Sunday, 26 July 2015

July Favourites

I know its been a while since I have made a favourites post, but I am working on getting back into the habit of sitting down and writing these once a month so you guys can know about the products I have been loving this past month! And this is up before the end of the month, so I must be taking this getting back into favourites posting somewhat seriously... But here we go, I don't have a bunch of products but I narrowed it down until the products I loved the most.

Kardashian Beauty Black Seed Dry Oil- We got the Kardashian Beauty haircare line in at work, so I decided I would try out their dry oil as I am a sucker for hair oils. I must say I love this product, it has made my extensions feel fantastic, it is a little to heavy for my natural hair but it makes my extensions look and feel amaze balls, and the smell of this is also to die for. Once I am done my handful of samples, I will be buying this in the regular size.

Maybelline Lash Sensational- I have continually heard youtubers and bloggers rave about this mascara, so naturally I had to run out to Shoppers and purchase it. This mascara is fantastic, and I have been reaching for it everyday! I think this is going to become a holy grail mascara for me, and I have only had it for about two weeks so its gotta be pretty fantastic to make it into my monthly favourites.

Nars All Day Luminous Foundation- This foundation I was very unsure about buying as I stated in my most recent Sephora haul which can be found here . I have been wearing this everyday and I have not stopped loving it. As long as I use a primer and set it with a powder this stays on all day and for me that makes this foundation worth it to me, even with the highend price tag.

Makeup Forever HD Mircofinish Powder - I recently got this from one of my good friends who was cleaning out her makeup/ skincare collection before moving to Australia. I have heard many reviews about this powder and not having to spend the (39$ at Sephora) on it made me even more excited. I have been using this product everyday to set my Nars All Day Luminous Foundation, and it works beautifully. It makes my foundation completely matte, which is something I look for in setting powders and it controls my oil, so I only have to blot my face once or twice a day. I would recommend this to anyone with oily skin.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation- I have had this foundation for probably the last 6 months, and I have always found it quite a hit or miss product, until I started applying it with a brush... I always found this got cakey on my face and didn't cover etc etc, but applying this without a beauty blender and using a brush instead makes all the difference. Now this foundation is one of my favourites, I don't use too much and get a cakey look, I can now apply this evenly to my face and my face looks flawless. As long as I set this with a powder my face doesn't get oily and the foundation actually lasts for 12 hours, so over all now that I have figured out how to use this product it is amazing.

Moroccan Oil Hydrating Conditioner - I have my extensions out now and I decided to go back to my old holy grail Moroccan Oil conditioner, I forgot how much I loved this conditioner. It is light enough that my super fine hair doesn't get weighed down, but it has enough hydration that it makes my hair feel amazing even though it is super damaged. This conditioner is amazing for fine hair to give it hydration without being super heavy, the smell is also amazing and thats why I keep going back to Moroccan Oil products.

Moroccan Oil Light Oil Treatment - Again with my extensions out, I have to revert back to using lighter products, so here we are with my holy grail Moroccan Oil Light Oil Treatment, I use this in wet and dry hair and it gives wonderful hydration and shine to my hair when its wet, and when its dry it helps with shine and static. The scent of this is just as amazing as every other Moroccan Oil product and this haircare line will always be a strong part of my hair care routine.

Carmex - This is my holygrail lip balm and I forgot how much I loved it until I ran out and my Shoppers was also out of stock for two weeks. I am very happy this product comes in 3 different packages, the original tub, and tube and the stick which I just found out about. Now the perfect lip balm comes in different packaging for everyones needs!

I hope you guys enjoyed hearing about the products I have been loving this past month, and I would love to hear what you guys have been loving as well!


Saturday, 25 July 2015

July Ipsy Bag

Well its that time of the month that Ipsy bags start arriving. I thought I would do a quick revealing of my July bag for you guys, even though I have not been as into Ipsy as of lately, well just not as excited about it as I used to be, but without further a-due here it is..

Eva-Nyc Freshen Up Dry Shampoo-
I read some reviews about this product and from what I have read it seems like a good dry shampoo. Im excited to try this out because I usually only wash my hair once a week so it takes a good dry shampoo to make my hair look clean around days 4-6, so we shall see if this lives up to my holy grail Redken and Bastille dry shampoos. 

Tweezers by Crown Brush
I am forever losing the sets of tweezers I buy so when I saw these in my Ipsy bag I was super excited.. From looking at them they seem like good tweezers but only time will tell if they can pull out my coarse eyebrow hairs.

 Aurora Gel Effect Nail Polish 4 Alarm Fire
I have this polish on my nails currently and I am beyond happy with it. The polish drys so fast, and the consistency is perfect; its not to thick or thin, as well as the brush makes it super easy to apply. When I find out where to find Aurora polish I will be buying so much more of it. This is my new favourite polish brand. 

Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics 2in1 Shadow/Liner
From swatching this liner/shadow on my hand it seems like a bronze shade and for a liner you do get a pretty precise line and its also quite easy to blend out to make this product a shadow. I am excited to try this out and see what I can do with it. 

 Pur-lisse Pur-Bright Ultra Skin Brightening Serum
I have tried other Pur-lisse products that I have received from Ipsy and quite enjoyed them, so I am excited about what this brightening serum will bring to the table. The consistency of it is quite light and smooth so I think it will be a easy product to add into my skincare routine. 


Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Drugstore Makeup & Skincare Haul

So another drugstore haul happened... Again. Im now going on a spending ban, until the end of August, I have so many products I need to use up at this point. So here are my first impressions of these products, Ive been using them for about a week now. 

Maybelline Lash Sensational - 
I keep hearing about this mascara on youtube, and different blogs; so naturally I had to try it out. This mascara is amazeballs. I usually stick to my Too Faced Better Than Sex, but I am starting to reach for this one more and it has a better price tag so thats a plus as well. I find it doesn't clump and it separates my lashes very well. I would recommend this to anyone.

Carmex -
This is my holy grail lip balm, I cannot go a day without using it and I find nothing else works as well.. Not even blistex. This lip balm just goes above and beyond all my expectations.

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Pads - 
Since using these face pads (that sounds so weird to say) my face has felt brighter, more refreshed and more moisturized. I have only been using them for a week and I have no complaints. The Nip + Fab skincare line just keeps amazing me time and time again. 

Batiste Dry Shampoo - 
This is one of my favourite drug store dry shampoos, while the original one is. I tried the XXL Volume one and I did not care for it - I found it made my hair way too gritty and hard to brush through. The original one is by far my favourite out of all of them and it actually works!

Kloraine Oily Hair Dry Shampoo - 
I got this in a Ipsy bag a few months back and really liked it, so because it was on sale I thought it would try it again. I am just as impressed with this product as I was the first time I tried it but I'm not sure it goes above the Batiste or Redken dry shampoo on my list of favourites. 

Clean and Clear Night Relaxing Cleansing Wipes - 
As we all know I have an addiction to makeup wipes, I am always scared I will run out. I have used these before and liked them a lot, they were on sale so I thought I would purchase them again as I just ran out of my OleHenricksen ones. 

If you guys have any other products you think I should try please let me know!
Stay Beautiful

Monday, 13 July 2015

Nip + Fab

I was skeptical about the Nip+Fab line because the reviews are overall quite good, but it is quite inexpensive so I wanted to see if a few products did live up to the hype and they have!

Nip+Fab Cellulite Fix
As weird as it sounds at 20 I shouldn't be worried about cellulite... but here we are. Cellulite is that elephant in the room that no one likes to talk about, and yet again here we are. I have been using this for about two weeks and I have noticed a difference in how my legs look. I wouldn't say is 'erases' cellulite but I have noticed my skin looking firmer and that is a step in the right direction. I find that this product doesn't absorb as well as it claims to because it stays quick tacky and sticky on the skin for about 10 minutes after applying it, this is a big thing for me because I like to use it before bed but I almost need to plan when I will apply this because of the absorbing factor, or lack there of. Overall this is a great product for skin firming, it isn't a magic eraser to make your skin look flawless but its a step in the right direction. 
You can buy this product here

Nip+Fab Viper Venom Night Fix
This night moisturizer is a beauty. I have used many night creams claiming this, that or the next thing; this one does the this, that and the next things. I have noticed my face looking brighter and more refreshed when I wake up. I used to have serious dark circles under my eyes and the skin under my eyes isn't exactly the tightest, since I began using this my skin has become tighter and I am not as self conscious about my under eyes. Plus waking up more refreshed looking in the morning is something everyone wants. Using night moisturizers has always been hit or miss for me because of my oily skin, this product absorbs so quickly and does not leave a residue, therefore it does not affect the condition of my oily skin for better or worse and that I am ok with.
You can buy this product here

If there are any other Nip+Fab products you guys think I should try let me know, I am very impressed thus far and would love insight to other products to try out!


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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Mini Sephora Haul | Review

So this happened... Granted it has been a while since I've done much shopping damage so I think it was well deserved. And yes I added in a Maybelline product to my Sephora haul but I had it sitting there unopened so why not! I have been using these products for about a week now, so I am also going to give you guys a mini review, because I do have some thoughts on them thus far.

OleHenrikson Oil-free Pore Refining Cleansing Cloths - I was recommended these because I have crazy oily skin and I have to say I think they are helping... I usually wash my face at night and then just use a wipe in the morning to get any oil or dirt that my face produced over night dealt with, I have noticed a difference in my oil production over the past week, so they must be working. You can buy them here and they retail for 10-20 $ depending on the size you get.. You can either get 10 or 30 wipes.

OleHenriksen Makeup Removing Cleansing Cloths - Just to stay on the OleHenriksen train ( hey that rhymed) I got these makeup removing wipes, I always either use a cleansing oil like the one from MAC which you can see here or I use makeup wipes.. My reason for using the two different options really depends on how much makeup I am wearing, if I am wearing a full face of makeup, lashes and all I will use the oil because it gets everything off, if I have a more natural look going that day I will use wipes. I love the scent of these wipes, I can't even put my finger on what it is ( mostly because I am terrible at describing scents) but it is a great one. These basically take off all my makeup, i have noticed there is still a little bit left but thats what washing your face is for. These retail for 10- 19$ depending on the size of the package and you can buy them here

Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation - I have heard so many hit or miss reviews on this foundation (here and here) so I'm going to get straight to the point because this foundation seems to work great for some people and terrible for others. I am in love with this foundation, its the first one that has not melted off my face in months, I don't necessarily agree with Nars' claim for 16 hour wear but it does last through a full 8-9 hour work day for me so thats a plus! It retails for 59$ and you can buy it here

Sephora Retractable Lip Brush #60 - Lets just start off my saying I had never used or thought about using a brush to apply my lip products... This new found freedom I have with applying any lip stain or gloss has changed my life! If anyone is hesitant on trying out a brush for this reason, I would just bite the bullet and purchase one because it changes your lip colour game for the better. The one I purchased from Sephora retailed for 12.50$ and can be bought here

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser - I have seen many different reviews comparing Maybelline Baby Skin to Benefit Porefessional. I am a big fan of the Benefit product but not of the price tag, and hey if I can pay 8$ for something instead of 39$ I would be all over that. So far I do find them very similar, this one is a little more greasy than the Benefit product but aside form that I really don't see much of a difference. After I apply the Maybelline Baby Skin I just use a blotting paper to absorb the excess product and then I apply my foundation and it seems to work like charm. This product can be purchased from any Shoppers Drug Mart, or Ulta. 

Alright beauties, thats all for now. 
If you have any other products I should try please let me know!

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