Thursday, 24 April 2014

Joico Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo

I've tried out quite a few dry shampoos over the years (who else used baby powder before this wonderful invention?), and there are so many different types of formulas on the market. Lately I've been trying out Joico's Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo* ($19.95 CAD/200 ml), which claims to bring hair back to life just like a regular shampooing would!

"We sooo get it: There are days when a full-on shampoo just doesn't make the schedule. Or days when your hair just needs a little something-something… even if it’s merely the scent of a freshly-washed coif. The answer, invariably, is our Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo…magic-in-a-can that literally brings hair back to life in seconds, zapping the greasies, and creating the same kind of volume you get after a wet wash." - Joico

Joico Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo

Joico's Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo comes in a silver tall can with an aerosol sprayer. I know that people turn to dry shampoo for different reasons - some for added volume, some for texture, for a fresh scent, and lastly to soak up oils. I would fall into the latter category, I really only use dry shampoo on second or third day hair to absorb excess oils, and get me through to the next wash. Joico's Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo is just too lightweight for my needs. This formula gives you absolutely zero white residue - it's 100% colourless, which is a huge plus. But, this formula also doesn't soak up any oils, it mostly just refreshes my hair, and gives it a nice salon scent. You can spray on as much of this as you want, and you won't get any white colour, or any less oily. 

Joico Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo

So unfortunately, I'm going to have to give this product a pass. If you're looking for a product to lightly refresh & scent you hair, or if your hair is fine and thin, you might like this. Otherwise, I think that there are better dry shampoos on the market (I love Dove's Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo). 
What do you look for in a dry shampoo?

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss - Azalea

Smashbox has recently released their new Be Legendary Lip Gloss line, and I've already shown you Melondrama. Now I'm back with the shade Azalea* ($23/0.2 oz), which I have been loving! I'm really enjoying bright lip colours this Spring, and this gloss is bright without being too bold.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Azalea Packaging

"Inspired by photo gels found on set, Smashbox created this glassy gloss with a clear, hydrating base free of traditional heavy binders for a non-sticky finish. Then they infused the formula slowly with vibrant pigments using a careful mixing process for an ultrarefined pigmentation in which all of the gloss ingredients are perfectly dispersed. The result is a superlight, comfortable blend that you can hardly feel, but that still leaves a bold wash of gorgeous color—just like a photo gel." - Sephora

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Azalea

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Azalea Doe Foot Applicator

Smashbox's new Be Legendary Lip Gloss comes packaging in a clear rectangular bottle with a flattened doe foot applicator. There is a very slight scent to this gloss that slightly reminds me of Summer, but I can't quite put my finger on it. The larger doe foot applicator covers a lot of area - which is great for my large lips. However, this might be a bit too big for someone with thinner lips.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Azalea

The shade Azalea is a beautiful bright magenta with medium pigmentation. I really like how this looks on my bare lips, but if you prefer a completely opaque look, then you'll need to pair this with a lipstick. Azalea doesn't have any shimmer in it, just a smooth, creamy gloss. I think that this colour is perfect for Spring/Summer, and it pairs beautifully with a pink cheek and natural eyes. This formula is super glossy, and it feels lightweight on my lips. This is one of the most comfortable lip gloss formulas that I've ever tried - it's not sticky at all! Even still, this formula stays on my lips for 3 hours, which I find to be quite good for a gloss. This will withstand light eating and drinking, but you'll want to reapply after a full meal. 

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Azalea on lips

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Azalea swatch

I definitely think that Smashbox's Be Legendary Lip Gloss line is worth checking out, especially if you hate sticky gloss! I also think that this line is reasonably priced, and it's one of the more affordable high-end brands that you'll find at Sephora or Shoppers. Now I'm wanting to try out the shades Illume, Coquette, and Pink Lady! Have you tried out this new formula? What do you look for in a good gloss?

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Benefit Stay Flawless 15 - Hour Primer

There's something about Benefit's packaging - no matter what it is, I want to try it. Their Stay Flawless 15 - Hour Primer* ($38 CAD/15.5g) was no exception. I've heard a ton of mixed reviews on this primer, I just had to try it out for myself. 

Benefit Stay Flawless 15 - Hour Primer Packaging

"Take flawless into overtime! This instant PRO-long primer acts like a magnet to lock on your foundation for up to 15 fresh and flawless hours. The invisible stick-primer glides directly onto skin for optimal wear and a natural-looking finish." - Sephora
Benefit Stay Flawless 15 - Hour Primer

Benefit's Stay Flawless 15 - Hour Primer comes packaged in an adorable black and white polka dotted tube. The product twists up, and it includes a second plastic cap to keep the product nice and fresh. Be sure to keep this little plastic came (pictured below), because I've heard many girls say that their tube had dried out without it! 

Benefit Stay Flawless 15 - Hour Primer
Keep the cap!

This primer is beige in the tube, but it applies completely clear, so people of all skin tones will be able to use this product. I apply this primer right from the tube onto my entire face, and then pat in the product with my fingers. This primer feels silky, and melts into my skin easily. I'll then apply my foundation - I've tried both foundation sticks and liquid foundation. My foundation blends in nicely, and it truly does stay on all day long. I'm writing this review at 3 am (don't ask!), and my makeup still looks flawless. Now, I don't have oily skin, but I can still say that this primer prolongs life wear-time of my foundation. 

Benefit Stay Flawless 15 - Hour Primer

If you're looking for a primer to truly extend the life of your foundation, I think that this is a great option. The only con to this product is the price - at almost $40, this is definitely a splurge. However, I've found that using a good primer can make a drugstore foundation look even better, so you can save a bit of cash in that respect. Have you tried Benefit's Stay Flawless 15 - Hour Primer? I would love to hear your thoughts on this somewhat controversial product! People seem to either love or hate it! 

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Clinique Cheek Pop - Berry Pop

Clinique's Cheek Pops have taken over the beauty world lately, they're just SO CUTE! I'm a huge blush addict, so I was super excited to try out this new formula. Today I'll be sharing the shade Berry Pop* ($21 USD/$24 CAD/3.5 g) with you, which is actually more of a pink shade. 

Clinique Cheek Pop - Berry Pop

"Vibrant yet natural-looking cheek colour that looks virtually powderless. In a silky smooth, stay-true formula with shades for every skin tone. That just-pinched look, simply effortless." - Clinique 

Clinique Cheek Pop - Berry Pop

Clinique's Cheek Pops might just be the cutest blushes I've ever seen! The cute floral design just totally excites the girly girl in me. I was afraid that the design would be ruined after the first use, but it has been sticking around after several uses. This formula is quite hard, and I am used to a softer, creamier blushes formula, like NARS'. However, this blush still has good pigmentation, and it wears all day long on my cheeks without fading. 

Clinique Cheek Pop - Berry Pop

Clinique Cheek Pop - Berry Pop

This is a very buildable blush - you can apply a very sheer wash of colour, or it can be built up for a stronger cheek. This formula is very hard, which I wasn't expected - they almost feel like a baked product. Berry Pop is a slightly misleading name, as this shade is quite pink. I absolutely love pink blushes, they're definitely one of my weaknesses. This shade doesn't have any shimmer or glitter, but it does bring a nice glow to my cheeks. This colour applies really nicely, and the product almost melts into my skin, it doesn't sit on top of my cheeks. So you're left with a very natural blush look! Berry Pop stays looking vibrant for 12 hours on my cheeks, which definitely makes it a winner! As with all of Cliniques products, their Cheek Pops are fragrance free. 

Clinique Cheek Pop - Berry Pop on cheeks

Clinique Cheek Pop - Berry Pop on cheeks

Clinique Cheek Pop - Berry Pop swatches
Left - 2 swipes, right - sheered out

I do think that a big selling point for this blush is that adorable packaging - but the product inside is good too. This isn't the best blush formula that I've ever tried, but the colour is beautiful and very long-wearing. I hope that Clinique brings out more shades in this range, because there's only four available right now. Have you tried any of Clinique's new Cheek Pops? I also have the shade Peach Pop, so keep an eye out for that review! :)

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

OPI Let's Do Anything We Want!

Hello everyone! Today I'm back with another polish from OPI's Muppets Most Wanted Collection - Let's Do Anything We Want!* ($10.95 CAD/15 mL). This polish is a glitter top coat, and I decided to layer it over OPI's Pink Friday, a creamy light pink colour. 

OPI Let's Do Anything We Want

OPI Let's Do Anything We Want

OPI's Let's Do Anything We Want! is a girly and fun glitter top coat. Small pink, white, and silver glitter pieces are suspended in a clear base, along with medium size white squares. The white squares do require a bit of fishing, and I ended up with about 1-2 per nail. I decided to layer this glitter over a pink polish for a super girly mani, but of course you could layer it over any polish of your choosing. I just used one coat of OPI's Let's Do Anything We Want!, which gave me a good amount of glitter. You won't be able to make this glitter opaque on its' own, but with every additional coat you'll get a denser look.

OPI Let's Do Anything We Want

Have you checked out OPI's Muppets Most Wanted Collection? I think that this glitter top coat is interesting, and it's unique in my collection. What would you layer Let's Do Anything We Want! over? :)

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Earth Day: Boo Bamboo Revitalizing Conditioning Treatment

Happy Earth Day everyone! On Friday I shared my thoughts on Boo Bamboo's Boo Berry Colour Revitalizing Conditioning Treatment, and today I'm back with their Revitalizing Conditioning Treatment* ($9.99 CAD/120 mL). Boo Bamboo is a Canadian brand, and it would be a great brand to buy from this Earth Day!

Boo Bamboo Revitalizing Conditioning Treatment

"The ultimate restorative treatment. Its intense revitalizing formula with bamboo extract and organic protein absorbs quickly into your hair to repair and strengthen dry, over-processed hair." - Boo Bamboo

Boo Bamboo Revitalizing Conditioning Treatment

Boo Bamboo's Revitalizing Conditioning Treatment comes packaged in a small yellow plastic tub. This formula contains all natural and organic ingredients, is paraben & DEA free, and cruelty free & vegan. This conditioner can be used daily on very dry & thick hair, or weekly as an overnight hair mask. I like to use this as a traditional hair mask in the shower after shampooing. I'll apply a generous amount, concentrating on the bottom half of my hair. After about 5 minutes, I rinse with cold water to help seal the cuticle. This formula is very thick, and it has a light "shampoo" scent to it that I like. This tub doesn't contain a ton of product, so if you were to use it daily it wouldn't last you too long. This conditioning treatment leaves my hair shiny, reduces frizz, and hydrates without looking oily. Definitely a winner!

Boo Bamboo Revitalizing Conditioning Treatment

Boo Bamboo Revitalizing Conditioning Treatment

I'm really happy with this hair mask! If you're looking to support a Canadian company, and go a bit more natural with your hair care, then definitely check out Boo Bamboo. The brand also has a line of skin care, and I have a few products to try out. I always love finding new Canadian companies, and this one is even from Ontario, where I'm from! Yay for buying local! :)

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Kiehl's Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter

Just as I finished off my tub of Lush's Celebrate, I had a delivery from Kiehl's which included their Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter* ($46/226g). We might be heading into the warmer months now, but I use a body butter all year round - I just love having incredibly hydrated skin, who doesn't?


"This luxuriously scented cream is light on skin yet rich in 24-hour hydration. This formula is quickly absorbed to deliver deep moisturization with an addictive scent." - Kiehl's


Kiehl's Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter comes packaged in a simple yellow and white plastic tub. The product itself is a whipped yellow cream that kinda looks a lot like butter. However, it has a much better scent than butter, and won't leave you feeling greasy! This formula feels like a mix of a mousse, whipped body butter, it's really unique. The scent is wonderful, it's both soft & sweet. If you aren't a fan of heavy scents, then you might really like this one. I really can't pick out any individual notes, so it's a difficult scent to describe. Just think light, summery, beachy, sweet. 


I've been using this body butter all over my body at night, and I love that even though this formula is super hydrating, it still sinks in quickly. This formula almost melts into your skin, it must be the whipped formula. Kiehl's claims that this provides 24 hours of hydration, and I would have to agree! My skin feels supple and soft all day long, but the scent only lasts for about 3 hours. 


So thick and creamy!

This is definitely a splurge-worthy item. It's not cheap, but since you only need to use a small amount, this tub should last you quite a while. Now I'm really wanting to try out more products from Kiehl's Creme de Corps' line! Have you tried this body butter or any other products from this line? :)

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