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Oh, how clean it is….my hair of course. COLab sheer invisible dry shampoo

Dry shampoo-I’m a fan.  You should know that if you’ve read my blog even for a little while or watched me on YouTube or read my Facebook status or Twitter timeline-did I mention Instagram?  Since I wash my hair no more than 3 times a week, dry shampoo is a staple (especially for the top of my head and front).

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So I was delighted to try COLab sheer invisible dry shampoo and I’m still delighted 2 weeks later.

About the brand:

COLAB™’s signature range of ready-to-wear dry shampoos help keep hair feeling clean for longer, feature a revolutionary weightless, invisible formula & leave a fabulous veil of fashion fragrance. They’re perfect for all hair types that need an instant boost.

There are 5 different ‘fragrances’ of this dry shampoo:

London

Rio

Paris

New York

Tokyo

Thoughts:

Love, love, love this.  No white cast, beautiful fragrance, and a great formula.  I’m all for this product and if you’re a dry shampoo lover, I’d recommend you give this one a try!

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Oh how sweet-I love Raspberry & Blackberry refreshing body spritzer

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I’ve been enjoying this super fruity spritz lately….it reminds me of what a fantastic fruit punch should taste like and that’s saying a lot for a fragrance!

I Love is a bath, body and beauty brand that lovingly creates the most gorgeous, deliciously scented products in the World.  All our products are bursting full of ideas, inspiration and happiness. They are fun and sensuous and all encapsulate the most memorable, delicious and delectable scents that magically transport the user to a different place, evoking powerful memories and injecting a little piece of happiness into our customers lives.

Whoo-some strong claims up above, don’t you think?  I will say that this fragrance is absolutely delicious! I enjoy wearing it mid-afternoon when I need a little boost or after a workout/post shower.  It’s a great size too…..fits right in my purse!  It’s light enough to spray generously and doesn’t ‘hang’ in the air.

If you are a fan of body sprays, definitely give I love…. products a try.  Find them:

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Venus Swirl Razor-is it really that great?

This post contains a product that was sent for review.  My opinion is my own and does not change regardless of whether product was sent or I forked over my own hard earned $$$

I’ve been a razor girl since I was about 15-so yes, over 20 years! I’ve tried a lot of razors over those 20+ years.  My main ‘hang up’ is that the refill cartridges can be pricey….and that the razors aren’t that great to begin with.

I decided I would gauge the effectiveness of the Swirl against a current ‘favored’ razor , the Dorco Shai.  Now, the Dorco does NOT have a Flexiball but other than that, they are fairly similar, take a look:

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From L-R, Dorco Shai, Venus Swirl

Dorco Shai:

Dorco Shai:

4 blades with a pivot head.  The Dorco Shai has a lubricating strip with chamomile and olive oil and rubber grip handle.

Venus Swirl:

5 blades, and moisture glade serum, as well as a microfine comb.  Also has Flexiball and rubber grip handle.

Areas tested:

Armpits, lower leg, upper leg.  Shai was used on Right side, Swirl used on the left.  I used Gillette Shave Gel for women in the scent ‘Lavendar Kiss’ on both sides.

Results:

Overall, I’ll say that both razors did a great job removing hair. I’m not showing ‘after’ results, you will have to take my word for it!!!  I will say that for areas like my armpit and knees, I did prefer the Swirl as I felt it really DID glide and flex over the curves.  Both of my legs were equally smooth but I felt better about shaving all areas with the Swirl-again, because of the flex technology.  Design-wise the Swirl wins for sure!

FYI:

The Venus Swirl will be available on February 9th at Walmart in-store and online at Walmart.ca.  Want to chat about this razor?  How about @GilletteVenus

 

 

 

Review: Amie Morning Light Hydrating Daily Moisturizer

I received this product for review!  I like to mention that up front -my opinion of this product is my own!

I have combination skin-an oily T-zone and normal-ish cheeks.  I suppose I could use 2 moisturizers….I often use different primers on my face (one that mattifies for the T-zone and a ‘normal’ primer for the cheeks and neck).  I would rather be able to use one product-it’s a Goldilocks type of scenario.  One moisturizer is too light, one is too heavy…..

Amie Morning Light Hydrating Daily Moisturizer would be my ‘just right.’  Before I jump into my thoughts, here are the product details:

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Skin-friendly natural extracts of rosehip seed oil, rose extract and mallow.

Amie’s new MORNING LIGHT Hydrating Daily Moisturizer is a perfect blend of high-quality plant extracts and skin-friendly natural ingredients all designed to keep your skin soft and moisturized, all day long.

Perfect for skin that is prone to dryness and in need of gentle, effective nourishment, this lightweight rose-scented lotion is easy to apply and absorbed quickly, giving skin long-lasting hydration.

Perfect for even sensitive skin.

Key natural extracts include:

Rosa Canina Fruit Oil – the pressed seed oil extracted from the hips of the rose bush which grows wild in the Southern Andes. Rosehip oil contains a list of active ingredients which are beneficial to skin, as well as a high level of essential fatty acids which help the skin hold moisture and reduce dryness.

Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract – an extract from the flowers of the Cabbage Rose, Rosa Centifolia has skin-conditioning and toning effects on the skin.

Malva Sylvestris Extract – the flowers of the mallow plant are well-known for their soothing and softening effect on the skin.

My thoughts:

1. Love the fact that this moisturizer has natural extracts and oils in it.

2. My sister has sensitive skin so I may see if she likes this product.

3.  This product isn’t tested on animals and is paraben free, free of Mineral Oils,
Sulphates, GM Ingredients and Petrochemicals.

4. It does have a scent but it’s light (rose) and dissipates quickly. I like it.

5. It plays nicely with most of my makeup/primers.

My only caveat is that this moisturizer is a bit too light for my entire face during the harsh winter months-end of December through February.  I think in my case, I can use this moisturizer on my T-zone but will  pull out a ‘heavier’ moisturizer for my cheeks and neck.  In the spring and the summer is when I would get the most use out of a product like this.

Is it for you?

If you want a moisturizer that’s effective, and natural and you don’t have any major skin issues, I’d say go for this one.  It’s a great option and is priced well at $12.00 CAD for 100ml.

 

 

 

The Body Shop all in one BB cream. It’s ‘almost’ everything I ever wanted!

*I was sent these products for review-my thoughts are my own! Please be wary when reading blogger reviews-it is NOT a requirement to disclose whether one has received a product for review or not in Canada, but it IS good manners and ethics 🙂 *

Catch your interest?  I won’t make this post long and fluffy.  Basically, I adore this BB cream for more than one reason.

 

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Details:

All-In-One BB cream transforms from a white cream to suit your skin tone. Pigment-filled capsules burst when applied to the skin, releasing the colour inside. Just blend for a perfect match and an even, undetectable finish. It’s make-up and skincare in one.

  • Adapts to your skin tone
  • Light to medium coverage
  • Even finish
  • 24-hour hydration
  • Non-clogging

It also smells terrific-I get honey when I sniff it.

So yeah, I do like it-it’s a good match for me (even now when I have ‘summer color’).  Here’s how it blends out:

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Okay so overall do I recommend this product? Sure….but here’s what it’s lacking:

-SPF!  WHY BODY SHOP WHY? I need the SPF!!!!  Great coverage, more ‘natural’ then the average drugstore or prestige brand BB, but no SPF!!! WAH.

Eh, it’s not the end of the world-I use this AFTER applying sunscreen to my face.  I suppose adding the SPF would make the product less ‘natural.’  I still wish it was in there though.  It would be ‘HG’ worthy (Holy grail).

 

 

Caprina Goats Milk Soap and Hand lotion

*I was sent these products for review-my thoughts are my own! Please be wary when reading blogger reviews-it is NOT a requirement to disclose whether one has received a product for review or not in Canada, but it IS good manners and ethics 🙂 *

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Full disclsoure: I didn’t fall down and faint with excitement when this packaged showed up in the mail.  Ho-hum another lotion and soap.  Big deal, right?

Fast forward to almost 2 weeks later…..how about I tore my bedroom apart because I couldn’t find the lotion?  YES ITS THAT GOOD.  I use it exclusively on my hands right now because I don’t want to waste a drop! I’m sure I don’t have to tell you the skin on the back of your hands is thinner then the rest, and therefore shows age MORE QUICKLY.  It’s important to keep your hands moisturized, hydrated, and nourished.

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Caprina body lotion contains Fresh Goat’s Milk (did you know a lot of products that contain Goat’s milk use a powdered version?).  Fresh Goat’s milk is a highly effective skin moisturizer.  Orchid Oil adds extra moisturizing properties to fresh goats milk.

-Helps restore the skin’s natural moisture level

-Non-greasy and absorbs quickly

-Dermatologist tested

-Finished product-not tested on animals

-Paraben free!

Sounds like a winner to me….if the soap is half as good as the lotion, I’ll be thrilled! I don’t doubt it, as it contains shea butter! I’ll keep you posted!

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Need it, Get it, GIFT IT! Craveworthy skin with Vichy!

Far be it from me to be talking about gifts for anyone-heck, I have been so inconsistent with gifting you dear readers with a post.  But I must tell you…..if you have a beauty lover in your life, please please PLEASE do yourself a favor and check out these skincare sets from Vichy (and no, I’m not getting paid to talk about them).  These are a GREAT value and let’s face it, everyone wants beautiful skin!

 

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Aqualia Thermal Gift Set, $38.50 CDN
Ideal for the person looking for a boost of hydration
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Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Gift Set, $57 CDN
Wrinkles?! Pffft, not if she has this set!
proeven

ProEVEN Gift Set, $57.50 CDN
Looking to even out the skin tone, and get rid of those pesky dark spots? Try this!
Normaderm

Vichy Normaderm Gift Set
includes: Normaderm Hydrating Acne Care, Normaderm Cleansing Gel and travel size Normaderm Hyaluspot
Price: $39.95 CDN
this is a personal favorite (I wrote about it here)

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Vichy Homme Sensi-Balm Gift Set, $29 CDN
Because he needs great skin too, right?!
Vichy has something for EVERYONE on your list and at these prices??? Your wallet and your skin will thank you!
Any of these sets caught your eye? I’m picking up the Homme Sensi-Balm for several people on my list!

Phantom Glass-is it really the last screen protector you’ll ever need?

Yeah yeah yeah….I’ve certainly heard this before-big talk, big claims.  But can the Phantom Glass screen protector stand up-and walk the walk?  Let’s find out.  I’m fairly to moderately rough on my phone and am a VERY heavy user in terms of talking and data usage.

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From the website…..

Phantom Glass is an easy to apply, non-bendable glass screen protection system that is superior to today’s many screen protection options, based on:

  • 0.2mm thim tempered glass material as the base.
  • Easy and perfect installation each time through the use of a unique silicone nano-adhesion layer – eliminating the traditional “air bubbles”, characteristic of traditional screen protectors.
  • The ability to remove and re-apply the protector numerous times, making it reusable.
  • Not leaving a residue or glue and dirt on the screen of the device when removed.
  • Being washable as it can be removed, washed, and then re-applied without issue.
  • A unique lyophobic coating that creates a user surface that inhibits bacterial growth.
  • A unique oleophobic coating that makes fingerprints fully removable with a light wipe.
  • A more responsive and smoother touch when activating on-screen functions.
  • Complementing the existing design aesthetic of the device it is applied to.
  • Ensuring perfect image quality and operation of the device it is applied to.
  • The ability to fill and remove typical surface scratches on a device’s screen

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Installing Phantom Glass takes under two minutes. After wiping your device’s screen clean with the included cleaning cloth and alcohol swab, line up the top edge of Phantom Glass with the device, and Phantom Glass’ silicone nano-adhesion layer takes over and finishes the job.

Where typical screen protectors use glues to adhere to the surface of the device, Phantom Glass is simple to remove, and is guaranteed to leave absolutely zero residue. The ability to remove and re-install the screen protector without eroding its quality is another feature that makes Phantom Glass the last screen protector you will ever need.

So like I was saying, I’m a skeptic and don’t believe all the ‘hype’-did this product live up to me and my rough-housing?

Let’s get down to business:

Application

Honestly I don’t do the application because I have the patience/attention span of a gnat.  My other half did it.  Was it easy?  According to him (and I quote), “That was one of the easiest things I’ve ever done in my life”-a little extreme perhaps? Yes, but we can check the “Takes under 2 minutes to install” off the list.

Usage/Operation

D*mn it Phantom Glass-you are SO FRIGGIN’ awesome. Since applying, I’ve dropped my phone 3 times, 2 of those on tile surfaces.   I even got the charger tangled up in my office chair and the phone flew off my desk and hit the cubicle wall.   Normally, that’s at least a scratch/crack.  NOT a dent.

Wiping the fingerprints off? easy-peasy-cross that off the list too.  The screen seems brighter and it’s smooth….again, cross it off the list.  The anti-bacterial stuff? Honestly, I don’t want to know what’s on the surface-although it’d probably keep my phone bill down.

Overall, if you’re a klutz (like me) or often have a case of the drop-sies (like me), you may want to consider this screen protector. I was certainly very pleasantly surprised!

 

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What’s on my mind now….red lipstick

Fall brings along the start of many things…..shorter daylight hours, everything pumpkin, warm cozy fires, and beautiful foliage.  Fall is also when I start wearing red lipstick again. After a summer full of balms and gloss, I’m happy to dig through the lipstick drawer and pull out a nice red…..

If you’re like me and love your reds…..L’Oreal Paris has got you covered.  Check out these 3 Colour Riche Reds that I snagged during tiff at the L’Oreal Beauty Lounge.

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They all look delicious, don’t they…..but let’s take a peek at each one individually.

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This is Frieda’s Pure Red-and I have to say the first of the three that I was ‘drawn’ to….it’s a blue based red that leans pink, right up my fair skinned alley.

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Next up, Blake’s Pure Red….definitely more brick-ish in terms of red.  This is the type of lipstick I’d wear after having my teeth whitened.  I like this color-it’s rich and has a ‘come over here’ type vibe about it. Very sex kitten in my opinion.

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And finally, J. Lo’s red-what I’d term a ‘neutral’ red or ‘true’ red’ -this is neither warm or cool toned.  IT’S JUST RED. And I love it.  This red is the type of red I’d wear with a t-shirt and jeans but also put this on for drinks with the ladies.  This red will take you from day to night for sure.

So what’s your story?  Do you love to rock a red lipstick in the fall/winter like me? Or do you wear reds all year round?

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