AR 35 treatment from Dermalogica-reveal your best looking skin!

*I am in the process of editing 2 photos for this post…stay tuned and sorry for any inconvenience*

It’s been awhile since I’ve experienced a treatment with Dermalogica.  I was excited to try out the new AR 35 treatment and it was SO GOOD that I need to tell you about it. Keep reading!

AR35 stands for Active Resurface 35 and Dermalogica states that ‘this is not a cookie cutter treatment.’  And I would have to agree…..AR35 is an advanced 45 minute resurfacing treatment that utilizes a synergy of the most active ingredients available in today’s skin care arena.

A 45 minute advanced skin exfoliation treatment with a focus on professional use only Exfoliant Accelerator 35.
• Includes customizable options
• Key benefits of Active Resurface 35:
-Visible results after one treatment
-Minimal redness/side effects post treatment
-Targets a range of skincare concerns
-Customization
-45min ideal for time sensitive clients

key ingredients include:

There’s a reason that this treatment is professional use only and you will feel that as you go through the treatment.  There is a definitely tingling and some heat (oh yeah it’s working!).  The skin therapist will determine the level of activity after a consultation and having a look at your skin. There are 3 treatment levels:

• Power Active
• Intensive Active
• Ultimate Active

After my treatment, my skin therapist (Amanda) applied an oatmeal mask to help soothe my skin. Post treatment, no intense cardio, steam rooms or saunas and you MUST use an SPF!  Thankfully, I use the SPF daily and don’t plan on using steam/sauna anytime soon.

Amanda also had a post treatment discussion with me and sent me home with some products that I promised I would use faithfully. Let’s just say I have a new ‘plan’ in terms of exfoliation and care of my skin…….

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My skin looks and feels divine.  It feels like my skin is in my 20’s again, it’s bright, soft, smooth and taut…..I haven’t experienced that in the longest time. I didn’t leave the treatment oily or greasy (which was a huge plus because I had some other appointments that day) and my face felt incredibly clean.  I’m looking forward to having this done again, perhaps in the later part of January.  It was totally worth it…..and if you have 45 minutes and want your ‘best’ skin, find a spa/salon near you that offers this treatment!

12 days of beauty contest WINNER!!!!

Oh you readers are SO AWESOME!!! I need to be awesome back!

I didn’t have too many entries to the contest but that’s okay….there are move giveaways to come!  So let me post the photos and then I will tell you who the winner is! In case you don’t remember, I asked entrants to send me a photo of WHY they needed the box of health and beauty items….and here’s what they came up with:

 

Patricia's photo!

Patricia’s photo!

 

Denyse's photo

Denyse’s photo

 

Carolyn's photo

Carolyn’s photo

 

Cynthia's photo

Cynthia’s photo

 

I want to thank everyone who took the time to send me a photo and explain to me why I need to give them the box!  I love all the photos!

The winner of the actual box is ……….Patricia!  Could you please send me your address so I can have P&G ship you the box of items!

To everyone that entered…..I so appreciate you taking the time to enter that I’d like to send ALL of you a little something!  Could you please send me your addresses as well?

 

Please send to ettuandyou@gmail.com

Prizes will *not* arrive by Christmas but I will ship out as soon as I can.  Again, thank you so much for entering….I truly truly appreciate you all!

Stay tuned for my next giveaway!

 

 

 

Influenster Maple Vox Box!

Imagine my surprise when I saw an Influenster box sticking out of my mailbox. Sure I filled out the survey but really and truly did NOT expect to receive one!

That being said:

*This post contains products sent for review-Opinions are my own!*

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I’m sure you can tell just by looking which products I tore into first…and no, not the skinny cow (although I am enjoying the dreamy clusters right now. So long diet!)

Since this was my first box (and I don’t have anything to compare it to), I was quite happy with the contents.  The box includes a product description card with suggested CAD retail prices.

I’ll have separate reviews on the N.Y.C. products but will say that one of the products I enjoyed and one was just meh.

The skinny cow dreamy clusters were in fact quite delicious…..I could’ve eaten about 300 more!  I see those in my shopping cart in the very near future.

I have yet to try the fabric mask but have heard very good things about Montagne Jeunesse (although this company neglected to invite me to their launch in Toronto, so I have a bad taste in my mouth about that).

Icebreakers have  made it into my purse.  I like the fruit/mint combination. It’s refreshing and not ‘heavy.’

The imPRESS nails are great-had them before but generally my nails are done when I go out (and again, another company that neglected to invite me to their launch in Toronto).

Generally speaking, I think this was a decent box (especially for the price of zero dollars).  I did see one person describe it as ‘craptastic’ which in my opinion is a bit harsh but to each his/her own, I guess.

 

Check out and sign up for influenster here.

CND Vinylux-the Forbidden collection

*This post contains products sent for review.  I like to state this first out of respect for my readers. This does not change my opinion of the products.*

Nail polish and I do not get along and haven’t for a long time.  It baffles me to this day how anyone can keep a manicure past 1 hour because I sure can’t.  I don’t consider myself ‘rough’ on my nails either.

I was excited to try CND’s Vinylux, which boasts an impressive one week long wear.

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When applied with CND Vinylux Topcoat, Vinylux shades lasts for a week on the nails. Vinylux is a simple two step process that requires no base coat and is applied like regular polish. First, apply 2 layers of colour then apply Vinylux Topcoat. With natural light exposure the Vinylux Topcoat gets more durable resulting in a week long manicure.

Directions:

Clean nails with ScrubFresh (which I don’t have but did scrub my nails and wipe them dry thoroughly).

Apply 2 coats of Vinylux Weekly Polish.

Finish with 1 coat of weekly top coat.

WELL.

This did not work for me as instructed…..and I found out that I was not the only person who had this issue.

check this post out for some up close photos.

I wanted this to work so badly…..because let’s face it, Shellac, Artistic, Gelish is not the kindest on the wallet.

After some googling, I discovered that a base coat helps the Vinylux last longer but not necessarily holding up to the week long wear claim on the package.  I like this set but not enough to go back and buy full size bottles.  I’m disappointed!!!

 

Anyone else have a different experience? Does your Vinylux last? Is it just a base coat? What am I doing incorrectly?

Review-Epic Blend Premium lip balm

*This post contains products sent for review.  I like to state that first out of respect for my readers. This doesn’t change my opinion of the products.*

Shameless plug:  I actually had a giveaway for an entire set of these lip balms that I first mentioned on my YouTube channel.  It’s closed now but just in case, you may want to check over there-I tend to give my subscribers a “heads-up” when the giveaways come around!

I have extremely dry lips. ALL. THE. TIME.  I’ll cut right to the chase when I tell you that this product is heaven-sent.

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Epic Blend uses natural ingredients without synthetics….which is a huge + for me. I hate hate HATE using petroleum based lip balm (and before you all slam me for using lipsticks, glosses with chemicals, hear me out).  I like to use the most moisturizing natural products the closest to my skin….this product is amazing to wear on its own when you’re out in the ‘weather’, or even as your base before you apply your other lip products.  It GLIDES on and the flavors are fun!

Epic has 3 different ‘categories’ of balms:

Hemp:  Organic Hemp Seed Oil is a great anti-oxidant, super nourishing and quickly absorbs deep into the skin cells.

More Moisture:  Seven moisturizers, including Organic Shea Butter come together to provide an extra kick of moisture plus a boost of staying power.

Vegan:  100% plant-based and beeswax-free.  Candelilla wax is used in these balms, giving them a smooth texture.

The formulas:

-Nutrient dense natural and organic ingredients that improve skin’s health

-Petroleum free, Gluten free and non GMO

-Not tested on animals

-Natural flavors

Sounds good to me, right?  I’ve been using these and loving them.  And so has my other half, who was a devout Carmex user…..and fyi, there is an unflavored version if you aren’t into all that.

Try these out-you won’t be disappointed in this *Epic* Canadian company (see what I did there?)

Find Epic Blend:

on the web

on facebook

on twitter

 

 

 

Giveaway!!! Canadian Beauties and gift givers-12 days of Beauty!! Enter me!!!

It’s the holiday season…….

you either love it or hate it.  So let me (courtesy of the fabulous people behind #beautyunited) take some of that burden off your shoulders.

I’m having a contest/giveaway!

From now (December 1) until December 12th, I’ll be posting pictures of holiday inspired gift ideas.  You can win this box right here:

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Looks good, doesn’t it?  FYI, I actually noticed that I had taken some items out of it-a silver makeup bag with some cosmetics inside!  Let me say, it’s a BIG box with lots of items inside to keep you looking your best this holiday season!

Here’s what I would like you to do:

STARTING TOMORROW, December 2nd:

1. Take a photo that demonstrates why you should win this box.  Get creative or don’t……but it would be cool if you did!

2.  Send me that photo via email ettuandyou@gmail.com . By sending this photo to me, you are giving me ‘permission’ to post it on my instagram account and/or use it on my blog.

3.  Subscribe to my blog and my YouTube channel, and like my facebook page.

I’ll be posting my holiday inspired photos featuring products from this box starting TODAY!  Follow me on instagram mereditheng115

Did you think I wouldn’t put it on rafflecopter? Here’s the widget that repeats the above….some people still appreciate the words!

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

used to hate you, now I adore you……Soap & Glory

Sometimes, I judge products too quickly.  Such is the case for Soap & Glory.  Well, these 2 products from Soap & Glory that is…..

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Originally I was not a fan of texture/fragrance of either of these 2 products HOWEVER, these have been my ‘reach-fors’ as the weather has become increasingly more winter-esque.

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Flake Away Shea Butter, sugar and peach seed powder spa body polish is a gentle and effective exfoliator.  It leaves behind a bit of moisture and doesn’t leave me itchy or dry.  I use it 2 or 3 times a week prior to shaving.

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The Righteous Butter contains shea butter and aloe vera. It’s the proper amount of moisture post shower or even when you need a product that will instantly moisturize….I tend to use it on my hands.  I wish they made it in a smaller size though!  I prefer this product over the hand cream for my VERY dry hands!

So I’ll be taking a second look at products before turning up my nose at them from now on.  These 2 products may surprise you too!

Have you used Soap & Glory? What are your favorites from the brand?

Holidays are magical with The Magic of Beauty-Caryl Baker Holiday 2013!

*This post contains products sent for review.  I like to state that first out of respect for my readers.  This doesn’t change my opinion of the products*

How could you NOT adore this holiday collection from Caryl Baker?

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Let’s get a little bit closer, shall we?

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New limited edition nail lacquers are high pigment, high shine and perfect finish in one swipe!  Available in 6 new shades (shade above is abracadbra).  I couldn’t capture this product’s true beauty but it’s a beautiful deep, rich color-which is right up my alley and on trend for fall heading into winter.

Retail: $15.00 CAD

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Caryl Baker ultimate lip liner is long-wearing AND waterproof.  Creamy and soft, this pencil will glide easily over your lips and stay put! Available in 4 shades (shade above is Elixir).

Retail: $17.50 CAD

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Caryl Baker Metallic-Toned Eye liners contain intense pigment in a long wear formula with no smudging or smearing.  Waterproof and hypo-allergenic for sensitive eyes.

Retail:  $17.50 CAD (but are on sale for $12.90 CAD-whoah!)

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I’ve talked about Caryl Baker lipsticks MANY Times in past posts/YouTube videos.  This shade is Secret potion and is absolutely stunning.

Retail: $18.00 CAD

LIMITED_EDITION__5272bdcb53d53_250x300Caryl Baker Face frosting-I can not STOP talking about this.  It is the highlight of highlights in my opinion.  The sparkle is finely milled and won’t leave you looking overdone.  It’s an absolute MUST for holiday parties or sparkle-worthy occasions-although I like to sparkle everyday 😉

Retails:  $29.50 CAD

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A product I didn’t expect to see-a bath treat from Bath Fairy. Looks good enough to eat, doesn’t it? I don’t recommend ingesting but I do recommend tossing this into your tub for your next bath!

Retails: $7.00 CAD

This just may be the gift for the beauty in your life…..if I had to pick my ‘stand-out’ product from the collection, it would definitely be the face frosting!!!

Let me know your thoughts about this collection in the comments below!

 

Single push, absolute color-L’Oréal Paris Mousse Absolue!

Home hair color……I’m not good at it.  I tend to leave my locks in the hands of professionals.

I put my skeptics hat squarely on my head as I made my way over to Delmonaco hair studio to experience L’Oréal Paris’ newest home haircolor, Mousse Absolue.

I was quite impressed by the shade offerings but even MORE impressed with the actual product and technology….is it outlandish to deem a haircolor ‘innovative’?

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One of my pals, Davida did an EXCELLENT post on this event and the product itself.  Please click on ‘excellent’ to see her post!

From L’Oréal Paris:

Discover a colour of extraordinary freshness: a colour of exquisite brilliance, irresistible delicacy and inimitable purity. At the very heart of Mousse Absolue, a colour of pristine beauty, in its most original form.

With Mousse Absolue, L’Oréal Paris goes still further with the consistency of colouring mousse. Firmer, richer and smoother, its texture is impeccable, and can be spread evenly over the hair. The precious automatic mixing of the colour is then ideally applied to obtain the most absolute of colours.

Directions for application:

1 After the aerosol is shaken, with a single push the mousse, with its perfect proportion of colorants and developer, is deposited delicately onto your hair.
2 Mix well – no need for any other tools…. Apply the mousse gently over the hair. It turns into a cream, and can be massaged in with the hands and fingers.
3 After leaving for the required time, rinse, apply the sublimator, and discover some truly haute-couture colours.

 

Did I mention this product can be used more than once? THAT’S RIGHT- MORE. THAN. ONCE!

For the first time with L’Oréal Paris, haircolor can be used again. The content of the pack means that you can make two complete
applications on short hair, or one application and touch up mid-length hair. The pleasure of colouring is prolonged with Mousse Absolue and every woman can now touch up her hair like a true professional.

So how did this turn out on moi?  Take a look!

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L’Oréal Paris Mousse Absolue is available in 14 shades and is on shelves RIGHT NOW! Suggested retail is $18.99 (but I’ve seen it on sale for $15.99 recently). AMAZING.  I’ll give home hair color another whirl and a BIG THUMBS UP!

 

#beautyunited-Hunger Games Catching Fire…..District 1 Luxury!

*This post contains items sent for review and is a #beautyunited post.*

“May the odds ever be in your favour.”

COVERGIRL’s Hunger Games-Capitol collection will have you battle-ready.

If you’re a Hunger Games fan, be sure not to miss products behind the ‘looks’ in the latest film from Covergirl!

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These looks are reminiscent of a certain District 1 in my opinion:

District 1 LuxuryI love District 1-the look is rich and glamorous!  I immediately am drawn to the lips and the nails.  Perhaps that’s why after receiving the items above, I immediately tore into the glosstini in ‘rogue red.’  GORGEOUS!

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This polish goes on smoothly and evenly (surprised me but love that!).   2 coats was my ideal look and I’m thrilled with the color!  Check out my instagram for more pics.

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Not ready to commit to the rich red lip featured in District 1 ? How about this Smoochies sizzle gloss in firecracker?  Beautiful shine and hydration (no mess with the tube either)!  If you are interested in the lip in the photo above, please let me know in the comments below and I can get you a product list!

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There’s some serious LASH going on in District 1….achieve it by applying several coats of Flamed up mega curl mascara which is designed to instantly curl lashes!  Can’t go wrong!

I’ll be posting more looks from different districts …..but so far I’m loving District 1!!! What about you? Are you a Hunger Games fan? Will you be trying out any of these looks?