Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Eminence Firm Skin Targeted Treatment

"teenagers will give you grey hair, and babies will give you wrinkles" a quote said by just about every mother I know. I have to be honest I didn't buy into this 'myth' then I had a baby and my wrinkle situation hit me hard. Now I don't want to sound overly dramatic here, I'm just about to enter my 30's, I don't have crazy wrinkles, but I have definitely have my fair share of fine lines. So what is one to do? Let me introduce you to to Eminence Firm Skin Treatment.

Firm Skin Treatment. I'm no marketing expert Eminence, but this name of this treatment does not do it justice. Along with firming the skin this treatment also fights wrinkles, plumps the skin and has a generous helping of antioxidants. What I personally like is the fact that this uses a natural retinol because it gives all the anti-aging benefits one could ask for, but without the slightest irritation.

The next wonder ingredient is hyaluronic acid, which if you've read my skincare reviews you'll know has to be one of my all time favourite ingredients. Hyaluronic acid can work wonders for those with dehydrated skin, but in this treatment it works more of a plumping agent. The plumping effects of the  hyaluronic acid is complimented by the anti aging effects of snow algae extract... I know what your thinking, what the heck is snow algae extract? I know this because I too has no idea what it was. Snow algae extract is a fancy ingredient that is found in the Swiss Alps. Now harvested in labs this skincare ingredient is used to repair capillaries, smooth fine lines and reduces the loss of collagen.

I use this treatment on my problem areas (forehead and around eyes) after I apply my serum and before I apply my moisturizer. It's the perfect product to sandwich because it's lightweight cream texture doesn't interfere other products. If you haven't noticed by now there are many things I really like about this product like it's fruity berry scent, its long list of amazing ingredients, the firming effects, but also its hydrating, anti-aging and plumping effects too. Basically what I'm saying is if I had the opportunity to name this product I would call it Purple Berry Smoothie Line Reducing Skin Plumping Firming Treatment Suitable for All Skin Types, Ages and New Mom's... Come to think about it maybe Firm Skin Treatment has a better ring to it. 
Love this product you can find out where to buy it here!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Femme Couture Monster Lash XXL

Femme Couture Monster Lash XXL has me at a complete loss for words. I am literally so excited about this product that I'm actually rather scatter brained about it. So lets start from the beginning, shall we?

Around Christmas time I went into a Sally's Beauty Supply. My goal was to see the Hello Kitty OPI collection of nail polishes along with some of there Christmas specials. While glancing through there selection of makeup a sales lady and I got talking mascara. We did the whole makeup girl talk as we expressed our love for volumizing mascara. "Have you tried Benefit's Bad Gal Lash", "Yup, do you like Dior Show?" literally this mascara exchange went on for an embarrassingly long time. Then she looked at me and with eager eyes and said "you need to try this, it will change your life!"
So I did what I was told and bought the product... The next thing you know I had a baby, life happened and I completely forgot that I had left this mascara in the back seat of my car.  

Until now... and ladies... this mascara is really, really, amazing, awesome, out of this world good! 
I've tried drugstore mascaras, department store mascaras and luxury mascaras, but nothing I've ever tried has compared to this.

This perfect mascara starts with a handy curved brush that evenly coats your lashes. Its the kind of brush that doesn't miss a lash, yet it doesn't make your lashes look clumpy either. The formula on the other hand is ultra volumizing and super lengthing. With an amazing brush and perfect formula this mascara gives the effect of beautiful long, curly false lashes. If you wanted a more dramatic look you'll be happy to know the Femme Couture layers really well too. 

Now here comes the scatter brain part... I did a little research about this product and I was bombarded by negative reviews. I was shocked, how can a product thats so good have so much hate? From what I gather the longevity of this mascara seems to be a problem for some. With that being said I have worn this for well over 8 hours without any chipping or flaking issues. So if your looking for a 24 hour mascara you might want to try a longer lasting formula, but as a daily wearer this mascara works great.
No mascara review would be complete without an embarrassing, deer in headlights selfie!

If you haven't noticed I really, really love this product. I would even go as far as saying this is one of the best (if not the best) mascara I've ever tired. If your into volumized, full, fake looking lashes you need some Monster Lash XXL in your life. At $10.99 a pop this affordable mascara should be on everyones must try list. 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Skincare Lies & How to Avoid Them

Behind a very fancy makeup counter a lady told me that I 'needed' to splurge on an eye cream. Now to paint the picture correctly, I had a crying baby in one arm and an extra large coffee in the other. My normal reaction would be to come up with some sort of witty comment, but as a new mom I was sleep deprived and therefore off my game. The next thing you know this women is trying to sell me a eye cream which she says its scientifically proven to replicate the effects of plastic surgery. Standing there like a tired zombie I thanked her for her time and gave her the generic "let me think about it" response. As I was walking away, crying baby and all I started thinking... there is a whole lot of bullshit (pardon my language) people try to sell you out there. So ladies here are my three tips to avoid falling for these lies. 

1. If something sounds too good to be true it probably is. 
There are treatments out there that can minimize fine line or help firm the skin. However results of these skincare products are a gradual progression. If your thinking why isn't my serum working typically with any skincare product you should start to see results at the 4 week mark. So the next time someone tries to sell you a instant face lift in a tube, or Botox in a bottle... just think to yourself if a cream could replicate the effects of cosmetic surgery why would people still going under the knife?

2. You don't need the entire range of products.
I hear the classic sales lady pitch "these products are formulated to work together" all the time, which  to me means 'I want to get as much commission off of you as possible'. To be honest I think you would be hard pressed to find a skincare expert that uses everything from the same brand, let alone the same range. Every product in your skincare stash should be an amazing stand alone product. So if you love a high-end serum, a mid ranged face cream and a drugstore exfoliator... go for it and mix it up!

3. Natural, Dermatologist tested and Hypoallergenic...question everything!
There are a few brands that's claim to the skincare game is that there products are "dermatologist tested". Well I'm here to say that doesn't mean much considering there is a doctor somewhere out there to willing to indorse just about anything. There are also a slew of 'natural' skincare ranges that aren't natural at all. My favourite thou us 'hypoallergenic'. This very word was created by the beauty industry to give the illusion of gentle, non-invasive products. There is no certification to this word and yet you see it everywhere! To combat these lies my advice is to question absolutely everything from the price the product to the overall appearance of the brand. Luckily for us we are armed with the internet which is a great tool to get some truthful answers and reviews.
I also venture to and whenever I have a product or brand in question. 

So the next time a sales person tries to push an entire range of natural, hypoallergenic, 'face lift' cream you will be able to spot the lies from a mile away.
Until next time people!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

April Favourites

We went from snow storms to summer like weather in two weeks... its been crazy here in Canada. I realize this isn't a weather blog, however nothing effects my beauty favourites more then the change of seasons. So with the forecast all over the place here is my very manic list of favourites. 

c.Booth Vanilla Bean Clean Range 
The ingredients, the scent, the price this body care should be on everyone's must have list. The scent is very similar to the La Vanilla, Pure Vanilla.  I would even go as far as saying shower gel is one of the best I've ever tried. The lotion is really nice too. It's the kind of lotion that you can easily slap without the worry of feeling to greasy. Hands down one of my favourite discoveries this year! You can read my whole review here

Guerlain Nail Polish in Rouge D'enfer 
Going back to the weather... some blogs this month are featuring some beautiful summer nail colours.  Maybe it's just me, but it just feels wrong to wear a tropical coral during a winter blizzard. So my go to is a recently has been the classic red, Rouge D'enfer. The quality of this polish blows me away, it's opaque, creamy and just a joy to apply. In addition the formula is shiny and lasts for days without chipping. If you were looking for a true, classic, red that you can wear all year the Guerlain D'enfer is an excellent, excellent choice. 

Clarins UV Plus HP SPF 40 
Another month another Clarins product! 
When the days start to get longer and the days start to get warmer I make sure to wear an SPF everyday. I've tried many sun screen over the years and my by far favourite is this Clarins UV Plus HP. Not only does it provide ample sun protection, but it feels lightweight and non greasy even underneath makeup. 
Clarins has reformulated this and its now called UV Plus SPF 50... I've only tried the new version in stores, but it seems to be more or less the same (just with a higher SPF). If you've tried the reformulation let me know in the comment section. 

Femme Couture Monster Lash XXL
Last but definitely not least Monster Lash! I've never tried anything from this range before, but this mascara is really, really, really good. If you like long, curly, fluttery lashes that look fake you need to try this! I really want to do a full review of this product with pictures, because this is a product that definitely deserves some extra attention. 

What have been your favourites this month?! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Reve De Miel Cleansing Gel

I usually the type of girl that bounces from one product to the next. With that being said the one product I am loyal to is my cleanser. Over the years my beloved Clarins Daily Energizer Gel has kept my face clean, calm and spotless. I love the Daily Energizer Gel so much so that I actually feel guilty when I venture to other brands. I call this irrational feeling, cleanser shame! So feeling like a guilty lover I bring you my thoughts on the brand new Nuxe Reve De Miel Cleansing Gel.

I love Nuxe's Reve De Miel beauty range... the lip balm is a cult classic and the hand cream is a must try. Actually if you love the floral meets honey scent of these products you will without doubt like the smell of this perfume... no I mean cleanser. The potency of perfume in this cleanser is nuts. Its the kind of scent that lingers on your face for hours and will make your husband question why your wearing perfume to bed. What I find even more crazy is that Nuxe recommends this for people with sensitive skin. Maybe its just me, but when I am experiencing skincare sensitivities the first thing I avoid is overly scented products? 

If you can get over the feeling that you are washing your face with a shower gel there are some positives here. I really like is that this cleanser is void of harsh chemicals. I also really like the addition of honey. Honey works as a antibacterial, which is a excellent natural way to avoid spots. In addition this also contains sunflower oil which helps moisturize and sooth the skin. Now Nuxe claims(back to negatives sorry) this to be an makeup remover, I beg to differ. Used alone this does not remove makeup well in the slightest. 

Spoken like a true unfaithful lover my time with Reve De Miel actually made me appreciate my Daily Energizer Gel more. Will you ever take me back Clarins?
Okay, okay before you think I've ventured off to Crazyville I will leave you with this... 
There are things I really like about Nuxe Reve De Miel such as the ingredients. However with it's lacklustre makeup removing capabilities and it's overly perfume-y scent there are better options then Nuxe's Reve De Meil Cleansing Gel out there.  

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

c.Booth Clean Vanilla Bean

I have a strong love for buying body care. I could even go as far as saying I make this rather ordinary practice a full fledged event. Yes, I am one of those strange breeds that stands in the body department of whatever store and smells everything they have to offer.
Why do I have a feeling that most beauty lovers do the same?

So with my baby comfortably sleeping in her stroller I thought lets see whats new in the body care department. People I don't want to sound dramatic, but one whiff of the c.Booth Clean Vanilla Bean shower gel stopped me dead in my tracks. It's that kind of creamy vanilla scent that smells grown up and sexy rather then cheap and nauseating. With its amazing scent and its inexpensive price I thought lets give this a whirl. 

A beautiful rich lather, moisturizing formula all while having the lingering scent of vanilla bean. I bought this based on entirely on scent, but I have to say this shower gel exceeded my expectations! Not only is this shower gel perfection it's also free of harmful chemicals. To make things better c.Booth doesn't test on animals and the brand is environmentally conscious. I've tried many shower gels in my life but this has to be one of the best. 

The body lotion. I was so impressed by the shower gel the very next day I bought the body lotion. Again this lotion has that amazing, sexy vanilla bean scent and it too is free from harmful chemicals. C.Booth 4-in-1 body lotion is the perfect lotion for light weight moisture.  Its the kind of lotion you can quickly slap on without the worry of feeling greasy.  With its affordable price, handy pump, beautiful scent and hydrating finish you should put this on your try list too. 

If you couldn't tell by now I have been loving this range of products. I'm actually surprised I don't see c.Booth being talked about more often? So ladies next time you find yourself having
a smell session you need to give c.Booth Clean Vanilla Bean a go.  The Clean Vanilla Bean shower gel costs $6.97 and 4-in-1 lotion comes in at $7.97. With it's banging list of ingredients, affordable prices and superior quality I can't recommend the Clean Vanilla Bean Range enough.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Spring Skincare

Maybe it’s all the natural light or perhaps it’s the change of weather, but come spring time its normal to have a ‘my skin looks like crap’ moment. I’m talking about that dull, lackluster, boring skin that just makes you look like a tired zombie. So to avoid scaring the neighborhood children here are my 3 fail proof ways to get healthy looking skin this spring. 

I am obsessed with exfoliating. Dare I even go as far as saying I can write a novel just on exfoliating alone. However I will spare you the agony and just get on with the post… 

Exfoliating is the act of removing dead skin cells that hang out on the skins surface. The pile up of these dead cells gives the illusion of dull, ill looking skin. Now there are two ways to fix this problem, chemical exfoliation and physical exfoliation. Chemical exfoliatiors use some sort of acid to remove dead cells. Sounds terrifying, its not! Actually there are loads of chemical exfoliators that are suitable for even the most sensitive skin types. Physical Exfoliators on the other hand remove dead skin cells through friction. This type of exfoliating varies on intensity depending on how gritty the formula is. Whatever exfoliator you choose is entirely up to you. Hell you can even get really crazy like me and choose both! 

Another factor to dull looking skin is the weather. Here in Canada it’s normal to have spring like weather one day and arctic weather the next. This constant temperature fluctuation generally results in dry skin. So my next tip for better looking skin is to moisturize. With a quick slap on the face even the most basic moisturizer can instantly repair the quality of your skin, help reduce the appearance of fine lines and give the skin a more radiant glow. Just remember before taking a plunge on any moisturizer, go simple and always keep your skin-type on mind.

Some people collect coins, cards or cats, I however collect facial mists. I have one that contains SPF in my car, one that sets makeup on my vanity, a hydrating one… you get the picture. So the next product you need for amazing-looking springtime skin is a hydrating facial mist. Just like a moisturizer a good facial mist can hydrate the face, but unlike a moisturizer it only takes a second to apply. Furthermore even if you wanted to cheat on your whole skincare routine the fact your misting liquid on your face will give the illusion of healthy skin. Weather you’re using a mist for moisture or for a quick refresh, facial sprays should be on your must have list this season. 

Now that your skin is exfoliated, hydrated and glistening from facial mist scaring the neighbor’s kids will be a thing of the past. Unless of course those kids are brats then I say scare away… I’m kidding! But in all seriousness say hello healthy, luminous, glowing skin this spring with these three easy tips.