Neutrogena has released their new Healthy Skin Booster line of cleansers just in time to freshen up for the season. The two new face cleaners have a fresh and bright smell of white tea and lemon. It’s really refreshing for summer.
For everyday use there is the daily cleanser. It leaves you face feeling clean without ever drying it out. Your face feels dewy, clean and moisturized after using.
For a tougher clean there is the exfoliating scrub. I have pretty tough skin, but cleansers are the one thing that makes my face dry. This new
Scrub never makes my face feel tight and uncomfortable.
If you are in need of a new cleanser for the summer, try Neutrogena’s for something strong and gentle at the same time.
I am going to be honest and admit that I always thought eye creams were a money grab. I always assumed that you could use your regular moisturizer. I figured as I got older bags and dark circles were inevitable. I would still go through phases of using them just to entertain the idea that there was life without dark circles. For the first time ever, I am seeing real results thanks to Lise Watier.
I had this little eye cream for a long time before I started using it. Like I said, I didn’t have any faith in it, so why rush. I used it once or twice before I started to give it a real commitment. After I started using it regularly I started thinking, ‘Gee, I look good today’ or ‘Hmm, I look younger.’ I didn’t think much of it. That wasn’t until I started noticing that the dark circles I have had around my eyes for my entire life were getting lighter.
This wasn’t just age it was erasing, but darkness I can always remember having. The skin under my eyes looks and feels tighter as well. I wish I had a before and after picture, but I didn’t take a picture because I didn’t expect it to work.
I wouldn’t consider myself old just yet, but this Lise Watier eye cream is already making me look younger. As a part of the Lift & Firm 3D collection, I wish I had the other products in the line to see what else it could do for me! I am ready for old age now! Nothing can stop these eyes!
With all the summer nail polish we’ve swatched this year, there really haven’t been enough true neon shades. But when we received the Quo By Orly Summer 2015 Neon collection I knew I found the shades I’ve been waiting for. I’ve used quite a few Quo By Orly polishes in the past with the uneven brushes and consequent application issues. This neon collection does have the same brush issues but the formulas are fantastic and I didn’t have any problems with application at all. Unlike most neons, these dry shiny and have some serious wear time. I went almost a week with Hype with minimal tip wear. I used Seche Vite with all of these.
Adrenaline is a neon lime green with a lot of yellow in it. And while it’s not a shade I would normally go for, for a neon it’s spectacular. Two coats and a top coat and it was perfect.
I found Jawbreaker to be more neon coral than neon orange and it’s really much brighter than the photo shows. This is going to be my next pedi shade.
It’s so hard to get a true neon purple but Rush comes pretty close. It’s not quite as in your face as the others but it’s so pretty in person.
I must be on a hot pink kick lately because Hype was by far my favourite. And I got full coverage and a week with minimal tip wear from one coat. Hype is going to be on my nails a lot this summer.
You can only get Quo By Orly polishes at Shoppers Drug Mart and the neons are limited edition, so if you love them like I do, run and grab them.
Regular soap sometimes feels like it’s a thing of the past. Micellar cleansers are the latest and hottest way to clean your face. Micelles are molecules in the cleansers that eat up fatty acids like makeup, dust and anything else on the skin. We tried four top micellar products all with different pros to see who should use which one.
Quick & Easy – Marcelle 3 In 1 Micellar Solution
The best part about cleaning your face with a micellar solution is how easy it is. Marcelle has made it as easy as you can get with their pump system. Just apply it onto your cotton pad with a couple of pumps and wipe your face clean. It removes your makeup and gets your face clean in seconds.
Specialized – L’Oreal Paris Sublime Soft Micellar Gelee Eye Makeup Remover
While other micellar cleaners remove all of your makeup, this one is specialized to only remove eye makeup. This is a gel based remover that is thicker than other micellar products. It’s just as easy though. Less is more with this cleaner as you want to use a little to remove any mascara you have. It’s tougher to remove waterproof makeup, but it still does the trick.
Au Naturale – Simple Cleansing Micellar Water
If you want something simple and gentle, but still effective this is the cleaner for you. This version of micellar water is easy to use. It’s water based, so you should be careful when you are putting it on the cotton pad, but otherwise it’s so easy to use! You just wipe away your makeup, no rinsing required. This version is great because it has no dyes or perfumes and nothing that can irritate your skin.
Most Moisturizing – Vichy Purete Thermale Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil
This micellar cleaner is the most different from the rest. Unlike the others this oil based cleaner requires you to rinse your face afterwards. It feels silly, but after all of these other no rinse cleanser, this one actually felt like hard work. Unlike the rest, this one leaves your skin feeling much more moisturized than the rest. It leaves your face feeling soft and smooth.
I recently became pretty obsessed with Too Faced’s original Melted Lipstick and I’ve been wearing Candy (a shade no one would ever guess I’d pick) pretty much non stop. So I was really happy when we got a chance to try four shades of the newest version, Melted Metal.
Melted Metal Liquified Metallic Lipstick is the same idea as the regular Melted Lipstick. They come in a tube with a precision tip so you don’t need a brush, though you can definitely use one. They’re extremely creamy and easy to apply and they last for hours. Even the delicious candy scent is the same. The only difference I’ve noticed is they don’t dry to a creamy matte. Instead you get a metallic shine that doesn’t fade in five minutes.
Bunny, Dream House, Tu-Tu, Violet
We got to try Melted Metallic Bunny (metallic bubblegum pink), Melted Metallic Dream House (metallic electric fuchsia), Melted Metallic Tu-Tu (metallic warm flamingo) and Melted Metallic Violet (metallic violet orchid). It’s so hard for me to decide what my favourite shade is. Dream House is closest to Candy but there’s an occasion for every shade. I did noticed that Violet was a little more watery than the others and takes a little longer to dry but you still get the same effect and wear time.
I’m so in love with these Melted Metals that I’ve decided to not pick a favourite and just use all of them and maybe combine a couple and see what new shades I can come up with.
We’re always looking for new Canadian makeup companies and if the makeup happens to be free of harsh chemicals like SST’s, it’s a bonus. The Quintessential collection consists of two eyeshadow duos, an eyeshadow single, a lipstick and a lip polish (lip gloss). Even though this is SST’s spring line, the shades are also perfect for summer.
We tried half of the collection starting with the Mild Eyeshadow Combo. At first glance the neutral beige and gold shimmer shades weren’t all that exciting to me but the shadows are so great to work with and easy to blend that I started using them quite a bit during the day. These shadows last a really long time.
Vital, Stripped, Mild Combo
Next up was the Stripped Hydrating Lipstick. I love this shade and it has so many great things in it like grape seed oil and cocoa butter that I was really expecting a super creamy lipstick. What I got was a grainy lipstick too uncomfortable to wear for longer than an hour which is too bad because this pink-nude is probably a great shade for a ton of skin tones. It’s a little better if you add the lip polish over it so I’ve been doing that.
High Shine Lip Polish in Vital is pretty aptly named because it’s definitely the most need product in the Quintessential collection. This soft plum lip gloss is really creamy and doesn’t get sticky, it even passed the hair in wind test. It lasts for a pretty decent amount of time but since it’s not sticky or gloopy I don’t mind reapplying.
I was really impressed with SST cosmetics for the most part and I can’t wait to try more products from them.
I’m not really a fan of electric toothbrushes so I generally stick to a manual but I’m a little bit of a germophobe so when I was introduced to the idea of Foreo’s Issa silicone toothbrush I had to try it. I’ve honestly never seen a toothbrush even remotely like this one. Since it’s silicone, it’s a lot more anti-bacterial than any other toothbrush I’ve used.
The Issa has eight speeds to choose from and it reminds you to change areas every thirty seconds while you’re brushing and to stop brushing at two minutes. My gums almost always bleed when I brush my teeth but the Issa is so gentle that I haven’t had that happen a single time in the few months I’ve been using it. My teeth feel like they’ve just been cleaned at the dentist when I’m done using it. I haven’t noticed a difference in whiteness but my teeth just feel so much cleaner overall.
You charge it through a USB post and one charge is supposed to last six months. Unfortunately my Issa must have some kind of defect because it’s never held a charge for more than a week. At first I thought it was because I was leaving it in a metal toothbrush holder but when I leave it on the counter the same thing happens. That said, it’s worth it to me to charge it more often because of the results I get. Brushing also seems a little more fun with the Issa.
While it’s quite a bit pricier than a regular toothbrush (around $200) the benefits outweigh the negatives. If you have sensitive teeth and gums, are a little bit of a germaphobe or just want a toothbrush that’s effective but you don’t have to throw out every three months (you change the brush head once a year), you need to give Foreo’s Issa a try. It’ll completely change how you think about brushing your teeth.