Thursday, 15 February 2018

Empties Galore End of 2017 - Part 2

I had full intentions to have this up sooner but here we are. I realize it is the middle of February and I am just finishing up 2017 empties. Better late than never. I still have a bunch of empties in my basket from last month and this month so another empties post coming soon! I have 3 mascara reviews I need to do coming up as well. Let's get into it in no particular order.

Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream - I have used up a countless number of these over the past several years. I keep coming back to it. I had vowed to use up some of my other moisturizers but of course I returned to this soon enough. 

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask - I love this and another one bites the dust. Already repurchased and in use. Can't not live without it.

MAC Lightful Marine-Bright Formula Moisture Crème - I dare not tell you how long I have had this for. If you search my blog you might just find out as I had it in a MAC haul blog ages ago. I finally buckled down and used it all up. I need to do a back to MAC stat. Anyway, I didn't love this. Sometimes I felt as though it made my skin softer but only when I wore it at night and I don't think it was meant for that purpose per se. It did not have enough moisture for me as a day cream. It had a gel like texture. Will not repurchase.

MAC Star Nova Lustreglass - Speaking of is another for a back to MAC. I loved this lip gloss. What a pretty colour. It made me want to buy MAC lip glosses and I am not a big lover of lip gloss in general. This colour is now discontinued. Boo MAC, boo!

Klorane Floral Water Make-Up Remover - I talk about how much I love this product all of the time. Bioderma is a poor substitute. Nothing compares. (review here)

Gehwol Soft Feet Cream - You have to try this stuff! It works great and the product doesn't transfer to your shoes etc. like some other Gehwol products. This was the regular sized tube (125 ml or 4.4 oz.). Must post blog review...seriously! 

First Aid Beauty (FAB) Ultra Repair Cream - Funny story. I got this in a set of FAB face products and thought I had hit the jackpot with this large tub (170g/6 oz.) of face cream but silly me it's body cream! Sheesh. I realized after putting it on my face a couple of times that this was not face cream. It's been a long, dry winter so I used every last drop. It was pretty good stuff but I have tried better and the smell of this product was a bit mothball plastic-like for my taste.

Korres Body Butter in Vanilla Guava - This stuff works well and I recently got some more as a gift. A couple of ingredients are not the best but I used this sparingly. I have a friend that raves about these. I did a review of a similar scent previously (review here

Live Clean Sensitive Skin Body Lotion - I had this on my desk at work for the past couple of years. That's how long it took me to finish it. It worked well enough but I wasn't crazy about it. I would consider repurchasing but it won't likely be my first choice. 

OPI RapiDry Top Coat - I love me some OPI like no one's business. My collection is quite something. It likely would disgust some people at it's extensiveness. I have never even finished a whole bottle with the exception of this one! Crazy. This was a mini I got in the Texas mini collection from years ago. I was not impressed with it. Seche Vite is way better. What is left in this bottle went hard and is not useable.   

Leanne Grace Blissful Body Butter in Creamy Peppermint - I was meaning to do a blog review on this ages ago but I feel I have a lot to say about it and I have decided to do one big review on all of their products that I have. I will try to get to that in the next week or so as it is long overdue. I will quickly say a couple of things though. The good - it's in a glass jar (bonus!), works fairly well and smells amazing. The bad - I don't like the texture of this body butter (powdery) and 2 of the 3 shipments I have received from them in the past have been damaged. I did contact them and they made things right on the first shipment as one jar was destroyed with glass everywhere in the package. I didn't bother to contact them when the 3rd shipment was damaged, but not destroyed. The lid on this particular jar is cut. 

So that's all for today folks! Three mascaras and my Leanne Grace group of product reviews to come! 

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Empties Galore End of 2017 - Part 1

I haven't done a post in forever and my empties are piling up something fierce. I've decided to break them up into two parts for now. This will be Part 1 of course. Many are the usual suspects. Let's jump in.

Shiseido Facial Cotton This was my third bag. Is this expensive? Yes. Is it worth it, actually yes! I would buy this again and again. No other cotton pad compares.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light This needs no introduction for any of you who read my blog. Another one done. Repurchased of course times two.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara The one and only smudge proof mascara. This is my "work" mascara as it does the job and lasts all day but doesn't give me as much "va-voom" as other mascaras. Already repurchased.

Origins yet again. Plantscription serum. I have been using this for years and I really like it. Seems to be keeping the fine lines at bay. Will be repurchased very soon as I have tried another Origins serum and it was no where near as good. Review on that to follow.

Beautyblender This was my fourth beauty blender. It's done. Can't live without this now. (review here)

Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser I quite like this product. This was my second tube and I have already repurchased #3. (review here)

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day I am not sure what number this is. I find this product lasts me forever. Also, I have had a number of sample tubes I've been using. Already repurchased. I have said it before and I will say it again, if you only purchase one new hair product this year make it this one. (review here)

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara  Wasn't a fan. Found it a tad dry and it smudged even when not wearing glasses. Length and volume was meh. Will not repurchase. Got this in a set of Smashbox products awhile back.

Clinique Repairwear Intensive Night Cream I dare not tell you how long I have had this night cream. In my defense I had it unopened in my stash for ages before I opened it and decided to use it. It wasn't bad. I wouldn't say I loved it, but it was decent night cream. I would not be disappointed if another one fell into my hands.

Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion Total side note, I have a guy friend who calls this product line Bumble and Grumble (yet he uses their products!). This was the newer version of this product and it was much better than the older one that was a pure salt bath for your hair. My bottle shown is only the small version. I will repurchase the full sized version. Sadly, I have bought a couple of sorry imitations in other brands recently and I may use those up first.

Verb Leave-In Mist I have mixed feelings about this one but overall it's good. Best to read my review. (review here)

Tata Harper Clarifying Moisturizer I quite liked this product but it is so damn expensive I can't justify buying it unless I get it during a Sephora sale. Maybe one day I will pull the trigger but in the meantime I will wait.

Lise Watier Eyeshadow in 117 Ecru Mat I had this eyeshadow forever. It became a mission to use it up and I did. It had good payoff but I wasn't madly in love with it. Will not repurchase.

Ok, that's it for Part 1! I have 2 mascara reviews I will try to get up in the next week and also Part 2 of this Empties post. Stay warm everyone, it's freezing where I am! 

Monday, 30 October 2017

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion - Mini Review

For years I had been hearing about this product. Also, it seems to peek out of every corner of every Ulta store staring at me when I walk around. I broke down and bought this a little while ago. I'm going to cut to the chase - this stuff stinks and it is unbearable. I have tried it on 3 different occasions hoping this time won't be as bad as the last and it is. It stinks of sulpur! So much so that it's all you can smell when you have it on. For me, it's overpowering and it makes me ill. Sulfur is the fifth ingredient for the record. Please correct me if I am mistaken, but this product is mainly for the face, no? How anyone could stand themselves with this stuff on anywhere near the head/nose area, even a tiny dab, is beyond me. I can't believe this is still on the market. 

If that wasn't bad enough, it will stink up your pillow, your night clothes....even if you wash it off, the smell can linger for hours. In the picture above I have a photo of of the bottle shaken up. Looks sort of like watery pepto bismal. In the shot below, I have a photo of the bottle not shaken up - watery on top and pink on the bottom. 

Some of you might be thinking, "so it stinks, big whoop, does it work?". I wish I could tell you my friends but one night is more that I have been able to bear, let alone wear it 2 nights in a row. What I can tell you is that if you have a particularly red blemish, the product does seem to lessen the redness a fair bit. I'm guessing that is as a result of the third ingredient - calamine. I could just use plain old calamine lotion then if I just want to get rid of redness and irritation. Just saying....

Using the product for just one night did not get rid of the 3 different blemishes I tried it on (different nights of course). Maybe 2 or 3 nights are the magic number, I am not sure. If anyone has successfully used this, please drop me a message below.

I will not rate this product since I don't feel I could give it a fair shot. Frankly, they had me at the scent...

Monday, 2 October 2017

VERB Dry Ghost Oil - Review

I am so tired of hair oils that are greasy or too wet and/or simply don't work well. I have recently become intrigued with the idea of dry conditioner and dry oil hair products. Verb recently put out this product. The price was reasonable, $18 Canadian or $16 U.S. As of this moment there is 1 review on this product on Sephora's website and it is 5 stars. I wouldn't even give it one. I returned the product yesterday. The bottom line is that it made my hair puff up, frizzy and dry. My hair felt like straw. Yuck. I tried it twice to see if I was imagining things. Same result twice. As a little disclaimer, I have naturally curly hair. I used this once on my curly hair and the other time after I did a blow out. The information on Sephora's website says it can be used on all hair types including curly hair.

The only pros I can give to this product is that the packaging is good - looks professional and feels like a good quality can. Also, the spray was very even and the perfect amount of pressure. So rare....these things impressed me but the product itself is no good for me! If you have had any success with this product, please leave me a comment below because I am mystified as how this good work well for someone.

The scent was very light but not memorable.

Sephora's website has the following information about the product as follows:

Which hair type is it good for?✔ Straight
✔ Wavy
✔ Curly
✔ Coiled
✔ Tightly Coiled

What it is:
A blowout-extending oil that conditions ends, adds shine, and prevents damage from washing and styling.

Key benefits:
- Weightlessly conditions
- Refreshes
- Smooths

If you want to know more…
This gentle, quick-absorbing formula eliminates tangles and adds a fresh scent. Moringa seed oil moisturizes, detangles, and smooths hair, pro-vitamin B5 moisturizes and soothes, and glycerin naturally binds nourishment into hair.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product is gluten-free.

Packaging: 10/10
Easy to Work With: 10/10 easy to use spray can      0/10 product
Touchable Hair: 0/10
Humidity Resistance: 0/10
Hold: 0/10
Volumizing: 10/10 oh it's volumizing alright! poufy city!
Price: 10/10 if it worked   2/10 (2 is for the quality of the packaging)
Ingredients: 8/10
Value for Money: 0/10
Would I buy this again? HELL NO
Overall Rating: 1.5/10 (1.5 is for the can quality) 

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

August 2017 Empties

I 've been doing a lot of empties posts this year I know. I am trying to stay on top of them. I will have some straight up reviews coming shortly, I promise. I am so far behind! I've got duds I need to talk about! Before we get to that, let's dive into the empties bin for this month!

Shiseido Facial Cotton - this was my second bag and I have already gotten into my third bag. Is this expensive? Yes. Is it worth it, actually yes! I would buy this again and again. No other cotton pad compares.

Esencia Mandarin Citrus Horsetail & Wheat Volumizing Shampoo - this was my last bottle of Escencia anything. This is a long discontinued product line by Samy. It was good though. I figured it was time to finish off the bottle.

As a side note, many of you know I have been a long time user of the Wen Cleansing Conditioner. I've recently become sick of it after 7 years and need a break. I also discovered as I was trying to use up and give away my products that there is a huge lawsuit on right now against WEN. Sephora has even stopped selling it. I have decided that is a definite sign to move on to other things. Lots of hair product reviews coming up!

LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer - I used it all. I didn't love it but it got the job done. Don't think I will repurchase it.

Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream - I have used up close to a dozen of these by now I am sure. I have decided to use up some of my other moisturizers but I will be returning to this before long.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex II - I didn't notice a difference with my under eye area. It was a free sample. Will not repurchase.

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask - I love this and I am willing to shout it from the mountain tops. Another one finished. Already repurchased and in use. Can't not live without it.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light - This needs no introduction for any of you who read my blog. Another one done. Repurchased of course.

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss in Visionary - I wasn't a big fan of this one. The colour was a neutral pink and it lived in my purse for I don't know how long for emergency purposes. Somehow I managed to finish this. It was super watery so it went fast.

I already have 4 empties for the month of September so this should be a good month. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

How to Spot Fake Makeup Palettes...

I've been meaning to do a blog post like this for a long time. Opportunity knocked, in that I almost got scammed recently, so now is the perfect time to discuss the topic. 

I rarely buy makeup from a source other than direct from the makeup company or reputable store such as a department store, Sephora or Ulta. I don't like being ripped off and I want the authentic item. Also, no one knows what crap is in fake makeup and I don't want to find out. The only time I buy makeup from Amazon, ebay or a third party is when something is rare and I can't get my hands on it. I know, I know, those are the perfect items for someone to fake - it's big money and lots of demand. 

By the time I decided to purchase the Too Faced Natural Love palette it was gone from Sephora. With shipping, duties, exchange rate etc. I was going to pay online over $100 Canadian to have Too Faced directly ship it to me. While I hee'd and haw'd about pulling the trigger, I saw a few supposedly "new and authentic still in box" palettes on ebay. It was half the price. I know what the palette is supposed to look like and I own a few of the shades from this palette in other Too Faced palettes. I did my research as much as I could. The pictures of one listing looked authentic and I made the purchase. This person had all positive ratings but hadn't been on ebay as a seller for more than a few months. They were only selling 1 of these palettes, not multiple ones like some fake sellers do. 

My palette arrived and I have to say that the packaging was damn good. Even the name of the palette was in felt letters. In the picture above, the fake palette is on the left and the real palette is on the right. Once I opened it I knew immediately it was a fake and I had been had. The eyeshadows looked powdery and very matte. Not at all like the buttery, shimmery shades that Too Faced is known for. Also, the authentic colours I owned in other Too Faced palettes looked nothing like the supposed same ones in this palette. 

The fake palette is in the above picture at the top and the real palette is on the bottom - both in box. Huge size difference! Also, the real palette comes with a guide. The fake one on the left did not as per the picture below. 

The twist was that it turns out the seller was using pictures of the real palette but sending out a fake one. I contacted the seller immediately and demanded my money back. They offered me half of the money, said they thought it was real and what a shame it was etc. They told me I could keep the palette. I told them I wasn't interested and that I wanted all of my money back. The next thing I knew, I had been refunded my money and my order was cancelled so I couldn't leave negative feedback. Thank goodness for paypal holding seller funds. That was almost 2 weeks ago. I checked ebay the next day and saw that the seller was using the same pictures again and were selling another palette. I could only shake my head. I checked ebay today and I see the seller is no longer selling anything (they had a number of makeup items for sale before) and they got their first negative review saying that they had sold a fake makeup palette. The reviewer suspects that they even stole the pictures of the real palette from someone else. Sheesh! I guess the jig is up for them. 

On the left is the fake palette and on the right is the real one. Can you see the difference? It's obvious to me. The picture below is the fake palette and the one below that is the real one. 



After I got my money back I said forget this and ordered the real one from Too Faced. They happen to be having a sale the day I ordered it so I got 20% off. That made me feel better. It arrived today and I very happy. Now I am stuck with a fake palette but at least I got a blog post out of it!

In the picture below I have overlapped the two palettes. Fake on the left and the real one on the right. Just look at Fairy Tale, Satin Sheets, Kittens and Cutie Patootie in the second column. Not even close. 

Fake on left and real palette on right. Even the colours look different on back of the packaging. Far less vibrant on the fake one.

That's all for today. I hope some of you found this interesting and possibly educational. I know I did :)

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

July 2017 Empties

It's August 16th but better late than never for an empties post! I thought my July empties were going to be epic but I am still at the bottom of so many products that won't die. I shouldn't be upset because I sure am getting my money's worth. I have a funny feeling it'll be September before I have a ton of empties to show off. Let's get to July's empties though!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation - Another empty of this. I must got through one of these every 6-8 weeks. Love it, already repurchased x2. I wear Intensity 2.0.

Klorane Floral Water Make-Up Remover - I talk about how much I love this product all of the time. Bioderma is a poor substitute. Nothing compares. I've got 2 more bottles waiting in the wings. (review here)

Gehwol Soft Feet Cream - You have to try this stuff! It works great and the product doesn't transfer to your shoes etc. like some other Gehwol products. This was a small tube but I have already repurchased the regular sized tube. Must post blog review soon! 

Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer - Is it me or does Estee Lauder keep playing with the names of their concealer. I can never find the same one twice. The last time I believe I had 02 Light Medium. This one was 2C Light Medium (Cool). I once had 08 something and it was called Light Medium but it was too dark. This stuff is fantastic and blends in with a variety of foundations and BB products etc. I love it for anywhere on my face except under the eyes. I have already repurchased - oh my it's the same colour as this one. Wow!

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum - I blew through this in 2 months. I tend to buy this when my skin is looking uneven. I am not convinced it moisturizers as well as some other big name serums. I will purchase again but I am going back to Origins Plantscription for now. (review here

Origins Eye Doctor - Gone through a million of these. Still looking for something a bit better that addresses the dark circle issue more but otherwise this is the best I have found. Everytime I switch to something else I notice my dark circles looking worse. Have not repurchased yet but I will very soon. It appears I have been using this for over 5 years. (review here)

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Naked - This particular one was from that Wizard of Oz collection Glinda Palette that Urban Decay did a few years back. This is/was my favourite nude lip colour ever and I usually hate nude lip colours. I rushed and bought 3 of them from the regular line when they were on clearance. I have busted out one of them for my purse. I am hoping Urban Decay still has something similar or will bring it back.