The shiny tube caught my eye and made me stop and look at the Joe Fresh display in Shoppers Drug Mart. I wasn’t sure if this was a new product or just new packaging. Since I had never tried it out, I decided to pick up the colour Pecan for $12 CAD.
The packaging is quite lovely and sleek and I appreciate the screw on lid that won’t accidentally come off inside my purse. Pecan is a metallic nude colour that is sheer but at the same time has a good amount of colour and gloss. This balm is surprisingly long lasting and very comfortable to wear and it also has a light fruity smell. I’ve been loving this balm and will be going back to have a look at some other colours for sure! The only downside is that it rubs against the inside of the tube while using it and leaves some ridges on the product, not a big deal at all really, but I’d thought it was worth mentioning. I think I’ll have to have a closer look at some Joe Fresh products, it tends to be a brand I just pass by and if it wasn’t for the shiny tube, I might have missed out on this new favourite lip balm!
I was surprised to find my Topbox in my mailbox this month, I didn’t realize how far into April we are! Topbox has been doing a great job at providing its subscribers with some extras lately. It’s always fun to find a new product sample to try out!
I received a CoQ10 Caviar sheet mask, I always love to try these out, so I’m pleased. I received a Micellar Water by La Roche-Posay and have tried it out. It works well but I didn’t find it to be a game changer. A dry shampoo from Cake was also included, its smells like vanilla, but I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet.
A Laritzy Lip Pencil was in this month’s bag, its just not my colour, I’ll pass it along to someone. I assume that everyone received a Garnier Moisture Bomb sheet mask, so I’ll have another one to try out this week!
I also assume that everyone received a couple of trial samples of L’Oreal’s Hydra Genius. I did try one out, it’s similar to a couple of gel moisturizers currently on the market, I really like them, and I liked this product as well! Thanks Topbox, not a bad sampling this month and the “extras” are great!
When you try something new, sometimes it’s great and sometimes it isn’t. I’m not sure why, but I don’t like this product. The price (I’ve forgotten) is around the $10-$12 range CAD. I’ve always been a fan of Colorstay products but this one just missed the mark for me.
I bought the colour blonde, it’s not a bad colour, but I tend to prefer taupe eyebrow pencils for me. I really like the spoolie but I don’t like the shape and design of the pencil. The flat side applies light on my brows and if I’m looking for more definition and try to use the sharper tipped edge it looks darker somehow. I end up brushing most of it away with the spoolie trying to blend them both together. The pencil also drags a bit and sometimes retracts into the tube during use. I don’t think it’s a terrible product, I just think because of the design and or the colour, I just don’t like the look I get when I use it.
Nail wraps have been around for years now. I’ve tried several brands and have always enjoyed using them. Some were good and some would barely last the day. Recently I was introduced to the world of Jamberry and my consultant gave me a sample and told me to try their Seven Day Challenge. I wore them for 7 days and and I loved them! These wraps were provided to me for reviewing purposes…but I did end up buying a starter kit!
There is a bit more application work with these wraps, you have to heat them. You can do it with a hair dryer or buy their mini heater. The wraps come in a variety of sizes and there should be enough for at least two applications with leftovers for accent nails and even for toenails.
I found there is a bit of a learning curve with application. Finding the size is easy, heating which warms up the adhesive is easy as well. Application to the nail can be finicky, sometimes it would not go on straight, but I was able to peel it up, heat it again and get it on right. There is some rubbing required and the excess wrap needs to be filed from the tip.
Wear time is at least a week, I got a solid 2 weeks from these wraps and only changed them because I had significant nail growth. (Before and after pictures above). There will be some tip wear as well. Removal is applying acetone and letting it seep under the edges to loosen the adhesive. I peeled them off (not a recommended way of removal) my nails are in bad shape and I did damage the top layer of my nail doing this.
I have a couple of cons to this product. First is the price. A package of wraps starts at $19 CAD. Jamberry figures this is cheaper than a salon manicure, which is true, but you may not have the salon quality. Heating the wraps with a hairdryer is cumbersome, so it’s very much easier to use their heater, that’s another $20 or so CAD. Tip lifting is another con, until you have perfected the application process, you may have some lifting of the wrap around the edges. You can heat the wrap while on the nail to smooth down.
The pros are that there are a variety of patterns and finishes and there are always new ones coming out. The wear time is awesome, if you have a problem with nail polish always chipping off, this product could be your answer! They don’t fade or lose their pattern during wear and you can wash your hands, wash your hair, scrub your floors and they will stay on! Fun, it’s just fun to have patterns or characters on your nails, there are themed wraps available for holidays and plain ones if you just want a nail polish look. I enjoyed them so much that I did buy the starter kit, like I said at the beginning, it includes the heater, some accessories and a choice of some wraps. If you are interested, you can check out my consultant’s website here, you’ll find lots of beautiful wraps and I’m sure you’ll be intrigued!
I love when Topbox throws in an extra product or three, it’s always a great surprise and I usually love what they send. This month it was some Dove products. But first, some products that I wasn’t thrilled about.
Cake Desserted Island body products had always been a favourite of mine, I was excited to see it, but when I tried it, I felt like it didn’t smell as good as I remembered. So my “sniffer” isn’t working right or something has changed, either with the product or with me. Another Bella Aura product that went right into the garbage. I hate the smell. I think I’ve come to the end of what this brand has to offer, so I hope I won’t get anymore. I believe it’s been 5 months with this brand in every single Topbox.
I received a shampoo and conditioner from Curly Hair Solutions. I have curly hair, so I tested this one out without any extra curling products and let it air dry. It left my hair fairly soft and quite frizzy. No magical curling powers there! I also received an Eyeko waterproof eyeliner and I just love it. I have been using it daily since I received it. It goes on easily and stays on all day without smearing. It also removes quite easily with a wet facecloth. I think everyone received a bonus of Dove hair products, such a nice surprise to receive extra products. I can’t wait to try them out! An okay Topbox for me, but I’m completely happy. Love the eyeliner, I got to try a new curly hair shampoo, tried an old favourite brand and got three bonus products. Did I mention that I love the eyeliner…
I was looking for a purple blush and didn’t want to spend a lot of money on one in case it was something that didn’t work on me. I found this one in the United States at Walmart for $4.68 USD. Surprise, surprise!!! I love this blush!
I was thinking that with the purple and orchid lipsticks I owned that this might be a lovely complimentary product, it’s much better than that! It goes with everything. The ombré blush consists of a pale pink, a light purple and another light purple with some sheen in it. Mixed together, it becomes a lovely light lilac colour that doesn’t come off as purple as you might think it should. It has been flattering with everything I have worn it with. The powder is soft and smooth to the touch and is very easily applied and blended. It builds well without looking overdone. It wears very nicely throughout the day without fading or oxidizing. I don’t know it’s available in Canada, but I do know that next time I cross the border, I’ll be buying every colour I can get my hands on! It really is a great product at a great price!