Thursday, October 2, 2014

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Review

It Cosmetics has been getting a lot of attention this past year, so I decided to try their "neutralizing correcting cream", Bye Bye Redness. This is the only CC cream that I've tried but I liked it enough to repurchase a second jar. For me, it is not a HG product but it is handy for those who struggle with redness. It does an amazing job at correcting redness so if that is your only concern, then you this would be one product to try. You can wear this under your foundation or by itself - I wear this instead of foundation on good skin days. My favourite thing about this product is the consistency. The consistency is rather thin and blends to a powder finish/texture so it is super lightweight on the skin. With that said, I find that this does not blend with using your fingers. My favourite way to apply this is with a fluffy synthetic brush like the Real Techniques Buffing brush (I also end up using less of the product when I use this brush). It has a (sweet, pleasant) scent but it does not linger. Bye Bye Redness does come in one shade that is slightly more orange than neutral or yellow, so I don't think this would work for skintones that are super pale or super dark. I recommend this for people who want a lightweight product to even out their skintone.

XO Nicole

Buy at It Cosmetics for $32USD

Sunday, September 21, 2014

MDSolarSciences Mineral Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UVA-UVB Sunscreen Review

MDSolarSciences make mineral-based sunscreens with natural ingredients, and physical sunblock (titanium dioxide, 1.5% and zinc oxide 17%). The MDSolarSciences Mineral Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UVA-UVB Sunscreen is made specifically for those with acne and rosacea-prone skin. I have used almost two full tubes of this sunscreen and have never broken out from it, so I definitely vouch for that property. Another one of my favourite properties of the “proprietary blend of ProVention-R™ antioxidants” in it, because SPF and antioxidants are crucial for when I am leaving the house.

In terms of wear, this product is super lightweight, and easy to blend. I don’t get too much of a crazy white-cast with this product as I do with many of the other physical sunscreens out on the market. It does feel “slimy” and silicone-like, but that helps with the blending. I do feel it on my face a bit but not as much compared to other physical sunscreens I’ve tried.

I have been browsing the drugstore and Sephora for a new sunscreen to try but I have yet to find a sunscreen that offers all the benefits that this sunscreen does. For that reason, I have no problem spending another $36CAD on another tube - it is definitely worth it to me.

XO Nicole

Buy at Sephora for $36CAD

P.S. simplyxclassic's 'thank you' giveaway is still taking entries! Up for grabs are stuff from J.CREW, Urban Decay, Jouer, and much more! Go check it out if you haven't already (link).

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Giveaway Alert: simplyxclassic's "Thank You" Giveaway

Miriam, of simplyxclassic. is saying "thank you" to her followers by hosting an amazing giveaway. She not only giving away one prize, but five prizes - and they're all awesome prizes! Up for grabs are a J.CREW gift card, Urban Decay's Naked3 palette, a Jouer Bare Beauty Kit, Deborah Lippmann nail polishes and... a Clarisonic (OMG!!)! I know, right? Go on over there, and keep your fingers crossed! Thank you Miriam for such an amazing giveaway!

Good luck everyone!

XO Jenn

Monday, July 14, 2014

Thierry Mugler Angel Eau Sucrée Eau de Toilette Review

I usually do not review fragrances because I am not good at describing smells and notes, etc. etc. but this one really reminds me of Lancome's La Vie est Belle, so I thought if you already own, or know what La Vie est Belle smells like, then this might be helpful. I've read another review on Sephora comparing it to Flowerbomb). The only major difference in smell, is that Angel Eau Sucrée is a bit more fresh, while La Vie est Belle is a bit more warm.

Angel Eau Sucrée does not have good lasting power but it is an EDT, so I am not surprised about that however, the scent is quite strong for the first hour or so. It made me somewhat nauseous when I wore one spritz of this on my wrist for the first time. Another thing - do not buy this if you are expecting some trace of Alien because there isn't any. This isn't really anything special, sadly. I bought Thierry Mugler's Angel Eau Sucrée online without smelling it because I am a sucker for sweet scents, and Thierry Mugler scents. Had I had smelled it in stores, I probably would not have purchased it.

Buy at Hudson's Bay
Price: $75 CAD for 50ml

XO Jenn

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

imPress Press-On Manicure Canada VoxBox

In the imPress Press-On Manicure Influenster VoxBox, I received two designs; one with black lace detail on pink nails, and one that was a plain hot pink. In the pictures, you can see that each container/box contains a handful - 24 nails, 12 sizes, to be exact - of nail press-ons of different sizes, ensuring that you find one for each nail for both hands. I have rather wide thumbnails and the fact that I could find a pair that works was amazing to me. The shape of the press-on nails are of a square shape so it looks like you actually went to the nail salon and got them filed down like that, but minus the cost, time, and chemicals.

I was always under the impression that imPress - or any press-on nails  for that matter - had only intricate designs that you could not do free hand, but the plain hot pink set showed that imPress offers a wide range of designs and colours. I for one do not always gravitate towards nail art or nails with fancy designs so I really appreciate that imPress offers plain coloured ones as well. For days where you don't want crazy nail art on your nails, but still want perfect nails, you can still opt for plain press-ons.

I find these press-ons to be so fun and easy to use. Unlike the nail stickers where you actually have to shape the sticker yourself, this press-on nails automatically gives you a perfectly shaped nail. Sometimes my nails get stained from not using a base and using too much polish, so they look pretty rough, so this is the perfect option to cover that up. Also, this "mini kit" comes with something to prep your nails for the press-ons to ensure easy application and lasting results.

XO Nicole