Gentle Cleanser for Your Face

*This post contains products that were provided for reviewing and testing purposes. All opinions about the product are my own*

Back at the beginning of the year, I received a little package of goodies. Inside, was this brand spanking new cleanser for me to try out.

Seeing as we are getting close to the end of the year…I thought it was about time I got around to writing about it!

MArcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing gel

So today we have the Marcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing Gel.

Housed in a sleek white bottle, and a great pump. It only costs $12.95, and yet it is a massive size for a cleanser!

Some great things about this, is that it is recognized by the Canadian Dermatology Association, is oil free, paraben free, gluten free, 100% hypo-allergenic…You can find more info about it on their website.

Contains Aloe Vera and Glycerin to SOOTHE and HYDRATE the skin
Glyceryl Oleate both MOISTURIZES and PROTECTS the natural barrier of the skin to prevent dehydration
Formulated with the latest Micellar Technology to ensure SUPERIOR MAKE-UP REMOVAL
Beneficial for ALL SKIN TYPES including skin prone to eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and acne
pH balanced

MArcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing gel
MArcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing gel
MArcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing gel
MArcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing gel
MArcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing gel

So what do I think?
I really liked this a lot during the few times we had really hot weather. I could come home and rinse the makeup off my skin, without having to feel like I was drying it out by washing it again in the evening. It doesn’t leave the skin feeling tight, which agrees with their point that it preserves the moisture barrier. The one thing it needed extra help with, was waterproof makeup. In the pictures u there, the remaining makeup, after rubbing the product on my hand for 20 seconds, was the waterproof stuff. Waterproof is generally stubborn, so I would resort to a double cleansing method.

On thing to note. I have a latex allergy, and thus my eyelids are quite gentle (they swell up if I use latex anything really :T). I assume because of that, when I use this product on my eyelids, I have a slightly minty sensation. It isn’t a burn, and it doesn’t hurt in any way, but thought I would note that as a heads up for those who might have a similiar type of reaction to latex on the eyelids in general.

What is your method of choice for your brow game?

*This product was snagged complimentary at the AnnabelleXShenae Party from the makeup wall. Contents within the post are my own personal views on it*

Brows…brows…brows. Brows are SUPER important for me. Because I have such sparse brows to start, it is a must for me to draw them in. If I don’t, I will wear a cap, and you will not see my brows for the rest of the day lol. Plus, since I have a chubby face, brows help to add some dimension to it.

So I was happy that I was able to get a pal to snag me these pencils in the mad dash that was crowded around the free for all makeup stand at the party.

Annabelle Skinny Brow
Annabelle Skinny Brown pencil in Universal Medium and Universal Light.

Annabelle Skinny Brow
The product pushed all out. Light had been used for about two weeks at this point, where Medium has been used about 4 times. So I loved the fact that the product doesn’t run out too quickly on you.

Annabelle Skinny Brow
The “brush” on the other end

Annabelle Skinny Brow
Medium on the left, Light on the right

Annabelle Skinny Brow
I used Universal Light here.

So what did I think?
One of the biggest things was that, because the formula is on the harder side, it required a bit more work to draw with the pencil. It is waxier than I had expected. ㅆhere was a lot of trial and error for me, as I would over draw the end and the little hairs I do have would all clump together. I outline first, fill in the brow with short strokes in the direction of the hair, then use a brush to brush it out in the direction of the hair. Going in the direction of the hair works for me because my follicles are pretty weak, and doing anything else seems to pull them faster. Oh and sorry for the mess of my brows. Been trying to grow them out…for a year…lol
I should just tattoo these suckers -____- I also don’t get the brush it comes with. It is a little too stiff for me to manipulate. No loss for me though. I can pull off both Universal Medium and Universal Light, but I prefer the Medium.

If you like a stiffer, slight waxier formula to your brow game, than this might be something for you to check out.

It retails for $8.95, and can be found in three shades. They can be found on the Annabelle Website, SDM, Pharma Plus…well anywhere Annabelle can be found.

Taking a look at recent CoverGirl goodies…

Ready Set Gorgeous
Ready Set Gorgeous

Part of the #LikeAGirl campaign, the Beauty United crew got this box of goodies in June. Unfortunately I didn’t get my posts up in time for the giveaway, but I still wanted to share.

What does it mean to be “like a girl”. I didn’t get it too often, but where I did get it a lot was when I was told to sit like a girl. Used to drive me nuts. One of the reasons I hated wearing skirts, as wearing them associated me with being a girl.

Another thing that used to get me…was why can’t you be pretty like a girl. Why oh WHY did people have to say that? I didn’t have girly hair, or wear a lot of makeup in my youth. But so what…right? We shouldn’t box in anyone due to what is this weird perception. In any case, of course now I just love shopping for the perfect MLBB lipsticks, or a great full coverage foundation for oily skin…

Which brings us to the topic today…

Ready Set Gorgeous
CoverGirl’s Ready Set Gorgeous!

Ready Set Gorgeous
Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation, available in 12 shades, comes in a small and neat tube.

The built-in powder system fights against shine, pulling oil and sweat AWAY from your face instead of trapping them under your foundation. Pair with the entire instaGLAM collection for a glam look on the go.

Ready Set GorgeousReady Set Gorgeous
Now that was an interesting read, that it was to pull oil away from the skin! That was what intrigued me when I first received it. I liked that it provides medium coverage, but I can’t say that it is terribly long lasting. On my oily skin, it did okay, but spottage in the t zone was apparent after 4 hours. Not a huge difference, but you could definitely tell as any redness in the area was rather visible.

Ready Set Gorgeous
Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer is available in 6 different shades.

Get insta-gorgeous with Ready Set Gorgeous! The oil-free concealer helps cover up imperfections and dark circles instantly. The lightweight formula blends easily for all day coverage.

The concealer, though not in my favorite dispenser, was actually pretty nice. Easy to blend, not too difficult to work with. For myself, it helped to blur the edges of any discolouring from under eye circles and such. Again, medium coverage, as it didn’t completely erase them.
Ready Set Gorgeous
(Let’s try and ignore the fact that I was doing the pictures for this post VERY late, and thus my eyes had suffered by then T___T It didn’t occur to me at all. I just wanted to try and get the pictures churned out!)
Left has concealer, right doesn’t. You can see that it lessens the look of the darkness, but doesn’t eliminate it.

Ready Set Gorgeous
Concealer on the left, and the foundation on the right. Swatched, and then blended right beside it. Pretty close match on my arm, but much lighter on the face. However, the slight oxidation on my skin corrects that.

Anyway, when they go on sake, you can probably pick then up pretty cheap. There are also coupons that are available, while helps out in price. There is also a compact version which I haven’t tried, but assume very similar. In any case, it might not be a product I’d use in the summer, but I actually have high hopes for it for the fall/cooler weather. Let’s hope I’m right cause I’m back to using it with the cooler weather we’ve been having :)
Ready Set Gorgeous

Fill’er up

*Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own*

Back in the beginning of February, I had the opportunity to attend the #PanteneBeautifulHair event. I did a small summary of the event in my Instagram Round Up HERE.

While we were waiting around for our turn, we got to browse the new products that were to hit the shelves. It has been basically half a year later…but I wanted to share one of the things I encountered while I was there.

CoverGirl Skin Perfector
CoverGirl Skin Perfector

That is the CoverGirl TruMagic Skin Perfector in 100 (there is also the Sunkisser 110, and the Luminizer 120). Side note: I did get a sample of the Sunkisser. It was small and cute! But I misplaced it :T

A revolutionary skin-perfecting balm! truMAGIC offers a touch of magic without adding makeup in just one swipe and is available in three fabulous finishes. Use it alone as a mattifier, under makeup as a primer, over makeup to complete your look, or as a skin refresher throughout the day.
-via website

Since I have pores on the larger side, I was pretty excited to try this out. This was the mattify your skin (which is great cause I have oily skin), and because of its texture, I figured it would help with my pores.

CoverGirl Skin Perfector

While I did try out the minimizing the look of pores with this…the formula is a tad…odd. It isn’t a liquid that soaks into the skin. It also isn’t a solid that stays put. As they suggest, use a little and work with it, as if you use too much, I found that it kind of pills up with whatever else you end up using on the face.

CoverGirl Skin Perfector

CoverGirl Skin Perfector
CoverGirl Skin Perfector

After some trial and error, I ended up trying this out as my base, then patting Annabelle CC Powder over it. It helped to hold the powder to my skin, and did seem like it worked in the sense that it filled out the more shallow marks/pores on my skin. You can see there isn’t a difference with the chicken pock mark on my cheek, but in the after picture at least the pores look a little blurred out.

Unfortunately for me, the product didn’t play well with my oily skin. It was if it was like coconut oil, in the sense that as it warmed up…it started sliding a bit. Whatever I ended up trying to use on my cheeks, were pretty non-existent after an hour.

Another thing to note is that the product comes with its own puff. Great, but there is no housing inside it. So what I ended up doing was place it on the cover, and stored the product upside down on its front. That way the puff wasn’t leaning against the product, yet wasn’t gathering dust out in the open.