Friday, October 28, 2011

weekend getaway…




I'm off to New York City with my sis this weekend. So much too see, so little time… Finally I'll get to acquire all the little things I've been coveting from Le Métier de Beauté and Illamasqua… maybe even an Edward Bess lipgloss :)



Image from StreetsBlog.org 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Lancôme Ôscillation Powerbooster Lash Primer and Conditioner

This product is also from my infamous haul. I have never used a lash primer before. When I first reached for this I was very skeptical, as to what kind of benefits if any this was supposed to provide.
So some research first. From Lancôme:
"Ôscillation Powerbooster is a lash primer that boosts the appearance of natural lash growth with a vibrating wand. Lashes are able to reach their full potential with the combined effort of the oscillating wand and a new, innovative formula that contains the Crescentia™ complex, a conditioning formula creates lashes that are stronger and more supple and nurtures thin, fragile lashes back to health. The wand completely wraps around each lash for a smooth surface that has maximum separation and coverage. Applied under any mascara, you will immediately see visibly longer, thicker, and more separated lashes. By combining the Crescentia™ complex with the vibrations, the wand massages and nourishes each lash—creating lash expansion that continues day after day."  

The part of how each of my lashes is gently massaged made me giggle... seriously??? Anyways I can not use this in vibration mode, it just drives me crazy. First you have to hold the button down while using it, second all the vibration seems to be in the cap (where the button is). This one hell of a gimmick, and nothing more in my opinion.

The product itself is rather lovely. It doesn't clump, and it coats my lashes evenly. Applying mascara after is not a problem either, no clumping, lashes are thicker and a bit fuller.

Since I started to use this, my lashes don't fall out as often as they used to, and upon close examination they do appear healthier. But will I pay the money to buy it once I use this tube up? That's a toughie. I checked online and it retails for $39.00! That's a lot of money for a lash primer. I think I'll wait, and see if the the look of my lashes deteriorates once I stop using it before I open my wallet.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

finally

On Thursday I was at Eaton's Center, and stopped by Sephora. I was ecstatic when I saw my favorite body scrub back on the shelves. It's been months since I've used it last. I tried substitutes in the meantime, they were nice, but they weren't IT.

Immediately I grabbed four. The girl at the check out asked me if these were gifts, when I informed her that no these were all for me, and I'm stocking up and will most likely be back for more, she found it hilarious. Did not understand how one person can use so much body scrub... I didn't feel the need to clue her in on my maintenance... I don't think the amount of body scrub and the frequency I use it with is out of the norm...

Anyways I just wanted to share my joy at having my fave in my shower once again.

By the way, Sephora at Eaton's Center revamped it's layout a bit, and added Bobbi Brown and YSL to their stock... It was seriously hard to walk out with just the body scrub...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Lancôme Teint Miracle Foundation

This bottle was a part of my massive haul a while back. The shade is too dark for me, but I do have a bottle of foundation that is a touch too light, and during the summer I used it to darken my other foundations that became a tad too light. Even daily use of sunblock didn't protect me completely from sunlight and getting a bit of color.

Since I used this in conjunction with other foundations I can not speak of how it worked for me on it's own, but as an additive it was superb. I chose this picture specifically to show the shimmer that's in this coverage. It did not looked sparkly, but added a lovely luminosity to my skin. Granted I only used a tad and it was diluted with something matte.

As for wear time... well my combos lasted for about 6 hours... but I  needed to blot after 3. Would I purchase with my own money... ummm I don't think so... simply because I looked at the color range and it's seriously hard to match... I kind of lucked out with this shade that mixes so well with what I already own...

Monday, October 17, 2011

apologies

for my sporadic updates for the past few weeks… I'll be a Mrs. in less than 30 days now, and somehow there is so much to do, and so little time to do it in… I'll be getting back to my regular groove soon… I promise... 

I have quite a few posts lined up… I just need to photograph and write them down :)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Estée Lauder - Evelyn Lauder Pink Ribbon Collection

As you may or may not know October is a Breast Cancer Awareness month. Several companies came out with promotional 'pink' products to support the cause.

I was smitten with the one by Estée Lauder, which consist of 5 items (I only acquired one). Limited Edition of course. EL will donate 20% of the retail value from the items in their collection to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
My choice includes a lovely pink clutch, and I mean lovely. I love the quality of this little purse. It could function as a little evening clutch, a wallet, or a cosmetics purse... I'm not sure which role my will acquire, but it will definitely find a purpose...
 Inside the clutch EL's Pure Color Lasting Shimmer lipstick in Wildly Pink #53. The packaging is sleek, sexy, and extremely appealing to my tiny glam side...
 The color: pink of course :) A gorgeous, wearable fushia. This is my October shade. I am rocking this totally feminine pink-berry like there is no tomorrow :)
 Formula is creamy, moisturizing, and wears very well.. I have no complaints...
 This 'pink' collection is only available through October while quantities last... I am happy to have gotten mine :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pumice Sponge

I am obsessed with feet, my own mostly. They have to be smooth, and moisturized at all times. I get regular pedis, but I don't get lazy with maintenance in between. Every single time I shower I give them the once over with one of my favorite cheapest beauty items: a pumice sponge.

Acquired at Trade Secrets for 2 or 3 bucks, its quality is top notch. Perfectly abrasive to slough off dead skin. And don't be confused, it may be called a sponge, but there is nothing spongy about it, except maybe the appearance.
I'd hate to be without it :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Juice Beauty - Green Apple Peel (full strength)

I've seen Juice beauty on The Shopping Channel several times (Sephora in Toronto used to carry it at one point in time too.  I've tried a couple of products, liked them, but the price was a bit prohibitive for me at that time.)
When this product came on, I was a tad amazed. The representative has done many demonstrations over time with it. She smooths it onto the back of her hand to show consistency and such. This has lightened her sun spots and unevenness so well, that the company has request of her not to stop, but use it to demonstrate the effectiveness of this gem. Before and after picture from the Shopping Channel.
 
I was sold, and imagined my dark post-acne marks fading off my face. Each jar retails for $42.00 CAD, luckily for me that day on the TSC, they were having a two for one deal.

There are two versions of this stuff: regular strength (no messing around that's what I got), but they also have a less potent version for sensitive skin types. The product smells like apples (but not that artificial green apple smell, more like fresh apple cider), and is rather thin in consistency. It dries a bit on your face, but does not become so hard you can't talk.
From the box:
"A potent alpha and beta hydroxy acid complex from organic apple, lemon, grape, raw cane sugar and willow bark delivers spa-grade exfoliation, revealing a brighter complexion while firming the skin and eliminating the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles."

On the package you are informed that you may feel a bit of a "tingling sensations". Everyone knows this translates into "burning/stinging" lol… I read reviews of others :)

I am happy to report I felt no "tingling", but as I was sitting, reading, and waiting for my 10 min to expire, my face started to feel warmer and warmer.

Time's up and I go to wash  it off. Glance in the bathroom mirror, and "YIKES!!!"  I look like… well like I just got a peel. My face is beet red… beet!!!!  This product is definitely for those nights you are staying in.

However other than the redness, which I'm happy to report went away after a couple of hours, it did not affect my face in any negative way. Rather it left it feeling smooth, supple, and refined.

Together with my OCM and H202 toner I think I am finally on my way to clearer, even toned complexion most of the time.

I use this once a week and hope that The Shopping Chanel will have a two for one deal once again when I start running low, because I will be repurchasing.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Vauxhall - Crowning Glory Nettle Hair Treatment

My sister and I do our weekly food shopping together at a farmer's market, Evergreen Brick Works for those who know it.

We love it there. They have everything local and organic, from fruit, veggies, to oils, jams, meat, fish, dairy, skincare, and on and on. We have our favorite vendors, that we visit each week. Then we browse and buy other stuff that appeals to us.

Few weeks back I decided to purchase a cosmetic product. The bottle of their carrot oil looks so incredibly beautiful, that I just thought "I want something from here". This company makes a whole range of products, most of which do not contain water, so they are extra rich and potent.

I was drawn to this little bottle. I have fine, short, hair that lately is on track to becoming even finer. It has been falling out like crazy… I feel it's because I'm feeling a bit stressed, so I'm trying not to stress, but my hair is stressing me out :) What a vicious circle.

This tonic set me back $5.00 CAD. Instructions state to use the whole bottle at once, but I found that to be way too much, and I used a 1/4 at a time, which made this purchase rather cost efficient.

It came with little information sheet. The bottle contains extra virgin olive oil, and nettle oil. Throughout history it seems these two oils have proven themselves over and over to be hair saviors. I felt I had nothing to loose.

To use, apply oil onto dry scalp and hair. Massage in well, and leave alone for at least 5 minutes, but longer is preferable. There is no maximum, you may slap a shower cap on and sleep with it if you wish.

When I opened the bottle and took a sniff, the product smelled herbal and medicinal at the same time. Not really pleasant but I felt I could stand it. So I start to massage it in… and OH MY GAWD!!! this shit stinks. I know scents can be very individual and what one person finds nauseating, another may not be bothered by it at all. Well with this stuff I fall into the first group. Jeeez… yuck… I want to gag just thinking about it… To me personally this smells like a pee alley… a dirty stinky pee alley. (I'm sure it doesn't smell like pee, there should be other descriptions for it that describe this offensive smell more accurately… but that is what my nostrils register.) Maybe it's the nettle oil… because I've always liked olive oil… or the combination of both that makes is so gawd awful gagging.

To keep this on my hair and not toss my cookies, I wrapped my head in saran wrap. Advice: use this when home alone, unless you are set on odor punishment for someone, or they just love you so much they are willing to suffer it…

So I distracted myself with internet and lived with it for about two hours, hoping that it doesn't linger once I wash and condition. Good news it doesn't :)

As for results. Oh my… my hair was so incredibly soft and shiny once it dried (air dry, I use my blow drier like 5 time  a year). So, so, so soft and silky, that I plan to smell like a pee alley once a week and see if this has some hair growth and strengthening properties, as well :) It does weigh down my hair a bit, and the next day it is soft and shiny but a bit flat, but after another wash it's just soft and shiny and mostly fluffy once again :)

Overall… smell it first… if you can stand it…. I highly recommend you use it :)

Yesterday I purchased a 120ml bottle of this stuff for $15.00 CAD.. it's growing on me :)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Klorane - Shampoo and Conditioner with Pomegraneate

I colored my hair with henna a couple of weeks ago. My hair is so short that I can get away with using only 1 square. I dye it every 1-2 months, and each henna block contains 6 squares. At $20 a block, this is the cheapest hair dye ever :)

But this post isn't about henna, it's about shampoo and conditioner. Coloring my hair gave me a perfect excuse to try another concoction from Klorane. This time pomegranate infused shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair.

Klorane claims that using their pomegranate products will make your color last up to two times longer. I'm not sure if that also applies to henna dies.

But regardless, I am loving this combo. Shampoo light and gentle; conditioner creamy and thick; over all result, total satisfaction :) And it smells divine… a lovely light red berry type scent...

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Michael Kors Scarf

A little treat from Jay, for the upcoming long cold days :) Gifts that help a cause are always welcome by me :)
 love the red and black animal print...