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Friday, June 22, 2018

MesmorEyes False Eyelashes for Hooded Eyes Review #EyeShapes


I can't believe that up until now, I had never tried false lashes! 🙈 In my younger years, wearing false lashes was not commonplace like it is now. Only the movie stars and models wore them back in the day. Needless to say, I had a lot of fun playing with these lashes!

About:
Collections by MesmorEyes full lashes are hand knotted and feathered from 100% sterilized human hair. Their comfort band technology makes them comfortable to wear. SRP $12.99CAD

Suitable for most eye shapes: almond, monolids, round, and hooded.

The 3 pack that I received contains lashes for Day, Play, and Night. Each with varying degrees of drama. The pack did not contain any glue so I picked that up at the store separately.

Since I had never tried lashes in my life, I was a little worried about how things were going to go, but #MesmorEyesLashes false eyelashes for hooded eyes made it so easy!  It literally took me a few minutes to do both eyes. (*pats self on back). 


 In the bottom/after picture, I'm wearing the "day" lashes. 


There are basically 3 steps:
  1.  Apply after makeup application. Align lash band with natural lash line and trim if necessary
  2.  Apply lash glue along the lash band. Let set for 30 seconds until tacky
  3.  Position lash band above the natural lash line. Press corners down first, then work along the rest of the band, pressing firmly
Note: lashes can be reused. Just rinse gently under warm water to remove lash glue and place lashes back into the tray.


To my surprise, these were so easy to apply and hugged the curve of my hooded eyes perfectly! The band was very flexible and soft. I didn't have to trim them or anything. And, they weren't too heavy looking, so they didn't weigh down the look of my eyes. 👁 The feeling took some getting used to since it was my first time wearing false lashes but I loved the look and how easy they were to apply.

Well, I'm glad I gave these lashes a try. I'm no longer a false eyelash virgin and I'm happy to have lashes that are not only easy to apply but flatter my hooded, aging eyes. Now, I'm ready for anything!

You can check out these lashes and learn more here: MesmorEyes Products


These lashes are available at: Amazon.ca, select Pharmasave, Guardian IDA, and Value Drug Mart Stores.



Happy Friday!





Not sponsored. Product was kindly gifted for review consideration. All opinions are mine. #eyeshapes 

Monday, June 11, 2018

FREE Canadian Flag Nail Stencils From Nail Polish Canada & Whats Up Nails!


FREE! CANADIAN FLAG NAIL VINYLS (1 SHEET - 20 STENCILS) BY WHATS UP NAILS


Hi Everyone!

Just in time for Canada Day, Nail Polish Canada and Whats Up Nails are giving 10 of my readers FREE Canadian Flag Nail Vinyls by What's Up Nails!

The nail wraps retail for $5.65 but they're completely FREE for the first 10 people who claim them! Shipping is included too! No strings attached.

Free offer valid for Canadian addresses only. 






  • Click here to view the Canadian Flag Nail Vinyls on Nail Polish Canada.
  • Add the item to your cart. 
  • Enter the promo code to make them free! (Code: U331Z16QI )
  • Enter your info and checkout. (You won't be asked for payment info unless you add other items to your cart)
Note: If all of my free codes have been used up, you can check on Nail Polish Canada's website as they will be sharing a list of all the Bloggers who have free codes to share. This link will take you to that page. They will be adding the new blog posts as they are posted.

Have fun creating your festive Canadian themed nails for Canada Day! 💕

Once you receive your nail stencils, you can share your works of art with these nail stencils on social media using the hashtag #nailpolishcanada and tag @nailpolishcanadacom @whatsupnails and @healthandbeautyg
irl


Valid for Canadians only. One per household. Cannot be combined with other promotions.


Hope everyone has a great Canada Day celebration! 



Not sponsored. Free products generously provided by Nail Polish Canada and What's Up Nails

Friday, June 8, 2018

New! EcoTools Facial Mask Mates Review #maskmate


Featured Product:
EcoTools Facial Mask Mates 4 piece kit / SRP $7.99USD / $10.99CAD
-Includes Applicator brush and 3 mask remover sponges.

This kit is meant to make masking easier and less messy. You apply your mask with the applicator brush and remove your mask with the sponges (used wet).

Although I'm a huge fan of EcoTools and have used their products for years, I have to admit that when I first received this kit I thought it was gimmicky and something that I probably wouldn't use. However, after using it for my at home masking sesh, I was immediately proven wrong and totally sold! Read on to find out why...



The brush in the kit is amazing for a mess-free application! Not only do I not have to get my masks all over my hands but it also allows for a much more precise application. It also keeps things more sanitary as you don't have to stick your hands into your mask jars.

The brush is soft and the shape and size of it make it perfect for applying your mask the contours of your face.

I normally remove my masks with a baby washcloth and I thought that was good! The sponges included in the kit put my baby wash clothes to shame! The sponges are SUPER soft and gentle on the skin. Just add warm water and they easily wipe away your mask without having to scrub. They rinse clean very easily as well.

Tip: Use the mask remover sponges with your cleanser during your everyday skincare routine to remove dirt, oil, and makeup. The sponges will gently exfoliate your skin.


From EcoTools:

The FACIAL MASK MATES set is specially designed for an at-home spa facial experience. This set includes a Mask Applicator Brush + 3 Mask Remover Sponges.

The Mask Applicator Brush is designed with soft, flat bristles to evenly apply cream, gel, or clay masks for full coverage, mess-free. The Mask Remover Sponges, made from natural plant pulp, help to remove excess product while gently exfoliating the skin for a smoother, more radiant appearance.



Good to Know:
  • The brush has an environmentally-friendly bamboo handle and cruelty-free bristles
  • Reusable cellulose sponges are the same quality as those used by spas!
  • Mask Mates packaging can be used as a mixing and application bowl


Makes appliction so easy!
The brush helps with precise application. No more mask gunk in my hair!


Feeling impressed! 
I got a little sloppy with my brows but the sponges in the kit removed that in a pinch!


The mask I used here is 7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Mask which is great for clearing out your pores and left my skin oh so soft! (Full review to come).


After wetting the sponge with warm water, it becomes super soft and removes the mask with ease.


I can't believe how much more gentle these sponges are compared to my baby wash clothes that I used to use. I am converted!

My face feels clean as a whistle and softer than a baby's butt! 👶


If I wasn't holding my camera to snap this picture, I'd be holding 2 thumbs up! 

This kit proved me so wrong- it's no gimmick! It absolutely makes masking easier and less messy which makes me want to mask more now. This kit has totally changed my masking game! I was often lazy about masking or just too tired, it felt like a chore because of how messy it could be. Not anymore! Now I want to mask all the time and I just know that my skin is going to thank me!

If you hate the mess of masking too, I bet you will LOVE this kit as well. If you decide to give this kit it a shot I'd love to hear what you thought! 💝


This product is available at select Rexall, Pharma Plus, Pharmasave, London Drugs, Guardian IDA, Lawtons Drugs, Proxim, Brunet, Familiprix, Uniprix stores.


You can also check out this product online here: EcoTools


Happy Friday, everyone!


Not sponsored. The product was provided free for editorial consideration. All opinions are mine. 

#ecotools #maskmate #beautytrends #ecobeauty #ecotoolsxo #
skincareroutine #masking #facemask #maskremoversponge

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme Review!


Featured Product:
Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme 60 pads/ SRP $14.95

I'm a big fan of Nip + Fab products! They are really effective products at such affordable prices. Nip + Fab was founded by Maria Hatzistefanis who was also the founder of Rodial. Nip + Fab pack their products with innovative, high tech, and natural ingredients that work!



My Skin type:
Oily/ combo, dehydrated, aging, acne prone, reactive (I know, nice mix!)

About Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme:
Super-strength acid exfoliating facial pads to target oily + congested skin.
A more potent version of our bestselling glycolic fix pads, these extreme night pads contain our highest level of glycolic acid at 5% and have been further enhanced with the addition of salicylic acid, making these your ultimate night treatment to refine pores, brighten the complexion and de-congest the skin through the improvement of the skin’s natural exfoliation process. Easily incorporated into a weekly routine, use one pad at night 2-3 times a week. For more sensitive skin types we advise usage once a week.


Active Ingredients:
  • 5% glycolic acid: gently exfoliates the skin + helps fade discolouration on the face e.g. acne scarring, pigmentation
  • salicylic acid: penetrates into + unclogs pores helping to combat black heads + reduce blemishes
  • lactic acid: removes dead cells + toxins from the skin for a smoother + more even toned surface
  • hyaluronic acid: improves skin hydration + keeps skin feeling soft + plump


I've been using these glycolic pads for 3 weeks now. Since I use Retin-A at night, I used these during the daytime. I was concerned that it may be too much to use both since my skin can be reactive but I haven't experienced any issues using both my Retin-A and Nip + Fab's Glycolic Night Pads Extreme. There was no stinging, burning, peeling or anything. These turned out to be very effective yet very gentle.

The pads are nicely saturated and one pad is enough for my face, neck, and chest, and you can utilize both sides of the pads.

I used the pads a few times a week in the morning before applying my other skincare. I recommend using SPF anyways, but especially when using acids.

Sometimes when I use skincare like acids, I feel like if I don't feel a burn or stinging sensation,  I assume they aren't working. These pads proved me wrong! The burn or sting that I feel with some products may not be a good thing as it's usually a sign of irritation. These pads were super gentle on my reactive skin, I didn't feel any burn or sting and I saw results really quickly! Talk about win-win!

My skin looks much clearer than it has in a long time, and I can barely see the pores on my cheeks and forehead! Prior to using these pads, the pores on my forehead and cheeks looked like craters on my face! It was pretty unsightly. It made me look older and it looked as if there was dirt in my pores although my skin was clean. I wasn't sure what to do about these unsightly pores, to be honest, so I'm certainly glad that these pads came into my life! I also had a couple of blemishes from a sunscreen that I was trying out and these pads cleared up those blemishes as well. I still have hyperpigmentation thanks to years of frying my skin in the sun, but I think it will take some laser treatments to get rid of that completely.

Another benefit is that because the acids in these pads exfoliate the skin, it allows our other skincare products to do their job even better as they can penetrate the skin better and more easily.

My skin is far from perfect but I'm happy to have found another effective product that helps me make my 49-year-old skin look the best that it can. I will definitely be making these pads a regular part of my skincare routine and I'm happy that they are so affordable! 💗


Awkward No Makeup Selfie



The Glycolic Night Pads Extreme retail for $14.95 and are available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharma Prix across Canada.

Have you tried Nip + Fab? If you have, Let me know what other Nip + Fab products I need to check out!





Not Sponsored. Product was provided free for editorial consideration. All opinions are mine. xo

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Monthly Empties! Health, Beauty, Skincare!


This month went by so fast, I can't believe it's practically June already! I wasn't very successful this month at finishing up a lot of products. I'll have to work a little harder at it next month.

As always, I 'll share mini-reviews, whether I'd repurchase, and links to products whenever possible.


BEAUTY

Anbber Makeup Sponge
This is a newer find for me and it's hands down the best beauty sponge that I've ever used! I had planned on doing a post dedicated to it but it kept going out of stock and I didn't want to post about an item that you couldn't get. It comes in a 6 pack for approximately $10 and can be purchased here

Repurchase- Absolutely!

Home Health Goji Berry Eye Cream
Another favourite of mine. Only this one has been a favourite for many years. I've found one other eye cream that gives me the same results, only it's more than double the price, not cruelty-free, and not natural. This product IS cruelty-free, natural, and very effective. It helps to moisturize and reduce the appearance of my hooded eyes! It's approx. $10 and can be purchased here.

Repurchase- Definitely!

Essence Lash Princess Mascara
I had heard a lot of hype over this mascara, and for good reason, it's a fantastic mascara! I find it works best after the first week of opening it. It's so affordable at approx. $5CAD. I get great volume and length, and it doesn't smudge or flake. Essence is also cruelty-free! It can be purchased here.

Repurchase- Already have a backup

Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Leave-on Mask
I received this product free for review. It was a good moisturizer and I didn't experience any breakouts or irritation. However, I have come across a new drugstore option that suits my aging, combo but very dehydrated skin much better (Spoiler- It's Cetaphil's new Night Cream!). Approx. $15 and can be purchased here.

Repurchase- No

HEALTH

BHI Calming Homeopathic Tablets
I've talked about this product on my site before. I've been using it for years to help with my insomnia. It's often the ticket to help me nod off or to help me go back to sleep if I wake up too early, and because it's homoeopathic, it doesn't have any contraindications. At about $12, it can be purchased here.

Repurchase- Already have!

Webber Naturals Daytime Stress Formula
This product contains a herb called Rhodiola which I have been taking forever and a day! This is a combo formula so it also contains other herbs. I like the ingredients and its effects are very gentle, I didn't find it sedating at all so it is definitely good for use during the daytime. I think this may be discontinued as I couldn't find it online.

Repurchase- Seems unavailable

Equate Chromium GTF
I was taking this supplement to help with sugar metabolism and to assist with weight loss. Unfortunately, I found that it exacerbated my insomnia. I've given the balance away. Equate is a store brand. Chromium GTF is very affordable and can be purchased online here.

Repurchase- Not unless my insomnia goes away!

Nature's Bounty Sleep Gummies
I purchased these on a whim and I love them! I can only tolerate low doses of melatonin and this product contains 1.5mg of melatonin plus 100mg L-Theanine per gummy. The recommended dosage is 2 gummies but I just take one. I rotate this product with Webber Naturals Super Sleep which also contains melatonin but it also has 5-HTP. Approx. $10 and can be purchased here.

Repurchase- Already have

MISC.

These may be the most boring empties of the bunch but they are very useful products! 😛

Jason Sea Fresh Strengthening Flouride and SLS Free Toothpaste
I've been avoiding toothpaste that contains fluoride for years. I like this toothpaste and do have a backup but I have to say, my favourite is still Now Foods XyliWhite in Cinnafresh! Approx. $4.99, can be purchased here.

Repurchase- Already have

Adidas Cotton Tech Deodorant in Fitness Fresh
I've been using this product for too many years to count. It was the first deodorant that I was able to find that didn't contain aluminum. It may not be natural, but it works for me and I don't have to worry about the potential dangers of aluminum. This is a Coty product. Prices vary but I can usually pick it up at Shoppers Drug Mart here in Canada for approx. $5. Can be purchased online here.

Repurchase- Already have

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I used up in May, and hopefully, you found some of the info helpful!


Looking forward to a new month which is always an opportunity for a new start!💕



Not Sponsored. Some links are affiliate. Thank you in advance if you choose to use them.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

New! Cetaphil Hydrating Night Cream with Hyaluronic Acid Review


Featured Product:
Cetaphil Hydrating Night Cream with Hyaluronic Acid 48 grams/ Approx $12 USD

I haven't used Cetaphil products since I was in my 20's when a dermatologist recommended this line for my problematic skin. Now, over 20 years later, I was given the opportunity to test out their new Hydrating Night Cream with Hyaluronic Acid through Topbox Circle. 

About:

Cetaphil Hydrating Night Cream nourishes skin to provide intense overnight hydration for normal to dry skin. Formulated with HYALURONIC ACID, olive extract and a pro-vitamin E, A & C complex, this creamy moisturizer rehydrates skin and boosts moisture reserves to protect skin from dryness for 24 hours. This rich, non-greasy night cream leaves skin feeling soft, smooth and supple.

  • Made with hyaluronic acid and olive oil
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Paraben and fragrance-free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Suitable for sensitive skin


I wasn't expecting much but a good basic moisturizer. Boy was I wrong! 

The packaging is pretty simple and had I not received a sample, I probably wouldn't have tried this. This night cream has blown me away! It has to be the most hydrating night cream that I've ever used, without being greasy or heavy. It takes care of my dehydrated like nobody's business!  It has not broken me out and it's so soothing. My skin feels like glass, so soft and smooth and the hydration lasts forever! 💦💦💦 It contains hyaluronic acid which I have used before but not with results or effects like this! This product actually works better at combating my dehydrated skin than expensive spa products! I love it so much that I'm also using it during the daytime as I can't get enough of how wonderful my skin feels when I use this product!

I am completely sold on this night cream and will definitely purchase it and use it in conjunction with my serums, Retin-A etc. 

Note: I use a little beauty spatula to keep things sanitary. 



You can learn more about this product and purchase it HERE.





Not sponsored. I received this product free for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Novex Mystic Black Deep Hair Mask With Baobob Oil!



When it comes to haircare, I'm big on anything for frizz control! I have the most difficult hair. It's not only an odd mix of curly and wavy, but it's super frizzy and really tough to style. So, I was excited to try out Novex Mystic Black Deep Hair Mask which contains the powerful Baobob Oil! This brand is the #1 seller in Brazil which peaked my excitement even more!

Featured Product:
Novex Mystic Black Deep Hair Mask- 400g/ SRP $9.99

About:
The new Novex Mystic Black Deep Hair Mask provides the most powerful hydration and magical shine for damaged and tangled hair. Free of parabens, silicones and sulfates, it contains intense, hydrated oil from the seed of the Baobab Tree which originated in Africa. This new extreme treatment from Novex helps to prevent dryness and brittleness and repair split ends caused by heat tools, weather and chemical treatments. The Baobab seed is a soothing and rich element from Africa that is rich in Vitamin A, C, D and E. It also has omega 3, 6 and 9.
  • Intense hydration, splits ends protection and frizz control
  • Suitable for very dry and split ends.
  • Enriched with Baobab Seed Oil
  • Paraben, Silicone and Sulfate FREE
  • pH 3.5
  • High concentration
  • High density
  • Rich in vitamins

There are several ways to use the mask. You can use it as a pre-treatment on dry hair and then follow up with your shampoo and conditioner or use it after shampooing as a deep conditioning treatment. I have tried both ways and both worked well. Generally, I prefer to go the more traditional route and use it after shampooing. It recommends that you leave it on for 10 minutes, although I left it on for up to 30 minutes while I was doing other things around the house. This would also be a great time for a little masking session! 😍

After rinsing, I followed up with my usual routine so I could gauge the results fairly. After styling, I felt that my hair was a lot softer than usual and my frizz was reduced by about 80%. If I let my hair air dry, my frizz is reduced even more, but I hate wearing my hair wavy/curly as it just doesn't suit me. To be honest, I've yet to find a product that gives me 100% frizz control. I'm not sure if it's even possible but it would sure be nice. In the meantime, I think that this product does a good job of reducing my frizz and my hair does feel healthier, and that's only after 2 uses. I can't wait to see the results after long-term use!

There is also a shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in conditioner within this line. All of the products are super affordable, too!

Right now, Novex is having a summer special and they're offering 25% off 
(No coupon required!)

You can learn more about this brand and purchase their products at novexhaircare.com


#novexhaircare and #mysticblack 
Not sponsored. This product was provided free for editorial consideration. All opinions are my own.
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