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I can’t get enough of……. Olay regenerist eye cream and lash serum

Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events.

Opinions are mine, and I’m not making any $$$ from writing about this!

If you watch my YouTube channel, you  may remember a ‘teaser’ video I posted about an event I attended a while ago called Beauty United.  The event itself was incredible-I learned a lot, and of course left with some items as well.

Surprisingly enough, I actually had this product (still in its box) tucked away in one of my Alex drawers.  So when I saw it in my Beauty United gift bag, I thought “Now’s the time, the universe is telling you to use this product!”

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I’ve been using this for almost a month now.  Normally I try things for 2 weeks-I feel like that’s a decent amount of time to love, hate or feel ‘meh’ about a product.  So how do I feel about this product?

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I like it!  Here’s why:

-dual ended: 2 products, 1 device.  I love that this is your eye cream AND your lash serum.  Not 2 separate products, no fumbling.  Everything is right there.

-the eye cream can be used on your eyelid!  I don’t know of many eye creams that can go on the eyelid.  Many are quite thick and I would worry about irritation if it got into my eye.

-eye cream is the right consistency.  I always feel like I’m in the middle of the 3 bears story with my eye creams. “This one’s too thick” , or “This one’s too thin” BUT the Olay is “juuuuussssst right.”  It stays where it needs to, hydrates, but feels light-especially if you’re going to put this on your eyelid, you don’t want anything too heavy!

-lash serum WORKS!  Not that I can necessarily guarantee that it does BUT I have seen a definite difference in my lash length. My right eye lashes tend to be shorter and skimpier than my left and I’ve noticed that they are more lush. My lash cycles are shorter-I don’t spend large amounts of time feeling like I have bald spots or patches.

-this products ‘plays well with others’ which is always a MAJOR concern of mine. I don’t want to waste more time trying to find products that will live in harmony together forever and ever (hashtag #overdramatic).

This is definitely worth the price-it’s available now and you should go try it!

 

My favorites from…..the Balm!

There’s NO WAY I could do this series without the Balm.  Although I don’t have a large number of favorites from this brand, there are several stand out products that I think you should know about.

My faves from the Balm

My faves from the Balm

Nude Tude eyeshadow palette

Nude Tude eyeshadow palette

Palettes

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Balm’s palettes and will almost always speak very highly of them.  There is one that isn’t pictured (Meet Matt(e) Nude) that I’d like to give an honorable mention. I’m still learning to use matte shadows properly and while I do like the palette, I haven’t used it enough to include in my favorites!  Moving on, my first favorite palette is Nude Tude. It’s a lovely assortment of neutrals both matte and satin/shimmer finish.  The shadows are soft, buttery and well pigmented-my favorite.

Balm Jovi

Balm Jovi

One reason I love the Balm is because they make what I like to call “everything palettes.”  This particular one has practically everything you need for your face included.  The bottom of the palette has some ‘how-tos’ in case you need assistance coming up with a look but honestly, these colors all work wonderfully together. I stuck my finger in ‘Vanilly’, how unfortunate.  Overall this palette is well done with it’s rock and roll theme!

 

time balm concealer

time balm concealer

I need a concealer now more than ever and this one from the Balm is awesome.  It’s on the thicker side so go lightly when applying.  The thing I like MOST about this product (and I haven’t heard of any other products that are similar) is that you can actually use this as an eye treatment…..yup, you read correctly.  You can apply this as an eye treatment under your eyes.  While I’m not a fan of having concealer on my eyes while I sleep, if you’re in a pinch or forget your eye cream while travelling, this will come in handy.

Instain Blush

Instain Blush

This is one of my more recent acquisitions-and this particular one is a gift from a fellow YouTuber (Julie-so thank you so much for that). There is a rant below and I want to talk about the product first and give you the opportunity to skip the rant in italics.  I love this product because of the pigment and the staying power.  Period.  My one suggestion to you is that if you are contemplating purchasing these, go and swatch first so you can get an idea of how much is too much and think about your application technique.

I was actually VERY annoyed when I saw these on Emily Noel’s channel as she reviewed them prior to them being released and that they were released MUCH later in Canada.  I hate hate HATE when bloggers and YouTubers talk about products they received but aren’t yet available to the rest of us.  I try to avoid doing that….I’m all about building excitement for a product but this whole blogger/vlogger-on-a-pedestal thing has got to go.  Some of them think they are celebrities!

And there you have it! My favorites from the Balm.  Do you have any favorites from this brand? I bet you do….tell me about them in the comments section below!

Find the balm:

on the web

on facebook

on twitter

 

 

B. Kamin’s best-a kit you may want to check out!

*I received this kit for review-opinions are my own, thanks*

Raise your hand if you’ve heard of B. Kamins……if you’re like me, I didn’t know anything.  Granted, I’ve seen the brand ‘around’ but never tried it or knew much about it-VERY unlike me!

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Just to fill you in (and if you know this part, skip it, I won’t be upset, offended). This information is from B. Kamins’ website:

Our Mission:  The Fusion of Science and Spa.

To offer the most advanced technology and formulations in skincare with the latest, cutting-edge ingredients.

To provide the most indulgent, stress relieving spa experience with “can’t live without them” products and treatments.

To continue as the forerunner in introducing intelligent and effective solutions to problematic skin conditions not yet available in the marketplace.

B. Kamins ‘best’ kit helps to brighten and even skin tone while reducing fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in hydrated, supple skin.

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Let’s dive right in, shall we?

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Vegetable Cleanser:

-Fragrance free, oil free, made for all skin

A vegetable based cleanser and makeup remover that dissolves and removes impurities from the face and delicate eye area.  Clarifying, soothing, and moisturizing ingredients help improve skin smootheness, elasticity and radiance.  Oil, fragrance and color free, this gentle formula is ideal for cleansing sensitive skin types, especially post-microdermabrasion and laser-treated skin. 

Used! My thoughts: 

-This cleanser does not foam much so if you like bubbles, skip it

-I still use a makeup remover for my eye makeup

-This cleanser really does NOT have a fragrance, making it ideal for those who are sensitive!

-This cleanser is decent, and leaves your skin clean but not itchy and tight.

AHA+BHA Daily Peel Pads Step 1 & 2

AHA+BHA Daily Peel Pads Step 1 & 2

AHA+BHA Daily Peel Pads:

-With alpha and beta hydroxy acids

A sophisticated 2-step daily peel formulated with alpha and beta hydroxy acids to exfoliate skin cells and help increase cellular turnover.

Step 1:  cleanses skin and better prepares it for…

Step 2:  the peel!   This advanced formula helps to minimize the apprearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, create a more even skin tone and increase skin brightness and clarity.  Skin feels revitalized and fresh, and stays moisturized thanks to hydrating ingredients that help prevent skin from over drying.

Brightening Mask

Brightening Mask

Brightening Mask

-With BMC Oligopeptide Anti-Aging Complex, made for all skin types, paraben-free

A unique, hydrating, brightening mask which revitalizes, nourishes and conditions skin, while helping to fight the look of wrinkles, and mottled yellowish skin.  The formula contains vitamin C and Bio-Maple which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve skin tone and elasticity.  It also helps to brighten skin tone, refine its texture and promote its natural appearance, revealing a fresher complexion. 

Used! My thoughts:

-This mask has what I’d call a ‘clinical’ smell so if you are sensitive to fragrance or don’t like clinics (har har har), then I’d really think twice.

-This is one of my favorite products so far.  It truly does brighten my skin after I use it and I LOVE that.

Diatomamaus Earth Mask

Diatomamaus Earth Mask

Diatomamaus Earth Mask

-Dry to normal skin

Formulated with diatomamus earth rich in natural minerals including magnesium, iron, calcium and sodium that help retain moisture while absorbing excess sebum.  A blend of unique moisturizers, botanical extracts and vitamins enrich the skin, retain moisture while absorbing excess sebum.

Used! My thoughts:

-I used this when my skin was acting out, around “that time” of the month.  It absorbs excess oil for sure and you will see that on your skin when you apply the mask.

-I thought for sure this one was going to dry my skin or leave patches but it sure didn’t and I like that.

-If I had to pick between the 2 masks, I would still reach for the brightening more BUT this mask is good for those ‘disgruntled skin’ phases.

BB Cream

BB Cream

BB Cream

-beauty balm

This 8 in 1 multi-tasking beauty balm will provide all day hydration, provide sheer, natural looking coverage, while helping to firm the look of skin and wrinkles with hyaluronic acid.  Can be used alone or as a primer before foundation. 

Used! My thoughts:

-Reminds me of Asian BB creams, thicker texture (but no grey cast)

-finish is sheer but coverage is light/medium, to be expected

-plays well with others-meaning I can use the product with a powder and blush with no reaction or irritation

Find B. Kamins:

-on the web

-on facebook

-on twitter

 

 

 

 

 

My favorites from…….IT Cosmetics

Just in case you’re not familiar with IT cosmetics-and some people aren’t….here’s a snippet or two from their website:

IT Cosmetics® works with leading plastic surgeons to infuse cutting edge anti-aging technology into truly innovative, high performance color cosmetics. A favorite line of both celebrities and beauty editors, IT Cosmetics has several award-winning products and has been featured in hundreds of leading magazines and television shows.

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New Series! My favorites from……L’Oréal Paris!

I’ve decided to really look ‘within’ …….my stash that is.  I’m going to be attempting a new series on my blog with the above title.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to post once a week with favorites from a particular brand.  That’s certainly the idea anyway.  I thought I would kick things off with L’Oréal Paris since I have tried a wide range of their products and skin care.

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L’Oreal Paris steps up their skin care game with Youth Code Texture Perfector

I have a “thing” for the Youth Code line….and who wouldn’t? Like every other 40-something I am searching high and low for that fountain of youth.  L’Oreal has given me a reason to run…..to the drugstore! L’Oreal Paris introduces Youth Code texture perfector skincare that targets texture imperfections to reveal smoother, more even-looking skin in as little as one week.  The newest additions to the popular Youth Code family of products are designed to perfect skin’s quality by refining the look of fine lines, pores, and uneven texture for a flawless, airbrushed look.

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Glymm box drama? Nail Polish Canada’s got your back!

oh Glymm-how you’ve swindled and scammed your subscribers so……

http://metronews.ca/news/canada/646513/glymm-the-ugly-side-of-the-beauty-box-business/


A lovely email recently landed in my inbox and I had to share-for all my sisters that are still feeling the sting of Glymm-

Nail Polish Canada is offering a *free* beauty box (up to $25.00 value) for former Glymm subscribers.  All you have to do is send them the (horrendous) email recently sent to you by Glymm telling you their company is no more-and if you’re like me, you received that email AFTER they had charged you for the April beauty box! GAH!

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Please read about the offer here:

http://www.nailpolishcanada.com/products/glymm.html

*Please note-if you opt to just get the beauty box, you will be charged $3.00 for shipping and handling…..BUT if you are purchasing additional items from Nail Polish Canada, the box is yours free (no shipping).

Sounds good? A little (well-deserved) redemption? Me thinks so!

Enjoy ladies-the weight of the Glymm saga is off of your beautiful shoulders! Stand tall (and grab your free beauty box from Nail Polish Canada)!

Check out nail polish Canada here.

 

The Mascara Project-week 2 results (yes, late)L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Carbon Black

L’Oreal Paris sent me this mascara for review….I am not paid to review!  My opinion is mine, I own it!

This mascara is a cult favorite for a reason.  I won’t say too much about it other than I absolutely loved it.  It’s a performance based love:

A great big brush and formula that delivers:

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Results? Nothing but gorgeous….

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I will be descending upon my local HG drugstores and Walmart scouring the shelves for the waterproof version of this…is there such an item?  That’s my only “con” -that it isn’t waterproof!