Sunday, May 24, 2015

Empties...Lots & Lots!

It has been a while since I did an empties post, so I have a lot of products to share with you!

Let's start with Hair Products:

1. Pantene Dry Shampoo:  This worked pretty well, not my favorite though. I would repurchase if it goes on sale.

2. KMS Dry Shampoo (2): I really like this. It has a nice fresh scent and works just as well as Batiste (which is my fav!) I would buy this again!

3. Clear Shampoo & Condition: This is nice, but left my hair feeling a bit dry. I liked alternating it with the Fructis. I would repurchase if it goes on sale.

4. Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner & Mask: These worked pretty well. They seemed to keep my blond hair from going brassy, but were nothing overly special. You can find my full review here.

5. Tresemme Shampoo: This again was kind of generic. It worked well, but didn't wow me.

6. Tresemme Dry Shampoo: I really liked this and it's the perfect size for travel. I have already repurchased this.

7. KMS Free Shape Quick Bow Dry : This smelled really good and did cut back on the tie it took me to dry my hair. I would repurchase this i I came across it.

8. Pantene Shampoo & Conditioner: Again, nothing great. I found this gave my hair no volume and left it feeling dry.

Body Products:

1. Dove Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream with Magnolia Body Wash:  LOVE this! It is very moisturizing and smells amazing! I have several more!

2. Pecksniff's Body Scrub in Grapefruit & Lemon: This was pretty good, it smelled nice, but I prefer more abrasive scrubs.

3. Caudalie Nail & Hand Cream: This was really nice and moisturizing for my dry hands. I would buy the full size.

4. The Body Shop Scrub in Candied Ginger: This was nice, but again I prefer harsher scrubs.

5. The Body Shop Body Butters in Glazed Apple & Lychee Blossom: I love the Body Shop body butters! These were both great. I preferred the Glazed Apple over the Lychee Blossom.

6. Gillette Satin Care Shaving Gel (3): This is my favorite type of shaving gel! I will continue to repurchase it.

7. Summer's Eve Cleansing Wash in Summer Paradise: This is gentle and smells nice. I am using another.

8. The Body Shop Mango Shower Gel: This smelled so good! It is one of my favorite body shop scents! I have lots of minis in other scents to use.

9. L'occitane Amande Body Oil: I LOOOOOVE this oil and have purchased the full size!

10. Tan Towel (2): These were awful! They were so streaky and orange. I would never use them again.

Face Products:

1. Rivoli Geneve Le Visage Serum: This was a really tiny sample and it was hard to tell if I liked it or not. So, I guess it was okay.

2. Michael Todd Cranberry Antiox Toner: This lasted me a long time and was gentle on my skin. I have already bought another!

3. L'oreal Miscellar Water: This worked okay at getting off make-up, but I prefer Bioderma.

4. Clarins HydraQuench Rich Cream Dry Skin: I really liked this! It was nice on my sensitive skin and may get it for next winter.

5. Origins Night-A-Mins Cream: This is so thick and moisturizing. I love this night cream and am currently using another jar!

6. Origins A Perfect World SPF 25 Cream: This was a nice light day cream and I really liked it. I may buy the full size. in the future.

7. Dead Sea Sheet Mask: These are really nice and drenched! They feel nice on the face and have a nice cooling effect. I would repurchase these.

8. Sample of Glam Glow: I like using this as a sport treatment. It is quite expensive though. I might purchase the small size one day.

9. Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strip : I like using these once in a while. I still have a few left.

10. Sample of Lancome Genifique Serum: I like this, but don't really notice a difference in my skin when I use it, plus it is really expensive. I would not purchase the full size.

Make-Up Removers:

1. Balea Make-up Removing Wipes:
These are currently my favourite make-up removing wipes! I will repurchase!

2. Balea Exfoliating Make-up Removing Wipes (2):
These removed make-up well, but were a bit harsh on my skin. I like the original Balea ones better.

3. Olay Fresh Effects Make-up Removing Wipes: I received these as a free sample. They were really dry and did not remove eye make-up well. I would not repurchase them

May 2015 Topbox

Another month,another TopBox! This is what I received this month:

Inside was:
  • A 100ml sample of The Face Shop Herb Day 351 Cleansing Foam in Aloe ~ $3.53
  • A 30ml sample of The Face Shop Seaweed Moisturizing Pack ~ $3.27
  • A 5ml Essie Nail Lacquer in Flowerista ~ $3.70
  • A FULL SIZE Medusa'a Makeup Eye shadow in Jungle Fever ~ $8.00
Plus a $5.00 off a purchase of $30+ coupon at The Face Shop

I have never tried The Face Shop products before, so I am excited to try them; however, I don't like receiving multiple items from the same brand in one box. I am probably most excited to try the Seaweed mask! The Essie nail polish is nice to get, and I never use up an entire nail polish, so I like the mini size and the colour is okay (not my favourite though). The cleanser should be nice and gentle. I will not use the eye shadow; it's just not my colour. Also, I won't use the coupon because we don't have any store locations in Eastern Canada.

All in all, this month was kind of a flop for me and had an incredibly low value.

May 2015 Birchbox Canada

After last month's BirchBox being kind of a flop, I was so curious to see that this month's had in store for me. Let's take a peek inside!

This box contained:
  • A 3g sample of Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream
  • A 45ml sample of Essential Elements Wake Up Rosemary Body Lotion
  • A 2g sample of Laqa & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Menatour
  • A 44mL sample of Not Soap, Radio Joy Inducing Body Wash in When life gives you too many lemons (and you've misplaced your happy place...)
  • A 30ml sample of Number 4 Non-Aerosol Hairspray
After an underwhelming box last month, this month was a bit better, but still somewhat lacking.

The box this month is so cute! It is my favorite yet! I like the eye cream, I received a sample earlier this year in my TopBox and and currently using and liking it. I like the hairspray sample and am excited to have a small size for when I travel.

On to the negatives...The body lotion has a really herbal scent and seems like it will be hard to get out of the container. The shower gel smells okay, but not great. I have received a lip lube from Laqa & Co before, and found it really dry on my lips. On top of that, the colour of the lip lube is not totally wearable, so I am not excited about the only make-up product that was in my box.

Again, not a lot of variety in this box. Next month's box is supposed to contain an Eyeko liquid eyeliner, so hopefully BirchBox has upped their game!

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Sephora VIBLONG Review

Just before I placed my birthday order, this promo was sent to my e-mail, so of course I added it to my order! I have never tried any Bobbi Brown products before, and have read one of her books, so this gift with purchase was very appealing to me!

A GIFT FROM BOBBI BROWN. FREE FOR VIB & VIB ROUGE* USE CODE: VIBLONG. Get a flawless look with a trio of everyday makeup essentials—FREE with C$50 purchase. Mini set includes Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Shadow, Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Jet, and Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover.

Included were 3 deluxe samples from Bobbi Brown: 
Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Bark
Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Jet
Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover (30ml)

The sample sizes are generous for a gift with purchase! My only problem is that in the description Sephora stated that the Shadow would be in the shade Shadow (a blue-grey colour), but they actually sent the shade Bark (a deep brown colour). I will still wear the brown, but was looking forward to the blue-grey. 

Overall, I am happy with this set. Did you get this? If so, what did you think of it?

April 2015 BirchBox Canada

After really liking last month's BirchBox, I was so excited to see that this month's had arrived! Let's take a peek inside!

This box contained:
  • A 60ml sample of Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Moisturizing Shampoo
  • A 40ml sample of Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Repairing Conditioner
  • A 30ml sample of BeeKind Shower Gel
  • A 4mL sample of Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Highlighter
  • A 12ml sample of Mereadesso All-in-One Moisturizer
After a great box last month, this month was completely underwhelming...

Let's start with the positives....and there aren't many. The Rifle & Co. Box is beautiful! It is so springy! The scent of the shower gel is nicely lemon-scented. It will be a nice, refreshing scent to use in the morning. The highlight is nicer than I thought it would be. It is easy to apply and looks nice on my fair skin.

On to the negatives...I really don't like receiving foil samples in these boxes. I know that they put an effort to make the packaging on the moisturizer resealable, but it's still not a lot of product to try out. I really don't like that the shampoo and conditioner count as two separate products. I feel like they are a set and should count as one...having 40% of the products in the box from the same brand is not good variety. I am disappointed that so many of my products are shower type products and that so few are make-up and skin care. Overall, I just find this box to be quite boring and lacking any sort of innovation. I am especially disappointed, because compared to other boxes that I have seen this month, I feel like I was just given the leftover products.

I contacted BirchBox to let them know how I felt and received kind of a generic response. I am strongly thinking of cancelling this subscription. I'm going to give it one more month.

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