Last week on Instagram…

If you are reading this on a reader, you might not see the Instagram photos. You will either need to check out my Instagram HERE, or check out the post. If you can, then yay :)

I haven’t done much to really post on Instagram. Well, I actually ate a lot of food last week, but kept eating it before I could post a picture! haha

Almost finalized new North Building on the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus. The old one should have been torn down AGES ago…It is a shame I wont get to experience this, but no big loss over it

North Etobicoke is finally get a Starbucks! Located on the North West side of Royal York and The Westway/Lawrence. It used to be the Blockbuster. So glad. Now I won’t have to drive 15 minutes just to get coffee. Woo :D

Musical Friday w Thornapple

I first came across Thornapple thanks to Eat You Kimchi’s Video.

So I did some searching, and pretty much agreed with all that was said in this review.

In any case, today we have a Korean Indie group called Thornapple.

Soothing in an odd way, and just melodic at the same time.

Check out more videos at HappyRobotRecords

Incorporating the Olay Total Effects to the lineup…

*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*

About two months back, I shared…

BeautyUnited sent me a box box of SOS goodies, to help get me through the (what was supposed to be a hot summer) day.

Today I wanted to share about the Olay products that I got in that box…

Olay Total Effects

Now that I am getting older, and getting further and further away from being 21, I have felt more of a need to work on prevention. Very late, I might add, but better late than never.

Olay Total Effects
Olay Total Effects
Total Effects Age Defying Wet Cleansing Cloths

Dual-textured cloths gently cleanse and exfoliate skin in one simple step—no lathering or rinsing required.
•Cleanses skin without leaving a soapy residue
•Gently exfoliates while infusing skin with vitamins and moisturizers
•Fights 7 signs of aging
-via website

 

So what did I think?

Olay Total Effects
Olay Total Effects
Olay Total Effects
I mentioned using the Olay Fresh Effects Wipes, and generally like them. They are soft, smooth, and doesn’t scrub at my face. I mean I can do that myself, I don’t need the power of the wipe to do that for me. But that is my opinion, as I do tend to use a heavier hand. What I also liked about this is that it didn’t take too much work to melt the eye makeup, and to wipe away. I was wearing waterproof mascara, so that did take more time and work. However, aside from that, it was easy to work with. Plus it didn’t leave a sticky feeling on my face, which is usually the reason for me using Kirkland Baby Wipes in the first place. I will be heading on a vacay in September, and I know that I will have a pack of these on hand for sure. It can get a little pricey, as the entire line is geared for anti aging, but luckily PG has coupons for a few dollars in the local paper inserts once in a few weeks.

Olay Total Effects
Olay Total Effects
Olay Total Effects
Olay Total Effects
Olay Total Effects
Total Effects Dark Circle Minimizing CC Cream Brush Applicator

Minimize dark circles and reveal younger-looking eyes, while flawlessly correcting skin tone. The soothing brush applicator massages the skin around your eyes to instantly reduce the look of puffiness and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
● Designed to blend in with your natural skin tone
● Hydrates for firmer-looking skin and moisturizes to repair dryness
● Light, non-greasy, and fragrance-free
-via Website

If you have really dark circles, this will not immediately reduce dark circles. It is a formula that tends to lean on the lighter side, and it isn’t quite buildable. But, if you don’t have extremely dark circles, you could pull off using just this and running out the door. I use it more to moisturize the undereye, and then to use as an adhesive for my mineral powders. It is is pretty moisturizing for me, so because of the water, I think it makes my fine lines (more genetic that my skin is, than actual wrinkles) seem more plump. The thing is, though the brush is soft, it leaves fine lines. So I pat it down with my ring finger. Also, brushes might not be a thing for some people.

Olay Total Effects
Olay Total Effects
Olay Total Effects
Olay Total Effects
Olay Total Effects

Total Effects Eye Brightening CC Cream

This daily all-in-one treatment provides 7 beautiful benefits to colour and correct the skin around your eyes in one simple step.
Enjoy a more youthful appearance around your eyes effortlessly. Our new Eye Brightening CC Cream works to brighten the skin around your eyes while balancing skin tone for an even, radiant complexion.
● Gently provides daily under-eye moisture for sheer coverage and younger-looking eyes
● Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
● Non-greasy and fast absorbing
-via website

This one was interesting. First, I’m not a huge fan of pots…only because I usually have long nails, and the product gets stuck in my nails. Squeeze is my fav. But I tried to keep that thought out of mind when I tried it out. What I liked about this was the brightening factor. It has these subtle shimmers in it, to give your eye brightening look. Because it diffracts light, it gives a brighter look to the darker undereye area. Coverage (as you can see below), is quite sheer. So again, I would dust a powder on top. I did find it relatively fast absorbing, and didn’t add to making my face oilier than it already is. Always a plus in my books. Again, since it is the under eye area, you want to pat this product, rather than smearing it and rubbing it in. Not just because of the fact that it could potentially damage the area, but also because then you evenly distribute the product and its effects.

Olay Total Effects
Olay Total Effects

Now, the biggest hurdle for me to get over, is the price, as they all hover about the $20CAN mark. It isn’t exclusive to this line though. I know that I need to spend money on skincare to reap the benefits. However, because of my cheap is fun mentality, I have issues trying to get over this. A personal thing. However, like I mentioned, there have been coupons that PG has placed in their newspaper inserts which can be helpful. Then there are points events at SDM, or Airmiles through Rexall. These things help, even if it is just a little, so make sure to utilize them. If I were to drop one thing from the trio, I think it would be the brush. I prefer my undereye treatments, especially when they are to be used in the morning, to have more pigmentation.

You can find these guys… Well.ca, Walmart.ca, SDM, Rexall…pretty much everywhere.

Olay Total Effects

Tossing out another bag…

EDIT: oh my. I had no idea I forgot to proof -____- sorry for all the errors. I swear that is the first time I published something THAT bad OTL.

 

I really needed to toss out this bag. It has been hanging around for too long…and it was just really annoying to look at. Anyway, scheduling posts now…just finishing up a few edits on the pictures!

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Tresemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray

I think this is my 3rd one? I’m loosing track. My hair is incredibly unruly at the moment, so I have to iron down the ends. So having this is a major need for me. Plus I like the smell. There were coupons before, so I get these for about $1.50.

Pantene Ultimate 10 BB Crème

This is another must have for me at the moment. The ends are frizzy, and extremely dry. So I pump like 3 squirts and work on the lower half of the head. This goes on sale somewhat frequently, and sometimes there are coupons you can use. Need to wait for another sale.

Pantene Blowout Extend Dry Shampoo*

I hate you. I love dry shampoos, and I love Pantene generally. But I hate this bottle. I don’t know why, but this leaked in my bag despite being upright, and conveniently leaked all over my ancient iPod Touch (and effectively killed it, no amount of rice saved it). I was extremely pissed off for 2 weeks…so much that I stopped using Pantene for those two weeks lol. Yup, I guess I am vengeful in that way. Anyway, I’ve never had issues carrying around my other dry shampoos, so all I can say is that from now on, I will be putting this in a ziplock bag… *cuteye*

Pantene Silky Moisture Whip

Friend gave me her sample from the SampleSouce box.

Vidal Sassoon Moisture Shampoo

My skin doesn’t agree with VS, so I’ve cut down on using them. When I do use them, I use just the conditioner, on the ends, and in a bun. That way it is off my skin.

Tresemme Platinum Strength Shampoo

I have no idea where the conditioner went for this, but did smelt nice. Not enough to tell if it is any good though.

EOS Shave Cream

I love that this stuff stays where I place it. For the times where I am in a MAJOR rush. I rub this on instead of completely dry shaving (I know, I know…bad habit).

 

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Origins Clean Energy

This is the last bottle I bought when I last went to the MAC Warehouse sale…ages ago. I have to say that I like using this one and the Bobbi Brown one. However, I don’t get tickets to go anymore, so I’ll have to resort to my second favourite, which is the Body Shop Shiso one.

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle

I’ trying to use up samples, as you can see, so I started using this with the Clarisonic. I didn’t like how it felt on my skin though.

Shiseido Lifting Foundation

Mom was addicted to this foundation before. She finally used it up.

Marcelle Essentials 1st Wrinkles Day Dream

Again, another sample size I had. I couldn’t tell if it did anything for wrinkles, but it did leave my skin smooth in the morning.

Qiora

Took my mom AGES to finish this up. -___- She replaced it back to the other pink Shiseido toner

Shiseido Benefiance Firming Massage Mask

Mom has always been a huge advocate of massaging the skin in her younger years. Now a days, she has adopted a more…”Meh” attitude. However it was thanks to the earlier years that she has the skin she does now. Anyway she liked using this…(yes…she loves Shiseido J)

Neutrogena*

I toted this in my everyday makeup bag. It was a little thick, but hands felt good. Plus I didn’t have to worry that my hands were too dry or too slimy when shaking hands with other people.

Aveeno Fresh Essentials Eye Roller*

This is pricey, but I liked how the roller ball felt on my under eye area in the mornings

EOS Lotion

I love these guys. Again a great size to tote about. I heard that they were at Dollarama for $2, so dear C tried hunting them down for me. She went to probably 10, and couldn’t find them. So thankful I have friends who are willing to keep me in mind :D Anyway, she did tell me that it is $2.50 at Target! Much better than the $4 price at SDM or Rexall.

The Body Shop Body Butter Olive

This is ancient, so I needed to toss it out. I might clean it out and use it for something else. This wasn’t too heavy, and the smell did surprise me.

Mederma

When this was finally released in Canada, I went immediately to pick it up. I scar really easily, and have a few on my legs I wanted to work on. I ended up buying two tubes of this. The problem is that it is pretty annoying in terms of application. You see, you put it on, but it creates a film like barrier for your skin. But you need to reapply quite frequently. But if you have certain pants on, that becomes a huge obstacle. It only helped a little on old scars…And these were scars I had had for like a decade, so I did notice a change. However, not enough I would ant to spend another $20 on.
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CoverGirl Bombshell Volume*

The main reason I didn’t use this much, was because this was in Brown. Not enough definition for my eyes. Secondly, I didn’t see the point in using the double wand. I just didn’t see a difference…which is a shame as some of the other ladies see to love it.

CoverGirl Flamed Out Mascara*

One of the samples from Beauty United. I like it, but have to use the Marcelle Raincoat Mascara as this isn’t waterproof

NYC Big Bold Curl*

I got this from Influenster, but the wand it just too big for me to use comfortably…

Revlon Lash Potion

Ah good stuff. Just not in the summer. Then I experience smudging by the end of about 6 hours.

LAncome Definicils Mascara

Was a sample, but it dried out before I got to use it. No loss there as it isn’t waterproof anyway

Fairy Drops Volume Burst Waterproof Mascara

This is pricey, but it was my HG mascara to use last summer. Then I tried Loreal’s Miss Manga. It has replaced the Fairy Drops for my personal use. Farewell

Physicians Formula Eye Booster

I don’t know why I got this. It didn’t work for me. But I found it in my pencil cup…lol

MUFE Aqua Liner #15

This is grey with shimmer in it. I like the Aqua Liners, but they start breaking down towards the inner eye, after about 6 hours. Might be a monolid thing, not sure. The other thing was that the little plastic piece kept pulling off! This mean that it would bubble product, and dry ut faster…just a total pain. I think this is an isolated incident though, as the other two I am using don’t do that

GOSH Extreme Art Eyeliner

I bought a few of these when they were being cleared out. They were my fav before. But ass the skin changes, so does my HG products. Plus th brush was so narrow it got a little annoying
Face Atelier Lip Glaze in Flamingo

I tried using this up, but it was just too frosty to work with. It was a great formula though, but since I didn’t use it much, it stuck around for ages. This is just too ancient to keep around.

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Nailene Black French Tip pen

I thought this was convenient. But alas, dried out too quick

Skinfood Foundation Brush

It broke, I have others that replaced it.

NYC Plumping Lip Gloss Big Bold*

Again the issue with this one was the over-sized doefoot. In order to apply to my lips, I had to redip like 4 times. As I get older, I get far lazier…

Burts Bees Rose Tinted Lip Balm

I loved using these since my first introduction back in 2011. But…they go bad pretty quick O____O. Which I guess I can understand because it is 100% natural…

Jergen’s Natural Glow

I actually used 3, but the other two I tossed. It is hard to remember to keep these things. Anyway I had an issue in the frist two applications where it was CRAZY streaky. I think it is better now…by the third time…but not sure if I would get it

ELF Blush in Flushed

$1, and I like the colour! So what more to say…

La Roche Posay Hydreane

Was a sample from the $5 sample kit last year, if I remember correctly. Was a great kit. I’ve heard they were out again, but haven’t seen them in the stores that go to -___-

Issey Miyake Leau Dissey

Okay…I have WAY too much perfume samples. So I have been really trying to use them up. This was one of the few I actually really liked…will have to consider buying in the future…

On another note…been extremely sad over the news of Robin Williams. As a kid, I looked forward to his movies. They were one of the sources of happiness for me, during a troublesome childhood time when kids were mean. I had just rewatched the Birdcage over the weekend…So RIP to a man who brought smiles to all our faces.

Products marked with an asterisks were samples that were provided free of charge for reviewing purposes