Friday, August 18, 2017

Laritzy Undressed Liquid Lip Stain Review

On me the colour is closer to the tube than
the swatch
A big thanks to Topbox for introducing me to my new favourite lip product: Laritzy's Undressed Liquid Lip Stain in Pebble. I've been wearing this item almost daily for the past weeks and I'll thrilled with how it looks, how easy it is to apply and how I can easily transform it.

Until this year, I'd never heard of Laritzy. It turns out that it's a recently launched, US-based cosmetic company that, "...uses the highest quality skin-loving ingredients that moisturize and condition your skin at the same time." All of its products are, "cruelty-free, vegan-friendly" and "...free of parabens, BHT, BHA and phthalates."

Topbox initially sent me a lip liner from them, which I haven't really gotten around to trying. Then in July I received this lip stain. That box arrived just before I was headed out on vacation so I've only recently gotten to know my new favorite lip colour.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

My August 2017 Topbox

When I initially opened my August Topbox this morning, I was underwhelmed. It contained only four items and while one is technically full-size, there was no big product. But then I sat down and actually examined the four things that I had received and I realized that while this box might not be big or flashy, it's actually pretty good because I'll use every item that I was sent. Here's what I ended up this month:
  • Barefoot Venus Green Tea Body Wash (deluxe-sized tube)
  • Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow in Rock Bottom (full size)
  • Danny Co. Satin Smooth Skincare Lightning Lift Gel (7ml)
  • shu uemura POREfinist anti-shine fresh cleansing oil (6ml)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cover Girl Clean Matte Pressed Powder Review


Last month I went on vacation. The night before I left my house, I made sure that I packed all of my essential makeup items in my hot pink Clinique toiletry bag (yep, it was a free gift). Well, almost all of my essential makeup items. I deliberately left out my Make Up For Ever HD Ultra pressed powder because I knew I would be using it prior to leaving for the airport. My plan was to pop it into my daughter's diaper bag after I had applied it. But guess what happened. Yep, I forgot to pack my beloved powder.

So a few weeks ago I found myself in a rural Alberta Shoppers Drug Mart looking for a new pressed powder that would help keep my makeup in place while fighting shine. On the advice of the store's beauty consultant, I ended up taking home Cover Girl's Clean Matte pressed powder. It's been years - no, decades - since I've used Cover Girl but I figured if the beauty consultant liked it, I would to.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Nexxus City Shield Shampoo, Conditioner & Damage Defense Hair Crème Review

Back in June, I attended a Today's Parent-sponsored event at the Joe Fresh on Queen W. that gave me a 25% discount on my purchases, free wine and a swag bag. This wasn't an exclusive event, anyone could go, and because of that I didn't have high hopes for the swag bag. So I was quite surprised to discover that the bag contained, among other goodies, full-sized bottles of Nexxus' City Shield shampoo, conditioner and a leave-in product called Damage Defense Hair Crème.

Even better was discovering that this line is basically designed for me. According to Nexxus, this line "offers a reinvigorating veil of protection against the environment, controlling frizz, making your hair manageable and giving it a natural-looking healthy shine," with the Damage Defense Hair Crème having a "... Salon crafted formula (that) smoothes and defends fine to medium hair " As a city-dweller with frizz-prone fine hair, this line sounded perfect to me.

Friday, August 4, 2017

L'Oreal Hydra Genius For Normal to Oily Skin Review

I'm a big fan of matte skin so I was thrilled when a sample of L'Oreal's Hydra Genius for Normal to Oily Skin showed up in my April Topbox. With claims like "Excess shine is reduced" and "Skin looks mattified and fresh," this sounds like the perfect product for me. I wanted to use it right away but I knew that if I tried it out in April, I'd be wasting my sample. So instead I held on to it until July, the sweaty month.

"Inspired by Korean technology," L'Oreal states that this moisturizer is, "...a boost of water for the skin, continuously refreshing it with hydration."  I only had enough product to use this product each morning for a little less than a week so I can't comment on the company's claim that, "Skin feels softer and more supple. After 4 weeks."

But I can comment on the texture. L'Oreal claims that, "This formula is air light and glides on easily for quick absorption, leaving skin feeling refreshed and mattified." And yeah, it really did absorb like, well, air. It also left my skin looking really matte. Maybe a little too matte.