Wednesday, 29 June 2016

MAKEUP COLLECTION & DECLUTTER: Highlighters


As I'm starting to think about writing this post, I've gotta tell you... My highlighter collection is weird, and I think that's because I have kind of a weird relationship with highlighter in general. It's only really recently that highlighter has been a part of my routine - weird that my collection is this big, right? - and I've struggle to find highlighters that don't call a ton of attention to the texture on my skin. Because I've never really gotten hugely into highlighters, most of the ones in my collection are at a drugstore price point. Anyway, I'm actually surprised that I didn't declutter more of my highlighters, but I have reasons for all of the ones that I kept!

So if you're interested in seeing my collection as well as what I'm ousting, keep reading!

Monday, 27 June 2016

MAKEUP COLLECTION & DECLUTTER: Bronzers


So, as I was looking at some of my makeup drawers, I was really feeling like it was time to do a bit of a cleanout. I have a couple of friends who'd been giving me winks and nudges that if I ever wanted to get rid of anything, they would have open arms, and a few of them were coming over for a party so it seemed like a good time. It also seemed like a good time to go through my collection for the blog. The biggest declutter this go around was of my cheek products, since the drawer was getting overly full and I always want to pick up more. 

So if you're interested in seeing what I've got in my collection - keep reading!

Friday, 24 June 2016

REVIEW: ION Color Brilliance Brights in Magenta


Ever since I was in high school and I basically had to beg my mom to let me dye my hair even with a very subtle, rinse out hair dye, I've wanted brightly coloured hair. During my twenties, I had pretty much every hair colour that is naturally occurring, and a few that aren't, but I never actually went for it with the brights. I think it was the popularity of the much less terrifying pastel shades that actually finally got me to make my way into brightly coloured hair. I started with pastel pink done in my hair dresser's chair, which was an incredibly long process of bleaching followed by colouring, but I immediately got the bug. Because bright fashion colours really do fade quickly and I don't want to be heading in to the hair dresser every couple of weeks to have my hair touched up, I decided to give it a try at home using products that I grabbed down at my local Sally Beauty Supply. I went with the ION Color Brilliance Brights in Magenta, hoping for a vibrant pink shade. So, how did it go?

Keep reading for more!

Thursday, 23 June 2016

REVIEW: Maybelline The Loaded Bolds Lipstick


I have to be honest, when I first heard about the new Maybelline The Loaded Bolds Collection, I really didn't think there was going to be much for me there since I've definitely become more of a nude/mauve lipstick kind of girl. To my surprise, this is a really full range with a selection of both really wearable shades as well as some over the top shades that are beautiful, but that I'd never wear. Though I'm always tempted to buy those shades specifically to feature them here on the blog, I tend not to just because I know they'll go to waste once I write about them and I'm actually trying really hard to be less wasteful with my makeup collection.  I decided to pick up the two shades that really called to me, so I grabbed #770 Mauve It and #820 Berry Boss.

To find out my thoughts about these lipsticks and to see swatches, keep reading.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

REVIEW: Nair Wax Ready Strips for Legs & Body*

*Product was provided for PR Purposes.


I have something to admit... I've always been too scared to wax my body. Once upon a time, back when I didn't worry about saggy skin, I used to occasionally wax my eyebrows but any part of my body that's extra sensitive or takes up a wide area was off limits for waxing. That said, I've always been curious and have considered giving waxing a try. Recently, I had the opportunity to try out the Nair Wax Ready Strips for Legs and Body* and, though I was nervous, I was also excited. Because I've never waxed before, I know that I'm not exactly an expert reviewer - but I suspect there are a lot of people who are like me and haven't delved into the world of waxing, so I think I might have some worthwhile insight. I also decided to do a bit of an experiment with these, only waxing one leg and shaving the other to see the difference in the regrowth.

So, am I a waxing convert? Keep reading to find out!

Friday, 17 June 2016

FOR THE BOYS: Live Clean MENS Shampoo & 2-in-1*

*Product was provided for PR Purposes.


Sometimes I like to start these posts with little stories, and this is definitely one of those times. The first time I showered at my boyfriend's place, almost three years ago now, he only had two products in his shower. The first was a bottle of shampoo for dry scalp and the second was a bar of man soap. I'm still working on getting him to use skin care products, joking with him about how much older than me he's going to look as we age if he doesn't start throwing a little moisturizer and SPF on, but I've had no problem at all getting him to use Live Clean hair products - and he loves them! 

Recently, Live Clean released their Live Clean Mens Classic Clean Shampoo* and their Live Clean Shampoo 2-in-1*, and when they arrived at the house he was really excited to try them out.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

REVIEW: COVERGIRL + OLAY Simply Ageless Foundation*

*Product was provided for review.


Surprise! Today I've got another Covergirl foundation to review for you guys. This time around it's the Covergirl + Olay Simply Ageless 3-in-1 Liquid Foundation*. Considering how much I loved the Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream, this has a lot to live up to. Now, the Simply Ageless line has been around for quite a while, but I'll admit that I hadn't actually ever tried any of it until now, but I actually did pick up the Simply Ageless Serum Primer recently - it's very possible that it's  being discontinued and replaced with the new Simply Ageless Foundation Primer - so I figured it was a good time to try both products together.

Keep reading for more!

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

SUBSCRIPTION: Ipsy Glam Bag June 2016


So my Ipsy bag arrived yesterday and, as usual, I was really eager to actually try out the products and see how I feel about them. One of the products in here is one that I've actually gotten before - I believe it was in a Birchbox - so I haven't busted it out, but I did try what I could when I did my makeup this morning so along with letting you know what I got and the overall value of my bag, I have some little first impressions for you guys!

So without further adieu, check out my Ipsy bag!

Monday, 13 June 2016

SUN PROTECTION: Live Clean Sunscreen Sport & Kids SPF 45*

*Products were provided for review.


I've said it before and I'll probably say it about a million more times - IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE OUT IN THE SUN, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO WEAR SPF. Like Baz Luhrmann said, "If I could offer you one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists." I've gone on before about why it's important to wear sunscreen, so I'm not going to do it again. Besides, we all know! Luckily for us, there are a lot more options on the market for SPF products with different levels of protection, different formulas, and different intended uses. Today, I wanted to give you guys a little look at two great options from Live Clean*, which you all know is one of my personal favorite brands!

Keep reading for more!

Friday, 10 June 2016

REVIEW: NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade


So I have to admit that I've actually had the NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade in the shade Brunette for a long time, but I didn't review it because I was never reaching for it enough to give a full review of it until now. For the past several weeks, I've been reaching for this with a consistency that surprised me and I'm definitely ready to let you guys know what I think. When this was released, it was a really hyped product, but it was also a little difficult for those of us in Canada to get our hands on. As soon as I saw it at my local London Drugs, I grabbed it up. Though I'm not reviewing it as such, this has been claimed to be a dupe for the ever popular Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade. I've actually never tried that product, because I wasn't really willing to spend the money when I wasn't sure it was the type of product that I'd reach for in my collection. Anyway, onto the review!

Keep reading for more!