Super Facialist by Una Brennan: Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil

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I decided to FINALLY stray away from probably my most favourite makeup cleanser of all time — The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil — and picked up the Vitamin C+ Cleansing Oil by Una Brennan. As far as I know, Una Brennan products can’t readily be found in Canada, however I happened to spot this product at Winners (TJ Maxx, Ross, would be a U.S. equivalent) where sometimes makeup and skincare products that otherwise can’t be found anywhere else, pop up here!

I really like the packaging of this product. The squeeze bottle is small enough that it’s easy to handle and the design of the “squeeze hole” (wha?) doesn’t squirt out liquid all over the place when you turn it upside down.

As with any facial cleanser oil, I put about a quarter-sized amount into my palm and rub my hands together. Sometimes I’ll use a bit more depending on how much makeup I’m wearing that day. Once rubbed into my palms, I apply in circular motions on my dry face, working the oil all over to gently loosen my eye make up and melt away everything else. I do this for about 1 minute and rinse away with warm water.

This facial oil works well to remove all traces of my makeup. It rinses away well, without leaving any residue on my face or leaving it feeling stripped of moisture. Sometimes I will follow up with my regular facial cleanser, but typically this is enough to give my face a good wash.

The only drawback in my opinion is the fragrance. It smells of citrus — which I love — but it’s a little TOO much for me. It’s not so bothersome that I will stop using this product, but if I were to choose between this and my Camomile Cleansing Oil based on fragrance, Camomile hands down would win (very soft, subtle scent).

It’s a great cleansing oil, however, the too-strong fragrance doesn’t really appeal to me.

I’m a HUGE fan of cleansing oils and probably won’t stray too far from TBS Camomile Cleansing Oil, but I’m open to trying out different brands. They’re great for removing makeup and with the right formula, I think they can serve as a great cleanser as well.

I bought this at Winners for $12.99 Cdn. I don’t think I’d re-purchase this cleanser if I ever came across it again.

I give the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil: a SHOULDER SHRUG

Have you tried this cleansing oil?  Like or dislike?  Do you have a favourite cleansing oil that you think I should try?

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Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

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I don’t know how they do it, but Maybelline has knocked it out of the park again with this new Lash Sensational Mascara. I should be surprised though — the majority of my mascara collection and favourites are Maybelline brand (and L’oreal mascaras too. FYI – L’oreal owns Maybelline, so I’m not surprised of my love for mascaras under these two brands!) (Except for the L’oreal Miss Manga mascara… didn’t impress me.)

According to the Maybelline website it decribes the mascara as follows:

Our volume fanning brush with 10 layers of bristles captures and unfolds layer upon layer of lashes for the new full fan look

Product Details

New Lash Sensational Mascara from Maybelline New York. Our first volume fanning brush with 10 layers of bristles captures, reveals and unfolds every last lash. Liquid Ink formula coats from all sides. For a sensational full fan look.

For Best Results

1) Use inner curve to reach the roots of lashes
2) Follow through tips of lashes with longer bristles to fan out

This mascara definitely gives my lashes a lot of volume and length. With about two coats (only using the inner curved side with shorter bristles) it really does pull my lashes from the root and coats them into long, fanned-out lashes with no clumps.

I really like the design of the brush; although Maybelline suggests to use the inner curve first and then the outer curve to fan out the lashes even more to create more length, I honestly find I get great results by just using the inner curve. For me, using a mascara brush that is curved the opposite direction is awkward and doesn’t feel like I’m grabbing onto the lashes anyway. So I have left this step out. But when I did try to use it, I would say yes, it did manage to give my lashes that extra “oomph” in length.

The only gripe I have with this mascara is that it has a tendency to flake. Rubbing my eye will result in flakes; however even when I don’t, by the end of my work day I’ll find a few flakes on my upper cheek. Not a big deal but a bit of an annoyance.

With this waterproof version, I found this wears very well throughout the day (except for the minimal flaking). My lashes held their curl and volume as well.

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

I give the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara: a HIGH FIVE

Have you tried this mascara? What do you think — like or dislike?

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Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick

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I was super excited to try out the new Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss lipsticks when they hit the drugstore. I’m a huge fan of the Revlon Lip Butters (of which I’m going out on a limb to say that were the inspiration for the Almay versions) — both products have similar packaging, similar names and similar claims. I wanted to stack up my love for the Revlon against the Almay!

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss lipstick in Light/Medium - Nude #70

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss lipstick in Light/Medium – Nude #70


What’s different and neat about the Almay lipsticks is that they have developed the line for three common skin tones:  Light, Light/Medium, and Medium. And within each of those skintones, they’ve come up with, I suppose, the four most common “colour families” of lipstick shades that would suit those specific skintones.

So for example, under the Light skintone line there is one Berry, one Pink, one Nude and one Red lipstick that will presumably look great on anyone with that skintone. And as with the Light/Medium and Medium ranges, there is one lipstick for each of those colours also. It’s like a fool-proof system in finding the best shade under those colour categories without having to try on a mess of shades!

I decided to buy and try the Nude lipstick under the Light/Medium skintone range — #70:

The formula of this lipstick is awesome. Super hydrating and glides on very smoothly on the lips. I’ve worn this on top of chapstick and also without. Even with slightly drier lips, this went on smooth and provided a pretty good dose of moisture. It’s a semi-sheer formula with a semi-glossy finish — with one swipe it gives a very minimal wash of colour; personally I like to build it up for a more intense colour but it still looks quite natural. It feels like a gloss but has a coverage of a lipstick. Very comfortable on the lips, not sticky whatsoever. The lasting power is pretty decent — on bare lips (without chapstick) this definitely stays on longer (5-6 hours wear without much eating, drinking, etc.)

The colour of this one? For me, I think I actually hit the JACKPOT of MLBBs (my lips but better). I feel like this shade looks amazing on my lips; really enhances the natural colour of my lips with a hint of deep pink/warm brown.  I really love the colour on my lips; it’s quickly made a permanent spot in my makeup bag for everyday wear. This makes me want to try the Berry, Pink and Red shades under the Light/Medium range — if the Nude shade suits me THIS well, I’m banking on the chance that the others will too!

Very impressive lipstick from Almay — I really recommend that you check out your drugstore to find a shade that’s right for you!

I purchased the Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss lipstick for $8.99 Cdn.

I give the Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss lipstick in Nude: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried these lippies?  What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear!!

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