More Minimalist NOTD!

Really liking this single dot nail art. There mere seconds it takes fits nicely with my schedule! For this round, I’ve used NYC Color in a Minute in Times Square (this is actually my second bottle, I like it so much! This incarnation is redder than it’s earlier counterpart which I used for this look here as well as this dotty experiment) and a Sally Hansen for the black dot. If you haven’t tried the NYC fast drying polish, you should! It’s $2 or less and dries faster and stays longer than any other fast drying versions I’ve tried!

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Minimal effort, maximum impact! I like it! The pale version of this can be seen here!

Friday tomorrow!!

Simple St. Patrick’s Day NOTD!

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What are your plans for St. Patrick’s Day? I might have a glass of wine, tops, and head to bed early. I wanted to do something quickly on the weekend for festive nails and was feeling lucky, so I slapped some green polish on, with some nail dotter blobs intended to hopefully look like clover.

I used Revlon ColorStay in Jungle, Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro in Rags to Riches (terrible this whole line has been discontinued, it was fantastic!) and a mini Revlon in Garden.

Rimmel Rage to Riches, Revlon Jungle, Revlon Garden

Rimmel Rags to Riches, Revlon Jungle, Revlon Garden

Clover!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

And with a layer of Essie As Gold As It Gets on top because I can’t help myself. Have a Happy St. Patrick’s day on Tuesday! And here’s a link to my St. Patrick’s Day look from last year! :)

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March Minimalist NOTD!

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Hi! March is here and the days are beautiful here in the Vancouver area in the middle of the day lately, although early mornings and nights are still frozen. Makes it hard to get dressed for the weather in the morning! I have no place complaining knowing what the rest of Canada is like right now, hope you guys are ok over there!

I managed to find a small scrap of time to do my nails this week, and even more astoundingly, find a second scrap of time to post it! These are some very minimalist nails with Cover Girl Constant Candy and one single simple dot of  OPI Black Onyx. It was inspired by a black polka dot ribbon off a perfume bottle, modeled below for extra polka-dotty effect!

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Has spring or better weather hit any of you guys yet?

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Teal & Gold NOTD

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Finding myself with a bit of much needed quiet time, I decided to do a NOTD! I’ve missed them. Today’s nails have a tealy aqua-blue base with some gold dots. I used Reitman’s Aqua Mineral for the base and Avon Gel Finish 7 in 1 nail enamel for the dots. And of course my favourite NYC fast drying top coat.

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I liked the results, super simple, easy and cute.

Hope you’re all doing well!

Some Sunscreen Bull Shite

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A reblog from me is rare, but this one is highly worthy of sharing!

Originally posted on Realize Beauty:

Ok so I’ve been digging around in the world of sunscreen education / communication again and I saw this still going around:

UVA is for Ageing

UVB is for Burning

As if ‘we’ are participating in some simple fairy tale………

Well we are not five years old people, we are mature adults and UVA is NOT for ageing and UVB is NOT for burning.  The split between UVA and UVB is somewhat arbitrary in as much as the point in which one becomes another for SUNSCREENS sake is man-made.

What the skin sees is the sun in all its glory – a continuous stream of rays of varying wavelength, some short, some long and some in-between.  We need to think of sunlight as a symphony and not just a breakdown of its notes – quality based not quantity based.

OK so back to the A is ageing and B is…

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Avon Gel Finish 7 in 1 Nail Enamel

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Avon Gel Finish – Glimmer, Very Berry, Inked Up

Hi! I wanted to quickly share this Avon polish I tried recently! I didn’t have time to do full, shiny swatches for you but I did remember to take a picture of each one I hastily slapped on my nails on a busy work night! Simply put, this polish is pretty darn good. I’ve never worn gel polish, so I can’t make a direct comparison between that and this Avon one which claims to have “gel finish”. I will say that most polishes chip within a day, and is pretty unsightly within a couple of days. But not these ones! Each of the above shades stayed on my nails, with minimal chips, for a full work week. This is unheard of for me!

I picked up Glimmer, a beige gold with some micro flake glitter, Inked Up, a deep, dark inky navy blue creme without a spec of glitter, and Very Berry, a gorgeous perfect pinky purpley red. They applied smoothly, drying time was reasonable, wear time was fantastic and it even removed easily when I finally wanted to take it off. Below are some pictures taken quickly, first Very Berry (after a full day’s wear), then Inked Up, again after a day’s wear (covered in a gold flake top coat – sorry!) with Glimmer on the index finger.

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Avon Gel Finish Very Berry

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Avon Gel Finish Inked Up, Glimmer, gold flake top coat

I’m talking myself into getting more, this formula is great! If you’re into green shades, do yourself a favour and look up a swatch of the Avon Gel Finish in “Envy”, wow!

Enjoy your week!

Manuka Honey Peel-Off Face Mask by Montagne Jeunesse

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Manuka Honey Peel Off Mask

I’m a bit particular about facial masks. My oily skin doesn’t need a moisturizing mask, plus I don’t see the point of slapping it on only to rinse it off a few minutes later. Mud masks perplex me as well. Despite occasionally (and very temporarily) improving my skin texture, I don’t see how it is possible for them to “draw out impurities” (whatever those are. Is it a mud attracting dirt theory?) But peel off masks I really like. They take along with them a layer of dead skin, leaving you looking fresher with less annoying dry winter skin flakies!

Tiffany from ObsessedCanada offered to send me a selection of Montagne Jeunesse face masks, and I was excited to pick out some peel off masks. As I only have one face, I will be featuring them one at a time in separate reviews. Today’s review is for the Manuka Honey one!

Back of Manuka Honey Mask Package

Back of Manuka Honey Mask Package

This mask really smells like honey. A very floral honey (jasmine). It is intense, but lovely, as I really like honey! This scent does linger after the mask is removed as well. The texture and colour is also very honey like, thankfully without as much stickiness. It smooths on evenly without any trouble, and dries to a thin, solid, easy to peel off finish.

Ingredients of Manuka Honey Mask

Ingredients of Manuka Honey Mask

I really enjoyed the smooth feel of my skin after this mask, and would absolutely use it again! I got 2 uses out of the package ($1.99) just by keeping the remainder left inside the package, folded over then in a zip bag. If you are into peel off masks and honey, give this a try! Montagne Jeunesse products are cruelty free and made in the UK. This package contained 10mls of mask.

Thanks again to ObsessedCanada. Looking forward to trying the rest of the masks!

November Empties!

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This month has flown by for me, despite being full of rain, more rain only heavier, below freezing temperatures and even some snow, which is thankfully rare in Vancouver. I don’t like being so busy that I can’t post, and it’s been far too long. Long enough to have lots of empties! Plus one item that is not used up but was so bad it needs to go!

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November Empties!

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1) Yves Rocher Yellow Peach Shower Gel

This was a pretty standard liquid soap/shower gel with a peachy fragrance. The peach scent was fresh and not overly ripe, but a little powdery which bothered me enough to not want to repurchase. The bottle was a generous 400ml/13.4 oz.

2) Aussie You Can Shine Hairspray

This was decent enough hairspray, it did it’s job. Had a nice citrusy fruity smell. I didn’t notice any stickiness or crispness. I would repurchase this if I found it on sale, which is how I found this can!

3) Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti Frizz Serum

Although most silicone serums for frizzy hair are mostly the same, this is one of my favourites. It has a nice fruity scent standard for any Fructis product, and has a thinner, easier to spread consistency which helps when you have super long, super fine hair like mine. The pump is also a winner. This is my second or third bottle of this and I will continue to rebuy until I can’t find it anymore!

4) Avon Moisture Therapy Calming Relief Creamy Body Wash

Although I would also recommend this for a body wash, I use it on my face! It removes makeup really well, does not irritate, and doesn’t leave any residue. If you have really dry skin I wouldn’t recommend use on your face but it does a great job on my oily skin! Contains oatmeal to soothe dry, tight, itchy skin. Been through many tubes of this!

5) Smashbox Full Exposure Eyeshadow Sampler

Now this one isn’t so much empty as it is impossible to use. The little patches of eye shadow sample were so dry and stuck on that application was impossible. I made the mistake of trying to make this work on a work day and had to scrap it mid way through. I’m sure the actual product is easier to use than this sample, but this sample has made me never want to try the real thing it was so bad. Complete failure in execution. Below is a picture of the tiny amount I managed to scrape off the card.

Smashbox Full Exposure Eye Shadow Sample

Smashbox Full Exposure Eye Shadow Sample

6) Neutrogena Acne Stress Control – 3 in 1 Hydrating Acne Treatment

I wouldn’t really call this hydrating so much as it is smoothing, and I can’t even comment on the stress control claim! The silicone base makes your skin feel soft and smooth, while being at the right ph level for the salicylic acid to do it’s work. If I stop using this for a few days, I can feel and see the negative effect in my skin, getting flakier with more clogged pores. I will buy this as long as I can find it in Canada, as there is no other affordable, gentle, effective salicylic acid leave on treatment option that I am aware of in the country. Clean & Clear has a version of something similar which is only available in the US, and everything else I can find here has alcohol and other irritants in it.

7) NYC Color in a New York Minute – Grand Central Station

How often is it you finish a bottle of nail polish before it goes all weird on you? This isn’t my first finished bottle of the fast drying NYC clear coat, and certainly not my last. I will buy this as long as I can still find it in Canada. Currently I have to purchase it online to find it at all! Fantastic product. Did a full review here.

8) Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait

I usually reach for pinks and reds, but somehow this peachy lip butter with tiny golden flecks has managed to work itself in many daily looks! It complements both warm and cooler eye looks and doesn;t look garish under fluorescent lighting. It has well earned it’s place as a daily favourite. Will I buy again? Absolutely, just waiting for a sale! The are otherwise around $10 in Canada.

9) L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara – Black

It may have been in blackest black or carbon black, I don’t remember, but it was, and is, a great mascara! This is the closest in formulation and brush as my long discontinued in Canada old favourite Full n’ Soft Mascara. It doesn’t clump too much, it holds a curl better than some, doesn’t flake (until you get to the end of the lifespan of the tube) and is perfectly waterproof without being too much of a pain to wash off. I will continue buying this when found on sale as long as it’s being made!

Hope everyone had a good November and you’re staying warm! Or cool if you’re one of my Aussie readers!

 

 

Nivea Body Care Products Reviewed (with Bonus Eye Care Review!)

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Nivea Body Care Products

Although not officially winter, it seems to be freezing and snowing all over, even here on the west coast where our winters are traditionally blankets of grey clouds and dreary rain! With wintery weather, comes along my dry, itchy, flaky, unhappy and generally disagreeable skin. I’ve tried just about everything, and I am reviewing some of the better performing drugstore options today! Reviewed from left to right as shown above.

Nivea Firming Body Milk Q10 Plus, 473ml (white, left most bottle)

This one comes in a slightly smaller bottle than Nivea’s other lotion offerings, but is a still generous size at 473ml. It contains Q10 (Ubiquinone) which is a potent antioxidant. There are studies proving it’s effectiveness when taken internally but I can’t seem to find much about it’s effects when used topically. I do know I like antioxidants in my skin care as I know they help reduce UV damage, so I suppose that’s enough for me to appreciate it.

The lotion has a very green floral scent which does fade in time. I like fragrance and it doesn’t bother my skin but it worth mentioning in the event it does irritate yours. This one seems to take a while longer to soak in, and leaves a soft feeling with a tiny  bit of slippery residue which I think might be the macadamia nut oil. In the summer this sticky leftover feeling bothered me, now in the winter it’s more than welcome! It does help me feel moisturized for a longer period of time. Although Nivea rates this as somewhere midway between light and rich moisture, its a fairly rich moisturizer for me due to the macadamia nut oil.

Nivea claims this lotion will improve your skin’s elasticity. I cannot attest to this claim, and I don’t have such high standards for my lotions. I just don’t think it’s possible to greatly change the qualities of my skin with a non prescription body lotion. Of course I wouldn’t mind if it did however!

I would recommend this for someone who is interested in antioxidants in their skin care, likes oils and the feeling of light oil in their skin care, and likes fresh green floral scents.

Nivea Extra Nourishing Body Milk, Dry to Very Dry Skin  625ml (blue bottle in middle)

This bottle is huge! This one contains almond oil, consistently popular in hand and nail products. The formula is incredibly thick, heavy, and rich, which after careful testing and consideration I’ve determined to be due to a huge amount of the thickening agent isohexadecane in the formulation – it’s the third ingredient after water and mineral oil! Well, even if it’s just for marketing purposes, the result is a very luxurious experience when applying. It feels like a real treat for your skin going on.

The fragrance of this one needs to be mentioned. It’s not your typical light lotiony fragrance. This one is very decidedly perfumey. In fact, when it dries down, it reminds me a bit of J’adore! Clean, very fresh, somewhat sophisticated even, for a lotion.

The package doesn’t claim to do anything other than smooth and soften your dry skin, which it does, as would any decent lotion. The formula is an oilier one, which I do like. Despite being oilier, my skin seems to just drink it right up! I do notice, however, that my skin sometimes feels a bit drier a while after using it. I’m wondering if it’s an after effect of the huge amount of thickening agent, as I think I’m applying a lot of moisture when I really might not be. I’ve also just noticed that sea salt is in the ingredient list, and it might have something to do with that. This isn’t enough to stop me from liking it enough to at least finish the bottle.

I would recommend this for someone who likes a heavier oil in their body care products, seeks out very fragranced products, and has normal to dry skin. I don’t think this will be the right kind of moisture for very dry, or very sensitive skin.

Nivea Happy Time Shower Cream 500ml (white bottle on the right)

This formula contains the ever popular sweet almond oil and bamboo extract, which is intended to improve your skin’s collagen and elastin. As I don’t think a body wash can actually do that, and it doesn’t actually claim to, I will review it as just a body wash.

The fragrance is advertised to be an invigorating orange blossom scent. I personally find this to be more orange creamsicle rather than orange blossom. It’s definitely more food than floral. There is a light trail of flowers underneath the orange creamsicle. It’s nice, soft, fresh, in no way over powering and somewhat refreshing.

The formula itself is rich, smooth, creamy and lathers well, with lots of soft bubbles. It doesn’t seem to make my skin feel weird, red or itchy after a few uses like some body washes do (looking in your direction, Olay…) As a body wash, it does it’s job, and you get a generous amount for the price.

I would recommend this to someone who prefers a slightly more moisturizing body wash and likes the idea of eating orange creamsicles in a summer flower garden.

Bonus!  Nivea Visage Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Eye Care 15ml (tiny little tube at the top!)

I am not of the school of thought that a separate eye cream is necessary, and that if you have a properly formulated wrinkle/skin care system for the rest of your face, you should be able to use it around the eye area as well. This was passed along to me by my mother, who didn’t like it as it stung the skin around her eyes – pretty much a mark of failure in a product intended to be formulated specifically for that area! Well, I tried it out, and wouldn’t you know it, it stung the skin under my eyes as well. Not even retinol products do that. I couldn’t use it long enough to form an educated opinion on it’s claim to reduce dark under eye circles, but I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be able to do that anyway. I might use this up as a cuticle cream.  I will be sticking with my Neutrogena Anti-Wrinkle Cream for now!

I would recommend this product for someone with very agreeable skin, impervious to any reactions or stinging from any product at all (which I usually am!) who is looking for light moisture and no miracles whatsoever.

Hope everyone is making it through their fall/winter so far! Stay warm!

Happy Halloween!

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Hi! Happy Halloween! Boo!

Of course I’ve seen dozens of super cute, incredibly creative and inspirationally awesome Halloween manicures on your blogs out there, but I am really pressed for time these days! I still wanted to do something, and had this adorable press on pumpkin, so this is what I ended up with! This little pumpkin stayed on far longer than anticipated (it was from a kids press on set!) The sparkly black is the Hard Candy Bite of Black I received in this Hard Candy Prize Pack!

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What are you doing for Halloween? Tell me about your costumes, so I can live vicariously! :)

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