Spray deodorant has gotten a bad reputation. I will admit it; even I didn’t have a great opinion on aerosol deodorants. I had heard such good things about the Dove Dry Spray that I needed to try it!
I had to say I am so impressed. My whole opinion on spray deodorants has done total 360! The Dove Dry Spray is pretty remarkable.
First of all, I love the smell. I got the Cool Essentials cucumber scent. It’s so nice after a lifetime of baby powder and sweet fruity and floral deodorants. It has a light refreshing scent. It doesn’t linger either. I hate it when all I can smell all day is my deodorant. I’m glad it’s working, but I have a shelf of perfume that I would rather smell!
Like all of those spray deodorants that you remember, this one does spray fast when you press the button. It’s a strong aerosol, so be ready. I remember the sprays of yesteryear being too strong though. I remember that you couldn’t hold it too close to your skin or it would hurt. I also remember that you couldn’t apply it after you shaved without getting a very unpleasant surprise. Those fears are gone, so you can spray with confidence. I am still a bit nervous when I press the button, but I am quickly getting over it.
It leaves my skin feels so clean and fresh and dry. There is no dampness or wetness at all. It somehow makes me feel more confident. I’m not at all worried about wetness or sweating. My skin in my underarms feels great and soft.
I know that it says that it lasts for 48 hours, but I don’t know if I trust it that much. I have been reapplying it every day. That said I have felt confident enough to work all day and play sports in the evening with this spray deodorant, so that is saying something! Dove is all about feeling beautiful in your own skin and I never thought that a simple deodorant could make me feel more confident, but they have done it!
It’s been a cold, cold month here in Toronto! See what has been getting me through this month:
The Body Shop Sweet Almond Oil Nail Polish Remover
I heard that this nail polish remover smelled really, really bad. It does. It’s true! Don’t blow it off because of that. This nail polish remover does so much more good than just smelling bad in the bottle. Yes, it removes nail polish. It also moisturizes my cuticles and makes my nails and skin feel so soft. Also, once it dries it smells really nice. You just need to get past that first bad smell.
Estee Lauder Little Black Primer
You know how sometimes you are heading out to the grocery store and you don’t want to look like you are wearing makeup, but at the same time you don’t want to leave the house without mascara? This is the mascara for those times. It gives your lashes a nice natural dark coat. I am kind of addicted to wearing it on the weekends when I’m running errands. You can also wear it as a primer to help thicken your other mascara.
Demeter First Love Fragrance
Want to know what your first love smells like? This sweet fragrance smells like jasmine, honeysuckle, rose, lotus and lemon zest. It’s refreshing and light and sweet. It really is the sweet smell of childhood love and romance.
Guerlain Baby Glow Makeup
I’m usually all about heavy foundation that gives me flawless covered skin, but this light makeup makes my skin feel so pretty I can’t help but fall in love. This makeup is soft and lets my skin’s own beauty shine though. It helps my face look fresh even in the morning. It must be that baby glow that has me feeling and looking so good.
NYC Expert Last Lipstick
I’ve been getting ready for warm weather with these bright spring colours of NYC’s lipstick. The colour is even bolder than you will see in the tube. It’s opaque and gives a rich hue on my lips. I love that I can wear just a bit for a light colour or layer it on for something strong. It’s thick, so it takes a bit to spread it out, but it looks great for hours. For a note, Creamy Mauve has been my favourite colour.
I don’t think I’ve ever had such a surprise when using a face makeup as I did when I started using the NYC BB face makeup collection. NYC released a BB Crème 5 in 1 Instant Matte Skin Perfector and BB Radiance Perfecting Powder.
The BB Crème is really nice to use. It’s a great consistency. It’s not too thick or too thin. It doesn’t have any strange smell. It covers the skin well without being clumpy or heavy on my skin. It just works. My skin looks really nice.
After a few minutes I applied the BB Powder onto my face with a big brush, not the weird pad that always comes with these things. This powder is so soft and smooth. It makes my skin look amazing!
It brought out all of these beautiful olive tones that I didn’t even know were there. It made any weird redness just go away. I looked so tanned. People even started commenting on my skin. For a few days, I couldn’t even figure out what it was that was making my face look so lovely.
Now that I know, I am sharing this little secret. The best part is that it’s so affordable I don’t even have to save it for special occasions.
I love nail art but just can’t master anything more complicated than a french manicure. Luckily Sally Hansen has a solution with their Salon Effects Nail Stickers. Unlike the Nail Polish Strips, these are full on stickers that you basically peel off.
The first stickers I tried were Black To Basics and I had some pretty great results. If you like a fabric or negative space look but can’t pull it off on your own, these are a great alternative.
I have a couple tips to make these a little easier to use. 1) Always make sure your nails are completely clean so the stickers will go on properly. 2) Don’t file your nails before you apply the stickers. You’re going to have to file the edges off, so you may as well shape your nails at the same time. 3) Use a top coat. It makes a HUGE difference.
I love that these are basically commitment free, I picked mine off in less than a day. If you love nail art, these stickers are a really easy way to get some pretty complicated looks.
I’ve been using Burt’s Bees in one way or another for longer than I can remember, so I was really happy to hear they were coming out with Lip Crayons. I generally prefer a crayon to a traditional lipstick and these are a great addition. I got to try Niagara Overlook (medium rose) and Sedona Sands (pinkish-beige). Both shades were pretty subtle but built up for darker colour easily.
Niagara Overlook, Sedona Sands
What I really like about these crayons is that they’re creamy, lightweight, matte but moisturizing at the same time. And they don’t have that minty scent that so many crayons have. With six shades to choose from, there’s something for every occasion.
Your hands aren’t the only things that get dry and tight during the winter. Give your face some needed moisture with these three new moisturizers.
Skyn Iceland Pure Cloud Cream
Skyn Iceland had one of my favourite products of last year, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I wanted to try their new moisturizer. This moisturizer is meant to smooth and soothe the skin, hydrate and fix environmental stresses.
The smell and texture of this cream are a little strange, but don’t let that turn you off. The smell is a slightly sour lemon smell. It’s not strong, but it is there. The texture is so weird that it’s almost off putting. It’s like a big ball of jelly. It wiggles and stayed together like a solid cloud.
Once you get it out, it’s a really nice moisturizer. It has a cooling effect on the skin that is fresh. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave any residue on my skin. It leaves my face feeling refreshed and alert at any time.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream
If you need something rich and thick, Vichy’s Aqualia moisturizer is exactly what your skin needs. I don’t usually have dry skin year round. So, while I loved the light smell and texture, this moisturizer was a bit too heavy duty for my face. It actually makes me wish that I had dry skin, so that I could appreciate this line for everything it is offering.
Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream
My favourite of the bunch, the moisturizer that is just right, is the Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream Moisturizer. It has a soft powdery smell that I want my skin to smell like. It makes my face feel soft and smooth.
We’re huge fans of Tarte so it wasn’t a huge surprise that we completely fell in love with their spring releases and we had to do a Most Wanted on it because these shades are just so perfect for spring.
Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette
Tartelette is a brand new eyeshadow palette that has twelve brand new matte neutral shades. Every single shadow is extremely pigmented and really smooth and blendable. Even without a primer these shadows last a lot longer than you’d expect. I love that Tarte included instructions for two looks using the palette.
LipSurgence Lip Tint in Glitzy
I’d never used a LipSurgence Lip Tint before and after using Glitzy I’m completely hooked. This deep pink shade is so flattering and it’s probably the most moisturizing lip crayon I’ve ever used and I love that even after it wears off you still have a tint of colour.
Tartelette Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Celebrated
Tarte’s blushes are known for their pigmentation and lasting power and Celebration is no exception. This blush was released as part of Tarte’s 15th anniversary and the light pink nude was a little lighter than I expected but built up really well.
Tartelette Amazonian Butter Lipstick
This mid-toned pink lipstick is another anniversary release but this one is limited edition. I really can’t imagine a better spring lipstick than Ethereal Pink. It’s soft, creamy and lasts forever. The fact that it’s both super pigmented and really comfortable at the same time had me sold the first time I wore it.
When it comes to cleansing cloths, most of them are all pretty typical. Skyn Iceland’s Glacial Cleansing Cloths are anything but. We’re already obsessed with their Hydro Cool Face Gels so we expected good things from these cloths but we got more than we bargained for. Before you use these cloths you have to rub them together to form a foam. I had never seen that in a face wipe before so I was definitely intrigued.
I tried the clothes with regular makeup first and with great results went on to try them on some of my most stubborn makeup. Urban Decay’s Perversion Mascara, Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Rouge Waterproof Lipstick and Benefit’s They’re Real! Push Up Liner. All of these are notorious for being a pain to get off and I’ve never been able to use any kind of wipe to get them off.
One Glacial Cleansing Cloth got everything off really gently and without any scrubbing. This is actually the only wipe that’s been able to get the MUFE lipstick off at all. You don’t have to rinse off after using these but occasionally I find them a little sticky so I go over with toner.
I knew these wipes were going to be good, but I had no idea how good. These have completely changed how I take off stubborn or waterproof makeup!
Cover Girl has a whole lot of new products out just in time for spring. So much in fact, we could hardly fit it all into one post, so these are our Most Wanted picks for Spring.
Full Lash Bloom Mascara in Very Black
It’s rare that a mascara lives up to its hype but this one does. You get length, volume and it feels like you’re not wearing mascara. I’ve rubbed my eyes a few times while wearing it and there was no stiffness whatsoever, but it also stayed on. And the shade is exactly as black as I want it.
Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Polish in Fuchsia Flame
I haven’t used a lot of Cover Girl nail polish in the past but it was so easy to work with that I’m sure I’ll be using a lot more in the future. Two coats of Fuchsia Flame gave me full coverage and the colour is gorgeous! I wore it for three days with no tip wear or chips.
Eyeshadow Quads in Blooming Blushes, Va-Va Violets and Notice Me Nudes
Honestly, all these eyeshadow quads are gorgeous. They go on really nicely and blend well and last a pretty good amount of time but these three really screamed spring to me.
Colorlicious Lipstick in Enchantress Blush, Champagne and Euphoria
These lipsticks are extremely creamy and might not last 24 hours but at least a couple. They’re also really comfortable to wear. Enchantress Blush and Champagne are great daytime shades, while Euphoria is perfect for a night out.
It’s been years since I’ve used Pantene. The older formulations were way too heavy for my fine hair but I was intrigued by their new Full & Strong line. There are so many hair products that claim to add volume to your hair but so few actually do.
The shampoo is a medium thick shampoo that lathers really well and has a really great fruity scent. It didn’t leave my hair with that squeaky feeling and while it didn’t feel particularly moisturized on it’s own, it didn’t feel dried out either.
The conditioner was much lighter than I was expecting and because of that I wasn’t expecting much. Luckily I was wrong. My hair is extremely soft every time I use this combination and I get substantial volume.
Since I don’t wash my hair every day the biggest test is to see how long the volume will stay. With Pantene’s Full & Strong, I had decent volume for three days, much longer than most ‘volumizing’ shampoos. I also noticed a lot less breakage than usual, which is where the strong part comes in.
I might not have used Pantene for a long time but this line is definitely bringing me back into the fold.