Friday, February 5, 2016

Empties #9

When ever I start an empties post I always feel the need to validate why I hoard empty bottles of cosmetics in my closet. So here it is... Tanya people in the beauty blog world do this, Mom please don't judge me. With that out of the way lets begin talking about all the empty bottles of cosmetics that temporarily live in the depths of my closet.
Still a weird concept to me...

La Vanilla Pure Vanilla Deodorant
Whither your seeking something natural or just have sensitive pits this is the only aluminum free deodorant I've tried that actually works. Undoubtedly Pure Vanilla is expensive in comparison to drugstore brands, but since it saves me from unwanted irritations and it's natural it a price well worth paying. I have repurchased this product time and time again and will continue to do so.

Clarins Daily Energizer Cleansing Gel
Throughly cleans the skin, but without any unwanted dryness or irratation. If you've seen my previous empties you will notice an empty tube in every post... basically I love this stuff!
Yes, I will continue to purchase and have already. Full review here!

Klorane Shampoo with Flax Fiber
Smells nice, left hair with a ton of volume and by all means this is an excellent shampoo. However, as an everyday hair washer this doesn't compete with my beloved Klorane Shampoo with Oatmilk. If your someone who is looking for added volume I highly suggest giving this product a try.

Kerastase Bain Oleo- Relax 
I have a natural wave to my hair, which most of the time I can easily manage. However add humidity to the mix and my hair starts to look wild. I was hoping this shampoo would be a quick fix to my crazy summer hair. With that being said this product did nothing for me and at $42.00 a pop there less expensive products out there that tame curls significantly better. This product was a huge miss for me!

Aveda Beautifying Oil
You can use Aveda’s Beautifying Oil on your face, body or hair. I also like adding a couple of drops to a hot bath for a relaxing treat. Wherever way you use this oil it leaves the skin (or hair) soft and hydrated plus it has the added benefit of smelling like a spa. Will I repurchase again? Absolutely, it’s one of my all time favourites.

Aveda Beautifying Body Cleanser
This creamy body wash smells divine and leaves your skin nourished and soft... it's an absolute treat to use especially when you pair it with Aveda's Beautifying Oil. I would repurchase, however I believe this product has been discontinued because it's no longer on Aveda's website.

Aveda Rosemary Mint Hand and Body Wash
Can you tell I was on an Aveda kick? This body wash not only leaves you feeling awake and refreshed, but it also leaves the skin with a slightly minty tingle. Usually I use gravitate towards this cooling sensation during summer months, but during my pregnancy this was the perfect pick me up my tired body needed. I love the Rosemary Mint range and will 100% repurchase.
On a side note if your pregnant I highly suggest you try this, it seriously works wonders.

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer
Not a bad eye primer, but not the best. After 7 hours or so I still experienced my eye shadow creasing. Don't get me wrong thats not bad, but there are better, longer lasting primers out there. Currently I am using MAC's Paint in Untitled and I'm sorry Smashbox I don't think I will be going back.

Covergirl Super Sizer Mascara
I love this mascara it left my lashes long, separated and curly. I have a whole review here... I will totally repurchase again.

Clinique Air Brush Concealer
For years this was my go to concealer because it does a great job at highlighting underneath the eye. Even with the brightening effects I have always found that it slacked in the coverage department. Would I repurchase? Maybe one day, but the Clarins Instant Concealer is my new holy grail and will be for the foreseeable future. 

Now to go get some gratification by throwing these empties into the trash. If you have made it to the end of this long post thank you for reading! Have you tried any of these products let me know.

Monday, February 1, 2016

January Favourites

January's tend to be fast moving months, but you add a newborn baby to the mix and this month had seriously passed in the blink of an eye.  I don't have a handful of cutting edge lipsticks nor do I have the newest contour pallet to share with you. Nope this month has been a back to basics kind of month, but nonetheless I have some exciting classic must haves and some new discoveries to share with you. Without further ado here are my January monthly favourites!

Clinique Moisture Surge Facial Spray
Yes the winter months are among us which means I will gladly take any source of moisture I can get. What I'm trying to say is pink bottle follows me around the house throughout the day!  I seriously can't get enough of this stuff it feels great going on, but more importantly this hydrates the skin in seconds. One of my new discoveries of this year I highly recommend you try this especially if your lacking in my moisture department. You can read my full review here I did earlier this month!

Acure Radical Wrinkle Treatment
I like to leave my trucker mouth out of my beauty blog BUT this will give you that "Holy shit I look real good" even within the first application. To say this firms the skin would be an understatement, because the Acure Radical Wrinkle Treatment would be comparable to a push up bra but for the face. The finish of this product has a slight tack to it so I highly suggest popping this under your foundation. As someone who has been slacking in the sleep department I welcome any product that will take my tired droopy face to a perky well rested one.
Review here ... Outstanding ingredients, affordable price and instant results I am completely obsessed by this one!

Nuxe Reve De Meil Balm
I use to use this Reve De Meil before bed, in the winter months  and prior to any bright coloured lipsticks... who am I kidding I use to use this balm all the time! Some how I finished this balm (or possibly lost it?) and since then I have kind of forgotten about it.
Which leads me to my next point... my stay at the hospital literally destroyed my lips! So our first trip with baby was to the drugstore and the first thing in my cart was this balm. If your not familiar with Reve De Meil its a thick almost gritty balm ... it's a unique texture I'm not going to lie, but when healing really sore cracked lips Reve De Meil is my first choice.

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara
Over the past couple of years I have been on a drugstore mascara kick. Sure I stopped to try Benefit's Roller Lash along the way, but since then I have not strayed, until now. Years and years ago (before blogging times) Smashbox's Full Exposure was my go to mascara. If your into long lashes with tons of volume you need to check this out. However be weary because the big mascara wand takes some getting use to.

A mascara, lip balm, facial spray and a miracle "face lift" cream... can you tell I've been home all month? Jokes aside this months favourites might be little on the boring side from first glance, but all these products are truly must haves for me. Dare I say back to basics has never felt to beautiful!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Acure Wrinkle Complex

Tata Harper's Purifying Cleanser made my skin instantly glow and Avene's Cold Cream immediately soothed my eczema. With that being said there are very few skincare products that stop me dead in my tracks. New to the instant gratification list is Acure's Radical Wrinkle Complex!

What is Radical Wrinkle Complex?
Acure claims this treatment repairs fine lines, fights wrinkles and promotes new cell growth. In other words it claims to do what every other anti-aging product claims. The difference between this and other products  (I kid you not) is this is a face lift in a tube. This powerful cream contains a handful of antioxidants and moisturizers that help protect and hydrate the skin throughout the day. Radical Wrinkle Complex also contains Chlorella which helps protect elastin fibbers in the skin. The ingredient list (see here) contains no nasties and dare I say it's downright impressive! 

When I first applied this I looked at myself and had that holy crap moment. Immediately I noticed fine lines around my eyes were filled and my face felt firmer. Honestly my face looked skinnier, is that even possible?  The consistency of this treatment is cream-like with a slight tack to it. Some how while giving this product the full test I ended up using this as a makeup primer and damn ladies... back off Chanel, Makeup Forever or any other high end primer I've ever tried, because this is hands down the best. Radical Wrinkle Complex has some seriously good anti-aging skincare benefits, instantly firms the face and because of the tacky finish it also happens to increase the longevity of your makeup too.  

So what does a product that fills in lines and firms your face instantly go for these days? $200? $100? Try $24.99 and available at your Target! Whether your using this product before your moisturizer, as a moisturizer or even as makeup primer the Radical Wrinkle Complex simply makes skin look amazing. So ladies if your looking instant skincare gratification the Acure Radical Wrinkle Complex is worth a try. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Original Beauty Balms

If you thought I was talking about the ever so popular Korean Beauty Balms (aka BB Creams) I'm sorry but you have the wrong post. Today I'm talking about the original beauty balms. These are those emollient multi-purpose balms that can be used for just about anything. Never heard of them? Well let me familiarize you with the original (and a newer one) beauty balms!

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream
Beauty products come and go, but this cult product has been around for over 70 years. 8 Hour Cream has quite a bit of shine so makeup-wise you can use this to highlight your checkbones or even use it on your legs. Personally I crave 8 Hour Cream for it's hydration benefits, because it soothes chapped lips, dry elbows, cracked feet, it also works wonders on sensitive eczema too. In addition to just being emollient this balm also contains vitamin E. This powerful antioxidant helps repair wounds, cuts and bruises. I kid you not once this even healed a itchy mosquito bite. If you were looking for a product with some heritage to it Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream is well worth a try.

Homeoplasmine (in France) or Cicadermine (in Canada)
Next on the list is the French version of 8 Hour Cream Homeoplasmine. Homeoplasmine is great if your looking for a matte finish or an completely unscented product. Although I've never tried this myself, makeup artists swear this is one of the best primers on the market. Like the balm above Homeoplasmine is excellent at moisturizing dry skin, repairing skin irritations and healing cuts. This is a product that lives in my purse all winter, because it seriously repairs dry skin in minutes. At under $10.00 a pop this is a incredible, must have drugstore buy.

The Honest Company Healing Balm
This is a new discovery for me and I have to say I'm absolutely loving this. This balm is excellent for those who are searching for a more natural product. Yes this repairs, nourishes and hydrates like the rest, but it has the added benefit of being safe to use on the whole family. Lately this has been living in pocket moisturizing my lips and repairing the baby's dry skin. 

Personally I reach for these balms to heal scratches,  hydrate dry skin, moisturize cuticals
 or even to tame crazy eye brows... Basically I use these balms all day long! Whatever balm you choose I am happy to report all three are seriously good must have products. 
 . What are your favourite multi purpose balm? 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray

Every time I talk about my love for facial mists people roll there eyes at me. In some ways I roll my eyes at myself, because the application of these sprays can make one look a little high maintenance. In reality these diva like mists are anything but princess products.  Dare I say I would actually lump these spritz's pretty laid back in the world of skincare. Why you ask? Because if you think about it what other skincare product can offer instant hydration all while never touching having to touch your face? Let me introduce to you my new trusty sidekick Clinique Moisture Surge Spray. 

Let me first say this facial mist surprised me. Initially I thought this spray would be loaded with alcohol, parabens and other irritating ingredients. To make matters worse I also had the misconception that the spray itself would be overly misty or even wet. 
 I might be the definition of beauty pessimist, but once again I am happy to share with you I was wrong. 

Ingredient wise this facial spray has got it going on it contains a soothing combination of aloe and chamomile. In addition it contains no nasty preservatives, pimple inducing oils, nor does it contain irritating alcohol's. As for the mist itself I happy to report it's both fine and gentle. While Moisture Surge feels refreshing its not the kind of product that's going to blast off your makeup either. 

Dry, normal, aging and even oily skin can all seek benefit from Clinique's Moisture Surge Face Spray. You can use Clinique's Moisture Surge as a toner. With that being said you can also use this as a makeup setting spray too. However, as a girl who always needs an added burst of hydration my favourite use for this spray is as a instant moisturizer. Now I'm not suggesting you skip out on your skincare routine, but rather keep the Clinique close by for speedy moisture touch ups. I don't even care if I look high maintenance while I mist, because the truth is my hydrated skin has been thanking me for it. So ladies whatever way you choose to use Clinique's Moisture Surge Face Spray I say let your inner diva shine and keep on misting! 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Meet Baby Everleigh

Where do I even start? I had a baby... 
Well let me back track to January 1st around 3:00 pm my water broke. In my case it really wasn't dramatic as the movies make it to be. There were no contractions, nor was there a huge gush of water and I have to say overall I felt pretty good. Basically my midwife told me if active labour didn't start overnight we would meet her in the hospital in the morning. So I did what any rational person did and went out for dinner. After that Jay and I watched a movie and about 1:00 am the contractions started. By 4:45am we were on our way to the hospital and by 11:00 am I was ready to start pushing. 

Pushing, I don't think anyone can prepare you on how absolutely exhausting this task is. After pushing for an hour I was advised to stop because the babies heartbeat was getting dangerously low. Things start to get a little blurry at that point, but around 2:00pm my midwives and doctor recommend the best thing to do was to get a c section. The next thing I knew I was been wheeled into the operating room. I have to say I'm usually pretty brave about these things, but I was absolutely terrified. 

At 2:29pm on January 2nd Everleigh Teresa was born at a healthy 7 lbs 12 oz. We later found out that the umbilical cord had been wrapped around her neck, which was why her heart rate was getting low. With that being said baby is now doing well and gaining weight like nobodies business.

It still blows my mind that this little lady came from my tummy. Without getting to mushy (because I swear the moment I start talking about her I cry the happiest of tears) I couldn't imagine life without her. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

3 Things To Try Klorane

Let me start off by saying I’m am in no way, shape or form a haircare guru. Yes, there are bloggers out there that pride themselves on Pintrest perfect hair styles; I on the other hand can barely work a flat iron. My lack of craftsmanship in the hair care department has lead me to trust in effective, simple and practical haircare products. The one brand that sticks out is Klorane. So if you want so trusty, effective products that you will actually use here are three Klorane products you must try.

Oat Milk Shampoo
Most of the time I wash my hair everyday. Gasp, I know but like I previously stated I am not a hair care guru. When it comes to shampoo I find many are either too drying or leave my hair too greasy, Klorane's Oat Milk Shampoo is the exception. Not only does this leave my hair perfectly clean but it also leaves my hair incredibly soft too. So if you were on the market for some seriously perfect shampoo and are prone to frequent washing this is for you.

Date Leave in Cream
Another product I've always struggled with is leave in conditioner! Some leave your hair looking greasy while others just don't do anything at all. Actually I've tried some leave-in's that make your hair dry and crispy too. Why people, why?
My point here is the Date Leave in Cream is totally unique in the sense it nourishes, but doesn't leave your hair greasy in the slightest. Why I gravitate towards this product more so then others is it leaves my hair smooth and soft. So if your like me and wake up a birds nest on your head this product will have you looking bed-head Parisian chic in seconds.
It also smells like a delicious Chai Latte! Just saying...

Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
Where do I even start with this cult product? This dry shampoo has been around for over 40 years and to this day it still remains to be one of the best on the market. It's perfect quick fix to greasy hair, but it also works wonders in adding volume to clean hair too.
From being in the bags of the worlds most glamours women to simple hair girls like my self this is a cult product that totally lives up to the hype.
I did a whole post on this you here, should you want to know more about the history of this product!

At this point I'm sill considering eating my tube of Date Leave in Cream. I won't I promise but the temptation is very real people.
Have you tried anything from Klorane, leave me a comment below!