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Shiseido Warehouse Sale for Spring 2017

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The details are out!

When:

Saturday, May 27 from 9am to 5pm
Sunday, May 28 from 9am to 3pm

Where:

Shiseido Inc
303 Allstate Parkway
Markham, ON
L3R 5P9

As always, this sale is open to the public so no ticket is required. No stroller or children under age 12 are allowed to the sale ofr safety reasons (it gets REALLY crowded there). They will accept cash, credit, and debit.

Enjoy!

Written by Jessica

May 24th, 2017 at 2:50 pm

Posted in Beauty

7th Heaven Soften Glove Masques

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Disclaimer: I received this product free for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

7th Heaven put out a Spa Range for you to enjoy a home spa treatment, without spending the big bucks! I received the Soften Glove Masques to try, which is perfect because work is constantly drying out my skin. Shea butter is one of the ingredients, which is a great moisturizer for dry, chapped skin. The way they work is that they seal moisture in, allowing the product to be absorbed faster and work its magic. I liken it to bathing in the stuff, but using much less and way less messy!

 

The Packaging


One for each hand

One package gets you two gloves, one for each hand. Which hand you want to use it on is up to you, however, for ease of using the tape tabs (which I’ll explain below), I chose to wear the gloves as above.

 


Dual layer

Each glove has a dual layer. The outside layer is a smooth, silky plastic, and the inner layer is like a very thin gauze. It is in this gauze layer that you’ll find the product.

 


Tape tab

These tape tabs are what you use to wrap around your wrist to help secure the gloves on your hands. This way, you’ll have less chance for the glove to slip off accidentally. I thought it was easier to remove the white backing before putting the glove on. Taking the white backing off after putting the glove on was quite a bit trickier.

 

The Product


Pretty large glove to fit a variety of hand sizes 

The product is scented with pressed rose petals, which gives off a very pleasant and light fragrance. It’s not heavy or imposing on the nose at all, and is a fragrance I quite enjoy. You can see in the photo above that the gloves are quite large so it will fit a variety of hand sizes.

 


Back of hand to show the tape tab

If you followed the way I put the gloves on, the tape tab will end up on the back of your wrist like above. Now that I had the gloves on, I had 15-20 minutes to kill. Imagine my pleasant surprise that I was still able to use all my touch-screen electronics! Since the product is inside of the gloves, I was still able to use my smart phone and touch track pad on the computer to help kill time more efficiently.

 

The Verdict

At the end of the 20 minutes, I took the gloves off, then rubbed my hands together to work in the rest of the product. It soaks into the skin and the light rose fragrance is just heavenly. And my hands? Gloriously soft and visibly softer than prior to using it. Skin that’s cracked won’t suddenly be healed – let’s be realistic – that is something takes time. As much as I love this and its outcome, there is a lot of plastic involved for a one time use product. If there was some way this could be reused, it would be fantastic. However, if plastic consumption is a concern of yours, you might want to skip this over. Otherwise, this is a rather pleasant spa treatment in the comfort of your own home!

 

Where to Buy

Written by Jessica

May 10th, 2017 at 10:00 am

Posted in Beauty,hands,skincare

Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover

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A holy grail and must have!

I’ve used this for so long and have gone through so many bottles in my empties posts that it’s high time I finally wrote a proper review for it! Lancôme’s Bi-Facil is a holy grail amongst the beauty community and for good reason – it works SO well!

 

The Packaging

It’s in a pretty, clear, blue plastic bottle. The screw top lid is like a child-proof one, in that you need to press down before you twist to get it off. This is great security if you’re traveling and don’t want to risk it spilling all over your luggage.

 


Inner seal

As with all Lancôme products that I’ve tried, there’s an inner seal so you know it’s brand new and never been used!

 


Inner seal removed

Without the inner seal, it reveals a small hole to which you can dispense the product. Shake the bottle to mix up both liquids, then saturate a cotton pad.

 

The Product

Bi-Facil is biphasic, meaning there’s two types of liquids in the bottle, a lipid phase and a watery phase. The lipid phase is what gets all the make up off, including waterproof makeup! The watery phase will refresh and condition the skin, leaving you with a clean, non-greasy feeling.

 

The Verdict

It works. Seriously. It just works. Eye makeup? Gone. Waterproof eye makeup? Gone. At first, I thought it didn’t do so well with my Artliner, but found that if you saturate a cotton pad and hold it against the eye for a longer period of time, it comes off super easy. None of my makeup stands a chance against this beast. I’ve read that you can saturate a cotton tip for quick fixes, however, be wary when you do. Once you’ve taken off the “mistake,” it is difficult to get eyeshadow to adhere to the lid again.

 

Where to Buy

Written by Jessica

May 5th, 2017 at 12:24 pm

Posted in Beauty,eyes,skincare

January to April 2017 Empties

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Only a few things this time

Shiseido Facial Cotton

Am still loving these facial cottons. They are so incredibly soft and not prone to breaking apart when wet and in use. They also don’t leave stringy pieces on your face like some other cotton pads out there. What will I do when I run out of my backups??

Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum+

Found this at by luck at my local Marshall’s and decided to try it out. I know it’s discontinued recently but I doubt it’s expired that quickly. I didn’t notice any dramatic lightening of my dark spots but some of my lighter spots seemed

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Balancing Softener Enriched W

Shiseido’s softeners are so fantastic that I had bought a couple from the last Shiseido sale. I’m hoping for another sale soon so I can stock up!

Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics Lychee Gel Softening Shower & Bath Gel

Got this in a Luxebox a long time ago. Finally getting around to using it now as part of my “shop my stash” initiative. Definitely smells sweet like lychees, and lathers really well. However, I didn’t find anything overly amazing about it.

Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover

I keep saying a review of this is coming and I swear that it is! All you need to know is that this stuff is amazing and no wonder it’s one of Lancôme’s top-sellers.

Maybelline Baby Lips

Alas, my last Baby Lips and I’m so sad! I love the ones that go on clear because they’re perfect for tossing into my pocket at work. I only saw the Neon ones at the last L’Oreal sale so didn’t stock up on any.

Written by Jessica

May 3rd, 2017 at 3:49 pm

Lancôme Teint Miracle

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I’ve been using Lancôme’s Teint Miracle for over 5 years now, so I think it’s safe to say I can write a pretty decent review of it now. Touted as a “lit-from-within makeup,” this light-weight foundation offers light coverage while enhancing your skin’s natural light and giving off a natural looking finish. I personally prefer more natural finishes and when I first tried this, it was love at first application.

 

Lancome Teint Miracle - packaging
Ooo Teint Miracle, how I love you so!

I think I’m on my 4th bottle now. I love that it has such a lightweight formula and doesn’t clog my pores. It also contains SPF15, of which, for lazy people like me, is better than no sunscreen at all.

 

The Packaging

Lancome Teint Miracle - bottle
Tall, slim, glass bottle

You get 30ml of foundation in a tall, slim, glass bottle. I like how the Lancôme rose and “Teint Miracle” are printed in reflective text.

 

Lancome Teint Miracle - cap and nozzle
Clear lid with Lancôme rose on top

The lid is clear and made of plastic, with Lancôme’s rose on top.

 

Lancome Teint Miracle - nozzle
Pump nozzle

The pump nozzle is also made of plastic. Play around with how much foundation you need. I found 1 to 1.5 pumps was enough for me.

 

The Product

Lancome Teint Miracle - swatch - Bisque 4W
From L->R: drop from bottle, smeared, blended

It’s light weight, it’s hydrating, it feels like it blends really well into my skin, and I don’t have this caked on feeling. Of course, the trade off is that it’s not as long-lasting as full coverage foundation. Despite that, I like that my skin is able to breathe with it on.

 

The Verdict

Like I said in the beginning, I absolutely love Teint Miracle. Already on my 4th bottle (I maybe have purchased too many backups haha), I use this mainly for when I go to work. I’ve strayed and tried some other foundations/BB/CC creams, but I pretty much default back to Teint Miracle. I’ve read recently that Lancôme reformulated the foundation but I haven’t tried the new formulation yet.

 

Where to Buy – $50 CAD

Written by Jessica

March 29th, 2017 at 3:05 pm

Posted in Beauty,face

I love… Strawberries & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Crème

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Disclaimer: I received this product free for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

I love... Strawberries and Cream bubble bath and shower cream
Half a litre of sweetness!

Feel like some self-pampering but without breaking the bank? Try the I love… brand, a collection of bath, body, and beauty. They offer a variety of bath and shower gels, body butters, and even body spritzers.

 

The Packaging

It’s packaged in a clear, plastic bottle with a flip-top black cap. Semi-soft plastic so you can squeeze to get the product out.

 

The Product

It’s a really pretty pearly pink colour, with some shimmery swirls. There isn’t any actual sparkles in the body wash so you don’t have to worry about looking like someone sparkle bombed you. It’s sweet smelling and smells more like cotton candy than strawberries and cream.

 

The Verdict

It’s ok. I like the clean feeling it leaves and it lathers up nicely, but the fragrance is just too strong for me. Ten years ago I wouldn’t have minded, but now I prefer more muted scents instead. This 500ml bottle lasted me a really long time though. With 3-4 uses a week, I had it in my shower for a good 5 months!

 

Where to Buy

  • Exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart

Written by Jessica

January 16th, 2017 at 9:00 am

Posted in Beauty,body,skincare

I love… Raspberry & Blackberry Nourishing Body Butter

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Disclaimer: I received this product free for testing purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

I love... Raspberry and Blackberry nourishing body butter - pack
Do you love body butters?

I finally opened this up after hoarding it forever. I love… has this great line of nourishing body butters that I’ve seen lately but haven’t tried yet. I have the Raspberry & Blackberry version.

 

The Packaging

It’s a round, screw top tub which holds 200ml of product. The lid is black whereas the container is semi-opaque.

 

The Product

I love... Raspberry and Blackberry nourishing body butter - text
Looks like frosting

It’s not as thick as a body butter but thicker than a lotion. The fragrance is a big one here – very very sweet, and reminds me of jello! I can definitely smell raspberry but not any blackberry (probably because blackberry doesn’t really have much of a smell to it to begin with). I just can’t stop thinking about jello when I put it on. It does dissipate after a while, but be prepared to smell like a walking jello bowl for the first 30min or so.

 

The Verdict

While it does leave my skin feeling soft and moisturized, the smell was too strong for my liking. If you like sweet smelling products that work, this is definitely for you.

 

Where to Buy

  • Exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart

Written by Jessica

January 14th, 2017 at 9:21 am

Posted in Beauty,body,skincare

September to December 2016 Empties

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Happy New Year! It figures it takes me this long to get an empties post fully written. This year I’m “shopping my stash” so to say. No buying anything unless I’ve run out of it completely!

 

Sept to Dec 2016 Empties 1/4
Body lotions and creams

St. Ives Refresh & Revive Pear Nectar and Soy body lotion

One of my favourite body lotions and a constant staple in our backup stash. It’s more for daily maintenance of keeping skin hydrated. If I end up with very dry skin, I use something else to bring moisture back, and then I switch back to this to maintain it.

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Lait

Did I ever mention that my little guy’s skin used to be super dry and flaky, and despite trying multiple different creams, it was only Lipikar Baume that made a difference? We’ve used it ever since, and over the summer, discovered Lipikar Lait, a lighter and less dense lotion. I’ve lost track how many bottles we’ve finished (at least 2) and with winter weather upon us, we’re back to Lipikar Baume. If your baby’s skin is very dry and you’re finding nothing works, give this one a try!

Lancôme Nutrix Royal Body Intense Lipid Repair Cream

Back at the end of October, we took a mini family vacation to Calgary. The city was gorgeous and all, but it wrecked havoc on our skin (I’m sure those hotel body lotions were partly to blame as those can’t hydrate anything). When I got back, I had extremely dry itchy skin. I rummaged through my stash and found this – it was from a gift with purchase a couple years ago that I had saved in case I had really dry itchy skin. With one application, I already noticed a difference in my skin. Boy was my skin parched! This little tube was enough to last me a full week and had completely revitalized my skin. Just as I had finished the tube, my skin was in a condition to jump back to my St. Ives body lotion. Amazing stuff!

L’Occitane Verveine Body Lotion

This was part of a gift set I had received last Christmas that I was saving (sense a trend here?). It has a light olive fragrance that isn’t overpowering at all. Like St Ives, it’s a maintenance body lotion rather than saving ultra dry skin. Good and I like it, but not for that price point.

L’Occitane Verveine Gel Creme Cooling Hand Cream Gel

I had this on my trip to Calgary and it definitely helped my poor dry hands. The cooling effect is pretty neat which caused me to think menthol was one of the ingredients. Indeed, peppermint oil is one of the ingredients listed. Took a little bit to get used to the gel texture, but in the end it worked.

Crabtree & Evelyn Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy – Avocado

I’ve been hanging onto this for such a long time! I’m glad I finally used it to the end. Love using this just before I go to sleep. The scent is moderate initially, but dissipates rather quickly.

 

Sept to Dec 2016 Empties 2/4
Cleansers

L’Occitane Verveine Shower Gel

I’m not a big shower gel user, but this was lovely to use. The light olive fragrance was just enough and my skin was soft and smooth even before I applied body lotion. It’s a small bottle (250ml) compared to drug store brands, but this lasted me a good 3 months.

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser – foaming formula

Hands down my favourite facial cleanser of all time. Still use it daily. Full review here.

L’Oréal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Scrub Cleanser

Trying to leave my review for the actual post, which has brewing for a couple months now.

Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution

Love this stuff! And the fact that it comes in a pump bottle like the giant Bioderma is an extra bonus. I find it works just as well as Bioderma, but at a fraction of the cost. Time to finish current stash before buying more, hehe.

Lancôme Crème Radiance Clarifying Cream-to-Foam Cleanser

Used this in the past but I don’t think I ever did a full write up of it. Really gets all the makeup off the face (with the exception of eyes as it’s not for eye use) and leaves skin feeling soft. Difficult to use in the winter, particularly if your place is cooler, as the cream is a bit firm to squeeze out. In warmer weather, it squeezes out fairly easily.

Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover

How have I never written a full review on this one yet? Still my number one eye makeup remover. Will have to get on this immediately. Also love the mini bottles for traveling.

Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser

This was a Black Friday purchase from way back in 2015 I think. Yes, the stash yields some interesting treasures. Very strong citrus fragrance, but it doesn’t give me that “clean” feeling I like with my Neutrogena. Not likely to repurchase.

 

Sept to Dec 2016 Empties 3/4
Facial skincare

Shiseido Ibuki Softening Concentrate

Full review here.

Shiseido Ibuki Protective Moisturizer SPF 18

Full review here.

Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturizer Enriched

A thicker moisturizer meant more night time use. It’s a great moisturizer that leaves my skin nicely hydrated and ready for the day. This is the 2nd of 3rd time I’ve repurchased it.

L’Oréal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Peel Pads

Full review coming soon!

L’Oréal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Dual Overnight Moisturizer

Full review coming soon!

L’Oréal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Lotion

Full review coming soon!

Laneíge Perfect Renew Essence_EX

A tiny sample of Laneíge’s Perfect Renew Essence. I’m not entirely sure of it’s effects on my skin since the sample was so small, but my skin agrees with it and didn’t react.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dermo-Kids SPF 50

Since La Roche-Posay worked so well for my little guy’s skin, I didn’t hesitate to get a bottle of the sun screen for him too. It rubs in easily and doesn’t have that super greasy feel afterwards. I did purchase a bottle of Ombrelle for Kids for daycare reapplication use but I prefer slathering him with Anthelios before sending him off.

Shiseido Facial Cotton

Really good stuff. Love using it with Shiseido’s skin softeners. I refuse to use it for any other use (makeup removers, nail polish removers). It feels like such a luxury on the face!

 

Sept to Dec 2016 Empties 4/4
Makeup and random sample

Lancôme Teint Miracle

I’ve been using this light foundation for quite some time now. At one point, I had 3 bottles going on at once! One for the summer tan, one for the winter fairness. The third bottle was somewhere in between. In the end, I mixed both to get my current shade, and thus I’m working on my third bottle. Love that it’s light coverage and doesn’t leave me looking cakey.

Eucerin Calming Crème

This tiny little sample was from my doctor’s office. If your hands aren’t dry, you’ll find this extremely greasy. If your hands are super dry with cracked skin and is begging for moisture, this is the cream for you. It soaks in right away and your skin feels renewed. I dare say it rivals Lancôme’s Nutrix Royal Body Intense Lipid Repair Cream (minus the fragrance and cost point)!

Written by Jessica

January 11th, 2017 at 3:48 pm

Shiseido Warehouse Sale for Fall 2016

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Hi everyone! Just got word about the next Shiseido warehouse sale. Here are the details!

When:

Saturday, November 12 from 9am to 5pm
Sunday, November 13 from 9am to 3pm

Where:

Shiseido Inc
303 Allstate Parkway
Markham, ON
L3R 5P9

As always, this sale is open to the public so no ticket is required. Get there early for first dibs! No stroller or children under age 12 are allowed to the sale. They will accept cash, credit, and debit.

You’ll find Shiseido, Clé de Peau, NARS, and some others I can’t remember off the top of my head. It’s a good time to stock up before winter hits!

Written by Jessica

November 4th, 2016 at 11:33 pm

Posted in Beauty,events

Iope Air Cushion XP

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Iope Air Cushion - packaging
Iope Air Cushion XP – comes with a compact and a refill

I’ve long wanted to try out a makeup cushion and finally jumped on the bandwagon. I bought mine during a family visit to Pacific Mall last year (2015) and, as luck would have it, my baby was finally asleep in the stroller, so that gave me time to browse the store and ask the sales lady a couple of questions. She told me the Iope Air Cushion XP was the very first CC cushion to come to market and that one sells every 4 seconds. Having also watched many beauty gurus rave about this cushion, I caved in and bought one. [Note: I’m reading online that Iope has moved onto their 4th generation cushion this year so keep that in mind if you decide to purchase one of these.  This review is of the 3rd gen.]

So what is a cushion compact anyways? It’s basically a cushion soaked in product and stored in a compact. You use an applicator pad to press onto the cushion to pick up the product, then you pat it onto your face. Iope’s compact contains 30% mineral water, which is great for skin hydration. It also contains SPF 50+ and offers great coverage from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

 

The Packaging

Iope Air Cushion - box ingredients
Side of the box

The whole thing is packaged in a beautiful glossy box. I really appreciate good, aesthetically pleasing packaging and this hit the spot. The box itself is a navy blue with a silver top and bottom. The packaging makes me feel like it’s for a more mature crowd, and it’s simplistic look is for anyone.

 

Iope Air Cushion - compact
Compact itself

The compact is white, with a reflective ring around the side. The top is a pearly white, whereas the bottom of the compact is a flat, opaque white.

 

Iope Air Cushion - inside of compact
Flip open the compact to reveal the applicator pad

The top of the lid also contains a mirror – handy!

 

Iope Air Cushion - protective film
Remove pad and lift second flap – seal sticker in place

When you take out the applicator pad, you flip another flap, and there’s a seal sticker in place. I’m a big fan of these seals as it ensures that the product has not been tampered with and that you will be the first person to actually touch the product. Bonus points in my book!

 

Iope Air Cushion - cushion
Soaked cushion!

Remove the seal sticker and there’s the cushion soaked with CC cream!

 

Iope Air Cushion - applicator sponge
Underside of applicator pad

The top of the applicator pad has a ribbon across the diameter, so you can insert 2-3 fingers and use it as a holder. The underside is blue and is the perfect partner to your cushion. It picks up product but doesn’t get soaked in! Coupled with the fact that these applicator pads don’t require any cleaning between uses, this is as convenient as it gets.

 

Iope Air Cushion - English instructions 1/2
Instructions that also have English!

Instructions are always nice to read through, no matter what product it is. I’m glad there was an English section!

 

Iope Air Cushion - English instructions 2/2
Instructions on how to change refill

Just in case anyone didn’t know how to change the refill (me!), there were instructions on how to do so.

 

Not pictured but you can see in the first picture is the refill pack. It’s sealed in an aluminum foil packet and contains a refill cushion as well as a new sponge. These cushions are designed to hold enough product for 3 months worth of daily use (according to the sales lady) so this box will last you half a year. I can’t comment on that since I don’t use mine daily. It’s been a year since I started using mine and I’m part way through my refill pack.

 

The Product

Iope Air Cushion - swatch
L: one swipe, R: patted in

The sales lady tried really hard to sell me the C21, which offers more coverage and is coloured “fair”. I opted for C23, which is more of a beige. The 21 made me look too white and I wanted a more natural look. As you can see in the picture above, it blends pretty well into my skin tone.

There were several colour and coverage options to choose from, but I’m reading now that Iope is on their 4th generation of the Air Cushion XP so this info will be moot. I may need to purchase this newer gen soon to compare!

With the applicator pad, push onto the cushion to pick up the product. Then, using a patting motion, gently pat the product onto your face, adding more product to areas that require more coverage. You can add more layers for more coverage, but I’m a light coverage kind of gal so I just do one application.

 

The Verdict

This is literally the perfect product for a 5-minute makeup routine. Being a glasses wearer, I need products that are absolutely foolproof for when my glasses are off (I have insanely high near sightedness). Open compact, pat onto face, done. Put on glasses to check for even coverage. Done!

It feels light on my skin but at the end of the day, I do feel a little bit of stickiness. And with all glasses-wearing woes, it starts to cake up where my glasses touch my nose. Throughout the day, I’ll use a clean finger to rub it back into the skin. Those would be my only complaints about this.

 

Where to Buy

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Written by Jessica

October 19th, 2016 at 9:43 pm

Posted in Beauty,face