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Saturday, December 14, 2013

CoverGirl Flamed Out Mascara

Hello all, 

here today to review a mascara for you: Covergirl's Flamed Out Mascara in very black blaze. I picked this up at Shopper's Drug Mart - sadly, I cannot remember how much I paid. $8.99? That could be totally wrong. Here's a pic:

Flamed Out Mascara : Volumizing Curling Mascara

Well, well, well. This mascara - I'll tell you, boy did it burn. If you're like me then you know about taking naps at 4 pm and not taking off your mascara first. Usually this is a non-issue. But with this product, the mascara would run and burn my eyes. This stuff was susceptible to running. It was also, perhaps paradoxically, very dry upon application. So if that's your thing then there you go. In terms of length and volume this was sort of standard to below standard. This isn't a glamorous mascara. It wasn't super black either. Just sort of mehhhh + the eye-burning and I was eager to see the end of it. Plus the garish orange tube... Ugh. Glad it's done. Won't repurchase. Can't recommend.

Cheers all, 


Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Delightful Cleanser Finished Once Again

Salut les filles, 

here to report that I've finished another trusty bottle of La Roche Posay's physiological cleansing gel. Click here for my thoughts on this delightful product - which I will certainly repurchase (after trying a new, Origins cleanser - excited!). This was my third bottle, and the love affair continues. 


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Review: Klorane Nettle Shampoo

Hello all, 

here with a shampoo to review for you. It's Klorane's Nettle Shampoo for "oily prone" hair. My hair is quite fine, and while it is isn't particularly oily, I hoped this product would allow me to shampoo less frequently. I paid $13.49 for this at Shopper's (I know, I know). The bottle contains 200 mL of product. That. Shiz. Is. Expensive. Here is an image:

Seboregulating treatment shampoo - OILY PRONE

Well, I will say that this sure wasn't worth the price. This shampoo sounds great on paper: "With its ultra-gentle, detangling, volume-enhancing cleansing base, formulated to avoid all possibility of a rebound effect, KLORANE Seboregulating treatment shampoo with nettle extract progressively regularizes sebum secretion, allowing you to wash your hair less frequently. It leaves hair feeling silky, supple and bouncy. It is hypoallergenic." (from the Klorane website). If only....if only. In reality, this shampoo was hard to lather. Like really hard to lather - to the point that it was annoying. I didn't notice any seboregulating effect (i.e., I ended washing my hair exactly as often as I have always done). I did its job in as much as it cleaned my hair. But I didn't notice any volumizing effect. 

I really wanted to love this product. Going on the Klorane website reminds me of how AWESOME the world of Klorane seems. But this product did not deliver for me. It was annoying to use and expensive. I will not repurchase.

Clara xx

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Burt's Bees double-header

Hello all, 

here with two Burt's Bees products to review for you: the Ultra Moisturizing Lip Treatment and the Citrus Facial Scrub. The lip treatment is available widely for around $4.99. The Citrus Facial Scrub is a bit harder to get a hold of in Canada - I got mine at a local heath food shop for around $13. Here they are:
The lip hydration sensation.

Let's talk about the facial scrub first. This product has a bit of a cult following so I was eager to give it a whirl. It's a brown scrub which smells like Christmas, you mix it with a bit of water and massage it over your face. Rinse. It then makes a gross mess in your shower/sink waahoo. Anyway, this was a bit too emollient for me. It left an oily film over my face which I didn't enjoy. I am not really a fan of scrubby, physical exfoliants at this point. I go for a nice little glycolic acid instead. So, all-in-all, I couldn't bring myself to use this up on my face. I used it as a body scrub instead - a purpose for which it was way too gentle. So, ya. Won't be repurchasing. 

Next up, the lip treatment. This was not "ultra moisturizing" in my opinion. While it wasn't terrible (it was better than a Lip Smacker), it wasn't great. It was a far cry from my Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. I honestly think good old Nivea or Blistex is better. This had the texture of Vaseline and I didn't feel like it was replenishing moisture back into the lips. A no-go. Will not repurchase. 

Two disappointments from Burt's Bees! I sense a dark trend...

Clara xx 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Rose Water Toner, that little extra

Happy Saturday all, 

here today to review a nice little toner for you. Calling it a toner might be a bit of stretch, mind you. I finished up Heritage's rose water spray. You get 8 ounces in a bottle with a nice little spray nozzle. I paid $11 for this at my local health food shop. It took me ages to use it up: we're talking like a year. Here is an image:

Rose Petals Rosewater 8 oz  w/atomizer

Basically, I would use this spray after toning with a glycolic. My skin gets that little tingly sensation (ok - some light stinging) after using the glycolic and I found this lovely, gentle spray to be just the ticket before applying my serum. I also enjoyed this if my face needed a little "wake-up" if I was feeling sick or tired or hot, and if I'd over-powdered my face. I don't think that this product really did anything to the appearance of my skin. I don't think it was hydrating or clarifying or anything else. But the sensation of having a nice, natural rose scented product spritzed on the face was delightful. And the price point is right on. 

I would definitely repurchase. I love rose-scented things. I think, if you're going for a spray floral water, you don't need to splash out on something expensive (see: Caudalie's Beauty Elixir). I'm sceptical that these sprays "do" anything beyond smell and feel great. I may experiment with a lavender essence one next. 

Go forth and spray with abandon, 


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Review: Philosophy field of flowers wildflower blossom shower gel

Hey everyone! I haven't posted in ages, so thank goodness Clara has taken the helm the past few months. I'm back with a great product that I've just recently finished. It's the philosophy field of flowers wildflower blossom shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath. Surprisingly, I've used this in all three of its uses but I mostly used it as a shower gel. 

It is 480mL and it will run you about $30. I got mine from the Bay. Pricey! But 480mL is a lot of product. I really only used a little bit each time, and it lasted me about 7.5 months. That seems like pretty good value to me. 

Here's a pic: 

Let's talk about the product. It has a wonderful scent. You know I love me some floral, and this does not disappoint. It's name fits perfectly. I don't think this is a particularly overpowering scent, and I certainly never got sick of it though after almost 8 months I was definitely ready for a change. It lathers nicely. It doesn't have the best ingredients. The second ingredient on the list is sodium laureth sulfate, but I knew that going in. I know that philosophy isn't an all natural, all pure ingredients brand, despite what it advertises itself to be. But I wanted to try out a product from them. While I don't love the ingredient list, the product was fine but I did find it a tad on the drying side. 

The one thing I didn't love about the product (apart from the SLS) is that the smell doesn't linger on the skin- at all. My skin also never felt particularly moisturizing after my shower. Like I mentioned above, I found that if I didn't moisturize after I showered my skin would be super dry- even in the summer. Bummer, but I just went with it. But for this reason mainly, I won't be repurchasing this product. 

As a side note, when I tried to google it, I noticed that the wildflower blossom scent is no longer on the philosophy website with the other field of flowers products. Odd. But, I would imagine that this review would apply to the other field of flowers shower gel/shampoo/bubble bath products. 

No regrets on buying this product, but I probably won't buy it again. I definitely want something more moisturizing. 

happy shopping!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Eyebrow Pencils reviewed (MAC and Clinique face-off)

Hey all, 

so, let's talk about eyebrow pencils. They are a makeup product which I use up quickly - second only to mascara. I've gone back and forth between MAC eyebrow pencil in Fling ($19) and Clinique Superfine Liner for brows in Soft Blonde ($18). Both are ashy, muted colours which look natural against my fair colouring and ashy blonde hair. Here are some images:

 Eye Brows

Superfine Liner for Brows
Now, the reality is that these products are very similar. They are both precise in their application, not too powdery or hard, and natural (on me) in tone. Both contain little product and get used up quite quickly. The lasting power seems good to me, but since I go for a natural application I might have a less clear take on that than someone who goes for a more dramatic look. I would recommend either, though if you're on a budget recognize that since you'll be buying these frequently the cost will be a factor. 

If you're just getting started with eyebrow pencils, go with a nice light shade and stick to the natural shape of your brow. Either the Clinique or the MAC would serve you well. Having polished brows makes a surprisingly big impact on your look - especially if you are going to have your photo taken. If you're a blondie like me, filling in your brows can help you avoid the disappearing features effect. Think of this product as mascara for brows: it helps define and frame! 

Cheers all,