You’re right, I haven’t been here for a while…..and now I’m going to send you somewhere else….

Geez that’s just about as click-baity as you can get isn’t it.

Seriously though….I’ve been on the blog less and less. I’m toying with a rebrand-which is a lot of effort but at this point, necessary and (probably) worth it.  Any constructive feedback is necessary.  Emphasis on the word constructive.

In the meantime, here are the best places to find me.

Instagram:  ettuandyou (for now)

Podcast-oh you didn’t know I started one? I tried to be semi-quiet about it.  Information below.  It’s me with a voice and no imagery.

he said I talk too much

Find it here:

apple podcasts: link here

pocketcasts: link here

radiopublic: link here

anchor: link here

overcast: link here

 

Switching up my complexion products-for spring?

Honestly.  I’m sitting here typing out a post as an ice storm continues to plow down across Ontario.  In April.  The weather report? Not much better to be honest-rain, rain, rain.  Don’t get me wrong, I know the phrase “April Showers bring May flowers” but this has just gone on and on.  I’m over it.  I want to wear shoes instead of boots, and a lighter coat.  I say all this knowing that in May I’ll be saying that it’s too warm.

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Review:Hard Candy Sheer Envy Coconut Hydrating Prime and Refresh Mist

I have combination skin (oily in the T-zone, normal everywhere else) that likes to throw me curve balls throughout the year as the seasons change.  Since winter has decided to extend into April (as I write this, the snowflakes are coming down), I need to stay on top of moisturizing my face (which is always somewhat exposed on my commute/walk into work).  Priming my T-zone area is pretty much a given in my case, but I frequently change primers-depending on what I’m doing.  If I have an event, I will often use a silicone based primer (the ones with the jelly-like texture).  For everyday, I tend to use a ‘lighter’ primer, and sometimes I’ll even use 2-one pore minimizer on my T-zone, and a hydrating primer everywhere else.  I have tried the Too Faced Hangover Rx primer which is …..okay.  It’s expensive.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this Hard Candy Sheer Envy Coconut Hydrating Prime and Refresh Mist is their ‘response’ to Too Faced Hangover Rx.  I’ve been using this for several months and have an opinion and some thoughts, which you’re more than welcome to read below.  By the way, don’t write off Hard Candy products because they are sold in Walmart-the brand has some real ‘winners.’

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Urban Decay All Nighter Pollution Protection Environmental Defense Setting Spray

Wow-that’s a title isn’t it?  It’s actually been years since I’ve used an Urban Decay Product.  I don’t suppose there’s any particular reason for it other than the fact that I have all the Naked palettes (minus the Heat one), and don’t have a particular ‘love’ from the brand. I used to be a die hard Primer Potion fan but feel like they have changed the formula, and not for the better.  Since I started my new job, I am fortunate to be surrounded by many different ‘options’ when it comes to skincare and makeup.  While I was cruising one of the larger Shoppers’ Drug Mart locations, I was walking by and saw the Urban Decay All Nighter Pollution Protection Environmental Defense Setting Spray.  The last product I did purchase from UD was the B6 Vitamin Infused Complexion Prep Priming Spray-and I loved it.  So many people didn’t care for it but for me, it helped my skin a ton in terms of a moisture boost with brightening.  I may purchase that one again and review it, so stay tuned.

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Review: Lancôme Énergie De Vie Pearly Lotion

That’s a mouthful isn’t it?  Last year, I received a deluxe sample of this from Myles Sexton.  It sat in it’s box for several months before I thought-hey it’s winter, I should try this. I am SO glad I did.  I flew through the sample (which lasted me several weeks) and purchased a full size recently.  Keep reading for my Review: Lancôme Énergie De Vie Pearly Lotion Energizing & Hydrating Facial Essence.

What I’m about to write is NOT meant to sound uppity or snooty.  I typically do not use ‘fluffy’ skincare.  By ‘fluffy’, I mean products that look pretty and may feel nice but offer little to no results.  Many of my skincare items are ‘treatments’ or ‘targeted’ for a certain issue or concern.  That leaves out much of the skincare available at the drugstore or department stores, and even Sephora.  I spend a lot of time (probably too much time) researching skincare and ingredients and looking at efficacy studies because I care about what goes on my face.

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Review: Dior Forever Undercover Foundation

Foundation is a must for me.  It’s also a struggle and pain point for me.  I wear it ….most days.  Due to my tanning ‘habits’ in the 90’s and again in the 2000’s, I have hyperpigmentation on my face.  I’m not one of those people that can bounce out of the house with concealer and a skin tint.  Not gonna happen.  It’s foundation for me.  In the summer, I’ll sheer it out and blot like crazy but I’ve still got it on.  I haven’t used Dior in a while but wanted to Review the Dior Forever Undercover Foundation after watching a Canadian Beauty Blogger (by the name of Samantha Jane) do a review on this.  I had some points accumulated on my Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum card so I went for.  Note: This Foundation is $$$$, so if you can get a sample (I know I saw thataylaa review this and she got a deluxe sample from Sephora), then get a sample.

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scentuals Peppermint Twist 100% Natural Lip Conditioner

Lip Balm, Chapstick, Lip treatment is an ABSOLUTE must for me.  I have at least 10 different sticks, pots, tubes going at once….multiples in my purses.  My lips have always been on the dry side and since I am a fan of  matte lips and liquid lipstick, having my lips hydrated, soft, and flake free is essential.  Lately, I’ve been loving the scentuals Peppermint Twist 100% Natural Lip Conditioner that I picked up on a whim at the local Pharmasave in my area.

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You should visit….. Eric Del Monaco Hair Studio

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Eric Del Monaco for more than a few years. I met him at one of the first L’Oreal blogger events I attended since starting my blog.  Over time, I would see him at events, including one held at his own studio.  Since I’ve started working downtown again, I’m fortunate to be able to see Eric at his own studio, conveniently located across the street from my office. You should visit…..Eric Del Monaco Hair Studio.

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Avon for Jewelry?

I’m on the fence about Avon.  There are some MUST have items -including Skin So Soft (best bug repellent) and the occasional eye cream.  In today’s ‘I want it now’ mentality, it can be hard to wait over a week for something to arrive.  Going through a representative or consultant seems so 90’s as well (Avon does offer an online option though).   After my latest purchase from Avon, I can answer the ‘Avon for Jewelry?’ question with a resounding ‘YES!’-especially if you are a fan of sterling silver jewelry.

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#influenster Kat Von D Studded Creme Lipstick

Influenster was kind enough to send me the Kat Von D Studded Creme Lipstick in Lolita to review.  A few months back, they also sent me the lip liner (in Lolita as well) and I really enjoyed the liner.  While I appreciate everything that I receive to review, I absolutely hated this Lipstick.  Before I get to the reason(s) why, I’ll post the brand’s description.

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