Friday, 27 March 2015

Pureology's Curl Complete Line

Back in my teens I was addicted to my hair straightener, but I'm happy to say that over the years I've started to accept my wavy/curly hair. Now I only pull the straightener out a few times a year, and my hair is definitely thanking me for it! Pureology wants you to embrace your curly locks, and you can easily do so with their Curl Complete Line*! This line combines the hydrating benefits of coconut oil, an antifade complex (which includes UVA/UVB filters!), and a curl extend complex that extends the life of your curls! This line comes packaged in fun orange and purple bottles, and all of the products are 100% vegan!

Pureology's Curl Complete Line

"Coconut oil-enriched formulas with the exclusive AntiFade Complex envelop individual hair strands to:
  • Re-substance the hair fiber and resurface its stress points
  • Reduce breakage, replenish moisture and help erase frizz
  • Protect haircolour and illuminate shine
  • Revive shape and extend the life of curls and waves" - Pureology
Pureology's Curl Complete Line

There are 6 products in the Curl Complete line, and I'll start with the Shampoo and Conitioner. The shampoo is sulfate free, which my scalp definite appreciates. This line has a light fragrance to it - I can't quite place my finger on the scent, but it reminds me of a spa! The shampoo ($30 CAD) is fairly thick, and I love that it doesn't leave my hair feeling stripped, like some harsh shampoos can tend to do. The conditioner ($32 CAD) has a lighter formula, and I think that it would be best suited for someone with thin or fine hair. My hair is very, very thick, so I do find myself using quite a bit of this conditioner to get the job done. This line also includes a masque - the Moisture Masque ($50), which comes in a bottle with a pump dispenser. While I absolutely love this formula, the packaging has me confused. The pump dispenses such a small amount of product, so I find myself having to use 10+ pumps to cover my hair. I would have preferred a squeeze tube or a tub! This masque almost melts into my hair, and after about 4 minutes my hair feels incredibly smooth, hydrated, and frizz free! Definitely my favourite product from this line!

Pureology's Curl Complete Line

There are three styling products in Pureology's Curl Complete line, and I've been using all three to get my curls looking flawless! First up is the interesting Curl Extend ($36 CAD), which actually has two separate chambers of products. When you pump out the product, both formulas are dispensed - one clear and one a white cream. This formula works to nourish and moisturize hair while also reducing frizz and adding definition and shine to your curls! I apply a few pumps of this product to damp hair, and I love the results! 

I've been relying on the Taming Butter ($30.50 CAD) to help reduce frizz. This thick cream is meant for those with thick, rebellious, course hair, and that's exactly what I have! This will be too heavy for those with thin, fine hair, but I'm absolutely loving it. Frizz is reduces, and my hair feels instantly softer, smoother, and more hydrated without feeling greasy. 

Lastly we have the Uplifting Curl ($36 CAD), which comes in a tall bottle with a spray pump dispenser. I've used this product on both damp and dry hair, and it works well both ways! This spray helps to add definition to your curls without weighing them down. Additionally, this light milky formula helps to reduce frizz. 

Pureology's Curl Complete Line

If you couldn't already tell, I'm absolutely loving Pureology's Curl Complete line! If you also have wavy/curly hair, then this is definitely a line that I would recommend trying out. My favourite products are the Moisture Masque, the Taming Butter, and Curl Extend. 

Do you have curly hair? What products do you swear by to tame and define your waves?

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Sheer Shame

A few weeks ago I shared Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Sheer Obsessed, and today I'm back with another shade from this new line - Sheer Shame* ($26 CAD)! Shame is a beautiful vampy berry colour, but this new formula has a sheer formula, making a vampy shade like this more wearable.

Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Sheer Shame

"Urban Decay’s Sheer Revolution Lipstick is everything you love about the original Revolution lipstick, but with a sheer, shiny finish. Every shade features a rich, creamy feel and a gorgeous, high-shine finish. Like Urban Decay’s original formula, this sheer lipstick hugs lips, sweeping on with an ultra-smooth, budge-free application." - Sephora

Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Sheer Shame



Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Sheer Shame

The packaging of this new sheer line is the same as the original Revolution Lipstick packaging, except these tubes are a metallic purple colour. There are colour coordinated labels on the bottom of each tube, making it super easy to find the right shade from your collection! These lipsticks have a flattened tip, and the edges make it easy to get a crisp application while staying inside your natural lip line.

Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Sheer Shame

Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Sheer Shame

Sheer Shame is a beautiful vampy berry, with a semi sheer formula. This new line from UD offers a nice amount of pigmentation, without being too bold. For a sheer formulation, I still find that these lipsticks have a very nice amount of colour! Sheer Shame is my idea of a perfect Fall lipstick, but it is also a great option for a girls night out! There are many days when I just want a hint of colour, and a fuss free formula, and this line from Urban Decay is just that. This formula is creamy and hydrating, but I do notice that the colour will still settle into any fine line, and cling to dry patches. Exfoliate your lips prior to application, and you'll be good to go!

Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Sheer Shame

Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Sheer Shame

Have you tried any shades from Urban Decay's new Sheer Revolution Lipstick line? Next on my radar are the shades Sheer Anarchy and Sheer Ladyflower! 

Do you prefer a sheer or pigmented lipstick?

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The Body Shop Strawberry Body Butter

I love travel sized products, not only are they perfect for travel, but their small size is often incredibly cute! The Body Shop makes a ton of their products in convenient travel sizes, and I recently took a tub of their mini Strawberry Body Butter with me on my trip to Europe! My tub is now all gone, but I'm here to tell you all about how much I loved it!

The Body Shop Strawberry Body Butter

"This rich and creamy Body Butter is a feast for the skin. It melts straight in to leave skin feeling soft and smooth. It contains Community Fair Trade shea butter and has a sweet strawberry scent.
  • 24-hour hydration
  • Great for normal to dry skin
  • Sweet strawberry scent" - The Body Shop
 You already know that I'm a huge fan of The Body Shop's Body Butters, but this was the first time I tried the Strawberry fragrance. This scent is fruity, fresh, and absolutely perfect for the Spring and Summer months. The body butter formula from The Body Shop does differ slightly from scent to scent, and I found that the Strawberry formula was on the lighter side. This cream melts into the skin, but doesn't feel greasy or oily at all. My skin is left feeling smooth and hydrated for a full 24 hours, and this mini tub lasted me about two weeks of almost daily use.

The Body Shop Strawberry Body Butter

If you're headed on a holiday soon, or if you just want to sample a few different scents of the Body Butter formula before committing to the full size tubs, then the minis are a great option. If you like light, fruity scents, then you can't go wrong with Strawberry. Some of my other favourites are Coconut, Mango, and Shea. What's your favourite Body Butter scent from The Body Shop?! Leave a comment below! :)

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Clarins Everlasting Foundation + SPF 15

I don't know about you, but I'm always on the hunt for the next best foundation. I like my foundation to offer medium to high coverage, while also looking natural - never cakey. Clarins has recently released their brand new Everlasting Foundation + SPF 15, and I've been trying out the shade Porcelain*! 

Clarins Everlasting Foundation + SPF 15

Clarins Everlasting Foundation + SPF 15

Clarins' Everlasting Foundation + SPF 15 comes packaged in a frosted glass bottle with a gold lid, and a pump! I absolutely love foundations with pumps, but I feel like more and more brands are moving away from them. Pumps are just so convenient! This foundation has a light, creamy formula that's easy to blend. Clarins included ingredients like bamboo powder and organic quinoa, along with SPF 15 to help protect your skin against sun damage. There are 19 shades in this range (according to my press release, but Clarins website says there are 10!), and I've been using Porcelain, which is a pale shade with slightly yellow undertones. 

Clarins Everlasting Foundation + SPF 15

I've become obsessed with this foundation because it keeps going throughout my long work days. There are days when I need my foundation to last 12+ hours, and this formula from Clarins does just that. This foundation offers medium coverage with a natural finish - not too matte and not too luminous. I love that this formula covers up any minor imperfections in my skin, but you will need a separate concealer for anything more intense. 

Clarins Everlasting Foundation + SPF 15

Overall, I'm very impressed with Clarins new foundation! If you like a medium coverage foundation with a long-wearing formula, then you need to try out Clarins' Everlasting Foundation + SPF 15!

What foundation are you currently loving?

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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Travel Diaries Budapest - Exploring Roman Ruins at Aquincum

Today I have another exciting Travel Diaries post for you guys! Did you know that they are Roman Ruins in Budapest? I definitely didn't, so I was shocked when Dylan told me we were going to Aquincum to explore an ancient roman settlement! We took a streetcar, bus, and train, which sounds intense, but luckily Dylan is extremely talented at navigating foreign public transportation systems. The journey there took about a half hour, which I thought was excellent, especially considering one of the train lines was under construction at the time (which is why we also had to take a bus).

Aquincum Roman Ruins Budapest

Aquincum Roman Ruins Budapest

As soon as we hopped off the train, we could instantly see the ruins. There is a small museum, which is where we started. All of the signs said that the ruins weren't open to the public during the Winter months (we were there at the end of February), so we had accepted that we might have to settle for photos of the ruins through the chain link fence. We paid the entrance fee of 1,600 HUF (approx. $7 CAD), and we toured the museum, which to be honest, I think you can skip, unless you're really into Roman history. Dylan is a Classics major, so he of course loved the museum. The museum was quite small, and the attendants kept a very close eye on you the entire time. Once we made our way through the museum, we were ready to make the trek back to the city centre. Dylan decided to take a chance and ask if we could possibly walk over to the ruins. The attendant smiled and waived us over, so of course we jumped at the chance to explore before she changed her mind!

Aquincum Roman Ruins Budapest

Aquincum Roman Ruins Budapest

The site is fairly large, especially when you think about how the Romans were able to build these structures almost 2000 years ago! We spent almost two hours walking through the ruins, and Dylan was having the time of his life. He had studied the life of the Romans for so many years, so he found it really fulfilling to be able to walk through the ruins, and immerse himself in the life that the Romans would have led. There were communal baths, shops, courtyards, communal meeting areas, etc. There were only two other people walking through the site when we were there, so it was a very peaceful experience. 

Aquincum Roman Ruins Budapest

Aquincum Roman Ruins Budapest

Aquincum Roman Ruins Budapest

If you're travelling with children, there's also a Roman-inspired park, which is very bright and colourful. At first, this was a bit odd to see on an ancient site, but I think it's a great way to attract children, and get them interested in history. 

Aquincum Roman Ruins Budapest

Aquincum Roman Ruins Budapest

If you're in Budapest, I would highly suggest dedicating some time to explore Aquincum, especially if you're a history buff! This is something that of course you could never find here at home in Canada, it's really amazing how much history can be found in Europe. 

Have you had the chance to explore Roman Ruins before? If so, I'd love to hear about where you were and how your experience compare my mine at Aquincum!

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