fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15

I’ve had my eye on the fresh Sugar Lip Treatment balms for long time but cringed at the $26 Cdn price point. But with the 20% off sale at Sephora earlier this year, I figured it would be a good time for me to try it out without feeling too cringe-y about the price.

The tint I chose was Passion – a sheer crimson red shade.  The fresh Sugar Lip Treatment range has about 13 colours.

On the Sephora website:

What it is:
A bestselling lip treatment—and a cult-favorite among all who try it, including Hollywood’s elite—that moisturizes, protects, and smooths the lips.

What it is formulated to do:
Sugar Lip Treatment blends repairative oils and waxes with real sugar, a natural humectant, for delectable and dependable moisture. Sweet and tart black currant oil, rich in plumping essential fatty acids, cushions the lips while antioxidant grapeseed polyphenols and vitamins A, C, and E provide protection from wrinkle-causing free radicals.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This lip-loving essential has a bright, citrus scent and is free of petroleum, mineral oil, and lanolin.

I might get some back lash here, but I really have to be honest – I don’t see what all the hype is all about around these lip balms.  Sure, they come in beautiful, “luxe” packaging and I really am impressed — I’m a sucker for pretty looking products.  But as far as performance goes?  I’d pick my Blistex pot over this any day.

Sure, it moisturizes my lips and keeps them comfortable, but it’s all just so basic. If anything, the formula is actually a tad too thin for my liking — this might just be a personal preference, but I like my lip balms to have some ‘balls’ to them, some stick, if you know what I mean. I put the fresh lip balm on and I feel like I have to touch up every half hour or so to feel like I have product on.

The shade of Passion is one I really like — a sheer red shade that’s actually great for someone like me who likes to wear red, but sometimes can be shy about it.  Before I even tried the balm, I had such high expectations for it.  I walked out of Sephora with the Passion shade and was already planning my next trip to pick up the more natural, Honey shade.

Well, I won’t be taking that trip anytime soon.

Another downside, is how soft the formula is. Wow, keep this in your pocket for any amount of time and you’re pretty much in for a melted mess.  This is one lip balm I would never consider taking on a hot holiday or even keeping in my makeup bag during the summer time.

I will continue to use this (for the price alone) but aside from the pretty packaging, the formula just doesn’t cut it for me.  I’ll be more than happy to spend $3 on my pot-o-Blistex over this any day.

I give the fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15: a SHOULDER SHRUG

UPDATE!! – I found a very similar product to this fresh Balm at the drugstore – the new CoverGirl Colourlicious Oh Sugar! Vitamin Infused Balm.  I would go far as say this is a DUPE for the fresh Balm and works even better!!  I picked up 2 shades and they’ve bumped my fresh Balm aside!  Review on the Covergirl product coming soon!!

Have you tried the fresh Sugar Lip Treatments?  Like or dislike?

Thanks for reading!

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L’oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo, Conditioner and Thickening Booster

Is it just me or do most of you like to switch up your haircare products?  I know as with any skincare or makeup product, we tend to find our “holy grails”.  I haven’t really found my HG in the haircare department and I don’t know if I ever will, but in the meantime, I’m open to trying new things!

Having fine and thin hair, I tend to look for haircare that claim to thicken or volumize. I had heard that L’oreal came out with a new hair thickening line – Elvive Fibrology – so I thought I’d give the products a go.  Lucky for me, I purchased these on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart for only $3.99 Cdn each, so a very good deal.

(All photos shown from lorealparis.ca)

L’oreal claims:

L’Oréal Laboratories have created our 1st haircare range to give thicker looking hair wash after wash. 

Specially developed with Filloxane, the shampoo formula together with the conditioner, thickens the look of hair and provides deep cleansing.

The Thickness Booster contains an intensive thickening formula with our highest concentration of Filloxane (5%), specially developed to give thicker looking hair. FILLOXANE: A patented technology proven to help thicken the look of hair, with more body and bounce.

First off, I really like the smell of these products. They smell slightly “salon-like” if that makes sense — I can’t quite describe it as it’s not your typical fruity/earthy/fresh/etc. kind of scent. It has a sophisticated smell, with a hint of mint or eucalyptus maybe?

The shampoo is good — it lathers well and leaves my hair feeling clean, without feeling stripped. Nothing too extraordinary about it.

I used the thickening booster along with the conditioner (applying a dime-size amount of the booster before applying conditioner, waiting a few minutes, then rinsing out).  My hair felt very conditioned, but to the point where it felt a bit greasy and heavy, like it never really felt like I could completely rinse it out. I’m not confident that the booster did any “boosting” in terms of thickening my hair than if I had just used the conditioner alone.

Also, I ended up using just the conditioner with another shampoo for another five days in a row and noticed that I had a TON of breakage!  Rinsing out my hair, I had never experienced so much breakage of my hair than ever before — not a good thing at all.

Once I stopped using the conditioner the breakage of hair stopped almost immediately!

Did I see/feel a difference in the thickness of my hair after using the products for about 2 weeks?  No, not really.  And even if it would’ve made my hair feel/look thicker, I really don’t think I would’ve continued on with the conditioner (at least) because of all the hair breakage I experienced.

I will probably continue using the shampoo just so I don’t waste it.  I will not use the thickening booster or conditioner — that’s actually going in the trash (I don’t even want to give it away to anyone I know at the risk of them finding their hair breaking too!)

Overall, I’m pretty disappointed with this line — just didn’t work for me (might work for others!).  It’s too bad because I’m a big fan of the L’oreal Total Repair line and a few of their sulphate-free products. Oh well, you win some, you lose some!

I give the L’oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo: a SHOULDER SHRUG

I give the L’oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickeing Conditioner and Booster: both a THUMBS DOWN

Have you tried these products?  Like or dislike?

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Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Mini Collection

I’ve heard here-and-there hype about the Ole Henriksen skincare brand so I bought a a little intro kit of some of the products: the Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Mini Collection.

I’m always on the hunt for some good quality skincare products, particularly for brightening, lightening up dark spots and evening out skintone.

I’ve had a lot of success in the past with Vitamin C serums for brightening and I’ve discovered and have been using AHA exfoliants over the last year, which I find awesome at giving my skin a healthy glow and diminishing redness.  So, when I saw that this little set contained a Vitamin C and an AHA exfoliant I thought it was right up my skincare alley!

I will go through each product and tell you what I thought of it.

The Sephora website describes the set as follows:

What it is: A daily regimen developed for an effective, easy, and healthy skincare routine to treat all major skin concerns.

What it is formulated to do: This travel-sized trio of multitasking bestsellers work in synergy to brighten, resurface, and hydrate the complexion by harnessing vitamin C, essential fatty acids, and alpha hydroxy acids. Transform your skin in as little as seven days.

Truth Serum® Collagen Booster is a daytime antiaging serum with five-source vitamin C complex to brighten, firm, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and prevent future damage. The oil-free, lightweight, brightening moisturizer.

Sheer Transformation®, contains licorice root and multifruit AHAs that diminish dark spots and sun damage while providing intense free radical protection.

Invigorating Night Gel™ is an overnight resurfacer with a 12-source AHA complex to smooth texture and fine lines, even skintone, and minimize the look of pores.

What it is formulated WITHOUT: – Parabens – Sulfates – Phthalates

This set contains:
– 0.33 oz Truth Serum Collagen Booster

– 0.25 oz Sheer Transformation Brightening Moisturizer
– 0.25 oz Invigorating Night Gel

Truth Serum Collagen Booster

I love using vitamin C on my skin and I was excited for this product. A very long time ago, Avon used to make a vitamin C serum that I used religiously and it made such a noticeable difference in my skin — I’d get compliments on how even-toned, smooth and radiant my skin looked. But then Avon discontinued the serum – AGGGH!!

Anyway, I always compare any vitamin C product I use to that Avon serum and sad to say, but I still have yet to find “the one” that even comes close.  This Ole Henriksen serum didn’t give me any noticeable changes to my skin (I’d been using it for a few weeks).  I know that it might take longer than a few weeks to see any obvious results (i.e. faded discolouration, even skin tone), but I don’t have really high hopes for this one. I’m not sure what percentage of vitamin C is in this serum (maybe that’s why it’s not working as efficient for me?)

I might continue on with this — I don’t like wasting product unless it’s truly horrible for me or if I really just don’t like it.

I give the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster: a SHOULDER SHRUG 

Sheer Transformation Brightening Moisturizer

This is a very lightweight, yet hydrating moisturizer. I used this a few times during the day, but mostly in the evening (it doesn’t contain SPF, which is a bummer because I would love to use it as a daytime moisturizer).

This absorbed into my skin very quickly and left it feeling soft and hydrated.

The small amount I had in the .25 oz jar lasted me only about a week and a half with use almost every night during that time. Not sure that if I had a bigger size jar to use over a longer period of time, maybe I would’ve seen more results. But with the amount I did have to work with, I can’t say I’ve seen any dramatic changes in my skin.

Would I repurchase?  No. It’s a decent moisturizer, but I’ve used much more effective ones and for much less of the cost.  Plus, I try my best to stay away from jar packaging (sometimes you just can’t though!) – once you open up a product with active ingredients, you lose its’ benefits! And of course, it’s lack of SPF for use in the daytime is a no-no in my books.

I give the Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Brightening Moisturizer: a THUMBS DOWN

Invigorating Night Gel

We all know exfoliating is necessary to get glowing skin.  AHAs and BHAs are the best ingredients to acheive this. This product is AHA-based and is meant to resurface the skin. In my experience, AHAs work really well for me. I’m a HUGE fan of the Nip and Fab Glycolic Pads , the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads and also the Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixer — all good AHA exfoliators.

The Invigorating Night Gel is very similar to the Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir in texture and formula with gel like consistencies. Both do feel a bit tacky once absorbed into the skin. The amount of product I got with the ING lasted me almost 2 weeks. I can’t say that I noticed any significant results; I actually like the results of the Olay AHA product a bit better. With that said, for me, using AHA products help to make my skin feel smoother and reduce any redness on my face. For that, AHA exfoliants have been a staple in my skincare regime for about a year now.

Would I repurchase this product?  No. The drugstore options like the Nip and Fab and Olay are better priced and work better for me personally.

I give the Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Gel: a SHOULDER SHRUG

I purchased this set from Sephora for $28Cdn.

Thanks for reading!