spent most of our trip at Universal Studios, it was nice for a one day Disney getaway. I can’t wait to plan out other dining places and other rides that I would’ve reserved a FastPass for 30 days ahead of time! I already have some ideas on what to do on my next Disney trip.
Have you been to Disney World? What are your favourite bits? What are your tips? Please share!
YES…more lipsticks! How long has it been since I’ve talked about a lipstick on here?! Well, I got 12 to showcase and my lips were dry AF by the time I finished trying all of them. During this winter, Mary Kay launched 12 Gel Semi-Shine Lipsticks. If this sounds a wee bit familiar, during Fall 2016, Mary Kay released 12 Gel-Semi Matte Lipsticks (my review over here.)
As the name says, the Gel Semi-Shine Lipsticks ($21 CAD) uses gel microsphere technology; it has silica microspheres that will make the colour stay on top of the lips. They are all housed in a black case with an angled top and transparent window so you can see which colour you want. Like the Semi-Matte Lipsticks, these ones feel cushiony and creamy on the lips. A feel of the colours did highlight dry flakes (too common of a thing in winter time!!!) but the lipstick itself doesn’t dry me out. Scroll down for closeups of every shade!
Left to Right: Sunset Peach, Haute Pink, Naturally Buff
Left to Right: Spiced Ginger, Luminous Lilac, Apple Berry
Left to Right: Scarlet Red, Raspberry Ice, Rosewood
Left to Right: Red Smoulder, Love Me Pink, Berry Couture
The ‘nah not for me’ shades:
Naturally Buff was a bit unnatural on me since it was too close of a shade to my skintone. Love Me Pink was too baby pink for my complexion, I possibly looked like a very bad Barbie doll experiment. It also made the dry bits on my lips look abnormally even drier. I’m usually not a fan of red-brown shades so Berry Couture and Spiced Ginger would be passed on to someone.
My favourite shades:
Apple Berry, Rosewood, Raspberry Ice and Sunset Peach hands down are my favourite of the bunch. Apple Berry is pigmented than your average natural looking pink lipstick, but it’s quite flattering (lols am I complimenting myself!?) I don’t wear a lot of red lipsticks (my makeup has been quite boring and minimal now) but both Scarlet Red and Red Smoulder definitely caught my attention. I like how they’re two different shades of red (Red Smoulder being more bold and stop-sign looking,) but I could see myself wearing either of them depending what I’m doing.
The ehhh maybe I’ll wear again shades:
I really like the shade Luminous Lilac as it doesn’t come off too purple-y, but the graininess of the sparkles does not look great on my thicker lips. Haute Pink is a fun bright pink but something I’ll save for a one-off event type of party.
(sigh – really need to change the background for my photos! I cleaned up a LOT since I took these. *facepalm*)
It would be impossible to love every shade in Mary Kay Gel Semi-Shine collection, but there’s a few that are stashed in my purse as I type. The slight shine and pigmentation of the lipsticks is what I expect and the price is decent too.
Did any of these lipsticks catch your attention – and which one?
I don’t talk about shaving much. Maybe it’s because getting rid of hair is a way of life for me. It’s something I do way more than men (no jokes.) I don’t know many brands that focuses on shaving, other than what you find at the drugstore and my routine is usually a mix of shaving and waxing depending on how lazy I am. I was recently introduced to Harry’s, a company that focuses on quality shaving minus the high cost. Although it’s definitely a great gift idea for men – ladies give it a try when he’s not looking because it works great (compared to the pack of 3 disposable razors for $12.99!)
The set I received was the Winston Set ($25 USD) – which contains 1 Winston Razor Handle, 1 Foaming Shave Gel (4.0oz) 3 German Engineered Blade Cartridges, and 1 Travel Blade Cover.
My boyfriend and I had a shaving time where he tried it on his beard and I used it on my arm (I have hairy arms.) Harry’s Foaming Shave Gel has a nice, thick and smooth lather and it smelled really good (though not as good as my boyfriend’s sandalwood shaving cream.)
Though I know less to nothing about shaving (my end goal is seeing no hair and skin doesn’t feel itchy,) this was the smoothest and silkiest my arm felt using a razor. Though my boyfriend has his own high quality shaving set, he noted that Harry’s gave him a smooth shave but he wouldn’t replace his existing products.
The one problem was when putting the travel blade cover over the razor head, the handle gets disconnected easily so I hope they improve on that part in the future.
Overall – I think Harry’s is a great starter kit for those who shave but are not shaving enthusiasts. The packaging makes it easily presentable as well. And from a female’s perspective, it worked pretty darn well on me too and I noticed the hair grew back slower compared to drugstore razors AND no razor bumps/sensitivity/ingrown hairs!
By the way- I will be on vacation until December 6th, stay updated on my adventures at Wizarding World of Harry Potter on Instagram!
A few months ago, I went to an event that featured a sneak preview of Christmas products for The Body Shop. Fast forward to now, the fun and magical atmosphere has certainly took over every store. Recently, I visited The Body Shop at Richmond Centre to get a taste of what kind of gifts are available – and there’s so many options for every price point! I collaborated with The Body Shop to bring you a this (very last minute,) gift guide.
Eugene from The Body Shop walked me through the gift options. This year, The Body Shop’s theme this year is to forget about being an adult and have fun! The packaging is inspired by games; some of the boxes look like playing cards or will have a spinner on them! Every gift purchased from the seasonal collection supports the Peace Play Project in Lebanon for a year. This initiative funds refugee children to have a safe place for them.
I realized I didn’t take any closeups of products in the store; but if you can see- there’s a LOT of things with a great range of prices.
i LOVE the idea of the Coutdown to New Year gift in this star shaped box!
So how to choose the right gift?? As a beauty blogger, of course I couldn’t resist the 24 days of Beauty Advent Calendar ($69 CAD). There’s nothing more fun than getting mini surprises almost everyday in a month, and this present is perfect for any ages!
I want to SMELL like Christmas too when it’s Christmas time. The Body Shop has three seasonal fragrances in their lineup – Frosted Plum, Vanilla Chai, and Frosted Berries. They come in fun tins or giftboxes. The Vanilla Chai Festive Tin ($28 CAD) is pretty much a giant ornament filled with mini sized products including a Shower Gel, Body Scrub, Body Butter, and Hand Cream.
If you enjoy all the other scents that The Body Shop regularly carries, now is the best time to pick up a gift for yourself and smother yourself with your favourite scented lotions and creams. One of my favourites is the Wild Argan Oil line! I find their lotions to be one of the more nourishing ones and it has a light, sweet scent that isn’t overpowering in a fruity or florally one.
The Wild Argan Oil Festive Gift Set ($28 CAD) has a loofah, 250mL size Shower Gel, and mini Body Scrub, Body Butter, and a Wild Argan Oil Soap. Plus, the backside of the lid has a cute “free the rabbit” maze game!
Other sets I really enjoy is the Hemp Expert Manicure Set mostly because the box is genius and cute at the same time. My hands feel like paper every time I wash my hands in the water and I think it’s a great gift to treat your skin this winter. The Richmond Centre location was almost sold out of the Countdown To New Year set, and that is something I’d add to my wishlist too. It contains multiple products including Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask. Overall, there’s so many options that you can gift to yourself, family, and friends from The Body Shop and with their Peace Play Project, it really is a gift that gives back.
Not everyday is sunshine and rainbows and certainly my mood can be anything but positively radiant from time to time. No one needs to know on the outside though, right? I was sent two products to try out- Aveeno Positively Radiant 60 Second In Shower Facial and the Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial. Before using more high end skincare products, I used to use Aveeno as their quality for the price was always decent. Both of these products are meant to add convenience in your life if you have no time for your regular skincare regime and I love the idea of them!
I’ve been using sleeping mask for years now; I started with Laneige’s sleeping mask after watching way too many korean dramas. The sleepiJng mask trend has been in North America recently (am I wrong?) as I only started trying out non Korean brands last year. The Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facialuses ACTIVE NATURALS Total Soy Complex to hydrate and nourish the skin so one can wake up with a radiant, healthy glow.
Soy has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to reduce blotchiness and discolouration. My skin has cleared up a LOT during the winter time, so I can’t attest whether or not any blotchiness disappeared, but using this overnight, my skin felt soft when I woke up. It’s also fast absorbing so there was no worries about face planting on my pillow at night. However, there are silicones in the product, and Dimethicone is listed 3rd on the list. Though the project is hypo-allergenic, there is also fragrance in the Overnight Hydrating Facial and I personally found it too heavy.
Between my regular moisturizer routine vs using the Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial, I prefer choosing my moisturizers.
The exfoliator contains soy and lemon peel extract and uses the steam of the shower to open pores (so I guess if you take cold showers this product may not work for you,) to deeply but gently exfoliate dirt, oil, and dead skin cells. It also contains glycolic acid- though it is not listed what is the percentage of it. To use it, apply the product on your damp face in the shower and leave product on for a minute. Use the product 1-2 times per week.
My skin didn’t feel dry after coming out of the shower (but never skip the moisturizer even if you feel like you don’t need it!) The formula is indeed gentle and not gritty. When I am feeling lazy, sometimes I use my regular exfoliating products in the shower too – though I am not sure if it was less effective or not, it is nice to have a dedicated “in-shower” facial. Using the 60 Second In-Shower Facial helps me skip a step and I just pop on my serum/moisturizer which cuts the time of my my nightly skincare regime.
Overall: The ingredient of soy to achieve radiant and healthy looking skin is different from my other skincare products. The Overnight Sleeping Mask is comparable to other products I love, but I am a huge fan of the 60 Second In-Shower Facial to save my time at night.
What’s your favourite type of ingredient used in skincare products?
I have a multitude to catch up on since I’m back from my vacation (travel posts will be up soon, stay tuned!) – and diving into holiday products is one of them! Every year I review a few seasonal sets from Fresh and I think this year the packaging is definitely my favourite!
The Fresh Bodycare Besties ($50 CAD) contains Hesperides Grapefruit Bath & Shower Gel (40mL,) Hesperides Grapefruit Body Lotion (40mL,) and Brown Sugar Body Polish (200g.) I’m only familiar with Fresh’s lip and skincare products so I’m excited to give these products a try in the shower later. So far, everything smells amazing.
Next up is some of my favourite types of skincare products from Fresh – masks!!! The Umbrian Clay Purifying mask is one of my to-go/holy grail in terms of drying up pimples over night! I’ve repurchased it before and I recommend this mask 100%!
The Picture Perfect Mask Set ($69) comes with 30mL of Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask, 30mL of Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask, and 30mL of the Rose Face Mask. And two colouring pencils (which I realized you can use to colour in the box…or use it for an adult colouring book?!) Although many people rave about the Rose Face Mask, I find that one the weakest of the three, great if you want a quick boost of moisture but not drastic enough results.
The cute thing about this set is that you can slide individual boxes out with the products- it’s like a mini ornament! It’s a great gift set for any skincare fanatic, mask fanatic..moms, girlfriends, etc!!
You can never forget some kind of lip balm set from Fresh. This year, we have the Sugar Lip Beauty Box ($54) with six mini Sugar Lip Treatments in the colours Tulip, Rose, Poppy, Honey, Berry, and Original (untinted.) The balms are put in a cute tin that is surely reusable – plus it also comes with two drawing crayons. I go through at least one full sized Sugar Lip Treatment a year so having six of these will come in handy (and I can switch around the colours too!)
I still got my $20 off $50 to spend at Sephora, and debating if I should actually get another fresh set, or maybe some high end hair products?!
Lately, I’ve been finding I have less and less time for makeup especially on weekdays. I try to cram changing into clothes, breakfast, and snoozing around in a span of 30 minutes before it’s time to get out of the door and get to work. There’s more time to play with makeup on weekends, but if I’m going to be at home and no one will see the effort I put in, DID I REALLY PUT ON MAKEUP?!
Nah – I prefer looking prim and proper on weekdays so I can feel confident on the skytrain, on the way to work, swiveling in my chair at work. Ok – we may not need makeup to feel confident but I do feel a tad bit better. But if there’s no time to do a full face in a minute – there’s other options nowadays. Because I am feeling a bit uninspired lately, I’m going to do a series of posts on ways to wake up while looking mostly partially ready. One of the more popular beauty services I’ve been hearing is microblading eyebrows.
Recently, I met with Brenda of B for Brows at her studio to learn more about microblading eyebrows and share it with my readers! Her passion in helping her customer’s get the perfect brows and seeing their faces light up is what drives B for Brows to success. If you aren’t familiar with this cosmetic technique, microblading eyebrows is a form of semi permanent tattoo where the pigment is deposited on the skin via hand held needle blade. The end result is strokes of pigment that looks like natural hair – and you only need a touch up once a year!
When it comes to microblading brows, you can’t ask for anyone’s brows you see on Vogue, and hope the same would be planted on your face. Brenda will look at your facial structure and choose which brow shape would suit you best. Fortunately, I have full brows – but one thing I learned was that using sunscreen after the eyebrows have healed post-microblading, is to use sunscreen! I rarely think about putting lotion on brows, but it makes sense! If I had less hair than I do (brow-wise,) microblading eyebrows is definitely something I’d consider because….
Brows are a standout feature on the face and for four eyes like me, brows and glasses go hand in hand!
Wearing minimal makeup to work – having on point eyebrows would be one less thing to be finnicky about. This works for the gym too – I’m guilty of using concealer here and there even if I’m going to the gym because I feel more confident while working out. Brows can add to that confidence too!
Reduce time in doing brow makeup = more time for everything else
Black Friday sales everywhere! I’ve been holding off my spending (just a lil bit) – you know why? I’m off to Wizarding World of Harry Potter next week and I feel like I gotta throw my muggle money on some new robes and an interactive wand.
Wearing my Ravenclaw scarf, happily thinking of vacation…..
Of course I’ve been saving up for this trip but it just so happened to start be the week after Black Friday. The inner shopper in me couldn’t resist browsing online to see what potential sales are there. So far I’ve picked up a Maurader’s Map puzzle and some gifts for secret santa! And I got some sweaters from multiple online shopping outlets. One of my favourite sites to browse is Shopbop – who is having their Buy More Save More Saleuntil November 26th, 2017 11:59 PM PST. When you use the code MORE17, customers can save:
20% off orders of $200+
25% off orders of $500+
30% off orders of $800+
Blue is recently my favourite colour to wear (not that I’m a Ravenclaw or anything) – but the shade definitely matches the Vancouver rainy weather. Here are my top favourite blue picks from the Shopbop sale! (I’ve seen the Marc Jacobs tote at The Bay and I’m seriously contemplating it!!)
If I’m a tad bit too tired to blog, I’m a tad bit too tired for mascara.
A few weeks ago, I tried out a lash lift from Brow Beauty by Mel and gahhhhh….this is life changing! If you are too finnicky with lash extensions, lash lift is definitely the way to go. (And you can use mascara ON your lashes that got a lift, but I just let my lashes run naked.)
Brow Beauty by Mel focuses on permanent and semi-permanent makeup such as the hot beauty trend, microblading. As I don’t need to get my brows done, I got a lovely treatment to my lashes called a Lash Lift. A lash lift is like a perm to curl your lashes and keep them uplifted for 6-8 weeks. Unlike lash extensions, you can use any makeup/makeup remover on your lashes and you can use mascara for extra curl and definition.
The lash lifting treatment lasts just under an hour. (You can see how my lashes are so droopy in the photo below.) Melissa, of Brow Beauty by Mel, started by cleaning my lashes and then a silicon pad is placed on my eyelids. Not going to lie, I was taking mini naps during the process as it was smooth and my eyes didn’t feel sensitive at all. Melissa applied a lifting solution over my lashes, and after that was removed, she used a nourishing oil.
After the silicon pads were removed, Melissa handed me a mirror and I’m sure my face was like :O. Getting my lashes to stay up for a whole day is impossible until I got this lash lift done. My lashes looked thicker and definitely curled – and my eyes look slightly bigger too (the best part he he.)
The lash lift treatment was very straightforward and I couldn’t stop smiling after I had the treatment done. I honestly might do this rather than lash extensions in the future, as you get way more flexibility with lash lifts and I don’t have to worry about false lashes poking on my glasses lens
Brow Beauty by Mel is located at Unit#606-777 West Broadway Vancouver. You can book your appointment (lash lift or microblading or permanent makeup) online here.
When I was a kid, my hair was growing thick at a speedy rate and my parents thought that I was underweight cause all the nutrients went straight to my hair. Now I wish I had that boost of hair growth now, as my hair seems to feel drier and less shiny than it used to be. Luckily, the market is not short of varieties of hair products to add some shine and bounce to your hair. I’m usually familiar with hair stuff found in drugstores, so when I received a few Hairfinity stuff and read about it, it seems like the modern-day hair potion that Hermione Granger would’ve appreciated.
The Hairfinity Strengthening Amino Masque ($45 CAD) is my favourite of the trio I tried. After one use, my hair felt noticeably smoother and it looked shinier too! I tend to sleep while my hair is semi-wet and it wake up looking like not-a-hot mess. (Imagine a tumbleweed.) After using the mask, though my hair is messy and everywhere, I can easily straighten it and it looks a lot sleeker compared to my no-hair-mask days. The ends of my hair look a lot less split too when I grab it and look it up at the light!
The Strengthening Amino Masque is infused with scents of sea salt, hibiscus, and essential oils. Some of the key ingredients in the masque include: Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Biotin, Vitamin C, and Essential Oils (Lavender, Cedar, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Thyme, Peppermint.) The full list of ingredients is online here. To me, it smells faintly of vanilla for some reason and I am a fan of it!! It is also free of sulfates, silicones, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, and petroleum.
To use the mask, apply it to wet hair thoroughly and cover with a plastic cap. Leave the mask in for 15 minutes and then rinse. To be honest, I don’t like sitting around with my hair wet for 15 minutes (I can’t even take a bath that long,) so I rinsed it out after 5-6 minutes and my hair was still so buttery smooth. I’m sure if I left it in longer the results would’ve been better.
I’ve used a lot of different hair oils and serums in the past so trying a new one is always a fun experience. The Hairfinity Nourishing Botanical Oil ($45 CAD) contains a blend of vitamins and essential oils that help increase shine and elasticity. Like the masque, the oil is free of sulfates, silicones etc. Some of the key ingredients include Hydrolyzed Collagen, Grapeseed Stem Cell Extract, Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Moringa Oil, Apricot Oil, Vitamin E, and Essential Oils (Lavender, Cedar, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Thyme, Peppermint). You can view the full list online here.
The oil can be used on wet or dry hair – and even on dry hair, your hair doesn’t feel greasy or heavy! To use it before shampooing, apply it to the hair, comb through, and cover with a plastic cap for 10-15 minutes. To be time efficient, I usually put three droplets on my palms, rub them together, then spread it through my hair. After blow drying my hair, my hair definitely felt softer. The scent isn’t as ‘pretty’ as the masque since I find the oil has more of a botanical/apothecary scent. Not as strong in the morning though if you shower before bedtime.
The Hairfinity Infinite Edges Serum ($55 CAD)is a type of product I haven’t tried before. It targets overworked or delicate areas of the hair, like the hairline. This is like a pen and you directly apply it to the hairline or any distressed areas of the hair or scalp. It contains ingredients such as Glyercin, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Licorice Root Extract, White Tea Leaf Extract, Vitamins E/A/C, and Panthenol (Provitamin B5.)
I never really thought areas of my hair is “distressed” or “overworked” (except maybe the top is a bit frizzy,) so this isn’t a product I use as much compared to the other two. I haven’t noticed a significant improvement with the serum but it’s nice to touch on areas that feel particularly dry. What I do like is the portability of this product. I WANT to bring my hair serums and oils to vacation because hotel shampoos/conditioners do not do anything but strip my hair dry of whatever it’s hanging on to. This is good touch up for the unexpectedly dry ends or to tame the frizz. I find the serum feels a bit heavier than the oil so I applied very little.
Overall, Hairfinity left a good impression and the results made me feel more confident about my hair. A slight negative is that I find the price point is a bit high but the ingredients and results certainly show. The Nourishing Botanical Oil left my hair soft, but it is also comparable to other oils I’ve used in the past. Out of the three, I’d recommend the masque first as it really helped me have office ready hair in the morning!