Sunday, January 19, 2020

Hello Lassie Beauty and Lifestyle Gift Box Veronica Edition | Jan 2020


This is my first box from the new Canadian brand Hello Lassie. Every month, Hello Lassie curates a new gift box available for purchase. The boxes contain a variety of health, beauty, and lifestyle products and the value is always much more than the cost of the box. It's such a great gift idea as there is no shopping required and no commitment since there is no subscription required. You can purchase a box as a gift for someone or you can always treat yourself. Boxes are also customizable and you can request specific products. If it fits into the budget, they will honour your request and add your requested item to the box. This is a great way to gift someone you love with a fun and fabulous box full of goodies and you don't have to step into a single store!

The cost of a box is $49.99 CAD and the value of the contents is always much more. They also have mini boxes available for $25-$35 which normally include about 3 products. Previous boxes are also available until they are sold out.

The box featured in this post is their Veronica Edition gift box.  This box contains so many great goodies from a beautiful scarf to jewellery as well as name brand beauty products. The value of this box is over $107 but retails for only $49.99 CAD!


Victoria's Secret Pure Seduction In Bloom Body Lotion was included in my box (full- size, scents may vary)

Also included was a thermal nail polish by Née Jolie, which changes colours depending on the temperature of your fingernails. Pretty cool! Colours will vary.


My box also included a beautiful, high-quality, sparkly makeup bag (colours may vary)


I was really happy to see a Sephora brand sheet mask in my box! Perfect for a day of pampering.


Each Veronica box includes a leather bracelet that fits most wrist sizes. The stones vary from box to box.



I'm so glad that scrunchies are back in style! Hello Lassie included a beautiful gold speckled large-sized scrunchie which I've been enjoying on the daily!


Lastly, s soft and elegant scarf was included in this box. It's a neutral grey colour that will go with pretty much anything!


Summary of contents:
  • Victoria's Secret Body Lotion
  • Thermal Nail Polish
  • Leather Bracelet
  • 1 Sparkly Cosmetic bag
  • Beautiful Scrunchie
  • Sephora mask
  • Elegant Scarf

This box would make such a great gift for a loved one or you can always treat yo' self! 😊
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Hello Lassie is a Canadian brand! You can check them out and learn more at www.hellolassie.ca

Or, check them out on Instagram @ Hello Lassie




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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Getting a Safe Tan Without the Sun | James Read H20 Tanning Drops Review


Sometimes I forget how pale I can get until the middle of winter arrives and I'm looking like Casper the Friendly Ghost! I'm not really a fan of this look on me. Some may like or suit a pale look, but not me. I look best with some colour on my face, which is why I have always been such a fan of blush and bronzer. With my chronic lack of sleep, I'm even more in need of a bit of a healthy-looking tan!

I recently started using James Read H20 Gradual Tanning Drops for the face (30ml/ SRP $35), I like to call it "sunshine in a bottle!" You just add a few drops to your skincare (serum or moisturizer) and apply to your face and neck. Within hours, you end up with a beautiful, natural-looking tan without the orangeness that many sunless tanners provide, so you don't run the risk of looking like Donald Trump! 😄 You can control the level of tan that you achieve by using more or less drops and it's also buildable.

The drops are like the consistency of water but it's super easy to apply when you add it to your moisturizer, which is the recommended way to apply it. In the past, a lot of self-tanners made me not only look orange but they'd up on going on streaky. This one does neither of those things. It is also mostly free of the typical self-tanner scent. It has a barely detectable scent, which I appreciate.

James Read has many tanning products which I am eager to try now. From body tanning drops (linked here), to face masks, and self-tanners with special skincare ingredients, even makeup!

These drops are such a great way to get a really natural, healthy-looking tan without the harmful rays of the sun or tanning beds. I feel more confident and can use a lot less makeup when I use these drops. I look healthier and that makes me feel more confident.

Shop Now (30ml/ SRP $35) 

Currently $25 on Amazon.com!

Have you tried any products by James Read? If so, what do I need to try next? 




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Sunday, January 5, 2020

NARS Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm Review with Swatches!


Nars Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm $28 USD/ 3 Grams

True to other Nars Orgasm products, this lip balm is described as a sheer, peachy pink with golden shimmer. The Afterglow Lip Balm is available in 8 shades.

Described as moisturizing lip balm infused with a blend of antioxidants to condition and protect lips.

Details:

  • Sheer coverage
  • High shine colour
  • Contains Monoï Oil for long-lasting hydration
  • Fragrance-free
  • Alcohol-free



As I get older, my lips get more and more dehydrated and lined. So I tend to look for hydrating lip products that add a hint of colour and this lippie seemed to tick off all of my boxes. And, with the Nars Orgasm name behind this shade, I was expecting something really special!

I have to admit that the rose gold packaging is stunning! I find the lip balm to be hydrating and it provides a sheer wash of colour to my lips. However, for the price, I was expecting it to have a wow factor. Don't get me wrong, I do really like it and enjoy using it but the wow factor just isn't there for me. I fee that I can get the same look from a lot of tinted lip balms.

It's very sheer, as it claims to be, but adds a decent amount of pink to my lips (this will vary for each person depending on how pigmented your lips are to begin with). It does swatch quite light and I didn't expect it to show up as much as it does on my lips based on that. It's described as a peachy pink with golden shimmer. It shows up as a sheer, shiny pink on my lips, however, I do not see any golden shimmer.

It is quite hydrating, as it should be. I find that the lasting power is average for a balm. Considering the price tag, I was expecting more here as well. After about 30 minutes, the colour, shine, and hydration start to wear off and I feel the need to reapply. However, if I do not reapply, I find that it does leave a very slight pink tint to my lips that does last as does a little bit of hydration.

Below are swatches from various angles during a dreary day, some with overhead lighting and some without.




As you can see, it is quite sheer against my pale skin. Of course, the effect will be different on your lips since they will have more pigmentation.


Here are a few comparisons of Nars Afterglow LipBalm in Orgasm beside ELF's Bare Kiss Lip Balm and Burt's Bees Lip Balm in Pink Blossom.

I read on a very reputable website that ELF's Bare Kiss was a DUPE for Nars Afterglow in Orgasm, so I purchased it right away. As you can see, they are not even close to each other. The formulas are also completely different (ELF is waxy and dry, Nars is sheer and hydrating).

Top: Nars Afterglow in Orgasm, Middle: ELF Bare Kiss, 
Bottom: Burt's Bees Pink Blossom

Below is right after application

30 minutes after application in the car

Overall, I do love this product even though it didn't have that wow factor that I was expecting. But, I also feel that I can get the same effect from many tinted lip balms. I would definitely repurchase this product if the price tag was around $10. But, at over $30 here in Canada, I would say it is very overpriced for what it is. However, I do think it would make a nice gift for someone who likes tinted lip balms as it comes in such beautiful packaging and it is very pretty. It's just not something I can justify repurchasing at its current price.

In hindsight, I would probably purchase the mini Afterglow Lip Balm that comes with the corresponding blush (linked here), and probably will when I finish this balm. 😊

$28 USD (Shop Now)

Once I find a DUPE for this product, I will be sharing with y'all as soon as I find it!

Let me know what your favourite coloured lip product is for aging lips in the comments below!



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Sunday, December 29, 2019

Color Wow Kale and Coconut Dream Cocktail Leave-in Treatment Review!


I recently heard about Color Wow's Kale infused cocktail which is supposed to prevent hair breakage. I had to give it a try as I have a lot of hair breakage from bleaching and colouring my hair. Plus, the fact that my hair is naturally very fine, frizzy and dry to begin with, this makes breakage even more of an issue.

I decided to also try Color Wow's Coconut Bionic Tonic as it's supposed to provide a lot of moisture and the Kale and Coconut cocktails can be mixed together to tackle both breakage and dry hair.

There is a 3rd product in this line called "Carb Cocktail" which is designed to provide body to the hair. I did not try this one yet as it's not my main concern at the moment.

Color Wow Dream Cocktail Kale-Infused for Breakage (200ml / $24USD)

"Color wow cocktails are potent, leave-in supplements that counteract the major problems caused by color-processing. Kale cocktail is a strand-strengthening superpower, clinically tested and proven to make hair twice as strong after a single application. Key to this bionic tonic is sulfur-rich sea kale, which helps reinforce damaged sulfur bonds, essential to strong resilient hair. Loaded with protein-building amino acids plus b vitamins, it smoothes, detangles and helps guard hair against uv ray damage."

The Kale Infused Cocktail claims: Supplements and restores key internal bonds to strengthen hair, reducing breakage by over 50% in just one use.

My results:
In the past, I haven't had much luck with products that claim to reduce hair breakage. This product has some pretty strong claims since they say this product will reduce breakage by over 50% in just one use. 

I used the full 3 pumps (after shaking the bottle- don't forget to do this!) for my collarbone length hair. I washed and conditioned my hair with my usual products and applied the Color Wow Kale leave-in treatment as well as the Coconut leave-in treatment to my towel-dried hair. I was more than pleasantly surprised that this product does live up to its claims! After the very first use, I had almost no hair in my hairbrush! I couldn't believe it. I've been using the Kale Treatment for a couple of weeks now and I continue to see very little hair in my brush... Just amazing! I use to having a brush full of hair all the time. Not since I've been using this though. So happy with it!

I used the Kale with the Coconut Cocktail to hopefully add a lot of moisture to my hair and make it look and feel softer. Unfortunately, I did not notice an improvement in the look and feel of my hair as it wasn't softer, and still felt dry.

$24 (Shop Now)





Color Wow Dream Cocktail Coconut Infused (200ml / $24USD)  Note: I received the old packaging in the silver bottle.

"Color wow cocktails are potent, leave-in supplements that counteract the major problems caused by color-processing. Healthy, virgin hair has a natural lipid layer (made up of a unique molecule, 18-mea) that coats and protects the exterior of every strand, locking in moisture and keeping hair’s cuticle smooth and tight so hair has slip and suppleness. When hair color chemicals destroy this layer, hair loses moisture, becomes rough and frizzy. Coconut cocktail’s proprietary complex of 18-mea and coconut oil bonds to hair’s surface, supplementing and replacing the lost lubricating membrane. This leave-in bionic tonic instantly restores gloss, silkiness and humidity resistance plus enables hair strands to slide and move in unison with fluidity of motion.'

This product also has some amazing claims. It also has almost all 5-star reviews on Amazon. It sounded like it was just what my hair needs since my hair is so dry, frizzy and has a rough texture. 

My Results:
I tried using the Coconut Leave-in Treatment along with the Kale Treatment as well as on its own to see if there was any difference. I applied the Coconut leave-in product to my towel-dried hair after shampooing and conditioning. It's also recommended to shake this bottle before use, and I did that with each use. Unfortunately, this product did not leave my hair looking or feeling any better than usual, whether used on its own or with the Kale Treatment. My dry, frizzy, and bleached hair was still dry and frizzy after using the Coconut Treatment. I was so disappointed, especially after reading so many great reviews on it.

Everyone's hair is different, so the Coconut Leave-in Treatment may work for you, especially if your hair is less dry and frizzy than mine (which sure isn't difficult!) 🤣

Note: These products are heat activated,  so it is recommended to use heat on your hair after applying them, even if it's just the heat from your blow dryer. 

$24 (Shop Now)

Overall:
I do LOVE and will continue to use the Kale Leave-in Treatment as I continue to see so much less hair in my brush since I started using it. I will pass on the Coconut Leave-in Treatment as it doesn't do what it claims for my hair, my hair is still dry and rough. I have many other moisturizing leave-in conditioners that I do like that I can use in place of the Coconut Treatment. For my dry locks, I much prefer AG's Fast Food Leave-in Conditioner. Two other affordable options that I love are Pantene Smoothing Combing Creme ( I can only find online at Amazon these days), and Marc Anthony's Grow Long Super Fast Leave-in Conditioner.  Not sure how I forgot one of my all-time favourites, It's a 10 leave-in treatment! It's such a good one, too! 

What are your favourite products for dry, bleached, and or frizzy hair?



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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Best Affordable Eye Creams for Aging, Hooded Eyes!

I suffer from naturally hooded eyes and with aging and gravity setting in, they just get more and more hooded with time. The skin around my eyes has also become drier with age, so I look for eye creams that will target both of these issues. I do have crows feet and some wrinkling but they don't bother me as much as the dryness and hooding.

I've tried tons of eye creams from high-end to drugstore and the two that I'm sharing in this post have given me the best results in terms of targeting these issues, especially the hooding and they are both affordable!



Olay Ultimate Eye Cream For Dark Circles, Wrinkles and Puffiness 13ml / $26.99

This is the pricier of the two but it is more accessible as you can pick it up at any drugstore. Honestly, this one and the next one that I'll talk about do the same thing for my eyes which is why I'm sharing both. They both hydrate the dry skin around my eyes which helps reduce the appearance of my lines, but more importantly to me, they both help reduce the droop of my upper eyelids. However, with both creams, the effect is temporary. I have yet to find an eye cream that reduces the hooding/drooping permanently.

The one thing that I don't find these help with much is the puffiness underneath my eyes. I have yet to find an eye cream that makes a noticeable difference in my undereye bags. I was told by a plastic surgeon that surgery to remove the pockets of fat is the only way.

From Olay:
Ultimate Eye Cream fights wrinkles, puffy eyes and dark circles in an instant.Get the Eye Cream without paying 2x as much – for dark circles and wrinkles.3-in-1 Decircler, DeWrinkler and DePuffer instantly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.Contains Olay’s colour-correcting technology, which acts as a touch of concealer.Powerful formula, supercharged with peptides and vitamins.Formula quickly blends with all skin tones.1 jar, 15 ml.



Home Health Goji Berry Eye Cream 1oz / $13

I've been using this eye cream on and off for so long, I remember when it was a whopping $7 per jar! This eye cream gives me the same effects as the Olay one above. It hydrates my eyes and temporarily improves the drooping of my upper eyelids. Neither one helps with my undereye bags/puffiness in a noticeable way.

The biggest differences between the two are that the Home Health one is 1 oz vs. 13ml for Olay. The Home Health one is made with natural ingredients and is cruelty-free, and the olay one is not natural and is not cruelty-free. The only other difference I have been able to think of is the accessibility. I have never seen Home Health's products in stores, so I have to buy it online.

From Home Health:
  • With Organic Arnica and Vitamin K
  • Paraben-Free
  • Fragrance-Free
  • Anti-Aging Hydration Formula
Inspired by the powerful antioxidant protection of the exotic goji berry, Goji Berry Eye Cream represents a breakthrough in anti-aging eye care wellness. We combined the nutrient-rich goji berry [Himalayan Lycium Berry] with specially selected moisturizing and health-promoting skincare ingredients including organic arnica and vitamin K, well-known for reducing swelling around eyes and soothing away puffiness. Use daily to protect, hydrate and improve firmness of the delicate skin surrounding the eyes for a smoother, more youthful-looking appearance. Non-greasy. Absorbs quickly.




Bottom line:
Both of these eye creams are fantastic at helping with my dry, aging, and hooded eyes and I get the same effect from both, so you cannot go wrong with either one. If natural and cruelty-free are priorities for you, then Home Health's Goji Berry is the way to go, plus it's cheaper and you get much more product.

Let me know what your favorite eye cream is in the comments. 💗


Happy Holidays, everyone! 🎄



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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas For Him and Her


If you are behind with your holiday shopping like I am, hopefully, this post will give you some good ideas for some last-minute gifts. 🧦

Whether you need some last-minute items to fill someone's stocking or maybe some host and/or hostess gifts, there is something for pretty much everyone here. There's also a little something for the guys.


Magnetix Makeup Brushes by Profusion ($10.99 and up)

These gorgeous rose gold makeup brushes by Profusion cosmetics are magnetized and can be displayed on the rose gold stand that's included with the eye brush. Storing them this way keeps them secure, accessible, and hygienic. They are super soft and feel like high-end brushes, IMO. They are also vegan and cruelty-free! Full review on these beauties with pics can be found linked HERE.

Available at: Farleyco.ca, Lawtons Drugs, and select IDA Guardian, and Pharmasave stores.

7th Heaven Renew You Face Masks ($2.99 and up)

I love 7th Heaven is one of my favourite drugstore face mask brands. They are not only affordable but amazing quality and cruelty-free! There are several masks to choose from in this line, all have anti-aging benefits.

Shown above:

Coming to: London Drugs, Rexall Pharmaplus, Pharmasave, Jean Coutu, Uniprix, Familiprix, Brunet



Modele Plump and Seal Collagen Lip Treatment ($29.99)

I've used this product before and already know that I'm a big fan! I use a lot of lip balms for my super dehydrated lips, so when I finish one, you know it's good. This is the perfect gift for anyone who takes pride in the look of their pout or maybe has chronically dry lips.

Modèle Collagen Lip Treatment restores lip volume, reduces the signs of aging and helps retain moisture.

Clinically proven to:
• Visibly increase lip volume up to 40%
• Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines up to 30%
• Improve lip hydration up to 60%

Available at: Farleyco.ca, select Pharmasave, Guardian IDA, Jean Coutu, Familiprix, Uniprix, and Brunet


I Love Signature Scents Body Washes ($24.99 for box set)

Give the gift of pampering with these gorgeously scented body washes. My personal favourites are Exotic Fruits and Glazed Raspberry. They are perfectly sweet, and not overpowering at all. They leave me feeling clean and they are not drying. There is a scent for everyone if your giftee isn't a fan of fruity scents.

Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart.



Lastly, we have something for the guys....

Below the Belt Grooming Fresh & Dry Balls, Active ($9.99)

We may not think about it much (or at all) but guys need to take care of their personal hygiene too!

Available in 3 scents: Active, Fresh, and Cool. Designed to be applied after showering to stay fresh and dry for up to eight hours. Applies as a gel, Fresh & Dry Balls dries to a silky fine layer, leaving the groin area dry and comfortable for hours. This product is dermatologically tested and contains essential oils.

I don't have a review on this yet but I know my guy is intrigued and will be using it. A great gift for the man in your life. Would also make a great host gift for a guy you know REALLY well. I think they'd get a kick out of it. 🤭

Available at: Farleyco.ca, London Drugs.com, select Pharmasave, Guardian IDA, Jean Coutu, Familiprix, and Brunet. Amazon: Fresh, Cool, Active.

Hopefully, these gift ideas were helpful to you or maybe you want to treat yourself!

Happy Holidays and happy shopping! 🎅



Products were kindly gifted by FarleyCo Beauty. This post is not sponsored.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

New! Profusion Magnetix Magnetic Attraction Makeup Brush Review!


Profusion Cosmetics is a cruelty-free beauty brand that makes great makeup products at affordable prices. They've just come out with a super innovative line of magnetic makeup brushes called Magnetix Makeup Brushes by Profusion. Talk about the perfect gift for the makeup and beauty enthusiast in your life!


The brush handles are magnetized so they will stand upright on the display stand (included with the eyeshadow brush). The magnets are strong and the brushes are held down securely. The display stand has rubber feet on the bottom which keeps the display stand securely in place as well.

Keeping your brushes upright like this keeps them accessible and hygenic as there is no cross-contamination with other brushes or other nearby items that they may come in contact with. They rose gold colour is also super pretty to display on any vanity.


Pictured above is the display stand with the eyeshadow brush ($17.99), and blush brush ($14.99)

The stand comes with an eyeshadow brush, additional Magnetix brushes can be purchased separately and kept on the stand as well so you can build your collection as much or as little as you like. The brushes can also be stored in another manner if you don't want to use or purchase the stand. The brushes are so pretty and such good quality that I recommend them on those merits alone.

The brushes are SUPER soft and feel like much higher-end brushes, imo. They are made with synthetic bristles and are designed to pick up the perfect amount of product. Vegan and cruelty-free, I really couldn't ask for more. I'm looking forward to expanding my collection.

You can find these products at Farleyco.ca, Lawtons Drugs, and select IDA Guardian, and Pharmasave stores. 

Wishing you all a great rest of the week!




Products were kindly provided by FarleycoBeauty for editorial consideration. This post is not sponsored. #magnetixbrushes #makeupbrushes #profusioncosmetics
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