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Marcelle Nutrilux Supreme Nourishing Hand Cream

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Marcelle Nutrilux - Supreme Nourishing Hand Cream tube
Supreme Nourishing Hand Cream 

Are you like me and have dry hands? Working in a hospital dries my hands out like nobody’s business, so I am constantly slathering on a plethora of hand creams and lotions, just to restore some moisture back in. Marcelle’s entry to skincare gives us their Nutrilux line, with the Supreme Nourishing Hand Cream. It’s ingredient list includes shea butter, jojoba oil, allantoin, and pro-vitamin B5. Also, being hypo-allergenic, I knew this would be fragrance free.

 

The Packaging

The tube is comprised of a pliable plastic that bounces back to its original shape after squeezed. It’s also has a flat top so you can stand it upright on the table. This is key for me as it allows gravity to do its work – pull the product down towards the nozzle, so there is less work for me to squeeze from one end of the tube to the other.

 

Marcelle Nutrilux - Supreme Nourishing Hand Cream nozzle
Flip-top cap and nozzle

The flip-top cap makes it easy to open and close with a satisfying click.

 

The Product

There’s 75ml in the tube. The product is easy to squeeze out of the tube, and comes out as a cream. It’s definitely thicker than a lotion, but not thick enough that you need a large amount of force to squeeze it out. It’s very easy to work into the skin and is soaked up immediately. There is no oily or greasy residue afterwards. I think my skin loves this stuff.

 

Marcelle Nutrilux - Supreme Nourishing Hand Cream swatch
Before use

I tried to capture how dry my hands were this day. You can see the dry lines and flaky skin, especially around the underside of my knuckles.

 

Marcelle Nutrilux - Supreme Nourishing Hand Cream swatch after application
After use

After using, you’ll notice that the dryness has gone away, leaving me with a smooth silky skin.

One thing to note is the smell. There is definitely a noticeable smell, almost like a plastic sort of smell, but only if you put your nose right to your skin. I can’t smell it otherwise. For the moisturizing properties it has and for how well it works on my hands, I can overlook this. However, if Marcelle does bring this line back, this would be one minor thing to work on.

 

The Verdict

Marcelle’s Nutrilux Supreme Nourishing Hand Cream is quite the effective and affordable product to use. It moisturizes my hands well without that greasy feeling. I’ve been using this exclusively at work and all of my coworkers use it as well. They all love it as well and was pretty sad to hear that it’s no longer available for purchase. If it came back though, you can bet that I’ll be buying a few to have and keep as a back up!

 

Where to Buy

  • It’s not available for purchase anymore.

Written by Jessica

February 18th, 2014 at 11:49 pm

Posted in Beauty,hands,skincare

John and Sons Oyster House

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For our first Winterlicious 2014 treat, Mr. Pixelbunny and I picked John and Sons Oyster House. Always a lover of seafood, we knew we would be in good hands that night. Their Winterlicious dinner menu is $35 per person.

 

The Atmosphere

John and Sons Oyster House -oyster bar

The atmosphere is very cosy, with a large bar where you can spy on both the kitchen, and the oyster shucker in action! I love how the space is highlighted with bright lights, as if to bring your attention there. Chalkboards are everywhere, listing specials and other little seafood tidbits. Not pictured on the opposite side of the room is this little hanging ledge from the ceiling. On top of the ledge, is all sorts of lighthouse models all lined up in a row. It’s pretty neat to look at. One other thing that isn’t pictured that I wish I did, is some of the hanging lights. You’ll spot a large coiled rope (think of the really thick ropes you see on sailing boats) hanging from the ceiling, and at the end of the rope, is a lightbulb! I thought that was a really interesting way to incorporate the sea theme into the restaurant.

 

The Food

John and Sons Oyster House - oyster menu
Oyster Menu

There was no way we could eat here without indulging in some of their oyster fare, so we immediately looked through the menu to decide what we should have. The checkmarks indicate what they have in house that day. In the end, we decided on 3 types of oysters for each of us.

 

John and Sons Oyster House -oysters
Delicious oysters

The top two are Hardy’s Malpeque ($2.25 each), the left two are French Kiss ($2.87 each), and the right two are Onset Bay ($3.28 each). All of the oysters were fresh, briny, and so amazing. Both of us like to have our oysters with just a splash of lemon, and nothing else. After finishing, we were wishing we had ordered more, however, we knew that dinner was going to be awesome and didn’t want to fill up too quickly.

 

John and Sons Oyster House - complimentary bread and butter
Complimentary bread and butter

With the oysters came a plate of complimentary bread and butter. It tasted like an ancient grains type of bread with a small tin of whipped butter. Nothing much to say about it except that it was bread and butter.

 

John and Sons Oyster House -Chowder
Chowder

My appetizer of choice was chowder, a New England style chowder with clams, potatoes, carrots, and hickory bacon in a creamy broth. It was served with a small slice of dried bread that was perfect for dipping into the broth. I opted to have some freshly grated pepper to be added and then dug in. It was hot, hearty, and delicious. I had some good size pieces of hickory bacon which gave the chowder a really good savoury kick. I only wish it was a bigger serving! This bowl was too small!

 

John and Sons Oyster House -Beet Salad
Beet Salad

Mr Pixelbunny ordered beet salad, which consisted of oven roasted heirloom beets, torched sainte-maure de touring cheese, baby kale and watercress, and dressed in apple vinegrette. This was a fairly large portion on the plate, and made my chowder look even more miniscule. However, for a dish whose name predominantly has the word beet, I was expecting some more than one slice of red beet and one slice of yellow beet. Don’t let the photo fool you, as one of those yellowish slices is actually a tomato slice. Otherwise, the greens were fresh and crunchy, and the cheese and vinegrette were great when you tied them all together in one bite. I just wish there was more beets!

 

John and Sons Oyster House -Arctic Char
Arctic Char

My main was arctic char, which consisted of two fillet pieces, sitting on a bed of oven roasted root vegetables and drizzled in cider butter. The arctic char was cooked perfectly, and was so moist and tender that I couldn’t believe this was fish. There was one part of the fillet that was drier than the rest, but that’s likely because it was thinner than the rest of the fish. Even though it was drier, it still tasted amazing. The root vegetables were yellow and red beets, fingerling potatoes, carrots, and brussel sprouts. This was my favourite dish of the night.

 

John and Sons Oyster House -Fish and Chips
Fish and Chips

Mr Pixelbunny got fish and chips. His plate was HUGE! There was two big pieces of Creemore-battered haddock from Nova Scotia, house made frites, slaw, and a small tin of tartar sauce. The fish was hot and juicy, with no hint of dryness to it. Haddock is meaty, and there is no way you can get through this plate without feeling satisfaction in your stomach. The fries are cut very thin, but they weren’t crispy but rather a bit on the soft side. I feel like the thin cuts cause it to soak up much more oil compared to thicker cut fries. The slaw was really good, as all the vegetables weren’t cut, but rather shredded into long, thin strands – almost like noodles. I personally would have liked to see more slaw and less fries.

 

John and Sons Oyster House -Ice Cream Parfait
Ice Cream Parfait

For dessert, I chose ice cream parfait. The menu in the restaurant says citrus ice cream while the online Winterlicious menu says citrus olive oil. I could taste a slight citrus flavour, but it wasn’t particularly strong. It’s served with red wine poached pears and dusted with almond crumble. The pears add some texture to the ice cream, and the sauce mixes quite well with the citrus ice cream in terms of flavouring. I’m not sure if you can tell in the picture, but the serving is again, so small! Please serve this in a bigger cup!

 

John and Sons Oyster House -Brownie
Brownie

Ever to go classic, Mr Pixelbunny chose brownie for his dessert. Two slices (one big and one small) of Callebaut chocolate pecan brownie, whipped cream, and drizzled with chocolate caramel sauce. The chocolate brownie was, a chocolate brownie, but I couldn’t taste any pecan in it. The chocolate caramel sauce was sweet. Having a piece of brownie, some whipped cream, and a little bit of the chocolate caramel sauce was good as all the flavours worked together, and wasn’t overly sweet. A good dessert, albeit a little on the plain side.

 

The Verdict

The seafood is done really really well here. And if you are a raw oyster lover, their selection is bang on fresh. Definitely give them a try, and have a few beers while you’re at it too. The cozy atmosphere is just beckoning you to come here. Their Winterlicious is great, but I wish some of their portion sizes were larger.

 

The Place

John and Sons Oyster House
1 Balmoral Ave,
Toronto, ON
416-515-0551

Written by Jessica

February 8th, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Posted in Food,Restaurant

Hunters Landing

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Went out for a friend’s bday and since the weather has been so cold lately, she picked a place that was close to home – Hunters Landing! Seriously, this place is right next to her building so it was perfect to have everyone meet at her place, then we all made the 2 minute walk from her door to their door.

 

The Atmosphere

When you first walk in, I got a sense of industrial meets cozy casual. There’s a tall wine fridge behind the host’s table, some wood and concrete elements , an open bar in the middle with people seated all around to the right, tables in the opposite room to the left, and an upper level with long tables for large groups. What I really liked is the floor to ceiling windows, which give you a great view outside, whether it’s day or night.

My friend reserved a couple tables in the upper room as she also wanted to have the big tv on (there’s a huge one on the wall plus a smaller one on the opposite wall). We were promptly seated with menus already on the table and drinks menu spread out. Our server was very attentive and excellent.

 

The Food

Hunters Landing - Signature Fish Tacos
Signature Fish Tacos – $13 (+$4 to add a fourth)

A and I split the signature fish tacos. We added $4 to make it 4 in total, so there’d be 2 for each of us. I have to say that they were amazing!! When they first arrived, we thought the fish would be harder and deep fried, but in actuality, it has a light breading and was soft and moist inside. Perhaps it was baked? After asking about it on Twitter, I’m told the fish they use is bass. There’s a pineapple and jicama slaw (of which the jicama was great and the pineapple a bit too sparse), avocado purée, fresh greens, sliced red peppers, and a smoked chili sauce on the side. The sauce has a nice kick to it, with a little bit of smokiness, and goes great in the taco. I could totally order this again and eat it on its own as a main!

 

Hunters Landing - Lamb Tagliatelle
Lamb Tagliatelle – $20

For my main, I ordered lamb tagliatelle. Long, thin, flat noodles, mixed with melt-in-your-mouth slow-braised lamb, with mushrooms, grape tomatoes, caramelized onions, and a dollop of Za’atar infused marscapone. The lamb itself was really good, and there was a good amount mixed in with the tagliatelle. The only thing was the sauce. Perhaps it was the way it was braised, but instead of saucy, the  sauce had a slight slimy texture to it. I was a little put off, but it didn’t ruin the meal for me. It was just something in the back of my mind. Otherwise, the flavour was ok, maybe a little bit plain for me.

 

The Verdict

If you go, definitely get the fish tacos. I highly recommend those as I found them phenomenal. Other people had Chicken a la Plancha and said it was also amazing. I’m going to have to try it next time. The atmosphere is great, the view is great, and service is excellent.

 

The Place

Hunters Landing
82 Fort York Blvd
Toronto, ON
647-352-7082

Written by Jessica

February 7th, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Posted in Food,Restaurant

Marcelle Nutrilux Supreme SOS Replenishing Butter

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Marcelle Nutrilux - Supreme SOS Replenishing Butter packaging
Supreme SOS Replenishing Butter 

We’ve all been there – no copious amounts of moisturizing will save our elbows, knees and bottoms of our feet. What’s a girl to do? Thankfully, Marcelle has come to our rescue with their Nutrilux Supreme SOS Replenishing Butter. Made for very dry and cracked skin, this stuff is enriched with shea butter, jojoba oil, allantoin, and pro-vitamin B5. One of the facts on the box states “Intensely hydrates the skin and brings a feeling of new skin”. This intrigued me because what kind of cream brings about a feeling of new skin?

 

The Packaging

Marcelle Nutrilux - Supreme SOS Replenishing Butter jar
Little tub! 

This little tub holds 60ml of product. It’s made of sturdy, glossy white plastic with a twist off lid.

 

Marcelle Nutrilux - Supreme SOS Replenishing Butter open jar
Lid off

Like the Supreme Comfort Body Cream, there is no inner seal.

 

The Product

Marcelle Nutrilux - Supreme SOS Replenishing Butter swatch
Swatch

The butter is quite thick, but is able to be absorbed by dry skin very well. I do take some time to really massage it into every aspect of my dry skin, particularly the soles of my feet. Now this might look gross, but I really want you to see the difference.

 

Marcelle Nutrilux - Supreme SOS Replenishing Butter foot before
Foot before application

I confess; I have really dry feet, especially my heels. How much time do we really devote to taking care of our feet anyways? Don’t shake your heads at me, I know there’s many of you out there that are the same as me!

 

Marcelle Nutrilux - Supreme SOS Replenishing Butter foot after
Foot after application

You can see just how much of a difference this butter makes. Immediately, the dry cracks are smoothed over, giving you that “feeling of new skin”. Fast forward 12 hours later, and I can see the dry cracks reappearing, but that’s to be expected when my feet are so dry. However, with prolonged use, I did notice that it takes longer for those dry cracks to reappear. I typically use this after I shower at night, and sometimes in the morning when I wake up for an extra moisturizing layer before I put my socks on.

 

The Verdict

A great product for those poorly neglected dry spots that we all know exist, but never want to do anything to help them. Yes, our poor heels, elbows, and knees (and anywhere else for that matter) has something truly hydrating to help rescue it. Funny enough, this is also frequently used by Mr Pixelbunny – he gives this his seal of approval.

 

Where to Buy

  • Unfortunately, this is not available for purchase anymore.

Written by Jessica

February 5th, 2014 at 7:06 pm

January 2014 Empties

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Went through quite a few products for the month of January, many of which I had started in Nov/Dec and finally finishing now. Enjoy!

 

January 2014 Empties part 1

Vidal Sassoon Volume Shampoo and Conditioner

I bought this on a whim because I had run out of shampoo and conditioner. I vaguely remember when Vidal Sassoon’s products were in tall, skinny pink bottles. I haven’t tried it since. Anyways, these were on sale at my local Shoppers so I figured why not give it a try? I was pleasantly surprised to find that it works quite well with my hair, giving me quite a bit of boost after showering and especially after blow drying. It kept the oil from my scalp at bay and I had nice hair for a longer period of time than my other shampoos and conditioners. My only complaint is that it might have worked too well. My scalp got really dry about two weeks into using this and left me with a dry, flaky scalp! Yikes! My fear is that if I keep using it, it might dry my scalp out to the point that hair might fall out. So because of that, I won’t be repurchasing this again. I don’t know if maybe using a hair treatment might help, but for the time being, this is it Vidal Sassoon.

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Moisturizing Emulsion W

I have a review on this here. The price is a bit hefty and I have tried other products that moisturize just as well. However, the brightening effect is pretty good so it’ll depend on just how much you want that brightening effect.

Lancôme Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

My holy grail serum. I’ve been using this for the last 3 years and love it. Luckily, I’ve done some travels to the US so I’m able to purchase the huge travel exclusive (if I remember correctly, I only paid $110 for the 100ml bottle). There’s a newer version out now (Advanced Genifique) and I’ve tried samples of it before, but I can’t remember how it compares. Anyways, would definitely repurchase again, and already have a bottle of Advanced Genifique in the backup box.

Vichy Purete Thermale Purifying Foaming Water 

Got this as a sample from Shoppers Drug Mart when they were having a Vichy event last year. One pump gives a rich foam that you can slowly massage into your skin. It cleans pretty well, but doesn’t give me that clean sort of feeling afterwards. It’s formulated for sensitive skin, so that could be why I don’t have the same feeling as some of my other cleansers. Personally, I’m not a fan so I won’t be purchasing this.

 

January 2014 Empties part 2

Shiseido Ibuki Starter Kit

You can read my full review here. Would definitely repurchase this again.

Lancôme Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover

And another bottle complete! I already have the next bottle opened and another on backup. Once you find something that works, you can never have too many of them. Does anyone else have this problem?

Maybelline Volum’ Express Mega Plush Mascara

This is a gel-mousse type mascara that I picked up from the L’Oreal Warehouse sale. I’ve used it a couple of times, and like the feathery effect it gives my lashes. There is no clumping, and some lengthening, but not too much in the volume department. I’d have liked to use it a little more often, but the tube has dried out and I can’t get any more out. Would consider trying this again but my backup stash of mascara is staggering.

Lancôme Ôscillation Power Foundation 

Whoa, I actually finished a powder foundation!! It only took me 2 years but still, this is a pretty big milestone. I used the colour Beige 40. I never really used this on its own, but more as a setting powder and colour corrector for my liquid foundations that are a touch too light for my skin. Initially, I used the oscillator but found that it was much faster just to swirl a powder brush and sweep it across my skin. It’s really too bad that it’s discontinued and no longer available to purchase.

Fresh Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment

This was part of Sephora’s birthday gift for Beauty Insiders that I finally got around to using. I quite liked this, as it was really moisturizing while giving just a hint of colour. The only I didn’t like was that it’s extremely soft, and prone to warping and breaking from the tube if you’re not careful. Although I like the formula, I find it doesn’t work well in a tube format. Likely won’t purchase this.

Benefit the POREfessional

I got this as a sample from a Sephora order. I like that it has a slight beige colour to it and has a very smooth, velvety texture to it. I only got one use out of the sample and liked it quite a bit, but would love to try it a few more times before judgement. Would definitely get a smaller tube to test out.

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Written by Jessica

February 2nd, 2014 at 10:06 pm