February 22, 2015

Palmers Skin Therapy Oil Face - Review + Giveaway

From previous posts, you know the importance I place on using face creams and how important it is to truly take care of you skin once you've hit that lovely "mid-twenties" mark.

The latest trend that's sweeping the skin care aisles are oils. Not oils for your body, but for your face. To many, this sounds absurd! But there are many benefits to using oils on your face.

Most oils are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Because of their super nourishing powers, it helps against dry skin. And for those of you who live in Canada (or Boston & area), you're probably suffering from dry skin at this very moment.

Up until recently, I've never used Palmer's products. However I've been using two of their oils (one body, the other face) and I'm in love.  Keep reading for review & giveaway!

February 19, 2015

CND Vinylux & Shellac Garden Muse Summer 2015

A bone-chilling spell is upon us this February, however that isn't stopping us from thinking about the warm weather that's hopefully gracing us with it's presence in the next few months.
Photo: CND

CND (Creative Nail Design) is soon-to-be releasing their summer collection, Garden Muse. With colours that call forth memories of beautiful flowers and blue lagoons, one can't help but think that the warm weather is just around the corner.

After braving the near minus 25 weather, I was able to see this collection first hand; and I was not disappointed.

CND is known for their Shellac brand. Said to last 14+ days, this formula requires a UV light to cure and is 3 free. CND is also known for their Vinylux Weekly Polish System. Also 3 free, this system lasts only a week, however does not require a UV light, which means you can save yourself a trip to the salon by doing this at home while watching movies with your girlfriends.

           Beckoning Begonia, Crushed Rose, Wisteria Haze, Lost Labyrinth, Reflecting Pool and Butterfly Queen                            Photo: www.cnd.com

Garden Muse will be available March 2015 in both Vinylux and Shellac. All Vinylux colours are new, however Crushed Rose and Reflecting Pool are the already available Hot Pop Pink and Water Park in Shellac shades.While not sure about Hot Pop Pink, Water Park is a metallic finish instead of cream finish.

A friend of mine chose Wisteria Haze while I choose Water Park (If I had known that it was a metallic finish, I wouldn't have picked it). I'm completely in love with her choice of Wisteria Haze. While I'm not a light purple-y person, I need this colour in my life.

Waterpark with Wisteria Haze (purple) and Butterfly Queen (pink glitter) on accent
A few colleagues of mine always seem to have perfect manicures and credit CND Shellac for it. So my current manicure is a Shellac manicure and I will be reporting back to let you know how well it held up!

Looking for some summer inspiration?

photo: CND

 Here's a few other pics from the event:

 Looking forward to Summer yet?  Which colours do you have your eyes on?

February 16, 2015

January Empties

It's been a while since I've done empties post. But I'm back at it!

Pantene Ultimate 10 BB Shampoo & Conditioner: My hair felt clean and smooth and I like the smell. Will repurchase

Batiste Dry Shampoo (medium/brunette): My fave dry shampoo up-to-date, however even with the hint of colour, I still have to shake it out/brush to blend it. Will purchase again if I can find it.

ASK Revival Hair Conditioner: Silicone-free, but really nothing special about it.For $17 a bottle, there's no way I'd buy this again.

Redken Anti-Snap: Man, I've had this for like, 3 years? Used on & off, really don't know if it's helped. Probably wont purchase again.

Lancome Pure Empreinte Masque: This was the first masque that I've ever purchased and it really is great, however I have since found others that I love that cost less.

Lancome Crème Radiance: Smelled a little soapy, but lathered nicely. Worked great with my Clarisonic. May repurchase if I don't like any of the other cleansers I have.

Marcelle makeup remover: Love it! Removes makeup nicely. Will repurchase.

Be Fine Exfoliating Cleanser: I found this too rough on my skin. Would not purchase.

Be Fine Gentle Cleanser: Smells great (peppermint oil),  however very liquidy. Found it a little messy. If it was thicker, I'd buy it.

Revlon Lash Potion Mascara: I really enjoyed this mascara. It was a nice combination of volume & length. However, since I have so many mascaras, I wont be buying any for at least a year.

B. Kamins BB Cream: A little thick and the colour didn't match. Probably would not purchase.

Sephora Liquid Liner: While not empty, I barely used it and I've had it for a while. Liquid isn't my style, so I wont be repurchasing.

Crawford Street Tangerine Lip Balm: I loved this at first, but then the smell quickly went bad. It was weird. Would not repurchase.

H2O Eye Cream: Nothing special. Probably would not purchase.

Kaia Juicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths: This was soft, my face felt clean, did an alright job at removing makeup. I can't seem to find it on their website anymore, but I do believe it's more expensive that what I'd be willing to pay.

Beauty So Clean Gingerbread Scented Conditioning Brush Cleanser: Great for between washes and smells lovely. Already have more but in a different scent.

Pai Rice Plant & Rosemary Bioaffinity Tonic: This didn't really do anything special. Was like any other toner to me. Wouldn't purchase.

Vitabath Hand Cream: This was so-so. I found it left my hands a little greasy for a minute or two after application. Don't think I'd repurchase as I have other favourites.

Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Balm: I found it quite greasy. After a few months of not using it, it looks like it started going bad. No thank you.

Urban Decay Potion Primer: To this day, it is still my holy grail primer. I've already got another one on the go!

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation: The coverage was perfect (I need light-medium coverage), colour was a match, and it stayed all day. I'll probably repurchase once I run out of my current foundation..

Vitabath Grapefruit Vanilla Body Wash: I don't particularly care for grapefruit, but this wasn't strong. BF even commented that it smelled nice. I probably wouldn't buy it. There's others that I prefer.

February 11, 2015

Win a $30 Aveeno Fresh Essentials Prize Pack!

Last week I shared with you the Fresh Essentials line from Aveeno and how much I loved the night cream!

This week, I want to give my readers & followers a chance to win all three products. The Aveeno Fresh Essentials Daily Exfoliating Scrub, Aveeno Fresh Essentials Daily Moisturizer SPF30 and my favourite, the Aveeno Fresh Essentials Night Cream, are all up for grabs!(approx. retail value is $30 CAD)

Here's what you need to do:

February 08, 2015

Valentines Day Nails

Next Saturday mark's Valentines Day. A day where roses are more expensive, chocolates are around every corner of the food stores and love is in the air.

February 01, 2015

I Love... Giveaway!

Hello loves! Hard to believe it's already February. Before you know it, it's going to be Valentines Day.

Speaking of Valentines Day, I've teamed up with I Love... and Shoppers Drug Mart to bring you a mini giveaway. Doesn't matter how you feel about about February 14. As long as you're a Canadian residence, you can enter to win!

I Love... has a wonderful collection of body butters, bubble bath/shower crèmes and body spritzers in a variety of scents to keep you feeling fresh, smooth and smelling good. I Love... is available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart & Pharmaprix.

I've previously mentioned the Strawberry's and Cream Bubble Bath & Shower Cream as well as the Raspberry & Blackberry Body Butter and I can't tell you just how much I'm loving them. To this date, the body butter is still my favourite of the two.

New to me is the Raspberry & Blackberry Body Spritzer. It smells just as amazing and it's not a strong, overwhelming smell. It doesn't last as long as a perfume, but it does a great job as a mid-day pick-me-up.

Here's a few tips:
- Spritz it directly onto your body before changing. I find by doing this as opposed to spraying your clothes,  when the scent rubs off, it's rubbing off on your clothes (as opposed to your jacket), so you still get little whiff of it here & there.
- Spray your hair with it (only once!). This will leave your hair smelling lovely, even after your shampoo smell has gone.

 Fill our the rafflecopter form for your chance to win: 

- I Love... heart shaped locket (as shown above)
- One (1) I Love... product offered in Canada of the winner's choice (selection can be found here).

Giveaway open to Canadian residents only

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