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Monthly Archives: July 2015

I’ve had this palette since it came out, I thought it was a limited edition when I bought it for $64 CAD at Sephora.  It’s still around and it’s still on the Urban Decay’s website.  I love this beautifully packaged palette, but unless you carry a huge purse, it’s really not for on the run.  I have also never chosen to travel with it because of the bulk of the packaging.

  
Nevertheless I think it’s pretty great!  There’s a 24/7 eye pencil in the colour Stag, which I love and have used quite a bit.  The mascara in Perversion was good, it’s pretty dry now, but I keep it anyways.

  
The lipgloss in the colour Sesso is a shimmery dark rose gold that is fairly long lasting on me.  I love the packaging on it!

  
The eyeshadows are great, I like cooler shades and these fit the bill perfectly.  The blush is very flattering but I have been unable to use the bronzer in this palette.  All of the colours lean on the cool side and the bronzer has orange undertones and completely looks out of place.  A shimmery highlighter might have been better suited to this palette.

 

I’m very happy with this palette.  It has a large mirror, which is great for those who can actually see without glasses. (Can someone start adding magnifying mirrors to palettes?). The eyeshadows are beautiful and if you do use this to travel, I think you can easily replace the mascara, lipgloss and eye pencil if they run out.  This palette is a great way to try out a variety of Urban Decay products with one purchase. 

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Heat.  Humidity.  This is the time of year where I fight with my hair.  If I let it do it’s natural curl, it turns into a frizzy mess.  If I straighten it (which I like the best) it turns into a frizzy mess.  No winning for me.  I have tried so many drug store brands of anti-frizz products and I never had much luck.  Fed up I hopped into the car and drove to Sally Beauty Supply where they were having a buy 2 get one free sale on hair products.  I checked out all of the smoothing and anti-frizz treatments and settled on a brand called Biotera made by Naturelle.  With the buy 2 get one free sale I paid $20.78 CAD for the shampoo, conditioner and the leave in conditioner.  It promised on the bottle that it would lock out frizz for 3 days even in high humidity if you use all three products together.


I washed my hair and used the products as directed.  They all had a wonderful salon smell to them.  I found that the leave in conditioner weighed down my hair (I’m actually OK with that) and my hair took forever to dry.  The next day I went out into 88% humidity for an hour and a half.  My hair started to puff up and wave in places, but it didn’t frizz.  I was disappointed and thought that I had bought another product that wouldn’t work for me.  Not one to give up I continued to use these products and I’m VERY pleased now, it’s almost as if my hair is getting better each time I wash it.  I use a little less of the leave in conditioner than I did the first time and my hair still takes a long time to air dry.  It’s incredibly easy to use the flat iron now and it makes my hair feel silky smooth and look so shiny.  I am so happy with these products, my hair remains straight and without frizz in the humidty now!  Battle over…I win!


I grabbed this eyeshadow palette at Winners for $8.99 CAD.  In the package it looked like neutral shadows and for the price it looked like a deal!

  
It wasn’t until I got home and opened it that I realized it looked like Urban Decay’s Naked 3.  The colours were more pink than the neutrals I was expecting.

  
I tried them out for a few days and they are great!  The shadows are soft and I didn’t have much fall out with them and they lasted well throughout the day.  I decided to do a side by side comparison with the Naked 3 palette just because I found them so similar.

  
The colours really are very close as shown in the swatch picture below and a few are exact dupes!

  
So if you want something very similar to Naked 3 and equal in quality at a much lower price, I think you would be happy with the L.A. Girl Nudes Eyeshadow Collection!


While looking at the organic produce at Walmart I found Happy Planet Iced Tea there as well, of course I didn’t even have to think about it and I bought it for $4.97 CAD.  The first thing I did when I got home was to get a glassful of this stuff into me!  

  
It’s a very refreshing drink with a hint of lemon and the fact that it’s organic gives this iced tea high marks in my books!  It says on the bottle to consume within 7 days of opening, I couldn’t even let it sit around for three!  Yes, as I write this blog it’s all gone.  I did see that there was also a lemonade available, so I’ll be trying that one next!

  
There really is nothing better than a cold iced tea on a sweltering hot day…oh wait there is…a cold iced tea made by a Canadian company!  Check out their website here for more awesome products!


Eyebrows.  My eyebrows were always a source of compliments, then I began to age and my eyebrows took on a life of their own.  Growing in the wrong direction, sparse in places, growing a half an inch away from where they are actually supposed to be.  Eyebrow pencils.  That’s when I started using them.  I bought cheap pencils and they sort of worked fine, they needed constant sharpening them so I could get that very fine line I wanted and I could never get a colour that matched, it was always too dark.  I had heard of Anastasia Brow Wiz but didn’t want to put out the $27 CAD for it.   One day at Sephora I decided to splurge and the associate told me I could return it if I wasn’t happy.  I didn’t return it and I’m on my second one!  I use the colour Taupe and it matches me perfectly.  The Brow Wiz has a pencil on one side that is hard and small and is easy to handle.  I can draw tiny lines that look like hair onto the sparse part of my brows.  There is a spoolie brush on the other side to comb your brows.  This product lasts me a year!      My mother always liked to break the price of a product into the amount of days that you use it to determine if it was worth the price.  I do this all the time and the Brow Wiz works out to .07 a day for me to use. This is very much worth the price when I look at it this way!


Stay all day lip colour?  Yes please!  I headed to Walmart and picked up Pucker Up and Dare To Pink for $7.98 CAD each.  The claim is that it will wear for 16 hours, I just need about 8.  This dual ended lip product has colour that you apply and let dry on one end, then you add the other side which is a moisturizing top coat and you apply this throughout the day to keep your lips moist.

  
This product does stay on all day, but you can feel it.  When the top coat starts to wear off, it’s feels dry and sticky at the same time.  When reapplying the top coat, it feels thick on the lips.  For me it really is not a comfortable feeling.  Pucker Up is a bit more sheer and feels better, but has a ton of glitter in it that doesn’t wear well on me.

  
Provocalips does what it’s says.  It stays on through meals and beverages, and the colour does not transfer.  My problem with it is that if you are not constantly putting on the top coat, your lips will look and feel dry towards the end of the day.  It also looks like it’s caked on the lips and begins to feel flakey.  Removal is difficult and I have actually broken blood vessels around my lips trying to get it off.  Some of the other colours might wear differently, but I’m not willing to put out the money to find that out.


I thought I would review this product before tossing it into the garbage.  I bought this oil over a year ago as a potential cheaper replacement for my beloved and expensive Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse (review).  It was on sale for $6.99 at Rexall.  Usually I’m very good at reading ingredients but I think the name Organix lead me to believe that I was buying something “pure and simple”.

I used it a couple of times and I broke out in horrible itchy hives, that’s when I looked at the ingredients.  Although the label says argan oil, it’s the third ingredient after mineral oil and isopropyl myristate.  What the heck is isopropyl myristate you ask?  I had to do some research, it’s a synthetic oil that helps reduce the greasiness of other oils, maybe for instance mineral oil.  It’s also used in flea and tick products for your pets and in head lice shampoo.  Repeated use will clog pores and has been associated with skin irritation.  Although the label had some good ingredients in it, if I had read the label first I would not have bought it as the good ingredients are too far down the list.  In my opinion this is really a bottle of mineral oil.

 
But wait, there’s more!  It says dry oil on the label, but it’s not dry at all.  It’s greasy and even after washing my hands, you can still see the water bead up.  I washed my hands 2 more times before it came off!  No wonder I broke out!

  

I hate when I buy something that doesn’t work for me, but it must work for some people or it wouldn’t be on the shelves.  If you’ve tried this product, let me know what you think.