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My new BFF-Marcelle Instant Eye Makeup remover

*I received this product for review.*

One of my favorite ‘looks’ for my face is what I like to call a ‘heavy lash’ -just very thick, luscious lashes.  In the past, I’ve used lash extensions to achieve this and while pleased with the results, was never happy with the maintenance (combing, brushing, not being able to place eye makeup near them, having to be mindful of sweating too much, etc).  I am a huge fan of mascara and have SO many different types-fiber, tube, curling, volumizing, lengthening, volumizing AND lengthening.

So when you’re like me and you like a LOT of LASH, taking it all off at the end of the day can be a daunting task.  It’s a 2-3 step process that includes multiple products like oils, wipes, creams and a TON of cotton. It’s also a time suck-I am familiar with the 10 minute eye makeup removal process.

Enter in my new BFF from Marcelle-lazy girls, this one’s for you. No more excuses about taking off your makeup at night.  eyemakeupremover

Oh where have you been all my days?  This product WORKS and there’s not much more to say….it is truly instant and I love it.  I’m more than halfway through the bottle and starting to panic.  It doesn’t irritate my eyes, there’s no fragrance.  I hold it over my eye for 10 seconds, then wipe.  That’s it.   Here’s my results after holding a cotton pad over one eye (with the product on the pad):

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Can’t say anymore than I have.  I adore this product and will use it and use it and use it.  When I run out, I’ll buy it again.  I suggest you do the same.

L’Oreal Paris Pore Vanisher-WOWEE WOW WOW I love this!

I’m a seasoned primer user and had been hearing SO SO much about the L’Oreal Paris pore vanisher from all sorts of people. It’s all over social media too….

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Here’s what’s on the package:

What is Pore Vanisher™?

Pore Vanisher™ is a fresh, airy cream that instantly minimizes the look of pores and shrinks actual pore size in 1 month.

How does it work?

Pore Vanisher™ works on three dimensions to shrink pores: depth*, number and size. Instantly pores appear virtually vanished and skin feels hydrated. Perlite absorbs excess oil for an all-day, shine free, smooth finish. In one day LHA micro-exfoliates to visibly smooth skin’s surface. In one month pores begin to snap back into shape as our highest concentration of Perline-P strengthens and tightens pore walls to shrink actual pore size. 

When Should I Use It?

Apply as the last step in your skincare regimen, AM and PM. Can be used alone or under makeup.

Recommended Regimen:

STEP 1: CLEANSE L’Oréal Paris Cleanser
STEP 2: TREAT Texture Perfector Serum Concentrate
STEP 3: MOISTURIZE Texture Perfector Day/Night Cream
STEP 4: FINISH Texture Perfector Pore Vanisher™ Cream

Formula Essentials
For all Skin Tones
Universal Tint
Suitable For Sensitive Skin
Non-Comedogenic
Dermatologist Tested

Ingredients:

DIMETHICONE • AQUA/ WATER • GLYCERIN • DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER • METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER • ISONONYL ISONONANOATE • ALCOHOL DENAT. • VINYL DIMETHICONE/ METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER • BUTYLENE GLYCOL • LAURYL PEG-9 POLYDIMETHYLSILOXYETHYL DIMETHICONE • BORON NITRIDE • SILICA SILYLATE • PHENOXYETHANOL • PEG/PPG-18/ 18 DIMETHICONE • PERLITE • MAGNESIUM SULFATE • CAPRYLOYL SALICYLIC ACID • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • MENTHYL LACTATE • LENS ESCULENTA SEED EXTRACT/LENTIL SEED EXTRACT • BISABOLOL • PARFUM/ FRAGRANCE • DEXTRIN • DIMETHICONOL • CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/IRON OXIDES • CI 77891/ TITANIUM DIOXIDE • SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE • EPERUA FALCATA BARK EXTRACT • FARNESOL • LIMONENE • DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE • ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE • CITRONELLOL • ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE

*so please note, there IS silicone in this product*

I’ve been using this for awhile now.  It’s awesome.  I like it for several reasons:

-I like that this absorbs quickly and is more ‘gel-like’ than liquid

-I love the texture of my skin after I apply it

-This product is oil free

-It makes my makeup SO MUCH EASIER to apply

-I don’t really need any foundation after applying it

-It ‘plays well’ with most of the products I’ve used it in combination with

-It doesn’t break me out!

This product is going to stay in my makeup basket until it is G-O-N-E, GONE.  Yup,  I like it that much….yes, I do.

 

One question-can anyone tell me whether this is similar to Benefit’s porefessional? I don’t use Benefit products…..

Would you try this?

I’m gonna soak up the sun……(safely) with Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration!

Oh summer is here!  The patio chairs are outside and people are indulging in fruity after work cocktails and tapas/Hors d’oeuvres. Weekends are for the cottage and straight up lounging!

There’s nothing like being outside in the summer…..but if you’re a fair skinned gal like me, it’s all about the right protection.  Since the Canadian Dermatology Association recommends applying sunscreen every 2 hours, why not use a product that you actually WANT to apply and has added benefits?

Hawaiian tropic is unveiling several *new* products this summer!

Let’s take a look at the products:

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration sunscreen is the first and only sunscreen with hydrating ribbons for continuous moisture! It is infused with silk protein and shea butter.  The sunscreen is waterproof, light and non greasy and smells delicious! Silk Hydration is available in SPF 10, 30, & 50 and offers UVA AND UVB sun protection!

SPF 10 suggested retail $9.99 CAD

SPF 30&50 suggested retail $10.99 CAD

Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect Sunscreen SPF 30 with mica minerals enhances your skin tone while providing broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection!

SPF 30 suggested retail $10.99 CAD

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch SPF 85 Sunscreen is a photostable lotion that provides UVA and UVB protection.  It offers a lightweight feel, is waterproof AND oil free!

SPF 85 suggested retail $11.99 CAD

I knew that I liked using these products already so I ventured out into my network to find some ‘testers.’  Here are their thoughts on Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen products.

The beauty: Liz

The product:  Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect SPF 30 over the holiday weekend at the cottage!

Her Thoughts:

“Hawaiian Tropics Shimmer Effect sunscreen is great! It gives me that shiny beachy look that makes me feel like I am glowing!  The only downside is that the sparkles get everywhere!”

*I have to agree about the shimmer/sparkles-but since I am in love with shimmer, I don’t consider it a downside.  However, my other half seems to be annoyed that the shimmer is on his recently stained wooden patio chairs.  Personally, I think it enhances the chairs 😉

 

The Guinea Pig:  Brandon

The product:  Hawaiian Tropic SPF 85 Sunscreen Lotion and sunning on the condo balcony!

His Thoughts:

“This product is great because it’s light-not thick or sticky.  I like that it’s oil free and doesn’t have that sunscreen smell.”

 

The fairest:  Me!

The product: Hawaiian Tropic SPF 30 Silk Hydration- daily user because I have to function in the city!

My Thoughts:

“Since the first application of this, I have been using it as a lotion.  I apply it after my shower in the morning and take it with me to reapply-especially if I plan on being outside at all during the day.  The texture is great-it’s not that typical sticky, thick sunscreen.  This applies like a lotion and smells like the beach!  This product has made its way into my daily rotation!”

 

Applying sunscreen isn’t a chore-it’s a necessity!  Why not use a product that applies like a lotion and offers protection against UVA/UVB? Take care of your skin-it’s the largest organ you have!

What’s your sunscreen routine?

Find Hawaiian tropic:

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*products sent for consideration/review.  Opinions are my own (and my testers have their own opinions too).

 

 

 

Why it’s great to remove your eye makeup in Canada…..

One of the things I absolutely loathe at the end of the day is taking off my eye makeup.  I used to feel like this particular “chore” goes on forever and that even after I am “done”, there’s still makeup there-taunting and teasing me.  Q-tip after Q-tip, cotton pad after cotton pad-I have found myself emptying the trash more frequently.

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