Living Proof: Full Thickening Cream and Humidity Shield

Today I want to share with you a few products I’ve tried from the Living Proof hair care line that I’m really into:  the Full Thickening Cream and Humidity Shield Spray.

Living Proof is a pricey hair care brand that I stumbled across at Sephora. I picked up a travel-size kit of their “full and thick” range and really liked the Full Thickening Cream from the kit. So I bought the full-size version!

The cream has a lightweight lotion texture and applies smoothly through my towel-dried hair.  About 3/4 of a dime-size is all I need to coat my shoulder length hair from root to tip — which is great because this 3.7 oz bottle for $32 Cdn has lasted me a very long time! It has a pleasant, hair-salon type fragrance.

I’ve tried other thickening creams before and I have to say that this Living Proof one is by far, the best. I actually do see and feel a difference in the texture of my hair — from fine/thin to semi-thick.  Other thickening creams weigh down my hair and make it feel hard, difficult to brush through and unmanageable. Living Proof makes my hair feel thicker but still lightweight, soft and manageable. Very much worth the $32 I spent and will most definitely repurchase once I run out!

I give the Living Proof Full Thickening Cream: a STANDING OVATION

The Living Proof Humidity Shield was an impulse buy – you know, at the Sephora “aisle of doom” while waiting for the cashier to ring up your goodies!  This caught my eye because 1) I got on so well with the LP Thickening Cream, why not try another LP product? and 2) It’s been so extremely humid out lately that this spray might be the answer to tame my frizzies!

This spray really does work wonders on taming frizzies on hot and humid days.  I have naturally wavy hair and most days I like to straighten it, however during very humid days I don’t even bother because soon after flat ironing, the humidity in the air boings my waves through all my hard work — so frustrating!  But with the LP Humidity Shield, I can flat iron my hair on even the most humid day, spray it on, and it literally keeps my hair stick straight.

I spray this on all over my hair as the very last step in my hair styling routine.  Comb it through and it keeps my hair looking and feeling smooth without any feeling of extra product — I don’t know what it is but it’s like spraying nothing on my hair, yet it really does help to keep it smooth all day long.

I bought a sample size of this for $15 and would consider repurchasing the full-size version for $26 Cdn. Again, a little goes a long way with this product too.

Sometimes spending more money on higher quality products are really worth it!  I’m very curious to try some other products from the Living Proof line!

I give the Living Proof Humidity Shield spray:  a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried any of these products?  Like or dislike?  Are there any Living Proof products that you’ve tried and liked?  Recommendations?

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MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Indianwood

I’ve been eyeing MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots for a while. But the price point ($26 Cdn) for a single eyeshadow was holding me back. But hearing so many great things about it of course I had to try at least one! According to the MAC website:

PRO LONGWEAR PAINT POT

A long-wearing blendable cream shadow that can be worn alone or with other products.  A highly pigmented, long-wearing eye shadow that goes on creamy and dries to an intense, vibrant finish. The innovative second skin-like formula blends smoothly over lids and creates seamless, buildable coverage without looking heavy or cakey. Its superior colour purity stays true and will not streak or crease. Pro Longwear Paint Pot can be mixed with other products like M·A·C shadows and liners.

I’ve never been an everyday eyeshadow wearer, but of the ones I own, I really like the convenience and ease of application cream shadows provide. Don’t even need a brush, just blend with finger!

For my first PP I wanted something wearable enough for everyday but not boring. In doing some research, I settled on the shade Indianwood – a metallic antiqued bronze.

This formula is definitely creamy and so smooth to apply. I usually pack it onto my lids and then smudge out slightly up into my crease with my finger, but then use a blending brush to blur out the edges. I’d say there’s a good 20 seconds of blend time before it completely sets.  And once it does, it stays pretty much all day long (longer with a primer, but still pretty good without).
The colour pay-off is great with this formula. On my lids, I like to pack it on with my finger up to the crease. From my lashline to the crease, I’m left with a metallic (but not overly) gold sheen. Then I take a blending brush and blur and blend out the shadow in and a bit above my crease — doing this, I’m left with a bronzey light brown hue. I really like the effect it gives, very subtle natural brightness. This does not crease whatsoever – with or without a primer and I tend to get semi-oily eyelids.
I think this would look so good on someone with blue or green eyes!

I’ve tried the Maybelline Colour Tattoo cream shadows, Rimmel Scandaleyes Cream shadow crayons and Essence Cream shadow crayons. They are all in the same family formula I’d say, but MAC’s Prolongwear Paint Pots are definitely the winner for creaminess and staying power. Well worth the money in my opinion.

I purchased this from a MAC counter for $26Cdn.

I give the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Indianwood:  a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried MAC PPs? Like or dislike? What colours do you have?

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July AND August Birchbox (2015) Canada

Seeing as I’ve been quite late on the blog posts for my monthly Birchboxes, today I come to you with a double post:  July and August Birchboxes! These are mostly to show you what goodies I received but where I’ve tried out a product I will tell give you a little review!

JULY BIRCHBOX

July Birchbox (2015) Canada

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara:  A cult favourite, this mascara is a good all-rounder. If length and lash separation are what you’re looking for this might be a good buy for you. 

Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Lotion:  Loving the smell of this lotion. Light and fresh smelling, with marine extracts. This has made it’s way into my makeup bag for times where my hands or arms are feeling a bit parched.

RUSK Hair Styling Cream Heatshift:  A cream styler that claims to have medium hold that is supposed to work by keeping your coif in place without feeling overly sticky. I have yet to try this out.

theBalm cosmetics Balm Desert:  A blush and bronzer in one – light-medium warm brown. This itty-bitty sample is a soft powder meant to impart a subtle glow. Although a bit too light for my skin tone, I’ve discovered this to be a great transition shade to use in my eye crease as an eyeshadow!

Vasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator:  Supposed to mimic the effects of microdermabrasion. This cleanser smells fresh and calming with the finest, tiniest granules to scrub away dead skin – those with very sensitive skin might like this. Creamy, light and easy to rinse away, I do indeed like this cleanser.

AUGUST BIRCHBOX:

August Birchbox (2015) Canada

amika Un.Done Texture Spray:  A styling spray that claims to give hair volume and a matte finish; meant to impart a sexy, undone, texturized look. I have yet to try this, but I imagine this would be a great finishing spray on wavy hair to give you that just-outta-bed look.

Crabtree & Evelyn Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy:  Hand lotion with macadamia oil and shea butter. Super hydrating and does not feel greasy after application – yes! Slightly nutty scent. I can see this being an awesome hand moisturizer come winter.

LAQA & Co. Cheeky Lip in Humble Drag:  A crayon meant to use for both your lips and cheeks. Super creamy formula. The shade is a true medium pink. On my lip tone, it pulls a bit Barbie-ish; but on my cheeks, a very nice bright flush of pink if blended well.

Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol: Whoa, that was a mouthful!  I am SUPER excited to try this products out – I’ve been wanting to try something from Paula’s Choice for forever and this product is right up my alley. Retinol is a superstar ingredient for anti-aging and keeping the skin looking fresh and new. Can’t wait to try this out!

Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel:  A peel that is supposed to leave you with exfoliated, softer, smoother and brighter skin. Interested in trying this one out.

There you have it, Pretties!  My July and August Birchboxes in one go!

Have you tried any of these products?  Likes or dislikes?  Do you get Birchbox? What did you get this month?

Thanks for reading!