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August 20, 2014

August 2014 Julep Maven Box

 Not too long ago I got my August Julep Maven Box *hurray*. I was quite excited for this one because I managed to swap out some items and get a really exciting box. Plus I used my Jules rewards so the box was free. *hurray again*

I settled for the CLASSIC WITH A TWIST box ...
Classic With a Twist


...which had a liner, Katie (Orchid iridescent chrome) and Avni (African violet shimmer)polishes in it. I swapped out the liner for the Sweep Eyeshadow Palette in  Neutrals. So without further adieu here are swatches...
Katie left and Avni right 
Katie on my middle finger and Avni on my ring finger
I really really like the shadows. I've yet to try any Julep makeup so it was a real perk to get a nice palette like this in my box.

If you are at all intrigued by the Julep Maven program I use the code FREEBBOX for a free box...all you pay is for shipping. After that boxes are $20 a month and include shipping

August 19, 2014

July 2014 Empties and Throwaways

More than half way through August and I still haven't finished my July Empties post. So without further adieu here we go...
We're going to start off with some of the hubbies empties, this is new, but I thought it would be good.

Irish Spring Intensify Body Wash: I got this for him almost 2 years ago.Little did I realize it tingled and felt cold when he used it. Well he hates it and I honestly am impressed he used this much of it up. Would I buy it again? No, he didn't finish it and declared he hates it. I will buy the regular Irish Spring for him again if I see it on sale.
L'Oréal Men Arginine Resist X3 2 in 1 Shampoo
This shampoo took him a year to use up, no lie, a year. I don't know why it took so long, it was the only shampoo in the shower for him, but it took forever. It claims to help with hair breakage and strength of the hair. Since the man works as a cook he wears a hat pretty much 90% of the time and it just seemed like a good thing for him to use. He liked the 2 in 1 factor and it always left his hair really nice. I cannot say if it helped with the breakage and damage, but I do think his hair looks much nicer over the last year. Would I buy it again? Yes, right now he is trying out the L'oreal EverStrong Anti-Breakage System (shampoo, conditioner and spray).
Old Spice Pure Sport Body Wash This is his go to body wash. If we can we buy a three pack at Costco as well as the deodorant. There really isn't much to say about it, it works well and doesn't dry his skin out or cause excessive breakouts. Would I buy it again?Yes, sadly both Costco and Walmart were out of it on our last visits so he is breaking the rules and trying an Adidas body wash for the time being.
Done with the mens stuff and on to my hair care.

L'oreal Preference Conditioner This is the conditioner tube you get when you buy Preference hair dye. I have a bunch of them hanging around so I am using them up. Would I buy it again? Yes, if I could get it on its own I would, I really like it.
Marc Anthony Beach Spray I got this at an event, I was so excited since I never used a beach spray before.. While I like the beachy waves it gives my hair, I cannot stand the synthetic coconut smell it has. Ick. Would I buy it again?No, I just can't get past that smell. Right now I am using one I got from Bath and Body Works and it is just ok.
Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner I got this in Boston last year when I stocked up. I love this conditioner. It leaves my hair so light while giving it so much needed repair. I learned that London Drugs sells it and recently did an order for some more. Would I buy it again?Yes! I have 3 more in my stockpile.
L'oreal Professional Feria Conditioner: This is the same conditioner you get when you buy a box of Feria. Sally's sells it for about $12.99 and it was great to have around. Would I buy it again? Yes, but not right now, right now I am trying to use up some of my stock pile.
The Body Shop HoneyMania Body Wash I used up this travel sized honeymania. I liked it, liked the smell. Would I buy it again?Yes, I would, but have you seen my stockpile? Not any time soon.
Avon foot Works Serum I never ever used this stuff. It is almost completely full.  Would I buy it again? No, there is nothing wrong with it, I just never use foot products.
L'oreal Elnett Hair Spray This was my hair spray for work, tiny and fit in my at work essentials bag. Would I buy it again? Yes. I have a big can of it at home. I haven't replaced it yet at work but plan to some time soon. I just love elnett.
L'oreal Sublime Sun Invisible Protect SPF 50 Spray (reviewed) I cannot stop recommending this sunscreen to people. I brought this with to Europe for two weeks and used a lot of it up. It works really well and feels amazing on the skin.  Would I buy it again?  Yes, but I have a bunch of sunscreens to use up at the moment that I still like a lot. Right now the L'oreal Silky Sheer Mousse and Quick Dry Sheer Spray are in my current rotation. 
The Body Shop HoneyMania Bath Melt I like this bubble bath a whole lot. Sadly the packaging just sucks.  You make a mess, you use too much, just awkward. Plus the bubble bath has honey in it, which might not be the best idea for people with feminine issue. Would I buy it again?  I have another one that I am using right now, after that I wont buy it again because of the honey/sugar issue.
Almay Lash Care Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads (reviewed) I used these up finally. They seemed to have lasted a long long time.I started to use two when removing my eye makeup and found I got even more off than with just one. Would I buy it again?  Yes I would. Right now I am using the Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads instead. I really like them too.
Marcelle New Age Night & Day Creams I've had these creams around forever. While I love them they just were taking forever to get through with all the new products I have accumulated. Would I buy it again?Yes I would. Marcelle's skin care lines are some of my most coveted.

NYX For Your Eyes Only Smokey Eyes Palette (reviewed)  I tried to give this away so many times. No takes. Time to toss this under-performing palette  Would I buy it agian?HELL NO!! Not worth the money.
Annabelle BB Cream I love this bb cream and have used it all up. This took forever and I even busted the cap in the process. It is lightweight and the perfect consistency for my skin in the spring or fall. I really love it Would I buy it again? YES! I  have about a dozen BB/CC/Tinted Moisturizers at the moment and need to weed through them before purchasing any new ones, but this is on the top of the repurchasing list.
Want to see a FOTD featuring it? Click Here!
Oh so many lipsticks and lip glosses. I am tossing all of these lip products, they are just plain old and unused. Every product needs to be tossed at some time, this is theirs.
Many many mascaras too. It is their time too. I really did like the Essence Mascaras, the Big waterproof one was pretty darn waterproof.
I am also tossing my old ELF brow products since I just ordered new ones.
First off I am tossing all my old ELF All Over Color Sticks, I've had them forever and the plastic is cracking. Also, to be 100% honest I never ever use them any more so they have to go.
I'm also getting rid of two liners that I never used and sort of dried up a bit.
Makeup Forever Eye Seal this is pretty old and I actually used it up. I love this stuff for so many reasons. One is mixing it with liquid liners makes them waterproof - waterproof. Like I went and did hot yoga after working  all day and it was still there. Would I buy it again? Yes! I already have a new one on the go.
Urban Decay Primer Potion I got this little one with a palette on boxing day. It dried out incredibly fast. One of the things I don't like about UD PP.  Would I buy it again? No, I actually don't like UD PP that much. I find it is good, but not fantastic. I like Too Faced's Shadow Insurance, Essence's Eye Primer and Marcelle's Velvety Eyeshadow all much more.
So these are not really empties. These are throwing away the packaging, because it is taking up way too much room in my life. These are the ELF Studio Primers. Some are the mineral ones and one is the new moisturizing one. They all have 14g in them new....which isn't a lot (but I'm not paying a lot for ELF so I am not complaining). It turns out one 14g tube can fit into an 8ml tube that I got from buyincoins.com. So I decanted them. Below is what the ELF packaging for 4 tubes looks like with the 4 tubes I transferred them into.
What the ELF packaging looks like when taken apart.
My decanting into tubes
Original packaging and tubes
So there you have it...a lot of wasted packaging from ELF out of my drawers and into ...the trash? Recycling? Can you recycle this? I'll try.

Here is a final look at what I am getting rid of this month.
Batting a Lash:

July 31, 2014

Annabelle InstaGlam Eyeliner + Macara

Instaglam Eyeliner + Mascara touch-up
Eyeliner : Oversized marker-pen with a felt tin applicator designed for ultimate precision, control and versatility. The perfect tool to achieve thin natural lines to dramatic shapes in one stroke.
Mascara: Small brush for ultra-precise and flexible application, wrapping even the tiniest lashes. Perfect to intensify your look by using on lower lashes & last minute touch-ups. Curling and defining formula. Buildable texture. Ophthalmologist Tested.- annabelle.ca
 The perfect duo for a bold eye look, if I do say so myself. I big felt tipped liner and a mascara in one package, what else does a gal need? Well if the answer is colour, they've got you covered there as well.
I am a huge fan of coloured mascaras, but they tend to come in trend waves and are not always easy to find all the time. Luckily for me the trend has returned (for now) and Annabelle has heeded the call with their new limited edition Instaglam Eyeliner + Mascara touch-up in Psychedelic (purple) and Abyss (blue). While I've never been crazy about blue mascara, I have always sought out and gone to extreme measures to get purple mascara. So I thought why not give them both a try.

 Now sometime I see a coloured mascara, get excited and then quickly realize that after I've shelled out good money that they really aren't that coloured after all, they dry almost black. These are not that type of mascara at all, they are bold and stay bright when they dry.

Instaglam also comes in a black shade, which is permanent, but the colours are not, so hustle to the store and get them now.hassle

So without further ado here they are.

Abyss (blue):
 
Psychedelic (purple)

 So as you can see the mascaras are quite bold and colourful. What I also have to say is they are great one the lower lash line and they don't flake. I really like the formulation.

The liner shouldn't be forgotten, it is a big fat marker with bold black liner inside. It lasts all day and
now onto the liner, it is the same black liner on all the colours, which is a fantastic black that glides on easy and has a fat felt tip applicator. I find it really easy to use and quite a wet formulation so I know it will not dry up quickly on me. It gives me the pen liner quality I expect from Annabelle. I do find the fat packaging a bit tying to use, but after a short while I got the hang of it.
So there you go, the new Annabelle InstaGlam Eyeliner and Mascaras in Psychedelic and Abyss. I love them, what do you think?

Annabelle InstaGlam Eyeliner + Macara  is available now at most mass retailers and drug stores across Canada, as well as Annabelle.ca.  Its suggested retail price is $12.99.

Batting a Lash:
*I received Abyss as a press sample, I purchased Psychedelic with my own money. All reviews are my honest opinion. 

July 28, 2014

Vichy Capital Soleil Invisible Mist

High protection UVA/UVB with Mexoryl XL technology in an ultra-comfortable and refreshing texture with 0% alcohol. 100% suitable for sensitive skin. -vichy.ca
 As you may have heard me talk about a few times before in this blog, I am super sensitive to the sun and its effects on my skin. Yes, I get sun hives. It just sort of happens when I go out in the sun, with or without sunscreen. My best protection is to layer up with good quality sunscreen, reapply and hide in the shade while covered up. But I still get hives. So when I learned that alcohol in my much beloved spray on sunscreens could be further irritating my skin I  decided to look into my options.

Alcohol is traditionally used in spray on sunscreens a carrier ingredient and lends to its 'lightweight' feeling, the very thing I love about spray on sunscreens. As a result skin can feel dry (it is alcohol after all, it does that to the skin). But in my case, if I've had hives the night before and I use a spray on sunscreen the next day with alcohol it can burn a bit, because well I often scratch the hives, I just cant help it, leading to little open soars.
Needless to say alcohol on my skin after hives is just not a good idea.

I learned that Vichy had found a way to make their Capital Soleil Invisible Mist not just feel great on the skin but also alcohol free and hydrating with vitamin E but it also sports the new Health Canada UVA Seal of
Recognition.


Criteria for the UVA Seal of Recognition as follows:
  • The UVA protection factor must be at least 1/3 of the UVB protection factor (for example, a product with an SPF of 30 must then have a UVA PF of 10)
  • The formula must protect against the long UVA rays reaching a critical wavelength of 370 nm. 
Pros:
  • Alcohol free = less irritating
  • Smells good
  • Vitamin E = a bit of moisture for your skin
  • Spray on - my favourite type of sunscreen
  • Has the Health Canada UVA Seal of Recognition 
  • Feels incredibly nice on the skin - light weight, non drying , but still soft on skin
Cons:
  • 30 SPF is the only strength it comes in at the moment - I generally prefer stronger SPF level, but I found it worked quite well.
Overall:
So what do I think of the formula after using it for the last month? I love it. It feels lightweight , my skin feels soft and supple after using it, but still like no product was really applied. My skin is far less irritated, if I use it after a hive breakout I itch far less the next day, it certainly feels more refreshing on my skin.

I would recommend this sunscreen to anyone with sensitive skin who is looking for a good quality sunscreen that wont dry out your skin but still feel ultralight on your skin without leaving a residue.
Batting a Lash:
*I received this product for consideration, it does not influence my views on them.

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.
 

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