Sunday, January 30, 2011

Make Up For Ever: Acqua Cream - 2 Steel

I purchased this little pot a few days after watching Lisa Eldrige's A Work/College Look video. It just looked so good on her; and I love easy, simple, one shadow looks. Especially since I'm not much of an early morning person. I have the speed of molasses, it takes me forever to get my face on.

I purchased the same shade she used, number 2 Steel.  I have a few neutral, beige, soft brown, shadows so it was nice to break out a bit and get a really pretty gray shimmer shadow. The pots are really generous in size, this will last me forever.  They retail for $25CAD ($22 USD) each. Pictured below first with no flash, then with flash.
 I enjoyed this shadow. It is really nicely pigmented, and definitely long lasting. I did not use a primer and it did not crease on me at all. I think this would work well as a base for more intense smokey and dark looks. It is waterproof and therefore I find you need to work fast with it, because it sets quite quickly. I haven't got the fine art down of brush vs finger yet, it will take a bit of practice. Pictured below are my lids the first time I applied it. Not a perfect blending job, but I think you get the idea :) (I'm only a newbie make up lover.) Next time I'm going to try to blend it up and out a touch more, and take my time with it (this was a bit of a rush job, we were running late). 

Friday, January 28, 2011

cheap accessories

I never loose my head during the major sale days, i.e. Black Friday or Boxing Day (actually the whole Boxing week). I do not think there are deals to be found on these days, that I can't find throughout the year. Actually Boxing Day/Week is the bigger hoax... I think the real post Holiday sales come after that week... and are best in January.

Granted, many items may no longer be available. But I see it as a money saver. Because if I love it enough, I won't wait around to see it go on sale, but will buy it anyways. 

And here is an example of worth waiting for. My sister works in retail, and she let me know when their accessories went on clearance sale... and I mean clearance, $1.99 CAD for each piece.  She sent me pictures via Black Berry, and I made my choice. I felt like I had a personal shopper. I really don't need more accessories, but who could resist that price tag. Plus they are so much more versatile and convenient. You break it or loose it, you won't cry over it. And since each new season, brings new shiny things, at $1.99 I can afford to change it up often.... Pictured below my picks...
hahahahaha this picture almost makes me want to get my arms waxed... almost... this whole set 5 pieces $1.99
isn't this like the coolest ring? so shiny...
I think this necklace is my favorite piece...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Lush: Veganese Conditioner

I can't love them all. When I saw this conditioner I was immediately temped by it. I curbed my enthusiasm and purchased the smallest bottle 100ml for $8.95 CAD (just to test it out)... and I'm glad I did. Scent is a very individual and personal thing... the smell of this conditioner is just not appealing to me... yuck... the combination of seaweed, lavender, rosemary, and lemon is just too strong... I wish I liked it more, because this conditioner is super, super light... more of a detangler really. Very nice for my fine hair, it doesn't weight it down... but the scent... it just reminds me of shoe polish my family used when I was little... so unfortunately this is not going on a repurchase list...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Lush: Ultrabalm

Ultrabalm is ultra awesome. This is Lush's version of Vaseline. But instead of mineral oil it is all vegetable based (yup no beeswax). Instead: candelilla wax, jojoba oil, and rose wax make this a must have for me.

I have two dry patches, they are right on my hips... I don't know why they happened (maybe my jeans are too tight). But they've been there for a couple of months now, and they're super itchy. Jay thought they were bruises.... A few lotions calmed them a bit, but nothing made them go away. This is my miracle balm (I layer it with my L'Occitane body butter)... the itch is totally gone, and I'm expecting the dry patches to become history shortly... This 45g jar retails for $12.95 CAD... money well spent... love, love, love it... I also slather  this on my heels in conjunction with my foot cream... winter weather can't touch me... lol...

Monday, January 24, 2011

Lush: Crème Anglaise sample

This is a little sample of the Crème Anglaise body lotion, that I got while shopping at Lush with my sister.  I was curious about it because it is the priciest cream on their shelves that I noticed. At $44.95 CAD for a 225g jar, it's practically double of any other lotion they sell.

Then I realized that this lotion is infused with saffron - the most expensive spice in the world. I don't know what, if any benefits saffron has for the skin, but unless close to miraculous it is not incentive enough for me to spend that much money. Especially when Lush carries other less pricey lotions that read very delicious. I'm not a big fan of saffron in my food, and the same applies to my body lotion. It seems more of a gimmick that actual benefit. I'm also not crazy over the scent. I feel it is very powdery... and well... powdery just doesn't do it for me. 

But there are some positive points. This is a very luscious lotion, I loved the texture. It is non-greasy, and quick absorbing, and very moisturizing. I hope the less pricey Lush lotions have those qualities.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

blog name change...

it reflects my state of mind more accurately... lol...

Lise Watier: Eye Shine pencils

I have a weakness for creamy, soft, eye pencils. Not all pencils are created equal, even within the same brand. Lise Watier has a lovely range, and these three are my choice picks from her eye shine metallic pencils line.
My favorite way to wear them, is to create a nice, light, neutral lid, and then just  add them as a pop of color on my lower lash line. I'm too old to get away with much more than that, but I do love bright colors so....
Pictured, from left to right:
Bleu Lagoon - gorgeous light bright baby blue
Peacock - blue-green, teal
Jungle - a kind of military green
no flash
with flash

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Clinique: Full Potential™ Lips Plump and Shine

I seem to gravitate to Clinique a lot. It's my in-between makeup phase, before I launch myself into the luxury brands :) But Clinique has some  nice stuff, and this one is a winner in my book.

Now I'm sure there will be plenty of those who disagree with me, because I know many people dislike what I actually love about this gloss. Mainly it is a bit on the thick side and sticky, and I mean really sticky. I have shortish hair, I don't get my strands stuck to my lips, but I understand that it is a major pet peeve for some.
This lip gloss also had an incredible wear time... I mean super long. If I didn't have to eat throughout the day, I wouldn't have to reapply. It is soooooo glossy, perfect wet, shiny pout. It has absolutely no scent or flavor... win-win for me. Clinique claims that it is plumping, and it may tingle upon application. I didn't notice the tingle until I read about it, then the next time I applied it, I was like "oh  yeah it tingles". The sensation is practically unnoticeable, well at least for me, maybe I have rhino lips... lol.
They have a nice color range. 19 shades in total. Pictured above: Cherry Bomb - pink swatch on the left (almost all used up, this one lives in my purse :)) and Peach Plump- sheer swatch on the right... they retail for $22.50 CAD.
On my lips above a combination of both. Will I be repurchasing? Absolutely... I just need Clinique to have a promotion of a gift with purchase somewhere :).

Friday, January 21, 2011

Clinique: Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup

So I have been cursed with problematic skin. In my early 30s and breaking out... frustration is my daily companion when it comes to my face. One sweet day I will have my unicorn: "nearly flawless complexion"... but at the moment I'm still on the quest.

I found this foundation one day at Sephora. I liked the idea of it being targeted for acneic skin types.  This foundation has a 0.5% salicylic acid to fight blemishes, is oil free, and neutralizes redness quite nicely. I like how it feels, and glides on easily as well (I use my mini MAC 187 brush), has nice coverage, and the color matches me very closely.

The only problem: it wears on my face for about 4-5 hours, then starts to melt, or settle into pores, or just starts to look "broken" if you know what I mean. And I need something with a bit more staying power.

So this is a good foundation, but not excellent. At $30 CAD ($24.50 USD) it falls into mid range price wise (in my opinion), and is therefore a mid quality foundation (on my face at least).  I will use up what I bought, but at this time I won't be repurchasing when I run out... too many other options out there.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Deborah Lippmann: cuticle remover and cuticle oil

So you send someone for their first ever manicure, and they come back an expert on all things nails. I've been having nail issues for a couple of months now. According to Jay and all the pretty girls at the spa this is what I need to get them back on track.

Now I have to say at $22 CAD ($20 USD) each, I would probably never buy this Deborah Lippmann duo for myself; so I'm glad I have someone who does :)  In some respects I am a contradiction, splurging on some things and cheaping out on others. I'm don't claim to be rational or reasonable...

Back to the products... I had this irrational fear of the cuticle remover. I was afraid I'd leave it on too long and it will burn or my nail will start to come off. Totally ridiculous, because I've had it used on my nails in the spa before... It's actually quite nice. I use it a couple of times a week, after I had a shower or a bath, and my cuticles are nice and soft already. I must say they are definitely looking much better.

As for the oil... I already have a couple of different ones in my possession, but I like the scent of this one the best (very, very settle and lovely at the same time), and it does feel nice when I rub it in... I use it every time I use the cuticle remover. Deborah recommends using the oil often, whenever you feel the need, but the price does keep me from reaching for it. Instead I'm using up all the other ones I have...

Both bottles come with droppers, but the bottles have brushes if that's your preference.  Personally I like a dropper for the remover, and a brush for the oil. I find I use too much oil with the dropper.

Now will these products be repurchased? Most likely not by me (I'm cheap remember :)), but someone will be going back regularly for manis now... I'll be sure to hint when I'm running low. My shallow side loves the Deborah Lippmann brand and packaging :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Derm Organic: Shampoo and Masque (conditioner)

You Tube is one of my favorite procrastinating aids.  I subscribe to a few channels, and not all of them are beauty ones :)  On one of my many random video browsing sessions I stumbled upon Nicole and her The Source Skincare Channel, she also has a website by the same name.  One of her videos is all about Derm Organic. The minute I viewed it I wanted to try the shampoo and conditioner. Lucky for me Trade Secrets actually carries the brand. The products retail for $16 CAD and some change each.

Pictured is my second set. I guess that means I like it :) I interchange the shampoo with my Macadamia Natural Oil one. The masque aka conditioner I use every single time I wash my hair. The products have a nice light scent. Nicole describes it as “fresh”... I guess I agree :) My hair feels fluffy and clean after using these products; it’s not weighed down at all. For a detailed review of both please view her video. It is very detailed and I really will only be reiterating what she already said.

The only comment I have is about the bottles. I like that they have pumps, but getting the last of the shampoo out was not easy. It got really, really thick. I actually liked the consistency, but it wouldn’t pump out anymore. I had to flip the bottle over, and squeeze, shake, tap, and at the very end stick my finger in to get the last of the product out. Still worth it...

If you’re in the market for organic, vegan, hair products that actually work... I suggest you give this line a try.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

a day of CHANEL and Lush

On the same day I pre-ordered my Estée Lauder stuff. I also put my name on the spring 2011 Chanel list. What the heck?... all they wanted was my name and phone number. I got a call, and went to pick up my two shades on Saturday. I could not pass up Black Pearl... and ever since I saw swatches of Pearl Drop online, I wanted it as well... I think it is a great color, it has this gold sparkle in it... that doesn't really pick up in a bad picture of a bottle... (one of these days I will start painting my nails again)...
 
The Chanel SA informed me that unless you put your name on the list, they don't have enough in stock to sell to anyone else who might just drop by. If they call you and you don't call back, or come by within 24 hours, then they make it available to the regular public... Isn't that crazy??? I think the colors are gorgeous, but I didn't expect them to sell out before they  hit the shelves...

After my Chanel pick up. I met my sister and we went to Lush together. There is what I refer to as the Lush flagship store on Queen St. W. ... We both lost control over our wallets... me a bit more...
I just want to live in my bathroom :) We both scored three free samples... good samples are one of my favorite things.This is a lot of Lush loot... I won't be going back for at least a couple of months...

Monday, January 17, 2011

My Estée Lauder Spring 2011 picks...

At the very beginning of January, Jay and I were at Holt Renfrew. At the Estée Lauder counter I spotted their spring 2011 line up. I went over and asked for two things that I wanted: the nail polish and the eye palette; and I was told that they are not yet being sold.

I was miffed. How can you display it, tease me with it, but not let me have it?!

The SA informed me that I can pre-order, and that I should since I want over $50 worth of stuff, I will get a free gift if I do. Free gift??? Well say no more. She took my name, my phone number, and my visa number. I felt iffy about giving my visa, it makes me paranoid. I kept checking my bank account online constantly, making sure there are no strange charges.

On Thursday I got the call that the line is finally available. On Friday after work, I headed straight to Holts. But my order wasn't at the counter, I had to find the Customer Service desk. Well...ok... I went to customer service and they already run my credit card. I didn't want to pay with my visa, I wanted to pay cash. I though my visa was for ensuring I don't miss out. Well anyways there is a gift in there, right? I didn't have time to check, I was running late... we had dinner plans with friends.

Pictured below the gorgeous Wild Violet palette... I love all the colors
and the swatches
in setting sun
soo pretty... I wish Estée Lauder had individual names for their shades... but they don't... still this palette will get a lot of use...
and of course I had to have the Wild Storm nail polish... can't resist gray
now for that free gift...
ok I was swindled... those are two samples... this is not a gift... I was expecting something along the line of gift with purchase that Estée Lauder does... I will not give my info so freely next time. Name and phone number, fine... visa I don't think so. I was going buy the eye shadows and polish anyways... I can do with out the "free gift"...

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel

So once I run out of my Boscia Cleansing Oil, I picked up a tube of Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel. Same concept: to melt off a day of makeup before the main cleansing.

This pre-cleanse has a very lovely light scent. It comes out as gel, but as you smooth it over your face it melts, and turns into oil. A touch of water will turn it milky.

I like the smell, that's it. It isn't as good in taking off eye make up as the Boscia one, especially mascara (and I don't even use a waterproof one). I usually have to follow up with an eye makeup remover. If you open your eyes, (like I did), it does sting, not painfully but it's definitely not comfortable. And it doesn't rinse off clean, but leaves an oily residue behind on my face. I suppose if you have really dry skin this might be a good thing, but I really dislike the oily feeling.

So at $36 CAD this product is a purchase regret I won't be repeating.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

L'Occitane Orange Honey Body Cream

Winter + cold + dry indoor air + hot showers/baths = dry skin
Pictured below is my salvation. I love L'Occitane products, and their lovely Orange Honey Ultra Rich Body Cream is one of my favorite products this winter. I got it for half-price right after the Holidays (it was an online special, spend more than $50 CAD and get it for $16 instead of $32; free shipping for orders over $60, and a coupon for 10% off the whole order... sometimes shopping online is a better deal.)
 It's not a big jar, but the cream is so incredibly luscious, I only need a tiny bit. I don't use it every day or all over either, only where I feel I need it most. Thick, delicious, I want to eat it :)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Philosophy Apricots and Cream Body Lotion

I bought it because I smelled it... lol. It is heavenly. Apricots and cream... all Jay can say after I slather this on is "mmmmmmm" :)

As you can see I'm already halfway done, and I as much as I love the scent, this is just not rich enough for my skin during winter. If still available I will definitely repurchase it in the summer, when it's hot and humid, because this is a lovely, light, non-greasy, quick absorbing,  body lotion. But for our winter months, I need something richer.

By the way, has anyone out there actually made any of the recipes that are listed on Philosophy  products? They read right, but I never have... just wondering...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Favorite Body Scrub

Sometimes I don't know why I stray when I already found something that really works for me. I guess it's in my nature.  After a couple of body scrubs that were mediocre at best, I repurchased my favorite one from Philosophy.
In the summer I used their Coconut Frosting flavor (yum), but since it's winter I decided to prolong the Holiday feeling by buying their Gingerbread Man body scrub. I love this scrub. It retails for $25 USD for a 23 oz jar (a nice generous size). It smells amazing but the scent doesn't linger on your skin after a shower therefore you don't have to worry about competing fragrances on your body if you use scented body lotion or perfume. It has nice thick consistency, isn't oily at all and therefore doesn't turn  your tub or shower into an oil slick. When I dip my fingers in it, it's like talking out a scoop of very sugary ginger dough. The granules are the perfect abrasive size for exfoliation, not too small and not too big. I use it on dry skin, and it has a slight warming feeling when you rub it in. It leaves my skin feeling silky smooth... what more could I ask for? :)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Here is the thing...

The problem with being a late bloomer when it comes to beauty, is that I missed out on some pretty unique stuff. I've accepted that fact for the most part, and look forward to new editions instead. But still I was real sorry to miss out on a couple of items. Specifically Chanel Illusion D’or nail polish and Dior Lemon Balm nail polish.

I've been looking online for them, but the usual asking price was too high for my wallet. I don't admit defeat easily when I really, really want something, and so I continued my search. One day I stumbled upon an ebayer who had both of these for sale at a very reasonable price. Well reasonable in my opinion, people with common sense might disagree. The problem was, this person is located in Hong Kong, so I was a bit weary about ordering; because that's a long way to ship, and nail polish bottles do break. However this ebayer has awesome rating; power seller with a 99.9% positive feedback. In the past 12 months,1604 positive ratings and only 1 negative. Extremely reasonable shipping charges, and the fact that the loonie was a bit higher than the greenback, tipped the scales and I made my purchase.
The beauties arrived in 10 days, intact. Just look at that packaging, lots of bubble wrap :) also got a little bit of a refund, because Yiu combined my two purchases into a single package. That was very nice. I am extremely happy. The ebayer is yiuchinyu, (click on the name to be taken to Yiu's ebay store). My nails are almost ready for polish yet again... :)
Now I'm only  missing Kaleidoscope from Chanel, but I think I can let it go. Even I draw a line at spending $80 USD on a bottle of nail paint.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I couldn't resist

We were at Winners on Sunday, and Jay pointed this little collection out to me. When I noticed the price I couldn't resist, $12.99 CAD for 7 shades (that's $1.86 per polish)... OMG!!!!  I don't own any Color Club shades and so I picked it up. Included: Jewel of a Girl, Nothing but Truffle, Soft as Cashmere, Positively Posh, Pretty in Platinum, Ready to Royal, and Wild Orchid. Can't wait to wear them. All the shades are right up my alley :)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Lush: Amandopondo Bubble Bar

Rose, lemon, orange scented bubble bath... ahhhhhh. It doesn't get any better that this on a cold winter night. My bubble bar had some gold sparkels on it, I don't know if that was transfer from something else or not, but it was nice to soak with a few twinkling gold flakes :), and since I rinse my skin off at the end of my bath it did not matter if they stuck to me or not. I'm down to one Lush treat, it is time to restock. I'm planning to do that this weekend... I can't wait. Might drag Jay with me (if he's not working)... I know he'll enjoy it :) Untill then, I think I'll jot down a few things I want for sure, so I won't forget them once I'm in the store, sourrounded by Lushness...

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Mario Badescu Free Sample

Years, and years ago I remember reading an interview with Liv Tyler, when she was the new up and comer. The interviewer asked her about her skin (it was a beauty mag), and she named a Mario Badescu product she uses and can't live without; but I don't remember the specific product. I don't know if she still uses Mario Badescu line, but since that thought randomly popped into my head a couple of weeks ago, I went online to investigate and learn some more.

Her face is still on their website, along with Ashley Judd, Jennifer Aniston (her skin is gorgeous), Naomi Campbell, Charlize Theron and many others.

Their product line is very extensive, and at the same time very reasonably priced (in my opinion). I want to try so many things... lol. So while browsing and reading, I navigated to their consulting page, and filled out information about myself and my skin.  When done I was presented with a list of products, recommended to me based on my answers. I didn't buy anything, but I did keep the list.

A few days later I received an email from the company, informing that they would like to send me samples that were recommended free of charge. Of course I could not resist free samples so I accepted, and received the following (pictured from left to right):

  - Special Cleansing Lotion "C"
- Enzyme Cleansing Gel
- Drying Cream
- Hyaluronic Eye Cream
- Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15
- Healing & Sooting Mask

Sadly I believe the free sample offer is only available to US and Canada, but you can still fill out the questionnaire and get recommendations. Along with my samples the package also included a catalog listing all their products, and a brochure listing the products that were sent to me (and a couple that were recommend but weren't in stock) along with instructions of how, when, and in which order to use them. I absolutely love it, and can't wait to try it.

I know a spa/salon in Toronto that sells Mario Badescu products, I might pay them a visit in the near future. But while I use my samples I'll keep my fingers crossed that Hautelook will sell Mario Badescu soon (they have a few times in the past already). I like a good deal. I will consider ordering online from the company too, especially if the loonie is higher than the greenback and I can get free shipping.

Will keep you updated :)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Lex Cosmetics

During one of my favorite pastimes of late, surfing nail polish sites, I stumbled upon Lex Cosmetics. Now this is a great concept for a company, and I wish I came up with it. Lex Cosmetics creates nail polishes you want to wear. You submit your idea for a nail polish color and a short story behind it, and people vote. The person with the most votes has their nail polish color made. You also pick the name for your color. Currently there are 10 shades for sale online. They retail for $10 USD, and $1 from each sale goes to a charity of your choice, that you choose from a list of participating charities on their site. Now that makes buying these polishes that much more worth it.

I ordered three shades:
Seattle Sunshine - the light gray. But of course I had to have the gray, and the name simply rocks.
Haggard Life - the brownish red? Hard to tell, looks like an interesting color.
Himalaya - the dark green, because I have a weakness for dark shades as well.
Their polishes are big three free and I just can't wait to try these out (my nails are taking forever to grow out). To check out the story behind each shade, visit their site.
 
I thought the handwritten note that was included with my order was so sweet. I am so looking forward to see what new shades this company will make next.
So if anyone out there has a great polish color idea they would like to see created. Submit it and let me know. I will totally vote for it, and get everyone I know to vote for it as well :)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Lancôme Tropiques Minérale

I was always intimidated by bronzers. The fear of ending up looking all orange or sparkly kept me away. But one day summer 2010 Lancôme had a great gift with purchase, and I wanted that gift. So I started to browse their line online and came upon the Tropiques Minérale, Mineral Smoothing Pressed Bronzer with spf 15. It retails for $48 CAD ($38.50 USD online at Sephora). What I love about it; it's made without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, or syntheic dyes. It is also oil and fragrance free, talc free, non-drying (contains Aloe Vera), allergy-tested, and the selling feature for me NON-ACNEGENIC YAY!!!
It comes it three shades Natural Sunkiss, Natural Sunbath, and Natural Suntan. Pictured Natural Suntan. I really love this bronzer. It doesn't make you look, orange, brown, or shimmery. It just looks real, like a natural tan. It applies smoothly, blends easily, and wears for a long time. Pricey, but worth it.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Bvlgari Perfume

I love perfume. I would love to have a signature fragrance, but I cannot commit to just one scent. I'm always on the search for the next one. I fell in love with Bvlgari  Voile de Jasmin on one of my many visits to Sephora. It is sooo light and gorgeous.
From Sephora's website:
Notes: Jasmine, Rose, Bergamot, Citrus, Tuberose, Hesperidic, Musk.
Style: A sensual and refined scent.

It is lovely, warm, floral, romantic. The only drawback: it retails for $140something CAD ($132 USD)  for a 100ml (3.4 oz) bottle. I wanted it, but I didn't want to pay that much for it. That's why Beyond the Rack is one of my fave discoveries of 2010. A website very similar to Hautelook (another great site, sometimes Butter nail polish goes on sale for $5 per bottle). Designer goodies go on sale everyday on both.  However unlike Hautelook, Beyond the Rack has regular fragrance sales. They alter between sales of fragrances just for women and just for men; and the brands always change as well. So I decided to be patient and wait for Bvlgari. I missed it once, it sold out. Next time a fragrance sale was coming up I was more vigilant, and got a 100 ml bottle for $65 CAD... isn't that a crazy steal? I needed to be a bit more patient because it took a bit over a month for it to arrive on my doorstep (I ordered on Nov. 27'10 and it arrived on Jan. 4'11). But it was totally worth it.

Few months back when I missed Voile de Jasmin. I ordered Bvlgari Rose Essentielle instead. Same crazy discount, and it took just a bit over 3 weeks to arrive.
From Sephora's website:
Notes: Rose Prelude, Blackberry, Feuille de Violette, Living Mimosa, Jasminum Sambac, Patchouli, Bois de Gaiac .
Style: Luxurious. Feminine. Delicate. 

It is nice, but not as nice as Voile de Jasmin. Because of the name I expected it to smell very much like roses, but to me it doesn't. It's definitely flowery but not rosy. Like it, don't love it.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Macadamia Natural Oil

As I've written before when I take a bath, I actually take a shower first, apply a hair masque, and then soak and read for at least 20min or until I feel wrinkled enough (just like Dennis the Menace). My water is always scalding hot (I know not so good for the skin), but I'm a cold person, and a steamy bathroom feels so nice.

This is my weekly hair treatment. I picked it up at Trade Secrets, because the packaging drew my eye. Now I see it at many hair salons. This stuff smells amazing. I take a dollop of the pearly creamy Deep Repair Masque and a pump of the golden Healing Oil Treatment, mix them together in my hands and apply to hair, then let time and steam do their work. Rinse well and love my hair. This stuff makes my hair so soft and shiny and manageable... looooove it. The masque retails for $28 CAD and he oil for $27 CAD. I feel the results are worth the cost.
I also used this combo on dry hair, then slapped a shower cap on and went to bed. In the morning shampooed... and marveled at my lovely locks :)
I loved this combo so much I went back and picked up their Nourishing Leave-In Cream. Smells just as good as the masque, white in color, nice consistency. It doesn't weigh down my hair, but makes it soft and shiny. I forgot how much I payed for it, but I'm sure it's something in the mid $20 range. I have fine, shortish hair, this bottle will last me quite a long time. I use a large pea size amount on my towel dried hair.
Since all of the above work so well for me, I also added their Rejuvenating Shampoo to my regimen. You can guess no regrets. Sulfate and paraben free, it lathers up quite nicely. Unfortunately they don't make a conditioner, but if they ever do, I will have it.
 All of their products are safe for color treated hair, and come in a variety of sizes so you're not committed to a huge container. They feel so luxurious, I will definitely be repurchasing when the time comes. Check out the Macadamia Natural Oil website if you wish to learn more.