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July 21, 2014

FOTD Almay Smart Shade Look

I was recently sent a few items from Almay's Smart Shade SkinTone Matching line. Since I was new to the line, I thought I would play around with it a bit to get an idea of what I thought of it before reviewing the individual items. So far I am in love, Love Love Love. I created this light summery look on my first use and was extremely impressed with the results.
What I used:

Primer: Almay Smart Shade CC Luminous Primer - Complexion Correcting Primer
Foundation:Almay Smart Shade - Skintone Matching Makeup - Light - SPF 15
Concealer: Almay Smart Shade Concealer Plus Brightener - Light/Pink
LipGloss: Color and Care Liquid Lip Balm - Cantaloupe
Blush: Almay Smart Shade Powder Blush -Coral
Mascara: Revlon: Lash Potion Waterproof - Blackest Black (already in my collection)
The only non Almay product I used was my Revlon Lash Potion Mascara. The only tool I used was my Crown C427 brush to apply the blush.
 Overall I really love the CC primer, it leaves your skin with a definite cast on it but that is all part of the colour correcting. Once I applied the concealer and the foundation my skin looked flawless. I was really impressed with how light the foundation felt on my skin and how it adjusted to my skin tone so well.
The gloss is light and just gives a hint of peach to my lips, a perfect light summer look if you ask me. The blush is extremely blendable but has quite the kick of shimmer to it.
Overall I am really loving this light and summery look. Nothing fancy but my skin looks great and and all the products were easy to work with. Super happy.

Have you tried any of the Almay Smart Shade products yet? What do you think of them?
Batting a Lash:
*I received this product for consideration, it does not influence my views on them.

July 20, 2014

ELF Haul 2014

 Oh my, I went a little nuts with my annual ELF haul. I got 28 items, a few are repeats. Everything was 50% off during their Anniversary sale, so luckily it didn't break the bank.

Below are some of our items that I got. As well there is a video where I show everything I got.
Blush Palette in Dark
Matt Lip Color in Nearly Nude and Praline
Long Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Soiree
Lip Exfoliator
22 Piece on the Go Set 
top layer of the set - 10 shadows
second layer of set - 5 lip stick and a mascara 
bottom layer of set- 3 blushes and the same mascara
Stipple Travel Brush Set
Hydrating Face Primer - Hey I deported it into they 8ml tube…
that was the perfect size for it. Now it takes up much less space

HD Mattifying Cream Foundation in Porcelain 
BB Cream in Fair
Moisturizing Foundation Stick in Ivory
stick on left, BB in the middle and Mattifying cream on right. 

July 13, 2014

L'oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara

The MEGA VOLUME You’ve Been Dreaming Of. The secret of big manga eyes is here with Miss Manga™ by Voluminous™! The 360º Flexor Brush amplifies upper lashes while the precision cone tip maximizes lower lashes. It’s the ultimate manga look with up to 15X more volume and no flakes!

If you love full, thick and dark lashes you are going to want to check out L'oreal's Miss Manga Mascara right away! With a pointed brush on a flexible wand you can layer this baby up to your hearts content and not risk any flaking.

I love the point to the wand, it lets me get a good amount of coverage to those pesky inner lashes and right down to the lashes base. The flexible handle makes it so I don't poke my eyes out too easy (seriously I am really prone to poking myself in the eye with mascara wands).

The formula works great to create a really built up look without being spidery. I personally love to do slow coats and take the time to do about 3 and I end up with insanely big lashes. I really am loving the big lash effect, I feel like I am almost wearing falsies when I use it.
In August three limited edition shades will be out in stores, Electric Blue, Purple and Turquoise. The permanent line up is already available in stores and includes Black, Blackest Black, Black Brown, Waterproof Blackest Black and Waterproof Black. I personally am going to hunt down the Waterproof Blackest Black and Turquoise as soon as I see them in a store.
Above is a picture of two coats of the purple on my lashes. The purple shade is not over the top vibrant and quite suitable for day or work wear. The blue and turquoise (which I do not have) are much more bold and vibrant from what I have seen. I personally like that the purple is a more wearable shade and have getting lots of complements on it whenever I wear it. To see a great swatch of the Turquoise here is a link to Perilously Pale's post on it.

The permeant shades are available in stores now and the limited editions ones will be in mid August. Suggested retail is $10.99.

As I said above, I love this mascara and cannot wait to get the Turquoise and the waterproof Blackest Black in my hands. What are your thoughts on this mascara? Any shade you want to try out?
Batting a Lash:
*I received this product for consideration, it does not influence my views on them.

July 07, 2014

Alternatives To Washing With Soap

If you're cursed with dry skin like I am, soap is the last thing you want to touch your skin, none the less your face. Here are some great alternatives to washing your face with soap that are sure to keep protect it from over drying and still get is sparkling clean.

Mincellar Water:
In general Mincellar water is a cleanser that you put onto a cotton pad to wipe away your makeup. I personally love these babies...I just can't get enough of them. If you are a fan of makeup wipes, but wish they did more, this might just be the product for you. Below are three brands that I use regularly, have repurchased and will continue to use until they discontinue them or die (I hope neither happens for a long long time).

1404435805_sk7843L'oreal Paris Gentle Mincellar Solution - Beyond makeup removal, the Gentle Micellar Solution cleanses and removes all traces of makeup from the face, eyes and lips in one step. So gentle, it is suitable even for sensitive skin. Removes makeup and soothes. No rubbing, no rinsing, fragrance free and hypoallergenic.
With claims like that and a name like L'oreal backing it up you know it will be worth trying. I really have been loving this product, it gets rid of all my makeup pretty much after one swipe and my skin never feels tight afterwards. I also love that I can go into any mass market store or drug store and get this stuff, and at a decent price. I find I don't need too much when it comes to the L'oreal Solution because it just works so well.
1404435470_showimageVichy Pureté Thermale Calming Cleansing Micellar Solution - The #1 selling micellar solution in Canadian drugstores! For women with sensitive or irritated skin and eyes.Micellar technology attracts impurities like a magnet, so there is no need to rub or rinse the skin.
This one is the most popular one available in Canadian drug stores, which says a lot because usually when you think of Mincellar water you think of a bottle with a pink top, you know the one. Well this one tops it on sales and performance (at least I think it does). I love the Vichy brand, and love that you can get such a specialized line in drugstores, no need to try to find a fancy counter for great products here. While Vichy delivers in so many ways for my skin care needs, their Micellar water just can't be beat.
1- Cleanses all impurities.
2- Balances skin's pH.
3- Purifies the skin without the need to rinse.
1404435309_eau_micellaire_en_recommendMarcelle Soothing Cleansing Water - A refreshing take on beautiful skin. A soothing refreshing water that gently cleanses and tones skin while removing eye make-up, just what you wished for. Introducing Essentials Soothing Cleansing Water make-up cleanser, a rinse-free formula that micro-emulsifies impurities and waterproof make-up without irritating skin, gentle for even the driest and most sensitive complexions. Skin feels clean, refreshed, and revitalized.
I cannot say enough good things about this cleanser. It is just fantastic. This was the first cleansing water I ever used and I have not stopped purchasing it ever since. Marcelle is by far one of the most innovative Canadian brands out there, and this water is no exception. It really is great when my skin is at its worst and about to flare up in a puffy allergic mess (yep, dry and sensitive skin, isn't my life wonderful). Nothing seems to soothe it quite the same way, must be the aloe in it.

Cleansing Oil:
Cleansing oils have been around a while now, and while I first discovered it years ago (hey one of my first blog posts was on Mac's Cleanse Off Oil) and have never stopped using them, I am always on the look out for newer and better products. While they used to be reserved for spas and counters, we now can find cleansing oils at our local drug stores or mass retailers.  Basically apply it to dry skin, rub it around and dissolve any dirt and makeup on your skin. Then wet your hands and rub your skin until it becomes milky. Rinse off. Your done.

1404435264_camomile-silky-cleansing-oil_lThe Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil - This silky-soft cleanser will effortlessly remove make-up from the whole face quickly and effectively, leaving skin feeling clean, refreshed and clear of impurities. It’s the ultimate time-saver.Removes makeup, Suitable for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers, Removes waterproof make-up, Leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed
When I first heard The Body Shop had launched a Cleansing oil I (impatiently) waited for the next 3 for $30 sale to nab one up. I was not disappointed. If anything this reminds me or my Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil but at a fraction of the price. It is quite thick but is convenient in a pump format (something Origins can't claim).  Basically it is cheap, it works well and smells great. No draw backs. I won't be buying Origins again any time soon.
1404435168_sk7846L'oreal Paris Sublime Radiance -Sensational Cleansing Oil - Beyond makeup removal, this incredibly gentle oil removes traces of makeup and impurities to reveal skin that looks amazingly hydrated, sublime and glowing. This radiance-infused formula instantly removes traces of makeup (even waterproof), for face and eyes, with no greasy finish.
What can I say about this one? Well it is a bit thinner and actually reminds me of Mac's Cleanse Off Oil in constancy, but that is where the similarities end. This is so much better and cheaper. When I am done with it there is no trace of makeup left on my skin, and unlike some other brands, there is no clouding in my eyes. I love it, oh and you can buy it just about anywhere.

Soap Free Cleanser:
Weather it is a gel or a milk, a soap free cleanser can be a great way to clean your skin and remove makeup without the need for traditional soap biased cleanser. Popular in Europe, Milk Cleansers are applied dry and wiped off with a cotton pad or a cloth. Soap free gel cleansers are becoming more popular on the market and promote clean skin without interfering with skins moisture levels.

1404435102_ultragentleMarcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing Gel - An ultra-mild and non-foaming cleanser that gently yet effectively cleans the skin while respecting the skin’s natural moisture barrier. -
Yep, another Marcelle product, I just love this Canuck brand. This cleanser is great for people of all skin types including sensitive (woot woot). Containing Aloe vera, glycerin and glyceryl oleate it helps with hydration levels and has a wonderful soothing effect on the skin. It also is perfume free and hypo-allergentic. This truly is a gentle gel cleanser. Another huge plus is it comes in a gigantic 350 ml pump bottle for only $12.95 (srp). 
1404435607_showimageVichy Pureté Thermale 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser - 3-in-1 Cleanser - milk, toning lotion and eye makeup remover. Ultra-quick and practical cleanser for sensitive skin. Perfectly cleanses and removes all traces of makeup. Leaves skin feeling fresh, soft and soothed.
Cleansing milks are an amazing way to remove makeup, cleanse, tone and hydrate you skin. It does it all. As I said above these are quite popular in Europe and gaining ground here in North America. Vichy being a French brand is definitely one you should check out if you want to get a good milk cleanser for you dry skin.

Cleansing Balm:
Cleansing balms seem to be all the rage right now. While high end brands ten to be leading the way, there are some affordable options too. Pretty much you slather it on dry skin, rub it around and then use a wet muslin cloth to remove it and bam!You have clean skin that is soft. Some people like to do facial massage while it is on for more emollient effects and lymphatic drainage.

1404435226_camomile-sumptuous-cleansing-butter_lThe Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Balm - 
This cleanser is an indulgent make-up remover for the whole face. It gently and efficiently melts away make-up and impurities, leaving skin feeling clean, refreshed and pampered.Gently melts away make-up,Leaves skin feeling clean and petal-soft, Removes all types of make-up, Suitable for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers
 Not sure what I can add to this that the description above has not said. This stuff is amazing. When I load up the waterproof makeup, this wipes it away...gone no more. It also leaves my skin super hydrated and soft. I just adore it.

So there you go, a bunch of ways you can get clean skin by skipping the soap. Milk cleansers, cleansing oil, cleansing waters, cleansing balms, soap free gels....just lots of options. I would truly recommend giving any of these product a try.

What's your favourite way to clean your skin?

Batting a Lash:

July 03, 2014

May and June 2014 Empties

Here comes another big empties post.

A bunch of shadows crushed in my palette. It mainly consisted of Wet N Wild shadows. I really liked a few of them but I could only rebut spoiled brat. It seems the availability of the palettes has decreased significantly since I bought them. Most stores only have a few to choose from.  The other shadows were pressed TKB Trading pigments and Lancome GWP shadows I deported. Nothing I was too eager to replace.
 Vasanti Eye Wonder I got this a long long time ago, I like it and use it but not enough to hold on to it any longer. Would I buy it again? Maybe, it was good and quite large.
M Asam Magic Finish I got this in a glymm box so long ago. I still have a bit left but will never use it up. Would I buy it again? NO, although it is ok, it really has a potent smell and just not for me.
Olay PROx Eye Restoration Complex This I got long ago as well, in a Lux Box. Time to say goodbye Would I buy it again? Doubtful. I never found it to be that amazing of an eye cream. I did like it and a little went a long way, but I think it just wasn't for me.
Mark Calming Effect This is a milk cleanser that work well. Sadly I just don't love milk cleansers and it just never made its way onto my daily use list. Would I buy it again?  No, it seems like Mark no longer has skin care products.
Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo I got this last month and it clogged after two uses. Seriously, two  uses. This is crap. I tried everything to fix it but no luck. Sadly the more I read reviews, the more I see this is just how HE dry smapoos are, they clog after two uses. WTF? Would I buy it again? NO! I am tossing a perfectly good product due to manufacturing issues. I'm not pleased.
Andrea Eye Makeup Remover Pads I did not like these at all. SCRATCHY! ick. Would I buy it again? No, I much prefer the Annabelle or Almay ones.
L'oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Day/Night Cream  I love this cream. I used it all up. That never happens to me. It hydrated just right and was the right texture for me. Loved it Would I buy it again? YES, Love it.
Marc Anthony Oil Of Morocco I finally used it up! I feel like it too a long time to use such a small bottle of hair oil up, but I finally did. It wasn't too heavy or to fragranced, it was actually really nice Would I buy it again? Probably not, I really love the L'oreal Precious Oils Treatment but this comes a close second.
Life Brand SunThera3 Aloe After Sun Cleansing Wipes I got these last summer because I thought they would be great with my sun hives issues for stopping, well the hives. Sadly when I opened them they were dry. I got two packs and well they were both dry. Thanks a lot Life Brand, waisting my money and getting my hopes up Would I buy it again? Hell no!
Onyx Proffesional 100% Pure Acetone The basic acetone you get at walmart. I think they just canted the brand name now. Would I buy it again? Yes, I like pure acetone for nail polish remover, so if it is cheap I will buy it
Vaseline Spray and Go in Cocoa Radiant Not too much to say about this one, but I used up a body moisturizer…woot woot.  No, I didn't like it enough to justify its price. I am glad I tried it though.
Makeup Forever Mist and Fix This is the sec one one of these I've ever finished by MUFE. It makes for a every good fixer. I like it better than Mac Fix+, even the sprayer better. Would I buy it again? Yes, I am currently finishing some Ben Nye Final Seal and a Mac Charged Water, but once I am done I will most likely buy it again.
Rimmel Green Liner This is old. I won't like ….OLD! I kept it because I liked it so much and couldn't find another quite like it. I have now, so I am tossing it finally. Would I buy it again?  No, it is no longer made, or I would have years ago.
Lise Waiter and Hard Candy Lip Pencils I go these a long time ago and never liked their consistency or feel. Plus the colours looked bad on me Would I buy it again?  Nope.
Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stains These are old as well….seems to be the theme. I loved these, they were some of the best stains I've ever tried. Sadly they were limited editions, and now old. Would I buy it again? YES ! If they existed I would in a second.
Marcelle BB Cream to Powder I got this in a Marcelle BB kit I bought a while back. It reminds me of Benefit SomekindofGorgous. Would I buy it again? YES! I bought a full sized a few months back and am loving it.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Powder  This is a tiny version of the powder. The lid broke, but I still used it up Would I buy it again?  Yes, I have another one on the go right now, but I really like it.
Vasanti Liquid Foundation in V1 I got this so long ago and thought I tossed it. I really love it. It is a great concealer/foundation. I love it with BB creams to give a bit more coverage. Would I buy it again? YES!
The Body Shop Satsuma Body Scrub I love this scrub. It has lots of gritty bits in it and is in a tube. Oh and I just generally love Satsuma Would I buy it again?  YES!
Bath and Body Works White Citrus Body Scrub This scrub is almost sugar like, it dissolves quickly when in the shower. It smells amazing and has a nice lather Would I buy it again? No, I peter my scrubs to have more grit to them, like seeds or nuts in them.
The Body Shop Satsuma Body Butter I used this one up quickly, even thought it is small , I am impressed with how fast I used it up. Would I buy it again? Yes! I have tons though so it will be a while.
NeoStrata All-in-one Multi-Vitamin Complex these capsule are amazing. If my skin is remotely irritated it really does the trick to calm it. It always feels smooth and soft after using it. Would I buy it again? Yes, I have another one I am using right now.
Avon Advance Techniques Straightening Balm  This protects your hair from heat and helps you get straight hair, but I never used it. So it is time to toss it Would I buy it again? No, I never used it, it was good and I have no beef with it…but if I don't use it I wouldn't rebut it.
Crabtree and Evelyn Body Lotion I got this last year in Boston at a Double Tree Hotel. I kept it in my purse and liked it ok. Would I buy it again? No, but I do have more in my stash.
Color Brilliance Pre Color Treatment This spray helps fix porosity in hair before you colour it. Essentally if you hair just bleeds colour and won't hold it this is the product for you. I got it at sallys and it has lasted me 3+ uses. I passed it along to a friend who was trying recolour her hair after two years of ombre ends. Would I buy it again? YES!!! This is a must have to the at home hair colourer. If you go from light to dark or ever use a bleach to get rid of something you didn't like this will really help you keep your new hair shade in place. I wish I found it years ago.
 Mac Mineralized Skin Finish Natural I finished it!!! This is amazing. It took me forever to kill this baby off. This is the second one I've finished, but it still took forever. Would I buy it again?  Not sure, mineral products don't do the best with my dry skin...but I still used it up and repurchased it last time. Time will tell.
 NYX Jumbo Pencils I never, ever use these. They are nice, I've got bold and not so bold colours, but I never ever use them. Some of the lids have crack. It is just time to say goodbye. Would I buy it again? No, I really never use them, and they are nice, but I like Annabelles or Makeup Forever or even Essence jumbo style pencils more.
So that is it. My gigantic empties post.  I managed to do a lot of cleaning out this time around....and I am glad I did. No point in keeping stuff you don't like around.


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