I have tried a lot of hair care products over the past four years. I’ve tried, tested and reviewed smoothing creams, shampoos, detoxes, masks, sprays, mousses and more. I love sharing my products with friends and family. It’s my own personal mission to help everyone find their hair miracle in a bottle. For the first time ever, I have found a hair care line that I am not willing to share. Marc Anthony’s Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter hair care line is my own personal hair miracle.
This shampoo, conditioner and hair oil treatment is full of coconut oil and shea butter, which, in case you didn’t know, are natural moisturizers for your hair. This dream combination helps to stop frizz, repair damage from heat and styling, strengthen your hair and keep it soft. It all sounds too good to be true and for once, it isn’t.
This Marc Anthony shampoo and conditioner literally make me want to run home and jump in the shower. The smell, oh the smell. How can you describe something so wonderful? It’s this buttery, coconut aroma that fills the shower with me. The shampoo cleans, but I can also feel that it is so hydrating, while the conditioner seals all of that hydration in. By the time I’m done my hair slips through my fingers.
The joy doesn’t end when I step out of the shower though. After cleaning my hair, I have the daily oil treatment to keeps the shine and moisture going for the rest of the time. It has the same amazing smell ensuring that walk around smelling my hair all day.
My hair not only looks amazing, but is so manageable since I started using this dream team. Thank you Marc Anthony for making something that loves my hair inside and out.
Urban Decay have always had a cult like following so it makes sense that they’d love a movie with it’s own cult following. So to celebrate Pulp Fiction’s 20th anniversary, they released a limited edition collection based on Uma Thurman’s Mrs. Mia Wallace. The 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil, Revolution Lipstick and Nail colour all have the name Mrs. Mia Wallace and are all deep red. There’s also a Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Gunmetal and an eyeshadow palette.
The nail polish went on beautifully. It doesn’t have the paddle brush that so many polishes have now and I appreciate that but the brush was a little bit thin so it took some work when using thin coats. The swatch is two coats and a top coat. The colour is gorgeous, it’s a deep garnet with has some shimmer in the sunlight.
The eyeshadow palette is probably the standout of the collection. Whether or not you’re trying to use it for a Mia Wallace look, this is going to be an essential fall palette. There was a little bit of fallout that stayed mostly on the case but these shades look amazing and wear really well.
Urban Decay put an incredible amount of effort into this collection. The palette comes with a ‘get the look’ card that tells you how to look like Mia Wallace. And when you open every box, there’s a quote from the movie inside. Something tells me the people at Urban Decay are more than just casual Pulp Fiction fans. If this collection is what happens when they love something, I hope there’s more like it coming.
Summer is in full swing and here are some of the new makeup and beauty products I have been in love with this month:
Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation – This new foundation is perfect for summer. Somehow they have made a makeup that is even lighter than their last foundation. It’s even lighter than most of the whipped foundations I have tried in the past. This light formula blends quickly and has a nice matte finish that reduces summer shine. If that’s not enough, it includes a SPF 20 sunscreen in the foundation. As an added bonus, it makes my skin feel as soft as velvet. I couldn’t ask for more.
Youngblood Mineral Illuminating Tint – Have you ever wanted the perfect even summer tan? If you are like me, you want it, but can never quite get there. I’ve tried lots of different tanning products, but hate the upkeep. This body tint is amazing. It’s a miracle. It goes on your skin evenly leaving you with a really natural looking tan. Since it’s more of a tinted moisturizer it doesn’t leave streaks. No one will ever doubt that you have been out in the sun. The smell seems to have captured the feel of being on the beach all day long. Most importantly, it doesn’t stain your hands with a weird orange hue after applying. Youngblood has made my favourite tinted moisturizer because it can be applied in your morning routine quickly without fuss to define your tan in a hurry.
Clean Warm Cotton & Cool Cotton Perfume – In case you missed my last post, I’m obsessed with natural and clean smelling perfumes. I love those fresh smells that aren’t all floral and sweet. These two complimentary scents promise just that. Cool Cotton has more of a perfume scent. It’s brighter with a fresh citrus burst. It’s still simple. On the flip side, Warm Cotton is really natural with that fresh out of the dryer smell. You can help but feel like you are being wrapped up in clean laundry. I am loving these perfumes for a subtle summer scent and they come together in a rollerball, so you don’t have to choose just one.
Ceramic Glaze Nail Lacquer – While everyone else searches for a matte top coat for their nail polish, I am addicted to this polish that is already matte. Ceramic Glaze’s summer nail polish collection comes in bright bold colours, dries quickly and has an amazing matte finish. This is possibly my favourite obsession of the year!
Monteil Perfect Lip Contour Treatment – So this little lip treatment cream isn’t out yet, but I’m already getting hooked on it. There is no right or wrong time of the year for smoother, plumper lips and this cream is promising all of that. Apply this cream on your lips several times throughout the day to give your lips an instantly smoother feel and long term effects.
July might almost be over but it’s still Ice Cream month! To celebrate our friends at Demeter have given us a prizepack of Vanilla Ice Cream, Salt Air and Pina Colada scents for our readers to win! They’re the perfect fragrances for summer. You can also pick these up at select Loblaws and Real Superstore locations for $15 and there are so many to pick from. You can see all the Demeter scents at their website http://www.demeterfragrance.com.
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Coloured mascara seems to be back as a big summer trend in makeup with brands offering affordable mascara in a wide range of fun colours. Everyone from Dior to Maybelline to Avon has a coloured mascara this summer.
Since bright colours are hot, hot, hot, I decided to join the trend and wear a coloured mascara. I went with Maybelline Volum’ Express Deep Velvets Mascara in Purple Velvet. I have green eyes so I thought the purple might bring out my eye colour without being too crazy. I haven’t wore a coloured mascara in a long time, so it was funny applying it.
I couldn’t stop staring at my eyes. These new coloured mascaras are not as crazy as they may seem. I think if I had of applied it over black mascara I might have gotten a more vibrant finish. I was ok with the muted shade though.
I went out with my colourful eyes on the town. I felt a little silly until I finally forgot, but it took hours for anyone to notice my bright lashes. Apparently inside they didn’t look too different. It was only when the sun shone through them at the right angle did they pick up the light ad shine in their purple velvet glory. It was a little anticlimactic. Maybe I should have chosen a different colour?
After wearing purple mascara for a day, I realized that while this may be a hot trend and I may be interested, it’s for a younger group of beauty fanatics. I loved coloured mascara in high school and that’s where it should stay!
I discovered Nude Skincare by accident while looking up a different skincare line. I was surprised to see this brand already had a very loyal following and I had somehow missed them. When the Advanced Renewal Overnight Mask and Eye Cream landed on my doorstep I couldn’t wait to find out what all of the fuss was about. Nude Skincare made a great first impression. The packaging is sleek and minimalistic. The logo is cool. Nude Skincare with its natural ingredients and paraben and chemical free isn’t here to be fancy, but make a subtle statement that you won’t forget.
I started with the overnight mask. This cream is smooth with a faint smell, but nothing overpowering. That is important for me with a night cream. I hate going to bed smelling strong creams on my skin. It keeps me up all night.
The cream also gets absorbed into your skin quickly, so you don’t have to wait for it to dry. Since it is called an Overnight Mask, which was impressive to me. I expected to have to wait before letting my head hit the pillow.
When I woke up though, I looked in the mirror and didn’t see anything. My skin felt the same. It looked the same. I didn’t appear to be glowing or more radiant or look younger.
I moved on to the Advanced Renewal Eye Complex. This little cream on the other hand gives me instant results. Apply this baby sparingly under your eyes to see your circle get lighter and less noticeable before your eyes. Your skin looks so refreshed. I apply a little foundation or bb cream over top and no one would ever know about my dark circles. My only complaint is that unlike its companion, the under eye cream does take some time to dry, so you need to let it sit for a few minutes.
Because of the amazing results I got from the Eye Complex, I am going to go back and give the Advanced Renewal Overnight Repair Mask a second chance. Maybe it takes longer to get results, but if my experience with Nude Skincare is what I can expect in the future. You will be hearing a lot more about them here.
The latest trend in hair product collections seems to either have the word rescue or repair in it. And while those do what they’re supposed to, I’m still occasionally left with a ton of frizz to deal with. Luckily Sexy Hair sent over part of their Smooth Sexy Hair collection. The smoothing shampoo and conditioner are both gluten, paraben, sulfate and salt free and loaded with coconut oil to help fight frizz.
And they absolutely work. But the star for me is the Frizz Eliminator. It’s a really runny serum styling product and once you figure out how much you need to use (quite a bit for me), your frizz literally disappears. It doesn’t get crunchy when it dries and leaves your hair extremely soft. Unlike other frizz products it doesn’t add any weight to your hair to load it down, which is actually a problem for me, I wish it added just a little bit.
If you want frizz free hair, this is definitely the collection for you.
This summer Make Up For Ever launched their line of seven HD Primers formulated to your skin. There are six shades for different skin tones and then one colourless shade that they say moisturizes, nourishes and softens the skin for HD cameras and beyond.
Make Up For Ever has made a primer that is different than any other primer. I don’t know how professionals use it, but I started to use it more like a face moisturizer than a primer. It has a light floral scent unlike any other primer. It goes on smooth and it’s easy to apply a thin layer. It also dries really fast making it convenient for quick mornings or on set.
The thing is, I didn’t notice the other special attributed of glowing skin or a more even skin tone that Make Up For Ever promises. My skin looked fairly similar as it did before. My skin felt nice and moisturized, but nothing to write home about.
I adore Make Up For Ever, but this is one product that I think I am going to leave to the pros. I’m sure they will use it right for beautiful results.
With summer comes sandals, flip flops, bare feet and the need for pedicures. If you’re like me and absolutely hate the minty smell that comes with most foot products, these are my Most Wanted pedicure alternatives.
Lush Stepping Stone
This sugar scrub has a delicious lime scent and you can multiple uses out of one bar. Break off a little piece, scrub it on wet skin and the sugar and butters leave you smooth and moisturized. I also use it on my hands in winter.
Soap And Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream
This is the first foot cream I’ve found that smells like a hand cream. It’s more of a gel-cream hybrid but it really does the job and makes your feet feel super soft.
Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil
A lot of people tend to forget the cuticles on their toes. Essie’s Apricot Cuticle Oil is a little too strong for my hands but it works on feel beautifully.
Footlogix Foot Deodorant Spray
Sweating in your shoes all summer means things can get a little stinky and I don’t care what anyone says but using a foot spray can sometimes make things worse. Footlogix’s Foot Deodorant Spray has a soft tea tree scent that fixes the problem without leaving an obvious odour. Footlogix has a huge range that can be found online here with free shipping to Canada no less.
OPI Hotter Than You Pink
Every pedi needs a great colour. OPI’s Hotter Than You pink is the perfect summer shade.
Since everyone has been watching Brazil this summer, it’s only fitting that Sally Hansen’s summer 2014 nail polish collection is inspired by Rio. They say that this collection will give any nail polish the colours and sparkle of Carnivale.
Instead of releasing a summer line of nail polishes in a few different colours, Sally Hansen’s Rio collection is wisely glitter top coats to wear over other nail polish. I love this because I already have so many different shades that sometimes I would rather use those up in new ways then have another blue. They come in a variety of different sparkle varieties in blues, greens, yellows and reds. You will need to be creative to find the right base coat for your sparkle. I was constantly worried that my base would clash with my top coat.
While I love the idea of these nail polishes, there is something wrong with Sally Hansen’s polish formula that makes it hard to use. The gel polish is very thick and it doesn’t pick up the glitter well. This means that it is nearly impossible to get the right amount of glitter versus polish. I ended up with just a few pieces of glitter or lots of glitter, but super thick top coat gel all over my nails. There was never a good balance. I read online that it might be a good idea to pour this polish out and use a sponge or other brush to apply the glitter one at a time. While that does seem like a better idea, it also sounds like more work than most people are willing to do.
Once you have applied the polish, I also found that it took a long long time for this Sally Hansen nail polish to dry. Even once it dried, because it was so thick it stayed a bit tacky.
While I love glitter coats and I usually love Sally Hansen, this summer collection isn’t the one to stock up on.