Tuesday, 30 August 2016

SUBSCRIPTION: Ipsy Glambag August 2016


So... this is a little late, but I feel like this month's Ipsy bag took forever to get to me, so I was a slave to the postal service! Anyway, this month's theme is Sugar Highness and I am admittedly a little obsessed with the frothy, pastel, let-them-eat-cake kind of vibe they have going on with it. I also think the bags are just absolutely gorgeous this month and I have a little girl in mind who I think will go crazy for it when I give it to her.

I could ado all day, but let's get to what I got this month, shall we?

Monday, 29 August 2016

REVIEW: Éminence Organic Skin Care*

*Product was provided for PR Purposes.


Anyone who reads this blog knows that I get really excited about trying out different skin care products. Over the past year or so, I've really found my groove with skin care and I've really seen a significant difference in the overall appearance of my skin and how it behaves over all. I think skin care is a really personal thing and can be very specific to your personal skin type, so when I review it, I try to do so in the most constructive way possible - because I know that what works for me might not work for someone else, and vice versa. 

Recently, I got the opportunity to try out 4 products from Éminence Organic Skin Care - the Firm Skin Acai Cleanser*, the Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist*, the Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant*, and the Stone Crop Hydrating Gel*. I've been using all 4 of the products for a couple of weeks now and I'm ready to give you my thoughts on them!

Keep reading for more!

Monday, 22 August 2016

REVIEW: VICHY Pore Purifying Clay Mask*

*Product was provided for PR Purposes.

I need to start this review off with a little story. I've talked about it a lot here on the blog the past couple of weeks, but it bears repeating in this case. When I went to Florida earlier this month, which was INCREDIBLY hot and required quite a bit of sunscreen for days in theme parks as well as long floats in the lazy river at our resort, my skin went insane. When I say my skin went insane, what I mean is that I broke out worse than I have since I was a teenager and the overall appearance and texture of my skin was absolutely awful. No lie, I was waking up every morning after the second day I was there with a new raft of pimples and uneven skin texture and just absolutely hating my skin. A couple of days after I got home, I received a package with the new VICHY masks, including the VICHY Pore Purifying Clay Mask*, and it seemed like it was the perfect time to try it out - since my pores were in desperate need of some purifying. If ever there was an opportunity to really, really test a product, this was it.

So how did it turn out? Keep reading for more!

Friday, 19 August 2016

REVIEW: L'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation in 202 Creamy Natural


As soon as this foundation was announced, it seemed like everyone went crazy about it. I can see why, really. Since the L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation was such a huge hit when it was released and everyone is so obsessed with getting their glow on at the moment, the L'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation was absolutely sure to be a hit. Personally, I was a little unsure of whether this would be something that I would be interested in, since a lot of foundations that are supposed to be "glowy" just never seem to work for me and just end up looking greasy on my skin. It wasn't until I saw a couple of reviews from people that I know tell the truth about products no matter what that I got on the bandwagon and decided that YES, I was definitely going to pick this up. And I did, literally as soon as I saw it on the shelf.

So, how'd it go for me? Keep reading to find out!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

REVIEW: L'Oreal REVITALIFT Bright Reveal Peel Pads


It's been about a year since I've gotten really into using exfoliating acid pads as a part of my nighttime skin care routine and I'm definitely on board. I feel like my skin responds really well to glycolic acid, so that's the specific acid that I tend to be drawn to. I'm no expert on these types of things and I'm definitely learning by trial and error what my skin likes, and I'm also trying to learn as much as I can from people who do know what they're talking about. If you're interested in more information about exfoliating toners, a great resource is Caroline Hirons. She knows what she's talking about and I can attest personally that since I've been following her blog and Youtube channel and learning from her, my skin care routine has improved and my skin has never been better. But moving on....

As soon as I saw the L'Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Peel Pads announced, I knew that I would be picking them up and trying them out and as soon as I saw them on the shelf they were in my basket and I tried them out for the first time that night. Now that I've been using them for a few weeks, I'm ready to give you guys my thoughts.

Keep reading for more.

Monday, 15 August 2016

COLOURPOP HAUL: Lips & Brows!


When I was planning my trip to Florida, one of the things that I wanted to do was make a Colourpop order and have it shipped to one of my friends out there. The cost of shipping Colourpop products to Canada is just so astronomical that most of the time I can't justify ordering even when there are products that I really want. I'd been wanting to try out the Ultra Matte and Ultra Satin lips for ages now, but again just couldn't the expense of the shipping. Anyway, it wasn't a huge haul but I did get some great things!

Keep reading to take a look at what I picked up!

Thursday, 11 August 2016

REVIEW: SIBU Sea Berry Therapy Facial Cleanser + Face & Body Scrub*

*Product was provided for PR purposes.


In the past couple of years, I've gotten really into skin care and I've seen an incredible difference in both the look and feel of my skin, but also in how it behaves. Lately, my obsession has been with cleansing. I never really gave much thought to which cleanser I was using and what it was doing to my skin, because I always just figured it was getting me clean and then the real work started. What I've learned, though, is that cleansing - specifically, using a cleanser that's right for your skin - is a big part of your skin care routine and really impacts how your skin behaves. Recently, I've been trying out the SIBU Sea Berry Therapy Polishing Facial Cleanser* and the Exfoliating Face & Body Scrub*, and I'm excited to tell you guys all about them!

Keep reading for more!

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

EMPTIES: July 2016


Oops! I'm a little late with my empties this month! I was actually planning on having this post written and posted while I was away on holidays, but things just got away from me. Still, I wanted to get the empties out so that I could move forward. There won't be a July Favorites post this month, specifically because I found that I was really reaching for all the same things in July that I reached for in June and I just couldn't think of any products that really stood out for the month. Anyway, as usual there are always empties!

To see what I used up along with mini reviews, keep reading!

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Hair & Body Care*

*Product was provided for PR Purposes.


I've mentioned several times here on the blog when I've mentioned Live Clean products, which I absolutely love, that my favorite hair products from them are from the Argan Oil line. Because I have damaged hair, I need to go hard with the moisture and I find that the Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner* are the best for dealing with my hair personally. Honestly, though, I'm so impressed with all of the Live Clean shampoos and conditioners that I've had the chance to try that I would say that there's really something for everyone from this brand! One of my favorite things about Live Clean is that their products are predominantly plant based and eco-friendly. For me, particularly when things are being washed down the drain when I use them, I want them to be kind of the environment!

As such a huge fan of Live Clean, I'm really excited to host this giveaway of 5 products from the Exotic Nectar Argan Oil line, including the new 750ml extra large sizes of the shampoo and conditioner! Keep reading for my thoughts on each of these products and to enter to win the prize pack!

Monday, 8 August 2016

REVIEW: Hair Slinky by La Vita Glam*

*Product was provided for PR purposes.


Sometimes there are products or tools that are just so different and make such interesting claims, that you really can't help but try them. That's how I felt when I was offered the opportunity to try out the Hair Slinky by La Vita Glam*. The coiled rubber hair ties promise that they won't leave creases in your hair, won't cause breakage, and won't slip. For me, those are pretty big claims and ones I was really hoping would be true. They also boast that these look great on your wrist, so you can take them along with you wherever you go. Now, I don't know that that's entirely true for my personal style, but I will say that I find these a lot more comfortable to wear on my wrist than I do a traditional hair elastic, because they are never too tight and don't cut off my circulation. Good, right?

Keep reading for more!