Monday, October 25, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Lately, my skin's been rebelling.I mean, seriously rebelling with a capital R....There have been some extra pimples in odd spots (around my forehead and ears???) and even inflammed blackheads (on my chin) which never normally happen to me. As much as I want to blame it on the weather, I know it's because I've been trying so many different skin care products.
I was in Shoppers Drug Mart about two weeks ago buying stamps and walked down the skin care aisle on my way to the post office. I stopped in front of the Noxzema section and stared at the products for a while. Now, I'll be honest, I've never tried this product line before though I've read many rave reviews about their creams. I picked up The Original Deep Cleansing Cream and, of course, bought it.
When I got home, I washed my face immediately. I rinsed my face and applied the cream right away, prior to patting dry. (It smells like Vicks VapoRub by the way.) Instantly, my skin started to tingle in an odd clean sort of way. I rubbed my fingers around in circles on my skin for about 5 minutes and then went to rinse off. Once clean, my skin glowed and felt even softer than it ever had before.
I've been using it every night for the past two weeks and not only have all my blemish issues disappeared BUT the scaring and redness is actually going away. I've actually found my new cleanser and will never be using anything else.
It definitely pays to go back to basics!!!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
It's official. I'm completely biased.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I still remember the day I first tried a mineral loose powder. It was just over three years ago and I was being coaxed into it by a co-worker. (At that time, we were both Youngblood reps and she swore by the loose foundation and I ONLY wore liquid.) I finally caved, giving her permission to match my skin tone, and once done, I took my new foundation home with me. (It was, of course, the lightest shade shall I add.) I woke up the next morning, applied a tiny amount of concealer and went to town with my kabuki brush and powder. After about two minutes, not only was I finished applying but it looked like I was wearing nothing!!! I fell in love immediately and from that day on, I was a convert. Hallelujah!!!!
As much as I love Youngblood, I'm always on the hunt for a less expensive powder. Now, mind you, it could be worse. I only pay about $25 - $30 (wholesale) and the powder lasts me about two months. The only issue is that I have to order it, since I don't want to pay retail price, which means I incur shipping costs every time.
Having said that, while out on one of my many shopping trips, I picked up three new Wet 'N' Wild foundations: Ultimate Match SPF 15 Foundation, Natural Blend Mineral Foundation Mineral Veil and Intuitive Blend Shade Adjusting Foundation + Primer.
All in all, for an inexpensive drug store brand, not too bad but I think I'll stick with their lipsticks and eye shadows!!!
What about you? Have you ever tried any of the Wet 'N' Wild foundations? What are your thoughts?
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I LOVE on-line shopping.
It's such a rush to be able to sit around, in pajamas, drinking coffee or vodka (depending on the time of day) and shop for everything, without having to leave your house. Not only that, but you can also shop for really great deals. Whether it's wholesale shopping from stores in the US or bidding on exclusive items on e-bay, you can find products that are difficult to find in shops.
Typically, I shop from stores in the US since they have better prices (yes, even with the shipping and exchange rate) and a greater selection BUT, it's all changing. I've found a few great shops that not only ship to Canada but offer an amazing selection at cheap prices. (It doesn't get much better than this.)
www.beautyticket.com - This site is great. Brand name lines at inexpensive prices. They have Steals of the Week and will even alert you, via email, when they have exclusive sales.
www.well.ca - It's a huge drugstore on-line. You'll find everything from skin care to cosmetics and even vitamins.
www.strawberrynet.com - AMAZING! You have make-up, skin care and fragrances all in one website. No need to bounce around and order from multiple places.
Enjoy the sites and happy shopping!!!
On a whim, I purchased two facial products after my massage. (Definitely not the best time to shop.)
That day, not only had I received a massage, but also a facial, pedicure, reflexology and a lip treatment, so I'm not too sure if I purchased these ridiculously expensive products because I was EXTREMELY relaxed or I'd inhaled too many different fumes.
For those that haven't heard of Eminence Organics, they're a Canadian product line free of parabens and sulfates AND the products are award winning. (The skin care line has won many, many, many awards for being the "Best of the Best".) Now, of course, not every spa uses Eminence, but if they do, you're definitely in for a real treat.
There was a huge variety of products used by Jasmine, the Technician, but I purchased the Strawberry Rhubarb Masque and Couperose-C Antioxidant Serum. The masque is an amazingly indulgent treat, since it smells just like strawberry yogurt, AND there are real chunks of rhubarb and strawberry right in the jar.
Product is very simple, scoop a little in to your palm, dilute with water, and apply to face and neck, BUT the price tag is heavy: $58 for only 2 fl. The serum, meant to be worn prior to moisturizer, smells like rosehip and peppermint. Application is extremely simple too, since it comes with a squeeze top eye-dropper, but again, $48 for 1 fl. oz is not a great deal.
Big question of the day: Do they work?
I love the masque. All the ingredients work together to moisturize, brighten and heal your skin, all the while smelling fantastic. It goes on nicely and does work to take away redness and even out your skin's texture. The serum, though, I'm not a fan of. It does hydrate and nourish, but it doesn't do a good job of reducing redness or irritation. (I want to find a better serum without the hefty price tag.)
As you all know, I love indulging, but next time I want to purchase an Eminence product, I'll wait for the Spa Show and purchase it at the wholesale price....
Have you ever spent a lot of money on something which turned out to bomb??? If so, tell me about it....
Friday, October 8, 2010
The lip design collection was hand-picked by Evelyn Lauder (one of the creators of the pink ribbon symbol; her mother was Estee Lauder) herself. Trio includes: Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in Tiramisu, Pure Color Lipstick in Candy and in Rubellite. The lip colors in a pretty pink cosmetic bag. (Estee Lauder will donate $500,000 in connection with the sales of its Pink Ribbon Collection to the BCRF.) Retailing at $25 USD
Bobbi Brown Pink Shimmer Brick Compact www.bobbibrown.com
Thursday, October 7, 2010
The other day, while on my way inside, I actually remembered to check the mailbox and was greeted with a nice surprise...A free sample! Woohoo, I thought to myself, it must be my lucky day. Imagine getting a free beauty product sample in the mail. (Don't burst my bubble here people.....just let me assume I'm the only one who received this freebie!!!)
So, I opened the box and was greeted with a CoverGirl product. Now, I'll be honest. I don't actively buy CoverGirl. I recently tried a mascara of theirs, which I disliked, so I wasn't too keen on trying this baby BUT then I noticed another name in the title: CoverGirl and Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer.
I put the sample to good use this morning after moisturizer. The primer goes on like a cream (and is actually white in color due to the addition of Titanium Dioxide) and is easily applied, but it does take some time to set (about five minutes or so.) Once absorbed, my skin was silky smooth, my fine lines had almost disappeared and my concealer held perfectly.
Now, over 12 hours after applying, my make-up still looks perfect and my skin's had no oily mishaps.
So, If you are on the hunt for a primer, and don't want to spend a lot, I highly recommend trying this product out.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Well, ladies, and gentleman....
It worked!!! Trust me, I'm as shocked as you. (For those who don't recall what my eyelashes looked like before click here.) Honestly, I thought this product was going to fall flat (and I'd be upset that I spent $50 on something that didn't work) but actually, my lashes are now pitch black in color, less brittle, at least a millimeter longer AND thicker than ever before. I am still completely amazed. Actually, I'm almost at a loss for words which doesn't happen....ever.
Do I recommend it??? Hell yes, I do. I'll continue using RapidLash until the product is gone to see what happens after that BUT it looks as if I won't be needing the extensions after all. YAY
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
About a week ago, I went on the hunt for the perfect pink lipstick.
When I say "went on a hunt", I really mean an expedition. I, literally, dragged my girlfriend around Sephora, Holt Renfrew, The Bay and Shoppers Drug Mart trying to find the perfect pink hue.
I was reading the latest COSMOPOLITAN magazine the day before the outing, making a list of pretty colors when I found it. The perfect pink!!! It was perfectly matte and just gorgeous. This color, Lancome's Stylista, was added to the top of my ever increasing list.
While shopping, I found the Lancome lipstick and it was NOT what I expected. In fact, it wasn't even pink, it was burnt orange. Quite obviously, not the color I wanted so I forgot about it.
As the day went on, I found the color I'd been seeking so desperately; Tarte Cosmetics Bikram Lip Stick. I ran after an associate, who promptly said they were out of that color and to try another location. So, I did. I tried two others that day, including the online store, and no one had it. (Which is making me think it's discontinued.)
So, through the heartache of finding the perfect shade and losing it, here's a list of beautiful pinks from that day's research:
1. MAC Creme Cup Lipstick. This color is the closest I could find to the Bikram lipstick. It's a fabulous light pink tone that looks phenomenal with smoky eyes.
3. Smashbox Cosmetics Lip Enhancing Gloss in POP. This color is that perfect baby pink color in a gloss form.
4. Benefit Silky-Finish Lipstick in Jing-A-Ling. This product line is always a treat. It's a soft, pale pink color that's extremely moisturizing and glossy looking.
Now, on to the big question....Why, you ask, am I scouring the stores for pink????
According to a recent article in Cosmo, ("Surprising Factors That Make a Guy Eager to Meet You") men are biologically attracted to women with full, pink lips since they're (supposedly) linked to fertility. A pale lipstick, like light pink or peach, attracts light, which makes your mouth look plumper. -October 2010, pg. 78
Soooo, if this is true ladies, pink is, quite obviously, the new red.