L’Oreal Professionnel Absolut Repair Lipidium Collection

We can’t really catch a break with our hair weather wise. In Toronto our hair goes humidity crazy in the summer and in the winter we get the dryness. Luckily L’Oreal Professionnel has a solution for us to save our hair in winter. The Absolut Repair Lipidium collection is filled with lipids, Phyto-Keratin and a bunch of other good stuff to make our hair stronger and softer.
L'Oreal Professionnel Absolut Repair Lipidum Shampoo
The shampoo is medium thick and gets a good lather. It didn’t dry out my hair and leave it with that squeaky feeling.
L'Oreal Professionnel Absolut Repair Lipidum Instant Restructuring Conditioner
The Absolut Repair Lipdium Instant Restructuring Conditioner is a lot lighter than I was expecting. Like, really light. But considering how skeptical I was of how well a conditioner this thin would work I was pleasantly surprised. If your hair isn’t too dry or damaged, this conditioner has you covered.
L'Oreal Professionnel Absolut Repauir Lipidum Masque
The star of the line for me though is the Instant Reconstructing Masque. Sometimes I’ll use it after the Restructuring Conditioner, sometimes after the shampoo and when my hair is really damaged I’ll use it by itself. I’ve never had winter hair as healthy as when I’ve used this masque. It also doesn’t seem like it’ll be too heavy in the summer.

If you need something to heal your dry, winter hair you might want to give this collection a try.

Makeup Most Wanted January 2015 – Alyssa’s Picks

January has been all about skin care for me, so it’s not surprising that my Most Wanted products this month have almost nothing to do with makeup. These are my Most Wanted  this month.
Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Multi Correcting Cream
Lancome Visionnaire Multo Correcting Cream
The first time I used this balm-like cream I was convinced it wasn’t right for my skin type because it didn’t feel like it was doing anything at all. But the next morning my skin looked better than normal so I kept using it. Literally every time I use it at night, I’m glowing the next morning. My skin tone looks more even, clearer and I’ve been getting a ton of compliments. I don’t know how it works but I’m loving the results.
Eve Lom Radiance Perfected Brilliant Cover Concealer in Ivory 02
Eve Lom Radiance Perfected Brilliant Cover Concealer Ivory 02
This might be called a concealer but I’ve been using it as a cream foundation. I typically don’t wear a ton of face makeup but I have a lot of redness and this concealer completely covers it up and leaves my skin looking flawless. It doesn’t crack and leaves a silky finish that doesn’t feel cakey.
mark. Naked Love Hand Cream
mark Naked Love Hand Cream
This apricot scented hand cream smells delicious. It’s not too thick but not runny and absorbs really well. I love that this works as well as it smells.
Live Clean Fresh Face Refreshing Facial Wipes
Live Clean refreshing facial wipes
A lot of makeup remover wipes don’t have any texture to them which makes my skin feel not so clean sometimes. Luckily these wipes have an open weave to them and get every last bit of makeup off. They don’t irritate my skin, especially around the eyes, at all. The fact that there’s a snap lid to keep them fresh is a bonus.
Malin+Goetz Mojito Lip Balm
Malin+Goetz Mojito Lip Balm
I received this balm in my Ipsy bag last month and I haven’t stopped using it since. It has a really nice slip to it and keeps my lips hydrated for hours. I can even feel it on my lips after eating but it isn’t sticky at all. I just wish there was more in the tube so I wouldn’t run out as fast.

Fuzz Wax Bar Launches The Vajacial

 

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Things are about to get very personal because I’m about to tell you about Fuzz Wax Bar’s new service, the Vajacial.

The Vajacial is exactly what it sounds like: a facial for your vagina. It’s for women who suffer from ingrown hairs and acne in an area that can sometimes be a little uncomfortable to talk about. There aren’t really any products to help you pamper that area. If you are a waxing regular than you know that sometimes that is the one area that needs pampering the most. You don’t want to be too embarrassed to spend the night with your loved one ever.

The Fuzz Wax Bar Vajacial is there to stop all embarrassment. You get a facial, manicure, massage and pedicure, so why not pamper your vagina a little as well.
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You should schedule your vajacial about 10 days after your shaving or waxing. You want the hair to have started to grow back in when you visit. This way your technician can see what is going on down there.

The name is funny and the idea of a facial for your vagina might be weird, but the process itself isn’t either of those things. If you’ve ever had a waxing, you’ll be totally comfortable, and maybe even a little relaxed. You will have to strip down, but they cover your eyes to help you relax while they exfoliate your sensitive area. They only work on the outside area, so you aren’t getting overly personal with your vajacial technician.

The extractions can be a little painful, but no more than the wax you got 10 days earlier. This is how they get your ingrown hairs out safely, so you don’t end up with scars or infections.

Next they use a special oxygen jet to help moisturize your skin. It’s totally painless and is definitely the time when you can close your eyes and relax.

Then that is! It’s over. From start to finish, the entire process only takes about 20 to 25 minutes. You will leave feeling fresh and soft. Some people might notice some redness or irritation a few days later, but it should be minimal.

With so many wax bars popping up, I wouldn’t be surprised if everyone starts offering vajacials soon. The process is so simple and easy. Everyone who is a waxing regular should get one at least once to get the invaluable advice on how they can keep their skin looking great.

Olay Total Effects Dark Circle Minimizing CC Cream

Olay total effects cc cream

I hate admitting that I am getting older and might start needing dark circle cream than I may have in earlier days. In the past I haven’t been crazy about any eye creams, but Olay might have been my turning point.

I have no idea if the Olay Total Effects Dark Circle Minimizing CC Cream is going to reduce my dark circles over time and make me look younger. All I know is that when I apply it in the morning my eyes look brighter and my skin feels so smooth. The skin around my eyes even feels a bit tighter.

The brush is a bit stiff when you first open it, but it’s easy to loosen up. Once it gets some of the cream on it and you move it around, then it will apply a bit better. You still might need to use your fingers to smooth in the cream into your skin a bit more, but it’s worth the small bit of effort. Your eyes will look fresh and young.

Maybelline Great Lash Real Impact Mascara

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We are huge fans of Maybelline, especially Great Lash mascara. We’ve been using it for years. How could we say no to a new version of our favourite classic mascara?

We understand the idea of natural looking and natural feeling mascara, but Great Lash Real Impact mascara takes the idea too far. After applying one coat, my lashes look pretty much the same. They feel soft and silky, sure, but they don’t even look like I’m wearing mascara. After two and three coats it’s the same thing.

I am pretty particular about my lashes. I always want them to be as long and as black as possible. The more drama in my mascara, the better. Maybelline’s Great Lash Real Impact just doesn’t cut it.

It kills us to say this, but it’s true. We still love you Maybelline!!!

Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner Review

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Make Up For Ever recently introduced three new black eyeliners to their collection; Artist Liner (pencil), Ink Liner (ink/liquid) and Graphic Liner (pen). I was instantly drawn to the Graphic Liner because I love a good pen liner and can’t use liquid liner to save my life. The fact that they call it a carbon black vinyl like liner got me even more interested.

The Graphic Liner looks like a typical pen liner. It has a foam tip and it goes on pretty smoothly. When it dries it actually looks like vinyl, so if you’re looking for the typical flat black finish you definitely get a surprise.

This liner dries extremely fast and doesn’t move, even without a primer. The only thing I don’t love about it is that there’s no snap when you close it, so I’m always worried it’s open and will dry out. If you’re looking for a new black liner that’s just a little different though, this one might be it.

L’Occitane Arlésienne Collection Review

L'Occitane Arlesienne Set
Now that we’re almost at the end of January I think we can all agree that we’re ready for spring. Unfortunately it’s not going to be here that quickly but luckily L’Occitane’s Arlésienne collection will give you a little hint of spring in the middle of winter. We got to try the Eau de Toilette and the Velvet Hand Cream and the scent is a gorgeous spring floral.
L'Occitane Arlesienne Eau De Toilette
There are three main notes in Arlésienne; Rose, Violet and Saffron and they really work so well together. This isn’t as delicate a fragrance as I would’ve imagined it to be, that said it’s not overpowering either. The Eau de Toilette lasts for hours and I tend to like it more the longer I wear it.
L'Occitane Arlesienne Velvet Hand Cream
The hand cream is on the thicker end of the L’Occitane hand cream spectrum, perfect for winter. And the scent is identical to the Eau de Toilette, something which doesn’t happen very often with fragranced creams. There are thirteen items in this collection, so you’re literally covered head to toe if you want to layer.

It may not be spring yet, but Arlésienne definitely has me dreaming of it.

Yves Rocher Zero Defaut Makeup

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I’ve tried Yves Rocher’s skin care and makeup before, but somehow I’ve never had a chance to try their foundations. This Zero Defaut collection promises flawless skin and 14 hour coverage.

The Zero Defaut Flawless Skin Foundation is my favourite product in the line. It’s a bit thick, but not so thick that it feels heavy on my face. It’s actually surprisingly light. I can barely even feel it on my face once it dries. It also has amazingly natural coverage. It covers all of my flaws and doesn’t feel like it’s clogging up my skin. It promises 14 hour coverage and at the end of a long day, my face still looks great!

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My second favourite is the Yves Rocher Zero Defaut Flawless Skin Concealer. A little goes a long way with this concealer. It’s great to cover any flaws that the foundation isn’t going to get.

The Flawless Skin Powder is my least favourite in the line. It could be the best, but my biggest problem is that the powder is too heavy for my makeup brushes. I wanted to love it, but I could never get enough coverage to make an impact.

If you are like me and haven’t tried Yves Rocher’s foundation before, give it a shot. With natural ingredients in this foundation, your skin might thank you like mine does.

Nivea Essentials Sensitive Skin Collection

Nivea Sensitive Line
I’ve used Nivea quite a bit in the past, mostly when I was in high school but then my skin changed and what I was using before no longer worked quite as well. Now my skin has changed again and it’s combination, pretty sensitive and I have a ton of redness. So I was really happy when Nivea introduced a line for sensitive skin and I had the opportunity to try it.

The line has a Sensitive Day Care Moisturizer, a Sensitive Night Care Moisturizer and a Sensitive 3-In-1 Micellar Cleansing Water. The Day Care for me is just ok, it’s a little bit lighter than I’d like but at the same time doesn’t irritate my skin at all and does the job.

The Night Care on the other hand is almost like a cream-balm and really makes my skin feel amazing. It moisturizes so well that I don’t feel like I need to reapply a few hours later. I’ve been using this in both the morning and night and it never feels too heavy.

The star of this line though is the Micellar Water. It literally gets every drop of makeup off without any tugging. Waterproof mascara, eyeliner, anything really just comes off with one swipe of the water on a cotton pad. It doesn’t cause any irritation or leave any redness which I’ve come to expect from most makeup removers. The only issue I’ve had was using too much on a cotton pad and then drowning my eyes with it, that caused a little stinging but still not as much as other brands.

With my skin being so dry, flaky and irritated, especially in winter months, I’ve found the combination of Nivea’s Sensitive Night Care and 3-In-1 Micellar water hard to beat.

Mani Monday – OPI Fifty Shades Of Grey Collection Review + Swatches

OPI Fifty Shades of Grey Mini Set
I really don’t need more nail polish but I don’t have all that much gray, so I decided to pick up OPI’s Fifty Shades Of Grey mini set on boxing day. Unlike other OPI mini sets, this kit has all the shades in the collection inspired by the upcoming Fifty Shades Of Grey movie, so it gave me a chance to try them all and see if I wanted a full size of any of them.
My Silk Tie
OPI My Silk Tie Swatch
I’ve always been on the fence with silver polish but I really didn’t like My Silk Tie. It was streaky and left a ton of brush strokes that never evened out. The shade of silver looked more like I polished my nails with tin foil.
Dark Side Of The Mood
OPI Dark Side Of The Mood Swatch
This blue-tinged charcoal should’ve been my favourite shade but the formula was so runny that it was almost like using coloured water. Three coats just barely gave me full coverage.
Romantically Involved
OPI Romantically Involved Swatch
This creme red was one of my favourites. Not only was it nice to have a touch of colour in the collection but it went on flawlessly. Two coats was perfect to get a bright apple red.
Embrace The Gray
OPI Embrace The Gray Swatch
Another blue tinged shade, this mid-tone gray was another hit for me. It’s different than any other shade I have.
Shine For Me
OPI Shine For Me over Cement The Deal Swatch
I put Shine for Me over Cement The Deal just for coverage sake but it didn’t really need it. If you’re a sparkle and glitter fan (which I’m not), you’ll love this one. I can see it working on it’s own or over tons of different shades.
Cement The Deal
OPI Cement The Deal Swatch
Cement The Deal is by far my favourite shade in the collection. The cool toned gray was named really well because it does have a cement look to it but the formula was amazing. This is the one I want in full size, I don’t have anything like it in my collection and I’ll definitely be finishing this mini bottle up.

Overall the Fifty Shades Of Grey collection is a straight up hit and miss for me. I loved Cement The Deal, Embrace The Gray and Romantically Involved, won’t use Shine For Me and hated My Silk Tie and Dark Side Of The Mood. But this is why I love OPI’s mini kits. You get to try a bunch of shades to see what you like without committing to a full size bottle.

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