Product Empties #3

Hello Pretties!

I am back to share some of my garbage with you! I’ve got four empty containers of some products that I’ve tried, tested and quite enjoyed for the the duration of their lives here on Earth with me.

Product Empties! L to R: MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15; Dove Blue Fig and Orange Blossom Body Wash; Fat Hair Thickening Spray; Annabelle BB Cream

Product Empties! L to R: MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15; Dove Blue Fig and Orange Blossom Body Wash; Fat Hair Thickening Spray; Annabelle BB Cream

Dove Blue Fig and Orange Blossom Body Wash

Loved this body wash in every way possible! The scent is so fresh and uplifting but somewhat serene at the same time. You will love this I promise if you like a fresh fruity smell in the shower. The Dove body wash range has a handful of scents — this is the one I liked the most doing the sniff test in the drugstore and in second place was one scented with plum and sakura blossom (I bought that and have yet to use it). Aside from the awesome smell, the body wash itself really impressed me — it lathered up very quick and well, and didn’t leave my skin feeling too squeaky clean or too slick and hydrated — a really good in-between cleansed/moisturized feeling. I will definitely continue to purchase this product in the future. I purchased this for $2.99 on sale at SDM.

I give the Dove Blue Fig and Orange Blossom Body Wash: a HIGH FIVE

MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 in 5.0

You can see from the photo that I’ve tried my hardest to scrape the most of the last bits of this foundation out of the bottle! I really like this foundation. I needed another bottle of my normal MAC Studio Fluid Fix Foundation in NC40, but on that day I went to purchase one, the MAC counter had run out. So the very nice MAC girl offered to find another comparable colour/coverage match for me and I ended up with the MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 in 5.0. I’m inclined to think that I might actually like this one better than the Studio Fluid Fix. The consistency of this is very smooth and blendable — not too thick, not to thin. The shade 5.0 on me is PERFECT. The coverage is definitely medium and very buildable for days when more coverage is needed. The finish on the skin is demi-matte, slightly dewy — really nice, natural coverage. The packaging is awesome, with the pump and all, but trying to get all the last of the foundation once the bottle is done is a headache! Ah well, I suppose I just have to go buy another! I purchased this for $41 at MAC.

I give the MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 in 5.0: a STANDING OVATION

Fat “0” Calories Hair Thickening Spray

I’m always on the hunt for hair products that will make my thin, limp hair look and feel thicker. I came across this spray one day on sale and thought hey, why not? I finished one bottle and bought two more. I can’t say that this has done wonders for my hair, but it has helped to make it feel and look thicker temporarily. I spray it into my damp, towel-dried hair, blow dry it and style. This spray does not leave my hair feeling crunchy or sticky at all, which is awesome. It has a pleasant smell. I find that it does give me that “big hair” look which makes it great for pulling my naturally wavy hair into a pony tail giving me a more “bushy” look, which I like. I haven’t yet tried this spray before straightening my hair to see if it makes my straightened hair look thicker — I’ll have to try it out. In any case, I do like this product but I’m afraid that it might be discontinued — the 2 bottles that I bought were on the clearance shelf at SDM and I haven’t seen it restocked in the normal hair aisle. That’s ok though — I’m sure I can find something even better… any suggestions? I purchased this for $4.99 on sale at SDM.

I give the Fat Hair “0 Calories” Thickening Spray: a SHOULDER SHRUG

Annabelle BB Cream

This BB cream is one of my favourite BB creams simply because of the colour match — it’s one of the few yellow-toned drugstore BB creams that are out there. And beleive me, I’ve tried my share of BB creams — click here to read!

I like the Annabelle BB Cream in terms of colour, coverage and feel. This gives me a medium coverage, but still manages to let my skin show through. On days where I want coverage that’s in between a foundation and a tinted moisturizer, this BB cream provides just that. I purchased this for $11.99 on sale at SDM.

I give the Annabelle BB Cream in Medium/Dark: a HIGH FIVE

So there you have it — my third instalment of Product Empties! Click here to read #1 and #2, if you’re interested!

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think of them?

Thanks for tuning in Pretties!!

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My Nighttime Skincare Routine

Hello Pretties!

As a follow up to my daytime skincare routine post, I only thought it proper to do a review on the products in my current nighttime skincare routine. Enjoy!

My nighttime skincare products.

My nighttime skincare products.

What I use:

  • The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil
  • The Body Shop Nutriganics Refreshing Toner
  • Indeed Labs Retinol Reface
  • Indeed Labs Hydraluron
  • The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Night Cream

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

I’ve done a previous review on this AMAZING cleansing oil – click here if you want to read a more thorough review. I’ve been using this as my primary cleanser in the evenings for the past four months and I can’t get enough — I actually look forward to washing my face knowing I get to use this oil! I’m on my second bottle and I have a third already stashed away! This oil removes all of my makeup, right down to my waterproof mascara, without any harsh rubbing — it literally just melts it off. I would marry this oil if I could.

The Body Shop Nutriganics Refreshing Toner

The Body Shop Nutriganics Refreshing Toner

The Body Shop Nutriganics Refreshing Toner

I purchased a full size of this toner once I had finished a sample size that a very good friend of mine gave me (thanks Jenn!!). Toner has never been a product I used in any of my skincare routines, but I’ve really been enjoying how a good toner can give my skin an extra cleanse after cleansing and how it can prep my skin for the other products to follow.

The Nutriganics line from The Body Shop is one that is targeted to those who want to fight the first signs of ageing (30-40 years old). It’s a certified organic line and 98% of their ingredients are claimed to be of natural origin. I soak about half of a round cotton pad and wipe over my face and down my neck after using the cleansing oil. This toner is non-drying and quite soothing on my skin. It also has a more gel-like consistency as opposed to your typical liquid toner. I am enjoying this toner right now — but I am on the hunt for others that I might like better.

Retinol Reface by Indeed Labs

Retinol Reface by Indeed Labs

Retinol Reface by Indeed Labs

Retinol is a form of vitamin A and is considered one of the best anti-aging ingredients you can put on your skin. Retinol can help to diminish fine lines, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. It can also help to minimize pore size, unclogs pores, helps with acne and improves overall skintone. As we age, collegen, which are the building blocks of our skin, break down. Using retinol speeds up the skin’s cell turnover which naturally slows down as we get older.

If you read my morning skincare routine, you’ll see the other two products from Indeed Labs that I’m currently loving. This Retinol Reface is a love too! I’ve incorporated this product into my p.m. routine for the last three weeks and using it only in the evening. The first time I used it, I broke out in a couple spots on my chin. (They say there is some adjustment period for some people to get used to the retinol – can cause redness, dry patches, breakouts, etc. at first but with longer time use, skin will adapt and less side effects). No big deal. I continued on with using it every other night for the first week and then every night since then with no issues.

This has no smell and is a light lotion formula that absorbs super fast and easy into the skin. Retinol is considered one of those anti-ageing ingredients that is most effective over long-term use. I will continue to use this product (and maybe try out other retinol products in the future) to ensure I reap the benefits of this anti-aging powerhouse ingredient!

Hydraluron by Indeed Labs

Hydraluron by Indeed Labs

Hydraluron by Indeed Labs

Another winner in my books when it comes to making my skin look plump, healthy and happy. I use this as part of my a.m. skincare routine – click here to read my thoughts about it!

The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Night Cream

The Body Shop Nutriganics Soothing Night Cream

The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Night Cream

The last step in my p.m. skincare routine is this light, fast-absorbing moisturizer. It claims to moisuturize for up to 12 hours (yes, when I wake up my skin still feels hydrated) and claims to plump and tone the skin, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I’ve been using this cream for almost a month now and I honestly can’t say I’ve seen much of a difference except that it definitely holds up to it’s claim of keeping the skin very well moisturized for a long period of time. I would actually consider using this during the daytime once winter comes around again — really helps with dry skin. The smell is something like black licorice (to me); it’s not offensive and doesn’t linger around for too long. For it being a lightweight cream texture, it really performs like a heavier cream. I will continue to use this up, but like the toner… I will continue to be on the hunt for another night cream.

So there you have it — my nighttime skincare routine! Whenever I am able to, I try to to do my p.m. routine as soon as I get home from work — the longer I have some good ingredients soaking into my skin, I figure, the better! And if not, I am sure to do this before going to bed — takes about 5 minutes from start to finish. Well worth the time to not look like a complete mess in the morning!

Have you tried any of these products — do you like/dislike them? What’s your nighttime skincare routine consist of? What are some of your suggestions/favourites for toners and night creams?

Thanks for tuning in Pretties!!

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Beauty Product Review: Rimmel Stay Blushed! Liquid Cheek Tint

Hello Pretties!

If there’s one makeup item I really enjoy using aside from mascara I’d have to say it’s blush. A nice wash of colour on the cheeks just brightens up the complexion, even when the rest of your makeup is minimal or none. In keeping with my aim to keep my spring face makeup light and natural looking, I thought I’d play around with a cream blush and I stumbled across — the Rimmel Stay Blushed! Liquid Cheek Tint in 004 Sunkissed Cherry:

Stay Blushed! Liquid Cheek Tint by Rimmel in 004 Sunkissed Cherry

Stay Blushed! Liquid Cheek Tint by Rimmel in 004 Sunkissed Cherry

This cream-mousse textured blush comes in 5 shades in the pink and coral range. I picked this up at Target for $5.99 Cdn. The consistency is one that is very light, almost like a whipped mousse texture. The coverage is quite pigmented — below is the amount I use to cover both my cheeks and found that it was more than enough:

 

At first try, I applied with my fingers and blended it in with my fingers. I found that I didn’t get a decent looking “shape” onto my cheeks — it ended up looking a bit uneven and I had to really blend out the edges with a blush brush to tone down the colour and blur out any harsh edges. I found that using a stippling brush was the best way to apply this blush formula. I put a dot of it on the back of my hand, stippled my brush on it until I got a good coat of it on the tips of the brush and then stippled in onto my cheeks. Finally, I swirled the stipple brush on my cheeks to blend the blush in.

Best way to apply this cream blush - with a stipple brush!

Best way to apply this cream blush – with a stipple brush!

This leaves a slightly powdery, slightly dewy finish to my skin. The colour, 004 Sunkissed Cherry, is a shade that is a deep pinky-coral. This can definitely be built up for more intense colour on the cheeks but blended in well, it can provide such a nice, natural wash of colour. It leans more towards a deep coral shade on my medium skin tone (for your reference)

I purposely built up the coverage for this photo so that you could see the colour on my medium skintone.

I purposely built up the coverage for this photo so that you could see the colour on my medium skintone.

 

And here I am with it on closer into the natural light.

And here I am with it on closer into the natural light.

I’d say this is formula would be best suited for those with drier cheeks — however, although I am normal/oily on my cheeks at times, I find this still works fine for me. The staying power of this is quite long — a good 6-7 hours maybe. I really like the tube packaging as it gives control as to how much you use and practically no mess upon application.

I’d be interested to try out some of the other colours in the collection, but for now, I think the colour I have suits me just fine!

I give the Rimmel Stay Blushed! Liquid Cheek Tint: a HIGH FIVE

Thanks for tuning in Pretties!!

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