Sunday, September 29, 2013

Regret - Trind Keratin Treatment for Nails

I am so over the bullshit that are nail strengtheners… done… finito… this is one product I will no longer WASTE my money on. While out of sheer curiosity and desperation I gave this product a try, (mentally "keeping my fingers crossed" for it to work), I should have just listened to my sister and myself.
Sister: "The way to obtain strong beautiful nails is nutrition. You create beauty by feeding beauty. You won't get the results you want with topical treatments."
Me: "Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize…"

I picked this up at my local spa. The duo aspect of this treatment was different enough for me to give it a try. Two products must be better, than one..... right?????
The description for your reading pleasure. But if you do not wish to squint, the pink bottle is the "balsam". Applies with a brush like a nail polish, disappears off or into your nail after a couple of minutes... smells good. Yellow bottle is the "protector", once again applies like a nail polish, but this stuff dries down shiny.
The bottles are pretty... the caps kind of ridiculous, but I liked them.
Next instructions for use. Basically this has to be re-applied daily. Previous day's coat to be removed with acetone free nail polish remover.
My favorite nail polish remover is made by Zoya, but that formula does contain low acetone. So I bought one... it wasn't expensive... but it was something I wouldn't normally purchase.  This is actually a pretty good product and once I start to wear polish, I'll find out how well it works on the real thing... maybe Zoya will be replaced.
Ingredient list....
So here are my digits... and I'm desperate to have those peels grow out and go away...
I was extremely diligent in applying this daily for 7 weeks straight. The product promised amazing results in 4... well I had no results after a month so I gave it a bit more... My diligence and commitment to this product left me with worse nails than I started with.... ahhh why was I surprised... My tips became so fragile they started to hurt, and feel very sensitive. Not good for someone who does a lot of typing in her daily job.

Other than not making my nails any better... it also  yellowed them... maybe that's why you can wear nail polish on top of the "protector", to mask the "smoker" shade of yellow your nails turn... See below, last day I had this stuff on my fingers...
I don't know who nails strengtheners work for... but I know they don't work for me...
Currently I am obsessively moisturizing with a tube of new cream I bought, and supplementing with some vitamins my sister recommended. Nails are getting better but excruciatingly slowly... so slowly...

Friday, September 27, 2013

Love - Marc Jacobs Highliner (gel eye crayon) in Jazz(Berry)

When I spotted the new addition to Sephora's line up I was immediately smitten and intrigued. The line is gorgeous. Sleek, modern, and expensive.

I have my eye on a couple of things... and all the nail polishes :) But right now I am happy to own two items: Blue Velvet nail polish, and this gorgeous eyeliner.

The naming convention of these pencils is really cute... I was torn between Th(Ink) and Jazz(Berry). In the end I decided on the berry one, as I already own a few blue pencils but had none that were a gorgeous raspberry purple.

The pencil is a twist up, and the end holds a sharpener.
The formula is perfect; soft and smooth. Color payoff excellent and highly pigmented.
It's also waterproof, smudge-proof, transfer-proof... basically everything-proof.
I see this pencil getting a lot of wear this fall season.
Current fave for sure.
Happy with my purchase.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Love - Tarte multiplEYE lash enhancing liquid eyeliner

My relationship with liquid eyeliners is relatively new. This is the second one I've ever used (this first one doesn't really count as it's not suitable for every day). So for fear of it drying out I only use one "everyday" liquid eyeliner  at a time. Once this started to dry out, I was in the market for a replacement.

It wasn't an easy choice, as really I had no previous experience to base my purchase on. The blogosphere raves about one made by Lancome... but I wasn't swayed on my visit to Sephora. As well swatching liquid eyeliners is a bit of crapshoot, as majority of them have been tested and tried countless times and you'd be lucky if there is anything left to swatch.

I knew I didn't want a true black one, but I also didn't want anything like the brown shade I just used up. On a random stroll down the Tarte aisle (on my 3rd or 4th visit to Sephora to find an eyeliner), I picked this pen up, drew across the back of my hand, and knew this is the one. 

One I love that it's a pen. I just like the way if feels and fits in my hand. I feel in control.
Two I love the tip applicator. I find it easy to draw a fine line or to thicken it up. It also holds just enough color for easy smooth application. No dragging or tugging required, but also no globs of product. I haven't perfected the "cat eye" yet, but I hope to get there eventually.
Three I love the formula. It's smooth and rich and completely opaque in one stroke. It's also completely smudge proof, and fade proof, and it lasts all day. I line my lids at 7 am and at 7pm, post an Insanity workout it still looks perfect... or maybe I should say just as it had that morning.
Four I love the color. Now this is listed as black. But I find that it's nearly black... I might be color challenged. However to me this is more of a blackened brown, which I wanted in the first place.
Five, the ingredient list and claims are a bonus if they are true :) There is no such thing as lashes that are too full or too luscious :)
Grabbed this from sephora.com:
"Skinvigorating® benefits include: HydroPlant™ peptide, a naturally derived, proprietary blend clinically proven to increase lash softness, thickness, and appearance of length; pure water, which delivers and retains moisture; soybean extract, a plant-derived emollient rich in protein and vitamins A and E; and mineral pigments derived from natural minerals known to soothe and soften the skin."

Also made without:  parabens, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, phthalates.

Love, love, love.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Love - Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser

I've had my eye on Sunday Riley for quite some time now. It made my heart glad once Sephora started to carry the line... not in our Toronto stores, but online... good enough.

I have a list of products I want to try... the Disrobe Body Lotion is on it, because of the name alone... but first I decided on the most basic and crucial product (in my regimen and in my opinion) a cleanser.

I wanted something simple for my morning ritual and this seemed to fit the bill with all the delicious ingredients and their "benefits": (from sephora.com)
-Refined French Green Clay: Tightens pores, removes impurities, and infuses skin with vital minerals.
-Vitamin C: Helps reduce the appearance of large pores, wrinkles, and discoloration while stimulating collagen growth.
-Black Pepper: Stimulates circulation for naturally warming cellular revitalization.
-Sandalwood: An anti-microbial agent that helps with skin irritation, inflammation, allergic conditions, and eczema; promotes radiance.


With each description I was nodding along "yes, yes, YES!"... I need to have this.

The bottle isn't big only 125ml (4.2 fl oz), while the price swings in the opposite direction at $45 CAD. This is a gelish type of cleanser, the color of which looks like something you'd find in your tissue after a good blow :)

On my first use I was taken aback by the scent, which is very strong, and makes me think of clean laundry for whatever reason. While strong, it's not disgusting, it dissipates quickly, and I became accustomed to it in a matter of days.  This is a non-foaming cleanser, which I also love. First thing in the morning I use my fingers to wash my face, not my Clarisonic, so the lack of bubbles is actually welcome.

And was it worth it? Absolutely. This is such a great treat to wake up with. It leaves my skin clean, refreshed, soft, supple (no tightness at all). My pores are still there, but I do believe they are not as congested. My skin tone is also becoming more even... but then again I'm using some brightening products, so I can't say it's all due to this cleanser. I rather doubt it, it's not on my skin for long and is rinsed off.

I do have two issues tough. One I dislike the name... I can't even tell you why... it just irks my brain. Two, the pump bothers me. To dispense this product I must press it quickly and firmly, making sure my other hand is in front of the nozzle or the product will shoot across the bathroom. Pressing the nozzle gently will result in the product leaking down the side, and not ending up in my palm. The nozzle also gets clogged occasionally, as this is a gel cleanser. So there you have it.

Still I see myself repurchasing this product because the stuff inside the bottle trumps my name and packaging issues. Currently it is sold out online at Sephora, but I'll be heading south in a few weeks, so I might restock in person :)