Product Empties #2

Hello Pretties!

I hope everyone is doing well today – what a nice spring day we’re having FINALLY! I’ve opened up all the windows in the apartment to get some new spring air to replace the old stale winter air. The sun is shining and the air is crisp and fresh. Sunday is one of my favourite days — catching up on housework, going out for a coffee, having a handful of lazy-on-the-sofa moments and of course, blogging! So let’s get started!

Today is my second instalment of Product Empties. I’ve got four products here:

L to R: Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Micro-Sculpting Scrub Cleanser; Jason Normalizing Tea Tree  Conditioner; Dove Clear Tone Anti-perspirant; and Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer

L to R: Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Micro-Sculpting Scrub Cleanser; Jason Normalizing Tea Tree Conditioner; Dove Clear Tone Skin Renew Anti-Perspirant; and Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer

Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Ageing Micro-Sculpting Scrub Cleanser

As you can see from the state of this tube, I have squeezed every single last drop I could out if it! This is a great basic cleanser. I like using cleansers with exfoliating beads/grains — I like the feeling of getting a deep down clean every time I wash my face. This one is nice because the beads are quite small and are not especially rough. The cleanser itself is a gel formula. It rinses well and gets my skin feeling clean without overdrying it. Here are its claims:

I can’t honestly say if any of the Benefits, Technology or Results as per the tube actually happened for me — I’m actually a little be skeptical when it comes to facial cleansers that make numerous claims to improve the skin because I think it’s what you put on AFTER you cleanse your face is what really makes any sort of difference. The reason why I decided to give this particular cleanser a go was (as you know) I’ve been on the search for some really effective anti-aging face-care products and Olay is actually a brand that has a wide range of skincare that meets different needs, and their anti-aging line is quite a buzz in this category and is one of the best out there on the drugstore market.

I would say that it definitely has made my skin less dull looking — not sure if any of the ingredients have contributed to that; I’m more inclined to think it’s simply because of the exfoliating beads that did the trick. Overall, this is a good basic cleanser that lasted me about maybe 2 months (a dime size amount is all I’d use every single day) and I would consider re-purchasing.

I’ve actually done some research on the Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging line and have read some rave reviews about many of their products. I’m in the middle of testing out another anti-aging line right now, but when I’m through with those, I plan to scoop up a few of the Olay Regenerist line to see what they can do for my skin.

I give the Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Micro-Scultping Scrub Cleanser: a HIGH FIVE

Jason Normalizing Tea Tree Conditioner

Jason normalizing Tea Tree Conditioner

Jason normalizing Tea Tree Conditioner

For those of you who know me well, I’ve been battling scalp eczema or seborrheic dermatitis for a few years now. It’s a very annoying and uncomfortable condition — and with it being mostly on the bottom half of my scalp, it makes for very awkward moments when I feel the urge to scratch my scalp until there is no tomorrow, without explaining to someone why I’m constantly scratching. I have a topical prescription to medicate the area, but I try my best to only use when necessary and I’ve been looking for more natural ways to ease the itch and bring my scalp back to normal.

Tea tree is known for its antibacterial/antifungal properties and helps to soothe itchiness. I used this in combination with the Jason Tea Tree Normalizing Shampoo (not shown here because I am still working on the bottle as it comes in about 3 times the size of the conditioner). This is a nice, light conditioner. It smells clean — like tea tree, as you can guess. I usually apply this to damp hair after I’ve shampooed, massage into my scalp concentrating on the most itchy parts and leave in for about 5 minutes. It rinses out easy and leaves my hair soft and detangled.

Using this alongside the shampoo, I do believe it’s helped to reduce the itchiness to a certain degree. Some days it seems to work better than others; I’m not sure why. I use this with the shampoo every other day, as I alternate with another shampoo and conditioner — because I find that using the Jason duo can sometimes leave my scalp feeling a bit too dry, which makes matters worse for my eczema.

Overall, I like this conditioner when using with the matching shampoo and I like the fact that I’m using something more natural for my condition, rather than relying on medication alone to alleviate my symptoms. I will probably pick up another bottle this week.

I give the Jason Normalizing Tea Tree Conditioner: a STANDING OVATION

Dove ClearTone Skin Renew Anti-Perspirant

Dove ClearTone Anti-Perspirant

Dove ClearTone Skin Renew Anti-Perspirant

Anti-Perspirant is a staple in my bodycare regime. I sweat like no other. I’m not that picky when it comes to deodorant or anti-perspirant, but one thing for sure is that it’s gotta keep the sweat away as best as possible. I’ve tried those “clinical strength” formulas from the drugstore and regular formulas — some good, some not so good. This Dove anti-perspirant is nothing special. I like that it is very moisturizing on the pits, probably due to the “calendula and sunflower seed extracts” it claims to contain. It’s got a very pleasant scent… sort of powdery sweet. For its anti-perspirant qualities however, I’m not so sure it’s built to stand up to my level of needed protection (it’s got 15.2% aluminum zirconium, which I THINK is a bit lower for anti-sweat content compared to other brands or formulas).

Overall, this Dove anti-perspirant is good, but I would opt to buy something a bit more strong for my needs.

I give the Dove ClearTone Skin Renew Anti-Perspirant: a SHOULDER SHRUG

Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer

Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer

Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer

I’ve had this container in my skincare stash for probably about 2 years. When I first bought it I used it practically every day, and then I found another primer that I really liked so this one got put to rest for a while. I recently started using this again and finished up the bottle within the last 3 weeks. On the back of the container it says, “Serum Primer, with Olay Regenerist complex inside, helps firm skin’s appearance creating a canvas for an ageless finish.” You can apply this to a cleansed face or after you moisturize to prime the skin for foundation or makeup application.

I used this both ways. Most times, however, I would apply this right before my moisturizer, taking advantage of the serum part of the product. On occasion, I would apply this before my foundation or BB cream (after moisturizing) to reap the benefits of its primer qualities — provides a really great smooth surface for applying a face base. The formula is a very lightweight, white lotion that glides on SO smooth and leaves my face feeling soft and silky (whether I put this on before or after my moisturizer). The smell is very subtle and is very similar to other Olay products (I’m sure you know what Olay smells like!).

The bottle is quite unique as well in that it’s a pump applicator and the bottom of the bottle is see-through, so you can see how much product you have left. Everytime you pump an application (a pea-size is more than enough to cover my entire face), there is a mechanism in the bottle that “lifts” the product up to the top so when you use up the entire bottle, there is NO waste and NO product left sticking to the sides of the container. Absolutely genius! Every single drop you pay for, you actually use — all brands should use packaging like this for the products that can be packaged this way!

Overall, this is a very good product that I would definitely repurchase if I was on the hunt for a good serum/primer combo. Covergirl actually has a foundation that combines foundation, serum and primer in one, with the same Olay formula as this product. I’ve been eyeing that in the drugstore for the last couple weeks… hmmmmm… next purchase perhaps!

I give the Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer: a HIGH FIVE

So there you go! Hope you enjoyed my Product Empties #2!!

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think of them? Would you suggest I try anything in replace of these products?

Please leave any comments or questions below – I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks for tuning in Pretties!!

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From Tips to Toes: Beauty Product Review – Soap & Glory Hand Food and Gold Bond Foot Cream

Hello Pretties!

What a lovely winter we are having this spring aren’t we? For those of you Pretties who live in the good ol’ Canadian prairies, you know exactly what I’m talking about! By the looks of things, we’ll have snow on the ground until June! Gah! I am in a constant state of “blah” – five straight months of a winter that seems never ending…

And that winter chill. Brrrr. My hands and feet have been the driest they’ve been this season. But I’ve found two products that have helped save my tips and toes from turning into a completely dry mess of horribleness.

Soap & Glory Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream

Soap & Glory Hand Food

Soap & Glory Hand Food

I’ve passed by the Soap & Glory stand in my local drugstore numerous times, always big-eyed at the cute packaging and clever product names. Soap & Glory is a brand that is hailed by many beauty product gurus — performance and scents of S&G bodycare products are highly thought of and their makeup line is talked about and praised all the time. They have a full makeup and body and skincare line — unfortunately, my local drugstore does not carry the S&G makeup line.

Anyway, as I was passing the S&G stand one day about a month ago, I noticed the products were on sale. Yahoo, I thought! I ended up picking up the Hand Food for around $6 (retail price $10). And ever since then, this has been a staple in my makeup bag.

The S&G Hand Food contains shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow. Marshmallow?ย I know! The smell of this is A. Maze. Ing. It smells slightly of shea, but leans more towards the sweet side — which I think is where the marshmallow comes into play. But it’s not so sickly, girly sweet (I’m not into girly-girly scents). It has a medium cream consistency andย once rubbed into your hands it just melts into a non-greasy, deliciously scented, hydration solution for your hands. It absorbs quite quickly and keeps my hands well moisturized for a good few hours. Once it absorbs into my skin, I find the scent fades a bit and is only noticable when I put my hands up to my nose to smell them — which is great for work, because it does not offend anyone with ‘scent’sitivites. I do need to reapply each time after I wash my hands, but just for that smell… mmmmm… reapplying is never a bother!

If I love the S&G Hand Food this much, I can’t wait to try their other products!

I give the Soap & Glory Hand Food: a HIGH FIVE.

Gold Bond Moisturizing Foot Cream

Ok, I’m not going to lie. My “winter feet” are terrible. My heels and big toes get so extremely dry and cracked to the point where… and I know that some of you Pretties know… it hurts to wear socks or nylons because the bottoms of my feet stick to them! The skin is so dry that removing the socks or nylons is like peeling velcro.

Well, I found something to get rid of that problem: the Gold Bond Moisturizing Foot Cream! There’s many “girlier” or spa-likeย products out there for battling dry feet, but I wanted/needed something industrial strength! I purchased the Gold Bond for $9.99 onย sale and my local Shoppers Drug Mart.

Gold Bond Moisturizing Foot Cream

Gold Bond Moisturizing Foot Cream

The night I bought it, I took out my trusty pumice wand, soaked my feet for about 10 minutes in the tub, and scrubbed my size six-and-a-halfs as best I could, concentrating on my heels and big toes. Afterwards, I patted my footsies with a towel and headed off to apply the cream. Put on socks (for ultimate overnight absorption!) and caught some zzzzz’s.

In the morning, I removed my socks and woke up to mega soft, hydrated, non-velcro feet! Fast forward to the end of one week — no hint of dryness. Mind you, every other day since first using the cream, I would put an application on my feet before putting on socks for the day.

This cream is thick and smells like peppermint — yum.ย It surprisingly doesn’t feel as greasy as I thought it would. Maybe it just absorbed so quickly and well into my feet because of how dry they were! In any case, I’ve been trying to remember to pumice my heels at least once a week and slap some of the Gold Bond on afterwards. So far so good.

Gold Bond Moisturizing Foot Cream

Gold Bond Moisturizing Foot Cream

One of the ingredients in the cream that makes it effective is the urea. Yes. Pee. Pee from who? I do not know. Ureaย is a chemical compound found in urine. Apparently urea is an active ingredient that promotes rehydration of the skin and “eats” away at dead skin. I noticed a lot of the drugstore foot creams have urea as either the 1st or 2nd ingredient listed on their product. This does not sway me. I will rub pee on my feet if it means no more velcro feet!

I give the Gold Bond Moiturizing Foot Cream: a HIGH FIVE

Have you tried either of these products? How do you like them? What products do you use to fight the battle against dry hands and feet? I would love to know!

Please leave any comments or questions below! And any suggestions for product reviews, leave those for me as well!

Thanks for tuning in Pretties!

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Beauty Product Review: Maybelline Mascara Madness!

Hello Pretties!

If there’s one makeup item that I’ve always had in makeup stash, it would be mascara. Before this post, I had a quick scan of my mascara collection — spotting a good two (or three) handfuls of products from elf, L’oreal, Covergirl and Dior — and I noticed that the majority of my mascara stash is mainly by Maybelline. I do rotate between ALL my mascaras on a daily basis, however, these ones are currently getting the most play:

Maybelline Madness! (L to R: Falsies Big Eyes; the Rocket; the Colossal, the Colossal Cat Eyes; the Colossal Volume Express

Maybelline Madness! (L to R: Falsies Big Eyes; the Rocket; the Colossal Cat Eyes; the Colossal Volume Express

Quick synopsis of my own lashes: medium to long length, sparse lower lashes, I tend to buy waterproof formulas, and I love my lashes to look thick and voluminous.

Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes Volume Express in Black

Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes Volume Express mascara in Black

Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes Volume Express mascara in Black

This mascara caught my eye (hee hee.. “eye”) because I found it very unique that it had an extra wand specifically made for doing your lower lashes. Now, if you’re like me, lower lashes look pretty much non-existent without anything on them to help bring out the little buggers. But with this small, skinny brush — whoa mama, my lower lashes are reborn! I know Clinique makes a lower lash mascara for about $12 I think and I was about to indulge in it, as I’ve heard many good reviews about it. But when I stumbled across the Maybelline Big Eyes for around $6 on sale, I thought I’d give it a go — 2 mascaras in 1 for half the price of the Clinique.

The lower lash brush is skinny and straight. It really separates my lower lashes and application is easy — I find I don’t get smudges under my eyes as I would with a regular mascara brush. Sometimes I’ll even use it to give my upper lashes a bit more of a boost on the outer lashes, as I find this tiny brush is really effective at separating the lashes.

The upper lash brush has a unique twisted sort of shape — you know how they illustrate DNA strands? Well, kinda like that. It’s probably the shape of this brush that makes my lashes really big — as the name “falsies” would suggest. Not to the point where they look fake, but very noticeable and voluminous. The formula is buildable and I don’t find clumping an issue. When I want big, full-looking and long lashes, this is the one I reach for.

I give the Falsies Big Eyes Volume Express: a HIGH FIVE

Maybelline the Rocket Volume Express in Very Black

Maybelline the Rocket Volume Express mascara in Very Black

Maybelline the Rocket Volume Express mascara in Very Black (waterproof)

This is the most recent Maybelline mascara I’ve added to my collection and I have to say… WOW! It being “the Rocket” is most definitely exactly what it is – it brings my lashes to a new level. First off, the wand and brush are the stiffest and widest out of all four of the Maybellines, and also the one with the shortest bristles. Upon application, I found it a bit strange that the brush didn’t “move” or was as flexible as most mascara wands I’m used to. It also kind of tickled my upper waterline when I tried to apply as close as possible to the upper lash (probably because the bristles are so hard). But I think the design of the brush makes for easy root to tip application. The Rocket is by far the one out of the four that separates my lashes the most — if you want that wide-eyed, lots-of-lashes look, this will most certainly deliver. It’s buildable coverage and I find no clumps. This also holds any curl I put in my lashes with an eyelash curler all day long. I don’t find any problems with fall-out or smudging.

I give the Rocket Volume Express: a HIGH FIVE

Maybelline the Colossal Volume Express Cat Eyes in Glam Black

Maybelline the Colossal Volume Express Cat Eyes mascara in Glam Black

Maybelline the Colossal Volume Express Cat Eyes mascara in Glam Black

This one made my list of top ten drugstore beauty items under $10. If you want to read a quick review about it and the other products in that post click here! This mascara has the softest, smallest brush (other than the Falsies lower lash brush) compared to all the Maybellines I have here. As you can see from the photo, it’s got a curved wand and this really aids in giving that “cat eye” lift to the lashes and helps to maintain any sort of curl in the lash. The bristles are soft-medium to the touch. I find this does a great job of separating the lashes and I don’t have any issues with clumps. Out of all four Maybellines, I’d have to say this one gives the most natural looking lash.

I give the Colossal Volume Express Cat Eyes: a HIGH FIVE

Maybellline the Colossal Volume Express

Maybelline the Colossal Volume Express mascara in Glam Black (waterproof)

Maybelline the Colossal Volume Express mascara in Glam Black (waterproof)

This mascara is probably the most “classic” out of all four Maybellines I have, in the sense that the brush has soft bristles, a wider and long classic brush head, and is just a very good, basic mascara. Yes, it does definitely deliver on the volume claims and it does lengthen and separate my lashes. However, I find if I build this one up too much with let’s say, more than 2 coats, my lashes start to look like just one big eyelash, if you know what I mean. So build beware! In any case, this is still a good basic mascara that delivers decent results.

I give the Colossal Volume Express: a SHOULDER SHRUG

There you have it! My Maybelline mascara madness!

Have you tried any of these mascaras? How do you like/dislike them? What’s your all-time-favourite mascara? What do you recommend for me to try that you think I’d like? Is there any mascara that you’d like me to try and review?

Thanks for tuning in again Pretties!!

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