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Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX

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Now the Winter is over, I can finally share something I’ve been using that’s helped me a lot retain moisture during those really drying out months. It’s Laneige’s Water Sleeping Pack EX! With my arsenal of creams, I still find it difficult to keep my skin hydrated at all times. I first tried a sample of this last summer and liked it’s hydrating properties, so I bought a small travel kit for my vacation last year. Then I used it over the winter and I feel like it’s saved my skin.

Laneige is a Korean skincare brand under the Amore Pacific umbrella. It’s known for its use of Himalayan Snow Water in their products. Aside from skincare, they also have a cosmetics line.

 

Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX - packaging
Laneige’s Water Sleeping Pack EX – the box, jar and paddle

The box describes it as “Sleeping pack that gives intensive hydration, vitality and brightening effect during sleep.”

 

The Packaging

Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX - jar and paddle
Jar and paddle

It comes packaged in a beautiful glossy box, containing a light blue jar, a small white paddle for scooping out the product, and paper foldout (not pictured) containing information and how to use in Korean, English, and Chinese. When you unscrew the top, I was pleased to see a security seal covering the opening of the jar. Bonus points for sanitation, Laneige!

 

The Product

Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX - inside the jar
Gel-like consistency

Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX - swatch
Swatch

The product itself has a gel-like consistency. It’s a very pale blue-green colour that becomes clear when applied to your face. You use a light layer normally, but if you have extra dry areas, you can be more liberal with the product. The scent is light and very pleasant, slightly floral.

To use, apply it to your face in place of your moisturizer. After I was my face, I’ll use a toner, apply my serum, then the Water Sleeping Pack. No moisturizer needed. Once it dries, you’ll feel like you applied a very light mask. Sleep through the night wearing this “mask” and then wash your face with only water when you wake up in the morning. I’ve found that my skin looks and feels very well hydrated!

I only use this twice a week as recommended. I’m not exactly sure why this can’t be used every day. I do find that twice a week works for me.

 

The Verdict

For some dryness relief for your skin, hydrate it with Laneige’s Water Sleeping Pack EX! I liked the travel size so much that I’ve purchased the full size jar. I find it’s much more hydrating than other night creams out there. The gel-like consistency is not sticky at all and dries after you stop massaging it into your skin. Definitely a product I would recommend!

 

Where to Buy

Written by Jessica

April 29th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Posted in Beauty,face,skincare

A-OK Foods (closed)

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Another day, another ramen post. I’m still on that quest to try every ramen place and I think I only have a few more to go.

 

The Atmosphere

Like with a lot of the other ramen places, I noticed that one wall was covered with wooden tiles. Is it a Japanese decor thing? I’m not sure, but one whole wall was wooden tiles. The area is spacious, with a front window bar seating and then green picnic-like tables down the middle of the space.

 

The Food

A-OK Foods - Bulgogi Torta
Bulgogi Torta – $7.50

We started off with the Bulgogi Torta to start. They were kind enough to cut it in half and individually wrap it so that we could share it more easily. It’s basically deliciously marinated beef bulgogi on a bun, topped with guacamole and mozzarella cheese. The pickled sides were hot peppers (and not green peppers that I had originally thought… my poor tongue lol) and I think white radish. This was served with a bottle of Fuego (or at least that’s what I think it’s called since the bottle is labeled so).

 

A-OK Foods - Fuego sauce
Bottle of Fuego

It reminds me of a molé sauce: a little bit spicy, a little tangy, a little bit of cocoa(?). Regardless, it is amazing when you squeeze some on the Bulgogi Torta.

 

A-OK Foods - Shoyu Ramen
Shoyu Ramen – $10.50

We both ordered the Shoyu Ramen. This tasted different from all the other ramen places I’ve been too, probably because their broth is chicken based. You can see in the picture it’s served with half a soft boiled egg, a generous helping of green onions, red goji berries, an extremely thick and crispy sheet of seaweed (deep fried?) That brownish paste you see at the side of the bowl is chicken and duck confit. One of the staff told us you mix it into the broth for a richer flavour. Richer is definitely the right word to use. It turned an otherwise good broth to an amazing, full of flavour broth. I really really enjoyed the flavour. There’s also four generous slices of sous-vide pork belly that’s lightly grilled. My friend and I discovered even though it melts in your mouth and tastes amazing, it’s even more amazing when you put the Fuego sauce on it. Mind. Blown.

Let’s talk about the noodles. A-OK Foods is unique in that they make their noodles in house. It’s not the thick, yellow noodles I’m used to, but rather thinner and more white, but still has a slightly chewy texture. To be honest, I’m not crazy about the noodles, but they are better than some other places (I’m looking at you Raijin and Sansotei).

 

The Verdict

The ramen was good, but I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite. It’s a little out of the ways from the downtown core, so a little bit of travel is needed in order to go there. However, I’d love to go back to try some of their snack offerings. Given how much I liked their Bulgogi Torta, I hope their other snacks are just as good! I think it would be good to come with a group of friends so that you can order many things to share.

 

The Place

A-OK Foods
930 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON
647-352-2243

Written by Jessica

April 26th, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Posted in Food,Restaurant

11 Questions Tag

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The lovely Procrastinator from Procrastinating Pretty tagged me in the 11 questions tag. I get asked 11 questions, I answer said questions, then pose 11 of my own questions to other people.

1. Check your bag. What lip products do you have in there?

EOS lip balm and Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake. I also have a terrible habit of putting a lip product in a bag and then completely forgetting to take it out before putting the bag away. Then I “lose” the lip product until I decide to use the bag again. Then it’s VOILA! What was lost is now found! So I’m pretty sure my missing Lancôme Le French Touch Absolu is hiding in some pocket in a bag that I cannot for the life of me find.

2. Do you also hate CAPTCHA codes on comments?

Absolutely, because sometimes what I see is apparently not the right answer and it makes me do it over AGAIN. It’s anger inducing! I’m just waiting for the day when websites start asking mathematical questions using CAPTCHA codes. ARGH.

3. Tell me an embarrassing makeup story! What’s one makeup habit that (in hindsight) was so, so wrong for you?

When I first started wearing makeup (which really has only been a few years ago), I had no idea what I was doing. I had just bought my first blush and was super excited to try it out. Unfortunately, I didn’t know how much to put on, and coupled with the bad lighting in my bathroom, I thought I had put it on pretty well. Fast forward a few hours later and I looked at myself in a store mirror. Oops. I looked like I had clown cheeks!

4. What’s the one product/trick/technique that instantly boosts your confidence?

Eyeliner with a slight wing while wearing contacts. It’s amazing how just eyeliner can really change the way you look! The whole contacts thing lets me reveal what I actually look like without hiding behind my frames. I look like two completely different people whether I’m wearing or not wearing my glasses. Also, given how blind I am, makeup usually only comes out when I’m wearing contacts. It is ridiculously difficult to get eyeliner on with your glasses off and you’re only an inch away from the mirror. No joke! My eyesight is really that bad!

5. What is your favourite physical feature on yourself why? How do you enhance it or show it off?

I really like my eyes because it’s the one thing I can experiment with the most. Whether it’s something subtle like mascara or more strong like a full on smoky eye, I’m having fun playing around with what I can do. I have tried a few times to do eyeliner without wearing contacts and… yeah… let’s just say it looked pretty interesting. LOL!

6. Share: your favourite blog? One that you think deserves more attention?

My favourite blog is Little Miss Andrea. I loved how her blog covers both her love of beauty and fashion along with food. Her blog is pretty much the inspiration for mine – if she can blog about beauty and food, why can’t I? I’ve also recently been reading Monica in Heels. She posts practically daily and there’s tons of pictures of her fashion sense (which I’m really liking) as well as some personal tidbits. She also takes pretty pictures.

7. What was the most recent beauty item you repurchased?

NARS’ Blush/Bronzer mini duo in Orgasm and Laguna. I’ve never used a bronzer before and I liked how Orgasm looked on my cheeks when I tried it in Sephora. I feel like this will be an interesting adventure in experimentation. Hopefully, it won’t be as bad as my embarrassing make up story. Unless, someone wants to teach me how to use bronzer? Haha.

8. What’s worse: Terrible drawn eye brows or horribly chipped polish?

Terrible drawn eyebrows for sure. People look at your face (usually) when talking to you, so if your eyebrows are all over the place, it can get pretty distracting. Chipped polish is bad too, but it won’t be as obvious as eye brows.

9. Most affordable beauty favourite? Most expensive beauty favourite?

Most affordable is my Maybelline Baby Lips. Super hydrating for me with just a hint of colour. I’m halfway through my current tube and trying to decide if I should repurchase the same colour or try another one. Most expensive beauty favourite is my Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara. It really does hold the curl of my lashes and doesn’t droop throughout the day.

10. Any HG products?

I love my Lancôme Bi-Facil. I’m still playing around with other products so the HG list is pretty small.

11. Go-to nail colour?

It really depends on my mood! Some days I want a very bright colour, some days I want a subtle colour. I can’t wear colour too often because of work, but on my days off, I like to play around with what I have. Currently, I’m liking L’Oreal’s Color Riche Nail colour in Dating Coral and Innocent Green.

 

Now I tag Maria from Beauty with a Latte Love, Monica from Monica in Heels, and Andrea from Little Miss Andrea!

My questions to you are:

  1. Quick! You’re suddenly going on a weekend trip you can only bring a carry on bag for your flight! What skincare can you pack?
  2. Favourite drink?
  3. Favourite travel destination?
  4. Have you worn false lashes before? Do you remember your first experience with them?
  5. Do you blog and post right away or do you blog and save for later?
  6. How many makeup brushes do you own? How many do you actually use?
  7. Describe your every day makeup face.
  8. Do you use base coat and/or top coat for your nails? Or would you rather go without?
  9. Do you follow any musicians on Youtube? Who are they?
  10. Think back to elementary school. What did you play most often during recess?
  11. Which is more important – fashion or beauty?

Written by Jessica

April 25th, 2013 at 12:35 am

Posted in Beauty,fun

Famoso Neopolitan Pizzeria

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It was date night for Mr.Pixelbunny and I, and we were finally hitting the movies at Yorkdale Mall. Wanting to keep close by, we went up to their amazing food court, Dine on 3, and ventured into Famoso Neopolitan Pizzeria.

 

The Atmosphere

Right at the door is a hostess stand with a chalkboard resting in front of it. It will tell you either to wait to be seated or to come in and seat yourself. It’s a neat concept: walk in, find a seat, browse the menu, then go up and make your order. You come back to your table and your drinks and food will come to you! The other way to do it is to walk in and order, and it’ll be ready for you to take out, which you can then eat out in the food court area or you can take home with you.

There is ample seating throughout with an open view of the kitchen and the prized piece – the bell shaped pizza oven that’s imported from Italy. These babies cook your pizzas at 900˚F in 90 seconds. I didn’t see anyone tossing pizza dough into the air, but I did see a lot of kitchen staff working away making the different kinds of pizza.

 

The Food

Famoso - fire roasted tomato bisque
Fire roasted tomato bisque – $5.50

Tasty, but pretty salty. It reminded me of a rosé sauce and I wondered if they might use it on some of their rosé pizzas as a base sauce. Crumbled feta cheese and basil leaves garnished it and was a good addition, taste wise. The feta helped to knock the saltiness down a little and I loved having basil with the bisque. I wished there was more basil leaves! There’s also 2 pieces of flatbread (which is basically the pizza crust dough) that you can eat alongside with the bisque. I used mine to dip into the soup.

 

Famoso - Gorgonzola walnut salad
Gorgonzola walnut salad – $8 for the half size

Mr. Pixelbunny ordered the gorgonzola walnut salad. It too was served with a slice of flatbread. The romaine lettuce was crispy, the gorgonzola cheese was delicious (I love blue cheese), and the dried cranberries and walnuts add a sweetness and a crunch to each bite. It’s tossed in Famoso’s original gorgonzola walnut vinaigrette, which, sadly to me, only tasted like olive oil. There was no walnut taste and definitely no gorgonzola taste to it. Aside from the vinaigrette, the salad is great.

 

Famoso - Cavoletti
Cavoletti pizza – $14.75

Our pizza that night was the Cavoletti, a new item on the menu for Fall and Winter according to the menu. It features bianca sauce (a creamy white sauce), fresh mozzarella, oven-roasted brussels sprouts (The Director’s fave), prosciutto crisps, gorgonzola cheese, dates, walnuts, and a drizzle of honey. I’ve never had a pizza with brussels sprouts before, and this was pretty good! The prosciutto had the saltiness factor, the honey and dates had the sweetness factor. Combine everything together and you have an amazing tasting pizza.

The crust was a little too bread-y for me, considering the last time I came here, their crusts were super thin. Maybe the person on pizza dough didn’t flatten it out enough.

 

The Verdict

Go for the experience of neopolitan pizza! The menu has a large selection of pizzas (red, white and rosé), with appetizers, salads and desserts to round it out. Lots of seating throughout and spacious. I can’t wait to go back and try another pizza.

 

The Place

Famoso Neopolitan Pizzeria
Yorkdale Mall, Food court
3401 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON
647-748-2222

Written by Jessica

April 23rd, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Posted in Food,Restaurant

Buffalo: The Cheesecake Factory

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Last weekend, Mr. Pixelbunny, my bestie and I drove over to Buffalo for a weekend of shopping and good eats. Of course, you can’t make a cross border trip without going to The Cheesecake Factory!

 

The Atmosphere

The place is really big, partly because of the incredibly high ceilings and mirrored walls. The decor is a little eclectic, a cross between some Egyptian like pillars and Shakespeare? Hard to describe, but when you’re there, you’ll understand what I mean.

The only bad thing is they don’t take reservations, so be prepared for a long wait! They have a pager system implemented, so you can take your pager and wait outside (but not too far in case you get out of range) until you’re called for your table. We went a bit late and got a pager at 6:30pm. By the time we were called for our table, it was already 8pm! Lesson learned: go early and not at prime dinner time!

 

The Food

The Cheesecake Factory - calamari
Fried Calamari – $10.95

Our appetizer to share was the fried calamari. Lightly breaded and then deep fried, it had just the right amount of crunchiness without the calamari feeling like rubber. It came with two dipping sauces: garlic dip and cocktail sauce. The garlic dip is thicker and heavy, whereas the cocktail sauce is lighter and is my preference of the two.

 

The Cheesecake Factory - Steak Diane and Herb Crusted Salmon
Steak Diane and Herb Crusted Salmon – $19.95

I felt like having land and sea and ordered the Steak Diane and Herb Crusted Salmon. I asked for my steak to be cooked rare. What I got was not what I expected to be a steak. Instead, they were thinly sliced pieces of beef of varying cooking times. The first slice I ate was medium. The second was practically well done. Two more pieces were medium rare and the last piece I ate was a gorgeous rare. According to the menu, it is served in a black peppercorns and a rich mushroom wine sauce. The black peppercorns were few, and the mushroom wine sauce was delicious. I liked that they had a mix of white and shitaki mushrooms in there. The other half of my plate was the Herb Crusted Salmon. This was my favourite part of the night. It was slightly undercooked, but I actually like my salmon that way. It was so incredibly moist and tender that I ate my steak first and saved the salmon for last. The lemon sauce was quite tart, and I didn’t dip the salmon into it because the salmon had enough flavour by itself. Three asparagus stalks accompanied the salmon (also very good) and a big side of mashed potatoes. I couldn’t finish my mashed potatoes but I did manage to eat about a quarter of it.

 

The Cheesecake Factory - Shrimp scampi and steak diane
Shrimp Scampi and Steak Diane – $19.95

Mr. Pixelbunny also wanted land and sea for dinner, and chose the Shrimp Scampi and Steak Diane. He ordered his steak medium rare, and all of his slices were cooked perfectly. I was a little jealous… His shrimp was slightly crispy and strong with the garlic, which we both liked as we are garlic lovers. His side of mashed potatoes was also huge, and he polished off his plate.

 

The Cheesecake Factory - Mahi mahi and shrimp veracruz
Mahi Mahi and Shrimp Veracruz – $19.95

My bestie ordered the Mahi Mahi and Shrimp Veracruz. The mahi mahi was slightly overcooked and a little dry, but the spicy tomato sauce helped to bring some flavour and juice back. There was a bit of a kick to the tomato sauce which was fantastic. The shrimp was tender and the rice is your typical white rice. If the mahi mahi was cooked better, this would have been an amazing plate!

 

We also ordered 3 cheesecake slices to go because we didn’t have the stomach to eat it right then and there. Unfortunately, no pictures of the cheesecake because we devoured it in our hotel room. The Oreo Dream Extreme was really good, but very heavy. There’s whole Oreo cookies baked right into the cheesecake, chocolate chips on the side and a creamy chocolate frosting on top. The bottom of the cheesecake was a chocolate cake instead of your traditional graham cracker crust. The Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake was SO good. The strawberries were humongous and the cheesecake was light and fluffy. This had the graham cracker crust. The Cherry Cheesecake was like the fresh strawberry one, in that it had the graham cracker crust and being light and fluffy. It was topped with cherry preserves, with a not too sweet not too tart taste to it.

 

The Verdict

It’s hard not to go here when you’re in the area. You get very large quantities of food for the price you’re paying, and you’ll never leave feeling hungry. Even if you’re not that hungry, at least go for a slice of cheesecake! It’s what they’re known for!

 

The Place

The Cheesecake Factory
1 Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga, NY
(716) 685-2600

Written by Jessica

April 22nd, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Posted in Food,Restaurant

Batiste Dry Shampoo

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I have two of these to review for you: The XXL volume and the Blush. I won both of these from Procrastinating Pretty‘s contest in conjunction with FarleyCo. I can’t thank them enough for giving me the chance to try these out. If you read my post on my experience with the TRESemmé dry shampoo, you’ll understand why I was hunting for another one.

Batiste Dry Shampoo - bottles
From L-R: XXL Volume and Blush 

The Packaging

The full size bottle is 200ml whereas the travel size bottle is 50ml. Both bottles are standard aluminum. The larger bottle has a sticker label all around whereas the travel bottle has the label already printed on the aluminum, so it has a glossy finish. Both have opaque-ish white caps with your  spray nozzle underneath.

Batiste Dry Shampoo - nozzle
Nozzles

 

The Product

XXL Volume

  • The XXL Volume comes out white when you spray it at the roots of your hair. At first, I thought it was going to be terrible for my black hair, but I found that it goes away when you work your fingers through. I found that it did a fantastic job of eliminating the grease from my roots and the ends of my hair. My hair didn’t feel like it was dirty, and I really did look like I had showered. The volume is amazing. It really gave me a huge boost, especially to the crown of my head! However, I did find it to be a ever so slightly sticky, almost like there’s a bit of hair spray in it. Maybe that’s how it’s able to keep the volume up? I also found that it gave my hair texture (my hair is pin straight) and gave me the ability to style it. It also has a light, fresh scent to it.

Blush

  •  This one also comes out white, but dissipates when you work your fingers through. It has a light, floral scent that isn’t over powering. This one wasn’t sticky at all, and did a really fabulous job at removing grease. My hair didn’t clump together anymore and you could see individual strands of hair. It also gives me the appearance of being freshly showered.

 

The Verdict

This is amazing! It’s made it’s way to the top of my list of dry shampoos! I’m amazed at how clean and fresh my hair looks after using it (it seriously makes me look like I JUST showered) and it’s not heavy at all. It doesn’t weigh my hair down and my scalp doesn’t feel dirty. It’s a fabulous product that I wish I discovered earlier.

 

Where to Buy

Written by Jessica

April 18th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Posted in Beauty,hair

L’Oréal Color Riche Nail Polish in 616 – Innocent Green

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I picked this one up at the L’Oreal Warehouse sale for Spring 2013. This was originally released as part of L’Oréal’s Miss Candy Collection for Summer 2012. These mini bottles are the perfect size for me because I’ll actually have a chance at finishing one rather than have multiple bottles collect dust. Each mini bottle contains 5ml.

 

L'Oréal Color Riche Nail polish - 616 - Innocent Green
#616 – Innocent Green

It’s a gorgeous teal, blue-green in colour. Depending on the light you’re in, the colour will be slightly different. It shows up more blue under natural light, and when in indoor light, it shows up more green. Beautiful colour for spring though!

 

L'Oréal Color Riche Nail polish - 616 - Innocent Green - paddle brush
New paddle brush design

Another thing I love is the brush size. It’s a new wider, paddle shaped brush. It’s very similar to Lancôme’s nail vernis brush. Because of it’s wide size, it’s very easy to apply the polish to each nail. It was pretty opaque with one coat, but out of habit, I put on two coats. The result is super shiny and glossy. Absolutely gorgeous! I need to swatch the rest of the bottles that I got soon!

Written by Jessica

April 15th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Posted in Beauty,nails

Dubon Chicken

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I first heard of Dubon Chicken through the Toronto Life and was instantly attracted to it for a number of reasons. First, I love chicken wings. Second, I never knew there was such a thing as Korean fried chicken! Korean fried chicken is twice fried, which gives it an extremely crispy outside but leaving the chicken incredibly moist and tender on the inside. Also, with the twice fried method, the chicken itself isn’t as greasy or oily as other traditional fried chicken.

 

Dubon Chicken - sign
The sign just outside of elle m’a dit

This was a pop-up event, meaning that it was a short term engagement (only 3 days!). There are currently no plans for a permanent location, but hopefully the turnout and response during the pop-up event will be enough to make way for one.

 

The Atmosphere

The event was located at Elle M’a Dit, on Baldwin Street. It’s a very small and intimate place, seating only approx 20 people on the first level. I thought I overheard some of the servers talk about the second floor, so I think there is more seating upstairs. Mr. Pixelbunny and I were seated at a table for two just across from the bar.

 

The Food

Dubon Chicken - menu
The menu

Being a pop-up event, the menu was very limited in its offerings. However, just because the offerings were small didn’t mean that it wasn’t good! I thought it was a great way to get a lot of feedback to perfect the flavourings.

 

Dubon Chicken - soy garlic
Soy garlic wings – $13 (regular size)

I got the soy garlic wings. The soy garlic was tasty. I thought it was a little heavy on the soy (made it a bit too salty for my liking) and the garlic was just enough. My first bite was practically euphoric – I had never had such crispy chicken before! It was incredible. The sides it was served with was mooli-mooli (a pickled daikon radish) and asian style coleslaw. The garnish of white and black sesame seeds and green onion was a nice touch.

 

Dubon chicken - fiery pepper
Fiery pepper wings – $13 (regular size)

Mr. Pixelbunny got the fiery pepper wings, which ended up being my favourite. I’m somewhat tolerable of spicy foods, usually more on the mild side. This was just the right amount of kick for me without causing me to blow my nose after every bite. There’s a slight sweetness to it which balances the spiciness. It was also served with mooli mooli and asian style coleslaw. Also garnished with black and white sesame seeds and green onions.

 

The Verdict

There needs to be a permanent location opened immediately! Or maybe a second pop-up event?

 

The Place

Can’t really give a location since it was a pop-up event. But here’s hoping there will be an announcement about a permanent location!

Written by Jessica

April 12th, 2013 at 11:51 am

Posted in Events,Food

Crabtree & Evelyn – Rosewater Hand Therapy

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I have dry hands. Not parched dry, but flaky, cut attracting dry skin. And I blame my work environment for it. You see, I work in a hospital and the constant use of hand washing with anti-bacterial soap as well as all the hand sanitizer has made my hands dry out like crazy. I’d gone through several different hand creams in search of ones actually work on my skin and have found one that I’d like to share with you. Enter the tube of Rosewater Hand Therapy from Crabtree & Evelyn.

 

Crabtree & Evelyn - Rosewater Hand Therapy
Rosewater Hand Therapy – $20 for 100g

I was first introduced to this hand cream by one of my “aunties” (in Chinese culture, anyone from your parents generation is either “auntie” or “uncle”) who gave one to me as a gift. She knew I was a nurse and bought me one to try. It wasn’t this exact one, but the age-defying version. I instantly fell in love with it. I used it until I could no longer squeeze anything out of the tube, and then hounded the store until there was a sale. Once Christmas sales had started, they had a 3 for $40 sale and I snatched up 6 of them.

 

The Packaging

Crabtree & Evelyn - Rosewater Hand Therapy - top and cap
Top of tube and cap

Each metallic tube has a small white screw cap. You can easily squeeze the tube to get the product out, but I would advise squeezing from the outermost end towards the opening. There’s no spring back from the tube so once squeezed, it will stay in that shape.

 

The Product

Crabtree & Evelyn - Rosewater Hand Therapy - cream
Thick cream that absorbs very easily

The product is more cream than lotion. It’s thick and it absorbs into the skin very easily and quickly. There’s also a light rose scent to it that smells heavenly. It’s like breathing in a fresh bouquet of roses. I keep this tube in the bathroom by the sink and use it every time I wash my hands. I tend to put a little extra on just before I go to bed and slowly rub it in until it’s all absorbed. By morning, my hands are super soft and my awful dry spots are significantly improved. I find it takes at least several days for the dry patches to really go away, but with the way my work schedule is, by the time I have a couple days off, it’s time to go back to work and to those dreaded hand sanitizers (oh the joys of shift work).

 

The Verdict

So far, I’ve been using this pretty much every day for several months and I love it. I’ve started recommending this to co-workers and even gave some tubes as gifts to my nursing friends. I’d say the only bad thing is the tube design. If you put it in your bag and it gets indented, due to the tube design, the product will come gushing out once you open the cap. The tube doesn’t spring back so once “squeezed”, it will stay that way. If you choose to keep this in your bag, be careful.

 

Where to Buy

Written by Jessica

April 11th, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Posted in Beauty,hands

Marcelle BB Cream

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A few weeks ago, for International Women’s Day, Marcelle tweeted an internet coupon for $1o off any minimum $25 purchase of Marcelle products. Coupled with the fact that Shoppers Drug Mart had a 25% off regular price products sale on that same day, I printed out the coupon and went to check it out. I purchased two things to meet my $25 minimum, and they were Marcelle’s BB cream, and their Nutrilux Supreme repair lip balm.

 

The Packaging

Marcelle BB Cream - packaging
Bonus 55% for free? Yes please! 

I think the best part of this sale was that Marcelle had put out these larger edition BB creams that contain an extra 55% product, for the price of the regular size tube! So instead of getting 45ml for $22.99, you were getting 70ml for $22.99. BUT, with the coupon and the Shoppers Drug Mart sale, this in combination with the lip balm I bought worked out to be just under $13!

The product is in a white tube with a pump for easy acquisition of the product. I like pump bottles because they’re more sanitary than dipping your fingers in, and also much easier for portion control. The fact that the tube has a pump end means that I can flip the bottle upside down to get the last bit of product without wasting. Traditional bottles that stand upright and pump out the top tend to be a bit wasteful because you can’t get that last couple of mls from the bottom of the bottle without opening it and pouring it out (which makes it more messy and time inducing).

A clear cap covers the pump tightly.

 

The Product

Marcelle BB Cream - product
A little dot of product in the shade light to medium

So far so good. It looks like it matches my skin tone pretty well.

 

Marcelle BB Cream - swatch
Blended out

Can you see this product at all? Barely! It completely matches my skin tone! The coverage is light I would say, but I am most impressed with how it blends seamlessly with my own skin colour. I love this! It’s not as light feeling as my Lancôme Teint Miracle, but pretty close.

 

The Verdict

With the current larger tubes, even if there’s no sale, it’s definitely worth it. I can see myself wearing this especially in the summer time, when I don’t want anything thick and heavy on my face.

 

Where to Buy

  • Shoppers Drug Mart – $22.99
  • Wal-Mart
  • Rexall
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Written by Jessica

April 8th, 2013 at 9:37 am

Posted in Beauty,face