Pureology Strength Cure Collection

Pureology Strength Cure
There are so many hair products out right now that use the terms rescue, damage or repair and I’ve used a lot of them without noticing any kind of difference. So I was skeptical when Pureology’s Strength Cure collection showed up. I’ve never used Pureology before and I don’t have particularly damaged hair so I didn’t have any kind of expectations. I don’t colour my hair, don’t use a lot of heat on my hair, but my frizz is unmanageable in any kind of humidity. Pureology claimed my hair would be 97% stronger after one use of the system.

The first thing I noticed was how much thicker the shampoo is compared to others. It still couldn’t be mistaken for conditioner but the texture was definitely different from what I’d been using. By the time I was done with the shampoo and conditioner I noticed a huge difference on how strong my hair felt wet.

I used the Strength Cure Fabulous Lengths on it’s own as a styling product just to see how my hair reacted in general to the line. It was pretty easy to comb through, no knots or tangles and when it dried it wasn’t crunchy and my hair ended up in pretty nice waves. It didn’t however get rid of the frizz so I’ll probably mix it with something else next time.

The only thing I didn’t like about Pureology’s Strength Cure line was the scent. It’s a weird powdery banana/coconut scent, probably meant to be somewhat tropical, but it really doesn’t work for me. If my hair is going to keep feeling stronger, I can get over the scent. It’ll be interesting to see how strong my hair can get.

ImPress Press-On Manicure Review

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Unlike some people, I don’t always have nails that are the perfect length and strength. Working every day, cleaning my house, playing sports and everything else tends to make me break my nails on a regular basis. This makes all of my nails be different lengths.

When I got my Influenster box with two boxes of imPress Press-On Manicures, I was glad that for a few weeks I could have perfect nails. I was a little disappointed with the designs. The one package was a lovely metallic purple from the Disney Villans line, but the other one was white and pink black. It had feathers or leaves on it. I could picture trashy strippers wearing that design. I figured I would save those ones for Halloween.

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I followed the steps to put them on my cleaning my hands, prepping them and then applying the nails one at a time. I have to say, it was pretty simple to get perfect nails. I had them all pressed on my fingers before the next commercial break of my show. The only downside that I could see about applying them is that  the more nails you have on, the more difficult it becomes to pull the plastic off of the back.

Once they were on though, they were perfectly pretty!

They do have a few flaws. First, the ends of some of the nail have little plastic tabs like they didn’t file them properly. I ended up filing them myself so they were smooth. I didn’t mind, but I thought I was getting fake nails so that I didn’t have to file anything.

Second, hair products are their archenemy. Water didn’t seem to affect my nails after a day of wearing, but when I styled my hair the gel got under my nails and made my imPress manicure start to fall off.

Wearing fake nails isn’t my thing on a day to day basis. Typing this review was more complicated than ever thanks to my nails, but for a special event I will definitely get a pack of imPress nails so I can look great!

Win A Girls With Curls Survival Kit

The hot humidity of summer is approaching and our hair is already feeling the effects. Anyone will curls will feel the pain of summer frizz. Dippity-do’s Girls with Curls line is made with shea butter, coconut oil, aloe and vitamin E to calm your curls in the heat of summer. The best part is that this collection will give you beautiful curls without breaking the bank like some other salon collections.

We want to share the joy of soft beautiful curls all summer long by winning a Girls With Curls Survival Kit. Makeup Most Wanted is giving away the complete Dippity-do hair care collection featuring Curl Shampoo, Curl Conditioner, Curl Shaping Gelee, Leave-In Curl Defining Cream and Curl Deep Conditioning Treatment.

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To win, we want to see your most unruly hair! Head to Twitter and use the hashtag #DippitydoGirlswithCurls when you tweet a photo of your crazy hair to us @makeupwanted showing why you need this Dippity-Do hair care line!

This contest is open to residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) until Friday, June 27, so make sure to show us your worst hair day!

Read our review of Dippity-Do’s Girls With Curls collection now.

Witches of East End’s Rachel Boston Talks Makeup

 

Beautiful Rachel Boston won us over as Ingrid Beauchamp on the first season of Witches Of East End, and we can’t wait for season two to bring back all of the drama and mystery this summer. Rachel fell in love with acting when she was 7 years old and is finally getting her chance at starring roles in this show and the Hallmark special ‘A Ring By Spring’, In preparation for the return of Witches Of East End, we spoke to Rachel Boston about how she stays looking so gorgeous. Learn her secrets now:

What is your first makeup or beauty related memory?

My grandmother sold Avon for over 30 years and my first memory related to makeup is going down to her basement to look at all of the boxes of makeup and skin care products. At the time, I didn’t know what was inside but it all seemed very exciting.

What is your everyday morning beauty routine like?

When I’m filming, it’s really simple. I wash my face, put on Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizer, add a little argan oil and rose oil and head to the studio.

What will you never leave the house without wearing or applying?

Moisturizer, and I just started using coconut oil. It’s such a great moisturizer for the body.

What is your budget friendly beauty secret?

Cetaphil face wash works great for me.

How do you keep your hair looking gorgeous?  

I eat a healthy diet and keep it natural when I’m not filming. It goes through so much during the week, so I will let it air dry and wear it up my head when I have a break.

Do you have any products or treatments that you splurge on?

I love pure essential oils. My bathroom looks like an apothecary.

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What are 5 products that are always in your makeup bag and you can’t live without?

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizer keeps my skin happy, Josie Maran Argan illuminizer adds a glow, DiorShow Mascara lengthens lashes and it lasts all day, Yves Saint Laurent Toche Eclat is great for early morning eyes, and Terry Baume de Rose for my lips because I love all things roses.

 

St. Tropez Summer Tan Most Wanted

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Everyone is looking towards summer and for some of us, myself included, that means the return of a gorgeous tan. I know some prefer to be pearly white, but my skin never looks better than with a golden glow. I am starting this summer with a tan, and that means asking for some help from tanning pros at St. Tropez. To help us get ready for summer, we asked St. Tropez Skin Finishing Expert Sophie Evans for her 5 essentials for the perfect summer tan. Here is what she recommending investing in:

St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse – This lightweight, easy to apply, velvety mousse delivers an even, all over tan. It is great for all skin types, dries in an instant and lasts for about 5-7 days. Aloe Vera helps keep the colour going strong, leaving a naturally glamorous result. It looks great from the initial application and won’t leave a sticky feeling.
(50 ml/$22.50, 120 ml/$40.00, 240 ml/$51.50, available select Hudson’s Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora stores as well as select salons and spas nationwide.)

St. Tropez Applicator Mitt – For a velvety smooth application of self tan, the Applicator Mitt is a definite must have. The water-resistant barrier ensures fingers remain unstained as you glide on self tan to your skin. Simply load up your mitt with self tan and apply with a light flat hand and sweeping strokes. 
($8, available select Hudson’s Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora stores as well as select salons and spas nationwide.)

St. Tropez Luxe Dry Oil – This innovative self-tanning solution gives a seriously hydrated, long lasting tan that looks great from the get go with its subtle colour and gold mica skin finishing particles. You will want to showcase this tan the moment it hits your skin. After your self tan, apply to all exposed limbs for a perfectly hydrated golden sheen, fitting for a night out!
($60/100ml, available now at select Sephora stores, will be available at select Hudson’s Bay and Shoppers Drug Mart stores as well as select salons and spas nationwide in June.)

Prep & Maintain Tan Enhancing Polish – Smooth skin is the first step to achieving a flawless tan and is crucial for prolonging an even colour for longer. Unlike other scrubs, which may contain ingredients that will remove self-tan, St.Tropez’s formulation has been specially created to make sure that it works to help a tan – not destroy it. It relies on the clever technology of spherical beads that won’t scratch or damage the skin but simply remove tired skin cells – ensuring smooth and silky results. To maintain your tan in between applications and ensure all around evenness, exfoliate every few days.
(200ml/$24, available at select salons and spas nationwide.)

Prep & Maintain Tan Enhancing Moisturiser – Packed with a luxurious blend of ingredients, the Tan Enhancing Moisturiser not only softens and smoothes skin but also extends the length of a tan and reduces fading and patchiness. Prior to tanning, use the moisturiser as a barrier cream on elbows, knees, whole of the foot, back of the heel, whole of the hand and back of the wrist as dry areas are prone to get darker if not protected.
(200ml/$24, available at select salons and spas nationwide.)

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Wantable May 2014 Makeup Box

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I’m a big fan of subscription boxes and I’ve been eyeing Wantable’s makeup box (they also offer accessories or intimates boxes) for a long time, so when they generously offered to send us one for review, I was all over it. The difference between Wantable and other makeup subscription boxes is that you get full size products and it’s by far the most customizable subscription box I’ve ever seen. You literally go through a list of everything from lipstick to nail polish and tell them if you like it or don’t. If you don’t like something, you don’t get it. Same goes for shades. You can subscribe to Wantable for $36 (plus $6 shipping to Canada) or buy a one time only box for $40.

I loved my box. It was filled with things I would actually use and while I’ve wanted to try ncLA nail polish for a while, I’d never heard of the other companies. The box value was $78 so that’s basically double what I would’ve paid for it.

Glam Natural Eyeliner Pencil in Midnight
Glam Natural Eye Pencil Midnight
This eyeliner goes on really smoothly, smudges really well and lasts a long time. The colour is a really nice Indigo.

ncLA Nail Polish in I Only Fly Private
NCLA Nail Polish I Only Fly Private
This is what I was most excited about when I opened my box. The colour is a really nice bright peach, perfect for spring.

(PI_) Beauty Cheeky Blush in Blushing
(PI__) Beauty Cheeky Blush Blushing
I said in my preferences that I was fair, so it was nice to get a blush that wouldn’t be too dark for me. The formula builds really well and I love the shade.

Eddie Funkhauser Hyperreal Eye Colour Palette in Girls On Film
Eddie Funkhauser Eye Color Palette Girls On Film
The colours in this palette are gorgeous and go together really well. I already have a palette with similar shades but I don’t mind getting more. They’re pretty blendable and the right size to throw in your purse if you need to throw on makeup while you’re out.

I’m super impressed with Wantable. From how quickly I got my box to how well it was customized to what I liked, I will definitely be getting this box again.

May’s Makeup Most Wanted – Steph’s Picks

Spring is about starting fresh, so here are my most wanted makeup and beauty products for this month that will give you a fresh start whether it’s clean skin, pampering yourself or looking hot.

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1. philosophy Vanilla Coconut set – This little three product set has me totally transported to a tropical island. The body lotion, shower gel and lip gloss trio has an intoxicated scent that I can’t get enough of. It’s perfect for summer’s coming long days and makes me feel a bit of the summer when it’s cold out.

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2. Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm – Every girl should have a perfectly pink lip balm in their purse at all times. One that gives you a hint of colour and softens your lips. My new go to is Pixi Beauty’s Ripe Raspberry lip balm. It makes my lips feel so kissably soft.

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3. Smashbox Santigolden Age Collection – This Smashbox collection is only for the real cool girls. Even the packaging screams super cool. The eyeshadow palette is full of dramatic blue and orange shades, while the eyeliner is shocking blue and glam gold. Of course the nail polish strips are the icing on the cake with those super funky wraps that no one will ever forget.

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4. Dermalogica Clear Start – I wish I had this acne skin care collection when I was a teen. It’s like getting a Dermalogica spa facial in your home. The face wash smells light and fresh, while the Daytime Treatment is easy to use and really effective on nasty breakouts.

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5. Avon Ideal Flawless CC Color Corrector Pencil – I have a love/hate relationship with concealer, but this corrector pencil made all of my hate go away. This little pencil is the perfect on the go concealer for any issues. It is easy for breakouts, dark spots or under eyes to make you feel confident in seconds.

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6. Sanctuary Spa Me Time Spa Treats – I wish I could head to the spa every week, but unfortunately I can’t. I love this little set to save until you have a night alone to take over the bathroom for serious pampering. It has a body wash, scrub, butter and hand cream that have the smell of your favourite spa. Perfect for you or for a gift if you can part with it.

Essie Summer 2014 Nail Polish Collection

Essie Summer 2014 Arrive
Essie makes some seriously great nail polish collections so I couldn’t wait to see what the summer 2014 collection was going to look like. In a season that’s been full of neon nail polish, Essie definitely kept on trend but didn’t go completely neon and added a few neutrals. All of the swatches are two coats and a top coat.

Haute In The Heat
Essie Haute In The Heat Swatch
This is a perfect dark hot pink. It went on amazingly well and is a great night out shade for summer.

Roarrrrange
Essie Roarrrrange Swatch
In the sunlight Roarrrrange is full on tangerine. It definitely stood out from the rest of the collection in terms of brightness.

Ruffles & Feathers
Essie Ruffles & Feathers Swatch
Ruffles & Feathers is a lot brighter than it photographs. It’s a neon teal that is pretty much my perfect shade. Be careful taking it off, even with a base coat your nails will turn blue.

Strut Your Stuff
Essie Strut Your Stuff Swatch
Strut Your Stuff actually went on the best out of the whole collection. It’s a super bright blue that would look amazing as a pedicure colour.

Urban Jungle
Essie Urban Jungle Swatch
I had major issues applying Urban Jungle. I don’t know what it is about pale shades but they always seem to be super streaky. This one never completely evened out. I do like the shade and I guess if you need a really neutral shade for the office it could work but it’s definitely not my favourite.

Fierce, No Fear
Essie Fierce, No Fear Swatch
Fierce, No Fear, like Urban Jungle doesn’t scream summer to me but this one went on a lot better. The shade reminds me of chocolate milk. I would use this in the fall for sure but probably not in the summer.

Overall I love most of the shades in the Essie Summer 2014 collection and can’t wait to use them on a regular basis.

Ipsy Glam Bag May 2014

Ipsy May 2014 Bag
If there’s one thing I love about Ipsy, it’s trying brands I’ve either never heard of before or something I would’ve just never picked up. This month’s Glam Bag is a perfect example of that. The theme this month seems to be Fresh Picks and the actual bag is a really nice cloth makeup bag, though mine has some kind of strange scent attached to it.
Ipsy May 2014 Inside
This month I like the idea of everything I got, we’ll see if I actually like the products.

I got the Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask which sounds amazing. It has argan oil in it, so how bad can it be?

I also got the Jersey Shore Sun Sans Tan Pure White Mineral Sunscreen which I’m not nearly as excited about. I’m super fair and burn easily so I use a lot of sunscreen but this one seems a little runny and it takes a lot to rub it in and get rid of the white. It actually reminds me of those old school zinc sunscreens that came in neon colours in the ’80’s.

I’m hit and miss with Pacifica, I have better luck with their scents and body products than anything makeup related but I’ve never tried their eyeshadow before so I’m interested to see how the Duo 2 eyeshadow works out, this seems to be an Ipsy exclusive and the purple and ivory shades are pretty enough.

I love perfume samples, especially when they come in rollerball form, so I was really excited to get the Calvin Klein Endless Euphoria sample. And it smells delicious!

What I was most excited about was the Avène Thermal Spring Water. I’ve heard such amazing things about it but haven’t tried it, so I can’t wait to open it.

Overall, this month’s Glam Bag was a decent mix of brands I’ve never heard of and things I wanted to try. If you want more information on Ipsy you can check it out here. Let us know what you got in your bag!

MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection

MAC Alluring Aquatic Review
MAC’s Alluring Aquatic collection is the perfect beachy, summer collection. I’m super fair and bronzer looks awful on me but I love the bronze, glowy look and Alluring Aquatic gives me that without turning me orange, or worse. From the shiny turquoise with water drop effect packaging to the wave pattern on the eyeshadow and blush, the collection just screams beach.

The Lorelei Extra Dimension eyeshadow is a light, shimmery bronze that goes on beautifully and blends well with other shades and Seduced At Sea Extra Dimension Blush is a sheer bronze coral that shows up well on my skin but doesn’t stand out like crazy. My absolute favourite though is the Seducing Sound Lip Glass. It’s a sheer cocoa bronze shade that looks amazing on it’s own and even better with a neutral liner under it. The colour lasts for a pretty long time for a lip gloss and in typical Lip Glass fashion isn’t crazy sticky.

MAC pretty much broke me for other summer makeup with their Alluring Aquatic collection and I’m already wondering if I need to go buy spares in case I run out before the collection leaves stores.