“20X the Points” event at Shoppers Drug Mart


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So imagine my surprise when I got an email on Thursday, from SDM, about a correction. The correct was to retitle the email, as 20X the points!
If they had not resent it…I might not have paid any attention to what was going on around me, and noticed too late. But luckily they did, and I got to plan a bit on what I needed to buy.
But of course, as per usual, I got distracted. So I ended up only getting what is pictured there.
(Sorry for the pathetic excuse of a picture. I edited it to add in the writing, and it messed up the colours.)

Other than the Jamierson. I have yet to try the other 3 out. So hurray I’ll have something to post soon enough.

On another note, I put in an order at CoastalScents, and Everyday Makeup just a few hours ago. So when those come in, I’ll have something else to share as well^^


Bio-Oil and Hyrdafresh Gel-Creme


So I bought this at the last 20X the points event at SDM.

And have yet to do a proper review on it. Sad. Esh. In my defense, I’ve been busy…Very Very busy…*shifty eyes…*

Ok So first up is Bio-Oil

Alright, so I can’t lie. Like I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I have wanted this item since I saw some people reviewing it on soompi.com. Unfortunately for me, it was not available in North America. So I patiently waited. And waited. Stalked the website to see when it would come over to us.

Then the news finally broke late December 2007. It was here.

So every time I went out to a Shoppers, I made sure to check to see if there was one in stock.

Long story short, I got my hands on one. Sucks I bought it at 13.99, cause a week after it was 9.99. On sale. Though seeing as I got the last one when I first bought it, I wouldn’t have been guaranteed that it would still have been there a week later.

Let’s recap my face.

  • slow cell turn over, meaning my pores get clogged VERY easily
  • my t-zone is the oiliest on my face
  • I majorly break out with stress, but that isn’t to say that I don’t break out in general
  • I scar pretty easily in general
  • I have red areas on my face (typically around my nose)
  • my skin is highly sensitive…booooo
  • visible pores…another booooo….
  • and finally, I’ve got slightly uneven skin tone

I know lots have claimed that this helped reduce their acne, and cleared their skin…blah blah blah.

In truth the reason why I went for this is for the moisturizing effect, and because of my easily scarring skin. So based on that, I felt that it does help out a lot. Yes it is an oil, but because of the whole “dry oil” thing, it isn’t so slick that I look like I dipped my face in oil. Luckily for me, it doesn’t make me break out more, but that is because I am massaging it into my face, unlike some others, that I believe rub it into their skin, aggravate their skin, and end up clogging their pores with all that annoyance.

When I used it reguarly, I did find that it helped to minimize the redness around my nose. Something I’ve had for a good…8 years of my life, and it helped to minimize it. I found that it also helped to smooth out my skin on my upper cheeks.

What did I like about it the most?
Well a few days ago, I had this semi-allergic reaction to something, and broke out in this WEIRD way. I haven’t broken out like that since I was in highschool… So I was completely floored. Also it itched SO much that I had to pop allergy meds for a day. In any case, the oil, despite the fact that it’s not supposed to, helped to ease my itch, and pain. I put a dab on, and just lightly patted it on. It seemed to react to it well, seing as it started coming down after two days. Which, if I compare it to highschool years (oh those dreaded years,) would take several more days to completely heal. These things were my biggest annoyance in HS. I would dread my monthly because of it.

Anyway, when used in the proper moderation that is suggested in the booklet, and instructions were followed, I felt that it was a good face massage to end a day. Personally it didn’t make me break out, though others have for one reason or another, but I got lucky. Or so I believe :P

At SDM, I was with my friend, and as we passed by the aisle, she started raving about it when she saw it. And seeing as I was going to buy a new bottle of Clinique’s Dramatically Different Gel, I figured I would try this out first.

The reason why she loved it was because it was very light, and still moisturized her face. She loved the dewy effect it gave her skin, and also seemed to minimize her oily skin.

So, I shelled out the 18.99 for this thing, and the next morning I tried it out. (Since then, I have used it pretty much every day.)

What do I have to say?
So I have weird skin, therefore sometimes this isn’t enough to moisturize my skin the whole day. I mix a bit of Jamieson E cream into it, and then put it on. I do agree that it is very light. A few weeks ago, when it was ridiculously warm out, I put it on, under my foundation, and DANG it looked great. I didn’t feel like I was sweating it off, and well it smoothed out my skin.
Makeupalley.com has varying results, so basically I can only assume this is a huge hit-or-miss. I find that this is great for a summer/warmer weather moisturizer. It contains SPF 15, and helps to manage my skin during the days. I would say that it is somewhat comparable to Clinique, and for the price, well…I really like it^^

Review Design a Tea

So about 2 weeks back, I received an envelope.

Puzzled I opened it, and found…2 packets of my sample tea I ordered few weeks before!
I was excited to try them out…

I found that I misunderstood what was written on the site. I thought it meant that you get two teas favours with two different bases. So for my black tea I picked Apple, Perppermint. And Raspberry, coffee for my green tea base.

But since I misunderstood the description…

I got one Black Tea Base with Apple & Peppermint Flavouring.
And one Green Tea Base with Raspberry & Coffee Flavouring.

AH! I can’t believe I made that mistake! Cause…Any normal person wouldn’t pick Raspberry & Coffee!

But oh how I wish we could share scents over the internet :P
Cause I opened it up to see what sort of disastrous tea I got, I was surprisingly greeted with a smell that wasn’t as disastrous as I had first thought.

The smell wasn’t over powering, and well even the taste was quite alright.
SWEET! I luckily made it out alright in this whole tea sampling.

In any case, a dollar to try specialty teas was quite fun. You get a coupon for 2 dollars off your next purchase with the 1 dollar sample (the dollar is to over shipping.) And overall, I might take that offer soon!

Just a note about the website, it is very well constructed. Very informative about the different types of teas, and what they are supposed to offer in terms of health benefits. They have a wide selection of flavours so it’s a fun experiment to try out.



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Silk Naturals!

Okay, so one of my guilty pleasures lately…is browsing beauty blogs. If you know me, you would know that THAT is TOTALLY unlike me.

I mean my makeup usually only consists of me…

  • ALWAYS having my eyebrows drawn (I feel naked without these :( )
  • eyelashes curled with no mascara
  • a little bit of shadow
  • CO bigelow ultra mentha lip shine

So me, almost obsessively following multitudes of blogs when I have nothing better to do (and when I do have important things to do, but rather surf!), I can’t help but pick certain things up, and itch to try them out for myself…

So a few weeks back, I think a week before I got my camera? I placed an order to SilkNaturals.com.

I mean when this kept coming up, HOW COULD I NOT?!
Especially with these two sites… goldfish cake & nessasarymakeup
(ps, you guys are wonderful reads! Thanks for always being so helpful and informative in your reviews!)

Check out the before and after photo of goldfish cake. I was floored by that.

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So a few weeks back, I guess, I posted a review on RFD.com. I have posted reviews prior to this, but was pretty excited to hear that they were sending stickers to those who recently posted a review. Anyway I totally forgot about this, until I received a letter with my forum alias on it.

Seeing as I completely forgot, I was totally shocked by this…that is until I noticed the address sticker stating that it was from RFD’s.


I opened it up while I was waiting in line at the bank…
And I laughed out loud!

And how could I not, seeing as…well…see for yourself…

Originally uploaded by Rasilla

oh how true it is…

Advance Readers Edition: Shadow of Power by Steve Martini

In all seriousness and truth, I am not a big fan of mystery/thriller type novels. But the written description for this novel by the publisher was just too hard to deny a request to read an advanced copy.

Imagine my surprise getting this novel (and another! different one of course), when I hadn’t received anything in ages.

Anyway, I had never heard of the author before reading this novel. And thankfully it was perfectly fine as a standalone novel. I might not be able to see Madriani, as he was in the past, but Martini still carried the personality quite well, and by the mid point of the novel, I was convinced I knew this character quite well!

Anyway, as written by Amazon.com

“The Supreme Court is one of our most sacred—and secretive—public institutions. But sometimes secrets can lead to cover-ups with very deadly consequences.

Terry Scarborough is a legal scholar and provocateur who craves headline-making celebrity, but with his latest book he may have gone too far. In it he resurrects forgotten language in the U.S. Constitution—and hints at a missing letter of Thomas Jefferson’s—that threatens to divide the nation.

Then, during a publicity tour, Scarborough is brutally murdered in a San Diego hotel room, and a young man with dark connections is charged. What looks like an open-and-shut case to most people doesn’t to defense attorney Paul Madriani. He believes that there is much more to the case and that the defendant is a pawn caught in the middle, being scapegoated by circumstance.

As the trial spirals toward its conclusion, Madriani and his partner, Harry Hinds, race to find the missing Jefferson letter—and the secrets it holds about slavery and scandal at the time of our nation’s founding and the very reason Scarborough was killed. Madriani’s chase takes him from the tension-filled courtroom in California to the trail of a high court justice now suddenly in hiding and lays bare the soaring political stakes for a seat on the highest court, in a country divided, and under the shadow of power.”

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