15 June 2018

My Favourite Hair Products by VERB

I have 2b curls and my hair has a tendency to knot and mat very easily. I need hair products that will keep my curls hydrated and looking great. Gels can be tricky for styling because they tend to make the hair "crunchy" and weigh it down. Once I found these products from VERB, I have been very happy with styling my hair!

  • Sea Texture Cream 
  • Sea Spray
  • Leave-In Mist 
Not pictured, but I also need to give a quick shoutout to Ghost Oil and both the Hydrating and Sea shampoos and conditioners. I'm basically ready to give them all my money. 

After I shampoo, I like to apply the mist directly into my hands and run it through my hair. The nozzle isn't the best in the world and I can control the product a lot easier this way. It makes my hair smooth and a bit easier to comb through while wet. Then I apply some of the texture cream through the lengths of my hair and blow dry with a diffuser. When I'm done with that, I use a bit of Ghost Oil to tame all small frizzies or fly-aways that remain and then I scrunch some of the sea spray onto my curls. The cream leaves my hair very soft and the curls aren't as defined as I like, so I find using the spray and cream together leaves me with the perfect combination of softness and definition! 

These are my "day 2" curls. I spent the day before at a music festival on the lake, but it still looks really good!

What are your favourite hair products? 

04 June 2018

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna - Summer 2018 BEACH PLEASE Collection

I'm gonna be honest: I didn't really buy into the hype at the release of Fenty Beauty in late 2017. I tried the foundation, but found it was too matte and drying for my skin type. I had a Kilawatt Highlighter, Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby, on my wishlist for a while. I was very close to trying the lip gloss and the Match Stix. But I was never really too excited and nothing grabbed me where I *had* to have it, you know? They were just products I would maybe get around to buying and were probably good.

I flipped when I saw the Summer 2018 products. I almost want to buy one of everything, but settled for two of the Kilawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Duos. I purchased Mimosa Sunrise//Sangria Sunset and Sand Castle//Mint'd Mojito. The "Freestyle" in the name implies that they are multi-use products, that are safe for blush, highlight, and eyeshadow. Or whatever else you can imagine and want to experiment with! I've even seen some people scrape a bit off and mix it into primers, lotions, and foundations. The sky is kinda the limit with these gorgeous powders.

The packaging is metallic with a raised, crystalline design. The compact itself is quite large, about the size of my palm, with a mirror. They feel sturdy and luxurious.

Sand Castle and Mint'd Mojito in particular are very creamy and pigmented. They all have great quality, are easy to apply/blend, but Sand Castle in particular blows my mind (the taupe/copper shade).

L-R: Sangria Sunset, Mimosa Sunrise, Mint'd Mojito, Sand Castle.
I'm personally most excited to use the orange and magenta duo for blushes. I have many blushes, from cream sticks to liquids to powders, but nothing quite like these. I used Sangria Sunset as a blush today and I love it. It's bold, it's glittery, it doubles as a blush and highlight. But it's really fun, especially for a summer collection.

Did you get anything from this collection?

03 March 2018

Empties & Reviews

I have to say I'm absolutely obsessed with checking tags on IG like "projectpan." I like the idea of people getting their money's worth from a product and enjoying all it has to offer. There is also the side of things where you want to use up a product you're not totally in love with, but it's always commendable to me that people stick with it and finish something up.

I think what I've done - hold onto some empty packaging for a couple months to "collect" my empties and show them off and review them - is kind of weird. I don't know if I'll do it again for an extended period of time, because it feels a little obsessive and like hoarding garbage! But I'm always envious of posts on /r/reddit/panporn so I wanted to do this just once! 

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter
I really enjoyed this. This was my first "solid" balm or butter for cleansing. The tin is a bit small, but I used it for several months because I alternated nights with a cleansing oil. It has a strong scent, so beware. I ended up liking the Banila Clean It Zero balm better and it's larger, but I'm not opposed to getting this because I can just go to a store and grab it easily.

Stratia Velvet Cleansing Milk
I liked this, but I think for a gel or creamy cleanser, I prefer glossier's. I don't necessarily think the price is crazy high for Stratia, especially because Alli's ingredients and vision are all very good and I support Stratia and love the products and don't mind. But it's $15 for 4oz vs. $22 for 6oz, so the price per oz is only just slightly higher for Stratia. I don't have a problem with scents and I love the scent of glossier's cleanser, so I've been using it instead (plus I have 2 bottles to use up) and didn't buy this one again yet. She does now produce an 8oz version for $28, though, so once I get through some other products, I might buy it!

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
This is my favourite lightweight summer moisturizer! Gel-based moisturizers are so good for me and my skin in general, actually. I just don't like the packaging because you can't cut it out and squeeze everything out, I have to use a beauty spatula to clean it out. I will repurchase this again once I use some other ones (Drunk Elephant B-Hydra, Citrus-Honey Aqua Glow).

the Ordinary Niacinamide 10% & Zinc 1%
I make a pretty powerful skincare cocktail with my beloved Ordinary products - this one, Argireline 10%, and Buffet serum. I find that this one reduces redness after a bad blemish, taking away spots that might otherwise last longer once they're "healed." My turn-around time for breakouts has significantly lessened when I use all these guys together. I already have backups.

COSRx Advanced Snail Mucin 96 Power Essence 
Ah, a staple for so many. I really enjoy it. When I'm particularly dry, red, or irritated, I triple-down in snailtown and use this with Mizon's Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule + Recovery Gel Cream. I use this daily and it lasted me 10 months somehow. I have a backup! It is highly recommended by so many and I think the price and packaging is all very good.

Mark Prep For It Hair Primer
I honestly don't even know if Mark/Avon makes this anymore. I found it in with some of my near-forgotten hair/bath stuff and decided to use it up, because it's a decent product. It sort of feels like a leave in conditioner or lotion that sprays out and I feel like it worked best for me as a detangler. My hair is really curly and practically dreads or gets matted immediately after showering, doesn't matter if I use a comb in the shower or concentrate my conditioner or a treatment on the ends.. I need an oil or leave-in product to comb through my hair! I have lots of other stuff I like now, so I won't miss this, but I'm glad to have used it finally.

Welcos Kwailnara Banana Milk hand cream
I first tried this in a Pink Seoul mystery box and loved it! It's cheap, moisturizing, and smells great. I can usually find a package of 3 creams on eBay that's very inexpensive, so I have these all over the place. I even take them to work and my co-workers love the scent.

Nivea Smooth Replenishing Macadamia Nut Oil hand cream
I like this in the winter, it feels pretty "heavy duty" for me without being greasy. It feels like a protective glove.. like that Debba cream that they have in workplaces! Since it's cheap and easy to find in drugstores, I've gone through a few.

Wylde Rose Fruit Punch body lotion
Wylde Rose is local to me, but they have an online shop! I LOVE THIS PLACE, the owner is awesome, she has so many products. I've used bath bombs, soaps, nail polishes, probably almost everything at this point. This sounds weird, but I love this lotion's scent - to me, it smells like Monster energy drinks.. yeah, told you that's weird! But it's sweet and moisturizing and I always buy it.

NYX White Single Eyeshadow
I just use this as a base to set my primer. There is still some product clinging to the edges and I could repress it, but I'm kind of lazy and done with it. I have a lot of white and cream matte shades in palettes, so I'm not missing anything. Great cheap, matte white shadow, though! I can't believe I finished an eyeshadow!

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte and Poreless Translucent Powder
This one isn't completely used up, but I got really tired of it. It worked fine but I wouldn't use it again. It doesn't really "wow" me for any reason. All of the really hyped drugstore powders don't do it for me.. I have a similar feeling about the Rimmel Stay Matte powder!

Epically Epic Dreamsicle lip balm 
Another "indie" soap shop! I love her lip balms and interesting scent combinations. This one was Dreamsicle, which is obviously sweet and orange and creamy! I buy 6 or so at a time, sometimes scents are seasonal or have a limited run, so it's always worth it to check her out every once and while. I opened a Coconut Almond one after this and it's heavenly.

Missha Perfect Cover BB cream #13
My "holy grail" next to klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish cream. The Missha has a high SPF, good colour, creamy medium coverage that works well with all of my primers. NO COMPLAINTS. This was a small package, I will get the full product soon!

Boscia Light BB cream
This was my favourite BB cream before I tried the other two I previously mentioned. It has a thicker, almost mousse texture and lots of microglitter. The glitter doesn't bother me, but it's not for everyone. It lasted a long time, I went through 2 of these in the last few years but I think I've moved on to better things.

Too Faced Hangover Primer 
I love the scent, it's a good primer. I just think it's kind of expensive for what it is and if I had to recommend a similar "hydrating primer," I'd go with glossier's. I miss the sweet smelling coconut, but it's a small sacrifice.

I'm working on some foundations and skincare, I don't think I'm going to finish many makeup items any time soon except maybe mascaras and liquid eyeliners. But they're boring and can't really be photographed!

What did you finish up recently?