Thursday, January 31, 2013

Project Pan: Sixteenth Product Completed: Oscar Blandi Invisible Voluminzing Dry Shampoo Spray

It's that time again! I finished another product towards my Project 20 Pan. The product I finished was the Oscar Blandi Invisible Voluminzing Dry Shampoo Spray. Oscar Blandi describes this products as being able to cleans the hair without water, instantly boost volume, be great for all hair colours, and spray clear.

I have to admit, it did do most of those. The problem? It didn't cleanse my hair/ my hair still looked oily. I tried repeatedly to get this to work because I wanted to love it but it just didn't get the job done. Needless to say, I will not be repurchasing this product again.

What's your favourite dry shampoo for dark hair?

Monday, January 28, 2013

Project Pan: Fifteenth Product Complected: Vichy Aqualia Antiox Anti- Fatigue Ice- Effect Eye Stick

Good afternoon! It's been quite some time since I finished anything but after the long delay I finally finished my fifteenth product towards my project pan this morning. The product I finished was the Vichy Aqualia Antiox Anti- Fatigue Ice- Effect Eye Stick. Long name, I know. This product claims to reduce dark circles and puffiness and give your eyes a fresher, brighter look. It contains Vitamins C and E, and Citrus Polyphenol.

This is what the product initially looked like:

But after much use and travelling this is how it looks now:

Although I did enjoy how cool and fresh this made my eyes feel in the morning (especially after late nights) I don't think it did much for my dark circles or puffiness. It did soothe my tired eyes though. This product has been discontinued and therefore I would be unable to repurchase this. Regardless, I still probably would not unless I was still studying.

On another note, my life has been crazy busy lately and I've been really tired and stressed out. This is what was delivered to my office Friday. It was a nice surprise.
Everyone was asking if it was my birthday, anniversary, etc. Truth is, it wasn't. My boyfriend is just a sweet heart :)

What's your favourite way to soothe tired eyes?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

25 Random Facts Tag

I haven't finished a lot of products lately so I'm going to do another post from a tag by Latie Alyse. I love her product reviews and especially love her tutorials. They're very easy to follow.

So right on to the tag!

  1. I'm working from home today because it's freezing cold outside, my car won't start, and I'm not feeling the greatest. All signs point to "don't go into the office today".
  2. I truly believe that women should invest in a proper fitting bra. Most women are wearing the wrong size and it irritates me to no end when I see things like band riding up or double boobs.
  3. I named my dog after my favourite hockey player- Darcy Tucker. Meet Tucker! 
  4. I live in Canada but my family is from Italy. I am the whitest Italian you will have ever met :)
  5. I am really happy with the shape of my eye brows.
  6. This season I've been wearing a ton of sweaters. Most of them I purchased at American Eagle, which is not a store I frequent often.
  7. My favourite type of blog posts to read are empties. I dislike reading religious posts. Everyone has their own beliefs (even within the same religion) and I think everyone should form their own thoughts and grow from them.
  8. If I could live anywhere else in the world it would probably be Sweden. I love the culture, and the government structure.
  9. I love the shows "Til Debt Do Us Part" and "Princess". Gail Vaz Oxlade is my idol. I love how she just tell's it like it is.
  10. I actually like my boyfriend's friends. They're great people (well, kind of :P) and I understand why he gets along with them.
  11. Here is Puff. Her and Tucker are really funny together.
  12. I invest in Mutual Funds through my RRSP. I am by no means an expert, so please don't ask for advice lol
  13. 1 am addicted to Shoppers Optimum points. I am always tempted by the elusive 20x the points!
  14. I love Bath and Body Works candles. I will only buy them when they're on for 2 for $25.
  15. I love to cook with garlic.
  16. I work 2 jobs right now (full-time and part-time) because I'm trying to save up for a down payment on a house. I'm hoping that I can continue to keep this up.
  17. I listen to Kiss 92.5 every morning on my way to work. I love the Roz and Mocha show.
  18. I would love to find some fun, free or inexpensive, things to do with my boyfriend. Any ideas?
  19. I love 90s music. It just makes me happy.
  20. I don't understand the need to buy "crystal" or "fine china". If I can't use it, why is it taking up space?
  21. I have a hard time functioning on a computer without a dual screen. Once you switch over, it's hard to go back.
  22. I used to love to play Super Smash Bros. N64 was my favourite version, and Samus was my favourtie character. That girl kicks butt!
  23. I know a lot of people say that high school was the best time of their life. For me it wasn't. I'm glad It's over and that I've learned from it.
  24. I can't whistle.
  25. I've always preferred rollerblading to riding a bike.

NOW I TAG ALL OF YOU!!! This was a hard one for me to do. I really don't know what to say about myself.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Tag- You're It!

Hello everyone. Yesterday I was tagged by Paige to do the Tag-You're it tag. Confused? Haha.

Here are the rules for this tag:
Answer the 11 questions you were asked.
Set 11 questions for the 11 people you tag.
Mention the blog who tagged you.

Simple enough!

Paige's Questions:
  1. Why did you start blogging? I started blogging to keep track and hold me accountable to my cosmetic purchases.
  2. What is the best thing about blogging?  I like seeing other people's opinions on products.
  3. What is the worst thing about blogging? Definitely staying on top of it. I'm horrible at night and on weekends. 
  4. Have you ever considered making a YouTube channel to go along with your blog? Yes, but not at the moment. I don't have the time to edit videos, nor am I found of how I look on camera.
  5. Top 3 blogs at the moment? Too bad, I'm picking 5. Carole's ChatterWritten by SuzanneThe Curley GirlBeautiful Solutions, and Katie Alyse
  6. Favourite Cereal? Honey-Nut Cheerios.
  7. What is your favourite subject at school and why?  I've graduated university so I'm done school for  a while. But gym was my favourite in elementary and high school.
  8. Favourite beauty brand?  Clarins.
  9. Favourite clothing store? American Eagle right now.
  10. What is one product you couldn't live without? Elizabeth Arden Brow Powder.
  11. What is a product that you would but cannot buy in your own country? MUA!!!

My Questions:
  1. What was your dream job as a child?
  2. What is your dream job now?
  3. What is your current job?
  4. How often do you paint your nails?
  5. What is something you want to try harder at this year?
  6. What is your favourite way to spend a day off?
  7. What country do you currently live in?
  8. What is your background/ heritage?
  9. What is your proudest accomplishment?
  10. Have you ever broken a bone? If so, which?
  11. Do you prefer sweet or salty snacks?

Who I Tag:
  1. Written by Suzanne
  2. The Curley Girl
  3. Beautiful Solutions
  4. Katie Alyse
  5. GagCloud
  6. Perfectly Imperfekt Me
  7. Fun Size Beauty
  8. Chatter Blossom
  9. Simply Beauty
  10. Wrinkled Chiffon
  11. Beauty on a College budget

Answer the questions in the comments below or put the link to your site where you've answered them. I'd love to see your answers!

Project Pan: Fourteenth Product Completed: Natural Instincts Color Treat Conditioner

Hello! This morning I finished my fourteenth product towards my project pan. While taking a shower this morning I finished another conditioner. Normally it takes me forever for me to finish a conditioner. The conditioner I finished was the Natural Instincts Color Treat. This is always the conditioner I use the first few times I wash my hair when I first dye it. The colour lasts and my hair feels nice and soft. It also smells nice :)

The only problem with this conditioner is you can't buy it separately! It comes in the pack with the dye (when I've been brave enough to do it myself). I would repurchase this again if it was sold separately otherwise I'll just have to wait until I dye my hair again. Luckily I do still have another one :)

What's your favourite product to keep hair colour?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Temptation Alert! Clarins Gift with Purchase

Temptation Alert! I am very tempted to cheat on my project pan right now. Why? Because there is a Clarins Gift with Purchase going on until the 20th!!

As I'm sure many of you are aware, I love Clarins skincare so this promotion is ideal for me. However, I don't think I'll be able to finish multiple products in 3 days (I shall hope though!). 

The three gifts that you get to choose from are:

  • Trendy
    • Red Bag
    • Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed (Normal to Combination skin types)
    • Instant Eye Makeup Remover
    • Body Shaping Cream
    • Black Mascara

  • Urban
    • Beige Bag
    • Gentle Refiner Exfoliator
    • Multi-Active Day Cream (All skin types)
    • Foot Beauty Treatment Cream
    • Instant Smooth Primer

  • Natural
    • White Bag
    • UV 40 Sunscreen
    • HydraQuench Moisturizer (Normal to Dry skin)
    • Hand and Nail Treatment
    • Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector (in 01)

I can see the Natural being the most popular but I think I'd choose the Trendy.Which gift would you choose?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Project Pan: Thirteenth Product Completed: Bikini Zone Anti-Bumps Shave Gel

Good morning! Today I finished my thirteenth product towards my project pan. I finished my Bikini Zone Anti-Bumps Shave Gel. I seem to be finished a lot of bath products this time around for project pan. This product was a decent shaving gel but I don't necessarily agree that it helped or prevented bumps or irritation more so than any other shaving gel. Personally I prefer a cream.

This product was very inexpensive and convenient to find, however I don't think I would repurchase this again. It really wasn't anything special. If you're just looking for a cheap, basic shave gel this is fine but it's just not right for me.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Project Pan: Eleventh and Twelfth Product Completed: Head and Shoulders Smooth and Silky Shampoo and Conditioner

Good evening everyone. I'm not sure how I managed this but I completed both my eleventh and twelfth product towards my project pan. I finished a shampoo and conditioner from the same set!! I know! What are the odds? The products I finished were the Head and Shoulders Smooth and Silky Shampoo and the Head and Shoulders Smooth and Silky Conditioner.

Shampoo: I liked the smell of this shampoo and the way it lathers in the shower. I gets rid of all the grit from my hair products and still gets rid of my dandruff. It leaves my hair soft all for a great price!

Conditioner: Again, this smelled nice and spread well in my thick hair. Every time I go to the hairdressers I get my hair thinned out. So to have a product that actually glides through it when it's thick from growing back  I'm happy. This did make my hair a bit smoother and it helped to detangle. This was also reasonably priced.

Would I purchase these again? Probably not. Only because I like trying out new shampoos and conditioners all the time.

What's your favourite shampoo and conditioner?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Project Pan: Tenth Product Completed: Biotherm Biocils Lash Optimizer

I haven't had a lot of time to make any posts lately due to work being really busy. However, two nights ago (I know, I know) I finished my tenth product for my project pan. While removing my eye make-up I finished my Biotherm Biocils Lash Optimizer. I have already reviewed this product in my post called Reviews and Dupes from My Most Expensive Face- Skincare Edition.

Basically, it was a fairly good waterproof eye makeup remover but I don't know how well it "conditions" my lashes exactly. It's dual phased meaning you have to shake it before you use it. It was slightly oily but I always wash my face after anyways so it wasn't a big deal for me. For $31 I would not repurchase this product simply because there are cheaper options that are just as good.

I'm half way done my project 20 pan! Only 10 more items to go!

Have you tried this eye makeup remover before? Did you find that it helped your lashes?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Lush Bath Bomb in Phoenix Rising

After a long few days back at work after the holidays I decided to treat myself to yet another bath. I decided to use my Lush Bath Bomb in Phoenix Rising. It has a wonderful scent (apple and cinnamon) that helped to wake me up.

This is what it looks like:

Immediately when I put it in the water it began to fizz and consume the water. I love that it sunk to the bottom and seemed to erupt. I guess that's why it was called Phoenix Rising.

This was the final result. My purple bath.

I would definitely repurchase this product again. It melted fast, had a great scent, and was entertaining :)

Have you tried this product before?

Friday, January 4, 2013

Project Pan: Ninth Product Completed: Zeno Hot Spot Blemish Clearing Device

I seem to be on a roll. Last night I tried to use my Zeno Hot Spot Blemish Clearing Device only to find out that I had already completely used it up. You're probably thinking "How did you not know it was done?". Well that's because it's a device and not a cream or lotion. You only get 80 uses out of it, so it's hard to keep track. I was pretty disappointed to see this go as it was quite expensive. It's regular price is $50, but I got it for $39.99 (still not cheap!). This product claims to use heat to kill bacteria that causes blemishes and yet still be gentle on the skin. It only claims to work on break outs and not cystic acne, so be weary.

I'm not sure if it's all in my head but I feel like this helped to reduce my pimples caused by every woman's favourite time of the month. I felt it reduced healing time. When using this product be sure you follow the instructions that indicate only using it every 3 hours. I made the mistake of trying to do one treatment right after I had just finished and I had a mark for a while. Do I think this is a miracle product? No. Would I buy this again? Probably. Mostly because I've never found anything else to help reduce my time of the month break-outs quite the same.

What's your favourite way to reduce break-outs?

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Project Pan: Eighth Product Completed: Olay Silk Whimsy Moisturizing Body Wash

Last night I took a shower and finished my eighth product. The product I finished was the Olay Silk Wimsy Moisturizing Body Wash. It has a light floral scent (rose) that made me feel super feminine. I actually like to top this body wash with my Chanel Chance Eau Tendre eau de toilette. Not only was is a good moisturizing cleanser, it was great for shaving and as a bubble bath.

I like to use this body wash in the winter as it is super hydrating. We can thank the almond oil extract (rich in Vitamin E) for that. In the summer I prefer the shower gel (with the same scent) just because I find it fresher. I would definitely repurchase this product again.

What's your favourite body wash?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Lush Bubble Bar in Christmas Eve

Happy New Year everyone! Today I decided to treat myself to a nice bath using the Lush Bubble Bar in Christmas Eve. I figured I'd start the New Year by relaxing.

This is what is looks like:

I was very excited to try this product as it was very highly rated on Lush's site and is sold out. I loved the jasmine and ylang ylang scent it have off and I felt super moisturized. The only downside to this product was the lack of bubbles or colour.

This product took FOREVER to melt and made very few bubbles. I sat there for quite some time just waiting.

When it was finally done, the water didn't change colour very much. It had just a slight purple tint.

Overall, although it had a nice scent, I would not repurchase this product again. I was hoping for more of a WOW factor in terms of aesthetics. That is why I buy lush bubble bars and baths bombs after all.

What's your favourite Lush Bubble Bar?