Patchology Wink & A Kiss Flashpatch Hydrogels

I love a good mask, but this set is one of my least favourite products that I’ve ever used. Patchology makes all kind of fun masks for your whole face, but I’m not a fan of the hydrogels. This set includes eye gels and lip gels. They smell amazing when you open the packages, but they are slimy. They are totally coated in serum making them tough to handle. When I placed the lip gels on my face they just kept sliding off. I couldn’t make them stay on my face at all. The eye gels were better, but still fussy. I ended up ripping one of them because I was trying to maneuver it. I don’t think I lasted the full 5 minutes with either of gels, so I can’t really speak to their effects. My lips were quite moisturized even after just a minute or two. I am hoping that my next Patchology experience is better.

Pretty Vulgar Bury Them With a Smile Matte Lipstick Collection

With spring finally here and the weather in Toronto slowly becoming bearable again, I’ve started to come out of my winter hibernation ‘blah-mode’ and have gone into full blown ‘cute-mode.’ You know that mode, where everything pretty and girly and pink just speaks to you on a ‘that would be sooooooo cute – I totally need that’ kind of level.  That mode where you finally want to dress up in cute spring outfits, let your gorgeous locks fly and rock a smile-worthy lip colour. This is where Pretty Vulgar’s Bury Them With a Smile Matte Lipstick Collection comes to play.

Pretty Vulgar is a relatively new brand that has become well-known for their glamorous vintage inspired packaging that never fails to bring that wow-factor. No boring black tubes here, instead the packaging is laced with delicate details that give the collection a feeling of old-time enchantment.

Once I got past the adorable exterior and actually tried out the vegan and cruelty free matte lipstick line, I was impressed. The attention to detail the company puts into packaging definitely wasn’t lost on the lip colour’s formula itself. I thought the lipstick was delicate and creamier than your average brand and a little went a long way. My lips also didn’t dry out at all using this line, probably thanks to the mango seed butter, shea butter, and avocado oil in the ingredients list. Staying power was slightly above average but don’t expect these colours to last through a full meal or night of drinks.

So my Spring search for all things cute has started off with a successful huzzah. My favourite colour of the line is easily 11 – Mood Swing, it really adds an adorable and bright pop of pink to my look and gives me one more reason to smile.

 

 

 

 

Most Wanted Relief For Dry, Itchy Scalp

We’re back! I’ve spent the past four month stuck in my house due to illness and it’s been taking a major toll on my skin. But it’s also been doing a number on my scalp. My scalp is dry and itchy all year long but once you add in how dry winter has been in Toronto this year and having the heat blasting constantly, my scalp has gone from dry and itchy to unbearable. I have oily, greasy and itchy scalp with super dry hair. So I was on a mission to find something that would help.

Kératase Spécifique Bain Divalent

I’m a huge Kérastase fan, so when I heard they were bringing out Spécifique, a line just for scalp issues, I was super excited. Unfortunately most of the products contain soy and I’m allergic, so I couldn’t try anything but this shampoo. Luckily Bain Divalent was exactly what I was looking for. It balances out my oily roots and my dry hair. It doesn’t fix all my scalp problems but it definitely helps with my hair issues that come from them. It’s really light and fresh and smells delicious.

IGK LOW KEY Cleansing Walnut Scalp Scrub

I originally got a tiny sample of this scrub from Sephora and the first time I used it, I hated it. It turns out there’s a learning curve to this one and I ended up buying the full size (the only actual beauty product I’ve bought so far this year). Once you get the hang of how to get this scrub to your scalp, it’s the most refreshing thing your head will ever feel. The walnut shells aren’t too large and the minty scent is cooling. I definitely recommend following up with a different shampoo and conditioner after but your scalp will feel amazing immediately after using this. I’m fairly certain this is going to be one of my staples going forward.

Garnier Whole Blends Oat Delicacy collection

Sometimes dry, itchy scalp just comes from sensitive skin and if that’s the case for you, this Oat Delicacy line is hands down the gentlest shampoo and conditioner I’ve ever used. The Oat Milk and Rice Cream blend are super soft and hydrating, while leaving your hair soft and not weighed down. It actually feels gentle when you’re using it. I honestly can’t think of another word for it. I don’t really care for the scent but the results are worth it.

Moroccanoil Dry Scalp Treatment

I’ve been using Moroccanoil for years but I haven’t tried too many of their other products. Unlike the other treatments I’ve used, this one starts before the shower. You apply this to your scalp in sections, wait up to ten minutes and then get in the shower, rinse it out and shampoo and condition as usual. Since this is an oil, I really expected it to get greasy but it really doesn’t. And the more regularly you use it, the less you’ll have to. Moroccanoil also recommends this for anyone sensitive to hair colour before they head to the salon to prevent itchiness and to protect the scalp.

If you use anything for dry, itchy scalp that isn’t on this list, definitely let us know. We always looking to try something new!

L’Occitane Solidarity Balm 2018

Happy International Women’s Day! I’ve started to really look forward to this day every year, not just because it’s all about celebrating women but also because it means L’Occitane’s Solidarity Balm is coming. Each year, L’Occitane releases a shea butter balm in a different scent for under $10 (it’s $7 CAD) and all the profits go towards women in Burkina Faso. This year the program for Women’s Leadership in Burkina Faso has three goals:

1. Writing a better future
L’OCCITANE has helped more than 10.000 women to learn how to read and write since 2008. It also supports the education of 450 girls for four years at secondary school.

2. Boosting ambitions
L’Occitane has allowed 8,000 women to benefit from micro-credit since 2009.

3. Revealing leadership
L’OCCITANE launched the “L’OCCITANE pour Elles” program, in 2016, to boost entrepreneur women’s actions and scale up their business.

The scent of the Solidarity Balm this year is apricot and while last year’s violet is still my favourite, this one is a really warm, happy scent. I literally use these balms on everything from cuticles to scrapes to random hair frizz. I currently have the cold from hell and I’ve been using on the chapped skin around my nose and my dried out lips. These last forever too. I still have a lot left of last year’s and even a little from the year before.

For $7, you’re going to want to stock up here, especially if you love this year’s apricot scent. So far I haven’t seen them repeat themselves scent wise. And you can help other women while you’re saving your own skin.

I can’t wait to see what scent comes out next year.

Covergirl Total Tease Mascara Quick Review

It’s been a long time since someone asked me if my lashes were real. I am fooling everyone thanks to Covergirl. I know it sounds like a fake commercial, but it’s the truth. The weird mascara wand does wonders. The trick is that there is a lash teasing part of the applicator. It helps to lengthen and separate your lashes. It’s actually a miracle worker. It makes my lashes so long and fluffy. I have even used it after applying different mascara. I might have found my new favourite mascara of all time.

Conair Hot Ionic Straightening Brush

Everyone needs the Conair Hot Ionic Straightening Brush at home! If you listen to anything that I say this year, this should be it. This is without a doubt one of the best hair products that I have ever used.

My thick wavy hair is hard to tame on the best of days. When this brush landed on my doorstep, I’d been growing out a haircut that meant my hair was a variety of different lengths. I couldn’t rely on a ponytail. I was frustrated all of the time.

Enter this The Conair Hot Ionic Straightening Brush. It looks generally like a regular brush, only you have to plug it in and the bristles are thick and different lengths. I strongly recommend reading the instructions before using, even though it is fairly easy to use. You do have to brush your hair thoroughly with a regular brush before you start with the Conair brush.

All you have to do to use this hair straightener is brush it through your hair like regular. Be careful to not press too tightly into your scalp. The bristles get hot, so you can easily burn yourself if you aren’t careful.

You will see results by just brushing through your hair like normal. A light brushing will help to smooth and tame frizz and flyaways.

If you want straighter hair, just hold your hair at the end and brush through slower. You don’t have to go very slow, just more carefully. Even with my thick hair, it took less than a minute to straighten my hair. This is straight with body too. I didn’t lose the thickness or volume of my hair, just the waves. I even had people asking if I had been to the salon.

I used to straighten my hair maybe once every two weeks. It was something that I did when I had some extra time. Now that I have this brush, I can go from curly to straight whenever I want.

This is by far my favourite tool that I have ever used! Buy one for yourself, buy one for a friend, everyone needs one!

Sassy Lips Review

If you’re looking for a way to impress your friends next time you pull out your lipstick, check out Sassy Lips. Their lipstick may not look like much from the black box, but when you open the lipstick, I promise you will be shocked.

 

Sassy Lips Keep Em Guessing is a color changing lipstick line that is a brilliant shade in the container and on your lips. Each shade changes with your PH balance, so this lipstick could be slightly different on each person and even on different days. The green ‘My Life RN’ turns into a fuchsia, ‘So Many Feelings’ is a black lipstick that turns to a wine tone, and ‘No Chill Zone’ goes from blue to mauve.

Then you have the Sassy Lips Make The Moment lipstick collection. This one is also a colour changer, but in a different way. These clear lipsticks have dried flowers and gold flecks inside. Each of the sticks turn to a glossy pink tint that is really moisturizing.

Sassy Lips lipstick may not be the most long lasting or brightest colours, but it is the most impressive lipstick you can pull out of your bag.

Foundation Most Wanted

I really want to be the girl who wears nothing on her skin, but I will admit that I love foundation. I love the way the perfect foundation makes your skin feel. I love the way my face looks after I have applied foundation, but before adding blush or bronzer. I love the magic that the right foundation can do for the way I feel. Here are 3 foundations that have been putting a little pep in my step for the past few months.

It Cosmetics CC+ Cream – Forget applying moisturizer and serum and foundation every morning. This CC Cream is all of those things in one. This cream is really thick, but don’t worry it doesn’t feel heavy. Plus you can skip a few steps, so you aren’t adding on layers. When you get a product that makes multiple promises, usually coverage takes a backseat. It Cosmetics seems to have thought of everything. This cream also provides full colour coverage. It almost makes my skin look too good.  How often can you say that?

Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation – There is nothing bad to saying about this foundation. It goes on a bit thick, but unlike some others it never feels heavy. It’s matte, so as soon as it’s dry you don’t even feel it on your skin. It can cover any discolouration, while blending into your skin, so it doesn’t look like you are wearing a lot of makeup. It lasts all day long, and even into the night, meaning I don’t have to worry about my skin.

Tarte Clay Stick Foundation – I’ve used a lot of stick foundations in the past, but this one felt different. This felt like any other luxury liquid foundation, but in stick format. When you swipe this stick on your skin, it’s that same soft feel. I definitely recommend investing in a good brush with this for serious blending. You are going to need it! I got the buffer brush from Tarte and it made a world of different. This thick formula will give you an amazing airbrush, magazine worthy finish, but it’s not a quick fix. You need to spend the time. The best part is that it’s also thick enough to be used as a concealer or even a contouring stick if you get the right shades. Bonus!

Lipstick Queen Dating Game Collection

I adore Lipstick Queens collections and their newest one, Dating Game is a set of four pink lipsticks perfect for Valentine’s Day. With the tagline flirt, date or fall in love – have a fling with pink! there’s a pink for every mood.

I have to say, I’m really not a pink person but these four shades are seriously pretty and super flattering. They’re all really creamy and comfortable with major colour payoff. They’re not transferproof but do a decent job sticking around but reapplying is going to be necessary, especially if you’re eating. The names of the shades are adorable as well; Good Catch (soft, rosy blush), Bad Boy (fuchsia), Mr. Right (warm, rosy pink) and Mr. Right Now (bold magenta).

I personally love Mr. Right but Good Catch and Bad Boy are close behind and Mr. Right Now is probably going to be Stephanie’s favourite spring lipstick. Even if you don’t manage to hunt these down for Valentine’s Day, you can always plan ahead for next year.

2chic Frizz Be Gone Hair Care Quick Review

I tend to be skeptical of frizzy hair shampoo and condition, there’s nothing that the 2chic Frizz Be Gone could say before using it to make me a believer. This line is packed full of Shea butter and almond oil to try to help with maximum moisturizer and shine.

While 2chic hasn’t completely changed my view, it is a good shampoo and conditioner. My hair definitely looked smoother after using it. It felt a bit more manageable than usual. There was still some winter frizz happening, but at least I started off on the right foot. I’m interested in trying some of the other products in the line to add on to my hair smoothing power!