Coppertone- ClearlySheer Sunscreen Review

Hi my lovelies- I am back!! Sorry for being away for a little bit, but I was on vacation in New York City for the last week.  I am happy to be back as I have some great beauty finds to share with you!

I’m so excited to be writing this post.  I have been loving this product for the last week when I was away in NYC.  I would like to thank Coppertone for sending me the ClearlySheer sunscreen lotion, and to note this is a collaboration through the Canadian Beauty Bloggers Network (CBB).

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I had such a great time in NYC last week, but with the heat and walking around comes the inevitable question: will I get a sunburn?  I decided this was the perfect time to test out this new product, and I am certainly glad I did.  Just to give you a bit more info about my skin type, I am more on the olive tone side, and naturally my skin does not burn easily; I usually tan when I have been in the sun.  But when you are walking around all week outside like I was, I figured sunscreen should be on my check-list, because burning would be a possibility.

The ClearlySheer line includes a lotion for body and face, and a spray for body.  All three are water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, have an SPF 30 with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and are moisturizing.  One thing I love about this product is that Coppertone said it was designed with “her” specific needs in mind.  I was also told it delivers broad spectrum protection in a delightfully light, refreshing formula that barely leaves a trace on the skin.  This is certainly true!!  One of my favourite things about the ClearlySheer was how it didn’t make me feel like I had “coated” my skin with something like other sunscreens can do.  It absorbs very quickly and there is no residue on your skin, my skin feels moisturized yet dry to the touch again once it has absorbed.

One of the complaints you hear most often with sunscreen is that it can clog pores and cause breakouts.  ClearlySheer did not do this at all for me!!  I used this on my body every day last week, and I did not experience any clogged pores or breakouts.  Therefore, I would say if you have acne-prone skin, or sensitive skin this is a wonderful product for you to use!

Pictured here you can see how light the texture of the product is:

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The scent is fresh and clean.  It is very soft so you do not get that overpowering sunscreen scent other brands can produce.  I LOVE the scent, but also love how light the formula is- it’s absolutely fantastic.

ClearlySheer gets a 10 out of 10 from me!  I did not get a sunburn and it truly delivers all that is promised! It is available at mass drug and grocery retailers across Canada.  Suggested retail price is $9.99 for the ClearlySheer lotion and spray for body, and $8.49 for the face lotion.  I am planning a few more outdoor activities before the summer is over so my next purchase will be the ClearlySheer face lotion!  If you want to save your skin for the rest of the summer without having to avoid the sun, I highly recommend you try one of the sunscreens from the ClearlySheer line!

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Batiste- Original Dry Shampoo Review

Wish you could get ready faster in the morning and get some extra sleep?  Well my friends, Batiste dry shampoo can help.

I would like to thank Batiste for sending me this product to review.  This is a collaboration through the Canadian Beauty Bloggers Network.

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If you feel rushed in the morning when getting ready for work, or you just want to sleep in a little longer, let me tell you that dry shampoo will be your new best-friend if you have not yet discovered this gem.  I have been using dry shampoo for about 2 years now and it saves me so much time.  The only tricky thing is finding a brand that works with your hair type.  Different brands work better for different people i’m sure, so this post will share my personal experiences and preferences.

I have been using Batiste dry shampoo for about 6 months now, and I am in love with the Tropical blend which has coconut Mmmm.  I purchased this one because coconut is one of my favourite scents, but also because I could never seem to get my hands on a bottle of the Original Clean & Classic, the shelf was always empty!  However, recently I was fortunate enough to get a bottle, and now Batiste has sent me a bottle as well, AMEN! Haha.  The Original Clean & Classic has a very light fresh scent, it really helps to give that “clean feel” to your hair, as if you just washed it.

Dry shampoo is wonderful because it allows you to get away with 1 or 2 day old hair (depending on your hair type) by spraying this into your roots (and rest of your hair if you want) to absorb the excess oil.  Personally I wash my hair every second day, so I wash it one day then use dry shampoo the next, but that is my preference.  I have friends with thicker hair who can go a few days longer than that, just by using dry shampoo.  Batiste is by far one of my favourite dry shampoo brands.  When I use dry shampoo I always do an up-do.  It helps to add body to my fine hair and makes my roots look thicker.  One of the downfalls of most dry shampoo’s however,  is if you spray too close to your hair you end up with a white film, which you can brush out, but what I love about Batiste is it is EASY to brush out if you do accidentally spray to close (Batiste suggests holding the can 30cm from your hair to avoid this.)

I have tried 4 other dry shampoo brands, and although I will not name specific brand names, I developed a cough from using one of them.  I even tried stepping outside to spray it in my hair and still no luck- it was too strong, but I have NOT had this problem with Batiste at all, I can in fact spray it on my hair indoors and stay in the same room.

I highly recommend you give this a try!  Batiste dry shampoo retails for C$8.76.  It saves you time and it adds body to your hair, so if you have fine hair like me you will fall in love with this product.  Tip: Because this dry shampoo is so popular I suggest grabbing a few cans at a time when you purchase it in store!

 

 

Shiseido- Ibuki Quick Fix Mist Review

HOLY GRAIL product alert!

My last blog post was on the Saje Wellness mists, so I think it’s safe to say I have decided to venture into the world of mists (as I had not really done this previously) and I have to say I have definitely been missing out up until now.  I have another favourite mist, the Ibuki Quick Fix Mist by Shiseido.  This is one of my favourite products of all time.  If you have an oily t-zone like me, or just an oily complexion in general, you will LOVE this.

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When I am working Monday-Friday all day, my skin gets oily fast, especially because I have had my makeup on since 7 a.m. and I have been running around all day.  Who wants to show up with oily skin to an important event, meeting with a client or even just around the office? NOT ME.  I have tried many different things to help with the oily t-zone problem, but nothing really seemed to work all that well.  The best solution I had found up until this Shiseido product, are the oil blotting films from Sephora.  Now that I use the Ibuki Quick Fix Mist, I don’t know what I would do without it.  I was lucky to receive this product from the Dave Lackie Shiseido event a little over a month ago, but I will be purchasing this again and again.

The Quick Fix Mist retails for C$25.00-C$32.00 (depending on where you purchase it from) and comes packaged in a bottle with a rounded side and one side that is completely flat.  Packaging wise, this makes for a great fit in your purse, laptop bag, coat or even your pocket.  The flat side makes it easy to slide in anywhere and take it with you when you are on the go.  At the event we were told the flat side was also designed with cell phones in mind.  This means it hugs your phone making transportation easy.

Now let’s get down to the product itself.  The smell is wonderful!!  I am a huge lavender fan and to me the scent reminds me of this, but it is not overpowering, and it does not linger on your skin after you spray it.  The scent is also very uplifting.

The consistency of the product is a gel inside of the packaging, but it comes out as a mist when you spray it.  It is very refreshing on the skin, especially when you spray it on throughout the day, it makes me feel as though I am starting over with a fresh face from 7 a.m. that morning.  It is designed to help correct shine and dehydration by revealing smoother, moisturized and fresher-looking skin over time as you use it.  Here is a short clip I made where you can see how light the mist is when sprayed:

The Ibuki Quick Fix Mist can be sprayed over makeup.  I close my eyes and spray it on in the morning after I apply my makeup, and it helps to keep my t-zone looking fresh as this is where my skin gets most oily.  On a side note, I do not wear foundation so I am not sure how it does with that, but I do wear blush, bronzer and eye makeup, and the product has helped to keep my makeup looking fresh throughout the day and really minimizes the creasing effect.

This is an essential I pack in my bag every morning before I head out.  I usually spray it 3 times a day depending on what I am doing.  Once in the morning after makeup application, lunch time and in the evening if I have a meeting, event or outing to go to.  When I spray it, I use 3 pumps, for the centre, left and right side of my face, this is how they demonstrated the product at Dave Lackie’s event, and I find it is the most effective way of doing it.  There is no mess, no residue and it dries very quickly once you spray it.  The Ibuki Quick Fix Mist in conjunction with my Sephora blotting films have made my skin a lot less oily, and they have become part of my daily routine and I am so pleased with the results!

Saje- Spray Mist Reviews

Following in the footsteps of my last post, I have 2 more Saje products that I am absolutely loving.

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I can’t get enough of the Saje Namaste and Yoga mists.  My favourite thing is that they are mists for opposite purposes.

Namaste is an uplifting mist.  It comes in a 50ml glass bottle and it retails for C$9.95.  You spray it over your face while inhaling and it elevates your mood.

Some of my favourite ingredients found in this are lavender and orange essential oil.  Some other ingredients include patchouli, rose otto and champa.  I like to use this mist as part of my daily routine in the morning after my shower.

Yoga is a calming mist.  It comes in a 100ml glass bottle and it retails for C$19.95.  You spray this over your face, neck and chest while inhaling and it has a grounding effect.

Some of my favourite ingredients found in this are orange and cedarwood essential oil. Other ingredients include patchouli, rosewood, cardamon, champa and bergamot.  Yoga is meant to be used after a yoga session.  Seeing as these essential oils put you in a calmed state, I like to use this mist as part of my daily routine before or after yoga and meditation.  I also like to use it before I go to sleep, it really helps to achieve a peaceful bliss, which makes it great to use before bed.

So if you are in the market for something natural or you love essential oils, I highly recommend both of these mists.  They both smell so wonderful, and make a quick and easy, as well as effective addition to your daily rituals.

I would also like to say a big THANK YOU to Marilou Moles (www.twentyyork.com) or @20YS on Twitter, for giving me some Saje coupons for 50% off a product, to use at the new Westboro location in Ottawa.  If you are in the Ottawa area I suggest popping in there.  The staff were great and the location of the store makes it very home like.  Because it is a stand-alone store and not in a shopping mall it makes the experience a lot different.  This is my favourite Saje location!

Dior- Addict Lip Reviews

Dior Addict is AMAZING, plain and simple.  I LOVE Dior’s lip products, as you may know from my recent review of the Dior Lip Maximizer.  If you haven’t seen it you can read it here,  In my recent post on the Cityline taping I was lucky enough to get to attend for Dave Lackie’s Twitter Followers, the gift bag I mentioned included a Dior Lip Addict Ultra-Gloss.  This review will focus on the Ultra-Gloss as well as two products I recently purchased from the Lip Glow range.

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Kat Von D- Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette Review

I am so excited to be writing this review on the Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette by Kat Von D.  This palette was created with Kat’s profession in mind, the packaging states “An expert sketch artist, Kat uses shadow and light to create dimension in her extraordinary portraits” following this with saying that this palette can be used to “create your ideal eye shape- for the ultimate definition, lift, or balance.”  I apologize if some of the photos show some wear and tear on the palette, but I have been using it daily since the day I purchased it 5 months ago.

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Tangle Teezer- The Original & Blow-Styling Hairbrush Review

In my last post about the Cityline taping I was fortunate enough to get to attend, the gift bag I received was filled with so many new products that I could not wait to try.  Two Tangle Teezer brushes were a part of this amazing gift bag, The Original Detangling Hairbrush and Blow-Styling Hairbrush!  The Tangle Teezer has been a hot topic in the beauty world, and I could not wait to try it.  It has won 12 awards,and after using it I now see why!

Pictured below are both brushes:

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Dior- Addict Lip Maximizer Review

Looking for a lip plumper that provides results without burning or stinging?  A product that will instead leave your lips feeling soft and hydrated? Look no further.  Dior Addict Lip Maximizer is my go-to lip plumper!  Here’s why:

The packaging of this product is gorgeous.  I love that it is square-shaped.  When you set it down it does not roll around, or off the surface.  You can set it on its side, or stand it up vertically and it stays put.  There is a silver knob located on the top applicator end, which gives you a little more control when holding the wand to apply the product.  I have tried a few other lip plumping products by different brands, and nothing compares to the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer.  After applying the product you can see results within just a few minutes.  The formula glides on effortlessly, and the wand applicator is small therefore, you can really place the product exactly where you want it.

Pictured below is the one I purchased in shade “Pink 001”:

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