Friday, September 26, 2014

Pür Minerals Jupiter Palette

As you may or may not know, I'm a huge fan of eyeshadow palettes. Doesn't matter that in my day-to-day routine I don't use them, I freaking love opening up a palette and having more than one option to choose from. This Pür Minerals palette is no exception - with 6 shades, there's more than enough to create a day or nighttime look.

Palette to the left with shadows Majesty, Destiny, Night Sky, Jupiter, Caine, Cosmos, Eyeliner in Space (black liquid liner) and lip gloss in Galaxy (sheer shimmery pink)

The lip gloss is quite pretty on the lips. Whoever, when it comes to my personal taste in lip gloss, this really isn't my style. It's very shimmery and pink - I usually stick with sheer glosses with no glitter. However, it's very comfortable on the lips, and non-sticky which is an essential for me. The funny thing about this gloss is that it actually has a little light and mirror in the wand when you apply it! Talk about technology!

The liner is kind of a bust. It's very liquidy, and not as black as I would like it. However, for a non-dramatic every-day wear, this might be perfect. I had to layer the eyeliner in order to get the jet-black line in the photo below.

Majesty, Destiny, Night Sky, Jupiter, Eyeliner in Space, Gloss in Galaxy, and below, Caine and Cosmos

The eyeshadows have a dryer texture than what I'm used to. However, that did not affect their performance at all - the shadows were pigmented, easy to blend, and long wearing. My favorite shade is Majesty - it's such a beautiful taupe/grey color. And Night Sky is simply beautiful all over the lid for a smokey eye!

This limited edition palette is available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart ($35.00 CAN).

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tangle Teezer Review

Hello my friends! Long time no post! My apologies for the radio silence - I guess I just used this summer as a true break from this blog didn't I? Don't worry, I have a few reviews lined up, including today's review of the Tangle Teezer.

I was offered the chance about a month ago to review the famous Tangle Teezer all these Youtubers have been talking about. I've never tried anything like this before, and I've never reviewed a hair brush on the blog, so I thought I'd give it a go!

The Tangle Teezer is a plastic brush, meant to comb through tangles without any snagging or pulling. The brush is ergonomically designed to fit perfectly in your hand.

I found the Tangle Teezer to detangle hair amazingly. I have very thick and unruly hair. It doesn't particularly get too knotted, but it does take a bit of effort to comb through all of it. I found that the Tangle Teezer worked through any knots really well. I've tried it on freshly washed hair and it worked through my tangles amazingly, way better than the regular hair brush I used for that purpose before. I've also used the Tangle Teezer in the shower with conditioner and it works really well. I don't usually use a brush in the shower, but I had just colored my hair, and wanted to test the brush on my seriously tangled hair - it worked really really well. Next, I tested it on dry hair, and again, the brush worked really well. Basically, doesn't matter what state my hair is in, it works better than a regular brush at gently detangling.

Since, like I said, I have really thick hair, the brush doesn't always detangle my hair all at once. When my hair is straight, it's not a problem at all, but when my hair is curly, or frizzy, I sometimes need to section my hair and detangle it that way with the brush. However, I don't foresee this being a problem for everyone - just for people with super thick hair. And even then, it's still easier to use the Tangle Teezer, than a regular brush.

I've even noticed a difference in the state of my hair after using this brush. Since it's quite gentle on my hair, I find my hair looks a better after blowdrying. Maybe I'm just imagining things, but perhaps my hair is suffering from less breakages since this brush is so gentle? I don't know, but my ends have never looked better.

As you can see, I received the blue/pink combo, but there are quite a few colors to choose from (including a classic black).

All Tangle Teezers on Nail Polish Canada ship from from Canada and the full selection is available on their website here. Which one are you eyeing?

* I have received this product for consideration, but my opinions are always my own. I am not being compensated for this review and I always strive to review products with honesty.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream

I've been having a love affair with Bourjois lately. While I've been consistently using the CC Cream I'll be reviewing today, the Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick in Hot Pepper has stolen my heart. But more on that later. On a whim, after seeing Essie Button rave about it (it happens to all of us), I bought the Bourjois CC Cream off Asos, which is way cheaper than buying it in store in Canada. I'm always game for trying new BB/CC Creams as they're usually what I wear on my face every day of the week.

The best way I can describe the texture of the product is ... silky? Yes, it's silky. It blends than most of my BB or CC Creams and is less tacky. It really glides on the skin - I use it with my Sigma buffing brush. The Bourjois CC Cream claims to be help cover fatigue signs, redness and dark spots. I actually think it truly does help with all those things - for me, the redness in my skin was instantly neutralized upon application. Based on this, I'd say the coverage is pretty good for a CC Cream. It feels a lot more like a foundation comparatively to my Estee Lauder BB Cream or my Clinique CC Cream.

I bought the lightest shade of the Bourjois CC Cream and it's quite light! So for you pale ladies that are having a hard time finding a CC Cream that suits your skin type, this is definitely the way to go. It's a bit light for me now, but it will be perfect for winter.

Since I have oily skin, it's hard for something to stay on my skin all day. I found this product wore quite well and instead of sliding off my skin, it sort of merged with my natural oils and gave me a nice glow. Gross but true! And I find it's better to try to work with my oily skin than try to fight too much with it.

All and all, I'm quite pleased with this product and I highly recommend it to someone who is looking for a lighter option for a base than foundation. Tip: buy it off Asos where it's way cheaper!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Live Clean Exotic Silk Keratin Oil

When it comes to hair, I consider myself to have a pretty low maintenance routine. I wash my hair 3 times a week, and blow dry/straighten a couple times a week. When I can, I like to let my hair air dry as much as possible. A product I've been adding to my hair routine recently has been the Live Clean Exotic Silk Keratin Oil. I've never been a massive fan of silicone in products because 1) silicone heavy products block my pores and 2) silicone coats your face/hair without nourishing it. So I was pretty excited to see that the Live Clean Exotic Silk Keratin Oil has no silicones. I don't think I've ever owned a hair oil that didn't have any! It's also 99% plant derived, contains no mineral oils, and no parabens. That's good in itself, but I'm just stocked on the no-silicone part.

I use it in my hair when I air dry it (to tame the frizz) but also to straighten, and blow dry it. I even use it as a finishing serum at the end of my blow-out. The key is to use a very small amount and work it into the ends of your hair. Because it is a pure oil, a little goes a long way, and a tiny bit more than a little can leave your hair a bit heavy. It leaves my hair silky and shiny. It also does a great job cutting down the frizz in my hair on that second day hair! The best part? The delicious coconut beachy smell!

* I have received this product for consideration but my opinions are always my own. I am not being compensated for this review and I always strive to review products with honesty.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Body Shop Lipsticks: Color Crush #205 and Color Crush Shine #15

I have more than enough lipsticks to last me a lifetime, but when I walked by The Body Shop the other day and they were having a sale, something clicked in my mind. I remembered hearing Estee from EssieButton talking about how much she loves the Body Shop lipsticks, and I just knew I had to try them. I opted for two different formulas - the Color Crush in #205, and the Color Crush Shine in #15.

Since the two lipsticks are different formulas, they are both very different in texture. As the name suggests, the Color Crush Shine has a glossy finish, and is quite sheer. The Color Crush, however, is very pigmented. Both feel very light on the lips, and are moisturizing. They both wear off beautifully, with no flakiness or dryness. For a sheer lipstick, the Color Crush Shine actually wear pretty well, and leaves behind quite a lot of color after it wears off. When I wore the Color Crush lipstick to work, the pigmentation lasted up until lunch, and also left a stain behind. They both wear quite well!

Because the Color Crush in #205 is very pigmented, and I don't always want a bold lips, I've used this lipstick by lightly dabbing it on my lips and working the color in with my fingers. I add a bit of balm and voila! It such a lovely fresh color, even when applied with a light touch!

Body Shop Color Crush Shine #15 on left, Body Shop Color Crush #205 on right

Swatched on my hand.

Both lipsticks do not have much of a scent. There's a faint plastic to them but it's not noticeable, especially not after application.

I highly recommend both of these. While the Color Crush #205 shade isn't particularly unique, and could probably be duped at the drugstore, I doubt you could find anything that is quite as moisturizing. I definitely do not have anything in my collection that is comparable to the Color Crush Shine in #15, even if it's also not the most unique shade. The color is beautiful, and I love the non-sticky glossy feeling. Like the Color Crush lipstick, the Color Crush Shine is probably easily matched in the drugstore, but I doubt the moisturizing properties could be matched. And wouldn't you rather have something that has no scent instead of the sickly sweet scented drugstore lipsticks? I know I do!

Has anyone else given these a try? Any suggestions towards my next Body Shop shade?