Friday, 29 April 2011

Holiday Haul: Easter

Yes, I realize that Easter was almost a whole week ago and I have been slacking. But my parents (especially my mom, since she's the one who did the shopping) were awesome and went to Bath & Body Works to get my Easter present!

First thing is this Small Signature Basket in Sweet Pea. I LOVE SWEET PEA SCENTED THINGS.

It comes with a shower gel, body lotion, fragrance mist, bubble bath, mini loofah, and a ladybug air freshener. How cute!

I also got one of these cute Wallflowers also with a Sweet Pea bulb. When plugged in, it makes my whole place smell amazing. 
Aside from those awesome things that I'm loving, I of course got lots of chocolate, most of which is gone already. :S And also a gift card to Stitches! Awesome.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Product Comparison - Heat Protectant Sprays

I went for a haircut a few months ago, and the hairdresser informed me that about half of my hair was completely fried from straightening it on a regular basis. I really had no idea on the proper conduct for using heat protectant sprays and such before flat ironing, because I never used a flat iron regularly before I got my current haircut about a year ago. Anyway, she informed me about these sprays and showed me a few products they had there in the store (I get my hair cut at MasterCuts, by the way). I decided to buy one there and then because I wasn't planning on quitting ironing my hair every day.

I ended up getting the Keep It Straight Flat Iron Spray, which cost me about $20. While I have no doubt that it works well to protect my hair from heat damage (I did notice less split ends, and that my hair started to grow a little bit faster), I disliked many things about it. For one thing, it has a very strong smell. While it isn't an unpleasant smell, it seemed overpowering to me. It seemed to take over any other scent I was wearing at the time, and all I could smell all day was this spray. Secondly, it's very thick, and started to build up on my straightening iron within the first use. I know I need to clean it every once in a while anyway, but it was annoying that I had to clean it after every use. And last, this product comes in Medium Hold, and actually makes your hair feel like you're wearing hairspray, which I am not fond of. I do not like the crispy feeling. I ended up buying another product in place of this one, which I will tell you about in a minute. I still do use this from time to time before blow drying my hair - the scent seems to not stick around when I use it that way, nor the crispy hair it causes. I need protection from the heat of the blow dryer anyway, right? ;)

On to the second product - TresEmme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray. I had seen a review of this product on YouTube by one of my favourite beauty gurus, Blair (juicystar07). I also started seeing other beauty gurus reviewing this same product, all with rave reviews, so I went out to Shoppers Drug Mart to buy it right away. This product only cost me around $5 in comparison to the $20 I spent at MasterCuts for the Keep It Straight Flat Iron Spray. I LOVE this product. It isn't thick like the other spray is - it's more like spraying water on your hair than a heavy hairspray. It also doesn't leave a lingering scent. Also, since it isn't so heavy, it also doesn't leave a gross residue on my flat iron - at least, not for a couple of weeks! Huge improvement in my opinion. Plus, it still works great as a heat protectant. Still not getting split ends! I think you guys know which product I prefer here - The TresEmme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray wins.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Essie - Mod Square Nail Polish

So, earlier this week I made the splurge and finally bought myself an Essie nail polish. Well, actually, I already have the Essie matte top coat, but this is my the first actual colour I bought. They ended up being on sale too, so I only paid around $8.75 instead of the usual $10. Anyway, I had SUCH a hard time picking out a colour, there were so many nice ones. Anyway, I ended up choosing a bright Barbie pink called Mod Square. Last night I put it on, and O M G I love it so much. It is the perfect spring colour! And as for the polish itself, I loved the consistency, the brush, how easy it was to apply - everything! I definitely need to go back and get some more colours when I get a chance. I can say it's definitely worth the splurge to spend a little bit of extra money to get better quality nail polishes.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Top 5 Avon Products

I LOVE Avon. I have never personally sold it, but luckily for me, my sister-in-law does! I always get so excited when I get a new catalogue. I love to see what new products there are, and so often there are promotions on my old favourites, which I have so many of. Here are my top 5:

5. Naturals Body Wash

I have had these in SO MANY scents, and they all smell so good. They also lather up really nice on a loofah, and they're just one of my favourite body washes of all time. My all time favourite scent is vanilla, but they're also coming out with limited edition scents all the time which I always like to try out. Currently I have one in Strawberry & Guava.

4. True Color Eyeshadow Quads

These eyeshadows have really great pigmentation and the quad provides you with 4 colours to create a perfectly quardinated smoky look. I have these in Purple Haze, which is shown in the picture, and also in Aquadelic which was a limited edition quad and comes with an aqua blue, sandy beige, coral pink, and dark blue tinted grey.

3. 'Temptations' Body Mist

I love perfume for special events, but for every day use I prefer using body mists that are less overpowering. These smell SO GOOD and I would say they are a little stronger than regular body mists that hardly linger, but still less potent than perfume. I have 2 scents from the 'Luscious' collection - Naughty Orange Blossom (shown) and Ravishing Rose. I've also sampled scents from both the 'Blushing' and 'Romantic' collections, and they all smell so good that I just want all of them!

2. Glimmersticks Waterproof Liners

These eye-liners come in the form of a twist-up pencil, which is my favourite kind of eye-liner - I find that they are the easiest to apply. Also, they are so thin that it's easy to create a nice fine line, or build it up for a thicker line if you want. Glimmersticks also come in regular non-waterproof, but I always prefer waterproof products on my eyes - that way it doesn't wash off your waterline! Also, I am known to be a cryer, and I don't want my make-up all over the place, lol. I have this product in Smokey Grey and Blackest Night.

1. SuperSHOCK Waterproof Mascara

I love Avon mascaras and I always have, and will almost always choose them over any other drugstore mascara. However, this has been the most recent one I've tried, and it beats out all the others. It is lengthening and thickening all in one, and it creates such a dramatic look for your eyes. I love having lashes that stand out without using fake lashes, and this mascara definitely does the trick. This mascara is also available in regular non-waterproof, but like I've said, I prefer waterproof eye products. I own this product in black - I believe it also comes in brown.

Honourable Mention: Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel

I love the selection of colours that Avon offers for their nail polish. Some of my favourite nail colours are from Avon, including Vintage Blue, Urban Grey, and Real Red. However, it didn't make my top 4 because it's definitely not my favourite polish as far as consistency goes, as well as how long it lasts. The consistency of this polish is very thick and it's hard to get a nice thin layer on. It also takes forever to dry. Also, because of the thickness of the polish, it peels off very easily and I can never get it to last on my nails for very long. So even though I love this polish because of the colours that are offered, it is not my top pick for an Avon product.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Forever 21 Haul - 04/19/11

Yes, another one. I really can't stay away from Forever 21, and I am almost thankful that we don't have an actual store here - all my money would be gone!
It is a bit smaller this time at least, I only bought 3 things:

First thing is this Floral Freestyle Romper:

This is officially the cutest piece of clothing I own. I couldn't pass it up when I saw it on the site, but I was so worried that it wouldn't fit well or would just look like crap on me. But I tried it on immediately last night and it fits perfectly and it is SO flattering.
It was $23.80

I have been looking for a pair of floral shorts, and I couldn´t pass these up.
Rose Print Denim Short:

They were $21.80.
I officially don't need any more shorts for this summer... I have so many now.

Last this is this 3/4 Sleeve Lace Top in the colour Cream.

The whole thing is sheer, the model is just wearing a tank top underneath it. I was not too sure about this either, if I'd like it, if it would look good. But I am in love with it, it's so cute!
It was $21.80.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Product Review: Daily Glow Moisturizing Lotion

Usually, I'm all about getting a natural tan in the sun - not using a tanning bed or any kind of lotion or spray. However, I am tired of being pale, and it's not been warm or sunny enough yet this year to be able to go out in the sun, so I decided to buy a gradual tanning lotion. I decided on the Life Brand (which is the Shopper's Drug Mart brand) Daily Glow Firming Moisturizing Lotion for fair skin tones.

The bottle says that this lotion "contains collagen and elastin to help firm and tighten the appearance of your skin while adding a subtle summer glow."

The first thing I noticed when I applied this lotion was the smell, which was strong and slightly bitter, and lasted all day. Not appealing at all. It does live up to its promise of being very moisturizing though. As for the 'summer glow' it's supposed to give me, I haven't seen any sign of darker skin - my legs are still as pale as ever. Though it might be because I bought the kind for fair skin tones - maybe I should have gone for the one for medium skin tones. Also, the store brand may not be as good as say, the Jergens brand.

I would not buy this product again, though I might continue using it just for its moisturizing properties. I also think I might try a different brand and one for a darker skin tone to see if that works.

Friday, 8 April 2011

I went shopping. :)

Yeppers, yesterday I went shopping, and since I haven't been in quite a while, I got quite a few things. But there were some really good sales too, so I don't feel bad about it!

First I went to Stitches and immediately picked up these shorts. They were too cute to pass up!


I also got this shirt. I don't normally buy things in yellow, but I think I'm in the mood for bright, spring things, lol.


Then I went to La Senza and they had a bunch of bras on sale for half off, so I just HAD to get one. Plus the one I got matches a pair of underwear I already have, haha.


I then hit up Ardene and got these two tank tops.

$2.50 each! I have almost every colour of these tank tops now, but in my opinion, you can't have too many plain tank tops. Plus for $2.50, you might as well lol.

I also got this shirt.


And these leggings.

I have so many leggings, but I can't pass up on buying some when they're on sale lol.

I also went to Dollarama but that stuff's not so interesting. :P
I am going shopping again today! Probably a bad thing for me to spend so much money, but whatever lol. I really want a pair of floral denim shorts and a white lace dress for this spring and summer, but have not been able to find any yet. Maybe today I will.