Friday, September 4, 2020

Huge Empties | Makeup, Beauty, Haircare, Health


Happy September, everyone!

I'm so behind with my empties posts that my empties bin has been overflowing and I even have some duplicates 😁

In the interest of time, I will be sharing VERY brief reviews of the products, and links to products will be shared in the product heading for items that I am able to find online. (Note that prices shown are subject to change).


HAIRCARE

I love this mask as well as the same brands' hair oil. This mask leaves my dry and frizzy hair softer and more hydrated. Repurchase- Yes

I enjoy products like this as they multi-task by adding heat protection, frizz control, and hydration. I did like this product but I didn't notice anything extra special about it. It worked well enough but just as well as similar products that are more accessible and less expensive. Repurchase- For the right price

This was a trial size and I got about 3 uses from it. I really enjoyed it! It's one of the few Briogeo products that I've tried that really did work for my hair type and one of the few deep conditioners that really improves the look and feel of my hair. It reduced frizz and really helped to deep conditioned my hair. Repurchase- Maybe (currently trialling It's a 10 deep conditioner and I may like that one a bit better)



SKINCARE/ MAKEUP

This is a great product for the price. It left my skin feeling smooth and hydrated but I didn't use it consistently enough to be able to notice any long term changes. Repurchase- Possibly, but I will probably go back to Paula's Choice and/ or try The Ordinary if I am in the market for a Vitamin C serum again

Loved this product! It was deeply hydrating and soothed my dehydrated skin so well! It's one of those products that I just wanted to bathe in! It's also all-natural and hand made in small batches. Repurchase- Yes

This is a great foundation with a skin-like finish. It blends really easily and provides medium coverage. The shade Y245 was almost perfect, just slightly off for my skin tone but I was still able to use it. Unfortunately, it expired before I could finish it completely. Repurchase- Not for everyday use, I found that the Covergirl Foundation below is very similar (and much cheaper), so I would use that one for everyday use. I may purchase this one in the right shade for a special occasion though

LOVE this foundation! Works like high end, in my opinion, so I don't see a reason to pay more at this time, except maybe for a special occasion. I found this to be very similar to the Makeup Forever Foundation listed above. The shade Classic Ivory was perfect for my skin tone! Repurchase- Yes

Great formula but I wasn't in love with this shade. This shade is better for contouring than an all-over bronze glow, in my opinion, and I'm not big on contouring. I now have the next shade darker (Deep Bronzer) which has a bit of a red tone to it. I find that makes it work well on my skin tone for an all-over bronzed up look. Repurchase- Yes, in the darker shade, Deep Bronzer

This is one of my favourite neutral shades as it's very unique and different from all my other nude shades, it's quite cool-toned. Unfortunately, the formula is so thick and has become too thick to work with now. Repurchase- Probably not unless the formula changes and becomes easier to work with

I've only used a few all-natural mascaras and this is my favourite so far. It's one of those mascaras that gets better and better with time. It didn't flake or smudge but didn't give my lashes as much oomph as I would like. Repurchase- No

Although this eyeliner initially glided on so easily, it dried out in the tube so fast! Even sharpening it doesn't bring it back to life. I will stick with my Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencils- they glide on so smoothly, don't budge, are dirt cheap, and haven't dried out on me! Repurchase- No



HEALTH

I take these along with the same brands' Thyroid Formula, ThyroSense which I am able to take along with my Armour Thyroid medication. I love the adrenal supporting ingredients and I find they help me deal with stress and help with my sleep to some extent. Repurchase- Yes!

I finished up 2 bottles of these sleep gummies. I always have them on my bedside table. One gummy has 1.5mg of melatonin + 100mg of L-Theanine. I prefer low doses of melatonin as higher doses are more likely to make me wakeup prematurely. Unfortunately, these are out of stock / seasonal and won't restocked on iHerb (where I purchase mine) until October. I have tried Vitafusion Sleep Well but it has too much melatonin for me and disrupts my sleep. Repurchase- Yes!

I alternate these with Nature's Bounty Melatonin Gummies listed above. I find that I get better results when I rotate vs. using the same product all the time. This is also a low 1.5mg of melatonin per tablet and includes 5HTP and L-Theanine. I break these in half at times for an even lower dose. I often take another dose if I wake too early and it helps me fall asleep again. These are little powerhouses! Repurchase- Always! 

This bottle was huge! Magnesium oil has many uses. I mainly use it after my bath or shower and put some on the backs of my knees where it's absorbed more easily. I will definitely repurchase but probably a smaller bottle next time, it took me so long to use it up. If you want to use to make bath products and use for a lot of bath soaks etc., the big size may be a good choice for you. Note: Magnesium products are not to be used by those with kidney/ renal failure. by  Repurchase- Yes

D3 Gummies 1000 IU- 90 gummies 
I take D3 every day. I think it's one of the most important vitamins that people can take for overall health. It has so many functions in the body! Just check with your Dr. before beginning any new supplements. I'm not too picky about my D vitamins as long as it's in the D3 form. I am currently taking another brands' D3 gummy because it was on sale. I had my D3 blood levels checked and they are normal since taking these. Repurchase- Yes

These are hands down my favourite multivitamin! I've tried many multivitamins and when I take these one's, I notice a difference in how I feel and my sleep improves too. I only take 2 per day vs the 4 recommended. Note that there are many different formulas in this line, the one with 120 veg caps is the formula that I'm currently using and loving! Repurchase- YES!

I've been taking these probiotics for over 20 years for my IBS. What a difference they make. I've run out and definitely need to repurchase. They are pricey but they are also the best ones that I've ever used. My maintenance dose is only 1 per day. Repurchase- Yes!

Now Foods Relora 300mg - 120 caps / $20
I had luck with these in the past for my sleep issues so I decided to give them another try. They are supposed to help with stress and cortisol and prevent waking up prematurely. Unfortunately, I didn't have luck with it this time. They are worth a try if you are under stress as they may work for you as they did for me in the past. Repurchase- May try again

Now Foods Nattokinase 100mg- 120 veg caps/ $26
I've read a lot of literature singing the praises of Nattokinase for cardiovascular health and it's actions as a natural and safe blood thinner. I am currently giving 30mg a day to my cat for his heart disease. After a lot of research, we chose this as his blood thinner over conventional medications and so far so good. πŸ™ AOR also makes a great one! A Holistic Vet agreed to our cat taking this and gave us the recommended dose for him. Repurchase- Yes!

Jarrow Max DHA Fish Oil- 180 soft gels/ $20
This has been my favourite fish oil for years! DHA supports brain and eye health. It has a whole host of other health and beauty benefits as well, too many to count! I may try other fish oils but will always return to this brand and formula. Note that I only take one per day. Repurchase- Yes

I LOVE this Stevia! It is not bitter at all and easy to dispense by the drop. You can use it in coffee, tea, baking, basically anywhere that you want to sweeten something without the calories and sugar! This comes in so many flavours now. I use the English Toffee one on the daily to sweeten my iced coffee, it gives it that extra flavour that makes it like a store-bought brew. 🍡


I hope you found this empties post helpful! I love to hear what people finished up and what their final thoughts are on products. Hopefully, I won't wait so long before my next empties post goes up!

Have a blessed day or night!





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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Nars Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm - Affordable Dupe!


Hi Everyone, 

I'm coming at you today with an awesome and super affordable dupe for the uber pricey but super gorgeous, Nars Afterglow Lip balm in Orgasm!

I had been looking for a dupe for the Nars lip balm for some time when I first received it and didn't have any success, so I gave up on it for a while. The other day I was at the Dollar Tree and treated myself to a lipgloss after a hard day. The gloss I chose was by a new brand called Beauty Benefits, I had heard of this new brand but hadn't tried anything by them yet. It says Markwins Beauty on the packaging, so it's the same brand that makes Wet N Wild makeup. The gloss is called "So Lit Lip Gloss Shine in Champagne Ice." It appears to be a beautiful pinky/peach sheer gloss in the tube and looks like it would have a brightening effect, so for $1.25, I couldn't pass it up.

As soon as I applied the So Lit Lip Gloss, I knew it looked familiar. Then it hit me! It looks just like my Nars Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm. So, I pulled out my Nars balm and started swatching. Although they don't look the exact same in a swatch, I applied the Nars to one lip and the Beauty Benefits to my other, and sure enough, they looked exactly the same on my lips!

Keep scrolling for lip and hand swatches..... (multiple pics in different lighting)

Left: Nars Afterglow Orgasm/ Right: Beauty Benefits Champagne Ice

Left: Nars Afterglow Orgasm / Right: Beauty Benefits 

Top Lip: Nars Afterglow Orgasm / Bottom lip: Beauty Benefits

Top Lip: Nars Afterglow Orgasm / Bottom Lip: Beauty Benefits

As you can see in the swatches on my hand, they don't look exactly the same. They actually look more alike in the packaging. However, you can see by the lip swatches, that they look pretty much identical when applied to my lips. Note: I made sure to NOT rub my lips together after application.

Both products offer a sheer wash of colour that appears to be a light peachy/pink. Both products offer a glossy finish that is moisturizing and both provide a brightening effect. They both have the same lasting power and when worn off, they both leave the same slight tint of colour on the lips.

I can't believe the similarities on the lips (this could vary on your lip tone). Not to mention the savings!! 

Nars Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm, 3 Grams retails for $37 CAD + taxes 
Beauty Benefits gloss in Champagne Ice, 2.3 ML Retails for $1.25 CAD + taxes (can't find a link to the product, but they are sold at Dollar Tree stores in the USA and Canada).

I can assure you, I will be stocking up on the Beauty Benefits gloss when I find some more as I do love the Nars Lip Balm but why pay $37 + when I get the exact same look, moisturizing benefits, colour, and lasting power for $1.25!? Bonus! Beauty Benefits is #crueltyfree 🐰

I hope you found this helpful! I love a good affordable dupe!

Let me know what you think of this dupe in the comments. Are you going to pick one of these up?




Paid for with my own dollar dollar bills y'all :D

Sunday, July 26, 2020

John Frieda Go Blonder Shampoo and Conditioner Review


I tested out @johnfriedacanada 's Go Blonder shampoo and conditioner exclusively for over 2 weeks and I absolutely
love them!! πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›
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I have blonde highlights that get dull easily and definitely needed a refresh.  This shampoo used along with the matching conditioner has brightened my blonde highlights so nicely! Not only that, but my greys that show up in my regrowth are also looking blonde vs grey, so they are actually looking like highlights now and blending in with my existing highlights vs looking like grey regrowth.  It's just amazing! I was kind of expecting these products to be drying on my already dry hair but they are not! They're actually quite moisturizing.  They also give my hair that salon clean feeling and the scent is so fresh. 🌸

  • John Frieda Go Blonder is a mild cleanser that gradually lightens for a visibly lighter, brighter, more sunlit shade of blonde
  • ACTIVE INGREDIENTS - John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder shampoo is formulated with citrus and chamomile, and our BlondeMend Technology

  • BRIGHTEN WITHOUT DRYING - Restore moisture to treated, or dry, hair as you gradually lighten for visibly lighter, more sunlit blonde hair.
  • ACTIVE INGREDIENTS - John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder conditioner is formulated with our citrus and chamomile, and our BlondMend Technology.

I'm so used to reaching for purple shampoos and conditioners for my blonde highlights which are great for reducing brassiness and making my blonde look more ashy. And, I still have a place for purple hair products in my haircare routine, but if you really want to brighten your blonde and maybe help your greys look more blonde vs grey, I highly recommend you give these a try! 

They are super affordable and currently on sale for only $8.49 each!

Purchase here:

Happy Sunday! 

#freeproduct #trywithtopbox πŸ’›πŸ§‘πŸ’™πŸ’—

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Bubble T Cosmetics Hibiscus & Acai Berry Restoring Hand Cream Review!

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I've been doing some gardening lately and it's quite therapeutic, especially during these stressful times, but it can be hard on your hands. This Bubble T Hibiscus & Acai Berry Tea Restoring hand cream has such a beautiful and calming scent! It's also super lightweight but very hydrating, so it's doing double duty by soothing my skin and my mind! 🌸🧘‍♀️🌠


I like that it absorbs right into my skin with no greasy feel. The scent is fresh and light, it comes from a blend of sweet orange oils , shea butter, and Goji Berry extracts. It also contains a tea-infused combination that delivers nourishment to all skin types! I can't stop slathering it on everywhere- hands, feet, elbows, legs, you name it! It actually has a refreshing feel when applied, great for parched skin πŸŠπŸŒΈπŸ’¦


At only $6 CAD, you just can't pass it up! And, it comes in 2 other fabulous scents; Moroccon Mint Tea, and Lemongrass and green tea! The Lemongrass is next on my list to try. Learn more here: https://shophali.com/products/bubble-t-hand-creams


@bubbletcosmetics entire bath + body range contains tea-infused ingredients and essential oils to uplift and refresh! πŸŒΈπŸ’¦πŸ’— They are also free of harsh chemicals and cruelty-free!
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Get 20% off right now at ShopHali.com


Happy Sunday! 🌞


Not sponsored. Product was kindly provided free for review consideration. 
#farleycobeauty

Monday, June 22, 2020

Issa #Giveaway | Perfect Image MicroluminaTM Exfoliating Facial Scrub




I'm all about exfoliating these days! So I'm thrilled to bring you a giveaway for a cruelty-free face and body exfoliator valued at $29.99 USD!  ⭐⭐⭐

MicroluminaTM Exfoliating Facial Scrub

Dead sea salt, volcanic sand, and aluminum oxide crystals


This exfoliator combines Volcanic Sand and Dead Sea Salt to draw out impurities, buff away dull, dead skin cells, while Micro Alumina crystals resurface your skin for a more polished and smoother skin surface


Benefits:

Infused with a combination of acai berry and argan oil provide vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes necessary to help replenish and rehydrate the skin. This combination works together to increase levels of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial benefits to the surface as well as enhance skin-firming properties.

The Perfect Image Scrub can also be used on other areas of the body such as the elbows, hands, legs, arms, knees, back, and heels to help smooth, rough and dull surface areas and promote a healthier younger looking skin appearance.

   Minimizes pores

   Removes impurities and reduces oil

   Instantly replaces dull skin with a natural and healthy glow

   Improves absorption of other topical products and lotions

   Suitable for face and body

 

Before applying, read complete instructions.

   Use 2-3 times per week depending on skin sensitivity.

   Apply to wet skin using circular motions for 1 minute. Use less pressure for sensitive skin types.

   Rinse thoroughly with warm water, making sure to remove all traces of the scrub.

   Follow with a light moisturizer to protect and replenish the skin. May repeat as often as needed.


The “beauty” of Perfect Image Products is how they are made 

Paraben-Free

Gluten-Free

Phthalate-Free

Cruelty-Free

Made in The USA


GIVEAWAY IS OPEN TO USA AND CANADA!


One lucky reader will receive the ultimate summer scrub good for face for body valued at $29.99 from www.perfectimage.com

✨  To enter, leave a comment on this post letting me know how often you exfoliate your skin. Don't forget to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!

✨ That's it! Giveaway will close on Sunday June 28th at 11:59 PST and the winner announced the following day. 

✨ Use the share bar to share this giveaway with your friends and family! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram to learn of future giveaways.

Good luck, everyone!

AMY, XO


 

Sunday, June 21, 2020

I Love Cosmetics Signature Scents Hit Shoppers Drug Mart Stores | Exotic Fruits Body Mist


Just in time for Summer, I LOVE Cosmetics' Signature Signature Scents hit Shoppers Drug Mart Stores! I LOVE Cosmetics’ New ‘Signature Scents’ range, includes award-winning Body Wash and Body Mists.

I've been wearing their Exotic Fruits Body Mist for weeks now and I'm loving the light fresh scent, it gives me those summertime vacation vibes! πŸŒžπŸ“πŸ‰

I rarely wear perfume anymore as I find them too heavy for me most of the time, so I've been reaching for @iloveofficial Exotic Fruits Body Mist on the daily! It's light and fresh and never heavy or overpowering so I don't get headaches or migraines from it. The keynotes of this scent are Mango, Grapefruit,  Melon, and Pineapple  It's the perfect scent for Summer! Ther are many other scents to choose from so there's something for everyone (see the list below)✨

I LOVE Cosmetics’ ‘Signature Scents’ range includes:

🌸 Elderflower Fizz
🌸Vanilla Milk
🌸Violet Dreams
🌸Glazed Raspberry
🌸Exotic Fruits

I LOVE Cosmetics’ New ‘Signature Scents’ range, which includes bath and body products, are now available in-store and online exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores Canada-wide.
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Full-size Signature Scents Body Wash and Body Mists retail for $9.99. They are Made in the UK, are Vegan Friendly, and cruelty-free πŸ’ƒ


For more information on the brand, please visit https://www.farleyco.ca/I-love-Cosmetics/


Which scent would you choose?

Happy Sunday! 

Amy, XO

#Prsample #notsponsored  

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Essie Spring 2020 6 Piece Nail Polish Collection Review + Swatches


I'm loving all the beautiful pastel shades this year! Tie-dye, anyone!? πŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’š

Essie's 2020 Spring nail polish collection is right on trend with 6 beautiful pastel shades that look like candy. 

There are 3 creams shades and 3 shimmers, perfect for creating some fabulous looks by wearing multiple finishes and shades for a modern look. 
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Shades include (left - right):
  • Can Dew Attitude (cream mint/pistachio)
  • Kissed by Mist (baby pink w lavender shimmer)
  • Feeling Wellies (cream soft pastel yellow/orange- reminds me of a creamsicle)
  • Rainwear Don't Care (cream perfect pastel nude!)
  • Spring in Your Step (lavender shimmer)
  • Make a Splash (baby blue with blue/purple duo-chrome shimmer)
Let's have a closer look at the collection....
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Left to right: Can Dew Attitude, Make a Splash

Left to right: Feeling Wellies, Rainwear Don't Care

Left to right: Kissed By Mist, Spring in Your Step

Above photo has 3 coats of each shade.

All photos taking in natural daylight during the daytime. No filters so you can see the colours as true as possible. It's difficult to capture the beautiful sparkle in some of the shimmer shades.


I love a classy nude nail, so I decided to wear a full mani using the shade Rainwear Don't Care (2 coats shown above).

I found that 2 coats were enough for me to get full opacity with the cream shades. Two coats were also enough for the shimmer shades, although they can all be built up to 3 coats if you prefer. Each polish has the typical Essie brush which makes it easy and quick to complete a manicure. I found that the Rainwear Don't Care (nude) shade had a runnier consistency than the others. I was happy that the shimmers were easy to remove with regular nail polish remover- no scrubbing required. 

The possibilities are endless of what you can create using the stunning shades and finishes in this collection.

It's difficult to pick favourites here as they are all so unique! I am not usually a fan of green shades but the muted mint/pistachio shade (Can Dew Attitude) is stunning, and the gorgeous sunny creamsicle shade (Feeling Wellies) just makes me happy and it makes such a fresh-looking pedicure! πŸ’…


Essie's Spring 2020 6 piece collection is on sale right now for $47.70 CAD at www.nailpolishcanada.com/EssieSpring (price subject to change)

Which one's are your favourites? Let me know in the comments!


Happy Sunday, Everyone! 

Amy, XO


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