My Elle Quebec/Canada Beauty Grand Prix 2016 reveals - Part 4 - Dry Shampoos

Time for the last category I tested for the Elle Quebec/Canada Beauty Grand Prix.  Back in March I told you all about getting chosen to participate in the Elle Quebec/Canada Beauty Grand Prix and gave you a look at the products and categories of the products that I was sent to blind test.  Well, the testing is over and I have submitted my log book and gave my opinion on all 18 products I received.  If you want to read about the introduction you can click here, Part 1 - Body scrubs here, Part 2 - Deodorants here, and Part 3 - Face Serums here.   I received products in Body Scrub (3), Deodorants (3), Face Serum (5), and Dry Shampoo (6).  I was a little surprised on what some of the products were once I was able to get all the sparkly tape off.  Let me tell you I learned quickly the best way to get tape gunk off!  Hint-Peanut butter and patience won out for me!

 All the shiney Mystery products.

All the shiney Mystery products.

The last category for testing is Dry Shampoo - 

 6 Shiney mystery cans of Dry Shampoo.

6 Shiney mystery cans of Dry Shampoo.

As per the previous products I again tested each Dry Shampoo in numerical order.  Even though I use a lot of Dry Shampoo, I only knew what one of them was!  For testing purposes we were to use each product for a minimum duration of 3-5 days, over 10 days.  Directions were the same for all - Shake well.  Lift sections of hair and spray 15-20cm from scalp.  Massage thoroughly with fingertips and style.  

044 - Joico Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo -

  • Texture - When I sprayed this dry shampoo into my hair it felt really light, almost like I hadn't sprayed anything at all.
  • Absorption - Not the greatest, my hair stayed fairly flat the days I used it.
  • Condition of hair - My hair did feel soft when I used it.
  • Ease of use - Worked great at any angle, even upside down.
  • Scent - A nice fresh scent that wasn't overpowering nor did it last long.

Thoughts - The great thing about this dry shampoo was that it didn't leave any white cast on my hair at all.  I actually wondered if maybe my can was defective!  It was easy to brush/work through the hair.  I did notice that my scalp started feeling itchy towards the end of the day on the days I used this.  Price $30.25 CAD

054 - Redken Pillow Proof - 

  • Texture - This dry shampoo was very light feeling on my hair.
  • Absorption - This one absorbed oil well but gave no volume at all.
  • Condition of hair - Didn't seem to give me any volume after working it through my hair.
  • Ease of use - Again worked great at all angles.
  • Scent - I loved that this had barely any scent at all.

Thoughts - There was barely any white cast at all after I sprayed this in my hair and what there was was very easy to brush out.  Unfortunately , once again this dry shampoo made my scalp itchy by the end of the day.  Price $24.00 CAD.

057 - Moroccan Oil - 

  • Texture - Another light feeling dry shampoo.
  • Absorption - Absorbed the oils quickly.
  • Condition of hair - After I brushed this through my hair, my hair felt just washed!
  • Ease of use - Worked great at any angle.
  • Scent - Almost unscented, what scent there was was very light.

Thoughts - The Moroccan Oil dry shampoo did leave a white cast, but it was really easy to brush through.  I loved how it made my hair feel and no itchy scalp!  I even used this twice before washing my hair and it was still great!  Price $26.00 CAD.

084 - Amika - 

  • Texture - Very light feeling when sprayed into hair.
  • Absorption - Quickly absorbed oil and gave volume.
  • Condition of hair - My hair again felt clean and was shiney.
  • Ease of use - Worked great at any angle.
  • Scent - Has a great fresh scent that doesn't cling.

Thoughts - I was pretty sure on what this one was, I could see the colors at the top!  When you spray this it does leave a white cast but is so easy to brush out.  My hair looked freshly washed, shiney and with quite a bit of volume, when I used this even when I used it twice.  I really liked this dry shampoo but it isn't easy to find in my area, nor online!  Price $31.20 CAD.

188 - Herbal Essence - Naked -

  • Texture - It felt like I had just sprayed my hair with hairspray when I used this, sticky.
  • Absorption - It did an ok job of absorbing oil, once I could get a brush through it.
  • Condition of hair - My hair felt sticky when I used this, like 90s hairspray!
  • Ease of use - It did work great at an angle.
  • Scent - Had barely any scent, just a faint fruity scent.

Thoughts - This one also left barely any white cast, but I think its more like hairspray!  Within a few hours of using this my scalp started getting really itchy, I washed my hair as soon as I got home from work!  I may try this as a hairspray and see how it does for that, maybe if I don't spray it directly on my scalp it won't be itchy!  Price $3.98 CAD.

236 - Matrix Total Results Miracle Extender -

  • Texture - Light feeling on hair.
  • Absorption - Worked great, I even tried it out on 4 day hair!
  • Condition of hair - Hair felt soft, but it didn't give a lot of volume.
  • Ease of use - Worked great at an angle.
  • Scent - Nice light fresh scent.

Thoughts - This Matrix had a great fresh scent that didn't last long at all, nor was it to strong when spraying.  I did get the somewhat usual white cast but it was so easy to brush out.  Price $17.42 CAD.

Once again after I submitted my log book, it showed me my favorite...even blind testing Amika was my top choice!  Sadly I still haven't found any place to buy it!  But luckily for me I found a few other dry shampoos that I liked as well that are available in stores for me.  I also liked the Moroccanoil, Redken, and Matrix Dry Shampoos, all of which are easily accessible!  Joico and Herbal Essence where big duds for me, but I had tried Herbal Essence before and didn't like it than either.  

I am glad I was given the chance to try out so many dry shampoos, it's not the most glamorous product, but it is one I use frequently.  I wasn't sure on any of the products, I had a good idea on one-but I thought I knew all the Deodorants to, so it was really blind testing!  

It was a lot of fun participating in the Elle Quebec/Canada Beauty Grand prix and I am happy I was given the chance.  I found quite a few products that I really like and will continue to purchase, and a few that I know to stay away from.  I can't wait to see what products were voted favorites from all the categories, and where my favorites came in!  I think they announce the winners in the Fall, I will be watching out for it!  Have you ever gotten the chance to blind test anything?  Did your results surprise you?  Did I pick any of your favorites?   Or hate its?  What do you think about blind testing, would you be interested in doing it?  Let me know!



My Elle Quebec-Canada Beauty Grand Prix reveals - Part 3 - Face Serum

Back in March I told you all about getting chosen to participate in the Elle Quebec/Canada Beauty Grand Prix and gave you a look at the products and categories of the products that I was sent to blind test.  Well, the testing is over and I have submitted my log book and gave my opinion on all 18 products I received.  If you want to read about the introduction you can click here, Part 1 - Body scrubs here, and Part 2 - Deodorants here.   I received products in Body Scrub (3), Deodorants (3), Face Serum (5), and Dry Shampoo (6).  I was a little surprised on what some of the products were once I was able to get all the sparkly tape off.  Let me tell you I learned quickly the best way to get tape gunk off!  Hint-Peanut butter and patience won out for me!

 All the shiney Mystery products.

All the shiney Mystery products.

You know the drill about marathon posts and Pictures!

Face Serums - 

 5 shiney Face Serums.

5 shiney Face Serums.

Again, as per my previous posts, I tested them in numerical order.  I was pretty sure on what the last 2 products where, they have pretty unique bottles.  I also had a fairly good idea on 145.  The instructions for each Face Serum were the same for all - minimum duration of 7 days.  Directions - Apply daily, morning and evening before your regular skincare routine.

059 - Swissline Cell Shock 360° Anti-Wrinkle Serum Triple-Collagen Complex - 

  • Texture - This serum came out a little thick but quickly thinned out and was easy to massage into skin.
  • Absorption - I didn't find that this took long at all to sink into my skin.
  • Moisturizing effect when applied - My face felt immediately moisturized after putting this on.
  • Effect on skin after 7 days - My skin felt soft, plumper and more moisturized than before.
  • Scent - This had a light, slight rose? scent that wasn't strong at all and faded very quickly.

Thoughts - I really loved how this made my skin feel after I figured out to only use 3 drops or so and not the entire dropper!  I found that 3 or so drops was enough to do my face as well as my neck.  I really like the slim, sleek gold packaging of this.  The twist dropper was great as it made sure there was more than enough to use each time I opened it up.  I didn't notice much difference in how my makeup applied over top of this one either.  Price $230 CAD.

145 - Clarins Supra Restorative Remodeling Serum - 

  • Texture - This one was a fairly thick cream that came out of a pump style bottle.
  • Absorption - Despite the thickness of this one it did absorb fairly quickly into the skin.
  • Moisturizing effect when applied - At first I was using 1 pump and it left my face feeling tight, once I started using 2 pumps it felt much better.
  • Effect on the skin after 7 days - I had a few breakouts while using this but I wasn't entirely sure it was the product.  I didn't notice anything else though.
  • Scent - It has a light fresh scent that doesn't last at all once applied to your face.

Thoughts - I wasn't to impressed by the Clarins serum.  I found I had to use what I think would be twice as much as I should have to get a moisturized effect on my skin.  It also left my face feeling slightly sticky until I put on the rest of my regular skincare.  Again not mush difference under makeup!  Since I wasn't sure this was the cause of a few breakouts I decided to use this one up first to see if it was the reason.  I am happy to say that it wasn't this serum, just hormones!  Price $136.00 CAD.

191 - Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum - 

  • Texture - Another thick gel in a pump bottle.
  • Absorption - This seemed to take forever to sink into my skin, and it still felt slightly tacky after.
  • Moisturizing effect when applied - I did find that my skin felt softer after applying this, just slightly tacky?
  • Effect on the skin after 7 days - This serum did make me break out, on my forehead, chin and cheeks.
  • Scent - This has a floral scent that is fairly strong to me that took a while to fade.

Thoughts - I was not a fan of the Chanel serum at all.  It made me break out everywhere and the scent was just to much for me, even though I am not usually sensitive to scents.  This dried slightly sticky and kind of made my face look a bit shiney.  I think that this serum is best used at night as for me it just takes to much time to soak into the skin.  Again no difference in makeup application.  Price $125.00 CAD.

196 - Jurlique Nutri-Define Superior Retexturising Facial Serum -

  • Texture - this comes out like a milky cream, not to runny and not to thick.
  • Absorption - It absorbed fairly quickly into skin.
  • Moisturizing effect when applied - I only needed to use 1 pump for my face and it was enough to make my skin feel moisturized and not tight feeling.
  • Effect on skin after 7 days - After the 7 day trial period, my skin felt softer than before.
  • Scent - Another rose scented product that is strong when you first put it on but does eventually fade.

Thoughts - I liked this one except for the rose scent!  I like the smell of roses, just not so strong so close!  Jurlique left my skin feeling softer and feeling moisturized, now if only it didn't smell like roses.  I found that my makeup went on great while using this serum, it didn't seem to make a difference in the longevity or the way it applied over it.  Price $138.00 CAD

246 - Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate -

  • Texture - Another milky cream colored serum.
  • Absorption - Took a bit to absorb into skin.
  • Moisturizing effect when applied - My face felt kind of sticky when I first applied it but once it absorbed into my skin it left my face feeling softer.
  • Effect on skin after 7 days - My skin felt softer after using the Lancôme serum than before I had used it.
  • Scent - Finally a serum with barely any scent to it!

Thoughts - I was somewhat surprised that I liked this serum as I wasn't expecting to like it.  I had originally thought that it would have an 'old lady' smell to it, happily it didn't.  I didn't notice a huge difference in my skin after the 7 days other than it felt more moisturized.  I didn't find any difference in how my makeup went on over top of it either.  Price $99.00 CAD.

Once again, after I submitted my log book it showed me my favorite.  Unfortunately for my wallet it was the first one, Swissline Cell Shock.  The Swissline just seemed to work the best in the short time I used each of the serums.  I think my second choice would surprisingly be the Lancôme, it's only downside was waiting for the stickiness to go away.  Jurlique was also not a bad one other than the scent.  Clarins only issue for me was the few breakouts which I didn't think were caused by the product.  The worst one for me was the Chanel, for me the lingering scent was just to much.  Add to that the fact that it took awhile to absorb and that was enough for me to not want to use it.  My sister though did really like it and I will be giving her the bottle!  I am curious to see if after using each of the serums up if I will change my mind about any of them?  I will keep you updated in empties post as I use them up.

The Face Serum category was another one that I didn't have much experience with before this testing began, for some reason serums just never interested me and seemed like an added step.  I also for some reason thought that it would make my makeup apply differently, not last as long.  I am glad I was given the chance to find out that I was wrong.  Since doing the testing, Face Serums are another product I am happily now including in my routine!

I was pretty sure about 3 of the 5 Face Serums I was sent and this time I was right, at least about the brand!  Any surprises for you in this category?  Is there a face serum you like that you think I might enjoy?

Trip Through My Trash - June 2016

My Empties Bag filled up really quickly this time!  I went through a lot of product this past month, although I was near finished quite a few last month!  Not many samples this month...but the Sample Stash is still growing!  I think I have an idea of how I may be able to start getting through it though, look for a post on that soon!  

I am going to start off with Body stuff, the not so exciting stuff, but the stuff we all use all the time.

 Hair and Body Empties I finished up in June.

Hair and Body Empties I finished up in June.

  • Bath & BodyWorks Mahogany Teak Wood Hand Soap - We go through at least one of these a month, I only buy them when they are on sale (think $3-4 each!).  I like these for keeping at all the sinks in our house, they don't dry out my hands to much and leave a nice scent behind.  This scent I was not a fan of though, it just seemed to 'woodsy' for me.  Glad to have it finally gone and ready for the recycle bin.  Repurchase?  Not this scent.
  • Baléa Exfoliating Foot Scrub - I picked this packet up at Shopper's Drug Mart to try out and I really like it.  It has a good amount of grit to help get the dry skin off of your feet and has a cooling minty feel on my feet.  I was able to get 2 uses out of the package which it pretty good considering you can get 3 for $5 I think?  Repurchase?  Yes.
  • Bath & BodyWOrks Waikiki Beach Coconut Body Cream - I found the scent on this lotion to be a mixture of coconut and sweet!  It smelled great and the scent lingered for awhile after.  I am wishing I had picked up more than 1 tube!  The Bath &BodyWorks 24 hour moisture Ultra Shea Body Cream is one of my favorites to use after a shower, especially in the winter.  Repurchase?  Always, and once again always on sale!
  • Wella Thermal Image Heat Protection Spray - I think I recieved this spray in a TopBox, a few years ago....  I really liked it and it lasted forever.  It made my hair shiney and soft and helped keep my hair straight when I used a flat iron.  Repurchase?  I am not even sure if it is available anymore and I have a few other heat protectant sprays to get through.  Maybe?
  • Nivea Invisible For Black & White Anti-Perspirant - I received this anti-perspirant in my Elle Canada Grand Prix testing products, if you would like to see what my first impressions were of it you can read it here.  I really liked this anti-perspirant, it worked and didn't stain any of my clothes!  Repurchase?  Yes!
  • Bath & BodyWorks PocketBac Honeydew Cooler - I have started using these little hand sanitizers again lately.  They are a great size to cli to your purse and take anywhere with you.  They aren't the most cost effective but they comein some great scents!  Honeydew Cooler has a nice fresh scent that again lingers, I have ot be careful using some of the scents at work but this one seems to pass!  Repurchase? Yes.
  • Schick Intuition Advanced Moisture refill - I go through at least one of these a month, not having to mess around with shave cream and a razor at 5am is a very good thing!  Not to mention they are a great price at Costco, razor plus 12 refills for under $30 CAD, lasts me almost a year.  Repurchase? Always.
  • Curl Keeper Ultimate Hold with Frizz Control - I think I got this in a Birchbox? not to sure.  I have been using this gel when I am going to let my hair air dry.  It helped to keep my hair from going frizzy and also hold the wave in for the day.  I was worried that it would leave my hair crunchy but it did not!  I have another sample that I am working through now, not to sure on where I can pick this up though.  Repurchase?  If I can find it!

Next we have some face care.

 Face care/perfume empties for June 2016.

Face care/perfume empties for June 2016.

  • Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes - What can I say, I like a few things I can pick up at Costco!  I use these everyday to wipe my face off of the makeup remover I use before I use my Clarisonic.  I find that I do have to store them upside down so that they stay moist, other than that I can't find anything that works as good as these do.  Especially for the price.  The wipes have a nice texture to them that seems to help remove my makeup.  Repurchase?  Always.
  • Fluffs Cotton Pads - I use these cotton pads for everything!  They have a good thickness that doesn't seem to absorb all the products I use them with.  They also don't leave any bits of cotton my face!  I use them to remove eye makeup, nail polish, and to apply my toner.  They are $1.25 at Dollarama and you get 100 in the package.  Repurchase? Always.
  • Neat & Easy Deep Cleansing Nose strips - Another Dollarama find!  $3? for a box at Dollarama.  I find that these work just as well at cleaning out my pores on my nose as Biore, at a fraction of the price.  I keep meaning to use these more frequently, and than I forget!  I am hoping to use these more!  Repurchase? Yes.
  • Garnier Clean Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser - I received this from Garnier back in March of 2015....I kind of forgot about it until I used up FaceShop cleanser and was cleaning out my bathroom!  I finished it off and still liked it!  I wouldn't use it alone as my main method of removing makeup but it works great as a first step.  Repurchase?  Maybe, but I do really like the Faceshop Mango Seed one best.
  • Marcelle Gentle Make-Up For Sensitive Eyes - I think I got this travel size in a gratis bag from the Womens Show a few months ago.  I was not expecting to like this as my sister hates it!  But I did really like it, it removed my eye makeup (including water proof mascara) easily and without much rubbing.  That is a huge plus for me as I don't need any help getting more wrinkles there!  This is a bi-phase cleanser so if you don't shake it to mix it it doesn't do anything!  I found it comparable to Lancôme at a slightly lower price.  Repurchase?  I probably will whenever I run out off my samples....
  • Tarte Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost MOisturizer - I got this sample size in 2 kits I picked up in the Spring, Skin Squad and Make A Splash.  So I actually have another sample of this to use up but I think I may wait until the fall.  I liked this but did find it to be maybe just a little to moisturizing for my skin right now during the daytime, under makeup.  The scent of this is great though, if you like citrus scents.  Repurchase? I doubt it, I have other moisturizers I like better.
  • Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel - Another sample from the Spring sets I picked up.  I didn't really like this cleanser at all though.  I found it to be quite drying and my face felt really tight after using it.  Maybe that's why the moisturizer is so moisturizing?!  I am going to give my daughter the other sample I have of this, maybe she will like it better than I did.  Repurchase? No.
  • Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask - A deluxe sample from a favorites set maybe?  I didn't notice any difference when I used this mask.  My face didn't feel more moisturized or less moisturized, the later is a good thing!  I like trying out skincare in sample sizes so I can decide if it is something I want to buy full size of without buying a full size.  Repurchase? No.
  • Josie Maran Argan Oil - Yay!  I used up a skincare sample!  I have started using Argan Oil at night as part of my nightly skincare routine.  I mix 2 drops in with my serum and it seems to be making my skin feel more hydrated when I wake up in the morning.  I was worried that oil would make my skin oilier but that has not been the case.  I do have quite a few more samples to get through so I think it will be awhile before I need to purchase any.  Repurchase? Yes. eventually.
  • Lancôme La vie est belle - I didn't finish this perfume sample, the scent just is not for me at all.  On my skin all I can smell are the floral notes, and they are strong.  Repurchase? No
  • Clean Sueded Oud - I don't know what it is about this scent but I really liked it.  It lasted all day on me and wasn't really strong, just a nice clean scent!  Almost masculine, but not quite.  Repurchase? Maybe
  • Marchesa Parfum D'Extase - 3 perfume samples!  Another light fresh scent that I liked wearing while it lasted!   Even though this perfume has a floral scent it seemed to work for me, not to strong, just right.  Repurchase?  Maybe.
 A little something different, candle empties!

A little something different, candle empties!

I have recently rediscovered my love for scented candles!  I used to love burning candles, not sure why I stopped actually.  Anyway I have started again, and this time I have found Yankee Candle!  I will be posting a 'little' candle haul later on, Yankee Candle has had a few great sales that I just had to indulge in!  I like Fresh, Fruity, Sweet scents.  

  • Orange Dreamsicle - I picked this candle up thinking it would smell like an Orange Dreamsicle, which I love!  Sadly, to my nose it didn't quite capture the scent.  I got really tired of this scent really quickly.  It didn't smell like orange, nor did it smell sweet, it just smelled a little weird.  I couldn't wait to finish this candle to get rid of it..  I did however find out that I really don't like the Large jar candles, they are a pain to light, BBQ lighter is needed for these!  It also made a big mess on the rim of the jar, a lot of soot, keep away from your light colored walls!  Repurchase? No
  • Pure Radiance Crackling After Dark - I wanted to try out one of the Crackling candles and this was the scent I found that I liked the most.  I did like this candle but I won't be buying another Crackling candle, when it is burning you have to watch as the wood wick sends sparkes out.  The sound of the wood burning was very soothing, but I was not happy when I saw sparks coming out.  Repurchase?  No
  • Sunset Breeze Votive - I loved the scent of this candle!  It has a great Fresh, Fruity scent with a great throw!  I could smell this candle on the whole level of my house that I was burning it on, but it also wasn't overpowering in my office!  Repurchase?  I already have, a few times!
  • Catching Rays Votive - Another great scent for me!  This scent is more orange, I think, whatever it is I like it!  Great throw on this one to, and still not to overpowering.  Repurchase?  Yes again a few times.
  • Bahama Breeze Votive - Can you tell I like Fruity scents?!  Same as the previous 2, great all around.  Repurchase?  You betcha!

That was a lot of product!  I finished off a few full sized items that have been hanging around with just a bit left in them.  Do you do that at all?  Switch to something else when a product is almost done?  I am trying to get through the Sample Stash, but I keep forgetting about the products.  I think I may have a new system to get through them, I'll let you know later this month what I am going to try out!  Did you finish up many products last month?  Working on a Sample Stash of your own?  Let me know!

My Elle Quebec/Canada Beauty Grand Prix Reveals - Part 2 -Deodorants

Back in March I told you all about getting chosen to participate in teh Elle Quebec/Canada Beauty Grand Prix and gave you a look at the products and categories of the products that I was sent to blind test.  Well the testing is over and I have submitted my log book and gave my opinion on all 18 products I received.  If you want to read about the introduction you can click here, and Part 1 - Body scrubs here.  I received products in Body Scrub (3), Deodorants (3), Face Serum (5), and Dry Shampoo (6).  I was a little surprised on what some of the products were once I was able to get all the sparkly tape and residue off.  Let me tell you I learned quickly the best way to get tape gunk off!  Hint-Peanut butter and patience won out for me!

 The shiney Mystery products.

The shiney Mystery products.

As I had said in my Part 1 post, to not make this a marathon read, I have broken up the post into each of the 4 categories that I received.  

Part 2 - Deodorants-

 4 shiney Mystery Deodorants!

4 shiney Mystery Deodorants!

Part 2 is all about deodorant!  Not the most glamorous bunch of products, but they are all products that we use everyday.  Before I received my Elle package I had been using Men's Right Guard for my anti-perspirant as I was finding that women's just wasn't cutting it for me!  I am happy to say that I was able to find a couple in the bunch that worked well for me!   Again I tested in numerical order to make it easy on myself.  I thought I knew what each one was, I was wrong about one of them! 

For the testing of the Deodorants we were told to use them for a minimum duration of 7 days.  Directions were all to apply directly to under arms, except for 204-spray under arms.  

00 - Nivea Invisible for black & white-

  • Texture - Stick Solid.
  • Ease of application - applied smoothly
  • Effectiveness over the course of the day - Worked great for the whole day.
  • Side effects - I didn't notice any.
  • Scent - I loved the fresh scent of this, it lasted all day but wasn't overpowering in the least.

Thoughts - The Nivea Deodorant felt creamy going on and has a great fresh scent that wasn't overpowering at all.  I didn't notice that it left any residue on my clothes either which was a bonus!  Price $5.99 CAD.

140 - Clarins Déodorant Roll-On - 

  • Texture - cream roll on, felt slimy!
  • Ease of application - This needed to be shaken before each use.
  • Effectiveness over the course of the day - This seemed to work well at first until about the 9 hour mark....
  • Side effects - This seemed to take forever to dry!  I was flapping my arms like a chicken trying to get it to dry so I could finish getting dressed for work!
  • Scent - Another great fresh scent that wasn't overpowering, at first at least!

Thoughts - This was the one that I was wrong about what product it was!  I thought this was a Nivea Roll On, I had no clue that Clarins made Deodorant.  This one made me remember why I didn't like Roll-On deodorant, they go on so wet and slimy feeling, not a great way to start your day.  I was also disappointed when I noticed that it did not last the whole day.  After the first day I started tossing this in my purse so I could 'freshen' it up at lunch!  Price $21.00 CAD.

204 - Dove Dry Spray - 

  • Texture - Dry spray
  • Ease of application - I really didn't like this at all, for it's intended purpose that is!  I don't know about you but I needed to look where I was spraying, not a good thing as I ended up breathing it in and than proceeding to cough like crazy!
  • Effectiveness over the course of the day - This was another one that didn't last until bedtime!  It did however last longer than the Clarins!  About 12 hours.
  • Side effects - A lot of coughing during application.
  • Scent - Nice fresh scent with a bit of floral?  Not sure but I did like it.

Thoughts - I found out very quickly that I am not a fan of dry spray deodorants!  It did dry very quickly and without any residue which was a bonus.  I have found another use for this though that keeps the coughing to a minimum!  I had read somewhere, I am sorry I can't remember were, to use a spray deodorant if you have chafing!  It works like a charm for this!  Price $7.99 CAD.

227 - Secret Clinical Invisible Solid -

  • Texture - Solid.
  • Ease of application - This applied very smoothly and didn't drag.
  • Effectiveness over the course of the day - This lasted all day!  No unwanted smells at all! 
  • Side effects - I didn't notice any.
  • Scent - A great fresh clean scent.

Thoughts - I really liked this deodorant a lot.  It went on smoothly and I didn't have to wait for it to dry!  The scent was a fresh clean scent that wasn't overpowering but it worked.  Price $10.99 CAD.

Once again after I had submitted my log book from the testing, it calculated my answers and gave me my favorite of the 4.  For me it showed as the last one, Secret Clinical Invisible Solid.  Secret did what it was supposed to do without any unwanted side effects.  Went on smoothly, clean fresh scent, and it worked!  Nivea would have to be a close second as it to did it's job well.  I am glad that I found another use for the Dove Dry Spray that works great for me.  Clarins made me realize that Roll-On is not the kind of deodorant for me, as well as expensive doesn't always mean better.

I know that deodorant isn't the most exciting product to read about but it is something most of use on a daily basis.  For me, it was worth it to find out that there are Deodorants out there besides Men's that can work for me when I am having some hot moments!

Did you know what the products were by the packaging?  Did you know that Clarins made Deodorant, or did you think it was Nivea as well?

My Elle Quebec/Canada Beauty Grand Prix reveals! Part 1 - Body Scrubs

Happy Canada Day long weekend!  I hope you get to enjoy and celebrate the long weekend if you are living in Canada!  Back in March I told you all about getting chosen to participate in the Elle Quebec/Canada Beauty Grand Prix and gave you a look at the products and categories of the products that I was sent to blind test.  If you want to check out that post you can click here.  Well, the testing is finally over and I have submitted my log book and gave my opinion on all 18 products I received.  I received products in Body Scrub (3), Deodorants (3), Face Serum (5), and Dry Shampoo (6).  I was a little surprised on what some of the products were once I was able to get all the sparkly tape off.  Let me tell you I learned quickly the best way to get tape gunk off!  Hint-Peanut butter and patience won out for me!

 All the shiney wrapped Mystery products.

All the shiney wrapped Mystery products.

I want to give you my thoughts on each product and so as not to make this post a 30 minute marathon read, I have decided to split it up into 4 parts.  Each part will be on a separate category.

First up are the Body Scrubs-

 3 shiney wrapped Body Scrubs.

3 shiney wrapped Body Scrubs.

I tested each product in numerical order, I figured that would be the easiest way to keep track of them!  I had no idea on what any of the Body Scrubs were as this is an area that I previously had not used many products from.  For the testing we were asked to use each product for a minimum duration of 3-5 days over 10 days.  Directions were - Under shower or in bath, rub gently over body, concentrating on the elbows, knees and heels.  Rinse well.  

058 - Moroccanoil Body Buff Rose Petal Exfoliant -

  • Texture - I found the scrub to be thick and kind of slimy feeling.  The granules sink to the bottom of the jar so you do need to 'stir' it before each use.
  • Application - I am not a fan of products in pots no matter what it is, I hate sticking my fingers in things!  
  • Exfoliation - One of the places the Moroccanoil excelled in was in how well it exfoliates!  It had the right amount of granules to get a good scrub, but not enough to be irritating.
  • Skin after rinsing - I found that on the days I used this, I almost didn't need to use moisturizer it was that moisturizing.
  • Scent - This is the worst thing about it!  It has a very strong rose scent that hangs around for quite a while afterwards.  

Thoughts - Once you get past the scent, or if you like rose scent, I loved this product.  The scent stayed on the skin for quite awhile and in the bathroom!  Felt slimy/sticky when applying but easily washed away.  I would really liked to have seen an applicator included with this product so you didn't have to 'stir' it with your fingers each time.  Price $52.oo CAD.

078 - Dans un Jardin -

  • Texture - I found this scrub to be very thick!  It was a good thing that they included an applicator because if you needed to use your fingers in this one you would have ended up with a lot under your nails!  It had the texture of a thick paste.
  • Application - Another product in a pot,the included spatula made this product a lot easier to get out of the tub.
  • Exfoliation - This at first felt like I was rubbing sandpaper on my body, but then it quickly melted and there was no more exfoliating to be had!  It was very weird.
  • Skin after rinsing - I found my skin to be softer after using this body scrub but I could tell were I had first applied it to my skin as it was a little irritated.
  • Scent - This one has a slight strawberry, fruity scent.  It wasn't overpowering, just nice!

Thoughts - This scrub is very thick and rough at first but the granules quickly melt away.  Because of this I felt like I needed to use more to get an even exfoliation.  Price $19.95 CAD.

143 - Clarins Exfoliating Body Scrub For Smooth Skin -

  • Texture - I found this scrub to be really creamy with a perfect amount of 'grit' to it!
  • Application - Finally, a tube!  I loved the fact that this scrub came in a tube, no mess, it made it so much easier to use.
  • Exfoliation - This body scrub had the right amount of granules, enough to feel like it was doing its job but not enough to feel like I was rubbing sandpaper over my body.
  • Skin after rinsing - I found my skin felt softer after using, I did need to use a moisturizer afterwards though.
  • Scent - This body scrub has a nice soft fresh scent that didn't cling to my body, or bathroom!  I was able to smell just my moisturizer afterwards.

Thoughts - I found that I used more of this at a time as it is a bit thick coming out of the tube.  It didn't seem to spread as easily at first as some others I have tried.  Price $45.00 CAD.

 And here are all the Body Scrubs, minus the sparkly tape.

And here are all the Body Scrubs, minus the sparkly tape.

After I had submitted my log book for the testing, I was told which products in each category were my favorites.  For the Body Scrub it showed Clarins as being my favorite of the 3.  Clarins, for me ticked a lot of boxes, Scent, packaging ( a TUBE!!), and feel.  The only thing I didn't like was that it seemed that I used more product than the others as it did come out thick and took a bit for it to spread.  The Moroccanoil was a great product, once I got past the scent!  If I was to find another scent on sale I wouldn't hesitate to buy it.  The $52.oo CAD price tag is a little steep.  Dans un Jardin has a great scent, but was a little to harsh for my skin.  I will use it up as a hand scrub, I think it will be great for getting the dirt off my hands after working outside this summer!

I really enjoyed trying out all the products in the Body Scrub category, especially as it was something I hadn't used much of in the past.  I have Keratosis Pilaris on my upper arms and legs and after having tested out the body scrubs I have found that the bumps have gone down a lot.  I do still have redness my skin does feel smoother than it has in a long time.  I will now make Body scrubs part of my regular routine!

Did you know what any of the products where just by the shape of the package?  Did any pique your interest?



Trip Through My Trash - April and May 2016

I am back!  Just needed some time to get caught up on personal things.  This new schedule has been kicking my butt lately.  Who would have thought that Monday to Friday 7-3 would be so hard!  I really miss my 12 hour shifts, you worked long hours but also got stretches of days off.  Anyway I am working on getting more organized with blogging so hopefully I can get caught up.  I think I may start back only posting twice a week and see how that goes, if I find that I can handle that without to much trouble I may go back to three times a week.

I have quite a lot of empties for the past 2 months!  I think that I will go back to posting monthly on these, I think 2 months is just too long to have all this trash sitting around!  Not to mention it makes the post REALLY long!

I thought I would start off with the Body care products I used up over April and May.

 Body care empties for April and May.

Body care empties for April and May.

  • Bath & Body Works Foaming Hand Soap in Fresh Sparkling Snow and Tahitan Paradise-Neither of these hand soaps really stood out to me, but if I had to pick a favorite it would be the Tahitan Paradise, it smelled just a tad fresher to me.  My son nor my husband complained about either one so that is a good sign!  Repurchase? I always pick up the Bath & Body Works hand soaps when they are on sale, and usually in all different scents!
  • Quo Luxury Cotton Pads - I picked up this bag of cotton pads on sale for $4.99, I thought it would be a nice change from my regular Dollarama ones.  They were ok but I won't repurchase them, they seemed to soak up a lot of product, more than my Dollarama ones!  They were soft though and didn't leave fluff on my face or nails.  Repurchase? No
  • Fluffs Cotton Pads - My favorite cotton pads!  100 for just over a dollar.  I really like these cotton pads for toner and removing nail polish.  They seem to hold just enough product without waste.  Repurchase?  Always!
  • Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes 30ct x2 - My face wipes of choice!  I have said it plenty of times, I just can't find another face wipe for the price that is as good as these ones.  I usually use these to wipe of makeup remover after I have massaged it into my face before I use my Clarisonic, and the occasional time I am to lazy to use my clarisonic I will use them to remove my makeup.  They work great either way.  Repurchase?  Always!
  • Bath & Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Shower Gel - This shower gel is ok, I found it to be a little drying in the cooler months.  I think it would be ok in the Spring/Summer months.  The scent was very strong on this one and I got tired of it fairly quickly!  I prefer Nivea shower gel in the orange scent.  Repurchase?  I might try this out in a different scent in the future.
  • Bath & Body Works 24 hour moisture Ultra Shea Body Cream in Mediterranean Blue Waters and Fresh Sparkling Snow - I really like the 24 hour body cream from Bath & Body Works.  It is very moisturizing and comes in a tube!  2 of the most important things for me!  Both scents were nice but my favorite was Mediterranean Blue Water, it has a great fresh scent that isn't to overpowering.  Repurchase?  I have already picked up another 2 tubes of Mediterranean Blue Waters!
  • Schick INtuition Razor Refills x2 - I used 2 different 'scents/formulas' of these but I honestly didn't really notice a difference in them.  The Intuition is my razor of choice, at 5am I just don't want to mess around with to many things in the shower!  Having to not worry about shaving cream is great for me.  Repurchase?  Always!
  • Naobay Natural & Organic Oxygenating Cream - I think I must have gotten this in a Birchbox at some time.  I didn't use this on my face but instead used it as a hand cream at work.  I didn't find that this moisturizer did much of anything for me, I had to reapply it quite frequently, the tube only lasted 3 days!  The scent was light but that was the best part of it.  Repurchase? Nope
  • Avène Cold Cream Hand Cream - I had high hopes for this hand cream, sadly it didn't live up to my expectations.  Again the moisturizing effect just didn't last long at all at work.  The scent was the best part of this hand cream as well.  Repurchase? No

Getting closer to the good stuff!  Face care empties -

 Face care empties for April and May 2016.

Face care empties for April and May 2016.

  • Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel - This is my second bottle of Thayers Witch Hazel.  I use it as my toner after I wash my face before my regular skincare routine.  I find that it works great for getting the last little bit of residue that may have gotten left behind.  I really liked the Rose scent and would have picked it up again but they were out of it.  Repurchase? I already did!
  • Masque Bar Wrinkle Reducing Sheet Mask - I picked up a box with 5 of these in the clearance section at Shopper's for $1.99, I figured under .50 a mask was a great price to try them out!  It fits ok on my face but I do find that between my nose and mouth dries out really quickly when I wore it.  I didn't notice a difference when I used it but I did only use 1 so far.  I will let you know if I do notice anything!  Repurchase? Not to sure, but if I found more for $1.99 I would probably pick them up!
  • Eye Repair Spa Dark Circle Reducer Eye Patches - I picked up a box of 5 of these at the same time I picked up the previous sheet masks for the same price!  I am always willing to try something that promises to help dark circles.  I again have only used 1, it felt really cooling when I had them on, no noticeable difference yet though!  Repurchase?  Again if I found them for a good price I would probably pick them up.
  • Neat & Easy Deep Cleansing Nose Strips x3 - I pick these up at Dollarama and find that they do just as good a job as Biore but for a fraction of the price!  Repurchase? Always!
  • The Face Shop Apple Peeling Gel - I got a sample of this when I picked up another tub of the Mango Seed Makeup Removing Cream.  I could not get this peel off so it was a mess trying to get it off of my face.  I also didn't notice any difference other than my face felt slightly drier than before I used it.  Repurchase? No
  • Mac Pro Eye Makeup Remover - I choose this sample when I ordered the Mac Sculpting palette.  I really liked this eye makeup remover a lot, it didn't sting my eyes and easily removed my eye makeup.  Repurchase? It is on my list to maybe purchase after I use up the samples I have!
  • Origins Modern Friction - A little of this exfoliator goes along way!  I got this sample size in a Sephora Favorites set I think?  It lasted me forever, It is a nice gentle exfoliator that didn't feel like it was scratching my skin.  The only complaint I have about it is do not get this in your eyes!  IT really stung my eyes when I got it in them.  But that is the only negative I have, it feels great when you are using it and it really seems to get my face clean.  It also didn't leave any residue on my face after rinsing.  Repurchase?  It has been added to my list of maybes.
  • Clarisonic Radiance Head - I believe I have found my favorite brush head for my Clarisonic!  This one is gentle on my face, no scratching feeling at all!  Even with feeling so gentle it removed the last traces of makeup and left my face feeling clean!  Repurchase?  Yes
  • Estèe Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye - I used up 1 of the deluxe sample jars that I had picked up late last year in a value kit.  I really like this night-time eye cream, it is more of a gel consistency and it feels so good when I put it on.  I use this every night and do find that my eye area is nice and moisturized when I wake up.  Repurchase? I still have 2 more deluxe samples left!
  • The Body Shop Camomile Gentle Eye Make-up Remover - This travel size came in The Body Shop Boxing Day Bag that I had picked up.  It was one of the products I was looking forward to trying out.  I really wanted to like this eye makeup remover, but sadly I didn't find it did that great of a job.  Not only did I have to use quite a bit and it still didn't remove everything, but it also stung my eyes.  Repurchase? No
  • Laneige Water Sleeping Mask - I got this sleeping mask from INfluenster late last summer to try out.  I didn't quite like it then but loved it over the Winter months!  I used this a few times a week at night and my face felt so moisturized when I woke up.  I think for my combo skin this is a better ft over the cooler/dry months.  Repurchase? It is on the list for next winter.

Finally! The make up empties!

 The good stuff, Makeup empties for April and May 2016.

The good stuff, Makeup empties for April and May 2016.

  • Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Foundation - I got this sample from Sephora to try out and at first I found it to be to heavy.  But than I tried it with a Beauty Blender, love it!  When I used a foundation brush I found this to be fairly heavy and makeup-y looking but the beauty blender seemed to make it just blend into my skin so well.  The lassting power was great as well, I would put this on at 530am and when I washed my face at 9pm it was still there!  Repurchase? It is on the list for Imats!
  • Clinique High Impact Mascara - I usually like the formula, brush, and weartime of CLiniques High Impact Mascara.  But I think this deluxe sample may have been on the old side as it seemed to be fairly dry even when I first opened it.  The natural bristles on the wand seem to give me tons of volume and it doesn't usually smudgeo n me, but this one did.  Repurchase?  I still have quite a lot of deluxe and full size mascaras to get through and usually get thisin a GWP when I pick up my day moisturizer so I have never had to buy a full size.  I might buy a full size if needed though.
  • Estèe Lauder DayWear BB Creme - This BB Cream had fairly good coverage!  I really liked it when I first put it on but within 3 hours it had given me the dreaded polka dot face, completely sunk into every pore on my face.  I am glad I tried this out in a sample size so I didn't waste money on it.  I think if you don't have larger pores this might be a great option, especially for summer as it has SPF of 35.  Repurchase? No
  • Marc Jacobs Highliner in Brown(out) - I love the these liners!  They are great for tightlining and in the waterline.  One of a few liners that actually stays longer than an hour there for me!  This pencil isn't done but I guess I left the cap off and it dried out on me.  I am a huge fan of brown liners as I don't find them as harsh as black for me.  Repurchase? I think I may bite the bullet and pick one up at the next Sephora sale.
  • UD All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray - A full size beauty product!!  I use this everyday that I put makeup on, it seems to make my makeup melt into my skin.  I'm not entirely sure if it helps my makeup last longer but I think it might?  Repurchase? I already have.  I am curious about Model In A bottle, I think thats what it is called, maybe they will have that one at Imats this year, if they do I will be picking one up!
  • Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium - Up until I tried out the Make Me Brow from Essence I was all set to pick up anpther tube of this.  I like using it on days when I am just to lazy to bother being meticulous about my brows!  It gives my blonde brows some colour and helps hide the few grey ones I seem to have now.  Repurchase? Nope, I have found a cheaper option!
  • Sephora Colourful Blush in Sweet On You! - I was actually quite surprised by how pigmented and longwearing this blush was.  I only had to tap my brush on the card to get enough for each cheek and it lasted all day.  This little sample card had enough product for me to use this blush all week.  Repurchase?  I wouldn't say no to picking up one if I find a shade that I don't already have.
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash - I was hoping to really like this mascara, and I did really like how it made my lashes look.  I didn't like that it smudged on me within a couple hours.  Maybe I got a bad sample?  I know a lot of people really like this and I haven't seen anyone else say that it smudged on them.  ither that or I have the OILIEST eyes ever!  Repurchase? No
  • Miss Dior perfume sample - I liked this perfume and was asked quite a bit what I was wearing on the days I wore this to work.  It does have a floral scent but it isn't overpowering.  It wasn't a strong scent, just about right!  Repurchase?  Maybe
  • Angel perfume sample - I liked this perfume but it is a very strong scent.  It's not a flowery scent though, just very strong!  Not one I can wear to wrok!  Repurchase? No
  • Nest Amazon Lily perfume sample - I wasn't a huge fan of this perfume.  It has a very strong lily scent that sticks around.  A tad to flowery for me.  Repurchase? No

I was able to use up quite a few products over the past 2 months!  But sadly, not many from my Sample Stash.  

March and April Favorites

Wow, March and April went by far to fast for me!  It seemed like I had just written my first favorites post and it was time to write another  one.  I have discovered a few new products over the past 2 months, one out of necessity, and another by recommendation from my sister.  But by far my favorite thing for the past 2 months has been my new office/makeup room!  We have been working on this room for awhile now, its still not done but its getting closer!  A few trips to Ikea, a few online orders from Ikea, love that we have a pickup point in London now, and a weekend spent painting.  Now comes the fun part of organizing everything and decorating it!

 Still a work in process, but here is my makeup/office desk so far.

Still a work in process, but here is my makeup/office desk so far.

Another favorite for the past 2 months has been testing out all the products I recieved for the Elle Canada Grand Prix.  It has been a lot of fun trying out so many different products, having no clue as to what they are other than Dry Shampoo, Body Scrub, Face Serums, and Deodorants!  I have found a few products in the bunch that I really like and some that I really didn't like at all!  It will be fun to know exactly what the products are and if I am surprised by any of them.  I have been writing in a journal my thoughts on all the products as I try them and what if I have a guess as to what they are.  The Face Serums I would still like to give them more than a week trial so that I can see if I find that they make any difference after having using them longer than a week.  My thoughts after I finish all the testing will be more of a first impression more than anything until after I give them at least a month of continued use.  The Dry Shampoos didn't take long before I knew if I liked them or not!  The Body Scrubs, I found 1 I really liked but hated the smell!  Hoping that it comes in a different scent!  Deodorants where fairly easy to, I was reminded as to why I didn't like certain types!

 All the shiny Elle Canada Grand Prix products!

All the shiny Elle Canada Grand Prix products!

And lastly the beauty products I was loving for the past 2 months -

 My March-April beauty favorites.

My March-April beauty favorites.

  • Urban Decay Naked Basics palette - I have been using this palette a lot the past 2 months, W.O.S. is my favorite blending shade!  I use it most days to help blend out any harsh lines.  Naked 2 is another shade I discovered over the past few months, it is a great crease shade when I am looking to do an easy 'natural' eye look.
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Exposed - I have been reaching for this blush on most days.  If I am in a rush and don't want to think about what blush to wear, Exposed has been my go to!  Perfect neutral blush that goes with any look!
  • Essence Make Me Brow in Blondy Brows - This was a surprise favorite for me.  If you want to know my thoughts on it you can check out my review here.  But needlesss to say, I love it!
  • Beauty Blender - regular and mini - I have had the beauty blender sitting in a box since Imats 2014....and never tried it out until April!  I have been getting a mole treated on my face with liquid nitrogen by my doctor and it is really dry.  I didn't want to mess around the area with a brush and remembered I had the beauty blender so thought I would give it a try.  I see what all the hype is about them!  It blends in foundation so flawlessly and doesn't take a lot of work to get it there.  It has also been a lot gentler on the mole area than a brush would have been.  I have noticed that it gives a sheerer finish than a brush, but I have been liking that lately.
  • Sephora Glass Nail File - My sister told me I needed this nail file.  She was right!  I have tried other glass files and didn't find they did much of anything for my nails, it took forever to file my nails with them, not with the Sephora brand one.  The Sephora brand Glass file does a great job of cleaning up the rough edges of my nails.  I have also chipped a nail while out and only had this file it took no time to get rid of the rough edges and I didn't end up catching the rough edge on anything!

I had quite a few favorites for the past few months, although, I don't know what some of them are yet.  I am testing out the last dry shampoo now and need to have my log book submited by May 20th.  Once I am done with that I will post about the products in a bit more detail!  I am so glad that I gve the Essence Make Me Brow a try, it will definitly be a repurchase.  I will also keep you posted on how my organizing is going.  Right now I am trying to figure out how best to organize the beauty products!  I have pretty much organized the office side of the desk, the easy part!  

What about you, did you have any favorite products over the past few months?  Any due to necessity? Or recomendations?  Doing any re-organizing?  I am all for any hints/tricks!  Let me know in the comments.


Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks - Swatches!

In case you didn't know, Sephora and Urban Decay have all 3 formulas of the Revolution lipsticks on sale right now for $13 CAD.  So of course I figured I needed a few more, to try out the different formulas.  I only had 1 Revolution lipstick in the shade 'Naked', and have been tempted to try out the other 2 formulas, Sheer and Matte, but just hadn't gotten around to it.  I really like the formula of the Revolution lipstick, for me they last a good 4 hours without needing any touch-up, ony needing to be touched up after eating.  They also feel really moisturizing and doesn't dry out my lips at all, which is a bonus!  I also found in my Sample Stash samples of the Revolution formula as well as the Sheer.  I thought it might be interesting to see swatches of the ones I, and of course my sister, have so you could see them beside other shades.

In the Revolution formula I/we have -

 Urban Decay Revolution LIpsticks in Naked, Fiend, and Rapture.

Urban Decay Revolution LIpsticks in Naked, Fiend, and Rapture.

 Swatches of Urban Decay Revolution lIpsticks in Naked, Fiend, and Rapture.

Swatches of Urban Decay Revolution lIpsticks in Naked, Fiend, and Rapture.

Naked - nude pink - the perfect color lipstick when you don't know what shade to wear!

Fiend - muted rose - my sister and I both wanted this one but it was the last one, I am sure my sister would let me borrow it!

Rapture - dusty rose - another great neutral shade, I am pretty sure I have a few similar shades, another one of my sisters!

In my Sample Stash I have -

 Swatches of Urban Decay Revolution LIpsticks in 69, Rush, Streak, and Liar.

Swatches of Urban Decay Revolution LIpsticks in 69, Rush, Streak, and Liar.

69 - bright red with pink undertone - way out of my comfort zone but I love reds on other people.

Rush - pink-mauve - would be a great everyday shade.

Streak - coral pink -  I was going to pick up this shade as i have been looking for a coral, but I chickened out!

Liar - pinky-brown nude - I had this one in my hand but then my sister reminded me that I probably have a few similar to this one!

In the Revolution formula there are 18 shades - Naked2(medium beige nude0, Liar(pinky-brown nude), Lovelight(pale peachy pink shimmer), Naked(nude pink), Native(pale pink), Turn On(rosy pink), Piend(muted rose), Rapture(dusty rose), Rush(pink mauve), Streak(coral pink), Anarchy(bright fushia), Jilted(deep fuchsia shimmer with blue shift), Catfight(pink-fuchsia with slight red undertone),69(bright red with pink undertone), F-Bomb(classic red), Bang(bright orange-red), Manic(soft wine), and Venom(bright plum).  There is a shade for everyone here, and I love the formula.

In the Sheer formula I/we have -

 Urban Decay Sheer Revolution LIpsticks in Sheer Liar, Sheer Rapture, Sheer Slowburn, and Sheer Shame.

Urban Decay Sheer Revolution LIpsticks in Sheer Liar, Sheer Rapture, Sheer Slowburn, and Sheer Shame.

 Swatches of Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipsticks in Sheer Liar, Sheer Rapture, Sheer Slowburn, and Sheer Shame.

Swatches of Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipsticks in Sheer Liar, Sheer Rapture, Sheer Slowburn, and Sheer Shame.

Sheer Liar - sheer pinky-brown nude - my daughter actually picked this one up, it is her first lipstick!  She loves it, just a hint of color.

Sheer Rapture - sheer dusty rose - I know I said I probably have a few in this shade, but I don't have any in a sheer formula!

Sheer slowburn - sheer orange-red - I picked up this shade as my coral, it is bright but you can wear it sheer or build it up, I figure I can get comfortable with it sheerer than slowly build my way up!

Sheer Shame - sheer berry - this was my sister's first Urban Decay lipstick, she picked it up in the fall to get herself more comfortable with darker shades.  I am still debating whether or not to go pick this one up, I really like it!

In my Sample Stash I have -

 Swatches of Urban Decay Sheer Revolution lipstick in Sheer Ladyflower, Sheer Anarchy, Sheer Shame, and Sheer Walk of Shame.

Swatches of Urban Decay Sheer Revolution lipstick in Sheer Ladyflower, Sheer Anarchy, Sheer Shame, and Sheer Walk of Shame.

Sheer Ladyflower - sheer rose-pink - they were sold out of this one, I was looking at it!

Sheer Anarchy - sheer fushia - a little to pink for me.

Sheer Shame - sheer berry - again I really have to decide if I am going to pick it up before they are sold out in store!

Sheer Walk Of Shame - sheer pale nude-pink - I don't see any pink in this one at all, to me it looks like a colorless gloss.

There are 10 shades in the Sheer Revolution formula - Sheer Walk of Shame(sheer pale nude-pink), Sheer Liar(sheer pinky-brown nude), Sheer Obsessed(sheer baby pink), Sheer Rapture(sheer dusty rose), Sheer Ladyflower(sheer rose-pick), Sheer anarchy(sheer fuchsia), Sheer Streak(sheer coral-pink), Sheer Slowburn(sheer orange-red), Sheer F-Bomb(sheer red), and Sheer Shame(sheer berry).  Even though they are called 'sheer' you can really build them up with only a few swipes on your lips.  A great way to work yourself up to wearing bolder colors.

In the Matte formula I picked up -

 Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Matte Stark Naked and Matte Bad Blood.

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Matte Stark Naked and Matte Bad Blood.

 Swatches of Urban Decay matte Revolution Lipsticks in Matte Stark Naked and Matte Bad Blood.

Swatches of Urban Decay matte Revolution Lipsticks in Matte Stark Naked and Matte Bad Blood.

Matte Stark Naked - matte light nude - of course I would pick up a nude shade to try out the formula!

Matte Bad Blood - matte deep red - I wasn't planning on picking up another shade but I went home and got to thinking, I don't have a red lipstick....I went back and had some help to pick up a red that would suit me.  I am not sure if I will ever wear it outside the house, but I have a red lipstick that looks good on me!

There are 9 shades in the Matte Revolution formula - Matte Stark Naked(matte light nude), 1993(matte medium brown), Bad Blood(matte deep red), Matte Temper(matte bright orange red), Tilt(matte bright orange), Menace(matte medium fushia pink), Bittersweet(matte bright purple), and Afterdark(matte deep berry wine).  There is probably a matte shade for everyone!

I like that they made the outside tube just a little different shade for each formula.  Gunmetal shade for Revolution, pale purple for the Sheer and black for the Mattes.  I think it will make it easier when loking for a formula, as long as you remember which color of tube is for which formula!

I ended up picking up a few from the Sheer formula as well as the Matte formula, both of which I haven't tried before.  I am looking forward to seeing if I like the other 2 formulas as much as I like the Revolution lipstick that I already had.  On Sephoras site, all the shades are showing as out of stock but I would go into your Sephora store to see what they have instock.  I was in my Sephora just the other day and they still had most shades in stock, if they don't have a shade you are wanting just ask, it may be underneath where they have the overstock!  I am still trying to decide if I should go back and pick up any more shades?!  What do you think, will you or have you picked up any of the Urban Decay lipsticks since they went on sale?

Adding to the Sample Stash, Again...

So, I placed a few Sephora orders since I did my first posts on m Sample Stash...  With placing Sephora orders, or any online beauty purchases it seems, they like to give you more samples.  I have not been the greatest on getting to using up my samples and I have added quite a few to the ever growing piles of samples.  If you would like to see my previous posts on My Sample Stash you can find them here, here, here, here, and here.  In my defence though I have been redoing an office/makeup room, so everything is kind of all over the place right now!  I plan on rectifing that this week!  I have even taken a day off work as a me day to hopefully make a big dent in getting things organized.

On to the samples that I have added in since March -

 Skincare samples added to the list.

Skincare samples added to the list.

Added to the list of skincare samples are - Josie Maran-100% Pure Argan Oil, Josie Maran-Pure Argan Milk, Nude-Firming Youth Oil, Tatcha-Classic Rice Enzyme Powder, Ren-Instant Firming Beauty Shot x2, Phyto Paris-Exceptional Hair Mask, dermalogica-Skin Soothing Cream, Omorovicza-Thermal Cleansing Balm, Palmer's-Skin Therapy Oil x2, Dr Dennis Gross- Alpha Beta Peel, the Esteé edit-Dissolve The Drama, Amore Pacific-Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Creme, FAB-Oil-Free Matifying Gel, FAB-Deep Cleanser.  I forgot to add in a Marcelle-Gentle Make-up Remover and a bar of Caprina-Fresh Goat's Milk Soap that I recieved from the Womens Show.

 Makeup samples added to the list.

Makeup samples added to the list.

And of course I added to the Make up collection!  Added in are - Bobbi Brown-Corrector, YSL-Touche Éclat, Becca-Backlight Targeted Colour Correctors, benefit-Dew The Hoola, Jose Maran-Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid, the Esteé edit-Pore Vanishing Stick, Nars-Laguna Liquid Bronzer, Guerlain-Lingerie De Peau x2, Anastasia-Concealer, Mary Kay-Color Card/Metals, the Esteé edit-Pore Vanishing Stick, and Josie Maran-Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation.

It would appear that I never added in a Hair section either -

 Sample Stash - Hair!

Sample Stash - Hair!

In the Hair section we have - drybar-Sake Bomb Shampoo and Conditioner x2, Bb.-thickening Shampoo and Conditioner, Bb. Repair-Blow Dry, Phyto Paris-Brillance Mask, Ojon-Rare Blend Therapy Oil.

So my new totals are -

Perfume - 41

Mascara - 16 + 2 Primers

Exfoliators - 13

Masks - 12

Cleansers - 18

Eye Cream - 8

Serums/Oils -24

Moisturizers - 19

Primers - 26

Foundations - 30

Lips - 12

Extras - 14

Hair - 7

As you can see I added in quite a few more samples in the past month or so!  More came in than went out that's for sure.  I will do an update at the end of May I think.  Have you tried out any of these samples?  Anything that is a must try?  Let me know.


Shopper's Drug Mart Bonus Redemption Haul

The same weekend of the Sephora - A Love Note Shopping Event, Shopper's Drug Mart had a bonus redemption day on April 9.  During the bonus redemption day you could redeem 50 000 points for $100 or 95 000 for $200 on anything in the store.  Since I didn't use all my points during the last bonus redemption I thought I would do it again!  Once again though I couldn't find much that I really wanted!  I thought I would pick up the Star Wars movie for my son, but of course they didn't have it in stock.  But that didn't completely deter me form spending some points!  

 Here are the beauty products I picked up.

Here are the beauty products I picked up.

I decided to try out some products from Essence and Joe Fresh.  Joe Fresh is new to shopper's and I don't think I have tried anything from them before.  Essence on a few recommendations from fellow CBB bloggers! 

I picked up -

  • Essie - starry starry night - This is a shade that was brought back and I have been looking at it and saw it on clearance for $4.99!!  I had to pick it up!
  • Maybelline - Lip Gloss Palette - Another item from the clearance section!  This one was marked down to $10.00.  I thought for that price it was more than worth it to try them out and to have a variety of colors to choose from.
  • Joe Fresh - Melon - I have been looking for a coral-y blush and saw this one.  Great way to try out the brand!
  • Joe Fresh - Eye lid Primer - I am on the hunt for an eyelid primer that will hold eyeshadows on my oily lids without the need to use a second, Mac-Painterly, primer.
  • Essence - Stampy Set - I have been seeing quite a few different nail art looks using Nail Stamps lately so I thought I would give this one a go.  I have also picked up a few other nail stamping kits which I plan on doing a review of them all.
  • Essence - Make Me Brow - My Benefit Gimme Brow is almost done so I thought now would be a good time to try this one out.
  • Essence - nail art express dry drops - I do not have much patience waiting for my nails to dry, especiallly when I want to do more than just one coat/color.  I am hoping this helps things dry quickly so I can move on the next step faster!

Now all this stuff came no where near $100 so I actually used the rest of the redemption on groceries and such!  I am hoping that by the next the bonus redemption rolls around that there are a few more beauty things instock that I am interested in to spend my points on!  

Have you ever had to search for things to spend your hard earned points for redemption on?  What do you typically pick up?

Sephora - A Love Note Shopping Event Haul

During the Sephora - A Love Note Shopping Event that was from April 7-13 I did a little bit of shopping!  The spring Sephora sale is 15% off everything in the store and online, not as good as the fall sale but still nothing to sneeze at!  I don't think I went overboard this time!  There were a few other things that I wanted to pick up, but of course, they were out of stock for the duration of the sale. 

On to the haul -

 My little Sephora - A Love Note Shopping Event Haul.

My little Sephora - A Love Note Shopping Event Haul.

I picked up a few products that I have been interested in trying out, and a few that I have been looking at for a while!

  • Benefit - Life's Little Correctors ($26.00 CAD) - I have been interested in trying out the Boi-ing Concealer for a while.  In the kit you get 2 shades of Boi-ing, 2 shades of Lemon-Aid color correcting eyelid primer, an Eye Bright and an Erase Paste.  I have tried the Erase paste and wasn't to impressed with it at the time but am willing to give it another try!
  • Nudestix - #nudelipkit ($28.00 CAD)- The set comes with 3 minis of neutral lip stix in 3 different formulas, as well as a sharpener.  The shades are Belle(Intense Matte), Pulse (Gel Color), and Mystic (Lip and Cheek).  I like all the colors so this set should get a lot of wear time!
  • Tarte - Rainforest of The Sea - Make A Splash Hydrating Skin Savors ($12.00 CAD)- This little set has 3 of Tarte's limited edition skin care.  Marine Boosting Mist, Seep Dive Cleansing Gel, and Drink H2O Hydrating Boost.  I have not tried any skin care from Tarte before so looking forward to these ones.
  • Sephora Collection - Cream Lip Stain ($18.00 CAD) - I picked up the color 06 Pink Souffle, it looks like a great nude-pink shade.
  • Nars - Lip Gloss - I have been looking at the shade Chelsea Girls for quite a while and decided to pick it up during the sale.  I am hoping I like it, the color looks perfect!
  • Urban Decay- 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil ($24.00 CAD)- When I saw that they had a nude pencil, Walk of Shame, I knew I wanted to try it out.  The regular 24/7 pencils don't last long in my waterline so I am hoping that the new formula lasts longer.
  • Sephora Bag - I really like the bags that they have been giving out lately for the events in store!  It is small and just a gret little size for a few things.

All the prices shown are full price, during the sale I got 15% off everything.  For me this was small compared to what I would have done before.  And no eye shadow palettes!  That is the one I am most proud of, it's not to say that I didn't want one, there are a few I would like.  Just not quite enough to use one of my 2 that I am hoping to keep myself to for the year!  I may have also placed another order for a few Urban Decay xGwen Stefani products when they showed up in the Sale section...I'll get back to you on that one!

I am trying everything out and will hopefully have some reviews up sooner rather than later.  Is there anything here that you would like to see a review on sooner rather than later?  Let me know!

Lise Watier HydraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme - #getinthebubble

I was lucky to be sent the new Lise Watier HyraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme as well as the Hydra-Detect tool from Glam Sense, a part of Top Box.   I like trying out new skincare, especially when it is from a brand I have not really tried to much from before.  

 Lise Watier HydraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme and Hydra Detect tool.

Lise Watier HydraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme and Hydra Detect tool.

What stands out about the Lise Watier HydraForce for me is the actually the Hydra-Detect tool.  It is a hydration meter that you plug into your phone after you download the Hydra-Detect app. Once you have downloaded the app you open it up and plug in the Hydra-Detect tool into the microphone jack. I did have quite a bit of trouble getting the tool to work on my iPhone 6 though.  Than I got the idea to try it on my iPad and low and behold, it liked the iPad better!


Once you get the audio alert that the app has detected the tool you can than take measurments from your Hand, T-zone (forehead), and Cheeks.

As you can see by my before results -

And here are the results after appling the Lise Watier HydraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme -

As you would expect everything is more hydradrated after applying a moisturizer!  

The Lise Watier HyraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme comes in a heavy glass pot, which if you have been around here for awhile know I am not the biggest fan of!  The creme itself is thick and feels very moisturizing.  I find it to be a little to thick to use under makeup though and have found it to be best used at night over top of my other skincare.   When I use it at night I wake up with moisturized skin that feels very soft.  On days that I am not going to be wearing makeup I will use it as a daytime moisturizer and it keeps my skin hydrated for the whole day, no tight feeling at all.  There is a slight perfume-y scent when you first apply it but it does fade away quickly, you aren't left smelling like a flower!

Lise Watier is a Canadian company that has been around since 1972, it's almost as old as me! I hope that Spring does finally come to Southern Ontario and my skin can go back to not feeling tight, but until than I will continue to use the HydraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme to help keep my skin hydrated.  I am glad I was given the chance to try out the new HydraForce Hydra-Protective Creme and Hydra Detect tool.  I will continue to check on the hydration levels in my skin with the Hydra Detect tool, its a gadget and who doesn't love playing with those!

Trip Through My Trash - February & March

It's finally time for a Trip Through My Trash!  It has been 2 months since my last empties post and I have collected a lot of empties in that time!  So much that I couldn't get it all into one picture.  I was able to get through quite a bit of skin/body care and a few makeup products which is always satisfying.

For the months of February and March I was able to go through -

 Part 1 of Trip Through My Trash!

Part 1 of Trip Through My Trash!

  • Bath & BodyWorks Eucalyptus MINT Foaming Hand Soap - Smells great and no one complains it smells like a girl!  Repurchase?  I think this will be a staple scent for us.
  • Bath & BodyWoeks Candy Cane Bliss Foaming Hand Soap - This was also a hit for us, especially in the winter months!  Not to sweet, just right.  Repurchase? When it comes back in around Christmas time.
  • Peter THomas Roth Strawberry Scrub - This is from the value pack I picked up for my birthday in the summer.  It says it is for 'face and body' but to me it is way to harsh for my face.  It did however work great as a body exfoliator!  The strawberry scent was a little to strong for me as well.  Repurchase? No, it was to harsh for my face.
  • Bath & BodyWorks True Blue Blue Green Algae Skin Sculpting Lotion - This lotion has a bit of an odd scent to it, not bad but hard to put my finger on.  It is not the most moisturizing lotion I have used but would be great for the warmer months when you may not be needing as much moisture.  Repurchase? No, the scent is a little off putting for me.
  • Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes - There is always at least one package of these wipes in my empties.  They are my go to face wipes, wet enough and big enough to my whoel face with only 1 wipe.  I pick these up in bulk at Costco and love them.  Repurchase? Always
  • Bath & BodyWorks Endless Summer Body Cream - I can't remember when I picked this one up, but I do know that I was using it and than switched to another scent as this one got to sweet.  I really like the Bath & BodyWorks Body Cream and use it all the time, especially in the colder months.  Repurchase?  Maybe not this scent, but yes to other scents!
  • TheFaceShop Mango Seed Cleansing Butter - I have talked about this cleansing butter before and still love it!  The scent isn't overpowering and a little goes along way.  My face doesn't feel tight or dry after using.  I have already picked up a replacment!  Repurchase? Already have.
  • The Body Shop Satsuma Hand Cream - I love the Satsuma scent from teh Body SHop.  This hand cream came in the bag I picked up during Black Friday and I finally got around to trying it out.  Sadly, although I love the scent, the hand cream is not as moisturizing as I need at work.  With constant use of hand sanitizer I need a fairly moisturizing hand cream.  Repurchase? No
  • Living Proof prime style extender - I am not sure exactly which value set I picked up this one in!  I didn't find that this helped my style last any longer than when I didn't use it.  The scent wasn't to strong though.  I did gfind that it helped make my hair not as knotty as when I didn't use it.  Repurchase? No
  • Living Proof Satin Hair Serum - NOt to sure where I picked this one up from.  It took forever to use this up as I would onlyu  use a few dorps for my hair.  This is one of those products that can go wrong really quick!  A little really does go a long way!  It helped make my hair feel soft and not as fly away on the first day of washing.  Repurchase?  Maybe, I might look into it again in the fall.
  • Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes and Lips - This was my second deluxe sample of this and the first bottle I loved, this one, not so much.  It seemed like I had to wipe alot more than before.  It also didn't seem to get all my mascara off.  I am not sure if the formula changed from the previous bottle I had or if I am remembering wrong, it could happen!  Repurchase? I doubt it but I wouldn't say no to another deluxe sample to see if it worked like I remembered!
  • Lush The Scared Truth Fresh Face Mask - It has been awhile since I picked up a Lush Mask.  I couldn't remember if I had tried out this one or not so this was the one we picked out.  Like most Lush products it does have a fairly strong scent to it.  The mask felt good on but I didn't notice any difference in my skin.  Repurchase?  Maybe, I do like Lushs face masks!
  • Philosophy Purity Face Wash - This is the face wash I use with my Clarisonic at night.  It does a great job and doesn't sting my eyes, always a bonus!  I also use Purity to wash my makeup brushes and it does a great job at that as well.  I usually stock up during the sale on Black Friday, you can get a 12oz size for $12 CAD which is a great price!  Repurchase?  Yes, when it's on sale.
  • Klorane Refresh & Revive Dry Shampoo - This was in the Sephora Favorites-Extend Your Style set that I recently reviewed, if you want to read my thought on this or any of the others you can click here to be taken to that post!  Repurchase? Maybe
  • Living Proof Perfect hair Day Dry Shampoo x2 - As with the Klorane this is another dry shampoo from the Sephora Favorites Extend Your Style set.  This one I did like but the wonky noozle is off putting as to buying it again.  Repurchase?  Maybe
  • Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm - Another deluxe sample from a Sephora Favorities!  This little sample lasted me forever.  Youonly need to use a small amount as this was a fairly thick eye cream.  I was only able to use it at night as it was to moisturizing to use under makeup, my concealer would crease really quickly when I tried to use it during the day.  Repurchase? Maybe? It was ok but didn't exactly wow me.  Repurchase?  I doubt it.
  • Schick Intuition Razor Refill - This is usually in my empties post!  Another Costco purchase.  I really like the Intuition razor as it makes life a lot easier at 5am when you don't have to grab an extra product in the shower!  Repurchase?  Always
  • Key West Aloe Gentle Aloe Facial Cleanser - This was from a Birchbox box.  It was ok, but a little drying.  It had no wow facotr for me.  Reurchase? No
  • Whish Body Butter - Another Birchbox sample.  And again no wow factor, I used this as a hand cream and it was not nearly as moisturizing as I need.  It felt really good at first but I needed to reapply in 30 min even if I didn't use the hand sanitizer again.  Repurchase? No
 Part 2 of Trip Through My Trash!

Part 2 of Trip Through My Trash!

  • Neat & Easy Deep Cleansing Nose Strips - Not much to say, they get the gunk out of the pores on my nose!  I do pick these up at Dollarama, 10 for $2 CAD.
  • Lancôme Nude Miracle Liquid-To-Powder Makeup - I was a little worried that there wouldn't be enough in the samples to do my face, luckily there was!  To me this was a fairly sheer coverage foundation, I had to build it up to cover the redness I have on my cheeks.  It did build well though and I couldn't feel it on. Purchase? No, I have other foundations I like more.
  • TheFaceShop Pomegranate Sheet Mask - I don't know if it's just me or what, but I have not yet found a sheet mask that fits my face!  They never seem to fit around my month very well.  This one also dried really quickly around my nose/mouth area.  I didn't really notice much of a difference but it did feel good!  Repurchase? Maybe
  • Masque Bar Eye Repair Dark Circle Reducer Eye Patches - I found these on clearance at Shopper's Drug Mart for $1.99 CAD for 5 treatments.  These fit really funny, they don't seem to fit my undereye area very well, maybe I have big eyes?!  I have only used the 1 so far, and didn't notice any difference but I still have another 4 to use so maybe!  Repurchase?  For $1.99, maybe they did feel good!
  • Masque Bar Wrinkle Reducing Sheet Mask - Another sheet mask!  Another Shopper's clearance item, I paid $1.99 for the box that contains 5.  I again didn't notice much difference but it did feel good, this one also seemed to fit my face a bit better.  Repurchase? I have another 4 to use, but I think if I found them on clearance again I would pick up another box.
  • Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer - I finished a deluxe sample!  I really like this primer, especially on areas that can get dry.  I'm not sre if it reallly extended the wear of my makeup though.  With my skin having gotten more oil than dry, I doubt I would pick up a full size of this, but I wouldn't say no to another deluxe sample!  Repurchase?  Maybe if my skin was dry, or in the winter months.
  • Benefit Roller Lash Mascara - This is one of my favorite mascaras, it doesn't smudge or go clumpy when I apply it.  The brush seems to hug my lash line so I can get really close to the roots.  Repurchase? This is a mascara that will go on my wishlist to purchase once I use up the other 15 samples I have...
  • Clinique High Impact Mascara - I was on a roll the past 2 months!  Another mascara sample done!  I really like the brush on this one, it is a natural? bristle brush.  It makes my lashes look great and doesn't flake or smudge.  Repurchase?  Maybe, see previous sample!
  • Sephora Clear Brow Gel - I finally finished up this brow gel sample that I have been using since the summer!  It was the sample that wouldn't end!  I kept thinking I was almost done but it just didn't seem to end!  It did the job of holding my brow hairs in place.  I am trying out the Anastasia one right now and can honestly say that I am not noticing much of a difference.  Reprchase?  Not sure.
  • Urban Decay Anti Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion - This was my go to eyeshaodw primer, it worked great for me.  I picked up this deluxe sample size with the new packaging, doe foot applicator, and I think they changed the formula as well.  It just doesn't seem to do much to help my eyeshadows stay put anymore.  I am also not a fan of the doe foot applicator, I liked the squeeze tube, I felt I had more control on the amount with it.  Repurchase? Not unless they change the packaging and formula back!

I am pretty sure a few empties ended up in the garbage but I am still happy with what I was able to get through for the past 2 months.  Hopefully the nest empties will have some more makeup in it!  I think I am getting close to finishing up a few products.  Were you able to finish up much for the past 2 months?  What do you think about alternating between Empties and Favorites?  Good idea or not?  I think I will give it another few months to see how it goes.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a NYX Highight and Contour Palette!  You can enter here.