November 27, 2014

Scentsy Love!

Anybody that knows me, knows how much I LOVE great smelling products. Whether it be for the home, for my body, or even my laundry.

A few years ago I discovered Scentsy. They carry a huge line of smell-goods, for just about anything you can think of. What makes Scentsy so unique, is that they are SAFE to use. There's no candles that can burn your house down, and their warmers can be left on for literally 24/7. Amazing.

November 22, 2014

DIY! Homemade Lip Scrub!

So there I was. At home on a Saturday night. Bored, and chewing my lips. I realized my lips were dry, and somewhat peely. Even though I've been applying lip balm quite often, they still didn't feel as soft or smooth as I would like. So I thought, hmmm... maybe I should finally try a lip scrub. I've never tried one before, and I certainly don't have the budget right now to go out and buy one, so I decided to Google homemade lip scrubs.

They seem easy enough to make, with ingredients that everyone has around their house. It depends if you want to add something different to yours or not. From what I could see from my two second search, that it would take only a few minutes (if that!) to make a simple lip scrub.

I headed to the kitchen and pulled out whatever ingredients I thought would work well in this concoction.

In my searches, I found that you could use regular granulated sugar, or brown sugar. I would have preferred to use brown sugar in this one, but we don't have any at the moment. So granulated white sugar it was!

I also found on Google that you should use honey, olive oil, or coconut oil to use as your "liquid" - just enough to make the sugar sticky, and turn into a paste. I opted for coconut oil because I don't like honey, and I thought coconut oil might be better over the olive oil.

I added some vanilla because I'm not a huge fan of the scent, or taste of coconut oil. This specific vanilla I picked up while I was in the Dominican Public before, hence why it is called Vainilla - lol. They spelled it the way they pronounce it. Cute. It also has a good quality taste, it's clear, and it has just a touch of cinnamon, to me at least.

The smallest pot container I could find was an old sample of an eye cream. So I made sure to wash it well and dry it before using it. The added coca cola cherry chap stick is there because I thought I could mash a little bit into my scrub to give it a nice pinkish tone, and cherry scent.

I used about a tablespoon of white sugar, and couple of drops of already melted coconut oil (it tends to separate when the air is warm) and a little tiny drop of vanilla. I scraped a small amount of lip balm as well into the bowl and mixed it all together until it formed a paste. I did end up sprinkling a little bit more sugar in because I felt the mixture was too wet.

Once it was the right texture, I spooned it into my little container, that apparently wasn't big enough for my mixture, but its okay. As you can see the lip balm didn't mix very well into the sugar scrub. If I were to make it again I wouldn't add that, but that was my mistake.

I could definitely see myself making this again in the future. I'd like to play around with it some more and create the perfect scrub.

Online recommends that you only use the scrub once, maximum twice per week, and to use a moisturizing lip balm afterwards.

After I had put it into my little container, I tried what was left over in my bowl. I applied it to my lips, rubbed them together for a few seconds, then wiped it off with warm water and a cloth. I can immediately feel that my lips are smoother and I can't feel anymore loose skin. Woohoo! :)
November 19, 2014

November 2014 - Ipsy Glambag!

Well, my Ipsy bag FINALLY arrived today. A week after all of my friends had received theirs. I have even been subscribed longer than them, AND live not even that far from all of them. And somehow, mine was shipped much later. But, at least I got it before the end of the month.

I have officially been with Ipsy now for one full year. I want to do an "Ipsy Fave's" post, but I am unsure if I should do it now, or just wait for December's bag and include that for my full year of favourites. Anyway, he's my November bag!

November 18, 2014

Wish List!

This is something new I feel like adding to the blog, in order to become more interactive.

These are things I wish to have. Maybe some of you have them already, and can provide your thoughts in the comments below!

Here we go! :)

Belted Crochet Lace Dress available in Cream or Peach at Forever 21

This super cute dress is from Forever 21 and retails for ONLY $18.80 Canadian.
I'd love to add this one to my wardrobe (in either colour!)

Jessica MD/Flower Necklace - Sears Canada

This necklace can be found at Sears Canada. I saw something very similar to this when I was in the store browsing a few days ago, and should have picked it up. Anyway, this would look nice with practically anything. I'd love to pair it with black or white to really make the colour pop. This is on sale for a very very reasonable price of $9.99 Canadian (regularly $19.99) so cute!

Mia Skin Cleansing System - Clarisonic

I have been wanting to try this forever, but the giant price tag is what stops me. I've heard nothing but great things about it, and really want to get my hands on one!

This particular model retails for $139.00 Canadian on Sephora's website.

Glam Glow - Gift Sexy

I received the Glam Glow Tinglexfoliant Mask in one of my Ipsy bags, and I actually just finished the little sample not too long ago. I'd love to purchase a full size, but it's very pricey. This specific set is only $76 and you get to try all three!

Last but not least...

Birchbox Canada - Subscription

I'd love love love to try Birchbox now that it is available in Canada. However, due to timing, I am unable to sign up for it myself. So, for my wishlist - I'd love a subscription to try Birchbox!

** All of these products have been wished for by me - I have no connection to any of the businesses or companies, and I am not being paid for promoting any of these products **

November 16, 2014

Yalmeh Peerless Beauty - Aloe Super Youth Eye Cream [Review]

I recently received this Yalmeh Peerless Beauty - Aloe Super Youth Eye Cream for free from in order to provide an honest review on Amazon Canada, and on my blog.

Here is a description of the eye cream, provided by Yalmeh Peerless Beauty.

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Night Cream [Review]

Many years ago (probably close to 10 years now that I think about it...) I was introduced to my holy grail moisturizer. It was so rich, and luxurious. And it was one of few that actually worked on my dry, red, face. A woman at a cosmetics counter who was working for the same department store I was, actually recommended that I try it, since my mom and I were trying to find something that worked for me.

November 13, 2014

Natura - Make Up Remover Tissues [Review]

I picked up this pack a few months ago at a local Dollar Store. I needed some make up remover wipes, but didn't want to pay a fortune, because the funds just weren't there at the time. I know sometimes they sell name brand products, but didn't see any at the time. I thought I would give this a shot.

November 12, 2014


I've decided that I want to start blogging about the empties I collect.. I've read about them on other blogs, and I love everyones opinions, and whether or not the product was good enough to be repurchased! It really helps when I am looking for new things to try!

Some of these empties were from October, and some from the beginning of the month. I'll try and collect a few each time before I write about it. I'm thinking monthly empties may be better. I'll see how it goes along the way and make a decision then.

Bath and Body Works - Pink Sugarplum Foaming SoapI LOVE this stuff. I prefer this foaming soap over the beaded soap that they carry, but both are really nice. The scent was sweet. I actually purchased this one awhile back at one of the semi-annual sales.
I will repurchase these soaps, in different scents.

GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliant Treatment
I loved this mask. I had never tried a mask before I got this in my Ipsy bag, and I loved it. It made my skin feel so clean, and it did tingle. However, it's SO expensive, I won't be purchasing.

Clinique - Rinse Off Eye Makeup Solvent
I have many of these around my house from many gift with purchases. I tend to use it, get a new one, and then remember I have this. I have found better makeup removers, and I'm not a huge fan of this one. I will not purchase.

Delon Salon Formula Regular Nail Polish Remover
This can be found at probably every dollar store. It works well, and it's cheap. I have already repurchased.

For the month of November, I have put myself on a NO BUY!! I need to focus on the ton of products that I already have, so I hope to get some more empties collected!
November 8, 2014

Freeman Beauty - Acai Facial Purifying Clay Mask [Review]

I purchased this Purifying Clay Mask a few weeks ago from Walmart. My Glam Glow sample (from Ipsy) was starting to get really low, and I liked the way my skin felt and looked after using a mask. Since Glam Glow was the first clay mask I had ever tried, I wasn't exactly sure what to look for.

November 4, 2014

Ipsy - November 2014 - Sneak Peeks

I have officially been subscribed with Ipsy for a year. Lately I have been debating if I want to keep my subscription or cancel. I only signed up month to month, so I can cancel at any time. I think I may see how this month goes, and December and officially make my decision then. It's so nice to get little packages in the mail every month, but products add up and things don't get used.

Ipsy has released two sneak peeks so far. I will add on the others once they get released!

The theme for November is Girl Meets Glitter. This could be fun.

Sneak Peek #1 - It's the BAG! Ipsy never shows the bag first, so they have changed things up this time around. I honestly like the bag. It has pink, it's silver, and it's glitter. Love it! However, I hope it's not loose glitter on the outside of the bag, because that's just a huge mess. I'm hoping the glitter piles are also just for the photo. No loose glitter please.

Sneak Peek #2 - Lots of lip products :) Here we've got:
J.Cat - Wonder Lip Paint
Nicole by OPI silver glitter nail polish
CK One Lip Gloss
Starlooks Lip Gloss (The same as last month)
Love & Beauty (Forever 21) Lip Stick
LA Color Chunky Lip Pencil
Wet and Wild MegaSlicks Balm Stain

They all seem to be the same price range, which is good because then it doesn't cause huge bag envy amongst everyone. Personally from this sneak peek, based on colours, I'd pick the Love and Beauty Lip Stick. I really like the Wet and Wild Balm Stain and J.Cat Wonder Lip Paint, but I would be afraid that they would be too dark for me. There's nothing bad in this spoiler though. Except the Starlooks. I got it last month, and it's a nice colour and not sticky, I just don't want a repeat.

Sneak Peek #3 - We've got eye products this time.
Starlooks eyeliner, it looks like it will come in two shades
Elizabeth Mott liquid eyeliner
Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow primer

From this one, I'd like the liquid eyeliner. I'm not a fan of BaB products, and I got starlooks last year, which I don't use.

Ipsy gave everyone an early sneak peek. So, I now know what I'm getting, however I'm waiting on posting my glam room until all of the sneak peeks are done.

Sneak Peek #4 - This was actually sent out last week in an email to past Ipsy members, so it's been floating around for a little on the web. This sneak peek has:
Temptu highlighter - this is marketed for an airbrush system. Not sure why they would send it. Ipsy has stated though that it can be applied with a brush, sponge or fingers.
It Cosmetics concealer
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
Glam Glow Mask
Tarte Oil
Laura Mercer brush and powder

From this sneak peek, I'd like the Glam Glow, but I got the tinglexfoliant a few months ago, so getting it again is very very slim. I'd want the oil too, because my skin has been so dry, I'd like to try a new oil out. Plus, I've never tried Tarte products before, and I've heard great things.

Sneak Peek #5 - LOTS OF REPEATS. On Ipsy's page, they say all members will get TWO of these items.

What I see in this final sneak peek, is lots of repeats. I hate when Ipsy does this. Make the spoilers smaller, because it just shows that you got way too many of certain items. Here we have:
Nicole by OPI Silver Glitter Nail Polish (seen in SP2)
SeaRx - This can be an exfoliator or lotion
Demeter Roll on Perfume in Pixie Dust
Delectable hand cream (can also come in body lotion)
Marc Anthony Oil by Morocco Hair Spray
Temptu highlighter (seen in SP4)
Be a Bombshell eyeshadow base (seen in SP3)
Rouge Underground Makeup Sealant
ClariSea Instant Glow Powder Exfoliant

From this specific spoiler, I'd like to try the perfume. I know I don't have perfume selected, but this scent sounds like it would be perfect for me. I'd also like to try either of the exfoliants.

*** Early glam room access was given again this month, so here's a sneak peek of what I'll get ***

As you can see, I'm getting the Be a Bombshell Eye Base, Elizabeth Mott you're so FINE Eyeliner, J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint, Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray, and Temptu S/B Highlighter.

Looking back from Sneak Peek 1 (the bag) I will be getting from Sneak Peek 2, the J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint, which I wanted to try - DEPENDING on the colours. Ipsy is sending one of two colours.

 Between these two colours, I would prefer the one on the right. It's more of a lighter red. The one on the left looks like it would be way too dark for my complexion.

In Sneak Peek 3, I will be getting both the Elizabeth Mott liner, and the BaB Eye Base. But because that Sneak Peek said we would only receive one item from that spoiler, mine would be the liner. And that's what I really wanted from that one.

In Sneak Peek 4, I really wanted the Glam Glow but knew I wasn't going to get it, so that was expected. The next thing I really wanted was the Tarte Oil, but I knew it was a popular item so again, getting it was slim to none. From this particular spoiler I'm getting the Temptu highlighter, which I don't want.

In the last Sneak Peek 5, I wanted to try the perfume, based on the description, or one of the exfoliators. My luck wasn't good and I got the unwanted Be a Bombshell Eye Base, and Marc Anthony Oil of Morroco Hairspray. It looks like a lot of people are getting these, so I guess they were just sent a lot.

Also, hopefully I will be doing some more product reviews this month. I have tons of products here that I could review. Some new, some I've had for awhile, but I'd like to be a little more involved, and add more posts throughout the month. Some reviews I have coming soon are:

- Ipsy Glam Bag November 2014
- Garnier Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Night Cream
- Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
- Live Clean Moisturizing Set
- Smile Sciences Tooth Whitening Kit
- Freeman Purifying Clay Mask
- Ipsy One Year Review (My top favourite items)
- Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Night Cream

... and more!

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