Working with the Exfolikate

Disclaimer: Products in this post were purchases with my own funds. Reviews and experience are of my own, and I have not been compensated in any way.

Exfolikate

Ah…
I know. I shouldn’t be using scrubs. I’ve passed that age bracket now.

The problem is…ever since my days of St Ive’s, I have been a tad addicted.

I’ve actually reserved this for really important times…when I need that flakey skin dissolved quickly.

You apply very gently, and move it in circular motions. Let it sit for the required time (30 secs max), and get on your way.

Despite the warning, I don’t experience redness, and I can see that the edges of my recovering pimples have been removed a bit more. That means, when I apply my foundation, I won’t get the way too noticeable telltale signs lol

Exfolikate
I like that it has a foil seal.

ExfolikateExfolikate
Looks a little odd, with its interesting colouring…ha
It is a little on the thick side, but on wet skin, it moves quite well.

The problem is that it is expensive. For the price, I can probably use something else. Luckily I have gotten it as part of sample kits that Sephora has offered once in awhile. Since I only use it in certain areas, the small tubes last me quite the while.

Working with the Exfolikate

CoverGirl ‘Notice Me Nudes’ Quad

Ooops. Have to revise that… I WAS a Beauty United Blogger. Since the move to Korea, it isn’t like I could still be :P

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

*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*

CoverGirl Notice Me Nudes Eyeshadow Quad

I got the new quad back at the end of 2014. I know…as per the usual, the reviews are churned out late. But, luckily you can still snag them! They are available at Well.ca for $10CAN. The stock picture on the Well.ca website is really…inaccurate. A quick Google search will show you better colours, if mine don’t satisfy you :)

So, I don’t have a lot of CoverGirl shadows in my collection.

Why?

Well, I guess I never had a lot of great experiences with them. I had a few with the old blue packaging, but they were always too dry and stiff to really work with. I think I ended up breaking on up to use in clear polish.

CoverGirl Notice Me Nudes Eyeshadow Quad

In any case, I wasn’t expecting much from this new Quad that CoverGirl released. But just looking through the cover, I wished that it would go well…

and lucky for me, it did.

First off, though you can use the sponge applicator it comes with (which isn’t crappy like built in applicators tend to be), I like using my finger tips. This might not be an option for you, if you have larger fingers, or long nails. I know I can only use my ring finger, as it is flesher than the others.

CoverGirl Notice Me Nudes Eyeshadow Quad
CoverGirl Notice Me Nudes Eyeshadow Quad

Now, what I like about this, is the shimmer. Oh dear goodness…THE SHIMMER! I actually used #1 as a highlighter for my cheeks for the holiday season. It gave enough of a shine, without being too crazy. I found it similar to some of the other liquid ones that I had. #2 is also a nice somewhat taupe-y shadow. Again with the shimmer, it gives a nice all over colour for the lazy days. Depending on your brow colour, you might get away using #3 for the brows (I used to use Annabelle’s So Foxy, and eyeshadow, for my brows). #4 gave me the most trouble, as it was falling out all over the place. So using a bonder, and a primer, is a necessity for this one. You might want to use tape to pick up any strays as well.

If you aren’t a fan of shimmer, you may want to skip out on this one. But if you do like it…it is really something you want to check out. You can use the sponge applicator it comes with (which isn’t the usual flimsy sponge applicator we get from drug store products). I actually just like to use my finger pads, as I get to rub the rest of the shimmer wherever I want…Yes…I’m weird.

CoverGirl ‘Notice Me Nudes’ Quad

Gimmicky or Innovative?

*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*

First…
Happy Birthday to JW. Here’s to another year, and another decade! Wishing her all the best, while I’m all the way over on the other side T___T

CoverGirl Bombshell

This was a first for me. As such, I found it VERY amusing to play around with.

What is it that I am talking about?

CoverGirl Bombshell

CoverGirl Bombshell
Well, that is the new Covergirl Bombshell Powder Brow + Liner!

I mean LOOK at this thing…

CoverGirl Bombshell

Basically, the applicator is a firm, yet soft sponge, which allows you to draw on your brows, or liner your eyes.

Lining your eyes wasn’t a problem for me…it was the brows that gave me all sorts of hell lol.

CoverGirl Bombshell

Ingredients:
CoverGirl Bombshell

Because the powder is so dense, and very pigmented, I found it hard for me to use a lighter hand (I’m just like that though, I use a heavier hand for a lot of things). What I actually had to do, was to pat it on in the central areas, and then use a brush to work it through the rest of the brow.

CoverGirl Bombshell

Another plus to the product, was the fact that it was pretty resistant to smudging. I mean, it isn’t completely fixated to the skin, but it does a decent enough job to stay put. I did see a bit of fading, but I usually do with my oily skin.

What I actually don’t get, is why the shaking balls are in the applicator, rather than in the powder product. I mean, you would think that it was used to keep the powder in a powder state, and not clump up. But it acts like an adult rattle instead. Interesting…

In any case, this was something fun to try out. If you think that you have a better steady hand than I do, something to check out.

You can find this on Well.ca for $10CAN, in black and in brown.

Gimmicky or Innovative?

Duo Fibre…ooooh baby

Back in December, I had the pleasure of attending an event to meet a lovely sister duo.

Sam + Nic Chapman, whom we know have teamed up to create the lovely RT brushes we all know and love.

Real Techniques Duo Fibre

Well, as we were leaving the event, we were gifted with the Duo Fibre trio. Retails for $29.99CAN on the Farley Beauty Website.

Real Techniques Duo Fibre

includes 3 limited edition brushes:
+ duo-fiber face brush: for lightweight application
+ duo-fiber contour brush: for controlled contouring and sculpting
+ duo-fiber eye brush: for finishing touches to the eye

You can find the brushes at Walmart, Rexall, and online through Farley Beauty. There are a few more places, but you can check the website for more stores :)

Real Techniques Duo Fibre

Out of the three, the eye brush was the one I liked the least. I loved the contour to pick up cream blush, then lightly sweep up and down on my cheek. Deposits a nice colour, without looking too crazy. Especially when I use Bozo the Clown type of red :P

The face brush was one that I reached for, when I wanted to set my cream foundations from CoverFx. It would help to sweep the powder without leaving streaks, or pack it on too heavily.

The sad part?
I forgot to pack the face brush and contour with me. I used them regularly, and had them on the makeup area…and forgot to pack it when I was done my makeup for the morning. Of course, it didn’t help that I was sleep deprived, and was frantic lol

If you are curious about sets, I’d suggest oyu check out the Nic’s Picks. Pretty to look at, and LE I believe?

Duo Fibre…ooooh baby

Sephora will be the death of me…

I did my best not to buy…or seeing as I did…to stick with skincare. I did okay.

I guess…lol

Well with the employee F&F (where you had to snag a code from an employee, which I grabbed from Instagram), then the VIB release of the F&F sale…my wallet was in for a beating.

I mean…for Sephora, 20% is a rather big deal. It also helped to push things over the top for some. I saw receipts to qualify for Rouge in one shot! Wowza. Cannot imagine doing that myself, but it was interesting to see the pictures that people would post online.

So here is what I managed to drag home.

Sephora F&F Sale 2014
First Aid Beauty Cheers to FAB Skin $60CAN
SUCH a great deal, so I knew I needed it. It was OOS online, but managed to snag it in store. I actually like the cream and the Facial Radiance Pads a lot…and really enjoyed the cleanser, so for me, this was a steal!

Sephora F&F Sale 2014
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pad $14CAN
I actually ordered the Facial Radiance Pads again, as I was on my last few from my first tub. I actually prefer to get the smaller tubs, as my friend once bought a larger one, which ended up drying up on her by the time she got to the bottom. I also don’t peel the seal off completely, which makes me feel as if I am doing it some extra service or something

Sephora F&F Sale 2014
Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Peel Pad $15CAN
I also wanted to try another peel, so I got the Un-wrinkle Peel Pads. It is supposed to be stronger than the FAB ones, but I read some reviews where people preferred the FAB>PTR. I wonder what my experience will be like…For this, the smaller tub ended up being more of a value deal than the larger ones.

Sephora F&F Sale 2014
Peter Thomas Roth 21st Birthday Kit $44CAN
My friend suggested the facial wash, so when I spotted this kit at the Yorkville location, I popped it in my bag. I’ve tried the peel (not my ultimate fav), and the sunscreen (from Sephora’s Sun Kit last year…which is a tad too slick for my oily face). With my age, I need to start moving away from SA and move to AHA…but this was too good of a deal.

Sephora F&F Sale 2014
Clarisonic Brush Head Value Pack $90CAN
This was spotted at the Yorkville location as well. I had ordered the Radiance brush heads online (as they were $43CAN for a two pack), but wanted the regular ones which were sold out at a lot of the locations. I mean it will last me the year…/whydoIneedsomany…

Sephora F&F Sale 2014
I picked these up as well…mainly because they were cute and such a great deal! I think I snagged these before hand…

Sephora F&F Sale 2014
This kit actually ended up going back. I got the facial cleanser in a freebie baggie, and the other stuff didn’t really appeal to me without it. So it went back.

You would think…that would be enough. But no. Black Friday happened, and I picked up a bunch of stuff there (which I shared HERE). Luckily Boxing Day wasn’t that good, so I only got one thing (Ole Henriksen Skincare Duo). Phew…but I still spent so much frigging money. So yes…unless I learn some proper self restraint…Sephora will be the death of me.

Sephora will be the death of me…

3-in-1 Micellar Solution by Marcelle

*This was provided for review purposes. Views and opinions about the product are based on my own experiences*

Marcelle Micellar Solution
Why hello there…

Marcelle Micellar Solution
You look a little familiar.

I didn’t realize how familiar…til I read Sparkled Beauty’s post on the product. It probably said it on the Press Release…and I just didn’t read it (I think I accidentally tossed it with the packaging -___- #fail Esther…fail). Basically the 3-in-1 Micellar Solution was formally known as Soothing Cleansing Water! I mean, I use this stuff! That’s why it was familiar in use lol. I have the LE size which was on clearance for $10. You can usually find this at the Lisa’s Sale when it does happen.

A 3-in-1 solution that gently cleanses, effectively removes make-up from both face and eyes, and soothes the skin. Its no-rinse formula micro-emulsifies impurities without irritating even the most dry and intolerant skin.

It is effective even on longwear and waterproof make-up. The skin is left exceptionally clean, fresh and soothed.

BENEFITS
Enriched with SOOTHING ALOE AND CUCUMBER EXTRACT
Ensures SUPERIOR MAKE-UP REMOVAL thanks to its advanced micellar technology
– Via website

The thing is, I didn’t like the flip/press top, or the pump. So the fact that it has been repackaged into a press down pump, is quite awesome. I actually have one more of the larger size, so I am trying to finish this up quick, that way I can decant it into this new container for use.

Marcelle Micellar Solution Marcelle Micellar Solution
Marcelle Micellar Solution
I usually wear waterproof mascara, a smudge resistant/long wear shadow pencil, waterproof eyeliner, all on top of a primer. I press down twice on the pump, and press the pad to my eye. I press so that the lashes are pressed upwards, then adjust it so that my lashes are being pressed downwards. Then do a clean up around the area. I was a little rough so that is why my eye is red. It actually doesn’t sting, unless the flakes of the eyeliner get into my eye. Also, I flip the pad to the other side, and do a secondary swipe to get all the bits of mascara and eyeliner off my face. The great thing about this is, that if I am SUPER lazy, I can do this all in my room within minutes, and jump in bed. No rinsing is required of me. Of course, I usually do end up washing my face (I have to do every part to try and keep my adult hormonal acne at bay).

You can find it at your local drug store, Well.ca, or on the Marcelle website for $20CAN. There are frequently sales for about 20-30%, so you only need to wait a little if you think it is too pricey. I have not used the Bioderma one in AGES, so I can’t compare. But in terms of value, this is cheaper.

3-in-1 Micellar Solution by Marcelle

The Annabelle BigShow Waterproof Mascara

*Products in this post were provided for review consideration.
Views and opinions of the product are my own*

So…

You can imagine how excited I was, when Annabelle released the waterproof version of the Le BigShow Mascara. You see, everyone seemed to love it. But, because I have monolids, the Le BigShow just could not endure that and my oily skin.

Annabelle Big Show WP Mascara

Alas, I was sad…

But now…

Well, what did I think?

Annabelle Big Show WP Mascara

Annabelle Big Show WP Mascara
(First pic = no mascara, just curl. Second pic = one coat. Third pic = two coats)

Just like other waterproof mascaras, it preserves the curl as much as possible. That is one point for it. The second coat helps to extend the lashes, which is another point for it, as my stubby lashes need all the help that they can get. It lasts very well on me, as I didn’t have racoon eyes even after 12 hours. This means that it get another point, since long wear is important for me. It also means that it was monolid friendly, as that is where most of my mascaras fail.

I could technically remove this with a baby wipe, at the end of my day. I didn’t have to rub too hard, and I assume that my natural face oils helped to loosen up the product for removal. That is nice, as I don’t HAVE to use a different remover, especially when I am lazy. Of course, I would tell you to use one, as you don’t want to pull out lashes accidentally.

I do have to take back a point though. It does take a little longer than some of my other mascaras to dry. Not a huge deal, but I need to remember, otherwise it gets all over my eyelid. This will probably be only a problem for those with monolids. Just give it a minute to let it set. Once it does, it shouldn’t move.

Maybe it is because of my lashes, but I found it to look a little cakey on my lashes. But at the same time, it does give it an illusion that they are fuller in that way. And it isn’t like someone is going to be staring at my lashes within 20 cm. So it isn’t a huge deal. Also, this has help up during this cooler weather, and the slight snow we had the day I wore it. I would have to revisit this review in the warmer weather, as things can change. I know that it happened with the Revlon Potion one. Worked awesome in the cooler weather, a total mess in the summer for me.

I have been currently addicted to my Miss Manga Waterproof Mascara (seriously, I had misplaced it for a month, and ended up going out to buy another. Then I found it. -__-). But the BigShow Waterproof def gives me a slightly cheaper alternative to the Miss Manga, which can get pricey at regular price.

You can find the Big Show mascara, or the Annabelle line at Rexall, SDM, and various Loblaws Company stores for $9.99 RSP. Or you can check out their website HERE.

The Annabelle BigShow Waterproof Mascara