1/09/2018

Glossier Review: Favorites & Products I'd Repurchase

Glossier has been on everyone's radar in 2017. I first discovered Glossier when I heard about them in my favourite YouTubers' videos. When I first heard about them they hadn't started shipping internationally yet. Once they started shipping to Canada and did their Toronto pop-up my Glossier collection grew significantly. 

Below is an overview of my thoughts on the products I've tried out. 



Let's do skincare first. The first product that I knew I had to order was the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser. I had to try this from all the hype it has received. After testing this for a some months now, I do like this cleanser. It's a great choice for a second cleanser once all your makeup has been removed. It's super gentle and I love how it doesn't strip my skin of moisturizer after use. I'll definitely be ordering another bottle.  

I now have combination skin but more on the dry side during the past couple of months so when deciding between Glossier's moisturizer's I opted to try the Priming Moisturizing Rich. This is a thicker cream moisturizer that I would only use at night time. It was an nice moisturizer but it did't leave my skin as soft feeling as my First Aid Beauty moisturizer does. I always opted for the First Aid Beauty moisturizer over this so I won't be picking up another tub. 

The last skincare product I've tried is the Moisturizing Moon Mask. When applied it goes on transparent which is great if you're using this while on a plane to keep your skin moisturized. I've used this for the time noted (20 minutes) and overnight. It's a nice mask but I'm not over the moon about it. I will continue using this but I haven't decided if I will be repurchasing. 




When Glossier had their pop up store in Toronto earlier this year, I stopped by to test out the different shades from their makeup range. One of the products I wanted to swatch was the Perfecting Skin Tint. Since I had a bit of a tan, I picked up the shade medium. This skin tint gives very very little coverage. I didn't think I'd be a fan of this but I actually really like this product. I liked using this on everyday for work and even during the weekends. It's so light it feels like you have nothing on but gives your skin a nice sheen to it making it look healthy. I'm now too pale for the shade medium so I'll need to pick up the lighter shade to continue using this product. 

Another favourite of mine are the Cloud Paint blushes. These cream blushes apply very easily (I tend to use my finders) but also are pretty opaque. I have the shades Puff and Haze and both are great colour choices. I definitely want to pick up the other two shades to try out. 

When I first heard about the Generation G lipsticks I thought I would pick up the shade Zip. But once I got to try them out at their pop up store, I much preferred the shade Jam. This shade is a dark berry colour but because it's sheer it's a lovely shade for everyday. These lipsticks are moisturizing and feel wonderful on the lips. I usually have this in my purse on an ongoing basis.

Now my favourite product from Glossier - Boy Brow. I love this brow gel. I use the clear shade and it's super easy to groom my brows but also holds them in place without getting crunchy. I'm already on my second tube and need to order a third ASAP. 

There you have it! All the products I've tired out from Glossier. I'm slowly working my way through the entire range and definitely have my eye on a few other products I want to order next. What are your favourite products from Glossier? 



1/02/2018

2017 MAKEUP | SKINCARE | HAIR FAVORITES

2017 has come to a close and this year I've discovered some amazing products that have been on constant rotation. 


First up, let's talk about makeup. Early this year I had the chance to go to the states and managed to check out Ulta to finally pick up the IT Cosmetics CC Cream. I finished up that tube and I'm onto my second tube. The hype is well deserved and it's a great cc cream but has the finish of a foundation. It medium coverage and lasts throughout the work day. This is my daytime foundation as it allows me to skip the SPF step. Thankfully, this is now available in Sephora Canada!

To add some glow to the skin, my new favourite is the YSL Touche Eclat Glow Shot Liquid Highlighter. This was a late discovery in the year as I picked it up for my trip in September. I love how compact this highlighter is for travelling. I tend to use this during the daytime as it provides a glow that isn't overly dramatic. 

The Becca Bronzer is an everyday product for me which has surprised me. I'm very pale and bronzer usually does not work on me. I love that Becca has come out with an wide selection of bronzer shades that suit even my pale skin (I use shade Bali Sands). This bronzer provides my skin with a subtle amount of glow and colour. 

Too Faced Baby Love blush continues to be a favourite in 2017. This is the only blush I've ever hit pan on and will probably be the only blush I finish (2018 goal). This is my go to blush when I don't know what to wear but want a defined blush. It works for both day and night and is on regular rotation in my makeup routine. 

Another new discovery for me was the brand Lilah B. I first heard about this brand when ttsandra featured them in a video. She had good things to say about their quads and I'm ever willing to try anything she recommends. I picked up the Eye Quad in shade nude, even though it had a pretty hefty price tag. I don't wear eyeshadow regularly but when I do I usually opt for this quad. It's super easy to use and I tend to use the light brown and shimmery brown for an easy eye look. If I'm not using the Lilah B. quad, I'm using Burberry's shadow in Pale Barley. I use this all over the lid and blended into the crease. One shadow and I'm done. Super easy and quick makeup has been the theme for 2017. 

For my brows the only two products I use are the Hourglass Brow Pencil and the Glossier Boy Brow. These two products make my brows defined but not overly done. I love that the Hourglass pencil has a thicker tip that lets me do my brows quickly in the mornings. The main reason I love the Glossier Boy Brow is that it keeps them in place throughout the day without them feeling crunchy. 

I didn't have a lipstick favourite for 2017 as my go-to lipsticks change on a monthly basis. I like to switch things out of my purse every month or so to try to use up my lipstick collection. One lip product that has remained a favourite for 2017 (actually I've been using this for over 10 years consistently) is the Nivea lip balm. I only use the clear version and this is the only thing that keeps my lips moisturized. I've definitely become addicted to it and no other lip balm I've tried compares. I'll continue using this for another 10 years at least. 

A new fragrance discovery for me in 2017 was Black Tulip by NEST. I tried this on a whim in Sephora and fell in love. I've been using a rollerball for now but when that finishes I'll switch to a full size bottle. LOVE this. 





Now lets talk about the skincare favourites. One of my skin saviours this year has been the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. I use this on my face and my hands during fall/winter. This is the only cream that works during the winter for my hands. Even though I use this on my hands, it's light enough to use on my face morning and night. I've gone through numerous tubs of this and even picked up the Black Friday special size of 12oz. that I'll be cracking into once my current tub is done. 

Another cult product for me is the Philosophy Purity Cleanser. I've lost count of how many bottles of this cleanser I've gone through. I use this in the shower as my first cleanser to get rid of all my makeup. I use this to remove my eye makeup as well without any irritation. Previously I would use this as my first and second cleanser at night but now mainly use this as my first cleanser only. I'm experimenting with other cleansers at the moment so I tend to use those as my second cleanse once all my makeup has been removed. 

Final skincare favourite is The Body Shop's Tea Tree Oil. I just finished my previous bottle of this and started a second. I love this as a spot treatment. I don't get many pimples but this is the only product I use once I get them during the time of the month. 

Let's talk about hair now. I don't use styling products as I'm super lazy with my hair. On a daily basis I will use the Bumble and Bumble Invisible Hairdresser's Oil on my ends. It's a great oil that leaves my hair feeling soft without weighing it down. 

My last 2017 favourite was discovered in the spring. My hair gets super oily if I don't wash it so I always need to use a dry shampoo if I skip a hair wash. Finding one that doesn't leave a residue is also hard with dark hair. I heard about the Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo for Dark Tones and picked up a bottle to try it out. I loveee this dry shampoo. It gets rid of any oil and keeps my hair looking fresh throughout the entire day. It also smells AMAZING. I only use this on second day hair as I can't go three days without washing my hair. 

There you have it. The products that have been on constant rotation in 2017. 
What are some of your favourite products? 



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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