11/17/2017

Natural Skincare Review: Rocky Mountain Soap Company

I recently had the chance to try out a few products from Rocky Mountain Soap Company. I was curious to see how these products would work as they're all made from 100% natural ingredients. 

Find out more below! 




First up - the Deep Cleaning Face Mask. Whenever I get a pimple, I use tea tree oil so I was curious the results this mask would provide. The mask itself comes in a powder form and you have to mix it with water to create a paste. When I first read the instructions I thought it would take a few tries to get a good consistency - but I was wrong! The first time I tried this I managed to get a nice paste that spread easily on my skin. I wore this mask for about 10 minutes and my face was tingling the entire time. I only applied it on my t-zone as this is my problem area. I found my pores looked tighter and less visible. Overall, I really liked this mask and I'm excited to see how it pans out with spots. 

Another product that I tried was the Brightening Face Polish. Similar to the mask, the scrub comes in a powder form that you mix with water. I found this took a bit of trial and error in getting just the right amount of water. The scrub had enough grit to provide a nice exfoliation without being too abrasive. I'll need to play around with this a bit more to get the consistency just right!   

I also go the chance to test out the Vanilla Candy Cane scented soap. I wasn't a big fan of this scent but it didn't linger on the skin long after showering. This was a nice soap that didn't leave my skin feeling tight or dry after showering. 

What are some of your favourite natural skincare products? Let me know in the comments below! 


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10/03/2017

THE ORDINARY - 100% COLD-PRESSED VIRGIN MARULA OIL

Since the time I shared this post on my The Ordinary collection, I have accumulate more products from the brand. Clearly I can't be stopped - I must have at least half the range by now. 

But when I saw they came out with a marula oil I put myself on the waitlist and impatiently waited until it was back in stock. 



I tend to go for oils as moisturizers in the summer time as they are light and tend to absorb quickly. I had pretty high hopes for the 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil as it's not the cheapest product on The Ordinary line and it was out of stock for quite some time. 

Well after testing it for a couple weeks I'm not amazed by it. It's an ok oil. My one main issue with it is that it doesn't absorb into the skin quickly. I tend to use 2-3 drops for my entire face. I only use it this at night and after an hour of applying it my skin will still have an oily feeling to it. For that reason I do not use this oil in the morning. 

Aside from it taking a long time to completely absorb in the skin, it hasn't really impressed me that much. It does leave my skin feeling moisturized by the morning but I found that it wasn't able to fix any dry patches I had. Side note - I tend to have oily skin in the summer/spring but my skin will occasionally have the random dry patch. 

I'll probably continue to use this when my skin is more on the oily side and will switch back to my First Aid Beauty moisturizer in the winter when the colder months make my skin more on the combo side.

What are your thoughts? Have you tried out the marula oil from The Ordinary? 




9/26/2017

CURRENT GO TO PRODUCTS

I've been gravitating to the same makeup products over the past couple of months. During the day I like to have a more natural look and these products have been on rotation. 


Urban Decay Shadow in Riff - I first heard about this shade when Laura mentioned it a while back. Anything that girl loves is a must-buy for me. So I headed off to Sephora and bought another brown shadow that I didn't really need more of. I've been liking this for the summer as it's a warm medium brown with slight shimmer in it which isn't that apparent on the eyes. 

YSL Touche Eclat in Daylight - Loving this highlighter for the day time as it provides a subtle sheen to the skin without being over the top. 

NEST Black Tulip - This fragrance is amazing. I haven't been a fan of NEST fragrances before as they're pretty strong but this has quickly become one of my favourite fragrances. I'm horrible as describing scents but the main notes are black amber plum, pink pepper, and Japanese violet. 

Revlon Colorstay 2 in 1 Angled Kajal - I have this in the shade Graphite which is a great alternative to black. I like to use this in the top lash line and smudge with the brush end. It lasts all day and doesn't move around throughout the work day. 

Glo Minerals Cream Stay Shadow Stick - I love shadow sticks. They're so quick and easy to use that they're best when you're running out of time to do your makeup. I rediscovered the shade Toast when I was packing for a previous vacation. This is a gorgeous shimmery gold shade that looks amazing on. I like to pair this with UD shadow in Riff as well. This shade was part of one of their holiday collections so I don't think it's currently available. 

Glossier Boy Brow in Clear - Love this to set my brows. I've been using this everyday and I already have a backup ready to go. It doesn't leave my brows crunchy or with any white 
residue. 

Paul & Joe Lipstick - I have shade 104 and it's a nice everyday pink that isn't too opaque. It's a great lipstick that goes with different makeup looks and I tend to use this when I want a light lipstick colour that isn't too dramatic. 

Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment - I've been loving this lip balm lately as it provides a nice sheer pink colour to the lips but leaves them very moisturized. 

What products have you been lovely lately? 




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9/16/2017

NIP + FAB SKINCARE REVIEW

Lately I've been trying to take better care of my skin and I've been testing out new brands.
One of which is Nip + Fab

I hadn't heard much about this brand before I was contacted to test out the products below. So I was pretty curious to see how they would pan out. Find out more below! 



First, let's talk about the cleansing products From the Glycolic Fix Range, I tried out the Glycolic Cleansing Fix and the Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads. I enjoyed using the cleansing fix and the cleanser had a thicker gel consistency. I found that this cleanser worked best as a second cleanse instead of removing makeup. It left my skin feeling clean but not tight. The Exfoliating Facial Pads worked well and I found that they provided similar results to the First and Beauty Exfoliating Pads. I tend to use the pads every other day or a couple times a week.  

As a Game of Thrones addict when I saw the next range had the word dragon in it, I was intrigued. From the Dragon's Blood Fix range I tested out the Dragon's Blood Plumping Mask and the Dragon's Blood Plumping Serum. I found that the serum left my skin feeling moisturized and this is probably because of the hyaluronic acid it contains. I tend to use this at night prior to my moisturizer. I tried the Dragon's Blood Plumping Mask a few times and I wasn't really impressed by it. It didn't make a difference to my skin so it's not a product that I'll continue using.

Have you tried out Nip + Fab? Let me know what your favourite products are in the comments! I've seen them pop up in a few Shoppers if you're interested in trying out the brand. 





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9/04/2017

Review: Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara

My everyday makeup look is pretty simple but I never skip out on mascara. I love how mascara is able to make your eyes look bigger and pull an entire makeup look together. I have a few mascara favourites but I'm always up to try new ones out. Today's post is all about the new Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara.




I'll start of with the one feature that makes this mascara unique - the wand. This mascara has a bendable wand that can bend to 90 degrees, something you don't see in all mascaras! This was a nice feature to the mascara as it allowed me to use the brush to get right to the roots of my lashes. 

For me this was a good daytime mascara. It provided good length and a bit of volume. If I was going out at night, this was not the mascara I opted for as I have other mascaras that give me much more volume than this. I also want to point out that I have pretty decently long lashes and don't usually curl my lashes before mascara. Most mascaras for me will hold a curl throughout the entire but I found that with this mascara didn't do that.

The main thing I didn't like about this mascara was the scent. It has a very strong rose scent that will linger around for a few minutes after you apply it. 

Overall, I thought this was just an ok mascara. Personally I prefer mascaras with a lot of volume and a more wet formula. This mascara was decent but it wouldn't be one that I'd purchase at $38 a piece. 

Have you tried out the Givenchy Noir Interdit mascara? What are your thoughts? 


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7/04/2017

Best Summer Blushes

Blush is one product I hardly skip in my makeup routine. I love how quick and easy it is but at the same time makes such a difference in brightening up my face. 

Check out my favourite blushes of the moment below - hint - there's a lot of peach. 





Lets start with the blush I've had the longest - Benefit Coralista. I don't even want to try to count how many years I've had this blush. This is an old favourite of mine. It's a gorgeous coral blush that I love to bring out in the spring/summer months. Like most of Benefit's blushes, it blends beautifully and lasts for most of the work day. 

Now on the Becca blushes - Camellia and Orchid Child. I picked both of these up last year and have fallen in love with these blushes. I tend to wear both these shades all year round even though one would think they only work for the summer months. Orchid Child is peachy/pink shade and Camellia is a bright pink with a nice sheen to it. When applying both these shades use a light hand. I have gone overboard with both these blushes multiple times. 

Paul & Joe were a new discovery for me this year. I've been testing out the powder blush in shade #3 which I love wearing in the daytime. It's another peachy/pink shade with a gorgeous sheen that gives a lovely flush to the cheeks. I love wearing this shade to work as it's subtle but gives a nice flush to the face.

This wouldn't be a blush post without some mention of NARS. This was probably one of the best point perks I've ever gotten from Sephora. A mini Orgasm for only 100 points?! Take my money points! Orgasm is a cult favourite and I can now tell why. It's a gorgeous peach shade with gold shimmer that is perfect for summer nights out. 

What are your favourite blushes for the summer? Let me know in the comments!



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