Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser Review

I picked up Fresh's Soy Face Cleanser  back in January when it was recommended to me during my Sephora Personal One-On-One Experience. I wanted an effective, but gentle gel cleanser that would clean out my pores and remove everyday makeup without drying out my skin. Oh, and I wanted something with a nice scent. Not too much to ask, I think.

According to Fresh, this is an "extra-gentle gel cleanser that instantly whisks away everyday impurities and makeup-even mascara-without stripping the skin of essential moisture." In other words, it's exactly what I was looking for. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a little too gentle for my needs. Did this product wash off my BB cream and pressed powder? Yes. But my mascara? Nope, at least not fully (and no, I'm not wearing a waterproof product). It also struggled with removing some eyeshadows.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Glossier Body Hero Daily Oil Wash And Perfecting Cream Review

This morning, when I entered my ensuite shortly following Husband's shower, I noticed a distinctive smell: Orange blossom neroli. I immediately had two thoughts (1) He'd been using one (or maybe both) of my Glossier Body Hero products and (2) hey, I haven't written a review yet about either the Daily Oil Wash or the Perfecting Cream.

These two products were released back in September and have been reviewed to death so I'm not completely sure why I'm writing this. Maybe it's for all the people who haven't yet been taken in by the beauty cult otherwise known as Glossier.

I was a late convert. There was no way I was going to spend my cash on any brand, no matter what the reviews, that I couldn't touch first. Then shortly after Body Hero was released, Glossier held a popup in Toronto. There, I tried the two Body Hero items out and maybe it was because the popup was a noisy, scent-laded circus but I wasn't wowed. The oil felt nice but seemed potentially messy while the cream left my skin almost sparkly. And that amazing scent? At the popup, it was overwhelming.

Then I received the Body Hero duo for Christmas and soon I fell in love with it.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadow High Impact Eyeshadow Review

Last summer I had the opportunity to test out Make Up For Ever's then-new Aqua XL Color Paint eye colour. I absolutely loved this product. So when MUFE asked if I wanted to try out a couple Artist Color Shadow High Impact Eyeshadow colours (disclaimer: I got this product for free) I of course said yes. While the primary goal behind this offer was to show off MUFE's refillable case system (more on that below), I was more curious about whether I'd prefer these powdered shadows over the liquid Color Paint.

And it turns out that I like Color Paint better. But only because of my own personal preferences: I find liquid products easier to work with and I just loved the khaki shade that my Color Paint tube came in. But if you prefer a powdered eyeshadow and I think most people doyou're probably going to love Artist Color Shadow.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

My February 2018 Topbox Review

For the first time ever (or at least that I can remember) I didn't get the Privé Topbox that I requested. Each month, Topbox offers subscribers the chance to request one of its "Privé" boxes, brand-specific creations that list off their contents. One of February's Privé offerings was for a new makeup line and it featured deluxe-sized samples of a foundation, a concealer, a powder and a couple other products. In other words, it was a really, really good box and I really hoped that I would get it.

But I didn't get it and instead was send a regular Topbox. At least though it was a pretty good box. Here's what I received this month:
  • Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Metal in Crimson Chrome (deluxe sample
  • The Face Shop MASK.LAB Anti-Aging Foil Face Mask (one regular mask)
  • LARITZY Cosmetics Eye Pencil in Shimmer (full size)
  • Wella Professionals Oil Reflections Luminous Shampoo (50ml)
  • Wella Professionals Oil Reflections Luminous Conditioner (50ml)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Deciem The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Review

What grade would you give your skin? If it's a B, maybe a B+, I know of a product that might take your skin to an A: The Ordinary's Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%.

According to Deciem, "Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is indicated to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion" while "A high 10% concentration of this vitamin is supported in the formula by zinc salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid to balance visible aspects of sebum activity." In other words, this serum-like product is supposed to give you clearer, brighter, healthier looking skin.

And I found that it did kind of do this. Using it on the parts of my face that were already at B-level did result in visibly improved skin, taking it up to an A-level. I'd put this on at night and when I'd wake up the next morning, my skin would be soft, smooth and clear.