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July 31, 2015

Banila Co - Clean It Zero - Review

I didn't go looking for this product. I stumbled upon a Canadian company on Instagram who sells Korean skin care products. I was actually looking to try the Etude House Moistfull Super Collagen Set, and then I saw this Banila Co Clean It Zero (on sale!) on their page. I needed to add another item to my cart so I could qualify for free or discounted shipping (I don't even remember now lol) so I added Clean It Zero.


July 26, 2015

Sheet Masks!

A few months ago I started to use sheet masks. I never knew how great they were until I saw many reviews online, and I knew I just had to try them for myself. I started with The Face Shop masks since they seemed to be pretty popular, and they were an affordable price for a bunch on eBay. I've been using those for the past few months, and I've really liked them. I still have a couple left.

I ended up finding the Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Masks at Shoppers Drug Mart on clearance for $5 and REALLY liked those - I still haven't used them all up!

Next up! I saw that Renee at See The World in Pink was hosting a Mask Genie 10 Days In The Wild Giveaway - and I entered. Surprisingly, I was one of the two people that won! I was so excited to try these out because they are so cute!

I received a whole pouch full of masks! Some of the animals included a cat, a tiger, a dragon, a panda.. and so many others. I've tried a few out so far, and those reviews will go up soon!

And finally... Canadian Beauty Bloggers and The Face Shop teamed up with some bloggers and sent them some sheet masks to review. Unfortunately I wasn't one of the bloggers chosen, so I was a little bummed about that. But then a few days passed and I had a missed delivery from FedEx. Not expecting anything, I had no idea what it was. The next day it was delivered again, and it ended up being a small package from...

The Face Shop!

They sent out 3 masks to those who had applied for the promotion, but weren't chosen. I thought that was amazing and really thoughtful of them to do that! I'm looking forward to try the Vita B and Vita C masks, since I've tried the Kelp mask already in my previous haul.

I can't wait to try all of these masks out!
Since I've been using them, and incorporating some new products into my skin care routine - my skin has improved a lot. It isn't as dry as it was before, and it actually feels hydrated all of the time, compared to before, it was always feeling tight and dry. I'm so happy!

Birchbox - July 2015

I will be honest and say, I haven't opened my Birchbox since it came in the mail and I took a picture of it. Oops. I just have so many things opened - I've really been trying to use up old products. And I "accidentally" went a little crazy with new products. So this kind of got left on the back burner.



July 21, 2015

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick

I don't have very many Almay products. Actually, I can say I've tried a total of 3 in my life. I remember buying their tinted moisturizer many years ago - which was way too dark for me. A trio eyeshadow, that I had up until recently, that I used a handful of times, but didn't like because the colours just didn't work for me. You know the one they were advertising for certain eye colours. That one. For green eyes. The colours didn't work for me and I ended up tossing it because it was old.

This past Christmas season, Almay was having a contest where they were giving out free lipsticks. Little did I know I would be picked. They sent out coupons to everyone which expired at the end of June, giving us plenty of time to redeem the coupon and pick the perfect shade. I ended up forgetting I had the coupon and realized I had it just before it expired. So I went and picked out my "smart shade."

Theres no fancy name for this. You go in and they have a chart set up on the display. You look at your skin tone (mine being light) and choose from 3 shades - pink, nude, berry, or red. Being me - I chose pink. Nudes don't work for me, and I'm not a huge fan of red... I'm slowly introducing bolder colours lol. Anyway it was between berry or pink and I figured I'd use pink more often. The colour name for this is "Pink - Light"

Here it is swatched. Not the greatest lighting, but you get the idea. I actually had to go over this about 3 times just to get the shade to show.

As you can see it's very glossy. I'd say this is more of a sheer pigmented lip gloss than it is lipstick. It is very smooth, and "buttery" but the lasting power is not good. It also isn't very pigmented because it's not very noticeable on my lips.

I wouldn't repurchase this in the future. I also was shocked at the regular price. Can you believe the regular price was almost $11 at Shoppers Drug Mart. Crazy! Thank goodness for free coupons!


Shopping Haul

I have to admit. I put myself on a no buy for a while because money has been tight. With a decent Scentsy pay cheque, I went a little crazy and bought a few items. I'm not going to do an in depth post about each item here. I will just quickly show what I've picked up, and what reviews you will be seeing shortly!

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick

Mac Lipsticks
Giambattista Valli Collection - Margherita
Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Collection
I also picked up a Studio Fix Powder + Foundation which isn't pictured, but I will review it too!

 ColourPop - I got some Lippie Stix and a Super Shock Eyeshadow!


 Korean Skin Care! I purchased two items and they sent so many extra samples! Yay samples!


I have so many things to post about! Here are some more:

Birchbox June 2015
Ipsy June 2015 Glam Bag - whenever it decides to get here
Rodan + Fields Soothe Moisturizing Cream
BzzAgent Campaigns for Secret Clear Gel Deoderant, Nice n Easy Root Touch Up Dye
MaskGenie Pouch
Younique Illuminate Clean Cleanser
Scentsy Laundry Love Bundle
Empties
... I also went a little crazy on eBay and orded a few Korean skin care items...
- Stippling Makeup Brush
- Missha Super Aqua Waterfull Cream
- The Face Shop Rice Ceramide Moisture Emulsion and Toner

July 14, 2015

Younique Products - Divine Daily Moisturizer [Review]

I purchased this moisturizer at the end of May, and I have about a quarter of it left. I feel like I've used it long enough that I can provide a decent review.

July 11, 2015

Ipsy - July 2015 - Sneak Peeks!

There's no point in explaining everything... here are the sneak peeks for the July glam bag!

This is the bag. The print is pretty popular these days. Will I use this? Maybe. I have so many bags now.

Sneak Peek #1
We all saw this sneak peek ahead of time. We will all get only one product from this sneak peek. Here we have:
- Essie Nail Polish in Fashion Playground
- Jelly Pong Pong 2 in 1 Shadow/Liner in a brown shade
- Teeez Cosmetics - Read My Lips Lipstick in Killing Me Softly
- Nudestix - Magnetic Eye Color in Gilt
- Aurora Gel Effect Nail Polish in 4 Alarm Fire (repeat)
- Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Bronzer

I can't say theres anything really I'd want to try in this sneak peek. I got an eyeshadow pencil last month in the same champagne colour, I got the Aurora nail polish in my last bag. I don't wear bronzer. I guess I would choose the Teeez Cosmetics lipstick.

Sneak Peek #2
They're not very creative anymore with their sneak peeks. Anyway, we'll all get ONE item from this spoiler.
- Crown Brush - Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush (repeat)
- Be a Bombshell Cosmetics - Lip Balm in French Kiss or Ruby
- Crown Brush - Professional Tweezers will come in Black or Pink
- Jor'el Parker - Classico Perfume
- BellaPierre Mineral Lipstick in P.I.N.K (this may be a repeat, or something that was up for points.. it looks familiar for some reason)
- City Color Cosmetics HD Powder

Again. Nothing exciting in this spoiler. I guess I'd want the lipstick. Definite no to the be a bombshell, and I got the crown brush in a past bag. Is Ipsy running out of products? Why are there so many repeats...

Sneak Peek #3
We'll get ONE item from the following:
- Nicka K New York - HQ Quad Eyeshadow (Looks like this will come in two colours but theres no names)
- City Color Cosmetics HD Powder (repeat from last sneak peek)
- OFRA Cosmetics Bliss Eyeshadow (ANOTHER shimmery champagne colour!)
- Aurora Gel Effect Nail Polish in 4 Alarm Fire (repeat from SP1)
- Jelly Pong Pong 2 in 1 Shadow/Liner (repeat from SP1)
- Tini Beauty - Eyetini Swizzle Stick Eyeliner in Blue Hawaiian

Ugh. Again. Nothing. This is getting boring.

Sneak Peek #4
Skin care! Yay! Let's see what we will get...
- Purlisse Delicate Gentle Soymilk Cleanser and Makeup Remover (pretty sure this is a repeat from the past)
- Purlisse Purbright Ultra Skin Brightening Serum
- Lulu Blossom - Raspberry Lemonade Lip Balm
- Bare Republic Naturals - SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Face Sunscreen Lotion
- Vasanti BrightenUp! Exfoliating Cleanser (might be a repeat)
- Ole Henriksen - The Clean Truth Cleansing Wipes (possibly a repeat)
- Mongogo Vanilla Coconut Cream Lip Conditioner
- Avene Eau Thermale - Gel Soapless Cleanser

I want the wipes or raspberry lemonade lip balm. How exciting is this?

Sneak Peek #5
We're at the end of this boring journey.
- Octavio Molina Hair - La Playa Salt Spray
- Bare Republic Naturals - SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Face Sunscreen Lotion
- Eva NYC - Freshen Up Dry Shampoo
- Jor'el Parker Classico Perfume
- Coolway Beachy Salt Spray

Ugh.

This bag is so boring. Seriously. There's nothing that stands out to me. I redeemed some points for a pink lip crayon that will be coming in this bag. That's probably the most exciting thing I will get. Of course we got early access so everyone saw how crappy their bag was. I'm cancelling after this month. I signed back up because I missed the bag, and seeing what I'm getting this month.. I'm wondering how. I'm not going to post my early glam bag because I will save it to do a full review. Blah Ipsy. I'm not happy with you, again.


*I purchased this subscription with my own money. All opinions are of my own*
*Post contains referral links*

[re]fresh Skin Therapy Products [Review]

I felt like I was one lucky Canadian when I was chosen to review these [re]fresh skin therapy products FOR FREE! - in exchange for my honest review, of course!

I've been on the hunt for that perfect moisturizing cream for my dreadful dry skin, and when I saw this promotion pop up, I knew I had to apply for it. Included in my review is [re]fresh skin therapy Lactic Acid 10% Gel Peel, and [re]fresh skin therapy Hyaluronic Moisturizing Cream. These were to be used together.


July 7, 2015

May & June Empties!

We all enjoy posting about our empties. What may seem like trash to others, it's rewarding to me to see what I finally finished. Instead of letting products get used a few times, then tossed aside, then thrown away because I no longer like it or it has expired. These are things I finally got through. I still have a ton of product to get through, and I don't make as big of a dent in my piles as I would like, but I made some progress. It's so hard to finish makeup products for me. Even if I wear make up everyday, I seem to have a hard time using the same thing every single day, and finishing it completely. Here are my empties for May and June.


July 1, 2015

Huge Scentsy Sale!

Hey guys!

Scentsy is celebrating their 11th birthday! And they're offering some amazing deals to share!

There are many items that are more than 50% off! There are night light warmers for $10 US dollars! Its crazy!

If any of you are interested in taking a look (or even placing an order) I'd like to share my page with you!

www.deidrec.scentsy.ca

I'm set up to sell for Canada, US and Mexico! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

*Sale ends on July 6 and only while quantities last!*

June 2015 - Ipsy Glambag! [Review]

Should we just dive right in?


The bag itself is black and says ipsy all over one side. It feels like it may be waterproof, but other bloggers have stated it's not. The theme for the month was "Swim into Beauty" and this is what was in my bag...