Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Life Brand Exfoliating Foot Mask Review

Last January I tried out Look Beauty's Feetreat Pedi Exfoliating foot mask. It was a huge disappointment as the mask failed to do much of anything, let alone give me the baby smooth feet I was after. Clearly having not learned my lesson when it comes to foot masks, I decided to start this year off with another one, this time made by Shopper Drug Mart's Life brand.

The mask looked promising. According to the packaging, it uses "AHA, salicylic acid and lime caviar extract" to "help remove dead skin cells, revealing a new layer of skin and improved skin texture." While I don't know much about "lime caviar" other than that it's a fruit, AHA and salicylic are ingredients that could indeed deliver the baby smooth feet that I'm after.

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA Review

After taking a detour to blog about my Sephora Personal One-On-One session, it's time to get back to reviewing the many Deceim serums and creams that I've been using since early November.

Want a simple, natural moisturizer made up of ingredients that you can easily pronounce? Then pass on this daily face moisturizer by acclaimed Canadian beauty company Deceim. But if you want an easy-to-use moisturizer that adds hydration without shine or a high price tag then you'll want to keep reading about Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

My January 2017 Topbox

I was so spoiled by all of the Sephora freebies that I received last week that my usual enthusiasm for my monthly Topbox delivery was lacking this time around. Good thing because what I received in my January box is rather blah. Okay, it's not exactly a bad shipment; I will use all four items. And one of the products is something that I wanted to try. But still, it's hardly an exciting or interesting box; after all, it contains two moisturizers.

Here's how Topbox is starting off my 2018:
  • Cake Heavy Cream Intensely Smoothing Body Butter Balm (30ml)
  • GLAMGLOW Waterburst™ Hydrated Glow Moisturizer (5ml)
  • Cougar Cosmetics Perfect Pout Volume & Shape Definition (full size)
  • Nioxin Instant Fullness Dry Cleanser (43g)

Monday, January 15, 2018

Sephora's Personal One-On-One Experience - A Review

Before we started
I cannot believe that my Personal One-On-One experience at Sephora was only last week. Since then, I posted one related blog post, got really sick, saw my daughter get really sick and got to take my first (overnight!) trip to Sick Kids. But now everyone is feeling better and I can finally share my thoughts on where or not this $125 session is worth it.

Quick verdict: Yes! Sephora offers three different "makeover"-type packages at three price points: $50, $75 and $125. If you have the time, are near a Sephora and plan on spending a bit of cash at the store, you might as well get more for your money and book one of these experiences. In addition to getting custom advice that should steer you towards products that will actually work for you, you'll get a professional facial or makeup job and I suspect that you'll also always get a few great freebies (I certainly did).

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

My Sephora Personal One-On-One Haul

In the fall I recently received a nice, fat gift card to Sephora. After spending a fraction of it on a Christmas gift for my sister and a little something for myself (Kat Von D's Alchemist Holographic Palette, review coming), I put it aside. I want to make the most of this gift card so I decided that I'd aim to spend $350 of it this calendar year so that I can reach VIB status. I also decided that I'd try to spend it in $50, $75 or $125 chunks so that I could take advantage of Sephora's makeover offerings.

I happened to have a birthday party to attend last Saturday night so I figured that that was a good of reason as any to start really spending my gift card. Since I was in need of a few key products, I booked myself a personal one-on-one session at Sephora's Bloor St. location in Toronto.

I'll write about that experience in more detail later this week but for now, I want to show off what I got because I received a ton off goodies. Yes, I had to spend over $125 to get all this stuff but hey, I was going to do that anyway

What I purchased

  • FRESH Soy Face Cleanser
  • Peter Thomas Roth 8% Glycolic Solutions Toner
  • Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral-Rich Moisturizer

My freebies, all deluxe samples

  • Giorgio Armanie Eyes To Kill Classico Mascara
  • Make Up For Ever Step 1 Redness Correcting Primer
  • Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Skin Booster
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion
  • NARS The Multiple in Orgasm
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
  • Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment
  • Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder
  • Tarte Ready, Set, Radiant Skin Mist
  • Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle 24k Gold Intense Sheet Mask (this is worth $14!)
  • Peter Thomas Roth water bottle