Sunday, November 22, 2020

Provoke Touch of Silver Strengthening Purple Shampoo + Conditioner Review


The ILLUMINEX range from PRO:VOKE Touch of Silver has a new collection of sulphate-free, vegan colour enhancing shampoos and conditioners for brighter blonde hair!

I thought I'd tried pretty much every purple shampoo and conditioner but somehow I hadn't come across or tried Provoke's Touch of Silver strengthening shampoo and conditioner, and I'm pretty mad about it because I've been missing out!!! 😫 And, I just learned that they are the original purple shampoo, so I guess I've been living under a rock!

These products promise to completely remove brassy tones in just one wash = True! PLUS, they also strengthen the hair by repairing damaged hair bonds! 😍😍😍

My hair is bleached, damaged, and had become so brassy! After just one wash, my hair looks, feels, and smells amazing! Transformed, like i went to the salon! My hair is clean and looks and feels much healthier 👱‍♀️ All it took was 8 minutes to banish my brass: 5 min for shampoo,  and 3 min for conditioner. And, my damaged, brittle hair is left feeling better than ever! No joke! 🥰

Both products are also sulphate free, silicone-free, vegan, and not tested on animals. 🙌

It's recommended to use these every other wash or once a week, but I've been using them back to back for the last 3 washes because I just can't get enough! 

I'm 100% converted to these beauties and will be purchasing them instead of other purple shampoos and conditioners in the future 💜 

Have you tried these? If you have blonde, platinum,  grey or white hair that gets brassy, and/or needs some repair, I highly recommend! These would make a fabulous stocking stuffer, too! 🎁

Check them out at www.farleyco.ca 

Available at Rexall Pharma Plus, London Drugs,  pharmasave, and Lawton Drugs. 

Happy Sunday, everyone! 

Amy , XO's

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Saturday, November 7, 2020

Eyeshadow Palette Collection and Declutter Fall 2020


Today's post is my eyeshadow collection and a mini declutter.  I've been trying to reorganize my makeup since I purchased this fabulous new makeup storage case (post all about it linked here).

My eyeshadow collection doesn't fit (yet) inside the storage bag because I have a larger than "normal" amount of makeup. I wanted to fit all of my eyeshadows into a separate bag that I could easily access when doing my makeup so I had to downsize a bit. 


I started out by laying everything on the floor and picking out my go-to palettes and favourites.  Then I looked to see where I had a lot of similar colours and decided to part with 3 palettes that I never reach for and I have most of the colours that are in those palettes in other ones that I do reach for.

Above: keep pile 

I use all of these palettes on the regular. Most are neutrals and a there are still a few pops of colour. The Doll 10 Pro Eyeshadow 2 is probably my most reached for palette for an everyday eye look. It would be perfect for work or any professional setting, or just everyday. 

All of these "keep" palettes work well for my aging and hooded eyes!

The Joe Fresh palette is actually a bronzer / highlight palette but I've always used it as an eyeshadow palette as it works better for me that way and it makes a beautiful eye look!

Let me know if you have any questions about any of these and I'd be happy to answer. :)

Above: declutter pile

There's nothing wrong with any of these palettes. The colours are great but the BH cosmetics and Orzya shadows are a bit too creamy/ heavy and pigmented for my liking. This Wet n Wild palette is kind of meh. 


This fabulous Cherry palette missed the keep pile as it doesn't fit inside the makeup bag that is now storing my eyeshadow collection.  I also have a few cream shadows that are not shown as I wasn't decluttering any of them. Luckily,  those also fit inside my eyeshadow makeup bag.

The cream coloured bag shown here now stores all of my eyeshadows except for the Cherry palette that is wedged between my main makeup storage and the eyeshadow storage bag. 

Apologies for the lighting and photos being so varied. I'm doing this at nighttime and blogging from my phone as my laptop is 💀.  And, I thought today would be a great day for a fun and simple Eyeshadow collection  / declutter post. 😊

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Amy 


Monday, November 2, 2020

New Fall Beauty Products | Haircare, Skincare, Masks and More!


A new season brings fun new Fall Beauty products to play with 🙌 🍂 From Provoke's Touch of Silver shampoo and conditioner to 7th Heaven's new 24 Hour hydration face masks, and Foamie's Foaming Cleansing Core shower sponge.. oh, and check out the new slim Invsi bobble! 😍 
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I can't wait to try out all these beauties and share my favourites with you! 
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Have a fabulous Monday! 💖💖💖

Products shown:
🌸 INKcredible Tattoo care
🌸 Mika Wild Watermelon Foam Soap
🌸 7th Heaven's 24 Hour Hydration masks
🌸 Foamie Shower Sponge + cleansing core
🌸 Unic Red Fruit Hair perfume 
🌸 Bubble T Melting Oil Pearls
🌸 invisi bobble new slim hair rings
🌸 Provoke Touch of Silver Shampoo and conditioner 

Check out more details on these products at Farleyco.com 😍




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Sunday, November 1, 2020

New Home Makeup Storage Solution + Travel Bag | Minimalist

Left: old makeup storage / Right: new makeup storage

I've always been big on organizing...Searching for ways to better store my makeup and skincare is actually how I discovered the world of Blogging and Vlogging.

I have been slowly downsizing my makeup collection (and working on other areas of my home) over the years. I went from using a large drawer in my desk to store my makeup to using the pink acrylic organizer shown above. More recently, the acrylic organizer was becoming such an eyesore to me as it sat on my home work desk, so I sought out other solutions for my makeup organization conundrum.

I decided to purchase a large makeup storage/ travel bag that comes with customizable dividers. I did a lot of research as I didn't want anything too big nor too small. The first one I purchased was plain black (shown above). Unfortunately, it came with a defective liner so the dividers wouldn't line up or stay in place. After returning that one, I ended up choosing another one that is the exact same size, just different colour and seller. I think that all of these organizers in this size range are the same size although they each show slight variations listed on Amazon (where I purchased mine).



The actual dimensions of both of the cases I ordered are 9" x 10" x 3.5" measured from the exterior


Although they refer to these cases as "travel cases" it's too big for travel for my liking.


I find that the case is very sturdy on the inside and the outside and has a solid zipper closure. The dividers are pretty fabulous for customizing your case to fit your products. In fact, this case would also be great for storing crafts, essential oils, skincare, photography equipment, sunglasses etc. 


The top has pockets meant for makeup brushes but I am storing my eyeliners, lipliners and brow pencils there for now. There is also a side pocket but when I put a small eyeshadow palette inside, I cannot close the case. It would be suitable for thinner products like facial sheet masks. 


I guess I'm a bit of a blush junkie as that seems to be the bulk of my makeup. The funny thing is that I don't wear blush as often as I used to (mask anyone?!). I am definitely a bronzer and highlight girl though!


I am able to fit all of my makeup except for my lip product collection as well as my eyeshadow palette collection. But, let's be real, I have too much makeup still!

I know that once I use up some of these products and as some expire, it will definitely be possible to store my entire makeup collection in this organizer


The organizer sits comfortably in my Ikea Alex desk drawer (the deeper drawer).

I'm so happy to have my makeup collection out of site now and the new makeup storage bag is working out perfectly. It sits in my desk drawer as I get ready. I just pop open the lid and everything is in arms reach and organized so well. Getting ready is a breeze now as every makeup item is in its place.

For now, I still have my makeup brushes and small lip collection on my desktop which I barely even notice compared to when I had the big acrylic organizer on my desk. Don't get me wrong, I love that acrylic organizer and it's gone to good use storing my skincare in my bathroom (shown below).

My acrylic organizer has been repurposed and now lives in the bathroom housing skincare and some hair accessories.


Above you can see the dividers in the organizers and some examples of how you can customize the case. 

The case would also be great for travel if you need or want to travel with a lot of makeup and or skincare as the case is so sturdy. 

I am enjoying this organizer so much that I am definitely thinking of purchasing more for other storage purposes! 😍

This makeup storage case cost me a whopping $20 and it was the best twenty dollars that I've spent in a long while!

Have a great week ahead! 

Amy 



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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Elf Primer Infused Blush in Always Cheeky Review + Swatches


Elf's Primer Infused Blushes won Allure's 2019 Best of Beauty Award, so for only $6, I had to try it for myself. I also heard a lot of hype over this blush on social media and most were singing the praises of the shade Always Cheeky, so I went with that shade to find out what all the hype is about. 


From ELF:

2019 Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner!

This long-wear, matte blush is infused with lock on primer powder to ensure a full day of perfectly placed blush. This blush is easy to blend, perfectly pigmented for ease of application, and grips your cheeks like second skin.

-Available in 7 shades

-Retail $6 for 10 grams



The blush comes in a very large 10-gram pan with basic plastic packaging and does not have a mirror. The shade Always Cheeky appears to be a light peachy shade. I've heard a lot of people mention the "pink" in this shade, however, I do not see pink, personally. 

The blush kicks up a lot of powder when I dip my blush brush into it. It's best to tap the excess powder off of the brush before applying for an even application. This shade barely shows up on my light-medium skin tone unless I build up several layers, but then I lose the sheer, natural look as it will become powdery looking. Since I always wear bronzer, it's even less detectable on my skin. 

The formula is nice for aging skin as it is mostly matte, sheer, and doesn't accentuate texture or pores thanks to the built-in primer. Lasting time for me is average but then again, because it's so light on my skin tone, it's hard to even detect. 

ELF Primer Infused Blush in Always Cheeky in natural daylight

Overall, I like this blush. However, it's lacking that wow factor for me, which could be just because it's just the wrong shade for me. I need something a bit darker and something with a bit of pink or rose to it for my neutral (leaning warm), light-medium skin tone.

I would recommend this blush if you choose the right colour for your skin tone. I think that this shade, Always Cheeky, would suit someone with very fair skin. You can't beat the price at $6 for 10 grams!

*** UPDATE: I ended up liking this blush more and it showed up nicely when I switched to a much more dense makeup brush. It's still subtle,  but shows up, even with my bronzer on and I'm liking it. Very natural but present 😊

ELF Cosmetics is Cruelty-Free! 🐰

 Elf Primer Infused Blush $6 for 10 grams.

Have you tried this blush? Do you love it or not so much?

Have a great week ahead! 

Amy 

#playbeautifully #elfcosmetics

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Affordable Shiseido Facial Cotton Pad Dupe | Cheaper Than the Dollar Store!

Love affordable dupes like I do? I found a fabulous and super affordable dupe for Shiseido's facial cotton pads, AND they are even cheaper than the dollar store ones! 😍

I had been using Shiseido cotton pads for applying my skincare because they are so thin that they don't absorb / hold onto a lot of product like thicker cotton pads can.

I stumbled upon cotton pads at my local Miniso (Korean) store and they looked like they might have been just like the Shiseido ones, so I picked up a pack to test them out.

•Miniso's Facial Cotton comes in a pack of 240 for $2.95 CAD.

•Shiseido Facial Cotton comes in a pack of 165 for $11.

•Both the Shiseido and the Miniso are super thin, square in shape, very soft, and neither shed any of the cotton onto your face. I think the Shiseido pads might be a bit smaller but I have run out of them so I cannot compare, either way, they are close enough in size.

Turns out that we have a fabulous and super affordable dupe here! Saving over $9 per pack with taxes! That almost covers a basic Netflix subscription 👌.

The Miniso are even cheaper than buying facial cotton at the dollar store, where they seem to be about 80 pads for $1+ these days. So I'll be stocking up and sticking with the Miniso brand! 🥰

i love that the Miniso brand comes with 3 separately sealed packages inside!

Miniso cotton facial pads are so thin that pretty much all of your product goes on your face rather than being absorbed by the cotton! Saving you not only on the cotton pads, but your valuable skincare!

I only wish I had discovered the Miniso Facial Cotton sooner! I Definitely need to check out more Korean brands for my skincare needs.  😊

Check out Miniso at Miniso.ca

Have you tried these yet!? If not, I hope you have a Miniso or other similar store near you to try these out and save yourself tons of money in the long run 💸 🤑 💲 

Have a fabulous rest of the week! 🤗

Amy
Xo's




 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

How to treat Mascne / Acne Naturally with Neem Oil

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! 🐔 

Today, I wanted to share what I'm using to combat my #mascne 😷

This little bottle of stinky Neem oil is magic for pimples, skin health, and anti aging in general. I used it years ago, then stopped after running out and forgot about it. After breaking out recently from wearing masks, I recalled this oil and immediately got a new bottle and after 2 nights, it's already clearing everything up. I just add a few drops to my moisturizer or apply directly to my skin. 💧 I have tried several brands of Neem Oil and find that Theraneem is the best. It was also recommended to me by a reputable esthetician.

Neem oil is antibacterial and antifungal.  It's great for wrinkles, building collagen, treating acne, reducing scars and so much more. It can also repell mosquitoes! It has so many more uses, too many to list here. 📃 

If you want something to clear up your acne that won't wreck your skin, but will actually improve it in many ways, definitely give this a try. It's inexpensive too. The smell is hard to describe but it definitely takes getting used to!

Some of neem oils beneficial ingredients:
  • Fatty acids (EFA)
  • limonoids
  • vitamin E
  • triglycerides
  • antioxidants
  • calcium
Neem oil can treat many skin conditions, including psoriasis and eczema. 

Learn more about Neem oil here:  Neem oil benefits

Purchase Theraneem Neem Oil here:  Theraneem Neem Oil

Let me know if you try it out 💖





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