Olay Total Effects CC Cream

*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*

Olay Total Effects CC Cream
Olay Total Effects 7 in 1
CC Cream
Pore Minimizing CC Cream

Another Alphabet product. At the same time, it is different.

You can find this in Fair to Light, and Light to Medium. If you were planning on using this for mere colour, you will be disappointed. Think of it as a lightly tinted colour corrector. It spreads thin, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble trying to make this blend in. A tube will cost you roughly $24CAN at Walmart.ca, which is a tad on the pricey side. Especially if you are looking for more pigmentation. If you are, there are others you can turn to. This one chooses to work for us by filling in pores and other imperfections one might have.

FYI, a little heavy on the scent, so might not be for everyone.

Olay Total Effects CC Cream
Olay Total Effects CC Cream
Right side looks more filled in, than the left side (So it makes it look moisturized/not that many lines)
Lines aren’t as apparent, but it does seem to settle in the dry lines on my hand. Which doesn’t turn out to be a bad thing, as it helps to fill in pores on my face.

Olay Total Effects CC Cream
Bare skin – With CC Cream – With mineral foundation over CC Cream
I like that it grabs on to the loose mineral foundation quite well. My skin looks more yellow for the last picture, but that is because of my foundation and not the CC. You can see that the CC evens out my skin tone, where my skin is red. It slightly helps to fill in the pores, which is more apparent with something over it. I cannot just leave my face with the CC cream. If you have skin in better state (not battling acne since your teens, and not currently battling adult acne), then this might be something you want to check out.

Real Techniques with the Chapman Sisters

*I attended this event courtesy of Farley Co Beauty, where I got to eat yummy foods, take a picture with the Chapman sisters, and leave with a goodie bag. The opinions on this blog are my own*

Real Techniques Road Show Event

Last month, I got to travel downtown to welcome the Chapman Sister duo to Toronto on their #RTroadshow Tour. This also meant I got to see the Farley Co team, and the other bloggers who I have gotten to know over the years. Also thankful for opportunities to catch up with them.

In any case, this was all about the Real Technique brushes that you might already know about. If you don’t, I do suggest you check them out. For budget brushes, Real Techniques are what I suggest along with Ecotools. Great bang for your buck, and quite durable.

Anyway, seeing as I have watched their videos for a long time not (seriously, I think this was around the ABB days…if you know what ABB stands for in terms of beauty blogging, I applaude you lol wait. It was ABB right? I wonder if I am recalling…wrong…)

Anyway, the sister duo Sam and Nic both post videos to the Pixiwoo channel. When they first started out, I just remember thinking, “DANG! I don’t have their bone structure…wish I did” xD But I think that is always great about their videos, like many tutorials out there…is the fact that it starts off with a bare face. The sheer bareness of it all, and to show how they can transform into characters, or various looks for occasions, was always so fascinating. As such, it was a delight to have the opportunity to meet them.

Real Techniques Road Show Event
We even had a time to ask questions, after being told about the history of their time in the world of beauty. I have it recorded somewhere, but off the top of my head
– have an aunt who is also a makeup artist
– they attended college for makeup artistry
– worked their craft by the practical application of working with their aunt/on their own
– don’t like to subscribe to other beauty channels, in order to make sure they don’t rework other ideas
– they do however subscribe to family on Youtube :P
– they do have a favourite brush
– they are part of the RT bush process from beginning to end
– they have videos of their own that they hate haha, loved this part :P

Basically, these two ladies are so down to earth. They know how important it is to make something that is affordable and accessible. So I am glad that they were able to work with the Real Technique line, and continue to develop to ensure that we get the best.

Real Techniques Road Show Event
Real Techniques Road Show Event
Most of us are aware of the pruple, pink, and orange handled brushes. Each colour representing a specific target. But I loved that the ladies shared that they also vary the uses for the brushes. I mean, we shouldn’t be contained to just what they are labeled as. So it was nice to hear that they use them for other uses as well.

Real Techniques Road Show Event
I actually didn’t know about the new set that has silver metal handles. Apparently they are the Nic’s Picks (behind the flowers). I was informed by Michelle.

At the end of the event, I received a baggie with makeup bags (which I am putting to use for organization of samples and such), Lindt chocolate (which I was SUPER thankful for), and the Duo Fibre set. You will probably see a mention about these guys next month.

Oh! I did my nails for the event as well (people have been saying it is Holiday Nail Inspired, but I just did it cause I liked red and holo :P). I used FingerPaints, and Gelish. Threw in some of the Wet n Wild holo glitter that comes out during Halloween…and BAM! I actually still have them on my nails…and it has been three weeks since I had them applied :P I should change them, but SUPER lazy.

Real Techniques Road Show Event
Real Techniques Road Show Event
Shimmer and shine baby…shimmer and shine!

CoverGirl’s New Full Lash Bloom

*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*

A little while back, a little baggie containing this mascara arrived on the doorstep. Oh man…pink… is my first thought. But then I looked closer at what this product was about.

CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom

With Full Lash Bloom Mascara, get exceptional lash fullness that’s soft – even to the touch. With our new petal-shaped brush and mousse formula with natural beeswax, lashes are never stiff or brittle. Perfect for everyday wear, Full Lash Bloom Mascara is also safe for contact lens wearers and is ophthalmologically tested. So bring out every last lash, and embrace you in full bloom!
via -CoverGirl US

CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom
So tonight we have the Full Lash Bloom.

CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom
The fact that the brush is contained outside the actual product, might annoy some. Yes you could argue that there is more waste. But at the same time, it allows you to get up close and personal with the brush before you purchase. This can be a great plus for some people. People like me, who opt to go for thinner brush heads, as they are more forgiving on stubborn short lashes, that tend to hide under the monolid (dang that was a long sentence).

CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom
CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom
Containing natural Beeswax, it is supposed to aid in softer feeling lashes, and adding length.

CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom
Now, my experience seems to be the same for any of the Lashblast mascaras that I have tried. Not the best.

It is indeed quite soft feeling. I mean, if you stroke your lashes, you would know that there is some sort of product on them. You just wouldn’t realize that it was mascara, as we typically think of them making our natural lashes harder/stiffer. The thing is, I don’t usually notice that they are stiffer, unless I decide to give them a boost by pressing my curler to them (once, so I don’t make the mascara coat crack). I did find it was flake resistant, as I didn’t have anything fall off for me.

What is also nice, is that it removes easily with just facial cleanser, or a wipe. No need to rub it off, or to use a heavy duty remove to get it off.

Bristles are spread apart, so if you have lashes that are sparse, you may need to take extra care. But, even still, I found it difficult to make my lashes clump with the brush. Which is interesting to me, since just by looks alone, it reminds me of their other brushes which did make my clump a little (wooo, another long sentence..sorry, this is what happens when I try and proof at the end of a long day).

In my use, I found that there was a bit of length that was added, but nothing drastic. I also found that it uncurled my lashes a little bit, but the formula wasn’t super wet.

Overall impression?
I think it is cool to want to be innovative. Unfortunately this wasn’t for me. If you have monolids, and skin on the oily side, you may get results like mine. But of course, YMMV. I think it might be nice for those who have naturally long lashes, and just need them to be a tad more defined.

These should be in stores now, if you were interested, as I had seen them at the end of November at various SDM locations for ~$10CAN.

It is a pretty tube though…even for those who tend to detest pink lol

CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom

Smells like…grapes…

*Products in this post were gifted to me from a friend. Views and opinion are my own*

Caudalie Make Up Remover

A few months back, I received this set as a gift from my friend AY, as a celebratory gift. It was great timing, as I got both for the price of the Vinosource. Plus, I wouldn’t have spent the money to buy this for myself. So, I loved the mini splurge.

I’m no stranger to the Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water. I’ve had a deluxe sample size in a sample kit from Caudalie, and then had a mini size as a reg sample from Sephora.

Now, Caudalie uses grapes in their products. Now, this is good for everything, but slightly annoying for the nose if you are sensitive.

Caudalie Make Up Remover

Caudalie Make Up Remover
Caudalie Make Up Remover
Left to right
Annabelle Smudgeliner
Annabelle Smoothie
Make Up For Ever Aqualiner (Waterproof)
Marcelle Rouge Xpression
CoverGirl Foundation
Revlon Lash Potion Mascara (Waterproof)

I didn’t have to rub. I basically pressed to the skin (using a cotton pad), waited a few seconds, than wiped. As you can see, everything else did manage to do well aside from the waterproof products. But then again, the waterproof products always need some extra help. You can remove them, you just need to really put some effort into it. But who wants to scrub away and ruin the skin around your eyes?

Anyway, the smaller size is $16CAN at Sephora, or $29CAN for the larger size.