Monday, August 14, 2017

Featuring: Kat Von D Saint & Sinner VoxBox (Perfume Review)

Kat Von D's fragrance duo, Saint and Sinner, is back and Influenster gave me an opportunity to try them out. Read my mini reviews below!

Kat Von D Saint Eau de Parfum

I love vanilla based perfumes and this one is no exception. I love that it is light, feminine and soft but also creamy and bold. And the hints of sandalwood and creamy musk are a nice touch. This really is a lovely floral perfume! I received this product as a free sample for review purposes.

Kat Von D Sinner Eau de Parfum
This perfume is like a cool, sultry/sexy autumn day/night in a bottle. I love that it has notes of spicy cinnamon that is also balanced out by a hint of sweetness so it doesn’t come off too masculine. Although some may prefer to wear this at night, I have been wearing this on it’s own during the day because it’s not too overbearing and in your face. The only con about this is that it isn’t as long lasting as the other high end perfumes I own.

I highly recommend checking out these two perfume the next time you're at Sephora. If you love layering perfumes, you have to try layering Saint and Sinner together. They compliment each other so well.

XO Jenn

*I received the Saint & Sinner fragrances complimentary for review purposes. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Feauturing: Shiseido WetForce BB VoxBox (Ultimate Cleansing Oil, Sports BB, & Urban Environment SPF Review)

Ultimate Cleansing Oil, Sports BB, Urban Environment SPF

This Shiseido WetForce BB VoxBox came just in time for the summer. Continue reading to find out what I thought about the products!

Shiseido Ultimate Cleansing Oil I love using coconut oil to remove my makeup at night so I was very excited to try this Shiseido Ultimate Cleansing Oil. Unfortunately, I found this cleansing oil to be fairly mediocre. It was a decent makeup remover for my face but it did not thoroughly remove my eye makeup - and I don’t even use waterproof mascara or a ton of eyeshadow. Another downside was that I found this oil to be a bit drying at times. I did love the light consistency though, and it gave quite a nice lather when I was rinsing it off so I didn’t have to worry about it leaving a residue on my face. Of course, it smelled wonderful as well. However, I don’t think I would purchase this cleansing oil as I prefer one that is more heavy duty than the Shiseido Ultimate Cleansing Oil can provide. 3.5/5

Shiseido Sports BB Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ WetForce I am a fan of the Shiseido Wet Force sunscreen so I was excited to try this. I know Shiseido sunscreens work well with my skin and this BB cream was no exception. The consistency wasn't too heavy or light, and the smooth texture made it easy to blend into the skin. Like most BB creams, Shiseido Sports BB also gave me light-medium/natural coverage. It is everything I look for in a BB cream plus the awesome bonus feature of it being waterproof; however I am not the biggest fan of their limited shade range (it only comes in fair, medium, and dark). I recommend this if you are active and are looking for a tinted water-resistant sunscreen. 4/5

Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face I absolutely love this sunscreen. I usually don’t like shelling out money for high end sunscreens but this one is worth it. I love that it has a high enough SPF for me, is a broad spectrum sunscreen, and is oil-free. The consistency is light but creamy and feels luxurious, but is not hard to work into the skin nor does it leave too much of a white cast. Makeup application on top of this sunscreen is a breeze as well. It does not however make my skin look matte (as advertised) but it also does not make my skin look greasy which is fine by me. Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face is all that I look for in a high quality sunscreen, I definitely recommend it. 4.5/5

XO Jenn

I received these products free from Influenster for testing purposes, but all opinions are honest and my own.

Monday, September 12, 2016

What's in My Bag? Summer Edition

Even though summer is coming to an end I wanted to share my essentials and what I have been carrying in my bag these past few months. The obvious must haves that don't need a review/write-up are a water bottle, a compact mirror (from Forever 21), my wallet/keys (also from Forever 21), and my phone.

Forever 21 Sunglasses - Getting over another boring must have is a pair of cheap sunnies from Forever 21. I like to buy a few pairs of cheap sunglasses that I can bring with me to places. That way I don't always have to worry about them getting scruffed up, and I don't have to carry a case for them, especially when I am carrying a small bag.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Rollerball - I love this fragrance because it is floral and fresh at the same time. I know this is great paired with Nirvana Black but I love this on its own especially for daytime and the summer time.

Avène Cold Cream - I know this is weird to carry around in the summer time but it's been a huge staple for me during the winter time that I have taken a liking to always having it on me. I also have been washing my hands a lot at work so they have been extremely dry. This cold cream has been great for that - it leaves my skin very nourished. A little goes a long way for me.

Bioderma Atoderm Stick Lêvres Lip Balm - This lip balm goes on really nice and smooth, and it smells great - like raspberry - but it's not the most hydrating lip balm I have ever used. It does do an ok job during the day but it is definitely not something I'd use at night. I would not repurchase this because it is quite pricey for a lip balm.

So there you have it. These are the few things that I have been carrying in my bag (from Zara)! If I was carrying a larger bag however, I would probably also be carrying a face powder, sunscreen, and portable charger. I tend to carry a larger bag in the fall so the aforementioned items will probably be in there! 

XO Jenn

Friday, March 4, 2016

Essie VoxBox Review (first base, gel setter, blanc, good as gold)

I received these products from the Influenster Essie VoxBox for testing and review purposes. Continue reading to find out what I think about the four Essie products that were sent to me.

I love this base coat. It makes my polishes last longer even if I don’t use a top coat. First Base is really fast drying and easy to apply so it’s a staple for me. I don’t have the smoothest nails but this does a great job providing a nice smooth canvas for my polish even though the consistency is quite thin. 

This is the first “gel” setting top coat I’ve tried but I am very impressed with it. The drying time was a lot faster than expected. Not only that, but I found that my nails didn’t chip as much as it does when I use other top coats (I went a good 4-5 days without chipped nails). I was pretty loyal to another top coat by another brand but after using this, I think I’m making the switch. The application gel-setter is a lot easier than the previous top coat (that isn’t even a “gel” top coat) because the formula isn’t as thick but still does the job. I’ve always been a big fan of Essie polishes so I am glad that they have now have an excellent top coat to match their polishes. 

I love that Essie Blanc is a true classic white shade (no yellow or pink undertones at all). The polish itself is quite opaque, but it goes on a tad streaky on my nails. I had to use at least two coats to get a nice even look. With that being said, this is one of the better white nail polishes I’ve tried in a long time (good quality white polishes are really hard to find). The brush is easy to work with, and with the right top coat, my manicure can last 3-4 days.  

I don't usually wear metallic nail polishes but I was so impressed with this beautiful "Good as Gold" shade from their mirror metallics collection. This goes on smoothly and is so opaque you could get away with just one coat. The finish is lovely as well. If you love metallic shades be sure to check out this gold metallic as well as the entire metallic collection - they have a gorgeous rose gold shade

I have always been a huge fan of Essie nail polishes and these products did not disappoint. The gel.setter top coat is a fairly new product so if you haven't checked it out yet, I highly recommend you do so.  Essie "Blanc" is the go-to white polish for me whether it is for a french manicure or for a simple white manicure to make my tan pop. Furthermore, you can create many chic nail art designs with "Blanc" and "Good as Good": think, white base with gold polka dots or tips? Or even a reverse french manicure - so glam. So if you are in the market for a good white nail polish check out "Blanc". I hope you found my reviews helpful. As always, all opinions are my own! Happy manicures, everyone! #essienailedit

XO Jenn

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Herbivore Botanicals Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Bar Soap Review

Herbivore Botanicals is a Seattle-based all-natural skincare company. I tried their Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Bar Soap. This cleanser has activated bamboo charcoal that claims to deep clean the skin by drawing out impurities while remaining gentle on the skin, and tea tree and bergamot essential oil. The essential oils are antibacterial, antiseptic, and help with fading skin discolouration, making it ideal for my oily, acne-prone skin. In addition, the soap has coconut oil and olive oil for hydration.  Another big plus is that all Herbivore Botanicals are 100% natural and vegan.

From reading the ingredients and their claims, I had high hopes for the product. I used the soap as my facial cleanser twice or three times daily, and it lasted me about 4 months. I was impressed at how well it lathered up, and that it didn’t have any overwhelming scent. The soap did a good job of cleansing my skin and did not leave my skin feeling tight, dry, and stripped, as most soaps tend to do. I can’t vouch for how well the soap takes off a full face of makeup since I always use a makeup wipe or coconut oil to remove my makeup first, but I have heard from other people that the soap does do a good job of that. As for my skin, although I still have breakouts, I noticed that my skin did feel smoother and that my overall complexion did improve. The only downside about this product is that it is smaller than most bar soaps: for $12 CAD, you are only getting 4oz. whereas Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Bar Soaps cost about $6 for 5oz. Of course, you are getting an handmade, all natural, fairly effective soap with Herbivore Botanicals. I am looking forward to repurchasing this soap and trying out the other 3 varieties in the future! In the meantime, I recommend you check out this bar soap if you have oily acne-prone skin and want to try an all natural product. You can buy this on Amazon (US) and on the Chapters Indigo website.

Hope you found this review helpful!

XO Jenn