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(no subject) [Jan. 13th, 2016|06:28 pm]

I tried Olay® Total Effects 7 in 1 Anti-Aging Moisturizer, which claims skin can look up to 10 years younger in one month. I receive a free sample to try courtesy of BzzAgent! I've actually been on the hunt for a decent anti-aging moisturizer for a little while now. I've been using the same moisturizer for the past 10 years and I have started to notice a few more fine lines lately so I think my moisturizer need to change since my skins needs are changing.

The 7 effects are:
1. Visibly smoothes fine lines and wrinkles
2. Evens skin tone appearance
3. Enhances brightness
4. Minimizes the look of pores
5. Visibly reduces age spots
6. Restores firmness
7. Replenishes moisture

It did a decent job moisturizing and it might have increased the firmness (though there was no obvious difference).

However, unfortunately I did not see any difference in the fine lines on my face. In fact I didn’t really see much change in my skin at all. I’m in my early 30s and think it might be better suited for older individuals. It didn’t even out my skin tone, it didn’t make my skin brighter or reduce age spots. I also had a break out problem and a minor rash during the time I was testing this product. My skin prior to starting this moisturizer was pretty clear so that was very disappointing. I have very sensitive skin, so there was likely an ingredient in this moisturizer that did not agree with me.

Overall I would consider this product an average moisturizer, a less than average anti-age skincare solution, and likely not suitable for those with sensitive skin. I’m very disappointed, but I will be going back to my regular moisturizer and keep trying new products until I find one that is right for me.
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Product Review - Secret Clinical Antiperspirant [Nov. 29th, 2015|11:46 pm]

I recieved my Secret Clinical antiperspirant Invisable Solid free to test from BzzAgent. I was very skeptical going into this trial.  I thought that there was no way that clinical strength antiperspirant could work well enough for me to justify paying double the price of regular antiperspirant.  Boy was I wrong.  It does work as well as it claims.  I only applied it every 48 hours, unless I was having a run of heavy workout days, then I applied it once a day, and it actually kept me smelling good and completely dry.  It went on clear and dry and left no white marks on my clothes.

I've actually been quite stressed at work lately and normally I notice myself sweating, and when on using Secret Clinical Antiperspirant I didn't!  A
fter the stressful week I've had pulling together and event where the rental company gave away my rentals to another client the day before the event I sure was under a lot of pressure.  Normally I'd be sweating like crazy, but I didn't even have to think about it at all, which is fantastic, since being sweaty and smelly was the last thing I needed to worry about. What a relief!

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A great all-around mascara [Oct. 7th, 2015|11:44 pm]

A review of COVERGIRL'S Clump Crusher Mascara

I recieved CoverGirl LashBlast Clumb Crusher (the green tube) free to review through BzzAgent (which you should totally check out: https://www.bzzagent.com/).

Here are my thoughts on the mascara:

I wouldn't exactly call this mascara a "clump crusher", however it is a pretty great all around mascara. I have very long blonde lashes, but not much volume. I've always had issues with clumping mascara and while this product did a pretty decent job there was still some minor clumping. So a miracle product in that respect it is not.

However, this mascara does have some other bonuses that most of the other mascaras I have tried in the past do not. This mascara does not flake or smudge. I work at a computer all day long and end up rubbing my eyes a lot. This product did not budge.

Gone are the days of people telling me I look tired from dark circles under my eyes. It was my old mascara smearing, not lack of sleep!

I look forward to trying the LashBlash Volume Mascara next with my $2 off coupon (that came with the free mascara from BzzAgent). If it's anything like the Clump Crusher it'll be fantastic value for the price. This mascara is definitely some tough competition for some more expensive brands.

With and without the mascara

Slight clumping
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Simple Skincare Product Reviews [Oct. 4th, 2015|04:27 pm]

My skin is super sensitive.  I keep breaking out in rashes on my chin and around my eyes.  It is so sensitive that my doctor recommended that I only wash my face with water alone.  This might work… if I never got anything on my face.  Between the dirt, food and makeup, just plain water alone isn’t going to cut it.

When I noticed that the UK’s number one line in skincare had recently come to Canada, and that they claimed not only to be the “Sensitive Skin Experts” buy were also inexpensive I figured I should give them a shot.  The worst that could happen is that I would need to refill my prescription for hydrocordozone cream.

What I immediately liked about the brand is that they sell a set of travel sized items.  I initially purchased these as testers.  I could sample four products for $13.00 Instead of paying $8.00 per item.  The travel pack included: Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser, Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel, Simple Soothing Facial Toner and Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes.  For this review I'm going to tackle the first two products.

Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser:
According to the company’s claim, this product contains no perfume, no dyes, no harsh chemicals or irritants.  There are no animal derivatives in the formula.  It has been tested by dermatologists.  It's non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic.  The moisturizer seemed to be unscented to me.  I found it to be light, a little went a long way and it absorbed quickly into my skin. 

On the down side my skin didn’t feel particularly moisturized.  My skin is usually quite dry, so perhaps the formula would work better on those with combination or oily skin?  I tried this for a week, and since my skin didn’t react to it I will probably try it again during the winter months to see if I get a different result.

Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel:

I think I might just be in love.  This product removes all my makeup and leaves my skin feeling clean.  It hasn’t irritated my face and had left it feeling soft.  It lathers up like soap, though it doesn’t contain any.  You only need a pea-sized drop (or less) to wash your face and neck. Like all Simple products the Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel formula also contains no perfume, no dyes, no harsh chemicals or irritants.  There are no animal derivatives in the formula.  It has been tested by dermatologists.  It's non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic.

The downside to my new love?  Its packaging.  The container sits on its lid, and if not closed property, will allow the gel to leak out.  Twice I discovered the product had leaked all over the bathroom counter, wasting the precious product and leaving me with a mess to clean up.

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Essence Stays No Matter What Waterproof Eyeliner pencil Review [Sep. 29th, 2015|06:11 pm]
Essence Stays No Matter What Waterproof Eyeliner pencil

I’ve been on the hunt for a good liner for a long time now. Basically nothing I’ve found can top my Avon Ultimate Effect Cake Eyeliner (which was discontinued about a decade ago). I haven’t tried the Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eye Liner yet, at roughly $30 it’s a little steep for a product that I’m not sure I’ll love, but it may come to that.

I purchased Essence Stays No Matter What Waterproof Eyeliner pencil in both Midnight Black and Stunning Brown. They were $1.99 each at Shopper’s Drug Mart. The product claims to stay put for up to 16 hours.

The product had pretty good staying power. I applied it and took a picture and then took a picture again at 4 hours and 7 hours later (I didn’t attempt the full 16 hours since I had a long day and needed to shower before bed). It removed easily enough with makeup remover, but wouldn’t budge with water alone. On the negative side the pencil tugs on the skin a little when applied and I found that it wasn’t pigmented enough, I was looking for solid bold colour and when applied these looked watered down. Also I found the pencil very difficult to sharpen since the casing is made from plastic and not wood.

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Product Review – Pure Ice Nail Polish [Sep. 19th, 2015|11:02 am]
Product Review – Pure Ice Nail Polish

I own many nail polishes.  Not as many as some people I know, but I presently have 50+ bottles that have ranged in price from $0.99 to $12.99, which is in my opinion enough to be able to tell the good polish from the “eww that’s horrible” stuff.  I was in Wal-Mart last week and came across Pure Ice Nail Polish (http://pureicecosmetics.com/).  According to their website they have been around since 1989, though this is the first time I have noticed them.  I believe that they are exclusively sold at Wal-Mart for $1.97 each.  All Pure Ice Nail Enamels are free of formaldehyde, toluene and DBP.

Being that they were such a steal I purchased two colours.  They had a large selection of colours at the Wal-Mart I was at, and I chose two colours that we’re close to anything I already had at home.  I purchased: Home Run! (Sea-foam Green) and Jail Bait (Lilac Purple), both had a cream finish.

I painted my nails on Sunday evening.  I did two coats of “Home Run!” with no base coat and no top coat.  I like things quick and easy and I can’t afford to waste hours doing nothing with my hands letting four or more coats of nail polish to dry.

The two coats produced an opaque even coverage with no streaks and I cannot see my tips through the polish. The formula really nice consistency and didn’t feel like an inexpensive polish.

On Wednesday night I helped my friend assemble a dresser that he purchased for his new condo.  I managed to jam one finger when installing a drawer.  It chipped my polish (not to mention took some skin off my finger). 

On a side note, on the way to my friend’s place I went through the Tim Horton’s drive -thru for a tea and the woman working the window complimented me on my polish.

The picture below was taken to show the state of my nails on Thursday evening.  I’m going to touch up the one nail that was damaged by the drawer because I can’t stand walking around with chipped polish.  The polish on the other nails appeared to be holding up really well so I think given the situation waiting until the other nails start to chip before I call it quits and remove it seemed like the best course of action.

Two days later (Saturday morning) a few of the other nails had chipped polish.

So it stayed on, chip free for about five and a half days, which I was happy with, given I know what I put my hands through on a daily bases, and I typically count myself lucky if I can get away with three “chip-free” days with any other polish.

The verdict: Loved it.  I’ll definitely buy it again.

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(no subject) [Apr. 7th, 2012|12:04 am]
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