Friday, August 26, 2016

Glam Sense: Unilever "You Glow Girl"

I was excited to have received another Glam Sense Campaign! The box is so pretty, I couldn't wait to see what was inside!


Here are my thoughts!

Simple Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes:
I was happy to receive these as I really like the regular Simple cleansing wipes. These are great for the summer when my skin is oilier and I need a bit of help to control it. They did a good job at removing my minimal summer make up and left my face feeling fresh and clean. They are so convenient for summer road trips or camping trips and feel refreshing after a hot day!

Vaseline Aloe Lip Therapy:
I was very interested by this product. I have never seen it before and was excited to try it out! To be honest, the packaging isn't my favourite, I would have preferred a chap stick style tube, however, I do enjoy the product! The scent is AMAZING! It is very fresh and fruity. It doesn't leave a greasy feeling on my lips, but leaves them feeling nourished and moisturized. It is a great product!

Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lightly Scented:
This lotion has a nice, mild, fresh scent. It absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves it feeling hydrated and moisturized. It is a lighter cream, so I like to use it on my arms and body during the day. I prefer my thicker body butters for my legs and for overnight. I like this, but I don't find it to be a game changer.

I am so happy to have been able to test out these products! The lip therapy & cleansing wipes were the two stand out products!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Makeup & Face Empties Jan-June

Lots of empties!


1. It Cosmetics Hello Lashes Extensions Mascara:
I liked this mascara. It gave my lashes a lot of length and went on easily. The wand has a ball on the end, which made it easy to get into my tiny inner lashes. I would buy this again.

2. Marc Jacobs Mascara in Blacquer:
I did not like this mascara. Maybe mine had a defect, but I found it to be extremely thick and difficult to apply. I would not buy it again.

3. Benefit Gimme Brow:
I quite like the Gimme Brow and have since purchased another. I find it super easy to use and a great shade!

4. W3ll People Expressionist Mascara:
I found this mascara to be quite dry and difficult to apply. I would not buy it again.

5. Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara:
This mascara was so-so. It didn't do much for my lashes in terms of volume, but did make them appear a bit longer. I found this formula dried out quite quickly. I probably wouldn't buy it again.

6. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara:
I LOVED this mascara! It added length and volume to my lashes and didn't dry out or flake. I would like to purchase a full size when my stash depletes.

7. Laura Mercier Universal Invisible Loose Setting Powder:
I loved this setting powder! It went on so easily and didn't alter the shade of my foundation or make my skin look dry. My only gripe is that a little doesn't go a long way with this product.

8. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:
This s not my favourite primer, it is okay, but I don't find that it does much in terms of filling my pores or making my make-up wear longer. I would not repurchase it.

9. Eyeko Black Magic Mascara:
I didn't care much for this mascara. I found the packaging was odd and the formula was very wet and difficult to apply. It smudged and flaked very easily. I will not buy this again.

Face Products:

1. 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream:
I received this in a BirchBox and really liked it! It kept my under-eyes very moisturized and smelled amazing! (If you are from Eastern Canada, it smelled like when you walk into the Cows ice cream shop!) I would buy this again if I saw it!

2. Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep Gel Cream:
I was sent this and really enjoyed it! It had a nice gel-like texture that absorbed into my skin quickly. The scent was mild, and certainly not offensive. I enjoyed this and may go back to it in the future.

3. Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask:
I received this n the Sephora birthday gift last year. It was very cooling on the face (I liked to keep it in the fridge). I enjoyed this as a pampering mask, but didn't see anything overly noticeable in terms of results. It was nice to use, but nothing that I couldn't live without!

4. Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream:
I received this in a TopBox and enjoyed trying out Benefit's skincare. It is a very light weight moisturizer that absorbed quickly into my skin. It has a mild, pleasant scent. I enjoyed it, but wouldn't buy the full size.

5. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster:
I have used many of these and love them! This is my favourite serum. It smells like oranges and absorbs quickly into my skin. I LOVE it!

6. Origins Ginzing Eye Cream:
Another product that I keep going back to! I love this stuff! It absorb well into my skin, makes my skin more radiant and smells nice. One of my favs!

7. Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream:
I got this as part of a 500 point perk at Sephora. This was my first time trying Bobbi Brown skin care and I am very impressed! It too absorbed well and left my under eyes very hydrated. I would love try get my hands on it again!

8. Bioderma Make-up Removing Micelle Solution:
This is my favourite make-up remover! It does such a good job at getting everything! I already have more!

9. Bioderma Purifying Foaming Gel:
This was fun to try, but nothing special for me. It didn't irritate my skin, and left my skin feeling clean, it just wasn't anything amazing.

10. Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Antioxidant Infusion Essence:
I received this in a TopBox, and at first I had no idea what to do with it haha. I enjoyed the spa-like scent and it was very refreshing on my skin. I really enjoyed it, but it isn't a necessity. it;s a luxury item.

11. Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream:
This was a nice, gentle exfoliator. It was gentle on my skin and did the job. I have used cheaper options that are comparable, so I wouldn't repurchase.

12. Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment:
I love this stuff during the winter! It is seriously a game changer and has help my dry skin soooo much! Love it and already have another!

13. Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes:
These are some of my favourite make-up removing wipes! They are very effective and gentle. They are quite pricey, but worth it!

14. Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel:
I received this in my BirchBox and it was interesting and gross all at the same time! It removed dead skin and as you rubbed it, the skin would ball up. It did leave my face feeling smooth and soft. Again, I think this is a luxury item, not a necessity. It was fun to use though!

15. RICH Moisturizing Eye Mask (x2):
I bought a pack of these at Winners. They are something fun to use and do leave my undereyes feeling hydrated. I'm not sure that I would repurchase, but I have been enjoying them.

16. NUDE Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly:
This has a really interesting consistency. It was very effective at removing my make-up and left my skin feeling so clean. I would look into this if it weren't so expensive.

17. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream:
My skin has always like First Aid Beauty products, and this was no exception. It left my skin very hydrated and soft!

18. Lancome The Light Lotion-in-Gel:
I really liked this sample! I liked the texture of it. It smelled nice and made my skin feel so soft! I am thinking about buying a full size!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

BzzzAgent: CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte & Eyes

I was so excited to have been chosen or this BzzzAgent campaign!
 I haven't been buying much make-up lately (except for my TopBox) and have always liked the Cover Girl Brand. When I found out that I would be receiving a lipstick and a mascara from this new line, I was thrilled! I even got to select my shades! I chose Kitty Purry & Very Black.
The lipstick is actually a demi-matte. It isn't flat or dry. It actually feels quite creamy on the lips (probably because it is infused with butters!). I REALLY like this shade, it is easy to apply and so flattering. There are 11 different shades in total. Big thumbs up for this lippie! I saw it for $9.99 today at the Atlantic Super Store. Very affordable!

The mascara has a very different brush that I am not that big of a fan of. I find it is easy to get clumps with this brush and that it doesn't apply easily. I didn't get any flaking or smudging, but I didn't get a lot of volume or length either. It basically just defined my blond lashes. The Very Black shade is just that, there is also an electric blue option (Perry Blue) which could be fun. There are definitely other varieties of Cover Girl mascaras that I prefer. I also saw this for $9.99 today at the Atlantic Super Store. I think that I would pass on this one.
  • There is $1 off coupon here if you want to try these out for yourself!
 #KatyKatMatte #KatyKatEye #GotItFree

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Chick Advisor: Vichy Hydration (Dry Skin) Routine.

First peek!

My box included the following products:
  • A 150mL (FULL SIZE) Vichy Pureté Thermale Cleansing Foam Radiance Revealer - $19.95
  • A 150mL (FULL SIZE) Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water - $13.00
  • A 50mL (FULL SIZE) Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream - $ 39.95
TOTAL VALUE: $72.90!

Very generous of Vichy! They all seem to suit my skin type. I have tried the Eau Thermal Water and it is so refreshing! The cream seems to be rich and gel-like, which I like in a night cream. When it comes to face cleansers, I prefer foaming cleansers, so I am excited to try this one out!

I am super excited to use all of these! Thanks Vichy!

I received 3 full size products from Vichy last year as well, you can see that here.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Body & Hair Empties Jan-June

Lots of empties!


1. L'Oreal Color Radiance Shampoo:
I received this from Influenster, you can read about that here. I quite enjoyed this shampoo, it lathered well, smelled great and seemed to last quite a while. It did a fine job of protecting my colour, but there are other shampoos that work just as well or better. I'm still working through the conditioner & the color treatment.

2. Herbal Essences Naked Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner:
I received these from BzzzAgent, you can read more about that here. These claim to be more natural. I liked the shampoo okay, the scent doesn't thrill me, but the shampoo worked okay. The conditioner didn't do much for my long, tangled hair.

3. Batiste Dry Shampoo:
I use up about one of these a month and enjoy them so much! Before these, I washed my hair every day, now I can wash it every second or third day without feeling dirty or greasy. They are lifesavers!

4. Body Shop Banana Shampoo:
I LOVE this shampoo! It smells so good and does a wonderful job of cleaning my hair, without leaving any build-up. I can't wait to use this again!

5. Chi Helmet Head Extra Firm Hair Spray:
This is my new favourite hair spray. I don't mind the scent of it, and it leaves my hair in place, but not crunchy. It adds volume and holds all day. I have already purchased a larger size!

6. RUSK Heatshift Re-styling Cream:
I enjoyed using this. I smelled so good and help keep the frizz away and hold my hairstyle in place.

7. OBLIPHICA Professionals Seaberry Hair Serum:
This is so nice! It smells heavenly (vanilla) and reduced the frizz in my hair. I would buy a larger size, if I ever see it.

8. Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng & Biotin Volumizer:
This smells like citrus and definitely added volume to my hair. For me, it's not a necessary step in my hair routine, but it was nice to have.

9. AVEDA Volumizing Tonic:
Again, this added volume to my hair. A nice step, but not necessary for me. It smelled more herbal, which I didn't mind.

10. NEXXUS Rejuvenating Elixir:
This was okay, I honestly didn't notice a difference in my hair while using this. I didn't like the dropper style packaging. Nothing special for me.

Body Products

1. Dove Pistachio Cream with Magnolia Nourishing Body Wash:
This is an all time favourite of mine. It moisturizes my skin and smells so so so good! Will be buying more when I run out of other body products!

2. Dial Coconut Water Hydrating Body Wash: 
This has a nice, fresh, tropical scent. It is supposed to be moisturizing, but I actually found it quite drying. Not a fan.

3. Body Shop Mini Shower Gels in Mango, Satsuma & Glazed Apple (x2):
I like these minis for travel. I really like the glazed apple & mango scents. the satsuma is okay, but a bit strong for my liking. They are not really anything special, but convenient for travel.

4. Prevailing Organic Essentials Apple Bath & Shower Gel:
I didn't like this. The scent was nice, but it was really thick and hard to get out of the packaging. I wouldn't invest in a larger size.

5. Body Shop Body Butters in Glazed Apple & Vineyard Peach:
These are my favourite creams. They are so rich and moisturizing. I like to apply them at night, as it does take some time for my skin to absorb them. The peach scent wasn't my favourite.

6. St. Ives Fresh Hydration Continuous Spray Lotion in Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract:
This was a mess. It had a nice sweet coconut scent, but the nozzle on it sprayed everywhere. It is a light moisturizer and didn't do a whole lot for my skin.

7.Soap & Glory Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream:
I really like this product! It is so moisturizing and helped heal my poor dry hands. I would purchase this again, but it is s expensive in Canada compares to USA. :(

8. Juara Candlenut Body Creme:
The scent of this was a bit too perfume-like for me. It was also a very small size sample of a body cream, so it was hard to really get a feel for if I liked it or not.

9.Gilette Venus with Olay Vanilla Cashmere Shave Gel:
To me, shaving gel is shaving gel. I buy whatever is on sale, usually. This worked well, smelled nice and left my skin feeling soft.

10. Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Bubbling Bath : 
I have just recently begun enjoying baths. This foamed up really well and smelled nice. Very relaxing! I already have another!

11.Gilette Satin Care with Olay Sensitive Shave Gel:
Again, nice!

12. Secret Clinical Clear Gel Antiperspirant/Deodorant:
This left me feeling a bit wet under my arms, it didn't absorb quickly and had a bit of a strong scent for my liking. I won't be buying the full size.

13. St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub:
This was very abrasive and didn't smell as fruity as I had anticipated. It was so-so for me.

14: B. Kamins Bio Maple, Maple Sugar Body Scrub:
This was a very course, harsh scrub. It was a very small sample size for a body scrub, so again hard to judge if I truly liked it or not.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

June TopBox 2016

June has been super busy for me, so here, finally is my June Topbox!

  • A 5mL sample of O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Peel with Face Brightening Agents - $6.95
  • A FULL SIZE Barefoot Venue Lip Bliss in Maple Blondie - $7.50
  • A Pur-Lisse Blue Locus & White Tea Treatment Sheet Mask - $8.00
  • A FULL SIZE China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Pinking our the Window - $10.00


This box was iffy for me. I am disappointed to receive ANOTHER nail polish, but this is a band that I actually like and a colour that I will probably wear (though I haven't yet...) I like the brand Barefoot Venus and am excited to try out this lip balm! The face mask and peel will be good to try, although I am disappointed in the lack of variety within this box. Overall, not bad, but not great.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

May 2016 Topbox

Here is my May TopBox!

This box included:
  • A 100g sample of Novex Brazilian Keratin Deep Conditioning Hair Mask - $2.17
  • A 30ml sample of The FaceShop Collagen Pomegranate Pack - $4.05
  • A FULL SIZE (10ml) Pur-Lisse BB Tinted Moist Cream with SPF 30 - $12.55
  • A FULL SIZE Morgan Taylor Professional Nail Lacquer in  Hot Hot Tamale - $15.83

I was very underwhelmed by this month's box. The hair mask is what I am most excited about. I will also use the mask and possibly the BB cream. I am kind of surprised that the BB cream is supposed to be full size, but is only 10ml....odd. I am the most disappointed with the nail polish. I received this a few months ago in another shade and have still not used it....
Not the best month for me!

RachhLoves Topbox

When YouTuber RachhLoves collaborated with TopBox to create this, I had to have it! I had a $5 off code, so this only cost me $14.00 and it claims to have a $68+ value!!

This box included:
  • A FULL SIZE NYX Butter Gloss, I chose the shade Sugar Cookie 
  • A 2.5ml sample of Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara 
  • A 15g sample of GlamGlow FlashMud
  • A 7ml sample of Delictable Everything Balm 
  • 2 5ml minis of Essie's Summer Collection, I chose the shades Loot the Booty & Viva Antigua 
I love the Nyx Butter Glosses and was happy to get another! I have tried many of the GlamGlow masks and have loved them all, I have not tried this one yet though and am very excited! The nail polish colours are beautiful and the mini sizes are perfect! - I never go through full size nail polishes! The Everything Balm smells so good ad is very moisturizing - I know it will come in handy! The mascara is a good size, so it will be nice to try too. Overall, I think this is a great value and I will actually use all of these products! I am so happy to have gotten this!

Sephora 500 point perk: Nars

I had been collecting points for a while and have been waiting for a 500 point perk to spend them on. When I saw this NARS perk, I had to get it!

This perk included:
  • A 4ml Lip Gloss in Chelsea Girls - $21.33
  • A 2.8g Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base - $11.42
  • A 3ml Audacious Mascara in Black Moon - $12.75
  • A 3.5g Blush in Orgasm- $28.50
TOTAL VALUE: $74.00!!!

This is a great value, that I couldn't pass up! I haven't tried many products from Nars, but I have liked what I have tried. These are all new products for me and I am o excited to start using with them! I have heard such great things about the blush and eyeshadow base, in particular.  I also love the colour of this lip gloss! Great value!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

April 2016 TopBox

It's TopBox time again!

Here's what was inside this month:

  • A FULL SIZE OFRA Lipliner in Wine - $17.25
  • A 7mL sample of Pure-Lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum - $30.33
  • A FULL SIZE Ciaté Nail Lacquer in roller coaster - $15.00
  • A FULL SIZE POP Beauty Pure Pigment in Matte Bark - $11.42
  • A FULL SIZE Schick Hydro Silk Razor - $9.97
  • A $5.00 Coupon for Razor Refills - $5.00 Value

This month, I received a Schick Razor as a bonus item. It's always nice to get a bonus item - Thanks TopBox! I now that the value of this box is really good and that I have a lot of full size items, so I'm happy with that. I think that TopBox is really trying to up their game - although it did fall short for me this month. I really don't use loose pigments, the lipliner is quite dark - I probably will get some wear out of it, but little- and the nail polish isn't really my thing. I prefer non glitter polishes. I am most excited about the eye serum, and, well, I guess the razor? Boring, I know. All in all, I appreciate the effort, just not quite to my taste - maybe I should update my profile? Is there a profile for TopBox?