November Favourites/Product Empties #5

Hey Pretties!

I completely missed October Favourites – gah! Today I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone and do my November Favourites/Product Empties post — these products are ones that have taken me pretty much through all of November and I’ve used each one up (except for one). I’ve done reviews on most of these products, so I will simply link those posts below if you’re interested in reading my thoughts on those!

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover – Probably one of the most effective and gentle eye makeup remover out on the drugstore shelves. I think this bottle lasted me a good 2-3 months; I’m already on my second bottle. Takes waterproof eyeliner and mascara off without having to rub.

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief – A lifesaver for my combination skin that tends to get more dry patches in the cold winter months. Literally a drink for your skin — all my dry patches were gone!

FAB Facial Radiance Pads – A great option for getting your AHA (glycolic acid) exfoliation done and done. A bit on the pricey side, for my liking, but a very good product for brighter skin.

FAB Face Cleanser – I really liked this cleanser and although I said in my previous review that the price puts me off, it is something that I’ve grown to enjoy the more and more I use it. So it might eventually be a staple cleanser in my routine one day. Actually sad that I’ve used it all up!

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel – Started using this every time I showered this month and completely fell in love! The smell, the lather, the hydration it left on my skin — thumbs up. Time to get another bottle very soon!

And a few of the products that I haven’t reviewed in the past… here’s my mini-thoughts on them!

Living Proof Thickening Cream – This little container came in a Living Proof sample/travel set I purchased at Sephora for $30 Cdn. The set came with a thickening shampoo, conditioner, a root booster spray and this thickening cream. I loved all the products, but this cream is what I fell in love with. Having fine and thin hair, I’m always on the hunt for something to make my locks look more lush — this did it for me! About a dime size is more than enough to give me a good coat on the bottom half of my hair. After blowdrying and straightening, I can immediately tell a difference in my hair — it looks and feels thicker. Have to be careful with this cream though… anything more than about a dime-size (for my hair length and texture) actually makes my hair feel dry, gritty and unmanageable. I bit on the pricey side — $32 Cdn for only 109 ml/3.7 oz — I hesitated for a long time before purchasing, but this will last me a very long time (I don’t use it every day). Definitely one of the best thickening creams out there, compared to what I’ve tried from the drugstore so far.

The Body Shop Aloe Gentle Exfoliator Face Wash – You all know I’m a huge fan of The Body Shop products — they just do things right! Decided to try out this cleanser and it didn’t disappoint… completely. It is a gentle cleanser with small little exfoliating beads. My skin felt good after using, but something about the texture (cream) didn’t feel like it really cleaned my skin deep down, even with the beads — maybe it’s because I don’t necessarily have sensitive skin. At $15 Cdn for 75 ml, a tad on the pricey side. I wouldn’t repurchase, but I would definitely recommend for those with finicky and sensitive skin if you want something easy and gentle for an everyday cleanser.

e.l.f Lip Exfoliator – I can’t stand dry chapped lips — on me or on anyone, ewww! This little ditty has been a life saver for my dry lips this winter. It’s your pretty standard sugar lip exfoliator but the handy thing is that it comes in a lipstick tube. I apply this to my dry lips just like I’m applying lipstick. Then I kind of swirl it around until the bits of sugar coat my lips and then go in with a finger and really scrub away all the dead bits. I rinse off with warm water and I’m left with smooth, sugary-tasting lips! Apply lip balm immediately afterwards to keep the lips nice and hydrated. For only $3 Cdn it’s the best deal.

There you have it! What are your November favourites? Have you tried any of these products? Like or dislike? Any recommendations on other products similar to these that you think I might like to try?

Thanks for reading!



Review Re-do: Almay One Coat Get Up and Grow Mascara — Waterproof Formula

Hey Pretties!

I wanted to do a mini-post on something I like to call a “Review Re-do”. If you recall, about five months ago I did a review on the Almay Get Up and Grow Mascara – click HERE to read that full review.

I gave the mascara a very good rating (HIGH FIVE) on it’s performance overall EXCEPT for the fact that the formula was terrible in that it was the worst for smudging! I did say in my post that I was trying out their non-waterproof formula, whereas I tend to always buy waterproof over non — at the time they didn’t have the waterproof formula.

BUT! I found it! And guess what?  I am completely in love with the Almay One Coat Get Up and Grow Mascara (sort of, again!!)

This does NOT smudge or budge off my lashes until I take them off with my Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. Love!  All the good things I said about the non-waterproof version is EXACTLY the same with this one — with the added bonus now of no smudging!

So, though technically this is not the exact same product — tweak in formula — I thought it deserved a review re-do to let you know how happy I am to have found probably one of the best drugstore mascaras out there.

I purchase this on sale at SDM for $6.99 Cdn.

I give the Almay One Coat Get Up and Grow Mascara (Waterproof formula):  a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried this mascara? Like or dislike?

Thanks for reading!


Mary Kay: TimeWise® Moisturizer and Cleanser Review

Hey Pretties!

I had the privilege of meeting with my friend and Mary Kay beauty consultant, Gabrielle, for a skincare and makeup sampling of some Mary Kay products. It was my first time trying anything from the Mary Kay brand so it was a fun and educational experience!

Mary Kay has been around for years, but it wasn’t something I had ever been attracted to — I remembered it as a brand that looked like its’ target market were “old ladies” — back then in my teens and early twenties, “old ladies” were those in their 30’s and up! Now, in my 30’s, I take that back ha ha!!

Of about a dozen products Gabrielle let me sample — from eyeshadow to face primer to hand lotion and more — the two products I wanted to review were the Mary Kay TimeWise® Age-Fighting Moisturizer for  Combination/Oily skin and the Mary Kay TimeWise® 3-in-1 Cleanser for Combination/Oily skin.

Keep in mind — the opinions I post here are just that: my opinions. They are based on my experience with each product and I’ve tried to give you an accurate description of the product itself — how get on with the product is based on my own personal experience or preference!

The TimeWise® range is one geared for anti-aging. In addition to offering the range to combo/oily skintypes, the range includes products that are also geared towards normal/dry skintypes.

I’ve used these products for almost one week and feel like I have a good handle on what I like and don’t like about the products.

Mary Kay TimeWise® Age-Fighting Moisturizer for  Combination/Oily skin

According to the Mary Kay website, the moisturizer is described as follows:

This oil-free lotion reduces the appearance of fine lines for younger-looking skin. The combination to oily formula helps absorb and control oil, while providing essential hydration and special ingredients to give the skin a silky feel with a matte appearance.

Mary Kay Timewise Age-Fighting Moisturizer

Mary Kay Timewise Age-Fighting Moisturizer for combo to oily skin

I have to say, I do like this moisturizer! It’s fragrance-free, light in texture, easy to blend and absorbs quickly into the skin, while making my skin feel very hydrated. A little bit goes a long way with this moisturizer — a little less than a dime-size is all I needed to cover my entire face and neck.

The only downside of this moisturizer for me is that it doesn’t contain any SPF. It’s too bad, because with winter upon us, I could really see this as a great option for those with combo/oily skin as it would provide really great hydration, but without it feeling heavy on the skin. So with that said, I used this only in the evenings after cleansing and it provided a good dose of hydration. I woke up to soft, moisturized skin each morning.

This comes in an 88ml tube for $35 Cdn.

I do like the performance of this moisturizer, however, as a day lotion — no for me as there is no SPF.  As a night cream, it’s a good option, however I have other ones on the go that I believe to have ingredients that would provide better anti-aging results for me personally.

I give the Mary Kay TimeWise® Age-Fighting Moisturizer for Combination/Oily skin: a HIGH FIVE

Mary Kay TimeWise® 3-in-1 Cleanser for Combination/Oily skin

According to the Mary Kay website, the cleanser is described as follows:

This lathering combination to oily formula washes away excess oil to leave skin feeling thoroughly cleansed and balanced. It begins the process to reveal younger looking skin as it cleanses, exfoliates and freshens in one step. Plus, it’s gentle enough to use twice a day for soft, smooth and refreshed skin.

Mary Kay Timewise 3-in1 Cleanser for combo to oily skin

Mary Kay Timewise 3-in1 Cleanser for combo to oily skin

This cleanser is a gel cleanser that has tiny microbeads to help exfoliate the skin. Less than a dime-size amount of this fragrance-free cleanser was sufficient for me to get a good lather and cleanse my entire face.

As far as cleansing goes, this definitely left my skin feeling clean and refreshed. Surprisingly, I noticed that my skin afterwards actually looked that much more refreshed and brighter, in comparison with any other cleanser I’ve used recently. Really good! However, I really don’t like the way this rinses off — it feels like it takes me double the time to get this completely off my face than other cleansers. I think it has something to do with the gel consistency — I’ve tried other gel cleansers (for example, TBS Vitamin C cleanser, Etival, etc.) and although they were decent cleansers, they were just such a chore to rinse off.

The instructions on the back does say to use a wet washcloth to rinse this off — I’m sure this would help to get the product off faster and more efficiently, however, for me personally I can’t be bothered to use one.

This cleanser is a great option if you’re looking for something fragrance-free, gentle yet effective and you like that extra boost of exfoliation with the micro beads. For me however, this cleanser is not for me. Although my face felt really clean without feeling stripped, the way this rinses off is enough for me to pass.

This comes in a 127g tube for $30 Cdn.

I give the Mary Kay TimeWise® 3-in-1 Cleanser for Combination/Oily skin: a SHOULDER SHRUG

I just received an order I put in for a Mary Kay mascara that I tried during my consultation with Gabrielle — I can’t wait to start using it and do a review on that product! Stay tuned for that!!

Have you tried any of these Mary Kay products or any others?  Like or dislike? Recommendations?

Thanks for reading!