Vichy DermaBlend Concealer

Monday, November 29, 2010
Colour Selection: 5 out of 10
Coverage: 7 out of 10
Blend-ability 6 out of 10
Purchase: $24 @ London Drugs

I don't love this stuff. I use number 15 which has a bit of a yellow undertone to it so I thought it would be good for my under-eye area. Unfortunately, this is not the case. I find that it cakes in the corner of my eye and doesn't blend properly. Also, it settles in the lines in my eyes and accentuates them. Furthermore, there are only a few colours available and they are all fairly dark. The 15 was the closest to my skin tone but did not match correctly. This cover up is also pretty expensive so I would not purchase it again.
Only two days left to enter the November Contest!

Sephora Collection Blockbuster Xmas 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010
Pigmentation: 8 out of 10
Colour selection: 6.5 out of 10
Savings: 10 out of 10
Purchase: $56 @ Sephora

I have to say I am not in love with this blockbuster. A lot of the colours are alike, and there are a lot of different brown tones and many of them are not very pretty. However, I do think this is an amazing deal for those of you who don't have a very large eyeshadow collection. There are also a lot of lipsticks in this package which I don't like considering you can't take the gloss with you to reapply. I would rather them have just put more eyeshadow colours in the package instead.

I also have some exciting news! Over the next month or so I will be reviewing local products and services so if you have something you would like me to review please let me know and we can chat.

And don't forget to enter our November contest!

Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask....

Thursday, November 25, 2010
Purchase: $30 @ Sephora

I love this stuff! It is formulated without:
Synthetic Fregrences

This stuff is great. It is very gentle on my skin and does a great job at soaking up the oils on my skin. It is a deep cleansing kaolin Clay mask that absorbs impurities, controls excess oil, detoxifies and renews the skin. This product also protects against the appearance of aging! I really like this brand so far and it's made of all natural products, so give these amazing gift sets a try:
Boscia Oil-Free Must Haves Kit or
Boscia Clear Complexion Kit

And don't forget to enter in our November Contest. Have a great weekend everyone.

Lancome Blockbusters are HERE!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I know what Santa is bringing me this Xmas! These amazing packages are available at your local London Drugs and Sears stores. I know that the Tillicum London Drug's location is sold out of the Party Pink Packages so make sure to call first before you pick one up.

Most stores require a minimum purchase of around $34 in order to purchase the $60 blockbuster but it is SOOO worth it! Check out all the amazing stuff in there! The eye makeup remover alone is $34 plus the full sized eyeshadow pallet is usually $55, and the glosses are $22 a piece and you get two plus way more in this package!
Don't wait on this amazing deal!

And don't forget to enter our November Contest!

Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup

Monday, November 22, 2010
Coverage: 9 out of 10
Colour: 10 out of 10
Oil Control: 8 out of 10
Purchase: $30 @ Sears or Sephora
Medical Ingredients: Salicylic Acid

It feels so fresh, and looks so natural! This non-irritating, oil-free makeup blends away blemishes and neutralizes redness. The medicated ingredients help treat existing breakouts and keep them from coming back.

I have found a new foundation I love! I use 01 and it matches my winter un-tanned skin perfectly! Also, I've been using it for 3 weeks and I haven't had any blemishes. This is not a full coverage foundation but it does a pretty good job of looking natural! I would definitely suggest this to those of you with oily or acne prone skin.

And guess what? Sephora has a promo on right now!!
Limited-Time Beauty Bonus: Buy Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup and receive a FREE Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel sample. Enter promo code SPOTTREAT at checkout. While supplies last.

And Don't forget to enter our Contest!

If you haven't tried Bare Escentuals yet... Now is the time!

Sunday, November 21, 2010
Good news for those of you that haven't tried Bare Escentuals yet! Or, for those of you that just have the foundation or need some refills! The Bare Escentuals Get Started Foundation Kits at Sephora are on sale now for $60!! This set includes the following:

- 2 x 0.06 oz bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation (see shades below)
- 0.06 All Over Face Color in Warmth (in all kits)
- 0.06 oz Mineral Veil (in Fair, Light & Medium kits)
- 0.06 oz Tinted Mineral Veil (in Tan, Dark, & Deep kits)
- Full Flawless Face Brush
- Flawless Application Face Brush
- Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush
- a How-to instructional DVD
- BONUS - Exclusively for SEPHORA : 0.05 oz Prime Time Foundation Primer 

This set is awesome because it comes with two different shades that you can mix to match your complexion! Also, it's great for the season change when you go from lighter to darker or vice versa. Check it out ! The offer is only valid until November 30th!!

And don't forget to enter this month's contest

Rimmel Eyeliner... not so great

Saturday, November 20, 2010
Rimmel Soft Kohl Liner
Colour: 10 out of 10
Long Lasting: 4 out of 10
Smudgeproof: 1 out of 10
Purchase: $7 at London Drugs

This stuff is not so great. I put it on about an hour before I exercised and when I was done it was smudged all down my face- no thanks! I was really not impressed with this product. In fact, I tried it again for the evening and within a few hours it was smudged and running again so when I got home I threw it out. Garbage.

DDF Toner Review...

Friday, November 19, 2010
Purchase: $38 @ Sephora

What this is:
A toner complete with Glycolic Acid 10%. This stuff is great if you are trying to get rid of fine lines, acne scars, and dark spots. Also, the Glycolic acid gets rid of dull skin cells so it helps keep your  complexion looking bright and youthful. 

What it is formulated to do:
This texture-refining blend visibly decreases pore size while improving overall skin condition. Glycolic Acid (an alpha hydroxy acid) helps to increase cellular turnover while Sodium PCA offers a natural moisturizing factor found in healthy skin. Lactic acid and aloe vera contribute further toning and soothing benefits.
Glycolic Acid is the stuff that facial peels is made out of, so instead of getting a peel done once a month, try this stuff every second day! It also comes in 5% so pick whichever one suites your skin type best. I use this toner every second day or so after I cleanse at night. It is a great way to rid your skin of dead skin cells on the surface. This is especially important come winter time because the skin on your face gets dry and chapped from the cold wind. 

As I've said before, I don't like to tone my face too often because I am afraid it will encourage more sebum production, however, this stuff is great to use every second day for oily skin. If you have dry to normal skin I would say go for it ever evening but work up to every evening. So for the first week do it every second night, then move up to ever night during the second week.

Don't forget to check out this month's contest

Amazing Perfume and Cologne Deals!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Hello product lovers,
London Drugs has a ton of perfumes and colognes on clearance! So many good deals of up to half price! So if you aren't sure what to get someone for a Xmas, here are some great ideas! Make sure to check it out at any of your local London Drugs stores.
Have a great day!

Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel....

Monday, November 15, 2010
Makeup removing power: 9 out of 10
Feel: 9 out of 10
Purchase: $30 @ Sephora

I just received a sample of this from Sephora and it was great! It has a nice soapy lather and got off most of my makeup in one try! Even my tough eye makeup came off pretty easily with this stuff. And best of all? It is a natural product made without:

- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

I have the clay mask in this brand and I also love it! It makes my skin feel soft and clear after and I didn't notice any skin irritation!
Also, make sure to enter out November Contest! Great prizes to be won!

Contest CHANGE...

Sunday, November 14, 2010
Hey everyone!
Since there was a lack of entries for our November/December contest I have decided to change the rules to the following:

Enter to win this gift pack by posting a comment on ANY of my posts as of today's date. You will be automatically entered in to the contest when doing so and I will announce the winner on December 1st. That way, you can get your gift in time for Xmas! Awesome!
I have enough stuff right now to do one gift pack per month for a few months so I'm going to keep on collecting!
Thank you for becoming a fan on Facebook everyone! I currently have 64 Fans!
Take care and I hope you all had an amazing weekend.

Urban Decay Primer Potion...YAY!

Saturday, November 13, 2010
Staying Power: 10 out of 10
Colour: 10 out of 10 (nude)
Container: 2 out of 10
Price: $20-34 dollars @ Sephora

This stuff is a cult classic! Every blog I have ever read loves this stuff and I do to. The only catch is that I have sensitive eyes and the first few times I used it, it burned a bit! AHHH!! So if you have sensitive eyes I would not recommend this. Otherwise, voted by almost every makeup blog, it is the best stuff!

This potion is an eyeshadow primer so you put it all over your lid and some under the lid (if you are applying colour there). It makes the colour last all day long with no creases! Amazing! So if you are a very busy lady and are going to be out all day this stuff is for you! Or, if you are going out to the club this stuff is sweat resistant! Truly amazing!

The one I have is nude but you can actually get it in two new colours. One is a nude shimmer and the other is more of a gold shimmer so depending on what colours you wear you can get the appropriate colour. I like the nude the best as it works well with matts and shimmers and won't add shine.

One problem that everyone runs in to with this stuff is that, because of the shape, you end up missing out on a lot of product. I cut mine in half and scooped out all the excess and put it in a sephora sample jar. And I have now just bought the new PRO SIZE which is a much better container. The wand it comes with is completely unnecessary so the PRO SIZE is way better as I use my fingers to apply it instead.

Don't forget to enter our CONTEST for November!

La Roche Effaclar M

Friday, November 12, 2010
Moisturizing effect: 9 out of 10
Mattifying effect: 7 out of 10
Purchase: $30 @ London Drugs

I do not love love this product but I did purchase it one more time because it was such a good deal at half price!! This stuff is a GREAT moisturizer but I found that my T-Zone was  a bit sleek after a few hours wear (even though it was very matt for the first few hours). So, if you don't have oily skin then this moisturizer is fantastic! I would suggest it for combination to dry skin for sure.

Don't forget to enter this month's CONTEST!
Thanks for reading everyone!


Sunday, November 7, 2010
Hey everyone!
I just had to share some of the amazing sales that London Drugs has on right now... I just bought two gift packs for HALF PRICE! Here are the deals:

La Roche Effaclar M full sized plus Effaclar cleanser 50ML
Was $30. now $14.99
Quadra store: 2
Yates store: 3
Colwood: 5
Tillicum: 1

La Roche Effaclar K full sized plus Effaclar cleanser 50ML
Was $28 now $13.99 and to buy Just the Effaclar K is $30 bucks!
Quadra: 2
Yates: 3
Colwood: 2

Vichy Normaderm Pimple Set
Vichy purifying cleansing gel 200ml (Normally $20 on sale for 15.99 right now)
Normaderm active anti-imperfection concentrate 15mL 4% Salicylic acid (normally $22 alone on sale right now for 16.99)
Was $38 now $13.99
Tillicum: 4

La Roche Hydraphase eyes 15mL set (regular $34 by itself)
eye makeup remover 15mL
60 spf Sun sensative skin cream
Was $36 now $17.99
Yates: 3
Tillicum: 2

La Roche Hydraphase intense rich 50mL ($35 alone)
Cleansing milk 15mL
Sample exfoliant
60spf sun sensative skin cream
Was $35 now $17.99

Vichy Dull Skin Set
Vichy Purete Thermale Detoxifyiing Exfoliating Cream 75mL (regular $20 by itself)
Purifying foam water 50mL
Aqualia Antiox day fluid 3mL
Was $19.95 now $9.99

Also, Vichy Normaderm and Lift Activ products are all on sale.

And don't forget THIS MONTHS CONTEST!!

Upcoming Gift Sets Available.....

Thursday, November 4, 2010
Hey everyone!
My friend Drea just let us know that xmas blockbuster sets are coming out at Sears with the following product lines: Estee Lauder, Lancome, and Elizabeth Arden. They are typically $65.00 for $350.00 worth of makeup and brushes, all you need to do is purchase any item from the line then you can buy the blockbuster at the awesome price of 65 bucks!! In her opinion, Lancome has the best one this year!!

This is a preview of the Elizabeth Arden $65 Blockbuster gift available at Sears for Xmas 2010

How to love the skin you're in....

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Do you want clean, smooth, blemish free skin? How about no wrinkles? Well, here is a basic cleaning regime that you can tailor to your personal needs. Everyone needs to have a good regime, even if you don't ever get break outs. Washing your face makes your skin healthy and have a better chance at looking younger and fresher in your later years.

1. Always wash your face at night and in the morning.

In the morning:

1. Use a gentle face wash to clean off all the product that you put on the night before. Also, you don't want to use too harsh of a face wash either. In the morning I use Spectro Gel face wash for oily/normal skin. You can also buy it in other formulas so pick which one fits your skin type best.
2. Always use moisturizer! Even if you have oily skin you must lock in moisturizer or else your skin will over-compensate by producing more oil. Again, pick something that matches your skin type. I use Vichy ProMat moisturizing creme.

Night Time:
1. Wash your face with a cleanser that matches your skin type. I use Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash.

2. Tone. My absolute favourite toner is ROC 2 in 1. It is a creme toner that gets rid of all the makeup that your cleanser couldn't remove and you can even use it on your sensitive eye area! Fantastic!
If you have oily skin you can skip a toner but I suggest using a creme toner with some moisturizer in it. Again, an alcohol base toner will rid the skin of sebum and dry it out so that your pores start to excrete more oil.
If you have dry skin, I would also suggest using a creme toner to add moisture to the skin.
If you are worried about wrinkles or dull skin, I would try something with Glycolic Acid in it which helps rejuvenate the skin. You can get toners with 5-10% Glycolic acid so pick the percentage based on your skin type. 5% for sensitive and up from there and 10% for non-sensitive. Or, just to be safe, 8% is a good amount of Glycolic acid concentration.

3. Apply your serum. The serum is specifically formulated to help with your skin problem whether it is large pores, acne, or wrinkles. Put this on first as it is highly concentrated and you want to make sure it goes on to the areas you are concerned with the most. Make sure to stay away from the sensitive eye area. I currently am using Defrin which is a prescription acne drug so I put that on before my moisturizer. Note: This does NOT include spot treatment for acne.

4. About 5-10 minutes after applying the serum, apply your moisturizer to seal in the serum. Make sure to stay away from the sensitive eye area.

5. Then apply eye serum and spot treatments like Spectro Acne Care vanishing Lotion.

What else:
Every two days, exfoliate your skin. Exfoliation rids the skin of dead skin cells and makes your skin look more radiant, as well as, gets rid of skin cells that may clog pores and cause breakouts. I use Vichy Normaderm Scrub every time I have a shower. The shower is a great place to exfoliate because your skin is soft and supple from the steam and it lets the product really work deep in to pores to rid them of dirt. Also, since I'm in the shower I can scrub my neck area and hair line without worrying about scrubbing beads getting stuck in my hair--instead, it easily rinses away!

At least once a week, use a facial mask. For oily skin use a clay mask, for other skin types use a peel off mask.

November/December Contest Announcement!!

Monday, November 1, 2010
Hey everyone!
First of all, I wanted to thank everyone for reading the blog!
Now, it's my turn to give back.

Contest announcement:

Send either an article or product review here, I will post it and ask people to comment/rate the article/review and then I will announce the winner at the end of December.

The winner will receive 1 Clinique gift bag containing the following samples:
Clinique repairwear intensive eye cream (5ml)
Clinique 7 day scrub cream (30ml)
Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara (.07 ounces)
Clinique lipstick in precious pink (full sized)
Clinique brush and mirror set
Clinique all about eyes rich (5ml)

I can't wait to post your articles and reviews!
Take care!
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